Make It Crafty CAS Challenge – July

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge at Make It Crafty!

The theme of the July challenge is to add a moving element to your card. I created a card featuring a “penny slider” accent. There are tons of tutorials on the web for making “penny slider” cards, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought to make one. I probably used more foam tape and squares than what’s needed, but I wanted to ensure that the card wasn’t off balance and was supported across the front.

My featured image is Make It Crafty’s “Carefree Elise” digital stamp. Because she is so detailed, I didn’t want the rest of the card to overshadow her. The sentiment is from one of many stamps in my collection.

100_6149wmFor more examples of the challenge theme and the details on this challenge, stop by the Make it Crafty blog and look for the challenge graphic on the right-hand side!

Our challenge runs through the month of July, so there’s plenty of time to challenge yourself and play along with us! We can’t wait to see your entries!

Before I go,  I’d like to mention that this will be my last challenge with Make It Crafty. I resigned from the team with a heavy heart, as I feel that my next semester of college will leave me with little time for crafting, since it will include a part-time internship and more difficult classes.

Thanks to Zoe for giving me the opportunity to create in the clean and simple style with her fabulous Make It Crafty rubber stamps, chipboard and digis! Thanks also to the fabulously talented group of gals on the Make It Crafty team for being so wonderful and warm and welcoming. I feel super lucky to have been part of the team with all of you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

MiC May CAS Challenge: Summer

Hi, everybody, and happy May! It’s time for a new Clean and Simple challenge at Make It Crafty!

Thanks to everyone who entered the April “Sketch” CAS challenge! Our challenge for this month is SUMMER! While it doesn’t exactly feel like summer in my part of the world (and that’s totally OK), we’re inspired by sunny skies, warm temperatures, and the beach for this challenge!

I chose the “Hula Girl” digi for my card, and made a little wiggle accent to add a little hula dancing to the card:

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I tried to capture the wiggle of the grass skirt in this picture:

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My accent was made with some floral wire that I curled around a pen. I secured both ends to the card front and the back of the skirt. Normally, I would have used one of the pre-made springs, but the piece that I wanted to add the motion to was much smaller than those, and I didn’t want to have to trim the spring all the way down to fit.

I still have a few things to work through on the process of making my own wiggle spring, and I plan to put together a tutorial so show you how I made it very soon!

I’ll have a new card to share with you on the Make it Crafty inspiration blog on May 9th, and I’d love it if you stopped by to say hello!

For more examples of the challenge theme and the details on this challenge, stop by the Make it Crafty blog and look for the challenge graphic on the right-hand side! Our challenge runs through the month of May, so there’s plenty of time to challenge yourself and play along with us! We can’t wait to see your entries!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Lawnscaping Challenge #85: Summer Color

Hi, everybody! I’m back to share my entry for the current challenge at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog, which is a color combo challenge (blue, orange, and yellow)!
Here’s my take! I used stamps from Lawn Fawn’s “Into the Woods” “Swimsuit Season“, “Make Lemonade“, and “Jessie’s ABCs” sets! I made the fox’s sunglasses by stamping the capital O from the alpha set sideways, coloring them in and connecting the two ovals with a black pen.
Here’s a look at the colors for this challenge, which is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp:
For all of the details, to check out the other entries, or to link up your own, stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

TGF Farm Fresh Friday: The Great Outdoors!

Happy Friday, everybody! It’s time for a new Farm Fresh Friday challenge at The Greeting Farm!

This week’s theme is “The Great Outdoors”, so I colored up the Oliver & Amelia “Summer Fun” images for today’s card:


Ready to play along? Here’s a list of guidelines for this challenge:

  • You must use a TGF stamp (rubber, digi, or clear) as your main image.
  • Entries must be uploaded via InLinkz (at the bottom of this challenge’s post at the TGF blog) no later than Thursday, August 1st at NOON CST. You can add a direct link to your entry from your personal blog, SCS gallery, Flickr or TGF galleria.  (If the InLinkz tool is missing, please link your submission URL in the comment section at the bottom of the post.)
  • The fabulous prize: A random participant will be selected to win their choice of an in-stock SINGLE RUBBER STAMP or a 4×6 set!

Make sure to join us next week as we preview the August release at The Greeting Farm! You won’t want to miss a minute!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Farm Fresh Summer Fun at TGF!

