Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Cards, Folds, Halloween & More

The more I look at my cards the more I realize they truly are eclectic.  I think I like having a style that fluctuates with my mood and my time to craft. 

Challenges:
#155 No Sentiments
Borders and frames. Used my deco scissors to make the border and cuttlebug to make the frame.  Loved stamping this flower.  I turned it over and stamped the backside of the flower to give the blue solid background then turned the stamp over and stamped the flower in darker blue. 



There is nothing really creative or exciting about this fold, but it is one of my favorites.

Challenges:
Our Creative Corner 
Fancy folds





This card is full of Whimsey
Challenges:
CIinspirations 
Black, purple orange
Delightful Sketches 
purple, orange, green, black
Opus-Gluei  
#116 Something wicked this way comes
Secret Crafter
 #158 Spooky or Whimsical
Crafty Catz
 Halloween
Paper Play Challenges
Halloween Inspiration



Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge 
T is for Tea Time.  Not sure if this is tea or coffee, but for this challenge we will call it tea.   LOL


I am truly a traditional person, but I really love this tree.  To me it is a cross between modern and whimsey
Challenges:
#86 Christmas
Clean and Simple

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One Odd Card Out!

They say their has to be one in every crowd.   That is certainly the case for this group of cards.  All but one is Christmas, thus the title... Odd Card Out.
Challenges:
Sentimental Sunday  Halloween and a sentiment
Fab N Funky  Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble.
Top Tip Tuesday  Be Trick or Treat Inspired.


I wish you could see this card in real life.  I am beginning to think this marcasite embossing powder is fast becoming my favorite.  Hummm.... I wonder if I can still buy it?  I have no idea where I got it or how long I have had it... Scary huh?  I have tried to take several photos in hopes you could see how it changes sparkles in the light.  It shows blues, greens, reds, etc.  Very stunning.  Great way to add bling to your Christmas Card!
Challenges:
Fussy and Fancy  3 B's  Black, border punch Bling
Christmas All Year Round  One of these colors  orange, green, purple, black and a punch out or die cut.  (I punched out my border...If this is not what you had in mind just delete it from your challenge.)




I made this "Pink" tree because my granddaughter asked me to make one in her "favoritest" color....PINK
Challenge:
Paper Cutz  In The Pink


Not sure I like this card.  Love the image I stamped, but it didn't color up the way my mind thought it would and the card certainly didn't go together like my mind wanted it too... Do you ever have those days?
Challenges:


I think this is my favorite card of this batch.  The second one I posted is close in the running but there is something about this one that just speaks to me. 
Challenges:
ICSketches  Sketch
Paper Play Time   Say it with sentiments and use buttons and bows.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another Batch of Ecletic Cards

The other day someone asked me what my card style was and I told them pretty eclectic.  I like to try a lot of different techniques and styles.  There is really no one style that intrigues me more than the other.  On the flip side of that I can definitely say that I love anything that is floral!

Had a blast with this card.  I stamped the image (Hero arts) on white cardstock with versamark ink, then added marcacite embossing powder.  When you turn in the light it has a lot of shimmer and sparkle in  different colors.  If you look closely you can see some of the reds and greens. I love this embossing powder, I had forgotten that I had it.  I am sure I will be using it more often.  The texture is not smooth.    I then adhered it to silver mirri card and added some black and white ribbon.  In real life it is really stunning. 

Challenge:
Paper Play Challenges   Use Black
One Stop Craft Challenge No Designer Paper
One Stitch At A Time  Emboss  (Lots of embossing on this card)


The image below is from Blue Ridge (something, would have to go look it up again and I just got my stamps cleaned and put away).  Love this candle.  Have had it for ages but forgot that I had it until I was going through my Christmas Stamps.  I added some vintage photo distress ink around the edges to give it that old vintage look.  Kind of like the browns and reds.
Challenges:
Fab N Funky Challenge   #95  Distressed or torn
Christmas Blog Challenge  Vintage Christmas


Back to House Mouse stamps.  I just love these little critters.   I know they are supposed to look spooky for Halloween but with these little characters how can you get them to look spooky?
Challenges:
Raise The Bar  Orange & Black  
All Sorts  Halloween
Stamptacular  black, orange, purple  oops! my bad, I've been notified by Celine at Stamptacular that I didn't read all of the challenge....It needs to have a pop up inside!  Sorry!
The Crafty Pad   Halloween



The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..In hopes someone  will fill it with crafting supplies:)  Sorry about the off the wall humor there!

