"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Flashback Friday on Saturday - This Land is My Land - The OLD Oak Tree!

Hello friends!
I hope that you are enjoying your weekend so far!
I thank you so much for your kind "get well" words about my abscence this past week.  With the severe heat warning in our area and with me trying to do too much along with other things, it really took me out!  If I'm not careful, I end up with severe migraines and enough to send me into the ER, but thankfully I didn't have to worry about that...I just needed a few days of rest and cool air.  :)  The severe heat warning is supposedly lifted after today, but I can still see some high temps into the next week...which is mostly typical in July and August where I live.  The humidity is what brings the temps into triple digits.

So anyway, hopefully you don't mind a late "Flashback Friday" post from me, but I thought I'd share another creation that was meant to be posted yesterday.

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*
(To see all of my Flashback Friday posts - Click here!)
--------------------------------------
Shall we continue with the July creations?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
--------------------------------------
The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So last week you saw two of my state creations with the Cardinal state bird and the Monarch butterfly which is our state insect....I have another "state" journey to take you to:
To see the original uplaod on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)
-----------------------------------
Our state tree is the White Oak tree.
Here's what I said about this card on my SCS upload:
There are tons of these everywhere and they make for some great shade! You will notice that I have a small puddle in front reflecting the pretty tree with the setting sun background. When we have rain, sometimes we get enough rain that the tiny dips in the ground will trap some of that rain water to make small puddles. The corn fields can get really flooded at times.

In my local park, I didn't know it, but there was a very old tree that had recently fell over during the last severe storm we had. They dated the tree over 300 years old or more which is even older than our state is! I plan on hopping over there to have a better look at it. I'm glad to hear they are planning to save the tree and use it for educational purposes.

If you'd like to check out how to do some of this mirror image stamping yourself, check out the awesome tutorial from Lydia - CLICK HERE (You don't have to be a fan club member to see the full tutorial along with the video!)

For my card, I used some distress inks to make the scene background with the sunset.  We do have some gorgeous sunsets over where I live.  Sitting under the shade of the tree would be the best place to enjoy it as well! LOL!  I stamped and colored the tree and used the mirror technique for the reflection of the tree in the water.  I cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle, but instead of discarding the outter frame, I decided to keep it as part of my card and raise the frame up with some foam tape for a different look.  I white heat embossed the sentiment and added a banner with a wood veneer heart tied with twine at the bottom of the design.

I did end up going with my hubby to see this old tree in our local park.  As it turns out, we were experiencing another heat warning around this same time last year as I remember how hot it was when we went to go see the tree.  Here is photo of how large the tree was:  (My husband stands 6 foot tall if this gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.)  This was an Oak tree they (my city) believed to be dated over 300 years old...older than my state!

Here's another view of the entire tree as we came upon it:
(The city had it taped off until they were able to remove it.)

I hope you will tune in Friday as I narrow in even closer to where I live! :)

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
And speaking of Splitcoaststampers....I thought this would be a perfect time to bring up a special event coming up especially for Fan Club Members!

Starting next Saturday, July 29th
Mark Your Calendar and print out this "permission slip" below:
clear your crafting table and get ready to have non-stop creative FUN with us over at the
DARE TO GET DIRTY 2017
(click link above for further information.)
These are fun challenges exclusively to thank our Fan Club members!  We want YOU to be apart of the fun with us by playing along with these "dirty and daring" challenges created from our present and past Dirty Dozen Design Team!  The challenges start next Saturday (ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!) and will continue daily with the last day being on Friday, August 4th!
I hope to see you there for lots of crafty fun!

Thanks so much for dropping by this evening!
I will have lots more posts to be sharing with you soon!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just a short note..

Just stopping by with this short note in case you were wondering where I am.
I am not feeling well and I think I will be down for a few days, please excuse me.
Hopefully I will be back next week!

Thanks for your support!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday - This Land is My Land - Zooming Closer In!

Hello friends!
I really cannot believe that we've ended another week in July already!  Time is flying by me quickly, so I hope to be able to just relax this weekend and enjoy it being Summer! :)  I do have many things I'm working on and I promise I will share it with you soon!

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*
(To see all of my Flashback Friday posts - Click here!)
--------------------------------------
Shall we continue with the July creations?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
--------------------------------------
The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So last week you saw the earth and the U.S.  Now I will narrow it down even further:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click here (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this card on my upload post:
For the "This Land is My Land" theme, I have found out many things about my home state that I didn't know about! For instance, I didn't know that the Cardinal is our state bird. This makes sense to me as I see them all year long, not just in the winter time. But if you look outside my back yard window, you would probably see an image like this on my card because we have a wooden privacy fence with pine trees all around us. The cardinals are always flying around as they love to nest in the pine trees. If you look closely at the song music the bird is singing, you will be able to see what state I am from. (I found this sheet music by looking up information about my state. I printed it off on a piece of vellum and then sprinkled some clear EP over it since it was still wet after it printed out.) I love how this card turned out! There is so much texture and dimension on this. July is ALWAYS a good time to think about making some Christmas cards since it's so hot where I'm at right now! LOL!

I made my own fence by using a Wood-grain background stamp from Stampin' Up! and then made the "pickets" by notching the wood-grain strip with a square punch.  I used my ruler to mark where to make the cuts.  The bird was made my transforming a bird punch by SU! and then I've popped it up over the fence that was covered with some modeling paste.  I've also used some Lumiere paint to splatter some white drops on the background for snow.  I then used some liquid pearls in other various places for more dimension with the snow fall.

The sentiment is also from a SU! stamp set that I had which was embossed with clear EP using some pigment black ink.  This sentiment is one of my faves to pull out for Christmas!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Something else that I thought was pretty cool learning about my home state was our state insect:
To see the original upload on SCS - click here! (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this card on the original upload:
I have continued from my state bird (Cardinal Christmas card) to my state insect which is the Monarch butterfly. Our state is also nick-named "The Prairie State" because of the vast flat grass fields everywhere. There are not many hills around us and there is probably a ton of prairie grass growing in many places. I see these butterflies all the time every Spring. They're so pretty indeed! I wish you could actually SEE the shimmer that I've got on this butterfly. He is covered with embossing powder and the vibrant colors are covered with lots of shimmer.

I would also like to mention that this butterfly was fussy cut out and attached to the card only in the center so that the wings lift away from it.  I wanted this card to be just as bright and beautiful as if you were sitting with me in my back yard and came across this butterfly landing on a flower...they are stunning to see for sure.  The tall grass stamped in the background is from an older Stampin' Up! stamp set.  The ribbon and card stock colors are also SU!

The really cool thing about this card is that when you open it, it looks like this:
This was a hard photo to capture, but if you can see, this is one of those "Tunnel Cards".  The middle section folds towards you and the inside of it folds it closed so that when you open it up, you get the sentiment inside that oval "tunnel" design.

I have used the same SU! stamp set that I've used on the front of this card and continued with it on the inside as well.  I've also stamped the silhouette cone flowers from the set which is also another wild flower that grows in our state.  I have purple ones planted in my backyard and love them!

If you would like to learn more about how to make a "Tunnel Card", you can check out the tutorial on SCS and you do NOT have to be a fan club member to see it! - CLICK HERE!

I hope you've enjoyed the "Flashback" for today!
Be sure to tune in next Friday where I will show you more creations from where I live!
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your weekend! :)

(I will not enter these in any challenges since they were previously made creations.)

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cute Card Thursday is Ribbons & Bows - Oh My!

Happy Thursday my friends!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!  I have had a crazy week coming and going which is not really fun when it's so hot!  I hope to be able to sit in the air and just relax a bit for a few days!
I wanted to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week we are looking for "Ribbons/Bows" on your creations!  I hope you'll join us!

Here's the card that I made using one of the images from this week's sponsor:
I couldn't resist to snatch up this cutie from the All Dressed Up Stamps freebie section on their challenge blog!  You can check it out here - CLICK HERE!

I've got her colored up with my Copics in some red and blue colors!  I think this is such a fun color combo and works for many ocassions too!  I didn't want the red to be a real bright red, so I found an older Stampin' Up! color that I still have stock in and used it for the base of the card as well as the image layer and sentiment panel.  I wanted to use the same color in ribbon and didn't have any, so I took some of my white ribbon and dyed it with an ink refill.  I think this is probably one of my favorite retired colors and was sad to see it go! (Ridinghood Red)

For the background, I had some pretty birthday themed papers to go with my blue colors, so I took a strip of some really old lace ribbon that has been in my stash for such a long time...I NEVER used it until now, I can't believe it, but glad I have stopped hoarding it.  I couldn't stop running my fingers over it...it's so pretty!  :)  I also took a strip of my dyed ribbon and attached that over top of the lace before I mounted the image panel over it with some foam tape.

I white heat embossed the sentiment over the red cardstock banner that came from My Favorite Things called Essential Sentiments.  The die that I used to cut the image from is by Lawn Fawn called Small Cross-Stitched Stackables dies.  For the corners, I have an old photo corner punch and I just punched some out with some of that red card stock.  I added some pearls to them as well.

Here's a closer look at the image:
For a few last minute touches, I decided to take a black gel pen to add to her eyes as well as a white gel pen for highlights on her checks and to make some dots on the balloon.  I've also taken a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush to add some shimmer to her dress...not sure if you can pick that up in the photos or not.  The finished size of my card is 5" x 5".

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the other wonderful inspiration from our design team and hope to see your creation in the gallery too!

Thank you so much for checking in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card!
Have a beautiful day!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  All Dressed Up Challenge - Anything Goes (Must use their images)

2.  Sketch Saturday - #471

3.  Seize the Birthday - Red, White & YOU! (I picked blue)


4.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Red, White & Blue


5.  The Cutie Pie Challenge - Here Come the Girls

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monthly Art Journal - Summer Sunshine

Hello friends!
I'm so excited to be back making my art journal pages again!  I didn't realize how much I had missed playing with my neglected stash and creating from a blank canvas and mixing media!  I am happy to be collaborating with my long time blog buddy once again too!! :)

**If you are new to my blog or missed my previous AJ posts:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

We are in the middle of Summer where I live and during our Summer months, it gets extremely hot hot hot!  Although it is hot, I have to say that I just love all of the sunshine...not so much for bringing the heat, which it does, but also for what it does for your spirit, the growing of our flowers and plants as well as making us get a nice tan color on our skin and getting to pull out our stylish shades!  I especially love the the sparkle it gives the water dancing across the ripples along with providing us a spectacular sun set with a stunning color show right before it says good night.

These good feelings are what helped inspire my AJ page for today:
I am starting with a 6x9 Canson #140 coldpress watercolor, prepped with gesso that was punched at the top for a ring binding book I'm making.

I wanted the sun to be in the background, but to also be so large that it takes up most of the page because it is actually the entire reason for this idea.  I did not have any die or template for a circle, so I just went in my kitchen and pulled out one of my plates to create the large orange circle.  My plate wasn't a perfect circle as it had "ripples" in it, but I thought it looked pretty cool, so I just went with it.  I had some old orange colored patterned paper from my stash that I used for this, but I decided it wasn't quite the right orange color, so I painted over it.  Once dry, I embossed the background image from Designs By Ryn with some gold embossing powder.  I went around the edges of it and over it in various places with some copper Nuvo mousse.

I then took the circle and placed it where I thought I wanted it on my page without attaching it and traced where it was with a pencil and then set it aside.  I took my outline to measure where I would be putting down my painter's tape to create the "sun rays".  Before placing the painter's tape down, I covered the background area with a mixture of yellow and neon yellow paints and let dry.  After it dried, I placed my painter's tape where I wanted for my first color and painted some marigold for one set of rays, removed the tape and then repeated the process for another set of sun rays that I painted in a canary yellow color and removed the tape to let dry.  I then decided to add some gold embossing with the triangle border stamp for more interest along some of the sun rays.  I've also taken more of that copper mousse and rubbed it over various places in the background.

Here's a closer look at the top of the page:
After I heat embossed the triangle borders, I went ahead and attached the orange sun cirle over my traced outline for it.  I then took some black gesso and made some splatters over the background.  I used this same black gesso to paint over the "summer" chipboard letters as they were not the color I wanted them to be.  After they were dry, I went over them with some more of that copper mousse and attached them above the orange sun circle.  I took my Pitt Brush marker to go along the edge of the orange circle for a bit of dimension.  I also took a white gel pen to add highlights on the letters.

Moving further on down the page:
I actually have used a few items from a couple of older card kits for the elements on this page.
For the "sunshine" lettering, I took a word die from an older card kit and die cut it out several times in black card stock.  I also cut one out with some gold glitter paper.  I stacked out 4 of the black together and then offset the glitter one on top so that the black slightly shows behind it giving it a dimensional look.  I did the same with the die cut heart above the "i" letter.  I replaced the dot in the die with a heart.  Below the "sunshine" word, I cut out a banner with a quote I made from my computer and then outlined it with my black Pitt Marker.

Moving to the bottom of the page:
Again, I have used some elements from an older card kit which is where the sailboat came from.  I stamped it and colored it with my Copic markers and attached it to the page.

To achieve the "water" at the bottom, I took some embossing paste and mixed it with a blue colored Peal Ex powder.  Unfortunately, it looses some of that pretty shimmer that Pearl Ex powder has, so while it was still wet, I added some blue glitter to the mix and I just love all of the sparkle it has on it!  I simply mixed it all together with a palette knife and spread it out over the bottom of my page and tried to swirl it around so it resembles some sparkling water.

While it was still somewhat wet, I took some puffy fish stickers from an older card kit and pushed them into the "water" paste and let it dry.  Lastly, I finished out the page with some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and added some gold Stickles in the center of each one.

I love all of the sparkle on this and I have it setting on my desk right now.

I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page and got inspired!  Be sure to hop on over to Asha's blog and take a look at what inspiration she has with her Art Journal Page too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine today!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Art Journal Journey - Summertime Love

2.  Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (Mixed Media/altered items)

3.  Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Embossing (heat/dry)

5.  Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Texture


Friday, July 7, 2017

Flashback Friday - This Land is My Land

Hello friends!
Welcome to another "Flashback Friday" post!  It is really hot hot hot outside! Wow! I think it's a great day to stay in the cool air to craft a bit! :)

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*

--------------------------------------
Shall we start with July?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
--------------------------------------
The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So the best place I thought to start was the earth:
To view the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I used this die from My Favorite Things that I think is no longer available any more.  The background was made using a blue watercolor piece that I flickered with white paint and die cut a banner with it.  I took parts of the earth globe to die cut the land pieces and the "world" sentiment in gold glitter card stock.  I used my computer to generate the rest of the sentiment and die cut that panel out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted to a white A2 sized card base.  Lastly I added some twine at the top of the watercolor banner with a wooden heart in the center of the bow.

It seemed very emotional for me when I created this one and it ended up being my favorited one for this month.  Here are the words that I put in my upload:

For the "This Land is My Land" theme, I thought there was no better place to start than with the earth itself. It is such a stunning world and I have not even begun to see all that it has to offer and probably will never get to see it all. With so many things going on in the world and even in our own lives, it's easy to forget to step back and take a moment at how thankful and blessed we all are. I am reminded by this very old song sung by Louis Armstrong in 1967 which really grabs my soul even now.  I shared a link to the video and you can watch it below:




-----------------------------------------------------------------
For my second card, I zoom in closer to my nation:
(It almost seems appropriate during this month with the July 4th Independence Day!)
To view the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I had actually found this really cool cutting file with my Cricut machine and cut it out with blue card stock.  I took some red foil paper to place behind it and popped it up over my card front which was made with white die cut stars that I placed all over the background.  I again used my computer to create the sentiment at the top and then made an A2 sized card with it.

I took the "love" sentiment die from Lawn Fawn and cut a few of them to glue together for dimension and strength and attached that to my popped up U.S.   I then cut out a heart from some white glitter paper and added a bow with some patriotic twine over it and placed that on the U.S.  I also rouned the corners of the card with my corner chomper.

Be sure to stay tuned in for next Friday where I will zoom in even closer as to where I live!
Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope you've enjoyed my creations!
Have a wonderful weekend...I'll see you soon!

(I will not enter these in any challenges as they were previously made creations.)

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Football Spinner for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
I hope that all of my American friends had a fantastic July 4th Holiday!
It was so hot over my way and those bugs seemed to want to bite...so I went inside the cool air!

Just swinging by to share a new challenge starting today over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The challenge for this week is to make a sports/games themed creation!  We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

I have mostly men in my family and a couple of them are big sports fans, so it's always a great idea to make these type of cards for them whenever I get a chance to do one. So here's my card:
This is how my card looks closed.
I've used a couple of different sports related stamp sets that I've had for a really long time in my stash and I know that I won't ever part with them because I know I will just keep going back to use them again each time I need a sports card for a male! (Some are old Stampin' Up! and another is an older MFT set)

Since it's a masculine style card, I've kept it simple and I've used the colors (Chicago Bears) of a favorite sports team in my family.  I've used the MFT Stitched Oval Dies to cut through the card stock in the middle and thought that the oval shape would be a good shape to use for the football shape.  I stamped two of the footballs and attached them back to back with a string in the middle for the spinner design.  I stamped some stars in the background and the sentiment banner was cut with a fishtail banner die.  I've also sponged some white ink around the navy colored panel.

And so when the recipient opens up the card, they will see that the football in the center of the card starts to spin around!  It's so fun to watch and I think it's best to send these type of cards in the mail as a fun surprise!

And here you can see what the inside of the card looks like.
In the top photo, you can see the letters in the background behind the football...so when the card is opened, it reveals what those letters are inside.  The sentiment set that I've used for the inside of the card is from Lawn Fawn called Happy Happy Happy.

I hope you've enoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what the other design team has come up with!  I hope you will play along with us this week!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES
1.  Allsorts - a question of sport

2.  Crafty Friends - Man/Boy

3.  Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

4.  Pammie's Inky Pinkies (PIP1727) - Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Baby You're a Firework! - Happy Independence Day America!

Happy Independence Day to all of my American friends!
I hope you all have some fun things going on today no matter what you're doing!
I plan on spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the holiday.

There's always so many different things going on in the crafty world and sometimes it's so hard to keep up with everything, but I wanted to let you know that I have so many different things going on in the works behind the scenes here, so it will just take time to get it all put together, but I will get there, I promise! :)  In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy what I'm sharing with you!

Today, In honor of this special holiday, I have this card to share with you:
I had so much fun making the background on this card!
I wanted to be sure to use some watercolor on my creation because I have heard somewhere that this is actually World Watercolor Month!  (CLICK HERE for further details!)

I have started with a watered down piece of watercolor paper and then added some blue and purple colors from my Zig Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolor palette.  I let it dry and then repeated the process again to get a darker look.  After letting it dry the second time, I took some Frost White Fantastix Ink and loaded my paint brush with it to create some splatters for the stars in the background.  After that was dry, I removed the painters tape around the edge and then took some Black Soot Distress Ink to sponge around the edges for an even darker appearance.

After completing my background, I took the Lawn Fawn Stitched Fireworks die and die cut them out in the places I wanted my fireworks on the background panel.  I used some shimmer chalks to create the red and blue firework colors.  For the smaller one on the left I took some Platinum Inka-Gold and rubbed some of that with my finger tool over it.  All of the sparkle came from the coordinating colors of Stickles glitter glue I had in my stash.

I've also cut a black border panel with the LF Forest Border die and then I also cut a green piece with the LF Grassy Hillside Borders.  (I just turned the border panels at an angle I wanted them to appear on my card.)  I layered my watercolor panel over a piece of glitter paper and also cut out the sentiment at the bottom with the same paper using the LF Fancy Box die set.  I attached the layered panel onto a piece of A2 sized top folding black card base.  I took the grassy hill border strip and glued it across the entire bottom portion of the card.

Lastly, I stamped, colored with my Copic markers and cut out the cute furry critters from the LF Upon a Star stamp set and dies.  I tucked them in behind the grassy hill border and glued them down along with the glittery sentiment at the bottom.

Here's a closer view of all the sparkle:
You can really see the glitter and shine from the fireworks, but you can also see the shimmer coming from the splattered stars as well as the glittery paper border and sentiment.
This was such a fun card to make and I know I'll be using this set again!  I don't normally send out any July 4th cards, so with the sentiment being "yay", I thought this could work for different ocassions other than that which I like too!

I hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
Thanks so much for dropping in and hope you have a safe and fun July 4th Holiday.

I know this may be a little cliche, but I have always loved this song and thought it went well with my card and the celebration of today, so if you'd like some music...enjoy this video!


-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Lawn Fawnatics - Summertime Fun (What could be more fun than watching fireworks!?)

2.  {Cupcake Inspirations} CIC412 - Fireworks


3.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes + animal

4.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Freedom

5.  The Crazy Challenge - Animals

Friday, June 30, 2017

Flashback Friday - The Last of the Slanted View

Hello friends!
This was an extremely short week mainly because I was sick for the first half of it! LOL!
But this is the LAST day of June already!  Where does time go...I can never catch enough hours in a day let alone hang onto a month long enough!

So here we are with the last of the Flashback Friday June creations as well.
Here are three more creations from my June month last year as a SCS Dirty Dozen DT member:
To see the original SCS upload for this card - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

OK, so you know that I had to get a spinner card in here for the slanted theme!  I mentioned in my upload that the entire time I was making this card, I had the movie "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks going through my mind as this poor penguin was loosing his ball.  "Wilson!"  (For those of you that have seen the movie and know what I'm talking about!  LOL!)

I used some distress inks to create the sunset in the background and used a favorite stamp set of mine from My Favorite Things called Penguins in Paradise.  I've colored everything with Copic markers, but I used some papers from my stash to paper piece the penguin's inner tube.  The sentiment above the penguins head was heat embossed with white EP.    At the time, I didn't have any of those slider dies and everyone just started coming out with them I believe around that time...but I've used a punch to create my slider channel here.  I used various different border dies that I had and then just accented the waves with a glitter and white gel pens.  Fun card to make!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For my second card I guess I loved the idea of slanted waves...
To see the original SCS upload for this card - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

The slanted rainbow waves in the background make this boat look like it's in trouble and throwing out their anchor may not really help much!  LOL!  I have made a couple of these fun multi-colored patterns using a handmade stencil and border dies.  I even made a video on one that I did a while back as I had many people asking me to do a video on it.  If you'd like to revisit how I created this look or haven't seen it yet, please check out the link to my You Tube video here:  CLICK HERE

For the images, I have used this adorable Lawn Fawn Float my Boat stamp set.  I have used some silver thread to tie onto the anchor and heat embossed the sentiment with white EP.  The stitched lines in the background are also at a slant and they are the Hand Stitched Border dies from Whimsy Stamps.  The image panel was layered onto a silver foil card stock and the anchor was stamped with a silver metallic ink.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
And last but certainly not least, I have a very complicated interactive desgin:
To see the original SCS upload of this card - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I had never really heard of this style of card before this challenge, but it is called the "Concertina Fold Card" and you can see the tutorial on how to make one for yourself - CLICK HERE!
As you can see, the flowers continue to cascade along the edges of the card design.  I have used a couple of MFT dies to help me achieve this look and I have to say that it took me quite a while to glue and attach all of the flowers and get them arranged on this design.  My favorite color is purple, so I thought it would be pretty to add all of these flowers in purple colors!

The base of the card was stamped with a Wood-grain background stamp by Stampin' Up!  I used my Cricut machine to cut out a "trellis" design for the back of my card as I thought it needed a little extra at the top instead of just being straight across.  All of the flower dies, pot at the bottom and butterfly came from My Favorite Things.  I've used the Flutter of Butterflies Lace dies and the other dies I've used I believe are no longer available from the store.

So anyway, when you pull on the front of the basket of flowers, the card opens up with flowers cascasing along each side of the edge!  And it closes to lay flat best of all.  Really loved how this one turned out!

I hope you've enjoyed all of my creations for the June Flashback Friday month!
I will be back next Friday to start my flashbacks for the July theme...so stay tuned in!!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend!

(I will not enter these creations for any challenges as they were previously made.)

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
I'm swinging by to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The theme for this week is a nice and easy "Anything Goes" - so have fun creating any project of your choosing and share it with us this week!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

I hardly ever decorate the inside of my cards until the last minute when I get ready to send out the card.  This time, I went over board in decorting the inside of my card! LOL!

Here's what I made for the challenge:
I decided to have a play with my Lawn Fawn stuff that I hadn't tried out like this Stitched Hillshide Pop-Up die to decorate the inside of my card.  I've also used the Ocean Hillside Pop-Up Add-On die set with it.  To create my ocean water scene, I took out my oxide inks and smeared them on a craft sheet.  I spritzed them with lots of water and ran the water color card stock through the colors.  I would dry the layers and add more until my craft sheet had no more.  I just love the fun looks with this!  For the upper portion of my inside card, I took the Lawn Fawn Ocean Wave Borders and cut a piece of watercolor paper in half.  (I've also used the LF Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out both background pieces.)  I used the same oxide watercolor method that I used for the bottom portion on the lower wave cut panel to match.

For the upper top portion of my wave cut panel, I took out my Kuretake Gansi Tambi water colors and a round brush to add some blue colors for the sky.  It has a total different look from the oxide water color technique and I think that's pretty cool.

For the images, I couldn't help but pull out my new Lawn Fawn Duh-Nuh stamp set!  I colored them using my Clean Color Waterbrush Markers and I think they turned out pretty cool too!  I just love those little fishes with the bubbles!  I took the LF Ocean Waves Accents dies next to the shark so that I could tuck a little fish in there too!  I've also added some shimmer to the bubbles with my Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.

For the top portion of the card, I've used the LF Life is Good stamp set to create an island and colored the palm tree and coconut the same way I did the fish.  I stamped a couple of the birds in the watercolor sky and then added a few white clouds with the LF Spring Showers die set.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see the watercolor techniques that I've used on both panels as well as my coloring.  It looks so refreshing, I don't even think I'd mind getting in this water with that cute shark! LOL!

Here's a closer view of the bottom portion:
I think the background turned out really cool!  I can't wait to get ahold of the brand new Oxide colors that just came out and have a play with those too!!  (One day soon I hope to do a video tutorial on the different ways to use them!)

I imagine the tiny fish trying to swim away from the shark swooping down into the water.  That sentiment is so fun too!

I did do the front of the card as well, but it's not as detailed as the inside of my card of course because I wanted the inside to steal the show.  So here's the front of the card:
I took the LF Watercolor Wishes paper and cut a strip to make a belly band to fit around the whole card to keep it closed up with all of that bulk on the inside.

I used the LF Happy Happy Happy stamp set to stamp my sentiment on the belly band and then as you can see I added a tiny fish with bubbles as well as the "Duh-Nuh." sentiment from the LF Duh Nuh stamp set all over the background to give a hint as to what may be lurking on the inside! LOL!

I hope you've enjoyed my creation as much as I had fun making it!  Please stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the rest of what the talented design team has created and I hope you will share your wonderful creations there this week as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I will be back with another share tomorrow!  Have a great day!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Lawn Fawnatics - Watercolor


2.  Daring Cardmakers - Inspired by the Sea

3.  Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C391) - include water

4.  Pammie's Inky Pinkies (PIP1726) - Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Take 2017 Shaker Feat.

Hello friends!
So I come back last week with a vengance and several posts.. then all of the sudden I decided it was time to get sick and not post for a couple of days!  WOW!  I am feeling better today and hopefully I can get back "on track" and continue my routine as normal..whatever that is!

 

I couldn't pass up the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop without making a card and I was also able to get into some more un-used stash and have a play with it!  Do any of you guys buy up all of those card kits and then not use them?  I have seriously got to decide if I'm going to use them or stop buying them!  I really can't keep buying them and then not make anything with it!  So TODAY I was determined to dig into those un-used card kits and see what I can do and here's what it was:
Although I hadn't planned on making a shaker card, that's just how this one happened to turn out in the end!  My coffee is so bright that it has to wear shades!!  LOL!

So for the coffee cup, it has come the SSS February 2017 card kit and I've used some of the papers included in that kit to paper piece portions of it.  I did stamp a smile face on the cup from another image within the same set, but the sunglasses image and the papers that I've used on my shaker came from the SSS June 2015 card kit (YES...I know, but I keep buying them!)

I've used my Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables die to make the frame with the rainbow paper.  I also used it to cut out two pieces of craft foam.  I took some yellow decorative paper from the 2015 card kit and blended some oxide ink over a MFT Sun Ray Stencil and then used my Spectrum Noir glitter pen to add some shimmer to it.  I've also used the STAMPlorations Literary Caffeine-ations to heat emboss the sentiment over the sun ray panel.  I altered the sentiment to fit the Summer theme by taking some more of the papers from that kit and cutting out a word to add to the end of the embossed sentiment.  I added my finished shaker to a layer of black card stock and then attached it to a top folding A2 sized card base.  Lastly finished it off with some black twine at the top.

Here's a closer view of the shaker details:
You can see all of the sparkly sequins inside the shaker and I've also added some shimmer to the sunglasses on the coffee too.

I know that there are several of you that make a card for each day, but I have to say that I don't think I would ever have the energy in me to do that!  I am happy that I was able to get this one in before the deadline! LOL!  And sometimes plans...well....they don't always plan out!

Hope you've enjoyed my card for today!  Thanks for dropping in!
Be sure to stop by here tomorrow as I will have another post! Yay!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

2.  Sweet Stampin' - Lots of Layers

3.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Anything Goes

4.  Make My Monday - Summer Brights

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flashback Friday -More From a Slanted View...

Hello friends!
We made it...we are here...finally Friday!  We are also in the middle of the year and going towards the downhill side of it which also means, yes, Christmas will be here before you know it!  LOL!
I know, I didn't really type that out, did I?!

As promised, I have another Flashback Friday to share with you today.
Realizing that I'm sharing my creations during the same months as the previous year's creations, I see that I only have one more Friday to share June creations with you, so pardon the many cards in one post, but I wanted to keep them all in the same months.

So here are some more shares from my SCS Dirty Dozen DT  June month time span from last year.  Again, although these are new to some of you that are not SCS fan club members, I thought you would enjoy seeing them here as a Flashback Friday post.  Hope you enjoy!
To see the original upload on SCS - Click Here (fan club members only)

I put this one as a favorite for that month I guess because I thought all of the masking of the scoops turned out pretty cool and I like that it was a different sized card being on the tall side.  I used a SU! stamp set called Honeycomb Happiness and masked it several times to create the stacked scoops of ice cream.  I topped it off with a cherry covered with crystal effects.  And while I was masking the scoops, I added some blending blue ink in the background as I went along.

I used the fun "Play on Words" challenge. The word for that month was: T-I-L-T
I have used
"T" for Tall Card
"I" for Ice Cream
"L" for Lace
"T" for Tiny Tag
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

So moving along to another card for that month:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click Here (fan club members only)

I thought this card turned out pretty cool.  I like the way the shapes turned out on this one.  I didn't have a hexagon stencil for this, so I took a die cut and made my own stencil with it and inked in the different colors.  I used the photo inspiration that was given for that month as well for my card design.
And of course to fit in with the "A New Slant" theme, I tilted the layer over the black card base.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

So for one more Flashback, I tried out an older technique that you may be familiar with:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click Here (fan club members only)

I have done the Triple Stamping technique, but put a slight twist on it by fitting it with not only the theme for the month, but there was a sketch that I used for my card as well.
(You can see the tutorial on SCS for the Triple Stamping technique by CLICKING HERE.)
I used a very pretty SU! stamp set called "What I Love".  I heat embossed the flowers and inked over them for the ink resist effect and then just stamped the other details.  I even slanted the ribbon on it to fit with the theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by with me for a Flashback Friday post!
I will have to share with you next Friday, so I hope you'll be joining me again!
Enjoy the weekend and I'll be seeing you very soon!
-----------------------------
(I don't link to challenges on these since these were previous creations I made.)
-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Camp Create Finish Line!

Hello friends!
I'm back with the last of the MFT Camp Create projects! Whew!  Just in time!

So let's get started with the Camp Create BONUS Camp Fire challenge and start putting together those gooey and yummy smores!! :)  This one is called "Divine Dry Embossing":
I really loved Stephanie's idea to use die cuts to emboss with.  This really stretches out the use of something expensive in your stash and I love that!  And then I was reminded of a past online card classes that I took and I wanted to try out a technique that I never had a chance to try out from that class and this is also the first time that I've pulled out this last MFT card kit that I purchased too!

What I did was emboss the "you" die sentiment along with the scallop stitched rectangle die and then I also used the same dies and cut out some masking paper with them.  I did the same thing for the images in the background as well.  Once I embossed them, I used the masked dies to cover up certain places that were embossed and then blended some distress ink over it.  I thought it turned out really cool!  I then just stamped the images in the background and then added a sentiment with the embossed "you" sentiment and popped that panel over the floral embossed design.  

Here's a closer look at some of the embossed details:
I really hope that you can see some of the embossed details from the dies!
I've used MFT dies:  Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX
Dies from the Sketchy Flowers card Kit (along with the images and sentiments)

I really like how this one turned out and it's probably my favorite out of them all!

Because I have finished this card, I have earned the Axes Bonfire Badge:
(Divine Dry Embossing)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

So for the final Day 5 at Camp Create, we go out with a glittery firework bang!
Here's my last card for Camp Create called "Glitzy Glitter" :
I absolutely fell in love with Stephanie's glittery butterfly and wanted to duplicate it as much as I possibly could!  I was happy to have the butterfly dies that she used on hers.

I have SO MANY glitters and hardly ever get to use those pretty colored ones.  I used Stick-It to create the glittery butterfly and covered it with some pretty blue and silver glitters I had in my stash.  I again used the MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX to cut a piece of white card stock and then I took the MFT Star Grid stencil and sponged some MFT Blue Breeze ink over it.

I then stamped the "hugs" sentiment with some SU! Smokey Slate ink.  The sentiment comes from another MFT card kit that I haven't touched! LOL!  I mounted the scalloped white piece to an A2 sized Smokey Slate card base.  I glued the butterfly to the card in just the center so that the wings lifted up on the card.

Here's a closer look at the glittery details:
I think it turned out amazing and I really like the multi-colored sparkle!

So since I've finished this card, I have earned the Day 5 Pine Trees badge:
(Glitzy Glitter)

Yay!  I've made it and earned all of the badges!!  So happy I made it all in time!  That was a very busy creative couple of days for sure! LOL!
I'm almost sad that the Camp has ended as it has really kicked me gear and helped get me some MOJO back that I was missing!

Thanks for hanging out with me at camp and I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration!

I'll be back again tomorrow to share another Flashback Friday with you!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...