Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Trick with DCWV Metallic Card Stock

     This month I've been working on the DCWV Stack-a-holic challenges, always fun.  My background paper is from the beautiful Samantha Rose stack which has a lot of gold foil.  I wanted my sentiment tags to have coordinating shine, so I printed them out with my little Epson printer on card stock from the Metallic stack.
Yeah, you can hardly see it!  But I noticed how wet the ink was and how it just sat on the paper!  So I printed it out again and immediately poured on black embossing powder.  When I heated it, voila!  
Crisp, dark and clear!  I've heard of other people embossing right out of the printer, but my ink always dried too fast.  On this card stock, it didn't.  I loved the result.  I loved learning something new!

DCWV February Stack-a-holic Challenges

     So excited to be able to play in these challenges and get creative.  When I thought Sequoia was to be our last grandchild, I decided to do a page-a-month album for her.  Her two little brothers get a lot of attention, just not on paper!  I had hopes of getting current with Sequoia's album before I had back surgery almost a year ago.  Then I fell way behind.  So, yay!  Another page!  From October, 2015, but I WILL GET CAUGHT UP!  Thank you, DCWV!  You are awesome!  I needed just the incentive I got from you!
     Here are both the scrapbook layout sketch and the card sketch.  I had fun with both!
     I like my scrap pages to tell a story, and this one tells a lot about our granddaughter.  Can you say "STRONG-WILLED?  The paper I used is mostly from the DCWV Kidlets Stack. The scissor blades are from the Card Stock Stack-Shimmer.
     Some of my favorite cards are ones that give you a punch line inside. That's what I went for here. The background is paper from the beautiful Samantha Rose Stack.  The sentiment is computer printed and embossed on the Card Stock Stack-Metallic.  (I'm going to do a separate post on that.)  The little girl is an svg from Apex Cuttable Designs, the leaves from Cheery Lynn Designs, and the cats from a Impressions Obsession die.  
I hope you like them.  Thanks for looking.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DCWV January Stack-a-holic Challenges

     Oh, yes, I am slow!  But sure!  I'm finally ready to post my Stack-a-holic challenges, both the card and scrapbook layout challenge.  Yay!  That's two things I got accomplished this month!
     I had to take two pictures of my card.  It wasn't complete without the inside!  The red bordering the pictures is just the table it was sitting on.  Sorry.

     Of course, it's too late to play along this month, unless you are really speedy, but do check out the DCWV challenges.  Great fun!  Thanks for checking me out!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Eve at Our House

    December 31 is a special day at our house, Sequoia's birthday!  Number 7 and counting!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 166 Inspiration Piece (image)    I took ideas from PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday 166 for an easel card I made for our girl. The jester in the inspiration piece was decked out in bright colors, just like my cat!  Sequoia is definitely a cat lover.  When she opened the card, she and her little cousin both said, "Awwww!" in unison.  It was pretty cute!  She was also pleased with the gift card to the local movie theater that was attached inside.  😊
     Steph of PCC also mentioned the "pure joy" of the magazine image.  I can easily relate that to Sequoia, too, most of the time!
But I did make a scrapbook page which I also entered in DCWV's December Scrap-a-holic Challenge of something that brings a lot of joy to my family Christmas morning.
    Well, I've completely erased/deleted this post once.  I'm going to quit while I'm ahead.  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DCWV November Card Challenge

     I liked the DCWV card stack-a-holic challenge sketch so much that I used it for four cards, three different occasions.  The Linen Closet Stack is full of wonderful patterns and colors, half of them glittered.  I ended up taking the stack apart, so I could spread them out to mix and match all the beautiful combinations.  I added a button and twine from my stash and a fussy-cut flower from a scrap of the same stack.  The card shown uses a stamp by Technique Tuesday.  You can be sure I will be back to play with these papers again soon.

Two November Challenges: PCC & DCWV

     PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday and DCWV Stack-a-holic challenges are my favorites.  Both have wonderful inspiration.  I saw the long thin photo mats on DCWV's sketch and long thin ladies on the Harper's Bazaar magazine cover.  I have just the photos I've been waiting to scrap that fits "long thin!"  But not the cute kids or party themes this time. . . before and after x-rays!
     Let me explain my title.  I do believe in angels, but doubt they are tiny little things that can inhabit our bodies.  Still, when I saw the before x-ray, it sure looked like a little angel holding my deformed spine together, right where I have had (They took it completely out!) the triangular shaped vertebra.  Apparently it was very unstable.  I know the Lord was looking out for me and kept it from slipping all these years, and He gave me a grin when I saw the picture, a probable artifact, I'm sure.
    There was so much story I wanted to record, I decided to put it on paper strips rather than using designer paper.  The words were cut on the Cricut.  The paper is from DCWV's Confetti and Metallic stacks.  I thought those stars were the perfect celestial backdrop for my "angel."  Can you see it?  :o)  
     As much as I'm still hurting 8 months out, I am very thankful to God and for modern medicine that was able to fix this before it gave way and paralyzed me!  I "think" I'd do it again.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner and DCWV Challenges

     Stranger things have happened.  When I saw the inspiration piece for PaperCrafter's Corner Week Magazine Monday Week 164 challenge, the DCWV Confetti Stack was open on my desk.  The bright colors in the stack were a match for the ones in the PCC inspiration piece!  Yippee!  Isn't picking the papers the hardest part of a challenge?  Now I could combine two, Magazine Monday and the October Stack-a-Holic Challenge (Scrapbook part)!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 164 Holiday Papercrafting Challenge Inspiration Piece (image)  
     I love the paper I used here!  I love this stack!  And I'll tell you more about that in a minute.  All the prints, including the striped vellum were from the Confetti stack.  The solids were from the DCWV Christmas stack.  Instead of stars as embellishments, I obviously went for teddy bears, including cutting teddy bear shaped holes in the one paper.  I did that on the Cricut, as well as cutting the title.  The only other thing I used was the little Sizzix teddy bear die and a piece of ribbon.  Still on the mend, I'm all about "easy," and this was, yet I love it!  Hope you do, too!
     But hold on!  I wasn't through with this stack!  It has little packets of confetti right in the stack.  They leak everywhere, but that's okay.  It gave me an idea!  I checked out the DCWV October-Stack-a-holic card challenge.  Everything I needed was right there in that one stack, even the sentiments.  Easy peasy, and so much fun.  Okay, it took a couple of days, but that's only because I can only sit at the desk for short periods of time.  To think I got all of this done in one week, though, shows it was easy.  So much inspiration in one stack of paper!  Thank you, DCWV!  And thank you, Steph, for choosing just the right magazine cover this week!
Thank you for stopping by.  I'd love for you to leave a comment.  :o)
P.S.  Just read that the PCC entry this week is supposed to include a winter holiday.  Please note the sentiment on some of these cards say, "Cue the Confetti!"  Now isn't that perfect for New Year's?  New Year's Eve is also DGD's birthday, "Happy Day!"  She's a holiday everyday!