Monday, August 21, 2017

Weekend Card Binge- Part 3

My final entries from my stamping frenzy this weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll start working on the newly posted challenges for this week! Hope to not fall so far behind again. I like to try to do a few hours of stamping every evening. Therapy, you know!

This is one of my favorite Bugaboo digis. You’ll see me use it often! This time I used both the sweet unicorn and the rainbow/cloud image that is part of the set. Colored the mane and tail with alcohol markers, schmered them with my Zig 2-way glue pen and poured on a healthy dose of sparkles. (Actually, this isn’t craft glitter. It is actually a little container of glitterly pinky-purpley eyeshadow that I found for a buck at Walgreens some time ago. I love how it REALLY sparkles!) Am entering it into the current Bugaboo Bingo challenge, bottom row “Bugaboo image + sparkle + sentiment”.
 

Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge
        (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment                 
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

I used to make a lot of cards with Stampscapes images. Need to start doing that again because they are always impressive and actually fairly easy to do. This card, which I am entering into a few challenges, including Victorine “On Wings” challenge, includes Stampscapes three geese silhouettes and tall grass images that I stamped onto a photo of a South Dakota sunset. Added a sentiment that I found somewhere years ago. Thought it was a perfect fit to the trio of geese image.  
                       
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #294-295 Anything Goes                      
     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
CAS-ual Fridays- Friendship                         
    (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Victorine Challenge- On Wings   
      (vostamps.blogspot.com)                                                             

This card, ala Shabby Chic style, is made from some lace that is as least 50 years old. It came from one of my mom’s craft stashes that I saved from the trash bin when she passed away 7 years ago. It is precious to me… and I know that she would have loved the way it looks on this very vintage looking card.
                     
Entered into: 
Deep Ocean Challenge- Shabby Chic/Vintage                             
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
 Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
                     
This last card is being entered into a few challenges. One, Poppy Power, requires that the card  is made from stamps from two sets. This card is made from a retired set of holliday borders from Stamping Up (I think from the late 90’s!) and a sentiment from a Printworks Thanksgiving set. (I’ve always loved the playful look of their dot lettering sentiments!) I am already getting into the mood for fall, so am hoping that this card pushes the season along! The Cute Card Thursday challenge is titled “Fun in the Sun”. I love being outside on crisp sunny fall days. Ah…. One order of warm apple cider, please!
Entered into: 
Poppy Power- Mix & Match                               
      (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/08/august-challenge-mix-and-match) 
Cute Card Thursday- Fun In The Sun                          
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 




Sunday, August 20, 2017

One More Nautical Card

My final card for Simon Says Monday’s challenge. Made an iris fold ship in a bottle. You can see the light source reflecting off the acetate. In real life, it does look a bit like a glass bottle. Time-consuming, but I love the way it turns out! (You can find the instructions here- http://irisvouwen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/ship-in-bottle_3.html) I added an anchor that I inked with a silver marker and cut from a Stampendous image, wrapped a bit of twine, and finished the card off with a sentiment that I printed on my computer.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Nautical                      
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
              

Weekend Card Binge- Part 2

Another card for Simon Says Monday’s challenge. Was fun to uncover several never used nautical stamps in my stash. Entering it in a Fun in the Sun challenge, too. As sailing is a great way to enjoy some sun and sea!
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Nautical                      
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- Fun In The Sun                           
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
              
Since I decked Eunice out in purple and orange for Art Impressions in my last post, Cliff asked if he could be similarly attired. (I do love these two Art Impression charcters!) You might notice that the sentiment bears one of Eunice’s too-large earrings. I also tucked a jack ' lantern under his arm (covering the birthday gift.) I let him keep his party hat, but added a little dangling spider, in honor of the season, doncha know?!
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- Orange & Purple                                
     (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)

Another white on white card, this one holds one of my favorite sentiments about snowflakes. Cut two embossed panels and adhered them to the front of a gate fold card. Hand cut the large snowflake, and mounted it onto vellum for stability. It is going to be sent to a dear friend who loves Christmas as much as I do. She recently posted, “Only 130 days left until Christmas” on FaceBook. So, I know that she will appreciate it, and will be especially touched by the wonderful message that it holds inside!

Entered into: White on White- snowflake
Double D’s Challenge- All White
    (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment                
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #294-295 Anything Goes                    
     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
CAS-ual Fridays- Friendship                    
    (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Christmas Card Throwdown- Embossing   


               

Weekend Card Binge- Part 1

Since I didn’t get much time to create this week as I had a federal grant report to write and a ton of meetings at the office. So… finally got to play in my craft room this weekend. Here are a few of the cards that were the result of my craft therapy!

Simon Says Monday’s current challenge has a nautical theme. I dug through my stamps and was surprised to find several stamps that I forgot I had!  Poppy Power’s Mix and Match challenge fits in here, too, as I used stamps from two company’s- a Stampendous Rope ‘n Anchor frame and old, old, old Commotion lighthouse scene stamp. Finished it off with a touch of silver on the anchor and a blue vellum “mask” to highlight the lighthouse and sweet little sailboats. 

Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Nautical                      
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Poppy Power- Mix & Match                                          
    (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/08/august-challenge-mix-and-match)
Cute Card Thursday- Fun In The Sun                           
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
              
The current Art Impression Challenge requires that the card includes purple and orange color combo.
Since I like to color Eunice with ginger hair, she is the perfect fit for this card. I made it into a Halloween card and decked her out in the colors of that holiday! (Note, because Eunice is a fashion diva, I had punched some orange earrings to match her blouse. Even tried to make them into little pumpkins. But, they were way too large... even for Eunice! So, I used one of them to accent the sentiment, and gave her earrings with bling! 
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- Orange & Purple                                
     (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment                
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
                       
Making white on white cards is a real challenge for me as I prefer color… and lots of it! So, this card took some time to put together. But I kinda like the crisp and clean results.
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- All White
    (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Shabby Chic/Vintage               
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

       



Friday, August 18, 2017

Bugs, a boat and more!

The CAS challenge at AAA cards this week is titled Summer Fun. When I was a young child in Iowa, one of my favorite things about summer was that the nights seemed magical due to the large numbers of fireflies (we called them lightening bugs.) I remember the first time my brothers stayed out long after dark and I caught several, which we quickly tucked inside of a quart jar. I went to bed with the jar on my dresser, fascinated by their flickering glow. When I woke the next morning I was aghast to see that the jar now just held plain ol' bugs! I was sure that my brothers had taken my beautiful sparkly ones and replaced them with these ugly ones. (Note, the bugs and jar are from a Fiskars clear stamp set. The sentiment is handwritten. Bugs are colors with markers and yellow chalk. I also added a bit of glitter to their little bums... added a close up so that you could see their glimmer. And also could see the lid. Tried to make it look like aluminum by stamping onto silver metallic paper.) 
 Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Summer Fun              
   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Victorine Challenge- On Wings 
   (vostamps.blogspot.com) 

I paper pieced this sweet little sailboat to enter into a nautical card challenge. Am also entering it into a patterned paper challenge (sails and clouds) and friendship challenge, because my 40 year marriage started with a friendship that grew into more.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Nautical                        
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
CAS-ual Fridays- Friendship                   
    (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com) 

I love the elegant simplicity of this all white wedding card. A silver plastic wedding ring adds a bit of bling. And to add more interest, I sized the card to fit into a # 10 business envelope.
Entered into:
Double D’s Challenge- All White 
    (daranddiane.blogspot.com)

Used one of my favorite free digis (from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com) with a sentiment that I found on Pinterest to make this fun card. Also, I made small coffee bean stamps from some rubber scraps from a Stampin’ Up wood mount set. Stamped them repeatedly on strips of an old dictionary for a bold rustic addition. (Did you know there's actually a fancy name for vintage items added to cards? Ephemera! Thinking this card is pretty “Cool beans”! (Um… I am sure that saying kinda dates me. I think it is from the 70s or early 80’s?! So does that make me ephemera? Or possibly ephemeral?)
Entered into:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment                
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #294-295 Anything Goes                    
     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From sweet to beautiful

A card that brings back sweet memories from childhood. (Our clothes dryer plays a cute little tune when the cycle is done, and it always makes me smile… and crave ice cream!!) 
Note, the little boy image- and hundreds more- are available from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com. The ice cream truck is from a packet of scrapbook papers.  
Entered into:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- For a Child                        
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

And what can be sweeter in the winter than gingerbread and a mug of hot chocolate (tea or hot apple cider if you prefer that). I used a yellow patterned paper background for this to meet a challenge requirement, but I do like the golden glow it adds to the card.
Entered into:
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for August  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Use Yellow  
   (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

Have always loved this stamp. It is especially elegant when embossed in gold. For this added pop of sparkly color, I used colored embossing pens on the flowers and then quickly added iridescent peacock embossing powder. (Purchased years ago from Embossing Arts… and it is almost gone. Must find a replacement, soon.)
PS You can find this beautiful stamp at victorineoriginals.com.
Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- Embossing                                  
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

Wanted to make a card for a friend, and decided to go Shabby Chic, since I still had my doilies and lace out from earlier use. Found the image in my box of treasures from my mom’s things. Fussy cut around the image, removing the sentiment to place just beneath the boughs of flowers. The inside sentiment reads, “The road to a friend’s house is never long. (Danish Proverb.)”
Entered into: 
Deep Ocean Challenge- Shabby Chic/Vintage                           
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
CAS-ual Fridays- Friendship                        
    (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)


From cute to quirky

Got this stamp years ago when my nephews were playing HS football. They are now all grown up with families. So was fun to have so many memories surface while making this card. The Band-Aid accents just seemed to fit the image!

Entered into:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- For a Child                        
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

Wanted a crisp and clean image for this card, so embossed the sweet little chirps with detail EP. Colored the image with Tombow markers, mounted it on a scrap of vintage sheet music, the finished with a ribbon/die cut accent piece cut from an old Christmas card.
Entered into:
Cute Card Thursday- Embossing                                  
     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for August  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)

Used a cute Whimsie Doodles Unicorn digi to make this cute friend card. The inside sentiment was found on Pinterest and printed off on my computer. (You might not be able to see it, but her mane and tail are very sparkly!) 


Entered into:
CAS-ual Fridays- Friendship                     
    (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)

Once upon a time... I found this little shoe stamp in the Michaels discount bin. Have never used it until now. Needed a wedding card and had fun making this one with clear lacquer to resemble Cinderella’s classic footwear! Made it into a wedding card, where the inside greeting makes sure that the couple receiving will be reminded that they are not living in a fairy tale! (I’m entering this in Sketch Challenge, although I did make some changes to the sketch- flipping the image/sentiment and adding several additional layers of patterned vellum and lightly patterned pastel paper behind the circle- to also fit Shabby Chic and Patterned Paper challenges. Kinda like the results!)

Entered into: 
Deep Ocean Challenge- Shabby Chic/Vintage                           
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge
        (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com) 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

CAS and more!

In an earlier post, I noted that really don’t know what my preferred style of stamping is. But, I do know that Shabby Chic and CAS are both challenging to me. I am participating in challenges that require these styles in this posting. The first, a CAS challenge titled “Summer Fun” poses this invitation- “We're in the mood for some summer fun this next fortnight and would love to see how you interpret this theme.”
My card might seem unusual for that, but to me, one of the fun things about summer is that my work schedule during August usually pretty light. Allow me to explain. Much of my job involves working with schools and community coalitions. Both like to take the end of summer off for vacations. So… I do the same. And since my sweet hubby is disabled, we prefer to do “staycations.” I love having a few weeks to stay home, just doing whatever I please on no set schedule. This usually involves me “fluttering” from project to project with glee! Hence, this card is a perfect interpretation of Summer Fun for me!
This card will also work perfectly for a friendship card, so am entering it into another challenge with that theme.
PS- You can't see it very well... but the top of the card has very faint clouds with light blue chalk. Am trying to respect the need to have lots of "white space" that CAS requires, but also wanted the illusion of sky. So... very, very light chalkwork did it! 
Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Summer Fun             
   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
CAS-ual Fridays- Friendship                        
        (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)

The other card style that I find most challenging is Shabby Chic. I like them when others make them, but mine always look messy and/or overdone. I found a free image here (http://thegraphicsfairy.com/vintage-fairy-image-rose-flower-girl/) that just begged me to be featured on a card, so decided to make it a Shabby Chic one. Decked her out in a doily, ribbons, fussy cut blooms on her head and even her shoes... then finished the card off with a few stick pins. I'm thinking she looks a bit "Shabby Cluttered"?! 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- For a Child                        
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Shabby Chic/Vintage                           
     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Fancy Flowers    
    (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

When considering my preferred style of stamping, I know that I like “coloring” plus making cards with puns or quirky humor. I create these on my computer and am always looking for fun new fonts! I also like upcycling items, fussy cutting, and find myself using digis, sketches or clip art more and more often in my creations. For this card, I found a fun free sketch on the web, colored it with chalks and markers, fussy cut stars from a damaged yellow “report sleeve” that I rescued for the trash can at my office, printed off the fun sentiment and… the results are sure to bring a smile to one of my Star Wars lovin’ friends.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Happy Birthday                       
     (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)

Adding another card to my Christmas stash, this one is for a teacher friend that loves family time during the school break. The inside of the card reads, “… so that the outdoor fun can begin! Happy Holidays (and Happy School Break!)” 

Entered into:
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Use Yellow  
   (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge
    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for August  
     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk)