Saturday, May 26, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Twist Easel Flower Square Card

Today's card uses the Flower Square image from Ike's Art
and was created for the current challenge at Through The Craft Room Door.

Ike's has generously donated a $15 voucher
to the Top Winner this week
of our Anything Goes challenge!

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - mainly blue/anything goes
Shopping Our Stash - April showers bring May flowers


A fun twist on an easel card ! You can even make a round one.

To make a card that will fit a regular invitation size envelope (A2 = 4 3/8 x 5 3/4) you will need to make a card base that is  4 1/4" x 8 1/2" , scored at the center.
Score diagonally on one half from the score line to the opposite corner.
Create a seperate decorated front panel  4 1/4" wide by  4 1/4"high, however you could make it up to to 5 1/2" high.
Adhere the panel to the lower/right triangular section of the front panel only. You don't want to glue the entire panel to both scored triangular sections or else the card won't fold and twist properly.
On the inside of the card, add a raised element toward the center of the panel that will hold the decorated front panel open and in place when the card is open.
TIP: do not glue the panel down until you make certain it is positioned correctly ! You may need to play with it to make sure it will bend the right way so your image is standing the correct way when propped open.

I water colored the floral images with ink and an aquapainter. Center details were added with a marker (mini rhinestones would be a pretty detail!).

The blue background was colored with a water color pencil and blender pen.

The florals on the base were colored with coordinating markers to be a bit darker.

The carefully cut out florals were then adhered in the centers over the base piece to create dimension.

My element to hold the easel up was created by attaching a flower with a thick dimensional / pop dot.

This really isn't a difficult fun fold card to make, but it looks that way to the recipient ;)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Floral Edge Die Card For Mom

The fancy edge cutting die I purchased earlier this year 
makes it easy enough to create a pretty card.
I ran it through the Big Shot twice to cut both long
edges of the white card stock.

It is layered on a Daffodil Delight card stock base.

I colored the petals with two shades of chalks and 
added mini rhinestones to the centers of some.
I then carefully lifted the petals to give dimension.

The rubber stamp image (Well Scripted by Stampin Up!', 2010)
was heat embossed with a shimmery yellow embossing powder.

Yellow with white polka dots wide grosgrain ribbon
 was bought at a dollar store quite some time ago.

I also used a long "forgotten" metal edge tag. 
I've used a few of them on projects this year.....

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the following challenges
Crafting By Designs - Mother's Day
Retro Rubber - Flowers
 -this stamp isn't as old as most that I have, it's from this decade ;)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rainbow of Butterflies Cards

I finally got around to making my own 
paper punched images "rainbow" cards !

textured card stock cards, Die Cuts With A View
 white and black card stocks
clouds embossing folder, Stampin' Up!
rubber stamp image, Stampin' Up
white embossing powder and Versamark ink
paint chip samples
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Thanks for looking ;)

I'm entering my card in the current challenge at 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rustic Rose Card for Mom

Today's card is based on a fun layout I've seen done similarly,
perhaps it was a sketch challenge somewhere in the past.
I just recall the basic idea and kept it "on file"
in the back of my mind to use one day ;) 

All stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!
DD Cottage Rose (1999)
Woodgrain (2009)
Itty Bitty Backgrounds (1997)

inks, card stocks and linen thread were also from SU!

strip of patterned paper, an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack
(scrap saved from another project because it would be wasteful to throw it away,
decent enough sized to use for something someday!)

tiny yellow rhinestones 

really old paper doily from my crafting supplies stash

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Whenever I enter the Retro Rubber Challenge and look up
the age of my stamps, two things come to mind: 
1) time really does fly, it doesn't seem like I've had the stamps that long....
2) does anyone else keep all of the stamps they've collected over the years?!

(putting an old paper doily to use,
actually everything on the card I've had for several years -
time flies!)

Thanks for looking :) 

Bookworm Fairy Bookmark

Today I am sharing my first blog challenge project
as the newest design team member at
What a surprise it was to be asked,
out of the blue, the be a part of their team :)

TTCRD is a weekly 
Anything Goes challenge blog
a bi-monthly magazine .

This week we are sponsored by

who are generously supplying the Top Winner
(randomly chosen) with 3 digital images.

I used the Bookworm Fairy image for my bookmark.

Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams creations!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Single Layer CAS Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a single layer 
clean and simple Christmas card
that I created for the May-June challenge at
create a single layer CAS card. 

I am also excited to announce that
I am their newest design team member !
I'll be creating projects for the challenge blog
twice a month and writing tutorials for the
bi-monthly magazine.

 My card features an old image from Stampin' Up!, 
Nature's Christmas.
I water colored it with inks from my dye ink pads,
using an aquapainter.
I scored the edges with a stylus on a scoring board.

It will be in an upcoming issue of the 
Through The Craft Room Door magazine. 
Newest issue is available now to subscribers.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

National Scrapbooking Day

and Kentucky Derby Day and Cinco De Mayo and ....... lots of things to celebrate today !

I thought I'd share an update on my massive photo album project:
Although not completed (no journaling cards and such)
I at least have nearly all of my decades worth of photos 
placed into albums now, no longer stuffed in boxes !
I still have several albums for pets, concerts
and trips to put photos in.
I also have numerous scrapbook pages I want to make
and digital scrapbook pages to have printed.
I'm getting there, slowly but surely!

I've run out of room in this cabinet.
I think that I might try to repurpose an old 
chest of drawers into a small bookcase
for additional storage ;)

The photo project has been put on hold the past few weeks
due to a major overhaul of the various flower beds
around the house (being ripped out and replaced
with rocks then eventually containers for flowers)

and currently repainting a room to transform it
into my new craft room.
My daughter moves back home at the end of the month
so I need to flip flop rooms.

Note to self:
do not paint fun faux finishes or bold colors on walls ever again!
(I do feel bad/sad repainting her old bedroom,
just as I did when I repainted my sons fun walls last summer....)

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Florals and Gingham Mother's Day Card

I like how this simple card turned out
using a simple go-to layout! 
That gorgeous embossing folder really makes a card look special.

Rubber stamp image - Stampin' Up! All Year Cheer (1999)
White and navy blue card stocks
Night of Navy ink
Scalloped rectangle die
We R Mempory Keepers embossing folder, Bouquet
stylus and scoring board - for embossed edge around sentiment
Gingham ribbon-unknown, really old "crispy" type of craft ribbon
pop dots

I'm entering my card in the Mother's Day Challenge #352 at
Shopping Our Stash
Old Is New Again #85 at
Retro Rubber Challenge
(although not exactly vintage as the challenge perhaps intended,
flowers and gingham are always a classic combo.
I did use a nearly 20 yr old stamp and 30 yr old ribbon!)

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Newborn Scrapbook Pages

Hello ! Happy May Day ! 

Today I'm sharing my projects for the 

I decided to make scrapbook pages this month
since May 5th is National Scrapbook Day :)

They are pretty basic 8 1/2" x 11" layouts 
using old items from my "collection".

Now toget busy making several more pages :)

Thanks for looking.
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team
members' blogs for more inspiring ideas.