Saturday, July 11, 2020

Happy Saturday

Hello and happy Saturday.  When the stars line up and my mojo cooperates, I try to make one card that meets the criteria of all three MFT Challenges.  My first card is inspired by the sketch at MFT Sketch Challenge #497, the colors at MFT Color Challenge #145 and The Birthday Project Challenge Party Hearty.  I am also entering this card at Inkspirational #217: Painting or Coloring, AAA Birthday #15: 3D, and Seize the Birthday #194 (no topping).

While I was looking through my MFT goodies for the first card, I came across this adorable frog that I think I stamped 2 years ago (has it been that long?) when I was visiting Tracey in Canada.  I love how he looks like he is nonchalantly leaning against the wall...what a cool guy, checking out the party scene in his local pond.  I used the same sketch as in the card above.  I created my own patterned paper using a couple of Copic markers, so I could exactly match the colors I used for the frog.  I am also entering this card Inkspirational #217: Painting or Coloring.

Next up is a one layer card inspired by the challenge at Stay Crafty with Hero #11 and the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #380.  I am also entering this card at The Male Room #140: Sport (surfing and paragliding) and Seize the Birthday #194 (no topping).

I am entering this next card at Poppystamps #70: Glim & Glam and also AAA Cards #169: Made in Minutes.  I die cut this Thank You background die once out of white cardstock and then cut just the one 'thanks' word out of Pink Glimmer paper, then inlaid that word back into the negative space.  It's hard to see the shimmer on the pink paper, but it is there!  This card was so quick to make.

While I was looking through my Poppystamps stash, I came across this Urban Skyline Collage die, and thought it would also be good for the Poppystamps #70: Glim & Glam challenge.  I used 1/2 inch wide stripes of glitter paper behind the negative space of this die.  I am also entering this card at Perfectly CAS #10: Sparkle.

I used this gorgeous framed deer die cut for my next card, which I am entering at the Memory Box Challenge #63: Framed and AAA Cards #169: Made in Minutes optional twist Christmas.

I was inspired by the colors at this week's Color Throwdown #601 for my next card.

Last but not least is a clean and simple card inspired by the color challenge at Less is More #423 and Cupcakes Inspiration #497: Flowers with Pearls.

That's it for me today.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mostly Ice Cream!!

Hello and happy Thursday.  I've been stamping ice cream--way less calories than eating ice cream (although, true confessions, I am eating ice cream, too).

First up is a card inspired by the challenge at Inky Paws #127: Summer Theme.    What is summer to me?  A chance to eat ice cream, of course!  I used Summer Scoops that I had stamped a year or two ago using Kim's stamps.  I am also entering this card at Seize the Birthday #194: Anything Goes and Retro Rubber #138: Anything Goes (these stamps are at least 2 years old).

Next up is another card using those same stamps, and I am entering this card into the same 3 challenges.

Next, I pulled out a mini set from Lawn Fawn that I have had for years and years, and started stamping and coloring ice creams.  I was able to make three cards with those ice cream containers, and am entering all of them at Lawn Fawnatics #80: Fun with Food,  Seize the Birthday #194: Anything Goes, Retro Rubber #138: Anything Goes (these stamps are at least 5 years old) and AAA Birthday #15:  3D.

I am also entering this first card at Inspired by #132 where I was inspired by the fruits and the colors (think of my ice cream as fruit flavored).

I am entering these last two cards at AAA Cards #169: Made in Minutes.

Last to post is the card I made first.  It was so quick and easy, and I made it using the biggest balloon die from the Birch Press Party Balloon dies, and my sentiment is from Ellen Hutson Good Times.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Time Out #165...Reminder...Birthday Calories Don't Count

There is still time to play along with the current challenge at Time Out.  We challenge you to make a card inspired by 'DAYS GONE BY'.  There are so many fun ways to interpret this challenge.  We encourage you to be creative.  

Here is something I miss from my younger ability to eat as much ice cream as I want, without any of it ever sticking to my waistline.  Now, I have to trick myself into believing this fun sentiment below.  I used ice cream stamps from Hero Arts and a sentiment from our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays called Whole Shebang.  There are so many really fun sentiments in this set.

Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our Design Team and Guest Designer. Our Guest Designer this week is Claire, so please stop by her blog to see what she has created for this challenge. CAS-UAL Fridays Stamps is our sponsor for this challenge.  Details for the prize are on the Time Out Challenge Blog.

This challenge will run another week.  I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule to play along with us.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CASology Week #371...Pool


Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is POOL.  Very fitting for a hot summer.

I used these adorable sharks from Paper Smooches Splash, and had them swimming in a pool I made using the MFT Swimming Pool die.  I blended distress oxide then splashed with water to make my pool look more realistic.  Although they look friendly, I still do not think I would want to swim in a pool with 2 sharks.

Now it's your turn.  How does POOL inspire you?

As always, remember the following CAS guidelines when creating your design:
  1. One main image
  2. Lots of open space, uncluttered
  3. Limited layers & embellishments
  4. Quick & easy to recreate (Note: It may take a while to create a design you like, but once you have that design, making more should be a piece of cake!)

I hope you play along this week.

Please head on over to the CASology blog and gather some inspiration from our Guest Designer  Claire and the design team.

We are sponsored this week by STAMPlorations.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  We had a very quiet weekend, staying home to avoid the crowds at the beach.

My first card is inspired by the following challenges:  Melissa's Fab Friday Feature to make a Hello project, Just Us Girls #543: Rainbow, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bright and Cheerful, and Retro Rubber #138: Anything Goes.  I used Up and Away stamps and dies by PTI, and they must be at least 10 years old.

My next card is inspired by all of the current challenges at MFT:  The Birthday Project, MFT Sketch Challenge #496, and MFT Color Challenge #144.  I am also playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bright and Cheerful, Retro Rubber #138: Anything Goes (my Hippo stamps are at least 4 years old) and Seize the Birthday #194: No Topping.

The following 3 cards were all initiated by the challenge at AAA Cards #169:  Made in Minutes.  I started looking through my Hero Arts stamps, so I could also also play along at Stay Crafty with Hero #11: One Layer Cards and quickly made this trio of cards.  As all my stamps are quite old, all between 5 and 9 years, I'd guess, I'll be playing along at Retro Rubber #138: Anything Goes.  In fact, every single card I am posting today is made with stamps I've had in my stash for a long time.  It feels really good  to pull out these old friends to play.

This card was so quick to make--two stamps and just a touch of masking to keep it one layer.

The next two cards involve the twist of Christmas in July.  This sweater-wearing moose is one of my favorite images, and I was able to quickly make this card with just a bit of masking and some quick coloring.

This next card is also an old favorite that hasn't seen ink for a really long time.  It was so quick to make as the Winter Trees cling stamp is so large and detailed. 

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