Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CTS #226- Masculine Card

Here3's my take on the Case this Sketch Challenge #226. I made this card for my FIL (father in law) who served in the Navy way back in the day as he will be 91years old in July.

All the products I used are retired from SU except the cardstock. I must say how happy I am that I have some of these classic masculine stamp sets. I really need more guy cards and my sister has "commissioned" masculine cards so I will make a few using this design with a birthday sentiment.  

As some of you know I recently retired & I am trying to get the hang of it. My routine for challenges and card making is still evolving. I have been spending most of my mornings with a new exercise routine, which I love, and so now need to figure how to add the crafty thing to my routine.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

The Open Sea, All Year Cheer II (retired SU)
Real Red, Basic Gray, (SU) Nautical Expedition (retired SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Paper Size:
Basic Gray (SU)
Circle punch

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Challenge Fun- FS527

Hello Friends!
Long time no post... my friend, Denise inspired me to pull out my blog and post. So, here you have it.
I thought it would be fun to play a Splitcoast Stampers challenge too. I chose the Featured Stamper Challenge 527 (FS527) where Linda (SCS name bubblestx4) was the featured artist. I chose Linda's "Wth Wild Abandon" card seen below & the details are here.
I loved Linda's card however, I'm not crazy about my card, but it is close to what I had in mind. I purchased these inexpensive but lovely textured, pre-made cream colored cards with a silver 'Thank you' sentiment.
My idea was to "up-cycle" the cards for my daughter who is getting married in May. They will need lots of thank you cards. But I'm going to have to keep experimenting until I get it just right- maybe embossing flowers with a wash? Regardless, I sure had fun playing- it's been way too long since I created a true original, albeit using Linda's card as inspiration. Pinterest has such great ideas, I just end up copying a wonderful creation from another stamper.
 Anyway...Have a great week!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Star Birthday

Happy May, friends! This weekend, I had a little time in the studio. I'm sharing one of the cards I made for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SplitcoastStampers. Vicki, aka Basement Stamper, was our featured stamper FS482. She has a fabulous gallery & has been making cards for quite some time. I remember her work from before my hiatus & loved it then as I do now. I chose her Confetti Birthday card to case. As you might know with the FS Challenge, you change some elements & keep other elements. You can see her card here: I changed the confetti to stars by using a star stencil from Simon Says Stamp (SSS); I think it was in one of the monthly kits a while back but it hadn't seen ink. I also changed the colors to Real Red, Midnight Muse and Marina Mist. I punched three balloons; one in each color & popped up on dimensionals. I hand drew the balloon string. I kept Vicki's idea of a die cut happy but I used the "Express Edges" Happy from DieVersions in Midnight Muse & then stamped birthday in Midnight Muse using PTI's Everyday Happiness. Last I added a few wooden stars colored with a red marker. Have a great week!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fast & Fab Trio

Hello there, friends! In between household chores and errands, and making cards for my monthly stamp club card swap, I made this card for a few of the Splitcoast Stampers' challenges. Our SU stamp club has a total of twelve of us so I design and make 16 identical cards (4 extra for my stash or my give away, gift box). I didn't get done, so I can't show you yet, but I got the design and the cutting completed, so I'm well on my way. Anyway...back to this card...I made it for several challenges-
The first challenge was the USE IT 2016- check it! The whole goal is to use your stash. My studio is busting at the seams with product so I will definitely be playing this challenge more often!
The second challenge was the Color Challenge (CC578)- Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant. 
The third challenge was the Featured Stamper (FS489). I Barbara's Baily Flower card. 
Thanks for taking a look!
Hugs, Marilyn

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Birthday Elle

Happy Saturday! And Happy Spring!
Even though it's on the colder side in the Lou (St. Louis), the bright sunny day and the flowers & trees blooming make for a marvelous day. Today I am sharing my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch challenge

This card was also made for the SSS Wednesday Challenge, Happy Birthday.
 Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
I've vowed to start using my stash, so my papers are from retired SU! A Walk in the Park. The blue is Baja Breeze which I wish never retired, but I feel that way about every blue. The cute elephant is Avery Elle.
Hope you like it! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Marilyn

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tickled Pink

Hello friends~
I hope this post find you well. I made this card today for my daughter who is attending a baby shower tomorrow. Obviously, it's a girl! I used the sketch from the MoJo Monday challenge.  
I used the Baby's First dies from Stampin' Up for the little onesie. The colors are Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink. Hope you like it! 
Have a great weekend! 
Hugs~~ Marilyn 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

From the Heart

Happy 4th of July! 

A pretty little card for you today. It's seems out of season until you understand the story behind it. I made this card for one of my husband's friends & co-workers. Two years ago on July 5th, my husband suffered a heart attack at work. His co-worker, Julie, made sure he got an ambulance & was sent to the hospital where I work. She called me & filled me in on the details. We both are so grateful to her! 

Here's the inside:

Thanks for looking! Hugs, Marilyn

Stamps: All Year Cheer (SU)
Paper: Victoria Gardens (EP)
Ink: Primrose Petals (SU)
Accesories: Primorse Papers

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hi There, Friends!

Hi There, friends! 
It has been a very long time since I posted to this blog. Life has been busy and filled with blessings. I never stopped creating, but I stopped playing challenges and blogging. I am renewing this enjoyable activity. 
Today I created this cute little card using some old supplies- Basic Grey's Max & Whispers papers & epoxy sticker. I have so many much that I can hardly fit another thing in my studio, so I am resolving to make at least one card a week with the older supplies.

 I chose the Basic Grey designer paper because it was a perfect match for the Colour Q challenge, CQC286. 

The sketch I chose was from the Retro Sketches challenge, RS160.  

My first thought when I looked at the sketch was "gate-fold" card with off-set panels. After I looked at the Design Team's cards, I realized it wasn't meant as a gate-fold after all. But I went with my initial thoughts. I hope you like it! 
Hugs, Marilyn

Monday, March 10, 2014

Upload experiment & Love u card

Hi Friends,
Today I'm experimenting with pictures & uploading from my phone. Last week my computer bit the dust. I'm obsessive with back-ups & we have a internet service that backups my e-photos weekly so I'm pretty sure the loss was minimal. I'm so fortunate as DH can fix computers. He bought a new hard drive & is loading my programs. He's spent nearly all day Sunday & several evenings earlier this week. What a great guy!
Here's my card for today. I used my Simon Says Stamp papers from the January kit. Even though it looks like a Valentine card, I'm sending to my daughter who lives away. I really miss her!
I hope you like it!
Hugs, Marilyn

Addendum: 04.13.14. -My little experiment didn't work so I finally got around to uploading the ole' fashioned way.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Keep Smiling

Hello Friends!
It's been a while, huh? Well, life is good; I've just gotten busy & had little time for posting to the blog. The good news for me is that I've still been stamping & creating. I created today's card using this month's card kit from Simon Says Stamps.
I love this deal...every month a package comes in the mail with trendy papers & a new stamp set along with little extras.
It's just the right amount for me. You can get more info here.

I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stampers' Challenge, FS368. I cased this card from Stampinscotsgirl's gallery. I love her style!

I added a few things of my own to the products in the SSS kit like the little pearls on the flowers, the craft paper, & the black with white polka dotted ribbon. And of course my own ink! LOL!!I hope you like it!

Have a great Sunday! Hugs & smiles, Marilyn (Aka mlj-mlj)