Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dazzling at 90

This is a very special card for a lovely woman 
and one of my Red Hat Delightful Dazzling Dames.
She always has the most marvelous twinkle in her eyes,
and I wanted her card to sparkle, too!

Challenges:
Pearly Sparkles Challenge #44 - Add a Ribbon or Bow 
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #240 - Add pearls or gems
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Happy Birthday

Monday, September 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Close To My Heart September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September


Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.
Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.
The new catalogs have debuted, which means we have new papers, stamps and other items to share with you.
I decided to use the new Hawthorne Paper Packet to make a Flip Flap birthday card.  The instructions can be found here.  I also used two new CTMH stamps sets.

Pull the little tab of ribbon on the right to unveil a message.

And you still have the inside of the card to stamp or write another message.
Can you see the glitter?
 I had just a few scraps of paper leftover from making this card.  Using the same stamp set, I made another card.


Now, since this is a blog hop,
you might have arrived here from  Marie Flayer's blog.
Your next stop is Krista Hershberger's blog.

The hop is circular.

If you are just starting here,

simply continue hopping until you find your way back,
making the full circle.



Meanwhile, I'm going to enter the flip flap card in following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It! No digis
The House That Stamps Built DCCS419 - Things beginning with B (blue, and bling for the eyes and nose)
Ellebelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge - Something beginning with B (blue)
Inkspirational Challenge #195 - Crop ( I cropped the flower.)
Thanks for stopping by.  
I hope you enjoyed my cards and the blog hop! 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Elmo for a Special 2 year old

Making this card took up the majority of an afternoon.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest, but had to do a lot of improvising.
It is for my BFF's grandson, so he's a special little guy.
 I hope he likes it.

Challenges:
Make My Monday Challenge #104 - Use shapes on your card 
Ellibells's Crafty Wednesday Challenge - Something beginning with B :  Big Bird

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Send a Smile 4 Kids September Challenge

There is a new challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids!

The September theme is  Cute Fall or Halloween Card 4 Kids
or Anything Goes 4 Kids .
It's been almost 2 years since Doodle Pantry Digital Doodles closed.  They had some really fabulous digi stamps.  Today I'm using one of their colored images from the DP Pumpkin Peeps set for a fall card.

I printed the image twice and then fussy cut just the top of the pumpkin from one image.  Then I popped it on the pig's head for more dimension.  I also popped the sentiment.  The three wood leaves were sponged to match the colors in the paper.
This card will go to a SAS4K volunteer who will send it on to a children's hospital for patient use.  If you are interested in making and donating cards to SAS4K, you can find all the information you need right here.


Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #235 - Fall/Autumn with a Sentiment 
 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge #37

Today I used the inspiration from Double Trouble Challenge, The Paper Girls Challenge, and Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge to make a birthday card for my older brother.

When I think of my older brother, 
there are several things that make me happy. 
I am happy I am not as old as he is!
I am happy I am not allergic to nuts, like he is!
I am really happy I do not have as many whiskers on my chin as he does! 
He's an okay older brother and I wish him the best on his upcoming birthday.

The theme at Double Trouble Challenge #37 is fall things with an option of including a sweet treat.  Yes, the stores are full of pumpkin this and pumpkin that, most of which are sweet and delicious.  But, for me, fall means apples.  I have some awesome apple recipes, and it's time to pull them out and get baking! 
 

DTC has partnered with The Paper Girls for Challenge #37.
 The Paper Girls Challenge #183 is about the things you love about fall.


And finally, here is this week's Mojo Monday Sketch


Before I head out to the local orchard, here are a few more challenges I am entering:

The Library Challenge #41 - Reader's Choice (Cider House Rules)
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Happy Birthday 
Crafty Gals Challenge #198 - Emboss It (The sentiment is heat embossed.) 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #234 - Masculine + a sentiment 
 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

HAPPY 100

It's not often I get to make a 
birthday card for someone turning 
100!

Challenges:
Seize the Birthday Challenge #173 - Birthday/ optional: square card
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Way to Add Text (I'm loving all the new word dies! No ink to smear! And you can adjust the position if you use a liquid glue.)
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

For a very lovable Old Goat & CTMH Card Class 8/27/19

Each year I make a birthday card for my cousin Nancy's Dad.
I try to make something with a farm theme because live on a farm that has been in the family 250 years.
Here is this year's card:
 
Inside the card it simply says, "I'm so glad to be your kid." 
This card has a bit of everything and was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. 
Challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - S is for? stamping
Aud Sentiments Challenge #234 - Masculine + a sentiment


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Cards from Joyce's CTMH class yesterday 



 
 

Monday, August 26, 2019

AHSC Birthday Card

Making a card today was not in my plans, but the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge caught my eye.  I used leftover stuff already on my craft table from the last few cards I made, added a dino and was happy with the results.
(The stamps used are by CTMH.)

Here's the sketch I followed:
 


Challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - "S" is for?  stamping, sentiment, stitching 

 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge #36

Wow! It's Friday already! In this area school starts next week. 
My great granddaughter starts kindergarten! 
Twisted Sister at Double Trouble Challenge has school on the brain, too, and requested school themed cards for this week's twist to go with the actual challenge theme:
Round and Round.  
 I think I'll give this to the little boy who just moved in next door for his first day of school.  He is starting kindergarten, too.

 I also decided to participate in the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge
 
and followed the diagonal from bottom left to upper right, Plaid, Animal, and Circle.

Here are a few more challenges I am entering
 
House Mouse and Friends Challenge #298 - AG with option of dies 
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #434 - Back to School (stitched circle die)
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Masculine Birthday

One of the most difficult cards I make each year is the birthday card for my brother-in-law.  That's because my sister-in-law makes absolutely awesome cards!
Here's the second version of his card.  
The first one I ripped into shreds.


The cake and candle stamps are from the Craft Lounge.
The sentiment is a digi stamp.

Challenges:
The Male Room Challenge #117 - Happy Birthday 
 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Crazy Dogs

The box I am preparing for Send a Smile 4 Kids is almost full.
Today I added these two cards:

I finally found an easy starburst/sunburst tutorial that worked for me.  For some reason, I always ended up with gaps here and there when I tried this design. 
 There's still plenty of time to enter a  
Thank You or Anything Goes card 
Challenges:
A Place to Start August Challenge - Paper Piecing (background and the dog)
Alphabet Challenge - K is for kind thoughts 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #233 - Animals + a Sentiment 
Southern Girls Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine

 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Easy Happy Birthday & CTMH Card Class 8/13

Die Cuts sure do make putting a card together quick and easy!
Challenges:
Cut It Up Challenge #180 - Focus on the Sentiment


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Here are the cards we made at Joyce's CTMH class this past Tuesday.




 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Close To My Heart August Blog Hop

Welcome to the August


Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.
Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.
The new CTMH catalog debuts soon.
There are a lot of items being retired, 
so get them while you still can. 

This month I'm using papers from the True Love paper pack for some girly cards.


I added some of the Mix In papers for the second card.
The words are on the CTMH Artiste and Artbooking Cricut cartridges.

Now, since this is a blog hop,
you might have arrived here from  Marie Flayer's blog.
Your next stop is Krista Hershberger's blog.

The hop is circular.

If you are just starting here,

simply continue hopping until you find your way back,
making the full circle.
Meanwhile, I'm going to enter the following challenges:

Red Hat Thank You

Earlier this week one of the ladies in my Red Hat group, The Delightful Dazzling Dames, invited the chapter back to her home after lunch to show us a wonderful postal collection she and her husband had amassed.

I made this little mail box filled with yummies to give her as a hostess gift.
The template is on the CTMH  Artiste cricut cartridge.  I added some fun Dazzle hats, lace, red pearls and a velcro closure.




And this is the Thank You card I sent. 

The hat is a digital image from Sami Stamps.  I opened the file in my Paint program; resized the image;  inserted a rectangle and erased the section of ribbon that fell inside the box; and printed it so the image would be on the right side of the page.
After printing, I colored the image with pencils and stamped Thank You in the little box.

Challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - No Patterned Paper 
Unicorn Challenge #46 - Fully Loaded or CAS
Mod Squad Challenge - Layer me Not
TCP Tuesday Challenge #360 - Clean and Simple

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge #35

It's already Thursday and I just got my card made for the current Double Trouble Challenge.  It's been a busy week.

Monday was, by far, the best day!
I was invited to go Back to School shopping with my Great-Granddaughter, Laila, who starts kindergarten in just a few weeks.
And yesterday was my monthly Red Hat luncheon, 
which is always such fun.  
Today I needed to do some card making and cookie baking. 

The challenge at Double Trouble is a 3-2-1 recipe challenge:
3 colors (flaxen, glacier,sapphire), 2 patterned papers, and 1 sentiment or image.
You can also follow the sketch at Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge.  For added fun, they have added a nautical twist.
Here's my entry:

 I needed a masculine birthday card and this will do nicely.

Challenges:
Double Trouble Challenge #35 - 3-2-1 Recipe, Sketch & Nautical 
 
Southern Girls Challenge - Father's Day/Masculine 
The Male Room Challenge #117 - Happy Birthday 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut (stitched circle) 
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Happy Birthday
AAA Birthday Challenge #4 - For the Boys 
 
 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Send a Smile 4 Kids August Challenge

Wow!  August is already here!  
And so is a new challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids!
This month the theme is Thank You Cards 4 Kids or
Anything Goes 4 Kids .
Hopefully, this gate fold card will help inspire you.

The stamps are from CTMH.

There was just a bit of the patterned paper left.
Not anymore, because I made a second card.
 These stamps and dies are from ARTc (owl) and Sizzix (sentiment and shapes).

Both these cards will go to a SAS4K volunteer who will send them on to a children's hospital for patient use.  If you are interested in making and donating cards to SAS4K, you can find all the information you need right here.

I hope you'll enter this month's SAS4K Challenge.  We love to see your wonderful creations and visit your blogs.

Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #232 - For a Child + a sentiment 
Brown Sugar Challenge #292 - Anything Goes 
Double Trouble Challenge #34 - Something, Anything, Everything (no sunshine but I've linked to Brown Sugar Challenge and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies) 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Organizing paper pieces

Organizing my paper pieces is a never ending challenge, mostly because I hate to throw out paper.  I save the smallest pieces.  
A few days ago I found this little snack bag.
 In it were 4 ovals and 5 circles.
Just once I'd like to find one of these bags filled with m&m's or maybe money instead of little pieces of paper.
Where was I going to put these 4 lonely ovals and 5 circles?  
I decided using them was easiest option.


I also had the last 2 pieces (3"x4") of a CTMH paper pack to file. 
Now they are on a birthday card and in the SAS4K box with the 2 cards above.

I must admit, though, that organizing in this fashion takes a really  long time. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Leave a comment with your blog address and I'll return the visit.

 

Monday, July 29, 2019

What to do with this?

When I'm going through miscellaneous stuff in my stash and find something without a home, I usually put it right on a card rather than try to find a place for it.  In this case, I came across a piece of paper on which I had been practicing brush strokes, 
and 'happy birthday' was stamped across it. 
 It's now in the box for SAS4K.

Challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
The Alphabet Challenge - "I" is for insect