HYCCT 2015 Post 1

Wheeee! It’s October again. That means it’s Hope You Can Cling To month at SplitCoast Stampers. HYCCT is a month long marathon card drive for a cancer centre in the US. They host daily challenges and then you send the cards you create to the centre for the patients.

Now, since I’m in Canada, sending cards that distance gets kinda pricey. So, instead I set my cards aside and donate them to a care centre here in my city.

Now, I think this is the fourth time I’ve played along, although I didn’t do very well last year with a new baby and a toddler in the house. I’m hoping I’m able to play along a bit more regularly this year. Luckily, I seem to be off to a good start. It’s October 5th, there have been 7 challenges posted and I managed to get five knocked off in one evening. That’s a pretty good record, even for me!

The Lend a Hand challenge was to use a hand image or paint with your hand, or some variety. I didn’t feel like getting fingers inky last night, so hand image it was! This one’s from Hambo Stamps. This card is also being entered in the “Boy” challenge at Paradise of Stamps.

Next up was the Split the Difference challenge. A full card front scene, with a sentiment “splitting” it in half. I pulled out my Circle Circus stamp set and experimented with color to make this pretty card.

The Cancer Free challenge was to make a freestyle collage card. Normally, this would be a real brain stumper for me, but I pulled out a little of this and that and made this fun card. Plus, I used up a few scraps on my craft table.

The I Am A Warrior challenge was to make a card that shows strength, fierceness or warrior like qualities. I thought this anchor image fit the bill. I’m also entering this card in the Creative Card Crew “Masculine” challenge for October.

And finally, the Don’t Color Between the Lines challenge was to not color your line image. Ink color, paper color, etc was open, but no coloring between the lines. This card’s going into the SCS CAS challenge #345 as well. ;)

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back with more cards in a few days (hopefully).



Card Kits

When I got home from my scrapbook retreat a few weeks ago, I was putting all my supplies back in their home and forgot a number of projects I had completed before I left that hadn’t been posted. At the time, I was attempting to use a few of the card kits that I had lying around.

I believe my goal at the start of the year was to use up 26 kits…gotta get going if I’m going to make it. So far, I’ve used four kits (not including the 2 from this year’s Card Shower Swap. I’ve got a ways to go!

This one was a very nice boy themed kit with GREAT papers. I would have made another card from this kit, but some little boy got into my craft room one day and thought he’d pretty up the papers with a little artwork of his own.

This image of the girl on the horse was from another kit, along with the papers. I couldn’t really figure out what theme this girl was, so when I went to make a second card I selected an image I had left over from one of my image swaps. She had already been colored up, but worked great with these papers.

Then there was this pretty paper and kit. She was fun to color! I think I shared the rest of the images in this kit with Claire, since I know she loves ladybugs.

And finally, these images I colored up to match the selection of papers that were in the kit. I wasn’t sure what I thought about this image, but in the end, I think these are a couple of really cute cards!

So, look at that! I’ve doubled the amount of used kits with one post. I’m up to 8, only 18 more to go. Plus, 9 from the Card Kit Shower swap since I promised I’d get those colored up too. Can I do it?


Birthday Card Kits

I’ve posted a few card kit creations lately and will have a few more. In addition to trying desperately to get my 11 kits from this year’s Card Kit Shower made up, I have a number of kits from other swaps that are hogging space in my craft room.

This one was a very cute birthday kit. I have a need for birthday cards, especially for little girls, so I knew I’d use a good portion of this kit. Here are two cards using the images that were sent.

And, after making these two, I realized that I had lots of great paper left over. So, I inked up one of my Penny Black stamp sets and made this birthday card as well.

TCCCB – Breast Cancer Awareness

Hey Everyone! Happy October! The 1st of the month means it’s time for another challenge over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog, so grab a coffee and come see what the talented Design Team has for you today.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international health campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and raise funds for ongoing research. It also reminds women to be “breast cancer aware” for early detection.

The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog is bringing Breast Cancer Awareness to the craft table. Hopefully it helps one woman, somewhere.

This challenge is sponsored by two fabulous companies. Today, I’m bringing you an image from Robyn’s Fetish Digi Stamps.

The image choice I had to work with is called Leslie in the Garden. Leslie here is standing tall and proud because she’s facing her challenges head on. The sentiment I chose to go with this image is from a Unity Stamps set and is a great reflection of Leslie’s thoughts today.


You can play with us over at the Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the 15th of the month. Come and check us out.

Crafty Time Challenges with Robyn’s Fetish

Have you heard of Crafty Time challenges? We’re a new challenge blog with monthly challenges posted on the 1st of the month. Come by and check us out!

Cards of different sizes and shapes are all the rage right now! Show us your favorite shape with this month’s theme:

Make an easel card, stepper card, round card, etc. I can’t wait to see your creations!

This month, Robyn’s Fetish Digi Stamps has allowed us to use their fabulous images. Thank you, Robyn’s Fetish!

I had so much fun with this month’s challenge and images. I decided to play with my Silhouette a bit with this image. Although I’ve had it over a year now, I haven’t attempted to use it quite as much as I maybe could have. So, the opportunity to make a shaped card with this cutie was hard to resist. In the end, I made it into a bit of a gift tag. Added the green ribbon to attach it to a bag or gift.

Come on and play with us at Craft Time Challenges!

Card Shower 2015 – 2

I’m back working on my 2015 Card Shower kits. These cards were made with Imke’s kits.

One of the things I love about these swaps is that I get to play with new images that I’d never otherwise use. Some kits you use up every image provided, other you make a few and move on, others, you struggle to find inspiration with.

For this kit, the image was great, but it was a bit finicky to color, which normally requires me to pull out some patience. I colored up two of the images and then thought “that’s enough!”. But…then I made the cards! Oh boy, I admit, those images are back on my craft desk and will be used again. They’re fantastic!

At first, I struggled a bit with these cards. I admit, I googled the name of this set and took some inspiration from the cards posted there. So if one of these layouts look a bit familiar to you, thanks for the ideas!

Here is my first creation. These papers were fun to play with!

And here is the second creation!

Thanks Imke! Great kit.

Riley & Company – Coffee Creations

Here we go with another Riley & Company challenge.

Do you know what today is? It’s National Coffee Day. So, while you’re sipping that java, check out the collection of coffee-themed stamps from Riley & Company.  Each design team member has their own coffee themed project posted on their blog today.

I almost need to recreate this card as a sign on my desk at the office. Love it! This is the  “Powers for Good and Evil” sentiment, which I adore, paired with “Sad Jane”. Though, I don’t think Jane’s sad on this card…just waiting, waiting, WAITING!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge: