Friday, July 21, 2017

Birthday Shaker Card

I have a sweet friend who's celebrating her birthday today, and she received this card yesterday, so I'm able to share it with you today.
I made the shaker with tulle - it's the easiest way I've found to make a shaker and the best part? It goes through the mail with one stamp! I used Coastal Cabana cardstock, and added some white, aqua and silver sequins to the shaker. The stars were die cut with a SNSS star die set, and the word "happy" is from a SSS die set. The "birthday" sentiment is a SNSS die and I added Nuvo aqua glitter drops to the candle in the word birthday, as well as 2 of the smaller stars. I randomly added more drops around the card as well. 

I'm sharing this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - seeing stars

In addition to my friend celebrating her birthday today, I also have another friend who's celebrating her wedding anniversary today! You both know who you are - I wish you both a fabulous day of celebrating!

Have a great Friday and stay cool if you can! It's going to be another scorcher here today - whew!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thinking of You

The challenge over at the Double D Challenge is to use black, white, and a pop of color. I die-cut a PTI scalloped banner with GinaK Wild Lilac cardstock for my pop of color. I die-cut 2 Darice swirl dies in black and white and placed one over the other, slightly staggering them for a little dimension. The dsp is from a black & white paper pad I bought some time ago that was missing a cover, so I have no idea who made it. I cut 3 fishtail banners with black, and heat-embossed the SNSS sentiment in white ep on the top one. The final touch was to add black and white sequins along with some scattered lavender gemstones.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're staying cool wherever you live. It's sweltering hot here in PA today, so I will be indoors stamping and staying cool!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Masculine Christmas

 I've been having fun with my long-overlooked SNSS grunge borders stamp set that includes a wooden plank, so I stamped a few more kraft card bases to make Christmas cards.  For this one, the wooden background was stamped with a lot of different earthy colored inks to look weathered. I added a hand-cut banner of Cherry Cobbler, with a MFT stitched die-cut panel of vanilla on top. The stag is a die-cut image from Kaisercraft done in Early Espresso card stock. The holly was done with a Poppystamps Stitched holly leaves and berries die set and some green snippets of cardstock. I added a few drops of liquid pearls for the berries and added a Sunny Studio "merry" die cut sentiment, done with mirror gold cardstock. I'll be making several more of these for our male friends this Christmas for sure!

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

 Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #174 - Christmas in July

Little Red Wagon Challenge #403 - Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a grand old Wednesday!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best Friend

It's time for the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge #412 and this week we have an easy one for you.

The theme this week is to use embellishments.

I used strips of dsp from the DCWV Naturals stack and placed them on a kraft card base. I cut some ends with fishtails and some left ends straight. I used a small inchie dog stamp by Inkadinkado and cut it with a GinaMarieDesigns stitched square die, matting with kraft and then black cardstock. My embellishments are those golden nailhead stickers I randomly placed. The sentiment is from CTMH and I used a gold paint pen to fill in the letters of the word "Friend."

I hope you're enjoying the Tuesday Morning Sketches as we celebrate our 8th anniversary this month, because there are some great weekly prizes! There will also be a grand prize awarded to someone who's played along all month. Remember, during this celebration there's not only a sketch to follow, there's also a theme to follow. This week it's to use embellishments.
Please take care to link the card you entered and not just your blog.

You can check my DT members' creations for this challenge by clicking the links below:

Thanks for stopping by and good luck everyone! I wish you a great Tuesday!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas Card

 I found this card on Pinterest and wanted to case it so here's my version.

I pulled out a SNSS grunge borders stamp set I've had for years (and never used) and discovered one stamp that looked like a plank of wood! I used that stamp to make the wooden background by stamping on a kraft card base with different shades of earthy distress inks. Next I hand-cut the red and green banners and added a SB die-cut circle of retired SU! Christmas dsp, placing a strip of stamped kraft cardstock on top. The trees were made by stamping on snippets of red and green with Versamark and a retired SU! flannel background punch, then heat embossed with clear ep. I used a SU! tree punch to cut them and popped them up on foam tape. The "merry" was die cut with vanilla cardstock and a Sunny Studio die. I kept wanting to add more to this card, but ultimately decided to leave it alone and not over-embellish since it has a slight grunge look that I like.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

CHNC #342 - Christmas - optional to use a die cut

CHNC Challenge Extra for July 2017- Christmas anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a great week ahead!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sea You!

"If you want to know how much I love you, count the waves."
Isn't that a great sentiment for a card like this? It's by ODBD and I've had it stamped for a while now, just waiting for the perfect card to pair it with. I used an unbranded die bought on Ebay for this ship, cutting it in 3 shades of blue, red and a tidbit of golden yellow - interchanging negatives to make it more colorful. The background was embossed with a SU! seaside ef, and I added dabs of blue stickles to the waves for a little added sparkle.

I'm sharing this with the Cuttlebug Mania "Sea You" challenge - which has a theme of anything related to the sea/beach/sand, etc.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a fabulous weekend!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink

I played with my Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio ink recently and made a simple thank-you card. The smaller panel was sponged with the ink and splashed with a few droplets of water. After it dried, I die cut it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. The SSS fresh daisies die was cut with white and placed on top. The sentiment panel was cut with a MFT label die and heat-embossed with white using a SU! teeny tiny wishes stamp. The background panel was sponged with ink over a Tim Holtz bubble stencil, and I pierced and distressed the edges, and connected the dots with a fine black marker. The card base was sponged with matching ink around the edges to coordinate with the main panel. The final touch was adding some Nuvo glitter drops here and there for a little sparkle.

I'm sharing this card with the Little Red Wagon challenge #402 which is "thanks bunches."

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plaid Birthday

Today I have a bright and cheerful card that makes use of some of that great Lawn Fawn plaid dsp once again. I used a turquoise card stock base, adding a panel of LF plaid dsp, and a panel of cardstock that was colored with Oxide Distress Cracked Pistachio ink, and splattered with water. I die cut that panel with a stitched postage rectangle, matting it with black. The Happy Birthday dies were cut with both turquoise and black and layered slightly off center to give them a bit of definition. The balloons were done with a MS punch, adding snippets of matching twine for the strings. I added some mini star sequins all around the card to add a little sparkly touch.

I'm sharing this with the Simon Says Wednesday challenge to use "Plaid."

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope your day is the best ever!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July

Hello and happy Tuesday! This week the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge #411 is celebrating Christmas in July along with our weekly sketch challenge.

This week the sketch was designed by our own Debbie Foster and it's an easy one too. Just make a Christmas card using this sketch and enter to win some great prizes!

I flipped the sketch to make a regular side-fold A2 card, using a Santa image by Stampendous. I stamped the image with vintage photo distress ink, and then added some cheek color with chalk and a q-tip and made his eyes blue with a marker. The matted layers used were Cherry Cobbler and Kraft, and the ribbon is by SU! The vanilla background was embossed with a Sizzix Snow Globe ef and the sentiment is from Northwoods.

Be sure to follow the rules, sketch, and theme each week as there are weekly prizes plus a grand prize that will be given away to someone who has participated in each weekly challenge during our anniversary month. Please make sure to link to your card entry, and not just to your blog.

Check out my team member blogs for some great inspiration to get those creative juices flowing, and leave them a little love while you visit :)

I'm going to share my card with Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #341 

Have fun creating and we'll be around to visit real soon! Good luck everyone!

Have yourself a fantastic day!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Another Birthday Card

Here's a card I put together with lots of snippets in red, white and black. I started with a left-over piece of text dsp from a previous cutting, adding a die-cut Cheery Lynn French Lattice in black right on top. The black scalloped circle was in my doo-dad box from a previous cutting and the bow was a die bought from Ebay that was cut from red and white snippets. I found an oval gemstone in my stash and popped it right in the center. The "happy" is a cut done with a SSS die, while the "birthday" is a cut done with a SNSS die. I added a touch of yellow Stickles to the flame that dots the letter "i" in the word birthday. I pulled out a matching red envelope and used another snippet of text paper to cover the flap to make this a matching set!

I'm sharing this with the Snippets Playground for weeks #289 and 290. The only requirement is to use snippets and I've made this mostly from snippets!

Thanks ever so much for stopping by and do have yourself a fabulous Sunday!