Friday, July 3, 2015

Victorian Garden

Today's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a cut away embossed card.  You can find the tutorial here.

While I really like how my card turned out, I'm still a little miffed.  I had carefully planned out a Christmas card last night.  The paper, embossing folders, sentiments were all picked out.  I was just too tired to put it together.  Unfortunately, the kiddies got up before me and my supplies were not quite where I'd left them.  I cleaned my entire living room and dining room (think LARGE table full of stuff!)  DH is happy but I still haven't found the Christmas embossing folders.  Really, where could they be?  By that point, I was on a cleaning fix and went through the entire lower level of the house.  I mopped behind furniture for goodness sakes.  I vacuumed under the couch cushions.  NADA.

Okay, enough rant.  This card was an awesome use of stash.  The DP is unknown.  My aunt found it as a freebie at her craft guild meeting and brought it home for me.  The base and green layer were both scraps as well as the white borders.  The prisms I've had for years and the rhinestones were my attempt at using up all the miscellaneous stones that had been pulled off recycled cards and therefore had no matches.  YEAH!  The sentiment is from MFP's Roses set.

Challenges This Card Meets:
Alphabet Challenge - J is for Jewels
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Dragon's Lair Designs - Shabby Chic
Simply Papercrafts for All Occasions - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fox on the Run

I'm short little boy cards.  I'm always short little boy cards.  I am quite excited about the party animals  set for this reason.  The challenge this week on Speedy Fox and Friends is to mask some stripes and sponge some colour.  I chose to create a gingham pattern.  The blue and yellow didn't blend as well as I'd hoped but I like the overall effect.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Falling For You

Hurray for me!  Reports are in.  Father's Day gifts were made, wrapped and cards made.  I'm in the last week of school - and I'm already starting to plan the fall.  It's an illness.  I love my job.

This week's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a card with kraft paper and to use white embossing paper.  I love this combo and was really drawn to a fall look.  The acorns are from MFP's Calendar set.  I know, you see this set a lot here.  The sentiment is from MFP's Fall Apples.  I used just a little Chocolate Chip brown for contrast.

I hope everyone enjoys their Father's Day and for those of you in Canada, National Aboriginal's Day tomorrow.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mr. Sun

Have you ever noticed that the simplest layouts are sometimes the hardest to execute?  Today's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to use the corners only.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do on this one layer card but I used up 5 card bases because I kept getting inky fingers on it.  Grrr...

Actually, that's not totally true.  I did do one with the sun and sentiment in the opposite corners but I thought it looked like the sun was setting, not rising and wasn't happy with it.  Think about it.  We read from left to right and the sun rises from east to west.  If I had a sun in the right corner, it had to be setting, right?  Am I over thinking this?  I can tell you, I got some funny looks from my husband over this argument.

"Aren't they the same card?"

I still love him.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Nothing says the start to summer fun more than the end of the school year and that means making the kids' thank you cards for their teachers.  Their school has been so supportive but it means that I need six thank you cards so I'm trying to keep it simple.  Since one of them is a true coffee addict, I thought this would be perfect.  I pulled out some NBUS (Never Been Used Stuff) from My Favorite Things, the coffee to go die and the stamps are "Perk Up".  The apple is from MFP's Calendar set.  Even though as a teacher I hate the stereotype, it works.

I broke open some Smokey Slate for the background.  I'm loving the soft neutral.  I think I found a new favourite.  It's not as stark as white but still works well for CAS.  Now only 5 more thank you cards to create.

Challenges This Cards Meets:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers - Summer
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Summer Fun
The House that Stamps Built - Fresh and Fruity
Papertake Weekly - Something for the Boys
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

Monday, June 8, 2015

Coffee is Sunshine in a Cup

Amy is hosting another coffee lovers blog hop with a summer theme this time.  Summer means sunshine so when I found this saying, I was totally inspired.  I didn't really have DP that all toned together so I ended up sponging Daffodil Delight over 3 different unknown DP that had yellow or orange in them to make them blend together so I can make this sunburst card.  What can I say, I was desperate.  The flowers are part of a panel I took from a magazine.  The image is SU's Perfect Blend, now retired.  I computer generated the sentiment.  As you can see, report cards are coming slowly but at least my mojo is back...

Cards this Challenge Meets:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers - Summer
Addicted to Stamps - Summer Colours
Come and Get It - Paper Piecing
Crafting When We Can - Paper Piecing
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Crazy for Challenges - Sunshine
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Summer Fun

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Captain!

I should be writing report cards but my eyes are going blurry from staring at the screen so of course blogging is going to make it better.  This was so much fun.  I sponged white pigment ink onto some Taken with Teal and then offset my mask and sponged Taken with Teal overtop to give it the verigation in colour.  The sentiment is MFP's Pirates set and I used some cork for the deserted island. I really wish I had a palm tree for it.  The treasure chest is a piece of confetti left over from one of DS's previous birthday parties.  I was originally going to make a shaker card with it but I was distracted.  I just love this pirate chickie.  Isn't she sweet?

Mojo Monday is opening a spot for a designer and I want to throw my hat in the ring.   Cross your fingers for me...

Challenges this Card Meets:
Mojo Monday Sketch #400
Addicted to Stamps - Summer Colours
Glitter N Sparkle - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Something Blue (the ocean)
My Time to Craft - Male
Crafts for Eternity - Birthday
Fussy and Fancy - Fun in the Sun
Kitty Bee Designs - For the Boys
Simply Create Too - Masculine
Simply Papercrafts for All Occasions - Anything Goes