Sunday, January 14, 2018

Birthday Card for the Best Sister

I have the best sister in the whole world. I am truly sorry for you if you thought yours was the best... ;)

Anyway now that we cleared that up I want to show you the card I made for her birthday which happened to be last week. The inspiration for the card came to me last summer when we stayed at her house (she and her husband are also the best and most generous hosts). They have these black and white dishes with flowers for a long time. Who knows why all of the sudden last summer it occurred to me that I could turn them into a card. I wanted to take a picture of them but forgot. So I had to go by memory. Mine is not the best anymore. And remember it's six months later...

Stamps: Altenew (flowers, leaves), Create a Smile (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Things (chevrons)

My sister was kind enough to take a picture of one of the plates. You can see that instead of the pale yellow I should have added a deeper, more redish orange... Oh well, she liked the card and that's all that matters!

Entering the card into the following challenges:

CAS Watercolor January Challenge "Birthday"

Time Out Challenge #100 "Being Thankful"
Congratulation on 100 challenges! You asked what we are thankful for and I am very thankful to have such a wonderful sister!

Thank you for your visits and comments!

Be well and keep in touch!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Twofer Challenge is Here!

Is your Mojo still snoring in a corner from all the feasting during the holidays? Do not fear, help is near! The brilliant and funny Darnell has come up with a new challenge that is just the thing you need to get out of your post holiday slump! It's called the Twofer Card Challenge and it starts today! For more information and the rules please click on the link and be sure to also read the FAQ section which is extremely helpful with this new kind of challenge that Darnell dreamed up!

Basically you will get a prompt each month and need to use the same stamps or dies to make two cards for two different occasions that should show the stamps or dies used in a very different way. (Darnell explains it so much better than me...)

This month the prompt is "FEATHERS" and as soon as I learned that I thought of breaking out a stamp and die set that a dear friend gave me a while ago. Here are the two cards I made (another important thing to keep in mind is to take a picture of both cards together and only post this one picture):

Stamps: My ArtC (feathers), Winnie & Walter (love)
Dies: SSS (stitched rectangle, you, tiny hearts), Avery Elle (scalloped border), WPlus9 (heart for mask)

This first card I made for Valentine's Day (which is right around the corner, ... just sayin'). I cut out a heart shaped mask, stamped and clear embossed one kind of feather, sponged, and stamped the other feathers. Then I added the you and tiny hearts cut from gold foil paper, stamped the love, cut the white panel with a stitched rectangle die, then with a scalloped border die, mounted it on a piece of patterned paper, and that on a white card. 

Stamps: We ArtC (feathers), PSX (feather background), Stampabilities (background)
Dies: We ArtC (feathers), Gina Marie (oval)

This is actually the second version of this card. A die on the background panel with the white feather background ended up being crooked so I started over and made the card I had in mind. A few days later the crooked panel was still sitting on my desk (I don't like making even "pretty" trash and love recycling). So I had the idea to cut out an oval, mount it on a dry embossed white panel (first stamped with the sentiment), add thin green strips on both sides, some baker's twine and the same feathers I used on the first card (stamped and white embossed on vellum, and cut out with the matching dies) and mount everything on a kraft card base. It makes me happy that I combined the new feather set with a very old PSX feather background on this card. Let me know if you ever had or still have that stamp!

I hope I have inspired you to join us! Can't wait to see what you come up with! Please also check out what the rest of the talented Design Team has created!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Be well and keep in touch!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sympathy Cards

Today's cards were inspired by three people: Michele and Cornelia who both played with the colors from the current Color Throwdown , and Maria who reminded me that I needed a sympathy card. And because it's always good to have one on hand I made two. Thank you, ladies, for the inspiration!

Stamps: Inkadinkado (branch), Alexandra Renke (sentiment) - thanks to Elisabeth from aufspapiergebracht for this stamp!
Die: Memory Box (bird)

Stamps: Inkadinkado (branch), Penny Black (background script), PTI (sentiment)
Die: Memory Box (bird)

Entering this at the

Color Throwdown #474

Are you getting excited about the Twofer Challenge? Come back on the 10th to find out what the first prompt is going to be...

Be well and keep in touch!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year and Favorites

Happy New Year, creative friends! Hope it will be the best one yet for you all, full of health, happiness, love, laughter, and time to create!

Once again I sat down to review my posts from last year and pick my favorite cards. As usual it was hard to decide and I could easily have picked several more...

Don't forget to come back on the 10th for the very first Twofer Challenge!

If you are interested to see my favorites of previous years here are the links:

Thanks for your visit and taking the time to leave a comment! They always lift my spirit!

Be well and keep in touch!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with many happy moments! Thank you so much for all your visits and sweet comments on this blog! I appreciate them more than you can imagine. Also, I wanted to apologize for the silence here and hope to be able to post more regularly after the holidays.

By the way, you might have already heard that the one and only Darnell is starting her own Challenge Blog and has invited me to her Design Team!!! I am so honored and beyond excited! Check out all the details on the Twofer Card Challenge Blog! The first challenge starts January 10th - mark your calendars!

Stamps: Picture Show (snowy village), Winnie & Walter (sentiment)
Other: Embossing folder strip (Cuttlebug?)

The layer looks black on screen but is navy blue. Also this photo was sharp in my iPhoto but now looks not really focused. Hope it will look better on your screens...

Be well and keep in touch!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Purple Best Wishes

It's a very busy time of the year - I am sure you all agree. For me that means very little time to play and blog, don't know how you all do it... Maybe you are better organized than I am...

Amidst all the gorgeous holiday cards in blog land I dare to show you a birthday card!

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (background), Avery Elle (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Things (flowers and leaves)

Clear embossed the background on watercolor paper and watercolored it. Die cut the flowers, the purple one is watercolored, the smaller one is cut from a scrap of shimmery vellum. Stamped the sentiment on a strip of vellum.

Sending this to

CAS Watercolor December Challenge

Just realized it would work also for

CAS Mix Up December Challenge
I used heat embossing, watercoloring, and die cutting

Be well and keep in touch!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Striped Autumn Greetings

My blogging friend Greta from GG Creations inspired the card I am showing you today with the second card in this post. I really loved the shimmery stripes and the leaf die cut.

Stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment), Stampin' Up (linen background)
Die: Gina Marie Designs (leaf)
Other: Yasutomo (shimmer paints)

Autumn Greetings everyone! I hope that everyone enjoys everything Fall has to offer and wish all of you who celebrate a very happy Thanksgiving !

Be well,

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