Stampingbella Birthday Chicks

Good evening, and here's hoping you're all set for a lovely weekend. Our snow is all gone, and today our temp went to 78F. Crazy weather for our area in January. However it was so nice to have warm sunshine, and we enjoyed a nice ride down in the country doing a couple of errands in a little nearby town. We skipped driving on the interstate to drive on some state roads in what is basically a rural terrain.

OK, here's today's card. Colored the image while in Florida, but then it's taken me much too long to decide how to card it up.

- Stampingbella image colored with copics, some WoS, and die cut with a Sizzix die. Sponged the edges with DI Victorian Rose, while still in the die, and then used Picked Raspberry to drag the edges of the die cut image for a little more hot pink.   Did a faux mat with the turquoise and hand cut that. Sentiment is from the same stamp set.

- Hot pink c/s was trimmed to card base size, and embossed with the Lil Inker Stitched Spirals Die (used the tan embossing mat, so that the c/s didn't cut, just embossed). Sponged over the raised areas with DI Seedless Preserves to get a little closer to the shades of these chicks' feather boas.

- MStewart birthday cake punch, a white snippet, colored with copics, and some WoS on the candles. (when dragging the die cut through the Picked Respberry, of course there was a little smudge. Hunted punches to cover, and a butterfly just didn't seem to be appropriate!).

It took me a while, but I finally got visits paid to all the lovely comments on the Christmas Club & snow posts. Sorry I was so slow, but life has been busy, and sometimes I'm just not in the mood to sit at the computer :-). For one reason, I sit down with some coffee in the morning, & next thing, it's noon with nothing accomplished. So I'm trying to do better about that, not even turning on the computer until late afternoon. Of course I can find other ways to waste my time!!

There's a new card on Cards By Friends, so if you have time, do enjoy it with us. Ya'll have a good weekend, and thanks for joining me this evening. Prayers & Hugs to all my friends who might be needing those just at the moment. Come again when you can.


Snow Pictures

Hello - and we still have some of our snow from Friday night with us. After yesterday's sunshine and again today, had expected more of the snow to be melted. Our temps didn't go as low as the 6F predicted for last night, but we did get to 17F, which is pretty cold for our area. Yesterday morning, got a few pictures, and while I know this little snowfall is not a lot compared to what many of you get, it's really Big Deal for our area here in Upstate South Carolina. Most things come to a screeching halt, but we did see cars managing to pass in front of the house all day yesterday. There's a big steep hill that one must traverse to leave our subdivision and get out to the local highway that runs past where we live. Didn't see the same cars returning (as can be the case if they can't make it up the hill due to ice), so guess the roads didn't ice under the snow.

Hope you enjoy these. I was especially pleased to be able to capture the little red guy. Tried to get some at the feeder, but I was looking through a window & screen, and results were awful. Decided to open the window, slide up the screen, and was able to snap this little fella. However the air was cold enough, we didn't want that window open very long; also the feeder is close to the window - which is by our kitchen table - so doubt the birds would have felt easy to be at the feeder with this human so close. We saw a lot of bird activity yesterday, and one of the cardinals that visited, was such a glorious golden-brown reddy color. We've seen these before, but usually we either see the brilliant red males, or the drabber red-brown females. I'm sure the golden one was a female, but she had more of the brilliant red in her plumage than the females usually do, and the golden feathers were just so dressy.

Also just posted a new card in the Cards by Friends, and have a few more to share - that were waiting on us when we got back home.

Will be trying to get round to visiting later this evening. Hugs & thanks for  popping by. Stay warm & safe  if there's 'weather' where you are!

Christmas Card Club - Challenge 1 for 2017 - Anything Goes

Hello and welcome to the first Christmas Card Club challenge of 2017, and our sweet Dutchess selected our theme for this week: "Anything Goes". I must confess after the holidays, returning home from visiting the DD in sunny Florida, dealing with year end business and starting files for 2017, I did not have a great deal of Mojo. Had several ideas, but couldn't settle to any of them. Saw a sample on the back of a Penny Black package of the deer used on today's card, and Voila: This is what I did.

- the background was created using H20's (which I'd forgotten that I had, since I've not been very successful at using them well). Had seen a video by Jill Foster using Shimmerz paints, and thought to try the technique with the H20. Used Canson Mixed Media #98 paper; slightly wet the surface, just dabbed the different colors of H20 on it, using icycle, blues, lavendars, a rose gold and a buttercream yellow. The paper warped a bit as it was dried with a heat tool.

- Stamped tree stamp with Hero Arts Ombre green shades, then slightly reinked over that with Memento Northern Pine.

- Impression Obsession tree die cut from a textured Bazzill green, then used a finger dauber to add some Hero Arts Unicorn White for a snow 'effect'. once the trees were mounted on the card, added some glue, dropped Martha Stewart chunky glitter, and finally added some SnS Twinkling Clouds. The trees are mounted on foam.

- Fish tail banner cut from old dictionary page, and the other banner is a 'half-cut of a fishtail' from a previously created background. (snippet!)

- PBlack Leaping Deer cut from a created background - think it was done with  brushos using Yupo paper, but not sure. There are 2 layers on the deer. Added some sparklies, an outline sticker sentiment, and that's it.

Hope you'll have time to visit my fellow team mates to see what they have shared for our first 2017 challenge. Also hope to do a post later this afternoon to add some pictures of cards that awaited us when we got home, and some of the snow pictures from the little storm we got Friday night.

Thanks for joining me today. Hope your New Year is off to a great start. Blessings & Hugs.


Happy New Year - Welcome 2017

Good Morning, and Welcome to 2017!!!! As you are reading this, we'll be in the pickup heading north - leaving the warm sunshine for chilly Upstate South Carolina. We've heard there will be some rain, which does not fill me with delight. Traffic is crazy enough when the roads are dry, but when it's wet, tires can slide....etc etc.
I just wanted to take a moment to wish all my wonderful Blog Buddies a very healthy, happy, and hopefully, a prosperous coming year. I know that some of my friends are dealing with some Life issues;  I pray that you will be given the strength to endure, & that comfort to your heart will be sent as well - as you face whatever Life is dealing you just now. I'm so thankful for each one of you that visits here. Let's have a Crafty 2017 as part of our New Year's goals.
It may be a couple days before I post again. I'm always a bit 'down' when we have to say goodbye to the Daughter. Doubt that will ever change....But.... I do get over it eventually. I also find that it seems to be a bit of a 'let-down' after all the holiday excitement; I don't remember feeling so, when I was much younger. Does that happen to you too?
Big Hugs. Come again when you can. God Bless



Crazy Birds for Christmas

Good afternoon from sunny, lovely South Florida. I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas, spent with those that you love best. Also wishing you some of this beautiful golden sunshine we've enjoyed each day since arriving. Although the day can become quite warm, there's been a soft cooling breeze to make the warmth very pleasant. Quite a welcome change from the gloomy overcast & sometimes chilly days we had before we left home.

Today's share will be the 3 last minute cards done for the family. After scrambling to finish them, I very nearly left them on the desk at home. Just happened to spot the envelope stack on the desk when turning off the light downstairs, to head up the steps, be ready for a very early (4:30am) departure.

DD's card -
DH Card -
The circle on DH's card is a mess-up from trying to emboss the Hero Arts Infinity Circles as Jennifer McGuire shows in her video. Used heavy weight w/c paper, and it still cut through the paper in places, rather than just embossing. Was able to salvage this portion, so cut out the bird and just adhered him to the embossed circles. A S/B border die cut the 2 side borders. 

SIL card 

These images are from the small size of the THoltz Crazy Birds, which have the accessories with the set, and used the same set of matching dies to cut out the hats. (Then did a bit of trimming). Used the Misti to mask for the hat, then after doing all the masking, realized it would have been easier to just stamp the hat, stick over the top of the CB's head, and would have probably been placed better too! The white fur was done with the Marvy snow pen, then heat set to puff it up.

S/B circle used to cut out the central motif, then a larger one to cut the mat. The papers are from a Christmas 6x6 pack - from the stash. The added bow on SIL's card came from a gift box that had some Godiva chocolates. Should have put this on DD's card, but didn't! (always 2nd guessing myself LOL)

Each Sweetie got a 'pretty card' which has been previously shared, and then the 3 'funny' ones. I think they liked them!

We had a lovely but quiet Christmas day. We had agreed to 'no gifts', but still Santa showed up. It's very difficult to think of surprises for adults, who buy what they want (that they can _afford_!) through the year. None of us needed clothes or more 'schtuff'. However Gift cards were welcome, and Mr. got a nice set of Uggs to keep his feet warm this winter. He asked me the size when he first saw them. I said "Never mind what size, just see if they fit"...they did look quite large compared to his actual foot size. However, they did fit, and both kids said "Uggs run small, in whole sizes, so you have to pick the next size up". So guess I won't have to be returning these!

That's it for today. Hope everyone has had a good start to the week, and probably lots are back at work after the holiday break. Big hugs and many prayers going out to those of my friends who stand in need just now. God Bless. Thanks for stopping in.



Just a quick post to say Hello, & that we've arrived safely at our destination in Florida. No pictures to share as yet. I did manage to finish the 3 Crazy Bird cards I was working on at the last minute. Debating on whether to bring images to color, and stumbled on a travel box from another trip, so the copics bag and that box got packed. Then I nearly left the family cards on the desk, to leave at home! Happened to spot the pile just as I was turning out the downstairs lights to go up and sleep about 2am. Then DH woke me at 4am to get ready to depart. Not much shut-eye. However, I do sleep as we ride. (It's not really restful though!)

Tried to get round to all the email that had piled up - if I use the smart phone to look at email, it doesn't seem to really 'delete' stuff, even though I think I'm deleting it. When I powered up our webmail program, all that was still there, so had to tons of it to wade through. Tried to get round to visit all the sweet bloggers who had left comments. Hope I didn't miss anyone.

Will try to post the Crazy Birds cards later on. Just wanted to wish ALL of you a very Merry Christmas. If that's not a holiday you celebrate, then I'll wish you a Very Happy Day just the same.

The weather in So. Florida is just absolutely gorgeous today. Golden warm sunshine, but a soft cooling breeze. Talked with SIL this morning; it's overcast and a bit coolish at home. They were expecting rain later. So it's doubly nice to be with the DD, SIL and poochies in Fla.

Big hugs and many thank you-s to all who have sent snail mail cards, lovely ecards or sent email wishes. I'm so thankful for each of you, and feel very blessed by your friendship this past year.



Retro Reindeer in the Snow

Hello and welcome to a scheduled post. Hopefully as you read this, we will have safely arrived in Florida. And MANY, MANY Thanks to all of you lovely friends who have sent us such beautiful Christmas cards. How that does brighten our day, and these are on the mantel for us to enjoy for a while.

Here's the card that DD will get this year (and a Crazy Bird card if I can get it finished in time!)

Background was first airbrushed using copics BG0000, BG000. This looked too pale, so before adding the reindeer, birds and snow hill, sponged around the edges/corners with DI Stormy Sky.

- Retro Reindeer - cut from brown glitter paper, using the nice thick metal shim that I have. Couple of passes, and it cut through that thick glitter paper very nicely. Added a Nuvo Glitter red nose.

- used a Memory Box tree die to cut fun foam, to ink up with Versamark, use as a stamp. Sprinkled this with some WOW silver glitter. We have some dinner plates that are white, have a light silver bare branches tree, with a single cardinal perched on a limb. That's where I got the idea. (but this card looked a little bare with just one red cardinal, so I added 2 more!).

Background was first airbrushed using copics BG0000, BG000. This looked too pale, so before adding the reindeer, birds and snow hill, sponged around the edges/corners with DI Stormy Sky.

Impression Obsession DIE333-H cut the cardinals from white snippets; colored the ones used with copics, added some glossy accents.

- used a Marvy snow writer to dot some falling snowflakes. Once the pen dots the flakes, using the heat gun creates a raised puffy effect. This looks rather like the liquid applique to me.

- American Crafts white glitter paper (this is much thinner with no plastic backing like some glitters have, comes in 6x6 paper packs) and a stitched hills die cut the snow hills.

- A stitched rectangle cut out the image, adhered over a white snowflake embossed card front, using some fun foam for dimension.

Hope you like this one....Thanks for joining me, and big cyber hugs. Remember, He knows when you've been sleeping...He knows when you're, la, la!


Hero Arts - Layered Cardinal

Good Afternoon. I expect most of you are scurrying around with last minute shopping, wrapping, baking, etc. We've been busy, but I surely don't know what it is that we've accomplished! Didn't do any decorating, aside from hanging wreath on front & back door. Nada on the baking as well. Weren't just sure until last minute if we'd be able to go to Florida so didn't do a lot of shopping, thinking we'd be sending $$$$ instead of gifts. Then found out we will be able to make the trip, so a bit of scurrying then, and you know, it's really difficult to think of gifts for adult kids. They buy things that they want, have enough dust collectors, can't buy them clothes, and gift cards seem like a cop-out (but some got purchased!) Found out you can do egift cards at Amazon too, so I hope my first try at that will work out with no hitches!

Before any more blah-blah, let me give a very warm welcome to a new follower, who joined about 2 wks ago, but I just didn't have a chance to introduce my new friend, Camille S. of Short on Ideas. Thanks for becoming a follower here, and one of these days, maybe I'll get to the 350 mark, and have a bit of New Year Blog Candy. I hope I haven't missed giving a welcome to any new followers, but if I have neglected to welcome you, provide a link to your blog so that my friends can visit you, please do let me know! Hope you have time to visit Camille, and enjoy her work.

OK, before today's card, I want to share a Halloween tag that was sent to DH, by my sweet (and so-talented) friend, Anne R. (Redanne).  Anne loves Halloween, and so does DH, and she has sent him some awesome Halloween cards. He is just so thrilled that someone - so far away, that he's never met, is kind enough to do such.

So why am I sharing this just now? Anne had given me the heads up that she had sent Mr. a Halloween treat, but it didn't come, it didn't come, and we just thought it was lost in the mail. In collecting a packet of Christmas cards from the mail box quite recently, lo & behold, I saw an envelope from Miss Anne. We'd already gotten a lovely Christmas card, so I happened to glance at the franking date. It was Oct 15! How excited I was to hand this one over to the Mr, and say "Here's your Halloween card!" Both of us said, bet this envelope could tell some tales of where it's been for over 2 months!!!
Now for the Hero Arts Cardinal: (this will be DH's card this year).
H.A. Layered Cardinal - stamp & die set. Used some of the Altenew colored cube sets along with some Distress Inks to do the color layers. Even using the Misti, I had some frustration with this stamp set. The bird worked out ok, but tried to place his feet on the branch, add the greenery, and it was a mess. Finally just used the die set, cut all parts out, and assembled as shown here. Was tempted to do some hand cutting around the elements, to eliminate the 'white' from the die cut, but time was running out.
The background embossing was done with a rectangle die set that has a leaf pattern* (thought it was PTI, but can't locate it to provide a link.) Had seen Jennifer McGuire use dies to emboss, using this layered cardinal as the focal image.  Tried using the circle infinity dies as she does in the video, but even with 140# watercolor c/s, the c/s was being cut more so than embossed. Finally used the sizzix emboss mat (the black one) rather than the thicker tan one that I normally use, and got a decent emboss. However, this die arrived in the mail, decided to try it on the technique, liked it much better. I can provide the die company if anyone is interested .. was pretty sure it was Paper Trey Ink.*
- Tim Holtz Sizzix 661597 Thinlets Holiday Greens for the holly and branches. (cut from white snippet c/s and colored with copics.). After placing the holly in the corners, thought the holly needed some branches, to make the greenery more lush. Holly berries are Nuvo Crystal glitter.
- SU sentiment, stamped with DI festive berry, and used SU punch.
That's it folks. Will have a scheduled post tomorrow. Trying to finish a couple of Crazy Birds cards to take along. Just added a lot of lovely Christmas cards to the Cards by Friends section, so if you've time, enjoy these right along with us.
Ya'll take care, try not to get too stressed with the coming holiday, and thanks for joining me. Prayers & good thoughts going out to my friends who are in need of that just now. Big Hugs, and hope you are not being Naughty!!!