Mystery Image Swap – October 2016

Well, the months keep rolling by and it’s time for my next Mystery Image Swap posting.

My fellow Canadian of the group, Dea, picked this image and it’s a Penny Black image called “Snowy”. I had fun coloring it up and figure out a layout. Apparently, I’m working on a slight sequin addiction so I had to use them on this card.

See you next month with November’s image!!

SplitCoast Stamps Falliday Fest {6}

Okay, we’re back with post 6 for the Falliday Fest! I have one more week to get all these projects done for the prize drawing and I’m determined to finish everything off! Today I have six new cards for you.

First up was a challenge called Whooo Loves You. This one was pretty simple, make a card with owls, and I was excited to pull out my Stampin’ Up Owl Together set for this card. Such a cute set and I haven’t used it in quite awhile! This sketch was from Tuesday Morning Sketches, but again I missed linking up before the deadline.

And, this next challenge was one of the card drive challenges. The chosen organization was a pet shelter looking for thank you cards, so this is what I chose to do. This is another Stampin’ Up set that I haven’t used in awhile! This is one of the reason I want Falliday Fest. And, this was also based on a sketch, from last week (can you tell I’ve been busy planning cards, but not so fast on the execution?).

Do You Want to Build a Snowman was the next challenge and we were challenged to BUILD a snowman (not an image of one). I REALLY love how this cutie turned out. And, this card came from the Viva la Verve sketch 2 for October (look, I’m not late for one!).

And, moving on my next challenge was “not everything is as it seems”. This challenge has a very interesting approach…take a stamp that is for one event, and make it for another. So, I took this baby themed stamp, colored it up in Christmas colors and made it an elf suit. So, get your merry on people! This sketch is from Hand Stamped Sentiments #249. Great sketch for this card!

The next challenge was to make a blue christmas card. While looking for ideas for another challenge, I found these elves that I colored quite awhile ago. They became the focus of my card. This card came from a sketch somewhere, but I can’t remember exactly where. It was an older one, not a current challenge.

And, last one for this post (I promise!) is a an apple themed card, using an inspiration picture. I chose to take both some color inspiration from the photo as well as the theme and chose this freshly baked pie image from Pink Cat Studio.

Alright, another day, another six cards. You’re hanging in there with me and I do appreciate it. What’s the current tally? Well, these six bring me to 21 done, 9 to go. And, I can’t forget those 3 tutorials…..hang in there! Just a few more posts to go.

SplitCoast Stamps Falliday Fest {5}

Here I go again with another Falliday Fest post! I feel like it’s going slowly, but I’m working my way through the 30 challenges! First up, three challenge cards…

This first challenge was to use texture on your project. I used an embossed background, then added fabric (flannel) to the card. The last texture I used was the glitter paper. The idea for the fabric actually came from the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday challenge this week. I used their sketch and their optional technique was a touch of fabric…perfect!

Another challenge posted was to use the felted cardstock technique. I actually had quite a bit of trouble with this one. I thought it would be a nice follow up to the shaving cream technique I tried with the kids (see the story below), but it wasn’t nearly as much fun for them and took forever! Well, win some, lose some I guess. This sketch was from the Cheerful Sketches challenge blog.

And, this next challenge was kinda fun! Are you a good witch or a bad witch? And, make your card accordingly. I’m not quite sure which one I represented. Good? Halloween is a popular theme right now, with the holiday right around the corner. I’ve chosen to add this creation to two challenges. Shopping Our Stash’s Hey Ghoulfriend challenge and Crafting By Designs Halloween challenge.

Falliday Fest also involves completing 5/10 posted tutorials. One of those tutorials was the Shaving Cream technique. I was…smart? brave? dumb?…enough to try this with my 2-year-old and 4-year-old one night. It actually didn’t go that badly. I just had to relax and let them make their creative mess. My 4-year-old actually asked if we could do it again, so I guess this will be coming back! This card I’m adding over at the Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge.

I forgot to tally my two TPD cards yesterday, so this puts me at 15 done,  15 to go. Plus, 3 tutorials. You know I’ll be back!!

Falliday Fest {4} with Two Paper Divas!

Hello, hello! Welcome to my Saturday post with Two Paper Divas.

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog you may have noticed that I’m busy participating in the Falliday Fest challenges at SplitCoast Stamper. I had a regular Two Paper Divas post planned, but a couple of my creations ended up featuring Two Paper Divas’ stamps, so I thought I’d post them today instead.

The first challenge was to make a bokeh background around a stenciled shape. I used the stenciled portion to feature the Dream Big stamp. This great sentiment is still available in the Two Papaer Divas store, so pick it up today! My bokeh circles are a bit hard to see in the picture, but they are there.

And, the other card I made was for the Snowy Leaves challenge. We were to make a card with snowy or frosty leaves. I took a branch die and put diamond stickles on the leaves. Then I used my liquid applique to apply “snow” to the edges. I LOVE how this turned out…but, back to the Two Paper Divas stamp. This Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Banners #2 set. Can you believe this one is still in stock?? That’s right, pick it up NOW!

This card was also a challenge entry. I played along with the Muse Card Club. I loved the layout, but I also loved how the element in the upper left gave me an opportunity to feature the frosty leaves of this challenge.

Just a reminder that the Two Paper Divas store is currently marked down 30%. So get your favorites at a great price.

See you next week!

SplitCoast Stamps Falliday Fest {3}

Happy Friday! I have some more Falliday Fest projects for you. Falliday Fest is a set of challenges going on over at SplitCoast Stampers. There are 30 card challenges, plus 5 tutorials for me to do over a two week period.

Today I’ve got five cards for you. Yes, look at me go!

The first card I have for you today is for the challenge to use holly berries on your card. When I read the challenge, I knew that I wanted to use this Verve image. And, since I was using Verve, I decided to play along with the Viva la Verve sketch! I am so happy with the way this one turned out!

The next challenge was one of the card drive challenges. There are a few challenges posted with Falliday Fest where we send our card to a chosen charity. This charity works with US military and so we were asked to make a military thank you. I don’t have any “patriotic” US stamps (since I’m not American), so I used blues and reds for my card. The layout was inspired by the posted Time Out Challenge for this week.

The next challenge I completed was to utilize a provided angel template.  You could make a 3D version of the angel, or put it on a card. I chose the card idea. This turned out better than I thought. And, I like her liquid applique hair!

Next completed challenge was kinda cool. I was to smear versamark onto a piece of paper and then add embossing powder to create a background. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out on flat paper, so I chose to use an embossed background to apply my versamark. Then, I used my SU colored embossing powder. The background colors were a perfect fit for this Riley & Company image I had colored up. Isn’t she sweet?

And the last challenge for today was to make a gift card holder. I had been given a gift card holder awhile ago and it’s sat on my desk waiting for me to recreate it. This seemed like the perfect opportunity. It’s a simple wallet design. Adorable, right?

Okay, this puts me at 10 challenges down, 20 to go. Plus, 4 tutorials. I have another two cards posted on Saturday with Two Paper Divas and then I’ll be back again as soon as I whip up a few more cards!

Creating with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Hey all! Have you check out the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog lately? Head on over there to find fantastic new projects from the Prickley Pear Design Team. There’s lots of variety this week, so don’t forget to take a peek.

I’d like to say we’ve entered Fall, but here in my neck of the woods fall seems to have decided to run away and leave winter in it’s path. But, that doesn’t mean I have to accept it in my craft room. This pretty card uses the Hibiscus 2 set for the background leaves and the swirley flowers. I’ve paired it with the relatively new Butterfly Sentiments set. If you haven’t seen this set yet, please check it out. It is REALLY cute. And, there’s a matching die to make cutting out those butterflies super easy.

And, Halloween is just over a week away. Are you ready? This is a treat box using the Top Note die from Stampin Up. Unfortunately, it’s retired now, but you could easily make this box with pretty much any symmetrical shaped die. I’ve used the Day of the Dead Skull set on this one. The flowers also come with that set.

Here’s a picture of the other side. Both the skulls and flowers were cut out with the matching Day of the Dead Skulls die set.

Head on over to the Prickley Pear blog or the Facebook page to check out more great projects. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you again in a few weeks with more creations from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

SplitCoast Stamps Falliday Fest {2}

This is my second post for the Falliday Fest challenges over at SplitCoast Stampers. Things seem to be going every so slowly, but I do have some cards in pieces so I’m hopeful I’ll still get everything done by the end of the challenge period.

This first card was made for a challenge that required us to use something with wheat in it. I thought this would be easy and the discovered I am seriously lacking in thanksgiving/fall images featuring wheat! This image is a From the Heart Stamps digital image.

This sketch was from Mojo Monday, but I unfortunately missed the link up deadline.

The challenge for this card was simply to use fall colors. I also used this weeks’ Sketch Saturday sketch.

And, in addition to the 30 challenges, Falliday Fest includes 10 tutorials. For the “challenge yeti” distinction (which I’m aiming for), we need to do five of those ten tutorials. This first one looked like something I could make with the kids. It was late in the day, so they were kinda all over the place, but I had fun letting them pick the colors. This one is Claire’s.

Okay, this puts me at 5 cards down, 25 to go. Plus, 4 tutorials. See you again with more Falliday Fest fun!