Hello everybody! It’s my turn to draft the post for Farm Fresh Friday at The Greeting Farm and to choose the theme for the challenge. Since today is the first official day of summer, I chose a summer theme!
My card features “Charlotte Chic“, who appears to be ready for some sand and sun!
For all of the details on this challenge, stop by The Greeting Farm’s blog! It’s also where you can link up your entry for our challenge, which closes on Thursday, June 27th at NOON Central Time.
Psst….you still have time to join us for our Garden Variety Tuesday challenge (a sketch) and our Retro-Fresh challenge (layers), too!

Don’t forget, next week is PREVIEW WEEK at TGF, so make sure you join us! You won’t want to miss it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs,

More Summer Fun at Your Next Stamp!

Hi, everybody! We’re wrapping up a month of Summer Fun Fridays at Your Next Stamp today, and I have one more card to share with you to kick off your summer!
Today’s card features “Oceana,” one of the new Darling Divas released this month at Your Next Stamp!
Supplies: image stamp (“Oceana” – Your Next Stamp), patterned paper/ die cut accent (“Corinne” collection – SEI), assorted Copic markers, Spellbinders oval and Lacey Oval dies, twine, cardstock (Stampin’ UP).
It’s really starting to feel like summer here. We’ve had temperatures in the 90’s already! It sure makes me miss the summers we were used to in Washington State. Guess it’s time to re-acquaint myself with summertime humidity…even though I grew up in the South, I didn’t miss the heavy heat when we were living in other parts of the country!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

More Summer Fun for YNS Fun Friday!

Hi, fellow stampers and crafters! It’s my turn to post a card for Fun Friday this week at Your Next Stamp!

Our month-long theme is “Summer Fun,” and here’s my card, which features “Ellie Loves the Beach“:

I also created a custom sentiment with two of our new clear sets, “Happy Day Sentiments” and the “Skinny Font Alpha Set“. The sun was made with one of the “Whatnots Seasons One” dies, and all I had to do was add a button in the middle for instant sunshine!
You’ll want to mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 22 when we reveal all of the new stamps and dies at Your Next Stamp! You won’t want to miss the blog hop, which is always jam-packed with inspiring ideas  from the DT and you’ll have a chance to win prizes just for commenting on each blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Hugs,

YNS Fun Friday: Vacation!

Happy Friday, everybody! It’s my turn to post a Fun Friday project at Your Next Stamp today!

We have a new theme this month, “Vacation,” which can mean fun in the snow or the sun! I chose fun in the sun for my inspiration, and “Ellie Loves the Beach” seemed just right for my card!

I also used the brand-new “Insta Love Polaroid Die Set“…it has become my favorite go-to die…I want to use it on all of my cards! The sentiment is a sticker that I had in my stash. I used some fun, summery papers from Echo Park to bring out the full fun and cuteness of this stamp!
Don’t forget to stop by the Your Next Stamp blog to see what other members of the DT (Kelli, Stephanie, and Peggy) are sharing with you today!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to see some sunshine of your own! 

DeNami Blog Hop: Summer!

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying your trip through all of the fabulous creations on today’s DeNami Designs Blog Hop!

You should have arrived from Deb W.‘s blog, and now you’re visiting me (Suzanne Bier)! If you arrived directly onto my blog and want to start at the beginning, just visit the DeNami blog for the full list of hop participants!

Our theme for this month’s hop is SUMMER! 
Don’t forget to leave comments for ALL the participants as you hop along…TWO lucky commenters will each win a $20 mini shopping spree on the DeNami Designs web site!
For this hop, I customized a tutorial that I found online to make a smaller version that fits on a water bottle! It has a little pocket on the front, which is the perfect size to store drink mix packets for a picnic or other summertime fun!

Notes: To make this narrower version, I cut the card stock strip at 4 1/4″ x 11″, which will let you make 2 treat holders from one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock! The score lines I used are 1/4″ apart instead of 1/2″ as shown in the tutorial. I also border punched the top of the pocket before I stuck everything down.

DeNami stamps used: Surfer Chickie, Umbrella Garnish, Party Time Stamp Set.
The sentiment used on this card is from another manufacturer…I stamped it to show placement on this example.

(This size could fit four regular bottle drink packets…unfortunately, I didn’t have any of those, so I used the 2-quart size for my example!)

Your next stop on the hop is the super-creative Barbara Murphy! I’m sure she’s created something totally summer-ific for the hop! In case you want to start at the beginning, the full list of participants is on theDeNami Designs blog!

Don’t forget…you have until Monday, July 9, 2012, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for one of the two $20 DeNami mini shopping sprees).
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!