Oct 272015

“Boo!” is what I just said to my craft room!!  It’s been awhile since its seen any action.  So with Halloween fast approaching, here are a couple of cards for the grandkids.  The little ones aren’t that old yet, so wanted to keep the cards cute and fun.  (“Are spiders ever cute and fun?” you ask.)  Maybe?…

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This one sure has a messy nest with lots of funky fibers and ribbon and

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spooky eyes!  hehe

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Blogland is loaded with Halloween challenges this week:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “Throwback”
Throwing all the way back to last week’s challenge, “Monster Mash!”

Lawnscaping Challenge: “Too Cute to Spook”

Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge: “Week 200” – Use Snippets
Used snippets for the spiders and the strips of patterned paper.  Also lots and lots of snippets of funky fibers and ribbon were used.

Friday Mashup Challenge: “FM231 Halloween and/or Use Ribbon”
Mashed it up with these cards… Halloween theme and used ribbon and funky fibers.

Crafyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: “October 2015”

Inkspirational Challenges: “Challenge #94 – Cute Halloween”

Creative Knockouts: “Challenge #112 – Doily Delight”

House of Cards: “October Challenge – Add Texture and/or Color Inspiration”
The funky fibers add some great messy texture!

Happy Halloween!!
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Stamps: SU “Howl-o-ween Treat” and “Happy Scenes”

Papers: PTI Leaf Green, True Black and Select White; Doodlebug Designs “October 31st” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: SU Spider Web Doilies; Grosgrain Ribbon; Funky Fibers; Rhinestones; Star Button; SU “Boo To You” Framelit Dies; Spellbinders “Fleur de Lis Rectangle” Die

Here’s a quick, clean and simple card that uses a little designer paper from the stash.Smiley.Yes1Ani

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The cute little blooms are stamped and punched out with a coordinating punch.  They are popped up on foam tape to give some depth to the card.  It’s one of my favorite things to do to add a little interest and dimension.

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Lots of challenges today!Smiley.GrinHugeAni

Virginia’s View September Challenge #18: “Geometric Pattern”

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 194: “Use Snippets”
There are a couple snippets of patterned paper and a small snippet of twine.

Aud Sentiments Challenge 140: “Anything Goes plus a Sentiment”
The sentiment was put together using two different stamp sets.

Inkspirational Challenge #91: “Colour (orange/green)”

Runway Inspired Challenge: “ric#91 – Giles”

Addicted to CAS Challenge Code Word: “Leaves”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Petite Petals”, “Sprinkles of Life” and “Awesomely Artistic”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack

Inks: SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and Basic Black

Accessories: Rhinestones, Twine, SU Petite Petals Punch

Sep 142015

Here are the cards for my twin granddaughters’ birthday this year.

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The icing on the cupcakes was popped up with foam tape for some depth and dimension.

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A strip of the designer paper was added on the inside, too.

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And of course their favorite part of the card… the money!  lol

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Since they live so far away its hard to know exactly what they want/need.  But this year I had some cupcakes delivered to them that I ordered from a local bakery there.  One can always use cupcakes!

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Challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Stamp and Punch/Die Cut”

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Things With Wings”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

House of Cards September Challenge: “Stitch It Up!”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Sprinkles of Life” and “Papillon Potpourri”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Rhinestones; Sequins; Grosgrain Ribbon; SU “Tree Builder” Punch and “Elegant Butterfly” Punch; Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders” Die

Love this little miniature Santa in his sleigh.  He was stamped on acetate.  The die cut homes were adhered to the back of the acetate and the whole sheet was then adhered to the back of the white frame.

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Some blue starry designer paper was taped to the card base along with the moon.  Then the white frame was adhered to that with foam tape so that it stands out and away from the base.

When I was a little girl I would try and stay awake on Christmas Eve to get a glimpse of Santa.  In my imagination I pictured that he would look something like this as he rode through the night sky.

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I’m on a roll!  I have now made all of 2 cards for my Christmas card stash.  (Yeah, I know.  The pace is gonna have to pick up real soon!)

The card is entered into a few challenges:

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Card Challenge CHNC #245: “‘Twas the night before Christmas”

CAS-ology Week 163: “Moon”

Addicted to CAS Challenge #71: “Blue”

Runway Inspired Challenge: “ric#91 – Michael Kors”

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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Holiday Home”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Blue Mulberry w/Stars Designer Paper

Inks: Stazon Jet Black

Accessories: Acetate: Rhinestone Star; SU Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies; Spellbinders Classic Circle and Rectangle Dies

Different bling comes and goes from rhinestones, buttons and sequins… even such things as feathers and beads.  But for me my favorite has always been pearls.  They have gotten harder to find in the usual stores and online places, but I still just can’t get enough of them.  So with today’s card, I let myself go. Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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The floral image oval piece has been popped up on foam tape for some dimension, and a little ribbon snippet tucked in at the bottom.  Two narrow strips of coordinating designer paper were added top and bottom.

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A little bit of embossing shows above the blooms.

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Have entered some fun challenges, too:

Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Make It Colorful”

Seize the Birthday: “Anything Goes”

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 193: “Use Snippets”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper September Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “So Very Grateful”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthday II”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; Graphic 45 “Patterns & Solids” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Garden Green; White Gel Pen; Copics

Accessories: KaiserCraft Self Adhesive Pearl Strips; KaiserCraft Self Adhesive Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon; Sizzix “Banners & Blooms” Embossing Folder; Fiscars Decorative Corner Punch; Spellbinders Nestabilities “Big Scalloped Ovals” Dies

Aug 212015

Well it took some time to get the craft space back in order after all the fun that was had during the Dare to Get Dirty week of challenges.  But it’s ready for some more action!

Here’s a card that was made using five different images from the same stamp set.

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The candles have been popped up on foam tape to add a touch of dimension.

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Playing along in a few challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Free For All F4A287:  “Odd Time of Year”
Use an odd number of stamps on your card.

Muse #129:
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Seize the Birthday:  “No Toppings Option – Anything Goes”

CAS-ual Fridays CFC142:  “Create a new CAS project that features pretty patterns.”

Pals Paper Arts PPA264:  “A Sketch Challenge”
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Build a Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Taken With Teal

Inks: SU Taken With Teal and Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Michaels 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Today is the final day to upload cards for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, and I have five cards to share!

This first card fits into four of the challenges: DTGD15DiniA, DTGD15vdutchr, DTGD15UnderstandblueA and DTGD15LMcAree.

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This was the first time I’ve played at making a watercolor wash background and admit to using a big background stamp to help me with it.  Once the stamp was inked, I spritzed on some water and then stamped.

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This card is for the DTGDvasunshine challenge.  It may be my first Christmas card for the year.  Gotta start somewhere!

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The star is popped up on foam tape for some fun dimension.

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This third card is for the DTGD15StampmommaB challenge.  It is what I call a “recycled” card to help my hubby out of an awkward situation!Smiley.TeeHeeAni  (See below.)*

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Lots of foam tape on this image panel and the sentiment.

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*Over the years with birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and other miscellaneous occasions my DH has accumulated quite a large number of handmade cards from me.  And he doesn’t know what to do with them afterwards.  He doesn’t want to toss them.  He thinks this would hurt my feelings.  But he really doesn’t have any place to put them either.  So I decided to rescue him from his dilemma.  After he has had them out for a week or two, I take them back and recycle them.  He is TOTALLY okay with this.  In fact, I think he is relieved!  lol  It is especially fun to dress up the earlier cards.  Below is the original of the card above.  The new version is already off to my DBIL.  And he can do whatever he wants with it afterwards with no worries.  Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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Original card on Splitcoastampers..

Card four is for the DTGD15JeanneS challenge.

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This gears die seemed like the perfect companion for this Graphic 45 patterned paper.  The large butterfly is popped up on foam tape for some depth and dimension.

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Made a trip to my local craft store over the weekend and found lots of NFL goodies.  Had to have some!  Will be sending these fun stamps off to my Tucson Seahawk loving son and family.  Kinda hard for them to find much of this sort of thing there.  lol

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Made a card for fun with some of the designer Seahawk paper to go along with it all.  Added a little football brad to finish off the fun.

This card will be playing along in the DTGD15StampmommaA and DTGD15fattire7 challenges.

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Hand drew a frame around the image of Seattle and added a “12” flag at the top of the Space Needle.

