Monday, January 29, 2018

My Valentine's Day Cards

Mornin' hens!  
Wow, I can't believe it's been a year and a half since my last post.  Not much has changed since my last post.  We've been enjoying our Grandson, Jaxon as much as possible. He's so stinkin' cute and so much fun! Lil' Chick, Doug and Jaxon live about an hour away, so we don't see them as much as we would like, but the DH and I usually stay a weekend with them at least once a month. Jaxon is 3 years old now.  I know, crazy right? Where does the time go?  The DH retired on November 30th and I retire in 3 weeks!!  Woot-woot!!  Seriously, I can hardly wait.  But of course the biggest news is Lil' Chick is expecting!!!  Yippeee!!  It's a GIRL too, and she's due mid March.  Yep, my retirement couldn't come at a better time.  Yippee!!  I'll be staying with Lil' Chick for a few weeks after Ainsley arrives to help her out.  Yes, that's her name, Ainsley.  Isn't it adorable?  Ok, well that's the latest from the hen house.  Oh yeah, Santa did bring me an Instant Pot for Christmas so I've been doing more cooking lately than anything else.  I did make a sign for Ainsley's nursery wall.   But other than the sign, my crafting has taken a back seat to cooking.  That was until I saw Nichol Spohr's YouTube video pop up on my feed and I just had to make these little cuties for Valentine's Day. 

Aren't those scalloped doily hearts the cutest?  The images and dies are all from Lawn Fawn.

I didn't have the exact plaid stamp that Nichol used, but I found one in my stash that I felt was close enough. 

Oh, isn't this smore the cutest?  Nichol had a die for the arrow, but I didn't want to purchase a die set for just that, so I cut mine with my Silhouette Cameo.

Nichol made a light pink background as well, but I didn't have the correct ink color for the plaid background so I chose not to do any pink backgrounds.  I really love this teal though.  

One of the new things she used, at least it was new for me, was Nuvo Crystal Drops.  That's what makes those little white gel dots around the edge of the hearts.  Wow, this stuff was great.  Very thick, almost like paint, and it dries raised, shiny and smooth.  I really like it.

And here's the last one.  Don't they look like candy?  I really love how they turned out.  
Ok, well that's it for me today.  I'll do my best to link some of the items I used below if you're interested.  Thanks for stopping by!  {{{hen hugs}}}


Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Lil' Chick!

Mornin' hens!  Today is Lil' Chick's birthday!  
As I was digging through my stamp collection I came across this adorable Penny Black stamp.  It has HAPPY written all over it to me.  Oh, I do love me some Penny Black images.  SUPER CUTE!

Ok, so I decided to keep the card simple and let the colorful image be the focus.  I just love the clean and simple look!  Ok, so I stamped the image onto some Neenah Classic Crest coverstock and colored it with my Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I added some Glossy Accents to the balloon and their eyes, and then I cut the image out using a stitched rectangle die.  To add a little interest, I scored the card base using my paper trimmer and the score blade, one half inch in from each of the four sides, creating a cross hatch look on the corners.  It's not that visible in the photo but it makes a barely noticeable frame around the image.  Oh man, I do LOVE this card!!   To finish, I tied on some baker's twine and adhered the image with some foam tape.  Ta-da!  Have I mentioned I loveeee this card??  Tee-hee!  I hope you hens have a FABULOUS Friday!!   


Friday, July 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Teresa!

Mornin' hens!  
Yes I know, I've been pretty quiet for some time now huh?  Well, I decided to take a little time away from blogging so I could focus on ME!  While I do LOVE card making, the fun sort of ends up getting lost when it becomes expected of you.  So, I've decided IF I do make a card, it will only be for birthdays, at least for this year anyway.  Once I retire, I may make more then.  But for now, I'm trying to eat better, exercise more and focus on feeling GOOD about myself.  And you know what?  I DO!!  I've lost 17lbs and I feel fantastic!  Anyhoo, enough about me and onto today's card. 

Today is my sister Teresa's birthday.  She's 60!!  Whoa!!!!  She's gonna love that I said that!  Ha-ha!  I couldn't think of a more appropriate stamp then this one, right?  OMG, is she a hoot or what? Who am I kidding, she sort of looks like me when I wake up!!  Pfffft!  

I stamped the image onto some PTI speckled cardstock and colored her with my Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I cut the image out using my Nestabilities oval die and before removing the die, sponged some chalk ink around the edges.  You can see a tutorial of this technique HERE.  Then I cut a scalloped frame from some cute DP and mounted the image to it using foam tape.  I printed the sentiment using my FABULOUS Canon printer and adhered it to some coordinating DP with two small brads.  To finish, I tied some pink and white baker's twine around the card base and added some shine to her coffee cup with a Gelly Roll pen.  Okee dokee, that's it for me today.  I hope you hens have a FABULOUS Friday!!  {{{hen hugs}}}