Friday, October 21, 2016

Totally Grateful for Totally Trees

Do you dream about card designs? Sometimes my daily life gets incorporated into my dreams, and this card is the result. In the dream I was looking out of my craft room window at the changing leaves and thinking about how lucky I am to be where I am now. When I woke up I actually remembered it (a rare occurrence), and right after my morning coffee I started working on it.

Now mind you, my craft room doesn't have pretty wallpaper, white bead board wainscot, or a chair rail. What we have instead is beautiful oak planks hand sawn from an old oak tree tree that used to be next to the house. Kind of cool, when you think about it! The gorgeous barn wood in our living room came from an old barn down by the river. If this old house could talk, I'm sure it would tell some amazing stories!

Today's view from my craft room window. See why it inspires me?

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Coffee - ALWAYS a Good Idea!

I know it's Thursday, and I don't usually post on days that begin with T, but I just couldn't wait to share this card! It was inspired by two challenges - this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and the cue word "Coffee" from CASology. Newton's Nook has a stamp set with an adorable kitty and coffee theme that was purr-fect for these challenges! The FMS259 sketch made it so quick and easy to throw together.

Does this punk kitty, remind you of anyone? LOL  I'm getting a little better at coloring ginger cats! I used Copic Sketch Markers* for coloring the image.

* YR14, YR20, YR21, Y28, E44, E89, C1, C3, C7, B0000, R08, R27, R32

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Control Freaks Gratitude Tour

Welcome to the Tour de Freaks, where the theme this month is GRATITUDE, and we all have much for which we are grateful! You may have just landed here from Debbie's blog, Debbie's Designs, or you might be starting here. There are nine stops on the tour, so be sure to click on the link at the bottom of each blog post so you can see all nine!

Gratitude is a subject near and dear to my heart; there is SO MUCH to be thankful for, if we just look around! It may be something as simple as having access to clean water (and indoor plumbing!), or a pet's love, or the ability to see and appreciate the beauty around us. I try to live each day with an attitude of gratitude....which leads me to my first card.

STAMPS: Suite Seasons, Vintage Leaves  CARDSTOCK: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP, Copper Foil Sheets  INK: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Copper Metallic Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

I am grateful for that copper foil; it is just so lovely and I can't get enough of it!!! It adds such a shiny, rich touch to everything.

For the next card, I thought the Basket of Wishes stamp set was just so appropriate. My mom is visiting and loves succulents, so when I showed her this card it made her smile! (I am grateful for my mom's smile!)

I was aware that succulents came in a variety of shapes and colors, but when I searched for images as color inspiration, I was in complete awe of all the variations! (Another thing to be thankful for!)

STAMPS: Basket of Wishes, Thankful Thoughts  CARDSTOCK: Shimmery White, Soft Suede, Copper Foil Sheets, Blooms & Bliss DSP  INK: Basic Black Archival, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Blender Pens  ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Woodgrain TIEF, 2" Circle Punch, Classic Label Punch, 2015-2017 In Color Doilies, Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon
That's all I have today. I am filled with gratitude that you stopped by! Now on to the next stop on the hop to see what the fabulous Mindy Backes' has for you at Bada-Bing! Paper-Crafting!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Guy Get Well

Needed another manly get well card....that's two in less than a week! What the heck? This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. It's pretty much a direct CASE, except for the DSP, black mat, gold baker's twine, greeting, circle size, and sponging around the edge of the circle. (Hmmm, I guess I changed it more than I thought, lol.) This was one of the cards we made in the Stamp Club this past weekend. Of course, the stampers got to choose their greeting to customize their cards.

Next blog post will be Wednesday evening for the Tour de Freaks! The theme this month is "Gratitude."

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Shimmery White 2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
 Greeting: Shimmery White 1/2" x 3"
 DSP: Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack 1-1/2" x 4"
 Embossed background: Shimmery White 4" x 5-1/4"
 Mat: Basic Black 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Soft Suede 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Emboss background with Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder. Note: This embossing will shrink the cardstock approximately 1/16" across the width, so you will need to trim off a bit of the Basic Black mat if you want an even border. The length will stay pretty much the same.
  2. Adhere the DSP to the embossed background, trimming excess even with edge.
  3. Adhere the embossed cardstock to the Basic Black mat. Tie Gold Baker's Twine in a knot to right side of DSP. Adhere all to card base.
  4. Cut Shimmery White square with third largest circle die. Stamp vintage car in Basic Black and color with Soft Suede (car, wheels) and Smoky Slate (bumper, headlights) using Blender Pen. Sponge Soft Suede around edge.
  5. Stamp greeting on strip and cut ends in banner shape. Adhere below car, then add dimensionals to the back and adhere to card.
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