Friday, April 24, 2015

Garden statue and gate

Once again, I encourage your help and suggestions.  I recently won the Garden Gate and Statue dies (by Marianne) - from Creative Card Crew.  I will be trying different things to place behind the gate!  This is an old stamp by Endless creations.  I added some leaves from a Sizzix die - using black to stay with the kraft and black theme.  I placed the Our Daily Bread sentiment on a punched border.  I aged the statue with a bit of black sponging.  Oh, yes, I cut an extra outer panel of the gate, spit it in half, and extended the fence on either side in this way.  Since I decided to add the statue I really did not need to do that.
Sketch  http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/:
Kraft:   http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.ca/
Sentiment:   http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/
Flowers:       http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
 Garden:      http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
3 dies (statue, gate, leaves):  http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/
Girl friend w/ Kraft:  http://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/
Any:              http://www.scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
                      http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/
                      http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quick card

The card was quick - after I spent over 10 minutes trying to find the right color cs!  This is a Cuttlebug embossing folder - with the flowers lightly chalked.  For some reason I ordered several sheets of stickers I rarely used and thought this might work here (EKSuccess).  The butterfly is from a promotional sheet - this winter we have received enough return address stickers, other stickers and notepads - from charities- that could last several life times!
Quick and simple:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Flowers:     http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
3 flowers:   http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/
Sentiment:   http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/
Any:      http://www.scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/



Bouquet for a mom

I no longer have any mothers te receive my cards, but this would be most appropriate for any woman.
Supplies:  image by ODB, colored with metallic markers; shimmer cs (Recollections); embossing with LifeStyle Crafts folder; ribbon from Pizzazz Aplenty; Blessings die by CheeryLynn, enhanced with glitter.
Technique:  I tried to use a dab of Versamark reinker and black embossing powder for the flower centers and butterfly markings.  I should have practiced first, as it did not work well.  I am not sure if it was the technique or the shiny cs, but the heat gun pretty much made the embossing powder disappear rather than create a shiny dot - I did a second application on several flowers.
Sketch:       http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/ 
Spring:       http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Colorful:   http://livelaughstamp.blogspot.com/search/label/Monday%20Morning%20Challenge
Flowers:    http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Inspiration photo:   http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Mother's Day:          http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
Pink and sparkle:     http://inthepinkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
 Pink and pretty:      http://polkadoodle.blogspot.ca/2015/04/week-15-pink-and-pretty-polkadoodles.html
 Any, with glitter:    http://sparklensprinklecreativechallenges.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A new garden gate

I just received the Marianne die (for the gate) as a prize at Creative Card Crew, and I have been anxious to try it.  I thought it would work to place the Day for Daisies cherry blossoms behind the gate.  When I got it put together, it seemed pretty bare just behind the gate, so I unstuck a bit and slid in the row of tulips with the sentiment (dollar bin stamp) - the best I could do to rescue what I had already done!  Next time I will make more of a scene.  I added a couple of Cheery Lynn branches, and Rain drops - the clear and many colors are available at Classy Cards 'n Such.  The cherry blossoms are subtly colored with pink pastel chalk pencils; the centers are brown gems from Hampton Arts.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Spring:   http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.com/
Sentiment:  http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/
Colors (shades of blue):  http://www.drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/
Cherry blossoms:      http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/
Any:       http://adayfordaisies.blogspot.com/
Any digi:   http://doodlepantryblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/ants-in-my-pantry-digital-challenge-4.html


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shaped card


This is way outside of the box for me - I have made only a small handful of shaped cards, but I like the results using this die set (Nestabilities Majestic Elements) and will probably do more.  I also seldom use orange - now there are several from recent days.  BTW, the outer oval is more soft peach than it appears here. The butterflies are by CC Designs, in a springy pale orange.  I added several shiny orange gems.
Shaped card:   http://craftingbydesigns.blogspot.com/
Die:                   http://suzypantssmarty.blogspot.co.uk/
Birthday:          http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/
                          http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Spring die:       http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/
Texture:            http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.com/
Orange:            http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/04/dlart-thankful-thursday-challenge-154.html
Up in the air:   http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/
Inspiration (color):   http://www.addalittledazzle.com/dazzling-diva-challenge-71/

Good for a smile


This image makes me smile - I can almost hear the thump thump of the wagging tail!  He is called Harry - by Whipper Snapper, I think.  I used a couple of pieces of DP from the Animal Fanatic pack I got some time ago at Big Lots, and added a few extra bone punches, and Washi tape from Stamped Blessings.
Sketch:    http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/
 For boys:  http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/2015/04/challenge-199-for-boys.html
Masculine:  http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com/
Animal:      http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.com/ 
 Orange:     http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/04/dlart-thankful-thursday-challenge-154.html
 Birthday:   http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
                   http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/
Make me smile:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-04-17T05:00:00-04:00&max-results=10
Inspired (by color):   http://www.addalittledazzle.com/dazzling-diva-challenge-71/
Any:           http://www.scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/      

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bathing suits, any one?

Inside verse:  .Things could be worse... We could be trying on bathing suits.
Supplies:  AI pop up - this is a pre printed, colored image to punch out.  It can be layered, but this time I used only this image, with the flip flops and sentiment added.
Die-Namics swirls and grass - thought I could get by using it for waves!  Kraft cs for mats; pearls, and a blue gem (ear ring); Sugar Tree bg paper.
Sketch (turned):  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Kraft:     http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.com/
                http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.ca/
Pearls and swirls:    http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
Pearls and a gem:    http://digichoosday.blogspot.co.uk/
Any/girlfriends (w/ Kraft):  http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/
Make me smile:        http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/04/challenge-157-make-me-smile-and-new-ai.html
Any:                           http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.com/
                                   http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2014-10-30T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

For You

FYI - this is scanned, and the color is not at all true to life - probably because of the rain drops.  The mat is orange, as is the butterfly,  and the dp background is a muted orange.  The flower with button is a pre-made piece from Basic Grey.  I used some new tape - a prize from Christine at Stamped Blessings.  It changes patterns every inch or so - neat tape!  I used die cut letters to create the banner of the sketch.  Clear rain drops and crystals are accents, as well as a couple of Cheery Lynn leaves.
Sketch:  http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Butterfly:  http://stampedblessings.com/amusing-challenge/
Zoo - I have enjoyed the butterfly displays at zoos:  http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
Orange:  http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/04/dlart-thankful-thursday-challenge-154.html
Clear item: http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/
Focus on words:  http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/
Middle - there is a rain drop in the middle of the words, and a button in the middle of the flower:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Button:    http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:  http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 18, 2015

For a friend

I have several friends in need of a lift -this verse (Our Daily Bread birthday set) is a good encouragement for all of us.  I tend to forget how much I like the effect of sponging with chalk. This DP has been in my collection for a while, and the cover is separated so I am not sure of the origin.  I die cut buttons from one of the matching papers that has dots.  I backed them with Kraft cut from the next larger button - that is about as much sewing as I do!!!  All the mats are Kraft, and I added a bit of lace trim.  The buttons are popped up.  I used some shiny twine - I like it but it does not want to tie as it is quite stiff.  So I distressed it with scissors - just like I would use scissors to curl paper ribbon.  Worked like a charm!
Sketch:   http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Dots:       http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Scripture:   http://www.faithhopelove1cor13-13.blogspot.com/2015/04/monday-scripture-challenge-fhl18.html

Sewing (buttons):  http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com/
Choose at least 3 (blue, lace, bow, twine):   http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/
Any (with chalk):  http://chalknstock.blogspot.com/
Any:     http://thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.com/
             http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/
             http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 17, 2015

Simple sympathy

I like to keep a few sympathy cards on hand - for my own use and also for friends who seem to rely on my stash!  I used this Darice embossing folder - I think you can see I selected lilac cs with a white back, so there is a subtle white shading on the embossing.  I added a Cheery Lynn butterfly, which I cut twice - purple and shimmery champagne (that is also the card base).   Not much of the purple is visible, but it adds dimension.
Case (Cornelia's butterfly card):   http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/search/label/April%20CASEplorations
Butterfly:  http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
                   http://stampedblessings.com/amusing-challenge/
Purple:      http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/2015/04/cheery-lynn-designs-challenge-180.html
Texture:     http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.com/




Critters and wings in pastels

This Inkadinkado stamp is a nice one, but it is one I am not sure what to do with.  There are so many elements to color - I ended up leaving some with no coloring and then had a chance to use lots of colors - mostly pastels and a few brighter ones.  I used some metallic gel pens for finer details, and watercolor pencils with an aqua pen for some of the larger items.  Your ideas are most welcome.
I used a couple of pieces of DP from my scrap stash.  The gold embossed "corner" is also a scrap that was just the right shape and size.  The card is finished with a strip of Washi tape and punched butterfly.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Colorful:  http://livelaughstamp.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-04-02T09:45:00-05:00&max-results=7
Rainbow of colors:   http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/
Stripes:    http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Pastels:    http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/ 
Middle (image in the middle of the card):  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Colors of spring:    http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.co.at/2015/04/color-your-world.html
Scraps:      http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/
 


 



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Button and a doily

I struggle big time with CAS - in retrospect, I think I would like this better with a textured layer under the doily,but I needed a card in a hurry. I used my Spellbinder circle die to cut the doily to a smaller size, then cut a few nicks at the outside edge of the doily to make the larger solid areas look a bit more lacy.  The sentiment is pre printed and pre cut - from Kanban's Lovely in Lace collection.  The chipboard button is from Multicraft imports, and I added a shiny twine tie.
Sketch:   http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2015/04/bi-weekly-sketch-challenge-31.html
Button:   http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
                http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/
 Doily:     http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:        http://suzypantssmarty.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Bird-day

Supplies:  unknown image and sentiment from my Wish RAK stash; scraps of DCWV floral DP (and I used some narrow left over strips for the edging); a scrap of ribbon, gems, Brilliance yellow ink (applied with aqua pen); metallic pens, shimmery metallic (emerald) cs from Classy Cards 'n Such.
Sketch:   http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/
Cute Critter:  http://creativecornerchallenges.blogspot.de/
Umbrella:  http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-04-13T12:00:00-05:00
Scraps:      http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/
Spring chicken:   http://www.lunagirlmoonbeams.com/
Bingo grid (gem, ribbon, sentiment):  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
2 or more colors:  http://livelaughstamp.blogspot.com/search/label/Monday%20Morning%20Challenge