Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

     Happy Father's Day to all the men.  What a hot and humid day for all those hotties.   I hope everyone is having a great day!  It's in the high 90s again.  Sizzling steaks!  Who needs to fire up the grill when you can most likely cook them on the glass patio table because it's sizzling hot.  Yikes!
I gotta show you what my cat who's nickname is Travis ( short for Travis-A-Meow) is doing for his special day.  Doesn't he do a fabulous job of modeling his special favorite past time activity.  LOL.
On a more serious note.  My honey and myself, we are trying to make the best of it.... I only get to spend a half day with my honey before he gets back on the road in what we call his "rolling man cave"  ( his 18 wheeler).  I wanted to make sure he was leaving with a smile.... so....I had to make sure I made his card with a little humor.  I guess I accomplished my mission......  He got a good chuckle out of the sentiment I used on his card.  Actually the truth be told myself, my Daughter and Granddaughter got a good giggle or two out of it too.  I hope you do too.
     The card is done with two layers of embossing folder designs of wood grain on the dark brown paper, and the tree embossing folder on the light green paper which has tan coloring within it.  The two stamps - the giraffe and lion are both from CC Design's Safari Pals stamp set.  Adorable!  How cute are they?!?  Well of course I could not resist the humor in using the word lion in my sentiment.  The two cuties are colored with colored pencils.
     KK's card for Grandpa...  She also used some stamps from CC Designs - two princesses from the Princess Stamp Set.  She used colored pencils to color the two princesses.  She went through the paper inventory and picked out her design paper and card stock.  I am very surprised for no bling on it.  I guess she must not have found any embellishments in my stash that she liked for this card.  Also surprised she didn't suggest and beg to go shopping for some.  Lol.
 I forgot to take a picture of the card she did for her Daddy.  So, I guess this is all for toady.
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Royal Birthday Greetings

     Another Saturday card making session with my Granddaughter KK.   We spent our day working on cards for the one year old baby's birthday party taking place later that day.  We were extremely excited to have gotten the TGF Ever After Stamp Kit ( a pre-ordered stamp set offered by TGF ) earlier in the week.  We had a blast stamping up the full set of royal princesses and princes.  Trying to decide which ones to start coloring was a slight challenge.  LOL.   Our day went by so quickly while we were crafting away on this Ever After Stamp Set.
     Here is KK's card she did for the birthday party she was going to later in the day......
     She colored in the snowy background with blue crayon, then colored in the TGF Holiday Anya 2 with glitter colored gel pens and some areas like the face with color pencil.  She used a blue glitter gel pen for the stamped snow flakes that come with the Holiday Anya stamp.  To put the finishing touches on her card, she decided to add sparkly hearts from Grandma's Valentine Stash container. 
     For the inside of her card she used her Kindergarten skills to write a personal note to the birthday girl who was turning one year old, along with adding some more of the valentine goodies she found in my stash.
     As for my birthday card creation, I struggled with a bit of creativity block and the attempt of deciding on a card layout.  I finally decided to do a royal picture mural type card so I could use the adorable castle stamp with the royal couple I chose from the TGF Ever After Stamp Kit. 
Crafting with my Granddaughter KK can be rather crazy and filled with humorous things.  I love family time and enjoy every moment of it and will cherish it forever.  So in this crafting session, she was filled with helpful hints for my crafting projects.  So, here is several brief examples...... While I was coloring my castle, and the royal couple, I had comments coming my way from KK was critiquing my work.  She insisted on the princess having lipstick.  I wasn't going to do it on this card, but she kept on insisting so, "Ok, I will do it just this once".  Then while  I was laying out the couple and castle onto some design paper and cardstock,  along with some cute Happy Birthday ribbon I had within my stash.... KK said I needed more on my boring card.  She wanted  me to add some bling and huge hearts onto the card..... I settled for slightly smaller shiny hearts for the corners, and then a slightly smaller set as well as for her headband.  I finally got the approval on my finishing touches of the card.  So here is my card creation I put together with the helpful advise from my 5 year old granddaughter. 
The TGF Ever After royal couple and the castle were colored with colored pencils.  The finishing touches of hearts were from two different Recollections series of hearts.  The Happy Birthday ribbon is from my stash and I do not recall from where I purchased it from.  The inside of the card was done up with the same shiny hearts used on front of card.  I used a Disney Castle frame design to frame the sentiment greeting.  For the sentiment, I attempted to copy the handwriting used on a Recollection stamp set.  I did not have a matching ink nor embossing powder for using stamped sentiment, but I did have a close matching color of a sparkly gel below is my lame attempt to copy the handwriting of the stamp.  Later, after I had finished and assembled the card is when the thoughts of 3rd or 4th generation stamping may have been the best solution to a great looking sentiment.   Here is my sad attempt to copy the writing of my stamps from the Recollections stamp set of birthday sentiments.

