Monday, June 17, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge #31 - Wheely Great

The 2 projects I started last week are moving right along.
I am making some Thank You cards requested by my SAS4K volunteer and using up papers and partially made cards in a recently discovered shoe box.

This card uses a negative from a cricut cut
and a 2 small pieces of patterned paper that I saved. 
The cute stamps and volkswagon die are from
Taylored Expressions.

Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #229 - Anything Goes Plus a Sentiment
Pile It On Challenge #155 - Transportation 
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (Left column: Sentiment, More than 2 Layers, Dry Embossing)
 
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Woodwork (Juniper paper and ink)
Double Trouble Challenge #31 - Hit the Road  (I might be stretching the theme a bit, but a do have a car for traveling, arrows for directions, embossing and have entered PIO #155.)

A Place to Start Challenge - June Midway Inspiration

If you saw my post a couple weeks ago, you may remember that I'm Guest Designing for  
Stencil Me In.
The month is quickly slipping by, but you still have time to grab your favorite stencil and join the fun.

For this card, I used a brass stencil to create the hummingbird and flowers image and sponged the colors.  The flowers and the bird's wings have a pretty shimmer from a coating of Wink of Stella.
The inside has a computer printed sympathy sentiment.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Bird Thank Yous

Right now I'm working on 2 projects simultaneously.  I am making some Thank You cards requested by my SAS4K volunteer and using up papers and partially made cards in a recently discovered shoe box.   This card started out with a stamped image on a piece of cs rescued from "the box". 
 I colored the hummer with watercolor pencils, 
added some layers, a sentiment and a bow.

This next card began as a piece of paper from "the box", saved from a Thank You card I received in the mail, with a circular hole in the middle where the Thank You had been.
 I made a frame for the aperture, stamped the CTMH bird in the center of the card base, colored the bird, paper pieced the banner, embossed the background, sponged the edges, added the twine before gluing it to the card base and popped on some enamel dots.

Card #1 Challenges
Aud Sentiments Challenge #229 - AG + a sentiment
Cuttlebug Mania - Tic Tac Toe (I used the top line, sentiment, image, and die cut.)
 
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Come Fly with Me

Card #2 Challenges:
The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - 3 B's, Birds, bees and/or butterflies
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - at least 25% light blue/aqua 
The Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge -  (I used, diagonally, Thanks, Banner, Emboss.)
 #JOSTTT006 Challenge Grid


Thanks for dropping by today.  
Please come again.  
Who knows what else I'll find in "the box".

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Close To My Heart June Blog Hop

Welcome to the June
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 catalog is out so I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of new products.
 
In fact, I've used all new papers to make this Father's Day card. 
  (I also used the CTMH Artiste cricut cartridge to cut the letters, a retired CTMH stamp set for the circle frame and sentiment, stitched circle dies, and burlap ribbon.)
 
Now, since this is a blog hop,
you might have arrived here from  Joyce Gough's blog.
Your next stop is Marie Flayer'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.
 
 
 
 
Challenges:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Father's Day 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Another Wedding Card

It's that time of year!
June was traditionally the most popular wedding month.
Not so any more.
September and October are now the top months. 



With all the weddings that once took place in June, 
I'm in need of more anniversary than wedding cards this month. 
And I know of one very special one that I should get working on!

After I quickly enter this in these challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary
Fab n Funky Challenge #443 - Something New (I've used a beautiful new lace die from Paper Rose.)
Scrapy Land Challenge #115 - AG  with a die SL sells (Paper Rose, lace; Spellbinders, banner)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Baseball Card

It's that time of year.
We spend a lot of time going to my grandson's baseball games,  and as far as we are concerned, he is always a winner!
 But this card won't go to our grandson.  Yesterday I packed up a box of cards to mail off to SAS4K.  This card will start a new box and eventually will go to a child in one of the children's hospitals that SAS4K supports.
I've used a House Mouse stamp and paper pieced the image, the "Hooray" is a 2 pieced Honey Bee Die, and the stitch frame is a My Favorite Things Die.

Challenges:
House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #292 - AG + optional: Use patterned paper 
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - For a Man/Boy 
Unicorn Challenge #44 - For Men or Boys
Papercraft Challenge #38 - For Men or Boys

Double Trouble Challenge #30

Challenge #30 at Double Trouble stipulates no designer paper in the background.  Instead they'd like to see stencil/embossing techniques.  The optional twist is to use an animal found on Old MacDonald's Farm.  And for an extra chance to win, enter your card in the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies June Challenge.



As a starting point, 
I also decided to use the newest Mojo Monday Sketch

Now, I'm off to run the vacuum before I get anywhere near my craft table or I will never get it done!
Have a wonderful day!




Monday, June 3, 2019

A Place to Start June Guest Designer

A while ago I discovered a new challenge blog called A Place to Start.   Not only is it a great challenge blog, but it is a great place to find sketches, techniques, tutorials, and a wealth of information about inks, tools, coloring....

This month I'll be Guest Designing for their June Challenge -
Stencil Me In.

I only have a couple stencils.  Most of the time I use a negative from die cutting or from cutting on the cricut as a stencil.  
Today I used an actual stencil that came with a stamp set and sponged it with various colored inks to make this fun card.

The Pinwheel Monster is from 2 Cute Ink digital stamps.

I'll be sharing this card at a few other challenges: 
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - For a Man or Boy
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #175 - For a Man/Boy 
Stamping Sensations Challenge - Lots of Color 
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Birthdays
Dies R Us Challenge #122 - Kids (The HB die was a magazine freebie; the scalloped square die is MFT.)
Cut It Up Challenge #175 - Birthdays


I hope you all have a lovely day and can take some time to check out and maybe enter the challenge at 


Saturday, June 1, 2019

SAS4K June Challenge

As most of my friends and frequent visitors know, the majority of the cards I make go in a box for Send A Smile 4 Kids, an organization which supplies cards to various children's hospitals across the United States.  Earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to join the SAS4K Challenge Design Team.

The June Challenge is Cards for Teens.
I have 3 teenage grandsons and kept them in mind when creating this card.

I stamped this cute pooch from Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs stamp set on kraft paper and fussy cut.  I also stamped his head on a piece of white scrap, colored the collar red, then fussy cut and paper pieced the collar and his eyes.  I gave his dog tag a touch of gold Wink of Stella and added drops of Liquid Glass on his eyes and nose for shine and dimension.  The "SUP" stamp is from the Tim Holtz Hipsters set.  Papers are from a Kaiser Craft paper pack called Gypsy Rose.

I hope you will enjoy seeing the cards I post for SAS4K 
as much as I enjoy making them.
If you are interested in making and donating cards to SAS4K, you can find all the information you need right here.

Challenges to which I am submitting this card:
Papercraft Challenges #38 - For Men and Boys

Friday, May 31, 2019

Wedding Card

This card was made for a family wedding.
It's that time of year!
 The plastic tag reads "All because two people fell in love".
 The bride chose gray, cream and pink for the wedding colors.

Challenges:
The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - Wedding or Anniversary 
 

 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge # 29 GD Card #2


Double Trouble " Brown Bag-It Day" Challenge is in its second and final week.  Won't you join the fun?


THING 1: Trouble Maker
says, "In celebration of National Brown Bag-It Day, I've asked the Unknown Comic from the late Gong Show to inspire our challenge. Use Kraft paper, even a paper bag for your project."

Don't get the Gong, come play aLong!

Don't stop here...for more fun check out the optional Sketch challenge below.


THING 2: Double Dare
says, "What a great sketch to use for Kraft as an accent in your design, so many choices of what panel(s) to use." 

It's Optional...if you use this sketch you can also submit to Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge #409 between the dates of May 28th - June 4th. Link your project HERE and you will receive an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw. 


Use the DT cards below for ideas or use your own interpretation of the sketch. Feel free to change the orientation... rotate the sketch or use its mirror image. You may also modify shapes as long as we can see the basic sketch in your project. 

THING 3: Twisted Sister
says, "In my opinion I've been berry, berry good. Celebrate National Pick Strawberry Day with me and include strawberry(s) in your project and you can earn an additional chance at our random draw." 

Although not required, the sketch offers a perfect opportunity to use strawberry(s) as an embellishment or focal point.  




It was so awesome to be adopted into the
as a crazy cousin for the month of May 
that I made a second card.
For this card I used a precolored digi image of strawberries from Becci's Place, a kraft card base and kraft borders and I've followed the sketch above from Challenge #409 at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

 
Challenges I am entering:
Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge #409 -  see sketch above
Beccy's Place May Challenge - AG with one of Becci's images
QKR Stampede Challenge #349 - AG 
Polkadoodles Challenge week 21 - AG





Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dreaming of Cake

Here's a little birthday card I made for a dear friend.
Challenges:
Just Add Ink Challenge #458 - Just add Q,X,Y,Z  (The bear is catching a few zzzzzzzzzzzz's) 
Pile It On Challenge #154 - Beverage/Food 


And then I made three more cards like this 

to use up the sheet of DP.  
They are headed to SAS4K

Monday, May 20, 2019

Double Trouble Challenge # 29 Guest Designer


It's time for a new Double Trouble Challenge -

"Brown Bag-It Day" 


THING 1: Trouble Maker
says, "In celebration of National Brown Bag-It Day, I've asked the Unknown Comic from the late Gong Show to inspire our challenge. Use Kraft paper, even a paper bag for your project."

Don't get the Gong, come play aLong!

Don't stop here...for more fun check out the optional Sketch challenge below.


THING 2: Double Dare
says, "What a great sketch to use for Kraft as an accent in your design, so many choices of what panel(s) to use." 

It's Optional...if you use this sketch you can also submit to Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge #409 between the dates of May 28th - June 4th. Link your project HERE and you will receive an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw. 


Use the DT cards below for ideas or use your own interpretation of the sketch. Feel free to change the orientation... rotate the sketch or use its mirror image. You may also modify shapes as long as we can see the basic sketch in your project. 

THING 3: Twisted Sister
says, "In my opinion I've been berry, berry good. Celebrate National Pick Strawberry Day with me and include strawberry(s) in your project and you can earn an additional chance at our random draw." 

Although not required, the sketch offers a perfect opportunity to use strawberry(s) as an embellishment or focal point.  




 It was so awesome to be adopted into the Double Trouble Challenge family as a crazy cousin for the month of May!
Here is the card I made to keep me out of trouble:
 
I used a kraft card base, 
the cute little digi squirrel from A Day for Daisies is enjoying A Bite of Strawberry, and I've followed the sketch above from
Challenge #409 at Try Stampin' on Tuesday
I hope you'll be able to join the fun this week at 

 
Challenges I am entering:
Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge #409 -  see sketch above
Pile It On Challenge #154 - beverage and/or food (strawberries)
Crafters' Castle Challenge #17 - AG; Show us what you color with (I've used colored pencils.)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #26 - AG 
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #92 -AG 
A Perfect Time to Craft Challenge May #5 - AG 
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge #30 - Animals 
Sweet Stampers Challenge #32 - Animals 
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge May 20-June 1 - Embellishments



Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sympathy Card & Birthday Card

Yesterday's project was created out of necessity but inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest


 The inside sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up.  
The rest of the stamps are from Close to My Heart.
Ten stamps total.
Peeking out from underneath the card is a matching envelope.

Challenges:

Speaking of peeking... here is today's project, a birthday card for my 92 years young, Godmother.
Where she lives, it is not unusual for a bear to visit.
You'll find a similar card here on Pinterest.
 These are CTMH stamps.  
The wood grained paper is from one of the new CTMH paper packs.  
I love the little design across the bottom.
 
Challenges:
Paperminutes Challenge #588 - Birds and Bees 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

In a Nutshell House Mouse Card

Not a very elaborate Mother's Day card, but my mother liked it.  Face it, when it comes to Mother's Day cards, 
Moms like anything you make for them.  
I think it is some kind of law.

Challenges:
House Mouse Challenge #291 - AG; optional not square 
Stinkin Inkers Challenge - All Tied Up 
 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mojo Monday Birthday Card

Today was a busy day.
I taught a card class this morning and then we had lunch together.  I always follow that with a stop at one of my favorite stores.
Then, once home, there are things to put away 
before I have time to "play". 

Mojo Monday Sketch #515 gave me the framework for the fun birthday card I made using a cute image from Whimsey Stamps called Cupcake Treat, which I colored with colored pencils.

 

Challenges:
Crafter's Castle Challenge #17 - AG option "Show us what you color with" I used colored pencils.
Stamplorations May Challenge - Stamps & Cupcakes
 



Here are the cards the girls made at this morning's card class:



Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Close to My Heart May Blog Hop

Welcome to the May
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 catalog is out so I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of new products.
 This past Saturday I attended Joyce Houck's annual Spring Fling, a fun get together where Joyce introduces some of the new items in the catalog.  This is one of the cards we made.  The yellow flower and green leaves and stems were already die cut for us.  We simply stamped and colored them.  Then, one by one, we cut an opening in the front of our cards using the same dies.  Then we glued the flower to the inside of the card.

I saved the pieces that I removed from the card front, stamped them and tucked them away to make this card.

The papers I've used are from the True Love and the Sweet Girl Paper Packs.  The flower Stamp Set and matching Thin Cuts are called Floral Delivery.
If you'd like to see the other cards we made at the Spring Fling, 
just click here.
Now, since this is a blog hop,

you might have arrived here from  Marie Flayer's blog.
Your next stop is Andrea Sherman'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.


Challenges I am entering:
Cards 4 Galz Challenge #96 - Recipe: 1 image; 1 sentiment; 2 patterned papers; 3 embellishments
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #512 - Happy Birthday 
Crazy 4 Challenges #482 - Scraps

Tea-rrific Card

These coffee/tea cards are addictive.  It must be the caffeine!  I am trying to prep for a class on Monday and had one lonely strip of double sided paper leftover.  Not any more!

The tea pot die cut is from IO; the sentiment stamp is CTMH.

Challenges:
2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Latte Thanks

Quick post as I must be out and about today.
Another card for the 

 

featuring another Bugaboo digi image. 
I'll also be entering this in the 

Oh my!  I just noticed that I forgot to color the coffee in the cups.  
I must do that quickly before I forget again!

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Friendship Coffee card

This lovely sentiment and coffee/tea cup are digi images from Bugaboo stamps.
Another entry for the
 

One Layer Father's Day Card

Time to start working on some Father's Day cards.
This will go right on the pile to SAS4K.
Thought I'd make this a one layer card on a kraft card base.
 The image stamp is from Rubbernecker's.
The sentiment is CTMH.

Challenges:

And I had enough time yesterday to make this card using a Bugaboo digi image. 
Challenges:
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - For Dad from the kids