The stamp is Stacy's Stamps.  She is a dear friend who has been making stamps for many years..She gave me this image yesterday at the AIS Show.    

Challenges:
Colour Create  Burgundy, gold, green, cream


I received this image several years ago in a swap.  I finally colored him up and tried my hand at a shaker card.  Not sure that is my bag of tricks.  It ranks right up there next to quilling.  There has got to be an easier way to make one of these than the way I made this one.  Anyway, my granddaughter might enjoy it???

Challenges:
Crafty Creations A Christmas Birthday
Truly Scrumptious    Shaker card
Crafty Catz   Birthday


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me:) With a Special Surprise...You'll Have To Read To Find Out Why

Yep today is my birthday.  I don't usually talk about it, however this day ranked right up among one of my favorite birthdays!  First of all I was chosen one of the top 3 over at http://unscriptedsketches.blogspot.com/.  Thanks so much for making my day.

Next my hubby treated me to a day at Adventures In Stamping.  This is an annual event with tons of vendors and lots of fun things to participate in.  He even went with me as it is about an hour's drive from where I live.  With everything that has gone on this summer, hubby thought I deserved a day out.  Thanks hon...You know I loved every minute of it.

I have emailing a dear cyber friend for about 3 - 4 years now.  We have often talked about meeting, because we live about 2 hours away from each other, but just never seemed to find the time.  Last evening I emailed and asked her if she was going to AIS.  This morning before I left I was reading my email and she said she was and we would probably stand side by side and never even realize we had been that close.  Well guess what happened?   We met...totally by accident.  I was waiting at a booth to do a make n take.  There was a lady standing by the side of me waiting too.  When it was our turn, we sat down, crafted and chatted.  The vendor asked if we were on the email list.  I wrote my name down on the list and all of a sudden the lady beside me said...Well I can't believe it!  Never in a million years.....Hello Sally....I'm Cathy...It was so wonderful to meet her in person.  What are the chances of that happening when there are hundreds of people all around?  It had to be devine intervention.  We must have chatted for an hour.  It was like we had been best of friends for years and years!  That was the highlight of my day. 

On the way home... hubby treated me to DQ...Best day ever.  Maybe it's not so bad to get older:)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fancy Folds, Shapes, To You Choose

I think I have pretty much covered them all in this challenge.  The only things I didn't use are fabric, lace or monochromatic color schemes.  Hummm maybe next time I have a few minutes to craft I will have to throw those into the mix.  The reason for all the cards lately is because my sister puts a box of my handmade cards on her desk at work and the co workers buy them  as they need them. She told me her supply was getting low so I thought I had better take some time to replinish her stock.  Not only do I love making them, it gives me a reason to keep my crafting room messy. 

First up is a card I made using my stamps from Heart and Soul Rubber Stamps.  If you haven't looked at her stamps lately be sure to check them out.  She has added new stamps to her store.  (I have them, I just haven't had time to play with them...That is next on the list).  Anyway this is one of my favorite images.  Yeah I know it's floral..What can I say.  I colored it with copic markers, then used glimmer glaze just on the background.  It really makes it shimmery and makes the flowers pop.  I just couldn't get it to show properly in my picture. 

Challenges:
Unscripted Sketches  #128 Sketch and piggy back was to use fabric... I didn't have any that matched my colorscheme.  However I did us the sketch.  Instead of squares at the bottom I used 3 elements, half bow, button and ticket. 
3 papers, 2 embellishments, 1 image (my 3rd paper is behind the ticket and button,  it has teeny tiny yellow flowers)
Lil Red Wagon  Just the ticket.  
(I had a bunch of these tickets from the prizes that I didn't win at our family reunion raffle, so being a crafter I just couldn't throw them away.  I turned them over and stamped on the back side and added some faux stitching.  Love how it turned out. 



I made this Mother's Day but never used it as I wasn't sure I liked it.  The other day I was looking through my cards and decided it really is kind of pretty. 
Challenges:
One Stitch At A Time  Shaped card or using lots of shapes.  Each layer in this card is a diamond shape except for the base layer.
Scrappy Frog Challenge  Something that flies
Sentimental Sunday Challenge  #77 Fancy Folds plus a sentiment



Happy Halloween   Love this little image.  Even if it isn't stamped it is adorable.  Thought my granddaughter would love a card made with this cute little spooky ghost.  The image is by Elizabeth O Dulemba at
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Challenges:


 I love making handmade flowers.  They are a bit tedious but so worth the time and effort. Each petal is punched using a pear shaped punch. curled, pinched and tweezed to get the shape right.  Each petal is placed separately using a thick, quick, clear-drying glue.   I have made this card for a very special lady's birthday.  I hope she likes it.
Challenge:
Top Tip Tuesday  Designer Paper and handmade flowers


 This card....well let's just say it was tedious and quilling is not my bag.  Our local craft store (Archivers) was having a make and take day to show how to incorporate quilling and stamping in cardmaking.  My 6 yr old granddaughter was all gungho on the quilling so I took her.  Her card turned out beautifully.... mine...not so much.  I can't remember the stamps we used for the branches and dots, but the sentiment I added at home as I didn't want to use their Thank you stamp.  My stamp is from the $1 bin at Michaels.  It is a Kolette Hall stamp.  I masked off the flower part of the stamp. 

Challenge: 
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge  You choose...and be sure to stamp.  They also suggested you try something different... I did quilling...Probably not again:)




Friday, October 14, 2011

From Anniversary To Sympathy

This is certainly a medley of cards that range from Anniversary to Sympathy with some tucked in between

I just loved coloring these gorgeous little House Mouse images.  Tons of fun!
These little critters always make me smile no matter how badly I feel.  If I could afford them I would own a ton of them, just for the smiles.

challenges:
Fussy N Fancy Challenge  Halloween or fall or thank you or Thanksgiving

 Creative Card Crew  Spooky Fun
Alphabet Challenge  S for Soon to be Halloween

 Daring Cardmakers  Birds in your creation

 Raise The Bar Challenge  Pink Is In.  A really clean and simple card here, but I love it. Of course that could be because I love pink and I have a sister who is a survivor!

What better way to get well than with a bowl of soup!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Cards, Cards & More Cards

It seems lately I do well to post to my blog once a month.  I am hoping with the colder weather coming that I will have more time to craft, however I am not holding my breath!
I have not been able to sleep much for the past week so I have spent my insomnia hours making some cards.  So pull up a comfy chair, grab a cup of coffee or tea and check them out.
  They also fit some challenges

Stamptacular Sunday   So Distressing.  I sanded my embossed cardstock
Sentimental Sundays  Anything Goes plus a sentiment



 Crafty Catz  A Recipe  1 image ,2 papers, 3 buttons


 Cutie Sunday  Halloween
Scrappy Frogs Challenge  Fruity Tooty... Here's hoping a pumpkin can be a fruit???
House Mouse Challenge  black, orange, yellow green  Halloween optional
Fussy and Fancy Challenge  Fall or Halloween


 The Crafty Pad  Vintage.  I have a very hard time with vintage so this is about as good as it gets for me:(


 Raise The Bar  Furry Friends
Allsorts  Bear With Us


 Stampin For The Weekend  Colours of Autum


 Opus Gluei  Getting Back Into The Swing of Things   (happy hopper swinging from the balloons)


 Secret Crafter  Anything Goes as long as it sparkles.  You can't see it well but the circle around the flower is all sparkly glitter paper.  It is really pretty in real life.


 One Stitch At A Time Anything Goes


 Crafty Card Makers  Anything Goes


 One Stop Craft Challenge   Anything Goes