Monday, December 29, 2014

613 Avenue Create #104 - Anything Goes

Hi, Friends!  This week's challenge at 613 Avenue Create has no option, so create whatever you want and post your project.  If you have some new crafty goodies, show them off!  Our sponsors are Melonheadz Illustrations and QKR Stampede. Naturally, the DT has some brilliant inspiration for you using our sponsors' images. Check out last week's winners, too. And get ready for our block party coming January 11!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

613 Avenue Create #103 - Anything Goes Option-First Day of Winter-Use Snowflakes

Because Winter arrives today, our newest challenge at 613 Avenue Create has the option to Use Snowflakes.  (I sure hope we don't get any snow this winter here in Georgia.)  Our sponsor is the always fabulous Rick St. Dennis.  I've used Mrs. Frosty:

I embossed Coredinations cardstock with a Tim Holtz Snowflake embossing folder, applying Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink directly from the pad to the embossed snowflakes. I colored Mrs. Frosty with Spectrum Noir Markers, adding a bit of black Wink of Stella to her eyes, mouth and buttons.  Her body has a coating of clear Wink of Stella.  I cut her out with a Scalloped Oval Nesties, dusting it with blue chalk before removing it from the die.  The sentiment is a Cricut cut, also coated with clear WOS.

I'm entering these challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Winter Inspiration; Brown Sugar Challenge #125 - Christmas;  Stamplorations December Challenge - Stamps and my favorite Technique (October Challenge - Embossing); and CASology #126 - Snow.

Again, I kept it all flat for ease of mailing. I love the texture of the embossing and the look of the distress ink. Happy Crafting, my friends!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

You Aced It

Our grandson aced it - he's on the honor roll, and he made the basketball team.  He's a scholar and an athlete :)  His proud granny and grandpa sent him this card:

When he visited us this past summer, our grandson was totally into card tricks. He was absolutely amazing.  He had us, our neighbors and friends, even strangers, totally enthralled by what he could do.  So I ordered this stamp set called In the Cards from Cas-ual Fridays. I fussy cut the cards after stamping them. I made the red dots with a hole punch - flatter than enamel dots for mailing. The dots have a bit of clear Wink of Stella. Quick and easy!  I'm delighted with how it turned out.

I'm entering a few challenges:  Stamplorations December Challenge - Stamps & Designer's Choice (I chose the April challenge-favorite technique Fussy Cutting); Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes - Option Love.

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

613 Avenue Create #102-Anything Goes-Option Gift Packaging

Our optional twist at 613 Avenue Create this week is to create gift packing - after all, the holiday season is right here, right now! Of course, we give gifts at other times, too, so let us see what you come up with.  Our fantastic sponsors are Bugaboo Stamps and Oak Pond Creations.  The DT has created some fun inspiration for you to check out.  And don't forget to see if you won last week.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

613 Avenue Create #101-Anything Goes-Option Create Your Own Challenge

This week we have one of my favorite challenges at 613 Avenue Create - Create Your Own Challenge. Our sponsors are Fitztown and Digital Delights by Louby Lou. Here's the card I made using Fitztown's Winter 2 image:

I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Markers, cut it out and used a decorative corner punch on the top two corners.  I added a simple sentiment and adhered the image to a red square card base (4x4), adding faux stitching (which didn't photograph well for some reason) around the edges.

 I'm entering these challenges:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Christmas/Holidays; Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog #241 - Christmas Cards; and Sparkle Creations Weekly Christmas Card Challenges #1.

Here's the chart to use to Create Your Own Challenge.  I used image, sentiment, solid color paper, faux stitching and square card.  Which options will you choose?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birthday Cupcake

I'm back with a birthday card for my grandniece. I used another of the stamp sets that I won from Stamplorations - Sketched: Cupcake. I thought my sweet niece would love this image because she's into baking cupcakes lately.  She made some darling turkey cupcakes for Thanksgiving. She's across the country from us, so we only saw pictures - they were cute as can be.  Here's her card:

I embossed the card front with dots. After stamping the cupcake, I colored it with my Spectrum Noirs.  I cut out the cupcake and the sentiment (CTMH) using Spellbinders scalloped circle dies.  I dusted the dies with chalk after embossing them. The purple frosting has a coating of clear WOS - love it! I die cut the stars too. The cupcake and sentiment are popped up with foam tape. Then I added a gold sequin.

I'm entering a few challenges:  Addicted to CAS #53 - Dots; Less is More - Celebrations; and Stamplorations Bi-Weekly Sketch Challenge #24.  Here's the sketch at Stamplorations:

I've got two more birthday cards to I'll be back soon.


Monday, December 1, 2014

My Sister's Birthday

I am so behind in cards for my family with November birthdays.  My older sister's birthday was the first week of November, and I just got her card made.  I have 3 others to make and mail with gifts. I'm usually very timely, but so much was going on last month that I just got behind. I'm showing it here before I mail it because she doesn't look at my blog.  Here it is:

I used Stamploration's Vignette It's Your Day stamp and colored the cake with Spectrum Noir markers. I think the wonky cake is fun. I managed a bit of shading - still working on my technique.  I cut the image with a Spellbinders die and dusted it with both yellow and brown chalk before removing it from the die.  I matted it and added a border from a Martha Stewart punch to one side of the matting.  The happy birthday is a Cricut cut gifted to me by a friend. I added some bling and a burgundy ribbon to match the sentiment. The white frosting has some glitter added with WOS and a Stardust Jelly Roll pen.

I actually won this stamp set and 5 others in July at Stamplorations Birthday Blog Hop. I will be using the other stamps soon - they are great.

I'm entering these challenges:  Less is More - Celebrations; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - December;  Seize the Birthday - Option Leaves; and Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge.