Friday, January 11, 2019

Where Oh Where?

FINALLY - since last year even, I’m posting a card.  

I based my card on Tuesday Morning Sketches #485. Which you can find my visiting This is a poignant sketch as it was created by a former design team member Jessi Fogan who sadly passed away in December.  My heartfelt prayers to everyone who was in her world.  

I chose to do a lot of layering up and taking advantages of double sided designer paper.  Oh and how I dearly dearly wish I’d marked down just which paper this was, though I suspect it was a BoBunny.  (This little aside: my husband can never get over how I can remember all the important details of life and survival but ask me where I bought something from a thrift store or something about my crafting and hallelujah its embedded loudly in my brain) So I’m pretty confident its BB.  At any rate, I also used a paisley embossing folder and a Spellbinders floral die cut and the sentiment is stamped in an Andrionak embossing powder in this lucious color.  

I’ve struggled with blogging these past few months.  Sometimes just too busy, sometimes not motivated and strangely I found myself often wanting to just nest and keep life simple and spend time quietly.  So I’m good, life is beautiful.  Just saying’. 

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Just Because repeat butterfly card


I fell in love with this sketch right away and I believe it will be a ‘go to’ in the future.   This Repeat Impressions Sketch #03118 on The House That Stamps Built blog is so simple and attractive, just the right proportions to paper.  I chose to make this a “small” card measuring 3.75 x 5.5 inches.  I have some lovely little envelopes to fit a card this size.  Sometimes this is just a sweet “giving” (as opposed to mailing) size. 

I used some small DP scraps up, backing them both with black cardstock for extra body.  I used some lovely butterfly stamps from Flourishes on top of the DP with the tiny text.  I stamped in black Versafine and then embossed with black.  After this I stamped this “just because” from Hero Arts and notched the end for more interest.  I finished with three pretty pearly sequins from Lucy’s Cards 

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Brilliant Birthday Card


I’m still playing around with a set of Recollection Halloween stamps I picked up, some of the images, though intended to be creepy or scary actually inspire me for other cards so I may work my way through a few more before I retire them to focus on some festive ones (coz really, I’ve not even begun to think Christmas yet)  I had stamped this sentiment when I was visiting my sister Nina and I just knew it would be a hit for this Freshly Made Sketches #361 challenge.  I wanted to make it simple so I chose a basic palette.  Silver sparkle, black and yellow against white.  I stamped the lightbulb with black versafine then colored using both a Tim Holtz distress ink in Mustard and then a bit of Tombow marker to match the color true to the bright yellow cardstock strip.  I then fussycut the lightbulb and embossed it with clear.  After layering a bit, bumping the sentiment out with foam, I was happy this card came together so easily. 

Mushroom with Crab Apple

Even though it rained today and everything was misty moisty outdoors I chose to go for a super speed walk in the orchard today.  I have to fling myself out the door mid afternoon or else I begin to flag and thats not a good thing.  Its ok if I can actually nap, but that does not always happen and then I’m just messed up for the rest of the day.  I love walking the long rows of the orchard, the leaves confettied in the grass and with mushrooms popping up here and there making little cups for birds to come drink out of.  I thought this little crab apple looked like the cherry on top! 

Besides this, I played with my brand new instant pot – I treated myself.  I admit I was intimidated to begin but after making my first ever beef stew, from scratch, from a frozen roast no less, in 90 minutes – I’m already imagining my next big batch of cooking!  I am truly impressed.   Do YOU have one?  What is your favorite recipe?  Any pointers for me? 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Fixin’ Birthday Card


Woot – just so happens chance I needed to whip up a birthday card for a friend who is a true carpenter, has literally built custom furniture for our home and so when I saw The Male Room Challenge #97 and the theme being TOOLS well, I got quiet excited (imagine lots jumping up and down in this house…)  because I have two nice Forever in Time stamp sets which are totally tools!  A great fit.  I paired the stamps with a backdrop of Bo Bunny Back to Basics DP in woodgrain.  I built upon a black cardstock base.  I used a Stampin’ Up birthday sentiment, poofing it out in the middle with a triple layer of foam tape and tacking the ends down. (you can’t really see how the sentiment kind of “wows” out in the center, almost 3d)  I stamped and fussy cut the tools, colored them with Tombow Markers.  I bumped out the Hammer and glued the nails down. 


Lacking a stamped sentiment to say something to pull this card together I improvised my own! 

Have YOU ever hand written your own sentiment inside a card? 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

You’re too kind–heart card


I had fun with this sketch challenge – CAS Colours & Sketchess Challenge #295  I chose to go with a black, white and gold palette.  I actually used some very thick foiled gold cardstock which, believe it or not is from those GIANT dark chocolate bars from grocery or Walmart stores.  LOL – someone close to us figured I could recycle them in a creative way so I have a stack of them.  They have come in handy over time. I used a heart sheet from Creativity Inc Kraft Cream & Gold Mat Stack, scuffing the heart and other areas up using a sharp edge.  I stamped the sentiment “You’re too Kind” by Stampin’ Up in black Versafine.  I finished off with various sized black Doodlebug Design Inc Jewels – Beetle Black Assortment. 

What’s something interesting you “recycle” on your cards?

So Worth Celebrating card

FMS 360 Barb-Derksen

Wow, this card turned out to be quite a bit more of a bite than I thought it would be – sometimes thats the way it goes, right?  The Freshly Made Sketches #360 It was worth the effort, I believe.  My first choices were the this sentiment (can’t find credit for in my phone notes, darn it) and this pretty floral Photoplay.  I backed it with a neutral for the oval, then created my own scallop behind on white cardstock using simple scallop scissors.  I adhered this on top of this woodgrain DP by Bo Bunny Back to Basics.  I added another backdrop of black cardstock.  In the end I also hand cut many leaves from scraps of DP and grey cardstock and layered them every which way, bumping some up with foam tape. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Spooky Creepy Card


I admit I don’t usually get Halloween cards made but I found myself with the time, supplies and inclination (and a family to gift it to) so, this week when I saw the CAS(E) this sketch #295 Challenge I decided I’d take the plunge.  I flipped the sketch upside down for my project.  I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock and embossed with Stampendous Stamp-N Stuff Detail White embossing powder.  I stamped the beakers and bottles and potions stamp from Recollections (Michaels) Halloween collection.  I used Versafine Black and then embossed with clear. I colored the “potions” in using Tombow markers.  For a final touch I added “cobwebs” of white sewing cotton. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Throw Kindness Card


Back home after a lovely week visiting my sister Nina and then over to the coast to stay with my Mother in Law for another week.  Feels I’ve been on the hoof so much lately that my home is a resort haha!  (specially with all my craft supplies calling out to me… so should I say that my home is a “retreat getaway” LOL)  So happy for technology so I can create challenges both with Nina and my Sister in Law Judy too.  I poked through challenges and saw this challenge for Always Fun Challenges #80 and Nina and I agreed the monochromatic theme for this one appealed. 

I bought some square cardstock and envelopes while away so I decided to go with square (I rarely do square) I used up a square of sparkly paper which was in my “big scraps” bin.  Love using scraps up.  I added on this sentiment by Carta Bella, added a double bow in black and white and finished off with sparkly (confetti like) sequins.  So simple, so fun.

More cards getting posted in the coming days, mark my words.  Thanks for stopping in today. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Celebrating YOU” Card

So happy to be able to play with paper with my sister Nina on this wet moisty Autumn day - Let it RAIN, I say, while we stay snugged up in amongst all the wonderful designer paper, stamps etc.  We are in a creative bubble enjoying a card or two.  We hunted up this Sunday Stamps #188 which whetted our appetite and managed some attractive cards! 

I used a snippet of scrap DP for the background, cut with a Simon Says Stamp rectanglular diecut.  I cut a coordinating bit of teal cardstock and slightly smaller white cardstock, stamped these pretty Favorite Flowers by Simon Says Stamp in Memento Summer Sky, Red Magic and Cantaloupe.  I stamped a few leaves and fussy cut a few of the carstock.  I finished off with Sequins from Lucy’s

More to come soon - appreciate you dropping by! 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Honey Bee Simon Says Stamptember challenge:

Simon Honey Bee Barb Derksen

I had a lovely creave session with Nina this weekend, ONLY card I managed this weekend, no regrets as I got a day away with my handsome Mr.  Nina pointed me to this challenge for STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp

and as I have some lovely Honey Bee stamps I managed to whip up a card (pictured above the STAMPtember ad)   I Stamped the Thank You on thick bright white cardstock then die cut it with a Simon Says rectangular stitched diecut.  I stamped the Honey Bee  “I CAN’T” and “ENOUGH”  and pretty butterfly.  I used Tim Holtz  distress inks (birthday gift from my sweet Sis) in dusty concord and victorian velvet on all things stamped.  I used a diecut for the sentiment tabs and fussy cut the butterfly.  I added some Gelly Roll on the butterfly for a bit of soft glitz.  I mounted everything on the card, adding a Studio Katia gem for the butterfly’s head and sprinkling a few sequins around the rest of the card to draw your eye around. 

Simon Honey Bee 2

I love how this butterfly looks as if it hovering on my card, ready to take flight. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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