Saturday, April 21, 2018

Creative Card Chicks Blossom!

This is my card for April's Monthly Challenge for the Creative Card Chicks.  This group is a kind of mystery image swap, where we each get an image and additional items to complete the challenge each month. Jeanette is the hostess this month and sent everyone this sweet spring time image.  She also sent great patterned paper along with some cute embellishments.   

Here is the inside of my card:

The Creative Card Chicks to post our cards between the 21st and 23rd of each month--so if you check the blogs on my sidebars, you may see more of these wonderful creations! Many of our members also post their card in our SCS thread--so you might find more there.  Carol is up for the May Challenge.  Please be sure to come back to see what image we are using!

Image/Sentiment: Sparkle Your Next Stamp Blossom

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Recollections 110# White;  Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; American Crafts Patterned Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Pink Sparkle Ribbon; Copic Markers; Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Circle Die; Paper Studio Pink Flowers

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday's With The Project Bin

It is Friday, so  that means that I am back with another card for The Project Bin Stamps--A Way With Words!  Every single Friday I will be posting a card made from one of their great photopolymer stamp sets.  So, please plan to come back each week to see what I have created--I think you too will love these great sentiment stamp sets.  And, remember, some of the sets come with matching steel dies! Denise is the owner, founder and creator of these wonderful stamp sets.  The sentiments she has for us to ink up are just perfect for any holiday or time of year.  Please be sure to go and check them out! 

I am so excited to see what great stamp sets Denise has in mind for the future.  I am sure she will have some wonderful sentiments for us to ink up and for you to consider purchasing!  I just know you too will love creating cards with these stamp sets!!!
If you want to check out more creations from the design team, be sure to check out The Project Bin Blog as often as you can.  Every day there is a different card posted by one of more of the design team members.  

For this card, I used a brand new stamp set called Classic Man. This set comes with 13 great stamps--12 sentiments and this wonderful classic car!   It is the perfect set to use for any masculine cards!  I also used a new ink pad I recently bought--Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink.  I love the crisp image it produced.

Here is the Classic Man stamp set:

Here is the inside of my card, using another sentiment from the same stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed my card for The Project Bin. Check back on every week, any day for inspiration for the team but especially on Friday's to check out my cards. I am so excited to be on this wonderful design team!

Image/Sentiment: The Project Bin Classic Man Stamp Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Recollections 110# White Cardstock; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Rich Razzleberry

Ink: Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink Black

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Tag Punch; Black and Gray Ribbon; Pocket Watch Brad; Cuttlebug Diamond Plate Embossing Folder

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Unidentified Image Swap

This is the card for the 37th round of the Unidentified Image swap on SCS.  It is a group of ladies who are a part of a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same image, sent to us by the hostess.  The unidentified part is that we are to not discuss the image at all until the day they are to be posted--that was yesterday!   The image for this round was provided by Vickie   She will swap the cards and include the next image that Jeanette, our next hostess in their return envie.  And then we get to do it all again--for round #38--in June! 

I have never seen this image before and it sure is pretty!  And, I thought I knew all of the Stampin Up images!  I added some Wink of Sarah over the entire image to add some shimmer.  You ask--what is Wink of Sarah?  I explained it a few weeks ago, but I will do it again in case you missed it.  You take a full tube of Clear Wink of Stella and dumped it in a small glass bottle with a sprayer end. Then filled the bottle with rubbing alcohol and you now have a shimmer spray to use on cards.  Be sure the little "shaker" ball from the Wink of Stella is added to the solution.  I am not sure if you can see the shimmer on my card, but it does sparkle and is so fun to use!

Here is the inside of my card:

If you check some of the other blogs listed on my sidebars, you may find some other swappers who have posted their creations yesterday or today or in the next few days.  I hope Vickie and everyone in the swap likes my card--and that you do too!

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Fairies
Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic Markers; Stampin' Up Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer; White Pearls; Sizzix Dotted Squares

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ready - Set - Go!

Today is the third Wednesday of the month and that means a Ready, Set, Go Challenge Card! The 3 Musketeers (Jeanette, Kelly and me) are back with another challenge this month--our 12th month!  We just finished our first year--so look out year #2!

Jeanette provided the challenge for April: April 18th is an important day. It is the day that my maternal grandfather was born.  Oliver Guy Fredrick Hess.  April 18, 1909 - May 11, 1988.  Even though he's been gone for nearly 30 years, my Grandfather's memory continues to impact my family. He was an honest man of great morals. He was hardworking (and believed in work before play). He was a man who loved his family dearly. He could play the piano by ear (but only when wearing work gloves) and he was an amazing storyteller. I can't imagine what my life would have been like without my Grandpa in it.  In honor of this pillar in my family, here is my Ready Set Go! challenge...
Choose an ancestor (it can be any of your ancestors... but maybe - just maybe - you'd like to choose the one who's birthday is closest to April 18th) and create a card that in some way reflects that person. Here are some suggestions to ponder when creating your card (in case you're stumped and need a jump start): his/her favorite color, his/her career choice, his/her favorite beverage or food, his/her heritage, a lesson he/she taught you... or something totally different.  And please be sure to tell us a little bit about the relative you chose when you share your card.  Ready? Set. Go!

I picked a farm image in honor of my dad--Anton Deichl, Sr.  He was born in Germany on July 4, 1906 and came to the US in his early 20's.  He first settled in Chicago, where he met my mom and they lived until the late 40's, raising two children there.  He always wanted to farm, as did his family and my mom's family, in Germany--she too was born there and came to the US in her 20's.  Their hometown's in Germany were about 50 miles apart and they met in Chicago!  They bought a farm in central Wisconsin, about 2 hours north of Chicago.  He was a very successful dairy farmer and I have always said, they needed a farmhand, and had me!  Yes, I am the youngest, 18 and 20 years, younger than my brother and sister--my parent's second family!  He was a dairy farmer and had some of the best crops year after year in the area! He too was a hard worker as was my mom.  They loved being outside in the fields--rain or shine, hot or cold, any day of the year--and rarely taking any type of a vacation or day off!   My dad stopped milking cows when I left for college, but he continued to raise beef cows and farm the land.  Both of my parents died at age 83 and both were still living on their farm when they passed.  My dad was still "farming" until the end of his time and we sold all of the cattle after he passed, but my mom still lived in the house for another 4 years.  

It is my honor to make a card with a farm scene--and a windmill, which was on our farm.  I decided this image needed to be watercolored, so I took out my new set of Derwent Inktense Ink pencils.  Since my fellow 2 Musketeers were at my house in January and we had my friend Kathy come and teach us some of her watercolor tips, it seemed perfect to use them on this card!  

Here is the inside of my card:

Please be sure to check out the other Ready, Set, Go cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card and that you might too!  Kelly is up for the next theme, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on the 3rd Wednesday in May! I am sure it will be a fun challenge!

Image/Sentiment: Farm River City Rubber Works Farmhouse with Windmill/ Gina K Designs Scripty Sayings 2

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Watercolor Paper; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Early Espresso; Creative Imaginations Barbed Wire Patterned Paper 

Ink:  Stazon Black

Accessories:  Fiber; Black Pearls; Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dueling Darlings April Showers

It is the 15th of the month and that means I am showing you a new Dueling Darlings card.  For our April Challenge, Tracie and I are the hostesses!  We decided on the theme-April Showers!   Tracie is the one of the Dazzlers and I am a Diva--and was are all Dueling Darlings!

I sent each of the Divas this Whipper Snapper Design--Umbrella and Slicker and I think Tracie sent the Dazzlers a WSD too. I also sent three coordinating sentiments, so they could pick the type of card they wanted to create!  I also included some springtime patterned papers and matching embellishments! This sure was a fun card to make!

Here is the inside of my card, with another of the sentiments I sent:

I hope all of the Darlings enjoy my card this month. Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month.  Heather and Paola are up for the May theme, so be sure to check back!

There are a few members who do not have blogs:  Suzy and Terry S who both are on the Diva team, and Terry A, Paola and Debby who are Dazzlers.  You will be able to check out their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.  All of the others should be found on my left sidebar.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful creations this month!

Image/Sentiment: Whipper Snapper Designs Umbrella and Slicker; Savvystamps-Puddles, Impression Cards-Rain or Shine

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay sponged around tag

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Tag Punch; Copic Markers; Blue Sequins; Gina Marie Designs Stitched Squares; Taylored Expressions Raindrops Embossing Folder