Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lily of the Valley

 "A meow massages the heart."
-------Stuart McMillan
Hi, Friends....

I am back with a simple little card I made for the MFP Color Challenge - Peach, Yellow and Green.  I used one of what I call my "card starters".  I have a stack of partially made cards that have one or two scraps of patterned paper or cardstock already on them.  These are all ready for the fast addition of an image and/or sentiment and small embellishment.  

I just happened to have one with this beige cardstock and some peach paper that I had run through a crimper with a subtle star pattern on it.  Yay!  

I stamped the MFP Lily of the Valley image from the set of that same name in Memento London Fog ink on watercolor paper and painted it with my watercolors.  I wanted to put a gray wash around the image so the white flowers would show, but I am afraid that gray didn't turn out as well as I wanted.  I will keep practicing.  :)

I put a bit a yellow paint in the middles of the individual flowers, but it didn't show up too well.  I wanted more yellow for the challenge, anyway, so I used my yellow Sakura Glaze gel pen to make the centers more visible.  Then I also added the little yellow rhinestones.  Somehow, the flowers still weren't quite right, so I also added a bit of glitter gel pen to the centers.  I like how they turned out.  The sparkle echoes the little rhinestones...or is it the other way around???  Hopefully, you can see the shine in this angled photo.

Hope you liked this simple little card.  Do you do "card starters" similar to what I described?  What other things help you save time and use scraps????  Please tell me in your comments!

Have a lovely rest of the week!!!

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes
2.  MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge #40 - Peach, Yellow, and Green
3.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors
4.  DL.ART October Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.  Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge #169 - Super Scraps Saturday - Use Scraps

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Best Shot

"The real measure of a day's heat [or how warm you have the house!] is the length of a sleeping cat."
                                                                              -----------Charles J. Brady [and me!]

Hi, Friends............

I did it!!!  

With this card, I managed an entry in all SEVEN, count 'em seven, of the Winnie & Walter WCMD Week of Challenges!!!!  I am really pleased.  There is no extra prize or anything for doing all seven challenges, but I just wanted to.  :)

This last one was the On Trend with Lea challenge which was a puzzle for me because it asked you to make a card with the trendy camera theme.  I am not a camera bug and don't have any camera stamps or papers, so I didn't think I could finish out the challenges.  But I searched and searched through my stash and finally found this little Glitz camera rhinestone button:

That's not a very good picture of it, but it is what I based my entire card around.  

The only thing I could think of for this card was to make a faux photograph and use the shiny camera piece.  So out came a stack I didn't figure I personally would ever use, but that eventually my granddaughter would:  the DCWV All Dolled Up Stack that has paper dolls and accessories in it.  

So, I chose one of the gals in the stack and put a little tropical-looking outfit on her and a Prima flower in her hair.  Then I found a palm tree looking background from the DCWV Premium Photo Stack and "snapped" a vacation shot.  :)  

I mounted the photo with Scrapbook Adhesives white photo corners and put her on a background of exotic paper.  The camera in the corner was all that was needed for additional embellishment.  

So....what do you think?  I will probably use this for a young teenage gal at some point....turn it into a birthday card, perhaps.  I think it will work.  

This challenge was a stretchhhhhhhhhhhh for me, but I gave it my best shot and ended up having fun with it...even though I was rushed here at the end.  A big THANK YOU to Winnie & Walter for the tremendously fun time I had entering ALL SEVEN of your WCMD challenges!  (Whew!!)  I am so grateful you kept your challenges open for the whole week!! 


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD 2014 On Trend with Lea - Camera Theme 
2.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes
3.  Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October 

Time for Tea

Do you think perhaps their proofreaders are blind, too?????  :)

"The cat sees through shut lids."
-----------English saying

Hi, Friends....

I was able to make one more card for the Winnie & Walter WCMD Week of Challenges!!  This one is for the Sketched with Julie challenge

Here's the fun sketch she gave us:


I just couldn't get a handle on the sketch until I hit on using a doily for the large circle and some adorable Mary Engelbreit stickers a friend gave me (Thanks, Christy!!!).  My doily isn't quite big enough to cover as much of the card as the sketch has, but I hope it will be okay.

My doily seemed like it needed a bit of definition against the peachy background (looks orange, but is really peach! heehee) so I heat embossed some gold circles from the Winnie & Walter - Scenery:  Big Bang Confetti stamp set to add a bit of filigree to it.  

Other supplies include:  DCWV premade card base, K&Co green patterned paper, Zva crystals, Want2Scrap adhesive pearls, and thrift store yellow ribbon.  That ribbon gives me fits when I am using it on my cards so I used my Xyron 1" sticker maker.  Worked like a charm!

