Friday, July 31, 2015

Scrap Box Card

I have 4 scrap boxes full of pieces cut, printed, colored, stamped ... you name it, it's probably in there.  So I decided to make a card using only items from these boxes.  At some point, they either have to get used or get tossed and since I can't bring myself to toss any craft items ... I guess I better get busy using them up.

The blue and white cardstock pieces were already cut to the right size ~ how often does THAT happen, right?  I also found the embossed the brick piece, although I don't remember what I was going to use it for originally.

The digi is from Doodle Pantry ~ Summer Song Birdies.  The pre-colored printed image and sentiment were in my "box."  Once I die-cut the image, I felt I had to add water to the bottom of the picture. Using Copics, I first extended the pylons, then added blue for the water.  The blue was light enough that you can actually see the extended pylons.  So, I'd love to say I planned it that way ... but I didn't.  It looks like a reflection in the water (looks real good in person), which just "happened."

I wrote "Girls..." in white marker pen hoping it would look like graffiti. I guess you never have to worry about me defacing a building, since my attempt at graffiti is nothing spectacular.

Everything on this card were pieces left over from other projects, or projects that never got started. And while I used a lot of "pieces," the boxes are still full.  I guess I'd better get to making a few more cards.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges # 34 ~ Anything Goes

I hope you're playing along with us each week at Christmas Card Challenges. We love seeing your beautiful creations each week (such inspiration for us as well).

This week we have another Anything Goes Challenge ... how easy is that, right?

So, grab your crafting supplies and get busy; Christmas is almost here {almost} !

In full disclaimer, the card design/layout is not my own. But, I did make the card.  I teach cardmaking to a group of ladies in our community. Well, I wanted to take a break this the summer (3 kits per month x up to 24 ladies is a LOT of card kits).  Three ladies agreed to co-teach a "Christmas in July" class and this is one of the cards I made ~ courtesy of Yvonne Smith.

I'll post the other two (by Kip Thomas and Rita Fulford) in upcoming weeks.  I really enjoyed the class and I now have 3 more Christmas cards completed.  We have many talented, crafty people in our community and it's a joy to have them share their talents with us.

Click on the image above to pop on over to Christmas Card Challenges.  The new challenge begins at noon, EST.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crafty Creations #294 ~ Four!

The Challenge this time at Crafty Creations Challenges is

Yup, just use something on your creation in multiples of four ... four ribbons, 4 papers, 4 embellishments, 4 sentiments ... well, you get the idea.

I decided to keep it simple and used 4 different colors of cardstock. Black for the base, pink, purple and yellow.  The image is from SLS Lines (our Sponsor) called Hearts & Rainbows.

The sentiment is handmade and I've included it below as a bonus for you to use (it's a png file with a clear background). All I ask is that you give me credit and link back to my blog ~ I'd also love it if you would share your creation with me by sending me the link to your blog.

Don't forget to stop by the Crafty Creations Challenges blog to see what the other Design Team members have created. Then, get crafting and link up your projects. Our sponsor is SLS Lines.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #33

Have you ever had a day crafting where everything that could go wrong ... did?  That was my day yesterday. 

This card was a test of patience.  It all started when our internet went down a couple days ago. Then my computer kept crashing.  Finally got all that resolved and started on the card.

I merged a Crissy Armstrong digi with a TLC Sentiment to create the image. So far, so good.  I colored the image with Copics ~ no problems yet ... and we all know there could have been problems here, right?

Then I decided to add Glossy Accents to the Christmas Lights. That went ok until I went to clean the bottle and squirted a bit on the DSP.  Ugh!! So I added rhinestones to cover the glob of Glossy Accents.

Onto photographing the card. Yes, while the GA was still wet; but I had to get this card finished. The card tipped over and I now had squishy GA. Fortunately it doesn't show too bad in the photo (please don't enlarge the photo LOL).

And, after looking at the photo, I realized that using a black background looks great in person, but horrid in the photograph. Maybe because I had to photograph the card late at night, rather than during the day.

Anyway, I hope you join along with us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.  Here's our photo inspiration for you to get your mojo going. The Challenge actually begins on Monday, July 20 (the DT Coordinator took a short, very deserved, hiatus); but since you have a heads-up ... you can begin creating now LOL

Friday, July 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Little Princess

I just love this little dinosaur from the Doodle Pantry Kids Toys Set.  I merged the crown and dinosaur together, printed a "lighter" version, colored it with Copics and added Glossy Accents to the crown jewels, the eyes and white spots.  A little bit of rhinestone bling and ribbon finishes the card.

The inside sentiment is a personal creation. I've included it at the end as a Freebie ~ my gift to you. 

If you save it, please leave me a comment.  If you use it, please link back to my blog (who doesn't love a "shout out" every now and then).  I'd also love to see your creation with this sentiment, so please leave the link to the specific blog post on any of my posts~I realize it may be hard to find this particular post.  

I'm linking this card to Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge (Bright Colors). Now, I realize this may not look bright, but the card base is actually a beautiful bright purple color. One of these days I will learn the secret to photographing purple.

To save the Free Sentiment: click on the image above, then right mouse click to save it to your computer.

Kid Toys

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Welcome to the Neighborhood

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent vacation. However, I found it hard to get started crafting again once I got home. Between laundry, appointments, meetings and I'm not sure what, I just couldn't find the time.  

But today was the perfect day . . . it's raining outside, hubby is watching golf, so I locked myself in my craft room and ~ Crafted.

The digi and sentiment are from Doodle Pantry's Old Italian Street Color Plus and I actually hand colored this one ~ although the pre-colored digi looks fantastic also.  I printed the image on vellum and colored it on the reverse side using Stampin' Up! markers.

I cut a frame, rather than a mat, for the image so I could glue the vellum down. The DSP is from the sale bin at Tuesday Morning and I cut it on the diagonal.

Christmas Card Challenges ~ Week #2

Welcome Pamela ~ my newest Bloglovin' follower.

With most of the Design Team on vacation this week, we're holding our first two-week long challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. So, since I made two cards last week, I thought I'd post the second one today. 

 I hope you have a chance to play along with us. It's a Photo Challenge ~ although the only real rule is that you make a Christmas Card and have fun.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges # 31 ~ Color Challenge

We have a Color Challenge for you this week at Christmas Card Challenges. Actually, this challenge is going to run for two weeks, since most of us are on vacation ... or could use a vacation. LOL

And, since the Challenge is running for two weeks, I thought I would make TWO cards.  The first card I'll show today ... the second card I'll show next Sunday ... just so you don't forget we have a TWO WEEK challenge this time around.

Note: If you want a sneak preview, just head on over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog and you can see not only my two cards but a whole lot of creativity by the other Design Team Members.

I had a hard time with basically a B&W Christmas card. Then I had an "aha" moment.  I inked up an embossing folder with black ink and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I decided to keep the look CAS; so I just added a bit of ribbon and matted sentiment.  OK, so there's a bit of yellow/gold on the card, but that doesn't count, right? 

I'd love to see your black, grey, smokey and/or white Christmas Cards ... however, the only real rule is that you make a Christmas Card and have fun.