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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge: #9: Leaves

Hi, everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend.

I'm popping in to share a pair of cards for the current Twofer Card Challenge. This challenge's key word is leaves.

For my cards, I used Paper Smooches leaf dies, using one of the dies as a leaf on the November Blessings card and as a flower petal on the Happy Fall card.
  • The former card will be going to my brother's family for Thanksgiving.  
  • The latter is going to a Send a Smile 4 Kids shipper.  Since this is going to a young patient at a local Children's Hospital, I went with a simpler design and used only kid-safe embellishments. No sequins on this one. 

Both Cards: Paper Smooches oblong-shaped leaf die
Left Card: Pebbles dp; SU cardstock ,vellum; Distress core paper; CTMH sentiment; PS dies; Pretty Posh sequins
Right Card: Recollections dp; SU dp; PS leaf die, mages; Distress Inks; SU ribbon; Wink of Stella: Laww Fawn sentiment

After placing the leaves and vellum strip, I felt like the card needed a little sparkle. So, I added a few sparkling crystal sequins. With this smattering of Pretty Pink Posh sequins, think I'll share the left card over at the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

Think that's it for today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SAS4Kids: Fall or Thankful Cards

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

Our theme for the next few weeks is fall, including thankful, cards for kids. For my card, I went with a thankful raccoon, decked out in a pilgrim's hat and offering up an apple as a sign of his gratitude. Believe me, I take every chance I can get to ink up Lawn Fawn's adorable forest friends.  :)

Bo Bunny farmer's market dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock
Lawn Fawn forest friends images and sentiment
images stamped in MFT black licorice hybrid ink and colored with SU watercolor pencils
sentiment stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with white SU powder
SU linen thread ; Paper Smooches botanical leaf , MFT speech bubble and SU oval dies
Uniball gold gel pen accent; adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Zots glue dot
Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to check out the DT's wonderful takes on our fall/thankful challenge. Then, stop back by to link up a card of your own.  :)

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

W2CB #57: When It Gets Crisp in the Fall

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge!

Our autumn-inspired words come to us from F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.   

I was inspired to make a thank you card to an aunt and uncle in appreciation of their hospitality on a recent trip to that state up north.

Bo Bunny Farmer's Market dp; Bazzill cardstock and Distress Ink core paper
CTMH sentiment strip, heat embossed with Versamark and SU copper powder
Lawn Fawn leaf die; SU linen thread

 Stop by W2CB to check out our gals' cards, and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own. There's a $10 gift certificate to the e-tailer of our winner's choice up for grabs.

See you in the W2CB Gallery!

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Sky's The Limit

Hi, everyone! Hope the week's off to a good start.

I'm popping in to share a card inspired by the current CAS-ual Fridays Color and MFT Sketch Challenges.

Sorry about the quality of the photo. Like so much of the country, we've been stuck under some rain clouds that just won't go away. 

  • I made a little cutie that's headed to a little one at Nationwide Children's, keeping the 60:30:10 rule in mind and using white and gray neutrals to complement the dominant mint color. 
  • To add a little interest to the mint, I added paper-pieced corresponding SU dp and Versamark-inked-up cardstock elements to the featured air balloon.

SU mint macaroon cardstock and dp; Strathmore watercolor paper
MFT Up in the Air images; Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple sentiment
stamping in MFT charcoal gray hybrid ink; coloring with SU watercolor pencils
front panel: SU/Sizzix cloud embossing folder, MFT stenciled mini clouds in Hero Arts unicorn white
embellishments: Lawn Fawn mini snowflake die; SU baker's twine
Have a great week! As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

SAS4Kids: Cute Fall or Halloween Cards

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

Our theme these next two weeks is cute fall, including Halloween cards, for kids. To go with a little longer shelf life, I decided to go with a fall-inspired owl. (And, I just have to say, I have no idea how I'll cope if my SU owl punch ever breaks.)

MME wood and stash plaid dp; Distress Ink core paper; SU and stash cardstock
Lawn Fawn sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark ink and white SU powder
Stampin' Up! owl punch; Paper Smooches leaf, MFT sentiment strip, and SU circle dies
SU linen thread; adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way gluepen; SU mini dimensionals
Stop by SAS4Kids to see the DT's sweet creations, and then stop back by to link up a card of your own.

See you in the SASKids Gallery! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sparkles Christmas: Blue & Gold

Hi, everyone!

It's the first of the month... which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas Challenge! This month's blue and gold theme comes to us from our fearless leader Caz and was originally suggested by former Sparkles Christmas DTer Pat G.

For my card, I decided to add a little sparkle and some pretty Oxide colors to a sweet Hero Arts ornament. I gave a little thought to going monochromatic blue but choose to go with a contrasting color scheme for the rest of the card to pop the blue and gold ornament.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Hero Arts stamped images; SU good greetings sentiment
images and sentiment in MFT hybrid black licorice
sentiment embossed with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder
inking: Distress Oxides
ornament accents: gold Stickles

Stop by Sparkles Christmas Buddies to check out our DT's wonderful creations and then stop back by to link up a creation of your very own.

See you in the Sparkles Christmas Gallery!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Geometric Twofers!!!

Hi, everyone! Hope all is well.

Seems like forever that I've posted.... because the SAS4Kids card that I posted was scheduled a while ago. Anyhoo, my passion bucket for card making has been bone dry for quite a while. Leave it to Darnell and her Twofer team to break the mojo drought with Twofer Challenge #8.  :)

That said, I thought I was being so creative going with hexagons, bees, and a soccer ball... until I came to the Twofer Linky. Great minds.... right?! LOL

Even though these cards aren't quite as original as I thought they'd be, I'm still pretty pleased with them. And, I'm pretty sure they'll bring smiles to a couple of little patients at Nationwide Children's.

Both cards were made using a Tim Holtz hexagon strip die. 

Soccer Card Details: 
  • I used a Tim Holtz hexagon die, a Stampin'Up!/Sizzix embossing folder, and a Spellbinders circle die to create the soccer ball. 
  • MFT dies were used for the grassy field, and an MFT cloud stencil was used for the sky. 
  • The sentiment letters are Kelly Purkey alphabet stickers colored with a black Sharpie. 
  • Broken china and peeled paint Distress Inks, applied with a mini blending tool, were used for the sky and grass.

Bee Card Details: 

  • I created a stencil with the same Tim Holtz hexagon die mentioned above, and then inked the design with fossilized amber and fired brick. 
  • The sentiment is a combination of a Simon Says you matter die and a Paper Smooches courteous cuties 2 saying embossed with Versamark ink and white Simon Says embossing powder. 
  • That sweet little bee is from Paper Smooches courteous cuties, stamped in MFT hybrid black licorice and Versamark embossing ink before embossing with clear Ranger embossing powder. Next, he bee was colored with SU watercolor pencils. I also stamped the bee on SU vellum with black StazOn ink and then paper pieced the two stamped images together. 
  • Final details included adding a couple of Paper Smooches die-cut tiny hearts to the card front and a little Wink of Stella shine to the bee. The entire front panel was mounted to a black SU card base. 

The photo on the right shows the Tim Holtz die used on both cards, as well as the die-cut stencils used on the bee card. Here's hoping that falls within the Twofer rules.

There's a Yellow and Black Challenge going on over at Cards In Envy and an Anything Goes Challenge at Paper Smooches. So, I think I'll share this little bee card at CIE and PS.

Parting Thoughts

Hoping the mojo's back for good. I'm soooooo far behind in my SAS4Kids cards. (Sorry, Anne.)

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!