Friday, October 31, 2014

Mojo Layers....with Butterflies

 HI papercrafters!  Today I have a card that is a combo of two challenges.  I am using the Mojo Monday's #369 sketch combined with Craft Hoarders Anonymous' #18 Layer it Challenge!

I think the thing that excites me the most is I did use some of my stash.....which I need to use more often.  

I have one tote full of cardstock and patterned paper scraps that I just can't throw out.  I love to challenge myself every once in a while to go there and just use up some of those scraps.   That is exactly what I did with this card.

I had some of those butterflies I had stamped while making this card left.  Those butterflies are by Studio G and stamped with Tim Holtz's distress inks in picked raspberry and peacock feathers.  The top version of the butterfly is just off stamped using the peacock feathers ink.  These were all punched out using a 1 1/2 inch circle punch.

I used the layout from Mojo Monday to come up with the layout of the card.  I layered those butterflies on some scraps of printed vellum I had in my tote and then those all went on a chevron patterned paper from my Recollections Tattered and Worn collection ( also found in the tote).  The chevron paper I used a We R Memory Keepers border punch to create a border.

All the butterflies I put adhesive on to put in place but also punched a hole to add the gold brads.  I also "layered" my American Crafts ribbon and Recollections twine.

So I am entering this card in two challenges:


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Treat Triangle....

If you ever need a template of a box.  I am telling you Pootles' blog is the place to go for inspiration and to find what you are looking for.  I realized I needed one more treat bag for one of my son's teachers.  I saw this treat box by Pootles and knew it would be easy and cute.  Here is the link to the treat box tutorial.

I used one of my new Hampton Arts stamps, some We R Memory Keepers paper.  The cute flowers are by Prima and there is a sequin for the middle.  Orange ribbon for the closure...and done in about 15 minutes at the most.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jean Bliss!

This week again I decided to turn to some challenges for inspiration and challenge myself.  I picked two to combine.  First up, the Split Coast Stamper Ways to Use It challenge # 501....Denim Delight!  You need to use denim the color, or denim patterned paper...or something that reminds you of denim.  With that I started looking for a great sketch and decided to use this week's CAS(E) sketch. Here is the link to the CAS(E) this Sketch Blog.

It is a beautifully simple card, which I love.  The color scheme came from here.  Once I finished with the card  I realized how much like one of the design team's it was...maybe that is where the idea of the snowflake's came from.

The denim cardstock is from Die Cuts with a View's Lodge collection.  All the other is from Recollections, with the patterned paper from Tattered and Worn collection.  The snow die is from Sizzix.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Fillable Frames #8.  I added shimmer to the denim and purple layers.  Also added buttons and sequins.  Love it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Witch is In!

For this card I decided to combine two challenges.  It had been awhile since I had actually done a challenge and I felt it was time to jump back in.  So I used the sketch from Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge.

# 368 to be exact.  I saw this while I was surfing the net of some of my favorite blogs when I saw it and thought this is one I would love to do.

Next, just today I found a cool blog called...
Ema-gination that I had never been to before, but she has some great cards.  I clicked on her link that listed all the challenges she has been a part of over the years and was amazed at the list of blog challenges out there.  The one I was drawn to has a color challenge this week, to use Navy, Olive, and Purple.  What a cool combination and it isn't one I use.... ever now that I think of it.  Now I am wondering why I haven't.  Anyhoo, the challenge is from "Just Us Girls".  Here is the link to their blog.

So here is my card that I came up with after the above inspiration.  It came together quickly and I kept it totally simple.

The olive/green patterned paper and he navy patterned paper I put behind the layers is all from a collection I have had for years by Basic Grey.  The creme and kraft cardstock is from Recollections.  

The Images came from my recent Hampton Art stamps you have been seeing lately.  I am love getting these new stamps all inky.  By the way, know how the witch is in?  When her broom stick is hanging least that is what I was thinking when I came up with which images to use.

I used brown Staz On ink and added some bling.  The purple bling behind the image layer is Recollections purple glitter tape.  I don't use this tape often and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my cards.  This totally fit the bill for tonight's combo.

Thanks for taking a look and have a great week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thank You...with Sparkle

 Sometimes you just need a little extra sparkle in your card.  That is the thought that started me on the journey to this card that I made to thank my sweet employees for the beautiful flowers, thoughtful card, and yummy goodies that were part of last weeks Boss's Day. 

Now I wanted to try my hand at this.  However, that project did not turn out well. I kept tearing the paper.

However,  this card began with that wonderful sparkly thank you die by  Papertrey Ink from the beautiful  American Crafts Sparkle paper pack in the shade of blue.

I also knew I wanted to use my black and white paper straws I found in Target's Dollar Spot which got me thinking about a banner.

So first I found this pin I had pinned on pintrest, and though it isn't exactly the colors I ended up using, it is where I began.

Then, I looked for the sketch I wanted to use.  I found that also on pintrest searching for cards with banners.  Here is the sketch I used...

I turned it and moved the placement of the circle.  Finally, I was getting somewhere.

I like how the card turned out.  The image is Studio G stamped in pink Ranger distressed ink.  The banner I dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder.  The patterned paper is from Recollections Tattered and Worn Collection.  The red paper is also by Recollections.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Boo-tiful Day!

For this card I decided to look for inspiration from Pintrest.  I knew I wanted a circular image ever since I picked up the Witches Dust Halloween Doilys by Recollections at Michael's.  They come with 4 designs, 2 in black and 2 in orange. 

 I found the sketch I wanted to use from here.  I kept it pretty simple.  The images are from Hampton Art.  I really liked having the stars and moons "hang" from the banner.  I did move my orange sparkle flower a bit down so you could see the stars and moon mobile.  The ivory paper is from Recollections.  The orange banner I cut using my Big Shot with a papertry ink banner die out of Colorbox orange paper.  The orange flower I made using a QuickCutz nesting flower die out of glitter paper by American Crafts.  I colored all the stamped images with my sharpies.  I used StazOn black because I knew it would withstand the coloring.  The silver brad I added from my stash and it is by The Paper Studio's Spare Parts.

I am not as happy with my coloring job as I would like to be.  I am still working on it and someday I am going to have to brave things and start my copic marker collection, but I am not there yet.  Coloring things and knowing how to shade and highlight is not one of my best skills.

I also used my envelope punch board to make an envelope for this card to go it.  I did have one that would meet the needed dimensions in my stash since my doily and flower peak over the edges.  For that I used a some patterned paper from the Tattered and Worn Paper collection by Recollections. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Apple a Day ....Makes the Boss Happy!

Happy Boss's Day to all you who get to boss someone around....

I went to pintrest of course to come up with what to do this year.  Here is the site I used to make my gift this year.

I kept it really simple.  The only thing I would change is I would not use any cornstarch that is mentioned in the recipe for the caramel sauce.  I totally missed the "if needed" part of this and added it in.  Totally did not need this and made my caramel a bit hard so it was hard to scoop out with the apple.  It was still delicious however.

I gave my gift a day early this year since waiting till tomorrow would not work in my schedule.  If I had done that, my bosses would have never received a thing.

If nothing else, I did win points from the boss for the "cuteness" factor.

The card is just a plain sheet of paper with a circle punch folded in half and stapled to it.  The envelope is from a package I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby made by The Paper Studio.  The twine from Do It Yourself and the cute jar came from the Target Dollar Spot.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Witchy Boots are made for Spookin'

Well these Witchy Boots are made for spookin'.  At least they look that way from me.  I started with a cool card sketch.  It came from a pin I found.  Here is the link!  I unfortunately don't have any great bright cutesy paper to use so I used some subdued hues from We R memory keepers "For the Record" collection.  The image I just bought the other week from Michael's when their Halloween stuff was on sale.  It is by Hampton Art.  So is the spider web I added to the corner.  I colored in my boots with my Sharpies Pens and added some Ranger Crystal Effects.  Both images were stamped in Staz On Black ink.  After I distressed the edges a bit with some orange distress ink, I decided it needed a bit more "something".  Therefore, I added the faux suede brads, which are adorable.  Not sure who I am going to give this too yet, but I have a few ideas.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trio of Treat Bags

For this trio, I wanted something special, cute, and simple. I went to this site for inspiration.

These fun little treat bags will hold something sweet for my son's teachers.  I used the envelope punch board as shown in the tutorial to create these.  The paper came from We R memory keepers Anthologie 6x6 paper pad and some 12x12 paper by We r memory keepers called For the Record.  I just cut this down to the 6 x 6 needed.  I added some of the digital stamps I had on hand to decorate and some nice pumpkin colored ribbon by American Crafts.  This was super simple and came together pretty quickly.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Burlap and Leaves...It must be fall!

Got some good papercrafting in this weekend.  That always puts a smile on my face.  My inspiration card came from here:

I bought some burlap pieces a few months ago by Die Cuts with a View, but had yet to use them.  Then while surfing, pintrest I found the card by Catherine Pooler.  I thought, yes that is it.  I left the burlap as is and then used my scalloped die to cut a piece to the side.  I then with Staz On Brown ink stamped the entire stamp by Inkadinkado on the piece.  Using Colorbox silver pigment ink I then took a Technique Tuesday border stamp and stamped the left and bottom with a nice vine.  I added some white dots with a chalk white pen.  The leaf is a die by Sizzix that I inked the edges with the brown Staz On and then put some Ranger Crystal Effects on it to make it look nice and glossy.  I adhered all the layers and then topped it off with a gold colored bow.  I am happy with the way it turned out.  I have a recipient in mind that will receive this.  I hope it brings a smile to her face.