Monday, February 17, 2020

Fun Fold Card

Soooo hard to photograph, but I love this fun fold card, and the colors, courtesy of The Color Throwdown, are divine!!
 Here is a pic of the inside:
Super delicate die cut in Garden Green and Elegant Eggplant.  I "painted" some shading on the blooms with a tiny brush and Lovely Lilac.  Sentiment from Sheltering Tree. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

CAS(E) This Sketch #358

I'm trying to play along with some different challenges in an effort to get back my crafting groove.  The CAS(E) this Sketch #358 looks like this:
I bought myself a couple of sets of Echo Park 6 x 6 pads and matching 12 x 12 solid packs, including the America the Beautiful patterns featured in this card:
I used the Daric Assorted Stars embossing folder on the navy layer, and my We R Memory Keepers corner rounder to mimic the edges of the journaling card.  

Card Redeux

So I made this card, and thought, why do we only use circles for the bokeh technique?  Why can't I use hearts instead?

I used Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks for the background.  To make the stencil, I punched some different sized hearts into a piece of mylar.  I changed out the and matted it with white instead of pink to make it more masculine.  I like this version even better than the original!  Shared with The Male Room Heart This challenge.  

Friday, February 7, 2020

2 Posts in 1 Week!!

Trying to get back into the crafting groove one challenge at a time.
I hadn't used the bokeh technique in quite a while, and thought it fit in well with the Color Throwdown challenge this week:
Also shared with The Male Room Heart You challenge.  Older Fiskars sentiment, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks, paper from my scrap bins.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Long Time, No Post

I saw the Color Throwdown image I knew I had to play along:

This is one of my favorite combinations.  I love using it for Valentine or love cards, and couldn't wait to use a new die I received for Christmas.  It also works well for the JUGS challenge this week - Put a Bow On It, even if it is a small thin one!

This morning I realized that I haven't posted in almost 6 weeks.  I wish I could say I was busy with fun parties and holiday get togethers.  Instead, I attended funerals, memorials, and life celebrations.  All very different ways to honor the deceased, and all appropriate for the individual.  Never pass by an opportunity to express love and gratitude to your loved ones.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Bittersweet Announcement

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of a new month.... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge. But, before we get to that, we have...
A Bittersweet Announcement
This month's challenge is our last Words 2 Craft By challenge... at least for now. As one of our I-Teamers said, all good things must come to an end.

Six years ago, Sybrina and I, along with a few crafty pals, decided to start the word-inspired challenge blog Words 2 Scrap By. Along the way we have been blessed to work with so many wonderfully talented and incredible generous crafters. Heartfelt thanks go to:
  • Sybrina, W2CB co-founder and my partner-in-craft these past six years.
  • Past and present team members who never failed to awe and inspire with their incredible interpretations: Annie, Bernadette, Celeste, Greta, Jennifer, Mary Anne, Marty, Penny, and Tina. 
  • Peggy, who designed our banner and badges.
  • All of our guest designers. Unfortunately, this senior brain of mine is incapable of remembering the names of all you wonderful designers. Fortunately, you know who you are.  :)
  • Kim Hughes of Paper Smooches, who kindly sponsored several challenges.  
  • Each and every one of you wonderful fellow crafters. Thank you all so very much for your support these six years!!!
Since this is the last challenge, we've decided to change up the awarding of prizes this time around. Instead of awarding a prize to a single challenge winner, we are going to randomly select three challenge entrants and three W2CB followers to receive $10 gift certificates to Paper Smooches.
This month's words come to us from Saint Francis of Assisi.
For it is in giving that we receive.
Thank you, everyone, for all of you encouragement and support!  You have given me so much!  Here is a gift that I am giving this holiday season.  I like to give something to my co-workers, but there are a lot of them, and I don't want to make anyone feel like they have to reciprocate.  
I used a tutorial I found HERE, and eos lip balm I found at Costco (9 for $10.99 - a steal!!!).  The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn, accented with ribbon and jewels.  I am in love with this super simple paper purse.  I think it is a great way to present an inexpensive gift.  

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Color Throw Down

I have been pretty absent lately, making that push to finish Christmas card.  I play along with the Jingle Belles most weeks, but I am still short.  This week's Color Throwdown is perfect for Christmas.
I find that clean and simple cards are more difficult to create than lots of layers:
Words 2 Craft By will have a new challenge starting of December 9 - come play along!