It was fun using stickers on my card today.  I don't do that very often, but these tea ones seemed to go well with the doily idea.  Thanks for stopping in!!  Wish we could enjoy a cup together in real life.  :)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD 2014 Sketched with Julie 

2.  MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge #40 - Peach, Yellow, Green
3.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes

Peach, Yellow, and Green

These two cats look sooooooo much like my Chaienne and Aliyah.....except my old lady cats are arched-up rivals.  I've never in their 13 years seen them sit civilly that close to each other.  They define the word "catty". 

"If I called her, she would pretend not to hear, but would come a few moments later when it could appear that she had thought of doing so first."
                                                                                -----------Arthur Weigall

Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another card to squeak in before the deadline at Winnie & Walter's WCMD Challenges.   I still have until tonight, so who knows....I might even get another card in!  :)  

This one is for the Pinspiration with Vanessa challenge.  I was so glad to be able to use my Winnie & Walter - Scenery:  Big Bang Confetti stamp set.  I think it works fantastic embossed in white for this card, don't you? I also used a sentiment from Mark's Finest Paper - Works of Art set, which I heat embossed in a metallic green.  Yum!  I will enter this in the MFP Color Challenge - peach, yellow, and green.

Here's the Pinspiration inspiration piece for the W&W challenge.  I love the colored panels and drew inspiration from those for my card. 

I used a DCWV peach card base and pieced the solid pastel green and yellow panels over it.  Easy peasy!!!  It's only cut and paste....but I liiiiiiiiiiiike it!  :)    Hope you like it, too!

Ding!  Ding! Ding!  It's New Follower Introduction time!!!!!
Please help me welcome my newest follower #62
Creations by Shirl -- Shirl lives way over in Hawaii, but I didn't see any swaying palm trees on her blog.  What I did see were Shirl's cards with images so sweetly colored that your heart just squeezes itself into a happy pitter-patter.  She also has exotic pets.....turtles and sharks!!! her house!!!  I loved perusing her blog, enjoying her artistic creations and getting introduced to those interesting house pets. I think you will, too!!!  THANKS, Shirl, for becoming a follower.  Your support is a great encouragement to me.  This ginormous smile is for you!


Okay, friends...that's all for now. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. We're getting a rainstorm currently, but we have had some gorgeous autumn days, lately.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Imperfections.....Make us Real

This reminds me of when Little Peach tells Grandpa that he doesn't have any hair.  He does, actually, have (some) hair ........ but it is short.  :)

"There is no pretense of sympathy about the cat.  He lives alone, aloft, sublime, in a wise passiveness."                                                                              
                                                                            -----------Andrew Lang

Hi, Friends.....

Back again with another entry for the Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenges.  This one is for the Pattern Play with Shay challenge.  You might recognize my background, from a couple posts ago when I detailed how I made it.

I love the Henna pattern of this Darice embossing folder.  It just seems to go perfectly with the autumn colors of my Distress Inks.  These inks are still visible and peeking out a bit, but blend pretty well under the heat embossing.  You'd sure be able to tell the difference if they weren't there, though!  

I used a new Unity stamp for the sentiment (Thanks, Unity!) and then went to work on a leaf I punched out of a metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle.

You all know how I LOOOOOOOVE gleaming gold....and all things shiny and sparkly, right?  Well, I decided to embellish my leaf a bit.  First off, I used my ball end stylus to draw in veins.  Then I heat-embossed with bronze, copper, and gold till I got the desired effect.  Note:  Be sure to use a clothespin or something to hold on to your metal when heat-embossing.  I had some hemostats (from vet hubby!) and they worked perfectly.  

I love how even with all the layers of metallic embossing powder, the veins are still showing, but the surface has a smooth molten look.  You can see the gleam in the angled picture above.  The Add a Little Dazzle metal is super-fun to use and I love how I was able to bend and roll the edges of the leaf slightly for more dimension without adding bulk. 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing the finished product from the "before" post.  I appreciate your visit and your comments!  You make this bright autumn day we've had be even brighter!!


Thank you for the honor of entering the card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenge - Pattern Play with Shay 
2.  Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
3.  MFP Speedy TV - Simple Salutations Challenge #115 - Use Metal   
4.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors 
5.  Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge #46 - Fall is Here or Anything Goes
6.  Cards in Envy - Autumn Leaves - must be A2 Card size and flat for mailing.

For a Friend...

(Another sign might be forgetting the difference between your and you're!) 

"The cat goes out
And the cat comes back 
And no one can follow 
Upon her track.
She know where she's going,
She knows were she's been,
And all we can do
is to let her in.

---------- Marchette Chute

Hi, Friends......

I am back with another card for one of the many wonderful Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenges that are still going on over there. They do not close until Saturday evening, so there is still time for you to join in, too!!  (Did I mention there are fabulous prizes???)  This card is for the color challenge hostessed by Gayatri.  Here's the lovely color palette she chose:

Can Janis resist anything that has gold in it????  Not a chance!  And, gold with pink????  Oh, be still, my beating heart!!   :)

For this card I chose another of my reject extra backgrounds, as detailed in my last post.  This background started out as plain extra-thick white cardstock.  I inked up my Darice - Fall Leaf Background folder with several Distress Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and ran the piece through my Big Shot.  For this background I wanted even more texture, so I Versamarked over the textured design and heat embossed it with gold.....over and over and over. 

The more layers of gold embossing powder you put on it, the higher it builds up on the ridges of the embossing and the more chunky it looks.  It also partially fills in the valleys of your textured piece to give a rough, vintage appearance.  I LOVE this look!!  Also, love that it still lets my Distress Ink colors show through. 

I also gold heat-embossed a brand-new Inky Antics Script Sentiments #1 stamp I recently won (THANKS, Inky Antics!!).  Isn't that font just gorgeous??  Then I punched some fall leaves out of my brand-new Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets I won (THANKS, AALD!!!).  A Prima flower with sequin center and a gold leaf from some ribbon in my stash finished off the focal panel.  I matted it with DCWV pink cardstock and put it on a premade DCVW Glitter card base.  I am totally in love!!!!

Hope you have enjoyed this card, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I LOVE reading your comments.  They mean more to me than you can imagine!!!  


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges (oooh...lots of them!):
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD 2014 Challenge - Colour Combo 

2 . MFP Speedy TV - Simple Salutations Challenge #115 - Use Metal
3.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors
4.  Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge #46 - Fall is Here or Anything Goes
5.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #153 - Anything Goes
6.  Eclectic Ellapu - Purple Team - Texture Paste/Embossing  
7.  Double Click Connections - Use Pink
8.  Cards in Envy - Autumn Leaves - must be A2 Card size and flat for mailing.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

World Card Making....WEEK!!!

"Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other."  
                                                                      ----------Stephen Baker

Hi, Friends......

Did you know that the folks over at the Winnie & Walter blog are sti-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-lllllll celebrating World Card Making Day????  That's why they are calling it World Card Making Week!  They have a ton of fun challenges each with coooooooooool prizes that are still open through Saturday evening!!!  I am so delighted they are doing this because I did not have a chance to make any cards last Saturday. add icing to the cake, there is also a chance at their Grand Prize of a $50 W&W Gift Voucher if you enter at least 3 of the 7 challenges with a different card for each.  You do not have to use any of their products, although it would be wonderful if you do.  

That's still not all........If you don't have a chance to enter the challenges, you can still enter their comment contest by commenting on each of their WCMD posts!!  How cool is that????

One of the challenges is a super-easy one:  A WCMD Craftie!!!   All you have to do is take a shot of your craft room or table with a WCMD craft in progress, or perhaps one of you and/or your crafty pals working together, or something similar for WCMD.  This counts as one of the three challenges for the Grand Prize contest!!!

So here's my craftie:

I am in the middle of heat embossing the living daylights (whatever those are!!) out of a piece of cardstock for what I hope will be an entry in the Pattern Play with Shay challenge.  :) 

This beleaguered piece of white cardstock has had a bunch of techniques exacted upon it......and I love it more and more with everything I do to it!  It started out as one of my reject backgrounds in this MFP challenge.  I put distress inks on my Darice Henna embossing folder and put it through the Big Shot.  I loved the colored and textured pattern, but it lacked something.  So this week I decided to begin adding rusty bronze and copper metallic embossing powders to it......over and over.....till I saw that lovely metallic sheen that makes my eyes glitter and gleam.  @@

Here's a shot of my background after I got all the heat embossing done:

 My camera is not capturing all the gleam in this, but I hope this angled shot gives you a little idea of how shiny it is:  

Now I just need to make a card from it!!!!!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  And many, many thanks to Walter & Winnie for keeping their challenges open all week!!!!  I hope some of my readers will be inspired to join in, too!!!  Tell them Her Peaceful Garden sent you.  :)


Thank you for the honor of entering this craftie in the following challenge:
1. Winnie & Walter WCMD Craftie Challenge