Saturday, June 25, 2022

Candy Cane Kitty

Hello, everybody!  Today I'm sharing another holiday card!  This one features the adorable Candy Cane Cat from Your Next Stamp, which I coloured with markers, fussy-cut, and popped up on foam tape. I also added Frosted Lace Stickles to the kitty's hat pompom and trim.  Sorry I haven't been around visiting your blogs lately but I hope to get caught up this weekend!  


Behind the kitty are stencilled snowflakes, made using embossing paste through a snowflake stencil (Hot off the Press Snowfall).  I did some paper-tearing with scraps of patterned paper on the left-hand side and then stamped a sentiment at the bottom right from Your Next Stamp Holiday Snow Globe.  Lastly I adhered three pink snowflake sequins.  

I would like to join the following 8 challenges:
Ally's Angels 59 AG 2/3
Creative Fingers 234 AG 2/3
DL.ART June Linky AG UE
Christmas Kickstart 63 Pawfectly Pawsome Christmas 1/3 C8
Rudolph Day June AG Christmas 1E C10
Show Us Your Pussycats 77 Furrything Goes/Friendship/Love UE
Simon Says Stamp Monday Beginning with S (stencil, snowflakes, sequins, scraps) 2/5
Your Next Stamp 187 Anything Goes 1/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Guest Designer - Christmas Craft Creations Reminder

Hello, everyone!  This month I have been guest designing for Christmas Craft Creations so I'm back to share another card featuring our June theme of Trees.  I hope you will be inspired to join our challenge!  


I made a fun snow-globe shaker card!


Here are the products I used:
Die:  KSCraft Designed by Rex Snow Globe
Stamp: Poppystamps Holiday Hoopla
Ink:  Lawn Fawn Peacock
Patterned Paper: Whimsy Stamps Blurry Flurries
Other:  Sequins and snowflake sequins

I die-cut the snow globe from various scraps of cardstock and paper-pieced together into a shaker card.  I added lots of sequins and snowflake sequins inside the shaker and adhered three die-cut snowflakes on the outside of the shaker acetate.  I tore a scrap of white cardstock and adhered it to the patterned paper to create a snowy scene and then adhered the shaker element.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment.

Thank you to Christmas Craft Creations for inviting me to be your Guest Designer!  I had fun!


I would also like to join the following 10 challenges:
Ally's Angels 59 AG 1/3
Crafts Galore Encore June AG 1/3
Crafty Gals Corner 232 AG 1/3
Creative Fingers 233 AG 1/3
DL.ART June Linky AG UE
Jan's Digi Stamps June AG 2/5
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 184 AG 1/3
Simon Says Stamp Monday Beginning with S (snowflakes, snow globe, sequins) 1/5
Snippets Playground 430 Snippets are snow globe die-cuts and torn snowbank 1E C10
Word Art Wednesday 549-550 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 1/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

June Guest Designer - Christmas Craft Creations

Hi, everybody!  I'm happy to announce that I have been invited as a Guest Designer at Christmas Craft Creations for June!  Yay!  Our theme for the month is Trees, so I hope you can join us!  If you would like to view the challenge rules, they can be found on the sidebar here.


I made a set of three cards! 

I chose an older digital image from my stash called Winter Tree from Gingerloft (no longer in business).  I digitally changed the colour to blue, grey, and light blue and added a holiday sentiment beneath the image (Beccy's Place Christmas Blooms).  Using my paper trimmer I cut each image, along with the sentiment, into a rectangle and then rounded the corners.  

For the background I used Memory Box 3-D Embossing Folder Snowy Forest on white cardstock.  To create a snowbank that coordinates with the tree image, I tore some scraps of white cardstock and adhered.  The tree/sentiment panels are popped up with foam tape, and I added lots of glitter on the tree boughs. Below is a close-up so you can hopefully see the sparkle a bit better.


Please head over to Christmas Craft Creations and join our challenge! 


I would also like to join the following 10 challenges:
Digi Choosday 23 AG 1/2
DL.ART June Linky AG UE
Double D White with One Other Colour Only 1/3
Jan's Digi Stamps June AG 1/5
Pammie's Inky Pinkies 2223 Anything Goes 1/3 C10
QKR Stampede 445 AG 1/3
Word Art Wednesday 547-548 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk 1 1/5

Thank you for looking at my set of cards!  Wishing you a joyful and carefree day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Guest Designer - The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge #3

Hi, everyone!  It's the last day of May and I'm squeezing in one final card as Guest Designer at The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge this month.  Our sponsor for May is Gerda Steiner Designs, and it has been a joy to feature her cute images on my cards all month.  

Our challenge is to use grey as a mandatory colour and add two other colours from the photo, plus the twist of "add your own."  You decide what you want to add for the twist.  Just let us know the colours you chose and what you added for the twist.  I hope you'll join us!  Our challenge starts today and you have two weeks to play along.


For my card I used the mandatory colour of grey, and my two other colours are green and pink.  The "add your own" twist that I chose is die-cuts.  

This adorable image from Gerda Steiner Designs is Frog with Heart.  I've had this digital image for several years, and it appears to be retired now.  I coloured it with markers, added spots to the frog with a darker green marker and white accents with a paint pen and then fussy-cut.  I used a wonky stitched frame die-cut (Reverse Confetti) as well as Impression Obsession Heron on Lake die.  I trimmed off the heron and so I could use that space for the frog.

I started with the background by ink-blending Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide on watercolour paper and spritzing some water.  I die-cut the lake scene from green cardstock and then added additional green shading with the same marker as the frog's spots.  The frog is adhered with foam tape, as is the wonky stitched frame. Lastly I stamped the sentiment (Stampendous).


Thank you to The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge for having me as your Guest Deisigner this month - I had fun!


I would like to join the following challenges:
Die Cut Divas May AG 4/4
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Jan's Digi Stamps May AG 5/5
Passion for Markers 643 3 or more layers UE
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday May 19-June 1 AG Optional Partial Die-cut or Punch (I cut off the heron so I used partial die-cut) 2/3
Word Art Wednesday 545-546 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 5/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a carefree day!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Thinking of You Bird on a Wire

Hi, everybody!  Today I'm sharing a thinking-of-you card.  My Mom likes to keep these on hand, as well as sympathy cards, to send when the occasion arises.  This is one of several that I made for her stash.  The image is Beccy's Place Bird on a Wire and it was a freebie at one point (thank you!) but is now part of the Birdsong set.  I used the precoloured version.

I inked around the edges of the image with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then adhered to a scrap of brown patterned paper.  I created the background by stamping Judikins Sheet Music on kraft cardstock and then inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I adhered the bird panel onto the sheet music with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment on an oval-shaped label and adhered.  

I would like to join the following 10 challenges:
Allsorts 678 Anything but Birthday 1/3
Beccy's Place May AG with Beccy's Place UE
Crafter's Cafe 285 Spots or Stripes (stripes in sheet music) 1/5
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Double D Monochromatic 1/3
Double Trouble 111 Let's Brown Bag It - Thing1 Kraft, Thing3 Stripes (in sheet music), Thing2 Link-up Crafter's Cafe (did all 3)
Taylormadecards4u Anything Goes Masculine Cards 2/3
Word Art Wednesday 545-546 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 4/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a happy and carefree day!

Friday, May 27, 2022

Ice Skating Mouse

Hello, everyone!  I'm rushing to share my cards this month and will be coming around to visit your blogs this weekend!  Today I'm sharing a winter holiday card.  This cute Ice Skating Mouse is from Gerda Steiner Designs, and I coloured her with markers and fussy-cut.

I adhered the image to a background from The Paper Shelter (So Comfy and So Fluffy), which I die-cut with a stitched circle (Gina Marie Designs).  The white cardstock has been die-cut with a Pinpoint Rectangle (Memory Box) and embossed with Die'sire Embossalicious Let it Snow.  The teal panel has been embossed with the same embossing folder.  I stamped a sentiment (MFT Warm Wishes) on a scrap from The Paper Shelter background mentioned above, adhered to another scrap from the same paper.  Behind the circle, which is popped up on foam tape, is a strip of polka dot paper from BoBunny.  To finish the card, I embellished with three teal snowflake sequins.

My card design was inspired by the May sketch at Cheerful Sketches:


I would also like to join the following 9 challenges, for a total of 10:
Crafty Calendar May AG 2/3
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Gerda's Share Your Designs Challenge May UE
Rudolph Day May AG Christmas 1E C10
Simon Say Stamp Wednesday AG 3/5
The Paper Shelter 513 Embellishments (snowflake sequins) 1/3
Through the Craft Room Door May 24 AG 3/4
Word Art Wednesday 545-546 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 3/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Birthday Rooster

Hi, everyone!  Today I have another birthday card to share!  This one went to Brian's sister, who loves roosters.  I'm still not caught up on blog visits but I will get there soon!  Thank you for your patience!


The rooster tag, buttons, label, and carte postale were from a Cara Brandon Creations digital collage sheet, which was a freebie at one point (thank you, Cara!).  I layered these items on some gingham and polka dot papers from my scraps, as well as some aqua cardstock which I embossed with a Sizzix Texture Fades Honeycomb embossing folder.  I stamped a birthday sentiment on the label (The Old Island Stamp Company) and embellished it with a sparkly butterfly (Recollections punch) and three teal gems.  For the tag I added a hole reinforcer (We R Memory Keepers punch) and some baker's twine.  

I would like to join the following challenges:
Allsorts 677 13th Birthday - Anything for a Birthday 2/3
Crafty Calendar May AG 1/3
Crafty Friends 155 May Animals/Birds 2/3
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Jan's Digi Stamps May AG 3/5
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday May 19-June 1 AG Optional Partial Die-cut or Punch (punches) 1/3
Word Art Wednesday 545-546 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 2/5

I would also like to share a giveaway by Amanda Jayne Designs, which you can find here.  Her designs are adorable!  Here's a link to her etsy shop.

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Birthday Raccoon

Hello, everybody!  First I would like to apologize for not visiting your blogs lately.  I have not been online much; May has turned out to be a very hectic month.  I will catch up with you soon, if I haven't done so already.  

In the meantime, I just saw a fun challenge that I didn't want to miss!  Allsorts Challenge is celebrating its 13th birthday!  Woot, woot!  Happy Birthday to Allsorts!  Here's a card that I made a while back but did not have a chance to post on my blog until now.  

This card is not my usual style but I do enjoy playing with my crafty products and oftentimes forget to post these cards on my blog. In this case I was experimenting with stamping on old book pages and paper tearing.  This adorable raccoon stamp is from Carabelle Studios and I love all the detail in the image. Lately we've had a raccoon that has visited our yard!  Yikes!  I tore the edges of the old book page and layered it on some scraps of patterned paper, each of which I tore and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I stamped a birthday greeting (The Old Island Stamp Company) onto a label (Nothing But Freebies) and adhered with foam tape.  I chose this label for a pop of colour on this monochromatic card.

I would like to join the following 10 challenges:
Allsorts 677 13th Birthday - Anything for a Birthday 1/3
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Simon Say Stamp Wednesday AG 1/5
Snippets Playground 428 All paper was snippets, including the label 1E C10
Taylormadecards4u Anything Goes Masculine Cards 1/3
Word Art Wednesday 545-546 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 1/5

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a peaceful and carefree day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Guest Designer - The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge #2

Hi, everybody!  I'm continuing as Guest Designer this month at The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge.  We have a new challenge for you that begins today and runs until May 30.  


The challlenge for this fortnight is to use black and white and add one colour from the inspiration photo, plus the twist, which is to include a butterfly Our sponsor for May is Gerda Steiner Designs, a personal favourite of mine!  I hope you'll join us!

