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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's time for another Twofer Challenge...

I love the Twofer Challenge Blog, and a new challenge has recently been posted:

I decided to create a card for each of the upcoming celebrations at our house for this challenge.

I have a pretty oval wreath die (unbranded), and wanted to use it for both cards.

For my Thanksgiving card, I simply inked the leaves on the wreath a bit and colored in the "twiggy" part with a brown marker. Then I added some copper colored sequins, and voila!, I had a lovely fall wreath. The "thankful' die-cut and the terra cotta-colored edging were made with unbranded dies and my patterned paper is by Stampin' Up.

I did some stamping (really old wood stamps - not sure of brand) and also inked around the edges of my panel.

To add a little interest, I added a terra cotta-colored strip and a sprig of leaves on the inside.

For my Christmas card, I once again cut the oval wreath out of dark green paper and then added some pine tree sprigs (Martha Stewart punch), as well as a whole bunch of tiny red pearls. Since it's a Christmas card, I decided a little bow was in order, but I thought it needed to be placed at a jaunty angle. I'm not so sure about that decision after looking at the photo.

"Merry Christmas" is an unbranded die-cut, glued to a little fishtail banner. I thought the banner needed a tiny bit of inking with Tea Dye Distress ink around the edges so that it showed up a little better against my busy patterned paper (Stampin' Up).

Because the front of my card is so busy, I decided to give the recipient's eyes a rest with a CAS interior. I think my stamped sentiment is by Penny Black.

This challenge is a lot of fun, so I hope you'll give it a try, too.

As I type this, I am watching the weather on TV. They say it's going to warm up to 40(4.5 Celsius). Since it's been getting down close to 0 (-18 Celsius). at night, 40 is going to feel downright balmy!

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thanksgiving is right around the corner...

...so I've been busy making some cards for the occasion. I didn't make many--just a few for close family members. Here are two examples:

I'm sorry that this photo is slightly blurry, but I think you still get the essence of the card. It was a dark and dreary day, so I didn't have enough light to see clearly whether or not I was focusing the camera properly.

The leafy rectangle and the pumpkins are both unbranded dies. I used the pumpkin dies in a previous card that you can see here. I cut the leafy rectangle out of green paper and then colored in all the stems with a brown marker. It was adhered to the front of the card with spray adhesive. I can see in the photo that I got this one a bit askew. It was a little tricky to get it all stuck down properly!

This is the inside sentiment for this card. It was computer-generated.

Here's my second card, made with cream/yellow/gray patterned cardstock and embellishments. The dies I used are all unbranded on this one, too. The sentiment was heat-embossed with silver embossing powder.

The die I used for the leaves was actually a "sprig" with multiple leaves on it. I just had to cut it apart to get what I wanted.

Here's the inside of this card, showing more shadows from the lack of sunshine. I should just be patient and wait for a sunny day to take photos, but patience isn't one of my strong suits!

Starting last year, we began celebrating Thanksgiving at my daughter's home. She lives only blocks away, so it's easy to get back and forth. It's so nice to have someone else take charge of the meal! We generally have a turkey with all the fixings, and I expect that is what we'll have this year, too. And I'm pretty sure I'll be in charge of the pies again. I usually make pumpkin, apple and cherry.

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

Polka-dotted cards...

I was asked by a fellow thrift store volunteer to make some cards for her that she could use in her other volunteer work with a local police force. She needed some congratulations cards to give to officers who received awards or promotions and some blank cards for other purposes.

The thrift store had given me some polka-dotted card blanks, so I used those to make a few cards for her.

These cards were quick to make because the layout is so simple, and I think they'll work for both male and female officers.  "Congratulations" was cut out of white cardstock with a die, but I have no idea anymore who makes it. I know there are a lot of similar dies out there, though.

These feather cards had no sentiment, so they could be used for any occasion. In looking at the photo, I think I should have done a bit of inking on the pink and blue feathers.

All of these cards had just a white liner inside to make it easier to write and read a personal note.

Finally, I needed some thank you notes for my own personal use, so a few of the white polka-dotted card blanks worked perfectly to make those.

The doily die is by Hero Arts. Isn't it pretty? It is one that I got at the thrift store. I think I'll get lots of use out of it. I heat embossed "Thank You" with gold embossing powder, and then popped my banner up on foam tape.

It is cold here today--we had some light snow during the night. I guess winter has more or less arrived, and there'll be no more jacketless days until Spring. The only good thing about that is we'll be able to enjoy some nice fires in the fireplace.

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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #143: USE YOUR FAVORITE SKETCH or Anything Goes Option...

If this is November, that means that next month is December. Wow, 2018 is flying by! And since it is November, that also means it's time for another Let's Craft and Create Challenge.

This month, we're asking all participants to make a card using your favorite sketch. Now, I hadn't really been using sketches until a few months ago, when I printed out a bunch of them from the Cardz TV blog. Since then, I've found them to be incredibly useful. If you haven't been using sketches, I encourage you to give it a try (and join in on the LCC Challenge at the same time).

In the photo above you can see that I've cut out the sketches that I downloaded and put them into an inexpensive soft-covered little photo album. That way, it's easy to flip through the pages for some inspiration.

Here's the card I made using this sketch idea. I first heat embossed the word "Gratitude on my polka-dotted mat, adhered it to my card base and then added the three strips of DSP. Once that was done, I cut out my pumpkins (unbranded dies) and popped them up with foam tape.

I didn't think it looked quite finished, so I took a strip of the brown polka-dot paper and made a border with a Fiskars scalloped punch. I really liked the way that finished off my card front.

I stamped the inside of my card with an old wooden stamp that I got at the thrift store. I thought it was a nice Thanksgiving message, although it doesn't stamp as clearly as I'd like it to. I think it's been well loved by its former owner.

One more scalloped border, and my card was done!

Besides Cardz TV, you can also find lots of sketches on other blogsites or on Pinterest. I highly recommend printing them out (I just copied and pasted them, four to a page, in Word) and storing them in a small album. You'll be glad you did!

I hope you'll give this challenge a try and post your creation at Let's Craft and Create. See you there!

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Oh, no! I'm late in remembering a family birthday...

In early September I looked at my calendar and realized I had totally missed my brother-in-law Leigh's birthday which was August 29th. I felt SO BAD!! So I quickly made him a card to let him know I was still thinking of him.

My card had to be a simple one, because I NEEDED to get it into the mail immediately. I chose to print some text and have it be the focal point on the front of my card.

I stamped the row of dots (it's an old border stamp - no idea anymore who the manufacturer is) and added a double fishtail banner for embellishment. The pattern on the banner is actually the other side of the deep turquoise mat on my card front (paper from Stampin' Up).

On the inside of my card, I printed a simple sentiment and stamped another row of those dots. This card was made and mailed on the same day.

I just hate when I miss someone's birthday. It doesn't happen too often, but I'm always embarrassed when it does. I never mean to forget people.

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bright flowers on a dark background...

I have a large flower die that I thought might be fun to use multiple times on a card. As you can see, I cut it out of some very bright colored scraps of cardstock. Then, I simply adhered them to a black mat with some spray adhesive. Once they were adhered, I cut off the overhanging flower edges before I glued the mat to my card front.

I also cut out a banner from a very, very old set of stamps (not sure anymore of the brand) and added a stamped sentiment to it. Then I fussy-cut it out and popped it up on foam tape.

To finish off my card I pulled out some Nuvo Drops that matched my flower colors and added the flower centers and a few scattered dots. Easy, peasy! And I actually really liked it.

My inside was very simple. I added a black cardstock edge to just two sides of my white mat to define it a little better. And if I really confess the absolute truth, my leftover piece of black cardstock was only big enough to do this with it!! I kind of like it, though. What do you think?

This simple card was so quick and easy, but I think it makes a big visual impact.

I hope all is well in your world. Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Anniversary card...

It was our wedding anniversary on October 16, and here's the card I made for my DH:

Since we are traveling on our anniversary, this card had to be made ahead of time. In fact, I had a lot of cards that I had to have done ahead of time, so I didn't make complicated ones. Simple designs were the norm!

This one required a little bit of time to do the coloring. I stamped my image with Memento ink and then used Promarkers to color it. The raindrops were added by just flicking a light blue marker on the paper. Not sure I like the result, but there's no going back now. And it looked strange with no rain at all, since the couple is bundled in their coats and huddled under an umbrella.

The dots in the upper right corner are actually blue, not black, and were made with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The inside of my card is very simple, but I will write a personal note, so it really won't look so bare.

I'm not sure where we'll be or what we'll be doing to celebrate our anniversary, as this post has been written and scheduled ahead of time. Whatever it is, I'm sure we'll have a good time. We always do!

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