Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More Mother's Day cards

First card is Stampin Up Pink Passion and Hollo's papercraft black with Provo Craft patterned paper. Ink is VersaFine and Stampin Up Lavender Lace. Main stamp is Rubber Stampede and center one is Stampin Up Polka Dot Punches. Middle card is Technique Junkies Frosted Glass technique from the Dec 2002 newsletter. Card stock is Stampin Up Barely Banana, Night of Navy and Whisper White, and glossy card stock bought at Stamplistic in Amherst, OH. Ink is Ranger Big and Juicy Hydrangea rainbow pad which was brayered over a sheet of dry embossed acetate. Then the glossy card stock was placed over the inked acetate and brayered again so the glossy card stock picked up the image of the embossed rose. The rose stencil is a Darice brass stencil. Ribbon is Stampin Up retired Fairy Tale So Saffron jaquard. The last card is Stampin Up retired Perennial Friendship stamped with Palette Jardin Moss ink and the blossom is colored with Stampin Up Cameo Coral marker. The outside is "smudged" with Jardin Moss using a cosmetic sponge. Card stock is Hollo's Papercraft white, Stampin Up Glorious Green and Confetti White and patterned paper is Stampin Up DSP Tea Party So Saffron. Ribbon is retired Stampin Up Fairy Tale Regal Rose gathered grosgrain. I only have a few more Mother's Day cards to do. Whew!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Two-toned Crunch Mother's Day cards

The two cards are Mother's Day cards which I started working on since I had a young friend asked me yesterday if I would make a card for her mother. I donated cards as prizes for a charity shower we gave at our church and the teen received one of the cards. She said her mother likes pink and yellow so I've started with those colors first. The two cards use Technique Junkies Two-toned Crunch technique from Dec 08/Jan 09 newsletter. The first card also uses Splitcoast Stampers Scalloped Edge Medallion technique. Card stock is Stampin Up Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, and on card 2 Mellow Moss. Ink is VersaFine and everything else is Stampin Up. Stamps are from the Eastern Blooms and Wagon Full of Fun sets and the flowers are colored by using markers direct to rubber. Markers used are So Saffron, Pretty In Pink and Chocolate Chip. Ribbon is So Saffron from the SAB collection. Sorry my scans are crooked. The cards kept sliding when I closed the scanner. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've all been enjoying some of our "summer" weather. ;-)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Lila Catherine Estelle

Here are the pictures of the new granddaughter!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Granddaughter

Just a quick note to let my friends know we have a new addition to our family. Lila Catherine Estelle was born April 22 at 5:08 PM and weighed in at 7 lb 0 oz. She is just gorgeous!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Heartfelt Thanks

This was a quick card I did yesterday. It uses the outline of the diecut I used on another card. I colored the Stampin Up Heartfelt Thanks stamp direct to rubber with Stampin' Write markers Pretty In Pink and Old Olive and stamped it on Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock. Then I centered the image inside the oval cutout. I thought it worked quite well. Cardstock is Stampin Up Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss and Hollo's Papercraft leatherette look brown cardstock. I like it's texture. I don't know the name of the Cuttlebug embossing folder I used on the Kiwi Kiss layer. I borrowed that from my friend Diana at a stamping get together. I'll have to ask her the name. I checked the Cuttlebug web page today and couldn't find it there; so it's probably no longer available. Too bad as I like it's look. The ribbon is from a retired Stampin Up set, Fairy Tale and I think the color is So Saffron. I haven't decided who will receive this card. Inside I stamped it with an unmounted rubber stamp from River City Rubber Works. It says, " Surround yourself with sunshine and have a warm and wonderful day." I thought that fit the fact that we've finally had a few nice days. Of course I hear it's supposed to be rainy next week and possibly even snow flurries. Big Groan! ;-)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Chalk Lines Birthday Card

This is the card I made for my Jamaican friend who I call my twin since we were born on the same day. We worked together at a hospital in the Chicago area and one day when we were talking about birthdays she mentioned she was born on Easter. I knew our birthdays were both on the same day, but until then I didn't know we were born on exactly the same day. I had thought she was younger than me. We are born on the very last day Easter falls on and it only falls on that date every 100 years. This is the only person I know who is a twin. We worked with a doctor who shares our birthday, but she's a lot younger than us. The people who we worked with all called us "The Twins" after that, and it really confused people when they introduced us as our skin tones are quite different. LOL (I'm of Irish descent so I have a pretty fair complexion.) At any rate Monica and I have stayed close even though she moved back to Jamaica when she retired and I moved to Ohio. We have managed to get together a few times when she visits her daughters in Chicago and of course there's the wonderful Internet and phone system.
Back to the card: It uses the Technique Junkies technique Chalk Lines from the April/ May 2009 Newsletter. I used Craft-T-Products Decorating Chalks yellow, orange, and red and swiped them onto Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock in a random pattern using cotton balls to apply the chalks. Then putting a ruler down on the cardstock I erased lines using a regular pencil eraser again in a random pattern. Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels die was used to cut the Tempting Turquoise background, ink is Superior India Ink Black, cardstock is Stampin Up and Hollo's Papercraft, stamps are Stampin Up Simply Said and Sincere Salutations, brads are The Paper Studio Spare Parts, and markers to color the flowers are Stampin' Write markers Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow and Only Orange. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the cards.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Glimmering Silk

Computer was down and I've been down with a bad cold so I haven't been doing much of anything with computers. We have a second PC in the basement that my DH uses, but it is very old and very slow so I don't like to use it. Today the computer repairman came out and replaced the power source on my computer and I'm back in business computerwise. We also installed the card for my scanner while the skin was off the computer; so I've tried scanning the last card I made. We'll see now how the scanner is working. It seems to have done a good job with the scan. The card is using Technique Junkies Glimmering Silk technique from the Dec 2008/ Jan 2009 newsletter. This is a really easy technique but a little messy. You use tissue paper that you use in gift bags and packages and spray it with a mist that has a sparkle. I used Luminart Radiant Rain Copper color and Memories Mist Lavender Tea, let the paper dry and then crumple it up to give it texture, smooth it out carefully so you don't tear the paper, and lastly adher it to a light colored cardstock. Most of the rest of the card is Stampin Up products. Cardstock is Orchid Opulence, Brilliant Blue, and Very Vanilla; ink is Classic Rose Red and Superior India Ink Black; stamps are SU Stitched Exotics, Sincere Salutations, and inside Puns From the Past. I haven't decided who will receive the card. I'm sure a need will arise soon. LOL Maybe I'll send it in for a homepage contest for one of my groups. We're having rainy weather here and it's really dreary looking outside. Not the kind of weather to go out in if you already have a cold; so I'm super happy that my computer is working again. I just finished reading a long good book so I'm even more happy that the computer is good to go. By the way the book is The Alienist by Caleb Carr in case you like historical fiction. It is a little gory in parts as it deals with a serial killer. Yep my fiction runs to psychological suspense with some romance thrown in. Hope everyone had nice Easter. I did get to church but hid out in the choir loft as I didn't want to infect a lot of people with my cold.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Brother's Birthday Card

Now to post my brother's birthday card. This one I made a few changes to April 2008 Sheetload of Cards Rectangled Up. Cardstock is Hollo's Papercraft and DCWV The Ultimate Stack, stamps are Stampin Up sets from the new Occasions Mini Catalog, ink is India Ink Black and Stampin Up Stampin Write Markers. The corner punch is The Paper Studio Large Photo Corner punch.
The Occasions Mini has some really cute stamp sets. I wanted to order them all but cool reason had to prevail and I only ordered about 1/2. LOL Maybe I'll order the other half on my April order. I'll have to check with some friends to see if anyone else wants to order. So far my business isn't making much profit since I'm my own best customer. I'm giving a free class at the Senior Center the first week in May to see if I am able to generate any interest in card making there. I think it could be a fun afternoon a couple times a month and there is a small craft room at the center. I'd have to bring supplies in, but I bought a nice wheeled tote with one of Michael's 50% off coupons so that won't be too difficult. I have to admit that the tote gets pretty heavy when it's full of cardstock and stamp sets. I used it for a crop a couple weeks ago and found it very handy, but so heavy that it was a little difficult to wheel. One of the strong young men who was helping at the crop just picked it up and carried it. I was happy since I was wondering how I was going to get it back in the car. DH had loaded it for me when I left for the crop. I'm hoping we'll soon have another crop with my online group. I really had a fun time with this group of ladies.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

My Mother's Birthday Card

My sister called me on the carpet for not putting anything new on my blog so better do something today. I've been working on my cards all week. I finished 11 cards for swaps, a shower card and envelope, 2 birthday cards, and one friend card. Whew!! I'm pretty pleased with some of my swap cards, but I shouldn't post them today since they won't all have been received yet. I can post the birthday cards since the people they are going to won't be checking my blog. My mother's birthday is April 6 and I did a Stringing You Along Technique Junkies technique (Feb 2009 newsletter) for her card. The ink is India Ink Black and Ranger Adirondack Citrus, Sunshine Yellow, and Sailboat Blue. The Adirondack inks are sponged on over string which I put across the cardstock and taped down so it would stay put while I sponged on the color. It's a very fun technique. You get to work out a little frustration also since you want to pounce it over the junctions of the string to be sure you have good coverage. The cardstocks are Stampin Up and Hollo's Papercraft, stamps are Stampin Up, and the Happy Birthday is All Night Media. The main flower image is colored with Stampin Up Marker direct to rubber.
I'll post my brother's card next post. I still have to make a baby card for our twin great nieces who were born on Monday. I have ideas in my head and cut some shapes with my Cricut but I need to get the card all together.


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