Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Another Mother's Day card using velum

(an inside peek)
A while back I embossed a sheet of vellum, using this pretty rose stamp from Sparkle n Sprinkle, and only used half the sheet.  The other half is on this card.  I also added some embossing to the inside.  I die cut 2 different size scalloped ovals, one inside the other, making a frame for the outside of the card and an oval for the sentiment inside.  I versamarked the entire frame and the edges of the oval and embossed both to match the flowers.   The sentiments are stamps from CTMH and SNS.  For embellishments I used some flowered CTMH ribbon with a touch of ink on the edges, a hat pin, 3 other different ribbons, and some pearls.  If you'd like to see the other half of the vellum sheet, it's right here.

I am entering this card in these challenges:
Lia Stampz Challenge #63 - Pastels
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #15 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #210 - Pretty Pastels
Through the Purple Haze Challenge #38 - Creativity Strikes!  (And I thought it was going to be a baseball or bowling challenge.)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Emboss It!
Pile It On Challenge #16 - No DP
WeDoDoobadoo Challenge Week #4 - Embellish It

Off to another baseball game.  It's gonna be a chilly one and I just packed my long underwear away yesterday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dad Card

It's tough to find good masculine stamps.  That's why I really like this image and sentiment from Doodle Pantry.  I'm not saying that us gals can't enjoy a day of fishing.  But the fishing theme does make a nice guy card.  I haven't decided whether I'll finish the inside of this card with a Father's Day or a Birthday sentiment.  It would work for either.

This card is my April submission for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #24.  It's an Anything Goes Challenge, as usual.  But,  participants in the challenge who use a Doodle Pantry image (not just sentiment), are emailed a set for FREE and  are also entered in the prize drawing.  This month's free set is the Petite Bouquet, perfect for some Mother's Day cards.  It's a really great deal, their images are easy to work with, and by telling you all this I just cut down on my own chances of winning.  Forget I mentioned it.

I have also decided to enter today's card in these challenges:
Come and Get It Challenge - Where the Boys Are
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge #4 - Make it for the Boys
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #15 - Anything Goes
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #208 - Kraft
Time Out Challenge #3 - Birthday + Masculine twist
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge #306 - Masculine Card

Monday, April 21, 2014

Layla, In Her Easter Finest + Mojo Monday

When I cleaned off my craft/dining room table last week, I piled all my essentials in one storage drawer
so I could easily get to work this morning on my Mojo Monday card.  Since my Mother's Day luncheon is only 3 weeks away, I'm hoping I can keep my crafty mess to a minimum until then.  If that's even possible?

So here is today's card for Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge # 342 :
I've used a digi image from Bugaboo Stamps and a sentiment from CTMH.

Here is the sketch for the challenge:

I am also entering the card in these challenges:
Catered Crop - Think Green 

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #203 - Color Inspiration

Catch the Bug April Bingo Challenge - bugaboo image, embossing(player's choice), border
Color Me Creative Challenge #90 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #91 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Antics
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #128 - Anything Goes

Now, I suppose some of you are more interested in seeing photos of my great granddaughter, Layla, in her Easter dress....  She was an angel in church, taking in all the new sights and sounds. 

Wish this wasn't out of focus.  But her dimple shows!

We had to get a photo of this sleeping position. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lillies, Daisies, Tulips, Daffodils - Springtime Flowers Everywhere!

Happy Easter everyone.  
For my followers who are waiting to see Layla in her Easter finery....
Yes, I did take pictures of my 2 month old great granddaughter in her Easter outfit (including the sweater and booties I crocheted),  but I am saving them to post tomorrow.   So you'll have to come back then.

I have just a bit of time between family festivities today to share a few flowers with my crafty friends. 

For this card first I printed this A Day For Daisies digi image on white CS.   Next I drew a rectangle a bit smaller than the image and colored the entire background within the rectangle black.  Then I and cut around it and the one flower that extended beyond.  I mounted the image on the yellow checked DP background, again a bit smaller than the image.  I stamped the sentiment in white ink on black and gave it and the image a spritz of frost shimmer mist.  And when I opened the ribbon drawer, the polka dot satin ribbon just about leaped out at me. 


I am entering this in the following challenges:
A Day For Daisies Challenge #94 -  Stripes  (I was a bit concerned the chevron pattern might not qualify for the "stripes" theme, but I looked it up and the definition of chevron is "stripes meeting at an angle".  So this should do just fine.)
A Gem of a Challenge #117 - Spring is in the Air (I left the lily I brought home from church on the front porch and you can smell it as soon as you go near.  What a wonderful springtime scent!  My lily bulbs are just starting to emerge from the ground.)
Digi Galore Challenge - Flowers 
Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #146 - Flowers
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #25 - Frame It
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #63 - Spring
Creative Corner Challenge - What's in a Name?  Since my first name is Debi, I've used a Digi image of Daisies
Digi Haven Challenge - Black and White with one other Color (Yellow)
PolkaDoodles Challenge Week 16 - Springtime
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - A card with the word 'Happy'

And now I am going to my mother's and totally forget I'm on a diet!

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eggstra from SPARKS

When I saw the SPARKS inspiration photo for its current challenge, 

it reminded me of the Easter DP I had in my stash from last year.   This was certainly easy to make.  That's one reason I like the SPARKS digi images.  If you need a quick card, that doesn't require a lot of coloring, their images are great.  Here I actually combined the egg basket digi image and 'egg-stra' digi sentiment with 2 Paper Smooches photopolymer stamps, 'happy' and 'wishes'.  So if you don't like digis, you can still get their cute images and use regular ink. 
I used markers for my coloring, trying to match the designs on the DP eggs.  I gave them a coating of CTMH liquid glass for some shine and added some CTMH glitter tape.

And I hope everyone has a blessed Easter day.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Are your tulips up?

My tulips are just poking through the ground.  They always seem to be later than the hyacinths and daffodils, both are blooming already.  And I'm so happy to see some buds on the lilac bush I started about 3 years ago from a tiny twig.  The magnolia trees' flowers, unfortunately, are all brown from our overnight freezing temps the last few days.  I actually had to wear long underwear to my grandson's baseball game on Wednesday evening.  That's just not right!  

  Perhaps this cute springy card will warm someone up, until the temperatures take over.

Gerde Steiner supplied this perky chick digi image for use in her current challenge.   For the butterfly hello I used a stamp I recently received with one of my magazines.  And the dotted DP was a freebie from another magazine.  I used markers to do the coloring and add the faux stitching.  

I am entering this card in the following:
Gerde Steiner 6th Freebie Digital Stamp Design Challenge
Craft for the Craic April Challenge - Easter/Spring
Cards in Envy Challenge - A2 Easter
Crafty Catz Challenge #227 - B is for....  butterfly and broken egg
Creative Corner Challenge - What's in a Name?  My name is Debi and I've used Dotted Designer paper, a Digi image, Dotted Embossing Folder, and a Darn cute chick.
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 16 - Springtime
Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge 15 - Use a stamp/digi image
As You Like It Challenge - Stitching, Real or Faux?  I prefer using faux stitching since it's so much easier for a quick card than getting my sewing machine out of the closet.

Speaking of quick cards....  I wanted to show you a cute Easter card from one of my friends.
She said it was a kit from Kim's card kits.  


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Deedee's Digi of the Month

Yesterday I posted a graduation card.  
Also needed at the end of the school year are teacher appreciation cards. 
I thought this month's digi set from Deedee was perfect for just that:

I wouldn't miss entering 
or these other fun challenges:
4 Crafty Girlz Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Creative  Knockouts Challenge #33 - Furry or Feathery Friends
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #91 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Antics
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #128 - Anything Goes

My grandsons were here today for our annual egg dyeing.  My DIL forewarned me that Matt wanted to make Minion eggs (those goofy yellow guys with blue overalls and goggles from Despicable Me).  I always try to oblige.  He was happy with the result:
 And my granddaughter stopped by with Layla, 2 months old yesterday. 

Her mother didn't bring her in the laundry basket.  I was between loads and it just came in handy. 
Check out that dimple!  She's already learned to multi-task.  She can giggle and toot at the same time!