Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chester's First Birthday

I just came across a challenge website that encourages cards for children.  They accept donated cards, and give them to hospitals for the sick children in the hospital.
It is Send A Smile for Kids This card will not qualify for this challenge, but I will certainly be looking to the future to do some cards for this worthwhile cause.  Please take a look, and consider sending a smile to a kid. 

365 Cards That's a First -- Chester (our mischievous grand puppy) just turned one.  His "parents" had a party for him.  So this is for Chester -- it could, of course, be used for a real birthday too.

I used this sketch from Cardabilities :

I am also putting this on Addicted to CAS - The key word is "Pet".  While it is not really clean and simple, it is most definitely for a pet. 

Over at Sweet Stampin they are celebrating their 4th anniversary.  Check out the great cards there!

And at Wags n Whiskers they are looking at cards for kids.

The puppy stamp is from Inkadinkadoo -- it is actually a set for baby cards.  I colored him with copics, and added some flock to his ears. For real, he is a cute brown cock-a-poo with a white chest and toes. 

The papers are from Stampin Up.  I cut the die cut the balloon, added some crystal effects for shine.

In case you haven't met Chester, here is a pix of him this summer.  And the next shot is him helping me with my card-making.  You can see the results of his card-making help here: woyww-seriously


Thanks for looking!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcome Little One

Several people at my job are expecting babies.  One for sure is a girl, another is a boy, and the other is unknown (yet).
I loved this sketch from the  SketchBook Saturday Challenge.  And I really liked this elephant stamp (from Inkadinkadoo).  The sentiment is from an older $1 stamp set. 
So to make him fit with the sketch, I flipped the sketch upside down, so the elephant could be sitting on the stripes.  I stamped the elephant on gray cardstock, and used some Copics to give him some more shading and color.  I paper-pieced parts of him to create a bit more interest. Cut him out, popped him up.  Added some enamel dots.
The diagonal striped border was made from DCWV papers.  I simply cut strips about 1/4 inch and glued them in place, letting the edges hang over the cardstock panel.  Then flip over the panel to trim off the edges.  I had seen Jennifer McGuire do it on her blog, but I can't find the link right now.   I used some of the Goosebumps spray on the background, and some glimmer mist too.
Here is a close up of each of the cards. 
Edited to enter these challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - to use blue
Cutie Pie Challenge- create a "cute" card for babies or adorable people
 Crafty Cardmakers  to use Paper Piecing
Squirrel and Fox - animal

These were great fun to make!!  And isn't that what it's all about?
Thanks for looking.  I hope you take the time to comment.

Vintage Car Birthday

This is for my hubby's birthday.  He has a 1937 Ford Cabriolet -- which is his hobby. 
I got this stamp from a vendor at a car show.  It is his car!   He loves it, when I use his car on his cards. I stamped the car on clear plastic, then on blue glitter paper from DCWV.  And then cut that out, and pieced it on top of the plastic.  His car is this great dark blue color.
The balloon is a die from Penny Black.

I used the sketch from  CAS(E) This Sketch and the colors from   Colour Q .  The papers are from a mix of companies - the colors are from My Mind's Eye, and the "road-like" blue may be from DCWV, with some more stamping on top, and Goosebumps texture spray.

Over at Seize the Birthday - add texture.  I used "Goosebumps" spray, for the first time.  And it won't be the last!  Like its name implies, it leaves raised bumps, with a hint of sparkle.  The paper almost feels like leather after it dries.  Really cool -- I will definitely be using this again. 
Thanks for looking.