Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Just Because

Hello,
     I hope everyone had a safe and delicious Thanksgiving and are on your way to a wonderful Christmas. Mine was filled with friends and family, laughter, love and lots of pie. LOL
     It's a beautiful fall day here in Rochester, NY but I had to get in my craft room and get my cards done for some challenges. So here goes.
     My card today is really just a throw together card, meaning; I had some flowers in my stash that I  made quite a while ago and hadn't used yet. I do this with all my stamp sets when first get them. This gives me lots of pretty flowers when I need a card fast.
     I started with a plain piece of Neenah #110 card stock and my distress inks. Using a blender and Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo I added the colors to the top and left side of my card which was cut to 4 x 51/4" and stamped my sentiment, Altenew Sketchy Floral, 3/4 of the way down on the right. Then using dimensional tape I added the flowers and leaves from my Altenew set Garden Treasures, from my premade stash. Gems are from Pretty pink Posh.
     This card took me about 10minutes to make and I love it! hope you do too.
I will be entering this card in:


Thanks for stopping by,
God Bless,
Karen



    

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Remember this Lovely Day

Hi,


     It's been a very busy year so far and it's not slowing down, Baseball, Soccer, and Football with the grandkids was awesome; watching our oldest granddaughter graduate from middle school made us so proud and also sad, time passes way to swiftly. I have two grandsons in Florida who will be moving back to New York next summer and they also will be playing sports, along with their father. Free time, what's that, LOL.
      I do however make time to make my cards and scrapbook as much as possible. I love to look back on our lives and share memories with my boys and their families.
     Scrapbooks help keep our memories alive. My grandchildren never got the chance to meet their Uncle Mark, he was taken from us in 2004, but when they look through his scrapbook and ask about pictures of his life they feel closer to him, and get to know who he was. The little boy in my page below is my grandson, he is named for his Uncle Mark.
      I will be entering this page in the Altenew Sketch Challenge #6.
     My page today is of a photo shoot taken in May of 2015 when my Daughter in Law was very pregnant with their second child. They live in Florida near Fort Lauderdale Beach and had a lovely day taking pictures and enjoying the Sunshine and the Water. My Grandson had a great time playing in the waves and trying his hand at photography. There were so many beautiful picture of this Lovely day, that eventually, they too will make it into my scrapbook. 

     

     I used a sheet of Canson 140lb, 12x18 watercolor paper cut to 12x12. I then used 3 distress inks, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon. I swiped the colors across a plastic bag from side to side in 3 lines, and spritzed with water, I also sprayed the paper, then I used the smushing technique all around the center and dabbed the remainder of the ink around the edges for splashes. When it was dry I stamped the Altenew Sketchy Floral in the corners using black Archival Ink and my Tonic studios stamping platform. Using Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Gathered Twiggs distress inks, I water colored the flowers. I placed my pictures down and using an craft knife cut the flowers to lay over the pictures.
     For the words and phrases I used Altenew 365 and Sweet Friend and Sketchy Floral, 2 sticker numbers and a Family stamp I had in my stash. 
     That's it for now, I have to go meet up with friends. Have a wonderful day! 

      God Bless,
      Karen 


Friday, July 28, 2017

Balloons

Hello,
    I was so excited over getting back to scrapbooking that I went straight to work on the next page. I have so many pictures of my youngest grandson, Logan that it was difficult to choose.
    I settled on his birth announcement and the wheels started to turn.
    Starting with a 12x12 piece of  Canson watercolor paper and Ranger distress re-inkers, I wet the entire paper and dropped Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean onto the surface of the paper and using a spray bottle of water moved the ink where I wanted it . Then I dabbed off the excess with a paper towel and let it dry.
    While it was drying I got out my new Altenew set, Baby Balloon, and made nine balloons. I just love the way they turned out. Love this set. I scanned my original announcement and enlarged it for the page. After placing the pictures down I went to work placing the balloons. Wherever I placed a balloon I had to stamp on the page, very nerve racking, I cut out all the balloons only saving the balloon and basket. Then I placed the cut pieces over the stamped image on the page and voilĂ  the ropes were back. I used dimensional tape to pop up the front balloons and then added the banners.
stamped stars in the sky using Pumice Stone distress ink and then added little sequin stars to the centers. At the bottom I added onesies for Mommy and Daddy from Altenew's Little One set and a sentiment from Baby Balloon set.




I will be entering this page in the:Altenew-sketch-challenge #3



Thanks for stopping by.
Have a crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Logan

