Thursday, September 21, 2017

Purrrfectly Adorable II

Another card using Art Impressions set, “Purr-thday" and one of the digis set from Beccy’s Place called “Seasonal Windows.” This time I used the Fall window, colored the beautiful foliage with alcohol markers, cut out the window panes and added the layer of “glass” (acetate). The sentiment is also from the digi set. I added a few fall leaves to dress it up a bit. Lightly colored a free fireplace clip art and attached it to the inside of the card to add some autumn warmth. The cat stamp is a front & back image, so the inside flap of the card is also adorable. (PS I haven’t decided what sentiment to add to the inside of the card yet. Will finish that up when I make up my mind!) 
Entered into:
Beccy’s Place Challenge- September                                    (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Art Impressions- Flowers & Foliage                                     (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
                             
This card was created for a Bingo Challenge at Bugaboo Stamps (middle column- sparkle, red and washi tape. If you look close, you'll see that the spider's body is red with an embedded red gem). Also, since I kept it simple, am entering it into two CAS challenges- AAA Cards Challenge is Autumn Colors (this card has deep red and orange… plus Halloween colors of purple, black and a few more), Less is More Challenge is Take Flight (I’ve seen a few spiders fly in the wind attached to their webs, and I definitely fly out of my chair when I see one near me!)
 
Entered into:
AAA Card Challenges- Autumn Colors                             (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Less is More Challenge- Take Flight                                 (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
Bugaboo Stamps- Bingo                                                      (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
                             
I upcycled this suit and dress image from an old card. Loved the shine of the paper. Added additional shimmer with two different scraps of satin ribbon. Added a bit of tulle for a veil and mounted the finished embellie onto patterned background paper.
Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Shimmer and Shine       (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                    (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Monochrome                                     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

Made another card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. This one includes several rich fall colors, a bit of vellum, a sweet little cup image from Stampin' Up (not sure what set it is from, but am sure it is retired), and a wonderful saying from an author named The Church Curmudgeon that makes me laugh!

Entered into: coffee
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                                                         (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                 (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Java Love

Discovered that my entry into the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was no fall related. I was so excited to enter a coffee-focused hop that I didn't stop and think about the fact that my card theme was more Christmas than fall. And, I had only had one mug of coffee so possibly wasn’t functioning a fully caffeinated capacity! Ha! Amy was kind enough to delete my oops… so here is a more appropriate entry.
I’m calling this sweet whimseydoodles image a fall image because she is wearing a robe and slippers. Although, the fact that they are bunny slippers tells me that she is not yet totally awake.  Must have more coffee! The heart of the coffee pot, and all the hearts in the background papers, tell of her love of the bean!  Ah, life is good.
Entered into:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                                                             (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                             
I still had the bubble wrap and golden yellow ink pad on my worktable from making a honeybee card yesterday. So created another honeycomb background. Tried keep the card CAS by just stamping a single bee and finishing the card with a free sentiment from papersmooches.blogspot.com 
Entered into:
Less is More Challenge- Take Flight                             (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                     (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
                             
One neat thing about this hobby is inspiration can be found everywhere! I've been inspired by brochures from a doctor's office, the colors of the walls and furnishings in a cafĂ©, the pattern in someone's shirt, a billboard or advertisement. Recently I was inspired by an ad in a local newspaper. I liked the silhouette (I think it’s an Elk. But I might be wrong. I’m a stamper not a game warden or hunter!) and wanted to cut one from cardstock to add to a card front. So I scanned the ad and then reduced the size of the silhouette to fit an A2 card. After fussy cutting the image I mounted it onto an A2 sized piece of vellum, which I adhered to an upcycled  calendar scene. (I saved this calendar page because I love the way the moon shimmers on the water.) Will attach a sentiment when needed especially since I never seem to have enough masculine cards. 
Entered into:
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- Inspired by…   (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Shimmer and Shine       (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)

Last month I used this free digi from Beccy’s Place to make cards for a few challenges. I remembered its beautiful rich fall colors, so decided to make it again, this time in a larger size. Once again, masked the moon with a circle punched from a post-it note and put painters tape along the edges of the image. Then sponged the inks to get intense coloring.
Since the sentiment is fairly small, I'll add it here, "The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller
Entered into:
AAA Card Challenges- Autumn  Colors                               (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- September                                    (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Goodbye Summer                         (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Calling All Sista’s                                                                      (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)
     
                        


                              

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Purrrfectly Adorable

I was trying to decide what to create for Art Impressions current challenge, “Flowers and Foliage” but wanted to use my new AI stamp set, “Purr-thday”.  Decided my favorite (and newest) digi set from Beccy’s Place called “Seasonal Windows” would be a good fit. Once again, used acetate for the window (you can see the shimmer and shine from my light source) and a free kitchen clip art for the “interior” of the house…um… I mean card! The final touch was a cute little bluebird stamp from Stampendous. So fun! (Just realizing that the card doesn't contain much foliage... but hope it qualifies for the challenge because there IS one branch with leaves!) 

Entered into: 
Art Impressions- Flowers & Foliage                                     (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Shimmer and Shine       (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- September                                    (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
                             
Had fun making this CAS card for the current Less Is More challenge. Even butterflies need to go on adventures! (And, since I added the little sentiment on a vellum banner, I am entering this card into the current Cute Card Thursday challenge.)
 
Entered into: 
Less is More Challenge- Take Flight                                   (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Add a Banner/Flag                           (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
                             
Am glad that the talented Whimsie Doodles Crew is back from summer vacation and posted a new challenge with a theme, Dress Up. Loved being able to use one of the images that I won on a past challenge, a sweet little guy in a Pooh costume! I created the honeycomb background by wiping a golden yellow ink pad across  a chunk of bubble wrap and then pressing the card against in, gently rubbing the ink into the paper. Added a few bees with a small Printworks stamp, and added “bee tracks” with a fine tip black marker.

  
Entered into: 
Whimsiedoodles Challenge- Anything Goes: Dress Up      (whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                       (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Calling All Sista’s                                                                         (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

My final posting for today is with a free digi from sliekje.blogspot.com. Decided to not color the kitten, just adding some gray shadows, so that the lightbulbs glow would stand out. (Was easy to add these “glow circles.” After coloring all the lightbulbs, I just punched a small circle out of a scrap of acetate. Placed it over a bulb and using chalk on a Q-tip filled the punched area with color, making the color more intense along the edge of the punched circles.)
Entered into: 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Sept     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk) 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Seeing Stars

My final card for this weeks Simon Says Monday Challenge. Used a cute Christmas image from Di’sDigis. Traced a star stencil and then colored the image that fell inside of that shape with my Spectrum Nior markers. Dappled a bit of gray along the edges of the star in the open areas. I think this technique is called spotlighting? I just know that it really simplifies coloring larger images. (Am entering it into a few challenges. One, the Christmas Card Throwdown, requires the use of Pink, Green and Red. The pink is a little hard to see in this photo, but Penny’s cheeks are a pretty blush pink.)
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Written in the Stars         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Christmas Card Throwdown- Pink, Green and Red            (52cct.blogspot.si)

Another card for AAA Card’s Autumn Colors challenge. The thank you sentiment is stamped with white pigment ink on Kraft cardstock. Added a large skeleton leaf that I’ve had in my stash for some time, tying a small white bow to its stem to match the white ink. Simple!
Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Fall Colors    (aaacards.blogspot.com/)

Love this sweet image and sentiment, which are both freebies from whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com. Printed the gingerbread guy (and one cropped image of his right hand) on Kraft paper and shaded them with tan Tombow marker. Cropped and printed the mug, marshmallows and candy cane on white cardstock, added coloring with Tombow markers. Adhered it to the front of the gingerbread guy and then added the shaded hand with mounting tape (to make it 3-D). The frosting doodles were added with white liquid applique.
Entered into: 
Whimsiedoodles Challenge- Anything Goes: Dress Up     (whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com)
Power Poppy- Krafty Coloring                                                (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/09/get-krafty.html)  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Sept  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                                                            (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)

Made a simple yet elegant card with scrapbook paper, patterned vellum, a scrap of white lace with lavender velvet ribbon, a strip of wide ivy green satin ribbon and a sentiment printed on my computer. Plan to add a few pearls once they come up for air on my workspace. I can't find them anywhere!!
                
Entered into: 
Victorine Challenge- Pearls & Lace                                    (vostamps.blogspot.com)    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                 (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186               (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)


Rock on

Made another card using a little glittery guitar (dollar store find) for this week’s Simon Says Monday Challenge. Added a glittery pink star and a sentiment to match. The background is flocked with velvet, and the satin ribbon adds great texture to this fun card. Plus, it was quick and easy to put together. 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Written in the Stars   (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- Add a Banner/Flag                        (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
                  
Oh my! I am on a steep learning curve with alcohol markers. I totally messed up on this little bunnies left ear (the pink ink bled into the gray at several places) and feet (in real life they have an odd yellowish/orangish tint to them. Looks a bit moldy!) The more I tried to fix them... the worse they got. So... since it's a digi, just cropped and printed the ear and feet again. Colored them (did a better job this time!) Cut off the ear and replaced it with the new one, then attached the feet on top of the dark ones with mounting tape- so they stick out a bit. Whew! Added the finished image to a background layered with paper lace and ribbon, and added a sentiment tag from Lili of The Valley. (The bunny image is from Di's Digis and I used the blender pen to add the speckled look to his fur. So fun!) 
This was my "ooopsy" bunny! 
And here is my corrected version. Isn't he adorable?!
Entered into: 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Ribbon, Lace, Twine or Cord  (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Lovely Lace                      (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Victorine Challenge- Pearls & Lace                        (vostamps.blogspot.com)       
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
        
This week’s AAA Card challenge requires Autumn Colors. Decided to use one of my favorite colors, deep wine burgundy, as the base card. Here is Wisconsin the fall provides a gorgeous SHOUT of color. And some of the trees, I think it is one type of Maple, have leaves in this deep, rich color. They really make a beautiful background for the yellows, golds and orange leaves that just POP! I stamped floral images in other autumn colors, especially the vibrant black-eyed Susan. Am looking forward to the next few weeks. Also entering the card into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge that requires a CAS card.
                  
Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Fall Colors                 (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- CAS      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

I'm hosting the Monday Challenge at the wecraftcards forum this week where the focus is creating a card with a sentiment (or words) as the main focal point. Love this Subway Art image from TLC Challenge (http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com) I printed it off on vellum, then mounted it on dark cardstock with a pink heart to highlight the word "life". Used clear photo corners to make sure none of the words are covered. The sentiment on the inside of the card, printed on my computer reads, "And remember, YOU are loved with an EVERLASTING love!"
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                      (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Yakkity Yak     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                   (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
                              

Friday, September 15, 2017

Late Night + Day Off Work= Fun!

This sweet little Lili of the Valley is fussy cut from a digi where he is jumping over daffodils because I wanted to pair him with this encouraging sentiment so that I could enter him in a Bugaboo Stamps challenge called “Cheer up Buttercup.” Also wanted to create a CAS card so kept the background to a minimum. I love this little cutie! 
Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- Creatures Great or Small   (aaacards.blogspot.com/)  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- CAS                 (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Bugaboo Stamps- Cheer Up Buttercup                    (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
                             
Another coloring card that I picked up at a woman’s retreat at our church. Was relaxing to color it with Tombow markers and white gel plus. Then added a few sequins for some bling. While at the retreat, a friend and I enjoyed coffee and specialty cupcakes from a little bakery. They came in a box made of this wonderful dotted pink cardboard. Decided to make it into the background for my card… and will give the card to that friend that enjoyed sharing cupcakes. Am thinking she’ll get a kick out of the fact that I upcycled the box!
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes  (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

This week’s Simon Says Monday Challenge requires stars in the entry. I remembered making a Rock Star card a few years ago using felt guitars that I bought at the dollar store. Dug around in my craft room and found that I had a few left. So created a background with a few layers of various patterned papers, cut a star from colored vellum, added some silver stars and a banner and nestled the guitar into place. I'm betting that some teenager, or aging rocker, will enjoy receiving this card in the future.
                
Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Written in the Stars  (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 185             (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge              (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)

One of the current Bugaboo Challenges involves using a sketch. I had fun pairing a Bugaboo image with a plaid paper, a few banners and LOTS of glitter! Am also entering it into several Christmas challenges.
                             
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge       (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Add a Banner/Flag                (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Sept    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Friday eve offerings

Another entry for the CAS-ual Friday’s CASE a Girl Friday’s (DT) Card Challenge. This time I was inspired by a striking card created by WeiWei. But instead of snowflakes and a pastel color scheme, I used a fall color scheme and mounted real leaves that I’d pressed in a phone book. (Makes me wonder if people even  have phone books anymore? I only use ours for pressing leaves and flowers!) To strengthen the fragile leaves I first gently laid them on a strip of clear packing tape, lightly pressed them onto the tape, then cut around them. Not sure if it will survive a trip in the mail, so will hand deliver it to a fellow lover of autumn. I know many of them!
And the card that inspired it: 
Entered into:
CAS-ual Fridays- CASE a Girl Friday                        (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
We Craft Cards Wednesday ChallengeIt’s Fall     (wecraftcards.com/forum)

Another of TLC’s (createwithtlc.blogspot.com) free digis of one of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairy Illustrations. This one, the Zinnia Fairy, has such a shy and pensive look. And I love her butterfly wings!
Entered into: 
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                 (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge    (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Add a Banner/Flag             (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Art Impressions- Flowers & Foliage                      (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 185    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

This weeks CAS challenge over at Less is More is the always difficult OLC (One Layer Card). But… it requires coloring… which I love to do. So had to make another card before the week was up. I used a few stamps from the Vintage Rides set from the Cats’ Meow that I colored with grey Spectrum Nior markers.  Made a cloud template and chalked in light blue billows to add a bit more color plus added a bit of silver to the star on the plane.


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Less is More Challenge- One Layer Coloring In         (simplylessismoore.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- CAS                     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
                             
From CAS, which I have always found challenging to do… I move on to a card design that it even MORE challenging to me- Shabby Chic. I always appreciate the wonderful shabby chic cards made by other stampers. They make it look so easy! This is about as close as I  get to shabby chic! But I do think it is kind of yummy looking! (And since Wisconsin is the cheese and ice cream capital of the nation… world… or maybe even planet, when I saw this sentiment on Pinterest I just had to make a card so I could use it!) 
               
Entered into: Ice cream
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Food/Beverage        (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Lovely Lace                                    (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                   (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Ribbon, Lace, Twine or Cord               (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)