Friday, April 21, 2017

The Laymans Commandments

Text Reads:
Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.

So why is a Car's Windshield so large & the RearView Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

 Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!”

When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

This layout is created with Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen's "Spring Spirit" and "Friends Forever" kits.  Edged in Starform border line stickers and matted on black.

Fleta The Unicorn

This adorable graphic was drawn by Zoe at Make it Crafty.   I am going to overlay either  "Believe" or "Dream" or "Believe in Magic" Embossed in sparkle on either vellumor acrylic placed over the rainbow paper with diagonal stripes.  (I created that in Photoshop using the paint brush and the gradient filter and it is printed on glossy metallic photo paper.) The Unicorn is finished in mixed media....Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Wink of Stella, Posca Pen and 3D Crystal Glaze.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quick Thank You

These cards are simply SU designer paper and black and white cardstock. The Sentiment is a Die by Impression Obsession (#235-M) and the dragonfly is Technique Tuesday's.  Both cards are enhanced with diamond Stickles.  I needed two very quick cards today---but these MAY get colored with Prismacolor Pencils before I mail them.  They are striking in black and white, but a touch of color would be gorgeous also. 

Nice colored too.   With sequins and Crystal Glaze and Prismacolor Pencil work.

This card below was colored with Chameleon pens and accented with Posca white and green Wink Of Stella.  The artpiece is bordered with black line stickers from popupsetc.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Altenew Perennial Beauty

Here is one card that I made with Altenew's  Perennial Beauty Layering stampset.  The inks I used are a yellow four cube set from Hero Arts.  Accents are Prismacolor pencils, Wink of Stella, dotted ribbon, and butterfly and Happy Birthday Stickers by Starform from PopUps Etc.  Papers are by SU (Pumpkin Pie and black)  The embossing folder is "Weathered" (Taylored Expressions) used with an oval diffuser. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Foil Tarnishing

This project followed the instructions on Split Coast Stampers Wednesday Tutorial:  "Impressions of Tarnished Foil" by Melissa Kerman 
Butterfly is from Collette Butterfly Branch by Memory Box and Tag is cut with Spellbinders Fancy Label Tags4. Black rhinestones and double bow ribbon complete project. EF was Tim Holtz Sizzix Birch Trees Papers were black and Crushed  Curry (SU and the stamps were both from Thoughts and Prayers (SU) stampset.  I used silver cardstock, stazon black ink, versamark with copper and gold embossing powder and wink of stella on the butterfly and tag.

And here's a second one I did.  This technique is SO MUCH FUN (sorry the reflections off the silver are sharing colors in my room and what I'm wearing but just "think" silver ,gold, copper and black! Ribbon is black grosgrain with gold thread. The Butterfly (and "leaves" are cut from gold black and silver glitter paper (SU) from the Memory Box Colette  Butterfly Branch

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Fifty Seventh Anniversary to my Darling NH

This Anniversary card was created with the beautiful Poppy Stamps  Heartland Oval Frame and SU U love you die from the Label Card flip it dieset. Papers are from the DP by  SU that accompanies the Pop of Pinks.  Font on the inside is  Folex Girls and reads:

Happy Anniversary, my darling
Here's to a day that's filled with fun
While we joyously remember when we two
became a one
I love  you for your thoughtfulness,
your understanding way
And for the countless little things
You do for me  each day.
I love your for the hopes and dreams
You've helped to make come true
But most of all I love you
Just for being you!

Here's to our dreams
Our memories
All Our tomorrows

Happy Twentieth Birthday!

Your 20th birthday brings to mind, 
memories of the very best kind, 
countless loving thoughts of you 
and all bright hopes and wishes too!
We hope your birthday’s the happiest yet.
May all your dreams come true!
For happiness is surely meant for a
Grandson great as you,
Happy 20th Birthday 

I used SU's  The Sky's the Limit stampset for this birthday card

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time to Celebrate

This card uses the SU debossed side of the embossing plate "Celebrate" It is overstamped with vribrant Tangelo Twist, Misty Macaroon, Watermelon Wonder and Crushed  Curry ink (with a distress stamp from the "love notes" set.)  the top of the artpiece is embossed with Tim Holtz clock faces EF.  Watermelon and mint ribbon is from Really  Reasonable Ribbons.  The dragonflies are cut with the Technique Tuesday Dragonfly die and embellished with wink of stella and pearls.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Little Trina Treats

