Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Paper Doll Princess



Made a few more artist trading cards. 

This one was made with Julie Nutting's Play

Time stamp set. So cute! What little 

girl didn't like paper dolls? 

I know I loved them, and still do. 


I want to talk circles. 

Is it me or is it the stamping industry that is out to get me? 

See those cute little buttons on the card? 

You would think that with all the circle punches and, circle dies that 

I have that I would have had one that would be the same size as these buttons. 

No such luck, and I had to fussy cut them out. Now I really don't mind the cutting....

it's the principle. It is like making a card and not having a ribbon to match, and I have

ribbon as far as the eye can see. Okay I'll get off my soap box now, and get back to crafting.

Thanks for lending an ear to my rant.
 
Stamping trails 
Karen 


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Artist Trading Cards for Passbook Pals



I spent some time yesterday

afternoon making some artist trading cards. 

These will be traded with the passbookpals FB group. 


This one was made using Julie Nutting doll Adara. 

I love this little girl and her cute rag doll. 


I made three of these to trade. 

Tim Holtz came out with the Flower Jar set I believe last year.

Just recently purchased the stamp set and the framlits. 

The jars were colored with different shades of blue prisma pencils. 

The leaves were stamped using Leaf Green archival ink by Ranger. 

The flower was stamped on patterned paper using Blackberry Bliss ink.

Finally we will be able to get our car back from the shop. I'm not one bit 

happy that it was in the shop since Monday. Hoping that the body work looks okay

I'll let you know. 

Stamping trails
Karen 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Deer in the Back Yard



We had a visitor in our back yard this morning. 

A deer came up to graze on the clover. 

I'm wondering if it was the same one that

munched all my tulips last month. We

only had two of them survive the carnage. 


Hubby keeps this old picnic table in the back to use as a work station. 

You can see the deer eating the clover. 


Now it is walking away. I tried to get a better picture, but

I didn't want to scare the deer, by opening up the sliding glass door. 


Okay people have been asking for photos. Here is a before. 

My hair was really long!!!!


and here is after the cut. I had 9 inches taken off.

Don't know if I like it better or not, but I'll tell you it is easier to take

care of, and the hair has more volume now. 

Well the purple swap I was working on for Kathleen is finished and in the mail.

I cleaned up all the mess that I had from that one last night. Time to start another swap now

that the stamping studio is all clean. 

I'm hoping to get my car back today. We took it in for body work on Monday. 

I'm  beginning to worry as we haven't heard anything back from the shop. 

Have a great weekend! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Time to Remember Book


This is a book that I made years ago. I'm thinking in the early

2000's. Thought it would be a fun way for my friends to

take and fill up the pages with their artwork. 


The newest entry is from Emily. She

made these wonderful portraits of John, and herself. 


The two page layout also has a spiral heart. 

I tell you her artworks has no bounds. Such a talented girl. 
 
 
Here is an earlier two page layout from Kathy. 
 
Love that she added a photo. 

So what is the remembrance book next stop?

It will be heading out sometime this week to my friend

Kathleen. Still have lots of pages to fill! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mailable Monday #232


I have to say that I love Ranger Distress Oxides ink by Tim Holtz.


The color goes on so smoothly onto darker cardstock.


I used broken china oxide with a blender tool

around the caramel edges of the cardstock and it shows up great! 


The stamp set used is by SU and came in one of their Paper Pumpkin kits. 

The Leaf Green archival ink shows up really well on the broken china. 

Late posting today. We had to take my car into the body shop early this morning.

Last year the back passenger door got hit by a flying tree branch during

a wind storm. We should have the car back in a few days. I'm already going

through withdrawal as it just came out of the garage a 2 weeks ago. We don't drive it

during the winter months so the rust won't take over.

We had rain and some thunder earlier today. Scared my poor kitty. 

Sun is out now so I'm going to take a walk. 

I'll have a new post tomorrow. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!

Thank you to my friend Kat for sending me this very elegant Mother's

day card. So pretty! 


I spent Wednesday with my daughter Sarah, and she made me

buckwheat waffles, and sausage for breakfast. YUM!

We macerated some blueberries with agave, and lemon zest to have instead 
 
of syrup. We are sweet enough right? Topped it off with some sliced strawberries, and whip cream. 
 
After breakfast she treated me to a new hair style. I know I need to post photos of the cut hair, 
 
but I haven't taken one yet, and I'm not to good at taking selfies. 
 
 
I did take some pics of her yard. The hostas are really pretty, and so full. 


Nice pop of blue leading into her backyard. 


seedlings waiting to be planted in the garden.


purple tulips. 


daffodils. 


had to take a photo of her dog Bear. He is such a sweetie! 


and here he is waiting for a treat. 
 
We took him for a walk around the block after the hair salon. He walks
 
really well on a leash. 


Here is a find that I got at Trader Joe's in Crocker Park. 

Couldn't pass them up for .99 cents, and elephants on the front. 

These things are awesome! Taste like Cap'n Crunch peanut butter cereal without

the sugar. Of course these had to be opened in the car and eaten on the road. 

We also hit the Pat Catan in Bay Village. That store is so large!!!!! 

They are selling the Gemini now which is a good thing as I had to replace my

magnetic mat. 


Here is the old one. I ran the dies the wrong way three different times. 

Well when you do that it cuts the mat instead of hitting the clear plates. 

This morning me and John are heading out to the movies. Catching an early

show to see the new Avengers movie. Then going to get some lunch. 

Hope everyone enjoys the day. I know I will. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Look Ma no Stamping Shaker Card


Made this butterfly shaker card with some leftover pattern paper.
 
Cut a small window where I wanted to create the shaker. 
 
The lower butterfly was cut out twice. First one was popped 
 
over the printed one on the layer. The next one was attached only
 
in the center with glue dots. 
 
 
You can see in this photo how that added a 3d effect to the butterfly. 

Yesterday was a lot cooler than the past two days. I had to break out my

winter coat again (can you believe that!) When I took my walk. My head

has been clogged up for days now with all the pollen in the air. Never use to have

allergies, but since I'm older I developed them. Another thing to love about getting older.....


NOT. 


Sending a shout out to my friend Lisa who has been in pain due to migraines. Hoping

you get to feeling better soon Lisa! 

Stamping trails
Karen