Friday, October 30, 2015

Leaf time

Here's a fall card featuring die-cut and punched leaves.  The sketch is  from Bugaboo. The tree stamp is an old one from Posh Impressions.  The die-cut Leaves are from a Spell-binders die, and the smallest ones are made with a little cheap punch. The ribbon is actually raffia.

This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug: Stella Says Sketch #316
Cuttlebug Mania: Trees
Moving along with the Times: Trees/leaves
Word Art Wednesday #207: Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: use patterned papers.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pun fun

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge this week is "The Nativity."  I do have a Bethlehem stamp, but I decided to go a non-traditional route, using the With Wondering Awe set from The Alley Way. If there were shepherds, there were sheep, so here they are.
The star outline is embossed on navy blue card stock, and I filled the interior with a white Wink of Stella brush.  The sheep are fussy-cut and popped up, and the sentiment is on a fishtail banner.

I'm entering these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #252 - the Nativity
The Alley Way Stamps -- October link up
Rudolph Challenge for October -- anything Christmas
Time Out Challenge -- Christmas with the option of using pink
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #207 -- anything goes

Friday, October 23, 2015

Shine On

Here's a CAS card I made.  I don't usually do a lot of splattering, but it just seemed right for this card, so I splattered orange watercolors on the base card, then added some speckles of brown. The image is stamped on a snipped of white, along with a sentiment from the same set, then mounted on a mustard colored snippet, which I tore at the bottom.  I added a snippet of coordinating ribbon and called it a day. (Image is from a little set from Hot off the Presses).

STAMPlorations is having a fall flowers linky party, if you link up by the end of Sunday with a card featuring flowers you could win one of three new stamp sets.

The card is for these challenges:
STAMPlorations fall flower linky party -- flowers
Share the Joy Challenge #8 -- Clean and simple
Pixie's Snippet Playground #199 -- use snippets
Word Art Wednesday # 206 -- anything goes

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Naughty or Nice?

Here is another Christmas card, this one featuring an image from Dr. Digi.  I wanted to keep to a red/green/white color scheme as much as possible, so I left the background bare.
The sketch is from the Catch The Bug Challenge (Stella says Sketch #316).

I'm entering these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #251 -- appropriate for child
Catch the Bug -- sketch
Really Reasonable Ribbon -- Christmas with ribbon
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- All wrapped up
Word Art Wednesday #206 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas  Extra -- anything Christmas

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Art Forger

This month, my book club is reading a book called "The Art Forger," which is about the forgery of a Degas painting. (I enjoyed it; it's one of the better books our club has selected IMHO).
 I grew up with a Degas ballet painting on my wall, so I couldn't resist this stamp when I saw it. I've never figured out how to properly use it. This time I tried stamping on watercolor paper and adding some watercoloring to it.
The layout is from the current Sketch Saturday challenge. I embellished it with a little "junk bow" made up of snippets of lace and ribbon and a ballet slipper charm.

I'm entering these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #383 -- sketch
 Addicted to Stamps #167 -- Make your mark
The Ribbon Girl --Pastels
Crafty Sentiments -- pink
Word Art Wednesday #206 -- anything goes
Creative Inspirations -- anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Eek, a vampire!

There are lots of Halloween themed challenges going on right now, and this is my entry for them.  
The vampire is from Stamping boutique.  He's colored with pencils, and embellished with rub-ons (bat and sentiment) from a set I picked up at a consignment sale -- the package says they are from Little Yellow Bicycle. 

The card is an entry for these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Halloween mood board/color challenge
Time Out -- Halloween 
Crafty Sentiments -- Halloween
Cookie Challenge #29 --- Halloween

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vintage feel

This is a quicky I made for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge, where the theme is vintage/shab  chic.  The scene is upcycled from a card, and it looks very vintage to me. I simply matted it on a red snipped and added the sentiment. I'm not sure the CAS style is terribly vintage, however, I think the embellishment gives a vintage feel. (The awesome poinsettia is from The Ribbon Girl.).

This card is for these challenges

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #250 -- vintage
CRAFT #333 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #205 -- anything goes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CAS purple Christmas

I made this card based on one I had pinned a few weeks ago. The original was blue and white. I think this one would be easy to mass produce.  I used Versamark to make the purple snowflakes, so I let it dry overnight before adding the embossed elements, so that did add some time. However, I made a similar version in blue where I used a darker blue ink instead of Versamark, so there was barely any drying time required.
The fabulous snowflake stamps are from Impression-Obsession,  I'm not really sure the origin of the sentiment (possibly CTMH?).
I'm entering these challenges
52 Christmas Card Throwdown -- purple or blue and metallic
Creative Inspirations -- CAS
Word Art Wednesday #205 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra -- anything Christmas

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A little note

This is a card I made using the current Sketch Saturday sketch. I got the image as an RAK.   I've seen it around and admired it, but I don't know who makes it.  the background is a page from a very old thesaurus. After I finished the card I realized the black background was rather harsh, but since I can't restamp the main image, I have to live with it.

I'm entering these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #382 -- sketch
Word Art Wednesday #204 -- anything goes.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Simple Sympathy

I sent out a sympathy card and made a note to myself to make another to have on hand. Sadly, before I got that done, I found a need for one.
This is what I came up with: It follows the Stamplorations sketch for October, and the butterfly is a Stamplorations stamp. The butterflies are white-embossed on three different shades of blue from a paint swatch card.
The sentiment is from All Night Media, with a little piercing detail added.

 I'm entering these challenges:

Butterfly Challenge #40 -- embossing
STAMPlorations -- October sketch
Just Us Girls #313-- sympathy
Word Art Wednesday #204 -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Papertake Weekly -- anything goes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CAS Christmas

I used the current Mojo Monday sketch to make this CAS Christmas card. The Christmas tree image (source unknown) is stamped in Garden Green and matted on a red snippet. The packages along the side are all cardstock stickers.

This card is for these challenges:

Mojo Monday -- #418
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- CAS Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #249 -- all wrapped up
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas ChallengeExtra/October -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #204 -- anything goes

Friday, October 2, 2015

Feeling like fall

Actually, it's a little early for fall colors here, but they are all over the blogosphere.  Here is a fall-inspired card using the current Sketch Saturday Sketch.

The image is from Lacy Sunshine and is called Gusty Oak.  I colored it with pencils, and used a piece of hemp ribbon to add the diagonal element.

I'm entering these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #380
Crafty Sentiments -- autumn leaves
Catch the Bug - Autumn colors
Papertake Weekly -- autumn colors
Crafting for all seasons #111-- autumn colors
Time Out --  'Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile'
Word Art Wednesday #203-- anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge -- for October.