Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Paper Smooches is having a Designer Drafts Challenge this week.  Here is the designer sketch:

Isn't it a great sketch?  I did have a lot of ideas with this sketch, and made a few and discarded them.  I ended up liking this idea the best. 
I know, I know it is barely winter but I want Spring!  Normally I like Winter, I enjoy snow, but we haven't had very much, just gloom and kinda weird warm temps.  :/  The stamp set I used was PS Green Thumb which is one of my favorite Paper Smooches stamp sets.  I also used Alphadot for the sentiment and the Stitched dies for the 'dirt'.  I colored everything with Copics and cut it out, and added some twine to finish it up. 

Thanks for coming by and have a Happy New Year!!

Also entered:
Hiding in My Craft Room #180 Freestyle Challenge

Monday, December 29, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch #104


The following sketch  is for the CAS(E) this Sketch #104 challenge this week.

Love this sketch!  This is what I made:
The  dies are from Simon Says Stamp Large Hearts, and Stitched Rectangles. The  sentiment stamp is from Avery Elle Laurels. I copic colored the hears and added a few sequins and called it done!

 I am very happy that this card:
was chosen as a Featured Player on the Paper Smooches Blog for this week! Paper Smooches Winnerday Announcement.  This is the second week in a row!  Yay!!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Challenges Week of Dec. 28

I wanted to get back into some challenges since I have been super busy (as we all have I'm sure).  I have done a card for the following challenges.

Freshly Made Sketches #167
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge

The sketch featured for Freshly Made Sketches #167 was this:
This is what I made:
All the die cuts are from Simon Says Stamp Postage Edges, Whimsical Flowers and Small Hello.  The patterned paper is Authentique.  

Thanks for coming by and stay well, my daughter and her family contracted a terrible flu the day after Christmas and just now are feeling somewhat normal.  See ya soon......

Friday, December 26, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Dec 21-27

I hope everyone's Christmas was fantastic, mine certainly was.  I got to see friends and family and I loved every minute of it.

I started this card for the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge  for this week on


Tuesday last week and couldn't ever find the time to finish it totally.  Well, I finished it today and I really like how it came out.

I think they are having a lot of fun at their New Year's Eve party!! The Paper Smooches stamp sets used were Birthday Buddies, Alphadot and Hullabaloo. I stamped, colored and cut out the balloons and images.  I added 'confetti' with a white gel pen .   I love googly eyes, so I added some of those too! :)

Happy New Year and thanks for coming by....

Monday, December 22, 2014

Paper Smooches Featured Player for Dec 14-20 Challenge


Great news, I am a Featured Player on the Paper Smooches  December 14-20 Challenge.  :)

This is the card I entered.

Thanks for stopping by...and if I don't post again before Christmas, have a merry one!! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge 96

Merry Christmas is the Lawnscaping Challenge for this week.

I needed to make a card for by hair stylist (appointment tomorrow!) and I thought why not make one for this challenge at the same time.  This is my card:

 I used Lawn Fawn's Let It Snow stamp set,  Stitched Journaling Card and Stitched Hillsides dies.  I embossed the snowflake background with texture paste. The sequins, twine and patterned paper are also Lawn Fawn.   This card started out as another idea, but I changed my mine and I like this idea better. ;)

Thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Dec 14-20 Challenge & Other Stuff...

Paper Smooches Challenge this week is Picture Perfect.  I love the colors in this photo.

This is the card I made:
I watercolored the background and then used watercolor pencils on the hearts, and mounted it all on patterned paper adhered it to the card stock.  The spool was wrapped with some bakers twine and I used matte medium on the curled twine to stiffen and glue it down. Paper Smooches Needle A Little Love stamp set was used for all the images.

I have been busy crafting, making Christmas cards, decorating, and baking so haven't done a lot on my blog. ;)   Here are some pics of some of the projects I did.

This is my granddaughers Christmas stocking. She will be 14 months old on Christmas day.    I worked on this off and on for 2 months and completed it a couple of days ago.  She is our Princess so I knew I had to make a Princess stocking for her.  I made all the stockings for each family member and she is the latest! 
This is one of two trees I made.  The base is a paper mache tree, I found mine on Amazon.  You just punch out a whole bunch of circles from patterned paper and glue them to the tree starting on the bottom.   The box will be used to hold the cards I give away as gifts for the holiday.  I just followed a video on You Tube on how to make a A2 card box.  This was pretty easy, it is all one piece, and doesn't have a seperate lid, so you only cut and fold one piece of paper, much easier.  I made them in several colors. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope all your holiday preparations are going well..

Monday, December 8, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Dec. 7-13

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge this week is Anything Goes.

This is what I decided to make:
This card started when I saw the little bird on the Paper Smooches Winter Groves set and thought it looked like an 'R', and decided to use it that way.  :-)   The tree is from Winter Groves also and I used enamel accents to make the snow.  The other stamp sets I used were PS Holly Jolly, Swanky Snow Dudes and the snow hill was made with PS Stitched Wise Dies.  The background is distressed ink over embossed snow that I made with a stencil. 

Thanks for coming by and see ya later.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches # 165

Freshly Made Sketches #165  challenge is a sketch by Cindy L.
I hope you can see the sketch, it is pretty light, not sure why it is so light.  Most people  think of Valentines Day when there is a heart on the card.  I wanted to use the heart but not make it a valentine.  This is what I made.
The chevron background is embossing paste tinted with Crushed Olive Distress Ink and stenciled. I also distressed the heart with the same color.  The heart die is from SSS, and the bird is a Purple Onion stamp designed by Stacey Yacula (one of my favorites!) The sentiment is from Purple Onion and it is embossed in white.   

See ya later, thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Nov. 30-Dec. 6

This weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is Anything Goes. 

I wanted to make a shaker card for my grandson, trying a new method that Jennifer McGuire used, she has a video about this if you want to see it demonstrated Shaker Card Tips.

Jennifer uses fun foam (those thin foam sheets for children's crafts) instead of adhesive foam. This is the card I made:
I used Paper Smooches Holly Jolly and Winter Grooves stamp sets for this card. I distressed the background and stamped snowflakes in white dye ink and colored the snowman with Copics.  I cut a circle slightly larger than the window panel in the foam and adhered it to the window panel  and then adhered this to the  background that you have filled with sequins or whatever you use for the shaker. The foam is the dimension you would normally get with the adhesive strips but it is much more attractive. :)  I used liquid glue, because I wanted to make sure I could move it around a bit if I needed to, just make sure you don't get it on the window panel, it is kinda hard to get off.  (Yep, I got glue on mine) :)  Jennifer also adhered some sequins to the background panel, so when they fell to the bottom of the window, some would still show in the window.  I never liked the way they all fell and you really couldn't see them, so now problem solved! 

Thanks for coming by, see ya later!