Sunday, February 10, 2019

A slightly unusual Valentines' Day card

So, what kind of Valentines' Day card do you make for your six year old grandson who is totally NOT into hugs, kisses, or anything cutesy?  I found a cut file that was perfect for him, so here's my slightly unusual Valentines' card.

The cut file was part of a bundle purchased from  I just cut it with my Cricut, and added a little inking to the "poo" and around the edges.

I'm entering this into the current challenge at Die Cut Divas - anything goes with love theme.

The Library Challenge #26 - The Note

The current challenge at The Library Challenge is to create a card inspired by this book/cover:

The Note: The book everyone's talking about by [Folbigg, Zoë]

I haven't read this book (but it's on my list, now) so I took inspiration from the little heart envelope and the love note theme.

This is an older Unity stamp set.  I colored it with Copics and cut a slot in the mailbox to the little notes could be tucked inside.  I think this would make a cute Valentine card.  

Jingle Belles - shaped card challenge

The current challenge at Jingle Belles is to make a shaped card.  I tend to stick with standard rectangular or square cards, so shaped cards are always a bit of a challenge.

I looked through a lot of Cricut images and found an image of Christmas presents that I thought would work.  To make the shaped card, I hid everything but the base layer, duplicated it and flipped it horizontally to make a mirror image, then welded the two base layers together.  The base layer was cut from white cardstock and the top layers were cut from heavy patterned papers, with shimmer paper for the gold ribbon and bows.

Thanks for the inspiration, Jingles Belles!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

My Sketch World - February Sketchathon

Lucy Chesna of My Sketch World is hosting a sketchathon over on her Facebook page.  (Search for My Sketch World).  She has both page and card sketches, so there is a lot of variety to choose from.  I've been able to join in and have made a few pages so far this month.

I didn't get a lot of scrapbook pages done in 2018, so it feels good to have some finished pages this year!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

AAA cards - challenge #133

The new challenge is up at AAA cards:

I used a couple of Altenew stamp set for this one-layer Valentine card.

The hearts were stamped with Catherine Pooler "Party Dress" ink and then the sentiment was stamped over the large heart with black ink.  I added a few tiny dots with a clear sparkle pen and inked around the edges to finish off this simple card.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Less is More - Challenge #388 - Navy and yellow

The new challenge at Less is More is to use navy and yellow on your card.  I struggled with this one, and finally ended up going very simple on this card.

I used some Altenew splatter stamps and two shades of yellow ink and an Altenew sentiment stamp with navy ink over top.  Five tiny yellow sequins added the finishing touch.  It's nice when you can find different uses for stamps.  Those splatter and coffee ring stamps are meant for a distressed look, but they just seemed right for a sunshine image this time!

Friday, February 1, 2019

February challenge at Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog!

It's time for a new monthly challenge at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog.

Since we have a few months to get ready for Christmas, it's a good time to experiment with new techniques on your Christmas cards.  I decided to try a new fold style for some cards, and ended up making a couple of bridge-fold cards.

This was a new style for me, as I hadn't heard of bridge folds before.  You can find lots of photos and tutorials on the internet, but the tutorial I used is by Lyssa Zwolanek and you can find it here.

Here's my first bridge fold card, using papers from Pinkfresh and stamps and dies from Avery Elle.

I love these stamps, with the "ho ho ho" attached to Santa's hat and the cute little penguin.  The images were colored with Copic markers and then I added a little Stickles and Wink of Stella for some shine.

Since you get two card bases from one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock, I decided to make another bridge fold card, using dies instead of stamps.

The background paper is from Photo Play, the nativity scene dies are from Our Daily Bread and the sentiment stamp is from Art Gone Wild.   I die the cut nativity scene twice, using 110# cardstock from PaperTrey Ink and adhered them together for more stability, since this is a fairly delicate die.  I added a strip of brown Stardream cardstock at the bottom.  

You have all month to join in the Merry Little Christmas February challenge.  We hope to see you there!