Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 71- Daily Challenge - Desert Coast

I know I have been posting a lot of photography. I will get back to crafting right away but I just got home.  I loved the contrast of the cactus and the ocean.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day 70 - Daily Challenge - Desert Flowers


If someone knows about these flowers, I would love to hear. They are some kind of desert flower. They were on the coast of California. They looked wet. Nothing around them was wet, The water was too far away to make them wet. I touched the liquid and it was sticky and thick like sap. There were only bees on these flowers. I didn't see any bees on the other flowers in the area.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 69 - Daily challenge - California flower

I always find the flowers on succulents appealing and here in dry southern California, there have been a few. This is one I saw in the park we were training in. The park was very dry with a dry creek bed running though it. There was a large area of this succulent in it with a couple of these pretty flowers to brighten the area.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 68 - Daily Challenge - Ocean Dreams

Since I am posting ahead, on this day, I will be finishing up my week of training in California and spending a day to myself.  My plans are to find a beach combing beach and take a very long walk.

The shell on this card I did several years ago. I think it must have fallen off another card. It is embossed, and there colored with another ink. I love how real it looks.  I got the stamp at I Brake for Stamps. The background is a sheet of watercolor practice and the seagulls are stickers.  The colors in the photo aren't very good because it is dusk here but I want to be sure I post through the week, just in case.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 67 - Daily Challenge - Lovely simple card

Here is another quick simple card. The base card was a laser cut card from a Stampin Up kit.  I added a liner color and some butterfly stickers.  Poof, done!  Okay, it took a while to find just the right stickers but it wasn't too long.  Have a creative day!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 66 - Daily Challenge - Love Ya

This was super simple because the heart was laser cut from a Stampin Up kit.  Just had to find a paper to show through that I liked. The word is a sticker.  I am working on future posts. When this one posts, I will be in California on a trip for work.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 65 - Daily Challenge - Cardinal

This stamp is from Unity. It is a new one and I really loved it but my mom called it an angry bird. DO you think it is an angry bird? I colored this one with colored pencils.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 64 - Daily Challenge- Wolf Card

My posts are not very exciting but I hope they are inspiring to someone. I am using up scraps and images I created before.  I colored them with Copics.  I am not sure where the images are from.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 63 - Daily Challenge - Elk

This was an image cut with my Silhouette. I did it a long time ago but had never used it.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Day 62- Daily Challenge - Peel-off Girl

I have had this girl done for a long time. Peel offs are more of a English thing.  Popular in Europe and Australia. Put you can find them here and there. I colored it with Copic markers.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Day 61 - Daily Challenge - Watercolor play

I am just learning to use watercolor. It is fun but I have a lot to learn.  I used a Stampin Up image. I painted more with my Koi watercolor.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Day 60 - Daily Challenge - Pop up Jungle

This is the inside of a jungle pop up card I did. I got the cut file from Silhouette.  They don't help you know how to add the color pieces so I am proud of it even though it is a cut file. I haven't done the front of the card yet. 


Day 59 - Daily Challenge - Make up

Since in the last week, I had had a funeral for my mother in law, a hit and run car accident and a wedding for more son, all 1500 miles from my home, I deserve forgiveness for missing one day. This is a makeup day for yesterday since I missed it.  I made this card in Idaho, several days ago. Sarah had some supplies there are we played a bit.

I water colored the background and stamped the flowers with a Stampin Up ink.  The stamp set was also from Stampin Up.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Day 58 - Daily Challenge - Painting by Sarah

Today I am flying home from Idaho. I decided it would be okay to share a painting my daughter, Sarah Broderick, did for me. I wanted it in a specific palette of colors for a playroom I am thinking of putting together at my house. I already purchased some other items from Hobby Lobby in the colors. I wanted gender neutral decor. Finally, I wanted an exploring/adventure theme. She did this for me and I love it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Day 57 - Daily Challenge - Amazing

In order to get me through my travel time, I am posting another card my daughter in law, Amy, did.  She is a new Copic user and is taking right to it. The Angie Girls from Unity are wonderful.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Day 56 - Daily Challenge - Simple Wedding Card

Here is another card I did for my son's wedding. I used the Stampin Up die set called Sunshine Wishes.  The hearts are metallic silver and I used green as an accent since it is the wedding color.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day 55 - Daily Challenge - Wedding card


Today, my youngest son is getting married today. This is the card I made for my mother to give them. I used the green accent because it is their wedding color. The stamp is by Stampin Up.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 54 - Daily Challenge - Anniversary Card


My mother asked me to make a anniversary card for her to give to a friend for a 50th anniversary. I needed to do something pretty quick since I am traveling. Actually I am doing this card before I travel and scheduling the post while I am gone. Tomorrow, June 10th , my youngest son is getting married. I only regret that the photo doesn't show the metallic silver.  By the way, the squares were 1 and 1/8 inches. Had to play a bit before I figured it out.

