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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thinking of You!

Kim from Can You Case It? has a great color Pink, Red, Black, and Silver inspiration this week.  I am having so much fun with my Gina Marie "quilt" dies. 
I used an old OWH sketch, then mixed pink and white embossing powder to get the right color for the Our Daily Bread sentiment.  I embossed the square with Divine Swirls to mimic quilting. 

Come play along with us at Words to Craft By for our Mardi Gras challenge!!

Addicted to CAS - Wood



http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com/2017/02/challenge-105-wood.html 

Pebbles Lakeside paper embossed with wood grain and layered with dark grey.   Love this masculine card!

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wheels

Here is another project outside of my comfort zone.  
Momenta card stock dry embossed with a writing folder.  Dear friends are welcoming a baby boy into their family.  This little guy will have the best dads ever!  I am sharing with The Male Room Wheels challenge. 

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

Vintage Nest

I have been trying to step outside my comfort zone and try different styles.  Vintage is so NOT me, and I rarely make square cards.  Image was colored with watercolor pencils.


I am sharing this with the Card Concept Vintage challenge and the Color Throwndown #430. 
http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/02/color-throwdown-countdown-430.html

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


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Snowman with Vellum

While the end result is nothing like I pictured in my head, I still like it!!
I dry embossed a piece of vellum and a piece of white paper using the same Sizzix folder.  I used foam daubers to lightly ink the paper layer in red, grey, blue, and silver, then added the vellum on top.  I mounted the layers on a powder blue card base.  I hope the vellum is qualifies for the Jingle Belles Midnight Clear challenge.  I am also sharing with the Merry Monday Christmas Snowman challenge.  It's a lot prettier in person...

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Thanks!

Whenever I need a little extra inspiration, I turn to Operation Write Home sketches.  This is sketch #91.
The Can You CASE It color inspiration was perfect for the SU! Retro Fresh paper that I have been hoarding.
http://canyoucaseit.com/?p=3641
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Mardi Gras challenge!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Christmas Quilt

Last Christmas, every card I sent was hand made by me.  I want to be able to do the same this year, so I am trying to play along with different challenges, and make Christmas cards.  This way, I will have a diverse stash of cards and won't be pressured at the last minute.  

I made two cards using two different patterned papers with green "sashing".  For the quilting, I embossed both quilt squares with a snowflake folder.  For the first card, I stamped the sentiment in ink, then in VersaMark, and heat embossed with clear powder.  I am really enjoying this Gina Marie die!!!  I am sharing this with the Jingle Belles Flake challenge, and the Mod Squad TEXT(urize) challenge. Lots of time to play with us at Words 2 Craft By - Let's Celebrate!!

More Hearts

I needed a Valentine for our teenage son.  It is hard to make a love card be masculine!


Spellbinders Cascading Hearts background die, Lawn Fawn sentiment layered and highlighted with Wink of Stella.  I'm sharing this with Simply Create Too #124 - Love.  Come play along with our Celebrations challenge at Words 2 Craft By!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Love you!

Lots of love/heart/Valentine challenges this month. 
I am sharing this with The Paper Girls With Heart challenge and Cards in Envy Be My Valentine challenge.  Words 2 Craft By has a Mardi Gras Celebration challenge going on - come join us!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

(Not) The Winter Blues

Shopping Our Stash has a Winter Blues challenge to create a card in shades of blue, but NOT a winter card.  I made some very pretty trash today.  I got too far into my head, and over thought the challenge.  First, my pretty trash:
It just doesn't look right.  Off balance?  Poor layout?  Maybe needs a ribbon on the circle element?  Sigh.  If at first you don't succeed...
The elephant is popped up on two Spellbinders die cuts.  I'm not in love (I think the twill tape is too wide and too long), but it's acceptable. 

What are you celebrating?  Come share with us at Words 2 Craft By!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sweet Giraffe

Something about giraffes make me think of babies. 
I colored this sweetie with watercolor pencils, and added a bow and tag for the sentiment.  The orange layer was dry embossed with a giraffe print (I have waited forever for the perfect project for that folder!).  Despite the embellishments, I still think this guy is pretty CAS.  Plenty of "white" space for me, so I am sharing this the Addicted to Clean and Simple  Code Word #104 - Pets. 

Come play along with our "Celebrations" challenge over at Words 2 Craft By!!

W2CB #38 - Celebrate!


It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans. ─ Mark Twain  

If you have ever gone to New Orleans during Mardi Gras season, you would understand.  With wall to wall people, colorful costumes, beads and other items thrown from the Crewe floats, it is quite the spectacle.  I actually caught a "Mardi Bra".   The parades early in the season are general celebrations, while the parades and balls held during the last few days are more traditional.  All are amazing!


Love the Color Burst background.  Bottle and glass are Repeat Impressions and paper pieced.  Our challenge runs February 8-March 1.  Come play along and show us how you celebrate!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Quilting with Paper

In a moment of weakness, I bought a Gina Marie quilt die from Wholesale Crafting Supplies (NAYY).  Great price, low shipping, received 2 days after I ordered.  I thought the Color Throwdown and House of Cards challenges were the perfect opportunity to break it in.

Here are the inspiration images and my version
:

The quilt pieces are subtle patterns from K & Co, and I embossed the block with Divine Swirls to mimic quilting  The pink layer on the card base is a parchment pattern, it doesn't show up in the photo. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

All That Glitters...

The Shopping Our Stash challenge this week is All That Glitters...  Since I have an embarrassing hoard of metallic paper, challenge accepted!!!

For my shaker card, I used a Lawn Fawn die to create a window into embossed gold paper, and used coarse glitter as my filling.  My crafting friends would be astounded - I despise glitter!  In the spirit of Shopping Our Stash, I broke out a very old (20+ years) jar just for this project.

The Words 2 Craft BY Change challenge runs through February 1 - come join us!

Jingle Belles Joy

The Jingle Belles Stick-y & Sweet challenge is to use a sticker.  I have plenty, and needed this motivation to use them!

DCWV Magic Stack patterned paper, Printworks Joy sticker, stash ribbon.  I tried to emboss the snowflake paper, but the silver peeled off the snowflakes.  Lesson learned!!

The Words to Craft By challenge - Change is open through February 1.  Come join us!