Monday, April 20, 2015

Yesterday was Sunday so..........

that means today is Monday!  If I wasn't retired, it wouldn't excite me in the least.  But since I am retired, I now look forward to Mondays and my 2 favorite sketch challenges.

When I saw today's sketch for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #104, I was delighted.  I haven't made one of these layered cards in quite a while and like them very much.  I decided to combine it with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #138 and the Birthday Fun 4 Kids Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

(I've used the Pinwheel and Just to Say stamp sets from CTMH)

Yesterday, I colored the Coffee Girl digi image for the April Gerde Steiner Designs Progressive Challenge, hoping I'd be able to use it with today's Mojo Monday sketch #394.  

(Sentiment is from the CTMH pinwheel set.)
The paper I used is leftover from a project I made on Friday.  I was "trying" to reorganize my stuff.  Seems like I am continually trying to organize my stuff.  I have a box that I use to keep partially made card fronts and extra images that was quite literally bursting at the seams.  I found another spot for the images to alleviate some of the stress on the box.  Then I decided to decorate the box to help reinforce the bursting seams.

Work and play at the same time. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Deedee's Digis April Progressive Challenge

While most of Deedee's digis feature cute critters, Blooming Blessings,  the set for this month's progressive challenge, doesn't.  This set has some wonderful sentiments and floral images just in time to make some great Mother's Day cards.  I've made a very special gate fold card using 2 of the images and a sentiment.

card front
card back
opening the gate fold

inside sentiment 
I am entering this card in these additional challenges:  
Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Pretty in Pink
Polkadoodle Challenge Week 15 - Pink and Pretty
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Anything but a Square Card

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hoping not Hopping Today

Yesterday I did quite a bit of blog hopping.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has their monthly hop.  Gosh that DT has talent.  I spent some time doing the CTMH Stamp of the Month blog hop and trying to decide if I want to purchase that vintage typewriter and cute sayings.  Sweet 'n Sassy has a fun hop and challenge.  And I still had the monthly Joyful Stars hop to finish.  (I always check Joyce's (super cute chick card), Betty's, Crystal's (she made a great shutter card this month) and Nancy's blogs first)

Now that I got all that hopping out of my system, here's a very simple spring card featuring a flower digi from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, 3 layers and punched scalloped corners - just what I need to enter it in the April Bingo Challenge at Catch the Bug.

(sentiment is a CTMH stamp)


And here are a few more challenges where you might see this tulip popping up:
Allsorts Challenge Week 307 - Quick and Simple
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #32 - Q is for Quick
Susy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #76 - Anything Goes; twist - Punches and/or Dies
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge #222 - Spring
Creative Moments Challenge #66 - Anything Goes Spring/Easter
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #102 - CAS
Clear It Out Challenge - Theme:Color Challenge  Stash Item:Yellow (I used an old yellow card base.)
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #197 -  Lost & Found  (This tulip digi was in the wrong file folder.  Don't even know how it got there.)
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - 3 of something  (3 paper layers)

I do believe I'll go out and play in the dirt on this gorgeous spring day!

Tomorrow I have a special Mother's Day card to show you.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Tulips + CTMH Cards from 4/14/15

Haven't seen hide nor hair of a tulip in any of my flower beds yet.  I do have a few daffodils blooming and a few more buds ready to open.   Spring is getting a really late start.  

Thought I'd use a retired CTMH stamp set, Blessed, for the tulips on this card for The Muse Challenge #113.  I switched the contrast color from Blue to Purple and used sentiments from the CTMH stamp set, Just to Say,  that came bundled with the newest cricut cartridge.  I don't often participate in the Muse Challenge, but I really liked this week's layout and technique.

Here are a few more challenges into which I am entering this card:

Red Rubber Inspirational #216 - Make a fuss (I fussy cut  a second set of the tulips so I could pop them.)
Creative Moments Challenge #66 - Anything Goes with optional Spring/Easter
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make your own background
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - 3 of something (stamped tulips)
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #64 - Anything Goes with optional Mother's Day
Through the Purple Haze Challenge #84 - Anything Goes

Before I go make a batch of chocolate chip cream cheese cupcakes,
here are the cards we made on Tuesday at Joyce's CTMH Card Class using the April Stamp of the Month.

(The message sheet pulls up from the typewriter carriage.  Gluing was a bit tricky.)

My kitchen is going to smell so good in an hour!!!  TTFN

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Deedee's Digis April Guest Designer Card #3

Today, as my Guest Designer card, I am sharing an inside step card using Deedee's Digi Set, Friends & Flowers. 

I think these little guys are really cute.  Well, all of Deedee's digis are really cute.  

Challenges for this card:
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - 3 of something  (3 steps, 3 digi images)
Pile it On Challenge #64 - Fancy Frames and/or Beautiful Borders  (I love this flowered border punch)

FYI:  The flower is handmade using some old CTMH sassy strands and following the tutorial for twine flowers which you will find right here.  

Sorry I didn't get a chance to post my cards from Joyce's CTMH workshop yesterday.  Maybe tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #240hallenge

The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring this week's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #240 - Use something clear.  I've used an adorable digi image, Twirling Fairy, from their store to be the focal point of this center step card. 

For my "something clear" I cut overlays of clear acrylic for the butterflies and added a clear epoxy sentiment.

We'd love to have you join us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog for this week's challenge and a chance to win some Stamping Boutique images. My teammates have made some awesome cards using more of The Stamping Boutique's fabulous digis.  Please stop over at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog, take a peek and give them some love.  
And be sure to stop by The Stamping Boutique.  
This card is going to flutter over to the following challenges: 
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #132 - include a butterfly
Scribble n Scrap Challenge #42 - Always Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge #142 - Spring is in the Air 

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's Monday....

Aren't I up early?  
Just couldn't wait to get to my Mojo Monday and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge cards.

After I make my DH some breakfast, I'll be back to add details and the rest of today's challenges.

For the Mojo Monday Mother's Day card, I broke out a new paper pack called Chocolate Covered Cherries from Little Darlings, that I won quite a while ago.  All the pieces are distressed around the edges in brown ink.  The rose and sentiment are from a Sparkle n Sprinkle stamp set called My Rose Garden.  I stamped the rose multiple times, did some fussy cutting and layering, then added a touch of glitter to the edges.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Finally, I added a few brown pearls and a butterfly charm.
I am entering the Mother's Day Card into these additional challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #102 - Girly but no pink 
Blessings Ink Amusing Challenge - Butterflies
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #132 - include a Butterfly
Brown Sugar Challenge #141 - Distress
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Friday Challenge #82 - Florals and Butterflies
Sparkle n Sprinkle April Challenge - Anything Goes with glitter, embossing powder or flocking.

For the Atlantic Hearts Birthday Card, I used some CTMH hopscotch and fundamental papers.  Stamps are CTMH Happy Birthday Australia and Holiday Tags sets.  I paper pieced the balloons, added some glitter gel to the cake frosting, and some liquid glass to the flames and kangaroo's nose.
Now that I think of it, I should have put the kangaroo piece on a spring.  That would have been fun.  Next time.
I am entering the Birthday Card into these additional challenges:
Come and Get It Challenge - Card for a child 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Children's Cards
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe #221 - Texture
Left of Center Challenge #73 - Spots and/or Stripes
Auds Sentiments Challenge #129 - Birthday Sentiment
Creative Knockouts Challenge #84 - Birthday Wishes

Have a wonderful day!