Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Library Challenge

My four year old grandson is obsessed with Mo Willems books.  His current favorites are the elephant and piggie series.  In fact, he read me one just last night before bed.  They are really cute. 

He says he's read this one as well, the current inspiration for The Library Craft Challenge.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems: 9781844285136: Books

Well I don't have any pigeon stamps but I do have sea gulls and chickens.  I went with the chickens.  :-)

I adore this Good Egg set by Brandi Kincaid and the Ellen Hutson shop.  I also adore this cute peek-a-boo car from Avery Elle.  With a bit of creative masking I was able to insert a chicken driver patiently waiting for a mother hen and her chicks to cross the road.  The inside of the card reads ...

You're the Best 
I Know

I added some tiny gold stars (HoneyBee Stamps) and a skinny frame (Altenew) for some final finishing touches.  It's a bit of an eccentric look but one that should work for many different occasions...or even "just because."  I know a lot of Best Chicks.  

I'm off to see what challenge catches my attention next.  Til next time...

See you on the crafty side...


Seize the Birthday!

Challenges, Challenges, Challenges.  If only all I had to do in life was to read books and play along with card challenges.  :(Trust me, some days I do give it my all!)

The current theme for the Seize the Birthday challenge is butterflies. 

Our "Toppings" option this time is...

 I went with a non-traditional card size.  The dimensions are 3.5" x 5.5" and I'm rather digging it.  

I grabbed from my scrap pile to create this card.  The card base is from Michael's Recollections 110 lb. card stock collection.  I never use it to color but do use it frequently as card bases as it is quite sturdy and now comes in an array of colors.  This one is a blushy-pink.  

The butterfly dies are from Clearly Besotted and they consist of an upper and lower layer.  The lower layer was cut from a piece of leftover designer paper scrap.  I also used it to cut the mini frame from Altenew's fine frame die collection.  (You will be seeing it again soon on another card.)  The background clouds are from KatScrappiness .  The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti.  Hard to see but I embossed it with gold glitter embossing powder.  And speaking of glitter, I used some really, really old Martha Stewart glitter on the top of the butterflies.  (Simple to do with spray adhesive and a bit of burnishing.)  

I think I know exactly who I'll be sending this out to in a few months.  *wink*  (You know who you are....act surprised.  LOL!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

See you all on the crafty side....


Friday, August 23, 2019

Tag You're It !

If you know me well, you know how much I adore flamingos.  I tend to collect flamingo everything, from jewelry to stamps.

The flamingo backstory....when my now 18 year old daughter entered kindergarten her story on flabingos (her word) was chosen for the very first Author's Breakfast of the year, which essentially meant she got to have breakfast with the principal.  The writing prompt was "What is your favorite animal and why?" Upper grades were to write a story.  For kindergartners it meant drawing a picture of your favorite animal along with a sentence as to why you like them.  Her winning entry was a beautifully drawn and colored flabingo along with the words...

 "Flamingos are my favorite animal because 
they're pink and make lovely noises."  

As you imagine, I displayed that piece of art for a very long, long time.  Now it's safely tucked away in one of my boxes marked Mommy Treasures.  

So what does this have to do with my card blog????  Well as luck with have it, the current challenge prompt at the Tag You're It Challenge Blog is....FLABINGOS.  Well no, actually FLAMINGOS but I still say it my daughter's way.  *wink* 

It was sooooo hard to choose just one flabingo from my stash but after much internal debate, this is what I created....

You might be asking yourself why coral and not pink?  Well on a recent trip to Busch Gardens with my grandson we were delighted to discover that many flabingos are actually orangey-coral in color.  I just happen to have some photographic proof.....

So now you know!   

My tag supplies include products from:

MFT Stamps (the marbled background stamp and the sentiment)
Picket Fence Studios (the flamingo stamp)
Penny Black (the tag die set)

Thank you for stopping by and as always -

See you on the crafty side.....


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Princess of Snark...and a New Card

Remember my Ship Happens! card?  (The one with the boat being chased by a shark.)  Well it was chosen for princess status by gals at The Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers.  So what does that mean exactly?  It means that I get to display this cute little badge on my blog today.  Yay me!!! LOL!

I can see all of you peasants waving from the sidelines right now.  LOL!!!

The current SOS challenge is title RIP and they've left it up to interpretation.  I knew I had JUST the stamp for it.  

Zombies anyone????  

To experience the full snark one must glimpse the inside of my card....

