Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tea for 222

A new challenge, #222, is live at PINspirational Challenges, sponsored by Little Blue Button Digital Stamps. To get into the random draw for a $10 gift voucher, just make a project inspired by the photo Deanne found on Pinterest.

For my card, I used a stacked teapot image from Scribbles Designs, which lent itself to some fun paper piecing.  I found a bunch of old coordinating papers and created a fun set of china that I would personally be happy to have in my kitchen. The handles are simply colored with pencils.

The sentiment is of unknown origin, but it seemed to fit the image. I added some pinkish gems to the sentiment after cutting and matting it.

This card is for these challenges:
Time Out Challenge #115-- food and drink
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1832 -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #346 -- anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2018/08/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-august.htmlCraftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sweet Christmas birds

     Some things are just too darn cute to pass up. That's how I felt about this image from Crafty Sentiments. I think they are supposed to be European robins -- European robins are tiny and cute, unlike North American robins, so I tried to color them as such (with my good friend Google images offering guidance in the way of many gorgeous photos).
     The layout for this card comes from SCS, this is the sketch challenge of the week. It even called for the little banners, where I used printed ribbon to include a sentiment. The snippet of plaid paper is ages old; I think it was from the first or second year I made Christmas cards (which translates to sometime in the previous century.)

This card is entering these challenges:
ABC Christmas -- R is for Robin
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
CRAFT #479 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #397 -- anything Christmas
Pixie's Snippet Playground #332 -- use snippets
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
HLS Christmas Challenge -- anything Christmas
Creative Inspiration -- holidays
Word Art Wednesday #346 -- anything goes

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Santa bearing gifts

I'm slowly compiling Christmas cards, thanks in part to all the wonderful people who sponsor Christmas challenges all year 'round. This one features a tiny stamp I've had for a long time, and I don't think I've ever used it before. It's a simple, silly image, but I think it works well with the patterned papers I matched it with. Santa is colored with pencils, with silver gel pen giving some details on the gifts. White gel pen dots highlight the red frame around Santa. The fishtail flag is made from a nice piece of ribbon that has a holly leaf pattern woven in it.  I especially like using this ribbon on cards because it doesn't fray.

This card is for these challenges:
July Rudolph Days -- anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland -- Christmas gifts
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #396  -- for man or boy
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned papers
Word Art Wednesday #346 -- anything goes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Let's go for a ride

     It's time for a new PINspirational Challenge #221, and this looks like a fun one because it features one of my favorite sunny day activities, biking. All you need to do to participate is create a project based on the challenge image and link it up. all entries are entered into a draw for two digs from All Dressed Up

     My card features an image from All Dressed up, which I colored with pencils. There's also a little shiny silver gel pen action on the metallic parts of the bike. The sentiment comes from I-O, embellished with a  Pima flower with a Nuvo dot center.

The card is entered in these challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1830 -- a sunny day
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
The Paper Shelter -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #345 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Friday, July 27, 2018


     I love reading, but I go through slumps where I read very little, although I always have at least one book started. Thankfully, my reading mojo seems to be back, and I've flown through the last few books I've picked up.
       Along the way, I noticed my bookmarks are wearing out, so I decided to make a new one. My prime rule of bookmarks is that they be flat because I think bulky embellishments are not good for the pages of a book. Die-cut flowers are flat, so they fit the specs.
       For this project, I used a large tag and the MFT Stitched Bloom Set. I used a variety of snippets to create the flowers and leaves, then arranged them around a sentiment (pretty sure it's from I-O).

Entering this project in
Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Die Cut Divas -- anything but a card

Monday, July 23, 2018

Baby It's Cold Outside

     Hi everyone. Just wanted to remind you that there's still a week left to enter the current PINsperational Challenge, which has a Christmas theme. For my card, I used a cute snowglobe image from Pattie's Creations, sponsor of the current challenge. Enter a project and you may win the random draw for some Pattie's images of your choice.
     I colored the image with pencils and added some Tim Holtz glitter in the snow spots. The image was fussy-cut and placed on a square of patterned paper (it's from a vintage-looking mat set from Michael's) Twine and ribbon add to the festive feel.

This card is entered in these challenges
Catch the Bug -- Baby It's Cold Outside, Christmas in July day 1
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #395 -- red
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
CRAFT #477 -- Christmas
The Paper Shelter #348 -- ribbon or twine
Word Art Wednesday #344 -- anything goes

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bikini time

Here's a summertime card featuring some fun images from Scribbles Designs. One thing I like about Scribbles is that so many of the images are perfect for paper-piecing, like this bikini.
I used the current Sketch Saturday layout, substituting one beach ball and one bottle of sunscreen for the multiples on the sketch.
This card is entered into these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #522
Scribbles Designs #67 -- Fun in the Sun
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Crafting By Designs -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #344 -- anything goes