Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Embossing at Tuesday Throwdown


Wow! It's Tuesday again and that means the start of another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want to see your embossing skills. Our lovely sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and they generously provided the design team with a choice of digital images to use on our creations. I'm using Lilacs for Cocoa on this Hello Fabulous Card. For all the challenge details and design team inspiration click here. I hope you will share your embossed creation with us this week.

Card Supplies:

  • Paper: Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock by Stampin' Up!, Green Apple cardstock by Simon Says Stamp, Lilac patterned paper from Butterfly Kisses paper pad by Bo Bunny and light purple scrap paper.
  • Stamps: Lilacs for Cocoa by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Hello Fabulous! sentiment by Fiskars.
  • Inks & Coloring: Memento black ink and Copic Markers.
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder by Stampin' Up! (retired), 1 1/4" circle punch, scalloped circle punch, rectangle stitched die by Lil' Inkers, white lace from Ribbon Resources and dimensionals.

Challenges entered:
  1. Cards in Envy: Pretty Pastels
  2. A Gem of a Challenge: Ribbon and/or Lace
  3. Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Photo Challenge at Catch The Bug


Happy Saturday and happy Earth Day! Today is the start of a photo challenge at Catch the Bug and I love the sweet bird photo. The colors were fun to work with and I hope you will think so too. So, go outside and do something earthy for Earth Day and then use the photo as your inspiration during some afternoon crafting. I can't wait to see what you create! Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

Using birds on cards is one of my favorites, so I went with a literal interpretation of the photo. The Cherry Bird image by Bugaboo was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched square die by Lil' Inkers. All patterned paper is by Bo Bunny from the Butterfly Kisses Collection. To add some detail I stamped and punched a flower from the retired Polka Dot Pieces stamp set by Stampin' Up! accented with die cut leaves. The Just for You sentiment is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set and a glitter sticker was added to the middle of the flower. That's it!

This Cherry Bird For You Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Big Clearance


This afternoon I made a trip to my local Hobby Lobby and was thrilled to find Copic 3-pack sketch markers on clearance. Supplies were limited on the markers so I didn't hesitate to make a purchase. The store had a big clearance section filled with crafting supplies including a lot of wood mounted stamps. If you live close to a Hobby Lobby and use Copic markers it might be worth stopping by.

Blue pack includes: B01, B04 and B06
Pink pack includes: RV000, RV52 and RV55

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Under the Weather Card

With Spring comes seasonal allergies and that came make you feel Under the Weather. This afternoon I spent some time making this Under the Weather Card using the Spring Showers stamp set by Newton's Nook. Now I'm prepared with a cute card in my stash. The design idea was inspired by a card made by Jennifer Jackson. I like how she arranged the patterned paper above the image. The clouds and striped paper on this card are by Echo Park and the paper pieced umbrella are scraps from Crate Paper. I did go a little crazy with the rain drops but they needed to splash into the puddles. The image was colored with Copic markers and I added three clear sequins on the clouds for some sparkle. That's it!

This Under the Weather Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Card with Lambs

Happy Easter! Today I'm sharing the Easter Card I made for my parents. They raise sheep and Spring is always a fun time when the babies arrive. So instead of using a bunny on their card I found these cute lambs by Craftin Desert Diva. The lamb images are digital and came with a colored version which I used. Once the images were printed they were fussy-cut and ready to adhere. For the layout I used the sketch from a previous Inky Paws Challenge. The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and the green is from Doodlebug Designs. Tumbled Glass distress ink was sponged onto white cardstock for the sky and the Easter Greeting sentiment is from Unity Stamp from the Bunny - Keep You Forever stamp set. A little stamped and punched yellow butterfly and twine were added for detail. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

This Easter Card with Lambs is entered into the following challenges:

Flower Teapot For You Card


Hello crafty friends! Today is the start of a new Stella Says Sketch Challenge at Catch The Bug. This Flower Teapot For You Card is what I was inspired to create. I used the Flower Teapot image by Bugaboo and colored it with Copic markers. The image was then die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things and matted to a slightly larger piece of Calypso Coral cardstock by Stampin' Up!. All patterned paper is from the Penny Black Painted Blooms paper pad. My sewing machine was sitting close by, so I added some yellow zig zag stitches where the papers joined. The Especially For You sentiment is slightly crooked but I decided it added character and I wasn't scrapping it. Three round glitter stickers by Jolee's was added for detail and that's it. I hope you will play along with the sketch challenge! Click here for the design team inspiration and challenge details. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bingo at Catch The Bug


Happy Saturday! I hope you have time this weekend for crafting because we would love for you to play along with the Bingo challenge at Catch The Bug. You'll find all the challenge details and wonderful design team inspiration posted HERE.

For my cards I used the center row down using a Sentiment, Player's Choice and Stitching. I ended up making two cards because I didn't realize the Violet Can digi was retired, so I decided to make a second card using a current image called Cute Owl. The layouts and sentiment are the same but the colors are drastically different. I was in the mood to use purple and that's what prompted me to use the Violet Can digi. Both images were colored with Copic markers and die cut using a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. The Just A Note sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Three sequins were added for detail and everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day!


This Violet Can Note Card is entered into the following challenges:


The Cute Owl Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cat Bunny Easter Card

Yes My Dear, the Easter bunny is really a cat dressed up like a bunny. Well, maybe not but this Cat Bunny image by IkesArt is super cute and made the perfect card for my nephew. I have a harder time making Easter cards more masculine, probably because of the colors I like to use. So, for this card I went with yellow, orange, green and blue. My nephew is only 16 months old, so he isn't going to care but I think it turned out cute. All the patterned paper was from my scrap bin and the image was colored using Copic markers. The sentiment is from Unity Stamps from the Bunny - Keep You Forever stamp set. A couple of punched banners and two glitter dot stickers by Jolee's and this card was done. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter wishes to you!

This Cat Bunny Easter Card is entered into the following challenges:

Look! The Cat Bunny visited my house.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Colorful Plaid Thanks Card

Happy Tuesday! It's time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week we want to see Something Clear on your creations. Our sponsor this week is Honey Bee Stamps! You can check out their wonderful stamps, dies and embellishments right HERE. The design team has created a variety of inspiration and you can see it along with all the challenge details HERE. I can't wait to see what you create.

Clear embossing powder was used on the row of hearts on this Colorful Plaid Thanks Card. Besides some clear epoxy stickers it's about all I had in my stash. The stamp set is called For Being You and it's a retired Sale-A-Bration set by Stampin' Up!. The plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn and it covers the entire front of the card. For detail some purple twine from The Twinery and three sequins finished the card. That's it! Wishing you a crafty day!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Handmade Easter Cards

When making handmade holiday cards I usually make multiples with the same image and layout but I use different colors and papers. So, they are the same but different. If you follow my blog on a regular basis these images will look familiar. If you are like me, I love seeing the difference color makes, so I have included the links to the previous posts. The card to the left (or above) was first done with purple and yellow (click here). To change things up, this card used patterned paper from the Spring Things paper pad by Doodlebug Designs. The orange and blue are fun and different. I'm always asking my hubby which one he likes better but he's really no help... he says "it's the same just different colors." I'm like "yes!" but which one do you like better. I think he's afraid to give me an answer. This card is entered into the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp - Hip Hop, The Cutie Pie - Bunnies & Chicks and Cute Card Thursday - Easter.

On the cards below I did change one element from the original card (click here). I added the scalloped die cut and stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock. This change will help avoid extra postage charges for those raised/bumpy areas. Plus I added some zig zag stitching where the papers join. The papers on these cards came from my scrap bin. The Handmade Easter Card below is entered into the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cute Kitty Hello Card

Hello and happy Saturday! I'm on my second month as a guest designer at the Catch The Bug Challenge and I'm having a lot of fun using Bugaboo Digi Stamps and sharing them with you. Today is the start of a theme challenge and the theme is Raining Cats & Dogs, such a fun theme! I hope you will play along. You can find all the challenge details and fantastic design team inspiration right HERE.

