Monday, April 30, 2012

Pink & Blue Squiggle Fly Challenge 1712

For me, this card just oozes the requirements on this week's Squiggle Fly challenge. It's actually folded in offset thirds so that the image extends over the front flap and lays on the pink polkadot paper on the second layer.  I apologize for not remembering the "name" of this style card-it escapes me. The main double sided paper has cabbage roses on it so I cut several out and swirled them.  I don't have a die that can do this so this is what I came up with. The image is what I chose as my gift from a challenge win-Cheryl Alger, I do love her images. The inside has perky yellow polkadots and a white label die to write your sentiment on.
I would like to enter this in the following Challenges:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Recycle Time down at the Hoedown! Chomp Chomp

Boy this challenge was right up my alley as I LUV to use scraps on cards-the perfect opportunity right? On this Hambo Hoedown challenge we needed to use the GOAT digi image by Hambo Stamps  AND recycle in the spirit of Going Green Month.  It is also over at Scrapbook Place Blog Challenge, where the DT is celebrating Recycling also!
Every piece of paper is leftover from previous projects-I decided to incorporate by love of paper piecing by taking my "bale of hay" and layering shredded sections onto the bale for dimension.  I even stuck some in the goat's mouth (instead of showing his beard I made it look like he was eating the hay).
I angled the plank paper I had to make it look like flooring and by adding the shorter  wood paper it makes it look more like a room-at least that was my goal!  This image comes with 3 sayings so it really makes it versatile.  Be sure and check out all their great stamps, challenges and watch for the May 18th Blog Hop where they will feature "Channel Surfing", keying off the old TV shows we used to all watch!  Sounds like fun!
BEST IN SHOW FROM HAMBO 4/29/2012--Yeah!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Squiggle Fly Mystery & Hambo Candles=Perfect Duo

These 2 challenges this week seemed to go hand in hand-I love it when they come together like that!  With the Squiggle Fly Mystery Challenge, you didn't know what embellishments they were looking for to be on your entry.  I was debating what SF image to use (one of their requirements) when I saw the cupcake inside a double ringed oval.  To me it appeared as if inside a window so there was the beginning of my card.
THEN, Hambo Hoedown gave us repeat crafters the "CANDLES" digi image by Hambo Stamps to work with and I knew I had to combine them.  Not only were we to use the image but we had to use FOUR of something else (because of the FOUR candles.  You could choose 4 different colors (Check), 4 flowers (Check+), well you get the picture.  However, we  couldn't count the candles!

  • I cut the oval off the cupcake image and colored it. I used that "pattern" to cut out the white card blank/blue mat/and confetti paper top layer. Once those were attached, I used the copic colored oval to "finish" the edge.
  • The cupcake is copic colored and then the icing is white liquid pearls with multi-colored stickles for the sprinkles.
  • I mounted it on the inside of the window card and placed an oversized yellow mat over it-that way it shows through to the front making 3 oval frames.
  • I LOVE these CANDLES from Hambo and they also come with 3 different sentiments that can be combined or individually used.  I used copics on them and then used a white gel pen for the white on the flame/shoes-of course stickles again for the melting candle top. I wanted them to be front and center so I used foam dots under the platform to raise them up in front of the oval. 
  •  Added some lavender baker's twine, flowers with buttons and brads and a gorgeous METAL Butterfly.  This card has a lot going on but I think it's such a cheerful FUN card I think I'll be forgiven.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
One Stop Challenge-3 circles(brads/buttons)
Willow Sketchie-theme 3+brads
The Paper Shelter-Wings & Things(butterfly)
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge-Butterflies
Paper Sundaes-Anything goes
Pile it On-Pop Up
Squiggle Fly-Mystery and...WINNER!
Hambo Hoedown-CANDLES
Thanks so much for looking~Hope this card puts a SMILE on your face!  Carolyn

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hambo "NERD" Challenge-Aww he's so cute!

What a fun challenge on Hambo Hoedown this week!  We were given a great Nerdie character (NERD - digital image by Hambo Stamps) to use with 3 perfect sentiments one of which was "Smitten" AND the added challenge of using plaid/multiple pattern papers.  I know I'm smitten with scrapbooking and cards so it was a perfect phrase to use. Hummm...wonder where I used it?

When I think of the kids known as NERDS "back in the day" (and yes I'm old enough to know about that), I always think of kids wearing the POCKET PROTECTORS in their shirt pocket and the multi-patterned outfits that were so popular.  It's funny to see some of those coming back in style now! 

Well, this is the style card I made-it is supposed to have the appearance of a shirt, complete with a pocket with faux stitching around the edges and with a stitched PP inside the pocket.  Well our little guy is fancy cut so that he hangs out over the edge.  When you pull it out you will see the surprise phrase mounted on ARGYLE paper.  Wow, I'm having flashbacks!  I wanted you to see how I colored him with Copics so I let him escape the pocket.  All that's missing are the pens! I ran a vertical banner down the side and embellished with tweed style buttons and again mounted a phrase with an Argyle backing.  That accent is much like the old "bowling" shirts!
Play along each week with a Hambo Stamps Image (rubber or digital) and you will be in the loop for some awesome FREE images.  I hope I've taken you down Memory Lane for a short while-come back when you can stay longer!
Also including this in:
Sassy Cheryl's SMT Challenge:  Show Me WINNER!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sassy Cheryl Challenge~Anything Goes

I didn't set out to work on a card for a challenge yesterday but one for a dear friend that will be leaving our office tomorrow.  She will be moving with her husband to the St. Louis area to help raise their 3 grandkids.  You see, she recently lost her daughter of 42 years to the terrible disease of cancer.  So, that being said, I wanted to make her something to lift up her spirits and put a smile on her face.  She has been such a supporter of my cards and has purchased several for different occasions.  
When I saw this digi from Cheryl Alger I thought who wouldn't grin when they saw that big crazy sun!  And, I wanted to try mounting the image only halfway on the card face so that it featured it more.  And it was important that she be able to look at it at a glance so I made an easel card.  I'm really enjoying those kind!
On the front, I used a Spellbinder die cut  stamped with  an inspiring message for her, accented with a prima and pearl. I found these great Brenda Walton cardstock die cuts at Joanns in a pack of 21-a great buy and quite an assortment.  When folded, it's revealed that there's a picket fence die, flowers and a powerful Irish Blessing message.  I hope it gives her comfort in the days to come.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! On Hambo #59

On the Hambo Hoedown Challenge #59 this week, they are focusing on the digi "PAPER BOY - digital image by Hambo Stamps" AND the added twist that you had to have a hidden pocket.  The wheels started turning and I thought it would be a great way to combine this challenge and the Scrapbook Place Blog  DT monthly challenge to "go green" with our projects.  To make a card, layout or altered art, remembering to reuse, recycle or upcycle in the crafting of our creation.  This is how I made this unique card:

  1. I took a white paper sack I had around to make into a paper bag book, folded it so the bottom is now where the newsboy is, and trimmed the bag so it was even with the edge of the card. I glued torn and crumpled newspaper in a collage fashion on the face-grunged up the edges with Colorbok chalk ink.
  1. This fold-over made #1 hidden pocket to the left. I put a red die cut label on the edge saying "lift", which exposes the pocket trimmed with colored buttons and a sentiment.

  1. Moving on to the inside, I once again used a collage of newspaper to cover the bag, added another one of the sentiments included on the Paper Boy image set-mounted to the remainder of the red label die cut, added red pennant banners made out of old paper scraps and strung them on brown baker's twine left over from another project, as was the Kraft paper journaling inserts.  I glued down Heavy Rubber Band pieces from my stash at work with ribbon adhesive from Crop & Glue instead of using twine or ribbon.  I'm kind-of proud of that idea!

  1. The #2 hidden pocket was created by using a bag--to the right now is what used to be the top of the bag.  I slipped 2 label die cuts into the pocket and instead of ribbon tabs to pull them out, used smaller rubber bands looped through 2 holes in the label.  They have cute boy sentiments stamped on them.
The Challenges I would like to enter this card in are:

Hambo Hoedown #59:   Paper Boy Challenge

Saturday, April 7, 2012

SquiggleFly Challenge #13-case a DT member

Squiggle Fly's newest challenge proved to be a little more challenging that when I first read about it.  First I had to figure out what they were requesting as I've never "cased" someone before-choosing a person's card or work to "mimic" and create something similar.  Whew, there were so many you could choose from but, I decided on Linda Weber's design and created my own take on it.  It was a great way to use a favorite and just as convenient as a sketch-we used to call it Scraplifting perhaps?  I used one of Crissy Armstrong's Lamb digi's, a Spellbinder circle received recently from Linda, Lace paper ribbon from my friend Pammie and multiple Easter-Spring papers.  Hope you enjoy.

Friday, April 6, 2012

My 1st "Featured Artist"-The Kraft Journal

I'm so excited about this honor I wanted to share with my friends!
Each week they choose one project submitted to one of their challenges (this one was Western Flair)  to feature on The Kraft Journal "Feature Me Friday" post sponsored by Kraft Outlet.  This week they are showcasing "this sweetly composed card created by Carolyn of LUVMYCARDS blog.  We were drawn to this fun easel card that features a cutie of a cowboy and the addition of all the Western flair like those great stars"  I'm certainly doing back-flips since this is my first ever "atta girl" and it means a lot coming from such a neat site.  Boy, if that doesn't get your creativeness stirred up, I don't know what will!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Babycakes is offering some Freebies

What a great offer again from the owner of Babycakes This & That:  It's a Easter Challenge  
She challenges you to make something  ( whatever you like) with this free digi of the 2 bunnies (how cute!)from her site. Then you get another free digi doodle posted on her site to SNATCH , but you MUST show her what you've created!  How easy right?  Yes you can get Double the FREEBIE You must post a picture   of what you make on your blog or website with a link to her blog and tell your friends..This is the second time I've done this and am loving it!  
This is what I used on my 6x6 card:   Vintage Easter paper from Karen Foster, Spellbinder die cut, baker's Twine in lemon, buttons and dew drops.  I cut a double set of paws and mounted them with cut pop dots (see closeup). I hope all of you have a wonderful Easter weekend and take time to reflect on the reason for the Season.   Come back and visit when you can!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

HamboHoedown59 and HopArtDesigns together at last!

THIS WEEK is a very special week for the folks at Hambo Stamps as they are launching a new line - HOP ART DESIGNS!  
The Illustrator of Hop Art is Asela Hopkins and she has a cause near and dear to her heart, Operation Write Home or OWH.

Asela has designed some sweet images and ALL proceeds from the sale of these images will go directly to benefit Operation Write HomeIsn't that COOL?

My featured image is TRENA WITH HEART a digi image by Hop Art Designs; available at Hambo Stamps) colored with Copic markers and I'm using the Mojo Monday sketch 234 challenge(square).  I added a "Wobble" heart over the colored held heart, using a coiled spring. On the attached tag, the Spring sheep are all glittered.
Thanks for stopping by and participate if you can in a good cause for our troops with Operation Write Home.  Look forward to your visiting again real soon.

April's FOOLISH BLOG HOP-Join in the Fun!

Welcome to the Scrapbook Place FOOLISH BLOG HOP!  Today you’ll see some funny cards and projects that will get your giggles going or treat you to a surprise.  All projects are inspired by or feature April Fools!  OOps that must be us!
If you came here from Linda's blog you’re on the right path.  If not you can start HERE
For my project, I've created a FUN card using Floppy Latte's "3 birds in a Tree" Digital image.  It was so neat to have a Sponsor on this Blog Hop that is willing to share her designs and give a prize also! After coloring with copics, I double matted the image.  The sentiment is a play on the ole' game show where "you could name that tune in ---notes".  Thought that was funny coming from 3 song birds! THEN I stickled some musical notes and put them on a Spring so that they would WOBBLE..or is that WARBLE?
The inside of the card again uses this gorgeous BLUE FLOWER paper from Recollections and I tried something that I've been thinking about for a while..I don't have hardly any die cuts much less ones that are lacy or frilly-I have to depend on my dear friends providing some for me.  However, I though that a paper doily like you use in baking would work just as well and come in a variety of sizes.  I stamped the center of it with a clear acrylic stamp and think it turned out quite pretty.
  Next stop on the Hop is Pammie's.  I'm sure she's got some goodies to show you!  Don’t forget to leave a little love before hopping away.  One lucky person who leaves a comment on every blog will receive a $10 gift coupon for Floppy Latte's Digital Designs, our sponsor. 
If you lose your way, here’s the hop order: