Sunday, August 18, 2019

Crazy Dogs

The box I am preparing for Send a Smile 4 Kids is almost full.
Today I added these two cards:

I finally found an easy starburst/sunburst tutorial that worked for me.  For some reason, I always ended up with gaps here and there when I tried this design. 
 There's still plenty of time to enter a  
Thank You or Anything Goes card 
Challenges:
A Place to Start August Challenge - Paper Piecing (background and the dog)
Alphabet Challenge - K is for kind thoughts 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #233 - Animals + a Sentiment 
Southern Girls Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine

 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Easy Happy Birthday & CTMH Card Class 8/13

Die Cuts sure do make putting a card together quick and easy!
Challenges:
Cut It Up Challenge #180 - Focus on the Sentiment


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Here are the cards we made at Joyce's CTMH class this past Tuesday.




 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Close To My Heart August Blog Hop

Welcome to the August


Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.
Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.
The new CTMH catalog debuts soon.
There are a lot of items being retired, 
so get them while you still can. 

This month I'm using papers from the True Love paper pack for some girly cards.


I added some of the Mix In papers for the second card.
The words are on the CTMH Artiste and Artbooking Cricut cartridges.

Now, since this is a blog hop,
you might have arrived here from  Marie Flayer's blog.
Your next stop is Krista Hershberger's blog.

The hop is circular.

If you are just starting here,

simply continue hopping until you find your way back,
making the full circle.
Meanwhile, I'm going to enter the following challenges:

Red Hat Thank You

Earlier this week one of the ladies in my Red Hat group, The Delightful Dazzling Dames, invited the chapter back to her home after lunch to show us a wonderful postal collection she and her husband had amassed.

I made this little mail box filled with yummies to give her as a hostess gift.
The template is on the CTMH  Artiste cricut cartridge.  I added some fun Dazzle hats, lace, red pearls and a velcro closure.




And this is the Thank You card I sent. 

The hat is a digital image from Sami Stamps.  I opened the file in my Paint program; resized the image;  inserted a rectangle and erased the section of ribbon that fell inside the box; and printed it so the image would be on the right side of the page.
After printing, I colored the image with pencils and stamped Thank You in the little box.

Challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - No Patterned Paper 
Unicorn Challenge #46 - Fully Loaded or CAS
Mod Squad Challenge - Layer me Not
TCP Tuesday Challenge #360 - Clean and Simple

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge #35

It's already Thursday and I just got my card made for the current Double Trouble Challenge.  It's been a busy week.

Monday was, by far, the best day!
I was invited to go Back to School shopping with my Great-Granddaughter, Laila, who starts kindergarten in just a few weeks.
And yesterday was my monthly Red Hat luncheon, 
which is always such fun.  
Today I needed to do some card making and cookie baking. 

The challenge at Double Trouble is a 3-2-1 recipe challenge:
3 colors (flaxen, glacier,sapphire), 2 patterned papers, and 1 sentiment or image.
You can also follow the sketch at Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge.  For added fun, they have added a nautical twist.
Here's my entry:

 I needed a masculine birthday card and this will do nicely.

Challenges:
Double Trouble Challenge #35 - 3-2-1 Recipe, Sketch & Nautical 
 
Southern Girls Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine 
The Male Room Challenge #117 - Happy Birthday 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut (stitched circle) 
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Happy Birthday
AAA Birthday Challenge #4 - For the Boys 
 
 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Send a Smile 4 Kids August Challenge

Wow!  August is already here!  
And so is a new challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids!
This month the theme is Thank You Cards 4 Kids or
Anything Goes 4 Kids .
Hopefully, this gate fold card will help inspire you.

The stamps are from CTMH.

There was just a bit of the patterned paper left.
Not anymore, because I made a second card.
 These stamps and dies are from ARTc (owl) and Sizzix (sentiment and shapes).

Both these cards will go to a SAS4K volunteer who will send them on to a children's hospital for patient use.  If you are interested in making and donating cards to SAS4K, you can find all the information you need right here.

I hope you'll enter this month's SAS4K Challenge.  We love to see your wonderful creations and visit your blogs.

Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #232 - For a Child + a sentiment 
Brown Sugar Challenge #292 - Anything Goes 
Double Trouble Challenge #34 - Something, Anything, Everything (no sunshine but I've linked to Brown Sugar Challenge and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies) 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Organizing paper pieces

Organizing my paper pieces is a never ending challenge, mostly because I hate to throw out paper.  I save the smallest pieces.  
A few days ago I found this little snack bag.
 In it were 4 ovals and 5 circles.
Just once I'd like to find one of these bags filled with m&m's or maybe money instead of little pieces of paper.
Where was I going to put these 4 lonely ovals and 5 circles?  
I decided using them was easiest option.


I also had the last 2 pieces (3"x4") of a CTMH paper pack to file. 
Now they are on a birthday card and in the SAS4K box with the 2 cards above.

I must admit, though, that organizing in this fashion takes a really  long time. 

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