Tuesday, July 27, 2021

myasperations 7-27-21

I was asked to be a Guest DT at Outlawz Tuesday Color TicTacToe Challenge, and love that the opportunity introduced me to 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 these two cards is from a set of papers that I received free after registering as a FREE member (where I can download one free item a day.)  This set is now available only to people that upgrade to Premium Membership (where they can pick up to 10 items per day!)

Step 1- I had fun with this beautiful Rose digi, positioning two on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock. I recolored one of the digis in greyscale before running the paper through my printer.
                         
Step 2- I colored the rose spray on the left side of the paper (A) with markers and the one on the right side (B) with chalks. I added highlights to both with a white gel pen. After coloring, I cut the page into four A2 sized card fronts, 
trimmed the sections down, adhered them atop colored cardstock rectangles before adding a die-cut sentiment, puffy heart sticker and photo corners.
         

The first card below was created with the section of the left side labeled A (markers provide bright and bold coloring.)

This one was created with the section of the right side labeled B (chalks offer a softer, vintage look to the coloring.)

My cards were influenced by the diagonal of the TicTacToe- (upper left- hearts), (middle-pink flowers), (lower right- leaves).
     
 
Supplies: 
·   Rose Images- from FPTFY Digital Paper named Shabby Pink Rose
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Colored with Decorative Chalks and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- Happy Birthday trimmed from Cottage Cutz Cupcake Die
·   Puffy Heart Stickers- Sticko’s from WalMart (113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents!)
·   Other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #501-502 Anything Goes                   
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #30 Anything Goes                     
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
 
This patriotic card features a beautiful image named “Veteran’s Day Parade” from Cute As A Button’s July Progressive Challenge. I colored the beautiful lady with red, white and blue plus the card front and inside sentiment also have a bit of bling, thanks to silver holographic star stickers. (Being a die-hard up cycler, I even made extra outline stars by fussy-cutting around the star shape left in the silver backing after removing the sticker. A little tedious, but I love the look of these delicate- and FREE- stars!)
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Cute As A Button (Veteran’s Day Parade)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens
·   Holographic Star Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Front Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Inside Sentiment - Eureka Digital Stamp (Celebrate with a Bang
·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   Cardstock, patterned papers, and other items from my stash.
Entered into
Incy Wincy Designs- Red/White/Blue and/or Sparkly/Glitter  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                        
Cute As A Button- July: CH #70 Anything Goes
Cute As A Button-MeWe Progressive Freebie Challenge- Veteran’s Day Parade
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge 690- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Add Spots or Stripes

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

myasperations 7-19-21

It's 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!
For this challenge, my DT card features a yummy digi from Hetty Clair  named “Chocoholic.A checked paper napkin provides a shout of color and a nice base to reinforce the food theme. The sentiment, a freebie, adds a bit of snark to the card. (Heh heh!)
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Hetty Claire Digi Stamp (Chocoholic)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiment- Freebie from Ginger’s House (I scream… Ice cream)
·   Red checked paper napkin- from our local Dollar Store
·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Food and/or Drink
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge 690- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #29 Anything Goes                      
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
The Paper Shelter- Anything Goes

I decided to use another of the red plaid napkins on a card, this time to add some contrast to a Christmas card featuring a journal card from my scrapbook stash, computer-generated sentiment (inside), a flurry of die-cut snowflakes and a generous sprinkling of bling with Stickles! A Z-fold is so easy to make and adds a bit of flair to a card, you can find a link to instructions in the supply list. (Please note- I flipped the orientation of the paper to accommodate the size of the front panel.)
I’m entering this card into several Christmas in July challenges, plus Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- (I used a Lawn Fawn snowflake set available from Simon Says shop!) 
  
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Supplies: 
·   Journaling Card from my scrapbook stash
·   Red checked paper napkin- from our local Dollar Store
·   Inside Sentiment- Computer Generated (source unknown)
·   Instructions for Z-fold card can be found HERE.
·  White photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)

·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)

·   Snowflakes- Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set (from Simon Says Stamps)

·   Stickles- Star Dust (dotted amid the snowflakes)
·   Inside music sheet paper- Hobby Lobby 
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Out with the Old In with the New
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #501-502 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #551 AG  (Optional Twist- Die Cut)
Christmas Craft Creations challenge- July Anything Goes    
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #162 Christmas in July
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday
Di’s Digi Stamps- Christmas in July


Monday, July 19, 2021

myasperations 7-19-21

One of my favorite monthly challenges is called the "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. The July Challenge is named "Birds.” I dug through my stash and found a stamp set that included a bird image with lots of possibilities!  
                              
                              
Supplies: 
·   Stamp- Gerda Steiner Designs Clear Stamp Set (Go Wild)
Entered into:  
Twofer Card Challenge- #40 Birds
Gerda Steiner Designs- Share Your Designs Challenge- July      

My first card features the bird, colored as a Toucan, and a giraffe friend. (I used a photo from the web as my guide when coloring the Toucan’s beak. The colors look a bit blah here, but they are brighter in real life.) I used a freebie “hello” plus a birthday greeting from the stamp set as my sentiments. It was fun to use the branch die which is special to me. (A few years ago I’d mentioned in an email with a stamping friend that I had purchased a used Big Shot, and was slowly growing a collection of dies. A package of happy mail soon arrives as this friend gifted me with over a dozen assorted dies! I think of her every time I pull out my die collection!)
Supplies: 
·   Stamp- Gerda Steiner Designs Clear Stamp Set (Go Wild)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front sentiment- Freebie from Desert Diva (Hello)
·   Inside Sentiment- Gerda Steiner Designs Clear Stamp Set (Go Wild)
·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   Die cuts- Sizzlits: Flowers, Branches and Leaves Set (Gifted to me!)
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge 690- Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #28 Anything Goes                     
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- July 2021                                     
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                        
 
My second card celebrates the 4th of July, and the bird becomes a majestic Eagle! I dug into my scrapbooking supplies for the beachy base of the card, plus the picnic basket, heart, and star stickers (I easily turned the star into a balloon by adding a white scrap of paper “tail” and sketched in the string with a black marker.) Paper scrap banners decorate the computer-generated sentiments for a colorful and festive card!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Sunday “Songs and Rhymes” (the current rhyme named "The Open Road" mentions birds and skies. Where I live we have beautiful clouds and also occasionally see eagles. One flew over our home a few days ago, probably heading to a nearby lake to do a bit of dive fishing!)
                             
         
 
Supplies: 
·   Stamp- Gerda Steiner Designs Clear Stamp Set (Go Wild)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique marker, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen and Sharpie Black Permanent Fine-Line Marker
·   Basket and star stickers and beach journal card- from my scrapbook stash.
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Cardstock, cloudy sky, and patterned paper scraps from my stash.
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Red/White/Blue and/or Sparkly/Glitter  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #499-500 Anything Goes                   
Cute As A Button- July: CH #70 Anything Goes 
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- The Open Road
       Since I’m a DT for Sheepski (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

Friday, July 16, 2021

myasperations 7-16-21

It’s Friday and time for the Colour Crazy Challenge. This challenge is also an “Anything Goes” but it 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 Hetty Clare and my DT card uses a wonderful digi named Birthday Chef with Candles. One reason I love using digis is that I can change the size of the image on my cards. For this card, I enlarged the digi, then cropped it to fit snuggly upon an A2-sized card front. To provide the card with a crisp, clean feeling, I kept my coloring to a minimum with lots of white, adding the candle glow with die-cut circles of yellow and white vellum. The balloons “tied” to the freebie sentiment on the inside of the card were also created with circles of vellum.
Supplies: 
·   Digi- Hetty Clare Digital Stamp (Birthday Chef with Candles)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- loveSVG Freebie (Happy Birthday)
·   Balloon strings added with a Sharpie black permanent fine-line marker
·   Inside Sentiment - We Are 3 Christmas Sentiment can be found HERE.
·   Cardstock, vellum scraps and other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #499-500 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge 690- Anything Goes
Besties Challenge- July Anything Goes

This delicate Sympathy card features a Bugaboo image and an Imagine That sentiment. I wanted the card to have an elegant look, so used rich colors, plus a few strips of ribbon that include beautiful stripes of satin and gold thread. The delicate vellum butterfly is from a free set of digi butterflies that I found on a website a few years ago. I like printing them on vellum to add a bit of translucent realism. After fussy-cutting and attaching the butterfly to the card, I cut a body/head from a scrap of black paper that has a fuzzy texture (upcycled from an old card.) I added antennae with a fine-line Sharpie black marker (after first sketching them with pencil to determine size and placement.) 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including the Butterfly Challenge (two colors- Quick Sand/Light Yellow and Quince/Green, plus two themes-Quarts Gem and  a butterfly), Outlawz  Monday Greeting Challenge- Add Sparkle (One single crystal gem adds a touch of sparkle to the candle flame), Incy Wincy Designs- Enchanted Garden (gardens are often filled with flowers and butterflies that add a magical touch to any environment!) and  Outlawz Color Challenge- (I used two cool colors- teal and blue, plus two warm ones- yellow and pink. Since the challenge noted 1 warm color,I wasn’t sure I could use more than that number. So feel free to delete this entry from the draw if that isn’t allowed!)

Supplies: 
·   Digi- Bugaboo Stamps (Thoughts and Prayers Candle)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Pastel Vellum Butterfly- Freebie available from HERE
·   Butterfly antennae added with a Sharpie black permanent fine-line marker
·   Inside Sentiment- Imagine That Digistamps set (Sentimental Thoughts)
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #159 Q is for Quad Easel    
Bugaboo Stamps- July Anything Goes  
Incy Wincy Designs- Enchanted Garden
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- (Color Wheel- 2 cool, I warm)       
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Add Sparkle 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

Thursday, July 15, 2021

myasperations 7-15-21

It’s the middle of the month which means it’s time for a challenge at QKR Stampede which is always “Anything Goes” and several prizes are awarded. Stop by the challenge and maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself?
Since there are so many “Christmas in July” challenges right now, my DT card features a QKR winter scene named Snowy Cabin. 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.” 
To give my card a monochromatic-ish, rustic feeling, I printed the snowy background in greyscale.I decided to make an easel card (the tutorial in my supplies list is super easy!) And the card was finished with computer-generated sentiments and a flurry of die-cut snowflakes embellished with sparkly stickers!
I'm entering this card into several challenges, including one that is brand new to me! It's called Christmas Craft Creations challenge and there are four fabulous prizes offered for the current Anything Goes Challenge. (Check it out... and if you enter a card, and say that Kathy at myasperations sent you, we'll both get an extra entry in the drawing!)
Supplies: 
·   Digi- QKR Digital Stamp (Snowy Cabin) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted
·   Colored with Decorative Chalks and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen 
·   Free Winter Wonderland Digital Paper you can find HERE 
·   Computer-Generated Sentiment (source unknown) 
·   Easel Card- Instructions found HERE  
·   Snowflake Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)
·   Snowflakes- Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set
·   Stickles- Star Dust (dotted amid the snowflake dies and sticker)
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #160 Christmas in July
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #499-500 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #550 AG
Christmas Craft Creations challenge- July Anything Goes  
Digi Doodle Studios- #40 Christmas In July 
      Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Twist- Christmas in July)

I enjoy being a DT for QKR not only because of their huge assortment of images, but also
because they have tons of excellent sentiments that I use regularly on cards. This card features
one that I use often!  I first embossed the pretty floral border which is from one of the first SU
sets I bought… back before the turn of the century. Oh… that makes me sound old. I mean 
before 2000!) After coloring the image, the red from one of the roses bled a bit. I tried to fix it 
with a blender pen… which just made it worse. Finally decided to just pull the red near all the
roses with the blender pen adding a light wash of color. It sorta worked… but took me a while
to get the red out of my blender pen tip!
Okay, next up-the digi sentiment. An oval template from my scrapbook stash, and a scrap of
brushed gold which enhances the gold embossing takes care of the task. After adhering it, I
decided that the card looked unbalanced (the strip of white cardstock at the bottom of the card
front looked bare!) So, I fussy-cut around it, adhered a strip of the shiny gold paper behind it,
added a few delicate swirls with my white gel pen to tone the red color wash down a bit and my
card was finished! (I left the inside empty so I could use it for several occasions.)
I'm entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge (I
used two colors from the color wheel, blue and green, and one warm- the culprit- RED!)
Supplies:
·   Wood-mount Floral Border stamp- Stampin’ Up! (retired)
·   Front Sentiment- Eureka Digital Stamp (Thinking of You) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Cardstock, gold Pigment ink, gold embossing powder and gold paper from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Emboss It
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday- Thinking of You    
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- (Color Wheel- 2 cool, I warm)      
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge