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

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

Sun, Sea or Sand at Cute Card Thursday

It’s that time of the week again, my friends, for another CUTE CARD THURSDAY CHALLENGE!  The theme for this week is an appropriate “Sun, Sea or Sand” challenge.  As hot as it’s going to be this weekend, I think I’d take the sea waters out of those three choices!  🙂  But since I’m inside the air conditioning, I decided to go ahead and use all three of them for my card today:

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Our sponsor for this week is All Dressed Up Stamps.  I have chosen to use this fun Summer Time digital stamp for my card.  I first printed out my image and colored her in with my Copics.  I then used the Molotow masking liquid -(Dick Blick was the cheapest found for me in the U.S.) to cover it up (yeah, it gave me a bit of a heart attach, but it worked!) and once it dried, I used several different stencils and distress inks with a blending tool  to create the beach scene behind her.

I have used a craft knife to cut a small slit in one of the waves just enough for the beach ball (MFT Penguins in Paradise) to fit inside so that it looks to be floating along the water.  I just used my Copic markers to make the dotted lines for the beach sand.  The sun (Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies) was die cut from some glitter paper that I also colored with a yellow Copic marker.  The sentiment along the edge is from a Tim Holtz sticker book.  The front panel cut from MFT Wonky Stitched dies and mounted on a top folding A2 sized white card base.

I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge and check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and join along with us this week!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

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

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. Stamps & Fun=Creativity – Travel/Holidays
  3. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Bring me Sunshine
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes
  6. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + sentiment
  7. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes

Life is Good With Coffee

Good afternoon friends!  Today is the final day for the Coffee Lovers Spring/Summer Blog Hop, so I thought I’d share my last creation today using some of my favorite stamps!

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So I thought it would be fun to go with a Summer theme this time with a couple of “coffee lovers” hanging out in the hammock on the beach!  (I am hoping that maybe someday in the future that this can represent hubby and I together!)  LOL!

I have started my card by masking a circle and blending in a nice tropical sky and then spritzing it with some shimmer spray before removing the mask.  I added some scene elements by stamping and coloring images from the Lawn Fawn Life is Good and Love You Latte stamp sets.  I fussy cut them out and then attached them to the scene.  I made a little slit with my craft knife on the hammock to fit the cups inside.  Don’t you just love that mustache?! 🙂  I cut the panel out with the LF Stitched rectangle die and added a black strip along the side which I then mounted to a top folding A2 sized white card base.  And here’s a closer look at that sparkle on the background:

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I also put some glitter gel pen dots on the sea shell and the heart above the cups.

Hope you have a great weekend…I will be working in my garage sale, so looks like no crafty fun for me for a couple of days!  Hope you have a great one!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing a smile with me! 🙂

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

  1.  Coffee Lovers Spring/Summer Blog Hopspringsummerclbh2018
  2. Lawn Fawnatics – Mood BoardLawnFawnatics_summer-inspo-29-e1526845365734
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes (every week)