TCCCB – Shaped Cards

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 Shaped Cards.

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Scribbles Designs and I’m using their super cute Witches Boots for my creation.

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!

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Sketch Saturday #485

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 #485:

The sponsor this week is Scrap N Dipity and I’m using Scribble Sally Witch.

Believe it or not, in the vast inventory of papers in my craft room, I am lacking on Halloween options. But, I was at a scrapbook convention in September and found a Stampin’ Up demo selling a sampling of the Halloween papers. Perfect!

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!

TCCCB – Diecuts and/or Punches

Hello, welcome to the October 1st 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 Diecuts and/or Punches. 

The sponsor I’m working with this time is Eureka Stamps and the image is Boy & Cat in Pumpkins.

This great challenge gave me an opportunity to use a few dies in my collection. The frame behind the main image is a CC Designs label die and the image itself was cut out using the Riley & Company Stitched ovals. I also used a die for the “Thanks” on this card.

 

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 15th of the month. Come and check us out!

Sketch Saturday #483

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!

This is the fifth Saturday of the month, which means the sketch is up to you. Pick any sketch from #215 – #482.

Our sponsor this week is AMB Illustrations and I am working with their Construction set, which caught my eye because I knew my 3-year-old would love it!

I selected this sketch!
And, I rotated it on it’s side for this creation:

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!

Swap Time!

I decided to join a card swap on SplitCoast Stampers. Barb was hosting a birthday swap, which was the perfect theme to pique my interest.

I joined the male birthday and child birthday swaps. I was going to do a female birthday too, but just didn’t get around to completing them before I needed to get them mailed out.

I chose to use the Stampin’ Up set Fore for my male cards.

And, for the child card I used a Penny Black set I bought just after my son was born. Somehow I knew it would be awesome for boy’s birthday cards and I really love how it turned out here!

Here`s one more card with the Fore stamp, slightly different layout. I had some leftover pieces, so thought I`d craft them up!

Ugly Paper Challenge!

While at my scrapbook retreat recently, Tess, Loni and I decided to have an ugly paper challenge

We always have a take it or leave it table at the retreat. People can donate supplies which can be taken by someone at the retreat and any leftover items at the end of the weekend are donated to a charity. So, sometimes some….odd…papers and pieces get left on the table. The three of us searched through the stacks for the UGLIEST paper we could find. Then, we swapped and created a project.

This background paper was chosen by Loni. I didn’t think it was all that ugly at first, but it was REALLY hard to color match to it. I finally found these additional pieces to use (the burlap, beige and blue plaid) and paired it with my Riley & Company “5 Miles” stamp. I’m quite happy with how this turned out!

One Sheet Wonder

At my recent scrapbook retreat I decided to try a one-sheet wonder. With a one-sheet wonder, you use one 12 x 12 piece of pattern paper and use it ALL to make as many cards as you can. I found a template on SplitCoast Stampers awhile ago, but had never gotten around to trying it out.

It took way longer than I expected! But, I have 16 birthday cards ready for my upcoming Birthday RAK mailings. Yay me!

Here’s what I created with a single sheet of retired Stampin’ Up paper:

I think the most difficult part was figuring out what sentiments I wanted to use. These come from a variety of SU sets and I ended up stamping about 20 of them and then using them as I worked through the decorating of the cards.