Saturday, March 19, 2016

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!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Butterflies at Through the Craft Room Door with Little Claire's

** Sorry for posting this late - had a monster of a migraine earlier!

A big hello to everyone this fine Tuesday!! This week the Design Team at Through the Craft Room Door got to play with images from Little Claire.

Here is a sneak peek of my card - you can just see the sparkles on the butterflies

I chose the Butterfly Cage and I knew exactly how I was going to use the image.  To see how I made my card, including the supply list, just hop on over to Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Page.  And don't forget to enter the "Anything Goes" (always anything goes!) challenge! Thanks ~ Christi

PS: Please join my blog candy! The more who enter, the more goodies (and I have a TON of goodies!)

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Left of Centre - #116, Things with Wings
Glitter 'N Sparkle - #174 Fireworks/Sparkle (I used Sparkles)
Cards and More - #151, Anything Goes
Avenue 613 - #162, Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - #13, Anything Goes

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Counting on Twofers ~ Challenge #13

I hope some of you stopped by and read my Fifth Saturday Tutorial on Fun with Chalks, but in any case, welcome to Challenge #13 at Twofers.  I got to choose the theme for this round and I chose numbers.  I wish I had a cool story to tell you about why I chose numbers, but I don't.  But, do stop by my wonderful teammates blogs, Zoe and Jane, and perhaps they had an anecdote for you.

Anyhow, this kicks off TWO FULL WEEKS that you'll have to whip up a project having to do with numbers and enter it into our challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Alleystamp.

 Please check our few, but strictly enforced, rules here. If  no one from our challenge comments on your creation that means you didn't follow the rules and won't be considered for the prize, so be sure to read the rules! On with the show!

How I Made my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Clock Paper from Authentique,  Accomplished Collection, #ACC500
Sentiment from Quietfire Design, Happy Birthday Plain & Simple, #5899
Embossing Folder from The Paper Studio, A2 Numbers
Sanding Block
White Scrap
Black Scrap
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I first picked out the Authentique paper for this project. I really like the quality of their paper and the simple patterns appeal to me. I then embossed the clock paper with the numbers embossing folder and sanded it down to reveal the numbers.  After that, I realized I had embossed the numbers upside down, and it looked really funny (to me) to have the numbers facing a different way from the clocks.  So, I did it all again, being sure that all elements were in harmony.  I glued the clock/numbers panel to the card base.

Once that was all done, I stamped the Happy Birthday on white scrap and cut it down  It seemed too plain to me to just mount the Happy Birthday (which, by the way comes from a fabulous set by Quietfire - there are SEVEN Happy Birthdays, all written in a different font and or size - be sure to check it out!) on the card, so I made a flag out of a scrap of black card.  I adhered the Happy Birthday onto the flag and glued that to the card.  I think this makes a perfect birthday card for a guy.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial! Now, you have 2 weeks to create and enter it into Challenge #13, Numbers (ohhhh - what about the number 13??) here at Twofers! Don't forget, the prize. every challenge, is a $20 Gift Certificate to Alleystamp! Enjoy!

I would like to enter my Numbers card in the following challenges:
Creative Fingers - #102, Anything Goes
Frilly & Funky - Enjoy Your Embossing
Ruby's Rainbow - #122, Anything Goes
Cards & More - #151, Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - #22, Anything Goes

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 Card Chain Challenge Reveal!

It's so good to be back playing with the Card Chain Challenge - I missed how much fun it is to make a card and actually send it! Seriously, I have a HUGE pile of cards, but that story is for another time. This month Deborah gave us the following perimeters to work with:
Themes:  Winter / Valentine’s Day / Friendship
Products:  Stencils / Embossing Paste
                        Color Palette:
This month I chose to use the sketch, the theme of winter and the color scheme; daring, I know!  My card is on it's way from Agata, who's fabulous blog can be seen here.  Agata lives in Switzerland, and I am SO happy her card made it in time for me to show you:
Look at that sparkle!!! Thank you Agata!!!
 I sent my card to Jeanne in Minnesota; I don't think she's going to appreciate my snowflakes, but. . .

