Sketch Saturday #453

Today I’m playing along with the Sketch Saturday team. I am thrilled to be joining this fantastic sketch team. I was hoping to get my card posted for the March 4th challenge in time, but alas, I was a day behind so I will settle for linking up instead.

By the looks of their archive, Sketch Saturday has been around for many years and has a great variety of sketches to play along with. Here is their sketch for this week:

I just happened to have one of their sponsor images, from Sasayaki Glitter Stamps. This is Baby Elly’s Birthday and she is sure fun to color up!

I hope you will come by and play with us. If you don’t want to be like me, then make sure you get your card linked up prior to the deadline on Friday (check the challenge page for the time in your zone) and be entered for a chance to win a prize from Sasayaki Glitter Stamps.

I’ll see you in two weeks with my regular (and on time) posting with the Sketch Saturday team.

Craft Your Stash! February

Hey everyone! I am officially four days late with my February Craft Your Stash card.

This was a new group I joined this year. Every month, someone chooses a new challenge theme/idea and we can’t buy anything new to fulfill the challenge (hence, craft from your stash). This is not much of a challenge, seeing as I have pretty much one of everything in my craft room, but it is a good excuse to play with things that I maybe haven’t for awhile.

The February challenge was selected by LauraJean and she used a theme of “Take Flight”. Butterflies? Did that last month. Birds? Maybe… Planes? Not inspired by that.

Then I was going through some pictures on my computer and saw a card I had made a few years ago with this Stampendous set. I have hardly used it and knew that I wanted to play with it again! The set is called Hot Air Scapes.

The sketch for this card came from this weeks Tuesday Morning Sketches (#392), which I’ve turned on it’s side. I also played along with this week’s Tic Tac Toe challenge over at Paper Craft Crew, using the Lace-Sequins-Torn/Crumpled paper row.

Since I’m late with this beauty, I already know what March’s challenge is and it’s quite timely. My lateness on this card had to do with my husband having to go away for a few days to visit his ill grandmother. Unfortunately, she did pass away so next months sympathy card is perfectly timed…but that’s all I’m telling you about that challenge! Come on back next month and see what else is up.

Mystery Image Swap – Feb 2017

Here we go with Mystery Image Swap day! Imke kicked off a new year for us last month and this month it’s newcomer Sue’s turn to pick the image for us to work with.

Sue picked “Meow, Meow, Meow” from Unity Stamps for us to work with. She also sent along some of this awesome black and white paper to work with. Here is my creation with her goodies.

After the January cards were posted, I made mention in the SCS group that Claire had been bemoaning the fact that I didn’t leave an image for her to color. Sue picked up on my plight and sent an extra image for Claire to work with. Isn’t that sweet? Claire has been working intently on her coloring and she loves to “craft with mom”, so she was very excited to get to do her very own thing this month. Here is her interpretation of my card:

I love how she gave this kitty blue glasses and differently colored paws. That girl has style!!

I will definitely be back next month, so we’ll see you then. And maybe Claire will join me again too.


Christmas CRAZY Swap

Welcome to a new post on my blog. I joined a Christmas Crazy group over at SplitCoast Stampers. Every odd month, we send a couple sheets of Christmas paper and a Christmas image to someone we’re matched with. Every even month, we create with what was sent. It’s a way to play with some new images, plus get a head start on our Christmas cards (because I totally need that!).

Gael was my partner this time and here is what I created with her envelope.

Cute, right??

I had a spare image, so I asked Claire if she wanted to play along too. She decided to make a gift for her brother. The image on the left is what she colored for him and then on the reverse side of the paper, she glued a piece of the patterned paper and practiced her writing. I can’t believe that my little girl will be five next week!

Creating with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Today is Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps day! There’s plenty of great inspiration up on the Prickley Pear blog, plus I have three cards for you today!

You’ll find this first card featured on the blog this week. It uses the Coffee Cup clear set and matching die set, which is one of my favorite to play with. This week, I stamped the sentiment directly on my background and then stenciled around it. I then added the yellow border using a straight cut piece of paper with some punched circles. The ribbon cleverly hides where they join. Add my coffee cup and some java beans and…ta da!

My stash of birthday cards is growing slim and I need a restock. So, I pulled out my various Prickley Pear sets tonight to come up with some ideas. Steampunk isn’t normally my thing, but this Steampunk Gears 3 set really caught my attention. Today, I layered it up a bit, using different inks to stamp the images directly onto my background paper. Then, I used the Steampunk Gears Die and Gears 2 set to add some embellishments.

This sketch is from this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge (#199). Thanks for the inspiration!

And, I also got my mojo on with the Mojo Monday sketch. This one uses the sentiment from the clear Build an Ice Cream set and the flowers come from the Flowers 2 set. The dies used on this one were the Mini Hibiscus and Flowers die set.

As mentioned, this card comes from the Mojo Monday sketch (#484). I’m also entering this one over at Crafting When We Can (Flowers, #137).

If you’re in need of birthday cards, these are great, quick options for you. Check out these fabulous sets 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 – No Red or Pink

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 No Red or Pink. You can use any other color.

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Tory Tale and they’ve provided this cute elephant, called “A Good Mood” to work with. As you can see, I managed to stay away from the red/pink options.

The sketch on this card was from Cheerful Sketches Challenges.

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 Feb 2017

Hello, hello! I’m back with another post with the Dueling Darlings, Team Diva!

This months kit was sent to me by Suzy and it was a great Valentine kit. The image in my kit this month is a Stampin’ Up image from the “Have a Heart” set.

I decided to do a funky fold on this one. Not exactly sure what it’s called, but it was difficult to photo!! You get the idea, though.

And, might as well pop this pretty into a few challenges.

Now I’m off to see what my other Divas have created and then to check out the Darling’s image and creations. See you next month!