Friday, July 21, 2017

"What's In My Stash...Friday"

Hello friends, followers, viewers and visitors.
What's on your agenda for today and for the weekend?
Today is my busiest day of the week.  So much to do and then an added bonus from one of our church friends...he decided to drop off fresh corn for me to try to put in the freezer.  As if I didn't have enough to do already...I'm thankful. 
Who doesn't enjoy fresh, sweet, white corn in the summer.
When my mother was living, I never stood around to learn the method of canning or freezing vegetables...so, today I'll have to watch YouTube or Google the information to find out what I'm suppose to do with this corn.  Pray for me dear friends.  I want to enjoy eating today and also around December (lol).
This is a quick card...
 


The pink focal layer was in my stash.  It was already cut down to an A2 size.  I first used the circle die to cut out the circle.  Next, I embossed the top part to give it more depth and dimension.  I pulled out the floral branch sticker from my stash and looked for a sentiment that didn't need to be stamped.  This was where Vicki Boutin watercolor stickers came into play.  I pulled out more cardstock from my stash for the layering and used a piece of Neenah white cardstock for the card base.
I like the way this came out.  Clean And Simple for a Friday card.
From left to right: Recollection Mixed Media paper pad; Our Daily Bread Design (ODBD) stitched circle dies; Sizzix tiny dot embossing folder; Martha Stewart Pearl Garden Branches stickers.

"Today Is The Day" to _______________
  • celebrate a birthday
  • start a new job
  • buy a new car
  • put your best foot forward
  • get rid of the "junk in your trunk"
Have a blessed day and don't forget to come again.  I enjoy your company and your comments.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois


Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Sharing Two Because I Couldn't Decide"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Welcome to this blog on Thursday, July 20, 2017. 
I'm still helping "Sunshine" to count down her days before July 26th when she celebrate her ninth birthday.
I'm trying to imagine being nine again.  There is a saying..."look back but don't go back".  But, what if I could with all the knowledge and experiences I have accumulated over the years.  At nine and with what I know, I would probably be a "genius"....stop and have a good laugh at this reading...I did.

A good laugh every now and then is good for the soul and helps to put other things far from your mind.

Getting down to the real issue for my crafting today...
I'm participating in a share on another blog.  It is not a challenge for any prizes but a sketch  to help your brain to work along with your papers, dies and images to come up with a card or canvas.
To be honest with you, I started after dinner last night trying to get my papers together as well as my idea for the sketch.  I did finish the card before going to bed.  However,  I wanted to do another one this morning and to have my DH to vote on which one I should enter.  He said both of them.  Could I post both of them....sure I replied, I can put both on my page but only one on the other blog.
So here they are.  The first one which I did this morning will be posted on another blog and the bottom one will be posted at my usual challenge blog... the one I did last evening.



Items used are: Bella Blvd "illustrated faith" paper; Teresa Collins "Candy Cane Lane" paper; DCWV "Brooklyn Stack"; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text; Spellbinders Standard Circle die; Darice "Picket Fence Border
Challenge #292-#293 Anything Goes
Items used the following items: DCWV Brooklyn Stack; g.c.d. Botanique pad; Sizzix cityscape skyline die; Hero Arts Operation Write Home stamp set.

Thanks for viewing.  Hope you will come back again to see what I'm doing.
Leave a comment so I can know you were here.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Shine All Day"

It's Wednesday friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
We've made it to the middle of the week and we can hold on until Friday afternoon.
It's hot and in the south we know this to be true.  We feel it and see the results of our plants and grass dying from too much sun and not enough water.

Have your face been shining due to make-up, lotion, sunscreen,  natural beauty or something else?
Some people appear to have "a glow" on their face and I'm wondering what makes it that way.
Research says it is the make up they are wearing as well as natural beauty.   There are face creams you can use to make your skin glow as well as a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.

I have Hero Arts "you are fabulous" clear stamps and one of the sentiments is "shine all day".
I built my card around this sentiment without using the face of the woman that came with the set.
 So, how do you shine all day?
Do you share a smile with another?  Do you gently touch someone with a pat on the shoulder or hand shake?  Do you ask someone how they are?  Do you stop and pause to help someone by holding a door?   Do you give someone a hug or wipe away a tear?
We can do so much to shine. So often, it is the little things that allow us to shine brightly and positively impact others.
It doesn't take make-up, lotion, sunscreen, or any type of oil to do any of the above.   It takes you and what is in your heart.
Try to shine all day today...you will feel better and make someone else feel better also.
Challenges #292-#293 AG


 Below from left to right: G.C.D studios "Antiquities " paper pad; mini Distress inks; Cricut light post heritage die cut; Spellbinders "Romantic Vines" dies; Hero Arts "you are fabulous" clear stamps and Recollections petite paper flowers
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to view with me today.
Your comments are always welcome and are much appreciated.
Thanks for continuing to support me.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Happy Birthday To ...."

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Who is celebrating a birthday today or any other day left in July?
There are two people in my family who will have birthdays on the 23rd and one on the 26th of this month.
"Sunshine" is counting down...her birthday is on the 26th.   A soon-to-be nine year old doesn't miss anything.  Last week when she visited us, she looked at the calendars we have in our house.  She came to me and said, "Grandma, I can't believe you haven't circled my birthday on any of the calendars ".  I told her the one I carry in my pocketbook had the 26th circled and this made her excited.  Kids will noticed everything that is being said and done. Watch what you say and do around them.

The "birthday" card I made today is not for her.  It is more mature and will not fall in her age range.  I really made it to go in the box for cards I donate to soldiers.

Here are the list of items I used:
  • cardstock...Recollections mixed media and brown cardstock; a piece from DCWV "the far east"
  • embellishment...Ranger textured paste; cheese cloth; Martha Stewart dogwood stickers; Jot butterfly stickers
  • stamp...Fiskars "make a wish quotes (birthday)
  • die...Sizzix "small tattered florals




From left to right:  Recollections mixed media pad; Sizzix small tattered florals die; Jot pop up butterfly stickers; Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes stamps

If it is your birthday today, then...Happy Birthday to you and wishing you many more to come.

Thanks for viewing with me today.  Go forth and have fun .  Enjoy the moment.
Please come again.

Your comments are always welcome at this place.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Be In Hope and In Prayer"

Hello to all on this Monday, July 17, 2017.
The weekend was fun, relaxing, enjoyable, refreshing and it needs to be repeated.
How did you manage?  Was there fun in your activities?

It's fun -day -Monday and I tried to keep my card really simple today.  My fingers did get a little messy but not that much.  I was focus on something soft and not too harsh.
I used  versa Mark ink,  white embossing powder, distress inks, clear stamps and liquid pearls.

 

Technique:
  • Start with a piece of Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock cut at the A2 size (4.25 x 5.5). 
  • Using two stamps from Inkadinkado "beauty stems, the dove from Recollection "faith" stamp set along with the Misti stamping tool, stamp those items using Versa Mark ink and then use white embossing powder (heated).
  • Use distress inks (not oxide) very lightly in the following colors spun sugar; fossilized amber; cracked pistachio.  Make sure the sentiment area is lightly ink.
  • Use a sentiment from the Recollections "faith" clear stamp and stamp it in the lower right corner using black archival ink.
  • Add the Ranger "liquid pearls" to the floral vines and next to the sentiment
  • Layer your focal piece before adhering it to the Neenah white base cardstock
Below, from left to right are items used: Recollection "faith" clear stamps; Inkadinkado "beauty stem" clear stamps; Ranger mini distress inks; Ranger liquid pearls. 
This sentiment says it all when things may not be going good in your life but you haven't given up.  God is still in the healing and fixing business...we must be joyful in hope faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).  Sometimes when you look around and think things over...it (the problem) could be worse than what it is at the moment.

