Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Pearly Sparkles February Challenge ~ Have a Heart/Love

Hi Crafty Friends,

Time for a new Pearly Sparkles challenge.
Our February challenge is "Have a Heart/Love".  It's open for your interpretation.

Here's my design team project.

I used a mini stencil that was in the Spellbinders Advent Calendar and added hearts instead of flowers.  All of the hearts were in my die cut stash.  The sentiment with matching die cut is from Jaded Blossom.

I stenciled on Spellbinders card stock using Pinkfresh Studio inks.

I hope you'll play along with us this month.  Just link your project using the link above.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Cut it Up Challenge #296 ~ This Makes Me Happy

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm sharing my DT project for the second Cut it Up challenge of 2024.

We had so much fun with the "This Makes Me Happy" theme last year so we're doing it again.
It's truly an open-ended challenge and allows our blog followers a chance to get to know us a little better.

So what makes me happy???  Duh, cardmaking, of course!  I especially love making special cards for my favorite people when they are celebrating a special occasion.

This is a birthday card for my daughter.  She is a gnome lover and drives a black Infinity.
Jaded Blossom's gnome dies and add ons and their newest CAR die set were the perfect products to use for the special card.  It made me very happy to create it.

I hope you'll play along and let us know what makes YOU happy!

Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ Sketch 41, Project 2

Hi Crafty Friends,

There are still a few more days to enter our BYSH January challenge using sketch #41.

Entries should be uploaded to the Sketch 41 album in our Facebook group HERE.
If you don't want to enter the sketch challenge, you are invited to simple share your Christmas/winter projects on the main FB page.  We love getting new ideas for our holiday cardmaking.

Here's my second project using sketch 41.

I used Jaded Blossom's Holly Berries stencils for the background and Altenew's Birds of the season layering stamp and die sets, and Altenew inks for the wreath and bird.  

Here's the sketch we're using for the challenge.  It's only a suggestion which you can adapt for your own project.

For more Sketch #41 inspiration please visit the BYSH blog HERE.

Friday, January 12, 2024

Cut it Up Challenge #295 ~ A New Year

Hi Crafty Friends,

Hard to believe that my second year as owner of Cut it Up Challenges has begun.
For this challenge we're celebrating A New Year.
The challenge is to use a NEW crafty tool, technique, idea, etc.

Hubby gave me money for Christmas so I bought the Glimmer Hot Foil system.

Here's my first attempt at hot foiling.

This foil plate came with the system.  The sentiment was made using the Betterpress system.  I love the gold foil and white combination so I was pleased with how this turned out.  I did the cutting and scoring using my new We R Memory Keepers All - in - One Tool.  I could have also used the tool to make the matching envelope but this is a standard A2 card so I have ready-made ones.

You can add your NEW project to the CIU blog.
Something new this year at CIU:  we will be sharing our TOP CUTS (DT's faves from all of the entries) on our Cut it Up Facebook page HERE.

You'll also want to visit the blog to welcome our four new designers.

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 5, 2024

Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers ~ Sketch Challenge #41 January 2024

Hi Crafty Friends,

New month, new sketch challenge at BYSH.

The challenge is open all month.  To be eligible for the prize, you must enter your card in our Facebook album for Sketch 41.

Here's my first project using an adorable image and fun papers from LaLa Land Crafts.

Here's this month's sketch for your inspiration.

I hope you'll play along with us.


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A Holiday Thank You

Hi Crafty Friends,

Now that the holidays are over it's time to send thank you cards to the people who made our Christmas special.  I have a set of Rae Dunn cards (my other obsession, a close second to crafting,) but I also wanted to send some handmade cards as well.

Lil Red Wagon's challenge is What's New? so I used some new crafty goodies to create my card.

I used a new stencil set from Jaded Blossom, Holly Berries.  The sentiment is a Jaded Blossom die set.  I cut two outlines and offset them slightly.  I used my new Pinkfresh Studio inks for the stenciling and cut and scored the card base and mats using my new We R Memory Keepers All-in-one tool.

I'm also entering 
Simon Says: Something New
The Crafty Addicts: Anything Goes

Having my own challenge blog (Cut it Up Challenge Blog) has kept me busy to the point of not being able to enter other challenges.  My goals for this new year are to use more of my crafty goodies and share my makes in other challenges.  Wish me luck!

Happy New Year

Monday, January 1, 2024

Pearly Sparkles January 2024 Challenge ~ Clean and Simple

Hi Crafty Friends,
Happy New Year 2024.

I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season.  Ours was full of family, friends, and so much food!!!
I guess I wasn't ready for the new year because I completely forgot to write my post for the
Pearly Sparkles January Challenge - ugh!  I think I'll blame it on my advanced age or too much food and family over the holiday.  
Well, here it is.  Our challenge for January is Clean and Simple.

I stenciled the leaves onto Betterpress paper using inks and a layered stencil from Pinkfresh Studio.
Then I ran the paper through my Platinum 6 using my Betterpress system and a press plate from Spellbinders.  I used Ranger Archival ink for the pressing.  I'm going to make more using different color palettes. 
I hope you'll play along with us.


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