Friday, April 29, 2016

This Month's ODBD Challenge

This month the Shining Light Challenge for Our Daily Bread Designs was to use the recipe ODBD.  I needed to use one element from each of the letters.  Here is the card I made.

Here are the recipe elements I used:
      O - ODBD stamps, ovals
      D - dies,  designer paper
      B - butterfly brad
      D - dimensionals, "diamond" bling

I was enjoying the water pump stamp so much that I made two more cards with that stamp. Here they are:

I love using a simple stamp in a variety of different ways to make a variety of cards!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Has Sprung!

This past week we have been enjoying some beautiful weather.  It seems that at least Spring has arrived.  Last Saturday I was able to clean off my porch and finally enjoy some time relaxing on the porch.

The grandchildren enjoyed helping Paw-Paw with some planting in the front of our house.

Aren't these tulips just beautiful?


The azaleas are almost ready to bloom.

My hubby landscaped the hillside behind our house last summer.  It is looking beautiful and full of life as well, but it is continues to be a work in progress!

Can you tell we like lighthouses?  Here is another very pretty planter.  I love the red and purple together.

Hopefully the hummingbirds will be back soon.  I got ready for them this week as well.  I have two feeders.  One off the front porch and one in the back.  Last year we had several hummingbirds enjoying our neighborhood.

Yes, Spring has returned!  Hubby, who loves to garden, is happy to be outside tinkering in the yard when he gets home in the evenings.  I enjoy watching the yard and gardens come back to life.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Z-fold Cards

I have seen several cards this week on Pinterest that were called Z-fold cards. I have made them before and decided to make some today again. This first one is a simple Z-fold.

And here is a view of the inside of my card.

I started with an 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of white cardstock.  I scored the card stock at 2 1/8" from both short sides.  When folded, the two flaps meet at the center. The designer panels on the front are 1 3/4 by 5.  I also used a butterfly border die from  Memory Box to cut the butterfly edge from white cardstock and attached it to the designer paper for the left side before adhering it to the front left panel.

My second card is a variation called a double Z-fold.

For this one i started with a 5 1/2 x 12" piece of cardstock which I scored at 2", 4", 8", and 10" and then folded as seen above. The panels of designer paper are 1 3/4 x 5".  I like the double Z-fold card style.  It stands up for a nice display.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

This Week's Craftiness!

This week I have been thinking Spring as I was making cards.  I have been playing with some of the pretty designer papers I have in my stash as well as some of the recent fabrics that I purchased.

But first, my hubby surprised with me with some stamps that he found at Goodwill. My first card was made using three of the little stamps that he brought home.

I took a 2 x 5 1/4" piece of perfect plum cardstock from Stampin' Up and using a circle punch, tried to evenly space the three holes. Then I used it as a template to stamp the three images on a piece of white cardstock and colored them with my colored pencils. It took a couple tries to get them lined up the way I wanted them! I used a piece of designer paper for my card front and finished it as seen here. The card front was mounted on a white card base.  I don't often do cards with colored pencil, so this was a nice change.

Here are two similar cards that I made using strips of designer paper in a sunburst pattern.  On the first one I used an image that I had cut from fabric. The second one has a cardstock flower from a pack I had purchased at a yard sale last summer.

And a few more cards made with fabrics.

All in all, it was a productive week. Card crafting is relaxing and something I really enjoy doing. Which is your favorite?