Friday, March 16, 2018

Hello Spring

Sometimes the pieces are all there, just waiting to be assembled. Or at least that's what I found when I organized my crafting space, with an emphasis on categorizing and storing the stash of die cuts I have (some made by me, others from friends who tucked them into a card). I found the layered center panel, with some scallops cut with a Spellbinders border die, bird die cut and Hello die cut collected from random places and decided they were meant to go together.
The bird is actually part of an Impression-Obsession die called Love Birds that was split in two. The bird was sponged with some distress ink. I can't determine the origin of the Hello die, so if you know, please leave a comment.
I added a base card and a couple sequins, arranged everything, and had an almost instant card.

The card is for these challenges:
Die Cut Divas -- monochromatic
Cuttlebug Mania -- spring
CRAFT #459 -- animals
The Paper Shelter #330  -- cool colors
Word Art Wednesday #326 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pushing daisies

 I got this daisy die (from Poppy) at a stamp show about a month ago, and this is its first outing. The circle negative was on my craft desk, and I liked the look of the daisies popping through it. The butterfly, which I think qualifies as Napier green, has a few Nuovo drops (also from the stamp show) on it.
This card is for these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #96 -- napier green and not square
Catch the Bug -- nature's wonders/creatures great and small
Crafty Friends #79 -- for a special lady
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies
Word Art Wednesday #325 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Musical cookies

The newest challenge is up an running at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. This time, we are all about the music, and if you join in, you're in the running for a prize from Sasayaki Glitter
My card features a fun image from Sasayaki, which is colored in pencils. The digi actually shows a flower by her ear, but I covered it up with a bright felt flower. What looks like a blue polka-dot background is actually white-core paper that was embossed and sanded.
This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #324 -- anything goes
Crafting By Designs -- anything goes
Creative Inspirations -- Any Occasion

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Vintage Christmas

Here's a Christmas card that uses mostly snippets. All the patterned papers come from a vintage-themed pack, which I just keep in a baggie along with all the snippets that get created from it. The layout uses the current sketch from SCS, and as I was looking through the snippets, I realized I could basically build this layout with snippets. The red edges, for instance, were a 2-inch piece I sliced into 1-inch panels, and the starry strips weren't cut at all, just trimmed off the edge.

Because everything is built on a cream base card, it was just a matter of figuring out the order to apply panels (I started with red on the sides, added green in the middle, then put on the starry strips, covering the gap between the two).  The central image was part of an already-cut page  from the set that contains small elements -- the image was rectangular but nothing was lost by die-cutting it. The sentiment strip is also cut from that same page, making both snippets.

This card is for these challenges:
Pixie's Snippet Playground #321
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #375 -- Vintage
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #324 -- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Friday, March 2, 2018

Another taste of spring

Here's another spring themed card. The image is from Pattie's Creations, colored in pencils and die-cut with Spellbinders. The layout is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The patterned paper is about as old as dirt, except for the tiny white gel pen dots around the edges, which I added when I decided the card needed "something else." Not sure if that was the right answer, what do you think?

This card is for these challenges
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- In My Garden
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #324 -- Anything Goes

Monday, February 26, 2018


Just a quick and simple card this time. The image is from Pattie's Creations, colored in pencils (and now that I look at him, he looks a little underbaked.). That patterned paper was actually lining the envelope on a Christmas card someone sent me, but I think it's wonderful and decided to do a little creative recycling.

This card is for these challenges:
Rudolph Days Feb. -- anything Christmas
ABC Christmas -- C is for clean
Winter Wonderland -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Card Challenge #374 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use pattered paper

Friday, February 23, 2018

First flowers of spring

My SIL says her crocuses have come up.  I don't have any at my new house, but at my old house they were always a welcome sign spring was about to arrive.
Which brings me to this card featuring a crocus image from Bugaboo, which has a lovely friendship sentiment. This card uses the Stella Says Sketch layout for this week. For embellishments, there's a line of lavender lace, a diecut butterfly sponged with some yellowish Distress ink, and some gems.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Stella Says Sketch #604
Butterfly Challenge 95 -- purple and patterned paper
The Paper Shelter #327 -- Things that fly
Crafty Sentiments -- Spring
Crafting By Designs -- Friendship
Word Art Wednesday #322 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper