Saturday, April 30, 2016

Masculine Spring Birthday



My husband has a late April Birthday so when it came around this year, I wanted to incorporate some of the lovely spring green with a mountain theme.  We prefer the mountains over the beach.  I remembered this Heartfelt Creations image I bought a while ago and it seemed the perfect fit.  I stamped it and went to coloring with my Copics!  I also used a new embossing folder from WeRMemoryKeepers.  I had seen this particular basket weave one on a blog, and since I used to sell Longaberger Baskets in another life, I just couldn’t resist. These Next Level EF are the best - they are so rich in texture!  I used the MFT Plaid Patterns paper to break up all of the detail from the embossing folders!  I liked how it turned out! 

  • ·         Stamp set(s):  HFC-Mystic Hideaway
  • ·         Ink(s):  Memento Tuxedo Black
  • ·         Paper:  MFT- Plain Patterns 6x6 Paper Pack; X-Press It Blending Card;      SU-Hello Honey & Gumball Green(ret.)                           
  • ·         Dies & Embossing Folders:  PTI-Limitless Layers 3.5” Ovals Dies; Cottage Cutz-Happy & Birthday
  • ·         Embellishments/Other things of note:  Copic Markers(picture),  Zva Creative Crystals & WRMK Woven EF

 
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Oh, the embossing folders from WRMK are newer; and I couldn’t find them locally, so I contacted Tupelo Designs, LLC.  They found it for me, and I now have 2 Woven folders.  They were only $9.99 for 2 6x6” folders!  They have them in stock on their website now!  Just a plug for a newer company!

Many Blessings,
Donna

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Easter Wedding Anniversary



My husband and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary this past Easter weekend.  We met in person on Good Friday of 2004 and were married on Saturday of Easter weekend of 2005.  This year was the first time that our anniversary fell on Saturday of Easter weekend so I decided that a fun card with a bit of bunny business was in order.  I had just received these two stamp sets and coordinating dies from Verve so why not! (I seldom buy a stamp set that doesn’t have coor-dinating dies as I hate to fussy cut and love to layer to add texture!) Here is my enablers list:

  • Stamp set(s): Hip Hop Bunnies & Rise Above (Verve); Vintage Linens          (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink(s):  Memento Tuxedo Black; Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
  • Paper:  Gumball Green (ret.), Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky & Whisper White (SU)
  • Dies & Embossing folders:  Bunny Hop & Partly Cloudy Dies (Verve);  Stitched Basic Edges Die (My Favorite Things); Foliage Border Die, Diagonal Stripes EF, & Chicken Wire EF (Darice)
  • Embellishments/Other things of note:  Wink of Stella Clear; Copic Sketch Markers – R21, 22; E00, 02,23, 31, 33   

I added additional texture through the use of embossing folders – the striped on the “grass” to make it look freshly mowed and the chicken wire one to give texture to the background.  The white clouds added the perfect touch to the sunny effect.  But my favorite part of the whole card is the precious little bunny that I colored in Copics.  He turned out really well and might be some of the best coloring I’ve done since picking my markers back up after a long hiatus.  The next use of these bunnies comes next weekend when I’ll be using them for our granddaughter’s first birthday.  Malin has captured my heart and I love being Nanny to her!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  I know it’s been a long time since I regularly posted on my blog, but I’m trying to get back in the swing of it now that things seem a little calmer with family doings.

Many Blessings,
Donna

Monday, March 7, 2016

Lovely Persian Style Flowers



  • ·         Stamp set(s):   Altenew’s Persian Motifs       
  • ·         Ink(s):  Memento Tuxedo black, SU markers           
  • ·         Paper:  SU-Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
  • ·         Dies & Embossing folders:  Unknown EF
  • ·         Embellishments/Other things of note:  Verve-Sequins, glitter, white gel pen

     I know that it has been a very long time since I lasted posted on this blog!  It has been a very up and down couple of years.  Our first granddaughter was born and is almost a year old coming up next month.  Things haven’t been the same in this Nanny’s heart since then, but I am back doing more crafting and making cards for the pastor at our new church.  Much has happened!

