Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches

I really like this week's sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches and had some free time this morning so I thought I'd play along. Here's the sketch.


Isn't it a great sketch! And here's the card I created.


I started by stamping the Picture Perfect sentiment and then the bird image. Once the image was colored with Copics, I layered it onto the black CS and cut it down to size. The Kraft layer was stamped with the flowering branch image with Brilliance Moonlight White ink. I added some Nuvo white Glitter drops to the centers of the flowers. Everything is attached to a white card base.

Hope you can join in the fun at TMS this week! Thanks for stopping by.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cupcake Inspirations

The challenge at Cupcake Inspirations this week is animals. Aren't these just the cutest cupcakes?!!


Today I created some Christmas gift tags instead of a card. Every year when I'm wrapping up gifts for the grands, I wish I had made some special tags for their gifts so this year I'm working ahead on some!  Here are two of my tags so far.


I used my Cricut machine to cut out the red tags and the white backing. The adorable penguin image is from Stampendous. After coloring them with Copics, I used the matching die to cut them out. I found some tiny die cut hearts left over in my stash and glued them onto the penguins. The penguins are attached to the tag with some Wobbles. I really like the playful look the wobbles create. Merry Christmas was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink. A punch white snowflake with a red rhinestone and some ribbon and baker's twine complete the look.

Hope you can join in the fun at Cupcake Inspirations! Thanks for stopping by,

blessings,
shelia

Sympathy

DRS Designs recently released some beautiful sympathy greetings, so you will be seeing quite a few sympathy cards here on the blog. I know sympathy cards are not anyone's favorite to create, but they are needed and appreciated by those who have lost special people. I like to have some on hand and these new greetings have inspired me to do just that. 


I started with some water color paper and added some Tim Holtz distress inks using the smacking acetate technique. While that dried, I die cut the half circle and rectangle pieces using a SB Elegant Arch die. I used the outline part of those dies to die cut the water color paper to go behind. The Thoughts of you greeting was stamped onto the peachy pink panel with VersaMark ink, heat embossed with detail white EP and then dry embossed with a Darice butterfly EF. The bottom layer of the butterfly was die cut with a SB die using the same water color paper. The top layer was die cut from vellum and glued onto the bottom butterfly just down the center of the butterfly's body. I added some milky white half pearls to the butterfly and the stained glass looking die cuts.

I used this week's sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers to create this card. It's a great sketch, isn't it. I really enjoy sketch challenges and I'm pleased with how this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Merry Christmas!

This week DRS Designs is sponsoring the Christmas Challenge at CRAFT Challenges. Since I love making Christmas cards I thought I'd play along. I try to create 4 or 5 Christmas cards each month, but I've not kept up with that goal. So this is the perfect opportunity for me to get refocused. Here's my card.


I started by stamping the trio of trees with Memento green ink, stamping off on scratch paper for the trees in the background. A Sakura Gelly Roll pen was used to add some sparkle to the trees. SB dies were used to cut out the frame which is glued onto the tree panel. The sleigh and deer are SU dies. I used gold baker's twine for the reins for the deer. The Merry Christmas greeting was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder before die cutting with a SB banner die. The banner, sleigh and deer are all attached with foam adhesive for some dimension.

I hope you can join in the fun at CRAFT Challenges this week. I'd love to see what kind of Christmas card you create. Plus you could be the winner of the prize from DRS Designs.

Thanks for stopping by,

shelia

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Monday! My card today features a new Mother's Day greeting. I really like the font on this greeting and that the happy is small while Mother's Day is big. I paired it with the Violet Tea Cup.


The Tea Cup was stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored with Copics and die cut with a SB square. I used a larger square die to cut out the gold square behind the main image. The purple CS has a bit of texture already, so I just stamped the greeting with Versafine Black Onyx ink and added some Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops for added interest.

My mom will like this card with the pretty flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone. With Easter fast approaching, I thought I'd share a card that celebrates what Easter is all about, Christ's death and resurrection.


I started with a kraft card base and stamped the woodgrain background image with TH Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. Next I stamped the Christ is Risen Cross onto white CS with Memento Black ink, colored it with Copics, die cut and layered it onto the die cut green panel. The Celebrate Easter greeting was stamped onto kraft CS that was also stamped with the woodgrain background, die cut and attached with foam adhesive.  A Sakura Gelly Roll pen was used to add some shimmer to the flowers.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter as you celebrate Christ.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, April 3, 2017

Blessings

Happy Monday Everyone. Trust you all had a great weekend. I have a simple card to share with you today. Every so often I like to create a card using mostly dies. Today's card is one of those.

I started by sponging TH Distress Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans inks onto 3/4 of my card front. While the ink was drying I die cut my flowers, stems and butterfly. The new Blessings greeting was stamped in the corner with Versafine Black Onyx ink.



The smaller flowers are popped up with foam adhesive and white half pearls were added to the centers. I really like the way this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, March 27, 2017

the Beauty of Springtime

Hi everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. My life has been crazy busy lately and I am so thankful to be able to stop and get creative in the craft room. It really helps me to relax and refocus when I'm stamping, coloring and creating cards. Wonder what I used to do before I became addicted to stamping?! Seems like a life time ago.  Anyway, my card today features two new stamps from DRS Designs: the Sneaky Bunny and Springtime Easter Greeting.


I started by stamping the Sneaky Bunny image onto white CS with Memento Black ink. Once the image was colored with Copics, the Springtime Easter Greeting was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink. Some baker's twine and a yellow button was added to the white panel before gluing it onto the yellow card base. The purple frame was die cut with a Spellbinder's die. To add a bit of shimmer some clear Wink of Stella was added to the bunny's ears and the centers of the flowers. Don't you love how this little bunny is nestled in the middle of the flower pot!

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by our on line store and check out all the new images! You can find the new images here.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Birthdays

Hi Everyone! Spring is here. And after the winter snow storms last week I'm pretty sure most everyone is ready for spring. I know I am!! My family has several spring birthdays so I've been working on some birthday cards.

I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire that inspired me. She used a bunch of different greetings to stamp a background on her cards. I took just about every DRS Designs Birthday greeting I could find, arranged them on a piece of CS (in my Misti, of course) and then stamped them with VersaMark ink and embossed them with clear and white EP. I made several of these while I had all the greetings arranged in the Misti. Here are a couple of examples with white embossing:


                                       

Once the embossing cooled, I die cut a circle in the card base with Nesties as well as a white frame. Once the frame was glued into place, I added the die cut butterfly. I used a Faber-Castel Pitt Pen to add some white dots to the butterflies.

For a more masculine look, I embossed in clear and added a sail boat.

The sail boat was created with a Darice die and some yellow and blue inks sponged on while still in the die.

These were fun to create and pretty easy with the Misti. And now I have quite a stash of birthday cards for family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by today,
shelia

Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Hour?

Happy Monday everyone. I'm having fun playing around with this new Tired Woman image recently released by DRS Designs. I think she is a hoot and there are several fun greetings you can pair with her. For my card today I used the Happy Hour Nap Time greeting.


I started by stamping my tired woman with Memento Black ink, colored her with Copics and stamped the greeting beside her before die cutting the panel and frame. I used a Farber-Castell Pitt pen to add the white dots to her dress. To go with those dots, I stamped the white panel with the polka dot background in Versafine Orange ink. An orange dotted ribbon was added to this panel before attaching everything to the orange card base. The tiny birthday greeting was stamped, die cut and attached with a pop dot. Just looking at her makes me want to take a nap!

Thanks for stopping by today.

shelia

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches


DRS Designs is sponsoring Tuesday Morning Sketches this week, so I thought I'd play along. I really enjoy doing sketch challenges.  Here's the sketch.








I took some liberties with the sketch. I turned it sideways and decided to let the end of the branch take the place of the ribbons. Here's my card.



I let various dies do most of the work for this card!  I started with the pink panel, stamped the greeting in the corner and punched the other corner with a MS corner punch. I used SB dies to cut out the blue and white panels, as well as the branch and the two little birds. Once they were all glued together and attached to the pink panel, it was glued onto the white card base. Some dear friends celebrate their anniversary this weekend, so this is for them.

I hope you can join in the challenge at TMS.

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day


I started by stamping the shamrock background image onto white CS with SU Old Olive ink. Next I used a Taylor Expressions Ray of Sunshine die to cut out the sun's rays with olive CS and the stamped CS. I glued all the pieces onto white CS, using the Olive CS framed. The Irish Good Luck greeting (006D) was stamped with Old Olive ink onto white CS, die cut and layered onto Olive CS. A green rhinestone was added to the center.

Inside the new Love and Laughter Friends greeting (011G) was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink. The border at the bottom was created by stamping the Shamrock Swag with Old Olive ink. I used my Misti to line it up.


Be sure to visit our on line store to see all the newly released images. You'll love them!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, February 27, 2017

Super Tired

DRS Designs has recently released some new images that are super fun. My card today features two of the new images:  Tired Woman (032H) and Super Tired Greeting (025E)



I started by creating a Z fold card and then the pink and black panels. The pink panels were stamped with the words from the Wordy Birthday greeting with SU Pretty in Pink ink. I cut the image apart and randomly placed the words on a large acrylic block to stamp the background. The Greeting (025E) was stamped partially on the front using VersaFine Black Onyx ink, die cut and layered on black CS. The band was decorated with darker pink flowers, leaves and black rhinestones.


The Tired Woman (032H) was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics, die cut and then the edges sponged with TH Distressed black ink. The rest of the greeting was stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx ink on the inside band and a small flower added to complete the look.

Here's a closer look at the inside portion.


Don't you love this new greeting? And isn't it so true? We try to be super mom, super wife and super woman only to end up super tired most of the time!! I can think of so many friends who would get a laugh out of this image and greeting.

Thanks for stopping by today,

shelia

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Easter

It has been unseasonable warm here these past several days and that has inspired me to get started on Easter cards. I recently saw a video on You Tube by Jennifer McGuire where she used toile as a window on her card. I really liked the look and decided to give it a try.


I started with the blue panel and die cut a square large enough for the bunny. I then die cut the same square on the white card base. Next the white toile was attached to the card base with strong adhesive and then the blue panel. I did use another nestie square to emboss the frame around the opening before attaching it to the card base.

The bunny was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics and then I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer and sparkle. While the Wink of Stella dried, I stamped another bunny and fussy cut him out, then I cut the colored bunny. Using score pal tape I attached the colored bunny to the front of the card, tucking him in between the toile and the blue frame. The other bunny was attached on the inside of the card so he lined up perfectly. This way the tape doesn't get stuck on the inside of the card when you close it. You could stamp a mirror image, color, fussy cut and attach it so the bunny is colored on both the inside and out. Since I don't have much luck with mirror images, I left mine plain.

Once the bunnies were attached, I stamped the Happy Easter greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Here's a picture with the card opened just a bit.


This next card uses the same technique only with a  smaller image attached in the middle of the toile so it looks like it's floating. I really like this one.


I used a different bunny image, colors and die cut. Other than that, it's the same. I'll be doing a few more of these for my grandkids for Easter. Here's another picture of this one sort of opened. It does look like the bunny is floating, doesn't it?




Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I thought I'd share one last Valentine card with you since tomorrow is the big day! I created this card for my hubby, which is good since it's too thick and sized wrong for the mail. I joined Spellbinders Die of the month club a while back and got the idea for this from a recent die set.


I started by creating the cupid arrow. I used a small bamboo skewer and glued two red hearts on one end. The other end was wrapped with gold twine before attaching the bow and red and gold leaves. I used Glossy Accents for the adhesive to make sure everything stays attached. The greeting was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink before attaching the arrow.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cats and Dogs

Can you believe Valentine's Day is next Tuesday?! I still need to create a couple of Valentine cards. Yikes. Where does the time go?  I have a couple of Valentines to share with you today that I created for my two granddaughters. One is into cats right now and the other has always liked dogs.



I went with the same layout for both cards. I started by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting the kitty and puppy. The hearts were die cut using SB heart dies. Before attaching the hearts to the red layer, it was stamped with the new Amazing Valentine greeting and small hanging hearts. I used a Sakura gelly roll pen to color in the word amazing on one, but not the other. The puppy card was dry embossed with a SU hearts embossing folder. Some pink baker's twine completes the look. I think my granddaughters will like these. Now I need to get working on those other Valentine cards. Gotta get them in the mail!!

Hope you are further along on your Valentine cards than I am!!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, January 30, 2017

Let it Snow!


Hi Everyone. Today I have a shaker card to share with you. I started with the white panel, stamped the Let it Snow image, colored it with Copics and then die cut the window along with the green frame. I layered it onto the white card base to stamp the greeting just right. After adding the transparency to the window and foam tape, some green, blue and clear sequins were added before attaching everything to the card base. I did use my powder tool to go around the edges of the inside of the foam adhesive to help keep the sequins from sticking to the foam tape. It does help some.

Shaker cards are fun to create and receive. I don't know why I don't make them more often?!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

shelia

Monday, January 23, 2017

Skip Winter?

If you could skip winter would you?  I don't think I would, but sometimes when it is bitterly cold, that idea is tempting! DRS has recently released a fun new image that deals with this question.


I started with a white panel, stamped the new image with Memento Black ink, then stamped it to the left and right of the image without inking the words. I used various Copic markers to color all the mittens. Nest I stamped the icicle image with Memento Black ink. Instead of coloring them with Copics, I used Star Dust Stickles. When the stickles were dry, I created a mask and sponged TH Tumbled Glass ink on for the sky. The frame was created by stamping the interlocking snowflakes onto teal CS with VersaMark ink and heat embossing with white EP. A nestie rectangle die was used to cut out the frame. I used scorepal tape to adhere the frame to the image panel and then glued everything to the card front.

I masked off the inside to stamp the same snowflakes with SU Taken with Teal ink, added a teal border and then stamped the Baby it's cold outside greeting with Versafine Black Onyx ink.


Hope you are enjoying your weather no matter what it is!  Thanks for stopping by today!

shelia

Monday, January 16, 2017

Warm Hearts

Hi Everyone.

Hope you had a good weekend. If you live in the states, then you may very well be enjoying a long weekend, since today is Martin Luther King Day. My husband has today off and will most likely spend his day in the basement working on his HO trains. He started this hobby last February and has been working steadily on it every since. He has a train station, logging center, a lake, mountains, even a cell phone tower! He even comes into my craft area to look for things he can use. He took one of my blue Copic markers to try and draw the lines for a handicap parking spot at his train station. It didn't show up on the dark pavement, but I had a blue sharpie that worked. It's really quite fun to see how creative he is being. Plus now if I say I'm going to Michael's or Hobby Lobby he says he wants to go along! 



For today's card I started by stamping the snowman and masking him off while I stamped in the snow lines and the snowflakes in the sky area. After heat embossing the snowflakes, I added a mask for the snow lines and sponged on TH Tumbled Glass ink, then the snowman was colored in with Copics. The greeting was cut in half and stamped onto pink CS and die cut with a SB nestie banner die. Once this panel was attached to the card base, I added the die cut hearts to look like he's juggling them. A snowflake and pink half pearl complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by today.

shelia

Friday, January 13, 2017

Challenges

I have been working on some cards for a couple of challenges this week. My first is for Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge 385.  Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:


I turned the sketch sideways. It just seemed to work better for me that way. The card base is white with a layer of black CS and then a Perfect Plum layer that was stamped with DRS Designs Love silhouette heart in Perfect Plum ink. The greeting was stamped onto white CS with Versafine Black Oynx ink and then a small silhouette heart was added with the same plum ink. The panel behind was stamped with the ribbon heart image in black onyx ink and layered on black CS. The banners were die cut. The white one was stamped with DRS Designs small hanging hearts in plum ink. I added some clear wink of Stella to the small hanging hearts as well as the purple heart. Some milky white rhinestones complete the look.

My second card also uses the Love Silhouette heart, this time as the focal image. This card is for this week's Cupcake Inspiration challenge 389.  Here's the yummy inspiration:



And my card:


I started with a white card base, inked up all the edges with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with silver EP. The Love Silhouette heart was also stamped with VErsaMark ink and heat embossed with silver EP. Once it cooled, I fussy cut it out. The white panel was die cut with a SB nestie die, layered onto black CS and then attached with strong adhesive to the embossed white card base. The silver heart was attached with foam dots. Some silver bling was added to the flower centers. My parents' wedding anniversary is Valentine's Day, so I think this will be their anniversary card.

Thanks for stopping by!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, January 9, 2017

Amazing Love

Happy Monday Everyone. Hope you had a good weekend and were able to find some time to get crafty! I've been busy creating thank you cards, but took some time to create my first Valentine card of the season. I really need to get busy on those! My easel card today features a couple of new images for Valentine's Day:  Amazing Valentine Greeting and Amazing Love Puzzle. My grandson will definitely enjoy this love maze, I'm going to recreate this in some blues for him.



For the front of my card, I stamped the Woven Plaid background image with SU Real Red ink onto pink CS. I die cut a heart from the center of this panel. Next I stamped the Amazing Valentine greeting with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored it with Copics, die cut it with the same heart die and glued it into the opening after attaching the panel to red CS and then onto the white card base. Some glitter heart stickers were added to the corners. Here's a look at the front of the card.



For the inside, the Love Maze was stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS and attached to red CS and then pink CS. Before attaching it to the card base with foam strips, a pink heart brad was added.


Now I think, I'll get started on that card for my grandson. Thanks for stopping by!

shelia

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hot Cocoa


I am an avid coffee drinker and must start my day with a nice hot cup of Joe. But it's that time of year when cocoa can compete with my coffee! There's just something about a nice hot cup of cocoa with a pile of marshmallows when there's snow and cold. Maybe it's the inner child in me!?

So my card today is in honor of all the Hot Cocoa lovers out there and it features a new image: Winter Wonder Words (1099H) from DRS Designs. I stamped this new image with SU Ballet Blue ink onto white CS and layered it onto blue CS. The Cup of Cocoa was stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. Before attaching it to the card base, I stamped the snowy background image with the same Ballet blue ink.



For the inside of my card, I cut a piece of white CS, stamped the Winter Cheer Greeting with Versafine Black Onyx ink and the row of marshmallows with Memento Black ink. I added some highlights to the marshmallows with Copics and the card is complete.

Hope you like it. Enjoy some hot cocoa with me!!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia