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Monday, October 16, 2017

Up, up and away...

I love hot air balloons - I even took a ride in one once. It was such a peaceful ride, other than the occasional firing of the burner to keep the balloon aloft. The view was incredible! It's surprising how many animals are hiding in the landscape below and come scurrying out when they hear the sudden noise of the burner. 

I made this card for my SIL's birthday, which is today (Happy birthday, Marcel!). The balloon and cloud dies were purchased online from an unbranded source. I cut the bigger balloon four times so that I could piece together the different colors. I kept all of the extra cutouts so I can use them on another card or two. The smaller balloon was backed with double-sided adhesive and then the cut-out areas were filled with glitter.

I think you can see in this photo how I've attached the larger balloon and one of the clouds with foam tape to give them a little "lift" (pun intended).

The inside was kept pretty plain - this is a masculine card, after all. :)
Today, I am doing the laundry and also hoping to get my fall decorations out. It's definitely time to do that. If I don't get at it now, it'll be too late, and I'll just have to skip over them and go right to Christmas. LOL.

I hope you have a spectacular week. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Three-step flower stamping...

I made this card before we went on our trip, but I'm just getting around to sharing it with you now. I used an unbranded stamp set for the hibiscus image that called for three different colors of ink. It's definitely not the most sophisticated stamp set, but I still think it turned out rather pretty.

The embossing on my pink strip at the bottom was made with a border embossing folder (by Darice, I think).

Here's a close-up of the flower.  The butterfly and the sentiment are from a freebie set that came with a magazine.

I've used a couple of ProMarkers to color the butterfly.

If you look closely, you can see that I used a gold metallic pen to draw in the stamens for my hibiscus.

The sentiment on the inside of my card is one from a Fiskars birthday set.

The fancy corners here and on the front of my card were made with a Cheery Lynn die.  I don't usually think to use my corner dies, but I'm glad I did here.

I've been working on Halloween cards, lately, and I'll be sharing those with you in the near future. I've still got lots more to make, so I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone, as they say.

I also want to share a few pictures of our trip with you, but I've got to get them onto my computer first. Hopefully, I can get that done sometime this week, too.

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #130: Witchy or Autumn...

It's that time of year when we all get to enjoy some Autumn splendor (at least in my hemisphere) and look forward to Halloween. For our latest challenge over on Let's Craft and Create, I decided to focus on the "Witchy" part.

I first cut out a circle from a Post-It note, to be used as the mask for my moon. Then I set about inking up the rest of my cream-colored panel with blues and pinks and even a little yellow ink around the edges of my moon.

Once that was done, I used some unbranded dies to cut my witch, tree and grass out of black CS

My sentiment is from one of the various Halloween stamp sets I have collected over the years. I used some Versafine ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to help make those tiny letters more legible.

On the inside of my card I added a die-cut sentiment and a stamped and heat-embossed cat. If you look closely, you'll notice that I gave him some green eyes!

Now it's your turn. Do you have as much fun making Halloween cards as I do? Well, then, join us for this super fun challenge. Just post your creation on the Let's Craft and Create blog, and we'll pick a winner the first week in November.

This is just the impetus you need to get those Halloween cards made, right? I'm REALLY looking forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your projects. Halloween is my favorite card-making holiday!!!

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

A couple of quick birthday cards for my stash...

I wanted to add a couple of quick birthday cards to my stash, just to keep the number of cards on hand at a comfortable level. You never know when you're going to need a card on a moment's notice!

I grabbed a couple of kraft card bases and a couple different colors of cardstock.

Then I picked out a Recollections flower punch, along with an unbranded flower die, leaf die and "wavy lines" die.

Oh, yes, I also picked out a CTMH Happy Birthday stamp.

With all my tools at the ready, I first stamped my white panels, adhered the wavy lines, and then ran them through my Cuttlebug with two different embossing folders (just to see what I would like best).

I inked the punched and die-cut flowers, layered them and glued them on with the leaves. As a final touch, I added a sparkly enamel dot to each flower center.

The inside of each card looked like this, but the other one had a pink mat and stamp, of course. The stamped sentiment is from Fiskars.

Two cards, done and dusted, in no time flat!

I will soon be sharing some photos with you from our trip to Europe. It's so much fun to go, but it's also fun to get home again.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pretty in pinks and blues....

I had so much fun making this card for a fabulous artist and crafter, who is also the owner of the Desert Diva blog. Hannelie has such an incredible eye for graphic detail and eye-catching color combinations. I've learned so much from her, but I'll never equal her crafty ability. She also offers such wonderful encouragement to other crafters and shares many digital sentiments that she creates. I hope you had a happy birthday, Hannelie!

To make this card, I first taped off a rectangle using Post-It notes. Then I got out some of my pink and blue ink pads (various ones, whatever I could find), and started inking and blending inside my rectangle.

Once that was done, I added my die-cuts with some spray adhesive. This die set is an unbranded set that I really like.

Once the die-cuts were attached, I used my stamp positioner to stamp "Birthday wishes," and then drew a line with a fine-tipped black pen around the perimeter. Because my line wasn't perfect, I went over it with a glitter pen. I really liked the affect, as it added just the tiniest bit of sparkle to my card.

On the inside of my card, I stamped a Woodware sentiment and then added just a portion of another die-cut for a little embellishment.

This is such a simple card, but I like how it turned out. I hope Hannelie liked it, too!

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Another birthday in 8,760 hours...

Today's card is one I made for my brother-in-law, whose big day was the 29th of August.

I cut out a pocket watch using an unbranded die set. It's actually cut out of shimmery gold cardstock, but it looks like kraft CS in the photos. In retrospect, I wish I had used some black or dark gray CS, because it would have stood out more.

I embossed my rounded rectangle with a Darice EF and then lightly inked the raised areas to give it some definition.

Finally, I used a couple of stitched banner dies for my sentiment, which was printed with my computer.

The two little square faux-brads are really self-adhesive embellishments, which I'm quickly running out of. Guess I'll need to keep my eyes open for some more of these. They're great for masculine cards.

The inside of my computer is pretty plain, with just a computer-generated sentiment. Men like "plain," right?

This post was written and scheduled a couple weeks ago, because right now I am gallivanting in Europe. Wherever I am, I will raise my glass to all of you, because I am so grateful that you continue to read my blog and encourage my crafty efforts!

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My grandson's birthday card...

I have a couple of grandsons who are veteran Minecraft players (both with birthdays in August), so I decided to use that theme for their birthday cards.

I searched online for a Minecraft paper pattern that I could print out. There are lots of different free printables available. I wish I could point you toward the exact one that I used, but I'm afraid I can't find it anymore.

I also looked at Pinterest posts for ideas to create the front of my card. I found the look I wanted, but had to guess a bit at the size of the black facial features. I used 1" squares for the eyes, which I've scored both ways in 1/4" increments (doesn't show up in the photo). For the nose and mouth, I cut a piece of black cardstock that was 2" X 2", scored it both ways at 1/4" increments, and then used my score lines as guides to cut away parts until I had the shape you see here.

On the inside, I used a pop-out idea that I found on Splitcoast Stampers, modifying it to fit the size of card I like to make (4 1/2" X 6").  It takes some patience, but I did eventually get it all to work properly. I happened to have a die that cut out little squares to form a lattice shape, so I used those little squares to decorate my Creeper pop-out.

As you can see, I first lined the inside of my card with a black layer, then the pop-out was on a green layer, and finally, I carefully measured and cut two printed layers to cover any of the green that was NOT part of the actual Creeper.

My sentiments were computer-generated and cut out with some pierced rectangle dies.

While these cards took a little longer than usual to make, I think my grandsons liked them. At least it was a theme they totally "got."

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