Thursday, November 29, 2012

Love is in the air

I am done with my Christmas cards, well at least making them. I still need to write notes and mail them. So for the challenges at  Simon Says Stamps and Freshly Made Sketches I decided on a Valentine.  I apologize for the pic. Had to use the scanner, camera needs repair.
So the scanner did not pick up the rich shimmering red of the background. That is Crayola Color Wonder mini magic metallic paper. The markers are clear and will only work on the special paper. I had it for my grandsons last week. They showed me that you could color the paper solidly and have this cool shimmer look. The DP strips are leftovers from SU Christmas papers. The sentiment is also SU. The doily is just the cheap Dollar Store variety. Here is the sketch I used.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Layers of Christmas Greenery

I am back after a visit from my daughter's family. As my craft room is also a guest room, I had to put everything away so my grandsons would have a space to sleep--I tend to scatter things out on the bed--and everywhere else also. LOL!!
Loved having them here--grandsons are 4 & 7. They actually inspired part of my card today. I bought them an art set from Crayola called Color Wonder. It comes with markers that applied to the paper create colors. There was a magic mettalic pad in the set. They showed me that if you color the paper solidly you come up with gorgeous shimmer paper. So I colored this one with the blue marker. The picture doesn't do it justice.
Other supplies: Kraft cardstock, Dark blue cardstock, DP scrap, Hero arts evergreen stamp, sentiment from an old Christmas greeting set. Tim Holtz distress dark green ink, Color Box royal blue ink.
Here is the inside.
This is for challenges from: Papercraft Star (holiday greenery), Tuesday Throwdown (lots of layers)
and I used an old sketch from Simon Says Stamps. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thinking of you masculine

I have 2 cards to show today for the challenge at Simon Says. I tend to prettify my "thinking of you" cards. Sometimes I need to send one to a man. So I made 2 masculine type cards for this challenge.
The first one is on SU summer starfruit. Cuttlebug IP folders on the wood grain and the circles. The ticket is Tim Holtz. The anchor is a $1.00 bin special at Michael's. Sentiment is Studio G.
The second one is on white cardstock with layer of SU Midnight muse. Other papers are from scrap file. The sailboat is Inkadindadoo. The eyelet punch is Martha Stewart. The sentiment is the same as the top one only done in 1 line.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I wanted to do some Santa cards so turned to the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Santa stamp from SU, colored with colored pencils, highlights with clear star gel pen. You can't see the clear well in this picture but it gives a little shine to the snow parts. Snowflake punch from Martha Stewart. Ribbons from my shoebox of scrap ribbons.  Admit it you all have one--we crafters never throw anything away. It just might be exactly what you need sometime.
I backed the Santa with a silver glitter circle. I started to assemble and couldn't buy all that smooth white background so ran it through the Big Shot with Cuttlebug snowflake IP. There was a little clear space at the bottom so I added the Happy Christmas from SU. Just looks like a happy card.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Christmas

What a challenge with this sketch at Mojo Monday this week. 

I have literally struggled with this one all day. I sat down in the craft room early this morning to start. I knew I wanted to do something Christmas. I would get out some papers and maybe even go as far as making cuts. Didn't like it. So I would get up and go away. I think I did that about 3 times. Finally I got it!! Found just the right combo. Love when a plan finally comes together.

So here is my card
The DP is from SU. I just had a couple of small scraps left and they were exactly what I was looking for. The snowflakes--if you can call red & green ones snowflakes--are a Sizzix die. I alternated the red & green ones and used a deminsional between each. Happy Christmas is SU. I added sparkle with clear glitter glue.
Whew! that wore me out. I think I'll go watch some election results and probably fall asleep in my recliner.



Saturday, November 3, 2012

3 challenges

I am really behind in my challenges this week so I am doing some combining.
A Blog Named Hero: use punched image
Pals Paper Arts: colors of crumbcake, vanilla, red
Cas-ual Fridays: masculine project
I didn't have crumcake so I used Kraft for card base. Just slap on a strip of Duck Tape, a strip of drywall tape, and a bandaid. There you have your background. How easy. I did the sentiment on computer, punched it out with scalloped square and sponged on red border.
I think if you are sick, a little humor can be good for cheering you up.
There 3 challenges done this week!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Time for another Cas(E) This Sketch already. I think I am really going to enjoy this site.

Last week, I kind of struggled with what image to use--guess that's why its a challenge! You think?! Well this week it only took me a few seconds to look at my stamps to decide what 3 images to use.
Disregard the black, that is merely for background. The card is simply white cardstock. I turned the design upside down. Wouldn't be too effective otherwise. The kites are from SU. I cut them out and popped them with dimensionals. The twine is from Tim Holtz. The kites really look like they are blowing in the wind. Sentiment is one of the $1.00 bin specials at Michaels. I have astigmitism so don't always get things lines up--especially if my glasses are a little askew. So I guess we can say the SHINE is blowing in the wind also.

I think this could be a great encouragement card. I used the same images in another way for a good luck card for my son and DIL before their running of the Chicago Marathon. Did some good--they were both awesome!