Monday, September 20, 2021

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #528-Theme Challenge

 It is time for a NEW Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!!! The theme for this time around is CAMPING!!

The photo below was the inspiration for this very rustic looking card. 

I chose to use an embossed wood background as the base of this card. I then added digital images from our sponsor, Pixel Paper Prints. She generously gifted us the "Camper Boys" digital stamps. Aren't they fun?

I knew in my head the basic design I wanted to do with this card. I wanted to use Distress ink to "dirty" it up. Instead of coloring all the images, I decided to color only one. I chose the lantern because this was one of my favorite images in the whole set. I used Tombow water based markers to color it in. 

The sentiment was created by using my computer. It was a tad smaller than I wanted so I used some kraft cardstock as a frame.

I will be honest, making this card was really out of my comfort zone. I am NOT a camper at all and really have no one to send this card to. However, it was fun to think outside the box to create.

That is all from me today. Please hop on over to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge and play with us this week! There are prizes being awarded. See the post for details!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #503 and a Card for some Color Challenges

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Happy Saturday!! It is a FABULOUS day here in Connecticut. So needed as this week has felt like it went on forever!! 

I have been busy trying to create some Halloween projects that I will be sending out to some college students to decorate their rooms and it is a bit of a process. I am painting wood, which takes time. Do you send out fun things to your college students? I remember my mother sending a Valentine package to me at college stuffed with things for me and for my floor. We only lived 20 minutes away so it was such a fun surprise!!!

Today I am popping in with some cards I created for some challenges. I have found it so hard to have time, or any motivation to create anything as of late. I have ideas in my head but am just too tired to execute. I was happy this week that I had a day to play, along with some actual energy!!

My first card was inspired by this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #503.

It is nothing earth shattering but I was able to use some fun things that I had on my desk. I chose to go with this blue color as my main theme as blue is my favorite color and makes me happy. Below is the FMS505 sketch I used for my card.

The background was die cut from *Neenah Solar White cardstock with an Altenew *Dainty Cover Blooms die. I die cut the squares from paper scraps with an Embossed Edge Square Die from Kat Scrappiness. 

I first stamped the Pinkfresh Studio *Sweet Friend Floral Stamp with a light ink and used the coordinating stencil to color it in. The flower was then stamped again with *Versamark Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Wow! Superfine Metallic Rich Gold embossing powder. I then used the *Sweet Friend Floral matching dies to die cut this out. 

The sentiment was pulled from my stash and adhered using foam adhesive. Such a simple card but am so happy at how it came out!!

My second card I created for a color challenge and a theme challenge. I used The Card Concept #159 "Colorful Fall" badge to influence the colors I used on my card. The theme I used was from the Double D Challenge Mood Board which was filled with leaves. 

I started off my card by attempting to use my gel plate and a stencil to create a background. I chose to use some oxide inks in *Fired Brick, *Wild Honey and *Dusty Concord as the printing inks. I didn't use enough and it was an epic fail so I had a plan b. I used the Altenew *Striped Leaf cover die to die cut Neenah White cardstock to layer over my print disastor.

I then colored in some of the positive pieces with Copic markers and inlaid them back into the leaves.

Other die cut areas I chose to layer *Glossy Accents over the inked portions of the leaf. I cannot seem to create a card without Glossy Accents these days and need to order some more!!

I finished off my card with the Simon Says Stamp Sending Smiles die and random colors of sequins that matched my leaves.

All in all, I saved my background from being thrown out. Seems to be a pattern these days for me!!!

Well I am off to bake some Apple Crisp for my step-mother's birthday celebration. I didn't pick apples yet but bought them from the farm stand today. I will be picking apples later this week as I love them fresh off the tree!!! My favorite type are Macoun. What are yours?

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a FABULOUS rest of the day!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Inspired By Challenge Entry IB187

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Happy Sunday everyone!! 

I am popping quickly today with a card that I created for this weeks Inspired By Challenge #IB187. I am hoping they are going to accept it as I DID NOT make a fall card.

Instead, I used the black window, the wood sentiment board and the yellow flowers and blueish eucalyptus branch as my color inspiration.

I started off by swishing Hero Arts *Unicorn Pigment Ink across the front of a Kraft A2 sized card base. I then die cut a frame using the Spellbinders *Candlewick Etched Dies from Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock. (and a shout out here-*Spellbinders is having a warehouse sale. I spent a lot of money there myself this week-don't tell my husband!!)

I used Simple Stories Vintage Lemon Twist *die cuts and stickers on this card for my embellishments. The gingham paper is from the Simple Stories Vintage Lemon Twist 6" by 8" paper pad. 

I popped some of my embellishments up with foam adhesive and added some clear sparkle pen in some areas. Other areas I used *Glossy Accents to enhance a portion of my die cut. 

I bought some Nuvo Vintage Peppermint Candy colored drops and used them to create the "enamel" dots to finish my card off.

I know I didn't use "traditional" stamps on my card but I really like how this came out. I have a couple more that I created but will post them at a later date. 

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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

On the Blog at CAS-Fridays with a Pet Sympathy Card

 Happy Hump Day!!

Today I am on the blog at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps with a simple pet sympathy card. This did not turn out as I had planned but I made it work-something I try to do when I take a lot of time on a card. Below is a sneak peek:

Please hop on over to MY POST to see my completed card. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #527 Reminder

 Hello Crafty Friends!!

Today I am popping in to remind you of the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #527-Shades of Green.  This week I created another little scene with a dragon.

Once again, I used images generously donated by our sponsor- WWW.CRAFTYSCRAPPERS.IN-to create my card. Isn't she precious?

Below is the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #527 Badge:


I started off my card by creating a scene with a photo program using different images from WWW.CRAFTYSCRAPPERS.IN. I then printed out the scene on my computer and die cut it with a *Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die

I used Copic markers to color in the entire scene. I then layered the dragon over a dry embossed panel that was on top of an A2, *Neenah White, top folding card base.

Once again, I created little dragon "scales" with colored pencils. I used some *shimmer pen over the horns and the wings, and then covered both with *Glossy Accents

I think that this dragon came out cuter than last weeks!! My daughter saw this card and insists I send it out to her at college!!!

I so hope that you play with us this week at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #527. Be sure to hop on over to the BLOG POST to see what the other designers have created with these fun, little images!!! You can enter the challenge for a chance to win!!!

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

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