Tuesday, June 27, 2017

...And a natural preservative!

We have a couple of wedding anniversaries in the family this week, so I made these simple cards featuring salt & pepper packets. This week's sketch challenge at Less Is More gave a place to start with the design, and I was also inspired by the fact that the salt & pepper packets that I used on the solid color card worked so well with this week's CAS-ual Fridays color challenge (Coral, Aqua, Gray).

I made a mask layer from white cardstock using a curved edge die, stamped the circle border from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (using gray ink on the white & black ink on the coral), and heat-embossed it with a mix of chucky clear powder & glow-in-the-dark glitter. For the white card, I added a bit more clear chunky embossing powder to create a splash effect. I created the sentiment "Love is the Spice of Life" using the fonts Dimestore Hooker & Apple Chancery. The banner was handmade using a simple yet fun technique from s.e.i/Scor-Pal. The pepper packets on the white card and inked with VersaMark & QuickQuotes inks.

Inspiration/Challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays: Coral, Aqua, Gray
Less Is More #334: CAS + Sketch 20

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Miss You a Latte! -- Summer with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers

Happy Summer! A new season means a new Blog Hop with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers, and I always enjoy playing along. This time, I used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set from Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs. It's in the mail to my folks right now!



The double-sided patterned paper is from BoBunny. The frame & coffee sleeve are cut from an actual cardboard coffee sleeve. The coffee cup is cut from shiny yellow, glitter yellow, and shiny green cardstocks. The sentiment & coffee bean stamps are from Stampin' Up. I added some dimension & detail with gold & red ViVa Pearl Pens. Because this card is sort of meant to lie flat, I put a message section directly on the back. Shows off that yummy paper too!


Inspiration/Challenges:
International Art & Soul Challenge: Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Patterned Paper
Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Coffee/tea/cocoa + Summer


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flowers at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Flowers.



I created the shaker on the front with a plastic bag & my Fuse tool, and filled it with flower sequins from Paper Sweeties. The pieces were embossed/cut with a folder/die from Design Objectives Ltd. For the front, I used a black/red Core'Dinations cardstock, and sanded the raised parts to reveal the red. For the inside, I embossed a red paper & lightly inked the embossed portions with black ink. I heat-embossed the sentiment (a rubber stamp from the Artful Stamper) in white.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage Challenges: No patterned paper
Daisy Chain Challenge #9: Monochrome
International Art & Soul Challenge: Flowers
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #158: Embossing

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cool Dad - To the Men in our Lives with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles June challenge is To the Men in our Lives with the optional twist of Add an Animal. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps.




I made a tuxedo box card using instructions by Keren Howell, but I made mine smaller at 4 x 5.5 inches. The base & pop-up strips are patterned vellums. The penguins were cut from a patterned paper with a Cuttlebug die. My dad & I have a running joke about what "cool" means, so I created the sentiment & cut it out with a cloud die from Impression Obsession. I inked the cloud with a little Antique Linen distress ink. I used white paper to create message sections on the back.

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates and hope you'll join the UnstampaBelles this month!


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Pilin' on the Folds & Birds

The theme this month at Pile It On is Fancy Folds. Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Put a Bird on It. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.


I made a cascading card featuring Birthday Bird 04 by Bugaboo Stamps. I colored the image with Copic markers & cut it out with deckle scissors.

The sentiments Happy Birthday/Feliz Cumple & A little bird told me that today is your birthday/Me dijo un pajarito que hoy cumples años are from Dilo en Español Stamps. The latter is held in place with a wood veneer bird that I heat embossed in yellow.

The balloons were cut with Elizabeth Craft dies, and I tied little bits of blue satin ribbon to them.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Animal Friends Challenge: Animals with Wings
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge: Anything using Bugaboo image (Birthday Bird 04)
Catch the Bug: Bingo (diagonal left-to-right: Ribbon, Die, Sentiment)
Colouring in Scrapland: Celebrations + hand-colored image
Cutie Pie Challenge: Cute + Creatures
Everybody-Art-Challenge #405: Happy Birthday

Update: I was a lucky winner at Catch the Bug!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunny Wishes - Sentiments at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring a Sentiment as the main focus.
 

I've been inspired by Mojo Monday sketches since 2011. I won some awesome Verve Stamps from them in 2011 and in 2015, and I've loved using them over the years. For this, my last chance at playing with their fun sketches, I used one of my all-time favorite sentiments, from their Let It Shine set (you can see my many uses of this set here).

All the papers/embellishments are from my stash/off-cut box. The faux patina strip is left over from a previous project. The speech bubble die is from Latina Crafter. TI distressed the pieces with Copper ink, and rounded the corners with a Kadomomaru Pro corner punch from Scor-Pal. he geckos were cut from an Arizona Green Tea can.

http://mojomonday.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/mojo-monday-500-contest-and-farewell.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies: Card featuring a Sentiment
Mojo Monday: Sketch #500


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shaky Toolbox - For Men at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is For Men.


I used Spellbinder's Toolbox die set to create with shaker card.

http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2017/06/sketch-114.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes/Optional Twist/Shaker Card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Masculine
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Sketch


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pilin' on the Fancy Folds

The theme this month at Pile It On is Fancy Folds. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, and I used their hip & hilarious Unicorn Blocks set to create this concertina card.




I recently attended a two-day crop in Prescott Valley, Arizona, with my awesome Mom. There were about 25 crafters from around the area (we drove over 2 hours north just for the occasion!), lots of prizes, food & freebies, and there was also a small sale of gently-used stamps. That's where I got this cute stamp set with the unicorn, fairy, stars & sentiment.The rainbow/polka-dot-patterned and star papers are from my stash. I colored the images with Copics.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes with Bugaboo stamp
Dream Valley Challenge #157: More than 1 Fold
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Dream Valley Challenge #157!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Shaken, not Stirred -- Anything Goes at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're showing off our Cards, so Anything Goes. Looking forward to see what you share; and be sure to check out the Design Team inspiration cards.


I was inspired by olive-themed papers from Cosmo Cricket's Social Club paper collection. Along with the word art by TLC Creations, they make for a Bondified pun. The leather-textured papers & cork-patterned papers are from my stash. I edged the papers with a Kadomomaru Pro corner punch I won from Scor-Pal, and cut the shaker circles with Sizzix dies. The tiny martini glasses are from Memory Box's Party Glasses die set and are cut them from a scrap of red vellum.I also filled the shakers with blue microbeads & diamond dust.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas #319: Anything Goes with Dies
Ooh La La Creations #229: Food and/or Drink
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Circles

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stitching at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Stitching (real or faux).


The background paper is a yellow mulberry paper; not so easy to stamp on but I really like the texture. The patterned paper is from my stash. The quilted frame is a rubber stamp from Repeat Impressions. I fussy-cut the blocks & colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is by Our Daily Bread Designs, and the outer stitching stamp is from a Scrapper's Paradise set. Everything was stamped in Memento brown ink. The stitched blocks are dies from Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up set. I finished the card with some fluffy yarn.

Inspiration/Challenges:
House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes (used Repeat Impressions stamp)
Making Memories Crafting: Anything Goes

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pilin' on the Spring-y Animals

The theme this month at Pile It On is Animals. Our mid-month optional bonus theme is Spring Garden. The only really rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs, and I used their adorable Basket of Love Bun to create this Card-in-a-Box using Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die set.



Inspiration/Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: Spring Fever
Cut it Up: Fun Folds
Deep Ocean: Furry or feathered Friends
Kitty Bee Designs: Animals
Kreativeinkauf-challenge #51: Pennants (or hearts)


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Animals at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're making Cards featuring Animals.


The horse, unicorn, *poof* cloud, and sentiment were hand-stamped & colored; the rest is patterned paper. This is a simple pocket card; I created the windows with circle dies.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: E for Enchanted Creatures
heARTful Stamping Challenge: Animals + Stamp (no digi)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hot Colours at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Hot Colours.


To create the background, I inked a craft mat with hot pink & orange inks, spritzed it, and smooshed my smooth white paper on it. I like the watercolor effect.

The prickly pear cactus & lizard are die-cuts from my stash. I heat-embossed them in neon green. I heat-embossed the sentiment directly onto the background. The mulberry flowers were colored with Copics.

I recently won a gift certificate from Pink & Main, and couldn't wait to use my new Bubbly Border dies. I used neon embossing powders on the detailed top pieces, and cut the bases from neon papers.

http://yournextstamp.com/blog/

Inspiration/Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Paper Creator's Crafts #58: Bright and Bold
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge: Anything Goes with Embossing Powder
YNS Challenge #64: Color Inspiration + Sketch

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Flowers at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day.


I made this at a two-day crop in Prescott Valley, Arizona, using Pebbles papers. I didn't have a stamp I wanted to use, so I hand-wrote my sentiment on vellum that came in our crop goodie bag. Although I won't be with my Mom on Mother's Day, I've had a lovely visit with her. So thankful for her!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Quick Quotes Challenge #75: Mothers or Mother's Day
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything with a Die brand sold at Scrapy Land (Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up Dies)
Ooh La La Creations #228: Something Beginning with B (Box, Bird)


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Pilin' on the Animals

The theme this month at Pile It On is Animals. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs, and our team had lots of fun with their Narwhal Love digi stamp.



I made a penny slider from this fun Bella Blvd paper. I didn't have my dies, so I used punches. I colored the adorable narwhal with Copics (B91, BG70, B60, W1) & added some sparkle with a glitter pen. It's so fun to move that little guy around the punny sentiment; maybe it's slapping some fish for dinner




Inspiration/Challenges:
Colouring in Scrapland: Anything Goes with a hand-colored image
Crafty Animals: Anything Goes with an Animal
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Southern Girls: Retro Challenge #159 - Use An Actual Punch


Thank you for visiting & hope you'll join the Pile It On Challenge. The Pile It On team has lots of fun with this Narwhal digi stamp; be sure to check out the inspirational projects
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