The colour I chose from the inspiration photo is pink.  My card features the adorable Love You Kitten from Gerda Steiner Designs.  I've been collecting Gerda's digital images for about nine years, and it looks like this one from 2016 is now retired.  Too bad, because it's so cute!


I coloured the image with markers to look like our Snowie (RIP) and added some white accents with a paint marker and then fussy-cut so I could pop it up on foam tape.  My ombre-look background was created with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide Spray.  I adhered a die-cut black scalloped frame (Gina Marie Designs) directly to the background and then a white scalloped frame with foam tape.  I stamped xoxo (Clearly Besotted) at each of the four corners.  Lastly I adhered three punched butterflies, each double-layered and embellished with a black gem.

Head over to The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge and join our challenge!


I would also like to join the following challenges:
Colour Crazy 19 AG with Colouring 1/2
Crafts Galore Encore May 3/3
Crafty Friends 155 May Animals/Birds 1/3
Cut It Up 251 Any Animal or Insect 1E
Die Cut Divas May AG 3/4
Digi Choosday 20 AG 1/2
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Gem of a Challenge 10 AG 1/3
Gerda's Share Your Designs Challenge May UE
Incy Wincy May Use a Die-cut or Punch (used both) 3/5
Through the Craft Room Door May 10 AG 1/4
Word Art Wednesday 543-544 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 4/5 wk1
Your Scrapbook Place May AG 3/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

May Guest Designer - The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge

Hi, everybody!  I have more exciting news to share this month!  I've been invited to be a Guest Designer for May over at The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge!  Woot, woot!  Our sponsor for the month is Gerda Steiner Designs, a personal favourite of mine!  For the challenge running from May 3-16, we have an inspiration photo for you:  

The challenge is to create a project inspired by something in the photo and let us know what inspired you.  For example, there are shapes in the photo (circles of the plates on the wall, triangles of the lightshades), as well as the colours or even the images on the plates.  I hope you will be inspired to join us!

Below is my card.  I was inspired by the mugs on the table and the colours blue and brown.  I used Gerda Steiner's Smell Like Christmas clear stamp set - I recently won an awesome gift certificate from Gerda's Share Your Designs Challenge (thank you!), and this was one of the stamps I chose - I was excited to ink it up for the first time!


I made a yummy little Christmas scene inspired by the photo!  I stamped, coloured, and fussy-cut the adorable images and added Star Dust Stickles to the fur trim on the mice's hats.  For the "wall" I used a scrap of blue gingham-patterned paper on which I white-heat-embossed some snowflakes from Pink and Main.  For the "table" I used a die from Penny Black.  I white-heat-embossed the first part of the sentiment from Gerda's stamp set onto a black scrap and then stamped the Cookies word on the "table" in black. I finished the scene by adhering three blue snowflake sequins.  This card was a lot of fun to make!

I would also like to join the following challenges:

Allsorts 674 AG Optional Scenic 2/3
Christmas Craft Creations April Tartan/Plaid (hopefully gingham is okay) 1/3

Colour Crazy 16 AG with Colouring 2/2
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 592 AG Optional For a Child UE
Die Cut Divas May AG 2/4
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Incy Wincy May Use a Die-cut or Punch 2/5
Carlin's Kaartenparadijs May Animals and Scrap Design Paper 1/3
Scribbles Designs 108 Fur Babies 2/3
The Outlawz Festive Friday AG (Christmas) UE
Word Art Wednesday 541-542 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 4/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a peaceful day!

Monday, May 2, 2022

Butterflies Sending Smiles

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a butterfly card!  I like to join Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge as often as I can, even when I don't try the fold that's part of each challenge.  In this case, it was the bright, vibrant colours that inspired me as they are some of my favourites. See the inspiration graphic below.

The beautiful butterflies came from Gecko Galz Stamp Challenge for May, and I had fun colouring them with markers.  It's free to join, and the digital image is free, so why not go over and check it out.


I added accents with a white paint pen as well as little dots between the butterflies using one of my markers.  I added a die-cut scalloped frame in yellow (Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames) and stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts.  As a finishing touch, I adhered gems to some of the butterfly centers.  

Below are the inspiration colours for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge; I used fuchsia, flax, and flame so I went with Option 1, which is "any 2 of  the colours plus your butterfly."



I would also like to join the following challenges:
Allsorts 674 AG Optional Scenic 1/3
Crafts Galore Encore May 1/3
Die Cut Divas May AG 1/4
Digi Choosday 17 AG 2/2
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Double Trouble 109 Thing1 Rainbow Colours 1/4
Gem of a Challenge 9 AG 2/3
Incy Wincy May Use a Die-cut or Punch 1/5
Passion for Markers 638 Favourite Colours UE (I love bright colours, especially fuchsia)
Penny's Paper-Crafty 520 AG 1/3
QKR Stampede 443 AG 1/3
SheepSki 62 For the Girlz 1/3
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 2/5
Word Art Wednesday 541-542 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joy-filled day!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

May Guest Designer - We Love Stamping

Hello, everyone!  I have exciting news to share!  I've been invited to be a Guest Designer for May over at We Love Stamping!  Yay!  Our theme for the month is For a Lady (or Girl), so I hope you can join us!  If you would like to view the challenge rules, they can be found here.

 
For my project, I made a birthday card with stamps and colouring.  Even the striped borders are stamped!

On a white panel, I stamped the image from Waffleflower Thinking of You and then coloured it with markers, adding some highlights with a white paint pen.  For the sentiment, I white-heat-embossed a birthday greeting from Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental on a black scrap, angle-cut the edges, and adhered with foam tape.  I stamped Your Next Stamp Thick Stripe-Tastic Diagonal Edge in black on a white scrap and then trimmed into thin strips, which I adhered on both edges of the card.  To finish it off I adhered some thin strips of orange glitter cardstock.

Thank you to Brenda at We Love Stamping for inviting me to be your Guest Designer!  I had fun!

I would also like to join the following 10 challenges:
Colour Crazy 16 AG with Colouring 1/2
DL.ART May Linky AG UE
Scribbles Designs 108 Fur Babies 1/3
The Paper Shelter 509 Birthday Card 1E
Word Art Wednesday 541-542 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a fun and carefree day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Guest Designer - Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #520

Hello, everyone!  I have some fun news to share!  I've been invited to be a Guest Designer over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog this fortnight!  Yay!  The theme is Anything Goes using Paper, so I hope you'll come over and join us!  If you would like to view the challenge rules, they can be found here.

For my project, I decided to make a winter holiday card!  I enjoy making my Christmas cards all year long to avoid the rush in November/December.  Today's card features a cute digital image from SheepSki Designs called Winter Deer.

I die-cut the image into a circle (Nellie's Multiframe Circles) and added colour with Distress Oxides (Tumbled Glass and Broken China).  I added snowfall with a white paint pen and applied Star Dust Stickles all around the circle and along the snow.  This card has lots of sparkle!

On a white panel, I stamped a sentiment (Penny Black) in black and then embossed with Die'sire Embossalicious Let it Snow.  I adhered the circle to the snowflake panel and then decided to make the little scene look like an ornament.  I added a die-cut ornament topper (Top Dog Dies) in silver glitter cardstock and a bow (Elizabeth Crafts) in blue glitter cardstock and then adhered a blue gem.  To finish the look, I drew a faux string using a black fineliner.  

Thank you to Geesje at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog for inviting me to be your Guest Designer!  I had fun!

I would also like to join the following 10 challenges:
ABC Christmas I for Inky UE
BYSH Cardmakers Spring into Christmas 2022 Linky Party

Rudolph Day April AG Christmas 1E C10
Simon Says Stamp Monday Wild and Wonderful (wild animals) 1/5
Word Art Wednesday 541-542 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful and carefree day!