Monday, March 5, 2018

Goldilocks and the three squares

I am combining a few challenges today. The Winter Wonderland challenge, Real or Faux Stitching, was a slam dunk because I love sewing on paper (which reminds me of an interesting story when I took my 32 year old Kenmore in for repairs and explained what I use it for, but that's a story for another day). I struggled a bit with the Jingle Belles challenge to make a card using inchies. First I tried using an actual one inch square. It was TOO small to put anything on it.Then I tried a two inch square. It was TOO big to fit into the layout I had in mind. Then I tried a one-inch-and-a-halfie and it was just right. I added a rectangle and a large square to add some interest. This is a truly a Heinz 57 of stuff, dies, stamps, papers and a bit of stitching. It was very fun to make. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

In so many words...

The current Jingle Belles challenge us to make a Christmas card featuring text in some form or another. I pawed through my papers and found a pad of coordinating papers that include several pages with Merry Christmas in various fonts and colors...score! Threw in a few more layers from the same pad, a bit of stitching and an embellishment...pretty simple. Here's my first one:

And here's my second one:

One month almost over and 4 cards in the bin, yay!

I am also submitting this to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything Goes and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Three deer is better than two

This week I'm playing along with Jingle Belles We Three Kings challenge, to make a Christmas card featuring three of one element. Using the Stampin' Up Carols of Christmas dies, I went with three deer. I planned to do three trees as well, but I liked it better with 4. Two Christmas cards down!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bird Crazy Birthday

I needed a birthday card for a young man and decided the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and dies would fit the beak perfectly (get it?? Beak instead of "bill"...snort!). My inspiration for the layout came from the current Fusion Card Challenge (Happy 4th Anniversary Fusion!), and I played with just the sketch. Here's the sketch:

I flipped the sketch because I thought it worked better since the bird faces left. I colored my bird with Spectrum Noir markers, stitched around the edge of my cardstock and voila!

I am also playing along with Seize the Birthday Anything Goes. 


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Merry Christmas to me...

Didn't have access to my crafting supplies for most of 2017 so I'm thrilled to be back to it. This is my first card of 2018 and first card posted in a year! This one is based on the Jingle Belles challenge to make a card using goodies received over the holidays. The Merry Christmas is from the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge, a thoughtful gift from myself to myself.  

I'm also submitting this to Craft Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hello Coffee Friend

Another rainy day in NorCal! We are officially no longer in a drought...although SoCal is still in drought conditions.

I decided to try out Cas(e) this Sketch #204.  I just love this layout...I could easily make a card everyday with this sketch.

I colored Copic markers on Tim Holtz Coffee Time stamp and die set and then splattered distressed inks on the background.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just saying hello

This year my resolution is to try my hand at more card challenges, ones I haven't tried before. I also resolve to post my cards to the challenge blogs (resolution #2), which is something I seldom do, but here I go!

This clean and versatile sketch by Kim is from Freshly Made Sketches:

I really like this sketch, it was so easy to design my card. I combined it with the Shopping Our Stash Stickle Me Elmo challenge, to use glitter, like Stickles, on a project. I decided my card needed blue glitter but I didn't have first thought was, well I'll just go git some. But that'd be cheating...Shopping Our Stash is about using what you already have, which is resolution #3. So I settled for the green glitter (Recollections stickles knock-off) and it turned out just ducky. (True confession, this card reminds me of a pair of pants I had in the seventies that had big blue and green pop art style flowers. I loved them.)

And here's some close-ups of a few of the faux stickles.

That was fun...what will I try next?