Roses - and Colored Pencils

Hooray for Friday! Do you have plans for a wonderful weekend? Here's wishing for some super weather to enjoy whatever it is that you may be doing.

My pedicure /manicure yesterday was much better than the first one I had (at another shop). After watching on the first visit the operator just took the loose instruments from a drawer at the table, I became concerned with how the tools had been cleaned (whether they had been sterilized or sanitized properly after being used on another customer). When I called for a repeat appointment, I asked about this, and the person answering the phone said I'd have to speak with the manager - who was out just then. I thought "Hmmm, everyone in that shop should be able to answer that question." So I called another place and asked this question, got the info I hoped to hear and made an appointment. The tools used on me were taken from a sealed bag - and I was informed that the tools are cleaned with antiseptic, then put into some kind of an autoclave - in the bag, and the heat seals the bag until it is opened to use on a customer. Right answer! The technician at the 2nd shop, was much more thorough in what she did with the cuticles on hands & feet, did some wonderful treatment on my dry heel skin - so I'm glad I went to a different place.

I'm still trying to work with colored pencils now & again. Today's card is an image I colored some time ago, wasn't happy with it, but decided it would be ok on a card. Here goes:

The image did not stamp crisply, even using the stamp press. Believe this is one bought at a garage sale - in a bag with some other stamps.  I think Derwent Colorsoft pencils were used on the image, but it was difficult to see on the image just where to shade and highlight. I finally used a white gel pen to add some highlights after finishing the coloring.  On this image,I tried to touch the white to the image, then blot it with my finger so there's not a harsh white mark. This may be something others knew to do already. After moving the image out of my way for a whle, I decided what the heck, make a card with it.

- Die cut the opening of the card base with a S/B classic square & adhered the image behind the opening. Used Gold Squares One to emboss the center opening after die cutting. I'm not very successful with those gold dies that just emboss. (these are different from the S/B Imperial gold which do cut & emboss).  I've yet to have one work well to give a nice embossed edge. I like the S/B Imperial Gold dies, but not the Gold Squares or Ovals. Probably operator error, but I've viewed the S/B tutorials so many times and STILL can't get these to work well. Any suggestions???

- Swiped Memento Angel Pink over the embossing folder, and then ran the card front through the Big Shot. This covered up the previous embossing that was just around the square opening (from the Gold square failure).

- MB leaf & Dee's Distinctively swirls were cut from white snippet and sprayed with Lindy's Starburst sprays in greens and pinks. This will be a  good card to have in the stash and can be adapted for whatever occasion is needed.

Thanks for joining me today, and Big Hugs.


Falling Leaves

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to Pam of Pamscrafts  who is my newest follower. Pam has just joined the Poppy Stamps as a Design Team member, and my goodness, you must see how she uses these awesome dies to create some wonderful cards.

Today's card is back on the Fall theme...

Penny Black Falling Leaves cling stamp inked with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, colored with copics. Die cut with S/B Decorative label 34. Used copics to stencil some color around the edges, and not sure I'm liking that look after it was done.  Image is popped up on dimensional foam. As I'm seeing the photo, I'm noticing that the coloring needs more contrast too, it's way too pale for a fall card. May have to go back and touch up with some darker shading.

- S/B Curved Brackets for the border edging. Two of the dies were placed together to cut the green border. The bottom placement die cut the pierced edge while the top die cut the decorative element. This is the first time I've tried using 2 of the border dies together to make a cut.

- Leaf buttons from a $1.00 Walmart bag, and the top small leaf is close to the same yellow color as the edging on the sentiment, although it looks tan in the photo. The DP in the top left is a fall design that was purchased from Walmart - probably Paper Studio. A piece of that was cut with the bracket dies and trims the bottom edge of the inside.

Computer generated sentiment punched with a SU punch, distressed with distress ink.

Think this card might fit in with the Penny Black and More Autumn Colors Challenge, so will be linking there. And since this stamp is a few years old, and I don't think I've ever inked it up before, it's also going over to Our Darnell's - she's celebrating reaching the 600 followers milestone. I hope you'll check out both these challenges and find time to play along.

In the meantime, big hugs and have a wonderful afternoon. I'm off to get a pedicure (tole ya I was gonna try to find a way to fund this indulgence!) Thanks for visiting.


Cemetary - Halloween

Welcome, and thanks for stopping to visit today. We're working on Halloween cards at our house -  so here's another one to share.  But first: A big warm welcome to Connie of Crafty Home Cottage. I just met Connie through another blogger's TCBH blog (Kay of 505whimsygirl). I am so enjoying reading all these Monday posts to learn more about my blogging friends and in the process, making some new friends. What fun. Check out Connie's blog, because she has some spiffy makeovers for lots of things you have around your house, and some really interestin' schtuff.

- Stampendous wooden cemetery stamp, inked with Versafine black - stamped using Bonnie's stamp press - over a Dylusions and Lindy's starburst sprayed index card. Edged with DI weathered wood and soot. irResistible pico clear liquid applied over the 31, dark spots on the skeleton and some of the tombstones. IRL this gives a bit of shine.

- Halloween phrases were from Silhouette online store, resized for the card, and some of the elements of the purchased phrase were ungrouped and discarded (oh, I'm trying to learn). Cut from white card stock, colored with Copic 110 black, and then used Black Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel - 2 coats for the shine.

- Purchased Recollection crows were added, and the gold thing-ys were also from a Recollection Halloween pack.

- Black mat had the inside portion removed, and then this was adhered to a chartreuse card base.

Hope you like it. Have a wonderful day, and big hugs to all my sweet visitors.


Dance Macabre

Welcome to my Monday afternoon. We had a very quiet weekend, a bit cooler temps, and DH has been wrestling with a bad migraine off & on. Thankfully he seems better today, so hopefully the prescription that he got on Friday evening is finally beginning to take effect.

Today's card is done with a stamp that Mr. picked out at Michael's, using a 40% coupon. It's a rather large Stampendous wood stamp, and the background was done with some sprays, then inked with Versafine Black.

- background created from Dylusions and Lindy's Starburst sprays on a lightweight index card (an experimental spray session).

- Stampendous Dance Macawbre inked with Versafine Black ink, and stamped using Bonnie's Best Stamp press since it is quite a large stamp. Was not sure how this ink would work with the sprayed background, and it could have shown up a bit darker I think. The stamp was well inked, so the lightness has to be due to either the paper or the sprayed background.

- edges inked with DI weathered wood and black soot using a sponge, and some irResistible Pico clear fluid was applied in some of the areas - not showing well in the photo, but looks quite nice IRL. (It's on the umbrella, handle, dark spots on the skeleton and on the bottom scroll design).

- lettering cut with the Silhouette, using white cardstock. Colored with Copic 110, then applied black UTEE - 2 coats - for shine & dimension.

- black mat - interior portion removed, on a chartreuse card base. Done! One down for Halloween.
Can I just say I don't like skeletons or any spooky stuff like this, but DH does...Halloween is his holiday. Hmmm...wonder what that means???

Ya'll have a great afternoon, and thanks for joining me. Come again when you can. Blessings and hugs.


Fall Wreath

Good morning and welcome to my Sunday morning. Today's card share is a wreath made with the Silhouette and used very simply on a cream card base.

- the wreath is a Silhouette design from their online store, cut from a brown textured lightweight paper. Some orange Smooch was used on the berries - several layers to make a bright glisten.  (I have always loved the color of bittersweet and this orange look puts me in mind of the bittersweet wreaths we have).
- card base is a cream Recollection card stock, embossed with an Anna Griffin border that came with a matching embossing folder.
-  Impression Obsession clear stamp inked with Versamark, and heat embossed with my favorite Ranger Queen's Gold EP. (this clear set doesn't have a name that I can locate, but it's basically fall & Thanksgiving themed images).
The little pumpkin perched by the photo was in a recent Happy Mail that came from Brenda W of Inkspired to Stamp. (Her pretty chalk embossed card is shared in the Cards by Friends - click on the top tab).
Thanks for joining me on a Sunday morning, and I wish for you a day of happiness, sunshine and hugs from someone you love. Blessings.


DeeDee's Digi Challenge of the Month for September 2014

HiYa, and welcome. Help me say a warm hello to a new follower and thanks so much for joining my following list. Please do drop by to say hello to:

One other request I'd like to ask of my followers is to say some strong prayers for one of our blog friends, Jill of Ribbon Challenged.  Jill is having to deal with a rough patch of health issues just at the moment and both she & Irish Cherokee  are in need of some uplifting in prayer to get through this time. I would also greatly appreciate knowing all our friends are sending up some power prayers for them at this time. We can all use prayer in our lives, and there's strong power when so many voices uplift. Thank you.
Now the card for today is another PRECOLORED Deedee's digi (one of the designs on the September Challenge of the month's set).

Image was printed on GP cardstock, die cut with an MFT pierced oval. Some copic added shading, WoS for a bit of glimmer, and some white gel pen for the cider froth.
Design papers are also from DeeDee's Digis Hay Ride and were snippets from an earlier card. It's great to know these files are on the computer and can be printed off any time for a project.
- dies are from Tattered Lace Winter Florals (maple leaves and pinecones) and a new set of Prima dies that just came in the mail (the oak leaf).
- Red hearts were brown die cut snippets from another project, and a couple of layers of red Smooch covered up the brown quite nicely.
Computer generated sentiment was die cut with a S/B banner die, interior portion sponged with DI Tea Dye.
A very easy card to make indeed, once I started. I'll say it again: Love having the precolored images.
Please check the top tab of Cards by Friends to see a sweet card that came from Brenda W. of Inkspired to Stamp. Her beautiful card arrived with some added little surprises, and on a day when I needed a good cheer up too. Thanks Brenda, for thinking of us.
Don't forget that it's not too late to play along with the September Challenge at DeeDee's Digis.
You can purchase this month's featured set for just $1.25 in the shop. If you participated in last month's challenge, you should have already received this featured set in your email (but if you participated last month and haven't received your set, please contact DeeDee - as sometimes thing can go wrong with email.). This is a great way to have some fun and build up your digi collection too. The Design Team has some fabulous inspiration for you, using this cute set, plus there's a new release for the month as well. Do check it out.
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hope your day is going just swell. Blessings & Hugs.


Thank You cards

Good evening, and thanks for joining me. Let's start off by welcoming a new follower, Miss Bibiana of Stamping with Bibiana. I'm sure that many of you already know about this fabulously talented lady, but on the chance you have missed her blog, PLEASE visit right now. You'll be so happy you did. And thanks Bibiana, for joining here as a new follower.

 I had done some cards that were mailed out, and since I know they've been received now, I'd like to share them this evening. These were sent to some of my VIP's - whom I feel so blessed to have met in Blogland.

The flower pots image is a Northwoods stamp, colored with copics, WoS and die cut with a Sizzix die. In #1 card, the background was created with Dylusions & other spray products, then after drying well, embossed with a folder. A S/B die created the lacey mat, and the sentiment was stamped and cut from the same design paper.
On the 2nd flower pot card, I used design paper, the reverse of the same paper for the MS border punching. The image was colored with copics, WoStella and just a tiny amount of DI distressing on the edges. I kept this card simple as it was international mailing, so not too many layers on it. 

The center card:  The PB Wildflower cling image was stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with Sparkle n Sprinkle Belgian Crème EP. Then sponged Distress Inks on #98 Canson Mixed Media paper, spritzed with a gold spray, Once this dried, the embossed area was wiped off with a baby wipe. The faux mat was cut from a snippet of another sprayed paper, that has some gleam to it. A script background stamp was inked with Memento Desert Sand, stamped on the card base and the sentiment stamped with a Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink that sort of matched the blue of the Distress Ink. I don't usually have success in trying to stamp with Distress Inks. They always seem 'too dry' to me to stamp, even though I've just reinked the pad.

So I hope you've enjoyed these cards. I had fun making them, and I hope the recipients enjoyed receiving them. They expressed some deep appreciation on my part for some lovely folks. That's it for tonight. Catch you later. Hugs & have a wonderful Wednesday.