Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Operation Write Home

Spent this early season rainy day making a few last minute Christmas cards for Operation Write Home. Here is one using the stamps and dies from The Stamps of Life ornaments4Christmas along with scraps of paper from Doodlebug Design.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Around Here

My second layout using Ali Edwards' Story Stamps, the September kit. A lot more work went into this layout than appears. I colored the mat circles with Gelatos to get the watercolor-y effect. Stamped the Story Stamp "Around Here" in coordinating colors using Colorbox inks. The paper strips are from a Maggie Holmes Crate Paper pad. A rarity for me, I have handwritten my journaling notes. Ali is a good influence on me. Little wood veneer houses from my stash were also colored, using Distress Stains. Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Retrocentric - Story Stamps

This is my first layout for the new Ali Edwards online class called Story Stamps. This month's stamp selection is called Prompts and features a sheet of stamps which are exactly that. Prompts for Story Sparks (as Ali calls them). Love This is an appropriate stamp for these photos of my little sis at a Retro photo shoot this year. I think she looks totally glamorous so I used the perfect papers from DCWV paper stack called Mod Retro. Not much else going on on the layout. The photos and stamps say it all. I am also using this for the monthly sketch challenge over at Paperartistsonline. Thanks for looking.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello with Perfect Pearls

During our time together at Garage Camp, Nancy taught me some new techniques. This one involved using a background stamp with Perfect Pearls. I was very happy with the results. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day and I couldn't let it pass without completing a card. Over the past several days, I've made many parts and pieces of cards while visiting with my Squirrely friend Nancy. She taught me a few techniques and graciously allowed me to use many of her stamps and inks. However, this particular card was created once I returned home with a Magenta stamp I've been itching to use and a watercolor technique I've been trying to learn. The stamped image was colored with Gelatos applied wet with a brush. The sentiment stamp is from The Stamps of Life. Sequins were cut with a die from My Favorite Things. Thanks for looking. Hope you found time to make a card today.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mad About You

Today was the 42nd anniversary of the day I met my hubby. I just had to make a card for him with a stamp from my newest set of stamps from Prickly Pear purchased during Scramp Camp in Fairfield. The set includes four freaky cats and I see many cards in the future for my DSD. This one represents the Cheshire Cat with the sentiment Mad About You. Isn't he cute? Paper scraps were still on my table from a layout I had just finished. So I was pleased as punch that I was using the stuff around me rather than digging for hours for that "perfect" piece of paper. I was also pleased to use my newest Spellbinder Nestie die set which had just arrived the day before. Papers are from the DCWV Mod-Retro stack. Hubby was very touched by the card. Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Mark and Nancy

Today is the wedding anniversary for our good friends and fellow Squirrel Nancy and Mark. I wanted to make them a HAPPY card, bright and colorful. The August kit from Stephanie Barnard at The Stamps of Life filled the bill. Also used one of her Flip-it dies which I am certainly hooked on. Simply made but brings a smile to my face. It's a happy card. Thanks for taking a look.