Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a very nice weekend.  We are finally getting some rain here, and it is hard to complain, since we need it so badly.

I have a Mother's Day card that I made using some Poppy Stamps dies--Small Madison Window and Small Flower Box.  I used my new Bitty Bouquets stamps from PTI and fussy cut them, since the dies were out of stock when I ordered.  It was not that difficult--perhaps I can just live without those dies.  I used a piece of Bitty Dot Vellum behind the window, thanks to Marybeth for that idea.

I am entering this card into the Poppystamps Challenge #6 Through My Window and Addicted to Stamps Holiday.

Inspired again my Marybeth, I made a card for this week's Tag You're It Challenge, where our inspiration is this beautiful card by Marybeth.  I decided to use Frilly Flowers for my tag, since it was Marybeth who inspired me to buy those stamps.  I used a Basic Bookmark die for my tag, and then turned it into a card.

My colors for this card are inspired by Color Throwdown  #331.

I have not played at Fusion in a long time, but when I saw their inspiration this week, I had an idea for a baby card.  I used the Dainty Bow die by Mama Elephant, but only used on part of it, so my bows look more like bow ties.

Last up is a masculine birthday card using a die from Impression Obsession and some Small Sketched Stars.  The paper is from a Studio Calico pad I found at TJ Maxx--yes I have picked up some fun craft supplies there.

I am entering this card a CAS(E) this Sketch #112 and Seize the Birthday where I am finally playing along with the topping (masculine card).

I am also entering these cards over at Simon Says Monday No Rules and Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The 12 Kits of Occasions: February 2015

Well, February seemed to just whoosh by, and now it is the last day of the month and time for our 12 Kits of Occasions post.  No matter how long we have been doing these posts, I still get such a thrill of anticipation to see what everyone made with their kits, and this month is no exception.  Our host this month is Sharron of On Papillon Wings and she sent truly the most amazing and enormous kit of goodies for us to play with.  Seriously, there was enough stuff to make a year's worth of cards.  I am definitely going to have fun playing with my leftovers and CASing everyone else's cards.  Sharron's theme was birds, and practically everything in her kit was things I did not have.

Photo Collage by Kelly

I only had time to make 5 cards, and my kit pretty much looks untouched.

Just for fun, I finally broke out my Gelatos, and used them to water color this card and the next one.

I was inspired by this gorgeous card by Deepti for my next card.

We have some happy exciting news this month.  Michelle Ferguson of I Card Everyone has joined our group as our newest member.  This will be Michelle's first month posting with our group as a member.  Also, we are lucky to have Taunya Butler of Daisies Girl with us this month as our Guest Designer.  Please go visit them and see what they have done with our kit this month. And then head over to our 12 Kits Blog to see a full list of supplies as well as links to all of our participating members and guests this month.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

More Mini Inspiration

I have had so much fun seeing everyone's mini creations this week on the CASology challenge blog. I was inspired to pull out a tiny little stamp set that a kind person included as a gift when I bought a stamp set from her.  I don't even know the name of this little set, but I was happy to finally ink it up.

I made a little set of 4 mini cards.  Each card is 2 1/4 inch square.  I used the two smallest MFT diagonal stitched square dies to create a frame for each mini image.  The images are all just under 1 inch square.

You can better see the size of this mini card in this picture, next to a card I made for this week's Less is More Birds challenge.  Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for Less is More, but it was still fun to ink up this new Owl stamp from Unity I ordered a few months back.  I colored it with Prisma pencils and added some glossy accents on the eyes and hat.

Here are my mini cards all together.

Do you have any tiny stamps that need to see some ink?  I hope I have inspired you to make something small and cute to play along with us at CASology this week.

I am also linking up at Simon Says Monday No Rules and Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Belated Birthday Wishes

I've got a belated birthday card for today, and by the time you read this post, it will be on its way across the pond to a very special bloggy friend.  This card is busier and more layered than my normal cards, however I wanted to play along with Make it Monday #202:  Anchoring with Border and Banner Dies.  I think I struck sort of a compromise.  At least the top half of the card is CAS, and I tried to keep my die cuts 'airy'.

The dies I used to anchor my focal point are Just the Ticket--cut from vellum and embossed in white, Circle Scribbles in Winter Wisteria, Super Star Border Die in Limeade Ice and Loop de Loop II Border Die in Melon Berry.  My colors are from this week's ColourQ #281, and I am also entering this card at Simon Says Monday No Rules and Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PTI February 2015 Blog Hop

I've got a quick post for this month's PTI Blog Hop.  I created a panel using lots of water and reinkers in Enchanted Evening, Royal Velvet, Autumn Rose and Tropical Teal.  I covered it with a die cut from my Quatrefoil Cover Plate.  I was kind of going for a direct replica of the inspiration piece.

I am also linking up at Simon Says Monday No Rules.

Happy Hopping

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CASology Week 135: Mini

Happy Tuesday everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at CASology.  This week, our cue word is MINI.  Think small, my friends, and see where this cue word will take you.

I made a little mini card, with a mini stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  My idea got started when I found this mini kraft polka dotted bag, and I thought it would be fun to make a little mini gift enclosure card.  I paper pieced all the images using some Doodlebug papers.

I am joining in the celebration at Lawnscaping, where they are celebrating their 100th challenge. Congratulations, Lawnscaping!!

I hope you will play along with us this week, and show us how you are inspired by the word MINI.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Just Three Cards

Happy Sunday everyone.  My girls have been on winter break and my parents came down for a visit, so not too much crafting time this week.  I do have a couple of things to share, however.  This first card uses a stencil made out of a cover plate as taught in this week's Make it Monday #201.  I used the Triangle Cover Plate, and colored my embossing paste with a few drops of Harvest Gold reinker. I was going for a partial look, so was purposefully messy around the edges and did not use the entire cover plate.  

I am also linking up at ColourMe #59 and Simon Says Wednesday, where the challenge is to add a little texture.

Don't groan, but I used more paint chips (showing different wood stains) on this next card.  I was inspired by this heart, and thought about making something similar using all different types of wood grain.  I used a 1 inch square punch and then cut the squares along the diagonal to create 2 right triangles from each square.  My sentiment is a die cut word from SSS, layered up 3 times and then covered with Glossy Accents.

I made this last card with my mom--she wanted a card for a friend turning 80, so I used the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #111.

My mom is very short and my oldest daughter is very tall--I love this picture I took of the two of them right before my parents left my house.

That's it for me today.

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