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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


The challenge at Merry Monday Christmas is  the inspiration for this Christmas Card.   It is simple, traditional and looks "handmade" which is ok with me.  It is perfect for making in bulk.  I have a group of ladies from my neighborhood who are going to help me to make cards to donate for ministry so this would work for that, since most of them have never made cards.  The verse is downloaded from Word Art Wednesday.   I changed the word Jesus to red in my word program before I printed it.   I used a label program and printed 4 on an 81/2 by 11 page, so I didn't waste the paper.  I have 3 more I can use.   The colors are gumball green (ret) and Real Red (both SU).  The holly is from a CTMH stamp set Glory to God (ret.)  I added the small bow that I had already made in my stash box.   This was a great challenge...and I've enjoyed seeing what the designers and others have done with it.      Thanks for stopping by,   Kathy

Monday, April 16, 2018

full bloom...

Today's card is made using items from the March Simon Says Monthly Kit....I used the sticker sentiment and a floral piece of carte bella paper...I also added the small peach check from a Paper Studio Pack.   It's fairly simple but it came together nicely using the current Match the Sketch challenge.   I am also linking it to Word Art Wednesday,  I enjoy their site.   Thanks for stopping by, kathy

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pitcher of flowers...

Simple...most of what I used is from the Simon Says March Kit,  I started the card a couple of days ago and let it "simmer" somewhat in my brain.  I wanted to use items from my March Kit...because in a couple of weeks my May kit comes...I balanced the floral print ( carte bella) with a much smaller print (Paper Studio).  The pitcher of flowers is a "sticker" from the kit...It isn't flimsy and the easiest way to take away its sticky so it pops well is ti use the embossing buddy on the sticky side. I fussy cut around the inside of the handle to insert the sentiment strip and tie twine around the handle.  It was raining (coming down in buckets) today (great for settling the pollen) but not as cheery, so it made for a good day to create a "fresh flowers from the garden" card!  The sentiment is from Perennial Birthday SU.   I used my nuvo glimmer brush on the flowers in the pitcher and finished off with SU rhinestones....I have a couple of pretty bushes coming from Cottage Farns (QVC) this coming week that will create a welcome on each side of my front steps.   I also am planting tomato vines in the raised bed in backyard this week!   I am excited for Spring and Summer to get full blown.  Thanks for stopping by.   Comments are appreciated, I'm not a flower gardener so if anyone can identify the flowers on the card I would love to know!          smiles,  kathy

I linked to Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crocusing on you...

a very simple card, the crocus bulbs (or at least that's what I think they are) came from a set that was free with a cardmaking magazine (UK) that I picked up at Michaels.   The sentiments are Fun Stampers Journey.  I also used Lavender Fusion Ink (FSJ) natural thread SU, card base SU garden green.   Thanks for stopping by.  I've not played much this week, but this sketch caught my eye!  In addition to CAS(E) this sketch, I am also linking my card to Word Art Wednesday.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dahlia Sympathy...

I was inspired by Card Concept Challenge #89 going for a layered clean look using "yellow" as my focal point.   Sketch #330 at  Freshly Made Sketches worked so well for me to use a new stamp set to make a sympathy card.   It's pretty straight forward.   I stamped the dahlia on water color paper with staz on and used SU retired water color crayons (Yo Yo Yellow and Barely Banana) with an aqua brush.    I also painted SU pearls with a Yellow sharpie.   You can't see it very well, but I highlighted the dahlia with a Nuvo Shimmer glitter pen (from Simon Says).
Paper Studio-grey gingham
FSJ-  dahlia stamp set and dies and black licorice string-
SU- Sentiment "Bloom With Hope" hostess retired now
Spellbinders-embossing folder (bought it on clearance at Michaels---very thick folder--took some fanangling to get it run through the cuttlebug, soon realized why it was on clearance)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Psalm 93.4

I've tried to participate at Match The Sketch for a couple of weeks now, but somehow kept missing the link cut-off.   I really like this sketch.   For my card, I turned the sketch vertical. The downloaded Bible verse is from the Word Art Wednesday challenge.  It is such a beautiful verse and is so encouraging to my heart.   I had just bought a magazine at Barnes Noble "Love Cardmaking Vol. 4" over the weekend.   It featured a free beach-ocean stamp set, embossing folder and die cuts and free digital downloadable designer paper at the magazine website.   With the freebies it was worth the $15.00.   It is a UK publication.  Anyway  I printed a piece of the paper for this card.  I downloaded 15 very nice patterns.  The colors appear to be shades of blue and a coral-terracotta color.   I used the die cut for the small shell and cut the other shells from two pieces of paper that I embossed.  The main panel is embossed with an SU waves folder.  It was a fun card to make and I like how it turned out alot.....Not sure of the colors I used, but the sequins are SU Tutti-Fruitti            Thanks for stopping by!  Kathy

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wellies- floral birthday

 This card is made with the cutest stamp from a set called "Showers and Flowers" from the March Kit of the month--Simon Says.   I am trying to use items from my stash so I chose this long fold card from CTMH in Ivory...I cut of the part that folded over the end and made it just one long card that opened on the side.  To soften the ivory I stamped a patterned stamp with color box white...let it dry over night.  I used the ribbon stamp from  "Choose Joy" also a stamp set in the Simon Says Box.   I stamped it in SU wild wasabi and it picked up the pattern that I had stamped on the paper...I then stamped an ivory panel with the welly boots and colored them with the panel laying on the soft side of my ctmh cutting helped the pencil colors to blend well (they are not expensive pencils--maybe some day with a coupon that will change)   I then fussy cut used some burlap behind the boots and some baker twine with gold.  It will make a good card for someone you give a check too as a birthday present...even a guy would welcome the flowers if it comes with money!        The sentiment was from the SU Perennial Birthday Set (current SU catalog for spring)   I love this set and also the card kit that came with it....very nice card bases and embellishment included!
Thanks for stopping by,  Kathy

Cutie Pie.....

I've been trying for awhile to get in on the action over at Fab Friday Stampin Challenge and so today is the day!    This really came together so well for me, which is usually not the case...Not really much to say, except I think it is definitely a good choice to make for a card swap I participate in.   Thanks for stopping by,   Kathy
Paper:   Paper Studio Hooray Baby (Holly Lobby)
Ribbon:   Michaels
CS and Inks   Smoky Slate (panel and hanger) Pirouette Pink for Onesie Trim
Onesie download from (digital stamps to color)
I also received a new Nuvo shimmer pen in the March Simon Says box so I experimented with some of that on onesie, but it doesn't show very well!

When birds get married...

Today's card story goes like this:  This cute wedding cake stamp came from FSJ.   I dug in my stash and came up with this vintage style black and white paper.   I stamped the image, sponged around with (SU) crumb cake) and then ran it through the dotted swiss embossing folder.  I stamped a few more of the cake images.  I fussy cut around the hearts and the cake and then the birds (themselves) again...because when I colored them in it just didn't work,  (wasn't clean looking-too much color going on) so I finally decided to leave them naked except for their head wear.  I apologize if anyone finds this offensive and if you can think of another way...I'm open to hear about it!      Thanks for stopping in and blessings on your week and your work.   Kathy

Sentiment and paper -CTMH (retired I think)
SU Markers,   pool party and pirouette pink
I also used nuvo shimmer pen in places on the birds and cake (don't think it shows well)

Wood Pile Birthday...

My remarks today are a "confessional."   I love doing challenges and they are a great source of inspiration and help in getting the creative juices flowing.   But my card today is an outright copy with some minimal adds on my part.   When I first looked at the Freshly Made Sketch for this week, my first thought was whatever can I do with that?   But as I scrolled down to see what the design team had made...the first card by Jen Brum caught my eye....I had just finished making the cards that came in the March FSJ Bloom box (photo below).   It included this cute little cross section of a I not so random stamped them to resemble Jen's wood pile.  All the while thinking back to when I was a very young child and my dad would "make" a load of wood to truck it to mill.   I also thought about my nephew who loved as a teenager to get out and chop a big stack of fire wood for fun (imagine that).   I popped some of the ends of the logs since not all logs are the same length...I then colored with pencils and used a stippling stamp to create man glitter (saw dust)....I used deckle scissors to give a sawed appearance to my sentiment and added twine....I really like the card and I already have another idea with a new Dahlia set from FSJ to create a bouquet using this sketch...Thanks for stopping by and blessings on your week and work!    Kathy

Sentiment, SU Perennial Birthday (Spring Occasions 2018)
Log Stamp:   FSJ   A great Adventure, March bloom box
Texture stamp:   Touches of Texture (current SU annual book)
ink and cs Chocolate chip, Lemon Lime Twist (SU)
Sentiment Ink:   Black Memento

Saturday, March 24, 2018

blue Christmas...

I've been a little under the weather this week, but I still got to play and finish some stuff.  I made about 5 which I will post at other challenges...but on this card...I'm using the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.   I like the sketch, but it was challelnging.   I would like to say I was moving forward with a well made plan.  (lol)  I went looking through my paper stash and found this piece of DP and then remembered I had the dapper denim frame in my card pieces stash box and I found an oval cut with a bird stamp on it. Whatever I planned it wasn't anything about Christmas.  I'm very traditional when it comes to Christmas colors.  Well the good news is the bird oval went back in the box...someday-maybe!   I like the colors and the outcome.  I also brushed with a shimmer pen from nuvo (Simon Says).   Thanks for stopping by, have a good week!       Kathy

Sentiment:  CTMH  Holly: Inkadinkadoo
gold cord, SU baker twine Cherry Cobbler
Dapper Denim Ink and Frame
Memento Black
dots (from my stash, not sure name but came from Hobby Lobby awhile back)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Subtle Florals Birthday...

I "missed" the link to matchthesketch challenge #219...but I love how this card turned out so I am linking it to thies week's sketch #219....feel free to unlink it...I loved the sketch and I like how my card turned out.
I used Prisma Papers Cherry Blossom and Nettys' sentiment circle free download.  Thanks for looking!
I plan to make this week's sketch and get it in on time!     Kathy

Dragonfly birthday...

When I saw this week's FreshlyMade Sketches #328 I thought of this dragonfly set and die cuts.   I haven't used them at all to speak of.   But I stamped the dragonfly on the square panel and then layered the die cut on top of it.  It is only glued down the middle the wings are spread.  I haven't done CASology before and while I think technically a dragonfly is an insect not a it is anyway!  I did some stippling with lavender on the white panels because I think it captures the idea that dragonflies hover and move around and are quite busy.   I realize this isn't everyone's taste, but also it kept the card from being to stately, it added some friendliness to it!  I'm in the midst of a springtime the only thing I feel like doing is messing around and what better place than my craft-guest room.  I just received my first order from Fun Stampers' Journey, if you want to know about this company just click on the name and it will take you to my friend's site...I don't belong to any company...I like it all!       Thanks for looking and I love comments even suggestions for improvement.  When I finish a card I almost always see something I would change. 
SU:   black cs, dragonfly dreams, stamps and dies, Touch of Texture, Stitched Dies
CTMH:   white daisy cs, retired sentiment
FSJ:  Lavender Fusion Ink Pad, licorice black thread and lavendar mini dots
Memento Black Ink