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Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Sketch-Inspired Twofer

Hi, everybody! Hope it's been a great weekend.

As Darnell would say, I have a twofer for you tonight. Both were inspired by the current My Favorite Things sketch.

My first card was also inspired by the current Shopping Our Stash Transportation Challenge. And, since this card has a CAS design and a thank you sentiment, I'm going to share it over at the current CAS-ual Fridays Gratitude with Attitude Challenge.

So, without further ado, here's card #1.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake and  chocolate chip cardstock; SU vellum
MFT up in the air images, coordinating dies, and sentiment
SU banner punch; Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies
MFT images stamped in Distress Ink walnut stain and colored with Prismacolor pencils
vellum and banner inked with DI Oxides (broken china and peacock feathers)
embossing with Versamark and SU copper powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen
This little card is probably going to Nationwide Children's... to be given to (or from) an older patient. So, I tried to go with a palette that is gender neutral, maybe even skewing to a masculine aesthetic.

I loved this sketch so much that I also decided to use it for an upcoming relative's birthday card. Since I haven't used MFT products here, I won't be sharing it over at MFT.

But, since a Paper Smooches die was used to create the focal point, I'll share it over at the PS Monthly Challenge.

Crate Paper farmhouse dp; SU tranquil tide and cherry cobbler cardstock
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 stamp and dies
Simon Says you matter sentiment, embossed with Versamark and Recollections gold powder
SU linen thread; SU banner punch; SU stitched square dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

So, this card will be going to a relative who has an early December birthday... but doesn't want Christmas-y birthday gifts or cards. So, I went with an autumn palette and am hoping she likes this one.

Parting Thoughts

Penny is our hostest with the mostest this month over at Words 2 Craft By. There's still time to play along... and Penny's offering up a prize for this challenge's winner. Hope you'll find a little time to play along.
Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!   :)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

SAS4Kids: Anything Goes 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new SAS4Kids Challenge.

It's Anything Goes 4 Kids these next few weeks! Hooray!!!

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge. All Dressed Up Stamps is awarding two digis (of her/his choice) to a randomly chosen participant, and Die-Versions is awarding a $15 gift certificate to another randomly chosen participant.

I used a sweet little ice skater from All Dressed Up to make a card that could be given during the holiday season or later in the winter. When coloring, I used some soft winter colors to complement the delicate image. And, I tried to use a really light touch when coloring so I wouldn't lose any of the beautiful details.

All Dressed Up digital image, colored with Prismacolor pencils
Neenah Soler white; Doodlebug polar pals dp; Simon Says and Distress Ink coordinating cardstocks
background: inked in Distress Ink broken china, applied with Ranger blending tool
ice: heat embossed with Versamark and Hampton Arts clear glittery powder
sentiment: Winnie & Walter and SSS You Matter stamps, heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies; Lawn Fawn snowflake dies, brushed with Wink of Stella
adhesives: Scotch ATG; sticky dot paper; Zig 2-way glue pen

Stop by SAS4Kids to check out the other gals' creations, and then stop back by to link up a card or two of your own. See you in the SAS4Kids gallery!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

All Things Autumn

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a good weekend.

It was a banner day here. I solved the entire Sunday crossword. (Hooray for me!) And, I packed up and mailed a huge box of SAS4Kids for the patients at Nationwide Children's. (Hooray for the kids, and huge thanks to our wonderful card makers!)

Today's cards were inspired by two challenges.
SOS Autumn Color Palette

  • The first of these is the current Shopping Our Stash Autumn Color Challenge. I just adore fall colors, and couldn't resist the excuse to play with some gorgeous Bo Bunny papers. 
  • The second challenge is the Typography Card Challenge over at Cards in Envy. You'll see I made three cards. However, I think only the one with the yellow ribbon is flat enough to meet CIE requirements. (And, speaking of that yellow ribbon... It is Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon that was dyed with mustard seed, scattered straw, and dried apricot Distress Inks. Don't you just love the way it turned out?!) 

Stampin' Up! early espresso cardstock; Bo Bunny Farmer's Market dp
CTMH stamp, heat embossed using Versamark and Recollections gold powder
Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon, dyed with mustard seed, scattered straw,, and dried apricot Distress Inks
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots

The only difference in supplies used for the middle and right cards shown in the first pic are:
  • SU copper embossing powder, SU cherry cobbler cardstock, and Really Reason Ribbon ribbon used for middle card, and
  • SU cherry cobbler ribbon used on the right card.
This Bo Bunny paper really is gorgeous, and the metallic embossed text couldn't be any prettier. To achieve a nice result, I embossed each banner at least two times. And, when needed, touched up using a Versamark pen. 

Parting Thoughts

If you have a chance to play with paper in the next couple of weeks, consider playing along with us at Words 2 Craft By. The uber talented Penny Ward is hosting... and is offering a Crafter's Companion prize!     
Have a great week! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Hi, everyone!

Hope the week has gone well... and quickly. Also hope you're nice and warm. It's pretty chilly here... and getting cold.

Today's Card: A Forest Feast

Today's card was inspired by two challenges: the current Sketch Saturday sketch and a Shopping Our Stash color challenge. Since the current Simon Says Monday Challenge has a Thanks/Thanksgiving theme, I'm also going to share my card there.


So, here are a few critters that will be headed to Nationwide Children's Hospital next week.  :)

Bo Bunny farmer's market dp
SU cherry cobbler, Recollections and Neenah Soler white, stash colored cardstocks
Lawn Fawn forest friends images and sentiment, stamped in Versamark onyx black
images colored with Prismacolor pencils
SU/Sizzix embossing folder; SU cherry cobbler ribbon
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots; SU mini dimensionals

I chose the paper and pencil colors based on the SOS colors. I topped the scene off with a big cherry cobbler bow in place of the star element on the sketch. Although the bow kind of hides the right edge of the feast scene, the edge is curved... as shown in the sketch. I promise!

Thankful Thursday

It's been quite a while since I've made a Thankful Thursday post, but it's not been for a lack of blessings. We're back from six weeks at our Hilton Head villa, and our time away was just wonderful. 
  • Turns out our little Brody loves walking the beach as much as we do -- in spite of picking up those pesky burrs in his paws.
  • It was wonderful catching up with our island neighbors, and we gals had a fabulous girls' day out one glorious, sunny afternoon.
  • About 1,000 trick or treaters attended the island's downtown Halloween event. Really! And, I was so thankful to just be dropping by for a quick look.
  • The local indie art theater ran some great movies, and the popcorn was as yummy as ever.
  • Our favorite ice cream shop still had ice cream and yogurt options.
  • The island SU demonstrator held a couple of fun events.
  • The evening book club provided a fun conversation with familiar faces.
  • I found some great finds for our LFL at the Friends of the Library Bookstore.
  • And, I was really excited to get to volunteer at a couple library kid Halloween events. Pumpkin Decorating, Anyone?
Parting Thoughts

A new challenge started up yesterday at Words 2 Craft By. Hope you'll have a chance to play along. Penny's hosting this challenge.... and her card is AMAZING!

Have a nice weekend, As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

W2CB #47: Our Cup Runneth Over

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By challenge!

This month's W2CB challenge is hosted by uber-talented Penny. Penny suggested this month's words, which come from Psalm 23:5... and are perfect for a season of thanksgiving.

My cup runneth over.  

There are so many ways to go with this one. I immediately thought of a pre-colored Dollar Graphics Depot digi image in my stash that could make a great shaker card for the SAS4Kids holiday box headed to Nationwide Children's.

Dollar Graphics Depot on Neenah Soler white
Stampin' Up! black and sweet sugarplum cardstock; Recollections paddywack dp
shaker fill: assorted beads, sequins and snowflakes
MFT double stitched STAX rectangle and Paper Smooches bow die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

How about sharing your interpretation of these words over with us at W2CB for a chance to win a prize? That's right! In addition to hosting, Penny is offering up a prize, and details can be found at Words 2 Craft By.

See you in the W2CB Gallery!  :)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

SAS4Kids: Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the first Saturday of the month, which means its time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. These next two weeks, we're looking for Happy Holidays 4 Kids!

We are thrilled to have two great sponsors for this challenge. One randomly selected participant will receive a $10 gift certificate from Little Blue Button, and a second participant will receive a $20 gift certificate from Stampendous.
A beautiful digi from Little Blue Button was the inspiration for my card. I was a little concerned about coloring this delicate little gal and her snowperson. But, I'm pretty pleased with the way this card turned out. I'm hoping it brings a big smile to a little one at Nationwide Children's.  :)

Little Blue Button Miss Lily and the Snowman digital image
Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! black cardstock; DCWV glitter matstacks
image colored with Prismacolor pencils
background inked in Distress Oxide broken china, applied with Ranger blending tool
Simon Says cute snowflakes sentiment in Versamark onyx black, and snowflakes heat embossed in SU white powder
Lawn Fawn snowflake dies; MFT rectangular STAX dies; Spellbinders Nestabilities and SU circle dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

As the weather starts feeling Christmas-y, it's the perfect time to hibernate in a craft space and make some kiddie holiday cards.

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see all the DT's fabulous creations, and then stop back to link up a card or two of your own.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sparkles Christmas: More than One Fold

Hi, everyone! It's the first of the month... which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas challenge!

This month's theme was chosen by Jane, and is a such a clever idea. Jane's challenge is to use more than one fold.

I was inspired to resurrect a clever semi-circle fold that I CASE-ed a few years ago from an Operation Write Home tutorial.

stash white cardstock; Distress Ink peeled paint cardstock
tree: Echo Park Christmas this and that dp; stash red dp
Stampin' Up! good greetings sentiment; heat embossed with Versamark and Recollections gold powder
gold accents: heat embossed using Versamark pen and Recollections gold powder
tree star: Lawn Fawn snowflake die; SU oval die
Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way pen

Hope you'll visit us at Sparkles Christmas to see the amazing cards made by the other Sparkles gals, including new DTers Cheryl and Lynne. You'll see they used lots of creative folds on their cards. Very pretty, very creative! Then stop back by and link up a card/project of your own. We'd love to see your multi-fold creations!