When it came to image selection... it was clear this challenge was going to the dogs. Most of the design team went with a canine approach. Well, that just wouldn't do! I'm proclaiming to be on the "Cats Team" and decided to use the Cute Kitty image for this Hello Card. The image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. All the patterned papers are from my scrap bin, I was just about to cut into some new papers when I changed my mind. The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup Handwritten Sentiments stamp set by Hampton Art. For detail I went with a bitty blue butterfly and twine. That's it!

This Cute Kitty Hello Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Happy Easter Card

When it comes to making Easter Cards mine usually feature a rabbit. Although I realize the rabbit has nothing to do with the holiday. It did make me wonder why we use rabbits, chicks and colorful eggs to adorn our Easter Cards, so I did a little digging and found this article from NBC News.

To make this Happy Easter Card I started with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. Their sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and since I love using Bugaboo images, I decided to make a quick Easter Card. After searching my images I decided to us EB Eggs Easter Bunny and turn the sketch vertical to accommodate the image. The rest is pretty simple! The patterned paper is from the Spring Things paper pad by Doodlebug Designs and was matted to a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock. Since my sewing machine was sitting out with yellow thread, I decided to stitch around the edges of the paper. It was then adhered to the white card base. To accent the image a bitty butterfly was added using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set along with the bitty butterfly punch both by Stampin' Up! The Happy Easter sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up! along with the word window and modern label punch (both retired). That's it!

This Happy Easter Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bunny and Butterfly Easter Card

Easter is one of my favorite holidays to make cards. It combines wonderful Spring colors and usually a bunny image, both make me smile. When I recently found this Wild Rose Studio Bunny and Butterfly stamp I immediately fell in love. The image is so sweet, I couldn't resist. Although the image is large, I still manged to fit it onto a A2 sized card. The image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut using a cross stitched oval by My Favorite Things. It was then matted to a die cut scalloped oval by Avery Elle. The polka dot paper is from the Bella paper stack by Wild Rose Studio and the Easter Greetings sentiment is from a Unity stamp set. Three white sequins were added for a little sparkle and that's it. Everything was adhered flat for easy shipping. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Bunny and Butterfly Easter Card is entered into the following challenges:

Second card using the same stamps and patterned paper.


This Bunny and Butterfly Easter Card is entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Anything Goes at Catch The Bug

Hello and happy April! No April Fools' Jokes here today... I've never been good and pulling them off. I'll just stick to making cards and leave the pranks to someone else.

Today is the start of an Anything Goes challenge at the Catch The Bug Blog. The design team has some fantastic creations to share with you, so click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

This card was made in anticipation of a new family moving into the house across the street from us. I'm not really a "social" person but I will introduce myself and take them some cookies when they move in. I wanted the card to be bright and cheerful. The Whimsical Cat digi by Bugaboo has a wonderful mix of colors and goes well with the Doodlebug Designs floral paper from the Hello Sunshine paper pad. The Yellow Gingham was a 12 x 12 paper by Paper Pizzazz. I cut it to 8.5" x 11 and added the sentiment using the computer and printer. Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie cardstock by Stampin' Up! were used to mat the image. The final detail was adding the pink twine and blue sequins and this card was done. Pretty easy and simple! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

This Whimsical Cat Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Mail Card

There are only hours left to play along in the Inky Paws Challenge. It's a sketch challenge and the Newton's Nook design team created some wonderful examples. I decided to play with the Newton's Happy Mail stamp set along with the coordinating die and the tiny flowers are from the Winston's Honeybees stamp set. After selecting the stamp sets I decided on patterned paper by Doodlebug Designs. The gingham was a scrap from an older paper pad and the polka dots are from the Spring Things paper pad. A white piece of cardstock was turned blue using a brayer and Tumbled Glass distress ink. The images and sentiment were stamped using Memento black ink and then colored with Copic markers. After layering the patterned papers onto a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock by Stampin' Up!, some pink twine by was wrapped around and secured to the back with tape. Finally, it was ready to adhere to the card base and the bow was tied. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Happy Mail Card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Keepsake Box with Photo Tutorial


Do you have lots of patterned paper scraps laying around waiting to be used? If so, a Keepsake Box is a fun project and makes a great gift. I made this Keepsake Box for my youngest niece's birthday. She keeps all the cards I send to her and now she has a special Keepsake Box made especially for her. The list of supplies are simple: Mod Podge, foam brushes, plain photo storage box, patterned paper, embellishments, your favorite Bugaboo Digi Stamps and markers.

First, gather your supplies and layout some newspaper to protect your work surface.

Second, decide how you want to arrange your patterned papers and trim as needed. I found the thinner papers work best on areas that you need to bend.

Third, start painting the photo box with the Mod Podge in sections, place your patterned paper and smooth with your fingers as you go. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper making sure the sides seal. Continue this process over the entire storage box.

Fourth, select your digital images. I used colored images because they are vibrant and quick. However, you have to be careful applying the Mod Podge to the top because the ink has a tendency to smear. I colored one image with Copic markers and had no problem with smearing. Die cut images to the desired size.


Fifth, select any embellishments you desire. I used sticker letters to spell my niece's name and several punched butterflies from my box of extras.

Note: You will need to allow drying time for the sides of the box before turning and working. A second coat of Mod Podge can be applied after the first coat is dry.

Here is the finished Keepsake Box:
Front

Lid/Top

Side

Side

Back

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this project has inspired you to use those paper scraps along with a few of your favorite Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stop and Smell the Coffee Card

If there is a flower that smells like coffee I would want that flower! The smell/aroma of coffee is one of my favorites! I love grinding my own coffee beans, it makes the kitchen smell yummy and makes a good cup of coffee. I still have a drip coffee maker by Bonavita and I really like it. I make a strong pot and then put the leftovers in the refrigerator for iced coffee the next day. Truth be told, I prefer cold brewed or iced coffee. It has to be really cold outside before I drink hot coffee. Okay, I'm sure that's more than you wanted to know about my coffee preferences.

Onto this Stop and Smell the Coffee Card! I was inspired by several rainbow colored coffee cards at the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I decided to use an image by Bugaboo Digi Stamps called Coffee Time - Smell The Coffee. This image has been in my stash since 2011 and it's still one of my favorites. I colored the image with Copic markers and then it was die cut using a stitched rectangle die by Lil' Inkers. The plaid patterned paper is by Lawn Fawn and I added some punched grass using a Fiskars punch with Green Apple cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. Some purple twine from The Twinery, the sentiment from the image set and three sequins finished the card. That's it! I thought about adding a butterfly and then forgot until after I took the pictures. So, if you want to envision a little yellow butterfly on the right top corner of the image it just might live there. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Stop and Smell the Coffee Card is entered into the following challenges:


Color Challenge and Card


Happy Saturday! I hope you have some time this weekend to get crafty and play along with the color challenge starting today at Catch The Bug. To get all the challenge details and design team inspiration click here.

The colors are bright and cheerful! When I first saw the color inspiration photo I knew I wanted to use the Cute Dragon image to make my card. It's perfect to color green and add the purple flower. However I didn't realize the image is retired, sorry. Although, Bugaboo has several other really cute dragons to choose from click here. To work the remaining colors in I relied on patterned paper scraps for the background. Then I added three die cuts: Stitched Sun by Lil' Inkers, Sending Smiles sentiment and grass both by Impression Obsession. That's it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy and crafty weekend!

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Card using Complementary Colors


Crafty coffee lovers unite four times a year to have a fun and inspiration filled time at the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop organized and hosted by the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. The Spring hop started today and there are already some amazing inspiration to get your crafty mojo going. For this card I used my two favorite Complementary Colors... Purple and Yellow. A little green and orange were used for a pop of color. The digital image is by Jessica Lynn Original and she is offering it as a freebie during the hop, so hurry to get yours click here. Copic markers were used to color the image then it was die cut with a cross-stitched oval die by My Favorite Things and matted to a scalloped frame by Avery Elle. Two green banners and purple brads were used to accent the image. The corners of the purple polka dot paper by Echo Park were punched with a decorative corner punch by Creative Memories and that's about it. Thanks for stopping by I hope you have time to join the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Simple Coffee Themed Card

Hello crafty friends! Today is the start of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, so I made this Simple Coffee Themed Card to share. The patterned papers are from the Cream & Sugar paper pad by Doodlebug Design Inc. and I used a digital image from Craftin Desert Diva called Coffee Time Bunny. The sentiment is from a stamp set called Coffee Break by Your Next Stamp. Three heart sequins finished off the card and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and have fun during the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Birthday Wishes Card

Happy Friday! I have a quick post to share this Birthday Wishes Card I made using the Bugaboo Digi Stamps Freebie Friday image called A Little Sketchy - Izzy Balloons. My niece is turning thirteen soon, so I made this card with her in mind. The image was colored with Copic markers, trimmed and matted to gray cardstock. A Birthday Wishes die cut by Impression Obsession was added along the side and adhered flat to the card. As usual I've mixed several different patterned papers, added some twine for detail and three pink sequins for sparkle. That's it!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Garden Cat Hugs Card

Hello crafty friends! Since I started this blog back in 2012 I've been playing along with challenges at Catch The Bug and the Stella Says Sketch  challenge has always been one of my favorites. I'm excited to share this Garden Cat Hugs Card with you as a Guest Designer for the challenge. Click here for the sketch, challenge details and design team inspiration. It's a bi-weekly challenge, so you have some time to play along. I hope to see your card in the gallery!

This Garden Cat - Plant Pot image is one of the first digital images I purchased and I've used it several times. I think the cat looks sad, so I usually use it for an encouragement card. The image was colored with Copic markers, trimmed and matted to Watermelon Wonder cardstock by Stampin' Up!. All patterned paper is from the Echo Park Just Be You paper pad. Other cardstock colors include: Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaroon by Stampin' Up!. The {{HUGS}} sentiment is from a Fiskars Hello Fabulous stamp set. A stamped flower from the Flower Shop stamp set by Stampin' Up! was added with a circle glitter sticker by Jolee's in the center and that finishes the card. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

I'm entering this Garden Cat Hugs Card into the following challenges:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bingo at Catch The Bug


Happy Saturday! Do you like bingo challenges? They are one of my favorites! Today is the start of a bingo challenge at Catch The Bug and you're invited to play along. Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

When selecting which row to play with, I could have gone several different ways but selected the right hand row down: Bugaboo Image, Flower and Stripes. The deciding factor was the colors in the Bo Bunny striped paper from the Butterfly Kisses paper pad. I really wanted a purplish boot and the paper had the right color stripe to match my Copic markers. The Bugaboo image is called Spring Boot and it's the FREEBIE this week, so make sure to get yours click here. Once the image was colored it was die cut with a pierced oval and scalloped frame set by Avery Elle. Cardstock colors include: Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White by Stampin' Up!. The Blushing Bride Flower was stamped using a retired set called Polka Dot Pieces by Stampin' Up! and the sentiment is from the current Watercolor Wings stamp set. The last detail was adding the polka dot butterfly along with three tiny adhesive pearls. That's it! I do hope you will play along with the challenge this week.

This Spring Boot For You Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! 



Friday, March 17, 2017

Love and Luck Card

Hello and happy St. Patrick's Day! I know not everyone celebrates this occasion but I enjoy making St. Patrick's Day Cards. Probably because one of my favorite colors is green. To make this Love and Luck Card I used a freebie image courtesy of IKEsART and colored it with Copic markers. One of my kitties was the inspiration for the coloring. He really has unusual markings and is the sweetest kitty. He loves to lay on a green cotton rug and request a belly rub, so I colored some green underneath the image.  I added a few gold accents along with a pot of gold sticker by Jolee's. The papers and sentiment stamp have been in my stash for a long time. Thanks for stopping by and....

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

This Love and Luck Card is entered into the following challenges: