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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

CAS x 2

Hi, everyone! I'm here to share two CAS cards.

The first is a springy version of a card I made for the current Words 2 Craft By challenge and is being shared over at CAS-ual Fridays' Going Green Challenge.

  • The quote is computer-generated, based on an online dictionary definition. 
  • I love the way the vellum softens the dp and gives the card a five-layer look.

Stampin' Up black cardstock and vellum; Debbie Mumm baby girl dp
My Favorite Things stitched rectangles stax and Paper Smooches botanical dies
flower centers: SU owl builder punch
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Miracle Tape; Zig 2-way glue pen
computer-generated sentiment

The second is for a friend who recently had to say good-bye to a beloved fur baby.

That's it for tonight. Short and sweet.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Out of this World

Hi, everyone!

I'm here to share a card inspired by the current Cards in Envy Green Thing and CAS-ual Fridays Going Green Challenges.

Annie used some cute monsters on her CIE card, so I chose to stamp up a few monsters of my own for a little one at Nationwide Children's. And, in keeping with the green part of each challenge, I used green exclusively for these little guys to accentuate them against an otherwise neutral palette.

Graphic45 dp; Bazzill cobblestone and Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Lawn Fawn monster mash images, stamped in My Favorite Things black licorice
Lawn Fawn out of this world sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark ink and SU white powder
Spellbinders Nestabilities circles and Lawn Fawn planet dies
various SU embossing folders
adheisves: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; SU mini dimensionals

  • Three different embossing folders were used to create different textures for the three planets and the largest planet's crater. (Can you tell the monsters are hiding out in a crater? Hope so. Hmmm... Maybe I should have added a few more holes to the planet's surface. The idea was for the little ones to look like they are hanging from the rim of a crater. And, I used dimensionals on each monster's head to give each one a little lift.)
  • In the absence of coordinating dies, each monster was fussy cut twice, stamping on dp and white. Then they were stamped again on white to punch out those eyes, which were are enhanced with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
  • I actually would have loved to use googly eyes. When I placed googly eyes over the dp monsters the results were adorable. But, since this is headed to a children's hospital, I chose safety over cuteness. 
Parting Thoughts

As I mentioned yesterday, a Women's-History-Month-inspired challenge started up Wednesday at Words 2 Craft By. There's still plenty of time to play along for a chance to win $10 to the e-tailer of your choice. Hope to see you over at W2CB.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Season's Tweetings

Hi, everyone! Here doing a little blogging while watching a lot of b-ball. Love this time of year.  :)

Tonight, I'm here sharing a card for the current Jingle Belles Hark the Herald Angels Sing Challenge. The gals have asked us to make a musically-inspired holiday card.

Maybe it's an indication of my lack of musicality, but I have very little musically-themed items in my stash. And, other than Lawn Fawn's winter sparrows, I really have no idea how to use what I have.

So, here's another sweet little sparrow, sending "Season's Tweetings" greetings to this card's recipient. Kept this one clean and simple. Maybe a little too simple? I had planned on embossing the smaller vellum panel... but it's too late now. Oh, well...

stash dp; SU vellum and gray cardstock; Staples white cardstock; Darice glitter tape
Lawn Fawn winter sparrows stamps and dies; Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes dies
images (and inside sentiment) stamped in MFT black licorice
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

Parting Thoughts

CAS-ual Fridays Contender!!!
Rainbows Challenge
Click here for card details.  :)
Okay, I don't usually say anything about challenge recognitions, but I have to mention that the little card at the right received a CAS-ual Fridays shout-out last Thursday. My first ever!!! Can you tell I'm just a bit excited. Even hubby seemed happy about it.  :)

A new challenge started Wednesday at Words 2 Craft By, and there's $10 to an e-tailer of the winner's choice up for grabs. In honor of Women's History Month, we are featuring a quote from the phenomenally inspirational Dr. Maya Angelou. Hope you'll join us as we celebrate phenomenal women in our lives.

Have a wonderful Sunday. And, until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

SAS4Kids: AG/Cards 4 Boys

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge.

Naturally, anything 4 kids will work for the challenge. This time around, our DT is featuring Cards 4 Boys. As a former SAS4Kids shipper, I know that it was always a pleasure to receive cards made especially with our guy patients in mind. For my card, I inked up a few tiny heroes from my favorite super hero stamp set.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! black and Staples white cardstock
Mama Elephant tiny heroes images and sentiment
images stamped in MFT hybrid black licorice, colored with Prismacolor pencils
sentiment stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Stampin' Up white powder
inking: various Distress Oxides
tiny stars: ??? corner rounder; SU star decorative mask
adhesives: Scotch ATG; SU mini dimensionals; Zig 2-way glue pen

Since I knew I was going to be crafting from the road when making cards for the March SAS4Kids challenges, I packed a stamp set with both male and female super heroes. For the guy card, I tried to tone things down just a little bit from the card I made for our last challenge. LOL

Stop by SAS4Kids to see all the wonderful DT cards and then stop back by to link up an AG/Card 4 Boys creation of your very own.

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

W2CB #51: Phenomenal Woman

Women's History month is the inspiration for our March/April Words 2 Craft By words, which come to us from the phenomenal Maya Angleou.

I was so fortunate to hear Dr. Angelou speak on two occasions, and was left speechless both times. One of those times, I was with my best friend... who will probably be the recipient of the card shown below.  :)

Stampin' Up! dp, 2016-18 cardstock, and vellum
computer-generated text
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 dies; MFT STAX rectangular dies; tiny circles: SU owl builder punch
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Miracle Tape

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out our I-Team's amazing cards.... and then come back by to link up a card/project of your very own for a chance to win a gift certificate from an e-tailer of your choice. Sounds like a perfect time to make something special for a phenomenal woman in your life.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Twofer #3: Blossoms

Hi, everyone! I'm here with two cards for the March Twofer Card Challenge.

The card on the left was made for the March/April Words 2 Craft By Challenge, which goes live in about 5 minutes. It will be mailed to send a bit of encouragement to a phenomenal friend.

When I saw that the theme for the current Twofer Card Challenge is blossoms, I decided to use the same cluster of sweet Paper Smooches blossoms to adorn the Christmas wreath shown on the card on the right.

Left Card: Details can be found here.
Right Card: Paper Smooches and Sue Wilson dies; Graphic45 paper

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! And, thanks to Darnell and the Twofer team for another fun challenge.

Hope to see you all at W2CB!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rainbows and Snowflakes

Hi, there. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by those terrible storms.

I'm here tonight to share two cards.

My first card features rainbow-colored heart balloons. It was inspired by the current Cards in Envy Give It Some Heart and the CAS-ual Fridays  Beautiful Rainbow Challenges.

MFT designer paper; stash white cardstock
MFT pierced heart STAX and stitched rectangular STAX dies
Paper Smooches group hugs sentiment
sentiment stamped in MFT black licorice and Versamark ink, heat embossed with clear SSS powder
Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing powder; SU white baker's twine

My second card was inspired by the current Jingle Belles Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Challenge, featuring inchies and/or twinchies.

It was also inspired by the current Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. I took a few liberties with the sketch, but hope that's okay. I originally toyed with adding a sentiment banner, but ended up preferring a thin strip instead.

Just wish this one would've photographed a little better. The foil square behind the inchie is a pretty rose that is perfect with the striped paper.

Authentique glistening dp; Martha Stewart Valentine foil paper; SU black cardstock
Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes and Paper Smooches wave/scallop dies
SU stitched rectangular dies; tiny circle: owl builder punch

Parting Thoughts

Our February/March Words 2 Craft By Challenge is open through Wednesday. Hope you'll join us.

Looks like it might be a pretty busy week. So, I'm not sure when I'll be posting again. Stay dry, stay safe. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!