Thursday, October 30, 2014

Another one for the Music challenge.

I started this one last night and finished it today.  Originally I wasn't going to color the Brownies because they are just so eensy-weensy, but it looked too plain, so they all got different colored hats.  And who doesn't think a choir of Brownies isn't just the cutest thing in the world?

The blue embossed paper has music on it as well, but it appears all the treble clefs and notes were covered by the other pieces.  Oh well, we know they are singing because they all have sheet music.  I figured they were singing happy birthday on this one, so that's what I went with.  :)

Image - Stamp Francisco
Happy Birthday - SU
Number DP - SU
Turquoise embossed paper - KI Memories / Roxie Charming
Green mat - stash
Ribbon - Autumn Inspirations - JoAnn Stores
Inks - Tempting Turquoise / SU

October card making fun...Triple Time Stamping, a Music challenge and a final Halloween card.


I thought it was time to jump on  the "Triple Time Stamping" band wagon, so here are some cards I made using this lay out.  Cindy Rapson shared a YT video on it on FB made by Jennifer McGuire, a super crafter and a big name in the business.  Awesome videos!  I'll be going back to get more of her stuff, you can be sure of that.

Anyway, here are the cards I made and I'm sure I'll be making more of these.  I think they look great. (She said unabashedly.)  And there are so many other ideas to try with this, I will certainly be back on the band wagon later.

This one will also go to my friend Cora for the Thankful card swap on Seongsook's FB page.  Don't tell her, because I haven't mailed it yet.  (shhhh)

Sentiment - Hero Arts / Thanksgiving
Small Oak leaf - Hero Arts
Wheat Spray - Hero Arts
Small Maple Leaf & Small Birch Leaf - Stampendous / Fall Foliage
CS - SU Black
Baker's twine - stash

I should sent Cora this one too because she suggested a coffee/tea challenge earlier in the month and I never got around to making one in time or posting it.  We are both great believers in quantities of coffee.  Yum.

Sentiment - Whipper Snapper Designs
Coffee bean and Coffee Pot - CTMH
Ink Pepperwood - CTMH
Memento - Tuxedo Black
Button / Baker's swine - stash
CS - SU Black



Dry Embossing and Music

We had a challenge in our group this week for anything with music in some way, so you know I HAD to do this one.  I even thought about making a card for every music stamp I own, but actually there aren't that many. I may keep adding some because it's near and dear to my heart.  (And some of these haven't even seen ink yet.)

The sentiment and image are one stamp from CTMH that I've had for ages and have hardly used.  It's really a cute stamp.  I popped it up with some of the Precious on top of the embossed pink card stock.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder that has sheet music on it.  The black CS is from SU, the ribbon and quarter note embellishment are from my stash.  That cute little lacy border on the bottom was from a punch I borrowed from my dear friend Ellen.  She's in the middle of moving into an apartment, so she said she wouldn't be needing it for awhile.  I should make a lot of borders while I have it.  :)  And ink by Memento - Tuxedo black.



And here is my final Halloween card that I sent out this year.  I had so much fun getting my stamps out again.  The last couple of years I don't think I made any Halloween cards at all, and it's a shame because I have a whole drawer full of Halloween stamps.  To tell the truth, if you asked me why, I would say just because they were so dang cute, because after all, Halloween isn't really a holiday folks celebrate, you know?  

And this one has a CAT.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October ODBD Challenge - Snowflakes.

Just wanted to get this in for the monthly challenge.  ODBD is so good to Operation Write Home...for every 25 cards folks post, they will sponsor the postage for 1 box of cards to the troops.  Yeah, it's a good thing.  :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween 2014

I have a ton of cute Halloween stamps and just got in the mood to get them out this year and make some cards.  OWH doesn't need's not really a holiday the troops ask for cards for, and the deadlines for the fall cards is so early, I just couldn't get into the spirit (no pun intended) of making them in August.  But with our new group of card making friends on FB, I got into it this last week and made a bunch.  The card swap, I think, started it all and I've had more fun this week making cards for All Hallow's Eve.  I know folks don't expect to get cards at Halloween, but there will be happy little notes going out to many in my address book soon.  I hope, at least, it will bring a few smiles.

So here is what I've been working on this week.  Grant has already groaned on the candy corn shape of some of them, so my job is done here.  :)

Ghost stamp - Katie Hall for Hampton Arts
"One day a year...Priceless" - DRS Designs

"Candy", cat and candy corn stickers - stash

Tiny spider stamp - CTMH
ribbon - stash

DP - stash
Ribbons - Michaels
brads - stash

DP - DCWV Fall stack
Frankenstein glittered and popped sticker - stash

Happy Halloween - VAP! Craft
DP - stash
Poison bottle sticker - stash

Have a Boo-tiful Halloween - Stampabilities
Ghost - Katie Hall for Hampton Arts
DP - stash

Black ink  - Memento / Tuxedo Black


Have a spooky Halloween...and don't eat too much chocolate.

Just a note on a piano...

I've had the idea of making a card with a piano keyboard for a long time and finally got myself to do one 10/12/14.  I think I'm going to make some more  and cut out a rose with a stem to lay across the keys...or using rainbow colors for the different white keys...yeah, lots of ideas with this one.  I do have more music themed stamps after all.  :)

I really like how it turned out, so I made some for my drawer and some for my OWH box too.  It's prefect, don't you think, me being a music major and all?  And it was pretty easy, just cutting the strips, snipping the corners of the white keys with a corner rounder, taping them down, stamping a simple sentiment and adding a touch of red bling.  Sweet.

Sentiment - Ink Antics
Black CS - SU
Ink - SU / Real Red
Sequins - Craft Medley

Southwest Pottery

October 6, 2014

Hello, thank you, love you, happy birthday...are themes that are always useful, for my own card drawer and for OWH.  So I dug out my Southwest pottery stamps and decided to use them.  And because someone on our new FB stamping group page (Seongsook's Stampers) suggested a masculine card, I thought these would make some nice masculine cards, or cards I could send to my relatives that are in off I went!

Sketch - CTMH Card Confidence Program
SW Pots - Viva Las Vegas Stamps
Hello - Kathy Davis / Inkadinkado
Diamond background - Whipper Snapper Designs
Ink - 
Pots - Kaleidacolor / Creole Spice
CTMH / Peach Whip
SU / Old Olive
Card stock - stash


The pot on these cards were stamped with one stamp from a set of four by CTMH / Southwest Pots.
I stamped it on chalkboard paper, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder and fussy cut it out.  The pink paper is Mulberry paper was gifted to me by my BFF, Lanora Spady.  I have a little bit of Mulberry paper in my hoard of craft supplies, but she gave me a lovely pack of all different shades and I thought it would be perfect paired with the pots.  Thanks Punky, still loving you like I did when we were teenagers and I cherish the times we get together with our other two cohorts, Kathy Teyler Jarrett and Dorothy Stude Cottingham.  (They'll always be Teyler and Stude to me.)
hee hee

I made several of these cards in pink and also light orange Mulberry paper for my next box to OWH.  I'm sure there is a sketch in the OWH sketch book that has this design, but I don't have the number of it handy.  It's one of the early sketch ideas, I think.  I know I made a similar design when I first started making cards last century, when I was getting into this fun craft and going to CTMH parties with Amy Baker and friends from work.  

I love how old friends still touch our lives even years later.  I hope they get a smile knowing I'm thinking about them when I create.

Happy Birthday sentiment - Hero Arts / Thanks
Fibers are from my yarn/fiber stash
CS and Mulberry Paper are from my stash
Ink - Memento / Tuxedo Black

I made a couple each with Thank You and Love You on them.

Now I want to go back to the SW and feel the warm dry wind blowing on my face, or maybe I'll just check out a Tony Hillerman novel and lose myself in the Four Corners.  :)