Tuesday, April 16, 2024

myasperations 4-16-24

     I created this card to enter into the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which requires an interactive card. This interactive "flip card" features two (front and back) digi/sentiment images from Eureka Stamps.  I served as a DT for the QKR/Eureka Challenge for several years and was saddened when they closed their online shop last fall. They will re-open if they find a buyer for their stamp lines. I hope that happens, as they offered so many great wood and rubber stamps and digital images.) 
     The light blue star-patterned paper is from a USA Patriotic digi set that Polkadoodles released a few years ago as a freebie. It includes lots of goodies, but I use this paper the most, for many reasons and seasons. I checked and it is still available for just $1.30 in US currency. The link is in my supplies list, plus I posted a WM pic of the set below.)
   I’m entering this card into several challenges including Allsorts Challenge (but instead of making a Spring card, I’m using the optional AG!), Polkadoodles Challenge (mainly because my card features their wonderful paper!), Papercraft Challenges: Fairies and Other Mystical Beings (I think a Wizard falls into that category?)
Supplies: 

·   Digis- Eureka Stamps (One Year Older and Magic Card) (Currently Not Available)

·   Inside Sticker Happy Birthday and sparkly stickers- Hobby Lobby

·   Starry paper-Digital download bundle from Polkadoodles (USA 4th July Celebration)

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Interactive
Allsorts Challenge- Week 776 Spring  (Using Optional theme of AG)
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #14 AG                                          
Papercraft Challenges- Challenge #105 Fairies and Other Mystical Beings

     This is my second entry into the Butterfly Challenge, one of my favs!  This card features three of the Colors: Electric Yellow, Elegant Rose, and Emerald plus three of the themes: Embossing (white embossed rose spray) Embellishments (white photo corners) and Butterflies.    
   I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Sunday Challenge: Calling the Role  (the poem inspires the flowers and butterfly on my card. To me they reflect the Joy of Spring!)
Supplies: 

·   Scripture Freebie from timewarpwife.com printed on vellum (Vintage Floral Wreath-James 4)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Butterfly Digi printed on Vellum- Eureka Stamps (Currently Not Available)

·   White photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 Photo Mounting Corners)

·   White embossed roses and greenery trimmed from an upcycled wedding card

·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into: 
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Calling the Role    
Outlawz ChallengeApril 2024 Linky
Cupcake Inspirations- #592 Theme  Challenge  (Flowers)   
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #643-644
We Love Stamping-Spring (optional AG)    

    I was happy to discover a few new coffee themed challenges this year. I made this card to fit into two of them: Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge (Coffee and/or hot chocolate  theme) and Christmas Craft Creations challenge (non-traditional colors theme.) A few digi sets from Beccy’s Place provided the yummy mug and sentiments. And, the pretty blue and white Christmas plates on the patterned paper I used for the card remind me of my grandmother's Spode China set that was part of our  holiday feast at my Grandparents farm in Nebraska during my childhood.
   I’m entering this card into several challenges including Park Hopping-My Happy Place (the swirly-twirly shape of the mug holding the yummy beverage makes me think of something you’d see in Dr Seuss Book, so I googled and found a Seuss-inspired park in sunny Florida! Seuss Landing at Universal Studio Orlando!!)
Supplies: 

·   Front Digi from a Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Christmas Cheers)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Front Sentiment  “Sending Love this Christmas” from a Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Gingerbread Season)

·   Inside Sentiment “Sweet Holiday Wishes” from a Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Christmas Cheers)

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Christmas Craft Creations challenge- April-Non-traditional Colors 
Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge- April #28 Coffee and/or Cocoa  
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April   
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun!
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday (Christmas)
Park Hopping-My Happy Place (April)     
Paper Funday- #64 Anything Goes      (Optional Twist: Sweet Treats!)

Monday, April 15, 2024

myasperations 4-15-24

      I acquired this fun digi and front sentiment from the QKR/Eureka Challenge where I served as a DT for several years. (Sadly, the challenge is no longer being offered as the owner  is looking for a buyer of their wonderful lines. I do hope they find one soon as they offered so many great rubber, clear and digital images.)  The inside sentiment is from a WeAre3 digi set. (Sadly, I recently discovered that owner Bonnie Kohane closed her WeAre3 Etsy shop last November. I was happy to see that she hosts a FB page, Bonnie Kohane Craft Timewhere she offers a weekly freebie… plus provides a friendly and supportive place to “meet”! I am now a regular visitor!)
       I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Wheel (although a bit more pastel in tone, this card includes several colors from both the top and bottom of the color wheel), Park Hopping-My Happy Place (I used the wonderful “inspiration” listing that sponsor Makira provides, and found that my card fits into one fun ride named  Egg-spress  at Pleasurewood Hills Park, Suffolk, UK)

Supplies: 

·   Instructions for Z-fold card can be found HERE.

·   Digi- Eureka Digital Stamp (Front and Back Ducky) (Currently Not Available)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Front Sentiment “Spring is Just Ducky”- Eureka Digital Stamp (Ducky) (Currently Not Available)

·   Inside Sentiment “Happy Easter” from a WeAre3 Sentiment Set (Sadly, this wonderful Etsy Shop is closed)

·   Easter eggs trimmed from patterned paper- Hobby Lobby

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Colorful Options Monthly Challenge: April Pastels  
Outlawz- Tuesday Color Challenge- Color Wheel 
Park Hopping-My Happy Place (April)   
Allsorts Challenge- Week 776 Spring  (Option AG)
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #669 (Optional twist- Any Cute Critter 
   Since I was a DT for QKR (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!

    This is my first entry into the Butterfly Challenge, one of my favs! The current challenge features a technique that I don’t make very often because I’ve found it to be tedious and messy- Shaker cards. Well… the Butterfly Challenge sponsor, Mrs. A, has changed all that! She provides instructions for making shaker cards that go together quickly and easily! (You can find details HERE!)
     My card features four of the Colors-Electric Yellow, Elegant Rose, Emerald, and Eucalyptus, plus all of the themes- Edge to Edge shaker card, Embossing folder (dotted EF on yellow paper), Embellishments (flower sequins on sentiment) and Butterflies.
Supplies: 

·   Butterfly background- Colorista Free Sampler 1  from Spectrum Noir (no longer available)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Front sentiment-  computer generated

·   Double Stick tape and small clear acetate bag, sequins, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #643-644
We Love Stamping-Spring (optional AG)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Interactive

    STAMPlorations is a wonderful family-owned business, and I’ve enjoyed using their stamps, digis, and other products for several years. For this card I used a yummy hot-chocolate filled mug from one of their pre-colored Winter Mugs from the “paper goods” section of the shop. Added to a few related sentiments, plus “chocolate kiss” fingerprints this makes a really sweet card. Get it? Ha!
    (An added note, STAMPlorations artist/owner Shery Russ was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer a few years ago. You  can read about her journey HERE. Her shop has remained open… in a limited capacity. I just checked, and although the mug I used on my card is not currently available, Shery notes that she is working to get the office machines and equipment up and running so they can be offered again. The site notes that Stamps (clear and digtal) and Dies are available again. They ship worldwide and there is currently a 10% discount on all orders, instantly applied on checkout. So you might want to stop by her shop and check it out!)
Supplies: 

·   Santa Mug Digi- Stamplorations (Winter Mugs-Ephemera)

·   Front Sentiments “Hot Chocolate Wishes and Marshmallow Kisses” from a Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Christmas Cheers)

·   Inside Sentiment “Wishing you a Merry Christmas” from  Imagine That! digis (Sadly, this digi shop is closed)

·   Pioneer Clear Photo corners- available from several sources

·   Holly vellum, and other items from my stash

Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday (Christmas)
Outlawz ChallengeApril 2024 Linky
Paper Funday- #64 Anything Goes      (Optional Twist: Sweet Treats!)
Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge- April #28 Coffee and/or Cocoa   
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April   
   Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun! 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

myasperations 4-6-24

     I am honored to have served as a Guest Designer for Beccy Muir at Beccy’s Place and am now one of her “Contributors” (which means that she provides me with digis or clear stamp sets several times a year and I get to create cards or other items with them!) It is always fun to see the images Beccy invites me to use and this time my card features Beccy’s new sets named Goat Club. I used a pre-colored digi (mainly because Beccy’s coloring is always stellar) plus  2 sentiments from the set.  (I knew that I wanted to create a Father’s Day card with this set, so created a computer generated sentiment for the front the card that helped in that task.)
     I love that Beccy names the characters that she creates, and this adorable Kid is named “Tator”!  (I think that is the cutest name EVAH!!)
     I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge: Love and Friendship (It is easy to see that this excited “kid” loves his old GOAT!)

Supplies: 

·   Precolored Digi and Inside Sentiments- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Goat Club )

·   Swirly texture on little Kid added with Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Front Sentiment- Computer Generated

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Love and Friendship 
Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge- Anything Goes (optional: Baby Animals)  
Outlawz ChallengeApril 2024 Linky
Double D’s Challenge- Cute Little Animals      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #641-642
Allsorts Challenge- Week 775 For the Love of Animals  (Option AG)
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #669 (Optional twist- Any Cute Critter 
           Since I was a DT for QKR (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!

     I had fun making Easter and Spring cards this year, especially using this sweet little fluffy duck from a Beccy’s Place digi set. For this card, I created a fun backdrop for the little cutie with a free background subway art and delicate little gem butterfly and flower stickers.
     I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Wheel (although a bit more pastel in tone, this card includes 6 of the 8 colors on the wheel), Park Hopping-My Happy Place (I used the wonderful “inspiration” listing that sponsor Makira provides, and found that my card fits into one fun ride named  Egg-spress  at Pleasurewood Hills Park, Suffolk, UK) and Outlawz Sunday "Happy Easter" poem (my card reflects the line "May your Easter be happy" because the little duck just exudes happiness!) 
Supplies: 

·   Digi- from a Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Easter Joy)  

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Subway Art- Freebie from TLC Creations (April Subway Art)

·   Inside Sentiment- Computer Generated

·   Gem butterflies and flower stickers-Hobby Lobby

·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Happy Easter
Outlawz- Tuesday Color Challenge- Color Wheel 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday (Happy Easter)
Park Hopping-My Happy Place (April)    Egg-spress    
The Paper Shelter- #590 Bunnies and/or Chicks
Colorful Options Monthly Challenge: April Pastels  (optional rainbow)       
Papercraft Challenges- Challenge #104- Easter
The Four Seasons Challenge- Anything Spring (April 2024 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April   
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun! 

     I wanted to enter one more card into the ABC Christmas Challenge before the current one closes. The instructions for making a Faux Envelope card provided me with a perfect way to meet the ‘F is for Faux' prompt. And it was fun to use so many items from my stash to create an unusual card!
Supplies: 

·   “Dear Santa” papers- found at Goodwill Store years ago

·   Instructions for making a Fax Envelope Card found HERE

·   Front Sentiment- “Thinking of You at Christmas” sentiment- from a Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Christmas Cardinals)

·   Inside Sentiment- “If kisses…” SnapClickSupply.com (Mittens & Cocoa Cards)

·   Sparkly Heart Stickers- Hobby Lobby

·   Weathered wood patterned paper- Hobby Lobby

·   Assorted snowflake stickers and other items from my stash.

Entered into: 
Cupcake Inspirations- #591 Color Challenge  (Frosty Blue, Mocha and White)  
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #14 AG 
Paper Funday- #64 Anything Goes