Friday, October 24, 2014

HYCCT1403 Sunburst of Pink

TGIF!  The sun is shining today!  YEAH!  We aren't being deluged by rain! YEAH!! Unfortunately, my focus seems to have flown away with the rainy weather of this week.  I have lots I should be doing in my craft room -- finalizing pieces of work for the class I'm teaching and keeping on top of my HYCCT challenges.  My class prep is considerably done, but I need to type up directions and make sure what I have can be finished in an hour.  9 year olds are not as speedy as my experienced self.  LOL!  Most of the HYCCT challenges are down to those that require a special technique and require me to figure that out.  We are also in the final week of Halloween prep.  As we just finished reading Harry Potter and watched the last two movies last weekend, my kids are going as Harry and Hermione.  My husband and I are debating dressing up as well.  He wants to be a dementor and I'm likely going to be Professor McGonagall.  Of course, the costumes still have to come together.  So I'm procrastinating it all and typing up a blog post instead.  LOL!

My HYCCT today was for HYCCT1403 Stripping Down -- use strips or scraps for your background. I opted to create a sunburst, a technique I learned in last year's HYCCT challenges.
I pulled random pieces of pink patterned paper to make my sunburst.  This is such a fantastic way to use up scraps.  I added in a punch of black with some ruffled ribbon.  The sentiment is from one of my favorite sets, MFT Clearly Sentimental about Audrey Hepburn.  To finish it off, I added in some tiny pearly rhinestones.  Well, I should probably get back to it and accomplish something!  LOL!

Challenge Submissions
A Creative Romance - Pink

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

HYCCT1418 Sent with Love

Hi all! If New Jersey is missing from the continental US, it's because we have floated out to sea with all of this rain.  BLECH!  It's supposed to be sunny for the next five days, which will be wonderful!

I have another HYCCT card. The challenge for HYCCT1418 is Keep Connected, either connect elements on your card or feature means of communication.
I pulled out an old There She Goes set, which I knew would be perfect with the mailbox.  For colors, I went with Sno Cone and Banana Split from MFT, along with some cheery papers from My Mind's Eye Sunny.  Bright & cheery!

Challenge Submissions
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges - #78
Crafty Creations -- Thinking of You

Sent With Love: There She Goes stamps, Nesties, MFT card stock, MME papers, ribbon, Copics, MFT die-namics

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Hi all!  It's been a cold & rainy day here in NJ.  We are supposed to get more rain yet tonight and tomorrow.  It's a good reason to stay in my craft room!  

I have another HYCCT card today -- a challenge to make a card, using no stamps.  

For my card, I opted to use my Peek-a-Boo Alphabet Uppercase dies from MFT to spell out HOPE.  I then used my PaperTrey Ink Faith & Hope die to cut out a number of ribbons in various shades of pink, which were glued together and popped up on dimensional.  I then added in a ribbon of rhinestones on top.  Quick & simple!

Challenge Submissions
Die Cuttin' Divas - #188 Think Pink
Die-versions Bog -- Think Pink Blog Link Up

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HYCCT1413 Song in My Heart

Happy Tuesday!  My kids have early dismissals for parent/teacher conferences, so I'm squeaking this in.  Do you ever have a card that makes you want to do a jig when it turns out or squeal with glee?  Well, this one is one for me!  A few months ago, I bought a full set of Gelatos.  I will be the first to admit I'm not very good about following through on learning the new techniques.  So, needless to say, I haven't had the best success with them.

HYCCT1413 is a challenge called "Heart Song" -- use music, birds, hearts, words of encouragement. I knew immediately that I wanted to use CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Love Notes.   When I sat down to do this the other day, I opted to pull out my Gelatos and play with them a bit.  I used watercolor paper and ran a line of each rainbow color across my paper.  I then wet it with the water brush included in the set.
Once I allowed the Gelatos to dry a bit, I stamped the stanza from the Love Notes set in Steel Grey hybrid ink on top.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!  I added a sentiment from the set underneath and kept it at that!

Challenge Submissions
Crafty Sentiments Challenge -- Add a Sentiment

Song in My Heart: PTI Stamper's Select, MFT Electric Red, watercolor paper, Faber Castell Gelatos, MFT Steel Grey ink

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Monday, October 20, 2014

HYCCT1410 Just a Note

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  Or maybe I should say laundry day! Last night, 15 minutes past the time my kids are supposed to be in bed, we discovered a tick on my husband and on my daughter.  We were able to remove them and I started pulling everything to wash.  I will freely admit I'm not the most outdoorsy person and although our walk through the reservation was nice yesterday, finding ticks does not make outdoorsy things earn any brownie points with me!!  Another reason to stay in my craft room! LOL!

HYCCT1410 was "Something's Missing" -- in light of the surgeries many breast cancer fighters & survivors go through, we were to leave something off of the card.  Use a negative die cut, spotlight coloring, etc.  I was stumped for a bit on this one.  Then I tried something that I didn't like the result.  Then I saw the current sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping and I knew what I wanted to do.

My missing piece is COLOR.  Often times, when I'm doing many challenges, I need to take the "easier" road and make simpler cards.  Otherwise, I'd get stuck in my usual style of many layers, colored images and two hour cards!  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but to quote Maverick & Goose "I feel the need, the need for speed." So I pulled out my black & white washi tape and went to town.  I used sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Love Notes to create the sentiment line.  Quick, CAS & another challenge down!

Challenge Submissions
Clean & Simple Stamping - FTL311

Just a Note: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Love Notes, MFT Steel Grey ink, washi tape, PTI Stamper's Select, MFT Black Licorice

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