Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Design D.I.V.A.S. Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop

On the third Wednesday of each month the Facebook chapter of the Design D.I.V.A.S. has our Oldies But Goodies (OBD) blog hop.  This is when we use neglected and forgotten items from our stashes.  The Design D.I.V.A.S. is a private Facebook group which is a branch of the Original Design D.I.V.A.S. on the Splitcoaststampers website.  The acronym for the D.I.V.A.S. is Divine Inspirational Virtuous Artistic (or anointed) Sistahs.  This is a very talented and supportive group, which I'm blessed to be a part of.  Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoy the hop. If you came here from the lovely Vicki's blog you are on the right track.  To start at the beginning hop on over to Linda's awesome blog

For my card I used a K & Co. dp stack that I have had for years but haven't used for nearly that long.  I have several sets like this and, thanks to a recent article in "Paper Creations", I now know what I am going to do to use up these older papers.  Cards designed by Erica Duda on pages 56-57 of the Summer 2012 issue gave me the inspiration for this card.  The card is really easy-peasy!  Once I decided on the assortment of coordinating papers it was just a matter of cutting them into a variety of sizes using the Nestabilities Large Scallop Circles and the assorted leaves dies. All layers are stacked with 3D tape.  The background looks like strips of papers, but is actually one of the papers in the stack.  I just added some antique lace and the brass center in the flower.  Quick and colorful notecard!

You can be sure I will be making more of these cards, with the scallops as well as other floral shaped dies!  I hope you like it and that you have new inspiration for using that old dp that just keeps stacking up.  I am on a "paper diet" --- no new papers until I use up the oldies but goodies!

I am the last stop on the hop so, on behalf of all my Divine Sistahs, we are so happy you took time to hop with us.  I hope you left lots of love in the comments --- these are very talented ladies and deserve lots of kudos!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Remember me?

Hello, everyone!  No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, though lately I've been hanging on the edge!  We've been blessed with guests in our home, celebrating Mom's 80th birthday with a big party in Sioux City, IA, and opportunities to take wedding and portrait photos. On the other hand, I still have pain in my neck from the car accident in April and hassles with the insurance company.  So now we have an attorney.  

My mojo for cardmaking must not be totally AWOL because I still can't resist picking up a new Nestie now and then or downloading new images from my favorite designers.  I've been coloring so now it is time to put those cute images on cards.  

Here are three cards I've finished over the last couple of days:

I love this Sugar Nellie image and found it worked beautifully with the DCWV "The Performance" matstack. I kept the card pretty simple and flat for easy mailing.  The leaves and die cuts are Nesties and the pearl swirl is by Recollections.  The metal flower is Autumn Leaves "Scrap Metal" that I've had in my stash for a long time.

As always, I colored the image with Copics.  The shading on the image is already so beautiful so I have to really hold back and not overdo it!

This is a Mother's Day card that I didn't get finished in time, but I will be sure to hold on to it till next year.  I love this Kenny K image.  It takes me back to watching my mom back in the 50's and 60's (that's 1950's and 1960's) when she was home when we got home from school and did a whole lot of cooking for us five kids!

Again with the Copics!  The dp is from the DCWV Farmer's Market stack.  The homespun look caught the mood I was looking for.

Last night I made this card using "Lady of the Stars" by Crafts and Me.  The photo doesn't do justice to the beautiful dp from the DCWV "Lemon Flower" matstack. It is a beautifully embossed piece.  The yellow behind the image is coordinating glossy dp that I embossed with Cuttlebug Musical Flourish.  

I used Copics and kept the colors light and simple.  I covered the strings of of stars in the image with clear, grey and black rhinestones, also adding bling to her hair and wings.  The butterfly is by K & Co.  The acetate wings glare from the light in the photo.

So, there you have it!  Quite a variety of pieces, but that's what I do.  There are so many artists and styles that I love in this community that I just have to try them all!

I hope you are having a great week and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.