Card Making, Christmas, Copics, Die Cut, Digital Image, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids

SAS4KIDS Christmas In July Blog Hop

Christmas in July Challenge and Blog Hop Celebrating our 175th Challenge!

Welcome to our huge blog hop and celebration of Send A Smile 4 Kids’ 175th Challenge! The theme of our blog hop is Christmas in July 4 Kids because it is never too early to start making holiday cards for all the kids in the many children’s hospitals we now serve. We would love for each child to receive a holiday card as well as be able to pick some for special medical staff or loved ones they are missing during the holiday season.

We have 16 stops in the blog hop and at each stop you have one or two chances at winning – just leave a comment. If you are hopping you should have arrived here from Janet Bailey’s blog. You can also earn a chance to win a prize by commenting on the blog post on our SAS4Kids blog and also by entering your hand made card (for KIDS) to the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon.

All rules are listed on the SAS4KIDS challenge page. See a list of all the wonderful sponsors and prizes you could win HERE SAS4KIDS challenge page.

The prize being awarded through my blog is a Stampendous (Spring Borders) die set (oh the possibilities with these dies — right?)prize for hop

Because I used a Paper Nest Doll digi today in my first card, you will have a chance to win Avery Christmas Dress digi.

This is the list of the participants in the blog hop with links to their blogpost:

SAS4Kids Blog (six prizes awarded here)
Karen Hasheck
Hilde Marsh
Mary Draper
April Story
Sybrina King
Janet Bailey
Anne Slattery YOU ARE HERE!
Cathy Cusson YOUR NEXT STOP
Jill Blasche
Cyndi Amaya
Ina Grehan
Deonna Bemish
Berni Cutttino
Mary Moisan
Donna Wakefield
Dena Hughes

Now onto today’s cards.

A few years ago I saw a Christmas Tree decorated in Peacock Feathers and colors, it looked absolutely gorgeous, and these colors have been my favorite Christmas colors ever since. I thought I would give it a try with this card.

I used a digi image from Paper Nest Dolls called Christmas Tree Avery. I love how Avery is holding the tree topper in her hand waiting to put it on top of the tree. The sentimet is from Stamps of Life. I used Copic Sketch Markers for coloring and Wink of Stella glitter pens for the ornaments on her dress. For the die cut tree, papers from my stash were used. I inked up some cardstock with Distress Oxides and then die cut the lights and ornaments, I used glitter paper to cut out the string for the ornaments and li,ghts.

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And this is the second card. I try to make cards that nothing will fall off. This is a card a little one could carry around with them (they love to do that). I used Stamps of Life Santa2stamp and dies along with the HoHoHo sentiment (this sentiment was part of 2015 Christmas card making kit from Stamps of Life). All were colored with copics, papers from my stash.

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Thanks so much for hopping along. Good Luck with winning prizes, don’t forget to make comments (we love them) and most importantly thanks also for all the cards you make that put smiles on all the kids faces.

Happy Hopping!!

Card Making, Challenges, Copics, Die Cut, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown, Your Next Stamp (YNS)

Tuesday Throwdown Tag

Tuesday Throwdown’s Challenge this week is to make a tag. I won the Your Next Stamp prize for Tuesday Throwdown’s Challenge #386 (random.org) and I chose the Magical Unicorn and Die that I used to make my tag today. Here is the card.

The paper I used is from BasicGrey called Euphoria and the ribbon is from my stash. I colored the unicorn with Copics. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids so this tag will be going to one of the hospitals I ship to. Two of the hospitals have school programs for the kids to attend while they are receiving long term care (makes me sad), so hopefully this will brighten up one of the kids spirits when they see the happy unicorn if they use it for a book mark.

Thanks for stopping by and maybe this will inspire you to make a tag for the challenge or start donating your creations to SAS4KIDS.

Have a great day.

Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Tuesday Throwdown, Verve Stamps

Create Your Own Background

The current challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is to create your own background. I love the look of watercolor backgrounds but never seem to achieve the look. My goal for participating in challenges is to “CHALLENGE” myself. So I found my ink pads and went to work on creating the background on this card.

I used Distress Inks and when it dried I stamped the images from SSS Spring Flowers stamps in Versa Mark Ink and then embossed with white detail embossing powder. I cut the frame using MFT Blueprints 27 and the sentiment is from Verve Stamps Floral Notes also embossed with the powder.

I was very sad to learn that Verve Stamps will be closing their shop the end of June. Go over to Verve Stamps site to receive 55% off.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Copics, Die Cut, GinaK Designs

Cards In Envy – Feeling Sketchy

Cards In Envy’s current challenge is to share your favorite sketch. I have a story (what else is new) about my favorite sketch. I had been eyeing up Melanie Muenchinger’s Fabulous Frame stamp from GinaK Designs for quite some time before I decided to purchase it. After purchasing it, I played and played with it trying to get it to stamp straight, stamp without smudges, stamp completely without any misses – you know the drill. I tried different acrylic blocks, I tried using my Fiskars stamp positioner,  I tried using the Misti, I watched Melanie’s videos over and over again, nothing worked. I used Memento Ink, I used Versa Fine Ink, I even tried masking it off with no success. I finally gave up. But, I loved, loved, loved the design, the flower, butterflies and sentiments. So I decided to make my own sketch.

The Stamp Set:                                                                              This is my sketch:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the card:

On this card the card base itself is lavender. I adhered the paper pieces onto black card stock making sure to leave a sliver of black around the pieces – I believe that is what I like so much about the design. The black frame was die cut using MFT Blueprints 27, and the papers are from GinaK. I colored in the Rhododendron flower using copics.

The Rhododendrons are in full bloom here in PA and this card will go nicely with the Shopping Our Stash Challenge (April showers bring May flowers), also.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, Hero Arts, Send A Smile 4 Kids

SSS Stencil Challenge

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Wednesday challenge which is to use stencils. For this card I used a stencil from my arsenal, I think I got it at Tuesday Morning (for $2). Using three Oxide Inks from Ranger and a sponge dauber I colored it in.

I used the same colors to color in the circle. The stamps and die cut are from the My Monthly Hero Kit for April. The rhinestones are also from Hero Arts. This card will be going to one of the hospitals I ship to for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, Stamplorations, Try It On Tuesday, Tuesday Morning Sketches, Tuesday Throwdown

Buttons, Mum’s the Word and A Sketch

Well after the last nor’easter we lost cable, internet and phone for five days. We had electric and were thankful for that — the bad part was it happened over the weekend and hubby was home (‘nough said).

The inspiration for today’s card comes from three challenges – Tuesday Throwdown’s challenge is use buttons, Try It on Tuesday’s challenge is Mum’s the Word, and Tuesday Morning Sketches uses this sketch:

Embossing Folder is from Darice, paper from stash, sentiment from Stamplorations (retired), button die is from Memory Box (I think they may be retired also).

Thanks for stopping by.

4 Crafty Chicks, Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, GinaK Designs, Hero Arts

Feathers for the Guys

Continuing the challenge I set for myself (to keep using Hero Arts February 2018 kit to create cards), I created this card using the sketch over at  Cardz4Guyz challenge.

I spritzed the background with Hero Arts Ink Spray (Pool) and colored the feathers with the inks that came with the kit and also Ombre Mermaid. After cutting the feathers with the dies that came with the kit, I placed them on the spritzed panel using the sketch as a guide. The sentiment is from GinaK Designs.  I then placed the panel onto the card base (sorry don’t know which card stock that is).

In addition to Cardz4Guyz I would like to participate in the following challenges:

As You Like It – Single or Multiple (layers). Single, I like clean and simple cards.
4 Crafty Chicks – Just add a Sentiment
Through the Purple Haze – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, Hero Arts, Tuesday Throwdown

Black and White Spring Card

The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is Black and White. I received the February Hero Arts Kit earlier this month and I am challenging myself to use it to make all my cards until I receive the March Hero Arts Kit. I didn’t think I would be able to pull off a “spring” black and white card but I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Here is my card:

The papers I believe are from Die Cuts With A View (old) the three flowers are an EK Success punch and I added the highlights with a sharpie. The bird and sentiment are from Hero Arts. I white heat embossed the bird on black card stock and then using the matching die, cut it out – you really can’t tell in the photo but the bird has a black outline around it. I used a sketch I found on Pinterest to design this card.

In addition to Tuesday Throwdown I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, Hero Arts, Tuesday Throwdown

Tuesday Throwdown Sketch

I have always loved watching birds especially when they build their nests. When I was a kid we had so many robins in our yard that every spring we always found robins eggs in their nests (never touched them). When the Hero Arts February 2018 Kit arrived I was very excited. Wow so many stamps with matching dies.

This week’s challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is this sketch.

Using the Hero Arts February 2018 Kit I created this card:

The nest die is very detailed and has perforations for you to be able to insert those eggs. I used the three ink cubes to color the nest (direct to paper). Then using the robins egg ink cube I ran it over another piece of card stock a few times and spritzed the card stock with brown ink spray (to make it look like robins eggs). I then die cut the eggs. I also spritzed the background on both panels with Hero Arts ink spray (Pool color). The tree branch was colored with Distress Markers. I stamped the birthday greeting on the top left so I moved the embellishments over to the right. The little leaf die also has a perforation to be able to manipulate it to make it look 3D.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Die Cut, GinaK Designs, Send A Smile 4 Kids

Cards In Envy Winter Chills

Sliding in at the last minute to post this card so I can participate in the first challenge of the year over at Cards In Envy (Winter Chills). I used a recently purchased stamp set from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. These stamps were a steal because they came with dies.

The snowflake paper is from GinaK (the other papers from my stash). The doily is a die cut from MFT.

This card will be going to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by!