Sunday, October 8, 2017

Owl in the Oak

     Here is a fun fall birthday card using a Sketch N Scrap Fall Fun Crop sketch. Make your own card and enter it by downloading a picture of your card under this sketch. Click here to find just the right place to put it.

Sketch #2
     I used my Copics to color this wise owl and then mounted him on a circle mat. I dug out the Die-namics Blueprint #18 again (You'd think I would have had enough of that die when I made 6 cards using it last month.) to make a background with a diagonal cut.
Card and Envelope
     I love coloring these acorns using E27 on the top and W5 on the bottom. I then take the colorless blender (0) to make a plaid-like pattern on the top of the acorn.
Inside of Card
     I colored two owls in case one wasn't good enough to put on the card. The second one turned out OK. I hated to waste him, so I put him on the back of the card.

Back of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Gina K - The Simple Things
     Card Stock: Gina K - Ivory
                                    Dark Chocolate  
     Stamps: Gina K - Give Thanks w/ coordinating dies
                               Wise Old Owl w/ coordinating dies
                               Stitched Leaves w/ coordinating dies
                               Genevieve Giraffe
     Ink: Gina K - Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus
                               Honey Mustard, Tomato Soup
                               Dark Chocolate
                  Momento - Rich Cocoa
     Die: Die-namics - Blueprint #18
     Punch: ek - Fall Leaf
     Embellies: Green Twine
                    Gold Sakura Gel Pen
                    Wooden Dot
     Copics: Owl E31, 33, 35, YR27. E47, 49. C0, 1, 3. 
                Acorn E27, Blender Pen. W5


Crafty Addicts - Autumn Colors - #46 - October 31
Creative Friday - Dies & Punches - #38 - October 12
Gem of a Challenge - Birthday Card - #61 - *

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Christmas Magic

     I made this card using the scraps from Dreaming of Snow. It is basically a card on top of a card. When you untie the bow a gift card holder is revealed. 

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: PhotoPlay - Festive
     Card Stock: My Colors - Dark Molasses
                                        Dare Devil                                    
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Hardware I - Hinges
             Burniston & Riley - Word Set 3 - Holiday #1022
                                         Snowman #1017
                                         Gift Card Label #1019
     Embellies: White Ribbon
                    2 Red Brads

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Boo Crew

     I love this sketch. You have all month to try it out, post it to the Sketch N Scrap blog, and then be entered for a prize.

Sketch #138

     I had a stack of Halloween pictures of my grandchildren in their costumes. I decided to use Karen Burniston's new Halloween dies and some treasured patterned paper to document them. Midnight the Bat - which includes the small bat - is one of Karen's older dies. The rest of the elements in the Halloween scene are from her new release.

     Some of the fun tidbits are:
  • Title - I used my Cameo Silhouette to make this. The neat thing is that the "Boo!" is the die cut directly from the Big Shot. With the Silhouette PixScan Mat, I was able to make it fit onto the mats perfectly.
  • Stars - The stars are die cut from the "Spooky Stars" patterned paper. 
  • House - The die has a stencil feature. I was able to sponge over the die to get the bricks on the house. I elected to tear the shutters to give a haunted look.
  • Patterned Paper - My fave part about this entire layout is the paper. There used to be a scrapbook outlet store in Destin, Florida. We vacation there every year and I looked forward to visiting this store. As of 2 years ago, it is no longer there. I got 5 sheets of this collection several years back and every time I pulled it out, I didn't want to cut into it to make one card. For this layout I used almost all of it. I used the scraps to create a Halloween card that I will be posting October 28.

The Tag
     I know that I warned my Sketch N Scrap friends that I would be boring them with pics of my grandchildren. I was definitely right about that!!!

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Spooked Circles, Spooked Stars, Spooked Stripes
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Papaya Puree
                                  Sugar Wafer
     Dies: Burniston & Riley - House & Fence Pop Up #1015
                                         Halloween Scene  #1014
                                         Halloween Elements #1013
                                         Snowman Twist Circle #1012
             Elizabeth Craft Designs (Burniston) - Midnight the Bat #1203
             Die-namics - Blueprint #18
     Punch: Martha Stewart - Ooze
     Silhouette Font: Bubble and Brew
     Embellies: Gray Twine
                    Silver Eyelet

Delicious Doodles Challenge - Halloween Scary/Cute - #6 - October 31
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge - #301-2 - Snippets - #15 - October 16
Scrap From Your Heart - Halloween - #1 - October 31

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dreaming of Snow

     For this layout, I used a sketch from Let's Scrap Sketches. I've had it finished for a while, but I forgot to enter it and the deadline was yesterday. I'll just blog about it anyway.

     I was planning to put a huge snowman head in the lower left corner with the snowman tipping his hat, but he just didn't look that great without his hat on. I ended up making my own Silhouette cutout of a snowman for this layout. 

The snow globe is a a combination of two purchased Silhouette files. I used Karen Burniston's new snowman die inside the globe.

The hat and scarf on the title are from an old Elizabeth Craft Designs die. 

The mittens are from Stamps of Life. 

Left Page

Right Page

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: PhotoPlay - Festive
     Card Stock: My Colors - Snowbound
                                        Dare Devil
                                        Dark Molasses
     Dies: Burniston & Riley - Snowman #1017
             Cheery Lynn - Snowflake Set
             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Snowman #929
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                 Petite Scalloped Circles Large
             Stamps of Life - Mittens2Stamp                                      
     Punch: Ek - Snowflake Edge Punch
     Silhouette Files: - Lori Whitlock - Dancing is Like Dancing
                              Sarah Hurley - Dreaming of a White Christmas
                              Samantha Walker - Card Snowman Snow Globe
                              Miss Kates Cuttables - Snowman Snow Globe
                              Sandi Idleman - Polka Dot Alphabet
     Embellies: Clear Rhinestones
                    Screw Brad

The Cat's Pajamas Challenge - Fall or Winter - # - October 2

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spooky Kitty

     One of my favorite things to do is to watch "Watercolor Wednesday" videos from Artistic Impressions and follow along as Bonnie turns stamping into pieces that resemble original watercolor paintings. This project was inspired by the "Evening Scene" that can be found on YouTube.
     After Hurricane Harvey left us, we had a few days of cooler weather. This was the perfect time for venturing outside. Normally southern Texas weather is extremely hot this time of year. 

     The best thing about the watercolor projects is that all of the items needed fit into a shoe box. Watercolor Wednesday and Zentangle are my favorite things to do when traveling for this very reason. Anyway I grabbed that shoe box, my IPad and set up shop on the back patio (with the love bugs and mosquitoes). You'll notice in my picture there are two lapdogs. The tan and white one is my dog Riley. The blue one on my lap is a handy Lapdog Craft Tray that I received for Christmas 2 years ago. It is amazing for working away from the craft room.

Card & Envelope
      When I complete the Watercolor Wednesday projects, I always feel so successful. I immediately wanted to frame it. I used an Elizabeth Craft die set to highlight my work and constructed a flower for the corner.

Inside of Card
     The inside of the card is made from the pieces that were left over from the front. I was going to do a bit more of the watercolor stamping, but while I was at the Scrappn' Savvy yesterday I saw this cute little "Pumpkin Scene" die set and thought it would be good for the inside of the card.
     Finally, I stamped another kitty on the envelope and added some teeny tiny grass.  

Materials List:
     Card Stock: Bazzill -Forget Me Not
                       Gina K - Edible Eggplant
                       Watercolor Paper   
     Stamps: Artistic Impressions - Tree Set
                                                 Foliage Set 2
                                                 Tuscan Village
                                                 Foliage Set 1
                                                 Cats Set
                  Burniston - Halloween
     Markers: Marvy - Black, Violet, Sepia, African Violet
     Ink: Stampin Up - Elegant Eggplant
     Die: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Fitted Frames Rectangle - Lace
            Rococo - Pumpkin Scene
     Embellies: Mark Richards - Crystal Stickers (10mm Purple)
                    Michaels - Flowers - Melodies & Lace

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sleeping Baby

     A friend of mine is going to be a grandma again. This inspired me to make a baby boy card. With this card I am playing along at the Back to School Crop. You can join in as well. Cards are not due until the end of the month. Just download a pic of your card under this sketch on the Back to School Crop page on Facebook.

Sketch 86
     The stamp for this card is 1/3 of the Lili of the Valley "Baby Trio" stamp set. 

Card & Envelope
      I made the mistake of coloring the image before choosing my paper, so I had to stamp and color again. Rookie mistake - lol. 

      I framed the baby with a scalloped mat, then pop dotted it to a homemade tag. I ended up turning the tag upside down, because I liked the way the diagonal at the tag top looked next to diagonally placed wooden letters.
     You will notice in the materials list that I used some Christmas paper. You might wonder where this Christmas paper is. The answer is the turquoise matting is the back of a countdown to Christmas paper. I got a package of 25 sheets of it at Tuesday morning and placed on the pile of turquoise solid card stock. I am officially down to 6 pieces left - yes, I walked across the room to take inventory.

Inside of Card

     The inside of the card is made with scraps left on the table. How about that Joe Houldsworth quote? Couldn't have asked for a better sentiment: "the ONLY thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child". I decided to look this bloke up and see who is making these wonderful quotes about babies. It seems that he is from Australia (if I have the right gentleman) and this is the ONLY quote of his that I could find with a google search. Interesting!!!

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy - Christmas Winter Wish
                              Studio Calico - Storytime
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Honeycomb
     Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Baby Trio
                  Fiskars - Precious Baby Quotes I
     Die: Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                Petite Scalloped Circles Large
            Elizabeth Craft Designs - Tags & More 5 (Sunburst)
            Impression Obsession - Circle Baby Cutout Set
     Copics: E50, 51, 53. R20. BG10, 23, 32. C00, 0, 1. Y23, 26, 28. R32.
     Embellies: Doodlebug Boutique Brads (Bumblebee)
                    Wood Veneer Letters


Crafty Calendar Challenge - Kids/Babies - #41 - *
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute Image - #23 - *

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Join the Herd

     I started out with the sketch from Sketch N Scrap.The problem I was having is that the main photo is landscape and I didn't have any landscape photos for this event. I ended up turning it a quarter turn counter clockwise. 

     Now it is your turn to pop over to the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page for the September Back to School Crop. Upload your layout for this sketch.   
     My daughter took 6-month-old Brooklyn to Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a. If you dress up like a cow you get free chicken. My daughter wore an apron and Brooklyn a onsie with cow spots. I chose this Authentique paper because of the red/black/white colors. I love lime green and was glad to add it as the back drop.

     Yes, I stamped, colored, and fussy cut those 3 cows!!!!

Page 1

Page 2

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Authentique - Cheerful Six
                                BoBunny  - Double Dot Strawberry
     Solid Paper: My Colors - Kraft
                          ??? - Black, White, Lime
     Stamps: STAMPENDOUS! - Cowlik Birthday
                                                     Cowlik Butterfly
                   High Hopes - Charlie Party Cow
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs (Burniston) - Hay There Pop Stand
                                                        Barn Pop Stand
                                                        Brownie the Cow
     Copics: C00, 0, 1, 3, 5, 7.  W0, 1, 3, 5.  R20, 21, 22.  YG13, 07.  Y23, 26, 28.
     Faber Castell: Pitt Artist Pen - Gold                             
     Embellies: Black Twine 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Contain a Critter - #96 - *
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes - #99 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge  #299-300 - Snippets - #15 - *
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes - #120 - *

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Classic Guy's Birthday

     This September sketch from Sketch N Scrap is a fun framework to make a card. You have ALL month to try out this sketch and enter it for a prize. This card is posted on the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page as well.

Card Sketch #105
     I just received these Lili of the Valley Trio stamps, which are perfect for this sketch. They are called "Vintage Motor Trio". The rear end of an old jalopy on the envelope is an old die of Tim Holtz. I used the front end on the inside of the card. The little black polka dots on the front of the card, fell out of the large gear and onto the card. Happy accident!!! 

Card and Envelope
Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Carta Bella - Old World Travel
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Blue Lagoon
                                 Sugar Wafer
     Stamps: Gina K Designs - Dazzling Dahlia
                 Lili of the Valley - Vintage Motor Trio
     Die: Sizzix (Holtz) - Old Jalopy
           Burniston & Riley - Snowman Twist Circle
           Elizabeth Craft Designs (Burniston) - Circles & Gears
     Punch: Stampin Up - Word Window
     Copics: BG0000, 72, 75, 78.  C00, 0, 1, 3, 5, 6.  W0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7.


Die Cut Diva's - Die Cuts/Men & Boys - #9 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge  #296-7 - Snippets - #21 - *
StampInkPaper Challenge -  Colors - #3 - Winner!!!
 Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - #24 - *
Tuesday Throwdown - Punches/Dies - #26 - Winner!!!
 Unicorn Challenge - Birthday - #5 - *

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Apples for the Teachers - Apple on Inky Patchwork

     Here is the second card to go in the teacher goodie bag that I wrote about yesterday. This is my first time using the Impression Obsession "Mini Pattern" stamps that I purchased last year - in August - I think. I stamped them on a Palette Mirror (looks a bit like a gelly plate) then stamped this onto white card stock. Essentially I created my own patterned paper. 

Card and Envelope
 I used the same technique to make the apples inside the card - adding a die-cutting step. 

Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Card Stock: Gina K - Red Velvet
                                        Grass Green
                                        Fresh Asparagus
     Ink: Gina K Designs - Red Velvet
                                         Fresh Asparagus
     Stamps: Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp
                   Impression Obsession - Mini Patterns I & II
     Die: Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp Coordinating Dies
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                    Petite Scalloped Circles Large
     Punch: Stampin Up: Word Window
     Embellies: 3 Red Gems
                       Green Sewing Thread


Crafty Sentiments Designs - Back to School - #12 - *
Die Cuttin Divas - Back to School #6 - *
Hiding in My Craft Room - Back to School - #2 -  *

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Apples for the Teachers - Worm Slider

     The grandchildren start back to school on Monday. My daughter-in-law asked me to pick up the construction paper for their school supplies. I will probably take them up to their respective schools later this week. There is no way I am going to brave the first day of school for construction paper. Anyway . . .
     I decided to put together a goodie bag for each of the teachers. The kids are in Pre-K and Kindergarten. I found the cutest stamp; bought two of them. They have a teddy bear with arms fully extended and say "Give Your Child A Hug For This Good Work!" I also picked up a book for each teacher. For the Pre-K teacher Let's Play Peekaboo! It is one of those lift-the-flap books. For the kindergarten teacher I Take Turns. Of course, I have to put a couple of homemade cards in the bag . . .
     I couldn't resist using today's End of Summer Crop sketch:

Sketch #81

      If that doesn't look like a slider card, I don't know what does. I saw apples instead of circles and a worm for the owl.

Card and Envelope

Inside of Card

     I also made a teacher card yesterday, click here to see it.

Materials List:
     Card Stock: Gina K: Red Velvet
                                       Grass Green
                                       Fresh Asparagus
                                       Black & White    
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Stamps:Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp
     Die: Spellbinders - Nested Apples
             Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp Coordinating Dies
             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Sliders & Spinners
                                                       Props 1 (Burniston)
     Silhouette File: Miss Kates Cuttables - Bookworm


Crafty Sentiments Designs - Back to School - #11 - Winner!

Die Cuttin Divas - Back to School #5 - *
Hiding in My Craft Room - Back to School - #1 -  Winner!

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #9 - *