Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #561

 It's Tuesday, which means I have a card for
to share with you.
Tuesday Morning Sketches 

 This week's sketch is by Andrea.
I started with a piece of scrap paper and went from there.

The house mouse image and confetti were last minute additions.
The card was fine without them, but cuter with them.
I like cute. 

I hope you'll play along at
Tuesday Morning Sketches 

this week.
It would be lovely if you had the time to visit the blogs of my TMS teammates and leave them a virtual hug.

Challenges I am entering:
House Mouse Challenge Week 319 - AG option celebrate 
Double Trouble Challenge #60 - Something, Anything, Everything; option Red, White and Blue; Link with a Previous Partner*

Monday, June 29, 2020

At sixes and sevens

Have you ever heard the idiom, "at sixes and sevens"?  For some reason, that's how I'm feeling today.  It started very early when I woke up to find my DH still asleep at my side and I thought he had overslept and was late for his golf league.  Luckily, I realized that it was only Monday before I woke him up needlessly. 
I just haven't been able to make my day run smoothly since then. 

I did, however, manage to make a few cards and 4 face masks. 
So, all is not lost, I'm just a bit discombobulated.  

Here's a special anniversary card I made for a dear friend of mine.

Cuttlebug Mania Tuesday Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary   (I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background and die cut the numbers and flowered piece under the frames.  The frames were cut on the cricut.)
Krafty Chicks Challenge #513 -  All Occasions 
Dream Valley Challenges #228 - All Occasions 


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom!

Today my mother celebrates her 90th birthday!
Her mother, my grandmother, lived to be 100.
Hopefully, this pandemic will have run its course and we will be able to have a huge party for Mom's 100th.

I did make her this special birthday card.

 The card base is a white shimmer card stock.  The cake and sentiment (Stampin' Up stamps) were also stamped on the shimmer card stock and colored with markers and Wink of Stella pens.  The frame is a die cut using CTMH holographic paper and the numbers are Cricut cuts of the same.  I masked the cake and sentiment before giving the panel a few spritzes of Tattered Angels pink spray mist.  And I stamped, colored and fussy cut an extra flower to pop on the top of the cake.   After framing, I adhered it to the card front over a piece of ribbon and added the matching bow last.

Creatilicious Challenge #189 - AG, option no dp 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Starting my July Birthday Cards

June was full of birthdays mostly at the end of the month.  
July isn't quite as bad, except the July birthdays are all at the beginning of the month.  
Here is the only Red Hat Birthday card I need to make for July.
I call it a Red Hat card because it is done in the traditional Red Hat colors, Red and Purple, and will go to one of the Delightful Dazzling Dames, my local chapter.  


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lots of June Birthdays

My calendar sure has a lot birthdays in June and most of them are at the end of the month.
This card is headed to my college BFF in Arizona.
Well, not exactly this card.  
I wasn't so sure I liked it.
One little addition and I liked it much better.
 I glued the red cs to the back of the card base.  
When the card is opened, you still see that bright red pop surrounding the card. 

Aud Sentiments Challenge #254 - Summer + a sentiment 
AAA Birthday Card Challenge #14 - Use Vellum (There is a die cut circle of vellum beneath the flowered circle.)  

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Not so busy

Here's another card for one of the gals in my Red Hat Chapter.

This time the sentiment is a sticker and the flower stamp and papers are from Stampin' Up.  The purple ribbon down the side and black glitter tape across the middle of the card are from CTMH.
This isn't quite as busy as the card I posted on Monday.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #560

Welcome to my blog.
It's Tuesday and I have a new card for
to share with you.
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
 This week's sketch is by Melissa.

 Here's my version.

The stamp set I used is from Hot Off the Press. 
Papers are from CTMH.

I hope you'll play along at
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
this week. 

It would be lovely if you had the time to visit the blogs of my TMS teammates and leave them a virtual hug.

You can be sure that one of us will be visiting yours!
Stamping Sensations June Challenge - Make It Colorful 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Too Busy???

As I was working on this card it never occurred to me that it was a bit busy.  I finished it and took pictures, and mailed it out.  It wasn't until after I downloaded the photos and saw the card on my computer screen that I thought I might have gone overboard.  
What do you think?

The card was for one of my Red Hat friends.
We do tend to get carried away at times.

The sentiment stamp and matching die are from Rubbernecker, paper and black die cuts are from SU,  and the purple butterflies are stickers from DollarTree. 

Crafters' Cafe Challenge - Things with Wings 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Recliner Time on Dad's Day

For some Dads this would make a perfect Father's Day, time to relax, read, maybe catch some golf or other sports on TV, all from the comfort of their favorite chair.
 I can't remember where I got the digi.  Sorry!  But it is colored with markers.  And the sentiment stamp is from CTMH.

Try It On Tuesday Challenge - Make It Masculine 
Sweet Stampers Challenge #45 - Something beginning with a B (Bear, Brown) 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Is Dad A Golfer?

Sunday is Father's Day in the US.  Are you ready?
My DH is a golfer.  I picked this cute digi image up at Di's Digi Stamps quite a while ago with him in mind.
The digi was colored with markers.  The textured frame around image is die cut.  I used a SU stamp to create the golf ball background.  The stamped frame and sentiment are from CTMH.

Make My Monday Challenge #124 - Summer Activities
Lil Red Wagon Challenge #554 -  Animal Antics
Creative Moments Challenge #192 - AG option /Summer Sports
Aud Sentiments Challenge #253 - AG with a sentiment
As You Like It Challenge - Digi or Rubber and why?  They both have pros and cons and I've used both on this card.  I think I like rubber better because I can find them easier in my stash.  The digis get lost in this machine and sometimes it takes hours to find the one I want.  Perhaps I just need to organize them better.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Double Trouble Challenge #59

At the end of last week I totally cleared off my craft/dining room table and told myself that I would do no crafting until after I was finished preparing income taxes.  
The taxes are now complete. 
My crafty stuff is back on the table. 
And here is my card for the new Double Trouble Challenge #59

Following the recipe challenge, 
1.  I used an old sentiment stamp from CTMH.  It is from one of the first sets I bought when I started stamping over a dozen years ago.  The bird is also an older CTMH stamp from one of my favorite sets.  I colored him with pencils.
2.  There are two each of two types of embellishments.  Thought I'd cover my bases.
3.  Blue, green and purple were the three colors I chose. 

I'm sure there are enough angles on this card to please 
Twisted Sister. 
And I've followed the Retro Rubber Challenge #137 Sketch, too.

Additional challenges I am entering:
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Things with Wings

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #559

Welcome to my blog.
It's Tuesday and I have a new card for
to share with you.
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
Patti created this week's sketch.
Thanks Patti.
I pulled out some old CTMH paper to make this card with matching envelope.

I hope you'll play along at
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
this week. 
It would be lovely if you had the time to visit the blogs of my TMS teammates and leave them a virtual hug.
You can be sure that one of us will be visiting yours! 

Do-Al(1) Creative Challenge #42 - Black, White + 1 color
Aud Sentiments Challenge #253 - AG with a sentiment

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Ruff Day

Hoping you'll like another Father's Day card featuring Funny Pup, a Bugaboo digi image.  I used the female version on another card a few days ago. 
 This pooch is colored with pencils, except for his eyebrows.  I used a black gel pen for those to get them real black.

Sweet Stampin Challenge - Die Cuts and Punches (Stars and letters are die cuts; sentiment is stamped)
Aud Sentiments Challenge #253 - AG with a sentiment
Cut It Up Challenge #202 - Perfect Pet 
Catch the Bug June Theme Challenge - The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Now I must return to my project du jour ... my mother's tax return.  

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Crazy Bird Father's Day Card

Yesterday I cut a Father's Day sentiment on the cricut.  
It was too big for my side fold card. 
Then I cut a second one that fit on the card (see previous post)
 and was left with the first one I had cut and the remainder of the piece of foil paper.  If you stop by regularly, you know that I don't like scraps.  I try to find a use for everything.
Luckily, the first sentiment I cut would fit on a top fold card.
The leftover foil was looking a bit crinkled.  Easy fix.  I just put it 
in an embossing folder and crinkled it in a pattern.  
I decided to pair the blue foil with a neon green card base.
I added the matching green bakers twine across the top, 
but it still needed something....
That's when the very dapper, green plaid crazy bird entered the scene.  Works for me!

Aud Sentiments Challenge #253 - AG + a sentiment
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - something metallic 
Simon Says Monday Challenge - It's a Man Thing
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Dad Is Best (I used the cuttlebug to emboss the top and bottom panels)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Ahoy! Happy Father's Day

 It's a hot steamy day here.
That makes it an excellent day to stay in the AC and make cards.

Yesterday, my mother had an empty kleenix box on the kitchen table with a note for me... Can You Use This?
Silly Question.  It looks really good on this card.
Bugaboo digi image, Lawn Fawn AHOY stamp, Cricut cut clouds and conversation bubble.

Close up to show you the shiny glitter in the kleenix box and on the clouds.

Inside Cricut Cut Sentiment (CTMH Artiste Cartridge)
  Stay Cool.  Stay Safe.  Stay Well.

Fab & Funky Challenge #489 - Creature Feature
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Masculine/Father's Day
Catch the Bug June Challenge - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Make It Masculine
Dare 2 B Artsy June Challenge - Masculine
Sweet Stampers Challenge - Something beginning with "B" (boat, blue, bow)
Pearly Sparkles Challenge #52 - For Boys/Men
Love to Scrap Challenge #134 - For Boys
Always Fun Challenges #166 - For Dad
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Dad is the Best (I used my cuttlebug to die cut the background pieces.)
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #246 - Father's Day
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's a Man Thing

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #558

Welcome to my blog.
It's Tuesday and I have a new card for

Tuesday Morning Sketches to share with you.
Tuesday Morning Sketches
Melissa Craig supplied this week's sketch.  Thanks, Melissa!

One of my friends is celebrating her birthday today.  I thought I'd combine the occasion with my TMS card and make it extra special.
The card is actually a simple design, but decorating the envelope is something I normally forget to do.

Here is the inside of the card.

Now I had not planned on decorating the back of the card.
Unfortunately, I laid the card down at the wrong spot and the back had some blemishes.  

It's not so easy to add sparkles or sequins to cover those little oopsies when they are on the back.  I used extra strong glue on this card in case Laurie was tempted to take it apart to reuse it.
She would certainly be surprised at what lies beneath!

I hope you'll play along at
Tuesday Morning Sketches 
this week. 
It would be lovely if you had the time to visit the blogs of my TMS teammates and leave them a virtual hug.
You can be sure that one of us will be visiting yours! 

Just Add Ink Challenge #508 - Add an F (flowers and flourish)
Creatalicious Challenge #128 - AG (optional birthday)

Monday, June 8, 2020

Double Diamond Easel Birthday Card

This card is for Rachel at Farmhouse Memories, which is a fabulous place to find scrapbook and card supplies and lots of fabrics in Paradise, PA.  Rachel is always there with a smile and tons of knowledge to help her customers.
I thought a special card was in order for this very special person.
How about a Double Diamond Easel Fold?
I even added a strip of matching CTMH dp to the envelope flap.
Rachel's birthday was today, so the card will be late when she receives it.

Seize the Birthday Challenge #192 - AG/ Summer  (When the flowers bloom, it's summer.) 
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #123 - More than One Fold 
Di's Digi Challenge - Fold It Fancy 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Birthday Ice Cream

It's such a beautiful day outside, 
I'm afraid I'll have to make this post brief.

I came across a couple unfinished card fronts that only needed an image.  Bugaboo had the perfect digi to go with this ice cream paper from SU.
 Looks like poor kitty may have a bit of a brain freeze!

Alphabet Challenge - E is for earthbound animals

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Send a Smile 4 Kids June Challenge

The theme for the June Challenge at 

is Cards 4 Teens and Tweens

or Anything Goes 4 Kids.

Don't you just love the vast selection of sneakers available today, especially the colors?  I've come to identify the boys on my grandson's soccer team by their shoes.
When I spied this paper in my stash, I knew it would be perfect for this month's theme.

If you are interested in making and donating cards to SAS4K, you can find all the information you need right here.

Cards entered in the challenge do not need to be donated. 
I hope you'll enter this month's SAS4K Challenge.

Follow SAS4Kids on Facebook! 
 Wouldn't you like to play along?