Ha!!!  I'm not sure who will be the lucky recipient just yet but I'll be ready when the opportunity arises.  

Stamps by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  
Antique Die by Penny Black (looks RIPped to me!)
Coloring done with Faber- Castell Polychromos colored pencils. )

That's it for today folks.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you on the crafty/snarky side.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Inspired By Challenge

I must admit that I wasn't going to participate in Laurel's challenge this week mainly due to the fact that the predominate color in her inspiration is purple.  I despise purple.  Seriously.  Can't wear it.  Don't decorate with it.  Don't make cards with it unless challenged. 

Here is her photo inspiration for the week....

Pretty photo but again...that purple.  *sigh*  My OCD "gotta do it all" mentality kicked in last night however and I came up with this....

I used two stamp sets from Ellen Hutson's Essentials by Ellen collection to create this bear holding a purple ice cream cone.  (Sentiments from the same sets.)  I grounded the image with white card stock that I colored with the same shades of Copic markers.  I purposely made it a bit more magenta than purple.  *wink*  The grass and flowers are from a recently released die set from Penny Black.

I have to admit that I adore this card.  Once again this is the perfect example of why crafters should play along with different online challenges.  I would never have made this card (in a gazillion years, never) without my obsession with challenges. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Always appreciated.

See you on the crafty side....


Monday, August 19, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge

I discovered this challenge at my friend Michele's blog over at I Card Everyone.  She recently posted a pair of cards for the Twofer Card Challenge.  The idea is that you take a single stamp/die/stencil and create two completely different cards...both in design and sentiment/occasion. 

They announce a theme for each challenge, the current one being nautical.  

I created my first card with a girlfriend in mind.  She has a birthday coming up and she is a very devout environmentalist, her main passion being sea turtles.  (Sure hoping they count as nautical!)

I thought this sea turtle from SimonSaysStamp holding a balloon would make a cute card to go along with a Skip a Straw/Save a Turtle T shirt I purchased for her.  

Card number two is an encouragement card featuring the same turtle die but this time he has a couple of  friends to tag along with him.  


The wavy lines and cardstock are both from HeroArts.  I created two identical heat embossed panels and trimmed one along the curved lines to create some dimension. I wanted them to look like they're heading out for a great adventure into the big blue yonder off our Atlantic Coast.  

Here's one last photo featuring both cards side by side.  Same die.  Totally different cards.  I love this concept!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you all on the crafty side.....


Thursday, August 15, 2019

I'm Here for You

...except when I'm not.  *blush*

It's been crazy here the past ten days.  I had to prepare my house for a big family gathering which took place over last week and into this week.  It was a marvelous several days.  Everyone has now gone home and I've spent the last couple of days recuperating and cleaning up.  On top of that, my daughter starts college on Monday so we're in college stress prep mode here as well.  All that to say....there hasn't been much crafting here lately.

Today's card was actually made a couple of weeks ago during my Shark Week frenzy.  The cute mantas seen below are from the same set as the darling little hammerhead that I featured awhile back.  

And the sentiment?  So adorable!  I added the first section onto the card front and stamped the second half on the inside. 

Additional supplies....

The stitched rectangle die is also from Avery Elle.  The circle die is from PoppyStamps however I'm not sure it's still available.  The little white clay hearts are from KatScrappiness and that luscious blue/teal cardstock is from HeroArts.  If you haven't tried their new cardstock, you really should.  It's so thick and beautiful.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate it. 

I'll see you on the crafty side (soon, I hope) -


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Seize the Birthday Challenge

Today's card was created with the current Seize the Birthday challenge.  The optional topping theme this time around is flowers. 

I recently purchased the Macra made for you die set from The Greetery and paired it with stamps from one of my favorite sets from WPlus9.  This was the result...

The sentiment is from a really old WPlus9 set that I still use quite often.  I added some shading to the dies and colored the flowers in with copics.  The background was created with Distress Oxides and some water splashes.  

I love mixing stamps and dies from various manufacturers and these two were made for each other.

See you on the crafty side...


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Library Challenge

The book chosen as the current inspiration at The Library Craft Challenge Blog is a children's book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr.  It's title is The Tiger Who Came to Tea and here is a peek at the cover.

Image result for the tiger who came to tea

It's a darling illustration of just that...a tiger having a tea party with two children.  I knew without even looking that I did not have a tiger stamp in my collection (the horror!) but I did remember these cute little people from Waffle Flower.  Included in the stamp set are two little kitties who will be playing the part of the tiger.  This is my card...

