Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Man Stripes

Good Morning Peeps!

As you may have noticed, moustaches are the rage right now. I've had this moustache dies/stamp set by HeroArts for a while and just got around to using it. [It's not as easy using a 'stache as you might think.] I seem to neglect masculine cards and decided it was time to solve that problem.

The DUDE and sentiment stamps are from Simon Says Stamp card kits. I fussy cut around the DUDE stamp to leave a small white edge to mimic the 'stache. I turned the sentiment into a banner, added 3 black liquid pearl dots for buttons, and called it done.

Not only did I get 4 cards from a leftover pieces of striped paper, but I finally found a way to use my moustache die/stamp set, and have masculine cards to send in to Operation Write Home! Now I call that a successful craft session.

My back porch swing is calling me so I'll say bye for now. Thank you for stopping by... hope you enjoyed your visit!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Monkey Time

Howdy Peeps! I tell you, sometimes my craft space becomes a bottomless pit... or land of the lost. Yup, that's what it is.

I had made a card similar to this a while back for a fun fold challenge. The fun fold wasn't anything to write home about [my humble opinion] because it used more card stock for the fold, and you could get the same effect without the extra step. I couldn't find the video for the fun fold, but no biggie as I wasn't going to use it anyway. But... I had extra paper because I liked it so much... but then lost it. [mumble, mumble] Fast forward to now, two months later... I found the paper and made more of these cards before I lost the paper again.

The monkey/blue & white dotted paper is a double sided piece. The front paper is cut 1" narrower [that would be 3 1/4"]. The left side of the front is a 1 1/4" strip of solid blue hand cut into fringe. I used a 3" scallop circle punch for the half circle on the right so part of the monkey would be showing. I also sponged brown along the edges.

The monkey on the inside is a builder punch by McGill, and the balloons are made with a Marvy paper punch. A couple of pieces of baker's twine, and a stamped sentiment later, I have a CASE card like the original - minus the fun fold. [The builder punch for the monkey has several small pieces/parts to make the monkey, and takes a little time... but the end result was worth it. Plus... I got the punch at 75% off so it's all good!]

Well, I going to get going. Maybe I'll find some more lost treasures in my craft space. Thank you for stopping by... hope you enjoyed your visit!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Flowers in Silhouette

GoodW Morning Peeps!

It looks like another rainy day here as storm clouds are moving in. We've had a lot of rain, but nothing compared to the flooding the folks in the Plains have had. It's been a good day to work on this week's OWH Sketch Challenge #231. The link is Here.

I really couldn't decide what to put in the one panel until I looked at my stamps. This flower silhouette stamp just said "pick me!", so I did. I used a glitter pen on the flower, BUT, this is not acceptable for the troops. This one I made for a friend, but I'll make others without the glitter for the troops.

Paper: Authentique 6x6 pad
Flower stamp: Hero Arts
Sentiment: Simon Says Stamps

Well, the storm clouds are really meaning business so I'll get off here. Thanks for stopping by... Hope you enjoyed your visit!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Card in a Box

Good Morning Peeps! I have a fun project to show you, and in spite of how hard it looks, it's really very easy and goes together quickly. The "box that is"... but you can spend a good bit of time picking all the cute goodies to put in your box. [giggle] It's called a card in a box, and actually folds flat to fit inside a standard A2 envelope.

I found a great You Tube tutorial from the blog Mommy-Stamper by Brianna Thompson. The link to her post and tutorial is Here. Take a few minutes while you're there to check out the rest of Brianna's blog... such a talented and creative lady.

Well Peeps, that's it for me today. Time to take some hard earned money and go grocery shopping. Hmmm... did you ever think about that one? Take food off shelf and put in basket, take food out of basket and put on checkout counter, put bags of food in car, take bags out of car into house, take food out of bags and put on shelves. One gigantic multi-step circle from shelf to shelf. [giggle]

Friday, June 27, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge #230.

Hello Peeps!

Did you ever have a day when things didn’t go as planned or as expected? Of course you have, we all have. Today is another one of those days for me. It’s actually been more than just today… try all week! [Momma said there would be days like this. But so many in a row??]

I have literally been working on Sunday’s OWH sketch all week. Crooked paper, crooked or half inked stamping, along with other mishaps has turned a simple task like making a two cards seem endless. Yes, I was about to pitch it all until my daddy’s stubborn streak kicked in and I was determined to finish, as the old saying goes, come hell or high water!

This photo looks yellow, but the cardstock and DSP are really a pretty shade of peach. The sentiment is stamped.

Now this one really is yellow in color. The sentiment is a die cut, but I'm not that fond of how it looks. Maybe it's just me.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit. As always, your comments are greatly appreciated. I always read them and I thank you.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Playing Catch Up.... Again!

Good Morning Peeps! How is everyone out there in blog land? Two weeks ago my garage was hit by lightning, so it’s been crazy around here. I’m just thankful it wasn’t my house! Things are slowing down a bit, but now I find I’m getting a little nervous when I hear thunder. I have never been afraid of thunderstorms, and I’m still not, just find myself a tad nervous. I know lightning can hit twice… I just hope it does not happen here!

Today I’m catching up on Operation Write Home Sketch Challenges. This is Sketch 229 from this past Sunday. Be sure to check out the links for the sketches... they have measurements! The link is Here

I used a 'manuscript' embossing folder for the background of the first card. My white inner circles on both cards called for 1 1/4" circles, so I had to adapt it because I don't have that size. I've used 1 1/8" circles.

Can you believe the monkeys are stickers?  They're so stinkin cute, but in hindsight I think the stickers and background paper are too busy together.

This one is Sketch 228 from a week ago Sunday. The link is Here. I got the papers on both of these cards from paper pads that I found at a clearance sale. 

Well, that's it for me today peeps! 

Well, that's it for me today peeps! I'm planning on a nice, relaxing drive in the country today. I hope you have something nice and relaxing planned as well.

Thanks for stopping by... hope you enjoyed your visit! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Watercolor Cards

Good Morning Peeps!

I have some fun watercolor cards that were made without water. What??? Yep, you heard me, without water. It's a fun stamp set from Stampin Up called Happy Watercolor. Each month my SU demonstrator, Ashley McAllise has a class and these were made during class. What I love about this set is the "splotch" stamp that's in the first card looks so much like a splotch of watercolor.

Playful splashes of color from stamp and ink.

Sponge on a couple colors of ink and stamp the flowers.

Watercolor splotches again.

I love how the flower peeks out from the negative space left by using a circle punch.

This one is just so whimsical. It's rather narrow so we made our own envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board.

Well, that's about it for me today. Thank You for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!