By the Sea

Hi there 🙂 This card features another attempt to use some of the stuff that I JUST HAD TO HAVE (and never used! lol) It was at least 11 years ago that I found these packages of vellum images, so I got 2 or 3 of each design…..and I think I may have used 1 image!!! Well, after coloring up this amazing Herringbone Tile 1 Background from Angie Blom with my Copics, I knew just what to use! The basket look of the background was the perfect thing to accent the vellum pelican, and it’s post stump. Because the coloring of the background showed through the vellum image, I glued it on to black card stock, and fussy cut around it, leaving a bit of an edge for definition. Some matte black enamel dots, and a stamped image, finished this masculine card off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Week 673 – Something beginning with “B” – Brown, bird, basketweave, birthday

Aud Sentiments – #293 Aud Sentiments 12th Birthday – use a birthday sentiment

Creative Moments – #233 Things With Wings

Creative Knockouts – #449 Wings n’ Things or Furry Friends

Classic Design Challenge – #4 6th Birthday Celebration

Poppin’ Bday

Hi there 🙂 It’s been ages and ages since I’ve had a play with a Kenny K image, and this birthday card for my boss seemed like the perfect time to get one out! I actually like the guy (boss), so wanted to make something a bit fun for him. I colored the image up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out. I chose 3 prints from a cardstock pad for this card, so everything coordinated quite nicely. I’ve been meaning to do up one of these twist and pop cards, and found a very easy to follow tutorial at Beccy’s Place. I got everything layered up and assembled, using gold mirror card for the BDAY sentiment, and to inlay the letters on the black die cut banner sentiments. For just a bit more “pop” (pun most definitely intended!), I added some gold hole-less sequins to both the front and the inside of the card.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – Weeks 671/672 Masculine

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says Interactive

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #293 12th Birthday Challenge

Classic Design Challenge – #4 April – 6th Birthday Challenge

Color Crazy Craft Challenge – Week 15 ATG

Birthday Goat

Hi there 🙂 It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged anything, but I’ve been keeping busy with my crafting! I was going through my files, and found this adorable Goat digital stamp from Polkadoodles! I colored the image up with my Copics, then fussy cut it out.

I found 2 coordinating paper prints, from different collections, and went to work! A pretty die cut provided the perfect back drop for the little goat. After arranging all the layers, I die cut the sentiment twice, and layered the 2 together. Some tiny flowers and die cut greenery added a pretty springtime touch. As a finishing touch, I cut a bow from the second paper print, and added it to one of the flower bunches.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

As You Like It Challenge – Floral or Cute? I tend to lean towards cute a lot of the time, as the images are so plentiful and versatile!

Papercraft Challenges – #81 Animals (On the Farm)

Incy Wincy Designs – Easter &/or Animals

Creative Inspirations – April Hoppy Easter or Animals

Coloring In Scrapland – April ATG or Our Furry

Flowers for You

Hi there 🙂 I created this piece as my DT inspiration for Creative Fingers. Our challenge this time is sponsored by our own DT member Anne Constantly Carding – Crafts U Print. There are some beautiful kits in her shop, with so many possibilities!! I used the Blooming Mystery Watercolor, Cream Kit for my card. My printer was acting up, and not printing color well, and I was starting to panic!! I finally printed this layer from the kit in greyscale, and colored it with my Copics!! A little more versatility to this beautiful kit 🙂

I’ve been trying to use stuff from my stash that I’ve had tucked and filed away for so long. For this card, I used a piece of embossed CS that I did up years ago with an Embossabilities folder – then filed, lol. I layered a white piece with a stamped sentiment, and matted everything in cream and peach to finish things off.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Classic Design Challenge – #03 March ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #97 March ATG

Sheepski Designs Challenge Blog – #60 Flowers

Retirement Fan

Good morning 🙂 I have a pretty CAS retirement card to share today. There seems to be a lot of people retiring lately, and I had absolutely ZERO cards on hand for this!! I got these fan dies ages ago…can’t remember where from….maybe Frantic Stamper??? I have to quit assuming I’ll remember where things are from when I take them out of packages to store, because that doesn’t always happen!! I cut the plain fan blades from both white and black, then the overlaying pieces all from black. I alternated the blades then attached them with a black brad. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a piece of white paper that I’d die cut with a pretty edge. After assembling the card layers, I fanned out the fan, glued it down, and added a white bow and a small blue rose, just to give a bit of pop!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Allsorts Challenge – #663 CAS with the option of Elegance

AAA Cards – CAS Game 208, Black and White + 1 other color

Papercraft Challenge – #79 ATG

The Corrosive Challenge – #2 February ATG

Dragon’s Lil Princess

Hi there 🙂 I had a little play with an image from The Paper Shelter today. I colored up The Best Day of My Life with my Copics, then fussy cut it out.

