Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall Cards for My College Kids

Hello, friends! I find it hard to believe that it has been almost three months since our oldest two children went off to college.  So far they have been doing great, thank God...enjoying classes, friends, activities, etc.

I decided before they left that I would send them each a card every month, and so I want to share the cards I sent in early September and early October.  (I know they have received them already, so I'm not spoiling any surprises!)  It was funny, in this day and age in which everything is sent electronically, I had to remind them to check their campus mailboxes every once in a while!

I thought they would get a kick out of these fun Art Impressions images; I personalized their cards by printing and die cutting the computer-generated sentiments.

Here are the cards I sent my son and my daughter in early September, using "Hot Java Mama" and paper-piecing for her nightgown and robe.

Here are the early October cards they received, using the same set and more paper-piecing:

(It's true, they don't call me enough.)

I have some fun Halloween cards to share soon, but I'll do that later this month so I don't spoil the surprise!

Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

How I Spent World Card Making Day

Hello, friends! Yesterday was World Card Making Day and I had a choice to make -- would I spend it cruising around online, watching what everyone else was making and what sales were going on, or would I spend the day actually making cards?  In the spirit of the day, I decided to make cards...and I made lots of them!  It was wonderful!

I spent the day making 18 cards in total, all for the Holiday Card Drive currently being held at Cards for Little Hearts.


I found it easier to make sets while I had my supplies out. Prepare for a picture-heavy post! (I'll share pics of the sets I made, then I'll do individuals at the end...feel free to scroll through quickly!)  If you have any questions about any of the supplies I used, feel free to ask in the comments and I'll respond.

First up, a set using the sweet "Holiday Hugs" snowman from My Favorite Things:

Next up, a set using an adorable snowman ("Snowy") from Penny was fun paper-piecing the hats and scarves for each snowman!

Next, a cute Penny Black penguin set ("Arctic Bus"); I had fun changing up the backgrounds, using a variety of shimmer inks, splatters, and distress inks:

Next, a set of cards using some "Smitten Mittens" die cuts from Reverse Confetti:

Next, some sweet carolers from Clearly Wordsworth paired with a sentiment from Hero Arts:

Finally, one single card using some left-over die cuts (Pretty Pink Posh "Festive Holiday") and scraps of it when those things come together to make a card!  (The sentiment is from Hero Arts.)

I've already packaged up these 18 cards and will be taking them to the post office this week.  The Cards for Little Hearts holiday card drive goes on all month in case you'd like to send in a card or two!  You can find details HERE.

I'll leave you with individual photos of each card...thanks, as always, for stopping by today!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Cards for Little Hearts - Winter/holiday card drive has begun!

Hello, friends!

I am sorry I haven't been here much -- I am still making cards but not for many challenges these days, just for my specific needs.  I promise I'll be on soon to share what I have made in recent weeks.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some information about the start of the Winter/Holiday card collection over at the Cards for Little Hearts.

In case you haven't heard, this year-long card drive has specific themes at certain times of year.  Today starts the Winter and Holiday card collection.  Christina Hor, the founder, details everything you need to know at the website linked here.

For specific information regarding the Winter/Holiday Card requirements, click HERE.

You can be sure I will be making some holiday cards for this drive -- what better way is there to spread holiday cheer than with a cute handmade card for a child or teen in the hospital during the holidays?

The way I see it, I have way too many holiday stamps...BUT I feel good knowing I am using my stash for cards that will brighten a child's day at the holidays.  I bet you have some fun holiday stamps you could use to make a few cards?

I think I have at least five different snowman stamps to play with (Jane's Doodles, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Gerda Steiner, etc.). I also have a bunch of cute woodland animals, Santa's, elves, winter scenes, etc. How about you?

Even one card is worth sending...every card counts!

Join me in sending a few holiday cards to cheer up youth with congenital heart disease spending the holidays in the hospital.

Let me know if you do, I'd love to hear!  I may just send out some random acts of crafty goodness to those who let me know! ;)

Have a great day...and Happy October!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Joy Wreath

Hello, friends!  I'm here today to share a card I made for two challenges:

(1) CAS Christmas September Challenge

(2) Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #308- Holiday

My card is a simple one, just the way I like it.  I stamped the wreath (using brown and two shades of green distress inks), then I dry embossed the falling snow pattern before adhering the "joy" die cut from glitter paper.

See? I told you it was simple!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (A Wreath for All Seasons)
Dies: WPlus9 (Hand Lettered Holiday) 
Other: Embossing folder (TH Sizzix Snowfall Speckles), red glitter paper

Hope all is well. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 31, 2018

TIME OUT Challenge #117

Hello, friends! What a whirlwind two weeks it has been in our household as we moved our two oldest children in at their respective colleges for their first year! Thank God all went smoothly and they seem to be adjusting well.  On the home front, we are still adjusting to having only two of our four children at is very quiet, that's for sure!

I had to stop in today to share a card for the current TIME OUT Challenges: Challenge #117 based on  these inspiring words:

Unfortunately we didn't get much time for "toes in the sand" this summer since our kids had summer jobs and no common time off.  I can say, however, that "life is good" and I am most definitely grateful for all that I have and all that makes me happy!

I think this lovely lady from Art Impressions (Beach Babes) and the accompanying Mama Elephant (Birthday Wishes) sentiment sum up this graphic quite well!

I'm also going to enter this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where "Anything Goes!"

OK, off to clean up my house...I am still recovering from the preparations required for two college moves. Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 20, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #35: Coffee, Tea and Treats!

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by to share three cards I am entering into the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #35: Coffee, Tea and Treats!

I went for the "treat" end of this challenge, although I may play again with my Love You a Latte coffee set. We'll see!

These three cards are off to the Cards for Little Hearts card drive, an ongoing card collection for children with congenital heart disease.  I find that Lawn Fawn images make perfect cards for kids -- they are so cheerful and sweet!  I'd love it if you joined me and sent in a few cards to brighten the days of kids in the hospital...the staff use our cards to write notes to the patients!  Check out the website for more information HERE. (When looking for ideas or sharing your cards on social media, use #cardsforlittleheartscarddrive.)

Now on to my cards.  I made three different cards using the same basic stamp layout. I love the tiny die cuts and adorable smiley faces on these ice cream cones from the Lawn Fawn "Sweetest Flavor"  set!  These are certain to satisfy your sweet tooth!

My first card used a fun die cut base paired with some sassy pink paper.

Can you see the Wink of Stella on the cherry?

My next card used some cheery yellow polka dotted Lawn Fawn patterned paper!

More Wink of Stella...and I love the white gel pen accents!

My third and final card used some different colors for ice cream and some sequins for shine.

Yep, Wink of Stella again!

I appreciate your visit today. Be sure to check out the current challenge at The Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and consider sending in a card or two (or several!) to the ongoing card drive at Cards for Little Hearts. Lawn Fawn products are perfect for it!

Take care,

Friday, August 10, 2018

Inspired By Challenge - Cool Treat

Hello, friends!  Just stopping by to share a card I made for the current Inspired By...Cool Treat challenge.

I saw design team member Michele Ferguson's delicious card and knew I had to play along!  This is actually my first time playing along at Inspired By even though I have been a follower for some time now. So glad I was able to join in the fun this week!

On to my card. I decided to play with my Reverse Confetti "Let's Chill" die and I dry embossed it to add some texture.  The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set called "Stamp Your Own Fruit."  Paired with some patterned paper and a twine bow, this was quick and easy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts (Stamp Your Own Fruit)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), distress ink (Vintage Photo)
Dies: Reverse Confetti (Let's Chill), Lil' Inkers (Stitched Rectangles)
Embossing Folder: Sizzix (Snowfall/Speckles)
Other: patterned paper, twine

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Stay cool!