     I made this card early last fall to send to my daughter Rebecca who was in Tanzania with the Peace Corps.  I just wanted to let her know that her mama was thinking of her.  She loves to get my hand made cards so she has another keepsake or two since she left.  She is now safely back home, Praise the Lord and job hunting!  I'm guessing on some of the deets as I can't find my recipe paper for this.  The photo is not great as it's somewhat blurry & crooked - drives me nuts, but such is life!  Things get a bit crooked at times!  :-)

Many Blessings,
Donna

PS: The colors are Rebecca's favs!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Good Things From Brighter Days

 
If I get this posted on time, it may be the first time or at least the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to get all of a month’s sketches done and posted.  Yeah for me!  This card is for my youngest daughter.  She’s been having a difficult time post graduate school with work, studying for a national licensing exam to be a pediatric nurse practitioner, and dealing with migraine headaches while looking for a new job to use her new skill set.  Whew, it makes me tired just to think about it!  She’s a wonderful, caring young lady and I know that the Lord has the perfect job for her out there even if she can’t see it right now!  Please be praying for her!  Her licensing exam is coming up on July 9th!  My girl is a girly girl but very modern so while I went with flowers I did try to go with some more graphic papers but you can’t put down your style too much.  I love those Starry Dies.  I wanted to add a bit more sparkle to the card and with this being the week of the 4th of July, stars were just the thing!  Have a wonderful week and holiday!  God Bless the USA!
·       Stamp set(s):  Verve – Brighter Days & Dream Big
·       Ink(s):  Memento – Tuxedo Black; Stampin’ Up! – Melon Mambo & Wild Wasabi
·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Wild Wasabi; American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Yes Please 6x6 Pad; X-Press Blending Card; The Paper Studio – Champagne Glitter Paper
·       Dies & Embossing folders:  Verve – A Cut Above – Scalloped Flower & Starry Die; Stampin’ Up! – Cloudy Day EF (ret.)
·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  Copic Markers – RV29, R32, & $11  
Many Blessings,
Donna




Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome Baby with Viva la Verve

 


          Our church family has grown by two precious little ones in the past few weeks so I needed to send some cards out to welcome the new additions to the church!  The first card goes to the family with the little girl since ladies go first!

·       Stamp set(s):  Verve – Be Blessed; Stampin’ Up! – Petite Pairs

·       Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Strawberry Slush & So Saffron

·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Very Vanilla, Strawberry Slush, So Saffron & Lucky Limeade (ret.); My Minds’ Eye – Bloom & Grow Eye Candy (2009)

·       Dies & Embossing folders:  A Cut Above by Verve – Petal Points Die, Sprightly Sprigs & Banner Bundles; Stampin’ Up! – Sizzlits – Beautiful Wings; Spellbinders – Labels 10; Provocraft – Polka Dots EF

·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  Stampin’ Up! – Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon(ret.)  & Subtles Candy Dots; Verve – Shine Bright Sequin Mix   

         If you have read any of my past blog posts, you know that I am a self-confessed paper hoarder.  I buy paper with one project in mind, especially the older papers when I thought I was going to be doing a lot of scrapbooking, and then don’t want to use it.  But this piece of paper was a single piece of this lovely collection hanging around in my Scrap Rack so I pulled it out.  I love the sketch that Chaitali did for this week and had some trial and error coming up with the curve for the papers.  I found that the Spellbinders Labels 10 cut the paper to the curve and size I wanted when the width was 4 1/8”.
          I’d been really wanting to pull out my newly arrived Be Blessed set and those lovely flowers.  Add some greenery using the Sprightly Sprigs die, a butterfly, some sequins, ribbon and my new candy dots from Stampin’ Up! for the flower centers.  I love those things.  Just got those in for the first time from SU.  They will be a regular from now on.  They are so easy to use and love them with flowers.

