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Wow has it been a busy fall! I haven't had time to play on any challenges since the summer. Well, with Christmas around the corner I have been making sure to dedicate some time to crafting - and I must say, unwinding hasn't felt so good!
For Crafting with Cristina's current Companion Challenge the theme is birthday! I was so excited to find this out as one of my good friend's birthday's is in September! Ever since I got the Sweet Sentiments Stamp set from Scrappy Moms I've been wanting to play around with Sweet Treats and thought who would be better to get inspiration from but Lisa over at Live Love and Scrap - she makes adorable creations with this cartridge! I think her card is better - I loved both the colour combination and the use of three cupcakes - so cute! Make sure you check out her blog! Maybe it needs some stickles . . .
The weekly challenge over at A Crafty Little Place this week is focused on colours inspired by Bo Bunny's Petal Pushers line.
I love these challenges - it's fun to go searching through my paper stash looking for the right combination for the challenge! The little birdie and sentiment came from DCWV Songbird stack (which I am in love with) and the adorable tree paper is from Echo Park Paper's A Walk in the Park collection. I used my swiss dots cuttlebug folder on the blue and white cardstock to add some more dimension.
Hi all. Momo is having a super cute challenge this week, all centered on baby! Don't you just love all the nursery paper collections? The card I created is actually for a friend of mine who just had a little baby boy. I love yelllow, green and blue for little boys and had fun creating a cute little owl and sentiment using MTC and my cricut.
Summer vacation is soon coming to an end *sigh*. This is my first time entering at the Crafty Creations Challenge Blog. This week the challenge is to let our imaginations fly while we create a Z fold card. The theme is "winged things" so I decided to make a butterfly flower card using DCWV Songbird series. I am in love with this paper stack! The birds are super cute and the colours are bright and cheerful. I've actually just finished making 4 card sets with boxes using this paper stack!
Another day, another card challenge! A Crafty Little Place has kicked off their term III challenge with this cute little sketch:
My little niece is turning 2 years old in a few weeks, so I thought I would use this sketch as inspiration for her card. She LOVES princesses and accessories so I went with a pink princess theme. I made the fairy princess and castle using MTC (as well as the message inside the card) and the patterned paper is from a Super Girly paper-stack I purchased at Micheal's (which I am in love with).
Well, it's another Tuesday Challenge over at Made by Momo's blog. This week she chose the theme: "flower shower". For the past month I've been working on an explosion box for my parents for their 35th anniversary. Collecting the photos was the most difficult (especially without them noticing)! I learned how to make the box from Canadian Nickel's awesome video - she really made it seem so simple! I used a variety of different tools to create the finished product including MTC for the 35th anniversary message (which I cut out on my cricut), my cuttlebug and the devine folder, all the flowers were made using a Martha Stewart punch (which does 3 flower at once at 2 different sizes). As soon as I read the theme for Momo's challenge I knew I had to use this punch and make a LOT of flowers! I chose the colours specifically because JADE is the theme for the 35th anniversary.
Paper Playtime is currently having a challenge in which we are to interpret the words "Miss You" to create a paper craft. When I think of "miss you" I think of "good bye" and thought it would be fitting to make a going away card for a coworker. I used MTC to create the people in my department (they look just like us :) as well as the words. The front of the card reads: "Wherever you go, you will never find anyone" and the inside reads: "quite like us." Unfortunately the second photo is a little out of focus.
I got super excited when I saw the theme for Crafting with Cristina's second Companion Challenge - RECYCLED! Since I am currently visiting in Saskatchewan and away from my crafting I thought I wouldn't be able to do any challenges this week. However, I purchased a magazine for the trip and when I saw the theme for this challenge I figured - hey, why not use the colourful pages of a magazine in a card? I've also been wanting to try making a German paper star (Froebel Stern). So, with a little help from Free Craft Ideas, some glue stick and a new Martha Stewart punch I bought with a 40% off coupon at Micheal's I was able to make this super colourful card. All the paper you see is from the same magazine. I found a page for pool exercises (hence the blue water) and a clinique advertisement that had two large green apples that make up the green paper you see. Even the sentiment is from an advertisement for ice cream :) I had a lot of fun making this card! Thanks Cristina for the inspiration & great theme! I've also included some pictures of the first froebel stern I made. This one is in 3-D unlike the green one on the card.
Emma over at My Creative Time currently has another Throwback Thursday Challenge to make a birthday themed project using "Celebrations" or an old cartridge. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to create a card for my great uncle in Germany as my whole family missed his 70th birthday (yes, I know, we are horrible)! Since I don't have "Celebrations" I used "Zoobaloo" to make the thought bubble (actually a cloud) and MTC to make the sleeping kitty and Microsoft publisher to write the sentiment (in English it reads: Happy Belated Birthday) for this German card. On the inside of the card I wrote (in German): While we were also sleeping, we missed your birthday (it sounds more eloquent in German :). The kitty took me a long time as I converted a clipart svg file into layers. I was originally skeptical about the layering of the pillow, but am quite happy with the results!
It's that time again - Tuesday Challenges with Momo. This week she has chosen a super fun theme - "super girly"! I was very excited to make a girly card using lots of pink (and my favourite - green)! I love pink and green together :) This is why I decided to make a little froggy for this card (possible a prince in disguise?). Unfortunately I don't have any little animal punny stamps (yet), so I just went simple with "hello" and added some green bling for his eyes (what could be more girly?). Hope you like it.
It's time for more challenges! I found a fun one over at Paper Playtime. They have a challenge every Monday and this is their first sponsored challenge. For this challenge we were to create any kind of paper project inspired by the following theme:
Alongside butterflies and owls, flowers are one of my faves! That being said, it took a while for me to narrow down what I wanted to do for this challenge, and ultimately I decided it would be a great chance to try making a paper flower bow that I learned about on Tammy's YouTube channel. I used the swiss dots cuttlebug folder on the bottom and left the top blank, ready for a sentiment when the time comes. Hope you like it!
Basic Ribbon Ingredients:
4 strips of cardstock at 1" x 8
Loop each of your strips individually and adhere them together where they overlap.
Bend each loop in half (avoid creasing the ends - you want to keep them rounded as the petals of the flower) with the overlapped part at the bottom center.
Place two loops on top of each other making an "X" shape. Repeat with remaining two loops and then combine to get the shape below (so that no loop is directly over top of another loop.
Thread your needle and tie a good knot in the end. Poke your needle through the center of the bottom of the loop stack, making sure to go through each piece of paper.
Once you've poked the needle through the center of the top thread it through your button and then back down through the loop stack.
Tie the thread in a good knot again at the bottom of the loop stack (should now have two good knots at the bottom and a button on the top.
You should now have a simple paper flower bow :)
To create a larger flower, add more strips - each set of four should be increasingly larger than the first set (usually by 1 inch).
I then cut out a flower on my Cricut (using MTC) at 2 inches to place underneath the paper flower.
Wow - it's been a whole week since I've posted! I'm currently in the prairies visiting my husband and don't have as much time to play. This week's challenge at A Crafty Little Place's was inspired by a childhood window.
I thought I would try to mimic the layers and geometry as much as possible and this is what I came up with. Interestingly enough I didn't use my cricut at all to make the card - just a stamp set I got at Micheal's.
I feel like it still needs a little something, ribbon maybe? In retrospect, it would have been cool to do a trifold or have each "window" open to reveal an image or message -an idea for next time!
I feel like I'm going challenge crazy lately, but I am definitely enjoying it - plus they help occupy my mind while my husband is away! This challenge is one of Momo's Tuesday Challenges over at her blog Made by Momo. For this challenge we are to make a project of what "Love" means to us. We could do a "Love" themed card or layout for the challenge. I thought about what I wanted to do and had difficulty narrowing it down. I am currently procrastinating my wedding album by making cards and thought this challenge would be a good way to kick start that project back up - but then I remembered that my parent's anniversary is coming up. PLUS I've been wanting to try a triangle trifold card (which I learned from Crafting with Christina) for a while and thought this would be a nice time to try. So, long story short, I'm still procrastinating my wedding album . . .
Tuesday Morning Sketches is having it's First Birthday celebrations this month! This will be my first entry for their challenges and I'm quite excited. As it is it's birthday, the challenge is to choose a different past sketch each week. There are 52 sketches to choose from! Well, I narrowed it down to Sketch #2
I'm surprised - I actually didn't use my cricut to make this card! I used an old punch that I had gotten to make my wedding album with (long before the days of cricut) and some really pretty paper that came in a "Girl" designer pack that I had won through a bet with my husband!