Thursday, January 16, 2014

Just a Quick Note

I have been super busy, as I am getting ready to go on my very first cruise!
I have to get my cards done for the Design Teams I am on, as well as work on my art that I love so much, and shop and pack...
It's all so much FUN!
This card was super quick. I used Digital Delights products to create the background and sentiment, inside and out. By simply printing it out, trimming and adding a few embellishments, I was coloring, even though it's my favorite part of the process. I simply didn't have the time.
Visit Digital Delights Blog. You will enjoy the projects you can create...3-D, layered, name it. Wendy can also create a cute watermark for you. Take a look at mine. It's done with one of her Vintage Digital Stamp sets.
So on to the card...
I used Noteable Music Paper Pack. So many beautiful backgrounds.
This one has a rainbow effect as well as distressing.
I layered the sentiment from the Groove On sentiment set onto the background,
using the PNG version of the stamp.
I also printed out the inside sentiment so I could cut out
 the actual card from the same sheet of card stock.
After printing it out, I simply cut, embellished and I was DONE!
I used metal gems from Hobby Lobby, Washi Tape and some ribbon from SU!. I also used my white Gelly Roll Pen to add some highlights and dots to the "Note".
Be sure to enter the challenge at Delightful Challenges. This week's challenge is:
(anything Winter)
The prize is
Good luck!
Stay's in the 40's here!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine Roses from Fred, She Said

I made this beautiful card in minutes with Fred, She Said's Hearts and Roses Precolored set.
I did it "decoupage" style. Simply cut and layer. I used some Stickles to make the roses sparkle.
The background is done with a Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I don't know which company it's from though..I borrowed it.
I hope you get a chance to make a card for this challenge. It's so easy to make a card with flowers...especially if you use the beautiful choices from Fred, She Said.
They are the sponsor for the challenge. If you win, you would get
a $10 voucher for the Fred, She Said store!
Entering challenges here:
Send a little love today...Fred, She Said style!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Lawn Fawn Hello

 I have always loved Lawn Fawn stamp sets when I have watched Kristina Werner make cards with them. She has a way...and they are so cute!
I used a background which I had put away in a folder marked, "Cards in Progress". Do you have one of those kind of folders? Bet you do...or something like it.
Anyway, the background is made with a die (sorry, don't know whose it is)of the work, Hello. I cut the negative space out of the stripes and inlayed the word in white.  A fun technique.
The stamps were placed on my Fiskars stamp press to create the scene. I cut a circle with my old Coluzzle system, still easier than the out of the box technique done with dies.
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers (my new faves) and a bit of Prismacolor Pencil (the purple bird). The sky is chalked with my old CTMH cloud stencil. Stickles on the birds, branch and leaves.
This card was created to go with the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. I switched to team B, but still wanted to use the set that was so generously sent to me by Lawn Fawn. Thanks so much!
Use stripes and enter the challenge. You could win!
Have fun,

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Love Train

Thursday means Digital Delights!
This is a new digital stamp, and new sentiment set by Louby Loo. I used my Prismacolor Markers in a new way for me...I actually shaded with them.  I usually use my Prismacolor Premier Pencils and mineral spirits when I want to shade, but I learned a new technique for shading colors without all the matchy matchy markers people spend TONS of money on to shade...
You know the markers I am talking about. They are too expensive for this girl. So, if you like to shade but don't want to spend the $$, stay tuned. I will do a tutorial on this sometime soon.
So...after all that, here is my card.

This is Love Train Luvvy. The sentiment set is called, Cupid's Quotes.
I cut out the image with a die, which I borrowed at our Card Making Group here in my community.
I drew stitching around the edges, and used a ribbon from my stash. The ribbon was melted with my heat tool to make is tight and ripply.
White Gel Pen was used to highlight. Stickels give it glitz.
The sentiment was backed with an ombre effect, using my!
Get over to Delightful Challenges and enter DD's challenge. It's sponsored by
The challenge is an easy one...PATTERNED PAPER. Digital Delights has amazing digi paper packs...check'em out.
Have fun and stay is Florida it's promising to warm up.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fly and Be Free

I remember one time when my daughter had to let her balloon go because we couldn't take it with us.
It was so hard for that little girl (now 32) to allow the balloon to escape her little fist.
At this age, I feel thrilled to watch a balloon as it floats out of sight.
I created this card as an inspiration card for the challenge at Crafting By Designs.
The host this week is
It's a Birthday Challenge. Get over there and enter a new Birthday Card.
You know you need them anyway, so why not make one and enter?
The stamp I used to make this card is by CTMH.
 I colored in the balloons with
Prismacolor Premier Pencils and mineral spirits.
The clouds were created with my very old CTMH cloud stencil
and SU chalks.
Stay warm,

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snowman Fun at Tuesday Throwdown

If there was snow today in the south, I would build a snowman.
Thankfully I don't have to worry about that in Florida!
I can still create with stamps and glitter to create a winter buddy!
This image is by Robyn's Fetish, who is our sponsor this week over at Tuesday Throwdown. Make sure to check out the other creations by our awesome Design Team!
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.  Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award the winner her choice of 5 digital stamps.
They graciously provided the Design Team with cute snowman images. I chose this chubby fellow.
I colored him with Prismacolor Pencils and Mineral Spirits.
He is coated in glitter from my stash.
The background is done with my "vintage" CTMH cloud stencil and chalks.
Dots of Gelly Roll pen create snow.
I love to use this EZ corner bow to add a bit of color to a corner that needs a little "something". It's attached with a Glue Dot.
So many things to be thankful for during the holidays. I layered the image on an embossed piece of "vintage" CTMH B&T paper, which I inked with Distress Ink to bring out the snowflakes a bit.
The gingham is also CTMH oldie but goodie B&T.
Challenges I am entering with this card are...
Stay warm and why not enter the challenge over at could win!

Cocoa Yum

My Inspiration Card for Pinspirational Challenges.

The challenge this week at Pinspirational Challenges is this photo:

The sponsors are


Make sure to enter!

And today here in the south, it's perfect for the freezing temps we are experiencing!

I fell in love with the color combo this week.
A couple of smears of Americana acrylic paint in
Bahama Blue, Warm White and Red,and my background is done.

The stamps are by Fiskars from a set called, "The Sweet Life".
I cut them our and colored the cup with Prismacolor Markers.

A bit of Stickles is all it took to make the swirl sparkle.

So stay warm today, unless you love being out in the cold.
 I tend to want to curl up with a blankie and my art supplies!

Or maybe I'll watch the latest episode of Downton Abbey on Demand with a cup of cocoa.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

One More Alcohol Ink Project

This time it's a tile from Lowes, where my husband George works...I even got a discount!
Alcohol ink and alcohol...what a beautiful combination. I will be doing this as a bonus project in my  Alcohol Card Making class. I think everyone will enjoy it as much as I's so free-form and fun.
I am entering this in some challenges...
Try something never know, you may LOVE IT!

More Fun With Alcohol Inks

I thought I would share the painting I did when I took a class from a member of our Art Group here in my community.
I am becoming obsessed with this medium!
The inks are by two manufacturers...Ranger Alcohol Inks...Tim Holtz
 and PiƱata brand.
This painting was done on Yupo Paper, which is a kind of plastic paper. It's non-porous, which works great with alcohol inks.
I love the fact that I can use the inks in my card making as well. I am offering a class in my community to card makers, using techniques associated with the craft.
I learned so much in the class I took...more art than artsy.
We used toothpicks, cotton swabs, cardboard, felt, move the ink around.
The tiny dots are created by spritzing alcohol onto the inks.
So cool!
I am entering this project into the following challenges
Open Minded Crafting Fun - New Toy or Technique (alcohol ink on Yupo)
Anything But a Card Challenge #31 - Balance (my painting has balance and unity)
Challenges 4 Everybody #37 - Anything Goes

Try something new this new year...and have some FUN!