Mother’s Day

Apparently, I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy and haven’t had much time to make cards, but I did make 4 Mother’s Day cards, so figured I’d share them. Nope, not for a challenge, though I did use the first one in a fold challenge on WeCraftCards.

Mother In Law

Took a class a couple of weeks ago on making flowers. This was the 2nd card I made with this type of flower. Had fun with this, though the class wasn’t great. Granted, I had had my second vaccine shot the day before and was feeling pretty horrible during the class, so that may have something to do with my attitude.

Grandmother

This one I made for my grandmother and was according to one of the class card directions. I like the way this one turned out, though my MILs is more fun.

Mom

This is the one I made for my mom. The whole card was based around the paper I found that I wanted to use for the flowers. Unfortunately, the paper was Yupo paper which was incredibly difficult to shape, especially as I didn’t have the special tool the teacher said we needed for sweat peas. Oh well, a lot of work, but I like it. Probably wouldn’t have kept trying to shape the Yupo paper, had I not already done the rest of the card.

Abbie

This last one was made for my niece, who is pregnant. This one I used pieces from a paper and pieces set. Added a couple of fun butterfly stickers to it, too. It does continue a bit inside. I’m not fond of step cards, as there is very little room to write, so I did the back “step” as a card base and glued it to the step card. It opens up to a full inside, with room to decorate a bit and write.

Granted, I did not do envelopes for any of these cards. The flower cards are hand deliver, or make a box and pay a ton to mail. So, Mother’s Day, where all will be hand delivered.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, whether you are a mother, or a “child”.

Birthday by Sketch

My Favorite Things has a fun sketch this week. I needed to make another birthday card for my son-in-law and get it in today’s mail. I used the sketch and came up with this:

Happy Birth-YAY

Used an MFT set by Birdie Brown and colored it with alcohol markers. I’m not sure what type of paper I stamped it on, but it might have been Bristol. Actually had fun coloring it. After I cut it out, I held it up against a few backgrounds I’d previously made, until I found that I liked the look of this one, with the blue at the bottom. None of my oval dies were big enough, so I used a Creative Memories tool.

Used a couple different patterned papers out of an MFT birthday set. The sentiment is on the inside, as is another piece of the oval paper lined up with the blue at the bottom.

I really like the way this turned out and I got it written in and in the mail in time. That’s always a good thing.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Sympathy in Spring

Finding out a friend went home to be with God, yesterday was a shock. I wanted to make a card for his wife to encourage her. My husband thinks it’s too bright for a sympathy card. I disagree. What do you think?

I’m using this for the WeCraftCards challenge this week, as well as the MFT Sketch challenge.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Friend Fun

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter 2021. We were able to get together with family again this year, which was nice, but also a lot. Couldn’t get everyone together at once, so 2 get togethers. However, I did have a bit of time to play this weekend and got these 2 cards done.

Build a Birdhouse

Lots of texture and layers on this one. There is a lot of dimension that you can’t really see in each of these birdhouses. Put a bluebird of happiness on each one, as well. This was my last Easter card and was done for my BFF. The WeCraftCards.com challenge this past week was to use a birdhouse with a twist. My twist was lots of fun colors and layers. This was hand delivered, as it was not going to go through the mail. All of the dies were from MyFavoriteThings.

Love

This one was done for the MFT Sketch challenge this week. The fence die is from them, as is the plaid patterned paper, and the fun Bunny stamp. Had a lot of fun creating this one. It was pretty quick and easy, as I had already stamped and colored the bunny. It was just a matter of cutting it out. I used the exact same die I used for the green piece behind it, but made it smaller, as I didn’t want it that large.

Even if you only have a few minutes, find some pieces you have laying around that you never used and put together a fun card. On this one, the sentiment is inside. You can design a card however appeals to you. It’s something made by you, so use what you want how you want. There are no set rules for making a card. When I started making cards, as a kid, it was all about a long sentiment I created with fun fonts on the computer, then a fun digi image printed on the front. I’ve come a long way in my creating since then . . . less writing and more creating in fun ways. But, use what you have and make it from you. You will encourage someone else.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Time Marches On

So, the challenge on WeCraftCards.com this past week was to incorporate a clock. The MFT Sketch challenge for the week was a fun one, so I decided to put them together. This is what I came up with:

I had fun with the My Favorite Things set called: Happy Hello. that is where the Queen’s Guard bear and the Big Ben images came from. The papers are from 3 different MFT sets, as well. Had lots of fun with this on a weekend with little time.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Hugs

My Favorite Things has a set by Bernie Brown called Hug It Out. It’s one I’ve wanted since it came out and was finally able to get it. It was perfect for this card I did for my niece according to their current sketch challenge

Had a lot of fun making this one.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Singing in the Rain

The MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week was a fun one. I decided to have fun on a spring theme. Granted, it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, except generally at the end of July and early August, so not a spring thing. It did, however, rain a tiny bit this past weekend, which is spring-ish. Anyway, had fun making this one.

I colored the fun girl image with alcohol markers. It takes me forever, but I am trying and with practice, will improve. Had a lot of fun with the background, as well.

The image is from MFT and was designed by Birdie Brown: Rain or Shine. Used a raindrop stencil on a fun watercolor background. First I tried using clear gesso, hoping it would show up shiny. Nope, after it dried, you can feel where it is, but definitely can’t see it. So, then used a fun Nuvo spray through the stencil for those sparkly drops. Added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make a couple of raindrops in clear and a couple in blue. Embossed the blue panel with a wave embossing folder to give a bit more interest and texture. You can’t see much of it, but it’s there.

Also made sure there was green in this so I could enter it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges, as well. It wasn’t difficult to make sure there was a bit of green.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today checking out what I made. Whatever you’re up to, enjoy it.

Spring Swing

I haven’t done one of the Hero Arts challenges in quite a while, so wanted to join in when I saw this one. The challenge is to do a spring card. I looked through the stamps I have of theirs and decided I wanted to use one of the Hero Arts Kits from way back: MH0417C. Here’s what I came up with:

I choose one of the shaving cream and acrylic paint backgrounds I did a while back that had a lot of green in it, so I can use this for the Simon Says Stamp challenges, as well. Used another background panel I did a while back that I thought would be fun for this spring looking dress. Added a bit of colored pencil and Sakura Stardust Pens to highlight a bit of color here and there in both the bouquet and her dress.

Had fun making this. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Enjoy the rest of your day and do something fun.

Types of Coloring

This shows the same panel – I used black stamped outlines for each of them – while coloring 3 different ways. Alcohol markers were used on the left card. Water coloring was used for the center card. Colored pencils were used for the right card. I used similar colors for all of them, but you can definitely see differences. Just wanted to show you the different ways of coloring and how you can color small areas with all of them.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Cactus Blossom Way 3

I only did 2 of the panels to be colored by pencils. Used Prisma Premier colored pencils for these. One was stamped in green and one in black, to see the difference. It’s not so stark on these, but I still like the black outline better.

It doesn’t take as long to color with pencils, but I do have 6 layers on the century plants in the center – both are colored exactly the same, so you can definitely see the difference between the no line and the lined coloring. Blending was easier for me on these than the alcohol markers, but that is because I’ve colored with colored pencils for years and am just starting to use alcohol markers more.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!