Hi,
     WOW, long time no blog, LOL.
      It's been a busy summer so far and I just haven't found my way to my computer. I've been trying to make my way back to scrapbooking as I love it and haven't done it for about 5 years, I guess I just got lost in card making.
      My Grandkids were here just the other day and wanted to look at their albums, but were a little disappointed that there were no new pages. I realized that I had fallen down on my job as family historian and that I should remedy that. I started with my youngest Grandson Logan because at least the others have a scrapbook. He's 2 now and I haven't even started his. So I went to work using a picture of him when he was 17months and the result is below.
     This Picture is of Logan walking through a field of wildflowers with that awesome smile on his face it's so adorable and sweet I had to make a page for it.
     I started with Canson 140lb watercolor paper cut to 12 x12. I soaked the page in the center and dropped several drops of, ranger distress ink re-inkers onto the wet area and moving the paper let it over lap and spread. Then I dabbed up the excess and splashed some water on it with my fingers to lift some of the ink. I dabbed these areas with paper towel and then took the re-inkers and used it to splatter the page. I set it a side to let it dry.
     I then pulled out my Altenew stamp sets, Best Buds and Budding Thanks, and went to work on the flowers. Once they were all stamped I fussy cut them out.
      Now my background was dry so I could get to work on it. I used my large Prima stencil and some Dream Weavers matte black embossing paste for the word adorable. I also used Prima stencil to create the circles on the background.
      When the background was dry I popped Logan's picture up using foam and then arranged the flowers using dimensional tape. I added the stems for the flowers in front and water colored the shadows for the back flowers.
      I used my Sizzix fun serif dies for Logan's name and added the finishing touches with Altenew
sets, Painted Butterflies, Adore You, Floral Shadow and a Quote from Recollections. I also did a little journaling and added a few more flowers to balance to page.
      It's nice to know that after 5 years away I can still scrapbook.  

I will be entering this page in the:Altenew-sketch-challenge #3

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a very crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen


 
     

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Hello!


     I can't believe how long it's been since my last blog. I've been so busy! I've  made lots of cards for lots of  Birthday's, Anniversaries and Mother's day. My Daughter-in-Law Graduated from college and we went on vacation to visit my In-Laws they're 93 and 90 and have had a rough year but they came out on top and are in good health.
     I'm itching to get back in the swing of things and I'm starting with this card I made for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge.
     I've been trying to work on and perfect my water coloring and shading so I've been practicing, a lot. I embossed my image first, for a little extra help keeping in the lines of the petal. For this card I used Remember This and Beautiful Day stamp sets and my Sentiment is from Floral Frame.
     Using my MISTI, I stamped the flowers and leaves on Canson watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and embossed in Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to color the rose buds, leaves and small rose. For the larger flower I used Ranger distress inks to watercolor. Then I fussy cut all the pieces out.
     I used 110lb Core'dinations white card stock for my A2 card and a strip of  SU gold paper for the edge. After affixing the gold strip to the card I laid out all the leaves and the buds where I wanted them and adhered them to the front of the card, then I use dimensional tape to adhere the larger flowers. I stamped the birthday wishes with VersaMark and embossed it using Queen's Gold again.
     Using my Clairty brushes and Tumbled Glass distress ink I shaded around the flowers. I added some blue Queen and Comp. pearls and was done.  
     I really enjoyed making this card, and I think I'm going to have a hard time giving it away, LOL.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
       Well that's it for today have to go make dinner. Happy Crafting

     I will be entering this card in these challenges:


                                                                                Altenew May Inspiration Challenge
                                                                                Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless
Karen

Monday, March 6, 2017

Day 6

Hello,
     Just a quick pop in for day 6 of The Daily Marker 30 day challenge. Today I decided to work with my Zig Clean Color Pens. I cut some Strathmore Bristol paper to 4 x 51/4 then using my MISTI I stamped on one side of the paper the flipped it and stamped on the other side so the flowers would be framing the sentiment.
     I used my Zig pens and a paint brush to water color the flowers and leaves. Stamped the sentiment in the center and mounted it on a blue card. That it!
Products used:
Strathmore Bristol paper
Altenew Best Mom (flowers)
Altenew Fresh Freesia (sentiment)
Kuretake Zig Clean Color real Brush Pens
Ranger Archival ink black

Card stock core'dinations
I will be adding this card to:The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge (Day 1)
Thanks for stopping in.
God Bless ,
Karen



Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge-(Days 4&5)

Hi All,
      Had some difficulty linking my project to Kathy's blog, but I finally figured it out. I guest when I read the first blog I forgot that all Links are to the first 30 Day challenge blog. I did post them on the 30 Day challenge Facebook page, but now that I know where I'm going I will be posting through my blog post.

       So (Day 4) was a Penny Black slapstick/cling and my Altenew markers. I haven't used the markers much yet but after watching several YouTube videos I went to work coloring this beautiful stamp. When I got done I decided to fussy cut it out, I love to fussy cut, and pop it up on a spellbinders A2 card creator die. I was very happy with the result.


Products used:
Penny Black #40-428 scented beauty
Altenew markers set A
Spellbinders Card Creator #S5-218 for A2 card

     For (Day 5) I went back to my Prismacolor pencils to see if the card I created with them on day 3 was a fluke. LOL. I used another Penny Black stamp and went to work. This one, I got for Christmas from my Hubby and I just love it. It has several different flowers and leaves so I could use lots of color, I was very excited to see how I would do.
     After I finished coloring it I went back and used my black pencil, very sharp tip, and  outlined the leaves and some of the flowers, this made everything pop and I love it.

I then added a few extra touches. I used my Tim Holtz brick stencil and some distress in to create a wall in the background and a sentiment from Penny Black. I used foam to pop the whole thing up on the card.
Products used:
Penny Black #40-466 Flower cascade
Penny Black #30-105 gratitude
Prismacolor soft core colored pencils
Tim Holtz Brick Stencil #THS038
Ranger distress ink
Ranger Archival ink
I will be linking these cards to: The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge (Day 1)

Thanks for stopping by.
God Bless,
Karen