Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #277 - Colour Challenge

Wei's fun summer colors for this week's CC&S challenge took me in a different direction than I originally imagined.  After deciding on W Plus 9's Doodle Buds stamp set, this card started to take shape.  I pulled out black embossing powder, some watercolor paper, a water brush, and my Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral inks.  The strips of paper are Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  A sentiment from MFT's LJD Words of Inspiration is heat embossed and finished off the card.

I hope you will play along with our challenge this week on the CAS Colours & Sketches Blog.  Our DT has some inspiration to get you started.

Challenges Entered:
Back to Basics #5 - Heat Embossing
Through the Craftroom Door 6/19 - AG
Tuesday Throwdown #397 - On My Mind
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1824 - AG

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Time to Craft #373 - Stamp Your Own Background Paper

This fortnight, the My Time to Craft Blog challenges you to use stamps to make your own background! I used my collection of Right At Home Stamps for the challenge.  Starting with a gingham background stamp for the card base, the panel uses both the Thanks A Bunch stamp for the sentiment, with the circles and cup from Cup of Joy, and finally the coffee bean details on the cup sleeve from How Have You Bean?   The Memory Box panel die cut is called Wrapped Scallop Rectangles.  I love the wonky stitching!

Hope you will join us in making your own background stamps this fortnight!  See you in the My Time to Craft gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Watercooler Wednesday #174 - all occasions
A Bit More Time to Craft #70 - AG
Aud Sentiments #205 - AG + sentiment
Impression Obsession #152 - AG + real stamp

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #276

Wei has a sketch for us this week on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog.  Peonies, from Hero Arts stamp was stamped and shaded lightly with colored pencils and then combined with an idea I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  I loved how she stamped a background, die cut a section, and mounted the die cut section on colored card stock.  The rectangle in Wei's sketch is due cut and mounted on bright pink paper.

To keep the look I wanted, I stamped a second peony with gray ink and matched the die cut section to the original peony, stamped an MFT sentiment, and added three sequins to finish off the card.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #275 - Colour Challenge

The first Tuesday in June is already upon us on and Wei is the hostess on the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge Blog.  Wei has three fun colors for us to use this week.  I pulled out a couple of new Memory Box die cuts for this challenge.  The sweet circle is Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and the scalloped is Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles.  The wonky stitching made them too irresistible to pass up!  I pulled out my Copics to blend the Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie colors on the inside of the flower.

Hope you will play along with us for Challenge #275.  It's always fun to see how everyone interprets the challenge.  The DT's inspiration can be found here. 

Challenges Entered:
Creative Moments #144 - AG
Moo-Mania May 30 - Die Cuts
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 6/4 - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Unstampabellas June- Flowers

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #274 - Double

The fifth Tuesday of the month means "Timeless Tuesday" which is a double challenge on the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge Blog.  We are reaching back into the archives and pulling out an old sketch as well as retired SU colours, hence the "timeless" part of the name! Right At Home's Sweet Stitches Die Set is used for the sentiment and flowers.  Copics were used to create the ombre look for the sentiment, flower centers and the band behind the panel.  A scrap of patterned paper was scalloped across the bottom.

Hope you will join us this week for our double challenge.  The DT has some inspiration for you HERE!

Challenges Entered:
Cards in Envy 5/21 - Feeling Sketchy
CAS-ual Friday #200 - Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #273 - Sketch Challenge

I thought his would be an easy CC&S sketch, but I was down in my craft room for HOURS trying to come up with something!  Finally, using a very old Swinging Day Amuse Studio stamp from 2011 as a birthday card got me moving forward with an idea.  I had to flip the sketch to make it work on the card front.  Hope you will join us this week, but first take a look at the DT cards HERE for some inspiration.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My Time to Craft Challenge #371 - Circles

The latest challenge on the My Time to Craft Challenge Blog is all about circles!  I was kind of stumped and then starting out messing around with my circle dies.  My original idea was creating flowers with a circle within a circle - which morphed into offsetting the center circle to make  sunny side-up eggs!  The "yolks" are three layers glued together with some Nuvo Crystal Effects on top.  I didn't have the time or patience to try for a domed effect on the eggs, but you still see the shine.  The rim of the plate is layered for dimension and the surprise of the plate is my "doodled" strips of bacon! They are colored with Copics. (E11, 18, 25, 31, 33 - in case you ever find yourself needing  colors ideas for bacon!!)

 I'm indebted to my Misti for helping me "MacGyver" the sentiment from a variety of alphabets and sentiments in my collection.  I found the bacon and egg paper in my stash - which pulls everything together in a whimsical way.  (Who can pass up a 6x6 stack of paper for $2.25?!?)

Take a peek at the DT's take on the "circle" challenge HERE and then play along with us over the next two weeks.

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Catz #417/ - AG
Crafting with Friends #67 - AG
Aud Sentiments #203/ - Cute + sentiment
Star Stampz 5/10/ - 2 or more patterned papers
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #380/ - AG
Inspiration Destination #150/ - AG
Craft Rocket #48/ - Use Embellishments

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ATSM Challenge #292

It's a "Make Your Mark" challenge week on the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge Blog.  I pulled out my Copics and colored up this cute unicorn from MFT's Magical Unicorns stamp set.  The background is called Watercolor Background from Right AT Home Stamps and the sentiment is from Avery Elle.

Come and play along with us this week.  Hope to see you in the ATSM Gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #211/ - No Patterned Papers
Incy Wincy 5/7/ - Things that Fly
Sweet Stampin' 5/12/ - Myth/Magic/Fantasy

CAS Colours & Sketches #272 - Colour Challenge

It's a colour challenge week on the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge Blog.  Our colours are Pacific Point, So Saffron, and Pear Pizzaz.  I'm on a roll with coloring on colored cardstock lately.  I started using my small collection of Prismacolor pencils, but didn't have the right blue for Pacific Point. I went to my granddaughters' craft desk and grabbed the 50 colored pencils I purchased from Costco last year and scored! They actually worked well for most of this image!

I can't ever remember inking this stamp up and it's old enough that Stampendous doesn't even list it anymore! (It's called Jar Bouquet.)  I thought it would be perfect to use as a Mother's Day card for my mom for our CC&S color challenge.  Love how those little blue flowers look!

Take a peek at the DT makes HERE and then try your hand at this week's colours!  Hope to see you in the gallery.
Challenges Entered:
Papercraft Challenges #11/  Flowers
Retro Rubber #86/ - Flowers

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #271 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch challenge this week on the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog.  I created this sketch with a new die I purchased from MFT in mind. The birds are MFT's Birthday Chicks stamp set; I inked up their Happy Birthday background stamp behind the windows.   This was such a fun card to make, I know I will bring the stamp set out again in the near future!

Hope you will play along with this week's CC&S sketch.  Remember, you can free free to flip or rotate the sketch.  Take a look at what the DT has created to inspire you HERE!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #211/ - No Patterned paper
Cute Card Thursday #528/ - AG
Just Add Ink #407 /- Just Add "O" - My "O" is the old MFT background stamp & old SU embossing folder
Just Us Girls #439 /- word week- "Shadow"

Saturday, May 5, 2018

My Time to Craft #370 - Colour on Coloured Card

Back with Challenge #370 on the My Time to Craft Challenge Blog.  This one is showing off your colouring on any card base colour except white!  I chose Sahara Sand and used the stamp Mason Jar of Flowers from Stamping Bella.  I pulled out white embossing powder and my colored pencils for this one.

Hope you will join our MTTC challenge.  Be sure to take a peek at the DT inspiration on the blog!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Catz #415/ - Just add flowers
CASusal Fridays #198/ - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Pattie's Creations #146/ - Flowers
Cute Card Thursday #528/ - AG
Seize the Birthday April 26 /- AG

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ATSM #290 - Photo Inspiration

The colors and frames in this week's photo challenge on the ATSM Blog were the inspiration behind my card and I'm loving how this shaker card turned out!  Lots of stamp companies were used in the making of this card!!  A bear from Amuse Studios, the butterfly from an Easter PTI set, Mama Elephant's Script stamp set for the baby's name, flower die cuts from Right At Home and the stitched window from MFT.  What a fun, personalized baby card!

Hope you will join Challenge #290 from Addicted to Stamps & More.  You can find out what my teamies did with this photo HERE.

Challenges Entered:
International Heart & Soul #32/ - Interactive Card
Stamping Sensations (April)/ - One for the Girls
Inkspirational #159 /- Play

CAS Colours & Sketches #270 - Colour Challenge

Happy MAY CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge Friends!!  We are thrilled to see grass again here in Minnesota, so I thought I would celebrate spring with my CC&S card this week.  I love the warmth of the sun and the lengthening days!

CC&S #270 is a colour challenge and I had a whole different card in mind when I originally thought of this combination.  I don't have Berry Burst, so I substituted Rose Red for the ribbon - which is much pinker than it looks in the photo! The boots are from an old Flourishes called April Showers and Right At Home Stamps' "hello" sentiment from their Thanks a Bunch stamp set.

I hope you will play along with us this week; take a peek at the DT inspiration here!

Challenges Entered:
Dream Valley #178/ - Add Ribbon or Lace
Make My Monday #70/ - Embossing
Use Your Stuff /- AG

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: