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Friday, August 26, 2016

Poolside Penguins

Most of our local schools are back in session next week.  
Those hot summer days of floating in the pool are coming to an end, as well.  Fall is fast approaching.  Today, I thought I'd get one more summer birthday card posted.  It features a precolored digi from the Poolside Penguins Set by Imagine That!
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Anything Goes 4 Kids
Craft Rocket Challenge #22 - Things with Wings  (I looked it up.  Penguins do have wings.  But they have been adapted for swimming rather than flying.  So this little guy should qualify for your challenge.)
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #171 - By/Under the Sea 
Gem of a Challenge #176 - Summer Fun 
PDE Linky Party #135 - Bold Bright Colors
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Week 34 - Something beginning with an "f" (floating penguin;flame)

Well, that's enough of that.  
I am actually in the middle of cleaning my house
and just took a break for some ice coffee and this blog post.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Who Stole the Cookie?

Have you ever read the children's book, Who Stole the Cookie?
It's one of those rhyming books that stays with you forever.  
We've enjoyed reading it with all of our grandchildren, and now our great granddaughter, too.  
The digi image 
 I used for this birthday card reminds me of that book. 

Seize the  Birthday Challenge - Birthday + Tags, little or big


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CTMH Card Class + free for all 8/23/16

The first card we made yesterday, under Joyce's tutelage, included  flowers from the new CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.
The sentiment stamp also comes with the cartridge bundle.
The next 2 cards we made using scraps and then one of the new word thinlits with the cuttlebug to die cut it.
We actually used the resulting negative for our cards.

 Most of the other gals added very pretty cricut cut flowers to their cards.  Being the rebel of the group, I thought I'd make more masculine cards.

We still had the die cut "hello"s to make 2 more cards.  It was free-for-all time.  Joyce made lots of scraps and card bases available to us and we were on our own.  
Here's the first card I made.
I had it mostly laid out at Joyce's and then brought it home where I added the embossing and punched border across the bottom.

For my final card, which I just finished up this morning, I used an oval negative found in Joyce's scraps and strips of fundamental papers from my stash. 

The Cardz 4 Guys Challenge requires the addition of a furry friend, so I added the cute CTMH stamped monkey.  I not only fussy cut the little guy, but paper pieced the banana he is holding with his tail.  I am being to think I am certifiable.  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #134 - include a furry friend
The East Wind Challenge #51 - Paper Piecing 
One Stitch at a Time Challenge #269 - Anything Goes for Men 
Aud Sentiments Challenge # 162 - For the Men + sentiment 



Monday, August 22, 2016

Mojo Monday Decoupage Card

Using a freebie decoupage paper pack, Wild Rose Bluebells, from my Quick Cards magazine, I started out making a Mojo Monday birthday card for my SIL.  Unfortumately, when I finished it, I decided I liked the card more than my SIL.  But, it will be perfect for one of my favorite Red Hat friends.  
(I found another card in my stash that will be just fine for my SIL.)
(The sentiment stamp is CTMH)

The decoupage kit actually has 6 layers to this adorable fawn.  On the card above I only used 3.  Why?  Well, I'm a bit frugal.  If I do 6 layers with 1/8" foam tape in between, the card will be too thick for regular mail and I'd have to make a trip to the post office and pay extra postage.  But if I only do 3 layers, I can send it through regular mail, walk it out to the mailbox and I have 3 layers left to make a second card!
 (Butterfly frame and sentiment are CTMH stamps.)
Pearly Sparkles Challenge #7 - Happy Anything + pearls 
Sparkles Forum Challenge #83 - Lots of Layers 

Jo's looking to reach 500 followers and is almost there.  
Please hop over and help her reach her goal.  She's so close.  Only 35 to go.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Card for Ronin's first day of school

My great niece, Ronin, to whom I am affectionately known as 
Aunt Silly, will be starting kindergarten soon.  
This card is headed in her direction,
as soon as I write a silly poem for inside.

 It features a fussy cut, pencil colored digi image from 
and a pencil, border and sentiment stamp from CTMH.

Challenges I am entering....
Star Stampz Challenge - School Related
Crafty Creations Challenge - Words/Letters on the Background
Pile It On Challenge # 114 - Make your own background (I used embossing)

Jo's looking to reach 500 followers and is almost there.  
Please hop over and help her reach her goal.  She's so close.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mojo Monday #461 on Thursday

We took a few days and headed to Ocean City, NJ with my son and his family.  Consequently, my Mojo Monday card is a bit late.  
I tried to do it last evening but it just wasn't coming together the way I would have liked.  Today I scrapped that plan and started over.  Here's the completed card....
I used a technique called inlaid embossing on the background.  First I random stamped the butterfly image on the white cs.  Next I glued on the 4 smaller cricut cut flowers.  Then I embossed it.  You can barely tell that the flowers were glued on, even up close.

Fab n Funky Challenge #316 - Anything Goes 
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #123 - Always Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion Challenge #325 - Always Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations Challenge #211 - 3 Embellishments (black gems, clear gems, bow)
Creatilicious Challenge #97 - Anything Goes with Black,White and 1 color 
* Stamps used are all from CTMH.  The flowers are cricut cuts from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Embossing folder is from SU.  Black ribbon, gingham fabric tape and gems are from my stash.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cutting Cafe Octopus

Here's a second card I made using a digi from the Under the Sea printable stamp set from The Cutting Cafe, this week's sponsor of Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes Challenge.
Don't forget to play!

No CTMH Card Class at Joyce's today,
so I'm at the beach!