Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome, Baby!

Tonight I'm posting a simple baby card that I hope to enter in a few challenges. I've been rather short on baby cards this past year and finally got a few new baby stamps and images.The odd color combination is the requirement on Paperplay Sketches.

Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Squares
Stamps - Stampin' Up Baby and Welcome Baby
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Anna Griffin "Acanthus"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Card stock and paper - Paper Studio
Colored pencils - Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Ribbon - Offray 1/8" & 1/4" peach & hot pink
Bow-maker - Craft-deebowz
Punch - Martha Stewart Frond
Stickles Star Dust
Sequins - Little Things Disco Lights, Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections
Paper flowers - I Am Roses

Challenges: - Recipe: 3 layers, scallops, hot pink

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You're A Star!

Now who would you send a card like this to? 
I'm trying to decide if this is a birthday card, a congratulations card or maybe just a "you're special" card. I guess I can use it for whatever I want!
I made it because I really liked the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches AND the color theme at Catch the Bug. (I'm too late to enter the TMS challenge but just HAD to try that sketch!)

Once again I'm rather disappointed with the way my phone camera is distorting the colors I used. Last time it wouldn't capture pinks and reds and now its aquas and blues! This card is really not mint is aqua! Really!

I'm entering this in a few challenges: - #30 July (Stickles)

Card stock - TPS, Georgia Pacific, Studio G
Stamps - FSJ "Star Marquee"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, FSJ Pineapple Smoothie,
Stampabilities Lime green, TH Distress Peacock Feathers
Glitter Glue - Stickles Crystal
Metal charm -Jewelry Basics star
Twine - FSJ black licorice

Friday, July 14, 2017 Guest Designer Spot #2

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back today with another card made especially for the Cropstop blog! This is my 2nd week as Guest Designer! I consider that quite a privilege!

This time I "built" my card around an unusual item: some antique, pink, dotted Swiss vellum stationary that I found at an estate sale. It is behind the die-cut circle. I began with the ivory card base and added layer upon layer, ending with the flower arrangement and tucking in the twine bow last of all. I call this one "my little summer bouquet".

And here is my list of ingredients:
-print card stock is from K&Company called "Julianne", and
ivory card base is Paper Studio
-dies: Spellbinders "Anglaise Lace Circles" & "Standard Circles",
Elizabeth Craft Designs "Garden Notes Sm Poinsettia",
Joy Crafts "Vintage Flourishes", Gina Marie Designs "Fronds"
-flowers: StampingScrapping "Micro Rose" & "Gardenia", 
I Am Roses "Mulberry Paper Flowers", Pizzazz Aplenty "Mulberry Rose Buds"
-twine is Karen Foster "Scrapper's Spools, Tawny"
-adhesives: Zots glue dots, Scor-Tape tape

Challenges I'm entering this card in: - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (twine, stamp, papers)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thinking of You.....Red, White and Blue

There are so many great challenges going on right now...I just have to participate!
Here is the card I made using a sketch and color requirements.

Craft card stock is from Paper Studio, the print papers are Studio G
Dies used- FSJ "Tags-Pierced", Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
Star ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the twine is FSJ
(the bow was made using my Craft-de Bowz bowmaker!)
The sentiment stamp is from a set called "Wistful Wishes", Clear Dollar Stamps
Button and mini stamps(heart and stars) are from my stash
Also from my stash is the white textures paper that the flower is die cut from,
I have no idea where I got it but I love it!

Challenges: - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (ribbon, stamp, papers) - June Challenge #29 - #127 "Just Beachy &/or Red, White, Blue" - #7 AG...but not a square

Well, that's all for today! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a lovely evening!

Friday, July 7, 2017 Guest Designer Wedding Card

This week I have the privilege of being a Guest Designer for!
***Special Note: the Cropstop website is down because of technical issues and hopes to be back up and going very soon!*** Yes, they're back!
My hubby and I recently attended the wedding of a young relative so, of course, I had to make a special card! I really enjoy making wedding cards because I have the perfect excuse for frills and flowers and elegance! ( I actually kept this one kinda tame.)


To create this card I chose some pale pastel card stock called "Boogie Board" from Bazzill Basics Paper and I punched the Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" borders from both the pale blue and the ivory. The embossed layer was created using a Cuttlebug folder called "Poppy" by Anna Griffin (one of my very favorites!) The sentiment, a Bildmalarna stamp, is stamped in Memento "London Fog" dye ink and die cut using the Spellbinders "Labels 20" die. The flowers and leaves are a combination of four punches: McGill "Birch Leaf" and "Star Flower", and Martha Stewart "Flower" and "Frond". I like to "cup" the flowers a bit so I used my McGill shaping tools and mat. The final "tweaks" are the Ranger Stickles "Star Dust", Doodlebug Designs "Sprinkles" glitter dots, and lightly sponged color on the die cut. For that I used one of my many Tsukineko sponge daubers (another favorite!). Many of these products are available at the CropStop shop! And please check out their blog to see all of the DT's lovely cards this week!

Challenges I'm entering this card in: - #290-291 AG - #69 AG - Choose Joy - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (Gems, Stamps, Die Cuts) - July Elemental Inspiration

(The elements I used: pastels, wedding, flowers, sparkle) - #134 AG - #172 Photo Inspiration (wedding) - #46 Sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come again soon!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Half Birthday!

Yes, in our family we celebrate a few half-birthdays...the ones that fall too close to Christmas. We feel that the kids get kind of robbed of their fun day when we simply celebrate their birthdays along with other holiday gatherings.
This card is for my granddaughter Lilly who was born on Christmas day! Her half-year birthday was June 25 but we are celebrating it this Saturday when we get together for our monthly Family Night.

Since Lilly is such an "outdoorsy" girl and loves bugs, frogs, flowers, etc. I thought she might enjoy this bright summery card.  The big blue flower is heat embossed. To make this card I used
Spellbinders die: "Make a Wish"
Poppystamps die: "Lyndon Butterfly"
Close to My Heart stamps: "Treasures"
Stampin' Up stamps: stem & leaf
Memento Ink: "Bamboo Leaves" & "New Sprout"
Stamp-N-Stuff embossing powder: "Vivid Blue"
Card stock, vellum, rhinestones and cord are from my stash
The tag sentiment was computer generated

Challenges being entered: - #192 Tic Tac Toe (summer, stamp, embossing)

Thanks for stopping by again! Happy 4th of July!! 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Beauty

Today is the First of July...already! Summer is speeding along, as usual! I hope you are all enjoying summertime wherever you are...the warm, balmy evenings, the cool mornings with hundreds of happy chirping birds, and the sun-filled days ready for boating, swimming, gardening, camping...all those things we wait all winter for! 
Here is a card I made for my daughter, Chris, whose summer birthday is the end of July.

Ingredients List
Spellbinders dies: "Fleur de Lis Accents", "Elegant Ovals"
Twine: Karen Foster "Bone"
DP: The Paper Studio "Textured Damask"
Card stock: Georgia Pacific Basic, white
Ink: FSJ "Green Olive"
JustRite Stamps: "Birthday Sentiments" & circle border
Embellishments: Pizzazz Aplenty Flatback Pearls, white; seam binding from my stash; "Color Me flowers" from StampingScrapping, metal leaves...from a gaudy pair of earrings!  

Challenges - Linky Party #29 - #6 AG "Bingo Board: die-cut, pearls, sentiment" - #37 AG/"Summer colors"

Thanks for stopping by today! I won't be back until after the to celebrate the birthday of our nation with family and friends! Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!!