Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dream Catcher


Many moons ago when I was making cards for OWH before they closed, a fellow card maker from Canada sent me a few dreamcatcher images and I never used any of them until today. Being indoors has prompted me to sift through my unused stash and use it before buying anything new. There's no manufacturer name on the back, so I'm sorry I have no clue who makes this image. I colored it with Copics, a gold paint pen and a fine red marker and covered the feathers with clear Wink of Stella. The papers are snippets from Lawn Fawn and Doodlebug Design Inc. and the word DREAM was cut from a very old sheet of DCWV tab folders I got from QVC probably a decade ago! I could not find a single stamp in my collection that says "dream" so I improvised and placed it on a snippet of matching red dsp that I cut into a banner. The rest of the sentiment is from Kitchen Sink Stamps "Hibiscus" and it just seemed to flow with the dream theme. I used a SU! scalloped edge punch for the red border and matted this with a piece of SU! daffodil yellow cardstock. I'm thinking I might be able to use this for a graduation card in the future.

I'll enter into the Just Us Girls challenge #530 Word Week - feathers


Also entering into the Little Red Wagon challenge #544 - Mix "Em Up!
Use different manufacturer's products on your creation. I've used quite a few here.

Thanks for checking in today and I hope everyone reading this is safe and well.

Carol

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Snippets Make Fun Cards!


I recently pulled out a little bag of Lawn Fawn and MFT plaid, striped and polka dot snippets and made a herringbone panel for a background. Once it was finished, I die-cut the center of it with a Lil Inker Stitched rectangle die, which left a narrow outer frame that I used on the card below. For this card I chose a stamped image I've had for years that someone sent me, and I have no clue who makes it, so if you know, please leave a comment and I'll give credit where it's due. EDIT: Janice M let me know in a comment that this image was by Elzybells - a company no longer in business - thanks Janice - I thought you sent me this one but wasn't sure) I colored the image with fluorescent and pastel Copics, adding some yellow glaze pen on the chick to look like feathers. The sentiment is from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I will share this card with the Make My Monday #119 challenge - to make your own background paper

Also sharing with the Tuesday Throwdown #454 - anything goes

Cute Card Thursday #628 - anything goes


For my 2nd card, I used the outer frame that was left from the die-cut panel in the above card. I also made a smaller piece of herringbone with the smaller strips and a snippet of white card. I die-cut this piece into a stitched tag, cutting a larger tag with a snippet of matching dsp to mat the main one. I added my last piece of lavender gingham ribbon which was just long enough to make a little bow, along with a sentiment made up of a stitched die-cut circle, an I.O. hugs die (cut and layered 3 times) and a few little gemstones and assorted stamps to make up the sentiment.

I will share this with Pixie's Snippets Playground #375 - must use snippets

Also sharing with A Place to Start April 2020 challenge - use ribbon or twine


Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!

Carol

Monday, April 6, 2020

Hello


I made a quick "hello" card with some dark pink cardstock and a few snippets of pink & grey dsp to make this card. I used a Memory Box Woodland branch die for the bird to sit on. The leaves were done with an EK leaves border punch, and the bird was a die cut from Impression Obsession. I turned the white bird into a bluebird with a Copic marker and gave him an eye with a black marker, and finally added the tiny greeting done with a stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet set by SU!

I'm sharing this with the Dies R Us challenge #142 - anything goes
using dies sold in the DiesRUs store - (I.O. Bird)

I'm also sharing with the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #366


Wishing everyone a safe and happy Monday. Thanks for stopping by.

Carol

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sign of the Times


This free, fun digital image by Elizabeth Dulemba recently arrived in my inbox and it sparked an idea to create a card. I printed it and colored it with Copics and made a few banners with some SU! Granny Apple Green designer paper, matting them all with black as I did with the main image. I added a few Taylored Expressions enamel dots just for fun. The card base is also Granny Apple Green. 


This hilarious sentiment came to me in an email list of jokes and I just had to print it out for the inside of this card. It's one way to laugh at the current situation which has so many of us feeling less-than-chipper, so I'm sending this out to a friend who will probably get a good chuckle over it.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Double D Banner challenge - with the following mood board





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2 Crafty Critter Crazies #37 - must use a critter

Thanks for stopping by and keep smiling as you enjoy the weekend!

I'll leave you with another funny ...



Carol

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Stenciled Background


I bought this this MFT equalizer stencil quite a while ago and in spite of loving it, I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I held the stencil over a piece of black card stock and sponged it with white craft ink, but it looked almost lame when finished! LOL I decided that the white diamonds needed some color, so I got out my colored pencils and colored each row a different color over top of the white, which gave a crayon finished look. When I finished coloring it, I still wasn't thrilled with it, so I cast it into my snippets box to rest for a few months! LOL
I've had this unbranded truck die (a gift from a thoughtful friend) and once I die-cut that in a turquoise color, it seemed to look OK with the stenciled background, so I paired the two together and made a masculine birthday card with it. The SSS sentiment was heat-embossed on turquoise and matted with pool party which was also used for the card base. I kept it simple, because guys just seem to like the basics.

I'll share this with the following challenges:


NBUS Challenge #13 - never before used schtuff - stencil




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Thanks for stopping by and may you be able to enjoy this new day!

Carol



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mother's Day Card


I think I have enough Easter cards, so it's time to get started on the mother's day stash. I pulled out one of my favorite all-time stamp sets called "Because of You" by Verve to make this card. I still have several of these beautiful hand-crocheted medallions that Jessi Fogan (R.I.P.) sent me several years ago in a blog candy and I cherish them. We lost Jessi a couple years ago, but I'm fortunate enough to still have some of these beautiful hand made medallions she made, so I only use them once in a while. I used one of 2 pink ones I still have left and die-cut a SB circle die to place right over the center. I stamped off the image behind the sentiment for a softer look and then added a piece of grosgrain ribbon, a pink panel, a DCWV panel of black designer paper that looks like fishnet lace, and embossed the background with an Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug embossing folder. Lastly I added a few tiny pink gemstones.


I based this card on the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Sketch challenge #451 which also has an optional theme of designer paper, so I'm linking there.


I'm also sharing this with the Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #PP484 with this grid. I used the left side which includes ribbon, die cut, and pink.


Also sharing with Pammie's Inky Pinkies PIP2013 which is anything goes with a ribbon theme.

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 Watch out for those April Fools Day pranks today :) I always used to put salt in the sugar bowl to get my husband on AFD, but now that he's a diabetic and no longer uses sugar in his coffee, I need to come up with another idea to prank him! Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!

Carol

Monday, March 30, 2020

Good Egg Easter Card


I'm still working on my box of snippets and for this card I pulled out some strips of Lawn Fawn pattern papers and adhered them to a piece of scrap card to make the background. The colors and patterns remind me of spring, so I went with the colors of the season. I used a retired SU! stamp set from 2017 called "Hey Chick" to stamp the eggs with legs (LOL) and the square sentiment. I used snippets of pastel cardstock to make the mats for the squares. I used a $1 stamp set I've had for years to create the eggs, and colored them with glaze pens before fussy cutting and then adding a little piece of die-cut grass with each one - done with a SNSS grass border die.  The HAPPY EASTER sentiment was done with another $1 stamp set, and I die cut the words with MFT label dies in 2 different sizes. has anyone saved all those precious $1 stamps from years gone by? I still have a drawer full of them that I often forget to use. 

I'm sharing this with the Retro Rubber Challenge #131 which is a tic-tac-toe grid. I used the diagonal from the top left which is eggs, die cut or punch, patterned paper.
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I'm also sharing this with the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #627 - Easter

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a healthy and happy day. Keep smiling - at least that doesn't cost anything yet!  :)

Carol

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mother's Day Card


I based my card on the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #365 but I wouldn't feel right sharing it with the challenge as my card is nowhere near a CAS design! LOL I'm a girl who loves the color purple and I uncovered this long-unloved paper pad by KaiserCraft called Violet Crush, and pulled some papers from it to put this card together. I also used MB Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies to make the shimmery butterfly. The sentiment is from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes, heat-embossed with white ep on a black word window punched panel, and I added some clear rhinestone gems to add even more sparkle.


Here's a close-up of the shine from the mirror paper in the pack. The body of the butterfly is a different mirror paper, but in a softer color tone. It's a cloudy day today so this was the best picture I could get with artificial light.

I will share this with the Time Out challenge #158 - which is lots or a little purple in honor of Epilepsy Awareness. There's also a twist of "friendship."
I know mother's day is not a friendship sentiment, but this card will be going to a friend of mine since my mother passed away some time ago.


I will also be entering this into the Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge M2520

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Thanks for the visit, and I do hope everyone is staying healthy and well in these trying times. Take good care of one another!

Carol

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dachshund Birthday Cards


A sweet and generous blogging friend gave me this Dachshund stamp a long time ago and then more recently gave me a few sheets of this fun dsp paper. While sorting through my snippets box, I found the papers and decided to make a couple cards with it. This card is going to a child who is turning 10 in April. I stamped the image on a piece of PTI soft stone card stock, then colored it with Copics and glaze pens. I die-cut it with a GMD stitched square, then matted with a SB scalloped square die in chocolate brown. The sentiment is by CASual Fridays, heat-embossed with white ep on a chocolate chip die-cut Lil Inker stitched sentiment die. The balloon was done with a MS punch, and colored with a neon pink Copic marker, with the string hand drawn with a black marker. The numbers were die cut with my Quickutz. The card base is Cool Caribbean, does anyone remember that beautiful color? 


I made a 2nd card for my birthday stash, using circles this time instead of squares. This too was colored with Copics and the sentiment was heat-embossed with white ep on some chocolate chip cardstock. The dsp was matted with strips of matching cardstock found in my stash, and the card base is Pool Party

I'll share this with the following challenges:

Shopping our Stash #146 - Happy Birthday


Addicted to Stamps and More #382 - Make Your Mark (use markers)

Seize the Birthday #186 - Cards for Kids

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Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone is sheltered down and staying happy and healthy! 

Carol
                                   


Friday, March 27, 2020

A Warm Hello


I'm still rummaging through my snippets box to make cards and using elements I've overlooked for a long time. This little I.O. die-cut coffee mug was made a long time ago and then never used. I found the background punched note tag from SU! and stenciled it with a data dots stencil and some distress ink. I matted it with a snippet of checked dsp and vanilla for a 2nd mat. I stamped the word "coffee" with a Lil inker stamp, and added some steam coming from the cup with the same stamp set. The coffee stir stick was among the pieces in the set of dies I'd cut previously and never used. The background was done with a shimmer piece of rust-colored card and a SU! decorative dots ef and placed on a vanilla card base. The sentiment was stamped in Really Rust and I added a tiny gold-embossed star to the coffee mug just for fun.

I'm sharing this with the Little Red Wagon challenge #542 which is "leftovers." I've been working on my leftovers for a few weeks now and hope to use a lot more of them soon.

I'll also share this with the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #241 - use a stencil

I'm not overly thrilled with the cards I've been making lately, but then again I think a lot of us are overwhelmed and not really feeling the creative juices flowing in such a stressful world. I will keep trying and hopefully get a few of these cards in the mail to cheer some folks up who could use some friendly greetings.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Friday!

Carol