Monday, May 29, 2017

Sparkly Butterflies

I have this fabulous Paint Chip paper pad, with each page full of different shades of the same colors.  It's perfect for someone like me who has problems matching colors!!

Butterflies were die cut from an older Spellbinder set.  I added the rhinestones, a narrow ribbon, and DONE!  Sharing this with the CAS-ual Fridays CFC 174 sketch challenge:
http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2017/05/cfc174-sketch.html
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party Challenge!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Favorite Color Combo

I love gray, all 50 shades of it :).  Pairing it with lime green or lemon yellow makes me happy.
Very old (hoarded) Amy Butler patterned paper layered on dark gray, Watercolor Wishes sentiment, stash glass accents.  I'm sharing this with the Cards in Envy Favorite Color Combo/Anything Goes challenge. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!!

I Like Your Style!

The Shopping Our Stash challenge is to use fabric on a project. 
I layered the mirrored copper on a black card base.  The dress is cut from flannel backed satin and hung on a copper hanger.  The purse is made from shiny black paper and linen cord and heat embossed in copper.   Perfect birthday card for my fashionista niece!!

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Love-ly Tag

Joining in the Tag You're It challenge to use this image for inspiration:

I loved the pretty red/pink shades and the layering.  
I stamped used AlteNew Poppies is shades on pinks, and layered it on solid cards tock.  The sentiment is from Art C. 

Getting Inky...

The Color Throwdown this week uses great spring colors.
I used the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge:
 
and came up with this:
I started with a mottled gold base, and added a Recollections resist paper inked up in yellow, green, and blue.  I also inked white paper and dies cut the thanks and the circle, added more mottled paper for the base circle layer, and popped up the focal point.

There's still time to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Let's Party challenge!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Buttons as Cherries?

The Shopping Our Stash challenge this week is to use buttons.  I have been hoarding a few shiny red buttons, waiting for the right project!!
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Celebrations challenge!!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shaker Birthday Card

The current House of Cards sequins challenge prompt looks like this: 
I immediately thought of a shaker card, and decided to include different shapes in my sequin confetti. 
Loving the hot pink glitter paper with the white glitter paper!  I heat embossed the "birthday" in white on the pink.  This card makes me happy!!  Come play along with us for our Words 2 Craft By Celebrations challenge!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Opportunities for Embellishment.....

I started out playing with the Color Throwdown:
 Then I dropped my ink pad on my card front and I smeared black ink in the white space of the card.  :(.   Then I remembered the CAS Mix Up Challenge! 
Rather than toss it, I flicked more black ink on it to make it look intentional.
I decided to try again.
While both cards work, I prefer the second one.  The white space is more my style.  Watercolor Wishes sentiment, Meadows image, Yellow, blue, grey, and stone ink.   

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Celebrations challenge!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

W2CB #41: Springtime = Party Time

Our new challenge at Words 2 Craft By is:

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's Party!"

In my large Catholic family, springtime usually mean First Communions and Confirmations.  I made this one for my beloved niece Eden for her First Communion. 
 I used a Sizzix swing card die set to make this card that features a very old Recollections sticker.  This layout is so fun, but it doesn't leave much room to include a note.  Guess that could be a good or bad thing!!!  Come join us at Words 2 Craft By for your spring celebration!!!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Another Swirly Scribbles

I hope you aren't getting tired of this set - I certainly am not!!  The CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to use navy, pink, and white.  Perfect for a crisp and clean card!
I paired a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes with flowers and leaves from Catherine Pooler's Lovely Notes.  I added white and clear beadies to the center of the flowers for a little shine. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our latest challenge!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CAS Birthday Card

I really like the Fusion challenge this round.  Here is their inspiration image:
Great CAS sketch, and I love the floral spray. 
The base is a wonderful wood grain with a pink tint, and the floral paper is a perfect match IRL.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft be for our latest challenge phrase, Arithmetic is being able to count to twenty without taking off your shoes.

Watercolor Butterflies

I smooshed different watercolors, die cut the butterflies, and flicked more of the watercolor onto the card base.  I added the Watercolor Wishes "Hello" in Elegant Eggplant.  



Playing along with the Color Throwdown.  My colors are a bit more subtle than the inspiration image, but I like it!
http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/04/color-throwdown-439.html

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Words 2 Craft By #40 - Mickey Mouse!

This month's challenge at Words 2 Craft By:

Arithmetic is being able to count to twenty without taking off your shoes.  -  Mickey Mouse

Well, maybe not Mickey, but Minnie for sure!!
I have wanted these Swirly Bird Thinlets since I first saw them!!  So many ways to use them, but I think this is one of my favorites!!  I-Teamer Annie, from Pawsitive Thoughts by Annie has been a fabulous part of W2CB for the past 3 years.  Unfortunately for us, (and happily for some lucky rescue puppies) she has decided to spend more time on her puppy passion.  Thank you, Annie, for everything, and all the best to you on your next adventure!  An fortunately for us, Kristina from Kristina's Art Corner has graciously agreed to join the I-Team!  Come along with us at Words 2 Craft By thorough May 3, 2017!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Another Swirly Birds Card

I am quite enjoying my new stamp/die set from SU!
I bought a fun paper pad from Michael's called Paint Chips.  I always struggle with finding different shades of the same color, and this pad of paper solves that problem completely!  Sharing this with House of Cards April Feather and/or Color challenge. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Different Easter Card

I made a few of these using the Swirly Bird Thinlets. 
Wile it isn't a traditional Easter card, the shape reminds me of the flames on Pentecost.  Sharing this with CAS-ual Fridays Rainbows challenge. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Three Little Bunnies...

I have been playing around with the April SU! Paper Pumpkin stamp set.
I stamped the faces, and die cut them with Spellbinders.  I stamped the ears on two different shades of purple, then fussy cut and layered the inner ear.  I embossed the yellow floral paper with Stylized Flowers, and added the purple bow ties.  I'm sharing this one with The Mod Squad Challenge Ya Wanna Piece of Me, Cuttlebug Mania Some Bunny to Love challenge,  and the Shopping Our Stash Tie One On challenge. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

My First Step Card - Probably My Last, too!!

I love trying new techniques.  Some I enjoy, others, not so much.  This is one of those times that I am so glad that I tried something new, but I doubt I will try again. 

Hero Arts Butterfly and Flower Stamp and Cut, colored with Twinkling H2Os and markers.  Thanks to Shopping Our Stash for the prompt to try something new!  There are still a few days to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs and Blessings challenge!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jingle Belle Sketch - O - Licious & Merry Monday Red, Green, & White

This time, Jingle Belles has a sketch challenge:
http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.com/2017/03/sketch-o-licious.html
And Merry Monday has a Green, Red, and White challenge.  I followed both challenges literally:
Die cut circles embossed with a chevron folder and topped with a satin ribbon.  There's still time to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs and Blessings challenge!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Better Luck Next Time....

Sometimes, no matter how much time and effort I put into a project, it just doesn't work out as planned.  Here is the Fusion Card Challenge inspiration image:
I turned the sketch landscape, used the tree and tower elements, and came up with this:
While not horrible, it just didn't match up with what I envisioned.  Background embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflakes.  The hills are cut with a stitched die in iridescent white paper, the trees are Hero Arts die cuts from green paper, and stamped with shades of green and white.  Sentiment from Kaisercraft.  Just because something doesn't turn out s planned, doesn't make it pretty trash.  I am trying to embrace this philosophy...

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs and Blessings challenge, maybe share YOUR pretty trash?!?!   :-)

Christmas Pop Up Card

I haven't spent a lot of time crafting this week.  Between my son being home from college on spring break, the NCAA basketball tournament, and St. Patrick's Day, there has been a lot going on at my house!  I did get some time to play with my new Stampendous Make It Pop! die set.  Took some work, but it is a lot of fun!

Card front:
 Inside:
Clear crystal accents on the front, black crystals inside.  Fun die cuts inside and out.  This will be for someone special this year, as it will require extra padding and postage to accommodate the die cuts and crystals.  Sharing this with the Jingle Belles Bling on the Holidays challenge

Come play along with us for the Words 2 Craft By Proverbs and Blessings challenge!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Green!

