Monday, August 31, 2015

Ahhhh... Monday Afternoon Already!

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and the Color My Heart Color Dare finally merged in my brain.   I even managed to sneak in a bug for the Double Click Skittles Challenge!   I should save this card to post on Wednesday, since tomorrow is the start of a new Tuesday Throwdown Challenge and I already have a DT blog post scheduled.  But, I'm not. 


Look what I did to the Mojo Monday card I posted this morning.  

I cut the front off the Tall & Skinny card, trimmed the sides just a smidge, took a normal A2 Kraft card base, stamped Happy Anniversary at the top (DRS stamp cut in half so I could put the words side by side) and adhered the MM card front below it.
 And now I have the 2 anniversary cards I need this month.  Yippee!

Ahhhh... Monday again!

My brain is having a difficult time this morning.  I looked at the Mojo Monday Tall & Skinny Sketch.  It just didn't strike me.  I checked out the Atlantic Hearts Sketch.  No strikes, once again.   I flipped back to the Mojo Monday Sketch, looked at it sideways, and got to work.   Using some old CTMH fall stamps and old papers, this is what I finally created:
(The squirrel is from a Folk Art Cricut Cartridge; scalloped ovals and nuts are from CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge)
I might even make another card similar to this one, only with just 2 acorns, a Happy Anniversary sentiment on the front and "to a nutty pair" on the inside.  Sounds like a plan!  I need 2 anniversary cards for September.  I do believe my brain is starting to wake up.

I am entering this card in the following: 
Amusing Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #290- Golden Oldie Stamp 

Have a splendid day, everyone! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back to School

Using a digital image from Fred She Said Designs, I am entering this quick and simple card in a bunch of Back to School Challenges
and just a few more....  
Allsorts Challenge Week 326 - Recycle, Upcycle (The red texture paper was from an advertisement that I received in the mail.)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - School Days 
The Pencil Case Challenge #1 - Anything Goes (I used promarkers to color the image and added a touch of Wink of Stella Clear to add some glitter to the edges of the pages.)
Crafty Catz Challenge # 290 - Golden Oldie (I won this digi in a challenge in April, 2014)
Dragons Lair Design August Challenge - 3 of a Kind (I added 3 green staples to each side of the card.) 
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #326 - Back to School


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches

When I am making a challenge card, I usually start by finding a sketch challenge and work from there.  Today I wanted try out a new teapot stamp a friend gave me.  And my 'go to' sketch challenge is Freshly Made Sketches #201

(Sentiment stamp is by Sweet n Sassy.)
Here are a few additional challenges I am entering:
Southern Girls Challenge #118 - Flower Power 
Creative Knockouts Challenge #104 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge #3 - Anything Goes 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #198 - Anything Goes 

Well, that takes care of my lunch break.  I have 3 more cards I'd love to get finished today.   And if I could get the box of cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids wrapped up and ready to take to the PO I'd be thrilled!

Hope you like the card.
Thanks, Gail, for the stamp.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Snowy Shaker Card

card front

inside of card

The digital stamp used on this card is called Mail Girl and is from The Stamping Boutique.  This image was perfect for a shaker card because the digi image has a frame and one of my Spellbinders scalloped ovals fit perfectly inside.  So I printed the image twice, coloring the first one and fussy cutting the frame of the second one.  I die cut an oval from the card front, saving it for inside,  attached some clear acryllic to the back of the dp, and glued the glittered frame around the cut on the front.  Then I just added the glitter and foam tape and assembled it like any shaker card.  The decorative snowflakes on the front are cricut cuts, a punch cut, and a chipboard decoration.  Whatever works.  As you can see, I also added some snowflake punched borders inside the card and 2 scalloped ovals.  It's already to add a sentiment.  Perhaps for a winter birthday, Christmas,  or maybe just Miss You.

For now it is my entry in the following challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #241 - Weather  (How about a little snow?)
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge # 4 - Winter or Christmas Theme 
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #24 - Snowflakes and Sparkle 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gerda Steiner Designs August Challenge

Well, this is my last card for the August Progressive Challenges in which I participate.  
This darling image of a snoozing puppy and mouse is this month's freebie for the Gerda Steiner Designs August Challenge.
card front

card back
I knew I wanted to make this a masculine card and use Kraft paper for the base. I colored the image and went in search of a paper pad I bought last winter in Florida.  Not only did I find the paper pad, but I also found several card fronts made from scraps tucked inside.  Choosing one of those, I embossed it and punched a hole in the bottom before adding it to the base.  I colored in the mouse "hole" with a brown marker.  A piece of scrap burlap cut in a semi-circle became a rug for the pup.  Next I went in search of a sentiment and found this one by My Favorite Things.  It was all on one stamp, but I divided it with a little masking, stamping the top section on a piece of white cs for the card front and the bottom directly on the card back.  (This card is going in the box for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  They like the cards to be blank on the inside, which is why I stamped the back rather than the inside.)  Finally, I used some waxy flax and a pearl to hang the matted sentiment on the wall.  It wasn't until after I photographed the card, did some editing and uploaded it to this post, that I realized that it looked like the pup was sleeping on the wall.
Luckily, I was able to make a few adjustments.  Now the snoozing dog and mouse are a bit more comfortable on the floor and I'm pleased with the result.
(Well, almost.  I wish I had scored the floor boards on an angle.)

Other challenges I am entering..... 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Imagine That! August Challenge

It's coming down to the wire for entering the Imagine That! August Challenge.  This month's free digital set is Beach Blanket Girl.  I've used the precolored background and beach umbrella, but I colored the girl with markers.  Kris has also posted a freebie on the challenge blog to get you started in this progressive challenge, in case you've never played before.  But hurry!  To get next month's set for free you must submit an entry before August 28th.
Here's mine:

I thought I'd make the card look like part of a old scrapbook page by adhering the image to glossy white photo paper before securing it under the punched corners and then hand writing the caption.  Hard to believe, but in 1970 I was a bikini babe.  Only there wasn't quite as much to my bikinis or as much of me!  I even had one bikini I hand crocheted with special yarn that wouldn't stretch when it got wet!  And in that beach bag there was always one bottle with peroxide and lemon juice and another with baby oil and iodine.
I hope you can see, in the second picture, that the inside sentiment pops up when you open the card.
Very easy to do, with just 2 cuts of the paper and an extra fold.

This bathing beauty will also be making appearances in the following challenges:
Eclectic Ellapu August Challenge (pink team) - By the Sea

Robyn's Fetish Challenge #278 - Use a Digi 
Crafts for Eternity Challenge Recipe #240 - Summer
Creative Corner Challenge - At the Beach 
Fun Day Friday Challenge #102 - Lazy Days of Summer 
The Stamping Boutique Challenge - At the Beach!