Friday, September 23, 2022

Hello Sunshine

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


And our fabulous sponsors are:
Pink And Main

And

Our very own Designer, Leslie, who is offering a lovely lot of crafty goodies.



Here is my card for your inspiration:
Pink and Main sent me this fabulous die set to work with!!  It includes this rainbow/sun piece and a sentiment: "friend" with a layering element.  At first I wasn't too excited about using this die, but once I actually cut with it and saw how fun it really is, I think I fell in love!  Here's what I did: the die cuts out everything all at once like a puzzle.  I ran it through my die cutting machine with white cardstock and had the idea that I would do it again with card stock each color of the rainbow so I could piece it together.  But I quickly realized that would waste a good amount of card stock and decided to color the white pieces with markers to get the colors I wanted.  So, I did that with the rainbow and sun pieces and sponged a bit of light blue ink around the edges of the clouds to make them stand out a little bit and to give them a rainy feel.  I also ran the die through my cutting machine with black glitter paper to get that black ring.  It really helps everything pop and the glitter adds a bit more fun.  I wanted to make this a shaker card, so I die cut a circle from the plaid layer, adhered some acetate behind it and then, starting with the outside cloud border, glued the pieces into place,  Since I wanted to be able to see "inside" the image, I left out the sky pieces, allowing the shaker elements to be seen.  After the die cuts were in place, I stamped my sentiment and then created the well for my shaker bits and added dimension to the rest of the back of the card, filled it with seed beads in rainy colors, adhered acetate to the back of the shaker element, placed the left over circle from the plaid piece onto the back of the card to show through the window as well, and finally adhered the whole panel to my white card base.  Partly for fun and partly to cover up a little tear where some washi tape stuck to the main panel, I added some clear droplets to mimic more raindrops.  You can see the shaker in action 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: Verve "Celebrating you"
Dies: Pink and Main "Rainbow Friend"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Paper Funday Challenge #45--anything goes with optional twist: thinking of you
NBUS #42--never before used schtuff (first time I have pulled this die set out of the package.  And the first time I have used paper from this paper pad even though I have had it for at least a year if not two!)
Sweet Stampers #72--add a sentiment
As You Like it--which is your favorite: metallic or glitter card? (while I do love a good metallic card, I LOVE glitter!!  And if I can use it without all the mess than that is even better!  Glitter card stock still leaves glitter around, but not as much as the loose stuff, so it's glitter card for me.)
Simon Says Stamp Monday--sparkle & shine
Double Trouble #121--punch it out (Thing #1: use a punched or die cut element)
Penny's Challenge #530--anything goes

Friday, September 9, 2022

Congrats

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

And our fabulous sponsor is:
The Cutting Cafe

Here is my card for your inspiration:
We were given these fabulous cut-files to use.  I chose to use the foldable base and the layers.  Since I don't have an electronic cutting device, I had to hand-cut ALL of these pieces.  About half way through the card base (which I did first), I was really starting to rethink my life choices!  But I powered through and I am glad I did, because it really did turn out fabulous!  I cut the card base and the top layer out of black card stock.  I cut the middle layer with a gold glitter cardstock.  I used the base layer and then trimmed just inside the lines to make it slightly smaller than the base.  I stamped the graduation cap and diploma, colored them and fussy cut them out.  Soooooo much fussy cutting on this one!  I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with a banner.  I also added some black glitter die cut stars which you can see much better in real life.  You can see them better in the photo below:
I had to use the stars to cover up some adhesive mishaps, but no one will ever know, except you!

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: Verve "Take Note" sentiment; Repeat Impressions  cap and diploma
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Double Slider Surprise" banner die
The Cutting Cafe "Congrats Shaped Card" cutting file

Challenges:
Crafting Happiness #181--add a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #560--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #529--anything goes
Cards Galore #103--anything goes
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Paper Funday #45--anything goes with the optional twist: thinking of you

Friday, August 26, 2022

Grandpa

  Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Grandparents' Day (this is a good time to create something to celebrate a favorite Grandma or Grandpa)


And our fabulous sponsor is:
Lawn Fawn



Here is my card for your inspiration:
I got this adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn a while ago (read: a couple years) and had yet to pull it out and ink it up.  So, this was the perfect opportunity to give it some love.  I started out by die cutting my frame out of a light gray card stock and then figuring out how I wanted to orient it to best create a scene.  I kind of made it backwards and created from the top most layer back to the base layer, but, hey, it worked.  I created my "cliff" with a Lawn Fawn stitched hillside die and a dark gray card stock and added the lighthouse on top of the cliff.  (Side note, I live in Rhode Island so we have a lot of lighthouses along the coastline).  I created my "sandy beach" layer with some kraft card stock , then stamped the "GRANDPA" part of the sentiment and added a few stamped hearts with a kraft colored ink and added some grains of "sand" with two different markers.  I created my "ocean" with some Aqua Mist card stock die cut with a wave die.  I used some matching ink to define the edges a little and stamped some waves with the same ink and some white ink.  For the sky, I used a cloud stencil to add some interest and stamped my birds directly onto the background before adding the puffy clouds.  I finished it all off by stamping the rest of the sentiment on navy card stock (to go with the nautical theme) and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
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: Lawn Fawn "Smooth Sailing"; Papertrey Ink "World's Greatest" the word grandpa
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Peekaboo Backdrop" frame, "Stitched Hillside Borders"; MFT "Ocean Motion"
Taylored Expressions "Set the Scene: Clouds" stencil

Challenges:
Cards Galore #102--anything goes
Unicorn #79--summer time
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #65--anything goes
Creative Inspirations--anything goes
613 Avenue Create--anything goes
NBUS--never before used stuff (never used the stamp set before)
Penny's Challenge #528--anything goes
Creative Fingers #237--anything goes
Cupcake Inspiration #551--hobbies (for some people, sailing is a hobby)













Cardz 4 Guyz #303--use a stencil
Little Red Wagon #688--a day at the beach

Friday, August 12, 2022

All about me!

  Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: All About Me (create something for you, or something that represents you, or both!)


And our fabulous sponsor is:
STAMPlorations


Here is my project for your inspiration:
I LOVE to read!!  After a bit of a hiatus because I have three children, and lots of other interests, I've kind of gotten sucked back in.  It has mostly been fueled by my middle daughter who keeps feeding me the next book in a series she loves.  I just HAVE to keep reading them, you know?!  Anyway, I used a STAMPlorations tag die to create my bookmark base.  The tag wasn't as long as I wanted it to be, so I die cut the top only (hanging the bottom part outside the edge of the cutting plates so it wouldn't cut the bottom.  Then I slid the tag die down and did the same, but this time hanging the top off the edge of the cutting plate.  (I die cut a second piece to go underneath to strengthen the base)  I used a stencil to create a background.  I stamped my images (they are separate: head, shoulders with arms, dress, legs) on scrap card stock, colored them and cut them out.  Then I stamped the dress on a patterned paper and placed all the pieces together on the bookmark.  I actually have a blue dress with white polka dots (just wore it this past Sunday to church).  I added red shoes, for a pop of color and fun.  I also have red shoes but wouldn't be able to wear them with the dress because mine have polka dots and that would be a little too much with the dots on the dress!  I stamped a stack of books and a sentiment, added an eyelet and some fabric twine for the tassel.  Oh, and did I mention my favorite color is blue?  Yep, so this book mark is all about me!
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 "Party Girl"; MFT "Our Story" stack of books and sentiment
Dies: STAMPlorations "Coffee Tags"
Stencil: STAMPlorations "Floral Burst Mini"

Challenges:
Penny's Challenge #527--anything goes
Snippets Playground #434--anything goes with snippets (all the pieces of my woman image were stamped on scraps--paper piecing is a great way to use up patterned paper scraps!)
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #65--anything goes
NBUS--never before used shtuff (this is the first time I have used the woman stamp set)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--summertime blues
613 Avenue Create--anything goes

Friday, July 29, 2022

Pumpkin spice and everything nice

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:
Newton's Nook



Here is my project for your inspiration:
I created this adorable little treat box all dressed up as a pumpkin for a nice fall themed treat.  I had this really cute set "Love Bites" from Newton's Nook and I thought the little donut could be a pumpkin spice donut to go with my pumpkin theme.  Super cute, right?!  I took some pics of each side so you can see what it looks like from all the angles.




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: Newton's Nook "Love Bites"
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs treat box; MFT small leaves and "Tag Builder Blueprints 5" tag and heart; Poppy Stamps "Pumpkin Leaves"

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #287--spring or autumn colors (I chose autumn)
Fab n Funky #566--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #554--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
The Paper Shelter--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #526--anything goes



Thursday, July 21, 2022

Monster-ous Birthday Wishes

 My oldest nephew turns 8 on Saturday.  This is the card I created for him; isn't it sooooo cute!!  I love these adorable Silly Monsters from YNS--they are perfect for masculine cards.

The center panel is popped up on foam tape to create a little hole for the monster to pop out of.  See him tucked in there?  I think he just took a bite of that ice cream bar on the right--see that look on his face?

Supplies:
Stamps: Your Next Stamp "Silly Monsters" and "Sweet and Cool"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #101--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Cutie Pie #173--little cuties (for a child)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #170--inspiration photo (inspired by the ice cream)













Aud Sentiments #295--anything goes with a sentiment
Fab n Funky #556--anything goes
The Paper Shelter--anything goes
Little Red Wagon #663--time for ice cream
Try Stampin' On Tuesday #565--sketch with the optional twist: sweet treats











A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes

Friday, July 15, 2022

You're so cool!

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:


Here is my card for your inspiration:
I was watching videos from MFT Stamps and came across this really fun slider card tutorial.  Alas, the dies and images I wanted to use were too big for the technique and I went through several (and I do mean several) panels before I finally ended up with something that was somewhat similar to what I wanted.  This panel still didn't end up exactly how I wanted it, but I just couldn't bear the thought of die cutting everything again!! So, I used the heart border die and a couple of the sequins to cover up some oopsies and the recipient will probably never even notice.  In the tutorial, the original image gets hidden as you pull the slider tab and the new image just pulls into place.  But I did NOT have enough room to do that, and I think it's ok to end up seeing both images.
I finished off the inside with a birthday greeting and stamped one of the ice cream bars with a caramel ink.
I will definitely give this a try again, but pick much smaller speech bubble dies and smaller images.  Live and learn!
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 "Sweet & Cool" (which seems to be retired) ice cream bars and front sentiment; Lawn Fawn "Push Here"; Mama Elephant inside sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Say What" large speech bubble and "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Smartphone" small speech bubble; PaperTrey Ink heart border

Challenges:
Cards Galore #101--anything goes
Craft Rockets #94--summertime
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #170--inspiration photo ( I used ice cream bars instead of cones, but inspired by cool tasty treats!)













Aud Sentiments #295--anything goes
Creative Fingers #235--anything goes

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Autumn Blessings

 Today I have the honor of guest designing for Penny's Challenges.  As always, the challenge is Anything Goes.  And the sponsor this challenge is Twinkle Lane Design.  I was given this adorable image to use.  No, I'm NOT rushing fall, but you gotta go with what you have to work with, right?

I colored my image, die cut it with a circle die and matted it with a scalloped circle die.  I had a bunch of die cut leaves in my bits and pieces stash that were perfect for embellishing the image.  I finished it off with a twine bow on the sentiment tag, and several yellow rhinestones for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will get a chance to head over to the Penny's Challenge blog see what the designers have created and get all the details.

Supplies:
Stamps: Twinkle Lane Designs digi
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Standard Circles, large"; MFT leaf dies

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #234--anything goes
Your Next Stamp #187--anything goes
Cards Galore #101--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper













A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes


Friday, July 1, 2022

Peace on Earth

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:

Here is my card for your inspiration:
In my opinion, it is never to early to start on Christmas cards, so that's what I decided to create for this challenge.  I needed to alter my image slightly to fit the size of my oval die (the largest I have).  I masked out the sentiment first and stamped only the image with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with a sparkly gold embossing powder.  Then I die cut the image with the oval, and then I figured out the placement of the sentiment, masked off the image and stamped the sentiment and embossed it with the same embossing powder.  You can see the sparkle and shine in the photo below:
I didn't have any gold brads or enamel dots, so I decided to try a trick I've heard about before: I took some random colored brads, pressed the heads into the versamark ink pad, dipped them in the gold sparkly embossing powder and then heated it with my heat gun.  I had to do it a couple times to make sure I got a good coverage.  You can see how it turned out in the above photo--they turned out perfectly!  I added a couple die cut poinsettias and it was finished!

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 "Three Wisemen Peace"
Dies: Spellbinders "Filigree Delights" oval and "Layered Poinsettias"

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Critter Crazy #63--anything goes
Crafty Gals #232--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #524--anything goes
Creative Fingers #234--anything goes
Your Next Stamp #187--anything goes
Use Your Stuff #451--plants/flowers (I have not used these poinsettia dies in AGES!!)
Krafty Chicks #618--anything goes

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Freedom

 This is my second card as a Guest Designer for Word Art Wednesday.  The unofficial theme for the challenge is "Independence Day", though it is always anything goes with an uplifting sentiment.  So, this is what I made:

The paper I used is actually from a Christmas paper pack, but I really love the stars and the distressed feel to it.  I added a strip of striped paper to bring in the blues and finished it off with some dotted red ribbon that was in my bits and pieces stash.  I added some stamped stars to the main sentiment panel, and some star brads to the smaller sentiment panel.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Word Art from Word Art Wednesday; unknown Americana stamp set
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics: A"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #100--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Creative Moments #235--red, white and blue
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #63--checks or stripes













Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #232--anything goes
Inkspirational Challenge #267--use a digital element













Creative Fingers #233--anything goes
Crafty Catz #600--anything goes with the optional twist: adda sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Monday--something beginning with "s" (I have stars, stripes, sentiments)




Friday, June 17, 2022

Favorite Bookworm

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


And our fabulous sponsor is:

Oddball Art


Here is my card for your inspiration:
I've had this sweet image from Oddball Art for quite a while and finally pulled it out to color it up.  It has a sentiment that goes along with it, but I wanted to use a different one, so I masked out the sentiment when I printed it out.  I cut the panel with a stitched die and colored the image with my spectrum noir markers.  I die cut the banner and stamped the sentiment on it.  For a little fun and sparkle, I added gold glitter pen to the fairy's wings and some glossy accents to her eyeglasses.  You can see it in the photo below:

This card will be for my middle child.  She is a serious bookworm and I think she will love it!

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: Oddball Art "Image 297"; MFT "Our Story" sentiment
Dies: STAMPlorations "Stitched Rectangle"

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Inkspirational Challenge #267--use a digital element













Penny's Challenge #523--anything goes
As You Like It--Your Favorite: Blond or Brunette (mine is definitely brunette.  I am a brunette and of course that means I color most images with brown hair!  Also, with limited marker colors, I had much better luck coloring darker hair rather than blond hair)
Creative Fingers #233--anything goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #560--sketch with the optional twist: stitching













Little Red Wagon #658--Digi Do (add a digital element)

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

As a Father . . .

 Good morning!  Today I have the honor of being a guest designer for the Word Art Wednesday challenge.  I was given this beautiful verse to work with, and here is what I came up with:

I picked some very masculine papers and they all happened to be scraps, which makes it even better in my book!  The log paper is perfect for the men in my family as we have wood stoves and the men spend a lot of time cutting and splitting wood for the winter.

Supplies:
Dies: Spellbinders "Filigree Delights"

Challenges:
Creative Fingers #232--anything goes
Snippets Playground #429--anything goes with snippets (all of my patterned papers were scraps)
Use Your Stuff #449--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Dies R Us #194--Dad's Day/Masculine
Paper Funday #42--anything goes with the optional twist: masculine
Moving Along with the Times #143--masculine/Father's Day
Double Trouble #113--Let's Go Masculine (Thing #1: masculine; Thing #3: plaid and/or stripes; Thing #2: link up with Try Stampin' on Tuesday)

Friday, June 3, 2022

Classic

  Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: For the Guys/Father's Day Tic Tac Toe Board



And our fabulous sponsor is:
Lawn Fawn



Here is my card for your inspiration:
I chose the middle row of the tic tac toe board: vehicle, ticket, green.  I created my own background using an antique card stamp.  To add a bit of fun, I used a diamond plate embossing folder and then swiped over the raised parts with a pale gray ink pad.  You can see the texture in the photo below:

I die cut the ticket three times out of white card stock and adhered them all together for some added dimension.  Both sentiments are from the same stamp set as the card image.  I added a few green enamel dots to finish everything off.

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: Marks Finest Papers "Classic Cars"
Dies: Spellbinders "Here's the Ticket"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Penny's #522--anything goes
Double D--white with one other color only













Creative Fingers #232--anything goes
YNS #185--sketch













Use Your Stuff #449--anything goes
Double Trouble #112--Something, Anything, Everything (Thing #1: anything goes; Thing #3: repeat your stamped image; Thing #2: enter with any previous partner--I entered with Dies R Us, Crafting Happiness, and Use Your Stuff)
Cards Galore #100--anything goes
Dies R Us #194--Dad's Day/Masculine (Spellbinders and MFT dies)
Paper Funday #42--anything goes with the optional twist: masculine
Moving Along with the Times #143--masculine/Father's Day
Crafty Friends #156--men and/or boys

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