Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Foxy How You Doin'? Card

I already shared earlier this month about how this sentiment from Spring Critters makes me thing of Joey from Friends... and tonight I thought what if that cute little fox was actually a little sassy...
So I grabbed the new sketch over at Mojo Monday, and punched some 1" holes down the edge of my card front. Then I ran a strip of wide green washi tape down the left side of my card to back the punched holes and slipped just the head of that adorable fox into the third hole.
I gave him a single wiggly eye so he'd give the recipient a little wink-winker, then added Joey's catch-phrase popped up with a bit of thin foam tape. A little marker work and I felt that I was doing mighty fine, thanks for asking! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

You Make Me Smile Card

So, while I got a lot of things done today, unpacking or cleaning anything in my studio was sadly not on the list. Sometimes creativity is just using up what's right in front of you...
I knew I wanted to make something with the adorable RetroSketches sketch this week. Charlotte was still on my desk from yesterday's project, so I decided to just go with it and make a card using only what I could reach on my desk. That included the little gold glitter fundamentals heart stickers luckily!
I added a kraft cardstock Cricut cut heart that I painted with white Wink of Stella. I just love the sweet bubble sentiments in this month's Operation Smile benefit set, Share the Love. Thanks for the inspiration, RetroSketches! Your sketches always make me smile!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sending Love Card

It's Monday, which means it is time for another sweet sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!
I was so happy to come across my Charlotte papers in my unpacking today! I really love the black, grey, and sorbet color combo in these pretty papers. I used one of the bonus Zip Strip patterns to fill in the left side of the card front, It's actually a row of arrows, but I flipped the pattern back and forth to make that chevron instead. 
The telephone and heart bubble stamps are from Share the Love, the Operation Smile stamp set that is only available until the end of this month. CTMH is donating $7 of the purchase price for each set sold this month, so you get an adorable stamp set and a child gets life saving surgery!  

I hope you'll hop over to Atlantic Hearts and play along this week!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Day 365: All Smiles Layout and Giveaway!

Oh my gosh it felt so good to make a page layout again! Today's layout was inspired by the new sketch over at Stuck Sketches.
I decided to combine my Penelope papers with some doilies (Doodlebug), purple shimmer trim, and gold stitching. I formed some flowers from my cricut die cut stash, and topped them with pink rhinestone gems (source unknown). Then I dug into my special buttons stash and grabbed some fun wooden and fabric buttons for accents.
Oh my golly, we did it! My 365 days of projects challenge is finally completed. There were a few days where I wondered how I would keep going, but you were always there to cheer me on and encourage me. I feel like I've learned a lot about how to make time for crafting and hopefully you've enjoyed my daily projects, too!

Since you have brought me so many smiles this year, I've got a nice box full of goodies I've found while unpacking to share with one of you! Just leave a comment on this post telling me something - your favorite project from this last year (yours or mine). what you are working on currently, how excited you are for the Gilmore Girls reunion, whatever is on your mind... I'll draw a winner and announce it next week. Thank you for sticking with me and always having something kind to say, Stampin' Friends!! 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Day 364: Hip Hip Hooray Froggie Birthday Card

Hip! Hip! Hooray! Just one more day...until I've finished my 365 days of projects! Thanks to Viva La Verve sketches for tonight's inspiration.
Tonight I'm sharing this sweet froggie birthday card made with the Penelope Complements stickers and papers. As I'm unpacking my studio I keep finding goodies that have lost their buddies, like this sweet Doodlebug mini doily. I sprayed it liberally with glitter spray and it's so sparkly now! I need to practice with my ShotBox so I can learn how to capture that sparkle instead of having this look so flat and gray. I mean, after I'm done unpacking and all!
I also uncovered my beloved metallic threads today, so I had to add some silver stitching around the card edges and on the sparkly doily. Hope to see ya tomorrow for my last challenge day, Stampin' Friends!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Day 363: Happy Easter Card

I know this is a bit early, but this bunny was calling my name today for some reason.  
He's from a cute little set called Spring Critters, which has matching Thin Cuts dies that I somehow managed to leave off my last order so I had to fussy cut my bunny. I dressed up my background with Penelope papers, following the new Freshly Made Sketches sketch. I colored my bunny friend with a White Wink of Stella brush tip pen and some alcohol marker shading.
I had my Penelope Complements stickers sitting on the desk and I have, of course, used all the heart stickers...but I hadn't used the outer edge of the hearts! so I fussy cut the heart outlines out of the sticker backing (it's pretty easy with non-stick scissors), added them to the card base, and filled them in with a bit of glitter gel. Then I fussy cut a few purple shimmer trim hearts for good measure (again, thank goodness for non-stick scissors).  I love a little googly eye action on these cute Spring Critters!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Day 362: Rainbow Hello Card

I didn't even hit my stamp space tonight until 9 p.m., and it was pretty much the thought of quitting my 365 days of projects challenge with only 4 days left that made me head downstairs to craft when I was already comfy in my bed. When I was done with this card, I was glad I crafted.
I hopped over to CAS(E) This Sketch for some sketch inspiration. I considered looking for some washi tape to make the stripes...but that jar is not unpacked yet, so I have three kinds. Then I pondered watercolors, but I can't remember where I put those for safekeeping last week. I looked at the 10 ink pads I have on hand (because I haven't found the spinner boxes to unpack yet) and realized I almost have a rainbow. Sold! 
I stamped the Hello bubble from Share the Love on my card front. Then I lazily stamped my arrow stripes around the bubble without even bothering to mask it off. I know I should have, but I think it came out cute anyways. I considered embellishing, but I was really happy with this one layer totally CAS card. Now I get to go back to bed. Good night, Stampin' Friends! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Day 361: Sock Monkey Birthday Card

A few weeks ago I saw this adorable Sock Monkey card by Margi Gilbertson in the February SOTM Blog Hop. I really wanted to try making my own sock monkey card, but at that time I had literally just packed everything we owned and driven three rambunctious boy children back to Oregon, so my supplies and crafting time were pretty limited. I would not even dare to say were halfway unpacked, but I am finding enough goodies as I unpack to feel the itch to create again.
I hopped over to Retrosketches, because I always love their cool sketches, and this week was no exception. I double embossed the bamboo cardstock background panel with my heart folder, then layered on a chipboard adhesive border that I colored red with a marker and some black arrow washi tape. I outlined the panel with a black journaling marker because my real stitching materials are still lost in the cardboard abyss. I added a super old FRIENDS rub-on, carefully trimming off the "s", and popped up a heart bubble from Share the Love. I love all the fun older goodies I'm finding as I unpack!
I stamped the monkey image three times without reinking to get a variety of colors. I used a brown Memento ink pad and swiped the stamp down across the pad as I inked it to give the monkey some extra texture. Then I trimmed out the monkeys to piece the sock monkey details onto the darkest monkey. I added the mouth and stitch details with markers, and gave him a happy little banner to hold. I never would've thought to make this balloon monkey into a sock monkey (thanks, Margi!), but he was a whole lotta fun to make!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Day 360: You Make Me Smile Card

Tonight I found my Shot Box! It took me all of ten minutes to set it up and part of that was finding an outlet to plug it into behind the cardboard box wall. I'm still working on what angle I like best for my Side Shot, but I'm so much happier with the lighting now!
Tonight's card was inspired by the new MUSE Card Challenge, in particular Tracey's color placement. While I'm making unpacking progress, I haven't yet uncovered my ink pads (arrgh!), so Pixie was the only pink I had in my travel bag. The stamp set is this month's special, Share the Love, which benefits Operation Smile. I stamped the word bubbles onto white cardstock and fussy cut them so I could pop them up with thin foam tape. 
I also added a bunch of details with my fine tipped journaling pen and touched here and there with a shimmer gel pen. Only five more days in my 365 days of Projects blog challenge...I think I can! I think I can! Thanks for hanging in there with me Stampin' Friends!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day 359: My Type of Friend Card

I just love this sweet Share the Love stamp set  CTMH is offering to benefit Operation Smile this month. I'd totally snap up this cutie even if it wasn't also doing a world of good for children in need of life saving surgery.
Tonight's card was done is quite a hurry. We arrived home from a fun visit with good friends and I was supposed to start dinner. Instead the power was out...with a late night estimated return. Our emergency box of LED lanterns is lost somewhere in the boxes stacked in the garage. I knew my middle of the night crafting wasn't going to cut it since there might be no light at all to craft by, so I immediately set out to make a super fast card before the light was lost. I finished this sweet card in fifteen minutes, in large part because of the super cute sketch from Mojo Monday
I layered on Penelope paper in the background. Then I stamped one of the sentiments repeatedly in Pear, Crystal Blue and Thistle inks, filling in any spaces with the tiny heart stamped in Canary. I stamped the typewriter three times (once each in Slate, Crystal Blue, and Pomegranate), then quickly paper pieced it as the light was growing dimmer all around me. I grabbed a couple quick shots with all the blinds open right where I was working, then started loading the kiddos into the car to go to dinner. Just as we headed out the door....the power came back on. I'm writing this with a tummy full of Chipotle, and a new determination to find the box with my new Shot Box!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Day 358: How You Doin' Frog Card

