Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cookie Challenge #36

It's time for another cookie challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie.  Here are the inspiration cookies.

The sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique, source of the cute snow globe image on my card.

For my card, I colored the image in pencils and fussy cut it out.  I created the card using the January sketch from Kraftin' Kimmie.  I used snippets of brown and blue snowflake paper (buried deep in my stash) and a coordinating mostly brown paper snippet, and cut them with a stitched edge die.  The white strip is another snippet that was already embossed with snowflakes and cut to the perfect size when I found it in my stash.

I am entering these challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday/sketch challenge
Pattie's Creations #118 -- fun in the snow
Pixie Snippet Playground #213 -- use snippets
Word Art Wednesday # 218 -- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge -- use patterned paper

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Change of plans

Sketch136I spent days trying to do a brooding, photo inspired winter scene card that featured embossed bare trees, masking,  a  fawn and other arty stuff. I could not get the deer stamp to work no matter what -- different inks, different papers, no masking, I even used a fine-grit sandpaper on it.  I gave up and made this instead.

The sweet kitties are from From the Heart Digis and the card also uses the current sketch from the From the Heart blog, I {heart} Sketches.  The kitties are colored in pencils with the sentiment done in Lipstick Red.

I am entering these Challenges:

I {heart} sketches #136 -- sketch
Craftyhazlenut's Christmas Challenge #265 -- use a sentiment
Craftyhazlenut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Rudolph Days -- Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More #178 -- holiday
Craftyhazlenut's Patterened Paper Challenge  -- use designer paper
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #218 -- Anything goes

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sticking my neck out

It's all about the cute today. I have had the set Mindy's Zoo from Autumn Leaves for years 9since I picked up at Target on clearance) and I'm reluctance to use it because it looks so childlike. I just decided to embrace that look for this card.

The giraffes are stamped in Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan and colroed with pencils.  The little balloon is a random unidentified stamp I own, the with string drawn in and collected to the little guy's paw. The distressed rrame is made of craft card stock I roughed up with a scissors's edge and pulled the layers of paper apart.  It's a birthday card (see the balloon) but I didn't have a birthday greeting small enough for the tiny tag, so it goes inside.

The layout is the current sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

I'm entering these challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday -- sketch
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Create with Critters
The Paper Shelter #232 -- rough it up
Catch the Bug Birthday Celebration -- Bingo (2 animals/Kraft, twine)
2 Crafty Girls/jade's Sparkling Butterflies #11 -- anything goes with option of adding a tag
Craftyhazelnut's patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Kraftin Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #218 - anything goes

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gold and white Christmas

I'm trying to keep a slow but steady pace on making Christmas cards this year. This is the latest, using the current sketch from Sketch Saturday.

I used glittery gold EP from Powder Keg, which I'm pretty sure has been out of business for a while. On one white snippet, I gold-embossed a tree (Manufacturer unknown) and on another I gold-embossed the sentiment (Hero Arts?  -- yes, I am being very helpful on the supply list today, aren't I?).
I embossed a 1/4 sheet snippet with the Swiss dot folder and cut it in two, applying the wider piece to my base card. Following the sketch, I used gold washi tape for the line between the embossed and unembossed areas and created a little fish-tail flag. I matted the gold tree on a snippet of gold paper, added it to the card, The sentiment has fish-tail ends on both sides.
I made a second, similar card to use up the other Swiss-dot-embossed snippet, using a gold-embossed ornament image that's been sitting around since before Christmas as the main image. So, two cards done.

I'm entering these challenges:

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #264 -- Cute or anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Sketch Saturday #395 -- sketch
Pixie's Snippet Playground #212  -- must use snippetwss
Word Art Wednesday #218 -- Anything Goes

Monday, January 18, 2016

Two Cards

I have two catty cards to show you today.
The first uses this adorable kitten image from digi stamp company From the Heart, brought to my attention by Princess Judy. How could I resist?
The image is colored in pencils using the sketch from Taylored Expressions Share the Joy Challenge #18. The image is mounted on a snippet, with the sentiment and blue dotted layer also snippets.
The cat card is entering these challenges:
Bugaboo Birthday Bash Day 1 -- "Wild thing, you make my heart sing"
Taylored Expressions Share the Joy #18 -- sketch
The Paper Shelter #231-- shades of blue
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- best friends
From the Heart -- January image challenge
Pixie's Snippet Playground #212 -- use snippets

The other card is inspired by the tag at Tag You're It #38, using the layout from Bugaboo's 6th birthday party sketch challenge. The lion (from Autumn Leaves) is colored in pencils, fussy cut and popped up over a water-colored tag. I used three lines of rick-rack for the diagonal element on the sketch, and added baker's  twine to the tag as well.
Bugaboo Birthday Bash Day 2 -- sketch
Tag You're It #38 -- tag inspiraton
Ribbon Girl -- use any image
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cookie Challenge #35

I have joined the Design Team for If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, which sponsors the Cookie Challenge every two weeks. [Folks who know me will believe this is most appropriate because: 1) Cookies are pretty much my favorite food group, and 2) Cookies are the food item I actually cook/bake the best of anything that comes out of my kitchen).]

The Cookie Challenge is easy-peasy.  Just be inspired by the current cookie photo to make a craft project -- it doesn't have to be a card.  Post a photo on your blog and link back to the challenge. 

Prizes available this go-round are digi images from Sherri Baldy and from Bugaboo. (The winner is chosen by random draw. There is also a top pick badge up for grabs.)

Hope you can join us! Visit If You Give a Crafter a Cookie blog to see other inspiration from the DT.

My card uses a digi from Bugaboo, and I also used the current sketch from Bugaboo's Catch the Bug challenge for my card.

I am entering these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- Stella Says Sketch
Krafting Kimmie's Stamps #313-- primary colors
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge -- use patterned papers
Word Art Wednesday #217 -- anything goes

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stencil CASE

Stencils are all the rage, so I tried my hand at it, inspired by Laura Bassen's card at STAMPlorations, which is using it for a CASE challenge.  Since I don't have any colored paste, I used good old inks (SU yellow, coral, mint and rose) to try to mimic her pastels, although mine ended up a little bolder. 

I added a sentiment in mint and some dots on the butterfly die-cut to tie in into everything else.

I'm entering these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #45 -- Butterflies + X is for Xanthine (a fancy word for yellow)
Stamplorations -- January CASE challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge -- stencil it
Word Art Wednesday #217-- Anything Goes

Monday, January 11, 2016

Really CAS

I admire people who can do one-layer CAS cards, but it hardly ever works for me.
Except this time. I really like how this came out. (In fact, I liked it so much and it was so easy I made a bunch.)
The bird is from Clear Art Stamps, colored in pencils. The falala (from the same set) and sentiment (Hero Arts, maybe?) are stamped in red.  The branch is a Tim Holtz die cut from a snippet of brown card stock.

This sweet little bird is entering these challenges:
STAMPlorations January CAS challenge -- CAS
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenges #263: Red
the Paper Shelter #230 --punch or die
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra -- anything Christmas
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday --  Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #217  --  Anything Goes

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Back to Christmas


After a two-week break, I ended up making another Christmas card, starting to accumulate for this year.
I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch and those little carolers I used so many times last year.  To accent the music theme, I used a musical score patterned paper and a Joy to the World ribbon.

I'm entering these challenges:

Mojo Monday #429
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #262 -- vintage
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra challenge-- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- patterned paper
Kraftin Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday -- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday # 217 -- anything Goes
Catch the Bug -- Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A very sad card

My niece, who is far too young to be a widow, lost her husband suddenly the day after Christmas. I saw here briefly at the funeral, but I wanted to send her a note, and this is the sympathy card I made to go with it.
To create the central panel, I used a smoosh technique.  I put ink from 3 SU inkpads (Mint, Bordering Blue and Bliss Blue) on an acrylic block, spritzed with water and smooshed a snippet of watercolor paper on it a few times.  After letting the paper dry, I added the sentiment (All Night Media).  I cut the flowers (from a  new Darice die I recently got) out of a snippet of black, and matted the panel on black, then on a cream colored card.

The card is for these challenges:

Taylored Expressions Share the Joy #16 -- CAS
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- something new (die)
Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge -- smoosh
Die Cut Divas -- something new
Artistic Impressions -- ATG with twist of winter blues
Word Art Wednesday #216 -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- Anything goes
CRAFT #344 -- Anything goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone.
I have a few vials of microbeads that I never use, but the Teapot Tuesday challenge at SCS was "bubbles," and it gave me an excuse to use the beads to be bubbles.  The images on this card are by Bird brand digis.  I printed out the sentiment, cut the paper to the size I wanted, and scored it to look like a vintage paneled wall. Then I cut out the tub, added some silver gel pen on the legs, and used glossy accents to adhere the beads.  Once that dried, I popped the tub up on Pop Dots.  The bath scene is mounted on a green snippet, and I used a snipped of dotted paper, which looks kind of bubbly, to cover my card base.  The ribbon picks up the silver on the tub legs and frame around the sentiment.
The card is for these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #216 -- Anything goes
CRAFT #344 -- Anything goes
Creative Inspirations #341 -- Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge -- use patterned paper
Pixie's Snippet Playground #208-209 -- use snippets