Tuesday, May 10, 2022

PPC&F and Conie Fong


Conie Fong is this week's Passionate Paper Creations & Friends FB Group sponsor.  My card features her adorable image, Just Like Daddy. The digital image comes with or without that little sprinkling of freckles. 

I combined her image with a couple of Papertrey Ink dies from my stash and some patterned paper from last month's  Catherine Pooler's release.  I used Copics to color him.

If you are a fan of Conie Fong's images, now is the time to buy!  Pop over the the PPC&F FB Group and take advantage of the discount!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.                                            In kindness, Cathy 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

PPC&F- Di's Digi Stamps

 Di's Digi Stamps is sponsoring the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends FB Group; this cute image is called Hedgehog's Sunflower Friend.  All of Di's digital images are on sale for 35% off in her Etsy shop - and she has a ton of cute stamps to choose from! 

The background uses Picket Fence Studios' Peek-A-Boo Flower Stencil.  The image is die cut with CC Designs Scalloped Rectangle Metal Die along with an old curved border die.  Some Taylored Expressions Drip Drops and one of the sentiments from her Simple Strips in Reverse Everyday Sentiments collection finish off the card.

Hope you will pop by the PPC&F FB group to see what is in store as we celebrate Di's Digi Stamps sponsorship!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

In kindness, Cathy

Sunday, May 1, 2022

BYSHC May Challenge - Sketch #22

I hope you were able to play along with the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Linky Party last week - lots of fun and festivities all week long!! We are back to a quieter pace of sketch challenges and I can't believe it's May already!  Crystal, our masterful sketch designer has a new kind of challenge this month - creating a mini-slimline card!  I really like this size card, so it was fun to work with this sketch.

I was babysitting my grandkids last week and the next town over has an actual scrapbook shop in it, called Creek Water Memories.  I did a little shopping while they were in school and picked up some gorgeous Maja Designs papers from Sweden along with Pinkfresh Studios Poinsettia Washi Tape and coordinating die.  The Maja Designs papers come in beautiful patterns, muted colors, and a heavy weight cardstock. (Here's hoping the link leads to a store in your area so you can check them out yourself!) 

The papers and washi are so pretty, this card practically made itself!!  After taking a deep breath and cutting into my treasured new papers, I used Pinkfresh's Blanket Stitch die and then layered the card base with other paper from my stash.  I have a collection of shimmery cardstock I bought a few years ago and used that for the reddish color.  It has just a slight shimmer and is perfect with this washi tape. I used the washi wreath and just layered some of the other die cuts on top, added an organza bow with some twine behind it from my stash, and then popped on a gold foiled sentiment and Pinkfresh Sparkling Champagne Metallic Pearls.  I think the whole card took less than an hour - and I never finish that fast!!  You can bet I will be making more of these cards!  

After you make your card, link it up in Album #22 of the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers FB Group.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!                                                                                                  In kindness, Cathy. 

Challenges Entered:

Die Cut Divas - April 30 - AG

Peace On Earth #15 - Anything Christmas

Creative Fingers #230 - AG

12 Months of Christmas #88 - AG 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Card 7 - BYSHC Spring Linky Party

 I am still playing along with the BYSHC Spring Into Christmas Linky Party!  This is card #7 for me and uses older products from my stash: Concord & 9th's Blooms Fill in Stamp and dies; Hero Arts Tiny Stars Background; and a "joy" diecut from glitter paper. Lots of gold embossing powder went into this card and I added some twine behind the flower image, but it was a relatively simple card to make.  

  Hope you have a chance to play along and enter a card in the BYSHC Spring Linky Party before it ends.  And don't forget to check back to see if one of the sponsor prizes has your name on it!!  

Thanks for stopping by my blog.                                                                                                           In kindness, Cathy 

Challenges Entered:

12 Months of Christmas - April #87 - AG/optional box

Peace On Earth Christmas - Photo Inspiration

ABC Christmas - I is for Inky

Happy Little Stampers April Christmas - Anything Christmas 

PPC&F - All Dressed Up

Passionate Paper Creations & Friends FB Group is being sponsored by All Dressed Up this week.  This sweet little cutie is called Hedgehog Flower and is the first time I have ever tried coloring a hedgehog!!

The digital image is printed on kraft cardstock and colored with Prismacolor Premier pencils.  The photo picks up more of the white than is seen IRL, but I was looking at a hedgehog that had a lot of white on the belly and the spikes, so I kept that in mind as I colored.  I went to my paper stash and collection of enamel dots to keep the colors moving around the page.  The sentiment is a very old die from Papertrey Ink; the pop of white is a great accent against the kraft cardstock.  

All Dressed Up fans will want to stop by the Passionate Paper Creations & Friends FB group for this weekend's special ADU discount code!  
Thanks for stopping by my blog.                                   
In kindness, Cathy  

Challenges Entered:

Dic Cut Divas April- Tic Tac Toe (first column on left more than 2 layers, yellow, flowers)

Use Your Stuff #446- Spring/Easter

Shopping Our Stash #469- What A Difference You Have Made

Time Out Challenge 4/21 - Spring

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Day 6 & Six Cards!!

 Today is Day 6 of the BYSHC Spring Into Christmas Linky Party and I am sharing my 6th card!!  That means my stack of Christmas cards is really growing! I am still creating cards remotely, so that requires using the things I brought with me on my babysitting adventure.

 This card features a white heat embossed sentiment from sponsor, Colorado Craft Company, called Merry Bright Mini (which is on sale for $3.38!!). I paired it with some Vicki Boutin Warm Wishes paper and a red heat embossed panel I had in my stash using Ellen Hutson's Fa La La background stamp.  I glued on a few sequins, a red bow and done!! If I had been home, I probably would have splattered the sentiment panel with paint, but I really like this version!

I brought the 12x12 paper pad with me and have been using it this week.  At one point on Monday night, I started to contemplate how I might think differently about cutting portions of the papers to use for cards.  The scale of 12x12 card prints aren't always great for A2 cards.  Then yesterday, I visited Deb Davidson's blog and she had five cards using the same paper collection!  Her cards helped solidify my thinking; later in the day, BYSHC DT teamie, Vannessa Osbourn shared a slimline card that seemed to use a section of 12x12 paper and I went full time into creative thinking!!  I hadn't even thought of a slimeline card!! That's a no-brainer for 12x12 paper!!  I can't wait to get back to my craft room (and my fill size paper trimmer and my single slimline die) to see how it works!!  I have the perfect paper for it with a darling Santa design!!  Stay tuned!

BTW - Friday is the last day of the Linky Party!  I hope you are able to play along with us!  Thanks for visiting my blog!                                                                                                                                             In kindness, Cathy

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

More Christmas in April!

 I am on a streak making cards for the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Spring Into Christmas Linky Party and it's been fun!!  Still away from home for a couple more days, so I am using the supplies I brought with me.  Stamps from sponsor, Taylored Expressions are featured on today's card.  TE has a line of stamps that are a little sassy and Big Grumpy is one of them!  The holiday extras (and supporting sentiments) are part of Big Grumpy - Christmas.  Big Grumpy fans can find sets for other occasions, too!

Big Grumpy is colored with Prisma pencils and I pulled out my ornament sequins from Target to hang from his antlers.  TE's Drip Drops add some extra embellishment along with sequins and some Baker's twine.

We are half way through the Linky Party and the gallery is growing.  Hope you have a chance to play!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.                    In kindness, Cathy. 

Challenges Entered:

12 Months of Christmas April - AG

Stamping Sensations April - I love (Christmas and coloring images)

Retro Rubber #181 - TicTacToe (down the right column patterned paper, bling, twine)

Tic Tac Toe #158 - Center row (layers, patterned paper, embellishment)

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #208 - L is for Layers

Monday, April 25, 2022

BYSHC - Spring Into Christmas Linky Party - Day 4

 I am back with another card for the BYSHC Spring Into Christmas Linky Party!  I was thrilled to see that Taylored Expressions, one of my favorite stamp companies, is a sponsor so I looked through my stash to create a card with TE products.  

I happen to be babysitting grandkids for a five days, so I packed up my basket of Christmas stamps, paper, TE inks, embossing powder, TE's Drip Drops, sequins, Prisma colored pencils, and brought them on the road with me.  

The main image is TE's Like Gnome Other, which is colored on kraft paper with Prismacolors.  TE's Just Vine Background is stamped and heat embossed over patterned paper on the panel behind them. (Look closely and you will see the paper shifted between the first and second stamping, so there is a double image, which I didn't notice until I applies the TE Fine Detail White Embossing Powder!!  An oops- but I liked it, so I didn't redo it.). The same stamp is used on the red panel of paper using an old pad of white ink.  The sentiment flag is a combination of one of the stamps that comes with the set for the word "gnomie" with TE's All Tucked In- Christmas stamp set. The gnomes are standing on white glitter paper snow and the same paper is used for the thin diagonal strips behind them.   I embellished the card with some TE Drip Drops and sequins from my stash.  Can you tell I am in love with TE products?!?

I went to the BYSHC FB group sketch album to help inspire my mojo today.  My card design uses Sketch #16.  The album is a fabulous resource!  Crystal does a beautiful job of creating sketches.                                                                                                                            Take a peek at the growing Linky Party Gallery on the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Blog and then add a card of your own.  The list of sponsors, prizes, and discounts makes it easy to spend time thinking about Christmas in April!!  You have until April 29th to enter.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.                                                                                           In kindness, Cathy                                                
Challenges Entered:
Christmas Kickstart #61 - From my Gnome to Yours

Happy Little Stampers April Christmas - AG with option of glitter

Sunday, April 24, 2022

BYSHC Spring Into Christmas Linky Party - Day 3!


The BYSHC Linky Party event is motivation to work on building my stash of Christmas cards!  This one is simple enough to mass produce, yet easily add details so it looks more personalized.  The image is Merry Little Christmas from Pink Fresh Studios. It's an A2 background-sized stamp with a center piece that you can pop out - but I love the sentiment, script, and size, so I chose to leave it in.  I started by heat embossing several card fronts with sponsor, Taylored Expressions Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder and then played around blending Distress inks around the edges.  I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils to add color and even added white gel pen dot highlights to some of the cards.  I love the look of this copper embossing powder!  It covers really well and is a great "buy" for $6.00!!

Today is Day 3 of the BYSHC Linky Party; it goes through April 29th!  Check out the blog for the list of fabulous sponsors, prizes, discounts!!  All you have to do is enter a card for a chance to win!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!                         In kindness, Cathy               Challenges Entered: 

The 12 Months of Christmas #87 - AG

Addicted to Stamps & More #427 - Christmas

Make the Cards #53 - Ink Blended Background 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

BYSHC Spring Into Christmas Linky Party - Day 2!

Prizes, sponsors and fun - what could be better motivation to get a jump on building your stash of holiday cards?!?! Take a look at this list of sponsors Crystal has arranged for the April Festivities on the BYSHC Blog

Angie Blom Digital Designs
Brutus Monroe
Twiddler's Nook
Gina K. Designs
Not 2 Shabby
Unity Stamp Co.
Newton's Nook
Fresh & Renewed with Teresa
Taylored Expressions
Colorado Craft Company
Gina Marie Designs
Tawny Owl Paperie

My card features a few of the Sizzix Funky Nordic dies with patterned papers from my stash.  The candle flame and light have a little detail from MFT's Lined By Hand background stamp,
which is clear embossed and sponged with yellow ink.  An oldie from Memory Box, called Winter Scattered Flakes, is stenciled in the background.  Some sparkle and Reverse Confetti's, Sparkle & Shine Sentiment finish off the card!

Does the layout look familiar?!?  That may be because it is April's BYSHC sketch!  Feel free to use it (or any of the other BYSHC sketches) for your Linky Party card.  If you use a sketch, we'd love you to link it in the BYSHC FB group Album!

Hope you feel inspired to join us.  Thanks for stopping my my blog!                                                                 In kindness, Cathy

Challenges Entered:

Addicted to Stamps & More #427 - Christmas

12 Months of Christmas #87 - AG

Christmas Craft Creations April - Plaid/Tartan

Friday, April 22, 2022

BYSHC - Spring Into Christmas Linky Party with Prizes!

I am so excited to announce the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Spring Into Christmas Linky Party!  It's a chance to get a start on your holidays cards and the best part is there are prizes from a variety of sponsors!! It's super simple-  all you have to do is link your card on the BYSHC Blog and check back after the 29th to see if you have won!  It's a two-fer!! You get ahead on your holiday cards and have the chance to win a prize!!  If you need any motivation, take a look at the amazing sponsors, prizes, and discounts Crystal has arranged!

In addition to this special event in April, you can always work on our monthly sketches and add them to the album in BYSHC FB Group

For my first Linky Party card, I found an old PTI die in my stash along with a tree I had stamped on white paper.  The two "finds" came together to create a shaker card with some ornament shaped confetti I bought last fall in the dollar section at Target.  The shaker element is mounted on a panel of patterned paper die cut from PTI's Mix & Mat Confetti Die and finished off with a bow.   Take a minute to check out the details on the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Blog!  Off to create another card for the Linky Party!  Hope you are able to make the time to join us! 

In kindness, Cathy

Challenges Entered:  Addicted to Stamps & More #427-  Christmas