Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Mail

I've actually added two friends to my Tuesday mailing; this photo shows only three of the cards I mailed today.  The fourth one went as a Christmas card.    This is an alcohol ink background accented with a die cut snowflake (Simon Says Stamp).


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Less is More with Snow

It's another One Layer Challenge for Less Is More...and "Snow" is the theme.   My card features a dry-embossed design and snowman with lots of "snow" in the form of fine glitter.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

International Coasters

Although my crafting has been infrequent for the past weeks, I did finish this set of coasters for our oldest son:  they feature maps of the places he has visited outside the US.  I started with 4"x4" travertine tiles from Home Depot or Lowe's, and then Googled maps of the various locations, resizing them to fit the tile. The maps were printed in color on printer paper and applied with ModPodge; when that first  application dried, I applied another layer of ModPodge.  Finally, I applied clear, non-yellowing spray paint. (Each tile has 4 little cork circle "feet" to raise them off a surface.)  Because the tiles are relatively heavy, and our son was traveling with only a carry-on, I'm sending the coaster from Oregon to Brooklyn in the smallest flat-rate Priority Mail box. Maybe it will even fit in the skimpy mailbox of his apartment building!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Freshly Made in Grays

When I saw Sketch 163 of Freshly Made Sketches, I decided to try a monochromatic color theme.  The papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle's "Winterings."  Two snowflakes were cut from a Memory Box die and a Simon Says Stamp die and then heat-embossed in holographic powder, which doesn't show up in the photo.   The little metal snowflake was in an old stash of "stuff."


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Mail for Three Friends

I've mentioned before that I have been making cards and mailing every Tuesday; it began more than three years ago when a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer.  A year ago, I added a new friend who lives on an isolated cattle ranch in the neighboring county.  This week, I'm adding my oldest correspondent-friend.  We taught together in the 60's and when I went to Micronesia, we started a correspondence that has lasted all these years.  Lately, however, our correspondence has almost died out--we e-mail now and then.   We had gone from handwritten letters, to typed ones, to computer-generated ones...and I'm going back to the handwritten ones, this time on handmade cards.

I have caught the Feather Phase, and now have stamps and dies from three sources. These cards were made with the Four Feathers set from Stampin' Up.  (Two of these are CASEs of cards found on Pinterest. )


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Less is More with More Than One Tree

It's a theme challenge this week on Less Is More: "more than one tree."  I can't believe how much difficulty I had arriving at this very simple card.  The trees and sentiment are heat-embossed in white and a pretty Cuttlebug embossing folder provided the design on the side.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Freshly Made Sketch in Black and Pale Yellow

I didn't stray too far from Sketch 162 on Freshly Made Sketches this week; my goal is to complete the challenge.  I chose papers from DCWV's "Le Creme" matstack. a Lawn Fawn die stacked 3 deep, and a neat little clip from my stash.