Autumn Scarecrow

Autumn Scarecrow Hi there! I hope all the issues I’ve been having with my site/comments/spam/etc. are resolved…..thanks to my hero Landon (who also happens to be my son). I’m not usually one for making fall theme cards of any kind, but I got this image from Digital delights and had to give it a go :)  I haven’t made a stepper card for ages, so it was due time for one! I colored the little scarecrow and the leaves (ancient stamps from…????…and fussy cut) with pencil crayons, and blended them with mineral spirits. I punched out pieces with a border punch and attached them to the panels, then layered the colored elements on. Some raffia trim and buttons finished off this card in exactly the “mood” I was after. I had so much fun making this, that there may be another autumn themed card in my near future! I’m entering this card in the following challenges: Fussy and Fancy: More than 1 Fold; Glitter and Sparkle: Use a Punch; Come and Get It: Use a Digi With an Autumn Theme; 4 Crafty Chicks: Fall; Simply Create Too: Fall/Autumn; Corrosive Challenge: Fall/Autumn; 2 Cute Ink: Fall Theme; Oldie But a Goodie: Autumn and Crafting for All Seasons: Colors of Autumn.

Peace

PeaceHa! The “commentary” on this whole post disappeared?!?! God, I love the internet and all its idiosyncrasies!  Anyway, I made this card, holding my whole breath almost the whole time! Its all mirror card stock (the pic doesn’t show it well, but I had to angle the card, so my mug wasn’t reflected!). I love the look of mirror card, but it sure gives its fair share of challenges with its finish! I embossed the Peace stamp, an old one from Stampin Up, with sapphire embossing powder – I do not reccomend embossing on this type of card if you are not 100% on your game!  I cut the panel out and popped it up with foam dots. I added a swirly flocked border and then punched some stars out from velvet paper, and attached them, along with some black sequins, to a wire that I bent into a squiggle. I sprinkled a few more sequins around, polished the whole thing up a bit, and was done! :)  I used the following sketch from Sketch Saturday, and rotated it……..

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I’m also entering this in Merry Monday’s – The Words Have It and Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge - Embossing.

 

Red Poinsettia

Red PoinsettiaTime for another Christmas card…….I WILL be ready this year! The focal point is a bright red poinsettia, that I ‘built’ by punching out petal shapes, and shaping them into the bloom, then adding a bit of bling for the center.  I attached it to a piece that I cut with the cricut. The bottom panel is embossed with a Christmas greeting folder, that was a wonderful gift from a magazine. Everything was arranged onto a piece of pretty shimmer card stock, and a few more pieces of going were added to tie things together. I’m entering this into the Alphabet Challenge – P is for Pretty Petals, The Paper Shelter’s “embossing” challenge, and Robyn’s Fetishes – use an embossing folder challenge.

Hippie Chick

Hippie Chick Hey there. Made this card, keeping the ‘bright colors’ theme at The Random Fan in mind. As well, Incy Wincy has an ‘All Things Girly’ challenge happening :)  I got the cute hippie girl image from the Doodle Garden (sadly, I found it as the store was closing). After coloring her in with my Spectrum Noirs, I began cutting and placing different patterned papers from a paper stack I got at michaerls, that had a 60′s peace and love theme. I stitched some Ric rac trim on both sides of one strip, and, after my machine decided to go on strike and do terrible things with thread, I added some faux stitching with white gel pen to another piece. Some retro ‘feel’ flowers, and some poetry beads finished this little hippie chick off. I’m also entering her into Oldie But a Goodie and Penny’s Papercrafty challenges, both of whose themes are “Stitching”.

Polar Tag

Polar Tag

Well, here I go with another shot at a tag, and I must say, I’m loving them! I started off with a plain manila tags and gave it a quick couple of spritzers of Glimmer Mist, when this dried, I stenciled on some resin sand. I couldn’t wait for it to dry, so I hurried it up with my heat gun :)  Then, I rubbed in some antique linen, stormy sky and tattered rose Distress Inks onto the tag, and some metallic gold ink on the high points of the resin sand. I stamped some gold snowflakes here and there and affixed some doily pieces. I had the card with the polar bear on it for a while. The Red Rose Tea company used to put these in their tea boxes in the 1970′s and I scrounged some up from a friends old steamer trunk. Over the card, I tied some blue ‘stuff’, then added some punched snowflakes, centered with blue bling. To finish off, I randomly added some blue glitter and some Frantage flakes. I’m entering this in Sugar Creek Hollow’s ‘tag- you’re it’ challenge.

The Piano

The Piano

Well, this was a fun card to make….ish…:s  Every time I needed a little something, I reached for my stamps, then had to slap myself, because the challenge at Dream Valley is NO Stamps! I’m pretty much black and blue, but I did it! I turned to my sadly neglected (huge) stash of stickers. The piano, keys and music notes all came from different sticker packs….the key border was so old that I had to help it stick with glue lol. I cut some pieces from lace, and added pretty red roses, some punched leaves, gold ribbon, and a scattering of pearls. All this was arranged on some textured gold/black paper and black card stock. I’m also entering this in My Sheri Crafts ‘Celebrate the Piano” challenge.

 

School Days

School Days It’s hard to believe that its already fall, and the kids are back to school! This card uses an image from Digital Delights, and the current sketch from  Seems a Little Sketchy. 72 SLASI colored the cute turtle in with my markers, and matted it “off kilter” on some red card stock. I used the school bus paper that I picked up awhile back, and added a blue strip that I wrapped with bakers twine. The chalkboard sticker that’s been kicking around in my stash for ages was a perfect addition to this card! I’m entering this into the Back to School challenges at Craft Your Passion, Little Red Wagon and Pink Elephant. I’m also entering this over at Crafts 4 Eternity for their Digital challenge.

Gifts of Gold

Gifts of Gold

Anybody else have a devil of a time taking pictures of cards with a lot of shine? It didn’t help that I was going to be late for work, and the dog was jumping all over the place!! I’m using the sketch from July 2013 for the 52 Christmas Card Countdown’s pick a previous (sketch) challenge this week.                                                                                      Sketch 19With the gold foiled papers, gold embossed tree, gold ties on the gifts, gold etc, I figured this was a good candidate for the Jingle Belles ” baby its gold outside” challenge as well. Annnnnd Winter Wonderland’s checks or gingham, annnnnnnnd Merry Mondays ‘presents/gifts’ challenge. I think I got gold out of my system for a day or 2 with this card :)

Forever and Always

Forever and Always

Hi there! The sketch over at The Cats Pajamas was a great inspiration!

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2741Here’s a wedding card I made, after cleaning up in my craft room, I found this stamp, by Sarah Kay, that I have had for a couple years, and have never used! I colored it in with my Spectrum Noir markers. A Kaisercraft sentiment was added at the bottom. I used a Spellbinders embossing folder for the blue panel, and some pretty floral paper that I’ve had kicking around for forever for the right hand panel. I put a triple layer of punched borders between the 2. The flowers were some that I picked up recently, and a few punched leaves, some pearls, and some ‘tufts’ of pink tulle finished this off. I am playing along with the Crafts 4 Eternity tic TAC toe challenge:

tictactoe aug14I used something old (stamp and paper), a punch, and a wedding theme to complete one line, and, still with the something old, used blue and something new (flowers, leaf punch) to complete the diagonal.

Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath

Time for another Christmas card :)  I “built” this one by punching various green branches with the MS branch punch.  I layered them in a circle on a square piece of woodgrain printed paper.  A Spellbinders die was used to cut the banner shape from chalkboard paper, which I then stamped and smudged a sentiment on.  A few red blingy berries and a Christmassy colored bow were added to the wreath. I felt that it still needed a little “something”, so I tied a cluster of jingle bells under the bow. I’m entering this into the Merry Monday “use a wreath on it” challenge, as well as the challenge over at Festive Friday, which has the following  picture as inspiration.

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