So, here is our latest creations of our crafting session spent together.  Thank you for taking the time to stop in to view the latest blog posting of our latest creations. 


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Christmas in June?

     Can it ever be too early to start on Christmas cards?  Lol.   I can't help loving some my Christmas stamps and every now and then I find myself rummaging through the Christmas stuff.  Of course, I could not leave well enough alone and had to stamp and color me up a cutie from my Christmas stash, right??  Lol.  Hopefully this strong urge to go through my Christmas stuff this early in the year will make me look extremely organized and on top of things.  Hee hee hee with a wink.  Most of my family and friends will be rolling around and laughing hard and saying  Yeah Right/ Dream On!

     Red cardstock and design papers of background are from Recollections.  Sheer Christmas Ribbon with Snowflakes is toward middle of the layered design paper for an additional layer.  Stamp is La La Land Crafts' Christmas Elf Marci which has been colored with colored pencils and topped off with a bit of glitter glue for a slight bling effect.  Sentiment is also from La La Land Crafts.
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End of May Celebrations

     Month of May is a very busy month for a lot of people.  It's enough to make your head spin.  Yikes!  Somewhere in the month's busy scheduled activities, I had to find some much needed time for getting some cards made for the special celebrations happening on Memorial Weekend.... Wedding and two graduations.  Since the graduations were for two sons in same family, I kept it so both cards had same card design and layout.  On the front of the Graduation Cards I kept it simple with using the Darice Graduation Embossing Folder on light blue paper that coordinated with the design paper and blue card stock background/card.  I found some ribbon which had a Congrats Grad! Hats off!! sentiment on it which I put on top of another ribbon with same colors to set off the 1st ribbon as well as giving card another dimension to card.  The card was still lacking something something, so I added pearls since I did not have sequence or bling in blue color.  I tried to make it work.....not exactly what I wanted to use but it'll have to do. 

The inside of the card has the same embossed design on top portion of the card.  Two sentiments from the Autumn Leaves Borders Celebrations Stamp Set.  These two sentiments seemed to match up well with the sentiment on ribbon on the front of the card.  The two sentiments were inked up with the Brilliance Pigment Ink in Pearlescent Sky Blue.  I love the color and sparkle it gives!    

For the Wedding Card, I used the Darice's Heart Background Embossing folder as the layered background.  One of the Spellbinder's Nestabilities Scalloped Hearts to cut a window in the middle of the layered background.  And within the heart window opening is a Bride and Groom which was made from the Darice's Bride and Groom Embossing folder.  The card stock as well as the layered embossed pieces of the card  were done from a shiny shimmery white card stock.  The camera could not even show the true beautiful and elegant look the shiny shimmery cardstock layers gave this card.

  I was so in love with the design layout, that I repeated the design on the inside of the card.  I put a decorative Congratulations ribbon at the bottom of the design layout.
 And again I thought I would use up some leftover pieces I had on the back of the card too.
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Middle of May Cards

      Combination of cards needed for Mother's Day Weekend.  We were invited to a Birthday and Mother's Day Celebration Party of some friends down the street.  I have no cards in my stash, so I had no choice but to try to whip up multiple cards for the friends that would be attending the small gathering as well as one for the Birthday Boy of the day too.
     Well, when I went looking for the pictures to post for this entry,  I guess I forgot to take a pic of one of the Mother's day cards.  The card in which I cannot find photo for is a card using the retired Manhattan Floral Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up which I embossed on some shiny white paper and cut it out and then popped it onto a colored card and it was stamped with a Happy Mother's Day sentiment.  I was able to find the photos of the other cards needed for the day's festivities.
This card is made up of  the La La Land Crafts Sweet Friends Marci stamp colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, SpellBinder's Oblong Scallop, and a Frame Emboss Folder which was cut out to frame the card.
     Card below is made up of the La La Land Crafts Saluting Luka which was colored with colored pencils.  It was my second attempt of camouflage.  It's an improvement from my first attempt, but I still have a ways to go before I will master the camo look.  The green cardstock starry background is the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Stars Embossing Folder.  The card's sentiment Celebrate!  is from Darice's Birthday Embossing Folder Boarders Set.  Celebrate! sentiment was embossed on brown paper and colored it with a Metallic Copper Bronze Pen. 

Since this a retired Marine friend, a Birthday salute would be an awesome fit.  I thought of a cute little saying to put inside the card to mention the lil' gift of the 24 pack of beer we were giving him. 
The inside saying said - A special salute for you on this special day.... a 24 can salute is being done in your honor to celebrate your special day.  Here is to ya good buddy!  followed by a Happy Birthday greeting.  He loved it!  He laughed at how I personalized the salute.
I am so glad that I could make his day a bit more special than it already was.  It's amazing what a card can do.  It is also amazing to see what personalizing the card can do too. 
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You are Tea-riffic!

     First of May I needed to send out a card for someone to express what I thought of them on their birthday.   I was not feeling a normal kind of Birthday card, so I tried to think a little outside the box for this special birthday greeting.  When going through my sentiment stamp stash, the You're Tea-riffic stamp jumped out at me.  Perfect!  And of course, I immediately knew what the perfect stamp to match it up with than the TGF HG Classy.  Pure Perfection for a May Day Birthday Greeting!

Get Well Soon

     KK and I had another day of day spent working on cards needed for an upcoming scheduled surgery a family member was having.  We wanted to make sure to bring a smile to her face while re-cooperating from surgery.  Again as mentioned in several past posts, KK pulled another one of her perdictable moves of where she decided that she needed to use one of Grandma's colored creations for her own cards.  So I am going to post both of our cards since I am a proud Grandma and very proud of the wonderful job KK did on her card.  Plus KK also requested that I post her card with mine.

She used colored pencils to color the La La Land Craft's - Quill Pen Marci stamp; and Spectrum Noir Markers were used to color the La La Land Craft's Sweet Friends Marci stamp.  She found some cool sticker embellishments to use on her card from one of Grandma's stash embellishment drawers.  And she also paged through design papers in another drawer till she found the paper she wanted to use on her card.  She did a great job, right?  For 5 I think she is doing a great job and it won't be long and she will be passing me up on fabulous lookin cards.
     And then there is my card which is slightly boring compared to KK's. 
 And then when we were staying in a hotel near the hospital I also felt a need to give a card to show our appreciation of the Housekeeper taking such great care of us during the surgery hospital stay we had.  Since this card is related to the other cards of this post, I thought I would put it all together into same post. 
Since I did not have my individual letter stamps with me, I was unable to stamp out the name to personalize the card.  Being on the road away from my craft supplies, I had to make a rather simple card with supplies found in a near by craft store near our hotel.  It's amazing what a floral design punch, template for scallop edging, and some shiny sticker letters can do on design papers huh? 

Belated Valentines Post

This post is one of few "catch up" posts of cards made earlier this year.  Another day of crafting with my Granddaughter and creating cards for Valentine's Day.  We had a great time doing our all time favorite hobby together. Variations of these cards were done for this year's Valentine list of family and friends that I mailed out. I didn't want to bore everyone with all the different variations, so just a view of a chosen few..... 

     The Inside of the first card is one of the variations I used for several family members and stamped out several sentiments with spaces in between to add personal sentiments/thoughts to personalize it to the individual recipient.  And the other card inside was a more generic inside sentiment which I thought I would spare sharing since it was not something out of the ordinary.
     Stamp used on both cards is the Art Impression's  Show The Love stamp set along with the several sentiments of the set used on the inside view of card shown above.  The AI Show The Love Lady is colored with copic markers.  Hey There Hottie stamp of the inside of first card is a SP and Company Stamp, I do believe it's from the Hottie Valentine Stamp Set (retired) which is embossed with Wow purple and sparkle color.   The Hearts with the Be Mine on the first card, and the Valentine embossed sentiment of the second card are embossing folders from the Sizzix 4Pk Valentine Set - Be Mine My Love.  Heart sequence embellishments added to some cards too.
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More Weddings

A quick entry to show yet another similar Wedding card to previous post.  The inside of this card is using the Wedding couple from The Greeting Farm (TGF) along with three sentiments combine into one sentiment and all embossed in black. 

Have a Pinky BDay!

     Wow!  How time is flying by.  I don't know how I got so far behind in my postings.  Yikes!  I will spare any details of whys.....Thank goodness right?  Hee Hee Hee.
I have not been a total slacker.... I have had time for crafting and have made up some cards, it's the postings that I have neglected to do.  Lets see if I can make up for all lost time and post some cards that I have done for some special occasions in past six months.
     Of course, Birthday cards are always a must have in one's stash.  This particular one I can only take partial credit for coloring..... Funny story about it...  I started coloring to practice up on curly hair.  So while experiment coloring the curly hair on this TGF stamp, my Granddaughter looked over at me and asked if she could finish this one up.  It's not the first time she has taken some of my artwork.  How could I say no now?   I'm just happy to see that someone loves my artwork.  Lol.  She finished coloring in TGF Sasha from the Creeper Crew Collection 1 stamp set, while I put together the card Sasha would go on. When KK, my Granddaughter, finished she did the funniest thing I think I have seen..... she plucked a little gem off her shirt to glue onto Sasha's dress.  Too funny, right?