Monday, November 11, 2019

A Couple of Challenges

Happy Monday!!

I am just popping in with some more Christmas cards I created for some challenges.

My first card I created for the present Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge. (PCC358)

I actually flipped the sketch because the images I wanted to use looked better horizontally

                                     (original sketch)                              (flipped sketch)

I was excited to use some pattern paper that has been in my stash forever on this card and once again used the stamp set that I have now idea where it came from.

I inked it up to make it look old fashioned. Not sure I like the look but it went with the papers I was using. The snowflake is one from my stash and the sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

This sketch was  a lot of fun because I was able to layer papers, something I rarely do.

My second card I created with the Happy Little Stamper's Christmas Challenge-Anything Goes.

I could have done an optional snarky comment but I don't have any of those type of sentiment stamps...yet. I ordered some by Hero Arts and cannot wait until I get them!! The holly die cut is from Memory Box. I colored it in with Copic Markers. Not sure I love it but it was fun to do.

The deer is from Mama Elephant and the sentiment is from Hello Bluebird. I kind of put this card together from hodgepodge on my desk.

One more Christmas card on the books!! Again, I am entering this into Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge-Anything Goes.

That is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Second Post for Today

This is my second post for today. I didn't realize this sketch challenge was closing and I created this specifically for it so I decided to pop in with another post.

This first card was inspired by a sketch from the Global Design Project. I LOVE this sketch and think I will be using it again for some other cards.

I used a Mama Elephant penguin and some trees from Hello Bluebird as my images.

The stamp die is the same one I used yesterday but have no idea what company it is from. I cut off the name, something I NEVER do. The snowflakes are from a bunch I cut out last week while my husband was away.

I have kind of been on a Christmas card kick as I think I have to create all my cards for this year and I am WAY BEHIND!! I usually do a photo card of my daughter but since Thanksgiving is so late, I doubt I will be able to do it in time for Christmas. I have been spoiled for so long that it is killing me to have to make all of them again!!

Okay, that is all from me once again. Have a great day!!

Some Challenge Projects

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you all are having a great weekend. Yesterday was a BEAUTIFUL, yet cold, day in Connecticut. It was so nice to see the sun so I will take the cold any day. Today is gray AGAIN, and it is so depressing.

My first card was inspired by a lot of different challenges.

I have had this stamp and die set FOREVER. In fact, I don't have a clue who even made it.  However, I pulled it out of my Christmas stamp pile and did some coloring on my stamps with Tombow markers.

It was kind of fun getting back to one of the first techniques I learned with my rubber stamps years ago.

I created the background by blending Distress Inks and doing the toothbrush splattering with watered down white acrylic paint.

I am entering this into CASE this Sketch #347, which was the sketch that originally inspired me to pull out this stamp set. I am also going to enter this into the Retro Rubber Challenges #123 as my stamp is really, really old. I am also entering this into two Happy Little Stampers November Challenges-Anything Goes with Dies AND Tis the Season.  I am also going to enter this into the November 2019 30 day Coloring Challenge. I TRIED so hard to do this every day but just got too busy to do so.



So for my NEXT card I used two challenges as my starting point.

I used a BUNCH of snow flake dies, as well as a Spellbinders Snowman for my card.

I had so much fun making this card, using TONS of scraps. All the die cutting was done with scrap pieces of paper.

The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp "Inside Christmas Greetings."

I am entering in this into this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #410, Christmas Kickstart Challenge #23-Snow and a new to me challenge, Pixie's Playground Snippets Challenge #365-using scraps.


My last challenge that I am entering today is the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I was inspired by Svitlana Shayevich's tags. She used products from Altenew but I didn't have these. However, I used similar items that I had on hand.

The tag was created with a Paper Trey Ink Bookmark die and cut from a scrap. The snowflake is by Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

I added some Studio Katia pearls to my snowflake to make it a little more elegant.

An update about my dog. He is doing better. He is coughing less and has been his old, naughty self. Yesterday he was well enough to go to the groomers.

The workers said that he was so mellow and friendly with them and the other dogs. He never has been curious about dogs in the past unless it is to dominate. I guess he wanted to play with the other dogs at the groomers!!!

On another note, I want to post a couple of the projects that I was able to color this week.

The top are Hello Bluebird stamps and the second are tags that I will finish this weekend are are Sunny Studios.

Well that is all from me today. I thank you for stopping by. I hope you all have a FABULOUS day!!!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Happy Monday and a Couple of Cards

Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you are all having a great start to your week.

I am popping in with a couple of cards I created. The first was inspired by Happy Little Stampers CAS Tis the Season Challenge and the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #245-Anything Goes.

I am obsessed with these little snowmen from Hello Bluebird but I DO NOT WANT REAL SNOW anytime soon!!

I did some stenciling with SSS Falling Snow Stencil and modeling paste. When it dried, I added an MFT snowflake die cut in the middle.

I then added some images from Hello Bluebird's "Frosty Friends" and "Frosty Littles" stamp sets. I did a bunch of experimentation in coloring my snowmen so each one is different.

The sentiment is also Hello Bluebird. It is from their "Typed Christmas" stamp set. I have an affinity for typed sentiments and tend to purchase them when I don't need them!!

Finishing touches to my card include Orange Stickles on the nose, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and Glossy accents on the bird and scarf. Even my CAS cards have to have a bit of shine or they don't seem finished!!

My second card is another snowman card I created for a previous Freshly Made Sketches but then didn't post in time.

I created the background using different pink Distress Inks and some acrylic paint that I had watered down and spritzed with a tooth brush.

Again, I used another Hello Bluebird Snowman, along with a SSS Snowflake die cut.

I know that all these cards are pretty simple but I have a ton to make and send this year unless I can get my daughter to have a photo shoot at Thanksgiving.

I like the simple sentiments too. I have not stamped any inside yet but will do that later.

On a different subject, has anyone been doing the coloring challenge?

Here are two days of coloring that I did on Friday and Saturday.

I added some sparkle onto the tree too but did not take a photo of that. Will be fun to make cards with these later.

That is all from me today!! Have a FABULOUS day!!