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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6: Trees

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

I'm popping in to share a pair of cards inspired by the newest Twofer Challenge.



Both cards were created using the Hero Arts Birds and Blossoms layered stamp set.


The card on the left is an anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law. The wedding colors were yellow and green, featuring yellow flowers. So, I layered stamps to create a tree with pretty yellow blooms and chose coordinating papers to complete the design.
Authentique dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock
Hero Arts Birds and Blossoms images; SU sentiment
tree stamped in various CTMH browns and MFT chocolate fudge
blossoms stamped in Oxide fossilized amber and MFT steel gray inks
sentiment stamped in MFT steel gray
SU stash card-kit embellishments and linen thread

The card on the right highlights one branch from the set, shown in a classic silhouette design with copper-embossed blossoms.
??? gifted stash dp; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Hero Arts Birds and Blossoms images; Paper Smooches vase and sentiment
vase, tree branch, and sentiment inked in Versamark black onyx
blossoms heat embossed with Versamark and SU copper powder

Parting Thoughts

The June-July Words 2 Craft By Challenge started on Wednesday. Hope you'll stop by and play along for a chance to win a GDT gig and $10 to the online e-tailer of your choice.

Enjoy the weekend. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

SAS4Kids: Cards 4 Teens

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

As always, it's an Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge. Since tween/teen cards are always appreciated, teen cards are the focus this time around for our DT sample cards.  :)

For my card, I went with a neutral palette -- that skews masculine -- and a teen-friendly pun. To save time and make a few multiples, I chose to color just the window portion.



CTMH dp; SU cardstock
SU tasty trucks image and sentiment
image heat embossed with Versamark ink and SU white powder
image stamped in MFT black licorice ink and colored with SU watercolor pencils

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids, and check out the rest of our DT cards... and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own.

Have a great weekend! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

W2CB #54: Go...

... Where You Feel Most Alive!

These are the words for our June/July Words 2 Craft By Challenge.

For me, that means a trip to our front porch, -- good book in hand -- or a trip to Forest Beach on Hilton Head Island.

Stampin' Up! cardstock and Distress Ink core paper
SU Beautiful You images and sentiment, stamped in MFT black licorice
images colored with SU watercolor pencils
Memory Box stencil, inked in DI hickory smoke; SU embellishments

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out the rest of our gals cards, and then stop back by to share a card/project of your own.

See you in the W2CB Gallery!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Party Like a PIRATE

Hi, everyone! Yes.... Back with my second post! Will wonders never cease?

Turns out the last Windows update didn't update quite right. So, this laptop had to go in for a tune-up. It's working great... but between the update and the fix, I lost a lot of my freebie programs.... like my photo editor and watermark programs... which means I'm working with new programs.... and some uploads are working better than others.

Okay, now that that's that. Here's the card I've popped in to share. This vignette featuring a partying pirate and his parrot mate was inspired by the current MFT Sketch Challenge.


MFT dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock; Distress Ink core paper
MFT Party Like a Pirate images and sentiment, in MFT black licorice
party hat: SU Party Pandas; beach dune: Lawn Fawn Life Is Good; balloon Face: Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple
all images colored with Prismacolor pencils
waves: Paper Smooches die; SU ribbon
tag colored in Distress Inks
A few thoughts:

  • I switched out the pirate's flag with a balloon... and added a little pirate face to the balloon for a bit of whimsy. Trust me, there was some pretty intense fussy cutting to get that eye patch. 
  • The party hat was snagged from another stamp set to dress up Polly.
  • Lastly, I originally planned to have some ocean waves passing over and behind the tag, running the full length of the card. However, I decided the horizontal strip needed to be a non-blue color. So, I ended up placing the strip behind the tag, using it as the sentiment strip. 


In addition to sharing this over at MFT, I'm also going to link it  up at:



Thanks for stoppin' and happy scrappin!

Hats Off to You!

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a great weekend.

I'm here to share a dad card... with which I'm pretty darn pleased.  Hoping my dad will like it, too.  :)



I'm sharing this at the Let's Hear It for the Boys Cards in Envy and Boys of Summer CAS-ual Fridays Challenges. 

Short and sweet tonight. ('Cuz I might be back with another post tonight...)

So, have a nice week. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

SAS4Kids: AG or Funny Cards 4 Kids


Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday! Since it's the first Saturday of the month, it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!!!

This month, it's an Anything Goes challenge. That's right... any kiddie card can be linked up to play along with us.

For my card, I decided to feature three adorable Mama Elephant bunnies... holding up birthday greetings for a sweet little one in need of some special birthday love.





Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! stash dp
Mam Elephant stamp-and-die mini set featuring two of its three amigos critters
background: broken china, peacock feathers, fossilized amber, fired brick Oxides, with a spattering of black soot
MFT grassy field, Paper Smooches tiny heart, and Spellbinders circle dies; tiny circles: various SU pnnches
MFT mini cloud and Simon Says falling hearts stencils
bunny accents: Prismacolor pencils and Wink of Stella

A few thoughts about this card:

  • For starters, I'm pretty happy with the overall design...
  • ... and I'm head over hills about the watercolor-wash Distress rainbow background...
  • ... and I couldn't be more thrilled with the little bunnies.
  • Speaking of the bunnies...
    • They were first stamped on notebook-paper dp, the sentiments were added, and the signs were fussy-cut out.
    • Next, the bunnies were stamped on yellow-striped dp and were fussy-cut out. The signs were attached to the these dp cut-out bunnies.
    • Lastly, they were stamped on watercolor paper. The yellow-striped bunnies were attached to the watercolor bunnies.
  • If this weren't going to a little one in a children's hospital, I would have added some pretty sequins. Instead, I added some Wink of Stella glitter to some Distress paper and punched out 9 circular and 1 heart embellishment.
  • My one regret -- there's got to be at least one... right? I really wish the stenciled clouds behind each bunny would've shown up a lot more. Guess I used too light of a hand on those.

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to check out the rest of the DT cards... and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Have you heard about the big birthday bash going on at CAS-ual Fridays? Michele and her gals are celebrating 8 years and 200 challenges!!!! So, I'm going to share these little critters over at the current CAS-ual Fridays Birthday Celebration Challenge.   :)

And there's an Anything Goes Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. Think I'll link these little ones up there, too.


While we're speaking of challenges, there's a little more time to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By. Our current challenge is open through Wednesday.

Have a great weekend! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, June 1, 2018

You're Farm-Tastic

Hi, everyone! Happy weekend!

Today's card was inspired by the current MFT Sketch and will be headed to a little one at Nationwide Children's.

As soon as I saw those three horizontal rectangles, I immediately thought of a farm's picket fences. Since I used three fences with grass for all three rectangles, I chose to vary the lengths and place different farm critters at each fence. To add a little interest to the background, I lightly stenciled clouds atop all three fence locations.


mft dp; SU crumb cake, Neenah white, Recollections blue, and stash brown cardstock
MFT Farm-Tastic images and masked sentiment
images stamped in MFT hybrid chocolate and colored with Prismacolor pencils
sentiment heat embossed using Versamark ink and SU white embossing powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; SU foam strips

Since this is sketch inspired, I'm also sharing it at the Cards in Envy Feeling Sketchy Card Challenge. And, I'm going to link it up over at the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge.

Parting Thoughts

If you have some crafting time between now and Friday, we'd love for you to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By. There's $10 to the e-tailer of our challenge winner's choice up for grabs!

Have a great weekend! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!