Saturday, November 26, 2022

Happy 50th Birthday!

Hello and Happy Saturday!

I'm a little behind in my posting.
Well, a lot.

This card was made for my friend's surprise 50th birthday party.

The dies are all from Spellbinders except the Happy Birthday on the inside.

The Happy Birthday die set is from Hello Bluebird.

Happy Birthday Maryann!

Friday, November 25, 2022

Over the Rainbow!

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing two rainbow cards that I made for a raffle basket.

I used a stamp and die set from Taylored Expressions along with the Kendra Dots from Art Impressions' 5418 – Bible Foliage Set 2.

The Kendra Dots were used to add some interest to some of the arches.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Penguin Cheer and Fab-yule-ous Girlfriends!

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing two cards with you.

My first card is a Christmas card that I made for the Diamonds and Pearls challenge going on right now and my second card was made using the current Simon Says Stamp Art Impressions Exclusive!

These oh so cute penguins are from 5192 – Penguin Cheer Set.

I used the 4804 – Snowflake Dies set to give this even more of a winter wonderland feeling.

Here's my second card using the soon to be gone forever exclusive.
Get yours NOW before they sell out!

Art Impressions Simon Says Stamp

The stars are from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set and the sentiment was stamped on 
5463 – Slimline Dies Set.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Hello Bees from Art Impressions

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing yet another bee themed card.

I know,  SHOCKING right?

I just can't help myself.

I love bees so much and have since I was a teenager.  The little hive in the photo was a gift from my sister probably 30 years ago.

For decades it sat on my kitchen window sill.  Now I've retired it to my craft room to help stage photos.

My card was made before Bonnie released some of her latest die sets or I would have used some of her beautiful new flower and leaf dies for my bees to enjoy.

I used the new 5561 – Birds and Bugs Set and the Hello die is from 5408 – ShadowBox Window Die.
I just love these little bees so much. (In case you couldn't tell!)
If you're looking for more of my bee cards you can find them here.

Friday, November 11, 2022

My first earrings!

My coworker has started making polymer clay earrings and I LOVE them!

A little too!

I need to stop buying so many so I started making my own paper earrings.

These are my first three pairs.

The red and blue ones were made to match my Halloween costume at work.
I made some for all 5 of the women who work in 5th grade.  We were basketball players.

This pair was just for fun.

This orange and blue pair was inspired by one of my blouses.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

A Bunch of Bees (and bugs) from Art Impressions

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing 3 cards.

One is my card for the Stencils and Masks challenge and the other 2
were made for friends.

I used the 5561 – Birds and Bugs Set on all 3 of my cards.  I also used the 5562 – Journal Letter Die Set on all of them.  I have a tip for the little letters below.
For this card, I mounted the letters onto the banner from 5463 – Slimline Dies Set.

I don't really own any stencils so I decided to get creative and make my own.
I used a honeycomb die that I have and I cut it on some heavyweight cardstock.
I then used washi tape to hold my stencil down.  I inked over it with some yellow ink by using a sponge.

Viola! A homemade stencil that I really liked!

For my next card I stamped the bees on a piece a die cut using 5061 – Square Double Stitched Dies.
This card was made for a friend who let my 24 year old son dig through her record collection before she got rid of it. He was so excited and came home with about a dozen albums.  We wanted to thank her for thinking of him.

Here's my tip to make your life easier.
You know those sticker sheets (invoices) you get from Ai?  What do you do with them?  Probably just throw them away.  I glued some cardstock to mine and then die cut my letters out of it.  I didn't need it all for these cards so the leftover scrap has been filed away for another day.  Now you have letters that are like stickers.  No need for fussing with trying to neatly get glue on the back of these small letters.

I'm ALL about recycling what you can. A while back a friend gave me the prettiest bee blanket.
This heart on my card was the tag on it.  It was way too cute to just throw out so I saved it knowing I'd find a use for it one day.

The day arrived when I found out a former co-worker was ill.  I sent this to him hoping it would brighten his day.  I used a micron pen to draw the flight lines of the bees.  In order to make sure my letters are even I use a ruler to place them.

I hope you will BEE inspired by my cards and will join in on the challenge.
See you next Sunday!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Oh...were you gonna eat this?

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing the card that I made for the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop.
I combined several sets to create this humorous birthday card.
There are actually two men in the boat but I only wanted this guy on my card.  I tried to just ink up the one guy but didn't do a great job of it.  Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White to the rescue!

I used a bit to dab over the part of the other guy that was showing. I think it just looks like a cloud in the background now.

My main image and the fish are from 4900 – Reel Great Guys Set.
The fisherman is mounted on 5061 – Square Double Stitched Dies.
The sentiment on the banner is from 5369 – Feline Set and the naughty cat (lol!) is from 5110 – Housework Set. I cut the Roomba off from under him and used my x-acto knife to cut a slit for a mouth to put the fish in.  The banner die is from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.

This card would be so perfect for the fisherman in your life but it doesn't even have to be for someone who fishes.  Who doesn't love a funny card?  Maybe you know someone who has a pet that steals things.  When we first got our dog he used to steal bread, muffins, rolls etc. off our counter and hide them around the house.  Our bread basket has been on top of the fridge ever since we figured it out.

Copics used:
W00, C0, N1, T4, E00, E02, E35,
E50, B000, B00, B3, G12, G2

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Matchbooks and Masculine cards from Art Impressions

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing several cards and a bookmark.

Two of my cards are from the Matchbook series.

Both cards used the 5317 – MB Template Dies and 5318 – MB Envelope Dies

My first Matchbook was created using 5498 – MB Salon.

Unless you're bald,  you almost definitely have a hair dresser/barber.  How cute is this card as a little thank you for keeping you looking amazing?!

Due to some medical issues I haven't needed my hair dresser in over a year and a half but when I go back and she makes me beautiful, she'll definitely be getting a card like this!

These tiny little scenes are such a treasure!

My second MB used the 5499 – MB Get Well.  I love the little white board that you can personalize any way you'd like.

The Matchbook folds up and fits neatly in a tiny little envelope.

These are perfect for someone's desk or bedside table.
Whether you have a sick friend or need to thank a doctor or nurse this set is perfect!
Swap out the Get Well for Thank You.

I have a former co-worker who is having some health issues so I made this card and took it to work for everyone to sign. For this card I used the same MB but I did it on a traditional card.  It's mounted on 5061 – Square Double Stitched Dies.

The verse is stamped on 5132 – Tag Stitched Dies and the heart is from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.

My bookmark was cut using 5223 – Bookmark Dies.
The main images are from 5322 – MB Den Set.

The frame around the verse and the star are from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.
The little tags are from 5132 – Tag Stitched Dies and the clock is from 5323 – MB Wall Accessories.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects for today and that you find some time to be crafty.  Most of my projects were made with the current Let's Hear it for the Boys challenge here on the blog.  Be sure to enter for your chance to win a free stamp set!

Copics used:

Salon MB: C00, N2, W2, C6, Y13, Y21, Y26,
YG13, RV29,RV63, RV93, E23, B01, B04

Get Well MB: Y13, Y17, G03, B00, B18, B34, E35, C0, N1, T4 
Marvy NO. 100 Sapphire

Bookmark: G20, G24, G43, B21, B45, Y28, Y32, N4, W2, E23, E97