I don’t know about you but I live for the weekends. I get more done in those 48 hours than I do all week. After working all day I’m too pooped to do anything. Once I get home, I’m home. I rarely go back out. I try to get a little crafty time in here and there during the week, but with it still getting dark out at 6:00 it feels like 9:30 and my energy level is drained. One of the things I do like to do is catch up on blogs and tutorials during the week. I keep track of the challenges on a tracking sheet I created then I do some or all of the challenges on Friday night or Saturday.
So, here we are at the end of the week – I only made two cards for three challenges this week. I’m having house guests next week so I spent a good time Saturday straightening my craft room as my BFF and I will be spending some time in there during her visit. Today I had a dear friend and her 87 year old mother over for dinner and games. Fun times.
First up is this cutie…
I used the colors from this weeks Color Throwdown [ctd430]: Turquoise, Sage Green, Kraft/Gold, and Dark Brown.
I used SU! cardstock in Tempting Turquoise and Sage Shadow for the waves which were cut out using MFT Die-namics. MFT cardstock in Kraft and Smooth White make up the card bases. I colored the adorable sea otter (from MFT’s Otterly Love You) with Copic markers and popped him up with foam tape so it looks as though he’s bobbing in the waves.
CTD430 was combined with this weeks Freshly Made Sketche 275.
Next, is this purr-fectly content kitty from My Favorite Things Cool Cat set.
I used MFT color challenge combo #63: Coral Crush, Peach Bellini, Spearmint and Green Eyed Monster.
I made a one layer card – well, two if you count the matting. I did some masking on the kitty and her little pet bed then used a Clarity stencil brush to stencil on the color in the background. I used MFT Peach bellini, Coral Crush and Spearmint premium dye inks. The kitty and bed were colored with Copic markers. The light sucks in my room once it gets dark out. I asked for a light box for my birthday (which is next week) so hopefully better photos are on the horizon.
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Greetings! I’ve got a few challenge cards completed this week. I would have done more if I had a little more time. I’ve got quite a few birthdays over the next two weeks so I’ve been making birthday cards and buying & wrapping presents. A few are for local friends and I’ve got twin nieces who are turning 8. They live in Colorado so I have to plan ahead to get their things mailed. I took the easy route this year and got them each a Visa gift card to buy whatever they’d like. I’m sure they’ll have fun shopping. One of the cards I made this week is for Natalie’s birthday (one of the twins):
I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge. This week Simon called for “cute” and the featured vendor is Wild Rose Studio. I think this card definitely fits the cute category. I mean all of the Pure Innocence girls are stinkin’ cute! The girl on the left was made into a mirror image so her back would be towards the girl holding the balloon. After coloring with Copic markers, I fussy cut them and adhered them to the card. Incidentally, the patterned paper in the background is by Wild Rose Studio (Bella Paper) – it’s the only thing I had by this vendor.
My second card combines two challenges:
- Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Young at Heart”
- Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge #621 which called for black, white, red
I used MFT cardstock in Smooth White, Red Hot and Black Licorice. The balloon and sentiment stamp is called Up in the Air by Clearly Besotted – it was stamped using MFT Black Licorice and Red Hot.
The Color Throwdown challenge (cdt429) this week was Black, Orange and Teal.
Here’s what I came up with for this challenge:
I used MFT cardstock in Smooth White and Black Licorice along with a strip from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot pad (also MFT). Ink colors include MFT Black Licorice and Lush Lagoon and Hero Arts Tangerine. I did second generation stamping for the flowers and the leaves so I got a tone on tone effect. I used a die to cut the word hugs in the black cardstock and mounted it on white cardstock using it as a negative so the white base shows through. A little foam tape was added to some of the flowers to pop them up and give the card a little dimension.
My last challenge card of the week combined two more challenges:
- CAS-ual Fridays Color Challenge which called for pink, red and white
- Splitcoaststampers Free for All #364 which called for pink
I was finished making Valentine cards last week so made a birthday card instead. I think I’ll be making more because I love the way it turned out. It’s so cute (if I do say so myself). I used one of the [funny] sentiment lines from CAS-ual Fridays Shenanigans stamp set. I love that set – especially for humorous birthdays. The little plate and fork are [retired] dies from MFT. I used a Sizzix Nestabilities die for the placemat and I cut a little triangle out of MFT Cotton Candy cardstock for the napkin. I used stamps from MFT Abstract Art and Distressed Patterns stamp sets to create little chocolate cake crumbs and frosting smears on the plate. Isn’t it cute?? Looks just like crumbs, doesn’t it? Mmmmm.
Thanks for looking at my stuff. Until next time…
I am not a football fan so I have no interest in the Superbowl; although, Tom Brady does remind me of Frankenstein. However, that is not the reference of my title though. I came up with that to describe a card I made from scraps of old project pieces I had in my stash. It’s a combination of pieces I previously made for one thing or another but never used. It’s a Frankenstein Valentine!
The background was created by spreading inked shaving cream through a stencil. The heart was stamped using Versamark then I sponged on color over it to reveal the words. I cut the heart out and adhered it to the back panel. I had this little MFT Pre Innocence girl already colored (with Copic markers) in my stash as well. I decided to use her because she’s wearing Valentine colors.
I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge and SCS F4A363, both called for Valentine’s this week.
I managed to combine two other challenges with this second card.
This week’s Color Throwdown called for pink, red and chocolate brown. Mmmmm, yummy Valentine’s colors (or chocolate covered cherries in my mouth). I combined the color challenge with Freshly Made Sketches sketch #273. I used the required colors and die cut three little lips (Paper Smooches). The LOVE sentiment (Lawn Fawn) was die cut four times and glued together so it’s thicker. I stacked three hearts and inlaid it into the “O”. I used Avery Elle’s wonky stitched frame die to make finished edges.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time…
I’m back today with one more challenge card to finish out my week.
I combined three challenges for this one:
- SCS Color Challenge 619: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Honey and Rich Razzleberry.
- Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge was Anything Goes with a focus on Carabelle Studio products. I had this cool wood BD stamp from Carabelle Studio
- Freshly Made Sketches #272
I used Copic markers to color the images which are (MFT’s I’m Owl Yours (and coordinating dienamics). I added other MFT dienamics (Clouds and Scribbles) to finish off my little scene.
Thanks for looking. Have a super week.
I’m back with a few more challenge cards for the week. First up is this adorable valentine card I made for a friend.
I used MFT’s Adorable Elephants (emphasis on adorable) stamps and coordinating dienamics. The stenciled background was made by diecutting a background piece but then using it as a stencil. In this case I used MFT’s Hugs & Kisses Cover-up Dienamic to create a background of little x’s and o’s. I colored the elephant cuties with Copic markers and popped some up with foam tape on little oval shadows. I used this week’s MFT sketch (MFTWSC317) as inspiration for the layout.
I combined this week’s Color Throwdown with two challenges from SCS to create this cute card:
I masked some of the little critters from Avery Elle’s Band Camp set to create this parade of animals. Normally, I would have colored them more vibrantly but I was trying to stick to the pastel colors of the color challenge. I colored the image with Copic markers and popped up the panel using craft foam. Used a Swiss Dot stencil to create a soft background. Here are the challenges I incorporated into this card:
- Teapot Tuesday called uplifting music, music notes, etc. These little critters sure look like they’re putting out some sweet sounds.
- SCS Ways to Use It challenge this week called for a nod to Australian friends down under. Surely you;d find kangaroos and crocodiles in Australia although I doubt they’d be as nice as these cuties here.
- Soft pastel colors were the colors for Color Throwdown’s challenge #427. It was a challenge for me to do soft coloring using pastel colors – I’m usually all about the bold, bright hues.
My last card for today uses the stinkin cute yet’s from MFT’s Beast Friends. I colored the images with Copic markers then cut them out using the coordinating dienamics. For the background I used an ink blending tool with dye ink (Blueberry, Tropical Teal, Spearmint) and added a few water droplets. The panel was cut using MFT’s Stitched Basic Edges Dienamics. I cut an additional edge in Tropical Teal cardstock to add a thin border. The sentiment is from MFT’s Cozy Greetings stamp set and was embossed with ZING! embossing powder (Charcoal opaque).
I was able to combine three more challenges for this card:
- SCS Friday Free For All challenge called for cuddly/snuggly things. Now normally I’d think a Yeti or Abominable Snowman might be mean or try to bite – am I right? Definitely not so snuggly. BUT these little guys, on the other hand, are totally cuddly and snuggly. They sure look cozy with a scarf and hot cocoa.
- The second challenge I incorporated was SCS Mix-Ability challenge which was Brr Make it Frosty. Yeti’s are typically found in the snowy regions, aren’t they? And, they must be chilly; afterall, he’s wearing a scarf.
- Lastly, I used the color combination from MFT’s Color Challenge which is Gravel Gray, Blueberry, Spearmint, and Tropical Teal.
Thanks for looking!