Sunday, October 15, 2017

For Those Who Love Horses

One last post of this adorable watercolor created by Brandy for her son, Ryan's clinic.  The image is stamped onto watercolor cardstock and then colored with the Mission Gold watercolors, layering and combining colors to create this very artistic card.  Some splatters of paint make it that much more interesting!

What do you think?  Simple, fantastic and ever so appropriate for the task.

Andie for 

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Welcome for the Jumping Clinic

I don't know whether we've ever really talked much about Brandy's son, but Ryan is a grown man with his own business providing lessons, training horses and arranging clinics for jumping skills.  Brandy is very proud of her young man and decided to make a few items for his most recent clinic.  The start is a guest book.  An embossed, stamped image on the front is the perfect minimalist effort.  Perfect!

Since the clinic was to work on skills a Instamatic camera was provided to capture images and sign the guest book.  Great idea and a fun set up for the clinic.

Didn't Brandy set a fantastic table to great guests?  This was all easily set up outside the event and provided a fun way to promote and accentuate the experience.  I'm constantly amazed by my friend and this just adds to the amazement.

Andie for 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Finishing Projects from the Stash

I stumbled upon this lovely card kit which was mostly undone.  I can't for the life of me remember which time or what circumstance left a card kit undone, but decided immediately to put them together.  The kit includes a bunch of Basic Grey patterned paper, die cuts, etc.  I know that dates it at least several years old since Basic Grey has been out of business at least a couple of years at this point.

Proof that timeless style doesn't go out, these cards are as cute today and yesterday.  They've been forwarded to the stash where I'll use them during the holidays.

Most of the effort was in inking the edges to add some depth and interest to the cards.  The rest was simply placing pieces into the right spots and gluing down. 

Not bad for a lovely evening of crafting, don't you think?  Plus, one less hoarded supply that all used up!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Bunch of Birthday Sentiments

Brandy shared this lovely creation with me.  She used her Concord & 9th Pallets and Petals stamp and die set.  I thinking the whole card turned out perfectly.  Those pallet boards look very realistic ad the white embossing pairs perfectly with her multi-colored flowers stamped and die cut.  This is a great versitle set that makes putting a card together a breeze.

Andie for 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fun Kid's Birthday Card

My nephew's birthday was earlier last month and I needed a card in a hurry.  I decided to use my Blueprints 11 die set to whip up a shaker card.  My photography is't the best as I needed to snap a quick picture on my way out of the house to teh party.  The card went together in a snap using the die cuts from patterned as well as cardstock paper.

On the inside, a quick and easy sentiment.  Now, usually my cards are quickly opened and discarded in search of the present it came with.  This time he shook the card (to see the sparkling sequins inside) and even lingered touching the happy face a couple of times.  His age/maturity might be showing or it simply was a great design for his age.  Either way, I'm pleased with how it turned out!

I am entering the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 382: Shake It up

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge Weeks 302/303 Anything Goes

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Watercolor Little Birthday Card

Today marks my grandfather's 93rd birthday.  I am so blessed and clearly take this for granted - since I don't know what it's like to have lost all your grandparents by this age.  We will celebrate his birthday with my grandmother (they've been married for 71 years) and the rest of our clan here in Arizona.  This isn't the card I've made for him - long story that I'll maybe recount later.  Just a pop in to share this card made for the stash using my Mission Gold watercolors to create the background and then some Justrite Seasonal Trees stamps to set the scene.  It is a masculine themed card, so it seemed appropriate to post today!

On the inside, some washi tape to create room for a sentiment stamped in Black Archival ink.  Keeping it simple for the boy!

What are you celebrating this week? I'm hoping you are feeling as blessed as I am.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Scrapbook Expo

Brandy and I actually carved out some time to spend together in September to attend the Mesa Scrapbook Expo.  This show is very like our traditional scrapbook show hosted by CK (which have abandoned the show format in favor of other activities).  Many of the same vendors, a few new ones, but most fun in that we can set up for the crop at 8am, attend workshops and shop during the day or choose to sit and scrap.  We did a mixture of all of the above on Friday and then on Saturday, I came back to work a couple of shifts.  I ended up being assigned to the Art Anthology Mixed Media Layouts class.   Stayce DeWid taught the course and she actually allowed me to play with some of the media as long as I helped the students when needed.  I did and made this great two page layout.  Not my most involved work, but done between handling out supplies and helping a grandma catch up with the class when she arrived a bit late.  No problem!  We got this!  I inserted the pictures and embellishments after my arrival home.

The show is also known for the make-n-takes.  This one is from the Art Impressions booth.  I did pick up quite a few new stamps here and this card made with their adorable mice holding cheese.  The image was precut and colored and we simply adhered to a patterned background.  Great card!

Onto the workshops that Brandy and I attended.  This first is by Krazy Kreations which is a Mixed Media Vintage Tag.  These include those black outline stickers - the dressor and the fancy young lady.  We adhered the dressor to some glitter paper and colored the image with Copic markers. Not a lot of subtle shading, but a lovely look nonetheless.  The young lady was paper pieced onto different cardstocks - by laying the sticker on the paper and cutting around the portion that you want from that pattern.  She's over some cream cardstock and so the arms and feet are simply uncolored cardstock.  Simple, quick and beautiful result. This little gem will probably make it onto a card or as a tag for a gift bag. 

Our second class is from Heartfelt Creations.  This mini-album is made using their Flip Fold Album and layering pre stamped pattered papers embellishing with a few Poppy shaped flowers.  That poppy looks just as lovely in person as it does in the picture (if not more so).  This was a simple, easy class and mostly gave me an excuse to make the album which is currently being targeted as a Christmas gift.

Inside is a small waterfall album with more pattered papers and flaps for journaling and/or more pictures.

The entire album took less than 90 minutes to create, though I did add some embellishments when I arrived home, like glitter and sequins.  The poppy papers are adorable, but they also look great as a backdrop.  I purchased some more supplies in order to replicate this project and make more gifts for Christmas.

Our last class was also a Heartfelt Creations class, Delicate Vellum Florals cards.  These were also easy to make, though we didn't have time to fully finish in class, everything was colored and simply needed to be glued in place once I had a bit more time.  I love, love, love their Dogwood flowers and these are a delight.  So delicate and appealing.  They make a card beautiful with little effort. 

The kit came with some extra patterned paper and so I added one piece to the inside of this lovely card as I thought the card too plain with the open windown into a white card base.  The patterned paper added just the right touch and this goes into the stash to serve a purpose on the day when I need something quick. 

I added the brown cardstock on the inside and the patterned paper was leftover in the kit so i used it on the inside of the card.  It felt like the delicate edge on the card needed more contrast to pop.  Love how this card turned out!

We'd both highly recommend the Expo and any of the classes you see here.  There are many more good classes, one can only do so much in a two day weekend.  If you haven't worked the event, but enjoy this kind of work, the time passes quickly and the money earned actually offset some of the great cost. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Welcoming a Baby Girl

I've had this lovely creation by Brandy in my text messages for weeks and am finally getting around to posting it.  The background was made using the SSS Kaleidoscope Background stamp to white emboss onto watercolor paper.  The background was colored with her Mission Gold watercolors to stunning effect keeping the design simple with a stamped entiment on layered cardstock edged with gold embossing.  Some IO die cut Spiral Flowers makes a small and delicate accent to this overly lovely card, don't you think?

Join me in admiring this wonderful background stamp.  It is sure to make a lot of great patterned paper to be used on card fronts.

Andie for 

Friday, September 22, 2017

What a Blessing

I happened to order Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Berries stamp and die set and I'm having a ball getting familiar with it.  I had prepped some of the card fronts for these cards by using my Mission Gold watercolors and then saw this post by Sandy Allnock.  My immediate thought was that I would use these cards to join the effort at encouraging those in Texas.

The berries were stamped using my brown Archival ink and Hero Arts inks in yellow and orange.  This layering stamp is one of the easiest I've used to create an image.  The die was quick and easy to align to create the branch.

On this card, I changed it up by using my Starry Colors watercolors just to see what would happen with a bit of shimmer in the ink.  I like this version, too, but didn't think it was a bunch different.

I did try cutting the sentiment out with some foam sheets and glitter paper.  Not sure this was the easiest thing to do, but the finish was nice.  I also changed up the colors of ink - went for a Hero Arts plum color.

In the end, I couldn't find my favorite so I addressed all these cards to one of the first responder stations from Sandy's list and mailed them out with a handwritten note expressing my concerns and encouragement - I'm praying for them and their communities.  This was two weeks ago now (I've been a busy crafter, not a busy blogger!).

That's not where the story ends.  I am amazed at people's response in these times of stress and trouble.  I meant to encourage and didn't expect any acknowledgement in return.  Low and behold look what showed up in my mailbox earlier this week:

Once of the police stations wrote a handwritten note back to me, thanking me for my kind note and giving me this honorary patch.  Way more than anyone could expect!  I'm humbled and honored and ever so glad that I joined the effort.