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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Foxy Birthday Wishes and CTMH Card Class 7/26/16

So what would you like to see first?  
The cards from Joyce's CTMH Card Class yesterday? 
or a birthday card I made this morning from table scraps?

Okay.... here are the cards we made yesterday.


 And here is the scrap card I made this morning.

 There are lots of various sizes of this CTMH Hopscotch paper remaining in the paper pack.  The numbered paper strip is a leftover piece from another card.  I only had a small piece of sunset, but enough to stamp just the fox.  Then I used another very small piece of the glacier to stamp the banner. The orange punched strip was just wide enough to get into the punch.  And I even found a skinny strip of flaxen cs for underneath.  The colonial white piece was a bit sticky and dirty on one side from laying around on my messy table.  But, that didn't matter because the other side was clean.  
I embossed it and it was good to go.  
Do you think the card needs some bling?
I'll add it to the box going to Send a Smile 4 Kids,
 so I don't like to bling them up too much.

And I'll also enter it in these challenges: 
Craft Your Passion Challenge #322 - Always Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #122 - Always Anything Goes 

Hope you enjoy a crafty day! 
Thanks for visiting. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

AHSC Christmas Cards

This week I made 2 cards using the sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Why 2?  Well, I wanted to use a cut from the CTMH Artistry Cartridge and wasn't sure of the size.  So, I cut 2.  One thing led to another and now I am 2 cards closer to having my Christmas Cards finished. 
      (With the exception of Gold Wink of Stella in the flower centers, all products used for both cards are by Close to My Heart,)

Challenges I am entering include:
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #170 (see sketch above)
Crafting From the Heart Challenge # 122 - Always Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion Challenge #322 - Always Anything Goes
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #281 - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge #82 - Anything Goes
Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge - Summer Link-up
Brown Sugar Challenge #208 - Christmas in July 
As You Like It Challenge - Your Trademark Style (embossing- I like the added texture)
Aud Sentiments Challenge #160 - Anything Goes + a sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #373 - Christmas

Check back tomorrow to see the cards we made this afternoon at Joyce's CTMH Card Class. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

Mojo Monday Mouse

Yesterday, I posted 3 cards I made while clearing unfinished items from my craft table.  I saved one digi image (printed for Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge but never used) for today's Mojo Monday card, hoping it would work with the sketch.  Luckily it did!
This is Christmas Mouse - Ornaments from Bugaboo Stamps.
And check out this embossing folder!  Another great 99 cent find!
Here are the challenges I am entering:
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Christmas in July 4 Kids  (When the postal box for SAS4K is full, this card will be in it!)
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #458 - I flipped the sketch 90 degrees to the right.
Brown Sugar Challenge #208 - Christmas in July

 That's it for today. 
 I saw a card on Pinterest this morning that I must go try.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Unfinished cards and other stuff

Today I decided to clear some of the bits and pieces off my craft area.  Digis I printed, colored  and abandoned; half finished card fronts; those oopsies that needed some cosmetic surgery;  I'm sure you get the picture.  The simplest thing would be to scoop it all into the trash.  But that would be contrary to the whole philosophy behind this blog.  Frugal cardmaker that I am, not much hits the circular file.  

Last week I mixed some of my own paint to make a tag for the challenge at A Day for Daisies.  I was going to use a stencil to create the background.  I tried making one stenciled flower on a bit paper first before applying the paint directly onto the tag I had cut.  It turned out okay, so I started on the tag.  After I finished the tag, I took the remainder of the paint and brushed it onto a piece of scrap paper.  No sense wasting it.  

Here's how I cleaned the sample stenciled flower and strip of leftover painted paper off the table.  

And I had just enough ribbon on the roll to add a bow.

Next I got to work on the abandoned digis, both Bugaboo images I had printed, colored and never used.
The first image was Rudolph Presents, currently a freebie at Bugaboo stamps, and perfect for the pile of cards I'll be mailing to Send a Smile 4 Kids.
The second image that now has a home on this summertime birthday card is Beach Monkey Inner Tube, also a current freebie. 

 With the orange arrows secured by a brad, you can point them to whatever number, or numbers represent the recipients age.
 Here is the photo inspiration for the current challenge at Catch the Bug where I'll be entering this card.
This card has also been submitted to these additional challenges:
Creative Knockouts Challenge #151 - Birthday Wishes
Polkadoodle Challenge Week 28 - Summer
Chocolate Coffee and Cards Challenge #114 - Use a number
A Gem of a Challenge #174 - Animals
Eclectic Ellapu July Challenge - Purple Team - Life's a Beach
Come and Get It Challenge - Kids Cards
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #326 - At the Beach

I did get a few more cards completed, but I'll save them to show you another day.
BTW,  all of the stamps I used for sentiments are from Close to My Heart.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Color Dare Challenge

It is really hot here in SE Pennsylvania.  
We sat through one ball game last evening and 2 more today.  My grandson's team won 1 and lost 2 of the games.  We are still waiting to hear if they've been knocked out of this tournament or if they have another game tomorrow.  

I made a quick card today to enter in the current Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #203.  

The CTMH Have a Happy Day Stamp Set was on the top of the pile, so I used it to make background paper and a sentiment label in the required colors,  Crystal Blue, Sorbet, Canary and White Daisy.  Then I added some sequins, glitter trim and a dragonfly brad, which just happened to match perfectly.

Additional challenges I am entering include:
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #27 - No patterned paper. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Minion Kitty Card

There should really be a Minion label on my blog.  
(Right now, the Minion projects are in the Other Projects section.)   
My grandson, Matthew, loves Minions.  
His room is cluttered with them, from pictures, and games to stuffed versions and even his sheets and comforter.  When he is here, either we are making a Minion or something that has to do with soccer, his second love.  When I saw this digi image from Knitty Kitty Digis on my friend's blog, (I won't mention names but you know who you are.) I just had to have it. 

The "One in a minion!" sentiment comes with the digi. 
The minion kitty was colored with markers.  The black goggle band has a coating of clear Wink of Stella.  And the goggle 'glass' was made shiny with a layer of CTMH Liquid Glass.  
The FRIEND stamp and background stamps used on the gray and tan kitties are CTMH.  

I'll be posting this card in the Knitty Kitty Facebook Group and also entering it in
The Craft Addicts Challenge #20 - Anything Goes/Friends.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas Embossing Folder + CTMH class 7/19/16

I stumbled (not literally, of course!) across a new Darice embossing folder this morning, and for only 99 cents, I couldn't resist it.  Would you have left it hanging on the rack?
 After embossing the card front, an off white with very shiny surface, I embossed another piece of red, fussy cut the poinsettias,
distressed the edges and raised areas, added liquid pearls to the centers and glued them on top.  The dark red poinsettias are always my favorite.  
The Merry Christmas stamp is CTMH.
Crafting by Designs Challenge - Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #81 - Christmas in July 
12 Months of Christmas Link UP Challenge #19 - optional theme: Christmas Blooms 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #168 - Christmas in July 
As You Like It Challenge - Your Trademark Style  (I love to emboss, especially dp.  You'll find embossing on most of my cards.  I love the added texture and dimension it gives.)
We made 3 cards at Joyce's CTMH card class yesterday.  
You should have heard the grousing when we had to separate the strands of the bakers twine for the bike card and then thread them through a hole in the front of the card and secure them on the back.  There were even a few threats made, something about slashed tires after church on Sunday.

Speaking of threats....
Carol, We are happy you are enjoying your grandchildren, 
but if you don't show up at class soon....
Well, let's just say...
Don't make us come find you!!!!