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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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