Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Crop 2

I'm hosting one of the challenges in the Fall crop at wecraftcards this week,, with a theme of Holiday Table Favors. I made samples for several holidays. Here is my second- a cute treat holder for Thanksgiving. I found the template here-http://www.aalatemplates.com/free-gift-box-template-download-page.html#.UEQghwXUNx0.pinterest
                             
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Table Favor              (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                             (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)

Another card for the Simon Says Thinking of You challenge. This time I used a stamped image from my stash. The sentiment is a Printworks stamp. Also decided to use some of my long neglected mulberry paper. Love the delicate laciness that it adds to the card. So pretty.
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

The current CAS challenge at AAA cards is called Inspired by a Movie. I've had fun thinking of some cards I can make. This is the first, made after raiding our medicine cabinet. It depict The Mummy (of course!)  
           
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AAA Card Challenges- Inspired By A Film                          (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Victorine Challenge- Halloween                                            (vostamps.blogspot.com) 
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                               (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Bugaboo Stamps- It's All About The Numbers                   (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)

My final card for this posting is a PSX Stamp image (I think. I took it off of the wood mount so I can use it in my MISTI.) Embossed with tapestry EP, colored with Tombow markers, and mounted upon rose colored cardstock and stationery papers. The scripture verse is printed off on my computer.
 
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Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes            (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Circles                                                (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Add a Sentiment                                    (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Fall Crop

Another item that I made for the Fall Crop being held at wecraftcards Forum. The challenge that required developing two tags that "popped" (had an item or two that are raised). Here is my second tag for that challenge. Loved using a few of the images from the Bugaboo Reindeer Blocks digi. The center block is raised, as is his red honker!
Entered into:
We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Christmas Tag          (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

One of the other challenges in the Fall crop was to develop a card that depicts a holiday tradition. The one that immediately popped to mind was holiday baking. My mom didn't enjoy making meals (with six kids and a very limited budget, we often had tuna casserole, goulash, or pancakes for meal) but she LOVED baking! 
Her favorites were pies, cookies, and cupcakes with lots of sprinkles. So, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, our house was a fragrant, and tasty, delight! Mom also had a very generous nature. So we always would take plates of baked treats to friends and neighbors. I discovered that I only had gingerbread cookie stamps, and I don't ever remember making those. So, looked at other options. Ended up finding a free clip art to use as background (freepik.com/free-vector/hand-drawn-collection-of-kitchen-tools_824046.htm) and attached some fun items from my scrapbooking stash. Mom would've loved it! 
(Oh, and we did always leave a plate of cookies out for... you know... SantaDad!) 
 
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We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Holiday Tradition     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes     (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Another card for the Simon Says Thinking of You challenge. This time I used a stamped image from a past swap. I think the flower is from SU. Also dug into my stash for snippets of paper, lace and more. Oh, and the brown patterned cardstock behind the flower is from the inside of a tea box. Yay upcycling! 
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You          (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                     (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Pixie's Snippets                                                                                 (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com)

This cute ghost is the current freebie at Bugaboo Stamps. Once again, I printed the ghost off on vellum. Love that look! Entering it into Bugaboos current challenge, plus the Halloween Challenge at Victorine Stamps.  
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Bugaboo Stamps- It's All About The Numbers                  (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Victorine Challenge- Halloween                                           (vostamps.blogspot.com)  


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fun in my Craft Cave

Another card that I made for the Fall Crop being held at wecraftcards Forum. This challenge required developing two tags that "popped" (had an item or two that are raised). Here is the first one. 
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We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Christmas Tag          (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk) 

Another challenge for the wecraftcards Crop required a fall card using purple, pink, green and yellow. I used pigment inks with clear EP and a solid leaf stamp from Embossing Arts to create this card.
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We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Color Challenge        (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                            (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)

I've enjoyed making cards for the current Sketch Challenge at AAA Cards. Had fun using the Bugaboo Ghost Peeker again, printed on vellum so that he is transparent.  Also entering him into the Halloween Challenge at Victorine Stamps. 
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AAA Card Challenges- Sketch                        (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Victorine Challenge- Halloween                    (vostamps.blogspot.com)  


A few years ago, when my MIL went into assisted-living, we helped clean out the family home. Digging through thirty plus years of "treasures" I found a box of 50-70 year old sheet music that my hubby's grandmother has used in her years as a church choir director. I've loved using these precious items for making cards. For this one, I stamped a Peony from Stampendous, a small butterfly from Hero Arts, colored the images with Tombow markers, and finished off with a few bits of lace and ribbon plus a Lili of The Valley sentiment tag.
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Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You        (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge                                               (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

                              

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall Bounty

The wecraftcards Forum is holding a Fall Crop this week. So, I'll be posting cards that I am making for their challenges, and also entering them into other challenges that have a similar theme. Here is my first card for the Crop. It's for a Sketch challenge. I used a few digi images from Bugaboo stamps. The little scarecrow is getting rave reviews by other members!
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Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                       (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                        (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Circles                                                (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
CAS-ual Fridays- Sketch                                                       (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
SS WCMD- Anything Goes                     (simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/happy-world-card-making-day-from-simon-says-stamp) 

I'm hosting one of the challenges in the crop, with a theme of  Holiday Table Favors. I made samples for several holidays. Here is my first- a cute goodie bag for Halloween. I found the idea here- http://creativemeinspiredyou.com/give-your-guests-unforgetable-party-favors/  and the template used to make mine was found here- http://www.fun-stuff-to-do.com/gift-box.html
                            
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Fall Crop Challenge- Table Favor            (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                  (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
                             

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

AI Christmas

Used another Art Impressions front & back stamps set to create a cad for their Wiggle & Wobble Challenge. This time it is Billy that is moving excitedly as he reaches for a Christmas gift.  Added a mini wobble to the front part of the image.  The rest of the card is made with scrapbook paper cut-outs and stickers… so it went together really quickly. Easy peasy!

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Art Impressions- Wiggle and Wobble                                   (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                                     (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

While I had my scrapbooking supplies out, I fussy cute some mini-images to decorate paperclips for Simon Says "Not a Card" challenge. Gave me a chance to also use some paper scraps and vellum scraps. Pretty simple to make. Just folded the paper and vellum scraps over the inside of a large paperclip (got a bag of them at the dollar store), stapled it in place, the covered the staple with the scrapbooking images.
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not a Card                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)

                   

Glad to see you!

Art Impressions has some of the best people and critter images. And I love their front & back stamps! For this eager pup, I added a mini wobble to the image on the inside of the card, so that his little bottom matches the sentiment. (In case you can't read it, the inside reads, "But it can't wiggle it's butt when you walk in the door!" I found the sentiment in a meme somewhere. Don't remember where.)
I feared the mini wobble would be too thick on the inside of the card, but it works great. Actually, his whole body wiggles a bit... just like our dog in real life!

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Art Impressions- Wiggle and Wobble                                  (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                                   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

Last week I made one of these Bugaboo ghosts out of vellum and like the results. (I also won a prize… so got more fun Bugaboo images that you'll see in the near future!)
For this card, I made another vellum ghost, but this one is bigger. And I added a surprise element on the inside of the card. It will be sent to my MIL that love to share them with others in the assisted living facility. Figured that all those wonderful great-grandmas will like this bright and interactive card! 
Note- the sentiment reads, "Hello foolish mortal. If you are reading this..." (inside) "... then you are blissfully unaware of what is creeping up behind you! Happy Halloween." 
Also, once again, I used TCL 's sweet little digi "Eeek!" 

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Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                         (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                          (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                               (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge (sunset)                       (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)

Have always loved this Eureka cat image, especially when paired with an old (and I mean OLD) Azadi Earles pumpkin image. The inside sentiment is handwritten. And, decided to add a major pop of color by mounting the entire card onto the front of an upcycled greeting card. (There is a rainbow spotted leopard under there!)
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QKR Stampede- Anything Goes                                           (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)

Christmas Cards All Year Round current challenge is to make a Monochromatic Brown card. It was much harder than I had imagined. I ended up adding a strip of antiqued lace, brown grosgrain ribbon, and a golden LOVE brad to add a bit of contrast and sparkle. It still looked too blah for me, so I used a Q-tip to add just a smidgen of blue and fuchsia to Mary's veil and gown. That tiny bit of color might disqualify my card, but it really finishes it off for me. The inside sentiment is pure scripture!
                  
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas                      (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes      (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Monochromatic Brown  (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                  (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

Fall & Christmas Cards

For two weeks I've been fighting one of the 832 viruses making the rounds of the Midwest in the USoA. But... since I didn't want to share the germs I decided to stay home and rest. Oh, and cruise the web and stamp. (You can sneeze and blow your honker while doing both and not offend anyone!) In the process, I stumbled upon a few new stamping blogs. One of them offers a challenge called "Snippets." The name made me smile because when I was growing up my mom teased me about the many hours I spent with scissors, making "snipples." (I still like to do that… but now it's called fussy cutting!)  Decided to make a CAS card to enter into the Snippets challenge, plus AAA Card Challenge and a few others. 
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AAA Card Challenges- Sketch                                        (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Pixie's Snippets                                                        (pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                            (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186           (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

A few months ago I won a few images from Di's Digital Stamps. This sweet one named Penny's Star was fun to use for a two Christmas challenges this week, plus Di's Digital Add a Sentiment Challenge.
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Di’s Digi Stamps- Add a Sentiment                                        (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas                   (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychalleng

Love this sweet little trio of fall stamps that were the recent Bugaboo Free Friday images. Created a card using the CAS-ual Friday Sketch and the WeCraftCards Joy Fold to make this fun card.

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We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge- Joy Fold Card     (wecraftcards.com/forum)
CAS-ual Fridays- Sketch                                                         (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                         (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)

My third and final entry into the current challenge at Victorine Stamps features a wonderful harvest image from createwithtlc.blogspot.com.  Was fun to use a metal charm that I've had in my stash for nearly a decade. (It's amazing what a person can find when organizing a craft room!) I also provided a close up to show the beautiful details in this image. It is truly lovely!
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Victorine Challenge- Harvest                                                  (vostamps.blogspot.com)  
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                          (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge                                       (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tiddlyinks Part 2

My second entry, a gatefold card, for the Tiddlyinks monthly challenge involved being creative with their free digi named Luggage in order to fit into the Halloween theme.  This one took a lot of work, but I like the results. Printed off and colored the stack of luggage with my Spectrum Nior markers. Also created and printed off a "packing list" of misc. items that would be used for some Halloween mischief. Then, used scraps of acetate to create jars for the mermaid scales, octopus ink, Ogre snot and eyes of Newt (made these last items by printing a line of dots on cardstock and punching them out with a small paper punch. And, that bottle is "corked" with real cork. I cut a thin strip and rolled it up to make a... well... a cork! I made a second one and used it in the vial of Orgre snot resting against the teal hat box on the top of the luggage pile.) Added some crow feathers (cut from a real crow feather), plus cut a thin strip of gauze and rolled it into balls to place next to the ink jar. Finished off the inside of the card with a favorite little digi, "Eeeek!" from createwithtlc.blogspot.com plus a spooky spider from Hero Arts.  (I provided photos from two angles plus a close up to show the details of the little jars.)  
 

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Tiddly Inks- Spookaboo                                                           (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Walk on the Dark Side   (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Double D’s Challenge- Fright Night                                      (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
A2z Scrapbooking WCMK                     (a2zscrapbookingblog.com/2017/10/07/world-cardmaking-day-fun)
                             
Another Tiddlyinks card to enter into the WCMD challenge, Flower category. I used the sweet image "Awww Thanks", enlarged to cover a large portion of the card. I paper pieced her shirt to match the frame around the sentiment. 
                
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186                    (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                                    (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Tiddly WCMD- Floral        (blog.tiddlyinks.com/2017/10/23-challenge-a-50-gift-certificate-and-more-up-for-grabs.html)
                             
My final Tiddlyinks card to enter into the WCCMD challenge, Anything Goes category. I used the cute image and sentiment from "Cookie Bug and Extras" set. Drew some 'veins' into her wings with a sparkly gel pen, then added additional glitter to give her some bling! Oh... and the blue denim colored background is actually upcycled from a tissue box. Loved the swirls and distressed look of the print and just had to put it to good use!
                  
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Tiddly WCMD- Anything Goes  (blog.tiddlyinks.com/2017/10/23-challenge-a-50-gift-certificate-and-more-up-for-grabs.html)
SS WCMD- Anything Goes   (simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/happy-world-card-making-day-from-simon-says-stamp)

Tiddlyinks Part 1

I have many Tiddlyinks stamps, but none with a Halloween theme. So, to enter their challenge this month called "Spookaboo" I am being creative with a few of their other stamps to meet that theme. Here is the first. Added a square-topped haircut, some neck bolts, gauze and sutures to I turn Froggie into Frankenfroggie.
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Tiddly Inks- Spookaboo                                                         (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Walk on the Dark Side (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Double D’s Challenge- Fright Night                                     (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
                             
I printed off two of the Froggie images, so that I could use the second one, and one of the sentiments that comes with the set, named "Froggie Thoughts" (which is free right now.) Cut the first part of the sentiment to attach to the banners. So fun!
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We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Banner           (wecraftcards.com/forum)

My final Tiddlyinks card for this post was created to enter into the World Card Making Day challenge, Girly Girl category.  I used the sweet image "Petite Q", enlarged to cover a large portion of the card. (One of the many reasons that I like using digis!) Added some bling, plus edged the corners with some vintage silver woven ribbon from my stash. Love how it adds a bit of glimmer. Am also entering it into a few other challenges.
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Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 186       (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes                        (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Tiddly WCMD- Girly                                 (blog.tiddlyinks.com/2017/10/23-challenge-a-50-gift-certificate-and-more-up-for-grabs.html)

I've had fun making cards for the current AAA Cards challenge which is a simple sketch. This one includes leaves… because the world outside of my windows are a shout of color right now. I love Autumn in Wisconsin!
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AAA Card Challenges- Sketch                                                 (aaacards.blogspot.com/)
Deep Ocean Challenge- Colors of Autumn                           (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)