Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gold and Floral Mom Card


Yesterday, I saw the latest Fusion Card challenge, which is a fun challenge that offers both an inspiration photo and a sketch. You may choose to use the photo, the sketch, or both. I tried to use both, along with my August Counterfeit Kit. It just wasn't happening, and I got frustrated. I looked at the inspiration photo again with fresh eyes this morning, and came up with this gold and floral beauty for my mom.  Much more my style than the flat disaster I came up with yesterday! LOL

Everything was from my August kit except for that gorgeous taffeta flower, which was handmade by my sweet friend Bethany from the CKCB.  I really wanted a focal point flower for this card and my kit had none.  When I saw this lovely gold one in my stash, I knew it would be perfect. I added some gold paint splatters to tie everything together. Quite happy with the results!  This is my 5th card from this month's kit.  I've only done one layout, however, and have so much left in my kit.  Off to the coast today, so I will have some new summer photos to scrap soon!

Here is the inspiration photo and sketch from the current Fusion Challenge:


Thanks for popping by today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello Tag Card

I have one more card to share with you today. This one is also made from my August Counterfeit Kit (with the exception of the "hello" stamp.)

I was inspired by the colors and the "hello" sentiment over on the Tag, You're It challenge blog:

I really liked this color combo: white, green, light coral and medium coral. I added black, too, and used the medium coral as my dominant color. I played with my new Stampin' Up inks for the first time, which was fun!  I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, and Wild Wasabi on this card.  I used these three colors to create the triangle background on my tag.  The triangles are actually sun rays from Paper Smooches' "Sunny Side Up" stamp set. 

The cloud and kite stamps are also from Paper Smooches, so I am entering this is this week's "Anything Goes" challenge over on the Paper Smooches Sparks blog. See The hello sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. I thought I had a great selection of Paper Smooches stamps, but in my 9 sets, I didn't have a single "hello" stamp. I'll have to remedy that. ;)

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm off to school now to finish getting my classroom ready. Can't believe school starts in just 5 days!  Exciting and a bit overwhelming when I look at my "to do" list! :)

Cheer ^Up^


I love the Paper Smooches "Anything  Goes" challenges!  They give me a reason to look through all of the fun inspiration on my Pinterest boards. :)

I loved the cute clouds on this card by Elena:

Elena used ink and glitter on die-cut clouds, but I wanted to use up some paper bits from my August  Counterfeit Kit. I started with a small piece of white scrap cardstock.  I then cut random widths of triangles from patterned paper, gluing them in a sunburst design to my scrap of white cardstock with a glue stick.  Next, I stamped a Paper Smooches cloud on my new starburst paper and cut it out. A similar look that I'm very happy with!

I added this cute cloud to a pink Maggie Holmes tag die-cut, stamped a sentiment, and added some smaller clouds stamped on wood grain paper. A sentiment, punched border threaded with twine, and tag loop at the top made for a clean and simple card with a fun twist. 

I'm linking this up to both the Paper Smooches "Anything Goes" Challenge and the August Mr. Linky on the CKCB. Thanks for popping by today!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CKCB August Challenge #2


Our second challenge this month over on the CKCB is a sketch challenge.  We worked with this adorable sketch from Roree Rumph for October Afternoon:


I decided to make a card, and I stayed pretty true to the sketch. The three panels across the front reminded me of tags, so I chose three printed tags from the Maggie Holmes journaling card paper in my kit. To mix things up a little, I punched my heart accent out of the tag panel rather than attach a separate heart embellie.  I then popped the tag panel up with pop dots and tied some Lawn Fawn yarn around the whole panel.  

I omitted two of the three "strips" on the bottom of the sketch, and instead used a strip of "hello" patterned paper as my sentiment. I made the chevron accents by trimming a 1/2" strip of paper (another journaling card from Maggie Holmes) and used just the pointy part of my heart punch. Super easy!  I also use this technique for trimming the ends of banners. You could also use a triangle or square punch. 

Thanks for popping by today!  We'd love to see your take on this sketch, either as a card or a layout!  Don't forget to link your project to the August Mr. Linky on the CKCB. :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge: One Layer Card

I think that when Bethany assigned this challenge to me, she *may* have cackled an evil laugh and rubbed her hands together. LOL. JUST KIDDING-she is very sweet but LOVES to dish out the challenges. ;)

I love dimensional embellies. The more, the better, in most cases! So a one layer card was a HUGE challenge for me!  I knew that my usual buttons, twine, brads, and many layers of patterned paper were out of the question, so I started thinking about the other ways I like to embellish my cards.

I started with a double-sided patterned paper as my card base.  I used the "selvage" edge of the paper for a ready made border, and embellished that with some stamped hearts. I also die-cut a circle from the card front, allowing the other pattern to show through. This provided the perfect frame for my phone stamp.  I scored around the edges of the card, which also helped to ground the sentiment and trio of stamped hearts.  Finally, a smattering of Stickles added a touch of bling without the bulk.

Thanks so much for popping by today!  Please be sure to check out the other DT members' one layer cards and leave them some love!  Don't forget-we want to see your take on this challenge. Don't forget to link your creations to the August Mr. Linky over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Guest Designing for Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

I admit it: the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE challenge blog. They're not trying to sell product, not trying to get you to subscribe to's just a group of FUN, AMAZING SCRAPPERS who love to share their creativity and inspire others.

So, I'm over-the-moon excited to share that I am guest designing for them for the month of August!

The entire design team is ready today to share their versions of our August inspiration kit, Penny Arcade by Studio Calico.  Today's blog hop starts on the CKCB blog, so make sure that you start there so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

I loved the Penny Arcade kit, but didn't have any of the original elements this month. So, I decided to make a list of what I noticed (along with my favorite elements) in this kit and its add-ons. I came up with clouds, cameras, feathers, carnival fonts, metallics, postage stamps, maps, doilies, wood grain, and weather. I then shopped in my stash and came up with these fun supplies:






Here is today's hop order. Please stop by and see the fabulously creative kits these designers have made. Don't forget to leave them some love! :)
Guest Designer:  Sherri: