Thursday, January 28, 2016

CYCI #104 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the sketch challenge at Can You Case It?

And here is my card:

The most amazing thing about this card is that I created it because (unfortunately) I had a need for some sympathy cards. It has been a rough month around here. And I created it without considering entering it in a challenge, so I hadn't even looked at any sketches. Then I pulled the one for this week's CYCI challenge and the sketch was almost exactly like my card! What are the odds?!

Anyway, here are the details. The card uses a Crumb Cake base, and the edges are sponged with Crumb Cake. The scallop circle and smaller circle use older patterned DSP in Soft Sky with a Tea Lace Doily in between. The butterfly was die cut from Soft Sky cardstock, then a small scallop circle of Old Olive and a flower cut from some vintage trim were added on top. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and is stamped in Early Espresso.

I'm headed to the post office to mail a couple of these cards, and will distribute the others at upcoming funerals. :(

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PCCCS #178 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the sketch challenge this week at Paper Craft Crew.

And here is my card:

I wanted a soft, feminine birthday card for a certain someone and I think this qualifies. I created it on a Whisper White Thick cardstock base, embossed a layer with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, then used a sponge dauber to add a little Soft Sky to enhance the embossing. The Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon and Soft Sky seam binding came from my stash. The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes and was die cut with the Deco Labels framelits. I added the little flower punched with the two smallest scallop circle punches, and snipped some petals, then added the glimmer paper center for just a touch of bling.

Can you see just a hint of the birthday cake under the sentiment? It was stamped with Soft Sky.

This card is part of the "challenge" posted by Shannon West to take back birthdays from Facebook and start sending cards again. I've got a list of people who want cards from me - if you'd like to be added, you can send me a message through Facebook or comment below - but at least I don't have as many as Shannon. At last count, I believe she is up over 900 requests! You can join us too! We're using this hashtag (#imbringingbirthdaysback) so you can check our progress on social media.

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TGIF Challenge #38 - All About Pets!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card was inspired by the challenge at TGIF. It's all about pets today!

We have two cats at my house - Grace and Arthur - who make us crazy sometimes, but we love them! Here's a picture of them together - not an easy task!

And here is my card:

I don't know why, but there are no cat stamps in my stash. Hard to believe, since I own so many stamp sets! So I decided to try some punch art. It's not something I do often, but I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest. This was inspired by a card made by Jen Shults, which you can see here. And now that I've just linked that post, I notice that I have forgotten to add the whiskers! Oops! I'll have to edit this, but I need to get it done in time to enter in the challenge.

Hope you like my whisker-less kitty! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Added after midnight!

Here's a new photo with the whiskers added!

And now I have time to describe how I made this cute little fellow!

The base of the kitty is Soft Suede cardstock, the accents are Crumb Cake, inside of the ears is Blushing Bride and the nose and eyes are Early Espresso. I used the Circles Framelits to cut out the body and head and the white part of the eyes, the center of the eyes is the 3/4" circle punch with little 1/16" holes for the accents. The area around the mouth was punched with the XL Oval punch and then notched with the old small oval punch. The nose was punched with the Triangle punch, then I rounded the corners with my snips and drew the mouth with the brush end of my Early Espresso marker. The pointy "stripes" on the sides were punched with the old 5-point flower punch, then the petals were cut apart. The feet are punched with the old small oval punch as well. The ears were punched with the old Pennant Builder punch. I sponged the edges of every piece with matching ink before assembling the kitty.  Oh, and the whiskers are thin strips of vellum attached with a glue dot. I had originally planned to make this kitty into a card of its own, but decided I liked it better on a standard card base. He/she reminds me of my cats when they lay down on the floor and tuck everything in. You can't see their tails or their back paws, and sometimes you can't see the front ones either!

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

SIP #29 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! It's been quite a while since I posted - December was a very busy month! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! But now the holidays are over and it's back to real life. Today's card is for the sketch challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.

And here is today's card:

Unfortunately, I've had a need for sympathy cards recently, so I thought I'd use this sketch to make a few. Thoughts & Prayers always seems to be my go-to set for this type of card, even though there have been new sets since this one came out. I stamped the tree in Perfect Plum directly onto a doily, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark on vellum, embossed it with silver powder, and punched it out with the 2" circle punch and layered it on top. (I used some non-SU Tombow Vellum Adhesive for this. Just rolled it on behind the words so it would be invisible.) The banners are cut from "vintage" DSP from my stash. Although this color is still in the collection, I liked these more muted patterns from the past for this card. I added the "vintage" 1/4" taffeta ribbon from my stash as well.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


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