Sending a Smile to a Hunter and Winner on You Tube!

Hello friends! Welcome to the month of September! I cannot believe that Fall is at the door here! The weather has already started to cool us down a bit and Summer is starting to fade as you can see the flowers starting to die off. Now I will look forward to the changing color of leaves which is always amazing.

Today I have a project to share that I’ve made for the Splitcoaststampers Teapot “Make it Pop” challenge. This card is in need of a special SCS friend’s father who is having some difficulties with health and I wanted to help with a smile for him if I could:

“Pop” as he is lovingly called, enjoys the outdoors and hunting which is something that several men in my own life enjoy, so I knew that this would be a direction I was going in with some stamps I have from Newton’s Nook.

For the background, I took a woodgrain embossing folder before fully assembling the card.

Since this is a hunting theme, I thought it would be fun to make a camouflage background and so I’ve used the fabulous tutorial on SCS HERE to create the look.  I also cut off a thin strip towards the bottom to add some interest to the design as well.  Over top of the background, I layered the sentiment from MFT and also cut it out with a banner die.  I used a grassy feilds border die from MFT for the strip at the bottom of the panel and stamped the “Pop…” over it in brown ink.  I stamped and cut out the deer from the Newton’s Nook Serene Silhouettes set with coordinating dies.  I also die cut a few green leaves with an older MFT die for a few accents inside and out.

When you open up the card…

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Because of the name “Pop”, the challenge was “Make it Pop”, we needed to show some sort of element like this on our design.  So I found this really fun “Pop-Up Diorama” card tutorial on SCS for my design.

I’ve used an oval die to cut the center of my card and then used a piece of cardstock for the background to attach behind it.  On this panel, I created a scene with blending inks and adding stamped and die cut elements from the Newton’s Nook Whispering Pines stamp set that I’ve also used the sentiment from on the inside.

For the rest of the card, I’ve used the same stamp set that I used on the outside of the card and arranged them to create this scene with different layers that are popped up.

Hope this helps bring a smile over to “Pop”.  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I hope you were inspired in some way too!

  **If you have entered my You Tube Giveaway, then be sure to check out to see if you were the lucky winner over on new video by CLICKING HERE!!**

Have a great day friends and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Splitcoaststampers Teapot Tuesday – Make it Pop
  2. International Art & Soul – Include an animal
  3. Crafting Happiness – #64 Anything Goes
  4. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal
  5. Moving Along with the Times – Create a Scene
  6. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal

We’re On the Farm for {Cupcake Inspirations}!🐄

Hello friends!  Hope that you’ve had a wonderful weekend!  I sure enjoyed my time with hubby relaxing and enjoying the cooler temps for sure!  After all the “partying”, are you ready for a new challenge?

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Today we’re starting with a brand new challenge over at {Cupcake Inspirations} with the theme “On the Farm“!  So whatever farm related project you’re working on, please be sure to link it up in our challenge!  We look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

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I’ve been wanting to use this fun barn die from My Favorite Things for a while and this was super fun to create a farm scene with!  It even has the little embossed markings on the barn along with a bail of hay!🐓

I started out using the MFT cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the background panel, then layered over a grass border at the bottom and then cut this panel out with the stitched rectangle die.  I also stamped the sentiment as well as a few animals from the MFT The Whole Herd stamp set, colored and cut them out with the coordinating dies. (can’t find in the store!)  I then placed my fence border over top of the grass border, popped up the barn with foam tape where I wanted it and then placed all of the other images arranging them over the scene.  This front panel was attached to a top folding A2 red card base.