Thanks for your precious time in viewing and commenting.  It is appreciated.
Come again to see what I'm doing.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Friday, July 14, 2017

"Feeling The Heat...Need The Beach "


Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.

It’s Friday, July 14, 2017 and it is going to be another hot day outside.  Here comes the weekend and time to get away for some fun and relaxation.  Come on let’s go….
What could be more fun than to celebrate in or near the water?  Just think how refreshing it would be just to take a swim or stick your toes in the sand.
We are so close to Virginia Beach that I’m going to suggest a get-away to my DH.  I can just see and feel the water at this moment…so much so that I pulled out items from my stash to create a beach scene.
Cardstock: Ranger water color and Recollections craft, black and teal cardstock.
Inks: Distress oxide (salty ocean); Distress Ink (tumbled glass); Distress Ink (evergreen bough)
Stickers: Paper House snapshots (sentiment and lighthouse; Recollections clouds and K & Company seashells

·         I used the three inks at the top of my water color paper and left room for my craft cardstock (to be used as “sand”).

·         The craft cardstock was torn and inked with rusty hinge Distress ink.  This left just enough of the white space to appear as the white sand on the beach.

·         I used some acetate that looked like woodgrain to imitate the ripples in the water. This was placed above the craft cardstock.

·         I included the K &Company “seashell” stickers at the bottom of the Paper House Snapshots lighthouse sticker.  Then, I placed two of the Recollections cloud sticker at the top of the paper and lastly, placed the sentiment (Paper House) under the clouds.


This will be used as an entry to the following:




Below are the items used in my design.
Distress and oxide inks; stickers from Paper House snapshots and K & Company



Hoping that this card will inspire you to go near the water this weekend.  If you don’t take a swim, just walk on the sand and have a good “seafood” meal while the breeze from the ocean blows through your hair. 

Whatever you do, have some fun and relax.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Lois

P.S.  I pulled out the items and put the time in to plan this one.  It was not like the one I did on yesterday…July 13th (lol)


Thursday, July 13, 2017

"A Lesson Learned When You Don't Plan Out Your Steps"

Good Thursday, July 13, 2017.
If you live in the southern part of the USA, did you get overheated on yesterday?  Did you stay inside to avoid the heat, humidity and the stickiness?
If yesterday was not enough for you, try it again today.  You may have some relief this evening when the storms approach.  Be careful!

Have you ever started a card with one thing on your mind but by not planning correctly, you end up with something else.?
This is what happened to me this morning when I didn't plan correctly (so many other things on my to-do-list and was rushing to get this done).
I designed the front of the card before checking out the peacock that I wanted to showcase.
I  used paper from Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection "Bazaar of  Wonders".  The sheet  has peacock feathers on it and I wanted to use a peacock to go with it.  I knew I had a  peacock that came with the BOHO Recollection pack of stickers.  My thoughts said that the two would make a great card.  Was I ever wrong in not planning well in advance.
When I took out the sticker to use, the Graphic 45 paper would have prevented the sticker from being showcased.  It really needs to be on a white background and I didn't provide enough white background in my design to use the peacock.  So, instead of using the peacock, I used butterflies instead.  If at first you don't succeed...cover it up with butterflies  (lol).
Things I could have done instead...
  •   I could have started this project over and made the white part of my card long enough to showcase the peacock (I just may do that when I'm not pushed for time).
  • I could have left the butterflies off the front of the card and added the peacock to the inside (good idea).
  • I could have use this day and not posted (I'm human and constructive criticism is welcome).
  I'm posting what I made instead.

 
Here is something I would like to share:
#37 Lois from Lil Artsy Woman


Thanks for viewing, commenting or just continuing to support my projects.  You are all so beautiful.

