Monday, July 23, 2018

Steampunk Graduation Card

Hello Everyone,
I wanted to share the graduation card I made for my nephew's college graduation.  (Yes, we are all soooo proud of him.)  His degree is in mechanical engineering.  He likes Steampunk designs, so this is what I came up with.  I used a teal and brown color combination (which I think worked really well with the theme and images).





On the inside, I stamped the sentiment once in each of the two colors, cut the sentences apart and layered each segment.




I also added some stamping to the envelope.


Okay, so I will see you soon for more crafty funness (don't think that is a word, but I am going to use it anyway.  LOL  Have a great day!
Karen

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Painter in Me

Hi All,
Have a little something different today.  I painted three tea pot themed canvases for my sister-in-law (Sandie).  I used some tea pots drawings I designed for a series of quilts  made quite a few years ago.  The drawings were transferred onto the canvases and painted with acrylic paints.  No masterpiece, but a fun project and the paintings look very stylish on Sandie's wall.

The two tea pots are on 8 x 10 canvases






Tea cup painted on a 5 x 7 canvas


Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your day is super!  See you next time.
Karen

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Center Diamond Card layout

Hello All,
I made a collection of cards using this center diamond layout.  The papers and colors are on the masculine side.  But, I always need masculine cards too. Stamps are from Stampin' Up.  Love this layout and use it often.  You can see how many different cards I made from the layout.




Close up views:




Hope your day is full of quality crafting time.  See you next time!!
Karen

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Birthday Celebrations

Hello Everyone,
I have been so busy working on landscaping projects!!  I have completed all my garden projects.  Yea!!  I did take some time out to make this card for my nephew's birthday.  I also played around with the stamps in the Stampin' Up set used for the card.  I included photos of the extra stamping at the end of the post.  I will make cards using the extras later.
I also used SU inks on the projects. On the card I used Always Artichoke and Bordering Blue (retired)
Stamps: Happy Celebrations from Stampin' Up







More stamping ideas:




I am entering this Celebration card in the Paper Players Celebration Challenge

Hope you are having a great day!  See you soon.
Karen

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Floral Thank You

Hello Everyone,
Today's floral thank you cards came about when I discovered two stamps whose images coordinated.  I paired the two stamps to create a fun Thank you card layout.  Stamps and papers from Stampin' Up.



Hope you are enjoying summer.  I have been working a lot in the garden.  Had to cut out sod and install edging along several large beds.  Nearly done now.  So glad you stopped by. See you next time!!
Karen

Sunday, June 3, 2018

More Possibilities - Post 3

Hello Dreamers!
Back with more possibilities using just the one stack of decorative paper (this is post 3).  All the cards below were made for the same stack.




Here is a close up look at one of the floral cards.  The design was completed by added a rectangle of coordinating cardstock, a stamped and punched sentiment, and ribbon.



FYI:  Here is another card I made with the same stack.  In fact, this was the card that inspired my idea to see what I could do using just one stack of decorative paper.  You may see the full post for this card here.




I hoped you enjoyed checking out all the cards I made with one stack.  It was a fun self challenge.  I will try this again.  It simplifies the design process (for each card) and helps to give your imagination a bit of a work out.  Hope you are having a really great day.
See you next time!!
Karen

Thursday, May 31, 2018

More Possibilities - Post 2

Hi Friends!
Back with more cards I made using one stack of paper.  In my earlier post, I shared the swan cards. The cards we are looking at today utilized a sheet of images that came in the stack.  I pretty much just cut them into the size I wanted and added coordinating papers-from the same stack.  I was challenging myself to see what I could come up with using just the one stack.
Here is the group shot of all the cards.  (I will be back with more close ups of the others in the next post.)








On the two cards below, I added some stamping and punched shapes. But,  the dotted paper is from the stack.




In the next post, we will look at the floral cards.  Just goes to show that you don't need hundreds of decorative paper stacks to make great cards.  I keep telling myself that everyday.  LOL.  See you next time!!
Karen