Butterfly Cross stitch

While taking a breather from the cards and doing things that had to be done and get on with life did a few small cross stitch hangings that yes, need to be pressed and framed,  but that will come,

Was going through a container thought to have finished products in it and patterns and found at least 6 to do, and a few more patterns with two or three in them,  oops :)



Here is a 5 x 7 butterfly one.   See -been busy at something,

Because of the colours and being butterflies, of course this is one done,  :) 






Thanks for stopping by,

 

Turquoise and White.. (Did stamp but could be for any occasion)

This is another one made a bit back in the new year when playing with the dies.



This  is with one of the favourite colour combinations to use again, 

It is just the die set as is, a always do one like the set to start with before playing about with them and mixing and matching, unless single dies.

Did actually stamp a Happy birthday on it, but that layer is just temporary and will probably change for something else or a flower  or a number for an anniversary. ??

After edging the white, took the ink and sponged the ribbon to give it a bit of colour to add to it a bit and when the card gets used it could have wee bling n it of pearls or whatever depending on whom it goes to. 


Recipe: 
Stock:     Gina K  White and Turquoise Sea 
Ink:          Gina K  Turquoise Sea
Ribbon:  Stash from material store
Dies:       Creative Expressions - "Vienna" set
and foam tape, red tape of course. 

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day.
 

New Set Up to Enable Comments

Who Knew

Had to finally go in and change the complete look to just basic to get the comment things back where they are supposed to be.

All that playing about and frutration could have been avoided if not wanting colour on the page, 

So.  sorry it if looks plain to all, but gotta do what makes it work. :)

Have a super day everyone,

silver-gey and mauve

Hi everyone,

Another die cut one coming at you,   Did get out the paints but did not like the results, so more practice coming up :)

Found more metallic stock to try and so this is with it and new dies from the holidays, so enjoy,


Again in the romantic, love area so could be used for an anniversary, shower, wedding or valentines day,  with a verse printed off on metallic paper put inside for the occasion,


I decided to use the silver-grey for the card an then just pop one layer with the mauve.  And again a 5.5" square

This is a beautiful Marianne border die that was cut on both sides of a piece of the mauve stock.   It becomes such a delicate edge.  Just love it  :)

Wanting to use the new rose die as well, meant some scouting through the die samples cut to see what would go best and give me the look wanted, so back to the die drawers and pulling out a bunch and playing around on the card till finding the look wanted.   Ended up with the Memorybox Poppy dies for the branch and word.

They were in the silver-grey as well, and it does look even nicer in real with being popped.

The inside has the same border cut mauve on the silver and the verse or whatever will go on a light matching metallic paper layered over that

Thanks for stopping by and remember not able to get the comment thingy unless giving clicks on the title,   oops  I clicked on it and brought up the word comment then clicked on the area under it as a hand showed and now a comment thing comes up .    Not too sure what is going on with this blog and this area but hey.  Will keep trying and get hold of blogger to see why it quit.

thanks for your patience



Recipe:

Stock:  Neenah
Border die:  Marianne LRO295
Rose Die:     Marianne LRO396
Branch Die: Poppy  963
"Love":         Memory Box 98639   
Terrifically Tacky red tape
Foam tape (bulk buy)
Matching metallic paper 
      

Romance in Lilac

Here is yet another die cut one. :)    Do actually have watercolours done, but not put on any cards yet so guess they should be next

Was in a similar frame of mind yet again and so went with another 5 x 7 .





This is the beautiful Stardream again in the ice and lilac
Decided the colour scheme first as usual. (know that I do things backwards lots, that's me)

Then decided on that die again from my friend's set.  (may just have to break down and get one) and went to work,

The Marianne dies are so great to work with and were the first ones tried. 


The lilac layer is popped with the foam tape and then the die cut in lilac was glued to the ice layer and both popped as to not make it too thick.

The bride and groom were popped on that layer and the ribbon added along with the wee bling in her hair and his lapel.

Since the ribbon had the embossed silver hearts on it left the rest alone, but who knows some more wee bling may end up at the bottom right.

