Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hearts, But Not Valentines

I'm cutting it close to the wire in entering this month's Twofer Card Challenge. It closes in just a few hours. We are to use hearts.  I'm really liking this challenge.  It causes me to think about getting more from my stamps.  I love seeing the DT's projects, not to mention the challenge entries.  There's tons of great ideas there.  You should definitely check out the challenge if you haven't already.

The heart stamp for both cards is Neat & Tangled Falling Hearts.  All card stock is Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb.





The first card has a galaxy background - or at least my attempt at a galaxy background. I sponged Distress Inks (Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean) to create the background, then stamped the larger hearts only in Versamark Ink 3 times, filling out the width of the panel.  Then I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the hearts.  I added small white dots with a white Jelly Roll Pen, sprayed the background with both water and Tattered Angel's Pearl Glimmer Mist, and embossed the sentiment in white on black paper (Altenew's Label Love). Then I put the panel atop a black card base.  The glimmer mist is really pretty in real life, but doesn't show up so much in the picture.  I really like the sentiment with the sky full of hearts.



For the second card, I stamped the hearts with Kaleidacolor Pastel Ink. I think they are so pretty.  I cut the panel with a stitched die.  This panel is dusted with pink chalk. I cut a larger panel with a stitched die from pink card stock, making a splashed background using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I stamped the sentiment (Stampers Anonymous Just Sayings), trimmed it and glued it down to a white card base. Finally, I added some Spectrum Noir Clear  Sparkle Pen to the hearts.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challenge - February - Hearts
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Crafting with Friends #61 - Anything Goes

       

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #320 - Sympathy

Our newest challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to create a sympathy card.  Most of us find these cards difficult to make. It's something we need to do at times, however.  In the past, I have never made sympathy cards in advance.  But lately, I've reconsidered my feelings and decided that I will make a few in advance of need.  This challenge got me started.



I used the Bloom Cartridge to cut the images out of white card stock.  The bird cage is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers as is the butterfly.  I stamped the sentiment using Distress Ink. I cut the card front layer using a Fawn Lawn die and dusted it with light green chalk before adhering the elements and stamping the sentiment.

Card stock:   Recollections 110 lb.
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LG 1, 2, 3; HB 2, 3
Die:  Fawn Lawn Stitched Rectangles
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart (retired)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Last Valentine

It's the day before Valentine's Day. I hope everyone has made their cards and mailed them. Mine went out last week.  This one was made for our grandniece.  Hopefully, she'll receive it on time and will like it.

I colored this image for Kathy R's 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.  I actually colored all 30 days, but I will say I mostly colored small images.  I've kinda grown to like coloring, but it's still not easy for me.  So I tend to work with small and simple images. But at least I am no longer embarrassed by my coloring. I know the basics of shading and blending, and as long as I keep it simple, I do okay.  But please believe me - I've come a long way - LOL!!

 

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
Spectrum Noir Markers:  DR3, 4, 5; CT1, 2; LG3; TB4; OR1, 2; PP1, 2; IG 2. 3
Digital Stamp:  Little Scraps of Heaven Heart Gumball (freebie)
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart (retired)
Background Stamp:  Concord and 9th Polka Dot Turnabout (used once)
Inks:  Memento Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Clear Wink of Stella and pop up tape

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - It Must Be Love
Digi Choosday - Week 7- Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Week of February 13 - Anything Goes

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

More Manly Valentines

Since Valentine's Day in less than a week away, I realized I should post the other manly valentines I made.  I was inspired by a card on Pinterest.  I really love how these turned out.  That background stamp is totally awesome.


Card Stock:  Recollections 110 lb. and 60 lb.
Background Stamp:  Stampin' Up Hardwood
Sentiment:  Altenew Label Love
Heart Dies:  Darice
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - It Must be Love
Aud Sentiments Challenge #196- Valentine or Love
Brown Sugar Challenge #275 - February - Valentine Day
Die Cut Divas - February - Love is in the Air with Hero Arts

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Masculine Get Well

Today I'm sharing a get well card for my best friend's husband who's also a dear friend to both me and my hubby.  Hopefully, by the time he receives the card, he will be back feeling well.  We just wanted to let him know we are thinking of him and praying for his health.




I have a lot of tea cup stamps, but not one mug stamp.  So I made this CAS card using my Cricut to create the mug.  I was so glad I found the image in my cartridges since I felt a mug would be more suitable for the masculine look I wanted. I sponged the Distress Ink background, adhered the mug and steam (love the steam!), and stamped the sentiment.  Bam!  It was done.

Cricut Cartridge:  Everyday Pop Up Cards
Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
Designer Paper:  My stash
Inks:  Distress Ink - Antique Linen; Memento Rich Cocoa
Sentiment:  Papertrey Ink Tea for Two (probably retired)

Challenges:
Always Fun Challenges #44 - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle #2 - Anything Goes Option Favorite Distress Ink Technique (sponging background)
Crafting from the Heart #193 - Anything Goes



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Sunday, February 4, 2018

613 Avenue Create #206 - Anything Goes - Option Love

Hello, my Crafty Friends!  613 Avenue Create starts off February with the option of Love on our Anything Goes Challenge.  Since Valentine's Day is this month, we know a number of you already have love on your minds.  We're anxious to see what you all create so please join in.  Here's my card.  I actually made a number of these for my church ministry to give to our adopted seniors.


I used a Cricut cartridge to cut the heart "flowers."  I stamped the background and sentiment, adding some gold thread behind the die cut sentiment.

I'll be back later to add some challenges.

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Background Stamp:  Concord and 9th Polka Dot Turnabout (stamped once)
Sentiment:  Old and unknown
Cricut cartridge:  Close to My Heart Artbooking

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #318 - Snow

Welcome to the new challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  Our theme is snow.  Just last week, we had snow in the South where I live.  We stayed in for two days - cozy and warm in the freezing weather.  When we've had snow here, my husband has gone out and made a snowman.  I never have - LOL!  I made my card in honor of the snowmen my hubby has made.


I inked my background using Distress Inks, and then sprayed the background with water. The snowman and snow flakes have a coating of Clear Wink of Stella, though it's hard to see in the picture.  It's a simple card, but kinda cute, I think.  I will add a sentiment later when I decided to whom I will send it.

Cricut Cartridge:  Winter Collection Christmas Cards
Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire

Challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life #83 - Snowman
AAA Cards #107 - Chilled
Craft Rocket Challenges #144 - Winter


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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

Challenges:
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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