Sunday, May 15, 2022

Spring has Sprung and time for May Flowers....

 Challenge # 8 at A Tiny Craft (ATC) Challenge is Flowers, it doesn't need to be spring flowers as long as it is a flower it's acceptable. I think the problem will be picking the flowers you want to use, die cuts, artsy flowers, real looking flowers, even poinsettias (was my second choice)  I have a set of 4 "dotty flowers" from Sunshine Designs (now closed) but if you want to have them they are at The Frogs Whiskers   which is a Canadian company located in Ontario. They are the perfect size for ATCs.


One day I was playing around with photo paper, copic markers and a large zip lock bag and made a few backgrounds just for practice and the colours were perfect for how I coloured my "dotty" flowers. The red background has gold leaf on it, I used glue and some gold leaf from the dollar store and it worked well. The flowers were fussy cut (as I was cutting I really wondered why I wanted to stress myself with such fine work, it might be tedious and time consuming but looks great. I added some tiny script words and some of my "homemade" enamel drops. They were made with Perler beads and a toaster oven one Sunday at the cottage (outside)

Here are some individual pictures of the cards.
Card #1


Card #2


A better look at the gold leaf design.

Card #3


I have to admit this one is my favourite (don't tell the other 3)

Last but not least Card #4


Glad you lasted until the end of the picture show and hope you enjoyed seeing my Dotty (funky) Flowers. 

I'm adding this to:

ATCs with Heart ~~ #116 Everything Goes
Snippets Playground Challenge ~~ Challenge 428, everything used was from my file folder bin of scraps.



Thanks for stopping by today and head over to the Main Blog and see the gorgeous floral ATCs the rest of the team made to inspire you to join us. ATCs are the perfect craft to use up your stash of "snippits" AKA scraps. 










  





Saturday, May 14, 2022

F is for F Words.

 Another two weeks has flown by and we
finally have Summer, I think we missed Spring but my spring flowers are blooming beautifully, and now it's time for a NEW challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.


For my F word I went with Funny Feline. 


Staging has never been a strong suit of mine but I put my card on a pile of scraps to show everything on my card even the base was in my scrap/file bucket. The image is a Kaselkraft image I was gifted many moons ago, and the sentiment was also a gift from a different friend when I was at my worst low crafting mojo, hoping it would help my lack of snarky brain power.  I have "loosely" used the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch #535.


I love this sentiment from AAW Printworks it works for any occasion that is once a year, I've even used it for Christmas. More scraps were used, even the vanilla layer for the sentiment I rummaged through the scrap box to find it. 

I am adding this card to:




Snippits Playground ~~ Challenge 427



Seize The Birthday ~~ Anything goes.





Thanks for joining me here today and head over to the Main Blog and see what F words the rest of the team have chosen. 



Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Power of Pastels

 Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash ~~ The Power of Pastels, self explanatory use a pastel colour pallet but don't forget to tell us what you used from your stash!!!


I rarely make totally pastel cards unless it is a baby card and even them sometimes I get heavy handed with the markers. Talk about stash.....I was playing around with the floral edge die and had this one left over in my bin, the cardstock was a scrap the patterned paper could be newer or I could be from a pack I bought 5 years ago (I had both on the table) Now the oldest items on the card are the purple pearls which were left over from a DT spot on the Eyelet Outlet. Happy Birthday was cut from a piece of white cardstock that I blended with two shades of distress oxide ink. 


I layered the inked die cut on top of three die cuts from 100 pound cardstock from Michaels, the die cut is easy to glue together because it is nice and chunky. This shows how the sentiment is popped up.


After a 45 minute search for a shoebox full of Birthday sentiments  I finally located them, so many shoeboxes with stamps in them and other stuff too. making labels is going on the To-Do list. The sentiment is from Fran's collection at Stampendous.

Joining in the fun at:

Happy Little Stampers ~~ Anything Goes with Dies


Seize the Birthday ~~ Anything goes Birthday



Thanks for stopping by and please stop by the Main Blog and check out the beautiful pastel projects the rest of the design team have made. 






Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge ~~ May Edition


As always the challenge is anything goes but this month there is an option to use a House. I imediately thought of a Gingerbread house so I pulled out my gingerbread house set and made a scene. 


The background was one of my practice gelli press backgrounds which I though worked well for the wintery looking sky the house and gingers were cut out of Crumb Cake, I added a red roof and then the snow layer. I also added glitter clouds. 


Close up of one of the gingerbread men and the the cute tree which is popped up/


Here is a better look at the roof and wreath, I layered 3 green diecuts and added the Starform glitter sticker dots. 

Thanks for stopping by today and check out the rest of the cards that the design team have made to inspire you. 










 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Celebrating a Special Person.

 It's time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash and the theme is What a Difference You have Made in my Life. Make a card for Mom, Grandma or a very special person. Now since I am the matriarch of the family I have no one to make a Mother's day card but I do like to make special cards, often with a fancy or fun fold for their Birthdays. 


Of course I had to use a House Mouse Designs stamp I haven't used it much as I'm still working on blending and it's a picky one to do. Lots of shopping my stash here, the patterned paper is a paper pad I bought at Walmart about 10 years ago, The fold is a trifold. 


Inside fold for putting sentiments on or more images if you want, 


Here is a view of the whole card. 

I'm adding this to the Challenge at:

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge ~~ Anything Goes Option Birthday


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will shop your stash and join the fun at Shopping Our Stash for the challenge.



Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter!!

 Now that I have delivered the Easter treats I can show you the bags I made for the Great Grands. I upcycled a couple of bags I got from the Vet when I picked up food, they are really nice and heavy although didn't like glue as well as they did tape. 


Since I was making bunny ATCs for A Tiny Craft Challenge I cut a few well maybe more than a few extra eggs but not many extra bunnies. I stamped a little more than half the basket and one handle (it makes a full basket) with co-ordinating Simon says Stamp ink and fussy cut them out. The basket stamp is from Limited Edition (long island)  I taped it over the logo on the bag. 

I also had to make a card for Cal. and used a House Mouse Easter stamp.


I cut the largest egg in purple and the second largest (which would have been perfect for an ATC) in the polka dot cardstock. Coloured Maxwell, fussy cut and popped him on a wobble, I took another chance die cutting HAPPY and gluing it right side up this time. (I read the whole word before placing it) I also cut a mini card easel for it. The Egg dies are a NBUS, I'm not sure how long I've had them at least 1 year or longer. 


Closer look at how Maxwell sits on the wobble. 

The bags were filled with their favourite candy, Reeces Peanut butter anything. 

Since I used a NBUS set of Egg Dies I'm entering this in:

NBUS ~~ #37



Thanks for stopping by and I had a lot of fun upcycling those bags. 













Saturday, April 16, 2022

L is for Layers....

 Well it's a late Easter this year but at least the weather is not too bad here in South Western Ontario except it is really windy, It's nice to see the trees budding and my daffodils will be out in full bloom soon. It's also time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. Here is Edna in her layers to announce the challenge. 


Interesting visual for the challenge. An now here is my take on the challenge.


The stamps I used are from a free Sale a bration set a few years ago the road island red chicken hadn't seen ink yet, she was a tad fun to fussy cut and ended up with one leg so just stamped the feet on the background and glued the body down on that spot, the rest of the chickens were popped up. The embossing folder is from Sizzix (Stampin'up) Colours are Riding hood red, black and crumb cake.


Couldn't decide on a sentiment, but did add the egg stamp and sentiment both from the same set. 

I'm adding this to:

Let's Squash It ~~ Challenge #19 without geometry life is pointless. 

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to head over to the MAIN BLOG and check out the Layers projects the rest of the design team have made. 
















Friday, April 15, 2022

A Tiny Craft (ATC) #8 Bunnies

 


Welcome to the April challenge at A Tiny Craft (ATC) challenge, the theme for this month is Bunnies. Since it's Easter weekend there should be all kinds of bunnies in craft land. I had fun with all the die cutting for my ATCs.


I made each one with different colour bunnies and eggs as well as the bases and sentiment, I love the font on those sentiments and I use them a lot. There are 10 sentiments in the set.  Now if you have been reading my blog you might remember my Easter card from Tuesday and the green strip of cardstock that I just had to change, I had to go with it for my blog due to being late getting my project done, Well you will give a good giggle over this second faux pas.....Happy is glued upside down, in my defense I was rushing and I only saw the h and the y, it's the fault of the font and now I bet you went back and looked to see what I was talking about. 

A closer look at each ATC. 


First up is the chocolate bunnies with the purple accents and the right side up HAPPY.


Next up is the white chocolate bunnies with the yellow accents and the word SHINE.


Third ATC is the grey bunnies with lime green accents which spells FUN.


Last we have the black bunnies with tempting turquoise saying HELLO.

I'm adding this to:




Thanks for taking a peek at what I have made for A Tiny Craft (ATC) challenge and don't forget to check out the awesome Bunnies the rest of the team have made, then get busy and make 1 or 2 or maybe a set of bunny ATCs we would love to have you join the fun, but try not to glue anything upside down. 





Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Something is a little Different at Shopping Our Stash!!

 

Challenge #468 is a SKETCH and a pretty good one, hope you like it.


I made a 5 1/2 inch square card to accommodate the size of the stamp which is from House Mouse Designs and I have had it for a few years and it has never seen ink  Now seeing the green strip of grass in the picture I am really not happy with it. I might have to change it as that is all I see when I look at the card and I have an idea but as all of you know blog posts have to be done ahead but if it works out you will see the "new" and "improved" card at the end.


The Sweet sentiment was die cut three times and glued together to elevate it.


And here is the new & improved (it has my approval now) card, ready to be hand delivered to a friend. 


I added some dimensional strips to pop the layer up and added some green to the center section of the strip of white. I'm much happier with this card the sweet Monica on the Easter egg is the focal point.

Finished the inside of the card with a Happy Easter die cut and some super cute egg die cuts which it's my first time cutting them, next trip to the big shot I will dust the dies with a used dryer sheet so the little bits don't stick. 

I will be adding this to:

NBUS ~~ Challenge #37.



Thanks for stopping by today and check out the MAIN BLOG to see how the rest of the design team have interpreted the sketch. 













Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Mad for Plaid

 I'm still in the plaid zone for the Jingle Belles Rock Challenge. I've been working on this card off and on for a few days, life gets in the way of crafting too much. Here is my second Plaid themed card.


Of course I had to use a House Mouse Designs stamp, just seemed perfect. I coloured the candy canes with spica glitter pens (much safer than a red marker) Added it to a layer of shiny red paper, on to some Carta Bella Cabin Fever patterned paper, Joy was also cut from the same red shiny paper and layered on 2 more red sentiments.


Close up of the little meeces.

I'm adding this to:

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge ~~ We Wish you a Plaid Christmas


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!






Monday, April 4, 2022

It's Time for a NEW Challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas.

 Oh my goodness we are in April already although Mother Nature is still pinging us here in Ontario with bits of snow, lots of wind throwing in some rain and freezing rain but as I write this it is sunny, for now.


Happy Little Stampers Christmas is Always Anything Goes but this month it's + optional: Glitter, everyone loves glitter don't they? 


For my card I used a very, very old Hero Arts Sketch Snowman. Lots of sparkle, a layer of glitter paper, a scalloped oval out of glitter paper and the snow that's grounding the snowman which I fussy cut and would have been on an oxide background if I could have located it but looks good on the sparkly oval which was an awesome find at the local Dollarama, each page has a plain and a sparkly one, and it's the perfect size for mini slimline cards. 


Oh yes along with the glitter paper I used spica glitter pens to colour "frosty" 


Finished the inside with a Stampendous sentiment that goes along with another ancient snowman stamp and a bit of patterned paper left over from the front. 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you will join the HLS Christmas challenge, it's always anything goes with an option, this time it's GLITTER.