Saturday, November 6, 2021

Happy Holidays from SAS4Kids

 It's time for the November challenge from Send A Smile 4 Kids!  This month, we are making holiday cards.  When I saw this sentiment from Stampin' Up, I knew I had to use it for SAS4Kids cards.  

While SAS4K is featuring holiday cards 4 kids this month, any kiddie-appropriate card can be linked up for this month's challenge.  While you aren't required to donate your card to SAS4Kids in order to play along with us, one of our hospitalized patients would love it if you did. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids Celebration Challenge

This month's challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids is a holiday or celebration card.  I made a Thanksgiving thank you card.  

I used a Darice Scroll Corner embossing folder on COREdinations paper, and sanded the design.  The pumpkins were die cut.  I think the sentiment is perfect for SAS4Kids!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Christmas is on the Way!

 The Paper Players has a "By the Numbers" challenge.  

I used the Stampin Up 25 Days of Christmas embossing folder inked with Old Olive in a new-to-me technique.  I edged the panel in gold, and then used stash ribbon to make it look like a package.  The stars were too small to use my gold marker, so I thinned a drop of gold reinker, and used a pin to paint.  Not perfect, then then neither are the stars!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Texture and Layers Galore!

Happy 600th challenge to Just Us Girls!  What an accomplishment!  In honor of 600, they are challenging participants to include 6 of something on their entry.  

There are 6 layers on this card, 4 textured embossing panels (isn't the cream pearl pretty with the embossing?!?), the sentiment and it's burgundy layer.  I made 3 of these with the various pieces, 1 sadly botched.  This is a fun layout to make multiples.  The JUGs word week:

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids Fall Cards

 It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

I cut the circles using my Hero Arts infinity dies, layered them onto a piece of textured cardstock, and hand drew the stitches.  The hair was cut freehand.  Super easy and fun to do!

Hope you'll stop by the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog and check out our DT fall cards. Then, stop back by later this month to link up a card of your very own. Even though we are focusing on fall cards this month, any kid-friendly card can be linked up for the challenge.

If you are interested in donating your card to one of our hospitals, please check each shipper's current needs. Due to Covid, not all of our hospitals are accepting cards at this time. 

Thanks for stopping, and happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Great Washi Layout from Make the Cards Challenge

Make The Cards Challenge blog has a sketch challenge that is great to use some of my (massive) washi tape hoard.  

Here is their inspiration sketch:

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Color Challenge

Just Us Girls (JUGS) has a fun pink, yellow, and green color challenge.  I recently saw a stencil that looked like a water blob, but it was sold out.  No problem - I made my own with some old drafting film and my Scan and Cut!

Here are their colors:

I used Distress Oxides Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, and Twisted Citron, and added the Ranger sentiment in Basic Grey.  I flicked on a bit of water, using a fan brush, a trick I learned from Cathy Zielski.  The shape of the brush definitely makes a difference!!

Friday, August 20, 2021

You're A Hot Mess

Paper Craft Crew has a horizontal sketch challenge.  Thought it was a great way to use a Color Burst background I had in my stash, and the Hero Arts Sentiment was perfect for the "messy" strips.  

This sketch will be great for the many strips of patterned paper scraps.  

Send a Smile for Kids has a fun Thank You challenge running through the end of the month.  Come join us!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Thank you!

This month's challenge from SAS4Kids is to create a thank you card for a child to give to a staff member or special person.  

Such a sweet puppy to say a special thanks!  Come join us at SAS4Kids and show us how you say thank you!

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Christmas in July

 This month's challenge at SAS4Kids is Christmas in July.  I decided to make an easel card.  

The snowman disc is a removable ornament, and includes an attached string for hanging.  Sentiment from Clearly Defined, snowflakes cut from a Lawn Fawn die.  I think this will really brighten a child's day!

Come link up with us at SAS4Kids and show us how you celebrate Christmas in July!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Funky Color Challenge

Just Us Girls (JUGS) has a fun color challenge this week.  

I used a Spellbinders die cut 4x into DCWV adhesive paper and an InLoveArts sentiment die.  I used every scrap and am so happy with the results!!  Here is the original JUGS inspiration:

Friday, June 18, 2021

WAY Outside My Comfort Zone...

 I buy a lot of my craft supplies from crafters in Facebook groups.  A very kind lady in one of the groups gifted me a Unity stamp set that is completely different than my usual style.  Made me try something new, as I don't color much, and I don't usually use images of people.  I'm pretty pleased with the end result!

Fab Friday has a color challenge using Stampin' Up colors, but all brands are welcome.  I used Stampin' Write markers for everything expect her hair.  I didn't have a marker anywhere close to brown, so I used some watercolor pencils.  The layers are Granny Apple Green, the raincoat So Saffron, the duckling is So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie blended together.  

Sketch Challenge!!!

The Paper Craft Crew has a versatile sketch challenge. I made my version with Echo Park I Love My Cat paper, My Favorite Things I Miss Your Hugs sentiment. 

I inked the Paw Print embossed background to highlight the paws. Here is their sketch:

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Happy Day

Playing along with a new to me challenge - Color Hues.  Their prompt is blue and brown.  I always need more masculine cards, and these are the perfect colors!

SU Mosaic Madness stamp and punch, Tufted embossing folder, with Crumb Cake and Misty Moonlight paper, Soft Suede and Misty Moonlight in.  I added a water droplet type jewel to the center of each mosaic for a little interest.  

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Birthday Calories Don't Count!

 The Color Throwdown challenge colors are super fun:

I interpreted the colors a little softer than the inspiration image.  

Echo Park papers, Reverse Confetti sentiment and die cute.  

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Tweens & Teens

This month's challenge at SAS4Kids focuses on tweens and teens, who are often forgotten.

Echo Park papers, Simon Says sentiment.  I made the enamel dots with perler beads, melted in the oven on parchment paper.  I made about about 1000 dots in 24 different colors for about $3.  No black or brown, somehow they didn't turn out as nice as the other colors.  Come join our challenge and create a card for a teenager!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

My Heart is with You

 Try Stampin' On Tuesday is having a sketch challenge, with an option for a masculine project.  Since most of my cards go to deployed military, masculine cards are always needed.  

The sentiment and die cut are from Reverse Confetti, and the background paper is from DCWV Far East.  I added some narrow ribbon for the vertical elements to finish it off.  Here is their sketch:
Cards for Soldiers and Send  Smile 4 Kids accept cards if you are so inclined!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

A Hexagon Hello

 Great challenge from a new to me blog using hexagons:

I punched the hexagons from alcohol inked paper with some gold mixative, and layered them on some pretty gold paper.  I embossed the Mauve Mist paper with a honeycomb folder, and added some metal accents from my stash.  I'm playing along with the Make The Cards sketch challenge:

And of course, I missed the deadline by about an hour...

Friday, May 14, 2021

Enjoy Today

When I saw the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge, I immediately thought it was perfect for washi tape!

Love the narrow washi with the gold layer.  

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rainbows and Ice Cream

 I'm trying to get back to entering challenges.  I have been creating, just not playing along with the great inspiration that challenges provide.  Today, I am playing along with Try Stamping on Tuesday's sketch challenge, with the optional theme rainbows.  Perfect for using my new to me Reverse Confetti Love & Ice Cream stamp and die set.  

I don't have a rainbow die, so I nested some circle dies, and trimmed accordingly.  Love this!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sending Comforting Thoughts

Here is my take on The Paper Players red, grey, and black color challenge:

Darice embossing folder on silver matte paper, Spellbinder cardinal, older CTMH sentiment stamped in Stazon.  Unfortunately, have needed too many of these cards recently.  Damn covid.  

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids - To Special Men

The May SAS4Kids challenge is to create a card for a child to give to a special man in their life, nurse, doctor, parent, grandparent, friend, etc.  

I love using the cut-aparts in paper pads.  Expands my repertoire of sentiments and images, and you can't go wrong with how perfectly they coordinate!  I embossed the white background with a random stars folder, to pull out the stars in the background of the sentiment panel.  I like to keep masculine cards a little more clean and simple than feminine ones.  

Come join the challenge and show us your cards for a special man!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Soft colors for Easter

 I like to send a lot of Easter cards,  As much as I love this one, I don't have the patience to create very many of them!

Lots and lots of die cuts!!  Kat Scrappiness base die, I think the others are Gina Marie?  Anyone?

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Sunshine and Laughter

 Who couldn't use a little sunshine and laughter?

Cath Zielski inspired me to break out my Distress Inks to create not just a background, but also the cardstock used for the die cuts.  For the butterflies, I used Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.  The background and oval were inked with Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn.  I added a Hero Arts sentiment.  The butterflies were too plain, so I cut out the black centers from a Cheery Lynn die, and trimmed down to fit.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Fur Baby Sympathy

 A dear friend just lost her Golden Retriever.  

I like clean and simple sympathy cards  Darice embossing folder, Unity sentiment.  The paper and ink are More Mustard.  Sharing this with The Paper Players, Ann's CAS challenge - Animals.  

I think that the loss of pets has been even harder during quarantine.  We are spending so much time at home with them.  Plus there are very few rescue puppies available, at least in the mid-west.  After losing our Yellow Lab last November, we applied for 53 dogs before we were chosen as Charli's new family.    

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Cards 4 For Boys

 Welcome back to another Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge!  This month, we are focusing on Cards 4 Boys.

Stampin' Up Dinoroar paper, retired.  I cut the dino out on my Brother Scan and Cut and cut the rectangles with stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn,  I added a rub on sentiment from my stash, and glossy accents to the red berries for some depth and texture.     

Be sure to join us at our Cards 4 Boys challenge!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

 I can't believe how long  it has been since I posted!  We were fortunate to have been chosen to receive a beautiful furbaby from Lucky Tales Rescue in Kentucky  I forgot how much work a young puppy requires!  Here's Charli!  She is about 14 weeks old and as busy as a toddler.  Mixed parentage, some Lab, Mastiff, and who knows what else.  

Here is their inspiration:

I replaced the repeating hearts with hexagons I cut on my Brother Scan and Cut, and added a SSS sentiment.  

Since I haven't been able to get up to my craft room, I have been doing a bit of beading, making and selling these cute glue fobs.  I got tired of losing my Art Glitter pin.  $6.50 + shipping, just let me know what color/style!