Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016 Happy Birthday

OK - there is a story behind this card - f or my great granddaughters birthday I made her (Bella) her Mom and Bella's doll I made matching aprons from the above fabric.  I photo copied the fabric for the main dp on the card.  Then my bestie had a die with the apron which I used to cut the apron, but wait you say - yes I reduced the size of the print of the fabric and cut the apron and mitts out.  The Happy Birthday is also cut out of the smaller print.  To go with the birthday present I got a Mom and Me Cook book and some kid size measuring cups, spoons, timer etc.  I am thinking this will be a hit.

Here are the aprons:

Challenges:     Fresh Brewed Blog - oh so girly

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 25, 2016 Big Smile

Cuteness is the only word I can think of to describe this bunny with his camera.  This image is a digi from Gerda Steiner Cheese Please.  Love the whimsy of her images which is my general style although I am trying to go beyond the "box" - wait no that is to think out of the box.  I had some camera DP from DCWV and washi tape so I used that in my layout to match the Sketch Saturday challenge.  Colored the bunny with copics,  cut the bunny circle out with my new wonky stitched circles, (love them)cut the big and smile out  with dies and this is the end result.  Challenge:
     Share your Design challenge - use a Gerda Stein image
      Sketch Saturday - follow sketch

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016 Thinking of You

Thinking of You 

So Happy to See you Stopped By for the Sketch Challenge at 

I chose to use this darling bear stamp 701K - Belle and sentiment 1105E.   Is she not just the cutest? 
My sweet great granddaughter has been sick so this card is already in the mail to her.  I colored the bear with my copics then paper pieced her dress and hat (white velvet paper) and her lush jacket with (red velvet paper).  I had a pad of burlap CS in my stash as well as the buttons, and bling. 


Come join us this week at The House that Stamp Built challenge following the above sketch and you could win $25 in stamps from Repeat Impressions.  

Go take a peek at what my DT buddies created using this fun sketch:
     Cheri      Deonna    Joy     Karen     Kathy     Heather   and  Patti     


                        Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
                        Our Crafty Corner - anything goes 
                        Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
                        Creative Craft Cottage - use pearls. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016 Curtain Card

I have been wanting to make a "curtain card" or drape card for a while now but finally found some instructions that came out right.  One of my BFF's Donna  came for an overnight of crafting and fun last week and this was my birthday card for her.  Of course when our other BFF Patti  joined us WE had to make another one.  For this card I used some SU DP that I had stashed, the flower is an AMuse Die that has been discontinued and the button was in my button box.  I will post my male version in a couple of days.                 Challenges:
     Brown Sugar - anything goes
     Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
     QKR Stampede - lots of layers

Friday, February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016 Curtain Card Male Version

A few days ago I posted my "female" version using the curtain fold, well I think this one works perfectly for a male card, with the word grain background - which I made - may have to do a tutorial on that soon.  Words cut out using a die and the twine added the perfect male touch to this card.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016 Photo Inspiration at The House that Stamps Built


Today I have some exciting news to share - this is my first "creation" for Repeat Impressions DT,  I am so excited to have been asked to be a part of this amazing group.  First of all I love the stamps, and oh my there are so many to pick from.  This weeks challenge was this photo inspiration.

 You must go to Repeat Impressions site and look around.  Here are the stamps I used for my

card.    Big Boys Toys:   9117-F Dreams Take Flight and 91114-I Heart Air Balloon.

I choose to do a a watercolor wash and a simple heart air balloon and sentiment for my interruption of the above photo.
It is challenge day at  The House that Stamps Built and the theme for this week is our beautiful photo inspiration.  Please join us in our challenge and get creative.  

Check out my sidebar to see how you can save money on your RI orders!

Now, it's time to see what my DT friends have created!

