Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Father's Day

Time to get a start on those Father's Day cards; it will be here before you know it!  Actually, I only made this already because I loved the sketch from Jo's Scrap Shack and knew some patterned neck ties would fit it perfectly.  And they do!!

See, cute, right?!

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Jo's Scrap Shack #88--sketch (see it above)
Sweet Stamps #222--favorite color(s)--Blue is my absolute favorite color, and green is close behind
Sugar Pea Designs--Hey, Dude!
Inky Impressions #212--faux stitching/doodling (I used a stitched die on my main panel)

Stamps: Verve "Strong Anchor" sentiment
Dies: PTI tie; Verve "Flag it!"; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics, rectangle"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Love and life

Another quick, and utterly adorable, anniversary card.  I love how this turned out.  I followed the sketch pretty much exactly; I used the negative space from the largest heart as the space for this sweet sentiment.  And I popped up the crazy patterned heart for a little interest.

 And here is the sentiment on the inside:

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
In The Pink #69--Stitching (I used a stitched die on both the main layer which you can't really tell in the photo and on the inside)
Sister Act Card Challenge #106--anything goes
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge--add pink
Open Minded Challenge #36--wedding/anniversary
Sweet Stampin'--CAS
MFT--Pagemaps sketch

Word Art Wednesday #189--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafting By Designs--sentimentally
Mod Squad--positively negative
Inspiration Destination #34--anything goes
Penny's Paper #228--anything goes

Stamps: Verve "Text Objects"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Pierced Heart Stax" large heart and chevron patterned heart; Sweet n' Sassy heart dies

Monster anniversary

Aren't these little monsters cute?  I needed to make an anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law so I made one of these little guys into a girl monster.  See her little pink toenails?

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #39--all that glitters
Crafty Creations #289--color challenge (I used kraft, pink, green and white)

Sister Act Card Challenge #106--anything goes
Your Next Stamp #14--sketch
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge--add pink
Open Minded Challenge #36--wedding/anniversary
Fashionable Stamping #198--Old Favorites; forgotten stamps (the background stamp I've had for a long time, but didn't have a big enough stamping block to hold it until recently, so I really haven't used it more than one or two times)
Fantastic Tuesday #86--no patterned paper
MFT Color Challenge #21--kraft, ripe raspberry, tickled pink, fuse green

Inspiration Destination #34--anything goes

Stamps: YNS "Silly Monsters"; PTI "Damask Designs" sentiment; Rubbernecker Stamps "Flourish" background
Dies: PTI "Heart Border"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps Heart die; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics rectangle"; MFT "Blueprints 13"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blessed is the man

Good morning!  Just popping in with a birthday card for my husband's grandfather.  His birthday is today.  We are a very close family, both in relationship and in location.  My in-laws live right across the street from us and my husband's grandfather and wife live in an in-law apartment in the same house.  So, we see all them everyday.  It is so good to be close to family.  Anyway, here is the card:
 I had something completely different in mind, but when I went looking to see what Scripture verses I had and came across this one that I hadn't used yet, things went in a whole new direction.  And I altered everything I tried, too.  Originally, I was going to use the argyle pattern on the whole background, but once I got it all stamped, it was just too bold for what I was going for.  So, I trimmed it down to the strip and liked it much better.  I wasn't going to use any embellishments as this is for a man, but it looked to plain without anything.  I crossed my fingers and looked through my stash for some black enamel dots, to no avail.  I even though about melting down some perler beads, but didn't think heating up the oven for three was really worth my time.  In the end, I found some black pearls, and I know pearls usually are NOT embellies for male cards, but as they are black, I think they work great.  I combined a couple sentiments on the inside and added a strip of the argyle pattern from the front.

CAS-ual Fridays #139--birthday with black, white, orange and turquoise
Word Art Wednesday #183--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Mod Squad--mix it up (use stamps from different sets)
C.R.A.F.T. #311--birthday
Viva La Verve May week 3--sketch (I turned the elements sideways to fit my verse)
Fan-tastic Challenge #86--no Patterned Paper (my pattern was stamped)

Stamps: Verve "Jeremiah 17:7" plain jane; JustRite Stampers "Pattern Basics"; PTI "Big Birthday Wishes" second part of inside sentiment; YNS "Silly Monsters" happy birthday
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" banner and stitching

Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Manger

Hello, All!  Today begins a new challenge from Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog.  For the next two weeks the challenge is Anything Goes.  (I know you all love those!)  We have three fabulous sponsors:
Bugaboo Digi Stamps
Prize: 7 images of the winner's choice

Sparkle N Sprinkle
Prize: Image(s) of choice to winner up to $15 value from the SNS Exclusive Line 

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More
Prize: 3 images of the winner's choice

I chose to use this fabulous image from Robyn's Fetish.  I have had it for quite a while and hadn't had a chance to use it yet.  So, since they were one of our sponsors, it was the perfect time to color it up!
I know it is only the middle of May, but it is never too soon to get started on those Christmas cards.  I've been making them throughout the year for the past several years, and it definitely cuts down the stress of getting them all finished in time to get them sent out for Christmas.  Now, head on over to the LTSCB to see the inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Crafting Musketeers #25--use a die cut
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with patterned paper
Chalk N Stock--anything goes with chalk (I used chalk to create the glow of the star and the "halo")
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #229--use some of your favorite things (ribbon, rhinestones and Christmas images!)
Come And Get It Challenge--ribbon & bling

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Manger"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13"; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics, rectangle"
Papers: American Crafts "Jolly"
PTI Aqua Mist card stock and ribbon

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Happy May 15th!  It's time for our mid-month reminder for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, we are an Anything Goes Christmas challenge and it runs to the end of the month.  Here is my inspiration for you:

Crafting Musketeers #25--use a die cut
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--vintage
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with a handmade bow
Crimbo Crackers #80--use a die cut
Completely Christmas #62--touch of silver (my silver charm)
Cuttlebug Mania--ribbon
Loves Rubberstamps #151--Add a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #183--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
ABC Christmas--J is for Joy
The Paper Shelter #285--Charming (use a charm)
My Favorite Things #228--sketch

Inspiration Destination #33--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #105--anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #87--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #228--vintage or shabby chic

Stamps: Verve "Star of Wonder"
Dies: PTI "Rustic Wreath"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Every Experience

My good friend and her husband adopted a little boy last February and they have been dealing with a lot of hard issues since then.  I made her this card for Mother's Day to remind her that God has a purpose for this situation (and every situation) and has put each of us in this relationship for a reason.  The sentiment on the front reads "Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see."--Corrie Ten Boom
Please excuse my thumb in the picture below, but I had to hold the card closed as it has some fun folds as you sill see in the other photos.
 Several years ago someone gave me a ton of card making stuff; mostly different shaped card blanks.  This is the first of the fancy folds that I have actually used.  They kind of intimidated me, but after making one, I think I will be more likely to use them in the future.
 And here is what is looks like on the inside:
The sentiment reads "Motherhood is a journey of time, love and memories.  Happy Mother's Day!"

Craftin' Desert Divas--Mother's Day
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #118--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #104--anything goes
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #138--lots of flowers
Raisin Boat #31--Moms & Dads
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge--anything goes with patterned paper
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with a handmade bow
One Stitch At A Time #236--Special Lady
East Wind Challenge #30--Mother's Day, add flowers
Eureka Stamps #139--feminine card
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #150--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #243--flower for her
Tuesday Morning Sketches #229--sketch

Clear It Out Challenge--theme: anything goes, stash: anything goes
Verve May Inspiration Challenge--Let it Bloom
Word Art Wednesday #182--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Fab n' Funky Challenge #258--May flowers
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Digi Designs Challenge--Fun/fancy folds

Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps (Can't find it on their website) sentiment on the outside and another old retired set "Happy Mother's Day" and "Friend" sentiment; Flourishes Stamps "Jewish Proverb: Motherly Love"
Dies: Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Labels Four"