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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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Little Darlings Baby Girl Card

My daughter needed two baby cards yesterday. Why is it that daughters wait until the day before an event to ask me for a card. 
So, I really needed a really fast card to put together. 

I purchased a few stamp sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps last year and this one, called Little Darlings Images, is a sweet set of vintage images. 

I pulled out my CTMH  Hollyhock and Pixie cardstock and a Spellbinders Die. I stamped a word background on the hollyhock. Then I stamped the image in Hollyhock ink, sponged around the edges with Pixie and stuck it all togehter. Wala!!! A quick an easy yet elegant card. Tied it all up with a pink gingham bow.

I'm entering this card into the Waltzing Mouse Pajama Party Challenge #3, Old Pajamas. I'm not quite sure how old this set is, but I love it anyway.

Other Challenges for this card:
Glitter and Sparkle - Include a Die Cut
Stamping Sensations - Dies/Punches
Challenge Up Your Life - Monochromatic
Just Us Girls - Stacked Die Cuts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Another Old Truck Father's Day Card

I simply LOVE this Old Truck Image from Fred She Said. And since it comes as a digi and also in four pre-colored images, I thought I'd use the Blue Truck today.

The starting inspirations for this card started with a sketch from Sketchy Colors

Once I had the sketch and the image I thought I was set for an easy peasy card. WRONG! So many indecisions followed. For some reason, I just did not like just the plain blue dot "Wanderful" background paper. So after about an hour of walking back and forth and looking at the design, I dug out an old retired CTMH stamp set with pine trees. Wala!!! Just what it needed. 

But then I didn't like the horizontal strip of designer paper I chose for right behind the truck, which was the flip side of the blue dot paper.  So, I switched from the dark print to green cardstock and dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder

The Happy Father's Day is from the CTMH Holiday Tags Stamp Set.

It's amazing how what started out as being a 10 minute card turned out to take several hours. I sure wish I wasn't such a perfectionist. 

Here is the sketch I used.

Other Challenges for this card.
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything
Wags 'n Whiskers - Seeing Spots
Southern Girls - Spots and Dots
Double Click - Father's Day
Mod Squad - Masculine
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - Anything but a square card.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Add Texture
Scrap Creations - Celebrations
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Old Truck - Father's Day Card

It's been a while since I last posted a card. But, it's time to make Father's Day Cards. So, let's get started.

My card today is made using The Old Truck pre-colored image from Fred She Said. This image makes a great masculine card to use for any occasion. This image comes as a Digi to color yourself and four different pre-colored trucks. 
The beginning inspiration came from a sketch Challenge from Inspired By Stamping.

Other Challenges for this card.
Cards in Envy - Masculine
Incy Wincy - Lots of Layers
Mema's Crafts - Anything
AAA Cards - For the Guys
Claire's - Outdoors

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Purple Pansies Mother's Day Card

When ever I want to make a fast, yet beautiful card, I turn to my Fred She Said pre-colored images. As much as I love coloring with my Copic Alcohol Markers, These pre-colored images are just spectacular and save so much time.

This  card uses the Purple Pansies set
I marched them up with some great Spellbinder dies and wala, a great card.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Daffodils And Hummingbirds Birthday Card

After the snow storm two days ago, it's finally starting to look a little like Spring. It feels so good to be making Spring cards again. 

I started with the Pre colored images of the Spring Flowers and Hummingbirds from Fred She Said.

Challenges for this card:
Polka Doodles - Birthdays
QKR Stampede - Think Spring
That's Crafty - Wings and Things
Aud Sentiments - Use a two word Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Fever
Scrap and Craft Inspirations - Flowers

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hearty Easter Greetings

The weather has finally started to warm up and Easter is right around the corner. 

I have this really cute digi image I was dying to use and found a perfect sketch over at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Blog that worked perfectly. The challenge was to use any of there previous sketches. I used sketch 254.

I just love the Pink, Yellow, and Green together. The perfect Spring Colors.

Other Challenges for this card:
Allsorts - Spring is in the Air
A Gem of a Challenge - Clean and Simple
Crazy For Challenges - Put a bow on it
Brown Sugar - Spring
Wags 'n Whiskers - Ready for Spring

Monday, February 2, 2015

Love Themed Card

My card today started out to be a Valentine but then as I put it together, it looked perfect for a Wedding card also. Or, An Anniversary card. For this reason, I decided not to put a sentiment on the front. The Digi Paper is from Bearly Mine. I positioned the paper so that the word LOVE was not covered up.

The banner stips & Scalloped Heart are Cardstock from Close to my Heart, as is the Heart Embossing Folder I used on them.

The Heart image with the Doves and the rose in the bottom corner are from The Grafic Fairy.

The actuall inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Freshly Made.
Other Challenges for this Card:
Cards in Envy - 2 or more Hearts
Craft-Dee Bowz - Use a hand made bow
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Hearts and Valentines
Dream Valley- Valentine
Make My Monday - Hearts and Flowers
Melon Headz Friends - Hearts/Love
Ooh La La - Love
Whoopsi Daisy - Pretty in Pink

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Love You This Much!

Here is another "Love" card. Yes, I made this as a Valentine. But the more I looked at it, I thought this would be a wonderful card any time of the year for the Love of your Life.Or, an Anniversary card. Especially if made in a different color. 
I actually printed the image twice. Then I fussy the hair and the dress and layered it with foam tape for lots of added dimension. 

The image is "I Love You This Much" from Fred She Said. This is the pre-colored image and it comes in 6 different colors and the sentiment. 

I used some New Spellbinder Dies I just received. I just love these new intricate frilly dies. I also used an old MS Corner punch. 

The beginning inspiration started with a sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Other Challenges for this card:
Bunny Zoe - Hearts
Craft-Dee Bowz - Use a hand made bow
My Creative Moments - New Somethings (Papers and Dies)
IDIC - Vintage Look
Stamping Sensation - Dies and Punches
That Craft Place - Love/Valentines
Crafting Musketeers - Valentine
Whimsie Doodles - Love is in the Air
Sunday Stamps - Red, White and Kraft colors

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hearts and Roses Valentine

My card today is a Valentine Card that I made using a fabulous pre-colored images from Fred She Said called Hearts and Roses. This set comes as a Digi for you to color yourself or a set with 7 different colors and includes a few sentiments for the heart.

The papers are from the CTMH Heartstrings Paper pack. The Amour is from the CTMH Amour Stamp Set.

Card Designed Inspired by the Crazy 4 Challenges Sketch.

Challenges for this card:
My time to Craft - Love is All Around
Craft for the Craic - Favorite Word - Love (Amour)
Docerela Creations - Pink, red with embellishments
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Hearts & Ribbon
Crafty Ribbons - Let's Get Sentimental
DL.Art - Anything with Red
In The Pink - Use Pink
Moving Along with the Times - Dies and Punches
Throw Back Thursday - Valentine
DRS Designs - Color Challenge
Inspired By Stamping - Inspitational Picture (hearts)

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 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