Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday in My Craft Room (Part 2)

I had the day off and spent it in my craft room. This is the result of a happy afternoon of creatin'! 
Over the past few months, I’ve been learning about CAS cards from the talented DTs at AAA Cards, and more recently the More Is Less blogspot. Although the CAS style is still a challenge, I am appreciating the skill- and planning- it takes to create CAS cards. And I am liking the chance to step out of my comfort zone and made two cards for current CAS challenges.

The first requires that no stamps are used. So I cut a card in the shape of a onesie, added a few punched circles, an Elmo sticker, a small bow and scalloped edging. Simple and cute!

The second requires a rainbow. I printed a Unicorn (www.whimsiedoodles.com/) onto a half sheet of white cardstock, colored with alcohol inks and added a bit of glitter to his (her) mane and tail. Cut a pastel rainbow from scrapbook paper and mounted it below the leaping unicorn. The inside sentiment reads, “You are so amazing that even unicorns have trouble believing you are real!”

Entered into:
Less is More Challenge- #338 No Stamps         
    (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
AAA Card Challenges- #95 Rainbow                                    
   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)

I saw this sentiment on a T-shirt recently. Although it isn’t quite football season, in Wisconsin that doesn’t matter! Printed the sentiment on my computer, punched stars in various sizes, and added football stickers to create a pair of cards. Am entering them into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge that requires stars, and the Cute Card Thursday Challenge that requires Summer Colors (In Wisconsin Cheese head Yellow and Lambeau Field Green are summer colors, and Fall, Winter and Spring colors, too!)
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Seeing Stars                     
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- Summer Colors                           
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

The Simon Says Monday Challenge requires that we “focus on the edges of your creation and add some interest to them.” For this card, I added a few layers of colored cardstock to frame the card. Plus, used patterned paper that has postmarked images that run off the edges, drawing the eye into the cards focal point- the antique watch. 

   
  
Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- You’ve Got the Edge                           
    (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Anything Goes                          
   (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)


Monday in my Craft Room

Art Impressions new challenge focuses on text. I created a “chatter” background with differing fonts on my computer. Was planning to just add word bubbles with a few of the Art Impressions sentiments. However, the card seemed so empty without a few of the wonderful SI “oldies” characters. So… I adhered them to edge the card and placed the word bubbles near them.
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- Text Me                                             
     (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- You’ve Got the Edge                           
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)

I am learning that I CAN do CAS cards, but the challenge at Less Is More this week was even more challenging as it doesn’t allow the use of any stamps! Am thankful it was also not a one layer card challenge as that would have been impossible for me!  For this card, I used a few glittery star die cuts, adhering a portion of a lovely Hanukkah paper napkin to the star cutout to add a punch of color. Finished the card with a 3-D dreidel sticker. I have several Jewish friends so will be making a few more of these cards to share during this years Hanukkah celebrations. (Also, since I’ve never seen Hanukkah in July challenges, I decided to enter this into a few Christmas in July challenges. Not sure if they will be allowed, but for me it is important to have these cards on hand to help dear friends know that I am remembering them over the Holidays!)
 
Entered into: 
Less is More Challenge- #338 No Stamps         
    (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Seeing Stars                     
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
CAS-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                       
        (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)

Since I still have a sheet of acetate on my work table, I printed another clip art image, this time a message in a bottle.  Trimmed around it then fussy cut white paper, glued it on the back of the acetate and “Ta Da”… a message! (Just realized that I also need to cut a small piece of tan paper to glue on top of the acetate for the cork. Or… better idea… I’ll cut a small piece of cork paper for the cork!  Right now the cork is transparent which looks odd!) 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 it off, then tore around the edges and adhered it to an old calendar page of a beach scene. Stapled the whole things to light aqua paper. Trimmed it close then adhered to Kraft cardstock, adding a final beachy feel! This card will be sent to a dear friend who's going through health issues right now. Am thinking it will encourage her.
Entered into:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #292-293 Anything Goes                    
     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Summer Colors                           
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

I love the simple elegance of B&W cards. Was inspired by the challenge photo at Double D’s to create this card, that went together pretty quickly.
 
Entered into:
Double D’s Challenge- B&W&A Pop of Color
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Anything Goes                          
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com) 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

S cubed + bubbles!

This post is swirling with snow, stars, school and a volley of bubbles. 

First, a blizzard of frilly flakes. I recently received a snowflake stamp set from a sweet friend and couldn’t wait to break it in! Was inspired by a Pinterest card, and a few challenges with black backgrounds, to great this beauty. Actually went together pretty easily. Stamped the flakes with white pigment, re-stamping a few a second time to get that muted “second generation” effect. (Should have embossed a few of the bold images to make them stand out more because when I was finished didn’t think there was enough contrast. So when the pigment ink was dry I went back in and added some white gel pen on several of the images. It made them pop!
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- Black Out Christmas                
     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Double D Challenges- B&W&A Pop of Color
      (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
CAS-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                                  
     (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Christmas in July                    
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Since I am out of graduation cards after sending out several this year, decided to make graduation cards for a few of this weeks challenge. This first one, for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, includes stars. Opted for a shaker card because graduation calls for a little something extra!
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Seeing  Stars                    
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

My second graduation card is for the Victorine Originals new challenge that has a back to school theme. (Since graduation is the grand prize for completing school, it fits here!) The Dr. Seuss book “Oh the places you’ll go” is a favorite of mine, so it made sense to turn this sweet digi into a graduation card. The challenge inspiration photo includes a rainbow array of crayons. So I added a light rainbow above the quote. And, since the card contains a lot of white space, I’m entering into this week's AAA challenge, too. (Note- I discovered that I had some graduation “charms” in my stash. Was thinking that I could write the graduates name and date on the back with a Sharpie pen so that the charm could also serve as a Christmas ornament to commemorate the event! When I  found a scrap of the rainbow ribbon in my stash, I knew I had to slip this charm in the card!)

Entered into: 
Victorine Challenge- Back to School      
    (vostamps.blogspot.com) 
AAA Card Challenges- #95 Rainbow                                  
   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)

Had fun making a 3-D box birthday card for my great-niece. Her daddy was a little pollywog as a kiddo… and it looks like she inherited that gene. She loves pools, lakes, mud puddles and taking baths. (Where she begs for “lottza bubbles”!) For this card, I made lottza bubbles with vellum and glitter. I also used bright colors that also fit the requirements of two other challenges. They fit this card beautifully!
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Get in Shape               
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Bugaboo Stamps- Color Challenge            
     (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Summer Colors                        
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Summer Colors                           
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

Post #101!

I can’t believe I'm starting on my next hundred posts! Don’t know why I was afraid of blogging for so many years. It's fun and not nearly as techy as I'd thought (Thanks, Blogger!)  Now, on to the cards for posting #101. 

Wanted to make another card using this sweet image that I recently won from Di’s Digital Designs. For this card I colored Izzy with my new alcohol markers and chalks (for her face) plus added polar flower soft to frame her beautiful little face and add some depth and texture.  
Entered into: 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Christmas in July  
    (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
CAS-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                             
     (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Christmas in July                    
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

My next creation was inspired by Pinterest (http://www.stampingyearround.com/2012/03/pyramid-card-basic-construction.html)  Cut the base from white swirl vellum then added assorted glittery snowflakes (although you can't see that bling in this photo, but I think they will sparkle a bit when the tea light flickers inside.) Developed the sentiment on my computer printed it off on vellum- with blue ink- cut it into a circle and mounted onto snowflake scrapbook paper. (You can see the snowflakes if you click the photo to enlarge it). Will be sending it to my sweet MIL when winter arrives. (That gives me time to buy a battery operated tea light for her to tuck inside.)
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Get in Shape               
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #292-293 Anything Goes                    
     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Works It Wednesdays Challenge-Add Sparkle       
    (simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/category/events/work-it-wednesday)

For this week’s Simon Says Wednesday Challenge I used a  6x6 book of Disney paper and pocket cards. Paired the background paper, “Wish upon a star” sentiment card, a silhouette that I fussy cut (a bit of work, but I do like the result) with a bow and little silver charm. Ahhh… magic!
Entered into:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Seeing Stars                     
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

Have loved the Summer challenges during these past few weeks. This time I used an old Hero Arts stamp (still mounted on wood so I know the company name!). I stamped and colored a few of the images. So tried them out on different colored backgrounds. I think I like the black one best because the contrast with the bright red strawberries makes them pop!

Entered into: 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Summer Colors                        
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Summer Colors               
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 


Friday, July 21, 2017

My hundredth post!

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating a Christmas in July event with daily challenges! Here is my entry for the last day of the challenge, using the Friday free digi (they give one away weekly!) Was surprised how quickly this card went together. You can't see it very well in the photo, but his nose is covered with multifine red glitter and the jingle bells on his collar are colored with a sparkly silver gel pen. I wanted to add googly eyes on Rudolph as he appears to have some vision issues, or perhaps has been hitting the holiday cheer? But I don’t have any googly eyes that are the right size. So for now, I don’t think he is cleared for takeoff!
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Christmas in July (Recipe- B&W&Color Pop + Sparkle) 
     (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Christmas in July                    
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
CAS-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                              
     (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)

Art Impressions new challenge focuses on text. So… decided to give Eunice the chance to chatter a bit while sharing some birthday humor. She is sometimes so very snarky! The inside sentiment reads, "Cash for Clunkers. I qualify. How about you? PS- Consider yourself a classic." (Just re-read the challenge info and it says to use text instead of an image. I actually paired the text heavy card front with an overlapping image. Hope that works? If not... it was still fun to make. And will be REALLY fun to send!) 
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- I’ll Text You                                       
     (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)

Many years ago I attended a stamping class in South Dakota and learned to make a beautiful hat box card. When you open the "lid", the sentiment slides up. There is a small amount of space below the sentiment to sign the card, and lots of blank space on the cards back to write more if desired. I tried to find a template to share on Pinterest and also via google. But there are none! Maybe I’ll need to develop the first tutorial on my blog to share the template and instructions. It is a show stopper!  

Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Get in Shape               
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com) 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Results of a late night stampin' gig!

I thought I was finished crafting, and when cleaning up the mounds of treasures on my desk, I found my Stampin’ Up Decorative Grapes set. Decided to create a few more single layer CAS cards before I put the set away. First cut a strip from a post-it note and masked the sentiment area, then stamped the grapes and leaves. The card in the back, on tan parchment, includes sponging. I highlighted some of the grape bunches and leaves with Tombow and white colored pencil on the one in the front, (It looks white in the photo. But is actually cream with tiny tan dots!) Stamped the sentiment, then finished the cards by framing the sentiment space with a ruler and Hunter Green marker. They look so very different when finished. Hard to believe they were made from the same stamp set. 
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AAA Card Challenges- #94 A Collaboration             
   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Less is More Challenge- Colored Card Base            
    (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)

Had fun making a Christmas card with a sense of humor. This little gingerbread cutie is a free clipart image that I found here http://clipartsign.com/image/27979. He comes pre-colored, so I just needed to do a little fussy cutting, add the background paper and rick rack paper edging, the finish with the sentiment that I printed off on my computer. Since I still had sheets of acetate out from the message in a bottle card, I cute one to size to fit the measuring cup. Used an Exacto knife to trim around the bottom of his “hands” and slid the acetate under them. Secured the acetate with a little tape on the back side of the image and a small trail of snail adhesive along the bottom of the measuring cup. You can’t see the acetate in the photo, but in real life it adds a glossy addition to the card. So fun!

Entered into: 
CAS-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                             
      (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Christmas in July                    
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating a Christmas in July event with daily challenges!
Here is my entry for Day 6 (July 20). For this challenge, we were to use colors from an inspiration photo. It contained some lush varieties of pinks, from blush to bright fuchsia, with a green accent. The ribbon on the believe badge looks much more red in this photo than it is in real life. (I really need to make a photo box. It's on my to-do list.) 
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Christmas in July (OBG Color- pinks and green)  
        (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)

Bouncing from winter to summer, my final card for this posting is a basket of yummy looking strawberries. Drat… now I’m hungry for strawberries, preferably on top of a bowl of ice cream. (I am from Wisconsin… and we do like our dairy products!)
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- July                                     
    (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Summer Colors                        
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Summer Colors                           
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

C cubed!

Had some time off today so got to play in my craft room. The results, several cards to share over the next few days! This posting features a Cat (again!), a CASE and a Christmas card. 

The wecraftcards Forum Monday challenge requires a black card base. I checked Pinterest for ideas and found a few cat silhouettes that I really liked. Remembered that I had this great stamp from Biblical Impressions. It is named “Crazy Kitty” and always makes me laugh. Was Purrfect for the challenge!
Also, since is it a single layer card with lots of white (um… black) space, it qualifies as a CAS card and I can enter it into two other challenges. Yay!
Lastly, I know that Biblical Impressions went out of business many years ago, so was thrilled to find that this stamp is still available here- https://www.stamponit.net. The set I have comes with a paw stamp. So, I decided to stamp one more card, on autumn gold paper, to show the image in color and with the sweet little paws. Doncha just love it?!

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Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Black Out  
     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
AAA Card Challenges- #94 A Collaboration              
   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Less is More Challenge- Colored Card Base            
    (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)

Okay. I need to fess up. Yesterday I posted my CASE of Stacy Morgan’s Peony Box card as part of the CASE a Poppy Power Bloomie (DT). I think it looked pretty good. However, I have to tell you that card wasn’t my first attempt. THIS one was. I thought that I could just use any old floral stamp. So decided to use a nice bouquet stamp but quickly discovered that it wasn’t nearly large enough for the box card base. So I stamped it four more times, colored and fussy cut the blooms… which took forever! After adhering them into the box decided it still looked “unfinished.” Added the stamped fence and rose strips. Then… needed a sentiment. Decided to opt for humor. It doesn't look anything like Stacy's gorgeous peony card. But, it is a floral box card so I did CASE those aspects of the original. Am thinking a gardener friend will enjoy it. (PS I am also excited that I CASEd all eight Bloomies... and had so much fun doing it! Also have a folder full of ideas for later use. They really are an inspiring team!) 
Entered into: 
Poppy Power- Copy the Bloomies                                 
    (http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/07/on-case.html)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Summer Colors                        
     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Get in Shape               
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)


Another card for all the Christmas in July challenges. This one features a Stampin’ Up ornament and sentiment. I fussy cut pine boughs from paper scraps, and cut an oval from ivory vellum. Created a bit of depth by putting pine boughs behind the vellum and on top of it. Finished the card off with one tiny touch of bling! Simple elegance!
Entered into:
CAS-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                           
        (cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Christmas in July                    
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Christmas Cards All Year Round                                  
    (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)
Simon Says Works It Wednesdays Challenge-Add Sparkle       
    (simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/category/events/work-it-wednesday)