Friday, December 5, 2014

Lighthouse birthday card

I'm finally getting healed from my cataract surgery and my fall.  I'm still waiting for my new prescription glasses, which should improve my reading ability.  I appreciate all the prayers and good thoughts during my recovery.

I've been wanting to get back into card making, but just haven't had the urgency until now.  My bother is celebrating his 93rd birthday soon and I made this card for him.  He lives near the Washington coast.
I stamped this image by Peddler's Pack in Memories Soft Silver ink onto watercolor paper.  I colored the image with Ranger Distress Inks - barn door, salty ocean & mowed lawn, with water added.  The background paper is from My Mind's Eye.  I added the brown cardstock as a frame and used a PTI Soft Stone cardstock for a base card.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Growing older, not so gracefully

My blog hasn't been very active because of lots of health problems.  About a month ago, I developed a severe light sensitivity.  The computer screen was especially difficult.  I have to wear sunglasses in the house and especially when using computer.  I've spent a lot of time with my eye doctor.  He has done thorough exams and tried eye drops.  The current plan is to do cataract surgery next week.  I didn't realize that cataracts created glare.  I hope this helps my problem.

To complicate things, I tripped over my dog while taking out the trash.  I was pretty lucky and only got some bruising.  Unfortunately, my worst injury was my right hand.  Lots of ice and elevating it, along with being checked by 2 doctors, and I'm feeling better.  The swelling has gone down enough to type.

During all this time, I did work on making a card.  This is what I came up with.
This is a very old unmounted stamp that I found in one of my stamp drawers.  I created the round TUIT with stickers on a punched circle.  I'll probably mail this to one of the lovely ladies that have remembered me with their nice cards to try to stimulate my mojo.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Wishes

I'm still struggling with mojo and vision.  My friends have been trying to stimulate my mojo by giving me new toys.  This card uses things from 2 good friends.
This gorgeous blue paper just begged me for some snowflakes.  I pulled out a set of Hero Arts stamps and dies that were given to me by a good friend.  I stamped the snowflakes and embossed with silver embossing powder, then cut them out with matching dies.  The sentiment was given to me by the same friend that gave me the blue paper.  This is mounted on silver cardstock and then onto a white base card.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Birthday!

I haven't been making many cards lately because of some vision problems.  I have seen the doctor and have some eye drops to try to help my problem.  I'll see the doctor again in a few days to see if this helped.

I did manage to make a birthday card for a good friend whose birthday was yesterday.
I used an embossing folder for the dots and sentiment.  The background color is from inking the inside of embossing folder.  It looked a bit plain to me so I spritzed it with a combo of water and Perfect Pearls.  It created a blotchy look with a bit of gold shimmer.

The image is actually a sample from a convention years ago.  It's an acrylic square colored on the back with sparkly embossing powder on the edges.  This was card was hand delivered yesterday to a good friend.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thanksgiving card

Life keeps getting in the way of card making.  We've had a lot of rain in the desert during monsoon season.  That resulted in a need for a lot of yard work.  In addition, my little dog developed some lumps on his skin and had to gave surgery to remove them.  This has kept me pretty busy lately.

I'm trying to include some time to make my personal Thanksgiving cards.  After several days of trial and error, I came up with this card.
I used a brayer to add ink from a Kaleidacolor ink pad to the inside of an embossing folder and then embossed some cream cardstock.  I used the same ink pad to stamp the sentiment.  The edger punch is by Martha Stewart.  The copper skeleton leaves have been in my stash for many years.  Adhering them to the card has always been a problem for me.   I just learned about and purchased a small bottle of Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  This liquid glue seems to hold both the leaves and the twine bow to the card without showing.

As I finish my yard work, I'll try to work on this design and make the rest of my cards before mailing time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Land of the Free

I recently purchased a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Brave.   It is a fundraiser for Operation Write Home.  It has some very nice sentiments, but I decided to use the image with sentiment.  It's a very solid stamp and I find them difficult to ink evenly.  I used a brayer with Kaleidacolor ink pad to ink the stamp.  Each image got stronger, but the early ones were a bit blotchy.
This was my first card.  I cut the image with a Spellbinders long oval die and framed it in red.  The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder that had ink applied to one side.  This card seemed a bit plain to me, so I embellished the second card with 4 stars.
I added Glossy Accents to the stars and popped the oval image on foam tape.  I have 2 more stamped images to play with so I'm open to suggestions.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

OWH ODBD Challenge - September

The Operation Write Home challenge this month for the Our Daily Bread Designs is to create our own background, instead of using patterned paper.  I have done this many times, but was looking for some new ideas to try.  I found this idea on Facebook and decided to try it out.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for this.  The first step is the prepare a piece of cardstock and have it ready.  Then, use a brayer to add ink to both inside parts of the embossing folder.  I used Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves pad.  Immediately place the prepared cardstock inside the folder and run it though my Big Shot.  You could used any die cutting machine for this.

As the paper is embossed, the color is transferred to both sides.  I then cut the embossed paper into 2 pieces and turn one piece over to expose the debossed side.  Then adhere both pieces to the dark brown layer and adhere this to the base card.  I added a stamped greeting after card was finished.
On this card, I only used the embossed side of the folder because of the writing.  I could added more to it, but decided to allow this to stand alone.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hedgehog anniversary

I've been making personal cards and didn't want to post them until they are in the hands of the recipient.  This is an anniversary card I made for a very special couple in my life.
The hedgehogs are an old stamp by Penny Black.  I stamped and embossed on watercolor paper, then added color with my Peerless watercolors.  The sentiment is from Art Impressions, with hearts added with a Pearl Pen.  The frame and ribbon slide are from pearlescent paper.  I had a lot of problems getting any adhesive to hold the watercolor paper to the pearlescent paper.  Then the ribbon slide wouldn't stick to the ribbon.  I used Miracle tape, which didn't hold.  I used dimensional foam tape, which didn't hold.  Finally, I drizzled some Glossy Accents under the ribbon slide and held it in place until dry.  When mailed, it appeared to be holding together.  The little hearts are stickers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monsoon weather

I live in the desert because I love dry, hot weather.  After lots of dry weather this year, Monsoon Season hit us in August.  We got over 2 inches of rain in August.  My joints hated the weather.  Then, September arrived.  Wow!!!
I hope it dries out soon.  I want my desert back.

Friday, August 29, 2014

OWH ODBD challenge

I've been a bit out of touch in making cards for Operation Write Home since I heard about the upcoming change in deployment.  The group is still going, but at a slower pace for now.  For more information, please go to this post on Operation Rolling Tape Gun.  There are still expenses for mailing boxes of cards to our remaining deployed troops all over the world and at sea.

One way to help meet these expenses is by supporting some of our supporting organizations, such as Our Daily Bread Designs.  They post a challenge for us to make cards each month.  They pay for shipping one box of cards for each 25 cards we sign up to meet the challenge.  Each person can only submit one card monthly.  We aren't quite at 50 cards this month, so I decided to make a card for this challenge.  The August challenge is to make a card with stars on it.  Here is my entry.