Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lemonade Anyone?

I've been using pre-made elements on cards lately, trying to clean up all of the unfinished items that I've accumulated through the crafting years. This herringbone background was made with 1/4" strips of cardstock left over from various cuttings. I just put them together in random fashion and ended up with a summery mix which I toned down with a black card base. The image is from IO and I colored it with Copics, adding some wink of stella to the lemons in the pitcher, as well as the cherry and strawberry. The sentiment is from SSS. I'm entering this into the Cards in Envy challenge which is "Summer Cards - or cards with hot colors."

I wish you a great Thursday, and I think I'm going to go make a pitcher of lemonade now. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tan Hooter

The MFP Stamps challenge #30 is a color challenge to use "tan." I pulled out a MFP stamp set and some caramel cardstock to make this card. I colored the owl's beak and claws with a Copic marker, and added some white colored pencil to his chest and head. The vertical border was cut twice with a SSS hexagon border die in caramel and black, and I switched the negatives to give some contrast. The sentiment is also by MFP and the little negative hexes on the side balanced this out just right to my eyes.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a great day.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Merry Sketch-Mas

I have another Christmas card today made just under the wire for the Jingle Belles Merry Sketch-mas challenge. Using a sketch to make a card was once my favorite kind of challenge to enter, but I'm a bit rusty since I haven't done that for nearly a year since OWH shut down. I thought I'd give this sketch a try because it looked like a fun one, so I made a basic card using snippets of random cardstock. What appears to be white is actually vanilla cardstock. Trying to photograph gold mirror cardstock changes the look of everything it seems. I die-cut the Lawn Fawn stitched snowflakes with the mirror card, and added some vanilla negatives to the center of the larger one. The vanilla panel was embossed with a SU! softly fallen ef while the red was die cut with a Gina Marie stitched circle. The Northwoods sentiment was gold embossed. 
Here's the sketch I loosely followed. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is fabulous!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Paper Pieced Christmas Card

I suppose I'm still working in polka dot mode since today's card uses more polka dots. I paper-pieced this Woodware Christmas Date stamp with snippets of retired SU! dsp. and colored in the tiny polka dots with a red glitter pen. The holly berries were done with a Poppystamps stitched holly leaves and berries die, and I ran the entire piece through the Big Shot with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle.

I'm sharing this with the July Rudolph days challenge which runs from July 25th until the end of July.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunglasses Required to View This Card :)

Whenever I have tiny bits of dsp left over, I punch them into 1" squares and keep them in a little box. Yesterday I pulled out that box and sorted through them to find some assorted polka dot bits, then glued them all on a piece of card, cutting it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die. I decided to pull out my retired SU!/Sizzix butterfly die and cut the 3 butterflies from snippets of brightly colored card stock. I embossed each one with a different dotted embossing folder to coordinate with the polka dot patchwork background. I shredded 2 pieces of black with my paper cutter for the antennae, adhering with glossy accents. The butterflies are popped up with foam tape and I added a big honkin' gemstone from Pizzazz Aplenty for the butterfly body. The sentiment is from MFP, and the card base is Melon Mambo from SU! 

I'm sharing this insanely bright, colorful card over at the Snippets Playground #239 as well as Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge #58 - D is for Dimension and/or Denim.

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a fabulous day!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Birthday Wishes

I made another birthday card for my stash using a Gina Maria Oval Starburst die along with some vanilla, black, and orchid cardstock. I used a SU! scalloped top punch to make the tag, and added a SNSS sentiment. The flowers were done with a SU! mini punch and the centers were made with a paper punch. I added a snippet of vanilla ribbon along with some black twine for the finishing touch.

I'm entering this at the Tuesday Throwdown #303 which is to use your favorite embellishment. I don't have one favorite in particular, but I use tags, flowers, ribbon, and twine often - so I think I've got it covered :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're staying cool wherever you are.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

You Are So Hot!

I have another Tim Holtz crazy bird image that was colored with fluorescent Copics. I added a stamped/fussy cut hat to her head along with a little punched flower and gemstone in the center. The split sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp "Hello You" set, with the black square being embossed with white embossing powder. The striped dsp is a snippet from my stash, and the square panels were cut with Gina Marie stitched square dies.

I'm taking this over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "things with wings."

Stay cool, and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Whatcha Doin'?

I had a sample pack of 3" square dsp's for several years and never quite knew what to do with them, so I cut them into 1" squares and made a background for this card. The Penny Black image was colored with Copics, then cut with my Big Shot and a Gina Marie stitched square die, and matted with turquoise cardstock. I added a die-cut sun, along with an orange center die-cut with a Poppystamps stitched Holly leaves & Berries set, then added a pre-stamped sentiment, hand cut into an arrow.

I'm sharing this card over at the Cuttlebug Mania Summerstop challenge.

Thanks for dropping by and make it a great day :)


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Birds of a Birthday Feather...

Today I have 2 birthday cards using the same design, but with alternating colors. I'm trying to use the SU! paper I've accumulated through the years, so both cards include some of that retired dsp. I stamped the bird image on some pool party with island indigo ink, using the SU! set Language of Friendship, then used the SU! bird punch to cut the bird and branch; piecing the branch with tan and green snippets. The scalloped top tag punch from SU! was used, along with the white-embossed SU! sentiment, as well as an orange snippet of cardstock for the center vertical panel. A snippet of orange gingham ribbon and neutral twine completed this card.

And here's a 2nd version with an orange bird and an island indigo center panel - otherwise they're the same design. *note to self - be sure to use the embossing buddy before white embossing on black the next time! I see lots of loose specks of white powder on this version!

I'm sharing these over at the Snippets Playground #238.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a great weekend!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Crazy Birthday Cats

I made this fun birthday card with those Tim Holtz crazy cats and a water colored background. I added some hats, ties, and balloons and a Casual Fridays sentiment and that's all there was to making this. The cats were colored with Copics and the cardbase and image panel were cut with lil Inker stitched rectangles. I have a friend who's a cat lover, so this will be her birthday card next month.

Until we meet again, get your party on too!