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Sunday, October 15, 2017

May All Your Christmases Be... Pink

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a great weekend.

Tonight's card was inspired by three challenges: 1) the Jingle Belles Pink Christmas... For the Cure, 2) the Merry Making Online Card Class Day 1 Lesson, and 3) the current CAS-ual Friday Sketch Challenge.


Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! sweet sugarplum cardstock
Simon Says cute snowflakes, heat embossed with Hampton Arts light pink glittery powder
SU good greetings sentiment, heat embossed with Hampton Arts light pink glittery powder
Distress Inks: spun sugar, picked raspberry; Oxides: worn lipstick, seedless preservesinks applied with Ranger blending tool
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing
Although it may not look like it in the pic, the snowflakes are embossed in a light pink (glittery) powder. I added some seedless preserve coloring to pop the pink elements, including the snowflakes. For the background, I used a little of Kristina's bokeh effect... along with a stamping technique shared by Jennifer a few weeks ago... along with a little experimentation of my own. While I don't typically use pink on holiday cards, this really turned out well. 

Parting Thoughts

An autumn-based challenge started at Words 2 Craft By on Wednesday, and there are still several weeks to play along. Hope to see you in the W2CB Gallery.  :)

Have a great week! Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

W2CB #46: When Leaves Turn Into Flowers

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge.

Our words for this challenge come to us from Albert Camus.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. 


For my card, I couldn't resist the change to play with some yummy Distress Oxides. Oh, and yes, I actually parted with some of that gorgeous SU blackberry bliss paper. 


Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up! blackberry bliss; stash Bazzill olive green cardstock
Close to My Heart sentiment in SU blackberry bliss, heat embossed with Versamark in Simon Says clear powder
inking: Distress Ink vintage photo; various Distress Oxides, applied with Ranger blending tool
Paper Smooches leaf die, leaves heat embossed in Recollections gold powder
MFT double stitched rectangular STAX dies
SU/Sizzix embossing folder; Balger gold blending filament
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zots glue dots; foam backing

As always, our W2CB gals put their own individual twists on these challenge words. Stop by to see what the ladies have created... and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your own.

See you in the W2CB Gallery! In the meantime, think I'll share this card over at Cards in Envy.

Monday, October 9, 2017

so grateful

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday, especially for those of you who are enjoying a 3-day weekend.

Today, I have a trio of CAS thank you cards that I'll be sharing over at Shopping Our Stash. I have to say it's nice to be playing over there. I love that challenge blog, but haven't had a chance to play recently.

Bazzill (cobblestone ?) cardstock; stash apricot and red cardstocks; SU vellum
CTMH November Word Puzzle sentiment in SU mossy meadow
leaves stamped in CTMH sunset or heat embossed with copper powder
SU twine; adhesives: Ranger multi medium matte, SU mini dimensionals


Okay, these are really CAS. Maybe too CAS for SOS? The design was inspired by a card sent to me by SAS4Kids cardmaker Jennifer Kubo. Thanks. Jennifer, for a great idea! Just wish I knew how to use washi tape as well as you do.... because I like my card but really love yours.

A few design elements about my card:

  • The base paper is slightly textured. So it didn't stamp as cleanly as I would like -- even after re-stamping with the MISTI, but I do love the paper. 
  • That base paper is exactly the same, although you'd never knw that from this pic. LOL. Think it's Bazzill cobblestone. Know it was a great find at Tuesday Morning.  :)
  • The focal point rectangle of the middle card is a second-generation-stamped image. I made 30 of these, 15 of which were second-generation stamps. 
  • Speaking of the middle card, the stamped leaf image is copper embossed.

Parting Thoughts

A new W2CB Challenge starts on Wednesday. Hope to see you there,

Have a great day. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

SAS4Kids: Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means its time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge.

With the upcoming holiday season, it seems like the perfect time for a holiday-themed challenge.

For this challenge, we have two wonderful sponsors donating $15 gift certificates: Dollar Graphics Depot and Dies R Us.




Dollar Graphics Depot

Dies R Us


Dollar Graphics Depot Little Mouse Loves Christmas digital images
Distress Ink core paper; stash cardstock; Neenah Soler white
Paper Studio and Cuttlebug embossing folders;  crimper
Stampin' Up! bow builder and Martha Stewart branch punches: Paper Smooches botanicals 2 die
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Recollections foam squares; Zig 2-way glue pen

For my card, I used a trio of adorable Dollar Graphics Depot mice to create a Christmas card for a little one at Nationwide Children's. Our hospital contact has mentioned that she gets a number of requests from parents for totally-free sentiment cards. So, despite my temptation to add a cute little Christmas sentiment from Paper Smooches, I resisted.

Truth be told, I'm still not entirely happy with the bottom third of this card. Nothing I tried felt completely right... because I didn't want to overpower those mice. Regardless, I hope these little critters bring a big smile to a little face.  :)


Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see our gals' holiday creations... and then stop back by to link up a card of your own.

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sparkles Christmas: Christmas Is for Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the first of the month.. which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas Challenge!

The Sparkles DT takes turns choosing the monthly challenge theme. This month, the honor is all mine. Of course, with my work for Send a Smile 4 Kids, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for our team to make kiddie cards. So, our theme for the month is: Christmas is for Kids!


For my this challenge, I used stash glitter paper, a fun doggie image, a punny sentiment, and an embossed background paper to make a card perfect for a kid. And, I have to say, I'm pretty darn pleased with the way this paper-pieced pup turned out.   :)

Neenah Soler white; DCWV glitter stack; Bazzill green and Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs, stamped in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Memory Box stencil inked in Distress Inks (twisted  citron, mowed lawn) applied with Ranger blending tool
floor/ground inked in DI hickory smoke, also applied with Ranger blending tool
MFT double stitched STAX die; computer generated word bubble sentiment
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen

Stop by Sparkles Christmas and see our DT gals' cards. Then stop back by and link up a card/project of your own.  :)

BTW  This is a gussied up version of a card designed for teens to make at the local library's Santa Saturday celebration that posted yesterday. Today's card  will be sent to a child at Nationwide Children's. Since today's card also has an embossed element, I'm going to share it at the current Jingle Belles Emboss Around the Christmas Tree challenge.


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

See you in the Sparkles Christmas Gallery!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

NBUS Challenge #12: Santa Paws?!

Hi, everyone. Feels like forever since I've posted. Hope you all are well. Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected by recent natural disasters. How terrible... How heartbreaking...


Today I'm sharing a a prototype of a card that teens will be making at this year's Santa Saturday library extravaganza. One of the librarians asked me if I'd be interested in hosting another card-making event for older kids and their parents. What a silly question. Right?!

My friend Mary Anne donated a small embossing machine to the library, so a request was made for the cards to include an embossing element. I also thought the kids would enjoy coloring a Santa-crazed little pup.

NBUS Recollections red and green cardstock; Neenah Soler white
Crazy Dog images, stamped in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils
Memory Box and SU background stencils, inked in Distress Ink hickory smoke applied with Ranger blending tool
Paper Studio embossing folder; MFT double stitched STAX rectangle dies
I'm sharing this at:
  • Darnell's current NBUS challenge. The NBUS items are new packs of red and green cardstock... which was purchased at a Michael's post-Christmas sale... in hope of using it with the kids on Santa Saturday. 
  • the current Jingle Belles Emboss Around the Christmas Tree challenge. Life's recently gotten in the way of playing at JB -- and this is by no means fancy. But, it has an embossing element, nonetheless!
To see a gussied up version of this card, designed for a child at Nationwide Children's, check out this month's Sparkles Christmas post.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Our W2CB Logic vs Imagination Challenge is open through Wednesday. And, there's a $10 gift certificate up for grabs. Stop by if you have a chance.  :)

Think that's it for today. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday


Hi, everyone. Still sending thoughts and prayers to all those affected by Harvey, Irma... and now Jose and Maria. Heard the Atlantic is calming down. Sure hope that's true.


Today, I'm soooo thankful for something that happened last Friday. Blog friend Christina Hor -- Christina of the Cards for Little Hearts card drive -- had a chance to meet in real life! It was absolutely delightful! Not only did we enjoy a good lunch, we talked about card making... and crafting... and blogging. Most importantly, we were entertained by Christina's sweet little girl. Such a lovely day.  :)

Just wish we would've remembered to take a selfie. Duh!!! Will have to do that next time.

Speaking of next time, hoping to have a card to share. Seems like a while since I made my way to the menopause room for any quality crafting time.  :)

Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!  :)