Followers

October 17, 2018

Enjoy the Little Things

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know! 

If you've already taken a peek at the card, you aren't seeing things.  Again.  It IS completely different to my usual, or even long forgotten style.  And is something completely new to me, cold foiling...


The foiling was so easy and I look forward to doing more of it with the few rolls I bought.  The sentiment, which I double stacked for stability, will get a lot of use too.

Card: SU's Cherry Cobbler and Gold Mirror
Tools and embellishments: Crafter's Companion's matt gold foil and Flourishing Vines foil transfers, Couture Creations Intricutz Enjoy the little things die, and SU's Lots of Labels framelits

Challenges...
AG at TTCRD
#337 Use Snippets at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#374 Super Scraps Saturday at HIMCR
AG at Crafter's Castle

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


October 10, 2018

Smile smile smile

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's card is the one I created for my dear friend, Jim's birthday last month.  He has Cherokee heritage, so the design, created some magazine freebies, is perfect for him.


Card: Unbranded white blank, and SU's Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Ink: SU's Crumb Cake
Stamp sets: Magazine freebie
Tools and embellishments: Freebie embossing folder and dies, and Nuvo Sparkle Shimmer pen

Challenges...
October CARDS challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy
AG at Crafter's Castle
AG at TTCRD

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


October 1, 2018

Autumn Flowers and/ or Colors at House of Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's the 1st of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards.  This month we're asking you to create a project using fall flowers, and or the colors from the inspiration photo...


And here's my cards...


I used both the inspiration photo and colors to create twin backgrounds, inlaying the fall away pieces from one into the other

I changed the popsicle to an ice cream, but kept to the color palette.

Card: SU's whisper white, early espresso, so saffron, peekaboo peach and tiny snippets of mossy meadow for the leaves
Ink: Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey Distress Inks
Tools and embellishments: Birch Press Delfina layer die background die, Sue Wilson's Sweet William (leaves) and Striped Nasturtiums

Challenges...
#336 Use Snippets at Pixie's Snippets Playground (used snippets for flowers and leaves)
#175 Anything Fall Goes at Crafty Gals Corner
AG at TTCRD

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


September 25, 2018

Birthday &/ or Colors with HOC Team 4

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

House of Cards Design Team 4 are sharing our creations with you today for our current challenge. This month it's to create a card or project for a birthday, and or use the colors in this inspiration image...


And here's a reminder of my cards...



Full details can be found on the original post here.

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.  In the meantime, please take a look here at what my Team 4 teamie Sue has created.



September 24, 2018

Stained Glass Tower Twofer

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

You might be happy to hear that today's cards are the last of those I created way back when with Stampin' Up!'s Painted Glass bundle...



I love the label on the last card contrasts but also compliments the other colors.

Card: SU's Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black and Crumb Cake
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Stamp sets: SU's Stained Glass
Tools and embellishments: SU's Stained Glass thinlits, Decorative Label and Petite Petal punches, Stick It adhesive sheets by Ken Oliver, and Black Pearls from Creative Expressions

Challenges...
#9 AG at Crafter's Castle
#174 3+ Layers at Crafty Gals Corner - second card and I'm perhaps cheating by counting the black pearls as a layer
Wk 38 AG at Polkadoodles

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


September 21, 2018

Creative Crew Showcase ~ Janie Rinta

Hi everyone,

This week's Creative Crew Showcases Janie Rinta, the amazingly talented owner of Crafter's Castle.  I met Janie through Mynn, who was showcased a few weeks ago, and as I said last week, I love joining in with the Crafter's Castle challenges, so it's great to be sharing Janie's creations with you today!


And as promised, here's the card I created.  What I didn't say is that it features a Lawn Fawn stamp set I won in a Crafter's Castle challenge earlier this year...



There are matching dies available for the stamps, but because it was a challenge win, I chose only the stamps along with a few other goodies.

Card: SU's Thick Whisper White
Stamp set: Lawn Fawn's Thanks a Bushel
Ink: Memento Jet Back
Markers: Spectrum Noir

Challenges...
Fall at Crafter's Castle
AG at TTCRD
Sweet and Sassy at Incy Wincy Designs - At first glance the apples are sweet, but when the card is opened those little faces are pretty sassy!

Thanks, Em and Janie

September 17, 2018

Stained Glass Tower Trio

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's cards feature the super versatile tall die in Stampin' Up!'s Painted Glass bundle.  They are standard folds, so I'm sorry if the title hinted at more tower fold ones, but tower is the best way I can think of to describe the die.




Do you think the bottom right rose on the last card is a bit of place?  You're right.  It's there to hide a stamping boo boo as the edge caught the card.  Oops!

Card: SU's Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Basic Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Stamp sets: SU's Stained Glass
Tools and embellishments: SU's Stained Glass thinlits, and Stick It adhesive sheets by Ken Oliver

Challenges...
#24 AG at The Flower Challenge
#335 Use Snippets at Pixie's Snippets Playground
AG at Pause Dream Enjoy

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.



September 14, 2018

Creative Crew Showcase ~ Jeanie Ellis

Hi everyone,

This week's Creative Crew Showcase features Jeanie Ellis, aka Scrapbookingmamaw.  Jeanie is on a number of Design Teams, and it's through one of those, Crafter's Castle, that I met her earlier this year.

So, what better to include in her showcase than her project for the current challenge?  You can see it in the video below, but please click HERE for full details of the challenge.



I love playing in the challenge, and plan to share a card with you for it next week.

Thanks, Em and Jeanie

September 10, 2018

Stained Glass Square Trio

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

As promised last week, here's the next set of stained glass cards created with Stampin' Up!'s Painted Glass Bundle.  There are two squares in the die set, so the first two cards show them individually before the last combines them...




Card: SU's Whisper White and Basic Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Stamp sets: SU's Stained Glass
Tools and embellishments: SU's Stained Glass thinlits, and Stick It adhesive sheets by Ken Oliver

Challenges...
#36 AAG at Polkadoodles
#213 CAS at 613 Avenue Create
Birthday at CARDZ TV (top card)

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


September 7, 2018

Creative Crew Showcase ~ MHKDesigns

Hi everyone,

After my unexpected blogging break last month, I'm back to regular scheduling... literally... to bring you the 2nd Creative Crew Showcase.  This time I'm featuring MHKDesigns.

Yes, my dear friend, Mynn's blog of the same name has been closed a while, but in my last DT posts for it, I did mention that her Etsy store would remain open.  And so it has, though there are now aren't so many items available.

At least a couple of my favorite digi stamp sets are, including Caring Crocus (click the image to be taken to it)...


The image is beautiful, but so are the sentiments, and here's a card I created with it back in April for the DT...


Another of my favorite stamp sets is Blessed Lily (click it to be taken to it)...


Although 1 of the sentiments isn't appropriate for this time of year, the others are and of course the image is.  Here's my card from the March challenge...


The stamp sets and papers in the store will only be available for a limited time, so please grab them while you can.  Us crafters ARE hoarders and it would be a shame to miss out on such beauties!

If you'd like to be featured in a future Creative Crew Showcase, please click HERE to join our Facebook group to sign up!

Thanks, Em and Mynn

September 3, 2018

Stained Glass Circle Twofer

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The cards I'm sharing with you today are two I created during my play with Stampin' Up!'s Painted Glass bundle earlier this year.  Yep, I'm sharing them later than planned, but to make up for that ALL my personal posts this month will feature the same bundle!



The dies are so intricate, but so versatile.  Indeed, although meant to be stained glass, they are great for the faux tile looks I've created here.  Hope you agree?

Card: SU's Whisper White and Basic Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Stamp sets: SU's Painted Glass
Tools and embellishments: SU's Stained Glass thinlits, Stick It adhesive sheets by Ken Oliver, and Nuvo Shimmer pen

Challenges...
#334 Use Snippets at Pixies Snippets Playground (the roses and butterflies were stamped and cut from snippets
#418 Crazy Egg/ AG at 4 Crafty Chicks
#213 Clean and Simple at 613 Avenue Create

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


September 1, 2018

Birthday and/ or Colors at House of Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's the 1st of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards.  This month we're asking you to create a project for a birthday, and or the colors from the inspiration photo...


And here's my cards...



I've kept the personal theme going and again used Avery and Owen images from the Paper Nest Dolls, but changed up the dies while sticking to the color palette.  Do you think they are bringing me belated gifts for my birthday last week?  Grin

Card: Unbranded White, and SU's Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Images: Paper Nest Dolls Birthday Owen and Cupcake Avery
Tools and embellishments: Sue Wilson for CE Pacific Ocean Background, rhinestones from my stash, and Nuvo Sparkle Shimmer pen

Challenges...
Wk 35 AG at Polkadoodles
AG at TTCRD
#173 AG at Crafty Gals Corner

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


August 25, 2018

Patterned Paper &/ or Colors with HOC Team 4

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

House of Cards Design Team 4 are sharing our creations with you today for our current challenge. This month it's to create a card or project featuring patterned paper and or use the colors in this inspiration image...


And here's a reminder of my card...


Full details can be found on the original post here.

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.  In the meantime, please take a look here at what my Team 4 teamie Sue has created.



August 3, 2018

Creative Crew Showcase - ART by HAMERLING

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

As I mentioned on Monday, today sees the start of a new series on my blog, Creative Crew Showcase.  And I'm honored that the first Creative Crew member to have her work featured in the Showcase is my good friend, Diane, of ARTbyHAMERLING.

Diane is an incredibly talented artist who works in many mediums, in addition to the adorable acrylic on canvas showcased here.  AND there is currently 25% off her ENTIRE stock!




Painted on a 10" x 8" stapled canvas, they are both bargains at the sale price of $17.77 EACH with FREE shipping within the US.  If the one you want sells before you can get it, commissions of the design are available (allowing 30 days for production, plus a few extra for shipping.)

Although adorable, if they are not your thing, OR you'd like something smaller and more easily shippable internationally, Diane has some stunning jewelry available in her collection.  I've not worn any jewelry for years, but will be likely be ordering something from her.

Regardless of whether you're in a position to buy anything, if you're on Facebook, please do give her page a like!  And if you'd like to join my Creative Crew, please do.  ALL creative souls are welcome!

Hugs,
Em and Diane

August 1, 2018

Patterned Paper and/ or Colors at House of Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's the 1st of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards.  This month we're asking you to create a project using patterned paper and or the colors from the inspiration photo...


And here's my card...


Similarly to last month, I've used another image from the Paper Nest Dolls, some of the color palette, and the same die/ embossing folder combo.  Yes, the little man is a bit pinker than usual, but perhaps he's spent a bit too much time in the sun?

Card: Unbranded White and SU Dapper Denim
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Image: Owen with Toy Boat from the Paper Nest Dolls
Tools and embellishments: Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions Noble Ornate Pierced Squares, CE Pinpoint Waves embossing folder, and Nuvo Sparkle Shimmer pen (on the boat)

Challenges...
#150 AG at Creative Fingers
Wk 30 AG at Polkadoodles
AG at TTCRD

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


July 30, 2018

Another Tower Twofer

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's cards have been patiently waiting in my "To Blog" pile for quite some time.  They were among the first towers I created, but kept back because I didn't want to bore you with so many!  So, it's kinda appropriate that they appear today, as my post scheduling shifts to twice weekly, or as will happen this, three times thanks to my HoC DT post on Wednesday!

Why have I made the change?  Well, a couple weekends ago, I started my own Facebook group, "Creative Crew," where crafters and visual artists who work with any and all mediums are welcome, and the only rules are to be respectful and kind.  And as part of that, a series will begin here this Friday, "Creative Crew Showcase."  I'll say more about it in that post, but in the meantime I'd love you to join the group if you're on Facebook!



Despite the fuzziness (sorry!) of the 1st photo, I love how they are the same, yet different.  The dies and style are among my favorites, but they can both rest awhile now.  Grin.

Card: SU's Sweet Sugarplum and Thick Whisper White
Tools and embellishments: Sue Wilson for CE Finishing Touches Cascading Butterflies, and rhinestones and pearls from my stash

Challenges...
#331 Use Snippets at Pixies Snippets Playground
#205 AG at Artistic Inspirations
AG at Not Just Cards

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


July 25, 2018

Food Image &/ or Colors with HOC Team 4

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

House of Cards Design Team 4 are sharing our creations with you today for our current challenge. This month it's to create a card or project featuring a popsicle or other food image, and or use the colors in this inspiration image...


And here's a reminder of my card...


Full details can be found on the original post here.

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.  In the meantime, please take a look here at what my Team 4 teamie Sue has created.