Today I got to spend some crafty time using a stamp set generously sent to me by the ever awesome Karen Morris called Spring Critters. It is so very adorable!
I've been plotzing over this frog lately, so I wanted to highlight that image for sure. I started with the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I used the pear floral print from Penelope and added some stripy washi tape (cut in half lengthwise) and a leftover Penelope sticker.
I popped up my froggie friend with thin 3-D foam tape. Then I gave him a quick wash with Pear ink and my waterbrush before adding his sweet wiggly eyes. In my head, he sounds just like Joey Tribbiani, which is weird for a frog, but still makes me giggle! 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Day 357: Hello Valentine Card

We went to the coast today (yay!) and somehow we thought it was a good idea to rent one of those surrey bikes. With three kids it turned out we couldn't all fit in the single bike meant for two people to pedal, so we got a double.  Double surrey bikes are heavy, especially when you are grabbing the child next to you to keep him from leaning so far out of the bike all the time.  Aaaand now I can barely move, so tonight's card became one of those simple one layer cards that did not require me to get up and reach anything. 
I started with the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch. I grabbed my adorable new Share the Love Stamp set (which raises $7 for Operation Smile with every set sold). I stamped the HELLO sentiment in Black ink, then masked it off with a post-it. Then I stamped on that cute phone with only Pomegranate ink, stamping in first, second and third generation to get the varied hues. I colored over the center heart on each phone with a black Wink of Stella pen. Then I finished an episode of Gilmore Girls before limping to my computer to write this post. Thank goodness for CAS and one layer cards. Good night, Stampin' Friends!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Day 356: Scrap Much Doodlebug Winter Layout

Have you seen this new Doodlebug Polar Pals line? These stacked up penguins are just so adorable!
My middle son is totally obsessed with penguins. So I knew just the picture I wanted to scrap with these little dudes for the new Scrap Much? sketch challenge. I ran lines of the coordinating washi tape across the tiny grey polka dot print paper. I layered that onto some Bazzill cardstock, along with some of the coordinating plaid. 
I fussy cut the penguins and popped them up onto thin foam tape. Then I topped them off with some glitter gel on their winter wear and wiggly eyes. I added a bunch of the coordinating snowflake stickers and lots of the pretty Glitter Sprinkles. Can you see the glitter embedded in those enamel dots? Swoon!
The sketch called for spritz, but I actually used a glue pen to add swirls of iridescent glitter to the background. I'm sorry for the dark pic - I was trying to get the glitter to capture the light. My Shotbox got here just as I was packing my studio for the big move, so hopefully in the future my scrap layout shots will be perfectly lit! In any case, I love the shimmery effect these glitter swirls add to my snowy layout.
Here's the new sketch - hop on over to Scrap Much? to share your creation!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 355: Penelope WYW All Smiles Layout

I was a bit nervous when I first set out to make up this Penelope Workshops Your Way kit as designed, since the papers have a lot of pink and purple in them and I'm scrapping for three boys...would these designs work for my little dudes?
After getting my photos onto the pages I feel that the designs are very versatile. I had printed out a few sets of photos to try with the layouts, and any of them would have worked just fine. 
I really love the metallic accents on the vellum diecuts. And you can see a peek here of where I added a bit of stamping to this layout.
This is the last of my Penelope WYW projects. If you love these four layouts and 8 cards, order up your Penelope kit here. It was fun hanging out with all these spring goodies, but tomorrow I'll be headed back to Winter for Scrap Much!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Day 354: Penelope WYW Make Today Fun Layout

So this is the second of three double page layouts in the Penelope Workshops You Way guide. I went a bit more off-road in making this layout, but still generally followed the guide.
I changed the sizing on a couple of the photos, and tilted the pocket card that we are using for the title. I also added dovetail ends to the central stripe.
I also decided that I did not want that center blue gutter between the two pages, so I added some washi tape detailing along the far edges of each page to allow me to have the blue striped paper flush along the center break of the layout. 
Here's the clean and simple original layout from CTMH. I love how easy it was to make this layout more my style without really changing much about the original design.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 353: Penelope Workshops Your Way Spring Layout

I just realized I got distracted with all this moving and never actually posted the layouts from the Penelope Workshops Your Way kit. I finished these layouts with pictures using the free guide that CTMH has provided to go with this kit.
The WYW kit comes with paper, the sparkly silver puffy stickers, three rolls of washi tape, and a packet of the Penelope complements, which is a mix of cardstock weight stickers and vellum diecuts with metallic accents. The guide contains instructions to make three double page layouts, a pocket page layout, plus a bonus project of eight cards, so it's a lot of bang for your buck!
This tiny rainbow polka dot print is one of my favorite pieces in the Penelope line. I did some creative highlighting in my journaling using the skinny 1/4" washi tape. I laid down short bits of the washi and popped up tiny hand drawn boxes containing the highlighted words. 
This is the CTMH sample layout, so you can see that I did actually (mostly) try to follow the instructions. Tomorrow I'll share the second layout. Thanks for stopping by, Stampin' Friends!


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