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Monday, December 21, 2015

Jingle Bell Birdbrain Chick



Good morning!  We have a great new sketch for you at From the Heart Stamps, along with an optional twist which is to "Distress Edges".  Check out the sketch:


I've used Faith's newest Birdbrain...I think each new Birdbrain is my favorite!  LOL  He's colored with pencils and I've added glitter to his hat, along with silver glitter to the jingle bells.  I don't always add sentiments, but this sketch was perfect for one, plus the sentiment was too darn cute not to use.  I've embellished simply with twine and a jingle bell.

Image/Sentiment: From the Heart Stamps "Jingle Bell Birdbrain Chick" Digital Set
Ink: Printer
Paper; G.P. 110, CS, PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Twine in Pure Poppy, Make it Christmas Jingle Bell, Martha Stewart "Sterling" Glitter, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details.  This will be our last sketch challenge for the year, running until January 3rd, but we will be back in January.  To those of you who observe..."Wishing you a Christmas that jingles all the way into the New Year!"

Challenges entered:

Brown Sugar: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: Happy Holiday
Creative Knockouts: Winged Wonders
My Time to Craft: Last Minute Christmas Makes
Sweet Stampin': Merry Christmas

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Make it Stop!!



Good morning sketch fans!  We have a fun new sketch for you at Sketch Saturday, along with a new sponsor...Digi Stamp Boutique.  This will be our last sketch for this year, but we will be back in January with more sketches to inspire you.  Check it out:


I've used one of the Changito stamps from my stash...I love Changito!  We are having cold weather here, along with some snow, so I thought he was perfect.  He's colored with pencils, his eyes are dotted with a black gel pen, and the cream trim on his hat, mittens and boots is accented with a subtle glitter.  I put some of the extra sparkly stuff on the snow.  I've embellished simply with a die cut snowflake and some bling.

Image/Sentiment: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury CS, SU! Baja Breeze and Tangerine Tango, My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Martha Stewart "Crystal Fine" Glitter, Bling
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details.  Also, it is our Guest Designer Imke's last week...it would be great if you clicked here to stop by and leave her a little love.  It has been a pleasure having her join us this month!

Challenges entered:

A Snowflake's Promise: Christmas/Winter
Clear it Out: Anything Goes, Stash: Anything Goes (patterned paper...I've had if for years, but still one of my favorites!) 
Crafty Cardmakers and More: Snow 
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays: Anything Goes with a Twist...Make it Sparkle
Paperminutes: Winter Greetings
Shopping Our Stash: Let it Snow 

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Catch the Bug's Penguin Parade



Good morning!  Christmas Chaos is over at Catch the Bug, but we do have a new challenge for you..."Penguin Parade"!

I knew I wanted to go with Poppi, but I also wanted snowflakes...I thought this image was perfect!  Poppi is colored with pencils and the "snow" is accented with glitter.  I've used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches...I thought it would be fun to play along with my former teamies!  It's a cute CAS sketch, plus I love the opportunity to mix up the patterned papers.  I've rounded the outer corners for interest and added some glittery snowflakes embellished with mini brads for embellishing.

Image: Bugaboo "Poppi-Christmas Snowballs" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Pure Poppy CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Corner Chomper, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details.  We do hope you will play along!

Challenges entered:

Cut It Up: Brrrrr! Winter!
Little Red Wagon: Snow Much Fun!
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Pretty Amazing



Good morning sketch fans!  We have a great new sketch for you at Sketch Saturday, along with a new sponsor...Simon Says Stamp!  Here's the sketch:


I thought this sketch would be perfect for a sentiment so I pulled one from my stash and paired it with snowflakes.  The snowflake embellishment is 3 different snowflakes stacked together and secured with a brad; the top and bottom layers are glittered up.

Sentiment: MFT
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury CS, Bo Bunny Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Spare Parts Brad
Extras: Spellbinders Dies, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the Saturday Girls' creations here, along with the challenge details.  Play along for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and More: CAS
City Crafter: It's All About Winter (no Christmas)
Cute Card Thursday: Add Some Glitter
Fab 'n' Funky: Snowflakes
Mod Squad: All that Glitters
Tuesday Throwdown: Snowflakes

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Chaos: Oldie But Goodie Wrapped in Chaos



Good morning!  Welcome back to Day 6 of Catch the Bug's Christmas Chaos!  Today we challenge you to create holiday packaging...we would like to see your holiday wrap, tags, bags, tins, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

I have a bunch of these "Hershey Nugget" tins in my stash; I like to have them on hand for a quick little gift.  Let's face it...there are not a lot of people who don't like chocolate!  (My favorite is Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Toffee...yum!)  I've colored the image, matted it with a die cut, and added glitter to the Santa hat.  I used coordinating paper to wrap the Nuggets and the tin, securing them with a small piece of Sookwang tape  Voila'!  A quick and easy gift!  Here's a close-up of the Nuggets.  (Hint: a 1x3 piece of patterned paper is perfect for wrapping the Nuggets.)


Image: Bugaboo "Skinny Bird Christmas Candy Cane" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, Coor'dinations CS, Reminisce Patterned Paper
Embellie: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Tin (PTI)/Hershey Nuggets, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sookwang Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you!

Challenge entered:

Crafting For All Seasons: Christmas: Anything Goes But a Card

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ruby's Rainbow: Get Well



Good morning!  We have a new challenge for you from the ladies at Ruby's Rainbow; Silvi has chosen our challenge which is "Get Well".  Sounds good...it's always wise to keep this type of card in your stash!

I've combined some cheery patterned paper with a Doodle Pantry image, which I have paper pieced and added a touch of glitter.  I've embellished simply with ribbon and a button.

Image/Sentiment: Doodle Pantry "Soup and Tissue" Digital Image
Ink: Printer, SU! Black Marker
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Harvest Gold and Hawaiian Shores, Echo Park
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", PTI Harvest Gold Stitched Ribbon, PTI Hawaiian Shores Button/DMC Floss
Extras: Corner Chomper, EKSuccess 3D Dots

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details.  We are taking a little break for the holidays and will be back on January 6, 2016 with our next challenge.

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Chaos: Recipe + New Release



Good morning!  Welcome back to Day 4 of Catch the Bug's 3rd Annual Christmas Chaos!  Today we have a Recipe Challenge for you and since it's Tuesday, I'm using a New Release image.  Here's the recipe:


Isn't this moose adorable?  He's colored with pencils and I've added a touch of subtle glitter to the ornaments.  For embellishing I've added some organdy ribbon and a bit of bling.  Sketch is Freshly Made Sketches #215.

Image: Bugaboo "Christmas Moose Ornaments" Digital Image
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, Gina K. Pure Luxury CS, SU! Pink Passion CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Crystal Fine" Glitter, Kaisercraft Bling, SU! White Organdy Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, QuicKutz Die (thanks)

Please check out the rest of the DT's amazing creations here...they are sure to inspire you!  Hope to see you play along!

Challenges entered:

My Time to Craft: Christmas Animals
The Ribbon Girls: Christmas Card (using ribbon)

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Chaos: Color Challenge



Good morning!  Welcome back to Day 3 of Catch the Bug's 3rd Annual Christmas Chaos!  Today we have a Color Challenge for you, check it out:


Aren't the colors gorgeous?!  I went with a simple image, "Cocoa", which I have colored with pencils, added a touch of sparkly red glitter to the hearts, and double matted.  The card base is Coor'dinations CS which I have scored and sanded to add a bit of interest.

Image: Bugaboo "Cocoa" Digital Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, Coordinations CS, PTI Pure Poppy CS
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Candy Apple" Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...I can't wait to see what they've done with this color palette!  I also can't wait to see what you do with this color palette!

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Chaos: Sketch Challenge



Good morning!  Welcome back to Day 2 of Catch the Bug's Third Annual Christmas Chaos!  Today we have a Sketch Challenge for you...are you up for it?  Here it is:


Great sketch, right?!  I altered it to a square format and took a clean and simple approach, using just 1 patterned paper and no matting for the card base.  I did round some of the corners for interest...I love using my corner chomper!  The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I've double matted the image and added a button with ribbon for embellishing.  I like the quirky chartreuse and bright colors!

Image: Bugaboo "Reindeer-Christmas Goodies" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Simply Chartreuse CS, SU! Passion Pink CS (retired), Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", PTI Simply Chartreuse Button, Ribbon (stash)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Corner Chomper, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details here...please join us!

Challenges entered:

A Snowflake's Promise: Anything Goes With a Winter or Christmas Theme
Cute Card Thursday: Festive Colors
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie: Inspiration Challenge-Reindeer Cookie
Morgan's Art World: Non-Traditional Coloured Christmas
My Time to Craft: Christmas Animals
Southern Girls Challenge: A Bit of What You Fancy (fun bright colors, cute image, glitter, and a pop of pink!)

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Chaos: Here Comes Santa Claus



Good morning!  Today kicks off Day 1 of Catch the Bug's Christmas Chaos...there will be fun challenges (and prizes to be won!) for 7 days!  Today's challenges is Anything Goes with a "Here Comes Santa Claus" theme.

I went with a fun image that reminds me of Christmas when I was a child...putting out the milk and cookies for Santa!  Along with carrots for the reindeer, of course!  This is something we did with our children too...only it was me who got to sample the goodies.  The image is colored with pencils and I've accented Santa's hat with glitter.  I've embellished simply with a die cut chocolate chip cookie.

Image: Bugaboo "Christmas Words-Believe" Digital Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, Coor'dinations CS (green and tan), PTI Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate CS
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, QuicKutz Die, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT creations here, along with the challenge details.  We hope you will play along with us this week...it is sure to be a lot of fun!

Challenges entered:

Fussy and Fancy: Words

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sketch Saturday #390



Good morning sketch fans!  We have a fun new sketch for you this week, along with a new sponsor...A Day for Daisies.  Here's the sketch:


I used one of my favorite Christmas images, along with some "favorite" paper scraps.  The image is colored with pencils and matted with die cuts.  I struggled with what to use for an embellishment...so I went without!  Do any of you have any ideas?  I would love to hear them!

Image: Stampendous Calendar Chick
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,. Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury CS, Bazzill CS (red), SU! Garden Green CS, KI Memories Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the Saturday Girls' creations here, along with the challenge details.  Also, my friend Imke is playing along with us as this months Guest Designer...please stop by and leave her a little love!

Challenges entered:

Creative Knockouts: Tis' the Season
Crafting For All Seasons: Brrr, It's Cold Outside

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, December 4, 2015

Birthday Blog Hop



Good morning!  It's time for From the Heart Stamps December Blog Hop; our theme this month is "Birthdays"...hop along for some fabulous inspiration from the DT!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from Faith's store.  

 If you have arrived from the From the Heart Stamps blog you are in the right place, if not why don't you start at the From the Heart Stamps blog so that you don't miss anything.  

We were challenged to create a birthday card related to our birth month...we would like each of you to guess which month that is!  After you've completed the hop, email your answers to Faith for the chance to win a $15 FTHS voucher.  We would also like to challenge you to create a birthday card and link up here for the chance to win a $10 FTHS voucher...you have until January 3, 2016 to enter!

For my card today I have used the adorable  "Five Party Birds". The image is colored with pencils and I've layered the card base with white vellum and a white embossed panel (sheet music for the birds to sing "Happy Birthday"); I've embellished simply with a vellum strip and twill.

Ink: Printer
Paper: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury CS, PTI Vellum
Embellie: White Twill
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Sizzix "Sheet Music" Embossing Folder, Foam Tape

By looking at my card, can you guess what month I was born in?  I will give you a few hints:

1. I live in Iowa, so by the time my birthday rolls around I am praying for warm weather and the sound of the birds.
2. I have had birthdays where the weather is warm, or birthdays where the ground was covered with snow.
3. My birth month has 5 letters in it.

Now head on over to Brenda's blog to check out her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping along with us today; the hop will end on Monday, December 7th at 6:00 a.m.  Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps blog on Wednesday, December 9th.

Challenges entered:

Cards in Envy: Put Some Extra Layers On
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Crafting With an Attitude: Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge: Music Note Paper (embossed)

Thanks for stopping by and hopping along!

Angela

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ahhh...



Good morning!  It's "Humor Me Wednesday" at Catch the Bug; humor holidays for this week are:

Dec. 1st: "Eat a Red Apple Day"
Dec. 3rd: "National Roof Over Your Head Day"
Dec. 4th: "Santa's List Day" (Are you on the nice list?!)
Dec. 5th: "Bathtub Party Day"

As you can see I went with "Bathtub Party Day"...Dottie is having a bubbly party for one!  Looks relaxing!  She is colored with pencils, the tub is paper pieced, and I've added a bunch of glitter to the bubbles.  I've embellished with a die cut sentiment and some glittery "bubbles".

Image: Bugaboo "Dottie Bath" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, Gina K Designs Pure Luxury CS, PTI Dark Chocolate CS, Imaginisce Patterned Paper
Embellie: Art Glitter 
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, QuicKutz Dies (bubbles), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...a good laugh is always good for the soul!

Challenges entered:

Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Sparkle
Crafty Boots: Spots or Dots (peach patterned paper)
Crafty Friends: One For the Girls
Paper Craft Crew: Sketch


613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes/Option of Paper Piecing

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, November 30, 2015

Joy in Jesus



Good morning!  We have a new sketch for you at From the Heart Stamps, along with a twist...Use Heat Embossing.  Here's the sketch:


I used one of Faith's cute snowmen and made a Christmas card for my stash.  I've colored the snowman with pencils and accented his hat and pocket with white glitter, along with adding glitter to his body, the stars, and the word "Joy".  Instead of a sentiment panel, I've printed the sentiment on the patterned paper; it's pretty easy to do, just measure carefully!  I put the banner behind the image and embellished with die cut snowflakes and buttons.  (In real life the buttons are a perfect match with the purple paper.  Does anyone know why the color of the buttons is "off" in the photograph?  Ugh...so frustrating!  This happens to me sometimes...not sure why.)

Image/Sentiment: From the Heart Stamps "Joy Snowman" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, Gina K. Pure Luxury CS, SU! Purple CS (retired), Bo Bunny Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Carrara Marble" and "Sugar Cube" Glitters, PTI Buttons/DMC Floss
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Cats Pajamas CutUps Die (snowflakes), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details.  I hope you will play along...it really is a fun sketch!

Challenges entered:

Aud Sentiments Challenge: Anything Goes + a Sentiment
The Paper Players: Tic Tac Toe (upper left diaganolly to bottom right...snowflake, sparkle or shine, punch or die cut)


Thanks for stopping by!

Angelaa

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hello Snowman



Good morning!  We have a new challenge for you from the ladies at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight Neva has chosen "Christmas with a Metallic Twist"...sounds pretty!

I've combined this challenge with this week's From the Heart Stamps sketch, which also has a twist..."Use Your Favorite Color".  That would be pink...of course!  Here's the sketch:


So...use the sketch, the color pink, Christmas themed, and metallic....  "Hello Snowman" (isn't this one of the cutest snowmen ever?!) is colored with pencils and mounted on die cuts.  I've rounded some of the corners of the metallic background patterned paper, to add a bit of interest, and embellished with a sparkly snowflake and hearts (they came in the stamp set).  I love the quirky pink and green for a Christmas card!  Check out the adorable "sweater" hearts, here's a close-up:


Please check out the Ruby's Rainbow DT creations here, along with the challenge details.  We would love to see your take on the challenge!

Please check out the FTHS midweek inspiration post here, and the sketch challenge details here.  We hope you will give the sketch a try...it's a fun one!

Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, CS, Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury CS, SU! Melon Mambo and Garden Green CS, KI Memories Patterned Paper
Embellie: Martha Stewart "Sugar Cube" Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Corner Chomper, Spellbinders Dies, Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

A Snowflakes Promise: Winter or Christmas Theme
Allsorts: At Least 3 Die Cuts
Cardz 4 Galz: Your Favorite Christmas Color Combo
Clear it Out: Theme: Holiday/Christmas Stash: Glitter

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sketch Saturday #388



Good morning sketch fans!  We have a fun new sketch for you to try, along with a new sponsor...Bunny Zoe's Crafts.  Here's Sketch #388 by Alex:


I combined the sketch with Catch the Bug's BINGO challenge, along with some other challenges.  Here's the BINGO card:


I went diagonally from the top left to bottom right...No Designer Paper-Texture-Bling.  I used JJ...I think this image gives a new meaning to the term "Ice Queen"!  LOL  JJ is colored with pencils and embellished with glitter and pearls.  I've dry embossed the 2 panels with snowflakes and dots, and embellished the card with another snowflake and a smattering of pearls.  I usually use patterned paper, so this is a bit different for me; I do like all the white though.  Here's a detail close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "JJ Christmas-Snowflake" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110
Embellies: Queen and Co. Pearls, Martha Stewart "Crystal Fine" and "Sugar Cube" Glitters
Extras: Tim Holtz "Snow Flurries" Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the Saturday Girl's creations here, along with the challenge details.  Play along for the chance to win a gift certificate to Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

Please check out Catch the Bug's BINGO challenge here, along with the challenge details.  Play along for the chance to win some awesome Bugaboo images!

Challenges entered:

A Snowflake's Promise: Winter or Christmas Theme
Crafting for all Seasons: Embossing
Fab "N" Funky: WOW (only color allowed is on the image)
Moving Along With the Times: My Favourite Things (Snowflakes)
Papertake Weekly: Let it Snow
Simply Create Too: Snow/Use Mostly White

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Whoop dee stinkin' doo!


Good morning sketch fans!  I have a clean and simple card to share using this week's
 From the Heart Stamps sketch; along with the sketch is the twist to use "lots of white...add color with embellishments".  Check out the sketch:


What a fun challenge this was!  I enjoy making a clean and simple card now and then.  "Party Hat Birdbrain" is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I've done some simple layering and added buttons with colored bling in the center for embellishing.  I really LOVE this sentiment!  It' kind of how I feel when I have a birthday....

Image: FTHS "Party Hat Birdbrain" Digital Image
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Crystal Fine" and "Sugar Cube" Glitters, PTI Buttons, Spare Parts Bling
Extras: Glue Dots

Please check out the rest of the DT's midweek inspiration creations here, along with the sketch challenge details here.

Challenges entered:

Cute Card Thursday: Birds or Animals
Get Creative Challenges: Birthday
Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
The Paper Players: Clean and Simple

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, November 12, 2015

give thanks



Good morning!  It's "Oldie But Goodie" Day at Catch the Bug...I love going through all Jodie's images to find one that strikes my fancy!  I decided to go with a Thanksgiving theme today...this Ruby image is perfect!

Ruby is colored with pencils; I bet you're wondering why Ruby's dress is red?  If you look closely at the DP you will see that some of the words are written in red, I wanted to add an extra splash of color.  I've embellished simply with a sentiment and mini brads.  The sketch is from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Image: Bugaboo "Ruby Calendar Months-Thanksgiving" Digital Image
Sentiment: SU!
Ink: Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate, SU! Ruby Red, The Paper Studio Patterned Paper
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you!

Challenges entered:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge: Sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges: Thansgiving/Fall
Morgan's Artworld: Thanks or Thankful
Polkadoodles: Autumn/Fall Colors
Simply Create Too: Give Thanks

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

happy holly days



Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight Shaz has chosen our challenge and she would like to see "Red, White, and Blue".  Sounds fun!

Of course, I immediately thought patriotic, but then I saw the scraps of patterned paper on my table from a card I had recently made...I decided to go Christmas because aqua is blue, right?!  You bet!  I thought of my Santa Chick image (yes, I have a "thing" for chicks/birds!) and went in search of a sketch to use that would work with a smaller image.  I found the perfect sketch at Jo's Scrap Shack:


The chick is colored with pencils and her hat, the holly berry, and the ornament are accented with 3 different kinds of glitter.  I have done some simple layering with the image panel and switched placement to the opposite side so the chick wasn't looking off the edge.  The holly leaves with the sentiment were stamped on white, cut out, colored, and adhered in place.  Funny how it seemed like such a great idea until I was trying to cut those tiny leaves out..lol!  I've also added a touch of glitter to the holly berries in the sentiment.  Sadly, the photo does not capture the sparkly goodness of this card.

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Signo Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Baja Breeze, PTI Pure Poppy, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart Glitter (Crystal Fine, Sugar Cube, Candy Apple)
Extras: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details.  We do hope you will play along and show us your take on red, white, and blue!

Challenges entered:

A Gem of a Challenge: Christmas Critters
Corrosive Challenge: Add a Sentiment 
Creative Card Crew: Sprinkle (I used glitter on the hat, berries, an ornament)
Cutie Pie: Simply Cute and Christmassy
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: Anything Goes with a Twist...Something Beginning with B (berries, blue)
Glitter 'N' Sparkle: Use Some Red
Jo's Scrap Shack: Sketch
Left of Center Challenges: Things with Wings
Papertake Weekly: Christmas Critters

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hogs and Kisses!



Good morning!  We have a fun new sketch for you at From the Heart Stamps, along with a new "twist" to "spotlight or 3D parts of the image".  Here's the sketch:


I went with the "twist" only this week.  I had already printed Pumpkin PigWit twice, with the intent of paper piecing, and wanted to use the fall image since I will soon be moving on to Christmas images.  The image is colored with pencils and Pigwit's eyes are dotted with a gel pen.  I've cut out (and popped up) his "hat", snout, the center portions of the pumpkins, and some of the leaves.  I pulled some fall patterned paper from my stash and decided to pick up the blue dot in the background...even though I have colored nothing in the image blue...theory being that blue and orange are complementary colors.  I wasn't sure how it would look, but I like it!  I've added a bit of ribbon and a diecut heart with an extra sentiment.  This is a really fun technique to do and it does add a lot of interest to the image...give it a try!

Here's a close-up of the 3D detail:


Image/Sentiment: FTHS Pumpkin PigWit Digital Image
Sentiment (XOXOXO): FTHS Blowing Kisses Digital Image
Ink: Printer, Signo Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Marina Mist, PTI Dark Chocolate, KI Memories Patterned Paper
Embellie: SU! Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details...we do hope you will play along!

Challenges entered:

Crafting With Friends: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: You "Leaf" Me Breathless
Stamps & Fun = Creativity: Sketch


Try it on Tuesday: Lots of Layers

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sketch Saturday #386


Good morning Sketch Saturday fans!  We have a new sketch for you, along with a new sponsor...Bugaboo!  One of my favorites for sure!  Check out this week's sketch:


I went with Margaret...I love that she is rather cheeky!  She's colored with pencils and I've paired her with my favorite "Get Well" papers (sadly, after this card I am down to scraps only...I'll have to get creative to use them!).  I've done some simple layering and added a sentiment.  Now I'm wondering if my sentiment is too bold?  Maybe I should have printed it on the blue and used a small red border...what do you think?  Maybe I'll add some red brads in the opposite corner....  Speaking of brads, does anyone besides me like them?  I rarely see them used anymore.

Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Blueberry Sky and Pure Poppy, Frances Meyer Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the Saturday Girls creations here, along with the challenge details.  Play along for the chance to win some Bugaboo images!

Also, please check out Catch the Bug's "Anything Goes" challenge here...more Bugaboo images are up for grabs!

Challenges entered:

Cardz 4 Guyz: Hope U Feel Better Soon
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, November 6, 2015

From the Heart Stamps November Blog Hop: CAS and Over the Top



Good morning!  It's time for From the Heart Stamps November Blog Hop; our theme this month is "CAS and Over the Top"...hop along for some fabulous inspiration from the DT!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from Faith's store.  

 If you have arrived from the From the Heart Stamps blog you are in the right place, if not why don't you start at the From the Heart Stamps blog so that you don't miss anything.  We were challenged to make 2 cards this month...one "clean and simple" and the other "over the top".  Here's my CAS card:


I choose one of Faith's adorable snowmen, Blowing Kisses, and used the sketch from the Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog. For my CAS version, I kept it really simple with clean lines, minimal layering, a touch of glitter on the red heart, and just a single snowflake for embellishing.  Next up is my Over the Top card:



Here are the changes I have made for my Over the Top version:

1. Downsized the image and added a sentiment.
2. Printed an extra image so I could pop up the hat, gloves, nose and foot for added dimension.
3. Colored the hat and gloves a bit darker than the CAS version, to help balance the addition of the red.
3. In addition to glitter on the heart, I have added glitter to the hat and gloves.  (I've used 3 kinds of glitter!)
4. I've added red to the aqua/white color scheme.
5. I've added another background layer, and matted all layers for definition.
6. I've added 2 extra snowflakes.

Here is a detail shot of the image panel:


Image: FTHS "Blowing Kisses" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury. PTI Pure Poppy, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart Glitters-Crystal Fine, "Sugar Cube", and "Candy Apple"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Snowflake Dies, Foam Tape

Now head on over to Brenda's blog to check out her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping along with us today; the hop will end on Monday, November 9th at 6:00 a.m.  Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps blog on Wednesday, November 11th.

Challenges entered:

A Snowflake's Promise: Christmas or Winter Theme 
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: Sketch



Dream Valley Challenges: Use the Color Blue
Try it on Tuesday: Lots of Layers

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela