Friday, September 18, 2020

It’s time to… skate?!

It’s Friday and time for the Colour Crazy Challenge. This challenge is “Anything Goes” but adds one requirement- the creation needs to include coloring in “any colouring medium you like, onto any project you like, and in any colours you like.” I’ve never outgrown my love for coloring… which is why making cards is stress therapy for me!!
This week’s sponsor is Digi Doodle Studios and my card features a sweet image from Digi Doodle Studios named Sammi Skater Bear. I colored the little cutie, fussy-cut and positioned him on an A2 sized card. I created a background on the card front with a scrap of scrapbook paper that provides an appropriate sentiment! The “ice” is created with a scrap of vellum upon which I scratched swirls with the tip of my scissors. A fluttering of die-cut snowflakes decorate card, and a little ball of fluff tops off his winter cap. (The fact that he is sitting on the ice vs. skating on it makes me smile because that was my usual placement when I skated as a child!)

Supplies: 
·   Digi- Digi Doodle Studios (Sammi Skater Bear)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- TLC Creations (Warm Winter Wishes)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
·   Snowflake Dies- Spellbinders November 2019 Small Die of The Month Club Exclusive 
·   Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set
·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)
·   Snowflake stickers-Hobby Lobby
Entered into: 
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fun Fold

I love the Upright Diamond Fold that was provided on the Beccy’s Place Blog. It is so easy to make that I quickly folded two of them for these cards. The first features a beautiful digi named Esmie the Gypsy, which is the freebie this month at the Cute As A Button Progressive Challenge on FB. I colored Esmie with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, attached her to the front of the folded card, and added some bling. The inside sentiment, a favorite scripture verse, is from a favorite freebie site. Check it out, I bet you’ll find lots of treasures!  
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Cute As A Button (Esmie The Gypsy)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pens
·   Inside Sentiment- Freebie from maxammadestudio  (You are Beautiful Ps 139)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
·   Tutorial for Upright Diamond Fold found at Beccy’s Place HERE 
·   Silver photo corners from several sources on the web (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)
·   Sequins from Simon Says Stamps (Studio Katia Crystal Clear Fusion Sequins SK2820)
Entered into:  
Cute As A Button-FB Progressive Freebie Challenge #40 Esmie The Gypsy
Incy Wincy Designs- Girls, Girls, Girls
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Frame It                                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- September            
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Sept  Challenge #9-2020

I made my second card with this fun fold for a sweet friend. Ashley has been working long hours during COVID shutdowns at the agency where I work. Since I know she loved Harry Potter, I thought she’d enjoy this card, and especially the inside sentiment. Lately, as we try to enforce mask-wearing and other precautions/restrictions, we do seem to deal with lots of muggles!
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Harry Potter- freebie from skogstokiga.blogspot.com (options change occasionally so this might no longer be available)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- Love SVG Freebie (Don’t Let The Muggles Get You Down)
·   Assorted background papers and sequins from my stash
·   Tutorial for Upright Diamond Fold found at Beccy’s Place HERE 
Entered into: 
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #518 (Optional twist- Use Glitter and/or Gems) 
Createful Heart Designs- Challenge #24   
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #174 Anything Goes  (free cactus digi)
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #163-Anything Goes

My last card features a digi that so beautifully reflects the colors I see when I look out of my window. My dear hubby and I moved to Wisconsin about a dozen years ago, and we NEVER get tired of the eruption of rich colors every autumn. Artist Jan Mahew is sponsoring the current Outlawz Progressive Challenge, generously donating this amazing image and sentiments to all participants. I really enjoyed coloring the leaves, striving to match the colors in the leaves across the street. I attached a photo to prove their beautiful deep orange coloring.  An upcycled calendar page, twine, and burlap help add a rustic feeling to the card.
 
Supplies: 
·   Digi and sentiments- Jan’s Digi Stamps (Signs of Autumn)  
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Assorted background papers and upcycled calendar page from my stash
·   Scraps of burlap and twine from my stash
Entered into:  
Jan’s Digi Stamps- September Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Jan’s Digis-Autumn Greetings
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #456-457 Anything Goes                   
Spectrum Noir Community Group (FB)- Sept- Autumn/Fall  

Mid-week Creations

It's Wednesday! So it’s 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!
For this challenge, I liked two of the digis so much that I asked to make two DT cards for two different sponsors.

The first DT card features a beautiful Hetty Clare digi named “Looking At the Future.” I wanted to make a card for a dear friend. The sentiment is one I’ve had on my laptop for some time.* I printed it off in an elegant font named Beyond Wonderland then created a crown with metallic cardstock and assorted rhinestones. My friend's faith is very important to her, so I hope that this card blesses her as much as her friendship and prayers the last few years have blessed my family and me!
* Note- when I tried to find the source on the web, I found hundreds of items (posters, jewelry, mugs, and more) with versions of this quote, but no real source. So… if you recognize it, please let me know so I can give appropriate credit.)
 
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Hetty Clair (Looking to the Future)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated using font named Beyond Wonderland (available for free at Dafont.com)
·   Assorted cardstock and background papers from my stash
·   Metallic cardstock and rhinestones from my stash
·   Colored photo corners (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners available from several sources on the web)
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Frame It                                      
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #518 (Optional twist- Use Glitter and/or Gems) 
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #37 Anything Goes                       
Jan’s Digi Stamps- September Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- September            
Cute As A Button- SEPTEMBER: CH #60 Anything Goes + (Option) Vintage Feel

The second DT card features a digi from Patties Creations named “Message in a Bottle.” I created a base for my card with an upcycled calendar page. I adhered it to the card front with staples. I looked for a message to add to the card and couldn’t find one that said what I wanted so I developed my own. Printed on a sheet of tan parchment stationery, I tore around the edges to create a rustic look and adhered it to the card front. I printed the bottle digi on white cardstock, fussy-cut, then laid it atop the lower-left portion of the card. Using a pencil, I lightly sketched the waves, shadows in the sand, and tan parchment message. I then used Spectrum Noir markers to lightly color these items onto the bottle and add color to the cork. When finished, I traced the bottle onto a scrap of green plastic document sheet* with a black permanent fine-line Sharpie marker and cut it out. I added a thin strip of clear double-stick tape along the top, bottom, and sides of the bottle and attached the green bottle cutout. The final touch was to add bold highlights with a white gel pen.  
*(These wonderful items 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 cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  You can write on them with a fine-line permanent marker and white gel pen. The plastic is also easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors.)
 
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Patties Creations (Message in a Bottle)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Assorted cardstock and tan parchment stationery from my stash
·   An upcycled calendar page and a green plastic file folder from my stash
·   Fine-line permanent black Sharpie marker.
Entered into:  
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #174 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #141 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #456-457 Anything Goes                   
Createful Heart Designs- Challenge #24   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #651 No Patterned Paper
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #163-Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays- Nature                                 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Critters Galore

It’s the 15th of the month so I’ve made a DT card for the challenge at QKR Stampede. Stop by the challenge, which is always “Anything Goes” and several prizes are awarded. Maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself?
Seems like I’m needing lots of baby cards this summer/fall, and this one was so fun to make. I once saw a card with the large BABY  background. Am thinking it was made with a die, but I had to improvise and create my own template. (Which I provided for you!)  The adorable baby elephant is from the Eureka Stamp image named “Baby Animals.” I pasted the image onto a Word document and cropped off just the giraffe and zebra, then could print out just the little Elly! A little coloring and fussy-cutting and he was ready to perch on the card front. Added a sentiment adorned with a few puffy heart stickers and VoilĂ  … done!
I’m entering this in several challenges including Incy Wincy Designs- Girls, Girls, Girls (this card was made for a friend who recently had a baby girl.) 
           
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Eureka Stamps (Baby Animals) Also available in unmounted or cling mounted
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment “Welcome” from Sparkle N Sprinkle Birdhouse Friends (company out of business)
·   BABY Lettering Template- developed by moi!
·   Puffy Heart Stickers- Sticko’s from WalMart (The pack contains 113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents!)
Entered into:  
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- August 2020 #42                       
        Since I’m a DT for this month’s sponsor, QKR/Stamp On It, I’m entering just for fun!
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #456-457 Anything Goes                   
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #37 Anything Goes                       
Day of the Month Challenge- Elephant Appreciation Day    
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Sept  Challenge #9-2020

Since it’s mid-month, I’m also decided to share a DT card for the September Sheepski Designs FB Challenge. This month’s theme is “For the Kidz” and I just had to use one of artist/owner Andrea’s new digi’s named Vlad and Mia. Andrea always creates amazing digis with her cute little gnomes. This time, she actually made bats cute, too! (About 40 years ago I spent a terrifying few hours in my hubby’s childhood home as a bat circled and swooped above me. I was alone in the rural farmhouse at the time and I’ve had a major aversion to bats ever since. Vlad and Mia helped to reduce the “scary” memory so much that I could even create with them!) I used a large square card base, attached a section from an upcycled calendar, muted the background a bit with a scrap of vellum (so it doesn’t overpower the colored image), and added a few more pops of color with bright orange photo corners. (I used these little gems so often that I decided to share a few details. The set I like includes an assortment of 13 sheets of 13 different colors- including metallics. I found then at Amazon but when I googled the label in my supplies list below, several options appeared. For me, they are well worth the price… which is actually pretty cheap for all the color options.)  
I’m entering this in several challenges including Cute Card Thursday’s No Patterned Paper (am hoping an upcycled calendar picture doesn’t count as patterned paper) and Bugaboo Stamps-Down on the Farm (my first encounter with bats was in a farmhouse. We later discovered that there was a whole extended family of bats living in the attic. It took an exterminator to “un-invite” them!)         
 
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Sheepski Designs (Vlad and Mia)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Assorted cardstock, vellum and photo corners from my stash
·   Upcycled calendar page
·   Colored photo corners (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Frame It                                      
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Autumn Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #651 No Patterned Paper
Bugaboo Stamps-Down on the Farm       
Di’s Digi Stamps- Winged and/or Tailed Things                           

The wecraftcards challenge named Alice In Wonderland requires that entries reflect the song “A World of My Own” from the animated movie "Alice in Wonderland." One of the lyrics mentions rabbits and cats in houses and clothes.  So I dug through my stamps and digis and found this funny, and very stern, cat in clothes.  I also found the hilariously truthful sentiment and the card just fell together!
I’m entering this in several challenges including Outlawz Sketch Challenge (I flipped in on the side and moved it higher up on the card) and the Outlawz Sunday Challenge that featured a rhyme named Cats Sleep Anywhere by Eleanor Farjeon (I think that the challenge allows a card that pictures any cat… maybe even a snarky looking one!) 
 
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Create with TLC Freebie (Stern Cat in Clothes)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- Create with TLC Freebie (no longer available)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Alice in Wonderland
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Cats Sleep Anywhere
Outlawz Challenges- Wednesday Sketch              
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Stitched in Contrasting Color
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays (Make It Funny)                     
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Humorous/Fun Card 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- September