Sunday, January 24, 2021

My Crafty Weekend


Hello and happy Sunday.  I've been crafty again, so let's get right to it.

First up is this very fun birthday card, inspired by the sketch at MFT Sketch Challenge #525.  I used hippos and birds from MFT Happy Hippos and another bird from Birthday Bear & Friends.  I am also entering this card at CAS on Friday #197: Animals, Use Your Stuff #414: Out with the Old (I've had these animal birthday sets from MFT for a long time, and still love them), and Seize the Birthday #206 (no twist).  Because I think this card would be perfect for a little boy, I am entering it at the Male Room #146: Animals and WWC305: Anything Goes Masculine Twist.

I don't know how it happened, but I have run out of new home cards.  I made a matching pair, inspired by a design I used years ago.  This first card will be headed to my niece tomorrow.  

This card is almost exactly the same, except for the blended background and placement of clouds.

I will be entering both of these cards at Use Your Stuff #414: Out with the Old (I used an old die called Home Scape from Sugar Pea) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background.

My next card is another for my stash of new home cards.  I was inspired by the challenge at Less is More #435: In a Row to pull out a new-to-me Scene It More from Clearly Besotted.

I was so excited to see the new challenge at Festive Friday #0076: Chinese New Year.  I had the perfect stamp set from Mama Elephant Ni Hao.  My younger daughter was supposed to be in Shanghai this semester, but it was canceled by covid.  I will still give her this card, and we will celebrate Chines New Year here in California.  The elements of the challenge I used on my card are red, gold and dragon.

I made 2 versions of the card, as I could not decide which parts should be red or white.

I am also entering these cards at WWC305: Anything Goes Masculine Twist.

I had so much fun playing with my newest stamps from Newton's Nook, Paw-some Birthday.  I used the colors from Inky Paws Challenge #140 and the sketch from The Paper Players #525.

I am also entering this card at Seize the Birthday #206 (no twist), and because I think this card would be perfect for a little boy, I am entering it at the Male Room #146: Animals and WWC305: Anything Goes Masculine Twist.

Switching gears for a moment, I have a few holiday cards to post.  I am entering both of these holiday cards at the new MFT Slimline Challenge, because I used MFT Delightful Deer dies.    I am also entering these cards at Addicted to Stamps and More #397: Christmas and Retro Rubber #150: Winter Wonderland (my sentiment stamp is at least 1 year old, and the deer and birds are several years old).

And, my last card today is this multi-colored village on a snowy night.  I am entering this card at Just Us Girls #568 (inspired by the snowy night in the village), Addicted to Stamps and More #397: Christmas, Addicted to CAS #189: Snow, and Kat Scrappiness January Winter Challenge.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Time Out #179...Reminder...#lovemydog

There is still time to play along with the current challenge at Time Out.  We challenge you to make a card inspired by YOU!!!  You can make a card that reflects you in any way you like...favorite card making style, hobbies, family, pet, where you live, etc.


I used stamps from our wonderful and generous sponsor, STAMPlorations to create my card.  I am always out walking my dog, so I used Hashtag Walkies and Houses Extra to create the scene on my card.  I must admit that I don't usually look this elegant, and I have never worn matching outfits with my dog.  My coat, hat and dog outfit are paper pieced...the rest of my imagers are colored with Copics.

I am also going to enter this card at STAMPlorations Anything Goes CAS challenge and the STAMPlorations never ending anything Goes challenge.

Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our fabulous Guest Designer, Anila and the Time Out Design Team.  STAMPlorations 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, January 19, 2021

CASology Week #382...Unite


Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is UNITE.  I thought of our united states....although we may not seem very united lately, I have hopes that things will improve this year.  

I used What the Doodle stamps and dies by PTI for this card, and I put a little heart where I live (Southern California) and where my daughter and many family members are... (New York).

Now it's your turn.  How does UNITE 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 Tracy  and the design team. 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

My Crafty Weekend


Hello and happy Sunday.  I've had  bits of time here and there this week, and have managed to create a number of cards.  First up is this floral card using a stencil from Altenew called Rose Bouquet.  I'm not sure if there is a trick to working with this stencil, but what I did to get the flowers and leaves to be different colors was loads of masking with post-it notes.

I am entering this card at CAS(E) this Sketch #404, The Flower Challenge #52: Embossing (I used dry embossing with a cover plate), Inspired by #157: Everything is a Bouquet, Inkspirational #230: Mask,  Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge: Anything Goes, and Shopping Our Stash #436: What's new with you.

Next up is a pair of birthday cards in an ombre of blues.  I started with a panel of white card stock, and sponged and blended several Distress Oxide inks, starting with the lightest shades at the top and ending with the darkest at the bottom.  I cut this panel using Poppystamps Happy birthday Background die.  I placed all the die cut letters in a white card front cut with the same die.  I was left with the blue sponged die cut negative, and I adhered that to a white card base to make a second card that is the mirror image of the first.  I think I may even like the second card a little better.

I am entering both of these cards at Poppy Challenge #76: monochrome, Just Us Girls #567,  WWC304: Occasions, and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

I have been meaning to use my new MFT Zippy Zebras, and the MFT Sketch #524 challenge and MFT Color #157 challenges inspired my next card.  I am also entering this card at The Male Room #146: Animals, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Layer it Up, Shopping Our Stash #436: What's new with you, Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies and Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge: Short and/or Tall (tall).

I have two cards I made inspired by Stay Crafty with Hero Arts #19: Include a Heart.  I used stamps and dies from one of last year's My Monthly Hero kits.  I am also entering this first card at Addicted to Stamps and More #396: Make Your Mark and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Layer it Up.

Last up for today are two cards for next Christmas (already!)  They are inspired by the following challenges:  Color Hue #10: Navy & Cream, Addicted to CAS #189: Snow, The Paper Players #524: Snow, and Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes.

I have to give a special shout out to the inspiration from LeAnne, who inspired me to pull out the same stamp she used.

I am also entering the last card at Freshly Made Sketches #468 and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Layer it Up

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