Sunday, June 17, 2018

My Dad

Remembering my Dad on Father's Day, I did a little collage of the few pictures I have of the 2 of us.  

left, my wedding day, 1971, wasn't he handsome?, below, Florida, 2011, me wearing his cap, middle, Jack's Lake, Ontario, early 1950s, right, early 1950's

My Dad was born in 1920, and we had him for 95 years.  He was an avid outdoorsman; loved to hunt and fish and just be outside.  He never sat down, always kept busy.  My sisters and I have fond memories of our summer vacations in Canada.  On a high school diploma, he put his 3 daughters through college, and built the house that we grew up in.  After he retired, he took the time to write down his memories of his life, and that little book is a treasure!  He always had a joke to tell.   He loved spending the winter months in Florida, and one of my favorite memories is of him riding his bike every day with his little dachshund in the basket, even in his 90's!  He and Mom were married for 70 years, and I count myself truly blessed to have had them as my parents and role models. 

Miss you, Daddy!

Saturday, June 16, 2018


I recently added a few more foiling supplies to my arsenal, and today I made a card with them.  I really like the results!  Here's what it looks like standing upright:


supplies: black, Island Blue, and DCWV silver foiled card stock, Gina K. Designs Floral Sketch Clear Designer Toner Sheet, Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil, and a toner sheet, Chameleon Cool Tones alcohol markers, Penny Black Stitched Stacker die, Simon's Script Thanks dies, adhesive foam strips, laminator

To begin I cut a piece of the clear acetate designer toner sheet and a piece of foil and ran it through my laminator.  I set aside the foil, and colored the reverse of the acetate with alcohol inks.  Then I framed it.  

Foiling 2

Next I placed the used foil piece over a piece of toner sheet and again ran it through the laminator.  You can see that the reverse image comes through, a silver background with the design in black.  Lying flat like this, you can see the iridescence of the foil

Foiling 3

This was attached to a white card base and, after adding my die-cut sentiment to the clear panel, I popped it above and a teensy bit off-center from the silver layer.  Here is the finished card laying flat:

Foiling 4

And a final photo of it upright.  As you can see, the light plays with the foiling and gives all kinds of different looks.  From a distance, depending on which way you tilt your head, the background turns to purple, gold, green, or blue - so fun!

Foiling 5

What I was unable to capture in my photos was the dimension, almost a shadow-box effect that lifting the clear panel gives to it.  You can kind of think of this design as a shaker card minus the shakings!

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope your weekend will be a fantastic one!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Simon Says..........Frame It!

Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme is a fun one this week: Frame It!  And the team are playing with Memory Box goodies.

I found an interesting die and made 2 very similar cards with it, using items from my scrap basket.  

SSS June 13

supplies: white and peach card stock, Memory Box Small Circle Burst die, Simon's Center Cut Flowers cling, Wishing die and Sending & Wishing sentiment, adhesive foam squares

After assembling the panel with the Circle Burst, I popped it above my peach backing.  

My 2nd card is flatter, just some layering:

SSS June13

supplies: white, aqua, and black card stock, Memory Box Small Circle Burst die, Altenew Painted Flowers, Simon's Sending die and sentiment from Sending & Wishing stamp set

There's a large version of this die, also, but I chose this version, thinking it would make a good sun in the corner of a card.......yet it's still large enough to have a small sentiment inside it.  

Now it's your turn!  We have a $50.00 gift certificate 


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Monday, June 11, 2018

For a Summer Birthday

I recently ordered and received this oh-so-pretty Tossed Florals cover die and here's a card I made that features it.

Summer Birthday

supplies: white, black, and coral card stock, Wplus9 Tossed Floral die, watercolored with Altenew inks, Simon's Stitched Circle and Leanna Butterfly dies, sentiment from Gina K Designs Wreath Builder, Doodlebug sprinkle on butterfly

I wanted to color it with softened sherbet-y summer colors, so I smooshed various mini inks on an acrylic block, and used them to watercolor the flowers and leaves.  I didn't want to cover up much of the pretty result, so I chose to add a sentiment in a small circle.  The butterfly was sitting on my desk and it seemed like a nice addition to the mix.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Roses and Lavender

Just playing today; this one uses dies and lots of texture!

Roses & Lavender

supplies: cream, black, Simon's Green Apple, Green Leaf, Sunshine, a pale gold and a medium lavender card stock, Tim Holtz Roses texture fade and Wildflower die, Altenew Layered Rose dies, sentiment from Simon's Beautiful Flowers

It's no secret if you visit here often that my favorite rose is a yellow one.  So I played a little with the yellow card stock in my stash until I found 2 colors that I liked together.  The roses and leaves are 3 layers, a solid back, a detail layer, and a framing one.  I thought adding something spikey would change things from the other cards I've done with this set of dies.

Lavender & Roses

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Another Anniversary card

......this one for my husband this year.

Bird Anniversary

supplies: kraft, blue, Green Leaf and Green Apple card stock, (retired) MFT Spring Wreath die, (retired) Memory Box Perched Reed Bird, Simon's Happy clear stamps, heart punch, twine, faded jeans and abandoned coral distress oxide inks, Colorbox Frost White cat's eye ink pad, tea dye distress ink

This bird die has always been a favorite of mine - it fits into most wreaths or branches, so I first cut out 2 of him from desert storm kraft card and inked them to resemble bluebirds.  I cut 2 shades of green for my wreath, and, influenced by Pam's 2nd card in THIS post, sponged some tea dye distress ink around the wreath and the edges of my card.   

It's been 47 years for us - how about you?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Simon Says............ Anniversary/Wedding

Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to another challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Our theme this week is Anniversary/Wedding, and we're playing with Impression Obsession goodies.  And it just so happens that today is my own 47th wedding anniversary, too!

I have 2 cards using the same stamp set:

SSS June 6

supplies: white, black, and Lavender card stock, Bristol paper, pink gingham dp,  Impression Obsession Floral Heart set, Simon's Happy sentiments, Daniel Smith watercolors (Shari Carroll palette), adhesive foam squares

I stamped and watercolored the flower sprigs on Bristol paper, and the heart on pink gingham, then cut them out and arranged them on my card.  The sentiment was added to finish.

Next up, I used one of the flower sprays, colored a little brighter, and the same sentiment set:

SSS June6

supplies: white card stock, Bristol paper, BoBunny dotted pattern paper, Impression Obsession Floral Heart, Simon's Happy sentiments, and (retired) large heart doily die, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Borders 2 die, Zig markers to color 

Now it's your turn!  Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher


to the amazing Simon Says Stamp store for 1 lucky random winner of this week's challenge!