Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cute as a Button

Our challenge on MFP's Simple Salutations is to make a card that uses buttons.  I took the challenge literally.  The idea was so simple with this shaker card but it took me forever to make.  I really struggled with the adhesive.  My buttons kept getting stuck in the glue.  I hope that it will actually shake later.  The image is from MFP's Bundle of Joy and the sentiment is computer generated.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Crafting When We Can - CAS
Quirky Crafts - Going Round in Circles  (Now I have that Backyardigans song going round in circles in my head!)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Feet

Who could resist these two?  Our Sketch with a Twist challenge this week is to make a Winter card.  
My husband came by as I was making my base panel.  The card was covered in post it notes and I was cutting post-its to make the small uninked rectangles.  He asked if I was writing a thank you to the post-it note inventor.  Honestly!

The base was a lot of fun, despite my husband's derogatory comments.  The snowflakes are from MFP's Calendar set.  I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed them with glitter embossing powder so it's very shimmery in real life.  It's too bad it didn't photograph well.  I then inked everything in Brocade Blue.  I so miss that colour.  I wish I'd bought more when it was retired.  I then stamped the sentiment with MFP's Brrr set.  The penguins are recycled from a Christmas tag from last year.  

Challenges this Card Meets:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Snow
Craft Your Passion - Baby, It's Cold Outside
Come and Get It - Winter
Pile It On - Recycle/Upcycle (The penguins came from a tag.)

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