Saturday, April 17, 2021

Did Someone Say Cake?

 It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.

The challenge this time is: Animals Acting Like Humans
And here is my card for your inspiration:
Aren't these little guys so adorable??!!  And who can refuse a yummy looking cupcake like this?  The card is actually a 5x7 size which is much larger than I usually make.  I printed out the image quite large intending to make a very CAS card, but then decided I wanted a little more interest so I had to go bigger.  Unfortunately, the image is so large it covers up most of the fun chevron paper I used in the background.  But, its so cute, it really doesn't matter!
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Supplies: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Teds Cupcake Party" digi; MFT "Delicious Birthday" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Creative Craft Cottage #39--include an animal













Incy Wincy Designs--Borders and/or bright colors
Aud Sentiments #272--anything goes
Cardz TV #138--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #494--anything goes








Friday, April 16, 2021

With Sympathy

About a month ago, I received this gorgeous set from Altenew: "Rosy Lookout"!  It is a fabulous layering stamp set.  I mean, look at them!  They don't even looked stamped.  I had a chance to play with it and stamped multiples of almost all the images.  It was really easy using my mini MISTI.  I created another card with the other images; you can see it here.  For this card, I was in need of a sympathy card, as you can see.

 I heat embossed the frame with gold embossing powder and then stamped the sentiment with black ink.  The matching die made it quick and easy.  A little bit of dotted ribbon and some gold Nuvo drops finished everything off.  You can see the shine from the embossed image in the photo below.
The embossing really adds just the right amount of elegance.  And every sympathy card needs some elegance.

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"
Dies: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Boutique Borders: Sympathy"

Challenges:
Crafty Creations #420--anything goes
Creative Moments #212--anything goes
As You Like It--Favorite: stenciling or embossing (I am starting to enjoy stenciling, but I don't do a lot of it.  I LOVE both heat and dry embossing!!  I love watching the powder change as it melts and creates something amazing!!)
Fab n Funky Challenge #519--embossing, wet or dry
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Catz #517--anything goes with the optional twist: embossing, wet or dry


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Happy Spring!

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week the challenge is: Spring Has Sprung.  And here is the card I created for your inspiration:

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the bunny image then adhered it to the main panel and then adhered a die cut grass strip to the bottom of the panel after tying some twine around it.  I lined up the letter dies for the word "spring" using a grid mat and a strip of washi tape to hold them in place and then to transfer them to the sheet of patterned paper.  That way they come out perfectly spaced and in a straight line.  I added a strip of acetate (recycled from a stamp set packaging) behind the die cut letters and created a shaker element.  I finished it off with a die cut "happy" and some sprinkled sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the House blog to see the rest of the DT's creations and then get inky and play along with us.  And if you need any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your ENTIRE order coupon code over in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Clover Bunny"
Dies: MFT "Happy Trio" and "Stitched Alphabet"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps grass border

Challenges:
Your Next Stamp #161--Sunshine & Smiles (My little bunny is smiling and I'm sure he will bring smiles to the recipient!)
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--spring or Easter
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Stinkin Inkers--recycle/reuse (I recycled some stamp packaging to create the shaker window)
Creative Craft Cottage #39--include an animal
Paper Funday #28--anything goes with the optional twist: spring has sprung
Creative Moments #212--anything goes













{Pin}spirational Challenge #276--inspiration photo (I was inspired by the bunnies and the pink)













If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #155--inspiration photo ( was inspired by the white bunnies, the pink and the dots)



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

50th Birthday

 What do you do when your friend is turning 50?  Well, obviously create a fabulous, sparkly, 50th Birthday card!!

A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful layering set by Altenew: "Rosy Lookout" and I decided this was the perfect time to play with it.  I used my mini MISTI and I'm so glad I did because I ended up stamping most layers twice to get a nice, dark stamping.  While I was stamping, I decided to create 4 of everything as it is easy enough to do when using a MISTI.  The large rose has 4 layers, the larger bud has 4 flower layers and three leaf layers and the smaller bud has 2 flower layers plus 3 leafy layers.  The leaves each have 3 layers.  Getting them lined up perfectly is a little tricky, but fortunately, it does matter if it isn't 100% perfect; no one will notice.  I ended up using about half of the stamped and die cut images and saved the other half for a card I will be sharing later this week.  I had this really fun idea of die cutting the sentiment out of the top layer which allows the patterned paper to show through.  I used a piece of washi tape laid out on a grid mat to get the letters straight and perfectly aligned.  Then I was able to transfer all the letters (still attached to the strip of washi) directly to my die cut panel and have them all exactly in the right place!  I used this same technique in this card.  I die cut the word "happy" from dark brown card stock and the "50" from some gold glitter paper and adhered them both above the "birthday" cut out.  I stamped the "th" in dark brown ink to finish the sentiment.  The, I adhered a bit of acetate, recycled from some stamp packaging, to the back of the "birthday" cut out to create a shaker element.  I finished the card off with some small white pearls.

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Rosy Lookout"; PaperTrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" 'th'
Dies: Altenew" Rosy Lookout"; Kat Scrappiness "Distressed Edge" nesting slimline die; MFT "Happy Trio" and "Stitched Alphabet"; PaperTrey Ink number border die

Challenges:
Sunday Stamps #254--Go Slim and sketch









Pixie's Crafty Workshop #400--anything goes with snippets (All of my flower/leaf pieces were stamped and die cut from scrap white card stock and the "50" was die cut from a scrap)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Anniversary Pups

 Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week it is Anniversary.  Create any project with an anniversary theme.  Here is the card I created for your inspiration:

My sister and brother-in-law have the next anniversary coming up, so I decided to make a card for them.  They are dog people and have a black Border Collie/Lab mix, so I colored these sweet little pups up in black.  They aren't as hairy as my sister's dog (she definitely has the Border Collie hair!) but they are black, so it will work.  The pup on the right is how the image actually stamps.  For the pup on the left, I did the mirror stamping technique so I could have them "facing" each other.  They are really so cute and playful!  I added a few die cut hearts that were in my bits and pieces stash.  They finish it off perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will hop over to the House blog to see the rest of the DT's creations and then get inky and play along with us.  And if you need any of the stamps I used, check out my 10% off your ENTIRE order coupon code over in my left sidebar.


Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Wagging Pup" and "Happy Anniversary"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 25" stitched banner; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" hearts

Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge--Z is for Zoology
Unicorn Challenge #64--include an animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Sheepski Designs #49--animal magic
Dare 2 B Artzy--bright colors














Saturday, April 3, 2021

21

 One of the young men at our church just turned 21.  Oh, to be 21 again!  I'm going to be double that this year; yikes!  Anyway, I made this card to celebrate him.  It all began with the turquoise stars.  I had several of them left over from a baby shower and have been trying to use them--masculine cards are perfect!  I used black for some bold accents and black glitter paper for the focal point.


In the photo below, you can see all that lovely sparkle!

Supplies:
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "By the Numbers"; Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard "Framelets Flip-Its--Stars"

Challenges:
Double Trouble #81--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes)













Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge--use a number
Little Red Wagon #595--Happy Birthday
Creative Fingers #205--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper


You Rock!

 It's Saturday!!  That means it's time for another challenge from Di's Digi Designs.

The challenge this time is: Make It Monochrome
And here is my card for your inspiration:
I created a fun flip card to celebrate a young man's 13th birthday.  It's funny, I have a hard time mixing colors, but I also struggle with monochromatic color schemes!  You would think that would be easy!  The color was inspired by the turquoise star in the center of the flip element.  I had several of them left over from a baby shower, so I've been trying to use them up on masculine cards.  
I colored up this little cutie, "MP3 Mike" with my Spectrum Noir markers.  He is just perfect for masculine cards, specially teen cards.  With this flip card layout, there really isn't a place for a sentiment on the inside, but I did use a word die from the same set to add a sentiment on the reverse side of the star element.  I also added two strips of stars for a bit of interest on the inside.

On the back, I add a place for another sentiment and a spot for writing a little note.

I hope you will get a chance to play along with us; I can't wait to see what you create.  And make sure you hop over to the Di's Digital Designs blog to see what the rest of the team has made for this challenge.

Supplies: 
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "MP3 Mike" digi; Papertrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" sentiment
Dies: Sizzix/Stephanie Bernard Framelits Flip-its "Stars"; PaperTrey Ink Numbers border

Challenges:
Cardz TV #13--anything goes
A Gem of A Challenge--anything goes
Double Trouble #81--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes, Thing #3: color-with my Spectrum Noir Markers)
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #493--anything goes
Mod Squad--use a number
Little Red Wagon #595--Happy Birthday 
Cards Galore #86--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper