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Monday, July 27, 2020

What can I say!  Covid is still here and my card group is still not meeting.  I have been spending a lot of time on Splitcoaststampers website and participating in their daily challenges.  

Here are some of the cards I have made for the challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.com.

This was for a Color challenge.  I love doing these challenges every Tuesday.  

Another color challenge and the dessert was to use an embossing folder. I also used heat embossing on the anchors on the background.  Lots of fun! 

The newest of the challenges on SCS is the watercolor Wednesday.  I am loving them.  I have wanted to improve my water color for a long time and these challenges will help me practice watercolor.

Working on my Christmas card stash also.  This Sweet and Sassy Cardinal 
is a go to stamp for Christ mas cards.

Had to make a Country themes card and the Buffalo Check BG stamp by Stampin Up really adds to the country feel of this card.  

Another watercolor technique for these large leaves.  

More water color,  this one with out any stamp (other than the sentiment), just freehand.

Another Christmas card to be put away for a few more months before it will be time to mail them out again.  Probably will make another one today also!  

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cards Through Covid 19

It's been several months since I've posted anything here.  Covid-19, corona virus, call it what you will started in about February.  It was easy to stay at home for the first two weeks that we were asked to Quarantine.  But after about two months I started getting a little stir crazy.  Now because Texas still seems to be getting way too many new cases, I feel like I should continue to stay home although things have started opening up.  Our area has very small numbers of new cases, but the area I would like to go to is one of the worst in new numbers.  Although I would bet that those numbers are coming from the inner city more than the suburbs.  Guess I'll just hold tight in my little East neck of the woods and be safe. 
So I have been making lots of cards and sending them during this time.  My card group did meet in June, but we are taking another look at July.  Not sure yet whether that will be a go. 

This fun card was one I did for a Splitcoaststampers Challenge, actually two challenges.  One was the Color Challenge and my card was chosen as the Favorite for the week of that challenge. 

The other challenge was the Teapotters Challenge.  We make cards and send them off to someone who is experiencing hard times and could use some cheering on.  So this one has already been sent off to Sandra.  

I'll put a few more pictures of some of the favorite cards I've made in the last few weeks.  

I've been going back to flowers and finding new stamps.  Power Poppy has some beautiful sigital stamps.  I've purchased a few.  The Hyacinth is one of those.  The Poppies are Stampin Up.  They are really wonderful with the dies added to the stamps!  I couldn't help but buy both of the bundles that had poppies in them.  

These three are fun with a little different techniques on the second and third.  
The first one is a set I bought from Altenew.  Its called Extra Special.  It's a pretty stem of flowers.  I colored it pinks here with the no line watercolor look.  

The second card with the big circle of flowers is a digital image that I colored with Copic markers.  Lots of pretty flowers in the image.  The unique part of this card is the impressed circles around the flowers.   Those were done with dies (lots of circles) all stacked together and then using a silicone mat run them through the Big Shot to impress the paper rather than cut. 

The third card is one that I used white CS and heat embossed borders of flowers on the card. Then using  distress inks I sponged orange and yellow inks around the flowers and into the center of the card.  Then you take a wet paint brush and with clear water paint the flowers.  The water lifts off some of the ink giving you a lighter look to the flowers.  I'm wishing the ink would have been a little darker and I could go back and ink some more but I am happy enough with the pretty flowers and these colors.  
So that takes us up through most of Feb and March.  I have many more cards I'll try to show you in the next few days.  Stay Home - Stay Safe.  I have to keep reminding myself of that now.  Because I really want to go SOMEWHERE!

Friday, February 28, 2020

New Year - Same Old Me
January and February seemed to zip right by me.  But I did have some time to make cards.  Here are a few of them. 

 It is always interesting to see the difference that changing colors can make in the look of a card.  The one above was made after I made the lower card and did not like the white butterfly on the white card stock.  But give it a darker background and it looks great.  In fact, I think I like it the best out of the two butterfly cards. 
 We made the white version for card class in January. 
 This stinking cute little guy was the star of the second card for January class .  I haven't used this punch as much as I need to.
When the Spring mini catalog came out I knew right away I wanted this bundle.  I love the flowers and the gate. The little kitty and the lovely flowers really make a wonderful card.   I simply followed the design of the card in the catalog to make this one.  I've yet to try other versions from the set.  Maybe I should buy fewer things at one time and then I could play with each one longer before getting excited to try another set. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Learn Every Day

In finishing up some projects, I was looking at some quotes today and came across this one.

"Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new." ~ Og Mandino

 I totally agree with it.  We should always be learning.  No matter how much knowledge we have in a subject we can always learn - whether from a scholar or from a infant child.

I came across a couple of pictures of two of our granddaughters leaning - thought I would share with you.

Here also are a couple of cards that I made a few weeks ago.  Forgot to post them.  I learned something doing these, too.  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Grapeland Card Group

I teach a card class once a month in Grapeland.  We have lots of fun and usually get 4 cards done on that day.  Some days it takes a little longer than other days.
Here are the cards we will be doing on October 9.

 This is the inside of the card, called a Lever card.  They are fun to make and the tutorial can be found here:  https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/levercard/

 This is the front of the card.  Can you see how the image panel swings through the window opening?
This card is a fun technique called Joseph's Coat.  Hope my embossing powder holds out.  I need to order a new bottle.  That's all the fun for today.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Soon the Fan Club Dirty Dozen Gallery will have September cards up on the Splitcoaststampers website.  It has been fun for the last three months being part of the Dirty Dozen design team.

I have had time for a few other cards though besides the Dirty Dozen cards (which I cannot post here for a little while longer) so I'll show you a couple more of those I've been making.
I have a few stamps of little Cocoa Mouse from Sweet and Sassy stamps.  They are so much fun to play with and color.  I used a popsicle stamp for the background on the card base.  

 This card was made with paper that is actually Easter paper but I liked the bright colors for a pleated effect under the badge stamped image.  Also used the window frame thinlits from Stampin Up.  I haven't used those for quite a while so it was good to dust them off.  

I have also been trying to use up the designer papers I have, because I have tons of it.  Maybe it's not literally a ton, but I have enough that I may never use it up in this lifetime.  I combined a DP background with some die cut shapes from SU Eclectic Layers Thinlits and from their Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

I have several more cards finished for the fun time I have been having over at Splitcoaststampers.
Here are a few more pics.

Also on Grandma duty today and for about a week.  It should be a fun time.  

What can I say!  Covid is still here and my card group is still not meeting.  I have been spending a lot of time on Splitcoaststampers websi...