Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wishing I was at the Beach

The new DRS Designs Challenge is Life Is A Beach!  Cards and Creations that are all about the beach or have beach themed additions.

These days, I am really craving some beach time - time at a very remote beach with no people and a nice early morning or late evening walk.  The crashing wave sounds coming through the window at night. The kind of beach trip that restores your balance.  Since that is what I want, my card has a peaceful deserted beach and soft colors.

I sponged on distress inks, drew on some little waves with a white gel pen,, then splashed on some white chalk paint on the shoreline.  Next, I stamped the DRS Designs Sitting Thinking Greeting and the Adirondack Chair (fussy cut and adhered it).

I love beach cards - hope you will join us in this challenge.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Memories of Sara

Sad news on this post so grab a tissue.  My Mother, Sara Hodge, passed away Saturday morning.  I was able to be there at her side, and I am so thankful.  She isn't suffering anymore and no longer has to fear a painful death from cancer.  We were lucky enough to have her 3.5 years after her stage 4 diagnosis.  She had a wonderful life and she was such a positive and Christian person so I know she is happy and in heaven.

The funeral is tomorrow so I wanted to do something a little different as a memorial to her.  I pinned THIS wonderful art collage by Linda Cain and studied it in detail.  I thought it would be great to use pieces of my Mother's life on a collage and then add some pictures from her life. My Sister, Sharon, and my Daughter, Crystal, helped on this project.

So we went to her craft desk and gathered up all the little scraps and things she was using to make the last card she was going to send.  We also grabbed some thread, flowers, a stamp, her pallet knife, some paint brushes, some paint, etc.  Then we went to her little treasure box and pulled out some things like her 600 club bowling pin, an earring, some chains, and her fun little orange plastic sunglasses she wore to my daughter's wedding on the beach.  We added in some other little meaning things like music notes, a drum major outfit, etc.  Then we followed Linda's instructions.

This is how the canvas looked after we did the texture, black gesso and sprays.

This is a how it looked after it was done.

This is a close up of the glasses and some of the other memory pieces.

What a great project!  It was therapeutic.  Thanks for the inspiration, Linda.  


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Under the Sea Shaker

I have been practicing some shaker cards.  I have developed a love/hate relationship with them.  I have thrown away more than I have kept, but I think I am starting to get the hang of them.  

This one has some issues, but I love how the sponging and stamping came out.  I did it for several challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.  All the images are from SU! and all the inks are Distress and Archival plus a bit of SU!

Hope your week is going well - mine isn't going to well.  My Mom is very sick - please fit her into your prayers.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Patriotic Camo

The new challenge at DRS Designs is the Camouflage technique - so fun!!!

I used the DRS Designs Give Thanks Bible Verse stamp, some star dies MFT), and watercolor paints - so easy.  This DRS stamp works for so many situations:  Bible Journaling, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and thank you cards.

Hope you will play along with us and make a camo card as well.  You totally need to check out the other DT cards - they are awesome!


Monday, May 30, 2016

A Jumpin'/Junkin' Birthday Card

My youngest daughter's 21st birthday is this week.  We have a junk booth together and love to go junkin' so I thought this would be a fun card for her.  Part of my inspiration is the May flowers challenge at Splitcoast Stampers - I used some metal flowers and gems I have been hoarding for years.  For a little distressing, I added in some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain around the edges.  Fun, fun, fun!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Bible Journaling Page with Umbrellas

The new DRS Designs Bible Journaling stamps are super great and help to make your pages look awecome.  I used the new Strength and Dignity Greeting on this Bible Journaling card. 

I lead a Bible Journaling class at my church and last month we made wedding dresses out of doilies. They loved them! So for the next class we are gong to make dresses out of umbrellas.  I used the DRS Designs Umbrella image to make this dress.  I stamped the image 9 times and shaded them using a sponge and some Tim Holtz distress inks.  I then layered up the umbrellas cutting sections off the top umbrella layers and using them to expand the bottom layers.  I sponged on a bit more ink and then added a few starfish from the 4-in-1 seashells image.  I then added a little gold lace to the top and sprayed the whole dress with some Fireworks spray.  For the base layer, I stamped the main greeting and then sponged around a chicken wire stencil.  It needed some more texture so I added some modeling paste on the stencil too.  To finish it off, I flicked some water colors in light brown and green. 

I attached my card to my Bible page with some washi tape.  I plan to write prayers on the other side.

My inspiration for this Bible Journaling card came from A Vintage Journey and their Sew Special Challenge.  This challenge and site are all about vintage, shabby chic, and mixed media creations.  I just found it, and I love it.  

Many hugz!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Forest Inspired Card

Its a super color challenge at DRS Designs.  Here is the inspiration pallet:

Such yummy colors and I love the inspiration picture too.  Reminds me of my camping years - you know those years prior to make up, curling irons, hair straighteners, and boys! LOL  As I have aged, I look at this picture and I think it is beautiful, but I wouldn't want to be out in it.  Here in Alabama, and probably everywhere else, this picture is full of hidden scary things - bugs by the millions, spiders, snakes, wild hogs, and no bathrooms!  Anyway, it is great for inspiration.

I decided to go with a wood theme, continue on the boy theme from last week, and incorporate as many of the colors as I could (I left out the brown accidently as I had intended to have a kraft layer and forgot - but it is in the bg of my picture...).

I started my main panel with some white card stock (a full page which is where I got my stars too) and masked off a portion and sponged it.  I did five stripes.  I did not try to be even as I wasn't sure what I as going to do with the stripes.  Then I stamped the Wood Grain Background stamp across the whole paper.  Next,I cut my panel and die cut my stars (MFT star die).  I stamped the new (to be released in a few days)  Happy Father's Day stamp on one of the stars and layered the stars on the main panel (sponged the edges to make them stand out a bit more).

My Pop and I have a glass of wine together at least one night a week.  He tells me stories of the wars or what it was like to group up in the 30s and 40s -  I just sit mesmerized.  So I had to add the wine glass from the Pour Me...Bottle and Glass image.  You can't see it here very well but I layered 6 of these wine glasses and covered them in versamark and clear ep so they would shine like glass and really stand out.  Looks like a charm IRL.  I also made a few scrap pieces into some banners and stapled them on for a bit more of a festive feel.

Hope the picture and colors above inspire you - we would love to see the result.