Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Simply caffeinated & a little shaky

Have you been hopping with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers? Can you believe all the creative ideas‽ Of course I had to make another project! This time I made a pair shaker cards, using my Silhouette Cameo and Coffee Cup cut files by 17turtles/Juliana Michaels.




I filled the shakers with gold microbeads & Apricot-colored glitter. The sentiments are from Doctor Digi's House of Stamps, and are printed on a shiny yellow paper. The sleeves are cut from a striped vellum.The lids & cup backgrounds are two tones of shiny white papers. I used a coffee beans die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to decorate the glittered paper front panels.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Coffee/tea/cocoa + Fall (2nd entry)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS (2nd entry)
WordArt Wednesday: Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting! Have a perky Autumn,


Monday, September 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Season -- Coffee Lover's Magic Card

Happy Autumn! A new season means a new Blog Hop with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers, and I always enjoy playing along. I created this Magic Card using a template I created in SCAL and the Coffee Cup Shaker Box Card by 17turtles/Juliana Michaels.

The sentiments are from Doctor Digi's House of Stamps; I colorized them in Photoshop & added the gradient background in InDesign. The coffee beans die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I used an actual coffee stir stick thingy as the pull-tab.

For the hidden portion, I used a glittery orange paper for the cup; it's pumpkin spice season, after all! Here it is, with the tab pulled up:

Inspiration/Challenges:
Allsorts: Feels Like Autumn
Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Coffee/tea/cocoa + Fall
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers: L is for Lost and Found (Many years ago, I went through a Magic Card phase & created a template in SCAL; the file is on my removable hard drive, but it's small and I've consistently misplaced it when I want to grab those files. Happily, it was at hand when I made this card, although I was almost too lazy to take the time to deal with finding the template. It was worth using my template and just adding the coffee cup! Speaking of lost-and-found, I've never once been able to find this coffee bean die the first place I looked...it gets moved around. This time it was where it was supposed to be, which of course was the last place I looked!)

Thank you for visiting! Have a perky Autumn,


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Circumstantially Hopeful - Not Pilin' on Patterned Paper

The theme this month at Pile It On is Feathers/Scales and/or No Patterned Paper. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Ike's Art. Aside from her always-creative Ike's World Challenges, she also hosts a monthly Cat-themed challenge, Show Us Your Pussies; I used one of her SYUP freebies, along with this bird from an Amy Smyth/Inkadinkado clear stamp set, to create this hopefully-humorous card!
The background is created with a piece of corrugated cardboard that comes with sandwiches at Panera. I colored it with Copic markers and a blue gen pen, and then added some blue glitter embossing powder. It was loads of fun to make, and I really like the texture.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Always Fun Challenges #23: Create a Scene
Crafty Cardmakers #195: Monochrome
Dragonfly Journeys: True Blue
Mod Squad Challenge: Heat Embossing
Show Us Your Pussies: Furrything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: CAS

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Southwest Celebration -- Special Days at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Special Days.

The "Framed Lizard" rubber stamp is from Stamp A Mania, a small company that specialized in Southwest-themed stamps; I colored it with Copic markers & glitter pens. The patterned paper, including the patterned strip, is from Reminisce. The diamond shapes (JudiKins/1995!) are heat-embossed in gold on black paper. The sentiment is made with a die cut & a gold sticker.

http://justforfunrubberstamps.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-jff-challenge-sketch-challenge.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
JFF Monthly Challenge: Sketch + rubber stamp
International Art & Soul Challenge: Special Days


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Simply Cacti -- Sets of three + Cardboard with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles September challenge is Sets of 3 with the optional twist of cardboard.

The cactus pot (Spellbinders) & flowers (Sweet Stamps) were die-cut from the cardboard front of a package of Tim Holtz paper. The cactus die & designer papers are from Echo Park.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies
Dies R Us Challenge #80: Die Cut handmade flowers (I used 2 Sweet Scraps die-cut flowers for each bloom)

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Rockin' Birthday -- Special Occasion Cards at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Special Occasion Cards.


