Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mixed manufacturer birthday card

Long time, no post.  I am enjoying my part-time job, and it has been a busy year.  Recently I thought I would never get back to my craft room, but then in the past five weeks I have spent every spare minute reorganizing my crafty supplies...some days only five minutes, some days a half hour or more...who needs sleep?  I have a lot of crafty goodies, but then again I have been "collecting" for about twenty years.  I am not is always a work in progress, but I like the progress I've made.  There are still supplies on the floor in crates and even in an old laundry basket, but overall it is neat and orderly.  My current focus (fingers-crossed) is to finish partially started projects; I have plenty of those to keep me busy for weeks or months, and completing them will give me more space and make it even tidier.

Today's card is my most recently started-but-not-finished project.  A sweet friend of mine gave me a stamp set with this adorable elephant.  My grandmother loves elephants, especially if the trunk is up; she says it is good luck.  Her birthday is not until August, so I am actually early on this one!

My inspiration came from a card that Amy Sheffer made.

card stock:  Recollections 110lb white; Stampin' Up! Rose Red
patterned paper:  Echo Park "Anything Goes" Double Scoop
Dies:  My Favorite Things Die-namics "Wonky Stitched rectangles" and "Blueprints 20" (stitched banner); Reverse Confetti "Coffee and You" (elephant) and Background Banners
Stamp sets:  Reverse Confetti "Coffee and You" (elephant) and Stampin' Up! "Something to Celebrate" (happy birthday sentiment)
ink:  Stampin' Up! Rose Red
Copic markers:  RV10, RV21, C1, C3, C5, and C7

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Let it SNOW!

Winter has been a bust in northern Virginia this year...very very little snow.  Perhaps my snowy card will bring us one nice blanket of white, then Spring can come.  I created this card for the snow challenge at Jingle Belles, but my inspiration came from sketch #34 at Paper Play Sketches:

I substituted the circle in the sketch for an upcycled scene from a store bought Christmas card.  The papers are all scraps from my Echo Park "Winter Park" 12x12 collection.  The "merry" was Cricut cut scrap that I had leftover from a project from a few years ago.  No new stash used here, but it is rewarding to create a unique card from old bits and pieces!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Stick With Us (sticker challenge)

I am playing along with the Jingle Belles sticker challenge.  I used Simon Says Stamp rectangle stitched dies to cutely base red rectangle and the two smaller red patterned rectangles.  All of the papers and the ornament sticker are from the BasicGrey "Figgy Pudding" 12x12 collection.  I used last week's Paper Play sketch #32 to help me design the card.  Lastly I added a Creative Imaginations rub-on sentiment on the sticker.

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

More Presents?

 I recently acquired some "Christmas Delivery" ephemera and 12x12 by Carta Bella.  That wonderful old world Santa is a Carta Bella die cut and the presents background and red with white snow pennant is cut from their 12x12 papers.  Used MFT Dynamics to die cut the pennant.  The forest green polka dot paper is by WeRMemoryKeepers.

My inspiration came from two places:  "It's All About the Presents" Jingle Belles challenge and this fun sketch at Paper Play Sketches.
I played along with every single Jingle Belles challenge in 2016 and I had plenty of cards by December!  I hope to do the same for 2017.  With great sketches at Paper Play Sketches, this should be easy.  Please join in the fun at both challenge blogs.

Happy Thursday!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

White Christmas

 This is the inspiration photo for the final 2016 challenge at Jingle Belles.  I am personally grateful to Lauren and Stef for these motivating challenges.  They have enabled me to create dozens of Christmas cards and I hardly purchased any new supplies to do so...except for this ring wreath die from Simon Says Stamp:
I was enamored with the (mostly) white Christmas decorations in the inspiration photo.  The sentiment and base layer were cut from a sheet of glitter paper (both also new stash), but all of the buttons, brads, sequins, gems, and flowers are from my stash (most of it seriously old!)

 Nearly a year ago my friend Leslie Hanna and I promised each other that we would participate in all of the Jingle Belles challenges for 2016.  Though I completely forgot to post my card from the last challenge, I did make at least one card for every challenge at Jingle Belles this year.  Cheers, Leslie!
This card uses retired BasicGrey paper, clearance alphabet stamps purchased at Michael's, and the Hero Arts poinsettia layered stamps from the December 2015 Hero Arts card kit.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Not A Creature Was Stirring challenge

I recently purchased this stamp and die set "Toboggan Together" by Lawn Fawn.  My snowflake paper is a Doodlebug "Santa Express" 6x6 scrap that I toned down with a scrap of vellum.  The white snowflakes are Simon Says Stamp dies.  I am entering my card in the current challenge at Jingle Belles to include a critter (of any, alien, penguin, etc.)

This was fun to make.  I enjoyed playing with my neglected Copic markers!  My inks are by Hero Arts:  poinsettia and strawberry.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pink Christmas for Breast Cancer Awareness

  The current challenge at Jingle Belles is to make a PINK Christmas card.  Leslie Hanna (aka The Crooked Stamper) did not like pink, yet still participated in pink challenges.  Leslie always included "gah" before she typed the word pink on her blog.
Leslie passed away on Christmas Day last year, but I know she is celebrating this *gah* pink challenge in spirit with her fellow Belles and Shopping Our Stash design team.

 Last weekend I was reorganizing my old Stampin' Up decorative papers; I separated my collections and sorted all by color.  That was when I came across these scraps and I knew I needed to use them for this challenge.  Leslie used to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator, so I'm pretty sure she would have had these papers in her stash.  I even colored the tree trunks with a Stampin' Up marker "Pretty in Pink."  I love it when I start purging/re-organizing crafty supplies and it sparks a little creativity!  The trees stamp is by Paper Smooches ("Warm Hearts") and the wonky stitched die is My Favorite Things Die-namics.

Happy Tuesday!