Thursday, September 21, 2017

Self portrait

It's time for another challenge at It You Give a Crafter a Cookie. All you need to do to play along is to create a project inspired by the cookies -- whether your inspiration is the theme, a particular image, or the colors.  There will be a random draw for a prize from Digital Delights.

I have to admit the image on my card (a digi from Wags and Whispers) captures me as a kid perfectly, aside from the fact I never had braids.  Me and book, inseparable. The image is colored with pencils. That ABC ribbon fits the theme so well and also shares many of the colors from the DP.

I am entering this card in these challenges:
Pattie's Creations #138 -- Back to School
Crafty Girlz -- Back to School
The Paper Shelter #310 -- Make it Digital
The Ribbon Girl -- use any image
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #300 -- anything goes


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Flip-flop butterfly


I think this fold is called a flip-flop card, and it probably has other names as well. One of the stamping groups I'm on has this fold as a theme this month, and I watched a video on how to do it, then totally did my own thing. 
The main butterfly dies are from Simon Says, and they are cut from some gorgeous paper I have been holding onto forever. (No reason to keep it, might as well share the beauty, right?) There are also butterfly silhouettes(from Stamplorations)  stamped on both sides of the front panel in Versamark.
The inside sentiment reads "The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here" and I'm pretty sure it's from SU.
The paper on the inside is actually cut from a grocery store flyer because it looks like some sort of cool technique and adds some real interest to that part of the card.

This card is for these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #85 -- indigo and sihlouette
Catch the Bug -- theme: chin up buttercup (sentiment)
Cuttlebug Mania -- Anything Goes
HLS Dies -- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Stamp it (no digis)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Stamp it (no digis)
Word Art Wednesday #298 -- anything goes




Thursday, September 7, 2017

A rockin' Cookie Challenge

The newest Cookie Challenge has a rock'n'roll twist. How fun is that?  To play along, just create a project inspired by the cookies. There are two prizes up for grabs this time, digis from Imagine That! and Kitty Bee Designs
My card features an image from Imagine That! -- an Elvis Bear, which I think is a hoot. The image is colored with pencils, and a few sequins add that rock'n'roll sparkle. The paper has been in my stash for ages,but the pattern reminded me of good old vinyl records, so it sort of fit. 
My card is for these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #298 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper



Monday, August 28, 2017

Embossed Angels



I dug deep into the stash for this card. The angels are one of the first Christmas stamps I ever purchased; the swirl stamp on the watercolored strip is equally as old, and the acrylic blocks with the letters on them can't be much newer.  (Yes, they do look a little yellowed, though I feel like they always had that look.)

The angels are gold embossed and colored with pencils (robes) and Wink of Stella (wings), with a little gold glitter on the stars. For the strip, the swirls were white-embossed, and  then I did a watercolor wash using the same three colors as the robes. (the angels and their colors were inspired by the Victorine Originals mood board.)

This card is for these challenges:
Rudolph Days -- Christmas
Victorine Stamps #9 -- on wings
ABC Christmas -- P is for people (I hope angels qualify) 
Word Art Wednesday #296 -- anything goes




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cookie Challenge #76

It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter A Cookie. There are two chances to win by random draw this time.  Prizes are sponsored by Sherri Baldy/My Besties and by Oddball Art. To play along, just create something inspired by the cookies.

For me, the inspiration was those bold black and white stripes. To set them off, I went with a purple die cut.  The panel behind the diecut is patterned paper with "friendship words"  on it, and it's covered with a piece of white vellum just to make it a little more subtle.  The panel extends up over the top of the card (the base is shorter than normal so it still fits in a regular envelope). 

The sentiment is from Purple Onion, and the die is from Memory Box.

My card is entered in these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- Bingo (Stripes/flowers/sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday #296 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned papers


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Christmas carolers

I am so behind on Christmas cards, but I finally found time to make one. This one features an image of little carolers, which I decided to pair with a  sentiment "spirit of Christmas."  It just seemed a good match. That white strip down the middle is stamped with a sheet music stamp, but I covered up most of it along the way (not good planning).
I went with a very non-traditional Christmas color scheme here, as well, with purple and a bit of tan and gray.  The colors were inspired by the purple challenge mood board from Victorine Original stamps, specifically the coffee photo.

This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- Stella sketch #513
Victorine Original Stamps #8 - purple
ABC Christmas -- P is for People
Winter Wonderland -- use ribbon
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #346-- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #294 -- anything goes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Monochromatic flowers

After all the moving and piles of work, I finally got to make something! YAY!
Taking my cue from Double D's "Neutrals with texture" challenge, I went monochromatic here. The central image (that SU stamp everyone seems to have....) is clear embossed on a snippet of tan, then mounted on a snippet of white (both cut with Nesties), with the sentiment (Taylored Expressions) on another snippet. Everything is edged with a brownish distress ink. The panel behind all that is embossed with the Swiss Dot folder. The layered flower embellies are pre-made and from a grab bag of goodies I picked up at some yard sale.

This card is for these challenges:
Double D's -- Neutrals with texture
Die Cut Divas -- anything goes with diecuts
Pixie's Snippet Playground #291 -- use snippets
Word Art Wednesday #294 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes