My Challenge and Sketch Blog

Creatively Artsy is my CTMH blog and this is my FUN Blog.
Here is where I can use any products and just do my own thing. I started out with just one sketch challenge and now I'm hooked. I wish there were more hours in the day.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Year Wishes



I found this cute digi image on my computer and knew I had to make a card out of it. 

I think this may be the card I send out to all of those last minute Christmas Cards that I never got made. 
There is always someone you receive a Christmas card from a day or two before Christmas that you forgot. Here is the solution. Send a New Years Card!!!

Truth be knowm. My Christmas Cards are usually snowmen. If I get them done before Christmas, I stamp Merry Christmas. If Not, I stamp Happy New Year. *Ü*

The Inspiration for this card started with a sketch challenge from Digi Sketch Challenge Blog.


Other Challenges for this Card:
Delicious Doodles - New Year
Sweet 7 - Winter
C.R.A.F.T - (New) Year
Crafty Little Fairies - Holly




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Masculine Birthday




I purchased this SU stamp set some time ago mainly for the train. I Finally got around to making a card with it.  I find it difficult to make masculine cards due to lack of really nice masculine images.

I stamped the train and sentiment with Black Memento Ink, used clear detail embossing powder and heat embossed.

I used a Close to my Heart Paper Pack called Wanderful. The Happy Birthday is from an upcoming April Stamp of the Month and the yellow stars are actually white stars that I colored to match the Honey Cardstock, with color Y222 ShinHan Alcohol marker.

The round embellishment on the front of the circle was something I had lying around and thought it would look nice there. Why not.....one less thing lying around my craft room! *Ü*

The design of this card was inspired by a sketch from Technostampers Challenge Blog.

Other Challenges for this card:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Have a nice trip
Marker Pop -  Anything with ShinHan or Copic Markers
Sparkle and Sprinkle - Loose glitter or embossing powder
Sentimental Sundays - Anything
Corrosive Challenge - Anything
Sister Act - Anything

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Birthday Wreath



I'm trying to wean myself away from Christmas cards. It's really hard for me since I really do love Christmas. While flipping through some files on my computer, I came across this picture. I have no clue where it came from but thought it would make a very nice Winter Birthday Card. I have two friends who have birthdays in January and thought it would be perfect.

Once I had the picture printed out, I scouted around for the perfect sketch to inspire me. And I found it at Repeat Impressions.

I used a wood grain Embossing Folder by Close to my Heart, for the background and pulled the blue from the picture to use for the background paper, which is Sky blue. A retired paper from CTMH. I couldn't get the look I wanted with the banner cut, so I punched both sides of the white CS and stamped Birthday Wishes on it and heat embossed it.

I added three red enamel hearts to the upper right corner.


Other Challenges for this card:
The Paper Shelter - Special Celebration
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything
Simon Says - Anything
Use your Stuff - Anything
Crazy 4 Challenges - Winter Birthday
Docerela Creations - Red, White & Blue
Fairy Tale Challenge - Light Blue, White and my choice (red)


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SNS - Christmas Light



Here is another Christmas card using another stamp set from Sweet n' Sassy. This is called Christmas Light. I stamped the image and Sentiment and heat embossed with clear detail EP, and colored with Copic markers

Colors on this are Green, Purple, and off white. I added some orange and yellow glitter to the flame.

The inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Kraftin Kimmie.


Other challenges for this card:
Paper Creators - Christmas
Digi Chooseday - Christmas
FanTastic Tursday - Use Embossing
PDE Linky Party - Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Puppy



Well, here it is December 1st already. Here is another cute Christmas card I made last night. I've had this stamp set for a year and this is the first time I've used it. I sometimes get overwhelmed with coloring. This stamp set is called Christmas Puppy from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. I colored it with Copic Markers

The inspiration came from the sketch challenge from Mark's Finest Papers. It is a challenge with a twist. Winter theme. Well, I guess Christmas is Winter....right?



Other Challenges for this card:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything
My Perfect Life - Christmas
Robyn's Fettish - Anything
Gem of a Challenge - Kraft + one other color
Sugar Creek - Non Traditional Colors
Winter Wonderland - Dies and Punches

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Rose - Fred She Said



Another Christmas Card made with the fabulous pre-colored Christmas Rose image from Fred She Said. I just love her colored images, especially when I'm in a hurry to make things and don't want to take the time to color it myself. 

The roses are actually layered three times, which you can't tell in the picture. 

Challenges for this Card:
Just Inspirational - Frame it.
Card Mania - Use a Digi
Bearly Mine - Christmas Cards
Christmas Cards All Year Round - No dp
Crafty Hazelnut - Anything Christmas

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Candle and Rose - Fred She Said



Here's another Christmas card for you. This one uses a pre-colored Christmas Rose and Candle from Fred She Said.

I made another Easel Card. They are very addicting. Especially when you don't want to make your focal image smaller and still want to add a sentiment. However, taking a really good picture isn't that easy.

The rose is actually layered twice on top of the original. 

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up, which was stamped and heat embossed.

Challenges for this Card:
Card Mania - Use a DigiP
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything with a bow
Dream Valley - Anything
Love to Create - Christmas
Melonheadz friends - Add a sentiment
Not Just Cards - Anything
Perfectly Rustic - Embossing
Stamp and Create - Ribbon and Bows

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Cardinal - Fred She Said




My card today is a Christmas Card using the pre-colored images from Fred She Said called Christmas Cardinal. I added dots of Liquid Applique when the snow dotsw are on the image and then covered with Fine Prisma Glitter for just a little added sparkle.

When I was designing this card, I was going to put the sentiment below the image, but I didn't want the pretty dry embossed Holly to be covered. So I decided to make an Easel Card instead.  

The sentiment is from an old retired stamp set from Close to my Heart and the Red Enamel Hearts and some new embellishments for CTMH also.

This card worked perfectly for using up some of my scraps of cardstock and ribbon.

Challenges for this card:
Bearly Mine - Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round - No DP
Crafters Companion - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas
Die Cut Diva's - Any Holiday
Live and Love Crafts - Favorite Christmas Colors
Mema's Crafts - Anything



Thursday, September 25, 2014

FSS Cornflowers



My card today uses another of the new images just released at Fred She Said. This is the Cornflower and comes pre-colored or a digi to color yourself.

My inspiration started with a sketch from Sketch File.

I have a wedding to go to next month and I have a stamp set called Life time of Happiness from CTMH, that I thought would be perfect for a wedding card. I think it goes well with the FSS Cornflowers.

The cornflowers were fussy cut and layered on top of the original flowers for added dimension. 

I added some Hand Stitching around the card using a matching color embroidery floss, keeping the color subtle as to not take away from this beautiful image.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FSS Scribbled Roses




Fred She Said is having an End of Summer Sale and my card uses one of the newest images, Scribbled Roses released this week. These beautiful pre-colored flowers come in 11 different colors. This image also comes as a line image to color yourself. These come as individual flowers, but I used the PNG version to group three different colors together.

I used the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday for my starting inspiration. 

I added some hand stitching around the edges for some added dimension. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fred She Said End of Summer SALE!

FRED SHE SAID DESIGNS is having an END OF SUMMER SALE!
And there are new floral releases just in time! *Ü*
You can find more info at the FRED SHE SAID BLOG.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fred She Said 6th Birthday Sale


It's May and it's time for a Birthday!
Fred She Said Designs 6th Birthday. *Ü*

Use CODE 6THBDAY to get 25% off order of $10 or more.





Monday, February 24, 2014

Emma and the Cake



Well, it's just a little over three weeks until Spring begins. I can't wait. Here in Pennsylvania, we've been bombarded with so much snow this month and they're calling for a little more tomorrow night. Every winter I go through a depression but this year is worse then ever. My passion is card making and it's even been a struggle to do this lately. However, my beautiful Granddaughter Mya celebrated her 7th birthday Saturday, so I made her a very special card. It actually did feel good to create again.

My card today was created with a pre-colored imaged from Fred She Said called "Emma and the Cake"
Mya's favorite color right now is Pink. So I started out with the Pink Emma and matched it up with The Lollydoodle Paper pack from Close to my Heart. 

The Happy Birthday is from the Holiday Tags stamp set from CTMH. This is my "Go To" stamp set most of the time. Great sentiments and matching tags. 

The pink Hearts and small flowers were punched form the Pink Glitter Papers. The Green banner was cut from the Green Glitter Papers. The hearts and banner were hung from the Pink bakers twine form the Paradise assortment.
Pink Glitter Gems were added to the center of the flowers.

Challenges for this card:
Seize the Birthday - Use hearts on Birthday card.
Catered Crop - Birthday
One Stitch at a Time - Girly
Quirky Crafts - Pile it on & 3D
Ink on My Fingers - Have a Heart

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nolan & the Bull Frog



Here is a Valentine I made for my Grandson Jeffrey. Very Non Traditional Valentine colors. I just love this image from Fred She Said called "Nolan and the Bull Frog"

I used the same sketch from the Deconstructed Sketch Blog, for this card and my last post. 

The design of this sketch was just perfect for the images plus, I have many rolls of glitter tape in many different colors so I wanted to finally use them.

The paper is from the Ivy Lane paper pack from Close to my Heart along with Crystal Blue Cardstock

Monday, February 17, 2014

I Love you THIS much!




Here is a Valentine that I made for my Granddaughter Mya for Valentines Day.

The inspiration for this card started with the pre-colored imaged from Fred She Said called "I Love You THIS Much!" This fabulous image comes in Six different colors or a Digi that you can color yourself.

I then matched it up with a great Sketch Challenge from the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge Blog.