Live, laugh, love

Live Laugh Love

Well, I did it again and got the times all mixed up on a few challenges….and missed the deadline…again! However, there are still some wonderful challenges out there, that I haven’t managed to sleep through :)  I’m entering this card in the “flower power” challenge at Totally Gorjuss, Crafty Ribbons – use stitching and ribbon, Sugar Creek Hollow – floral, and Top Tip Tuesday – use 2 or more ribbon or twine. A tip for Top Tip Tuesday is for wrinkled ribbons (which mine ALWAYS seem to be) is to keep a hair straightening iron handy. I have a mini one just for my ribbons, you can just slide your ribbon through the straightener and TADA!!! Smooth ribbon in an instant!

The paper I used for this card is from The Old World stack by DCWV. I machine stitched around everything……and even managed to keep the stitching relatively straight!! The sentiment is from a complimentary stamp set from a magazine….its by Indigo Blue. I layered everything, adding the cream and brown ribbons, lace, and roses as I went. To finish off, I added a few brown pearls.

The Caroler

Christmas CarolerI’m really pushing this entry to the last minute! This little guy is for the Winter Wonderland ‘A Christmas Choir’ challenge and this sketch ssc78f from the current Sunday Stamps challenge. I used a Penny Black stamp, and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers. The background is Coordinations kraft core card stock, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then sanded. I used a kraft strip and pendants (?), wrapped with gold floss and matted with the same dark blue as the image. I added some gold studs for a finishing touch :)……whew, I think I made it!

Summer, bright and cool…

Summer Bright and Cool Hi there! I’m entering this card into a number of challenges….just seemed to work out that way….. Penny’s Paper Crafty blog is asking us to use our favorite embellishment. Mine would probably have to be buttons…. judging from the jars and bins of them that I have! Card and Scrap also wanted to see buttons, as did Hiding in my Craft Room (buttons and bows). The Crafty Ribbon challenge theme is ‘spotty with ribbons’. The ice cream and Popsicle image fall in with Crafts 4 Eternity’s ‘fabulous food’ challenge, as well as Blue Moon Creation Get Inky’s summer theme. The images I used are from Michael’s dollar bin stamps… them a few years ago and never used them, and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. I found the cool chunky buttons and the ribbon in my endless hoard of crafty goodness. The spotty paper is from a pack I picked up years ago.

White Wedding

White Wedding Here is a card that I made for the “All White” CCEE challenge. This sketch

FMS Final 141-001from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, seemed to be perfect for this. Little Red Wagon’s theme this time is ‘weddings’; so with the three of them, I had a pretty good “recipe” :) I used a plain white shimmer card stock (I know, the picture makes it look silver, but it really is white) behind the Cricut sentiment. The corner pieces are a coordinating paper, with tiny embossed butterflies. The side and top panels are embossed with a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder. I didn’t have any WHITE flowers that looked right, so I made these with tissue paper, then sprinkled a bit of glitter on them. I finished off with some ribbon separating the panels, and placed pearls on the crossover points of the embossing.



Wow, is there any possible way to get a decent picture of a card with this much sparkle going on? By the time I finished this little project, it looked like Tinkerbell threw up on me! Glitter everywhere! I used this sketch…..SNSSketch37from this weeks Sketch and Stash challenge. I also saw that the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and Charisma Cards were calling for glitter/sparkle in their current challenges, so I decided to combine them.  I just got some Frantage Mica fragments, and wanted to give them a whirl. I swirled some glue on a white oval and sprinkled some of the Frantage, along with purple glitter on it. I edged the oval with some black and silver shimmer chalk. Then I went digging around for some appropriate accents, and found the butterfly and flower stickers in my sadly neglected sticker stash. They are a transparent glitter sticker, so I stuck the butterflies onto teal paper, and the flowers on to cream, and cut them out. I layered and shaped them to give them some dimension before attaching to the background. This was layered on charcoal card stock, a doily was tucked behind, and a cream ribbon and bow was added. I stuck on some black gems to the flowers to give it a finishing touch. Now, I have to sweep and vacuum for a few weeks to get rid of the residue from the card.



