Sunday, October 17, 2021

myasperations 10-17-21

I was excited when Di over at Pixie's Snippets invited me to be a Guest Designer for a Ruby's Memory Challenge. And I apologize that my post is a little late. Our state’s bumper crop of ragweed is causing havoc with my allergies. Migraine meds and a good night's sleep are finally providing me with some relief this AM. So… let’s roll!

I’m honored to also be able to provide the prize for the 7th Ruby’s Memory Challenge, which is dedicated to Ruby and the centre that originally rescued her. Ruby’s human family are friends of Di’s and all report that she provided love, laughter, and cuddles to all who knew her. I can just imagine Ruby now romping through the heavens, causing some enthusiastic mischief with our dogs who got there before her. Sweet Ruby, have fun with all the other beloved- and dearly missed- pets that are now your playmates!   
The prize I’m offering is two sets of dies that work beautifully together or alone: an Echo Park’s “Candy Cane Christmas” plus a Neat & Tangled “Medallion Flower Builder.”


For the chance to win both sets of dies, just create a card or other project using ”snippets” (at least one)  from your collection of craft supplies, and enter it into the challenge over at Pixie’s Playground by 11am UK time on Saturday 30th October. Make sure to read the rules at the playground including linking to the challenge in your blog post and letting Di know you want to be included in the draw by leaving a positive "yes please" to the prize in a comment on the challenge post itself. (You can review the rules at the Playground, HERE.)

Now here are the three cards I made with the dies… and some additional details. Enjoy!

The first card features a pair of holly leaves created with the Medallion Flower Builder Die Set plus items from my stash. I loved using two simple sentiment techniques on my card- the lovely scrapbook paper on the front with its “Merry and Bright” greeting plus the “Joy and Peace” sticker on the inside, topping a scrap of the green paper from the front of the card. Easy Peasy!
Supplies: 
·   Holly- created with the Neat & Tangled Medallion Flower Builder Die Set

·   Cardstock in assorted colors, holiday scrapbook page and sticker from my stash.

Entered into:  
Stayed tuned!

The next card features a gold-centered poinsettia created with the Neat and Tangled die set and the Christmas Die from the Echo Park Set.  The inside sentiment is a scrapbook sticker, and the sparkly stars were made from scraps of glittery gold cardstock and stars fussy cut after using 20-year-old a set of nestled stars from my scrapbook supplies (I think I need to need to get some star dies!)  
Supplies: 
·   Poinsettia- created with the Neat & Tangled Medallion Flower Builder Die Set

·   Front Sentiment- “Christmas” from the Echo Park Candy Cane Christmas Die Set

·   Inside Sentiment- “Joy” Scrapbook Sticker

·   Cardstock in assorted colors, dotted paper, and templates from my stash.

Entered into:  
Stayed tuned!

My final card used both dies from Echo Park Set. Two candy canes were cut from both red and white card stock, adhered together, highlighted with a bit of white gel pen, and topped with a green bow. A scrap of green cardstock creates the base for the front sentiment. I used the Christmas die to cut the sentiment in white and positioned it on a green base, before gently penciling the word “Merry” above the die-cut sentiment. When I was happy with the size and position of the sentiment, I drew over it with the black Sharpie marker. After adhering the Christmas sentiment, I replace the “dot” on the “i” with a small puffy heart sticker. (I love these little gems and use them often to embellish my cards. I usually buy them at WalMart for just 99¢, but you can also find them at a few Etsy sites.) The inside sentiment is upcycled from a card and decorated with a single snowflake. (Note-if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love to upcycle from cards, calendars, junk mail, and more. It helps my craft budget… and  our planet!)  
Supplies: 
·   Candy Canes and “Christmas” sentiment- from Echo Park Candy Cane Christmas Die Set

·   Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, and Sharpie black permanent fine-line marker

·   Puffy Heart Sticker-Sticko’s

·   Cheery Lynn Designs C146 Snowflakes

·   Scraps of cardstock in assorted colors, upcycled greeting cards, and green satin ribbon from my stash.

