Hedgehogs Valentine

I am joining in a new challenge (to me) over at Craftaholics R Us. This month the challenge is Love/Romance. As many of you know I am a volunteer shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids. So most of my cards are for the very sick children. at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia and Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA. So here is my kid friendly card.

The hedgehogs and sentiment are from Your Next Stamp, the heart circle is Spellbinders. The grass stamp is from Stamps by Judith and papers are from my stash. I heat embossed the hedgehogs in gold just to give it a little shine for the kids.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

A Few More Sketches

Still catching up with the sketches on OWH’s blog as well as pushing forward to fill my box of cards to be sent off in mid-March for the Mother’s Day/Father’s Day themes. So here are sketch #109 through sketch #113.

109-sketchSketch #109 using Doodle Pantry image and papers.

110-sketchSketch #110 using MFT background stamps, stencils and Penny Black tweet tweet stamp.

sketch-111Sketch #111 using MFT background stamp and retired ahoy matey stamp.

112Sketch #112 using Kasierkraft papers and MFT music background stamp on MFT grape jelly cardstock.

113Sketch #113 using Stamps by Judith and MFT stamps, cuttlebug embossing folder and MFT background stamp.

That’s it for the sketches. Thanks for stopping by.

My Favorite Things

Today while looking at the submissions for OWH’s Sunday Sketch challenge I was commenting on a card when I found a new blog called Words 2 Scrap By and their first challenge is to create a card based on the song My Favorite Things (Sound of Music). You can find info here. One of my goals this year is to branch out beyond OWH for challenges and to look fear in the face and just do it, to stop seeking perfection, to embrace my own individual creativity, and to stop being intimidated by rules and regulations of design.

When I saw this challenge I had to laugh. When I was a child I played the piano/organ and when the Sound of Music came out I had to have all the sheet music (I still have it). There were seven kids in my family and my dad loved for all of us to gather round and sing. So I played every song and knew every lyric. In my life nothing happens by coincidence. This was meant to be my first and so here is my first card in my first challenge outside of OWH!

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I used Spellbinders Distress Edges cut out from Whip Cream MFT cardstock, embossed the top half with Darice cloudy sky embossing folder. I then used raindrops from Stamps of Life boots4rain stamp set using Versamark. I sponged over the clouds with Memento Summer Sky (to allow the raindrops to show) and Grey Flannel (to add a little cloudy sky). It looks like a blue sky in the photo but it is much darker in person.

Next I used MFT Brick Wall Stencil and MFT Kraft ink to create the wall. I then stamped on the roses from MFT peaceful wildflowers using MFT red hot ink and Memento Bamboo Leaves. It needed a little something else so I went to my little Stamps by Judith grass stamp to add a touch of grass to the bottom.

The last thing I did was add the raindrops to the bottom half – this was trial and error. The top half raindrops are done with clear embossing powder but that didn’t work for the bottom half so I used white embossing powder for the raindrops on the bottom (so they would match the top raindrops). I distressed the edges in Kraft ink around the whole card.

I chose not to use a sentiment on this card so that it can be used for any occasion.

I want to wish the gals at Words 2 Scrap By much success and thank them for allowing me to use this as my diving board to jump into unchartered waters and outside of my comfort zone.

OWH Sketch #207

Stencils seem to have come around again and are the current trend in the paper crafting world. Lately I have been creating my own backgrounds using stencils, sponging, the retiform technique, brayering and getting ink everywhere in the process and usually it is on my almost finished project (ARRRRR). That being said I’ve used stencils today on my card. You can find today’s OWH Sunday sketch here.

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For this card I used the brick wall stencil with kraft ink on whip cream cardstock — all from My Favorite Things. I used some of the oldest interactive stamps I have from Stamps by Judith for the image and the sentiment is from Just Rite Stamps called Hugs and Kisses. The flowers were stamped with Razzle Berry ink and Sour Apple from My Favorite Things. I used a Copic marker to add water to the jar.

Online Card Classes is offering a class on Creative Ways to use Stencils on Cards starting Friday January 24, 2014 which I have registered for and am looking forward to. There is a fee to take the class. It is interactive, and you have access to it forever to refer back to the videos and pdf files. I participated in the Summer Card Class and learned so much (some of which I am still trying). Just a suggestion in case you are interested.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend and thanks for stopping by.

September is Birthday Month

Not only is my birthday in September but many friends and relatives as well. Just found out that September is THE most popular birthday month. Does that mean that more people are born in September than any other month. Where do they get all the data? Here are a few cards I made for friends recently.

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My Favorite Things Blueprints 3; GinaK Designs paper and cardstock.

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Card Creator Distressed Edges; GinaK Year of Flowers 2; Distressed Ink; Copics

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Sky Blue and Danube Blue Distressed Ink for sponging; GinaK By the Sea Stamp Set; GinaK Navy Cardstock

This one I made for my rockin’ rock star nephew Scotty:

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Rock It Out (digital image); colored with Copics; background image stamp unknown; Happy Birthday (Stamps by Judith).

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