Distressed Gramophone

Music Washes the Soul

Hi there! Here’s a card that I started with one idea – and that idea kept morphing until I ended up with something that barely resembled my original thought. I’ve been wanting to use this gramophone stamp by Recollections for quite some time, so I gave it a go. I stamped it on a parchment type paper with black Distress Ink. Then, I masked it off, and used a Technique Tuesday music stamp and vintage photo Distress ink for the background. I tore and inked the edges, and stamped some flourishes in the background. I found the base paper and thought it would work nicely for the background……but something wasn’t right, so I curled up a corner and added a piece of the music to peek out. I smudged up the edges of the background with black ink. I found an old stop of cotton fabric and rubbed some black and rusty hinge Distress Ink into it, and tied it onto the background. I added a piece of printed border sticker and some black rhinestones to the focal piece and glued it down at an angle. I used a sentiment, also from Technique Tuesday, stamped on the same paper as the main image, to finish things off. I think this fits the theme for The Crafter’s Cafe “distress it” challenge quite nicely!

Dolphin Thoughts

Dolphin Thoughts

I had a lot of fun making this card, and had the chance to use some stash that I forgot I had, too! I found the spotted papers in my stash of freebies that were free gifts from magazines….I always hesitate to use them, because if I do, they’ll be gone! Well I dove in this time, because they were perfect for the Crafty Card Maker’s “Going round in Circles” challenge. When I dug around my stamps and found this dolphin image (so old, I can’t remember who made it), I knew that this would be a great card to enter into the Twisted Tuesday challenge – have at least 2 animals on your card, with the twist to include spots or polka dots. I colored the dolphins with Distress Inks and a water brush, adding a wash of color in the background. I spattered the background with water and some color to add a bit more of a water “feel”. On the third circle, I squirted some Goosebumps spray on aqua card stock, then smudged it with Distress Ink for an interesting resist effect with a bit of texture. I matted everything in the same brown that I used to cut the sentiment with my Cricut. To finish off, I added some aqua baubles that I picked off the back pocket of an old pair of jeans (nothing is safe from ending up in my craft hoard!).

Silver Christmas Bird

Silver Christmas BirdI had to think about this one for a while, but I’m pleased with the results! I stamped and embossed the bird image (one of my favorites!) in silver. The stamp is from a set by Inkadinkado. I matted it with a silver shimmer paper, then found some pink shimmer card stock. I was well on my way to meeting the requirements of this weeks Merry Monday challenge, which calls for a card using pink, silver and white, as well as Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge (use silver or gold, or both). I found this sketch…


at Crafts 4 Eternity, and decided to use it. I embossed the background with the snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, added some silver metal snowflake embellishments, and a small “Joy” sentiment. With all the layers, I’ll also enter it in the Holly Jolly Christmas challenge.

Santa Baby

Santa Baby

I’m on a roll today….last day of vacation…boooo! I made this card for the Merry Monday challenge this week. It asks us to use a Santa hat in our creation. I found this adorable digi at Mo’s Digital Pencil, and fell in love. My neighbor helped with the printer dilemma mentioned in my previous post, thank you, Lorna! I colored this little sweetie with pencil crayons and used odorless paint thinner to blend. Found some subtly printed paper for background and accents and added a punched border, some iridescent glitter to the hat, iridescent ribbon and rhinestones, and finished it with a little tag.  I’m also entering this in the ABC Christmas challenge, which is L for Little Gifts.

The Wiz

The Wiz

My daughter asked me to make a card for her dad for Father’s Day……incorporating a wizard. No problem….right? All I have to do is find the wizard stamp in my stash of 4000 or so stamps. Wrong! No wizard stamp!?!?! OK, plan B, find a wizard digi stamp, and go from there….after quite a bit of searching, I purchased an image that wasn’t too cutesy. Problem solved! …….but wait….a printer not only needs ink in order to print an image (got it last time I went to the store), it also needs…..a power cord! I admit that I have neglected my printer since moving 2 1/2 years ago, so it was only when I NEEDED to print, that this problem became obvious. The cord is nowhere to be found! And I couldn’t find one in any store…annnnd, if I order one, chances are, it will take longer to arrive than the 5 or 10 minutes that I have! Plan C…..draw a darn wizard! I sketched this dude out before I had my first coffee of the morning! Not bad, methinks! Colored him in with pencil crayons, blended with odorless paint thinner, and was ready to rock! Found some shimmery blue card stock for the background, and some sparkly card for an accent, inked the edges in gold and matted it with a dark blue. Also matted the wiz with the same blue, but left his crystal ball overhanging the mat. Dug around and found the awesome gold fence embellishment. Finished it off with a few blue rhinestones, a ‘Dad’ peel off sentiment, and holographic embossing powder on the crystal ball (pic doesn’t show this well at all). This guy is getting entered in the Glitter and Sparkle challenge….Father’s Day or men’s cards, Papertake Weekly..for the boys challenge, and Ladybug Craft’s ‘For Him’ challenge.

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