Thursday, November 7, 2019

A Corgi Christmas

Today I'm sharing two cards, both for Creative Confetti Challenges over at the Power Poppy blog.

The first card is for the most recent challenge, which is a fabulous sketch from Julie. As part of the 30 Day Daily Marker Challenge on Instagram I had colored this fun image of 2 corgi's under some mistletoe and it was perfect for this sketch. Normally I pick my paper first and then go with colors from there but this time I colored the image first and had to really dig through my hoard  stash to find some paper that would work with the colors on the image. I finally found some and started to put the card together. Because the patterned papers are a bit busy I wanted to keep the main background more neutral to help keep the focus on the main image so I used a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder to give a little texture to the main background and then I adhered it all to a blue card base. It's definitely a bright and cherry Christmas card! One of my grand doggies is a Corgi so I think I'll be sending this card to one of my boys and his wife!



The second card is for the previous Confetti Challenge, I didn't get my card finished and posted before the link closed for the month, ooops! For this challenge we were to use one of Power Poppy's free digital images on our project. I used the Let It Be coloring sheet, I just love this image with the leaves surrounding it! I chose some nice rich autumn colors to work with and once again pulled out some polka dot paper. What can I say, I love polka dots :)




Make sure to head on over to the Power Poppy blog and play along with Creative Confetti! If you do you could possibly win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Power Poppy store!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Gather Together

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun color challenge featuring some lovely rich autumn colors. Thankfully Stampin Up has some DSP that matches perfectly so I grabbed that paper and went from there.

My layout comes from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I decided to use the wood pattern from the DSP for my background, bringing in the dark brown color from the color palette. Then I used a strip of paper that features the deep red color and a hint of the orange. I stamped a leaf in Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso and die cut that out, then cut some smaller leaves out. I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock and used a circle punch to cut it out. After getting my leaves the way I wanted them I then adhered the circle with the sentiment on it above them, using dimensionals. 

Make sure you head over to Sunday Stamps to see what the rest of the DT created (several of us were thinking the same way with the DSP!) and then play along with us, we'd love to see how you use these colors. Don't forget to stop by and play along with Freshly Made Sketches also, there is still time to join in there!




Stamps: Gather Together (SU)
Paper: Pretty Peacock, Pumpkin Pie, Merry Merlot, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP (all SU)
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie (all SU)
Accessories: Gathered Leaves Dies, Circle Punch, Dimensionals


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Halloween Bookmark

This week the Creative Confetti Challenge over at the Power Poppy blog is to make a Halloween project. I'm done making Halloween cards for the season so I sat for a few mins to think about what I could do and then it hit me, I need a bookmark!

My oldest son and I are huge book lovers and we both love Stephen King. To keep clutter down in my house I got rid of most of my books except for a select few SK ones, my Christmas book collection and my Alaska book collection. I enjoy my Kindle but sometimes I just like to hold a book and turn actual pages so when the latest SK book came out, The Institute, I immediately borrowed it from my son. As I get further into the book I need something other than the dust jacket to save my spot so hence the need for a bookmark!

I used the cat and pumpkin image from the Feeling Fall set and stamped it a bit off the bookmark. Then I used a sentiment and bat images from an older set Marcella created for Flourishes stamps. I colored the image with copics and then adhered to the bookmark to a black backing and then added purple ribbon to the top. I was going to mix orange and purple but my craft room is such a mess that I can't find my orange ribbon from the last project I used it on, ugh.

Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, October 21, 2019

Going Pink

It's October and over at the Jingle Belles blog that always means it's time for pink Christmas cards, as Lauren and Stephanie always donate $2.00 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every card linked up. My stepmom is a breast cancer survivor as are several good friends of mine so this challenge is always near and dear to my heart. I'm still running behind on challenges but made time for this special one today!

I actually already had this image from Power Poppy sitting in my stash, all colored and ready to go. I grabbed some retired SU DSP that went perfectly with the colors and my card come together nice and quick. It came together so quick that I was also able to play along with last weeks Creative Confetti Challenge, create a card in 10 mins or less. The hardest part for me was getting the circle panel centered just right. I am so hard on myself and the image needs to be centered perfectly or else I'll keep moving it around LOL I'm happy with it though and am now caught up with 2 of my favorite challenges!

Make sure you check out both of these great challenges!!








Seasons Greetings

Our best friends were up visiting all last week from Florida, flying home Sat night,  so I didn't do any crafting during that time. I wanted to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge though so I waited until hubby went to bed tonight and I headed into the craft room to see what I could come up with me.

I decided to make a Christmas card featuring dies and a stamp set I recently got from the SU Holiday Catalog. I think the dies are so pretty and really wanted to put them to use.

I stamped one of the sentiments from the So Many Stars Set in Pretty Peacock on some Very Vanilla paper and then I used the Stitched Stars dies and cut some of them out in Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy and Pretty Peacock. I arranged all of the elements on a piece of paper from the Brightly Gleaming DSP pack. I LOVE the colors in this pack. My favorite colors are blue and green so of course I gravitate to this DSP!

The 2 smaller Pretty Peacock star dies are popped up with dimensionals, as is the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: So Many Stars (SU)
Paper: Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Brightly Gleaming DSP (all SU)
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Mossy Meadow (both SU)
Accessories: Stitched Stars Dies (SU), Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Grateful for Friend

To celebrate World Card Making Day, which was on Sat. Oct.5, Power Poppy is having a little challenge. We are to :
  • Create on this World Card Making day with a fall theme in mind!
  • We will enter your card twice if you create with fall in mind and use a sentiment that shares a theme of gratitude!
  • We will enter your card three times if you create with fall in mind, use a sentiment of gratitude AND use a Power Poppy stamp!

I spent World Card Making Day in Anchorage with my husband and our oldest but I did get this image printed and cut out with a die in preparation for getting a card made! It's taken me a few days, life is a tad crazy this week, but I got my card done Tues afternoon! I went with a bit of an abstract feel to it. I was going to pull out the patterned paper like I normally do but then I figured why not just try something a little different. I have a friend that will love this card so it will be sent to her with a note inside letting her know how very grateful I am to call her a friend.

It's 4am here and I'm off to bed, I'll include the details below the card when I wake up!





Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Creative Confetti Pop of Personality

Happy Tuesday! I'm excited to be hosting today's Creative Confetti Challenge over at the Power Poppy blog!

The temperatures have dropped and most of my flowers have wilted and died with the freezes we've had here in southcentral Alaska. As I was putting away my pots and preparing my yard for winter I started to think about the flowers I have throughout my gardens and why I chose them. Hardiness? Color? Height? There are so many reasons we lovers of nature choose the flowers and plants that we do for our yards to make them stand out. Then I started thinking even deeper and wondered, if I had to choose a flower that matched my personality which flower which I choose and today's challenge was born folks!



HOW TO PLAY: This is a nice and simple challenge, just pick a flower that you think best represents your personality and color away! Are you a demure Easter lily? Maybe you are a fun loving daffodil or a wild and crazy dahlia? There are so many possibilities with this challenge!

I knew right away that I was going to go with pansies, I just adore them. They are the first flowers in my garden to bloom when the snow melts and they are the last ones to say goodbye when the cold moves into the valley. How do I compare them to my personality? Well, I see pansies as colorful and bold but yet also hardy and reliable and I can definitely say all of that about myself! I've got a pretty loud personality and will talk to anyone, one of my best friends says I've never met a stranger, but I also like routine and am not a fan of surprises. Living in Alaska one has to be pretty hardy to make it through the different things that get thrown at us out here and those who know me know I'm always reliable, whether it's at work, meeting up for a hike or just to be there for someone in need. 

Now for my card.....



I used the digital set Pansies for my card and just repeated the image across my panel, turning it and manipulating it in my Word program until I got the look that I wanted. I then used a sentiment from the Easy Breezy Coneflowers digital set to finish off the card. I used copic markers to color the image and colored my pansies in the colors that I love for my garden, the purple and yellow pansies and then the orange and purple pansies. It's funny, I'm not a fan of the color purple but in my garden you'll find it mixed in all over the place! 

Okay folks,  now it's your turn to show us what flower represents YOUR personality! Remember, after you create and play along, link up your project using the linky so we can all see. Every entry is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy ShopWoo hoo!

Also, if you need a certain image for your creation don't forget that there is currently a coupon for $5.00 off your purchase of $15.00 or more. If you haven't grabbed this great deal yet now is the perfect time as it's good until Oct.14th!