Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beautiful Hope

I absolutely adore this image named Hope from The Paper Shelter. The delicate details are amazing! I'm entering the card into their current challenge, "Decorate It" so added a doily, the background from the digi set, colored vellum, gold photo corners, and rhinestones on the star and in her hair. I've collected sentiments for many years. Not sure where this one is from, but have had it in my files for at least a decade. I'm adding it to this card because I made it for my sister, Carol, who was just diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She is currently undergoing chemo, which will be followed by a bone marrow transplant and one month in isolation at Mayo Clinic in MN. Carol is so very precious to me, and I think she will love the sentiment and image on this card.  (Am entering the card into several other challenges including a color challenge, grunge challenge (perfect font for that!), and one that requires a bit of sparkle.)


Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #326 Decorate It                          (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Penny's Challenge- #367 Anything Goes                    (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #194       (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Grunge It Up          (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Power Poppy- Love to Sparkle                                      (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/02/february-power-spark-love-to-sparkle.html)
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge                              (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)

The current butterfly challenge involves the letter P for color and theme. My card includes Pink and Patterned Paper. The wonderful charcoal paper that has a die cut center was from a packet I found on clearance at JoAnnes. It has a luscious sheen to it. And I used the center die-cut on the inside of the card. Have had the little butterfly charm for some time. Was fun to put it to such beautiful use!  The sentiments (front and inside of the card) are both freebies from createwithtlc.blogspot.com

Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- #95 Letter P                                    (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Die Cut      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                         (desiref.blogspot.co.za)

This is a recent win from Di's Digi stamps. It's named Kitty in Cups. Isn't that furry little face adorable? If I had a little kitten I'd want to stay home and play with it all day. And… well drink coffee. Hence, the sentiment!  I added a closeup so that you could see all of the wonderful details that artist Diane Carubia put into the image.         
Entered into: 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Pink & Red                                 (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
QKR Stampede- #282 Anything Goes                  (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge     (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Add a little Sparkle

Double D's current challenge is "Sequins". I have a bunch of these little sparkly disks, but hardly ever use them. Mainly just because I forget about them! For this card, I stamped an old wood mount Peony stamp from Embossing Arts, and an even older butterfly from Hero Arts onto some REALLY old sheet music. (My hubby's grandmother was a church choir director. Years ago when helping clean the basement of the family homestead we discovered several boxes of aging sheet music and choir books. Love finding ways to use them!) After stamping and coloring the images with Tombow Markers, I glued light pink sequins onto the people petals, clear sequins onto the leaves, and tiny peach hearts onto the butterfly wings (actually, I think that they are actually confetti as they have no holes for sewing.)  I also found some wonderful flower shaped sequins in a small treasure box that was my mothers. I added a yellow sequin to their middle making little blooms that I added to the tag and ribbon. Took a close up photo so that you can see all of the bling! 
Note- The card looks a little cheesy in these photos. But in person, it is really quite lovely.  I made this into an Easter card that we'll send to my amazing MIL later this Spring. 
Am also entering it into a few other challenges that require either sparkle, decorations, or an uplifting sentiment.

Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Sequins                                                           (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
The Paper Shelter- #326 Decorate It                                    (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Power Poppy- Love to Sparkle                                                (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/02/february-power-spark-love-to-sparkle.html)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- #517 One Word Sentiment               (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

The current butterfly challenge involves the letter P for color and theme. My card includes Pink and Pearls. It is also CAS (at least for me as I usually like to layer with color with patterns and blingy things!) So, entering it into the AAA challenge plus a few others. The butterfly is a die cut, with pink vellum lightly adhered to the backside. I love the way it makes the wings look wonderfully translucent. I've had the pearl flourishes for a while, just needed to piece a few together. But since they are sticky on the back it was pretty easy to do. 
Entered into: Butterfly die
Butterfly Challenge- #95 Letter P                                         (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Die Cut            (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
AAA Card Challenges- Die Cuts Only             (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Penny's Challenge- #367 Anything Goes                               (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

The current CAS-ual Friday challenge involves a sketch. I've never used sketches much, but am finding that they really do simplify card layouts. This one starts with three circles punched from a pale mint background paper with teeny daisies. I added a thin frame to each and then overlapped them to make the final card more visually appealing. After adhering the circles to the card front, I added a sentiment that I made on my computer and finished the card with some sparkly stickers that I've had in my stash for several years. The card went together quickly and is kinda fun.
Entered into: 
CAS-ual Fridays- #193 Sketch                               (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Love Is All Around        (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Sketch Saturday- Week #501                                 (sketchsaturday.blogspot.com) 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
                  
A few years ago I bought Washi tape when I saw some on clearance but I seldom use it. Was a good thing that I pulled it out for this challenge because some of it no longer has any "stick" to it. (Might be the reason it was on clearance!) I was able to salvage enough strips to make a card. This one includes a wonderful coffee  stamp (unmounted, am thinking maybe Uptown Stamps or SU) and the wonderful sentiment is a free digi from createwithtlc.blogspot.com
 
Entered into:  
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #193                   (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                  (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- It's a Love Thing    (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Love CardsX3

The love sentiment on this card is the first die I ever bought. It's from an SU set. A friend gave me a few postcard-sized die cuts to play with and it was fun to use on this card. Developed the little "you" on my printer to finish it off. I like the elegant simplicity of the finished card.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- It Must Be Love          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- #282 Anything Goes                                    (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- It's a Love Thing    (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #193                   (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Love Is All Around                         
 (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

I recently discovered an intriguing challenge. Called "Twofer Card Challenge" the goal is to create the exact same stamp to make two distinctly different designs for two different occasions. I've fallen in love with this sweet little bear from Little Scraps of Heaven. For this challenge, I made a Valentine's card and a card that I'll use as a Get Well or Thinking of You card (with all the bugs going around right now, am thinking it will be a Get Well Card.) The digi sentiment "Love Warms Your Heart" is from createwithtlc.blogspot.com
Entered into:
Twofer Card Challenge                                   (twofercardchallenge.blogspot.com)
Little Scraps of Heaven Color Challenge    (lshdesigns.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge      (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
                  
My final card is this posting is a fun Valentine creation. I developed the template for the I[heart]U through trial and error. Once I had it figured out, I cut the template from marbled grey cardstock, added patterned pink background papers and scraps of lace and ribbon. The sentiment on the front of the card is printed off on my computer, and the inside sentiment is a freebie from desertdiva-hannelie.blogspot.com. But the star of the card is that sweet little bunny from Craftin Desert Diva. The original one is holding an Easter egg. I'm sure I'll use that image within the next month. For now, I swapped out the egg with a paper pieced Valentine. I wanted to do something special for his little fluffy tail. Then I remembered that I had used a whole package of Velcro dots when putting a display board together at the office, and couldn't throw away the tufted halves of those Velcro dots! Well, with just a few little snips, they make perfect bunny tails! (I really do save everything!!) I made the card to reflect the Craftin' Desert Diva's February Mood Board, but it also fits into a few other Valentine challenges and The Paper Shelter challenge "Decorate It" (because this card does have many embellies!) 

Entered into:
Craftin Desert Diva- February Mood Board            (craftindesertdivasblog.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge         (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Pink & Red                                     (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Cute Card Thursday- #516 Love                                (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
The Paper Shelter- #326 Decorate It                        (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)

Love & Kisses

I found a blog a while ago that offered many free digis that are wonderfully whimsical. This Valentine Card is an example of the delicate artwork that artist Joanne Fink creates. (Find it here- zenspirations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Valentine_Love_Card.pdf) I printed the card then colored it with Tombow dual tip markers and white gel pen before embellishing it with over 2 dozen rhinestones in assorted sizes, shapes, and colors. Isn't it lovely?
Entered into: 
Power Poppy- Love to Sparkle                                             (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/02/february-power-spark-love-to-sparkle.html)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes           (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- It Must Be Love     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

This card is also made with stamps from a company that is no longer in business, Embossing Arts. The Hugs and Kisses sentiment is embossed with a burnished silver powder. I made placed a post-it heart cutout over the sentiment and laid a striped stencil over that. Gently sponged light rose ink stripes.  Glued some smooshed Hershey's Kisses wrappers to the front. Then added the finishing touches- "chocolate fingerprints" (made with brown ink.) I haven't made a CAS card for a while, but am thinking that this one has enough white space to qualify for this week's AAA Challenge.


Entered into: candy kiss wrappers
AAA Card Challenges- All you Need is Love      (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Art Impressions- Sweet Treats                              (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Love Is All Around        (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #516 Love                            (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

This card features one of the first stamps I ever purchased. Got it at the first Stampin' Up party I ever attended in 1998. Back then SU didn't have a very large line of stamps and few stamping supplies, so they sold stamps and supplies from other companies. This stamp, named "Fuzzy Bear" is from the company named Personal Stamp Exchange (PSX) which went out of business a few decades ago. Their stamps are now collectors' items. I haven't used it for a while, mainly because I seldom use wood mount stamps anymore. However, this one still stamps a perfect image! Added a fun sentiment that I've had in my files for many years.  Am entering it into several challenges including the SumMoreFun Challenge, because the colors match the mood board, and the little heart on his chest looks like the little hearts on the chalkboard and The Cutie Pie Challenge because my mom would have loved the sentiment and sweet fuzzy-face on this card!  
                 
Entered into: PSX fuzzy bear
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Mood Board                         (summorefun.com)  
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #193           (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge               (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- #282 Anything Goes                            (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #120 Valentines or Mums   (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com) 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Critters

I fell in love with this image when I first saw it, not just because it is adorable, but also it made me think of my mom, who loved, loved, loved kittens! So when I found this pale mint colored cord in my stash, I put it to good use. I glued the yarn ball image to a piece of cardboard, then started winding the cord around it. (Next time I'll color the yarn ball to match the cord color so that the white background doesn't peek through. The ball is much thicker than it would have been if I'd colored it first.) Colored the little furball with my Spectrum Noir markers, then draped the cord over the drawn yard outlines, gently gluing it down with Tombow glue. Used the current Saturday Sketch as my layout, layering paw print paper (isn’t it adorable?) plus a few scraps of grey and dark green. Then mounted the yarn ball with double stick tape and the kitten with foam mounting tape to create depth. (Used lighting to show the depth.) Note- we are supposed to name the person we love that will receive the card.  If my Mom was still alive, this card would have been given to her. Instead, it will go to a member of my staff whose beloved cat passed away a few months ago. The sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations (createwithtlc.blogspot.com)
 
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #325 For The One You Love        (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Sketch Saturday- Week #500                                         (sketchsaturday.blogspot.com) 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes       (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Pixie's Snippets-  Week #319                                           (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com)
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #120 Valentines or Mums     (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)                

I discovered a wonderful new challenge last week named The Butterfly Challenge. I love butterflies, so plan to enter this one on a regular basis! There were several "letter c's" to choose from. I selected Crimson. And, not sure if the little butterflies count as charms? But if they do, I have two "C's" on my card! The sequins on the butterfly wings allow me to enter the card into the Double D's and Power Poppy Challenges.
Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- The Letter C                              (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Power Poppy- Love to Sparkle                                     (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/02/february-power-spark-love-to-sparkle.html)
Double D’s Challenge- Sequins                                   (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge          (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #193      (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

I love this wonderful subway art digi, which is a freebie from TLC Creations (createwithtlc.blogspot.com) The original digi is full-colored. I decided to print it out as grayscale so that the red hearts pop! The adorable bear is a Little Scraps of Heaven image.
 
Entered into:
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                   (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Love Is All Around                           (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- It Must Be Love           (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- #516 Love                                               (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
CAS-ual Fridays- #192 Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts       (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- It's a Love Thing    (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Penny's Challenge- #366 Anything Goes                     (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Robots, Cyborgs and Snowmen, oh my!

I love this sweet digi from The Paper Shelter. But I made this card for my hubby, so it includes two little cyborgs making eyes at each other! (Although it might be a little cutesy for him, I think he'll chuckle when I point out that after 40 years he still has the power to make my heart light up. But, thank goodness… not my ears!) I used a flash when I took the photo so that you can see that the layer behind the pair is metalic silver. And, this card illustrates why I enjoy working with digital images. You can resize and even flip them when creating! So, one cyborg easily has a mirror image! (I know you can make mirror images iwth stamps, but I've never been able to get a crisp image that way. With digis... it's super easy!) Am entering it into several other challenges, including the current Sketch Saturday because that layout worked perfectly!
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #325 For The One You Love                 (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Sketch Saturday- Week #500                                                  (sketchsaturday.blogspot.com) p
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- It's a Love Thing    (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Cute Card Thursday- #516 Love                                              (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- It Must Be Love          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Love Is All Around                          (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #120 Valentines or Mums           (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)                

Since I was in a robot mood, I finally used a wonderful digi set designed by Beccy Muir at Beccy's Place. It has three robots, all very different, plus a few fun sentiments. Not sure who I'll give this to yet, but I know a few little guys that might get a kick out of it. (Oh, I printed the colored version off on vellum, and added some additional shading and eye coloring from the back, then highlighted them with a smidgen of white gel pen! The large one was stapled to a piece of silver foil paper and then mounted onto graph paper. The smaller one was taped directly onto the graph pape so that it shows through the vellum.)  Am entering it into several challenges including the Simon Says Monday Challenge that requires use of note paper, etc. I used graph paper which should work!
 
Entered into: BP Robot
Beccy’s Place Challenge- February                                (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Take Note                (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Penny's Challenge- #366 Anything Goes                    (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
QKR Stampede- #282 Anything Goes                         (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #193       (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Had fun using a Bugaboo image named "Three Snowmen" for the current Bugaboo Stella's Sketch challenge. The sentiment is from Beccy's Place digi set "Seasonal Windows" (which is one of  my favorite digi sets!)
Entered into: Bugaboo snowmen trio stellas sketch
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge                           (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #372 Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                                (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)