22 May 2024

The Paper Shelter #597 ~ Sing a New Song

  Hello crafting friends and welcome to this week's challenge


Team A - our challenge this week is 
~ Sing a New Song ~
(Be inspired by a song/something musical/singing/musical instrument)

When I saw this cute little fairy getting A Nice Tan, in her yellow bikini, the song that came to my mind was
 𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯 ... it was an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, that she wore for the first time today ... 𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯
and yes, it is just a tad before my time, but I grew up jamming to it! 😀  And although this fairy's bikini doesn't have polka dots, it was this song that inspired the creation of this card.


I used a Silhouette Design for this background on this card.


I printed the fairy using photo paper to get a crisper image and brigher colours.  My printer is an older model, so I find that using photo paper helps when printing pre-coloured digi images.


I printed the fairy twice, then did some snipping off of the leaf and adhered the layers to each other using foam squares.  I used the same foam squares, to offset a couple of the hibiscus flowers, in order to add a little dimension to the card.  I normally use the 1 mm foam squares because they add dimension without adding too much bulk.  


On the inside, I cut a few more elements from the original .cut file and made a small arrangement to adorn the heart.  I liked the idea of continuing with the tropical theme on the inside.  The Happy Birthday was generated and cut using the Silhouette as well.


And here is a last look at this 5.5" square card.  I love everything tropical, so I must admit that I'm very happy with how this card turned out.  It makes me feel happy 😀

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Before I leave, I would like to invite you to come play along with us.  Remember that The Paper Shelter offers a $30 gift certifcate to one lucky winner!  In order to get this prize, you must use a product from The Paper Shelter.  However, if you don't use a product from The Paper Shelter, you still stand a chance of winning 3 digis of your choice. 


I do hope you will come join the fun and share your projects with us.
You will find our challenge blog HERE.

Crafty hugs,

12 May 2024

Happy Mother's Day!

 Hello dear friends and welcome back.  Today, I would like to wish all you a very Blessed Mother's Day! I would also like to take this opportunity to share the card I made for my mom ...


I used Honey Bee Stamps' Lovely Layers - Roses die set to create the rose. I cut the layers in different shades of cardstock and added a little shading using blending brushes.  The faux twine was created by using the Spellbinders Sealed Twine die.
Next, I got out my seal wax goodies and created the wax heart embellishment.


Although the leaves also come with different layers, I just used the largest layer and added a little shading to them.  On the largest leaf, however, I used two layers so it wouldn't look so flat.


I added Nuvo Crystal - Morning Dew, drops to give the illusion of dew drops. I must admit that I love the way they came out 😀


All the beautiful layers add a lot of dimension. I just glued the centers together and curled the edges a little. There was no need for foam squares inbetween each layer.


The sentiment was computer generated. The little rose bud is part of the Lovely Layers - Roses die set.


It is small but has beautiful dimension too, as I used all the layers for it. I thought that a little bow, from the Marianne Design Bows Punch die, was the perfect finishing touch. 


I love that this rose is on the larger side.  This is a 6.5" x 5" card, and as you can see the rose fills up the front of the card pretty nicely. It fits in a regular A7 envelope and, even though it has lots of layers, it is just about a 1/4" thick so no need for extra postage.

Well, friends this is it for today.  Enjoy the rest of your Mother's Day celebrations. For all the moms who are not having a joyful day today, know that you are in my thoughts and that I've said a prayer for you.

God Bless,


08 May 2024

Crafty Gals Corner #255 ~ Anything Goes w/Twist being Pearls/Lace

     Hello crafting friends and welcome to our May challenge


Challenge #255 ~ Anything Goes with optional twist being Lace &/or Pearls

 Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is: 

Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate

When I saw this beautiful  Ashlee Toad Faerie, I pictured her in a grassy field filled with beautiful flowers, and so this card was made.


I used a file from Silhouette, and added the Ashlee Toad Faerie to the design.


Here is a close up of this gorgeous beauty. I used tiny pearls on her dress and one on the center of her bow, as part of our Twist option for this challenge.


This is a pop up decagon card with 3 pop up layers.


 As you can see I did not add a message panel to the back because it would have been too tiny.  So I'll just write my message on a small note card and place it in the envelope together with this card.


When folded flat for mailing, it fits perfectly into an A9 envelope.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I would love to you see you play along with us.  You have until noon, CST, on 11 June 2024, to link your project to our challenge.

Crafty hugs,

The Paper Shelter #595 ~ A Bit of a Giggle

  Hello crafting friends and welcome to our newest challenge


Team A - our challenge this week is 
~ A Bit of a Giggle ~
(Make it humorous & fun)

While looking through the beautiful and varied The Paper Shelter image sets, many caught my fancy but this one always cracks me up.  I mean, be honest ... who hasn't felt like poor Rudolph a time or two at Christmas when it comes time to put up the lights? 😀


This card actually became a great example of how you can mix and match elements from different image sets from The Paper Shelter.  I used the following sets to create this card ...

Snowflake Garland - Christmas scenic background
What a Mess -  Rudolph tangled in lights 
Christmas Buddies - the giggling penguins encouraging (or maybe teasing) Rudolph


Here is a close up of poor Rudolph and the cute penguins, who seem to be having way too much fun at Rudolph's expense 😀


I cut out Rudolph twice and an extra "lights box".  I adhered all the layers to each other using pop dots.


The card base was created on Silhouette and sized to be a 5.5 inch square card, when folded.
On the inside, I cut out the greeting using the Merry Christmas w/Shadow die set from Cottage Cutz.  I cut another set of the little penguins and adhered them to the bottom for a little extra fun.

So this is it for my card for this week.  I'd like to invite you to come play along with us.  Remember that The Paper Shelter offers a $30 gift certifcate to one lucky winner!  In order to get this prize, you must use a product from The Paper Shelter.  However, if you don't use a product from The Paper Shelter, you still stand a chance of winning 3 digis of your choice. 


I do hope you will come join the fun and share your projects with us.
You will find our challenge blog HERE.

Crafty hugs,

03 May 2024

Teen Birthday

 Hi everyone.  I have a box of cards that are half done.  Started on them, then got busy and just didn't finish them.  Well, I promised myself that I would start working on them to get them finished.  Another thing that I'm trying to do is blog cards that have been done but not shared.  With the the latter in mind, here is the card I made for my nephew for his birthday which was in November last year.


I thought this would be an appropriate card for a seventeen year old, and since he liked it, I guess mission accomplished 😀


It was done using a card kit made by Marthy from Hand Made Hobby Shop in Holland.  The image has several layers which were fussy cut and then adhered together using foam squares.  I cut out the word Celebrate in blue and white and off set them a tad to make the work stand out a little more against the blue background.


I added the white panel at the back of the card so I had space to write my personal birthday wishes for him.

So, one card shared and many more to go, but never fear, I will get there! 😀

Till next time,


02 May 2024

New Home ~ Garden Pop-up

Hello and welcome crafting friends. I have another new home card to share with you today.


Used a file from Silhouette to make this pop up card.


All cardstocks and patterned papers came from my scraps drawers.  These pop up cards with their small cuts are a great way to use up all the bits and pieces left from other projects 😀



I added a plain white mat to the back to write my personal message.


I love that these cards fold down flat and don't really add too much bulk.  It's easy to put in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back soon with another new home card to share with you.

Till then,

30 April 2024

Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round ~ You're a Mean One Mr Grinch ...

 Hello and welcome to May's Christmas challenge at
 Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round. 
 

Our challenge this month is Hot or Cold Drinks / Christmas Movies

Here is our inspiration pic ...


I decided to go with a Christmat movie ... The Grinch!
As you all know by now, I LOVE everything about Christmas, and sitting by the fire, with a hot cup of cocoa, watching a Christmas movie, is a beautiful night and time well spent.  In fact I start watching Christmas movies in July (minus the fire and hot cocoa of course 😀) on the Hallmark channel.  Yes, I'm one of those! And yes, Die Hard is totally a Christmas movie! 😀😂😀
 

So now that I have you all cringing and calling me nuts, let me tell you about my card.  I got the Grinch Hand die set from Kat Scrappiness and hadn't had a chance to use it yet, so when Deanne, our wonderful team leader, came up with this challenge, I saw the perfect opportunity to make a card using it.  In addition, I ran two washi tape strips, in green and red, and added the HO HO HO, because when I had just the hand on the card, it looked way to CAS and you guys already know that I just can't do CAS 😀  The HO HO HO was cut using the Silhouette.


The inside sentiment was computer generated, and printed on a 5.25" square white mat.  The whole card is 5.5" x 5.5"

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to make a Christmas project, that falls within our challenge theme, and come play along with us.  You have till the end of the month to link your project to our blog at  Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round.

Crafty hugs,


24 April 2024

The Paper Shelter #593 ~ Sweet Birthday Wishes

  Hello crafting friends and welcome to this week's challenge


Team A - our challenge this week is 
~ Yummy Delights ~ 

Using A Curious Cake digi & the A Curious Cake Paper Pack I created this card. 
Doesn't this cake look yummy? I thought it just perfect for our challenge this week.
 

I love that the papers go so well together and with the cake colours. It makes it so easy to put together 😀  The card design is from Silhouette. 


This pic shows how the card actually stands.  I added a few white hearts to go with the white greeting.  The Happy Birthday is from an unbranded die (gift from crafty friend 😀, thank you).  I cut it out 5 times and adhered all the layers together to give it dimension. 


Here is a close up of this yummy cake.  I printed the cake onto photo paper for an extra crisp image.  I also cut it out five times to give it dimension. 

I'm having a problem with my Silhouette.  My cuts on photo paper are slighter smaller than on regular cardstock.  I don't change any of the settings are sizing - just print it on photopaper and print it on cardstock.  I cut them both and the one is smaller than the other which makes it really hard to cut layers and adhere them together.  I'm having to print and cut the image 5 times (a waste in my opinion) in order to get it right.   I'm sure it's user error, but I can't seem to find any information on this problem.  If any of you lovely crafters knows what I'm doing wrong, I'd love it if you would leave your advice/instructions as a comment below.
Thanks bunches in advance!


This card is 5" x 7" which when folded flat, fits perfectly into an A7 envelope.


That's all for today folks.  I'd like to invite you to come play along with us.  Remember that The Paper Shelter offers a $30 gift certifcate to one lucky winner!  In order to get this prize, you must use a product from The Paper Shelter.  However, if you don't use a product from The Paper Shelter, you still stand a chance of winning 3 digis of your choice. 


I do hope you will come join the fun and share your projects with us.
You will find our challenge blog HERE.

Crafty hugs,