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Stanley’s Bauble – Guest DT post for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

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Hey everyone! Its that time again, a new monthly challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!!! As always, the theme is Anything Goes with a Critter, and for December the DT is showcasing stamps from this month’s sponsor Beccy’s Place! Now, I don’t know if you have ever checked out her site, but Beccy has so many awesome stamps and sets to choose from, including both clear stamps and dies as well as digi stamps. Today for my DT post, I’m using a digi stamp called Stanley’s Bauble, which is a freebie on the Beccy’s Place blog. Super cute, right? He was so much fun to color with Prismacolors! I used Pink & Main Rounded Rectangle dies to cut out Stanley, and the mats. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Holiday Hellos. I added sequins, Stickles, and black and white Sakura Glaze gel pens for his eyes, and a silver Wink of Stella for the ornament cap. Here is a close up:

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I’d love it if you came over to the 2CCC challenge blog and post your critter cards this month!!! I also think you should run over to Beccy’s Place and check out the stamps she has available. Now, keep in mind you don’t need to use on of her stamps to enter the 2CCC challenge. And while you are at it, check out the challenge on Beccy’s blog as well, where you can win a store credit for her images!!!

 

 

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Gingerbread House from Beccy’s Place and Pink & Main

Edited to add: If you are looking for my Guest DT post for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, please see *this post*.

Have you ever checked out Beccy’s Place for stamps? Today I’m using a digi stamp from her Gingerbread set and I chose to make it into a shaped card! Fun, right?

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I used my Silhouette to scale the digi to card size and to cut it out as well as an identical outline shape to use for the back of the card. I used Bristol paper knowing I would probably watercolor the image. I used Tombow markers to color not only the gingerbread house but a few images from the Pink & Main set called Cocoa Kisses. Once the card front was dry I added Nuvo pearl drops in all the places snow/icing would be, and added Cotton Candy Stickles to the places that would be candy. Here’s a look at the inside:

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The sentiment is from the Pink & Main set mentioned above, as are the gingerbread man and assorted cookie shapes. I used the Nuvo pearl drops for icing again here. The lollipop was coated in Stickles and the icing on the cookies were coated in Nuvo Glaze. As a final touch, I used a black Sakura Glaze pen to trace the gingerbread man’s features to give them a raised, glossy look like icing.

My next post will also be using an image from Beccy’s Place for my Guest DT post for 2CCC.

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Still Young at Heart with Art Impressions

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Art Impressions make some of the best people stamps, and this one called Retirement is no exception. While it includes some great retirement sentiments, it also have some great birthday sentiments which I chose to use on this card. Where to start? How about the background… I used a Gingham Cover a Card background from Impression Obsession in red. Then for the images, I stamped and colored them with Prismacolors, then fussy cut them out. I paper pieced the man’s shorts and the dog’s shirt in a gingham patterned paper from my stash. I love how that turned out!!! Now for die cutting… I stamped the inside and outside sentiments, then die cut the outside sentiment with a Quote Bubble die from Cutter Bee. I also cut 2 circles with Spellbinders Circle dies, 1 in white and 1 kraft to coordinate with the coloring. I used blender brushes to ink blend the white circle with Distress Oxide inks to represent grass and sky. After some fiddling I decided on a layout for the images. For finishing touches, I added Nuvo Glaze to the camper windows, man’s eyeglasses and glass. (Why, in this time of technology, is it so hard to capture shiny stuff in a picture?!?) I added black Sakura glaze pen to the eye and nose of the dog and white gel pen to the camper wheels. But that’s not allllll……

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I colored up another image from the same set also with the combo of Prismas and paper piecing. I gotta tell you, skin tones are hard. I’m hoping it looks like the people have a little sunburn going on from sitting outside all day drinking lemonade! Anywhoo, she got the same treatment of Nuvo Glaze and that was it! Hard I as tried, I could not find an embellishment that looked right for this card. I have plenty of time before I have to mail it, so maybe I’ll find something. Leave me a comment and tell me what you would try!!!!! Oh, and my inspiration for this card was from a birthday card from my bestie, which also using Art Impressions images. Here is the card I received (Cute, right?!?):

Card by Sharon Granger

12/07/19 Edited to add: This card was a winner at Gem of a Challenge!!!

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MFT Birthday Challenge – Feeling Sentimental

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This month’s birthday challenge at MFT is text based only, no images! Initially I thought that was a tough challenge but then the mojo started flowing and the ideas kept coming! This is my first attempt, using MFT Birthday Speech Bubbles in a rainbow of colors. I added strips of diagonal  striped paper from MFT’s black and white striped paper pack to the edges of the card base. Then I trimmed down the stamped panel and popped it on top. Added a few flat matte black epoxy dots from Eyelet Outlet and it was done! Easy peasy!!! I have to admit that while I had these stamps out, I stamped off a couple others in different color combos, so you may see this card’s cousin very soon!

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2 Crafty Critter Crazies and the Paper Shelter

I’m proud to announce that I have joined the ladies at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies on their Design Team! Be sure to head over and check out their fun challenge blog where every month they want you to feature any critter on your project! Fun, right? November’s challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter, where you can find a ton of incredible digi stamps and printables. Be sure to grab your beverage of choice and kick back awhile while you peruse their store!

Today’s cards (yes, plural!) uses a digi called Holy Night from The Paper Shelter. Isn’t this deer adorable?!? I had so much fun with this image I had to make 2 cards!!!

First up is the teal version… click on any picture to enlarge it.

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I printed the digi on Bristol paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils, then die cut it with a Spellbinders circle die, then ink blended the edge. I layered the focal image on a Spellbinders small scallop circle die in white. I used Rinea foil paper in teal on the lower left corner and teal card stock on the upper right, separated by a dark teal strip. My sentiment is from Power Poppies Glistening Paperwhites set, stamped in teal and both the sentiment strip and its mat were cut at the same angle as the background. The snowflakes are from the Momenta Snowflake Border die set, which I cut apart to use individually. I added gems from Pretty Pink Posh’s Starry Sky mix. Now for the purple edition:

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Mostly the same materials, but slightly different layout! This time the focal image and mat was die cut with Pink & Main’s stitched rounded rectangle dies, and with purple Rinea foil. I cut the background papers on a diagonal added strips of white glitter paper to separate the colors. More of the same snowflake dies, only this time embellished with flat back adhesive pearls from Want 2 Scrap. This one uses a sentiment from a stamp set by Holiday Trendz (aka Forever in Time) called Poinsettia.

So which version do you prefer? Please leave me a comment and let me know, and be sure to head over to 2CCC and our sponsor The Paper Shelter!

 

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Batty Without You

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Not *exactly* a Halloween card, though the timing is fitting! This vampire cutie is from a Close to My Heart set called Creepy Creatures, which was easy to color up with Prismacolor pencils as most of the image stamped black. I used 2 sizes of Inverted Scalloped Circle dies from Spellbinders to cut a black mat and vellum layer for this little guy to rest on. On a whim, I checked the current sketch challenges and was thrilled to find something that I could make work at Sunday Stamps. I’ll be the first to admit I am not great at using sketches, but I think I nailed this one! I used a different set for my sentiment, Frightful Friends by MFT to make it the perfect card for my bestie! A little patterned paper and cardstock scraps from my stash, and this was done! I’m sad I didn’t have time to use the other images in this set before Halloween this year but I tend to work on holiday cards at odd times of year, so you may see this set again on the blog before New Year’s!

ETA 11/2/19: This card was selected by Sunday Stamps as a Top Cup!!! November 2019 for Batty Without You

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Beware… Happy Halloween!

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I love how spooky this card turned out!!! I used a set from Recollections, the Michaels brand. Sadly they do not name their sets, but the #520996 was on the back. I used 2 images on the outside and 2 images on the inside. I’m still on my Prismacolor kick, so these were colored with pencils and I fussy cut all the images. I’m using the sketch challenge from The Paper Players for this layout. I used a SSS stitched square die to cut a vellum mat for the the focal image to help it stand off from the busy background paper and popped it up on foam tape, as well as the sentiment banner. The jack-o-lantern is popped up on extra foam tape to lift it up higher than the focal. The photos of this card do not do it justice and IRL the colors are deeper and the card is much gloomier. *sigh*

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