Dashing Through the Snow - with DeeDee's Digis

Hip, Hip Hooray, Monday is over!!! When I worked, that thought used to really brighten my mood, as I always dreaded Monday - and even though I'm retired now, there's still a bit of psychological holdover to those blue Mondays.

Finished up a card last evening using a really cute DeeDee's Digi . It's called Dashing Through the Snow. This is the last week for the July Digi of the Month Challenge, so you still have a few days to download a digi and play along with a card. Remember: the set -- "So Cool"-- used on this card-- is available for just $1.25 this month, or FREE with your order of $10 or more. If you link up what you make with it to our challenge post by 2 August, you'll get next month's set for FREE. It's as easy as that to get this So Cool dude.

I fell in love with these adorable penguins and worked up a pretty fast card - after printing out 2 copies of the digi. Fussy cut one, did a little copic shading, adding some WoS and stickles for a little glamour. Used a stylus on the backside of the cut out to create a bit of shaping, glued it down on #2 image, which had been die cut with a Lil Inkers rectangle die.

Might be slightly prejudiced, but I think this image is just plain ole cute! Don't these little guys look as though they are enjoying the snow & having a terrific time?

-Top trim dies are: Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Salzburg ovals - decorative die on top, plain oval (red) under that. Bottom die is a Cheery Lynn Kaleidescope doily. (The SWilson die was part of a recent Crop Stop order). Each die was cut as needed to fit the area.

All papers from the Carta Bella 6x6 paper pad Winter Fun - (stash). Sentiment is part of the digi set, hand cut from a snippet using a Lil Inker V die to get it straight on the v's. Edged using a finger dauber and Memento Teal Zeal and tiny red rhinestones.

Baker's Twine & a silver Elizabeth Craft snowflake - a snippet too, clear rhinestone in the center, and Bob's ya' Oncle, and tis done.

Do take time to check out DeeDee's Digi of the Month and start building your collection now! It's that simple.

Thanks to all who provided some plant-ant suggestions! I'll let you know what we try and how it works.

I should clarify on the clogged up sprayer....this was not a 'purchased' spray. It was a bottle which had some some thickened acrylic paint dropped in it - then lots of added water. This paint had some gold glimmer in it, and I did not clean the nozzle after I last used it. So it is more Operator Error at fault here than the spray paint. Some of the Dylusions do occasionally have to get the caps removed and rinsed out, but so far (knock on wood) when caps are rinsed, it clears up the clog.

Thanks for the visit, come again when you can...always love to have your comments & thoughts. I have one more committed card to finish, then I'm going to take a little break and do a bunch of blog visits - {sigh - I'm BE-hind uh-gin}. Ya'll be good and lots of hugs. G'nite.



Rudolph Day - Christmas in July 2014

Good evening, big surprise as I'm back with a 2nd post today. Have been working on cards hoping to get ready in time to submit to the Rudolph Day Challenge  hosted by Our Miss Sarn over at Stamping for Pleasure.  Rules are pretty simple, and are posted at the top of Sarn's blog. The Challenge is open beginning the 25th of each month and ends the last day of the month. There must be 2 festive cards, but can be duplicates if you like. The Rudolph Day Challenge is a super way to build a stash of Christmas cards too.

Here goes:

- Focal image is from a recycled card received years ago  ...die cut with a pierced square. Snippet of gold glitter paper was die cut with a Lil Inker stitched square (center portion removed).

- Blue background (sort of a snippet from the next card) was embossed with a new Bon Jour Couture Creations folder (bottom portion only) that was seen here. Loved the look and Googled the folder name - found it at Crop Stop * (check bottom of post for a coupon code from Crop Stop)*.  Sponged Gold Delicata ink around the edges & some of the embossing with a finger dauber.

- another tiny snippet of some VOS (very old stuff) was cut in half to fill in the edges of the card base so the white didn't show. I can see that I need to do a little trim at the top left edge. Isn't it so aggravating that you don't notice this kind of thing until you see in the photo when doing the post...but maybe that just happens to ME!

