Sunday, April 20, 2014

DP-free at Pile It On

This week at Pile It On! we're challenging you to create your project without any DP (Designer Paper). You may make your own patterned paper, however.

We are sponsored this week by A Day for Daisies, and I was able to use their adorable Baby Giraffe:

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I've had the Poppy rubber stamp set by Sheena Douglass for many years, but it's fairly large so I haven't used it very often. But I thought it would be really fun with this image. Imagine a jungle of poppies! I stamped directly onto the printed image sheet, and colored everything with Copics. I added some detail with gel and glitter pens.

I used this lovely, large die for the card base and orange layer. It's actually a bright orange that I embossed and inked with a lighter orange chalk ink. The cloud was cut on my Silhouette Cameo using a cut file from Bird's Cards (thanks Bird, you always seem to have just what I'm looking for!) and I used a finger dabber to ink the edges with another chalk ink (VersaMagic). The sentiment rubber stamp was stamped with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with two orange powders. I added some bright orange Liquid Pearls to the outer border, and finished the card with some blingy flowers.

For the message section on the inside, I used a smaller die from the same set as the card base:

  1. Crafty Bloggers Network April Challenge: Die Cuts or Embossing
  2. Delightful Challenges: Include a flower
  3. Fab 'n' Funky #212: Flowers
  4. Get Inky! Challenge #12: Die Cuts
  5. Hiding in my Craft Room: Flowers
  6. Just B Creative Crazy: Linky Party Anything goes
  7. Party Time Tuesdays: Die Cuts
  8. Quick Quotes: Project with Stamping
  9. Red Rubber Inspirationals: Back to Nature
  10. Simon Says Stamp: Animals

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies challenge: Mother's Day/ Special Lady - elaborate card

Our current challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is all about celebrating the Mothers and Special Ladies in our lives. But we don't just want to see cards...we want to see elaborate cards!

I used these Cute Kids images from Pure Innocence/Heather Ellis to make this Napkin Fold card:

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This is for my mom, so "all of us" refers to me, my husband, our two schnauzers, and our 14-year-od iguana Percy:

The base is DP by Heidi Grace/Colorbök. The schnauzer stamp is from Art Impressions, and the iguana was custom made for me by Therese Travis/Paperfaces Design.

The rosette was made using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix die. The leaves were cut with a Sizzix die from a paper covered with the same decorative tape I used on the inside.

I'm entering this in these great challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: Fancy Folds
Paper Crafting Journey: For that Special Lady
Paper Creator's Crafts: Spots and Dots

Thank you for visiting,and hope you'll join us at Crafting with Dragonflies,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simply Nautical

Although my house is filled with cards I've made over the years, I couldn't find exactly what a I wanted to send to a friend. So I pulled out some lovely Graphic 45 papers and a Spellbinders die set.

I get such a kick out of this fun kraken design from the By the Sea collection. I cut the shells from a shiny, textured Core'dinations paper and sanded them a bit. The sentiment sticker (Starform) is actually silver, colored with a Copic marker (Honey/Y38). The blue mesh is recycled from a bag of pearl onions.

Try Stamping On Tuesdays
613 Avenue Create: Reuse / Recycle
My Time to Craft: All at sea
Stamping Sensations April Challenge: Dies and/or Punches
Try Stamping On Tuesdays: Sketch #162

Thanks for visiting,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn Card Drive

Welcome to my stop on the Lots of Love for Lauryn Blog Hop (April 14-18). I'm pleased to be able to participate in this Card Drive for Lauryn and her family, who are dealing with her recent leukemia diagnosis.

We encourage you to create cards to share your support and encouragement for Lauryn, her parents Josh & Elizabeth, and siblings Lily & Logan. Cards can be mailed to:

Children's National Hematology/Oncology
RM 437
c/o Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

Several digital artists are offering wonderful stamps to to raise funds for Lauryn & her family. I purchased this wordart by Cec Wintonyk; it's one of my favorite lines of poetry.
I made a card with lots of texture:

The Five Fairy Kitties are by A Day for Daisies. The die-cut feathers are a Silhouette file.

You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family. It is Fight on Little Lauryn. They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a
Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.
Here is the fabulous group of bloggers who have joined us in promoting this Card Drive. We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers have blog candy (look below for a little something from me):

What an amazing parade of...hope! Today we honor Lauryn and her extended family, but we also honor all of us, because we all experience the unimaginable. Thank you for sending Lots of Love for Lauryn! If you have a few extra cards the Sunshine Mail Foundation could really use some more cards for other sick children.

As for Blog Candy... I have a special offer for everyone participating in this Card Drive: A Notch Swing Card SVG template of your choice from my Etsy Store! Leave me a comment and/or email me (CGsaysSomethingLoudly [at] gmail [dot] com) by April 18 with your choice (Sorry, it's only available in SVG file format.)

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Colorful Springtime - My Heart Pieces and OSAAT

This week at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT), our theme is Use a Digi. StitchyBear's Digi Outlet has hundreds of digital products from many wonderful artists, and if you use one of our products you'll be entered to win the super-duper April prize pack of 7 digis. If you don't use a store image, you'll still be in the drawing to win a $3 gift certificate. 
My teamie Shell chose one of my favorite images to work with, Ankhi by My Heart Pieces.

I used this image a while back, so I wanted this card to have a different, yet complementary, look. I've used some other of this artist's images that have similar birds, and I always end up coloring them as bluebirds (of happiness, I guess)! I actually printed this image onto the patterned background paper so that I could line it up exactly. It was printed again on white cardstock, colored with Copics, and fussy-cut.

The DP is from Graphic 45's Mother Goose collection, and I was tickled to discover that the flower patterns on the Ring Around the Rosies and Storytime sheets match! If you look closely, you can see how the green paper is aligned with the background. The scalloped border on top is a Sizzix die cut, and let me tell you that was pretty tricky to line up correctly! The circle is die-cut from a paper from the same Mother Goose collection, A Pocketful of Posies.

I finished the card with some ribbon and a printed, silk flower from my stash. The brad is by Amy Tangerine/American Crafts.

Scrapping Everyday Miracles
Copic Spain Challenge: Flowers + Copics
Crafter's Cafe: Spring
Creative Card Crew #59: Spring
Ladybug Crafts: Here comes spring
Oddball Art Stamps: Use a Digi
Papertake Weekly: Spring Has Sprung
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Flower power
Scrapping Everyday Miracles: April Card Sketch

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at One Stitch at a Time,