Friday, February 27, 2015

THINKING OF YOU

It was my turn to select the challenge of the week over at Card Camp. It was an easy choice for me as I had just been thinking about how I used to stamp all my own backgrounds on my cards. So that was my challenge to everyone for the week.... to stamp their own card background.

 

I decided to make a 5x5" card starting with a white card base. I added a panel of Chocolate Chip on top of that, and then my Pale Plum stamped panel. I stamped it using Pale Plum ink with the Houndstooth background stamp from Stampin' UP. Another smaller layer of white card stock was used for my greeting of "Thinking of You" which is a favorite image of mine by SU.  I love each and every one of the MFT blueprints die-namics, but I think my favorite is the Blueprints 14 which was used exclusively on this card. I used Chocolate Chip, Pale Plum and Perfect Plum cardstock, all by SU, to make the flower and a small white piece for the button center. To finish it off, a piece of twine was used for the center of the flower.
  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

BE MY VALENTINE

This is the card I made for my daughter for Valentine's Day this year. She has always loved sparkly, glittery things, so I wanted to use this gorgeous red glimmer paper by Stamping' UP! for her card.

I started out with a white card base, adding a scalloped panel of the red glimmer paper, a panel of black card stock, and a white Swiss Dots embossed panel on top. I chose the hearts image by Inkadinkadoo and mounted it to more black card stock. The square scallop die used for the image is from Spellbinders. The rest of the dies used, including the small hearts, are from MFT's Blueprints 20. Unfortunately, the glittered red areas of the card don't show up nearly as shiny as they really are!
I hope you liked your Valentine Jocelyn!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BE MINE

I always love it when I'm able to use paper scraps to make cards, although I usually can't remember who the manufacturer of the patterned papers are.  This Valentine card was made with some scraps from my paper bin along with SU's Real Red cardstock.  MFT Blueprints 3 and Tag Builders 3 die-namics were used, along with a die cut of an old rotary telephone made by Sizzix.


It's been ages since I've been able to put my watermark on my cards.  Thank you Vin for your help in getting this working for me again!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FRED

Here is another picture of Fred taken just 2 days later!  Here in New England we had a major snow storm that dumped 32" of snow in this area. Poor Fred, he was being buried in all the snow. Doesn't it look like he's waving goodbye??


Sunday, January 25, 2015

FRED THE SNOWMAN

Old man winter left us with 6-8" of snow yesterday.  Lucy and Lily made a snowman in their yard, then came over to my house and we all worked on "Fred", my first snowman of the season! He sits in the front yard looking towards the house. Each time I look out the window, Fred is smiling back at me.


There was enough snow to make a snowman, but 6-8" of snow isn't very much for New England.  However..... they are predicting a major snow storm starting tomorrow and going right through the following day. The forecast today is showing a prediction of 28 - 30" of snow for our area. Now THAT will be enough to make "Fred the snowman" an entire family of friends!! 
HAPPY WINTER!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CAFFEINE

There's a new challenge over at Card Camp this week.... make a card using bleach. I had no idea what I was going to do, but liked the challenge.  I started out searching for an image that I thought would work well. I decided I wanted a large image and Darcie's "Coffee Mug" fit the bill....


Sage Shadow, a retired color by SU, was used for my card base along with the layer used to stamp the image on. After stamping and embossing the imagine, I used the bleach, along with a small brush, to bleach out the color of the card stock to make the coffee mug white. Adding 4 patterned papers by Kaiser Craft and Really Rust card stock by SU.  The dies used are all from MFT. Stitched Strips, Blueprints 3, Stitched Rounded Rectangles STAX and Pierced Rectangle STAX. Inks used were Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green and More Mustard, all by SU. I added 5 little candy dots from the Regal color line by SU. Oh....I almost forgot, that cute little saying is from a great little coffee set called "Morning Cup" from SU.

Friday, January 2, 2015

WRAPPING UP 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family, friends, and anyone near and dear to you.

Now that we have wrapped up 2014, my wishes to each and everyone of you is that you all have a safe, healthy, prosperous, and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!
   May it be a great year for all of us.

CHRISTMAS CARD FOR 2014

I did pretty good this year in getting all of my shopping done and wrapped, some baking done, making a few things (including Casey's treats), and even got my Christmas cards made. I know not everyone got them in time for Christmas..... but this year I was able to get them made, unlike last year.

Real Red by SU was used as the card base. An embossed layer, done using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, was placed on top. The pretty holly patterned paper is from "A Christmas Carol" paper pack made by KaiserCraft. The mitten image is from "Make a Mitten" by SU, and the little greeting is from a set called "Stampin' Words" made by Rubber Stampede. Real Red and Wild Wasabi inks by SU were used. To finish off my card, a little plaid ribbon was placed on the mittens. I think it added just the right touch...

SNOWMAN CROSS STITCH

Because it's so hectic around the holidays and there is so much to do,  I wasn't able to finish my Lizzy Kate cross stitch project for the month of December. Instead, I displayed another small 5x5" cross stitched piece that I stitched a couple of years ago. I just love snowmen and  thought the little kitty in this one nuzzled up next to the snowman was just adorable!

This pattern was one I had found in an old copy of a Leisure Arts magazine way back from 1983!!! I loved the pattern so had ripped it out of the magazine and kept it for all those years. The good thing is....I still like it as much as I did way back then.  :)
I'm working on my project for January and will post that one this month. I'll go back to the Lizzy Kate one for December and work on that when I've finished the rest. I have them all done now except for February, March, and April. I'm getting there.......

CASEY'S CHRISTMAS GIFT

Well it just wouldn't be right to not include Casey on my Christmas gift list.  Casey is the furry member of the family who is most definitely part of our family! This year I decided to buy her a new Christmas scarf and make her some home made treats.  I put out a request on my Facebook page for a recipe for making dog treats, one that someone had already tried that had come out good. Just minutes later, a friend Dannette, sent me a recipe for making peanut butter dog treats. I bought a little cookie cutter in the shape of a dog bone made by Wilson and started my present for Casey....

They really came out good. I'm sure Casey would agree....
MERRY CHRISTMAS CASEY!