Friday, July 12, 2024

Merry Christmas

Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Christmas in July

Here is my card for your inspiration:
Christmas cards are probably my favorite type of card to make, probably because I love Christmas so much!!  A couple months ago, I won a prize package from Not 2 Shabby that included two beautiful paper packs and a matching set of ephemera for each.  For today's card, I pulled out two sheets of paper, die cut a rectangle from each sheet and then cut the rectangles in half so I could use two different patterns on two different cards.  This way, they both have the stitching from the rectangle die.  I added a piece of wide satin ribbon across the join to hide it.  Then I die cut a fancy frame out of gold paper.  It's actually a solid piece, but I cut out the inside with a craft knife to create the frame.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder onto a piece of white card stock, adhered a piece of ornament ephemera and glued the whole piece behind the frame.  Then I die cut  the layers of the poinsettia, inked the embossed veins and adhered them all together and glued on the card.  I finished everything off with some gold Nuvo drops.  Unfortunately, I forgot I had added them and was not being careful with the card and accidently smeared several of the drops with another piece of paper.  So, I carefully cleaned up the edges and remade them as best as I could.  I ended up with a few more in the bottom corner because I had to cover up some rogue spots.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the Cut It Up blog for the full details of the challenge and to see what the rest of the Design Team has created. 

Supplies:
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink "Just Sentiments: Be Merry"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Fleur Di Lis Squares" and "Layered Poinsettia"
Not 2 Shabby paper and ephemera packs

Challenges:
Jingle Belles--my sweet emboss-able you (I heat embossed my sentiment)
Sparkles Challenge #162--handmade ornament or ornament card (I have ornaments on my paper and my sentiment panel)
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--anything Christmas goes
Die Cut Divas--winter wishes
Crafty Calendar--add a sentiment
Christmas Kickstart #88--Festive Frames













Lil' Red Wagon #764--something you love! (I LOVE Christmas, patterned papers, and die cuts--specially fancy ones)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

You are sweet!

 Hello, everyone!  It's time for a new challenge from the Creative Moments Challenge blog.  The theme is a sketch this month:

I am using an image from one of our fabulous sponsors: Pattie's Creations.

 Here is my card:
Oh, my!  This little pineapple with her sunglasses is just too fun!!  I chose some tropical themed papers to go along with her and added a bit of ribbon and some gold sequins to finish everything off.  So fun!!

You have all month to play along.  So, get inky and link up your creation; I can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Pattie's Creations "Pineapple with Sunglasses" digi; YNS "Love Bites" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle and "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #575null--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--stars AND/OR stripes (I have used striped paper on the circle layer)
C.R.A.F.T. #726--graduation OR anything goes
Crafty Catz #675--anything goes with the optional twist: add embellishments
Creative Fingers #281--anything goes
Di's Digi Designsnull--hand colored image
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Cards Galore--anything goes
Pattie's Creations #220null--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--add a sentiment
Sheepski #88--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
Craft Rocket #116--summertime
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #194--aloha (I was inspired by the tropical colors)













Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #233null--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday-Simon Says Stamp Monday--summer fun

Monday, July 1, 2024

Cow are you?

 Happy May 1st!!  It's time for a new challenge on the Critter Crazy Challenge blog!  As always, it is a month long challenge: Anything Goes as long as you feature a creature.  Here is my card for your inspiration:

I just love this sentiment paired with a cow image (and this particular image is so adorable!)!!  It's just too fun!  Overall this was a pretty quick and simple card which was just what I was going for!  I die cut both layers of the "hello" sentiment, stamped, colored and fussy cut the cow, adhered everything in place and stamped the rest of the sentiment and then finished it all off with some little pink hearts.  This is the first time I have used this "hello" die set and it definitely won't be the last! (Actually, based on chronological order of how my scheduled blog posts will post, this card will be posted after another card using the same die.  But this card was actually the first to use it.)

Thanks for stopping by!  Hop on over to the Critter Crazy blog and check out the details and the rest of the projects from the Design Team.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "The Whole Herd"; Cardz TV "More Critter Captions"
Dies: MFT "Essential Hello" die-namics and "Tag Builder Blueprints 5" hearts

Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge #278--anything goes with the optional twist: pastel colors





Friday, June 28, 2024

From the Whole Herd

 Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Critters

Here is my card for your inspiration:
I love this stamp set from My Favorite Things; the farm animals are so cute and the sentiments are just too fun!  I made another version of this card with the cow from the same set first and then I decided to make another one using some of the other animals.  So, I die cut both layers of the "hello" sentiment, stamped, colored and fussy cut the animals, stamped the rest of the sentiment and adhered everything in place on some plaid patterned paper that said "country/farm" to me.  I finished everything off with some die cut hearts and I added some glossy accents to those hearts to give them some shine and make them stand out more.  I actually used the base layer die of the "hello" set to cut the horse so he would fit perfectly around th.e sentiment as I didn't want to add extra bulk under the sentiment.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the Cut It Up blog for the full details of the challenge and to see what the rest of the Design Team has created. 

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "The Whole Herd"
Dies: MFT "Essential Hello" die-namics, "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Tag Builder Blueprints 5" hearts

Challenges:
Snippets Playground #483--anything goes with snippets (everything except the card base was cut from scraps)












Cardz 4 Guyz--masculine





Monday, June 24, 2024

World's Greatest

 Hello, everyone!  It's time for the mid-month reminder for the challenge from the Creative Moments Challenge blog.  The theme is: Men and Boys.  I am using an image from one of our fabulous sponsors: Mirtillamente.

 Here is my card:
This is my Father's Day card for my husband.  Who doesn't love a good burger with some fries?!!  Since the colors in the image where bold and bright, I used some bold, bright patterned papers.  I just love the pops of black; they really make everything else pop!  For the fizzy bubbles, I added some glossy accents which adds a fun touch.  You can see them in the photo below.
You have all month to play along.  So, get inky and link up your creation; I can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Mirtillamente "Bollicine" digi; PaperTrey Ink "World's Greatest"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges: 
Pattie's Creations #218null--anything goes













Crafty Catz #674--make it masculine
Creative Fingers #280--anything goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #232null--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #574null--anything goes

Friday, June 14, 2024

Open Road

My dad is a motorcycle guy.  This is the card I made for him for Father's Day.  The patterned paper has a map of the continental United States.  You can see Florida down there by the sentiment.  New Hampshire, where my parents live is up by the enamel dots.  I used a light gray card base and squares for my image panels (which were actually left over from die cutting the frame for this card that I posted the other day).  I used a light gray ink and inked the image up several times to get a darker, but still subtle image.  I added a strip of Ocean Tides card stock running down behind the image panels.  I finished it all off with some gray enamel dots.


Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions motorcycle and "Father's Day"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Lawn Fawn frame die leftovers

Challenges:
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #23null--anything goes
Cards Galore #124--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #87--anything goes













613 Avenue Create--anything goes with the optional twist: for the guys
Double Trouble #168--We Dare You (Thing #1: masculine)
Penny's Challenge #573null--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'-null-Father's Day/Special Man
Crafting Happiness #178--outdoor toys (motorcycles are big toys!)


 







Cardz 4 Guys #349--father's day
Little Red Wagon #760--plains, trains, automobiles, vehicles of some type
C.R.A.F.T. #723--transport/sport
As You Like It--with words or without words (99% of the time, I include sentiments on the front of my card as I usually have an occasion in mind when I make a card.  Also, it doesn't seem finished if there is no sentiment)
Crafty Catz #674--anything goes with the optional twist: make it masculine
Creative Fingers #280--anything goes

Turning ONE!

 Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Feeling Blue (use blue as the predominate color)

Here is my card for your inspiration:
This weekend we are celebrating the first birthday of a sweet little boy in our family.  This is the card I created for him.  One of the best things about handmade cards is that you can personalize them to the recipient.  With this spelling of his name, he will never be able to find mass produced items with his name on it, but he will have a card with his name on it!  I die cut the frame and trimmed some scraps of blue patterned papers to fit behind the frame.  Then I die cut the letters of his name and the number "1" out of dark blue card stock.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto one of the patterned paper panels and then stamped the elephant on a scrap left over from cutting one of the other panels.  I added a little shading to the elephant with a gray marker and then fussy cut him out and adhered him to the fourth panel.  It is super cute and relatively easy--the hardest part was getting the letters squished together enough to fit in that panel!  It was a tight fit, but eventually I managed to do it.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the Cut It Up blog for the full details of the challenge and to see what the rest of the Design Team has created. 

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Emory"; PaperTrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes"
Dies: PaperTrey Ink letters and number; Lawn Fawn frame panel

Challenges:
Cutie Pie #195--Dads AND/OR lads (I went with lads)
Crafty Calendar--for a child
Sheepski Designs #87--anything goes
613 Avenue Create--anything goes with the optional twist: for the guys
Make My Monday #227--B is for Blue and Birthday
Double Trouble #168--We Dare You (Thing #1: masculine)
Creative Knockouts #523--2 or more patterned papers












Tuesday Morning Sketches #760--sketch (I turned it horizontally)