Monday, January 16, 2017

A little bit of bling

Having made cards for Operation Write Home for two years, I am used to the rules of no glitter, no sequins, basically no bling. (These were not allowed because they could potentially make our troops visible to night vision goggles). 

I'm still not comfortable working with glitter and metallic. But this week two of the challenges involve bling, so I pushed myself to go for the glitz. The result is probably tame, but this was a big step for me!

The challenges that got me to push outside my comfort zone were this week's Cupcake Inspiration (black, white and silver) and this week's Mod Squad Challenge (Bling). I struggled so much I missed the deadline for the Cupcake challenge, but I'm giving them a shout out anyway.

Because I broke out a new paper pad for this, I'm posting it over at the Work it Wednesday challenge to use something new.  

Be Mine

A very short, quick post today. 

I made this sweet Valentine's Day card using Sketch 315 from My Favorite Things. 


I had a banner sticker that was just the right size for this sketch. It's from Basic Grey, as is the striped paper on the left. I made a little embellishment by using a scallop punch, a circle punch and a heart punch. I used a little foam dot to add dimension under the glittery heart. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

hugs & kisses

February is fast approaching. It's time for love cards.

This card uses a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and paper from Little Yellow Bicycle. 

The stamps are from Hero Arts as is the ink. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Great Day

This card layout is one of my favorite ways to use up bits of paper left over from larger projects. It comes from Operation Write Home sketch 154. This card uses paper from Crate Paper and some Bazzil cardstock as well. 

The Monday Challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is to use squares -- so this card certainly qualifies for that. The challenge over at Sugar Pea Designs is "Anything Goes." 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Love Birds

Valentine's Day is approaching and love cards are in production. 

This card uses Sketch 314 from My Favorite Things and paper I've been hoarding from Basic Grey. The "Kissing Booth" collection is one of my favorites and with Basic Grey out of business, the paper is more precious than ever. 

I'm entering this card over at the Mod Squad "Anything but Christmas" challenge and also in the SugarPea "Anything Goes" challenge. 

By the way, I used something new today -- my new lightbox! Horray! My photos look nice again! My old (homemade) lightbox did not survive my move in 2015 and my card photos have been sub-par for the last year. The new lightbox came with different colored backdrops and two lights to shine on my precious little cards. So much better and easier to use than the DIY stuff I was rigging up. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bring on the Love!

Holiday season is over and time marches on. The next major holiday is Valentine's Day, so its time to start making LOVE cards.

I used the latest Mojo Monday sketch for the layout of this card.

I used one of new circle dies for the circle. Not very exciting, but it qualifies this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which was to use something new. I'm actually more excited about another new product I used -- Thermoweb Sticky Dots! These little adhesive dots were very helpful in attaching the red die-cut swirl to the card.

I'm also entering this card in the Mod Squad Challenge which is "Anything but Christmas," 
and in the SugarPea Designs challenge which is "Anything Goes." 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Present Card

Today I'm sharing a card featuring paper from My Mind's Eye. I used a die from Sizzix called "gift" and cut it once with green striped paper and once with red paper, then cut them out and pieced them together. A little chipboard flag is in the upper left corner with baker's twine threaded through it. 

The Mod Squad Challenge this week is to use chipboard. 
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to use the theme "Gift It." 
The Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday theme is "Use a die."