Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Have I Been Missed?

Hello!  I have been away from blogging for a few days but have been busy.  I bought some new storage boxes at Joann's last week which led me to do some cleaning and reorganizing of some supplies.  Then I realized I had so many partially finished cards .....had a lot of fronts without card bases and card kits that I never assembled or card projects that I had started and never finished.  To clean up some clutter,  I decided to spend some time finishing and assembling these projects and send the finished cards to Operation Write Home.  I still have more to do.  I ended up with 55 cards to send including a few that I pulled from my box of completed cards.  I forgot to make a photo of the cards and now they are all in a box sealed and ready to mail.  I am now trying to do some projects to make a dent in all the scraps that I have.....I never, never throw anything away. 

Also, I have been cleaning closets and switching winter items for the spring and summer clothes.  Guess I am an organizing fool.  Also have been cleaning the garden beds taking advantage of a few days of warmer temperatures and no rain.  Shown below are the first of the daffodils blooming on 4-14-14.

 
This a card that I made yesterday using an EF that I had never used:
 
This is for a challenge April Showers at Charisma Cardz Challenge which is about to end.   I embossed a white card stock and sponged the raindrops with Memento Summer Sky ink and colored in the umbrella with Copics. The April flowers are a stamp from Repeat Impressions colored in Copics  RV23,29. Y000,YG 03,95.  The sentiment is from Creative Clear Stamps and stamped in Memento Rose Bud.  The EF is from Darice.
 
Challenges:
Charisma Catz Challenge: April Challenge
Cute Card Thursday: Theme is Splish Splash
The ABC Challenge: J is for Just as you like.  (Anything goes)

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, April 18, 2014

Up, Up and Away!

Happy Friday!   For this card I have used some embellishments by Jolee's that I have had in my stash for years...one of those items  that I just had to buy but had no plan how  to use when I purchased.  I decided it was time to use these fabric embellies  when I read the challenge at City Crafter Challenge blog to make a card using a hot air balloon for their theme Up, Up and Away.  I simply used a dark navy card base layered with a mat of red. I embossed a white card stock with Darice Cloud EF and sponged with Memento Summer Sky ink,  added some green cardstock cut with fancy scissors and embossed with Cuttlebug Forest Branches EF, and attached the 2 hot air balloons popping out the bigger one.  Finished with GKD sentiment stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink. Now to find a person and a reason to send the card.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Card with Mini Basket

Hello!  I am back again with some more Cameo projects.  This time I have made a small basket for candy with an Easter chick.  This was made with Silhouette files with papers from stash.  I improvised how the basket was assembled  by folding up the scallop edge of the base and taping to the side.   Since I had some scraps left, I created a quick card cutting the sentiment and a larger version of the chick and attached to the pattern paper and then to a card base of yellow cardstock.   I gave some interest to the silhouette  of a chick by coloring the beak and feet with orange Copic. 
Challenges:
Simon Says: Happy Easter and/or Sweet treats.
Craft Your Passion Challenge: Make a project featuring bunnies, chicks or eggs.
Papertake Weekly: Happy Easter

We have a light snow this morning and the temps are back in the 30's.
Whatever is Mother Nature thinking?
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Basket with Sweet Treats

 
Easter is almost here.  I have been playing with my Cameo making some baskets for sweet treats.
I am also trying to use up some old papers.  I cut and assembled this basket from some papers in the DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack using a Silhouette design.  I added the label cut with Spellbinder dies and stamped with a Hero Arts stamp in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  Used some old butterfly brads to attach the handle and label. Filled with grass and sweet candy treats.
 
Challenges:
Simon Says: Challenge is Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats
Alphabet Challenge Blog: E is for Easter
Just Add Ink: #21 Easter Bags, Boxes, or Baskets. Used ink on label
 
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Azalea

Welcome!  I am looking forward to the blooming of Azaleas but I was able to capture this lovely flowering plant on a card with a stamp designed by Marcella Hawley for her new company Power Poppy.  I stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle ink on white CS ....this gives a much softer look than stamping with black ink.  I colored the image with Copics E 25,35, YG 000,63,93, and YR 000,00,02 and cut with Spellbinder Die Label 4. All the pattern papers that I used are from Webster Pages Park Drive pad that was from Joan's Gardens. I used strips of gold under the image and green as the border for the image layered on the check which has all the colors that I used. Finished with a sentiment from MFP's stamped in Memento Olive Green ink.

Challenges:
Joan's Touch: Challenge is to use plaid, check, or striped paper, a border around an image, any colors, and a product sold at Joan's Gardens. Pattern papers are from Joan's .
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Papers: Challenge is anything goes as long as patterned papers cover entire card.

