Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Merry Christmas Challenge ~ October

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I'm sharing my The Merry Christmas Challenge card for October.  
I truly appreciate this challenge blog because for the first time I have quite a holiday stash so I can get my Christmas cards in the mail without a last minute card making frenzy.

I hope you can see the embossing on this card.  I have so many wonderful embossing folders and I simply don't use them enough.  This is from Crafter's Companion.  All I added was a die cut sentiment by Sizzix and a few sparkly sticker dots.

So, come on over and join our challenge and keep that card stash building!

Friday, October 5, 2018

My Time to Craft ~ Challenge, Use Kraft

Hi Crafty Friends,

We have a fun challenge for you at My Time to Craft.
You must use Kraft paper ~ layer it, die cut it, color or stamp on it ~ your choice!

I decided to try coloring on Kraft using Prisma pencils.  I'm so used to blending with Copic markers so this is a new crafty challenge for me.  I'm finding you can still create depth using lots of colors but it really requires a soft touch.  Once the pencil lead is burnished, no more layering!  I'll definitely have to keep practicing.

Here's my card:

I stamped the image on Kraft using Versafine ink and then began coloring.  The patterned paper is from my stash.  The sentiment is from a BugBites set (she no longer creates stamps) and the ribbon and die is from this month's Paper Door kit from Whimsy stamps.

There is so much you can create using Kraft paper.  My daughter's Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations were done using primarily Kraft.

I hope you'll join us HERE.


Cut it Up Challenge #158 ~ Halloween

Hi Crafty Friends,

Our Cut it Up challenge for this go-round is Halloween.  Our sponsor, The Dreaming Tree, provided us with files of our choice.  If you haven't visited The Dreaming Tree you are missing out on some amazing svg projects!  They are quite unique yet easy to cut and there is a video tutorial available for each project.  I've created this large 3D Boxed card.  I love it and it was really quite easy.

It measures 5.5 x 9.5 and folds to fit a 7.5 x 10" envelope which comes with the file.  Isn't this a great take on the dimensional box card.  Here it's lighted from behind (there is a cut out) with a pot light.

You can see the dimensional layers a little better from this angle.

and from the side.  I use AC cardstock for the solid colors and Authentique for the patterned paper.
The sentiment is from BugBites (no longer available). 

We can't wait to see your Halloween projects.  Follow the link above for a chance to win a gift certificate to The Dreaming Tree.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Cut it Up Challenge Blog ~ FALL BLOG HOP

Hi Crafty Friends!

Welcome to Cut it Up Challenge Blog's

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If you've arrived from Leslie's blog, you're in the right place. 
 If you get lost along the way,
you'll find the complete line up at the bottom of this post.

I hope you enjoy our Fall inspiration projects.  Here's mine:

I've had this pumpkin frame for a very long time.  When I received my Crafter's Companion Subscription box - Quilling, I decided that this would be a fun project to show off the quilled flowers made from the kit.
I die cut the leaves using a La La Land Crafts die, but the flowers are all from the CC quilling dies.  It's rather addictive and I've already ordered more dies!

Now it's time for you to hop along to the next blog post by the talented KATRINA.

Be sure to leave comments and follow each blog along the way for a chance to win gift certificates from our sponsors:

SVG Attic 
Prize: $15 gift code 

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Here's the entire line up:
Cut it Up -

Vinita -

Treva -

Michelle -

Leslie -

Katrina -
Katie -

Gerda -

Evelyn -

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Thanks for hopping!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

DT Spotlight for Kitty Bee Designs

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my day to share my DT Spotlight project for Kitty Bee Designs.

I'm such a fan of Doodlebug Designs patterned papers.  They are always so bright and happy.  Making a card using them just makes me smile.

I think the papers are perfect for this adorable kitty and the "Happy Bird-Day" sentiment.

The Kitty Bee and Friend Digital stamp can be found HERE.
The sentiment stamp is from Jaded Blossom's "Birds of a Feather,"

I'll see you on the 4th Friday of October for my next Kitty Bee Spotlight.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Always Fun Challenge #77 ~ Anything Goes

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today's Always Fun Challenge is Anything Goes.

As many of you know (through my blog posts) this month was wedding month for our daughter.  She was married on September 9.  Two of her favorite people were unable to attend because of illness so I wanted to make them "Thinking of You" cards.  I am fortunate enough to live close to a scrapbook store that has monthly trunk shows for La La Land Crafts.  Along with her fabulous products, Irina also offers a make and take.  This card was inspired by one of those.  All of the dies and stamp are from La La Land Crafts.

Sadly, this will be my final project for the Always Fun Challenge Blog.  I've really enjoyed sharing my weekly designs and appreciate Amy and how well she organizes and supports her design teams.  I hope you'll continue to join the weekly challenges.  
I'm cutting back on some of my teams - there are so many techniques I want to try and ideas floating in my head.  I plan on taking some time to just PLAY in my craft room!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Aloha Friday Challenge ~ Mid Inspiration

Hi Crafty Friends,

This is your mid inspiration reminder that there is still time to join the
Aloha Friday Challenge for Kitty Bee Designs.

This challenge is Kiddy Cards and our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, provided this image.

I CASED this design idea from GiGi, a designer for Jaded Blossom.  She made a set of baby shower invitations using 3 different JB stamp sets.  I thought it was so clever so I decided this image would lend itself well for a Pizza Party Invitation.  I colored with Copic markers and added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen accents.  

You still have almost two weeks to join in our challenge so please follow the link above.  Can't wait to see your creation.


My Time to Craft ~ Food and Drink Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

We're sharing food and drink creations for this challenge at My Time to Craft.

I have a weakness for foo foo coffee drinks so I love the Coffee Dies from Jaded Blossom.  I also love Doodlebug Designs theme papers so I really enjoyed making this card.

I think this sentiment from JB's Coffee Break is perfect partner for the Cutplorations Oh frap! die.

I hope you'll play along with this challenge.  Just follow the MTTC link above.



Cut it Up Challenge #157

Hi Crafty Friends,
We are sharing bags or boxes for Cut it Up Challenge #157.
Our wonderful sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, provided files for us to use in this challenge.  I chose to use Regina's FRY BOX file.  I'm using the plain fry box so that I could decorate it in any style.  Since I just purchased a giant bag of mini candy bars I decided to make a Halloween treat box.
I used several dies from LaLa Land Crafts for the Halloween embellishments and then added a Jaded Blossom sentiment from the "Pick Your Poison" set stamped onto a JB Word Bubble.
Follow the link above to join in our Bags or Boxes challenge.

Coming on September 28!!  You won't want to miss it.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Always Fun Challenge #76 ~ Fall Colors

Hi Crafty Friends,

For today's Always Fun Challenge, we're sharing projects using fall colors.

I have had this Penny Black stamps for a very long time and never got around to using it.  I needed to make a sympathy card so I decided that the stamp would be the focus.  I stamped on water color paper and used my Zig Clean Color brush pens to color.  I think the branch die cut finished the card nicely.

I hope you'll join in our challenge by following the link above.

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