Friday, April 22, 2016

Meet The New Blog!

Hello my crafty friends, happy TGIF to everyone. I hope your day is going well and that you are looking forward to some fun this weekend. 

Notice anything different? Yep, I have a new look on the blog! Isn't it beautiful?!! My sweet and generous friend, Loll of Stamping with Loll gave me a complete over haul and make my blog beautiful.  She even made me a beautiful watermark as well! Thanks so much for all your hard work Loll! I love my new look, how about you all? I'm so in awe at Loll's talents and generosity. I always say how blessed I am, and I mean it. I am a very blessed person, even with the loss of my husband, I know I'm still blessed in so many ways and this is just one of them.

I do have a card by the way. But just had to show off my blog first. lol I wanted to try out this technique for a while now, although I don't think I did it quite right. I'm still satisfied pretty much with the outcome. But I do need to find out how to do it correctly. I kinda' just did it on my own without a tutorial. Yeah, I know, I need to watch a tutorial. lol Also, there is a boo boo with making this card. I had planned on watercoloring with my Zigs, but got confused on what ink to stamp in that wouldn't smear. Yea, you guess it, I used the wrong ink! I used Tuxedo Black by Momento, the ink for alcohol markers. I have since labeled my black inks so I know which ones to use for what! So as I started adding some water with my water brush, my ink started to smear and I realized my mistake. Ok, so I thought lets see if I can just color in with the Zigs. So I was careful not to touch the black outline to much and colored my flower. I think I managed to save it as you have to look really close to see the smudges. Or as least I'm hoping that a lessor critical person will not notice! I am in need of thank you cards so I made this one into a thank you, but I really got to make some masculine ones for my son's who come and help me out.  Anyway here is the card, as always the recipe is at the end of the post.

As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting a spell with me. I so love when you do as your comments bring me sunshine and smiles! Crafty hugs,

Edited to add that one of my commentators, Karen, suggested that I linked up with Happy Little Stampers so I did. 

Card Recipe:
SU Heavy weight Whisper White card base
SU Water Color Paper
SU Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set-NBUS!!
Generic Sequins
Zigs Brush Pens

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Little things....

Hello my crafty friends, hope you are having a great ending to your week. Mine has been so so and right now I am taking care of my second to youngest granddaughter. So that will keep me occupied for until Friday evening when her dad comes to get her. 

CAS Mix Up is on it's second challenge and I thought I would try and play along. Luckily I had the stenciled background and leaf already in my box of things that I didn't use. So I just threw a card together. It looks like it too, but I will still use it. I had wanted the brick wall for a window frame, but do you think I can find my window frame die anywhere?!! NO! I know I'm over looking it somehow. Anyway if this isn't CAS enough Loll or Bonnie, please delete it! The challenge this month is to use a stencil, and stamping and other technique of our choice. So I have my stenciled background, and of course my stamping is my sentiment. The technique of my choice is the leaf, I used alcohol inks on the felt pad and pounced the inks on this leaf that was cut from photo paper. Been in my cast off box for over a year, so it is good to use it. Added some sequins and called it done. Not sure if my card pieces are considered snippets or not, so might go over to the Snippets Playground before the door closes. 

As always, thanks for stopping by for a spell. I've had some pretty weather this week and it was good to have visitors on nice days like these. Your comment are so special to me and bring me much joy and smiles. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Outside in the sunshine.

Up close of the alcohol ink.

This one was taken inside without any sunshine.

Leaf from Cricut Cartridge-Art Philosophy
Brick Stencil-not sure who it is by
Sentiment-Cardz TV Stamp Set Simple Thoughts - brand  new stamp set from Mary
Sequins-Pretty Pink Posh-Garden Party, a sweet gift from Miss Emma at MCT

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Here's to You!-Cardz TV Gallery Post

Hello my crafty friends, I hope you are having a wonderful week. It is really nice having longer daylight now. Bret doesn't have long now before he will be done with his second year of college. He got an internship, but not with the company he worked for last year. They were to slow and another company snatched him up. A BIGGER company! One he really wanted to work for. He had a job fair at college and before the week was up, they called him to come down that Friday for an interview and they hired him! So he will be doing job estimations for them. He is all pumped about having his own office as well. Then he gets a funny look on his face and says that he will have to be very careful because he could cost them a lot of money. lol In July he will be put on their health care, which I am so happy about and if they signs on to come back next summer they will keep him on it. They also told him if he sticks with them, they will hire his straight out of college permanently. He chose the school he did because of their 100% hire rate. Looks like it paid off for him and I couldn't be happier for him. Ok, I know you are here to see a card, not my babbling!

