Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ellie Loves Lattes

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to card #14 in a row!  
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my cards!  
It's always nice to hear that someone else likes what you have made!  

I had a friend who was a famous musician.  
He was interviewed once and asked, 

"Do you like all of the songs you have written?"

He said, "Of course!  Why would I write a song I don't like?"  

Unfortunately, he was killed in an automobile accident twenty years ago this coming Tuesday.  I often think of him when I look at some of my cards and that comment.  I will admit, though, that sometimes I have had to make a card I wasn't completely happy with because of my back being done before I was.  It's great to be able to look at all these cards and to be able to say 
"I like them all.  Why would I make a card I didn't like?"  :)

2017 fall hop

I made today's card for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  For this hop, a whole bunch of people make cards, this time related to coffee, tea or hot cocoa and fall and then all link them to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop page.  I'm writing this on Friday night, the hop just started this morning and there are already 230 entries!  The hop runs from Friday, September 15th through Friday, September 22nd.   The hop has tons of sponsors giving away prizes that will be drawn after the hop is over.  When you have a chance, be sure to check out some of the cards.  (Looking at all of them would take days which is why I said "some!")  

I used the stamp, Ellie Loves Lattes, by Your Next Stamp, for my card.   I think Ellie is adorable!  As soon as I saw this stamp, I knew I wanted to use it for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I didn't know which fall hop that would be.   2017?  2018?  2025?  Thankfully, it was sooner rather than later and I got to put it to use for this hop just a few months after I it!  I thought Ellie was just dressed warm enough for Fall, although she would also look cute dressed for Christmas, too.  

I stamped Ellie on Primitive White Card Stock by My Favorite Things.  It has little flecks of other neutral colors in it, which I thought would look cute for the sweet, warm, fall theme I was going for on my card.  This paper is not made to be colored with Copics, so there was a bit of a learning curve to use them on this paper.  The ink seeped into the paper differently and seemed to be more likely to run than on paper that is more Copic Friendly.  I think the coloring worked out fine, though.  I fussy cut Ellie when she was colored and put her on another die cut piece of paper which I had also stamped her image on so you would see the continued strand of hair on the left side.  

If you fussy cut an image, go around the edge with a black marker when you are finished cutting.  I used a Copic, now knowing how the paper would take it, so it would fill in any spots that I cut too closely.  The black marker tip makes the image look much more finished and hides any mistakes if you weren't able to cut it out perfectly! 

After I cut Ellie out, I adhered her back on a flat piece of paper, instead of with foam tape.  This allows her to stand out just a little bit and it's definitely noticeable when you look at the card in person.  She's still flat enough to mail, easily, though, perhaps with a Starbucks gift card inside!  

I used a Simple Stories 6 x 6 paper pack for my patterned paper.  It's appropriately titled, Pumpkin Spice.  It's perfect for fall and for Ellie's backdrop.  If I were Ellie, I'd be drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte, so I thought this paper was perfect in more ways than one!  

I hope you like Miss Ellie and will check out the other wonderful cards on the 
Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  

Happy Stamping, Friends!

I used the following products to make this card:

Ellie Loves Lattes by Your Next Stamp
Cross-Stitch Rectangle Die-namics by My Favorite Things*
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Primitive White Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Delightful Dijon Card Stock by Stampin' Up*
Tropical Teal Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Pumpkin Spice 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Simple Stories
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia


Friday, September 15, 2017

Hugs from my Heart

Hello, Friends!

Happy Friday!  You made it!  While your week might have been rough, it probably didn't compare to what the people in Texas, Florida and other areas that were touched by Hurricane Harvey and Irma faced this week.  You, probably, got to go to sleep in your own bed in your own house.  Don't take that gift for granted!  Please reach out with hugs, prayers and support for the people that cannot have that luxury any more!

This card was made for a dear family to me who have had a very hard time lately.  I've known them since my first few days as a college Freshman!  When I went to college, I moved 9 hours away from home.  So, if I wanted to get away from campus I had to go home with someone who lived a lot closer to school than I did!  Luckily for me, I had a dear friend who's family adopted me.  So, I'd drive us to her house and we'd spend the weekend with her family.  They were the perfect surrogate family with wonderful parents, two brothers, a lovely home and home-cooked food!  If you saw what we had to eat in the cafeteria, believe me, you'd be quite thankful for that home-cooked food!  I still remember her parents telling my parents the next time we were all together how much we ate that first weekend we went to her home!  :)

Recently, the Dad of that family was diagnosed with an illness that would take his life within the next two years if he didn't have a stem cell transplant.  This is a man that the world needs 100,000 more of, not one less.  We all began praying like crazy for him to be accepted as a donor candidate (due to his age, it wasn't automatic) and for a donor to be found, quickly.  Our prayers were answered positively when he was accepted as a donor recipient and his brother was a match to be the donor of the stem cells.  After several rounds of chemo, the father began to receive his stem cell transplant from his brother this week.  So far, everything is going as well as can be expected which is a big answer to our many prayers.  However, he will have to stay in the hospital for a total of two weeks to continue to receive the transplanted cells.  He will also have to be monitored very closely, including lots of painful tests during that time.  There is also the chance that his body could reject these cells, even though they are there to heal him and not hurt him.  When he gets to go home from the hospital, he will have to stay home for 100 days to try and minimize the chances of him getting sick.

As I'm sure you can imagine, this has been an exhausting, stressful and scary time, even though we all know God is in control.  God is not a genie in a magic bottle that gives us three wishes and sometimes, no matter how many prayers are prayed, things do not go as we have hoped.  Things are looking good right now and I wanted to let the family know that I love them and am continuing to pray for them.  

I created this card by stamping this background stamp by Simon Says Stamp, called Flora, in Versamark Ink which I embossed in silver embossing powder. 

Simon Says Cling Rubber FLORA BACKGROUND SSS101735 Mothers Fathers Florals Preview Image

Isn't this stamp incredible!?  It is so beautiful!  I colored it with a pink and a green Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Because the silver embossed area created a raised little border, it was super easy to color.  When I was done coloring a large area, I die cut it with a heart die.  I took the Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Scripty Hugs die and cut that word out of the center of my heart.  I replaced it with fun foam and two layers of white card stock cut by the same hugs die to replace the word!  My card looked a little simple and like it was missing something, so I cut out four more hearts from the paper that was left over from my background sheet that had already been colored.  I adhered them around my heart.  Now it felt like the card was complete!  

Inside I will remind this family that I love them and I am praying for them daily!

I am entering my card in the Paper Players #361 challenge.  Although I didn't use the exact colors of pink and green in my card, I used the closest to each that I had.  I really would like to learn how to use my Zig Markers better since I've seen lots of gorgeous cards made with them.  This gave me a chance to get a little bit of a feel to them while coloring a stamp I couldn't really mess up!

Have a great weekend, Friends!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following products to make this card:

Flora Background Stamp by Simon Says Stamp
Infinity Nesting Hearts Dies by Hero Arts
Scripty Hugs Lawn Cuts Die by Lawn Fawn
Stitched Heart Collage Die by Simon Says Stamp
Versamark Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Clean Color Real Brush  Markers by Zig
Cotton Candy Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Ultra Fine Silver Embossing Powder by Simon Says Stamp
White Fun Foam from Hobby Lobby
Heat Gun
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Off Kilter

Hello, Friends!

I've been anxious to make a card with this stamp since I got it.  

Because, don't we all feel like this some days?

This is Madge.  At least that is what the stamp's name is so I can only assume it is her name as well.  Madge was one of the stamps I had planned to color during the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  When I saw the Art Impressions challenge for these two weeks was Off Kilter, I thought this poor lady would be perfect and moved her up in my coloring.  Let's face it, she looks a little off kilter, herself!  The focal point of my card, the lady and the frame around her are both off kilter as well, which is what the challenge was really supposed to reflect!  

While the card itself is pretty straight forward, I will tell you about Madge, the focal point.  First, I colored her with my Copics.  Then, I stamped her shirt onto a piece of patterned paper and fussy cut it out.  To make her pants match a little bit better, I put red polka dots on them.  I also went over the red dots on her shirt with the same marker to be sure they matched exactly.  

I used a Riley and Company stamp on the inside.  Honestly, I forgot to take a picture of the inside.  So here is the stamp, When I Was A Kid, copied from Riley and Company's website.  I stamped it in My Favorite Things Red Hot Ink which matches the red card stock on the outside.  

Isn't this stamp wonderful?  When you're a kid, you just want to be older.  
When you get older, you realize how great it was to be a kid, 
if you were fortunate enough to grow up in a good familiy.  

Oh, Madge, I don't know what's on your mind.  
I am pretty sure I've felt exactly like you do on this stamp, though.  
Take a deep breath, Madge.  Whatever it is, it will get better!

Happy Stamping!

I used the following products to make the front of this card:

Madge Stamp by Art Impressions
Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Tickled Pink and Red Hot Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Flora No. 1 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Carta Bella

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Craft Supplies

Hello, Friends!

Surprise! Surprise!

I have more cards for you!  


This card fit this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #238 which you can see here perfectly!  I made if for a dear friend who was recovering from surgery.  Actually, I made her a get well soon card first, but she never received it.  We still don't know what happened to it!  So, by the time I was ready to send her another card, it was kind of too late to say get well soon, because she was in much better shape.  Since she's a fellow stamper, I made her this card instead.  Hopefully it put a smile on her face!

I think this sentiment is hilarious.  It's from Riley and Company.  They make a bunch of hilarious sentiments which you'll be seeing more of before long.  
This one cracks me up.  

When I first started selling Stampin' Up supplies, we used to tell people that they'd actually save money on cards because they could make the cards they needed themselves.  I haven't done a Stampin' Up party in years and I haven't been to one, either, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a selling point anymore.  You have to have the stamps, the ink pads, the card stock and adhesive.  If you love this hobby, you'll add more stamps, more ink pads, more card stock and add die cuts, a die cutting machine, markers, colored pencils, embossing powder, an embossing gun, embossing folders for the die cutting machine, not to mention glitter, sequins, ribbon, buttons and enamel dots for embellishments.  

Before long, the card that you could have bought from Hallmark for $7 cost $92 because of all of the craft supplies it took to make it.  
This stamp is funny because it is so very true, 
as all of us paper crafters know all too well.  

The card itself is pretty straightforward.  If you have any questions about how I made it, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will be happy to answer them.  

Since this is actually posting on my blog on Tuesday, I will be able to enter it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to Stamp It seen here.  There was lots of stamping since the floral image had lots of different parts to it!

Happy Stamping, Friends!

I used the following products to make this card:

Fresh Bouquet Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Make It Yourself by Riley and Co.
Fresh Bouquet Die and Noted:  Scalloped A2 Vertical Dies by
Papertrey Ink
Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Green Parakeet, Lavender Moon and Amethyst Allure Ink Pads by Papertrey Ink
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Lavender Moon and Amethyst Allure Card Stock by Papertrey Ink
Scotch Foam Tape by 3M

Monday, September 11, 2017

I Pick You, Again!

Hello, Friends!

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day!  No, this is not deja vu.  You're not seeing the exact same card from yesterday.  It's just pretty close!  There is a funny story behind this card.  I originally made it for this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #296:  Small Images on Repeat and the Addicted to CAS Challenge Code Word:  Apples.  However, as I began to write about it for my blog, I realized had forgotten some major points of both of the challenges! 

For starters, I was supposed to repeat the same image three times.  While I did stamp an apple three times on this card, I didn't stamp the same apple three times.  It was also supposed to be a CAS card.  CAS stands for clean and simple, which usually includes white space.  Now white space doesn't have to be white but it definitely isn't supposed to be black and white polka dot!  There's not supposed to be a lot of embellishments and I used black enamel dots.  There also shouldn't be a lot of layers.  As you can tell, this card has a lot of layers.  So needless to say, I made another card for both of those challenges which was very similar to this card but much more clean and simple!  


On the bright side, I also made this card for the Color Throwdown Challenge #459, which is to use red, black and white on a card.  Thankfully, I did remember that correctly and got it right!  :)

That is why I used a piece of Doodlebug paper that was black with white polka dots on it for my background.  Next I stamped and die cut each little apple.  I used 3 different apple images because I wanted to use the little apple on the end that I could stamp a heart into the center.  It went along perfectly with the sentiment I had already chosen, "I pick you."  Each apple was mounted on a white die-cut stitched square which had been mounted on a slightly larger square of red card stock.  I used foam mounting tape behind the apples so they'd stand out from the card a little bit.  The little apples are all from the retired Papertrey Ink stamp set, Back to School.  The sentiment came from a current PTI stamp set, Apple Prints.  After using enamel dots on my first card ever last week, I decided to finish my card with three enamel dots placed on each square.  The top of my card was complete!

The black and white background presented a bit of a problem when it came to actually being able to read the sentiment easily.  I layered the word "you" on top of each other a few times so it would stand out from the card a little bit.  (This is actually a "thank you" die.  I liked the size and font of the word "you" on it, though. Since the two words were connected, I cut it apart and just used what I needed.)  Layering the word still didn't help it show up enough.  It didn't look right on a plain red rectangle, so I mounted it on a pierced flag die cut from My Favorite Things, which is also apparently retired.  That's too bad because it's a very handy set which I will continue to use.  The fishtail flag was actually a lot longer, but I was able to shorten it up by cutting the front of the banner with the straight edge towards the middle of the die.  Then, I moved the paper down to the end of the die so I could cut the fishtail much sooner than the original die intended.  This gave me the perfect little banner to bring attention to my sentiment.  I attached it to my card base.  I then stamped and cut out the words "I pick" in red ink on white card stock.  I mounted it on a tiny piece of red card stock, stuck it to my card with foam tape and my card was complete!

I am entering this card into the Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Challenge Stamp It.  I stamped my apples and part of the words in the sentiment so it meets the qualifications!  

Happy Stamping, Friends!

I used the following products to make this card:

Apple Prints and Back to School Stamp Set
Back to School Dies and Wonderful Words: Thank You Die 
by Papertrey Ink
Stitched Square STAX and Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics 
by My Favorite Things
Wild Cherry Dye Ink Pad by My Favorite Things
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Solar White Card Stock by Neenah
Wild Cherry Card Stock by My Favorite Things
Swiss Dots Rainbow Petite Prints Paper Pad by Doodlebug
Black Enamel Dots by Eyelet Outlet and Brads

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