Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Card for Merry Monday Chrismas Card Challenge #224 Masculine and Sisterhood of Crafters "Use some Pearls" Challenge

Happy Sunday to you all!  Can you believe it's December already?  I am finally getting my Christmas cards worked on and not a bit too soon.  Seems like every year I tell myself that I will work on them all year, but it never seems to happen.  Oh well....
Anyway, this is a card I designed using a CTMH stamp set called "Perfectly Pine".  I knew I had to have it for making cards.  I used a kraft card base and stamped the greeting (CTMH) with Cranberry ink (CTMH) in bottom right corner.  I then stamped the pine boughs with New England Ivy ink (CTMH) in the upper left corner.  I stamped the pine cones with Desert Sand ink (CTMH) and then fussy cut them out.  The bottom pine cone was just adhered flat and the top one was popped up with dimensional adhesive dots.  I then cut 2 different paper pieces from Rustic Home paper collection (CTMH) and adhered as shown.  Then I attached the loopy border sticker (retired CTMH) on top.  To finish it off I added pearls on the border sticker and a twine bow to the pinecones.  And there you have it.  Nice and simple, but my favorite of the cards I have made this year.  


Thanks for stopping by. 


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Heart to Heart Challenge: Get your Kraft on!

Happy Sunday!
Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving?  Where has the year gone?  At least we had a very nice Fall here in Michigan.  Alas, the cold has finally arrived though.  
Today I needed to get a card made for daughter.  She will turn 26 on Nov. 29th.  I need to get her box in the mail since she lives 8 hours away.  I am a bit bummed that we won't see her over the holiday this week because she has to work.  At least we will get to see her for a week at Christmas. Anyway, on to the card.
I decided to follow the Heart To Heart Challenge that is to use kraft cardstock.  I think I got that covered   Here is the link to the challenge:
I used the bicycle stamp from the CTMH set called "Enjoy the Ride".  I stamped the bike, flower basket and saying with Momento ink.  I then colored with alcohol markers.  I masked the word "like" from the greeting with a sticky note.  I then I punched a heart to put where "like: would be.  I added some pattern paper to the side from the "Frosted" CTMH paper collection which is now retired.  To add a little interest I used the shimmer brush (CTMH) on the flowers and on the patterned paper.  I also distressed the edges with ink and a sponge.  That's about it.  I hope she likes it.  I had to make her a bicycle card since she doesn't own a car and prefers to bike to work.  She is in St. Louis so it's easy for her to use public transit or her bike.  Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mojo Monday #468 Contest: Scared Silly!

Happy Sunday!
I am on a roll today with a second card.  Yay!  This one I made following the sketch from the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #468.  I really wanted to do this challenge because this one is worth prizes.  Who doesn't like prizes???  Anyway, here is the sketch and the link to it.

I pretty much stayed true to the sketch.  I used paper from the CTMH "Jeepers Creepers" collection plus some CTMH Willow (green) for the scallop border. The card and the White Daisy cardstock are also CTMH. The gray cardstock for the cat is from my old stash of Stampin' Up.  I used black glitter tape (MultiCraft Imports) for the top border.  I used my rounded corner square die from Spellbinders for the main square.  The scallop border was made using a die from MFT.  The little green tag was also a die from MFT.  The cat is from the CTMH stamp set called "Purr-fect Halloween" which was the August stamp of the month.  I fussy cut her out and attached flat to the square.  I also stamped and cut out her cute little "bat" bow which I attached to her head.  The "scared silly" stamp is also CTMH from the "Frightfully Fun" retired set.  I used some purple glitter gems from CTMH.  I also added some extra sparkle with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the purple bow on the kitty.  The black ribbon is from my stash. Oh, I also used a white pencil on the kitty's eyes.  And there you have it.  It was a purr-fectly fun card to make!  (Sorry, I just couldn't help myself).


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #180 and Between the Folds 31A&B: Creative Stamping Techniques

Hello to my fellow cardmakers!
Today I am sharing the card I made for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #180 and the Between the Folds Challenges 31A&B: Creative Stamping Techinques.  Here is the sketch:

The other challenge is found here:  
For this challenge I did the "rock and roll" stamping technique on the owl.  I first inked him in the Desert Sand ink and then I rolled the edges in the black ink.  Next I just stamped him on Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut him out.  
I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  Not much explanation needed other than to give my supply list which is pretty much all from CTMH.  The only things not from CTMH is the saying which is from an old set of mine called "U R A Hoot!" from Cornish Heritage Farms and the punches used for the hearts.  The larger heart punch is from Creative Memories and the smaller heart is from Recollections.  I just layered the smaller one on top of the larger one and then attached it to the card.
That's it.  I had fun following the sketch and BTF challenges today.  
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

MFT Wednesday Sketch #300

Happy Sunday!
I had some time this evening to get a card made for my nephew who just happens to be a ENT with the Nashville Metro fire department.  I knew just what stamp I wanted to use for this card.  MFT  Pure Innocense  "firefighter boy".  I also knew that MFT Wednesday sketch challenge #300 was the perfect sketch for this stamp.  Here is the link to the challenge:

To make the card I started with a white card base (CTMH) and cut another piece of white cardstock to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  I then used my Cuttlebug embossing diamond plate folder on it.  I adhered it to the card.  Next I created my yellow circle (stash paper) using my oldie but goodie Creative Memories circle cutting system.  I attached it to the card with part hanging off the side.  I just trimmed that piece off.  Then I stamped the firefighter boy and the fire extinguisher (MFT) with Momento black ink.  I colored them with Copic markers.  I then fussy cut them out.  I mounted the boy with pop dots, but adhered the fire extinguisher flat.  Next, I stamped the sentiment (MFT) with Versamark and embossed it with Stampendous Detail white embossing powder.  I adhered it flat to the card as shown.  I don't have a picture of the inside, but I stamped "Don't worry about the number of candles on your cake.  I have the fire extinguisher handy."  It's from the MFT stamp set called "Piece of Cake."  Funny, huh?  LOL  
Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Celebrate Card for AAA Cards Game #72 and Between The Fold Challenge 29A

Happy Saturday Night Ya'll!
It was a rainy afternoon so I actually found some time to stamp.  I knew that I wanted to challenge myself with a challenge and I picked a couple to try out.  First, I wanted to try a new technique for the AAA Cards Game #72 which is to try a "new to you" technique.  I haven't done watercolor resist so I thought I'd give it a try.  You have to zoom in on the cards to see the details.  I took pictures from 2 angles so you can see the shimmer.  I also used the Between the Fold Challenge #29A which is to do random stamping.  I did that with the leaves stamps.  Here are the links to the 2 challenges:
To make the card, I started with my watercolor paper.  I randomly stamped different leaves from the CTMH stamp set "Lovely Leaves" with VersaMark.  Next, I embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I took a wide brush and painted water over the whole paper to prime it for the paint.  I used CTMH watercolor paints to abstractly paint the leaves.  After the leaves were dry I then wet the background again with water and painted the background blue.  When the whole panel was dry I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl to give it a nice shimmer.  I wasn't satisfied yet so I also added some more shimmer with Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist.  The combination gave the card a nice shimmer.  Next, I stamped the greeting "Celebrate" from the CTMH "Dizzy Circles" stamp set with VersaMark.  I then embossed it with gold embossing powder.  To finish the card I wrapped some twine around the watercolor paper 3 times and knotted it.  I also cut 3 graduated sized panels of cardstock from the Fundamentals Adventure Cardstock paper pack.  These papers are nicely embossed with clear embossing to add some detail to the papers.  The watercolor panel is popped up with pop dots while the other layers are flat.  And that's it.  Thanks so much for stopping by.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Heart 2 Heart "Hip to be Square" Challenge

Hey Ya'll,
Happy Labor Day Weekend!  I am posting a card I made to go with the "Heart 2 Heart" blog challenge called "Hip to be Square".  So obviously I made a square card with the main image also on a square.  Really clever, I know.  (I heard those groans!)  LOL  Anyway, for this card I used everything CTMH,  The paper is from the Magical collection as well as the arrow, speech bubble and camera (complements).  I stamped "smile" on the bubble with CTMH black dye in.  The "smile" is from the Cricut collection and it's called "Perfect Picture."  I also stamped "it's your birthday" in the black ink and this stamp is from the "Life Is Tweet" retired set. 

Here is a link to the challenge page if you want to join in:

Thanks for stopping by.