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Monday, June 1, 2020

Better Together - A Mix and Match Challenge Week 8 by Andie

During this time of quarantine, Brandy and I miss crafting together.  It isn't that we did so often - we didn't see each other every week sometimes.  It's more that we can't see each other.  So I had an idea to create a challenge each week - one just for Brandy and she could create one just for me.  Brandy has to amp the idea up and came up with our official title.  This is our eighth week of challenges.  I present to you Week Eight of the Better Together - A Mix and Match Challenge.

Brandy's Challenge for Andie:




Cool/sweet Treats with a summer pallet. 

Your color pallet and inspiration photo are provided.


I had so much fun with the challenge this week.  Again, this challenge caused me to think outside my typical box.  I remembered a free 6 x 6 patterned paper pad with coordinating ephemera in the stash.  I pulled that out with the intention to use it to make cards just using the ephemera in a collage style card.  However, the ephemera didn't have a lot of sweet treats so I went searching what to add.  I had my Silhouette machine out for another project and so I just decided to search for a cut file that fit.  I found these delightful popsicles and away we went.   


The sentiments are from two different stamps sets.  "Happy Birthday" is from the Simply Said stamp set from Clearly Besotted and the "today is all about you" is from the Reverse Confetti Word Up stamp set.  Other than that, it's a patterned paper show.  A couple of the cards I added Crystal Accents to create some shine.  Otherwise, the cards seem to make themselves.





I'm not sure we meant to have these challenges go on so long.  Arizona is opening back up, but both Brandy and I are being cautious about how much we expose one another until we see a little more concrete data.  As such, we continue to miss our time together.  We've decided to shake up the challenge a bit for the month of June.  More on that next week.

Happy June, everyone.  It's officially here.


Better Together - A Mix and Match Challenge Week 8 by Brandy

During this time of quarantine, Brandy and I miss crafting together.  It isn't that we did so often - we didn't see each other every week sometimes.  It's more that we can't see each other.  So I had an idea to create a challenge each week - one just for Brandy and she could create one just for me.  Brandy has to amp the idea up and came up with our official title.  This is our eighth week of challenges.  I present to you Week Eight of the Better Together - A Mix and Match Challenge.

Andie's Challenge for Brandy:


This challenge is meant to challenge you to be delicate, fine even, in your work.  You can create a card, a scrapbook layout, a project for the house.  The palette is provided to challenge you.  The poem is provided to inspire you.  Be kind with yourself.  Be delicate and sweet.  I promise you… every little thing is going to be alright.


I did something a little different and made a bookmark from a Spellbinders die, I have had forever.   I used a stamp from Our Daily Bread that has become a very important part of dealing with the Covid19 Pandemic as Andie has shared several links to beautiful recordings by choirs.  I also remember this being Sunday at the end of every church service when I was young and would go with my Grandma.  The berries and vines are the WPlus9 Botanical Bunch.

I had a challenge with the color pallet, but it did remind me of the Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  It took me a couple of tries and this is as close as I came.  The vines are more of a teal than the photo shows.  There is also some clear glitter throughout, but I don't think you can see it that well.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Have a Beautiful Day Card Set


I've had such a delightful time with my The Greetery Print Shop Fresh Floral stamp and stencil set.  I was able to also pick up the dies on a separate order and I'm here today to share these delightful cards made using some of the blooms stamped with Distress Oxide inks and die cut using the dies.  I also included some shiny gold paper die cuts from The Greetery Let's Have a Word - Beautiful die and mounted on a foam mounted frame die cut using The Greetery Postage Stamp die.  I'm in love....




So pretty and fun!


Friday, May 29, 2020

A Psalms Notecard Set - More Hopeful Makes


It's no secret that one of my favorite tools is my Papertrey Ink Year of Psalms stamp sets.  The Psalms are such comfort and strength and these stamps are beautifully delightful.  This time, I paired them with some Simon Says Stamps Spring Flowers, More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers stamped images colored on Bristol cardstock using my Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I used various frame dies to dry emboss a frame and arranged the floral bits on each card.












Oh my, some of my very favorite cards!


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Happy Father's Day Cards


Father's Day is almost here and I was thinking of what card design I wanted to make.  Then I saw a video from Taylored Expressions using the Brushstroke sentiment stamp set and a plaid stencil.  I was very inspired, so much so, I ordered the Brushstrokes stamp set.  I had the Gingham background stamp from Concord & 9th in my stash, so I used it instead of buying the  TE stencil.  I am really pleased with the plaid results.

Also, in the stash was the Concord & 9th Floral Print Silhouette Dies that I used to cut out the bears. 

The log die is actually paper that was ran through the Tim Holtz 3d embossing folder Lumber. 

I like to make my dad special cards, I hope he enjoys this one.  My dad called me Sugar Bear when I was a little girl, and that meant he was Daddy Bear; making this card appropriate and special.


I made extras of this card to send to the Scrapbook.com card drive.  I really enjoy donating cards to card drives and I am hoping these will find their way to helping someone brighten their father's day.