Friday, October 16, 2015

WTF? Birthday Card

The first of my cousins is turning Fifty this month.
I made a special card for her mother to give her
(I'll share that one later) and a different one from myself.
I hope that she likes the card(s) I made her !
They are beautiful just like she is, both inside and out,
and this card has a sense of humor to it. 
Maybe it will bring a smile to her face :)

All supplies used were from Stampin'Up!,
though most are no longer available. 

The card base is a premade die cut circle that
they used to sell along with matching 
dark brown square envelopes.
Yes, they require extra postage to mail. 

The scallop circle has mini pearls that I added
along the edge.

I die cut a couple of circles of decorative paper
and card stock, used my sewing machine to stitch
around the edges then distressed the edge of the 
blush card stock. 

WTF? is die cut from chip board then again from
decorative paper that I glued to the top.
I had to print on scrap paper from a font on my computer, 
trace then hand cut the question mark since 
there are no punctuation dies in the set.

The sentiment was created on my computer,
Blenda script, then hand cut 
and mounted on decorative paper.
It is slightly bent and attached at each end
to give it a bit of dimension.

I totally forgot to take a photo of the inside 
(as well as the pretty envelope I made !)
once I added the pink ring die cut that I pierced,
so I tried to alter the before photo to give you an idea.
It really helped finish it off, there was just too much
white space on the top portion of the card.

The bottom has a scrap of pretty decorative paper, 
a paper punched blush ribbon with a thin scrap of
textured Espresso card stock on top. 

While looking for a holiday card challenge website recently,
I stumbled across a site that lists numerous challenges.
I skimmed through them and found the following challenges
to enter my card into. Visit each site for inspiring ideas:

(I've played along several times at their brother site,

I'm also submitting it to the WT553 challenge 
Make a shaped card (no squares or rectangles)
and use pink ! 

Thanks for looking :)


My card was a winner at 4 Crafty Chicks - Pearls challenge   10/21/2015

It was a Top Three at Cardz4Galz    10/22/2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Speed Limit - digi kit

Here are the first two layouts and a greeting card front
I've made with the fun new 
digital scrapbooking kit by JMC Designs,
Speed Limit ! 

I know I will use this kit over and over !
I really like that it isn't just travel or new driver related,
there are a variety of elements and fun papers
to be used for many auto (even not auto) related projects. 

Here are the two templates I used for inspiration
for the scrapbook pages:

SPEED LIMIT kit contents:

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

On The Farm - digi kit

This is a page I made with the first of two new digital kits by JMC Designs this week:
Everything on the page except for the large light blue ring is in the kit
(some items have been reduced in size).

The horse in the photo above was on the sidewalk in front of the
F.M. Light & Sons store in Steamboat Springs, CO
when we visited there in 1998.
 I couldn't let the kids have all of the fun
and climbed up on Lightning, too, letting my inner cowgirl loose !

The layout is inspired by one I found on pinterest

Don't let the name of the kit fool you,
it is full of lots of great elements and papers 
that can be used for many other projects,
not just farm related scrapbook pages .

Here are a few fun card fronts I made
adding my own words/fonts from my computer
in the My Memories Suite V6 software:

(word bubble shape is not in the kit;
it is the My Memories Suite V6 software
that I used to design the card)

The kit contents:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Triple Challenge Christmas Card

I should be making birthday cards
(I need three of them in the next week!),
but thought I'd look into card challenges instead.

Since I've not really
been in the craft dungeon/getting creative
much for over a month after Dad's passing, I thought
joining a challenge other than my design team duties
might help give me that little kick 
to get back to crafting more often. 

I searched for "Christmas Card Challenges"
since I may as well start thinking about
making some to send this year.
Retailers are already pushing holiday items:
I was in a discount store in mid September and
saw winter decor, Halloween decor and 
gardening supplies all in the same section!

My search turned up several sites.
I chose three of them near
the top of the search results and 
combined their challenges into one card :) 
They are listed below my card details.

I used a homemade shimmer mist spray on the
snowman and snowflakes.
I then added details to the snowman with markers
and white acrylic craft paint.
Clear rhinestones, two sizes, 
were added to the centers of the snowflakes.

The snowflakes are punched out of
Elegant Eggplant, Marvelous Magenta
and Orchid Opulence card stock from Stampin' Up!
The bottom, darkest, snowflake and snowman are
punches from Stampin' Up!
The top two lighter purple snowflake punches
are from Martha Stewart. 

Silver cord scrap for the bow.

Metallic silver card stock punched with a 1/4"circle punch
and adhered with hot glue to create the look of a door knob.

This photo was to try to show the sponging I did
along stencils to give the illusion of depth/detail on the door.
It doesn't show up well (the ink seems to have dried lighter
now that the card is completed so it doesn't show up as well
in the middle rectangular sections especially). 

The base of the card front (door) is Soft Sky from Stampin' Up!

The pink, printed ribbon was in a pack I bought from
Target (on clearance after the holidays) a few years ago. 

Here are the three challenges I combined:

Color Combo for challenge #44

October Sketch Challenge at

NO STAMPING of any kind 
for the October challenge at 

Thanks for looking =)

EDITED 10/12/2015 
My card was the overall weekly color challenge winner at Christmas Card Challenges !
So exciting !!!

My card was chosen as an Honorable Mention at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown !

My card was randomly chosen as the overall winner at Christmas Cards All Year Round !

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Eat Your Veggies - digi kit

Quirky, fun new kit by JMC Designs,
Eat Your Veggies ! 

Kit available at 
The alphabet is not shown below, but it was used on the Scooter page.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Frightfully Scary- digi kit

There is nothing scary about the adorable new digital kit
from Jodi at JMC Designs
There are so many fun digital/hybrid projects you could make
with this large kit.

This is a greeting card front. 
It would be fun to print out then add some real embellishments.
Print the sentiment again separately, then adhere on top of the card
with dimensional pop dots. 
Attach real ribbon in place of the printed ribbon and 
for a final fun touch, print out an extra bat,
carefully cut it out then adhere it with a pop dot
on top of the printed one. 

Here are the many components to the kit found at

Friday, October 2, 2015

Play The Music - digi kit

What a lovely new kit by Jodi at
So many great digital / hybrid projects could be make with it!

A printable card front

Scrapbook page-
I have some old photos of my children in a band concert
many years ago that need to be found, scanned and inserted ;) 

The "vellum" fancy shape under the photo blocks
is not included; it is a shape in the program I used to design the page. 

Play The Music  Bits N Pieces kits at