Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #88

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #88.  Come join us... the theme as always is "anything goes".


I used the Modern Happy Frantic Stamper die to create three tags for the front of my card. I backed two of them w/a wine color card stock and the middle tag with a green color stock.  The Modern Happy is currently not available, but both the Modern Cheers and Modern Greetings are in stock and would work nicely in a similar project.

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Inspiration Squad - apr2018 Challenge 197

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #197.  This challenge's inspiration starting point is a musical one...


I love to dance, but I don't do much dancing these days... so I used one of the ballerinas from the Tutu stamps set to create a card with the perfect sentiment... "just dance".





Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your MUSIC theme submissions to this month's challenge. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

SAS4Kids

Hello crafty friends,

Today's post features my card for the current Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge with a theme of Anything Goes or For Mom from Kid.  I created a Happy Birthday card that anyone would love to receive using the I Woof You dog digital stamp from Di's Digi Stamps.


I used PSElements to replace the "I woof you" sentiment with a "happy birthday" one and my zig watercolor brushes to color the image.  I fussy cut the colored image, added foam tape behind it and placed it card.  As a finishing touch I add glossy accents to the eye and nose.  and stamped a few paw prints on the sign.  This little dog makes me smile... I hope it does you too.  thanks for stopping bye.

also submitting this card to:
Cute Card Thursday:  Challenge 524 Anything Goes, which runs until 4/11/18

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happy Birthday To You

Hello craft friends,

Do you struggle making birthday cards for the men in your lives?  I do.  My husband isn't into home repairs (he does them, but it's not his thing), he's not into hunting (thankfully) or fishing.  He's into sports (Chicago teams), but I'm not into sports at ALL, so I never venture into that arena (get it? LOL).  Therefore, I struggle coming up with ideas for his cards... and I will share a secret with just you... there have been years when he didn't get a card from me (YES, it's true).   But not this year... I'm ready with a good card for him this year... now I just have to put it somewhere I will remember come August.


Yes, my hubby likes cards (poker, blackjack, etc.), so when I recently found this poker chip die I knew I needed to get it and pair it w/my old and still unused Tim Holtz poker card embossing folders... and in true Tim Holtz fashion, I distressed my three playing cards by inking the embossing folders before embossing the card stock.  I added a Lawn Fawn "happy birthday border" die cut along the top arch of my wood pattern paper element.

Thanks for stopping bye.  Until next time... take care.

I'm entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday with runs 4/4 to 4/11 8am
Simon Says Monday Challenge - A Trio of Something, with runs 4/2 to 4/9 8am.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #87

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #87.  Come join us... the theme is always "anything goes".


I used a small set of reverse leaf dies from Frantic Stamper to create a background panel as the main design element of my card.  I backed the panel with a water-colored panel and matted it with a flower pattern paper.  I wanted to keep the card simple, but felt it needed something more, so I added tiny flowers and nuvo drops in pink, yellow and white. 

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Don't Worry About a Thing

cuz every little thing gone by alright...



Hello crafty friends,
I have a tall card for you today. I just had to get this Little Birdies trio stamp set from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps. And my first card with it had to be a rainbow water-colored one.  I paired the birdies with a few stitched speech bubbles dies and sentiments from the Little Birdies stamp set.

Here's a short video showing how I die cut the Little Birdies trio stamp using the matching solid die.



I'm submitting this card to:
Simon Says Monday Challenge (A Trio Of Something), which runs until next Sunday.
CAS Watercolor Card April Challenge (Bird), which runs until 4/24th.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Inspiration Squad - apr2018 Challenge 196

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #196.  This challenge's inspiration starting point is Spring Fever:

Have you seen the new bunny stamp set called "Somebunny"?  I fell in love on first sight and ordered it right away.


I started this card by stamping lots of bunnies on a sheet of watercolor paper (I do most of my coloring during my lunch hour at work... helps me relax)  With the bunnies colored, I inked a card front with distress inks, sprayed some water on it and added some of the stars from the stamp set.  I used a light color ink, because i wanted them to fade into the background a bit.  Once the background panel was dry, I added three bunnies and the "hoppy birthday" sentiment from the set to the card.  As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to the balloons and tiny fussy balls (I can't think of their name) as tails.



Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your SPRING theme submissions to this month's challenge. 


I'm entering this card in the following Challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge 162which runs until 4/10


Monday, March 26, 2018

Birthday Boxes

Hello crafty friends,

I made this card for a friend's birthday...  I filled the boxes with stuff she likes, because I couldn't decided on what stamps to use (flowers, cat, balloons, cupcakes, etc.), so I used them all 


The flowers are by Altenew, the balloons animals by Clearly Besotted, the cupcakes by Papertrey Ink, the candle by Penny Black, the cat by Simon Says and the boxes by Neat and Tangled. 

I'm going to submit this card to the Simon Says Monday "Inside the Box" Challenge, which starts today and runs for six days.   Wish me luck :)

Floral Frenzy

Hello craft friends,

I finished this art journal layout a few days ago and realized it was the a good project for the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge... Floral Frenzy, which ends in 2 days... LOL


I used the Altenew Adore You stamp set. 


First I prepped my pages with gesso and stamped a background of leaves.  Under the supervision of baby Storm, I water-colored my stamped leaves with several shades of greens.


next I water-colored the background in blue and stamped a ton of flowers, which I water-colored in shades of pink and purple.  I used my ScanNCut to cut the flowers out and glued them to my pages. Some of the flowers are raised w/foam for a little dimensions. 

I have to admit I feel like the layout is not done.  I want to write some misc thoughts around the leaves, but I haven't gotten up the nerve yet.  Thanks for stopping bye... wish me luck in the challenge.     

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter2018 Card1

Hello craft friends,

My Easter cards are going in the mail tomorrow... more likely, Tuesday.  So it's time to show them off and I'll start with my favorite.  I used  Impression Obsession's Easter Egg Carrot (E2391) to stamp a card panel, which I colored with my Zig Watercolor Brushes.  No fancy coloring... just three colors (orange, green and purple).  I used a stitched rectangle die to cut my stamped panel 1/4th of an inch shorter than my card, so i could add an orange mat under the panel.  I finished the card with some purple and orange Nuvo drops.



Thanks for stopping bye today.  I'll be entering this card in IO's Pick a Holiday Challenge, which runs until 4/3, so wish me luck. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Scrapy Land's Challenge #86

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #86.  Since Easter is just around the corner, I made an Easter card as my inspiration card.


I wanted something a little modern, bold and somewhat masculine, so I started w/a kraft card base, white card stock die cut eggs and black egg backgrounds.   I was thinking hand painted eggs like these below... Pysanky eggs?


I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Easter Eggs die set, which is not currently available in the store, but these other eggs dies would give you a similar look.  I kept the embellishments simple with just a few Nuvo Drops in green and black.

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

For the Dog Lovers

Hello crafty friends,

I have a fun boy/guy card to share with you today. This card obviously started with the CUTE dog wearing headphones stamp from Brutus Monroe Rockstar Pets stamp set (there's a super COOL cat in the set also).  I colored them w/my zig watercolor brush pens, using a clear wink of stella to move the watercolor around for lots of sparkle.  I also used the Die-Versions Birthday die, which is no longer available (I think).  The spatters on the background are from a water down black wink of stella and in person they look more grey than black, which is kind of cool and edgy.



Thanks for stopping bye... wish me luck in the following challenge (s):
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: Challenge #12, which runs until 3/25
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge (Anything Goes 4 kids or Boys), which runs until 4/6
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 521 Celebrate, which runs until 3/21
Cardz 4 Guys: Challenge #190 things with tails, which runs until 3/27
Time Out Challenge #105 our 4th Birthday, which runs until 3/28

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Inspiration Squad - mar2018 Challenge 195

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #195.  This challenge's inspiration starting point is Going Green...


I took the opportunity to get out my very dusty embossing gun and using the Truth Is stamp set and two Distress Oxide green inks pads, I created this white flowers on a green ombre background panel.

I die cut and stacked three "thanks" from the Smiling die set.  Before I placed the top "thanks", I covered it with double sided tape and green foil.  You don't need a laminating machine... the foil will stick onto any sticky (glue like) surface.  I used the double sided tape and foil on the sides of the card panel for a little extra pop of green color and finished with some green Nuvo Drops.



Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your heart theme submissions to this month's challenge. 


I'm entering this card in the following Challenges:

CAS Watercolor - Gardenwhich runs until 3/24

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Scrapy Land's Challenge #85

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to the start of a new Scrapy Land challenge... number 85:


This is a very simple but bold card.  I used Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterfly as the star of my card.  I die cut her from blue glitter card stock.  I also die cut the Happy Birthday from this Die-Versions Corner Concepts die from the same blue glitter card stock.  My card background was a piece of striped pattern paper that I glued onto the card base on an angle.  I opted not to add any sequin or nuvo drops, because I wanted the butterfly to the focal point.

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.



I'm entering this card in the following Challenges:
TIME OUT Challenge #104 BOLD, which runs 3/1 to 3/14
Classic Design Team Open Challenge #23, which runs 3/1 to 3/27
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes, which runs until 3/7
Always Happy Birthday, which runs 3/1 to 3/30

Friday, March 2, 2018

Inspiration Squad - mar2018 Challenge 194

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #194.  This challenge's inspiration starting point is rainbows.

So get out your color pencils, markers and/or inks and show us your Beautiful Rainbow masterpieces.   Here's the one I made for you:



I used one of the pretty mermaids from the Mermaids stamp set and several colors of distress inks to create my rainbow theme card background.  Once my background panel was dry, I took the smile die from the Smiling die set and die cut the word from the center of my stamped panel.  I kept all the little pieces from inside the letters (the L and E in this case), so that I could insert them back in place later.  Die cut three more smiles from other pieces of white card stock and glued them all together to create a dimensional element.  Next I stamped the "it's your birthday" stamp from the Whole Shebang stamp set under the dimensional smile element.  As a finished touch and for a little sparkle, i glued a few sequins from the Sistahood Sparkle set, which is currently on sale for only $1.99!

Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your heart theme submissions to this month's challenge. 


I'm entering this card in the following Challenges:
TIME OUT Challenge #104 BOLDwhich runs 3/1 to 3/14
Classic Design Team Open Challenge #23which runs 3/1 to 3/27
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes, which runs until 3/7

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Scrapy Land's Challenge #84

Hello crafty friends,

My friend reminded me of a super cute Frantic Stamper kitten die I got from Scrapy Land last year and still haven't used, so I dusted it off and created this card for Scrapy Land's Challenge #84:


I just couldn't die cut one kitty... we have 3 cats at home, so my card needed 3 die cut kitties.

I first die cut my pattern paper panel and using three sizes of circle dies from this set, I die cut three circles into my pattern paper card front.   I used the Die-Versions Happy and Birthday dies for my card front sentiments.  The Happy is not currently available, but the store has several other small Happy dies or you can use one of several combined Happy Birthday dies.   Another variation would be to use three Happy on the front and a bigger Birthday on the card's inside.  I LOVE this Happy Birthday combo set with this idea.

I consider this a very simple and quick to make card.  Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Until next time... take care.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Feb2018 Challenge 193

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #193.  This challenge uses this sketch as our inspiration starting point.

What do you think?  I would love to see how you interpret this sketch.  I made these cards for the challenge. 



For card #1 I used the HB2U set from the Whole Shebang stamp set, stamping it in black three times.  next I added a die cut Friend in red to the center of the panel, right over the middle HB2U.  I finished the card by stamping in red a flower background with the Full On Floral stamp.


For card #2, I turned the sketch sideways and used the ballerinas from the Tutu stamp set... stamping thee ballerinas across the card's front panel.  Now for those you are very observant, you will noticed that the ballerina on the left is not in the stamp set.   It's actually the same stamp as on the right.  I used one of those mirror stamps to reverse the direction of the ballerina stamp.  I will be honest and let you know that I tried it several times before getting an OK (not great, not good, just OK) result.  I was also stamping on watercolor paper, so maybe that caused some of my problems.

I finished the panel by water coloring it, adding a sentiment banner and mounting it onto a black card stock that I have previously stamped flowers from the Pretty Posies stamp set.  I finished that card by mounting my finished panel and adding a few drops of white Nuvo.



Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your heart theme submissions to this month's challenge. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #83

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #83 is the prefect opportunity to show off these two Valentine theme cards using the Cheery Lynn Designs - Sweetheart Candy dies:



On this card I put the candy hearts into a shaker heart shaped window.  I used a heart die to cut the shaker window and the Die-Versions' Love die, which is currently not available in the shop, but this love die would be a great alternative.


On this card I put the candy hearts into mini squares that I stamped in white ink.  I left most the of candy heart white w/just a coat of clear Wink of Stella and a few of them water colored pink.  The multi color background is pattern paper from a water color paper pad. 



Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.


Until next time... take care.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Feb2018 Challenge 192

Hello crafty friends,

Happy February...  one month closer to Spring.  CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #192 is all about hearts and I made these two cards for the challenge.



Both cards are tall (3.75"x8.5") ones that fit into standard #10 envelopes.  The blue card has stamped sentiment arrows from the Cupid's Arrows stamps set within the die cut arrow openings from the Heart Board dies.  The red card has stamped hearts from the Cupid's Arrows stamps set in shades of pink and red inks and the "I LOVE YOU" arrow stamps hitting the centers of those hearts.

Thank you for stopping bye today.  I look forward to seeing your heart theme submissions to this month's challenge. 



Friday, January 19, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Jan2018 Challenge 191

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Friday... and welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #191.  Can you believe it's the middle of January already?  Good time of a coffee theme challenge, don't you think?  I'm a Hot Chocolate kind of girl, but I still enjoyed playing with the new coffee theme stamps and dies CAS-ual Friday recently released.  I made several cards... two of them for this challenge.


For card one, I used the Peace, Love & Coffee from the Short & Sweet Collection ...  I started w/the banner piece and build my card around it, by adding a second banner cut from brown glitter card stock and by using a Tim Holtz coffee stain stencil to get my perfectly placed stains.



For card two, I used the Peace, Love & Coffee from the Short & Sweet Collection again... this time I started by adding soft pencil lines across my card and repeat stamping the tiny cup and my sentiment within the channels the pencil lines created.  I was going to erase the pencil makes when everything was dry, but I ended up liking the lines, so I kept them.

Thank you for stopping bye today. I look forward to seeing your coffee theme submissions to this month's challenge. 



  


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #82

Hello crafty friends,

Here are some photos of the mini tri-fold card I made for Scrapy Land's Challenge #82


Using Penny Black's Woodland Scene Die and two of the Die-Versions' Whispers Stitched Nesting Squares.







Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

one last thing... Did you know Scrapy Land is currently having a Design Team Call?  Click HERE to read all about it.

Until next time... take care.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Jan2018 Challenge 190

Hello and HAPPY 2018 crafty friends!

This is my first post as a team member of CAS-ual Friday's Challege Blog Inspiration Squad.  The theme for challenge #190 is "All That Glitters" and since I'm not a fan of lose glitter (too messy for me) I used a clear Wink of Stella instead of water to dilute the watercolors of my Zig watercolor brush pens.


I painted the flowers (Truth Is) on both of these cards by coloring the insides of the flowers w/my Zig brush and using the clear Wink of Stella to dilute and spread the watercolor to the flowers tips...  making the tips lighter.  I had to use purple, because it's just my happy go to color.

On this card... I water-colored the background using the same technique... my Zig brush around the flowers and using the clear Wink of Stella diluted and spread the watercolor out and away from the flowers.  I added two fussy cut fish tail banners... a white glitter card stock one under a vellum stamped "it's your birthday" from the Whole Shebang stamp set.  As a finishing touch I added a few Nuvo drops.  Sadly my pictures don't show how sparkly this card turned out.



On this card... the flowers were painted the same way, but for the background a took the Aquamarine Spectrum Noir Sparkle brush pen and making sure the brush was nice as juicy, I tapped it to created spatters as my background.  I incorporated more teal and glitter onto the card by using a die cut "thanks" from the Smiling die.


Here's a final look at the cards and the Cas-ual Friday supplies I used:



Thank you for stopping bye today. I look forward to seeing your glittery submissions to this month's challenge.   



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scrapy Land Challenge #81

Hello crafty friends,

and welcome to Scrapy Land's 1st challenge of 2018... Challenge #81! 

The Chicago area is currently in the middle of a deep freeze, so I'm back again with a Winter Cheer card.

The "Winter Cheer" die is one of three dies in Penny Black's Winter Cheer die set.  I LOVE the script Winter combined with the block Cheer and you will probably see me use this die several more times this winter. 

Under the Winter Cheer die cut is a die cut "Large Sled" from Memory Box, and under that a die cut "Frosty Frame" panel from Sue Wilson, which is currently not available.   I used a packaged base measuring 5"x6.5" for this card. 

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Until next time... take care.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Inky Paws Challenge 62 - Card 1

Hello crafty friends,

I'm submitting this card to Inky Paws Challenge's #62, which ends on 1/5/18...






I used the "A Cozy Day In" stamp set for my card.  I started by creating my card background first.  I used a white and small teal flower pattern paper for my "wall", a wood grain pattern paper for my "floor" and strips of white cards stock for my "base board".  

Next I stamped and colored my images.  I created texture to the chair by drawing lines and making the quilted buttons black.  I stamped several parts of the image multiple times, because I wanted some of them raised for added interest.  The blanket and kitty on it, were cut as one and glued over the original stamped imaged for a slightly dimensional look.  The kitty on top of the chair was cut twice, once for the body and again for the head.  This picture shows the dimension.   



I created the wall portrait by fussy cutting the two kitties and arranging them within a die cut teal square.  I kept them uncolored to mimic a black & white photo.  I created the photo frame my mounting the teal square onto a wood grain (same as the floor) square.   LOL... I even gave my book a title "Life With Cats".  

I'm really happy with my final card and even thou my colors are in the same family as the inspiration colors, they not as light in tone.  Thanks for stopping bye... wish me luck in the challenge.