Thursday, October 23, 2014

Give Thanks

This is not a traditional give thanks card for this time of year, but I really do like how it turned out.  I had the sponged image laying around for several years and finally decided to make it work.  I stamped the sentiment and finished it off with a bright pink bow just for a bit of interest.

Raisin Boat #28--thankful
Verve Diva Dare October--Pink Power
Sister Act Card Challenge #79--anything goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #50--anything goes with a twist: add pink
The Paper Girls Challenge #66--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #155--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Sugar Pea Designs #10--give thanks
DRS Designs #145--so thankful

Stamps: Verve "I Chronicles 16:34" plain jane; I think the floral image is from Inkadinkadoo

Friday, October 17, 2014


Happy Friday!  It's time for another challenge from Christmas Stampin' All Year Long and this week it is a super easy one: Anything Goes!  Our sponsor is Anne's Digital.  I'm not sure what the prize is yet, but it will be a good one.  Here is my card using this stunning Poinsettia image:
I printed out the image and colored it up with markers.  Then I stamped the sentiment and it still looked like it needed something, so I drew the black frame around the image and sentiment using a ruler and a very fine tipped pen.  It just really draws the two together and finishes it off.  Now let's see what you can do.

Crafty Ribbons #104--Christmas past (this is about as vintage-y as I get)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #198--use something round (my 3 YNS gumdrops are round)
The Paper Nest Dolls #21--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #154--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
The Stamping Chef #51--anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #233--Christmas with the optional challenge of bags, boxes, tags

Stamps: Anne's Digital "Poinsettia" digi; Verve "Richly Blessed"
YNS Gumdrops

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Richly Blessed

Hi, everyone!  It's time for some mid-month inspiration from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  It's a month-long, anything goes challenge and Christmas is coming so it's time to get working on those Christmas cards!  Here is my inspiration for you:
I absolutely adore this card!!  If I were to mass produce cards, I think this would be the style I would go with.  Elegant looking, but simple.  Time to get crafting!

Milk Coffee Challenge--lots of layers
Crimbo Crackers #67--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #251--sketch

Stamps: Verve "Richly Blessed"
Dies/embossing folder: spellbinders "Radiant Rectangles" and "On the Edge" dies; cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Never be afraid . . .

Don't you just love the sentiment on this card?  I sure do.  I was in a "use up what I have and make a CAS card" kind of mood when I made this one.  I had pulled out a bunch of old card stock and some bits and pieces that I had left over from various projects and challenged myself to use up some of them.  So, this cardstock, I've had for ages and I think I even got it at a yard sale, so who knows how long it's been around.  And the sponged background was an attempt at something for a different challenge a looooong time ago.  It didn't work at that point, but I decided it would make a pretty background for something now.  And it did.

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Krafty Krop #4--pretty in pink
Fussy & Fancy #124--lots of pink or Breast Cancer awareness
Our Daily Bread Designs #215--anything goes as long as you use an ODBD stamp
Paper Pretties #38--CAS
Sentimental Sunday #227--bling it up
Word Art Wednesday #153--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Sister Act Card Challenge--anything goes
Verve October Diva Dare--pink power

Stamps: ODBD "Corrie Ten Boom"; Verve "Be Blessed"; PTI "Mat Stack #2" flourishes around sentiment

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabulous Birthday

One of my most favorite stamp sets ever is this "Sweet Life" by PTI.  The roses are just so gorgeous.  You can't tell in the photo, but I added a bit of sparkle along the petals with a glitter pen.

Dis Digis--girly
Treasured Times #26--anything goes
Love To Scrap Challenge #39--anything goes (no digis)
The Paper Girls #65--solid cardstock
The Stamping Chef #50--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #153--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Stamps: PTI "The Sweet Life"; Verve "Better Together" sentiment and dots
Dies: PTI "The Sweet Life"

Masculine Birthday

I think I'm getting better at them, but man cards still give me such a hard time.  I love how this one turned out.  Except . . . I just feel like it needs a little "something" more.  I really wanted to add sequins, but didn't think that would stay with the manly theme.  The man I gave it to examined it for the longest time, turning it and looking at it from every angle . . . So cute.  I think he really liked it.

Patties Creations #101--embossing (it's hard to see it, up the gray panel is embossed with a canvas texture plate--gives just a subtle bit of texture)
The Paper Girls #65--solid cardstock

Stamps: Verve "Be Blessed" sentiment; Hero Arts French Script
Dies/embossing: PTI leaf die and "Linen/Canvas" texture plate; spellbinders classic circles, large

Birthday Wishes

I've had this gorgeous pumpkin/flower stamp for a long time now and this is the first time I have inked it up!  Obviously, it is a little limited as to time of year, but I think I am definitely going to try to get more use out of it.  I started out with the firm idea that I was going to use this stamp and the checked orange ribbon.  It's been in my stash for several years now and I really don't use a lot of orange.  But it needed to be used and I had just enough for this card.
 I was having a hard time decided what color to use on the dahlias.  I obviously couldn't use yellow, and I really didn't want any more orange.  I was thinking maybe some red . . . Well, my twin 5 year olds were watching me color and were suggesting colors of their own.  Most of them I quickly rejected (blue, green, etc.) but when the littlest picked out this purple marker and handed it to me, I knew she was on to something!  And I love it.
Here is the inside of the card.  I added a few mums to tie in with the colors and the sentiment panel from the outside.

Lacy Sunshine #42--change of season/weather
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes as long as it is covered with patterned paper
Wags 'n Whiskers #143--fall colors
Love to scrap Challenge Blog #39--anything goes (no digis)
Craft Hoarders Anonymous #17--Happy Fall Y'all
Shopping Our Stash #172--its the most colorful time of the year

Stamps: DRS Designs "Pumpkin Bouquet"; Verve "Be Blessed" sentiment outside and "Vintage Oval" plain jane; PTI "Mum's the Word" and "Big Birthday Wishes" inside
Dies: Verve "Vintage Oval"; spellbinders Classic Circle, large and scalloped circle, large