Friday, January 30, 2015

Sketch Frenzy Friday 013015


Well here we are almost to the end of January. I'm 

happy about that...it means that Winter is getting shorter. 

I really stepped out of the box with today's Sketch challenge. 

I combined Adventure Bound designer paper with a girl card. 

The Adventure Bound paper is in the Occasions mini and is more 

of a masculine paper.
 
The background is Something Lacy. I stamped it on vanilla using 
 
Sahara Sand ink. 
 
I also used the new Sahara Sand lace. Its so delicate and just
 
so pretty! 
 
Other things used: Butterfly Basics, an Crazy about You stamp set, 
 
pearls, and Hello thinlits. 
 
Base card is Mossy Meadow. 
 
Don't forget to check out the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to see what the 
 
other great designers have done with this sketch. 
 
We got some rain yesterday morning. It melted some of the snow at least it
 
did where hubby had plowed. I'm sure it turned into ice overnight. 
 
Glad I don't have to go anywhere till next Wednesday. 
 
Sarah's wedding plans are moving along. A hall has been found and the date has been 
 
set. She's picked out her colors, now she just has to find the perfect wedding gown. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello Sunshine


So I'm feeling sunny even though the temps are in the 20's. 

Want to know why? 

My ortho doctor told me I can have the knee replacement! 

YAY!

I have to go back next Wednesday for x-rays, and talk about the 

replacement. He said I can have it done within 6 to 8 weeks. 

Okay back to the card. 

The background was made with a SAB set called Best Day Ever. 

I stamped it with Island Indigo turning the stamp a 1/4 of a turn each time. 

Other things used Hello You thinlits (cut with Calypso Coral),
 
and Crazy About You stamp set. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
 
 


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Take a Tip Tuesday


Since StampinUp! came out with foam pads I've had a love 

hate affair with them. 

While they are really juicy and give great ink coverage on stamps,

I don't like using them for sponging. 

I just didn't get the same effect that I did with the felt pads. 

I solved the problem the other day. 

I took a window sheet and inked it up on the foam pad. 


After pulling the sheet away from the ink I was left with plenty of ink.

I used a sponge to pick up the ink from the sheet then used that to sponge the

edges of the card. 


I sponged the edges of the layer with Blackberry Bliss. 

Stamp set Lotus Blossom. 

I also used the new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine. Love that stuff!

Its so soft! 

Tomorrow I have an appointment with the ortho doctor. We are

going to discuss the knee replacement. Wish me luck! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mailable Monday # 95


This card may look like it has three layers, but it only has two.
 
I masked off the edges of the white panel using washi tape before any
 
of the stamping and sponging was done. 
 
Color palette: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, 
 
and Baked Brown Sugar. 
 
Stamp set Sheltering Tree, and Kinda Eclectic. 
 
Wow only five more Mailable Monday posts before I hit 100. 
 
I think maybe some blog candy maybe in order when I reach that milestone. 
 
Speaking of milestones.....my weight now is at 175. I'm only two pounds away
 
from losing a total of 100 pounds. Wouldn't it be funny if I reach that when I hit
 
100 Mailable Monday posts? 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mini Treat Bag and Painted Petals


I didn't post much this week. 

I had a two day prep for a procedure I had on Thursday. 

I'm glad that it is over. Turned up nothing so I'm back

to square one which means more tests. They are still

trying to find the reason for my lower hemoglobin. 

I did feel better yesterday so I played with the mini treat bag thinlits die. 

It makes a cute little bag. Next time I'm going to cut two, and glue them together

to make a larger bag. 

Love the designer paper in the occasions mini. Its called painted blooms and 

it goes really well with the stamp set I used on the tag Painted Petals. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Clean and Simple Sponging


Just a clean and simple card for you today. 

I used the paper from SAB and added color using

Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, and Hello Honey. 

Greeting is from Kinda Eclectic. 

Finished it off with Blackberry Bliss ribbon. 
 
Starting my two day prep today so I'll be ready for my
 
procedure Thursday morning. Third time is a charm so they say....
 
I sure do hope so. 
 
Right now I'm pretty much living in arthritis hell. Can't wait till 
 
I can get back to living again. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Creative Blog Hop



Well I was thrilled when my cyber/stamping buddy

Terri Tank invited me to do the Creative Blog Hop. 
 
This hop has been touring around a very long time and
 
I'm not sure who got it started, but I love blog hops so
 
I'm glad to join it! 
 
 
 
 As many of my followers know I've been doing Mailable Mondays for

awhile. I'm almost at 100 posts with this feature. What is Mailable Monday?

Simple cards that can be mailed using one 1st class stamp. These cards

don't have lots of embellishments, but they still make a good showing!

Since its Monday I thought I'd still work one in. 

This card has stamps From the Herd. Image is done on 

shimming white card stock and colored with aqua painter with Smokey Slate, 

and Basic Gray. Inside card reads "and hope you are feeling better soon" 


I also like to think out of the box. This card features the new 

Artisan kit. It comes with two laser cut pieces that you can use for a focal point

on a card. I decided to use one as a stencil. I laid the die cut on white card stock and held it

in place with post it notes. Then I used sponge daubers to color in the roses with Soft Sky, 

Pool Party, and Marina Mist ink. The leaves were sponged with Old Olive. 

This piece was then layered on black. The next layer uses Shabby Chic style. One of 

my favorites! I grudged up Pool Party card stock with pool party, and early espresso ink. 

Next I ran it through the big shot with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. 

The greeting was cut using Project Life cards and labels framelits. 

The paper doily and decorative piece are also from the Artisan kit. 


I know I have two cards for the hop that are in shades of gray...but hey its

Winter where I am and that is what inspired me to do this card. Since its

snowy and gray outside. 

I used Sheltering Tree stamp set on Smokey Slate cardstock. Tree trunk inked with 

Early Espresso. The rest was inked with white craft ink. I added more snow to the branches using

a white gel pen. 

The greeting is from the same stamp set, and I again used the Project Life framelits. 

For the 1st part of this hop I was asked the following 4 questions.

What are you working on?  
Right now I'm just working on things to post on my blog. I try to have a post for my readers each day. I'm also researching craft projects for my daughters wedding. I'll be making the table decor, invitations and other things. That is going to keep me pretty busy all year! 

How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Hmmmmm.....I don't really think I'm different. I try to think out of the box and add a different 
twist to the things I make. Sometimes cards that others have done are so darn cute that they need to be CASED. I love when I see that someone has CASED my cards. Mixed Media is also a favorite of mine. I like to mix stamping with sewing and other crafts. Also very popular with me is Shabby Chic, vintage, and collage style.

Why do you create what you do?
For the sheer fun of it! I love to craft. Been crafting all my life. I learned how to knit in 4th grade then found out crochet was faster then learn that. Taught myself how to sew, and do needlepoint. One craft led to another then yet another. I've been stamping since 2001. I have to laugh at that now as I first learned about stamping from a friend while my husband was stationed in Guam. I thought this is not for me and couldn't see myself doing it, but X amount of stamp sets, and supplies later I'm still enjoying it! 

How does your creative process work?
This is an easy question for me......it just comes to me. I get inspired by all things around me. It could be a color palette I see in a magazine, or on TV. I like the Property Brothers and get some color combos from them. The seasons also inspire me. Other stampers for sure. There are so many talented people out there who post on there blogs and Pinterest. 

For the 2nd part of my part in this hop I was asked to find two

other stamping bloggers who would love to join in this swap. 

I'd like to thank Gwen

 
for joining. 
 
You can click on there names to see there great blog sites now, and

don't forget to view them on January 26th when they will doing the

Creative Blog Hop. 
 
WHEW I'm tired!!! I think this is my longest ever blog post!!!!
 
I enjoyed it! 
 
 

Stamping trails
Karen

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