Well, if you’ve participated in each monthly challenge so far with Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round then you have five  Christmas cards made and ready for the holidays which will be here before we know it!  This time the theme for the month of June  at Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round is “Vintage.”  I love a vintage theme and had a great time creating this card.  The challenge starts on their blog tomorrow, June 1st and runs through the entire month of June.
I started off by inking the edges of my white cardbase with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. This card was created with lots of things from my stash plus bits and pieces of different elements.  The background paper was a scrap from a 12×12 sheet of My Mind’s Eye “About Me” Lavender Collage Paper.  I also inked it with the Frayed Burlap.  I created the shabby bow by using some beige Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon and spritzing it with Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist and Dylusions Cherry Pie Ink Spray.  I scrunched it up while wet and dried it with my Tim Holtz heat gun.  Once it was dry, I tied it into a loose bow which I wrapped around the background paper and attached it to the card with a foam dot.  The fabulous vintage Santa was from a scrap of paper that I’ve been saving because he is so wonderful.  I cannot remember what paper line he is from.  I trimmed it down to fit my card, rounded the corners with my Chomper and then wadded it up a bit to give it crease lines which I then inked with the Frayed Burlap.  Next, I glued a sprig of Petaloo berries trim to the top of the bow and added loops of stringed pearls.  While that all dried, I took a bit of beige crochet lace and used a needle and thread to gather it up into a flower.  I held the center together with an off-white pearl brad from American Crafts “Dear Lizzy” Elements pack and glued the crochet  flower on top of the sprig of berries.  
Here’s a close up of my flower:

To finish it off, I added sticker words from my stash to spell out “Joy”  and “To the World.”  To make those stickers a bit more vintage, I lightly sanded the surface of them and touched a bit of the Frayed Burlap ink to each one.

This will be my last card that I will design for Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round.  My six month term has gone by very quickly and while I could have stayed on for another six months, I felt that I was not able to give my full creative attention to the team because of my other challenges and because I will be teaching classes now and then at my LSS.  However, I do encourage each of you to continue to visit the Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round blog for inspiration and to join in on the challenges.  After all, it’s a great way to make a few Christmas cards throughout the year!

Happy Crafting,

Happy  Monday!   It’s time for another fabulous sketch challenge over on Seems A Little Sketchy! Our sponsor is Whoopsi Daisy and the design team was given several adorable images from their shoppe to work with including some that were pre-colored.  Now, I love to color with my Copics but sometimes when you are pinched for time, having one that’s already colored for you is really nice.  Since it was a holiday weekend when I made this card, I used a pre-colored image.

I decided to turn the sketch on it’s side for this card.  Here’s Sketch #40 by Tess Davis for Seems a Little Sketchy.

For my card, I matted the image with some charcoal cardstock after I rounded the corners of both the image and the mat.  I cut the scallop design above the image with a new Lifestyle die using white cardstock and charcoal cardstock.  I created the background by dry embossing it with a Lifestyle Spring embossing folder and then inked it with some Victorian Velvet Distress ink.  The printed papers are scraps leftover from the last card I made and are My Mind’s Eye “Sky’s The Limit” 6×6 papers.  I added an Avante Berry Prima flower and a piece of scroll or flourish paper from my stash.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Picnic Sentiments Collection.  After the card I brushed some yellow Stickles over the flowers, flourish, the little butterflies in the image and her hair.

I hope you can join me by making a card using this sketch! Have a fabulous week!

When I was a kid, I loved paper dolls.  I had many sets. But my favorite of all was the Lennon Sisters.  That dates myself pretty good. Ha, ha. If you don’t know who the Lennon Sisters were–Goggle them.  Anyway I love these paper dolls that I cut out today.  Really they are for scrapbooking and came with some cool clothes printed on fun scrapbook paper.  I bought the set Thursday at the LSS.  They are by FabScraps.  I also bought chipboard “bodies” for them and after I cut the dolls out, I glued them to the chipboard.  What do I plan to do with these?  Nothing. Ha, ha.  I just liked them because they reminded me of my own paper dolls.  I’ve now arranged them in a nice clear cellophane baggie and have them displayed with some of my other vintage toys in my sewing room. They look really good in there.
Here’s a close up of their clothes.

I’ve spent the afternoon yet again cleaning up my crafty room.  Well, except for when I played with these paper dolls.  How in the world can one small craft room get into such a disaster.  I’ve got it back in shape now except for going through my basket of paper scraps.  So many scraps!  Think I’ll try to trim them into card sizes for my next marathon card making session for Operation Write Home.  I really need to get back into the habit of making cards for our troops and since tomorrow is Memorial Day, I think that I will do just that and set a goal of making at least two cards a day for a month to send in.  Wish me luck!

Happy Friday! And Happy Memorial Day!  Since I may not be back on the blog over the weekend, I want to express my gratitude to all who have lost a loved one while serving to protect my country, the United States of America.  Your sacrifice and their sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

Today’s card is for the new Digi Haven Challenge which has a theme of “Butterflies.”  I was given this fabulous butterfly and poppy image from our sponsor Floppy Latte to color up.  For this one I decided to go with lighter colors for a more muted look. I used my Copic markers in the following colors…

Copic Coloring List:

  • Poppy Flower YR00+ W1+ W4+ Y11
  • Butterfly Y11+W1
  • Leaves G82
  • Background Shadow BG000
I added some yellow Stickles to the butterfly’s wings.  I actually printed up the image twice so I could use two of the butterflies and stack the one I cut out on top of the one with the flower to make it look like it is about to take flight.  Here’s a close up of the butterfly so you can see the details and Stickles  a bit better.

And now a crafting confession of sorts.  I colored up the image first without picking out my papers.  I normally create in reverse by picking out my papers first and then coloring the image to go with the papers.  So for this one, I had already colored my image and had even added the second butterfly.  On the day I put the card together, we were having thunderstorm and a tornado warning and I wanted to get the card done, photographed and turned in for the Design Team deadline.  Right now my crafty room is in a terrible state of product, project and trash confusion.  Among the piles of stuff I found a new 6×6 pad of designer paper from My Mind’s Eye Find Your Wing & Fly Collection “Sky’s the Limit”  that I’d purchased and flipped through and was happy that the paper colors went very nicely with my pre-colored digi image.  There was a sheet of left over stickers on a counter and I decided that the “Keep Dreaming” sticker would make a perfect sentiment but I felt it needed to be placed on some decorative tape or ribbon to make it stand out.  So I started digging around in my crafty piles and found a new package of Washi, Trendy or Decorative tape–whatever you call it and since it was from My Mind’s Eye AND since I bought it the same time that I bought the paper pack I was using I figured it would be complimentary with the papers.  I didn’t really look–just cut it and stuck it on.  It was after I’d added the sentiment that I noticed that it did not go with that paper. Ugh.  And wouldn’t you know, that tape was stuck good.  So I left it.  Now, if this messes with your matchy, matchy sensibilities like it does me.  I’m sorry, but we’ll have to let go of that thought and accept this card as a beautiful butterfly encouragement card that tells one to “Keep Dreaming” and if they do, then they will hopefully find bright colors in their life like the stripe of that tape. Ha, ha.  Oh yes, the decorative tape was by My Mind’s Eye but it was from the Kate & Co. Collection “Cambridge Ct.” I wonder if I bought any papers to go with it. Hmmm…

I hope you will go over to Digi Haven and check out our Butterflies challenge.  The challenge runs for two weeks and there is a prize for one random winner picked from those who participate in the challenge.  Just remember you need to use a digital image on your creation to join in on this challenge and we must see butterflies!

Happy Crafting,

It’s the third Monday of May and time for a themed challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog that I host.  For this challenge, I picked the theme of “Make Your Own Background.”  There are MANY fun ways to make your own background.  You’ll want to check our our blog post on Cards in Envy to see all the wonderful and different ways the Design Team made their own background for their card creations and for details on how they did it! Be sure to visit the blogs of each Design Team member.  There is a link above each one’s card along with their name and blog name in the Cards in Envy post.

For my card, I decided to do a technique I learned from Operation Write Home.  I don’t remember who to give credit to as I’m not sure if it was a technique tutorial or on a blog hop or what,  BUT I did file it away in my mind to use it some day and it was perfect for this card!  I took small bubble wrap and folded it  into a size that was easy to hold on to and pressed it down into some Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise ink.  Then I stamped a white card background with the inked bubble wrap!  I love the look this left and instantly knew I wanted to use an adorable beach digi from Di’s Digi Stamps.  I colored her up with my Copic Markers.

Copic Coloring List:

  • Skin E00+E02+E13+R81
  • Hair Y00+Y21+Y23
  • Hat E41+E43
  • Swimsuit R81+R83+R85
  • Trim on Swimsuit R00
  • Sand Pail Y04+Y06+Y08+B24+B28
  • Sand E30+E31+E34
  • Sailboat R46
  • Sail YR82+YR68
  • Ocean B01+B04+B06
  • Sky B0000

The banner is cut from My Mind’s Eye Kate & Co. “Cambridge Ct.” and the brads are from the same collection. So summery! Perfect for a beach card!

This was a fun and simple card to make, but perfect for mailing! And perfect for the Cards in Envy challenge!!  The challenge runs through June 2nd so you have lots of time to make a fun background of your own and share with us!  Hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting,