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Happy Panda – Ways to Use It Challenge #852

Thursday means it’s time for the Ways to Use It Challenge.  Cathy’s challenge today is “Some Like it Hot”. I decided to go with hot coffee, because this sweet panda was on my to do list. I swear I’ve used him before, but I cannot find any evidence of that. I still have a stack of cards from “Kendra’s Card Challenge #2”–a great card challenge to use six 6×6 papers to create 14 cards. I made the cards as bases to add critters to gradually.

I chose this one because it has the warmest color background. This is the beginning of a sentiment from Crackerbox & Suzy that says “Money may not buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on the bus”. I changed it to say this:

I almost always make two of each card.  As long as I’m making one card, I might as well make two.  That way I can really build up my stash.  For my second card, I had a card base that had a coffee theme on the background.

I also love this sentiment stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy.  Here’s the inside:

I generally have a tough time coloring pandas.  Coloring any animal with black on it’s face is hard.  I think I found a great color combo for this one.  I used BV23, BV25, and BV29.  It produced a black enough feel with a light enough color to not lose his facial features. His cheeks are R20 and R22, dishes are SN GT1 and GT2, coffee and frosting are SN EB5, EB6, and EB7, donut is E31 and E35, shading on white is C0 and C1.

This card is also for the following challenges:

Fun & Quirky

Anything Goes

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Ransom Letter Birthday – Ways To Use It Challenge #849

It’s Thursday and time for another Ways to Use It Challenge.  Toni challenge us to use newsprint today.  I grabbed another piece of my very old newspaper (from 1888) to make a masculine birthday card. The bottom and right edges are naturally distressed. The left and top edges were torn this morning. This thin paper is very easy to tear exactly how I want it. Even though it is my nephew’s birthday tomorrow, this is actually for a friend who asked me to make a birthday card for her nephew. I thought the Big News sentiment would be awesome for this challenge, so I to the idea to combine pieces of different sentiments and make it into a ransom note style.

But it was kind of boring when I put it together. So I added some blueprint stamps to the paper and assembled the card. That’s when I realized it was still boring and I should have heat embossed the sentiments. But it was too late for that. So I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the colored letters and traced over the black letters with black glaze pen. Now it’s go the texture and shine that I want.

I also needed a First Communion card for a little boy and I like the way this old newspaper looks behind the First Communion  cut-out.  The newspaper happens to be The Congregationalist – a Christian newspaper.  I die cut “Smile, Rhys” from glitter fun foam.

You can see part of the 1888 date on the top of that photo.  I think it’s amazing that this paper is in such good shape still.  I feel kind of guilty cutting it up and using it for cards, but at the same time, it’s pretty neat to give it a new life.  I hope these cards are cherished for a long time.

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Do Epic Stuff – Ways to Use It Challenge #848

Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is torn paper.  I always love the look of torn paper masking, so that is my choice for Sabrina’s challenge. I tore some mountains and sponged them and stamped them with the Weathered stamp according to the Faux Tearing Tutorial. Then I tore another paper to sponge the ground and stenciled in some clouds. I just got this stamp set in the mail yesterday. The Cat’s Pajamas has 1/2 off everything right now and you know I can’t resist a sale like that.  I was excited to get this and another graduation stamp set.  I’ve felt like I don’t have any graduation card mojo lately.

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All Dressed Up – Ways To Use It Challenge #845

We are dressing up the gallery for Toni’s Ways to Use It Challenge today. I chose this Bugaboo digi that I’ve never used. I think she looks rather fashionable in her high heels. And I went to the Bugaboo Challenge Blog for some extra inspiration from this week’s Stella Says Sketch Challenge.

To really dress up my card, I stamped these two-step Waffle Flower dresses all over the background.

I find the stamps a little bit difficult to line, but they have a more handstamped look, right?  That’s what I tell myself at least.  I colored the Bugaboo image with my Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers.

Skin: R20, YR02, YR00, E00 | Hair: E23, E25, E29

I was never as skinny as this girl, but I do fondly remember when buying jeans didn’t make me cry.

Linking to these two other challenges:

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes Challenge

Bugaboo Bi-Weekly Anything Goes Challenge

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Paper Pieced Scene – Ways to Use It Challenge #844

Thursdays mean Ways to Use It Challenge.  Cathy’s challenge today is to “Take the Scenic Route.”  You know how much I love to make a scene. I had just the right stamps that I just got with some of my Waffle Flower winnings from a recent Weekly Challenge.  This sweet Summer Time stamp set. I decided today’s scene would be made on a postage stamp and combined with the Waffle Flower Weekly Challenge which is Paper Piecing.

I really took that paper piecing challenge and ran with it. Took out my drawer of small scraps of paper and picked out good pieces for each image.  I really like the sky.  It’s actually cut from a get well card that a friend sent me last year when I had my gallbladder removed.  Never throw anything away.

This was really fun, if a bit fiddly and time-consuming, to make.  So much fussy cutting.  And glue.  And just a bit of Stickles in the flower center to make it sparkle.  Make sure you check out the Waffle Flower Weekly Challenges!  They’re really fun and all the entries have been pretty fabulous.

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Baby, Yoda Best! – Ways to Use It Challenge #842

Today’s Ways to Use It Challenge is to use washi tape.  Actually, I think the challenge may have just been to use tape, but that translates in my head to “use up some of that washi tape you’ve been collecting”.  I needed a card for my godson’s birthday, and, well, you’re never too old for Baby Yoda, am I right?  I bought this “Baby On Board” set from The Ink Road Stamps purely because I wanted to put hats on his head.  The party hat is from a Fiskars birthday set.  I printed the sentiment and stamped on Fabriano Hot Press paper, so I could watercolor him with my Spectrum Aqua markers:

So quick and easy.  I said that I bought this stamp set to put hats on Baby Yoda, and while that is true, I also couldn’t quite resist this image that I put on the inside of the card.  The sentiment is one of my favorites from the Power Poppy “Short Stacks” stamp set.

For the background, I dug through my little drawer of washi tape and picked out the most silver, metallic, space-age tapes that I have. I thought it would look the best randomly taped over a galaxy-type background. For this galaxy background, I grabbed a piece of blue cardstock and randomly sponged a few different blue and black Distress Oxide inks all over it. Then I smeared some black Stickles around the paper and finished with a splatter of white acrylic paint.

I’m entering this card into two “Anything Goes” challenges today:

Word Art Wednesday

Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge

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Congrats Curtis and Maggie! – Ways to Use It Challenge #838

Today’s challenge is Graduation/Congratulations.  I do need a graduation card, but I needed a Congratulations card more.  My nephew got engaged this week!

I got the digital image as a freebie last year from Jessica Lynn Original.  It’s based on the move Tangled, which I know is one of Maggie’s favorites. They are both into cartoons and fantasy, so I thought they would appreciate this fairy tale theme.  And I had a lot of fun coloring up the card to match their photo.

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All the Glitter! – Ways to Use It Challenge #836

What’s the challenge today?  Glitter!

Yes, please!  I recently bought some Glitter Ritz Microfine glitter.  It makes this fabulous smooth velvety glitter finish.  But I had to watch some Youtube videos first.  I don’t have the adhesive sheet that she used in the video.  I have Stick-It adhesive, which is the same idea, but different enough that I had a problem.  That problem is that the Stick-It has lines cut through the backing to make it easier to peel off.  However, as you can see in this photo, it leaves behind a break in the adhesive.

So I had to completely change my plan for this card.  I had originally planned to glitter up this design of this Picket Fence Studios die and kind of frame it and let it be the star of my card.  I pretty much always make two cards at a time, so I had one with the “Blush” color in the background and one with the “Sahara” color in the background.  But since I couldn’t solve the problem of that break in the adhesive, I only made one card today.  I die cut the best parts with my Waffle Flower nesting hearts dies.

So I stamped and fussy cut this adorable Art Impressions frog that I won in their December Challenge.  Now what?  More glitter! I wanted to frame the hearts and frog, and I had this leftover gold frame die cut close by.  I stamped the script in the background of the frame and embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  Needs more glitter.  So I die cut a Hello (from PTI) in glitter fun foam.  Needs….more glitter!  Stickles on the frog and flower.  And how about some Wink of Stella on the stem and leaf for good measure?  Look at that sparkle!

That itty bitty frog and that itty bitty microfine glitter needs to be entered into the Art Impressions Itty Bitty Challenge don’t you think?

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