Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm "Hear" For You!

HYCCT1325 - A Listening Ear - Challenge:  Ears on your cards!  You can choose an animal image, or an image of a person – the important thing is that an ear, big or small, is showing.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  In My Thoughts, Bunny Friends (Penny Black)
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Petals & Paisleys DSP
Ink:  Black, Various SU Markers
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Scary Halloween Tree

Happy Halloween!  I don't make many Halloween cards but I really liked this paper by DCWV called Bewitched.  There are several images that don't need much added to create a card and this tree was one of them.  I created the spider web from black card stock and an EK Success Spider Web Border Punch and then spritzed the border with frost white shimmer mist.  The spider was stamped with versa mark ink, embossed with black embossing powder, cut out and adhered to the card front using a dimensional.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  From the Crypt
Paper:  Black, Eggplant Envy, DCWV Bewitched Mat Pack
Ink:  Versa Mark
Accessories:  EK Success Spider Web Border Punch, Silver Cord, Black Embossing Powder, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sparkling Notes

HYCCT1324 - Keep It Under Wraps - Challenge: Make a decorated (altered) notepad of any kind that can be used by the patients to jot notes, keep address of new friends, journal of their journey, etc. Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, please put at least a spot of pink on it.

I didn't do much altering to this notepad.  Since the cover was already a sparkly pink, I added the foam letters (adhered with crystal effects) and the various pieces of ribbon. 

Supplies Used:
Accessories:  $1 Spot Notepad (Darice), Foam Letters, Various Ribbons, Crystal Effects

Bambi for the Baby

HYCCT1323 - Impossible Things Happen - Challenge: Make a card inspired by a fairy tale.

I chose the fairy tale "Bambi" because this little deer stamp reminds me of him. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Forest Friends, Best Yet
Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Parisian Breeze DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Bitty Banner Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Razzleberry Blossoms

HYCCT1322 - Sending Flowers - Challenge: Create a card with one or more flowers.

I kept this card clean and simple.  No sentiment was added so this can be used for many different occasions.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bright Blossoms
Paper:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green
Accessories:  1" Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Candy Dots, Crystal Stickles, Dimensionals

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blue Christmas Shaker

HYCCT1321 - The King of Rock 'n Roll - Challenge:  Be inspired in some way by Elvis and turn it into a card. You could use an image of Elvis or the idea of his sequined costumes or even the words or title of one of his many songs to inspire you.

My inspiration for this card were the songs "All Shook Up" and "Blue Christmas".   

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Patterned Pines
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Acetate, Holiday Thyme DSP
Ink:  Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point
Accessories:  Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities Dies, Divine Swirl Embossing Folder, MS Branch Punch, Little Felt Flurries, Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brad, Frosted Lace Stickles, Tombow Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Mounting Tape, Glitter, Paper Snips

Sunday, October 27, 2013

KISSed Daisies

HYCCT1320 - Kindness Is Showing Support - Challenge:  Create a card using the KISS Technique.

For this card I inked the daisies in baja breeze ink and inked the canvas background stamp with basic gray and then KISSed the daisy stamp to the canvas stamp.  Here is a link for a tutorial on the KISS Technique.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy Canvas
Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Urban Garden DSP
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Accessories:  1/8" Baja Breeze Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beach Time

HYCCT1319 - Scene of Serenity - Challenge:  Create a project with a scene. You can use stamped images, die cut images, free hand sketching or painting.

I decided that I needed to watercolor this image.  I don't often watercolor so this was outside of my comfort zone.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using black versafine ink and then used watercolor crayons and an aqua painter.  I need more practice with watercoloring but I enjoyed creating this card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Summer by the Sea, Canvas, Sanded
Paper:  Watercolor, Black, Marina Mist, Pacific Point
Ink:  Versafine Black, Pacific Point, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Black Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Watercolor Crayons, Aqua Painter

Fun Rain Boots

HYCCT1318 - Put Your Brave Boots On - Challenge:  Create a card that shows boots or shoes of some kind.

For this card I used a black marker and inked the edge of the boot image and stamped it onto my designer paper (twice) and then cut the images out.  For the rain puddle I mixed some crystal effects with bashful blue reinker and used a toothpick to put it exactly where I needed on the circle. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Sarah DSP
Ink:  Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities Dies, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tall Vines

HYCCT1317 - Stand Tall - Challenge:  Make a tall/skinny card.

This card measures 3 1/2" x 6" and will fit into a regular business size envelope.  This card was created using some old SU rub-ons.  This is another card that can be completed in about 10 minutes.  Since the vine image is approximately 12" long I was able to make 2 cards. 


Supplies Used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Black
Accessories:  Love & Happiness Rub Ons, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Monday, October 21, 2013

Criss Cross Pocket

HYCCT1316 - Pocket Full of Hope - Challenge:  Create a pocket card, or a card with a pocket on it.
  • Bonus 1: To fill the pocket with hope, add a star or stars OR a heart or hearts.
  • Bonus 2: Make it orange (leukemia) or pink (breast cancer and our traditional color for HYCCT).

  • To create this pocket card I followed this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.  I didn't use any stars or hearts but I did use both orange and pink.  I have had this DSP for years now and I was so glad to find some use for it with this challenge.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Punched Posies, Because I Care, Swirls & Curls Verses
    Paper:  Whisper White, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Sassy DSP
    Ink:  Black, Pink Passion, Only Orange
    Accessories:  Only Orange Grosgrain Ribbon, Fire Circle Brads, 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Tab Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Dimensionals

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Furry Friends

    HYCCT1315B - Warm & Furry Fuzzies - Challenge:  This is the KIDS CHALLENGE and for everyone young at heart.  The thought behind this challenge is to create a card (or tag) with a critter on the cover that is fur covered (warm and furry to cuddle), any animal you please.

    I didn't think I had any stamp sets with a furry critter and then I remembered this set that I won from last years HYCCT prizes from Crafter's Companion.  The image matched perfectly for this challenge. 

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Strawberry Kisses - Rubber Stamp Set - Babe
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Delicate Dots DSP
    Ink:  Black, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand
    Accessories:  Star Rhinestones, Crystal Effects, Sponge Dauber

    Bursting Blossom

    HYCCT1315A - Bursting with Hope - Challenge: Create a card using a star burst design.  Your star burst should be created from either card stock or patterned paper, and NOT be a stamped image.

    This is the second star burst designed card I have created for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.  You can view my other card here.  For this card I decided to have the rays of the star burst off center and chose to create a dimensional flower as my focal point. 

    Supplies Used:
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Print Poetry Stack
    Ink:  Crumb Cake
    Accessories:  Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon, Paper Doily, Scallop Circle Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Mini Glue Dots

    Saturday, October 19, 2013


    HYCCT1314 - Blingtastic - Challenge:  Create a card that is totally Blingtastic. Use glitter and rhinestones on your card.
    Do you think there is enough "bling" on this card?  The challenge was glitter and rhinestones and maybe I went a little overboard.  I saw this lovely card created by Anne Schach and used the same stamp set and layout but changed the colors and sentiment.  Thanks Anne for the inspiration.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Lacy & Lovely
    Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, DCWV Glitter Stack
    Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
    Accessories:  Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brad, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

    Washi Thanks

    HYCCT1313 - Sticking by Your Side - Challenge: Create a card with a Washi Tape background.

    I think this card was completed in under 10 minutes.  The washi tape is a mixture of some that I picked up at a local craft store and some from SU. 

    Supplies Used:
    Paper:  Whisper White, Black
    Accessories:  Washi Tape, Foam Stickers

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Flower Box Garden

    HYCCT1312 - The Colors of October - Challenge: In honor of October make a card featuring pink, green and yellow with a touch of something shimmery or opal looking.

    This is a CASE of a card created by Loll Thompson.  I don't own the flower box die cut so I created my own.  I started with a piece of naturals white card stock measuring 1" x 2 1/2" and glued a 1/4" x 2 5/8" strip along the top edge and cut the ends at a slight angle.  To finish the top of the flower box I added another strip measuring 1/4" x 2 3/4" glued over the other strip.  I scored a line along the bottom and added crumb cake ink to all the edges.  To ensure a complete leaf image along the top of the flower box I placed the box on a scrap piece of paper over a foam pad and pressed the inked image firmly along the top edge.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Silhouette Sentiments, Pocket Silhouettes, Bloomin' Marvelous
    Paper:  Naturals White, Whisper White, Old Olive
    Ink:  Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose
    Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Daffodil Delight Blossom

    HYCCT1311 - Peace and Quiet - Challenge: Make a card that's full of peace and quiet. NO WORDS on the front. Let your image(s) do the talking and get your message across.

    Since no words could be used on the card front I went with a strong, bold image and used the ornate blossom as my focal point.  I stamped the image using pear pizzazz on my main panel and then stamped a second time on scrap card stock with daffodil delight and fussy cut the center blossom.  It is difficult to see in the photo but the center blossom was spritzed with frost white shimmer mist just to give a little bit of sparkle.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Ornate Blossom
    Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Greenhouse Gala DSP
    Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz
    Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Mist, Pear Pizzazz Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

    Dance, Love, Sing, Live

    HYCCT1310 - Words to Inspire You - Challenge:  Make a card using words that are meant to inspire. The inspiring words can be the focal point of your card or let the words go with the image you've used.  

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Outlines Rubber Stamp Co.
    Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Raspberry Tart DSP
    Ink:  Versa Mark
    Accessories:  Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, Scallop Border Punch, Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Birthday Bot

    HYCCT1309 - Strength of Steel - Challenge: Show off your metal.  Feel free to use aluminum foil in your creation, recycled soda cans, home improvement flashing, or use a metal embellishment.

    When I saw that the challenge was metal I knew I had to use the Lots of Bots stamp set.  Since I don't own the gears punch I created my own using circle punches and the boho blossom punch and then trimmed the edges.  I did the same thing with a larger scallop punch.  The effect was exactly what I was going for.


    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Lots of Bots
    Paper:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Silver Glimmer, DCWV Metallics
    Ink:  Black, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Smoky Slate
    Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities Die, Circle Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Spots & Dots Embossing Folder, Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Dimensionals

    Morning Coffee

    HYCCT1308 - It's a Cover Up - Challenge: Make a card with a hidden message (or image) which you can uncover by opening a flap or swinging a hinged tag or panel.

    I wasn't sure what to do for this card so I opted to create a "joy fold" card.  There is a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers with various options for card sizes.  The coffee mug circle image is what holds the flap closed.  I stamped one line of the phrase (a morning without coffee) on the card front and the other half (is like sleep) can be read by opening the flap.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Morning Cup
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
    Ink:  Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
    Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Heart to Heart Punch, Paper Piercing Template & Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Embossed Leaves

    HYCCT1307 - Peaceful Leaves - Challenge: Use a leaf or leaves on your card.

    For this challenge I decided instead of stamping leaf images I would use the autumn accents bigz die and emboss the leaves using various embossing folders.  Once I had the leaves embossed I applied the ink using the direct to paper technique and then distressed all of the leaves before layering them.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Simple Sayings II
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
    Ink:  Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
    Accessories:  Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Circle Nestabilities Dies, Various Embossing Folders, Corduroy Button, Gold Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Oh, Hello!

    HYCCT1306 - Many Colors of Cancer - Challenge:  Many of us have a loved one or friend that has been affected by cancer. Choose one of the colors of cancer from THIS Site  and use it on your project. Feel free to use more than one color combo on your project, if you have more than one person going through a cancer battle. In your description, let us know why you choose the color(s) you did.

    I chose the colors dark blue (colon cancer) for my dad, purple (pancreatic cancer) for my mom and white (lung cancer) for my sister.  Sadly, they have all passed and I miss them all very much.  There are so many other people in my life that are currently fighting various forms of cancer and I decided that my DSP should have many colors to represent them as well.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Oh, Hello
    Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Sycamore Street DSP
    Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple
    Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities Die, Flower Trim, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Paper Doily, Dimensionals

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Pink Camoflage Hearts

    HYCCT1305 - Pink Camo - Challenge:  Use pink camo ribbon, patterned paper, digital paper or you can even make your own camo paper!  Stamp a solid image repetitively in many shades of pink ink!  It's that simple! You can also use a pink and black reinker and swirl it on white ribbon or white flowers and make a pink camo design!

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Wishes Your Way, Tree Image (Magenta)
    Paper:  Whisper White, Regal Rose
    Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
    Accessories:  Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Dimensionals

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Live in the Sunshine!

    HYCCT1304 - Let's Punch Out Breast Cancer - Challenge:  Create a card using punches or dies, use either or both of them to design a card to encourage the patients and lift their spirits. 

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Pursuit of Happiness, Papillon Potpourri
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, DCWV Glitter Paper
    Ink:  Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight
    Accessories:  Dots Embossing Folder, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Oval Frame Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Nestabilities Die, Small Butterfly Punch, Mini Flower Punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Framed Inspiration

    HYCCT1303 - PINK-terest - Challenge:  Choose one of the photo's below to inspire your card and then tell us which one it is in your description - and we would LOVE to hear the details of why and how it inspired you too!

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps: Loving Thoughts
    Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Patterns Love DSP
    Ink:  Black
    Accessories:  Square, Round and Oval Nestabilities Dies, Square, Round and Oval Scallop Nestabilities Dies, Pearls, Dimensionals

    Sunday, October 6, 2013

    Royal Treatment

    HYCCT1302 - Hope you have a great day - Challenge:  Make a card that will put a smile on someones face. It can be a fun sentiment, a silly image or maybe some bright colors. What ever you think would make person happy when they opened up the envelope.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, Favorite Thoughts
    Paper:  Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, DSP (unknown)
    Ink:  Versa Mark, Elegant Eggplant
    Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder, Fleur De Lis Border Punch, Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearls, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    I'm Finally Back...

    First, I must apologize for not posting since August.  I have made cards for friends and family but never got the chance to post anything for September.  But for the next month you will be seeing regular posts. 

    If you follow my blog, then you know that in October I participate in the Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT) challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  Every day during the month a different challenge is posted to create a card to be sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.  I usually send all my cards in one box upon completion of all the challenges but some people break it up and send them out periodically throughout the month.  It is a great cause and I truly enjoy trying to come up with different cards for all of the challenges.  So without further ado these are the first 3 cards I created for day 1 (on October 1st there are 3 challenges to complete).

    HYCCT1301A - Inner Strength - Make a card with inner strength - meaning that a dimensional image on the inside of your card can be seen through an opening in the front of your card.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Moving Forward
    Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Pink Passion, KI Memories Designer Paper Pad
    Ink:  Versa Mark, Night of Navy
    Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities Dies, Mini Flower Punch, Navy Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Mini Glue Dots
    HYCCT1301B - Courage and Strength - Red is the color of determination, strength, courage and love. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is the color of encouragement and determination. Challenge:  Create a card that shares courage and strength with either the color red or orange or a mixture of both. 

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Season of Friendship, Big Pieces, Little Pieces, 6-Sided Sampler, Fresh Vintage, Trendy Trees
    Paper:  Whisper White, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard
    Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard
    Accessories:  1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals
    HYCCT1301C- Flat is Fabulous - Create a card Clean and Simple (CAS) card. One or two bulky layers or embellishments. Keep it flat.

    Supplies Used:
    Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness
    Paper:  Whisper White, Pink Pasison
    Ink:  Pink Passion
    Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Mist