Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Batty Birthday -- Halloween at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Halloween.

My cousin's birthday is on Halloween, and I always have fun making her themed cards. For my birthday, a crafty friend gave me a bunch of Halloween stuff from Michael's. My cousin has a "wicked" sense of humor, so it worked perfectly!





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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Manly Poops -- Tags at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Tags. You can make a tag or add one to your project.

When I saw the current "Gross" challenge at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers, I knew I had to use the cute poop emoji die that I borrowed from my mom. It's part of an emoji die/embossing set from Sizzix. I had lots of fun!

The sentiment is from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and reads: The only time a woman can change a man is when he's a baby! I have a 9-month-old son, and our life has definitely become pretty poop-centric. The last time I used this stamp, it was for a card for his now 6-year-old cousin!



http://snarkystampers.blogspot.com/2019/09/soss-144-g-is-for-gross.html
http://stickitdown.blogspot.com/2019/09/september-sketch-reveals.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: (Wed) Anything Goes
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #144: (Sat 2W) Gross
Stick it Down: (M, P1): September Card Sketch
Word Art Wednesdays #403: (Wed 2W) Anything Goes


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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Apertures & Layers at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Time for Recess (Apertures), with the optional twist of Lots of Layers. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize. And remember, no stamps!




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Jet Spoon Birthday -- Things with Wings at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Things with Wings.



My mom gave my nine-month-old son a set of fun airplane-shaped spoons, and I couldn't resist using the packaging to make a card for her friend's great-grandson's first birthday!

I filled it with lots of microbeads & birthday-themed wood pieces. The frame border was hand drawn with a white gel pen.

I created the background by using the plastic packaging. I Inked the plastic in order to make a mask for the pop-up Jets, but I like the Technic so much I ended up using it to create my own background. I used to different blue distress inks.


http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/2019/09/cic478-bugaboo.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations #478: (Mon 2W) Photo Inspiration / Blue & Yellow
Word Art Wednesdays #403: (Wed 2W) Anything Goes



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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Piggy Birthday -- Lots of Layers at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Lots of Layers.

For this shaker card, I the Piggy Bank 2 stamp & die set from The Stamps of Life. I was so excited to use this set and had a lot of fun with it. I used real coins: a USA penny, a Canadian penny, a Mexican peso, and a Vietnamese dong! Funny what you end up collecting; I've never even been to Vietnam!


http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2019/08/sketch-165-and-166-with-bugaboo-stamps.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Seize The Birthday #173: (Thurs 2W) Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: (Wed) Anything Goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2: (1st Wed) Sketch #166


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tea in the Watercolor Garden at the UnstampaBelles

Our theme this month at the UnstampaBelles challenge is Tea in the Garden, with the optional twist of Watercolour Wonders. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize. And remember, no stamps!


I used watercolor paper and a die/embossing folder that came from a Papercrafting magazine. I colored the raised portions with Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons. I used the coffee cup sticker as a mask before watercoloring the background, and then removed some of the pieces to reveal the white paper. The sentiments are also gold stickers.


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A Little Pickup -- Flowers at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Flowers.


I used a pickup truck Shaker card and die/stamp set from Jillbean soup to make this punny shaker card. I had lots of fun!


I filled the shaker with blue flower-shaped sequins, gold stars, and white flowers from Paper Sweeties. The pickup truck die is from Taylored Expressions.



https://do-allkreatives.blogspot.com/2019/08/start-32-sketch.html
Inspiration/challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog: (August) Vehicle
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #32: (August) Sketch
International Art & Soul Challenge: (2W) Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday: (Wed) Midsummer Blues

Update: This was a chosen as a Top 3 for Do-Al(l) Kreatives #32!

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sketchy Ladybugs -- Guest Designer at Feeling Sketchy

My Nautical Dreamer card was a Top Pick for Feeling Sketchy #220, so I was invited to be a Guest Designer! They provided me with "Spring Ladybug" from StarStampz and their fabulous Sketch #222. I had tons of fun with both!




Inspiration/Challenges:
Feeling Sketchy: (P1/15) Sketch #222 (Guest Designer)



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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Spin Your Spurs! Embossing at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Embossing (heat or dry).


The cowboy hat & banjo are cut/embossed with a Cuttlebug/Disney set. I used a two-toned Core'Dinations cardstock and sanded the raised section to reveal the peach color. The spurs are made with a copper paper. I created the "Spin Your Spurs" sentiment with the Rosewood font. The patterned papers are from Cosmo Cricket and Graphic 45.


http://creativesketchygirls.blogspot.com/2019/07/challenge-38.html
Inspiration/challenges:
Creative Sketchy Girls: (M, P20) Sketch
Simon Says Wednesday: (Wed) Anything Goes


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Pilin' On the Seasonal Kiddos

Our new theme at Pile It On is Boys of Summer/Winter; and since it's the 3rd Sunday of the month, we have an optional bonus theme: Girls of Summer/Winter. You may enter the challenge as many times you like, as long as you are inspired by at least one other Challenge theme. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs, and I used their adorable "Let's See" digi stamp.


The ladybug paper is from Graphic 45. The yellow paper is a handmade paper with a lot of texture, and I embossed it with a Taylored Expressions folders. The cloud dies are from Latin Crafter, and the sentiments are from Echo Park's Alice in Wonderland set, and I stamped them with distress inks. I made the ladybugs with a tiny circle die. The daisies are from a lace ribbon. I had lots of fun making this!



http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2019/07/sketch-162.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
AAA Birthday: (1st Mon, Birthday cards only) For the Girls (Birthday sentiment on the inside)
Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge: (1st Sat) Tic Tac Toe (ribbon/twine + die cuts + emboss)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: (Wed 2W) Sketch #162

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Cloud Shaker -- Monochrome at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Monochrome.


I used a cloud shape from my cutting software (SCAL) to create the card and cut it on my Cameo. The front is made with a white handmade paper that I die-cut with an Elizabeth Craft die. The cloud shaker is from Jillybean Soup and I filled it with flower sequins from Paper Sweeties. The bird stamp is from Artsy Fartsy, and the blue ink is Blueprint Sketch distress ink. The sentiment inside the shaker is heat-embossed in white. I'm really happy with this design, and may have to make it again!



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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Pilin' On the Seasonal Fun

Our new theme at Pile It On is Boys of Summer/Winter. You may enter the challenge as many times you like, as long as you are inspired by at least one other Challenge theme. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs.



http://feeling-sketchy.blogspot.com/2019/07/sketch-220.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers: (Mon 2W) #237 Dies or Punches (sentiment, curve & cloud dies)
Crafty Friends Challenge: (Sat 2W) #113 Things Beginning with "B"  (Boats, Boy, Border)
Feeling Sketchy: (P1/15) Sketch
The Male Room: (Wed 2W, male projects only) Multiple Layers
My Time to Craft: (Fri 2W) #400 Seaside
Simply Create Too: (M) #15 Anything Goes + Twist: Use Pattern Paper

Update: This was a Top Pick for Feeling Sketchy #220!
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Srfin' Santa - Christmas in July at International Art & Soul

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Christmas in July.


I made this fun card with scraps. Santa & the hats are from a Paper Smooches stamp set. I hand-cut the surfboards.



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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Stars & Stripes at the International Art & Soul Challenge

This fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge our challenge is Stars &/or Stripes.


The star-shaped shaker was made with a Tonic Studios set. I filled it with multicolored stars & a gorgeous sequin mix from Spiegelmom Scraps that I recently won from Stick It Down. I wasn't sure how much I would use her sequin mixes, but I'm hooked! They are so great for filling shaker cards and you receive a good amount.

I hand-cut a star from a striped paper, and traced it onto several colors of paper. After cutting the papers, I used a star-patterned embossing folder on half of each. The background is a glittery black Core'Dinations cardstock, and I heat-embossed some stars from the same stamp set as the sentiment. I admit there's a pretty heavy The More You Know vibe, but I like it!


https://stamplorations.blogspot.com/search/label/monthly%20challenge
Inspiration/challenges:
Inspire.Create.Challenge #45: (Wed 2W, C3, no digis) Embossing
STAMPlorations Challenge: (1st Friday of the M) Sketch


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Homey Wedding Wishes

My cousin's youngest daughter is getting married and of course I had to make them a card.


The bakers twine background paper is from Photoplay; the house paper is from Graphic45; the sentiment panel is from Lori Whitlock/Echo Park; and the die-cut sentiment is from a Sizzix set. I die-cut the heart button from a real rood sticker that I backed with chipboard and embellished it with a sturdy twine. Had a lot of fun making this, and wish the Happy Couple all the best!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: (Wed) Wedding/Anniversary
Tuesday Morning Sketches: (Tues) Sketch #508



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