Monday, February 28, 2011

Knitting Friends

My circle of friends and many in my community know I'm a crafter. It's been passed down from my mom and my grandmother. I'm pretty sure it extends beyond them, but those are the 2 I have personal memories with creating. I'm always thrilled to bring someone else into the club and thought it was the perfect reason to make a card!

Sketch Inspiration ~ PaperTake Weekly Challenge #53

Color Inspiration
What are the odds I had 2 nearly identical inspirations to work from?
Stamping 411 Color Inspiration #151
365 Cards Day 253 ~ Color Scheme

Belli Challenge #111 ~ Felt of Fabric
Party Time Tuesday Challenge #4 ~ Open
Stamping Vacation Fountain of Youth Challenge: Birds, Nest, Eggs
365 Cards Day 348 ~ Card Recipe
5x5 card; 1 image; 3 buttons; 2 different ribbons; patterned paper (it's hard to see, but the yellow paper is patterened with small dots); sentiment
365 Cards Day 106 ~ Fun With Fabric With a Twist
Stamp an image on fabric; I cheated a 'bit' as I used a prestamped element. My Welcome sign is stamped felt.
365 Cards Day 169 ~ A Certain Sentiment: A Little Birdie Told Me
My sentiment is on the inside.

My Creation

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Knitting Friends
Stamps: Happy Hoppers Will Knit for Friends (Stampabilities), Computer Generated Verse
Paper: DCWV, SU Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (E00, 25, 29, 31, 55; R20, 22, 27, 29; BG32, 45, 49; YR04; Y11, 15, 19)
Accessories: SU Ribbons, Felt Buttons, Felt Word

Polar Bear Thanks

Here's another take on a card I did previously. I made this one into a thank you card and played with my Martha Stewart snowflake glitter. We had light dusting of snow this weekend and it's always so pretty. I even had the urge to scoop up a handful for a taste. Brought back lots of childhood memories and was quite refreshing!

My Creation

Image Detail
Can you see the sparkly snow fluff?
Ins and Outs ~ Polar Bear Thanks
Stamps: None; Computer Generated Sentiment
Paper: Mostly Creative Memories, DCWV Winter Stack
Ink: CM Chalk Ink, CM Black Marker; Color Laser Printer
Accessories: CM Punches (Circles, Snowflakes), CM Tearing Ruler; MS Snowflake Glitter

Classic Trucks

Mr. Gears asked me to make a for a friend of his going through a tough time. I wanted to make something cheery, yet not at all girly. I kept it pretty simple for easy mailing and am happy with the end result.

Hopefully the truck will count to represent travel.
365 Cards Day 332 ~ This and That
Use lots of yellow and to cheer someone.
OWH Any Occasion Challenge
Oldie But Goodie Challenge #13 ~ Spring is in the Air
I used bright spring colors and dug out one of my oldest SU sets.
365 Cards Day 363 ~ Faux Frame
I matted my image and my sentiment creating more formal frames, and then put both on a piece of DP and tore the edges to create a more informal frame for both.
Stamptacular Sunday #100 ~ You’ve Been Framed
Fab n’ Funky Challenge #61 ~ 123 Recipe: 1 image (truck), 2 embellies (SRM Sticker Sentiment & Diamond Glaze), 3 papers (blue base, yellow grip, blue dots)
My Creation

Image Detail
I added Dimond Glaze to the window.
Ins and Outs ~ Classic Trucks
Stamps: SU Classic Pick-Ups
Paper: DCWV Hippie Chick Stack, BG Origins, SU Whisper White
Ink: SU Markers, Diamond Glaze
Techniques: Tearing

Wild West Birthday

Nimble fingers clickety clacking so I can link up to the madness gals in time! Not sure how much I like the final product here, it's not my usual vibe and I was trying a new technique. I only had my Copic Refills handy to try the blow ink technique. Some of my attempts just became 'blobs' of ink. I learned I had to blow through the straw just as the drop fell to get a true spatter.

I think the inside of my card shows my straw/blow art technique better than the front.
Ins and Outs ~ Wild West Birthday
Stamps: SU
Paper: SU, DCWV
Ink: SU, Copic Refills
Accessories: Punches, Pop Up Dots, Straw, Ribbon

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Space Alien in Pink

Here's another fun card I made for my kid stash. I thought it would be fun to make a girly space alien.

My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Space Alien in Pink
Stamps: Dustin Pike (Moon Surface, Space Sign), Cuddly Buddly (Space Alien, Space Planet)
Paper: DCWV Sweet
Ink: Laser Printer, SU Chalks
Accessories: Stickles, Pop Up Dots, SRM Sticker, Glossy Accents , Misc Ribbon
Techniques: Watercoloring

Friday, February 25, 2011

Double Card Post

I must be the Princess of Procrastination. The 365 Cards Challenge Blog starts fresh each March 1st. For the past 2 years I've had the best intentions of completing all the challenges. Then Pam throws some wacky one out that stumps me and before I know it the year is ending and I have all the hard ones left. Actually, they all aren’t that difficult, I just had limited crafting time the past year. I’ve got 3 days to complete about 30 challenges…can I do it? It will be tough as I’m scheduled for 24 hours of work this weekend, but I’ll give it a shot. At least I know I’ll be starting fresh next week with the new challenges. I've got 2 cards to share in this post.


My Creation

Here's my second card to share.

My Creation
Ins and Outs ~ Tri Fold Shutter
Stamps: SU Three Little Words
Paper: SUTechniques: Tri Fold Shutter
Ink: SU
Accessories: SU
Ins and Outs ~ Shady Love U
Stamps: SU All About U
Paper: SU
Ink: SU

Enjoy Life

I have several cards to share over the next few days. I've been a bit of an insomniac trying to adjust to varying work schedules for Mr. Gears and myself. It's been great for getting my 'craft on', but I anticipate a day or two of complete CRASHING ahead.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Get Sketchy #76
I flipped the sketch and went crazy with the squares. :o)
Color Inspiration ~ Curtain Call Challenge {Act 70}
Flutter By Wednesday #143 ~ Open
365 Cards Day 101 ~ Inchie x 10
I cheated a bit and couted my 1 inch butterfly as an inchie. I loved the grid of 9, but had trouble finding a good spot for another square.

My Creation
Ins and Outs ~ Enjoy Life
Stamps: SU Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: SU Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: SU Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point
Accessories: SU Ribbons, MS Butterfly Punch, SRM Sticker

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vintage Poinsettia Ornament

It's going to be a big push for me to get all my outstanding 365 challenges done and posted before the end of the challenge year. As luck would have it, I have a double shift tomorrow and work Saturday and Sunday. I think I'll be up late tonight crafting away!

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 356 ~ Saturday Sketch
I left off the sentiment and used a piece of lace in its place.

CCEE Stampers Tool Challenge ~ Distressing
Creative Inspirations Challenge ~ Distressing
365 Cards 339 ~ Half and Half (half embossed, half sponged)
The image is embossed in gold and the image is sponged distressed. I hope I'm remembering this challenge correctly.
Paper Romance Challenge #39 ~ Anything Goes

My Creation

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Vintage Ornament
Stamps: SU Bells and Boughs
Paper: SU (Very Vanilla, DSP)
Ink: SU (Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake); Versamark
Accessories: SU (Seam Binding, Gold Embossing Powder, Lace Trim)
Techniques: Embossing, Watercoloring, Ink Distressing)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wild Birthday at the OSCC

Time for another One Stop Craft Challenge ~ WAHOO! Lisa’s celebrating her birthday this week and is challenging us to make birthday cards WITH cake on them. The DT had fun with images from the challenge sponsor, Sassy Studios Designs. I hope you can join in the fun!

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #91
WAHOOOO! I did the current challenge on time ~ are you proud of me MMSC DT? :o) I did a mash-up of the two sketches.

My Creation

Image Detail
Lots of sparkle and shine IRL. I used Stickles for glitterly sparkle and opted for Sepia Accents instead of Glossy Glaze for shine. The brownish-red color adds richness to my girls tresses and the cupcake frosting.
 This close up shows the Stickles (applied first) in her hair. I added the Sepia Accents right over the top, no need to wait for the Stickles to dry first. Her arm and body are popped up a bit for dimension.
Tip: When working with digis, print 2 images the same size. I use one for 'practice' coloring and will often opt to cut the second image into sections and add layers to the main image or use them for continued decoration inside the card.
Ins and Outs ~ Wild Birthday
Stamps: Little Honey's Cupcake (Sassy Studio Designs); Computer Generated Sentiment (inside)
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Safari Chic

Ink: Copics (E08, 09, 18, 21, 25, 30, 31, 47, 50; G20; R20; BV00; YR 14, 31; YG 93, 95, 97)

Accessories: Sepia Accents; Stickles; Gems; Rub On Alphas

Techniques: Paper Piecing 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bee Birthday

I had this cool image (a freebie from Sugar Creek Hollow) colored up and in my stash for awhile. I though it was the perfect focal point for a birthday card for my sweet sister-in-law. She's one of my biggest fans and claims to love everything I make. It means so much to know the recipient of a creation appreciates it. It also makes me a little bit stressed to not lose my mojo! I wouldn't want to dissapoint her. :o)

Sketch Inspiration ~ Pink Gem Challenge #14

Color Inspiration ~ Copic Creations #44 ~ Warm Colors

Charisma Cardz Challenge #7 ~ Spring Has Sprung
365 Cards Day 87 ~ All Natural I used skeleton leaves as accents.
365 Cards Day 272 ~ Recipe
Paper Piercing; Stitching; Button; Die Cuts; 5x5 card; Stick pin; Stamp; Distressing; Dimensional Sticker; Lace
365 Cards Day 319 ~ In Stitches
Use 2 types of stitches ~ I used faux stitching and a simple cross stitch on the button.
365 Cards Day 323 ~ Monday’s Word of the Day: Wisdom
The ancient Egyptians thought the bee to portrayed wisdom.
365 Cards Day 249 ~ Shhh (subtle and muted colors)
Top Tip Tuesday #22 ~ All Stitched Up

My Creation
Image Detail
Colored with Copics and a bit of glossy accents added to the wings.
Ins and Outs ~ Bee Birthday
Stamps: Sugar Creek Hollow Bee Tile
Paper: DCWV, Bazzill, SU Whisper White
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (E41, 97; G12, 94; Y15, 17; C5); Spicas (Mint, Buttermilk, Peach, Orange)
Accessories: SU Fiber, Pin, Diecut Sticker Flower, Gem, Leaves, Happy Birthday Rub On; Glossy Accents
Techniques: Paper Piercing

Party Time Dude

Today would have been my dad's 70th birthday. He journeyed to heaven suddenly in June 2005 and there's been a huge hole in my life ever since. As the only daughter, he and I had a very special relationship. The card I'm sharing doesn't 'look' like my dad, it just evokes a smile ~ which is something thoughts of dad bring to my face.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Sketch Saturday #142
I flipped the sketch upside down.

Stamp Something Challenge ~ Something Funky
You can't argue, this guy certainly evokes 'funk'.
Inky Impressions Spots and Stripes Challenge
My plaid is full of stripes and I added dots to my chipboard frame.
Incy Wincy Designs Color Me Wonderful Challenge
Use 2 different coloring mediums – I used Copics, Stickles, White Gel Pen, Paint (on the chipboard frame) and SU inks

My Creation
Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Party Time Dude
Stamps: Just Inklined Throwback Fred, Unknown SU
Paper: DCWV All About Boys, SU
Ink: Laser Printer, SU Inks; Copics (E21, 50; C1, 5; 110; B39, 41, 95; R14, 20, 22); Paint
Accessories: Stickles, Pop Up Dots, Chipboard Frame, Star Gems; White Gel Pen

Quilted Thank You Hearts

I needed a thank you card for a dear friend who has really helped me out recently. I had some leftover hearts printed that never made it onto a Valentine's card and thought they'd work great for a Thank You message. I was able to combine a few of the 365 Cards challenges. My goal was to do them all this year and we are quickly approaching the end of their challenge year. YIKES, I still have quite a few to crank out.

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 238 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday
I really liked the grid idea and went with 6 pieces to fill out the card (and work in a few more 365 challenges). J
Cupcake Crafts Challenge ~ I {heart} You
Stamping Vacation Get the Music in You Challenge ~ Love of My Life
Nothing says love like HEARTS, and this card is for someone very special in my life.
Crafty Creations Challenge #106 ~ Thank You
2 Sisters Challenge ~ Hearts
 365 Cards Day 188 ~ Divide and Conquer
Divide card into 6 equal parts and decorate it so that none of the sections overlaps
365 Cards Day 286 ~ Twinchie Fun Use six 2x2 elements; I almost used 12 as my square mats are 2x2 and the hearts are about the same dimension at their wide points.
Stamping Vacation Home Sweet Home Challenge: Farmhouse Country
I used the country quilt option with my images.
365 Cards Day 247 ~ Thinking in Thirds
Divide your card into three parts so that none of the embellishments or the sentiment overlaps; I'm did three horizontal elements that don't touch - two rows of hearts and one of sentiment.

My Creation
Image Detail
Colored my images with SU markers and added bits of Stickles for glitz.
Ins and Outs ~ Quilted Thank You Hearts
Stamps: Cuddly Buddly Patchwork Heart
Paper: DCWV Sweet Stack, SU Whisper White
Ink: Laser Printer, SU Markers
Accessories: SRM Sticker, Stickles, Pop Up Dots