Monday, April 4, 2016

Bird on a Branch ~ Card Chain Challenge Reveal for March 2016

** I am sorry this is so late - I have been having some health issues lately and they have really put a dent into my crafting/blogging time.  I also want to assure you that while I am not commenting on your comments, I do read each and every one. Thank you for being so understanding!

For this month's Card Chain Challenge I chose to use the color palette.  Now, I don't think I matched the colors perfectly, but I think I did a good job considering I only used papers from my stash.  I sent this card off to Sent my card to Betty in Nebraska.

March 2016 Card Chain Challenge Color Palette

I received my card from Helen in Ohio yesterday - isn't it beautiful!?  You can see the sparkle of the Wink of Stella if you look close. . .

What I Used to Make my Card:
Blue Card Base
White Cardstock Panel
Colored Cardstock from Stash
Spellbinders In'Spire, Plum Blossoms, #IN-046
Spellbinders Nestabilities, Labels 41, #S4-468
Distress Ink in Bundled Sage
Hello Friend Stamp, Alesa Baker Designs, Impression Obsession #A9630
Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura

This was fairly easy, except trying to glue all the flowers onto the branch!! I began by die cutting the branch (when you die cut the branch, everything is attached to it - the flowers, bird, etc. but you get separate dies to add the items in different colors) out of pale sage, then the flowers out of  deep fir.  I glued each deep fir flower over the flower on the branch and even with the Quickie Glue Pen it wasn't easy! But I did it and then set it aside to dry.

I cut a white card panel to go over my blue card base and then die cut the bird out of the same blue card. I glued the top and bottom of the bird onto the branch.  I had an idea that the Bundled Sage Distress Ink would match the pale green card I used and thankfully, I was correct.  So I stamped my little sentiment on white card, then die cut it as well as the next biggest die in the group, attached that to the corner of the card and I was done!  As always, I put the finished card under the extra floor tile I have on my desk and let it sit overnight.  Thank you SO much for stopping by and I hope you consider signing up for the Card Chain Challenge (the link will take you to the rules page) - Deborah does such a splendid job and it really is SO much fun! Please take a moment to check out all the beautiful cards that were received and sent off this month here.  Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Oh La La - #201, Feathered Friends
Glitter 'n Sparkle - #182, Use a Punch or a Die
ABC Challenge - "E" is for Everything
Things to Alter (M) - #3, Anything Goes, Twist, Use Birds
Animal Friends (M) - #37, Birds
Die Cut Divas (M) - Something You Associate with Spring (Birds! I love watching the birds)
Just for Fun (M) - Birds
Outlawz Challenges (M) - Festive Fridays - Several themes, I chose National Feather Day

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Twofers #17 ~ They Say It's Your Birthday!!

Jane chose Twofers theme for this challenge and it just so happens to be Zoe's 60th birthday.  I know how much Zoe loves cats and I just got the Cat Crazy Stamps and Framelits (because I'm a tad cat crazy, too) and I had a GREAT time coloring these guys in.  Here is my card:

How I made my Card:
White Card Base
Tim Holtz Cat Crazy Stamps, #CMS251
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Cat Crazy Framelits, #661209
Tim Holtz Crazy Things Stamps, #CMS237
Tim Holtz Crazy Things Framelits, #660953
Tim Holtz Crazy Talk, CMS236
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Labels #660060
Derwent Colored Pencils
Blender Pen
Watercolor Paper
Pop Dots

I colored in both cats and the balloons with my Derewent Pencils, then cut them out using the matching die cuts.  I wasn't positive of how I was going to attach the dies but I ended up just gluing the cats and balloons to the card base.

I also put a sentiment on the inside of the card, I searched forever to find a free font that matched the font used on Crazy Talk and I think I hit the jackpot with Arsenale White and I got it free from DaFont - just click the link to get it for yourself!

I don't typically decorate the inside of my cards, but I really I felt that everyone needed to know what happened to that loud mouthed bird.  So I printed out the internal sentiment and cut it our using the Labels set from Tim Holtz.  Pop dotted that to the inside of the card and after I glued a few pieces of feathers onto the hungry cat, I was done.

Now it's your turn to get a birthday card together and enter it in the Twofers Challenge.  You could win a $15 Gift Certificate to Alleystamp!!

Have a great day!! Christi

I am entering my Birthday Card into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenges - C is for Cat
Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday
SUYP - #4 Lucky Kitties
Allsorts - #357, Humorous  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Through the Craft Room Door with Digital Delights

I thought Glitzy Gladys, from Digital Delights by Louby Loo,  was just so cute and springlike I had to use her for my pick for this week's challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.  Not only does TTCRD have a weekly Anything Goes Challenge, but they also publish a magazine every 2 months.  The magazine is full of tips, techniques, beautiful images and more.  If you aren't familiar with it I urge you to take a look either at the sneek peak on my sidebar or on the TTCRD home page.  Here is my card for this week:

If you are interested in how I made this card be sure to subscribe to the magazine!  I think this card would be so cute for a little girl, don't you?? I wish the computer showed a bit more of the detail, I actually used 2 different colored yellow Copics for her hair, but you can't really tell.  I'm learning how to use them, sort of ~ LOL.  And she is quite sparkly in person.  I love Wink of Stella pens!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to enter your creation at TTCRD! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Cards in Envy - Just Purple
The Paper Girls - #100, The Paper Girls
Glitter 'n Sparkle - #180, Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Add a Sentiment
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - (March) #78, Make it Girlie

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Blog Candy Winner!!

