Friday, June 11, 2021

RAWR! Festive Friday #0086

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive FridayIf you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose hearts, brads and blue.

I started with a Wrinkled Distress Technique background using Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I then stamped my images from this adorable CTMH stamp set (RAWR Means I Love You in Dinosaur) using various colors of ink from Scrapbook.com. I thought it made a cute Father's Day card for my grandsons to give! I popped up my dino with foam tape, added a brad for the heart speech bubble, and had to have some sparkly sequins! The dotted background is a patterned paper.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, June 21. 

For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough   

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema <-----you are here!








Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #489

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Linda is our hostess this week.

Last week I went a little rogue with my sketch, so this week I stayed pretty true. I used Bokeh Dots by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.
Sometimes I challenge myself to use particular supplies on my DT samples, and this week the challenge was to use all the inks on my desk that I hadn't put away. So - a very colorful and modern looking design came forth!

I embossed the black card base with a Cuttlebug embossing folder - also dots!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, June 14. Be sure to take a peek at what my teammates have made on the FMS blog

 






Thursday, June 3, 2021

Spellbinders Heart Swans

Have you seen the new Truly Yours Collection from Spellbinders? Today I am sharing a card made with the new Heart Swans Etched Dies. They are simply gorgeous! Ten dies, including facing swans, flowers, and leaves!

I think black swans are so unique and beautiful. My swan's wing is lined with silver metallic cardstock (CutCardStock) to match the leaves and sentiment (Spring Flutter - Small Die of the Month). I cut out all of my dies first, and arranged them on the Oval 2 from the Elliptical Ovals Etched Dies (also new from Truly Yours!).

I popped up some of the flowers, and the swan. Don't you love that little sparkly crown? The sentiment is cut three times, and stacked up for dimension. The starry holographic patterned paper (The Paper Studio) was the perfect background to show off the dies!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Truly Yours Collection - it's beautiful!

Submitting to these challenges:
Crafty Animals
- Always Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
- Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Happy Little Stampers
 Dies - Anything Goes with Dies

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #488

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Jen M is our hostess this week.

I took a few liberties with the sketch this week, but hopefully you can see the resemblance. Ha!


It's rare that I don't have some kind of sentiment or word die on the front of my cards. But today, I wanted a simple and elegant design without either of those things.

I used the new Cameo Etched Dies from the Truly Yours Collection from Spellbinders Paper Arts. I cut the Laurel Frame, flowers, and leaves from a watercolored panel, and the Cameo Silhouette from Crumb Cake (SU!) cardstock. I added a rhinestone (Kaiser) to the flower in her hair. 

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, June 7.  

Be sure to take a peek at what my teammates have made on the FMS blog
 


 





Friday, May 28, 2021

Festive Friday #0085

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive FridayIf you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose circle, bright colors, clouds, and embossing

I started by creating my sky with the Layers of Clouds Stencil (Picket Fence Studios) and a couple of pink DOX inks. I stamped the sentiment from I Am A Hugger (also PFS) in VersaFine Clair Nocturne. I stamped and colored the cute girls from the same set using Copic markers. I cut them out and adhered them to a circle that had been a "brush cleaning" piece of cardstock. I thought it had the perfect sky and grass colors! I added a few sequins for bling.

I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, June 7. 

For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema  <-----you are here!

 





Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #487

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Jen T is our hostess this week, with a slimline card for you!

About seven times a year, my work gets very busy, so I had to miss last week, but am glad to be back! I am the Executive Director of our community theater, and the last two weeks we have had a production with nine performances. I put in many 12-14 hour days during the run, and had to take a break from card making. It was so great to be back in the theater, and hear our audiences laughing every night. The show was "Noises Off." I was super proud of my husband, who was the director, and also my daughter, who played Belinda. It's a funny movie as well, with Carol Burnett and many more name stars. Carol was always one of my favorites growing up. I loved her show. Anyway, on to my card for this week!


I absolutely LOVE this Cummerbund embossing powder, inspired by Catherine Pooler and from WOW! Embossing. It has the loveliest sparkle and beautiful lighter teal color. I cut the Waterbrush Hello (Altenew) out three times on Pool Party (SU!) cardstock, and then embossed the adhered stack. I cut the flowers/leaves out of various colors and textures and arranged them on a very lightly ink blended card base. I used the remaining ink in my blending brush, so it's a combination of several blues, I am sure!

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! There is a lot of space to play with. This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, May 31.    

Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the beautiful cards they have designed this week! 






Friday, May 14, 2021

Festive Friday #0084

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive FridayIf you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose green, flowers and twine (metallic thread). 


I used a distress ink spray through a stencil for my background. I stamped my flowers and die cut them for a bunch! I stamped my sentiment in black pigment ink and then die cut with a banner die. Finally, I tied metallic silver thread around the bouquet to help ground it. All images are from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.
 
I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, May 24. 
 

For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema <-----you are here!

 






Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #485

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. It is my pleasure to be the hostess this week!

About once a month I challenge myself to use items out of my unfinished projects box. In that box are die cuts, paper pieces, backgrounds, partially finished cards....I am sure you have a box like that if you are a cardmaker or crafter of any kind! This week's sketch drew the short straw, so everything (except the card base and embellishments) had to come from that box. And since it's all jumbled in there with many other elements, I am not sure where everything is from. I do know that the HUGS die is My Favorite Things. :)


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! There is a lot of space to play with. This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, May 10.    

Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the beautiful cards they have designed this week!







Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #484 with Visible Image Stamps

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. This week's hostess is the wonderfully creative Amy! I took some liberties this week, Amy! Don't send the sketch police after me!

I have been wanting to use a new to me stencil from Visible Image Stamps (Grate-ful) for awhile, and today's sketch worked for that! I inked up my stencil using Bundled Sage DOX, and then decided to make today's card a square. I love square cards, and was sad the day the USPS changed their square postage rate (yes, it's been a long time ago now!) to be more expensive just due to the shape.


I die cut a frame from black cardstock, and then decided to move the sketch a little so the frame and sentiment would be centered. I stamped my sentiment (Thank You) on the stencil panel, and then attached the frame with foam tape.


The script flower from Imperfection is Beauty was stamped in black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then popped up with foam tape. A few black gems give extra sparkle.


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, May 10. 
 

Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the creative cards they have designed this week!






Friday, April 30, 2021

Festive Friday #0083

Wow - the last day of April. My mama's birthday. She would have been 92 todayand got to celebrate 84 of those! I am happy to share a card on her birthday, because she loved to stamp and create, and got me started on my crafting journey way back 40+ years ago, when she taught me to crochet. Happy Birthday, Moot!

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive Friday! If you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose red, blue, and stitching. While I have used my sewing machine on cards before (and LOVE the look), today's stitching is around the circle - made by a die - faux stitching!
On white cardstock I stamped the snail from Mr. Snailman (Trinity Stamps) and colored with Copic markers. I die cut using a stitched circle. Next I chose some fun Doodlebug patterned paper and a doily, and created the main panel. I stamped the sentiment on a cloud die from my stash and popped it up with foam tape.
Isn't he cute?

I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, May 10.  

Thank a nurse today! International Nurses Day is May 12, 2021. Following on from previous years, the overarching theme for IND is Nurses: A Voice to Lead. The sub-theme for 2021 is A Vision for Future Healthcare.

“This global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan,” said Annette Kennedy, ICN President. “While there has been significant disruption to healthcare, there has also been significant innovation that has improved access to care. In 2021, we will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.”

Thank a nurse today (and on May 12!)


For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema<-----you are here!

 







Thursday, April 29, 2021

It's Spring! Time to Blossom with Stamplorations!

Today I am excited to be sharing a card I made using the Stamplorations Blossoming Mini stencil, along with a sentiment from A Cupful of Blooms. Both came in the AMAZING Coffee Spring | Summer Kit. SO much goodness in that kit, which you can see HERE.

I started by using my favorite Kitsch Flamingo DOX, and used a blender brush through the stencil to color the large flower. I added Picked Raspberry toward the center for some shading. I don't use tape for my stencils - I work on the Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion with magnets. Saves a TON of time, and the tape doesn't tear the paper if I am in a hurry!

I added the darker pink on the smaller flowers, and blended in Scattered Straw DOX for the areas outside of the flower. I love how some of the pink is carried down into that area for a nice blend, and a little glow! The leaves were blended with Bundled Sage DOX, and some of the Scattered Straw. Finally, I added the sentiment in black with VersaFine Clair Nocturne, a few matching sequins, and a little decor down the side to offset and complete the card. I love how it turned out!

I am entering this in the Stamplorations April Stencil Challenge as well as the Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge!










Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #483

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! This week's host is the amazing and talented Narelle!

I decided to use some new dies I recently got - Funky Foliage from TH/Sizzix. I cut my mushrooms and foliage out of some retired Stampin' Up colors that I love: Kraft (not Crumb Cake - but the original), Ruby Red, and Not Quite Navy (one of my all time fave colors). I used a sponge dauber to shade parts of the mushrooms.


I used a circle mask and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for my circle, and added some splatters with a retired Stampin' Up background stamp. My sentiment is from Don't Worry (Create A Smile), stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne (my fave black!), and cut with a flag banner die.


I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, May 3.  

Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the beautiful cards they have created this week! 










Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #482

Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! And my friend from around the world in New Zealand, Karren, is the hostess!

I have to admit, I am not a slim line card fan - except for the mini! So that's what I worked on for today's sketch. It still had me stumped for awhile, until I was putting away dies and saw the Memory Box Co. Tulip Bouquet die! I went through my stash of "backgrounds that didn't turn out the way I expected" and found this now glorious orange using Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink Spray.

I cut a small section off and flipped it upside down for contrast for the smaller vertical panel of the sketch, and used enamel dots (MME) for the lower. I stamped "so kind" from Whimsy Stamps' YOU ARE clear stamp set, and added some gold metallic thread (Kreinik) at the bottom. The tulip die is adhered with Bearly Arts Precision Craft Glue.

I hope you will join our sketch challenge this week, and add your creations to our gallery! This challenge will end at 3:00 EDT time on Monday, April 26. Be sure to stop at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and click on the names of my teammates to see the lovely cards they have created this week! 

 I am also entering this into Shopping Our Stash #443 - Plant Life









Friday, April 16, 2021

Festive Friday #0082 World Laughter Day

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week! We are supposed to have a spring snow this afternoon. I hope the weather forecasters are wrong! I would take rain and a pink rainbow instead!

Today there is a new challenge up at Festive Friday! If you are new to the FF Challenges, you can choose any three items (or more!) from our list to inspire your creativity. For my card this week, I chose red, rainbow, and sequins. All of my images and dies are from Taylored Expressions.

On Desert Storm cardstock I stamped the mini rainbow from my kit from the Stamp Joy Retreat (Taylored Expressions) last month. I used Sugar Cube pigment ink and heat set. Next I die cut five different rainbows in five different pinks (and the heart in Rose Red) and arranged them on top popped up with foam tape. I added a sentiment strip and for interest, a bit of one of the pinks at the bottom with some metallic thread.


I hope you will join us for this challenge and link up on the Festive Friday blog. Remember, you can choose any three from the list below, for any occasion or theme! The challenge is open until Monday, April 26.
 

World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year to spread happiness in the whole world. This year the World Laughter Day will be observed on May 2, 2021.


 
For more inspiration, visit the rest of the FF Team:

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema <-----you are here!