Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rudolph Day & Snippet's Playground!

Hello my crafty friends,  I hope your day is going great! More snow for today but it should only be a dusting to 2" and it is supposed to come this afternoon. Ok, that I can live with even though I don't want it, I will live with it. It's not like I have a choice, right?! lol

A long while back I entered a challenge one time. I wanted to enter more, but always forgot about it or was to lazy. It's called The Rudolph Challenge and if you haven't already guess it, they have a Christmas card challenge on the 25th of every month. Yea, I could definitely use a jump start on some Christmas cards!! So even though I don't make new year resolutions, I did challenge myself to play along each month with this challenge. Well I had from the 28 to the end of the month to get a card in. The end of the month is coming up fast, so I got on it before I already blew the first month!  For my cards, oh yes, you heard that right, I made 2-yes I'm so proud of myself. lol I'm gonna try to do at least two cards and more if I can. Both cards are the same design but with something different on it. I used My Creative Time dies and stamps to make this simple but pretty card. I tell you the pictures don't do them justice, they look much better in real life. Oh and wait, I can also enter the Snippet's Playground challenge because I used some snippets of Christmas papers. Yay!! Here are my two cards. I popped my layer up on white card base and used holographic paper for the deer. My layer is stitched even though I'm not sure you can see it. I waited to late in the day to get good pictures, sorry about that! My bracket, which I used snippets to cute, is stitched too, love stitched dies! Then there is the file tab that has my sentiment embossed in SU gold embossing powder. Over all I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out. 

As always thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit me. It means the world to me and I love sitting with you a spell! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Thank You Snow Much!

Hello my crafty friends, I hope this Wednesday finds you warm and toasty. It's a cold one here and white. We don't have much snow, maybe 3 to 4 inches, but more is due to come on Thursday and then again on Sunday. Of course we all know how the weathermen work and their forecast changes between each broadcast! So hopefully we won't get any more snow this week. I don't mind the snow as long as it melts quickly and is all but gone before the next snow storm. lol I don't like when it hangs around all winter like it did last winter. Picky aren't I?! Let's just bring on Spring!!! lol I sure hope it is an early one this year.

Well onto my projects. It's my turn to post over at Cardz TV GalleryMy first project is a thank you card. And since it is winter and it has been snowing here and in NY where this card will be going, I decided to make it a snowman thank you card. I used the Cardz TV stamp set called "SNOW DAYS" and you can find that stamp set here. I used My Creative Time dies to put together my cute little snowman, the snow hills are also a MCT die as is the deer. I used MCT stamps to stamp my pine boughs-not really liking the ink I used to stamp them with, but what's done is done. I also stamp little snowflakes using 3 Twenty Craft Stamps. Then I took some stickles and added some sparkle and shine. 

My second card is a CASE (copy and share everything). You can see the original here. I loved this card Emma at My Creative Time With Emma made, and had to copy it. lol Only I didn't use "non" tacky glue and my sequins are caught. Oh well,  I knew not to use Tombow but couldn't find my glue that I use for shaker cards. And I had just used it!! I know it had to be right in front of my face and I just couldn't see it for seeing it. Please tell me that this happens to you too. This will be my husband's Valentine's card so he won't care if all the sequins don't shake. I used the Cardz TV stamp set called "HEART TO HEART" and you can find it here. Using all My Creative Time dies, I cut out to stitched hearts and scored a fold along the left heart bump and glued the first heart to this. This gave me by heart shaped card that would open. Then I took the "love" heart die and cut it out of paper and out of foam. I glued the foam to the back of the red paper love. I stamped the base heart with a MCT scripted stamp and then with Cardz TV stamp set "HEART TO HEART" and glued my key down that was cut out with a MCT die. I sprinkle my sequins in and then glue down the top layer with the acetate. Next time I won't make that same mistake of using the wrong glue. lol 

Check back at Cardz TV Gallery the rest of the week to see what awesome projects that my design team sister's have for you! As always I so appreciate you taking the time to stop and visit me, your comments always makes my heart sing! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Monday, January 26, 2015

With Sympathy-BBTB2 Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, Happy Monday to you all. I hope you are nice and warm where ever you are. It is snowing here and we are supposed to get 5 to 7 inches. So my world is nice and white. lol But I didn't ask you here to talk about the weather! As you know Monday's always bring a new challenge over at BBTB2. My sweet and talented design team sister, Sharon, is hosting this week and her challenge to us was to make a sympathy card. I don't know about you, but I tend to struggle with these types of cards. You don't want it to look all happy, but you don't want it to be sad either. You want it to be comforting to the person you are sending it to. I also always wait until I need a sympathy card so I was glad to see this challenge from Sharon because it will be nice to have some on hand in my stash. Of course we all wish we didn't have to make them but the simple fact of life is that we do need them. So after looking through Pinterest for some inspiration, I got started. I used the CTMH Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy for my "doily" looking mat. I then used My Creative Time stamps dies for my tree and sentiment. My little butterflies are a Studio G. And that's it. I kept it pretty simple. I'm not quite sure if I like it or not, but I don't hate it either. lol 

Need some more inspiration? Look no farther than my design team sisters, go to BBTB2 and check out what they have for you. Then it is your turn, use your Cricut to make a sympathy card and link up with us!

As always I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy life to visit me. Your sweet comments always warm my heart!! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Sunday, January 18, 2015

You Make My Heart Sing

Hello my crafty friends, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I don't know how Sunday got here already, but it's here.

I love to visit a fellow blogger and her name is Michele over at "I Card Everyone" and she has encourage me to enter the challenge over at Muse, where it is their 100th challenge and 2 anniversary. And that challenge is to us her card as your inspiration, to have negative space on your card and to have a song incorporated in to it. Soooo, here is Michele's card and then I will show you mind.

Michele's Beautiful Card

My card-Can you guess my song?? My potty people were inspired by Darnell's card.

If you guessed Wild Thang, then you are right. Well I don't really know the name of the song, but it goes like this:

Wild thang, I think I love make my heart sing. Ok I don't know the lyrics real well, but it is a fun song and it always cracks me up. lol I hope you know what song I'm talking about.  I used a My Creative Time Heart die to cut out my negative space, Then I took the positive part of the die cut and inked it with Hero Arts shadow ink Pale Tomato using a stamp from My Creative Time. The red heart came out the center of the die cut and I colored it with a Spectrum Noir marker, then popped it up on double thickness of foam tape after stamping my music notes on. I used Viva Decor pearl pen for the black pearls going around the heard. My potty people are a die also from My Creative Time as well as my stamped sentiment.  I got my sentiment on crooked though. I think  I will be using this card for hubby since we have an anniversary coming up next month, it will be our 22nd one and the chemo center gave us a very nice Christmas present. A night in Gettysburg at a very nice hotel, dinner for two and movies for two, we plan on going for our anniversary. We figured it up and he should be on his break from his pills then so he should be able to enjoy our meal. Wasn't that so sweet of the chemo center?!! Not sure why they pick us for this gift, but they did and we are very grateful. 

Ok go check our Michele's blog (she is so awesome and fun) and Muse cause maybe you may want to join in on a challenge there!! As always thanks for taking your time to stop by and visit me. I always love reading your comments. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Home is Where You Hang Your Heart!

Hello Cardz TV Gallery fans, didn't Mary and Anita get this year off on a great start with their cards?!!! I hope you are ready for a fun new year with great projects Monday through Friday here at Cardz TV. Brenda here from Friends Craftin With Friends and I have a card for you that used 3 Cardz TV stamp sets on it. It is a swing card with three squares that swing. I used some heart dies to cut out my hearts all other dies are included with this die set. My papers are some snippets I had left over from another card, I threw some sequins on and called it done. I will be going to the Playground to play because I used some snippets on this card. 

The stamp sets I used are:
Just Saying, Congratulations, and Count Your Blessings. You can find them here

I hope you have enjoyed my little swing card. I plan on keeping it for when someone we know gets a new home so it will go in my stash. I want to thank you for taking the time to come and visit us here at Card TV Gallery and I hope you will continue to come back each day. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Entering this card over at the Playground where the challenge is always to use snippets on your project.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Some People Are Worth Melting For

Hello my crafty friends, I hope you are all doing well today. Don't faint at me posting a second time this week! lol We went to our granddaughter's birthday party on Sunday and of course like all little girls, she loves the movie Frozen and she loves Olaf. So I knew I wanted to make her an Olaf birthday card. So I search images on the web and found one that I liked and printed it out. I layered it on some lavender pattern paper, then I cut my white layer and using a Martha Steward punch, I punched the 4 corners out. I added some more snowflakes cut using My Creative Time snowflakes. I used white stickles on my corner snowflakes and purple stickles on my purple snowflakes. I used clear Wink of Stella on Olaf and tried to capture that in my first photo, enlarge the picture and you should be able to see it. I added some more snowflakes on the inside of my card and took My Creative Time letter stamps and made my "birthday Leah" and stamped it. Then I used My Creative Time "happy" die to die cut the word out of some of the same lavender pattern paper. And that is it. A pretty easy card to make and our granddaughter loved it. 

Here is our adorable granddaughter who shares a birthday with her papaw, we gave her an Olaf shirt too. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Let It Snow-BBTB2 Challenge

Ok I'm not wishing for snow people! lol Hello my crafty friends, happy Monday to everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm from last weeks chilly willy weather. I think it is suppose to get in the 50's sometime this week. I can live with those temps! Hubby gets a break from his meds for a week and then will start back up for his 3 weeks. He got a special kind of medicine for the sores in his mouth and it is looking like it might help pretty good. We will find out for sure when he goes back on his pills again. So all and all I think it is going pretty well so far. That is such a blessing! 

As you know every Monday it is time for a new challenge over at BBTB2 and our sweet and talented DT sister, Michelle has given us the challenge of using a snowflake on our projects this week. It is winter and in a lot of areas the snow is a very fit challenge don't you think?! Now I'd like to say that I am loving my card, but I'm not. Now it could be my paper choices...I know it is my base paper choice. And I have to say that I'm not sure yet if I'm in love with the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge yet. Now please note that I've only used this cartridge twice now, so I haven't given it a fair chance yet. I need to play more and I need to be more in the mood to get crafty and trust me I wasn't in a crafty mood today! So please don't go by what I say about this cartridge! So as you have gathered, I used the Artfully Sent cart to make my card. I used a black cardstock to cut out my swing card base from the cart. Then I picked an inside cut I wanted to use and cut that out of a blue sky looking paper. I also cut extra snowflakes from some dies-My Creative Time and a Simon Says die and sprinkle them on the outside swing and inside swing. That is about as creative as I got. Want some awesome inspiration? Go to BBTB2 and see what my DT sister's have for you, you will definitely be inspired! Then lets see your snowflake projects by linking up with us at BBTB2!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visiting me, sorry it wasn't a great visit this time around. lol Your visits always touch my heart and your comments make my day. Crafty hugs, Brenda

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hubby's Birthday Card

Hello my crafty friends! I hope this Tuesday finds you all well in this new year and I hope you are warm. It is snowing here today, but it is a light snow that can be swept away with the broom. That's the kind of snow to get if you are going to get it. lol  And it is bitter cold! We have had a pretty good winter so far so all is good. 

We have 4 birthday's in the month of January. Hubby's is first, then our little granddaughter who is 3, then son #3 and last but not least, our college boy-son #6. So I guess we will start with hubby's card since his birthday was the 3 rd of January. It's our granddaughters birthday too-how fun to share a birthday with her Papaw! Her party will be this weekend, so I will show you her card soon.

Hubby's card is a simple but pretty one I think. My Momma Mary had send me this die, so it was a NBUS for me and I love it so much! Thanks Momma Mary!!! I cut it out in black cardstock. Took some white cardstock and distressed it to try and make it look like the sun is setting as the geese are flying over. Didn't quite pull that off, need more practice!! But it is still pretty to me. And hubby liked it. I used a stamp from CTHM to stamp the happy birthday and that is it. A very easy card and simple card that works for the man in my life.

Since I used another NBUS, I am entering this into Darnell's NBUS challenge:

Monday, January 5, 2015

We Click! BBTB2 Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, Happy New Year!!!  Sorry I haven't did a post in so long. I took time off to do the holidays with my family. It was such a wonderful and fun holiday. I hope you all made wonderful memories with your families too. Can you believe we are in a new year?!! Me either! lol I'm looking forward to a better year for hubby-so my fingers and toes are crossed and my prayers go up constantly for him. 

Since it is the first Monday of the month, it is time for a new challenge for BBTB2 for the New Year and time for me to get back into the swing of things. Melanie is our sweet and talented host this week and she chose for use to use our favorite Cricut cut. Talk about a challenge!!! There are just way to many fabulous Cricut cuts and I couldn't choose. So I went with just using a cartridge, as I don't have a favorite cut or favorite cart because I love them all. So just before Christmas I got the CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge and it is a NBUS for me so I decided to use that one. I have to say that the handbook to this cart had me quite confused at first. So I went over to Pinterest and did a little search, watch a few video's and was ready to start making a card. So this card is a Pinterest inspired card. Nothing fancy about this card, just a plain jane one. I cut a card under the "sentiment" second of the handbook out of pattern paper, then I backed my "cut outs" with black and red papers. Using my Cuttlebug, I cut out the photo corners in red and black, laying them so that the red made a shadow. I added 3 sequins to the front and that was it. Put my inside mats in and used the positive camera cut on the inside of my card. I didn't put in a sentiment yet because I'm not sure what I am going to use. There you go, an easy peasy 7 x 5 done pretty fast. So come on in and join us on this challenge and lets see what is your favorite die cut. Our rules are simple and you will find them on the side bar over at BBTB2. My design team sisters have more inspiration for you, so check them out too at BBTB2

As always thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit my little ole blog. Your comments mean the world to me as does your visit. Crafty hugs, Brenda

I am entering this card in the following challenges: because I'm using a NBUS Cricut cartridge Anything Goes