Saturday, May 20, 2017

DDD May Flowers

The May DDD- post on the 15th- I am late!  We are focusing on May flowers this month- and I just love floral images : )


 I love floral images, so had to make another with the images Debbie provided in the kit : ) Below, I had to try the technique Jennifer McGuire posted about making shaker cards using tulle.


 The Dueling Darlings is a group on Splitcoaststampers. We are divided up into the Divas and the ***Dazzlers***. Each group receives a kit, and we all create with a like theme.  Then, we hop to each others blogs to see what everyone has created. The hostess for the Dazzlers is Debbie and for the Divas Judy.

Deb sent us:
Images- Stampin Up Blooming Beautiful
DP-My Minds Eye- Kate and Co. Cambridge COurt Mini flowers & Bouquet Paper
Ribbons- SU
Rhinestones -SU
Vintage floral adornment -SU
Blue adhesive gems- Colorbox
Images colored with Copic markers

I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed in December, and I still have not put them on my sidebar..... .  Here they all are:
Divas
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog:https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/ 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts - Splitcoaststampers.com
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=11182

Dazzlers:
Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...edeb&x=18&y=13

Challenges:
card #2- Sketch Time Out challenges
Challenge Up Your Life- Blossoms
Sisterhood of Crafters- card of encouragement

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Friday, May 12, 2017

 I had fun making an Oriental card for a mingle using the AOSA Sketch (About Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group).


 I used much coveted G45 Bird Song DP. I cut out a die using shimmery pink cardstock - the die is Die-Versions lantern .  I used the flipside of the DP for the middle strip. I cut out a circle of CS and embossed it and added the lantern over that. I used a Copic marker and added highlights to the rhinestones to match.  The sentiment was purchased from a stamp sale- no markings, it says Dream.

 My swap partner, Monica, sent me this lovely card:


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Shelly

Monday, May 8, 2017

CYF-Comfort

 The Crafters of Faith is a group at SCS formed by Kelly Santi, and we have a monthly inspiration hostess in the group which 'jump starts' our creativity to create.

Our May hostess is Sue.  Here is her inspiration:

"Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God." Psalm 90:2. 

Whenever I feel like I can't make it through a tough time, I remind myself that whatever problem I'm facing is so teensy-tiny in the big scheme of things. God always was, He is, and He always will be...long before I was on this earth and long after I am gone. All I have to do is be still and let Him take care of things. Thoughts of His constancy comforts my soul, even in the most troubled times. 

Comfort is the key word for May. Make a card of something that brings you comfort. It can be a bowl of chicken soup, a fuzzy pet, reading a good book or spending time with a special person. 

My happy place/place of comfort is creating using new techniques or craft items. I have some new inks- Distress Oxide Inks : )  So, I played with mixing colors and created the background of a card.


 I used about 6 or 7 of the inks on my card, splashed on some water and then picked out a cardstock- I used SU Perfect Plum.  I used Copics to color the image and added Wink of Stella to the butterflies. I used a Copic marker to color the embossed and punched border- it was white and it was too stark.

HERE is the gallery at SCS for the May challenge cards from the other ladies in the group.

Challenges:
TBA

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Washi background

  I found some delightful Washi tape that is Asian themed : )  It is not easy to find, so I bought lots!  I took a few minutes and made a Thinking of You card for one of the About Oriental Art Yahoo group members that is having some health issues.


 I simply laid the tapes down diagonally on a card base, and made another strip 1 1/2" wide with the same pattern, then flipped it upside down to add a little contrast.  I decided yellow was the best match for color, so pulled out some yellow cardstock to coordinate.
  I die cut some pretty flowers, and took the SU sentiment and cut it out with a stitched tag die.  The final touch was adding some sequins.

Challenges:
A Perfect Time to Chraft- AG
Craftaholics R Us- Spring Colors or Flowers
Die-Cut Diva's- Flowers

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CYS Superhero

 Our 'CYS' aka Craft Your Stash group from SCS has a challenge this month with the theme Superhero.  I literally have NO images to use, and found some cute punch patterns, but decided to celebrate an everyday Superhero- Mom's!


I finished the inside too - and added a cape (it is not attached to anything......). This image so reminds me of a Superhero mom that still has kids at home and spends so much time on the go!!!



 So, the premise of CYS is to create with our supplies that have gone unused...  So, I have enough sequins in my stash to make shaker cards for....a long time- non-stop!  And, this is the first time using the die set I used for the sentiment and for the frame around the shaker.

 I used the remaining of the DDD Kit from THIS post. I have to say, this is the card I first envisioned when I saw this kit- and thankfully, we received 2 of the fun image, and I had plenty of the DP left to have fun and create!!! I loved the way THIS card turned out, for which I did the same thing with paper strips on the backgrounds.

Image-Some Odd Girl Sunny Mae
CS- Recollections white, SU
DCWV Kidlet Paper Pad
Die- Die-versions Stitched Nesting Combo

Challenges:
Crafty Girls Creation- AG
Outlawz- Twisted Thursday- AG
Die Cutting Divas- polka dots & die cuts

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hugs and comfy quilts

I think the quilt dies that are out are a fab way to use up DP that I have stacked in my bins!  So, I grabbed this one by Gina Marie and went to town!



Now, I love these colors- the teal-ish blue is one of my favorite blues as of late...... But, if you look closely, you will note that the card is watermarked with an egg image...LOL, that is right, the egg image is by Michael Strong Stamps.  I had a nutty month with a family death and a few more not so fun things, so did not get my 'egg themed' card done before Easter,  So, what do you think???  I added a butterfly (MS punch) and a Hugs die which is colored with shimmery clear pen. Now, I have 3 more of the quilts for cards ready!

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Shelly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Faux Canvas

I had some fun making a project for the adult day care my Mother goes to. We made a Faux Canvas with a spring theme.


 We used  the bottom of a box (these were from a grocery store) that is 9" x 12. They were painted with Gesso.

 The grass was punched out- 6 per 8"x11 1/2" cardstock. the trees were cut using the Silhouette- a design from the library in the Make the Cut program (tree23),  The clouds- Memory Box dies in Marina Mist SU CS. The bird is a unbranded die from China cut out in red SU CS. The flowers are from various punches- I put double sided sticky tape behind the clouds, the bird and back of the flowers so they could be added to the canvas easier.  I am not sure if it was easier or not- peeling the tape off the shapes- or if it would have been easier to glue each piece.

 We made a total of 13 or 14- here are a few of the faux canvases:

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Shelly

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter craft

I made a fun Easter craft for an adult day care my Mom attends.


 I left it uncolored so the clients could go with the flow, either color it or not, The image is Create with TLC, The DP and cardstock is by SU- most likely retired.


inside is a Tic-Tac slot/holder.

I made 20 of these for the day care.  They went together easily.

I found the Inspiration from HERE.  I had to alter it for the Tic-Tacs:

Cut cardstock 3" x 11"
Score at 1/2", 1 3/4", 3", 3 1/2 ", 7" and 7 1/2"

Follow directions in link above.

I have a Nellie Snellen die- from Sweetstamps.com that cute a tag with slots in the ends for ribbons. HERE is the link, and it looks like it is on sale more than 50 % off.

The image is on dimensionals. The dimensionals have to be above the ribbon in order to open the holder with ease.

Challenges:
Glitter and Sparkle- Easter
Pile it on- Interactive
Outlaws-Festive Fridays- Bunnies
Craft for the Craic- Easter and anything but a card
Cute Card Thursday- Easter

I hope you have a Blessed Easter!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

DDD- You are My Sunshine!

Well, I missed the 15th, but had to play with the kit for the Dueling Darlings this month. The theme- You are My Sunshine!


  Oh this kit was a blast, and I have a 2nd card started. I used to sing this song to my kids every single night when they were growing up!
   I used a sketch is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I colored the image with Copics. I used a lighter shade BG70 and a mid range BG75 tip to tip to create the middle color for Sunshine and the girls shirt.

The kit contained:
Image-Some Odd Girl Sunny Mae
CS- Recollections white, SU
Dies: Gina Marie Stitched Sky, Simon Says Hello Sunshine Frame]DP- DCWV Kidlet Paper Pad

 The Dueling Darlings is a group on Splitcoaststampers. We are divided up into the Divas and the ***Dazzlers***. Each group receives a kit, and we all create with a like theme.  Then, we hop to each others blogs to see what everyone has created.

I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed in December.  Here they all are:
Divas
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog:https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/ 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts - Splitcoaststampers.com
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=11182

Dazzlers:
Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...edeb&x=18&y=13

Challenges-
Sketch as noted above
Come and Get it- It;s a Girl Thing

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Caffeine Problem?

 I had a challenge for a green card- so went to work with distress inks.


 I used an emboss resist technique- using the embossing first before applying the distress ink               ( Mowed Ink) , as you can see.  I added green highlights to the coffee cup, the added brown for the 'coffee' in the cup.  I had a scrap of burlap sitting on my desk, so used it under the cup. I thought brown shades of sequins would be perfect : )
  The image is Michael Strong Stamps, the sentiment is The Paper Company.

Challenges:
Cards and More- Monochromatic
Sparkles Forum Challenge- Lets Go Green!
My Time to Craft- No DP

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly