Friday, April 28, 2017

Dance the night away

When I first started stamping, I used to buy grab bags of stamps, which was a cheaper way to get images, but I ended up with a real mishmash of images.  This particular image comes from that time, and while I never would have chosen it by myself, it is a fun one to pull out occasionally.
The image is stamped using Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk ink. (I had a heck of a time getting the image stamped, and after several tries finally resorted to a trick I learned long ago, which is put the paper on a hard surface, ink the stamp and put it down, then use your foot to apply pressure. It works every time.)
The image is colored in pencils, with antique linen Distress ink sponged around the edges.
The layout is from Kraftin Kimmie and incorporates a bunch of snippets from a Cosmos Cricket pack.

This card is for these challenges:
Pixie's Snippet Playground # -- snippets
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #280 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned paper Challenge for April, anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie, Wonderful Wednesday -- monthly sketch

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CAS Christmas


I received several of these die-cut pine branches tucked into a swap card recently. As part of my effort to Use Things Up, I turned them into Christmas cards the first chance I got. Happily, the branch worked perfectly with a pinecone stamp I own.  The pinecone is embossed in an EP called Pirate's Gold and has a nice sparkle in person.

This card is entered in these challenges
Rudolph Days for April -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #330 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for April -- Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for April -- Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #280 -- anything goes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April showers

This card features a little paper piecing to get the bright colors on the umbrella. The image is by Crafty Sentiments, with some very light pencil coloring. The flowered ribbon is from my stash.
Random thought: I like the difference in dot patterns on the blue vs. the green paper, compared to two papers with identical dot patterns.

This card is for these challenges:
Sugar Pea Mix it Up Challenges #30 -- (inspiration photo of bright umbrellas)
Double D Challenge -- brights
Catch the Bug -- theme: Raining Cats and Dogs
Ribbon Girl -- Card challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Hip hop
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- spring colors
Word Art Wednesday #278 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy together

Just a CAS holiday card. Not much to say beyond Hampton Arts image, unknown paper snippet and a Doodlebug sticker.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #328 -- Snowman
Winter Wonderland -- Christmas birds/animals
ABC Christmas -- I is for informal
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hopping down the bunny trail



It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie.  This challenge is sponsored by Fred She Said Designs. All you need to do to play along is to create a project inspired by these cute cookies. My card features a Studio G image and sentiment. The bunny is stamped on a snippet of ivory paper and mounted on a snippet of blue. (Actually everything on this card is a  snippet that coordinatea with the dotted paper, all of which I have been hoarding for ages.) The buttons are die-cut from an MFT die and there's embroidery floss tied on each.

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This card is entered in these challenges:
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Creative Inspirations #272 -- spring/Easter
Cuttlebug Mania -- Some Bunny to Love
Artistic Inspirations #176 -- Easter
Crafty Sentiments -- Anything Goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground #275 -- snippets
Word Art Wednesday #276-- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper





Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sweet Snowman

I found this snowman image tucked into a swap card I received, so I don't know who makes the image, but it's a a sweet one. I simply colored it with pencils, die-cut the oval, and added piercing around the edge.
The card base has been sitting in my Christmas file for ages -- as I recall I started to do a sketch challenge ages ago and abandoned the project for forgotten reasons (realistically, probably lack of time). The snowman and a die-cut snowflake seemed to fit perfectly with what I had, and I have no idea what the original sketch called for. I am making a concerted effort to take advantage of half-made items and put them to good use.
This card is for these challenges:
ABC Christmas -- I is for Informal
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #327 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- anything with patterned paper
HLS Christmas Challenge --  anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring has sprung





After a few false starts, I think spring has settled in, so I made a very springy card.
The image is from Bugaboo, colored in pencils to pick up the colors on the paisley print patterned paper. The image panel is edged in black and matted on green. The layout comes from the Stella Says Sketch Challenge going on at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug challenge.
Because of the busy image and the busy papers, I wanted to keep embellies pretty simple. Here I embossed some pale yellow cardstock and punched out a butterfly.

This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug: Stella says Sketch #506
Butterfly Challenge #75 -- colors of the night sky/repeat -- the varied blues on the boot are my night sky colors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes