Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Butterfly Kisses

Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week:
Here is my version:
I took out one of my hoarded K&Co butterfly stickers and trimmed it to make it free standing.  With the pattern and bright colors, it needed a simple background to let it shine. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Masked Balloons

Once again, I have been neglecting my blog.  Been crafting, but not entering many challenges.  Today is the day I get back into better habits!!

Color Throwdown this week: 
My version:
I cut masks from transfer tape with an older Sizzix die, and inked with Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide inks.  The sentiment is from SU! Watercolor Words.  The sequins and jewels from my stash, mostly Sparkletz Embellishments. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

W2CB #67: 50 Years Ago Today

I was a little girl, and my mother settled me into my rocking chair in front of the TV.  She told me to pay close attention, and someday I would tell my children and grandchildren that I watched the first lunar landing live.  Mom was ahead of her time, and recognized the importance of making memories.  I've tried to do that with my son, but he is young enough that the jury is still out!  I have always told him that I love him to the moon and back.

Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By as we honor the mission's lunar plaque inscription.
We came in peace for all mankind.
The challenge is open through July 24.  Peace.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Another Christmas in July...

The Male Room has a Christmas in July challenge:
The one on the right was my first attempt.  Meh.  The solid deer didn't do it for me, too plain.  I die cut the one on the right from white paper embossed with silver, and was much happier.  Since the red and white paper was so busy, I skipped the sentiment and added a silver strip of washi tape and a white grosgrain ribbon.  I love it when I can incorporate ribbon into a masculine card!!!!

Be sure to check out of Out of this World challenge over at Word 2 Craft By!!!

Friday, July 12, 2019

I am in love with the colors this week at The Color Throwdown:
Here is my version using paper from The Paper Studio's Mint to be Fab:
The sketch is My Favorite Things #408.  Be sure to check out of Out of this World challenge at Words 2 Craft By!

Christmas in July

Christmas Crafts All Year Round has an anything but a card challenge.  I already posted my hand sanitizer packaging.  Here is my lip balm packaging:
I used the largest dies from a few Spellbinder nesties, and layered the SU patterned paper cut with the next smallest die.  I scored off a one inch section to create the base, topped with old Sizzix holly leaf die cuts, tiny bells, and silver beads.  I closed the top with adhesive, but I think I will make some with a tied ribbon. 

Be sure to check out the Out of This World challenge over at Word 2 Craft By!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

W2CB #67: The Men on the Moon

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of a new month.... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge.

July 20th will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In honor of Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Michael Collins, and the men and women of NASA, we remember the mission's lunar plaque inscription.
We came in peace for all mankind.
Here is my interpretation:
We hope you'll join us by linking up an Apollo 11-inspired card/project. Our challenge winner will receive a $10 e-certificate to the merchant of her/his choice. See you in the W2CB Gallery!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

With Love

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a sketch challenge, with the inspiration word "Melt":

Babies make me melt - every last one of them!!!
Be sure to check back on Wednesday, July 10, for the next Words 2 Craft By challenge!!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Christmas in July

Christmas Crafts All Year Round has a challenge to make something OTHER than a card.  I like to give a something to work friends that won't break the bank.  Since I work in an area without running water, we use a lot of hand sanitizer.


I started with a tutorial from Stampin' Scraper, and adjusted it to suit my Bath & Body Works bottle.

I cut a strip of paper 2" x 10.5", then scored at .5", 1.5", 3.75", 4.75", 7.5", and 8.5".  I cut a 1" x 1.25" oval between the .5" and the 1.5" score lines.  Since I used my trusty Score Pal, I am also entering this in their more than one score challenge.  The snowman is cut from Tim Holtz dies.  I think I found my work Christmas gifts for this year!!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Army Men

The Paper Girls have a "Toys" challenge.  My son always loved playing with his Army Men:
Paper House paper accented with Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Hero Arts sentiment.  Pretty simple card, but will be perfect to send to a deployed soldier!

Let's Be Mermaids!

In honor of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (yes it is a thing!), I bring you:
I embossed the fabulous background paper with a Spots and Dots folder, and topped it with the die cut and sentiment.  The papers were so strong, I thought simple was better.  Sharing with The Color Throwdown:

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Just Keep Swimming!

My poor blog has been neglected lately.  I have been creating, just not entering challenges.  Life is crazy fun, and even when it's not, I try to just keep swimming!!
Hero Arts stamps, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade ink for the fish, Faded Jeans for the sentiment.  Lawn Fawn stitched dies.  Sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash You're So Punny challenge, and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge:
Don't forget to stop by Words 2 Craft By our barefoot in the grass challenge through July 3!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Words 2 Craft By - Running Barefoot

Our Words this month come from Leslie Grimutter.

My own prescription for health is less paperwork 
and more running barefoot.

Life is truly better in flip flops!!!

And what better to pair with flip flops than a teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini?!?!  

We hope you'll join us by linking up a running-barefoot-inspired card/project. Our challenge winner will receive a $10 e-certificate to the merchant of her/his choice. See you in the W2CB Gallery!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sketch Challenge

Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge:

I broke out a new to me Authentique pad and came up with this:
SU! Watercolor Words sentiment, Momenta embossing folder. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Guest Designing for The Paper Girls Challenge!!!

I am so exited to be guest designing at The Paper Girls Challenge blog today!!  The prompt is Typography
I love the look of ombre, and used Craft Smith Paint Chip paper to achieve the effect.  MFT die cut letters, Provo Craft embossing folder, sentiment from an older SU! Paper Pumpkin kit. 

Come along and show the ladies at the Paper Girls how you define typography!!


Saturday, May 4, 2019

A Sketch Challenge!

Try Stampin' On Tuesday has a sketch challenge, optional theme, watercolor:
I broke out my Colorburst powdered watercolors (thanks, Diana!), and inked up a funky background for my silhouette:
My intent was to make it look like a night sky, but I will take this psychedelic look! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Wishing you the best

Playing along with a sketch challenge from Try Stampin On Tuesday:
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2019/04/challenge-405.html
I pulled out some Classic Garage paper and came up with these:

All purpose masculine card.  Perfect for Cards for Soldiers!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Love You to Pieces

Playing along with The Color Throwdown today:
https://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2019/04/color-throwdown-540.html
I had some fun with the Love You To Pieces stamp set and Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Call Me Clover, and Blueberry Bushel inks:
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Heroes challenge!

Love you!

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a sketch challenge:
Here is my version:
Love this green and purple color combo!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Clean and Simple

Fab Friday has a sketch challenge:
I paired a beautiful paper from DCWV Taj Mahal with shiny gold for this:

I made another one with the same stack, but used a patterned metallic gold paper:
Come play along with us at Words 2 Craft By for our Heroes challenge!!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Blessings

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week, with embossing as an optional theme:
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2019/04/challenge-403.html
No embossing this time, but a fun twist:

There is an opening behind the sentiment.  The bookmark slides into the opening!  Altenew Poppy, Megan Elizabeth sentiment.  Love this 2 in 1 thank you!  Pop over to Words 2 Craft By and join our Heroes challenge (through May1)!!!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thinking of You

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a sketch challenge this week, with embossing as an optional theme:
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2019/04/challenge-403.html
I used papers from the SU! Garage pack, Core'dinations paper, and a Tim Holtz embossing folder. 
Come join us at Words 2 Craft By for our Heroes challenge through May 1!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Home for Christmas

Just Us Girls has a Houses challenge this week:

Love this old SU! Christmas paper.  I fussy cut the gingerbread house and added Stickles to the roof.

Be sure to check out our Words 2 Craft By Heroes challenge!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Plaid for Christmas

The Paper Players have a plaid challenge going on:

I embossed Dasher in black, and layered him on gold and black.  The yummy plaid is from the MME "Yes, Please" paper pad.  Be sure to check out the Words 2 Craft By Heroes challenge!!

W2CB #64 - Heroes

Our Words 2 Craft By quote this month come from Gerald Way:

All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.  

My favorite superheroes are the men and women serving in the armed forces around the world, leaving their homes and families to keep the rest of us safe. 


These will go to Cards for Soldiers to be included in care packages for deployed military.  Did you know that April 28 is National Super Hero Day?!?  What better way to honor our everyday heroes!!!  Please join us at Words 2 Craft By through May 1, and show us your super hero!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Paperless Post Party Invitations

As much as I enjoy making cards, sometimes email is more practical.  That's why I LOVE Paperless Post.  They make great looking electronic cards.  We are having a retirement party for a friend, and plan to invite more than 100 people.  Because it is a surprise, the last thing I want is for him to see an invitation at someone's house.  And making that many invitations and managing the attendees requires more time than I have to spare. 

Paperless Post emails super cute invitations, tracks RSVPs, and even provides direction to the venue!!!

Here is the invite we are sending for the party:
 Since the party will be outside at night, I chose a stars theme.  When the recipient clicks on the invitation, the Paperless Post website opens, they will see this screen:

Guests can add the event to their personal calendar, or send a message with any questions.  No paper trail for David to see (and spoil the surprise), easy for guests to respond, and a lot less work for everyone!  For large parties, Paperless Post is a great alternative to snail mail!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Alleluia!!

The Male Room has a Spring challenge this time around.
I inked the background 3 different times, trying to get the color separation between the ground and the sky.  I wanted it to be blurry, but still have a bit of definition.  Not perfect, but I am happy with it.  Darice die cut, Oxide inks.  Old, unknown sentiment.  Be sure to check back on April 10 for the next Words 2 Craft By challenge!

Just for Fun

The Paper Girls have an April Fools challenge, looking for a joke, prank, or something funny.  I discovered I am woefully lacking a whimsical or funny stamps.

Fun papers from Main Squeeze, older sketch from Operation Write Home.  Be sure to check back on Wednesday for the next Words 2 Craft By challenge!!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Try Stampin' On Tuesday Sketch Challenge

I struggle with mixing patterned papers, so this TSOT challenge was a tough one for me:

I wasn't thrilled with my first attempt:
My second attempt was a bit better.  Maybe I just like the brighter colors!  And the flower jewels are a definite plus.  

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for the next Words 2 Craft By challenge!!