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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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. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I Love Mom - Valentine




Here's a Valentine that I thought I might make for my 4 year old grandson to give his Mommy for Valentines Day. I used the Fred She Said pre-colored image called Nolan with a Sign. There are five different signs plus a blank one that goes with this digi set. 

I had a new paper pack from Close to my Heart called Skylark. I just thought this coerner of the paper would go perfect with this image. 

I have just started getting back into Hand Stitching on my cards and so I dod so on this one. I also used a brand new Spellbinder's die. 

Other challenges for this card:
Bunny Zoe's - Stitching

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Better Than Chocolate



I have another Valentine card for you here today using pre-colored images form Fred She Said.

The roses on the sides are from the Hearts and Roses set. This set comes in Seven Pre-Colored choices.

The focal image is from the Better Than Chocolate and comes in three colored versions.

The papers, ribbon and flourishes is all from Close to my Heart.

The hand stitching is another pattern from the Close to my Heart Stitch Guide. This guide is loaded with lots of stitching options. The card previous to this post was stitched using the guide also.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Love You This Much



Here is a Valentine card I made using a Fred She Said image called "I Love You This Much"

In the past my cards all had hand stitching on them. It's been a long time since I stitched on one. I used to make up my own stitch designs, but this one came from a Close to My Heart Ruler called the Stitch Guide. It's quite easy to use. Just put a foam mat down with the paper on top and the stitch guide on top of that. Then just pierce through the holes using a piercing tool, and then stitch.

The embellishments in the top corners are called Flamingo Dots and the Heart by the sentiment were punched out of the Pink Collection of glitter papers. There are three sheets. One each of a light pink, medium pink and the one I used is the darkest pink. Both of these items will be available through Close to My Heart starting on February 1st here on my website.

Friday, January 3, 2014

FSS Kiss Me Scottie - Thank You Card



Here is the last post on the Thank You cards I made for my granddaughter Mya to give her 1st grade teacher for Christmas.
The paper is from the Frosted Papers from Close to my Heart. Burlap ribbon and the sentiment is also from CTMH.
The adorable Kiss Me Scottie pre-colored image is from Fred She Said.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Red Caroling Angel



My card today started out being a Thank You card but I needed another Christmas Card. I used the Red pre-colored Caroling Angel from Fred She Said. I thought it looked a little boring so I then printed out the image from the Poinsettias and Holly, cut it out and mounted in the upper right corner.

The papers are from the Close to my Heart Sparkle and shine papers.

Challenges with this card:
Craftitude - Christmas Sparkle 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

FSS Winter Chickadee


Another Thank you card I made using a Fred She Said pre-colored Image, Winter Chickadee, from the Christmas Bird Series.

Monday, December 23, 2013

FSS White Poinsettia Thank You Card


My card today is the White Poinsettia from Fred She Said. Just another Thank you card for a Christmas Gift for my granddaughter Mya's 1st Grade Teacher. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

FSS Red Poinsrttia


Here is another Thank You card I made as a teacher gift. I made three of each style. This card uses the red poinsettia from the Poinsettia and Holly precolored image from Fred She Said.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Emma and the Snowball



I made a set of 24 Thank You cards for my granddaughter Mya's 1st Grade Teacher for a Christmas Gift. I made Eight different cards and three of each. Six of the designs were using Fred She Said images. I will be posting one card each day here. Each card is designed the same. Papers and images were changed.

This fist card uses the Fred She Said image of Emma and the Snowball. The papers inks and burlap ribbon is all from Close to my Heart. The paper is from the Frosted Papers.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

FSS - Caroling Angel in Purple


Another Christmas Card today.  This one is made with the pre-colored image of Emma, the Caroling Angel, from Fred She Said. 

The cardstock I used is Gypsy and Sky from CTMH. I also cut a doily in white, from the new CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking".  I cut the doily in half and adhered the center cut to the outside edges.

I added clear glitter to the wings and liquid applique and glitter to the white fur around her dress.. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

FSS - Snow Lady - Light Up Your Holidays #2




Here is the last card of my series. It's the Pre-Colored Fred She Said Snow Lady - Light Up Your Holidays.

The background paper was dry embossed. The sentiment if from a new CTMH stamp set called Christmas Village. This set will be released on August 1st. The dark blue circle mat was cut out with the CTMH Exclusive Cricut Artiste Collection.
The scalloped border going down the right side is done using the new border scallop punch from Close to my Heart. Available August 1st.

Other Challenges for this card:
I Did It! - Christmas in July
All Beautiful Cards - Doubly Embossed
Digi Darlas - Christmas in July
Lexi's Creations - Christmas
Merry Mondays - Christmas Anything Goes
Christmas Card - Snowflakes
Sentimental Sunday - Christmas w/Sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas Challenge Extra



Sunday, July 21, 2013

FSS - Snow Lady - Light Up Your Holidays #1




Continuing on with designing Christmas Cards, here is a card using the pre-colored  Fed She Said SnowLady -  Light Up Your Holidays. I added a touch of MS Colored Glitter to the light bulbs. It's a shame that I only remember this glitter at Christmas Time.

All other products are retired from CTMH except for the red bakers twine and the Twilight Cardstock.

Other Challenges for the card:
Loves Rubber Stamps - Christmas in July
Creative Card Crew - The Great Outdoors
Crealive Belli - Christmas
Crafty Creations - Sparkle
Fab n' Funky - Christmas