Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Little Stampers July Sketch Challenge




Today is my debut on the DT at Happy Little Stampers!! How exciting is that!! To be part of all things stamping is so up my alley. Happy Little Stampers is a unique challenge. It has 3 different challenges under one roof. There is the team I am on- HLS sketch challenge, but there is also HLS CAS challenge and HLS Christmas challenge. 
  

Here is the sketch for July. I tried to think outside the box with this sketch. Let me know if I went to far afield.
When I saw the tree, I knew I wanted something a bit different and i thought- "hey hot air balloons!"
But of course I did not have a single hot air balloon stamp. I mean I am so behind the trends- weren't they popular last year?!!? As always I am a day late and a dollar short when it comes to trends.


So since Lawn Fawn is my new fav company, I had to order their set Blue Skies. I paper pieced the balloon with this orange polka dot paper and then colored the balloon panels with copic markers. It looked cool with the shadow of the polka dots coming through.

The cloud embossing folder is for a horizontal card, but I really wanted to use it on this vertical card. I just embossed what I could, but I really like how the clouds just kinda stop. Interesting effect.


So please check out all of the Happy Little Stamper Challenges and join in on all the fun. You have a month to play, so it shouldn't be to stressful to join in!! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Male Room Challenge





  I am high in the sky!! School is over for the summer!! I am a free gal until the end of August!! All I can say is woo hoo!!! So today's challenge at the Male Room was perfect for this flying high chick!

Up in the air- but no birds please. Well there are a gazillion things that are up in the air other than birds  aren't there? Shouldn't be too hard. It isn't really except that I can only use a plane or a space ship so many times.

So I went riffling through my stamps and this foxy little guy from Mama Elephant popped out at me and said "stamp me flying high with my balloons". My stamps don't always talk to me, so when they do I have to answer.




I think this card is adorable but is it manly enough for the Male Room? Well, I happen to know my hubby George loves getting cute critter cards. I mean the guy lives for a cute teddy card for gosh sake! So yeah it's manly enough. And if that wasn't enough encouragement, the card Ros made for her brother for the last MR challenge just gave all the permission I needed to post this card today.


Remember in my last post Sunny Days I said I wasn't done with the sky, cloud theme yet. As you can see that cloud paper ended up on this card too.

Well... stay tune this theme continues!

Excuse my rambling dialog, but I am giddy with freedom. Please check out what my othe team members created and join in the fun at the Male Room!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunny days


I have been stuck on a theme lately and it involves clouds, the sun and anything that relates to them. Bare with me, you may not have seen the end to this theme. I will at least try to shake it up a bit each time.

Soooooo, today's card is based on the new challenge at The Male Room. We are asking you to add a tag to your project. I love tags. I have a HUGE box full of them. My card is loosely based on a card with a tag that Laura Bassen made for the new online card class MASK-erade.


I have a couple of theses sun ray stamps that were so hot (pun intended) last summer. My sunshine is from Mama Elephant and I love this set because it has the best sentiments in it. 


The cute little plane is from my new favorite company- Lawn Fawn- Bon Voyage .




ooooooh...... what's peaking out from inside the card?


Now it is your turn to show us how you will use a tag on your best masculine card! Please join us at the Male room!
 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A very busy sketch



I was not going to enter this card in the challenge over at Happy Little Stampers, because the more  looked at it the more I realized I totally over thought the sketch. I have the tendency to do this, especially with photo and sketch challenges. But I thought what the heck, you all should see the bad along with the good or at least what I think is good. This is definitely in the not good category.
 The problem is I felt I needed to capture each element in the sketch, otherwise I feel like I am cheating. But do not listen to me. The idea of a sketch is it is a guide not directions to be followed to the letter.


I like the idea of the card but would have gotten rid of some of the elements such as the leaves hanging down below the banner and the leaves under the pink flower. Then it would have been more CAS and not to busy.

 



I am busy with school for the next few weeks, when I am done, maybe I will try to remake the card and see what you all think. In the mean time, head on over to Happy Little Stampers and show me how it is done!

Monday, June 1, 2015

House of Cards Blog Hop



Hi everyone!  Can you believe we've are at the end of our third term here at House of Cards?!  Unfortunately we are saying a fond farewell to some of our DT members and fortunately we are so happy to those staying on.  To say goodbye and thank you, we're celebrating with a blog hop!  You should have arrived here from Mynn. This hop will run FROM June 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH June 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment! 
 
Our inspiration photo:

So, get ready and let's get hopping?!  Oh wait, hold the horses!! Before we get hoppin',  we have some fabulous sponsors to share with you!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!
Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
We will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Deedee's Digis
Prize: Gift Card to the online store.

Prize: $50 gift voucher to the shop.

 
Great Impressions
Prize: Prize Package


Prize: Gift Card to Store

Stitchy Bear
Prize: $10 gift voucher to the shop.
  
For the blog hop, I used all Great Impressions stamps. Floral hat and this great sentiment!! I will let you in on a little secret- the design paper is Christmas paper!! The colors just work huh?!!?


The House of Cards Challenge Blog started with our fearless leader Mynn, if you haven't checked out her blog be sure too. 


Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop Barbara!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all! :)


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Washi rad



Washi tape- is it still a hot trend? I know I love it but don't use it as often as I should. Lord knows I have tons of it. So I was a happy camper to see this week's challenge at The Male Room- use washi tape on your project. I pulled out my tapes and went through them. I used this washi tape as my jumping off point and the rest just fell together.




I even decorated the inside of my card. My crafting buddies know I rarely do this, but with washi tape it is so easy! Just tear off a few strips and lay it down and there ya have it.


The saying is from CAS-ual Friday's Rad set.   Which I have to say was on sale when I made this link! The rocker is a very old StampinUp stamp. He is an old stand by when I need to make a hip card for a young dude.


If you haven't used your washi tape lately dust them off and show all of what cool things you can do with it and play along at the Male room!!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Best friend


Welcome to a fun color challenge at the Male Room this week. Khaki, pool and olive green. Perfect guy colors don't you think? Today I used that incredibly popular set from My Favorite Things- "you make my tail wag". You have to hit the stores at the right time to get it, as it seems to always be out of stock. I am still trying to get the matching dies! Soooo- I had to do a bit of fussy cutting.


The borders on my card were stamped with Papertrey Ink's "ombre builders".



Now personally I am a cat person, but they say a dog is man's best friend, so this card is perfect for The Male Room. I hope you will join us share with us how you use this great guy color scheme.