Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday Designer Challenge! 44-2018

Happy Halloween!  Hope you get more treats than tricks today!

Today we continue our challenge from the following:

Today Anna chose the black tag.

Here is Sue's card:

I started with the black tag and heat embossed using silver embossing powder the sentiment and some extra stars using Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and WPlus9’s Little Bits stamp sets. I found some dark gray printed paper with small “x”s that look a bit like stars that are far away for the background. To add a bit more interest, I stamped using Your Next Stamps’ Stripe-lastic Diagonal Edge stamp, trimmed it to a ¾” vertical strip and adhered it to the left of the card.  ~  Sue

Here is my card:

Since it is Halloween I had to make a Halloween card!  I found a scrap of orange DSP in my scrap box and placed it near the bottom of the tag.  The bear is a cut file and he is attached with pop dots.  I untied the loop at the top and added some black and white twine and re-tied the loop and twine into a bow.  I made a card base from dark orange card stock from Fun Stampers Journey and stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment (I have had it awhile - it's still wood mounted).  I attached the tag to the card with pop dots.  Watch out for spooks tonight!  ~  Gracie

We will be back tomorrow making cards from Theresa's choices!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesday Designer Challenge! 44-2018

More fun today seeing how one item can be interpreted different ways.  Here are the choices:

Today was Sue's pick.  She chose the triangle.

Here is Sue's card:

I love the graphic look – must be the mathematician in me. I chose the equilateral triangle with the thank you sentiment. I decided to continue the equilateral triangle look, die-cutting several triangles (6 to be exact) from scraps of colored cardstock. I arranged them into a hexagon. The card needed something else, so I added a strip of striped patterned paper to kind of “ground” the card. I added the sentiment triangle to the red triangle and completed the look with a sparkly glitter dot.  ~  Sue

Here is my take with the triangle:

I decided to use a digital stamp from Bugaboo.  I printed it out on craft paper and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils.  I trimmed it down and mounted it on a piece of white card stock and attached the "Thank You" tag with a white ribbon and pop dots.  I used a black card stock base.  If you haven't colored on craft paper, give it a try!  ~  Gracie

Tomorrow we will be back with Anna's pick.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday Designer Challenge! 44-2018

We are in for a treat again this week.  Theresa sent us envelopes with choices to be made.  Hmmm...  We each had to choose one item and then choose 2 items of Theresa's choice.  Unfortunately Anna has lost her envelope so we will not have her cards this week.

Today I had to choose from the following:

I chose the "Smile" tag.

Here is my card:

Halloween is just three days away!  I had this cute sticker set from Recollections of witches' feet.  That was my starting point for the card.  I dug through my stash and found some cheery yellow checked paper to use as a panel.  I added a black ribbon with yellow dots (also Recollections) and placed the tag over the ribbon with foam tape to make it dimensional.  I also added some puffy stickers to complete the card.  The witches feet made me smile  :)  ~  Gracie

Next up is Sue's card:

I know that I have a circle stencil, somewhere! UGH – I hate that feeling when you don’t know where all your crafting supplies are. Anyway, I decided to improvise with 1.25” and 1” circle punches. I punched circles from post-it notes to use as stencils and added distress inks (twisted citron, salty ocean, candied apple, wilted violet, ripe persimmon, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, mowed lawn, picked raspberry, peacock feathers) with ink blending tools. I added the happy smiling faces using The Alley Way’s Face It and Neener Neener stamp sets. I had intended this card to be a one-layer card. However, after an ink smudge close to the edge (thank goodness), I trimmed the panel and then popped it up with some fun foam to add some dimension. I used some silver cord for the tag’s tie and adhered the tag so that many of the smiling faces were visible.  ~  Sue

Sue it is just too stinking cute!

We will be back tomorrow with Sue's choice!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 44-2018

Hello!  Gracie here today to bring you Sweet & Simple Sunday and the rest of the week we will be doing our Designer Challenge!  Hope you join us!

Here is my Sweet & Simple Card:

This is really a simple card!  The front panel is stamped with an Altenew sentiment "wishing you" and the hummingbird is from another stamp set.  I used coordinating paper from a paper pad.  I colored the hummingbird with my Spectrum Noir markers.  The inside of the card is a simple pop up box with an oval cut on the top using my smallest oval from my old Creative Memories Cutting system.  I inserted a small portion of a tissue and secured it with double sided tape.  The sentiment "a speedy recovery" is also from the Altenew stamp set and is stamped on the same card stock from which I made the card base!  Easy peasy!  Don't be afraid to try pop ups!  Have fun! ~ Gracie

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for October Week 4 - Scene It Saturday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the last day of Card a Day Challenge for me this month! The theme for October is All Things Fall, and today is Scene It Saturday. I must say that I had the MOST fun with this card! I just went wild and have several pictures to show you.  Here they are:

This is a newer release Catherine Pooler called Kinda Batty. It is FILLED with adorable Halloween stamps and dies. So, I decided to create a classic Halloween scene, filled with your typical haunted houses and trees, witches and bats, black cats and crows. The night sky background was done using distress inks in Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot. Next, I die cut my night sky with a spooky eyes die plate. I adhered that over a piece embossed with WOW Glow-in-the-Dark powder. Then I started stamping and die cutting all my pieces. I placed them on my background, added a few googly eyes to the house and tree (you're being watched!) and added my googly eyes and sentiment on the inside. If you look at the 3rd photo, you will see the eyes glowing in the dark!!  You have to be in a dark room, but it works! SO COOL!!!

Thank you for joining me this week for Card a Day Challenge! I'm looking forward to November and December challenges with you! Please give these challenges a try and post them using the hashtag #cardadaychallenge.

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, October 26, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for October Week 4 - Freestyle Friday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another day of Card a Day Challenge for October. This month's theme is All Things Fall and today is Freestyle Friday, Designers choice! I decided to stay with the theme that I've been creating this week. Here are my cards:

I used items from an older release from Concord & 9th. I absolutely love how they design their stamps and dies! I needed some masculine cards for my holiday open house, so I decided to create them using their stamps and some fall colors. I think this created an organic look that could be used any time of year! With the card on the left, I stamped the background design 3 times in various shades and then added my sentiment. With the card on the right, I stamped the background design once and then added the leaves over it with WPlus9 Old Gold ink, which looks just like gold!

I am so happy with how these turned out that I made several! Well, that's all for today. See you tomorrow!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for October Week 4 - 3D Thursday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another day of Card a Day Challenge for the month of October. This month is All Things Fall, and today is 3D Thursday, where we create a three dimensional piece. Here is my project:

I have been preparing for my annual holiday craft show and wanted to make these Gable Boxes from Our Daily Bread. They would be great for treats, candle holders (LED only please, no fires!), or a combination of all of the above with a gift card tucked inside. This particular one was made with sunflower designer paper that I had on hand. It turned out beautifully, although I think it is best to use heavy duty card stock for these 3D projects because they tend to be more durable.

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Card a Day Challenge Week 4 October - WOW Wednesday

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Card a Day Challenge for October! This month is All Things Fall, and today is WOW Wednesday, where we take a previous card and step it up a notch! My card today is based off of the card I had done for Sweet and Simple Sunday.  Here is my WOW card:

This time I stamped the leaf 6 times in bold colors and then added the 2nd layer in gold embossing. I added gold embossing around the rim of the card and then placed my gold die cut sentiment over it. The sentiment was the perfect compliment because it blended in nicely with the focal point. I placed my piece over kraft card stock because I wanted this to have an organic look.

That's all for today, see you tomorrow!


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Card a Day Challenge Week 4 October - Technique Tuesday

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Card a Day Challenge for October, where we do a new technique every day this week. The theme for October is All Things Fall, and today is Technique Tuesday. The technique for this month is partial die-cutting. Here is my card:

I used a new release from Pinkfresh Studios called Lush Greenery. I stamped the greenery, leaving white space inbetween for my sentiment. Next I colored them with my Copic Markers. Then I partially die cut each end (see videos from Jennifer McGuire on this technique). I stamped my sentiment in the white space between the greenery and then added washi tape to "frame" my sentiment. I placed it over some designer paper by Moda Scrap called "Wood Effect", which was just the perfect background to my bright, colorful greenery.

