Saturday, June 9, 2018

Jingle on...

Less than 200 days til Christmas and I'm way behind on Christmas cards so today I made a card based on the Jingle Belles challenge, to make a card featuring bells. The sentiment and most of the papers are from a coordinating scrapbook paper set. I think I'm up to 7 cards.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summertime means graduations and tomatoes

I am on a roll, two cards in two days. Yay me! I found the perfect sketch  for a graduation card I need for this weekend, Sketch Saturday #515. Here's the sketch:

For my card, I used two types of miscellaneous patterned paper, two types of ribbon, and a few embellishments. I cut the cap and diploma using Cricut Design Center. Unfortunately, the colors look a little muddy in the photo but I'm pretty happy with it. 

I'm also entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenges where the theme is Graduation, perfect!
Shopping our Stash Graduation or Congrats

And now if you made this far, feast your eyes on the coup de grace, the harbinger of first almost ripe Early Girl tomato.  I love love love sandwiches of all kinds and few things me happier that a REAL tomato on my sandwich. You're welcome. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Oh tie a piece of twine around the Christmas card...

Finally a couple of Christmas cards, based on the Jingle Belles card challenge, to make a Christmas card using ribbon, string, twine, lace, dental floss, shoe get the idea. I made two using the Tim Holtz Snow Globe dies. 

It might not be very noticeable but the first card uses subtly patterned paper for everything except the snowy roofs and mountain tops.

For the second card, I water colored the globe and then die-cut all the pieces using different colors of Kraft-core paper, and roughed them up with a nail file.

Now I'm up to six Christmas cards. Hmm.
I am also submitting this to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge, this week's challenge is Anything Goes as Long as it's Christmas.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Goldilocks and the three squares

I am combining a few challenges today. The Winter Wonderland challenge, Real or Faux Stitching, was a slam dunk because I love sewing on paper (which reminds me of an interesting story when I took my 32 year old Kenmore in for repairs and explained what I use it for, but that's a story for another day). I struggled a bit with the Jingle Belles challenge to make a card using inchies. First I tried using an actual one inch square. It was TOO small to put anything on it.Then I tried a two inch square. It was TOO big to fit into the layout I had in mind. Then I tried a one-inch-and-a-halfie and it was just right. I added a rectangle and a large square to add some interest. This is a truly a Heinz 57 of stuff, dies, stamps, papers and a bit of stitching. It was very fun to make. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

In so many words...

The current Jingle Belles challenge us to make a Christmas card featuring text in some form or another. I pawed through my papers and found a pad of coordinating papers that include several pages with Merry Christmas in various fonts and colors...score! Threw in a few more layers from the same pad, a bit of stitching and an embellishment...pretty simple. Here's my first one:

And here's my second one:

One month almost over and 4 cards in the bin, yay!

I am also submitting this to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything Goes and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Three deer is better than two

This week I'm playing along with Jingle Belles We Three Kings challenge, to make a Christmas card featuring three of one element. Using the Stampin' Up Carols of Christmas dies, I went with three deer. I planned to do three trees as well, but I liked it better with 4. Two Christmas cards down!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bird Crazy Birthday

I needed a birthday card for a young man and decided the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and dies would fit the beak perfectly (get it?? Beak instead of "bill"...snort!). My inspiration for the layout came from the current Fusion Card Challenge (Happy 4th Anniversary Fusion!), and I played with just the sketch. Here's the sketch:

I flipped the sketch because I thought it worked better since the bird faces left. I colored my bird with Spectrum Noir markers, stitched around the edge of my cardstock and voila!

I am also playing along with Seize the Birthday Anything Goes.