Saturday, April 16, 2016

Black Birthday

It probably seems like quite a strange request.

I was asked to make a card for a birthday.  After asking my usual questions, I found this information:  favorite color - black, no frilly things.


This is what I came up with.  I used the new stamp set "Number of Years" and the Large Number Dies that coordinate with the stamps.  I also really love the balloon punch!  I've used it so much already!
Stampin' Up has some GREAT specialty paper.  I used the black glitter paper, and the silver glimmer paper for the accents on this card.
I also carefully heat embossed the silver glimmer paper with black and used it to cut the "30".  It turned out really well!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

ONE Easter Card

This year I made just one Easter card.  It went to the January birthday boy....  I thought it would be perfect since he couldn't enjoy Easter last year - he was just too little.
This is a stair-step card.  Directions for construction can be found on Splitcoast Stampers.

I keep a copy of the Egg Wheel on my craft desk all year round (like I keep Christmas trees up in my house all year) (NOT the big tree).  I broke out the watercolors, and colored each image on this card - the Egg Wheel with 7 eggs, the 2 bunnies, the egg plants, mushrooms, the chick and balloon.

I don't use it often, but the grass scissors came in handy for this one!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chameleon at The Butterfly Palace in Branson, MO.

While we were on our Branson trip, we took advantage of going back to The Butterfly Palace.  We've toured many butterfly "houses" as we've traveled around the country, and I've been to this one many times.

The butterflies were beautiful, and I had 5 or 6 of them on me at one time, but we also met a chameleon!

I don't know what his name was, and AFTER my husband took the video, I found out they can't hear.  So here I am, sounding ridiculous talking to a chameleon....  his eyes and feet are a little freaky, but it was fun watching him.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Branson Spring Break

This year's Spring Break found us in Branson!  My husband and I aren't much into country music shows, so we spent the week doing other things.

Near Springfield, MO there's a drive-through cave!  We were early enough to get a private tour with the driver.  It was GREAT!!!  We got some amazing pictures, and I bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp that is set up on a timer.  SO cool!  We love big rocks anyway.... above or below ground!  If you get a chance to go to Fantastic Caverns, take it!!  It has some interesting, unique history.

 The other place we went to was the National Tiger Sanctuary.  I'll say it now... I'M IN LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!
I mean, I love kitties... and I love BIG kitties....  this tour was fantastic!
This is Harry.  When we got home, I did a(n) NTS adoption, and adopted Harry!  I'll do this every year from now on.  Maybe I'll pick another cat - maybe one of the lions - or just stay with Harry.
He was charming when we were on our tour, and I fell in love with that really big kitty!!!!!
He pouted!  It was super cute!
I've asked permission to add one of the videos we took... waiting for permission.

AND I got permission from NTS!  Here's our video of Harry, and Judah the Lion.  Harry is charming. :)

Here's a very SHORT but adorable video we took of Judah - he's definitely a comedian!

The animals' stories can break your heart, but they are so very well taken care of... we are definitely going back!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

LOVE this image!

Yes, I made this card.  NO, I don't remember who I sent it to.

It's difficult to see, but I used Wink of Stella on the rose to give it shimmer.  After die-cutting the rose and leaf piece, I used the sponge daubers to add color. 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

My Card Club First Club Date.

Our first club meeting consisted of these two cards. I used my normal color palette in the first card, and decided to use another color grouping for my 2nd card.

#imbringingbirthdaysback is the new Stampin' Up! theme for the year.  Lots and lots of birthday card making options!
 The card above is from the Balloon Builders stamp set in Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, and of course.... Bermuda Bay! 
 The inside is the best part!  Stampin' Up came up with pop-up dies!  They're so easy to use, and make a real statement! The one showing could be used for so many occasions; not just birthdays!  There is another die with the set that is a Happy Birthday pop-up.  Here it is!  (See below).

They come in a  package of 2 die cuts called Party Pop-Ups Thinlits Dies.
This card used grays and black! Timeless Textures is the stamp set, and I again used the Thanks die on the front. (It's one of my faves.) I think one of the texture stamps looks like a coffee ring. It's quite out of my comfort zone, but I really like it!

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2016 Christmas Cards

I really love this stamp.  It has a wood-cut look and stamps well in any color.  I used some of my favorite Stampin' Up! Christmas paper - and color coordinated in reds and greens. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

First 2016 Christmas Cards

I don't give my husband many kudos here.  He's pretty awesome, I will say.  I mentioned that I missed this stamp set when it came out and wanted it to use for cards...  within the week, there it was!!!  Thanks, Honey Bunny!

Another card I saw on Pinterest -I surf during my lunch time for ideas - The cards had sequins.  I'm NOT a sequin lover, though I have come to grudgingly use them on cards lately... 

On this card, I used a small circle punch to cut glimmer paper, and glitter paper for the ornaments.  I used the star punch, and the bow "block" my Dad made to tie that very cute bow.

I made 10 or 12 of these - they were SO cute and stamped quickly... I just kept going!  First Christmas cards for 2016.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

First Birthday!

We have a family member celebrating his FIRST birthday today!

 Though we live quite far away, we send messages and packages his way often.
I made this birthday card for him.  Elmo is perfect for celebrating birthdays!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Calendar - January to March

Here it is!  Our 2016 CD case calendars!
Our annual Mom and Me project.  It takes us about a week and a half to put the calendars together - after I've spent about a month cutting and gluing pieces to prepare.  This year I also used my unmounted wheels to stamp all the backgrounds.  Each month has its own background stamp based on season, holiday, or 'feeling' I get from that month.

The large snowflake cut for January is from the When It's Cold Outside cartridge.  Can you see the snowmen?  Each snowflake on this cartridge has a different theme.  SO fun!

 I decided to use a purple (lilac) background for February - everything is red, pink, and white - it needed a contrast color, or I'm more limited with color choices.  Yes, I use the vertical hears EVERY year.  They're my favorite - what can I say!??

ROY G. BIV - have you ever met him?  He's beautiful, and only shows up after rain storms or appears in waterfalls!  The rainbow is a 'new' die I bought from  I cut 10 or 12 of them out of the colors, and found a way to put them all back together for the calendars!  The pot 'o gold comes from a Stampin' Up cloud punch with the gold glimmer paper!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 Calendar - April to June

Yes, I actually made 20 of these little paintings!  In August of 2015 I went to our local scrapbook show sponsored by CKC.  I've gone every year for the past 5 or 6 years.  The first few years I took classes - participated in swaps, etc.  Now because it takes place during the first 2 days of our school year, I just go to the vendor fair.

As I turned a corner around the vendor booths, I was met with a HUGE impressionist type painting of a basket with flowers.  (I LOVE LOVE LOVE the impressionist paintings!)  Of course, I had to watch a demonstration!  Since I already watercolor, the demonstrator gave me a bit of an advanced look at the technique.  I was HOOKED!  I love it so much - it ended up on the April calendar!
They are Art Impressions stamps, and though the company does all kinds of different stamp styles, this watercolor is by far my favorite!

The May wreath comes from something I saw on Pinterest.  I used the Martha Stewart branch punch so much, I recognized it right away!  Here's a flower wreath with some pretty pink flowers and bow for Mother's Day.
June was another difficult month for an idea this year - what to do?  School's out - Father's Day....  Dad's won!  I saw this cut on one of my new Cricut Cartridges.  Pen work, and some inking and details make this pretty cute!

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