Party Time

This is a big birthday month for my family and I sat down today to make several birthday cards. This one is for my niece, and uses the Hero Arts Four Dolls stamp set that I've had for years. I combined it with some small stamps by Gina K, and colored it all with alcohol markers.

TTCRD challenge for week of June 30, AG
Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge 11, make a one layer card 

A Blog Named Hero June challenge old and new. I used an old stamp and a new one.

Word Art Wednesday, AG with uplifting sentiment
Cards und More challenge 49, I used the colors from the mood board
Double Trouble challenge 60. I did Thing 1, make something new

Birthday Lilies

I was given a lot of this pretty lily patterned paper by Darnell of dklardkreations, a few years ago, and so I am able to grab a prepared card base to embellish whenever I am in the mood. This time I added a strip of Stampin' Up paper and a Stampin' Up sentiment and label image. The die cut label behind the sentiment is by Spellbinders.
TTCRD challenge of June 30, AG
Word Art Wednesday
Cardz TV challenge 118
Creative Fingers challenge 189
Double Trouble challenge 60, make something new

One-layer Floral Brocade

The hardest cards for me to make are one-layer designs. I'm a fairly simple card maker, but somehow the thought of making a one-layer card makes me nervous. What if I make a mistake on the card? How do I avoid it being really boring and/or bare? Argh! However, I am determined to keep challenging myself and not get stuck in a rut, so one-layer card, here I come. I used the Hero Arts Floral Brocade stamp to make this simple design. Stamped the image with Elegant Eggplant by Stampin' Up, then colored it with alcohol markers. The sentiment is also by Hero Arts and is from the Operation Write Home set. In order to add a little bit of texture on this completely flat card, I used my scoring board to emboss two straight lines right above the sentiment. You can't see it very well in my photo but it's very apparent in real life. I kept stamping it over and over again, thinking that I wasn't getting a good image, but then realized that it's got built-in texture, to represent brocade fabric..duh.

I think I might actually use this stamp to make several more of the same design, in different colors. A one-layer card is very easy to mail, after all!
 A Blog Named Hero, combine old and new stamps. The floral brocade is new and the sentiment is very old.  
Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge 11, one layer card
Word Art Wednesday 446-447
Cardz TV challenge 118
The Creative Crafter challenge 29
Creative Fingers challenge 189
Let's Craft and Create challenge 161, AG
TTCRD challenge week of June 30, AG
Double Trouble challenge 60, I did Thing 1 (make something new)


Time for Love and Cheer

I used a tag die by Gina K, a glitter star cut with a die by Spellbinders, and a sentiment by Papertrey Ink for this simple Christmas card. The embossing folder is by Tim Holt for Sizzix and was embossed on shimmery silver card stock, then inked with an ink blender. Some really old metallic silver rick-rack from my sewing stash adds a bit more sparkle.
CHNC challenge 495
Christmas Kickstart challenge 32, use a tag 
 Crafty Mo's June Rudolph Days challenge
Simon Says Stamp AG
ABC Christmas challenge, L is for Love. I used a sentiment with the word Love in it.


Love At Christmas

I used a stamped image that was sitting in my stash, and added it to a tag by Sizzix for this simple Christmas card. The punched hearts are by Fiskars, the embossing folder is by Cuttlebug, and the stamped sentiment is by Papertrey Ink.
CHNC challlenge 495
ABC Christmas challenge, L is for Love
Creative Crafters challenge #29: AG
Let's Craft and Create #160, use punches
SSS Wednesday challenge AG
Christmas Kickstart Challenge 32, use a tag

Kitty Love

We don't have a cat anymore, but I've had 5 cats over the years and every one of them was a rescue. My favorite cat was Bailey, who was a really beautiful charcoal gray tuxedo cat with plush fur and round eyes like an owl. I used this Spellbinders die set to make a kitty that reminds me of Bailey. The cat die and grass are from Besties Forever by Spellbinders, the clouds are by Paper Smooches, as are the hearts, and the stitched rectangle is by Lawn Fawn. I used a punch for the butterfly.
Cut it Up challenge 202, perfect pet
Let's Craft and Create challenge 160, use punches
Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge #10, build a scene
CHN June PP challenge
SSS Wednesday challenge AG
Creative Crafters challenge #29: AG
Color Dare 398, I used Row 1: candy apple, sweet leaf, lemonade, and lagoon


Birthday Floral

As part of my resolution to use up at least some of my very, very old odds and ends that have piled up over the years, I distressed the edges of this panel which was stamped with a leafy flourish and then added paper flowers. The background is stenciled with a brick stencil by Winnie and Walter. I kept waffling between brick red, and more neutral ink colors and neutral won out. I've been playing with a lot of stencils this week and having a it was nice to combine new-to-me stencils with really old stamps and flowers.
Papercraft Challenge 59, geometric.
Stamplorations June Stencil challenge
The Creative Crafters challenge 29

Christmas Wreath

Here is another card that I made last night. I used a partially prepared card base, which I made months ago, and added the die cut wreath and banner die cut by Spellbinders, and Nuvo drops for the berries. The fancy label die is also by Spellbinders. When I looked at my design, I felt it was a little plain, so I used my scoring board to add an embossed frame all the way around the card front.
Pixie's Snippets challenge 380. Not only did I use a lot of snippets on this card, but that wreath die was a prize from the Snippets challenge from several years ago.
CHNC challenge 495
Cardz TV challenge 117

Christmas Bunting

I make cards all through the year to donate to a couple  of nursing homes and senior residences, and they always ask for masculine designs. As we all know, a lot of the cards we often design are feminine in design, so I try to remember to include the guys every chance I get. I made several multiples that use dark, natural tones and a string of pennants hanging across the front. The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink, the papers are DCWV, and I used staples to attach the bunting to the card front.
A few Nuvo drop embellishments finishes this one off.
CHNC challenge 495, Christmas
CHN June PP challenge
Cardz TV challenge 117


Punched Deco Squares

I mentioned that I have been taking old stash and turning them into cards, so here is another one. The deco-square is made using tiny heart punches that form a flower. A brad in the center, and matted, punched squares make the focal point.
I added a nested die by Spellbinders and heat embossed sentiment. The embossed flourishes around the flower were dry embossed with a brass stencil and embossing pen. Yes...I'm using a lot of my old tools and supplies!
Let's Craft and Create, use punches. I used heart punches and square punches.
Cardz TV challenge 116
CHN June PP challenge
Word Art Wednesday