Monday, January 15, 2018

Twist Pop Up Card

With my goal of challenging myself to stretch and try new ideas for paper crafting, I have found some wonderful ideas and as many wonderful tutorials.  Thank goodness for the videos ; they are   the most helpful for me.   Here is one card idea that I tried and it was so fun to make.   If you want to make one, just look up Twist Pop Up cards.  There are several great videos.


How fun is this?

Front of the card:
Stampin' Up stamp, Die-namic Circle Stax dies, Cuttlebug heart dies, copics, miscellaneous patterned paper Stampin' Up Vanilla cardstock, Power Poppy January Page Map

Inside: Stampin' Up stamps, other company stamps, Copics, Distress Oxide ink, Prisma pencils
Score Tape

Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Simon Wednesday - use patterned paper
CardzTV - anything
Power Poppy - January Page Maps
Deep Oceans - something new
7 Kids - anything

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Some Cards for the Guys

Still working on Valentines.  It is a real challenge to come up with guy cards for eight grandsons.
This first card was inspired by several blog challenges.
The penguin and sentiment are digital stamps by Doodle Pantry.  The sketch is one of the January sketches at Power Poppy. 
I used  Copics and Prisma pencils to color in the penguin.
Dies are Spellbinder.
Paper - Echo Park

Challenges:
Simon Monday - winter blues
Die Cuttin Divas - penquins
CardzTV - anything
Dies R Us - anything goes
Power Poppy - page map

The next card is super CAS
Patterned paper, ribbon, and die cut by Stamplorations. 


Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - use patterned paper
Stamploration - CAS

Stamploration - never ending challenge

Friday, January 12, 2018

Trying Something New

While going through a few blog hops recently, one of the questions asked was what are your goals for 2018.  I never give that much thought at the beginning of each year but these blogs made me ponder that question.  So one of the crafting goals for this year is to try some new techniques and make some items that are not cards.  So....
I loved making these.  Easier than I thought they would be and what a cute gift.
This is the first one which I am keeping in my kitchen. It seems I can never find a piece of paper and pen when I want one in there. 
The blue cardstock is old 12 x 12 that is just sitting around because I don't do any scrapbooking any more.  The pretty patterned paper is heavy designer paper that someone gave me as they were downsizing their craft stash.  The sentiment is a digital stamp that I colored with copics to match the colors on the paper and I backed it with a MFT stitched rectangle.  The flower embellishment is a Silhouette flower in my left over stash.  I adhered a black pearl to three flowers.
Here is the inside:
And here is the second one I made that I will give away to a DIL just for the fun of it.

The flowers on this one are Verve stamps which I stamped and embossed with white EP and then cut with the corresponding dies by Verve.
Fun project.  I know I will make more.
Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - use patterned paper
Cardz TV - anything
Cut It Up - something new
Cuttlebug Mania - flowers
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Oceans - something new
Dies R Us - anything goes
Words 2 Craft By - And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
 Crop Stop - anything
7 Kids - anything

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Valentine in Browns

Each year I challenge myself to make 26 different, individual valentines.  The ones for the guys are the hardest. 
I wanted to use colors that would lend themselves to the more masculine look.  I love the polka dot paper but it is impossible to match color-wise to any cardstock I have so I went with maroon accents.
The stamp in the center of the card is Unity.  After I stamped it in brown, I hand stitched the edges with a Prisma pencil and then used Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, masking the letter rectangles.  "You" die is Simon Says. 
Sketch is MFT:
Challenges:
MFT sketch
Simon Wednesday - use patterned paper
Cardz TV - anything
Dies R Us - anything
7 Kids - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Sweet Valentine

I am having some fun making Valentines and trying some colors other than just pink and red.


The sketch is MFT:

Gummy bears and gum drops - SU All Wrapped Up
Conversation hearts - ? at Michaels
You are so sweet - Doodle Pantry digital stamp
Embossing folder - Darice
Tag die - Spellbinder
Heart die - Whitelotous
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide 

Challenges:
MFT sketch
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapy Land - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - anything
Crop Stop - anything


Monday, January 1, 2018

Pretty in Pink

Lot's of R and R yesterday.  It felt good (especially with electricity for heat, cooking, and internet). 
This card took a few hours to make but I like how it turned out and now I have 2 Valentine cards made.  24 to go.


I used the sketch at MFT again.

The hearts are cut out with a no name stitched hearts die set. Each heart is popped up with dimensional tape. The stitching around the card was drawn with a white gen pen.  The sentiment is from the Cardz TV stamp set "Love Ya".  I used to say this to my daughter when she was young.  So this card will be for her.

Happy New Year to each of you.

Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Simon Says Wednesday  - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Craziness Continues

Sometimes you just have to laugh!  So that's what we did today.  Amidst the craziness in our lives right now, we are having to deal with snow and ice - lots of ice.  We live in a pocket that apparently is the coldest spot in the county.  So while everyone else has seen the last of the snow and 46 degrees,  we still have white yard, porch, etc., ice and 31 degrees.  And now everything, including my car, is covered in an inch of ice.  It has been "raining" for a day with freezing rain so all the trees and bushes are covered and coated with ice. LOTS of damage.  We continue to see our trees breaking.  Now add a power outage.  Oh, yes, so no phone or internet this morning.  As I was using my cell phone to call a brother, my minutes ran out.  Like I said, sometimes you just have to laugh.
We have power now.  I have added minutes to the phone.  I am not even thinking about going outside.  So what's a girl to do?  Make some cards!
I was intrigued by the sketch at MFT:
I used a stamp set that I have probably used only one time before but now with the Misti, it is much easier.
The sentiment is stamped on a hexagon and popped up with a piece of dimensional tape.  As long as I was using the beehive set, I thought I would turn it into a Valentine card.
Oh, oh!  The lights just flickered.  I better hurry and finish this up!

P.S. The power did go out before I finished.  So I am now finishing this 21 hours later.

Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Stamploration CAS

CardzTV - anything