Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Inspired by Christmas Cookies Part 2!!

 I did manage to get the second idea  finished today and I'm sliding in with 2 hours to the deadline of 6 p.m. EDT. First I will remind you of the inspiration photo.


So many ideas so little time. I could have made more in fact one more on my desk in pieces but I know I won't have it for the challenge but maybe it will fit one of the upcoming Christmas challenges.


It is not often you see such a CAS card from me although three layers, 6 sequins and the die was cut twice from heavy white cardstock and once from a patterned brushed metallic cardstock, who knows how long I have had that 12 X 12 paper pad. This is another mini slimline card, you will be seeing lots of these as I have a couple of friends that have asked me for some for money giving at Christmas.


Inside of the card using a favourite Hero Arts sentiment some of the same patterned paper and a strip of the metallic green cardstock. 

I am adding this to:


The Jingle Belles Rock Challenge ~~ Cookie Inspired Christmas


Thanks for looking again today and even though this challenge will end today another fantastic prompt will be posted on Friday. 








Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Inspired by Christmas Cookies.

 Hello friends, family and followers this is the first time I have never been overwhelmed  with an inspiration prompt, I zoned in on not only one but three cookies I was inspired by trouble is I only have one done so far. Second idea is in the works. First I will show you the inspirational picture  from the   Jingle Belles challenge blog


So many cute cookies and so much inspiration I zoomed in on the Santa cookie I had the perfect Stampendous mini stamp to use and since I have some orders for mini slimline Christmas cards to use as money holders you will be seeing lots of this size card.


I used one of my favourite mini slimline designs from Crafty Al's Sheetload of Cards tutorial #JAN2023 it works perfectly for any of the stampendous mini clear stamps I have. 


Okay I need to not try to get a close up of my images, they seem to come out a bit fuzzy so again it is NOT your eyesight failing you. It could be the camera too I just realized I bought it for a trip to Florida in 2010. 


Another favourite stamp to use for my vertical mini slimline cards. I finished the inside with a bit of leftover patterned paper.

I am adding this to.

Jingle Belles Challenge Blog ~~ Cookie Inspired Christmas


Thanks for stopping by today and stay tuned for (hoping) 1 more. 











Shower Me with Sunshine!!

 You might have guessed already but at Shopping Our Stash we want to see projects pertaining to a Baby Shower or a Bridal Shower being April I'm sure there are lots of June brides hoping their maid of honour is going to throw them a shower, well it doesn't matter what time of year there is someone expecting a little one. In this day and age there is rarely a generic shower as most expectant parents want to know whether it is a boy or girl.  With that being said I chose Baby Shower. 


I went with a very simple card so the train shines. I have had this die used it once for a shower card for my great grandson who will be 7 years old this year. I cut it 3 times from white cardstock, coloured the animals with markers and layered them for stability then cut the train from blue cardstock and trimmed off the animals and added it as the top layer, the enamel hearts are from the Eyelet Outlet also from the 2017 era. Sentiments were computer generated. Nothing on my card is younger than 2 years old.


Close up of the train.


Closer look at the rest of the train.

I am entering this in a new to me challenge:





Thanks checking my blog today and don't forget to check out the MAiN BLOG to see what the rest of the design team have made, then shop your stash and add a baby or bridal shower project to our gallery.








Saturday, April 6, 2024

Just Fold It!!!

 Welcome to another new monthly challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and here is Edna to introduce the new theme.


Edna has been very busy folding newsprint into a Hat or is that a Boat on her head, do you remember making these paper creations as a child? Well we don't want a newsprint hat/boat we want to see some Fun or Fancy folds. I love making different folds I find them easy and fun so here is what fold I did.


It's a Circle Easel card and I finally had chance to use the House Mouse stamp and I found this fruit designed patterned paper at Dollarama and matched perfect the sentiment I found on Pinterest, used more circle dies and popped it up to hold the top portion of the card.


Close up of the sentiment, it's a bit out of focus so your eyesight hasn't gone downhill.  Since I used my favourite "meeces" I toned the snark.


Side view so show ow the easel part works.


Best part it folds flat for mailing as long as you don't pop things up too high and it fits in a square envelope.

I'm adding this to:

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge ~~ Use Some Patterned Paper {nailed it)


Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge ~~ Diecut and/or Stencil


Critter Crazy Challenge Blog ~~ Anything Goes with a Featured Critter.


Inkspirational Challenges ~~ Word Prompt ~~ Fold



Thanks for stopping by to check out what the Sisters are making this month,  so head over to the 
MAIN BLOG and check it out then get your thinking cap on and make us a fancy/fun fold card, they are much easier than you think. 



Monday, April 1, 2024

Fractured Mini Slimline Cards.....

 Hello again, yes these Fractured cards are really addictive and I tried the technique on a mini slimline card. I love the mini slimline cards for putting a bit of "folding money" in it fits perfect with no folding an end over. While searching for something in my stash of "stuff" a long diamond die set popped up, never even been taken apart, so you know it's a NBUS. When I saw it I immediately thought I could make a fractured mini slimline card using it instead of a square, it did take some extra time to cut the 1/4 inch strip ends so the next one fit perfect. I did use just a single piece of patterned paper as it was my first try, next I will try one with different pieces of paper. 


Of course I needed to use my house mouse Easter stamps, I coloured and fussy cut (what a nightmare) and popped them up of the diamond shape. Both patterned paper was from 2 different paper pads from Bo Bunny.


