Thursday, March 28, 2024

Seize the Birthday #280


Hello my Crafty Friends!  It's time for another round of our Seize the Birthday challenge with a new Topping for you to try.  Linda is our hostess and she's chosen the theme of Spring Flowers.

I opted for a dramatic look using black cardstock for both my panel as well as the base.  I die cut the elements using scraps of colored cardstocks.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white and I used tiny white gems for embellishments.  (Let me know if you think I overdid it with the gems. I wobble back and forth with my decision.)

Spellbinders - Small Die of the Month June 2020
Spellbinders - Stylish Oval Birthday Wishes stamp set
Honeybee Stamps - white gem stickers

I invite you to visit our blog for more wonderful spring inspiration and hope to see your card in our gallery.

Thanks so much for spending a bit of you day with me.


Saturday, March 16, 2024

Color Hues #83

Hello Crafty Friends!  The Color Hues team is back with another wonderful duo for you to work with this fortnight.  Carol has chosen the combination of Blue and Cream and as you can see from my card, I took full advantage of the "hues" portion of our challenge.

As I always say, it's much easier to make sympathy cards when you're not actually in need.  As much as I hope such an occasion will never arise I'd rather have this on hand than to have work through tears to create one.  

My card is simple.   As you can see, I used three shades of blues to create the foliage focal point.  I adhered the cluster to a cream panel, added a die cut bow at the base, stamped the sentiment in black and then popped it up on a cream card base using fun foam.  Simple and to the point.

MFT and Paper Smooches - Foliage dies
Poppystamps - Bow die
MFT - So Very Sorry for Your Loss stamp set

I invite you to visit our blog for more Blue and Cream inspiration.  We'd love to see your creation in our gallery.

Thanks so much for spending a bit of your day with me.


Thursday, March 14, 2024

Seize the Birthday #279


Good morning Crafty Friends.  I have the pleasure of being the host of this fortnight's Seize the Birthday challenge and, as such, I get the honor of choosing a Topping.  I've chosen something a bit different and hope that you enjoy the challenge.  I think my photo is a very big clue.

Yes, I'd like to see everyone create a coordinating tag along with their birthday card.  This is something I do quite often although I don't often share it.

I began my projects by die cutting all of the elements in white and coloring them with Distress Oxides.  The cloud background is a stencil.  The sentiments were cobbled together with stamp surgery using several different stamp sets.  I created these with my grandson in mind.  That boy LOVES to fish!  

Cottage Cutz - Fishing Pole & Boat die set
Pink & Main - Gone Fishing stamp set
Ellen Hutson and Clearly Besotted - misc sentiments
Simon Says Stamp - Layering Rainbow stencil 

I hope you'll give my challenge as try.  But if not, all birthday cards are appreciated in our gallery.  Come visit our blog for more inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks so much for visiting!!!


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers # 248


Hello my Snarky friends.  It's time for Edna and the Sisters to present you with a new prompt.  As many of you know, we provide general prompts each month and love when you create snarky cards using said prompts.  Well this time the prompt itself is S is for SNARKY.

And you know how sometimes even the young wonder when they became adults?  Well, I created a card for them too.  (I am an equal opportunity crafter that way, you know.)

Both cards were created similarly.  After stamping the focal image(s) I loosely colored them with Karin Brush Markers.  I really love the artsy fartsy look and this makes coloring so very easy.  I added some black and white striped patterned paper to the bottom of each panel along with a narrow red strip of cardstock as a border.  The finished panels were adhered to a heavyweight black card base.

Penny Black - Hats Off stamp set
Art Impressions - UMT2782
Unity Stamps - Snarky Birthday Greetings
MFT - diagonal striped paper
Karin Brush Markers

I invite you to visit our blog where you'll find snark from the Sistahs as well as our special guest Queen Karen.  We'd love to see your card in our gallery!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I appreciate your time and interest.


Friday, March 1, 2024

Color Hues #82

It's the first of the month which means it's time for another Color Hues challenge.  Tracey has chosen the wonderful spring themed combination of Turquoise and Green.  (That said, I think this combo would make for fun wintery cards as well.)

I've chosen my favorite themed card...Belated Birthday.  Why?  Because it seems I can never get them out on time, if at all.  I'm really trying to get better about this but life keeps throwing my curveballs.  My most recent twist is a total kitchen renovation dumped on me (literally) by a kitchen flood a few weeks back.  (Leaky copper pipe in my island that had apparently been slowly dripping under the flooring for weeks.)  But alas, I digress.  On to my card....

I used a mix of different products on today's card.  I die cut the stems and pot from two different hues of greens and turquoise.  I opted for a Bristol card base that is actually more cream than white.  Ordinarily that would irritate me but in I think it works in this design.  I used a couple of embossing folders to provide the different textures and heat embossed the sentiment in white onto a strip of black cardstock.  To finish it off I added a narrow frame of turquoise cardstock to create a frame.

Spellbinders - Plant It Here die set
Alex Siberia - Winter Foliage die set
Alex Siberia - Celebration Sentiments stamp and die set
Altenew - Fine Frames die set
We R Memory Keepers - Diagonal Lines embossing folder
Unknown - Diamond embossing folder

We have a blog post filled with wonderful inspiration.  I hope you'll check it out and play along.  We ask that you use only hues of greens and turquoises however neutrals are always welcome.  

Thanks so much for visiting!  My house mess awaits...