 
For my second card, I had a little boy to welcome into the world so I changed up the colors, kept the layout the same and changed up the elements a bit.  Here are the supplies that I used:
·       Stamp set(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Petite Pairs
·       Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Bermuda Bay & Rich Razzleberry
·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Whisper White, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, & Daffodil Delight; Basic Grey – Lemonade Picnic Table (2009)
·       Dies & Embossing folders:  Cut Above by Verve – Banner Bundle, Sprightly Sprigs; Spellbinders – Labels 10; Stampin’ Up!  - Embosslits/Sizzlits, Beautiful Wings, Buttons #5,  Floral Fusion & Chevron EF                                  
·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  Stampin’ Up! – Brights Collections Buttons, Jewels Basic Rhinestones & Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine (ret.)
         I wanted to make a less feminine card yet keep it young since a baby whether boy or girl is such a precious soft bundle with no hard edges.  So I used some less traditional colors but still added some softer touches, after all butterflies are still technically bugs!  LOL  Instead of flowers, I used some button dies and a simple flower with a button center for some layer and depth.
I know that this is a longer post than usual but with the cards being so similar, I wanted to post them together.  I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit!
May you and your family have a safe and blessed 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s birthday!
Many Blessings,
Donna





 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thinking of You with WPlus9 Design Studio


 
          A few months ago, I won a prize package from Papercrafts & Scrapbooking Magazine valued at about $150.  In that prize package were 2 WPlus9 items – Very Vintage Florals and a matching die for the label/frame stamp in the set.  As you can see by many of my posts, not only am I using a lot of Pear Pizazz card stock – probably my favorite green, but I am also making my own floral patterned paper by using stamps to make my own.  Love this idea!  I love florals – it is a theme on my blog, lol – but making my own matching papers is just perfect for me.  Every attempt is different!
          I needed 3 cards – two for my church card ministry and one for us to send.  So I played and these 3 cards were what I came up with.  I thought that the ODBD Corrie ten Boom quote was appropriate for all 3 cards though I just now realized that by using the same sentiment on the inside, I gave away my identity to the recipient of 2 cards – one from the church and one from me and my husband!  Little slow there!  LOL  All 3 cards measure 4¼” by 5½” with one having a different orientation than the other 2.

·       Stamp set(s):  WPlus9 – Very Vintage Florals; Our Daily Bread Designs – Corrie ten Boom (inside of all 3 cards); 2nd & 3rd card, inside:  Stampin’ Up! – Flowering Flourishes; Papertrey Ink – Delightful Dahlia Additions

·       Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – 1st Card:  Rose Red, Blushing Bride & Pear Pizazz; 2nd & 3rd Card – Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizazz & Garden Green

·       Paper:  1st card: Stampin’ Up! – Rose Red, Whisper White, & Pear Pizazz; 2nd & 3rd Card: Stampin’ Up! – Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder & Pear Pizazz

·       Dies & Embossing folders:  WPlus9 – Labels Layers 3 Die

·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  1st Card: Stampin’ Up! - Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon (ret.); 2nd & 3rd Card – White ribbon from stash; sequins; Stampin' Up! - Basic Jewels Rhinestones
          The making of the two different pattern papers were the most time consuming especially with the smaller floral from the WPlus9 set.  I made a whole page with the PTI images that you’ve seen in previous posts.  I played around with placement on this one.  This is one of the few times recently that I haven’t had a sketch to use for the layout.  Fairly simple card to make with all of the nice elements in the focal stamp set.  The WPlus9 set can be layered up to create different looking flowers for a really pretty effect.  I will use this one a lot, I think especially the frame.  The photopolymer stamp allows you to mount a sentiment from the set inside the frame and stamp both the frame and sentiment at the same time.  Really nice!!!
          Thank you for taking a look at my creations.  Please feel free to browse around my blog!

Many Blessings,
Donna