Saturday, October 22, 2016

Always Use Rubber ~ Winter and/or Spring Challenge (#2)

Thank you so much for popping by my blog.  This post is for Challenge #2 at Always Use Rubber, a new challenge blog run by the same three gals as Twofers was.  The fabulous Alleystamp are staying with us as Sponsor but we have changed things a little there will be a top 3 for each challenge and one monthly winner chosen by the team from the months top picks.  Thank you Alleystamp we are delighted that you chose to continue to support us.

So, winter is just beginning here in Colorado, we actually have had some days still make it into the high 80's, even broke a few records, but, you can smell the winter coming in the air, the leaves falling off the trees and of course the temperature dipping down to 35 degrees at night!! Brrrrrrr - good thing I have the Fabulous Feline Four to keep me warm ~

While making this card I wanted to convey a sense of chill in the air, and the way the sky looks just before it does snow.  I hope you like it!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Light Blue Paper
Navy Blue Sparkly Paper
Embossing Fluid
Small snowflake punch
Pop Dots

Can I just say that the Snowflake Flourish is a STUNNING stamp in person - I was lucky enough to snag one at a show I recently went to, the vendor had bought too many and was selling them at a fabulous price. Lucky me!  And, I have to shout out to Quietfire Designs - I must use this "Warm Winter Wishes" stamp at least 50 times during the holiday season.  Honestly, I don't know the faith of a lot of people I like to send cards to and this sentiment takes all the guesswork out of holiday cards.  Love it! OK, on to how I made the card.

I stamped the Snowflake Flourish with embossing fluid and embossed with white embossing powder on light blue paper - I used fine because there are some very delicate wisps and snowflakes on the stamp.  I then did the same with the sentiment.  After I was done I felt a little pop was needed, so I searched my stash for some metallic, sparkly navy blue paper and found just the right shade! I punched a teeny snowflake out of the navy paper and then framed the sentiment with the same paper.  I pop dotted the sentiment up just a wee bit and I was done.  Funny how the details can really make a card sing.  Thanks ~ Christi

I hope to see your creation linked up to our challenge - we have an amazing team behind this challenge, and, frankly, you aren't going to get rid of us, so you might as well break out some rubber stamps and join!

I would like to enter my winter/holiday card in the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin' Christmas (M) Glitter & Sparkle
A Snowflake's Promise #31, Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Use Snow or Snowman
Addicted to Stamps - #133, Embossing (wet or dry)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Always Use Rubber Challenge #1 ~ Snarky Cat

Welcome to my first post for the Design Team at Always Use Rubber!  Zoe has chosen our first challenge theme, It's Not Always Black & White, using this photo for inspiration:

And, yes, that beautiful kitty in the middle picture is Harley, one of Zoe's furbabies :)

If you know me at all, you know I ADORE cats.  I actually love all animals, but, cats own me, so I have a soft spot in my heart for them.  And being I haven't made anything in months, I went to my comfort zone, my cat stamps.  What's better than cats? Snarky cats! Here is my project:

What I Used to Make this Card:
White Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Pop Dots
Grumpy Cat Rubber Stamp (SO old - and I didn't mark the manufacturer - sorry!)
"You know it was a good day if you didn't. . ." - Inkadinkadoo, 99176 DD (retired but available)
Washi Tape

I started with stamping my image directly on the card which is fairly nervy for me - I am always afraid I'm going to muck up a good piece of cardstock - but I got the image fairly straight.  

Confession time (it's been SO long you guys!) I recently found this site called Peach Paperie  (part of the Peachy Cheap websites) and I ordered a bunch of $1 washi tapes and some cool wooden icon sets. Then I realized that washi tapes had become something (another thing!!) I collect but don't use.  I even got a cute little washi tape holder. So I decided to use some of the new tape I bought and I sort of grounded the cat on the bottom strip, added a top strip for some balance. I am saying it here, publicly, that I vow to use my washi tape (ha ha ha - we'll see)!

Finally, I stamped my sentiment on white card, mounted that on some black card and pop dotted that to the card.  Hmmm, the more I look at that tape, the more I like it.

We would LOVE you to join us at Always Use Rubber - the challenges are 2 weeks long, lots of time to play and there will be guest designers, top 3 and winners! I urge you to check out our rules page and dig out those wonderful rubber stamps!  Thanks ~ Christi

I would like to enter my Snarky Cat in the following challenges:
STAMPlorations  - October CAS Challenge, Optional Twist Black
Inky Chicks - #73, Animals
Scrapbook Stamp Society -  #101, Anything Goes, Option Animal
Aud Sentiments -  #165, Anything Goes & A Sentiment

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