Hello crafty peeps! It’s Sunday, June 30th right?  I thought so. Ha, ha.  It’s been a busy week and month.  It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is July 1st! Really? Wow.

We’ve got a new challenge starting up TOMORROW over on Cards in Envy.  It’s a sketch challenge.   And it will be the last challenge with a sketch but NOT the last challenge.  Starting in August, we will be having all themed challenges for Cards in Envy.  I’m posting my card for the challenge a day early as I have my own challenge that also goes live tomorrow and I didn’t want this one to get overlooked by all of you.  I know I have a lot of very talented friends and followers and I want to encourage you to create an A2 (4.25″x5.5″) non lumpy, bumpy card following this sketch:

Awesome, isn’t it?  So many possibilities!  Since this post is a day early, you are getting a sneaky peek at the sketch before it’s revealed on the challenge blog! Which means you could actually make a card today with this sketch and link it up as soon as the challenge goes live after midnight (central time)!  What do you get when you join the Cards in Envy challenge?  Well, you get a card made and if you make cards for Operation Write Home, you’d have another one to add to your stash that you need to mail in PLUS at the close of the challenge the fabulous Designers of Cards in Envy look over the entries and pick their favorites so you could also earn an adorable badge (created by me) for your blog.  We award one badge to the very best, most liked card which is “First Class” and then we award three or more “In the MailBox” badges to the runners up. This challenge runs through July 14th, so I know you’ve got  plenty of time to whip one up!

Ooops! Almost forgot to give the creation details on my own card!  I used Echo Park “For the Record 2” 6×6 paper pad and some red cardstock and yellow cardstock to create the card following the sketch.  I hand cut the banners, stamped the shortest one with the sentiment by Papertrey Ink from their Mailbox Greetings collection.  The floral oval was cut with an oval die and I punched out the paper flower with a Stampin’ Up! scallop punch and circle punch. I added a bow tied from some button twine and added tiny paper circles instead of brads that I punched with a regular hole punch from the yellow cardstock.  This made my card nice and flat for the Cards in Envy requirements.  Which if you join the challenge, remember to make an A2 card (no square cards) and keep the thickness fairly flat so it fits in a regular first class envelope for mailing.

Hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend and remember to check out the Cards in Envy challenge tomorrow!

Happy Crafting,

Happy Friday, crafty friends! The above photo has nothing to do with today’s post but I just can’t bring myself to have a post with no photo! Ha, ha.  The photo is of a current mini album sample I’m working on for an upcoming class at the local scrapbook store.  But now on with today’s post!

I’m pretty excited to share a review with you.  I was contacted by Eric of Daily Craft TV to watch any one of their class videos and do a review of it.  Let me tell you, it was hard to choose just one class but I finally zeroed in on Scrapbooking & Papercrafting Outside the Box.  That “outside the box” phrase intrigued me and I wasn’t disappointed.  First of all the video class runs for a little over an hour and is packed full of some fun ideas–many of which were new to me AND it only costs $4.99 AND you can pause it and rewind it in case you get interrupted AND you can watch it again!

For this class video there were SIX chapters!

  • Making Chipboard Albums
  • Using Acetate
  • Holiday Card Album
  • Hardware Store Embellishments
  • Four Cards, Two Pieces of Paper
  • Stamping with Bubble Wrap
I’ll admit that as I watched each chapter that I decided that it was my favorite.  Which means I loved it all.  The different instructors show you how to do each project in their chapter  and also show you different projects they’ve done.  The video is very clear and well lit and the sound was good too.  Now, I’m not going to share any of the details and techniques  of the different chapters with you because you really should go sign up and watch it for yourself and while you are there…check out all the other classes too.  As soon as I find a bit of spare time I’m going to sign up for more myself.  For now, I have a list of things I want to look for in the hardware store and at the scrapbook store and I’m going start saving all the bubble wrap that comes in packages here at the office.
Here’s the link to all the classes:  Daily Craft TV
I’m thinking this is a fun way to spend a few hours during a very hot summer weekend!  And thank you Eric for giving me this opportunity!
Happy crafting!

Well I meant to share this card yesterday, but work and life got in the way a bit.  Plus it was mine and hubby’s 37th wedding anniversary! My! Where has the time gone?!  We had a date night–dinner and a movie.  It was a wonderful low key way to celebrate each other and our life together.  We watched Man of Steel.  I loved it.  Hubby said it was okay (I think he liked all the action more than he’ll admit) but he’s a bit of a stickler for movies following the original story line and since this one strayed quite a bit from the Superman comics he read as a child, he didn’t like it.  Ha, ha.
So, summer is definitely here!  I created this cute “Happy Summer” card following Seems a Little Sketchy’s Sketch #42 except I used Sketch #41’s sponsor images.  Which means that a few weeks ago, I followed the WRONG sketch when designing a card.  I love how it turned out though which shows you how versatile this sketch is.  Those cute sea life digi images that I colored with my Copic markers are from My Grafico.  If you saw my Seems a Little Sketchy card for sketch #41 you’ll know that I did use them with the right sketch during that challenge.

Anyway, Happy Summer to you all! Stay cool if you are where it is hot!  I’ve read a few blog posts and Facebook comments where some live where it is rainy and almost cold which is a bit hard for me to grasp.  Either way, make the best of your climate and have fun and get crafty!

Hello! It’s time for another challenge with Seems a Little Sketchy.  We had another fabulous and fun sketch by our designer Tess.  Plus we were given some really cute circus digi images to work with from our challenge sponsor, Sweet’n Sassy Stamps!  I printed up the circus tent three times and colored each one differently with my Copic markers.  I decided to add the cute seal too and paper pieced the ball on his nose.

Copic Coloring List:

  • Seal C1+C3+C5
  • Top Tent B16+B18 and R46 and G24
  • Middle Tent Y13+Y15+Y18 and BG05
  • Bottom Tent BG05 +BG07+BG09 and Y15
I found the free sentiment on Pinterest and printed it up on my computer.  I forgot to bookmark or write down the site it’s from but I think if you Google “Circus Sentiment Pinterest” you’d find it.  The sentiment is popped up a bit from the rest of the images with foam dots and the yellow ball on the bottom by the seal is popped up too.  All the papers are 12×12 Bo Bunny “Surprise” collection.  I added a red & white Baker’s twine bow to pull out the red on the top tent and the bit of red in the seal’s ball.
I generally followed Seems a Little Sketchy’s Sketch #42 by using the tents, seal and ball as the elements.  Tomorrow I’ll try to remember to share another card that I created following Sketch #42.  It was a mix up card.  I used the correct sponsor images with the wrong sketch a few weeks ago.  It turned out really cute.
Here’s the sketch for the current challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy:

Now it’s your turn!  Make a card following this sketch and link it up to the Seems a Little Sketchy blog.  You’ve got two weeks to get it done and as always there will be a prize from our sponsor, Sweet ‘N Sassy to a random winner.

Happy Crafting,

Hello and Happy First Day of Summer!  Yes, it is official though we’ve been having “summer” for a good three weeks already.  Today is the start of another 2 week challenge over on Digi  Haven with a theme of Fun with Flowers sponsored by Floppy Latte.  For my designer card, I chose this lovely flower that I call Forget me Nots.  Now, I may be wrong but that’s what they remind me of.  I colored up the digi image for my card and for the charm with my Copic Markers.

Copic Coloring List:

  • Flowers V12+V15+V17
  • Leaves G40+G43+G46
  • Background BG0000+BG000

This is a window card and I cut out the window with my Big Shot and a Dynamics Die.  The flower image is actually on the inside of the card.
To create this card, I used papers by K & Co. from a Designer Mat Pad marked Ancestry.com.  I added a Bo Bunny doily, punched the corners of the image with a Stampin’ Up! decorative corner punch and added some Recollection lace to the front of the card.  The charm is made with a base and acrylic piece I bought from an online auction.  I colored another flower image and punched it out with a 1 inch circle punch and put it inside the charm holder, added some Glossy Accents and pressed the clear acrylic piece on to the image.  After it dried, I tied it on to the card with some Offray purple satin ribbon.  I also inked the edges of the window and the card with Old Paper Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Handwritten Notes, stamped with Memento Grape Jelly ink.
So, there it is.  My Fun with Flowers cards for the Digi Haven challenge.  I’m thrilled that it’s Friday and I wish each of you “simple things…small joys.”   And be sure to head over to Digi Haven and participate in the challenge.  It’s easy. Create something using a digi flower image. Plus there’s a prize from Floppy Latte!
Have a great day!