Sending a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"SC653...distress inks and water colors"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
What's today?
It's Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  The middle of the week.
It's also hot, humid and very sticky outside and it is not even noon yet.
I played with distress inks and water colors this morning.  What a great way to start my day!  I just felt like getting inky since it is too hot to be outside for a long period of time.
 
entry for http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com,

Cardstock: Neenah white; Recollection black; Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection; Ranger water color paper
inks: Ranger distress inks; Koi  water colors
stamp:  Penny Black "T for Transparent"
stencil: Tim Holtz burlap stencil
die: Avery Elle dotted borders die
embellishments: Recollections chipboard dragonfly and hummingbird; Prima flower
sketch from SC653
 Black archival ink; Sakura Koi water colors; Ranger distress inks

Avery Elle dotted borders die; Penny Black "T for Transparent" stamps; Tim Holtz burlap stencil; and Prima flowers

Thanks for stopping by today.
For all of you who sent "Sunshine" some love...she wants you to know that it made her very, very happy.  Thanks so much.
I hope you enjoyed your view today.  You are welcome to come again.
Comments are always welcome here.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Stamping And Coloring For Fun"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
It's a great Tuesday morning.  I'm back on schedule after having "Sunshine" (grandchild) from Saturday until Monday afternoon.   Her parents celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary without her.  She was our joy for their occasion.

I used three stamps, silver embossing powder, a die and some watercolor pencils to make my card for today.

My inspiration for the sentiment came from NationalDayCalendar.com for July 11, 2017: NATIONAL CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY
Each year on July 11, people across the United States are trying to make someone happy on National Cheer Up The Lonely Day.  If you know someone who is lonely or going through a difficult time due to health issues, financial reasons, grief due to loss or personal reasons, this was created as a day to reach out to them and try to cheer them up.  Your small act of kindness can make a big difference to them.

 This will be an entry for http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

I started with Neenah white cardstock for my focal layer and stamped the image of the Altenew peony scrolls with Versa Mark ink and then used Ranger silver embossing powder .  The flowers were masked before using Penny Black petal power leaf stamp.  I used TH's moss green distress ink to stamp the leaves and a black pitt pen to fill in the veins on the leaves. Orange and yellow watercolor pencils were used to color the flowers. I used  one of the Hunulu rectangle metal cutting die and silver cardstock for my frame.  The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of vellum using black archival ink and adhered to the frame.  Black and yellow cardstock was used for layering before adhering to the Neenah white card base.
Items listed from left to right: Hunulu rectangle metal cutting die; Altenew peony scrolls stamp; Penny Black petal power stamp; Ranger silver embossing powder.
Here is what "Sunshine" did on July 10, 2017. 
We didn't have time to post it on yesterday.  I told her to be sure to check out Grandma's posting for today to see her card.  
She wanted to play in my Distress oxide inks, use the emoji die and to put glitter on her card.  She had specific directions for how she wanted her card.  
I cut out the cardstock pieces for the card, the layer, the base and for the frame and  assisted her in using the die cutting machine for the emoji.  Everything else was done without my assistance.  She placed her oxide inks on a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock (the way she wanted it).   She glued the emoji on top of the colored piece. She wanted the double stick tape to use for the frame.  She placed the tape on all four sides and sprinkle glitter on top of it, using her fingers to smooth it out. She glue these pieces to the black cardstock and then to her card base.
I wanted to know what did she intend to do with her card and she told me it was a secret.  

I hope you enjoy seeing both cards today.
Come again and leave a comment.  I always love hearing from you.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Friday, July 7, 2017

"Using Bits and Pieces From My Stash"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Happy Friday to you.  This has been one really fast and furious week.  It zipped by so fast that I don't know where the time went.
I've enjoyed most of it...without any complaints...

Today's card is featuring bits and pieces from my stash.  There are not many pieces left because I donated a lot to the "trash truck" last week.  I was really getting tired of the build up and I needed some space.  I did keep some of the paper but not really that many pieces.

I hope you enjoy this card  that was made for your viewing and also it will be one to add to my box of cards for the soldiers:
 A little corrugated paper; paper from Prima; a Recollection flower; vines cut from Sizzix and Spellbinders dies; birdcage; pink Bazzill cardstock

Thanks for your time and your comments.  Both are always appreciated.
Have a safe an enjoyable weekend.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois



Thursday, July 6, 2017

"I Created A Background Using Distress Oxide"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Welcome to Thursday, July 6, 2017.  Twenty more days before "Sunshine" celebrates her ninth birthday.  So, we count down with her and get just as excited as she is getting.
There's a lovely lady over at https://meandmydailypapercraft.blogspot.com (Pri) who does gorgeous backgrounds for her cards.  I've been amazed and inspired to try my hand at doing something other than just adding paper for my backgrounds.  Today, I tried...  Caution:  It's not the best but I like the colors I used.  This card will be entered over at http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.
Challenge Weeks #290-#291 - Anything Goes .   I play along on this site often and for their last challenge....And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:Entry #58 - Julie P. Entry #107 - E. Marie  and
Entry #150 - Lois (that's me)

To make this background, I started with a piece of Ranger watercolor paper and the 1st set of Distress oxide inks.  In no particular order, I applied the oxide on the paper.  I used a paint brush filled with clear water and let it drip down onto the paper (white dots).  Once the water dried, I used an old credit card and swiped it through the folk Art white extreme glitter paint, the black Archival ink pad and then I used the white Gelly Roll pen to highlight the paint and the black lines.
I cut out the die cut using Tattered Lace Chamomile Spray three times and adhered the pieces together with glue.  I used the NUVO Dandelion yellow crystal drops around the center of the flowers with a touch of an orange marker in the center.
The sentiment which came from Hampton Arts "handwritten Sentiments was stamped with the black Archival ink.  A few other faux gems were added to the card front.



Items from left to right: Distress Oxide inks; Gelly Roll bright whit ink pen; folk Art Extreme glitter white paint; Tattered Lace Chamomile Spray die; Hampton Arts Handwritten Sentiments stamp set; Nuvo Gloss-Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops



entry for http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/



Here, I've used dylusions mini Coulture stamp set; Sizzix bird talk stamp; Paper from Hunkydory (createandcraft.com) and the sketch to use for this week.

Thanks for viewing with me today.
I hope you saw something that will spark your interest.
Come again!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

"Two Cute Cards"

Happy Wednesday, July 5, 2017 .

We're back from the holiday and it was great.  I hope you had a marvelous time with family and friends.  So many of you were at the beach, at a theme park, or just having fun in your backyard.  It was great and now we're back for three days of work.

Today's inspiration comes from a song by the Backstreet Boys---"What Makes You Different".
  • We all are different...no question about it:  age-gender-sex-nationality-etc.
  • There is nothing wrong with being different from our peers, friends or family.  This is the way it should be.  Even identical twins are different in some way...observe them long enough and you will be able to tell.
  • Different is awesome, don't you agree: in thoughts, in attitude, in aspiration, in character, in desires, in needs, etc.  It may be easy to follow the crowd but you will find that doing so is not as gratifying.
  • So stick to you and what makes you. YOU.  What makes you different makes you beautiful.
  • Go ahead...be daring, be different, be impractical be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and live your life as yourself.  Being you in all phases of life is the pure definition of being beautiful.  So make an effort to make a positive effect on the world daily.
Enabler's List:
  • cardstock used...Neenah white; Bazzill pink, green and brown; ODBD Shabby Rose Collection; Bristol smooth surface
  • inks used...NUVO shocking pink crystal drops; Sakura Koi water colors
  • dies used...Hunulu rectangle die; Recollections flamingo die; ODBD double stitched circle die
  • embellishment used...faux pearl; sequins
 
entry for http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

 From left to right: Hunulu Rectangle die; ODBD double stitched circle die; Recollections flamingo die
From left to right: NUVO shocking pink crystal drops; ODBD Shabby Rose Collection paper pad.

Stand tall darling because what makes you different makes you beautiful.
Go forth and have a great day.
You may leave a comment, if not please come again.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois