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
Die Cuttin' Divas #222--anything goes

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

Friday, June 12, 2015

You're special

Ahhh . . . strawberry season!  It's like the unofficial start to summer.  Though with the dry weather we've been having, my patch isn't doing so well.  I did manage to make a batch of jam, but it just about used up all the fruit.  So sad. : (

Brown Sugar #150--in the garden
Crafty Gals Corner #23--the great outdoors
The Crafter's Cafe #120--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #187--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Inspiration #317--buttons & bows
CraftyDee Bow-Z--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Fruity Strawberies"; Verve "Take Note" sentiment

Birthday Fishes

A while ago I found this really fun card on Pinterest; you can find it here:
Isn't that the cutest thing?  I knew I had the perfect stamp set and filed it away to try later.  Well, today is later. : )  Here's my version:
So fun!  I just love these cute little sea creatures.

YNS #16--sketch
Crafty Catz #283--CAS
Sister Act Card Challenge #119--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #377--beside the seaside
DRS Designs #178--Just Beachy
Crafty Gals #23--the great outdoors
Clear It Out--theme: color blue; stash: blue embellishments
Shopping Our Stash #205--cute critter alert (I've had the vellum for probably about 14 years)
Tuesday Throwdown #248--frame it (the circles frame the creatures)
Hiding In My Craft Room #202--summer colors
A Gem of a Challenge #146--something blue
ART Impressions #161--for the Fellas
Crafting with Attitude--anything goes
Through the Purple Haze--use bright colors
Die Cuttin' Divas #219--national aquarium month

Stamps: YNS "Sea Creatures" and "Sea Creatures Sentiments"
Dies: spellbinders "Standard Circles, large"
YNS gumdrops

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Get "Whale" Wishes

Ooo . . . doesn't this cute little whale make you smile!?  My brother broke his finger and had to have surgery to fix it this past week.  I'm going to send him these "Get 'Whale' Soon" wishes.
I used a circles impressibilities to create bubbles on the background.  And I used a circle border die to cut the waves, once out of cardstock and once out of vellum.

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #36--anything goes
Inky Impressions #212--Make it for a Man
Addicted to Stamps #147--Make Your Mark (I used ink, a gray marker to shade the whale, chalk and an impression plate to create marks in the background)
Craftin By Designs--anything goes for June
Word Art Wednesday #186--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown #247--out to sea
Chalk 'n' Stock--anything goes as long as you use chalk (I used chalk to color his cheek and to lighten his belly)
Paper Girls #81--Father's Day/Masculine
YNS #15--sketch

YNS "Sea Creatures Set One" and "Sea Creature Sentiments"
Dies: MFT "Designer Labels 4 STAX", "Blueprints 13" stitched layer and "Western Circle Star Border Duo" for waves; Spellbinders "Circles" impressibilities


I very rarely make a card just for fun; I usually have an occasion or a person in mind.  But when I saw this sketch from As You See It Challenge, I just had to play along.  LOVE it!
As soon as I saw it, I had this ticket die in mind.  This is the first time I've used it as I wasn't really sure what to do with it.  I think it turned out really well.  I also used up a few pieces that had been sitting on my desk from previous projects.  So, it's a win-win.

Addicted to Stamps #147--make your mark (I used markers to color the flower and ink to stamp the background, flowers and sentiment)
Creative Inspirations #316--for a friend
Clear It Out--theme: anything goes, stash: anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps #154--anything goes
Cards Galore Challenge--anything goes
One Sweet Challenge--dies and/or punches
Crafty Cardmakers #140--stitching (I used a stitched die to cut the background layer)
One Stitch At A Time #238--flowers
As You See It #89--sketch

Stamps: Verve "Surely Goodness", "Text Objects" sentiment; JustRite Stampers "Crackle Background"
Dies: Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; MFT "Blueprints 13" and "Mini Ticket" border die

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Birthday Wishes

Can I just say I had a lot of fun on this card?!  I did a lot of fussy cutting and piecing.  It all began with the "chrome" on this cute little bug.  I was just going to color it gray and forget about having it look shiny as I don't know how to color it that way.  And then I got to thinking.  I have some aluminum tape  (that my dad uses for chimney rebuilding/lining) and I knew it would give that perfect chrome look.  So I stamped the image again onto the tape with Stazon and then cut out the tale lights, trunk pull, license plate frame and rear bumper.  As the aluminum tape is self adhesive, it was easy to adhere all those little pieces.Then I stamped again on white card stock and cut out the actual license plate and the tale lights and adhered them.  It came out perfect!  And I really wanted to make the rear window into a shaker card; it really adds to the party theme.
 Here's the shaker in action and the shine of all the chrome:

Vintage Stamping #33--Hot sunny colors
Card Mania #69--use a metal embellishment (the charm)
Sweet Stamps #224--polka dots
Paper Girls Challenge #81--Father's Day/masculine (this card is for my father-in-law)
Eureka Stamps #143--special occasion (birthday)
Sweet Stampin'--Father's Day/special Man
Sketch Saturday #363--sketch (#288; I flipped it upside down so I could use my sun as the circle element)
Suzy Bee's #82--bright & colorful
Wags 'n' Whiskers #155--seeing spots
Fussy & Fancy #140--fun in the sun
Crafty Ribbons #120--men & ribbons
C.R.A.F.T. #313--father's day/male
Mod Squad--masculine
The Crafter's Cafe #118--one for the boys
Di's Digis--2 or more patterned papers

Stamps: Raisin Boat "Off to Party"; Verve "Strong Anchor" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13"

Monday, June 1, 2015

Father's Day Wishes

Happy Monday and Happy 1st day of June!  Today begins a new challenge at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog: Male Call (make a man-themed project and make sure there is some stamping on it).  The sponsors for this challenge are:

I was given this fabulous rubber stamp from Stamps on Fire: "Hunter Silhouette".  As it is a silhouette, it was just begging to have an inky background behind it.  Don't you think?
I created a sunset as it looks like this hunter and his dog are returning from a long day of hunting.  As it doesn't look like they got anything, I think they were really just enjoying each other's company.

Tuesday Throwdown #246--anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday #89--add texture (the twine and ribbon as well as the embossed ticket)
Word Art Wednesday #185--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #118--one for the boys
Mod Squad--masculine
Inky Impressions #211--ribbon or lace
C.R.A.F.T. #313--Father's Day/Male
Crafty Ribbons #120--men & ribbons
Jo's Scrap Shack #90--anything goes
Hiding in My Craft Room #201--freestyle (anything goes)
Sweet Stampin'--Father's Day/special male

Stamps: Stamps on Fire "Hunter Silhouette"; Verve "Strong Anchor" sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 4" and "Just the Ticket"