Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CCL June--Salt Life

Hi all, I'm here a bit late today as I didn't get a chance to post last night....life kind of took over. ...But I am here and at least on fhe right day.  This month Kelly sent us all kits. What an awesome surprise and a huge undertaking for Kelly. She managed to get them all out despite some "life" interuptions. Thank you Kelly for your generosity. I appreciate your hard work.

Here are the details for the kit Kelly sent:

Salt Life!

I live in Miami and we are all about the beach and tropics and a popular saying here, as well as stickers on nearly every car, is #SaltLife! I looked through my stash and saw this ‘roaming gnome’ ready for summer and bought the matching paper for us to use. The rest is all from my stash.

Image: Photo Play Tulla and Norbert's Excellent Adventure Collection and matching paper collection and stamped onto #110 Recollections with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Embellishments are from my stash: Altenew enamel dots, prima flower, brads are Making Memories, etc\ Ribbons: Hobby Lobby, misc brands

 I thought this little gnome was so cute. I couldn't wait to color him up. I used colored pencils to color him and a copic pen to color the flamingo. Kelly sent such pretty papers I wanted to use as many as I could. I went searching for a layout and came up with this split closure tri card from Dawn Griffith. It really caught my eye and I was able to use 4 of the dsp I recieved in the kit  On the front of the card I used the bakers twine, flowers and yellow sticky dots. I mounted my gnome on dimentionals before mounting him on the layered rectangle and then mounted the gnome/background on the bottom layer of the card. I struggled a bit with the card at first but it then fell into place rather quickly.  

Here is my card:

front                  inside

  side view.

Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you like my card. Please take a few minutes and stop by the other Classy Card Ladies blogs and see what they have created. I am sure you will not be be disappointee.

Until next time,

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Hot Mess=Success June 2021

Hi all. Today is the day for our monthly hot mess=success challenge. 

Barb, Darlene, 
Kelly, Jeanette. Terry and I create cards for the Hot Mess Success challenge each month and share them on the 12th.

It's Anything Goes - as long as there is something messy involved.

This month once again I was playing with the water color background which I am having fun with but not getting the results I would like on some of the attempts. I've worked with the alcohol ink, water color paints and today I am using the color burst watercolor powders . I chose fushia and turquoise. I decided that I would try the technique on a coffee filter rather than a piece of water color paper to see what  it would produce. The coffee filter wasn't quite as absorbent as I would have liked and it didn't seem to pick up the colors as well (this could be due to the material or the crafter). After applying the colors and working with the powders and water I set the first filter aside and picked up the extra from the first filter and used a second filter so as not to waste the extra colors. I placed both filters on a piece of paper towel and let them dry. (the paper towels absorbed some of the water color ink and actually looke pretty.). Once dry I cut one of the filters in half and cut it out with a die cut from Gina Marie. The coffee filter cut ok but I think it should have been run thru 2 more times to make the cut absolutely crisp. I then placed a full page die cut over the card base and placed my die cut background over the full panel die. I colored and cut the image out and placed it on the coffee filter panel. To finish off the card I placed rhinestones in each corner of the coffee filter panel.

Here is my card:


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I really appreciate it. Please take time and visit the other hot mess blogs...I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Double Duty Challenge May 2021 Unity cards

 Hi all. I just want to thank all the lovely ladies of this group for asking me to join them and for being so welcoming and patient I do appreciate it. I had a bit of a struggle with my camera and messing up the theme this month so I am posting late. I am attaching a copy of Barb's explanation of the challenge. 

Here we go. This is month #5 of another challenge for the trio of stampers—Barb, Jeanette and Kelly, and this month we have added a 4th to our monthly challenge-our friend Carol! Welcome Carol--so happy you are going us! This was a thought that I had in the middle of the night, similar to what Kelly has had in the past. Plus, it is a bit of offshoot of our Stamp What Challenge! This one is called Double Duty.

Each month, we get to pick a stamp set from a predetermined company. Then, we will use that one stamp set and make two cards from the set. Different images and sentiments from the same set can be used, or use the same image two different ways—Double Duty either way! But, as an added challenge, one item must be used on both cards—same color cardstock, same ribbon, same stencil, same something. Double Duty Again! We will post both cards on our blog on the the 22nd of each month--but this month we are a few days late. See-Double Duty again! We will be sure to have fun getting doubly inky each month with a different stamp company. Let’s have fun!

My cards for this challenge both used the same stamp from Unity. "Bloom from within" Unity stamps. Unity has been having a birthday sale and I have been adding to my collection. I love their stamps. This is one of the new ones I purchased and couldn't wait to color it up.  Both my cards are simple layouts but I do like how they turned out.  I used SU soft suede for the base paper on both cards  and dsp from Hobby Lobby called lavender. I love this dsp and have purchased 2 paper packs and use it quite frequently. My double duty would be that I used the paper pack paper on both cards , the same base color as well as the same image for both cards. I placed the sentiment on the bottom of the first card and the sentiment is on the inside on the second so this is a double as well. I really had fun with these cards once I got my head on straight...Here are my cards. I hope you like  them.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please visit Barb, Jeanette, and Kelly's blogs as well as I know you will not be disappointed in their creations. 

Until next time,



Saturday, May 22, 2021

Classy Card Ladies May 2021 "Going to the Chapel"

Hi all, today is the day we post our Classy Card Ladies challenge. This month I was hostess for the Diamonds and Shelly was the hostess for the Pearls. Shelly and I connected  and thought about a theme. We decided to try a theme based on a song. After a little thought and check of our stamps we decided on "Going to the Chapel." June is a big month of weddings so this fit in really well. Thank you Shelly for being my partner it was so much fun chatting with you on the phone. 😄 In addition to our kits we asked that everyone make a skinny card. This posed a double challenge for me as when I cut the paper for the kit I had to be mindful of the way I cut the paper, I do hope all the Diamonds got the correct amount of paper. I have not made alot of skinny cards so struggled with that as well. Once all the kits were done the Post Office threw in another glitch as the kits weren't delivered to Kelly and Suzy so I re-sent kits but they were not the full kits (I hope the first ones arrived). Here is what the kit contained:

Your kit includes:
Image:: Colorado 3 craft Co lovely legs "Happy forevering" stamp set Image and seniments
DSP : American Craft White glitter--Opulant opal --White Glove --pearl linen----The color of memories flowers and Bazzill--black on black dots
Ribbon: Snug hug seam binding--blue white and black--Black Sheer Michaels Celebrate it--Lace Joanns
Embellishments misc from my stash --some from g studios.

I love this image from Colorado 3 Craft Co. I colored my image with copics and of course I added a little chuncky glitter to the brides dress and boquet. Since I had colored the flowers on the dress and the vest on the tuxedo a blue purple, I chose a shimmery lavendar purple paper for the base of my card. I then used an old SU corner rounder to rounded the corners on each layer to give a different look. I took the congratulations sentiment and cut it down and backed it with black and mounted it over the image a bit and added a sprinkling of pearls to complete my card.  Here is my card;

I want to thank you for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to stop by the other Classy Card Ladies and see their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed, These are some very talented card makers.

Until next time,


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hot Mess Success May 2021

Hi all today is the day that we post our hot mess=success cards. I'm pretty good at making messes however they don't always turn out being a success. I have a love of the alcohol ink backgrounds and am always trying to do something different with them. I was on pinterest and there was a tutorial using alcohol inks and foil paper to make a background. To be honest I was a bit confused because one way they explained that you put the foil over the background after the alcohol ink dries and then they said to add the foil after making the background with no dry time. Well I did some practicing and here are some of my samples. 

You can see the silver foil in these samples. Here my card.

I did the diecut on the side and used my foil background behind the die cut. I had hoped you would be able to see the background better. I used rhinestones on the corners of the scalloped die cut. I then die cut a flower image from Memory Box from the navy cardstock I used on the base of the card to finish off the front of the card. I'm thinking it may be too much...but not sure. 

Here is a close up of the die cut and background. 

I hope you can see the foil in this picture. I really had fun with this card. I'm still not sure if you need to wait for the ink to dry or add the foil right after you have the background the way you want it.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please stop by my other hot mess success friends. I am sure you will not be disappointed in their awesome creations.

Until next time,

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The paper challenge # 465 For the Girls

Here we are with another challenge this week. This week the Paper Challenge chose "For the Girls" as their challenge for the week. There are so many images that a person could use from their store for this challenge. I decided to use the updated Victorian Beauty. I colored her with colored pencils. I love this image and really tried to transfer what I was thinking she should look like onto paper. This is a struggle for me sometimes. I used designer paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby I believe it was a paper pack and I had 2 - 6x6 sheet that was already cut and not marked. I used a navy blue base for this card , The image was printed on white paper and mounted on Navy blue cardstock to finish off the card. 

Thank you for stopping by. I do appreciate it. Please stop by the Paper Challenge blog 
Here I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Classy Card Ladies April Challenge "Card Sketch"

Hi all I'm slow on the draw today I had planned on scheduling this to post today and got way laid, now I'm a tad late. It has been a bit crazy in this part of MN. We are about 8 miles from the current protesting  area and getting all kinds of texts from the police stations in the surrounding areas at all times of the day and night. It is good to know but hard to sleep. 

Today our challenge is hosted by Darlene for the Pearls and LJ for the Diamonds.. They chose to send a kit  with their own style stamps and they chose a sketch they wanted us to follow. LJ sent my kit and here is what she said:

Now for the details

Sketch: Tuesday Morning Sketches: Tuesday Morning Sketches #592 (this is a sketch from last year and was a favorite for 2021 - #592 is the favorite sketch)
Stamps: Tim Holtz (new 2021 spring collection) - Stamped with GIna K Amalgam Back Ink on Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Paper: Origins (Basic Grey 6X6 pad - I hoarded this for years and decided to share one of my favorite collections with you - just love all the earthy colors)
Ribbon: Stampin Up
Twine: JoAnn Crafts
Other Embellishments: From my stash

Thank you LJ for the wonderful kit. I loved it and made two cards as I couldn't decide which color I liked best. On both cards I used a black background. The insides of both are both the same as well only using different scraps of DSP.  On my first card I colored the flower with copics B60 and B63 making a lavender color. On the white mounting paper behind the flower I sponged a lilac color with Tim Holtz distressed inks. I then ran the paper through an embossing folder. I tied the green bias tape into a bow and added it to the stem. I used the green flat brads as the embellishment above the strips of dsp. On both cards the flower is fussy cut and mounted on the stem with mounting tape.

Here is my 1st card:

 Here is the inside:

My second card is yellow with a pink lightly added on the flower and the background is sponged with pink and yellow distressed ink. I wrapped the twine around the flower image and used the yellow flat brads otherwise both cards are basically the same

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I do appreciate it. Please stop by the other Classy Lady blogs and see their creations I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,