Craft Your Stash! March

Hey everyone! I’m back with the Craft Your Stash group. Every month, one player issues a challenge and we have to go into our stash to make a project that fits the theme/challenge.

This month, Shelly has given us a recipe challenge: 1) Sympathy Card, 2) Use Green, 3) Embellish with “three” of something.

I have been watching some Jennifer McGuire videos lately and have been trying some of her techniques. One was double stenciling, where one stencil is layered on the other. I made this background and then realized that it was a great start to my sympathy card. The sentiment wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but it works!

I will tell you that I am disappointed with the flowers. The white spotches you see is where I added my wink of stella. Totally not satisfied how that turned out! I will be off to search for some wink of stella videos and see if I can master the sparkle. If you have tips for me, leave it in a comment.

April is just around the corner, time for a new challenge! Come back at the end of the month to see what it is.

Mystery Image Swap – March 2017

Look at this, right on time this month! Go me.

This month, Joyce sent us our image. It’s from a new Altenew set called Henna Elements. She also challenged us to use a coloring medium that isn’t my first choice.

Sigh….Joyce. I LIKE my box. It is comfy and cozy and has my beautiful copics inside of it. Anyway, I recently bought some pencil crayons to color in one of my new coloring books and happened to have them out one night, so I decided to use them on my images.

Then I had figure out what I wanted to do with my card. Here’s what I came up with. Like it?

Next month’s image hasn’t arrived yet, but I can’t wait to see what it is. Hope you’ll come back at the end of April to see what the mailman brings me!


Sketch Saturday #455

Hello Everyone! I am excited to say that I recently joined the Design Team over at Sketch Saturday.

Sketch Saturday runs weekly challenges, but I will be posting bi-weekly. Challenges are posted early Saturday morning and close the following Friday. I recommend you check the site to figure out the closing time in your own time zone.

Today we are posting sketch number #455. Go ahead and rotate the sketch if you like, but we must be able to recognize the original sketch in your creation.

Now, Sketch Saturday is also a sponsored blog, and the sponsor for this challenge is Fred She Said Designs. Thanks to their generosity, I get to play with the adorable Bunneh! digital stamp.

I had those beautiful floral papers sitting in my scrap box. They were hardly big enough to save, but so pretty. They turned out fabulously here, and I’m glad I got to use them one more time.

Come and play along with us! One lucky challenge entrant will win a $10 gift certificate to Fred She Said. Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Creating with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Today is Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps day! This week, only have one card for you, but I will be back soon with more creations. I’ve been getting inky in my craft room and will make sure I share with you here on the blog.

Today’s card is inspired by the March card sketch challenge over at Stick it Down. I saw their neat-o sketch and had to try it out for myself!

The background is created with the Happy Birthday to You red rubber sentiment. I thought it needed just a little more, so I added the Shamrocks image. Despite the name, I think this image is very versatile as an adorable wildflowers image. I’m willing to color it whatever color strikes my fancy. Doesn’t it look like a forget-me-not today?

Check out these fabulous stamps and much more in the Prickley Pear store. And, don’t forget to follow us over at the Facebook page for more great inspiration!

TCCCB – Sketch Challenge

Hello, welcome to the mid-month challenge with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

Twice a month we roll out fantastic challenges for your to play along with and we work with great sponsors so you get to see art from a wide variety of talented artists.

Our challenge this fortnight is a Sketch. I love sketches, so was excited to see this challenge pop up in the list.

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Rick St. Dennis and the image I’m working with is Cat Glasses.

Come on and play in this great challenge! You can link up your entry over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog from now through the end of the month. Come and check us out!

Dueling Darlings – March

I can’t believe how fast 2017 is going by. Here I am with my third post with the Dueling Darlings, a group I joined in January.

LauraJean sent out the Team Diva kits this month. Together with Darlene they came up with the theme of “Would You Like to Ride in My Balloon?”. Great theme!

I’m working with a set from My Favorite Things called Up, Up and Away. New for me is the colored pencils. I was working on another image, so decided to just keep on coloring. Not sure this will convince me to put down my markers, but at least it’s a nice change.

This creation happens to be made with the sketch over at Feeling Sketchy.

See you in April. Scheduled post date happens to be my birthday, so we’ll just have to party together.

Create with Riley & Company

Hello, Everyone! Today I have some new projects using the fabulous stamps of Riley & Company.

First up is a shaker card. The template for this cupcake card came from a Silhouette cut file. I modified it slightly to suit my purposes, as I wanted the cupcake in the lower corner to fit the Lick The Cupcake sentiment.

A couple of other interesting things on this card. The background behind the cupcake is a piece of watercoloured background that I didn’t use on an earlier project. Rather than having a plain backing, I used it to add more interest to the card, plus used up a scrap I couldn’t bear to throw away.

The white background was done with a simple gel pen. After completing the card, I didn’t like the plain background, so added the random pattern.

The other project I have today is a gift box. The actual box was also a Silhouette cut file. Once assembled, I decorated the front by adding Toasting Riley, cut out with my Prickley Pear Flourished Oval Nesting Die.

On the tag, I used You Have Survived and the new Word Bubble Dies – Circles. I just love the stitching detail on these new dies!

Here is a look from the side. You can see that I used a small plastic bag to wrap up some werther’s caramels and then closed them into the box with the ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week! You will find all of these adorable stamps in the Riley & Company store, so stop by and check them out! For more inspiration, head on over to the Facebook page or Blog for more inspiration.