Friday, January 31, 2014

Seahawks and Christmas

Over at Operation Write Home, they're having a Card Bowl all weekend. There will be a new challenge Friday through Sunday. How fun is that?

Today's challenge is to make a card using the colors from either team playing in the Super Bowl this year. Since my team didn't make it, I decided to go with the home team and make a card using Seahawks colors. Not only that, but I used the new CAS(E) this Sketch and used an ornament for the Merry Monday challenge. I love being able to incorporate more than one challenge in a card!

I started with some blue, white and neon green (it really is neon in person) papers and worked from there. The snowflake punch is from Martha Stewart and the dies are Sizzix. I chose a sentiment by Mama Elephant and stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black. For a bit of bling, I added some shiny silver stickers from Stampendous.

I already know who these two cards are going to: my dad and my brother. Enjoy your weekend!

Paper Smooches Thanks

I love the bright colors of this card. I used OWH sketch 98 and some DCWV patterned papers. The white paper is card stock and all of the other layers are Bazzill. I used Spellbinders for the circles and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment in SU Pacific Point.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Penguin in Turquoise

I'm loving my Mama Elephant Polar Pals stamp set which includes this cute penguin. I thought it was perfect for this Pinterest idea. I started with black, white and turquoise card stock and some Spellbinders for the circles. After stamping her in Memento Tuxedo Black, I colored her with Copics and added googlie eyes. The Stampendous sentiment is heat embossed in black. I used a Darice embossing folder for the background. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Eye Heart You

The current Cards in Envy challenge is Through the Window. It requires a card to have some form of hole on the front of your card so you can see through to the inside. I chose to use a circle for the hole so an eyeball could be peeking out. The white/grey paper is DCWV and the blue stripes (and green) is SU. I used Bazzill for the hearts and layered it three times for some added texture. The U stamp is SU. For the monster inside, I used a Recollections stamp with SU Pacific Point and Old Olive inks. The hearts and circles were done with Spellbinders. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Owl Miss You

I had some more fun with my SU owl punch on this card for the OWH MWT Color Challenge. The idea came from here. I like how the black really pops on the pastel colors. I dry embossed the background using some yellow Bazzill and chose some patterned scraps. The eyes have a smidge of Pearl Pen for the pupils. The eyelashes and mouths were done with a Copic Multi Liner. Black and white card stock were also used. For the sentiment, I used one from Lawn Fawn and stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Purses, Shoes and Hi...oh my!

I was looking through the OWH sketches for one that would showcase this pretty DCWV shoe/purse paper and decided on sketch 99. The strips of paper are also DCWV. The lavender paper is Bazzill and the black and white are card stock. For the Stampendous sentiment, I used Memento Grape Jelly. I like the one with the polka dots more because of the sharper contrasts.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Owl be missing you

These cards turned out cuter than I thought. I got my Stampin' Up owl punch out again and actually used it the way it was meant to be used! This idea is based on the idea I pinned here. The patterned papers are from a mixed pack put together by an LSS. The brown owl, solid blue, light grey and solid red are Bazzill. The dark grey is DeNami and the white is basic card stock. The frames for the owl are from Spellbinders and I decided to use Pearl Pen for the pupils. For the sentiments, I used Stampin' Up Real Red and Pacific Point inks.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy 29th?

For this card, I used clean&simple 274. It's been awhile since I've made birthday cards, so I thought this would be a great sketch to use my SU cupcake punch. The cupcake bases are SU papers, as are the inks used for the sentiment and cupcake tops (Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point). I used two different embossing folders the the background and cupcake tops. The sentiment is also SU. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Merry and Bright

Today I used my new Mama Elephant Polar Pals again to make a pretty pink Christmas card. It uses OWH sketch 207, has snowmen for Merry Monday 91, and I used some of my new stash for A Blog Named Hero 36. I enjoyed making this with non-traditional colors and I'm pretty sure my hubby won't be sending this to any of his friends! 

I used pink and white card stock and some SU striped paper. Everything was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black. The coloring is done with Copics and the brads are American Crafts.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Penguin Duct Tape

I had no idea where this card was going when I started it. My hubby gave me this adorable penguin tape for Christmas and my mom gave me the Taylored Expressions hexagon die set. I had the two out on the table at my LSS and just HAD to use the two of them together. So I got busy cutting out hexagons and then got stuck. They didn't fit the card the way I planned so I simply sat there. 

A light bulb finally turned on and I turned the card sideways. Duh. I wanted a way to make a type of banner with them and found this DCWV paper I've had for ages. How perfect that the swirls on it went with another Christmas present...the Darice background folder. The silver paper I've also had for ages, the orange is Bazzill and the plain black is basic card stock. The Stampin' Up sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black onto white card stock then punched with a Stampin' Up punch.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Snowmen with no snow

I had to smile when I saw Cards in Envy Snow Buddy challenge. With all of the snow around the US, we don't have any here in the Pacific Northwest. However, I did get a cute new Mama Elephant Polar Pals stamp set for Christmas with some snowmen in it. The sentiment is from the same set. I stamped everything on white card stock and used some paper from a new 6x6 DCWV paper I also received for Christmas. The inks are VersaFine Onyx Black and SU Old Olive. I used my new Taylored Expressions dies to layer the sentiment and some American Crafts brads to finish it off.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Much Obliged

This card features a stamp from Rubbernecker that I forgot I had. Don't you love finding those? It's also a perfect stamp to use on Seize the Sketch #11. I stamped it on white card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black, used an embossing folder to give it a bit of texture and mounted it on black card stock. The Inkadinkado sentiment is stamped on white card stock with SU Pacific Point and mounted on some blue Bazzill. I used a Sizzix die to cut out the blue and grey Bazzill stars.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Reindeer Already?

