I was excited I won Challenge #13 at Stamping Pals and I get to be with their Design Team for this new Challenge #15. You can see the color challenge here. It's a color challenge and the colors are here:
Friday, April 30, 2021
Yesterday I went to the dr and they took off my bulky bandage and said my nose is healing nicely. Thank goodness my skin cancer wasn't any bigger and they could do the MOHS surgery on it and the cancer is 100% gone!! It will take a year to completely heal and hopefully I will have a very little scar. For now, I have to be careful and not get any sun on it for a YEAR!! And I get to start exercising again, as long as I don't let my heart rate get up too much. (see pic below for a week after my surgery)
|Stamps by Colorado Craft Co.|
|I had MOHS surgery on my|
nose exactly one week ago for
basal cell carcinoma. Now I
just need it to heal!!
Thursday, April 29, 2021
This Hero Arts set makes it so easy to layer stamps and make this cute lake scene. It's going to be in the upper 80's today and tomorrow so it will definitely feel like jumping in the lake here!! Sure feels like summer!
Spot Challenge - Ink Blending (one of my fave challenges!)
|Stamps by Hero Arts|
Ink blending with Catherine Pooler inks
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I know, I know ... ANOTHER Anita Jeram stamp set you're asking? Yes, I can't help it. I just love her newest release with Colorado Craft Co. (And a little secret I have to share is I won a $25 to their store for free stamps because I participated in a long blog hop which I do from time to time but never win) I made this card for my godchild who graduates this May and will become a kindergarten teacher for 2021-2022. She got an early contract with the school system so she knows where she will be teaching when August comes. I hope she likes this.
The Paper Players - Sketch PP538
|Stamps by Colorado Craft Co.|
Colored with Copics
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
I'm continuing to heal and each day I feel better and better. I am still wearing this horrible bandage on my nose and it's trying to fall off, but I keep adding more tape to it. I go back on Thursday to have it taken off (HOPEFULLY). I also hope they give me the ok to start walking again. They said no strenuous exercise until after then!! Not that my walking is strenuous by any means, but I just want to be able to walk around the block a few times if I want :).
I have a friend turning 6-0 and thought this would be perfect for her. You have to really search for the "60" but it's there LOL. Newest stamp set by Flora & Fauna and I love it already!!!
|Stamps and die cuts by Flora & Fauna|
Inks by Catherine Pooler Spring Fling Collection
Cake plate colored with Copic marker
Monday, April 26, 2021
I'm not sure if this is "too busy" using these stripes, but I went with it anyway. I die cut the mouse and flowers out with black too to create a little "shadow" behind it so you can see it better with those stripes. I'm loving this color combo.
Sunday Stamps - Spring Blooms
|Stamps by Colorado Craft Co|
Stripes by Concord & 9th
Colored with Copic markers
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Another cute new stamp set by the great Anita Jeram. Here's a great you tube video on watercoloring. I did the wet on wet technique.
I have no idea who I will send this card to, but I just think he's the cutest :).
|Stamps by Colorado Craft Company|
Watercolors by Jane Davenport
For his suitcase, I used my Copic
Blender Pen to make the dots.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
It's a wet day today here in the Carolina's and a little on the chilly side. I've made one card so far today and I am feeling pretty good. Stitches near my ear hurt worse than my nose does. Still haven't attempted to wash my hair yet!
|Stamps by Catherine Pooler|
Grass punch by Martha Stewart
Friday, April 23, 2021
I had my MOHS surgery yesterday on my nose and it was pretty quick. I was there 2 hours which was a lot quicker than expected. They got all the cancer and my margins now show "clear". They ended up going in and taking 2 layers and then had to take some skin by my ear to make a skin graft to place it on my nose. I have these bandages I have to wear all week which isn't pleasant but not too bad. I feel much better today than I did yesterday and I do believe I can resume crafting this weekend :).
|Stamps by Taylored Expressions|
Grass punch by Martha Stewart
Cloud stencil by Hero Arts
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Have you seen the latest fun stamps by Catherine Pooler? I love this BIG bear with his itty bitty umbrella.
I found out last month I have skin cancer on my nose. I am having MOHS surgery on Thursday so I don't know how bad I am going to be. I know several people who have had this surgery and they did great. I plan to stamp today and tomorrow to keep my mind off things!! I go in nice and early at 7 am and will be there all morning, they said.
|Stamps, ink and die cut by Catherine Pooler|
Sunday, April 18, 2021
I was in my Joanne's the other day and found this cute set by Hero Arts. I thought it looked a little plain so I doodled around the edges :).
|Stamps and die cuts by Hero Arts|
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
No line coloring has always been a challenge for me. When I first saw the no line coloring ink pad come out, I had to buy it because I saw how "easy" it looked.. Well, I am here to tell you, it's not that easy and I do think it takes a skill to pull it off. After many months (possibly, even a year or more of trying), I am pleased with this latest card I did using Tracey Hey's elephants. The challenge at Splitcoast was Abstract Watercoloring and you can see Lydia's you tube video here. This only took me 4 tries but I love the end result. I decided to add some washi tape to the side and I watercolored this using my Jane Davenport watercolors. You really need PATIENCE when doing this and I find myself lacking that.
Happy Little Stampers - Watercoloring
Hubby and I went hiking today and we saw not one, not two but FIVE waterfalls and I can't wait to see more. We have so many beautiful waterfalls in NC that I want to see them all now. We had a great time and here are a few pics and a video of one of them (Tory's Falls at Hanging Rock State Park, about 85 miles from us)
|Much cooler today than it was last|
week when my daughter and I went
|Lots of stairs to these|
waterfalls but somehow we
managed to get up and down them
|Aren't we cute together? LOL|
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
This is the newest April 2021 Sunshine & Rainbows sentiment kit by Unity and I just had to add it to my collection. Fast shipping too!! The inks I used were: Distress Oxide Faded Jeans, Catherine Pooler Cranberry Fizz and Catherine Pooler Sand Castle. I love this set because the rainbow stripes can be stamped in different color inks which is why I got it. I will definitely be making more cards with this cute set.
|Stamps by Unity Stamps|
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
I recently came across this challenge blog for the very first time and I wanted to jump right in for this "dot coloring" challenge. Jennifer McGuire shows how to do it on her blog and I have never done it. You can see hers done here: https://youtu.be/u0D5EkW2CDY.
Here is my card, using my Tombow markers and I just chose the colors of the rainbow and went around it in a circle. Then we had to leave the main image black & white. Mine doesn't look as good as hers does but this is my first time so I just left it "as is". Will try this again soon!!
Lift Challenge - Dot Coloring
|Stamp by Tracey Hey|
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Happy Saturday!! This week my daughter took a day off work and we went hiking 85 miles north at Hanging Rock State Park. They have 5 waterfalls there, many different trails. We saw 1 of the waterfalls and hiked to the top of the hanging rock and what a trek that was!! It was 1.8 miles each way and by the end, I thought I was going to "die". We had a great time and we stopped at Chick-Fil-A on the way back for some Frosted Lemonade and fries. Yum! (see pics below)
I recently saw this beautiful rainbow flower card by Kavya on Instagram and decided to duplicate it. She used washi tape but I used strips of colored cardstock. I laid down the strips of paper, then put it in my Tim Holtz positioner and stamped it that way, right on top of the colored cardstock. I showed it to hubby and asked him what he thought and he said "I'm not sure I like that!" What? I do like it. lol
You can see Kavya's card here on Instragram @handmadebykavya.
|Stamps by Concord & 9th|
|Yes, this is a girl reading a book|
at the bottom of this
waterfall. No, it's not me. Look
closely at the waterfall and see
if you see the smiley face
in the upper right. Weird,
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
All of a sudden, winter is gone and summer is here this week in NC. Almost 85 degrees!! So I had to make more cards with this great convertible, still wishing it was me in it with my hair blowing in the wind!!
The Spot Creative Challenge - Color Challenge #156
|Stamps, Die Cuts and Stencil by The Greetery|
|Added glitter pen to hair and car accents|
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
I think this is the smallest card I have ever made. It only measures 3 1/2" wide x 2 1/2" tall (LOL). I wanted to make a shaped card and I decided to get out my car die cut by The Greetery and this worked perfectly. Now to find a cute little sentiment to go inside. Yes, I am going to mail it to a friend for her birthday.