Friday, May 24, 2024

Sleepy Kitty

Hello, everyone!  It's time for the mid-month reminder for the challenge from the Creative Moments Challenge blog.  The theme is: Ribbons & Bows.  I am using an image from one of our fabulous sponsors: All Dressed Up.

 Here is my card:

I used this sweet sleeping kitty image to create a cute Christmas card.  I've had it printed out for quite a while and now was the perfect chance to use it.  I used a few scraps of card stock and some polka dotted ribbon to follow the sketch.  And I colored up the kitty's bow to match the ribbon.  

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: All Dressed Up "Christmas Kitty" digi; Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" washi strip and "Fancy Flourish"

Challenges: 









Snippets Playground #480--anything goes with snippets (all the patterned papers were scraps, the sentiment strip was die cut from scraps and the image was printed for a project I never ended up creating)
MFT Christmas--anything Christmas goes
C.R.A.F.T. #721--Christmas
Jingle Belles--tree skirt tic-tac-toe (I used the diagonal: ribbon, red or green, silver)













Double D--polka dots













Krafty Chicks #717--all occasions

Friday, May 17, 2024

Eternity

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

Here is my card for your inspiration:
I have a wedding to go to this weekend and this is the card I created.  It feels kind of dark for a wedding card, as they seem to have lots of white, but I felt like using purple for the rose and then I spotted this fabulous, subtle gray patterned paper and I went from there.  The paper was a little dark, so I added a layer of adhesive vellum over top to soften it up a little.  I used a lot of silver card stock for shine and finished everything off with some white pearls sprinkled about.  You can see all the shine in the photo below:





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 "The Sweet Life" flowers and "Inside and Out Love" sentiment
Dies: Papertrey Ink "The Sweet Life"; MFT Stamps ornate corner die

Challenges:
We Love Stamping--vintage AND/OR anything goes
Paper Funday #65--anything goes with the optional twist: flower shoppe
Aud Sentiments #313--foiling AND/OR Flowers
Beautiful Blossoms #17--anything goes with the optional mood board













Try a Sketch on Tuesday #646--sketch (I did flip the sketch upside down)













Word Art Wednesday #648--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafting Happiness #171--blooms or birds
Simon Says Stamp Monday--romance, wedding, anniversary



Wednesday, May 15, 2024

First Dance

Hello, everyone!  It's time for a new challenge from the Creative Moments Challenge blog.  The theme is: Ribbons and/or Bows.  I am using an image from our fabulous sponsors: All Dressed Up.

 Here is my card:
The oldest son of my best friend is getting married in two weeks!!  Two weeks ago, some of us at church threw his bride-to-be a wedding shower.  It was amazing!  This is the card I created to give her with my gift.  For some reason, my printed just decided it did not want to accept my card stock anymore, so I had to do a quick readjust and printed this out on printer paper which is definitely NOT a good medium on which to use alcohol markers.  So, I had to pull out my colored pencils which I rarely ever do.  Thankfully, there wasn't a lot of area to color as most of it is the bride's white dress!  I matted the image on black cardstock, then some torn mulberry paper before adding it to an embossed white panel.  I finished everything off with a fun sentiment, some pearls and a yummy black and white dotted ribbon and bow.
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: All Dressed Up "First Dance" digi; PaperTrey Ink "Together Forever" sentiment
Cuttlebug damask embossing folder

Challenges:
Sheepski Designs #86--anything goes
Can You Handle The Pressure--anything goes with the optional twist: flowers
Art Impressions Stamps #378--just for you (I made this for the bride-to-be)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--romance, wedding, anniversary
The Paper Shelter #596--lots of layers

Sunday, May 12, 2024

You are amazing

This is the latest installment of my attempt to use up this paper pack; it just keeps multiplying!!  This first card used up a TON of little strips of paper!!  I pieced each layer together (but I'll let you in on a secret: I didn't put strips on the portions that are covered by other layers) using different narrow strips of the paper.  It creates a lot of color and interest and is kind of fun.  I added a bit of ribbon and a single pearl to the body of the butterfly.
The second card also uses a herringbone piecing technique, but I was able to use more of the larger pieces.
I think this third card is my favorite.  I just love that yellow rose paper; it has a bit of gold foiling in the pattern.  It is so gorgeous!!
And the final card used a bunch of circles.  I had several squares that were just the right size for my circle die and voila!


That's it for now, but there will be more, probably several more--those scraps just keep coming.

Card 1:
Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Whatnot Sentiments Thirteen"; Verve "Blue Skies"
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #277--anything goes
Cards Galore #123--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
We Love Stamping--vintage OR anything goes













Lil' Red Wagon #755--create your own background

Card 2:
Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Whatnot Sentiments Thirteen"; Papertrey Ink "The Sweet Life"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
The Paper Funday #65--anything goes with the optional twist: flower shoppe
Aud Sentiments #313--foiling AND/OR flowers
Beautiful Blossoms #16--anything goes with flowers with the optional mood board

























Card 3:
Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Whatnot Sentiments Thirteen" 
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Challenges:
Sheepski Designs #86--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner#255--anything goes with the optional twist: lace or pearls648
Word Art Wednesday #648--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Pixie's Snippets Playground #480--anything goes using snippets (all the pattern pieces and cardstock were scraps, and the butterflies were punched from a scrap of card stock)


Card 4:
Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Whatnot Sentiments Thirteen" 
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"
Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Challenges:












Unicorn Challenge #98--for the girls
Penny's Challenge #571--anything goes

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Amazing

 If you have been by to visit by blog in the last several weeks, you may have heard me talk about trying to use up the scraps from a patterned paper pack I have.  This card uses some of the last remaining "larger" scraps; they were just large enough for this fabulous sketch I found.  I love a good sketch and they are often perfect for using up scraps just like this.


Supplies:
Stamps: YNS "Whatnot Sentiments #13"
Dies: unbranded butterfly die

Challenges:



Creative Fingers #277--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Cards Galore #123--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #256--anything goes with the optional twist: lace AND/OR pearls
Triple B--anything goes with butterflies, blooms, or birds and the optional mood board


Word Art Wednesday #648--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #571--anything goes


Mother's Day

Today I'm sharing the Mother's Day card I made for my mother-in-law.  I didn't put any sentiment on the outside because I really didn't want to take away from this stunning butterfly!  But I will show the Mother's Day sentiment on the inside at the end of this post.
For the bast couple of weeks I've been working on using up this patterned paper pack.  I'm down to a lot of small scraps, so I have been getting creative with how to stretch those scraps.  Probably many of you already know this, but I just wanted to share a quick little behind the scenes view of how I do it.  This works best if you use a sketch (or layout0 that has a lot of layers--layers that you can hide things behind.  In the photo below, you can see that each panel has been pieced together.  Most of the time, the patterned paper doesn't come close to covering the mat layer.
Once those layers are placed together on the card base, you see how most of the bare spots are hidden behind other layers.
And once I add the focal circle, no one will ever know that these are not full sized patterned paper panels!
I added a large die cut butterfly and finished it off with a bunch of pearls lining the body.  Here is the sentiment on the inside:


Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Tucked In: Mother"
Dies: unbranded butterfly; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #279--anything goes
Cards Galore #123--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #86--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #256--anything goes with the optional twist: use lace or pearls
Triple B--anything goes with the optional mood board






Cheerful Sketches--sketch














Penny's Challenge #571--anything goes









 

Friday, May 3, 2024

Amazing

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

Here is my card for your inspiration:

If you've visited my blog recently, you may remember that I am working on using up the end of a paper pack.  This card is another one using up some of those scraps.  I found a fun sketch using some fishtail banners that were perfect for using some of the larger pieces of patterned paper.  I pulled out the pink in the floral piece with a hot pink circle mat for my beautiful butterfly that I die cut out of a pale pink.  The die is actually designed to die cut two separate pieces that can interlock and be used on the top of a treat box, or something similar.  It creates two bodies with alternating slots that can fit together.  I wanted to just use it as a butterfly, so I carefully trimmed off some extra pieces on the bodies and layered them together to make it look like one piece.  To hide the slots, I added a bunch of pale pink pearls and unless you look really, really, really closely you can't even tell!  I finished everything off with a sweet sentiment and some hot pink rhinestones!

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: Your Next Stamp "Whatnot Sentiment Set Thirteen" sentiment
Dies: Unbranded butterfly die; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:













NBUS--never before used schtuff (first time out of the packaging for this butterfly die)
Triple B--blooms, butterflies, or birds
Word Art Wednesday #646--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #570--anything goes
Pixie's Snippets Playground #468--anything goes with snippets (all the elements were cut from snippets)
Double Trouble--SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing (Thing #1: anything goes)