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So I love how the door on the barn can open up with that die cut!  Of course I had to add something inside the barn and with the nest of eggs sitting on top, it only felt right to place the chicken in there!  For the backing of the barn, I’ve taken a piece of paper from the MFT Woodgrain Whimsy Paper Pad and attched it from behind before popping it up with some foam tape.  I’ve also taken a pen and wrote the “milk” word over top of the colored can next to the cow.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and that you’ll stop in and check out all of the other “Farm Fresh” creations over on the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog and join in the fun with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

**Don’t forget there is still a few more days left to enter my You Tube Giveaway!**

Challenges:

  1.  Cardz 4 Guyz – #252 Explore Outdoors
  2. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes

Inspiration Using the Brutus Monroe Magical Mouse Inspiration Box

Hello friends! Stopping in here this evening to share a little inspiration using a card kit and a fun video to follow along with while I’m making the projects you see here below:

I have a collection of card kits and really love the things in them, but I wasn’t getting many miles with any of them, so I thought the best way to do this was to “record” myself using the contents in these kits to make a video so that I would “be certain” that I was going to be using it! I was happy with the different projects that I made with it and I hope that it will be something to help inspire you in some way as well. Check out my video below or you can watch it on You Tube by CLICKING HERE.

I started out with this fun “Tee-Pee” or “Tent” card using some of the toner printed panels included in the kit and foiled over top of them:

 

I’ve colored up this sweet little mouse from the Brutus Monroe Stamp of the Month with Copics, cut him out with a circle die and layered him over a another circle piece with cardstock from the kit as well. I thought that the foiled panels and the shape of this “Tee-Pee” card made a fun looking cheese wedge design. Instruction on how I’ve put this together are included in the video above so you can try one out too!

My next card was so fun to put together starting with the background.  I used the Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink with the “smooshing technique” and splattering some of the Gold Sparkle Hyper Pigment Ink included with the card kit.  The image was colored with Copic markers and attached to the background panel.  I white heat embossed the sentiment over a piece of black that was die cut with a banner die.  I finished it off with sequins also included in the inspiration box.

 

My next project is using the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the month for the background and then I arranged some more colored up images from the Mouse Friends stamp set that was included in the Inspiration Box.  I added some details with more of the Gold Sparkle Hyper Pigment Ink, a glitter brush pen and Nuvo Crystal Drops for more sparkles.

 

My final card in the video shows how I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment of the month for the background along with some more splattering.  I think this made such a cool background for many possibilities!

I stamped, colored and cut out four of those star images with the commet tail on it, but cut if off all but one of them to pop up with foam tape over the background.  I finished it with sequins for the kit filled in the center with more Stickles.

 

So for my last card, this was the only project that wasn’t included with the video because my camera had gave me some issues. This is actually what the Velveteen Glaze looks like when it’s dry. It’s hard to describe because when in the container, it’s very glossy looking, but when it’s dry, it has a matte finish that has a velvet feel. I used the stencil included with this kit to use it.

I’ve also used another one of those panels from the kit and ink blended over it and then cut it at a diagonal so that the stenciled sun shows up over the panel. I added more of the images from the set as well as the sentiment and then of course I need to use some of that pretty ribbon from the kit and added that along the bottom with a bow.

Of course I’ve added more glitter with some Nuvo Glitter Drops over some areas.

I sure enjoyed making these projects with this Inspiration Box! I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations as well and come craft along with me in the video too! Would love to know what you think of these and if you’d like to see more videos with the monthly Inspiration Boxes, let me know and we can both knock them out together!😉

Thanks so much for spending this time with me and crafting! I sure enjoy reading what you have to say about anything! Wishing you a wonderful and happy weekend my friends! See you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Dream Valley – #231 Shaped Card (Tee-Pee/Tent card) 
  2. Sweet Stampers – Outdoor Fun (rainbow/floral cards)
  3. Color Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘K’ for Kraft (Tee-Pee/Tent card)
  5. Daring Cardmakers – In the Garden (Floral and bug/sunshine cards)

{Cupcake Inspirations} Bithday Celebration Day 12 -Party Ending Soon!

Here we are friends!  This is my final day of inspiration to share with you on Day 12 of the special celebration over at {Cupcake Inspirations} for our 500th “birthday celebration” challenge!!  WHAT A PARTY IT HAS BEEN!! WOW!🧁🎉

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Today, we are highlighting with our last but not least sponsor Inky Stamper – Please check out the challenge blog for more details about this sponsor.

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The DT was generously given a stamp and die set to use for our creations:

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I have used this Oh so adorable Cupcake stamp and die set for my 4.5″ square card design.  So I thought it would be fun to create a fun little scene where you have the mouse coming out of his little “mouse hole” in the wall where he discovers this delicious looking cupcake with the sprinkles falling about! 😂

I started by masking off the middle of the square panel and created the “floor” by ink blending from the middle out.  I then moved my masking by covering that area up and used the negitive from an oval die cut area to ink blend the “mouse hole” on the scene.  Lastly, I wanted it to look like a “wall”, so I just took a brick stencil and inked over it to go around the “mouse hole”

I stamped, colored and die cut the image and then popped him up with foam tape over the scene and stamped the sentiment underneath him.  I just glued on the sprinkles for the card.  I mounted the image panel over a die cut scallop square and then added a strip of sparkle washi tape over the card base.  (The scallop square panel was popped up with some craft foam.)  Hard to see in the photo, but I’ve brushed some glitter over the cupcake frosting!

**REMEMBER YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE “BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION” CHALLENGE OVER AT {CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS} TO QUALIFY FOR A PRIZE FROM ONE OF THE WONDERFUL SPONSORS WE’VE BEEN SHARING – GO ENTER AND BEST OF LUCK TO ALL!!**

Thank you so much for joining me here every day to check out the inspiration I’ve made from each of our sponsors.  I’m so glad that you took the time to celebrate right along with us!   I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges:

  1. The House That Stamps Built – A2620 Anything Goes
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  3. Cute Card Thursday – Inky! (used distress inks, masking and stencils for background)
  4. Creative Knockouts – #365 Anything Goes

{Cupcake Inspirations} Birthday Celebration Day 6

Hey there friends!  We are on day 6 of celebrating over at {Cupcake Inspirations} with another feature of sponsors for our 500th “birthday celebration” challenge!!  FUN FUN!

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Today, we are highlighting Bugaboo Stamps & Lawn Fawn – Please check out the challenge blog for more details about these sponsors.

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So on our first day, I had used some fabulous products from our sponsor Lawn Fawn and you can check that post out HERE.  But for today’s post, I wanted to highlight our other sponsor Bugaboo Stamps

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Now how stinkin’ CUTE is this little guy with his ginormous cupcake coming at you?!

I printed out this Picnic Ant-Cupcake2 from Bugaboo Stamps and colored him up with Copic markers.  I sponged some clouds behind him and colored some grass with my markers too.  I used my oval dies to cut the image out with along with the scallop oval layer behind it.

Found some fun papers from my stash along with the rectangle die, sentiment die, ribbon, twine and button to complete the card.

I “dressed up” the cupcake with some liquid applique that was heated up to make it “puffy” and then added some glossy accents over the cherry on top.

Really had fun with this cutie and I hope he brought you a little smile today friends!  Thanks for joining me!  See you again tomorrow!

Challenges:

  1.  Catch the Bug Challenge – End of Summer (what could be better than celebrating a picnic?!) 
  2. Little Red Wagon – Use a Stencil (cloud background)
  3. Creative Knockouts – #364 Something to Say
  4. Aud Sentiments – #258 Anything Goes + Sentiment
  5. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + Coloring

{Cupcake Inspirations} Birthday Celebration Day 5

Let’s keep on celebrating!  We are on day 5 of celebrating over at {Cupcake Inspirations} with another feature of sponsors for our 500th “birthday celebration” challenge!!  Yeehaw!🥳

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Today, we are highlighting Newton’s Nook – check out the challenge blog for more details about this sponsor.

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I adore the stamps from this company and already own some faves..including retired ones that I refuse to give up! LOL!  I have recently gotten some new ones to party with though!  Check it out…

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Winston is one of the cute characters I adore!  I’ve used the Sending Hugs stamp set with the coordinating dies.  And the special thing about the coordinating dies is that they cut out the arms of each of the characters within the set so that they can be holding different objects!  I think that’s too cute!

So I’ve colored up my Winston character with Copics and for the item he’s holding, you can see he has a cupcake, which is included in this set!  I stamped, colored and die cut an additional cupcake next to the banner sentiment which was included with the set as well.

For the background, I’ve done some fun watercoloring.  I’ve used a balloon image from a retired set “Winston’s Birthday” which is also where I’ve got his party hat from as well.  Love it along with the “Winston’s BBQ” set that I won’t give up either! LOL!!  I pull it out pretty much every Father’s Day!  (I made a cute apron card with it this year and forgot to take a photo of it! Sigh….)

I photographed the card laying flat so that you could see the fun shaker contents inside the square frame!  Lots of sprinkles, little cupcakes and balloon sequins in there!  I thought it needed a pink glittery frame along with metallic shine on the party hat too!  I finished it off with a metallic clear ribbon bow at the bottom.  So fun!

Please be sure to check out the challenge blog for more inspiration using products from this sponsor!  Hope you’re having fun with the inspiration so far and I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Challenges:

  1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal
  2. Papercraft – #61 animals
  3. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2033 Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Oh So Cute

{Cupcake Inspirations} celebrates it’s 500th Challenge! WOW!🥳

Hello friends!!  Happy Monday!  I have something very special to share with you today!

The {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog has hit a wonderful milestone and is celebrating their 500th challenge! How cool is that?!

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I’m so thrilled to be apart of the celebration with them and share in the excitement!  I hope that you will be celebrating right along with us and join the challenge too!  We also have an AMAZING list of sponsors to share in the celebration with us!  Please be sure to check out the challenge blog for the complete list…AND…we will be sharing inspiration EVERY SINGLE DAY throughout the 2 week challenge using products from our sponsors, so you won’t want to miss any of the posts so you can see the inspiration!

  • I WILL BE POSTING INSPIRATION FROM MOST OF THE SPONSORS RIGHT HERE ON MY BLOG EACH DAY AS WELL!  SO STAY TUNED IN!

The theme for this challenge is “Birthday Celebration!  We can always use birthday cards!  So we look forward to seeing your creations!!🥳🧁

Today, I thought it would be fun to start out with products from our sponsor

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Remember those fun birthday parties as a child and all of those fun photos you took with your friends?  Everyone is having a great time together!  I miss those days for sure!

I have used the Wild for You stamp set along with the coordinating dies for the animals friends and colored them up with Copic markers.  I have also taken the Party Animal stamp set and coordinating dies for the sentiment over the black banner that was white heat embossed as well as the balloon that is tied around the gator’s tail with black twine.  I popped up the balloon and covered it with glossy accents.  The cupcake on the gator’s back came from the “Party Panda” stamp set and dies that I received as a gift for my birthday month.  (P.S. You may notice a cupcake in almost every one of my creations for these two weeks…see if you can spot them!)

I’ve used the Selfie Frames die set to cut out the poloroid frames, plus I die cut some grass in them with the Grassy Border die.  I pulled out a piece of paper from the Watercolor Wishes paper pad and cut it out using the Small Dotted Rectangle die.

I finished my card with some bright blue and purple sequins.  (Although it almost looks black on the photo! LOL!)    I’ve added details with metallic gel pens and glitter too.

Really fun card to make with some really adorable products…love Lawn Fawn!

Thanks for stopping in today friends!  Be sure to check and see what I’m making for tomorrow’s post with another sponsor!

Challenges:

  1.  Not Just Cards – August Anything Goes
  2. Retro Rubber – rrcb141 Anything Goes (have had all at least 1 year or more!)6a01b8d066dc39970c026be4072c7b200d-320wi
  3. Arty Divas– #28 Anything Goes
  4. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC284 OccasionsWWC284 - Dawn's Challenge All About Occasions
  5. Colour Crazy– Anything Goes + coloring

 

Nautical Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations}⚓

Hello friends!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Stopping in today to share more inspiration for the current {Cupcake Inspirations} challenge:

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Nautical” is the theme for our challenge and you still have another 5 days to play along with us!  It really is such a fun theme to play with especially during the Summer!

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I don’t get a chance to be near any oceans as I live in the middle of the U.S., but I’ve always wanted to travel near the East Coast near Maine as I imagine how interesting it would be to see it all!

I don’t own very many nautical style crafty products, but I remembered this older Stampin’ Up! stamp set called “By the Tide” and it reminds me of those sailor type Inns or Pubs and you can see the wording of that with the circle anchor accent.  I went with colors that related to the feel of “nautical” for me.

I also recently purchased this anchor stencil from Brutus Monroe and thought it would make a cool background with red foiling over the navy blue color.  So I took some DecoFoil Transfer Gel Blanco so that it would be white over the dark background and the Red Static DecoFoil Sheet would show up over it.  I put it through my laminator.

I just stamped the images from the SU! set in various colors, cut out layers of cardstock and added some stitch marks by hand along with a strip of anchor paper I found in my stash.  I punched a hole in the circle anchor accent and tied a piece of twine through it and popped it up with foam tape.

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Here’s a different angle of the card so that you can see the red shine of the DecoFoil background in the card.

I also took some of the Brutus Monroe Ruby Fluid Acrylic and watered it down to splatter over top of the crab image panel.  I didn’t want to add too much in fear that it would look like blood or something.  LOL!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my “nautical” style card today and that you’ll hop on over to the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  I appreciate you taking the time and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  2. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies– Anythiing Goes + animal
  3. Allsorts – Make it Masculine
  4. Joy of Sets – I went with Splash (hope splatter works), Sand (color), blueaugust2020
  5. Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes
  6. Stamping Sensations – Make it Masculine
  7. Daisy Chain – #44 for the Boys/Men
  8. Let’s Craft and Create – #162 Anything Goes + optional Lots of Layers

MFT Summer School: Rule of 3 Sympathy

Hello there friends!  Hope you’re having a great week.

It seems, unfortunately, that every time I make another sympathy card, I run out and need to make another…it almost makes me hesitant to create another one to build my stash for the fear of it.  But as a card maker, I create with my heart and it’s important for me to share that with others and especially in times like this.  I know that those people that  know me, understand this.

(This post is dedicated to a family friend that has been around since I can ever remember him.  RIP Bill)

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Upon knowing that I needed to create a sympathy card, I had seen that the My Favorite Things Summer School had started and their first lesson was about “The Rule of 3” and so with that in my mind, I went to my MFT stash to create this card.

I first started with a piece of Whip Cream cardstock that was cut out with the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax die and then stamped the large leafy image from the Dandelion Greenery stamp set with Grout Gray ink 3 times.  I also stamped the smaller leaf image 3 times over it as well.  I took the sentiment from the Deepest Sympathy stamp set and stamped it with the MFT Extreme Black ink.  I layered this panel over a top folding A2 sized Grout Gray cardstock base.

The butterflies were cut out with a die set no longer available…but I love them and can’t part with them!  I’ve used the Whip Cream cardstock for the outline of the butterflies, black for the middle sections and then I used:  Lemon Chiffon, Tickled Pink and Berrylicious cardstocks for the layers behind the butterflies.  I glued the centers only down so that the wings would pop out a bit.

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Here’s a closer look at the butterflies and you can see on the colored portion of each of the butterflies that there is a bit of a shimmer on the wings.  I took my glitter brush pen to go inside each section of them.  I’ve also added 3 Ice Sparkle Crystals to the design for a bit more sparkle.

