Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Make My Monday 119

This is for the Make my Monday Challenge that was to create your own background. I love making collage backgrounds with my distress oxide inks from Tim Holtz. My main focus on my card making this month has been to do cards of encouragement to send out to people who might be getting a little stressed about the quarantine with less social opportunities. Spreading a little cheer anyway I can.
Here is where you can find this challenge:

I used a few of my older Stampin' Up stamps in the background, and the sentiment is from Sweet and Sassy.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

No focal Mexican tile

This was a fun challenge that I completed on Sunday for the Virtual stamp night challenges going on at Splitcoaststampers. When I was looking through the Sunday challenges on Challenges for Days I found this International Art and Soul
for a card without a focal point. This seem to be perfect for that challenge too.

The stamp was a bargain I found at Tuesday Morning and is probably the newest stamp I have in my collection. It is made by Momenta.  I hadn't even inked it up yet. So I inked it with Versafine black and then I colored all the flowers with copic markers. I cut the background panel into these one inch squares and then I covered it with Nuvo crystal drops.

Fun five minute card

Here is a quick and easy card. I love how much stenciling can add some quick color to a 5 minute card. I used distress oxide ink for the stenciling. Using this for the AAA cards CAS  challenge this week. You can find it :

Tulips and Spring and Quarantined

Since I have been taking part in the Virtual stamp nights going on over at Splitcoaststampers, I made this card for one of the challenges to use tulips. Then when I checked on the challenge for
 Just US Girls photo challenge, again it was tulips. So here is my card for both of these challenges.

Hope everyone is safe and well during our quarantine time. I have spent my time stamping and it has lifted my spirits.  Mailing out cards to friends might be what I can do to bring them a little surprise and love.

This embossing plate is from Spellbinders, the digital image is from Power Poppy! I colored it with copic markers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CCEE2013 Caffeine Awareness Day

        Hi Crafting Friends
It is Maryann here with her last challenge for the month.  These are  trying times we could all do with a strong cup of coffee.

To celebrate Caffeine Awareness day I have asked that we create a coffee themed card.
I used a Unity stamp for my coffee cup and dies for my sentiment. I wove some paper scraps together for my background.

Tuesday Morning Sketch 547

I have been doing fun challenges all day. Here's another one I tried this evening. It is the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge that can be found HERE. I am always needing sympathy cards for the care team I am on at my church, and this sketch just seemed perfect.  The stamp is from Stampin' Up and I punched out the little leaves and flowers. I used gold metallic pen to make dots up the side and around the tag. 

M2520 Anything goes challenge

I made this card for the House that Stamps Built's anythng goes challenge this week.  This is a Repeat Impression stamp, and the sentiment is Verve (perhaps). I used distress oxide ink smash for the background and a little stenciling for background too. I used a Stampin' Up circle stamp for the sun.
I have been doing lots of stamping today while I have been quarantined.  I will be donating many of my cards to my church's care ministry this month so we can send these out to uplift the spirits of our elderly who might be feeling very isolated during these difficult days. You can find the challenge HERE

Color Throwdown 586

My pink looks kind of reddish in this photo than it does in real life. This is my night time photography I suppose. This is for the Color Throwdown challenge to use pink, purple and white. I used a Unity stamp, a Stampin' Up stamp and a sentiment from Crafter's Companion. I punched some white flowers with a Mary Stewart punch and added pink rhinestones to the middle. I used distress oxide inks for the background on water color paper. The black ink is versafine black.

God is with You

I made this card for the Double D Welcome Spring challenge today. The image is a digital from Power Poppy, and the sentiment is from Sweet and Sassy. I also went though my scraps and found this dp which I think looked good with these colors I had used for the rose. I used copic markers to color my image. To get the lighter sheen on the rose and buds I used a white galaxy marker. 

You can find the Double D challenge here:

So honored that this card was selected as one of the top 3 last week on the Welcome Spring challenge at Double D.

a crazy bird or some bunny?

I did this card for two challenges today. One of the challenges was to use leftovers. So this design paper was leftover from an earlier card this week, as was the red trip behind it. These pink rhinestones were still on my stamping space and had not been put away yet, and the white pieces for the bird, the ears and the sentiment I found as scraps on my table too.. The bird is the Tim Holtz craay birds, the ears were cut off of a bunny stamp, and the sentiments are from Unity. Thought this made a cute Easter card. I am also using this card for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge that is an anything goes. You can find the Leftover challenge can be found here:

and the Simon Says Challenge can be found here:

Addicted to Stamps and more

I made this card today using the  sketch on the SCS sketch challenge, and I also am using this for the Addicted to Stamps and More to use markers.   The image is a digital from Power Poppy, and the sentiment is a stamp from Stampin' Up. I used an embossing folder from Darice for the pink background cardstock.  The image was colored with my copic markers.

Friday, March 20, 2020

The House that stamps Built M1120

I have spent the quarantined afternoon in my stamping room playing a little stamping Bingo. This time I did it for The House that Stamps Built  M1120 challenge.   I did the middle row down with a cat; black and white plus 1 color (red); and sponging. The stenciled panel was my sponging. The red and white gingham is a stamp from Unity, and the other red is a strip of washi plaid tape. Then I added a scrap of lace I found in my leftovers. Not sure who makes that sentiment and the cat is a diecut.  These fun challenges have given me some fun things to create while we are on quarantine, andd I hope to share my stash of cards I am creating with the care team at my church to send out to shut ins, who need an extra lift.

