Saturday, August 15, 2015

We made it! and Some Challenges

Well, The Piglets and I survived the first week of school. Phew! This year we have a commute to school rather than attending right up the road and I am worn out. Yikes. I knew it was coming. Everyone is happy and well-adjusted, it seems, but a little R&R today is being much appreciated. I haven't wanted to do much of anything and I'm just puttering around today. (Trying to convince myself it's okay not to be in my usual whirlwind of housework and such.) I feel mildly guilty about it today, for some reason. Typically, I have more sense than that. ;)

I am excited to share these cards I made yesterday morning. I wanted to take it easy yesterday morning, too. I thoroughly enjoyed a quiet crafty session. I so needed it. First one of the school year!

Here is my favorite card that I made:

(The flowers were initially just testing out some new Copics markers. But I loved how they turned out once I die-cut and made a card with them.)

I used my new WPlus9 Doodle Buds stamp set and dies. SO love this set. And, it's interesting because it didn't float my boat when I first saw it. I don't know what changed my mind and made me want to try it - mostly because I thought it would be great for coloring (and it is). It's just so cute and happy! 8-) The sentiment is from WPlus9's Strictly Sentiments 2 and white heat embossed using Hero Arts EP on a strip of black cardstock. It's popped up on a small strip of foam tape to give it a little dimension over the flowers. The card base is Stamper's Select White from PTI and it's embossed using the PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate. After I colored the flowers and leaves, I added some little details using a white Signo Broad gel pen.
My card design was inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! :

I'm also playing along with Addicted to Stamps "Make Your Mark" challenge, challenge #157.
My next card utilizes a sweet little piece I had already stamped and colored, as well. The stamp is new to me and I was playing around with my Prismacolor Pencils.
I used Blueprints 13 to diecut the panel and the Stitched Square Frames die. I trimmed the sweet little girl by hand [BOO!] and she's laid over a square of vellum paper that's under the square frame to slightly mute the polka dots (DCWV Basics 6x6 pad). The sentiment is white heat embossed on a strip of After Midnight cardstock.
I used the Sketch Challenge on the MFT Challenge Blog for my inspiration.
I'm also playing along with Addicted to Stamps and More! "Make Your Mark" Challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! Hope you do so again, soon.
God Bless,
Matthew 19:29  NKJV  (New King James Version)
      And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 

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  1. Two lovely cards, Mandy. Loving the polka dots, and your first card is gorgeous. I love doodle flowers and the blooms look great over your woodgrain panel.
    Thanks for playing along at ATSM this week, Anita x

  2. love the vibrant flowers and the beautiful woodgrain background - thanks for joining us at ATSM

  3. Two fab cards. I've been eyeing up those stitched square dies but so far resisted!
    Thanks for linking up at ATSM. :)

  4. Love how you CAS(E)d the sketch!

  5. Oh, these are both so pretty and wonderful! Great takes on the sketches!

  6. Saw your card in the case this sketch gallery, it adorable. Love that textured background.

  7. early start to the school year happening mid-August. I'm back to work on the 24th and the students on the 31st. I remember back when the first day was after Labor times have changed! Glad you survived and now WOW x WOW on your two cards! The pretty flowers on the first and the sweet little girl on the second: smile-makers! So glad you found time to 'make your mark' and joinus in the ATSM gallery!

  8. Just love your card, Mandy... it clinched the deal for me... off to shop Wplus9! Thanks so much for joining us in the CTS gallery!
    =] Michele

  9. Mandy - these are awesome and I love how cute they turned out - you are a marvel when it comes to stamping and coloring - all these images are so well done!! So glad that you are getting to have some crafty time - I seem to be in a slump and not doing well so kudos to you for your magnificent creations!!

  10. Mandy I love your beautiful row of flowers... perfect for the sketch!
    Thanks for joining Case this sketch


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