This one has Maxwell Mouse holding his supply of Easter Eggs. Beside the card is the set of Diamond dies now detached from each other but I need to get them in a CD case with a magnetic pad. 


I think this is Monica Mouse having a nap after eating all the  filling from the Easter Creme Egg.

I am entering this in these challenges:

NBUS ~~ Challenge 61

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge ~~ Use some Designer Paper


Critter Crazy Challenge ~~ Challenge #85 anything goes with a critter.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week.












Sunday, March 31, 2024

What Was On My Desk!!

 Here we go....there are always many many things on my desk and I have a corner computer desk with shelves, no I won't show you it but the only clear space is the small spot for my helper (see the sidebar) but I will show what I started with.


leftover paper, leftover cardstock and a layered snowflake leftover from December crafting. Now here is what I made with my bits.


The snowflake was perfect for the new rage of Fractured cards, they are fun and addicting and sure use up a lot of scraps. I popped up the snowflake and added a rhinestone to the center.


Here is the finished inside with a favourite sentiment and a couple of scraps of paper. I would have had my card finished a couple of days ago but I couldn't seem to locate the sentiment and why was it in the box of Birthday wood stamps? Then I was a bit late in getting my son's birthday card done. There does come a time when you run out of themes for family birthday cards.
 
Now since I planned this card for Rudolph days and I used so many "snippits" I'm adding this to:




I would like to wish you Happy Easter and thanks for spending some time here today.












Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Spring Has Sprung!!

 Spring has Sprung at Shopping Our Stash so for SOS518 we want to see your Spring or Easter projects. Now here in SWO (southwestern Ontario) I thing we have sprung into Spring at least 3 times, my daffodils and tulips were totally out of the ground when we got our last blast and wow it was cold, fingers crossed they will survive. I went with the "spring" part although there were plans for Easter so if you see it on the blog it's a surprise. 


As you see I jumped on the bandwagon and made a Fractured card or Faux Shutter fold card, be nice it's my first attempt and they are so much fun. Next one will have a smaller "diamond" in the center. 
Since this is Shopping Our Stash I used long retired dsp from Stampin'up and a Studio G stamp that I remember it was from the $1 bin, I had three out to play with but two of them need some conditioning as they didn't want to ink up properly. 


Close up of the bargain bin image, I did a tiny bit of colouring, added wink of stella to the bee's wings and flight tail. 

I'm adding this to:



Thanks for stopping by today and head over to the MAIN BLOG to check out the rest of the inspiration the design team have created. 






Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Holiday Cards to Die (Cut) For.....

Intriguing caption for the newest challenge at the Jingle Belles and I have so many sets of dies that have never seen cardstock I could have used  more if I could find time.  I will apologize first for the less than stellar photos but here is my card.


This is a 5.5 square card, unknown patterned paper (I think it might be the last piece. The bow is die cut out of green and gold shiny posterboard, and as I said the photography is not the best.


Finished the inside with a couple of scraps of patterned paper and a sentiment. 

I am adding this to:

The Jingle Belles ~~ Holiday Cards to Die (cut) For.

NBUS Challenge ~~ March #60

Christmas Kickstart Challenge ~~ Get your Grinch on




Thanks for stopping by today, if you want to enter the Jingle Belles challenge you have until March 13 at 6 p.m. EDT.






Seeing Spots....

 Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash!! SOS#517 ~~ Round and Round, sounds like a fun challenge and we want to see round cards or feature circles, dots or spots on your project.  I decided to tackle a Round easel card....now it does look complicated but it is so, so easy and you can make it what ever size circle dies you have. I used some infinity circle dies, spellbinders dies and a scalloped die from a fun card die set. All three of these are many years old and the set to make the card, hmmm cut out but never finished.(couldn't locate it when I wanted it) 


I love using my House Mouse stamps when I make fun fold cards so it was easy to pick one that fit in the circle die. The patterned paper is a long retired Stampin'up dsp from my pile of 12X12 papers. The sentiment is also from a Birthday set also retired from SU, I elevated it with some foam tape. 


Showing the easel angle of the card.


This in the back of the card where I put the sentiment. 


Last picture showing how it folds flat for mailing in a square envelope. 

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the MAIN BLOG to see what the rest of the design team have made then once you have some inspiration dig out your circles, spots and dots and add it to our gallery. 








Saturday, March 2, 2024

S is for Snarky

 Welcome to the March challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and I'm ready to SNARK Mother Nature I'm sure she is off her meds or need new ones, ya never know what kind of day you have until you step out the door and my tulips are confused. So I will let Edna announce the theme for you.

 
Don't you think we need one of these T-shirts? I would wear one.


Well dug out my Snarky Cats and used a favourite Sheetload of cards design from January 2023 for a mini slimline card, these make perfect money holders. The plaid patterned paper was a scrap that was on my desk, the blue layer a scrap from my paper file drawer. The image and both sentiments was a scrap of heavy 110 lb. cardstock. I used word bubble dies (stampin'up) to die cut the one sentiment.


Close up of the sentiment and cat.

No inside sentiment yet as I was running low on time and it's too late at night, I promise to finish it tomorrow as I have a bunch of cards without sentiments and I find it is much easier and faster to do it all at the same time as it is to go to sign a card and find you need to finish it...trust me I have been there and done that and will probably do it again. 

I am adding this to:

Seize the Birthday ~~ Anything Goes

Critter Crazy Challenges ~~ #84 Anything Goes with a Featured critter.


Thanks for spending time here today and don't forget to head over to the MAIN BLOG and see what the rest of the Sisters have created.