Monday, January 14, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts - Heart-Themed Cards

Hello, friends, and Happy New Year!

Yes, I realize it has been quite a while since my last post. It seems to me that life just keeps getting busier, just when I think it can't be possible!

The holidays are notoriously busy in our household, with Christmas concerts, celebrations (my birthday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, my daughter's birthday, New Year's Eve), church services, decorating, shopping, cleaning, visiting, etc.  This year it was different because my two oldest children came home from college after their first semester and didn't return to school until January 13th. It was great having everyone home again...everything was bustling around here!

Now everyone has returned to school and work, the decorations are put away, and the old routine has resumed.

I was happy to be able to spend time throughout the weekend making a batch of cards for the current Cards for Little Hearts card drive. They are currently collecting heart-themed cards to be distributed during February, which is "heart month."



While I seem to be moving away from making cards for challenges and blogging the way I used to, I am finding great satisfaction in making cards for this particular cause.  Heart disease has impacted my extended family, and it makes me happy to know that my cards might bring smiles to children who are in the hospital due to congenital heart disease.

Note that the heart-themed cards for February distribution should have general sentiments, not specific to Valentine's Day.  Details about the card drive can be found at their website HERE.  It would be fantastic if you sent in a card or two. The card drive goes on all year, but collection for heart-themed month is going on now!

Now for some of my cards.  Warning: picture-heavy post ahead!

I found that my Lawn Fawn critter stamps come in very handy for cards for kids...the images are so cute!

These cards used Lawn Fawn critters paired with Hero Arts sentiments.







The next few cards are made with all Lawn Fawn stamps.  I'm going to enter four of them into the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #44: Happy Little Critters!  I hope all these happy critters bring smiles to the kids who receive them!












The next few cards use other products, including 
Hero Arts, D.O.T.S and Neat & Tangled.



(I love the sparkle that some glitter on the flowers adds to this card!)


(Hard to see, but this sentiment is embossed with ultra fine clear embossing powder.)

Congratulations, you made it through a very long post...one way or another! 

I do appreciate your visits and I hope you will check out the Cards for Little Hearts ongoing card drive...it is a great way to enjoy your stamps and supplies while bringing smiles to children and teens suffering from congenital heart disease.

Happy January, my friends!
Take good care,
Judy
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Supplies Used:
STAMPS:
Hero Arts "Truly Appreciated"
Hero Arts "Magical Background"
Lawn Fawn "Party Koala"
Lawn Fawn "Stinkin' Cute"
Lawn Fawn "A Little Sparkle"
Lawn Fawn "RAWR"
Lawn Fawn "Wheelie Like You"
D.O.T.S "Sm Flower Bunch"
Neat & Tangled "My Favorite"
Simon Says Stamp "Falling Snow"
Impression Obsession "Wooden Plank"
Impression Obsession "Gingham"
DIES:
Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
Mama Elephant Index Card Creative Cuts
My Favorite Things Blueprints 20
WPlus9 Sunshine Layers
EMBOSSING FOLDERS:
Sizzix/Stampin' Up "Framed Tulip"
OTHER:
sequins, glitter cardstock, red glitter tape, ultra fine glitter

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2018

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with a card for the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! (Haven't missed one yet, can't start now!)


For my card, I stamped several Avery Elle "Cool Beans" coffee cups and fussy cut in order to paper-piece them. I added some MFT die cut snowflakes to embellish them, topping each with a white gel dot.  I stamped a gingham pattern on my card base, then adhered the coffee cups to a patterned paper square framed in black.  Finally, I die cut the STAMPlorations sentiment and adhered with glue.

Sorry for the poor lighting...I leave for work in the dark and get home in the dark! :(
If I'm able to get a shot in the daylight, I'll come back and add it!


Edited to add picture from daylight!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Avery Elle (Cool Beans), Impression Obsession (Gingham) 
  • Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), red dye ink
  • Dies: STAMPlorations (Warm Winter Wishes), Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Squares), 
  • My Favorite Things (Layered Snowflakes)
  • Papers: Lawn Fawn (Knit Picky 6x6 paper pad), silver glitter paper
  • Other: white gel dots, glue


I'm also adding this card in the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #321 where Anything Goes!



Thanks, as always, for stopping by.
Happy Hopping!
Judy

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Merry Santa

Hello, friends! I'm stopping in quickly to share a card I made for several challenges:

(1)  Inspirational Challenge #175: Designer's Choice - Anything Christmas



(2) Inspired By...Christmas Linens -- I was definitely inspired by the Santa images!



(3) CAS on Friday Challenge #147 - Make a Christmas Card



(4) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
I had a good time inking up and coloring this festive My Favorite Things Santa image paired with a great sentiment from Honey Bee.  I kept it clean and simple by keeping white space and minimal embellishments around my one main image.


Supplies:
Stamps: MFT (Jingle All the Way), Honey Bee (Fa La La)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood), Copic markers
Dies: MFT (Wonky Stitched Rectangles)
Other: Hero Arts snowflake sequins, Stickles, ultra fine glitter



I really appreciate your visit during such a busy time of year!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!
Judy

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sharing Projects from Make It Merry Bayonne

Hello, friends!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know that I was lucky enough to attend Cheiron Brandon's "Make It Merry!" holiday card making event in Bayonne, NJ on Saturday, November 10th.  We had a great day -- I met some very lovely ladies, and I came home with a bag of finished holiday cards and some new stamps to play with!


While I know lots of people do these classes, I must admit that it was my first. With four teens, my weekends are usually booked solid, but this time the stars aligned and I was able to go. (What a wonderful early Christmas present from my darling husband!) I'm already going to plan to go next year...anyone in the New Jersey/New York/Delaware area interested in joining me?  Think about it!

This will be a picture-heavy post...feel free to scroll quickly if needed!

First up, all the cards we made. We made lots of fun projects using stamps and dies from fun companies such as Concord & 9th, Neat and Tangled, Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, Flora & Fauna and Avery Elle.  We made 15 cards in all...and each one is different.

In addition to this being my first card making class, I also made my first shaker card and used my first turnabout stamp set! How about that?  Here are all the cards we made:


Here are close-ups of some (not all) of the cards I made:



(My first shaker card!)




(I'm definitely adding a candy cane to this card!)






Now some fun pictures...the Bridge Art Gallery was a really sweet space, and the ladies who filled it were even sweeter!  Here are some pics from the day.







(I totally cherish this name tag handwritten by Danielle of Neat and Tangled!)

(Our goodies from the very generous Concord & 9th and Hero Arts!)

(My awesome table-mates!)




(So happy to meet Danielle from Neat and Tangled!)

(Thrilled to be with Danielle and Cheiron...such sweethearts!)

I have to admit, I came home from this event on such a high! I still feel so happy and energized when I think about my day of crafting with fellow card makers. What a joy it was to make cards all day with such a fun group of amazing women. I'm so grateful I was able to go!

In case you are interested in the stamp sets and dies we used for our cards, I have linked most products below.  Thanks again for hanging in there for a very long post!
Take good care,
Judy

Links to most of the stamps/dies we used:
Avery Elle - Burst Elle-ments die
Concord & 9th - Merry & Bright die
Concord & 9th - Snowflakes Turnabout
Flora & Fauna - Flamingo Holiday Set and dies
Flora & Fauna - Unicorn Ice Castle stamps and dies
Flora & Fauna - Animal Sweaters Set and dies
Hero Arts - Naughty Elves stamps and dies
Hero Arts - Very Merry Tree Fancy Die
Lawn Fawn - Gingerbread Friends dies
Lawn Fawn - Winter Skies stamps and dies
Lawn Fawn - Reverse Stitched Scalloped Circle Window die
Neat & Tangled - Angel Wings stamps and dies
Neat and Tangled - Falling Stars
Neat and Tangled - Snow Fun stamps and dies
Neat and Tangled - Penguin Treat Holder die
Neat and Tangled - Fa La La Cover Plate die
Tim Holtz Sizzix Lumber 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Holiday Wreath Bigz Die With Texture