Sunday, July 29, 2018

Christmas in July

Shopping Our Stash has a kraft challenge this week. I love the look of kraft and white or eggshell. Since I always find myself short of Christmas cards, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to add a few to my stash.
The embossing folder was a Tuesday Morning find from Richard Gray, and the texture reminded me of warm winter sweaters.  I mounted the textured kraft on matching paper, and popped up both panels with dimensional tape.  While I like the eggshell color paper and proportions better, I like the twine on the white card better than the twill tape.  Option are good, learning is great!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

CAS Sympathy

I need to build up my stash of sympathy cards, and the Paper Craft Crew's sketch is perfect:  

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge 300! Play along with the latest challenge by visiting #stampinup #papercraftcrew #papercrafts #stamping #sunnygirlscraps #crafting #crafts #craft #creative #creativity #create #sketchchallenge #colorchallenge #inspirationalchallenge #tictactoechallenge
Here is my version:
Love the washi tape tripe.  Sentiment from Unity, die cuts are a mix of Ellen Huston and SU! Swirly Birds cut with adhesive paper.  Still deciding if I want to add any bling like the sketch suggests...

Come play along with us at Words to Craft By for our Flip Floppin' challenge!!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Thinking of You

Loving the Color Throwdown shades of the ocean.  
And they led into the perfect response to the Try Stamping on Tuesday's Tic Tac Toe, striaght across the middle row:

The card base is white, the circles holographic silver, and the circles aqua and bright blue, sentiment from Gina Marie.  I really hate trying to take picture of metallic papers, but I love this card!!!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Color Slider Christmas Card - Photo Heavy Post!!

I wanted to make a color slider card.  In the process, I made a lot of pretty trash!!!

I inked the background with oxide inks and added the snowflakes in white, cut the snow with a stitched dies, stamped the Recollections image, patterned paper DCWV.  I stamped the image on the transparency with Staz-On, and colored the other image with Derwent watercolor pencils. 

I am sharing this with The Paper Girls Challenge #156 - Transparencies, and Shopping Our Stash #362 - Christmas in July, and Jingle Belles All Bundled Up.  Wow!!!!  I rarely am able to enter more than one challenge at a time!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018

All Bundled Up for Christmas in July

The Jingle Belles challenge is All Bundled Upholiday cards with LAYERS... three or more layers, to be specific.  When I hear layers, I think about triple time stamping my way - using dies.  

Shopping Our Stash also a Christmas challenge - perfect for hot and steamy July!!

Gold metallic paper, the poinsettia layers are from SU!  The old Recollections sentiment is heat embossed.  I used Lawn Fawn stitched dies to make the SEVEN layers!!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Flip Flipping Summer challenge (talk about opposites!!).

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Twofer Challenge #7

The Twofer Card Challenge prompt is:
Here are my bottles, holding my favorite beverage!

Bottles, wine glass, and wine sentiment from Repeat Impressions, compass rose and sentiment from Just Rite.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Monkey See Monkey Do

Color Throwdown 501 looks like this:
Here is my version:
The images are from Stampendous, stamped in Sepia Ranger ink, and fussy cut.  This will be great for Cards for Soldiers!  They end blank greeting cards and notes of encouragement to our deployed military.  You can find them on Facebook. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thank you hugs

Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge:
I rotated the sketch and came up with this:
The sentiment is from Stampers Best, the paper is hoarded EP Dots and Stripes.  The Words 2 Craft By challenge is to show how "Life is Better in Flip Flops".  Join us!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Try Stampin' On Tuesday (or Thursday!)

The Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week:
Here is my version:
I wanted the patterned paper to blend rather than contrast, and I love the way the elephants pick up the grays in the paper!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Words 2 Craft By - Life is Better in Flip Flops

This month at Words 2 Craft By, our challenge is "Life is Better in Flip Flops".

Carta Bella Summer Lovin' paper, Sweet Sunday Sketch #216.  How are you flip floppin' this summer?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Here Fishy Fishy!

The Male Room's challenge this round is Fish/Fishing.   I love to use the Hero Arts layering stamps with Oxide Ink.

I inked up the background, and added the seaweed in the same colors.   I "flicked" water on the background to create bubbles, and added Glossy Accents to the bubbles.  The goldfish were fussy cut and popped up on the base. It was quite time consuming, but worth it for a friend's 80th birthday.  We spent many happy hours together at the beach.  Love you, J!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Color Thowdown!

The Color Throwdown is celebrating their 500th challenge!  I checked my blog.  Since I started entering challenges in July of 2012, I have joined in about 70 of their challenges.  Thanks for the inspiration CTD!!
Here is my response:

I love the gold vertical element.  I find myself going back to the Swirly Bird SU! set often, and I love the Watercolor Wishes sentiments.  Happy Birthday, Color Throwdown!

Circles and More Circles

The Shopping Our Stash challenge this week is Geometric:
I made the card is 3.5" x 5" to keep the circles in proportion.  The circles were cut from adhesive paper, making it MUCH easier.  Lesson learned - I traced the inside of the black circles with black marker to hide the tiny difference in size.  Makes for a more polished look.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


I'm a bit late posting my US Independence Day card. 
SU! Swirly die for the stripes, old Marvy punch for the stars.  Simple!!  Sharing with the Cards in Envy Twinkle Little Stars and the Simply Create Too No Patterned Paper challenges. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018


The House of Cards challenge looks like this:
Here is mine:
I have had a bag of mini popsicle sticks forever, and finally have a project for them!!!  The white background is embossed with clouds.  The popsicles are paint chips.  The texture and sheen are perfect for these treats!  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Welcome Baby!

I'm playing along with The Color Throwdown:
I "flicked" yellow, green, and blue watercolor paint on the background, and layered it on a pretty blue paper.  I couldn't decide if I liked the ribbon or not, so made it both ways.  Which one do you like better?

Blue Mandala

I have a great stencil, and inked it with a variety of oxide inks. 
I love how easily the inks blend with stencils.  Sharing this with Cards in Envy's Blue and Distressed challenge.

Inspired by a Movie

The Male Room challenge is "Inspired by a Movie".  Can you guess my movie?
Art C die cut, Unity sentiment, stash paper.  Your choice on the movie.  Bambi?  The Deer Hunter? Reindeer Games? 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Congratulations in Blue

The Card in Envy challenge is Blue.  I wove some strips of Echo Park Baby Boy paper, and layered onto a lovely blue base. 
I love this non-traditional baby card!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By and show us where you feel most alive!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Out on a Limb

This is WAY out of my comfort zone.  Coloring, owls, puns - not something you see on my projects!
I stamped the owl all over, colored them with Inktense pencils, and layered the panels on green and black.  I am sharing this cutie with:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Great Scrap Sketch

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week that is perfect for scraps;

I used scraps from Ahoy There by Carta Bella on a navy base:
The sentiment is an older Provo Craft die layered on white twill tape.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By and show us where you feel most alive!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Playful Palette

I bought the SU DSP Playful Pallette paper to go with a Paper Pumpkin, but I never figured out what to do with it.  Then I saw the Tuesday Morning Sketch this week!  It's perfect for a very busy, bold patterned paper.
 The organza ribbon on the first one needed the tie, but I think the wider grosgrain on the second was good without it.  I really liked how Patti had her die cut sentiment extend outside of the oval, and I decided to do the same.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By and show us where you feel most alive!

Terrific in Teal

The Paper Girls have a challenge to use a bicycle on a project.  
Love this!!!  So summery, the color makes me think of the ocean on Hilton Head.  The beaches there are perfect for a bike ride! 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summers Colors and Swirly Bird

The Color Throwdown #497 has beautiful sherbet colors:
I have seen some cards that use multiple Swiry Birds die cuts in different colors, and then are recombined. 
Love this layout!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By (through July 4) to show us where you feel most alive.

Pretty Sympathy Card

I am afraid I have needed WAY too many sympathy card lately.  I loved this sketch from Clean & Simple Fall to Layout:

I heat embossed the sentiment in white, and inked up the panel with Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, and Fired Brick distress oxide inks.  Topped off the die cut with SU! Antique Gold seam binding.  I love the restful colors.  

Where do you feel most alive?  Come share with us at Words 2 Craft By!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Words 2 Craft By #54 - Most Alive

This month's Words 2 Craft By challenge begs the question - "Go where you feel most alive".  For me, it is at a beach, any beach. 
Fabulous flamingos are just a bonus!  This Hero Arts layering set is stamped with Oxide Distress Ink.  Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By and show us your happy place!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge - Trees

I love entering the Twofer Card challenges.  They really make me stretch my creative thinking.  This round, I used the same stamp in very different ways. 

First up, the image is heat embossed in white glitter on navy pearl and paired with an elegant Merry Christmas:
CAS, but still has enough depth and texture to keep things interesting.

This is my third attempt at a spotlight card:
I have needed WAY too many sympathy cards recently.  Love how the lone tree in the center reflects how alone we feel in grief (no matter how many people are there to love and support), yet there are others nearby in love.

SU! Lovely Trees.  First sentiment from Creative Station, second from Gina Marie.  The latest Words 2 Craft By challenge runs from June 13 through July 4.  Come play along with us!!