Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Best of Show

     It's county fair time! At the JoDaviess County Fair as a child, I remember that there were contests for EVERYthing -- best jam, fruit, vegetable, quilt, art, livestock, and of course flowers.
       This one is a thank you card. The inside sentiment says it all.


Stamp TV - MIUM - Fair Fun - *
Stamp TV - Release Challenge - Background - *

Saturday, August 27, 2016

On the Farm

     This faded piece of farm machinery needs some touch-up paint in John Deere green. 

      This is a birthday card for my oldest brother.  My mom used to tell how he would carefully arrange her throw rugs on the floor and systematically plow, plant, and harvest each field over and over with his toy John Deere tractors. He is a retired farmer and now has quite a collection of antique John Deere tractors. He tinkers with them all of the time. He loads them up repeatedly and shows them off at fairs and such.
     These strips of green, embossed with different folders, reminded me of the throw rugs. 
     These stamps are all from High Hopes Stamps. They are the first I have ordered from this company. I thought they were such a good deal. If you mount them yourself you get them for a nice price.

Copics: Y00,04,06,08
Inside of Card


Aud Sentiments - Masculine Sentiment - #36 - Winner: Top 5
 Cards in Envy - Hip to be Square - #38 - *
Crafty Gals Corner - Emboss - #19 - Winner: Top 3

Fresh Brewed Blog - Pokemon Colors - #3 - Winner!


Bellsprout #69
High Hopes - High Hopes Image - #3 - *
Julia Spiri - Vintage - #59 -  *
NBUS - New Stuff - #44 - *
Through the Purple Haze - Countryside - #5 - *

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dressmaker's Window

     One of the secretaries at my husband's office is retiring; so he commissioned a retirement card. She is looking forward to sewing during her time off, so he said it needed to have that theme. 

      For this card I used Chocolate Baroque's "Sewing Room". The sentiments are from Claire Brennan's "Petite Patissarie" and Gina K's "Art From the Heart". 
     The pattern paper was some I found a couple of years ago in Destin, Florida. There USED to be a scrapbook outlet store there. (I was very disappointed last October when I got there and it was closed.) It was made by Creative Imaginations. The paper set my colors : gold and magenta. 
Inside of Card
          Since my husband is gifting a Joann's Card, I decided to try out my new Sizzix die set: Pocket with Scalloped Edge. It is just the right size to hold a gift card. It is attached to the back of the card. 
Back of Card

     When she pulls the ribbon a gift card - as well as - a special message handwritten by my husband will come out. 
Back of Card with Gift Card Removed

Paper Minutes - Sewing - #5 - *
Simon Says Stamp - It's Hip to be Square - #57- *


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Elephant Welcomes Baby

     I'm headed to a gender reveal party for my 3rd grandchild in a couple of weeks. No card is necessary for the party, but it put me in the mood to make a baby card. Didn't know whether to make a pink or a blue card so . . . I made one of each.
      For these cards I used Beth Silaika's "Bella Elephant". The elephants are colored with Copics (N1, N3, R11, White Gelly Roll). I used Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone inks and a cloud stencil to make the clouds behind the sentiment. 
Inside of Cards


Cards in Envy - Hip to be Square - #31 - *
Challenge Up Your Life - Baby - #7 - *
Fresh Brewed Blog - Pokemon Colors - #2 - *
SlowBro #80
Simon Says Stamp - It's Hip to be Square - #10 - *
Stamp TV - Pop It Up! - Winner!!!
Stamp TV - Use Stencil/Patterned Paper - *
Unicorn Challenge - Animal Kingdom - #70 - *

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Day Sunburst

     Many are getting ready for that first day of school - students, teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and all. How about a card to wish them a great first day and good luck all year. 

     The alarm clock base is die cut from red holographic paper. The face of the clock is cut and embossed in one step. (Spellbinders: Rise & Shine) I added black gel pen to make the numbers readable. The black band on the bottom is dry embossed with type set embossing folder. I dragged a white pigment ink pad over the letters to give the chalkboard effect. 

Inside of Card

Crafty Addicts - Use Die Cuts - #5 - *
Crafty Creations - Letter Background - #4 - *
Crazy for Challenges - #8 - Back to School 
My Time to Craft - Dry Emboss - #23 - *
Stamp TV - Back to School -*

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sprinkle Fairy Spinner

     It seems I only have time for one card a week. I formally would make a card almost daily. We are in the process of selling our house and building another. I gutted my craft room. The realtor wanted me to completely shut it down and show the room as a bedroom. I have stored almost half of my crafting goodies and am working with only the essentials. This is my new house taken a couple of days ago. The craft room is two bedrooms with and arched doorway between. I will be just inside that front window on the left making cards - hopefully before Christmas.

     Anyway ... my granddaughter's 2nd birthday party is today. I combined challenge cards with her birthday to get both in this week.

     Splitcoasters posted a spinner card tutorial and I received my Gina K order with 5 new stamp sets - both this week. Claire Brennan designed this set: "Sweet Thing". I thought this cute little fairy should sprinkle this cupcake for Ellie's birthday. I placed the green card stock to block the bottom of the spinner, so none of the fairy's sprinkles are wasted on the cupcake wrapper (lol). 
     I stamped the cupcake wrapper on light pink CS and fussy cut it. The fairy is also fussy cut. I accentuated her wand with a star from the punch and a kite string from a die set.
Inside of Card

     As usual I used scraps to complete the inside of the card. You can tell what is laying on my craft table after a project by what is on the inside of the card. I added green circles and the "cherry on top".

Supply list: 
Stamps: Sweet Thing by Claire Brennan
Paper: Bubblegum Pink, Passionate Pink, Jelly Bean Green, Wild Dandelion, White, Layering White (Gina K Pure Luxury)
Punch: Diamond Star by Martha Stewart
Die: Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders
        Kites by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Copics: Cupcake - E27. R22,24. 0. G21,24.
             Fairy - G21,24. R22,24. 0. E00,02,11. B0000. R83, 85
             Sprinkles - R83,85. B04. Y35. G24.
Wink of Stella: Clear (Wings) Yellow (Star)
Sakura Gel Pen: Gold Hair, Frosting)                               
2 Shiny Pennies      


4 Crafty Chicks - For Kids - #16 - *
Aud Sentiments - Child Sentiment - #76 - *
Cards for Kids - For the Girls - #23 - *
Come and Get It - Punches & Dies - #8 - *
Crafting When We Can - Things with Wings - #22 - *
Penny Black and More - Stamped Image - #95 - *
Seize the Birthday - Birthday Theme - #38 - *
Stamp TV - Sketch - *