Friday, October 13, 2017

Buddy the Elf

I have a fun card for the kids for Send A Smile 4 Kids Early Holiday Wishes for kids challenge.  It really is not too early to start on those holiday card as they need to be sent in time for the volunteers to send them to the hospitals.  Need to get them done too before the craziness of holiday prep starts. If you have extra cards, consider this project.  Check out their guidelines.
I did the sentiment on the computer and stamped the Stampendous elf next to it.  I colored the elf with colored pencils in the Buddy the Elf colors. Added some musical notes from a Lawn Fawn set. The DP is from a SU paper stack.
Inside I did a Christmas song in all caps and bold to indicate singing loud and accented with some sparkly musical note stickers.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Crafty Snowman

Have you seen those snowmen at craft shows made from barn wood? They are so cute. That is the inspiration of my card today.
The papers are from a Bo Bunny paper pack. The sentiment from SU. Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes.
Sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Believe

I have been making Christmas cards like crazy getting ready for my church's bazaar in November.



I finished this one yesterday. Little bear looks so astounded that Santa left him some gifts. It just fits the challenge at Just Us Girls
The DP is from BoBunny. The polar bear from Memory Box. The Santa sleigh is an old SU stamp. 
Believe die from Little Yellow Bicycle. The little boxes from a Newton's Nook set. 
Inside I punched a snowflake from the DP and coated it with clear glitter glue. I did the sentiment on the computer. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Naughty Newton

Dear Newton, you certainly do have some 'splainin' to do. This is a great card for the kitty loving friends. When I had cats, it was almost impossible to keep them out of the Christmas tree.
 The kitten image is from Newton's Nook. The sentiment from Print Works Collection was found at Hobby Lobby. The papers are scraps from SU. A little trick: If I had used the next size up oval for a background, it would have been too big. So I die cut 2 of the same size ovals and offset them a bit. Gives an anchor without taking up much space.
The layout is this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Boy Birthdays

My grandson will be 12 soon. He and his family have been displaced by Hurricane Harry.  Thankfully, they had only minimal flooding and have been able to find housing and starting the clean up in their home. So many will be forever recovering from this devastation.
He was born just prior to Hurricane Rita. Fortunately as a newborn, his house was not affected.
I am just feeling bad that I am so far away and cannot go help them out.
So a very special card for you Andrew
I think pre-teen boys are so difficult to design cards for. This stripe paper from My Favorite Things paper pack makes just the right background. The "phone" is from a new SU set called Text Ya Later. It has lots of sayings & emojis. So fun!  Inside I did my own message and added more emojis.
I used the sketch layout from Freshly Made Sketches
Another boy card with the same sketch.


These images and sentiments are from Newton's Nook.

Seagulls

The Stampin' Up! stamp set Wetlands is a great one for masculine cards.
The tags are 2 inch strips with SU's tag topper punch on the top. I sponged the front tag with Crumb Cake and Pool Party before stamping the seagulls. The sun is from Swirly Bird. I like the look of double tags so used a Pool Party back one. I stamped the sea oats on the edge of it to peek out behind the front one. The wood DP is from ms. sparkle & co. paper pack from Joann's. The wood cross piece is from scraps. Raffia and twine tie up the 2 tags. The sentiment is also from Wetlands.
The inside has a computer generated sentiment with a sun and sea oats stamps accents.
The layout is this weeks challenge sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches
Since I used a punch on the tag top, I am also linking up to Tuesday Throwdown challenge to use punches or dies.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Experimenting

I am experimenting with water colors for the challenge at CAS Mix Up
My choice here is die cutting. I used the trees from Impression Obsession.
I am still struggling to get good watercolor backgrounds.
The first one I think the colors are too intense, I didn't use enough water to dilute the colors. Ends up looking like a forest fire.
So then I tried the same 3 colors using watercolor pencils. More of a sunset but still not happy with it.
Back to the drawing board. This one I used only more diluted orange and colored the whole background. Then used a watered down red and dabbed it randomly on the background.
I think it looks like red leaves blowing around. Happier with this one.
So I am putting them up for a vote? Which is your favorite?

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Give a Hoot

My friends and I are at the age we have to make fun of birthdays.
And inside:


I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Leaves

My computer is doing something really wonky and not giving me the site address to link up so I hope this works out.

TIME OUT challenges #90 is Autumn with the optional twist of Speed Stamping

Speed Stamping being defined as making a card in 10 minutes or less, after assembling the supplies.  I was able to do mine in 7 min. 46 sec. And it actually has no stamping at all.  The sentiment was done on the computer and die cut with a Stampabilities label die, then sponged on the edges.

The card base is Old Olive from SU. The Kraft layer is embossed with the trees EF and Chocolate Brown lightly rubbed over the top to highlight the trees trunks.  The part that made this card so quick is the Impression Obsession leaves. I used a scrap of white, sponged on orange yellow, and red dyes in an area big enough for the leaves to cover and die cut them all at once. Then I highlighted the veins lightly with a q-tip and brown ink. The leaves are attached with glue dots and then a raffia bow.  After I assembled the front, I found an extra leaf under my card so attached it inside with the sentiment also done on the computer.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Global Design

Time is passing just so fast. I can't believe Global Design Project is celebrating 100 challenges already.
I think I entered their first challenge.  It doesn't seem that long ago.
This week is a fun one. CASE on of their designers.
I admire Brian King's clean precise style. So I am casing his card
The marble background caught my eye. I don't have that background stamps but do have a pack of marble DP I found at JoAnn's. The green one goes perfectly with Lemon Lime Twist. 
Since I am working on Halloween Cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids I went with that theme. Adding strips of orange and purple scraps bring in the Halloween colors.
Dracula is just too cute to be scary. He is from the Cookie-Cutter Halloween collection from last year.  I colored him with colored pencils, punched him out and mounted with dimensional.  I had to fussy cut the treat bag--that even cases Brian. We know how he likes to fussy cut!  The sentiment is an old one from SU also.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

Who said "summer is easy"?  It has been pretty hectic around here. And I am behind in my challenges. School started today and before you know it fall and Halloween are upon us.  I have started on some Halloween cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids It will fit their challenge of "Anything Goes"
I used some scraps for the background strips and an old jack-lantern stamp. After coloring and cutting out the pumpkin, I added some raffia behind the stem and then popped it up with dimensional.
The sentiment is from SU. Some tiny punched bats flying around this pumpkin patch add a little spookiness.
The layout is from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cheer Card

I have an order for 15 Thinking of You and Cheer cards so am taking this opportunity get my mojo flowing with the tic-tac-toe challenge from The Paper Players
I used the top to bottom diagonal row. The papers are all from the Stampin' Up! Naturally Eclectic bundle.
On the inside
I saw this layout on Pinterest but didn't save it so if it is yours, let me know and I'll give you credit.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunshine

The challenge at TIME OUT
'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' 
made me think of the yellow Ombre cards by Paper Studio purchased at Hobby Lobby.

And the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown: Black and White and 1 other color.

I die cut a frame and used the negative to mask for stamping the dandelions in black and sparkled them up with Wink of Stella and rhinestones.  The sentiments are from Stamping' Up! Sunshine sayings.
Inside, I did a sentiment on the computer and trimmed it a little off center so I could add more dandelions. 
I sponged on some Daffodil Delight ink and then coated with Wink of Stella.
I love this layout so while all the supplies were out, I made a fall color one for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Witch

I am starting on Halloween cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids.
The black/white paper is retired by SU. The spiders paper is from my scrap pile. This cute little witch, an old one from Michael's bargain bin is just too cute to be scary. Perfect for little kids. 
The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches with the added twist of stamping the focal image.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Deck The Halls

I am combining this sketch from The Paper Players



And the colors from this week's picture inspiration from Just Us Girls


And the Christmas in July theme from Casual Fridays
I know the Just Us Girls photo is summery but I love bright red and lime green for Christmas so went ahead with that theme.  The papers are Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist from Stamping' Up!. The image is a digital by From The Heart Stamps colored with pencils. I added some heat embossed gold dots made with Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Versamark. And anchored the green with some red gems.
This so reminds me of myself at Christmas. Running around trying to get decorations up and trailing a mess of gold tinsel behind me.  At least I have a Christmas card made.







Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Flip Flops

Back again today with another summer fun birthday card
I don't remember where I saw this sentiment but I have kept it my computer for a long time. Bring it out occasionally when I need a summer style card.
The card base is SU's Soft Sky with the wavy impression folder. The strips are all from the scrap file. The flip flops stamp says Lockheart Co.
I was inspired by the photo challenge at The Paper Players
I hope you all get some fun in the water this summer. And have a flip kind of day!

Again I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

"Hoppy" Birthday

Fun little birthday card today
I used the new wavy EF from SU on Sky Blue card base. the DPs are all the Naturally Eclectic papers by SU. I made the sentiment on the computer. It was just a lucky fluke for the scalloped circle to line up with the waves. Love it when that happens! I popped up the circle with deminsionals. The frog is an old SU stamp, stamped on lemon lime twist paper, highlighted with a colored pencils and fussy cut.  And every frog just needs google eyes.
Inside is another old SU sentiment and another frog.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Get Well

Working on my stash of get well cards today.  Seems I have sent a lot of them lately.
The nurse is from Dearie Dolls Digital Stamps. I used the pre-colored one. I don't remember where the sentiment is from. Probably found on Pinterest. I did it on the computer. Card base and DP are from SU.
The layout is from the sketch at Always Playing With Paper
I did another computer generated message inside.
A fun cheery card for anyone especially a surgical patient.