Sunday, November 10, 2019

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!!!


Dotty Jo said...

Hi Nora, what a fun post and I'm thrilled for you that your little guy is feeling better. Beautiful makes. The snowflake dies on your snowman card are gorgeous. Thanks for playing at The Christmas Kickstart and thanks also for your kind comments on my blog, Jo x

Linda Callahan said...

Wow so many wonderful things to see here! Beautiful coloring! And I am glad your pup is feeling better! Glad you joined us at FMS!

Cindy Beach said...

Wow, such fabulous cards, Nora! This is my first time to visit your blog and I am in love with your work! The cards for CAS(E) this is perfect for the sketch! SO glad you found that stamp and inked it up.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

WOW!! These images look a lot like real postage stamps, love the colors and the background is fabulously done.
I love how you did the splatters, a toothbrush?? WOW!! awesome.
Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER.

Susan Renshaw said...

What supper makes Nora! Hopping by from 25 Days of Christmas tags! Love the background you used behind the snowflake!
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

Karren said...

Fabulous cards, Nora! Your postage stamps look amazing - I remember making those when I first started stamping. And your snowman is adorable! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Jane said...

What an amazing stamp and die combo love this card! Thanks for playing at HLS CAS, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

creative lady said...

Love all your cards and tags. Thanks for sharing with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

Ivana Camdzic said...

Love, love, love all of these!! The first card with the postage stamps is my absolute favorite!!! I adore this set - if it was still available, it would be in my cart pronto! lol Such a gorgeous little sprig, too, and the background is marvelous! Love the darling snowman card too - so cozy!! Glad your pupsters is doing ok :)

Claire Grantham said...

Nora, thanks for swinging by my blog and leaving a comment, glad you liked my carrot background. I LOVE your card, your splatters combined with the wonderful stamp. Really lovely. Hope to see you again in the Retro Rubber gallery. Claire DT

Claire Grantham said...

Hi Nora, thanks for swinging by my blog and leaving a comment, glad you liked my carrot background. I love your card, the wonderful splatter background is amazing and paired with that stamp, works so well. Hope to see you in the gallery again soon. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

LeAnne said...

You've been a busy stamper! All your creations are beautiful, and when I saw the postage stamp design, it sent me on a search for a similar die! I just love that look! So happy you shared this with us at Retro Rubber!

Di said...

I really had to hunt for your enippets card Nora as the link was incorrect. However, it's been changed now in Mr Linky so that others can come from the Playground to visit. LOVE your snippets card - the snowman is wonderful with all those snippets. And a huge welcome to the Snippets Playground challenge.


Di xx

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Nora:
What a fun card and tag. I'm the Guest Designer at the Snippets Playground. I have an extra prize for this challenge up for grabs. I hope you'll stop by my blog here:

And...I also have another challenge blog - Word Art Wednesday. Always Anything Goes/Family Friendly with great prizes. I hope you will stop by and link up here as well. I'd love to see your lovely art linked up there as well. Here's that link:

Karen Letchworth

I Card Everyone said...

You really REALLY need to figure out the maker of that set, Nora! It is just perfect, and perfectly wonderful as a stand-in for that Sketch... congrats on your HM at CTS!!! SO much to love here! xx

I Card Everyone said...

hold the phone... it was a FAVORITE!!!! woo hoo!

Crafting With Jack said...

Love your cards and tags - love your cute dog too :)

Kim Heggins said...

fun and festive! Love your wonderful snowflake, those polka dots are fabulous.
Thank you so much for playing along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags!