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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Naughty or Nice Challenge + Retro + Food and Drink

Ahhh crap. It's September.  Where in the world did the past 8 months go?! My son was even commenting about how fast the year has flown by and he's only six LOL

New month = new Naughty or Nice Challenge.  This month is FOOD and DRINK!  You've got until Sept. 25 to link up on the NON website, so get crackin'!



I thought circles would be a lot of fun for some reason and felt that retro was an awesome way to go.  I love the stamps I used with this card, but haven't used it until now.  I love all things retro and vintage, so obviously this screamed my name, so I just had to buy it. So rad.

Supplies:
Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
"Doris" by Riley and Company
Paper from Stash
"Beer and Wine" by Gina Marie Stamps
Stitched Circle Dies by Gina Marie Stamps
1" Circle Punch

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!



Monday, August 15, 2016

Naughty or Nice -- Your Number's Up! + DIY Dishwasher Magnets

Hi everyone :)

I've been away from the computer for so long! Summer break kept us very busy and being a stay at home mom, I didn't have much time in my craft room.  School starts soon so I should hopefully be back in the swing of things.  I know I've said that before, but I'm going to try even harder this time!

This is the mid-month reminder post for Naughter or Nice's Challenge:  Your Number's Up.  You have complete control over what you make as long as there is a number in there somewhere.  I went a different route this month and am very excited about this craft!  We always encourage you to be naughty or nice with the NON challenge, and I like to think this project is a little bit dirty (even if it is in the literal sense) LOL


I've been scouring yard sales for an old Scrabble game and happened to stumble across one for $1 recently.  It was missing 17 tiles but I rooted through the box to make sure it had exactly what I needed....and it did :) Squeal! I was so excited to get this project started!  My  husband or son always ask me if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. so this project was a definite solution and has been on the top of my crafty to-do list for a long time.







Easy process from start to finish:

Pick out tiles to spell CLEAN and DIRTY
Hot glue them onto the Scrabble display
Hot glue a magnet to the back
Never get asked again if dishes in the dishwasher are clear or dirty (my favorite part lol)

They've been dropped a few times since my son and I made them a few weeks ago, and a couple of letters popped up, but it was a super easy fix.  I don't think I used enough glue the first time around, so I just added more and haven't had a problem since.

I've seen similar projects like this, but none using the little Scrabble tile holders. I'm really happy with the result and haven't been asked since if the dishes are clean or dirty <3

Thanks a lot for stopping by today! Don't forget to stop by the NON blog to enter your cards or projects. You have until the 25th of the month :)




Sunday, June 12, 2016

One Fancy Wiener Dog + Card Chain Challenge May 2016

Hi folks, thanks for joining me today!

From time to time I participate in the Card Chain Challenge and I must say, it's a lot of fun to do so! People from all around the world participate and send cards to each other. This month, the card I received was from a tiny island called Mauritius and had to travel across the Indian Ocean to make its way to me. How cool is that?!  This fancy dachshund of mine traveled across the world to land in Australia! I just love that it goes global :)



Each month there are four guidelines: sketch, specific materials, specific themes and specific colors.  You can choose to use as many guidelines as you wish, but you have to choose at least one. For this particular card, I chose three: sketch, colored pencils, and dogs.  

I used the long retired stamp sets from There She Goes Stamps to make the dog and the sentiment. I used Prismacolors to color in the tiny canine and his fancy clothes :)  I fussy cut the pieces, then paper pieced to create his super stylish look.  I also stamped the top hat a second time and adhered it with dimensional adhesive for some depth.

I love the look of vellum for many reasons and used it here to soften the background behind the dog. Adhesive shows through vellum very easily, so to avoid that, I just used tape behind the dog then attached him to the card base.

Wrapped some string around the bottom before adding the sentiment, on pop dots, of course, wrote a little note then sent him off on his journey :)

Supplies:
Neenah Solar White card stock
There She Goes Stamps--The Doxie with Moxie and Size Matters
Patterned paper and brown string from stash
Vellum paper
Prismacolor pencils
Dimensional Adhesive
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gate Fold Card with Window + NON28 + Man Up

Man, it's been a while! I keep wanting to post more often, but I'm telling you that things just keep popping up and I don't have much time to craft at all.  

Happy June! This month we are having a Man Up challenge at Naughty or Nice Challenges! It's the month that celebrates Father's Day, so you'll be making masculine cards any way, so why not join us in the fun?! Naughty or nice, just make sure to follow the rules :) You can interpret the theme any way you want, so I decided to make a masculine card for my dad who just completely redid my laundry room and it looks AH-MAZING!!!! He is such a handy guy and did a fantastic job! My husband and I both absolutely love it and I WANT to do laundry in it :) Thanks, Dad! I love you :)




I loved the idea of a gate fold card with a window, but I didn't like the reality of it. I'm telling you that this card and I DID NOT get along. We didn't play well at all and I really don't think I will ever, ever make another card like this again! It took hours. Seriously.  Ugh. I'm glad it turned out really cute because the process of making it just plain sucked!

We love dogs and have two; my parents have one. I thought a dog card with the sentiment would be perfect. Too bad one of my dogs had a stomach bug and had diarrhea everywhere in my craft room not long after I completed the card. I WAS NOT happy about dogs at that point, but thankfully I got over it quickly so I didn't have to re-do it LOL

I honestly couldn't even tell you how I made this card because it was that traumatic LOL It was a miserable process so I'm sorry I can't be of more help with that. I can however tell you what supplies were used:

Supplies:

Neenah Solar White card stock\
Kraft card stock
Patterned paper from stash
Mama Elephant Playful Pups Stamp Set
There She Goes Stamps Size Matters Stamp Set
Copic Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
\Acrylic block
ATG tape and tape runner
Paper trimmer
Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval--Small

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope to see some of you join in this challenge!




Sunday, May 1, 2016

NON #27 + No Line Watercolor Cupcake + Lots of Layers

Hello, hello!

This month's theme at Naughty or Nice Challenges is CUPCAKES!! I hope you can join us in the fun!




This card is absolutely loaded with layers!  I love the edge and the pink paper peeking out from the inside.  I tried the no line watercolor look that has become quite popular in the card making world with the cupcake.   I masked the wrapper and the icing to get the different colors so that I only had to stamp it once and avoid the possibility of not lining them up correctly.  I used Distress Ink and Distress Markers to color the image, fussy cut it then covered the icing with glossy accents.  I adhered it on the layers of circles using Action Wobblers. I thought the circles just weren't enough, so I added the doily, layered some flags, corner chomped the edges and felt like that finished it off. 

I love the edge of this card! I don't use the die set very often, but am always happy with the results when I do. I definitely need to put it ot use more! 

Supplies:

Spellbinders Borderabilities Card Creater Dies--A2 Curved Borders One
Cupcake Stamp
Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Card Stock and Patterned Paper from Stash
Action Wobblers
Pop Dots
Doily
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Distress Ink and Markers in Antique Linen and Picked Raspberry
Glossy Accents
Water

Paintbrush

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Altenew's FANTASTIC Card Drive! Please Help Spread the Love!

Hello all :)

Just dropping in real quick to mention a fantastic card drive that Altenew is hosting right now.  Card drives are an important way to spread love, hugs and cheer across the miles, and although they're all important, this one is different than any I've seen. Day after day; week after week; month after month; and even year after year, so many elderly people in nursing homes go without a single visitor.  Whether their children have passed or sadly, if they just don't care, they too often spend their days alone. You can help, even if you're hundreds of miles away!  This card drive focuses on collecting and delivering Mother's Day and Father's Day cards for these lonely souls! Isn't that so darn cool?!

I'm not affiliated with Altenew in any way, I just love how special this card drive is and I want to invite you to share the love to those who really need it. Altenew is collecting cards between March 21 and April 26 and per Altenew's website, here are the guidelines:

  • Cards may be for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  Sentiments should be generic – a specific greeting such as “so happy you’re my dad” wouldn’t really work.
  • Please sign your name on the inside of each card.  You may also include a note and where you are from!
  • Include an envelope for each card you send, and make sure they are not sealed.
  • To be eligible for the giveaway, please include a post-it note with your name and email address. (one post-it note per package, please.)
  • We would love for you to use Altenew products, but of course your cards may use products from any companies!
  • Send cards to:
         Altenew
         PO Box 249
         East Meadow, NY  11554

I hope you're able to spread some smiles and join us in the fun!  Check out Altenew's blog for more information.

Happy day!

Friday, April 1, 2016

NON "Over the Rainbow" Challenge + DT Call!

Hi everyone! This is such an excited month at Naughty or Nice Challenges!

It's spring! The trees and flowers are coming to life and it's time to open the windows to enjoy the breeze!  Along with warmer weather comes rainy weather (and allergies!) and if we're lucky....rainbows, which brings us to our new challenge.  For the month of April, we want to see what you can create when you're inspired by rainbows.  In addition to this fun theme, we are also having a design team call (YAY!!), so if you've dreamed of being one of the troublemakers and can commit to a deadline with one or two cards a month, if you can have fun without drama, and can meet a few other easy requirements, please join us in this month's challenge by linking your card up on the NON blog and add "DT" after your name :) We're a fun group of ladies and are excited to have new members :)




I made this card for the wedding of two of my friends and they were so happy with it :)  I used my Silhouette to weld the hands of the two women together and used the negative space as the focal point. I wanted to add some depth to the card so I trimmed the white layer so that the silhouettes would be in the corner and adhered it to a foam sheet before adding it to the card base. The rainbow hearts were made with a stencil. embossing paste and Distress Inks, which can be fun, but it's so very messy! Clean up as you go to make it easier on yourself :)


Don't forget to stop by the blog to see what my teammates came up with and submit your entry! You have until April 25...and don't forget to add "DT" after your name if you'd love to join the team!

Supplies:
Silhouette
Neenah Solar White
Black card stock from stash
Silhouette file 
Stampin' Up 
White Embossing Powder
Heat tool
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
Palatte knife
Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Stencil
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn,  Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves)
Foam paper