2017 Card Kits – #3

Here we are with my third card kit from my 2017 stash! This one came from Lori and she included this adorable stamp and sentiment from Create a Smile called A Friendly Turn.

Here is card one. I love the bright green!

And, here is the second one. I thought this sentiment was so sweet!

I usually make 2-3 cards with a kit, and then I leave some of the bits and pieces for later. If there are enough images, I share with my daughter, Claire. She’s 5 and loves to be creative. She received some new alcohol ink markers from Santa this year and has been enjoying them! Today, she made her own creation with this stamp. I was actually out of the house at the time, so this is her creation entirely. The image has been cut into the octagon shape with my cutter and glued onto the patterned background.

Thanks, Lori, for your great kit!

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Sketch Saturday #497

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is sketch challenge #497:

The sponsor this week is Fred She Said Designs. I love their digis, particularly their Emma stamps. This is Emma and the Snow Angel and it reminds me of my five year old!

I hope you come and play along with us! One lucky challenge entrant will win a prize from our sponsor (and then maybe you’ll own this adorable stamp too!). Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Thank You’s

I have been hard at work at thank you’s for the various Christmas gifts that my family received this year. I wanted something fairly quick to prepare, but had that “wow” factor. After a quick trip to the store to purchase some distress oxide inks (of course, I “needed” them!), I got to work on some backgrounds and really love how these all turned out.

Tried this one in another color combination.

Then I had to play with some rainbows!

Moving on to a different stencil. I”m pretty sure this one is my favorite!

And, one more stencil to try.

Finally, this one!

I have a few more to finish before I can get all my thank you cards out, but it’s coming along! Thanks for checking me out today.

TCCCB – Lots of Bling!

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 Lots of Bling. Haul out the gems, glimmer paper, sequins and glitter…let’s make it shine!

The sponsor I’m working with this time the always lovely Scribbles Designs. They have a great selection of digital stamps and I encourage you to check them out. I am playing with Snowheads 1.

I had fun with this image, coloring it in tones of green and blue. Then, I selected some blue papers to work with and finished it off with these dark blue swirls and some stickles. It looks awesome!

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!

2017 Card Kits – #2

I am on a roll! After begin so busy during the fall and months leading up to Christmas, it feels good to be back at my craft desk. I have a fairly numerical job during the day and some days I feel like creating stretches my brain out of its box and back into a beautiful work of art, ready for another day. Ahhh!

Today, I’m back with my 2017 card kits, number two out of ten. This kit came from Angie and it was a beach/sea themed one.

For this first card, I played along with SplitCoast Stamper’s Featured Stamper challenge and chose this card by Tracey for my inspiration. Thanks for the fun, Tracey!

And, for the second card I was inspired by no particular one card, but was glancing through the galleries and an idea POPPED into my head as I explored. I had fun cutting these layers and then inking up the scenery. My original intention was to not include the blue background, just the yellow/orange circle. But, somehow it needed just a “little” more.

Thanks, Angie, for your great kit!

2017 Card Kits – #1

For many years, I’ve been participating in a card kit swap on SplitCoast Stampers. My kits have caught up with me a bit and EVERY year I vow I’m going to get to work on them. Last year, I was determined to use up my 2016 kits before I received my 2017 ones. I hit my target and got them all done – even though it took a few extra weeks – but when the 2017 kits arrived, life was…busy, and I didn’t get started on them.

So here I am, in 2018, catching up on card kits again. I received 10 kits and have gone through all of them, coloring the images and now I’m ready to create! This is the first of those 10 2017 kits.

Sonja sent me this adorable Valentine themed kit, complete with red feathers and a variety of images! I got a huge kick out of this sexy lady and her awesome sentiment. The card was made with the sketch over at the Fusion Card Challenge.

The next card I made was with these beautiful roses. I loved coloring this image! And, I’ve used the sketch over at Feeling Sketchy. (#184).

And, lastly were these gorgeous red roses. Also fun to create with! I decided to cut them out and then use them to frame my sentiment (which is also most lovely, by the way!). Once again, I’ve used a sketch. This time the sketch over at Reverse Confetti (#56).

Sonja, thank you for a lovely kit! I had so much fun working with it.

See you again soon, crafters.

Monthly Project Swap: Techniques

Christmas always gives me a little extra time to patrol the SplitCoast forums, looking for interesting groups to join. This one, I happened to find in early December, but it was just the right challenge I wanted to start off the new year.

There are six of us in two groups, Techniques and Anything But a Card. Every month, one person sends out a kit to everyone else with the materials they need to make the desired project. Sounds cool!

My enthusiastic SCS friend Sonja started us off on techniques and let me tell you, she is a dynamo to follow! She sent the most incredible, thoughtful kit! Her chosen technique was these magicals powders (is that what they’re called?). She sent four samples and one FULL jar of colors, customized to each person. Plus tools and stencils and ideas..oh my!

The first technique I tried putting the powder on watercolor paper and then spritz to make the colors run and blend. I tried this, but over-watered my paper….whoops. I tried it again, this time got a more pebbled look than the running colors of the first attempt.

I wanted to use the image Sonja sent. It was a bit bigger than I wanted, in order to show off my new background, so I trimmed off the stars in the image and added sunshine instead. What do you think?

But this time, my soupy wet mess had dried and….it didn’t look THAT bad. So, I decided to stamp a silhouette image and see what happened. Which lead to a sentiment, and a ribbon…and a VERY nice card!

Lovely techniques, Sonja! It’s a good thing I’m not up until July, because I’m going to NEED all the time I can get to come up with a brilliant idea.