Friday, March 20, 2015

Think Paws-itive!

I'm very excited. I made myself a light box.  I should have done it years ago.  This photo was taken with my phone on the most unbelievably grey day.  I didn't have to edit a thing!  The colours are true.  Of course my husband is less than excited.  "Where will we keep it?"  Hello!  On the dining room table.  It's where I craft.  I did mention that in our next house, I want my own craft room.  Not that we are moving in the next 10 years, of course.  He reminded me that I have a craft room, it's called the dining room.  I complained that I didn't like having to tidy up for company.  He just put his hands on his hips and looked at me.  I can't understand why he was upset.  Honestly,  Christmas is the worst time to have to clean up the craft supplies, it's stressful.  I need the therapy, people!  Besides, Boxing Day is the best crafting day of the year!

Okay, back to the card.  This week's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge is, "Who Let the Dogs Out?"  I used MFP's Fabulous Pets and created my own sentiment.  The DP is from My Mind's Eye and the grey is Gina K.'s London Fox. I did some sponging in Apricot Appeal so the dog wasn't floating in mid-air.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbon - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes for March
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Masculine Projects
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Seeing Stars

I went a little outside my usual comfort zone, both with the colours and my layout.  This week's MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge is to use at least 4 layers and to stagger them.  At one point on this card I have 7.  Not a record but not bad...

I decided to case the latest Mojo Monday sketch as my inspiration for this week.  I had to study it carefully for my inspiration but decided I wanted to go with the star theme.  I used my star stamp from MFP's Calendar set to make the background in Apricot Appeal,  Marina Mist and Pacific Point. The sentiment is from MFP's Great Flowers set.  The ribbon is also Apricot Appeal.  I then used both my star Nesties and my punch from Creative Memories.  The star embellishments are recycled from DS's Hundred Day poster.  He was so proud to be able to take in 100 rhinestones that year.  We did it as a Christmas tree and each bauble had 10 rhinestones.  I have too many supplies (Head hung in shame.)
Cosmic Colours Challenge

Challenges This Card Meets:
Mojo Monday - Sketch 388
Cosmic Colours Challenge - see picture
Bloggers Challenge - Birthday
Polka Doodles - Birthday
Aud Sentiments - Use a Two Word Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Celebrate
The House that Stamps Built - Die cuts, Punches and Stamping (Yes to all three!)
Stampotique Designers - Stars

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cracked Pot

This week on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge, we are making flower pot cards.  I decided I wanted to make a cracked resin pot, like the ones I wish I had on my front step.  I used the cracked glass technique on my grey card stock and I love how this turned out, although I did use over half a bottle of embossing powder for it.  I used the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, found here.

The flowers are paper tole.  I used MFP's Great Flowers for it,  stamping on Rose Red, Melon Mambo and Primrose Petals.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

Coffee Song

Wow, this is a busy card.  I didn't expect it to be quite so busy but it's fun.  I kind of like the crazy feel to it.  This has been what my week has been like.  I'll probably use this as a thank you to my coffee buddy at work who brought me lunch this week.

I want to enter this in the Spring Coffee Lovers challenge - so fun and I have a scary amount of coffee images to be honest.  The sketch is from Jo's Scrap Shack.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Crafty Catz - Song to match your image.  I chose Coffee Song by Frank Sinatra.
Art Impressions - Tie It Up

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Great Pumpkin

It's funny, a few years ago, scene cards like this used to intimidate me.  Now I find enjoy the inky mess they make.  I started by penciling in the fence by hand.  I then stamped my pumpkin from MFP's Witchie set.  Afterwards, I masked the pumpkin and drew in the fence lines.  The moon is a punched circle.  I then started sponging my background.  The grass is Old Olive and Always Artichoke.  The sky is sponged in Pacific Point and Old Navy.  The one thing that I learned about sky scenes is strangely, they are more realistic when they have other colours than just blue or black.  In this one I added Blush Blossom and Cameo Coral along the horizon.  To keep the moon from being too stark, I added Sahara Sand with a little Memento Tuxedo Black. The fence and the pumpkin was then coloured with Copics.

I'm using this card for my entry for Speedy Fox and Friends challenge.  This week we are making scene cards with a fence.  It was fun.  Hope you'll play too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Pitch

I'm so glad that soccer season is coming to a close.  Standing in the rain all winter is not my idea of a good time.  Unfortunately, it was not my son's either.  That said, his coaches were amazing and deserve lots of recognition.  They were super positive and supportive, even with him being the youngest on the team.  This card was inspired using a tutorial from Michelle Zindorf found here.

I'm using this card as my submission for this week's "What's That? - Wednesday".  The stamp is Goal, retired from Stamping Up, which I had bought second hand for when my eldest was playing 2 years ago.  The sentiment is from Freshly Squeezed Stamps, "Say Anything" set.  The star rhinestones are also 2 years old.  I'd bought them for DS's 100 Day at school and then his teacher wanted something else so they were absorbed into my stash.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Luck of the Irish to You

Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places.  I was inspired today by my favourite negative space art lesson that I like to teach in the spring.  You can see the link to it here.  The challenge on Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a sponged circle background.  I never do anything the way you are supposed to so rather than sponging circles, I punched out circles on post-it notes and sponged the rest of the background to create negative white spaces.  Once the post-its were removed, I was able to use MFP's Calendar set to stamp my images.  I was almost tempted to leave it as a note-card but DH said it needed more.  I really wanted to keep it CAS though so the background could really shine.  The ribbon is from the handle of a shopping bag.  The sentiment is outlined in gold sharpie since I'm out of gold paper.  The sentiment is also from MFP's Tree Frogs.  I'm so ready for St. Paddy's and Spring Break!