Saturday, August 1, 2015

Looking Ahead to Autumn

August 1st.  Oh, how I have been enjoying this summer and hoping it will last at least 2 more months.  But I do love Fall too.  Then, of course, at the end of Autumn comes Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays.  That is the new challenge at the Die Cut Diva's Challenge blog - favorite holidays or celebrations.
This beautiful precolored digital image is by Doodle Pantry.  I thought it would be fun to make a window for it with one of the dies from the Spellbinder Pumpkin Dies set.  You can find that set at Le Crystelle Clothing and Crafts, our sponsor for the month of July.
The base of my card is Light Kraft cardstock from the Kraft Outlet.  The leaves are three different cardstocks cut out with a Spellbinder leaf die.
The Die Cut Divas would love to see what your favorite holidays are.  You have all month to play.

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - anything
Simon Work it Wednesday - die cuts
Paper Creators - die cuts 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

August Birthdays

A new digital image by Snoopy's Homemade Fun and it is perfect for my sister's birthday and for the sketch at MFT.
I love this sentiment because my birthday is in August too!
The beautiful black frame is Spellbinders Stately Circles.  I cut the sentiments with MFT Stax Circles.  When I chose the pink paisley ribbon, I did so because I wanted that color, but then I remembered the paisley embossing folder and the Cuttlebug paisley dies - perfect.   I really like how it turned out. Yes?
Here is the sketch I used:




Challenges:
Gem of a Challenge - birthday wishes
Cas ual Chick - emboss and layers
Simon Work it Wednesday - die cuts
Simon Wednesday - anything 
MFT sketch

Monday, July 27, 2015

Isaiah 41:13

The challenge this week at the Kraft Journal is to make a CAS card with an inspirational quote or some uplifting saying.  I chose a Bible verse that is very special to me.
Being Clean and Simple, I did not use any embellishments, only cardstock.



The card base is black cardstock on which I layered Brown Kraft and then Light Kraft cardstock.   The image is by Clearly Digital Stamps.  The scalloped "frame" around the image is made using Brown Kraft cut with two dies.
The image is colored with Copics. The verse printed on the Light Kraft cardstock is a verse I downloaded from Word Art Wednesday.

Challenges:
Inspiration Destination - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Di's Digidesign - hand colored image 




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunshine This Summer

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we don't usually suffer from the heat.  We may get a few days over 90 but there is a reason we are called the Evergreen State - cool temps and rain.  But this summer is different.  We have had an incredibly hot, dry summer and it started early in May.  Really enjoying all the sun but not so crazy about the dry, brown lawn!

The challenge at the Die Cut Divas is summer and summer activities.  I used a digital image of the sun by Papermakeup Stamps and digital paper by Diane's Daydream Designs for this card.  The sun is colored with Copics and then I add the sunglasses topped with liquid glaze. The sunglasses are just one in the set of four by Impression Obsession.  You can find them at Dies R Us, our wonderful sponsor this month.  The sentiment is cut out with Spellbinder's Labels and Tags die (on sale right now).
Trivia:  Did you know that Washingtonians buy more sunglasses per capital than Californians?  (one theory on that is that we in Washington wear them so infrequently, that we are always losing them so have to buy more! )

Challenges:
Inspiration Destination - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Simon Wednesday - sparkle and shine
Dis' Digis - hand colored image

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baking For Others

When it comes to paper crafting, cards are my favorite thing to do.  Now with OWH closing their doors, I am finding other places to send my cards, but I am also branching out and making things besides cards.  Amazingly enough, I like some of the things I have made!


There is an elderly couple (88 and 90) who live a few miles from me.  I have fallen in love with them these past few months.  She recently had a knee replacement so I bring them soup and baked goods every once in awhile.  This is my first time to use one of the coffee bags from the Kraft Outlet.  How fun.  These bags are small 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 7 3/4" - just right for gift-giving.  I filled this bag with Famous Amos cookies just for photographing purposes but will replace them with home made cookies for my friends.
The frames around the window are made by cutting Vintage Dictionary Pages and Brown Kraft cardstock with Spellbinder dies and my Cuttlebug.  The flower is made with dies too and some of the petals are sponged with Tim Holz Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I printed the sentiment and a digital cookie onto a Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag and then added some orange Hemp Cord.
I didn't make this bag very fancy because I am such a plain Jane person but I can envision many fun ways to decorate, according to the contents.  I am already planning my next coffee bag.
Before I go, I better mention that the challenge this week at the Kraft Journal is Anything But A Card.  Please share with us.  We love seeing new ideas.

Challenges:
Inspiration Destination - anything
Penny' Paper Crafting - anything
Crop Stop - anything

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Puppy Dog Lover

A birthday card for a granddaughter who love dogs, especially puppies.


The image is colored with Copics.  The sentiment is cut with my Silhouette and the little fence posts behind the image are cut with MFT fence die. Sketch is Sketch Saturday:

Challenges:
Simon Monday - anything
Papertakes - no square card
Crafty Sentiments - country
Inspiration Destination - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Pennys Paper Crafting - anything
Sister Act - anything
Di's Digis - celebration
Craftin Desert Divas - birthdays
Time Out - nature, optional animals
V's Sweet Ideas - celebrate
Stamplorations - stamps and distress

Monday, July 13, 2015

Smile! It's Your Birthday

July is a crazy month for birthdays in our family.  Lots of cards to make.  Here is one of them I made for a daughter.

The stamp is Pure Innocence.  The camera BG paper and the two cameras on the side are digital papers by Diane's Daydream Designs.
I used the sketch at MFT


Here is the inside:
The top and bottom sentiments come with the Picture Perfect Pure Innocence set.  The Happy Birthday is Unity.
Challenges:
Simon Monday - anything
MFT - sketch
Sister Act - anything
Di's Digidesign - celebrations
Craftin Desert Divas - birthdays
V's Sweet Ideas - celebrate