Wednesday, October 20, 2021

SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ -- A GALAXY CELEBRATION -- OCTOBER 20, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today's that most special day of the month, where my closest crafty friends and I, aka the Squirrel Squad,  do our little blog hop!  If you are already hopping along, you should have arrived here from the always fabulous Anna's blog.  If you just happened to stop here first, please continue to hop along; I promise it won't take long at all! 😊

So, this month's inspiration was the technique of creating a galaxy background, and the theme of celebration.  This was my first time creating this type of background, and it did fill me with some apprehension.  I always want my creations to look as awesome as possible, and I was worried that I would totally mess this up!  I watched a couple of YouTube videos, especially this one from (the one and only) Jennifer McGuire, which was very helpful and encouraging.  I used the exact same colors that she used, and created mine in the exact same way in the hopes of being able to channel some of her awesomeness!  Here are the colors:



And here is my card:


I think it turned out pretty cool, if I do say so myself. 😁    After I created the main part of the background, I gave it an extra spritz of shimmer water made with Perfect Pearls, and when that dried, I splattered the heck out of it with watered down white acrylic paint.  I wish my "stars" were more white though!  Then I die cut the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper down with one of my Spellbinders card creator dies.   I hadn't had this particular Lawn Fawn set  (Out Of This World)  until just recently, and it is definitely perfect for this background!  I bought it from a friend who was doing a destash, and I got the dies too!  I stamped all the images using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink for alcohol markers, and colored them with Copics.  The sentiment, which is part of the same stamp set, was heat embossed on the same 110lb Recollections black card stock as the card base using Versa Color white pigment ink and Recollections Snow detail embossing powder.


To assemble the card, I glued craft foam onto the back of my panel, and then colored the edges that could be seen underneath with a black marker.  All the images were glued down flat to the panel, after much fussing about placement.  To add more shimmer, I went over the colored stripes of the planets, the ring around the yellow planet, and the spaceship window with clear Wink of Stella.  I couldn't let the poor cute astronaut out of the fun, so his visor and tiny little panel buttons got the Glossy Accents treatment, and so did the ship's window.  Viola!

--CHALLENGES--

Love to Craft #63:  ATG (4/5)
Mix it Up #54:  ATG (4/5)
Digi Choosday #42:  ATG (2/2)

OK, your next stop is the wonderful BoryDon't forget to leave us some comment love, and please subscribe if you haven't already!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💗

~ Marie





Tuesday, October 19, 2021

GOING PINK FOR THE JINGLE BELLES -- OCTOBER 19, 2021

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  It's that time of the year again where those fun ladies over at the Jingle Belles blog, Stef and Lauren, host a very special challenge!  Of course, I mean the PINK challenge to raise money for breast cancer research!  For every card made for this challenge, each of these wonderful ladies will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Isn't that wonderful?  I wanted to make more cards for the challenge, but I ran out of time.  I did manage to make 3 though:




The first 2 are mini slimlines made with the Jolly Christmas Tree die from Lawn Fawn.  The first one was cut from pastel pink glitter cardstock, and I inlaid the ornament shapes into it from the holographic card stock I used for the tree in card #2.  I thought it would be cute to add the tree topper as well, so I glued that on top of the pink layer.  The Tim Holtz sentiment was also cut from the pink glitter cardstock, as well as 3 layers of 110lb white cardstock that are underneath the pink.  The tree itself I popped up on foam tape.  The blue ink blended card front was done using Prize Ribbon oxide ink.  

Card #2 has a background blended with Kitsch Flamingo oxide ink, and some Picked Raspberry at the bottom for a deeper pink.  The tree and the sentiment are all done the same; 2 layers of 110lb white underneath the holographic cardstock.

For card #3, I decided to go a completely different route, and pulled out the Poinsettia stencil from Honey Bee Stamps.  I used Spun Sugar and Kitsch Flamingo oxides for my "petals", and the "leaves" were blended with Twisted Citron and either Lucky Clover or Evergreen Bough...I don't remember which one now!  I just lightly went over the circle centers so I could see to cover them with gold Stickles.  All my layers were die cut using Spellbinders card creator dies.  I created the sentiment with Lawn Fawn's Oliver's Stitched ABCs, and the same shiny gold cardstock as the layer beneath the main panel.  I added 4 layers of 110lb white cardstock underneath the letters for lots of dimension!  All of these cards look so much better IRL than in these photos! 😕

--CHALLENGES--

Sparkles Christmas:  Flora/ Fauna (third card)
ABC Christmas:  U for under the tree/ V for vocabulary (I'm doing V w/card #3)
CCAYR:  Something beginning with S or T (T for trees)
Merry Little Christmas #39:  ATG Christmas (2/5)
Love to Craft #63:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #54:  ATG (3/5)
Dragonfly Dreams:  In the PINK
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #615:  Non-Traditional Christmas colors (PINK!)
Polkadoodles #42:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #42:  ATG (1/2)
CHNC #564:  ATG Christmas

I am a bit late getting these linked up to the challenge, as tomorrow is the last day!  If you hurry, you could probably get one done...the challenge is open until 6pm EST.  That's all for me today...thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie





Sunday, October 17, 2021

LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS, SPONSORED BY THE PAPER SHELTER -- OCTOBER 17, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog! The challenge starting today at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends is being sponsored by:

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The Paper Shelter


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We were all given the lovely Autumn Breeze set to create with, and here is my project:


Now, the really nice thing about The Paper Shelter sets is that you receive not only the black and white digital image, you also get a wonderful pre-colored version of the image, and a stunning coordinating paper to go with it!  As tempted as I was to use the pre-colored version, I decided I would be brave and color it myself. Also, instead of printing everything out on white, I changed it up and used this light kraft colored cardstock that I also used on these cards here.  To stretch myself even further, I used colored pencils as my coloring medium, which I don't often do.  Using the pre-colored version as inspiration for shading, I came up with this, and I love it!  I have been very inspired lately by seeing purples used in fall cards, so I chose to use purples and greens for her dress.   A Sakura gold Gelly Roll pen was used to add accents to her dress and tights:


To die cut the image,  I used Oblong Doily Frames by Darice, gluing the frame flat to the patterned paper (which is the one that came with the image), and popping up the image oval piece on foam tape.  After die cutting the pieces, I dry embossed the frame, and then added either Brushed Corduroy or Frayed Burlap oxide ink to the decorative openings in the die.  Wink of Stella clear brush pen was also added to these areas.  You can see a bit of that in this next photo.  To make the image panel match, I inked around the edges also.  I don't really care for the yellow edge it left around the image though.  😬


You can also see the shimmer I added to this Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords die using a gold Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  Does anyone else still use these?  I have a bunch of them in different colors that I got on sale at Michael's years ago, but I never have much luck using them without making a mess. 😦  OH, I almost forgot...I added lots of splatter to the patterned paper with the oxide inks before I added it to the brown cardstock layer.  I thought that was needed to help differentiate the patterned paper from the kraft card base.

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #63:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #54:  ATG (2/5)
Moving Along with the Times #135:  BINGO board (center row--image, patterned paper, glitter-pens)
Craft Rocket #86:  Autumn or mushrooms (Autumn for my entry)
Color It, Create It, Show it off:  ATG with coloring (2/3)
Daisy Chain #57:  Autumn/Halloween
Digi Doodle Studios #43:  Fall/Halloween
The Paper Funday #34:  ATG or optional Halloween/color purple (her dress has some purple)
Unicorn Challenge #70:  Autumn/Halloween

So, that's my card!  Be sure to head on over to the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends blog to see what the rest of Team B have created, and to join us!  The challenge runs for 2 weeks, so hopefully you will have plenty of time.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie










Friday, October 1, 2021

A NEW NAME FOR 2CCC, AND SOME CHANGES -- OCTOBER 1, 2021

Hello, crafty friends!  Welcome back to my blog.  In case you didn't know, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies very last challenge was last month's, and the challenge blog was going to close unless someone else wanted to jump in and keep it going.  For awhile, it looked as though things were coming to an end, but then in swooped Kleido to save the blog from ending!  So now, the new name for the challenge is Critter Crazy Challenges, and we no longer have any sponsors, but are just for fun.  You can read all about the changes in the September 27th blog post.

So, for my first post under the new changes, I made an easel card using this awesome Paper Nest Dolls image called Sleigh Ride Owen:

I love that Owen is taking his little puppy along for the ride, and their penguin buddy has joined the fun!  I colored this image very simply with alcohol markers, and die cut it using Spellbinders Curved Rectangles next to largest die.  With the largest die in the set, I cut the necessary pieces to make the easel card, and inked the top layer and the inside with Speckled Egg oxide ink.  To create the sentiment, I dug out a Recollections stamp and die set for the word "snow," and cut it 5 times from a scrap of Accent Opaque white 100lb. cardstock.  After adhereing the 5 layers together, I glittered it up with the same Star Dust Stickles I used for the snow on the image.  The word "much" comes from the Honey Bee Stamps Kindness set, and "fun!" comes from Lawn Fawn's Oh What Fun set.  These were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed on black.  Having glued the sentiment in place, I thought the bottom looked rather empty, so I dug out this snowflake die from Momenta, and cut this line of snowflakes from another scrap of the same cardstock.  Sparkle and shine was added with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen, and some random iridescent jewels were added to the snowflake centers.  Here are 2 more pics:



--CHALLENGES--

My Time to Craft Christmas:  Christmas Critters (1/3)
CCAYR:  Something that starts with S or T (sled, snowflakes, snow word, sparkle)
Merry Little Christmas #39:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
Love to Craft #63:  ATG (1/5)
Mix It Up #54:  ATG (1/5)
Color It, Create It, Show it Off:  ATG with coloring (1/3)
Crafty Animals #55:  ATG using animals
Sweet Stampin':  Christmas in September
Polkadoodles #40:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #39:  ATG (1/2)
Colour Crazy #39:  ATG (1/2)
Jingle Belles:  Dashing through the snow

Ok friends, be sure to head over to the Critter Crazy Challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has in store for you, and to join in the fun!  Thanks for spending time here today, and until next time...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💖

~ Marie





Tuesday, September 21, 2021

SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ -- STENCILS AND GENDER NEUTRAL -- SEPT 21, 2021

Hello, my fabulous crafty friends!  It's that time of the month again, where my friends in the Squirrel Squad and I do our little hop where we drag out those squirreled away supplies, and use them in conjunction with a theme or technique. You should have arrived here from the uber creative V at Passions and Distractions.   For this month's hop, we are focused on STENCILS and a GENDER NEUTRAL theme.


I have many stencils that I have not yet used...why, I don't know, because they are so versatile!  I pulled out my Sweater Weather stencil from Simon Hurley Create, and searched out some YouTube videos to refresh my memory on how to use it.  The first one I came across was this one from the fabulous Cassie Trask.  Her video inspired me so much, that I got right to work!  I wanted to do two different color combos, and I figured that while I had all the supplies out, I might as well make 4 backgrounds.

           
            

Firstly, I dry embossed all but one of the backgrounds, the red and green one at the very top.  I used oxide inks for all of my blending; the red and green are Festive Berries and Lucky Clover, and the blues are Salty Ocean and Prize Ribbon.  Oh yes, and I chose not to blend on white cardstock, but rather this very light kraft color.  Once the ink blending was dry, I added Martha Stewart Ice Cube glitter paste to the top panels in each photo.  The bottom panels both received generous splatters with watered down Snow White acrylic paint by DecoArt.  You can click on the pics to see the details better.  I used my Spellbinders Card Creator set B (the largest die) to cut my panels down.  Here are the finished cards:





All the cards were finished off with digital images I already had printed out.  The top 2 cards use a Fred, She Said pre-colored image called Winter Westie -- SO CUTE!!  I love that Tracey provides pre-colored images in a lot of her files!  The 3rd card features an image from the now closed MelJens Designs called Bundled Little Snowgirl.  You know me and snow people! 💖  The final card isn't gender neutral AT ALL, but once I came across this ADORABLE image in my little bin, I knew she would be perfect on the blue glittered background.  The image is from Lily of the Valley (LOTV), and is called Christmas Blessings  GAH, I just love her! 😍😍😍

OK, so I colored the snowgirl and the angel with alcohol markers.  The little snowgirl got LOTS of sparkle added in the form of glitter gel pens, and Star Dust Stickles.  She also has a few white gel pen highlights here and there.  I used red glitter gel pen on the tiny berries in the sweet angel's head piece, and yellow Stickles on the stars.  Her wings were coated in several layers of clear Wink of Stella.  All of the die cut sentiments come from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Christmas Phrases die sets, and each word was cut three times from a coordinating colored cardstock, and stacked for dimension.  The panels are adhered flat to the 100lb Recollections kraft card bases, and all images are popped up on 3M foam tape.  The glue I used is Bearly Art Glue.

--CHALLENGES--

ABC Christmas:  S for stencils
Creative Craft Cottage #144:  Anything but a square

OK, that's it for me in our hop...next up is the TOTALLY AWESOME Karen at Misplaced Mojo.  Please leave us some comment love, and we would love for you to subscribe if you aren't already!  Until next time, my friends...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie














Sunday, September 19, 2021

LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS -- SPONSORED BY SHEEPSKI DESIGNS -- SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back!  It's time for Team B at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends to share our projects with you, and our sponsor is:


**Exclusive Sponsor**

SheepSki Designs


Prize ~ 3 Images


My chosen image from SheepSki was this adorable Snowboardin' snowman.




And since this guy is having so much fun, I decided that I must make him into a slider card!  I used a slider die from a Recollections set to make the channel.  The snow was cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside dies, and the clouds were stenciled using Lawn Fawn's Puffy Clouds dies, Tumbled Glass oxide ink, and a Taylored Expressions blender brush.   Two layers of foam tape was used to pop the panel up to allow for proper movement of the penny the snowman is attached to.   I colored the snowman using alcohol markers, and he was sized and cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I added white gel pen highlights to all his "coal", and also dotted his pompom with it.  Star Dust stickles was added to the image as well.

--CHALLENGES--

Merry Little Christmas #38:  ATG Christmas (2/5)
Love to Craft #62:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #53:  ATG (2/5)
Color It, Create It, Show it Off:  ATG with coloring (2/3)
Unicorn Challenge #69:  Add Sparkle 
Creative Craft Cottage #144:  Anything But Square
Polkadoodles #38:  ATG (1/2)


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to pop on over to Lil Patch of Crafty Friends to see what the rest of Team B has created, and to join in on the challenge.  We always love to see what you create!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie










Wednesday, September 1, 2021

2CCC -- SPONSORED BY QKR STAMPEDE -- SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back!  Holy cow, how in the world did we make it all the way to September already? It boggles the mind!   As today is September 1st, that means that start of a new critter challenge at 2 Crafty Critter CraziesThis month's sponsor is QKR Stampede:


We were allowed to pick an image we wanted to use, and let me tell you, it was a hard choice to make!  I had heard of QKR Stampede before, but had never taken the time to check them out until this challenge.  They have so many stamps!  I was amazed at the sheer volume and variety that I found when I started to look for an image to use.  When I found this Birdhouse Digital Stamp image, I knew I had found the one!  I only hoped that when I sent in my request that it would qualify, as the bird was such a small part of the image.  I was stoked when I got the go-ahead to use it, and here is my card:


ISN'T IT JUST THE CUTEST??  Those of you who have followed me for awhile KNOW how much I LOVE snowmen, and this one is no exception! 😍😍😍  I colored these 2 cuties up with alcohol markers, and added LOTS of sparkle with Star Dust Stickles.  The little bit of patterned paper you can see around the image panel is from the Recollections Whimsy Christmas 12x12 paper pad.  I backed this paper with a piece of dark green Recollections 65lb. cardstock, and adhered all the layers flat to the card base; except for the image layer, which was popped up with foam tape.  I didn't leave myself much room for a sentiment when I sized this image, but I did manage to fit this Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Believe" die cut from the Christmas Phrases 1 set onto the card.  I cut this 3 times from the same dark green cardstock and layered them up a la Jennifer McGuire for added dimension.  Then I added some of the Star Dust Stickles to just the bottom half of the word.  Here are a few more pics:




This last one really shows all the shine of the Stickles!   I also added some white gel pen highlights, being careful to avoid the glittered areas!

--CHALLENGES--

Christmas with The Cuties #52:  Anything Cute and Christmassy
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Crafty Animals #54:  ATG with an animal

Well, that is all from me today friends!  Don't forget to pop on over to the 2CCC blog and leave the DT some comment love!  Also, you have all month long to join in the challenge with us, so dig out those critters and play along!  Thanks for stopping by today, and until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💗

~ Marie











SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ -- A GALAXY CELEBRATION -- OCTOBER 20, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today's that most special day of the month, where my closest crafty friends and I, aka the ...