Entered into:  
Stayed tuned!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

myasperations 10-15-21

The 15th of the month finds me making a DT card for the 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?
I used the digi named Birthday Bear, adding realism to the balloon with a scrap of a red plastic index divider sheet. (If you’ve followed my blog you’ll know that I use these wonderful gems a lot! They are sometimes called document file folders- come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of many stores, including dollar stores. They're cheaper than colored vellum and more translucent. Punches and dies don’t work on these sheets, but they are easy to fussy-cut with a sharp pair of scissors and you can write on them a black permanent fine-line marker.) I laid a scrap of red plastic atop of the balloon and traced it onto the plastic, cut it out then adhered it atop the white balloon with small strips of double-stick tape. I also used a scrapbook heart template and the permanent marker to trace then cut a heart from the red plastic to layer behind the QKR sentiment on the inside of the card.  
Supplies: 
·   Digi-QKR Stampede Digi Stamp (Birthday Bear) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, white colored pencil and Sharpie black permanent fine-line marker

·   Inside Sentiment- QKR Stampede Digi Stamp (Bear in Mind) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted

·   Plastic document folder scraps, patterned paper, and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Optional Twist- Make it Punny)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- October      
           
The snowy background paper is a freebie from a company named Free Pretty Things For You (FPTFY), which offers a treasure trove of patterned papers (and many of them are free!) The one on this card is from a set of freebies (six different designs) named “Winter Wonderland.” I printed one of the snowy backgrounds in i’s original tones of blue, plus printed one in greyscale. Cut into thin strips and woven together it creates a beautiful base for the sweet hot chocolate digi from The Paper Shelter. Nummy!!  

Supplies: 

·   Woven background made with Free Winter Wonderland Digital Paper you can find HERE

·   Digi- The Paper Shelter (There’s a Penguin in my Cocoa)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens

·   Front Sentiment- (source unknown) Computer-Generated from a card made by a friend several decades ago

·   Inside Sentiment- “Thinking of You” from Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Christmas Cardinals)

·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)

·   Snowflakes- Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set

·   Cap fur was created with microfine glitter and Flower Soft Polar White you can find HERE

·   Snowflake Stickers (inside)- Hobby Lobby

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #487 Two Colors (Mainly black and grey)
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday (Thinking of You) 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

My final card for this post was created for the current 31 nights of Halloween challenge on the Whimsy Stamps Blog. I have quite a few Whimsy digital images plus several clear stamp sets. However, not many of them are Halloween-themed. So, I had fun trying to envision ways to use a few of the ones I have for Halloween Cards. Here is the first of those re-purposed cards! Named “Toilet Paper Dudley” this wonderful digi is a freebie that our friends at Whimsy developed to send Dudley to the rescue with a bit of humor during the awful toilet paper shortage of 2020! In my Halloween card, he continues to add some humor to what could be a difficult situation! I seldom use colored pencils but thought they might add a sparkly-rough texture to the cute dragon's scales… and I think they worked. The sentiments are computer-generated (I trimmed them into strips. Then for the front sentiment, I added “serrations” with pencil marks, then smushed, and tore the ends before wrapping them around the front digi panel and adhering them in place. The inside sentiment label is from my scrapbook stash.

Supplies: 

·   Digi- Whimsy Stamps (Toilet Paper Dudley)

·   Sentiments- Computer Generated

·   Inside Sentiment (with candy images) from my scrapbook stash. Pioneer Clear Photo corners- available from several sources

·    Googly eyes, and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Whimsy Stamps Blog- 31 nights of Halloween 2021         
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Monochromatic (greens)
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Halloween

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

myasperations 10-13-21

It’s Wednesday, so time for another DT card for Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are also always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by to check it out!  My card features a sweet digi from All Dressed Up, that comes with the “magical” sentiment. I used a colorful Halloween napkin, from a pack I found at our local Dollar Tree, to provide the background on the front of the card and the inside sentiment. A sprinkling of rhinestone stars adds bling to the card.   
Supplies: 
·   Digi with Sentiment- All Dressed Up (Magical Day)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Sparkly Star Rhinestones- JoAnnes

·   Halloween Napkin- Dollar Tree 

·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
All Dressed Up FB Challenge- Autumn and/or Halloween         
Incy Wincy Designs- Halloween and/or Be Thankful
2craftycrittercrazies challenge- Oct 2021                                       
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge- Furry Thing Goes (#71 October)      (Photo)
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Halloween 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

When I was young, going to A&W for a root beer float was a major summer adventure. When I found a vintage A&W ad in a packet of ephemera that I stumbled upon at a local rummage sale (that was really a garage-sized treasure hunt!) I decided to make a card for one of my sisters, who also loved these yummy floats! I printed a copy of a Scribbles digi named “Beer Mug” onto white cardstock, stretching it a bit to be able to offer more height on the card front (you know, to hold more ice cream!) Then, laying a scrap of vellum on the digi, I traced, then trimmed just the mug section. I colored the backside of the vellum mug with a few shades of brown plus added dimension to the frosty mug and its handle with shades of gray. White and cream paper torn into circular shapes became scoops of ice cream that I adhered to the top and back of the colored mug. Scraps of vellum and a white gel pen created yummy foam (always my favorite part to slurp!) I finished the card with fun zigzag paper, the vintage ad, and computer-generated sentiments.  (I provided a close-up picture of the right section of the menu because the prices are definitely from the past. Probably about the date that a trip to A&W was a childhood treat! The price of a float- hidden by the mug- was a mere 35 cents!  
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Scribbles Designs (Beer Mug)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Sentiments- Computer Generated

·   Cardstock, vellum, vintage ad, foam tape, and all other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #513-514 Anything Goes                   
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #103 Savor and Sip
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- October      
           
I created this card, my final entry into the current Double D’s challenge, using one of my favorite wood-mount stamps from a named Northwoods Rubber Stamps. When a friend and I owned a stamp store in the late ‘90s, this was one of the most popular stamp companies we carried, mostly because their wildlife stamps were so wonderfully detailed and realistic. (I recently discovered the company has a website and still sells amazing stamps. Although I don’t see this one in their listing, they have many rubber and clear-mount wildlife stamps available.) The shaped card template, appropriately named "Owl in a Hollow Log," is a freebie I found HERE. It was easy to print the template onto kraft brown cardstock and use accompanying instructions to add texture with brown ink and a white colored pencil. The sentiment is computer-generated. 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including The Paper Shelter (the main two colors
of my card are brown and cream) and Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday-Make it Punny
(the computer-generated sentiment reads "Well Owl be... You don't look that old!" )
Supplies: 
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Northwoods Rubber Stamps (Owl) No longer in available 

·   Owl colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Hollow tree colored with an ink pad and white colored pencil.

·   Foliage- Sizzlits Leaves and Branches Die and Memory Box Pinecone Corner Die

·   Sentiments- Computer Generated

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Owls or Pumpkins     
The Paper Shelter- #487 Two Colors  
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Optional Twist- Make it Punny)
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday   

Friday, October 8, 2021

myasperations 10-8-21

It’s Friday and time for the Colour Crazy Challenge which is “Anything Goes” but 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 week's sponsor is Rachel Vass Designs and my DT card features a family of bears and two sentiments from a  set named Bear-illiant. I printed the bear images onto kraft brown paper, added a bit of color with Spectrum Noir Classique Markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The sentiments are also from the digi set (except that I added hand-sketched punctuation to turn the front sentiment into a question and added a bit of excitement on the inside of the card with an exclamation point.) I made this for my nephew and his wife, who just adopted a new little cub! She joins two sisters who love dressing up. So… the big sisters, and even the new little cutie, are all dressed up as princesses! Even their momma gets a little bling with rhinestone earrings. So fun!
Supplies: 

·   Digi and sentiments- Rachel Vass Designs Digital Set (Bear-illiant)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Sparkly Crown Stickers- from JoAnne’s Fabrics and Hobby Lobby

·   Black and Red Heart patterned papers- Hobby Lobby

·   Heart stickers, scraps of ribbon, cord and tulle, and other items from my stash.
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #486 Layer It Up
2craftycrittercrazies challenge- Oct 2021                                       

One of my favorite challenges, in which I’ve participated since starting my blog in 2017, is Double D’s. Blog owners, Diane and Darlene always pick interesting themes with wonderful inspiration photo boards. The current one features Owls and/or Pumpkins. I decided to make a rocker card using a sweet digi from All Dressed Up named Little Pumpkin! Bright fall colors and the interactive card style give it a festive feeling. After all, October is my favorite color! And this digi allowed me with lots of freedom to add patterns on her hat, dress, scarf, and even boots! I’m entering it into several challenges including the Lift Challenge (creating a round card with cardstock as the rocker base, topped with a half-circle of vellum. I’ve always liked making rocker cards, and love using vellum… so I loved learning this new technique! Although the back of it is not very professional. I'll need to work on that!) and Outlawz Sunday Challenge (the card has little sunflowers at the base of a few of the pumpkins.)
Supplies: 

·   Digi- All Dressed Up (Little Pumpkin)

·   Rocker Card Instructions, (3 versions) found HERE

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Sentiments- Power Poppy Digital Set (Autumns Opulence)

·   Patterned papers, vellum, cardstock, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #167 Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs- Halloween and/or Be Thankful
Double D’s Challenge- Owls or Pumpkins           
Lift Challenge- Round Card with Half Vellum    
All Dressed Up FB Challenge- Autumn and/or Halloween         
Digi Doodle Studios- #43 Fall and/or Halloween Cards
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Send sunflowers! by Amy Lowell
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

A weekly challenge that is near and dear to my heart is offered every Monday at the wecraftcards forum. I met the members back in 2012 when I joined a Papercrafts Magazine Forum. I soon discovered that winning prizes was fun but getting to know the wonderful people was the greatest treat. When the sponsor closed the Forum later that year, one of the members offered to sponsor a site so that we could keep meeting. Almost 10 years later a small number of us continue to meet regularly to share stamping techniques, support and encourage each other, and even provide small prizes. They are such a great group of people, and I still continue to learn from them. This card is an example. It features a technique that was totally new to me- creating a “specimen” mounted between two small pieces of acetate. I used one of the instructional video links provided by the challenge host, plus items drawn totally from my stash to create this card:  an upcycled scrap of an October calendar page; two snippets of patterned papers (brown/rust leaves and vintage invoice); two word stickers; black and fall leaf Washi tape; small pieces of acetate; and a realistic butterfly 3-D sticker that I picked up at the local dollar store a while ago. (I separated the two-piece layered sticker, then adhered the two images back-to-back to create the front/back image for the specimen card. Easy-Peasy!)
I am entering my card into two additional favorite challenges-Pixies’ Snippets (I was able to use several bits and pieces of patterned paper and acetate, too!) and The Butterfly Challenges (my card includes a butterfly and one of the current themes: two patterned papers.)
Supplies: 

·   Butterfly stickers- from our local Dollar Tree

·   Specimen Card Instructions- there are many examples on Pinterest, my favorite is HERE.

·   3-D butterfly stickers from local Dollar Tree store

·   Word stickers, acetate, upcycled calendar page, cardstock, washi tape and patterned paper from my stash

Entered into:  
Pixie's Snippets-Week #413
Butterfly Challenge- #162 T is for Tower Flap Card    
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #511-512 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- October                 
Cute As A Button- August: CH #73 Anything Goes + (Option) Things with Wings