Saturday, January 13, 2018

It's 2018!

This is my first post of 2018.  Life just got in the way of my posting until now, so I'm wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year.  We are having bouts of extreme cold here in the South as are other regions.  Just keeping warm has practically turned into a job.  But at least today the sun is out and temperatures are reasonable for our area.  We'll see what happens tomorrow.

If you haven't already seen it, my blog buddy Darnell has put together an amazing team for a new blog challenge:  Twofer Card Challenge.  The concept is to create two separate cards using the same stamps or dies.  It's a lesson in stretching your supplies and adding to your stash all at the same time. I decided to join in and here's what I came up with:


I created a Valentine card and an anniversary card, which puts me ahead of the game since Valentine's Day is next month and our anniversary is in October.  I heat embossed the Valentine and stamped the anniversary card.

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Card Stock:  Michael's Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamps:  Fresh Squeezed Stamps Tickle My Fancy (company now closed)
Valentine Card:  Sizzix Embossing Folder, Stampendous white embossing powder
Anniversary Card:  Hero Arts Tide Pool ink; enamel hearts, my stash

Twofer Card Challenge - January - Feathers

Valentine Card only:  CAS on Sunday#124 - Love or Valentine's Day

Anniversary Card only:  Word Art Wednesday #316-317 - Anything Goes

It now occurs to me that I perhaps should have posted separate pictures of the cards in addition to the picture of them together as required by the Twofer Challenge.  I will next time.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Plaid Christmas Card

Christmas is in two days!  I managed to get all my Christmas cards done.  I usually don't follow trends in terms of new stamps, but something about all the plaids I'm seeing really made me want a plaid stamp.  I am so glad I purchased it.  I can see myself using it a lot.  Here's my card:

It's hard to tell in the picture, but the tree is spritzed with a shimmer mist.  It looks really pretty in real life. I embossed the background, mounted the embossed panel on a white card base, and added a die cut star and sentiment. 

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamp: Concord & 9th Plaid Background
Embossing Folder:  Tim Holtz Alterations Snowflakes
Bling:  Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix
Star and Sentiment:  Snippets from other projects (in my stash of die cuts)
Shimmer Mist:  Tattered Lace Pearl

CAS on Friday - #123 Christmas
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - #218 Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #48 -Anything Goes + Christmas

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #316 - Christmas

Welcome to the Christmas theme at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  I used a cartridge that I have literally had for years without ever having made a card.  It's especially fun because you can cut card bases and envelopes in addition to holiday images.  I really should have used this cartridge a long time ago.  Do you have any unused cartridges?  If so, don't delay - use them!

Challenge #316-Christmas
Make a project or card about Christmas

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Designer Paper:  My stash
Cartridge:  Winter Collections Christmas Cards

Cut It Up Challenge Blog #136 - Christmas Song (song:  Christmas Lights)
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Monday, December 4, 2017

613 Avenue Create #204-Anything Goes-ATG-Option Christmas/Winter

Hello! So, December is here which means winter and Christmas. At 613 Avenue Create this month, in addition to Anything Goes, we'd like to see some Christmas and Winter projects. I made this card using a very, very old stamp set from Close to My Heart.  As you can see, the images are solid.  I had no success in stamping this set in the past.  It was just too hard for me to get it to stamp clearly. So this beautiful set was unused in my collection for literally years.  But now I have a MISTI so I thought I'd give it a try.  I am so happy with the result. Cards like this are not new, but it's the first time I've been able to make one.  Yay for my MISTI!

This is the card we're sending out this year, so I made it in bulk. I don't have that many to make, only about 25, so I don't get bored with the design. I do make some other Christmas cards here and there during the year, but I concentrate on a single card design when I really get down to making holiday cards for family and friends. It makes my life much easier to do it this way.  Do you make one design or many for Christmas?

Card Stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Designer Paper:  My stash
Stamps:  Close to My Heart (retired) and Hero Arts (sentiment-retired)
Die:  Anna Griffin
Accessories:  Bling (my stash) and Black Wink of Stella

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes
Dare to Be Artzy Challenge-December-Spirit of the Season
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #362-Anything Goes Christmas

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #314 -Thanks/Thanksgiving

Hello, my crafty friends!  November is almost half over and Thanksgiving is almost here. Our challenge this time at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to create a project having thanks and/or Thanksgiving as the theme.  We invite you to show us what you can do with this theme. Here's my card:

I love the flair this turkey has - it's kind of grand, don't you think?  I smooshed my Distress Ink pad on my craft mat and spritzed it with water.  Then I "scribbled" the ink onto water color paper to create the background.  (It looks more pink in this picture, but it's persimmon.)  I dried the panel using my heat gun. I used my Cricut to cut the turkey and the layer, coating the turkey with some clear WOS. The die cut sentiment is from a friend.  Finally, I added a bit of bling.

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Here are the details for my card:

Cricut Cartridge:  Celebrate with Flourish
Ink:  Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Sentiment:  Unknown dies
Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Canson Water Color Paper
Sequins:  My stash

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Monday, November 6, 2017

613 Avenue Create #203 Anything Goes-Option 3D Card

Hello, crafty friends!  Our challenge at 613 Avenue Create this month has the option to create a 3D card. I actually used my Cricut to make a french fry box as packaging for a gift for a card making friend. I added some bling and a sentiment cut out from some DP in my stash. Cute, don't you think? And it was quick and easy to make.

Cricut cartridge:  Close to my Heart Art Philosophy
Card stock, DP and bling:  My stash
Make My Monday #58 - Anything But a Card
Crafting with Friends #53 - Anything Goes 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween and we're getting ready for the neighborhood trick or treat traffic.  I almost forgot to post this card I made weeks ago for our grandniece.  She has a black cat named Smokey so I knew this would be perfect for her.  For some unknown reason, I forgot to take a picture of this card before I mailed it.  So I asked my niece to send me a picture.  And here it is:

I blended distress inks onto white card stock and then cut out a panel using a stitched die.  I inked up the panel with Versamark and heat embossed it so it shines, which is hard to tell in the picture. I cut the pumpkin using an image from my SNC2.  The cat is from some Stampin' Up paper (sorry, I don't know the name). I stamped and hand cut the sentiment.

Cardstock:  Recollections 110 lb, my stash, and Stampin' Up
Die Cut Pumpkin:  Scan and Cut 2 image
Inks:  Dusty Concord, Chiped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn & Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks; Versamark; Memento Black
Sentiment:  Hampton Art
Die:  Fawn Lawn Stitched Rectangles

Die Cuttin' Divas #341 - Pumpkins (I hope my SNC image counts as a die cut)
Always Fun Challenges #30 - Halloween
Crafting from the Heart #181 - Anything Goes

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