Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall, Fur and Fun!

Another House Mouse card this time the little critter is falling gently to earth with the help of a beautiful maple leaf. I cut a square from the card and attached acetate to allow the cloudy sky to show through. Plus, the acetate provided a place for me to attach the fussy cut image securely to the card. Am also entering the card into several other challenges that focus on fall leaves. 
Entered into: 
House Mouse & Friends- Challenge #252 Anything Goes/Fall     (housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Photo Inspiration                   (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Double D’s Challenge- Leave It To Me                                               (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                                 (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                             
Used a new Lawn Fawn stamp and sentiment set to create a sweet winter card. Added a small star cluster stamp and left lots of white space to qualify as CAS for the Less Is More challenge. The images are colored with Spectrum Noir markers and white gel pen. Also am entering it into a challenge that is brand new to me, A Blog Named Hero, that usually focuses on Hero Arts, but also includes Lawn Fawn stamps this month. So fun! 

Entered into: 
Less is More Challenge- OLC Stars                                       (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
A Blog Named Hero-Calling All Critters                              (www.ablognamedhero.com)
                             
Christmas Cards All Year Round's challenge this month features a monochromatic color scheme focusing on brown. This was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be! Since I had the Lawn Fawn fox set out… I used those stamps again. Finished the card by using a strip of paper lace as a stencil and sponged on some brown ink. (Note, the ink on the scarf looks burgundy in the photo. It actually is a deep reddish brown.
Entered into: 
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Monochromatic Brown    (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes        (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge is to feature a dog on your card. I've had this wonderful dog saying in my craft files for many years. I formatted it to fit on a postcard with room along the right side to stamp this adorable PSX Golden lab pup. Don't you just want to scratch his fluffy little chin? And, since the sentiment on the card is uplifting, I am also entering it into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- It's A Dogs Life               (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes              (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)


CAS And More

Found this sweet image at deariedolls (freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com) and decided it would work beautifully for the current Less Is More, one layer card star challenge. Kept the coloring simple to meet the CAS requirement, mainly adding yellow to the star,  very find yellow reflection rings around the candle flames, gray shadows, and a touch of color on hair ribbons, holly and their little tongues! (You can see these details in the closeup photo.)
Although the image is fairly large and detailed, the card does include lots of white space so I hope it qualifies as CAS. And, it is one layer (which I discovered is very hard for me to do!) 
Entered into:   
Less is More Challenge- OLC Stars                                        (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
                                 
Have been having fun making cards to enter into AAA cards current challenge called "Inspired by a Movie." Although I am not a big fan on Zombie movies, my hubby and I really enjoyed WWZ. Although I usually wouldn't think of anything related to zombies as being cute… this image and sentiment from Whimsie Doodles just might fit that category! I enjoyed putting all the unused z's from alphabet sticker packages to work, adding some background interest to the card. And, instead of using cardstock for the base, I upcycled an old file folder. I thought it's dull greenish-gray color provided perfect backing for a zombie.        
Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Inspired By A Film               (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Halloween                            (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

Used a cute owl image from Beccy's Place Feathered Friends digi set for this week's Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamps. The inspiration photo included an owl, so this is a perfect fit! The sentiment is printed off on my computer.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Photo Inspiration       (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- October                                        (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
                              
Another card stamped with an image from Power Poppy's named "Tea in the Garden." In order to enter the card into the Power Poppy Mini & Mighty challenge, it is mere 3¾ inches along each side. I made the pink lemonade by cutting a small piece of shimmery pink vellum to size for the pitcher and glass. The sentiment is printed on vellum. 
Entered into: 
Power Poppy- Mini & Mighty                                   (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/10/october-power-spark.html)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Layered Blooms

This final card for the Simon Says Thinking of You challenge required an assortment of floral stamps from Stampendous. I used them to create a ring of blooms along the edge of a postcard, stamping them a few times before re-inking to add depth. Inked a Hero Arts sentiment stamp with one of the colors of the blooms (Lilac), and stamped it onto a small scrap of paper and then adhered the layers onto dark green textured cardstock. Finished the card with a strip of sheer ribbon. Simple yet striking!
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

Saw a photo of a black lab in a cone and was reminded of how much our beloved Brittany Spaniel hated to wear this dreaded thing after having some minor surgery. When I found the sentiment on Pinterest I knew that I had to make a card. Googled a free clip art silhouette of a lab, traced it onto black paper and fussy cut it out. Created the cone with vellum and then, after a bit of taping and re-taping to get the right fit, attached it to the poor mutts head. Decided that the card looked a little bare, so reduced the size of the silhouette to make a smaller dog, flipped it, traced, fussy cut and attached it to the card. My husband burst into laughter when I shared this card with him. Poor pups!
 
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- It's A Dogs Life               (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Add a Sentiment                                      (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
                             
A friend that collects House Mouse stamps provided me with some images in a gift package a short time ago. I loved this cute little guy and decided to have him hopping in a pile of leaves for the House Mouse current challenge that focuses on fall. Also entering it into several other challenges with fall or leave themes.  (The sentiment is from a digi set named narcissus from Beccys Place.) Note- The mouse is mounted on a handmade mini-wobble so that he moves a bit. That is why he is within a circle. So fun!
Entered into: 
House Mouse & Friends- Challege #252 Anything Goes/Fall    (housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Photo Inspiration                (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- It's Fall!                           (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Double D’s Challenge- Leave It To Me                                            (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- October                                                    (beccysplace.blogspot.com)

The current CAS challenge at AAA cards is called "Inspired by a Movie." This is my second entry into the challenge. Can you guess which movie it depicts? (I was experimenting with my alcohol ink markers… again. As a result, his "furry face" looks a little odd. I'll perfect this technique soon. Until then, my critters might look like they are molting!!) And his nose is plastered with red glitter so that it... you know... glows!            
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AAA Card Challenges- Inspired By A Film                            (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)



Decopage and Collage Cards

This week's Monday challenge at wecraftcards Forum required developing a decoupage card with the instructions"Take a stamped or printed image and cut out portions and layer them on top of one another to give it a 3D look and feel using pop dots or dimensionals." I had fun making a card using a new digi set that I won from Beccy's Place, called Finn's Bells. I've never colored a penguin image before... but decided to try to make him look fuzzy with my alcohol markers. Not sure if penguins ARE fuzzy. but Finn is! (or maybe he's just molting?!) The sentiment on the inside, is also from the digi set. 
The closeup shows the layering. Took me a while to realize just which sections needed to be colored... after I had layered on top of a section that I had already colored so beautifully! 
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Monday  Challenge- Decoupage Card     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- October                                            (beccysplace.blogspot.com)      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas ChallengeAnything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
                       
Spent some time this weekend making a few more cards for the Simon Says Thinking of You challenge then almost forgot to post them! Here is the first one that features a collage image stamped for me by a friend. Layered it with some collage background paper, and finished it off with a foliage die cut, a few fussy cut blossoms and a strip of sheer ribbon. So pretty.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

Wanted to use a Eureka stamp to enter a challenge at QKR Challenge, and this handsome kiddo just called to me. So, I inked up one of my rainbow pads and made him some balloons so he could take flight. He floats beautifully on a card that will fit into a legal sized envelope. Didn't add a sentiment because I am not sure where he will land just yet, but he is sure to brighten someone's day!
Entered into: 
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                           (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)

Finally got a set of Power Poppy stamps named "Tea in the Garden." H(have been drooling over this one for a looonng time so was so fun to color this delicious image.  To enter into Power Poppy's current Mini & Mighty challenge, I mounted the finished work of art onto a square card of less of than 4 inches on each side.  Printed a simple sentiment onto vellum and viola! Done. (Now I just wish I had a chunk of that luscious looking cake to celebrate!)
 
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Power Poppy- Mini & Mighty         (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/10/october-power-spark.html)
Cute Card Thursday- Circles           (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Crop 2

I'm hosting one of the challenges in the Fall crop at wecraftcards this week,, with a theme of Holiday Table Favors. I made samples for several holidays. Here is my second- a cute treat holder for Thanksgiving. I found the template here-http://www.aalatemplates.com/free-gift-box-template-download-page.html#.UEQghwXUNx0.pinterest
                             
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Table Favor              (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                             (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)

Another card for the Simon Says Thinking of You challenge. This time I used a stamped image from my stash. The sentiment is a Printworks stamp. Also decided to use some of my long neglected mulberry paper. Love the delicate laciness that it adds to the card. So pretty.
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

The current CAS challenge at AAA cards is called Inspired by a Movie. I've had fun thinking of some cards I can make. This is the first, made after raiding our medicine cabinet. It depict The Mummy (of course!)  
           
Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Inspired By A Film                          (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Victorine Challenge- Halloween                                            (vostamps.blogspot.com) 
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                               (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Bugaboo Stamps- It's All About The Numbers                   (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)

My final card for this posting is a PSX Stamp image (I think. I took it off of the wood mount so I can use it in my MISTI.) Embossed with tapestry EP, colored with Tombow markers, and mounted upon rose colored cardstock and stationery papers. The scripture verse is printed off on my computer.
 
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes            (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Circles                                                (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Add a Sentiment                                    (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Fall Crop

Another item that I made for the Fall Crop being held at wecraftcards Forum. The challenge that required developing two tags that "popped" (had an item or two that are raised). Here is my second tag for that challenge. Loved using a few of the images from the Bugaboo Reindeer Blocks digi. The center block is raised, as is his red honker!
Entered into:
We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Christmas Tag          (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

One of the other challenges in the Fall crop was to develop a card that depicts a holiday tradition. The one that immediately popped to mind was holiday baking. My mom didn't enjoy making meals (with six kids and a very limited budget, we often had tuna casserole, goulash, or pancakes for meal) but she LOVED baking! 
Her favorites were pies, cookies, and cupcakes with lots of sprinkles. So, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, our house was a fragrant, and tasty, delight! Mom also had a very generous nature. So we always would take plates of baked treats to friends and neighbors. I discovered that I only had gingerbread cookie stamps, and I don't ever remember making those. So, looked at other options. Ended up finding a free clip art to use as background (freepik.com/free-vector/hand-drawn-collection-of-kitchen-tools_824046.htm) and attached some fun items from my scrapbooking stash. Mom would've loved it! 
(Oh, and we did always leave a plate of cookies out for... you know... SantaDad!) 
 
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We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Holiday Tradition     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Another card for the Simon Says Thinking of You challenge. This time I used a stamped image from a past swap. I think the flower is from SU. Also dug into my stash for snippets of paper, lace and more. Oh, and the brown patterned cardstock behind the flower is from the inside of a tea box. Yay upcycling! 
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Pixie's Snippets                                                                                 (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com)

This cute ghost is the current freebie at Bugaboo Stamps. Once again, I printed the ghost off on vellum. Love that look! Entering it into Bugaboos current challenge, plus the Halloween Challenge at Victorine Stamps.  
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Bugaboo Stamps- It's All About The Numbers                  (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Victorine Challenge- Halloween                                           (vostamps.blogspot.com)  


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fun in my Craft Cave

Another card that I made for the Fall Crop being held at wecraftcards Forum. This challenge required developing two tags that "popped" (had an item or two that are raised). Here is the first one. 
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We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Christmas Tag          (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk) 

Another challenge for the wecraftcards Crop required a fall card using purple, pink, green and yellow. I used pigment inks with clear EP and a solid leaf stamp from Embossing Arts to create this card.
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We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Color Challenge        (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                            (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

I've enjoyed making cards for the current Sketch Challenge at AAA Cards. Had fun using the Bugaboo Ghost Peeker again, printed on vellum so that he is transparent.  Also entering him into the Halloween Challenge at Victorine Stamps. 
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AAA Card Challenges- Sketch                        (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Victorine Challenge- Halloween                    (vostamps.blogspot.com)  


A few years ago, when my MIL went into assisted-living, we helped clean out the family home. Digging through thirty plus years of "treasures" I found a box of 50-70 year old sheet music that my hubby's grandmother has used in her years as a church choir director. I've loved using these precious items for making cards. For this one, I stamped a Peony from Stampendous, a small butterfly from Hero Arts, colored the images with Tombow markers, and finished off with a few bits of lace and ribbon plus a Lili of The Valley sentiment tag.
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You        (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge                                               (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

                              

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall Bounty

The wecraftcards Forum is holding a Fall Crop this week. So, I'll be posting cards that I am making for their challenges, and also entering them into other challenges that have a similar theme. Here is my first card for the Crop. It's for a Sketch challenge. I used a few digi images from Bugaboo stamps. The little scarecrow is getting rave reviews by other members!
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Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                       (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                        (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Circles                                                (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
CAS-ual Fridays- Sketch                                                       (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
SS WCMD- Anything Goes                     (simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/happy-world-card-making-day-from-simon-says-stamp) 

I'm hosting one of the challenges in the crop, with a theme of  Holiday Table Favors. I made samples for several holidays. Here is my first- a cute goodie bag for Halloween. I found the idea here- http://creativemeinspiredyou.com/give-your-guests-unforgetable-party-favors/  and the template used to make mine was found here- http://www.fun-stuff-to-do.com/gift-box.html
                            
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Table Favor            (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                  (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                             

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

AI Christmas

Used another Art Impressions front & back stamps set to create a cad for their Wiggle & Wobble Challenge. This time it is Billy that is moving excitedly as he reaches for a Christmas gift.  Added a mini wobble to the front part of the image.  The rest of the card is made with scrapbook paper cut-outs and stickers… so it went together really quickly. Easy peasy!

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Art Impressions- Wiggle and Wobble                                   (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                                     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

While I had my scrapbooking supplies out, I fussy cute some mini-images to decorate paperclips for Simon Says "Not a Card" challenge. Gave me a chance to also use some paper scraps and vellum scraps. Pretty simple to make. Just folded the paper and vellum scraps over the inside of a large paperclip (got a bag of them at the dollar store), stapled it in place, the covered the staple with the scrapbooking images.
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)

                   

Glad to see you!

Art Impressions has some of the best people and critter images. And I love their front & back stamps! For this eager pup, I added a mini wobble to the image on the inside of the card, so that his little bottom matches the sentiment. (In case you can't read it, the inside reads, "But it can't wiggle it's butt when you walk in the door!" I found the sentiment in a meme somewhere. Don't remember where.)
I feared the mini wobble would be too thick on the inside of the card, but it works great. Actually, his whole body wiggles a bit... just like our dog in real life!

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Art Impressions- Wiggle and Wobble                                  (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                                   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

Last week I made one of these Bugaboo ghosts out of vellum and like the results. (I also won a prize… so got more fun Bugaboo images that you'll see in the near future!)
For this card, I made another vellum ghost, but this one is bigger. And I added a surprise element on the inside of the card. It will be sent to my MIL that love to share them with others in the assisted living facility. Figured that all those wonderful great-grandmas will like this bright and interactive card! 
Note- the sentiment reads, "Hello foolish mortal. If you are reading this..." (inside) "... then you are blissfully unaware of what is creeping up behind you! Happy Halloween." 
Also, once again, I used TCL 's sweet little digi "Eeek!" 

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Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                         (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                          (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                               (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge (sunset)                       (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)

Have always loved this Eureka cat image, especially when paired with an old (and I mean OLD) Azadi Earles pumpkin image. The inside sentiment is handwritten. And, decided to add a major pop of color by mounting the entire card onto the front of an upcycled greeting card. (There is a rainbow spotted leopard under there!)
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QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                           (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)

Christmas Cards All Year Round current challenge is to make a Monochromatic Brown card. It was much harder than I had imagined. I ended up adding a strip of antiqued lace, brown grosgrain ribbon, and a golden LOVE brad to add a bit of contrast and sparkle. It still looked too blah for me, so I used a Q-tip to add just a smidgen of blue and fuchsia to Mary's veil and gown. That tiny bit of color might disqualify my card, but it really finishes it off for me. The inside sentiment is pure scripture!
                  
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes      (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Monochromatic Brown  (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                  (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)