Hope you have a creative day!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Day 53 - Daily Challenge - Love ya

I love the girls at Unity. They are beautiful. I colored this with Copics. The patterned paper is Stella and Rose by My Minds Eye but it is pretty old paper. I doubt you would ever find it. I didn't put words on it because I thought it could be used for a variety of purposes. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Day 52 - Daily Challenge - Giraffes

I have been keeping Amy  busy a night. Here is another card Amy, my daughter in law did. She used a new Unity stamp I got. I just love this stamp in honor of April the giraffe.  She colored it with Copic markers. It was her first time. So fun to have her here to play with me. She will be moving into her new home any day so we won't play together as much. Happy to be able to enjoy the time together while it lasts.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Day 51 - Daily challenge - Lindy Magical Shaker

I like to try new things and there is a Craft Outlet store near me that gives me a perfect opportunity because they often have one of these or one of those unique items I can try. This week I came home with Lindy's Magical Shaker. I had some of the resist watercolor paper from the Paper Pumpkin kit and I did this.  I also went over the resist area with some Di-oxide ink to sharpen the resist.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Day 50 - Daily Challenge - Lovely Fairy

I am so pleased with how the coloring turned out here. Do you sometimes surprise yourself with the end result. I used Copic markers to color this.  It is a stamp set by Unity Stamps called Dragonflies and Fairies. There are little sparkles on it you miss in this photo so it is even better in person! The yellow paper in the background is embossed with a Darice embossing folder names Cherry Blossom.

In addition to being a beautiful card, that I hardly believe I did, it is also my 50th day of this personal challenge I did for myself. I am not stopping, the next goal is 75 days.  If I make it until July, I will post Christmas in July and share some of the many things I did last year for the holidays.

If I make it to 100 days...there will be a little party. Not sure what all it will entail but there will be prizes.  Please keep coming back and I hope you take time to be creative everyday!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Day 49 - Daily Challenge - Wild Flowers

I took this photo the other day in the dog park near my home. One of the things about living here is that things grow here so much easier than in Idaho. The dog park is like walking into a thick forest and it just a couple blocks in a rather urban area.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Day 48 - Daily Challenge - Colored Butterfly

Today is another big birthday card for work. I colored this butterfly from a coloring book. The coloring book was the Home Sweet Home travel edition from Kohl's Cares. I colored it with colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. The antennas are tiny slivers of black cardstock since I had to cut off the ones that were drawn in. The words were cut with my Silhouette. The embossing folder was from Darice called Cherry Blossom.  I liked the details show so well in the embossing because the paper had a white core. I used some Diamond Stickler to add some shiny accents on the butterfly and antennas.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Day 47 - Daily Challenge - Guest Artist


My daughter in Law, Amy Owens, has been making cards with me. She made this one with a die I got at Craft Outlet in Grand Rapids.  The die is Consenza Tree Border Outline by Memory Box, The clouds are dies by Jullibean. Amy did the lettering by hand.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Day 46 - Daily Challenge - More large birthday cards

I continue to work on the 40 large birthday cards for work.  Here is another. Die cuts from Stampin Up, words cut with the Silhouette, and pretty paper make it easy to quickly make a card.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day 45 - Daily Challenge - More watercolor resist

The watercolor resist part of this is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. by Stampin Up.  Amy, my daughter in law did the watercolor resist with watercolor pencils. My granddaughter helped and spilled water over it.  I tried to stamp words on it and the words didn't turn out.

In order to save it, I cut it out and mounted it on cardstock. Then I used words I had cut with the Silhouette.  I think I like the end result even more than the plans from the kit.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day 44 - Daily Challenge - Watercolor resist

I got some watercolor resist sheets and tried out my new Koi watercolors on this sheet.  It was very simple watercoloring but I good place to start playing with them.  I love the saying.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Day 43 - Daily Challenge - Sunset


This is the sunset on Friday May 28, 2017 on Lake Michigan.  It was taken in front of our family place between Silver Lake and Pentwater Michigan. I don't think there can be too many beautiful sunset pictures.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Day 42 - Daily Challenge - Watercolor card

I am at the cottages and brought a Paper Pumpkin kit along. This is a watercolor card kit. It provided watercolor pencils but I used some watercolor paints.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Day 41 - Daily Challenge - More Doughnuts

I am getting close to 50 continuous days. I am excited.  It is also getting harder.

