Saturday, September 24, 2022

You're the Cutest Little Pumpkin

Today the Polkadoodles Design Team ladies are sharing a few more Halloween / Autumn cards for your inspiration.

I've selected Pumpkin Girl Boo Halloween and made a tri-fold card with the image overlapping the fold.



I made this by cutting the 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock in half lengthwise, then scoring at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2".  The right or bottom flap is covered with orange Boo Ghost digi paper and the left or top flap is covered with the tiny flowers. Both came from the Polkadoodles Halloween Trick or Treat Digital papers

I sized the Pumpkin Girl to about 3 1/2" tall, printed her and colored with my Copic markers. I used an x-stitched dome die to cut as close as I could to the outside of this image.  Since I wanted it flat on the bottom for my ground, I used the straight part of the die and cut part of the shape off to make this x-stitched line.  

From the HalloweenSentiments package, I printed the sentiment 'You're the cutest little pumpkin on the patch'.  Then I carefully trimmed it close to the words and cut it into two pieces to go on the bottom as part of the bottom border. 

I didn't want to add a belly band to keep the card closed so I added a Velcro mini dot to keep it closed for mailing and displaying.

Be sure to check out all the Design Team cards on the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog.  We'd love to see your cards there too. 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

World Wide Open Design Challenge ~ September 

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge ~ Challenge #607 

Crafty Gal Corner ~ Challenge #235 ~ Signs of Fall 

Crafty Chicks Challenge ~ Challenge #630 

Craft Rocket ~ Challenge 96 ~ Dots or Stripes 

My Time to Craft ~ Challenge 491 ~ Pick 3 or more colors 

Creative Fingers ~ Challenge 239 

Secret Stamper ~ Fun Fold Challenge 41 

Pam's Pearls

Copics:

Girl: Hair: E41, E42, E43, Bow and Outfit: V12, V15, V17, Y15, Pumpkins YR18, YR16, YR35. YR23, YG67, Grass: YG61, YR63, YR37 

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Boo to You!

Today I'm posting with my fellow Design Team members for the Colour Crazy Challenge.  This week our sponsor is Oddball Stamps and I've used 'CCC-69-Hex-Creepy' and made a mug shaped card. 



 To do this I simply duplicated the image and flipped it horizontally in Photoshop, allowing the edge of the handle to overlap slightly.  Then I erased the image on the 'back side' and printed it on Neenah 110# cardstock.  

After coloring, then I carefully cut, leaving the heavy black line showing.    After I folded it on the center handle line, I carefully matched the front to the back and made any additional cuts to even things up.  I also took Copic marker N8 and went around the edge after cutting to get rid of the white center paper line that shows when cutting.

Since Copic markers bleed through, I cut a second design without the lines to use as a liner to cover the ink on the inside. 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards.  

I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

Krafty Chicks ~ Challenge #630 - All Occasions   

Crafty Gals Corner ~ Challenge 235 ~ Signs of Fall

 

Pam's Pearls

 

Copics

Cup: V17, Boo: FYR1, Ghost: B60

 


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Hearts Unfold Like Flowers Before Thee

Today I'm sharing a card I made for one of my church lady friend's birthday.  She turned 85 yesterday and is one of the kindest ladies I know.  

For her card, I selected Sweet 'N Sassy's Flowers in Bloom which has these lovely cone flowers.   The sentiment from the hymn, also from this set,  is just perfect with flowers.



 

I colored the image with my Copic markers and then used Gina Marie Designs Nesting Label Three for the decorative edge.  I normally would add my ribbon across the bottom where the flower stems end, but this time I used the negative side of the matting paper to make the strip across.

Hopefully it made it to her yesterday for her special day. 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Week 561-562   

Addicted to Stamps ~ Challenge 438 ~ Birthdays   

Little Red Wagon ~ Challenge 672  

Paper Funday ~ Challenge 45  

Passion for Markers ~ Week 659 ~ Clear or Rubber Stamp  

Make Mine Monday ~ Challenge 183 ~ Friendship  

Pam's Pearls

 

Copics 

Flowers: YG97, YG95, YG41, V95, V93, V01, V06, Butterfly: B24, Y15

 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Sending You Bear Hugs

Good moring from Jan's Digital Stamps Design Team. 

It's time for our mid-month inspirational posting and today I'm sharing Mrs. Teddy Bear. 



I started by sizing this adorable bear to just under 4" tall and then printed her on Neenah 110# cardstock. I used my Copic markers for coloring.  It had been a while since I'd done  'dotted fur', which is a fun Copic technique. 

For the decorative edge, I used Quickutz, Nesting Frame 7. I covered the front of the 5 1/2" square chocolate brown card base with the festive green and red polka-dotted paper.  After securing the colored image to the center I added the sentiment from the same package to complete my card. 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 


I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

CD Sunday ~ Challenge #94 

Peace on Earth ~ Challenge #24 

52 Christmas Card Throwdown ~ September Winter Fun 

Creative Fingers ~ Challenge 238 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas  ~ Challenge 124 

Through the Craft Room Door ~ Sept 13th Challenge 

World Wide Open Design Challenge ~ September

 

Pam's Pearls


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

With Love & Prayers

Today I'm sharing a bright little bird from Sweet Poppy.  This little Kingfisher isn't colored in their traditional colors but in bold yellow tones with a light blue underside. 



After I colored the flower pink like cherry blossoms, I was really second guessing myself.  I don' t usually mix pink and orange together.  But by the time I found the patterned background paper and the orchid colored card base, I was completely satisfied with the way this card was turning out.  

I used Gina Marie Designs Pierced Nested Label die cut for the image and matting.  I die cut the smallest die in this set and stamped the sentiment 'with love & prayers'.  This card could be used for many occasions. 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards.  

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Time Out Challenge ~ Challenge 122 ~ Inspired by Words  

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends ~ Challenge 190 

Stamping Sensation ~ September - Feminine  

Crafty Calendar - September 

Creative Fingers ~ Challenge 238  

Pam's Pearls 

 

Copics

Bird: YR23, YR21, Y21, B00, B000, Limb: E19, Leaves: YG95, YG93, YG91, Flowers: Y13, R81, R83, R85


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Turning 15 Already?

As parents and grandparents we all are amazed at how fast our children and grands grow up.  In what seems like a blink of an eye, they go from the tiny baby to teenagers and then adults.   

Those are my thoughts as I made this card for my grandson who just turned 15.  I watched him being born and that truly seems like just the other day!  

I know a lot 15 year old kids are standing in line at the DMV the day after their birthday... ever so anxious to get their beginners permit.  Just as many parents are totally scared to death at the thought of their babies behind the wheel.

Here's the card I made for my grandson, filled with as many words of wisdom and caution as I could squeeze in! 


For his card I used Rubbernecker Stamps 'Mustang Fastback'.  I stamped the car and then scanned it into Photoshop Elements which allowed me to size it to fit with the design.  I pulled the road signs from a Goggle search and randomly added them around the image.  I made sure I put the STOP sign by the text '15th Birthday'.  

Once I had it laid out like I wanted, I printed it on Neenah 110# cardstock and then colored the car with Copic markers.

When completed, I die cut the image using Whimsy Stamps Notched Square Die.  I did trim off the bottom edge both to give a solid bottom and to remove the extra white space.  

I used a light gray cardstock to make the custom size card base, as the finished card ended up being 5 1/2" x 6".  After securing the striped matting and the colored image, I added Glossy Accents to the windows, then left it overnight to dry.



I think it turned out pretty good and I hope my grandson will like it too.  It's definitely filled with love!

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards.  

I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

Stamp & Fun = Creativity ~ Challenge 416 

Dragonfly Dreams ~ September ~ Happy Birthday 

International Art & Soul ~ Challenge 142 ~ Transport 

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends ~ Challenge 190 

The Corrosive Challenge  ~ Sept 

We Love Stamping (UK) ~ September 

Seize the Birthday - Challenge 247 

 

Pam's Pearls

 

Copics 

Mustang: B21, B23, B26, B28, N1, Y18, Ground: W3

 

Products 

Rubbernecker Stamps, Mustang Fastback


Whimsy Stamps, Notched Square Die


Friday, September 16, 2022

Happy Birthday Darling

 Today I'm posting with the Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team.  Our sponsor this week is Mirtillamente, and I'm using their design 'Character Marilyn for my project card.



 
This was just a FUN image to color! They did a great job on this character resemblance.  

After sizing the image for an A2 card, I printed it on Neenah 110# cardstock.  I used Copic markers which are listed below for your reference.  For the detailed edging I used Penny Black, Elegant Stitching Die.  

I covered the card front with the black and silver striped paper  ~ the sparkle in it is great!   The image needed a tiny mat, so I added a dark red solid mat, cut about 1/8" larger than the image.   

After securing the layers to the card base, I added the three red enameled dots and then added two tiny crystal dots to cover the earrings. After all you can't get too much bling! 

Be sure to check out all the Design Team cards today on the Colour Crazy Challenge and enter yours too!   

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

Mirtillamente  ~ Challenge 13 ~September

Craft Rocket ~ Challenge 96 ~ Dots and/or Stripes 

Seize the Birthday ~ Challenge 247 

Addicted to Stamps ~ Challenge 438 ~ Birthdays 

The Paper Funday ~ Challenge 45 

A Perfect Time to Craft ~ September 

Digi Doodles ~ Challenge 53 ~ Metal/Sparkle 

World Wide Open Design Challenge ~ September  

Pam's Pearls

 

Copics 

Hair: E40, E41, E42, E43, Eyes: G20, G24, Lips: R14, R24, Dress: N9

 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Cherish the Memories

If you enjoy making cards and have been a member of a card swap group, you probably have heard of an 'Envelope Challenge'.   

In case not, it's not a challenge to decorate an envelope!  This is how it works ~ the hostess prepares a certain number of envelopes, each filled with the same contents.  All of the elements are for card making and there is usually 2-3 pieces of paper, a piece of ribbon, maybe buttons or bling, sometimes an image to color.  You get the idea.  Guidelines are established on how many items you can add ~ but you always have to use some of everything in the envelope... and that is sometimes a challenge! 

It's a fun group game and helps everyone think outside their comfort box. 

So my card today is the result of an envelope challenge on one of my card sites.  Here's my completed sympathy card I made and then a few details.


For this challenge, we were allowed to add three elements and the card base was 'free'.  Here's what we each received from our gracious hostess. 



 The back of the newsprint paper is a woodgrain pattern. The other two were white on the back.

I started by finding an image that would fit the papers.  The bird print that I used already had the 'die cut center', so I adhered it with a small strip of foam tape and glued the outside square.   

I ended up using the woodgrain paper and added the 1/2" strip above and below my image. 

The floral paper wasn't big enough to use as a mat  ~ so I cut out one of the blue flowers and tucked it behind the end of the bottom woodgrain.  

The lace ribbon was soft so no bow, but tying it around the top and knotting looked pretty good.  

Before I added the round wooden button and the butterfly button, I cut a really thin strip of the woodgrain paper and threaded it through the button eyes to make it appear they were sewn on.  This is a really neat trick that allows you to coordinate your 'thread' with your paper scheme. 

I used a large heavy duty glue dot to adhere the round button to the knot of the lace and just a small glue dot for the butterfly near the bottom. 

It took a while to find a premade sentiment since I was limited in the number of things I could add.  When I saw the green in the 'Cherish the Memories ' embellishment, I knew that would match up perfectly.

I was also really glad the hostess included a butterfly as there are currently a couple of challenges for butterflies.  The Card Concept for one has a beautiful butterfly image for their inspiration photo.  The grace of a butterfly always adds to our cards and I 'm so glad I saw their challenge. 

 It's always a requirement to post the card you made back to the group.  Mailing can sometimes be in the guidelines or it can be optional. 

Now that you've seen an envelope challenge from start to finish, what do you think?  Something maybe you'd like to try sometime? Always be grateful to the hostess if you join one of these challenges.  It's a lot of work to prepare these envelopes of goodies! 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 the Card Concept 

Through the Craft Room Door - 9/13 Challenge 

A Perfect Time to Craft ~ September 

Bastel Traum ~ Challenge 116 ~ Into the Woods 

Crafty Animals ~ Challenge 65 

Sheepski Designs ~ Challenge 66 ~ Feature a Creature  


Pam's Pearls


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

For Where Your Treasure Is...

Today's card I'm sure you will find a little different.  I needed a birthday card for my nephew's bride.  Since it was her first birthday in our family, I wanted to do something special for her. 

One of their tattoos is very unique, at least to me.  I decided I wanted to use that in her card design.

Here's the completed card, and then I'll go through how I made it work. 

To make this card, I took their photo into Photoshop and used one of the filters to make a photocopy of the color print. 


This gave me the black and white image to color in with my Copic markers.  It's a really cool way of using a photo! 

 I've referenced below the Copic colors that I used. 

Her fingernails of course needed lots of sparkle.  For the "Pinkie" finger I added clear Wink of Stella .  The two 'Gold' colored nails are then covered with Platinum Stickles.  For the other 'Red' one, I added Silver Stickles over the design she had on the nail.  Also on her engagement ring, I added the Silver Stickles as well.

For the background I used Penny Blacks, Paper Scroll, which it's hard to see the stitching with the patterned paper.  When you glance below, you can see how the die is stitched like a Treasure Map under the list of Products.  That of course led me to the scripture from Matthew 6:21... perfect for her birthday.  

It was easy to measure the space available and generate the scripture in two pieces to fit.  I printed those on the light gray, die cut with a small oval and added them to the card.  I used a light gray cardstock to make the card base to fit about 1/2" bigger than the paper scroll and secured the completed image to the card base.  I also die cut another Paper Scroll out of white cardstock and secured it inside to send my message to her.   

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

Avenue 613 ~ September - Anything Goes 

Dragonfly Dreams ~ September ~ Happy Birthday 

The Corrosive Challenge ~ September 

Creative Fingers ~ Challenge 238 

Creative Knockouts ~ Challenge 469 


Pam's Pearls

 

Copics  

Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, Nails: R56, R39, Y28, Compass: BG75, Ring: C3, Clothes: N4, N5, N6, C6, 

 

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Weekend Challenges

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to craft at your house.  I've been super busy getting ready for the Fall Retreat that I host.  Twenty-two ladies will be attending this time for four craft packed days starting Thursday!  

But I did make time to check out the Weekend Challenges on the two card groups I'm in.  One was a sketch and the other a masculine Get Well card.

You guessed it - I combined the two again...




And here's the sketch we were to use. 



For the image, I used Pink & Main's past freebie, 'Scooting By' and then used a miscellaneous sentiment stamp that said 'feel better soon."

The cute little Volkswagen is colored with Copics and then I hand cut it out.  I cut the yellow and green strips about 3/8" wide and secured them to the red background paper.  After adding the sentiments, I added the car using a wobbler. Next I secured this to the white A2 card base.  To balance the green grass, I added the lime green organza sparkle ribbon at the top with just a simple knot. Although it looked complete, there was one more step.  I added glossy accents to the front windshield and put it aside to dry for several hours.   



This was a cute sketch for the challenge and we can always use a get well card! 

Thank you for stopping by today to view my blog. I enjoy sharing my work with you and invite you to 'Follow' my blog and to visit my site - "Not Just Scraps' on Facebook - where you can purchase my cards. 

 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges: 

International Art & Soul - Challenge 142 ~ Transport 

We Love Stamping ~ September 

CAS on Sunday ~ Challenge 239 ~ Stripes 

Creative Fingers ~ Challenge 238 

Craft Rocket ~ Challenge 96 ~ Dots and/or Stripes

 

Pam's Pearls

 

Copics 

Car: R17, R27, R37, Lights: Y11, Y18, Top, W2, W3, W4, Metal & Smoke: C2

 

Products

Pink & Main, Freebie, Scooting By