Sunday, March 19, 2017

Garden Cat Hugs Card

Hello crafty friends! Since I started this blog back in 2012 I've been playing along with challenges at Catch The Bug and the Stella Says Sketch  challenge has always been one of my favorites. I'm excited to share this Garden Cat Hugs Card with you as a Guest Designer for the challenge. Click here for the sketch, challenge details and design team inspiration. It's a bi-weekly challenge, so you have some time to play along. I hope to see your card in the gallery!

This Garden Cat - Plant Pot image is one of the first digital images I purchased and I've used it several times. I think the cat looks sad, so I usually use it for an encouragement card. The image was colored with Copic markers, trimmed and matted to Watermelon Wonder cardstock by Stampin' Up!. All patterned paper is from the Echo Park Just Be You paper pad. Other cardstock colors include: Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaroon by Stampin' Up!. The {{HUGS}} sentiment is from a Fiskars Hello Fabulous stamp set. A stamped flower from the Flower Shop stamp set by Stampin' Up! was added with a circle glitter sticker by Jolee's in the center and that finishes the card. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bingo at Catch The Bug

Happy Saturday! Do you like bingo challenges? They are one of my favorites! Today is the start of a bingo challenge at Catch The Bug and you're invited to play along. Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration.

When selecting which row to play with, I could have gone several different ways but selected the right hand row down: Bugaboo Image, Flower and Stripes. The deciding factor was the colors in the Bo Bunny striped paper from the Butterfly Kisses paper pad. I really wanted a purplish boot and the paper had the right color stripe to match my Copic markers. The Bugaboo image is called Spring Boot and it's the FREEBIE this week, so make sure to get yours click here. Once the image was colored it was die cut with a pierced oval and scalloped frame set by Avery Elle. Cardstock colors include: Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White by Stampin' Up!. The Blushing Bride Flower was stamped using a retired set called Polka Dot Pieces by Stampin' Up! and the sentiment is from the current Watercolor Wings stamp set. The last detail was adding the polka dot butterfly along with three tiny adhesive pearls. That's it! I do hope you will play along with the challenge this week.

This Spring Boot For You Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Love and Luck Card

Hello and happy St. Patrick's Day! I know not everyone celebrates this occasion but I enjoy making St. Patrick's Day Cards. Probably because one of my favorite colors is green. To make this Love and Luck Card I used a freebie image courtesy of IKEsART and colored it with Copic markers. One of my kitties was the inspiration for the coloring. He really has unusual markings and is the sweetest kitty. He loves to lay on a green cotton rug and request a belly rub, so I colored some green underneath the image.  I added a few gold accents along with a pot of gold sticker by Jolee's. The papers and sentiment stamp have been in my stash for a long time. Thanks for stopping by and....

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Newton's Cake Day Card

There are many things that make my "favorite" list and two of those things are Cats & Cupcakes!  When Newton's Nook recently released their Newton Loves Cake stamp set it was quickly added to my shopping cart. This card was made to play along with the current Inky Paws Birthday Challenge. I wanted to keep the colors more masculine to join the Crafting By Designs Challenge and because I'll probably give this card to my hubby on his next birthday.  I'm also entering it into the Crafty Creations Anything Goes Challenge. To color the image I used Copic markers, Newton is colored to look like our first kitty we had together using warm gray tones. The rest of the colors were selected to coordinate with the patterned paper. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Newton's Cake Day Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Whisper White cardstock, patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers Cakes and Candles paper pad, and X-Press It Blending Cardstock. 
  • Stamps: Newton Loves Cake by Newton's Nook
  • Inks & Coloring: Memento Black ink and Copic markers.
  • Other Stuff: Taylored Expressions frame 2 frame cutting plate, yellow sequins and adhesive. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Be Joyful Gift Tag

Tag and/or bookmarks is the theme for this weeks challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. It's fun to switch things up and do something different and we would love for you to join the challenge this week. Our wonderful sponsor is Joy Clair and they graciously provided the design team with the Uh-Oh Ink Splatter Clear Stamp Set to make our inspirational creations. Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. You have until mid-day on Monday, March 20th to link your tag and/or bookmark.

To create this Be Joyful Gift Tag I started with a precut chipboard gift tag by East of India. They are really sturdy, so I decided to paint a base layer of Martha Stewart glitter paint. Once it was dry I stamped the splatter design using Staz On Jet Black ink and then it was outlined with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Caribbean Ocean. Joy Clair also provided the cute Be Joyful Bird stamp but I couldn't find it on their website. The bird was colored with Copic markers and then punched with a 2" circle punch. A piece of Pool Party cardstock was die cut with a slightly larger stitched circle die and used to mat the bird image. Two yellow gingham banners were punched and adhered to the back of the circle for detail. Dimensionals were used to adhere the image to the tag, that's it!

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Duck Hi Card

Hello and thank goodness for Saturday! I hope you get to enjoy the day and do something crafty. You're welcome to play along in the new challenge starting today at Catch The Bug, the theme is Birds, Bees or Butterflies. The design team have made some wonderful inspiration to share with you! Click here for all the challenge details and design team creations. I hope you can join the fun!

The Spring Duck image is one of my favorites! It was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a stitched square by Lil' Inkers. I combined papers from several different companies. First is a layer of Daffodil Delight cardstock by Stampin' Up!, second is red gingham by Pebbles (America the Beautiful Collection), third is Field of Flowers by Photo Play (Happy Glamper Collection) and last is Grass Paper by Creating Keepsakes (date on the paper is 2002, so it's been around for awhile). The Hi (that's all) sentiment is from the retired Sale-A-Bration Party Pants stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Some twine and three green sequins are the finishing accents and that's it.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Skunk Thinking of You Card

Spring is a busy time at Wild Heart Ranch, they are a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation group in NE Oklahoma. I've probably "liked" all their posts on their Facebook page and I enjoy following the work they do. Every animal has a story and most end up in their care because of an injury or weather event that separates them from their mother's care. Most animals are treated and released when they can make it on their own. Recently, I read about their blind skunk who had lived with them for several years passing away. He was allowed to roam free in their clinic and his passing has left many of their staff heartbroken. Well, shortly after I read their post I came across this cute skunk stamp by Unity Stamps called That Stinks and I knew I needed to make them a card. So, here it is a Skunk Thinking of You Card.

All patterned papers are from American Crafts (Spring collection 2013), Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut with a stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. The sentiment stamp and little butterfly are both from stampin' Up! and that pretty much sums it up. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

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RIP- Skunk from Wild Heart Ranch