Sunday, January 26, 2014

Back in Action

Good morning!  I know I have been missing in action.  Thought I'd let you know I hope to be back to blogging soon. My computer died shortly after Christmas and I have a new one now but it took time to load my files from Carbonite ( so glad for Carbonite backup) and reload some programs.  Then we had modem problems.  Our connections to get online and on our network failed.  After 2 changes in modems, we are finally back to normal connections.

My new PC is Windows OS 8 and I dreaded changing from my Vista OS but have found it was an easy transition.  Not at all as difficult as I had read and heard. In fact I am liking some of the new apps available and find it easy to maneuver.

In the meantime, we made a trip to Tennessee for my Mother's 94th birthday. Fortunately we had good weather for the trip down and made it home before the snow hit in Ohio.  While in Tennessee, the weather was in the 40's  and 50's but was very cold there on the morn we left.  As I typed this, it is 2 degrees outside and we must have 5-7 inches of the white snuff.

We are now preparing for our trip to Captiva Island for a few weeks.  Looking forward to some sun, sand, and surf.

I plan to try to get back to visiting in blogland very soon. See you there.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thank You Card

Welcome!  My card is for a sketch challenge and a few other ones too. I have again used scraps of cardstock including the white card base and followed the sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy. The Stamps are from Gina K Designs Buds and Vases (Flower) and Pressed Flowers (Thanks) some of my older sets.  Used a fairly new EF from Darice Flower Frenzy and Spellbinders Lacey Circle die. Inks used were Memento Dandelion and Versamark .  Used Wow EP in Sunshine Yellow....first time to use....forgot where I got it. Added  Glitter Domes and used Clear Star Pen on stamped flower for Shine. The size of the card is 3.5" x 5.5".....just happened to have in my scraps from another project.
Seems a Little Sketchy: Sketch on left
Stamp TV: STV14MON2-use shine on card
Crazy 4 Challenges: Make a skinny card 3.5" x 5.5"
Creative Card Crew: The challenge sketch is the same as SALS .  My first time to play here.

.I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Holly Good Snowman

Happy Monday! It has been awhile since I entered a challenge at Meljens Designs... this week the challenge is Bullseye.... to center everything on your card.   I decided the use of a circle seemed appropriate for this challenge.  I found this image Frosty Face in my files that I had printed sometime ago.  I colored him with Copics N 2,4,7, B0000, G 19,82,85, R46,Y38, Y28 and a Clear Star Pen for sparkle. Using a GKD Green cardstock as the base, I layered with a Pebbles Pattern Paper and attached the image cut with a Nesties circle die and matted on a red circle.  Finished with a sentiment from Creative Clear Stamp Holiday Sentiments embossed with white EP and embellished with red rhinestones.
Meljens Designs: Theme is Bullseye
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Winter Weather....snowmen are certainly part of our winter weather.
ABC Christmas Challenge: A is for Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra: Anything goes as long as it is Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Christmas
Digitally Sweet Challenge: DSC #70 Anything Goes

The making of this card supports my goal for 2014 to use up scraps and supplies that I have neglected. Used scraps, bling and preprinted digis just laying around for months.

  I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fun with Hearts

Hello and welcome! This is my second post today.
  Today I have another fun card that I created from playing with Nesties Scalloped Hearts.  The objective was to make a one layer card.  I simply cut some stencils from 3 sizes of the hearts ...laid the stencils one at a time on white cardstock and sponged with Distress Ink Spun Sugar.  This was a good exercise to practice sponging. To add some dimension I outlined part of each heart with a Memento  Rose Bud marker. It almost appears that the hearts were cut from pink paper and attached...but not!
I stamped the sentiments from Flourishes' From the Heart set in Rose Bud ink and added a narrow pink ribbon with scor-tape to finish.
Less Is More: One Layer Card with theme of  Hearts
Allsorts Challenge: Ribbon but no bows
One-Layer Simplicity: Challenge is restocking shelves....restocking Cards for Valentine
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Pink and Ribbon Theme

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

A Box of Chocolates

 I am thinking of Valentine's Day which inspired this card made with a sketch from Sweet Sunday Challenge.  I stamped the Candy Box from Flourishes Love Sweet Love set. I fussy cut and colored with Copics E27,44,55, RV 11,21,23,Y 28,G82 and Atyou Spica Gold. Added some glossy Accents to the flowers on box.
I used Pink CS from stash for the card base and scraps for the layers.  The Polka Dot Pattern is from MME.  Embossing: Used Cuttlebug Swiss Dots on the pattern, Fiskars Texture Plate Hearts on the pink, and Cuttlebug EF With Love border on the gold.
As an afterthought, I added the hearts and ribbon laying on my desk that were leftovers from other projects.
Sweet Sunday: Sketch 201 Shown on left
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
The temperature is back in the 30's today. At least we had one day yesterday without freezing cold.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thinking of Spring

What a change in the weather....almost 50 degrees!  Almost Spring like....NOT!  But it is much warmer than yesterday.
 The year has started off with some great challenges - some that I followed have closed but I am finding new ones through my blog friends.  I found some pattern paper in some new supplies  that I thought was great for the color challenge at Party Time Tuesday using red, yellow, blue, and  green and combined that with a sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  The pattern paper is from a (new to me) pad from MME A Mother's Love.  I used both sides of one of the papers and used white CS for the card base and the image.  I stamped Tulip Bouquet from Repeat Impressions with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics  R20,22,24,YG91,93, YR20,21,65  matching colors  with the color challenge as well as the floral paper.   The image was cut with Nesties Oval die and layered on a Blue Mat (a scrap) cut with Nesties scallop oval die.  Following the sketch, I layered the pattern papers that I embossed with Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots and Darice  EF Flower Frenzy and attached the image. I added "Thanks" that I cut with my new Cameo in a Red CS.
Party Time Tuesday:#154 Color challenge Shown on left
What If? Wednesday: Sketch #J814
Shopping Our Stash: #133 Use Something New...used new Cameo and new MME Paper
The ABC Challenge:  C is for Colorful

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter White Card

 The challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week is Winter Whites and we must use at least one of her dies.  I started out and cut a few of her snowflakes thinking I would make a card featuring snow and snowflakes.  Then I took out a white glossy cardstock and thought I would use it for the card base.  Playing around I decided to  emboss the Cathedral Lace Frame die on the front of the glossy white CS cut to  7"X10".  I have always cut with this die but never used for just embossing.  I loved the look of the embossing....such an elegant look on the glossy white .. so much that I decided this would be the feature of my card.  Added some pearls and a white organza ribbon with gold thread.  I finished the inside with a panel of white cardstock embossed with Swedish Spring Oval Frame.   I  heat embossed the sentiment from Flourishes with gold embossing powder.

It is fun to experiment never know what you might create.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Warm Winter Wishes

 Hello! Are you keeping warm?  We had more snow here in Ohio last night but we are having a warming trend today....up to 36 degrees.  The cold weather inspired this card that is for some snow and ice challenges.  I stamped Flourishes' Snowman with a Bird (made it a bluebird) with black ink.
Colored the image in Copics and hung a sign on his stick arm sending Warm Wishes. Added some cold icicles and snowflakes for more coldness!
White and Blue CS from stash
Stamps: Flourishes Let It Snow set and MFP's Icicles
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Copics: B0000,000,25,41,45,93,97, E25
Stickles: Frosted Lace, Crystal
Red, Orange, and Black Glaze Pens

Kaboodle Doodles: Let It Snow
Tuesday  Throwdown: Snowman Fun
Simon Says: Ice Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday: Cold and Frosty
Less Is More: Winter Blues...inspiration photo below
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Another Get In Shape Card

 Hello! The temp is beginning to warm up in Ohio.  It has reached 12 degrees as I post this. I made another card for Flourishes Timeless  Tuesday challenge FTTC253 to make a Shaped Card. I just had to use flowers on this one since this month's Flourishes release is Flowers For Jan.  I am also cutting the first stamp image that I cut with my NEW Cameo...oh, how simple is that!  Using a cut file from Flourishes, I cut the outline of a stamp from Zinnias and then stamped the image directly on to the cutout.  Hint: It is best to stamp the image before removing from the Cameo mat which holds the CS while stamping.  I cut several and stamped at the same time.
I colored the image with Copics Y02,17, 23, 38, G21, 40. I created the card base with White CS and layers of Yellow and Green CS's all cut with Spellbinders Scallop Oval Dies.  I added a green satin loop ribbon and a sentiment from Zinnias stamped in Memento Potter's Clay ink and cut with SB Label 4.

Other challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge: Challenge is A few of Cat's Favorite Things...use at least 3 items from her list. I used Ribbon, Die Cuts, Layering of an image, and Copic coloring of an image

 This is a new challenge that I read about on Patti J's Blog. Thanks for letting us know, Patti.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Shaped Card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

This week's challenge at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday is ushering in their new release. We are to "Get in Shape" by making a shaped card. I decided to make a Valentine card combining scalloped heart die cuts and Label 4 die cuts made with Spellbinders dies.  I stamped the white heart with an image from Flourishes  From the Heart Set using Memento Lady Bug ink.  I attached this to the red heart and then  to the card base of white CS cut with the Labels 4 Die. Using the same stamp set, I stamped a banner and sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP. I fussy cut the banner and popped up with foam dots and added 2 red hearts leftover from another project.  Also added some sparkle with Clear star Pen.

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, January 6, 2014

Say Love With Flowers

 Hello!  I should be house cleaning or packing away Christmas Decorations but decided to do a second post.  I am still using some new supplies with one of my fave digis from Doodle Pantry.  I also found a challenge that is new to me Digi Sketch Challenge.  I made this card using the Digi Sketch shown below with the Poppy Digi from Doodle Pantry and new pattern Papers from MME 6X6 paper pad.  After printing the flower, I colored with Copics  R20,22,24 and BG11, G21 and then sponged the image with Distress Ink Antique Linen to darken the white CS.  I used Red Cs for the card base and mats.  The sentiment is from Flourishes From the Heart set and stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink. Finished with rhinestones.
Doodle Pantry Monthly Challenge: DPDC42 use any digi.  Used Poppy.
Digi Sketch Challenge: Theme is say it with flowers. Used their Sketch below.
Simon Says: Something New.  Used new papers.
Scrap Creations: Something New.  Been awhile since I entered this challenge.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

A New Sunrise-A New Day

Welcome! I hope you are warm and cozy today.  This is one cold winter in Ohio!!  There are several challenges in blog land for Something New, meaning use new techniques or supplies, etc. I have this Repeat Impression stamp of a sunrise which I have never used.....thought it was appropriate since every day brings a new sunrise and a new beginning.  I decided to put it to use using a technique new to me...the Chalkboard Technique.  I stamped the image and sentiment (also Repeat Impressions) with versamark ink on Black Cardstock and heat embossed with White EP. I then sponged on some Brilliance Moonlight ink to give more of the chalkboard look. I colored in the sun with a yellow pencil and added some doodling with a  Sukura  White Gelly Roll pen . I am not sure if the doodling really adds anything but gave it a try for the first time. My DH selected the pattern paper since I had a hard time choosing one. Finished the card with White Card Base and the pattern paper from a Pebbles Paper pad which is also new.

The House That Stamps Built: Designer Choice Challenge 11-New to you.  Used new technique, new paper.
Simon Says: Something New-used new paper and my theme is A New Sunrise-A New Day
The Paper Players: A Clean Slate-use Chalkboard Technique

You can find a lot about how to do the Chalkboard technique online.
I do not endorse products but the Sukura White Gelly roll Pen is great for writing on dark cardstock and I tried a lot of white pens before finding this one.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Celebrate with a Card

Today, I have a CAS card for a birthday or another day of celebration. The hanging lanterns remind me of d├ęcor hung for a party.  My stamps are from Flourishes Pinwheels and Popsicles and this is the first time I have inked these stamps.  I paper pieced the lanterns with scraps after stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white Neenah cardstock. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Peanut Brittle ink,  I have made a New Year Craft Resolution to use up more of many paper scraps and use neglected stamps and tools. I layered the image on another scrap and attached to a White card base,
CAS-ology :Week 76 Cue card is Party
Shopping our Stash: Use the last of something....last of the blue pattern paper.
Tuesday Morning Sketch: Anything Goes....whatever we want to do. No sketch to follow this challenge.
Charisma Cardz: Birthdays is theme. Happy 5th Birthday Charisma!

I hope everyone in the cold zones will be safe and warm during all the record breaking  cold weather.
Your comments warm my heart. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cute Bear

Today is another cold and snowy day...perfect for crafting.  I made this card for the What If? Wednesday  sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built. I used a Bear Repeat Impressions Stamp for my focus image,  I stamped the Cute Bear with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics E35,37, and 51. After cutting with a Nesties circle die, I sponged the edge with distress ink and attached it to  a beaded circle die cut of red cardstock. I used GKD Brown cardstock for the card base and layered with a strip of Polka Dot Pattern Paper. I finished with a red wired  ribbon tied in a bow. The ribbon  was saved from a Christmas gift.
My day was starting fine until my computer died....would not turn on after suddenly shutting down.  My DH took it in to the Geek Squad who pronounced it DOA from a fried Motherboard probably due to old age.  I am so glad that I have Carbonite that saves all my file. Now I am shopping for a new computer.
  I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy Happy Flower

 I am always looking for a new way to use supplies and I decided to use a doily die as a single large flower using pattern paper for my design.  Because of the size of the "flower" I made the card size 5" by 7".  Looked too crowded on a smaller size.  The die is Cheery Lynn's French Pastry Doily and I also used her Fanciful Flourish die, my very favorite die.  The card base is Bazzill light green textured cardstock, pattern paper is a scrap of K&Co, and dark green is GKD CS.  Used Cuttlebug EF Windowpane and Flourishes stamp with SU ink.   

I am entering this card for this special challenge:
 Cheery Lynn Designs is giving away an Ebosser (winner pays shipping).
To enter....
Create a project using at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die
Link back to their post
One entry per person
Contest ends on Wednesday, January 9th
Random winner will be announced January 10th

Why don't you try to win an Ebosser?  Check it out here.  Sounds like fun! 
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

New Year Fun

Back today with more wishes for a Happy New Year.  We spent a quiet night at home on New Year's Eve with a great dinner and champagne.  On New Year's I prepared a brunch of Eggs Benedict topped with a bit of leftover caviar and Al served  Mimosas.   We had our traditional dinner of roast pork, black eyed peas, sauerkraut, and corn bread.  It's partly a southern thing.

My card is made with stamps from Mark's Finest Papers "Big City" and "Peaceful Nuthatch" using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The fireworks are embossed with  Darice EF and inked with gold ink and clearstar pen. Attached to a black cardstock base.

Speedy Fox and Friends: Theme is Happy New Year
Simon Says: Something New...using new embossing folder
Craft Your Passion: Something New...using new embossing folder

Enjoy your day! Looks like more snow coming...great crafting weather.
I love reading all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

 I am a bit late wishing everyone a Happy New Year but I wanted to post this card with my wishes for everyone to have a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2014.
I made this card using a new Darice Embossing Folder called Fireworks. After embossing a Black Card stock, I inked the raised area with a gold ink and added some gold EP.  I stamped the sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers (Peaceful Nuthatch set) withVersamark and heat embossed with Gold EP.  This was a very  easy card that I made in a matter of minutes...less than 10 minutes.  I also made the same card using a dark navy cardstock but like it best in the black which is much more dramatic.
Challenges to enter:
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge: Theme is Happy New Year
Simon Says: Something New...using new embosssing folder.
 CAS-ual Friday: Happy New Year Theme

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa