Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beach Finds

It has been a little on the cool side in the mornings when I walk, but nonetheless there are still plenty of little finds on the beach.  The starfish was one of my first finds.  Then there is the sand dollar I found yesterday.  This sand dollar is buried under a layer of sand.  It was low tide and again, when I found this I was excited. I did not want to disturb it so I just took the impression the sand dollar leaves when it gets covered with sand.   And finally~~a dolphin photo.  There have been so many dolphins out this year.  I took quite a few photos, but mostly they end up being fins!   This is the best photo I took of the dolphins so far.  Have a great day and find  yourself a little stampin' time!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Colored Pencils

In an earlier post, I mentioned that Regina and I went to Claire's stamp store in St. Augustine.  Well, I purchased a few cute stamps which I couldn't resist.  There were couple of sample cards and the images were colored using Prism colored pencils.  We went back to Regina's and she pulled out her Prism pencils and we started to play.  I need a lot of practice so I went to an A C Moore store here in FMB and used a 50% off coupon to purchase a set.  Plus I needed Memento black ink and white card stock, so added those to the cart.  That night after everyone went to bed, I started stamping and coloring images.  As usual, I did my fair share of filling up the trash basket!  Anyway, this page turned out pretty good, so I decided to stop while I was ahead and post it.  When I get home, I will create cards using these images and post them.  I am also curious if pencil coloring on SU's Whisper White is going to make a difference.  The waves are calling, so time for my morning walk on the beach.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

So Many Hearts

Here is another cute card for Valentine's Day or any occasion you want to share your love.  The DSP behind the hearts is retired as this was going to be a test card.  It turned out cute enough to be "real" and easy to create, too:  place a few heart framelits on Whisper White cardstock, run it thru the Big Shot and then add a stamp or two.  I wish I would have stamped the sentiment in black, but too late now!  The little stamped hearts are from the SAB set, You Brighten My Day, and the sentiment from And Many More (Annual catalog).  The white layer is adhered using dimensionals.  And the inside is as cute as the outside of the card, but I did not take a picture of the inside before I left for sunny Florida!  I used the heart strip framelit (the Mini Treat Bag framelit set) to create a border at the top of the card liner and an itty bitty strip of the DSP at the very bottom~~cute! cute! cute!  Have a great day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pretty Butterflies

Here is another card I created prior to vacation and one we will be making in class in February.  The large butterfly is from the new thinlets set in the Occasions Mini.  After die cutting the butterfly and tracing the negative space I watercolored Shimmery White card  stock for the bottom layer of the butterfly.  I added a couple Beautiful Wings embosslit butterflies after stamping the sentiment from Blooming With Hope.  And then I had to try it again in a different color,  Crisp Cantaloupe.  Both are very pretty.  Have a great day!

Friday, January 23, 2015


I have been trying all week to get a photo to upload to my blog and this afternoon it worked!  This is a card I made prior to leaving using Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  I colored the stamped images using Copic markers.  And as the card says, "life is good"!  We didn't hit 50 degrees until we were at the Florida state line, but right now it is about 78 so no complaining.  Started out visiting my friend, Regina, in the St. Augustine area.  We walked the beach together, me in my winter coat as it was cold and windy, but there was no way we weren't going to do that together.  She took me to this great little stamp shop, Claire's, in St. Augustine.  We all had dinner together two nights.  Logan and Brandon were very entertaining and well-behaved and are happy with their new home and school.  And then it was time to go further south.  As soon as John and I pulled on to the expressway I missed Regina.  When we got to the condo we rent, I walked in and right to the balcony to see the beautiful Gulf!  This is a great year for dolphins in Fort Myers Beach. I take like 50 photos a day of them (almost all are deleted) but there is that elusive one of the dolphins jumping out of the water that I have not yet gotten!!  I might have to buy a postcard with that perfect dolphin photo.   I wish you were all here sharing this pretty place with me.  Miss you all and if I can be successful again, I will be posting again.  Have a heat day and weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hearts, Hugs & Kisses

Lately, I have seen a few versions of today's card on various websites.  I thought it was very cute so last night I got to work on my version.  The lines and the hearts for the tic tac toe are from the Work of Art stamp set.  I used Crumb Cake and Melon Mambo cardstock and ink.  At first I was just going to use the hearts, but I added the "hugs" and "kisses" (from a retired set) to fill in the grid a little more. I added the retired Melon Mambo ribbon and wrapped a linen thread around it.  This was created in time for Valentine's Day, but it would be a great anniversary card or just a love you card for no special reason at all!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Big Day & Scraps

Once again it is very cold here right now, the actual temperature is -5 with a wind chill of -26!    Needless to say, it might just be another stay inside and play day!  Today's card came about thanks to a scrap of DSP that was on my island.  I looked at the strip of paper, decided to use that along with Crisp Cantaloupe, white cardstock and a stamp from the Sale-a-bration set,  Big Day.  Since the DSP had circles, the circle theme was continued by using the Decorative Dots embossing folder, scraps from the Neutrals black polka dot DSP and circle framelits.  Fun little card!  Have a great day and stay warm!