Cute Card Thursday is Getting “Too Cute”!

Hello friends!

It’s Thursday and time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday!  If you are not challenged by the title of the challenge blog, then let’s get even cuter by making the challenge this week “TOO CUTE“!!  LOL!  We’re looking forward to seeing your cute creations in the gallery!

Our sponsor this week is Kinda Cute and they have kindly donated an image that I have used on my card for you today:

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When I saw this image, I thought this was perfect for the challenge theme!  I have used the Fairy and Snail digital stamp from our sponsor.  I printed it out and colored it in with Copic markers.  I have used a white gel pen for certain areas and I have added some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen over the fairy wings.  I have also used some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops for some sparkle underneath the snail where it’s wet from his ‘slithering path’.

I have also taken the Lawn Fawn stamp set Stinkin’ Cute (of course) and stamped the sentiment above the image in the top right corner.  I also decided to take the solid heart from the set and stamp a few purple hearts between the characters.  I also took some linen thread to make a tiny bow because I thought the fairy would look CUTE with one on her curly hair!  LOL!

I cut the image panel out with the My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX die and then sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edges of it.  I mounted it onto a piece of black cardstock and then I wanted to add some ribbon to it so I took my slot punch and punched out a hole on each end of the image panel to slip some silk purple ribbon around it.  I tied a bow and added it over top to the right side.  I then found some purple dotted papers and cut out a panel with the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables die to cut it out with.  The purple ribbon was secured onto the back of this piece and then mounted onto a white top folding card base.  Before sticking down the image panel, I put some fun foam on the back for a bit of dimension.

Hope you like my “CUTE” card for today and I hope you’ll stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see more CUTE inspiration and join us for the challenge this week!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Anything Goes
  2. Make My Monday – colored image
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your MarkMake Your Mark badge
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes

Rainbows and Butterflies

Hello friends!

That was quite a post yesterday and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words…it was even hard to read those, but please know I appreciated your kind hearts immensely!

I have a very fun and cheerful card for you today!  Although I had missed the Cute Card Thursday challenge this last time, it is still going on and you have a few more days to enter if you wish to play along with us using your Bugs and/or Butterfly creations!  I just love playing with butterflies and the first thing that came to my mind was that past Simon Says Stamp card kit called “Beautiful Butterflies”.  There was some awesome rainbow patterned paper in the kit as well as a butterfly stencil and so I decided to mix them together!

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I used the rainbow papers (from Lawn Fawn) for the base background of my card.  I took the butterfly stencil from the kit and sponged in some Distress Oxide inks for the different butterflies in rainbow ink color!  I’ve used:  Picked Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and sponged them in with a sponge dauber.  Mounted it onto a strip of black cardstock and placed over the rainbow background.  I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set included in the kit with white embossing powder and then used some foam tape to mount it over the card.  I finished off the card with some black enamel dots.

Simple and fun card to make!  I hope you will consider joining in the fun with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  Check out the inspiration on THIS POST!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps & More! – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  2. Butterfly Challenge – Butterfly wheel on letter ‘O’:  butterfly, orange, over the edge (sentiment banner)#104
  3. Casual Friday (CFC204) – Rainbows & ButterfliesCFC204
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes

Ribbons & Bows, Oh My!

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday time again and that means it’s time for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week the theme is all about Ribbon and/or Bows!

I happen to just love ribbons and think that almost everything I create “needs” to include one somewhere.  So sometimes I try to refrain from always doing it.  It’s so nice to see when a challenge comes up requesting it though!  🙂  How about you?  Are there any “ribbon lovers” like myself out there?

We are sponsored by All Dressed Up Digital Stamps this week and here’s my card using one of their images:

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I have used this really fun image called Play Day for my card here.  Check out those cool shades! Ha!  I’ve colored it with Copic markers.  Thought she would be cute with a denim looking jacket, bow and boots!  I’ve also used some denim ribbon on my design too!

Looking through some papers in my stash, I found some pretty floral sparkly pattern and I’ve also added some stitch marks to the border of it, but I went “wonky” with it…so I decided to do a second line with more “wonky” stitch marks to even it out.

I feel like I haven’t used flowers on my cards in forever, so it was fun going through my stash to find goodies to go with this image.  The sentiment was stamped from my stash and I hand cut a banner with it to add to my card.

Hope you like my card for today!  Be sure to check out the challenge blog for more inspiration from the design team and to link up your luscious ribbon creations too! 🙂  Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up – June Anything Goes with ADU image
  2. Tuesday Morning Sketches (TMS461) – TMS 461
  3. Crafty Calendar – July ‘Totally Girly’
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede #303 – Anything Goes

Turtley Impossible

Hello friends!  I really wanted to post earlier this week, but life sometimes gets in the way of all of the crafty fun that you want to do as I’m sure you know! 🙂

If you remember earlier this Summer my post about the fun stamp convention I went to in Collinsville, I shared a photo of the TONS of things I got while I was there.  I still haven’t been able to play with all of it…yet, but there are a couple of companies that I fell in love with, so I decided to place an order for some things that I wished I had gotten while I was there! LOL!

This “new to me” company called Pink & Main was a booth that I went to and bought some items from.  I had seen a video last year of something that I fell in love with and was determined to purchase that while I was there.  I started following along with them and fell in love with these sweet turtles that I’ve used on my card today:

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Before I get to the details of this card, I wanted to explain what type of card this is.  There are many challenge blogs I like to follow because I enjoy challenging myself while paper crafting as many of us like to do.  So I came across this challenge that was asking us to make an “Impossible Card“.  (I have linked a tutorial that I found on Splitcoaststampers if you want to learn how to make one for yourself.  Just click on the card name.)  I had not seen nor heard of one of these before, so naturally I had to play along!  What I like about this card (NOT impossible at all…so easy!), is that the center panel naturally pops up like that AND you can fold it down to lay flat in a regular A2 sized envelope!  (You can create different sizes and such, but I kept mine simple.)

To decorate this card, I’ve taken the very cute Pink & Main Turtely Amazing stamp set with the coordinating dies to color with my Copic markers and cut them out.  I’ve also used the Pink & Main Sunset paper pad as well as the Waves Border Dies to decorate the background scene.  The white strips that I’ve used for stability on the card was stamped with the sentiment from the same set and then layered with the blue polka-dotted paper around it.  I added the cut elements and layered them on top of the strip.  For the main popped up panel, I’ve taken the cut out turtle and layered him among the cut wave border at the bottom.  I then took some of the Pink & Main Silver Glossy Dots to embellish the upper corner.  I also took some ribbon and added a bow just below the turtle.  For the light blue polka-dotted papers, I sponged some blue distress ink along the edges for a bit more color.

And since you can completely turn this card around, I wanted to decorate the other side as well:

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For this side, I took a different turtle from the same stamp set, colored and cut him out along with the other elements to arrange on my card scene.  I took some brown card stock and cut a strip with a stitched border die and inked up one edge for a sandy beach for the turtle to sit on.  I also tucked the shell behind the border and added the star fish on the strip with foam tape.  I also added some more silver glossy dots to the strip.

There would still be room to write a personal message on the bottom portion of the card if someone wanted to.  You could also easily write something on the back somewhere on the lighter blue spots.

Super easy and fun to make which is something that I needed right now, so I’m glad I decided to give this a try!

Here are the challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.   CCEE Stampers (CCEE1827) – The Impossible Card
  2. Brown Sugar – Two patterned papers on project
  3. Artistic Inspirations (204) – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations (#370) – Anything Goes
  5. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes

Birthday BEAR Hugs & ICAD Week 5!

Happy Friday friends!  Just stopping by to share a few creations that I’ve been working on!  I can’t believe how crazy busy this week has been, but I’m still pressing on and having as much fun as I can stand in my craft room!  🙂

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve pulled out some of the huge stash of My Favorite Things stamps, so I played around with some challenges!  Check it out:

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How cute is that bear peeking out from the gift box?!  So keeping with the challenges, I’ve used the MFT sketch and color challenges to base this card on.  I also wanted to play along with the birthday project challenge as well…so killing several ‘birds’ at once here. (See all challenge details below.)

I pulled out the MFT Ripe Raspberry card stock for the base of my card and used the MFT Beary Special Birthday stamp set with the sentiment in white ink to stamp all over the background of the base.  I colored the sweet bear and cut him out with the coordinating die and popped him up with foam tape at the bottom of the card.  For the top panel, I took the MFT Mini Clouds Edges stencil and created a cloudy sky on white card stock. (I didn’t have any, but was trying to match up the colors with the MFT Blue Yonder for the color challenge.)  I then cut this panel with the MFT Stitched Basic Edges and then cut out a MFT Blu Raspberry piece of cardstock with the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die and layered it underneath the cloudy sky background.  I attached this to the Ripe Raspberry card base.

I took the bunch of balloons from the same stamp set and colored them with coordinating colors, I fussy cut just the balloons because I took the image and stamped it on the cloudy sky background so I could pop up the balloons with foam tape.  I also covered the balloons with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle glitter pen.  I then took a sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it in white embossing powder over some MFT Black Licorice card stock and cut the strip with fish tails and then popped it up over the balloon strings with foam tape.  Lastly, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins and added some silver Nuvo glitter drops in the center of each one.

I can’t believe that I have fully completed week 5 of the ICAD challenge so far!  Although things have been a bit hectic, I am determined to continue on with these index cards each day…I am surprised by how they turn out sometimes too!  For more information about this challenge, check it out by CLICKING HERE.  Here are the weird and random tiny pieces of art I’ve created each day this last week:

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I truly am hoping that this will help me to become a better artist.  I am proud of myself for pushing on when I want to just give up sometimes, but that’s exactly why I need to challenge myself to continue when it gets hard.  I’m also happy to pull out media that I’m either not familiar with or pushed to create beyond what I am comfortable with…like drawing! LOL!  I can’t wait to look back at these all at one time when I’m done!

Have YOU challenged yourself lately?

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creations!

Challenges I’d like to enter my ‘Happy Bear-day” card for:

  1.  MFT ‘The Birthday Project’ – Use a bear image on your birthday card
  2. MFT Color Challenge – Blu Raspberry, Ripe Raspberry, Black Licorice & Blue YonderMFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_96
  3. MFT Sketch (MFTWSC392) – sketchMFT_WSC_392
  4. The Paper Players – PP400 – Celebrationpp400

Watch Out for Crabs!

Hello friends!  I hope that you’ve had a wonderful 4th of July celebration yesterday!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted!  I have had MANY crafty things going on “behind the scenes” and I will be sharing all with you at another time, so please excuse the gaps in my postings until then.  Hopefully in a few weeks it will calm down a bit and I can post about what I’ve been working on! 🙂

It is already time for another CUTE CARD THURSDAY challenge again!  Where in the world did that week go?!  Really easy peasy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge for you this week, so I hope you will consider adding whatever you’re working on this week to the gallery over there.  The team has plenty of inspiration and there is a wonderful prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps!  I have used one of their images on my card for today…check it out!

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Tee hee!  This crab is just too funny and cute!  I have used the Whimsy Stamps digital image called Crabby Cranston.  I colored him with Copic markers and fussy cut him out and attached him to my beach background with foam tape.

To create the background, I have masked off the top portion, blended some distress ink and then spritzed it with water to give it some texture for the beach sand look.  I’ve also taken a few markers and gel pens to add even more texture to it.  I then masked off the bottom portion and blended some more distress inks for the sky.  I had an old beach sign image (given to me by a friend) that I stamped over top of the sand before I attached the crab.

I cut out the beach scene with a MFT Wonky Stitch rectangle die and printed out my own sentiment that was cut with a MFT banner die to attach at the top of the scene panel.  I then mounted this to an A2 sized top folding white card base.  I then added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins and added some clear Stickles to the centers of each.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Life Lesson” for today! 🙂  Thanks so much for dropping in and I will be back again tomorrow with another week of ICAD and another fun creation I’ve been working on!  Please be sure to join in our Cute Card Thursday challenge this week!

challenges I would like to enter:

  1.  Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  2. Just Us Girls (JUGS447) – Wild Card Week Anything GoesScreen Shot 2018-04-19 at 7.10.35 PM
  3. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes w/optional twist:  create your own background
  4. Paper Craft Crew (PCC297) – By the SeaPaper Craft Crew PCC297

Masked Floral Eclipse and ICAD Week 4

Hello friends!  Posting a bit later than what I had wanted today, but sometimes I get caught up in other things going on and just keep crafting when I have totally forgotten that I need to post something…especially if you can’t remember if you’ve posted or not! LOL!  Does that make senese?  I hope so!

I just love all the beautiful blooms that are coming up around the house as we continue with Summer!  It is a bit hot outside and I’m only out for a brief time watering and that’s about it right now.  So I decided to take the idea of flowers indoors with a card!

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I created a floral bouquet and then used the “Eclipse technique” (click link for a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.com) for my design using all Lawn Fawn products on my card!

I started off with the Fab Flowers stamp set and made several masks from Post-It Notes and cut them out as needed to create the boquet on white cardstock.  I’ve used several colors of Stampin’ Up! inks pads which is what I have the most of in any ink pads I own.  I masked off the flowers that I needed so that I can put the ones that I wanted to show up in the front.  I’ve also used a white gel pen to create “dots” all around the flowers.

After completing my masked floral bouquet, I used the LF Scripty Hello die and cut it right in the center of the bouquet.  When I first tried this technique, it freaked me out, but it’s pretty cool how it turns out!  I also cut this out several times with black cardstock to stack them up and place behind the stamped bouquet on the front.

I finished the card by cutting out the panel with the LF Stitched Rectangle Stackables and the LF Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables in black which I mounted onto a top folding A2 white card base.  I then added some clear sparkling sequins filled with Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at what the technique looks like on the card.  It shows up best when you put dark cardstock behind it.  it takes a bit of planning and mannuevering, but it’s totally worth it when you’ve done.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Friday floral bouquet!

And now of course I have the Week 4 ICAD 2018 index cards to share with you!  (If you’d like more information about what this is please CLICK HERE for the full details.)

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I have noticed that as I go along, some days I just don’t want to put much effort into it and others I find spending a great deal of time putting one together.  LOL!  I guess some days you just “feel it” and other days you don’t!  These may seem a bit weird, but if I was able to share the pompts and ideas behind each one, they would totally make sense….but for now, I’m just enjoying the process and being able to get out and play with all the different media that I either don’t use or want to learn more about.

I hope you are enjoying seeing the results each week.  I know I enjoy looking back at them each week rather than seeing each one for the day it’s done.  It gives a different perspective and makes me feel proud for completing one every day despite what’s going on around me!

Thanks so much for dropping in and I wish you a fantastic weekend!  Stay cool!

Challenges I’d like to enter my floral card in:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Flowers, Floral and FoilageLawnFawnatics_flowers-31-768x768
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes (#369)
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes