Monday, April 30, 2012

Water lily Tilda

It's Monday! 

I had a request come in for a retirement card.  I had seen a similar card a few weeks ago that was made by one of my favorite card designers, Claudia Rose.  When I received the e-mail request, I sent Claudia's card and ask Sue Ann if it would be appropriate for her friend who is retiring.  She said it was and asked to have the ladies name added to the sentiment.  Of course that was an easy request when you can generate sentiments on a computer :0 

The stamp is from Magnolia stamps and is called Waterlily Tilda.  The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with Copics.  A list of them will be at the end of this post.  I'm sorry but I don't remember the company that produced the designer paper.  All gemstones and flowers are from Hero Arts.  Three different oval Nestabilities were used and a Nestability tag. 

Have a great day everyone and God bless! 

Copics used: 

Hair:  C9, C7, C5
Peaches:  YR02, YR01, YR00
Blues for dress and pants:  B04, B02, B00
Shadow around image:  BG01, BG000
Water lilies pink:  RV02, RV00
Lily pads:  G24, YG03

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Sunday all! 

My two silly Shih-Tzu and I were woke up this morning to the sound of thunder and rain hitting the sky light.  But we really need the rain so no complaining from me.    Today it's back to card making.  Here are six cards that I have made for a lady at church for Teacher Appreciation week.  All of these cards were inspired from cards in books, magazines, or online.  Yes, most of them are in blues as the schools the students attend all have a shade of blue in their colors.  Okay there's one red one below, but I also made a blue version.  I just didn't take a picture of it!

The above two cards feature papers from Authentic.  I love their papers and I got to admit that blue pad was one of the first pads I bought of theirs.  I've resisted using those papers until now.  
 Thanks to my friend Julie Case for sending me the apple image to cut on my Silhouette machine.  I cut the apples out using sticky paper.  Then after I peeled the protective paper, I added Art Institute glitter to the adhesive side of the paper.  You can't quite see it in the picture but I added some Brillance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink to the sides.  The sentiment is stamped in it to.  I'm not sure which company produced the clear sentiment stamp that I used. 
 The same technique was used on the apple.  This time I used silver shimmer paper and used a Cuttlebug thank you words folder to dry embossed it.  It was my last piece of silver shimmer paper so that gives me an excuse to either go to Stamper's Ink or Archiver's on Tuesday to get more.  Want to bet that that's the only thing I buy?  NOT.

 Like I said I did do a version of this card in blue.  However, the original that was in a book of folded cards was in red.  The original used Labels 22 as the base card, but instead I used it as the second layer.  The "inspire" apple is an embellishment from Recollections.  The sentiment was generated using Microsoft Word. 

For the card below, I used the same apple from above.  To me this card has a more of a "masculine" feel and I know one student wanted a card for his debate teacher.  I hope this works for him.  The papers are from Bo Bunny.  I used pendent Nestabilities on this card.  The sentiment is from Sweet n' Sassy stamps. 

Have a wonderful Sunday all and God bless!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pictures from my backyard

 Pergola with honeysuckle and a planter of million bells petunias.  All ready for when the hummingbirds show up. 

Another view of the pergola with honeysuckle on both sides.  The honeysuckle on the left is called Alabama Crimson.  Sorry I don't remember the name of the honeysuckle on the left.  
My Don Juan roses.  This climbing rose was one of my grandmother's favorite.  It just had to be in my yard.  
 The peony in the front is called Kansas.  When I saw it out at Bannister Gardens nursery, I knew it had to have a home in my yard.  After all, I live in Kansas. 
Another peony...don't know the name.  I love the yellow in the center.  Have you ever seen a yellow peony.  Well there still quite new and expensive.  Since I couldn't afford a yellow one, I got a red and yellow one :) 
 Here's the water garden.  You can see that my water lilies are already in bloom and so is the water iris. 
 A close up of the water iris. 
 Another view of the water garden.  The orange spec in the center of the picture is one of my goldfish. 
Hi everyone.  Today I'm showing pictures of my backyard.  I hope you all don't mind the departure from making cards. 

Some of you may know that in 2003 we had a tornado hit our neighborhood.  We were lucky as we had more landscaping destruction then home destruction.  That tornado took so many trees that we went from a shady backyard treat to a very sunny location.  In 2005, we decided to add a water garden to our backyard.  I love it. 

I took these pictures on Thursday shortly after my neighbor had mowed.  I love how my yards shortly after mowing.  The weeds aren't as noticeable. 

Thanks for viewing my photos.  Have a great weekend and God bless! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Penny Black cards

Happy Thursday all!

Yesterday I spent a great day with my stamping buddies.  We did a card swap.  It was the first time we had done as a group and I do believe it was very successful.  I'm sure we'll do it again in the future.  I'll post a picture of those cards in the next couple of days. 