I want to thank all of you who stopped by and shared your wonderful comments with me!

My winner is:
#3 mamablitgerJanuary 23, 2016 at 4:26 AM
Hi Christi...oh what an awesome give-away... It's so very generous of you.
Allthough I find your badge lovely, bright and fantastic unfortunately I cant put it on my blog. I dont have a blog. But I'm a long time subsciber and hope I can join in here allthough not having a blog...
I wish you a Happy New Year.
Hugs from Monica... Spain
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And since I have SO much stuff, I decided to choose another winner. That winner is:
Hi Christi! I'm following you and adding the blog button to my sidebar. Go you on making your badge. And I love surprises. That's what intrigued me most about your giveaway. We have no clue what you have in store for us! I'll be doing a giveaway on my blog as soon as the studio is finished. I hope you'll join in! Creative Blessings! Kelly

I need you both to please email me your mailing address to, and I will get your goodies out by the end of the week - I have a crazy one coming up, so it may not be until Friday the 25th.  Oh, and please put BLOG CANDY WINNER in the title :)

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS and I will be posting more Blog Candy in the future, so if you didn't win this time you can try again! (Most likely in April or May).

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Twofers Challenge #16 ~ Shoes

Hi there! For this fortnightly challenge at Twofers I chose shoes as the theme. Honestly, I am much more of a shoulder bag hoarder than a shoe buyer, but, my sister is moving to Denver this week and she is a major shoe-a-holic, we have bets on how many boxes of shoes she is lugging to Colorado from Florida!  I actually made 2 cards for this challenge, when the muse hits, it hits hard, and I asked my teamies which one they liked better and of course Zoe chose one and Jane chose the other! So, I relied on my own intuition and chose to use this one:

How I Made my Card:
Blue Card Base
White Panel
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Cameo cut file
Quietfire Designs, The Perfect Pair of Shoes,  #6340
Misc Colored Card Stock
Rectangle of white card & black card
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I started this card by cutting out a bunch of shoes with my Cameo.  I initially wanted to have different shoes, boots, heels, etc. but I couldn't find a cut file small enough with enough detail so I just stuck with good old heels - easy peasy! I then arranged all the shoes on a white panel and glued them down.  I trimmed the panel and attached it to my blue card base.

Next I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of white card using the Jet Black Archival Ink, trimmed and matted that onto black card to give it a bit of pop.  That's it! I really love the stamps at Quitefire, the calligraphy makes everything look so elegant.  

I hope my little shoe card helps inspire you to join in our Twofers Challenge.  We are seeing more & more entries each challenge and the entries are so beautiful, you really should give it a try - after all, you could win a $20 gift certificate to Alleystamp, our generous sponsor - that's right $20 to spend on real, delivered to your house, goodies!!  

Please be sure to read the rules - we don't have many, but we strictly enforce the few that we have.  Thank you SO much for stopping by, I appreciate it so much ~ Christi

I would like to enter my "shoes" card in the following challenges:
Silhouette Challenges - #35, Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper (M) - March - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards (M) - March - #30, Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps - #184, Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - #11, Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting - #269, Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenges - #11, Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Take a Stamp, Anything Goes

Time for some Blog Candy!!

I am way over due for some yummy blog candy, so I figured now is a good time to brighten up the day!  I can't take a picture of the candy because I have been adding and adding and adding to it - I did try, but the picture became obsolete within the next 20 minutes.  So, how do you get to win this luscious candy?  
1. Subscribe to my blog - chose whatever method you'd like; Bloglovin', Google, email, whatever works for you.
2. Show my lovely badge - that I made myself (I'm SO proud!)- to your blog somewhere that people can see it - please be sure it links back to my blog. 
3. Leave me a comment ON THIS post (I mean, you can leave me as many comments as you'd like, but in order to qualify for the drawing you have to leave a comment here).
4. If I get over 100 entrants, I will randomly draw 2 names, and for every 50 additional entrants over the 100, another random drawing will be put in place. So, the more the merrier! 

Best of Luck!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Just Inklined at Through the Craft Room Door

Better late than never, right?? 

When I had to choose an image to use for Through the Craft Room Door's challenge from Just Inklined I struggled because I am so new at coloring I did't feel I could do any of the images justice.  I chose the hyacinths because my mom was a serious gardener (I personally can't grow a weed) and we always had an amazingly colorful backyard.  I loved the beautiful purple hyacinths and I plan on giving her this card. So, here is my attempt at this beautiful flower:

Honestly, it didn't come out as well as I wanted it to, but, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I only have about 20 Copic markers, so I try to fill in with water color pencils, gel pens or anything else I can think of.  I am not as nervous as I used to be working with the Copics, but I still have SOOOO much to learn.  I think if I had made the image bigger and used it as a wall hanging I would of been able to color it better - who knows, maybe that will be Mom's birthday gift!

Now it's your turn to enter your creation in the Anything Goes TTCRD challenge. You never know, you just might win! Thanks so much for stopping by! Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
DigiChooseday - Easter/Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #29, Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams (M) - Use a Die Cut
Digitally Sweet - (M) - Spring is in the Air