Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Christmas

It's been pouring down rain all day in the Wasilla area so what better excuse  to sit in my craft room and work on Christmas cards! I decided to play along with the current MFT sketch challenge and pulled out the MFT set Cool Day to create my card.

I had colored in some of the polar bears from the set for the 30 Day Color Challenge so I grabbed one and used the colors from that to create the scheme on my card, using traditional Christmas colors. The banner the sentiment is on is popped up as is the polar bear and North Pole sign.

Stamps: Cool Day, Happy Christmas (both MFT)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar (SU retired), Old Olive (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Neenah Solar White, Season of Style DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT), Cherry Chobbler (SU)
Copics: R29, R46
G21, G24
N2, C3
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Die-namics Blueprints 15, 23, 27 , Swiss Dots EF, dimensionals

Friday, July 22, 2016

Don Your Ugly Sweater!

It's been a bit since I have blogged but I am finally done with turning our back bedroom into my craft room and so I sat down on Thursday to create my first card in my new creative space!

I decided to play along with the Jingle Belles challenge, as it's been a while since I was able to join them. They have a great sketch for the challenge and we all know sketches are my favorite thing to play along with!

I used the MFT Comfy Sweater Die to create my card. I was originally going to use the bigger sweater on my card but the smaller sweater worked better for this sketch after I cut them out and arranged them around. You can see I altered the placement of the circle and rectangle panel just a tad to make my elements fit on there. There is also NO coloring on this card, which is pretty rare for me!

Make sure you head over to the Jingle Belles blog to play along with them!

A few pics of my new space. The window is being replaced in a few weeks and so I'll hang up the fabulous plaid valance I got when that is done, it matches my wall color beautifully.......

My sweet diabetic kitty Bismarck. We got him some stairs to climb up onto my desk and he loves looking out the window!

Stamps: Cozy Greetings, Snowfall Background (both MFT)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler (SU), Chocolate Chip (SU), Neenah Solar White, AC Patterned Paper-Merrymint
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Zig Zag Stitch Circle (MFT), Die-namics Blueprints 15, 23 and 30 (MFT), dimensionals

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Glad We're Friends

This week at Sunday Stamps we have a fun sketch to play along with! I used a mix of new and old products to bring my card to life.

The bunny and bear are from an adorable set from MFT called Snuggle Bunnies. I used copic markers to color in the bunny's shirt to match the DSP. The bunny and bear are both popped up with dimensionals, as is the sentiment panel. You'll notice that my sentiment panel is going in the same direction as the tag....I tried to do it like the sketch, straight across, and I just couldn't, it bugged the heck out of me LOL That's the great thing about challenges, it's all about interpreting it the way YOU see it.

We hope you'll come over to the Sunday Stamps blog and see what the rest of the DT came up with, and then play along with us!

Stamps: Snuggle Bunnies (MFT)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU), Neenah Solar White, Fresh Prints DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Tag You're It Die-Namics, MFT Die-namics Blueprints 20, Coastal Cabana Ribbon (retired SU), Dimensionals,

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Love and Liberty

My creative time has continued into the evening hours since my husband and 17 year old son are camped out in the living room with The Force Awakens playing and the surround sound blaring. We all saw the movie when it was in the theater (my son actually saw it 4 times when it was in theaters!) so I'm good on watching it for a while ;)

The current Freshly Made Sketches challenge ends Monday at noon PST so I wanted to play along with it before it closed. I grabbed an older set from SU called The Free and the Brave. My husband spent 20 yrs in the Navy and right now we have a lot of friends either retiring from the service or changing duty stations so I've got military on the mind, and with 4th of July a week away thoughts of freedom are also swimming through my head. I love the sentiment in this set, it can work for many different occasions.

I cut the white background out with the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop, I love the stars in it, and then I trimmed the piece with a die from an MFT Blueprints set. The sentiment circle was diecut with MFT Zig Zag stitch circles and then popped up for dimension. I used retired SU DSP for the back circle and the strip across the middle.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: The Free and the Brave (SU retired)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Night of Navy (SU), Night of Navy DSP (SU retired), Polka Dot Parade (SU retired)
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 15, MFT Die-Namics Zig Zag Stitch Circles, Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop, dimensionals

Naughty and Nice

I haven't played  along with many challenges this summer so today I cleared my calendar and stamped all day. I need to make 50 Christmas cards for an order I got so I decided to play along with SugarPea Designs Mix It up Challenge. I only used the sketch portion of the challenge.