Today I want to share with you four cards that I did last night at Ink, Paper, Rubber.  All the stamps are from Penny Black. 

I must admit I never knew that Penny Black put out monthly boards of their stamps.  I knew I had seen boards with cards in IPR, but just thought someone with the store had made the boards. 

Almost all the images have been stamped in dye inks and then had clear embossing powder put on top and then heat set.  If there was any coloring done (the top two cards) it was with chalks.   Oh yeah, the only other coloring was of gemstones with markers. 

It was a fun evening, but I was tried.  With the card swap and the class, I made nine cards yesterday.  That's a pretty productive day. 

Well back to work on cards for orders that I have. 

Take care all and God bless!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Exchange card

Hi all! 

My friends and I who get together at one of the local scrapbook stores on Wednesdays are doing something different this week.  We are going to do a card exchange.  This is my sample card that my friends will make. 

This card uses a lot of different products from different manufactures.  The blue heart die cut in the upper left hand corner is from Memory Box.  It's one of the most difficult dies I've ever worked with.  I have to use 2 shims and run it through my Cuttlebug, turn it, and repeat that process over and over again until the card stock looks like it's been cut.  I still have to do a couple of snips, but at least I'm building muscle in my upper right arm as I crank the machines handle.  I told a friend I would cut some for an upcoming class.  I may have to rethink that.  It's a total of 32 die cuts.  Anyway enough about my problems with that die! 

The rose is from Spellbinders.  I think it makes to thick of a rose.  One of the girls who comes on Wednesdays has a rose die cut from Memory Box that I think we'll use instead.  I'll take mine with the felt with me and the others can decide which they want on their card.   

The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart. 

My inspiration for this card is one that I found on Pintrest.  Talking about being addicted!  Anyway if you're interested look me up on Pintrest and look at my Cards - Memory Box dies and you'll find this card and the one that inspired me. 

Well back downstairs for while and get everything together for Wednesday.

Take care and God bless!  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Butterfly tree

Happy  Friday all! 

It's been a fun filled week of making cards.  I still have several orders for teacher appreciation cards and graduation cards to complete.  In total it's 24 cards I've got to make and I've made 5. 

Today's card is not for any of those orders.  This stamp and it's coloring was the make 'n take last Saturday at The Scrapbook Page and the card design is by Julie Case. 

The stamp is from Impression Obsession.  Both images were stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink onto Neenah paper and colored with Copics.  The Copic used will be listed at the end of this post.

I've used the Cuttlebug folder Swirls on on both the 4 x 5 1/4 pieces of white card stock.  All other papers are 
Bazzill.  Ribbons are from my stash. 

Copics used: 

Pinks:  RV13, RV10
Blues:  B00, B0000
Violets:  BV02, BV00
Browns:  E33, E31
Greens:  YG03, YG01
Yellow:  Y11

I used Stampendous glitter on the purple card.  On the teal card, I used Crystal Stickles. 

Have a great day all and see ya again soon.  God Bless! 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Have a sweet birthday

Happy Sunday everyone!

Luckily no severe storms have hit the Kansas City area. Our prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma and the Wichita area where there were tornadoes yesterday.

Today's card features Strawberry Tilda. My friend, Julie Case, wanted me to bring Strawberry Tilda last Wednesday with me when we got together. Will would you believe I went to the get together with the wrong Tilda? My excuse is Tilda has held almost every fruit there is so how could I tell them apart :) Julie had even found some pictures of cards with the Tilda to serve as inspiration. One card was from Bev Rochester and she had some fabulous strawberry paper on the card. We knew we would find that exact paper anywhere as the card had been made last summer.

Well, Sharan, another friend was walking around The Scrapbook Page where we get together and low and behold she finds a paper pack from Jillibean with the paper I used on the above card. Well that starts a run (okay 3 of us) to buy the same paper pack. Well, me I'm not satisfied with just two sheets of the paper. Oh no, I have to ask Carolyn the store owner if she has any 12 X 12 and yes, she did. So that starts a run on the 12 x 12 paper. I'm sure Carolyn's husband, Cameron, who was running the cash register that day was wondering what was going on with that paper :)

Anyway, when I got home I found my Strawberry Tilda and promised the gang that when we get together later today, I will have it with me for them to stamp. As you can see I got a head start. I stamped her using Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored her with Copics.

I colored her boots with Y17, Y15 and Y13. I just had to add some Glossy Accents to the boots.

Woops time has gotten away from me. I need to put together two cards to take to church this morning and I still have to get ready too. At least I got all card parts cut so it's just assembly.

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

1st Teacher Appreciation card

Happy Saturday everyone!

I have an order from a lady at church requesting eight teacher appreciation cards. This is the first one I made. I had seen a similar card on Pintrest.

I've used two different company's designer papers for this card. The orange polka dot is from Echo Park. The paper used for the butterfly, the scalloped border and the panel for the butterfly is from Bo Bunny.

The sentiment was computer generated. On the front is the "Thank You..." and inside I have for help me grow".

I had fun making this card as it allowed me to used two Nestability dies I hadn't taken out of their packaging. I used the scallop from one of Spellbinder's edgebility sets. The butterfly and the circle are also from Spellbinders.

Here in the midwest we're watching the weather very closely. Just to the west of us the chance of a tornado is 90%. I believe those storms will be in our area after midnight tonight. Ever since being in a tornado in 2003, I get nervous when those type of storms are predicted. I know God will be with me so I'm sure all will be well.

Take care all and God bless!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Make music with soul

Happy Friday!

A couple of weeks ago one of my friends introduced several of us to Memory Box dies. Well, I'm excited by them. We've been getting together on Wednesday's at The Scrapbook Page and sharing our dies. A week ago, Julie brought her IPad and brought up several cards made with the dies. I saw a card similar to the one above. I tried to find the exact card, but could not. So this card is from my memory :)

The base card is white card stock 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. I had a piece of designer paper that had musical notes on it and I cut a rectangle of it. I used a Nestability to cut the square out of the blue paper and glued the musical note paper to the back of it. I then cut the brown branch out using the branch die cut. I then cut a small bird from red card stock. I used a black pen to add the eye to the bird.

The sentiment is from a Our Daily Bread set.

If you don't see a post for several days, don't work about me. I've going to be making graduation cards and teacher appreciation cards. I have oodles of cards to make.

Take care all and God bless!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Graduation Tilda

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's a beautiful day here in eastern Kansas.

I had a request to make a graduation card for a young lady who attends Olathe Northwest high school. Since she is in the marching band and plays the alto sax, I used a sax as an embellishment on the card.

Tilda is stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and is colored with Copics. My Copic list will be at the end of this post. The based card is made with Bazzill paper. I'm not sure what company produced the high school name paper, but I bought it at The Scrapbook Page. They have lots of paper for Johnson County high schools in stock. The black with white polka dot is from Echo Park. It's from a 6 X 6 pad called Dots and Stripes. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the white borders. The "congratulations" stamp is from MFT. It's in a set I've had for ages and is one of my favorite "go to" set for words.

I've already gotten several orders for this card for other schools and other embellishments. That's good as I like to color Tilda.

Have a great day everyone and God bless!

Copics used:

Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000, R20
Blues: B28, B26, B24, 0
Greys: T9, T7, T5, T3
Hair: E35, E33, E31

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nestability butterfly

Happy Saturday everyone! We're getting some rain showers this morning, but they're suppose to be out of here this afternoon. However, with a little rain this morning it's an excellent time to do some blogging, looking at Pintrest, and card making.

There's a stamp store in downtown Overland Park that has some amazing cards displayed. The store is called Ink, Paper, Rubber. They had this similar card on display so I just had to make one too. Their card was made with a set of butterflies from Memory Box and since I didn't have that set, I used a Nestability die to cut the glittered purple butterfly. There's a butterfly out of vellum underneath.

The designer paper is from Memory Box. I added three rhinestones from Hero Hues at the bottom. The sentiment is from Penny Black. The purple and white card stock is from Bazzill.

Be safe out there and God bless!

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's Good Friday!

While organizing cards on Pintrest this morning, I discovered I hadn't posted this card that I made last week. It was for a lady at church.

All stamps are from Northwoods. I've used designer papers from Doodlebug and Bo Bunny.

The card is 5 X 7. I love this large stamp from Northwoods and it needed a larger card to do it justice.

It was stamped with Momento ink and colored with Copics.

Have a good day everyone and God bless!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring border and butterflies

Hi followers!

I have been having a blast with some Memory Box dies. Yesterday my friends and I gathered at one of the local scrapbook stores to have fun sharing our stamps and die cuts! Julie Case had designed this card, but I had to change it up just a bit by adding some pink and yellow butterflies.

The border is from Memory Box and I think it's called Spring Border. The butterflies were also cut from a die by Memory Box called Butterfly Chain. I don't have these dies yet (I will eventually), but Julie and I always share our toys.

The sentiment stamp is from Penny Black clear set called Wishes. All rest of the card stock is from Bazzill.

I'll have some more cards to share with you over the next few days. I've gotten so many ideas from Pintrest and other blogs for using these dies.

I think we're going to be getting together again next Wednesday to do some more die cutting and stamping, so if you're in the area of the Scrapbook Page from the time they open until about 4 p.m. drop by and join us. We're the crazy group of ladies sharing our supplies!

Have a good one and God bless!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tilda with lamb with K-State colors

I promised to show the Easter card I did for the lady with a granddaughter going to K-State!

Hope you're having a great Monday. God bless!