Friday, October 15, 2021

TGIF; Thankful Friday #197

TGIF and Happy Thankful Friday! I was at a conference for work last week and it was so nice. Not only did I learn a lot, but it was nice to unwind and get away from it all. This week I'm thankful for time away. 

Look at these beautiful views in Monterey, CA.

With views like this, everyone can take fabulous photos!

What are you thankful for this week? Please share in the comments!

Sketch n Scrap Layout Sketch #235

Have you had a chance to check out this month's sketches at Sketch n Scrap? No...well, you better click on over there! I love this sketch since it has room for multiple photos. I'm creating a scrapbook on all our hiking adventures we went on in 2020. These photos were taken with a polaroid camera - so fun to get that retro look!

The Sketch:

My layout:
And some close ups:

I used an outdoor kit for the papers & stickers but also used some die cut trees (I had these in my stash from years ago!) and some stamping. Just a little mixed media with the paint splatters on the diagonal.

What do you think about the title? I had an extra photo that I took of the view so I used it to cut out letters. What I did...I wrote the letters on the back of the photo in reverse and then used my scissors to cut them out.

Now it's your sure to visit the SNS site to see this sketch and others for the month. Join in and have some fun!


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Creating Bags

Another fun thing about my Monthly Card Kit are the fun bags I'm making to hold them. I'm creating these bags from a few different things - butcher paper, poster paper, packaging material from orders & even inexpensive bags from the dollar store. Take a peek at this video as I flip through the bags I've made so far and as I decorate the current bags.

It's so fun to create items with no particular rules or process. I know I'm showing you how I decorated these bags, but this can be done with any surface...scrapbook layouts, handmade wrapping paper, art & junk journals to name a few.

Check it out:

For more information regarding the Monthly Card Kits, check out this post under the "Monthly Card Kit" tab from the Home Page.

I filmed this video a while ago showing how I made the bags.

Monday, October 11, 2021

BBTB2; Patterned Paper

Hi there! There's a new challenge on the Bitten By The Bug 2 (BBTB2) Cricut challenge blog today. The challenge theme is...patterned paper. Now, this can be any paper project just be sure to use patterned paper on it.

Here's my project:
I used three different patterned papers for this sweet layout featuring my youngest granddaughter and our family dog, Gracie.

All of the circles were cut using Basic Shapes and I welded the title to the smaller circle. Both paws and the dog were also cut with the Cricut. The dog is from the Paper Pups set.

I did create a process video for creating the circles. Check it out here:

Be sure to create something using patterned paper and link it to the BBTB2 blog.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Sketch n Scrap Card Sketch #203

If you love card and layout sketches, be sure to check out the sketches this month at Sketch n Scrap. We are celebrating World Card Making Day all month with lots of card sketches and some layout ones too! The sketch I'm working with today is:
Here's my card:

I created a "floating card" for this sketch. To do that, you cut a base (mine is 3.75x5") using clear acetate or something similar and then attach the paper pieces to the clear piece. Use dimensional adhesive under the paper pieces that will attach to the card. This gives an appearance that the paper pieces are floating on top of the card.

It was really hard to photograph, but maybe these photos of different angles will help show it off.

This was a simple card. I used scraps of patterned papers & cardstock and fussy cut the flamingo from another scrap piece of paper; added gold washi, sentiment and some gold sequins to finish it off.

Now it's your turn, you have all month to create a card using any (or all) of the sketches features for the month at the Sketch n Scrap challenge site. Have fun and Happy World Card Making Day! 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

World Card Making Day at Sketch n Scrap; Card #1

Hello and happy World Card Making Day! At Sketch n Scrap, we'll be celebrating all month with lots of sketches for both cards and of course for layouts too. 

The sketch:

My card:

I used all scraps for this cute girlie card. I love all the pinks! Originally I had this on a white cardstock base, but then decided to go with the black background instead. It really makes the pinks pop and I love the bright pink splatters on the diagonal!

All papers were placed directly on the cardbase and just layered on top of each other. The Hello Kitty embellishment was cut using my Cricut. I will add a piece of white paper in the inside.

Your turn...follow the sketch at the Sketch n Scrap challenge blog for your change to win! 

Friday, October 1, 2021

TGIF; Thankful Friday #196

TGIF and Thankful Friday! I'm thankful for other people's drama. The wind blew in some craziness around us this week and I'm thankful that it wasn't happening directly to us. 

It sure does give us something to talk about and maybe idle gossip is a bad thing, but sometimes it's what makes you appreciate the normalcy within our own walls; take a step back and really appreciate a NO DRAMA lifestyle.

How about you...what are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment below.

LTCCB; October Challenge

Happy October 1st! I can't believe the holiday months are coming up. There's a new challenge at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog and as always the theme is...anything goes.

I created a Junk Journal page using items around my desktop. Sometimes it pays not to clean up!

There's also a process video on my YouTube channel and you can check it out below:

If you like what you see, please give me a thumbs up and hit the subscribe button for more crafts from the Command Center.

Be sure to link up your crafty project to the LTCCB before the end of the month.

LTSCB; October Challenge

Happy October 1st! The Love To Scrap Challenge Blog has a new monthly challenge and the theme is...Anything But A Card. For my project, I decided to make a bookmark. One of my Book Club members had a birthday this week and I thought this would be a perfect little gift for her.

I just purchased these new stamps so I had to make something with them.

I'm a collector of everything so this baggie that I saved from a restaurant was perfect to slip the bookmark into. I stamped rows of books to decorate the baggie:

Be sure to link your stamped, anything but a card project to the LTSCB site before the end of the month. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Using Just Cardstock; CTMH Challenge

I made this card for the Heart 2 Heart CTMH challenge site.  I was gifted a die cut machine recently-thanks Karen-so I wanted to test out these these stacking floral dies that I've held onto for a long time.  I won them years ago and kept them even though I didn't have the machine to use them. Anyhow I used two shades of “red” cardstock for this card. Each piece has a different shade on the other side so I was able to get four shades of "red". This is the same with the green. Awhile ago, Close To My Heart had some shades of cardstock in packs and I grabbed quite a few of them!  

Isn’t this cute?!? And so simple 

All products are from CTMH with the exception of the cream paper and leaf stamp.

The sentiment and dots stamps are from one of the monthly stamps. You can get these stamps for $5 if you spend $50 or free if you are a VIP - which I am.

Be sure to check out the Heart 2 Heart challenge site especially if you use CTMH products!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Stamp-tember Card #9; Faux Watercolor

Only one more card after this one to complete my Stamp-tember Series 2021. If you haven't noticed already, each card has used wooden block stamps from my floral collection and a new technique.
For this card, I used a faux watercolor technique which basically means I spritzed the inked stamps with water before I stamped on the cardstock base. The stamps that I used were perfect for this technique and the sponged colors that I added, really made them stand out! Be sure to check out the process video below:

After I created the card front, I decided to make this card an easel card. I'm making all these cool cards in my Monthly Card Kit and decided to chose one of those card types.

The addition of the rhinestones and triple tied bow on the top make it so much prettier and I can't wait to send it out!

Products Used:
Ink Pads by SU!:  Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Tangerine Tango and Purely Pomegranate
Colored cardstock, Groovy Guava, also from SU!
Rhinestones from Queen & Co.
Twine from FSJ
Stamps are all from Stampin Up!

Monday, September 27, 2021

BBTB2; Witches & Ghouls

There's a fun new challenge on the Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut challenge site. I'm normally not much of a Halloween gal except for cutsie Halloween. I love the pink & orange Halloween color scheme that seems to be the thing this year and it's perfect when you have two granddaughters! But my project sticks with the traditional orange & black combo.

This is how it started...

I used Witch Gnome and Without This I Would Scare People from Design Space. Both free as a Cricut Access subscriber!

As an afterthought, I probably should have used white for the witch gnome since the bag is a dark gray, but she's still cute...I mean scary!

I gotta tell ya, ironing HTV onto felt was hard. I don't know if it was the felt or the bulkiness of the bag, but it took awhile before it stuck.

Now it's your turn, create a project using your Cricut and link it to the BBTB2 site before the challenge ends. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Stamp-tember Series Card #8; Masked Area

As you know, I started my own Stamp-tember Series this year and my goal is to use older wooden block stamps with techniques I haven't used in a long time.

I think I've been pretty successful so far. If you haven't seen all the posts and videos yet, I recommend that you do. I'm having a lot of fun with this series.

This card I used painter's tape to mask off an area on the cardstock base to make this a one layer card. Check out the process video below. 

I had to redo the stamping/inking on another piece of white cardstock since the painters tape peeled off some of the cardstock. So the second time, I rubbed the tape along my arm to take away some of the stickiness and that made a huge difference!

Check out the card here:

And a second card I made using the oops of the first try:

I love them both! Very simple but so very pretty!

Products I used:
Ink Pads from FSJ:  Electric Lime and Orange Rage
Cardstock from FSJ:  Outrageous Pink
Stamps are older stamps from SU!
Black Licorice Color Silk and Black Twine also from FSJ


Friday, September 24, 2021

Stamp-tember Card #7; Masking & Mixed Media

For this Stamp-tember card #7, I used the masking technique which turned into a mixed media card! It  took a whole different turn and I kept working on it and working on it until it became something that I liked. You'll see all the steps in the process video below.

I hope this is a good at it until it becomes something you love!

What do you think? Do you like it? I sure to!

Products Used:
Stamp Set; Stampin Up!
Ink pads from SU!: YoYo Yellow, Lavender Lace, Pink Passion, Melon Mambo, Green Galore
Silver metallic ink pad
White fine point POSCA pen
Black fine tip gel pen
Tombow watercolor markers
Finger sponge daubers
Recollections glitter glues
Black licorice Color Silk from FSJ

TGIF; Thankful Friday #195

Happy Thankful Friday! What am I thankful for this week? I'm thankful for my friends and family that support my crafty habit/hobby/business...I'm not sure what I call it, but it's nice when I get positive feedback on items that I'm creating.

I love being creative - it sure does keep me busy - and I love creating for all of them.

What are you thankful for today? Leave me a comment below!


I made both these shirts for my granddaughters! Aren't they such cuties!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stamp-tember #6; Baby Wipe Technique

Card #6 of the Stamp-tember series. I originally was going to stop at five, but I'm having so much fun! My hope is to complete ten projects - one new one every other day!

For this card, I used the baby wipe technique. Basically making my own ink pad by using stacked baby wipes & some re-inkers. The stamp that I used for this card is another one that I've had for a long time but only used a couple of times. I remember when I bought it - I loved it so much but I just wasn't sure how to use it. It's pretty large & solid! This technique is perfect to get some color variation.
Check out the video here:

More photos!

I combined the baby wipe technique with a 3D effect. Making my own 3D image by cutting parts of the image. 

This might be my favorite so far in the series. I didn't expect it to be so awesome! And if you view the video, you can see that I was able to create many other projects using my baby wipe ink pad.

Products Used:
Re-inkers from SU!; Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and the yellow (I'm sure it has some fun name, but I couldn't read the label).
Re-inkers from my stash: Gold and Hot Pink
Sentiment Stamp from the Flowers For You monthly stamp set from CTMH
Embossing Folder
Flat Back Pearls
Black Licorice Color Silk from FSJ
Cardstock from my stash

And by the way, I am keeping these stamps!