- Oval punched sentiment came from the same card, and was sponged around the edge with Delicata ink.
 Next up:

- Image has been stamped for quite a while, but think it was an Inkadinkadoo stamp done with Memento Danube Blue, heat embossed with clear powder. Since the image is so detailed, chose to keep the card simple. Die cut with a classic circle S/B that fit (for the most part) the shape.

- Blue mat is also the card base, and was die cut with a Lil Inker circle die, with the hinge at the top.(left over bit was used on the card above).

- Elizabeth Craft sentiment from a sliver snippet of silver glitter paper.(can you say silver sliver snippet 3 times, real fast? - this was a very tiny piece that should have been tossed. Came in handy though.)

The hardest part of this card was finding a circle that would cut the image and not cut away too much of the design.

So off we go to link up at Rudolph Day,July 2014 and since there's some snippets on each card, I'm going to play over in the Snippets Playground, Week 135. Ya'll c'mon and let's play!

*Crop Stop has some great embossing folders, but is now beginning to sell the gorgeous Sue Wilson dies. After my last purchase of the Bon Jour EF & some Wilson dies, Miss Haylie Jo visited my blog and happened to see the post on Chuck the dachshund. She is a doxie owner too, and very generously offered my readers a coupon code - CHUCK - for 10% off your orders for the remainder of 2014. There's also free shipping with a minimum order, so check the tab with Shipping & Returns info. Crop Stop does international shipping as well. All my orders have arrived most promptly and if an item is back ordered, I get an email with the information - which I find helpful. Again, just doing my part to enable anyone who needs more enabling! Haylie Jo is the kind person who found the Kars Falling Snow embossing folder for me, when I couldn't find one anywhere else. She just happened to have one left - although it wasn't shown on the site. I emailed the contact info, asking if anybody knew where I could purchase this folder. Haylie sent it to me - bless her sweet heart! That's my kind of customer service. (and no I'm not being paid to say any of this either!!!!)

Christmas Club - Trees

Happy Sunday and thanks for joining me. Today is the bi-monthly Christmas Club Challenge (or as my British friends say fortnightly) and the lovely Sylvie selected the theme of Trees - anywhere on a card. So here's what I chose to create:

- Background is a sprayed piece, actually sort of a left over experimental piece when I was working with some gold sprays and some green sprays that I had made using acrylic paint (a note of warning about that at the end of the post)*. Embossed with the C/B EF Christmas Ribbons.

- WorldWin textured paper die cut with S/B A2 Card Creator Filigree Delight.

- Christmas Tree EF on green paper, fussy cut out the tree shape so that it could be mounted on foam tape for some dimension. Sprayed with a gold spray and then added gold pearls for decorations.

- Star was from glitter paper using a tiny punch.

- Elizabeth Craft sentiment using a snippet of gold paper.

This card did not finish as had been envisioned at the beginning of the process. But I rather liked the end result after all. The Christmas Club members are listed on the blog sidebar, so if time allows, check out their tree creations. I assure you, the time will be well spent.

For all of you who liked the front porch, you're welcome to set a spell anytime, swing or rock as you prefer. Right now, the best time to enjoy the space is late evenings, around dusk. When it cools off, any part of the day is a good time to sit there, read or drink something, visit with a neighbor who comes by, or just watch the world go by. Our neighbors have some lovely trees that the birds really like. (They also love the white bannisters on the porch too. They seem to think it is a bulls-eye target just for their own personal enjoyment!)

Thanks for joining me today, and lots of cyber hugs.''

*The thickened acrylic paint that I had mentioned, that got mixed with some water & put in a spray bottle, can cause some clogging of the nozzle. Especially if not used frequently and the residue stays in the tiny spray opening. And especially if that paint has some glitter product added to the paint for shimmer. Just thought I'd make that report. I'm soaking a cap to try to clear it right now.


Square Pansies

Good evening Friends and welcome. Been a busy day with an early start to shop at Costco for some metal shelving. We've had some ratty old wooden bookcase type shelving that came from various garage sales, and DH decided we should get some metal shelving units that we had seen at Costco. We had bought a couple of these a few months ago to organize some of the garage items that all of us have. So this afternoon has been putting shelves together, moving items off the old ratty shelves so that the unit could be pulled away, the new nice clean shelves put in place, and the storage items replaced. And trying to keep like items together on a shelf - even though they won't stay that way long!

Here's a card finished last night.

The flower squares were salvaged from old greeting cards that I've been sifting through in the cleanup project. Simply cut these out, shaded with copics to make fairly pale flowers a bit more colorful. Lined the edges with a black spica pen. Created the punch out mats with plain ole white Canson #90 paper, using DI colors of Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord. Then spritzed the sponged paper with some gold Tattered Angel spray, let that dry, and punched with a square punch that fit with the pansy square shape. The card should have been a bit wider & this would have looked better. White card stock is WorldWin textured paper, partial embossing on top and bottom with the favorite C/B dots folder, leaving a center space for the squares. Used the Scor-buddy to do the embossed lines shown. Easy-Peasy.

Smile sentiment is from Memento dies found at Hobby Lobby, done with a black snippet.

As promised, took some snapshots of the front porch swing I sometimes mention and the opposite end of the porch where we have the requisite rocking chairs so beloved by us Southerners.

- the opposite end of the porch, and yes we do sit in the chairs to rock & watch the world go by.
Seeing these pictures made me realize how much this porch needs a good clean, but that will have to wait for cooler weather.  The geranium by the front door is over 4 years old. It lives in the garage in winter, where it is forgotten for weeks at a time All I do is clip it back drastically when we take it off the porch. Never expect it to survive, but it has.  The angel wing begonia at the far end has managed to last 3 years so far.

- on the back porch - which is a small part of the back deck which is enclosed by screening - there is a pretty white hibiscus that is 2 years old, a gift from our neighbor. Has had some wonderful big blossoms this summer, and still has some buds to bloom. The lovely Easter lily was from Sweetie for Mother's Day last year. When it blooms, the fragrance is blissful. We kept these 2 plants the past winter, again trimmed back aggressively. Not sure we'll try this year, as the dirt is full of ants. Anybody know how to eliminate the ants before storing for the winter? Don't want to infest the garage with them, as they will migrate into the house. We've tried putting some ant traps on top of the dirt, but the ants seem to love it. When watering, you can see the little critters just scrambling up the branches from the dirt.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures; now you can picture where we could sit, drink some good ole cold ice tea, and just swing away! Thanks for your visit, and come again when you can set a spell! Happy Weekend. Hugs & Blessings.


Dylusions Sprays and Another Palm Fern

Hello and welcome. As you'll see from today's card, I've been having fun with some Dylusions sprays and that Hero Arts Palm die. I really like the look of that die and have seen that Penny Black has one similar to the Hero Arts die. I've been trying to keep improving on that embed the die technique and the frond in this card was one from an earlier attempt.

- Hero Arts Palm Die cut from a Dylusions sprayed paper using Postbox red, dilutions with white linen, Tangerine, yellows, then sprayed with bronze spray.

- Green mixed media (Canson #90) paper sprayed with various greens - either full strength or diluted with white linen or just plain water. There's a bit of yellow spray created with an acrylic paint mixed with water added in as well. I just play with colors in the family of choice, until I get a result that pleases me. Sometimes I spray the paper first with a spritz of water, sometimes I don't. I wear some Dollar store latex gloves too ---- if I think of it before starting the play.

-S/B curved bracket border die at the bottom.

- under side of the die cut was created with spraying some reds & bronze over a snippet of white Canson. There's a bin of old tissue dress patterns sitting by the airbrush table (part of the reorganization and finding another place to store these old patterns). A loose piece caught my eye, so took it, crumpled it well & dabbed into the wet sprayed red. Then decided to try spreading the crumpled piece into the wet & let it dry to see what effect it would make. Sprayed it with another coat of the bronze, and left it to dry overnight. Not sure I like it here, but I do plan to try some embossing paste, color that and then apply some of the crumpled tissue into the wet paste to see what happens!

Think this will be another family birthday card, but sentiment will get added later.

Thanks for spending some time here today, and come again when you can. Hugs & Blessings. Have a great afternoon.


Stamp Scape and Pencil coloring

Hi Ya! Welcome and thanks for popping by today. This is another scheduled here goes:

- Stamp Scape image colored with Colorsoft pencils on matte paper. This was a small bit of cardstock that folded to make a 3.5x3.5 square card. Birds drawn with a Copic black multiliner pen, and white gel pen for highlights on trees and rocks.

- card base covered with some Paper Studio DP with center die cut using a square S/B die. The first opening frame didn't look 'just right', so using 2 sizes of the square S/Binders, die cut another frame. Bottom portion of the frame is covering up the reflections & ripples I attempted in the water, but also  hides the ragged edges of the picture on the sides.

A sentiment will be added at a later date.

Been a while since I tried using pencils. Sometimes I get very discouraged trying to blend with pencils! But I try again at another time after I've seen something on a blog that was done with pencils and looks so great. I know it takes practice...

Have a great afternoon, and thanks for your visit. We're still working on the basement reorg project. Hugs


Butterflies are Free - Spots and Stripes

Hey Again. Finally got a chance to join in Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge, and this week's theme is
Spots and Stripes+Butterflies.  Each Butterfly challenge I've wanted to play along, but other things just get in the way. Doing a few scheduled posts freed up a little window where a butterfly card could come together with some new Memory Box dies that arrived a few weeks back. Here's the card:

- sprayed spots & stripes background created from white cardstock, using Dylusions sprays, Tattered Angels sprays and some acrylic paint diluted mixture . (supplies in the pic below). Stamping done with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink (creamy brown & wisteria) using Impression Obsession Cover a Card Thick & Thin (CC008)- stripes with creamy brown; overstamping with CAC CC003-Dots in wisteria. Cut the piece in 2 sections. Burlap & silk wide ribbon glued to center of a folded cream card. Each section of the spots & stripes glued over this ribbon.

- MB Floating Butterflies Background (98991) diecut from another sprayed white c/s - but this piece was stamped with Hero Arts F5584 Single Starburst using Magenta Maya Arts Gold Paint. A dollop of this rather thick paint was put on the non-stick mat and diluted with water, then the stamp inked & stamped. My first time using this process, so I need to work on getting this diluted texture done better, as it stamped out a bit goopy. Once this dried, the butterfly background was die cut.

- MB Floating Butterflies (98978 - an outline) was die cut from a lavender cardstock. First tried cutting this die with a beautiful shimmer sheetz product. Did not cut well, so will have to be fussy cut and I think it will be an 'entire piece' not just the outline. You'll see it on another project I expect! Applying glue to the skinny outline was the hardest part of this card. The thin outline piece wanted to stretch out of shape as glue was applied, my fingers got sticky and then it was a bear to try to get placed properly over the outline. I am trying to think of how I could have used the Sookwang tape to do this bit, but the lightbulb hasn't gone off yet.

_ Elizabeth Craft die sentiment from same lavender card stock.

So off I go to link with Mrs. A's Spots & Stripes Butterfly Challenge. Won't you join in???
Thanks again for your visit today. Come again when you can. Hugs.

Supplies to create card backgrounds
about 2 tablespoons of the Ivory acrylic paint mixed with water in spray bottle. Added a few drops of the Dylusions Coffee spray that had already been diluted with water in another spray bottle. Tattered Angels sprays were Crème de Cacao and Apricot. sorry...Butternut Squash! These sprays created a lovely café au lait colored background that has a lot of sparkle IRL.

PS: I totally forgot to say Winner #2, Follower 43, Sheila of  lala crafts contacted me yesterday and her little surprise package was mailed off this afternoon. Congratulations, Miss Sheila, and I hope you enjoy the goodies.