Weathered Wings for Card Patterns!

I haven't been making as many cards lately and I think it's because I felt like I needed to catch up on the challenges where I usually participate. So, I decided to do a card for just one challenge this time: Card Patterns. I felt like the sketch was kind of challenging, but could be beautiful, so I took a go at it! My sister Lori gave me a 6x6 pack of Basic Grey paper, so I was excited to use it! Lori, what do you think?


Stamps: Sans Serif by Martha Stewart
Red Letter Stickers: Basic Grey
Papers: The butterflies are cardstock from Papertrey Ink as well as the card base, the other papers are Basic Grey "Ambrosia"
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart
Button: making memories
Everything else: from the stash! The "weathered" is just my handwriting.


Pile it On Challenge #8: Watercolors!

It's that time again: another challenge from Pile it On!

I started about 4 different cards before I went this direction, but I enjoyed using watercolors, which is something I don't usually think to use. The watercolor portion is the green circles on the green paper. I really like tone on tone and I use it a lot.

Here are the challenges I used to pile it on:

The cardstock is all Papertrey Ink as well as the sentiment stamps. The watercolors are Crayola and the rest is from my stash (mostly stuff i've purchased from hobby lobby over the years). I created the butterfly embellishment on Photoshop and then printed it.

Enjoy and happy crafting!


Pile it On Challenge #6!!

Welcome to my first week as a Design Team Member for Pile it On! This week's challenge is a sketch (as well as to incorporate at least 1 other challenge with it!). Some of you may know, and you will learn very quickly, that I am somewhat of a thrifty crafter. My personal style is somewhat simple and clean, but fun and classy all at the same time! I like to hand make a lot of the elements I put on cards and do a lot of handwriting rather than using punches and stamps all the time. I really enjoyed making this card and hope you'll join us at Pile it On this week with your own interpretation!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take.

Challenges I used:

Pile it On: Sketch!
Color Throwdown: to use the colors olive green, turquoise, and red
CCEE Stampers: to use the Modern Grid technique
Stamp Simply: something glittery
Flutterby Wednesday: buttons, bow/ribbon, butterfly or fairy
Papertake Weekly: my favorite things (olive green, turquoise, and dark red for Christmas colors, the song "Silent Night")
Creative Inspiration: gems or pearls
A Spoon Full of Sugar: heart



Pile it On!

So, a couple of weeks ago I posted that I was chosen for the "top 3 scoops" at the Pile it On Challenge blog. Well it turns out that they selected me to be one of their designers! That means that I am part of the team deciding on challenges and making example designs for when the new challenges are posted. I am really excited to be a part of this and it will be so much fun!

Check out the site and join in the fun!


another hiatus...

Well, I have taken a little break from the card-making. I just have so many interests that it's hard to be consistent in any of them.

I have some exciting news that I get to share in a few days, but until then...

I took Adelle to a playgroup yesterday where they were making shirts for 4th of July using a stencil technique with freezer paper (it works REALLY well, so if you want details, let me know and I'll share it in another post). I did the painting while I was there, then when I got home I added the buttons! I think this is really cute and it'll be fun to take pictures of her in it tomorrow! :) I kind of freehanded the stripes on the stencil, thus the imperfection of them, but that was kind of the point.

This also works for some challenges!

Day 111 on 365 cards, use stripes and bold colors! I hope squiggly stripes count!
Pile it on Challenge #4: Button it up! (to use at least 4 buttons and of course to combine it with another challenge)
2RedBananas: inspiration from THIS picture (I obviously was inspired by the colors for 4th of July!)

Yes, these are technically card challenge sites, but they seem to enjoy other types of projects too, so there you go :)



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