Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Twofer Challenge #35

Now you'd think I'd make something for all my little sweethearts since we're in the midst of Valentine's Day, wouldn't you? But I didn't. I made a birthday card, and a Halloween card. Don't ask me why, but it's where my brain went. Our Twofer Challenge prompt for this month is:



How fun is this prompt?!! Like many of you, I have a few, ok, ok, lots of different balloon stamps! The hardest part of this month's challenge was choosing among them. In the end, I went with a single balloon rather than a bunch.


Here are my cards together:




And individually:





"Wait, what?," you ask. "I can see the balloon on your first card, but where are the balloons on your second card?," you might wonder. We'll get to that, I promise.

For my birthday card, I found a ton of blue patterned paper scraps in the file, and put them together as you see them. The balloon is from EH, the scalloped die is from ME, and the sentiment is from NN. A trio of enamel dots, and bam!, birthday card accomplished! 

Did you spot those balloons on the Halloween card yet? Eyeballs. Yep, eyeballs. I cut away the knot and string, and made some green irises which are wonky on purpose. Not the same size, not the same exact color, not the same orientation. Kinda creepy for sure. It was "the look" (hahahahahahahaha) I was going for. (I am so funny!) Just a plain purple base, and a scrap of 'skin' color inside the MFT glasses die. A little bit of intentionally bad Copic coloring for the pupils, and a leftover strip of green because it popped against the purple for my SSS sentiment. 

Now, I hope you have the chance to play along with us at Twofer this month. It was pretty easy to come up with a more conventional use of the balloon stamp, and just as easy to make one in an unconventional manner, using that same stamp. Wait till you "see" (still funny...well, maybe I'm the only one chuckling now...) what the other members of the DT and our GD, Greta, have come up with. See you in the gallery, and as always...



Sunday, January 10, 2021

Twofer Challenge #34

Happy New Year! Whew! We made it to 2021, and I hope it will be much better than last year! Ten days in, and a new challenge up on the Twofer Challenge blog certainly helps, doesn't it?! What a good way to kick off a new year, if you ask me. Our prompt for this month is: 


Being a bit, just a teeny bit mind you, anal retentive about stamp organization, I checked out the number of stamp sets I have which contain the tag "flower/flowers" on my Evernote account. Um, would you believe there are at least 70?! Let me show you which one I went with:


Stamp? Where? Well, technically the set I used has this sweet flower stamp, but I just used the flower die for this Twofer pair...I love the whimsical look of that little bloom! Here's a closer look at each one:







For the yellow birthday card, I hit the scrap files again, and found a proper length, but a skinnier bit of yellow cardstock. Hmmmmm...what to do? Use as is, and have those white flowers balance the white skinnier bit opposite. I added black bling to the flower centers, and a chunk of black beneath the sentiment. Pretty EZPZ, and scrap files ever-so-slightly culled! The flowers are from The Stamp Market, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I got my 'girl' on for card number two. Again, I hit the scrap file (and yes, it's actually a file drawer filled with accordion folders sorted by colored cardstock and colored patterned papers) and scored! That pink and green patterned paper is ancient, but I love it. It reminds me of a blouse my mom made for me as part of an Easter outfit when I was little. I also dug for scraps in coordinating colors. The sentiment is from WPlus9, the frame is from MFT, as is the scalloped circle, and there are those sweet flowers from The Stamp Market. A little bling, and done! 

Two different cards, two different occasions, and I like the way they turned out. The concept of Twofer really stretches the use of stamps and dies, and I really love that! What will you make? Now that you've seen my cards, head on over to The Twofer Challenge, and check out what my teamies have made, along with cards by our Guest Designers Viv and Brenda. Then grab your flower stamps and dies and get creative! See you in the gallery. And as always...


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #33

Here we are at the last Twofer Challenge of the year (I was going to write "2020," but um, no). Since I have a nice variety of stamps in this month's prompt theme, I thought I might really have a blast with them. Turns out I did! I made a graduation card for my granddaughter who earned her degree in Biology, and I made a birthday card for a littler girl. Two very different cards for two different occasions. Be sure to stop by the Twofer Challenge and leave a little love for the rest of the DT, and our Guest Designers,  Pia and Liz. And one more thing... Darnell is offering prizes this month. Be extra sure you head over to Twofer for more information! I can't wait to see what you come up with for this prompt:


Here are my cards together:


And individually:



Not hard to see the stars on my first card, but did you find them on the second one? 

The graduation card uses an MFT frame die in navy blue, and I dotted it with gold using a teeny-tiny TT dot stamp. I used the same dot stamp in gold again, on the yellow panel, and added some navy stars with a tiny star stamp from WPlus9. The moon stamp and die is from that same set. The sentiment is from Whimsey Stamps. EZPZ

The birthday card. On top of the red panel, I framed a circle of flowers with a scalloped edge die from MFT, and the sentiment is also an MFT stamp. The little lady is from EH, and she's colored with Copics. I stamped those same WPlus9 stars on her jumper, did you catch that?! They were the perfect size for her outfit, since she is a star!

Thanksgiving is soon upon us, and like many of you, it will be scaled down at my house. I have been isolating, and will continue to do so except for a produce run a couple of days before the holiday, and then I will use extra caution. Many blessings to all of you on Thanksgiving and always. Thank you for playing along with Twofer in this difficult year, and may 2021 bring much more joy and peace. And as always...


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Fuzzy Brain

I've got a major case of fuzzy brain today, but I know exactly why. It's drugs. Had a pretty nasty migraine yesterday so I took my rescue meds and now it feels like I'm slogging through knee-deep molasses. So rather than blather on, I'll just get right to my card for today. I made some little chickies to play over at The Paper Players Challenge. (Marcia, the yellow polkies are in your honor!)


Here's my take:


Sorry about the photo. Brain is just not working well enough today. So I started with a black panel for the base, and added a large scrap of yellow polkie dotted paper from my stash. I have a set of Studio Calico tag dies, and thought that they would fit the bill nicely, as well as use up more of my scraps, though why the scrap drawer never seems to get any emptier I'll never know! The cute little chick is from TT, and I used some Ziggies to color the three of them. The sentiment is from an EH set. I added some yellow and white baker's twine and three bitty yellow nonpareils to cover up the white tags' holes. Should there be an apostrophe after the "s" in tags? See...fuzzy brain...*sigh*.  Anyhoo, I'm off as I need to get a few things done. You all stay safe, and as always...


Friday, October 23, 2020

Waiting

I'm just waiting here for my friend Jen to stop by. Yes, we'll both practice safety by wearing masks and keeping apart, though I'd sure like a big squeezy hug...I guess we all can relate to that at this point. However, since I'm trying to get a post in, I think I should get to it. I made this card a day or two the fellas came to refinish my bedroom floor. Had to wait for the dust to settle before I could uncover my computer and start crafting/blogging again. The floor is gorgeous, and I'll show you the finished product in an upcoming post. I'm trying to sneak in before Less Is More closes for this challenge. It was DT member Sharon's birthday, and we were to CASE her card (gorgeous, btw!):  


Here's my interpretation:


The gingham snippet is from the scrap file. The flower stem is from WF, colored with Copics. The sentiment is from SSS cut with a ME die and popped up. The wavy dies are LF. I liked the way this turned out. Maybe I'll make more...! Hope this finds you all safe and well, and as always...


Monday, October 12, 2020

Got My Mojo Workin'

Muddy Waters, one of my most favorite blues singers in the history of forever, recorded "Got My Mojo Workin'" way back in 1957. Here's a rendition of it from 1966, if you're interested. Nothing like the blues! Hope it works, otherwise, just head over to YouTube... Anyway, my card making mojo has returned, at least for the moment, and I'm working it for all I can. Let's see the cards, shall we?!

I'll only show you two of the cards I've made, as I don't want to scare you away! The first one will head off to Color Hues Challenge, and the second will make its way to Seize The Birthday.




    Our "Toppings" option this time is...





Very clean and simple. A creamy/ivory base with a center WPlus9 die cut panel, stamped with a Verve sentiment in Altenew Antique Gold ink, and cornered with Paper Smooches leaves.



I pulled all of these papers from my scrap files, and since the"toppings" at Seize the Birthday is to use your scraps, this qualifies. A TE polaroid die with a scrap of yellow polkie dot. That adorable gnome is from Simply Graphic and the computer generated sentiment was cut with a ME die. I might make another one of these, and use an itsy bitsy pompon to top his hat. Hope your day is filled with delights, and I'm off and running now. As always...



Saturday, October 10, 2020

TwoFer Challenge # 32

It's wonderfully cool here on this fine October day. How's your Fall going so far? I love the cozy feel of Fall, and all the things that go with it; chili, sweaters, pretty leaves, the World Series, and of course, staying in the warm house making cards! Today's the day for a new Twofer Card Challenge, too -- a perfect time to break out your stamps and play along with us! This month's challenge is:


I think silhouettes make such pretty cards, don't you? Here's what I came up with:


My first card is a (no duh!) 'thinking of you' card. And my second is a (double no duh!) birthday card. Two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamp, in this case.


This one starts out with a plain white panel on a green variegated base. I stamped the Technique Tuesday image, and an accompanying sentiment in CP Twilight ink, and done. Pretty CAS, and as you well know, I do like my CASness.




For this birthday card, I cut the center with a MB die on a white panel. The base was brushed with DIs in girly colors and the silhouette, along with an additional flower and butterfly, were stamped in black on top of the colors. That's a Verve sentiment. Another pretty darn EZPZ card. But effective, I think.

Please say you'll be joining us in the gallery. Head on over to The Twofer Challenge and see the cards the other members of the DT have made, along with those by our lovely Guest Designers. You'll find tons of inspiration there! That's it for me today, and I'll see you at Twofer. And as always...


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

StampingPals Challenges

Well hello, and a very Happy October to you all. We are inching our way toward 2021, and I'm fairly certain that most of us will be glad to see the back of 2020! But we're not here to talk about that, are we?! We're here for the cards! A much better subject, in my humble opinion. 

A while back, I discovered a new challenge blog created by my good friend and fellow crafter, Kylie Page. With John so sick back then, I was unable to participate, but more recently, I played and my card was chosen as the winner for Challenge # 6! This challenge, StampingPals, runs for an entire month, and the prompt varies. This month, we are asked to use a punch. I hope you'll dig out your punches and join me and the rest of the incredible Design Team for October's challenge!



When thinking about what kind of card I wanted to make, my mind went to the border punches I have in my stash. I messaged Kylie to make sure those would be alright to use, and she said that any kind of punch was fine. So I started rooting through my punch drawer, and found a completely different one that kicked a completely different idea into my brain. Here it is:




The yellow gingham paper is/was a giant scrap I found in my files. Next, I took a piece of white cardstock, and punched the corners with an EK Success punch, and then trimmed a separate, stamped panel to fit the corner areas. It just slides right in, though I did add some tape to keep it in place. The bouquet is from a SU set, and the sentiment is from HA. I colored the image with Copics, and added a smidgen of WoS to the ribbon around the stems. This turned out just like I pictured it! Love it when that happens!! I do hope to see you in the gallery, so give it some thought; you've got all of October to play, and then dig out those punches! Be sure to stop by StampingPals and see what lovely cards the Design Team has created, too. And as always...