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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sew Many Cards March Blog Hop

Welcome to another Sew Many Cards Blog hop. If you've been following our blog hops, you know that you have a chance to win just by commenting on my blog. You should have come from our fearless creator ANGELA

And when you get done here you will go to our fearless leader JERI

But, before you go, you should see the card I made with Fawn and the Easter Egg.

I printed out Fawn first on regular white cardstock then again on my pink paisley printed paper. This gave me eggs the same size so I could cut out the paisley eggs and glue them over the white eggs. I chose to keep Fawn larger than I normally do so I could use matte accents on the jelly beans and make them seem real (you should feel each bump of a bean - they seem so real!) I used pastel sticker letters that came from Dollar General to make my "Happy Easter" greeting.
inside of card
I got the poem from Free Crafts and Games I matted it in more of the pink paisley paper leaving room on the right side for some greeting or signature.
Come back Tuesday to see what I make with today's Friday Freebie. Go get your's now!(Find it at the end of the blog hop on the Sew Many Cards Challenge blog.)

I'm going to enter this card into several challenges:
Quirky Crafts: Cute (is there anything cuter than SMC's images?)

I Love Digi: Pink

Dancing in Pajamas: Spring time

ABC-Challenge: O is for...One paper

Die Cut Dreams: Easter

Incy Wincy: "Touchy Feely"

Inky Impressions: Think Spring

Your Next Stamp Challenge: Spring Colors

Don't forget about using your digi's on your scrapbook pages. Check out SMC's PaperCraftPlanet group for layout challenges at

Before you go to Jeri's blog, don't forget to leave a comment here so you can have a chance to win a free image. I'll draw a random winner (or maybe I'll let my kids draw a name out of the hat) and post it sometime around March 5th.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Distressed Friday Freebie Butterfly and Sunflower

I'm following a sketch :

so I tore top edge of my patterned paper, used the sunflower from Tiffany's blog, and added Sew Many Card's new Friday Freebie - a butterfly. I colored the butterfly and sunflower with colored pencils (RoseArt Golden Bronze; Crayola Burgundy, Blue, Gray, Yellow, and Heat Wave) then cut them out leaving a white border edge. Sometimes simple is better...esp. if you want to mail it (I worry about lumpy 'n' bumpy tearing the envelopes).

Challenges I'm entering in:
several challenges had the same theme - that just means I get to show off my cards to more people. :)

Alota rubber: Challenge #29 Distress It
Paper Sunday: Challenge #6 Distress
Belli Challenge: Butterflies & Dragonflies
Flutterby Wednesdays: Open Butterflies

Thanks for looking and leaving me a comment. I love reading all the comments you leave for me.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Time for another create card sketch

Time for another Create-A-Card Sketch. First the sketch.
And this is what I came up with...a note card.
I used Sew Many Card's Mittens to create this frosty card. Northern Missouri (where I grew up and where my Mom still is) got 8 inches of snow yesterday so it's still appropriate mitten weather! (I have something I need to mail to Mom so I'll include it in the note card.) I changed the three bouquets to two pair of mittens and made them "dangle" from the top piece. I colored them with my alcohol markers and used the markers to also put the faux stitching border.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges...
1) I Love Digi : Think Pink
2) One Stitch at a Time: Stitching
3) Magical Craft: Something for Mum (Mother's day in England)
4) Stamp with Fun: Stitching (again)
5) Digital Tuesday: A Card for Mum (again)

Thanks for looking and thanks for leaving me a comment. That makes my day when you do (that's why I do this).

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What I did this weekend

I know I often make cards, but this was a craft of necessity. My watch band broke a couple of weeks ago and I've been using a ribbon to tie it to my wrist. I saw a link for watch bands by a company called ChunkyBlings. I was going to buy one when I got paid, but then I thought "I can make one myself." Hobby Lobby had beads on sale this week so Saturday/yesterday I got a couple of strands (one on clearance and one that was 50% off the full price - there was a difference, one was "clear" and the other has an iridescence to it [they have a rainbow effect] so I alternated the clear with the others). It turned out to be a little long so it makes the watch itself flop around my wrist.

I was searching for card challenges and I saw this new (to me) challenge blog called Stampin' Sisters in Christ that wanted to see projects with "time pieces. Can't get more of a time piece than a watch. LOL Now I do have some more beads to make bracelets so I'll spend some time making them but I really need to be making more cards...I've got a lot of sketches to take care of.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sew Many Cards Challenge #2.2

That's the card sketch Jeri came up with for us to follow...
And here's what I did...
I got my color inspiration from Scrapmasters Paradise Color Combo to use "Green Galore", "Only Orange", and "Summer Sun". Cupcake Craft wanted to Keep it Simple so it doesn't have a lot of ribbon, or flowers and such. I did run it thru my Cuttlebug using the Swirls folder. I have Hearts in my Sew Many Cards image (today's Friday Freebie so be sure to get it) so I can also enter it into Forever Friends challenge.

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Personal Challenge:A week of cards #4,5,&6

I didn't get a card posted yesterday,
I'll make it up by posting THREE birthday cards!
Now don't get too excited,
because they are simple & easy sketches.
You should try the too.
I used images that had been stamped from a swap I participated in a few years ago
so I don't know makers and such of these images.
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This card is easy although I could have done a little bit of
dry embossing
with my Cuttlebug on the vertical yellow piece to make it more special.
I colored the cupcake (that was stamped in yellow)
with colored pencils

then used my Colorless Blender marker that I got
brown ink on the nib

(I tried to use it as an eraser on a piece of plastic
so I needed to get the brown ink out of the marker tip)
I wrote the HAPPY BIRTHDAY in pencil first then used a fine tip marker over it.
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This one literally used scraps of paper and cardstock to make it. I used polka dot paper so it qualifies it for Totally Paper Craft's SPOT challenge.

Again I do not know the maker of the stamp that was stamped in blue ink.
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This one took a little more time because of the extra pieces and wanting to coordinate my paper choices. I colored the cupcake (same as first card) with my alcohol markers then used matte accents on the sprinkles, candle and flame, and the cupcake wrapper part. I inked the circle with a darker green, and used a "scrap" of green printed paper (it's the back side of the golden paper). The bottom left triangle is from K&Company Citronella pack while the top orange triangle is from DCWV Fun in the Summer Sun pack.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CAC sketch 2/16 - spring card

I took this sketch,
and the spring card (as in B O I N N N G!!! not the season) directions on SplitCoastStampers to make this card

I used a paisley like paper cardstock from BasicGrey Sultry pack, purple from an 8x8 pack that I don't have the name for, brown ink on all edges for distressing (Little Paper Shop), flowers from Prima Daisy Carzy and the image from Motivet (even though it isn't Sewn Together, it is a cat and I can't pass them up). I colored the kitty for Aly's Sunday Challenge with my alcohol markers and the center of the flower is a dot of Matte Accents. I'm also submitting this for All Sorts Challenge: 1,2,3 of what ever you choose...I have 1 image, 2 flowers, 3 rings/circles.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Personal Goal: A week of cards: #2 Owl card

I followed another sketch but it's in a word document and not a JPG so I can't show the sketch. :(

I chose to do an Owl card when I saw this post on High Hopes Stamps. I usually don't do requests like this but this time I thought I could and therefore should. I tried to use the SPCC: Color Combo but my first "Bermuda Blue" cardstock approximation didn't look so blue next to the purple base so I tried a different shade in the stars. I used some glittery cardstock from the Fall collection of DCWV Mat Stacks to punch stars using my Creative Memories punches. The owl is a Sew Many Cards image so it's qualified for C.R.A.F.T's digital challenge.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Personal Challenge:A week of cards #1

This is a card that follows a sketch in a word document so I can't show you how it looks but trust me, my card looks a lot like it. I used PCP's color challenge as my inspiration and I used a pre- stamped image that my friend Diana gave me (I believe it was a Greeting Farm image). I used some scrap green Magic Mesh that I picked up for a quarter (along with some red) behind the Merman (or is it a merboy?). I applied some glossy and matte accents to the green triangles in an attempt to look like waves. The purple card stock was embossed with the Bubbles Cuttlebug folder (appropriate for a water creature don't 'cha think?).

Friday, February 12, 2010

SMC/SSDS: Follow the Sketch & Follow the Hop

It's a Blog Hop for Stamp Scrap and Doodle and as one of the former founding members, I was invited to join them. The "Hop into Love" blog hop will begin Feb 12th at 10am CST and will end Feb 14th at midnight CST. All we had to do was follow this sketch.More details on my card after some information about the hop.

There are lots of prizes for the hop: You will need to comment on everyone's blog and then comment on the SSDS blog letting them know when you are done. There will be a prize for someone who comments on everyone's blog. A prize for someone who completes the sketch and links it to the SSDS blog before the end of the crop. And one prize for a new follower. That's 3 prizes!.
Here is the blog hop order in case you get lost:

And now for my card...Of course you are going to see a Sew Many Cards image. (FINALLY: THE CARD you're thinking, aren't you. LOL) First, I took the sketch and rotated it. (If you want to see a card with the sketch's original orientation, go to last week's SMC card.)
SMC's challenge is a color challenge to use Red, Pink and White. I used a pink card stock base, a left over piece of Christmas wrapping paper (the vertical piece), a scrap of pink DCWV paper (the horizontal piece) and regular typing paper for the oval. I used a white ribbon, red button, white card stock (from the baby card I made Tuesday), and red colored acrylic discs, a.k.a. "dew drops". I colored my SMC image Heart Gumball Machine with colored pencils (the hearts inside the globe), Prismacolor markers for the "main body" of the gumball machine, and I used Glossy Accents to make a shiny globe.

Now for the card challenges I tried to incorporate into my card (not as many as I usually try for because I'm already combining two challenges, one from SMC and one from SSDS):
Penny's Paper Crafts: Love/Valentine
Crazy 4 Challenges: Be my Valentine
Bee Crafty: Romance
Other Lovelies: Use digital stamp
Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential: Teeny Tiny (I claim my tiny hearts)

Stampotique Designer: Create a Love Theme Card
Ink on My Fingers: All you need is Love

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CAC sketch 2/9

Time for another Create a Card sketch Tuesday. Here's the sketch...
And here's my card....
I made a baby card with SMC's baby Zee. I used white and black flocking to make him fuzzy.
The paper is DCWV but I don't remember what company the ribbon came from (probably Oriental Trading but not positive about that). I finally used my Creative Memories punch to punch a decorative border along the top (inside too).

I have a couple of challenges for this card
Daring Card Makers: Amethyst (Feb. birthstone)
No Time to Stamp: Baby card
Secret Crafter Saturday: monochromatic color and White
Tellen's Place: Tic Tac Toe - Ribbon, Punch, button
Lexi's Creations: Spots or Stripes

Friday, February 5, 2010

SMC Color Challenge

Challenge is to use Red, Black and Silver.

I chose to use SMC's Cat with Heart and I colored her to look like my tortoiseshell kitty using my alcohol markers. I love how well my coloring turned outso much that I'm never sending this card out - I'll be keeping it forever. Anyway, back to my card...I cut it out, used a corner rounder then inked the edges with my red catseye ink pad. I used regular kitchen foil for my silver and embossed it with the Bubbles Cuttlebug folder. The ribbon is one that I found in my oldest son's room so I don't know where it came from (nor why he had a ribbon in there). I painted the bottom of the Acrylic Discs with a silver marker (two of them have air bubbles in them so they look like muppet eyeballs - LOL) then glued them with crystal clear accent essentials.

I'm entering this into a few challenges (you know me, I like to see how many challenges I can combine but it may be difficult once everyone stops asking for valentine theme cards):
DoodlePalace: Show-Me Texture
Fab N Funky: Embossing
Creative Belli: Ribbon
Charisma Cardz: Love
Dare U 2 Digistamp: Hearts/Valentine
Raise the Bar Challenge: Hearts

Be sure to also check out the awesome creations by my fellow Sew Many Cards design members:
Angela (Owner), Jeri (SMC DT Coordinator), Amber, Audrey,
Ceal P., Dawnn, Deanette,Donna Gloria, Jeanette C.,Jessica,
Kim G., Kym B., Kym W., Maria, Mary D., Mary S., Melissa,
Michele, Sarabeth, Patricia G., Patricia St. M., Sarah T.
Sherry L., Suzanne K., & Tammy M.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beary Birthday? or Miss you Beary Much?

I am a part of my favorite yahoo card group's Sketch Team and this is the first card I made for the sketch challenge.
Here's the sketch:And here's the card I made:

I used an older image that I had colored last fall from my previous design team (SSDS). I used my Studio G glitter glue (similar to Stickles) to color the bear's clothes. I inked the edges of the rectangle with blue cat's eye chalk ink. Next, I ran a 2.5 by 3 inch piece of pink cardstock thru my cuttlebug using the Bubbles embossing folder. I then took my blue cat's eye chalk ink pad and pounced on the raised bubbles to make them show up better. The striped and light blue papers were from a DCWV stack (but don't remember which one) and the bracket is a sticker from the Basic Grey Sultry collection pack. The ribbon was from Oriental Trading company (got lots of it). The daisy flowers are by Prima: Chloe and the silver things are something I picked up at the crop I went to on Saturday and glued in with glossy accents. The only thing I did not do is a the bear a good birthday card?, missing you card?, what?

Edited to add: I think I came up with the perfect sentiment..."Thank you, Thank you Beary Much" (sort of like Elvis Presley's Thank you but with a 'bear' twist)

I'm entering this into a couple of challenges...