Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #110 & CASology #68

I'm (almost) setting a record for myself today. Making a card the day a challenge is out, posting it that same day, AND using it the very next day! This is NOT me, I assure you.

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch to make a card for a co-PTO member at school leading a Halloween fundraiser I've been involved with this week. It's her first year to lead it and I think she's done a super swell job. Since I came home from school today and headed straight to my room to "play" in my 2 quiet hours of the day, it was fresh on my mind and I made her something.

I used my CTMH "Spellbound" papers that are so fun. I picked these up for a song a few weeks ago on a clearance section of their website. It was quite the coup for me, since I LERVE to buy all the Halloween goodies I can. I managed to really temper my impulses this year (well, CTMH didn't have new Halloween goodies this year, so maybe that's not as much of a restraint success story as I'd like to think it is). Well, regardless, I didn't buy much new Halloween supplies this year. The banner is stamped and trimmed from my new CTMH set "Banner Wishes" and the sentiment is from my Paper Smooches "Sentiment Sampler". It's hard to tell around the black card base, but I inked the edges using Black Reinker and a stipple brush. It shows up betteron the accent squares in the card's center.
I am also entering this card in this week's CASology challenge -- cue word: BLACK. ( I rarely, if ever, use a black card base!)

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Colour Q Challenge #212

I promised myself I didn't need to make any Halloween cards this year. (Giggle) I made several last year, mostly because I am always obsessed with most all of the Halloween goodies, but I never sent any out! I just knew I would mail them out to family, especially my nieces and nephews, but as it does a lot, The Procrastination Monster got a hold of me. And so as it is - I still have a stash of Halloween cards.

Long story short (TOO LATE! - name that movie), I couldn't resist playing around with these colors from Colour Q and one of my favorite Halloween stamps. It's one of the very first ones I bought from Close To My Heart. I can't bring myself to part with it; partly because of sentimental reasons, partly because I still really like it.

I went clean and simple with this card, just getting a kick out of these images in the fun colors:
I used CTMH colors of Sunset and Gypsy and PTI's Simply Chartreuse. A panel of Rustic White cardstock layered over my card base and black paper strip using foam tape. Simple, simple!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tuesday Trigger - Rustic Fall

I jumped on this week's Tuesday Trigger as a chance to add to the Mommy Dearest Thanksgiving collection. She loved it! It is one of my favorites, too, ... if I do say so myself. =)

Here is my card based on this Trigger photo:

I used PTI Kraft cardstock for my base, dark brown burlap from Michael's, and a Rustic White cardstock strip stamped with leaves from the Lawn Fawn "Harvest Season" stamp set. I stamped and trimmed a couple of the leaves from some Autumn Terracotta patterned paper and layered them on top with foam tape. I tied a string pulled from the burlap at the top of the strip, added some sequins, and a circle rub-on from my CTMH "Mischief" goodies. The circle is also layered with foam tape over a piece of brown shimmer tape, trimmed on the ends for a banner. This one came together easily and was fun to make.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Paper Players #168

My Dad's birthday was this week and I whipped him up a quick card to get it mailed out. It lined up perfectly with the timing of this week's Paper Player's Challenge.

I used patterned papers and my Artiste birthday stamp and die-cut. I LOVED the yellow chevrons. I couldn't decide if I loved the Tulip colored balloon, but it was too plain before I added it. (Original plan was to leave it paper layers only).
I'm still deeply smitten with anything wood patterned. Even the colors are ok with me -- just as long as its wood!
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Retro Sketches #86 and A Chocolate Affair

I'm having a lot of fun working on a little gift set of cards using my CTMH "A Chocolate Affair" stamp set. I plan to use it as a little supplemental Christmas set. Not entirely sure who will get it as of yet, but I'm still thinking it will be a cute little gift.

For this card, I've used the Retro Sketches challenge.

I've been using pastel cardstock bases and mostly papers from my 6x6 My Mind's Eye Sweet Girl pad.

Since my first card of this set featured hand-drawn stitching, I've added that to this card as well. I stamped my chocolates and trimmed them out before attaching them over my little pink banner. Everything seemed to go together well and matched up with the other cards I made for this set (especially the pink sequins and twine. I'm almost out of that pink twine! GASP!)
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Seize the Sketch #6

I'm popping in to quickly share a card I made for this week's Seize the Sketch challenge. I liked it well enough, I even made TWO cards for this challenge. :) I will post the other later. I've already spent a good part of my morning on the computer, TCB. It's necessary and I enjoy it, but I don't want all my quiet morning time to be spent here!

Here is the cute sketch!
Here is my interpretation for a Sympathy card I needed:
The perfectionist in me would really like to retake this photo because of the wonky angle, but it is already in the mail! :) (For once, I'm somewhat on top of it, and that's what I get.)
I used some paper from a new 6x6 paper pad from Glitz Design, Sunshine In My Soul. It's almost all gray and yellow. When it came in the mail, it was a little more "drab" than I expected, but now I'm in love with it. My sister would have a fit if she saw it. Hmmm.....might be something in the making there, no pun intended.
I also used my Rosie Posie 1 & 2 stamp sets and dies. I'm never happy with mine when I use this set (after coveting others I've seen for so long), but I really like how this one turned out. I used 1st and 2nd generation Honey ink (CTMH) and my new CTMH "Sincere Expressions" stamp set. That is a go-to set for me already.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch #49

This year Mommy Dearest wants to send out Thanksgiving cards for the holiday season, rather than Christmas. (I think it's partly because she loves the fall color scheme! If it's orange and/or brown - she's there like swimwear!)  :)

So, it has given me a good excuse to find some new Thanksgiving related stamps and play around with these colors for some of my blog challenge fun. I've thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I've made a couple for her stash so far that I liked ok. Nothing that really blew my skirt up. But I'm loving this one I made based on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.


I couldn't get totally happy with the coloring in my photo. That aspect of my hobby needs more homework, but I will get there someday. And, after I finished my card and looked back at the sketch I realized I layered my elements going the opposite direction, but oh well. I think it works.
I used my new CTMH Perfect Fit - Thanksgiving stamp set (which is my new favorite). I made the card base from Brown Bag cardstock and that same color ink is used on the turkey and sentiments. The burlap strip is also CTMH and I used Cashmere colored ink on the circle labels. It seemed to match up pretty well. The Colonial White accent panel was embossed using my PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate and matted in a burnt orange piece of cardstock before adhering to the base. I added the sweet little Mocha Pearls at the very end, when it seemed like "something" was missing.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Colour Q #210


I'm back from sunny Florida after several days of R&R, ready to share my fun little crafty goodies again -- even though I'm laid up with a nasty cold! I thought vacation + FL = suntan and good health! Not for this family. My husband got sick right before we left, my Little Man came down with it the day we got there and I woke up with it the day before we left. Niiiice! We are a prime example of what NOT to do in most of our life stories. :) Whatevs. We still got to see the beautiful gulf and had a good time. I'm just having an even harder time than usual getting back in the swing of things. It's hard enough after a normal vacation! But, we have clean sheets, clean clothes, and suitcases are put away, so probably can't complain, right?

Vacation actually caused me to need a card. The boy (teenager now) who lives next door, graciously fed our kitties and checked the mail while we were gone. It was so nice to have that taken care of and not have to worry about our "babies" (3 cats who rule the house). He didn't want to be paid, so we had to slip a gift card into a Thank You card, which is where Colour Q comes in. I thought the colors where somewhat appropriate. Not sure my card was "boy" or "teen" enough, but it's the thought that counts, right? (Of course, not according to my Little Man, who said "That does NOT look good."  ....Thanks son. Your unwavering support is always appreciated! Gonna be just like his Daddy.)

I like these fun bright colors. But have to admit, making a card for a teen (and a male one at that) is not my forte! You would think out of all the cards I make and have stashed something would have worked, but nothing even came close.

Here was my attempt, misguided as it may be:

I was trying to go for different and NOT girly. But, I feel like once the iTunes card has been pulled out (Which seemed to be a hit, BTW), this thing will never see the light of day again! :)
Thanks for stopping by to visit and catching up on a long post! Hope your Fall is off to a great start!
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