I hope to work in my gardens again today.....temperatures to be in the 70's.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bouquet with Buttons and Bow



For this card I chose the 7 Gypsies  pattern paper  for the background and then used it for the inspiration to color the image of Tulip Bouquet by Repeat impressions.  I stamped the flowers on ivory CS with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics R00,20,22, B000,01, Y21, YG91,93,95.  I assembled my card following Repeat Impressions sketch #A214 using green CS for the card base and mats adding ribbons, bow, and pearl buttons with yellow twine.  Since I ended up hiding so much of the lovely designs in the pattern I cut 2 of the floral bouquets from the paper with a circle Nesties die and added with the sentiment. Love and Hugs was a portion of a Repeat Impressions sentiment that I stamped with Memento Olive Green ink and cut with an oval die.
Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: Repeat Impressions Sketch #214 shown above
613 Avenue Create: Challenge is anything goes with the option of sights, sounds, smell, taste of spring.  My card has some of the sights of spring.
The Ribbon Girl Blog: April Challenge is Spring
Papertake Weekly: Spring Has Sprung
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Flower Power
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge:  The theme for Challenge #92 is Flowers or Buttons & Bows.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Playing with Colors and Dies

Welcome! This card was the result of playing with some colorful  papers from Webster Pages Park Drive pad and some Cheery Lynn Dies.  I was trying to design an entry for the challenge Anything Goes at Cheery Lynn Design Blog.  I used Ivory CS as the base and Green Paper for accents cut with Ambergris  Tiny Doily and Cathedral Lace Frame (used only a side panel from the frame).    I am always experimenting with different uses of dies rather than the intended use. The other elements are all from Pattern Papers cut with Build A Flower #1 and Ambergris Die.  I used Spellbinders dies for the circles. I used Memento Morocco ink for the MFP's stamp.  I was using the sketch below for the layout.   I do like the combo of colors and the pop of the spiky flower. 





Photo came out a bit dark so use your imagination.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Brings Flowers


Second Post today.....
 This card was made with some of my first GKD stamps which I still love to stamp.  Spring always brings beautiful blooms and colors which I look forward to each time.  I made this card to cover 5 challenges which are listed below.   I used a GKD grass green card base and layered with my own created designer paper- white paper stamped with a GKD script stamp from Botanicals in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I partially stamped the iris stamp from Elegant Flowers in Versamark on 3 rectangles cut with Spellbinders die and heat embossed with Clear EP.  I colored the images with bright color Memento Markers Lulu Lavender, Rose Bud, Cantaloupe,  Dandelion, and Bamboo Leaves. I matted each on Grass Green mats and attached to the card.  I finished with a sentiment of Easter Blessings from GKD Spring Florals on a cut oval of white CS matted on a scalloped oval of the green paper.  I used the sketch shown above from Tuesday Morning Sketches but forgot to use this week's twist so I am not entering their challenge.

Challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge: Spring into Spring-create a spring themed card using at least 3 bright spring colors and your stamps to make your own designer paper.
Simon Says:  Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats 
Papertake Weekly: Spring has Sprung 
Craft Your Passion: No Designer Papers 
Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday: Create a project using one image stamped 3 times.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Spring Road Trip

Hello!  Spring weather brings the urge to take road trips.  The challenge at One-Layer Simplicity this month is Road Trip.  I thought my stamp from Lili of the Valley of James driving his convertible would be perfect for my one layer card. This car reminds me of my DH's convertible so I colored it to look like his.  I stamped on GKD white Cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics E0000,30,33,35,50 ,  Y26,28, N2,4,and 7.   Also used Gray pencil, Metallic silver Jell-ink pen and Glossy Accents.  Found the perfect sticker from Creative Imaginations to complete my card.  A most often asked question on our trips is "Are we there yet?"
Challenge links:
One-Layer Simplicity: Road Trip
Fussy 'n' Fancy Friday Challenge: All About travel....card may not be very fancy but fits the theme.



It's raining today ....not a good day for a ride in an open convertible.
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To Make a Card Or Clean House


My plan today was to get an early start on some neglected housework but my urge to make a card won out.  I am blaming that on the challenge at City Crafter blog who by the way are celebrating their 4th Birthday.  Their challenge is to CASE one of the cards shown on their blog today.  I chose to CASE the card shown at left.  I seldom Case cards because I am not sure how much to copy....it does mean Copy And Share Everything, doesn't it?
I may have gone too far because I used the layout, theme, ribbon, pennants, twine, flowers, stitching, and bicycle theme.  I even tried to mimic the same pattern papers.  You be the judge of if I over did the CASEing.  But anyway I like the way the card turned out.
Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge Blog: CASE one of 4 projects. I did project 2 .
Happy 4th Birthday to CCCB
Simon Says: Make a Happy Birthday Creation.
Clear It Out Challenge: Anything Goes with a twist of faux or real stitching.
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut 's Patterned Paper Challenge: April Challenge -Anything Goes using pattern paper to cover your card

Supplies:
Stamp: Bicycle from Papers and Such, Sentiment from Creative Vision
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks Antique Linen, and Tea Dye
Sakura White Gelly Roll for the bike wheels  and Red Pen for faux stitching
Papers: Script Pattern from MME, All other from Crate Paper DIY Shop
Ribbon from GKD and Flowers from Stash
Spellbinder Dies

Now that my card is done and posted, it's time to get out the cleaning tools and supplies.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa