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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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Eek! It’s Meow-lloween!!!

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This card came together so quick! The background is ink blended with Distress Oxides with a stencil from CAS-ual Friday called Curtis. The focal image and sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp set called Creepy Cute. I colored with kitty witch and EEK! sentiment with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut them out. I die cut circles to pop the cat onto. The BOO! sentiment was die cut with a banner die from the Cutter Bee Banners die set. For a finishing touch, I added Nuvo Glaze to the kitty nose and buckle of the witch hat, and some colored rhinestones from my stash. I also added Wink of Stella to the witch hat and EEK! sentiment to add a wee bit more shine. You can see it if you click to enlarge this picture.

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10/28 Edited to add: This card was chosen as a Top Pick at Crafting Happiness!

10/31/19 Edited to add: This card is a Top Cookie at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie! If You Give a Crafter a Cookie

11/07/19 Edited to add: This card was chosen as the Ruby Award Winner at Color My Heart Color Dare!

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MFT Delightful Deer

My Favorite Things had a couple of challenges this week that I miraculously thought I could pull off… in one card! Take a look!

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I used the My Favorite Things Delightful Deer dies to cut the deer in white and inked them with a few shades of brown inks. I whipped up an ink blended circle background with Distress Oxides in Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Pumice Stone, and a hint of Hickory Smoke, and matted it on another circle inked with Pumice Stone. I cut some snow drifts to use as my border and inked them as well. The bottom of the front panel is stamped with MFT’s Sweater Stitch background with Pumice Stone to match the rest of the card. The sentiment is from MFT’s Jingle All the Way (!).

Side note: I keep my Christmas stamps separate for ease of buying out my holiday cards, but I never would have found this sentiment if it hadn’t been for cataloging my stamps in Evernote! I love that when I make a card and need the perfect sentiment, I can search my digital catalog / inventory by keyword, theme, or manufacturer. This turned out to be *the* perfect stamp, the right message and the right size. I use Evernote for so much, both crafty and life purposes. One day I ought to do a post on that as I think it would help those struggling to remember what they have or those that accidentally purchase multiples. Leave me a comment if you would be interested in learning more!

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T-Rex Birthday

This card was so much fun to make but even more fun to give! I used a Silhouette cut file, #204997, by Jennifer Rush to make this fun shaped card. The edges of each piece are ink blended and the top layers are popped up on foam tape for dimension. The birthday hat was a different cut file, Party Puppy #40556, by Rivka Wilkins. I cut an extra base layer of the dinosaur, scored it a half inch from the top, and attached it by that half inch to make it a shaped card. Inside I stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Greetings Galore set in Versamark and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Alabaster white powder.

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This card goes to one of my “adopted” kids, so for fun I used a happy mail style stamp from the Stamps of Life set called Stamped 4 You. We used a white gel pen to write a personal note to the recipient. True story… as a Junior in high school, my “adopted” son showed up to band camp in an inflatable T-Rex costume 😁🦖. Always the class clown and prankster! It was the last day of grueling training and practice, and his stunt got 300 kids through the day with a smile. Love this boy!!! So now you know why I had to make a dinosaur birthday card for this kid!

10/21 Edited to add: This card was selected as the winner at The Paper Girls Challenge!!!

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Happy Birthday techie card

Some of you know that I have only one child, a son that means more to me than life itself. What you may not know about me is that I also have almost a dozen “adopted” children, the result of being Band Mom to a high school marching band. Though the 4 years I gave my time, blood, sweat, and tears to the band I became close to more than 300 of the best teenagers / young adults you could ever meet. And of those, there are some who have become family to me. This card goes to one of my adopted sons who just turned 19. I am especially proud of this young man as he is the first in his family to graduate high school, and he is currently enrolled in college to obtain a degree in Computer Sciences. To commemorate the occasion I created this card for my boy Jacob.

This card was difficult to photograph between the 2 colors of mirror card stock and the piece of acetate for the window! Forgive me for posting several shots so you piece together what this card looks like IRL!

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The card design is a Silhouette cut file, #78049, by Snapdragon Snippets. I used green mirror card stock for the base which shines up through the green top layer to make it look even more like a computer motherboard. I used silver mirror card stock for the “happy” to contrast with the rest of the design. For an inside sentiment I used two stamps from My Favorite Thing’s Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes set (mouthful!!!). As part of the Silhouette design, there is a mock thumb drive which I cut from matching card stock and personalized with a “J” for Jacob. I tried to find one of those ball and chain key chains to attach it with but alas, I couldn’t find one in the junk drawer so I used silver cording instead to attach it.

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