Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sympathy Card

These types of cards are so difficult to make, aren't they?  I decided to go this route for the MFT Sketch #471 and MFT Color #133 challenges.  (I love it when you can get a 2-fer on a challenge.)

I have seen a few cards out there lately that have shown dry embossing.  My embossing folders have been gathering dust for ages.  I pulled one out for the white panel.  Other supplies I used (that have been gathering dust) are my alcohol inks and vellum.  This is the first time this MFT 'Deepest Sympathy' set has been inked up, too.  A productive day!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Cheers!

Anything Cold Challenge

We are on Day 2 of Snow Days for school.  I LOVE it!  I didn't think we were going to get snow this year down in the low lands.  Yesterday my youngest and I raced outside and built a snowdude complete with snowboard and goggles (my own little guy isn't so little, he just turned 18, but still is up for playing in the snow with mom.  I love that!).

All of this to say that I've been procrastinating about joining the Paper Smooches Anything Cold challenge.  After a little stint in the brisk morning air I got busy though to create this card.

It's tricky to catch glittery bits, but look closely to see the snowy hillside and sparkly blue sequins in the large snowflakes.

The Paper Smooches set that I used had to pulled down again as I stash away my holiday stamps after Christmas.  I used images from Enchanted Elves and Merry Motifs.

Just in the nick of time, too.  Today's the last day to join the challenge!

Wishing you all warm thoughts.  I'm off to play in the snow again...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Happy Hallowtines Day!

Happy what???  Yes, there is a group of Halloween-lovers on SwapBot and one of our swaps is to create a card for Hallowtines Day - a fun, yet freaky, alternative celebration of Valentines Day.  The lovely couple that I chose to use to grace the front of my card is an image from Stampotique designed by Tracy Scott.

Aren't they fun...and a little freaky?

Of course, I couldn't just send this in a plain ol' envelope.  Here's a little mail art morph of Valentines Day and Halloween:

Happy Valentines, or Hallowtines, Day!

Friday, January 10, 2020

What to do with holiday cards now that Christmas is over...

Almost every year, as the decorations come down and boxes get put away I stare at the festive cards I've received over the holidays and get a little sad about just tossing them in the recycle bin.  This year I repurposed part of  one into an ATC.

This little snow leopard graced the front of a Christmas postcard.  Now he's happily living it up in the mountains.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Snarky Valentine Collection

I haven't been feeling very creative lately.  Hoping for some blast of inspiration, I headed over the ATCsForAll site to see if there were any good swaps up.  Ding ding ding!  What to my starving eyes should appear but a Snarky Valentine swap.  Oh, yeah...sign...me..up!

Here's what I conjured up.

That was fun.  So great to pull out some of my fave Stampotique goodies to play with as well (adding some of these to their 'anything goes' challenge this month).

For all of you lonely hearts out there, I hope these give you a chuckle.


Sunday, December 15, 2019

Crafting Burn-out? I hope not!

After the 25 Tags of Christmas marathon I think I hit a little bit of crafting burn-out.  Every time I walked into my creative space I stared blankly at my supplies.  It's also entirely possible that the chaos of my space could be the cause.  LOL)  Regardless, yesterday morning I had the itch to make something and checked out some of the challenge blogs that I stalk...er...follow.  The Stampotique Designers Challenge caught my eye.  "Let it Snow"...I can do that!

Lovely little Sonia is not the image I initially was planning on using, but since I spotted her in my stash and haven't used her in ages she needed to be inked up.  Good thing too, because I still haven't sent out ANY Christmas cards.  Yikes. 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Yuletide Blessings

Now that I have all of those gift tags under my belt it's time for me to turn my eye towards some cardmaking.  I'm really hoping that I get Christmas cards out this year.  I don't remember the last time I did!  I made the following card for the current MFT Sketch and Color challenges.

After I linked this up to the challenges I felt like something was missing.  This is the new version - I added silver Nuvo drops to the wreath for that little extra somethin' somethin'.

One down and...a lot to go.