Monday, July 13, 2020

July Twofer Challenge

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires we use the exact same stamp, stecil or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. The July Challenge is named "Butterflies." I dug through my stamps and found a butterfly in a Close To My Heart clear set that called to me!  After stamping several copies of the butterfly, some with dye ink and others with pigment ink and black embossing powder, I came up with two cards that meet the challenge requirements.
 
Supplies: 
·   Image- Close To My Heart My Acrylix Stamps (B1432 Butterfly)- Retired
Entered into:  
Twofer Card Challenge- #29 Butterflies

The first is a friendship card that features an accordion fold. (I’m also entering this card into the current Butterfly Challenge “A is for Accordion Fold” which provides an excellent tutorial on this easy fold!) I stamped the butterflies on scraps of lavender parchment cardstock with Memories Ink pad and colored them with alcohol markers, a permanent black marker and white gel pen. I placed the front sentiment (a freebie) vertically so I could tuck two of the butterflies right into the text! The lovely butterfly and rose paper is from a prize packet that I won in an earlier Butterfly Challenge (Thanks Mrs. A!) And the inside sentiment, from a We Are Three set, is the perfect fit to this fun card.
 
Supplies: 
·   Images stamped with black dye ink (Memories pad)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, a permanent black Sharpie Marker and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Card- Accordion Fold Version 2- Instructions found HERE
·   Front Sentiment- Birdscards Freebie (Just Flying By to Say Hi)
·   Inside sentiment- “Some People Like Flowers…” We Are 3 Sentiment Set (Harvest)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #144 A is for Accordion Fold   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #642 Not Square
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                        
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020

My second card is a thank you card. Since I love to fussy-cut and usually add lots of layers and embellishments, this card is truly CAS for me! I was inspired by a card on Pinterest (link posted below), but my butterfly was stamped on vellum, because I wanted the music score to show through the delicate wings. (This translucency is one of the reasons that I love using vellum!) Instead of stamping a sentiment, I opted to use one that I cut from a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper labels that includes a big of foilage.
I’m entering this card into several challenges including 1) Simon Says Monday Challenge- Early Birds. Simon notes “This week we are challenging you to add a feathered friend or maybe you could interpret the theme as an early morning sunrise, or maybe you can think of something else!” I accept the challenge of “something else”, posing that the caterpillar of this butterflies younger life didn't become the breakfast of any early birds! 2) The Sisterhood of Crafters- Ink It Up. I forgot that it can be tricky to use pigment ink on vellum. I had to reink the image several times to get good coverage. And am thankful that I had a MISTI to help me or I wouldn’t have been able to emboss this critter!) 3) Power Poppy's Creative Confetti- Rock the Mojo. Over the years I've collected a ton of card ideas via Pinterest and occasionally check there for inspiration. After creating the accordion card, I wanted to do something totally different and thought that CAS was the answer. I loved this sweet butterfly card and wanted to capture its simplicity with my card. Using vellum for the wings gave it my own personal touch! 
My Inspiration Photo:  
Supplies: 
·   Stamped on vellum with black pigment ink and fine black embossing powder
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment “Thank You”- American Crafts scrapbook paper
·   Assorted cardstock and music score background paper from my stash
·   Inspiration photo on Pinterest (LisacarrollButterfly) can be found HERE
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Early Birds                                  
Incy Wincy Designs- Curvy/Curves
     Since I’m a DT for Sheepski, I’m entering this challenge just for fun!
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #446-447 Anything Goes
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Rock the Mojo 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Stitches

I wanted to make one more card to enter in the current Double D Challenge named Stitches. So I dug through my stamps and digis and found this wonderful digi from Beccy’s Place. I’ve been on a run of making slimline cards since finding an old box of size 10 (business) envelopes in my garage so printed the digi off to fit the full length of a long envelope. Ribbon and lace from my sewing stash and a few items from my scrapbook stash helped pull the card together. If you look closely, you'll see that I drew stitches along the edges of the white and cream-colored paper. (They aren't very straight, but then my stitching isn't the best when I sew either. Home economics class was a challenge for me... and my first, and only, attempt at cross-stitching was... um... humorous! It was a depiction of Mount Rushmore and I miscounted a few stitches that I didn't notice until I was finished. To this day, George Washington looks like he has a broken nose. I don't remember reading about that in any of the history books!) 
I didn’t add a sentiment to the inside as this card will be sent to my SIL. She’s a seamstress so will enjoy the theme. And since I haven’t talked with her for a while, I want lots of space to write a note. (I cannot wait until life returns to normal so that we can head back home to South Dakota to visit family. Phone, face-timing and Zooming is no longer enough!)
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Dress Form with Flowers (retired)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment and sewing rulers- family label from my scrapbook stash
·   Assorted background paper, foam tape squares, lace and ribbon from my stash
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Stitches 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #446-447 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020

Last month I won three digis in Ching-Chou Kuik’s Blog Challenge, and I decided to use one for the new challenge that requires the use of dies and/or punches. I love the digi’s bold black & white image that I sized to fill most of the card front. (Being able to change sizes of digis is one of the many reasons that I really like using them!) You can’t see it very well in the pics, but I added a little shading to the image with a grey marker, a few highlights with a white gel pen, and also used a Stardust glitter pen on the turtle doves and inside sentiment. Sparkly hearts, made with red glitter paper and two of my oldest punches add a few pops of color to the card. (I’ve used one of them so many times that I’ve worn the silver label from the top and had to draw it back on with a permanent marker to help with identification!)
I added a WM picture of the inside sentiment so you can see that it includes a trio of little hearts. I found it hard to punch, or even fussy-cut, hearts that small from glitter paper, so I opted to cover them with one large sparkly red heart. I'm entering this into several challenges including Incy Wincy Designs Curvy/Curves (the hearts and many of the doodles and designs inside of the digi image are very curvy!)
 
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Ching-Chou Kuik’s’ Digital Stamps (Love Garden)
·   Shading added with Spectrum Noir grey alcohol markers
·   Highlights and sparkle added with Sakura Gelly Roll white Stardust Glitter gel pens
·   Inside  sentiment- Eureka Digital Stamp (Happy Valentine’s Day)
·   Assorted papers and heart punches from my stash
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Curvy/Curves
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 28 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- [FB] Die-cuts or Punches or Both

A few weeks ago I tried to make a Zig-Zag card and it didn’t work out very well. I salvaged one of the sections that I’d cut from black patterned paper… and it provided a nice backdrop for the Christmas colors on this card. Yay! This sweet image, and the two sentiments- were all provided at no charge for participants in the Outlawz July Progressive Challenge. You can’t see it in the photo, but I added a little Stickles to the spice drops to make it look like they are sprinkled with sugar. So fun! 
I'm entering this scared into several challenges including  the current Power Poppy Creative Confetti that requires a slimline card. (Since this fits into a business envelope, I think it will qualify.    
 

 
Supplies: 
·   Digi and both sentiments- Twinkle Lane Design Digital Set (Gingerbread Treat)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white and silver gel pens
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
·   Stickles- Star Dust (adding a touch of realism to the spice drops)
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Gingerbread Treat from Twinkle Lane Designs  
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Change It Up  
The Paper Shelter- #435 Holiday Time
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #642 Not Square
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #514 (Optional twist- Christmas)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Casual Boy

It’s Friday and time for the Colour Crazy Challenge. This challenge is also an “Anything Goes” but if adds a requirement- the creation needs to include coloring in “any colouring medium you like, onto any project you like, and in any colours you like.” I’ve never outgrown my love for coloring… which is why making cards is stress therapy for me!!
This weeks sponsor is The Paper Shelter, and my DT card features a wonderful image named Casual Boy. I colored and fussy cut the handsome young man then positioned him on the background that comes with the digi. I added an additional pop of color by placing a Post-It star behind his head. The sentiments are freebies from Skogstokiga Blogspot
I’m entering this card into several challenges including The Sisterhood of crafters “Ink it up” (it took several layers of me to get his jacket to resemble black leather. At least I hope you can tell that is what it’s supposed to be?!) 
 
 Supplies: 
·   Digi- The Paper Shelter (Casual Boy)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front and Inside Sentiments- Skogstokiga Blogspot Freebie (Here)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
·   Sheer black dotted swiss ribbon- JoAnne’s
Entered into:  
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 28 Anything Goes                         
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Birthday            
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020

I was thrilled when I recently won a Cute As A Button Challenge because I love Francesca’s sweet images. I had fun “shopping” and finally decided upon this adorable digi because I kinda like kitties. (I just wish that there was a way that I could make this card purr?!)
When coloring the neckline of her top I messed up a bit. Decided to add a bit of lace with my white gel pen to cover that oops. Yay… saved it! Then decided to add some white stitching on her sweater and some pencil stitching along the edge of the rectangular image which allows me to enter this card into the current Double D “stitches” challenge. Yay!
  
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Cute As A Button (Right Way to Wear Fur)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Cat Paw Stickers- Stickos brand from Walmart
·   Front Sentiment- “Purrfect” Label from my scrapbook stash
·   Inside sentiment- “Happy Purr-th Day” Imagine That digital set (Kitty Lapping Milk)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Thanks to the Cathouse (I'm in the Doghouse with you)
Double D’s Challenge- Stitches                  
Cute As A Button- JULY: CH #58 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #446-447 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #642 Not Square
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #514
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- July 2020 #40                            
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                

I usually like the control and vibrant colors that alcohol markers provide, so using decorative chalks and Q-tips for coloring is really a stretch for me. But, this card shows me that I can successfully meet that challenge, and even have fun doing it! I decided on chalks because I wanted the card to have a rustic color scheme to match the background postage stamps (a freebie from Graphics Fairy.) I also opted for a slimline card, because it allows me to add more of the cute little vintage stamps and because I have just found an unopened,  but old, box of size 10 envelopes that I’d like to use before the adhesive is no longer sticky. (Yep, I know they are old because the little yellow price sticker says “Hagger Drug, 79¢”. I worked at that little hometown store during high school and college… and I know it’s been closed for a while. So these envelopes might actually be considered antiques?!) Also, since the current Power Poppy Challenge is to create a slimline card, I can enter this card into that challenge, too.) I did add a few shadows/definition with colored pencils and highlights with my trusty white gel pen… maybe because of that “control” thingee?! The festive embellishments are made with a pine branch punch and Nuvo Drops. Falalalala la la la laaaaa!
 
 
 Supplies: 
·   Digi- All Dressed Up (Christmas Stocking)
·   Colored with Decorative Chalks, Aquarelle colored pencils and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Background images- Graphics Fairy Free Printable (Faux Christmas Postage Stamps)
·   Front Sentiment – “Christmas a Time to Make Magic” TlcCreations Freebie (retired)
·   Inside sentiment- “Sending Warm Hugs” Lili of the Valley- (Christmas Wishes set)
·   Martha Stewart Pine Branch Punch
·   Nuvo drops- Rhubard Crumble
Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #135 Christmas in July (Week 1)
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Christmas In July
The Paper Shelter- #435 Holiday Time
Di’s Digi Stamps- Christmas in July                                                
All Dressed Up- Anything Goes- #106 Anything Goes (June)    
All Dressed Up FB Challenge- For the Kidz                                    
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)-  Challenge #16                                            
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Change It Up