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So as you’ve noticed, I took the “rule of 3” quite literally with my design here!  It actually helped me to focus on that particular lesson to finish up my card.  Sometimes, I’ve noticed it really helps to “challenge myself” with a project so that I have something to focus on when I need to complete a task that would otherwise be difficult if I was just staring at a blank piece of cardstock.  Don’t back down from a challenge or anything in particular that helps keep you focused…especially during times like these right now, as it is something that may be of help for you in more ways than you realize!  It sure is for me anyway, and I really need it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that I’ve helped inspire in some way!  Be well and happy friends.  I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  MFT Summer School – Lesson 1 “Visual Triangle”MFT_SummerSchool2020_VisualTriangle
  2. Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #139 Anything Goes
  4. Pearly Sparkles – #54 Anything Goes
  5. A Perfect Time to Craft – #8 Anything Goes
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #120 Anything Goes
  7. Love to Craft – LTCCB49 Anything Goes
  8. Double D – Butterflies

Name That Bird!

Hey there friends!  Ever have one of those days where you were up late or you got up in the middle of the night and then realized you weren’t sure if you got any sleep at all?  Sometimes I have days and then forget to do something and then I’m thinking about it all night only to realize that I’ve spent my time thinking about it and not sleeping when I could’ve just got up and done it!😂

This post is sort of a representation of that issue!  Not only did I forget or run out of time to get my post ready, but it’s also THE last day of the month to get these projects finished for the challenges they were intended for!  Story of my life!

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Oh my gosh this is too funny!!🤣  A few months back I had spent some time at the Taylored Expressions store and had a laugh at some of the sentiments that I didn’t realize were in the store and decided that they would make some great cards to send out and they go well with those Grumplings stamps too!  I also wanted to participate in the #TEMAKER challenge before it ends, so I enjoyed putting this one together!

Believe it or not, I had a sample of dental floss in my purse and decided to pull some out and use it for this card!  LOL!  It meets the challenge which is to use something from your purse or junk drawer!  I just tied it around the card front!  I used some dies from my stash for the tree branch and the hexagon shape.  The papers comes from Taylored Expressions along with the Grouchy Grumplings II stamp set (owl) that I cut out with the coordinating die and popped him up with foam tape over the branch.  The hilarious sentiment comes from the Pitch Black stamp set and I know I’ll be using some of those others on more cards soon!  Tee hee!  I also found some fun yellow sequins laying on my desk and added them to finish it off!

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Here’s a closer view of the “bird” and how I’ve colored him up with my copic markers.  I’ve used the TE papers to cut out the pieces in the branch as well as the background and hexagon shapes.  If you look at the “bird’s” eyes, you can see where I’ve added some glossy accents.  He does look a bit tired!!

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The reason for the strip at the bottom actually came from a mistake in calculating measurements for my card panel, so I just added a strip that I cut out from the hexagon die and used it as part of the design.  Sometimes there are ways to fix mistakes, so never think you’ve ruined something!

I hope you’ve gotten a chuckle from my card today as it has made me laugh!!😆  Thanks so much for dropping in today as I really appreciate your support and thoughts here!

P.S.  I have been busy “behind the scenes” doing various different things and haven’t shared them as of yet in my posts, but here’s a little look at what I’ve been doing lately:

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Digi Doodle Studios has had a “image coloring challenge” in their Facebook Fan Group as well and so I knew that I had already printed out several image that just needed some coloring and I thought why not get them colored up and play along?!  Well here I am on the last day of it! LOL!!  So now that they’re all colored up, stay tuned for some completed cards using them at some point!  It was really nice to just sit and color which is what I like to do on some days without making a card.

I also haven’t shared my latest masculine cards, so I’ll be sharing those soon as well as other things I’m working on too!  Just getting things sorted out and taking the time to do it is all!  (That’s where the “exhaughted pigeon” comes into play!😄)

Have a great day and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges (for bird card):

  1.  Taylored Expressions – #TEMAKERCHALLENGE – hexagon, yellow & purse
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  3. Colour Crazy Craft – Any Handcolored Image
  4. Creative Fingers– #189 Anything Goes
  5. Crafting Happiness– #55 Anything Goes
  6. Use Your Stuff – Free Week
  7. Creatalicious – #190 Anything Goes