Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine I Love You

Hi,
     My computer crashed today so I'm doing this on my tablet. I sure hope it works.
     My card today is a fairly simple one, but I love how it turned out.
SUPPLIES:    
Spellbinders die  S2-022 Vines of Passion (heart die)
Altenew   Creative edge-Lace die (double cut down center)
Altenew   Forever and Always stamp set (I love you)
Altenew  Patterned paper (Reflections 6x6 paper pad)
American Crafts   glitter cardstock (Rouge)
ColorMates  cardstock (red)
Neenah solar white cardstock
The gold cardstock is labeled MFBGLD-1212-1
     I will be entering this card in these challenges:
Have a very crafty day!
God Bless,
Karen


  



Thursday, January 25, 2018

My Valentine

 Hi,
   My card today has a little story behind it so here goes. My husband and I have been married for 40 years and always celebrate Valentines as if it is our first. Candy, flowers and a special dinner. He gets candy too. He always finds just the right card to give me and I do the same. However in the past I've had to buy his card because I didn't have the right stamps to make one. This year I did.
    While browsing the Penny Black sight I found 2 stamps that were perfect for what I had in mind. Tom and Lily (40-098) and Sweetheart (40-503). I bought them and waited. As soon as they arrived I got to work on my vision for the perfect Valentines card for my sweet hubby.
     I stamped them, separately, on Tim Holtz white watercolor paper with black archival ink and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to color. When I was done coloring the heart wreath, I fussy cut it out leaving just a hint of white around the flowers. I then worked on coloring Tom and Lily, and added some blue to the background to look like sky and clouds. I stamped the Happy Valentine's Day in red Archival ink using Clearly Posh Stamps (POSH-CST_024) then went over it with a red glitter pen. I used some dimensional tape and popped up the heart around their heads. Then I stamped several different sized hearts with red archival ink and colored them with the red glitter pen. Lastly I found the Eternally Yours stamp in My stash (from the $ bin at Michael's) and stamped it on the bench. The birds are from Altenew's Be A Lighthouse set.
     
 I'm very excited to give this card to my wonderful hubby Dale, as we celebrate Love and Happiness this Valentine's Day.
I will be entering this card in these challenges: Mod Squad Challenge Valentine Love
                                                                       Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Layer it Up
                                                                       Penny Black- January-Anything Goes
Have a very crafty day!
God Bless
Karen 

 

New Years Hello

Hello,
     I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a healthy, happy and very Crafty New Year. My Christmas was fill with all the people I Love and my New Year started by welcoming a new little Niece to the family, Brynn Harper Linton, what a sweet girl. My Sister is over the Moon to have another grandchild to love, as are we all. My husband and I also found out over the holidays that we will be welcoming a new grandson in July, we're so excited, #6 is on the way.
     I didn't get into my craft room much in the last few months, but my New Years resolution is to work on my blog more and enter more challenges, so here I am. I've made several cards with stamps I received for Christmas and from my stash of previously stamped and colored flowers.
      Whenever I get a new stamp, I stamp them out several times and color them for future use. That way when I need a card fast, I can go to my stash and get it done fairly quickly.
     My Stash of Altenew flowers:
When making this card I decided to use several flowers from different sets and my Altenew Wood Pallet background.
     The flowers and leaves are from 3 sets, Peony Bouquet, Garden Treasure and Beautiful Day all from Altenew. I used distress inks, Recollections 110 lb. grey card stock, and Neenah solar white 110 lb. card stock. I adhered all the leaves and the Peony to the card then added a piece of 110lb. card behind the pink Garden Treasures flower and dimensional tape behind the Beautiful Day flower. This gave it many dimensions and I loved the effect.
     I will be entering this card in these challenges:Altenew-January 2018 Inspiration Challenge
                                                                         Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Layer it Up

Have a crafty day!
Karen


 


     

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