Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Strawberry time


 These days, you can buy strawberries at almost any time of the year, but I still prefer them in the spring, when there's a chance they are somewhat "local" and tastier. 

The TimeOut challenge is to be inspired by items inside your home. I have a set of prints featuring different fruits on my kitchen wall, and one of them is a print of strawberries.  The image is a very old one, stamped on watercolor paper, then misted before laying down the first color layer.  After it dried, I added more concentrated colors on the strawberries, leaves and flowers.

 After that I added splatters, an embossed sentiment (meeting TimeOut's twist to add embossing), and baker's twin before matting the image.

 

This card is for these challenges:

Time Out: inspired by something in your home

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #493: anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2121: anything goes

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ice-skating bird


 I have a Christmas card for you this time, featuring an adorable Bugaboo image of a bird on skates. How cute is that? The bird is colored with pencils (with the coloring sort of loosely based on a tufted titmouse).  There are white Stickles to signify the ice. The sentiment is from the same mat stack as the woodgrain background paper. The card uses the current Stella Sketch from Bugaboo.

This card is entered in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday: Things with wings

Winter Wonderland -- winter sports

Time Out #187 -- "move" (any kind of movement, like skating)

ABC Christmas-- K is for kid's card

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge 541 -- anything Christmas

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Word Art Wednesday #491 -- anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2119 -- anything goes

Pattie's Creations #182 -- anything goes

Catch the Bug Stella Says Sketch #910

Catch the Bug -- biweekly anything goes

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Doodled birds



 The technique challenge at SCS this week features watercolored, doodled birds and they are so much fun to make. Basically, put down a blob of watercolor and let it dry. Then use a pen to outline and add features like beak, tail, legs, whatever your heart desires.  For the backgorund, I found some patterned paper that has itty-bitty blobs that almost look like watercolor splatters. How perfect.

The birds look so goofy and cute -- I hope these cards will make other people smile as much as they make me happy.

I'm entering these challenges:

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2118 -- anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #489 -- anything goes

Catch the Bug -- bi-weekly anything goes

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Butterfly ballet


 Happy May everyone.

I have owned this awesome image for a long time, with every intention of using it for Mrs. A's butterfly challenge. Today is finally the day.

The digital image is called Ballet de Papillon by Katerina Koukiotis. It is very detailed, so I felt I had to use it fairly large. The image is colored with pencils, layered on a snipped of maroon cardstock, then on a white tentfold card. The sentiment is white-ebossed on a snippet of moss-colored cardstock, and I like how it fits perfectly so that the butterflies are fluttering around it. (I know a lot of people don't keep snippets that are small strips, but I use them all the time for sentiments.)

 For embellishment and contrast, I have added two metal photo corners, plus an acrylic dot on the sentiment panel. 

Do you agree it turned out to be a very feminine card?

The card is entered in these challenges:

Butterfly Challenge #156 -- meets level 2 requirements of theme (metal) and color (maroon and moss) plus butterflies

Simon Says Stamp Monday -- feminine

Pixie's Snippet Playground #402 -- use snippets.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Catch the Bug -- biweekly anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #489 -- anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2118 -- anything goes


Friday, April 30, 2021

Birthday travel

 

This is a CAS birthday card for a friend who likes planes -- hopefully he'll be able to travel soon. The central image is from Stamplorations, stamped in black on a whitish/silverish metallic snippet. It was then fussy cut and layered on a blue snipped, with the sentiment added underneath. The blue piece is matted on an orange snippet. Instead of using a piece of patterned paper, the strip below is washi that has a passport-stamp motif.

 

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Stamplorations: Things with wings

Stamplorations: Neverending Anything Goes Challenge 

Pattie'sCreations #181 --  birthday

Paper Shelter #467 -- birthday

Word Art Wednesday #489 -- anything goes

Catch the Bug -- Biweekly anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2117 -- anything goes


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Tom Sawyer

I played in an inspiration challenge at SCS based on authors, and ended up making a card celebrating Tom Sawyer and Mark Twain. Not my usual style, but fun for a change.

The scene is made of a number of different bits:

  • The white fence diecut that someone sent me
  • The boy, which is a piece of clip art I colored and fussy cut
  • The paintbrush, a stamp I fussy cut and colored
  • The quote from the book, which I googled, and computer-generated
  • The flowers, which are teeny-tiny embellies I've had forever and had to hunt down.
  • The background, which is a piece of blue card stock with a green strip for the grassy area.

This card is entered in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday: Add a quote

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #489: Anything goes

Crafty Sentiments: Anything Goes

Pammies Inky Pinkies #2117: anything goes

Catch the Bug: Biweekly Anything goes


Friday, April 9, 2021

A little bit of latticework

 

Hello! It looks and feels like spring here, and that makes me happy. I hope this card makes you feel happy.

Those of you who follow the Butterfly Challenge know that Mrs A. posts tutorials on a range of different folds and techniques. Her current challenge centers around the letter L, with a tutorial on amazing technique called a Lantern card. I can't wait to see what people make.

However, it looked a little very involved and time-consuming for my current circumstances, so I took an easier option in making this card. It incorporates other L elements -- lattice, lilac, lemon and lawn green (the last three as colors). 

The butterfly is a Sizzix die, and I don't know who makes the others. The sentiment, which is white-embossed, is from The Alley Way stamps.

Oh, and Stamplorations has a Things with Wings blog hop and linky party going on, and this works perfectly for that too. 

This card is for these challenges:

The Butterfly Challenge #155 -- Lattice theme and one (or more) colors

Simon Says Stamp Monday -- layer it

Word Art Wednesday #485 -- anything goes

Stamplorations Things with Wings challenge -- thing with wings

Crafts Galore Encore #86 -- anything goes

Catch the Bug Challenge -- anything goes

Happy Little Stampers -- anything with dies



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