Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Dogwood Blossoms

Oops, I thought I had this set to auto publish on Blogger and I'm not quite sure what happened.  This week's MFP's Simple Salutations is to make an Easter card.  I chose to use the Dogwood Blossoms set since mythology states that the cross was originally a dogwood because it was such a hard wood.  The blossoms are in the correct shape too.  The sentiment is this month's new "He is Risen" set from MFPs. The flower was fussy cut out and then popped up on some recycled rubber.  Scraps of DP make up the background.  I love any layout that uses up scraps!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Surprise

This week's Sketch with a Twist is to make an Easter or Spring card.  Mine actually is both.  The second I saw this layout, I decided I wanted to make it a gate-fold card.  The chipboard butterfly is acting like a tab to hold down the pink card flap.  If you open it up, it says, "Happy Easter."  The giver then still has space to write their message on the inside of the card as usual.    The pretty DP is in fact part of an envelope liner I'm recycling.  The flower image is from MFP's Lots of Words set.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thank You Camellia

This week's challenge on MFP's Simple Salutations is to use Grey, Red and Pink.  I used this month's new release, Camellia for the image.  I think it's gorgeous.  I finally got around to making colour swatches of my Copics and I've found it's really helped with colouring because I can now colour and blend by comparison.  E.g.: I can now find 5 colours in a range, rather than the 3 that I had bought as a set because I can see how they compare.  You can see it how I blended the reds and pinks in my colouring.  I wish I had done this sooner.

Now for a confession.  I completed this card at midnight and went to bed.  I went to upload it the next day on blogger and realized I didn't have a salutation.  Uh, oh.  The scroll was added in order to tie in the salutation.  I think I've had this die for two years and not played with it but I really like how it looks.  Because it has leaves on it, I kept thinking it needed to be green.  I was in a hurry to get to work and decided to go with red and I think I'll try it again with other colours.  Do you ever find you have old tools that all of a sudden you realize you can use differently?

Challenges this Card Meets:
Copic Marker Spain - Flowers
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes for April
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons - Dies and Punches
Hobbybook Designer Challenge - 2 or more die cuts
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Flower Power

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Patio Lanterns

This week's challenge is to make a one layer card on MFP's Sketch with a Twist.  I love the challenge of one layers and knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I opened this set of stamps.  It's this month's release, Chinese Lanterns and I really love it.  I think it's my third set of lanterns that I own.  Unfortunately, I botched 5 cards before I got this right.  I was trying a new, very juicy ink pad and inky fingers were a problem.  When I went back to my tried and true Momento ink, I was fine.

One-layer often has many interpretations, I say it is one piece of card stock folded in half.  This week the sketch is asking for no embellishments.  Now I did use some gold Smooch on my card but I'm going to call it ink and therefore still okay.  My personal definition of one layer often cheats with bling or other small embellishments but what can I say, I'm a rebel that way.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Craft Your Passions - No Designer Paper
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Challenges for Everybody - Anything Goes
All Sorts - No Flowers
Word Play Saturday - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Clean and Simple
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cheeky Monkey

Just a quick and cheeky little card using another pre-coloured, Changito image.  I Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 478 for this one, substituting the half pearls for the ribbon in this one.  It will make a great card for one of my students so I left the sentiment off.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Crafty Calendar Challenges - Animal Antics
Less is More: Round and Round
Open-Minded Crafting - Animal Antics

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can - For a Child

Thursday, April 3, 2014


DS spend a lovely afternoon with me last summer colouring some of my pre-inked images that were so nicely given to me when I was pregnant and couldn't stamp.  (Please note that DS is now in school and I still have two shoeboxes of pre-stamped images.)  I decided that he worked so hard that I should make his efforts into a card.  Everything on the card came from my scrap pile, including the base.  The brown panel was run through my wood grain embossing folder.  The layout came from Splitcoaststampers Sketch challenge 377.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Open-Minded Crafting - Animal Antics
Alphabet Challenge - D for Die-cuts
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can - For a Child
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes for April
Feeling Crafty Challenge - Anything for a Child
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe - One for the Boys
Copic Marker Europe - Birthday

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcome Little One

This week's challenge on MFP's is "Welcome".  We had dinner with my brother this week so I have babies on the brain.  He's expecting his first.  We don't know if it's a boy or a girl but I'm feeling the boy vibe.  This card is made from this month's release "Bundle of Joy" with some scraps of DP from Creative Memories and Stampin'Up.  The little soother in the corner was a gift from a friend who kindly gave me a bunch that I just found in my stash.  

Challenges this Card Meets:
Addicted to Stamps - Clean and Simple
House of Cards - Any style and photo inspiration.  I chose the colours for inspiration.
Charisma Cards - Clean and Simple
Crafting for All Seasons - Dies and Punches
Hobbybook Challenge - 2 or more die cuts (The label, the soother, two stars to make the pennants).
Paper Pretties - No Markers
Perfectly Rustics - Baby Card
Use Your Stuff - Diecuts