Creative Knockout challenge

Today I played some stamping bingo with a couple of the challenges I tried today. This one was for the Creative Knockout Challenge that I found on the Challenges for Days. Click CKC for the information on Creative Knockout. I picked to do some paper piecing, stamp an image, and use a die cut. I also did a little stenciling. The Mustang is paper pieced with some beautiful cooper metallic paper I found in my stash. I also used a scrap of it for the die cut at the top. I think this is going to make a great masculine birthday card for my stash.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CCEE2012 wedding or anniversary card

Maryann is our hostess this week and here is her challenge:

Create a Wedding card or an Anniversary or a Celebration card in white and black plus one other colour. Oops, I did catch that detail of black and white.  I seem to miss that part about the black and white, so there is no black on my card.

Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge 546

This card I made for the Tuesday Morning Sketches #546 . I decided to do an Easter card for the upcoming holiday. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we might not be celebrating Easter in our usual ways this year. But maybe cards will brighten up the season a little bit for the elderly who have been so isolated and needing a little lift of spirit.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Just Us Girls 526 black background

For this challenge to do a black background for the Just Us Girls challenge this week, I used a stencil from Gina K and various colors of distress oxide inks (although the colors were not so vivid on the black I did like the look I got). The stamps are from Unity Stamps and I colored the cake with copic markers. I punched out some Martha Stewart hydrangea blossoms to place on the cake and by the base of the cake. I added some tiny rhinestones just to add a little sparkle.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sisterhood of snarky stampers B is for booze

I made this card for the Sisterhood of snarky Stampers challenge for B is for booze. Don't know if you can make out all the booze bottles in the background, although this sister settled for her favorite wine as her choice of beverage. The stamps are all from Unity and the image was colored with copic markers and the background was stamped and ink smashed with distress oxide inks. I put some clear Nuvo on the glass to make it look shiny like a glass.  You can find this challenge at the SnarkyStampers blog site HERE.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

C4C526 White on white

I just love how embossing looks on white paper, and this is one of my favorite all time embossing folders from Spellbinder. I added diecut white leaves, these white paper flowers, and a sentiment (from Sweet and Sassy). It looks more complicated that it is to make and I look forward to making a few more like this. I have found it a really fun thing during this time of social distancing to look up some fun stamping challenges to take part in this week. Encouragement cards, sympathy cards, and thinking of you cards are my most needed in my stash of cards, so most of these will have that was the theme when I don't have to follow a specific type of card for the challenge. This white on white challenge can be used for whatever kind of card one might need. Check out this great challenge over at HERE.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Allsorts Challenge #563

I made this card for the Allsorts Challenge to use lots of dots. I used up some of the design papers from my scrap pile and then did a little paper piecing with an additional dotted paper. These stamps are from Unity. 

Encouraging cards for women

Another card for the International Women's Day Bloghop challenge. This one uses a sentiment from Unity and an image from Spellbinders. Women have every opportunity to make anything possible.

Here's some details about the challenge:

IWD Bloghop challenge

Loading this card to this site of the International Women's Day's Bloghop Challenge.  Encouragement cards are always uplifting to women. I used Unity stamps for the woman and the sentiment, the French script background stamp is an old retired Stampin' Up stamp, and I used a Sizzix die cut for the corner of the background. Under it, I did a distress oxide ink smash to add some color to pop through the holes in the die.  I also paper pieced the woman's blouse with a scrap from my design paper pile.  The image was colored with copic markers.

You might want to check it out!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

curves, circles, green and white flowers

I made this card for the Ways to Use challenge on Splitcoaststampers to use a curve,  also the March VSN mini challenge to use white flowers, Crafty cardmakers challenge to use green,  and the Paper Shelter challenge to use circles.Paper

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

CCEE2011 - Party favors

Thursday, March 12, 2020

CCEE2011 - Party Favor

HI Everyone,
It is Maryann here again and for this weeks challenge. Today I have asked the team to....
 Create a bag, box or container that can be used to contain a party favor.

Well, mine is not a bag, box, but maybe an interesting type of container. I made it like those old fashion match covers. I included a  mint chocolate bar as the little treat stapled into the flap at the bottom. I decorated the outside with a St. Patrick's theme. 

Make sure you check out the other team member's great little favor ideas over on the CCEE Stampers blogsite HERE  Hope you can join in on the fun. Leave your project on Mr. Linky ! 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

C4C525 International Women's Day

My stamping friend, Frances is hosting over on the Crazy for Challenges this week and since today is International Women's Day the challenge is to have an image of a woman on your card. So here is mine. I made with background by inking  the SU medallion stamp with distress oxide ink from Tim Holtz, spritzed it with water and then smashed it onto watercolor paper. I stenciled the other side using make up brushes and honey distress oxide ink.  Then I stamped the girl image onto white cs and colored it with alcohol markers and fussy cut it out to add to the bg. The girl and the sentiment are from Unity stamps.

Women can turn the simplest things into total happiness, like birthdays for their children, like scraps of fabric into the best Halloween costumes, and so many other things that make women shine in the field of their creative abilities and their nurturing ways they can bring happiness to others. God made us so very special.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CCEE2011 floral arrangement

             Hi Crafty Friends
It is Maryann here and I am your hostess for this month. I hope you will join us in our challenges.
For this first week I am asking that you....

 Make a card or invitation highlighting a floral arrangement.

I used the Medallion background stamp from SU and only inked the outside portion with distress oxide ink. Then I added die cut leaves, the sentiment from Unity, and the premade flowers.