Friday, September 20, 2019

Snowy Fun

It’s Friday, so time for another challenge at QKR Stampede!  Stop by the challenge, which is always “Anything Goes” and several prizes are awarded. Maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself? My DT card features a QKR digi image and sentiment (Q-digi14514-Birdhouse & Q-digi16108 Thinking of You). I colored the scene with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen.  I ended up with several layers, adding more and more until I ended up with a look that I liked. The base is strips of patterned paper, this is topped with a lacy square cut from a plastic tablecloth (that I purchased by the yard at a hardware store!!), then vellum, the colored image, and a swirly of snowflakes and the sentiment. The inside sentiment is from a Beccy’s Place digital set named “Seasonal Windows” that you can find HERE.  The snowflakes are made with a Lawn Fawn die set.
 
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #600 Dies and Punches
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #455 Anything Goes                 
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- #30                                                     
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 

This September Progressive Challenge on Cute As A Button FB page features a wonderful image named “Thankful.” I cropped the image, allowing a portion to go off the edge of the page so that I could also enter the card into the current Power Poppy challenge, especially since I used the sentiments from the Power Poppy  digi set named “Autumns Opulence.” I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen and added extra color with some lovely ribbon I picked up at Hobby Lobby last week (for 50% off!) To add texture to the card, I used some burlap from my stash and some greenery that I picked up at the local Goodwill a while ago. I loved its rich hunter green color and the soft fuzzy feel of the fronds. So fun!  
 
Entered into:  
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Over the Edge
Crafty Catz Challenge- #475 Anything Goes 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Hand-colored Image                                                  
Cute As A Button-#48 Anything Goes 
Cute As A Button-FB Progressive Challenge No. 29-Thankful

My final card in this posting was created for the Spectember Day 17 Challenge named Create a Scene. I immediately thought of my Stampscaped collection, which I don’t use very often anymore since I prefer digis, but they are PERFECT for creating scenes. I combined three of the images on my wood mount stamps: “Lakeside Cabin”(main section) “Pines and Rocks” (tops of pines on the right side) and “Spruce” (large tree on the left side.) When digging for my stamps, I found some photos I’d taken of clouds that I felt might make n using my Stampscapes. I stamped the images with black Memento ink, then added color to the cabin, water and trees with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I didn’t expect the markers to react with the glossy photo paper as they did, causing them to bleed. But… once the colors dried, I decided I really liked the hazy feeling of the scene. So… I decided to finish the card!  Added a few layers of cardstock matting, a bit of raffia and a sticker from my scrapbook stash. 
Entered into: 
Spectember Day 17 Create a Scene
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- All About Trees            
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays        

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sweet Music

Hello! It’s the third Thursday of the month, so time for a new challenge at Imagine That Digi Stamps. For my DT card, I used a pre-colored image and two sentiments from a digi set named Grand Piano. The base is a fold called an “Impossible Card.” It is actually very easy to make. You can find instructions HEREI used patterned papers and gold photo corners from my scrapbook stash to add some elegance to the card.
One added note- The designer/owner of Imagine That, Kris Breach, provides her DTs with a coupon code that allows any friends a discount on their next digi order. If you stop by the shop I know that you'll find lots of digis you'll want to add to your collection. Then, make sure to enter your card into this months challenge with an "Anything Goes" theme for a chance to win a $12 coupon to the Imagine That Digistamp shop, or a Top 3 award which includes 2 free digi sets of your choice and an invite to be our Guest Designer in the next challenge!  You can find the full rules HERE.
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   
The Paper Shelter- #398 Digital Image
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 

I absolutely loved making this card! Am thinking this image from Sheepski Designs named “Ballgown” inspired the Cinderella wanna be in me and this is the result. A diecut background that I upcycled from a birthday card, some scraps of vellum, a bit of ribbon, a strip of acetate, a nice sharp scissors, computer-generated sentiments, a few clear stamps (I picked up the castle, pumpkin coach and glass slipper at a garage sale and don’t know who makes them), and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" this card appeared! So fun. Am entering it into several challenges, a few need a bit of explanation- Spectember Day 15 (my mixed media is markers plus vellum, acetate for the glass slipper, brushed silver cardstock, ribbon and assorted gems) and Power Poppy (the Ballgown digi image that runs off of the right lower edge of the card is trimmed to fit the card.)

  
Entered into: 
Sheepski Designs- #30 Diecuts and/or Punches                   
SheepSki Designs FB- #38 Anything Goes
Spectember Day 15 Mix Up Your Media
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge #715                              
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Over the Edge
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       

A few years ago I discovered a website named Little Scraps of Heaven. Artist Tricia Moore provides a wonderful free digi and/or paper piecing image every week. You can download this weeks freebie HERE. This cute image named “Little Harvest Bear” was the freebie last September 3-9. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and adhered him to a leafy background made with an upcycled calendar page. The sentiment on the front is from a We Are 3 Digital Sentiment set named "Autumn Sentiments."  The inside sentiment is a freebie from Create With TLC. And the wonderful little maple leaves are from an Imagine That digi set named “Autumn.”
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- See You In September
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- All About Trees            
Spectember Day 16 Autumn Vibes 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mid-week fun

It's Wednesday! So time for another challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out! The sponsor this week is Little Blue Button and I used a digi named "Winter Charlie." I colored the cutie with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The “Hello” the sentiment is a freebie that you can find HEREThe inside sentiment is computer generated. And the snowflakes are from a Lawn Fawn die set- LF995 Mini Snowflakes.

Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 

A few days ago I posted a card that included a sparkly die-cut butterfly (HERE) I used the same process to make this card, using an ornament die, plus red and gold microfine glitter. I wanted it to look like the ornament was hanging on a tree branch, so I created a background with scrapbook paper. After adhering it to an A2 card front with gold photo corners, I attached the ornament with foam tape. I had purchased a packet of sparkly stickers from Hobby Lobby and added a holly sprig to the ornament. The final touches on the front of the  card were to add five red rhinestones “berries” and a gold twine bow. The packet of stickers also included a sparkly sentiment that I used it on the inside of the card.
 
 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- All About Trees            
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #455 Anything Goes                 

My final card for this posting is from a talented artist named Sherry West. This is one off her latest creations named Leila Ladybug. I colored the sweet image using Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I knew that wanted the red to really pop so kept the rest of my coloring monochromatic. Finished the card off with some of my favorite sheer B&W dotted ribbon (that I usually find at Hobby Lobby or JoAnnes), which I attached to a computer-generated sentiment.
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #398 Digital Image
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 37 Anything Goes                                  

Spectember Trio

My next three cards were created to enter into a fun event named “Spectember” sponsored for Spectrum Noir products. I started using the SN alcohol markers a little over a year ago and LOVE them! Didn’t have enough cash to start with Copics, so picked up a few SN sets when they were on sale at JoAnnes and am hooked. I’m slowly working to catch up on the challenges. Here are cards for Day 12, 13 and 14.

The Day 12 challenge is “Ink It Up.” I grabbed orange, rust and brown ink pads and refills. After making sure the pads were juicy, I dabbed them onto a vintage Embossing Arts wood mount leaf and stamped the image onto scraps of kraft paper, getting a bold image. I fussy-cut the leaves and set them aside then used instructions HERE to make a waterfall card. (They are a little tedious, but otherwise pretty easy to make and have a nice WOW factor. This one will be sent to my 97-year-old MIL.) The Happy Fall sentiment is from a Power Poppy digi set named “Autumn’s Opulence.”  The other sentiments are from a We Are 3 Digital Sentiment set named "Autumn Sentiments."  When finished, I created a matching envelope by reinking the leaf and stamped it across a square envelope.
It is hard to show the beauty of a waterfall card with static photos, but I have never done a video (might have to put that task on my bucket list!) So I placed the photos in order, from card front, then flap 1, 2 and 3, and the pull tab fully extended. I also provided a close up of the wonderful sentiment on the final segment. 
 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- See You In September
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #81: Use Kraft Paper
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #599- Autumn
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   

The Day 13 challenge is “Color Outside the Lines.” To be honest, this was a difficult challenge for me because I usually like to be precise in my coloring and cardmaking. So… I made a collage card (yikes) and used ink and a sponge to distress the torn edges of the paper framing the image (double yikes!)
The wonderful motorcycle image is a cling stamp from a company named Deep Red Stamps (I’ve found it is available through Amazon and several other sites.) I used assorted stamps, ink pads, and sponges to decorate an A2 sized piece of tan parchment paper. In several places, I made masks with torn paper and post-it notes to add more color and interest with sponging. I then tore the edges of the stamped card, tore and crumpled a rectangle of brown wax paper from my stash (who knows where I found it?!!), layered it beneath the stamped image and used a plain ol’ stapler to bind the card together. (By this time I was totally out of control with the whole concept of being organized and precise!) The sentiment was computer-generated.
 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge – Distressing Ink or Paper
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 37 Anything Goes                                  

The Day 14 challenge is “Get Your Bling On.” I used a vintage PSX wood mount stamp, black pigment ink and black embossing powder with holographic glitter. (My jar is old, from Embossing Arts. I did some checking and it looks like both Hero Arts and Ranger have a similar product. It is fun to use, but is kind of hard on marker tips. Usually, I use chalks when I use it. But I like the rich deep color that my Spectrum Noir markers provided.) I added a few highlights on the bird's eye and the berries with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I took a few closeups in different light to try to show the wonderful sparkle this embossing powder adds to an image… but they really don’t do it justice. In real life, the sparkles shift and dance in the light. The inside sentiment is computer generated.
 
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #397 Embossing of Any Kind 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Bling It On                                      
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Embossing (wet or dry)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #455 Anything Goes                 



Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sept 2Fer Challenge

I love the intriguing stamping opportunity called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires the use the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The September Challenge is named "Critters" and I used a butterfly from a Cottage Cutz die as a focal point on my two cards. Before starting the cards, I cut several of the die images from black cardstock and then cut the butterfly from the sentiment. I glued orange vellum to the butterfly wings and trimmed it close.
 
 
Entered into:
Twofer Card Challenge- #20 Critters

My first card is a friendship card. I used two solid Posh Impression wood mount stamps and a few juicy ink pads to make the beautiful roses. After fussy-cutting the images, I added depth to the roses by shading the petals with Spectrum Noir markers. I created the lattice background using instructions on the Butterfly Challenge blog HERE. (I accidentally cut my paper strips a bit thicker, but I think they worked.) The sentiments (front and inside) are both from a Beccy’s Place digi set named “Spring Tulips.” Am entering this card into a few other challenges including Spectember Day 11- Try Something New. (I’ve never made a lattice card before… and was surprised how easy it is to do!)
 
Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- #128 Letter L for Lattice                 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Spectember Day 11 (FB) Try Something New
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   

My second card is a Happy Fall card created from an upcycled calendar page. The sentiment on the front of the card is from a We Are Three Digital Shop set named “Harvest.” The inside sentiment is a freebie from HERE.
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- See You In September
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #599- Autumn
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- All About Trees            
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Vellum