Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #304 - Happy Birthday!!

Everytime I come to post I fight the urge to start singing "Hello" by Lionel Richie. I know, weird but true. I'm back today with another Tuesday Throwdown challenge for everyone. Our sponsor is Winnie & Walter with a Happy Birthday theme.

I couldn't resist their multifaceted Star cutaway dies. Everyone is a star on their birthday! Truth be told, I can foresee this die being used for many types of celebrations and milestones. While the dies are perfect for a shaker card, I wanted to stay a bit more simple in my approach.

Using DCWV "Fun in the Sun Summer Glitter Mat Stack", I cut the solid star from solid paper and the faceted star from a coordinating patterned paper. Mounted the "negative" patterned paper to a card blank, glued the detailed cutout to solid star and inserted over the negative space with some foam tape to elevate the star from the patterned background. The faceted star lines up exactly to the pattern on the paper,without any effort, creating visual flow.

Here is my card.

I'm happy you stopped by and hope you check out some of Winnie & Walter's great dies, stamps and embellishments. That said, don't forget to enter the Happy Birthday challenge because you're to busy shopping!

Parting thought:

    I am happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.
                                                  James Broughton

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #302 - One Layer

Are you having a hard time believing, like me, that July is almost halfway gone? While I'm not a fan of high temperatures and humidity, I do love seeing summer sunshine. Just makes a person happy. Another thing making me happy is it's time for a Tuesday Throwdown challenge. This Tuesday is sponsored by Kim Sherrod one of Tuesday Throwdown's head honchos and an independant A muse Studio consultant.  Our mission was to create a one layer card.

I am not one for a lot of froufrou. I love cards embellished with ribbons, buttons, gems and such but I struggle in making them. Adding just a ribbon can take me hours. Yes I said it, hours...what color, sheer or patterned, should it be in a bow, a straight line, down the side, etc. You see my dilemma? The clean and simple look of a one layer card is "my style", if I have one. So I was one happy girl with this challenge. 

Then I sat down and watched inspiration walk out my door. 

What! I have never struggled with a one layer card! Till now. Browsed Pinterest, looked through 
magazines, opened and closed my stamp drawers and fingered through my cardstock. Nothing, absolutely nothing. Two days of this and a self imposed deadline (don't normally craft during the week) and I was beginning to sweat. Then Peanut, my 4 year year old grandson, did something he wasn't suppose to do while in my craft room and to save himself from being sternly corrected, he informed me that Noisy did it.  Noisy is one of my cats and I could see her sleeping in the next room, innocent as the day is long. 

Yes, Peanut was  corrected with an added reprimand for falsely blaming someone else for his deed. Yes, he gave me inspiration for my card. Took me less than 5 minutes from beginning to end once I had the idea. 

Here is the resulting card:

Image stamps are from Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers and sentiment is from The Angel Company. 
Sadly, neither is in business any more. Stamped on cardstock and a bit of gray pencil to anchor the images visually. 

I hope you enjoy and join the challenge. One layer, simplicity at it's best!

Parting thought:  A grownup is a child with layers on.  
                                                                     Woody Harrelson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #300 & Giveaway Part 2

I want to thank everyone for their kind comments on my "The Cutest Wizard" card. You made my first blog hop and giveaway truly fun. For those that became followers, welcome and I hope to keep you interested.  A big thanks to the ladies at Tuesday Throwdown for inviting me to their design team and to The Paper Shelter for providing such a fun image to work with.

Now for what everyone is waiting for, the winner of a $5.00 gift certificate for The Paper Shelter is..
AJ from AJ's Creative Energy

Congratulations AJ! Please message me by July 10th to claim your prize.  

Thanks again and on to the next challenge!