While awaiting the birth of a good friend's grandbaby, I made two baby cards: one for a boy and another for a girl! The boy card has been sent with all the best wishes, and this little baby girl card is just what I needed for Just us Girls #694 - Baby! Well, until I need it, that is!
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
why, yes. Yes, I do adore you! I'm speaking to my Betterpress, just in case you're wondering! lol
I was smart enough to get on the notification list at Altenew - their premier Press Plates were sold out before I could blink, and by now the 'refills' have been sold out as well! Mine arrived and I got them inky before you could say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
First pressed using Betterpress Mulberry ink:
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
You may know by now that Monday is laundry day 'round here ... not my least favorite chore but it does cut into my crafty time. Yesterday, I decided to catch up with a few of my favorite designers between loads - and I'm SO glad I did!
Channin Pelletier just loves color - and you all know just how intimidated I am by color! She has such a way with inks, ink blending, and always adds a little something extra to her cards. Using the Honey Bee Stamps Daisy Layers set of stencils, she brought a 'no-line' stenciled piece to life just beautifully ... please watch her video HERE as I did. I have unapologetically CASE'd her card ... and also borrowed her color combination for water coloring my first Spellbinders Betterpress Club plate! Hope you like them!
Now, did I mention these colors for water coloring? Here is that Rose Bouquet!
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Hopefully you've had the opportunity to make a card for Freshly Make Sketches #600 - such a fun Sketch!
I used a circle die to create a window and my 'glass' is vellum - sure wish I could have gotten a photo to show it off - you will have to imagine it!
That sprig of leaves is from The Stamp Market, and I've treated it [and the window frame] to a bit of glam by swiping them with Versamark ink and dipping them in Ranger Princess gold. To keep my design cohesive, I heat embossed my sentiment [from Alex Syberia Designs' Spring Garden] in the same gold.
Okay. Your turn! You only have until 8/28 at 3pm EST to play!!
Saturday, August 26, 2023
It's Saturday! While my hubby is mowing the lawn, I had time to take photos this morning of the Betterpress session I had on Friday! This first one is a perfect fit for my friends at Triple B! In fact, I might have been looking at their website while pencil-coloring this panel...
Okay. There were many more pressings, but I'll save them for another day, and challenge!
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Hello, friends! Hope you've made it to Thursday without a hitch!
I spent an entire afternoon with that SSS Kit [sorry no longer available] and still haven't used all the gorgeous bits and bobs from the bag of ephemera! Grab a beverage as ba ba ba bird is the word for sure today [Lisa]!
There is a lot of goodies in the Kit and it come with a beautiful stamp set but honestly, I only used it for this last card and the two little circle sentiments - don't get me wrong, I will use it. But when all is said and done it was so fun spreading all that ephemera out and finding the best fits. ALMOST like the 12 Kits of Occasions days!
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Yes, you did read that correctly: Freshly Made Sketches 600th Challenge! I am so happy to be celebrating along with a wonderful group of former FMS Queens! We are inviting YOU to participate in the celebration!
Fresh Made Sketches is one of the challenges I cut my card-making teeth on years ago and I'm happy to continue to play along when I can! There's just something about a Sketch that gets my juices going.
Ready for my card? How about that 600th Sketch? Here you go...
Monday, August 21, 2023
Friday, August 18, 2023
Hope you don't mind, but I'm giving you all the bird today - not THAT bird, silly! This one:
Thursday, August 17, 2023
My JUGS #692 Bee card was made during a terrific thunderstorm this morning! Thus, my sad photos! But no amount of rain can wash away the joy on this little 'bumblebee's' face...
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
I have such a sweet card maker to share with you all today - Cindy Chiu, who blogs and shares her beautiful cards at Escape to Stamping is a new friend but one I look forward to getting to know better and better! It's quite obvious by the wonderful photos she shares in her posts that we have a few things 'outside' of our craft rooms in common - take a peek at this post and you'll see what I mean.
Once again, I turned to National Today for a fun assignment. August happens to be National Happiness Happens Month - who knew?? It was easy to set the parameters for the two of us:
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Friday, August 11, 2023
Last week as I prepared to welcome Nancy and her husband to my home, Marcia and I had a few hours to get into a little crafty mischief - thanks for coming early, Marcia! While Marcia borrowed a few of my newest Betterpress plates, I ohhh'd and ahhh'd over her sweet Spellbinders of the Month Day at the Beach die set that she used for her darling DT card.
Now, how could I not use it to make second helpings for Color Hues #69? Here she is in all of her sun-tanned glory... upon a wonderful driftwood plank we dragged home from the beach years ago...