Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cream and Blue Christmas

Today's challenge at Beccy's blog is to use a familiar item in an unusual way.  This card represents a couple of aspects - though they may not be readily visible.  My cards usually open from the top (just habit) and this opens from the left.  Secondly, the die cut is an opening in the blue layer, rather than have the image layer on top.  The edge is embossed.  By the way, I kind of like the way this fits the Labels 4 die.  Not much more to explain - I used a couple of ribbons and a computer sentiment.  The image is Stampendous.
Sketch:  http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/
Do it differently:  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/ 
 Inspiration (the tigers became camels!):   http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
 Any Christmas:     http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/
                          http://jellyparkchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
                         http://christmasstampin.blogspot.com/

For Ernie

I am behind in my cards for the Teapot Tuesday challenge at SplitcoastStampers.  This group has a weekly challenge to send cards to someone with a special need.  A couple of weeks ago cards were sent to Ernie, who recently moved to a nursing home, and is in need of some cheer - and a reminder that there really is much to be thankful for.  I had printed several copies of this verse from Word Art, so it was handy to use again.  I had cut some subtle pattern paper to fit the printer - a good way to use some of that paper that seems to last forever - I often buy"stacks" that I really do not need!  All of these come from a DCWV fall stack.  I added some honeycomb pattern Washi tape, and the negative leftover from a sheet of sticker strips - as well as a small button.
Sketch:  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Inspiration - fall scene, and colors:  http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/
Thankful:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
                 http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-challenge-2-give-thanks.html
Thankful Thoughts:  http://greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenge
Any uplifting: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Masculine:  http://fattastictuesday.blogspot.com/
Teapot Tuesday:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/teapot-tuesdays-f260/mmtpt328-~-november-11-2014-~-its-all-our-blessings-i-somehow-forgetting-t593884.html


Congrats, Adrienne

You may have seen a number of cards for our grandkids.  This is a particularly special one.  Our youngest, a HS senior, just heard that she has earned early admission at the Air Force Academy.  Needless to say, we are beyond excited!  A bonus is that they live about 25 miles away!  This is one of the many logos I found on line - I suspect I will be using more in the next few years.  The DP is from a pack I have had for several years - probably DCWV.  The Congrats is from a Cuttlebug sentiment plate. 
I can never think of items for alphabet challenges, but I think I have four of them here:  (4 from Blessings) -
b-blue; l-logo; s-stars; g-glitter (on the word).
4 letters:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
 Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
2 or more DP:  http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:  http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any   http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/

Friday, November 21, 2014

Get Well, Pam

This is to send to Pam, a member at SplitcoastStampers.   She is recovering from surgery and in need of some cheer.  Here is the info:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/20813394-post433.html
I just used these digis (Bugaboo) so I already had some extras printed - handy to use here.  I understand Pam is a nurse, and I hope she will find this humorous - I am sure Pam is the nice nurse!  I used some black and white cs and a white Petaloo flower that have been in my stash for a long time. The bg is from a swirly embossing folder by CB. I used some little gold stickers in the corners - you might be able to see bits of them!
Sketch:  http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com/
Pair (the two DP panels):  http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.ca/
Girlie CB EF):  http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Use a sentiment:  http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.com/
From my stash:  http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any (with a glittery flower):  http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.com/


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pair of cards

There is a month of Christmas card challenges at Beccy's Place (see link below).  One of the challenges is to be inspired by someone' card - not hard to do!  I thought it would be fitting to use one of the previous entries for this challenge, and I selected this one:
The original is here:  http://sunflowerytale.blogspot.com/2014/11/red-and-green.html?showComment=1416487217210#c250513200047620110  Thank you, Kre.
As usual, mine are not nearly as lovely as the inspiration ones.   The image is by Stampendous, and the small sentiment is an old one from Stampourri.  Blessings is a die from Cheery Lynn.  The gold is my recycling - from a very shiny gift bag, which is embossed with snowflakes (Cuttlebug).
Inspiration #19:  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-month-of-holiday-cards.html?showComment=1414839841807#c3699530758315813145
Bright:  http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.com/
Recycle/repurpose:  http://sugarcreekhollow.blogspot.com/
Green:  http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
A pair:  http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.ca/
Die & stamp (green card):  http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Any Christmas:  http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/
                           http://christmasstampin.blogspot.com/
Colored sentiment (green card):   http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thank you, Kevin

This card is a thank you for the technology instructor at our local library.  I have taken many classes and also received answers to a number of questions - all at no charge to library patrons.  We are enclosing a small gift card for him.
I do not do well with CAS, but I saw the following CAS challenges and decided to try.  (The black mat is only for  contrast for the photo.)  I left the cream base totally plain - gasp!!!  The image is from my file - unfortunately I neglected to add much of a label, but I think it might be clip art.  The Cuttlebug sentiment, chalking and twine complete the look.  The chalk, twine and the die have been in my supplies for a long time.
Sketch:  http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/challenge-52-sketch-and-happy-2nd.html
Thanks:  http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.ca/
               http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/
              http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/
              http://doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com/
             http://cardsbydorothy.blogspot.com/2014/11/thank-you-kevin.html
Any:   http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/
           http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/
           http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/
Fall colors:  http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-challenge-1-fall-colors.html
CAS with twine:   http://cleanandsimpleonsunday.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Relaxin' guy

This image (actually, two separate images lus the sentiment) comes from a set I just got - those AI folks are quite a hoot!  We see a lot of guys like this in our RV parks!   The bg is from athe DCWV Heirloom stack, and I used Washi tape for accents.  The tiny sentiment is part of an American Crafts library type stamp.  I used chalk pencils for coloring. 
Sketch & food (there must be a lemon or maybe a cherry in that glass!):  http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/ 
Animal:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/
Masculine birthday:  http://paperprettiesblog.blogspot.com/
Black cs:  http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/
Seeing Stars:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/ 

Christmas 2014 - blue & white

This was also posted on SplitCoastStampers yesterday.  Here is a copy of the entry:
This is entered in the following challenges:
Sketch (rotated): http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com/
Cool colors: http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
Christmas #13 - white with one color: http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/2014...30758315813145
Snowflakes: http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/
Christmas: http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/ 

           http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/
Holiday: http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 17, 2014

For a friend

It is time for a break from Thanksgiving and Christmas cards.  I wanted a chance to use a stamp from the set I recently won at the Mojo first Monday challenge - this is Faith Medley from Verve.  I stamped the ornate cross in pale blue then added the verse  The DP is double sided paper that has been gathering dust for a while!  I used a Spellbinder butterfly die - cut from glittery cs.  This will go to a friend who needs encouragement.
Sketch #1: http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Cool colors:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/Friendship: http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.com/
Text:  http://stampedblessings.com/amusing-challenge/

For Brother-in-law

This is for my brother-in-law, DH's twin. He is recovering after problems with an artificial heart valve, and implantation of a pace maker. He has had numerous health problems, and at age 82 we are concerned. Hopefully this will give him a lift! He was a wheat farmer so I thought that bg paper would work for him. The 3 gems and the mesh for the circle have been in my stash for several years, and the DP is at least a year old.
CHALLENGES entered:
Sketch:http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.nl/
Stash (see above): http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any: http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/
Black cs (mat): http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/
"B" - bling and black: http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/
Any, with digital image: http://aagwat.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

4 legged friend

Last week my neighbor had a yard sale and was getting rid of her stamps.  She had dozens of teddy bears - if my stamp collection were not already way too large I could have added a few dozen more!  I did choose this one - the label is Art Impressions, 1996 - it probably qualifies as a vintage stamp!  I colored him with chalk pencils and glitter pens.  The bg is dp by Recollections, and the herringbone stripe is a double row of washi tape.  The teal strip is dry embossed for texture, and I added some sequins for a bit of bling.  The butterfly is silver - really misleading on this photo!
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
4 legged friends:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
"b" for bear, butterfly:  http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/
Animal:   http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2014/11/challenge-148-zoo-or-animal-challenge_13.html
Sequins: http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/2014/
Layers:  http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/
Any:   http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/
 Leaves:  http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Another Thanksgiving

This is another card to add to my stash to send to shut ins and others from church.  Thanksgiving is a special day, but we need to remember to give thanks at al times.  This verse is a freebie from Word Art - check them out if you are not familiar with this blog.  I printed it on subtly patterned paper , and used another plaid from the DCWV Fall stack.  The strips are Washi tape, backed with dark eggplant.  I added ribbon and a couple of pine branches from a Cheery Lynn die.
Sketch:  http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/
Fall, with Cheery Lynn die cut:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
Give thanks:  http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/
Any - uplifting:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Special day:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.com/2014/11/anything-goes-challenge-no-7.html
        http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.ca/search?updated-max=2014-11-13T04:00:00-08:00&max-results=3

Friday, November 14, 2014

Leaves and pumpkin?

I got in a hurry - no time to do another - just not real happy with my result here.  I wanted to do a card with leaves and pumpkins - the leaves are here, and the color is pumpkin - now when I look at the DP in the upper square, I always think of slices of pumpkin pie.  Yumm...  I think it is just a pattern but I can imagine, can't I?
Here is a tip I often use - I save a dull blade for my cutter, and use it to create a subtly distressed edge.

3 or more papers (bg, square, and paper used for punched circles and for sentiment layer):  http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/
Sketch, with a twist of leaves and pumpkins:  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Inspiration:  http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/
                   http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Symbols of Christmas

I absolutely was not going to get more Christmas stamps - after all, I can so easily use what I have.  Well, our neighbor  had a whole box of stamps at her yard sale, and I found 2 or 3 Christmas sentiments I could use - at $1 for all I could not afford to pass them up.  Then I went to Michael's for a couple of things, and my dear hubby saw a Christmas stamp - and pretty much forced me to buy it LOL!  It is by Stampendous, and is definitely symbolic of Christmas, with the star Bethlehem, and the wise men.  I used a gold gift bag to do the mat and the Cheery Lynn pine branches.  The bg is from the Faith stack by Paper Studio.  A strip of metallic gold ribbon completes the layout.
Sketch (rotated):  http://feeling-sketchy.blogspot.com.au / 
Symbols of Christmas: http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/
Any: http://jellyparkchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
Christmas :   http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/chnc-challenge-extra-for-november-2014.html
Holiday:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge

Giving Thanks 2014

Yes, we should give thanks at all times, but it is good to have the annual Thanksgiving Day reminder.  This will go to the 97 year old shut in (from our church) whom we occasionally visit.  He is so sharp - and fun to visit.  I am thinking the wheat will count as food...!  The verse is from Word Art - if you are not familiar with the blog, check out the weekly freebies!  The sentiment is JustRite, and the papers are DCWV.
Sketch (with food):  http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/
Uplifting:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.com/
        http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/
Thankful:  http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.com/2014/10/fussy-and-fancy-challenge-126-thankful.html
Autumn inspiration:  http://www.peachykeenstamps.com/forums/topic/peachy-keen-challenge-14-14-photo-inspiration-thankful-theme/