Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“Bees” Stamps Family Challenge



Last time I was in Houston and at my favorite art store there I came upon Some stamps by Dare2B Artzy Clear Stamps and I scooped a trio of the BEEutiful ones for sharing with my sister Nina and sister in law Judy so that I could make a challenge for us to do at the same time using the same stamps set.  We are lucky to be able to connect sometimes to create up a storm and I love this creativeness we can share.  I love how each of us has a unique take on challenges and how we all use supplies and sketches differently. 

I had picked up this slice of designer paper at an earlier date at Michaels, its a Recollections, and as I have several bee and honey themed stamp sets I scooped it up while it was on special.  I used some Simon Says rectangular stitched die cuts for some layers, backing them with black cardstock I stamped both senrtiments.  I bumped both layers out with foam tape.  I used my Wink of Stella gold to paint in the lined letters on BEEautiful and BUMBLE BEE.  I used some sparkly gold thread I have to accent.  I stamped the bee onto white cardstock using a fine gold embossing powder and cooking it good.  I added a gold sequin to the back of the bee, added a twist of the gold thread to imitate the bee’s wings.  I used two levels of foam tape to give the bee the place of honour on my cards. 

I still have two card sized slices of paper left, who knows what I’ll make next! 

“Seize Today” masculine card


I’ve had a set of ticket themed stamps I bought in the dark ages – from Forever in Time and have spent a lot of time wondering where I’d use these.  Today’s Atlantic Hearts Stamp Challenge #260 was the perfect cue:

Now I was not certain whether the ‘image’ square was to say there has to be an image here or in the larger rectangular bit or?  So I just did what felt right and hopefully its ok for this sketch. 

I used a recollections designer paper (I’m really ALL about paper, I used a recollections patterned one.  I chose a coordinating bit of green cardstock to stamp with the ticket image.  I then chose a piece of dark grey cardstock and stamped it with Inkadinkado Life’s Journey Key with embossing ink and gave it a blast of Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Antique Linen.  I like the way it turned out.  I fussy cut it out.  Lastly I stamped the “Seize Today” from Forever in Time onto black using a detail white embossing powder, then die cutting it out. 

I gave it some texture by layering up and voila! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Rectangle “Wishing you Happiness” card


Very creative and productive weekend!  I’m talking about chores AND making cards.  5 loads of laundry, changed sheets on two beds, vacuumed top to bottom, dishes, mopped floors and patio.  I am WOOOOMANNNN!  LOL.  Well, it has freed me up to play today.  I’m working on photobooks for my grandbaby too.  I went to a scrapbooking/crop/creative drop in locally and made stuff all the while catching up with friends.  I whipped this card up last  night after choosing this challenge for Sunday Stamps #176

I loved this simple sketch and I was able to fish about in my scraps bin and pull together a card I really like.  I matched these blocks of cardstock and then a pretty floral.  I decided to emobss the whole works and then I added thin strips of white in between because they sort of just mashed together.  I stamped this Stampin’ Up sentiment and then die cut it with a stitched die from Simon Says  and then the outter one with a Spellbinders die.  I used a punch for the two ribbons and then random gems for the finishing touches. 

Bonus – its RAINING outside, gives me a ticket to just settle in “my space” – to create and get my cards out!   What will YOU be doing today? 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

“Love Ya”–simple floral card


I managed to fit a card in today – between tasks – do YOU ever do this?  Or are you the type to sit down and stay put?  Is your creative time a reward for meeting goals?  Or do you have the ability to ignore everything around you and just go for it?  Well, I do a bit of both, depends on how I’m feeling.  I do like the “do and then reward” system particularly – especially when I know I have other family and folk online who are doing the same.  We can bemoan the boring tasks and celebrate the something creative we manage to slot in on the side. 

I was attracted to this week’s CAS(e) this Sketch #267

Since I struggle with “SIMPLE” I decided to simple simply by combining the strip WITH the sentiment all into one.  I hope this still makes me eligible to take part as I believe its our interpretation of the sketch more than everything having to be exactly in place.  At any rate, I truly enjoyed making this card. 


I used a square diecut from CottageCutz to frame a pretty piece of Designer Paper from a 6x6 block from “In Bloom” by My Mind’s Eye , backing it with a dark grey cardstock. I die cut the Love Ya from Lawn Fawn.  After everything was assembled on a sturdy Ninah columns cardstock I simply added some diamond accents onto the florals and sprinkled it lightly with Twinkle Dust by Clearsnap while it was still wet.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Masculine Taco Birthday!


This is fun, not only am I taking this challenge for the first time ever – The Paper Girls #149 (Masculine theme) but I’m also using a stamp set I bought waayyyyy back around Valentines day or something… well when I discovered it 70% off.  What a crime not to have used it till now, but my sis, Nina had purchased the same one so we made a decision to wait for each other!   So there is no sketch for this challenge, just the freedom to decide on a macho masciline guy pleasing card.  What fella could resist a taco themed card in bright colors? 

I used this Avacado themed stamp and die cut set from Recollections for the sentiment and taco, colored the fillings with Tombow markers.   I stamped in Versafine for the taco – embossed atop that.  I stamped the sentiment in detail white.  The designer background paper is Studio Calico South of Market 6x6 collection.  I ran a piece of ribbon through a chevron patterned embossing folder for extra texture. 

MISS YOU card (across the miles)


I had picked up this paper a while ago at Michaels and have had an itch to use it for some time.  I was delighted to find this challenge from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #259

So this is how I interpreted it.  The Recollections designer paper featured ALL of North America, but I isolted British Columbia, where I am from, and then added a section showing Georgia where my dear friend Valinda lives.  I did a whole lot of layering over an ebossed backdrop and bumped the BC layer up using foam tape.  I stamped some sweet florals using a Hero Arts stamp set, created a little wire loop to join us… then added a couple of Pretty Pink Posh sequins for the centers.  I stamped a sentiment from Forever in Time and used a stitched die cut on that. 

In the end, I’m quite happy with this and need to pop it in the mail at the first chance I get. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mauve and gentle Yellow Birthday Card

JAI 401 Barb Derksen 1

Not the greatest photo of my card ever, however I feel fortunate just to have a window to create this card and get it posted!  I’m a week home from Houston, Texas and I’m sooooo sick.  Just a cold/flu thing I cannot seem to shake. I’ve slept on and off for two days, hopefully tomorrow will dawn bright with me feeling better.  I made this card based on this week’s sketch from Just Add Ink #401

loved the simplicity of this sketch which allowed me to bring this together quickly, using scraps of DP and to use my crafting purchase from when I was in Houston, these spellbinders scalloped circles. 

I layered up atop a blank cardstock base, with a folder embossed layer, then two layers of DP backed with coordinating colors of cardstock.  The finishing touch is the Happy Birthday using a My Favorite Things stamp and then backed with this lovely foil scalloped circle. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Happy Birthday “Dude” card


Another masculine card in the basket, always good to have one for back up. 

I’m creating this card for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge #397

I decided to use a Happy Birthday sentiment for my “H”  I layered up heavily on this one with lots of different elements.  Black cardstock for the base with a topper of a Simon Says stitched die rectangle of My Mind’s Eye ‘Lost and Found’ DP.  I stamped a sentiment from Jillibean and die cut it in a square shape and added a black cardbase backing, trimmed and then a really glossy rich red thick cardstock beneath that.  I stuck the little Dude puffy sticker on from We R Memory Makers.  I added some black twine and then some dots I made myself from melted down pony beads (THAT was a fun project!) 

I hope you are enjoying the day and I thank you for stopping by.  Is there an element that YOU have made by hand? 

Its the Little Things card


My photo does not do justice to the pretty colors on my card, kind of washed out in the snapping of it.  However, I think this reflects the them of “little things” – as I look at this inspiration cue from Inspired by all the Little Things #80

Because… this is how my own home is and heart is too – a showcase for all the little things that take my fancy and bring me pleasure to look upon.  Yup, some might call me a bit of a collector of odd things, but I love it.  So looking at this inspiration galvinated me to simply jump in and express what makes me happy in layered happines upon cardstock

I used a good Neenah columns cardstock base.  Added a backdroped, die cut (Simon Says) stitched rectangle of DP by DWCV.  I topped this with a deep gold heavy cardstock, again using a stitched die, added a pretty vellum image, again by Bo Bunny (I’m getting my milage out of this sheet) and topping it with sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and a die cut sentiment by DieNamics 

Do YOU surround yourself with small touches that make you happy too?  I’d love to know what it is that makes your heart flutter…

Life is Beautiful… a card


Life IS beautiful, isn’t it?  I don’t mean that its always sparkly and shiny, but that in everything we go through we can always appreciate the opposite situations – the contrast causes us to savour each think in “real time”.  There is beauty in joy and beauty in sufferings, though it is hard to see it when we go through the worst of times.  When we do we are able to see the supportive people in our lives, and to have empathy for those who might be going through the same situations at some point.  Ok, enough about the why I chose this theme.   I’m making this card for this week’s The Paper Players #382 sketch

I chose my middle section first  - this lovely panel by Bo Bunny and added this sentiment from Forever in Time, stamped in versamark on cardstock, then  cut with a Simon Says die.  I backed the first panel with a pink sparkle paper and then a thicker vertical glitter cardstock in a dark grey.  I placed all this atop a die cut cardstock embossed with a Darice folder.  My final touch was the small heart I affixed next to the sentiment, punched out of a bit more of the Bo Bunny panel. 

I hope your day is passing by as creatively as mine! 

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