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3/28/2015

Christmas Card Club - Critters

Hi and welcome. This will be a scheduled post so will hope that it loads properly. Our bi-monthly Christmas Card Club Challenge theme of Feature a Critter (or Critters) was chosen by our sweet Miss Maureen (otherwise known as Scrappymoi of Scraps of Life by Scrappymoi). This card has been partially done for several weeks, as a nice Cardinal punch was spied on one of my Hobby Lobby trips.

- I know you are surprised that I would be attracted to a cardinal punch, but there it is. These critters were punched from a snippet of white c/s and colored with copics. Tiny jewel & pearls added for the eyes.

- Lightweight silver glitter strip (a snippet) was used for the border, and 2 strips of the dark green added for a little separation between the border & the background paper. (Green is the reverse of this check paper)

- Red country check from a 6x6 Christmas pack, embossed with a Couture Creations EF. I can't remember the name, and not much of it shows anyway...LOL

- Sizzix TH Thinlits Merry Christmas die for the sentiment - done with white snippets, colored with copics. Only 2 layers but still gave a bit of dimension.

- green rhinestones were colored with various dark green copics to better go with the green border strips, as was the sentiment die.

Easy card once I got round to the finishing up part of it.

My fellow Christmas Card Club members are listed on the sidebar, so please check out the wonderful cards they are sharing this week. Thanks Maureen for having an easy & fun challenge.

Big Hugs, and thanks for popping round. Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. God Bless

3/27/2015

Rudolph Day - March 2015

Good afternoon Dear Bloggers, and thanks for joining me here in sunny South Florida. We had a fairly uneventful trip south. However, when we got into Florida, we had a hellacious rain storm, with poor visibility, extremely heavy rain...and all the traffic was moving slowly with flashers on. (I would have opted to pull off the road had I been driving! - but that's not always the safest thing to do either). Then about the time we stopped for a late supper, Mr. started feeling an upset tummy; didn't even feel up to drinking a coke...which usually will settle a queasy tummy. Once back on the road, had a couple of barfs, so good thing we had some grocery bags in the back with him. He's better this morning, so doesn't appear to be a 'bug' that he brought down to share with everyone else. I told him "Looks like we best quit bringing you back to Florida".

I scurried to finish a card for Rudy Day the night prior to our departure. My 1st attempt ended in failure when I tried to use a S/B border die to pretty up an edge. So this is the do-over one, which just had white & silver colors.

 
 
- front of the card, used a Karen Burniston pop-up die (may be correctly called a pivot die - sorry not remembering the name of it) - purchased when my friend Gloria & I took a class last year. First use of the die  .....hmmm, a NBUS?.... and I had to remember how to use it!
 
S/B scalloped border die & some Starform outline stickers to dress it up a mite.
 


- Here's the inside view. As I said, this was a very fast card, since I wanted to have something for Miz Mo's March Rudolph Day. 

Just now realized that this will also fit in with Our Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4 as well. Oh what fun it is to play along.


I hope all of you will pop over to both of these super fun challenges to see some fabulous inspiration, play along, and get to know some super lovely people.

Thanks for joining me today. In case you didn't notice, my usual Kylie watermark is missing. Those files are on the desktop back in SCarolina. Tried to think of all the files that needed to get copied onto the laptop, and drat it, always forget something. Hope you're all set for a wonderful weekend wherever you are. Big Hugs & God Bless.

3/25/2015

Last of the St. Pat's Cards

Good afternoon and welcome. The St. Pat's cards that were mailed have been received and since I don't have a card ready today, thought I'd share these with you. Our best friend from New England flew in yesterday afternoon, and on Thursday we are headed to Florida. It's been a couple years since his schedule allowed him to visit and likewise our schedule hasn't permitted us to travel up there either. So we're enjoying a nice visit. I'm scrambling to try to get some card commitments done and get things lined up to leave after I get my allergy shot tomorrow.

So here's the cards:



- Image is a Sweet Stamps cling - several years old. Colored with Copics and WoS, fussy cut and mounted on white c/s, embossed with SU mesh EF, rounded corners. Very simple.

- IO shamrock - green snippet.


- ODBD cling image, stamped with Memento ink (I have the hardest time spelling that company name properly! Think this shade was Pear Tart, but not sure). Colored with Copics & WoS, die cut with a S/B deckled oval. Used a pentel green pen to trace the inner line while die still in place.

- Think the side pieces were from a Sue Wilson die, done from white snippet, colored with BG copic shades, and snipped apart to form the edges.

- green card base embossed with dots E/F folder.

- Taylored Expression sentiment die cut from a snippet of Brusho background paper.


- ODBD Gaelic cross, stamped in Memento London Fog, colored with copics. The effect I was trying for in the Celtic design on the cross was to make it appear like recessed carving as one would see on the old stone markers. Not sure I did that very effectively.

- Of course it was die cut, but gosh, I'm sorry I don't remember which die (probably a Sue Wilson since that's one of my current loves), but didn't write it down and the dies have been put back in storage. Same with the EF...just thought it was a pretty design & complimented the Gaelic theme; then added a IO die cut shamrock from some glitter paper.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these and this will be (fer sure!) the last of the St. Pat's cards. I'm trying to finish up a card for Rudolph Day but might have to just finish, photo, and then post it after arriving in Fla. There's such a lot of things to do to get ready for a trip. Mr. reminded me to notify Visa that we will be traveling out of home state, so watch for charges that don't appear to be made by us. Todate everyone in the Fraud stuff has been most helpful, so I think we have the problem handled ok on our end, anyway.

Hope to be back with you soon. I did manage to finish up returning visits last night. I do apologize when I get so behind - but sometimes I'm just not doing well with keeping up. I hope you will forgive me...

Big hugs & God Bless.

3/22/2015

DeeDee's Digis - Gifts of Spring - Bunny

Happy Sunday evening. Our day has been quiet, drizzly rain off & on. Cleaned the bed linens, did some paperwork. Our credit card was compromised, and I caught fraudulent charges on our last bill, to the tune of nearly $550.00 in charges over a 2 day period. It was used in the sort of places where we would normally use it, but in several cities in South Carolina where we have never been. So word to the wise: check your credit card charges frequently (on line if you can) but most definitely check your bill when it comes in. Normally I'd have been checking on line every few days, but then we get busy with other stuff & I neglected to do that. However, I do check all receipts against the bill when it comes in, and that's how I caught this. Visa is doing a Fraud claim, so don't think we'll be responsible since I reported it, but there is some paperwork involved. Plus we had to wait for new credit cards to be mailed. Fortunately we keep one that is used only for online orders & emergencies, so we didn't have to resort to cash!

Would like to extend a big warm welcome to a new follower, Eileen Godwin of Eileen's Crafty Zone. After enjoying those marvelous Youtube videos recently, I googled and found Eileen's lovely blog, left her a comment, and oh my goodness, she took time to come over to visit & become a follower. I was so overwhelmed, because I can see she is one busy crafty lady. So do yourself a BIG treat, check out those videos, and visit Eileen's blog for some fantastic inspiration.

Today is another card from the DeeDee's Digis set, Gifts of Spring (remember I mentioned it had several designs in this set?)


- precolored DeeDee's digi, with some copic shading, diecut with the S/B Oval Bliss. First effort, I did the out-of-the-box cutting to leave Bunny's ears out of the die. That didn't work out just right, so  What to Do? Used scissors to cut out the oval, ditch the lace. Recut the die with plain white snippet and popped Bunny right over it. With all the other 'schtuff' it's not really noticeable that this is 2 layers.

- K&Co 8x8 spring pack (VOS) yielded the papers. Glued 2 different pinks, used a Darice Easter Egg EF to emboss (doesn't show up too much).  Used a pretty piece of lace (stash) over the seam.

- Sue Wilson NYork Collection Times Square cut the frame from more of the K&Co paper.

- Suede paper snippet cut bunnies from IO dies (DIE168-C & DIE043-G)...2 different sizes.

- Fussy cut the posies from another print of this digi, and garnished the DeeDee's Digi sentiment.

That's it. The current challenge at Cuttlebug Mania is Freeze Frame. I think this one might fit in with that, and since the repair oval bliss & suede wabbits are snippety bits, think I might just mosey along over to give Parsnip a little hug. Sad to say, I've been neglecting him lately. I hope he will forgive me, and give me a big hug right back. Also saw some wonderful inspiring cards highlighted when I checked to see that a new week is open at the Snippets Playground (week 169). So com'on - check out these challenges.

