Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ATSM Challenge #288 - Holiday

It's a holiday theme for Challenge #288 on the Addicted to Stamps & More BlogGo Hog Wild from Amuse Studio was the perfect foil for this card.  Some masking, manipulating the cows' positions, and a little fussy cutting helped get things just right!  Copics were used to give the cows some dimension and create the grass in the pasture. I just love how this turned out and will be making this one again!

Hope you will play along with us at ATSM this week.  Check out the DT makes HERE!

Challenges Entered:
Shopping Our Stash #350  - Yo! Dude!
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1815 - AG
Animal Friends Challenge #61 - Farm
SheepSki Designs #13 - Animal Magic
Cards in Envy 4/16 - Birthday

CAS Colours & Sketches #268 - Color Challenge

The colors Karen has picked for this week's CAS Colours and Sketches challenge gave me a chance to dig into my stamp stash.  I decided to ink up Pencil Me In from PTI - a stamp set I've had for years, but only used once.  The stitched die around the border is from Right at Home Stamps and I decided to add a little visual interest with Frontage and a few enamel dots.  Hope you will try your hand at this week's CC&S challenge.  Take a look at how my teamies have put their creative twist on this week's challenge here

Challenges Entered:
Pile It On #141 - Small and/or Pencils
Creative with Stamps - April CAS + sentiment
Less Is More #369 - Bring Something Back

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #267 - Sketch Challenge

I did a little adjusting of Karen's fun CC&S sketch in order for the tag to work on my card.  A colleague just announce her retirement; the so happy for sentiment from SugarPea's Sweet Sentiment You stamp set was perfect with the Sugar Cuts You word die.  The flag just needed to be placed at the top rather than the bottom of the tag! My original thought was to use black paper and emboss the words in white, but it seemed to heavy and didn't enhance the design.  Using vellum solved the problem!

Hope you will pop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog and check out how my teamies interpreted this week's sketch before you add your creation to the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Just Us Girls #435/ - word week "bold"
Dream Valley #176/ - Dry Embossing
Stamps & Fun= Creativity #321/ - CAS
613 Avenue Create #208 - AG + optional twist- use vellum

Saturday, April 7, 2018

My Time to Craft Challenge #368 - Box/Bag with Matching Tag

The theme for Challenge #368 on the My Time to Craft Blog
is to make a box or bag and a matching tag. I dusted off my rarely-used envelope punch board and searched for a video to help make by a gift box for cards.  (The SU designer paper was so old, it started cracking when I scored it! Must stop collecting paper and use it!!)  Thank you, Jennifer McGuire for the easy to follow video from 2014!!

I simply added a belly band using the opposite side of the paper. The tag and words is the Gift Tag Die from Sugar Pea Designs and the flower die cut is from Sizzix Funky Floral #1.  The turquoise ribbon and orange ribbons added a pop of color to the whole design.  Take a peek at the DT creations and then play along with our newest challenge.

Challenges Entered:
Alphabet Challenge/ - A for anything but a card
Creative Fingers #144/ - AG
Time Out Challenge #106/ - Photo Inspiration

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Addicted to Stamps & More #286 - Anything Goes

I love an anything goes challenge, which is what we have for you this week at ATSM.  I pulled out my new Lilac stamp from Penny Black and used Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry (from CC&S's color challenge) to work on Challenge #286 at Addicted to Stamps & More.

I know these aren't typical lilac colours, but the stamp's flower is versatile and doesn't need to be limited to lilacs.  After using the three ink colors on watercolor paper, I went back in with an aqua painter and added a more color for a layered look.  The leaves have some of the Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry mixed with Old Olive, which created the brownish color for the stems. The flowers popped when I added Rich Razzleberry to the coral blooms.  A Lil Inkers die cut sentiment is inlaid.  Not sure that I like where the sequins are placed, but the big one at the top is hiding a little splotch of green ink!!  Oops!

Come and play with the ATSM's anything goes challenge this week!  Take at peek at the DT creations here!

Challenges Entered:
Cards In Envy 4/2 - Get Negative!

