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Friday, May 30, 2014

Gemstones and Peacock Feathers

Happy Friday to you! The week just flew by and the weekend has started.
I have one last card to share with you for this week. It is a one layer card which I seem to be really getting into lately.
Here is my CAS card:

I was inspired by this sketch:
When I saw first saw the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! I knew I wanted to use it. You have plenty of time to play along over there so go ahead and make a card and link it up with the rest of us!
As I browsed through the design teams creations I came across Leigh Penner's  card and was immediately inspired by the feathers and colors she used.
Isn't her card lovely? As I was looking at Leigh's card I knew exactly what stamp I was going to use and what colors of DS inks. It all came together in my head in just seconds. I could hardly wait to pull everything out and get started. 
First I pulled out this stamp set called Gem Stones from Inkadinkado.

I have had this set for years and even though I really like it I just hadn't found a project to use any of the stamps on until now. I pulled off the peacock feather and grabbed some Broken China, Shabby Shutters, and Peacock Feathers DI. These just also happen to be my favorite DI colors.

I wanted to add some sparkle to the feathers and played around with some glitter and Stickles but in the end I used rhinestones that matched the feathers.
The "thank you" sentiment is from a little Studio G set. I really liked the little flourishes around it.
That's it! I think I made this card in twenty minutes or so. I wish all of my cards would come together so easily. Many times I have the idea and picture of what it will look like in my head but what I end up with rarely looks what I had pictured.
Thanks so much for dropping by and I wish you all a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Hello again! I hope everyone had a wonderful long Memorial weekend here in the states.

We had a wonderful time camping with a group of friends in Dosewallips State Park. I just love the name Dosewallips, so fun to say. It is like being in a rain forest with lots of moss covered trees and the Dosewallip River runs right by the park.
We had 3 delicious meals every day.   We don't usually eat three square meals a day so now I am trying to work off all those extra calories. We played board games in the evening or when it was raining. We love to play Sequence and Mexican Train, which is a dominos game. In the evening we had a campfire and made Somemore's.
Saturday, in the nearby small town of Brinnon there was a Shrimp festival so we dropped by there and shopped through the booths, rides and listened to the band that was playing.
Sunday we took a short ride and hike to see the Dpsewallips Falls. There are two falls the upper and lower. We hiked to the lower falls. The upper is a 10 mile hike round trip and we had little ones with us so we stuck with the lower one.

 I saw these delicate white flowers which I think are some kind of berry bush but I thought they were still so pretty.
 The falls are actually higher than what I thought they would be. You have to now scramble over the rocks that have fallen and covered the trail but it wasn't too bad.
 The deeper green water in the very back is a pool which is deep enough to swim in and is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day but not the day we were there. As you can see we are wearing jackets.
 Another view of the waterfall.
Close up of the moss that grows on everything that doesn't move.
Again I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend and tell me what you did. 
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I'm Back!!!

Hello my fellow bloggers and crafty friends! Thanks for sticking with me.  It has been such a long time since my last post but I am out of hibernation and ready to share some new cards I have been working on this week.

First up are these two cards: 
 I based these cards off of this Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #220 :

I needed two thank you cards and both recipients favorite colors are pink and purple. The first card is pink and I stamped the white card base using Worn Lipstick DI and HA Envelope Pattern stamp.

  For both cards I cut a 2 1/2" strip of pattern paper and die cut a circle just below the top of the strip and adhered it to the card base with foam dots. I die cut the butterfly from pattern paper and wrapped black floss around the body and tied a knot at the top to make the head and antennas then adhered the butterfly with foam dots to the center of the circle.
I think I might add a dot of glue to hold the antennas in place. They tend to get stuck under the wings sometimes.
I die cut the banner then stamped the thank you sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After rummaging around in my bling drawer I found these pink metal flowers with holes in the center which I filled with a pearl dot and adhered them to each end of the banner. I glued the banner towards the bottom of the pattern paper strip and was done. 
I liked the sketch so much that I made a second card with it:
This  is has both purple and pink. I stamped the Envelope Pattern in Shabby Shutters DI and the butterfly is purple.
I made the same banner except I used some glittery pink flowers with a rhinestone in the center. I think I still have time to enter the Sweet Sunday challenge. It has been months since I have entered any challenges so it will be fun getting back in the groove of things.
I found this card by Joyce over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:
I loved that it was only one layer and thought it made a very nice sympathy card and reminded me that I need to start  replenishing my sympathy card stash.
Here is how my card turned out:
 The stamp I used was from an old Rubber Stampede called Palm Leaf (I don't even know if they are around any more). I have used this stamp  several times over the years.
I used Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn DI for the leaves. On some of the leaves I used both colors, inking the stamp first with the lighter Shabby Shutters than inking over that with the Mowed Lawn. The rest of the leaves are stamped using just the Mowed Lawn. All I had left to do after the palm leaves was to stamp the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and add the butterfly. Such a simple card but I love how it looks.
I have so much to share from our winter travels I just need to get on the ball and do it. But right now the weather is super nice and I need to attend to my poor neglected flower gardens. They look so shaggy.
I'll be back soon I promise!