Clean Circles

AAA Cards Challenge #234

Cardz 4 Galz #193, Red, White and Pink Color Challenge

Trying to get motivated by playing along with a few challenges. I think the AAA Cards Clean and Simple Challenge #234 to include circles is me right now! The Cardz 4 Galz #193 challenge is a color challenge to include red, white and pink. I blended these two challenges together and will be sharing my card with both blogs.

The stencil I used was something I picked in one of the big box stores some time ago,I think, I separated it into three different sections of circles. Using Gina K Designs Cherry Red ink and fading out to SimonSaysStamp’s Cotton Candy ink, adding a cotton candy dragonfly from GKD’s Dreams Take Flight and stamping a GKD Lovely Notes January card kit sentiment in black with a few touches of wink of stella completed my card.

Red, White, Pink and CAS with as much open space as I can manage completes my card today.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe. The first of two storms may be heading our way. Maybe 1-3″ of snow, sleet freezing rain tonight followed with something for later in the week. We shall see!!!

Candy Cane Plaid

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge # 34

A fun new Christmas challenge and mood board filled with lots of red and white stripes for inspiration has been posted on the Peace on Earth Christmas blog. My candy cane card, well candy cane plaid card, will be shared with this challenge. To create my plaid background, I used the Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Plaid set of three dies times 4 to complete my panel. Originally I cut a square white panel for the center, added my Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane stamps & coordinating dies and cut my foilage using Tim Holtz Sizzix Large Funky Festive dies glued everything in place and then came to the conclusion that I didn’t like the finished product. I carefully deconstructed everything, tossed the white square, cut four more red kaleidoscope plaid panels, added a vellum oval and completed my card. Things happen! After adding a sentiment strip I decided that I liked this second attempt much better.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Puffin Party

Double D Challenges: Birds

I am along with the Double D Challenges blog and their BIRD theme with my card today. This SimonSaysStamp Party Like a Puffin was a freebie during STAMPtember for me and I finally got around to inking it for this challenge. Yana Smakula recently did a YouTube for Simon on this stamp set so I was inspired by her as well as the Bird challenge. Taylored Expressions Party Popper layering stencil was used for my partial background. I used some leftover ink on my brushes for this soft stenciled background.

Don’t you just love Tweety Bird! ” I twat I tawa puddy tat! ” LOL!! Poor Sylvester! It still cracks me up! Fun mood board.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Kitty Love

Crazy for Cats: Challenge #4

A new to me sister challenge blog to Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges for those cat lovers and owners. A cute and different challenge. Several cats have been our owners over the years but unfortunately after PennyLane we are cat-less.

My stamp set is an adorable release from Taylored Expressions “Endless Valentine”. A little bit of layering and a few additonal hearts complete my card today. My card will be shared with the Love My Cat challenge at the Crazy for Cats challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Hearts Happy Mail

Can You Handle The Pressure

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Darlene and Diane on the fun embossing folder challenge blog. It’s always fun to play along with your girls.

A few more Valentine cards that probably may not get in the mail this year unfortunately. My embossing folder is from Darice and patterned paper was from my stash. I had some really cute ephemera that matched nicely with the Happy Mail theme. If I made one of these barn door fun fold cards, I think I made at least three or four of them. Am I stuck? LOL.

Outside and inside view of another barn door flap using Taylored Expressions rotating heart stencil and sentiment strips from a recent “kids” kit (that I kept). Die sentiments from Gina K’s newest kit and the same Darice embossing folder but the debossed side. I couldn’t decide which way the lips should go??? See what I mean!! Stuck!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Stenciled Love

Crazy is our fame — Stencils are our game!

The theme for the February Stencil Fun challenge blog is the required stencil and optional challenge of including hearts. My card includes Taylored Expressions Rotating Heart Stencil. The bottom portion of my ‘barn’ door flap was embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder. The love die was cut from a previous project stenciled background and layered on Spellbinder’s Fancy Tags die cut in vellum. Martha Stewart Heart border punch was used for the scattering of gold hearts.

I was happy to share my card in this fun challenge. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Hearts & Dragonflies

Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges #14

My card today will be shared with the Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges #14 which is Red, White & Gold Valentines plus the optional challenge of the blog namesake Dragonfly.

For my card, I decided on an American Crafts red & white double sided patterned paper from my stash for this fun fold card. My gold element is the Penny Black Heart Bow which is mounted on Spellbinders Classic oval & scalloped oval dies. To play along with the optional dragonfly, I need to fussy cut these teeny tiny dragonflies from a Gina K designer paper pack that is one of my favorites. Sentiment is also Gina K and the Fresh Florals stamp set.

Always a fun challenge for me. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

It’s Hallo-tine!!!

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

It’s the February Anything Goes Halloween Challenge with the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog. Their mood board was made up of lots of hearts. So…….how could I incorporate Halloween and Valentines, you may ask? Well you squish them together and come up with a new holiday called Hallo-tine.

Keeping with the HALLO-ween theme, I used SimonSaysStamps’s Layered Spooky Icons layering stencils and inked each panel in soft colors. My little monster is Tim Holtz Sizzix Costume Party colorize die set. After using Spellbinders’ pierced hearts dies for my valen-TINE portion of my card and a stamped the Recollections sentiment on the medium size heart. I took another die into the LABoratory. to perform surgery and stamped the baby on the smallest pink heart. Punched the EK Success funky heart in red shimmer cardstock for my little monster bursting out of the heart to complete my card.

So I’m thinking that this may be the perfect card for Will for Valentine’s Day. LOL…not sure if he will appreciate it or not. Maybe I’ll put a removeable panel inside for the sentiment I can give it to him again on Halloween and wonder if he will remember that it’s the same card. LOL…..My excuse is that I’ve developed some crazy, itchy rash on my body that makes me want to rip my skin off. So this may just be the little monster in me because of my condition. Lotions, aloe, powders, nothing helped to relieve this except scratching which then made it worse. A visit to the walk-in was YUP it’s a rash but here’s a script for prednisone. First dose today and it resulted in a little relief and a knocked me out for a short, deep afternoon nap.

Sorry for the long story tonight but my brain kind of went into overdrive on this challenge. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Red, White, Red, White!

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #33

Most Magical Time of the Year Challenge #5

I always seem to run out of time for tags by the time I finish all of my Christmas cards so thought I would make a start with a tag to day for the Peace on Earth challenge. Their mood board seemed to be perfect for that idea. Using Spellbinders Classic Hearts and Classic Scalloped Heart dies, I started my process using shimmer cardstock from my Michaels. I layered red, white scallop and red for a backer, added Tim Holtz Sizzix large Funky Festive poinsettia dies and the word Joy from Stamp of Approval Merry Labels set. Then I thought that this was a pretty large tag and why not turn it into a card!! White, again, cut the heart die off the fold to create card back. After adding a few gems in green, I’m think it was more appropriate for a card. What do you think?

I am also sharing my card with the Most Magical Time of the Year blog where challenges are Anything Goes Christmas or Halloween. This is a sister challenge of the Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges blog.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.