Friday, May 25, 2018

Joyful

     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

Monday, May 14, 2018

Flowers


     Life has been insanely busy lately, but I'm taking a breather to post a card.
     This card features a lovely flower die from Memory Box, which I die-cut with a Cuttlebug in green and hot pink  papers from the snippets file. The pink flowers were cut "off the vine," so to speak, and placed on top of the green diecut. The sentiment (a Tonic die  I won courtesy of Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge -- thank you!) was cut from the same green paper (which, BTW, complements the printed paper so much better IRL, as do the flowers). The butterfly is popped up on dimensional tape over the satin  ribbon.

This card is entering these challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - use ribbon or lace
Butterfly Challenge #100 -- Hot Pink and Hearts
Catch the Bug -- say it with flowers
Pixie's Snippet Playground #326 (all die cuts from snippets)
Dies R Us #96-- Flowers
Word Art Wednesday #335 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Flowery feminine fairy

   
Are you ready for another Cookie Challenge?  It has been posted at If you Give a Crafter a Cookie, and it's all about fairies. This time, our sponsor is A Day for Daisies, and to get in the draw from some free images, just make a project inspired by these cookies.
    My card features a very sweet little fairy (Flying Fairy Happy) from ADFD.  I colored her in pencils, and her dress/wings are paper pieced from vellum for an ethereal look. She's surrounded by flowers on the image, and to carry out the flower theme, there's flower printed paper, a Pima flower and several punched flowers, all with Nuovo drop centers. For more girly touches, how about a doily (sponged light blue) and blue seam binding.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Double D -- flowers
Scribbles Designs -- feminine
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Crafting by Designs -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #332 -- anything goes

Monday, April 23, 2018

Watercolor flowers


I'm quite happy with how this card came out. The flowers were made with a set of flower silhouette stamps, using the watercolor technique that involves coloring the stamps with markers and spritzing with water before applying to watercolor paper. The sentiment (pretty sure it's from Victorine Originals) is stamped on watercolor paper and mounted on foam tape to get some dimension on this card.

This card is for these challenges:
Butterfly #99 -- denim, dark salmon and dimension
SumMore Fun #26 -- mood board/inspired by the flowers
Double D Challenge -- friendship
Crafty Friends #82 -- flowers
HLS watercolor challenge -- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- flower power
Word Art Wednesday #331 -- anything goes

Friday, April 20, 2018

Flying Greetings


We have lots of family birthdays coming up, so I've been making cards. Here's one for the airplane lover, featuring a die-cut sent to me by a friend, so I'm not sure of the maker.  The clouds, however, are from Whimsy. The sentiment is from Endless Creations, stamped in navy.

This card is for these challenges:
The Paper Shelter #335 -- birthday card
Crafty Sentiments -- Only for Bosy
Die Cut Divas -- anything with dies
Happy Little Stampers -- anything with dies
Word Art Wednesday #330 -- anything goes

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bee happy


     The newest challenge for If You Give a Crafter a Cookie is up and running. The sponsor this time is the ever-popular Bugaboo, which is offering four images, and all you have to do to get in the draw is link up a project inspired by the cookies.
     I think it's pretty obvious where I drew my inspiration this time.  I used a bunch of stamps from my stash to recreate one of the cookies on a circle cut with a Spellbinder's Nestabilities die. The flowers are from Victorine Originals, embossed in white with Nuovo drops in the centers. The large bee is of unknown origin, black-embossed with the little flight trail doodled in. The little tag includes a smaller bee (also unknown origin) doctored from a larger stamp and "happy" doctored from a full sentiment. ( I did a lot of doctoring here, didn't I?) The tag is edged in yellow and accented by a yellow satin bow.
This card is entered in these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- doodling
Die-cut Divas -- Anything goes with dies
A Snowflakes Promise #50 -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #330 -- anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1815 -- anything goes
The Ribbon Girl -- use ribbon/anything goes

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Penguin message


It's taken me a long time to ink up these guys. I purchased this set on a mega-clearance sale at least two Christmases ago, and I'm pretty sure I haven't used any of the stamps before now. They are colored with pencils, with spica pen on the JOY, and metallic silver gel pen adding detail on the the little "hook" part of the ornaments.
I used the Catch the Bug/Stella Says Sketch layout, which called for a sentiment in the lower right corner. Since the main image includes a sentiment, I used the little ornament stamp in the corner.

This card is entered in this challenges:
ABC Christmas -- H is for hat
Winter Wonderland -- cute critters
Word Art Wednesday #330 -- anything goes
CRAFT #463 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #381 -- anything Christmas
Catch the Bug -- Stella Says Sketch #608

Monday, April 9, 2018

Snow in April


Well, thankfully no snow here in April, but it was a cold, rainy, dreary weekend where snow wouldn't have felt out of place, aside from the calendar.
I made this card using the current sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, attracted in part by that fun element of a sentiment down the side. I turned to one of my fave snowmen images, from Paper Cupcakes, which ceased business several years ago. The image is colored with pencils, with Wink of Stella on the snowy parts.
Aside from the green panel, this was a project that ate up snippets -- hurray. I really like it when it's just a matter of trimming the tiniest bit off a snippet but using it pretty much as it was (thereby preventing you from creating even more, smaller snippets) and I accomplished that will all the snippets here.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #133 -- use sketch
Pixie's Snippet Playground #323 -- use snippets
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #380 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned papers
Word Art Wednesday #329 -- anything goes

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Modes of Transport

It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and as you can see, the cookies this time have a transportation theme. The Cutting Cafe is the sponsor, and to get in the draw all you have to do is link up a project inspired by the cookies.

My card features an iconic VW Bug convertible, which is an image from Pattie's Creations. The glittery paper filled with Jeeps is from an set of safari-themed paper that's been sitting for ages. It was time to bring it out, I thought.  The dotted line down the middle of the ribbon makes it look like a road, so I thought it fit the theme perfectly.

This card is being entered in these challenges:
Crafting By Designs -- April Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl -- April Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1813 -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #329 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use pattern paper

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring flowers

Here's a fun little image from Bugaboo that makes a cheerful card. The image is colored in pencils with Spun Sugar distress ink around the edges.
I used the layout from the Catch the Bug sketch Challenge (Stella Says Sketch), and added a few sequins for added interest.
The theme of  flowers in a container comes form the mood board at Sum More Fun.
The border and butterfly are punches, and there are some Nuvo drops on the bug body for dimension. The sentiment is from Stamplorations.

 
This card is entered in thse challenges:
Butterfly Challenge 98 (teal and thistle colors;  not sure if punched borders or sequins count as two identical items)
Catch the Bug -- Stella Says Sketch 607
Sum More Fun #25 -- mood board
Crafting by Designs -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #329 -- anything goes




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Full moon Christmas





I recently purchased the set that includes this Santa and reindeer stamp from Whimsy. It's a little smaller than I thought it would be.  I used my stamp positioner to stamp on the blue "sky" piece and the yellow "moon" piece, and it worked out pretty well. Santa is embossed in black detail EP, and the sentiment in red ink with clear embossing over top.

This card is for these challenges:

Rudolph Days for March -- anything Christmas
ABC Christmas -- E is for embossing
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #378 -- inspired by a Christmas song (Santa Claus is Coming to Town)
Word Art Wednesday #326 -- anything goes

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Another serving of cookies





(Please scroll down to next post if you are looking for CRAFT challenge post).

It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. I think these cookies are so pretty, and I was just captivated by that green butterfly near the bottom -- hence my card.
If you are captivated by the bunnies, birds, or anything else among these cookies, create a project and link up at If  You Give a Crafter a Cookie #90. Little Blue Button Digi Stamps is offering a prize, and you could win it.

I began my card by stamping two rows of Butterflies in a mint green ink. I die-cut the lovely butterfly (from Simon Says Stamp) on a white scrap, and sponged with the same green. Small clear gems were added.  I also used a smaller punch for two more butterflies, which I sponged a light blue and light pink. I wrapped light green twine around the panel, put the green butterfly on pop dots, and arranged the other butterflies. I used a birthday sentiment rather than Easter. Panel was layered on a green panel, then a white card base.

My card is for these challenges:
Double D -- Just Wing it
Time Out #105 -- Prompt is Birthdays are full of sunshine, love and laughter
Butterfly Challenge #97 --  I chose light blue and letters (sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday #326 -- anything goes


Bus stop, wet day....


Recently one of my cards was top pick at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge, and they asked me to do a guest DT stint for this week's challenge.  The theme is Easter/spring, and I chose to make a spring showers card. (That's quite appropriate considering our weather.)
My card features a sweet image from The Paper Shelter, which I colored in pencils, adding some stamped shrubbery on the side.  The image is die-cut with a Spellbinders pierced oval. The clouds are cut with a die from Whimsy Stamps called Stitched Clouds.
The papers are all snippets -- the three patterned pieces are from a really old stack. The scalloped strip in the middle was cut from a snippet that was only an inch wide (why do I keep some of these things?)  The clouds were cut from bits of white.
If you're in the mood to do an Easter/spring card, hop on over to C.R.A.F.T. #460. You could win a prize from Eureka Stamps.

My card is for these challenges:

Pixie's Snippet Playground -- use snippets
Cuttlebug Mania -- spring
Stamplorations -- Spring
Crafting from the Heart #199 -- anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies 1811 -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday#327 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hello Spring


Sometimes the pieces are all there, just waiting to be assembled. Or at least that's what I found when I organized my crafting space, with an emphasis on categorizing and storing the stash of die cuts I have (some made by me, others from friends who tucked them into a card). I found the layered center panel, with some scallops cut with a Spellbinders border die, bird die cut and Hello die cut collected from random places and decided they were meant to go together.
The bird is actually part of an Impression-Obsession die called Love Birds that was split in two. The bird was sponged with some distress ink. I can't determine the origin of the Hello die, so if you know, please leave a comment.
I added a base card and a couple sequins, arranged everything, and had an almost instant card.

The card is for these challenges:
Die Cut Divas -- monochromatic
Cuttlebug Mania -- spring
CRAFT #459 -- animals
The Paper Shelter #330  -- cool colors
Word Art Wednesday #326 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pushing daisies

 I got this daisy die (from Poppy) at a stamp show about a month ago, and this is its first outing. The circle negative was on my craft desk, and I liked the look of the daisies popping through it. The butterfly, which I think qualifies as Napier green, has a few Nuovo drops (also from the stamp show) on it.
This card is for these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #96 -- napier green and not square
Catch the Bug -- nature's wonders/creatures great and small
Crafty Friends #79 -- for a special lady
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies
Word Art Wednesday #325 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Musical cookies


The newest challenge is up an running at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. This time, we are all about the music, and if you join in, you're in the running for a prize from Sasayaki Glitter
My card features a fun image from Sasayaki, which is colored in pencils. The digi actually shows a flower by her ear, but I covered it up with a bright felt flower. What looks like a blue polka-dot background is actually white-core paper that was embossed and sanded.
This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #324 -- anything goes
Crafting By Designs -- anything goes
Creative Inspirations -- Any Occasion

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Vintage Christmas


Here's a Christmas card that uses mostly snippets. All the patterned papers come from a vintage-themed pack, which I just keep in a baggie along with all the snippets that get created from it. The layout uses the current sketch from SCS, and as I was looking through the snippets, I realized I could basically build this layout with snippets. The red edges, for instance, were a 2-inch piece I sliced into 1-inch panels, and the starry strips weren't cut at all, just trimmed off the edge.

Because everything is built on a cream base card, it was just a matter of figuring out the order to apply panels (I started with red on the sides, added green in the middle, then put on the starry strips, covering the gap between the two).  The central image was part of an already-cut page  from the set that contains small elements -- the image was rectangular but nothing was lost by die-cutting it. The sentiment strip is also cut from that same page, making both snippets.

This card is for these challenges:
Pixie's Snippet Playground #321
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #375 -- Vintage
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #324 -- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Friday, March 2, 2018

Another taste of spring


Here's another spring themed card. The image is from Pattie's Creations, colored in pencils and die-cut with Spellbinders. The layout is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The patterned paper is about as old as dirt, except for the tiny white gel pen dots around the edges, which I added when I decided the card needed "something else." Not sure if that was the right answer, what do you think?

This card is for these challenges
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- In My Garden
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #324 -- Anything Goes
 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Gingerbread

Just a quick and simple card this time. The image is from Pattie's Creations, colored in pencils (and now that I look at him, he looks a little underbaked.). That patterned paper was actually lining the envelope on a Christmas card someone sent me, but I think it's wonderful and decided to do a little creative recycling.

This card is for these challenges:
Rudolph Days Feb. -- anything Christmas
ABC Christmas -- C is for clean
Winter Wonderland -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #374 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use pattered paper

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