Raven’s Perch

Raven's PerchThis card is a first for me. I have never made a Halloween card before, despite the fact that I have a ton of Halloween themed supplies. I was snooping through some of my stickers (not that I ever seem to use them, they’re just fun to look at!), and I found these MS raven ones. An idea began to form, so I dug through my paper and found the pretty orange and pumpkin printed ones. I cut out a big yellow moon, then arranged the branch, bird and bat stickers on top. I punched a ribbon slider border out of black card stock, and wove some Halloween ribbon through, adding a bow to finish it off.  I’m entering this in Corrosive Challenges “B Unique” challenge, where we’re asked to use at least “b” things. I used bird, branch, bat, black, border and bow on this :)

Glitter Angel

Glitter Angel

Well, Tinkerbell had another ‘ moment’ with me…..glitter spewed everywhere! The sketch at Retro Sketches was a perfect inspiration. rs129 I started off stamping and embossing the angel in silver. I used a glue pen and glitter (white,blue and gold) to ‘ color’ her in. I then edged the piece with silver glitter and rhinestones. The ‘Joy’ is done with glitter and rhinestone stickers. I glued this to a piece of gold glitter cardstock. Then the ‘big guns’ came out, with the rhinestone trim! More definitely seemed better :p I added a star that I covered in the same blue glitter I used on the angel to finish this sparkly card off  I’m entering it in the glitter and going challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, My Sheri Crafts ‘angels’, and the ATG challenge at Completely Christmas.

Butterfly Thoughts

Butterfly Thoughts

Hi there! This card was a fun one to do, because it used a minimal amount of supplies, and therefore added a minimal amount of mess to the chaos that I have going on in my craft room! I swear, it will take me a month to clean it up! This is made almost entirely from kraft card stock. I embossed the base with a Spellbinders folder. Both of the stamps used are from 2 different Inkadinkadoo sets. I stamped them with vintage photo Distress ink, and added a bit of Glossy Accent to the odd butterfly for a bit of texture and enhancement. I matted everything with a chocolate brown paper, added a strip of leather and some brown pearls, and was done. I’m entering this into Simply Create and QKR Stampede’s monochrome challenges, as well as The Sisterhood of Snarky Stamper’s K is for kraft challenge.

By the Sea

At the SeaI found this sweet digi stamp at an Etsy store called Doodle Garden, just days before it closed down :( This is so unfortunate, because she had some adorable work there, and I didn’t have unlimited $$ to spend!)  I colored the little seaside dreamer in with my Spectrum Noir markers and cut the image out in an oval with “overhanging” parts.  I layered it up with a combination of white, red, yellow, dotted and flip flop cardstock, and added some seashell buttons, and a shiny sentiment to finish off. I’m entering this into Hanna and Friends – Sun, Beach and Sea challenge and Crafts 4 Eternity, Oh I do like to be by the seaside challenge.

Christmas Critters

Christmas CrittersI found this Inkadinkadoo stamp on clearance at Michaels and couldn’t resist (OK, there is very little I CAN resist!)  I colored it in with pencil crayons and white gel pen (for the snow). I layered it on a couple of designer papers, then put it all on a square gray card blank that I had edged on 3 sides with a gold peel off border. The current sketch over at Papertake Weekly was a perfect layout for this card. sketch #94

A gold ribbon , some gold studs and star for the tree topper, and a sparkly sentiment finished off this card. I’m entering it in Penny’s Papercrafty 3Cs (Christmas, critters or children) challenge, as well as The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge, which calls for square cards.


BuddiesI was playing around with some stamps that I got as a free gift with a magazine recently, masking and combining them etc., when I popped over to Pinspirational Challenges, and saw this inspiration picture!                               aug19And I just knew that I had to use my image!!!! I also used the sketch from Sketch Saturday.

SS324-2014-VannessaAll this inspiration made this a delight to make! I colored the image with my spectrum noir markers, then found the bright cheery paper in my stash and layered it all up with a big die cut that I cut with my cricut. I made a rosette out of some ribbon that I found, which coordinated beautifully. I popped an old button tied with ribbon floss into the center of the rosette, and voila!  :) I’m also entering this into Tuesday Throwdowns ‘Our Furry Little Friends’ challenge, and Really Reasonable Ribbons, pets with ribbon challenge.

Butterfly Sympathy

Butterfly SympathyHi there! After a week from hell, I finally got back at it :)  This card was made using the sketch FMS150from Freshly Made Sketches current challenge. I found the chipboard butterflies, and colored them and added a glossy layer, with a bit of silver glitter added. The colors I used for the butterflies went really nicely with the designer paper I used (both sides). I added a strip of black card stock, edged in silver sticker lines, and added a simple sympathy sentiment to finish off. I’m also entering this in the “chipping away” challenge over at Shopping our Stash – which asks for the use of chipboard.

Mom’s Hummingbird

Moms HummingbirdThe more I worked on this card, the more I thought of my late mom. She loved her hummingbirds, and had flowers in her garden that were similar to this one. Somebody called the flowers “pretty pink Lenas” and the name stuck! The stamp was a thrift store find! It’s scores like that that keep me going back :) I colored the image in with my Spectrum Noir markers – shading red to green was a bit of a task, but I think it turned out pretty good. I attached the image to a piece of green printed paper, and edged it with some peel off sticker border. On opposite corners, a punched border piece was attached. I found a green plaid paper that I used for a background, and layered it with strips of gold mirror card stock, and some of the green that I used to back the image. This was all placed together, and a peel off birthday greeting and some gold studs were added to finish the card off :) I’m entering this into Inkspirational Challenges – use markers or pencils and Card and Scrap  ‘ flowers and checkers’ challenge.

Vintage Tag

Vintage TagWell, I’m not much of a ‘tag’ person, but I must say, I had a lot of fun making this! Its amazing how much stuff works on one of these when one is being fuelled by lots of coffee and allergy meds :)  I started of with a plain old run of the mill tag, and started rubbing in a variety of Distress Inks, I think they included antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain, pine needles and black soot. Then I grabbed a chicken wire stencil, and used the pine needle ink to stencil a bit in one of the top and bottom corners. I have this amazing German script background stamp that needed to be used, so I stamped a bit of that with aged mahogany ink. A spritz of gold shimmer spray added a bit of interest, and made some of the stencil and stamp detail bleed in a cool way. I tore a strip from a German song book and inked that up too, then glued it on at a bit of an angle. The poinsettias were stamped and colored in with Distress Inks and a water brush….then a touch of gold shimmer and some gold and black glitter was added. I fussy cut them out and put them on with some punched branches. To finish off, I smeared a bit of gold and black glitter here and there, added a vintage gold stud, and tied it up with some old shimmery ribbon that I rubbed some ink into. I’m entering this into the Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long “tags” challenge, and Simply Create Too – old/vintage challenge.

Feathered Thanks

Feathered ThanksThis card was a challenge for me in two ways. First, I reached for yellow paper FIRST! Usually, whatever yellow I use is as an accent, not a background or “main” color. Second, there is only 1 layer on this card! So not like me!

I recently received an order that included these feather stencils, from The Crafter’s Workshop. I used Pebbles shimmer chalks in a deep yellow/gold and blue to shade them in. Then I used Stayz On ink in olive to stamp the feathers – from a stamp set by Hot off the Press. I added the sentiment and a few gold sequins, and was done! I used one of the stencils to add a bit of interest to the inside panel as well.  Feathered Thanks InsideI was inspired by the current sketch….

STS26from Sieze the Sketch. I’m also entering this in Tuesday Throwdown ‘mellow yellow’ challenge; Craft Your Passion – ‘ bring me some sunshine (add some yellow)’; and Paper Pretties – ‘thank you cards’

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