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.

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 
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!
Cut It Up Challenge #180 - Focus on the Sentiment

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Flamingo Fun

The week long Christmas in July Challenge at Catch the Bug is over.  Thought I might as well continue with a card for this week's Catch the Bug July Color Challenge.

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #101 - Sun, Sand, and Sea
Crafty Catz Challenge #472 - AG; optional-At the Beach 
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Wings or Tails

Friday, July 26, 2019

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 7

It's the final day of this year's 
Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge.
I've had a lot of fun making my daily cards and know they will be well received by the patients at the children's hospitals that 
Send A Smile 4 Kids supports.
There is still time to enter their challenge, too!
I'm sure I will be making a lot more Christmas cards using the fun digis from Bugaboo stamps.  They are so fun, easy to color and kid friendly.
Today I'm using the Bugaboo Friday Freebie, Reindeer Trio.
 This was a color challenge with a Rudolph the Reindeer theme:
 Once again I used markers and pencils to color the image, CTMH papers, and a tree die from Whimsy Stamps.

Aud Sentiments Challenge #232 - For a Child + a sentiment 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 6

On this nice hot day in July, Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge has lots of crafters thinking of snow.  They've given us the movie White Christmas and a lovely white, snowy photo for inspiration. 
There may be a tree and animals in the background, but Mrs. Claus has a habit of cutting off heads when she takes pictures.
I'm a bit guilty of that myself. 
Actually, this is a Bugaboo digi image called 
I colored the image with markers, heat embossed the snow, dry embossed the top panel, and gave everything a spritz of Frost Shimmer Spritz.

Catch the Bug Christmas in July Day 6 - photo/White Christmas
Mod Squad Challenge - All That Sparkles 
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #592 - No Patterned Papers 
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #400 - Christmas in July 
Cute N Crafty Challenge #29 - Christmas in July 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 5

All of the Christmas movies selected for Day 5's Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge are very funny comedies intended to give us inspiration for a funny Christmas card.
Just about any Chevy Chase movie makes me laugh, and Christmas Vacation is no exception.  I always like the scene when a squirrel leaps out of the tree, runs across the table, is chased by the dogs, and basically causes pandemonium.  
And here is my card...

I used parts of two different Bugaboo stamps to create this card.  The tree is from an older digi, Duo Penguin Tree, and the squirrel is from Autumn Critters.  The sentiment was computer printed. Image was colored with Promarkers. 
I hope this makes someone laugh or at least - smile.


Guest Designer at TTCRD

Through The Craft Room Door is one of the challenges I routinely enter.  Last month I entered the birthday card I made for my mother and was delighted when it won.  As a result of that win, I was asked to be a Guest Designer for this week's 

The theme is always Always Anything Goes
And this week's sponsor is 
which created the beautiful digi image I have used 
on this double easel fold card.
It is called Hello.

The mermaid was colored with pencils, which I blended with clear Wink of Stella to also add a bit of glitter. 
But, I wanted more glitter.
So I heat embossed it with a powder from SNS called peppermint stick, which gave me shine and glitter.
I cut masks for both the mermaid and sea horses and then sponged the background with three colors of ink, before cutting the image with a stitched rectangle die.
The sea horses were fussy cut and popped.  They received a coating of CTMH liquid glass to give them that great clear shine.  Before die cutting the top layer of the 3 layer hello, I simply adhered a piece of gold foil to the purple paper.

Here are a two more photos from different angles.

The seaweed and anchor are cuts from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment, heat embossed with eggplant EP, is from Whimsy Stamps. 
Finally, here is a peek at the inside of the card.
(I found this cute seahorse sticker in my stash 
and couldn't resist adding him to the inside 
along with a bit more seaweed.)

It was so nice of Through The Craft Room Door to invite me to share a card with you this week.
Thank you, Cara.
I hope you'll visit their blog and their facebook group, too.
You might want to check out the

 #JOSTTT007 July 2019 Challenge Board - Designed by Laura Awsom Geffert
SheepSki Designs Challenge #38 - AG with a SheepSki Design/ option: favorite embellishment (I love the effect of adding the gold foil adhesive to papers and I also love using the little bubbles that look like glass as embellishments.  I have them in every color, and for the life of me can't remember their name.  That should keep me awake tonight!)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 4

It's already Day 4 of the Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge!
The inspiration movie is Elf and it is paired with a fun Bingo Grid.

I've used Bugaboo image Elf 001 for my card; added some sparkle to the ornaments and the elf's hat; and added a stamped sentiment at the bottom, the middle row of the grid.

 Does anyone recognize the layout?  
Papers and sentiment are from CTMH and the digi image is colored with markers.   

Pile It On Challenge # 156 - Girls or Boys of Summer/Winter
Cute n Crafty Challenge #29 - Christmas in July 
Digi Choosday Challenge Week 30 - AG