Category Archives: Challenges

Masked Valentines?

  • Stamps –
    • Newton’s Nook – Raccoon Rascals
    • Lawn Fawn – Happy Happy Happy Add-on
  • Stencil – Newton’s Nook – Tree Rings
  • Dies –
    • Mama Elephant – Heart Border
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Entwined Hearts
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents and BoBunny
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Ribbon – May Arts

This was a fun card to make, partly because of the subject matter (more cute animals!) and also because I pulled out supplies from multiple companies. It is fun to mix it up sometimes. It was way too difficult to resist making a raccoon Valentine for my mom. Many people don’t know this, but she has several friends who are raccoons.

I started by coloring the raccoon image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it. I made the tree stump (slice?) by applying Distress Ink through a stencil and cutting it out, then using it for a backdrop. I assembled the various elements, finishing with the sentiment and tying a ribbon at the top. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Shopping Our Stash Challenge 389 – Make Your Mark


Agapanthus Thank You

  • Stamps – Hero Arts – Beautiful Day Agapanthus
  • Cardstock –
    • BoBunny Periwinkle Double-Dot
    • Paper Accents White Glitter
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink – Shaded Lilac
  • Ranger Stickles™ – Diamond
  • Copic markers

I began this card by stamping the lovely Hero Arts Agapanthus onto white cardstock and coloring it with Copic markers. I edged the white cardstock with Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink to subtly repeat the flower color. I created a background using matching BoBunny dotted cardstock and “slats” of white sparkle cardstock, attaching the background to the card base. I popped up the focal image with dimensional adhesive and tied matching ribbon with a sheen at the top of the card. The final touch was adding some sparkle to the flowers with Diamond Stickles™ glitter glue. I like how the colors and sparkle all tie together to make a cohesive card. Thanks for stopping by today.

Challenge: A Blog Named Hero – Crafter’s Choice


Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • PaperArtsy – JOFY 62
    • Hero Arts – CM335 – Hero Greetings Sending Smiles
  • Stencil – PaperArtsy PS130 (Design by JOFY)
  • Acrylic Paints – PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics: Sherbet, Bougainvillea, Vanilla, Antarctic, Glacier Ice
  • Watercolors – Prima Tropicals set
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous Detail White
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brad – Lasting Impressions
  • Posca pens (black and white)

I created this mixed media card in phases. First I stamped out the flower stamps onto watercolor paper with Archival ink and added color with some watercolors. Once dry, I colored in areas with black and white Posca pens and added a few doodles of my own. After fussy-cutting the flowers out, I began working on the background. I made a number of gel plate prints using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the JOFY stencil that matched the flower stamps. I selected one that I made with a small plate that framed the flowers nicely, then doodled around the perimeter and trimmed it out. I layered the flowers together and attached them in the center with a brad. I finished the card by adhering the flower to the background and adding a sentiment that I heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey – Put Your Stamp On It Challenge


Today is a new day!

  • Stamp – Art Gone Wild / Catherine Scanlon Designs – Say It
  • Washi tape -Queen & Company
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous – Detail White

I really like the strong lines in this card design and really had fun interpreting the sketch. The sketch is the current sketch at the Case This Sketch site. I created the bold lines with washi tape using the dotted cardstock as a base. I then heat embossed the sentiment so that it would match the black and white of many of the elements. Very simple, but I was pleased with the outcome. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Case This Sketch #304

 


You’re special to me

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box – Flicker Hearts
    • Spellbinders – Romantic Rectangles
  • Stamp – Technique Tuesday – Dogwood
  • Patterned paper – Prima Marketing / Julie Nutting – Blush
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m still embracing creating cards that are different from the Christmas cards that I concentrated on during the last month or two. It is fun to pull out some different supplies! For this I pulled some scraps together and used some pretty dies in my stash to create a simple card. This will be added to the box I’m putting together with cardmaking friends to send to a military unit (for the soldiers to send home to their friends and families). Thanks for stopping by.

By the way, my new friend pictured to the right of my card was a Christmas gift. Is he cute or what?! He is such a good model that he may appear in more upcoming photos! Thanks, Rene’!

Challenge: Your Next Stamp – Fun Friday Challenge #104 Anything Goes

 


Shoot for the Moon

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas – Constellation Prize
  • Dies – Spellbinders – Curvy Labels
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park – Fine and Dandy
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Happy New Year! I created this card for a challenge I was hosting today for an online cardmaking group. It was my first card of 2019. It had been a while since I created a card using patterned papers, especially one that wasn’t for the holidays! So it was fun to put this together. I colored the cute penguin image with Copic markers and layered the patterned papers. Very simple, but bright and cheery! Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful 2019.

Challenge – Two Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #22 – Anything Goes

 


Peace and Joy

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection: Winter Watercolor and Festive Overlay
  • Marvy LePlume II markers
  • Patterned papers –
    • Graphic 45 – Floral Shoppe Collection: Golden Serenity
    • Pebbles – Cozy & Bright Collection – Winter Green
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Red “pearls”
  • Ribbon
  • Black embossing powder

This is another card that I made for the watercolor class I taught at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem. I used the Marvy markers direct to rubber on the poinsettia and holly stamps, then spritzed the stamps with water before stamping for a nice watercolor effect. I heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder and spattered the image with some gold metallic paint after adding the red “pearls” to the flower centers. The image is layered on top of some patterned paper strips and all is edged with green ink. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Shopping Our Stash Challenge #384 ‘Tis the Season

 


Watercolor Wreath

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection: Winter Watercolor and Festive Overlay
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny – Once Upon A Lifetime collection
  • Paper Accents Mirror Paper – green
  • Marvy LePlume II markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – silver
  • Red “pearls”
  • Embossing powder – silver
  • Ribbon

I just finished teaching a class featuring this and two more cards using these stamp sets and a watercolor technique. The watercolor is done using Marvy LePlume II markers direct to rubber and then spritzed with water. Wreath-building is very popular among stampers currently. For this card, I simply penciled in a circle and stamped the greens around it using different marker colors and stamps. It feels just like the process one undertakes when actually creating a wreath for the front door–only quicker! Once the stamping was all complete, I added a few silver Nuvo Crystal Drops for a little shine in a view areas on the wreath. Finally I added a sentiment in the center of the wreath and gave it some more shine with silver heat embossing, plus a bow on top. I should probably put a real wreath up now! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Mod Squad Challenge: Build A Wreath


Go forth and eat cake!

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas – Forget About the Cake
  • Patterned paper – Prima Marketing – Julie Nutting – Blush
  • Twine – Doodlebug Designs
  • Felt button – Hero Arts Fancy Felt flower
  • Cardstock – Paper Arts and Bazzill
  • Rhinestones – Mark Richards Ltd. – 3mm pink
  • Copic markers

I created this card for a friend. I love the sentiment–eating cake is important on one’s birthday! I colored the stamped image with Copic markers and layered it up using the sketch listed below as a reference. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and that I was able to use everything from my stash. I’ve had most of the supplies for years! That makes a card even better! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge – Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch #149:


Halloween + Cute Creatures

Today I’ve got a two-fer! I’ve made two Halloween cards with Lawn Fawn products featuring a number of cute creatures!

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – Spooktacular
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn – Spooktacular, Stitched Windy Backdrop, Stitched Hillside Borders, Spooky Fence Border, and Trick or Treat Border
    • My Favorite Things – Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Square
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock (Autumn)
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs

I created a spooky scene with some cute stamped images and a lot of dies! I colored the creatures with Copic markers. I cut the spooky fence from Lawn Fawn sparkle cardstock (Autumn collection). It provided nice contrast among the matte black cardstock layers. The sequins provided a bit more sparkle to spice up the card.

 

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – Pick of the Patch, Spooktacular and Some Bunny
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn – Pick of the Patch, Spooktacular and Some Bunny
    • Tim Holtz/Sizzix – Swirling Stars
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks -Seedless Preserves, Black Soot and Peeled Paint
  • Patterned paper – Authentique Nightfall Five
  • Cardstock – Paper Arts gold metallic mirror paper and Bazzill
  • Ribbon – Offray

I began this card by making a Ranger Distress Oxide ink background and then die-cut it so that the shiny gold below peeks through the star openings. I colored the bunny, pumpkin and squirrels with Copic markers. I created this card with a bunny witch for a swap. The recipient is a fan of rabbits, so I wanted to be sure to incorporate one into the scene. It is always fun to combine several sets to build the perfect scene and I did that for both of these cards.

Thanks for visiting today and Happy Halloween!

Challenge: Lawnfawnatics – Bling it Out