Little Mouse

Little Mouse

Hello there! Here’s a card that I made using a few things from my hoard that I’ve never even touched before, as well as a new ‘toy’ that I got a terrific bargain on last week ☺  The mouse image is from a Country Companion stamp set that was a complimentary gift with a magazine a few years ago. I colored him in with my new Spectrum Noir markers, I’m really loving them, after the very first use! I cut a frame with my Cricut, and added faux stitching with a white gel pen. The papers are from a stack that I’ve had for forever, Woodhaven collection by Colorbök. I inked all the edges with charcoal, then matted them with a dusty aqua. To finish it all off, I added a sentiment on a banner, and an aqua button, tied with gray and white floss.  I’m entering this card in Scrappy Moms amusing animal challenge, as well as Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge (use bears or mice).

Dimensional Thank You

thank you

OK, I’m on a roll today! I was going to enter this card in 2 challenges, but I managed to sleep half the day away (ahhhhh vacation), and missed the deadline for one of them. I am in time for the Paper Pretties challenge, that calls for a square card, however ☺. This card measures 6×6 inches. I stenciled kraft card stock with the Tim Holz burlap stencil, in rusty hinge distress ink, then matted it on a dark orange card stock. The flowers are from a K & Co. paper stack. I cut out multiples of the same flower images (teeeedious!), and layered them up with foam. The bow is from my ‘garbage’ stash. We had a screened in gazebo that was returned at work because it was bent. After claiming the damages, I took a few strips of the screen to “make something pretty” with ☺. I think it works perfectly! I finished off with some twigs from a random wreath, and a thank you sentiment from a Hampton Art set.

Butterfly Get Well Card

 

 

 

get well

I made this card for a dear friend of mine who is stuck in the hospital. She likes different techniques, so I had a bit of fun with it. I stamped an Inkadinkado butterfly image 6 times on acetate, then carefully heat embossed 3 of the images with pearl embossing powder, and 3 with gold embossing powder. Then I cut them out and layered one of each if the colors, bending the wings for added dimension. The background is chocolate brown card stock, which I heated, then attached strips of fusible hem tape to. I heated the hem tape, t hen sprinkled gold and pearl embossing powders on, and heated again. I love the look of molten metal this technique gives. I uses some Jolees vellum and paper flowers, which I dressed up with gold bling in the centers. To finish off, I punched a bunch of tiny pink flowers, inked the edges of the card with gold ink, and added a piece of the embossed background to the inside of the card so it would peek through on the front.  I realize that this card meets the criteria for the Bingo challenge on the Butterfly Challenge blog. I used the middle horizontal line of the bingo card pictured below.

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Little Cowboy

Well, here is a card that I made for the {Pin}spirational challenge, I saw the little cowboy and knew exactly what stamp I would use! – then I went snooping on some other blogs and found the sketchie free for all on Papertake Weekly Challenge.  I used a Morehead stamp (masking out a rose that the little guy holds in the stamp), and proceeded to paper-piecing the little cowboy together.  I colored in his face and added some shading to the hat. I wanted to tie in the denim from his jeans, so used the same paper as a background. I dug through my stash and found the hay paper, horseshoe stickers, poetry beads and twine to finish it all off. It will be going to a little cowboy as a baby card…..

Little cowboy

Another attempt at making this work!!!

Still trying to get everything I want to work, to WORK!!!! This is for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge, a fabulous idea for a challenge, for those of us that wake up on December 1st and realize that we don’t have any Christmas cards made!!! It’s not a good feeling, but one that keeps recurring with me :(  Things are about to change!! This weeks challenge had the theme of “use Christmas food”  I had this peppermint candy paper, as well as the backgound paper, in my stash.  Thought about it for awhile, and started going through my stamps, what to use….found this jar stamp, I believe I got it from Viva Las Vegas Stamps , and went to town.  Using vellum for the jar and paper piecing the lid worked just like I wanted it to (for once!), added some bakers twine and a punched and cricut sentiment, and here you go :) sweet christmas

Better get this rolling….

Years ago, I thought that I had become rather computer savvy. However, somewhere along the way, I got lazy, or complacent – or just too busy, and lost whatever “edge” that I once had. Now, let’s jump ahead 20 or so years, and you will find me surrounded by paper and glue and buttons and ink and stamps and……you get the point. This is my space to try to combine the two. I have gotten so much inspiration from others’ blogs, and have been amazed at the interpretations of all the challenges. Often, I have played along, just for the fun of it….with no way of entering. Now I have no excuse! I found a few challenges, now I have to figure out how to link up my pictures….stay tuned!

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