Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Long may you run*

     There's a new {PIN}spirational Challenge up, and this time it's a rustic scene. You could go a lot of ways with this -- barns, rural scenes, or of course a truck. Whichever way the photo inspires you, link up a project and you may be the winner of a gift certificate to Fred She Said digital stamps store.
     For my card, I chose to do a truck, using paper piecing to give it a paneled look, kind of like a "woody." The truck (digi from Inktegrity) is colered in pencils with silver gel accents on the chrome and white gel pen o the lights. Sentiment is from Impression-Obsession.
     * If you don't recognize that, it's the title of a Neil Young song that always makes me cry, supposedly about an old vehicle of his, but it feels like it's about a friend.

This card is for these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- transport it
Crafting By Designs -- paper piecing
Word Art Wednesday #338 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenges -- use patterned paper
Scribbles Designs #66 -- anything goes
Crafty Friends Challenges #86 -- anything goes

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Santa's list

It's been a while since I've posted a Christmas card. This one features a variety of patterned papers that are all from a pack I got at Michael's. The Santa, Santa's List and sentiment were all on a page emphmera. The sparkly red strip is actually an awesome piece of ribbon that has embossed holly on it -- it's gorgeous in real life. For added sparkle, there are sparkly flat faux gems (anyone have an official name for these?) in lines of three along the right top and bottom corners.

Entering these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #388 -- anything Christmas
CRAFT #471 -- ribbon or sparkle
The Paper Shelter #342 -- letters or numbers
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #338 -- anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1822 -- anything goes

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Cup countdown

Deanne has selected a timely inspiration photo for us this time at {PIN}spirational Challenges. With Father's Day and the World Cup both on tap this month, we can all get sporty.
This challenge is sponsored by Imagine That! digital stamps, with a random draw for a gift certificate to their store, so I hope you get in the spirit and link up.

This card features the "impossible card" layout that has been making its way around the web. Once  I learned how to do it, I was amazed at how un-impossible it is. It's SO easy!.  (SCS has a good tutorial and I'm sure others abound).

The Soccer Nut image and sentiment are from Bugaboo and were colored in pencils. Everything but that sporty background paper is a snippet (and this sort of card looks to be a really good way to use up snippets, since the largest piece you need is only a quarter sheet).

I'm entering my card in these challenges:
CRAFT #470 -- outdoor fun
Crafting by Designs -- For the Boys
Scribbles Designs #65 -- masculine
Pixie's Snippet Playground #327 -- use snippets
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Catch the Bug -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #336 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge --  use patterned paper

Saturday, June 2, 2018

All about the Snippets

Di from Pixie's Snippet Playground asked me to provide the mid-challenge inspiration card this go-round, and here's what I came up with.

This scene card is all snippets, aside from the base. It started with a 4-inch by 5 ¼-inch blue snippet. I cut three snippets of green patterned paper using the curved Whimsy Stitched Edge die, then arranged them on top of each other to create the “hills,” trimming off the edges to fit. The clouds are white snippets cut with Whimsy Stitched Clouds die.  The sheep are from a set by The Alley Way (which is sadly out of business) called With Wondering AWE. They were stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with pencils, and fussy-cut. The sentiment (from The Alley Way set More Than Words) was stamped in the same black ink. Once the scene was all assembled, it was placed on a top-fold A-2 card.

This card is being entered in these challenges:
Dies R Us -- Sunshine or Clouds
CRAFT - Come Play Outside
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #336 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge -- use patterned paper

Friday, May 25, 2018


     Maybe it's just me, but every once in a while, I'll see a sketch that will keep nagging at me until I try it. That's the situation with this week's Sketch Saturday layout. It was just different enough to stick in my mind.
     The JOY stamp is from QKR Stampede, colored with pencils. For the three small elements, I punched tags from snippets of Christmas patterned paper that echoed the elements in the JOY stamp -- candy canes, holly, and Christmas decorations. Each is attached with a small silver brad, which also supplied an embellishment to draw attention to the sentiment below, a stamp from an unknown source.

This card is for these challenges:
ABC Christmas -- J is for Joy
Rudolph Days for May -- anything Christmas
Crafting by Designs -- Getting Ready for Christmas/Christmas card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- use two stamps

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cat fun

     The Cookie Challenge is going to the dogs, and cats. Look at this fun inspiration for the current challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, Challenge 94.  The sponsor is Beccy's Place, which is offering digis to the winner of a  random draw. Come join in the fun.

     For my card, I had a little fun with a set from The Alley Way, with a cat checking out the fishbowl. Everything is colored with pencils, and the fishbowl has microbeads on the bottom along with Glossy Accents.

My card is entered in these challenges:
Crafty Friends #83-- animals
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1819-- anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #206 -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday # 335-- anything goes

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Snow fun

   Here's a Christmas card featuring a stamp I didn't know I owned. I vaguely remember getting it as a gift. Isn't it a sweet image?
     Pretty self-explanatory card. Colored with pencils, Wink of Stella for snow, got a little over-enthused with the red ink edging...
     Layout is the current Stella sketch from Catch the Bug.
Card is entered in these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #385 -- anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland --- Christmas in the Snow
ABC Christmas -- K= Keep it Simple
Catch the Bug -- Stella Says Sketch #610
Word Art Wednesday #335 -- anything goes
 Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper