Monday, October 30, 2017

A Nature's Friends Birthday Card!

It's hard for me to believe my first born child, Joe, just turned 38 years old, and has a four year old little guy!  Wow, everyone else is getting old, lol!  Using my favorite Penny Black stamp set, Nature's Friends, as inspiration, here is the card I made for Joe.

I fussy cut a 12x12 digital scrapbook paper file down to a 5x7 size in Photoshop Elements.  This paper file is from Holly Designs "Be Faithful" kit that I purchased from Shabby Pickle Designs many moons ago.  From searching Google just now, apparently Shabby Pickle closed it's online store back in 2012!  It's also looking like Holly Designs isn't in business anymore, either.  If any of you know differently, please let me know.

Then I used the "happy" and "birthday" digital brushes from the Defining Words:Birthday Brushes & Stamps by Katie Pertiet, sold exclusively at Designer, to add the sentiment.

After printing this image, I stamped the deer and berry bush stamps from "Nature's Friends", using Color Box archival dye ink in Wicked Black.  I used my Misti stamp tool to align the stamps up right where I wanted them.  I can't tell you how much I love my Misti!  It's really invaluable when stamping.  I was able to upload the happy & birthday stamps to Cricut Design Space, isolating the words happy & birthday, duplicating them several times, and then cut them out using orange cardstock.  I then glued them together to give them dimension, and added them to the card. 

I love card making, and I love how this card turned out!  Happy Birthday, Joe!

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Secret Garden Goes Halloween

I should be receiving my new coloring book by Johanna Basford, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly, tomorrow, from Amazon, and I can't wait to see it!  In the meantime, I just finished a page from Johanna's Secret Garden.  Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I decided to add a spooky twist to my page.  I used a copyright free image as my inspiration, and drew in a haunted house & graveyard!  I love how it turned out!  If you're a fan of coloring, and don't have any of Johanna's books yet, you should be sure to get one!  I have all of Johanna's coloring books, and I think you'll love them as much as I do! 

I colored my picture with Prismacolor Premier & Faber-Castell Polychromous pencils, adding sparkly touches with clear, gold & black Wink of Stella glitter brushes, as well as touches of assorted Sakura Gelly Roll pens here & there.  This page was so much fun to color!  Who says you have to stay in the lines?  Use your imagination, and go wild!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

In Honor of National Card Making Day, Happy 84th Birthday, Mom!

This past Sunday, October 1st, was my mom's 84th birthday, and we celebrated by having a big traditional Italian spaghetti & meatball/sausage gravy dinner to celebrate (yes, we call red sauce gravy here in this part of southern NJ).  All of my mom's grandkids and great-grandkids were here, and it was a wonderful day.  My daughter made some home-made spaghetti, as well as the birthday cake, which was a spiced caramel apple cake, and everything was yummy & delicious!  Here is the card I made for my mom's special day!

I used Distress Oxide inks to shade the background, Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Watercolor Brush Pens to color in the design, and my Cricut to write the sentiment!

I used sequins, jewels, Nuvo Crystal drops & Wink of Stella clear glitter marker to add some pretty accents!

My mom, the birthday girl in the white sweater, and my mother-in-law in the black sweater!

My beautiful & talented daughter who made the home made spaghetti & birthday cake!

The great-grandkids!  Trying to get them all to smile & look at the camera at the same time is impossible at this age!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Grandsons' Happy New Year Back To School Cards!

I have four adorable grandsons, Jaxon, age 11, Wesley, age 5, Gavin, age 4 & Lucas, age 3.  I wanted to make them special "first day back to school" cards, to go along with a few "celebratory" gifts.  Not only was it their first day back to school, it was also the first day of kindergarten for Wes, and the first day of pre-school for Gavin.  Luc isn't in school yet, but I couldn't leave him out of the celebration, and he loves anything with a motor, so I thought the school bus card was appropriate for him.  It was his first day of helping get his big brother, Wes, off the school bus!

I purchased the files for the apple cards and the school bus card from SVG Cuts.  They are from the Back to School Box Cards set.  Jaxon's First Day of 6th Grade card is from Miss Kate Cuttables.  I forgot to take individual pics of Jaxon's card, but you can see it in the photos I took of their back to school gifts below.  Most of the paper I used is from the Doodlebug Back To School paper pack, and I purchased it on Amazon.  Of course, I used my amazing Cricut Explore to cut out all my designs!  I bought this machine three years ago, but rarely used it.  Over the last few months I've rediscovered it, and don't know how I ever crafted without it!  One other crafting tool I can't live without is the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board!  It is truly amazing, and so easy to use!  Got mine on Amazon.

The front of Wesley's First Day of Kindergarten card

The back of Wessie's card

Isn't this paper adorable! 

The front of Gavin's First Day of Pre-School card

The back of Gavin's card

Cutest scrapbook paper ever!

Luc's School Bus card.  I had a lot of fun making this!

We are proud of Luc for using the big boy potty!

I just love these little tail lights!  I had the scrapbook gems from years ago, and have no idea where I got them.

The front of the bus

You'd be surprised how easy these cards are to make!  Don't let it intimidate you.

Jaxon's First Day of 6th Grade card & gift

The grandkids loved their First Day Back to School cards & presents!  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Good Night, Dad

My sweet, kind and loving father-in-law passed away on July 27th, at the too young age of 70.  He had been very ill for the last year, after being diagnosed with CLL about four years ago.  The CLL had pretty much been stable up until a year ago, when it then got out of control and my father-in-law had to start chemo.  That started a cascade of events causing my FIL to become more and more debilitated.  Since Easter he had been in and out of hospitals and rehab, and finally he had had enough.  He went on hospice and was gone in less than a week.  We will always remember him for his helpful attitude, cheerful nature, and love of his family.  My husband told me a story right after his dad passed, that when my husband was a young child the family would gather around the television every Sunday evening to watch the Lawrence Welk show with his grandmom.  Anyone who's watched Lawrence Welk knows the famous "Good Night" song.  My husband said his dad would sing this to him and his sister when carrying them up to bed.  Good Night dad.

My FIL also loved the song "I'll Fly Away", and my sister-in-law and her husband sang it at his Memorial Service.  I got the inspiration for the sympathy card I made for my mother-in-law from that song, and from a card made by KarrenJ-Stamping Stuff  that I found on Pinterest, featured by Splitcoast Stampers.  Thank you, KarrenJ, for the inspiration!  I love Penny Black stamps, & I especially love Nature's Friends.  I use it all the time, and used it on this card.

My Card
Penny Black stamp Nature's Friends

The Song
"I'll Fly Away"
Some bright morning when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To that home on Gods celestial shore
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone
I’ll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I’ll fly
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

Oh how glad and happy when we meet
I’ll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then
I’ll fly away
To a land where joys will never end
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away

Sunday, September 24, 2017

I'm taking a stand! How about you?

#BoycottNFLSponsors #BoycottNFL

Do you remember when Tim Tebow was vilified & ridiculed by the mainstream media, the sports media, and many athletes and coaches for taking a knee in prayer?  Do you remember when it was considered a "distraction"?  I do.  Yet, these ungrateful & many whom are criminal football players are praised and canonized for taking a knee to disrespect our National Anthem, our police officers, and our country.  I am disgusted beyond belief, and I refuse to keep silent about it.  #BoycottNFLSponsors  #BoycottNFL

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A little bit of happy, a little bit of sad...

I'll start with the happy.  My Aunt Sophie, who is my dad's sister, and my aunt & Godmother, turned 90 years young this past Thursday, August 10th, 2017!  I just had to make her a birthday card for this special occasion!    For the background I sponged several colors of Ranger Distress Ink, then spashed some color with watered down ink that I stamped first on my non stick craft sheet.  I then loosely colored the daisies with watercolor pencils, added a few sequins & beads, and a twine bow to complete the look.

Now for the sad.  My longtime school mate & friend, Danny DelConte, passed away on July 24th, 2017 suddenly & unexpectedly, at the too young age of 61.  Danny was my bestest "guy" friend all through high school, and we had lengthy phone conversations every night talking about anything & everything.  We lost touch over the years, but he will always be in my heart.  For this card I stamped flower & heart images with Versamark, then embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I randomly washed Shimmerz Inklingz watercolors on the background, & spritzed with water until I got a pattern I liked.  I added small droplets of Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents to mimic tear drops, stamped the sentiment, and added a darker mat.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

My son-in-law, Pat's, birthday was this past Saturday, July 15th, so I whipped up this quick birthday card for him.  I'm such a procrastinator, and wait until the last minute way too often, so I needed to make a card that wouldn't take me all day, but still had meaning & thought put into it.  I like getting inspiration from others, & while checking out Pinterest, I came across this card.

Perfect!  My daughter, Lauren, & son-in-law, Pat, live on a lake, they are nature people, and Pat is a surfer!  I have made a commitment to use my Cricut Explore more often, so since I didn't have a cat tail stamp, I went into the images section of Cricut's Design Space, and found a perfect image from the Wild Card cartridge called "Grass".  

I inked the background with Close To My Heart stamp pads using a Ranger mini blending tool, masking the moon with a circle shape cut out of Design Space before inking, and then using the attach, writing & weld features of Design Space for the sentiment & cutting the card.  I would have liked the sentiment to be a little lower on the card, but I had to guesstimate where the sentiment would land, since I had to ink the paper before loading it into my Explore.  I came pretty close! Practice makes perfect!  The grass was cut & attached separately.  Then I sprayed some water droplets to create more interest to the background, since the ink is water based, so reacts with water.  I stamped the birds from Penny Black's stamp set, Nature's Friends.  I love this stamp set, as it's so versatile, and I use it quite frequently.  As a finishing touch, after masking the grass & the moon, I flicked some dark blue watercolor splotches on the card, and inked the edges to ground the card on the white card base. Hope you enjoyed this quickie tutorial!

Patrick & Lauren
Ocean City, NJ
January 1, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happiness Is...

Spending time in my sewing & needle arts craft room is one of my favorite things to do, second only to spending time in my scrapbook & general crafts room, of which I'll show you all in another post. Fabric, threads & Disney!  What's not to love!

Designing larger blocks from half square triangle blocks using "Fresh Cottons" fabric by Fig Tree Quilts

"Fresh Cottons' fabric by Fig Tree Quilts

Dies for my Go Fabric Cutter

Autumn, Halloween, Winter & Christmas wool/felt/cotton embroidery & applique projects. Center pattern is from the
"The Mystery of the Salem Witches Guild"

Disappearing 9 Patch quilt top using the "Martinique" fabric line by
 Moda French General

Quilting & fabric creations books

Quilting & Craft  mags
My daughter, Lauren's, Disney princess hat, bought by her
Great Uncle Leo at Walt Disney World in 1990

There's a hand painted Christmas Mickey plate by my son, Mike, when he was a little guy,
hiding behind the Mickeys.

My daughter, Lauren's parasol, bought by her great Uncle Leo at Walt Disney World in 1992.
My son Joe's first Phillies jacket.

Crayons for crayon tinting my Crabapple Hill Studio patterns.

Quilt top made using Moda French General Martinique fabric & Fig Tree Quilt's Fresh Cottons.

Machine Embroidery Thread

Quilting, Embroidery & Applique Thread

My wonder machine!

Embroidery Attachement

Things I love:  Darkroom sign that belonged to my Godfather & Uncle, Leo
My nephew & Godson, Dominic's, putting green flag, named Orange Fox, his gamer name
Special Disney World posters

My wide format printer, for printing those 12 x 12 scrapbook pages!