Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Hi friends!

It's been a busy week and I have a lot of family coming in to town but I wanted to pop in and share a card with you. I'll be entering this card at a couple of different sites. The first is the Simon Says Stamp! blog that has an "anything goes" challenge. Actually, the 2nd site has the same challenge and it's the Word Art Wednesday site. I try to play along with both of these sites as often as I can. There's still plenty of time to play along so I hope you'll check them out! Here's my card:

I wish I could tell you from what paper pack this pattern paper was from--but it's from a friend's stash. Sorry! I do know that the cupcake is from Hero Arts and that I colored in the image using my distress markers. I wanted the frosting to look yummy so I added some stickles and gems on it. Since this card is for a little girl, I thought the cutesy look was perfect for her. Quick and easy card--and fun to make if you enjoy coloring...

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the long weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Birthday color challenge

Hi everyone! I'm popping in quickly to share a card I made for the Annabelle Stamps blog. This is one of those sites that I've followed for awhile but haven't had the chance to play along with. So I was excited to have a bit of time over the weekend to try this color challenge. Here's my card and you'll find the color challenge badge below, too.
I started out using my Hero Arts "Friend" stamp and stamped it in mustard seed distress ink. I then took the Hero Arts cling stamp "Large Blossom" and embossed that with clear embossing powder. The rest of the card was colored in using my distress inks and some foam applicators. It's one of my favorite techniques b/c of the look it gives! The sentiment is from a dollar bin at a LSS and I mounted it on half of a spellbinders label die. The most time consuming part is the coloring--but it's also the part I love the most!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Happy birthday!

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I spent the day worshiping with my church family alongside the Columbia River. Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect blue skies, sunny, gentle breeze, no humidity and great friends...what more could I ask for?!

Tonight I chose to play along with a couple different challenges. The first is with the Moxie Fab World challenge where we had to use the color navy. That nautical theme is really hot right now! I used the color for a different theme, though. Second, I used a sketch from a new-to-me site called Freshly Made Sketches. I LOVED the sketch they had for this week! Below you'll find my card, the sketch, and the Tuesday trigger.
This sketch really made things easy for me. I knew I needed to make a birthday card for a little boy. I knew I wanted to use the color navy. Navy, white and red--always a good combination! Those two red strips just help add some interest to the card--that pop of color. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder called "happy birthday" to emboss the navy strip. I cut out 3 circles and then used the cut out circles (the back of them) to do my stamping. All the images are from a small set I purchased a long time ago and I don't know the name of it--sorry! I stamped the images and then colored them in using distress markers and a glitter pen. I added some stickles to a few images, too. The playful sentiment is from Hampton Arts.

Hope you can join in on the fun--there's still time to play!

Friday, August 16, 2013

My son plays along with a couple of challenges!

Hi all!

Today I'm sharing a card my 9 year old son, Jonathan, is entering on a couple of different sites. The first is the Online Card Class that just finished. Summer Card Camp 2 was a lot of fun! Jonathan and I would start the day watching the videos together. He was bound and determined to use one of their color schemes to make a card. The other site is the Simon Says Stamp! site that has a kids challenge with a theme of "anything goes". Here's his card:
For this color challenge, he needed to use a light and dark green. He chose a chevron stamp in a light green pigment ink and then stamped the pattern on a dark green cardstock. (Not sure I would've thought to do that...) Then, he wanted to emboss it. So, he put the powder on but I heated it. Then, he used my cuttlebug to cut out a spellbinders label and stamped the horse image and sentiment from The Alley Way stamps. (I think it'll be funny to show him this card when he actually understands what "horsing around" means!) Then he used the inktense watercolor pencils to color in the image and he grinned and said, "I'm done, mom!" It's so much fun to watch him create things. He's currently into making sculptures out of clay. Between drawing, sculpting, and making cards I'm just amazed at how much this child loves to create!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Miss you card

Hi friends!

I have a confession to make...I won a bunch of new stamps during the month of June but I've been SO busy, I haven't played with many of them! So, tonight I chose one of the new sets and decided to play along with the latest challenge at the Lawnscaping site. We were to make a one layer card--not the easiest thing for me b/c I love adding dimension and layers. I'm also entering the card at the Word Art Wednesday site for an anything goes challenge. Here's my card and the badge:

I stamped my floral image (Penny Black) in versafine ink and then colored it in with inktense watercolor pencils. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts. Loved coloring this image! Super easy card to make--and fun if you enjoy coloring. I added a few gems under the sentiment and then used my glitter pen to add some shine to the middle of the flower.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Seize the Sketch baby card

Hi again,

I found a new site that has sketch challenges...and I LOVE sketches! The seize the sketch site is brand new and I'm loving their first sketch! I can picture using it for so many occasions...and I love when that happens. I'm also submitting this card to the Word Art Wednesday site. They always have an "anything goes" challenge and I try to play along whenever I can. Below you'll see my card and the sketch:

This was a pretty quick card to make. I used Inkadinkadoo stamps and used the sentiments as the background pattern. Then, I stamped and colored the little turtle stuffed animal. I added some stickles to the little turtle's heart and the card was done. Super easy but so cute! And the baby on the way that this card is for--can't wait to meet the little one, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

10 Minute Craft Dash b-day card

Hi all!

I know, I've disappeared again. Sorry...We just got back from vacation and I've been trying--still--to get the homeschooling stuff organized for the new school year. But, I have a card to share!

If you haven't tried your hand at the 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge over at the Pretty Pink Posh site, it's a must! It's so stressful for those 10 minutes but, if you're successful, you've done a card in 10 minutes! :) Also, the Simon Says Stamp! Monday challenge had us using a "cut" piece on our card. It could be a die cut or a punched piece--but it had to be cut. If you want to make a card in 10 minutes, a cut piece is very helpful! Here's my card and the challenge badge:

10 minutes is NOT a lot of time...So, I decided to do some embossing and die cut some flowers. I used the D'vine Swirls embossing folder with the Tim Holtz embossing diffusers. This allows you to choose what area of the card you want embossed. I'm still not thrilled with how the middle section came out but with only 10 minutes, I let it go. I did try to add a scored line around the oval but again, it didn't work as well as I'd hoped. For the flower, I used a Simon Says Stamp! die (Meadow Rue) and used a glue pen to adhere it. The sentiment stamp is from the "Happy" set from Simon Says Stamp! and finished it off with some gems.
Am I happy with the card? Sort of. I would've liked more time. I finished with just 5 seconds left to spare! But, I'll probably play around with the idea some more to make look crisper.

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Robot Happy Birthday

Hi friends!

Sorry for the long absence! Our new homeschooling curriculum arrived and I've been so busy organizing it all that making cards has taken a back seat. BUT, I wanted to play along with this week's challenge at the Mojo Monday site. I also saw the latest challenge at V's Sweet Ideas blog and will enter the card there, too. Their challenge was to use twine on your card. You'll find my card and this week's sketch below:
How cute is this for a little boy?! Love it! I have a friend that needed a card for a 5 year old boy and this card is perfect! I used paper from DCWV's All About Boys stack. The stamped image is from the Dollar Store--I've had it forever! I embossed it and then used some stickles to color in parts of the robot. The picture doesn't catch the shine well--he looks even cuter in real life! I colored him in using my inktense watercolor pencils. Then, I added some faux stitching along the white strip and on the circle die. I stamped the sentiment (Simon Says Stamp!'s "Happy") and white embossed it. As a final touch, I added a button with some baker's twine and the card was done.

Hope to be back soon with more cards! Thanks for stopping by,