Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Flowers die cut challenge at Cut It Up

Have you seen the Spring Flowers challenge at Cut It Up?

And I used some really old stash!  I found this fun 12x12 diagonally striped paper and thought it would make a great background.  My stitched rectangle dies were used on the striped paper (I got six out of the one sheet) and a smaller stitched rectangle die for the center.  I colored my rubber stamp with markers to stamp the flower image.  Lastly I die cut the banner and stamped the sentiment.  Six cards in less than an hour and using really old stamps, paper, markers, ink, and my MISTI.  Only my stitched dies are relatively new.

paper:  Stampin' Up designer paper and Barely Banana (banner); Recollections 110lb. card stock
markers:  Stampin' Up Barely Banana, Yoyo yellow, Certainly Celery
ink pad:  Memories sand
stamps:  "thinking of you" by Savvy stamps; flower by Hero Arts

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

You stamped with what?!! challenge at Shopping Our Stash

This card is for the "You Stamped with What?!!" challenge at Shopping Our Stash; I had fun playing around and creating this card.

My flower was created from this flower die by Concord and 9th:
I die cut the flower, then used the negative pieces as a stencil.  Then I took a sponge, inked it up, and smudged color inside the open spaces of my card stock stencil.  The "you are" is stamped normally; that stamp is by Neat and Tangled.  "beautiful" is also a die by Concord and 9th.

Happy Thursday!

Peace on Earth Day challenge

This card was easy-peasy!  The current challenge at Jingle Belles is Peace on Earth Day; "create a holiday card that features re-cycled, re-used or up-cycled elements.  You know you've got that stash of things that you saved because they were just too pretty to throw away...break them out and create with them."

I have two gallon-size Ziplock bags full of card fronts from store-bought Christmas cards I have received over the past few years...the ones that are too pretty to toss in the bin.  I cut down this beautiful Madonna and child image and layered it on this navy specialty fabric paper.  Super easy!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

North Pole Denizen challenge

Do you enjoy playing along with blog challenges?  I am happy to see what inspiration Lauren and Stef provide every two weeks for their Jingle Belles challenges.  It keeps the Christmas card panic at bay when November rolls around if I make a card or two for each challenge all year long.  In this case I was able to eek out two nearly identical cards.

This fortnight the challenge is "Santa Baby" (or anyone who might reside at the North Pole.)  I thought these fun BasicGrey "Eskimo Kisses" papers would make a cute scene/shape card.  The little deer was fussy cut from that collection as well.

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Something for the Big Boy challenge

Shopping Our Stash's challenge this week is "Something for the Big Boy" meaning create a card for a teenage boy or an adult male. Masculine cards don't come easy to me, but I thought these old BasicGrey papers fit the bill.  It is extremely time consuming, but I enjoy paper piecing dies...especially when I choose multiple patterned papers; that way I can make enough multiples to use all of those little pieces (in this case, hexagons!)

Both the hexagon background die and the banner die are by Papertrey Ink.  The large brick hexagon is a Creative Memories punch, then I glued it to a scrap of white card stock and fussy cut around it.  The mini glazed brads are by My Mind's Eye.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter (bunny) challenge

When I saw the current challenge at Cut It Up (include a bunny on your card), I knew this would be a great way to create some last-minute Easter cards using my new stamps and dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I had this 12x12 Doodlebug paper from an old collection from a couple of years ago and I was able to create eight cards from that one sheet of paper.

In real life my bunnies look a little puffy (they are marshmallow peeps bunnies, right?)  To achieve that look I xyron-ed (yep, it's a the crafty world...) two sheets of white card stock, stamped, then painted on Glitter Glaze.  After the Glitter Glaze dried, I die cut them.  Super cute, right?

Link up your bunny cards (include a die cut on your card) at Cut It Up.

paper:  Doodlebug Bazzill (purple); Doodlebug Hello Spring (stripe); Recollections 110b. white card stock
ink:  Memories yellow; Memories violet; Impress chartreuse; Close To My Heart bubblegum
Glitter Glaze:  Li'l Davis Designs clear

Have a Hoppy Easter!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Vintage challenge at Jingle Belles and A Bit O'Green

The current challenge at Jingle Belles is "The Spirit of Christmas Past" meaning using vintage ephemera or vintage-style.  This was a perfect challenge for my to pull out my October Afternoon vintage die cuts my husband gave me for Christmas (in a Simon Says Stamp card kit.)  The stamped sentiment is from the same kit from Simon Says Stamp.  My snow drift die, music die, and snowflakes die are also purchased from Simon Says Stamp.  Since the boy has a green jacket and the girl has green leg warmers, I am also entering this in the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp: A Bit O' Green.

I am keeping up with the challenges at Jingle Belles this year and I already have a nice little pile of cards.  For some challenges (like the previous 3-layer challenge) I made three identical cards.  Today's card is unique since only one die cut of these cute carolers is in the package, but it was also completely made from scraps...bonus!

Happy Friday!