Thinking slow on a Sunday

You know, I would love to be able to WOW you with verbal wit or a thought-provoking post. But this is one of those days where the vibe seems to be one of relaxing, doing a few quiet chores and sharing a couple of card-making things with you.

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An important share is a reminder that FMS is looking for new designers, in case you’re interested. I’m a fan of the site and appreciate the sketches and inspiration shared there. Be sure to check them out and scroll down below the sketch to view the entries for even more inspiration! This layout on the left is the current FMS challenge; it’s nice and open, leaving lots of room for interpretation.

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This card along with a few others were created for Bring Smiles to Seniors. This group of volunteers sends donated cards to residents of nursing homes, assisted & independent living communities, home-bound seniors, and seniors participating in elderly nutrition program. Isn’t that lovely? If you would like to be involved in donating cards to worthy causes, I invite you to visit their page or check out the Cards for a Cause forum on Splitcoast Stampers. It’s a great way to share your handmade creations.💞

Isabella – Freshly Made Sketch(es)

There’s a lot of inspiration out there on the web. Doncha love it?! Finished cards, color combos, techniques plus my all-time favorite – sketches! Today, I’m excited to share a card based on Freshly Made Sketches challenge to use this layout:

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This open sketch really leaves a lot of room for interpretation. I went with a stencil and embossing paste to which I added some red ink. It came out a little more pink than I wanted, so I laid the stencil back over and dabbed on more red ink. I used the finished color as a starting point for coloring in this beautiful image by Picket Fence.

Isabella FMS DT entry

If you also love sketches, you may be excited to hear that FMS is holding a call for Design Team members. You can click the link above to access their site for the details. Tell ya what… I’ll root for you if you root for me! 🙂

Supplies: Image – “Isabella” (Picket Fence); Stencil, embossing paste and ink – Stampin’ Up!; Cardstock – Neenah Solar White; coloring medium – Copics.

Mid-week help… in the form of a pun!

Wednesday, hump day, mid-week… whatever you call it, sometimes we need something to help us smile and keep plugging away at the week. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to indulge in some silliness? You decide 🙂

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I Chews You stamp set (Simon Says Stamp)

 

For those of you who may be interested in the Copic markers used to color the image, I chose the following colors based on the little stickers shown above:

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Other supplies used:

Memento Tuxedo Black, 1″ circle punch, Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops

So what will it be? (And a Christmas card, too!)

Thanksgiving is now a memory and my main batch of Christmas cards has been mailed off. It’s hard to believe that the month of November is almost finished and soon we will be celebrating the new year. It’s not a new thought that “time flies”, but it seems this year had extra wings to help hurry it along.

As I look towards the new year and all that it will bring (one son leaving to continue his education and the other starting at a local university), I recognize it as another year to fine-tune myself, one area at-a-time. Last year, my focus was grace – towards others and myself. Somehow, in trying to figure out my own medical issues and changing my diet to a healing one, I had become very type-a. I heard someone define me that way and it startled me. Honestly, I felt like I had been struck. Being organized and aware is one thing, but was I giving the impression that my way was the only way? In some ways… yes. That was a year of paying more attention to my interactions with others but also the things I was telling myself about myself. 

2018 has been more about intentional commitment. Why do I spend my time doing what I do? Where is the value in it for others, even if it’s just being exposed to a better me? When I dropped my previous blog and started this one, my intent was to share more about my life and thoughts. Yes I love card-making (and I have one to share today – promise!), but there is more in my life and I realize that many of my experiences are not unique. Sharing that side of myself just might help you and I can’t think of a better use of time than that. When the urge to shy away from writing posts with anything personal hits and I forget my why & the value, intentional commitment reminds me to refocus and try again. It may be that I need more time with this focus, but it could be that, like last year’s grace, they are meant to remain a part of who we are and a work in progress.

Well, one area where I remain committed with little need for reminding is making greeting cards. (I’m even better at actually sending them these days! Woohoo!) I need just a few more Christmas cards for co-workers and a few to donate, as well. Inspired by a lot of the decor on pillows, clothes and even Christmas trees this year, I created this simple but bold design in just a few minutes with the help of the Buffalo Check background stamp by Stampin’ Up!

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Add detail to your check design with pens or markers. A simple black line was added here using a Copic Multi-liner and ruler.

Thank you for visiting my tiny blog today. If you read the post above, I would love to hear your feedback on what I shared and if you have a focus word or something similar you employ. If you stopped by just for the card, I’d like to hear that, too! For another idea using a check/plaid background, be sure to check out this post which includes a link to a 16-site blog hop featuring the above stamp. 

SUPPLIES → Stampin’ Up! supplies: Whisper White, Basic Black card stock; Cherry Cobbler ink; Silver Twine and Enamel Dots (retired); tree die-cut is from Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (retired) Other supplies: Copic Multiliner pen, sentiment from Flamingo Bells by Avery Elle, ruler

Stamp Review Crew – First Frost stamp set

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Today the Stamp Review Crew is ready to inspire you with projects created using Stampin’ Up!’s First Frost. This 9-piece stamp set contains 6 floral images and three sentiments, two of which can be used year-round!  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to go through the hop and be inspired by the many ideas shared!

For my first card, I used the “frost” part of the name as inspiration for my colors and technique. Repeated stamping paired with white heat embossing helped create the background. Combining silver thread, rhinestones and Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon as embellishments helped keep it cool but dress it up!

Stampin' Up! First Frost stamp set

For my next card, I decided to warm things up. I stamped the two flower images in 4 warm colors then added splatter (an image from the Touches of Texture stamp set) in Soft Suede. I chose to use this sentiment from our featured set hoping it will bring a smile to someone’s face in the next month or two. (And hopeful you will like it, too!)

SRC First Frost roses

Well, thanks so much for checking out my post today. I hope you are inspired by something you saw and ready to do some stamping soon. For more ideas, I invite you to now visit Stesha! She always has beautifully detailed projects; I know you are going to love them!

If you are already hopping and are going the other way,  Cindy at Hearts Delight Cards is your next stop! Lets see what she has been up to in the beautiful Tennessee hills!

Enjoy blog hops? Check out our previous Buffalo Check inspired hop or click the Blog Hop tag in the sidebar!

Timeless Tidings Christmas cards

With Thanksgiving looming, my internal card-making clock tells me its time to make sure I’ve created enough Christmas cards to mail in early December. Ok, so maybe it’s not an internal clock… more like a slight panic attack!

I lose creative mojo (aka enthusiasm) making the same card in multiples, so my go-to time saver is making similar cards using the same supplies. For the cards below, I started with white and black cardstock and repeat-stamped images to color in. I also added little dots between the images to fill in some of the white space without making it too busy.

Christmas 2018 Timless Tidings

In case you are interested, here is a handy-dandy pinnable image detailing the Copic markers used to color in these images 🙂

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A few of the supplies used:

Cardstock (Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black by Stampin’ Up!), Spectrum Noir white card stock

Leaf/floral images: Timeless Tidings (Stampin’ Up!) <-click to see the whole set

Sentiment “season’s greetings”: Find Beauty (Technique Tuesday)

Die-cut sentiment “From our home to yours”: Creative Expressions (can you believe it’s only $3.49?!)

Copic Markers: Dick Blick

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

2018 Holiday Cheer (+ brown Copic combo to try!)

“Holiday Cheer for you, my deer!”

Yes, it’s November already. Can you believe it? I’m mystified by the quick passage of time but dealing with it by looking forward to all the next few months will have to offer. My husband and I will be traveling to London later this month for a few days; a little escape for us while we attend the vow renewal of a colleague. One of the many things I’m looking forward to is seeing the Christmas decorations that have begun bedecking the city. We really enjoyed them last year and I’m hoping they will inspire me to continue working on my Christmas projects at home.

Speaking of those projects, here’s a card made using an adorable image of a very festive little deer – she’s looks ready to celebrate, too!

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Peekin’ Polar Pals (Darcie’s heart & home)

When I set out to color this image I realized it would be good practice for working on brown color combinations. Although I’m getting braver about trying my own, I do like to have a starting point sometimes and will research what others have tried. Pinterest is a good resource for this and I always enjoy when a crafter has shared an image along with the colors they used to complete it. I thought you may like having this information, too, so below is a graphic showing the Copic marker combinations I tried on the above image. I hope you find it helpful!

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Other products used today include cardstock, white enamel dots and twine by Stampin’ Up! Stitched dies by My Favorite Things.