Saturday, April 15, 2017

An Easter Card

Hi, there!  It's the day before Easter.  This past 2 weeks, I have been quite busy making Easter cards for my family.  Usually, I only send a few.  But this year I decided to include my sisters and other adult family members - nieces and nephews.  I made a few duplicate cards to make it a bit easier for me.  Here's one that went to our grandson:


The image and sentiment are from Sunny Studio. Finally, I have the word "grandson" in a stamp set.  I sponged the background with Distress Ink.  The eggs are colored with Spectrum Noirs and then fussy cut.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a shadow under the egg carton.  This is a quick and easy card.

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamps:  The Good Egg (from Sunny Studio); Shadows (from Paper Smooches)
Shadow:  Paper Smooches 
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Wet Cement, Broken China Distress Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LG1, 2; PL1, 2; CR1, TB1; LY1, 2; HB1, IG1, 2

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #298 - Easter

Our challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog this month has an Easter theme.  You'll want to click over to the blog and see the inspiration from our DT.  We hope you join the challenge so you have a chance to win a cool prize.
 
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To qualify for the prize, you must use at least one Cricut cut on your project.  If it's not obvious, please tell us which cartridge you used.  If you use a Cricut Explore, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.  And if your project is not a card, you will get two entries in the prize drawing.

I made a clean and simple card as is my usual style. This was fun to make and took very little time.


I'm making more Easter cards this year than I have in past years.  I will make multiples of some cards, something I don't do a lot.  But I need to keep it simple and time is definitely running out to get cards in the mail.  I'm looking forward to sending more happy mail than usual.  Do you send lots of cards for Easter?

All the cuts were made from snippets of paper I had in my scrap basket.  I just hate to throw away card stock and DP.  The clouds were actually cut years ago and saved!  How's that for being thrifty?  (Thrifty sounds better than hoarding - LOL!)

Cricut Cartridges:  Welcome Spring (umbrella); Art Philosophy (eggs); Artbooking (grass); Artiste (clouds)
Stamps:  Sunny Studio (A Good Egg)
Inks:  Broken China Distress Ink; Close to My Heart (Pear)
Card Stock:   Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us #70 - Easter
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Week 275 & 276

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

613 Avenue Create #196-Anything Goes-Option Spring

It's April and Spring!  This month at 613 Avenue Create we've added the option of Spring Has Sprung to our Anything Goes Challenge.  I'm so happy the season has changed, and the weather is improving for the moment, at least where I am .  The days are longer and the sun seems brighter.  All in all, Spring puts me in a happy mood.

I've made an Easter card for this month.  Usually, I only make a few Easter cards.  This year, I've decided to make more for family and friends.  Here's my first:


I actually colored the sweet little bunny for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge  (which just ended) and put her away until now.  This is something totally new for me.  I have never colored images in advance of making a card.  I rather like going into my special box and pulling out an already colored image.  I believe I'll do more of it in the future.  Thanks to Kathy R, I have a stash of colored images - yay!!

Of course, I used my Spectrum Noirs.  I lightly chalked the area around the image and rounded the corners.  I used a stencil to create the background with Distress Ink.  I inked up the sentiment and adhered it.  Finally I added some sequins.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LV1; LY 1, 2 & 3; PL1 &2; BG1, 2 &3; PP1; FS6 &8; DG3
Stamps:  Close to My Heart Sensational Season (bunny) & Say It in Style (sentiment) - both retired
Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Sequins:  My stash
Stencil:  Heidi Swapp

Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #244 - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - B is for Bunnies


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 30!!!

Yippee!!!  This is the final day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I made it through!!  It was both easier and harder than I thought it would be.  I still have a lot to learn about coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers, but I've learned that I learn best through using them.  How about that?!  There are definitely some color combos that I need to work on blending.  The lighter shades are easier than the dark ones.  I know paper matters greatly. So do inks. And, of course, I need new and more stamps to color - LOL!!

I discovered this darling free digital image of peeps for Easter  (here). I have wanted a stamp of peeps for ages, and somehow never got around to ordering one.  I added the bow tie.  It's from a Waffle Flower set called Congrats.


I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone to take part in Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I had my ups and downs, but overall I truly enjoyed it.  I do feel that my skills are improving.  I'm determined to keep getting better. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 29

So today is day 29 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I colored some images from a Recollections stamp set that is years old.  I used another robot in this set once, I think.  Other than that, the set has just been on a shelf, unused.  I have been seeing the galaxy background on blogs which brought these images to mind.  I'd like to give that a try and use my space images.

These small images were cute and fun.  I definitely want to do something with them.  One more day to go, folks!!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 28

This darling little bunny in a tea cup is a free digi from Craftin' Desert Divias that I picked up a couple of days ago.  I'm not sure if it's still free, but you can check the site.  It's called Bunny Latte.  Isn't it the cutest thing?  I have entered it in Day 28 at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge - yippee!


I used my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut it out after dusting around the image with yellow chalk.  I just laid it atop the snippet of paper in order to take the picture. I believe the paper is digital paper that I used on another project some years back.
  
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Monday, March 27, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 27

These little flowers are my Day 27 project for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  They are part of a Sizzix/Graphic 45 set that includes a tea pot, tea cup and a spoon with matching dies for all.  The set was a gift from my son a few years ago.  I've used the teapot stamp before, but never the flowers.

I will use the dies to cut out these flowers and make a card.  I'll be sure to show you when I do.  I hope you're able to do some crafting and/or coloring today.  Make it a great one!




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