Sunday, May 15, 2022

myasperations 5-15-22a

I am honored to have served as a Guest Designer for Beccy Muir at Beccy’s Place and am now one of her “Contributors” (which means that she provides me with digis or clear stamp sets several times a year and I get to create cards or other items with them!) It is always fun to see the images Beccy invites me to use.  This time, the digi and sentiments are all from a just-released set named All That Jazz.
I love how Beccy colored the pup on this digi set, so I used the pre-colored version, adding a few shadows and highlights. I also attempted to add a bit of woodgrain texture to the base by sketching a wood pattern with a fine line tan maker, then adding some highlights with a white colored pencil to provide a light sheen. (I am not musically inclined- just ask my husband who has requested that I not sing in his presence- so I didn’t even recognize this instrument. My hubby identified it as a Bass or a Cello. So I did a bit of research and learned a lot of neat things, including that this is a Bass, and plus found a photo that guided my coloring of it HERE.
Supplies: 

·   Digi and Sentiments- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (All that Jazz)

·    Precolored- Shading added with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and highlighted with Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources

·   Patterned Papers, cardstock, heart punches, circle templates, other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
2craftycrittercrazies challenge- May 2022                                     
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #182 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #543-544 Anything Goes                   
Gem of a Challenge- Week #10 Anything Goes                             
Jan’s Digi Stamps- May 2022 Anything Goes    
Paper Funday – #41 ATG

This is my second entry into the current Butterfly Challenge, which is one of my favs!  Each challenge offers several colors and themes we can use on our cards, plus provides instructions for a creative fold that we can use if desired.  The current challenge is to create an Arrow Card, which is surprisingly easy to make. My card features all four of the required colors (African Violet, Amaranth, Asparagus, and Aero Blue) plus all three of the themes (Arrow Fold Card, 2 Design papers, and Butterfly.) I took a closeup of a few flowers and butterfly to show that they hold a bit of glittery bling!
I’m entering my card into several other challenges including Papercraft Challenges: Add Bling (the flowers and butterflies both are sparkly with clear glitter); and Outlawz Sunday: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (I didn't know how bittersweet the words to this Disney song is until I realized how closely it fits this card and a dream that I had last night. Allow me to explain- my mom went to her heavenly mansion 12 years ago… but I still miss her. When posting this card, I was looking through potential challenges I could enter, and when I saw the lyrics for this challenge, I smiled. First, it is for Mother’s Day, which is when I miss my mom so very much.  Also, her name was Rose, and I have so many reasons for thanking her. I was wishing that I had another chance to do that… so was surprised when I had a wonderful dream last night that featured her.  In my dream, we were both widowed and had just rented a new apartment together. As we unpacked the many boxes of our possessions, we came across so many “childhood treasures” sewn by my mom, and Christmas ornaments created by moms' six kiddos over the years. My dream included discussions about the many blessings during our lives, and lots of laughter, especially about the parade of unusual “pets” that my kind-hearted mom allowed us to care for in our crowded home- cats, dogs, budgies, and rescued salamanders, river turtles, chipmunks, and even assorted bugs! I woke from the dream with a smile and the memory of her warm laughter in the air. It was the sweetest dream EVER!)
Here are the lyrics to the song- “A dream is a wish your heart makes When you're fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartache Whatever you wish for you keep. Have faith in your dreams and someday Your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving If you keep on believing The dream that you wish will come true. A dream is a wish your heart makes When you're feeling small.  Alone in the night you whisper Thinking no one can hear you at all. You wake with the morning sunlight To find fortune that is smiling on you. Don't let your heart be filled with sorrow. For all you know tomorrow The dream that you wish will come true. No matter how you heart is grieving If you keep up believing The dream that you wish will come true”
Supplies: 
·   Instructions for Arrow Card available HERE

·   Embellishment Stickers- K & Company Flora & Fauna Adhesive Border

·   Front Sentiment “Sweet as a Rose”- Imagine That! (Company no longer in business)

·   Inside Sentiment “Happy Mother’s Day”- Imagine That! (Company no longer in business)

·   Music Score patterned paper- Hobby Lobby

·   Cardstock, striped patterned paper and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- A Dream Is a Wish your Heart Makes
Butterfly Challenge- #170 A is for Arrow Card 
Papercraft Challenges   Challenge #82-Add Bling

I’m working on cards to include in card assortments that I like to give as wedding and graduation gifts. I’ll need both types in the coming months. This fun Rudolph digi always makes me smile… plus it includes BLING! (I took a closeup to try to show Rudolphs red glittery nose, but it is hard to see in the pic. In real life, it does really sparkle. I also added red glitter to the "o" in "Rudolph" in the Subway Art background on the card front.  
Supplies: 
·   Rudolph Digi- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Here Comes Christmas)

·   Precolored- Shading added with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and highlights with Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Reindeer Subway Art by Dawn Collins (Outlawz Freebie) 

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

·   Assorted die-cut Snowflakes: Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes) and Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set

·   Red glitter, cardstock, hand-cut snowflakes, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Christmas Craft Creations challenge- Two Colors (plus neutrals)        
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #101 (Twist- Celebrate... Friends  
Beccy’s Place Challenge- May  Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun!
Digi Chooseday Crafting Challenge- Week #19 Anything Goes  
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday (Christmas) 
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Theme: Thinking of You
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

myasperations 5-15-22

It’s the 15th  of the month, so I’m sharing my DT card for 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? 
Graduation season is in full swing, so I’m busy making cards. This slimline card features an image from Eureka Stamps (I used a wood-mount stamp that I’ve had in my collection for a few decades, long before I discovered digi images!) The card is for a friend’s son who is graduating from a nearby high school. Their colors are purple and white, and their mascot is a bulldog (hence, the pawprint sticker embellishment!)
Supplies: 

·   Digi- Eureka Digital Stamp (Boy Graduate) Also available in unmounted or digital.

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

·   Paw Print Sticker- Hobby Lobby

·   Front Sentiment “Congratulations” Paper (from my scrapbooking stash)  

·   Inside Sentiment- Desert Diva Freebie (Graduation is not the end…)  

·   Diploma with bow- Cut from scraps

·   Star template, cardstock, glitter paper, and other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Papercraft Challenges   Challenge #82-Add Bling
Passion for Markers Challenge- Week #640- For Men/Boys
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #20 Anything Goes                     
This is my second entry into the current Butterfly Challenge, which is one of my favs!  Each challenge offers several colors and themes we can use on our cards, plus provides instructions for a creative fold that we can use if desired. 
I made this card for an earlier challenge that featured a Collar Fold, but I didn’t get it entered in time. So… just found it and since it features two of the colors (Amaranth and Asparagus), and two of the themes (2 Design papers and Butterfly) for the current challenge, I’ll enter it now.   I decided to decorate the inside of the card with scraps of the papers used on the front, and will add a specific sentiment later.
 
Supplies: 

·   Butterfly Punch- Martha Stewart

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

·   Instructions for Collar Card available HERE

·   Acetate Transparency film, black embossing powder, cardstock, and other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #170 A is for Arrow Card       
Colorful Options Monthly Challenge- May Pretty Pink     
Gem of a Challenge- Week #10 Anything Goes 

This is my second entry into the Double D’s Challenge, another of my favs! The current photo theme includes birds, so I dug through my collection of bird digis. I found this cutie from a Beccy’s Place digi set, his name is Wilson (I love that Beccy names all her characters!)  The look on his face inspired me to find a humorous sentiment… and this one from one of my favorite freebie sites is the perfect fit! (And the sentiment kinda describes how I am feeling these days! Ha!)
Supplies: 
·   Bird Digi- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Feathered Friends)

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

·   Sentiment (divided between front/inside) Gingers House Freebie (I am not an Early Bird)

·   Upcycled calendar page, vellum scrap, pheasant feathers, and cardstock from my stash.
Entered into:  BP Wilson (Bird) and free sentiment
Double D’s Challenge- Birds, Nests, Cages and Houses 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- May  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #543-544 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Inspiration Photo
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Sentiment Down Under)
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

Friday, May 6, 2022

myasperations 5-5-22

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 All Dressed Up Stamps and this sweet image is named Llama.  I printed the digi, then added color and textures with Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, plus silver and a white Sakura gel pens.  Patterned paper, vellum, clear photo corners, and computer-generated sentiments finish off my fun (La)Ma’s Day Card!
Supplies: 

·   Digi- All Dressed Up Stamps (Llama)

·   Colored with Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Sentiments- Computer Generated

·   Pioneer Clear Photo corners- available from several sources

·   Colorful note card and envelope, vellum scrap, cardstock, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Cupcake Inspirations- Challenge #543 Color Challenge (Mothers Day/ flowers/tea)  
Digi Chooseday Crafting Challenge- Week #18 Anything Goes  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #541-542Anything Goes                   
All Dressed Up- #127 Anything Goes (April)
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #108 Fur Babies
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Theme: Mother’s Day
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

I have been digging through my stash a lot lately (trying to use what I have on hand to respect our tight budget) so this card is made with items from my scrapbook and cardmaking supplies. I used up several scraps (papers and ribbon) and the little birdhouse embellies helps the card fit into several current challenges related to birds!  
I’m also entering it into the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge: Inspiration Photo (my card features blue and yellow, plus circles in several sizes, including on the birdhouse roof and the dotted ribbon!) )
 
Supplies: 

·   All items from my scrapbook or cardmaking stash.

Entered into:  
Pixie's Snippets- Week #427
Double D’s Challenge- Birds Nests, Cages And Houses                                
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Inspiration Photo            
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Birds
Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  (Use the Color Yellow)

This card is made with an assortment of purchased and “found” (upcycled or repurposed) items! I found a package of the wonderful LARGE diamond rings in the wedding aisle at Hobby Lobby. They were on a banner, but I could see their potential as the star attraction on a card. So, I cut the threads that held the gems together, fussy-cut the photos of the rings from the package (they were small enough to “hang” from the “e” on the die-cut sentiment) and cut a large heart from the bright pink cover of a plastic binder. (The metal insides of the binder had broken, but I couldn’t discard the pretty semi-transparent cover, so I upcycled it! It was too thick for my dies, so I used a scrapbook stencil and sharp scissors to make us of it.) I decided not to finish the inside of the card, but instead clipped a few scraps of the papers used on the front to it, so that I could add a wedding or anniversary sentiment when needed!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Feminine (Diamonds are a girl's best friend, right? Although I prefer coffee and chocolate, oh… and ice cream!), Outlawz Twisted Thursday: Optional Twist- Sentiment Down Under (the Love die sentiment is located under the major bling focal point!) and NBUS: Never Before Used Schtuff! (I’ve had this diamond ring banner in my stash for at least a year. Now I wish I had snapped up a few of them.)
Supplies: 

·   Diamond Rings-banner from Hobby Lobby's Wedding section 

·   Background music paper- Hobby Lobby

·   Love Die- Stampin Up Thinlits Expressions Dies (Retired)

·   Plastic binder cover, Cardstock, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Use a Die Cut or Punch
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Feminine
Colorful Options Monthly Challenge- May Pretty Pink      
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Twist- Sentiment Down Under)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                        
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)-  Challenge #38