Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Spooky Night Scene

I love some spooky music, fun costumes, and a good ghost story this time of year.  I also love to make cards that require no coloring.  For this card, I inked up my embossing folder with some Memento Black (I clean it with a Magic Eraser), ran my new SU! EF through the Big Shot, added the new DRS Designs RIP Tombstone and a Tiny Happy Halloween greeting, and I was done.

 
This was soooo easy and lots of fun.  
 
Hugz 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Some Weekend Cards

Made a few cards this weekend in between vising my new grandson (he is still in the NICU so keep those prayers coming).


This card is for the Outlawz Paper A La Mode Challenge - Texture, Texture Everywhere.  The sponsor this week is Morgan's Art World and my image is Sports 9.  This store has some awesome images.  I colored min softly with colored pencils so it would look softer like an image from a window.  For texture, I embossed my paper, added some cheesecloth and a fishing weight.


My next card is for the Featured Stamper challenge at SCS.  I cased Penny who is the Featured Stamper this week.  HERE is the card I cased.  This is was also for the Mixed Media Challenge where we were to use items from work - I used a piece of a box, paint, and dies (I work at a Water Heater Manufacturer and we have lots of those things - lol).


This card is for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  THIS is the picture that inspired me.  I stamped the image from SU! and added layers and layers of silver Dazzling Details and then Snow Tex. 


Hope you had a great weekend.  Hugz

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Another new Grandbaby and some Flying Objects!

My youngest daughter had her baby Sunday.  He was 6 weeks early but was already 6 lbs.  He has to spend at least a week in the NIC unit, but he is doing wonderful.  Here are some pictures I want to share with you because I am such a proud Grandma:

 
Look at this hair!!!
 

Ok, I am done with the Grandma bragging and here is my DRS Designs card for this week's challenge:  Flying High (having something that flies on your card).


I have bats flying and a witch too - they are part of the Silhouette Haunted House image.  I used the Starry Background stamp for my bg panel, and the Stonewall and Gate image for the bottom. My greetings are pieces from two greetings:  Moonlight and Magic an  of the new Poison Potions Halloween Greeting.  I used my Only Orange and Elegantly Eggplant stamp pads to color this - just tons more ink in the dark parts. 

Hope you will round up something that flies and come join us.

Keep Patton in your prayers - we want him to grow well and come home soon!

Hugz

Friday, September 18, 2015

Some Recent Creations

 
Hello my friends! Life has been a bit crazy the last few weeks. My youngest daughter has been in and out of the hospital due to various things that scare the doctor (and us!), and it looks like she will be having a baby sooner than we thought.  Exciting but SCARY.  Meanwhile, my other grandson is growing like a weed and getting cuter and sweeter every day.  Hopefully, I will get some time with him this weekend.
 
In between trips to the hospital and work, I have made a few cards this week.  The first one is for the new DRS Designs Challenge which is a color challenge.  These are the colors:
 
 
For my card, I took all my ink pads that were the closest to these colors and sponged them in layers like the photo.  Then I stamped on the new graveyard border image and the Count Your Blessings Greeting from DRS Designs.  When I went to stamp on some Long Tall Wheat (also by DRS Designs), I smudged some of the black.  Tried to get it to come off with a bit of water which did not work, tried to cover it with more ink which didn't work, and then tried bleach which looked cool so I splattered more on.  Got mad and crumbled it up but refused to be defeated so I inked some black on all the folds (making sure I had a fold where the ink smudge was) and ironed out my paper so it was flat again.  I loved the result which looks very batik. 
 
I showed this card to my daughter and she said she loved the look but didn't get why I put that sentiment with the graveyard.  I told her it was a cross between a Thanksgiving card and a Halloween card and is a reminder to Thank God you are alive every day.  She rolled her eyes so I am not sure the message is clear here - lol!
 
 


My next card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge at SCS and I cased Ann who is the featured stamper (click HERE to see her card).  I changed up the colors to get an Autumn effect.  I used the DRS Designs Long Tall Wheat an Autumn Greeting images.  I sponged on my ink to get the effect - it is only two colors (SU! Only Orange and TH Seedless Preserves).


I am practicing making some quick Christmas cards and my next one was super quick.  I just stamped on the DRS Silent Night Jesus Star image and sponge some SU! Not Quite Navy all around it.  A few gel pen dots and some silver twine and I was done.


Hope everyone has been having a great week - I am so looking forward to the weekend!!!

Hugz

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Princess Feathers

I am a doing a guest spot in the Paper A La Mode Challenge at the Outlawz and this week's challenge is "It's A Banner Day" - use banners on your project.

The sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs and I used the Princess_Feathers_Portrait image (this link will take you to all the portraits and Princess Feathers is almost at the bottom).  I spent a long time looking through the images at Sassy Studio and they are gorgeous.  I needed a Sympathy card so I added a few tears and a computer generated sentiment.

Here's my card:


I colored her up with SU! Alcohol Markers, Chalks, and a White Gel Pen - faces and hair are not one of my strengths but look at that super cool Brushos bg behind her!  I sponged some SU! from the Four Feathers set and cut them down so they wouldn't take over my card.  Cut and roughed them up and added some white dots and they made a cool banner.  My sentiment is computer generated and made as a banner as well.  Other than my white card base and the black matting, all the papers were from my scrap pile.

I also used the SCS Inspiration Challenge to inspire my colors and bg and THIS  is the picture that inspired me.

Hope you will join us in the challenge.  If you are not an Outlawz member, you can join super quickly and play. 

Hugz

Thursday, September 10, 2015

S'more

This week's challenge at DRS Designs is "A Real Cutie" - use an image, die cut, technique, paper, or other item that is considered to be a real cutie.  I used this adorable image from DRS Designs called Smooshed S'more and the greeting is called Melt for You Greeting.

 
 
I wanted to create the look of a campfire so I sponged on Summer Sun ink on the middle of the base and top layer, then I took Memento Black and sponged it around the very edges, then followed with Tim Holtz Walnut, and then Tim Holtz Barn Door.  I tied on some raffia because it screams Fall to me and that is when I love a campfire/bonfire.  
 
Fun challenge - hope you will join us!
 
Hugz  
 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Christmas Tag Card

The current challenge at DRS Designs is called "The Hole Thing."  Creations are to have holes in them - die cut, torn, punched, piercing, etc.


I have holes in my card and tag border and I have hole in my tag that I tied my raffia into.  I used the DRS Designs Large Script Merry Christmas, Snow Background, North Pole Sign, and Gift Tag Greetings. I punched my borders with a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch, cut my tag with a Sizzix die, and added some raffia and buttons.  Another super easy and quick Christmas card.

Hope you will join us in the our hole challenge!

Hugz

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rustic Heart of Christmas

My youngest daughter is very into rustic country items.  We have been scouring garage sales and thrift stores so she can find things to decorate her new home.  She paints them, distresses them, and arranges them so cute.  She has really inspired me to do the same with stuff in my craft room - especially old cardboard pieces I have saved.  The last few weeks I have used a ton of it!  Here is my latest creation with cardboard:

 


This also works for the latest DRS Challenge - Feeling Sentimental (make the sentiment the focus of your card) and you still have today to make it before the deadline.  I used the new DRS Designs Baby Jesus Heart  and Jesus is the Heart of Christmas Greeting.  I hand cut the heart twice for stability so it could stand up to being set on this fun silver Christmas Garland. 

I need to get going so I have more Christmas cards done before it is too late!  This may be one style I mass produce for some work friends as it was really easy and it looks so festive.

Hugz!