Sunday, March 27, 2016

Comfort food for Adele?

My family and I just got back from a quick Spring Break visit to my Mom's house, the place where I grew up, and it was so nice to enjoy her home-cooked suppers, fresh baked bread and pastries again! Even though she doesn't like cheese, "Nana" even made macaroni & cheese while we were there since she knows her grandson especially likes it!  

My daughter colored this image with colored pencils as she did a number of others while she was home on her spring break earlier this month.  I textured the background and cut out the sentiment for a fairly simple card.

Supplies:  Lil' Inker Designs Perfect Pairs, Technique Tuesday Straight Talk hello die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabliities oval dies, Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Whisper White cardstock, Prismacolor pencils, corner rounder.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies?  Of course there are people who have to avoid those that contain nuts, like my son's friend Kennedy who he shared with one day at school and she ended up going to the ER . . . but most people enjoy them, right?  I'm not sure why I originally bought this 12x12 piece of chocolate chip paper since it's not something I'd typically use in a scrapbook.  I probably just found it at Michaels and got it because I liked it, then it sat in my craft room for a while before I decided to add it to this cookie-themed card.

Supplies:   Stampendous Changito Baker, Versamark, Stampin' Up! Naturals Ivory, Creamy Caramel, Early Espresso cardstock & ink, clear embossing powder and Whisper White flock (on the chef's hat). 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Make Your Own Background

Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge was to make your own background, so I got out my fiber paste, some inks and a new stencil that caught my eye in the acrylic paint aisle, added a little glitter and made this birthday card for my kids' former piano teacher who has kept in touch with us even after both kids quit taking lessons.  Since she shares a St. Patrick's Day birthday with my son, I went with a green color scheme, cut out the flourished piano keys with my Cricut machine, embossed the keys and treble clef, then stamped a simple sentiment over a textured card that I hope expresses our appreciation of this special lady. 

Supplies:  Golden Fiber Paste, Plaid Folk Art Swirl Background stencil, Stampin' Up Basic Black, Whisper White, Gumball Green, Certainly Celery and Garden Green ink/card stocks, Think Happy Thoughts sentiment,  Cricut Quarter Note cartridge, Versamark, clear embossing powder, and glitter. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I wonder how many people send St. Patrick's Day greetings . . . At least four of my family & friends will receive cards this year since I decided to play with the The Card Concept #50 {Shamrocks, Patterns & Greens} challenge.   I also wanted to practice masking and blending, hoping to make a Clean & Simple card, but out of four attempts, I wasn't satisfied with the inky smudges I got on the cards, (I need to wash my hands more frequently!)  so I die cut the focal image and went for a Clean & Layered style.   I was inspired by the shamrocks and the patterns, so I accented this card with a honeycomb backdrop and sanded the white core from my unknown yellow scrap.  The supplies I can identify are listed below.

I hope your St. Patrick's Day will be as happy as the one these bees appear to be celebrating!

Supplies:  Stampendous Lucky Bee Friends. Stampin' Up Whisper White & Garden Green cardstock, Sizzix Honeycomb embossing folder, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Hero Arts sentiment, Ranger Glossy Accents, Nestabilities Circle die, Winsor & Newton Art Masking Liquid, Scotch foam tape and Wink of Stella clear brush.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Adventure Awaits!

When I started playing with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenge this week: Ombre Stenciled Backgrounds, I had no idea how happy I'd be with the results.  I may have just found a good option for my (hard to design for) son's birthday card.  Obviously, turning fifteen, the age at which you can get a learner's permit here is going to be an adventure, right?!!  Driving, starting to look at colleges and signing up for AP classes means plenty of adventures are in his future, not to mention plans for a fun summer vacation!  The Road Trip compass already included some splatter, so I just added a bit more from the other colors in the background to coordinate & add a little birthday confetti!

Supplies:  PI Road Trip, Stampin' Up Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress inks: mustard seed,pine needles, peacock feathers and chipped sapphire, My Favorite Things Petal Circles stencil, clear embossing powder, All Night Media Splatter pattern and Scotch foam tape.