Saturday, September 17, 2016

Celebrate You

Well, school is back in session.  And for me, that means very little crafting time.  I am lucky to squeeze in a card here and there on the weekends with all the stacks of papers that need grading, and all the lesson plans I have to work on and schedule.  I'm feeling lucky to have some time this afternoon to create anything and get it posted.
I made this card following the sketch and color scheme over at Taylored Expressions Blog and here's a picture of the sketch and the colors I incorporated.  I have to admit that this is a very unusual color combination that I wouldn't have likely used on my own.  But it's nice to be inspired now and then.
I used some super old pattern papers from K & Company by Carolyn Gavin.  I also used kraft card stock to help recreate the Toffee color (along with some toffee colored felt in one of my flowers).  I cut a hot pink (Lollipop) doily using a die-cut.

Here's where I'm linking:

Taylored Expressions Blog - Share Joy Challenge #53 - Sketch & Color Challenge - I used some Taylored Expressions felt in my flowers and leaves (Lip Gloss and Split Pea).  I incorporated all of the colors as well as the sketch.  I'm "sharing the joy" with a co-worker who deserves to be celebrated.  She just returned to teaching this school year following her battle with breast cancer.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #248-249 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Anything Goes - I used a French Pastry Doily die-cut from Cheery Lynn Designs.

That's all.  I'm heading back to my desk to grade essays.  Have a great week, everyone!  Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Blessings - Shine Bright

When I saw the ADORABLE challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations this week, I just knew I had to play along.  Most of their Design Team used "diamonds" on their sweet projects, but since I don't own anything quite like that, I had to improvise.   I used stars, gold and glitter to create my "Shine Bright" project.  Here's the inspiration photo:
Well first of all, I love cupcakes.  And second, I love all things bright and shiny - whether that be diamonds, glitter, stars, or anything else.  Put buttercream frosting on just about ANYTHING, and I will eat it!  This picture leaves me craving a cupcake.  This is what I came up with for the challenge:
I created my background using a pattern paper that I machine stitched in black to frame it.  Then, I stamped a Jenni Bowlin stamp in black ink onto a large white doily.  I die-cut the "blessings" sentiment using a Cheery Lynn Designs die, and I die-cut the star borders at the bottom from gold glitter paper and baby blue wool felt using a Papertrey Ink die-cut.
I took a photo of the top of the card (above) so that you can see the sentiment a little bit better.  The larger picture of the card makes it a little difficult to read the sentiment.  This sweet little die-cut sentiment frames the doily quite nicely.
Then at the bottom, I tied a long length of Teal Baker's Twine and tied it into a bow to give it just a little extra touch.  I love using twine and trims when I can implement them.  I also placed little gold glittery stars all around the image of the girl.

Here's where I'm linking my card:

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge #371 - Shine Bright - You can read my inspiration (above).

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #114 - Make Your Own Background - I created this background by using a fun pattern paper that I inked and machine stitched in black thread to outline and frame it.

CropStop - Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Ink

Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #235 - Back to Nature - I used lots of beautiful stars, which of course are a wonderful sparkly part of nature that God gave us to light our way in the darkness.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little Birdie Told Me

We all have that one person in our lives who doesn't like to make a big fuss over their birthday.  For me, that's my boss.  He's a very soft-spoken, humble person who doesn't like to have the lime light on him.  Even when he has received honors for his achievements at work, he gets uncomfortable having all eyes on him.  He has done so much for the underprivileged kids in the Minneapolis area (some of the really bad parts of town where kids often slip through the cracks; and he wants to give every kid the opportunity to achieve all their potential, so he's been honored/recognized many times, and is always SO humble).  So....when it comes to his birthday, he'd just rather pretend it's like any other day and just let it slide by.  But I can't let an awesome person like this who does SO much for kids go unappreciated on his special day.  I made him this card, and I'm making a buttermilk Bundt cake with cream cheese frosting to give him at our back-to-school meeting on Monday.  He will be a bit embarrassed; but believe me, he deserves the recognition.  He's an awesome guy.
I made this card using items from my "super stash".  They're from Crate Paper's Recollections line which is SUPER old.  If I could still find it, I'd buy more of it because I love it and enjoy creating with it.  It makes really great guys' cards, and just has an awesome edgy and retro feel to it.

I followed a sketch that I saw over on the Sketch Saturday Blog, and created my background on my own using these cool pattern papers and piecing them together.  I debated machine stitching them, but decided not to stitch this particular card since it's for a guy.  I also used a sticker and chipboard piece from this line, and I stamped a sentiment (Happy Birthday) at the bottom.  It's fairly simple, but it makes the point that I want to celebrate this very special man on his birthday.  That's why I used the sentiment "A Little Birdie Told Me".....because he just doesn't like the attention a whole lot.

Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Challenge Week #425 - This is such a cute sketch, but it still worked great for a guy's card.  I just love it.

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #114 Make Your Own Background - and that's just what I did...I made my own background by piecing together various pattern papers to create a "manly" background for this card.

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge Weeks #242-243 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly - Anyone can come by and play along.  I learned that you don't have to use scripture to join the fun, and they really have some great prizes at this fun challenge blog.

CropStop - Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - I used lots of great Tim Holtz Distress Inks as sold at CropStop.  

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Let's Go Wild" and I went wild with my fun patterned papers, and also used a wild animal (an owl).

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate your visits and your kind words.  I would love to have you FOLLOW MY BLOG, and I would be happy to follow yours in return.  I love making new blog friends.  Just let me know, and thanks again!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hello There

Today I'm sharing a card that is different for me.  Growing up and living in Minnesota all my life, I've been around a lot of farm animals.  I just think they're so cute, and I always love to see them at the State Fair and at local farms.  So I created this card to celebrate all those living creatures I've grown up around, and love so much.  I think this is cute.
I designed my background using an embossing folder and then inking the raised paper to show off the texture that using an embossing folder gives your paper..  Once I had this fabulous background with an inked textured embossed design (as required on the Pile It On Challenge), I added a Sentiment Strip (as shown on the Papertrey Ink Blog Challenge), and then I just embellished it with my animals, stamped sentiment and some red baker's twine.  It checked all the boxes I was hoping for, so I will link it in these challenges:

Pile It On - Challenge #114 - Make Your Own Background - I made my background by dry embossing my card stock and inking the raised parts to show off the texture.  Once I had my hand-made background, I embellished it.

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #257 - Sentiment Strip Grounding - I added a kraft Sentiment Strip to Ground my images which are several sweet farm animals die-cut from an adorable Papertrey Ink Animal Die-Cut.  My stamped sentiment is a Papertrey Ink Frame Outs #2 stamp (Hello There).

CropStop Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks including Spun Sugar (on pig), Brick Red (on rooster), Walnut (on cow), and Fossilized Amber (on the duck).  I also used the Walnut to ink up the hand-made background on my card.

If you would be so kind as to become my new follower, I would be THRILLED, and I would do the same favor for you.  I also appreciate the comments you leave for me.  I love making new blog friends.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, everyone!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday To You

For all of you having birthdays this summer, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Mine is in February, but I have a lot of relatives with summer birthdays.  I made this card for my Auntie Delores who is turning 80 on August 18th.  Our family is throwing her a BIG party, and I'm so excited to see the excitement on her sweet face.
This card was made with a mish mash of items from my stash.  The sentiment was stamped using my favorite Verve birthday stamp.  I absolutely LOVE this stamp and seem to use it for almost all the birthday cards I make, so I know that many of my relatives may recognize it from their own birthday cards...LOL   That's OK, my Auntie Delores won't know the difference.

I wish the summer lasted longer because I'm NOT ready to go back to the classroom my any means.  I enjoy having time to craft and enter challenges, and these are the ones I'm entering this card in for a chance to win a fabulous prize.  How generous are these wonderful companies to have these challenges for us?
Verve Stamps - July Challenge:  July Divas Inspiration and Blog Hop Challenge - The picture (above) shows the inspiration for this card.  Aren't these colors gorgeous?  I used my favorite Verve Happy Birthday Stamp for the sentiment.  Verve has LOTS of great sentiments (and so much more).

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #113 Shaker Cards - I enjoy making little shaker boxes to add to my cards and tucking sweet little sequins inside for a great POP of color.

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #18 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on this card.  CropStop carries lots of great products that we all use every day in crafting.  Stop by and check out this challenge, too!

Little Scrap Pieces Blog - Saturday Linky Party - Come and play along for your chance to win some of Karen's gorgeous hand-made seam binding.  Such a fun place to play along and get inspiration.

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - FABULOUS FLORALS - I don't think I could make a card without flowers.  These ones are sweet glittery little paper flowers I had that matched my color scheme.

I am very happy that you've stopped by today, and I'd love to hear what you think about my bright card.  I would also really appreciate having you become a new blog follower of my blog, and I'll be happy to do the same on your blog.  Thank you.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Our Friendship

Sometimes God has a subtle way of causing us to randomly think about someone for no apparent reason,  Often, you find yourself thinking of that one particular friend (or relative) quite a bit.  When this happens, I always assume that God is putting that person on my mind for a reason.  I figure......why else would God have me continuing thinking about someone unless I was supposed to pray for them.  That's the only reason I can think of as to why He would cause this to happen.
I like to make cards specifically for this that whenever a friend has been in my thoughts, on my heart, and on  my mind, I can pop a card in the mail to them right away to let them know that I prayed for them.  What an honor it is that God allows us to pray for others in addition to being able to lay all our own burdens at His feet.  We are so lucky to serve such an awesome and gracious God.
I made this card with scraps of pattern papers that I inked, some black baker's twine, a stamped sentiment, and a shaker box with sweet sequins under the vellum overlay.

I'm linking my card in the challenges listed below.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sweet Stamps Blog - July Anything Goes Challenge

In The Pink Challenge Blog - Challenge #99 - Get Out Your Rubber

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love You Much

Yesterday was a great day for me.  I did some yard work, ran a few errands, and I even had a chance to sit down in my craft room and create something.  So I'd say that it was a great day overall because I got a lot accomplished, and got to do things I really enjoy as well.  This is the card I made in the late night hours last night.
I used some really old pattern papers (I mean super stash, man!) that are from Cosmo Cricket.  I actually used a bit from two different CC lines.  One is called Girl Friday, and the other is Material Girl.  Some of the papers intermingle nicely.  I inked all my edges, and did some machine stitching on my card.  I used several different pattern papers and ruler paper from the Cosmo Cricket collections.  I die-cut the hearts using a Spellbinders Media Mixage die set that I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  The sentiment is stamped onto a small scrap piece cut from a journalling strip from Cosmo Cricket line.   I stamped the image in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  The butterfly is from Our Daily Bread, and is also stamped in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.    There's also a tiny strip of Little B washi tape on my card.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.
My photography skills leave a lot to be desired.  I've been trying to watch YouTube videos and tutorials to pick up tips and tricks, but it's still a struggle for me.  I just SO admire those bloggers who can take the most amazing pictures of their cards.  They look like they're right in front of you, and so life-like that you could almost reach out and touch it.  Perhaps some day my photography skills can be that great.  One can always be hopeful, right?

Here are some challenge I found where I really want to throw my hat in the ring.  I just love playing along at the challenges I found, and I always get so excited when what I'm able to create something to satisfy more than one challenge requirement at a time.  I'm learning as I go in blogging.

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Things With Wings - I hope you can all see my little butterfly.  I stamped him right next to my sentiment.

CropStop Linky Party #18 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Blue Denim, and Brick Red.

Our Daily Bread - Anything That Grows - I used a butterfly stamp from Our Daily Bread out of their Happy Birthday Stamp Set.  Of course, my butterfly is something that grows, and the sentiment of my card is about LOVE; which is also something that (hopefully always) grows!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.