Dragonfly Dreams: September

Yep. It’s here. September. Soon to be Autumn. Soon to be Pumpkin Spice Season. **sigh** I am not ready to let go of summer yet.

Our newest challenge is up at Dragonfly Dreams and our theme is Birthday!

We have a new sponsor with us for this one. A lovely designer out of the UK named Lauren Waterworth. I am using a stamp called Birthday Cupcake from her shop on craftsuprint.com

I’m not sure why I went with a Halloween theme for this card. I just had this idea in my head to do Halloween cupcakes!

I printed off three of the cupcakes and colored them with my copics. I then added some stickles & Nuevo Drop to look like sprinkles. I decided to go with a slimline so that I could have enough room for all 3 of my cupcakes. I think that this is an older Echo Park line. I added just a bit of black glimmer paper in behind and of course some enamel dots. I just printed the sentiment off on my computer and I still felt it needed something to give it more of that Halloween theme, so I went with some little silver spiderwebs.

Head on over to the blog…the Design Team has some really great projects for you to check out! Be sure to play along with us this month too!

Bashing out some birthday cards

I needed to do a schwack of birthday cards for a group that I am in, and I knew I wanted to use these square 5×5 card bases I found at the thrift store I work at. I got 15 of them for 1.50.

I found a great sketch on the Mojo Monday website

It was pretty simple and easy to mass produce. Here’s what I came up with!

I just pulled some papers out of my scrap box and the flowers you have seen before many times. I used a sentiment from a set I bought with Craft Creations Too and then added some little crystals from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. This collection was called Glamorous. Some of them also have some tiny Heidi Swapp flowered gems on them. I really love how these turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!

TMS #668

Hello friends! Here is this week’s sketch for you on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog!

This is the last little bit from my SCT sampler! I used one of the die cuts included with the sampler and then I added a sentiment from one of dies in my stash. Some black Nuevo drops and we are good to go.

Be sure to stop by the blog and see the great creations from the rest of the DT.

Dragonfly Dreams: July

It’s time for our July challenge at Dragonfly Dreams everyone! Our theme for the month is Indoor Activities/Hobbies.

I was at first stumped at what to do for this one, but then I realized that there is a lot that this could entail….board games, crafting, baking/cooking, watching movies or tv…lots really.

I chose to go with one of my son’s favorite activities…LEGOS! I’m sure a lot of moms can relate!

I have this Stampin Up set called Boys will Be Boys and it was perfect for this one.

I stamped the image in various directions quite a few times and then colored it with some copics just in some basic colors. It’s hard to se but some of them are also highlighted with some Glossy Accents (the ones that look a bit darker 😉 ). A perfect card for that boy in your life.

Make sure you drop by the blog and see the rest of the projects from the DT, they have a great variety for you!

Blowing the Dust off the Gel Press

Ready for day 3 of my Spring Card Class? We were doing some gel press techniques. I have to be honest. I’ve had a gel press for about 6 years ( a gift in my goodie bag from a crop I attended) and this is the first time I’ve used it. I have no idea why I never used it before as it really is a lot of fun and it’s so unique!

We paired the gel press with some embossing as well, again something that I don’t do near enough (although it did make me realize I don’t have any clear embossing powder in my stash….say what???? )

I needed some birthday cards to send out, so I focused on that sentiment but really mixed and matched here.

The left card is using some Gina K stamps and sentiment (you’ve seen this set before from another online class I did last year), with a Plaid Crafts stencil to add an extra layer of texture to the gel pressed panel.

On the right we have some gel press and watercoloring and it is paired with a stamp and die set from SCT delivered online (this is part of an online card class from the spring that I haven’t finished yet so stay tuned for another card with this set). This one I brayed the watercolored ink and then added the panel onto the gel press. It gave me some lighter and darker parts, which I think adds some great interest to this card. I did some gold embossing and I love the gold on this!

Our flat card, which was actually my first gel press panel, I cut out the flowers using a CTMH stamp and die set (again from a previous online card class) which had been heat embossed with some gold embossing powder.

The inks were from Your Next Stamp for this one. I went with some pink/purple/teal combo, which is a little out of my wheelhouse but I love it with the gold embossing!

Get out your gel press and have some fun with it! There is no right or wrong way ( I even left a little ink on mine for the next batch).

Entered into these challenges:

Alphabet challenge: Embossing

Beyond the Blue: Flowers

Creative Fingers: Anything Goes

Classic Design Challenge: Anything Goes

Do -Al Creative Challenge: Group ( I used my gel press to create 3 different cardstock panels)

A new (favorite) technique !

For day 2 of the Spring Card Class 2022 with Kristina and Jennifer, I learned a new technique called Joseph’s Coat which is pretty cool. It when you create an inked up card panel, and then stencil over it in black ink. How cool is this!!

I created my rainbow background panel using inks from Your Next Stamp, Lawn Fawn and The Stamp Market. The star stencil I used was distressed stars from Plaid Crafts which I used with black Memento Ink. I heat embossed a sentiment from Stampin Up for the focal point and then just a few clear enamel dots.

This card was based on the Cathy Zielske example for the class. I’m pretty sure I’m going to chalk this up as a new favorite because it is just so easy and makes such an impact on your project. I love the effect!

Thanks for stopping by.

Entered into these challenges:

Alphabet Challenge: E is for embossing

Creative Inspiration: Masculine

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday: Favorite Technique

TMS #658

Need a sketch to jumpstart? Well head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see this week’s challenge sketch and the great inspiration that the Design Team has sorted out for you!

I really like this one! I went a bit crazy with some layers for this one. I challenged myself to just use whatever was in arm’s reach of my desk, so I used a lot of stuff from my stash box for this card.

You know I love the layers so I used an embossing folder for my green layer and then went to down with some doily and flowers that I cut in half. I also have a layered sentiment die and then some gemstones, stickers and twine to finish it off.

How will you interpret this sketch? Come by the blog and show us!

TMS #653

Hello all!

I hope you had a lovely Easter holiday! Sadly on my end, although I was happy to head to my farm in Saskatchewan, we arrived back yesterday and realized that we all have Covid. It is not a fun time in this house! 😦

What is fun though, is our new challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

I had this Lawn Fawn cupcake die set that I had never used, and to be honest, I don’t know where I got it from. I did want to use it tough and so I paired it with some fun papers from my stash as well as a fun birthday sentiment. Of course, enamel dots right!

Be sure to head over to the blog to see what fun the rest of the DT has created for you and we hope that you will play along with our challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

TMS # 646

So ya. I’m behind. By like two days. That’s how long our sketch has already been up on the blog at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I don’t know how I missed this week! Ugh! Better late than never right!

This is one of the easiest sketches you are going to come across to use. You can make it as minimal or as detailed as you want. Perfect for leftover scraps of some embossed cardstock. Don’t want to use a circle? Try a star or an oval or really whatever shape you fancy.

This probably the last card that you are going to see with the July 2020 SCT Sampler because I am all done with it! I love this card. I think it turned out really well. I paired this with a sentiment stamp set from Hero Arts called Cheeky Birthday.

Come on over to the blog, you still have time to create with us!

UYS #427 Summer Fun

Hello one and all! Summer is in full swing right now and so is our new challenge at Use Your Stuff...our theme is Summer Fun!! Create a project that screams summer fun to you!

I created this fun card to celebrate a Summer birthday!~

I love pairing the Echo Park plaids and the Doodlebug stickers together as you can see and I also used a fun new die from Craft Addicts for all the squares. I replaced some of the missing black ones with the plaid paper to add some color.

So be sure to head to the blog and play along with us for our challenge!