The plastic shaker is from Jillibean Soup.

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/stella-says-sketch-challenge-513.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Stamp (no digi)
Southern Girls #168: Shake Your Groove Thing (shaker card)
Stella Says Sketch #513: Sketch

Update: I was a lucky winner at Bugaboo Stamps/Stella Says Sketch!


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Believable, Incredible Slider

I made this interactive card with Taylored Expressions' "Build a Scene - Calendar" die set.

I cut several frames from cardboard, cutting down two layers to create two gapped sections, which I used for the little plastic sliders. I decided to get extra-silly and cut the moon/sun/cloud from magazine photos...my husband was pretty creeped out when he saw the faceless negatives on my workdesk! The sea isn't cardboard, the 3 pieces are die-cut from a blue medical mask. The back of the scene is made from fabric canvas, embossed with a TE embossing folder. The speech bubbles stamp & die are from Latina Crafter.

I was inspired by the Coney Island-inspired song "Paper Moon" ... I grew up with this wonderful version:


https://tayloredexpressions.com/blog/blog/2017/08/31/te-9th-birthday-sketch-challenge/
Inspiration/Challenges:
Share Joy Challenge: Sketch
Scrapy Land Challenges #73: Anything with a Die Brand they sell (Taylored Expressions)

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Chalkboard Rainbow

I had so much fun using the current sketch at Taylored Expressions' Share Joy challenge for my "Don't Stop Having Fun" penny slider card that I just had to use it again. This time, I used the "love bug" from  their Little Bits "Transportation" die set along with some scraps of chalkboard tape leftover from my previous card.
I just happened to have a stack of rainbow-inspired cardstock scraps on my table from an ongoing project, so it was super-easy to cut the cute cards. The sentiment & smiley pieces were made using the Chalkboard technique. I used the Embossing Resist technique along with the "Retro" stamp from Kaiser Craft & Peeled Paint distress ink + black ink for the middle layer. I'm going to send this to my folks...they were both teachers, and I remember Dad painting Mom's chalkboard with the standard green chalkboard paint every few years!

https://tayloredexpressions.com/blog/blog/2017/08/31/te-9th-birthday-sketch-challenge/
Inspiration/Challenges:
Paru's Card Making Challenge: Rainbow
Share Joy Challenge: Sketch (2nd entry)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes (3rd entry)
WOW! Embossing Powder Challenge: Emboss Resist Technique

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Sketchy Transportation

I've enjoyed playing along with Taylored Expressions' Share Joy challenge over the years, so I definitely wanted to join their 9th Birthday Bash! This penny slider card features their Little Bits "Transportation" die set.

I used some papers that I've been hoarding to use with these dies. The striped paper & red "road" are from Cosmo Cricket's "Social Club" collection; the color combo is so unusual but works somehow! It goes well with the arrow-patterned paper from Pebbles, Inc., and the chalkboard "road" tape that I bought at Michaels recently. I created the circular penny slider portion with Spellbinders circle dies., and used thick cardboard to pop the raised portions. The sentiment on the truck is a Tim Holtz rub-on, the sign sentiment is fussy-cut from a patterned paper, and the small arrows are cut from a scrap of the backing paper with a Taylored Expressions die from their "Build a Scene - Calendar" set. The cars are made from thin cardboard & tin foil. I'm planning on sending this to my BFF.

https://tayloredexpressions.com/blog/blog/2017/08/31/te-9th-birthday-sketch-challenge/
Inspiration/Challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams: Patterned Paper
Share Joy Challenge: Sketch


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Sunday, September 3, 2017

I Treasure You -- Pilin' on the Feathers/Scales

The theme this month at Pile It On is Feathers/Scales. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. Be sure to stop back on the 3rd Sunday of the month for a bonus theme!
We're sponsored by Ike's Art and I used her fantastic Dragon digistamp to create this shaker card.
Featuring Dragon 1 by Ike's Art / Click to enlarge

I digitally added the sentiment using the Charlemagne font.. The shaker portion is filled with teal & gold microbeads & a mix of jewel-colored mica bits. The bubble border is made with a die from Pink & Main; I cut it from paper I heat-embossed with Aged Copper embossing enamel. I filled the holes with glitter glue, and used the same glitter glue on the shaker frame & the dragon's belly.

http://die-sketch-tanten-challenge.blogspot.com/2017/08/35-vom-1508-140917.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz #177: Something beginning with D (Dragon)
Ike's World #96: Anything Goes with a twist: Mythology
Sketch-Tanten Challenge #35: Any Card / Optional Sketch
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge: Mythical and Magical


Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Ike's Mythology Challenge!
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Vintage Humor -- Lace/Pearls at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Lace/Pearls.


http://handstampedsentiments.blogspot.ca/2017/08/hss-sketch-challenge-271.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
Hand Stamped Sentiments #271: Sketch
Inkspirational: Stamp from when you started crafting (I've had the sentiment stamps forever: I used the birthday sentiment on one of my first blogged cards, and Mom gave me the humorous stamps before then) 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Free to Fly -- Multimedia Collage with the UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles August challenge is Collage with the optional twist of multi-media. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps. I had so much fun making my first collage card that I just had to try the technique again.



I used images from a Good Housekeeping magazine.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Mix It Up Challenge: Mixed media
DL.Art Linky Challenge: Anything Goes August Linky

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Smirk-y Superheroes -- Pilin' on the kiddos

Our theme at Pile It On is Recycle and/or For a Child, and you have until Sept 2 to enter, so this is your last chance to join us this month! The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by MelonHeadz Illustrating, and I used her adorable Superheroes Buttonheadz clip art set to create this fun card for a a super kid! The sentiment on the front is a digistamp from Ginger's House (she's so hilarious!) and the scenic paper is the last of my long-hoarded Smirk stash.
click images to enlarge
I colored the images with Copic markers; these photos don't show the shading very well, it definitely looks better in person. I put a blank message section on the last back panel.

The larger images on the inside are on Action Wobbles, and the rest are popped up with simple springs made of paper strips (photo on right).


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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Birthday Card with Cake at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our theme this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is to make a Birthday Card featuring Cake. I made a card for our niece using both cupcakes & Birthday cake!



I created the pop-up inside with my new Stampendous Pop Up Stages dies. I dug through my stash for some of my favorite birthday stamps, none of which are still available to my knowledge: the Cupcake Girl stamp is from an Arizona artist; the Happy Birthday circle sentiment is by Scrapper's Paradise, and the "Cupcake" sentiment is from a Recollections(?) set; the inside birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts; the Banner stamp and Birthday Cake & Candles are from sets that came with crafting magazines.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas #331: Birthday Celebration + Die cut (pop-up steps)
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Anything Goes with Ribbon

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Everybody is a Star, again & again -- Pilin' On the Childish Recycling

The theme this month at Pile It On is Recycle and/or For a Child. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by MelonHeadz Illustrating, and I used their Stars Clip Art set to make this Card-in-a-Box.


The card design is based on on Keren Howell's Tuxedo Box Card tutorial, but I made mine smaller at 4 x 5.5 inches. I made the sentiment using the fonts Midnight Constellations and Willow by Kingthings. The images were colored with Copic markers.

I looked up the sentiment "Everybody is a Star in Someone's sky" and discovered this wonderful video from 1973:


Inspiration/Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge: No Flowers
Craft for the Craic: Include Triangle Shape
Crafty Calendar: Shaped Card
Crafty Gals Corner: Add a Star
More than One Score at Scor-Pal #40: 3D Cards + more than one score
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add a Sentiment

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