Friday, March 31, 2017

Hoppy Easter!

So far I have made Christian related Easter cards. This time I'm making one for young children. Where did the Easter bunny come from? I don't know but I do know, as a child, I looked forward to him/her hiding the eggs I colored! I'm sure this one is a "she"!!

I made this for my little pen pals in Maine. I was inspired by #TGIFC101 - Charlet Mallett
#tgifc101 Anything Goes Design Inspiration

My colors came from SR#366

and my focal point came from B is for Bunnies. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Bunnies! 

Most of my products are Stampin' Up. So, my card base is Emerald Envy and the butterflies are Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, which is no longer available, using the Bitty Butterfly punch. I used Wisteria Wonder for the Swirly Scribble and to color the doily. I inked the Lovely Lace TIEF with Elegant Eggplant and ran it through my Big Shot. The stamp is an old Inkadinkado.  

I think it also fits this challenge...Hippity Hoppity #387.

Thanks for looking!





Thursday, March 30, 2017

Getting Ready for Easter

When it comes to Easter, it's just like getting prepared for Christmas. Easter is my favorite Christian "holiday". It is filled with hope for me. So, when I saw Mary Deatherage's card on Stamp-n-Lingers, I just had to case it. 

She entered hers in  The Paper Players #337

and I am adding mine to


Now for my card...

I chose to mix the photo and the sketch from Fusion, which I loosely interpreted! Instead of yellow, I chose gold. My card base is Sahara Sand. The mats are Wisteria Wonder. I used DSP from Falling In Love and This Christmas. Like Mary, I stamped the cross with Versa Mark and Tuxedo Black Memento inks, then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I colored the "drape" with my purple Wink of Stella. I cut a metallic gold foil doily in half and placed it behind the music layer. The "palm frond" was cut from the Botanical Builders Framelits dies. The sentiment was heat embossed and is from the same stamp set as the cross...Easter Message. I sponged the edges with Wisteria Wonder. I pretty much adhered to the sketch by Claire at TPP; however, I notice I adhered my sentiment crookedly! Oh, well, I will never be perfect until I get to heaven!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Flowers are My Favorite Spring Thing

Spring Has Sprung is my choice of challenge for today.

I made this card for my sweet sister's birthday March 31. For those who see my Facebook posts, remember back on January 30 when I was playing along with a Mystery card and I posted this https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210146076461781&set=a.10200635472822634.1073741824.1034547436&type=3? Well, here's the finished product!


I couldn't post it until now because I didn't want her to see her card...just in case she read my blog! She liked it! Hope you do too!

Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Challenges

Do you get the sense that I enjoy challenges? Well, here are two more that inspired my card below. 
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My card base is Smoky Slate, a mat of Wisteria Wonder, a piece of Whisper White that I stamped with the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration set to make my patterned paper, an Elegant Eggplant rectangle, a Perfect Plum square and a Wisteria Wonder "circle". The ink colors I used were Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant and Soft Sky. The square was a die from Stitched Shape Framelits. The "circle" die was cut from the Wisteria Wonder mat so I wouldn't waste paper! I used the smallest die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits set. I'm not sure what the washi tape is. The two end pieces are light gray and vanilla. If you recognize it, leave me a comment please. The 3 dots are White Perfect Accents. I think I used the entire color palette in the challenge!

Thanks for looking!

Easter Blessing!

I made this card today specifically for another challenge I learned about through Paper Playful. Hiding in My Craft Room #294. Challenges are fun and I love to hide in my craft room! My inspiration came through a challenge I thought I had by two hours :-(  I just checked their site again and it hasn't closed :-) Fusion - Paris Rain

I thought the blend of colors were similar to their photo. The red splotches could resemble rain. Instead of the Eiffel Tower, it's a cross. The whole thing just shouts hope to me!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thanks a Bunch

Tonight I made a card with Stamps-n-Lingers on Facebook. She did her video live and it was fun. She used a stamp set I didn't have, which involved carrots, and inks and cardstock that didn't go with my plan.

I chose different colors than she did because grapes are never orange! For my card base, I used Blackberry Bliss (retired), Old Olive for my first layer and Very Vanilla for my top layer (dry embossed with the Petal Burst folder). I die cut the grape wreaths with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. I fussy cut the grape cluster from retired Farmer's Market DSP. The double bow is Old Olive baker's twine. I hand wrote my sentiment with a Versa Mark pen and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder. I cut the tails by hand and kind of made a mess of them...but I think it's a uniform mess! The inside of my card is stamped with a stamp from Tuscan Vineyard. 

and the card Mary made...watch her video on You Tube. 

Look at her bow... I'm not happy with mine so I think I might replace that. Is there a school for tying double bows? I am definitely bow challenged as I might have mentioned before!

Thanks for looking.

Button Button Who's Got the Button!

Along with the previous card, our card group made this card. Again, our hostess had the designer paper cut for us, along with the card base. All we had to do was use the embossing folder, which also acted like a die (perfect for HLS March Die Challenge), cut our string add our button and stamp the sentiment. She makes life easy! Thank you, Sue M. This card will be hand delivered today to our 96 year old friend!

Because of the button and the patterned paper, I'm entering this in Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper March 2017 Challenge and Crafty Friends Challenge #54.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Monogrammed Thank You Note

This is the next card we made at card group. Is this not the most beautiful die for a thank you note? I also love the monogrammed initial. The color is Rich Razzleberry. I'm entering this in  4 Crafty Chicks #343

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Someone Loves You in Florida

Don't you just love the paper and stamp on this card?

We don't live too far from Sanibel Island and someone in the north will probably get this card because we do love a lot of people where there still might be snow! I made this card at our card group AND for a challenge I have never entered before. Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge #77 More than 2 folds

Our hostess provided all the paper pre-cut as well as a delicious muffuletta sandwich http://www.foodreference.com/html/turkey-muff.html, other assorted goodies, and an ice cream dessert https://www.hersheycanada.com/recipes/en-ca/recipes/drinks-ice-cream/6866/chocolate-frozen-dessert-recipe. Everything was delicious and she swore she took all the calories out!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hap B Birthday!

Today I was asked to make a birthday card. She wanted it to be simple because the recipient doesn't like "fancy". I don't normally do clean and simple (CAS) cards but with the help of Seize The Birthday Black and White and One More Color

I was able to come up with this card...
Whatcha think? The inspiration came from a closed challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. All products used were Stampin' Up...so I'll give SUO Challenge #170 a try as well. Colors are black, white and Daffodil Delight. My banners are washi tape, the DSP is Inside the lines and the sentiment is from Weather Together. Since I used washi tape, here's that challenge...Less is More Challenge #320

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Patterned Paper

Most people in the stamping/card making world do not like to use their patterned paper...at least all the Stampin' Up people I know are like that. We don't really consider ourselves hoarders but are addicted to buying designer series paper a/k/a patterned paper. We think it's too beautiful to use and every year new is introduced and old is retired. Thanks to Crafty Hazelnuts Challenges I have been using some of mine and today is no exception. There are over 300 entries in her March 2017 non-Christmas patterned paper challenge!




The DSP on the front and the strip on the inside is Timeless Elegance, which was retired last year. I colored some of the flowers with a Calypso Coral marker. My colors are Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. The name of this fold is "Peek A Boo" and was inspired by Tami White. The sentiments are stamped in Calypso Coral using stamps from Bella and Friends, along with a couple from My Paper Pumpkin kits. The flowers were die cut with Botanical Builder Framelits. The name of the DSP on the envelope flap is Wildflowers and is also retired.

I have also entered it in the Flower Challenge #6

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Baby oh Baby!




Next Saturday we have a baby shower to attend. I already had a gift card card that I was going to use. However, when I saw the following three challenges:  




well, I just knew I had to make a new card for the shower! What do you think?


My card base is mint, the "rain" is copper and from the Sprinkles of Life Stampin' Up company. The banner is Night of Navy, the umbrella is colored with a copper Sharpie, the onesie is mint and navy and the sentiment is heat embossed copper. It's hard to see, but there is a copper "ribbon" above the umbrella. The stamp sets I used were Stampin' Up's Moon Baby and Big on Spring (retired). I will make the baby card with the Moon Baby set once I know what sex it is. It is a surprise for even the parents. We all have to wait until May! The date of the shower is written with the copper Sharpie.

Thanks for looking!





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Christmas and Easter

Yesterday at card club we made cards with glitter and stencils. These were the two I made. Some made cards with cupcakes, seahorses and daisies. It was fun but VERY messy! My Christmas card is for Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 325 Optional Theme of NO Patterned Paper! Not only is there no patterned paper, there is no stamping!! and Crafty Hazelnut has another Christmas Challenge Challenge Extra March 2017



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Under the Sea

Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Sketch Challenge 235. #pcc2017 #sketch #papercraftcrew www.papercraftcrew.com


As you can see from my photo below, my card base is black, the mat is Sahara Sand and my Whisper White layer is embossed to look like bubbles. I carried the bubble effect onto the mat using VersaMark ink and a stamp from Timeless Textures. My waves, which have a hint of green in them, are die cut from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. My turtles are Stampin' Up's retired "From Land to Sea" stamp set. I used a watercolor paper from Tim Holtz colored with green ink, stamped them with black Staz On, then fussy cut them. The three sequins are SU Fancy Frost Sequins. The scalloped circle behind the sentiment (a sticker!) is Mint Macaron glimmer paper. The button is from an old blouse and the thread is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I feel like the card has motion to it. Hope my soon-to-be eight year old penpal likes it. She loves turtles and the water.

Here's the inside!


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's Not Easy Being Green!

I had these papers out the other day for a green challenge and chose a different shade of green for that one. So, when I checked these challenges out, I decided not to put the papers away!






My card base is SU Mossy Meadow, the DSP is from SU 2014 - 2016 In Color Pad, the sentiments were done in Curlz MT font on my computer in a shade I tried to match with Mossy Meadow (and the exclamation point is on the inside!). The die cut bee is from SU Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, the bee embellishment to the left of the sentiment is EK Success. The ovals are SU Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals Framelits. For the mat, I sponged Whisper White with Mossy Meadow and used a retired punch from SU on the corners. The Mossy Meadow cardstock and DSP are both retired. The three little pearls I colored with a Mossy Meadow marker (retired)...I thought they looked like ellipses leading from the "B" Happy to the inside sentiment! I am the queen of ellipses and exclamation points!! I am ALSO retired!!!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

CASEing Mary D!

Last night I watched Mary do her second ever live video on Facebook. She did a great job! This is her card...

and this is mine...
We are almost twins :-)  Thanks so much, Mary...you are the best! and thank you, Finn for behaving for your Mom!! I used a Darice embossing folder, Stampin' Up So In Love stamp set, 

I'm entering my card in the pastels challenge at Addicted-to-Stamps Challenge 143. Since I am bow challenged, I thought I might give my ribbon a challenge at Ribbon Girls March Challenge. The ribbon I used was Stampin' Up's Venetian Crochet 3/8" (retired) . 

Thank you for whoever is looking!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thanks to Green Glimmer

I just love the new Stampin' Up glimmer paper pack that you get free if you spend $50 through SU. What say you?


My iPhone camera just doesn't do the colors like my Android did. My card base is Whisper White, the mat is Emerald Envy and the hexagons are a mish-mash of different designer papers: Stampin' Up, DCWV, and Momenta. The middle hexagon is green foil but you would never know it! Anyway, I hope it is green enough for the Paper Players Green Challenge #335

My sketch came from Match the Sketch #167
Tonight I will be watching Mary Deatherage on Facebook. I will be CASEing the card she is making. Stay tuned tomorrow. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Watercolor As You Like It


Do you like it? I love the colors the way they came out. The technique and challenge is Challenge #130
 

PLUS

It was fun making this card for these two challenges. My Stampin Up colors are Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum. The music stamp is from Stampendous, heat embossed in a sparkly light purple embossing powder but it doesn't show up in the photo too good. The sentiment is from SU Picture Perfect. There is a tutorial on the Inkspirational site for the "smooshing". 

Thanks for looking!


Spring Has Sprung - Get Your Bikes Out!



I made this card for a friend who lives, eats and breathes cycling...as does his wife.  They are also Viking fans so I tried to reflect them with the colors inside. My color choice came from Splitcoaststampers CC625 for the outside only. My colors were Emerald Envy, Delightful Dijon (which is pretty close to gold) and white. The stamp set I used was Sheltering Tree.

This was the first time I had used my Labeler Alphabet set (for his name) and I need a little more practice! The hearts came from that set and the sentiment came from Thoughtful Banners. The trees and bike make me think of spring so we'll pedal right on over to the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge for Easter/Spring.

Thanks for looking!