Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1

What a great day. A seriously GREAT day. Today is the launch of Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge!!!! And guess what else?! Yours truly is a part of the Design Team, along with Anita, Loll, Kara, Suzanne, and Carol.

Oh my gosh, I'm so darn excited!! And I hope you're as excited about this brand-spankin' new challenge as I am. That Darnell is so clever. It's funny, I'd been thinking about how I need to make two cards every time I sat down, so it was serendipity when Darnell called, told me about her new challenge, and asked me to be on the Design Team!! This was meant to be, I tell ya! The Twofer Challenge is the perfect motivation for me, and I'm thinking that it will be for you too.

The rules are EZPZ lemon squeezy, and can be found on the Challenge Blog. The goal of the Twofer Challenge is to sit down (or stand, even) and make two different card designs for two different occasions. Here's what I made:

The prompt for this inaugural challenge is, Feathers. And would you believe that I don't have a feather stamp or die to my name?! But, I could use my Silhouette and make some! The white card is a sympathy card, and the second is a Congratulations/Baby Girl card. I used an MFT frame die, a scrap of vellum behind the feathers, and I heat embossed Gina K. sentiment. The "Tickled Pink" card also uses scraps, and ME scalloped dies, a computer generated sentiment with a portion of a Precious Remembrance stamp, cut with a HA die. Two candy-striped enamel dots, and that's it! Both came together really quickly.

So I'll see you over there, right??!!! Join me, and the rest of the DT making "Twofer" cards! Woohoooooooooooooo!!!!!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Three Cards for Monday

I meant to get to a couple of these cards yesterday, but DH needed a little extra care, so that's where my time went. He's fine, but I wasn't able to write a post. I'd made the card for the current Time Out Challenge on Saturday and was waiting till daylight yesterday to photograph it; obviously that didn't happen. Finished the card for Laurel Seabrook's new Inspired By challenge yesterday also, but was unable to get to it. Then I made one for Inspired By All The Little Things latest challenge this morning. Whew! Planted DH with his breakfast, and will try to get this post written and up without any more chatter....

First card for Time Out:

Found a hoarded saved scrap of gray patterned paper which jumped into my hands and wouldn't let go. Used an MFT rectangle to cut a white panel, and added a panel beneath stamped with a large Hero Arts stamp using some ME Winter ink. Verve sentiment stamped in ME Smoke gray. 

Second card for Inspired By:

Started with a kraft base, and grabbed an ancient piece of blue and white polka dotted paper. The polkies are actually embossed! Those are MFT circles, and an MB snowflake die. I added some flocking to the snowflake and a diamond bling in its center. Stamped an MFT sentiment and used a white gel pen to add "snow" to the tops of the letters. Looks so cool in real life...

And last but not least, a card for Inspired By All The Little Things:

LOVE that inspiration photo!!! A bit of American Craft patterned paper beneath the white panel, and the branches and sweet, little fox are from WPlus9. An MFT sentiment in Basil Fresh Ink ink. EZPZ lemon squeezy!!  The orange-ish paper on the fox actually has a little shimmer, which didn't photograph well, sorry.  And as promised, I will let you go for now. See you on Wednesday when the Twofer Challenge launches!!!! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Card and a Twofer Reminder

Good morning everyone! It's been c-c-cold here, with temps barely rising above zero F, and keeping most of us indoors. We haven't had the snows/blizzards that have affected many parts of the U.S., and I'm thankful for that, but we're due for some warmer temperatures, in my opinion! Brrrrr.....! Hoping  those of you getting punched with snow and cold are safe and sound. Do keep us posted.

Just a quick reminder too, that the Twofer Card Challenge is set to launch on Wednesday, January 10th. I'm so excited that I can hardly stand it!!!! Mark your calendars and get ready to play along!

I made a card for the current challenge at Sunday Stamps. They've got an incredible color palette and the DT has some fabulous creations over there. Make sure you stop by and see them, and while you're there scoping out all those projects, I hope your mojo will get a little jolt so you can join in the fun!

Isn't that just pretty?!! I had a million ideas flying around my brain, but once things settled down, I came up with this card:

My colors are much closer to the ones indicated, it's just that my photographic skills leave something to be desired. Those enamel dots and the MB sentiment are really navy blue, although they look black here. All the shades appear darker than they are in real life. The branches were scraps cut with another MB die, and the scalloped frame is part of a NBUS set by AE. I added some green sequins for funsies, too. I will admit that I do like the way this turned out! Hope you are enjoying your first foray into 2018, and that all good things come your way this year! As always...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Perfect Way to Start 2018

Before Thanksgiving, Carol Mayne asked me if I'd like to be her Guest as the wonderful Fusion Challenge celebrates its Fourth Anniversary. I was delighted to say, "YES!!!" I'd say this is just about the most perfect way to start out the New Year!! Won't you join me in wishing Lesley and her fabulous Design Team a very happy anniversary by joining in the fun at Fusion?!

Just like it says, you can either use the sketch, or the photo inspiration, or both, to create your card. For the first challenge of this New Year, and in honor of their Fourth Anniversary, this is the Fusion Graphic:

I made a little something using the sketch and the colors from the photo. Since I needed a more masculine thank you card, my brain went in this direction. 

I surprised myself and made this card in less than hour. Who knew??! The grayish-brownish patterned paper is my nod to the wood from the photo. I used some watercolors to create a splashy look for the W-Plus9 cut circle. The AE sentiment was a Christmas gift from DH to me (wink-wink...boy does he ever have good taste!!). The two blue strips are from my scrap files. I added three PTI rainstones to the circle as well. And there you have it! Make sure you head on over to Fusion and wish them all the best, and while you're there, play along! Happy New Year, and

Thursday, December 14, 2017

It's All Good

I think I've been away from my computer for what seems a forever time. It's been "interesting" around here as of late; lots of company, Thanksgiving, and some extra caregiver duties. I'll leave it at that, and say that it really is, all good. I hope that you're all well, and I hope you know that you've been on my mind.

In the last couple of days, I've had the chance to make some money holder cards for some teenage-ish grandchildren, a few birthday cards for family members, and a coffee card for this season's hop. I do so love to play along with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. There's a bazillion of brilliant cards in the gallery, too. Such clever ideas!! A huge thanks to Amy, the entire DT, and all those amazing sponsors for making this so fun!!

Had to come up with something fast, but I love this little guy!

This is an MFT snowman that I've had for quite some time. I used ME Smoke Ink, and some Copics to color him. That's an MFT Wonky frame, too. The teensy cup was cut with my Silhouette so I could make it just the right size. And I'm off...Thanks for stopping, Merry Christmas, and God Bless you all.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Presents

Most of the cards I make go into bins and are saved throughout the year. At Christmas time, I divvy them up, and fill small boxes with at least a dozen cards and envelopes as presents for special people. I was one short. One. One stinkin' card. And naturally, the box that was short has to be ready to go this my son can take it back to the Twin Cities after our Thanksgiving together. One short...*sigh* On the up side, I had to play in my craft room today! I think I can live with that! The inspiration for this one came from the photo over at Curtain Call. Acorns. How perfect for this time of year.

Thank heavens this sweet image spoke very loudly to me, and the idea for my card made a very loud Ping inside my head. It looks like this:

Those sweet little acorns and the sentiment are from an RC set that Darnell was kind enough to give me. They're perfect! The oak leaves are from an NBUS set from The Market Street Stamps. The circle die is from MFT. The 'dots' are from a PTI set, and I added a little kraft twine along the left side. I think this has a bit of a masculine look to it. And it's back to the 'company preparations' for me. Tons to do, but it will be so worth it. Hope your Thanksgiving festivities are full of family, friends, good food, and blessings. As always...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time Will Tell

Time will tell if taking time to craft was a good idea or not... I've got so much to do before company comes next week that getting ready is what I probably should be doing. I did need a bit of "me" time today however. And if I really think about it, once the little ones have been in the house for five minutes, no one will be able to tell that I've cleaned, and cleaned, and cleaned, lol! So worth every single sound of their laughter, and all the call-outs, "grandma, grandma..."

I've made a tag today. A friend happens to be expecting a baby girl at the end of December, and the Tag You're It Challenge has marvelous inspiration! See for yourself!

Hazel and Darnell really came up with such sweet baby girl tags, didn't they?! Be sure to stop over there and check out the rest of the DT's creations, too. And while you're at it, why don't you play along as well?! Come on, you know you want to....

My tag:

I sure wish you could see the colors in person. The pink isn't quite as garish as it appears and the greens are that perfect baby green...*sigh* I use an RC tag die, and a WPlus9 sentiment. The onesie is from a package of stickers that had no manufacture left. There are star sequins and I added a tiny green bling to their centers. Some ribbon and twine finish it. And now since I've got to get some things done, I'll leave you for today. Have a wonderful week, and as always...