Saturday, April 15, 2017

An Easter Card

Hi, there!  It's the day before Easter.  This past 2 weeks, I have been quite busy making Easter cards for my family.  Usually, I only send a few.  But this year I decided to include my sisters and other adult family members - nieces and nephews.  I made a few duplicate cards to make it a bit easier for me.  Here's one that went to our grandson:

The image and sentiment are from Sunny Studio. Finally, I have the word "grandson" in a stamp set.  I sponged the background with Distress Ink.  The eggs are colored with Spectrum Noirs and then fussy cut.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a shadow under the egg carton.  This is a quick and easy card.

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamps:  The Good Egg (from Sunny Studio); Shadows (from Paper Smooches)
Shadow:  Paper Smooches 
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Wet Cement, Broken China Distress Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LG1, 2; PL1, 2; CR1, TB1; LY1, 2; HB1, IG1, 2

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #298 - Easter

Our challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog this month has an Easter theme.  You'll want to click over to the blog and see the inspiration from our DT.  We hope you join the challenge so you have a chance to win a cool prize.
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To qualify for the prize, you must use at least one Cricut cut on your project.  If it's not obvious, please tell us which cartridge you used.  If you use a Cricut Explore, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.  And if your project is not a card, you will get two entries in the prize drawing.

I made a clean and simple card as is my usual style. This was fun to make and took very little time.

I'm making more Easter cards this year than I have in past years.  I will make multiples of some cards, something I don't do a lot.  But I need to keep it simple and time is definitely running out to get cards in the mail.  I'm looking forward to sending more happy mail than usual.  Do you send lots of cards for Easter?

All the cuts were made from snippets of paper I had in my scrap basket.  I just hate to throw away card stock and DP.  The clouds were actually cut years ago and saved!  How's that for being thrifty?  (Thrifty sounds better than hoarding - LOL!)

Cricut Cartridges:  Welcome Spring (umbrella); Art Philosophy (eggs); Artbooking (grass); Artiste (clouds)
Stamps:  Sunny Studio (A Good Egg)
Inks:  Broken China Distress Ink; Close to My Heart (Pear)
Card Stock:   Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

613 Avenue Create #196-Anything Goes-Option Spring

It's April and Spring!  This month at 613 Avenue Create we've added the option of Spring Has Sprung to our Anything Goes Challenge.  I'm so happy the season has changed, and the weather is improving for the moment, at least where I am .  The days are longer and the sun seems brighter.  All in all, Spring puts me in a happy mood.

I've made an Easter card for this month.  Usually, I only make a few Easter cards.  This year, I've decided to make more for family and friends.  Here's my first:

I actually colored the sweet little bunny for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge  (which just ended) and put her away until now.  This is something totally new for me.  I have never colored images in advance of making a card.  I rather like going into my special box and pulling out an already colored image.  I believe I'll do more of it in the future.  Thanks to Kathy R, I have a stash of colored images - yay!!

Of course, I used my Spectrum Noirs.  I lightly chalked the area around the image and rounded the corners.  I used a stencil to create the background with Distress Ink.  I inked up the sentiment and adhered it.  Finally I added some sequins.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LV1; LY 1, 2 & 3; PL1 &2; BG1, 2 &3; PP1; FS6 &8; DG3
Stamps:  Close to My Heart Sensational Season (bunny) & Say It in Style (sentiment) - both retired
Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Sequins:  My stash
Stencil:  Heidi Swapp

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 30!!!

Yippee!!!  This is the final day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I made it through!!  It was both easier and harder than I thought it would be.  I still have a lot to learn about coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers, but I've learned that I learn best through using them.  How about that?!  There are definitely some color combos that I need to work on blending.  The lighter shades are easier than the dark ones.  I know paper matters greatly. So do inks. And, of course, I need new and more stamps to color - LOL!!

I discovered this darling free digital image of peeps for Easter  (here). I have wanted a stamp of peeps for ages, and somehow never got around to ordering one.  I added the bow tie.  It's from a Waffle Flower set called Congrats.

I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone to take part in Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I had my ups and downs, but overall I truly enjoyed it.  I do feel that my skills are improving.  I'm determined to keep getting better. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 29

So today is day 29 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I colored some images from a Recollections stamp set that is years old.  I used another robot in this set once, I think.  Other than that, the set has just been on a shelf, unused.  I have been seeing the galaxy background on blogs which brought these images to mind.  I'd like to give that a try and use my space images.

These small images were cute and fun.  I definitely want to do something with them.  One more day to go, folks!!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 28

This darling little bunny in a tea cup is a free digi from Craftin' Desert Divias that I picked up a couple of days ago.  I'm not sure if it's still free, but you can check the site.  It's called Bunny Latte.  Isn't it the cutest thing?  I have entered it in Day 28 at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge - yippee!

I used my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut it out after dusting around the image with yellow chalk.  I just laid it atop the snippet of paper in order to take the picture. I believe the paper is digital paper that I used on another project some years back.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 27

These little flowers are my Day 27 project for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  They are part of a Sizzix/Graphic 45 set that includes a tea pot, tea cup and a spoon with matching dies for all.  The set was a gift from my son a few years ago.  I've used the teapot stamp before, but never the flowers.

I will use the dies to cut out these flowers and make a card.  I'll be sure to show you when I do.  I hope you're able to do some crafting and/or coloring today.  Make it a great one!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 26

Welcome to my Day 26 post for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I had a very busy day, so I am very grateful to have gotten a chance to color a bit tonight.  For a while, I thought I might not make it!

I colored two small images from a Recollections set.  There are matching dies for the flamingo and pineapple.  I just finished coloring them a little while ago, and I'll be darned if I can find the set now to tell you the name.  What's up with that?!

I can see myself working with these images more.  It's a cute set and will make some fun cards.  I hope you have a good week.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 25 - Amazing!!  I colored some Easter images for today.  The stamps are retired Close to My Heart.  They're small, but perfect for the season.

I must go now.  Our grandnieces are spending the night with us, and I'm dancing tomorrow.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 24

Welcome to my Day 24 project for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Wow, it will be all over in just under a week.  Amazing!  I chose a digital rose from a free site.  I'm sorry, but again, I don't know exactly where I got it, but I do know it was free.  I apologize to the artist.

This image has a lot of shading already, making it easy to color.  I cut it out with a Sizzix die so it is ready to pop on a card base.  Love it!!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 23

I'm here to show you my Day 23 project at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  This time I used a Close to My Heart stamp that is retired.  After using my Spectrum Noirs, I cut it out with a Tim Holtz die, dusted it with chalk while it was still in the die, then mounted it on another cut from the same die set.  It's card ready.  I just have to decide what kind of card it will become.

I hope you're having a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 22

Hi, Crafty Friends!  Greetings from me and my little sock monkey friend.  I had this digi image for years and do not know where I got it.  I apologize for not saving it properly with the name and/or artist. I think it's adorable and colored it for a little girl.

We don't have many days left to the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  It's hard to believe how far we've come!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 21

I did a small amount of coloring for Day 21 of the 30 Day Color Challenge.  These are images from Fawn Lawn's Baked with Love set.  I think I've had this set about 2 years.  This is my first time inking any of the delightful stamps.  Again, these small images presented a bit of a problem for me.  But I like how they turned out, although I had to color the mixer twice before I got it to my liking.

I think this images are so cute and fun.  I look forward to making a card with them.  Enjoy your day!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 20

Another day, another colored image - it's Day 20!  This time I completed a card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I love to line dance so this is a favorite image of mine by Robert Jackson.  It's called Doing the Wobble.  The image actually depicts a number of ladies dancing, but I fussy cut the dancer in front since I had made a card with the entire group previously.  This card will go to a line dance friend for her birthday. 

I'm going to enter this card in a few other challenges also. 

Cardstock:  Recollections 110 lb (white) and 60 lb (black)
DP:  My stash
Spectrum Noir Markers:  TB4, 5; PP1, 2; PL1, 2; IG4,
Copic Marker:  E35
Rhinestones:  My stash
Sentiment:  Computer generated

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 19

This 30 Day Coloring Challenge is amazing.  I'm checking in with Day 19!  I colored an image using a Rubber Necker stamp I've had for years.  I bought it at a stamp show because I really liked it.  But then I realized I should color it.  I was intimated so never used it.  I decided to it was about time to step up and break out my Spectrum Noirs.

I think she is so pretty!  I would love to wear an outfit like that on a summer day.  But no matter how hot it is, I don't do sleeveless any more - LOL!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

30 Coloring Challenge Day 18


It's Saturday, and time for Day 18 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  These little fish images are from a Recollections set I purchased many years ago and, you know what's coming:   I never used it before.  I'm finding smaller images are difficult for me to color because they are small.  But these fish will make a cute card after I fussy cut them and design a scene.

I wasn't as successful at shading as I wanted to be, but overall I'm satisfied.  And I'll just keep on keeping on.

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