Thursday, April 24, 2014

Christmas Poinsettia

Here are my cards for the Rudolph Day April Christmas card challenge. You're only supposed to make 2 cards, but I made 5, since I picked up a 6-pack of these pretty gold sentiment stickers for $1 at a recent scrapbook/stamp expo. I decided to make cards with different colors of cardstock and the Spellbinder's Poinsettia die. This one is vanilla cardstock with a cherry cobbler poinsettia and olive leaves.


Here's one done in olive with a vanilla flower.


Black card base with a real red poinsettia...


chocolate chip with real red poinsettia with the flower sponged in chocolate chip ink...

And finally, the real red card base with a white poinsettia. I added some pale green and pink colors to the flower & leaves with Copic markers. All flower centers were done with gold dew drops I've had in my stash forever. I still have one more gold sticker left in the pack, so I'll have to come up with another color combination for that. I also bought a pack of silver stickers exactly like this, so I'll be making blue snowflake cards with them one day soon.

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful day!

Carol

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's the Word, Bird?


I made this card for the Mod Squad "going gingham" challenge. I used a pre-colored free digi image from MeinLilaPark and paired it with some recollections polka dot paper, some ric-rac, twine, and a snippet of gingham ribbon. I used a slot punch to make the opening for the ribbon to be tied onto the image panel. The sentiment is by Unity.

This will be heading to Cards for Hospitalized Kids and hopefully it will bring a little smile when it's opened.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

Carol


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Simon Says Go Away Rain

Simon's not to happy about the rainy day, but he's looking real sporty in spite of the weather :) I paper pieced his hat and the umbrellas with snippets of random dsp. The "rain" was created with a wink of stella white glitter pen, and those raindrops are all sparkly IRL, although the picture doesn't capture that shimmer. You can click the photo to enlarge it, and perhaps that detail will show up better. The image and sentiment are from SimonSaysStamp, and the umbrellas were done with a wooden stamp I found in a Michael's bin for $1.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground #121 - use snippets
Cards in Envy - April Showers - make an A2 card with no bulky embellishments
Tuesday Throwdown #192 - Lots of Sparkle

Thanks for stopping by and even though Simon is wishing away the rain, I know that April showers bring May flowers!

Carol

Monday, April 21, 2014

Birthday Surprise


Hello and welcome back to another House Mouse HFMFC#168 challenge - which is to "pop it up!" This is my last guest design spot for the HM challenge and I've had a blast, so thank you everyone on the HM design team for making me feel welcome :)
I colored this image to coordinate with the papers and cardstock which are Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabanna, and Daffodil Delight - all from SU! I popped up both the paper-pieced balloon and sentiment panel on dimensionals. I added some Daffodil ribbon and a yellow gem from Pizzazz Aplenty that I recently won by playing in the House Mouse challenges! The sentiment panel was done with a Spellbinder's die and Hero Arts stamps.


I popped up the inside too with some surprise presents and more balloons with coordinating dsp. A few more snippets of ribbon and some hand-drawn balloon tails, and this was done!

I hope you have time to play along with the challenge this week, and share your ideas on popping it up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Carol

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mickey, Minnie, and two Hooters


The OWH midweek throwdown was to make Disney kids birthday cards. Oops! I goofed, and didn't make a birthday theme, but I'm sure this sentiment will bring smiles regardless. I don't have any Disney images, but I did have some snippets of Disney dsp that my sweet friend Donna sent me when I was making a Disney-themed scrapbook for my DGD. I just hand cut one of the shapes from the paper, and put it onto a die cut circle. I punched a polka dot bow with a Punch-a-Bunch, and trimmed it to make a bow-tie, adding black gems from Pizzazz Aplenty. The ribbon was from my stash, the sentiment is from SimonSaysStamp, and the embossing was done with a SU! decorative dots ef.


You can't have Mickey Mouse without Minnie Mouse, so here's the Minnie version. Click the image to enlarge and check out that big honkin' oval piece of bling! Cool huh? I recently won a prize from Pizzazz Aplenty that included a little bag of those oval gems, and they are amazing! It looks perfect in the center of Minnie's little bow :)


Here is my card for this week's OWH sketch challenge #221. I used some fabulous papers from WeRMemoryKeepers that my sweet friend Mary Anne shared with me, flipping them over for the coordinating patterns on the reverse side. Two SU! punched owls and a MFP sentiment later, this card was done! When the card is lying flat, the bottom owl is looking up, while the top owl is looking down, but when it stands to be photographed, they're both looking down :)

I'm entering these cards into the Snippets Playground #121 since I used leftover snippets on all of them!

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful day, and if you're celebrating Easter I hope it's bunny-hopping fabulous! Thanks for stopping by!!

Carol


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone! I stamped this bunny at a stamp meet a year ago and finally used it to make an Easter card! I've always regretted not buying this SU! bunny when it was available, so I guess I've been hoarding the stamped images all this time :) I used Blushing Bride and Vanilla cardstocks with a snippet of green for the grass - which was done with a SNSS die. I added some twine from Whisker Graphics and called this one done!

Happy Easter everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blowing Bubbles


Here's this weeks Mod Squad Spring Color Challenge where we're supposed to use 3 or more of the selected colors to make a card.

 Here's the card I made and I think I managed to use all of the colors in the challenge! I used a fun pre-colored digi image by Deedee's digis called "Greatest Joy" and enhanced it a bit with Copics, since my printer is running low on ink and it looked a bit washed out. The papers are from Doodlebug and Lawn Fawn, and I used snippets of assorted colors for the flowers. The gems and pearl are from Pizzazz Aplenty, and I used a Cheery Lynn mini fanciful flourish for the vines. The sentiment comes along with the Greatest Joy set, and the butterfly was sitting in a little box of die cut items just waiting to be used. I drew in the butterfly flight pattern and antennae with a fine line marker. You can't see it too clearly, but I added glossy accents to the bubbles.

I'm also entering this into the Snippets Playground #120.

Here's wishing you a wonderful Friday, and thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simon in Ombre


Here's my card for this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - "animal antics." What better animal image to use than the Simon Says Stamp signature image - Simon! I used a piece of Ombre orange/teal dsp, and paper pieced Simon's cool duds with a piece of matching dsp in smaller stars. I added a little bowtie, embossed an orange panel with a Darice tiny stars ef, and added the sentiment on a ticket punch with a hand-cut banner, some ribbon & bling. The expression on Simon's face indicates he might be involved in many animal antics from time to time :) Cute!!

That's all for me for this Thursday, but thank you for dropping by and have yourself a wonderful day!

Carol

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tractor Stamp Done 2 Ways


My sweet friend Mary Anne and I went to a scrapbook convention last week where I bought this Rubbernecker tractor image and the Balzer designs mini dots stencil used for the background. I sponged through the stencil on kraft cardstock with 3 different Ranger inks, and then cut it into a tag. The image was colored with Tombow markers, adding details with a fine line black marker. You can't see it too well, but I stamped some dried grass on the bottom before adding the sentiment. (click photo to enlarge) I found some gears and a photo turn and attached them all with brads, adding my last piece of burlap and a snippet of checkered ribbon. The background was embossed with a clockworks ef by CB. Sentiment stamps are by Clear Art Stamps.
I'm entering this card into the Tuesday Throwdown #191 which is vintage/shabby chic, adding ribbon or fiber.



Here's the same stamp, used on a simple one-layer card - which I rarely ever make! I went from one extreme to another between these two cards! LOL I colored this with Tombow markers, and made the grass with a stamp from "stamps by Judith" (also bought at the convention). I sponged in some sky with tumbled glass ink, and added a little SNSS bird flying in the sky. I added a birthday sentiment and this will go into my next OWH box, as i'm sure there are lots of farmers who will enjoy getting a card like this!
I'm entering this card into the Cardz4Guyz #14 the sky's the limit challenge.

Thanks for checking in to have a look today and I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday!

Carol

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sending Love to Lauryn


Here's a card I made for Lauryn that will be mailed to her soon. I added a link to my sidebar for the details of this card drive. Lauryn is a 2 year old girl who is battling a life-threatening disease and we're trying to shower her family with cards and love to help her with her battles. Please click the links above or on my sidebar to see how you can help.

I used an inky antics image for this card, adding some pink accents with punched hearts and polka dot ribbon. I added pieces of blue card, and an embossed background done with a Darice ef.

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

Carol