Playing Cards with Friends ala Michele!

 Hello, Friends!

I've come today with a fun "play date" with Michele and I hope you enjoy our fun!  She has honored me with an invitation to be her friend for the month -- but I hope the friendship will last longer - lol.  Michele is actually one of my longest and loudest cheerleaders, and as sweet as can be.  She's set the stipulations of our play date ~

* Flowers
*  Embossing
*  Remembering Mom

This Sunday is Mother's Day so you probably think I'll be making a Mother's Day card, and while I did, it'll be another post.  I decided to make my Mom a Birthday card since her Birthday is at the end of the month.
Here's my card ~

And a close-up of all that glorioius shine from the hot foiling ~

I made two other cards, but this is my FAVE!  After completing the embossing and hot foiling, I added extra color to the flowers and leaves with Copics for some depth but I must admit the colors are not quite true due to the rainy days we've had lately.  These are different colors for me and definitely different for mom, but I know she'll love it 'cause she's my Mom!  I used a few new products, so there's another plus.

Thank you for stopping by and please join me in visiting Michele' to see her beauty -- trust me, her cards all are!

   WRMK - Quilted (pin) embossing folder
   SB - Framed Details plate (NBUS), Happy Birthday plate, GOM 3/22 Glimmer Edge Roses (NBUS)
   MFT - Scalloped Edge die



Thank you, Teachers


Popping in today with a card -- it's Teacher Appreciation Week, and while I want to thank ALL teachers for their work, this one's for our eldest Daughter.  She's a teacher for 2nd grade currently but has Kindergarten in the past.  She's a wonderful "Uplifter", patient and kind, welcoming to all who come through her door.

This one came together pretty easily - an adorable image and a bit of coloring.  I've had this cute stamp since last fall but kept it for this special occasion.  The sentiment also came from a new set, with some new sentiments for my teacher cards.

I'll be sending this card to two challenges - Time Out #212 - Spring (what's not Spring about bunnies, flowers and a new green hedge?) and NBUS #38 for the new products.


   AGW - Teacher Bunny (NBUS)
   SSS - Thank You Teacher (NBUS)
   PF - Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die

Thank you for stopping by, and I'll try to be back sooner!
(hint) ...maybe tomorrow?
Have a great week!



Happy Easter, Everyone!


I've unfortunately been quite absent lately, lots going on and now work is ramping up too, so time might be scarce for a bit.  However, I wanted to wish everyone a WONDERFUL Easter, full of blessings!

I have a couple cards to share, so I'll get right to it with as little chat as possible, and a few details.

Beautiful washi gifted from Bonnie last year, and I saved it so I could use these sweet bunnies this year!

Only a little heat embossing, die cutting and sequins here...

This next card is a new stamp that I adore, and put it to use right away ~

Copic colored, gold Washi to the left,  and all the yellow was given a golden layer of Wink of Stella, sorry it isn't visible in the photo.

My next card is a rubber stamp I've had for a few years and never used, so this needed to come out.  I think the "topiary" chicken is hilarious (go ahead look close)!

Again Copic colored, cut out and a borrowed Easter sentiment.

My next one is a newer die, that I just HAD to have ~

Ink blending in the background, the outline layered a couple of times, the cross was Winked, a few negatives popped out and colored then placed back in, the sentiment die layered on vellum and attached.

   Card 1 - gifted Washi, MFT Blueprints 27 and Fiskars Holiday Hooplah sentiment
   Card 2 - CCC Rose Cross
   Card 3 - MFT Wonky Stitched die, Art Gone Wild - Easter Bunny stamp, PS Easter Blessings sentiment
   Card 4 - SSS Outline Floral Cross die, SSS - Alleluia die

Again, that's it for me, I truly hope you have a blessed Easter!
He is Risen!



A Watercolor Rose for Easter


Today I have a really quick and easy Easter card.  I've had this Stamplorations card front on my desk for quite some time, which was one of several freebies I received with an order.  It has sat on my desk, void of attention because well, I felt like a cheater!  

I've now pulled my "big girl pants" on and decided that it makes a really beautiful Easter card!  Actually, I WISH I could watercolor like this!  A sentiment from Reverse Confetti was added.

Post-photo, I decided that it needed a few dew drops, so those were added and I'm really happy with my card!

Hope your week is going well!



Easter Blessings

 Dear Friends, welcome!

Although the weekend started with yardwork, after my knees and back were done, I moved into the Craft Room!  I was able to make a couple of cards, not great success but I'll take it since time is evading me.  There will be no challenges today, as this card "just happened".

The first card was an attempt at water color pencils, to no avail.  I tossed it aside but came back later trying to resurrect it.  I left the lilies white (unlike this one) with the exception of the greenery and a little faint color on the lilies to add a little dimension.  

I thought it needed a little more pizzazz so... I decided to bust out the Kuretake shimmer paints and wash over the white area.  Success, except now the greenery looks ignored, so I added a little Wink of Stella.  Here's the end result in a video, if I can figure this out ~

Now THAT'S a lot of shimmer!

   Anita's - Lilies
   PS - Easter Blessings
   PTI - My Mother, My Friend die

Well that's it for me today!  I'll post the other soon.  I'm a bit worn out after the yardwork (none all winter makes a lady sore).  Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and looking forward to Easter ahead!  We've got high winds in the forecast and snow in the mountains and hills -- hopefully you're done with snow for the year!