Sunday, April 11, 2021

Happy Mother's Day


It's been a busy weekend, and I just have one card to share today.  I am trying to get ready for Mother's Day and took inspiration from the ITP What Do I Do With This Challenge: Embossing Powder Stained Glass.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Layer It and Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor Challenge.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Rainbow Trees


There is a bit of a a story to this card...I pulled out an old Poppystamps die called Party Lanterns in order to make a rainbow card for the Poppystamps Challenge #79: Rainbow.  As I was putting the card together, I happened to turn the card front around, and then suddenly, those lanterns looked like rainbow trees.  Perhaps it is because I had the Festive Friday #81: Earth Day (blue, green, trees, sunshine) challenge on my mind.  I added a sun to complete my scene, and now I have a rainbow forest of trees.  My rainbow colors were inspired by the colors in the inspiration photo at Inspired By #169: Spring is Sweet.

That's it for me.  Hoping for a crafty weekend ahead.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mid Week Update

Hello and happy Wednesday.  I am here to post a few cards I was able to make this week.  First up is this adorable trio of cat friends.  It may be raining, but these cats are happy anyway.  After stamping my images, I used a mix of paper piecing and Copic coloring.  Because the images were so small and overlapping, I had to build up some layers to get things just how I wanted them.

I am entering this card at Inky Paws #145: Friendship, CAS Mix Up: Paper Piecing, and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Layer It.

Next up is a card using these adorable polar bears from Penny Black Arctic Antics.  I ordered these stamps years ago, when my daughter started college at a school with a polar bear mascot---she has just graduated, and I am finally now using the stamps.  Oops on me.  I was inspired to finally pull out these bears when I stumbled upon the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme this week is 'cute', and I think these fun loving bears fit the bill.

I am also entering this card at CAS Christmas April Challenge: Rainbow and Addicted to Stamps and More #402: Christmas.

I used my brand new Hero Arts City HeroScape stamps to create my next three cards.  As you might know if you are a frequent visitor to my blog, I am nuts over anything city.  I pulled out these stamps and started experimenting with colors.

My first two cards are anniversary cards, which is very fitting for many members of my family who either live in New York or are from there originally (including yours truly and my DH).  I am entering this blue version at Festive Friday #81: Earth Day (blue, CAS, ombre), A Blog Named Hero April: Anniversary, and WWC313: Masculine.  The sentiment is from PTI Wet Paint, and I cut out and popped up the word 'anniversary'.

I was inspired to make a version of this card using three different shades of yellow by the challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge #28: Delightfully Daffodil.  I am also entering this card at A Blog Named Hero April: Anniversary and Stay Crafty with Hero Arts #21: Bring On Spring.

And, my last city card, also using a bright spring color scheme is a birthday card.  My sentiment is a million years old, from an old Stampin Up wooden set I never use but cannot part with either.  I am entering this card at Addicted to CAS #194: Birthday, Perfectly CAS #13: Birthday, WWC313: Masculine, Stay Crafty with Hero Arts #21: Bring On Spring, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Birthday.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Crafting Again, Finally


Happy Easter for those who celebrate!!

I took a break from crafting because I was finally able to travel!!  I saw my parents for the first time in over a year, and I am so grateful that I was able to see them because we all were vaccinated.  Now I am back, and had some fun in my craft room this weekend.

First up is this birthday card, which I made by blending a background with a variety of blue Distress inks, then adding this squares cover plate from PTI.  I stamped my focal point with Twisted Citron Distress ink and then rolled the edges with Mowed Lawn.

I am entering this card at Ink to Paper: The Great Cover Up: Ink Blended Background, Seize the Birthday #211: Squares, The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #183: Distress, Addicted to CAS #194: Birthday, WWC312: Occasions, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

It's graduation season, and I have quite a few graduates in my life, so I had to get to work.  Up next are two graduation cards.  For my first card, I used the Lil Inkers Stitches & Stripes Cover Up die to create a striped backdrop for my subway-style focal point by Taylored Expressions.  I stamped an extra graduation cap in the school colors and popped it up with foam tape.  

I am entering this card at Just Us Girls #578: Stripes, WWC312: Occasions, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

I took a shortcut with this card, as I started with a pre-printed card front--I am trying to use some of the many pre printed card fronts I bought during my PTI days.  This one was perfect for this graduation cards, as the school colors of the recipient are Gold & Green.  I added 2 embossed sentiments--'Congrats' in Pinefeather and 'on your graduation' in gold, using PTI Layered Banner Banter stamps and dies as well as Keep it Simple: Graduation.

I am entering this card at Ink to Paper What Do I Do With This: Embossing, WWC312: Occasions, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Since it is Easter, I had to have a bunny somewhere, right?  Isn't this bunny cute, with his little birdie friend?  I was inspired by the sketch at MFT Sketch Challenge #535, where I flipped the sketch, and the colors at MFT Color Challenge #163.  I am also entering this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Easter/Spring, Shopping Our Stash #442: Peter Cottontail, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Last up for today is this CAS Thank You card, inspired by the challenge at Ink to Paper Video Series: Gratitude, Less is More #440: Pink, Grey, Gold, both the sketch and the photo at Fusion: Bee Kind (hexagons for the bee honeycomb), and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

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