Sunday, September 20, 2020

Just Two Cards


Hello and happy Sunday.  I have spent most of my crafty time this weekend trying to organize and get caught up on things...but I do have 2 cards to share.

My first card uses this adorable giraffe from MFT Giraffes on Ice, and I have created a fun birthday card for a child or anyone young at heart.  I was inspired by the challenge at the September MFT Birthday Project, AAA Birthday #17, Inkspirational #222: Day, and Seize the Birthday #199 (no toppings).

Next up is a card I will send to my daughter at college who is studying Chinese.  I used a sentiment from Waffle Flower Ni Hao, and I think she will enjoy reading it in Chinese (good thing there is a translation).  I was inspired by the challenge at Just Add Ink #523: Just Add "A" (Asia--my kitty is eating sushi and ramen in Chinatown), The Paper Players #509: Pets and The Library Challenge #68: The Cat in the Hat (one of my all time favorite books).

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Time Out #170...Reminder

There is still time to play along with the current challenge at Time Out.  We challenge you to make a card inspired by the word:  ADVENTUROUS.  For my adventure, I am going on a hike in the snowy woods.  (Pretty adventurous for a southern California gal.)

I used these adorable critters from our generous sponsor, Funky Fossil Designs.  Don't you just love their hats?

I am also entering this card at AAA Birthday #17: Animals & Critters and at ABC Christmas: S is for Snowy.

Please head over to Time Out to see more inspiration from our Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Conil.  Funky Fossil Designs 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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Mid-Week Update


Hello and happy Wednesday.  I could not wait to ink up my Winter Fox stamps from Mama Elephant and SSS.  I made this card, inspired by the challenges at AAA Cards #174, AAA Birthday #17, Inkspirational #221 (the log, balloons, and woodland feel) and Seize the Birthday #199: no topping.

I also inked up my newest die collection, Toadstool Garden from The Greetery.  I was inspired by the colors at CAS Colours & Sketches #388, and am also entering this card at CAS Mixup September: Embossing with Dies (I used Leaf Pattern Cover-Up die from Lil Inkers), WWC #289: Anything Goes Masculine and Seize the Birthday #199: no topping.

The following 6 cards are all variations on the theme of 'never give up' or 'hang in there' that I made while playing around with a fun embossing folder I found at Tuesday Morning months ago.  I sell these cards to a friend in the real estate business, and she loves house themed cards she can send to potential clients who are trying to find that perfect new home.

Starting with my personal favorite, with these adorable little Agenda Chickies from Mama Elephant--they are all ready to paint, and I think they are going to make a bit of a mess.  I added just the faintest bit of color to the raised images with Copic markers.

The next two cards use the color scheme at Color Hues #2.  I used a darker turquoise on the first card I added this Altenew Victorian house and a sentiment to the center of the card.

This next card uses the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #453.  I added a light blending of turquoise ink to just the raised houses.

I will enter the remaining designs at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Frame it.  My circle of raised houses and trees frame the sentiment.

I framed an encouraging sentiment from PTI Making Strides.  I embossed scraps of red and green paper and fussy cut one house and 2 groups of trees, adhering them to the corresponding embossed images at the bottom of the card.

For this next design, I sponged a rainbow of inks on the houses, and sponged all the trees green.

And, finally, my last design is the most simple, with just a light sponging of green ink on all the raised parts.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

CASology Week #374...Vacation

Hello and happy Tuesday. It's time for another challenge at CASology.   This week, our cue word is VACATION.  One of our family's favorite vacation spot is Maui.  We have gone every year to the same time share since the kids were young.  This year, we could not go because of the pandemic, so I created this card to at least get in the Aloha spirit.  I used some really, really old stamps from PTI called Aloha.

Now it's your turn.  How does VACATION 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 Francesca and the design team.  We are sponsored this week by STAMPlorations.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

My Crafty Weekend


Hello and happy Sunday.  I am starting out today with a group of cards initially inspired by this card I saw during the MFT release this week.  Of course, I had to buy that fabulous background stamp, but it also inspired me to bring out an older Hero Arts background stamp (Urban Skyline Bold Prints) I have had for a while.  I pulled out an even older Hero Arts stamp (Owl Christmas) and made this card.  

I stamped my background in black, and then heat embossed it also in black, to get a really dark and crisp background.  I stamped and fussy cut my little owls, and then colored their bodies with Copics.  There were parts of the owls that stamped black, but I wanted them to be red, so I stamped the owls again in red, and then just cut and past the red bits on to my colored owls.

I am entering this card at Stay Crafty with Hero #14: Critters and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Humorus/Fun.

My next card uses that  same Urban Skyline background stamp, this time stamped in Hawaiian Shores ink then clear embossed.  I cut the background into thirds, per the challenge at Just Us Girls #553 and added some cute pups from Hero Arts Birthday Paw-ty.  I am entering this card at Stay Crafty with Hero #14: Critters, AAA Birthday #17: Animals & Critters, Seize the Birthday #199 : no topping, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Humorus/Fun and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Stamp (I love the cute puppies and great sentiments in this set, and seem to pull it out all the time).

And, now a card with the MFT City Block Background stamp--the one that inspired most of my crafting.  I white heat embossed this background stamp onto kraft, then added my white bit to hold my focal image and sentiment.  I had to do a bit of masking and taping to get my sentiment to be on 2 lines instead of 1, because I didn't have room otherwise.  

My colors are inspired by MFT Color Challenge #149.  I am also entering this card at Seize the Birthday #199 : no topping, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Humorus/Fun (love the punny sentiment) and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Stamp (this City Block Background is my new favorite stamp).

My next card also uses the City Block Background stamp and is inspired by CAS Colours & Sketches #387.  This time, I water colored the different houses.  Because this background stamp is 6X6, I can use it vertically or horizontally.  I didn't know that when I bought it, but it is such a nice surprise.  I will also enter this card at Seize the Birthday #199 : no topping.

I discovered this fun ice cream cone die in my stash when I was looking for something else.  I bought this die quite a while back---when PTI was still a thing! and I don't think I have ever used it.  It seems perfect for  Seize the Birthday #199: Die Cuts Only, optional stamped sentiment.  I never found the other thing I was looking for, mostly because this shiny object distracted me, and now I can't remember what I was originally looking for.  Please tell me this happens to you too.

I decided to use some papers with really tiny polka dots and made a slim line card, for the sole purpose of being able to have a triple decker ice cream.

Last up today is a CAS holiday card, and I am entering this card at ABC Christmas Challenge: S is for Snow.  I used Snowflakes by Reverse Confetti.

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