Thursday, April 30, 2015

April "SKETCH FILE" Sketch

As April winds down, I wanted to share one more card for the sketch challenge we are having at The Sketch File. Kathy created a sketch that has challenged us to use concentric circles. I've had a blast playing with the sketch. You still have time to play along. Just create your project and link it up here.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jingle Belles Sketch Challenge

It has been an amazingly busy day here (more about this later). I began the day by creating this card for the Jingle Belles April sketch challenge.  It's the perfect sketch for those bits of scrap paper that I have been saving. I used four different patterns of cardstock and attached them to a mat by using my sewing machine to create the stitched snowflakes. I used a tree die-cut to create the tree for the focal point and backed it with white cardstock to give the impression of a snow covered tree. I have to say that creating this card was the absolute best part of the day. Afterwards I spent the entire day sorting through my craft studio tools and supplies. I weeded out a bunch of materials that I will no longer be using and set them aside to sell at a moving sale. My family will be moving across the country at the beginning of June! To prepare for the move, I packed up most of my craft studio today. I have accumulated a lot of supplies over the past eleven years and now the craft room is full of packed and taped boxes. It was necessary to pack up everything because we are selling some of the bookshelves and storage units that I have been using for storage of craft materials. The moving sale will be this coming weekend so rather than handle everything several times...I packed and packed and packed!  I will miss playing along with challenges, especially the Jingle Belles challenges (boo hoo),but it is probably for the best because I have SO much to do to prepare for the move. Hopefully, following blogs and seeing what all those talented crafters out there are creating will be enough to get me through the next month or so.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jingle Belles RECYCLE Challenge

I'm playing along with another Jingle Belles challenge. This time the challenge is all about using a recycled item on our cards in honor of Earth Day. For my card, I used a large cork stopper with a 1.5" diameter. The cork arrived in my craft studio many years ago when my husband brought a bag of them home from his lab. He knew that I would eventually find a purpose for them so he brought them home rather than throwing them out. I've used them for several projects over the years and when I saw the recycling challenge at Jingle Belles I  knew that it was time to use one on a card. So, I  used a band saw to slice three thin layers from from the cork stopper. I punched the tree, Santa and snowflakes from cardstock and adhered them to each cork slice. The most challenging image to use was that Santa. It started out as just the shape of a Santa which I found way too boring. So I cut the tiny details out to make it look more realistic and added outer rings to each cork slice repeating the colors of the punched pieces. I also added a border to the left and used a corner punch to create round edges on the right hand side of the cardbase. In the end,  I like the contrast of the cork on the clean white background and the rustic feel of the cork.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

April Sketch: Decreasing Circles

It's time to share another card for our sketch challenge at The Sketch File . Kathy has us creating with concentric circles this month. I used dragonflies and limited the color scheme to creams and browns. I love any type of paper with print and found this background paper in my stash. To be honest, I have a hard time actually using papers that I really like...isn't that just ridiculous! Anyway,  I inked around the outer edges with brown ink and adhered it to a cream colored cardbase. I layered the circles on the top left and added a few dragonflies to the right.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to create with the sketch. If so, please share your creation with us at The Sketch File and remember, you can rotate the sketch and use it to inspire any time of craft.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ever Decreasing Circles Revisited

We're still playing with the April sketch at The Sketch File. This week I've decided to create a Christmas card. I started by printing "Think Snow" on the outside of two circles of different sizes. A computer is really handy for this type of printing. I layered red with punched snowflakes between the layers of "Think Snow" and kept the decreasing circle theme going by creating a snowman to the right. I torn cardstock to create a small snow field and adhered everything to a snowflake embossed background.  The inspirational sketch is above. You'll notice I rotated my elements. Hope you feel inspired and will link up a card or two with us.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Tree-mendous Christmas" with Coffee & Cream

In addition to drinking my morning coffee, I've had the opportunity to put together this card with "coffee and cream" colors. It's for the April Color Challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I used a Kraft cardbase and mat for this card as it reminds me of coffee color (at least the color of the cups of coffee I drink). I began by tearing white cardstock to adhere to the bottom to represent snow. Next I adhered a row of wooden trees but I  left the trees the natural wood color to keep the color scheme the same. Then I inked around the outer edges of the mat with some walnut colored ink and wrapped the mat with coffee colored embossing thread.  Now, I think it might be time for another cup of coffee!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Patchwork Card for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Sketch Challenge

I couldn't resist playing along with the current sketch challenge
52 Christmas Card Throwdown Sketch
at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The sketch just begs us to reach into our stash of small scrap pieces and put them to use. For this card, I used eight different pieces of patterned Christmas paper and separated them with a stitched border of white snowflakes. (I love my Janome sewing machine's many stitching designs, especially the snowflakes!) I wanted to let the patterned paper be the focus so I resisted adding any embellishments and simply added a sentiment with red brads.  Thanks for the fun challenge Louise!





Decreasing Circles


It's time for another sketch at The Sketch File. Well, actually we're a few days late. This time Kathy's sketch has us playing with circles. I decided to highlight my concentric circles with a bit of dark blue and white twine. I wasn't exactly thrilled with my end product, so I'll have to think of other card designs based on the sketch. I hope you will be inspired by the sketch and share your design with us at The Sketch File. Please feel free to rotate the design or change the shape of the card base.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Oh, Christmas Tree

Here's a second card for the Jingel Belles "Fa La La La La La" musical theme challenge. This card has glittery musical notes hanging on the tree and was inspired by the song "Oh, Christmas Tree or O'Tannenbaum". This is one of those cards where I wish I had stopped while I was ahead. I wish now that I hadn't added the white snowflakes to the red background.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Blue Glittery Flowers

I was organizing some materials in my craft studio and came across the background paper that I used on this card. It was one of those moments when I just had to sit down and create something with this beautiful paper. I simply layered punched flowers over it and adhered a few horizontal strips of white cardstock and added an embossing thread bow....now, back to organizing!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Holly & the Ivy

The theme for this card is music and it was inspired by the current challenge at Jingle Belles. Steph and Lauren are challenging us to use music in our holiday creations. I started with a piece of Paper Studio's Old World Winter musical background paper . It has the music for Christmas Chimes in one corner and a poem called A Carol of the Holly, by A. Pembury on the left. The poem reminded of the beautiful Christmas song called "The Holly and the Ivy". So, I decided to used holly. I punched the holly from green cardstock and used a colored pencil to add highlight and detail. For the holly berries, I used a circle punch and added detail with a colored pencil and white gel pen. I also added a bit of sheer red ribbon. Now I find myself singing and humming "The Holly and the Ivy". My son and husband look at me like I'm nuts and remind me that today is Easter.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Little Details Sketch, Week 5

 Here we are at the end of March! We hope you have found time to join us at The Sketch File. Kathy's sketch will be up until next Tuesday, so you still have time to come play along with us.
We hope to see your project at The Sketch File!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Little Details Sketch, Week 4


I am still creating Christmas cards and here it is March!  As I've mentioned before, I am trying to create a large selection of cards for Christmas 2015. I hope to have many to choose from and I am well on my way. This card was created based on our current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy created the sketch for our month long sketch challenge and it's a real winner. It will inspire you to use many details. Please join us at The Sketch File. We would love to see how you use the sketch. You can use the sketch to create a card, layout or any other project. We'll keep the sketch up until the end of March, so hurry on over and join us.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Embossed Mittens for Jingle Belles Challenge

I'm going to make this a short post. I haven't been feeling well and wanted to post this card before heading off to get some rest. This card was inspired by the current "Mission EMBOSS-ible"challenge at Jingle Belles. Who can resist a challenge to emboss? Unfortunately, I have many ideas rolling around in my head, including some with heat embossing, but I just don't have the energy to create. Instead, I hand cut a pair of mittens, dry embossed them and layered them on an embossed background. I used the plaid background because it reminds me of flannel clothing and warmth. Thanks for the inspiration Steph C @ One Crafty Chica!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Week 3 of The Little Details Sketch at The Sketch File


Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

I've got a new "baby" card for you today. It's inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy created this sketch for us and it's just wonderful. If you like to create cards with lots of detail, it will be the perfect sketch to inspire you.  Please link up your card with us, we can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sailboat Birthday Card

I needed another masculine birthday card so I put this card together with a few bits of scrap cardstock and patterned paper that I grabbed from my scrap stash. I seem to have an abundance of scraps that I am accumulating. Someday I am going to find a project that will use up a bunch of these scraps! Anyway, I handcut the sailboat from the scrap pieces and tore blue cardstock to represent the water. The card came together quickly and is already in the mail!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Little Details Week 2

It's week 2 for our current sketch challenge over at The Sketch File. The March sketch is fabulous and allows for the inclusion of many creative details. We will be using this sketch all month long, so we hope you will find the time to use it as inspiration for a creative project.  My card is yet another winter themed card. I am determined to have a large pile of Christmas cards to use when December 2015 rolls around so each month I'll use our sketch to create at least one Christmas or winter themed card.  We hope to see you at The Sketch File!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

City Crafter Washi Challenge Card 2

I've created this card for a newly discoverd blog called City Crafter. This week City Crafter's challenge is to use WASHI TAPE.  I'm  having a blast with this challenge because of all the endless possibilities. This card was created using multiple shades of yellow washi tape. I layered strips both vertically and horizontally over a black mat and added an embossed panel with yellow and black punched flowers.  I matted the embossed panel with yellow cardstock trimmed with scallop decorative scissors and also added a strip of the yellow cardstock below the white panel.

City Crafter WASHI Challenge

Thanks to Lauren at All the Good Names Were Taken and Jingle Belles, I've discovered yet another fabulous blog. This one is City Crafter and this week's challenge is to use WASHI TAPE. I've been playing with washi for a few weeks now but this morning I couldn't resist making one more card with it. This time I created the patterned border to the right and left of the fish image on my card. I placed two different strips of patterned washi on my cutting mat and cut it into equal lengths, then adhered it to the white mat alternating each color. I can't remember the brand name of the washi. I have a drawer full of washi and no longer have the company labels.  In the center of my card I used a piece of patterned paper from Graphic 45. I layered it on a black mat and attached a piece of black netting (recycled from produce packaging). I am glad to have another masculine card to add to my collection as my family has several male birthdays to celebrate this month.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas: Challenge #10

I'm playing along with the current challenge at CASE-ing Christmas. I was determined to play along this week. I had every intention of playing last week, but got so busy that I didn't get around to creating anything for the challenge. This week DT member Mynn has created a gorgeous card to inspire us (at right). I loved her CAS card and how she used three different patterns of washi tape and centered the ornament in the middle of them.  I also used washi tape with three different patterns and layered them in the center of the card. Instead of an ornament, I used a tag with a snowman image and surrounded it with green snowflakes. Mynn used white on white and I did this as well, however, I decided to add a bit of texture and embossed the mat. This made it impossible to write the sentiment directly onto the mat, so I wrote the sentiment on a strip of cardstock and matted it before adhering it to the white mat.





Jingle Belles: A Very Vibrant Christmas Card 2

Jingle Belles "A Very Vibrant Christmas" photo
Here's another card for the Jingle Belles: A Very Vibrant Christmas challenge. The colors in the challenge photo are just so appealing. I hope you can see that the colors in my card are bright pink, teal and lime green and that the glittery deer is white. (At my end, the pink looks red and the glittery areas look gray! Of course, that could just be my vision or my computer settings.) Anyway,  I've been inspired by the colors, the glittery, green deer in the center of the challenge photo, the polka dotted ornaments and the swirling design on the placemat. So I used glitter on the deer, and a glittered swirl like design behind the striped mat and green polka dotted washi tape.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

52 CCT Marker Challenge

I'm playing along with the current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This challenge had me pulling out MARKERS! I haven't used them in a long while so it was the perfect challenge for me. I ended up creating the red and green background paper with the markers. I drew squiggly lines all over a piece of white cardstock using a red and green marker. I felt like I was back in kindergarten!!! Next I colored in the white area with a green colored pencil, then punched random holes in it.  I handcut a tree, crumpled it and uncrumpled it (to give it texture) then mounted it on a piece of white cardstock. The white cardstock was a bit blah, so I punched holes in it and scalloped the edges with decorative scissors.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little Details at The Sketch File

It's already March! I can't believe it. I don't know what happened to February. It just flew by. The good news is that there is a new sketch up and ready at The Sketch File. We're having fun with it. There are lots of opportunities to add lots of little details. I can't wait to see what you do with the sketch. Please post your card, layout or other project here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Masculine Birthday


I put this card together using a few pieces of scrap cardstock that I have in my stash. It actually came together very quickly and will be used to celebrate a birthday in the next few weeks.   I simply pulled out my stash of red cardstock scrap pieces and selected a few pieces that I thought worked well together. I cut them into banners and then added a few pieces of tan and brown, musical patterned paper. The sentiment was computer generated.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jingle Belles: A Very Vibrant Challenge



I'm  just bouncing back after feeling unhealthy for the past two weeks. When I'm ill, I sleep. I've slept so much that I was beginning to wonder if  I could stay awake for more than 10 minutes! The good news is that I CAN! I was able to complete this card this morning (followed by yet another nap).  Fortunately, the card came together quickly. It's inspired by the current "A Very Vibrant Christmas" challenge at Jingle Belles and Steph and Lauren's inspirational photo at right. 

First, I was inspired by the colors. I loved the contrast of the bright pink, green and blue colors against the white "snow" and table cloth. Since I didn't have metallic papers of a similar color, I reached for cardstock.  I noticed the lovely scalloped edge on the charger plate, so I used decorative scissors to scallop the edge of the pink embossed cardstock. I embossed the cardstock with a floral pattern that had a dandelion image. If you look just behind the deer on the left, you can see that dandelion like image embossed in the cardstock. This reminded me of the green ornament hanging from the candle stick in the photo.  Of course, the deer in the center of the photo inspired me to use deer on my card. I gave my deer a bit of dimension by adhering them with dimensional adhesives. I also included a tree, inspired by the pink tree in the photo. I used white cardstock instead of pink so it would pop and work better with the white deer. Lastly, the snow on my card was inspired by the polka dots on the ornaments.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Sketch @ The Sketch File


I am a day late with this post. I have been fighting a fever and cough and have had little energy. This card was inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. It's one of those cards that looked totally different from what I had initially intended. In the end it came out okay, but I still feel it needs a bit of something. I will probably re-work it later. However, if you are looking for inspiration that totally ROCKS, take a peek at Kathy's clever take on the sketch. It's one of those designs that I will have to "borrow".   Below are two versions of the current sketch for our February sketch challenge....please join us at THE SKETCH FILE!:

                                        



Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHI-ing with Polka Dots & Stripes

This morning I decided to create yet another card for the Here We Come a WASHI-ing Challenge @ Jingle Belles. I love this challenge! I only wish I had other colors and patterns of washi to create with...a drawer full just isn't enough! I decided to use the washi to create a background for a snowflake. I attached the washi to black cardstock at an angle, alternating the two colors & patterns to create stripes and to add more visual interest. I also repeated the polka dot pattern by dry embossing dots on the white background cardstock. Because the top of the card needed just a little something, I added three small red gems.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two for Tuesday @ the Sketch File



I'm sharing two cards today! I hope you will find inspiration in them and head on over to the The Sketch File and link up a card or two. These two cards were both inspired by our current sketch challenge. We'll keep the sketch up until the end of February, so you have plenty of time to play along with us.



Monday, February 16, 2015

One More for WASHI-ing Challenge

The current "Here We Come a-WASHI-ing" challenge at Jingle Belles (a theme suggested by Lela Meinke) has my creative wheels spinning at high speed. I've already created three other cards with washi and here's one more!  This one was pretty simple to create. I  punched snowflakes from squares of  washi covered cardstock and layered the squares over black cardstock. I added a white gel pen border and that was it!  Pretty simple and ever so quick to create!