Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas and more!

My entry in Beccy's Place Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the letter "O" features a digi from TLC that I cut into an Oval (createwithtlc.blogspot.com) The wonderful sentiment is from Beccy's digi set named "Baby Robin."
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                                      (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
The Paper Shelter- #318 Add Some Snowflakes                 (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)

Had fun making this card with a free digi and matching sentiment from Whimsie Doodles called "Elves Watching." (You can download both filed at www.whimsiedoodles.com/christmas.html) I attached the little cutie to the front of a card that has a window cut out. Added green patterned paper, topped with wine vellum, behind the cutout. Used the same combination behind the sentiment.
Entered into: 
Whimsie Doodles Challenge- Santa's Helpers       (whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com)

Another card that I enjoyed making with a free digi. This one, named Oswalda, is from Whimsy Stamps (whimsystamps.com/pages/digital-freebies) I enlarged and positioned it off the side of the paper to meet the requirements of the current challenge at Power Poppy. (Being able to change the size and position of images is one of the things I like about digis.)
      
Entered into:
Whimsy Stamps Challenge- #101 Anything Goes               (whimsyinspires.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Things with Wings                         (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Di’s Digi Stamps- Things with Wings, Tails or Feathers   (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Cute Card Thursday- #504 Birds/Animals                          (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Power Poppy- Portion Control                      (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/11/power-up-with-portion-control.html)


Mostly Christmas

I've had a super busy week at the office. Have been stamping when I get home in the evening (stress therapy) but didn't take photos until I had finished up a bunch of cards today. (I love spending Saturdays in my craft room. So... will be posting several tonight and tomorrow. Enjoy!) 

Many years ago I saw a simple card like this that inspired me. Finally creating a card that contains similar images and a beloved scripture verse. Used a set of baby feel from Biblical Impressions (available at www.stamponit.net) to make the front of the card. To make the inside handprint, I traced my hand on a piece of scrap paper, cut in out and used it as a stencil and stamped a  small heart stamp in red.  The scripture stamp is also from Biblical impressions, however, it looks like it is no longer available. They do have an unmounted stamp of this verse that should work, you could even cut it apart for use (like I did with mine!)Am entering the card into several challenges including Beccy's Place Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge (for the letter "N" as in Newborn King!), QKR Challenge (the company that now carried Biblical Impressions stamps!), Word Art Wednesday, and two of Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenges.
Entered into:
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                                       (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                              (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
                               
One of my paper artist friends at wecraftcards offered a midweek challenge that includes a fold I have never made before. Called a Bridge Fold, I was amazed at how easy it was to make. You can find a great youtube tutorial here  (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIWNsmMNkUM) The stamp is one I've had forever from a company named Uptown Stamps.
Entered into: B
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- Bridge Fold     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
The Paper Shelter- #318 Add Some Snowflakes            (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)

I found the definition of unique here- www.synonym.com/definitions/unique. Printed it up on my computer using the Papyrus font. Found directions for making the hanger from a paper clip on Pinterest and the ties were made with misc. scraps. Seems like I never have enough guy cards, so will be making more of these! Added stitch lines with a white gel pen so that it meets the requirements of the current Simon Says Monday Challenge. 
Entered into: 
SimonSays Monday Challenge- It's a Stitch Up    (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 190     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

I won this wonderful Christmas set of Whimsy stamps last month and am having fun using it. This time, I kept the card simple, to follow a current sketch challenge at Bugaboo stamps. Am also entering it into Whimsy's current challenge, plus three "critter" themed challenged (Simon Says, Cute Card Thursday and Di's Digi Stamps.) The sentiment is from Beccy's Place, Seasonal Windows digi set, which is a favorite of mine! http://beccysplace.com/seasonal-window-digital-stamps (I did have to cut it down a bit to fit on my card, which fits into a regular mailing envelope.)
Entered into:
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge                 (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Whimsy Stamps Challenge- #101 Anything Goes              (whimsyinspires.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Furry Friends            (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- #504 Birds/Animals                         (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Things with Wings, Tails, Feathers     (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)   

                   

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Peaceful Snow Scene

My final entry into this week's Simon Says Wednesday challenge is this peaceful winter scene. To create it I tore the edge on a sheet of copy paper and laid it diagonally across the card front. Inked a tree trio image from Embossing Arts with a rainbow pad and stamped them repeatedly along the torn paper line and across the bottom of the card. The sentiment is an unmounted stamp, so don't know the company that makes it.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Snow White                 (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- #503 Sparkles                                      (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)

I love the Art Impressions character (image) named, appropriately, Fanny. So when making another tag for the current AI challenge, I just had to put her to work. This tag is made up entirely of AI stamps- Fanny (front& back), the fence, and the sentiments on the front and back of the tag. Am thinking that I'll send this to a friend who is an avid reader. It will serve as a nice bookmark, plus might just make her chuckle occasionally, too!
 
Entered into: 
Art Impressions- Tag It                                             (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 190    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

I am a wanna be quilter, and know many quilters, so was fun to make this card for a current Simon Says Challenge. I don't have any sewing themed cards, so drew the scissors on cardstock, colored and fussy cut it out. Printed the sentiment on my computer. Layered quilted background paper, and finished the card by drawing stitches with a white gel pen.
                              
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- It's a Stitch Up                (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)

I'm not an Elf on the Shelf person… because… well… I don't have any kids or grandkids and don’t think my hubby would appreciate the messy little elf's antics! However, I do like the concept of Elfon the shelf. So, was fun to make this cute card, which I'm entering in the current Sketch Challenge at Bugaboo. (Note the little cutie is perched on a gift under the tree. However, the busyness of the background was distracting so I added a layer of vellum that allows a bit of color and pattern to peek through, but allows the little Elf to take center stage. And the sweet little jingle bells on his hat and along the side of the image are from a Beccy's Place digi set named Finn's Bells.)
Entered into:
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge                     (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                                   (beccysplace.blogspot.com)

Seasonal Cards

Had fun coloring this sweet free digi from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com. The sentiment is also a freebie from decossesdynamitedoodles.blogspot. So fun!
 
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes   (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 190        (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                               
My entry in Beccy's Place Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the letter "M" is Mrs. Claus. This is another one of Beccy's free digis. I love all the details that Beccy added to this drawing that has an old-world feeling. From the beautiful long braid, the hanging lantern, the holly and pine branch, and the cute little teddy bear, the image is so fun to color!
Entered into:
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                                       (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)

I love to upcycle old cards. This time I cut the snowman in the round center from the front of the card to use as the base of a snow globe card. Cut a round piece of acetate, and used strips from the front of the card to create the snow globe base. Finished it off with a sentiment and a few sparkly snowflake stickers. What a fun way to give an old card new life!
This is the original card- 

Entered into:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Snow White   (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- #503 Sparkles                        (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 


Winter Warmth

My entry in Beccy's Place Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the letter "L" is Lantern. This one is actually one of Beccy's free digis. I printed the digi on vellum and colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Drew a candle and flame on an oval of white cardstock, added a bit of yellow and orange coloring, then adhered it behind the vellum. Cut a piece of gray patterned scrapbook paper and mounted it behind the vellum with silver photo mounts. Finished off the card with some white gel pen and silver fine-line sharpie highlights. Am also entering this into the SumMoreFun challenge (my card includes red ribbon and greenery like their mood board.)  
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                                       (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- All Tied Up                                  (summorefun.com)  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
                               
Another card made with a variety of stamped, punched, hand-cut and sticker snowflakes plus two snowflake patterned background papers. Added a snowflake sentiment printed on light blue vellum.
 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Snow White       (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes      (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- #503 Sparkles                            (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Monochromatic                               (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

My mom was a quilter, so her children all grew up enjoying a warm quilt that included scraps of many of the clothes that she had sewn for us over the years.  I tried my hand at quilt making, but because I couldn't sew a straight line or a tight point I did more seam ripping than sewing! Then I discovered "crazy quilting" and loved the many stitches that I could use to create works of art. I haven't made a quilt yet, but have made a few pillow toppers and, after making this card with a small quilted square, I'll be making more of these in the future. I used scraps of velvet and old silk ties, plus embroidery floss, gold cord, beads, and thin silk ribbon.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- It's a Stitch Up    (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 190       (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)


Monday, November 13, 2017

A Blizzard of Cards

My entry in Beccy's Place Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the letter "K" is Kings. I got the Three Kings image in a swap a few years ago so don't know who makes the image, but the vellum sentiment is from Lili of the Valley. A distressed embossed tag and background for the image, a bit of color, bling and embroidery floss on the Magi, plus two strips of ribbon for the hanger … and the tag is complete.
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November           (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
CAS-ual Fridays- Anything But a Card      (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
                               
Had fun creating a Joy-fold card with no less than nine varieties of stamped, punched, hand-cut and sticker snowflakes. The mini snowman is an old, old SU stamp. Used a sentiment from Lawn Fawns "Warm Winter Wishes" clear set. Entering this card into several challenges, including Lawn Fawnatics "Use oldest LF set" challenge, (in truth, this is actually the only Lawn Fawn stamp set I own. I love the crisp and clean image that the set provides, so hope to add more to my collection in the near future), and Pixies snippets (because there was a lot of fussy cutting a few of the white snowflakes, plus fussy cutting the sparkly ones from an old card.   

Entered into: 
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #16- Use oldest LF set   (lawnfawnatics.com/category/challenges)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Snow White      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Winter           (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Cute Card Thursday- #503 Sparkles                            (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Pixie's Snippets                                                                 (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com)
                             
I love this sweet image from Di's Digi Stamps called "Snuggled Up with Izzy." I printed it on light blue parchment cardstock to provide some snowy looking depth. I then colored it with watercolor pencils and Spectrum Nior alcohol markers, plus added white gel pen to "fluff up" her fur hood and cuffs. The final touch was adding a circle of white craft ink blow from the lantern. Not quite sure what sentiment I will use on this card… will add that when needed. Am entering it into a few challenges, including Di's "Monochromatic" and Deep Ocean Challenge, "Inspired by a Song/Movie." My card is inspired by the song, "This Little Light of Mine."  
Entered into: 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Monochromatic                               (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Inspired by Song/Movie     (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au) 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 189          (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

Found this stamped image in my stash this last weekend (I think it might have been a Printworks stamp) and knew that I needed to showcase it on a card. When I stamped it… I think over a decade ago… I had used a deep teal ink instead of black. Not sure why… but I loved the look. Colored the image with my Tombow markers and white gel pen, plus added a pop of red to the buttons and cheeks. Used a treat bag with the cellophane window removed to frame the image, with a beautiful teal  background paper to show off the teal ink on the image. So pretty. Finished with a red bow and sentiment printed off on my computer. (The red ribbon and bow, plus cookie, allows me to enter it into the challenge at SumMoreFun.)
Entered into: 
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Candies, Cookies or Gingerbread    (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- All Tied Up                                                         (summorefun.com)   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes                                (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov                         (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Weekend of Crafting (Part 2)

My entry in Beccy's Place Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the letter "J" is Jingle Bells. For this card, I used a sentiment from one of Beccy's digi sets (named "Finn's Bells) and a favorite image (Eunice) from Art Impressions (AI).   Made a tag to enter into AI's current challenge, plus the Deep Ocean Challenge, "Inspired by a Song/Movie." My card is inspired by the song, "Jingle Bell Rock".  (Eunice does look like she is ready to rock! I usually give her red hair, but for this challenge, I gave her a shiny black pompadour, ala Elvis!) And, of course, there are jingle bells attached to the tag, three to be exact! 
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                              (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Art Impressions- Tag It                                                   (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Inspired by Song/Movie      (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
CAS-ual Fridays- Anything But a Card                        (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
                             
My final entry into the Simon Says Monday Challenge is full of sparkles from an embossing powder named Iridescent Peacock. I can't find it anymore so use it sparingly. It works especially well on fall leaf cards like this one. I first stamped the leaf image (no idea of the company, it’s a clear stamp with no logo) with fine line black EP. Colored the leaf in with a clear embossing pen and then sprinkled the EP over it. When the heat hits it, the color fun begins! The sentiments are both from Printworks.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving    (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 189                    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                             
In 1998 I attended an SU party… and my love of stamping started. Within a few months I signed up as a demonstrator and my mom hosted one of my first classes. We quickly became stamping buddies. A year later, when a friend and I opened a stamp store in Watertown South Dakota, my mom was one of our biggest "cheerleaders." When she passed away a few years ago I inherited her stamp collection and think of her every time I use any of them. This one, from a company named "Eureka" is a favorite! Am entering it into the QKR Challenge (where you can now buy Eureka stamps). Provided a watermark image of the original so you can see it. The balloon is cut from a clear red document folder. (You can find them in office supply stores. They are often cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.) 
Entered the card into two additional challenges. I used the color scheme on the mood board at SumMoreFun Challenge and used a TLB sentiment.
Entered into:
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                    (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- All Tied Up         (summorefun.com)  
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge        (desiref.blogspot.co.za)

Have been having fun making cards to enter into the current Christmas Cards all Year Round" challenge because it focuses on three of my favorite food groups- Candies, Cookies or Gingerbread! Found this story on the web (looked for some time to try to find the author, but had no luck. (If anyone can provide that info, please do so!) I fussy cut the M&Ms from a calendar. But would have happily invested in a bag of the sweet treats if needed.
Entered into: 
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Candies, Cookies or Gingerbread   (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                                    (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes                        (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov                        (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)