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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Twofer Challenge: Bees...

I decided to hop into the bee-themed challenge over on the Twofer Challenge Blog, even though I didn't really have any bee images other than a tiny, realistic bee stamp.


I went searching on the internet for a clipart bee that had a bit more personality than my stamp. I found a cute little bee that was even in the usual black and yellow coloring. I pulled it into my Silhouette software, sized it to my liking, made a mirror image of it so that I could have bees facing each other, traced them both, and then made multiple copies for a "print and cut." That means I could print out as many copies of the bees as I wanted and then the Silhouette would cut them all out for me. No fussy cutting!

Here are the cards I came up with.

The first one is a Valentine and the second a birthday card.

Can you see those cute little bees and how they're facing each other? The only part I colored on them was their wings. I added a little aqua marker and then coated them with a glitter pen.

I punched out a few little hearts, inked their edges (like my big scalloped heart) and then gave them a top coat of clear Nuvo Drops. Of course, I wasn't satisfied with that--I had to go and scatter some little "pearls" of clear Nuvo Drops on the scalloped heart, too. In retrospect, I think I could have done without those. I just got carried away!!

The flight paths of my bees were drawn with a black fine point pen, and my little bees were popped up on foam squares.

The inside of my card was very simple.  I used another narrow piece of the pink glitter paper to frame my sentiment and added my little bee with his romantic flight path.

My second card is a shaker card. For my shaker elements I added sequins, microbeads and glitter. I think I could have left out the glitter, though. It has a propensity to cling to the acetate.

Once again, you can see my cute little bees, happily buzzing around the shaker. The shaker section is sort of representative of the hive, don't you think?

On the inside of this card, I added a little bee with his flight path.

Finally, I did make a third bee card. It's another birthday card, but for a belated birthday wish.

I figured that as long as I had more bees and more patterned paper, I might as well use them! I printed my sentiment, then cut it out with a  photo frame die. I also cut the photo frame from some fun foam. I layered the CS on top of the fun foam and then adhered the whole thing to some more white CS before adding it to my card.

All of my sentiments on these cards were computer generated.

Here's the inside of this card with yet another bee. And I still have a few bees left to use. Guess I shouldn't have stopped at just three cards!

I hope I've helped inspire you to join in on the "Bee Challenge" over on the Twofer Challenge Blog.

Today is a beautiful day here in the land of 10,000 lakes. I think I need to go out and walk around one of them.

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


Friday, June 14, 2019

Turning 16...

Last month, my granddaughter turned 16 and I never shared her birthday card, so here it is.

I stamped the image, paper-pieced the clothing and colored the hair and skin. That looks like a 16-year-old stance, doesn't it?

After adding the number die-cuts and inking around the edges of my panel, I adhered it to a 4" X 6" top-folding card base.

Here's the inside of my card, known as a "twist and pop."

Thought I'd give you a little closer look at the small panels.

I love making these cards, and one thing I have discovered, is if you round the corners of the interior panels, the twist and pop movement is a lot smoother.

It's kind of fun to go through my stamps and pick out images and sentiments for each of the little panels. It doesn't take much to decorate them.

I used a lot of stamp sets to complete this card. If you really want me to check on the manufacturer of any of them, just let me know in the comments.

My granddaughter wanted to take her driver's test on the day of her birthday. Well, you have to have completed all the prerequisite studies and driving practice (she had) and actually BE 16 to make the appointment (which would be months away) OR you could show up very early in the morning to get in line for one of the open spots available on the day of your birthday.

My granddaughter and her mom (my daughter) went to the testing facility at 2:00 a.m. to get in line as they had heard that if you're not there by about 4:00 a.m., there are already too many people for the limited number of spots. They were actually the first in line, but within a half hour there was another car in line behind them.

They tried to sleep in the car until the doors opened at 8:00 a.m. But if it was me taking my first driver's test, I would have been too nervous to sleep! Anyway, my granddaughter was able to take her test right away--and she passed!! Yay for Sophie! You go girl!

Of course, it has given me a few more gray hairs to think about my grandchildren driving, but it's a rite of passage and I just need to get over it.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Woodsy Father's Day card...

I have one remaining uncle, and I wanted to send him a Father's Day card. He's pretty special and was always so kind to his rowdy nieces and nephews. I wasn't one of the rowdy ones, of course [cough, cough].

I wanted his card to be a simple design, so this is what I came up with. I used a Darice wood grain embossing folder on my top layer, which I then lightly inked with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

Using some green cardstock, I cut out the Memory Box Fresh Foliage die. In looking at my photo, I think I probably should have inked the edges of my leaves--but it's too late now!  Anyway, I dismembered the Fresh Foliage, turning it into three different sprigs. I used two of them on the front and one on the inside.

My tag is an unbranded die with a little coarse twine through the hole, and I'm sorry but I don't recall the manufacturer of my stamped sentiment.

Here's the inside of my card with another stamped sentiment (unbranded) and that third little sprig in the corner. And that finished off my card, which I popped in the mail today.

Our guests from Germany left this morning to fly back across the big pond. I hope they have a safe trip.

I think I'm going to go on strike and not cook any more for a while. I feel like I cooked enough while our guests were here to last through the summer. That's not really true, but it sure feels like it!

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

I just want to hang with my dog...

My son and daughter-in-law recently adopted a gorgeous Golden Doodle puppy. For those of you that may not know, that is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They were so excited about their new puppy, that I wanted to send them something in celebration.

First, I made them a card. I didn't have a Golden Doodle dog image, so I used a Silhouette design (#120773) of a Schnauzer, which I happened to already have in my Silhouette library. 

I modified it just a bit and tried to use shades of brown to make it look more like their dog. I added some silver Nuvo drops onto his blue collar. To give the eyes a little life, I used a gel pen to add a spot of white.

I shaped the layers a bit--especially the nose--and popped them up on foam squares to give some dimension to the card.

Finally, I purchased a couple of inexpensive t-shirts at Michael's. I happened to have some black iron-on vinyl (HTV), so I created a sentence in the Silhouette software with a paw-print for the "O" in DOG. The paw-print was a free clipart image that I traced in the software and then added to my design.

Here's a photo of my son and his wife with their new "baby":

Isn't that puppy cute? But look at the size of those paws! I think he's going to be quite big when he's full-grown.

We are experiencing some perfect summer weather here today, so I need to get away from the computer and go outside and enjoy it. Have a great day!

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #148: You're the Man, with an option of Anything Goes...

Today is the first day of a new challenge on the Let's Craft and Create blog, and I hope you'll participate. It's the perfect challenge for me, because I struggle to make masculine cards. I had to go searching on Pinterest and other areas of the internet to get some ideas that I could put together in a card. Here's what I came up with:

I searched and searched numerous clip art sites where I could find a tree that would work and a little flock of birds. I also searched for some Father's Day greetings, and found one that I could change a bit to read what you see on the card.

Once I had found all my elements, I put them together in a word document and printed them out on white cardstock.

After cutting my printed elements into A2-sized mats, I used some masking paper to mask off a square that included most of my tree top and birds.

Then came the fun part--blending some distress inks using a few blending brushes (love those tools!). I used Mustard Seed, Broken China and Dusty Concord distress inks.

When I was all done inking, I used a stitched square die that was a little smaller than my inked square and cut it out. That square was then popped up on a piece of foam and adhered back into place to give my focal point a little dimension.

Here's a look at the second card I made which is just the same except for the black card base and  black enamel dots.

I can't decide which one I like best--the yellow card base or the black.

My card interiors were also printed with the computer at the same time that I printed the card fronts. I am able to get two front panels and two interior panels for an A2 card on one piece of 8 1/2" X 11" cardstock.

So now it's your turn, and I'm excited about all the inspiration I'm going to see in your entries! Any help I can get in making masculine cards is soooo appreciated.

Hop on over to Let's Craft and Create and see what the rest of the Design Team has made to spark some ideas. Also be sure to check out the prize that is being offered this month.

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

Friday, May 31, 2019

It will soon be Dad's day...

I thought I'd share a couple more Father's Day cards that I have made for the thrift store to sell.

These cards are pretty plain and simple, using some Stampin' Up DSP behind the letters, which were cut out with some large, unbranded alphabet dies.

To give the letters more dimension, I also cut them out of fun foam which I adhered behind them.

The three dots on the tops and bottoms of my panels were made using a 1/4" single hole punch, gluing them onto the card and then adding some Glossy Accents on top. That way I could be sure they would match my letters exactly.

The inside sentiments were done with my computer.

I had a lovely day today, crafting, talking and eating with fellow blogger and cardmaker extraordinaire, Lynette of My Stamping Addiction. Lynette was so kind to invite me to her home and share some of her expertise and crafting tools. We had fun learning about each other and the unique ways we approach cardmaking. Thank you, Lynette!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. It was summer-like weather here today, so perhaps those freezing temperatures are behind us for a while. Fingers crossed!

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dad, you are spectacular...

I've been busy making some Father's Day cards to donate to the thrift store. I get lots of positive comments there about my handmade cards, so it's always fun!

Here's a card that I made for my most recent batch:

I found a clipart image of a pair of glasses, which I made into a "print and cut" image in my Silhouette software. Then I used the Silhouette machine to cut them out.

I also created the little eye chart with Silhouette, adding the red and black offsets to give it a bit more definition.

To complete my card, I first cut out a white panel, dry-embossed the bottom two inches with a Sizzix embossing folder and wrapped some twine around three times and tied a little knot.

I adhered the glasses to the top part of my panel and added some green googly eyes (they were the only color I had in the right size!).

My eye chart was popped up on foam tape over the twine.

The inside of my card is super simple with just a stamped sentiment (by Recollections, I think).

This card was quick and easy, but I think it would be a fun card for a child to give to their Dad.

We have had cool, wet weather here, but I have managed to get nearly all my flowers planted. It's actually perfect planting weather, as the plants don't get as stressed as they do when it's hot.

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