Vitamin Sea

Vacations are like a reset button mentally, physically and spiritually. We all need them. I am lucky enough to live an hour and a half from the beach. I love the smell of the ocean. I do not enjoy lying on the beach and I will only sit on the beach if I have a chair. But I love walking along the shoreline finding shells or going on the jetties and looking for sea life. The beach and ocean have many therapeutic qualities. Check out this article – Vitamin “Sea”: The Therapeutic & Sensory Benefits of Sun, Sand & Surf found on Get Well Maps blog.

I made this card with no recipient in mind. Words 2 Craft By Challenge this month are words about vacation.

To create the weathered board I learned it here. I stamped the image (Stamplorations) and masked it off and used pan pastels to create the sky/water; the birds are from GinaK Designs. I created the port hole using circle dies and Dazzle jewel dots. The ship’s wheel is from MFT and the sentimet is also from Stamplorations.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Words2CraftBy :
A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. ─ Robert Orben
CCEE Stampers Nautical
Challenge Up Your Life – Summer
Create and InspireAnything Goes optional Summer Days
Digistamps4JoyAnything Goes optional Summer
Tuesday ThrowdownAnything Goes

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Happy Birthday Jim

My brother’s birthday is coming up and he and his son recently took a cross country road trip. I remember when my husband and I drove to New Mexico for the Hot Air Balloon Festival ten years ago and saw all the farmland in the midwest. So I got out my very used Country Roads stamp set from GinaK Designs and made him this card:

Happy Birthday Jim!

Ladybugs

There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world. These much loved critters are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They come in many different colors and patterns, but the most familiar in North America is the seven-spotted ladybug, with its shiny, red-and-black body. In many cultures, ladybugs are considered good luck. Today’s Card:

Ladybug stamp from GinaK; greeting and ribbon Stamps of Life; Simply Charmed Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. The card will be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Entering card in the following challenges:

Cards In Envy    Bug Me!
CCEE Stampers   Insects
Little Red Wagon Bugs and Slugs
Moving Along with the Times  Things That Fly
4 Crafty Chicks  Spotlight Technique

Have a great weekend!

Cards In Envy Square

The challenge over at Cards In Envy (CIE) is “Hip To Be Square” (if any of you are old enough, can you remember Huey Lewis and the News?).

My rose garden is blooming with the last roses and some of them are yellow. My marigolds, which only come in two colors gold and yellow, are just in their glorious stages right now. It is amazing when you plant one marigold plant in the spring and watch it for a few weeks, it looks as though it might not make it; but, as the air heats up and the afternoon rains come they grow into the most magnificent flowers. They will be rendering full colorful plants right up until Thanksgiving. Why am I rambling on about this? YELLOW. My take on the “Hip To Be Square” challenge:

cards-in-envy-squares-aug-2I embossed the square into my cardstock using two dies together (stitched square stacks from MFT), then stamped my image (GinaK Designs Year of Flowers 2) onto a separate square, colored with copics Y02 Y06 Y08 G21 and G24. The Happy Birthday greeting is from Your Next Stamp and ribbon from Stamps of Life. Mounted it on black cardstock.  Added a few black dots (to coordinate with ribbon) and called it a day.

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YNS Challenge #46

I purchased stamps last month from Your Next Stamp (YNS). One of the sets is called Scribble Fun Set Two which caught my eye because I could use the stamps with  mixed media and Bible Journaling. When I received the set I was surprised how some of the stamps reminded me of flowers. So here is my card:

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The papers I used are from Stamps of Life and the ink is from My Favorite Things. I used the stem of the flower from a set from Stamplorations. Sentiment is from GinaK.

I am supporting and promoting the challenge over at YNS by entering this card. This challenge is a color or sketch challenge. I chose to do both.

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Coloring on Kraft

This is my first attempt at coloring on kraft cardstock with Copic Markers.

Coloring-on-KraftTo create the background I used an old stamp from MFT and stamped it onto the kraft cardstock. The flowers are from Autumn Wishes (GinaK Design StampTV Kit). I heat embossed with white embossing powder then I used Y35 Y38 Y08 and YR68 to color in the images. The sentiment is from Stamplorations and the ink is Memento Tangelo. Chocolate Brown Cardstock.

This will get added to by stash for fall birthdays coming up.

I would like to support/promote Colour Crazy craft challenge and Patti’s Creations which both are anything goes.

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Creative with Stamps #5 Geometric

Brand new challenge group for me Creative with Stamps. I stumbled upon this challenge group through the Stamplorations blog.

Creative-with-stamps-2The card is based on the old retiform technique. I cheated a bit. I made a stencil with acetate and the Geometric Abstract die plate from MFT. I used stamps from GinaK Designs. The frame is from SSS.

This card will be going to one of several friends who celebrate their birthday in the fall.

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Curtain Fold Christmas Tree

I love to visit MayMay Made It  You Tube Channel. She has easy to follow tutorials. This is where I learned to make this curtain fold Christmas Tree.

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I used the snowflake paper from my stash; the sentiment is GinaK; the star was die cut from one of MFT die-namics.

I will be entering this in the Sparkles Christmas Challenge (Snowflakes) and Love to Scrap (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star).

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#PRAYFORPULSE

Dana Joy and her friend Tony have started a card drive for the survivors, family members and friends of the victims in Orlando. Here is the link to get you started. Thank you Dana and Tony for allowing us to use our cards to reach out to all those who mourn this horrible tragedy. Here are my first three cards. I will be making a few more over the weekend so I can mail them on Monday.

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and keep praying for Orlando.