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Monday, September 26, 2016

Mojo Monday Mystery


How did this half sheet of great paisley paper get in my stash?
I don't remember seeing it before.  That probably means I have too much paper.  But, don't we all?


The Mojo Monday sketch today is for a square card.  Upon seeing that, I went digging for the pack of square cards my friend, Mickey, gave me that someone had given her.  The card bases are a pale blue/gray.  Next I went stash digging for dp that would match.  This paisley paper spoke to me.  It was a perfect light blue/gray match.
A punch for the circle, cricut cut for the scalloped circle, fussy cut stamped crazy bird with hat and bow tie, embossed deep aqua cs distressed to cover the white paper core that showed through after embossing, strip of black shimmer trim, CTMH Artiste cricut cut tag, silver embossed sentiment, and bow finished the card.  
I think I'll send it to my brother for his birthday with a snarky sentiment inside about getting old.


Challenges:
QKR Stampede Challenge # 210 - Embossing
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #149 - Things with Wings + ribbon or trim
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #72 - Watch the Birdie
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations September Challenge - One for the Boys
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #335 - Use an Embossing Folder
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Powder Power (sentiment is heat embossed)
Incy Wincy Challenge #19 - Things That Fly
Craft Your Passion Challenge #331 - Always Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #129 - Always Anything Goes
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #467 -



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Eggplant, Pansy, Thistle, Black & White

Those are the current colors, all shades of purple, 
and the birthday card below.
Stamps used are from CTMH.


The doily is a cut on the CTMH Artiste Cartridge.  Then I fussy cut the various layers according to the stamped pattern.
Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #132 -  Favorite Embellishment (Pearls & Ribbon) 
A Gem of a Challenge #178  - Female Birthday
 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Another Bugaboo Fall Card

Today I am making a more masculine card using Bug Fall Trio from Bugaboo Stamps.  Not that it couldn't be sent to a girl, but I kept it rather plain and didn't add any ribbons or bling.  Of course, I used kraft card stock for the base, my favorite choice for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.


Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #164 - Fall Colors + a sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #382 - Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving
Choux Choux Paper Art Halloween Challenge - anything halloween
Sunny Day Crafting Challenge #15 - Always Anything Goes
Cards in Envy Challenge - Fall
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge # 189- Anything Goes w/ twist: fall colors
Pile It On Challenge #117 - Autumn Colors/Theme
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #317 - Colors of Fall


Friday, September 23, 2016

Wedding Card

My mother asked me to make a special wedding card for one of her friends.  I pulled out the prettiest creamy white paper, pre-embossed with tiny butterflies, pale green velum, dies from Our Daily Bread, and pearls to make the front of the card.

 The sentiment stamp is from Verve, embossed in white.  The layered butterflies are a CTMH cricut cut on the Art Philosophy cartridge.

For the inside I used another ODBD die and a Cherry Lynn Designs fancy flourish die. 


These Inkadinkado sentiment stamps are embossed in white.

Challenges:
Cut It Up Challenge #105 - Name Game (My first name begins with a "D" and I've used dies.)
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #173 - My Favorite Things  (are these beautiful dies from ODBD, pearls, and pretty paper)
Fantabulous Crixcut Challenge #285 - Wet or Dry Embossing (I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge for the butterflies)
Sparkle n Sprinkle September Challenge - Anything Goes with glitter, flock, or embossing powder (I've used embossing powder.) 
ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls 

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time for new light bulbs!

 There is a light fixture with ceiling fan directly above the table 
where I always sit to use my laptop.
One day, as I was "working", the room got a bit darker.  I looked outside and the sun was still shining, no clouds in sight.  One of the 3 light bulbs above me had just blown.  Not a big problem...there were still two that were working.  About a month ago, another bulb called it quits.  The final light bulb failed when I flipped the switch this morning.  I am now working in the dark. 
What is the big deal about putting in 3 new light bulbs?
you might be asking yourself.   
Once I get those 3 bright new bulbs in the fixture, they will illuminate all kinds of things... the dust on the outer globes, the grime on the edges of the white ceiling fan paddles (was I nuts? white paddles in the kitchen?), the list goes on.  
Here's an idea: maybe I'll just replace 1 bulb.  

All that stuff about light bulbs has absolutely nothing to do with the card I made for today.  
The focal digi image is Circle Sentiment Pumpkin Season from Bugaboo Stamps.  The stamps on the borders are from CTMH.

Challenges being entered are:
Art Impressions Challenge # 193 - Cards to Die For (stitched circle die was used)
Aud Sentiments Challenge #164 - Fall Colors + a sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #382 - Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving
Choux Choux Paper Art Halloween Challenge - anything halloween
Sunny Day Crafting Challenge #15 - Always Anything Goes
Cards in Envy Challenge - Fall
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge # 189- Anything Goes w/ twist: fall colors
Pile It On Challenge #117 - Autumn Colors/Theme
Robyn's fetish Challenge # 334- Anything for Fall

Have a lovely day.  And may your light bulbs continue to shine.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Fun with Parachute Piggy

We know it's fall when Aunt Bess, who is well into her nineties, calls on Sunday night and asks if we're ready to play cards.  Our Wednesday afternoon game resumes today, after taking a break over the summer.  It will be a fun afternoon.

Gerda Steiner Designs recently made this cute digi, Parachute Piggy, available for the September Progressive Challenge
I thought he might like to have a little fall fun, too.

I used the new CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge to cut all those leaves.  The stamped letters are CTMH, also.

Challenges:
Fairy Tale Challenge #151 - Falling Leaves 


That's it for today.  Don't want to keep Aunt Bess waiting.

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's a Girl & CTMH Card Class 9/20/2016

Here's a very simple baby/baby shower card.  No stamps.  Just some clouds and a sentiment, cuts from the CTMH cricut cartridge, and a few punched hearts.

Challenges:
Get Creative Challenge #48 - Include Embossing

Since I'm posting a baby card, I thought I'd show you the baby blanket I just finished crocheting.  It's my new favorite pattern.



And finally, here are the cards we made at Joyce's CTMH card class this afternoon.




I know Joyce gets a lot of her ideas on Pinterest.  If any of these cards look like one you posted on your blog, please accept our compliments on a card worth CASing.