 I have a two birthday cards that are exactly the same except where I placed my sentiment and embellishment. Let's face it, we all need birthday cards for our stash. My card today is one that I saw on Pinterest and your can find it here. This gal is the queen of CAS and I adore all of her cards.  Now I have two more birthday cards to add to my birthday book. Recipe is at the end of this post. Thanks for coming by and visiting me today and for listening to all my chattering. Your comments always make my day and put a smile on my face. Crafty hugs, Brenda

 Sorry this one is blurry. But you get the idea that I moved the sentiment to the top.

Cardz TV Stamp Sets-Good Times, Think Spring
Distress Inks-your colors of choice
Banner-My Creative Time Die or just hand cut one, I did "wave" mine to have a 3D effect
Star-My Creative Time Die

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hello-A sketch challenge

Hello my crafty friends, hope your week is going well. Mine is going ok. Same ole, same ole. As I was doing come commenting, a sweet and very talented lady, Michele encouraged me to come play along with the challenge she designed for. That challenge is called CAS(E) This Sketch.  I wasn't sure if I would or not, but told her that I might. And of course she said it would make her smile if I did. So how could I not? Not really in a mood for creating, but there was a sketch and I thought I would give it a try. The first try I didn't like. So tried again and here is what I came up with. I will keep the other one for next April's:
April Fool Day, My big fat boo boo that Darnell hosted for the first time this year. 

She is really a hoot and I love to read her posts. You should go check her out as she will definitely make you chuckle. Lots of wild things go on over there as she has Hammy and his family helping her out. Don't know Hammy?? Well then you are in for a treat, go on over and meet Hammy and his family! 

So I'm linking my card today up with CAS(E) This Sketch. Not very creative (but it is CAS), I always have a hard time thinking out of the box. Michele does a fabulous job of thinking out of the box as does the other design team members. Go check them out by clicking on the pink CASE This Sketch up above. 

And here is the sketch!

As always thank you for stopping by for a spell today. I always enjoys your visits and your comments always make me smile. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Stamps and dies are from My Creative Time
Distress Ink-Tumbled Glass

Friday, March 25, 2016

You Fill My Heart with Sunshine!

Hello my crafty friends, I hope today finds you all well and enjoying life. It's my turn to post over at Cardz TV Gallery today. Since Easter is this weekend I needed to decide what I was doing for the grands this year. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, but Easter is so early this year that it just snuck up on me. I saw this tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers and decided that I would make these for the grands. They are so easy to make and pretty fast as well!! I made 6 of them, but only showing you one. They are all the same except for the colors and papers.  Don't be fooled, these baskets are a pretty good size and will hold a lot. I have stuffed wadded up paper in the bottom of mine to take up space. If I need the space, I will just take it out. My butterfly doesn't show up to good, no natural light when I took the picture. Sorry about that. This is about the only time I can seem to get crafty, when I need something for the grands. And of course spring is here and I am starting to mow now too. Spring and summer keeps me busy. So I'm not very crafty at the moment, hopefully when I get through this year of "firsts" since my husband passed, I will get in the mood to be a little more crafty. I want to make the grands an album of them with their Papaw here soon, so I hope my mojo comes back some time within the year. Recipe at the bottom of post.

As always thanks for taking time out of your day to visit little ole me. I sure do appreciate your comments as they always put a smile on my face and nowadays, I can always use a smile. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Cardz TV Stamps-It's All Good and Easter Blessings
My Creative Time-Bunch of Stitched Dolly Dies
                              Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies
                              Stitched Round Tab, Arrow & Tag Dies
Martha Steward-punch for the basket handle-sorry don't know the name
                         -butterfly punch
Stampin' Up-Bow punch
Homemade enamel dots

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Your My Pot of Gold-part 2-Cardz TV Gallery

Hello crafty friends, I'm back with the second part of my post. This post is for Cardz TV Gallery, where you can find new projects everyday but Sunday. I've really not been in a crafty mood since my husband passed, but I am doing my holiday cards for my grandchildren and nephews. So today, I have some St. Patty's day cards for you using one of Mary's sketch's, you can find it here. I changed up the orientation on the sketch for some, it gives me cards that are all different, even though I used the same pattern papers and sketch. I used the print and cut feature to my Explore for my pattern papers and some of my images. The only images I didn't do a print and cut was the top hat and the child silhouette. For those I used some snippets of left overs. So I am going to jump across the pond to play at the Snippet's Playground.  To see close up's of each card go to my blog. Mary's St. Patrick's day stamp set was perfect for my cards because these kids are my pot of gold in life! They are a pure joy in my life, my husband's as well-he sure loved all his grandchildren. So I still sign his name to their cards to keep his memory alive for them. I hope I've inspired you to make some cards for the people you love and remember Mary has the perfect sentiments for any card on her stamp sets

Cricut Cartridges: A Child's Year, Create A Critter 2, Artistry 
Print and Cut on Explore
Cardz TV Stamps
My Creative Time Stamps

Monday, March 14, 2016

Your My Pot of Gold-BBTB2 Challenge

Hello crafty friends, here we are back to Monday again. Not sure how these weeks fly by so fast but they do. My foot is doing much better now, not healed all the way, but I can walk on it normally now. I am super happy about that. I enjoyed the week with my youngest son, even though he worked, it was nice to have someone home with me. I love when he comes in from work late at night (he works at our local movie theater part time) and lays down on the bed and tells me what ever has him excited. Then he gets up and heads to his room. He can be a chatter box, must have gotten that from me cause his dad was a man of few words. lol This particular night, he had to tell me about a hawk that swooped down in front of his Jeep and snatched up a rabbit as he was leaving work. Sometimes it is about a coyote standing in the field at our driveway, or about deer, etc...Just a special 5 to 10 minute chat for me. He is back up at college now, and I'm going to miss him. Although he only has 8 more weeks of classes and then he will be home for the summer and work. He is hoping to get an internship this summer with a local construction company that is big here in town. He worked for them last summer as a labor. I happen to see the guy that does the hiring at church and talked with him a bit. He hadn't realized that Dwayne had passed away. He also asked if Bret was coming back to work for them this year. I told him I didn't know, that he was looking for an internship. So he asked a few questions and then said to have Bret email him. So I hope it works out that Bret can get that internship since his major is Construction Management. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Well I didn't have projects for the last two BBTB2 challenges, but this week I'm on top of it. I think....Our challenge was issued by my design team sister, Lynn. She wants us to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a project or if you don't celebrate St. Patty's day, then a green project will work too. So I thought I could get my St. Patrick day cards done for my grandchildren and nephews. I used this card sketch for all my cards, but I did change the orientation of the sketch on some.  I did the print and cut feature of my Explore to make my pattern papers. I also used the print and cut feature for some of my images, not all though. The hat, boy/girl with clover was a straight cut on the Explore. This will be a 2 part post. The 2nd post will post tonight at midnight. So make sure to come back to see the rest of my cards tomorrow. I did 10 in all by mass producing. Now it is your turn to make a project with your Cricut machine and come and share with us!! Need more inspiration, go no farther than my design team sisters over at BBTB2.

As always thanks for stopping by and visiting with me a spell. I love when company comes a visiting!! You comments always brightens my day and I thank you for them. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Green argyle-Blast Off pattern-print and cut
Yellow gingham- Blast Off pattern-print and cut
Striped-Greeting Cards pattern-print and cut
Lucky-CTMH Artistry-print and cut
Top Hat (Bo Bunny Dots paper) and Children silhouettes (generic black paper from my stash)-A Child's Year 
Turtle-Create A Critter 2-print and cut
homemade enamel dots in small and medium sizes