Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stampin Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge

The Stampin Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge is administered by Connie Stewart.  This is her Facebook group and every Friday, she posts a new card challenge.  This was the card challenge for the Jan 29, 2016 Weekend.

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge for January 29, 2016 - check it out at
I changed the card orientation but used the same design elements as the sketch.

Color Throwdown #337 Card

I've been very creative this week and focused on entering a few card challenges.  This is a first time I enter a card into the Color Throwdown #337 Challenge.  Here's the color challenge:
I love the kraft, yellow and gray combination!  Here's one of two cards I made using the color throwdown.

I used a Darice die to cut the tree out of kraft card stock.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and I used a little flower punch to punch out the yellow flowers.  Added some pearls to the flower centers and some yellow twine.  I used several My Favorite Things rectangle dies to cut the white and gray card stock layers.  All mounted on a different shade of kraft card stock.

Stamp, Ink, Paper #32 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Thanks for stopping by to look at my Stamp, Ink, Paper Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.  Here's the sketch:
SIP Tic Tac Toe 32 800
The card I designed came together quickly.  In fact, I put it together while my friend Rubina and I "crafted" during lunch time on Thursday.  My card fits the top horizontal line of the Tic-Tac-Toe because it's red, the word "love" is a die-cut, and it has a heart embossed.  It also fits the left to right diagonal tic-tac-toe:  red, the word "love" and bling!  The bling is from the silver glitter paper.

Freshly Made Sketches #221

This is the first time I'm submitting a card to the Freshly Made Card Challenge.  It's amazing how many card challenges are out on the web these days.  It's a great starting point when deciding on to put a card together.

Here's the sketch:

This is my interpretation of the sketch:

I've had the rubber stamp for YEARS and had never used it until today.  I used Zig Real Watercolor Brush markers to color the butterflies.  Hope you like it!

It's a Do Over Card

Hi card makers!

Last week I created a card for the Fusion Card Challenge and I wasn't happy that the wood grain embossed card layer was not very noticeable when I photographed it so I decided to re-do the card.  It was my "do over" card.  That reminds me of school when the teacher would say, "Nice try, but do over."  Not that it ever happened to me.  Just saying!

I decided to change the card layer from wood grain embossed to a wood grain stamped image.  I like this card much better.

See the difference from last week's version?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fusion Card Challenge Woodgrain Neutral

Hi!  This was another busy week with lots of work and family functions.  This left me with little time for creativity but alas with more and more craft companies producing great products that complement each other it's really easy to put a card or scrapbook page quickly.  This week I decided to enter the Fusion Card Challenge.  If you don't know about it, please check it out!  The challenges are fun and inspiring.  

I used lots of bright colors of card stock to die cut butterflies.  I used the My Favorite Things (MFT) die-namics called Flutter of Butterflies-Lace.  Love these dies!  The sentiment is also from MFT, it's from the Brushstroke Birthday photopolymer stamp set.  The font is just gorgeous. I also used a Martha Steward punch to cut out the tiny butterflies.  

Here is the Fusion Card Challenge sketch for this week:

I used a Paper Studios  wood grain embossing folder on one of the card layers and mounted that on a black card base.  The little strip of pattern paper is also from MFT.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

I really need to step up my photography.  The card is a deep, rich black.  Lighting is also an issue for me.  I welcome any suggestions to equipment to use for the best card photography results.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MFT and Essentials by Ellen Card

I created this card using the My Favorite Things cover up die-namic called:  Four Way Chevron Cover-Up die and the Die-namics Leafy Greenery dies.  I also stamped the word, "Celebrate" from the MFT Brushstroke Birthday stamp set.  Love that script or font from that set!  The layered roses were cut using the Essentials by Ellen dies called Bold Blooms Stand-alone dies.

When Ellen Hutson released the Bold Blooms stamp set, Bold Blooms Stand-alone dies, and the Bold Blooms Matching set I knew I had to have them!  And so did the rest of the world apparently because just like that after the initial release - they were sold out!  Oh NO!  My friend Rubina also wanted the Bold Bloom Sets so we made a pack.  The FIRST one to get notified that they were back in stock would quickly purchase all 3 sets for each other.  This is another MUST HAVE set to own.  I stamp and cut out a bunch of the roses in different colors and store them so that I can quickly compose a birthday card or sympathy card or really - any occasion!

I decided to share this card with the Fusion Card Challenge group.  They are celebrating their 2 year anniversary and it's my first time submitting a FUSION card.  I like the concept.  You can choose to follow the sketch or a snapshot of some beautiful images or you can fuse the two and create your own fusion and interpretation of the challenge.  Here is the inspiration sketch for this challenge.

Stampin Gals Gone Wild Week-end Card Challenge 01.08.2016

Hello Card Making friends!

I created this card to submit into the Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Facebook group.  The Facebook page and this group belongs to a Stampin Up Demonstrator from Oklahoma, Connie Stewart.  I think the group name is hilarious since it looks like many of the participants are seniors, as in senior citizens.  Anyway, this is strictly for fun. Connie will post a challenge on Friday and then the task is to create a project using SU products to design one's own version of the week-end challenge card.  This week I had some extra time on my hands and created 2 cards.  This first card took some time and didn't go as quickly as I imagined it would but that is because I wanted the punched out banner to match the stamped petite petal flower.  The card stock is called Watermelon Wonder.  I stamped the little Petite Petals stamp with Watermelon Wonder ink as well.  The strips of designer series paper (DSP) are from the SU Cherry on Top DSP Pack.

The second card I created was so easy and quick to put together.  As I was working on the first card, I thought about using the SU Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Plus, I needed to make a masculine card for my nephew's birthday.  Luckily, I had previously cut many card bases and card layers to have on hand.  I went to my card base and layers stash and then all I needed to do was stamp the images.  Seriously, it was that easy and in less than 2 minutes I had my nephew's card AND a second submission into the Stampin' Gals Gone Wild (SGGW) group.

This card had the most comments (24) and the most likes (170) than any card I've ever posted!!!  And I have posted cards that  took a long time to design and then execute.  This was a no brainer, slap it together and BAM - instant card.  I'm glad many fellow card makers liked it, but I guess it just proves that you don't have to over-think somethings.  Here is card 2 for the Jan 08, 2016 Week-end Challenge:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Mojo Monday 429 Contest

The holidays were full of activity and I'm so far behind posting all the cards I've made.  This card is for the Mojo Monday Card Challenge that was posted on Monday, Jan 4, 2016.  I've had it completed but I had not fired up my laptop.  I'm always on my other mobile devices and it's a bother having to pull out my laptop to post.

The Happy Birthday to You sentiment is from Stampin Up and it's been retired.  It was a Hostess stamp set but I had to have it and found it on eBay.  The scalloped card layers are from My Favorite Things and I used Blueprint #20 dies.  The yellow rose and the green leaves were cut using Ellen Hutson dies!  I waited for weeks for this set!  It was on back-order as obviously, everyone else in the card making world had to have it too.  I hope you like the card.  I love using bold colors.