I based my colors off those used in the original illustration for a bright fun look and set the kids in a giant tea cup from WPlus9.  I do think they're having a great time.

As I finish writing this I am already mulling over what challenge to tackle next.  Any suggestions?

See you on the crafty side....


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge

Today I'm playing along with the folks at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog.  This is the current inspirational prompt and photo....

The theme is deserts (aren't those cupcakes amazing?!) and I happen to have the perfect stamp set from GinaK Designs called Stuck on You and I paired it with another GinaK set called Grand Greetings.

A little bit of Copic coloring and some Nuvo jewel drops and this one was done.  What are you working on today?

See you on the crafty side.....


Monday, August 5, 2019

Inspired By Laurel

I am back in challenge mode this week.  Up first is one of my favorite challenge blogs...Inspired By Laurel.  Here is this week's inspiration photo....

As you will see, I took this inspiration piece quite literally and created a card with very similar elements.  Again, it's nice to have a large stash.  (Like how I'm justifying my craft room?  LOL!)

The mason jar die as well as the twine are both extremely old products from American Crafts.  The sentiment and twigs are from Altenew.  The sand dollar is from Reverse Confetti.  The rustic cream cardstock is from PaperTrey Ink and has long been a favorite of mine.  

I am looking forward to more challenges this week.

See you on the crafty side....


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Shark Week!

Long time, no bloggy.  Not only is it the end of Shark Week 2019 but it's been a very busy week in general in this household.  I managed to keep up on Instagram (@juliepeddicord) but couldn't find the time to sit down and blog.

My grandson Fin and I created a lot of cards in honor of Shark Week.  I've decided to group them all here in one post since most were not created for any type of online challenge.  Warning....this is going to be a very lengthy post.  Lots of cards but I'll try to keep with wording to a minimum.

You may remember my card for Sunday, the first day of Shark Week.  It was created for as part of a sketch challenge and posted previously.

For Day 2 of Shark Week I created this card using some creative masking and two sets from Avery Elle.  I don't know about you, but I think I'd find myself a different restaurant. 

This was my IG post on Tuesday.  It features another cute set from Avery Elle.  (They make the sweetest characters!)

I posted some bonus cards on Tuesday as well.   The cards were rather special because they were created by my grandson Fin. He takes his card making very seriously and got a little perturbed when I tried to make suggestions.  :-)  Turns out he didn't need my help at all...

(That would be a mint in his mouth, not a deformed tooth.  LOL!)

I made a spin (literally) from a campy SyFy movie called Sharknado to create my card for Wednesday.  I basically used everything from the two previously featured Avery Elle sets to create a spinning vortex of sharks.  I thought this was really fun but my teenage daughter didn't seem that impressed.  Oh well....

I recorded several of the Discovery Channel Shark Week shows for Fin and I to watch.  One of them featured Josh Gates, a baby seal decoy and a great white. The great white was caught on film doing this crazy upside down spin while attacking the decoy.  Using this idea I created a kid-friendly version with a spinner card for Thursday's IG post.  No baby seals were hurt during the making of this card.  *wink*

When opened the shark spins in the opening while the baby seals watch from a safe distance, albeit it very apprehensively.  

Friday's card was inspired by a Vineyard Vines Shark Week t-shirt that I bought earlier this summer for Fin.  This is the shirt....

And here is my card...

A bit more creative masking and I was able to transform the whale shark to a killer whale.  Both of the whale stamps are from a set by Ellen Hutson.  He really liked this one and recognized it immediately.

Fin was back on Saturday morning and asked if we could make more cards.  Love this guy!  :-)  Here is his card....

He was watching me do some ink blending and wanted to try his hand at it.  He also loved the little schools of fish from the Ellen Hutson s'whale set I used the day before.  

Fin is only four but is already an excellent reader.  Here's a little funny....  The closed captioning was on while we were watching the Josh Gates shark show.  A few minutes went by and he very seriously asked if I could slow down the words because he couldn't read that fast.  ROFL!  YES...he can read them.  Incredible.  I'm very proud of my son and daughter-in-law for encouraging the love of reading.  But I digress.....

My final Shark Week creation is a book mark made specifically for Fin.  He wanted purple, pink and blue.  No problem.

I really enjoyed making each and every one of these cards.  It took some creative thinking (as well as creative masking) but I love stretching my stamps in new ways.

If you made it this far, thank you so very much.  I will be back to online challenges this week.  Hope you stop by again soon.

See you on the crafty side....