Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Doubly challenged


This morning I sat down at my craft table with the goal of creating birthday cards from my UFO pile.  UFO (Unfinished Object) is an acronym that was often used by my friend Leslie Hanna.  In one of my conversations with her back in December we set a goal of participating in every challenge at Jingle Belles for 2016 and setting aside January 2016 to minimize our UFO piles.  At the time I had two piles that resembled towers :)

In January I did start working on my UFO towers, trying to make multiples of cards whenever possible.  I have made lots of cards and teacher gifts, though I did rarely stop to photograph and blog.  I traded that time for more crafty fun.  I can proudly say that my two towers are definitely just piles at this point.  My next goal is to make it into just one pile.  My ultimate goal is to have no pile, but baby steps are needed here!

Back to this morning...I checked to see what blog challenges were on today and I came across two to get my mojo going:
Shopping Our Stash (SOS) and Die Cuttin Divas.  

The SOS challenge blog is honoring Leslie with a UFO/pink challenge (Leslie always referred to pink as "gah-pink."  She did not like pink!)  I can hear her laughing now :)

The Die Cuttin Divas have this wonderful sketch:
In my UFO piles I have the remnants from my monthly Simon Says Stamp kits.  The heart striped die cut journaling card, floral scrap (behind the heart die), text paper, and gold hearts on dark gah-pink are by My Mind's Eye and are from the Simon Says Stamp October 2015 kit.  The background gold stripe is from my personal stash, as well as the black gumdrops by Your Next Embellie.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Washi Ornament card

I created this card for the "Here We Come A-Washi-ing" challenge at Jingle Belles.
I was trying to come up with a different way to use my washi tapes, and I decided to try and see if I ran strips of wash on white card stock, would my Stampin' Up ornament punch easily?  The answer is yes!  That does not mean that I am inclined to try to reproduce this particular card; making the bows, adhering the elastic metallic strips, and mounting each on foam tape was time consuming.  It's funny how a card that appears relatively CAS (clean and simple) can be quite the opposite.  I am pleased with the outcome overall and I figured out a new way to make use of my washi tape...and I have another Christmas card for my 2016 stash.

Thanks for the challenge, Jingle Belles!
Happy Monday everyone.

Update:  I did not realize that Lauren had already done the washi ornament for her original post for this particular challenge at Jingle Belles...kudos to you, Lauren for thinking of it first!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Flowers die cut challenge at Cut It Up


Have you seen the Spring Flowers challenge at Cut It Up?

And I used some really old stash!  I found this fun 12x12 diagonally striped paper and thought it would make a great background.  My stitched rectangle dies were used on the striped paper (I got six out of the one sheet) and a smaller stitched rectangle die for the center.  I colored my rubber stamp with markers to stamp the flower image.  Lastly I die cut the banner and stamped the sentiment.  Six cards in less than an hour and using really old stamps, paper, markers, ink, and my MISTI.  Only my stitched dies are relatively new.

Supplies
paper:  Stampin' Up designer paper and Barely Banana (banner); Recollections 110lb. card stock
markers:  Stampin' Up Barely Banana, Yoyo yellow, Certainly Celery
ink pad:  Memories sand
stamps:  "thinking of you" by Savvy stamps; flower by Hero Arts

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

You stamped with what?!! challenge at Shopping Our Stash


This card is for the "You Stamped with What?!!" challenge at Shopping Our Stash; I had fun playing around and creating this card.

My flower was created from this flower die by Concord and 9th:
I die cut the flower, then used the negative pieces as a stencil.  Then I took a sponge, inked it up, and smudged color inside the open spaces of my card stock stencil.  The "you are" is stamped normally; that stamp is by Neat and Tangled.  "beautiful" is also a die by Concord and 9th.

Happy Thursday!

Peace on Earth Day challenge

This card was easy-peasy!  The current challenge at Jingle Belles is Peace on Earth Day; "create a holiday card that features re-cycled, re-used or up-cycled elements.  You know you've got that stash of things that you saved because they were just too pretty to throw away...break them out and create with them."

I have two gallon-size Ziplock bags full of card fronts from store-bought Christmas cards I have received over the past few years...the ones that are too pretty to toss in the bin.  I cut down this beautiful Madonna and child image and layered it on this navy specialty fabric paper.  Super easy!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

North Pole Denizen challenge

Do you enjoy playing along with blog challenges?  I am happy to see what inspiration Lauren and Stef provide every two weeks for their Jingle Belles challenges.  It keeps the Christmas card panic at bay when November rolls around if I make a card or two for each challenge all year long.  In this case I was able to eek out two nearly identical cards.

This fortnight the challenge is "Santa Baby" (or anyone who might reside at the North Pole.)  I thought these fun BasicGrey "Eskimo Kisses" papers would make a cute scene/shape card.  The little deer was fussy cut from that collection as well.

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Something for the Big Boy challenge


Shopping Our Stash's challenge this week is "Something for the Big Boy" meaning create a card for a teenage boy or an adult male. Masculine cards don't come easy to me, but I thought these old BasicGrey papers fit the bill.  It is extremely time consuming, but I enjoy paper piecing dies...especially when I choose multiple patterned papers; that way I can make enough multiples to use all of those little pieces (in this case, hexagons!)

Both the hexagon background die and the banner die are by Papertrey Ink.  The large brick hexagon is a Creative Memories punch, then I glued it to a scrap of white card stock and fussy cut around it.  The mini glazed brads are by My Mind's Eye.

Happy Tuesday!