Monday, August 28, 2017

Playing Along with CAS(E) this Sketch #236

Monday Monday!! I hope everyone had a fabulous day!!

Tired this afternoon from staying up too late musing over the Game of Thrones finale and worrying about going back to work today. It was fine but a long day!!!

Today I am playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch #236. I created a simple card using LDRS Creative "Sweet Treats" set. Can you tell that I adore these pigs?

I started off by die cutting the "Sunshine" paper scrap by Fancy Pants into a rectangle using Lil Inkers  "Stitched Rectangle" dies. I then adhered it to the front of a top folding, A2, Kraft card base. Next I adhered a strip of orange paper over the patterned paper.

I used My Favorite Things "Pierced Circle Stax" (retired) to die cut a white circle. I then adhered the little scene over the circle, popping up the little hat, the ice cream and word balloon with foam adhesive.

The little pig and elements were colored in with Copic Markers. I used a little too much Clear Wink of Stella over the ice cream cart. It just came out of the pen and I had a hard time wiping it off!! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps "Be Cool" stamp set.

Here is the sketch that inspired this card:

Yesterday I made Double Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins. It was the first time I made this recipe and it was quite yummy!!

Well, that is all for now. Have a FABULOUS night!!

(Some affiliate links are used at no extra cost to you!)
Stamps-LDRS Creative "Sweet Treats," Simon Says Stamp "Be Cool
Paper-My Minds Eye "Kraft Card stock" and Fancy Pants "Sunshine" patterned paper, Neenah Solar White Card stock.
Markers-Copic Markers and Zig Clear Wink of Stella
Dies-Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle Dies and My Favorite Things "Pierced Circle Stax"
Adhesives-Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive and Scotch Dot Adhesive
Other-Sizzix Big Shot

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thhinking of You with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Saturday everyone!! I hope you all have been enjoying your week.

I start work again on Monday so I have been milking this last week of vacation for all it is worth. This summer FLEW by so fast this year that I really am not ready to go back!! No cleaning done this week but lots of crafting and visiting with girl friends who are difficult to see while I am working.

Today it is my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. In honer of the end of summer, I created more of a fall card. I used Freshly Made Sketches #302 as my design inspiration.

I combined three CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sets-"Autumn Blessings," "Full on Floral," and "Pretty Posies" to make this card.

I started out by doing a bit of ink blending with Distress Inks over a stencil on white card stock to get my circle. I then stamped the sentiment from "Pretty Posies" in brown dye ink underneath. I adhered the white panel over a top folding A2 sized brown card base.

Next I die cut the acorn using CAS-ual Fridays "Acorn Fri-dies" from a scrap piece of polka dot patterned paper and some kraft card stock. I shaded the bottom of the acorn with brown ink and adhered the acorn top over it.

I then die cut the leaves from some white card stock and then did a "stamp kissing" technique over the top of them.

I inked up the leaf stamp from "Autumn Blessings" with red dye ink.

I placed the non inked "Full on Floral" stamp over the inked leaf and then lifted it up.

The floral image took away a bit of the red ink and left an impression on the solid stamp. I then die cut some veins out of brown card stock and adhered them to the red leaf.

I adhered the leaves to the circle and used foam adhesive to pop up the acorn a little bit.

If you like the stamp sets that I used or feel like a shopping spree, use my code nora2017 at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store to get 15% off your total order.

Again, I used Freshly Made Sketches #302 as my layout inspiration for this card.

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




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #256

Hey peeps. Just popping by for a quick post with two projects for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #256. I have been in the craft room trying to craft and it looks like a bomb has gone off!! (no photos-too embarrassing!!)

I created my first card using LDRS Creative's "Sweet Treats" set.

I kind of made a mess of the splattering and it went to the right of my card as well as the left. Then I put my finger in it before it was completely dry and had to use my sand eraser to fix it.

The pig was colored in with Copic markers. I used a white gel pen for the little dots on his cheeks and his eyes.

The circle he sits on was created with two types of Distress Ink and a stencil. The pig is actually on a mini action wobbler but I don't know how to put a video in a post yet.

Here is the fun sketch from the Paper Craft Crew that I used (PCC256):

For my second card, I chose to use a piece of patterned paper from Bella BLVD's "Make a Mark" 6" by 8" paper pad and die cut as my focal point.

The paper already had a fun sentiment and all I did was pop a die cut, some gold Washi tape and a few gold pearls and it was a card!!!

I was surprised at how easy it all came together!! What was even better, the die cut was a left over from one of my SJ card kits. In August we are choosing to use all the bits and pieces we didn't use in the first round.

Well that is all form me today. I am off to meet one of my friend's for breakfast. Next week is back to work so I am cramming in all my socialization this week!!

Have a fabulous day!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #300

Happy Monday!! Just popping in to help celebrate Freshly Mades Sketches Anniversary. It is their 300th sketch-how exciting is that?

I chose to make a really simple card, using pre-made die cuts and papers from Doodlebug Design, as well as a stamped sentiment by Altenew.

Who says a card has to take hours to make? I adore this "Cream and Sugar" collection by Doodlebug that has been sitting on my desk for MONTHS. I decided I needed to use it!!

I did make a boo boo, as you can see. For those of you who LOVE Nuvo Crystal drops-how do you get them to be flat? I got a little extra pink on the cheeks due to a little thread. I was so mad!! Even erasing it with a sand eraser did not help.

Here is the anniversary sketch #300 from Freshly Made Sketches.

That is all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a FABULOUS day!!

(*Affiliate links are used when possible at no extra cost to you. I only buy and use what I like and all opinions are my own.)
Stamps-Altenew "Coffee Talk"
Paper-PaperTrey Ink "Hibiscus Burst," *Doodlebug Design "Cream and Sugar" 6" by 6" paper pad, *Doodlebug Design “Coffee Break," Neenah Solar White ,
Dies-My Favorite Things "Inside & Outside Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax," My Favorite Things "Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX" My Favorite Things "Pierced Oval Stax" (retired)
Ink-Lawn Fawn “Walnut
Other-*Sizzix Big Shot Machine, *MISTI, *Doodlebug Design Cream and Sugar “Odds and Ends,” *Nuvo Crystal Drops "Carnation Pink," *Glossy Accents, *Glossy Accents


Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Summer Fun Card for AAA Challenge #96 and A Heart Desires Challenge #15 August 2017 Mood Board

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you are enjoying your day. I have been TRYING to organize a bit of my craft stuff. I should be purging BUT cannot seem to let go of my stuff. I admire people that just let it go but as soon as I do, I wish I had it again. Am I the only one?

Have not been creating that much but BUYING a bunch. (Hence the organizing!) I am officially cut off on September 1st as I now have to start saving for Charlotte's college. We have a bit saved already but the schools that she is looking at are a bit over the budget that we had set aside.

Today I am posting a card that I created with a Copic marker scene and combining a few stamp sets. I LOVE combining my stamp sets-really helps to stretch them-but in this day and age, rarely do. I am determined to do more of it, though.

This card started off incredibly by the little LDRS Creative pig from the "Sweet Treats" set. I have been coloring them all week (more cards to come) but thought this particular piggy would look good on a beach, in a bathing suit that I drew on him.

The background I created by using my Copic Markers.  I used some photos from Pinterest to help me figure out how to do this and was surprised that this came out as well as it did. I had to shop for a bunch of Copic refills today (don't tell my husband!) because I used a TON of ink.

I die cut little clouds out of white card stock using Taylored Expressions "Little Bits Sun and Clouds" dies. On two of the clouds I used foam adhesive for a bit of pop.

I created the little towel Mr. Pig is sitting on and used one of the umbrella stamps from Pretty Pink Posh's "Rainy Days" set to help him stay out of the sun. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things "Penguins in Paradise" and the little star fish is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Mermaids" set.

I had put a photo of the background on IG and FB before I made the card and had a few requests for a tutorial on the background. When I get my refills in I will be attempting to make my first, real video. What a scary thought!

The colors were inspired by A Heart Desires Challenge #15 August 2017 Mood Board and the scene was created for AAA Challenge #96 "Summer Fun."


I will be back tomorrow with a quick card that I created for Freshly Made Sketches Sketch #300.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!

(*Some of the links for my supplies use affiliate links, at no extra cost to you.)

Stamps-*LDRS Creative "Sweet Treats," Pretty Pink Posh's "Rainy Days," My Favorite Things "Penguins in Paradise," and *CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Mermaids"
Ink-Simon Says Stamp "Sunkist," *Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Copic Markers-Sand-E34, E33, E31, E30 Ocean-BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, Copic White Sky-B0000, B000, B00 Pig-R30, R32, E50 Bathing Suit-YG01, YG03, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, *“Diamond” Stickles Umbrella-BG32, BG34, BG45, BG49 Towel-Y01, Y02 Cone-E53, E55, E29, *Glossy Accents
Other-*MISTI, *Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Neenah Solar White Card Stock, *Scotch Dot Roller, *Tombow Adhesive Foam Squares, *Ranger Ink Multi-Matte

Friday, August 11, 2017

It is a CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop Featuring Flower Cards!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I am here with a card for the CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop. You should have hopped here from Gaylynn's blog "Neat Nook Creations."

For this hop, we were to use flowers on our creations. I created a card combining CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Full on Floral" stamp set with "Sassy Smiles" and a few Fri-dies.

 I started off my card by stamping the "Full on Floral" stamp in red onto a top folding, A2 aqua card base. I love these two colors together and decided to use them after seeing a dress I liked while I was on vacation. I made a mental note to come home and use this color scheme on a card.

I then die cut the "smile" sentiment using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Smiling Fri-Dies" out of a piece of red card stock. I adhered it to the card front saturating it with a clear sparkle pen and a coat of glossy accents.

While the die cut was drying, I masked a sentiment from the "Sassy Smiles" stamp set and stamped it in red onto a strip of aqua card stock. I adhered this sentiment strip under the "smile" die cut using foam adhesive.

I thought the card needed something more so I then die cut some flowers using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Friendly Flowers" and "Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies" out of the same red card stock as the sentiment. (Really difficult to tell this in my photos but the shiny was really hard to photograph!!)

Like the sentiment, I coated the flowers with clear sparkle pen and Glossy Accents. When the flowers were dry, I added an aqua pearl onto each flower.

This card was extremely simple to make and would be fun to mass produce for a card set. Who doesn't like getting a card that says smile? I tend to use these the most and send them out just to cheer somebody up.

Next up on the blog hop is Niki's blog, "Cardstoq: Tealkat's Blog." If you get lost along the way, be sure to head on over to the CardMaker Magazine Blog for the full list of designers participating in this hop.

Don't forget to comment on every one's blog for a chance to win some great prizes!

I thank you for stopping by and hope you all have a FABULOUS day.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Products:

Paper: red and aqua card stock
Ink: WPlus9 "Gala Red"
Other: Sizzix Big Shot, Spectrum Clear Sparkle Pen, Glossy Accents, 3M Foam Adhesive, Ranger Multi: Matte, Hero Arts Pearls

Monday, August 7, 2017

Vacation and a Card for a Past Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!! Today is kind of a dreary day here but the weather is not hot or humid so I will take it!!!

Today I am posting a few things. First, a card I created for "Freshly Made Sketches #298." I was hoping to have time to post it before we went on vacation last week but never got the chance to edit it.

I used PaperTrey Ink's "Butterfly Hope" stamp set which has sat in my NBUS pile for a long time. I needed to send some encouragement cards and this set was perfect. I also created a matching envelope while I had everything out.

Here is the sketch:

I used Altenew Dye ink cubes and  Memento Ink in "Tuxedo Black" to stamp my images.

I didn't have a piece of blue paper to match the blue in the butterfly so I did some ink blending on a piece of white card stock, stamped the sentiment in black and die cut it using a My Favorite Things "Pierced Square Stax" die.

To finish off the outside of my card, I added some sequins and black jewels randomly around the card.

I also stamped the inside of the card with a matching butterfly.

Just an FYI, the white panel looks wonky in this photo. I had not stuck it down inside the card yet and it drifted a bit to the right.

This ends the post part with the card. Now onto vacation photos!!

Last week we went rented a house in Rhode Island. My father and stepmother stayed with us and my sister and family rented a different house a couple streets away. Charlotte had a BLAST seeing her cousins every day.

The weather was PERFECT the whole week and the water was not as cold as I thought it would be. The first night I was able to take a few photos of the sunset as we walked along the beach after dinner.

Unfortunately that was the only night I was able to take as we were either eating or making dinner at that time all the other nights. I also did not get up for a sunrise either. Our house was on the main drag and every night people were loudly walking home from the bars at closing time. I am a light sleeper so that was not fun for me. Wound up sleeping in way too much!!

The last day we had a little photo shoot with the family.

This is my father, my stepmother, Charlotte and three of her cousins that were there.

This is me with my father and sister, Jen.

My sister was even able to get a half way decent photo of the three of us. Why I wore those darn sneakers, though, is beyond me!!

Well that is all for today. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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Stamps-PaperTrey Ink "Butterfly Hope"
Ink-Altenew "Fired Brick Red" and "Persian Blue," Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Dies-My Favorite Things "Pierced Square Stax"
Paper-PaperTrey Ink "True Black" and "Stampers Select White"
Other-MISTI, Jelly Gems, Doodlebug Design Sequins-"Ladybug"3L Scrapbook 3D Adhesive Foam Squares Sizzix Big Shot Machine,