Hey crafty friends - if you plan to make a holiday card for the current Die Cut Diva Challenge be sure to link up by 9pm Pacific time today!! The Divas have an end-of-month post here which features some of the team, including me with this card:
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Last day of Die Cut Diva's September Challenge!
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Hey all - I'm playing along today at the new Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Festive Sweet Treats. Jo & elf Chrissie inspired me with candy canes and cups. My take is a cocoa cup with some candy canes.
For some reason I didn't have the dies to the Love you a Latte set but I ordered them and got them today - yay! Really wanted to make a coffee card for National Coffee Day - guess I'll just settle for sipping my Venti Iced Latte!! 😍
Very simple card - I die cut and stamped the cup, saucer & candy canes, then colored with Copics. Die cut a stitched rectangle in the heart paper & stamped the sentiment to be steam coming out of the cup. Added a patterned strip as a table for my cup & a brown mat layer. Adhered all to green card - done!
Thanks to Jo & Chrissie for a fun challenge and thanks to you for visiting. Have a crafty week!!
Monday, September 28, 2020
Hey friends - another gloomy day here but rainbow colors brightened it up for me! The September challenge at Pink Fresh Studio is Rainbows and I decided to play along using the amazing PFS Floral Circles die set. Here's my card:
I spotted my friend Greta's beautiful entry to the Pink Fresh Studio challenge and she inspired me to give it a try. I own exactly one PFS set (first of many, I'm sure) and decided the delicate circles would be gorgeous in rainbow colored glitter paper on a slimline card. I used sequins to tie the circles together and some fun premade sentiment strips. The inside of the card will have a happy birthday message. Done! If you'd like to see a previous card with the Floral Circle dies, go here.
Thanks for stopping and if you have time for a quick white-on-white Christmas card, please enter at Christmas Kickstart before 6pm Central time!!
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Anything But a Card
Hey crafty friends - hope you're enjoying your day, whatever you're doing!! Yesterday was a gloomy one here so I stayed inside and worked on a project for the latest Sisterhood of Crafters challenge. You need to make anything but a card. I waited until this morning to get a decent photograph but the daylight isn't that much better than yesterday, oh well. Here's my gift card holder that looks like a little gift bag:
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Fall and Halloween at Stay Crafty with Hero
Hey friends - hope you're having a great weekend!! I took some time and made a Halloween card for the current Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge just announced by Hero Arts yesterday. This makes #15 since the pandemic began and I so appreciate Hero continuing this challenge!! Here's my card:
Most of my Hero Arts Halloween sets are retired but I love them soooo much!! I brought out an oldie but goodie with cute owls dressed as a witch, a ghost and a pirate. I've used them before (see an ancient Flickr post with them here, if interested - oh, how our styles change!!) but I still can't get enough of them. After I stamped, clear embossed and colored my owls and their accessories, I decided it was a big enough crowd for a slimline card. Thought it would be fun having them marching up to a house for treats. I used the same Simon Halloween set for the haunted house as I did on my Twofer card here but I snipped off the top floor. While the house extends past the card, I made sure it wouldn't be too tall for a #10 envelope. The sentiment is from a different Hero Halloween set, perfect for my trick or treating owls.
My slimline is 3.5x8.5 which made it a bit too narrow for the scalloped layer from my newest Sunny Studio slimline set. Instead I used the stitched rectangle die from it, plus the grassy hill from the SS Slimline Nature Borders. I used my paper trimmer for the black mat layer. I lacquered the windows and the witch owl's eyes. Mr. Pirate got a googly eye.
Will also link up to the current Watercooler Wednesday Challenge where All Occasions are being celebrated. That's my third and final link-up there (max of 3 allowed). Also adding to Darnell's NBUS Challenge since my Sunny Studio slimline frame die is getting its first play. Finally, I'm linking to Virginia's Show and Share for my fourth and final entry there (max of 4 per month allowed).
Thanks to all for the fun challenges and thank to you for visiting! Happy crafting!!
Friday, September 25, 2020
Crazy for white-on-white
Help - I can't seem to stop - LOL! TGIF and I'm back with another white-on-white card as inspiration for the current Christmas Kickstart challenge where I'm Jo's elf. I'm hoping to encourage some participation over the weekend - you have until Monday UK time to play along. A new challenge will start on Tuesday. Here's my latest white-on-white with a touch of silver:
I started with an A2 card formed from Neenah, then die cut a white panel cut using a cover die new to me from Kat Scrappiness. This company sponsors challenges at Die Cut Divas (up again in December) and since I'm new on the team, off I went to become a customer. Absolutely couldn't resist their Crafters Essentials - Winter set with fabulous scene elements and a nice sale price. I also picked up a couple of Mini Tipsy Glue Holders by Crafters Solutions - perfect for holding my Gina K. Connect Glue so it drains down to the tip!
