Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Box of Cards

Wow, it's been over a week since I posted anything, and I can tell it's not from lack of creating.  I've been busy making things, but we've also had company, and then yesterday I was sick :(  I'm feeling much better today, so I have a box of cards to show you.

Yesterday, my husband came home with a gift for me from a wife of one of his students.  Every class he teaches has a couple of students from various countries, and in this class he happens to have a Saudi Arabian student.  They just got done celebrating Eid Al Adha, so I enjoyed learning a bit about that.  Gift giving is customary with this holiday, so I made a box of cards for this student's wife.  Hopefully these are something she can use :)

I used a newer set from Taylored Expressions called Let's Chat along with one of my older TE Key Ingredients Kits.  Those kits are just invaluable to my crafting.  They always take the guess work out of matching.  

The boxes come from a subscription that I have to Birchbox for beauty products monthly.  Those boxes are perfect for A2 cards :D

Here are the links to some of the products I used:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More HYCCT Challenges

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There is still plenty of time for you to participate in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on over at Splitcoaststampers.  I've been pacing myself out nicely, and I have a few more cards to show you :)

This first one for for Lee's challenge to 'Show off your Cupcakes' to make a notecard and matching cupcake holder with cupcake images.  I just received my There She Goes Stamps order in the mail this weekend, so the Ninja Skillz set was perfect for this one.

My next card was for Cindy's a 'Birthday in Pink' challenge.  I used the There She Goes Warmest Wishes stamp and die set for this one.

This card was for Lisa's 'Hope is in the Air' challenge.  I used my Our Craft Lounge sets called Love is in the Air & Spilling Over.

My final card for the day was for Bev's 'Clearly Hopeful' challenge to use a clear element on your card.  I used my Simon Says October Card Kit for this one.

I know that there haven't been a ton of details on my cards lately, but I just want to make sure that I'm getting these done and ready to send for the HYCCT challenges.  I'll have more over the next few days, so be sure to come back :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CDS Sunday Blog Hop -- Trick or Treat

Hey there, and welcome to the Clear Dollar Stamps Sunday Blog Hop!  We do this monthly to inspire you AND to give away a great prize!  That sounds like a win/win!  You should have made your way here from Deonna's blog, but if you didn't why not head to over to Clearly iStamp to get started.  You won't want to miss a bit of crafty inspiration :)

Our challenge was to make something with the theme 'Trick or Treat', and I couldn't resist using Trudy's Autumn Friends digi for this one.  I was also inspired by the current Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  I made this for Judy's 'Monster Mash' challenge.

I know exactly who I'll send it to as well, hehe.  I colored that fun image with my Copics, and used some MME Mischievous papers for the background.

After you comment, you'll want to head on over to Lori's blog.  I'm certain she has something wonderful to share!

Here are the links to the products I used:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More Hope You Can Cling To

I'm back today with a few more Hope You Can Cling To challenge cards for the HYCCT challenges going on over at Splitcoaststampers.  I'm starting to get all caught up, and it feels good!  If you have some spare crafting time, you should really check them out and get involved :)

My first card for the day was made for Kathy's challenge of making something to inspire courage.  I used the Paper Smooches Stamps set called Hope.  It seemed extremely fitting.

My next card was made for Dina's show tunes challenge.  I was listening to 'You've Got a Friend in Me' from Disney's Toy Story on Pandora, and I couldn't help but be inspired by the theme of friendship.  I used my Friendship Blooms set from Taylored Expressions. . .one of my faves :)

This next one was made for Bev's 'Shine it Out' challenge to use a lot of sparkle.  I made my own glitter embossing powder by mixing some pink glitter with some clear embossing powder with a ratio of roughly one to one.  That way I'm not getting as much glitter all over the place ;)  I used a couple of dies and a set from Taylored Expressions:  Royal Digs, Majestic Border Die, & Royal Treatment Die.  Taking a picture of something with glitter on it is so difficult. . .ya feel me?!

This next one was made for Lynn's 'Pinking Shears' challenge to make a card with a decorative edge.  I pulled out a new Lawn Fawn set called So Thankful.

My final card of the day was made for Ardyth's 'Vital Signs' challenge to make something inspired by your vital signs.  I used a set from Our Craft Lounge called Every Heartbeat.

Whew!  That's a lot of cards that I hope will brighten someone's day!  I'm hoping to have a bit more time today to make a few more.  Thanks for stopping in. . .I'll be back tomorrow for the CDS Sunday Blog Hop :D

Friday, October 19, 2012

CIC62 -- All Tied Up

Happy Friday, my friends!  I hope you have fun things planned this weekend. . . crafting, family time, anything but work ;)

I have a new challenge to bring you for the Clearly Inspired Challenge which is going on over at Clearly iStamp!  This week's challenge is called All Tied Up, and we were challenged to use ribbon or twine.  That's easy enough, right?!

