Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DCWV November Card Challenge

     I liked the DCWV card stack-a-holic challenge sketch so much that I used it for four cards, three different occasions.  The Linen Closet Stack is full of wonderful patterns and colors, half of them glittered.  I ended up taking the stack apart, so I could spread them out to mix and match all the beautiful combinations.  I added a button and twine from my stash and a fussy-cut flower from a scrap of the same stack.  The card shown uses a stamp by Technique Tuesday.  You can be sure I will be back to play with these papers again soon.
   

Two November Challenges: PCC & DCWV


     PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday and DCWV Stack-a-holic challenges are my favorites.  Both have wonderful inspiration.  I saw the long thin photo mats on DCWV's sketch and long thin ladies on the Harper's Bazaar magazine cover.  I have just the photos I've been waiting to scrap that fits "long thin!"  But not the cute kids or party themes this time. . . before and after x-rays!
     Let me explain my title.  I do believe in angels, but doubt they are tiny little things that can inhabit our bodies.  Still, when I saw the before x-ray, it sure looked like a little angel holding my deformed spine together, right where I have had (They took it completely out!) the triangular shaped vertebra.  Apparently it was very unstable.  I know the Lord was looking out for me and kept it from slipping all these years, and He gave me a grin when I saw the picture, a probable artifact, I'm sure.
    There was so much story I wanted to record, I decided to put it on paper strips rather than using designer paper.  The words were cut on the Cricut.  The paper is from DCWV's Confetti and Metallic stacks.  I thought those stars were the perfect celestial backdrop for my "angel."  Can you see it?  :o)  
     As much as I'm still hurting 8 months out, I am very thankful to God and for modern medicine that was able to fix this before it gave way and paralyzed me!  I "think" I'd do it again.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner and DCWV Challenges

     Stranger things have happened.  When I saw the inspiration piece for PaperCrafter's Corner Week Magazine Monday Week 164 challenge, the DCWV Confetti Stack was open on my desk.  The bright colors in the stack were a match for the ones in the PCC inspiration piece!  Yippee!  Isn't picking the papers the hardest part of a challenge?  Now I could combine two, Magazine Monday and the October Stack-a-Holic Challenge (Scrapbook part)!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 164 Holiday Papercrafting Challenge Inspiration Piece (image)  
     I love the paper I used here!  I love this stack!  And I'll tell you more about that in a minute.  All the prints, including the striped vellum were from the Confetti stack.  The solids were from the DCWV Christmas stack.  Instead of stars as embellishments, I obviously went for teddy bears, including cutting teddy bear shaped holes in the one paper.  I did that on the Cricut, as well as cutting the title.  The only other thing I used was the little Sizzix teddy bear die and a piece of ribbon.  Still on the mend, I'm all about "easy," and this was, yet I love it!  Hope you do, too!
     But hold on!  I wasn't through with this stack!  It has little packets of confetti right in the stack.  They leak everywhere, but that's okay.  It gave me an idea!  I checked out the DCWV October-Stack-a-holic card challenge.  Everything I needed was right there in that one stack, even the sentiments.  Easy peasy, and so much fun.  Okay, it took a couple of days, but that's only because I can only sit at the desk for short periods of time.  To think I got all of this done in one week, though, shows it was easy.  So much inspiration in one stack of paper!  Thank you, DCWV!  And thank you, Steph, for choosing just the right magazine cover this week!
Thank you for stopping by.  I'd love for you to leave a comment.  :o)
P.S.  Just read that the PCC entry this week is supposed to include a winter holiday.  Please note the sentiment on some of these cards say, "Cue the Confetti!"  Now isn't that perfect for New Year's?  New Year's Eve is also DGD's birthday, "Happy Day!"  She's a holiday everyday!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #163

     Everything came together nicely this week.  I saw my first z-fold pop-up box card, and fell in love with the new fold.  However, the one I saw was cut and folded mostly from one piece of cardstock, and I didn't feel up to that much measuring and cutting.  I went looking, and with some help from a FiskaFriend, found a template by Lori Whitlock.  She has several, and because they were on sale, I bought several!  Makes sense, right?  She even had one with a pick-up truck.  Perfect in so many ways!  A Christmas card for my oldest grandson who restores old cars!  And a pick-up for PCC's Magazine Monday theme! 
     With Granddaughter by my side pushing buttons and peeling cardstock off the mats, we cut it out on the Cricut.  With a new lock on the inside of my craftroom and two toddler grandsons outside the door, it came together perfectly!  :o)
     I didn't take many liberties with the template, and what I did doesn't show much in the photo.  I cut a window for the pickup out of a scrap of acetate.  Looks so cute!  I used the write feature for the greeting rather than cutting it and inked it with a glittery red gel pen.  Rather than cut snowflakes, I punched them out of glitter paper for more detail.  I used Wink of Stella on the tree in the back of the truck, and embossed the other two.

     This was a totally awesome card to make (maybe because of the help I had outside the craftroom and didn't have inside the craftroom!).  Now that I can see the dimensions of it, I will easily replicate it in an A2 card, but first I will probably have fun just doing the other Lori Whitlock ones I bought. Way fun!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Bobble-Head Munchkin!


Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 162 Inspiration Piece (image)     Last week I had a hard time with PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday.  This week, #152, was much easier.  A pretty girl as the centerpiece!  Ta-da!  Sequoia's mom asked me to make some thank you cards for people who especially helped Sequoia at "The Wizard of Oz" production, so I found my pretty girl!
  With her help, I made bobble-head easel cards of Sequoia in her munchkin costume.  It was fun teaching my DGD to make the yellow brick road with an embossing folder and clouds with a scalloped circle die-cut. We added red flowers because she also played a poppy.  I tried to include my video, but it wasn't playing in the post.  Sorry, it was pretty darn cute!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday #161


Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 161 Inspiration Piece (image)     Each week I am inspired and/or stretched to come up with a project for the challenge at PaperCrafter's Corner.  This week "stumped" was a better word.  I ended up with a card that has been coming together in my head for awhile, but I'm not happy with it.  The only thing I could take from the magazine cover was the colors and borders, but, frankly, I don't think it fits well with my idea.  I still have more "Dearie Dolls" and more of the sentiment cut out, so I think I will rework this next week.  Not feeling well and trying too hard, I think.                                    
The sentiment is an svg from Apex Cuttables, a freebie that I love.  I used the negative space after cutting it out on my Cricut.  Please check out Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps, too, where you will find great fun (and free!) clip art.  




Sunday, September 11, 2016

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #160


     "A World Away from the Everyday!"  Isn't that where the Land of Oz is?  I have several (many) themes to scrap, but this one instantly came to mind when I saw the PCC magazine cover, and it's very current since the play runs a couple more weeks!  I'm so pleased with the results.  I hope you will like it, too!
     A special shout out to Mary Ellen Smith.  She is the talented and generous artist who offers her fun clipart at Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.  I'm still thinking I should have used those flying monkeys! Thank you, Mary Ellen!
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 160 Inspiration Piece (image)
Magazine Monday Inspiration
     And thank you, Steph, for keeping me busy, even when I'd rather go to bed!  :o)  Also, it's because of you that I have a Cricut to use on these projects.  I didn't have to fussy cut the digi stamps.  I did a print-and-cut which does a much better job than I can.  The title took me all of about 10 minutes to layout and send to the Cricut.  Love it!