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Hope that you had a chance to play in the fun DTGD challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, too!
Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Market Fresh”, “Watercolor Wash” and “Sprinkles of Life”

Papers: PTI Select White and Spring Rain; Watercolor Paper

Inks: Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick; SU Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Prima; Self-Adhesive Pearls

Card 2:

Stamps: PTI “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: SU Kraft; Doodlebug Design “Home for the Holidays” Designer Paper

Inks: Tim Holtz “Old Paper”; Memento Tuxedo Blac

Accessories: Star Button; Rhinestones; Twine; Spellbinders “Stars Five” Dies

Card 3:

Stamps: SU Ancient Art, Canvas, Antique Cracking and Itty Bitty Backgrounds; PTI Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Taken With Teal and Basic Black

Inks: SU Basic Black; VersaMark; White Gel Pen; Copic100

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Clip; Brads

Card 4:

Stamps: SU “Floral Wings” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells Collection”

Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Basic Black

Accessories: Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon; Organdy Ribbon; Rhinestones; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Memory Box “Steampunk Corner” Die

Card 5:

Stamps: Rubber Soul “Seattle”

Papers: PTI Select White; Scrapbook Customs Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy; Copic Black 0.1 Multiliner: Copics:
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Accessories: Football Brad; Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon

The two cards today are playing along in seven challenges!  Seriously!  It’s the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers (SCS).

Recently my cards have been leaning more to the clean and simple designs.  But with this card I feel like I’ve gone back to my roots.  I used to doll up a card with distressing and lots of ink and textures and different elements to add dimension.  Yay… this was a lot of fun!

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I got my hands a little inky with the repeat stamping of the doily image and the sponging and distressing on this card.  The cute little floral center was die cut and rolled.  An adhesive flat back pearl was added to complete the bloom.

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This card is also entering a few blogland challenges:

Papertake Weekly: “Anything Goes – Optional Extra: Torn Edges”

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #156:  “Anything Goes”

Seize the Birthday:  “Anything Goes”

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C297:  “Use the Word ‘HAPPY'”

The second card is a clean and simple style.

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A die cut was used to dry emboss (rather than cut out) the gears on the card base.

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There is still time to join in the fun over on SCS.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Flower Patch” and “Petal Potpourri”; Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold and True Black; SU Summer Sun

Inks: SU Basic Black and Summer Sun

Accessories: Organdy Ribbon; Pearl; Jeweled Pin; Spellbinders “Fleur De Lis Rectangle Die”; Impression Obsession Small Rolled Flower Die; SU “Flower Fair” Framelits Dies

Card 2:

Stamps: Inkadinkado “Neo Victorian Inchie Bundle”; SU “Wood You Be Mine?”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Going Gray

Accessories: Memory Box “Steampunk Corner” Die; Denim Jean Ribbon; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears

The Dare to Get Dirty Challenges are continuing over at Splitcoaststampers, and today’s card is playing along in three of them.

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The “sand” in this beach scene was made by tearing four strips of cardstock, distressing it with ink, and layering.

There is a row of embossing across the top of the card.  I love this cute little folder.

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The card is also entered into a couple of challenges out there in blogland:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Seize the Birthday Challenge: “Anything Goes – Toppings Option: Embossing”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Tropical Party”; Hero Arts “Many Birthday Messages”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Fine Linen and Tropical Teal; Pebbles “Fun in the Sun” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Sequin; Ribbon; SU “Needlepoint Border” Embossing Folder; Fiscar’s Wave Punch

It’s Day #3 of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  This first card was made with with a couple of the challenges in mind.

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I love everything miniature, so when I first saw these cute little clothespins I just had to have them!  Some sun rays were stamped and are peaking out from behind the onesie.

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This second card is for one of the challenges.  This ole cat just cracks me up.

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He was colored with some warm Copics.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Maybe I’ll see you over in the DTGD Galleries!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Something for Baby”, “Ray of Sunshine” and “Kinda Eclectic”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Rose Red and “Pretty Petals” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Regal Rose and Summer Sun

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Heart Brad

Card 2:

Stamps: SU “Giggle Greetings”

Papers: PTI Select White, Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate; The Paper Studio “Sunbeam Meadow” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU More Mustard; Copics:
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Accessories: KaiserKraft Adhesive Chocolate Pearls; Grosgrain Ribbon

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