Monday, February 8, 2016

Bird Watching

This morning we've seen a wood stork, 2 sandhill cranes, a great blue heron, several ducks, limkins, and a flock of American anhingas on the waterway outside our temporary winter home.  At least, referring to a bird book for identification, that's what we think they are.
This beautiful day certainly made it hard to come inside and work on my Mojo Monday Sketch #434 Card. 

The irresistable hedgehog stamp was from one of those really inexpensive bins at Michael's.   The sentiment, circle border and heart stamps are from CTMH.

Other challenges I am entering are:
Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything with patterned paper Goes 
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #302 - Valentine's Cards


Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy News

My mother received a call this morning announcing the arrival of a grandson to some friends of hers.  She asked if I had anything in my traveling stash to make a card for the grandparents.  Luckily, I happen to have some CTMH stamps, including the new CTMH Stamp of the Month for February, Balloon Animals, and a new paper pack from SU.
The Alphabet Challenge - Y for You Choose (I chose everything but the theme of this card.)
ABC Challenge - A is for Animals 
Open Minded Crafting Challenge - Something New (balloon stamps is new)

Well, that's it for now.  My computer is being very difficult; my tummy says it's time for a sandwich; and my DH will be ready for a walk shortly.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Moving On to February

and a new, temporary, winter home in Sarasota, Florida.  We just arrived here yesterday and need to spend some time getting familiar with our new surroundings.  One of the first things I did was claim a nice little corner to make my cards.  No hiding in the closet this month.  This morning's project (after making my Mojo Monday #433 Sketch Contest card) was to get all the internet devices online.  Mission accomplished.  Now I can post my first card made here.
(taken on our screened porch overlooking a golf course)

(same card, different light, no screen, using CTMH stamps, glitter trim, black fundamental accessories and papers)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

This is one of the cards I quickly made before leaving home so all my January and February birthday cards ready to mail.  I know Dawne received this card a week ago, so it is safe to post it on my blog now.
I stamped the butterfly on a circular tag with gingham ribbon, adhered it to embossed dark pink CS with dimensional tape, added a few skittles and a butterfly charm.

Crafting with Friends Challenge #13 - Always Anything Goes
Just Add Ink Challenge #296 - Just Add Nature 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #133 - Show me the pink + ribbon

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chin Up!

What a rainy day today!
Tomorrow the sun should be back! 

This card is a collection of paper scraps, CTMH stamps, ribbon, tulle, butterflies, and pearls, and a distressed die cut scalloped oval.

Challenges to which I submitted this card:
Crafting for all Seasons Challenge #118 - Ribbon & Pearls
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #56 - Anything Goes
Moo-mania & More Challenge - Use Your Scrap
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft-dee Bowz January Challenge - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafty Boots Challenge - Ribbon or Lace
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #156 - Punches and/or Dies

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Valentine Hearts

It's time to make a few Valentine's Day Cards. 
For this card, I started with an A2 card base and then cut 1 1/2 inches off the right hand side of the front where I planned to place a row of hearts.   I used the Whoo's Your Valentine set from CTMH and Red Momento ink to stamp a dozen hearts.  I fussy cut the hearts and attached them to the card.  Next I added the sentiment from the January SOTM set, Beloved Bouquet.  So far, so good.  

I decided to add a strip of red CTMH shimmer trim behind the row of hearts.   Surprise!  When I opened the card to add the tape, I realized I had used a piece of  white CS scrap which had been stamped on the opposite side.  And that discarded stamping showed on the back of the hearts on the inside of the card.  So I stamped and fussy cut another dozen hearts for on the inside, added a few more hearts for good measure and, finally, the sentiment.  A bit of corner rounding and some baker's twine finished the card.

Challenges I am entering today:
Stampin Royalty Challenge #314 - photo inspiration (I used the color scheme from the photo) 
Choux Choux Paperart Challenge #3 - Valentines/Hearts 
Eureka Stamps Challenge #177 - Love is in the Air 
Allsorts Challenge Week 347 - Valentine's Day 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016


That's what it took to finish today's card.  
Please humor me while I explain, or just scroll down to the card if you'd rather.
Anyway... last evening, while half watching a terrible new TV show pilot and half browsing through cards on Pinterest, I came across a tutorial for a tile look card.   I also put a new tape cartridge in the new tape gadget that Santa (aka my mother and her helpful elf) brought me for Christmas.
This morning I set to work trying the tutorial.  It was easy, and the design turned out great.  I cut some complimentary layers, all from the CTMH Charlotte papers and began putting the card together.  I applied about 3 inches of adhesive to the first layer and the tape snapped.  Don't you just hate when that happens? It was a brand new cartridge!  Did you ever try to repair an adhesive tape cartridge?  It ain't easy!  and definitely not fun!  But, after multiple attempts, declining the cracker that my mother helpfully offered, taking a moment to unwind the tape stuck to my fingers and the table in order to go in the next room and fix a problem on her computer, and checking with my DH before he left for his golf game to make sure he was stopping for some milk, I managed to get the tape cartridge reassembled, the gadget working properly and the card finished.  

Stamps are from the January CTMH Stamp of the Month set.  The gold bow is a CTMH Fundamental accessory.  And the darling little metallic nail heads are by Queen & Co.
A CTMH online friend, Tracey Pierce, posted a beautiful card using these soft colors from the Charlotte papers and I just had to try one, too.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #51 - T is for technique (faux tiles) 
Simply Create Too Challenge #101 - Something New (I just picked up the orange nail heads last week.  I got purple, too!) 

That's it for now!  I have a new challenge badge to add to my blog.  Then I'm going to go get a cup of tea and, maybe, that cracker.