Saturday, February 24, 2024

Color Throwdown #781

I'm squeezing in a card to Color Throwdown Challenge #781. Here's the challenge graphic.

And here's my card using mostly Altenew products.

Flowers and leaves from the Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die Set were cut from
white card stock and colored with peachy/pink colors from The Stamp Market.
Two white card stock panels were cut from Reverse Wonky Rectangles then embossed

The panels were adhered together by a hinge and the flowers and leaves were
assembled on a slight diagonal. The sentiment and shadow were adhered below
the flowers and the card was finished off with sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Flower Challenge #88 -- Add a Heart

I'm so happy to see The Flower Challenge back from a well deserved hiatus.
This month's challenge theme is to Add a Heart and it gave me a chance to use
some (two year old) Greetery products that were still in their packaging. Oh my!
Here's my card and I'm hoping that the heart isn't too overwhelming.

The heart wood slice was assembled and spattered then topped with Forget-Me-Nots that
were colored with Zig markers. I had no idea what color forget-me-nots were until I looked 
it up, so I apologize for these bright pink ones.
I added the love word and popped up the heart on Altenew's Masonry Wall. At the last 
minute I decided to add the sub sentiment to balance out the design.

I might redeem myself and color these blooms again in their "proper" color.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Simon Says Stamp January Flickr Challenge -- Anything Goes

 The theme for Simon Says Stamp's January 2024 Flickr Challenge is Anything Goes 
so I decided to enter a card made with some new Simon Says Stamp goodies.

I ordered the Printmaking Hearts Stamp and Die set which has layered stamping on
9 hearts. Feeling a bit lazy, I decided to cut out the hearts from several alcohol ink
panels that I've accumulated.

 The hearts were spritzed with alcohol, some gold Kuretake watercolors and I found
my ancient set of metallic rub ons that all added touches of gold. The hearts were
adhered to a kraft card base and a popped up sentiment finished off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Freshly Made Sketches #620

I decided to enter Freshly Made Sketches #620 after my Concord & 9th order arrived and 
I pictured the knitted heart as the main element in the sketch.

 And here's my card with a simplified take on the sketch.

After watching Jennifer McGuire go through her stash of AI backgrounds, I went through
mine and looked for the most appropriate ones for a heart. All of the dies were cut from
one inked piece and assembled with the "stray" yarn coming off on the side.

I stamped the sentiment before running the card base through Waffle Flower's
Quilting Texture Die. In hindsight, I didn't have to add the extra stitches over the
heart because it looks super variegated even without it. But I do love the texture.

I'm off to link this up with a few days to spare. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 12, 2024

Inspired by Challenge #271 -- MITTENS

The theme for this month's Inspired by Challenge is MITTENS. 

Here's how I was inspired.

Meet a 5-year old stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp. I remember buying it and 
it never touched ink until recently when I watched some of Kristina Werner's Christmas
Card series on You Tube. I spotted Critter Sweaters from 2018 and dug through my
SSS Christmas stamps and found it! 

They appear to be snuggled in mittens, or is that just me? The stamp set is unique
because it's simply stamped on each die cut critter to resemble cozy sweaters.
The background uses MFT's Knitted Sweater Background, stamped on kraft with
Versamark for a tone on tone look. The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

Ok, I'm off to link up my card. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 8, 2024

SSS Wednesday Challenge--Something NEW

Happy New Year to you! I made this card for a friend and decided to enter it in 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with a theme of Something NEW.

While the theme may be "new" the stamp itself is old and long retired. I used 
Birdie Brown's Warmest Wishes stamp and die set and had this cut and colored 
in my scrap bowl. She must have been waiting for a chance to make an appearance.

After die cutting a card base from Reverse Wonky Rectangles, I inked a sky, stamped
the sentiment, then ran the panel through a falling snowflake embossing folder. I used 
a sanding block to take away the color and leave the appearance of "snow" behind.

I grounded the girl with a torn bottom and finished off with some extra snowflakes.
The back panel was hinged so the card can stand to be displayed.
I'm off to enter this and mail it out, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Guest Designer Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #24 -- SNOWMAN

Me and my gnomies were chosen as the Top Pick for Caffeinated Christmas Card  
Challenge #22  and I was invited to guest for the last challenge of the year with the 
theme of SNOWMAN.

The prize sponsor for this month is Frantic Stamper
 Fran is generously offering this trio of goodies to the winner:

My card uses one of my favorite snowpeople from Paper Smooches and all patterned 
paper is from  Catherine Pooler's Daily Grind which is sadly discontinued. 
I love his plaid attire!

The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler (also discontinued) and I stamped it 
before running the card through a falling snow embossing folder. To finish off the card, 
I added a mug from a Casual Fridays set and some snowflakes from my snowflake stash.
Kim Hughes closed her Paper Smooches shop and blog three years ago, but you can 
now find some of her products at Queen & Co and a few Catherine Pooler products 
can be found at Frantic Stamper.

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Huge thanks to Amy and Lisa for the invite and we hope you'll join the last
challenge of the year. You have until 11:55PM PST on December 25th, 2023
to link up your caffeinated creations.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Card Concept #201 -- Fall Leaves

I'll have to admit that the leaves drew me in to The Card Concept #201
Check out the gorgeous inspiration photo.
Here's how I was inspired--I may have been a bit too literal.

Assorted leaves from Honeybee Stamps were cut from Bristol card stock and inked with
Concord & 9th inks, then spattered with black ink. 

A black panel was embossed with Altenew's Organic Linen folder and adhered to a black
card base. The leaves were adhered to mimic the photo and finished off with a gold
embossed sentiment.

The card style is definitely Clean and Layered as i tried to follow the inspiration photo
with layering of the colorful leaves.
 Wishing those who celebrate a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you snag some
Black Friday deals! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as the winner of the challenge!
Thank you to The Card Concept! 

Monday, November 13, 2023

A Kind and Magnificent Friend

My dear friend Michele Ferguson chose today, World Kindness Day, as our Playing Cards 
with Friends date and I accepted in a flash. 

 The "rules" for our play date is to make a card for someone who has done something 
kind. Not necessarily for me, nor does it have to be someone in our card making 
community. Just an act of kindness that deserves notice.
Well, duh, it was a no brainer to choose my playmate and creative card maker
as the inspiration for my card.

I'm not sure when I "met" Michele. I always wondered about this gal whose blog was called
"I Card Everyone". She would stop by and leave the sweetest comments on my blog.
 She has since sent me annual Christmas and birthday cards as well as "just because" cards
which are the very best kind. We managed to FaceTime just once, but it's an event 
I'll always cherish and hope to do it again!

For my card, I purchased Spellbinders Stitched Etched Alphabet Dies and didn't think I 
would be doing any stitching. But I did some for Michele. I watched Yana Smakula's video 
on Analogous Colors and found a color palette that reminds me of Michele.
The stamp set has matching adjectives for each alphabet and I only wish hers was
"kind hearted". But she's magnificent just the same.
She decided to keep photos of our cards a secret from each other so I'll join you over
at her blog to see her masterpiece. I can cross "playing cards with Michele" off of my
bucket list now. Thanks so much, kind friend--it was tons of fun!

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If you want to learn more about World Kindness Day 2023, visit this helpful link.
Personally, I think there needs to be more kindness in the world, not only today, 
but every day 💗

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Inspired by Challenge #262 -- GNOMES

When I saw that this week's Inspired by Challenge #262 was all about GNOMES, I was in.
And just look at the adorable inspiration!

There's even a sketch by Laurel.
 Here's how I was inspired.

I assembled two gnomes with (retired) Photoplay papers and added a red heart
 on each of their hats. A woodgrain embossing folder was used on the background 
panel and the gnomes were adhered over it. The card was finished off with a red 
die cut sentiment. 

I don't know why but gnomes always make me smile. Supposedly they're not the
cleanest in terms of hygiene, and have grumpy personalities. I guess they become
as cute as we can make 'em!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as the winner of the challenge!
Thank you, Laurel!