Saturday, June 29, 2013

Anniversary Box Card

I never made this type of card before, and may never make another.  It was just a little tricky!  I followed a Box Card tutorial from SplitCoast Stampers.  The image is from Holly Pond Hill.  I wrote the sentiment, typed it on the computer and printed it.  I used my Craft Dee Bowz maker to make the double bow. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Gift Bags

Back to gift bags.....

Here are 3 of the gift bags I made using House Mouse stamps.    I sell them at my cousin's little shop where they make handmade soap.   That barn sure smells a lot better now than when I was a kid and the cows were there!   Rub a dub dub.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I love this BG technique!

Yes, still have a few Red Hat cards to show you.  This is one of my favorites using a cling mount stamp from The Artful Stamper. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More Happy Birthdays!

This is a busy week on my birthday calendar.  Here are 2 cards that now are in the hands of the USPS, and will hopefully arrive at their destinations on time.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Dawn!

I'm so excited to be hand delivering this card to my friend, Dawn.  We've been friends since college and live at opposite ends of the US.   This year I'll actually see her on her birthday.  What a treat! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Doodle Pantry June Challenge

Here's my card for the Doodle Pantry June Challenge #35.   I didn't really want to post this yet, but the challenge deadline is in a few hours. 

Sunday's project + Mojo Monday

Why do I always seem to have so many scraps?   
After my grandson's 8am baseball game yesterday, I decided to make a few card fronts to use up the scraps from a pack of DP called Emma's Garden that I received with my Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine.   I'll add images and embellishments later.  I just didn't want these scraps to get lost because I really liked this paper.  I cut and pieced and glued and embossed.  Here are the 6 card fronts I made:

Check out the triple embossing on the bottom left.  It takes a little planning but is very simple to to.  It was  Technique Junkies technique for last week from their June/July 2013 Newsletter,

 So here's my card for Mojo Monday Challenge # 299.

I'll also enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge #34 - Red White and Blue
Get Inky Challenge #7 - Red White and Blue

Friday, June 21, 2013

Red Hat with Iris Folding

Here's another red hat note card.  I made it a bit larger than A-2 so you can really see the detail of the iris folding.  The purple flower is one of my hand crocheted pieces.  It's about time to make some more. 

 I'll enter this in 
Crafty Catz Challenge #188 - Pick and Mix (I added embossing.) and
Inspire Me Fridays # 108- Anything Goes

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Same digi 3 different ways

I wanted to try some of the techniques I've learned in stamping but using a digi image.  I started with an image called small flower cluster from A Creative Need.  Then I resized it a couple times and printed a page of different sized digis which I used for these 3 cards:


The first card I made with the Link up for Pink Challenge #14 in mind. You could choose from a sketch, inspiration photo, or both.  I kind of tried to do both. 

The second card I made with Flutterby Wednesday Challenge #245 in mind.   This was a sketch challenge.  I made inchies with the digi image.
And since it has 3 butterflies and 3 inchies I'll also enter it in the Glitter and Sparkle Challenge #37.


For the third card I fussy cut the images and popped them in layers on a punched circle before adding it to the card.  I used a new embossing folder on the background DP.   Next to paper,  embossing folders are my favorite craft item because they easily add great texture.  With that in mind, this card is my entry in this week's LEJ Designs Challenge #58 and the Digi Makeover Challenge #93  Punches and Dies.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CTMH Card Class 6/18/13 and Summertime Fun

We made 5 great cards at Joyce's CTMH Class yesterday.  
For first card we used the Close to my Heart Set Home of the Brave.  It is part of a current patriotic special featuring the 3 sets pictured below.  CTMH will donate a portion of each sale to either the USO in the United States or the Canadian Hero Fund.

The remaining 4 cards featured the current stamp of the month set only available in June.

And here is the summertime card I made today  
(instead of vacuuming my downstairs, which I can just as easily do tomorrow.... or not) 
I'm also entering it in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge - Here Comes Summer
Cards in Envy Challenge - Stitched Up - Real or Faux
The Perfect Sentiment #84 - Sun and Sand
Deep Ocean Challenge #54 - Welcome Summer
Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Stitching (I got that rub on stitching at a thrift shop ages ago and just found it in the bottom of a drawer.)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Hot Hot Hot
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #82 - Fun in the Sun
ABC Challenge #33 - Summer 
Craft-Dee Bows June Challenge - Celebrate Summer 
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #176 - Summer
Love to Create Challenge #70 - Paper Piecing  (so easy to do with digis, just print a second time on DP like I did with Harriet's polka dot dress)
Stamp and Create June Challenge - Summer Fun
There She Goes Challenge #212 - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge  - Theme-Paper Piecing, Stash Item-Scrap Paper (these papers were all leftovers given to me by other crafters.  I never turn down anything  ' that might look good on a card ' .
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge - Celebrate Summer Sunshine
The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan #44 - Lazy Days of Summer 
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - For the Girls
Word Play Saturday June Challenge - Summertime
One Crazy Stamper June Challenge - Summer Fun

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Red Hat Gate Fold Card

Time to use up some scraps.  
I didn't want to waste any of the red hat paper I've been using or any of the digis I had printed up.  Here's another Stella image from Bugaboo Digi Stamps on a gatefold card.  They just released a new Stella and Gus stamp that just cracks me up.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug Challenge - June Bingo (center line: Bugaboo image, Starts with "f" (flower brad on hat, fancy fold, friend sentiment) and Ribbon
Challenges 4 Everybody #22 - Anything Always Goes
Digi Haven Challenge - Anything Goes for the 1 yr Anniversary sponsored by Beccy Muir

Tomorrow I'll be posting the 5 cards we made at card class this afternoon.  Great cards again this week!  
Check back to see them, 
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Monday, June 17, 2013

It's gonna be a hot Mojo Monday

It's already pretty hot and humid here in PA.   I'm going to need the AC soon, especially since I have a lot of things on my agenda, including making an apple cake.  Yum!  

I made 2 cards first thing this morning.

The first is my card for Mojo Monday Challenge # 298.
This patriotic owl is a digi image from Jaded Blossoms.  They have some really nice patriotic stamps.  This little guy was actually a freebie I picked up on their blog.


I am also entering this card in these challenges:
That Craft Place Challenge - Independence Day

OK - wash is on the line.  Yesterday's dishes are put away.  On to the second card.
Simon Says Stamp Blog is enlisting the help of all cardmakers in order to get as many cards as possible sent to Maddy Justice, a young lady currently in St. Judes Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  You can read her story here and get all the details about the card drive at the Simon Says Blog.  I'll be popping this in the mail to Maddy tomorrow.

My thanks to Judie for the pink negative cardstock I used on this card.  I've gotten 12 cardbacks made from one 12 x 12 negative sheet.  

I am entering this card in the the following:
Simon Says Stamp - Cards for Maddy
Crafty Friends Weekly Challenge #3 - Use Your Favorite Color Combo
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - For the Girls 
ABC Challenge - "p" is for Pretty in Pink 
In The Pink Challenge #22 - Pink with Flowers
Crafty Catz Challenge #187- Let's go Pink

Now - time to mix up that apple cake! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

More guy stuff

Happy Father's Day!  
We are spending it at the ball field where our grandson is playing a game at 2, and if the team wins at 4, and if it wins again at 6.  Thank heavens it is a beautiful day!

I have approx. 1 hour to post and pack our dinner.

Yesterday I was the (randomly picked) winner at Pumpkin Spice challenge.  Notice the new badge on my sidebar. :>)
Their new challenge is black and white.  I thought I'd start things off with this get well card which I think is quite suitable for a guy.

I am entering it in the following:
Pumpkin Spice Challenge #24 - black and white (the colors)
Oozak Challenge #16 - Anything Goes

My second card is a birthday card for a boy.
I am entering it in these challenges:
Delicious Doodles Challenge #40 - All Creatures Great and Small
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #37 - 3 of something (balloons)
Corrosive Challenges #176 - Animal Antics

Have a great day!!!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Feathers Everywhere.....

There are times when you do things and then you say to yourself.... boy was that stupid!!!!
Here are 2 valuable lessons I recently learned:
....If you are working under a ceiling fan, turn it OFF before you get out the feathers.   
....Also, if keeping the feathers in a ziploc bag exercise extreme caution when squeezing the air out of the bag for more compact storage.
(I only needed one teeny tiny purple feather for this card.  I ended up picking a lot more off the floor, out of my hair, etc. and I did that twice.  Hence the double warning above.)

I couldn't decide whether to color more of the image or not.  I just pinked her lips and glittered her necklace because I wanted that grand hat to stand out.  I used my Craft-Dee-Bows maker to make that double red bow out of sheer ribbon.

I am entering this card in the following:
Crafts and Me Challenge # 137 - Vintage
Scrap it Girl June Challenge - Use Your Dies
Sandy's Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes with a Twist (Embossed Backgrounds)
Created with Love Challenge # 45- Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #69- Always a Diva Vintage or Shabby
Love to Scrap! Challenge #7 - Rockin' Rubbah!
Smudgy Antics Challenge - Use Texture

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gotta Love Packaging

I picked up some Tim Holtz embossing folders the other day (actually I bought them, honest, I have a receipt, empty bag and everything).  When I took them out of the package, I really liked the product description  paper inside.  So I cut it down to A2 size and used my new embossing folder on it to use as the front of this card.  I also cut out the mini pictures of the 4 embossing folders in the package and after backing them in black CS attached 2 of them to the card. The self stick craft border at the bottom is an endangered species, retired by CTMH.  I use it sparingly, but liked it for this card.  The red dog tag is a cricut design to which I added 'celebrate', a couple glitter embossed star bursts, and black distressing.

This card will be entered in these challenges:
Aud Sentiment - #82 Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - #127 For the Boys
Tip Top Tuesday Challenge # 103 - Masculine (Tip:packaging is great for a lot of crafting- don't throw it away- recycle it)

Sandy's Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes with a Twist (Embossed Backgrounds)
Here Come the Boys Challenge #53 - Use Ribbon
That Craft Place Challenge - Independence Day
Scrapper's Delights Challenge Blog - "S" is for....   Stars and Skyrockets.
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #48 - Anything Goes with Ribbons

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

CTMH Card Class 6/11/13 + It's about the boys

Here are the cards we made at Joyce's CTMH card class yesterday using the June Stamp of the Month:


We did both outside and inside of this card.

To see some more great Close to My Heart cards and projects, visit Joyce's blog and hop along on the Joyce's Stars June Blog Hop.  (I hear there are prizes.)   But don't go yet, there's more to see right here!

Today we watched my grandson, who always arrives with an agenda.  Who ever heard of a 6 yr. old with an agenda?  His agenda consisted of playing with 'that cutting machine' (which would be the cricut), making a Father's day card for my DH, and crafts.   While he cut out letters to spell Papa and stamped his card, I actually made a relatively simple card, too.  With Father's day approaching, many of the challenges are requesting cards for guys - big, little, daddies or not - so a masculine card is what I've got.

This card will be entered in these challenges:
The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #83 - For the Boys
Crafty Sentiments Design Challenge - Card/Project for a male
LEJ Designs Challenge #57 - Something for the Boys/Men
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Hello Boys
Loves Rubber Stamps - #56 Masculine
Milk Coffee - Father's Day
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #151 - You're the Man
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes with a Twist - Father's Day, Men, Male
Inky Impressions Challenge #112 - Father's Day, For a Guy
The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - It's all about the Boys
Pile It On Challenge #23 - For or From a Father

Monday, June 10, 2013

Rainy Day Cards

This morning I made 5 'Hero Cards" for Operation Write Home.  The following, from their web site, explains a bit about OPW:


The 2 cards top and bottom on the right I posted earlier.  I used the same double sided paper pack for all the cards.  I didn't want to put away the scraps so you will notice that the pieces keep getting smaller.....
 and smaller.....

 and smaller.

 I am entering this last card in the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper June Challenge - Makes for Men
Country View Crafts' Challenge # 4 - June - Die Cuts
Scrap It Girl - Use Your Dies for the June Challenge
The Crafters Cafe Challenge # 17- Fathers or for a Male
Craft Your Passion Challenge # 166 - Father's Day/Masculine
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #93 - Father's Day
Eureka Stamps Challenge #43 - Father's Day
Get Inky! Challenge #6- For Boys or Men
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #175 - For Your Favorite Guy
Love to Scrap Challenge #7 - Rockin Rubbah!
Make it Monday Challenge #144b - with Nicecrane Designs (b) - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime Challenge # 12 - Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner Challenge # 66 - Anything Goes Manly Card/Father's Day
Catered Crop - For the Boys Recipe Swap

Rainy Mojo Monday

It's raining here, again!  I'm so disappointed I couldn't work outside today. (Not!)

What's better on a rainy day than a blog hop?  Care to hop along with my stamping pal Joyce?
Click here.

 I made my Mojo Monday #297  Card

with Operation Write Home in mind.  

Then I quickly made another card for the Cards in Envy Sketch # 5 Challenge 
 which will also go to OWH.

Now I'm off to Rita's for a Mango Misto for the hairdresser and then to the salon.  TTFN