Yes, it's true, I've started making Christmas cards for this year! This particular card is for Merry Monday #90 using ribbon or twine. 

I started with this cute reindeer stamp from, I think, Fiskars stamped in Fresh Ink Chocolate. It's layered on black card stock and red Bazzill. I added a red Triveni ornament on his antler. Next I took some black/white baker's twine and colored it with SU Real Red and put it aside to dry. For the sentiment, I pulled out something from The Angel Company who is no longer in business. It's stamped in SU Real Red on white card stock and layered with more red Bazzill. I have no idea where the polka dot paper is from but it's been around forever. The whole thing is layerd on more Bazzill.

PS: Make sure your twine is completely dry before using or you'll get red smears all over your polka dots!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mashup Miss You

I found a new challenge site this week and the current challenge had one of my favorite stamp sets pop into my mind. The Friday Mashup 141 Tic Toc give a sketch and a theme to use. It allows you to use one or the other, or mash them together and use both. The sketch is pretty simple and I used Hero Arts All the Time stamp set. 

To start, I made my own paper using a few of the stamps. The clocks are done with Fresh Ink Chocolate and the sentiment using SU Old Olive. American Crafts brads give the faces a little pop. The green paper is Bazzill and the rest is all basic card stock.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Somebunny needs a hug

Oh my, this card was fun to make. I've never been a fan of paper piecing, but this one was fun. I have several of these My Favorite Things Flopsey sets and this one is perfect for a few challenges this week. 

The patterned papers are all Stampin' Up. Both stamps are from My Favorite Things and stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black. I added some baker's twine to repeat the stripes. The other papers are black and white card stock. Oh, and kraft paper for the bunny.

This card fits the January ODBD Challenge: Stripes over at Operation Write Home (three different colors of striped paper). It also works for A Blog Named Hero Challenge #35 to use One & Four (I used four patterned papers and a one word sentiment). Last, but not least, it works the the CAS-ual Fridays CFC125: In A Word (hugs).

Friday, January 3, 2014

Hugs + Kisses

For this card, I used OWH sketch 205. The circle paper is Graphic 25 and the yellow is Bazzill. The white and black are basic card stock. Both the sentiment and image are Hero Arts and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The circles are done with Spellbinders. This is also a kit I submitted for CHA.

Thursday, January 2, 2014's that time again

Do you make resolutions for the new year? I've begun making a couple a year. They aren't the usual ones...lose weight (even though I need to), eat healthier (need to do this one as well), or anything of that nature. The ones I've been making are obtainable through doing something I love...paper crafting.

This year I've resolved to make more cards based on the ideas I've pinned on Pinterest. And, thanks to another blogger I follow, I've resolved to send 100 encouragement cards this year. It's always so uplifting to receive a card in the mail and know that someone has been thinking of you. I want to share those feelings with others, besides the ones for Operation Write Home. She set her goal at 365, but I chose 100 to start with.

What are your resolutions for the new year?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

OWH Top 13 Bloghop

It's that time of year again. Time to look back and remember all of the cards we've made and choose our favorites. Here are mine! Just click the picture to go to the blog post.

One: This one is way out of my comfort zone but I love how it turned out.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Just a note

Two: I love this design. It's so fun and can use so many different patterns and sentiments.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Hi

Three: Who doesn't love Sylvester?

Four: I'm still in love with hexagons. This one really pulls out the colors in the paper.

Five: These turned out so cute for kids.

Six: This royal purple with matching inked sentiment looks gorgeous with my favorite winter paper.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Now and Forever

Seven: The simplicity of this makes me smile.
Live in the Moment. Hero Arts. Paper Smooches. Simple Stories. CFC109. CAS(E) this sketch #36.

Eight: This sketch goes perfectly with the polka dot paper and uses one of my favorite stamp sets.
Cherie's Corner of the World: OWH sketch 181

Nine: I made a mask from my hexagon punch for this one. The colors are so pretty and I got to use so many of my thank you stamps.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Thanks so much

Ten: I just love the look of those eyes with that sentiment.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Eye Miss You

Eleven: The sketch fits these Doodle Pantry papers, image and sentiment perfectly.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Shine!

Twelve: I can't leave out one of my favorite techniques...using the owl punch as a reindeer.
Cherie's Corner of the World: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Thirteen: I like the lines and patterns on this simple card.
Cherie's Corner of the World: I miss you

Have an amazing 2014! I wish you happiness and success in all you choose to pursue.