I used Lisa's darling digi (because I'm just in love with her doodles) called Word Doodles.  You can purchase it over at Clear Dollar Stamps.

Go check out the challenge over at Clearly iStamp, and play along.  You could win!  The more that play the more that win :)

Here are the links to the products I used:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A TE & SFYTT -- Thanks

The weekend came and went, and I am just not getting a chance to make a card for the Taylored Expressions Stamp n' Send Challenge that is going on over at Splitcoaststampers.  These challenges are designed to not only challenge you to make a card, but also challenge you to SEND a card.  I'm terrible at sending them, lol, but I sure love making them.

I combined that challenge with this month's SFYTT sketch, and I getting it ready to send it to my in-laws.  They just left a couple of days ago, but I so appreciated them taking time from their busy schedules to come and visit us.

I used the Thanks A la Carte stamp from Taylored Expressions.  Check out the challenges, because you might just win by participating!

More HYCCT Challenge cards

Having had company all this week, I fell a bit behind on my Hope You Can Cling To cards for the HYCCT challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  I wouldn't be so ridiculous about it if I didn't think that it was worth my time, but it so is.  Last year it was so rewarding to send my cards off for a good cause.  I love using my gifts that God has given me for His glory :)  That being said, I sat down yesterday and made 4 cards to try and get caught up.

For Bridget's 'Hope is the Thing!' challenge, I was inspired by 'the thing with wings', so I made this little card featuring the Paper Smooches set called Green Acres.

The second card I have uses my October Simon Says Card Kit for Theresa's 'Read All About it' challenge.

I'm excited about this card, because I made it using a new Flourishes set, and it is my very first!  It's called Garden Picks, and it was made for Jennifer's 'Peaceful Pink' challenge.

This one was super fun to make for Taylor's 'Two Times the Fun' challenge.  It uses a Whimsie Doodles Digital image called Mailed My Heart.

I'm hoping to have even more time to get crafting on the HYCCT challenges later on today.  Thanks for stopping in to see my progress, and I hope you're getting a chance to play along as well.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CDS Digi Release Day!

I haven't had a whole lot of crafty time since my in-laws got into town, but I wanted to share a couple of creations for the Clear Dollar Stamps Digital Release Day!  There is a boat load of cuteness being released today and available for purchase over at Clear Dollar Stamps, and I get to show off a couple of new sets from my dear friend, Lisa!

This first one is called Flakes, and this is just one of the darling snowmen from the set.  I did a little airbrushing in the corner with a stencil after I got done coloring this adorable guy.

This second one I'm showing off is called Souper, and it really is super if you ask me.  I made a recipe card with my favorite soup recipe.  This would be so fun to duplicate (and quite easy too), to make for a recipe swap.  

Here is a closer look at the recipe if you happened to be interested in some delicious Baked Potato Soup ;)

I may be done showing off the CDS goodness, but you can check out the rest of the DT's blogs (in my sidebar) to see ALL of the amazing sets being released.  Also, be sure to check out Lori's blog, Clearly iStamp, to see them all as well.  Believe me, you won't want to miss out on all of the wonderful sets being released, which are all available over at Clear Dollar Stamps.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

HYCCT -- The latest cards. . .

My in-laws are in town, so I don't anticipate a bunch of crafty time on my hands.  However, I do have a few cards to show you today for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on over at Splitcoaststampers.  All of the cards made are being shipped to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

My first card is for Lori's challenge.  It was an acronym challenge, and it was fun to have to put on my thinking cap a bit.  We had to use HYCCT (H-hippo, Y-yellow background, C-circles, C-crimp, T-twine).  I used a couple of Paper Smooches sets: Potpourri & Zoo Crew.

This second card was made for Patricia's challenge of 'You had me in Stitches'.  We had to make a humorous card with stitching on it.  I used my Granny's Truffles from Our Craft Lounge.

My final card of the day was for Jeanne's challenge called 'Ship Shape'.  We had to make a shaped card.  I happened to have these adorable cupcakes on hand, so I added a sentiment from a set called Build a Treat from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you consider playing along in the HYCCT challenges. . .it's such a good cause.  I better go make some breakfast for the weary travelers ;)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

More Hope You Can Cling To

Happy Thursday everyone!  Thanks to all of those that took the time to vote for me for the TE Last Card Standing.  I've been so behind on posting my Hope You Can Cling To cards for the HYCCT Splitcoaststampers challenges, but I have been busy creating them.  My in-laws get into town today, so the house actually had to get cleaned, haha.

Here are a few that I made.  First one uses Washi Tape and a Paper Smooches stamp called Chubby Chum Pals for the 'Strip Please' challenge.

My second card was punch and sentiment challenge that uses my October Simon Says Card Kit and a touch of pink paper.

This final card is for the 'Music Soothes the Soul' challenge.  I used some sets from Papertrey Ink.

I do have more to show, but I need to vacuum ;)

I wasn't able to link the products I used, because it seems to be acting finicky :P