Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy [craft room] Camper 6

This is my final card for the Bugaboo Stamps 8th Birthday Celebration. The Day 7 Challenge is a color challenge plus sprinkles. For this card, I used one of my favorite Bugaboo digi images, an adorable sitting unicorn. I used snippets (aka scraps) of different colored scrap papers to create the background (using a Sketch from this month's Power Poppy Challenge) and also colored his mane and tail in bright hues of the rainbow. The sprinkles are small purple gems, to add a bit of bling to the card so that it isn't too blah (ha! I think the rainbow and bling took care of that issue. )

Entered into:
Bugaboo Stamps- Color & Sprinkles       (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Pixie's Snippets-  Week 313-314              (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com)
Power Poppy- Grab a Map                        (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/01/power-spark-grab-map.html)                            

Happy [craft room] Camper 5

Day 6 Challenge at Bugaboo Stamps 8th Birthday Celebration this week is a Recipe Challenge. We are to create a project using Kraft, Ribbon & Bold Colors. Once again I used the cute little Bugaboo image with the cupcake and penguin (two of my favorite things) and another humorous sentiment from my files. To add an additional bit of fun on the inside of the card, I printed off and colored another trio of the digi balloons, then fussy cut and "tied" them to the sentiment. 
Entered into:
Bugaboo Stamps- Birthday RECIPE          (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy [craft room] Camper4

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating their 8th Birthday this week with daily challenges. Day 5 is a Humor Me With Cupcakes Challenge. (even the title of this one makes me chuckle!) The image is a recent Bugaboo Freebie… and the funny sentiments (front and inside of the card) are from my files. (I have collected funny sayings for over 40 years, so don't have a clue where this one is from.)  The single candle was fussy cut from a Bugaboo birthday cake image and attached to the top of the cupcake to fit with the sentiment. 
Entered into: Humor
Bugaboo Stamps-  Humor me with CUPCAKES    (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- #512- Something New          (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Deep Ocean Challenge- Something New                 (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge        (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #192    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
     
Crafting another card for the current Craftin' Desert Diva Winter Mood Board Challenge on FB using the sweet little fairy and sentiment from a digi set named "Magical Day. Stamped random snowflakes and mini stars on a sheet of vellum with white craft ink and highlighted them with silver and white gel pens. Mounted the vellum behind an oval window on a glossy white card, then added a layer of striped background paper behind the vellum to make the stars and snowflakes stand out. Added a sprinkling of glitter and the sentiment. Then printed, colored and fussy cut the little fairy and adhered her to the card front so that she could fling bits of bling across the card. (Attention, Jack Frost. Your job might just be in jeopardy!)
Am entering this card into several challenges including several mood board and color challenges. (Used the color scheme from the SumMoreFun Mood Board, and the colors and snowflakes from the CDD Winter Mood Board.)  
Entered into: CDD Fairy
Crafting Desert Diva-  January Mood Board                   (craftindesertdivasblog.com)
The Cutie Pie Challenge- January Blues                           (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)                
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment   (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes           (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- #279 Anything Goes                               (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Mood Board                            (summorefun.com) 
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge                                   (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- New To Me        (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 

Happy [craft room] Camper 3

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating their 8th Birthday this week with daily challenges. Day 4 is a Bingo Challenge. I created my card using the center column- down (cupcake, bugaboo image, bold colors.) The inside sentiment is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Feathered Friends."  PS I love making these fun backgrounds with strips of patterned paper. You can find the instructions here stampinpretty.com/2016/01/strips-of-love-blossoms-valentine-card.html
I'm also entering this card into a few other challenges including Simon Says Monday challenge, Birds of a Feather. But first, I had to google and make sure that a penguin is classified as a bird. It is. Also entering into the SumMoreFun Challenge since the colors on the card are on the mood board (almost EVERY color is in this card!) Plus, I added a large dose of sprinkles to the cupcake with markers to match the mood board sprinkles. Yummy!

Entered into:
Bugaboo Stamps- BINGO                                                   (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Birds of a Feather      (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Mood Board                          (summorefun.com)  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

I was thrilled to win several digi sets during Beccy's Place 5th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge during November. This is one of those sets. It's named "Disco Fever" and I am finally getting time to use it. (I love playing with new sets!) The details on the dancin' diva image makes me giggle. Notice the wonderful 60's era metal belt? The bangles and hoop earrings? The arm flaps? And it appears that she might have burned her bra during anti-war demonstrations and never replaced it. Ha! 
Used some wonderful 60ish looking patterned paper from my stash and put my Spectrum Noir pens to work. Plus, you can't see them in the photo, but I did add a few metallic highlights on the jewelry and belt with a sparkly silver gel pen. Realized that I needed to provide a space for the sender to write a greeting, signature and possibly notes. So added a scrap of vellum that allows writing space plus allows the patterned paper to show through. And, the vellum is attached with the two short sentiments. (Also, after taking the photo I realized that I need to add more coloring to her skin. Haven't yet mastered skin tones with my alcohol markers and even colored pencils are challenging as skin often looks blotchy. So… used the light touch that chalks can provide, but need to make that light touch a bit darker. And… she is rockin' the blue eyeshadow but definitely needs some blusher or in the 60s it was called rouge!) 
Lastly, this is a Tri-fold shutter card (tutorial is here- qbeesquest.blogspot.com/2013/05/secret-garden-tri-fold-shutter-card.html 

Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- January                                      (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Something New                          (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #512- Something New                   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Penny's Challenge- #363 Anything Goes                          (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment   (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- New To Me        (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 

I just love this adorable little fairy digi (from a Craftin' Desert Diva digi set named "Magical Day"). Crafted this card for the current Craftin' Desert Diva Challenge on FB to match their Winter mood board. Stamped the snowflake wreath on vellum and embossed it with silver peart EP to give it a frosty look. (Am unsure who made the stamp. Removed the rubber from the wood years ago.)  To get a closer match to the mood board, I  stamped layers of trees along the bottom of the card, stamping the image a few times before re-inking to get the foggy/frosty effect. Had planned to just attach the vellum right to the card front, but the flakes didn't stay out enough on the grey parchment paper. Thought maybe if I cut the center of the wreath out, and had the little miss coming out through the flakes it would help. Didn't work. Finally, decided to cut an oval of dark grey cardstock to slip beneath the snowflake wreath.  It worked! Finished the card with a sprinkling of glitter and sentiment from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Narcissus." 
Entered into: 
Crafting Desert Diva-  January Mood Board                                 (www.craftindesertdivasblog.com)
The Cutie Pie Challenge- January Blues                                         (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)                
QKR Stampede- #279 Anything Goes                                             (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #192                           (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                              

Happy [craft room] Camper 2

The Day 3 challenge at Bugaboo Stamps for their 8th Birthday celebration is to make anything but a card. I used an image that I won in a recent Bugaboo challenge. I love this sweet little cowboy which I added to a gift tag. 
When I was looking for items to help add a country feeling to the card, I had such fun digging through my stash. Found the wonderful fabric that I used on the tag and also to attach it to the accordion-fold topped bag.  (The fabric was from my mom's stash. She was a quilter and so she left her crafty daughters boxes full of scraps. I love finding uses for them... and she would have LOVED this tag because of the cute little guy. I also found a bit of tan cord that looks like rope. Wrapped it around the top of my glue bottle a few times then secured the loops with a knot to make the buckaroo a little lasso rope. The final touch was that I added a bit of pattern to his neck scarf with my white gel pen to make it look more "authentic." So cute... um... I mean so tough and masculine! 
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps-  Anything But a Card                        (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- #279 Anything Goes                            (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Birthdays                                             (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #192          (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

A new friend gave me a gift certificate for Whimsy Stamps for Christmas. This is one of the images that I picked and was so fun to make my first card with the sweet little penguin. This was my first ever "Floating split front card" using a tutorial found here www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zQqLRFqZb4. Was actually pretty easy to make… and I love the results!
Also, the balloons are drawn with a fine-line permanent marker on clear document folders that come in a pack of assorted colors. You can find them in office supply stores. They are often cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  They are also easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors. (It took a little experimentation to find a way to adhere the balloons to the card since double-sided tape and other adhesives will show through. I learned that, when I cut out the balloons, I can cut small flaps on the top and side of the balloons to help adhere them. I then lay the balloons on the card front, lightly sketch and then cut small slits on the card front, slide the flaps through there slits and then tape them down on the back of the card.  A little bit of work, but I like that the balloons look real with a translucent sheen.)
Entered into:
Whimsy Inspirations- #103 Anything Goes                       (whimsyinspires.blogspot.com)
Penny's Challenge- #363 Anything Goes                            (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Birds of a Feather          (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Something New                             (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #512- Something New                      (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- New To Me           (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge                                      (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
     

Happy [craft room] Camper

I've been out of state providing a prevention training most of this week. Got back last night and finally had some time to play in my craft room. Am heading back in again today. Yay to stress reduction! (Also, I took along two envelopes stuffed full of digi images, plus watercolor pencils and alcohol markers to occupy my time on the plane and in airports. So I have dozens of colored images that need a card home!)

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating their 8th Birthday this week with daily challenges. Am going to try to catch up and enter as many as I can. Day two was a sketch challenge. I used one of their wonderful little owls and added a funny sentiment that I printed off on my computer. I know so many people who deserve this card!
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Day 2-SKETCH                                 (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes       (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Birthdays                                            (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Birds of a Feather   (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
         
The current Tiddly Inks challenge is an Anything Goes.  I made my card with their digi set "Cookie Bugg and Extras". For the background, I used a red & black checked napkin that I draped over the front of the card, and also tucked a point of the napkin inside of the card. You know to give the card are more authentic feeling. And I also did some investigation of the subject, i.e. consumed a few chocolate chip cookies. They were delish!
 
Entered into: 
Tiddly Inks- Anything Goes                                                  (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #192               (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Penny's Challenge- #363 Anything Goes                           (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spring Fever

From the cards I've been making, you can probably tell that I am tired of cold winter weather. We are at 35 below zero again tonight… which is REALLY cold! So, am thinking of Spring and beyond!

My first card uses a free coloring sheet from Tammy Tutterow that I printed off on vellum. You can find her free coloring pages here tammytutterow.com/gallery/coloring-pages. I added a sweet and happy little House Mouse named Monica to my card! (I think this image is especially appropriate because the stamp is titled "Tiny Jumper" and she looks like she is jumping with joy about Spring. I can totally understand!)
Entered into: 
House Mouse & Friends Challenge- #256 Anything Goes (housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com)
The Paper Shelter- New Beginnings                                   (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

Moving from Spring into summer, my next card is made using a cute digi from Tiddlyinks named Snorkelbunny. I colored him with my Spectum Nior makers, and used a layer of blue vellum to add a watery translucency. So fun!
 
Entered into: 
Tiddly Inks- Anything Goes                                                  (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Winter Blues                  (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Penny's Challenge- Anything Goes                                      (pennyschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #192               (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating their 8th Birthday this week with daily birthday challenges. Today's card is to be bold and bring. My card features a wonderful image from Beccy's Place that I won a while ago but had not yet used… to it is really new, right?! Was fun to color, especially since I made it into a 3-D card, fussy cutting and layering many of the pieces. (I provided a close-up photo so you could see those details.) The cover sentiment is printed on vellum and attached little gumballs where the adhesive showed through (a happy solution to fix my oops.) To fit the birthday theme, the inside of the card reads, "I hope that your birthday is as sweet as you are!" (Oh, and it was fun to find a use for this patterned paper that I've had in my stash for several years. Isn't it a perfect fit for the colorful gumballs?) 

Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Day 1- Bold and Bright Birthday             (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- January                                            (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Something New                                (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #512- Something New                         (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Use Patterned Paper  (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                       (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)