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)











Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Who's turning 7??

 Happy May 1st!!  It's time for a new challenge on the Critter Crazy Challenge blog!  As always, it is a month long challenge: Anything Goes as long as you feature a creature.  Here is my card for your inspiration:

My youngest nephew just turned 7!!  I can't believe it!  Where has the time gone?  While I was looking through my Pinterest boards a while ago, I came across a card with a number wreath with the specific age highlighted and I wanted to sort of recreate that look.  So, I die all the numbers out of dark brown card stock and the "7" a second time in yellow to make it stand out.  I die cut a circle out of craft card stock and adhered the numbers around the edge of the circle using a smaller circle to help space them out.  I stamped my sentiment on white card stock and then die cut an arrow out of red card stock to help draw even more attention to the "7".  Then I stenciled my kraft layer with pawprints and then die cut it to create a fun pop-up slider card with a hidden message.  I used more red and yellow card stock to keep the card feeling bold and bright and finished the front of with a sweet little kitty!
On the inside I finished the sentiment and added another little kitten having fun with a ball of yarn.
Interactive cards are fun for any age, but I especially like to make them for kids as I know they enjoy the movement and hidden surprises.
Thanks for stopping by!  Hop on over to the Critter Crazy blog and check out the details and the rest of the projects from the Design Team.

Supplies:
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink "Big Birthday Wishes" all sentiments except the hidden one and "Just Sentiments: Birthday" hidden sentiment; MFT "Cat-astrophe" cat; Lawn Fawn "Push Here"
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "By the Numbers Border Die"; MFT "Slider Surprise" and "Blueprints 13"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, Large" and "You are Here" arrow

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create--anything goes with the optional twist: a splash of color (my yellow is the splash)
Creative Fingers #276--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #646--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenge #570--anything goes
Krafty Chicks #713--all occasions




Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Birthday blessings

 I've had this paper pack sitting on my desk and have made several cards recently using it.  I have had it for a very, very long time and it is down to just scraps and pieces.  One of my very favorite things to do in card making is use up full patterned paper packs, so you will be seeing many cards using up the last little bit of this one, coming soon.  This card is a birthday card for my mom.  The piece of paper with the roses on it is gorgeous and it is has some gold foiling on it, so I heat embossed the sentiment and the top layer of both the rose and leaf layering images.

It's hard to see it in the photos, but in real life it is so sparkly and shiny!  Really beautiful.  The ribbon also has been sitting on my desk--it goes perfectly with this paper pack as it has a nice gold shine to it.

Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Love Deepens" sentiment; PaperTrey Ink "Life is Sweet" rose and leaves
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "Life is Sweet"

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar--dry or wet embossing
Craft Rockets #113--layer it up
Beautiful Blossoms #16--anything goes with optional mood board (I did not use the mood board)








Triple B--birds, butterflies, or blooms with optional mood board














Creative Fingers #276--anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #520--Mamma Mia (for a mom)
Penny's Challenge #570--anything goes


Monday, April 22, 2024

Mom

Hello, everyone!  It's time for the mid-month reminder for the challenge from the Creative Moments Challenge blog.  The theme is: Cute and Cuddly.  I am using an image from our fabulous sponsor: Beccy's Place.

 Here is my card:
This cute little mouse is a freebie from Beccy's Place and he is just adorable!!  I decided to create a card using a fun fold.  The pink panel opens up to reveal more of the sentiment.
And then that panel opens up to reveal another sentiment and to provide a place to write a message.

The idea for this fold came about because I already had the pink shaped piece die cut and it had a little bit of the white border on it from the part of the pad that connects the sheet of paper to the binding.  So, it made me think of folding it along that line and then it all went from there.


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: Beccy's Place "Little Mouse" freebie digi; Verve "Love Deepens" sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 4" and "Floral Doily Motifs"

Challenges: 
Sheepski Designs #85--anything goes
Di's Digi Designs--scraps & stash













Creative Fingers #276--anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes

Friday, April 19, 2024

Everything's Better with Frosting

Happy Friday!!!  It's time for a new challenge from the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  This week, the challenge is: Something that begins with "B".

Here is my card for your inspiration:
This is for my sister's birthday which happens to be today (April 19)!  The two of us have a love for food, specially yummy treats, so this card is very fitting for her.  We also both run and exercise quite a bit so we can eat those yummy treats!  My "B"s on the card are Better, Birthday, Bunting and Banner on my cupcakes.  I am coming to the end of this paper pack, which I have had for a very long time.  The papers are gorgeous but I am down to small pieces so I'm trying to find ways to use it up.  The sketch I used was great for using up some of the larger scraps.  The gold die cut doily pieces came into being in order to cover up a bit of the green that had a different pattern on it.  Now, no one will ever know (except all of you!).  The ribbon was also added to make the green piece seem a bit larger.  The pink rhinestones were actually left over from some tile/sticker kits my girls had several years ago that they didn't end up using.  And since I am never one to throw things away, they've been in my stash for a while.  Using up bits and pieces of things is my favorite!!  Even the little gold dots on the cupcakes are the left over pieces from the die cut doilies.  And yes, I am one of "those" people!  You can see the foil in the pink paper shimmer better 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 "Baker's Dozen" cupcakes; MFT "Delicious Birthday" sentiments
Dies: PaperTrey Ink "Baker's Dozen"; MFT "Small Doilies" and "Blueprints 12" stitched rectangle

Challenges:
Sheepski Designs #85--anything goes
Paper Funday #69--anything goes with the optional twist: sweet treats
A Gem of a Challenge--anything goes
Di's Digi Designs--scraps & stash














Friday, April 12, 2024

God's Love

Some Christmas cards that you receive in the mail are just too pretty to throw away.  I have several in a bin near my desk waiting for some inspiration to strike.  The one I used today has been sitting on my desk in the midst of being cut up for a while.  So, today, I finally pulled together a card using the sentiment and I'm working on a second one that will use the image and other parts of the card.  Also sitting on my desk was the piece of scrap paper that I use to protect my desk when I'm inking, stenciling, embossing, etc.  I've thought for a while that it would make a really fun background, and today was the day.  One side of the paper had a lot of gold from a paste and the other side had more blue/purple/black from blending ink and off stamping.  I really thought I was going to use the gold as it was so pretty, but the blue fit much better.
I matted my sentiment on gold card stock and die cut some snowflakes out of a gold glitter paper.  Then finished it off with some irridescent blue/purple rhinestones that I had had for YEARS and never used as they don't match with very many other colors (or at least my style!).  You can see the shimmer and glitter in the photo below:
The background piece has a bit of silver sparkle on it in places, I don't remember if it was from a shimmer spray, or just some diamond glitter that doesn't brush off.  Either way, it adds a nice little sparkle that's hard to catch in a photo.

Supplies:
Dies: MFT "Cute Snowflakes"

Challenges:
Sparkles #159--non-traditional colors
Cards Galore #122--anything goes
ABC Christmas--H is for hats, I is for inky (I chose I for inky with my inky background)
Craft Rockets #113--layer it up













Creative Fingers Challenge Blog #275--anything goes
Fab n Funky #593--add a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #643--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Jingle Belles--Peace On Earth Day (use at least one recycled element--Christmas card and the pieces of scrap paper) 

Monday, April 8, 2024

Prayer for you

 Hello, everyone!  It's time for a new challenge from the Creative Moments Challenge blog.  The theme is: Cute and Cuddly .  I am using a Freebie image from one of our fabulous sponsors: Beccy's Place.

 Here is my card:
A saw this sweet little bear in the shop and thought he was too cute to pass up!  I did flip him vertically to fit my card design better.  I colored him up with my Spectrum Noir markers and added a sentiment about prayer (because, obviously, he is praying!)  I finished it off with a scalloped patterned paper panel and some gold ribbon to match the gold foil in the paper.  A quick and easy card that's also Cute & Cuddly!
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: Beccy's Place "Prayer Bear" freebie digi image; Papertrey Ink "Inspired: Prayer"
Dies: MFT "Stitched Scallop Trio"

Challenges:
Cards Galore #122--anything goes
Sheepski Designs #85--anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs--Inspired by a movie, song, book (I was inspired by the book "I Prayed For You"













Once Upon a Time #21--inspired by "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?"













Double D--cute little animals













MFT #692--sketch













Crafty Catz #669--anything goes with a cute critter
Creative Fingers #275--anything goes