Monday, October 5, 2015

Harvest Time

Oh, how I have enjoyed all the veggies and fruits from our garden and trees.  Harvest started early this year because of the unusually hot summer we had in these parts.  I've had more squash and cabbage than I have known what to do with.  Nice problem.
The challenge at the Kraft Journal is Harvest Festival, CAS style.
When our children were young, we set aside the 31st of October for a home harvest festival (because we did not do Halloween).  Lots of fun with caramel apples, carving pumpkins, etc.  I miss those days with the kids - sigh!

The cardstock layer on top the dark chocolate base is Buff Ivory.  I love the linen texture of this paper. The digital image is a pre-colored image, Harvest Bounty by Doodle Pantry. After cutting it out and rounding the corners, I then  distressed the edges with a distresser and Tim Holz distress ink.  The sentiment is one of the verses in the Doodle Pantry Pretty Petite Scripture collection.
And finally the Bright Hemp Cord - such bold colors, just right for Autumn.

How will you interpret the Kraft Journal challenge of Harvest Festival?  We would love to see what you come up with.

Papertakes - autumn colors
Simon Wednesday - anything
Sketch Saturday - sketch 
Time Out - Autumn
Doodle Pantry - anything
Simplicity Thanksgiving Crusade

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Always Time for Thanks

Sure it is only the 3rd of October but Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it.  Usually I only send one or two cards out for that day but I am hoping to send more.  Here is one I made yesterday with a digital image by Doodle Garden.
Very simple but so pretty with the Copic earth colors (my favorite) and the beautiful crinkle ribbon from the Kraft Outlet.  The card base is SU Pumpkin Pie and the layer is GKD Faded Brick.

Pink Gem - Autumn
Time Out - Autumn
Stamploration - favorite color combo
Simplicity Thanksgiving Crusade
Paper Sweeties - photo inspiration (pumpkin and ribbon color)
Classy Cards and Such - feeling Fallish
Papertakes - Colors
Simon Wednesday - anything
DLArt October Challenge - fall
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Let's Get In Shape

It is October 1 which means a new challenge at the Die Cut Diva's Challenge blog.  This month the challenge is to make a shaped card.  I'll be the first to admit that making a shaped card truly is a challenge for me.  I get so comfortable with the A2 card.  But what's a challenge without it being challenging? Duh!

I used the Spellbinder Curvy Rectangle to cut out the card.  The image is by one of our sponsors (Yes, we have two this month) Morgan's Art World.  The other sponsor is One Happy Cut.  I colored it with Copics.  The three pearl dots are melted Perler Beads.  I love all the colors that can be made and matched up to copics and pencils.
Drop by the Die Cut Diva's Challenge, have a look at all the wonderful eye candy by the DT, and then make a shaped card.

Tuesday Throwdown - CAS
Simon Wednesday - anything
Stamping Boutique - no designer paper
Inspiration Destination - anything
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Cuttlebug Mania - no squares
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lotta Lattes

Autumn, thanks, and coffee - my favorite things for cards.  And I couldn't even wait a whole day after getting my new Elizabeth Crafts dies in the mail to make this card.  Fun!

I really like the new free digital latte images by Verve.  I mirrored the image so the leaves are facing out on both left and right panels.
After I cut out the three card pieces, I ran them back through the Cuttlebug to emboss the stitch line.  In order to make them more noticeable, I used the die as a stencil and inked them with a Tim Holz Distress Ink pen.
The leaves on the center circle are made with a Verve die.  I don't have the corresponding stamp so I drew the veins on and added a bit of Copic.  The leaves in the upper corners of the left and right panels is a Stampin Up stamp.
Here are a couple of close ups:

Coffee Lovers Bloghop
Uniko - Autumn and thanks
Pink Gem - Autumn
DLArt Thankful Thursday - Fall
Simon Work It Wednesday - use a stamp
Crop Stop - Anything (score tape, Cuttlebug)
Classy Cards - feeling Fallish
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Papertakes -  Take you Pick : die cuts, Fall colors
Simon Wednesday - anything

Waving "Goodbye"

It is time to bring the September challenge at the Die Cut Divas to a close.
Using one of the sketches found here at the Die Cut Diva's Challenge, I framed this cute Bugaboo Bear with turquoise cardstock, cut with a die from the  Die-namics Rectangle Stax.

We have had two sponsors this month at the DCDC , Bugaboo and One Happy Cut, and we have had two sketches:
Thank you to both sponsors and thank you to Hannah for providing the sketches.  We will be back tomorrow, Oct 1 with a new challenge.

Paper Takes - Autumn colors of red, brown, rust ; technique - out of the box
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Di's Digis - animal acting like humans

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Where Is My Mind

As each year passes, I am faced with the fact that my memory and concentration are not what they used to be.  A few posts ago, I mentioned that I made another note pad ( first one here and second one here) with this sentiment that I picked up at Ginger's House .

I love this card by Kim Makortoff so I CASED it:

I printed Decosse"s Dynamic Doodles digital leaves, cutting and pasting in order to cover some empty spots. Because it will be sitting on top of my desk (unless it gets lost under clutter!) the front did not have to be flat so I sewed on a button and added some melted Perler beads in some of the places I did not fill in with leaves.
After I put the sentiment and the leaves together, I realized it said "leaves".  Punny.
I love making these note pads and they are so helpful.  Hardly a time goes by when I don't need to make some notes to myself when I am on the computer or on the phone.  They are life-savers.  Oh, there is the theme for the next one - life-savers.  Humm, nautical or candy?

Simon Wednesday - no designer paper
Uniko - Autumn
Pink Gem - Autumn
Stamping Boutique - no designer paper
DLArt - anything
Stamplorations - CASE
Crafty Sentiments - Autumn leaves

Monday, September 28, 2015

Oh, Baby!

That is the CAS theme of the challenge at the Kraft Journal.  I don't make many baby cards, but it is so nice to have some on hand.
I love blue and kraft together and the blue in this pre-colored digital image by Doodle Pantry is so pretty.  A perfect image to use with Warm Brown Kraft Cardstock.
I cut the scalloped circle out of the Kraft base and then cut a larger one out of the designer paper.  After attaching that to the Kraft, I tied two stands of Earthy Natural Hemp around the front of the card,  (the base is cut lengthwise with the fold at the top) tying on a button.
The image is on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of white cardstock which I glued to the back flap of the Kraft base so when the card is opened:

CAS, easy, simple.
The sketch for the front of the card: MFT

Sweet Stampin' - non white base
DLArt - anything
MFT - sketch
Paper Creators - new baby