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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

W2CB #60: Good at Christmas

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

This time around, our words come to us from 11-year-old Kids-Quotes Benjamin.

I’m an angel at Christmas time, but the rest of the year I’m the real me.


For my card, I inked up one of those adorable My Favorite Things pup. This little guy looks like he's on his absolute best behavior.... but all bets are going to be off on December 26. Right?! 

Stampin' Up! cardstock; My Favorite Thing Happy Pawlidays images and sentiment
images and sentiment in Versamark onyx black ink; images colored with SU watercolor pencils

Hope you'll stop by Words 2 Craft By and check out our gals' wonderful creations, and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own. As always, there's $10 up for grabs to the e-tailer of the winner's choice.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the W2CB Gallery!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

SAS4Kids: Winter Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday... and Happy December!!! Yep, I'm in shock like everyone else, but that's what the calendar says. YIKES!!!

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. As always, any kid-focused cards are welcome. For this challenge, our DT focused on winter cards.

The card below was actually mailed to a card drive for the pediatric cardiology unit at Nationwide Children's. So, I made a card that could be used for Christmas (red and green), Valentine's  (a heart), or plain old winter (a reindeer dancing on snow with a few snowflakes for goodness sake).

Strathmore watercolor paper; SU cardstock and dp; stash (Bazzill?) white textured paper
Mama Elephant tiny reindeer image, in Versamark black onyx and colored with SU watercolor pencils
My Favorite Things Birdie Brown (masked) sentiment in Versamark black onyx
sky inking: peacock feathers Distress Oxide
MFT, SU, and Nestabilities circle/scalllop dies
tiny heart: SU cookie builder punch; snowflakes: EK border punch

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see our DT's fun cards, and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!!!

Sparkles Christmas: Fancy Folds

Hi, everyone! It's the first of December and time for a new Sparkles Christmas Challenge!

Actually, this is a bittersweet challenge for me... because it's my last challenge as a Sparkles Christmas DTer. Somehow I thought retirement would make it easier to keep up with challenges... but just the opposite has been true. Huge thanks to Caz for running such a fun holiday challenge blog and to the Sparkles Christmas DTers for being such wonderful teammies!!!

This month's fancy-fold theme was selected by Sparkles Christmas DTer Jane. What a great idea for a challenge! My fancy-fold card was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest from Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Cindy Malone. Thanks for some wonderful inspiration, Cindy!

Stampin' Up!  cardstock and Santa's Workshop DP (and coordinating dies); white stash dp
snow inking: Distress Oxide peacock feathers; snowflakes
EK snowflake border punch; heart: SU owl punch

  • The first step was to work out a scoring/cutting template on a piece of scrap paper and then transferring the scores/cuts to a piece of calypso coral cardstock.



  • Because of the half-scored, half-cut portions, I cut out separate snowbanks for each of the four panels... taking care to line up the ends and beginnings of each bank.



  • I added a reinforcement panel to the bottom right half of the card since it needed some extra firmness to stay in place when the card folded up. Then I adhered snow banks. You can see that I added a bank of  snow that runs all the way to the middle fold.




Hope you'll stop by Sparkles Christmas to check out the DTers amazing creations, and then stop back by to leave a fancy-fold creation of your very own.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

SAS4Kids: Anything Goes

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

It's the third Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. And, boy do we have the perfect challenge theme: Anything Goes! So, your card can be for: an itty, bitty one or a tween/teen older patient, a boy or a girl, a special holiday wish or an everyday greeting. The choice is totally yours.

Today, I'm showing a tweet little card -- sorry, I just couldn't help myself -- that I made for a holiday card drive for patients in Nationwide Children's cardiology unit. These little Lawn Fawn birdies still bring a smile to my face... and I hope they will do the same for a little one.

SU cardstock and dp; MFT images and sentiment in Versamark black onyx ink
images colored by SU watercolor pencils
MFT snow flurry stencil with Heidi Swapp metallic white embossing paste
SU baker's twine; Recollections foam squares

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

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

W2CB #59: Counting My Blessings

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge. Our November/December words come to us from an old Irish proverb.

When I count my blessings, I count you twice. 

My thoughts immediately went to sharing a holiday meal with family and friends... which inspired me to ink up a few forest friends counting their blessings over a Thankgiving meal.

Strathmore watercolor paper, Pebbles(?) dp; SU cardstock
Lawn Fawn forest feast images, in MFT hybrid ink and colored with SU watercolor pencils
Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out our team's wonderful creations... and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #11: WREATHS

A New Twofer Challenge!!!

Hi, everyone! Today's the 10th of the month... which means it's time for a new Twofer Challenge!!!



The Twofer Card Challenge has quickly become one of my favorite challenge blogs, and it's an honor to be joining fellow-GTer Carol (who blogs at Our Little Inspirations) and the amazingly awesome Twofer Team for this month's challenge. Huge thanks to Darnell and the Twofer DT for their Guest Designer invitation.  :)

As you can tell by this post's title, the prompt for November is WREATHS! And, did you notice stencils have now been added to the twofer stamps and dies arsenal!!!



My Twofer Wreath Stamp Cards

I used a Paper Smooches grapevine wreath stamp from it's Holly Jolly stamp on both cards.




The JOY card was inspired by a card made by uber-talented MFT DTer Barbara Anders.  Thanks, Barbara, for your wonderful inspiration!
  • I kept Barbara's basic fab CAS design. Barbara's card has a gorgeous clean, modern feel with a crisp white and red palette. I opted to go farmhouse rustic with my card, pairing a gingham-checked-dp with some SU crumb cake.
  • The gingham dp was actually white and red. So, I aged it a little bit with some brown ink to complement the rustic look of the crumb cake.
  • SUPPLIES: PS Holly Jolly wreathSU cardstock and dp; MFT filled with joy dies; MFT Christmas background stamp in Versamark embossing ink; MFT brown ink; various PS holly dies; MFT and Spellbinders circle dies; Simon Says A2 curve die; SU linen thread

The sympathy card took off a life of it's own.

  • The first step was to create a pretty yellow, orange, and red Oxide background.
  • I initally planned to make a 3-by-3 array of wreaths, with each wreath containing a different letter. Reading from left to right, Row One was to be B L E; Row 2, S S I; Row 3, N G S. 
  • However, when I tried to stamp three circles across the paper, they wouldn't fit. I went ahead and stamped three overlapping wreaths... not quite yet abandoning the nine-letter idea. 
  • The overlapped look turned out pretty well... and I decided to continue with a row above, and a row above that, and then two rows below the first-stamped row. 
  • I really liked the resulting pattern. It was apparent the nine-letter idea wasn't going to work. However, there appeared to be an interesting cross-shaped image. 
  • So, I decided to ink up the inside of each circle with broken china and peacock feather Oxides and stamp a sympathy sentiment on a double-ply vellum strip.
  • SUPPLIES: PS Holly Jolly wreathStrathmore watercolor paper; SU cardstock and vellum; various Distress Oxides; corner elements: PS die; PS sentiment from graceful beauties stamp set in MFT brown ink


Your Turn

Now it's your turn. Like all Twofer Challenges, you have until the 24th of the month to join in the fun. Yep, that's a full two weeks to make wreath-inspired cards.

  • Interpretations can be conventional or unconventional. 
  • Both cards need to have different designs for two different occasions.
  • Both cards must be made using the same stamp and/or die.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the November Twofer Gallery!  :)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

SAS4Kids: Holiday Holidays 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!  :)

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge! As always, we welcome Anything Goes cards, but our focus these next few weeks is holiday cards.

So, I'm featuring a holiday card that was mailed a couple of weeks ago for a little patient at Nationwide Children's. As I mentioned a while ago, I am just crazy about this season's Stampin' Up! Santa's Workshop Collection. Soooooo cute!!!  :)


Stampin' Up! cardstock and Santa's Workshop dp
Paper Smooches Holly, Jolly sentiment, in Versamark black onyx
SU stitched oval die and cookie builder punch (for tiny circles)
EK snowflake border punch (for tiny snowflake)
Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see our DT's fun cards, and then stop back by to link up a kiddie card of your very own. Again, we're looking for anything goes with a focus on holiday cards. And, although I went young with my card, our shippers are happy to receive cards for older patients. Of course, guy cards are always welcome, too.

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!