Monday, September 15, 2014

A Fan-tastic Day

We had a fantastic day yesterday, Sunday, but I'll get to the card first and then tell you about our day.

Both background papers, image and sentiment are by Doodle Pantry.  I love these colors! and I did not have to color them; they come pre-colored.  Of course the set comes with lined images too if you want to color them yourself.
After I cut out the fan, I got the crazy notion to cut the sentiment with the same circle.  I kinda like it.  And talk about an easy card.
Here is the set:
Just a reminder, too, about the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge.  Receive a set for playing along.  Go to Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge for the details. 

Okay, so back to our fantastic day.  My husband and I loaded up the kayaks (I LOVE kayaking!) and headed up to Canada.  An hour and a half later we were at Chilliwack Lake. The drive was beautiful with the leaves starting to change color.   It was a beautiful hot day without a cloud in the sky.  We paddled around the lake, sat in the sun, paddled some more until we were both tired, loaded up and headed home.  I'm not sure if we will get another chance to do that before the weather turns rainy and/or cold so this was just the perfect day to get in this mini trip.  I am really going to miss this nice weather when it is gone.  But thankful for yesterday - it was  fantastic.
Here are a few pics:

 Gorgeous!

 Also Gorgeous!

And me. 


I hope you have a fantastic day and week!

Challenges:
Sister Act - anything  
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Meljen - use a funny sentiment
Crafty Catz - CAS
Stamp and Create - circles and dots 
Crafty Sentiments - spots and/or stripes



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nephew's Wedding

Wedding cards are a real challenge for me.  I put off making them as long as I can.  But when I can wait no longer, under stress, I make one and usually like it.  This one took several attempts but I do like the end result.
It was a difficult card to photograph but you can see most of the detail in this pic - just prettier IRL.  I embossed the words and the bells with silver, used silver paper for layering.  The pink is vellum that I embossed with a new embossing folder.  Silver hearts are brads.

Challenges:
Sweet Stamps - wedding
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Simon Wednesday - make own BG
Sister Act - anything
Cards Galore - any card


Friday, September 12, 2014

Late Post - Another A+ Kid

Just now getting around to posting what I thought would be posted early this morning but I won't bore you with the details as to why.
When I made the other A+ kid card, I made this one too.  With eleven grandchildren, 10 who are in school, it does not hurt to make several cards at a time !
The chalkboard is printed right onto the notebook paper and the apple is superimposed onto the chalkboard before printing.  All three (apple, chalkboard, paper) are by Diane's Daydream Designs.

The buttons and "you" are cut out with MFT button dies.  Layers - Garden Green by SU and Brown Kraft.  The button "thread" is very thin twine from Kraft Outlet.

Challenges:
Kraft Journal - anything
Craft Your Passion - circles
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crafter's Cafe - Card for a child
Stamping Boutique - back to school
Crafty Catz - CAS
Suzy Bees - anything
Crafty Sentiments - spots and stripes




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A+ Kid

 I want my grandkids to know that they are A+ kids even if they don't get A's on their report cards.  I'm really more concerned about their character than their grades.  Here is one of the cards I made with that message.

The background paper (love it!), border, chalkboard, and apple are digital images found at Diane's Daydream Designs.  The top was done with a die.  The message and heart were done with the computer. I smudged a bit of white pigment ink onto the chalkboard image.
Card base is SU Creamy Caramel; red layer is SU Real Red.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Craft 4 Eternity - digital
Suzy Bees - anything
Clear It Out - anything
Crazy Challenge - 3 of a kind (3 digital images)
Sister Act - anything 



Friday, September 5, 2014

Back to School

Most of my grandchildren are back to school.   Some started the second week in August , some the week before Labor Day Weekend and two will start next week.  Time got away from me so I am just now making back to school cards for all of them.
I just made this one last night.  The images are by Diane's Daydream Designs.
In fact, everything except the twine and cardstock base is from the School Days set.  Yes, even the buttons which I cut out with MFT button dies after I printed out the buttons.
The sentiment in printed onto the chalk board with a computer font and then I smudged a little white pigment ink onto the board.  The books are popped up a bit with a few layers of cardstock.  I didn't want too much dimension because the card will be mailed.
The base looks black which looks okay in the photo but it really is blue to go along with the blues in the BG paper, buttons, and books.

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - back to school
Crafting from the Heart - anything
Papertakes - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
Creative Card Crew - chalk board
2 Cute - anything
The Crazy Challenge - 3 of a kind (3 patterned papers= plaid, star strip, border strip)
Suzy Bees - anything
Crafts 4 Eternity - digital

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let's Try Something New

 Three cards today - all with Bugaboo digital images.  Bugaboo is the sponsor for the September challenge at Die Cut Diva's Challenge.  So what is the challenge this month?  Something new - a new technique or new supplies or new image.  You get the point.
 So for my first card - a new image.
This is one Bugaboo image I just had to have.  My 5 year old granddaughter loves unicorns.  She makes horns out of empty paper towel rolls, taping that to a headband so she can be a unicorn.  I know she will like this one.

The border piece is punched, the flowers are made with a Cuttlebug die, clouds with a MFT die.
That little flower gem has been in my stash for years.
Coloring was done with Prisma pencils.

Next card:
This is a fun technique.  Crumple up (wad up into a ball) some wax paper.  Smooth it out.  Sandwich it between two pieces of glossy paper and then iron it.  After the two pieces are cool, heavily sponge on ink and then wipe off excess with a paper towel.  Result - great BG paper for animal images.
Another new thing I tried was a different look for the clouds.  I have sponged before but this time I used a large round daubber but only used the edges.  I like the round streaky look.
Balloons are covered with liquid glaze.  Sentiment is cut out with a Spellbinders die.

Last card:
Another new image and I must confess I have used newspaper before and have put "coffee rings" on before but maybe this is a new idea for you.
This gal really reminds me of myself in the morning (just wish I were that thin! )  Sentiment is by Doodle Pantry and was cut out with a Spellbinder die.

So what will you do that is new?  Come join the fun at Die Cut Diva's Challenge 

Challenges I will enter:
Pile It On - punches
Crafting From the Heart - anything
Papertakes - anything
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Crafty Sentiments - anything
Sister Act - anything
Crazy Challenge - three of a kind (three flowers, three colors of cardstock)








Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1 and New Release

September 1 means a new release at Doodle Pantry.  And AGAIN - fabulous new digital sets.

Adding to the other fantastic antique and vintage images is the antique desk.  My mom has one of these.  It was her mom's and I hope someday it will be mine.  The wood grain piece of patterned paper is also by Doodle Pantry. The cording is from my mom's old stash (now my old stash!)
Sketch is Papertakes sketch #79


I colored the image with Prisma pencils but for the next card, I used a pre-colored image.
This little card is only 3 x 4 so it was wonderful not to have to color that little image.  The card is one of Lori's SVG files that can be found at Doodle Pantry.  The antique patterned paper and the wood grain paper are both by Doodle Pantry.
Here is a pic of the Antique Desk set:
and a pic of the Card Cut 7:

Doodle Pantry is having a SALE for the next few days -  30% off everything in your cart PLUS a free with purchase set.

Challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crafter's Cafe - punches or dies
Sister Act - anything  
Brown Sugar - anything
Pile It On - punches
Crafting From the Heart - anything
2 Cute - anything