Saturday, August 12, 2017

Car Card

For my first three children, I had their scrapbooks finished shortly after they turned one. That is why it will come as a shock to you to hear that my 3-year-old's first-year scrapbook is not finished yet, actually it's barely started. Life changes and homeschooling have gotten in the way of my scrapbooking time. This week I pulled out my supplies and worked on the album for three days straight. Sometimes I make cards and think, "I'm using up all my scrapbooking time and supplies making cards I don't need." But I really like participating in card challenges, so I just need to find a balance. Maybe soon I will take some pictures of all the layouts I made and post them here.

My husband took my son canoeing this morning, so I let my girls watch cartoons and took a few minutes to make this card. It was not hard, and I still feel like it needs something, but one-layer cards are not my forte. I'll get better at it with practice.

Less is More is asking for a one-layer card using vehicles.
Addicted to CAS is asking us to make a one-layer card.
Just Us Girls is challenging us to use something shiny.
Crazy 4 Challenges says to use monochromatic colors.

You can see that I embossed the car in silver.

I used shades of green for my card.

I added another piece of advice on the inside of the card to finish it off.

Materials used:
Cardstock: Sweetleaf
Stamps: The Long Way Home, Ciao
Ink: Topiary, Whisper pigment Ink
Other: Silver Embossing powder

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Camper

I have not played along with Your Next Stamp yet, so I decided to try my hand at their sketch and color combo. It was a pretty one! I needed a theme, so I found the "Camp Out" theme at Heart 2 Heart and made a cute little camper card! I'm also going to enter this into the "Great Outdoors" challenge at The Paper Players.

The colors I used are: Chocolate, Slate, Cranberry, Olive, and Buttercup.


Materials used:
Cardstock: Olive, Colonial White, Cranberry, Chocolate
B&Ts: Babycakes
Stamps: Camper Crazy
Ink: Cranberry, Slate
Other: Chocolate woodgrain washi tape, Watercolor Pencils

Mickey Mouse Friend

At As You See It, they are wondering what helps us get our mojo back for creating when we've lost it. Well, I have always liked challenges, specifically combining as many challenges as I can. And I don't mean those "anything goes" challenges. No. I mean I like to find a sketch, find a color scheme, find an inspiration photo, find a theme, and maybe a couple others to inspire me! I feel like if I can successfully meet all the challenges, I have created something wonderful.

For this week I have found 7 challenges to try to follow. It was tricky.

For the sketch, I chose Atlantic Hearts:

For the colors, I chose Color My Heart. They asked us to use 3 or more colors from the prickly pear. Three of the colors were primary, so I chose those to also participate in the primary colors challenge at Pile It On: I chose Lemon, Poppy, and Sapphire. I also threw in a little Pink.

I added some flamingos to participate in the summery challenge at Cupcake Inspirations

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays was to use only die cuts. So I cut out a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, and I used my Mickey Mouse head die and embossing folder.

I also wanted to do this tic-tac-toe from The Paper Players. I did the die cut and birthday theme (across the top) but I think I forgot the banner. Oops. I did use blue and pink, so maybe it counts for something!

I also wanted to enter this into the friends challenge at Heart2Heart, so I made my own background paper by stamping the word friends in Poppy ink on the flamingo paper. Hopefully using stamps to create background paper doesn't count against me in the die cut challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.

So, after seeing all that, here's my card. Do you think it meets all the challenges? Did it turn out well? I think it would be nice for a kid's birthday! Unfortunately, my dad was visiting last week, and I didn't get a chance to upload my card in time. So I am late for some of these challenges. But that's ok. I still got a great card out of it!

Materials used:
Cardstock: Sunny Yellow, Sapphire, Poppy, White Daisy
B&Ts: Calypso
Ink: Poppy
Stamps: Live Out Loud
Other: yellow ribbon (not CTMH), Mickey Mouse die and embossing folder (not CTMH), Artiste Cricut cartridge, Dots Embossing Folder

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Relaxing in hammocks

I don't have time to relax in hammocks. I've had some time for creating this summer, but once school starts, I don't think I'll even have time for that anymore! I'll try, but judging from last year, it's unlikely.

But I do like the idea of this card. It came from the challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges. Saturday was national hammock day, so our challenge was to create a project with a theme of relaxation. It'd be nice if I had nothing to do but lounge in the sun, but I prefer to feel productive. I always have to be knitting or reading or crafting if I'm not taking care of the kids, cooking for them or teaching them.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made, the colors from Color Throwdown, and the themes at Word Art Wednesday and Simon Says are Anything Goes.

Materials used:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Pear
B&Ts: Brushed
Stamps: Paradise, Vogue Alphabet
Ink: Cotton Candy, Pear, Canary

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Balloons and Bugs

CASology is a new challenge blog to me, but they are actually having their 5 year anniversary! I had fun hopping around on their blog hop yesterday, and I made this balloon-themed card to participate! I immediately thought of a hot-air balloon when I saw the balloon cue-card, so I cut this polka-dotted one from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

I used the garden/bug theme and colors from Cupcake Inspirations, and the bug theme also fit well with the challenge from Shopping our Stash, another new-to-me challenge blog.

To make this card, I got out my ink pads that fit with the Cupcake colors, and then I got out all my stamp sets that had cute little bugs on them. I stamped the flower field in Sweet Leaf, then the bugs in Pixie, Gypsy, Canary, and Crystal Blue. I stamped the balloon from the My Sunshine stamp set, but decided to layer it with a Cricut cut using Brushed paper instead. The White Daisy panel was affixed to a Crystal Blue card base.

Come have fun with us and play along with these wonderful challenges!

Materials used:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue
B&Ts: Brushed
Stamps: Bee Petite Perks (Bee), All the Details (Sentiment), Splendid Day (Lady Bug), Your Own Kind of Wonderful (Butterfly), Summer Picnic (Ant), A Flowering Bunch
Ink: Gypsy, Crystal Blue, Pixie, Canary, Sweet Leaf
Other: My Legacy Writer

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer fun

I tried to make this card on Friday, but I had to ruminate on it all weekend because it just wasn't coming together. I finally finished it last night. My hubby helped with the surfboard.

I used the colors from Color My Heart, the sketch from As You See It, and the theme of "surf's up" from Curtain Call.

I took a Glacier panel and affixed it to a White Daisy card base. I grabbed a Slate woodgrain scrap from the Dakota paper pack, and tore some Sunflower cardstock for the sand (I didn't have the new Tangerine color). I stamped the sun in Sunflower, the tree in Pear (no Willow either), and the sign on Whisper with Slate ink. My hubby cut out the surfboard from Poppy carstock and I cut it in half lengthwise and layered it onto White Daisy. I colored the trunk of the palm tree with Poppy ink and then layered some Slate over it to darken it a little. The "No Worries" sentiment is from the Hello Summer stamp set.

I hope you all come join me at these fun challenges!


Materials used:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Glacier, Sunflower, Whisper
B&Ts: Dakota
Stamps: Surf's Up WOTG, Hello Summer, Paradise
Ink: Slate, Pear, Sunflower, Poppy

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hello Cutouts

I made this card using inspiration from 3 challenges: The sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, the Challenge from Always Playing with Paper, and, a new one to me, Fusion Card Challenge.

The Challenge was to use black and white, and only add one other color. That's always fun. I really liked the pastel colors in the photo inspiration from Fusion, so I really wanted a light peach color. I found some paper in the LE paper pack, Free to be Me, and I found my old Taffy ink to match it.

The cutout is from Artistry. I didn't have a stamp or a die with this fabulous cursive "Hello," so Cricut to the rescue!

I stamped a couple of feathers at the bottom of the card, but they look a little like waving grain. That's ok I guess! The dragonfly was inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.

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Materials used:
Cardstock: Black, White Daisy
B&Ts: Free to be Me
Stamps: Pemberly WOTG, Pathfinding Cardmaking WOTG
Ink: Taffy, Archival Black
Other: Artistry

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mother/Daughter cards

My husband went out with a friend last night, so my daughter and I had a mother/daughter crafting night! She is 10, and she really wanted to make a card with me. So I made a card and she made one. She has really specific taste, so even though she is entering the same challenges as me, she made a quite different card!

We're entering these challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches
Color Throwdown
Simon Says - Stars
Word Art Wednesday

I'll start with Leah's card:

Leah used a Lagoon card base with Pear and White Daisy for her tilted panel. She wanted a pinwheel from the Pinwheel stamp set for her focal point. She embellished with stars from the Home of the Brave stamp set, and her sentiment is from the Thoughtful Tidings set. She used Holiday Red, Honey, and Pear for her colors. Then she added stars from the Peacock Fundamental assortment and some aqua dots.

For the inside she stamped a sentiment from the Pinwheel stampset in Holiday red and added a gold puffy heart. Isn't it cute?

 Next my card:
I used Topiary for my card base and Lagoon for my tilted panel. I created a background paper by random stamping a sand dollar in Lagoon, Topiary, Tulip, and Canary on White Daisy cardstock. I then added blue and green Bitty Sparkles. For my focal point, I stamped the Starfish from Under the Sea in Tulip, then layered it with a Canary Layer, covered in Liquid Glass. The bubbles are stamped in Lagoon. The bubbles and sand dollar are from the Footloose Workshop stamp set.

The inside of the card is random stamped in the same colors with the star from the Pinwheel set. Then I added a Bible verse, Psalm 119:105, in Tulip.

Come play along with us for these challenges!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas in July

This week at Color My Heart they are asking us to use Emerald, Sea Glass and Raspberry with Black, White and Silver. I did not get any of the new colors unfortunately before I quit Close To My Heart. It was hard to find similar colors because they are unique. I found raspberry in the Flirty paper pack. I guess it is the same color. Absolutely beautiful. I love this color and hopefully I can order the ink soon. Instead of Emerald and Sea Glass, I ended up using Lagoon and Glacier. It's bluer than it should be, but still pretty. Not as Christmasy as I'd hoped though.

I am entering this into the Christmas in July challenge at Merry Monday. The sketch is from CAS(E) This Sketch, and I am also entering the "Oh the Places You'll Go" challenge at Heart 2 Heart. I interpreted this for a Christmas card as "I'm going home for Christmas." I actually don't know where I'll be for Christmas this year, and I did get to spend the last Christmas before my mom died with her for the first time since I'd been married. It was such a special time and a true gift.

Materials used:
Cardstock: Lagoon, Glacier, Flirty Raspberry, white Daisy
Stamps: Home for the Holidays
Ink: Lagoon
Other: Silver Shimmer Trim, Flirty Assortment, Seam Binding Ribbon, My Legacy Writer, Art Philosophy

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fun Summer Colors

I like the colors they're asking us to use this week at Color Throwdown. They are summery, and they reminded me of the Calypso paper pack from about a year ago. I made the Calypso Workshop pages, then life spun out of control and I hadn't revisited it since. For this card I used the My Stickease and some plaid paper I found at Joanne's today that matched perfectly. It is from Core-dinations.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made, and I used plaid for the challenge at Simon Says. I am also entering this into the inspiration challenge at Word Art Wednesday.

Materials used:
Cardstock: White Daisy
B&Ts: Calypso
Paper: pink plaid core'dinations (not CTMH)
Compliments: Calypso

Monday, July 10, 2017

Color Dare 251

Hi everybody! I was browsing through the beginning of the Color Dare Challenge blog and getting sentimental about crafting. I haven't done it in so long! So, I got a sketch from Atlantic Hearts and created this useless card (because it's been a full year since we moved to Alabama!). I still like it. Isn't it pretty? I had a tough time with the lemon in this combination, so I just used a touch of it.

I used Juniper, Black, White Daisy, and Sorbet cardstock. I used Juniper ribbon and gold Shimmer Trim. The stamp sets I used are Heartwarming Hello, and the sun is from Cityscape. I stamped the sun in Sunny Yellow, since I don't have the new Lemon color. I also used some black ink and ShinHan markers.


Come play along with me at Color My Heart and Atlantic Hearts!