Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Birthday Card for The Paper Players Color Challenge #308

Happy Hump Day!
I have found some time to make some more cards.  YAY!  I always love using challenges to get my mojo going.  Today I am using the color challenge from The Paper Players.  

All products used are from CTMH other than the words "munch love" which is from a retired Stampin' Up set called "Treat Yourself".  The CTMH products used include the paper from the "Magical" paper collection;  Carnival Fun stamps and thin cut dies;  and CTMH inks.

Thanks for stopping by. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Happy First Birthday card for Just Add Ink Challenge #323 and Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Today I finally got motivated to make my great-nephew a card for his first birthday.  I wish we didn't live so far away.  We always miss all the fun birthday parties!  Anyway, I got some inspiration from a couple of card challenges.  The #justaddinkchallenge323 is to "just add F".  Your challenge is to add something to your card that begins with the letter "F".  It can be an item such as a flamingo or flag, but it could also be a technique such as faux stitching.  I am making mine a "first" birthday card.  The other challenge is the #HLSAugustanythinggoeswithdieschallenge.  This challenge is a bit more obvious.  I used LOTS of dies on this card.  YAY!  Here are the links to the two challenges:  and

To make the card I used the Scallop Oval Flip-its die from Sizzix.  I actually went through some of older paper stash and found this collection called "Let's Roll" by Imaginisce.  It had the perfect images of vehicles for a little boy card.  I then dug through my scraps and found enough papers to match.  Yay, again!  The yellow and white ovals are actually cut from a Spellbinders set.  I die cut the "happy birthday"(Little B) and the 1st(Paper Smooches) from the scraps.  I glued the 'happy birthday" directly to the yellow, but popped the "1" up with pop dots.  The "st" is also glued directly to the yellow oval.  It needed a little something more so I die cut the candle (Sizzix) from red and orange paper.  I cut just the flame from the orange and glued it on top of the whole red piece.  I then glued it to the oval.  I added some yellow stardust gel pen to it for a little sparkle.  I then glued the whole yellow piece to the card.  
For the flip side of the card, I took the white oval piece and die cut a "m" (Paper Smooches) and a "3" (Sizzix Monkey Tails Sizzlets).  My great-nephew is called "M3" because he is Michael III.  I glued these pieces at the top.  I then stamped the saying using stamps from Penny Black clear set called "Word Express".  I added the punched heart(stash) at the bottom.  And there you have it!  I hope M3 has a great birthday!  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Welcome Baby: Freshly Made Sketch #244, Addicted to Stamps and More! #201 and #MFT

Happy Saturday!
I finally got around to getting a card finished for my future great-niece's birth soon.  I am so happy for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law!  They will make awesome grandparents.  I needed a little jumpstart in my creative process so I looked for a few challenges to get me started.  I knew what stamp set I wanted to use so I just had to find a sketch that would work with what I had in mind.  My niece's husband loves pandas so the stamp choice was easy.  I decided that the Freshly Made Sketch #244 challenge would work.  I just flipped the oval so the "greeting" was on top of the oval.  I also decided to enter this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #201 since it was an "anything goes" challenge.  Here is the sketch from Freshly Made with the link:

As for the card itself, I stayed pretty true to the sketch only flipping the sentiment to the top of the oval.  I stamped and die cut the pandas, banner, and balloon( with black ink(#CTMH and Momento).  I colored the banner and balloon(#Copics and CTMH) before attaching to card.  The middle panda is attached with pop dots. I added the baby's name with stamps(Stampendous) with ink matching the balloon(CTMH). Added a little bow with ribbon(CTMH) to Olivia's head and addes some sequins(CTMH).  I then decided for one more detail to add a reflection to the balloon with a white gel pen.  And there you have it!  Can't wait for baby Olivia to arrive.  
Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, June 20, 2016

Baby Girl Card: Atlantic Hearts Sketch #165 and Between The Fold #23A Challenges

Happy Summer!  
I am so excited to finally be in summer mode.  I start my summer work schedule tomorrow and I am so happy that my hours are shorter.  YAY!

Today I needed to get a card made for my husband's cousin's wife who is expecting a girl.  The shower is next weekend in TN, but I won't be able to make it since that is WAY too far to drive for a short weekend.  I will mail the gift and card tomorrow via Priority Mail.  

I decided to use some challenges for inspiration.  I followed the sketch from the current challenge over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #165. 
Here is the link to their blog:

I also wanted to enter the "Between The Fold" Challenge #23A which is to use the "Calypso" paper pack from CTMH.  Here is the link to that challenge:

As for supplies I used to make the card, I obviously used the "Calypso" paper from CTMH.  I also used the matching flamingo washi tape from CTMH.  The sequins on the tag are also from CMTH.  The only things not CTMH are the two tags.  I actually found them in the Target Dollar Spot of all places.  I don't have a lot of baby stamps and happened have these which matched perfectly.  BONUS!  Love when that happens.  Anyhow, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy summer!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Graduation Card 2016: #tgifc55

Hey again,
I know, wow, two posts in one day!  LOL  This card is a graduation card that I got inspiration for making it from the TGIF Challenges! #tgifc55 which is a sketch challenge.  Here is the link and sketch:
I love this sketch!  I immediately thought of an idea for a graduation card using this one.  I got my Cricut out and cut the frame and insert pieces using the Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH.  I used black cardstock for the frame (CTMH) and then used white underneath for the layer to stamp on.  I also cut the same frame out of chevron paper from the Paper Fundamentals - Basic Assortment paper pack from CTMH(Z1939).  I then started assembling the main piece before attaching it to the card.  I took a pencil and made light outlines of the two squares where I stamped the year(Stampendous Tiny Alphabet stamp set #SSC222) over and over.  It was just a the bottom of the frame with no frame attached yet - just the bottom square of white cardstock.  I stamped the year first in Holiday Red (CTMH retired) in the middle of both squares.  I then stamped all around it with black ink (CTMH).  I then attached the frame piece covering the stamping that went over the edges. Then I adhered the two chevron pieces into the other two spaces. Next, I cut the banner with my Cricut using the Artistry cartridge from CTMH.  I stamped the word "Graduate" on the left side of the banner.  It's from the CTMH stamp set called "Smarty Pants" C1649 in current mini catalog.  I then stamped the graduation cap in black (from the same "Smarty Pants" set) on a scratch piece of white cardstock and fussy cut it out.  I then attached it to the right side of the banner.  I mounted the whole piece with pop dots to the main white card.  And there you have it.  Nice and quick.  Gotta love CAS card styles!  Thanks for stopping by.

Father's Day Card: CAS Colours & Sketches 173

Hi again,
It seems to be feast or famine with me lately.  I make a bunch of cards and then I go through a drought.  Today's card is a card I made for our upcoming Father's Day here in the USA.  I love the sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches Challenges so I used it for my inspiration for this card.  I think that masculine cards work well with CAS designs.  I don't know too many men that like a lot of "froo froo" on their cards.  LOL  Anywho, here is the sketch and link to the challenge:
It's a pretty straight forward card.  I cut strips of patterned papers all from CTMH collections, including "Cruisin'", "Urban", and "Happy Times".  Cruisin' is now retired which is the colorful strip above.  The others are all current.  The wood grain is in the "Happy Times" collection whick is only available this month during National Scrapbooking Month from CTMH.  I cut them long and trimmed off the excess.  For the stamps I used the "DAD" stamp from the "Perfect Fit - Dad" set C1542 (CTMH) with black ink also from CTMH.  The "You're the best" stamp is from the "You're the best" set C1571 (CTMH) stamped in black also.  Then I stamped the small "number 1" icon in Cranberry ink (CTMH) and fussy cut it out.  I then taped it on as shown.  And that's it.  Pretty CAS - easy peasy.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Retirement Card: #PPA300, #BTF21A, #HLSAnythingGoesWithDies, and #C4C333

Hello from Michigan!
Is it Spring yet?  We had snow flurries this past weekend so I am fearful that Spring up and left town this year.  I am hoping that the frost is now done with so I can get my annuals planted.  Okay, enough whining and on to my card for today.
I combined several challenges with this card.  I followed the sketch from Pals Paper Arts #300.  Here is the sketch: PPA-300-May12
I also wanted to play along with Between the Folds Challenge #21A which is to use the CTMH "Happy Times" paper packet (it happens to be the May Scrapbooking month Special over at CTMH).  Here is the link to that challenge:*BFT*+Challenges%29
So obviously I used paper from that packet for this card.  I then decided to join in the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge since I die cut the flower piece.  Here is the link to that challenge: 
Lastly, I am also joining the Crazy 4 Challenges #333 which is to use springtime flowers and I have those on this card, too.  Here is the link to that one:
WHEW!  I know, I know - that's a lot of challenges, but my time is precious so I gotta be creative in my work.  :D  

Here are a few details about my card.  I used patterned paper from Happy Times (CTMH) for the background.  It's a nice two-toned yellow stripe pattern.  Next I added the gold foil strip of paper cut from one of the papers in the same packet.  It's actually a white and gold wide-striped paper and I just cut up the stripes, using just the gold ones.  I attached it down the middle of the card.  Then I cut the pink pieces with my Art Philosophy Cricut Cart (CTMH) and inlaid the two pieces together.  Next, I stamped the flower piece from the CTMH set called "A Bundle of Love" with VersaMark on white cardstock(CTMH) and embossed it with gold embossing powder from my stash.  I then stamped the words "Happy Retirement" (Card Word Puzzle from CTMH - retired stamps) in Fern ink(CTMH).  Next I used the matching die from the CTMH "A Bundle of Love" die set and die cut the flower piece out with my Big Shot.  I then colored the flowers with my CTMH Shinhan alcohol markers.  LOVE them!  I popped that piece onto the pink piece with pop dots.  I felt it still needed something else so I added some gold sequins from CTMH.  And there you have it.  Hope you all have a great week and thanks for stopping by.