Monday, March 28, 2016

Sending you sunshine...

This little card is going in the mail tomorrow to my aunt in California who is convalescing.  I don't know if you can tell, the green layer is grosgrain ribbon threaded through a slit in each side of the cardstock...the ultra thin glue dots I used to anchor the ribbon left a trace of the circle, so I had to add a couple of green leaves to camouflage...oops!  I bought several of the Tim Holtz stencils recently, but this one by far gets the most use.

Perfect sentiment to go with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Come Rain or Shine.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Instant wait, instant human!

Lots of paper piecing...distant memories of playing with paper dolls when I added her plaid robe! This is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Food and Drink.

I had this finished on Friday, don't know why I wait till Sunday night to post these!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Make it a trio...

'Let's make it a trio' is the current challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

I used 3 brads, 3 pearls, 3 elements, and 3 photo images in the film strip. I felt the black ink on the focal point image from Tim Holtz was a little overpowering so I tried using my new Pumice Stone Distress Ink instead...I like the way it picked up the green in the background paper. The image is a little more faded looking in the pic than it is in real life. I made a two slits in the background paper and threaded the ribbon through before attaching to the card base and then added the pearls to the one side.

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Hoppy Easter, Grandson

Over at Simon Says Stamp this week the Wednesday Challenge is 'Cute and Cuddly'...just in time for an Easter card for the three year old.  You can see the chocolate bunny's ears are bitten he says 'what?' The original stamp set from Skipping Stones Design has a fellow chocolate bunny that says 'my butt hurts'...'what'?

I stamped the other bunny on white felt to make him a little more cuddly.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Cute and Cuddly

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick's Day card for my new little 3 year old grandson fit into two challenges today...just in time to get it in the mail for Thursday. I picked up the 'Happy St. Patrick's Day' pin from the dollar bin a couple years ago and thought he might be able to wear it to his new preschool.  The 'lucky stars' sentiment is from a Hero Arts set, and the 'stars' are from Skipping Stones Design.

Normally I wouldn't add a card like this to the Monday Challenge since their focus is 'Vintage Artistic' style, but the 'lucky stars' was too much inspiration for me to pass up!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bit O' Green
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Some Lucky Stars

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Bit O' Green...

Simon Says 'Use a Bit O' Green'.

I like purple hydrangeas, but I also like the green ones.  I love this background paper, some of my hoarded stash from way back...wish I could find more of it, but I'd probably just hoard it too!

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

A day without laughter

I made this tag for my old boss.  I retired recently and he changed jobs due to a relocation of our office.  We had a group lunch recently so I wanted to show him how much I appreciated his humor and the way he dealt with his employees.

I was inspired to create this tag for the Simon Says Stamp-Make Your Own Background

The blue and green shading faded out a bit after I added the yellow in the stencil, but I was in a hurry to give the tag away so I didn't go back in to make it darker.  Fun challenge!
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Spring Flowers - 12 Tags of 2016 - March

This is my take on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016-March.  There are some products I don't yet have in my craft hoarding stash, but to learn a new technique you can always improvise.

I'm also entering this tag in the Simon Says Stamp-Monday Challenge to Take a Leap into the Unknown. Every Tim Holtz monthly challenge offers me a chance to try something new; I haven't tried layering a stencil and coloring with Watercolor Crayons in this way. I also used alcohol ink to color the metal flowers...the ink colors were a little darker than I anticipated but when I added some distress paint dauber in blue, I think the overall effect turned out okay.

While I'm at it, I think I will also enter into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  Challenge...create something Touchy Feely...the corrugated cardboard has a lot of added texture as well as the metal flowers, and the texture created by the stencil layers.