Sunday, February 7, 2016

A couple of Valentine cards...

I have finished all my Valentine cards, and this was actually one of my favorites. The heart tree is a Penny Black stamp that I colored with a Letraset Aqua marker. My XOXO sentiment is a Recollections stamp.

As a final touch I added a little sparkle to the heart flower centers with a glitter pen. I know you can't see it in the pic, but it adds a nice tiny bit of shine.

To give my tree a base to stand on, I put a piece of red-patterned Washi tape across the bottom of my card.

The inside was simple with a heat-embossed sentiment. I thought the red ribbon added a nice bit of color on the inside, too!

My next Valentine features a scalloped edge, made with a Sizzix die and a fancy heart die-cut from Spellbinders. I backed my fancy heart with some double-sided sheet adhesive and then added glitter to the adhesive in the negative spaces of the heart. The sentiment stamp is by PSX.

Another simple interior so that I can write a personal message.

These Valentines have to be in the mail very, very soon, so I've got to get cracking!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot, every day.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #110: Lace and Pearls

Today a new challenge has been launched on Let's Craft and Create, and what could be more fun than lace and pearls? Nearly all of us have an easier time making "girly" cards, rather than masculine ones, and with this challenge, we're asking you to do just that! Dig out some of those lace remnants and flat-backed pearls and go to town.

As a LC&C DT member, here's what I came up with to help inspire you to join our challenge:
I really love a kraft/white/pale pink combination, so I chose those colors for my card.

I've had this intricate heart stamp for a long time. I bought it when a local craft store was closing and selling all their merchandise - even the items they had used for demonstrations. This stamp was not in the original packaging when I bought it, therefore, I have no idea who the manufacturer is.

It's a cling stamp and is quite large, as you can see, so I don't use it too often. I think it looks very dramatic when it's heat-embossed in white onto colored cardstock.

I added some pale pink pearls and lace, which perfectly matched my pink mat.

I really wanted my lacy heart to take center stage, so I didn't add anything else to detract from it.

The inside of my card is very simple - just a pink mat and a stamped sentiment (by Woodware).

Now, it's your turn! Think about the lace and pearls you have in your stash and how you can use them with a favorite stamp, image, sentiment or cardstock.

Visit Let's Craft and Create to find more inspiration from my teammates and to enter your creations in Challenge #110: Lace and Pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Both Old Man Winter and Mother Nature must have been upset...

...because they dumped about a FOOT of snow on us last night! Here are a few pics to show you the result.

This picture was taken from the walk in front of our house and looking south down our street.

This is the front of our house. Most of the snow you see is from last night, and, yes, we shoveled the walks and the driveway this morning. Luckily, it wasn't heavy, wet snow, but rather the light, fluffy stuff.

A little closer view of the house. My poor little trees in the pots on either side of our steps! They can barely handle all the snow.

The back patio tends to drift in, so it gets really deep in the back of the house. It was my job to shovel this area, while my DH worked on the front walks.

This is a look at the back yard from our back door.  See those little birdhouses way in the back?

The roofs of these little habitats will be well insulated with those mounds of snow! It should be pretty cozy inside. The vines you see on the trellis behind are our Concord grape vines. We get wonderful jelly (marmalade for my readers in Europe) from those grapes.

Well now you know how I spent the first part of my morning. That was my exercise program for the day!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentines for boys...

I always struggle a bit to make Valentines for my grandsons. They're all growing up so fast, and the older they get, the harder it gets. This year, however, with the current Star Wars craze, I decided to use Yoda and R2D2 as my focus images.

I found this cute Yoda SVG file at the Krafty Nook blog. I printed and cut several so that I could layer up my image, and I added a little heart to "valentize" him.

I also did some additional shading with my ProMarkers and Distress inks and added some Wink of Stella and a final coat of Diamond Glaze to his light saber.

I used my Snow Writer marker to add some dimension to his hair. You just cover your selected area with the marker and then heat it with your heat gun and the marker "ink" foams up.

I also popped all my layers up on foam tape and used the Happy Hearts embossing folder by Stampin' Up on my background.

The inside of my card is very simple - these are for boys, after all! My sentiments on these cards are all computer-generated.

Here is my R2D2 Valentine, also thanks to a Krafty Nook image. I only cut one extra layer out of mirror cardstock for the silver sections of this image. It's so easy to separate out the layers of any image and cut them on the Silhouette!

I did use my ProMarkers once again to add some shading and lots of Diamond Glaze to add some shine and dimension.

I also used a red Viva D├ęcor pen for the one red "button" that you see at the top.

The embossing folder used for the background is by Sizzix. I used a white ink pad to lightly highlight the raised portions of the embossed pattern. I think those hearts kind of look like planets or stars floating around in space.

Another simple interior for my Valentine, with plenty of room to add a personal note to my grandsons.

This afternoon we are expecting up to 7" of snow along with some blowing and drifting. In fact, they're predicting dangerous winds and low visibility by late afternoon. I usually pick up two of my grandchildren from their school every day around 4 p.m., but today my son-in-law will be picking them up early instead, and bringing at least one of them to my house for a few hours. I'm just grateful that my city has a tremendous snow-removal program with lots of equipment, so they'll be working hard to keep the roads clear.

I hope the weather is being more cooperative wherever you are. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Happy Birthday to my sweet granddaughter...

Today, my granddaughter turns 8 and she was very excited about her birthday party when I talked to her this morning. She lives on the West Coast, so we are unable to join in on the festivities, but we've been thinking about her and wishing her a happy, happy day.

Here's the card I made for her:
The image is a digi-stamp from Cuddlebug Cuties called Patchwork Kit, and I colored it with my ProMarkers. I added a couple of Precious Hearts die-cuts by Memory Box.  The circular stamp on the lower right was a freebie that I got a long time ago, and this is the first time I've used it. I cut the 8 with my Cricut, but I don't recall which cartridge I used.

My granddaughter told me this morning that she was having a sleep-over party. I remember those days! Sleep-overs usually mean a lot less sleep for the parents! Kids are always so excited that they stay up late and get up early. I'm hoping they can all get a nap tomorrow afternoon.

On the inside of my card, I added a couple of mats and some pretty butterflies. I glued down only the bodies of the butterflies so that I could lift up the wings for a little dimension. My sentiment is computer-generated.

Today my DH and I attended the St. Paul (MN) Winter Carnival. It was the warmest Winter Carnival I can remember. In fact, it was so warm that, instead of snow, there was a light rain. We watched an hour-long parade, which made me truly appreciate the warm weather.

Even the ice sculptures had not yet been carved. We think they're waiting for colder weather so that they don't melt away. The Carnival continues for a few more days with the ice sculpture contest and a few more activities.

The first Winter Carnival took place in 1886 as a means of attracting people to Minnesota in the winter. Ha! I'm not sure it was all that affective. Thousands of Minnesotans continue to go to warmer climes at this time of year.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wool you be mine?...

I've been busy making Valentines, and here's one for a young granddaughter.

Please excuse the somewhat blurry, wonky photos. Guess my hand wasn't too steady today, and I just don't want to retake them tomorrow. Ever feel like that? I can see in this photo that I definitely could have put my fence on straighter, too, but I don't think my little granddaughter will even notice.

My little lamb was one of a set of stamps that I got a VERY long time ago - long before I ever started blogging. So, I've thrown the packaging away and have no idea who the manufacturer is. I do think she's cute, though!

My fence is a die by Darice, the flowers were cut with an old Cuttlebug die and the cloud is a die from Impression Obsession.

I added lots of layers to my lamb, popping each one up on some double-sided foam tape. Layering like this adds so much dimension.

I've added a little pink bow made from crochet thread.

And don't you love those googly eyes? Every girl lamb should have a little eye shadow on, don't you think? I also gave her some shading with a few different shades of gray ProMarkers.

The little hearts above her head were punched out with a tiny Studio G punch.

The inside of my card is very plain, but I will add a personal note. The sentiments here and on the front were computer-generated.

Well, I attended my first Tai Chi class on Monday, and I LOVED IT! The movements even made some of my muscles kind of sore for a day, so I know it's making me use some muscles that haven't been used for a while - which is good! The teacher is great. She's a Physical Therapist by trade, so she knows what she's doing. I'm so anxious to go back for class no. 2. I'm going to watch some videos on YouTube, as well, to help me remember the different motions and forms.

If you ever get a chance to take Tai Chi, you should do it. It's great!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day

Saturday, January 23, 2016

An early start on 2016 Christmas cards...

I've managed to make a few Christmas cards so that my special box for them doesn't sit there looking empty and forgotten. Here's one that I really like, and it was actually pretty quick to make.

I used a Cottage Cutz Petites die called "Bells." I cut my bells from some shiny, textured gold cardstock and backed them with a matte-finish gold cardstock. I also cut the ribbon portion of the die from some red CS and layered it over the top of the gold.

I coated my ribbon with some Wink of Stella clear glitter and put a little red gem where the knot would be. The little pine branches behind my bells were made with a Martha Stewart punch

My sentiment is from Jilli Bean Soup. After stamping it in Versamark, I carefully poured red embossing powder over the word "Joy" and some green powder over the rest. I just had to be really careful, but as you can see - it worked!

On the inside of my card, I added a little strip of my DSP that was matted with some of my kraft CS. A couple more pine branches were added to finish it off.

I'm planning on making some more of these cards - at least 10 of them. I really like the bright colors, the little gold bells and the two-toned sentiment. They'll also go through the mail with no extra postage.

On Monday I start a Tai Chi class, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll let you know how I like it in my next post.

I hope you are having a great weekend, filled with moments of joy. If you were in the path of that awful winter storm, I hope you have stayed safe and warm.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.