Recipe:
Stock:  Stardrream
Dies:  Marianne Die and Frantic Stamper die
Bling:  Close To My Heart
Ribbon:  Stash from the UK from a friend    Thanks again Di..
of course  the red tacky tape and foam tape that are both obtained in large rolls  :)

Thanks for stopping in and remember the title has to be clicked to brung up the comments and have no idea why and cannot get it to change.
 

Anniversary in Coral and Opal

Hi all. 

This is one for a special couple and looks much better in real than on here, but that is normal at times with this colour combination,

This is a die  a friend owns by Marianne and love it,  May just be on the next wish list, but promised myself to get everything in house now organized better as having in cupboards does not work for me.  :)







Was cutting a few out while having the die and went back to a favourite combination to actually make one.   This is a 5 x 7 card again,  as am having fun with the larger sizes.

So taking that and playing about with stamps to fit the occasion was a treat.  Anyone knowing me, knows that the salutation part is usually left blank until the card is required, but in this case got out stuff and went to work :)  That said it could be for a wedding, shower or whatever. 


The first coral layer is popped up, the two die cuts taped together then popped, and the salutation layer popped as well.  

Recipe:

Stock:  Stardream coral and opal
Stamp :  Inspired by Stamping - All Year Wishes II
Embossing powder:  Close To My Heart
Flower:  stash

Tape:  Terrifically tacky red tape an tombow glue where required.
Foam Tape:  no idea, just buy a huge roll of it at the stamp store.  I mean huge!!


thanks for stopping in and have a super weekend all.  

Sorry,  but you still have to click on the title to get the comment link up.  \no matter what I try it does not come up unless doing that,  Maybe one day. :)

First post of the New Year.

 Hi All,


Hope you had a wonderful Christmas season with your families and friends, and all the best for the coming year.





Well it has been a long time and still cannot figure out how to get my watermark to work in Gimp. so nothing on this one, but miss posting. :)

Another square one with die cuts and an embossed layer


Was a fun one and played about with others as well and actually ready to osr, but for the not getting the watermarks on them,   Ughhh,



Recipe:

Stock:  Close to My Heart White and Pear
Embossing folder:  Close To My Heart
Die Set:  Creative Expressions,  Oslo
Ribbon:  Fabric Store
Pearls:  David Tutera

Thanks for stopping by and hope have the comment thing fixed.

no place to comment

ok 

found no way to have it on here as is, but if you click on the title of the post now the comment area will come up.    That is the only way it wants to work on here,. 

Thanks for the patience all     

Have a good one  
 

Using a negative

Hi all

Love to use the negative die cut if remember to do on a stock that can centre on, so did that with this card,  again with the dies

This is done with the poppy and white stocks from CTMH  in a 5.5 square again and taking a  layer of colour, laying on the white, then another white one.  The top white layer has foam tape all around it to pop it up even.

Next the larger colour die cut it set down into the opening over the white layer, foam tape put on the back of the assembled middle pieces (white layer and colour) and it is popped on in the centre.   Then adding the corners, ribbon and flowers,   All able to be mailed as just the one actual popped layer, 

oops noticed that the one corner was coming unglued in the pix,  but it is fixed now as put in a cello with it's envelope,  Must have hit it when still wet, but that happens.  

 See,  gotta check these pix better before loading,  and, gotta find how to get my watermark on in gimp.  :)





Sue Wilson and Cheery Lynn dies on this with flowers from stash and some more of my bulk ribbon,   love getting the 100 yd spools.  Never seem to run out,  :)

Thanks for stopping by, have a good day, 


watercolour floral

This is a new stamp from  CTMH for the September stamp of the month and their colonial white with pomegranate stock 

Watercolour paper is actually a creamy colour, but not looking like it,  

Have been wanting to go back to painting since not able to hold the markers properly for long, and this is the first one, so really need lots of practice. 

Have 36 tubes of paint, so better get to it.  :)

a 5 x 7 card. 

thanks for stopping in


been off and new card

Hi all,   been off here for a bit doing some thinking, needlework and just trying to keep cool   

Have made a few cards, so will start posting again, 

Thanks for hanging in if you did  :)

Here is one for a relatives birthday.  Similar to a past one, 


ok   this is going to be an ongoing experience learning how to get the beautiful watermark  been using to work in gimp.   But will keep playing and just use one like this for now, 

Took windows off both machines an gimp is in the linux setup so guess had better learn to use it this time 

Have a good one all, and sorry to be away so long, just needed to get a bunch of things done outside of cards. 

Thank you for any comments,  they are always appreciated, 

burgundy and ice

Hi all.  

Been purging this place instead of doing cards, so can actually enjoy doing them.    but - here is another one for what else :)    in a 5.5" square card  layered again,



Stock:   Stardream
Dies:  Memorybox Madera Corner
         Memorybox Script Love
         Marianne Love Birds.
Ribbon:   From the UK

Am going to have to try some of these with the CTMH stock and get more colours than I have available right now in the stardream. 

Have a good one all and thanks for dropping by





Birthday bear

Hi All

As you can see hae been plaaying around on here trying to gt everything s wanted and until getting to the "Post Title" go there.   When clicking on it in the advanced setting there is no colour choice coming up and it is in the main colour never used for anything,  UGHHh   if anyone hasany idea what is going on it would be nice to know, 

Anyway - This was a card for a beautiful wee girl that loves animals or a 5th birthday. 

The bear is a design from Elaine Sheldrake and coloured with copics.  
Die is Sue Wilson.  
ribbon from bulk
Of course the inside was layered and matching


Thanks for stopping by and have a super day all.

Romance in Mauve


Was playing around and decided to try  light mauve and opal.  The ice/white seemed harsh, so here it is.   Again a 5.5" square with text weight for the inside to match. 







Again with the bride and groom, with a different background, and sheer ribbon in light mauve

Stock:  Stardream
Dies:   Marianne and Frantic Stamper
Ribbon;   ??
Bitty Bling:  CTMH 

Have a super day all and thanks for stopping in. 

Pink Layers

Here is a for fun card.  Have been switching many things here and doing exactly what is wanted each day, some reading, music, cards, enjoying friends and am lovin' it.    There will be lots of cards though as am going to be able to find time to play more soon.    Gotta love it.  


Beautiful for an anniversary, wedding or shower in the special stock again, and matching text to be added to the inside for whatever.  5.5" square

 
 

Bride and Groom Dance

Hi all 

This is a card started months ago and could not figure out what was wanted on it, so the poor thing sat with the border done.  :) 




In the beautiful stardream opal again.   But added the wee bitty bling from CTMH for his lapel and her veil which really do not show up with the shimmer of the stock here.  
 
It is just under 5.5 square to have the border go from edge to edge, 
The dies used were Marianne, Joy Craft and Frantic Stamper

As usual there is text weight to be printed for the inside for what the card ends up being wanted for by whomever.  

Have a wonderful day all and thanks for stopping in again.  
 

Beary Yours

Card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 114


This guy is from Elaine Sheldrake at  Digital Delights 2  on fb,   She has some gorgeous backing papers and this bear is also one of her things living on the computer system here. 

A friend started this group to help designers promote their digital items and be able to sell person to person which works great.

The design is again from AHSC and this is the last post for me with them.   I have had to stop both Design teams and will just be doing what is wanted when able for a while.   Am not going to try and have any schedule for doing the cards, as it is not working at present.     And am doing so much more with die cuts as not able to colour a lot as you know, so only seems fair to quit trying to be part of things where some colouring is usually part of it.   I will continue to digitalize drawings as they need me to as that is working out great.  :)

This is a combination of SU, TH, CTMH, Pros and copics.    Just had fun with it, 

Enjoy and have a super day all.   

Here is the original sketch.     Please go on over and join in.




HJC # 50 Tag it

This is the card for the HJC Challenge using a digi from Crafty Sentiments  called Herby the Bear

He is done with White, Green and then digital paper from Candy Lane over.  
The tag is cut using a Marianne Die and then layered on a Cherry Red stock
The Beautiful Chiffon Ribbon is from the UK
Markers are a combination of copic and promarkers.


Thanks for stopping in all, and again for any comments.   Still trying to get that to stay on  :)


AHSC 112

This is for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 112

Almost did the exact design.  :)  using a set of old card stock from CTMH that is the beautiful shiny like patent on one side with a design and regular on the back with designs. 





The die cuts are Nellie Snellen dies and ink on the wee flowers is the Cracked Pistachio which actually matches the green shiny stock in real.    A 5 x 7 card

Angel in Pinks

This is the card for the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

The Challenge is "Frame It"   

And the digi is another one from Lacy Sunshine  called Angel Boo





She is coloured with copics and die cuts are using Nellie's Ovals.    
The stock is Bazzill that bought about 4 years ago and left sitting, but the colours are so pretty that have to use, and being a light stock, it can be layered without too much weight.  

The wee rose is from Wild Orchids via  friend.  Thanks again and the half pearls are CTMH

Thanks for stopping in and any comments as usual are greatly appreciated.  

Have a super day all.  



butterflies

This is for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Chalenge 110


Actually stayed to the design except the three circles.  Did not have any that fit properly, but will find something else down the road am sure that will add something to the card.  

Very plain, simple card as far as am concerned, even though lots of colour with the paper.
Added the ribbon all the way instead of a bit as used instead of stock or paper pieces, then added the butterflies which are from Amuse Are Stamps and Memory Box Dies but fit together pretty good.   These were done in white and added Tim Holtx  Pickled Raspberry ink to them.   Was going to put bling down the middle, but want to look around and find something next time at a supply store to go with the butterflies and then may not need the bling.    So pretty plain until needed for someone and can add a sentiment thing or whatever.  

Have a good one all, anf thanks for stopping by. 
 

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #48 - Use Kraft

This Challenge was to use Kraft and had it all planned out until colouring the chair.   Then had to switch about and just use the Kraft for the card. 
This image is from The Stamping Boutique and is called  Santa and Audrey  

Stock is Gina K, digi paper is from where?   Got put into the wrong file and never could find again to get the original link

Markers are promarkers Spring Lilac, Cool Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Dusky Pink, Blush, Berry Red, Tan, Cocoa, and a copic BG000.  Need these light colours in the pros. 

Took the paper and white stock and cut the oval out and then layered them together with foam tape over the white with the digi on it to frame it in and adhered to the Kraft. 

Used some Poinsettias from a friend overseas and bitty bling in the middle of them  Very simple card. 

That's it.  Thanks for stopping by and will keep trying to get the comment thing to allow me to say thankyou again automatically.  :)

Yellow and White

Hi all.
Was playing with the dies the other day and this was the result.  Again, not too sure about it, but it does look pretty in real. 


Decided to do just yellow and white so did the square base in white, took yellow for the next layer, then white and yellow again.   The top 3 layers have foam tape between them and it still fits in an envelope just fine.  Gotta love it. !!   Do have to get the dies to cut the layer sizes better though so they show just a wee bit more.  Next on yet another Wish list with the border/corner die on the left.  :)

After the fourth layer was cut, took and scored each way to make a diamond backing which does not show up on the screen, as is not scored deeply.  Just did for a bit of effect instead of using the die cut backing.   Next took the Memorybox die cut and put on the left side, the tattered lace corner on the bottom right, and the butterflies in the middle again Memorybox.   A friend came over one day and had that border/corner die.  We spent the afternoon cutting out things we don't have of each others and had the best time.  So you will see some dies that may not be named as cannot remember them.   Great way to see if you will ever use some that may be on a wish list.  

The wee rose is from Wild Orchid Crafts that a friend in the UK sent me in a bunch to see what they looked like, and have been using sparingly, so guess should get some.  Some cards just seem to call for them instead of the die cut ones.  

As always, the inside matches the front somewhat to finish it off. 



Have a super day all, thanks for stopping in and you know any comments are really appreciated.   One day when trying to get the comment form to work I will get a surprise as it will click in.   :)

Flower Girl

This was coloured absolutely months ago and could never decide what to use it for.    Since deciding to downsize and use only certain things, it is becoming much easier to pic and choose. 


For the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 108

This is from the promarker group and if memory serves from Di's Digis. 

The stock:  Gina K Lemon and white
                    Cougar white for colouring

Paper:         Gina K
Dies:           Memorybox Leavenworth Butterflies
                    Amuse Arts Butterflies
                    Tattered Lace - Lace Border
Ink:               CTMH Sweet Leaf

Markers:  Promarkers - Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Soft Peach, Peach, Mango, 
                 Copics:  E 50. 51, 53,  11. 13, 15
  The green am sure are promarkers but did not write them down

Now.  Here is the original sketch from Michelle, which I moved about a bit as usual. 




Thanks for stopping by again and as you know all comments are absolutely appreciated.   

pink die cuts

Hi All 

Another one with the dies again.   This is becoming my go to for cards due to my hands, but absolutely love it.  Dies are so much fun. !!   Let your imagination soar and go for it, (still working on that one but having a good time while learning combos)

The larger dies are Sue Wilson, and was actually cutting samples to play with for cards.  The day after finishing it saw one she posted on her daily post the next day with the same main die set.  The corner ones are Cheery Lynn.  Soft and delicate to finish it off. 


Did it in the layers of pink, white, pink and then the dies with mounting tape between the top pink and white layers and the cuts, but really require a thinner tape to make it better.  The 1/8" would be perfect.   Also the dies for the squares would save mega amounts of time, and know exactly which ones are coming to live here as they have 1/8" increments.   Just not for a bit.,  :)   

You can see the wee oval on the front is sponged about but no sentiment as usual.   So it is a temporary adhesive so that can use for whom the card fits, unless someone else needs it more than I do.   Then will do to suit them

The inside has white, pink then white again for a message to match.

When finishing this, was thinking that a tone on tone with the better stock would be perfect, so that will come along one day as well. 

Have a super day all, thanks for stopping in and you know all comments are so appreciated.     
Have to try and get that to stay on the comment thing again,   

Oh.  a 5.5 square again.  

"Surfin Santa" CAS

Here is the card for the HJC (Holly Jolly Christmas) challenge 

It is a super one from the men's line at the Doctor Digi's site  

He has some pretty awesome digis.  

This is about as CAS as it gets here. 

Not pleased with the sponging, but just could not get it the way was wanted, so had to finally go with this.   Yes, the top is light blue, but did not want to come out in the pictures either.   

A 5.5 sq card on
Gina K Turquoise Sea
sponged with   Momento - Summer Sky, Dandelion, Tangelo
                          Tim Holtz - Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass

Markers:   Promarkers:  Oasis, Blush, Mango, Green Shoot, Salmon Pink

Ok,  your turn, see what you can do for a CAS card for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping in and have a super day.     You know as always even if not coming up on the comments that they are very much appreciated.  





Pink Roses

This is the card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #106

As  soon as seeing the design had to go to the "sell" pile here and dig out a stamp purchased years ago when thought that card making was something wanted to do.   Not so, but kept it and a bunch bought as this store where we were living that was a liquidation store that the woman brought in mega amounts of stamps.   They were usually about $1.00 - $5.00 tops and that includes large House Mouse ones.   So, as any crafter, put them away just in case.   Especially after seeing the "real" prices. 

There may be a few pulled from that pile yet :)

Got out GKD Innocent Pink and ivory, copics, that stamp, Rich Cocoa Momento ink instead of black, lace from a friend overseas, and went to work.   The Resplendent Rectangles is the die set used for this, and did cut the bottom off and added the lace across.   Isn't it dainty, even though a larger one.   Absolutely love it.     Thanks my friend. 

The inside is layered with ivory and edged with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar.  And another 5 x 7


There you have it.

Now if anyone can let me in on why the post to go here saying thanks for stopping by and  that all comments are appreciated  will not stay posted, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Here is the original design so lets see what you can do with it.



Golden Bells

Hi All, 

Another Challenge for the HJC - Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge.   This week it is white with one other colour.   And the supplier of the stamp chosen was Stitchy Bear Stamps

This time I chose a very simple stamp of just bells.   Thought they could somehow be the star of the show type thing if done right, so here it is.  


Decided to take the promarkers to make it the colours wanted, and as you all know switched to some of these due to my hands, so took a few colour swatches to get this combo.   The stock had to compliment it of course in the same hues as per the challenge. so got that in order, took one of the markers to white ribbon, and we were ready to go,   

The embossing folders have been on quite the holiday lately, so was time to pull one, and chose an old goodie, the Swiss dots, and then went to the Gold Labels 4 to add the layer and edged again with a matching colour to offset the white theme.  

The inside is white edged with the golden again to match and blank until needing a verse for it, then will print off one. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. 

Here is the challenge  if you wish to join us and get a start on cards.  
 

Painting with Distress inks

Hi. 

Well the last card put here was using the top portion of a stamp that had been purchased for a specific use and so decided to play about and use it as intended.  The original idea was to sponge in backgrounds but was playing with the two new colours in house here by Tim Holtz and decided to use them with a brush,  water, and a thick watercolour paper.  It is actually too thick to use on a card, so will find some thinner type next time at the art store.

This is the end result, with the image stamped in the Abandoned Coral on the left side of an edged ivory stock layered on black.  The second colour is the Cracked Pistachio.  

The next colour was not in stock when we hit that store last month, so maybe by the time we get there next the newest will all be in stock.  Love using these inks.

All stock for this is Gina K and it is a 5 x 7 again.

Enjoy

You can see in the posting below just how much of the stamp was actually used in it.   Not much.    :)

Coral Delight

Sketch 104 in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hav done these before and find them fun with the right stamp and as soon as the sketch was seen, this new, unused one came to mind.  

And the new Abandoned Coral by Tim Holtz.   Absolutely love this colour,  It is amazing in real.   

Pulled some turquoise and white stock, matting basics A and B instead of measuring for a change,(These should be at the front of the dies as forget to use.), and all the rest of the things required, then played.  





First was to get the layers in place and then play with the top part of the beautiful Magenta stamp which was purchased for a certain type card not done yet.  Then brought out the Memory Box Lovely Tendrils and Leavenworth Butterfly dies, cut and sponged with the Abandoned Coral, added a wee bit of beautiful chiffon ribbon across the middle of the two smaller panel sets before adhering and then adding the die cuts. 

The inside has the whole stamp down the left side of a white layer with the edges lightly sponged as well of course all to match the front.  
That's it.   Enjoy.  

Now if I could learn to sponge these inks with those wee sponges, all would be good.  I keep leaving the circle edges when trying them.  :) 

 Here is the sketch for you to try and as you can see is the triple layer one.   Come and join in the fun and see what all the DT members have put up on Wednesday when ours all go live. 




Hugz.  Have a super day all and thanks for stopping in.





Challenge #45 HJC (Holly Jolly Christmas)

This was to have tree(s) and of course had to find one with a bear.  

Cute one from one of the regular sponsors -  Bugaboo   





 This was done on a green with digi paper from Cuddly Buddly and using the Wonky Squares Dies.  They were offset to give the uneven layering as it was just too completely aligned otherwise. 

The colouring was copics for the tree, most of the ornaments and his hat with Promarkers for the bear himself.  Am loving these.  So easy to blend and to use with my hands to use, which makes being able to colour these digis we receive a joy. 

He was a whole new colour scheme for me, but like it, so you will see more of this combination. 

The wee Poinsettias were from Memory Box. 



So come on over to the Holly Jolly Challenge  and show us your Christmas spirit.  

And remember, if you really don't have cards to send other than to families, our Smiles for Soldiers and seniors places can always use some. 


Rose colour floral

This is a pretty rose colour which for some reason is not as pretty here.   My lighting has changed and not for the better, so have to do something about that.  How do you have two lights using for this burn out at the same time and no bulbs to be found for them?   

It is for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 





Very plain with digital paper from Cuddly Buddly, die cuts and ribbon. 

The picture below of the digital has a  butterfly, but did not dare post another card with a butterfly in it another week in a row.,  :) 

Not able to think of anything to add to it without ruining it, so left alone.   Not usual one, but works for someone who will be needing a card and does like plainer ones.  

Have a super one all.   Thanks for stopping by again. 

Sketch