Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From Our House

Welcome to July!  Yikes!  Where in the world did June go???  Today begins the next challenge from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  We are a month long "Anything (Christmas related) Goes" challenge.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice (not to mention the satisfaction of having completed another Christmas card!).
One of my absolute favorite images from Bugaboo is this adorable little Plush Reindeer!  Just LOVE him!!  And what is even cuter than one Plush Reindeer?  Well, TWO Plush Reindeer! Don't you think?
 My digital cardmaking skills are pretty limited, I have to admit.  I'm quite adept at downloading them, sizing and printing, but beyond that . . . not so much.  So, I am quite pleased with myself since I managed to figure out how to rotate one of the reindeer to make a mirror image.  (Yes, I know this is probably pretty basic.)  I introduce to you Mr. & Mrs. P. Reindeer; aren't they cute!?  I added a little pink to the Mrs. and gave her a pearl pen necklace and voila!  Cuteness times two.
 I made this as a gatefold card for a little fun and interest.  This last picture shows it all opened up and the sentiment inside.  It reads "Merry Christmas from our house to yours".

Come and Get It--cute cards
Christmas Card Challenge #30--anything goes
Hiding in My Craft Room #205--any Holiday
Wags 'n Whiskers #157--more than one fold
Fussy & Fancy #142--fancy folds
Crafty Catz #285--it's all white
Sister Act Card Challenge #112--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--more than one fold

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Plush Reindeer" digi; Verve "Merry & Bright" sentiments
Dies/embossing folders: Sweet n' Sassy heart die; Spellbinders "Matting Basics, A2"; PTI "Fancy Flakes"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder

Monday, June 29, 2015

No Rulz! Blog Hop!

It's summer and it's hot, so let's break it up a bit! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog Design Team is happy to bring you our "No Rulz!" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by River City Rubber Works! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!
As you hop, leave comments! The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating Anything Goes inspiration projects for our blog hop. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up a 'No Rulz' project for extra entry/entries into the drawing! No rules for this challenge!

For my card, I chose this beautiful image called "Sunflowers, Large".  The DT received digital images of the River City Rubber Works rubber stamps.  And I have to admit, when I first saw this one printed out I was a little disappointed.  It just seemed a bit blurry, you know, not crisp.  But I had to use it so I colored it up and now I LOVE it!!  The blurriness is really just shading and it helps the image come alive.  I also love how this card turned out.  It's CAS but really grabs me.

I printed the image out three times, colored and layered different parts of the image to create some really awesome dimension.  The first layer is the entire image.  The second layer is the three flowers facing the front and the third layer is the two larger flowers.  You can see the dimension in the following picture:

 To finish the image off, I added brown stickles to the centers of the flowers.  Can you see the sparkle in this last photo???

Here is the line-up:

We hope you are enjoying the hop and if you get lost along the way - or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun - head over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning!

Happy Hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Crafty Gal's #25--anything goes
Fantastic Tuesday #91--a touch of summer (sunflowers are THE summer flowers)
Clear It Out--theme: your style (my style is classic, leaning toward a more CAS look but with embellishments) stash: use your favorite craft products (die cuts, and pearls are one of my favorite embellishments)
Loves Rubberstamps #157--use a die cut
Crafting with Attitude--anything goes

Stamps: River City Rubber Works "Sunflowers, large"; Verve "Text Objects" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" for my 'washi' tape

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Birthday Wishes

We had a family birthday party this weekend.  The birthday girl turned 60 and I was going to make a card that had the numbers on it, but then I wasn't completely sure she was turning 60 and it would be pretty bad to put that on a card if she wasn't.  Don't think that would have gone over well.  So, I settled for this adorable cupcake instead.  I just think it is so sweet.

Creative Craft Cottage #42--spots or stripes (I have both!)
Top Tip Tuesday--name that tune (umm . . .Happy Birthday)
Loves Rubberstamps #157--use a die cut
Cuttlebug Mania--sentimental journey; use a sentiment
Eureka Stamps #146--paper piecing (I paper pieced the cupcake liner)
MFT--rule of thirds (my ribbon/bow, focal panel and cupcake are placed on the top horizontal line)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #111--anything goes
If you Give a Crafter a Cookie #21--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the pink and blue and the polka dots)

Inspiration Destination #33--anything goes
Penny's Paper #232--anything goes
Fashionable Stamping #100--glitz and glamour (I used pearls, ribbon, and glittery frantage embossing powder)
Viva La Verve June week 2--sketch

Crafty Dee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Paper Nest Dolls #16--anything goes
The Paper Girls#82--Happy Birthday
Stamps: Verve "Joyful Blooms" sentiment; PTI "Baker's Dozen" cupcake
Dies: Verve "Classy Label"; PTI "Baker's Dozen"; Spellbinders "Floral Doily Motifs"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In your eyes . . .

I think this is my final Father's Day card.  Finished just in time as it needs to be mailed out in the next day or two.  This one is for my Daddy and I think it is just perfect!

ART Impressions #61--for the fellas
Craftin' Desert Divas--Father's Day
Jo's Scrap Shack #92--Father's Day
One Stitch At A Time #239--men
Come And Get It--It's a guy thing
Eureka Stamps #145--Father's Day
Sweet Stamps #266--For Dad
Digi Sketch Challenge--theme: All About Men
Crafty Cardmakers #141--for a man or boy
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Stamps: Verve "Be Blessed"
Dies: Verve "Flag It!"; Spellbinders "Matting Basics A"


Pansies are my all time favorite flowers.  They are just so cute and come in so many gorgeous colors. I just can't resist their cute little faces.
 Here's a shot of the shaker in action:
I filled it with circles cut with a die and some chunky clear glitter.  It looks like confetti; so fun!

Crafting Musketeers #26--shades of summer
Vintage Stamping #33--Hot Sunny Colors
As You Like It--Favorite flower and why (I shared why at the beginning of the post)
Creative Craft Cottage #41--flowers
MFT Color Challenge #22--
Inspiration Destination #37--anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #150--In the garden
Sister Act Card Challenge #110--anything goes

Stamps: SU! "Spring Pansies"; Verve "Noteworthy" sentiments
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13"

Monday, June 15, 2015

In the barnyard

Welcome, everyone!  Today begins a new challenge on the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog and I know it's a big favorite with everyone: Anything Goes.  Our wonderful sponsors are:

I was able to use this beautiful image from River City Rubber Works.  Isn't it fabulous?!  I think this card will be for my husband's grandfather.  He and his daughter (my mother-in-law) are really into horses and have had quite a few through the years.  We actually live in the house he built when he and his wife were first married and we have a barn that looks very similar to this.  And my mother-in-law still has horses and has a barn that also looks similar.  So, I think this is a very fitting image for a card for him.

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #84--make it male
Wags n' Whiskers #156--CAS
Jo's Scrap Shack #92--Father's Day
Crafty Catz #288--CAS
Kraftin's Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals #23--the great outdoors
Crafter's Cafe #120--anything goes
Creative Inspirations #317--buttons & bows
Top Tip Tuesday--Cut it out (I used a stitched die for the main panel and scissors to cut the banner)
Craftin' Desert Divas--Father's Day
Pattie's Creations--Father's Day or Graduation
One Stitch At a Time #289--Men
Come and Get It--It's a guy thing
Digi Sketch Challenge--All About Men and/or the sketch (I use the male theme)

Stamps: River City Rubber Works "Barnyard"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13"

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Golden Christmas

Welcome to my mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  We are a month long, anything Christmas related goes challenge.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  Here is my inspiration card for you:
 I am not usually a big fan of gold, but I have to say how much I love how this card turned out.  The sentiment is embossed in this gorgeous sparkly gold powder and the gold matting just really sets off the pink.  And I spritzed some gold mist on the poinsettia.  You can see that in the photo below.  I didn't have any gold pearls so I colored some white pearls with my gold paint pen.  Perfect match!

Sister Act Card Challenge #110--anything goes
Brown Sugar #150--In the garden (poinsettias do grow in some gardens)
C.R.A.F.T. #315--Christmas
Southern Girls--ticking, tacking, toeing (I used the patterned paper, gold, die cuts column)
Inspiration Destination #37--anything goes
Penny's Paper #231--Favorite Embellishment (ribbons and pearls are my favorites)
Addicted To Stamps #148--holiday
Crafty Creations #291--embossing
Crafter's Cafe #120--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--use patterned paper and the sketch

Word Art Wednesday #187--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Craft Cottage #141--flowers
Top Tip Tuesday--Cut it out (I used a die for the poinsettia and scissors to cut the banner)
Fantastic Tuesday--let's see some bling
Scrapper's Delight #45--anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge #28--anything goes

Stamps: Verve "Peace on Earth"
Dies: Spellbinders "Layered Poinsettias"; MFT corner die