Cheri    Deonna    Joy     Karen    Kathy    Heather   Patti 

Happy Hopping

Monday, February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016 Jump Rope Bunny

This Jump Rope Bunny is a digi from Gerda Steiner and he is just too cute and whimsical - which I really love to work with.  Colored him with my Prisma colored pencils and OMS after watching a video on shading with colored pencils.  I have a ways to go but it did have some good tips.  Since this was a spring image in my mind I had some strips from Paper Studio and some cute sequins from SSS in my stash.  Didn't put a sentiment on him yet as I am not sure who I am going to send this too,  
           Gerda Steiner monthly progressive challenge - use this image
           Sketch Challenge - follow sketch 
           Just keep on creating - anything goes
           Crafting with Friends - anything goes

Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 Congrats

Made this card for dear granddaughter who is so talented, sweet, smart, and loving.  She won a gold medal in a music contest in South Bend IN. this past weekend with her piano solo.  Did I say how proud of her I am??  She LOVES Starbucks and her mom told me she had used up her Christmas gift cards so I got her a Starbucks gift card to put with her special card.  Gerda Steiner stamp - love this set - so versatile and fun, had the music note stamp on my shelf, cs and doily from AMuse Studio and the sentiment cut out with a die.  On the inside I had some "music" note washi tape.  Got to get this in the mail tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

February 9, 2016 Punch Puppy Dogs

Are these not just adorable???  As most of you know I am a total pet lover- we have 3 dogs and a princess calico cat that share our home.  I was thinking of a shaped card for a DT I am on so I looked around Pinterest and saw these darling puppy dogs made entirely with heart punch (or spellbinders dies) and circles,  and decided I had to make a couple just for FUN.  The one on the left is the one I cased and the one on the right reminds me of our #1 dog Bella.  My hubby calls her big red ugly dog , but she really isn't.  So get out your punches, glue and make one of these cuties.  Challenges:
     Craftin Desert Divas - Hearts
     Cuttlebug Mania - Kids cards
     ABC Challenge - Animals

Saturday, February 06, 2016

February 6, 2016 Lawn Fawn Hedgehogs

die cut 

I love the little Lawn Fawn clear sets with dies, this card is using the Lawn Fawn Hedgehogs and the XOXO die cut letters again from lawn Fawn.  These little critters are so stinkin cute and I can see other uses than Valentines cards.  I used an embossing folder for the embossed candy hearts, then cut out a scallop and plain heart using Spellbinder dies.  The hedgehogs come with an available die set extra.  I "tried" to add a bit of interest using some gold string but....not sure about that extra touch.
          Brown Sugar - Valentine/Love
          Simply Create Too - Valentine
          4 Craft Chicks - Valentine

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

February 3, 2016 Heavy Friends Valentine

I love this darling elephant, he has so many possibilities and he is available HERE and I know he will be used often.  The scattered hearts come with the set and it looks like he is tooting them out of his trunk.  Added some Valentine papers that I had in my stash as well as a cute red doily.  Can't send one to great granddaughter without sending to great grandson Carter.  

Monday, February 01, 2016

February 1, 2016 Shaped Cards

This month over at House of Cards Blog we the challenge is SHAPED CARDS and I immediately thought of this card that I had originally made years ago - I'm talking years.  Not only is the pattern old but the stamp set is one of my favorite that I had when I was with TAC which is now out of business but you can use any bird scene on this card.  I paper pieced the blue bird and then stamped an extra piece just below his tail and popped it up just a little to give it some extra dimension.  Colored the flowers and butterfly with copic markers, stickle for the center of the cherry blossoms and some wood grain DP as trim on the bird house.  I also stenciled in some fluffy clouds.  A pertty pink bow and a "think spring" sentiment and this card is in my basket for the first of my springtime cards.  So get your creative ideas going (there are a lot of Pinterest also), and com play along with us at House of Cards Challenge this month.     Challenges:
     MFP Stamps - anything goes
     Crafty Friends - animal or bird
     A Gem of a challenge - use pink
     Brown Sugar Challenge - anything goes
     Crafting with Friends - anything goes
     Creative Fingers - anything goes
     Just add Ink - Nature
     Simon Says Stamps - anything goes