I did another doughnut card from the Paper Pumpkin kit. I actually have done a couple. One of my employees loves doughnuts so I had to give her one.  I made cards while the leadership was together for lunch. It made my boss want doughnuts so she is going out to get them for the whole department.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 40 - Daily Challenge - Iris


I moved some Irises from my house in Idaho to Michigan.  I thought I only took the root beer colored ones which bloom late, and I figure those won't bloom this year since I moved.  Happily, I accidentally brought this lovely purple one and it was far enough along, it still bloomed. I feel kind of blessed!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 39 - Daily Challenge - Dragonflies

These are lovely dies from Stampin Up.  I just love the details in the dragonflies. The words were cut out with my Silhouette. As has become usual for me, this is another very large card.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 38 - Daily Challenge- From the Herd


This is such a cute stamp set from Stampin up. I layered the heads of some of the animals. I added google eyes to the goat and pig.  They are colored with colored pencils and then blended with odorless mineral spirits. This is one of my big cards for work.  Hope the card makes you smile.  Have a creative day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 37 - Daily Challenge - One more simple card

Here is a final simple card from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  This time, the photo does not do it justice.  The swirly flower is metallic.   It makes the whole card and it just doesn't show here.  Wish you could see it in person but it is still a nice example of a pretty simple card.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 36 - Daily Challenge - More Simplicity cards

Here is another card I did with a Paper Pumpkin kit.  I liked a stamp I owned for the words, rather than the one in the kit.  Nothing super special here. Just simple beauty. There are a few sequins glued on here and there as flower centers but besides that it is just printed card with the words stamped.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 35 - Daily Challenge - Simplicity

I am doing a sale in July and need to get some cards done in preparation.  My DIL, Amy has been helping.  This card is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit and I used a different stamp. It is simple, but very pretty.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 34 - Daily Challenge - Doughnut card

This is from the Paper Pumpkin kit I got for May.  The card is a doughnut and they provided envelopes that look like little bags.  Pretty cute!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 33 - Daily Challenge - Cards


I made these cards last summer for my niece and nephew.  I gave some of them to my mother to give to them.  The cat was a sticker. Some of the balloons were Stampin Up punches. The cake is a stamp that you can put different numbers in.  It is a clear acrylic stamp but I don't remember the company.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 32 - Daily Challenge - Water Lily

This is another picture from the Japanese garden at Meijer Gardens


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 31 - Daily Challenge- Sewing themed card


One of my friend, Lynne, is a sewer and quilter.  She is part of a group that works on hand and petal driven sewing machines.  Here is a card I did for her.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 30- Daily Challenge - Bananas

Sometimes the light is just right. The picture just falls into place.  This is a photo of bananas. I took it in the aquarium in Salt Lake City. Looks like it is in the jungle. Took it with just my phone...and I think it is a wonderful photo. Hope you do too.  Did you know this is what bananas looked like growing?


Monday, May 15, 2017

Day 29 - Daily Challenge - Skunk Card


Here is a cute skunk card I did for a friend. I used the Stampin Up punch.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Day 28- Daily Challenge - Flower

I love nature. I can think of nothing as beautiful and wonderful as the world around us.  I will make art of different kinds the rest of my life but nothing will ever match the beauty that is already here. Look. Look closely. Look afar. It is there.

This photo is from Meijer Gardens last fall.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Day 27 - Daily Challenge - Sympathy card

Here is a quick sympathy card. The bird is metal and the saying is from a container of says I have had forever.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Day 26- Daily Challenge - Fungi Wonders


I just love these close ups. This one looks like coral but it is growing in the woods in Michigan. I took the picture last summer.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Daily Challenge - Day 25 - Thirsty Cards

I don't even drink coffee but I think these cups are cute.  The die is a Tim Holtz die.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day 24- Daily Challenge- Balloons!

I am really enjoying the daily challenge.  I wish I had more people to visit my blog but I also know that blogs are not as popular as they once were.  Here is another large birthday cards for work. I wanted to play with the die from Stampin up. I also used the matching punch and stamps The bling doesn't show us as well in the picture but it was fun to make.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Day 23- Daily Challenge - Hot Air Balloon Card


I love this die from Stampin Up.  When you add the cloud embossing folder, also from Stampin up, AMAZING! :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Day 22 - Daily Challenge - Sunset photo

Here is a picture I took of Lake Michigan in Aug 2016. Before I started the daily challenge, I hadn't posted for a year so it is still appropriate to post it.  This was taken with my phone which still amazes me.

Have a creative day!