Friday, October 20, 2017

Acetate gift box card

 I had a lot of fun figuring out how to do this after I saw someone's technique video online a couple of weeks ago!   This card is made with some background paper I created in Photoshop, some black embossed and watercolor inked leaves (Ksaleidacolor Autumn Leaves) from Gina K Stitched Leaves Mini kit.  The 2"square acetate box is from SU filled with any color stripped paper, or lined with designer paper.  The Bow was created with 123 bowmaker punch board by We R Memory Keepers,  and is easily removable as it sits on the double base of this top fold card.  The sentiment is from the same Stitched Leaves Mini kit and die and is triple layered for dimension.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thinking of you Get Well Card for my friend Barbara

The brown cardstock is embossed with a Darice autumn leaves folder,  the borders are copper stickers around the artpiece and the orange mat.  She is colored in prismacolor pencils and I am pretty sure she is a Sherrie Baldy graphic, but I can't find the original now to see how I labeled it before I printed it for this card.
The inside sentiment reads:  "I wanted to write something cheery and fun on this "Get Well Soon Card" for you.  But theere's nothing cheery or fun about shoulders getting replaced.  So here's all our support!  We're hoping you heal quickly and that the road to recovery is short and sweet (or long and cruisy, if you prefer)".

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shimmery Goodness--Halloween Style

This 5x7 card on black cardstock is the "Witchcraft (and cat) die #662368 cut from black and mounted on light gray cardstock. The stencils are  SU "Pattern Party" bricks and MFT 6x6 Mixables "Mini Cloud Edges"   This time I used a dauber for a very thin application of TCW Shimmery Goodness for the background stenciling.  

 Detail of the Shimmery  Goodness stenciling shows in the angled shot below

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Papers N Pixels Club

October is my turn to decorate our Club's window in the Pioneer Center (our big recreation center here in  Sun City).  Here's what I did!   I love it!

"front" from the hallway

"Front" f rom the Craft room side.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Poinsettia Sprite_Aurora Wings

The adorable Poinsettia Sprite is the centerpiece of this top fold card.  She is colored in Prismacolor Pencils, and finished with  Wink of Stella and some gold and bright blue stickles and Nuvo clear drops  The Sentiment is from Just  Rite Stamps collection Elegant Christmas Swirls (AG02052)   The idea is "partial die cut" for the top of the card, but it is hand cut-not die cut  only because I had not positioned the image correctly when I printed it (so the image didn't end up stamped on the top fold of the card to be cut away.  Papers are SU real red and whisper white.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Post It projects

This is "round one" of several projects I will be making for sale at the Sun  City Craft Fair in November. These are created with Hero Arts Layering Owl Die, with Botanical Blooms (SU) Cotage  Cutz Owls on a Branch. and others.  The little pens are Bazic Keychain ballpoint pens.  Tip.  Get Post its at Costco.  The ones from Amazon are nice, but half as thick, so they need to be doubled up for this particular project. (All are genuine Post Its)  There is a friendship saying stamped on the first sheet of each project.  "Friendship is not a big thing, it's a million little things"  Some have embossed fronts, and silhouettes (the elephant) as the artpiece topper and some have holographic ek success owl stickers.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Halloween

Tim Holtz amazing Witchcraft (and cat) die (662386)are the focus of this Hallowee'n card.  The mat is created by brushing distress ink on the deep embossing of the   Sizzix Textured Impressions Prism  Geometrics 3D Embossing Folder (661951)  Paper colors are SU Cajun Craze and black.  Little Ghost stickers are from Pop-ups-etc (starform stiickers) and the Happy Halloween sentiment is from Teeny  Tiny Wishes by SU.  There's a tiny bit of black Wink of Stella on the hat and broom.

Warm Winter Wishes

I created this card for our dear friends who are moving to Pennsylvania soon.  We will miss our wonderful weekly lunches, and the wonderful times, and the sad ones too,  we've shared.  Friendship isn't a big thing--it's a Million Little Things--part of the inside sentiment for the card with a Miran's drawing of Warm Winter Wishes.  She is done in Prismacolor pencils and finished with a snowflake border brushed with Nuvo Glimmer paste.  Wink of Stella, snow glitter, 3d Crystal glaze, and other accents are on the card.  She is mounted on SU gray and soft green paper.

Good Luck and Love, 
Donny and Sylvia!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Cardinal Sprite by Aurora Wings

This little Cardinal Sprite is trudging through the snow with a precious stick he found for his lady. He is created for the Challenge #57 where we were to Crop a graphic.  I Cropped (well, I hid) one of his feet behind a snowbank, but cropped away his sprig of Holly, and used part of the cropped holly for the corner embellishment.  The rest of the holly sprig is on the inside of the card with the greeting. The sentiment will either say Merry Everything, or Home for Christmas, (or something else! on acetate on the bottom edge).  The sweet little Cardinal Sprite is colored in Prismacolor Pencils and accented with 3d Crystal Glaze on his beak.  Eyes are enamel dots.  The background is a soft winter scene created in Photoshop, over soft gray card base, and the snowdrifts are from the "Jingle all the Way" stamp and die set by SU The snow drifts are textured with  glitter snow that I have mixed a little very light grey reinker into, and then handpainted the texture onto the snowdrifts. 

Do you know the legends and meaning and symbolism of a cardinal?  The notions that cardinals are messengers of Spirit exists across many cultures.  The word is derived from Latin cardo (hinge or axis) Like a hinge on the door a cardinal is the hinge on the doorway between the Earthly world and the Spirit world, carrying messages back and forth.  The cardinal is associated with myths and traditions that surround renewal, good health, happy relationships, monogamy and protection.  Looking at the life of a cardinal, it's easy to see why good associations are connected to it.  Cardinals mate for life, they are non-migratory birds, so they stay in their same area all of their lives, protecting their turf.  After their eggs hatch both parents work together to assure the good health, welfare and security of their little family.  
Things with wings get our attention and some think things with wings (butterflies, owls, birds, dragonflies, storks, albatross, etc)  are messengers from Heaven.  So maybe seeing a cardinal means that your loved ones are around and that you are being heard and guidance you seek is forthcoming.  Fun history and meaning of the little Sprite Mitzi sighted and shared for us.!

Blankets for the Grandest

I knit blankets this year for both the Grandchildren in College. Ryan is a Junior at So Vermont College in Bennington VT, and Georgia is a Freshman at UCSB in Santa Barbara, CA.  Ryans is a forest green and Georgia's is fisherman.  

Georgia's card

The blankets were the same pattern, but different colors

Ryan's Card