Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A Little Birdie Told Me

 Hello!  Welcome to my studio.  I am still working on using some of my surplus papers and never before used items such as the ones I used to create these Birthday Cards with Bird themes.  I pulled out a gift pack that was a freebie with the Spring 2017 edition of Make Special Cards magazine.  Yes, I have had it almost 3 years.  The pack included Patterned Papers, Die Cut Shapes, Gems, Card stock, envelopes,  and a stamp set. For the first 2 cards shown. I used patterned paper, strips of card stock, gems, and a bird stamp all from the kit. Using white card stock for the card bases, I stamped the bird with black ink and colored with Copics and stamped the sentiment from a very old set in my stash.

The next 2 cards utilize the same patterned paper with some of the die cuts from the gift pack but I used Turquoise CS from stash with Birthday stamps from  Little Claire Designs and GKD.


 For the next 4 cards, I switched to another of the Patterned Papers using more of the die cuts with solid card stock from my stash and birthday stamps. These cards came together fairly quickly and added to my supply of birthday cards ready to send.




I hope you enjoyed seeing my Birthday cards.
Challenges to enter:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Things with Wings
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Papers.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Staying Safe


Welcome to the studio! At least we can visit safely on the internet.  I have turned away from my quest to use up some of my paper stash to using up some of my fabric and sewing supplies.  I do have a lot of patterned cotton fabric thanks to my Mother who is a quilter.  She was always giving me leftover fabric and I stashed it away.  I also found that I have a supply of Shir-Tailor by Pellon, a non-woven fusible fabric that is good to line face masks. I also have a lot of bias tapes in assorted colors and a lot of grosgrain ribbon that make good ties for face masks.  So I have everything on hand to create masks. I studied several tutorials and patterns for making the masks and found the information and videos at The Fabric Patch http://www.fabricpatch.net/face-masks-for-covid-19-relief.htm was most helpful.  I made these with 2 layers of fabric and 2 layers of non-woven fabric(Pellon). I found using ties work best since it was hard to determine what length of elastic to use if the masks will be used by different sized people. 
I have photographed 5 of the masks that I sewed the last couple of days and will probably make more.  I do not have any novelty prints but have a variety of plaid, floral, and smaller prints.
This is not a typical creation for a challenge but I think it fits into the challenge at Love to Craft Challenge blog.  Their challenge for April is LICCB #45 Anything Goes. So I am sharing what I am working on. 

Please stay safe out there.  Keep healthy!  And if you are out among others, please wear a mask.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, March 30, 2020

Daffodils for a Spring Birthday

Hello!  Taking time to play with some challenges.   I used Repeat Impressions stamp of Daffodils with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and colored the image with Copics and Pencils. I die cut the image and a frame from yellow CS with some oval dies that I do not know the source. (Metal dies are pink).  I used a background of  MME Patterned Paper that I fussy cut on the top edge. Used a white card base and a sentiment stamp from Repeat Impressions. (Used a portion of the stamp.)
Challenges:
The Houses That Stamps Built: Anything Goes Challenge M2520
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: #416 Happy Birthday
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #382 Make Your Mark
The Paper Players: PP484 Tic-Tac-Toe Used Die-cut, Spring, Birthday
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Papers




Take care and be safe
Have a great day!
 I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Completed Easter Cards


Hello!  This post is to share my cards that I completed for my Mother's Care Center in Tennessee that I mailed yesterday.  Since they cannot have visitors, I thought these cards might bring some cheer to them at Easter.  The last box of 80 cards that I sent to them earlier this month was used by the residents to mail to their loved ones through the assistance of their Activities Director.  She helped the residents address the cards and write personal messages in the cards in addition to my greetings inside.  What a nice way for the residents to touch base with their family and friends.  Thanks to Hyacie for doing that. 







Nearly everyone of these cards used bits and pieces from my leftover box and scraps and other recycled elements. It was fun to see how I could use up and salvaged those items.  I was able to assemble quite an assortment of cards. I hope the residents at Life Care Center enjoy the cards.
Stay safe and keep well!
 Have a great day! Hugs,  Theresa

Early Blooms in Ohio

 Hello!  We have had a couple days of warmer temperatures and had some daffodils opening to give us a look at spring blooms.  Thought I'd share some photos of our early bloomers.  Nothing like yellow daffys to brighten our days.

 Tete a Tete Daffodils 

 Ice Follies Daffodils




Cowslip Primroses
Be safe! Keep well!
Have a great day!
 I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Easter Card Continues


Today I have 3 versions of Easter cards using the same older stamps Hero Arts Sentiment and a cross stamp from Inkadinkado.  The designs shown on the left are 2 that I posted some time ago but I just created the one on the right using a fancy die cut oval and dry embossing with Wicker Weave EF on the brown background layer. I did add a sentiment to the middle card after the photo was made.  These will go into the box of Easter cards that I am assembling for the Life Care Center in Tennessee.


Another one for the box. This Easter card was made using an old Flourishes stamp Spring Has Sprung from 2011 designed by Marcella Hawley.  I colored the stamped image found in my Bits and Pieces box with Copics, trimmed it and added to a scrap of shiny pink cs and placed on a layer of Patterned Paper from Joanne's.  Finished with a Hero Arts sentiment stamped in green and a white card base.  Love this cute Bunny group.
Challenge:
Retro Rubber Challenge : #131 Tic Tac Toe -used Easter, Pastel Colors, and Patterned Paper. Flourishes stamp from 2011 and Hero Arts stamp from 2003.
Cute Card Thursday:  #627 Easter
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: March Always about using patterned paper.






Stay well and safe!
Have a great day!
 I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

More Easter Cards


Hello! Today I am sharing more of the Easter cards that I am making to send to a nursing home for the residents who are unable to have visitors. I am using up bits and pieces from my leftover boxes of stamped images, scraps, and die cuts to create some of the cards.   Above are 4 cards that I made with Yellow Chicks.   The baby chicks were made with 2 round circle dies, bits of snowflake die for the feet, scrap of orange cs for the beak, and black gems for the eyes.   Attached the to a dry embossed oval of Brown CS and Bright Yellow card base. Finished with a sentiment stamped with an unknown rubber stamp  more than 5 years old. 
Challenges:
Retro Rubber Challenge : #131 X+O   Tic Tac Toe-used Easter, Die cut, Baby Animals. Stamp over 5 years old. Card may not qualify since I cannot identify stamp.  Just sharing for fun. 


These 2 cards were made with leftover Bunny die cuts and papers. Used round velcro pieces for tails. 
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Easter Cards Continued


 Welcome!  I have more cards to add to the box to send to my Mother's Life Care Center.  And I have a request-can anyone identify the digital image that I used in the cards above? I failed to identify the source of the image in my file.  But I thought it was perfect for Easter cards. I hope I am not infringing on any copyrights.  I printed the design on watercolor paper, inked the edges with a pastel Copics, and attached to an assortment of pastel card bases.  Used printed messages inside. This is an easy and quick card to mass produce if I need more.
These are 2 cards from my stash that I modified to fit the Easter theme and added inside messages. 

Stay well and be safe!
Have a great day!
I love reading your comments. Theresa

Easter Cards


Welcome to the studio! As I posted earlier I have been working on making Easter cards to send to my Mother's Life Care Center for all the residents. I am sharing some photos of the 80 plus cards that I am making. I am using up bits and pieces from my leftover boxes of stamped images, scraps, and die cuts to create the cards.  The top 3 cards were made with already colored images from an earlier project from several years ago.  The stamps were from Flourishes A Year of Flowers set designed by Marcella Hawley.  I trimmed the images and matted with green scraps and added to some textured card stock bases.  Stamped with an old Hero Arts sentiment. I printed messages for the inside using large print on copy paper. 

Challenges:
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Easter or Spring. I like making Easter cards because I love to share them with family and it's a great time to share cards with those you love.
Use Your Stuff: #394 Spring
Double D Challenge: Welcome Spring


 More cards with leftovers from earlier projects. Die cut bunnies were cut with Cameo. Pink  Bunny tails are round circles of fuzzy Velcro with adhesive backs found in a drawer in the studio. The Bunny in the Basket is an PSX stamp from 1990.  How fun it is to use up leftovers. Feels like I am being productive to clean up some of these supplies.

Stay safe and well! Have a great day!
 I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, March 23, 2020

Cards That I Made





Hello! Hope everyone is healthy and coping with all that is going on in this troubled world.  I have been spending a lot of time in the studio but not posting much.  I have several cards to share.  I will begin with a card that was inspired by St. Patrick's Day, a truck die, and shamrocks.  It began with a leftover from making a background with acrylic paints that reminded me of a sunny day.  I die cut the truck with Cheapo Dies in green and silver card stocks and filled the bed with shamrocks cut with the cameo and from an assortment of metallic confetti. I assembled that on the background. I added the word Lucky cut with Cameo(Left from another project). I stamped the sentiment from Repeat Impressions with black ink.  I tore the edges of the image and attached to a green card base.
Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge # 626 Just for Fun.  Made this card just for fun.
Die Cut Divas: Challenge is anything goes with a die cut.

Another card that I made but not posted is shown above.  I used this month's free digital image from Beccy's Place to create the design with a digital check paper. I printed the color image of the pie but changed colors a bit before printing.  I stamped the sentiment from stash in black on white cs and matted it on black cs. Used a white layer and red card base to finish.
Challenges:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge: #12  Lots of layers.
Beccy's Place: March Challenge Create a card using a Beccy's Place stamp. The optional element is food.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa