Thursday, July 18, 2019

Love You 2 Pizzas

For my DT card this week with Imagine That Digi Stamps I used a sweet image and sentiment from a  digi set named Love you 2 Pizzas. [You can find them HERE and it's now on sale for just $2]. Plus, 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 that you'll want to add to your collection.
I printed the pizzas on kraft brown cardstock and printed another copy of the pizzas, plus the sentiment, on white cardstock. Fussy cut the kraft images and cut just the pizza's from the white cardstock. Colored all of the images with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. Made an A2 sized gatefold card and attached a folded a triangular scrap of a checked napkin to each flap.  [Yes… an actual napkin from a package that I picked up at the dollar store. I love the texture and shout of bright color that it adds to the card.] I traced a circle around the sentiment and layered it atop a scrap of kraft brown and a checkered napkin on the inside of the card. The finishing touch was to add a few of my favorite puffy heart stickers [from a pack I found at Walmart that contains 113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents!] 
 
 
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #396-#397 Anything Goes                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    

For this colorful birthday card, I used an old Kaleidacolor Rainbow Ink pad to stamp the Hero Art sentiment. I then used assorted ink pads in matching colors to stamp the heart balloon image [with an old wood mount stamp from Stampendous.] When finished, I drew the strings and their little bows with an ultra-fine Sharpie permanent black marker. The inside sentiment is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Just Desserts."
 
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The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birthday

Double D’s Challenge- Birthday [photo]                                

I wanted to make a card for the Outlawz Tuesday Challenge named TicTacToe and decided to make a card that fit the Bingo diagonal from the upper left: Kids Stuff, Button and Patterned Paper. Using a few clip art images of sock monkeys as my inspiration, I sketched the little guy onto scraps of two different colors of grey speckled cardstock, plus sketched the red mouth and heart. Cut the pieces out and set them aside. Punched two circles from scraps of black cardstock and drew the stitches with a white gel pen. Then put all the pieces together to create the cuddly sock monkey. Added red yarn hair and a wrist "bracelet" before attaching the little guy to a background with a pattern that would enhance but not overwhelm Mr. Sock Monkey. The inside sentiment is computer generated.
 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge – TicTacToe    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                        

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bad Hare Day

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 Sheepski Designs cute digi image named "Bad Hair Day." You can find it HERE. I colored the pair with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. Also used the white gel pen and a light pastel aqua marker to represent "swirls of hot air" to create the cute upsweep. The sentiments are computer-generated.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Animal Magic              
SheepSki Designs FB- #37 Anything Goes 

I made this bright  CAS card for the current Cute Card Thursday challenge named "Pink." It features a free sentiment from the Handmade by Paula blogsite that you can find HERE. I added some sparkle with a puffy heart sticker from my stash. Quick and simple. 
 
Entered into:
Cute Card Thursday- #590  Pink

A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Sparkle and Shine            

I wanted to make one final card to enter into the Bugaboo Stamps current challenge titled "Inspired by your Favorite Movie." So, when I saw this wonderful set of King Arthur paper dolls I knew that I just had to make a Camelot wedding card. [I'd signed up for a weekly newsletter a while ago from  Dover Publications and have appreciated that is offers links to a half dozen coloring books and activity books, each offering 4-5 pages that are available for a short time as free downloads. This week the book several pages were available from a book named "King Arthur Paper Dolls" by Eileen Rudisill Miller.  Here is the LINK. If it is not available to you as a download, sign up for the sampler newsletter to start getting your own treasures.] I added additional shading and highlights to the pre-colored images, plus added gems on Arthurs crown and sword and pearls on Guinevere's bodice and a large "diamond" on her ring finger.  The sentiments are from a We Are 3 Digital Sentiment set named "Dreams."  You can find the set HERE for just $1.50.
 
Entered into:
Bugaboo Stamps- Project inspired by your Favorite Movie    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                        

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hula Cat Fun

I made this card for my final entry into the current mood board challenge at Double D's that focuses on all things tropical. I used a wood mount stamp that I was included in a boxful of stamps that I purchased about 10 years ago on EBay. It is from a company named "Love You To Bits."  I stamped this cute hula cat on kraft cardstock several times to be able to cut out and layer the flowers and her right arm with foam tape to add depth. I then stamped just the hula skirt onto a scrap of light brown cardstock, fussy cut it then used very sharp scissors to "fringe" the skirt. The sentiments are computer-generated.  
 
   
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Tropical                
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge – Flower Garden 
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birthday
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- #28                                                                    

The current challenge at wecraftcards is named "The Living is Easy" and we get an extra entry if our card features ice cream. I used a digi set from Imagine That named "Build a Cone" and also specialty papers from Imagine That named "Ice Cream Parlour Papers." You can find the digi set and papers HERE. I created the waffle cone using a corrugator that I've had for a few decades but seldom use. Ran a small square of kraft paper through the corrugator, rotated it to the right and ran it through again to create the waffle effect. I made the cherry with a small scrap of red. The inside sentiment is a freebie from Create With TLC Blogspot. You can find it HERE. Am entering this into several challenges including Outlawz Saturday "Summer Fruit or Veggie" [I love Bing Cherry season and one of those beauties tops the ice cream cone just beautifully.]
 
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We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- The Living is Easy [Ice Cream]
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Summer Fruit or Veggie                  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                        

The current challenge at Art Impressions [AI] is to create a Birthday Card. I have collected AI stamps since I used to co-own a small stamp store in South Dakota in 1999. They were one of our most popular stamp lines, especially their wonderful front and back stamps and "Golden Oldies" character images. For this card, I used a few of the vintage AI stamps, including a front and back cat and a large comfy chair. I used them, plus a Spellbinders die and a freebie squirrel image from Papersmooches to create a fun scene. The sentiments on the front and inside are computer-generated.  Am entering this into several challenges including Bugaboo Stamps "Inspired by your Favorite Movie" [The Secret Life of Pets]
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- #260 Birthday Cards                                                               

Bugaboo Stamps- Project inspired by your Favorite Movie    

Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #394-#395 Anything Goes             
       
My final card for this posting is a flip card that features a sweet mermaid freebie. After making the front and back cat card I was thinking it would be nice to have a front and back mermaid image so that I could make a special card for the 4-year-old daughter of a friend that LOVES mermaids. Decided that I could make a reverse image of a mermaid digi to create a spinner card that is sure to make her smile. I used a mermaid image that I found a few years ago on Deviant Art by an artist named YamPuff. When looking for the web link,  I discovered that Yampup now sells her wonderful images, but continues to offer some freebies, including a version of this image that you can find HERE.  And, the tutorial that I used to make the spinner card [from a standard A2 card and piece of string]  is HERE. The front sentiment is computer generated.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Life on the Ocean Waves
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday- [TWIST–Twine or String]
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #121 (beachy)        

Friday, July 12, 2019

One More for Freedom

My DT card for this week's QKR Stampede Challenge features the Eureka Stamp image [ES-digi37801-Declaration of Independence] that I used a few weeks ago.  You can find the great digi HERE. This time I used a piece of scrapbook paper atop a brown A2 card as my base. I then backed the image with deep red and navy cardstock and added some red and gold bent wire swirls to match those in the background paper.  The inside sentiment is computer generated with a font named Asiyah Script. I mounted it atop a scrap of the background paper on the front of the card, then sprinkled both the front and inside of the card with several sparkly gold stars.
 
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Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                        

A while ago I discovered a wonderful blog named Sweet to the Soul that occasionally offers free bible journaling digis. I loved this John 8:36 option and have used it to make several cards. For this one, I added a few highlights of purple and fuchsia to match colors in the piece of scrapbook paper used as the background for the card. I added a silver chart with a strip of silver string and finished the card with silver photo corners. [I did try to provide the link to the freebie, but it looks like this one is no longer available. However, there are several items available at very reasonable prices. You can find them HERE.]
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Number                                       
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #394-#395 Anything Goes                    
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday- [TWIST–Twine or String]

My final card for this post features a beautiful digi from Cute As A Button named "Peacock Mermaid." I knew that I wanted to try to create the gorgeous mermaid's image in the mirror, so I printed off an extra copy that I had flipped after copying. [This is one of the many reasons that I like using digital images. They are so easy to manipulate.]  After printing the images I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. When coloring the images, I realized that I'd colored over a small but very important detail that I didn't notice at first glance. She is combing her hair with a three tined metal fork, which Arial called a dinglehopper in The Little Mermaid movie. Since I'd colored over it, I tried recoloring it with a silver marker, but it didn't work. So, I cut two forks from a scrap of silver cardstock and inserted them into a few slits that I cut into the digis [full size and mirror reflection.] I cut the oval shape from the inside of the mirror and taped a scrap of vellum over the hole. I then positioned the reflected image under this vellum and taped it in place, creating the look of a well-weathered mirror.  The sentiments are both from a Bugaboo digi set named "Under The Sea."  
 
 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Life on the Ocean Waves
Bugaboo Stamps- Project inspired by your Favorite Movie    
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birthday
Cute As A Button-FB Progressive Freebie No. 26- Peacock  Mermaid
Do-Al[l] Creative- On the Wave                                                                            
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #121                                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 27-Anything Goes         
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Sparkle and Shine           
Cute As A Button-#46 Anything Goes [no background paper]                   


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

GD for TC

I love the intriguing stamping opportunity called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires the use of the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. So I was thrilled when my card was selected as one of the winners in the May challenge. [Hence, the title for this posting GD for TC which stands for "Guest Designer for Twofer Card Challenge"!]

The July Challenge is called named "Garden" and I used two solid Posh Impression wood mount stamps to make my two cards. 
 

The first features a unique fold with a center oval "window" that displays a beautiful garden scene from an upcycled calendar. For this card, I stamped the images on scraps of paper and fussy cut them before adhering them to my card with foam tape to add some depth. The sentiment on the front is a freebie from Handmade by Paula and the inside sentiment is from a Whimsy digi set named "Vintage Sentiments."  You can find it HERE [for just $3.]  
An added note- I had hoped to provide information on how to make this card, but it took me quite a while since I was using a card I'd received as my template and couldn't bear to take it apart to trace. I also didn't know the name of the technique so even spending a long time on Pinterest and Googling didn't provide any tutorial. Then... a sweet paper artist named Jill left a comment calling it a Tunnel. I immediately created my card after receiving a card that included that technique and I wanted to direct people to a tutorial but after spending a good half hour searching I couldn't find it. After seeing your comment, I immediately googled "Tunnel Card" and found a great link HERE. [Thanks so much, Jill!]
 
 

For the second card, I stamped the rose image onto a Thank You card from a boxed set. I developed a simple mask by stamping the image onto a post-it note, fussy cutting that image and attaching it to the rose before stamping the leaves. I repeated this a few times and did the same on the envelope to make a wonderful set.  I save the masks for later use by attaching them to the stamp with a rubber band. [I actually stamped the entire box of cards and matching envelopes to use as a bridal shower gift for one of my nieces. I left the inside blank so that she can add a nice note to each, and added a sheet of 20 pretty boutonniere stamps. A pretty and personal gift that I think she will appreciate.]