Friday, April 30, 2021

Sketchy Girls BINGO Challenge Reminder

 Welcome to the first reminder of our BINGO Challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!

Our Sponsor this month is De Egel and they have graciously provided a wonderful prize for the winner of this challenge.

For my reminder card, I chose to follow the right line of the BINGO card - Ribbon, Gems, Yellow.

I used a No-name stamp set that I picked up at a local Thrift store and stamped the feather and sentiment with Versamark.  I sprinkled white embossing powder on the feather and gold over the sentiment then set the heat gun to it.

Once the embossing powder was set I used daubers with Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed) over the feather and then gave a light spray of Antiqued Bronze Mica.  I finished it off with gold ribbon on the top and two pink gems near the bottom.

You have until May 19th to link up your creation here. I look forward to seeing your creations!

Through the Purple Haze - ATG w/Optional Ribbon/Lace #179 .
Crafting Happiness Challenges - ATG w/Optional Bright Colors #94 .

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Monster Truck TIC-TAC-TOE Challenge

 Hello one and all! Time for a new challenge at Creative Knockouts!  This go-around we have a TIC-TAC-TOE Challenge for you.

Our fabulous sponsor is Jodie from Bugaboo Digi Stamps and the lucky winner will receive two digi images from her store!

Raising two boys meant our house was full of trucks ranging in all shapes and sizes.  I actually took my youngest to a Monster Truck show so when I saw this image Monster Truck I knew I had to have it!

My Tic-Tac-toe choices are Embossing (dry), Image and Sentiment.  

No-name Slimline die-cuts were used to create this card and I wish I made the trucks a bit smaller as I originally envisioned 5 trucks on the front however I was able to use the remaining two trucks elsewhere!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the trucks then colored them with Copic markers.  Hillside die-cuts and an embossing folder were used to simulate dirt hills for the trucks to "drive" over.  The two outer trucks were taped flat and the middle truck has a spring backing (see below) so it moves and bounces.

As an afterthought I added the banner flags, this proved a bit more difficult since the two trucks were quite stuck to the paper so I reduced the number of flags. The sentiments are computer generated and as you can see, the last two trucks were used on the envelope as well as on the inside.

I really, really enjoyed making this card and it brought back a lot of memories of a time long ago when my boys were young, loud, dirty, stinky and above all, happy & loved.  Boys rock!

Cards 4 Guyz - Wheels #269 .
Dream Valley Challenges - For a Child #246 .
International Art & Soul - Card or Gift for a Man #107
Aud Sentiments - Use a Birthday Sentiment #273 .
Cute Card Thursday - Party #684 .

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Christmas Stockings

 Welcome! Today starts a new challenge at Christmas with the Cuties! Our theme for this challenge is Stocking Fillers, so we want to see you use Stockings on your card!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is My Besties and one lucky winner will receive three digital images from their fabulous shop, thank you Sherri!

For my card I used Steampunk Christmas Sock.  I colored the image with Copic markers and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut around the image.  It's hard to see in the picture but I added some gold cord pieces to the back of the stocking before adding pop-dots to the back.  The paper is from the Nutcracker Sweet Collection by Graphic 45.  For the sentiment I pulled out my ancient Dymo Labeler and added Ho Ho Ho.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

My Besties 3D and More - ATG (April) .
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round - G and/or H (I used Gold) .
The 12 Months of Christmas - ATG w/Optional Red & Gold

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

B-I-N-G-O Challenge

 Welcome to our new challenge at Creative Sketchy Girls!  As the title indicates, our theme this month is a BINGO Challenge.  

Our sponsor this month is De Egel and they have graciously provided a wonderful prize for the winner of this challenge, thank you!!

For my card I chose to work with Gems, Die-cut/Punches and Rope (Twine).  I came across a card created by Tracey Cuccia and I fell in love with the simple design so I decided to give it a try.  

I used the butterfly die-cut from the Tagged collection by Penny Black and as you can see I cut a number of different colored butterflies and stacked them up to create dimension. I applied glue to the middles of the butterflies so once dried I could fan them out a bit.  

To create the butterfly's path I used different colored gems and used a black marker to add the dots in between.  The sentiment is from the Vintage Vogue collection by StampinUp!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you make your way over to see the wonderful creations by our Design Team and to link up your creation!

International Art & Soul - Winged Creatures #106 .
613 Avenue Create - ATG w/Twist "In the Garden" (April) .
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog - Animals, Birds and/or Insects #61 (April) .

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hello Friend

Happy April! The birds are singing, weather is getting warmer and the flowers are popping!  Spring is such a magical time and a time for new beginnings.  

Creative Knockouts has a new challenge starting with a fabulous sponsor All Dressed Up.  Their images are magical and whimsical and I enjoyed playing with Magical Woodland!

Our theme for this challenge is "Add a Sentiment" and I finally did it right the first time and remembered the theme before I got into creating!

I colored this adorable image with Copic markers and added a Touch of Stella to the wings, mushrooms and flowers.  I wasn't sure about the layout and was looking through my dies and came across "Tagged" by Penny  Black.  I used the large tag die on the image then created a topper out of background paper with the same die and finished off the bottom with zig zag border.

The background papers are from the Tulla and Norbert Collection by PhotoPlay as well as the sentiment banner that I fussy cut.  Added some sequins, bakers twine and ta-da, card is finished!

I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope to see your creation linked up here! Enjoy your day!

International Art & Soul - Winged Creatures #106 .
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Spring/Easter (April) .
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - ATG-Cute (April) .
Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon/Twine #682 .

Animal Parade

Welcome to a new challenge over at Creatalicious Challenges!  Our theme for this challenge is, as always ATG and we've added an optional twist - Slimline.

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios. I love the whimsical images and they are so fun to work with, thank you Rachelle!

The image I used for my Slimline card is Animal Parade.  Now seriously, how can you  not be happy when you see animals on parade?!

I was trying to decide whether or not to make a New Baby card or Birthday Card so I went searching through my stamps to find what would work best.  I decided on a sentiment from the "A Little Everything" (D1420) by Close to My Heart

To make the card gender neutral I decided on the orange background papers from the Freestyle Collection by Teresa Collins.  I have had this paper for years in my stash and have vowed to start using my stash over purchasing new paper.  The slimline dies I used are a no-name brand and they came with a variety of layers, for this card I used three of those layers. The top right corner was looking pretty bare so I added some colorful buttons and bakers twine.

Our Design Team has created some adorable cards, I hope you have a chance to hop over and leave them some love! Enjoy your day!

Rachelle Anne Miller - ATG w/optional Flowers (April)
Cardz 4 Galz - Slimline #144 .
Craft Rocket Challenges - Baby/Kids #80 (April) .
Moving Along with the Times - Animals/Birds #129 (April) .
Unicorn Challenge - Include an Animal #64 (April) .
Addicted to Stamps and More - Birthdays #403 .

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

No Stampin' here!

 How the heck does one create a card with no stamping??? I pondered this for sometime thinking, it's just darn impossible and who thought of this theme anyways??

Well, like it or not, that is our theme this month at Christmas Craft Creations - No Stamping!

Talk about tunnel vision.  Once I got over my confusion I realized I have made many cards over the years without stamping, duh, what was I thinking?!

A couple of years ago I was involved in a weekend yoga retreat and my portion of the retreat was to teach card making.  Since it was close to Christmas I put together pre-packaged bags that included the supplies needed to make 2-3 cards each.  

I purchased a variety of Christmas papers from the local craft store, one side was patterned and the other side had journaling cards. The patterned papers are from the Merry & Bright Collection by Echo Park Paper and I used oval die cuts on one of the journaling cards and framed it with scallop ovals and the glitter star and tree were from my stash.

This is a great way to make fast & simple cards, especially if you want to make cards in bulk. I hope you join us for this fun and fast challenge and remember to add our challenge badge for your chance to win!

Thursday, April 1, 2021


Happy April Fool's Day however, our new challenge at Creative Knockouts is no joke! 

Our theme for this challenge is Sparkle & Shine and our fabulous sponsor is Star Stampz and they are generously donating 3 images to the lucky winner!

As it typically goes for me, I get creating and forget about the theme and it wasn't until I started typing this post that I realized I didn't have any sparkle or shine.  Back up to my craft room I go.

This too cute image is Red String and I colored her with Copic markers.  I added Glossy Accents to the heart on her sweater and skirt for some shine then stuck some teal gems in the corner and Wink of Stella on the kitty and string for the sparkle. I cased the layout from a card I came across by Jessie Banks, I just love the simple design.

I hope your April Fool's Day is prank free and if not, at least makes you laugh!

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG w/Critter #49

Peace on Earth

 Happy April Fool's Day although it's no joke that Winter Wonderland has a new challenge!

I was the lucky one who picked the theme this month and considering all the craziness going on in the world today, I chose "Peace on Earth".  

Our sponsor for this challenge is SheepSki Designs and they have a special prize for the winner of this challenge, thank you to the talented Andrea!

This image is Winter Deer, the image only has 2 trees however for my cards I added a few extras.  After I printed the image on white cardstock I went to work on the background using Distress Inks.  Once I had the combos right it was still missing something.

After many failed attempts using stickles, heat & stick powder with glitter, sparkle embossing powder and a variety of attempts using the inks it just didn't look right until I pulled out Texture Paste by Ranger that I've had for over a year but have never tried. So I went to work on my failed attempts to see what I could do with the paste.

I pulled out my Snow Flurry stencil by Taylored Expressions and placed it over the image and thought it was just the snow that needed texture and dimension so I covered up those small little holes that covered the trees and deer. Spread the paste over the open holes and pulled the stencil off to discover it looked crappy so that was the end of Day 1. 

 Day 2 - I tried again spreading the paste over the entire card - finally, success!  On the green card I sprinkled some glitter over the paste while it was still wet and wish I would have done that on both cards but enough was enough, this had to end!

Sorry for all the rambling and I appreciate you stopping by to take a peek and I hope you have a chance to join us at Winter Wonderland!

Distress Inks Used:
  • Twisted Citron, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Black Soot
  • Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers

Addicted to Stamps and More - Christmas #402 .
Crafty Gals Corner - Make it Green #217 .
SheepSki Designs - Animal Magic #49 (April)
Aud Sentiments - Animals + Sentiment #271 .