Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge 98

Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #98.  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

For this challenge I created a double shaker 5x7 card and tag using the carved diamond pumpkin die from Poppystamps:


I think my card needs something to call it finished... maybe a sentiment?

As for my tag... I used the die on both sides of the tags card stock to create a see-thru shaker tag:


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.

We are only two challenges away from our big 100th now...

Friday, September 14, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 208

Hello crafty friends...
Welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #208.   Our theme for this challenge is ...



A theme I was happy would match with the stamp set I wanted to used very well.  The new unicorn stamp and die set. 



I love that this unicorn is not as cartoonie (is that a word?) as most others in the market.  Don't get me wrong, I like and own some of those myself, but I just love the realism ( can I say that about a mythical animal?) and how tall and beautiful this unicorn is. 

I used my prima metallic watercolor set for all the coloring on this card.  First, as a background wash on my tag, as a blue wash on the card front, as a more pigmented color on my flower petals and the unicorn and finally as splashes on the card front.  I placed my sequin to follow the path of my blue element. 


I used the following CAS-ual Fridays Stamps products:
Tin Roof stamp set
Be A Unicorn stamp set
Unicorn Fri-Die 


Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.



Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

IO Challenge - Fall Rainbow

Hello crafty friends,

Made time to play in my craft room this weekend, stamped and colored a few of my IO Halloween stamps.



Jumped over to the IO Challenge blog to see what the theme of their current challenge was and created this card for it:


The theme for the challenge was rainbow colors and since I wanted to make a Halloween card, I pulled out my mini distress inks cubes and using IO's Cover-A-Card Gradation stamp I create a Fall layering of colors.

I used the Halloween Banner stamp in the center of the card.  I simple colored the stamped element with my Copics and covered it with my clear Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen.

Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #97

Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #97.  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

I created two cards using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fairy Cali die.  This first card is sweet and very girly... good for a young ladies birthday card.


where as this second card is more edgy and modern... maybe even a little Gothic.


Cali is not currently available at Scrapy Land, but here are other options:

Frantic Stamper - Pretty Silhouette Fairy
Paper Rose - Fairy Isabella

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.

Only 3 more challenges...

Friday, August 31, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 207

Hello crafty friends...
Welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #207!  Our theme for this challenge is a color scheme of mint and neutrals...

I used the Peaceful Garden stamp set and matching Garden Fri-Dies to created these two cards:




On the first card, I created a heart wreath with the leaves from the Garden Fri-Die.  


On the second card, I created a cluster leaves in white, teal and gold embossed under a center flower. 



Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.




Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 206

Hello crafty friends...
Welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #206!   Our theme for this challenge is ...



I used the color scheme and theme and created a card for my nephew who's starting his freshman year of High School this week.  His sister (a senior) will be there to help him on his first day.



I used the bunnies and balloon from the Some Bunny stamp for this card.  I wanted a one layer card, so I did a little bit of masking to get my bunnies to hold hands.

Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.



Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #96

Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #96.  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

It's the middle of August, but I'm already thinking Halloween, so don't be surprised if you see nothing but Halloween cards from me going forward.

I stared by die cutting several black card stock Spellbinders Donna Salazar Cascading Circles and gluing them together.  This die is not currently available, but the Paper Rose Bubbles Circle die is and would probably work better, because it would fit an A6 size card.  The Spellbinders' die is too big... I used it on a 5x7 card.

Next I die cut my witches from yellow and orange card stock using the Impression Obsession Six Witches die and arranged them within some of the bigger circles.  A few Nuvo Drop finished my 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.

Only 4 more challenges now...

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Christmas in July 4 Kids - WINNER

Hello crafty friends,

A big THANKS to everyone who submitted an entry in the Send A Smile 4 Kids "Christmas in July for Kids" Challenge.   Now comes the fun part for me...  the complete list of winners can be found here on the SAS4K blog.  My blog's prize and winner are:


Winning Commenter:  Roberta Giefer


Congratulations to all the winners!!  If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at khasheck@gmail.com BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.

On a personal note... THANK you SAS4K, I loved being part of this fun blog hop challenge!





Friday, August 3, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 205

Hello crafty friends...
Welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #205!   Our theme for this challenge is ...




I used the Tin Roof floral borders to stamp a backgound flower pattern on a yellow variegated pattern paper.  I stamped the "you're the tweetest!" sentiment from the Little Birdies stamp set onto a fishtail banner and used it to rest my birds (also from the Little Birdies set).   I love how sunny and happy the card turned out. 




Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.



Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #95

Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #95 (only 5 more before our 100th).  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

I had fun covering a card front with several of my "happy" dies.  It task was made super easy by using the Frantic Stamper Happy Happy Happy die, but I could have also used the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy die. 




I'm going to make a couple of similar cards for Christmas with the Memory Box Make Merry and the Memory Box We Wish You dies.  For my Spanish friends, I'm going to use the small ECD Feliz Navidad die, because I can fit lots of them on one card front as a background design (think white on 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

Sunday, July 29, 2018

SCRAPY LAND - CHALLENGE 100th

Hello crafty friends,




Mark your calendars, Scrapy Land will be celebrating their 100th challenge blog on October 17, 2018.  The theme for this very special challenge will be CELEBRATION!  Start planning and creating those projects, because we want all our friends join us for the fun.

We will have a big blog hop with prizes... more details closer to the date. 



Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Whimsy Stamps - Challenge #108

UPDATE... My card won the challenge...

   



Hello crafty friends,

Hubby is away on a golfing trip, so I gave myself the whole weekend for card making.... Yay me!  First thing on my crafty to do list was submit this card using the Penguin Party digital stamps to the current "anything goes" Whimsy Stamps Challenge.


I have fun making this card.  I first tweaked the digital stamps by erasing the fringe on top of those party hats and the designs (stars, stripes) in them.  I printed the image onto watercolor paper and hand drew rims onto the party hats, making them into witches hats. I printed an extra hat for the penguin with the scarf. The rest was just some basic coloring using my zig brush watercolor pens and a clear glitter brush pen.

I'm not afraid to use my everyday stamps (physical and digital) in different ways to get the most use I can from them.  Digital stamps are great, because they can be tweaked in small ways and sized to your needs.  I also love Halloween and I'm already working on Halloween cards.  Thank you for stopping bye.  Wish me luck on the challenge.

Whimsy Stamps - DT Call Submission

Hello crafty friends, 

Wish me luck, because I'm hoping to get onto the Whimsy Stamps Creative Digital Team.   Here are a few cards I showcasing for this submission:



On this 5x7 card, I used the super cute Whimsy Stamps Penguin Swings digital stamp.  I printed the digi onto watercolor paper and used my zig water-coloring brushes to color my cute penguin and hand draw my background.  I used two small leaf stamps to add more interest to the tops of my trees. 



On this A2 card, I used the I Woof You digital stamps from Di's Digi Stamps.  I printed the digi onto watercolor paper large enough to cover most of my card front and changed the sentiment of "I woof you" to "Happy Birthday".   Here's another card with the same digi that I tweaked a little in Photoshop Element, so I had three dogs.  



My final card, uses a digital stamps from Aurora Wings called Trick or Treat Kids.  This card was a stretch for me, because I like color and the challenge I made this card for called for B&W with only a touch of color.  For this card I hand drew the backgound.  


Well, I hope my cards speak for themselves, because I'm very proud of them and would be very happy to represent Whimsy Stamps.  Thanks for stopping bye... take care.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Christmas in July 4 Kids

Hello and welcome to Send A Smile 4 Kids’ 175th Challenge!

I'm excited to join the Send A Smile 4 Kids celebration blog hop.  The theme is Christmas in July (4 Kids), because it is never too early to start making holiday cards for all the kids in the many children’s hospitals they now serve.  Send A Smile 4 Kids would love for each child to receive a holiday card as well as be able to pick a card or two for some special medical staff and/or loved ones during the holiday season.

I created two cards using the Tra La La digital stamp from All Dress Up Stamps.  On my first card, I printed several copies of the digital image.  You can't tell by the photo, but I ended up water coloring all the printed copies and once dry fussy cutting each of the animal apart (except the birds).  I wanted more dimension, so using foam I pop up the rabbit and the mouse and also the cat's scarf.



Card two was a fun one and came together a lot faster than card one.  Once again, I used several printed copies of the image, this time frame sections of them with my filmstrip die cut.  I used a black copic marker to color the filmstrip's background black, creating what I hope looks like a negative film affect.  I added a Spanish Merry Christmas (Feliz Navidad) die cut sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs.   



I'm one of several stops in the blog hop, at which you have one or two chances to win by just leaving a comment.  You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on the main SAS4Kids blog post and by entering the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon.  The prize offend here is the Stampendous Hydrangea Garden Cling Stamp and Die set.

Now here are the rules for this blog hop:
**You do not need to comment on every stop of the blog hop to have a chance to win a prize. One comment on any of the blogs or on the main SAS4Kids blogpost qualifies you to win one of the prizes on that blog. If you leave a comment on each stop, you will have earned 16 chances to win a prize, and if you enter a card in the Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge, you will also earn a chance to win one of 8 random prizes there.
**You MUST have an USA mailing address to qualify to win any of the prizes. We apologize to any of our readers outside of the USA, but this is a requirement to win any of the prizes in this blog hop and in the Christmas in July challenge.
**The blog hop will start July 21st at 8:00 a.m. CST and continue until July 31st at midnight CST. When the blog hop is done, all the winners will be drawn randomly from the commenters on each blog and on the main blog, and announced on the SAS4Kids blog on August 4th and on each individual blog. If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at khasheck@gmail.com BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING
ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.
**The Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge at SAS4Kids will run from July 21st until August 3rd at Noon CST (as is typical of our two week challenges.) You can qualify for one of 8 prizes by entering a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child following the rules of all of our challenges found in the page above. The prizes will be awarded by random drawing and announced with the rest of the winners on August 4th on our blog.

Donna Wakefield is the next blog hop stop. The main blog hop stop/start is the SAS4Kids blog, where you have six prizes available for winning.
Thank you so much for supporting Send a Smile 4 Kids and our wonderful sponsors of this blog hop. Good luck in the drawings! Leave a comment here and hop for more chances at many prizes.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 204

Hello crafty friends...
Welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #204!   Our theme for this challenge is ...





I took some creative license and turned some flower stamps into butteries... ok, I admit they look more like caterpillars, but "art" is in the eye of the beholder. 



The flowers I converted come from the Truth Is stamps set.  For this card, I separated the flowers from their steins (don't worry they can be connected again to stamp whole).  I stamped (in rainbow colors) and fussy cut the flowers, turned them into butterfly wings and created butterfly bodies with Nuvo Drops.  I hand drew the antennas.   For the black glitter die cut smile I used one of the words from the Smiling Fri-Die set.

Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.




Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #94

Hello crafty friends... welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #94.  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

I went with a simple design this time.  I used the Memory Box Floral Fantasy Frame die over a water colored border panel and topped the frame with a die cut Frantic Stamper Jumbo Mixed Font Happy Birthday on velum.


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, July 6, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 203

Hello crafty friends... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #203!   The inspiration for this challenge is Heat Embossing:


Are you a fan of heat embossing?  I hate the mess, but love the look, so I took out my embossing supplies and set about creating this card.

  
This being the 4th of July weekend, I had to use red and blue.   The celebrate was heat embossed onto a vellum banner and glued down with score tape. The flowers from the peaceful garden stamp set were heat embossed with red and blue directly onto the card front.  The green leafs were stamped over the embossed flowers.

Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.



Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Scrapy Land - Challenge #93

Happy 4th of July crafty friends!  Welcome to the start of Scrapy Land Challenge #93.  Come join us... our theme is always "anything goes".

I used my favorite big and bold Die-Versions Happy Birthday die for this patriotic card.  This die measures 3.5 by 4.75 and as you can see it takes up the whole card front, so if you are looking for something that packs a punch... this is it.


My card was a fairly simple one to make.  I printed a free flag image onto card stock and then die cut the Happy Birthday from it.  I attached it to my card front and added my cute stamped characters.

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, June 22, 2018

Inspiration Squad - Challenge 202

Hello crafty friends... welcome to CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #202!   The inspiration for this challenge is this photo:


and I created this card:



I used the following stamp and die sets:
  Stamps:  Celebrate
  Fri-dies: Jumping Jacks

Remember... 10 winning entries will be highlighted on this blog each Thursday before a new challenge is set to go live the next day.  In addition, Michele has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the overall winner at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.   If the chosen winner has used CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus in the card, that gift certificate will increase to $50.


Thanks for stopping bye... until next time, take care.