Monday, January 14, 2019

TROPICAL VALENTINES--One month from today!






Just one month to Valentine's Day!


The backgrounds for these two cards came from a 6x6 pad, "Botanicals" I found at Hobby Lobby.  The heart on the first card was popped up with dimensionals and coated with clear Wink of Stella--simple and easy.


The second card is more ornate with flowers and leaves on a heart.  The embellishments (pearls and clear sequins) help make everything pop.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

FUNNY STAMPING STORY a la Jeanne Robertson

I just spent 20 minutes looking for a die I had used while working on some Valentines.  It was nowhere to be found--not my table, my desk, the floor, under some scraps???...nowhere!  Finally, I looked down and there it was, attached to the magnetic clasp on my bracelet!

BTW, if you don't know who Jeanne Robertson is, I suggest you head over to her YouTube posts and check out her FABulous sense of humor. (All clean, by the way...) She is a story-teller that will make you laugh so hard, tears will be running down your cheeks. 



PAPER PLAYERS #424--Color Challenge






This snowlady is ready for anything!  She also knows the value of good friends that can melt your heart...

Check out the other Paper Player entries HERE!

THE PERFECT MATCH--Rich Razzleberry

(Sorry--this is a bit out out of focus.  It's not your eyes.)

This card got started from one tiny scrap of dsp that happened to match the card base, so I carefully die cut two flowers from it.  One of the flowers is missing part of its petals, but I was able to tuck it underneath the other blossom to use it.

There was just enough of the dsp scrap to turn it over and cut three yellow flowers from it.  I also found three last matching purple sequins for the centers.  The greeting was stamped on the side of the yellow and cut by hand.  All this from the original scrap which was 3 1/4" x 2 5/8."

I sure got my money's worth out of that scrap!







Friday, January 11, 2019

VALENTINES GALORE!

As you can see by the shadows on these cards, the sun is shining today!  It's cold and windy outside, but just delightful in the stamping tower where I have been working on Valentines.

The first card is on a green card base with a floral panel on top.  To highlight the flowers and sprigs, I mounted everything on a Watermelon Wonder oval.

The square card is harder to see in the sunlight.  The heart is cut from a scrap of white glitter paper, and the pink flower beneath the heart has 3 pearls in the center.  I also added some copper threads under the flower and heart--all washed out in the sun...but I'm not complaining about too much sun!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW...

POSTAGE WILL BE GOING UP AGAIN!  WE HAVE UNTIL JANUARY 26th TO PURCHASE A ROLL OF FOREVER STAMPS OR SOME CHRISTMAS STAMPS FOR NEXT YEAR AT THE PRESENT RATE.

ON JANUARY 27th THE PRICE WILL GO UP TO 55 CENTS.

Monday, January 7, 2019

THREE OF A KIND--Snowflakes


In keeping up with my resolve to use supplies I already have in my stash, I came up with these three cards.  The card base for each came from a box of coordinated cards and envelopes I got at AC Moore a few months ago.  The dsp is from a 6x6" pad I purchased last Fall at Hobby Lobby which has a mix of floral and black & white designs.

The first card features fireworks I stamped with Versamark and clear embossed.  The greeting is a die cut and has a thin strip (barely visible) running along the top of the wood grain dsp.

The second card has a more bold dsp, some white stitching on the fold side and three snowflakes along the line.  I added clear sequins and tiny light blue gems in the center of each.

The third card was the easiest, although they're all simple and easily made.  It features a larger snowflake  die cut from silver cardstock.  I also added a tiny light blue gem in the center.

I have been drawing a lot of inspiration lately from Tina on Cards and Coffee Time (YouTube.)  One day a week she posts cards made with supplies in her stash, and they're always great!





Friday, January 4, 2019

FRUGAL CRAFTER RANT



I finally figured out why I've been in such a funk lately:  I turned from a card maker to a stamping shopper/collector!  I spent more time last year on line than in making cards and maintaining my blog.  Lindsay, the Frugal Crafter on YouTube, set me (and others) straight with her accurate analysis.  Some (or many) of us have been  keeping up on the latest stamps and supplies instead of using what we already have.  Thank you Lindsay for helping us get un-addicted to the habit of thinking we need so much stuff.

Think about it...haven't we all complained about not having enough time to get things done?  If we just practiced being content with what we already have, we wouldn't be buying more and wondering where to store it.  The time we've spent surfing YouTube and Pinterest, as well as all the on-line suppliers, could have been spent using our imaginations for cards that would actually get mailed to people who need a kind word or a chuckle.

This card was made with just one set that has been sitting here for months since it arrived in the mail.  It is a Hero Arts set of stamps and dies which also includes 15 greetings!  I guarantee you'll be seeing more of this set in the very near future...


Friday, December 28, 2018

COLOR, STAMP, STAY


Are these adorable or what???  My daughter gave them to me for Christmas, and I just LOVE them!  I decided to use them for snacks in the Stamping Tower. 

One for chocolate, one for chips, one...nah...I'll use all three for chocolate.