Friday, October 19, 2018

QKR, Eureka and Snippets to the Rescue

For this week's challenge at QKR Stampede, I used a QKR digi image (Q-digi8807 Scarecrow) that you can find on stamponit.net [It's only $2 so how can you not add it to your collection? And, if you've never colored a digital image, this one is a perfect first image. It has bold clean lines and is just fun to color. Plus, there is a kitty!]  I printed the image on white cardstock and colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and a white gel pen. The background, called "Subway Art" is a freebie from TLC Creations (createwithtlc.blogspot.com) I changed the color on the background from black to grey so that it wouldn't overwhelm the detailed scarecrow image, plus found some fun vellum in my stash that had large colored circles. Trimmed around of few of them and layered them under Mr. SC. The added the perfect touch to this 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: 
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #105 Spooky               (giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge              (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge #24                 (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Challenge           (stampendousblog.wordpress.com)

This card, made with one of my favorite stamps named "Crazy Kitty" is from a company named Biblical Impressions. I was so glad to see that their stamps, and now some digis, are available from stamponit.net [the company that also sells QKR stamps.] The set I have also comes with a paw stamp, but I couldn't find it today so you just get a peeking kitty, not a hanging on for dear life kitty. I found the sentiment on the internet years ago and it was love at first sight. Since I like to give credit when I use an image or sentiment, I spent time researching its source. Didn't find the original author, but it appears that it is actually from the 90's. (cyberslayer.co.uk/jokes/diary-of-a-cat-day-751)

Entered into: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Animal Antics  (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

My final card this posting is for one of my favorite challenges named Pixie's Snippets. I love this challenge because it encourages me to use some of my large stash of scraps. For this card, I cut 15 strips of a mix of plain and patterned papers, wove them together and taped them across the underside to secure the weave. Then I clipped the ends into banner points [is that what that's called?] and attached them to an A2 card front. The sentiment is computer generated and printed on vellum. I attached it to the card, then decided it needed a bit of color on the edges to "ground it." So added some snippets of Pepto Bismol Pink and, BAM, was done. [Am entering this card into several challenges including Stripes and Dots at Double D's since the strips create stripes and the hearts are kinda like very elegant dots. Am I right?]
Entered into: 
Pixie's Snippets-Week #337                                                  (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com) 
Word Art Wed Challenge- #356-357 Anything Goes       (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Double D’s Challenge- Stripes and Dots                            (daranddiane.blogspot.com)


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Four for Thursday

I used the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Butterfly clear stamp set to make my final card for the current Butterfly Challenge that focuses on the Letter B.  My card includes the color Burnt Orange and the theme Border [which I cut with a decorative scissors.] The sentiment on the front it a freebie from paulaposts.blogspot.com/2011/08/clean-and-simple.html and the inside sentiment is from the same Hero Arts set as the butterfly.
 
Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- #109 Letter B           (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Kitty Bee Designs- #129- In The Sky        (alohafridaychallenges.blogspot.com)

Made another Pinks and Greys card for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. Using the "You Are Enough" image from artist Tammy Tutterow. [You can find it here-
www.tammytutterow.com/free-coloring-page-you-are-enough] This time I printed the image onto vellum, colored it with pinks and greys, and mounted the image onto an A2 card with pink polka dots. The final touch was to add black photo corners.
 
 
Entered into: 
CAS-ual Fridays- # 210 Pinks and Greys                         (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Double D’s Challenge- Stripes and Dots                          (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #356-357 Anything Goes     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                 (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

The Monday challenge at wecraftcards Forum this week was to make a diaper fold and add it to the front of a card. I was surprised at how easy it was to do this fold and it makes a wonderful treat pocket! Think I'll be using this fold for treat cards for the office. Since I need to make about of them, simple is good.  The coffee cup and little leaves are from a Verve digi set named "Coffee Please." I printed them off on a tan colored cardstock and colored them with Spectrum markers and white colored pencil before fussy-cutting then and attaching to the card. The sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations (createwithtlc.blogspot.com)
I'm going to add a gift card for a local coffee shop in the pocket, but didn't have one on hand. For now… a yummy local restaurant gift card is holding it's place [but it will be disappearing soon as I'm craving a nice plateful of Nachos. [Oh and here is the Here is the site with directions for the diaper fold- www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu3AOFcdk8Q]
Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- #552 Food/Drink                                      (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Mod Squad Challenge- Fall Beverage                                          (modsquadchallenge.com)
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- Diaper Fold Card      (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge #24                              (desiref.blogspot.co.za)

I love this sweet image named "Ghost Peeker" from Bugaboo. I printed the image on vellum, colored the back of the candy corn with Spectrum Noir markers, then traced the candy corn onto a scrap of white paper to make the colors of the candy corn stand out. The background is a page from a coloring book that I covered with a sheet of vellum so that it didn't overwhelm the little ghost. And the "Boo" sentiment was upcycled with letters cut from a damaged scrapbook page. [Who knew that the word "Football" could so easily become a scary word? My mother-in-law who once told me that she was always anxious going to my hubby's football games when he was in high school because he suffered several injuries. I'll be some of you football moms would agree?] Lastly, the Happy Halloween sentiment inside of the card is a freebie (find it here- birdscards.com/teenween-card-first-posted-thursday-october-29-2009)
 
Entered into: 
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #105 Spooky                (giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.com)
Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Challenge              (stampendousblog.wordpress.com)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Days

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 made a card with a cute image from an artist that is new to me, Hetty Clare. [You can see her adorable images here- www.etsy.com/shop/HettyClare] I used an old Wisconsin map as my base, colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers, and added a sentiment from and an Imagine That set of airplane related digis [www.imaginethatdigistamp.com/store/p196/Airplanes.html]
Entered into:
The Paper Shelter- #358 Digital Image                              (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)

I recently discovered that Stamplorations has several great mugs available on their site that are freebies. I had fun using one of them [you can find it here- stamplorations.blogspot.com/2017/09/fall-coffee-lovers-hop-and-stamplorations.html] to make a card for the new Mod Squad challenge called "Fall Beverage." When I saw the mug sweater on the image I decided that I wanted to duplicate that with real fabric. Found a pile of narrow knitted wool ties that my husband tried to throw away several years ago [gasp], pulled a few mini-buttons from my stash and got to work. I attached the mug to the card front with foam tape. Used an Exacto knife to cut out the jack-o-lantern face then used foam tape to attach the white cardstock with the image onto a square of yellow cardstock that was positioned behind the face to add some depth and "light" it up. The inside sentiment is from a Verve digi set named "Coffee Please." I used a retired wood mount stamp from Embossing Arts to make the leaf on the inside of the card. After a bit of fussy cutting, it adds the perfect touch to the sentiment.
 
 
Entered into: 
Mod Squad Challenge- Fall Beverage                                     (modsquadchallenge.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #356-357 Anything Goes          (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

The current challenge at Bugaboo is titled "Cowboys and Cowgirls." I used a cute Bugaboo image named "Cowboy Fence" and the current Creative Confetti Sketch at Power Poppy to make my card. Circle dies simplified the process and a scrap of twine "rope" added a bit of cowboy realism to the card. The sentiment is handwritten.  
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Cowboys and Cowgirls                   (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Happy Little Stamper- Anything Goes with Dies       (happylittlestampers.blogspot.com)
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Sketch   (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/10/creative-confetti-hop-into-my-sketchbook.html)

A few months ago I joined the DT at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge and the first card that I made was using an image from Time for Tea, which was a new company to me. I fell in love with their adorable image named "Baker Girl" so was excited to recently stumble upon the Time for Tea FB page. The artist/owner of Time for Tea, Jo Davies, has many wonderful images. (You can find her here- https://www.etsy.com/shop/TimeforTeaDesigns)  One reason I love using digis is that you can print them off in any size you like. I'm providing a watermarked image of the digi to show you what the entire image looks like. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the sweet image, mounted it onto some plaid print paper and added a computer generated sentiment on the front and inside.  The cute little gingerbread people on the inside of the card are from a Power Poppy set named "Gingerbread Family." [I'm sharing a watermarked image of the 12 piece digi set because it is a good deal at just $5. You can find it  here- https://powerpoppy.com/products/gingerbread-family]
Entered into: Time for Tea Gingerbread Baker
Time for Tea Challenge                                                                       (etsy.com/uk/shop/TimeForTeaDesigns)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #407 Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                               (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes (ribbon)       (happylittlestampers.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pastels and YIKES

I wanted to make one more card for the "Going Girly" challenge at The Cutie Pie Challenge and 'Hello Cupcake' from Lili of the Valley seemed like the perfect fit for this theme. The front and inside sentiments are both from a Whimsy stamp digi set named "Vintage Sentiments"  and the lovely purple doily is from JoAnne [package of 20 for a buck. Couldn't pass up on that deal!]
Entered into: 
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #128 Going Girly        (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Sketch             (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/10/creative-confetti-hop-into-my-sketchbook.html)
Colour Crazy Challenge- Anything Goes             (colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge   (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

The current Wednesday  challenge at wecraftcards Forum is called "All Washi Tape." And the instructions were to make washi tape be a primary focus on the card. I discovered that I had quite a few rolls [which I seldom use] so was fun to…well… use them! Added a little Hero Arts spider, adhered a red rhinestone to its back, and attached some unique stickers to spell out "boo" and "ick." I had planned to use "Yikes" but didn't have a "Y" so ick will suffice… and is also accurate. The inside sentiment is from an Inkadinkado clear set of Halloween themed stamps.
 
 
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- All Washi Tape            (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Cute Card Thursday- #551 Halloween                                           (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Challenge                           (stampendousblog.wordpress.com)

My final entry into the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything But A Card" is a decorated notepad. A friend sent me the cute notepad a short time ago. I loved the pink paint color chips and especially the fact that she had stamped the fun flamingo on the front of it. I decided to bling it up for this challenge. I added shading- with two grey Spectrum Noir markers- and highlights- with a white gel pen. Then cut a small slit into the image to attach a few pink feathers. The feathers were much too unruly, so I trimmed them… perhaps a little too much. [There is a reason that I go to a stylist to cut my hair. It's not a skill set that I possess!] Taped the feathers down on the backside of the cover to prevent molting [hate it when that happens] and attached a freebie sentiment [from http://paulaposts.blogspot.com/2011/05/one-million-cards.html] Added a few final touches of pink bling and this gal looks mahvelus!
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything But A Card     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #356-357 Anything Goes              (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
CAS-ual Fridays- # 210 Pinks and Greys                                  (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)

Variety Galore

This cute little bat is named Nim. [um… did I just call a bat cute?] He's a freebie, called a creepy, from a site named Useless Trinkets  [uselesstrinkets.wordpress.com/freebies/creepies]
The inside sentiment is from the same site. Nim is mounted atop a penny slider, so he spins happily as he moves down the card. [Instructions-newtonsnookblog.com/2013/10/penny-slider-card-tutorial.html. (I provided a close-up pic so you can see that he is actually quite fluffy, and provided a second photo where you can see the curved path that he follows and also that he landed heads down on the bottom of the slider. The little guy really likes to spin!) The "Eeek" background on the front of the card was created with a freebie sentiment from TLC Creations (createwithtlc.blogspot.com)
 
Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- #551 Halloween                               (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Kitty Bee Designs- #129- In TheSky                                   (alohafridaychallenges.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge #24                     (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Challenge                (stampendousblog.wordpress.com)

I've had a package of Barbie stickers for some time and decided to use one for the current Cutie Pie challenge titled "Going Girly." I fussy-cut around the sticker and attached her to a piece of patterned paper. The assorted snowflake stickers are from my stash and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley sentiment digi set named "Christmas Wishes."  I provided a close up to show that there is also bling. Because Barbie likes bling. 

Entered into: 
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #128 Going Girly                                    (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #407 Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                                (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

When looking for the Barbie stickers, I found this package of cute bears and knew that I had to put them to use. The current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is "Anything But A Card" so I raided our snack cupboard and found a bag of mini-teddies. Used a sentiment from Eureka Stamps named "Beary Special" [find it here www.stamponit.net] for the treat topper that I attached with double stick tape. Fast… and yummy.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything But A Card        (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

For my final card in this posting, I made a Tri-fold shutter card (tutorial can be found here- qbeesquest.blogspot.com/2013/05/secret-garden-tri-fold-shutter-card.html) for the Butterfly Challenge that focuses on the Letter B.  My card features a cute little Precious Moment patch [with instructions for attaching it to fabric on the back of the card] plus Colors- Baby blue [butterfly] and Buff [baby's skin] and Themes- Bow, Borders [pink edging on the paper] and Butterflies [four tiny ones that I fussy-cut from scrapbook paper.]  The sentiments are computer generated.
 
Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- #109 Letter B                                  (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #356-357 Anything Goes    (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)