CAS Colours & Sketches #266 - Colour Challenge

I had a great idea for working with the colors Karen gave us to work with on the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge Blog this week, but in the end it didn't feel CAS so back to the drawing board and this was the result.  (Here's my first card, in case you are curious!)

Ribbon is on my radar right now, so I pulled some out for today's card.  I did some purging (and cleaning) including three drawers of ribbon, limiting myself to 10 of each color.  (Each drawer has 4 sections - so that is still plenty of ribbon!!)  Remember when ribbon and buttons were the rage in card making?!?  My stockpile is healthy!

Two simple stamps - Echo Park's Flower Garden 4x6 Stamp is the background with a sentiment from PTI's Penned Elegance; a very old Spellbinders die backs the sentiment, and some enamel dots from my collection finished off this CAS card!

Karen is April's CC&S challenge-host.  Take a peek at the DT's make's HERE.  Hope you have time to join us this week.

Challenges Entered:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1813/ - AG
Stamps + Fun=Creativity #321/ - CAS
Just Us Girls #434/ - CAS

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

One Last NCM Challenge (and Card)!

I was enjoying my Spring Break, minding my own business - blog
hopping this morning and to my great surprise on Joan's blog, Dear Paperlicious, I discovered there was yet one more National Craft Month challenge!  Wooo!  My next stop was the Right At Home Blog to read the details!  The last challenge: use a background stamp.  This caused a bit of a quandary for me - I've been trying to feature Right At Home products this week, but I don't have any of Nicole's background stamps.  Earlier in the week, I created a background sheet using RAH's Abstract Florals for this card and scraps were still on my desk, so I put them to good use on today's card with RAH's Cup of Joy stamps and the one of the Script Greeting dies.  Covering my bases, the coffee cup is stamped with a Happy Birthday background stamp from MFT.

Challenges Entered:
Cards in Envy March 19/ - No patterned paper
Dream Valley #175/ - Spring colors
Through the Craft Room Door 3/27/ - AG
Retro Rubber #83 - AG/ (1 year old RAH stamp; 2 years MFT)
Time Out Challenges #105/ - Birthday

CAS Colours & Sketches #265 - Sketch Challenge

This week's CC&S sketch was perfect muse for one of the sympathy cards I have needed recently.  I was inspired by Kelle Lunceford's gold embossed card using the Tall Blooms stamp set from Reverse Confetti's recent release.  I try not to follow along when stamp companies announce their new releases because I always get sucked in and buy!!  (I must be their target market, right?!?)   In a weak moment, I followed along with Reverse Confetti's blog hop for the March release and of course I ordered stamps, dies, and their 6x6 paper pack (actually, 2 packs because I wasn't paying attention to my cart!!).  I used some self-restraint and pared down my cart because all of their DT cards made me want it all!!  I do think I'll get lots of use out of Tall Blooms, although I keep telling myself it's not exactly like other floral sets I have and I love the sentiments!

Take a look at the rest of the CAS Colours and Sketches DT cards for this week here and then come and play with us this week!

Challenges Entered:
Colouring in Scrapland March/ - AG
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1812/ - AG
The Paper Girls #148/ - Embossing
Card Mania #102/ - Embossing

Monday, March 26, 2018

Card Remake Challenge

One of the National Craft Month challenges Nicole Baez had at the Right At Home Blog was to recreate an old card design.  My original card was made in October 2017 and used Right At Home's Abstract Florals stamp set and watercolors.  This one combines the stems and leaves from Abstract Florals with some flowers, the sentiment, and a stitched frame from Find the Beauty Die set.  The paper is from Doodlebug.

Challenges Entered:
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1812/ - AG
Crafty Friends #80/ - AG

Sunday, March 25, 2018

National Craft Month Fun - Some White Space

I spent some time in my craft room this afternoon playing around with one more entry for Right At Home's week long celebration of National Craft Month.  There have been challenges and opportunities for winning prizes all week.  This challenge a card with lots of white space.

I used the same two Right at Home sets from the watercolor challenge (the sets are super-versatile!) - Script Greetings and Abstract Forals - this time with white embossing powder and Distress Inks.  I used brown embossing powder on the center detail and then added dots from a white Sharpie.  The camera doesn't pick up the shimmer from Wink of Stella on the colored part of the flower.  Blending isn't my strong suit, but the white embossing powder makes it easy to layer on colors and keep the blend looking smooth.

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Friends #80 - AG
A Bit More Time to Craft #64/ - AG
Card Mania #102 - Embossing

Playing with Watercolors . . .

. . . and another entry at the Right At Home Shop's celebration's for National craft Month.  Today's post is about trying a watercolor technique.  I have to admit, I'm a little reticent with watercolors.  I think part of my reluctance is not giving enough time to play with them and then there's the hard time with letting go of control of the results!!  This card turned out okay, though. 

I started out by using white embossing powder for the sentiment from Right At Home's Script Greetings stamp set and then getting my watercolor paper wet and laying down a couple of colors behind it.  I used an aqua painter to layer more colors;  the striation effect with the blues and greens was a happy accident, but I liked it!  I painted random colors for the flowers and leaves on another scrap of paper and then stamped the flowers from Right At Home's Abstract Florals and fussy cut around them.  Some of the leaves are drawn free-hand  and fussy cut.  The wispy leaves are die cuts from another company (as are the flower centers).  Three pink sequins finished this card off.

I had enough fun today that I am researching watercolor paper and paints to see if I want to add to my collection!!  I hope you will share your preferences in the comments!

Challenges Entered: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ATSM Challenge #284 - CAS

Welcome to a new challenge on the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge Blog. Our challenge this week is CAS.  I am in need of some baby cards, which is perfect for a CAS card.  I stamped the bear from an old Amuse set on patterned paper and heat embossed it with brown.  The baby's name was stamped with Mama Elephant's Calli Letters Alphabet set and the frame die cut is LJD Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Window from MFT.  A few layers, lots of white, and a simple design!

Take a peek at the rest of the DT inspiration HERE and then play along with our CAS challenge this week!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Incy Wincy Designs 3/19/ - No more than 3 colors
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1811/- AG
The Crazy Challenge #270 - Baby Card
Sweet Stampin' 3/17/ - Use your paper scraps
CAS On Friday #128/ - Celebration card w sequins

CAS Colours & Sketches #264 - Colour Challenge

Fiona's colours for this week's CC&S challenge made me long for a hot summer day.  When I was blending the Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red inks, all I could think about was orange and raspberry sherbet!!

I started by creating a background using heat embossing with white EP and blending inks around the tulips and Bermuda Bay dots.  The stamp is Abstract Florals from Right at Home stamps.  I die cut PTI's Large Tulip Tag Die
from the paper and layered it on top of MFT's LJD Rectangle Peek A Boo Window die. (Which I have been using a lot lately!!)  A strip of washi tape is on paper under a hello die cut, some Wink of Stella, and then Rose Red ribbon finishes off the card.

Challenges Entered:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78/ - AG
Crafty Calendar March/ - Add A Tag
Hiding In My Craft Room #344/ - Tic Tac Toe
(Ribbon, Glitter, Blending)
Inspired By All the Little Things #82/ - Photo
Cards In Envy 3/18/ - No Patterned Paper
Dream Valley #175/ - Spring Colors

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #263 - Sketch Challenge

I loved figuring out what to do with Fiona's sketch for this week CC&S Challenge.  The idea of a sentiment in the middle took me to my collection of word dies.  The word happy, from W Plus 9's Happy Trio die set uses four layers of paper using "Stick It" adhesive to give it dimension.  MFT's Label Maker stamp finished off the birthday part of the sentiment.  From there, I decided to stamp the corners with flowers from my Banner & Wreath stamp set from Avery Elle.  Three ivory matte sequins finish off the card.

Hope you will find time to stop by the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog and add something to our galley this week!

Challenges Entered:
Retro Rubber #82/ - Tic-Tac-Toe (Embossing, die cut, birthday) -stamp 2 years old
Use Your Stuff #303/ - Die cuts
International Art & Soul #28/ - Emboss & Use a Die Cut
Send A Smile 4 Kids (March 5th)/ - AG

Saturday, March 10, 2018

My Time to Craft #366 - Easter or Spring

I pulled out my new PTI Bunny Blessings stamp set and dies for the Easter/Spring theme of the latest My Time to Craft Challenge.  The outline bunny stamp is heat embossed in brown on watercolor paper with lots of brown inks layered for the look!  The eggs are stamped and my Copics were handy in making the grass.  The background is PTI's Mix and Mat Confetti Die, which I finally purchased and love it!! So cute, right?!?

We had a snow day on Monday, so the extra time in my craft room meant more time to play.  I started messing around with the stamps and came up with a second card using the more of the Bunny Blessings stamp set and a sentiment stamp from Polka Dot Parade #1 Mini Stamp Set .  I added a little dimension to the white bunny's ears with Copics.

Hope our theme inspires you to load a card in the My Time to Craft Gallery.  You have a fortnight to play!  Pop over and see what the DT has in store for you here!

Challenges Entered:
Brown Sugar #276/ - Spring/Easter
Crafty Catz #407/ - Layer it Up
Aud Sentiments #198/ - AG + sentiment
Cards 4 Galz #66/ - Furry Friends
Craft Rockets #46/ (March) - Something New
Creative Knockouts #235/ - Die Cuts or Punches
Crea Chicky March/ -  Easter
Creative w Stamps #24/ -March Bunnies

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ATSM Challenge #282 - Make Your Mark!

Back for another ATSM Challenge - this one is called, Make Your Mark!  A theme about using any medium to make a mark with color is right up my alley, so I pulled out my Copics and colored pencile to create a card for my youngest granddaughter's birthday.  This sweet image, an oldie from Lili of the Valley, reminded me of Marlowe - hair all over the place and a little disheveled from being a busy toddler!!  The red rubber stamp isn't available anymore, but if you like the style, you can find similar characters in their digital images section.  The sentiment is one of my recent purchases from Altenew, called Love Labels.  The circle die cut is Shape Shifters Circle 1 from PTI's most recent release.

Take a peek at what the DT did with the Make Your Mark theme and then come and play along with us!

Challenges Entered:
Aud Sentiments #198/ - AG + sentiment
Use Your Stuff #302 /- AG
Fashionable Stamping #132 - One for the Girls
Send A Smile 4 Kids March 3 - AG for A Girl
As You Like It 3/1/ - Single or multiple layers & why. Multiple!!  So much visual interest and you can hide mistakes!
Seize the Birthday 3/1/ - AG
Colouring in Scrapland March - AG

CAS Colours & Sketches #262 - Colour Challenge

It's the first CC&S Challenge for March and I am wondering how it can be March 6th already?!?!  Fiona is hosting this month, starting with a great colour challenge.

Originally, I was playing with a faux watercolor idea and some stamped images, but things weren't working out as I planned.  (I think I need to spend a little of my spring break time "playing" around with various watercolor techniques.)  This tulip image I've had sitting on my desk (probably since last spring) caught my eye. It's a digi image from Power Poppy called Tulips in a Hobnail Pitcher.   Marcella Hawley has gorgeous illustrations and I appreciate that she offers stamps and digital images on her site.  I pulled out my blender pen and began coloring with the Crushed Curry ink instead of stamping.  Keeping with using ink colors (rather than Copics) I substituted Lucky Limeaid for the leaves and stems and added some Rich Razzleberry for dimension and depth in the greenery as well as the inside of the tulips. MFT's Label Maker stamp set was used for the sentiment.  I distressed the edges and added a twine bow to complete the vintage feel of my card.

The close up gives you a little more idea of where I used the Rich Razzleberry (which seems pretty close to Fresh Fig when stamped in multiple layers like I did for the sentiment!!)

I can't wait to see what you do with this week's colours, but first, I hope you will check out the DT inspiration on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog!

Challenges Entered:
Color Inspiration #31/ - March
Crafty Cardmakers #206/ - Floral Delight
Crazy for CAS #4/ - Spring
Paper Players #383/ - Spring
Krafting Kimmie #420/ - One Layer Card
Colourland in Scrapland March/ - AG

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #261 - Sketch Challenge

We have a fun sketch for you this week on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  I went on a binge and bought some new card-making supplies recently.  This card makes use of some of the new additions to my collection!  The stamp is Wish Big from Ellen Hutson Essentials and the little rectangle window is from MFT.  I am so thrilled with how this turned out.  It's a birthday card for my son-in-law and I love the humor in the illustrations and the sentiment!!

I adapted Patricia's sketch by moving it to the right side of the card to make room for the hippo on the inside.

The inside of the card is CAS and pretty cute, too!!  Hope you will play along with us this week!  Take a peek at the DT makes here!

Challenges Entered:
Send A Smile 4 Kids 3/17 /- Teen Card for AG
Creative Fingers #142 - AG
Just Add Ink #397/ - Just add "H" - (Hippo!!)
Polkadoodle Crafting Challenge Wk. 8 - AG

Saturday, February 24, 2018

My Time to Craft Challenge #365 - Monochomatic

Mags wants us to use a Monochromatic theme for  Challenge #365 on the My Time to Craft Challenge Blog.  The directions are to pick a color and use variations on it.  This one is a happy accident for me. I started this card with a different challenge in mind, but there wasn't enough stamping.  All of the variations of mauve ended up to be perfect for this monochrome challenge.  The butterfly die cuts are treated with a touch of Copic marker and Wink of Stella for shine and the wings are rolled inward to give the butterflies dimension. 

Hope you will join us for the latest challenge on My Time to Craft!

Challenges Entered:
Cut It Up #142/ - AG
Aud Sentiments #197/ - For A Friend
Crafting with an Attitude #36/ - AG
A Bit More Time to Craft #62/ - AG
Monochrome Magic #8/ - AG

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ATSM Challenge #280 - Photo Inspiration

Just looking at the inspiration photo for this week's Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge reminds me spring is around the corner for those of us in North America.  It's a comforting thought, especially where I live in Minnesota.  Our days are getting longer and we've had a break a couple of times recently when the temps have been nice enough to leave my long puffy down coat at home!

My card uses a butterfly from Altenew's Bamboo Rose Stamp Set, a Spellbinders Overlapping Circles embossing folder, and the Faith Wings sentiment from Impression Obsessions.

Using the white layer cake in the top left photo as my inspiration, I die cut the card base and embossed the right portion.  The butterflies were colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The sentiment is a perfect companion and the Calypso Coral ink adds a nice pop of color.  I'm just not sure about the sequins!!  
                  I hope you will take a peek at the DT inspiration here and then join the ATSM Challenge this week!
Challenges Entered:
Sweet Stampers #17/ - Things with Wings
Dream Valley #173/ - Things with Wings
Less Is More #365/ - Dry Embossing CAS

CAS Colours & Sketches #260 - Colour Challenge

Welcome back to a new CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  This week, Patricia has a colour challenge for us.

 I did a little online shopping recently; this stamp set, Vintage Teacups from Altenew is one on my new purchases.  I am a coffee drinker, but lots of folks in my family prefer tea, so I have a feeling I will get lots of use out of the set.  This particular card was a pain - and I spent the better part of a day working on it.  The original was stamped right onto the card front - lots of white space, but I thought it really needed the Sweet Sugarplum to tie in the flowers on the teacup.  I didn't have the ink, so I die cut a sentiment from Sweet Sugarplum paper. . . not quite right - and it was downhill from there!!  Too stubborn to start over - this was probably the fourth version.  It's not as CAS as I originally envisioned, but the Marina Mist strip down the side was needed to unify the colors.

Hope you will spend a little time on the CC&S Blog to check out what the DT has for you and then come and play along with us this week.

Challenges Entered:
Sparkles Monthly February - CAS
Inspired by All the Little Things #80/ -Photo
Crafting with Friends #61/ - AG
Aud Sentiments #197/ - For a friend
As You Like It 2/15/ - Favorite Way to Add a Sentiment & why  (On a fishtail because I can stamp it without worrying about making a mistake!)