Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fun card challenge

I just discovered a new to me challenge blog,  This is the challenge sketch I modeled my card after...I used both the sketch and the idea of the photo.  Instead of coffee I used cupcakes, however!
It was a fun card.  I am doing short creative stints in my craft room, as I'm recouperating from 
Kidney stone surgery and I tire easily and still hurt.
Here is my take on the challenge...

Stop by and check them out!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Card with Adirondack Ink Pads

I love using my Adirondack ink pads.  The colors are rich and earthy, and just perfect for making fall cards.  When I saw this challenge on the Our Daily Bread blog ( knew just what stamp I wanted to use.  This butterfly stamp is a favorite of mine from the ODB line, and I usually make lots of spring cards with it.  I have had it in my mind for a while now to try it with fall colors.

I inked the stamp using just the corners of my Ink pads, adding colors from several different color pads.  This is an inking technique quite often.  I start with the lightest color and tap it one one area, then a darker color to another area, and so on, working to the darkest color.

After the stamp was all inked up, I breathed on it, stamped it, and immediately added clear embossing powder.  You can't tell from the photo, but the embossing really adds shine and depth.  I sponged the tile with the image on it to soften the cream.

I used this sketch from the Mojo Monday sketch challenge at

Stop by the Our Daily Bread and Mojo Monday blogs to see all the creative cards from these challenges.

On a personal note, I have been trying to pass a kidney stone since Friday, when a ct scan showed that it had moved from my kidney to my urethra.  Feeling pretty lousy all weekend with considerable pain most of the time.  I'm trying lots and lots of water and juice with lemon.  I read that lemon helps break down the stone, which I'm very interested on doing, as its a 7 mm stone.  I want that bad boy out.  I'd would very much appreciate your prayers please!



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tulip card

I saw these papers in my stash, and just had to use them.  Pawing through a bunch of stamped and dry embossed images I have in a box, I came across this tulip I had embossed a long while ago.  The colors I used on it made it the perfect accent for these papers and my card.  

Here's the result of that paper/image marriage:

The green is just the background, not part of the card.  I love the sheer ribbon and bow, and the tiny pearls.

Hope you're enjoying this gorgeous fall weather!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall Card Making Day

I spent this lovely day playing in my friend's craft room.  We pulled out some of our fall stamps and tried some techniques.  We had a great day of stamping, with inspiration, creativity, laughs, and fellowship.

We each made a card for the Mojo Monday blog challenge.  Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge:

I used her leaf die cut, then white embossed the fall words on the maple leaf.  Then I sponged Adirondack inks over the embossed words, and assembled the card.

This is the Mojo Monday blog challenge sketch:
Be sure to stop by and check out all the outstanding entries!