The cover die embosses some bitty snowflakes and cuts some stitched swirls. I wanted more embossing for my card so ran the die cut panel through with a 3D snowflake folder - fabulous! Glued this to my card, then added a die cut label and 3 snowflakes stacked for dimension. The top snowflake was painted with Stickles for subtle shimmer. What next??? During Spellbinders recent sale I picked up some old card kits - couldn't believe these beauties were still available! Oh, the ephemera - so fabulous! The bits add so much to a card and so quickly!! I was just opening the October 2019 package to see if there was a quick sentiment strip I could use - yes, but also the jumping stag and the stars popped out - yay! Layered all that onto my card - done!!
I'm linking up to Darnell's NBUS Challenge since my cover die is new, to Virginia's Show and Share, and to Watercooler Wednesday All Occasions. Will also add to the gallery as inspiration at Christmas Kickstart.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
More white on white!
Hey there - hope you're having a great week! It's week two of the current Christmas Kickstart challenge to use white-on-white for a Christmas card. Neutrals and a pop of color are also allowed for this one - hope you can join Jo and her elf (that would be me) for the fun!! I have a couple of cards to share using some new to me Spellbinders cut & emboss folders that just came in the mail Tuesday - yay!
Bad on me - didn't read the product description closely - this folder was designed for an A7 card. Oops, I mostly make A2s, oh well. Turns out the A7 size worked perfectly for the large Christmas sentiment that came from the November 2019 Spellbinders card kit. We'll call my doe a neutral since she's taupe (do you see the white stag behind her?) and my color is the bitty navy merry, both bits of ephemera from that same kit. I die cut the stag from a fab Taylored Expressions set. The kit contains two sets of everything so I'll be able to make another of these, maybe with the blue stag in the kit next time.
Next, a super quick & easy card with an A2 size folder (practically free on sale at Spellbinders!):
I embossed a 4x5.25 panel and added it to a white card. Popped on a sentiment banner - done!
I'm adding these to Darnell's NBUS Challenge since my cut & emboss folders are new here. Also linking up to Christmas Kickstart as inspiration; you have until Monday to link up there. And finally to Watercooler Wednesday where Michelle hosts another favorite All Occasions. Thanks for all the fun challenges!!
That's it for today, friends. Thanks for visiting!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Taking a Birthday Drive!
Hey friends - glad you stopped by! Today I'm sharing a masculine birthday card made for a friend's hubby using a fun convertible set by Spellbinders.
I bought the Spellbinders set this summer and was eager to try it. It contains many little pieces and details - so fun!! You can use HAPPY letters to cut into the balloons but I felt like that wasn't the thing for a manly man. Decided a small cluster of balloons tied together would balance out the scripty happy on the other side. I sandwiched a piece of acetate between two cuts of the windshield frame. Also added lacquer to the mirrors and the tail lights.
I'm adding this to Darnell's NBUS challenge since the convertible got it's first play here. Fittingly, since Darnell's hubby received the card; word is he really liked it! I wrote him - hope the windshield didn't have too many bugs on it - LOL. I have a hard time keeping acetate free of specks, don't you??!
Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Scramble - using Multiple Stamp Sets
Hi friends - We have a private Facebook group for Hero Arts Scramble Lovers and I have a card I shared there yesterday, created in about 60 minutes. The final steps took me another 15 minutes so I was still within the allotted time. Char is the host and chose the theme of multiple stamp sets. Here's my card:
I started by stamping an array of leaves (just the solid parts; some have a separate vein stamp) on a piece of woodgrain patterned paper. Next I die cut the leafy panel with a stitched rectangle and added a brown mat, then glued to my card base. Next I cut three of the labels from Concord & 9th, stacked for dimension & glued to the leafty panel. Die cut the banner letters from brown and 5 solid banners from the orange & layered. Arranged on the label with foam tape then added the string. Stamped THANKSGIVING on a strip of ivory and hand cut flag ends. Popped onto the label - done!! I think the creation of the background paper with stamping took the longest, even with a MISTI.
I'm adding this to Virginia's September Show and Share (sorry - no rainbow colors but that was optional...). Thanks to Char for hosting a fun Scramble, to Virginia for her challenge and to you for stopping by! Hope you have a crafty day!!
Monday, September 21, 2020
I'm A Diva!!
Hey friends - you're probably thinking, "yeah right - she's a diva in her own mind"! But it's true - I'm now an official Diva, joining the Design Team over at Die Cut Divas. I've known most of the team for over 10 years and will quickly get to know the other members. Thanks to all the Divas for inviting me to join them! Here's my inspiration card for the September Challenge All Kinds of Holidays Time.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Twofer Flourish Tree
Happy weekend, friends! I'm back with another pair of cards for Darnell's Twofer Challenge 31 Trees. You make two cards using a common prompt element (stamp/die/stencil), two different designs and for two different occasions. It's a gloomy day here so please excuse the poor photos!
I used the Tree Flourish by Impression Obsession as my common tree, newly purchased yesterday at Anchor Paper (a Twin Cities paper warehouse with an extensive craft department). I found so many bargains, including this stamp, at 50% off - practically free or at least less than a cup of fancy coffee!! Here's a closer look at each with supply list:
For this quick & easy card I stamped and copper embossed the tree onto a stitched rectangle. Added a strip of copper washi, the sentiment and some gems. Glued to card base - done!
I stamped a trio of partial flourish trees along the edge, then played around with a lot of butterflies, both open and backed with patterns. Finally settled on two butterflies backed in a striped pattern that included a bit of the Mermaid Lagoon color. In place of where a third butterfly had been tried, I added two little sentiment strips from SSS. Gems for the butterfly heads - done!
I'm also adding the tree to the current NBUS Challenge since it got first play with the Christmas card and to the current CAS Christmas Challenge where they want Trees. Thanks to Darnell and to the CAS Christmas team for the fun challenges and thanks to you for visiting!!Die Cut Divas Design Team. I'm very excited to have joined the Divas!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Woo hoo - I'm an Elf at Christmas Kickstart!
I'm rather tall for an elf but that's what I am for the next fortnight (that's two weeks to us Americans) over at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge!! Jo invited me to be her elf for Challenge #38 White on White and I'm so honored!!!
Monday, September 14, 2020
Couple of cards
Hello - hope you're having a crafty day! My heart goes out to everyone on the West Coast, but especially all my friends, who have fires nearby - so scary!! Thinking of you often and hope this ends soon!!
I'm sharing a couple of cards - first up, a "thinking of you" made with some Spellbinders products:
I used the letterpress panel I had made here. Since it was on watercolor paper, I put a bit of yellow wash in the center, then added ephemera from the July Spellbinders kit. A foiled sentiment I made in my maiden run with the Glimmer machine finished off the card. I sent this one to Darnell's friend Verna - hoping she's doing ok with all the smoke in the air out in California!
Next, a sympathy card with a Spellbinders flower set I just rec'd. Had to laugh, no more than opened the package from Spellbinders when I spotted the set on clearance at my Hobby Lobby! Oh well, I guess the shoppers in my town aren't into foiling! I did pick up a couple other sets practically for free - will use those in future. 😀😀
I think my foiling turned out better on these flowers than my first attempts but on the leaves I had some stray foil that I trimmed out. I had made the flowers but didn't have a card for them until I learned of a friend's passing. We'd lost touch over the past 10 years but Faye & I were close back in my 30's and sang in a quartet together when I lived in Wisconsin. Faye worked as a nurse and was always so kind and compassionate. I remember a story her hubby told (he predeceased her) about a car trip they were taking. They came upon an accident and Faye made him pull over so she could help - no mask, no gloves, she just went right in there until the EMTs arrived. That was Faye to a tee - RIP!
That's it from me for today. I'll add the sympathy card to Darnell's NBUS challenge since my foiled flowers are new. Thanks for hosting NBUS Darnell - I need it!!
Thanks to you for stopping by and I hope you'll check back tomorrow when I have a special Christmas card to share!! Hint - it's a "kick off" to a new challenge....
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Hey crafty friends - there's a new challenge up at the Twofer Challenge to use trees. I really wanted to do something other than a Christmas tree since I'd recently made a Christmas tree card (see it here, if you missed it). I was inspired by Darnell's (djkardkreations) card and by Marcia's (Marcia's Stampin' Pad) card using branchy trees with dots. I pulled out an older Hero Arts fall set called Color Layering Fall Trees that has both of those. Here's my Twofer:
I thought the bare tree would be fun as a spooky tree for Halloween and then as a fall tree with all the dotted layers for Thanksgiving. Here's a closer look at each with supplies:
I used a fun Haunted House from a 2017 SSS set, stamping it onto a white stitched diecut rectangle just for placement, then stamping the middle tree on the left and the far right tree to go off paper. Next I stamped the ghost & boo. Then I colored in the sky and ground with various Distress and pigment inks. My scene looked pretty bare so I added three more trees & some shadows. I had intended to stamp and color the house separately & pop onto the card but I really liked how the trees overlapped onto the house. So, I colored the house I'd already stamped. I thought the multiple Halloween colors would add a nice pop. Stamped the sentiment & put lacquer on the windows - done! Next, the Thanksgiving tree:
I stamped the bare tree onto ivory cardstock and then all the leafy layers in autumn colored inks from various My Monthly Hero kits. Note to self - label the colors when the kit arrives!! Next I die cut the panel into an oval and colored in a little ground with Copics, then popped it onto a glittery oval in the next size up. Die cut a stitched rectangle, added a strip of a different pattern and adhered all to an ivory card. Next I die cut a set of ivory sentiment strips and used the one best fitting my sentiment. Stamped the sentiment and adhered with foam tape - done!!
I'm also adding my Halloween card to the current Watercolor Wednesday Challenge All Occasions and my Thanksgiving card to the current Sweet Stampin Challenge Anything but a Birthday Card. Thanks to all for the fun challenges! Thanks to you for visiting and for any kind comments!! Hope you have a crafty day!