Saturday, July 28, 2018

SOSS #115: J is for Junk

Hi Y'all!

Today I get to try my hand at being the guest designer over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.  Because my card "Suck It Up Cupcake" was chosen as the winner card I am now the reigning Queen of the blog.  Part of my duties as Queen is to be part of the design team for the next challenge.  The challenge I get to be part of is "J is for Junk" which means you have to use recycled or upcycled on your project.  You can find the challenge HERE.

  For my card I am using an old Michigan map for my background.  Now that we no longer live there I feel safe to cut that puppy up.  

To make the card I first attached the old map and distressed the edges with Ranger Distress ink in Walnut Stain.  Let me just insert a comment here - I LOVE that ink!!!  It is the best for edging cards.  Just sayin'....  Anyway, Next I die cut the MFT Insert-It Instaframe out of white cardstock(CTMH).  I then die cut it again out of yellow (CTMH) cardstock.  I distressed all edges on both the white frame and the yellow window with the Walnut Stain.  I then stamped the greeting in Sapphire ink (CTMH) and added some Clear Star Gelly Roll pen to the "6" and "vacation" to give it a little bling.  (It is hard to capture that in the pictures.)  I also added some Blue Burlap (CTMH) to the bottom of the frame for a little texture.  I attached the frame with pop dots and the yellow insert was mounted flat to the card.  On a separate piece of white cardstock I stamped the airplane and 2 suitcases in Momento Black Tuxedo ink. I then colored them in using COPIC sketch markers.  I used C1 and C3 on the airplane.  I used E31 and E33 on the suitcases.  I then fussy cut them out and mounted to the card as shown.  The plane and the top suitcase are popped up.  It needed something else so I added some red dots from the CTMH Stargazer Dots embellishments.  

And there you have it.  I have so enjoyed my reign as Queen of Snarky and hope to have a repeat some time in the future.  Thanks for stopping by my humble blogdom. LOL

(aka Queen)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Queen of Snark Winner!

Hi Everyone,
I am so excited about being selected the newest
Queen of Snark!  over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog.
My suck it up cupcake card was chosen the winner.  Now I get to be their guest designer next week.  I am thrilled and can't wait to see what the challenge will be.  Stay tuned....


Thursday, July 12, 2018

SOSS #113 and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #272: Suck it up Cupcake!

Yes, it has been a LONG time since I posted on my blog.  The past year has been filled with many changes for my family and me.  We made a BIG move to another state, left my job of 10 years, and had our daughter move back home with us.  All that said we are finally starting to get settled in and adjusted to our new home in NC.  I love the area we are in and definitely can handle the heat (especially after all those cold winters in MI).  So with all that being said I am ready to get back to crafting.

I made this card for a couple of blog challenges.  Challenges really help jump start my creative juices.  The first challenge that I am entering are the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #113: Over the Hill which can be found HERE.   I love to make snarky birthday cards so this one appealed to me right away.  Next I needed some design help so I decided to use the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.  This is from sketch challenge #272 which can be linked up HERE.  This is what the sketch looks like.

I made this card using the bunny stamp from Taylored Expressions Party Grumplings set.  I just love his expression!  I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored him with my Copic markers (C0 Cool Gray, R00 Pinkish White, R20 Blush, R08 Vermilion) with an added touch of bling on the cupcake with Wink of Stella clear. I popped this piece up with some dimensional adhesive dots.  I used paper from the CTMH Central Park collection plus CTMH Bashful and White Daisy cardstock following the sketch.  I stamped the greeting from the same TE Party Grumplings stamp set with CTMH black ink.  Lastly, I added some matching dots from CTMH Stargazer Dots accessories.  
There you have it.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday - Sketch-N-Scrap Card Sketch #101

Good Afternoon to you all!  
I can't believe it's been this long since I've blogged.  Time just flies.  
I finally stole some time away in my stamp room today.  I have a deadline for making my great-niece a 1st birthday card.  She turns one on July 14.  I need to wrap her gifts and then mail them with this card to get to TN by July 14.  

I decided that I needed some motivation so I looked through some sketch challenges coming up.  I knew that I would use the CTMH stamp/die set called "Sweet Birthday" so I looked for a sketch that would work with the cupcake image.  I decided that the sketch for the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge blog was perfect for it.  I am following their Card Sketch #101.  
You can find the sketch here.  
This is what it looks like.

I pretty much stuck to the sketch.  I used all CTMH products unless otherwise noted.  The designer paper is from the Little Dreamer Collection plus Lagoon cardstock for the die cut sentiment.  The stamp/die set used is mentioned above called "Sweet Birthday".  I stamped with black Momento ink and colored with ShinHan markers(BG61, B68, P282, and YR24) and Copic markers(R32 and Y11).  The sentiment "happy birthday" dies are from Little B and the "number 1" die is from Sizzix.  I added some Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen to the cupcake top and the candle flame.  It is hard to see in my picture - sorry.  Lastly, I added 3 sequins for a bit of fun.  And there you have it!  I sure hope she has a wonderful birthday.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Muse Challenge #216: Happy birthday CAS style

Hello!  It's me again.  I always seem to do things in streaks.  I am on a roll today with card making.  I used my phone again for the photo so far it's okay, but I like the camera features better.  Hopefully I will figure out how to get my camera working again.  For this card I used the Muse Challenge #216 for my inspiration.  Here is the "muse" card: 
I changed it up a bit by using Colonial White cardstock from CTMH and also used a stamp that would include the greeting within the image.  I also used a different color scheme for my flowers.
If you want to check out the MUSE Challenge blog, you can find it HERE.  

To make this card I used a Colonial White card and cardstock.  I die cut a rectangle using Spellbinders Rectangle Nestibilities die.  I stamped the stamps from CTMH set called "A Bunch of Love" in black Momento ink onto the die cut rectangle.  I used CTMH Shinhan markers to color the image.  I popped the rectangle up using dimensional adhesive from Stampin' Up.  And that is it.  I great CAS style card.  These are so easy to whip up for any kind of card from birthday to sympathy.  Thanks for stopping by!


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #212 and BTF Weekly Challenge #46A/B: Little Dreamer

Hi Y'all,
It's been awhile since I have posted.  I have had a crazy spring this year that has been crazy busy.  I also had some computer issues and hopefully they have been resolved.  I couldn't upload pics from my camera and couldn't post my cards.  UGH!  I am now resorting to trying it with my phone.  No edit program available, but at least I have pictures!

My card today is inspired by the sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.  
Here is the sketch:    You can find the blog HERE.  I also knew that I wanted to use the new "Little Dreamer" Collection from CTMH.  Hence, I am also entering this card in the Between the Folds Weekly Challenge blog for their Challenge #46 A and B which is to use "Little Dreamer" collection from CTMH.    You can access that blog HERE.  

My card follows the sketch pretty closely.  I needed a retirement card so I used the "You'll be missed" stamp and die from the CTMH set called No Worries Cardmaking set with matching dies.  I also used the flower stamp and die from the Little Dreamer - scrapbooking set.  All my papers are from CTMH Little Dreamer collection.  I used glacier cardstock for the greeting piece.  The flowers were stamped with CTMH Thistle and Blossom inks.  (BTW - I love the new magnetic stamp pads!!!)  The greeting was stamped with CTMH Lagoon ink.  I popped the greeting and 2 flowers with dimensional adhesive.  I added some CTMH Glitter Gems to the centers of each flower and also some clear ones for added interest.  And there you have it.  I love this sketch and will use it again with scraps from other projects.  It's a good way to use up all those 1/2 inch zip strips and/or trim pieces you have laying around.  

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a splendid Sunday.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Easter Card: Heart 2 Heart "Dreamin' Big", BTF #42A, and CWS #12

Happy Spring!  Finally Spring has arrived even though the cold weather hasn't left us yet here in Michigan.  At least now the cooler weather comes and goes quickly.  I am SO ready for sunshine and warmer temps.  Anyway, tonight I needed some stamping therapy so I looked at some of the challenge blogs for inspiration.  I knew I would use the "Dreamin' Big" paper collection from CTMH so I am entering 2 challenges that have to do with that paper.  Heart 2 Heart Challenges "Time to Dream - Dreamin' Big"  is to use the Dreamin' Big paper or theme.  I used that paper so I am in.  You can find that challenge here.  Heart 2 Heart Challenges 

I also am entering the Between the Folds Challenge #42A which is to use the "Dreamin' Big" paper collection from CTMH.  That link is found here.  

And last, but not least, I am entering the CWS(Creative With Stamps) Challenge #12 which is "Easter".  You can find that challenge here.  

As for my card, I decided I wanted to make the card base out of kraft cardstock.  I then stamped the flower border with Desert Sand ink (CTMH).  I then stamped the grass in Juniper ink (CTMH).  Both the flower border and the grass are from the CTMH stamp set called "Nobunny Like You".  I then used my CTMH watercolor pencils to color in the flowers.  Next I stamped the bunny on Kraft cardstock and fussy cut her out.  I colored her with the watercolor pencils.  I then stamped the bunny again on patterned paper from the "Dreamin' Big" paper from CTMH.  I fussy cut the dress only and attached it onto the kraft bunny.  I added a little bow on her using ribbon from my stash.  Next, I die cut the heart out of the front of the card using the CTMH thin cuts Basic Hearts - largest heart.  I then hand drew a stitch line around the heart using the tan marker from AC Stamp Markers Pastel pack.  I cut a piece of pattern paper from same collection and glued it above the flowers.  I then used a frame stamp from the CTMH stamp set called "Holiday Tags" and stamped it onto a piece that I cut to match using my Cricut and Artiste cartridge from CTMH.  I used Goldrush ink to stamp the frame and Desert Sand to stamp the greeting which is from the CTMH set called "Just to Say".  I popped the frame up on top of the patterned paper used dimensional foam adhesive.  Now for the inside of the card.  I cut a piece of paper from same collection and popped the bunny up on it.  I then glued that piece to the card so that the bunny would show up through the heart when the card was closed.  I then stamped the inside greeting with Desert Sand (stamp set "Nobunny Like You" CTMH).  And that is it.  It took a little bit of work, but was fun to make.  My camera reflected the colored pencil on the first picture so the bunny's cheeks really showed up well.  

Thanks for stopping by!