Monday, March 19, 2018

Hatching Chick Easter Card

Hello and happy Monday! This week I'm working on making my Easter Cards. I usually mail about a dozen cards and after making this Hatching Chick Easter Card I still need nine more. I usually make at least two of each design, sometimes more. The most time consuming part for me is picking papers and deciding on the design. Making duplicate cards goes much quicker!

This cute hatching chick image is by Angie's Digital Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. It was a challenge finding the right papers for the image colors. I colored the image last year and used colors I liked without having a paper in mind. Usually when I color my images I pick the papers first and it's a lot easier that way. So, after going through every piece of patterned paper I own... this is what I decided on. The yellow polka dot is by The Paper Studio, the floral is by Recollecions (Happy Bouquet) and the purple stripe is by Echo Park. To add the embellishments I went through my stash of already stamped and punched/die cut flowers and butterflies and found these that matched well. The Happy Easter sentiment is from the $2 bin at Michael's and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Shamrock Kitty Card

One more St. Patrick's Day card that I'll be hand delivering to our feline veterinarian tomorrow along with some chocolates. We had our rescue kitty, little Daisy, spayed last week and she is doing really well. I wish I bounced back from surgery as fast as she did. We kept her separated from the other cats for one day but she was ready to get back to her normal routine.

This Shamrock Kitty Card features a digital image by Gerda Steiner Designs. To color the image Copic markers were used in various shades of green: G29, G46, YG67, YG11, YG06 and YG25. The kitty is colored with: YR21, E53, E50, Y23 and E95. Plaid shamrock paper by Recollections and Garden Green polka dots by Stampin' Up! worked well together along with Garden Green and Wild Wasabi cardstock. The sentiment is by SKdigis and it was punched with a retired oval punch. Three gold sequins add some sparkly detail and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Little Daisy was taking it easy and showing off her stitches.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Six Year Blogiversary

Hello and welcome to my Six Year Blogiversary celebration! It was today six years ago that I started this handmade card blog and I'm still having fun. I didn't make a new card today but I wanted to share a few of my past favorites. To celebrate please leave a comment and share a link with one of your personal favorite cards you've made. At the end of the month I will give away a prize to a randomly selected commenter who shared a link to their card. I want to say thank you for my crafty friends who leave comments and follow my blog on a regular basis. It's nice to share the love of card making with others all over the world. I'm still amazed every day by the talent and creations of other crafters/artists. I hope you enjoy a little walk down memory lane with the following photos of my past cards.

Card from February 2018, click here.

Card from August 2017, click here.

Card from September 2016, click here.

Card from June 2015, click here.

Card from July 2014, click here:

Card from April 2013, click here.

Card from August 2012, click here.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Monday, March 12, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Card

Good day! I'm making a couple more St. Patrick's Day Cards and then I'll have to focus all my crafting time on Easter. It's sad how slow I am at making cards! If there were a speed card making competition, I would lose.

This St. Patrick's Day Card features a darling cat digital image by Gerda Steiner. It was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. The sentiment stamp is by SKdigis and was punched with a 1 1/2" circle punch. I love the green gingham by Recollections with the black polka dots for contrast. The green banner is actually glitter paper, although you can't tell from the photo. It adds a nice sparkle to the card. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping and that pretty much sums it up. Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Garden Bunny Card

Hello crafty friends! I hope you're having a lovely day. It's been a calm and quiet one at our house today, which gave me a chance to make this Garden Bunny Card. A couple of months ago after I updated my computer it crashed. The hard drive had to be replaced but we were able to restore most of the downloads and documents and saved them to a flash drive. Well... this week the flash drive keeps telling me it needs to be formatted. All my digital images from the last six years are on that flash drive, so I'm hoping to find a way to get it restored without losing all my data. Wish me luck!

When I print digital images I usually print several of the same image to keep in my stash. This Garden Bunny image by Bugaboo Stamps was selected from my stash and colored with Copic markers. I dug through my patterned papers to find this retired tulip paper by Stampin' Up! The sentiment stamp is from a stamp set by Unity Stamps. A little yellow butterfly was added for detail and that's about it. Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Watercolor Wings Floral Card

Are you ready for Spring? Here in Oklahoma the trees are starting to bud and the daffodils are blooming, so we know Spring is on it's way. It will be nice to see the green leaves on the trees again, although my hubby won't be thrilled about mowing the yard. There are definitely pros and cons to every season.

Earlier this week my mom requested a couple of Thinking of You Cards to send to her friends when needed. Of course I have several in my stash, but I decided to make this Watercolor Wings Floral Card for her. I really love the floral paper by The Paper Studio and it features my favorite stamp set by Stampin' Up! called Watercolor Wings. The butterfly was stamped with Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake inks by Stampin' Up! and Memento black was used with the sentiment. A Flourish thinlit was used along with Garden Green cardstock and the cardstock mating the patterned paper is Rose Red both by Stampin' Up!. The layout is one I've used several times and I'm always happy with how it looks. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Penguin Easter Bunny Card

Happy Wednesday! Since Easter falls earlier this year I'll have to pick between making more St. Patrick's Day or Easter cards. Between the two... Easter wins! I'm still having a hard time sitting for long periods of time, the bone spurs on my hip are not fun!!! I did buy a new padded chair today, so maybe that will help.

The stamps I ordered to make my Easter cards haven't arrived yet. So, when I found this cute Penguin Easter Bunny digital image at Whimsy Stamps, I decided to make a couple of my Easter cards with it. I adore penguins and this image is really cute. The image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched rectangle die. All patterned papers are from the Echo Park Hello Easter 6 x 6 paper pad. It seems I covered up all the yellow in the patterned paper, but I thought yellow butterfly/butterflies went okay. Which card do you like best... one butterfly or two? I had the hardest time deciding, so feel free to help me out. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Card with two butterflies: