Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bloomin' Center Stair Card

My mom's birthday is next week (she will be 92) and I wanted to make her a special card.  I really love how it turned out.  I hope she will like it too.

I started with GKD white cardstock - nice and heavy and cut the step card using a template as a guide.  The designer paper is a piece that has been in my stash for years.  All the flowers are cut out with my Silhouette.  The paper lace border is a die cut that also embosses. (I don't know the company but I think they are no longer in business.)  The white circle is a Spellbinder die as are the pink Scalloped circle and the circle with the sentiment.  My Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die was perfect to work around the flowers and to go with the flourishes in the designer paper.
The centers of the coral and maroon flowers were part of the cutting file.  For the yellow flowers I added a green pearl.
This is only the second step card I have made but I really enjoyed making it so it won't be my last.

Simon Monday - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Stamping Boutique - more than one layer
Cheery Lynn -anything goes
Di's Digi Design - birthday

Doodle Pantry and OWH

There are always challenges at Operation Write Home and this new sketch challenge is sponsored by Doodle Pantry.  Most of the challenges at OWH do not have sponsors so if you have thought about entering, now would be a good time - you might win some digital images of your choice.
Here is the sketch:
And here is my card:
I used a set that was a new release this month:
I love the papers, especially the gorilla faces.
The banana border is made by repeating the banana in a row in the publisher program before printing.
You really should head over to Doodle Pantry and check out the store.  It is amazing. 
And don't forget to read the guidelines for cards made for OWH.  Things like no bulk, no glitter are really important.

Love to Scrap - anything
Simon Monday - anything
Papertakes - cool colors
Simon Wednesday - anything
Stamping Boutique - more than one layer
Little Claires - love digi
Stamp and Create - love

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today You Are You

How much better off we would be if we would just be ourselves and stop trying to be someone else or some thing we are not.  I have used this Bugaboo image before and made a few more cards with it this week because I love the sentiment in the frame.  If you are a Dr. Seuss fan, you will recognize it.

The challenge at Die Cuttin Divas is to make a card with Dr. Seuss inspired card.  I used Copics for coloring.  The image and layer are cut out with MFT rectangles.  It doesn't show in the photo but there is a little embossed layer on the image panel and the Kraft panel by running them through the Cuttlebug a second time with an embossing pad.  The bow die is from My Craft Spot.

Simon Monday - anything
Papertakes - Take Your Pick -  Kraft
Die Cuttin Divas - Dr. Seuss
Word Art Wedenesday - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doodle Pantry and Clear It Out

There is a new challenge at Clear It Out - Animals and Stripes.  Doodle Pantry is the Sponsor.  There are so many Doodle Pantry animals to choose from.  I chose from one of the newer releases.

The striped paper is from a different set, Bright Smiles
I kept this card flat and mailable because it will be going to OWH.  Just a few pieces of interest like the grass which is cut with a MFT icicle die, the button with twine, and under that a piece of Washi tape.

Stop by Clear It Out and enter your animal card.  You may win some great Doodle Pantry sets.

Papertakes - Take your pick  (colors, technique)
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Pennys Paper Crafting - spots and stripes
Simon Monday - anything
OWH ODBD challenge - animals

Monday, February 23, 2015

Now That's Challenging

Some of my favorite cards are CAS.  I like simple.  I do well with simple.  But one layer cards?  Now that is definitely a challenge for me.  And that is the challenge at the Kraft Journal this week.
That should be challenge enough but, oh no, not me, I had to add to the challenge by doing something I have never done before - stamp, emboss, and color on Kraft.  I used Light Kraft Cardstock from the Kraft Outlet.
The surprising aspect of this is it was fun; I love the results; I will do it again.
The stamp is by Unity.  I used Copics  to fill in a little color.  I added some beautiful hand stained Vintage White Bias Ribbon.  That doesn't count as a layer, does it?
So do you want to take on the challenge to make a one layer card.  We at the Kraft Journal would love to see what you come up with.

Papertakes - Bingo (ribbon, free, blooms)
Simon Wednesday - add texture
Simon Monday - anything
Cute Card Thursday - floral delight

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sending Smiles

Everything about this card (except the card base) is made from leftovers and scraps.

The digital image is an older Designed2Delight which I have had printed and colored for ages.  The papers and the "smiles" that I cut out of designer paper are all pieces .  Even the ribbon is a left over piece. 
I used the sketch at Sketch Saturday and kept the card very simple and mailable.

Sketch Saturday 
Papertake Bingo - ribbon, free space, blooms
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Your Next Stamp - colors (three shades of green, gray, pale yellow)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

National Gumdrop Day

Did you know that it was National Gumdrop Day on Feb. 15.  I knew that and then forgot to post the card I made with it as my inspiration.  Who comes up with these National days anyway?  Maybe today should be National Better Late Than Never Day. haha
These gumdrops and sentiment are from the Doodle Pantry set Sweet Stuff which is a Free with Purchase set.  Using several pre-colored drops, I formed a heart and put the sentiment in the middle before printing.
One of the reasons I made this card was for the Ants In My Pantry Digital Challenge at the Doodle Pantry Digital Blog.  The challenge is to use candy or some kind of sweets on your card or project (because of the National Gumdrop Day).  We would love to see your entry.  The challenge closes on Feb. 23.

Stamping Boutique - hearts
Little Claires - love digi
Crafty Cardmaker - love
Stamp and Create - love
Without Words - love
Words to Scrap By - do something different