Saturday, November 30, 2019

I will walrus be your friend

Here's another triangle card working with this sketch. I love this walrus set by Stampin Up. All stamps are by a different company but I kinda like how it came out.

Less is More - Pick a Triangle
C.R.A.F.T. - Inspired by a book (If Wendall had a walrus by Lori Mortensen)
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes, Optional CAS

Walrus and sentiment by Stampin Up
Clouds by Memory Box
Birds by Repeat Impressions
Waves by Hero Arts
Colored with Copics

Dreaming of a white Christmas

Try it on Tuesday - Inspired by a song or carol (I'm dreaming of a white Christmas)
Little Red Wagon - Snow Much Fun
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Trees Trees and More Trees

Friday, November 29, 2019

Cut It Up Challenge #188 -- Tic Tac Toe

For this week's challenge at Cut It Up, we are to make a card using this Tic Tac Toe chart. I am doing Any Sketch, Brads/Bling and Design Paper. The sketch I am using can be found here. I got my moose image from Stinkin' Cute paper Piecings and you can find them here. I can't wait to see what you do for this challenge at Cut It Up. Please remember to use a die cut for this challenge.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

You're slothsome

It's Thanksgiving Day here in the US and it's the first time I am not cooking in 30 YEARS!! We are going to our daughter's boyfriend's house for dinner and I have to bring 1 dish - I'm bringing Mountain Dew Apples. It's so GOOD!!! You can find the recipe here.

Have you seen the brand new masking stencils by Taylored Expressions? Oh my. Here's the link if you want to see them. They have 4 different ones, circles, ovals, rectangles and squares. I had to get all 4 because after watching a few videos I was convinced 1) they are a game changer 2) I can't just pick one size. This masking stencil made this card sooooo easy to create. Just place the stencil on your paper, blend your fave ink using a blending brush, then place another stencil over top while still taped to sheet of paper and use your blending brush to put the stencil on top of the circle. I am not sure this makes any sense but that's how I did it. Easy peasy!! I colored this sloth with my Koi watercolor paints and then fussy cut around him and added him to the card. The sentiment is computer generated because the only sloth sayings I have are "birthday sayings". Also, Taylored Expressions is in Iowa (I'm in NC) and I ordered them last Thursday and I got them on Monday. 3 days!!! I love fast service!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! I'm so thankful for all of you who read my blog and leave me comments. I really do appreciate it!

AAA Cards - Made in Minutes, optional ink blending
Tuesday Throwdown - Punny Sentiments
Crafting Happiness - Fall Animals
Lift Challenge - Use a stencil and ink
Krafty Chicks - Monochrome
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Sloth by Whipper Snapper
Sentiment - Computer generated
Masking stencils by Taylored Expressions
"Design" stencil on top of masking stencil by Hero Arts

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Adulting is hard, friends help

I stamped this adorable moose from Purple Onion Designs onto kraft cardstock. Then I stamped his scarf and mittens onto white cardstock, colored them in red and paper pieced it back onto the moose. I am sending this to a friend battling breast cancer.

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Add a pop of red

Stamp by Purple Onion Designs
Sentiment and die by Taylored Expressions

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

I made this night sky like Unity did on their card and you can see how they did it here.

Animal Friends - Reindeer
Double D - Christmas Style (watercolor)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Watercolor
The Holly and Ivy Christmas - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Inspired by a song or a carol (We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas

Reindeer stamp by Andrea Gomoll - Cre8tive Cre8tions
Sentiment by Darkroom Door

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Count Your Blessings

Your Next Stamp - Mad About Plaid

Llama stamp by Whipper Snapper
Count Your Blessings stamp by Technique Junkies

Monday, November 25, 2019

Birthday Blessings

I have to get a birthday card out and I love this image by Unity Stamps. It's perfect for "winter" birthday cards or anything in the cold months. (It's not even winter yet but it sure has felt like it the past few days in North Carolina) For the stripes, I brushed on these 2 colors using Catherine Pooler's Aquatini and Icing on the Cake. I then, watercolored the rest of the image. If you haven't tried her inks yet, I HIGHLY recommend them. You can watercolor with them or just use them straight to paper. I love that in an ink pad :).  I have about 1/2 the colors and I hope to get the others with any Christmas money I get from Santa :).

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes, Optional Stripes/Spots
Color My Heart - Let's think Brown
Words 2 Craft By - Thankful to have a cup
Crafty Cardmakers - No Patterned Paper

Stamp by Unity Stamps
Sentiment and die by Taylored Expressions
Slash Stitch Rectangle Die by Gina Marie Designs
Glitter pen used

Gobble Gobble

1 more Thanksgiving card with this adorable turkey. Will have to put him away until next year.

Creative with Stamps - Turkey
Dies R Us - Give Thanks or Turkey (Mosaic Triangle Edge Circle die by Gina Marie Designs)
Paper Funday - Anything Goes, Optional Thanksgiving
Crafty Gals Corner - Fall

Stamp by Unity Stamps
Die cut by Gina Marie Designs

Sunday, November 24, 2019

A little Hello

I must admit this is one of the hardest challenges I have done all year but this is the exact reason why I do so many challenges a year is that it makes me think "outside the box". First, I drew a triangle onto a piece of paper and I then stamped my scene inside that triangle then I cut it out and stuck it onto a card base.

I decided to make a winter card instead of an actual Christmas card so I can send this out during the winter months instead.

Less Is More - Pick a Triangle

Stamps by Stampin Up Snow Front
Sentiment by The Stamp Market

Ho Ho Ho

This stamp is SO OLD!! It's by Inkspirations who is no longer in business but I have always loved this Santa stamp. I added Glossy Accents for his glasses.

Christmas Kickstart - Santa
Your Next Stamp - Mad About Plaid
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Challenge #328

Stamp by Inkspirations
Glossy accents used on Santa's glasses
Sentiment by Concord & 9th

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Happy 29th Birthday

It's been awhile since I've used vellum on a card and I don't know why I don't use it. I always love the end result. In fact it had been so long since I used vellum I wasn't too sure how to attach it to the card base without the glue showing through. I tried glue dots on a scrap piece of paper and you could definitely see those. What I ended up using was my double sided sticky tape and I can't see it at all. For the ink colors, I used all Oxide inks - Tattered Rose, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass.

TGIF - Technique Spotlight - Dry embossed vellum
Catch the Bug - November Color Challenge

Stamps by Flora & Fauna
Embossing folder by Taylored Expressions

Congrats baby!

For the background of this one, I did some watercoloring and I taped off little blocks and let each color dry before adding the next color. I learned this in Kristina Warner's watercolor class last summer.

If You Give a Crafter A Cookie - Challenge 130

Baby stamp by Clearsnap
Sentiment by Stampers Anonymous

Friday, November 22, 2019

Your Friendship Means the World to Me

Color Throwdown - Challenge #570
Craft-Alnica - Hairy
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Forest Friends
Cute Card Thursday - Winter

Stamp by Reverse Confetti
Bear die by Sizzix

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wishing You the Best Day Ever

Stamp by Unity Stamps
Sentiment and die by Taylored Expressions
Circle Die by Gina Marie Designs
Tiny sentiments by Lawn Fawn
Glitter by Kaiser Colour Glitter Pens

Try Stampin' on Tuesdays - Challenge #434
Little Red Wagon - You say it's your birthday
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Paper Minutes - Girl Power

Papercraft Challenges - Birthday

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

2020 calendar

Each year I make 2 homemade calendars for 2 of my very good friends for the holidays. I make them 4x6 so they can fit onto a 5x7 picture frame. There's no glass in the frame and it just sits on the table and the calendar pages clip onto it. They can change the page each month. This is my calendar for 2020.

Do-Al(l) Creative - Anything But a Card
Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

You're on my nice list!

Christmas Card Throwdown - Sweet Treats

Stamps and die cuts by Concord & 9th

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sending You Some Holiday Cheer

Here's another pull up interactive card I made. These are simple to make with the dies but do take a lot longer than a 5 minute card so I didn't make that many this year. LOL I still love the end result though!

Allsorts - Christmas Flowers
Your Next Stamp - Mad About Plaid
Crafty Friends - Christmas

Stamps by Concord & 9th

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Snowmen Trio

If there was ever a favorite trio of snowmen, these are them!!! I have had these snowmen (by Purple Onion Designs) for YEARS and find I am always using them around the holidays. I love to paper piece his little book with Christmas music. Unity Stamps has another fantastic video that shows a Aurora Borealis sky and I wanted to try it on this card. You can find the technique here. I need to practice more with it but I kinda like how this one came out. Then I added the little Santa with reindeer and I got it a little close to the snowman's head but I'm going with it anyway. What do you think?
Snowmen by Purple Onion Designs
Santa/Reindeer by Hero Arts
Watercolor paints by Jane Davenport
Paper pieced sheet music from online

Paper Players - The North Pole
Christmas Kickstart - Snow

Happiest of Holidays

Color Throwdown - Challenge 569
The Holly and Ivy Christmas - Anything Goes
Christmas Kickstart - Snow

Snowman by Unity Stamps
Sentiment by Flora & Fauna

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Merry Christmas

I loved this spotlight technique done by Unity Stamps and you can see it done here 

Fab 'n' Funky - Add Sparkle
PaperMinutes - Snowman
Try it on Tuesday - Cold, Cold, Cold
Carlin's Card Paradise - Christmas with a handmade background
Mix It Up - Anything Goes, optional watercolor
Bastel-Dream - Winter/Christmas
Sparkles Monthly - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas - Anything Goes

Snowman by Unity Stamps
Sentiment by Hero Arts

Glitter by Kaiser glitter gel pens

Friday, November 15, 2019

Cut It Up Challenge #187 -- "Celebrating Fall"

At Cut It Up this week, our challenge for #187 is "Celebrating Fall". I chose this jar of acorns from The Cutting Cafe to celebrate Fall. I colored it with Copic markers. I would love to see what you create with your festival image at Cut It Up. Please don't forget your die cut.