See you tomorrow!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for October Week 4 - Mistletoe Monday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another day of Card a Day Challenges for October. The theme for this month is All Things Fall and today is Mistletoe Monday where we create a holiday card using the theme of the month. Here is my card:

I decided to go with an organic, almost rustic look, while respecting the traditional colors of Christmas. My background is a 3D woodgrain embossing folder from the newest Tim Holtz collection. I added some distress ink to give it a realistic woodgrain look. I used the "JOY" die sentiment from an older Concord & 9th release and then stamped "to you and yours" inside the wreath that is shaped like an "O". So clever! I finished with a few Nuvo drops around the wreath, and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for October Week 4 - Sweet and Simple Sunday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to October's Card a Day Challenge, where I post a new challenge everyday this week!  The theme for October is All Things Fall. So think fall leaves and Halloween!

Today is Sweet and Simple Sunday, where we will create a Clean and Simple design. Here is my card:

I used an old Concord & 9th release called Give Thanks, which is a favorite of mine. Using cream card stock, I stamped 3 leaves in total, doing second generation stamping on 2 of the leaves so they appeared to be in the background of the 3rd leaf. That forces that 3rd leaf to be the focal point. I stamped the sentiment directly over the leaves and placed a piece of washi tape beneath it. I placed my piece over orange card stock in a similar shade as the focal point leaf. That's it for this one!

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Scene it Saturday 42-2018

It wouldn't be October without a Halloween scene!

Here is today's card:

The image and sentiment were received from a friend.  I carefully trimmed out the windows and trimmed the door to open and placed orange card stock behind the image.  I then colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  The pumpkins were trimmed from a small strip of Halloween paper and adhered by the house.  I die cut a moon from orange glitter card stock and used spiced marmalade distress ink to put a halo around the moon.  I attached the sentiment with pop dots.  Y'all have a wonderful Halloween and I will see you next month! ~ Gracie

Friday, October 19, 2018

Freestyle Friday 42-2018

Halloween is getting close!  Not a problem here, though.  Never have any trick or treaters - we live out in the country.  I received a card kit from a friend with Halloween images so a Halloween card I shall make!

Here is my card:

The image is Winnie from Polkadoodles.  I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers.  I attached her to a piece of black card stock.  The small die cuts (the ghosts and cat) are attached with pop dots.  I used some DSP and added it behind the image and on the bottom of the card.  The black candy corn is actually ribbon.  I used a white card stock base folded into an easel and used gray card stock as the panel on the front and bottom of the card.  I added 3 pearls and the sentiment was added using foam tape to stand out. ~ Gracie

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday in 3D 42-2018

Time to play with different folds!  Today I did a simple center step card!

Here is a simple tutorial from Beccy's Place:

Here is my card:

The apple basket and the sentiment are both digital stamps.  After printing, I colored the basket of apples with Prismacolor pencils - they look like Fall to me!!!  After folding and cutting the card base ( trust me - measure twice and cut once) I added red card stock to the brown card stock card base.  I used a circle stitched die to cut out the apple basket and attached it in the center step over a strip of tan card stock.  I added the sentiment then tied an ivory ribbon to complete the card.  Easy peasy! ~ Gracie

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wow Wednesday 42-2018

Wednesdays are always a challenge for me because I really like bling so most of my cards already have it!  But I did find one to spice up for Fall!

Here is my card before the "Wow":

And here is my card after:

I started my original card with a card topper from Hot Off the Press in copper.  I sponged the topper with distress inks (Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Marigold).  The edges were sponged with Frayed Burlap.  I spritzed it lightly with water and let it dry.  I used a red marker on the edge of the sentiment.  I made a card base from red card stock.

To "wow" the card I used my trusty Undo and removed the sentiment and the panel from the red card base.  I tied a gold ribbon to the panel and placed it back on the card base.  I put foam tape behind the sentiment so it would stand out and added red enamel dots. I think I like the bling much better! ~ Gracie

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Technique Tuesday 42-2018

It's Technique Tuesday!  Time to play!  Our technique this month is partial die cutting.  I am including a YouTube video for inspiration.

Here is my card:

I started with a 41/4 X 11 inch piece of yellow card stock.  I marked the edges at 5 1/2 inches with a pencil.  I place my stitched circle die at the center of the card with 1/2 of the center off of my platform before running it through the Big Shot.  This left me with 1/2 of the circle cut.  Perfect!  I then cut a second circle because I wanted my edge to be a moon and adhered it to the half circle.  I then measured my card from the top of the circle to 5 1/2 inches and trimmed the card down to make it an A2 size.  I added the black designer paper behind the open edge of the moon.  I also die cut a witch and attached her to the moon with pop dots.  I added a simple "Trick or Treat" sentiment and a bit of orange ribbon.  I just love how the moon is rising and she is flying away! ~ Gracie

Monday, October 15, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 42-2018

Christmas is just 71 days away!!!  Time to get your Merry on and get finished with those Christmas cards! 

Here is my Christmas card for this week:

I received the Santa stamped image in a swap so I am not sure of the source.  I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and added a bit of sparkle with Wink of Stella clear glitter to the fur on his cap.  I tried to use the colors of the month (Fall colors) and inked the edges with Faded Burlap Distress Ink.  I tied a bit of raffia on the image and I put a strip of green card stock behind the image.  Everything was placed on a craft card stock base.  Now it's your turn!!!  Get those Christmas cards done! ~ Gracie

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 42-2018

Happy Fall, Y'all!  It's Gracie here this week with a little Fall and a little Hocus Pocus!  The theme for October is "All Things Fall" and the colors to use are orange, browns, and reds!  It's really hard to think Fall though when the leaves haven't even thought about turning and I'm still getting tomatoes off the vine!  Today's card is sweet and simple - I tried hard to keep it sweet and simple!

Here is my card:

I received this cute little scarecrow, sentiment, and ribbon in a card kit.  He was so much fun to color!  I used Spectrum Noir markers.  The scarecrow is attached to the orange panel with foam tape.  I also attached the sentiment to the label with foam tape.  The ribbon is just too pretty - it's brown leaves and came from The Dollar Tree!  The orange panel was placed on a brown panel and I used an ivory card base.  He's ready for Fall!  I keep a folder of stamped images handy to color when I get bored so I always have something to use to make a card quickly  :)  ~ Gracie

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Scene it Saturday 41-2018

Well, my week has come to an end. Appreciate you stopping by. 

The theme for October is “All Things Fall” and the color scheme is orange, browns and reds. For Scene it Saturday, the theme is to create a scene card. 

Here's my card

I started by stamping the trees using Stampin’ Up’s Lovely As A Tree and Archival Potting Soil ink. I added color to the trees using ink daubers and distress inks (candied apple, carved pumpkin, tea dye).  I also tried using q-tips to add the inks. I preferred the "feathery" look achieved with the ink daubers. The sentiment is from Altenew’s With Gratitude stamp set using Hero Arts Tangerine ink.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next month.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Freestyle Friday 41-2018

Do you prefer having a specific challenge or an anything goes challenge? I like having the variety. Sometimes with a specific challenge, I get so bogged down and narrow focused, that I get creatively stuck. Sometimes with anything goes, my mind goes off in so many directions, I don't know where I'm going. So, for me, it depends ...

The theme for October is “All Things Fall” and the color scheme is orange, browns and reds.  For Freestyle Friday, the challenge is to create whatever I want using either the technique or the color scheme for the month or both. 

Here's my card

I used the leftover panel that I created for Sunday’s card and matted with orange cardstock. I added a 1.25” brown strip vertically to the card. The sentiment uses Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments, stamped onto a red strip to complete the card. It was nice to use up what I had.

Thanks for stopping by