I created little treat boxes out of die cut scalloped circles (Lifestyle Crafts) with Pink DP (SU) and put in a few tiny Cadbury Creme Easter Eggs for my Cancer Support Group Luncheon today. They were SUCH fun to share, and using the adorable Easter Graphics designed and sold by Trina Clark at BizzyHands were quick and easy and oh so cute.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Whimsical Rose Sprite_Aurora Wings

This Prismacolored pastel Whimsical Rose Sprite was created for the  Aurora  Wings Challenge #47 Pastel Colors   I love the sprites so much and the stories they tell.  I've matted this one on paper I made in Photoshop and is distress edged for texture. She is die cut with a stitched frame die from Lil Inkers, and each rose holds a corresponding color rhinestone. The inked edge roses on organza are from I Am

Girl Flower Butterfly_Aurora Wings

This is a five by five card, colored in pastels and worked with Prismacolor Pencils, perforated borders, glimmer paper, and Wink of Stella as well as diamond Stickles.  She is Created for the Aurora  Wings Challenge #47.

Easter Lily Sprite_Aurora Wings

The Easter Lily Sprite

The beautiful Easter Lily has long stood as a symbol of purity, elegance, beauty, hope, innocence and spirituality, and peace.  It is sometimes called the Trumpet Lily, or the  Bermuda Lily.  It is a Biblical flower commonly associated with the resurrection of Christ.
This card was made for the pastels challenge #47 at  Aurora  Wings Challenge Blog

The legend, told  below, comes from 

"This importance rests even more clearly on a legend that the blood of Jesus, as it fell from the cross, was by a miracle transformed into flowers which filled heaven and earth.The popular Easter lily we use today to celebrate the holiday is referred to as ‘the white-robed apostles of hope.’ These beautiful trumpet shaped white flowers were brought to the United States in 1875 from Japan by an American tourist and named after the florist who made it popular. The flower retells the resurrection story with its life cycle. These snow white flowers symbolize new life and hope. 

The bulb of these flowers buried in the ground represents the tomb of Jesus and the glorious white trumpet-like fragrant flowers which grow from the bulbs symbolize His life after death. The snowy white color stands for the purity of the Divine Savior and the joy of the resurrection while the trumpet shape signifies Gabriel's trumpet call to rebirth and new life."

Magic Moments

I love the triple pocket card for tucking in fairy wishes and little sayings about magical moments. This is monochromatic in black and shades of gray, with the base card DP marble paper from SU.
The Fairies are from the Poppy Stamps faerie collection of dies.

Hang in there --and Get Well soon

Santa Sleigh Ride font, with one of  Sherri B's Besties in Prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

May Flowers Framelit

Inspired by a card at a recent Stampin Up workshop,  my demonstrator, Kathleen Legan made, I created this card using the SU May Framelits flower die adhered to glitter paper, the big hugs die from Simon Says Stamp, the triple stamped embossed Alte New stamps from Rose stampset, and the Textured impressions E F "Weathered" Colors are worked in Old Olive paper and ink, black and shiny photo paper.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Stamped Embossing

This card is quite different because it embosses over a stamped image with the die that would cut it out.  I used  Botanical Garden dies and stamps from SU in Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride and three of the SU greens.  The sentiment is embossed in green embossing powder over Blushing Bride paper and comes from the stampset "Sentimental" by Avery Elle

Friday, March 31, 2017

Heartland Oval Frame_Memory Box

Cut from  diamond glitter paper and adhered with scortape embossing technique.  Easy beautiful, and OH the possibilities with this single die.  Paper is Night of Navy and  Ribbon is glitter  ribbon from Michaels. Sentiment will be white on glitter "banner type" greeting adhered to ribbon.  This is the Heartland Oval Frame by Memory Box (#1161) This die is only 3" high so could be used twice very effectively on a single card.

There are NO fingermarks on this card at all but the photo picked up smudges that are just not there!

And this one also uses the SU thinlits label card I love you die, double cut --and all matted on hot pink and pop of pink DP (SU) For  Anniversary card

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Memory Box Butterfly Swell

This card was challenging to create, but it is so beautiful.  I can't wait to send it.

I cut the Butterfly Swell die, new from Memory Box (#9971) three times, once in white glitter paper (top butterfly fussy cut), once through a mat which was a very pale blue paper,  "smooshed" with  SU sky blue ink and dried.  I cut the butterfly swell again through the front of Pacific Point cardstock and then lined up the pale blue layer with the cutout and adhered it. (Ranger multi-media). And the "there's a bit of magic in everything"quotation is stamped in Pacific Point ink. 

Then I adhered the back of the "front" of the card to clear acrylic coverstock  for stability..  I inked  "fairy dust" from Su's A little bit of Magic stampset on the inside of the card through the center window and lined up dark blue/green glimmering holographic butterflies to match the front of the card on the inside.  

I will probably use a vertical sentiment inside the card and emboss it in white--from one of the Lawn Fawn script sentiments sets (when I know the occasion that this greeting will be for.)

The backside of the card is Impression Obsession Happiness Butterfly (D14201) stamped in Pacific Point ink.


This card uses the Daningt Fairy (by Poppy Stamps) diecut with the Butterfly Swell on lavender with lavender ink "smooshed,"  Accents are with glimmer paper and Wink of  Stella and glitter inside the wing of the butterflies..

Monday, March 27, 2017

Clover Shamrock Pixie Elf_ Aurora Wings

This adorable pixie (with freckles) is thinking about you and wishing you luck. She's colored in Prismacolor Pencils, with the centers of the shamrocks and four leaf clovers touched with gold glitter and edged with paper piercing.   The stamp is a Lawn Fawn sentiment stamp and the satin double bow is created with a bow-it-all.  I made this card for the March  "Green" Facebook Challenge

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Daisy by Trina Clark Walker

Baby Daisy is one of the new digi-stamps in Trina's new Bizzy Hands Creations Store.   She is mighty cute, and colored with Prismacolor Pencils, and accented Stickles, Wink of Stella, a bow and a thank you stamp from the SY Lots of Stamps set.   She's perfect for a get well card for a friend having shoulder surgery on March 30th.  

Inside Sentiment

Aurora Wings Easter Elf_Challenge 46

Challenge 46 is a bisected sketch challenge with vertical and circular elements.  I chose to use the new adorable Spring Sprite for this 5x7 card.  I used a textured embossing folder "weathered" (by Taylored Expressions)  and a gold butterfly woven ribbon to suggest the two vertical lines. Scalloped circles diecut the artpiece and sentiment (Lifestyle Crafts scalloped circles) placed over a delicate circular doily. This Spring Sprite is too late for the Sprite challenge--and I'm sorry to miss that one since I love all the Sprite collection and use them often.   The Easter greeting (stamp from Lawn Fawn) is overlaid with a (pencilled) vellum horizontal line (to comply with the sketch challenge).  The tiny accenting butterflies are from SU Beautiful Wings embosslits, pencilled and accented.  The artpiece is accented with 3D crystal Glaze, gold and white glaze pens and white Posca pen. As always my work is done with Prismacolor Pencils.

SU paper and inking colors are Bermuda Bay and So Saffron

Friday, March 24, 2017

Green & Sketch Challenge_Aurora Wings and the Pineapple Sprite

I created this card using the Pineapple Sprite by Mitzi Sato Wiuff available in her stores.  The sprite is worked with Prismacolor Pencils, Wink of Stella in various colors and glaze pens in green and yellow.  The leaves are from Botanical Bloom stamp and die set by  SU and the designer paper circles are from the coordinating  Botanical Bloom paper.  This card is created for both the March "Green" challenge on Facebook and the Sketch Challenge at Aurora Wings

 Detail of the sprite above.

For centuries the Pineapple has been recognized as a traditional expression hospitality and welcome throughout the world. This fruit symbolizes warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality, and in the Southern US, you will see the pineapple everywhere.    

The fruit holds the strong antioxident, Vitamin C.  It is a Bromelian thought to combat the formation of certain cancer cells.   It is very acidic, so if you are cutting up very much pineapple, you should wear gloves.  Try placing fresh pineapple spears in a bath of Creme de Menthe!  Oh--La-La 
The principal pollinator of the pineapple's beautiful flower is a hummingbird.  Seed formation needs pollination, but the presence of seeds harms the quality of the fruit. In Hawaii where pineapple is grown on an agricultural scale, importation of hummers is prohibited for this reason.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Perfect Pearls Shimmer

This card was inspired by a tutorial by Jennifer McGuire for Pearlized  Stamp Layering with Altenew stamps.  I used the small rose from AlteNew's Vintage Flower set.  I have found this to be a very difficult stampset to work with, so was pleased when it turned out the way it did.   The Perfect Pearls are a Ranger product and I used the basic white pearl powder.  The paper and ink is Dapper Denim by SU, and Versamark and ribbons and Posca White pen finish the card.  The technique is difficult, and it is important to remove any powder that gets "outside" the versamark when you stamp the first layer, and then to apply a fixative when it is complete.  The matte was created with the  Dapper Denim ink sponged through a Tim Holtz stencil "Speckles" in the MI-THS-504 set.  The finished shimmer is gorgeous, but does not show up well in the photograph. The Thank you is from Fancy Sentiments stampset by Just Rite Stamps.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Believe in Magic

For All who love the Faeries
And wish to know their mirth
Their whimsy and their wisdom
First, you must love the Earth

While angels roam the heavens
Amongst the mysteries
Fleet faeries fly with hummingbirds
'Midst daffodils and trees

Celestial Accompaniment
Is strummed on harps or lyres
But faeries' dance in glade or glen
The robin's song inspires

Believe in Magic.......And Believe in the beauty of your dreams.  This gorgeous card is created with the Wildflower Corner by Memory Box (98895) and Posing Fairy by Poppy Stamps (1775).These elements are over a very lightly embossed Tim Holtz fading bubbles EF Black and Clear Wink of Stella and pearls finish this striking black and white card.

This card is worked on 100# watercolor paper using silver spritzed wet Color Burst powder  and cling wrap. (I failed to let the paper dry for two hours before I removed the clingwarp---important not to overlook that step!  These fairies have vellum wings and are the Thoughtful Faerie (1783) and the Dancing Faerie (1768 by Poppy Stamps.  The little flowers are by Recollections, and the sentiment is by Tracy Wray, touched with ribbon and Enamel Accents by Tim Holtz. 

This card adds one of the gorgeous Tim Holtz Wildflower Sizzix dies to the fairies, with punched little butterflies and a sentiment stamp that says  "Butterfly Kisses and Fairy Wishes" 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Birthday fold out

Wishing a dear friend a VERY HAPPY 82nd.   This card was created with oval dies, altenew stamps (Vintage Flowers), Gina K  (Flowers and Frames set) and SU stamps (delightful dozen) with washi tape accents on the z-fold window.   It was inspired by a 2015 fun fold tutorial by Sandi MacIver

Friday, March 17, 2017

Botanical Frames

This versatile Hot off the Press Die, Botanical Frames (5350) is cut from Pumpkin Pie (SU) over watercolor paper that has been colored using Color Burst, Shimmer Mist (and cling wrap).  The card front is on SU Daffodil Delight, embossed with Tim HoltzRegal Flourishes (656648) the dangling birthday sentiment is from Impression obsession #235M.  The central butterfly is on silver/diamond glitter paper. The butterfly's antennae are made with the knotted bow baker's twine that is gold and neutral.
The card is very shiny.  I can't wait to try single, or double quadrants of this die--amazing possibilities with it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thank you Betsy

For my  EXQUISITE Flowers
What a VERY VERY Happy 7 1/2 Birthday 
you gave me! 
(Oh yes, did I forget the decades?)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring A Ling CD Album

I made this CD album  for Patsy's  birthday.  We had SUCH a wonderful weekend, and the project was so much fun to make for  her with pictures of the weekend and with Karen Schulz Spring A Ling kit.

The quotation on the photo of Buck and Stogey and Spike reads: 
"When you start looking at peoples hearts and not their face, things become clear"