Friday, December 14, 2018

Merry Moose

For this week's challenge at QKR Stampede I made a card using a QKR digi image (Q-digi21504 Straddling Moose) that you can find at stamponit.net. I fell in love with this image when I first saw it and just knew I had to dress the handsome guy in plaid and greenery for Christmas! I copied two of the images onto white cardstock. Making them large enough to fill the front of an A2 sized card front. I then cropped one down so that it was just his head. Printed them off, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, fuzzy cut the head and set it aside. Then punched the greenery from a couple shades of green cardstock with a Martha Steward punch that I forgot that I had. Made a base for the wreath by cutting a hoop from a green cardstock scrap, and gluing the greenery to it. When it was about the right "fullness" I glued it to the moose's body, sliding a few strips of plaid ribbon beneath the lower edge and making sure they were glued down. Then I positioned the moose head atop the wreath and glued it down. Trimmed and layered the Moose topper on some checkered paper and added computer generated sentiments to the front and inside of the card. Since I try to decorate the inside of cards, I added some of the plaid ribbon and a few sprigs of greenery to the inside sentiment. Isn't it a fun card?
PS Stop on by the QKR Stampede where the weekly challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Run Rudolph Run                                  (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Warm Winter Wishes           (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greetings- Anything Goes          (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge-Bow the Merrier              (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Di’s Digi Stamps- For a Child                                                       (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

The current CAS-usal Friday Challenge is a photo inspiration. I made a flap fold card with a circle punch that reflects the size and shape of the snow globe in the inspiration photo. Layered an additional punched circle, and a circle cut from a scrap of white boiled wool from my mom's fabric stash. Sewed two pretty holly sequins and a trio of red sequins to adorn the white wool circle. I used a Flap Fold card tutorial but adhered the circle punch to the base of the card instead of the bottom flap [www.inchofcreativity.com/2017/06/fancy-folds-blog-hop-flap-fold-card.htm]. The weight of the top flap, with a Scrapbook Sentiment tile, is heavy enough to hold the card closed when lowered. The inside sentiment is from the "Ornamental Pine" stamp set from Stampin' Up.  Am entering this card into a few other challenges, including "If You Give a Crafter a Cookie" (because the white wool circle on kraft brown paper looks like a frosted cookie.)
Entered into: 
CAS-ual Fridays- #214 Inspiration Photo                                (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #109                                         (giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #364-#365 Anything Goes          (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Outlawz Challenges- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes      (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)

This months Progressive Challenge at Outlawz is a cute image by Star Stampz named The Conductor [www.etsy.com/shop/StarStampz] that I colored with Spectrum Noir markers. For the background, I used an A2 sized piece scrapbook paper and a scrap of vintage sheet music. The front and insider sentiments are both computer generated.
Entered into
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Nov               (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
The Paper Shelter- #365 Birthday/Celebrations             (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                       (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Dec        (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Marvelous Maude

I've had this wonderful stamp named "Maude" from Art Impressions for some time. I love pairing her with snarky birthday sentiments. This is an example of one that I've had in my files for some time. It is computer generated for this card. So fun
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- #246 Anything Goes    (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenge)
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greetings- Anything Goes [12-10]                         (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                                                          (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #210                                                (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

This is my first  entry into the monthly challenge at Little Scraps of Heaven (LSOH.) This month there is a sketch challenge. I decided to use an adorable LSOH digi named "Penguin on Ice." [You can get the digi set, which includes the penguin plus three fun papers, for just $1.50 here- www.lshdigidesigns.com/Item_37/Penguin-on-Ice-digi.htm] I had a hard time making the ice cube look like… well… an ice cube! After a few attempts with shading, I found a photo by googling ice cube and then it was pretty easy. Used patterned paper from my stash and a wonderful snowflake die added an edging to mimic the torn tablet paper in the sketch. The sentiments are both from Beccy's Place digi sets, "True Beauty" and "Smooth Seas." I fussy-cut a snowflake from the background paper and attached it behind the "Hello Friend" sentiment. Then placed a circle of acetate behind it to protect the snowflake because I added a foam dot to the back to make it pop up a bit. 
 
 
Entered into: 
Little Scraps of Heaven- December  (FB)                                    (lshdesigns.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Warm Winter Wishes           (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #364-#365 Anything Goes             (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Dec                   (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Winter Wonderland    (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Outlawz Challenges- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Wintry Paper and an Animal    (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)

This adorable digi was free this month to members of the Leanne's World 101 Facebook page. Her name is Kandi Kane and you can find her here- www.etsy.com/shop/LeAnnsWorld101] One reason that I like working with digis is that I can enlarge or reduce the size of the image and crop it if desired. For this card, I changed the size and cropped the digi so that I just had the top portion of the image. I wanted attention to be on her beautiful face and delicate hands.  She is colored with Spectrum Noir and white gel pen. I'm not happy with the way her hair turned out… but highlight and shading dark hair is something I'm still practicing. The inside sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations (createwithtlc.blogspot.com)
 
Entered into: 
LeAnnes World [FB] due Dec 12
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Kitty Bee Designs- #133- Santa's Helpers                               (alohafridaychallenges.blogspot.com)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Anything Goes                (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #415 Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Feathered Friends

It's Wednesday! So time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog. Penny's challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out! (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com)
This week, I used a digi and sentiment from one of the challenge sponsors, Sparkle N Sprinkle, named "Birdhouse Friends" [you can find it here- sparklensprinkle.net] It's colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I had a few A2cards in this pretty pearly blue with a scalloped edge in my stash and decided to make one into a gatefold for the card base.  Layered the front sentiment on a scrap of deep brown cardstock, offset the image to the front of the card and attached the sentiment.  I wanted to make this into a wedding card, so the inside sentiment is computer generated to fit that theme.
Note- I don't often use stickers, but these puffy hearts are an exception. If you follow my blog you'll see them show up quite often. I found a package of these little cuties at Walmart several years ago and now always keep them on hand.  [The package contains 113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents. How could I pass that up?] 
 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greetings- Anything Goes              (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #364-#365 Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- #559 Anything Goes                                   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Outlawz Challenges- Twisted Thursday- Gate Fold Card          (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)


I've had this wonderful stamp named "Ernie" from Art Impressions for some time. It makes me think of the snowball fights that my siblings and I had during our childhood. We'd spend hours building a fort and making a stack of snow artillery and then have major battles until we were so cold that we had to go indoors… or until Mom would sing us her come home song. [Ours sounded like this, "Pat, Mike, Kathy, Carol… time for supper."] I made the card with a die-cut window card and an upcycled calendar page. The sentiment on the inside is also an old wood mount stamp from Art Impressions. I added a snowman sticker embellishment for a fun touch. I tried to write the sentiment on the front in lettering that matches the inside font. Am entering the card into the current Art Impressions challenge, plus a few winter-themed challenges. I think that the upcycled calendar photo reflect the true beauty of winter with the sparkling snow, frosted evergreens and crisp blue-gray sky. 
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- #246 Anything Goes    (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenge)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Warm Winter Wishes    (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Winter Wonderland  (Logo)         (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 


My supply of masculine and sport/hobby related cards is getting low, plus I wanted a break from holiday cards… so, I made this beauty. I first created an envelope from an old South Dakota map using an envelope template from Hot Off the Press. A friend recently sent me a card with a fun paperclip embellishment and I used that as my inspiration.  I cut three little fishies and "Gone fishing" sign from scrapbook paper, adhered the fish to the sign and added a thin wire "hanger." to make this sweet embellie from numerous scraps of patterned paper, an old map, and vellum. It took a little time to figure out the banner for the paperclip, getting the right mix of colors and patterns to make the strip that would be draped over the paperclip and stapled in place. I added a top layer of vellum to mute the map a bit so that the little sign and fishes didn't get lost in the background. I really like the way it turned out. The inside sentiment is computer generated using a fun font named "Chiller."  Am entering this card into several challenges including the current Power Polly Challenge named "Try a new technique"[I've never made a paperclip embellishment before. Not sure if that counts as a technique, but I hope so.] and  Pixies Snippets [used lots of little scraps and snips of paper, a map and vellum to make the embellie.] 
                     
Entered into:
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Try a New Technique   (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/12/creative-confetti-try-something-new.html)
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays [anything goes]        (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                          (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Dec           (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Pixie's Snippets-Week #341                                                    (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com) 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Coffee Lovers Finale

My final card for the 2018 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop uses a cute image from an amazing illustrator, author and Ted Talk speaker named Elizabeth Dulemba. (http://dulemba.com/index.html) Elizabeth has created hundreds of digis and coloring pages that she offers for free download! I love this sweet illustration [that you can download here-https://dulemba.blogspot.com/2018/01/coloring-page-tuesday-snow-bunnies.html] The sentiment on the front of the card is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Keeping It Simple." The inside sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley digi set named "Christmas Wishes."  
Entered into: 
2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop     (Coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2018/11/2018-fall-winter-coffee-lovers-blog-hop)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- "B" is for?                                  (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color-Shades of Red                            (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #364-#365 Anything Goes              (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Colour Crazy Challenge- #49 Anything Goes                              (colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com)
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge #21                                               (2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com)

My final fun card for the Bugaboo Stamps Holiday Chaos week uses this weeks Friday Freebie named Stellas Christmas Cost with coordinating sentiment. The challenge is also a BINGO challenge and I chose the middle column: Elf [I turned Stella into an elf by adding pointed-toe booties with jingle bells- made by rhinestones], Diecut [lacy edging], and Bugaboo Image. I used the current Bugaboo Stella's Sketch as my foundation for this card.
 
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Holiday Chaos                                                    (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge #620                  (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- #559 Anything Goes                                    (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #415 Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Dec                     (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #210                          (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Fruitcake

Another fun card for the Bugaboo Stamps Holiday Chaos week. This one is based on a photo color scheme that includes all the colors of fruitcake. [It had more fun making this card than I'd ever have eating fruitcake.] For the front of the card I used background paper that includes most of the required colors. The remaining colors are included in the image, which is from Bugaboo and named "Reindeer Blocks." I printed of an additional set of blocks, colored and trimmed one of the little cuties to adorn the inside sentiment, which is hilarious one a new Beccy's Place digi set named "Here Comes Christmas." I have a feeling that I'll be using this fun sentiment often. Love it! Am entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Monday "B" is for…? [Blocks],d The Paper Shelter's "Celebrations" [Christmas is my favorite time to celebrate… and eat sweet treats. Hence, the sentiment resonates with me] and If you Give a Crafter a cookie [the letter "M" on the card front resembles the decorated cookies.]
 
 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greetings- Christmas Colors         (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- "B" is for?                                    (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
The Paper Shelter- #365 Birthday/Celebrations                          (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Double D’s Challenge- Run Rudolph Run                                      (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #364-#365 Anything Goes                (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #108 Candy Cane                        (giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.com)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Anything Goes                       (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)

Made another card with a reindeer theme, this one for an Outlaws sketch challenge that invites us to CASE one of the Outlawz DT cards/sketches. I chose a tag sketch and card made by Bonnie, which inspired me to use this cute reindeer brad, some fabric ribbon, and scraps of paper and ribbon.
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Wednesday Sketch                             (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                      (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge #21                                       (2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Dec           (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #210                (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #415                   
 (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk) 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Wrap It Up                (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)