Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Snow Glad You're My Friend

I had fun playing this week.  I admit I stretched the sketch in this fortnight's  Sketch with a Twist but sketches are really just for inspiration, right?  Right.  The twist this week is to make a "Thinking of You" card.  I thought this worked beautifully.  The image is from MFP's Brrr set.  I computer generated the sentiment.  Sorry - I can't stay away from the puns.

This is the first time I've tried using a purchased stencil.  This is Snowflake Flurry from Memory Box.  I love the soft effect it created with the background snowflakes.  I may have to get more of these.  Hmm, where else can I hide supplies in this house?

Hope you'll join us this week!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Witch is In

This week's Sketch with a Twist is to make a Halloween card.  When I saw this new set from MFP's called Witchie, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  This card is going to my teaching partner.    She likes to joke that I cackle instead of laugh and my inner witch is close to the surface this time of year.  Of course I always dress as a witch to school for Halloween so that might have something to do with it.  My costume is quite elaborate with spider cocktail rings, large spider earrings, boots, web a lace shawl with spider brooches to hold it in place.  I just know she'll get a kick out of this.

This is one of those cards where it seemed so simple in my head but the paper piecing got away from me.  The patterned paper seemed awesome for the dress but all the details were lost because it was so dark so then I started paper piecing in the blue to layer on top.  Wow, that was more fussy cutting than I was originally planning but I do like how it turned out.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Artistic Inspiration Challenge - Anything Spooky
Craft Hoarder's Anonymous - Layer it (10 layers deep on the witch's clothes)
Melonheadz Friends - Halloween

Monday, October 27, 2014

Turkey Trot

This week's sketch with a twist is to make an Autumn card.  I kept it very CAS this time and used my "I am Thankful" set from Mark's Finest Papers.  I have turkeys on the brain, probably from visiting the farm with my kids last weekend.  

Challenges this Card meets:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swinging Christmas

This week's challenge on MFP's Simple Salutations is to make a card with something that has wings. I looked at all my sets and despite loving the idea of LateBlossom's Use Your Stamps Challenge, I reached for my favourite set, Cardinals.  I will be so gutted when it retires.

This card was my first attempt at a swing card.  Let's just say I learned lots.  I had to do it twice because I centred the die-cut on the wrong fold.  Also I love to be able to write on my cards.  Next time I think I would choose to use patterned paper that allowed me to write over top of it.  That big space on the right is begging to be used for more writing but that may just be my own personal bias.  I know my family loves cards with "play" value to them, especially the guys.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas for October
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for October
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Animals
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things with Wings
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O is for Owl
Shopping Our Stash - Something for my Sweetheart (a Valentine)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Owl Always Love You

Everyone else is working on Halloween and I have Valentine's stuck on the brain.  I never was good at telling time - just ask DH.  This biweekly challenge on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card using an owl on it.  I just got thos cute set, Owls and was excited to try it.  The pun was computer generated.  The set came with several puns but I always like to find just one more pun.  I almost used, "Owl be here for you."  If you wanted to do Operation Write Home or another thinking of you there is always, "Owl be waiting," or "Owl be missing you."  As you can see, Owl be having fun with this set.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Animals
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for October
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things with Wings
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O is for Owl
Shopping Our Stash - Something for my Sweetheart (a Valentine)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Soccer Star

This week's Simple Salutations was another stretch for me.  Emily is helping me get out of my creative rut and think outside the box, which is part of the reason I love entering challenges.  This week we are to "Play Ball" and make cards featuring ball sports.  My DS plays soccer and I make all the coach, assistant coach and manager cards for the year.  This year I'm getting a head start.  Love how it turned out.  Time consuming but very easy, visually effective and it used lots of scraps.  My kind of card.  The soccer ball was made using my small hexagon punch and leaving small gaps to show my grey card base.  Once all the hexagons were taped down, I cut out my circles from my base.  I then scored a fold line on the back card base and taped that down to the front so there is no visible fold line or flat edge on the front of the card.  The sentiment is from the Tiger set.  I love the ability to position clear stamps.  It's a long straight sentiment but I was able to ink one word, clean my stamp and then stamp the second to make it up and down.  Can't wait to see everyone else's take on this card.

On another note, for those that read my blog, I am so very happy to announce that a tentative agreement between the teachers' union and the government has been reached.  The ratification vote is on Thursday and I'm very much hoping to be with my class on Monday.  YEAH!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Serendipitous Find

Today's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card with yellow and grey.  I was so tired this week after hosting my sister's wedding shower that I made a yellow and grey card but forgot to follow the sketch.  This is my second attempt.  I'll post my other attempt later.  

I decided to leave the area by the butterfly blank so I can add a sentiment as needed.  I used the Great Flowers stamp set.  The butterfly just magically appeared on my craft table.  I have no idea where it came from; I'm not sure I'd ever seen it in my stash before but it obviously wanted to be included.  Isn't it embarrassing when that happens?  Serendipitous but still embarrassing.

As for my sister's wedding shower, I will post pictures later this week.