Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mid-week Fun

It's Wednesday! So time for another challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out! The sponsor this week is Fred She Said and I used a digi named "Emma in the Strawberry Patch” on my DT card. The inside sentiment is from Imagine That.
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Fred She Said (Emma in the Strawberry Patch)
·    Front sentiment “Hello Sweet Friend”- Beccy’s Place digi set (Keeping It Simple)
·    Inside sentiment “Sending Sweet Birthday Wishes”-Imagine That digi set (Ice Cream to My Cone)
·    Assorted background papers- From my stash
Entered into:  
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes- #6
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #617 What’s New
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Jan                                  

The wecraftcards challenge is named Black or Blue, and requires us to create a card with a dark background. I remembered that I had a set of metallic colored pencils that I’d bought for this very purpose a while ago and dug them out. I really like how they look when filling in the gold embossed spaces of the heart stamp.  
 Supplies: 
·    Three Heart Wood Mount Stamp- Hero Arts (Retired)
·    Happy Valentines Day Wood Mount Stamp- Stampendous (Retired)
·    Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils- JOAnnes
·    Gold Pigment Ink and Gold Embossing Powder- from my stash
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #422-423 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #1

I created this first card for the current Bugaboo “Down on the Farm” weeklong Challenge, Day 1 Theme. Have loved this adorable image from a talented artist on Deviant Art named Jade Dragonne. This creative work of art is named Little Lamb Hat.( You can find it HERE.) I colored the sweet digi with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The front sentiment is computer generated in a font named Waltograph that matches the inside sentiment, which is available for just $1 from Scribbles Designs. Am entering this into several challenges including Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode-(funny or punny cards make me happy!)      
  
Supplies: 
·    Sweet Lamb Digi- Jade Dragonne’s Little Lamb Hat (HERE)
·    Front  sentiment- Computer Generated
·    Inside  sentiment- Scribbles Designs “Baapppy Birthday”  (HERE)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Puffy heart stickers- Walmart
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes                                                      
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #489 (Optional twist- Funny)
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy      

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Trio of Cards

I love this sweet image from The Paper Shelter, especially because we have below zero temps here in Wisconsin this AM… so the idea of having a cool drink on a warm beach sounds heavenly! I wanted the beach beauty to take center stage so didn’t fill in the background, just adding a few embellishments from my stash. (The fun flower sequins are actually from my mom’s craft stash which I inherited after she passed away in 2012. I also inherited my love of crafting from her. For the least 15 years of her life she was my favorite crafting partner especially after I attended a Stampin Up! Party in the late 90’s. Mom had instilled in me a love of coloring before I was in Kindergarten… and for that I will always be thankful! We spent many Sundays making cards- and happily coloring- at my kitchen table. I miss her so very much.)
AM entering this card into several other challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge (Blue + aqua/teal in the trees and peach in the sequin flowers and skin tones) and Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy  (Memories of my mom always bless my heart) and Do-Al[l] Creative- 3 Of A Kind (there are three of the sequin flowers on the card front. ) 
 Supplies: 
·    Digi- The Paper Shelter (Coconut)
·    Front & Inside Sentiments- Scrapbook titles from my stash
·    Flower Sequins- from my sweet Mom’s stash
·    Assorted background papers- From my stash
·    Sequin Flower Centers- Buttercup Liquid Pearls
Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #410 Something Sweet
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes- #6
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Blue +2 
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy      
Do-Al[l] Creative- # 37 - 3 Of A Kind

My next card is for one of my favorite challenges, the Butterfly Challenge where we learn new folds/techniques and can also win prizes!  The current challenge is Q for Quarto Fold. An excellent tutorial is provided for this simple fold, which helped the card go together very quickly.  Besides the fold, my card includes one of the colors (Queen Pink/Pale pink) The gorgeous digi is from Ching-Chou Kuik. The sentiments are both freebies from Decosses Dynamite Doodles (one of my favorite sites for freebies.) Am entering this card into several other challenges including the Outlawz Monday Challenge (Fun Folds), two Ching-Chou Kuik challenges (New Beginnings- the image is one I won a short time ago but hadn’t used.)
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Ching-Chou Kuik (Time Will Tell)
·    Front sentiment- A freebie from  Decosses Dynamite Doodles (Oh Happy Day)
·    Inside sentiment-A freebie from  Decosses Dynamite Doodles (Birthday Blessings)
·    Inside  sentiment-  We Are 3 Christmas Sentiment can be found HERE.
·    Assorted background papers- From my stash
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #134 Q for Quarto Fold?  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Fun Folds
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- [FB] New Year Or New Beginnings
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       

I’d created this final card to enter into a “Crash Your Stash” challenge at Outlawz… but just realized that I missed that deadline. So… am entering it into several other challenges including Cute Card Thursday What’s New Challenge (all of the items on the card are new, including the digi set from Imagine That. ) I found a sketch that I used for the puzzle pieces and the quote on the web (sources cited below.)
 
Supplies: 
·    Puzzle Pieces-I found a puzzle sketch that I used as my template on the web (Here)
·    Front Sentiment- From A Day In My Quotebook Blog-(Piece of the Puzzle)
·    Inside  Sentiment- Imagine That digi set (Sentimental Thoughts)
·    Background paper- From my stash
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes                                                      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #422-423 Anything Goes      
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #617 What’s New
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #1

Sunday, January 19, 2020

January Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires the use the exact the same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The January Challenge is named "Hearts" and I had fun using a Bold Scribble Heart Wood Mount Stamp to create an elegant wedding card and an unusual pizza-themed Valentines Card. 
 
Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #23 Hearts

For the wedding card, I embossed the heart with dark pink pigment ink and Clear Sparkle Embossing Powder (it doesn’t show in the pics, but the heart has a lovely sparkle that doesn’t overwhelm the card) then fussy-cut around it. To add elegance to the card I used rich papers- bright white and brushed silver cardstock and music score vellum as the base of the card. Stamped the “wedding couple” image with black ink, colored them with alcohol markers and trimmed to fit atop the heart. I wanted the inside of the card to reflect the eclectic flavor of the card from so I dug through my “wedding tidbits” folder and found the wonderful vellum sentiment (I added a bit of color to the rose), and an upcycled sentiment. I added a small scrap of music score vellum and a hand-cut heart cut from the brushed silver cardstock scrap to finish it off. So pretty!   AM entering this card into several challenges including the Path of Positivity Challenge (the card represents my character trait of loving weddings. More specifically, I love being married to my bestest friend. Every day spent with him is precious!)
 
Supplies: 
·    Heart Stamp- Stampendous Bold Scribble Heart (No longer available, but I found several on EBay)
·    Dark Pink Pigment Ink Pad and Clear Sparkle Embossing Powder -From my stash
·    Tuxedo Black Memento Dye Ink Pad
·    Wedding Couple- Stampendous (No longer available)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Scraps of music score vellum and pink ribbon- from my stash
·    Love Die- DieVersions Express Edges Die (No Longer Available )
·    Silver Wedding Ring- Wedding Favor from JoAnnes
·    Dry Embossing on brushed silver cardstock-Cuttlebug Embossing Decorative Tile set
·    Inside sentiment was created with items from my stash- Vellum Sticker and “Happy Wedding” upcycled from an old wedding card
Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #121  5th Anniversary Celebration
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 3 Anything Goes                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Jan                                  
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #1

My Valentine's card was inspired by a CAS card that featured the fun “You have a Pizza my heart” freebie sentiment. (I seldom make CAS cards as I like layers and embellishments) but I do admire the ones that others create. One of my favorites is artist Hannelie Bester (her blog is named "Desert Diva" and she not only creates amazing cards, she also creates many of the sentiments she uses and provides them as freebies on her blog.) I provided a pic of the card that inspired my card and a link to the freebie sentiment below. If you take some time to explore the site I know you’ll not only love all the freebie sentiments that are offered, but you’ll also be wowed by Hannelie’s amazing creativity!
I love how the Bold Scribble Heart looks like cheesy pizza when embossed on reddish/brown cardstock with white pigment ink and cream-colored embossing powder. I used lots of scraps to create the pizza toppings- tomatoes (small circles cut from red plastic document folder- punches don’t work on the slippery plastic), pepperoni (small circles punched from kraft paper scraps,  shaded with various brown and deep red markers), green peppers (little snippets of different colored green paper), onions (very small circles cut from vellum- no larger than a pencil eraser in diameter. Concentric circles are drawn with a regular pencil create the look of a sliced onion, especially when lightly smudged with a blender marker. When cut into small pie-shaped pieces, they really do look like chopped onion slices!) I slit the “cheesy pizza top” in more than a dozen places and slid the toppings into them, taping them down on the backside. A few of the toppings were just glued atop the cheese. I drew around the cheesy pizza top on kraft cardstock to create the crust. After adding shading (light brown marker) and highlights (white colored pencil) I adhered the cheesy topping to the crust then cut a “slice” from the pizza and set it aside.  I drew around the finished pizza on the “Aroma Seal” that I upcycled from a can of Folgers coffee, scoring around the edge a few times to create the lip of the pizza pan, then cutting it to size.  The rest of the card went together pretty quickly with strips of napkins and two  sentiments (one stamp, one free digi noted below.)  Although this was time-intensive, I really had fun making it and love how it turned out. The only downside is that I am now REALLY hungry for pizza!

 
 Supplies: 
·    Heart Stamp- Stampendous Bold Scribble Heart (Retired, but I found several on EBay)
·    Front sentiment- Stamping Up (Retired)
·    Inside sentiment- Desert Diva Freebie (available HERE )
·    White Pigment Ink Pad (Colorbox) and Cream colored (Close To My Heart- Vanilla) Embossing Powder
·    Pizza Crust created with Kraft paper fussy-cut to size.
·    Pizza Toppings created with circle punches and scraps of cardstock, red plastic document folder and vellum. Shaded with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Pizza Pan created with an upcycled Aroma Seal from a can of Folgers coffee. (It is a soft plastic, that is easy to cut and score.) Aluminum foil might also work.  
·    Checkered background strips on front and inside- Napkins from the Dollar Store.
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #422-423 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #617 What’s New
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #489
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy      
Pixie's Snippets-Week #369                                                                             

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Final Bugaboo Annual Challenge Entries

Today’s post is dedicated to Bugaboo’s 10th Annual Down on the Farm Challenge.
The first card is for the Tuesday BINGO Sketch Challenge. My card fits the middle column- Texture, Bugaboo image and stitching.)  I’m entering the card  into several challenges including Butterfly Challenge (Colors- Queen Pink/Pale pink and Quinacridon/ Magenta plus Theme- 2 butterflies), Do-Al[l] Creative (3 Tulips, and 3 insects- 1 butterfly is on the inside of the card) and Cute Card Thursday (the digi is new this month, a freebie from Bugaboo for the Outlaws Progressive Challenge.) 
  
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Bugaboo (Chibi Flower Pot Peeker)
·    Front  sentiment- Beccy’s Place (Spring Tulips Set)
·    Inside  sentiment- Beccy’s Place (Just Desserts Set)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Background paper and red raffia- From my stash
·    Small butterflies-Fussy -cut from scrapbook paper
Entered into:  
Bugaboo 10th Annual Down on the Farm Challenge Tuesday Challenge BINGO (photo)
Butterfly Challenge- #134 Q for Quarto Fold?  (photo)
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Jan (Bugaboo)
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #617 What’s New
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes                                                      
Do-Al[l] Creative- # 37 - 3 Of A Kind
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #1

The final card for the Annual Bugaboo Event is for the  card is for the Friday Photo Challenge. The colorful balloons are made with scraps of several plastic document folders. They come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores. I really like using them on my cards because they're often cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  You can write on them with a fine-line permanent marker [which I used to trace the balloons. Sometimes I trim the marker lines when cutting them out. This time I left the outline to help the balloons stand out. The plastic is easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors]. Am entering this card into several challenges including Path of Positivity Challenge (one of my character traits is that I enjoy laughing… and am blessed to share my life with a hubby whose sense of humor gets better every year we spend together.  After 42 years, he is nearing perfection… and I’m getting funnier with time, too!), Outlawz Color Challenge (blue plus purple and peach)  and Power Poppy (celebrating birthdays with friends and family members always include laughter and amazing home-baked treats!)
  
  
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Bugaboo (Balloon Bunch)
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Decorative Chalk, makeup sponge and homemade cloud template- From my stash
·    Shiny Star Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·    Plastic document folders in rainbow colors and fine black Sharpie marker
Entered into:  
Bugaboo 10th Annual Down on the Farm Friday Photo Challenge (2 photos)
Double D’s Challenge- Balloons (Photo)             
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #489 (Optional twist- Funny)
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Celebrate Good Times (Photo)
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Blue +2 (Photo)
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Things That Make You Happy                            

My final card for this posting was made to send to a dear family friend whose son recently passed away. Even though he was 57, I can only imagine his mom’s grief. So, am hoping this card lets her know that I’m remembering her family in my prayers.  This month’s Sketch N Scrap template provided a perfect foundation for the card, and the scripture verse from Imagine That is perfect since this sweet 88-year lady has a very strong Christian faith. I know that she'll also appreciate that I added a butterfly to symbolize New Life. The color scheme of the card was chosen to make the butterfly stand out from a low-key monochromatic background.
Supplies: 
·    Front  Sentiment- Imagine That digi set (Matthew 5:4 Floral)
·    Inside  Sentiment- - Imagine That (Sentimental Thoughts)
·    Cuttlebug Embossing Folder- Swiss Dots
·    Assorted background papers- From my stash
·    Butterfly photo- upcycled from a magazine (with body fussy-cut from a scrap of black paper and antennae added with an ultra-fine black Sharpie.)
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Embossing Dry or Heat
Sketch N Scrap-Card Sketch #160 (Photo)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #422-423 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays