Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Ching Chou Kuik Party Girl

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.  It is not that we seize them,
but that they seize us.   Ashley Montagu

Anna Griffin Fantastic Flip Card in Cricut Design Space, Cricut Maker, Copic markers, Xpressit Blending card stock,
pink glitter card stock, silver textured card stock, "party" die, white gel pen, heart 3-d embellishments
Hey there,

It's birthday season for my creative card-making friends and I'm having a blast creating cards to suit  their unique personalities.  I think this Love Balloon digi by Ching Chou Kuik is perfect for the lady who enjoys a festive birthday bash.  A fancy dress and a glitzy heart balloon screams "let's rock and roll, " even if your guest list consists of your close family members wearing masks and standing six feet apart.    

For this shimmering kinetic card, I used my favorite Anna Griffin Fantastic Flip Card design, which I have used many times and is already downloaded to my Cricut Design Space projects.  I sized my digital image to coordinate with this 5 x 7 card base, colored her with Copics, and fussy cut her to layer off-center on my front panel.  This card actually flips twice so I have some extra real estate for an added decorative panel and my inside sentiment.

I used my fave color combination of aqua and red, with a little hot pink for some extra pop. Black and white stripes always add contrast and elegance to a vivid palette.  All of the panel pieces are part of Anna's design so they cut to size perfectly.  Even the lovely scripted Happy Birthday is included in this design as a writing option.  I used a regular word die to cut the "party" sentiment on the front panel..

Thank you for visiting.
Go forth and party on.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Laurel Burch Blossoming Woman - Shine

Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.
Maya Angelou

Stampendous stamps, Copic markers, word die (shine), gold metallic card stock,blue glitter card stock,
gold leafing pen, Spellbinders circle frame die, Elizabeth Crafts Beaded Circle die, iridescent gems,
white gel pen, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 card base

Hey there,

I have loved Laurel Burch's brilliant artwork since I first saw it in the sixties.  I am still heartbroken when I think that she left this world at the young age of 61. Sadly, she was born with a rare bone disease that caused her crippling pain all her life.  Her art was a way for her to find her "happy place" to keep her spirits up.  She created a magical place of  bright colors and designs that drew me in the first time I saw it. Her legacy lives on and her joyful artwork is still popular today.  Happily, Stampendous has created some gorgeous stamps using her signature aratwork and I think I have every one of them.  THIS is one of my favorites because the elements come separately and I can play with the face and flowers to make my own dazzling blossoming woman .  I try to color them with the bright colors Laurel used in her paintings to get her iconic look

I created this card for my beloved sister-in-law who lost her husband and best friend of 54 years recently. He died at the age of 78 from an illness unrelated to covid. He was my husband's brother and a very kind and courageous man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  My SIL fought like a warrior to get him released from the hospital amid all the covid restrictions and frenzy.  He was able to say goodbye to his family and die at home surrounded by loving care.  She shines like an angel to me.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be a light in someone's life.
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Friday, June 12, 2020

Happy Father's Day to My Guy - Mo Manning King For the Day

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, 
story-tellers, and singers of song.   Pam Brown 

Mo Manning King For The Day digi, Copic markers, Cricut Maker, Cricut
Design Space cutting and writing features, silver leafing pen, designer paper

Hey there,

I must admit, I'm pretty proud of myself for stepping up my card making for my beloved hubby this Father's Day.  Since guy cards aren't my thing, I usually download a fun manly svg file from one of my favorite sites, cut it out on my Cricut, assemble it and present him with a cleverly designed card  of someone else's invention.  This is the second time this year I have spent time coloring and designing a special card made just for him from my own imagination.  I hope I'm not spoiling him, but he deserves the best of my efforts.

I've had this THIS charming Mo Manning digi for years and I'm happy I pulled it out of my files and printed it on Xpressit paper to color with my Copics.  I paper pieced the chair and  shaded it with Copics and I think the texture almost looks real.  The striped and wood grained papers come from the same paper pad. The arch is cut on my Cricut and, after a little tweaking, I was able to create a curved sentiment with the Cricut writing feature to mimic the arch shape. I layered a red panel on a white 6 1/2/ x 6 1/2 card base and added a beige panel edged with a silver leafing pen.  I used dimensional tape to adhere my image and sentiment to my arched panel and added that panel to my base layers.

I had such fun designing and coloring this card!  The guy in the image just happens to be the spitting image of my handsome hubby. Isn't it delightful and gratifying to create something from our heart for someone we adore?

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and celebrate the lovable men in your life.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Gorgeous in Your Day Jammies - Janna Prosvirina Digital Stamp Digi

What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect 
and beginning the work of becoming yourself. 
Anna Quindlen

Janna Prosvirina digital stamp from Etsy, Copic markers, Cricut Design Studio frame,
Heartfelt Creations stamp, die and mold, white gel pen, iridescent gem, gold leafing pen 

Hello gorgeous,

Last week I finally broke the bonds of pandemic prison and got my first hair cut in three months. No pedicure yet, but I actually talked my hubby into painting my toe nails and it was beyond sweet watching him.  I'm in the "high risk" category due to my age and a damaged lung from cancer radiation, so I've been dutifully wearing a mask and gloves when I go out. But I enjoy delightful mask free walks in the wetlands near my home almost every day and I appreciate them more than ever.  More days than not, I enjoy my comfy leggings and t-shirt (day jammies) and a clean fresh face sans foundation. I am, as I'm sure you are,  patiently waiting for the day when this will all be a very remarkable memory.

While my reflection in the mirror hasn't been as  polished as I'd like for the past few months, I have found solace in putting some makeup on some of my exquisite digital images. I colored this stunning Janna Prosvirina digital stamp with warm, sunny hues and mounted her on a lacy edged card created in Cricut Design Space.  I added a crinkly Heartfelt Creations flower that I stamped, die cut and shaped with their generic shaping mold. 

The front of this card base is scalloped and the back has squared corners.  The green base shows through behind the scallops when closed.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth rock your day jammies with your stunningly gorgeous self. 
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Monday, June 1, 2020

DT for Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge #6 - Morgan Fitzsimons Fantasy Fae Digi Stamp

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Eleanor Roosevelt

Morgan Fitzsimons digital stamp, copic markers, Heartfelt Creations flower stamps, die cuts and mold,
Ctricut Design Space card base, Cricut writing feature, Spellbinders frame, silver glossy card stock,
lavender, silver and blue glitter card stocks, white gel pen, gem for flower center  

Hey there,

The amazing unicorn  in THIS stunning image by Morgan Fitzsimons was a little intimidating to color  because I need much more copic practice with animals, but he is so delightfully whimsical, I had to give it a go  A fairy and a unicorn together...how could I resist? I was surprised and delighted that this card came together fairly quickly.  I knew I wanted to use the round die cut frame and I was able to find a card base in Cricut Design Space that accommodated it perfectly. The sentiment was simple to size and curve around the frame using the Cricut writing feature.  I already had  the Heartfelt Creations flower in my stash  so all I had to add was a few silver glitter leaves.

The inside of the card is a square lavender glitter card stock panel which shows through to the front when the card is closed.  The card measures 6 1/2 x 6 1/2.

Now it's your turn to use your imagination to create something fabulous for our challenge.

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Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and share your creative skills in  this month's Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge.  

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