Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Special Occasions Swap

I hosted the Special Occasions swap on VC Rocks last month.  The card fronts could be sympathy, baby, wedding, etc.  It was pretty much an anything goes type of theme.  The only requirements were that it had two layers and an embellishment.

This card is by Alice Leal:
Stamps:  Flowering Flourishes, Work of Art
CS:  WW, Old Olive
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Misc.:  Butterfly, rhinestones


This card is by Brandy Campbell:
Stamps:  Word Play
CS:  Confetti White, Pear Pizzazz, WW, Sunny Garden DP
Ink: Encore Silver
Misc.:  Dimensionals, Rhinestone, 5/8" Daffodil Delight ribbon


This card is by Catie Palmer:
Stamps:  Silhouettes, Script Hostess
CS:  VV, Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Farmers Market DP
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz
Misc.:  Word Window punch, Lots of Labels thinlet, pearls


This card is by Christa Greaves:
Stamps:  For the New Two, Butterfly Basics
CS:  WW, Tip Top Taupe
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe
Misc.:  Butterfly thinlets, Elegant Dots EF, rhinestones, tip top taupe dotted lace trim


This card is by Elizabeth Kratzer:
Stamps:  Tin of Cards
CS:  Basic Black, VV, Mint Macaron
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Mint Macaron
Misc.:  Stars framelit dies, neutral candy dots, white gel pen,  sponge (mint ink on word square-top left)


This card is by Terri Tank:
Stamps:  Made with Love, Gorgeous Grunge
CS:  WW, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe, Tuxedo Black
Misc.:  Large polka dots EF, Baby's 1st framelits, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" circle punches, white twine

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Christmas Card

I recently participated in a Christmas Card swap with fellow stampers of VC Rocks.  I had about 7 or 8 of the above card assembled when I considered the ornaments that hung from our tree as a child.  I LOVE vintage ornaments.  While we had many that were the tear drop shape, we had a lot more of the round baubles with glitter that criss-crossed and sparkled with the lights of the tree.  I was going to try using some vellum underneath the glitter ornament.  No surprise that I couldn't locate it in my vast collection of designer paper.  I did come across the silver foil paper and liked the look of it.  In the end, I didn't tear apart what I'd assembled to add in the silver foil.  I like either card and hope the recipients are happy with what I did.
Stamps:  Embellished Ornments
CS:  Pool Party, Real Red, WW, Home for Christmas DP, Silver Foil Sheet, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Real Red
Misc.:  Delicate Ornament thinlit, Softly Falling EF, Silver 1/8" ribbon, rhinestone jewels, triple banner punch.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Daisy Quilt & Garden

We got our son off on his mission earlier this month.  It has been pretty quiet around here.  I've had some cleaning/organizing projects and I've spent a lot of time on genealogy.  I pulled out this Revolution quilt that I had started in Florida.  I had already sewn all of the panels together I just needed the sashing and the border and it would be done.  Now I have a completed top and I've started another quilt that is queen size.  I've finished 12 blocks, just need to finish off the quilt.  What am I waiting for?  I bought the batting for the above quilt and will prepare for quilting after the girls are in school.  I would like to finish off the other quilt I started so I can prepare them both for quilting at the same time but I may regret that idea if I do it.

This is our little garden.  We have 12 tomato plants, some zucchini, cucumber and pepper.  I did plant green beans but either the rabbit or the woodchuck got to them.  We put a fence up around 3/4 of the garden after that.  I recently learned that if you want to keep woodchucks out of a certain area, all you need is a pail of water, 1C of vinegar and 1C of Dawn.  Equal portions of the vinegar and Dawn and it has to be Dawn, not Palmolive, Joy, etc.  Anyway, combine that and pour it around the area you want to keep them out of every 6 weeks.  I'm told it works like a charm.  The lady at the farm said she had put down some white stones as a border so she was doing the same area every time.  Glad to know of something that works.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

VC Rocks! Blog Hop

The theme for this blog hop is new sets.  I made a fun card with the sprinkles of life set.  I think this set is going to get a lot of use over the next year.

Stamp Set:  Sprinkles of Life
CS:  Bermuda Bay, WW, Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Cherry on Top DP
Ink:  Delightful Dijon, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black
Misc.:  dimensionals, banner punch, twine, circle punch

Take a look the VC Rocks! blog for more inspiration with the blog hop.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I was kind of jazzed when I saw this set in the catalog because there are so many possibilities for it.  I started off by CASEing a card from Fran Sabad.  I changed out the colors only because the person I was making this for would prefer the watermelon color to a blue.  It wasn't until I was done with the card that I realized I used the raindrops instead of the sprinkles on the cupcake.  Next time I will pay a little more attention. :)

Stamp Set:  Sprinkles of Life
CS:  Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, WW, Cherry on Top DP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Delightful Dijon, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black
Markers:  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry
Punches:  Banner, Triple Banner 
Framelits:  Deco Labels
Misc.:  Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Finishing Strong Blog Hop

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes since 2007 with handmade cards, will be closing later this year.  If you have or plan to make cards for service members that are deployed, you need to send them to OWH by August 1st.  

I'm happy and sad for this at the same time.  It is wonderful that more of our military men and women are home.  At the same time, it is a little sad because this is organization has blessed the lives of so many with the help of YOU!!  You can find out more information of what they need to get them through 2015 HERE.
Typically when I make red, white and blue cards they are what I consider the true blue and red, like our American flag.  This time I went with the a lighter shade on both.  Hope you like it.

Stamps:  Build a Birthday (new 2015-2016), Big Day
CS:  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry on Top DP
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party
Misc.: Dimensionals, gems, extra large oval punch, scallop border punch

Please visit OWH to see more wonderful cards that have been shared for this event.

Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

VC Rocks! Blog Hop

I was putting away some framelits with the corresponding stamp set (best tip I've read in a while to store the framelit inside the stamp set case with the stamps) and I saw the Happy Watercolor set and thought how I really wanted to use this set and I never did.  I decided this would be the set I would use for the hop as it is a retired set.

The strips on the side are done using the bokeh technique.  I find this a fun technique simply because I like watching the colors spread.  

Stamps:  Happy Watercolor
CS:  watercolor, WW
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, White Craft
Markers:  Cucumber Crush
Reinkers:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Misc.:  gems, sequin trim (I used leftovers from a paper pumpkin project)

Participants in the hop are able to link to their blog starting Friday night through Sunday.  You can find all of the participants by going to the VC Rocks! blog.  Check the VC Rocks! blog again on Monday so you are sure to see it all.

Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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