Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dynamic Duos Last Challenge

Made me sad to learn the Dynamic Duos challenge is closing. While I didn't play along every week it sure filled a void when the Play Date Cafe challenge ended last year.  I wasn't even sure I'd have time to play along with their last challenge:
but today I completed a card I had started at a recent Stampin' Up workshop:

All supplies are Stampin' Up except:  silver pearls (Queen & Co), enamel dot (Recollections), scalloped oval die (Spellbinders)

Thanks to the DD's challenge administrators, DT members and participants for providing such awesome inspiration!!!  It was a great ride:)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Just a quick post today to wish everyone a blessed Easter Sunday! And to share one last Easter card:

I based this on the current sketch at the Seize the Sketch challenge #18 :

And since it features a couple of animals I'm going to pop it into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Animal Antics.

Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink white cs and Hippity Hoppity set (bunny, chick and sentiment) and matching dies, Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight cs and word bubble die, Hero Arts cloud bg, Kiss From the Sun set (sun) and soft pool shadow ink, Echo Park Dots & Stripes pp, Googly eyes, black gem, pom pom and ruched cloth trim from my stash, copic markers, Spellbinder rectangle Nestie

Not sure I'm done playing with all the cute new bunny stuff I acquired this year so you may see them pop up in some of my springtime creations:)

Thank you for taking the time to peep - Oops, I mean peek!  I guess I've got Peeps marshmallow treats on the brain:)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoppy Friday!

Hoppy Friday!  Yep - I've got a bunny card to share:)  I based my springtime scene on the current Seize the Sketch challenge sketch:

I think this may be the most dies I've ever used on one card!

The sentiment (from Hero Arts) is the only lick of stamping I did!  Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink white cs and cloud die, Stampin' Up island indigo, pool party, calypso coral and lucky limeade cs and soft suede and lucky limeade markers, Superior Memories Unicorn pigment ink, Hero Arts latte chalk ink, Memory box tree and flower dies, MFT grass and banner dies, Impression Obsession bunny and bird dies, Martha Stewart fence punch, Spellbinder circle die, American Crafts burlap specialty paper, Carta Bella Merry & Bright pp, Hampton Art black gems(bunny eyes)

Phew!  That's quite a supply list but this was fun to put together and I know my mother-in-law is going to love it:)

Since I used a couple of animals on my card I'm also going to pop this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Animal Antics.

Have to share a recent pic of my great nephew Jackson:

Such a trendy little guy! I giggle every time I look at it:)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I Fought the Stencil...

and the stencil won!  Yep -thanks to the current Virginia's View challenge I have officially jumped on the stencil bandwagon!

I have to admit for some reason I've been a little intimidated by stencils.  So many of the stencil creations out there are so cool and "artsy" - two adjectives I would never use to describe my own work:)  When I went through my supplies I came across an old Stencilability brass stencil called Happy Bunny (you know, the kind we all used back in the dark ages with our light tables and a stylus!) and thought to myself, "Hey!  I got this!":

I used Superior Memories Unicorn white pigment ink to sponge his body and Ranger spiced marmalade and peeled paint distress inks for the carrot.  Decided his ears needed a little color so I added a little bit of Ranger worn lipstick.  The background was created using Hero Arts CG139 Cling Dots.  The sentiment is also Hero Arts(don't know the product #) and I thought it went perfectly with this happy bunny!
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Stampin' Up melon mambo and crumb cake cs, WPlus 9 banner die, Cricut George and Basic Shapes cart (die cut tag), Martha Stewart baker's twine, ribbon and pom pom from stash

Since I used Sketch #2 and some Hero Arts products I'm going to enter it in their current challenge:

And since I used an animal why not enter it in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Animal Antics!

Have a great day and thanks for all the constructive comments!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let It Snow.....NOT!

Ole Mother Nature has decided to take two steps back:(  Here in upstate NY there is snow on the ground and the temps are below freezing....Whaaaaaaattttt????!!!!  Just two days ago it was in the low 70's and the hubster and I were tooling along our beloved trail on our bikes....*sigh*.....  

Anyhoo, have you seen the new challenge on the Hero Arts blog????  They're gettin' sketchy this time around: 

I'm scrambling to finish up Easter cards this week so I pulled out an oldie (but goodie!) Hero Arts flower stamp and used Sketch #3:

I also used the colors from the current Dynamic Duos color challenge (with soft suede as a neutral):

Supplies Used:  Hero Arts Blossom Art (CL495) and sentiment and latte chalk ink, Stampin' Up wisteria wonder, so saffron and soft suede cs and wisteria wonder pp,  Papertrey ink white cs, Memory Box Tessatina Border die, MFT banner dies, Darice sequins

I also used some new burlap specialty paper from American Crafts I found at JoAnn's (with a coupon!) to die cut one of the banners- I'm really pleased with how cleanly this cut!

Thanks for your lovely comments!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bunny Chop Shop

Happy Friday!
I was so glad to see the current challenge theme at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog:
Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats

as it gave me the perfect excuse to show you the bunny treat boxes I've been spending all my crafty time on and the reason the hubster has nicknamed my craft room "The Bunny Chop Shop":)  Here's a pic of some of them nestled in a basket:

I had a ball pulling out different 6 x 6 patterned paper pads to color coordinate the ears and eggs!  Here's some brown bunnies made with Doodlebug Designs Sweetheart pp collection:

And aren't these gray bunnies made with some papers from the Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection adorable?

Here's a duo of more gray bunnies using American Crafts Neopolitan and Echo Park Dots & Stripes pp:

And last, but not least, here's a trio of white bunnies using some REALLY old pp in my stash (from the days when I used to buy reams and reams of 12 x 12 sheets!):

I just realized I should have also taken pics of their backsides as I was able to color coordinate their pom pom tails with some colorful ones I found at the Dollar Tree:) 
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink Bunny Bag die and White cs,  Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Baked Brown Sugar cs, Darice white pipe cleaners, MFT pink felt, Michael's googly eyes, Velcro 5/8 in clear coins, Zig 05 pure black pen and LOTS of SU Sticky Strip adhesive

Kind of time consuming but fun to put together and even more fun to see the reactions from the family, friends and co-workers I've been handing them out to - especially when they discover they're filled with Easter candy:)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Finally feels like spring has sprung here in upstate NY!!  I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's blogs to see how you've all been getting your spring on!