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.
It’s Teapot Tuesday and today’s Tea Party is for Jeanne in California. Jeanne is 85 years old and has been an avid stamper for many years. Sadly, her eyesight has deteriorated to the point where she can no longer see well enough to make cards. Because of this, she has begun to give away her extensive collection of stamps. We can sympathize and we are going to shower Jeanne with cards. Given that her eyesight is so poor, it’s suggested we incorporate dimension, textures and bright colors. Jeanne likes flowers, cats, traveling and reading. I went straight for my Cottage Cutz Garden Cat with Wagon. I think a die cut critter gives nice dimension. I also popped up the scalloped panel. To make the card more touchable I finally used my Fun Flock. And I love it. I need it in every color. I put it on the cat and the hedgehog. I also added some Stickles to the flower centers and Enamel Accents for their faces.
Today is also Color Challenge day. My substitutions are Seedless Preserves for Rich Razzleberry, Shabby Shutters for Pear Pizazz, and Shaded Lilac for Highland Heather. Karen challenge us to use flowers for dessert and I’ve got those too! That card was exhausting to make. So many fiddly bits. And I still have my second one waiting to be assembled! But now I’m off to buy more Fun Flock. I wish you could feel it through the computer screen:
Do you know someone that could use some well wishes, encouragement or all around warm fuzzies? Consider nominating them as a guest of honor (a.k.a. destination station) for an upcoming tea party. Send your request to jacqueline via PM or e-mail[email protected].Include SCS Teaparty Request in the subject line.
Saturday is the Inspiration Challenge and what a fascinating Pinterest board Kia gave us for inspiration today. This photo reminded me that I had this sweet digi waiting on my to do list. It was a freebie from Digi Doodle Studios for the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group. I noticed that the Digi Doodle Challenge is to add glitter and couldn’t resist that. I also couldn’t color up a plain dress after looking at that inspiration site, so I put colorful spots all over her dress to imitate the balloon dress.
It’s Teapot Tuesday and today’s Tea Party is for Linda (Hotwheels). We’re sending some kind words and encouragement as we mark the second anniversary of her dear mother’s passing. Polly is our hostess and she has challenged us to make our cards with something that reminds us of our own mother. When I read that Linda and her mother liked tea, I knew I had to make a tea party card. I get my tea drinking habit from my mom. When I was growing up, she always had a cup of tea on the table while she sewed, and now so do I. Well, except I’m making cards instead of sewing. I wish I had picked up the sewing skills too.
This ended up being a combination of last week’s MIX Challenge to paper piece with mixed media backgrounds, because I was looking at these sweet Bo Bunny teacups and thinking they would look good paper-pieced. I had small strips of paper that I had used to soak up the watercolor from yesterday’s Technique Lovers Challenge.
I love the Fabriano Hot Press paper. The pad that I have right now is 11 x 14. I’m able to cut six card fronts out of each piece, and I’m left with two strips of 5.5 x 1.25. I always soak up the remaining ink of my workspace with a scrap of paper and yesterday I decided that I should use those strips. Lo and behold, those strips that I used to soak up the bird color made beautiful teacups. To make it a truly mixed media card, I added gold Wink of Stella to the rims of the teacups, colored the flowers with metallic markers and added Stickles to the petals and flower centers. Love that sparkle.
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:
I made these cards for this week’s Color Challenge. Mary gave us some lovely colors this week that were just perfect to play with my new turnabout stamps.
I matched these Stampin Up colors the best I could with Distress Oxides and Spectrum Noir/Copic Markers. I substituted Peacock Feathers and SN BT5/AB3 for Just Jade, Mustard Seed and Y08/Y15 for Bumble Bee, and Worn Lipstick and SN PP3/PP4 for Rococo Rose.
I’ve been wanting to try these Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamps for some time now and finally got some thanks to smilynstef. She ran a giveaway on her Instagram and I won. What a fantastic box of goodies I received!
These sweet hedgehogs by The Ink Road Stamps were also in there. I also can’t wait to try out those color layering hummingbirds. But in the meantime, I am obsessed with the Turnabouts:
In addition to all those fabulous stamps, I also received some really great paper pads:
Lots of fun bright colors–right up my alley. And she included quite a few different fun embellishments:
Wow! Stef’s crafty goodies found a good home here and will be properly loved.
Today’s Featured Stamper is Martinaskaartjes. What a fun gallery Martina has. I had such fun browsing for a card to CASE. When I found this one I knew it was the perfect opportunity to use both the seagull stamp set and this die that I keep forgetting I have.
Thanks for the inspiration, Martina! The inside of my card is “How gull-ible do you think I am?” Hehehe.
And Stickles add just the right amount of sparkle:
I was one of the lucky winners of an earlier Waffle Flower Weekly Challenge and I picked up the coordinating dies to this Heatwave layering stamp set. I was really glad to get these dies since these stamps aren’t very easy to cut with my ScanNCut. You know that I find it important to order some extra stamps when a company is kind enough to give me free stamps, so be on the lookout for the rest of my new Waffle Flower stamps in future cards!
I matched my colors the best I could using Distress Oxides and then did my best to match to some cardstock. They are sending friendship notes to seniors in nursing homes. And to really stick with the sewing/stitches theme, I did some wonky stitching with my sewing machine.
You may know that my company was recently acquired by Farmers Insurance. I’m excited to be part of Farmers now and this week at Farmers is “Spring Into Service Week” and we’ve been introduced to the GlamourGals #MYDEARFRIEND card campaign. Click on the link to sign up and send notes of your own!
Also, I had a pleasant surprise this morning when I woke up to find that Barbara chose my card as her favorite from last week’s Color Challenge. It was another Waffle Flower card and was a really fun one to make:
I got a chance to use my brand new stamps from Honeybee Stamps! I was a lucky winner of the Loads of Spring stamp and die set in their giveaway for the Kit and Clowder Facebook group!
Of course, when a stamp company is kind enough to send you free stamps, it’s important that you buy some extra to support them. I got some great deals, plus and extra freebie! Stay tuned for cards using these sweet stamps!
These stamps were fun to color, easy to die cut and made such a cute card. And as always, it wouldn’t be finished without a little sparkle: