Monday, May 20, 2019

With Thanks

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for stopping in today. I thought I'd start sharing my cards from a stamp club I belong to.
We meet once a month and we make a card based on a predetermined theme and we bring it to the meeting.(The themes are decided upon at the beginning of the year. ) We also make another card using something that has been given to us to use at  the previous meeting. And boy, sometimes the things we are given to use are really interesting and challenging, 
which is why we call that card/project the challenge project.

The card that I am sharing with you today has the challenge items given to us at last months meeting. 
We can use the items on a card or anything else we can come up with. We all get the same thing to use but we all come up with really different designs. 

We were all given bread ties. You know, those plastic things rectangle or square,
that hold the bread bag closed.

This was a tough one for me.

Well, I finally came up with something.

The white rectangle shaped items on this card are those bread ties. I added some lines and dots (I used alcohol markers) to jazz them up a tad and added nestled flowers in them. 

The challenge sure does make you think outside the box sometimes.

Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations - Buttons and Blooms, Patchwork Daisy Border 
Paper/Card Stock
: Blue CS, White CS
Ink: Memento - Various colors
Dies UsedHeartfelt Creations - Buttons and Blooms, Patchwork Daisy Border  
 dimensional foam, plastic bread ties, spectrum Noir alcohol ink

I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

Well that's my project for today's post.
Hope you enjoyed it and I bet you'll never look at a bread tie the same again.  LOL
I'll be back soon

Have a great week.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

You are Purrrfect

Hello Everyone

WOWSER!!! The month of May is half over already!! I can't believe it!!

It's time for the latest challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

I am a huge cat lover. Have been since I was 3 years old. 
Currently I have an orange tabby and a calico cat. 
But in the past I have had siamese cats, gray tabbies, and other assorted breeds.
So when I spied this cute cat image over at Bugaboo, I just had to have it.

Speaking of Bugaboo, they are the sponsor for this this challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. 

Right before I started this card, 
I had just been gifted a pack of 12X12 papers with a kitty theme. 
I call that perfect timing.
The papers went great with the kitty image I used.

Here is the end result for my card

I did my best to color this cutie to resemble a gray tabby that I once had. 
All of the designer papers and the banner 
are from an Echo Park paper pack

Stamps:  Digital - Bugaboo - Your Perfect (Cat and sentiment)
Paper/Card Stock
:White CS , DP - Echo Park MEOW
Accessories dimensional foam, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

Hope you enjoyed my kitty card. I will be back soon with more inspiration for you

Have a great week

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Patchwork Blooms

Hello Everyone

Today I am back with a great adornment for the plain ol' gift bag we all use from time to time.  
We all get busy and when it's gift giving time, 
sometimes we just add the gift to a bag, add a little tissue for that fru fru look and we give it. 
Well I like to make bag toppers. 
They dress up the bag and add some personality to that plain bag. 

I sell a lot of my cards and other paper craft items at a local shop, 
L&M Busy Hands Craft & Gift Shop in Ft Mitchell, 
and this bag topper will be down there Friday. 
I will be bringing 2 others as well. 
Similar, but the pocket color will be either orange, pink, or blue.

I thought this topper would look great on a kraft colored gift bag,
 what do you think.

Here is a closer view of the pocket image on the bag topper.

My bag topper itself is scalloped and is a die that I have had for eons. 
It is from Accucut but unfortunately is no longer available.

I have gotten a lot of use out of that die, 
and will continue to use it to make unique bag toppers

I just love my bag toppers.

The flowers and the pocket on the bag topper are from 
the Patchwork Daisy papers and stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations. 

Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations - Patchwork Pocket & Patterns, Buttons & Blooms, Patchwork Daisy Border
Paper/Card Stock
: White CS, Heartfelt Creations Patchwork Daisy Collection DP 
Ink: Memento
Dies UsedHeartfelt Creations - Patchwork Pocket & Patterns, Buttons & Blooms, Patchwork Daisy Border, Accu-cut  Bag Topper
Accessoriesdimensional foam

I am submitting my creation in the following challenges:

Hope you enjoyed my latest creation

I will be back soon.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

With Thanks

Welcome to the first Tuesday of May.

Time for inspiration Tuesday over at Craft-Dee BowZ. 
The May challenge at CDB has started and runs thru the end of the month. 
We hope you enter and you could be the next winner. 
The theme is always Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow. 

The May sponsor is Cute As A Button and the prize is 2 black and white images. 

On April 30,  I posted about a card using acrylic, printable acrylic.
 I printed a digital image onto the printable acrylic. 
That image was pre-colored and it turned out great. 
Check out that post here.

Well for this card, I decided to use a stamped image instead of a digital image.
 I also wanted to test out the alcohol markers and regular markers in coloring the image.

I think it really turned out great.

The image had a lot of open areas that needed to be colored. Perfect for my test. 

I stamped the image on the rough side, using black Staz-On, the side you would print on. I also colored the image on that rough side, I used alcohol markers and some distress markers. 
Both worked great.

Once done with the  coloring, I attached some glitter film to the back of that acetate, 
making sure I attached the glitter to the rough side. 
Next I added a white cardstock piece to the back so the image and the glitter really show up.

I added some gold strips to the sides and a bow and I mounted that on a creamy yellow card base. 
And my card is finished.

I really love working with the printable acrylic sheets.
Hope you will try using them as well.

That bow - Made it using my Craft-Dee BowZ
Made a single loop bow. Perfect for this 5X7 card.

Stamps:  Art Gone Wild - Catherine Scanlon - Daisies
Paper/Card Stock
: White CS, Creamy Yellow CS, Gold CS
Ink: Staz-On Black
AccessoriesRibbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, Spectrum Noir alcohol Markers, Tim Holtz  Distress Markers, Glitter Sheets (Stamp on It), Printable Acrylic Sheets (Staples)
I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

Hope you are inspired by my card. 
Have a great week. 
I will be back soon.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

For the Big League

Welcome to May.

I am so excited to welcome in the month of May.
Hopefully warmer weather and a little less rain will be coming our way.

Baseball season has started and I'm sure little league is in full swing (no pun intended) as well.

Since it's the first of the month, Craft-Dee BowZ has started their May Challenge.

The CDB challenge is a monthly challenge and the theme is always:
Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.

That's easy enough, LOL

The sponsor for May at Craft-Dee BowZ is

Since it's baseball season, I spied this cute baseball batter over on the Cute as a Button site
 and since they are the sponsor this month I just had to use him

He is the Sandlot Slugger
and he is perfect for a birthday card for that little leaguer in your life.

When I started this card, I envisioned a baseball stadium in the background. 
Found the stadium image off the internet and it works perfect with the CAAB image. 
Also I saw some baseball stats in the sports section of the paper
 so I used those to add some additional interest to the card.

The sentiment is something I thought up and it's a great fit, I think. 

I added a simple little single loop bow to this card.
Needed something that was not frilly. 

Here are some pics of me making that sweet little bow

I've wrapped the ribbon around the 2 pegs so it looks like a U 
with the tales(ends of ribbon) at the top, 
and then I overlap the ends of the ribbon. 
Kind of like an awareness ribbon.

The ribbon end that's on the top
 gets threaded under the ribbon and between the posts and 
pulled up

These 2 tails of ribbon need to be tied in a knot
And those tails need to be pulled tight.

And wella, you have a bow. 
It is so easy and is quick to make a bow.

Here is the tool

Stamps:  Digi - Cute As A Button - The Sandlot Slugger
Paper/Card Stock
: Red CS, Lt. gray CS, Med. Gray CS, White CS
AccessoriesRibbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Glue Dot, Stadium Digital image - Off the internet, Stats in the corners - from local newspaper. 

I am submitting my card to the following challenges: