Father’s Day – Remembering My Dad

As promised, here is the card I made with the images I posted a couple of days ago.  It’s another mds meets artweaver combo.  I distressed the Sahara Sand layer with my SU Cutter Kit.  My dad always wore Dickies Khakis to work around the house in – he had a matching baseball cap that completed the ensemble – I never saw my dad in jeans – it was either white shirt/tie/suit or the khakis – or sweats to run in.  Funny how a color will bring back a memory.  He instilled in me many great virtues – and I hope I can pass them on to my children.  Perhaps one of them will use this card for their father.  I used mds Loving Thoughts, Family Reunion, and Extreme Elements.  Over at Butternut Sage the next challenge is a masculine/Father’s Day card – this is my entry.  Hop on over there to see all the great cards.  Please feel free to leave a comment or question.  Thanks for visiting.

Coloring Down The Lines Bloghop

Now that my summer has officially started I’m excited to participate more regularly in the Sunny Morning Chat group over at Butternut Sage Designs.  They have started a weekly blog hop challenge where the SU Color Coach is the inspiration for the beginning of a card.  You have probably just come from Carol’s blog – isn’t her card great? To continue on our blog hop, go on over to Pam’s blog!  Great minds thing alike!

This week the color combos are Regal Rose with either Tempting Turquoise & Sahara Sand or Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight.  For now I went with the first choice but am probably going to try the second as well.  This is another first for me – spreading my wings in the tech world a little further each week!  Today I’m going to learn how to link to people before and after me to make the “hop” happen, and it will be the first time I’ve been part of a blog hop!  Hope you enjoy my card – I used the SU retiring set  The Nicest Things that I borrowed from a friend at school (Thanks, Karen), and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Now of course I really want this set, and only have a couple of days left to order it . . . decisions, decisions?  This was my first big attempt at paper piecing as well.  I made some cute dsp in the correct colors on su mds for the two dresses, then cut the card in places so I could slip the cut dress parts up under the white cardstock – that popped the basket out a bit – kind of a neat effect.  I used my trusty (and favorite of all my su supplies) markers and an aqua painter to color the images and finished it off by cutting it out with the Labels Collections Framelits – then layered RR, TT, & SS cardstock.  SU Rhinestones add a little glitz.  I’m sending this card to a special co-worker – the saying is so perfect and true.  Stay tuned and come visit again next week: color combos will be [I think] Real Red with Early Espresso & Pumpkin Pie or Bashful Blue & Crumb Cake.  Go ahead and take the next leap on our hop over to Pam’s blog for more great ideas!

MDS Masculine Image TBC

I’ve been playing around again – yes, all day!  This post is a bit of a tease . . . one of the things I like the least is to be watching one of my favorite TV shows (NCIS for example) and at 59 minutes you just know what’s coming next . . . To be continued . . . – well, that’s what the ‘TBC’ in the title refers to – I’m working with this image to make a masculine/Father’s Day card for the next challenge over at Butternut Sage – it’s not due until June 10, but my good friend Sandy is setting the bar high and being a fantastic role model (in many ways) . . . and she is trying to stay one step ahead on the challenges we’ve been doing.  So, I started playing today with su mds and artweaver again – I know, it’s so addicting!  I’ve actually been working on three cards at one time – I’ll be posting my first entry to the Color Down the Lines Challenge later today (midnight).  I’ve also been playing around with the next color challenge as well.  It’s kind of hard to walk away when you’re on a roll!  Tune in next time (hearing “same bat channel” somewhere in my old brain files) to see how I complete my card with this image.  ‘Til then, happy stamping friends . . . can’t resist  . . . to be continued . . . .

Retirement Chalk and Ink card

Retirement Card

This is another download from Fred She Said – it’s hard to see but by leaving the nestie on the picture you can use chalk to highlight and still leave a white border.  I used SU CS : WW, concord grape, and certainly celery.  I used an aqua painter to color the design.  Embossing folder is sizzix.  Sentiment done on mds, artweaver.

Mother’s Day Card

Paper Pricking

I know Mother’s Day has come and gone.   I had planned to visit my Mom on Mother’s Day proper, but back problems delayed my trip – I was going to hand deliver this with real flowers etc.  Now I’m going to put it in the “snail mail” – it’s getting so late.  This is a Fred She Said design with accompanying paper pricking pattern that you order as a download.  I hate to admit how much I love the immediate gratification of downloads – a little money and poof they are ready to use in a flash – and you never have to leave your chair!  I also used SU MDS and ordered the download of the Family Reunion set for the “Mom” – just had to have that script – I tried to make my own in Word, but it just wasn’t as nice!  Then I finished it off with SU’s Stampin Pastels on the edges and SU pearls to really polish it off elegantly.  They made a big difference in the overall look of the finished card.  The flower was colored with copics and hand cut – then I used the Punch Bunch Flower Tool kit to burnish the petals into a 3-D look.    I discovered using an Extra Fine Paper Piercing Tool by Erica (Avic Holland) made a big difference in the quality of the paper pricking.  There’s a big world of crafting out there – paper pricking and paper embroidery must be big in Holland. The green dsp is from K & Company Susan Winget Nature 12 X 12 pad, pink dsp is Recollections Itsy Bitsy Ditsy Cherry Pie, SU Naturals Ivory cs for card base,  Martha Steward border punch with SU Whisper White CS.  Thanks for looking.

Masculine Birthday – Red/White/Blue


MDS Meets Art Weaver

I’m going to try something new – entering the challenge over at Butternut Sage http://butternutsagedesigns.blogspot.com/ – they have a chat in the mornings – it’s lots of fun, but because of school (which will soon be out for me) I can’t participate a lot of the time, but the challenge is currently to make a card with red, white and blue (Memorial Day is around the corner).  I have designed my card for my brother – he’s such a great guy and really helps me out with visiting our mom – she lives a distance from me – it’s a four hour drive one way –  making the round trip for a day – well lets just say it’s a lot of driving.  Anyway – he makes sure to go see her more frequently than I do, and I just wanted to make him a birthday card to let him know he rates “Five Stars”  in my book.  This is a hybrid card – I used mds and art weaver to make the images. I’ll try to post the major steps to integrating mds and art weaver soon.  Hope you like it and thanks for taking a peak.

Recipe for card:

SU MDS, Artweaver

SU CS:  ww,  red riding hood red, tempting turquoise

SU markers: tempting turquoise, pacific point

SU Stamps:  Friendly Phrases

Accessories:  Nesties, SU star punch (retired), SU Rhinestones

Apothacary Art Sympathy

Unfortunately I’m in need of a sympathy card.  A great volunteer at school lost a close family member – so I decided I wanted to try the Artweaver coloring of another SU MDS image – I think it worked pretty well, and I’m pleased that I remembered most of what I learned yesterday.  You can see the image as it was completed in Artweaver, and then the final card.  I used the SU Framelets Label collection to cut matching images –  I have to admit, I love this stamp set and the coordinating framelets.

3-D Rose Card

This is a three dimensional rose card I made for Easter using a McGill rose punch and the flower making tool kit.  The background is a Martha Stewart around the page set – the embossing folder, stamped images and cardstock are from Stampin Up.


For Mother’s Day I played around on the computer trying to figure out how to color digi images.  I particularly wanted to find out if I could use my Stampin Up MDS images and color them in – a talent that has evaded me on MDS.  Here is what I came up with.  I think I’m going to like this new technique – and special thanks to video tutorials available at the Fred She Said website and on YouTube!  Have a great Mother’s Day!  Hope you got to do something fun like I did.