Another challenge....

Welcome back.
Day  two of the new year under my belt. I really miss crafting already.  :)  But I do have a challenge to join!
Take a look:
I still remember this butterfly stamp. It was the first (watercolor style) individual stamps I purchased well over 10 years ago in Buffalo, New York! I always go back to it when I am stuck creatively. It is so perfect! Come to think of it, this sentiment was an early purchase there too. I used distress inks and tuxedo black ink.

I entered this card into a single challenge:

CAS on Friday - Butterflies

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School Year starts on Friday! What, Friday?

Welcome back,
I am in love with all the cards I have finished up this week. I even found time to create two different 3D paper craft projects as gift for my co-teachers this year. Take a look:

 I loved the look of these cards, that I made more! These are created with the first set of color burst powders and a STIFF piece of acetate. I used the SMOOSH technique with the acetate and then used a heat tool to control the spread of color. I love this!

 I wanted to create a handbag for cards as a gift for my co-teachers. I guess you can't tell size from this picture, but this cute purse is only big enough to hold 3" by 3" cards!

 These handbags are a bit bigger. I created them to hold standard A2 cards and envelopes. grabbed the process and rough dimensions from a Stampin' up Demonstrator's video. I love the tags I created!

These pencils are an ol' favorite gift I have created in the past. The lead come off and the gift of new pencils can be put inside. I tried two different shades of pink for the erasers. Which one do you like?

I am not sure which to give to my co-teachers, the pencils or the cute bags!? Which would you give to your co-teachers?


Finishing up a few more cards

I am a busy girl! I have less than a week to do all that I need to get done before school begins! I know that my crafting time will disappear first. So I have been using my time as best as I can! Take a look:

 What a shame, you can't see the shimmer in this stamp. I think I will be buying more Hooray stamps! So cute.

Then,  I pulled out my color burst powders and used them in a new way. I SMOOSHED them with a piece of very stiff acetate. It helped me keep the color under control, and I heated them between colors. What a great look! I thought the powder would last forever. I fear I have to buy more, I finished them up! Lucky for me, there are new colors available! YAY!


A bunch more birthday Cards

I am a busy birthday card crafter this summer! I have been so inspired! I enjoy bright colors and lots of layers! Take a look
I bought the new MFT smile die, and found an old background that I LOVED, but never found the perfect application. I love the little butterfly in the corner! You can't see the glitter.

I fell in love with this mouse image. I sent them to my cricut, printed them and cut them. Here, I glued two layers together to make him pop. I have a hard time with cute images, but this background is perfect!

 Again, using the smile die from MFT, I lifted each die cut with 3 layers of black cardstock glued together.

This is my favorite stamp from Rubbernexker stamps. It is perfect for a birthday card.

This is not my favorite card, I was experimenting with new color combos. Hey, I learned I don't like these!  LOL!



More Birthday cards

I have been stressing over the amount of male birthday cards I have (or lack there of). I got the itch to go grungy! I like Tim Holtz and his vintage, grungy, multi-media look, I just have a hard time embracing it. With the help of my cricut (those CorelDraw skills came in handy) and some great examples online, I gave it a try:

I struggle with brown. It just is not on my "favorites" palette. It's funny how much brown paper, ink and accessories I have in my stash. I had no trouble finding enough to use.

 I learned a new trick. Once I placed my wildflowers where I wanted them, I used Press-n-Seal to capture their placement. Then I could flip it over and peel off the backings and them perfectly place them back on the card base perfectly! what an awesome trick!

Once on got into the swing of things, I decided to create a few more! Thanks for dropping in. Enjoy the rest of your day.

I entered into: