Woohoo!!  It’s that time of the year for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoastampers!  Dare to Get Dirty is a week packed with challenges and prizes for our Fan Club members. The event runs from August 22 through 28, with 5 or more challenges each day. It makes for an amazing week!

Here is the card that I made as a sample for my challenge.

The zebra has been die cut and then popped up on dimensional tape.  It is slightly offset from the negative die cut which creates a shadow effect.

Since this will be a birthday card for one of my sweet grands, a pocket was created inside for a surprise.

So come on over to Splitcoaststampers and join the fun. (You must be a member of the Fan Club to play along.)  Hope to see you there!

Challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Oh So Cute

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper August Challenge

Aud Sentiments Challenge #258: Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Love to Craft: LTCCB #49 – August Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU “Zany Zebras”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Doodlebug Design “At the Zoo” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Pink Passion (Inside)

Accessories: Rhinestones; Grosgrain Ribbon; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch

It’s been so much cooler than usual here in Seattle.  But according to a little birdie, summer will finally arrive today!

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I applied the ink to the rubber stamp using horizontal strokes with a marker.  Love the textured effect on the tree trunk.

The little bird was cut out using a circle die and then popping up the image on foam tape.

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Hope everyone is enjoying some sunshine, too.

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge:  #IC763

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Early Birds

Love to Craft LTCCB #48:  July Anything Goes

Creative Fingers Challenge #190:  Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations: July – All Creatures Great and Small

International Art & Soul Ch#87:  Tiny Things

Crafting Happiness Challenge #57:  Always Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Nuts About You” and “Hello Love”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Chocolate Chip

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: SU Grosgrain Ribbon; We R Memory Keepers Washi; Spellbinders “Classic Circles” Die; EK 1″ Corner Rounder Punch

Decided to give a few old retired stamps some love today.  The number “1” stamped on the balloon is a set from 1998!  The sentiment is from a 2009 set.  The pretty kitty is from a 2016 stamp set.

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The balloon is adhered with foam tape to the image panel which is also popped up for some depth and dimension.

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Every once in awhile its fun to dig through those stacks of oldie goldie stamps and use them!

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers F4A542: “Party Animals”

Retro Rubber Challenge 138: “Anything Goes”

The Card Concept #138a: Inspiration Photo

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: July 2020

Love To Craft LTCCB #48: “July Anything Goes”

Crafty Animals #40: Anything Goes with an Animal

Tuesday Throwdown #461 – “Polka Dots”

Show Us Your Pussycats #56: “Furrything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Pretty Kitty”, “Balloon Celebration”, “Look Who’s Turning” and “Alphabet Attitude Numbers”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Regal Rose and “Birthday Bouquet” Designer Series Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Black Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Washi; Martha Stewart Border Punch; SU Balloon Punch

Apr 032020

For several months out of the year, I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The symbol of PV is the seahorse.  So when I saw this stamp set I knew I had to have it!

All of the images were stamped and colored with Copics.  They have been cut and arranged into a fun beach scene.

So far PV has had very few cases of this virus that is traveling the world.  The governor of Jalisco (the state in which Puerto Vallarta is located) decided 2 weeks ago to have the state go on lockdown.. long before any cases were reported in the entire state.  Hoping now that that may have been a very wise (though at the time seemed drastic) decision.  Praying for the world.

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers F4A528 Challenge: Beach Fun

Simon Says: Happy Birthday

The Card Concept #132: Photo Inspiration – I was inspired by the colors and composition of the different items in the picture.  I made a Clean and Layered card.

Love to Craft LTCCB#45: April Anything Goes

Try it on Tuesday: Beauty of Nature

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Stamps: SU “Seaside Notions”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel and Old Olive; Copics:

Accessories: Sequins; Pearls; Cuttlebug “Snowflakes” Embossing Folder

Mar 292020

Getting an early start on Mother’s Day creations.

I altered the standard card base by decreasing the width of the front panel.  This makes the blue polk-a-dot patterned paper on the inside of the card visible when the card is closed.

Added a little space inside for a handwritten note, too.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. 

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers FS686 Challenge

Simon Says: Anything Goes

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Spring

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper March 2020 Challenge

Die Cut Divas: Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes With Dies

Love to Craft #44: Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Swirly Bird”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Mother”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pinefeather; SU Night of Navy, “Garden Impressions” Designer Series Paper and “Patterns Pack” Designer Series Paper

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun and Garden Green

Accessories: SU “Swirly Scribbles” Thinlits Dies and Leaf Punch; Spellbinder’s Classic Rectangle Dies (Inside); Rhinestones; Ribbon

Got some happy mail yesterday with a new die set which includes a wreath, a branch of leaves and a bow.  Couldn’t wait to use it!  All the glitter was inspired by several challenges this week that wanted sparkle and hearts and love.  This is what I came up with.. using my new dies, of course!

The dark pink branch and bow dies were cut out using white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.

I rarely use all the beautiful Stickles that I have.  But on this card I may have used more of it than all the other cards I have ever made combined!

This may be a record number of challenges for me, too:

Splitcoaststampers “Ways to Use It #WT778: Sparkle”

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #375 – Photo

Double “D” Hearts Challenge

Fab’n’Funky Challenge #467 – In the Pink

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: With Love 

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Newly Acquired Stash

Try it on Tuesday – Share the Love

Unicorn Challenge Blog Challenge #51 – Anything Goes

Crafting Happiness Challenges #34 – Anything Goes (twist hearts)

The Paper Players Challenge PP476 – Love is in the Air!

Inkspirational: Challenge #205 – Glitz a Strip

Love to Craft LTCCB #43 – February Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Vibrant Vases”

Papers: PTI Select White and Sweet Blush; Echo Park “Fashionista” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Rose Red; Copics: 

Accessories: Wreath, Bow, Branch and Heart Dies; Pink Stickles; Pearls; Paper Piercing Tool

Recently I received this new paint/can die and have been excited to try it out.  There were a lot of challenges this week to craft using something new.  It was the perfect motivation I needed to give it a try even though I ended up entering only one of those challenges! 

The colors have been sponged all over the cutout piece except for the paint can itself.  That was left white.  A brick pattern stencil was used on the lower portion of the piece as well.

The inside of the card reads: “Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” ~Danny Kaye~

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Free for All F4A516 Challenge: In Love With Color

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New

Seize the Birthday #180 Challenge: Layer It

Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C516: Use something new-to-you.

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Love to Craft Challenge Blog LTCCB #42: January Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday III”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Cameo Coral, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Real Red and Summer Sun; Copic: 

Accessories: SU “Pattern Party Decorative Mask”; Paint/Can Die; Gingham Ribbon

Oct 312019

Having seen several tutorials for this “magical” fancy fold card, I have wanted to give it a try for some time.  Well a grandson’s birthday was the perfect motivation to make it happen.

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The card’s front looks like any other card. 

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But wait…

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Let’s open it up!

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Is this beyond fun or what! 

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Had a great time coloring in these cute little images as well.

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If you want to make your own twisted pop up card, here is a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers WT764: Do You Believe in Magic

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday #177

Aud Sentiments Challenge #239

Love To Craft Challenge LTCCB#39

Happy Halloween!
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Stamps: SU “Magical Day” and “Big Day”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; Carta Bella “Flora No.1” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories:Washi; SU “Magical Mates” Dies

Here’s a birthday card for another granddaughter.  She LOVES purple.

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I just love this magical butterfly with its gilded wire, rhinestones, beads and glitter!

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Stamping and distressing were carried on inside the card as well.

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And, yes, my fingers were a mess after this!  lol

Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge #WT760 – Wire

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #361 – Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday Challenge #175

Love to Craft Challenge – LTCCB #39 – October Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #31

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Recollections “Fairies”; SU “Nature Walk”; Hero Arts “Birthday Messages”; Inside: Verve “Birthday Surprise”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Elegant Eggplant, Ballet Blue and Bordering Blue

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Recollections “Butterfly Embellishments”; Spellbinders “Classic Circle” Die

September is birthday month for my twin granddaughters.  I love making their birthday cards.. the same but different.  The difference is all about the color.  I have a turquoise/teal girl and an all out lover of everything pink girl.  So their cards, although the same design, reflect their personal color favorites.

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The flowers were made with daisy punches.  The leaves are die cut.

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I usually forget to add some fun to the envelopes.  But, I actually remembered this time!

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These rubber band butterflies are wound up tight and placed inside the card.  When the card is opened, the butterfly comes fluttering out.  Just a little added surprise for some fun.

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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge #CC758


Seize the Birthday Challenge #174


Aud Sentiments Challenge #236


Love to Craft Challenge #38


Happy Little Stampers September Challenge

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Oh So Eclectic”, “Watercolor Wings” and “Big On Birthdays”

Papers: PTI Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart and Canyon Clay Polka-dot Designer Paper

Inks: SU Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy and Real Red

Accessories: Washi Tape; Brads; PTI Lemon Tart Satin Ribbon; Marvy Flower Punch; SU Flower Punch and Eclectic Layers Thinlits Die

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