Thanks for Baby Gifts

This is one of my favorite thank you cards I made for people who gave us baby gifts. And it’s quick and easy too!

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SO Hoppy for You!

I don’t have time to write much but here is a cute speech bubble card I made recently for the following challenges:

Moxie Fab’s Get Sketchy Challenge

Polka Doodle’s Animal Magic Challenge

Stamp with Fun’s Challenge #55: Animals

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Anything Goes Challenge

I was also going to enter it into Pile It On’s Spring Challenge but apparently it closed before I got it posted.  Am I the only one that is really frustrated when they don’t clearly identify the end date/time of challenges??


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I made this card for Embellish Parties Color Challenge.  Sorry the photo’s a little wonky.. I think it looks off because it was taken at a bit of an angle.  Oh well. Next time will have to get hubby to help.

This was my first color challenge.  Normally I shy away from color challenges because I don’t have a lot of ink colors but this one was pretty straightforward since it used the simple primary color of red, with black, white and kraft.  I would have loved to use some kraft but I don’t even have any of that!

It is also my submission for Practical Scrappers’ Floss, Fibers, and Ribbon Challenge.  I use ribbon all the time but this was the first time I tried to use a “fiber.”  The balloon strings are actually made from an old cashmere thread/yarn that came with a sweater I bought years ago.

For Stamping Vacation’s April PICK 3 Challenge, I picked:

-Use black, ivory and one other color and only those colors for everything on the card – I used red.
-Do any type of dry embossing – I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the balloons.
-Do something that can be real or faux and do it either way (like sewing) – I sewed on the button.. by hand!

For Scrappy Frog’s Pick 3 Challenge, I picked:

– Embossing
– No coloring – rarely do I ever color
– Something recycled — the thread from an old cashmere sweater

This is also my entry for Fab ‘n’ Funky’s Get It All Out Challenge.  I love this challenge because it reflects how I feel about card-making.  As much as I crave new products from Papertrey Ink and Cosmo Cricket, I really feel it is better to use what I already have.  Otherwise, my craft cabinet threatens to take over the house! For this challenge, I dug out the first stack of patterned paper I ever bought and used the black and white type pattern which I have never used before.  I also used a button for the first time.  I’ve had these buttons for years and years — I got them as part of an auction box back when I lived in North Dakota.  I can’t believe I’ve had them for that long and never used them.  Crazy!

This is also one of my entries for Paper Sundaes’ 14th Challenge to have a card with no people.  This is super easy for me because I never include people on my card.. not really my style, not to mention I don’t have any people stamps.

Also for A Spoonful of Sugar’s Challenge 100 — Happy Birthday and for Creative Card Crew Challenge 48 — Happy Birthday.

Also one of my entries for Penny’s Paper-Crafty Anything Goes Challenge — it doesn’t get any easier than that!


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Howdy Cupcake!

Here is a hybrid card I just made for six different challenges, two from Treehouse Stamps, who were nice enough to give away this cute cupcake digi for free.  This was for their monthly May 2010 challenge to use the cupcake digi, as well as their Treehouse Thursday Challenge # 045 – Decophage… although it really bothers me that they didn’t spell it Decoupage, which I believe is the correct spelling.  This is also for Sketchy Thursday’s Second Chance Challenge for Lawn Fawn stamps, which I would love to win, because everything Lawn Fawn makes is so cute!  In addition, it is my entry for Stamp Something’s Something Layered Challenge and Meljen’s Designs 3D Elements Challenge.  The decoupage gives this card a layered, 3D look, although the full effect doesn’t really come though in the photos.  For Cute Card Thursday’s Touchy Feely Challenge, this card has not only the decoupage, but ribbon and embossing as well.

For the Sketchy Thursday challenge, we had to use this sketch:

I wasn’t so crazy about it in the beginning, since it seemed like more of a scrapbooking sketch to me, but after using it, I really like it and the balanced image it created.  Of course, I did take a few liberties such as turning it on its side.

I was so inspired by last week’s paper piecing challenges that once I saw this cupcake digi, I just knew it was perfect for trying paper piecing again.  And if I do say so myself, I think it came out a lot better than my first try.  Also, this was my first time trying the decoupage technique.  It was kind of fun, but also a lot of work.  I’m not 100% sure it’s worth the extra effort, but it’s fun to try at least once.

Here’s another pic showing the side view and the raised image of the decoupaged cupcake. I used different adhesives on the frosting layers to give it a little more visual interest.


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Paper Piecing Challenge

I love the inspiration of all the challenges on the web! This Moxie Fab World Paper Piecing Challenge was quite a stretch for me… way outside my usual comfort zone.  And of course my paper cutter chose the day of the paper piecing challenge to go blooey on me!  But I had fun with it and made this card for my mom for Mother’s Day. She loves pink and pigs and this one is so cute.  I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the heart, pig, pig’s nose and “M” circle all are all popped up with little foam squares.

Turns out this card is also perfect for the Crafty Card Creations Challenge #62: Paper Piecing.  Completed two challenges in one without even realizing it!  Added bonus!

And another and another… this is also my submission for the Practical Scrappers’ Glitter and Bling Challenge as well as the Cuttlebug Spot Welcome to Spring Bling Challenge!  I just happened to use some glitter embossing powder, only because it is really the only embossing powder I have that works.. Must.. put.. quality embossing powder on wish list.  Also I want these stickles that everyone keeps talking about!!

Anyway, Practical Scrappers has really outdone themselves this week with the challenges!  I wonder how many I’ll be able to get done.  (Two down already! Go me!)

I’m not done with this paper piecing idea either.  I already have lots of ideas of how to “try again.”  Just as soon as work is over and I can get to my card making supplies…


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My First Card Challenge!

We just moved to Florida and, to put it mildly, my life is now in a bit of disarray.  What a joy it was to stumble upon the Go-to Sketches blog hop!  It brought a much-needed sparkle of fun into my day.  Not to mention the whole week.

Anyway, it inspired me to unpack my card-making supplies and jump back into it.  With the added incentive of Kim Kesti’s challenge and prize, I got right to work.

Due to the limited amount of supplies I was able to find in our yet-to-be-fully-unpacked boxes, I picked this sketch here

and made this Mother’s Day card:

This is also my entry for Cupcake Craft Challenge #85 to make your own flowers.  That’s right, each one of those flowers was lovingly hand-assembled from scraps.  This is something I want to do a lot more of… now I just need to get some flower dies instead of using scissors!!

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