Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hope Today Is All Rainbows & Unicorns

Hello, and happy hump day! Today's card was created for the latest The Paper Players challenge. As you know, I struggle with clean and simple cards but I knew as soon as I saw this challenge that I could make this one happen. My friend Becky gave me a piece of fun cardstock that she had created a fun pattern on using a stencil and some distress oxide inks and a glitter brush. I die cut the panel down into two hearts using a heart die from the Folk Hearts by Essentials by Ellen die set. I then added some black dashed lines around the outer edges of them both. I then stamped and colored the adorable little unicorn from the Greeting Farm's Magical Day stamp set onto some Copic-friendly cardstock and colored the image using my alcohol markers. I fussy cut the unicorn out and popped it up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I cut a panel of white cardstock slightly smaller than my white card base and added some black dashed lines around the outer edge. I then adhered my heart panel directly onto the focal panel and stamped the sentiment and the butterflies from The Greeting Farms Magical Friends stamp set. I popped the whole focal panel up off of the card using some inexpensive fun foam I picked up at Hobby Lobby. To finish my card I added some pretty shimmer and shine to the unicorn's mane and tail and the butterflies using my Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen. I loved how adorably this card turned out that I created a second. I hope you like them both and thank you for visiting my blog today!



Monday, April 16, 2018

Winter Wishes


Hello, and happy Monday! Today's card was created for the latest Jingle Belles photo challenge. I have to be honest...I would never think to put orange on a Christmas card so this one perplexed me for a few minutes until I remembered my fun Simon Says Stamp set Hand Lettered Winter Wishes. I love the graphic diagonal stripe and bold sentiments in this set and thought it might be fun to combine them with some traditional blue and white cardstock for a fun mix of colors. I started by stamping the sentiment from the SSS stamp set directly onto my card base using Memento tangelo ink. I then die cut a piece of white cardstock using a pierced scalloped edge rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs and cut down one edge for a fun border to my blue and white patterned paper from Gina K Designs. I stamped the diagonal border onto some white cardstock using the same Memento ink and cut it down into a thin strip and layered it onto my patterned paper. I die cut a few snowflakes in two different sizes and colored one using the Memento tangelo ink and adhered them together using a glue dot and then glued them down to the card panel. I popped the entire focal panel up off of the card using some inexpensive fun foam from Hobby Lobby. I finished the card off by adding some enamel dots from Simple Stories Life Documented and some Recollections clear rhinestones. For some additional sparkle and shine I added some clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen to the snowflakes and the sentiment. Thank you for visiting my blog and if you like my card please leave a comment and subscribe!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

For You-Unity {show & tell} Sketch Challenge

My card today was created for the latest Unity {show & tell} Facebook group sketch challenge. I love this sketch and have used one similar to it months back during a collaboration with my friend Debra Davison. To create my card I started by stamping the image from the March Unity Stamp Company kit of the month Stay Classy that I borrowed from my buddy Becky onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the image using some muted spring tones for a nice vintage look and cut the image down into a rectangle panel. I then mounted some patterned paper from Glitz Love You Madly 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I cut the focal image down into a rectangle panel and then cut more of the patterned paper to match the sketch. I assembled the card in the manner of the sketch and then stamped the sentiment from the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments stamp set onto more white cardstock and mounted it onto the card using foam dimensionals from Scrapbook Adhesives. I popped the focal image up off of the card using some fun foam from Hobby Lobby. To finish my card and complete the sketch I added some Ranger Enamel Accents in glacier white to the ends of the accent strips. I love how beautifully this turned out. Thank you for visiting my blog and if you like my card be sure to leave a comment. 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Welcome Baby-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello, and welcome to the March Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb collaboration. This month we are joined by another fun guest designer, our friend MariLynn. In honor of the arrival of my newest grandchild, Madelyn Celeste (seriously...how precious is she?), we opted to feature baby cards!
To create my card I started by die cutting a piece of white cardstock using a stitched edge rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs and popped it up off of my card using some inexpensive fun foam I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Using patterned paper from the Authentique Delightful 6x6 paper pad I layered on a circle that I cut using a Spellbinders circle die and a sweet fishtail banner that I created using a Jillian Vance die. To help add some visual contrast I added some black dashed lines around the circle and fishtail banner. I then stamped the images from the Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored them using my alcohol markers. I then stamped the sweet little scrolled banner from the Reverse Confetti Beautiful Banners stamp set and then stamped the sentiment from the same Lawn Fawn set. To complete my card I adhered all of the images straight down onto the card base. 
As for my coffee choice I opted for my standard Seattle's Best Coffee French roast in the mug my son and his wife got me for Christmas in honor of me being a grandma again!
To see what Deb and MariLynn created be sure to pop on over to their blogs and leave them a little blog love in the way of a comment! Have a great rest of your weekend and thank you for visiting my blog! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Real Woman

Hello, and welcome to the March Words 2 Craft By challenge. This month we have a quote from Maya Angelou..."I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's me." I know everyone who visits my blog must roll their eyes when they see me use yet another Unity Stamp Company Angie Girl but they really have the most amazing images and beautiful sentiments. This one really stood out to me and I thought it really embodied the essence our quote this month! 
To create my card I started by layering some rust colored cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white card base and then covering it with some patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Country Meadows 12x12 paper pack. I stamped the beautiful image from the Unity Stamp Company's Angie Girl Rebuild Herself stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink and my mini-Misti and colored her with my alcohol markers to compliment the patterned papers. I cut the image down into a focal panel, matted it onto the same cardstock, and adhered it to the card at an angle for some visual contrast to the busy paper. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and mounted it onto some of the same cardstock. I popped it up off of the card using some fun foam and called this card done. I look forward to seeing all of the beautiful creations my fellow design team members and the participants create!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

You Are My Hero


Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! Today's card was created for the latest Watercooler Wednesday card challenge and is in honor of my son's retirement from 15 years of active-duty service in the U.S. Army. This young man has had quite a remarkable career and I could not be more proud of him! He started his military journey doing OSUT (one station unit training) for 8 months at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA where he did Infantry, Advanced Infantry, Airborne, and Ranger training. He then got stationed with B Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, WA. He did 2 combat tours with them to Iraq and Afghanistan and then changed his MOS to 97 Bravo where he trained for interrogation at Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, AZ. He did another tour to Iraq with the head of the Multi National Forces. When he returned back to the states he applied for and was accepted to flight school at Ft. Rucker in Enterprise, AL. After 2 very grueling years of school, training, and SERE he received his flight wings and graduated as a Warrant Officer flying UH-60 Black Hawks! He was stationed at Ft. Campbell on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. I liked him being stationed there because it was a quick drive from where I live. He did another combat tour to Afghanistan with his new unit and came home to get stationed to yet another base. His final destination with the U.S. Army was Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX where he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer II and made lead pilot of his air navigation team! My son started out at Ft. Benning as an E-1 Private and in 15 years became an officer and a pilot! I could not be more proud of him and all he's accomplished! He's going to be a dad for the first time next month and finds himself having to write a resume for the first time in 15 years. He's now enrolled at TCU in Ft. Worth, TX and will be starting an MBA program this fall. I can't wait to see what he does with the next chapter of his life! But in honor of all he's accomplished to date this card is in honor of him!
To create my card I started by layering some real red cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my white card base. I then layered some patterned paper from the Authentique Pride 6x6 paper pad onto top. I then stamped the dog tags and sentiment from the Unity Stamp Company's Dog Tags & Thanks stamp set onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs and popped it up off of the card using some inexpensive fun foam I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I colored the dog tags using my alcohol markers and then added a few bright red sequins to the panel to finish it off.  Thank you for visiting and be sure to leave a comment if you like my card!



Thank You

Hello and thank you for popping over to my blog! Today's card was created for the latest AAA Cards challenge. I picked up the My Favorite Things Out On A Limb die and stamp set several months ago from a friend's destash but have never used it. As soon as I saw this challenge I knew I had to crack it out and use it. To create my card I started by layering a piece of early espresso cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my white card base that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I then die cut another smaller stitched edge rectangle using the same die set and some white cardstock from Staples. I die cut the tree base from the MFT set using the same brown cardstock as the larger rectangle base and glued it directly to the smaller focal panel. I die cut the leaves using patterned paper from the Authentique Remembrance 6x6 paper pad and glued those down to the panel. Using more patterned paper from the same paper pad I die cut the sentiment using a die that I picked up on sale at Blitsy. I glued that down to the card and called this one done. I don't think I've ever created a card that had no stamping on it at all but this turned out nicely. I will have to challenge myself to make more die only cards in the future. Thank you for stopping by today!