I used the SPD set Merry Makers and  colored in the elf with Copics. The "naughty or nice" sentiment is from the Santa's Gift Tag set. I really liked this retired DSP from SU and didn't want to splice it like the sketch so I ended up using some silver stretch cord to create 2 different sections. The DSP had the varying designs on the same side of paper so I cut it to give me 2 of each design. Both of the circles are popped up for dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Merry Makers (SPD), Santa's Gift Tag (SPD)
Paper: Baja Breeze (SU retired), Neenah Solar White, Candy Cane Christmas DSP (SU retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Copics: GO07, YG00, G09
R27, R46, R35, R37
E00, E01, BV01
E33, E25, E29
N2, N4
Accessories: Cuttlebug, MFT Die-Namics Zig Zag Stitched Circles, Silver Stretch Cord, Dimensionals

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Adventure for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! I'm back with a card for the new challenge up at Sunday Stamps,a fun color challenge . I'm sorry I haven't been a consistent team member this summer, life just finds a way of getting too busy at times. I promise to do better! 

Here in Alaska Denali National Park holds a road lottery for people to drive the entire length of the park road in Sept. During tourist season (early May- mid Sept) private cars can only drive to mile 15, after that you have to be on one of the park buses, hike in or ride a bike. Weather permitting in the off season private cars can drive to mile 30. The road lottery period is the only time that one can drive all the way in to mile 92 and it is an AWESOME drive! The scenery and wildlife makes it all completely worth it and we found out this week that we won a pass for the lottery and get to drive in on Sept.18th! We went a few years ago because a friend gave us her pass but this is our first time winning and I feel like it's Christmas in June :)

Moose and bear are some of the most active residents of the park so I've had that on my brain the last few days. What better set to pull out than the Warm and Fuzzy Friends set from MFT. This moose and bear are just too cute, I love them! The lake across the street from my house has rainbow trout in it and my family fishes there all the time so that's what I decided to color the fish as.

I'm a big fan of earth tone colors so my eyes immediately went to the brown and greens in our challenge photo. I used the green in my DSP and the coloring of the fish, and the brown in coloring the animals and a strip of woodgrain DSP. My card base is a retired SU color called Bordering Blue, for me it was the closest color I had to match the one on the end in the graphic.

My layout came from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. The moose, bear and sign took the spot of the circle on my card :)

Make sure you head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see what you do with these colors!

Stamps: Warm and Fuzzy Friends (MFT)
Paper: Bordering Blue (SU retired), MFT Trail Mix Paper Pack, Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso (SU)
Copics: Camp sign: E30,31,33,35,37
Moose: E13,15,17,34,47,49,50,53
Bear: E25,27,29,53
Fish: G24, V04,C3
Accessories: Scan N Cut 2, Dimensionals

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A June Snowman

Hello there! It's been a bit since I posted but I finally made time to sit down today and get some creative work done. I played along with 2 of my favorite challenges, Freshly Made Sketches and Jingle Belles!

Jingle Belles wants to see snowmen on our cards, and FMS has a nice simple sketch with a few layers that seem scary but really aren't! I used some retired Christmas DSP from SU for my panels, with a fun snowman from MFT as my focal point. I adore snowman and cannot wait for winter (and Christmas!). I kept the card pretty simple, as I didn't want to try and compete with the bold Christmas papers. The snowman and sentiment are both popped up with dimensionals.

As we go through the day learning about the tragedy in Orlando please cherish every moment you have, whether it's spent crafting, hanging out with your family or doing anything else that you love. You never know when you might not get another day.

Stamps: MFT Toasty Greetings
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU Trim the Tree DSP (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Cherry Cobbler
Copics: G09, G28
R27, R46
C3, C5
N1, N2, N7
Colorless Blender
Accessories: MFT Dienamic Bluerprints 18, Cuttlebug , dimensionals