Also, don't be forgettin' about Rudy Day which is opening on the 25th! Be there, or be square!

Thanks for popping in. (oh yes, I totally forgot my 3rd Blogaversary which was March 12th! So Happy Blogaversary to ME!) Hugs, and God Bless.

3/20/2015

DeeDee's Digis - Gifts of Spring

Good evening, sweet Blog Friends. So lovely to have you pop in for a visit & a chat. Please help me welcome 2 new followers:

Mackie of MackieMade Paper

Thanks for becoming followers, and I'm so looking forward to getting to know each of you better, and enjoy your crafty work. I hope lots of my blog buddies will be checking you out as well, so many more of us can be inspired.

We had 4 beautiful spring days, beginning with Sunday. M-T-W I got ambitious (well, not really, but it needed to be done!) and did some weeding along the house foundations. We get this rather pretty weed that is called henbit or chickweed locally (don't know what the scientific name is). If one sees a field of the stuff, it's the prettiest green & lavender to purple shades. However, it's not so pretty in the flower beds, and once the lavender/purple seed heads start to bloom, the wind can spread it everywhere. Over the winter, patches of it were sprouting up, so that meant that Moi had to get out & get industrious. Can I just say here, I absolutely detest yard work? Also I'm terrified of those things that slither & crawl. The neighbor behind us, had put out a blurb on our subdivision's facebook page, that her husband had found 2 out by their pool. Ugh! I'm armed with a hoe, and believe me, I was stirring up the mulch & shaking the bushes before I put a gloved hand down to the mulch. Took me 3 days - with lots of breaks - to do  2 sides of the house foundation where we have plants. My back hated me, so did my legs. I don't squat, I bend & pull. After a few minutes, Back says "Idiot. Stop. NOW!". I think I worked about 2 hours each day. Bagged the stuff & this morning we took 4 big lawn garbage bags to the dump. So that's my excuse for being MIA the last few days.

Today's card has been nearly finished for couple days - just had to get the MoJo to photo it. I have been watching some great Youtubes with the Smoosh technique - inking up plastic, spritzing, then smooshing the card base down on the resulting wet color. (here's the link to the PTI video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK9TrwwDQak and thanks to Bonnie K for providing the link on her blog where I first saw this). Since then, I've seen some other Youtubes*

*See a link Below to some good Brusho videos, thanks to my friend Gloria

Ok...on to the card:


- the background was done with the Ink Smoosh on plastic technique. While it was wet, sprinkled on some green brusho crystals. Spritzed again. Had taped off the Canson Mixed Media paper with painter's tape to have white frame around the edges. However, had to trim the white edges off, because when the tape was removed in one place, it had stuck and sort of messed up the paper. So after trimming, added the rectangle piece to a white tent fold card base.

- DeeDee's Gift of Spring precolored digi image. This set has got it all: 2 cute images that can be either for Spring or Easter, sentiments, papers - a real value buy. Fussy cut the image after doing a bit of shading, some WoS blue on the basket ribbon. Did a little dimension with a stylus, but it doesn't show in the photo.

- Used a TCW leaf stencil to ink an egg on the lower left corner. The stencil leaf pattern reminded me of an egg dye trim..used Bamboo Leaves & Pear Tart...wanted this to stay a subtle pattern in the grass. (Hidden eggs, ya know?)

Trio of eggs die cut from snippets using Impression Obsession DIE041-A - which makes a little egg chicken - decided I just wanted the eggs. The 2 pink eggs are from snippets of valentine paper that is still in the pile, and the center egg is tissue paper that is waste liner from spray projects. Thought all of these snippets made some pretty eggs!

Hope you'll pop over to DeeDee's Digis where there is a nifty challenge theme, something yummy to eat or drink, over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge. The challenge allows you to make any type of card as long as it has something to do with food or drink. So do check it out.

Now, here's a Youtube link for all you Brusho users. Eileen Godwin does 4 cards, and has some most interesting techniques and wonderful effects. Thanks Gloria, for giving me the heads up. I certainly enjoyed Eileen's work and will be trying some of these techniques. Bet the UK folks already know about Eileen, but I didn't!

Since I used a couple of snippets, think I'll pop over to see Parsnip, at the Snippets Playground and see what he & the Snippeteers are up to these days! It's week 168 and the gates are still open for 9 more hours as I'm typing this post! Hurry up - the fun's still going on.

There's a new card to enjoy on the Cards by Friends tab too.

Thanks for joining me, come again when you have time, and have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

3/15/2015

Christmas Card Club - Anything Goes - with embossing paste

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Christmas Card Club post - and today our theme was selected by Sylvie of Gibmiss. Her challenge was an Anything Goes, and I decided to go with a Dreamweaver's metal stencil and some pearlized embossing paste. First, though, let me wish all the international Moms a wonderfully Happy Mothering Day. Here in the USA, we shall celebrate that blessed holiday next month.

Also in today's post, there will be a post to the Friends' Cards tab, as we received 2 very lovely St. Patrick's Day cards that we've been enjoying. Now, onto the Anything Goes CCC.



This card was inspired by one seen sometime ago, done by Jill at Ribbon Challenged. When I saw Jill's beautiful card, my own stencil was on the air brush table, but had yet to be used. Thanks, Jill, for this inspiration, belated though the final effort is!

Some weeks ago, decided to experiment with some pearlized embossing paste (below, just in case you may not be familiar with this product).



Once the piece had dried very well, dug out some VOS (very old stuff!) of Pebbles chalks... a metallic set and really the chalk is more of a paste consistency than truly chalk. I liked the way the colors went over the dried pearlized emboss. It was a bit difficult to color the holly, using a Q-tip on the tiny spots - it smeared outside the raised edges. I was biting my tongue & being very careful as I applied it, too.  The birds and holly did ok. Decided to add some red rhinestones over the holly berries, and liked that a little better.

- S/B Majestic Square die for main image, S/B classic square for glitter paper mat, and Sue Wilson New York Collection Times Square die for the pattern dp - which came from an old 12x12 Christmas pack. The center portion of each  layer was removed by using a square die before adhering to a white card base.

Debated on adding a sentiment, but finally stamped a clear Merry using Colorbox Warm Lipstick Fluid Chalk ink. Didn't want to cover up any of the embossed image. Hope you like it, and thanks Sylvie, for a fun theme on this challenge. Do please check out all my fellow members at the Christmas Card Club - their links are on the sidebar.

We have some warm lovely sunshine today, after a dreary overcast Saturday. Very welcome. Enjoy whatever it is that you may be doing today. Another request - if you can - is to please say a prayer for a sweet blogging buddy & her husband, who are going through a difficult patch of life at the moment. I would be so grateful, and I'm sure they would as well. Big hugs & God Bless. Thanks for visiting today.

3/11/2015

Brusho Memory Box Peony - Thinking of You

Good evening and thanks for popping in for a little visit. First, a big welcome to Shelly S .of My Creative Rumblings. Thanks so much for choosing to spend a little time here with me, and do please pay a visit to Shelly to enjoy some of her fabulous work.

I expect you may be getting a little tired of the Brusho backgrounds, but I am having such fun playing with this stuff. Made quite a few pieces as it's not worth the bother to just make one background, and then waste all the excess color. Our SIL lost his Dad last week, and we needed a card. Looked through the dies - decided to use a Memory Box Peony die and here's the resulting card:




Sorry for the glare on the photo. Started with a card base of World Win white paper. This is a good weight for a card base, and has a fine texture...a bit finer than the Bazzill cardstock I use frequently.
Cut the MB peony die out of the card base where the flower was to be. Saved the outline and all the little bits. Then cut the same die out of a pink Brusho piece, that had a final pearlized spritz before drying; which is why the colors look less intense than what you've been seeing here. You'll see the other die cuts used at later date. Used the blue outline from a blue & green brusho piece.

Inlaid  outline & all the little bits in the appropriate places. Used Sookwang tape (double side tape) behind the opening.Must say, this has been the easiest effort yet doing this technique.

- Sizzix border folder to emboss.

- Elizabeth Craft sentiment on a snippet of Dylusions background. Used 2 layers to build this up, and probably won't do that again, using water color paper. Oops, see that I forgot the little pearl that needs to dot the i. Will add that prior to mailing. Thought about using some copics to darken the green in the sentiment, decided to leave well enough alone. I have a problem with that!!!

Thanks again for visiting this evening. Hope you had a lovely Wednesday, and are getting ready for a wonderful end of the week. Hugs.