Friday, May 29, 2015

Must Have a Tie Die Cut challenge

It's a Tie Die, not Tie Dye Challenge at Cut It Up (unless you want to create a tie dye tie die cut LOL!)  I cut my ties from the "Create a Critter 2" Cricut cartridge (p.17 cut @ 4").  My papers are "Mustard Soup" by Jillibean Soup.

Our sponsor for this challenge is May Arts.  I have been using May Arts ribbon for close to ten years; I love the quality!  Enter your tie die card at Cut It Up by June 10th for a chance to win a prize from May Arts.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CAS Floral Girly Thanks

My daughters' birthday is fast approaching, so I wanted to create a set of thank you cards in preparation.  My timing is perfect, because I wanted something easy-to-mail and something that I could mini mass-produce.

I inked the Neat and Tangled stamp with white ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on heavy vellum, then colored the back of the vellum with my Copic markers.  I like the mottled look the Copics create on vellum.  I tried various color combinations, but I think the bolder and darker colors look best (in my humble opinion!)  I added a Class-A-Peal sticker sentiment.

My inspiration came from three lovely challenges:
Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Color and Sketch Challenge

Doubly challenged today...I am playing along with The Challenge (yellow green orange color challenge) and Freshly Made Sketches.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sports Die Cut challenge

I was inspired to create this card when I saw the Sports challenge at Die Cuttin Divas.  I used two papers from Echo Park's "Anything Goes" collection, navy and white card stocks, a rectangle stitched die, golf scene from Cricut cartridge "Create A Critter 2" (cut @ 3"), a pearl, a stamped sentiment, and navy ink.

Happy Saturday!  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mist Die Cut Challenge!

The current Cut It Up challenge is "Must Use Mist."  I found my mini mister, added some Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls, and misted the patterned paper.  I was completely inspired by Shari Carroll;  Shari used the basic design above on two different cards.  I saw a card Shari made with the January 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kit and another card she created using the April 2015 card kit.  I combined both ideas into one, and the end result is a winter birthday card.  I added two die cuts; the pennant banner and the balloon.  My sequins is by Neat and Tangled; sweetheart sequin mix and winter wonderland mix.
Our challenge is sponsored by Colour Arts and As Cute as a Button.  Enter to win two silks and two primary elements by Colour Arts and a $20 gift certificate to As Cute as a Button.  Link up your mist/die cut project at Cut It Up by May 27th for a chance to win.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Clean and Simple Music Challenge

"The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched they must be felt with the heart - Helen Keller"

I really enjoy CAS cards, but I find them challenging to create.  Hopefully this particular card will be CAS enough for the talented designers at CASology.  The current challenge is music.  I perused all of my papers and found a little 6x6 of music pattern.  My sentiment is by PSX; one of my first stamps ever purchased.  I got this stamp in 1999!

I was inspired by this card by Tracey McNeely.  She let her sentiment say it all on a beautiful red card stock.
Happy Tuesday!

Oldest Washi Tape Challenge

This morning I checked my bloglovin' feed and the first post I saw was by my lovely friend Leslie; the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is "Oldest Washi Tape."  Easy-peasy!  Leslie gave me my first rolls of washi tape (via Target.)  I also pulled out my discontinued EAD stickers and used my last bird and bird cage.  My sentiment is from a My Favorite Things sentiment stamp set that I found during my recent craft room purge.  Yay for using up old stash!  Another hooray for creating a card in less than 10 minutes!

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge

Wow, I went back to my stamping roots today when I created this card.  I began stamping in the late 1990s...before patterned paper made a big splash.  Back then kraft card stock was popular, silver and gold were popular, we stamped our own backgrounds, and the layering was simple.  Then kraft was no longer popular, and heavy layers and metal embellishments (eyelets and mesh) made their debut.  Then they phased out, but now it seems that most of these trends are resurfacing.  And it makes me happy because I am using some really old stash that has not seen any love in a long while.

I was inspired by the May sketch challenge at The Crooked Stamper:
To play along, click here:  The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge #4.
I stamped this Hero Arts image multiple times in a soft wheat ink (Memories) on sandstone card stock. Then I inked the flower in vineyard berry and sea foam inks (both CTMH).  My sentiment is stamped and embossed in gold.

Happy Saturday!

The Challenge #33 - Sketch challenge

Two posts in one day!  The current sketch challenge at The Challenge ends tomorrow, so I decided to eek out a card.

My craft room purge last month yielded me slightly more space (I have a lot of stash), but it also created a pile.  A pile of stuff I almost got rid of, but decided to keep and make myself use.  In this case, it was the trio of patterned papers.  I backed on some ancient fabric paper (metallic silver) by Magenta.

For the final touch I perused my SRM Stickers sheets and decided upon this fancy "thank you!"
Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Fusion French Twist Card Challenge

 Oh, it is nice to have internet capabilities again!  Truth be told, it is very freeing to not have internet and phone for a few days.  Now everything is resolved with Comcast and I can see what fun creations and challenges are happening in blogland.

I naturally gravitated to what is probably my favorite challenge blog, Fusion Card Challenge.  The design team and participants both create phenomenal cards...there is always super eye candy on that blog.

I chose to just use the photo inspiration.  I started to fuse them (and use the sketch too), but decided I wanted vertical paper strips rather than horizontal.
Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Paper Piecing Die Cut Challenge

Our Cut It Up challenge this fortnight is to use stamps to paper piece; I paper pieced my mirror and part of the rug.  I used silver mirror paper for the mirror and Urban Prairie papers by BasicGrey.  The Spellbinder's oval die cut is on Bazzill card stock, the Stitched Rectangle dies are by Simon Says Stamp.  My ribbon and sentiment are by Stampin' Up.

Here is a close up of the mirror and bubbles:
Our sponsor for this challenge is Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  You could win a $15 gift certificate!

Link your paper pieced die cut project at Cut It Up by May 13th.

Happy Friday!