Friday, May 20, 2022

Hello, gorgeous

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:
STAMPlorations

Here is my card for your inspiration:
As I was looking through my STAMPlorations products to see what I wanted to use, I realized that I have quite a number of their products, most of them unused.  This row of butterflies stamp was one of those items and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use it!!  At first it might seem like this doesn't fit the "Out in the Country" theme, but you definitely see a lot more butterflies out in the country than you do in more urban areas.  I started by die cutting the stitched panel out of white card stock and stamping my image with black ink.  Then I took some small ink cubes in a range of purples and created an ombre, water color look.  I started with the lightest ink, smooshed it onto a small clear stamping block and spritzed with some water.  Then I smooshed the block onto the stamped panel mostly over the first butterfly.  I did the same steps with the remaining three shades of purple.  I stamped "hello" with black ink and then came the magic.  I die cut the word "gorgeous" directly out of the center of my stamped image.  Then I die cut the same word out of three more layers of white card stock and one out of a dark purple (which you really don't end up seeing, but it was worth a try to bring in a little more color).  I adhered them all together and then glued it back into the negative space in my stamped panel.  Unfortunately, I lost the pieces from the loops of the "g's" so the look isn't exactly what it should be.  But it still turned out really cool.  I finished the card off with several small purple pearls to add some interest.  You can see the dimension of the word "gorgeous" better in the photo below.
I had originally thought to do rainbow colors on the butterflies, but I really like how it looks with the monochromatic color scheme.  I may have to give the rainbow a try another time to see how it turns out.
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: STAMPlorations "Butterfly Row" and "Wreaths and Flowers"
Dies: STAMPlorations "Stitched Rectangles" and "gorgeous"

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #76--pearls/bling
Die Cut Divas--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #67--for the girlz
We Love Stamping--for a lady (or girl)
NBUS #28--never before used schtuff (Butterfly Row had yet to come out of it's packaging--so sad)
Crafting Happiness #63--anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs--die cut or punch
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #544--anything goes with an uplifting sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Monday--texture (with the pearls, raised up die cut word and the die cut stitching)
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #556--die cuts AND/OR sketch









Penny's Challenge #521--anything goes
Double D--monochromatic













Wednesday, May 18, 2022

15 masculine cards

 This is a long post with a lot of pictures, so hang on!  Last quarter, I finally got a change to play along with Kendra's card challenge--You take 6 sheets of 6x6 paper and follow Kendra's cutting templates and card sketches to create 15 fabulous cards.    Do you see the 5 little tiny scraps of paper in the top right?  That's all that is left of the 6 sheets after making the cards!!  This is the second time I have gotten a chance to play along.  I decided to make some masculine cards as I always need them in my stash.  Some of them (with the yellow dotted paper) could work equally well for a female, but for the most part they are pretty masculine.  I used stars as my embellishment of choice to tie the cards together even more.  Most of them are designed to be birthday cards, though I used some sentiments that could be used for other occasions as well.


Card #1:
I added some die cut stars, some grossgrain ribbon and a couple enamel dots.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Be Blessed"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; Verve star dies

Challenges:
Cards Galore #99--anything goes


Card #2:
Only die cut stars to embellish this one.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Be Blessed" and "To the Moon" trio of stars
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; Verve stars; Stamps of Life star

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper

Card #3:
I added die cut strs and a star border.  Some of the stars are left overs from the border die cut.  This is probably my least favorite card of the bunch.  It needs just a little something and I'm not sure what it is.

Supplies:
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink "Just Sentiments: Birthday"
Dies: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" border die and stars; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Snippets Playground #428--anything goes with snippets (all of my die cuts were cut from scraps)


Card #4:
Stars, more grossgrain ribbon and 3 more of the enamel dots.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Be Blessed"
Dies: Verve stars

Challenges:
Die Cut Divas--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #521--anything goes


Card #5:
I think this is my favorite of the bunch.  I just LOVE that striped paper!!  The kraft banner on the left was supposed to be a place to use a different patterned paper but I thought it was the perfect place to stamp the birthday sentiment.

Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Just Sentiments: Birthday"
Dies: Verve stars

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar--anything goes




Card #6:
I also love this one with the striped paper!  This is the only one where I didn't stamp the sentiment on white card stock.  I heat embossed it with white powder onto navy card stock for a fun touch.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "I'm So Glad . . ."
Dies: Verve stars

Challenges:
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #556--die cuts AND/OR sketch




Card #7:
Hmmm . . . I also love this one!!  I was able to use the enamel dots on this one.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Better Together"
Dies: Verve stars; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Dies R Us #192--anything goes with dies Dies R Us sells (I used Spellbinders)


Card #8:
This is a very interesting one with all the narrow strips.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Be Blessed" and "To the Moon" star trio
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; Verve stars; Stamps of Life large star

Challenges:


Card #9:
I felt this one could be a little more feminine, but could work for either one.  I used one of the enamel dots and some yellow ones to coordinate with the paper.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: Verve stars

Challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs--die cut or punch

Card #10:
This one is fun!  I dry embossed the background with a diagonal stiped embossing folder.  The sentiment was stamped and die cut and then finished it off on the small strip below.

Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Perfect Pairs: Commodities"
Dies: Papertrey Ink "Perfect Pairs: Commodities"; Verve stars
Darice embossing folder

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday--add texture (with the embossing folder)

Card #11:
For this one I added some more grossgrain ribbon and then I added glossy accents to the stars to give them a bit of something.  You can see it in the second photo.


Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: Verve stars; Stamps of Life large star

Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes


Card #12:
Another one of my favorites.

Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Just Sentiments: Birthday"
Dies: Verve stars; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:


Card #13:
This one is so fun with all the banners.  This one finished off the sheet of enamel dots.  Stash busting at its finest!


Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Better Together"
Dies: Verve stars

Challenges:

Card #14:
I added some die cut stars around the top of the sentiment circle for a fun embellishment.  I also added some tiny stars along the bottom of the circle since I was now out of the matching enamel dots.  Three strips of the grossgrain ribbon finished it off.

Supplies:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Just Sentiments: Birthday"
Dies: Verve stars; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:

Card #15:
I had a TON of tiny stars left over from the border die cuts, so I used a bunch of them to accent the sentiment panel.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Jeremiah 33:7" plain jane
Dies: Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" border die and stars

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #544--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Catz #595--anything goes with the optional twist: masculine


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Mother's Day

I'm a little late in posting this, but this is the Mother's Day card I made for my mother-in-law.  Here favorite color is purple, and what pairs better with purple than green?  So I started with that color combo and went from there.  I started by stamping these gorgeous flowers from Altenew's "Beautiful Days" set.  The layering stamps are fabulous and quite easy to line up (thought I did have a bit of trouble lining up the outline stamp) and I used a coordinated group of purple inks from Altenew so they match perfectly!  Then I pulled out my "Guide Lines" stamp set from Papertrey Ink and created the background using the same purples as the flowers and adding some green for contrast.  I finished it off with a sentiment from Verve and added a smattering of purple pearls.  I stamped the outline of the flower image in purple on the envelope.  You can see it in the photo below.
For the inside, I added a "Mother's Day" sentiment and stamped the flower outline image again with one of the lighter purple inks.  And there it is, ready to go!


Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Beautiful Days"; Papertrey Ink "Guide Lines" and "Tucked In: Mother"; Verve "Love Deepens"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and banner die

Challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations #543--Mother's Day/Someone Special (feminine)


 






Try Stampin' On Tuesday #554--sketch with the optional twist: floral







Dies R Us #192--anything goes with dies DRU sells (I used MFT dies)
Unicorn Challenge #76--pearls/bling
Sheepski Designs #62--for the girlz
We Love Stamping--for a lady (or girl)
Creatalicious #234--anything goes with the optional twist: Mother's Day
Word Art Wednesday #543--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #521--anything goes
YNS #183--flower power
Paper Funday #41--anything goes with the optional twist: family (mother-in-law)
Dare 2B Artzy--flowers
613 Avenue Create--anything goes with the optional twist: mother, may, I
Incy Wincy--die cut or punch

Friday, May 6, 2022

Foxy Birthday

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

And our fabulous sponsor is:


Here is my card for your inspiration:

I have had this stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays for a couple years and had yet to pull it out and get it inky.  This challenge (specially since they are our sponsor!) was the perfect opportunity to pull it out and let it see the light of day.  There is also a racoon in the set, but I decided to use this cutie fox and created a masculine themed birthday card.  I had been wondering how I would use this log patterned paper, it fit the theme quite well.  I finished everything off with a couple star brads that I have had for very, very, long time.

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: CAS-ual Fridays "Bushy Tailed"
Dies: Spellbinders banner

Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz #295--"D" is for die cut
Cards Galore #99--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Critter Crazy #62--anything goes
Inkspirational Challenge #264--Bark (tree bark on my logs)













Penny's Challenge #520--anything goes
Creative Fingers #230--anything goes
Make My Monday #173--Happy Birthday













NBUS--first time this stamp set has been used even though I've had it for at least 2 or 3 years

Friday, April 22, 2022

Simply Amazing

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:

Here is my card for your inspiration:
Pink and Main sent me this lovely Stamp Set and Die set to work with.  There are 3 gorgeous flowers and sentiments to go along with them.  The die set cuts out the flowers and has three banner dies that fit the sentiments.  I chose to use the rose bud image, one of the sentiments and the banner die that coordinates with the sentiment.  Along with the brand new goodies, I pulled out some ooooold stuff out of my stash.  The background is a page from an old, old, old encyclopedia set, there's a bit of mulberry paper from back when it was so popular (great stuff, really) and an old spellbinders die set that I have had for years!
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: Pink & Main "Roses"
Dies: Pink & Main "Roses" dies; Spellbinders "Filigree Delight"

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #559--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #519--anything goes
Art Impressions #325--fun with flowers
Creative Fingers #229--anything goes
Double Trouble Challenge #108--Frame It (Thing #1: basic die shape {I used an oval, which I think is pretty basic}; Thing #3--flowers and/or butterflies; Thing #2--play with Dies R Us)
The Paper Shelter #508--world book day (I used a page from a book)
Dies R Us #190--flowers/spring (I used a spellbinders die)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #227--sketch (I turned it on it's side to fit my image better)












NBUS #37--the stamp set and coordinating dies hadn't been opened until this card (I only just got them this month, but still . . .)


Friday, April 8, 2022

Easter Blessings

  Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Easter and/or Make your own background


And our fabulous sponsor is:
DRS Designs

Here is my card for your inspiration:
I decided to create an Easter card, and I chose this beautiful Easter image from DRS Designs.  Because it is such an interestingly shaped image, I printed it out really big and used it as the main (and only) panel.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers, then masked the image so I could stamp the sentiment "Easter Blessings" repeatedly over the background with a pale gray ink (that way, I also completed the "make your own background" portion of the challenge).  Then I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I adhered it to a pale purple card base and finished everything off with some clear dew drops.
For the inside, I used the same stitched rectangle die to cut a panel of white card stock and then stamped a second Easter Sentiment and adhered the panel to the card base.

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: DRS Designs "Easter Lily and Crosses Oval" digi; Easter sentiments are from an old Flourishes set
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs--Easter and/or animals (I went with Easter)
Cards Galore--anything goes
Creatalicious #232--anything goes with the optional twist: Easter
Inkspirational #262--inspirational photo (I was inspired by the spring flowers)













The Paper Shelter #506--pastel Colours
Mod Squad Challenge--anything goes
















Monday, April 4, 2022

Thankful for you

This card was made almost entirely from my bits and pieces stash.  The patterned paper and the die cut butterflies have been in there for a couple years; they were part of a little thank you gift for ordering some stamps.  The die cut heart was also in the stash and the "thankful" was left over from Thanksgiving.  I die cut 3 more out of cheap yellow card stock and layered them all together for dimension.  I heat embossed the sentiment on a little scrap of black card stock with white embossing powder and added a few pink enamel dots.  Quick and easy when it's all made out of scraps!

 Supplies:
Stamps: Verve 
Dies: MFT "Stitched Heart STAX"; unbranded "thankful"

Challenges:
Crafty Catz #589--anything goes with the optional twist: lots of layers
Snippets Playground #425--anything goes with snippets
Word Art Wednesday #537--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Creative Moments--special lady (this card was made for my twins' Sunday School teacher who is looking for a new church closer to where she lives.  She has been their teacher for at least 8 years, so she is very special!)
Crafty Friends #154--colours of spring













Penny's Challenge #518--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #605--anything goes

Friday, March 25, 2022

Birthday Wishes

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:
Taylored Expressions



Here is my card for your inspiration:
Taylored Expressions was so generous and gave the designers this beautiful stamp and die combo and a set of circle masking stencils to use for this challenge.  The flowers are just gorgeous!  And I'm excited to get to try the circle masks in different ways.  Thanks, TE!  I started by stamping the flower image and coloring it (for some reason, I find it much easier to color an image before I cut it out.  I guess I really need to be able to see those lines, I really don't know), then using the matching die to die cut it out.  I actually used the die to cut three more out of an inexpensive white card stock and layered them all together for some dimension.  I used the circle mask along with a brick wall stencil from MFT to create a landing place for these gorgeous flowers!  It also looks like it adds dimension, but the base is just one layer.  Using my mini MISTI, I curved my sentiment to fit in the blank space.  I finished everything off with a smattering of pink pearls  and then added some gold glitter shimmer pen to the green leaves which you can just see 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: Taylored Expressions "Spring Spray"; Verve "Better Together" sentiment
Dies: Taylored Expressions "Spring Spray"
Stencils: Taylored Expressions "Masking Stencils-Circles"; MFT brick wall

Challenges:
Cards Galore #97--anything goes
Die Cut Divas--birthday
Creative Inspirations--spring flowers
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
NBUS #36--anything goes (the flowers, die and masks are all brand new, never before used)
Fab n' Funky Challenge #547--hand colored image
Penny's Challenge #517--anything goes
CRAFT #631--anything goes
Creative Fingers #221--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #604--all occasions (birthday)

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Party like a pirate

 I have no idea how this happened, but my oldest is turning 16 tomorrow!!  16 is a big deal, so I wanted to create a fun, interactive card, and this is what I came up with: a fun 3-D pirate-themed box card.

I bought the MFT "Out of the Box" die a month or so ago and hadn't gotten it out to play yet.  This was the perfect time!  It was really quite easy to put together, if I had stuck to the basic design . . . but, no, I wanted to create a see-through look on the front so I made it a little more difficult for myself.  But the way it turned out was worth it.  Since there really wasn't any place for a sentiment on the front of the card, I added some decorative panels on the sides: this side has the sentiment . . .

and this side has a black, glittery "16", die cut out of black glitter paper.  You can see the fun dimension added by all the little shelves inside the box.
So fun, and I love how cute the different sea creatures are!

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Party Like a Pirate" and "Friends with Fins"
Dies: MFT "Outside the Box", "Ocean Waves", "Ocean Floor"; Lawn Fawn "Stitched Hillsides"; Papertrey Ink "By the Numbers" border die
Stencil: Taylored Expressions "Set the Scene: Clouds"

Challenges:
Cutie Pie  #169--beginning with B (I have a lot of blue)
Die Cut Divas--birthday
Craft Rocket #90--use an animal
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes
NBUS #36--anything goes with never before used shtuff (first time using the out of the box die set)
Incy Wincy Designs--nature and scenery
Fab n Funky #547--hand colored image
Penny's Challenge #517--anything goes
Creative Fingers #257--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #631--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #604--all occasions


Friday, March 18, 2022

Christmas Present

 I decided to recycle some of the Christmas cards I received this year.  The present was recycled from one of those cards.  I found some red dotted ribbon in my bits and pieces stash and then found some matching patterned paper scraps to go with the color scheme.  The three snowflakes were part of a bunch of crafty items I bought at a yard sale a couple years ago.  They were already punched and I adhered two together to create each element, to give a little depth and stability.

I added a little bit of red and white twine, a little red brad and a stamped sentiment to finish it all off.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment
Martha Stewart snowflake punch

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #75--dots and/or stripes (dotted ribbon)
Sparkles #134--Santa Claus is coming to town (there are two Santas on my patterned paper, and they brought a gift)
Cards Galore #97--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Winter Wonderland--Christmas presents













Christmas Kickstart #60--snowflakes are winter's butterflies

Blessed my life

 A couple weeks ago, one of my cats knocked over my bits and pieces stash (in their defense it was quite precarious!).  So, I took a little time to organize it and look through the different bits and pieces I had.  Most of the elements on this card were in the stash, so it was a very quick and easy card to create.  The patterned papers, sentiment and matching leaf sprigs have been there for several years.  I received it in an order I received from Verve, probably just as they were closing up shop.  I colored the little sprigs and fussy cut the two that are not part of the sentiment.  Then I pulled the already stamped flower out of the pile thinking it worked quite perfectly!  I just needed some pink card stock and pearls and a bit of olive organza ribbon to finish it off.  I love quick and easy!


Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew

Challenges:
Unicorn Challenge #74--dots and/or stripes (I've got both)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--spots/stripes or Easter
Sheepski #60--flowers
Crafty Gals #229--add a flower













Word Art Wednesday #535--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #517--anything goes

Friday, March 11, 2022

Have courage

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

And our fabulous sponsor is:

Here is my card for your inspiration:
So, I have to admit that this challenge had me stumped for a long time!  What was I going to create to celebrate women's history?  As I was looking through my Cas-ual Fridays stamp sets and I came across this set with this sentiment.  And I started thinking of all the women that have gone before us and paved the way for the freedoms and privileges we have now.  think of how much courage it took for the first woman who wanted the right to vote, the first woman who wanted attend college, the first woman to join the Army, and I could go on and on.  So many things that we take for granted are the results of women who had the courage to try.  I paired the sentiment with some pretty flowers from a different Cas-ual Fridays set.  I was thinking of using the bold black and white flower patterned paper, and when I saw the little bit of yellow ribbon in my bits and pieces stash, my color combo was born!  The black and white checked ribbon was also in the bits and pieces stash and the scalloped border was die cut from a small scrap of black card stock.
I started by stamping my flowers in the corners of my main panel and then colored them.  I then heat embossed "courage" with black embossing powder and then stamped "have" with black ink.  I wanted the "courage" to really stand out.  I added a bit of gold sparkle glimmer pen onto the flowers; you can see it 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: Cas-ual Fridays "Mon Ami" and "Powerful Words" (retired)
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle die and a mini scalloped border die

Challenges:
Penny's Challenge #516--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #534--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper













Sheepski Designs #60--flowers
Snippets Playground #423--anything goes with snippets. (even my patterned papers were pieces left over from other projects)
Dare 2B Artzy--anything goes