I'm joining the Shopping Our Stash challenge to make something green. 
Bazzill Kiwi Lime paper embossed with D'vine Swirls folder, Hero Arts die cut and sentiment, We R Memory Keepers washi tape. 

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs and Blessings challenge!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Merry Monday has a challenge for cards with non-traditional colors: teal with gold, silver, or copper.  Thier inspiration image:
My card:
Lawn Fawn die cuts in 2 shades of gold (could call the darker one bronze?), pearl, and matte silver, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, layered on gold and topped with a silver ribbon.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs and Blessings challenge!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Simple Prayer

Another card using the Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Cut set:
I flicked Twinkling H2O paint on watercolor paper, Mingo die cut heart, heat embossed the sentiment, and brushed the die cut with Wink of Stella.  I'm sharing this with the Cards in Envy Keep it Simple challenge

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs and Blessings challenge!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hero Arts Stamp & Cut

Can I tell you how much I love this set?  I bought this set with my middle sister in mind.  I always give her a bundle of cards for her birthday, and this set is perfect for her!! 
 The patterned strip is from Lawn Fawn Perfect Plaids.  I die cut "prayers" twice, layered it, and topped it off with Wink of Stella.  The stamped sentiment matches much better in person.  Not sure why some colors look different in photos, and others don't.  Sharing this with The Color Throwdown:
http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/03/color-throwdown-433.html
Come join us at Words 2 Craft By for our Proverbs & Blessings challenge!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

W2CB #39: Proverbs & Blessings

Hi W2CB friends!  We had so many awesome entries last month and we can't wait to see your beautiful projects for our latest challenge:  Proverbs & Blessings.

Your quote inspiration this month comes from an Irish proverb:

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

 We know that St. Patrick's Day will come and go during this challenge, but don't let that stop you!  Be creative and link up any project that has a proverb or blessing, is friendship-themed, has a lucky theme, contains anything Irish, or is just primarily shamrock green.

This is a card for my very Irish mother-in-law, whose birthday is just before St. Patrick's Day. The shamrock is made from die cut hearts.  Come play along with us until April 5 at Words 2 Craft By!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!!!

The Color Throwdown has a color challenge that screamed Mickey Mouse to me!!

Right?!?!?!
 The green in her hat and the blue on the ground aren't super obvious, but I love this!  Especially since my Intense pencil coloring leaves a lot to be desired.... 

Doodling Zentangle

I love to draw Zentangles, but I never know what to do with them.  Usually, I make pretty trash!  Not this time. 
My Mind's Eye patterned paper strip, OWH sketch #137.  Not sure about this one.  Going to share this with the Addicted to Clean and Simple Doodle challenge #106

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Different Easter Card

Most Easter cards are pastel and feminine.  I wanted a masculine card for my brother:

Graphic 12 Easter Sweet Sentiments stamps on Momenta paper.  I'm sharing this with Creative with Stamps Easter challenge. 
http://creativewithstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/03/cws-challenge-12-easter.html
Check back with Words 2 Craft By on Wednesday for our new challenge!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Celebrations!

Bobbi here for the Words 2 Craft By mid-challenge inspiration.

I have been subscribing to the SU! Paper Pumpkin, but the kits are not always my taste.  The December kit was for a memory book - not my thing.  But, the acetate pages were perfect for a project that has been in my head for years.... making Happy Day Planners for my siblings!

I have a page for every month, and family celebrations are included in the calendar. Each page is 5" x 7".  I made the calendar in Word, and layered with a pretty gold card stock onto gray and white patterned paper.

My Mother's greatest fear was that we would no longer be a family after she died. I have listened to and read so many stories about sibling fighting over end of life care and possessions. Despite there being 5 siblings, we made it through her illness and death closer than ever. I am so grateful.

I thought this gift for my siblings might further our connection. I have 2 of these completed, and need to make at least 2 or 3 more (our generations overlap).  Labor of love!!

Our February/March W2CB Challenge is open through March 1. Details can be found here. Hope to see your card/project in the gallery.