One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Monday, May 30, 2016

MIM # 251 Gradient Watercolor Die Cuts

Dawn has a video over at Capture the Moment showing how she used watercolors to make a gradient look on die cuts.
I added a few flower sequins from one of Betsy's Kits and called it good.  I used the Zig water color pens.
This die is from PTI: Paper Clippings:  Thank You.
These are a couple of Dawn's cards:
going to a BBQ now!
Happy Monday everyone!
Heart Hugs, friends!

JUGS # 345 Photo Week

Over at Just Us Girl's Lisa has a photo challenge for us.
I pulled out a stamp my BFF gave me from Stamps of Life called "Pinwheel".
I used some brushos for the background and then stamped my colors on the pinwheel.
I added a few sequins and called it good!
You must check out what the design team created from this inspiration photo, there is some amazing cards!  And you can see  bigger picture of this "craft" room!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Merry Monday ~ Santa's Sack

Nina is our Merry Maker and she has asked us to make a card using a sack or bag...that being Santa's sack or bag!!
This was a NBUS stamp from Serendipity called "Santa in Chimney" and lucky for me he has his sack on his back!!

I stamped it twice, colored the sack and the toys inside, then I fussy cut it and adhered it on top with some dimensional tape. I used a B32 copic to go around the whole image.

The background was made using a PTI stencil with three distress inks for an ombre look.

Please join us over at the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Blog and play along...go check out the amazing cards from the rest of the team!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch # 174

I took a break from planting flowers to make a card!
There is a sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch
and you all know I am needing sympathy and the praying for you kind of cards, I love this flower image from Altenew called Best Mom.
I colored it up with copics (greens: YG03,G14,BG13 and violets: BV00, V15, V17)
I am playing with different combinations of colors, I would never have thought to use BG13 with my greens for leaves, but I really like it!!

My sentiment is from a Technique Tuesday:  Appreciated, I embossed it on vellum.
Here is the inside of the card:
and here is the sketch:
I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday weekend and remember all our men and women fighting for our freedom.

Heart Hugs, friends!

CASology # 199 FAST

I have so many of these little "Hummers" buzzing around my backyard and boy are they FAST!   When I saw the cue word for CASology, I knew I needed to use this stamp!

And of course another sympathy card!
stamps & dies:  WPlus9 Flora & Fauna
zip real clear brush pens

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colour Q # 343

I am looking at challenges for more sympathy inspiration.
I found one at the Colour Q # 343.
I saw this technique HERE and loved it and thought it would be perfect for a sympathy card.

stamps & die: HA Tall wheat, PTI Asian Fusion, PTI Happy Trails (butterfly)
distress inks:  abandoned cora, scattered straw
washi tape, sequins 
I layered the butterfly three times before adhering it into the space
While I was at it, I decided to make three of them, here are the other two:
I changed up the colors, but at least I have three sympathy cards now!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PTI May Blog Hop

I saw all those yummy colors in the inspiration photo and thought of this quilt piece.  I noticed the Popsicle bars were ombre in color, so I stamped each of the groupings in light to darker shades.  I have a friend that had a major stroke and I am visiting her tonight, she is home but needs 24 hour care because of the disability she is experiencing right now.  We are praying that she will be able to improve all of her body parts to move as they are supposed to!  I am going to bring this card to her along with some flowers!

You can go here to read the rules and here is the photo:
Blog hop inspiration 

Have a wonderful evening! 
Heart Hugs, friends!

Make It Monday # 250

Yikes!  I am all out of sympathy and praying for you cards!
I thought I would use the Make it Monday to start building up my stash again.

Laurie Willison has a video up HERE to see how she masked off part of her card to get a very nice frame around her sponging.
I used PTI aqua mist, hawaiian shores, and tropical teal on my card.
I pulled out an older PTI set called "Life" and stamped it in black.
My sentiment is from an older set also called Asian Fusion.
Here is Laurie's card:
Thanks for stopping by!
Heart Hugs, friends!