I knew I needed baby cards, so I chose to make it a girly card, with lots of pink. I found a piece of pink spotted paper in my stash, that I wouldn’t normally use for a baby card, but it seemed to work with the image, and the pink banner shape that I’d die cut. I also cut a scalloped mat for the banner, just to give it some definition against the printed background. I popped the image on with some foam dots, then tied a piece of coordinating pink ribbon into a bow. I cut the ‘congrats’ sentiment out, but felt that it needed a backing, and this die didn’t have a coordinating shadow/backing piece….so I traced the outside of the entire die onto white, then carefully cut it out. TaDa!! perfect fit!! After finishing with the assembly of the card, it still needed a teeny bit more, so I added some white dots around the outside edge with my Posca pen.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

The Paper Shelter Challenge – #498 Red or Pink as your Main Color

Gem of a Challenge – Challenge 4 ATG

Digi Choosday Challenge – Week 6 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2207 ATG

40th Anniversary

Hi there 🙂 I’m continuing to use stuff that’s been sitting around 🙂 With this card, I used a BuzzCraft stamp set, that I’ve had for forever, and have no idea where I got it from!! I’m thinking it was either a challenge prize, or I received it as part of a swap in my SwapBot days. It can still be found for sale, as I dug it up here. I stamped the image with grey ink, and dug my seldomly used pencils up and colored it in. Then I used another part of the stamp set, and stamped a strip of Congratulations across the top. The background seemed too plain, so gave me the idea to go digging again, and I came up with a simple heart stencil. I finished it off with a line of red gems (really, they are red!) on either side of the sentiment strip – perfect for a ruby anniversary. I cut the 40 with some dies that were still in the package, and popped it on with foam dots.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Coloring With Pencils Challenge – February Challenge ATG

We Love Stamping – February Anything Stamped with option to use stencilling

Let’s Craft and Create – #180 AG with option From the Heart

Creative Inspirations – With Love

Cupcake Inspirations – #537 Valentine Hearts

Horsey Christmas

Well, I finally got my first Christmas card for 2022 done 🙂 Usually, I start right off the bat in January, but this year….well…..let’s just say NOTHING has gone to plan 🙁 I used Horsey Holidays, a digital image from Whimsy Stamps. I colored this handsome guy up with my Copics, then added some sparkle to the snowflakes in the image, and some more white snowflakes with a Posca pen.

When I reached into my folder of Christmas theme paper pieces, this was the first one I saw and pulled out, and I couldn’t believe how perfect it was! I used a border snowflake die, as well as a number of small single snowflake dies to cut out the design that I placed on the piece of red CS. After adding a few sparkly touches to the snowflakes, I began layering things. Something was missing, and after a bit, my eyes went to my ribbons…..a very thin green ribbon border on each side of the red strip was just the thing!! I added a stamped sentiment, and a larger snowflake to finish the card off. Aside from the foam used to create a bit of depth with the image and sentiment…this card still meets my flat, easy to mail prerequisite!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Catz – #582 ATG with optional twist of adding ribbon

Mirtillamente Challenge – #6 February ATG

Papercraft Challenges – #78 Winter Wonderland

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG beginning Feb. 1

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #514 ATG

Cool Dude

Good morning 🙂 I have so many men to give birthday cards to, and so few cards, that I figured I’d better get going and make some!! One of my coworkers is in his 60’s, and is such a joy to work with….he really is a cool dude!! This image from Dr. Digi, Aubery Bumblethope, actually looks a bit like him, lol. I colored the image with Copics, then fussy cut it out.

The colors that I chose to use on the image lent themselves to make a card with my favorite color combo 🙂 I embossed a piece of card stock, then brushed a silver ink pad over it, to give the design a bit of definition. I die cut a stitched frame, and multiple banners from pieces of scrap paper, and layered it all together with a piece of red CS that I’d edged with a silver pen. The sentiment was printed out and cut out with another die. To finish off, I added a few red and black embellishments.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Passion for Markers – Week 627 Add a Sentiment

Simon Wednesday Challenge – Emboss It!

Crafty Catz Challenge – #581 ATG with optional Anything but Square

Colour Crazy Challenge – Week 5 ATG

DL Art – February ATG Linky Challenge

Simple Sympathy

Hi there 🙂 I was going through my card stash, and found that I was very low on sympathy cards – probably because they are difficult ones to make. I decided to continue with this years resolution of using the stuff that I have that’s been sitting around collecting dust. I embossed some feathers from the stamp set by the same name by Hot Off the Press. I used some cool Seth Apter embossing powder, although, now, I’m thinking that it doesn’t really give the detail of the feathers (but the patina is great!) I added a simple sympathy sentiment and a few coordinating pearls, before matting it with another slimline die cut. A very simple and understated card, but that’s how I like these ones 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Stamping Sensations – February ATG with the option of Wings or Tails (well….I used parts of wings, lol)

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2206 ATG

Scrapping 4 Fun – #209 ATG

We Love Stamping – February ATG with option of using a stencil – didn’t use the option