Sunday, March 17, 2019

Joy of the Lord...

"J" is for many of the design artists at Just Add Ink made Joy cards--so I decided to make a joy card also...I downloaded this verse from Etsy.    I used Frosted Floral DSP SU for the base and cut a frame from Poppy dies from SSS, using SU Blackberry which is one of the colors in the DSP.  In the picture it is a bit overpowering.  Lesson learned!   It's a "no stamping" card...I spent most of the afternoon installing a "new" printer and it was quite the experience...but the ink is pigment and dries fast and I think the image that I printed turned out so crisp!      Thanks for stopping by, wishing a great week!    Kathy

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sympathy, butterflies and buds...

My card is inspired by Just Add Ink, and I decided to keep it simple today, SSS spring kit 2018 paper, favorite font sentiment (very old) and retired SU butterfly die cut folder thingy with black string!   A card for my husband to send a female co-worker.  However, after working with ITunes on my Iphone I can no longer upload pictures straight to my computer.  So I uploaded to pinterest and then saved it as...and here it is!    I am through for today...but tomorrow I will call my computer people(Geek squad) and get this all fixed.   On another note (no pun intended) ITunes work great!  Have a good week!   Kathy

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Lotsa' happy birthday...

Post title was chosen because of all the challenges I  brought together to make it.  My creation falls short of a masterpiece, no surprise there and while it may not be the prettiest "card" on the block, it is sweet and simple and is "sendable" and that works for me.  On Saturdays I usually stroll through challenge blogs looking to see what I find interesting and see if I can use them for inspiration as I create throughout the week.  I print them out on pages, (about 7 challenges per page) since that it is the only way I can keep them in mind.  For this card  I started with As You See It "when I think simple I think one layer card" which led to Less is More for this week, make a one layer card to focus on sentiment  In keeping with that since I had in mind to also participate at Seize the Birthday "anthing goes.I picked out this small birthday sentiment and decided to emboss around it using a small oval frame well that brought to mind, Just Add Ink and the "Just Add Embossing" challenge.  And while the frame worked , it also added another problem when I ran it through my cuttlebug the edges of the frame made score lines of sorts so I decided to add "stitching" using stamps from SU Sale A bration set "Needlepoint & Thread"  to try and cover them, so that led to the creation of a grid the theme over at Addicted to Cas.  I added the flowers because the lines didn't quite meet since the stitching images were shorter than where I needed them to reach.  OK...The stitches don't quite cover the scored places, but by that time I was out of patience and decided to just "let it go."   Thanks for stopping by,   Maybe at least you will get some good ideas and hopefully I've learned some lessons as well!     Kathy
PS,   Making the card was a lot easier than doing the blog posts and linking it!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Diagonal a flutter...

My "butterfly" card could be used for many occasions and for many different folks in our lives.  It's not a "wow" I can't believe my eyes card...but is fun!  It was easy and the CASE challenge at Global Project Design provided frame work for me to do something with this cute paper (from who knows where-a friend was cleaning out her stash and I inherited it).   When I first looked at the challenge card I noticed  the diagonal sweep of the colors that comprise the circles and  that the circles seemed to be floating.  I think that the Stampin Up Sell-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly DSP would be perfect for this CASE (but I don't have any yet)....Who knows there is always March!   I'm in love with the new "Rectangle" thin cuts from SU so I cut the sentiment panel using one of them, and the sentiment is from SU Dragonfly Dreams.  Not a lot to say, but time spent posting this gave me a break from the laundry, but now it's back to the grind.  Thanks for stopping by, and happy Paper Trails to you!         Kathy

Friday, February 15, 2019

Morning Glory Birthday...

I am linking today's card over at WORDart Wednesday!    I have used their beautiful verses many times over the years on my cards.   Their blog is well worth checking out.   I actually put this birthday card together very quickly yesterday for another sketch challenge at InkSpire Me only to find out that the linky had closed.  I made 4 cards just alike so I could swap with 3 of my stamp pals.   I had been "puny" the day before because in an injection that I get every other Monday to keep my "multiple myeloma" in remission (almost 3 years now since my stem cell transplant.)    I cannot tout the virtue of owning a stamparatus too much.   I could never have stamped 4 cards and assembled in 1 1/2 hours without it.   The only thing I did not get to do for my friends was use the colored pencils for the shading which brings the morning glory flowers and leaves to life!   I had a friend who through years often came into work saying "morning glory" so that flower is special to me!       Smiles to all and thanks for dropping in--comments so appreciated, if nothing else just mention what part of the world you are from and what is your favorite thing about cardmaking!        Thanks, Kathy
supplies:   FSJ "love life" stamps (morning glory) SU "bloom with hope" sentiment,   pearls SU,   crumbcake cs, twine SU (fall occasions)  Sizzix square frame die cuts,  colored mixed (various)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Coneflowers (again) Just Because...

This is my second card this week using the "Beautiful Friendship" stamp set that came in a kit last fall from Fun Stampers Journey.   When I got the kit I wasn't all that enthralled with the set and the cards I was to make so I stuffed it back on a shelf.  But I drug it out last week (partly out of guilt--I bought it-so I needed to use it) and started making a card and messed up.  But I liked the little coneflowers I had fussy cut so I used them on this card and since that card I have been quite taken with this set...I don't know if they sell it now, but in addition to 3 different size of cone flowers and leaves it has 3 very nice sentiments!   Now back to this card, I was struck by the vertical sentiment and the striping on the lower half of the card sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch this week!  I pretty much always look for a sketch to work with these days, it helps cut down on the amount of time that I stare at my stamps and cs trying to think of of a way to use them.  I also go looking around for other challenges that inspire me  My "cone flowers" would look delicious on top of those cupcakes in the challenge photo over at the Just Add Ink .   I digitally created the base of my card and then added other items to create a lightweight fun card.  I hope you like it and have an enjoyable week creating.  I am thankful that the Lord gave us such creative desire- it is so satisfying to work with all things paper, stamps and ink and now my digi stash!       Smiles,   Kathy

Digital Paper (not layered the color is on card base) using Etsy LittlePandaDesigns
Sentiment and Flowers:    Fun Stampers Journey
Pearls:   SU
Ink Pad:   SU Fresh Fig
Markers:   SU garden green, daffodil delight and wisteria wonder (ret.)
last but not least --my SU Stamparatus (makes such clean images and sentiments)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Blue with Silver Christmas Card...

As I've said over and over I am red and green when it comes to Christmas, but after looking at Joann's beautiful Poinsettia card over at Crafty Nana's Blog I was inspired to create a blue with silver card.  Of course my card is nothing like hers, her card is so beautiful and elegant.   But after all when we use what we have on hand...who knows what we will end up with.   I had in mind to finally use some left over mini "electric blue", silver and white glittery bulbs that I have had for over 10 years now.  I'm not a hoarder, but I always thought these were too cute to part with.  I used to work with a gal who passed a cemetery each day on her way to and from work and she quite frequently mentioned how much she hated those "electric blue" flowers that people put out on their loved one's graves, but somehow this is quite different, I think.   For the design I used the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and for the As You See It shallenge I added "something metallic, which is a piece of shiny silver paper.  It's a fun card and would work well for those "electric blue" enthusiasts in our lives!   Maybe I'll send it to my friend this coming Christmas!   Thanks for stopping by,   Kathy

Digi Card base:  LittlePandaDesigns (Etsy) printed on an 81/2 by 11 ( 2nd picture shows where I cut an 8 1/2 by 10 unfolded card base where some of the printed design will show on the back as well when folded)
Digi Merry Christmas panel:  DesignLoversStudio (Etsy)
Sentiment (CTMH retired)  much loved!
Fluted Silver Paper:  Hobby Lobby
Christmas bulbs:   ? vintage from my stash!
Wreath Die Cut (straightened down side of card) Memory Box 2013
Shiny Stretch Silver Ribbon:  no idea where it came from--but tying it was a buggar-boo, so I'm glad I used it all up!