Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chantilly Lace

This week's Simple Salutation was to make a card with lace, twine or ribbon.  I found this gorgeous sketch on Just Add Ink that I thought would work perfectly with this month's new release from MFP's Camellia.  I decided I really wanted to use lace but couldn't find any in my stash so I went on a hunt: through all my craft areas, the Christmas box, my jewellery box (in case I had some pretty bags with lace), my clothes and finally down into the 4-foot crawl space.  I found an old nightgown and stitch-ripped off some lace and love the look of it here.  DH thought I was crazy.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes for April
Glitter and Sparkle - Spring Colours
Sir Stampalot - Use Punches or Dies
Fairytale Stamper - Bingo (Lace, Die cut, Flower)
Sweet Stampin - Lots of Layers (7 Layers on top of the base)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Merry Easter Wishes

I had lots of fun on Easter Sunday.  I got to spend some time crafting and managed to make an Easter, Christmas and Mother's Day card all on the same day.  Had a great laugh about that.  This was my Christmas card which I've made for this week's Sketch with a Twist, which is to make a card with something you could find in your garden.  Against my brick garden wall, you will find holly.  We don't usually get cardinals here but I thought you could give me a bit of leniency there.

Challenges this Card Meets:
All Sorts Challenge - Birds and Feathers
Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes for Christmas in April

Monday, April 21, 2014

Does Your Mother Know

I have a wonderful story for you.  It was DS's birthday and we were having family over to celebrate.  I'd cleaned up the dining room, aka my craft area, and set the table.  My youngest came running in from playing outside and turned to Daddy and said, "Why are Grandma and Grandpa going to eat at Mommy's art table?"  

Now on to my card.  I was wanting to make a card for one of my DT commitments and fell in love with the idea of the scrolls and the large flowers.  I decided that I really liked the font of this sentiment to match the scrolls instead and decided to go with the clean and simple look.  The sentiment is a retired SU, I think from Year After Year, but I can't be sure.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Challenges for Everybody - Anything Goes
 Cheery Lynn Dies - Mother's Day
Hiding in My Craft Room - Flowers
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Use Diecuts
The Squirrel and the Fox - Use Diecuts

Sunday, April 20, 2014

You Know Me

Happy Easter, everyone!  To celebrate, I wanted to give my family a shaker card.  These tend to be a big hit in my house.  I liked the idea of the bunnies having a party when you looked in the window.  The embossed brick is from Tim Holtz.  The confetti I've had for years... and years... and years.  I may have been in high-school at the time.  The acetate came from some recycled packaging.  I used recycled foam from when I unmounted my stamps for the shaker box.  DS had lots of fun with it.  

Challenges this Card Meets:
Glitter and Sparkle - Easter Cards
That Craft Place - Anything Easter

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