Friday, February 23, 2018

First flowers of spring

My SIL says her crocuses have come up.  I don't have any at my new house, but at my old house they were always a welcome sign spring was about to arrive.
Which brings me to this card featuring a crocus image from Bugaboo, which has a lovely friendship sentiment. This card uses the Stella Says Sketch layout for this week. For embellishments, there's a line of lavender lace, a diecut butterfly sponged with some yellowish Distress ink, and some gems.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Stella Says Sketch #604
Butterfly Challenge 95 -- purple and patterned paper
The Paper Shelter #327 -- Things that fly
Crafty Sentiments -- Spring
Crafting By Designs -- Friendship
Word Art Wednesday #322 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cookie Challenge 88

Woohoo, after a dreary winter, we have a sunny warm day today!

It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and this one might put you in a spring mood. This challenge is sponsored by Pattie's Creations, which is offering two digis to a winner chosen by Random.org.  Come join the fun.

My card features an image from Pattie's Creations, which I colored in pencils with a little Wink of Stella on the snow.  I used one of my favorite supplies on this card, cutting a paint chip sample down to be a design  element. The fibers are from way back when, but I have always loved that particular one with it's pretty spring-like colors.

My card is entered in these challenges:
The Paper Shelter #327 -- Things that fly
Word Art Wednesday #322 -- anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1807 -- anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #195 -- anything goes

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CAS Christmas

One-layer, CAS cards are a true challenge for me, but I decided to try one. This uses a small set I bought several years ago and follows the sketch for this week at Sketch Saturday. I did a little math to figure the best vertical spacing for the stamps and lightly marked the card in pencil before stamping. The slight angle on them wasn't intentional, but I kind of like it.


This card is for these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #501
ABC Christmas -- C is for Clean
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #373 -- use some green
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #322 -- anything goes

Friday, February 16, 2018

No color Christmas

As much as I love coloring, sometimes it's fun to let the stamp and ink do all the magic, like with this funky tree from Kaisercraft. The funky fibers seemed a perfect match.

This card is for these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #372 -- anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday  #322 -- -- anything goes
 Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge-- use patterned paper

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ready for spring

I decided to make a card featuring spring flowers, in hopes that spring will soon arrive. The vase of tulips s a Taylored Expressions image,colored with pencils. For embellishment, I added glaze on the glass vase and gems in the corners.  The edges are sponged with distress ink.
The sketch is the current layout from Sketch Saturday, which is celebrating 500 challenges! Wow, congratulations.

This card is for these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #500
Crafty Sentiments -- add flowers
The Paper Shelter -- Decorate it (embellishments)
Word Art Wednesday #322 -- anything goes
Pammies INky Pinky 1806 -- anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise #48 -- anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #194 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Special delivery


I've got another Christmas card for you. Isn't this image a hoot? It's a From the Heart digi, which I colored with pencils, adding details with a silver gel pen and some clear Wink of Stella on that eager snowman. Twine and a few sequins finish off the card.

The card is entering these challenges:
CRAFT #454 -- humorous Christmas
Winter Wonderland -- all boxed up
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #371  -- anything Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #320 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge  -- use patterned paper

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hearts all around


If you need a Valentine, the Cookie Challenge is here with inspiration. Look at these cute cookies that are our inspiration for the challenge posted today at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. In addition to inspiration, you could get a prize from My Besties for entering a project (prize determined by a random draw)  So get creating.

My card features a From the Heart image, colored with pencils. The pink/red/silver paper is actually from a Christmas stack, but to me it seems more like Valentine's Day.

My card is entered in these Challenges:
Sum More Fun -- Mood Board 21
Pattie's Creations #143-- Love is in the air
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Love is in the air
Creative Inspiration Challenge -- Love is in the air/pink-red
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- It must be love
Word Art Wednesday #320 -- anything goes


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Live, Laugh, Love


Mrs. A has tweaked her Butterfly Challenge and come up with a new and different format -- the butterfly wheel, which has a choice of three colors and three themes or elements to use on your card. You must use at least one of the six, but you get extra points for using both a color and a theme. This time around, everything started with "C". I settled on the colors cream and crimson, and theme of checks.
The card uses the current Stella Says Sketch layout from Catch the Bug/Bugaboo and the butterfly circles are Bugaboo digi images. They are printed on cream and given a touch of  crimson red coloring with pencils. The lower cream panel is embossed with a Sizzix folder, and the checks come from a gingham ribbon and bow.

This card s entered in thse challenges:
Butterfly #94 -- crimson/cream/checks
Catch the Bug -- anything goes
Stella Says Sketch #603 -- sketch
Word Art Wednesday #320 -- anything goes

Friday, February 2, 2018

Eat dessert first


The Double D challenge has a kitchen-inspired challenge going on, so I pulled out a kitchen-themed set from Taylored Expressions (I believe it's called Cuppie in the Kitchen).  The images are adorable, and the sentiments are fun. I paired them with some bright, fun paper and did a little paper-piecing. A little baker's twine (see what I did there?) finishes it off.

Entering these challenges:
Double D: Kitchen is the heart of the home
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything goes
A Snowflakes Promise #47: anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #320: Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use patterned paper

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Another fun snowman


Adding to my stash of Christmas card with this fun one. Can't tell you who makes the image, because it was enclosed in a swap card. He's colored with a  mix of markers and pencils, with a little Wink of Stella for sparkle.  The sentiment is white embossed.
The layout comes from the current sketch at Sketch Saturday.

This card is for these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #498
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #370
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
Word Art Wednesday #320-- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes



Monday, January 29, 2018

Butterfly birthday


I learned to make this "bridge" style card a few weeks ago, and I decided to try again when I saw that Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge was "extra folds," or cards with more than a fold down the center. The other part of the challenge was to use "peacock blue" which is similar to the blue in this patterned paper.
The card was created by folding the base (4 folds), covering with the paper-- which comes from a Cosmos Cricket set, and decorating it with a layered, die-cut butterfly alighting on a lovely die-cut branch. The birthday greeting was heat-embossed on vellum, adhered to the matching "bridge strip" and set off by brads. Applying the bridge is the final step.

This card is for these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #93 -- extra fold and peacock blue
Word Art Wednesday #318 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge --use patterned paper


Friday, January 26, 2018

Snowy day

Well, not a snowy day here, thankfully, but a snowy day card. This is an ancient stamp that actually also includes "winter Wonderland" above the trees, but I just wanted the trees and snow. They are embossed with a glittery white EP, which I believe is also called Winter Wonderland.
The sentiment is from From the Heart, and the layout is based on the current sketch challenge at Catch the Bug/Stella Says Sketch.
This is a snippets card (I didn't even trim the dark blue piece, it was basically a perfect fit). Even the sentiment was a snippet left from a previous piece.
Entering these challenges:
Catch the Bug/ Stella Sketch 602
Winter Wonderland -- embossing
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #369 -- anything Christmas
Rudolph Days January --  anything Christmas
Pixie's Snippet Playground #317 -- snippets
Word Art Wednesday #318 -- anything goes

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cookie Challenge #86

Another challenge is up at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and it looks like we are going to a birthday party. To join the fun, just create and link up a project inspired by the cookies. You could win digi mages from Imagine That!, with the winner chosen in a random draw.

My card features a party cat from Imagine That!.  The party time ticket is part of the set, and it added a little festive touch. Everything's colored with pencils.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #318 -- anything goes
Scribbles Designs -- birthday challenge
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Valentine


One of my goals for this year is to use stuff, includng tons of die-cuts people have sent me. I combined a couple to make this simple valentine's card. (The red heart is Cheery Lynn and the white one appears to be Technique Tuesday).

I liked the pop of white and red over the black and gray background. Sentiment is from Purple Onion.

This card is for these challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania -- Valentine's Day
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- layer up
Word Art Wednesday #318 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Birthday


Never enough birthday cards, right? Well, I'm running low on them, anyway.
This card uses the technique I've seen called triple play (I think Technique Junkies called it Triple the  Fun). I just pulled out a bunch of birthday related stamps and stamped them randomly using blue, lavendar, and light green ink.
The sentiment is popped up on dots to keep it above the twine twisted aroound the central panel. There's a gem on the candle flame.

Ths card is for these challenges:
SumMoreFun -- Mood board #20 (inspired by the theme)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- add a  sentiment
Word ARt Wednesday #318 -- Anything goes

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy Birthday

Two digi stamp companies, Bugaboo and Scribbles Designs, are celebrating their birthdays this month, so happy birthday to both. This card's for you.
I used a tent-topper style card, and it was a great way to show off this cute patterned paper -- it's shiny and has glitter, which makes it fun but harder to photograph.

I'm entering these challenges:

Catch the Bug 8th Birthday Bash, day 1 -- bold and bright
Scribbles Designs #61 -- birthday blowout
Word Art Wednesday #318 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper


Monday, January 15, 2018

Reindeer love





Love this prancing reindeer die from Hampton Arts.  The antler paper is from a stack I got at Michael's, probably in 2016. I've never found a use for it before, but I thought it was fun as a background for the reindeer.

This card is for these challenges:
ABC Christmas -- A is for antler
CRAFT #450 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #368 -- creature
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- patterned paper
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #317 -- anything goes


Friday, January 12, 2018

Snow and one layer



Of all the snowman images I have, I think I like this little From the Heart guy the best. He's colored with pencils and, as always, I used Wink of Stella to make the snow sparkle. That Polaroid frame comes from a packet of random stuff I picked up at a yard sale. I think it makes a fun accent to the card.
This card is for these challenges:
CRAFT #450 -- Christmas
Pattie's Creations #142 -- Fun in the snow


Mrs. A asked us to make a one-layer card for the current Butterfly Challenge. I very rarely do one-layer cards, but I was feeling up for the challenge. I created the colored strip by masking and sponging on various pink inks, then stamping over it with a background stamp. The butterfly stamp is from an SU set up picked up at a consignment sale, and it's a NBUS. I restamped it about six times and still didn't get the solid image I wanted, so I'm not sure if there is something wrong with the stamp or if I just haven't figured out the stamping platform yet.

This card is for
Butterfly Challenge 92 -- one layer, ultra pink
Word Art Wednesday 316 -- anything goes
Catch the Bug -- anything goes

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Flowery thanks

It's time for the first challenge of the year at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. This time, I am the "sponsor," (so to speak)  and I will be sending out a grab bag of ribbons and fibers to the winner of the draw. It could be you, so just create and link up a project inspired by the cookies.

For my card, I was inspired by the fun prints on the cookies. I wanted to display this lovely flowery printed paper, and I paired it with a thank-you die-cut. I added a few clear sequins for sparkle, and some yummy gold ribbon.

I am entering these challenges:
Time Out #100 -- "Thankful"
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- use patterned paper.
Catch the Bug -- anything goes
World Art Wednesday #316 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Ppatterned Paper Challenge --  use patterned paper.