How I made my Card:
White Card Base
Sentiment from Memory Box, #B2060
Blue Papers from Stash
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlits Die Cut Set, Labels, #660060
Snowflake Punches from Emagination
Silver Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

After I dug through my stash (which took forever!) to try to find 3 papers I felt matched the color palette, I decided how I was going to incorporate the sketch into my card.  The sentiment stamp is brand new, never been inked, and I was dying to use it, so that was a given.  I punched the snowflakes using a set of snowflake punches I got ages ago when the company was going out of business. I remember I got an awesome deal! So, I punched the snowflakes using silver paper and set them aside.

Next I decided to use two of the circle dies included in the Sizzix Labels Set - there are 17 dies (!) in that set and it has been one of the best purchases I've made in a long, long time.  After I cut the circles out, I adhered the snowflakes to the circles and set them aside.  Now I was looking for a die for the sentiment.  I had already put the Labels Set away when it dawned on me that I would most likely find a die that fit my sentiment in that set - so out the set came again and sure enough I found the die that I used (I call it a blimp die because that's what it looks like to me - the circle dies are called POW dies from when you'd see that edged word bubble in comics when something shocking happened. Now, if I get famous, you have these fabulous obscure facts about me to amaze your friends).  I die cut the sentiment and adhered everything onto the blue background paper. Simple but effective!
Another Look
I hope Jeanne likes my card, it certainly evokes winter in my eyes.  Thank you for reading my little tutorial.  I have lots of fun stuff coming up this month, so stay turned, or better yet, subscribe to me! Why not join in the Card Chain Challenge? It's simple; you sign up, you make a card following the suggested theme(s), you send the card, you get a card AND there is a drawing each month for a fabulous prize :) It's a win win win situation ~ Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my "Follow Your Bliss" Card in the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic (M) - January, January Blues
Addicted to Stamps - #119, Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - #183, Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - #147, Anything Goes

Saturday, January 30, 2016

5th Saturday ~ Technique Time at TWOFERS!

Please note there are 3 cards in this post and I am entering each one in different challenges. If you don't see the card I entered, please scroll down! Also, I am giving away some awesome blog candy, please consider joining in!!
The three cards I made
Hi everyone - I have three cards I made to showcase the 5th Saturday, Technique Time event at Twofers today - here are the cards:
Poppin' Pastels Poppies

I would like to enter my Poppin' Pastel Poppies Card in the following challenges:
Cut it Up - #88, Love is in the Air
Really Reasonable Ribbon - #133, Show me the Pink w/ Ribbon or Trim
Die Cut Diva's (M) - New technique. color, etc. (new technique)
DL Art - #173, Valentine
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Love or a Heart
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love is in the Air

Thinking of You:

I would like to enter my Thinking of You card in the following challenges:
The Artistic Stamper (M) - January, Anything Goes #2
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes #1
Tuesday Throwdown - #278, Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - #105, Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - #214, Ribbons

and Happy Birthday:

I'd like to enter my Happy Birthday Card in the following challenges (also, this was a brand new technique for me - I'd never done it before!)
Open-Minded Crafting Fun - #1, Something New (technique)
Daring Cardmakers - Balloons
Fussy & Fancy Friday - #156, Monochrome
Simply Create Too - #101, Something New (technique)
Little Red Wagon - #326, They Say it's Your Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes #2

If you'd like to see how I made these cards, just pop on over to the Twofers blog.  And no worries, next week we will be back with our newest challenge and your chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Alleystamp!  Thanks for stopping by and please do go over to Twofers, I wrote up a really nice tutorial and I'd love for you to read it and please, let me know what you think! Thanks ~ Christi
(Guess what?!? The NEW Tim Holtz Stamps, Crazy Cats & Mini Crazy Birds are IN STOCK RIGHT NOW!!! Click on Alleystamp to get them NOW!)

Looking for challenges to enter your fabulous creations in?? Take a look at Challenges for Days - we pride ourselves on an easy to read format, a stress free environment, code list is on the page and all we do is list challenges ~ Take a look HERE

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dr. Digi at Through the Craft Room Door

This week the Design Team here at Through the Craft Room Door was able to play with some Dr. Digi's House of Stamps digi stamps.  

Since I have 5 cats (The Fabulous Feline Five) it was a natural that I would choose "Climbing Kitties" as my stamp. I actually have a HUGE cat tree in my living room and every one of my cats plays on it - even the 17 year old.  

I can go on and on about my cats like parents do about their kids - in fact, I think I'm worse!  Anyway, here is the card I made for inspiration:
Here is Sylvester helping me take pictures of the card.  He was SUCH a pain in the great help! Here is a clearer picture:
To get all the details on my card, and to enter your own "Anything Goes" card at Through the Craft Room Door, just click HERE.

Now I know you are dying to read all about my FFF, so I have actually put a page up on my blog - just go here: My Cats - The Fabulous Feline Five - be sure to grab a cup of tea or whatever - it's not a short page ;)

Thanks SO much for stopping by my blog today! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter "Have a Purrfect Day" in the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew - #105, Anything Goes
City Crafter #296, For the Love of Pets
Creative Ladybird's Creations - #11, Anything Goes
AudSentiments #147- Anything Goes
The Cats Pajamas - #306, Anything Goes
SUYP - #2, Furrything Goes
613 Avenue - #160, Anything Goes
That Craft Place - (M) Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - (M) #21, Anything Goes

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Little Romance ~

I am once again delving into the abyss of abandoned papers that I have, specifically my vellums.  I am sure I got this vellum when a girlfriend of mine went through her crafty stash and sent me all her goodies - stuff too good to throw out, but that she didn't feel like selling.  Needless to say, I have had this vellum for years, honestly, I was sort of hoarding it because it really is beautiful and I was saving  it.  For what you ask? Apparently right now!

How I Made My Card:
Pink Card Base
Patterned Vellum
Colorbox Alchemy Petal Point Pad 
Silver Cardstock
Lovers Stamp from Renaissance Art, now Stamp Francisco
Pink Panel & square
Silver Brads
Pop Dots

When I decided to use this vellum, my first concern was how was I going to show people how pretty this vellum is? Knowing how much FUN it was to photograph vellum, I decided to mat it on a pink panel to hopefully pick up and bring out the pink flowers in the pattern. So I cut a panel of cardstock to mount onto a card and attached the vellum to it with silver brads.

You can see the pattern here, but it isn't sparkly
I then stamped the couples stamp on a square of that same pink card, using the silver ink pad from the Alchemy Petal Point.  I matted the pink square on a silver one and set it aside.  In retrospect I should of used a white card base, but, since I had the pink on my desk, I made the card base out of the same pink as the panel.  No biggie, I just attached the small square to the panel using pop dots, and then attached the panel to the card base.

I truly wish I could show all of you this card in person - it is much prettier than the photos show.  It is SO difficult to capture shimmer, couple that with the delicate vellum pattern, and it's like photographing a vampire.  If you'd like a closer look, just click on the photo and it should get bigger (if it doesn't please let me know!).  I sincerely hope you enjoyed my tutorial and the fact that I actually used pink ~ fondly, Christi
This picture shows the sparkle more
I would like to enter my A Little Romance card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More - #173 Anything Goes
In The Pink - #85, Anything Goes w/ Pink
Allsorts - #346, Girly & Sparkly
Glitter 'n Sparkle - #171, Monochrome
Crafting for all Seasons - #117, Monochrome
Avenue 613 - #159, Anything Goes w/ a twist of Stylish and Elegant card
The Artistic Stamper - (M) - Anything Goes
DL ART - (M) January Linky Party Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - (M) Anything Goes