Thursday, June 22, 2017

Running Through the Sprinkler

Another card to meet some summer theme challenges. One requires a “Summer icon” and since getting sprayed the garden hose and running through lawn sprinklers were favorite neighborhood activities when I was growing up, I would consider this image a summer icon. I added some light blue rhinestones to the water drops to give them a bit of sparkle, which you can see better in the close-up.

Entered into:
Simon Says Works It Wednesdays Challenge- Summer icon
        (simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/category/events/work-it-wednesday)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Patterned Paper 
        (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
        (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

And yet another card for CAS-ual Fridays color Challenge (Coral, Aqua & Grey.) Used an old (I think from the 90’s) Stampin’ Up image on this card, and also pulled out my corrugator to add a bit of texture. (I enjoyed making the spunky woman a redhead in order to add a bit of coral to my card! I have several friends that have beautiful red hair, and they DO have spunk and a 'tude... and I love them dearly!)

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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-Color (Coral, Aqua & Grey)   
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Anything Goes                          
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Mailed My Heart

Having lots of fun making cards for CAS-ual Fridays color Challenge (Coral, Aqua & Grey.) For this one, I used a cute free digi called “Mailed My Heart” from http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/freebies.html
 
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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-Color (Coral, Aqua & Grey)        
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Patterned Paper 
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Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
        (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Anything Goes                          
         (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

More cards with beachy themes for several challenges. One requires a “Summer icon” and another is to focus on “Vacations”. Am thinking that a sandcastle is appropriate for both. To create sandy texture with a little sparkle, I mixed sand, glitter and a little brown flocking with a generous amount of clear embossing powder to hold it all in place. Her goggles are made with colored acetate. (The image is from http://freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com/)
Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Vacation          
        (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Simon Says Works It Wednesdays Challenge- Summer icon
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Cute Card Thursday – Seaside/Beach   
        (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Summer Icon- Flip Flops

Two Simon Says Challenges this week focus on beachy themes… at least they do for me. One highlights vacations, the other must include a summer icon. Well…flip flops can hold up to that title any day! (Can I get a ph-THUP ph-THUP ph-THUP?!)

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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Vacation                             
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Simon Says Works It Wednesdays Challenge- Summer icon
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge                                      
         (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Love this free digi from http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.comCrafted with grey patterned background paper, plus some pink focal points, it meets the requirements for several challenges.
Entered into:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #289 Anything Goes                          
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Cute Card Thursday- Pinks                                          
   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Patterned Paper 
        (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
        (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)


‘Tis so sweet

I’m having lots of fun with the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge that calls for a color scheme that includes Coral, Aqua & Grey. I loved this music sheet image when I found it on FB a few years ago. Added a layer of vellum (that could be lifted to read the complete lyrics), a small coffee cup image, and a few scraps of coral and aqua paper to frame the image and meet the challenge requirements. Love the way it all came together!
Here are the lyrics printed on the sheet of music-  ‘Tis so sweet to drink my coffee. Just to savor every sip: whether French press or expresso just not an automatic drip. Coffee, coffee, how I’ve drunk you, how I’ve brewed you o’er and o’er. Coffee, coffee, precious coffee. O for beans to brew you more. © The Church Curmudgeon, 2015. 

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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-Color (Coral, Aqua & Grey)          
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge                                      
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This next card holds another saying that I found years ago and still makes me smile. It works perfectly on a card for a few challenges that feature vacations (my hubby has been on several "fishing trips", aka- drinking beer and telling tall tales with his guys), masculine cards and patterned paper. (I hope that a map qualifies as patterned paper? It is waaay cheaper than scrapbook paper… as in FREE!)  I wrapped and tied some funky fibers around the front of the card to mimic seaweed since our lakes always have a bumper crop of that stuff during fishing season. (I have lost lots more fishing tackle in seaweed than I care to admit. Mainly because I could have spent that $$ on card supplies!)  
Here is the sentiment:
Front- Behold the fisherman, he riseth up early in the morning and disburbeth the whole household. Mighty are his preparations. He goeth forth full of hope. When the day is spent, he returneth home smelling mightily, and the truth is not in him.
Inside- Here’s hoping that, perchance, your special day will be fulleth of all your favoritest things!
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Vacation                      
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Patterned Paper  
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Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
        (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Send a Smile for Kids- For the Boys                             
  (sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com)
Whimsiedoodles Challenge- Masculine                         
        (whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Once Upon a Time

The current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge calls for a color scheme that includes Coral, Aqua & Grey. I had fun making a wedding card that I’ll need in a few weeks. The young couple will appreciate the humorous sentiment.
(A little history about this interior sentiment- A few years ago, on our 35th Anniversary, I sweetly noted that my hubby and I had celebrated 35 years of wedded bliss. Without skipping a beat, my hubby quickly noted, "Well, it's really been more like 25 years of wedded bliss, 7 years of pretty good, and only 3 years of WHAT were we thinking?!" Our friends and family burst into laughter and applause. As we grow old together and start slowly losing our sight, hearing, teeth, agility and memory... his quick wit just grows more refined with age!) 
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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-Color (Coral, Aqua & Grey)        
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge                                      
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This week’s Monday challenge at wecraftcards Forum is to make a criss cross card. Tutorials for making this simple, but impressive, card can be found on Pinterest and youtube. The gorgeous free digi is from Beccy’s Place.
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We Craft Cards Monday Challenge                            
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Beccy’s Place June Challenge                                     
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Another Christmas card that featured a house or cottage. I’ve always liked D. Morgan stamps, but didn’t like all the coloring required. For this one, I stamped the image twice, on gray and white cardstock. Colored the image on white, tore a heart shape around the cottage, adhered to card, colored and added glitter.  
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Christmas Cards All Year Round- House or Cottage   
     (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)


CAS Heart Punch Card

A simple yet elegant card that incorporates the requirements for two challenges- the color pink and a punch.
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Cute Card Thursday- Pinks     
   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Deep Ocean Challenge- Punches                                 
   (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

Another card for the Simon Says Challenge that highlights vacations. Summer + the beach = Heaven!
Note- The digi is from http://freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com  
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Simon Says Monday Challenge - Vacations     
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Anything Goes                           
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This month's, Christmas Cards All Year Round’s Challenge called for a card that featured a house or cottage. (This features an old mill, but am assuming that someone could live there, too!) 
I found a wonderful tutorial for a tri-fold shutter card here (http://qbeesquest.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html), used an old calendar (I LOVE to upcycle!), a bit of burlap and a silver charm to make a card with a nice wow factor.
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Christmas Cards All Year Round- House or Cottage   
     (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)


Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19 (Monday)

Summer makes me think of the beach… and tubing… and the sun. This card wraps all those things into one fun little package! Note- The digi is from http://freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com  
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Vacation                      
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Send a Smile for Kids- For the Boys                             
  (sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Anything Goes                           
        (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

I really like the AAA Cards blog and challenges. The current one is really a challenge for me, mainly because I don’t like to get my hands dirty when I stamp. And… well, making ink resist cards usually requires sponging, which is always a messy task, at least for ME!
So, for this card, I decided to skip the sponging and instead used my brayer and rainbow pad (two tools I have that are gathering dust). Stamped and embossed a starburst image with sparkly clear powder onto glossy cardstock, brayered several coats of the rainbow ink over the image and liked the subtle image that appeared. Added the sentiment and then some pink rhinestones to up the bling factor. (Note- Sentiment is from http://paulaposts.blogspot.com/2013/02/vcmp-challenge-5-free-digi-sentiment.html)
Entered into:
AAA Card Challenges –Resist Technique  
         (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Embossing 
          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)


Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 10- (Saturday)

This week, Cute Card Thursday’s Challenge called for a card that was primarily pink and Deep Ocean’s Challenge required the use of die cuts, chipboard or punches. I’m putting together packets of year-round holiday cards for gifts and used this chance to make a simple Valentine’s Day card.  
Entered into:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge-#482 Pink 
   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Deep Ocean Challenge- #157
   (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

This months, Christmas Cards All Year Round’s Challenge called for a card that featured a house or cottage. I don’t have many house or cottage stamps, but while searching found a stamped image I’ve had in my stash for years. Not even sure who made it (possibly Stampendous) but it is a nice bold image, embossed in black. With some light coloring and a torn edge I mounted the image on a frosty cool blue background. Finished with a bit of liquid applique to add snowy depth on trees and roof plus a glitter applied with a Tomboy glue pen, this card has a warm “come home for Christmas” feeling.  
Also entering it into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which features embossing, and Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge.
Entered into:
Christmas Cards All Year Round- House or Cottage   
     (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Emboss It  
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

My final card today is being entered into CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, which calls for a color scheme that includes Coral, Aqua & Grey. I don’t usually use coral and aqua, so dug into my paper stash to see if I had anything that would work. Found this Victorian looking petite rose patterned paper that has a peachy-coral tone. Then, seeking inspiration, I started digging through my stamps. Landed upon this vintage looking image that I’ve had for a while and have never used. Still needing something aqua, I turned to my ribbon stash, and found a bit of bluish-aqua satin ribbon. Was fun to then color the image. The delicate little frock became the grey in my color scheme, shaded with a few Tombow markers.  Also used markers to color the ribbon in the image to match the satin ribbon. So fun! Decided to add some antique lace from my Mom’s craft stash (which I inherited from her 4 years ago and use sparingly!) and a tiny paper flower on the bow to finish the card.  
Also entering it into Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge and Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Anything Goes.
Entered into:
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge-Color (Coral, Aqua & Grey)   
     (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Anything Goes
    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 9- (Friday)

This card was developed for Simon Says Challenge that calls for textures on the card. This has MANY different things to touch- glittery cupcake, yellow vellum (around the candle flame), grosgrain ribbon and a paper doily. The inside of the card is a little blurry, so will share that it reads, "Those people are OLD! Happy Birthday from a goodie to an oldie!"
Since the predominant color is pink, it can also fit into another challenge this week.

Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Touchy Feely  
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge-#482 Pink
   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Anything Goes
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Several friends are beekeepers, so I have lots of bee stamps and collect bee relate sentiments. For this card, I used my new hexagon punch (has been on my wish list for a while and was just gifted one from a friend!) to make the patterned paper honeycomb. Stamped several bees, added a cute little free digi sentiment from papersmooches.blogspot.com and it is good to go!
Entered into:
Poppy Power Challenge-Bug Me  
    (powerpoppy.blogspot.com)/ 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge-
   (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)


Tiddly Inks Challenge- Make it Rectangle!

This months challenge over at Tiddly Inks is to make a card that is rectangular in shape. Right now they also have an adorable coloring page available via the Tiddly Inks FaceBook page for FREE! 

I reduced the size to four per 8.5x11 page to make this cute card. Layered it on yellow and then black cardstock and adhered to the front of a simple gatefold card. Stamped a little bluebird on blue cardstock. After adding a bit of color on beak and toes (is that what they are called, toes?!) I fussy cut the little guy. Perched atop a simple, layered, sentiment, I think he adds a perfect touch of whimsy to the card. And is "twin" on the inside of the card doubles the awwww factor! 

So... go and nab a copy of this coloring sheet while it is still available. Create a card, bookmark, tag or any paper crafted item that is rectangular (the theme of this month’s challenge) and enter the challenge yourself. You know you want to! And I have a feeling you’ll love the results. (Illustrator Christy Croll even provides tutorials on the blog for coloring hair and eyes. They gave me the courage to try using new alcohol markers to color this little beauty’s curls. Easy Peasy!)


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Tiddly Inks- Make it Rectangle  
     (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)


Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 8- (Thursday)

Created this card for a challenge named “touchy feely.” To create the “sand” on this castle, I mixed sand, glitter and a little brown flocking with a generous amount of clear embossing powder to hold it all in place. The result is a nice rough texture that pops off of the glossy background photo (that is upcycled from an old calendar.) Her goggles are made with colored acetate, adding another slick texture. My flash created a glare, but I decided to use this card because it shows the layering of the goggle. Plus, adds a bright sun spot! (The the sentiment is from Pinterest and the image is from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com)
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Touchy Feely    
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Anything Goes
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)


Another card using the resist technique and Love stamp. Unlike the elegant Love card that I posted on Tuesday, I think that the dotted background paper and sheer bow give this version a whimsical feeling. Since the image is embossed, it also qualifies for another challenge.
Entered into:
AAA Cards Challenge- Resist Technique                     
     (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Emboss It  
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

This months challenge over at Tiddly Inks is to make a card that is rectangular in shape. I used their adorable stamp set, “Beary Sweet” to make this diagonal double fold card. Tucked two bookmarks made with two other images in the set into the folds. The two little girls that will be receiving this card are avid readers. So... I think they will love it!
 
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Tiddly Inks- Make it Rectangle  
     (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)