Love Everything About You – MFT Sketch and Color Challenge PLUS Video!

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Oh this card. I mean, I just LOVE everything about IT! Funny that I picked that sentiment to go with it. Haha.

I always talk about how I’m inspired by the MFT challenges. This is no different. I took their sketch and color challenge to create this beauty. I think it might be one of my most favorites. I don’t know why… I just love it.

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So the sketch challenge asked for three sections across the top. In my head, I thought I could cut this lovely bouquet in 3 parts, but allow them to stand together, with the middle section popped up. So they are separate, yet together, if you look at it from afar. What do you think?

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The florals are done with copic markers. I blended my favorite Catherine Pooler inks (Pink Champagne) under the area where I knew the flowers would fall. I used a stencil of dots (also CPDesigns) to add some subtle interest and then moved the stencil and added glitter glue for sparkly dots.

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I raised up the middle section of the floral and put some golden twine behind it (from Stampin’ Up). I’m not sure why, but I also added some score markings. And then I covered the edges with the same ink I had blended with. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set (which I also love!).

I even created a video of this card! One of my new ventures in crafting! But… I can’t load it here unless I have an upgrade. So check for me on Facebook (The Crafting Life) or Instagram (@sarah.greber) to see it!

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I love the pinks and grays. Can’t get enough! Now, who should I send this lovely card to?

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Fintastic Pop Up Birthday Card – Catherine Pooler Designs

You guys. The cuteness overload is huge on this one.

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So this is a pop-up card! When folded all shut, it fits in a normal size envelope. But when you open it up… surprise! And what better surprise than this cutest set from Catherine Pooler Designs? It’s one of my favorites. Okay, yes, I have a lot of favorite stamps. But on a serious note, every single card I’ve made with this set has turned out adorable, if I say so myself. Like this shaker waves card, or this anchor card, or this seashell thanks card.

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The pattern paper I used is from Concord & 9th. I used some bright blue card stock that I already had on hand. Not sure where it is from… but I had ink colors that went along with it beautifully! So I went with Fiesta Blue, Garden Party, and Rouge.

I was inspired to do this card by a fun activity going on right now at StampNation. It’s an awesome crafting community with challenges and tutorials. This time, one of our members showed us how to do the pop up that would fit in a normal card envelope.

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That anchor – insert heart emoji here. I just love how bold it is. And the rope that wraps around… I’m a huge fan. The shark fin is also a big time favorite of mine. I didn’t get any pics of this card from the front for some reason… but I put the last set of waves up on the background so that it would look like rolling waves from the front view.

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This will be perfect for me to send for celebrating a fun birthday. I hope he/she loves it as much as I do! And as much as I loved making it. 🙂

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Shine On, My Friend – Catherine Pooler Designs

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So what are your thoughts about non traditional colors for sunflowers? I kind of like it! I’m sharing a couple of cards here today that aren’t perfect… but, I still like them. And I like their messages.

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Shine on, my friend. This set is from Catherine Pooler Designs and I absolutely love it. The sunflower set is actually very versatile. You can turn the big sunflower, or even the little one, into a shaker flower with sequins. I saw that tip from Catherine Pooler herself and I did try it out… maybe you’ll see that in a post here in the near future.

For the card above, I did some second generation stamping, to get the lighter shade. When I stamped the sentiment on, it didn’t stamp clearly enough for me, because I had a layer of paper (with the sketched plaid design) on top. So I tried to fill that in a bit with a black pen. Eeek. Not super great! But I love the card overall.

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How about this one? While I love the sketched plaid background, I wanted to do something to spruce it for this card. I kept seeing diamonds, so I cut with that pattern in mind and popped up the middle section.

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But there I go with the sentiment again. Ha! I didn’t leave space for one… so I ended up cutting out the ‘so thankful’ instead. Overall, not too shabby.

All of the supplies and inks that I used are from Catherine Pooler. This sunflower set is probably my favorite over the last 12 months. For real! So much fun!

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Thanks Thanks Thanks – and Happy New Year!

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Ringing in the New Year with a lot of ‘thanks’ to family and friends. 2019 was quite a year. One with many downs, but also with lots of ups. Wonderful times watching our kids grow and learn, lots of trips to be with family and friends, many chances to get away from the everyday and learn new tricks, lots of crafting(!), new and amazing friendships…

Thank you – to all of you. And cheers to a new year and a continued chance to make the best of life.

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This card was inspired by a sketch (no longer in session) and color challenge at the My Favorite Things blog. My original card was different… with some masking and color blending. But I didn’t love it, so I started over, and now I’m late for the sketch challenge! This new idea came to me while I was driving.

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First of all… the hedgehogs continue to be adorable. For the sketch challenge, I needed to have an element above and below them. I thought the leaves (Catherine Pooler Designs) would be a perfect fit. The colors needed to be greens, gray, and red (I use Catherine Pooler inks for everything). I blended light and dark greens on paper before cutting out the leaves. Cute little red scarves and some gray for the sentiment and edges of the mats and this was all set!

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I’m looking forward to this year of crafting and I can’t wait to show you more as I learn and grow in this hobby. My craft room got a make-over, too. All tidy and ready to work! Bring on 2020!

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Just Because and More Color Bursts – December Club Sursee – Catherine Pooler Designs

I’ve always wanted to do a card like this. Larger flowers placed around as a background and then outlined with color around the edges. I love how it makes the flowers glow.

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How fun this card was! And I just love how it turned out. To add a little more flare, I cut multiple of the ‘Just because’ and stacked them up. In the end, I added a glossy accent on the top to make it shine.

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I put a tiny bit of sparkle dots in the centers of the flowers. Simple and fun! This is such a different look, with the same set of Club Sursee products. This is December’s Club Sursee kit. I fell in love with it right when I saw it!

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You could make a nice set with this idea… doing a different color highlight on each one. Hey, that’s a pretty good idea. I think I might do that!

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The other day, I shared a color burst version with this same flower. I actually did TWO color burst variations with this. Here is the second one and I love it almost as much as the first one. This time, I was trying for some greens…

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This closer picture shows some of the glitter and shine that came with the shimmery color burst. I was able to get more of that pastel purple showing on this one, too. You can never have enough birthday cards on hand. This one is already out in the mail!

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Lucky to Have a Friend Like You – December Club Sursee – Catherine Pooler Designs

I have more to share with my Club Sursee products by Catherine Pooler Designs. There is so much you can create with these couple of stamp sets. I just love the simplicity of this one. And how adorable the little clover stamp is!! I had to use it with this sentiment of being lucky to have a friend like you.

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The images in this set are really cool and how they work together is fun. I played with a few different ways, with different centers. It almost makes it super simple to have a wreath build, with the fun little elements.

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I used the newest ink colors for this card. I couldn’t resist. I just love Orange Peel, Hot Tub, Pink Champagne, and Sangria. And again, I just love the sentiment for this set because I’ll use it over and over again!

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This one shows different ways to play with the pieces of the circles. How fun is this?!! I created this one based on a StampNation weekend color challenge. Truly, any circle sentiment stamp you already have would probably fit right into the middle of these. You could even cut out the center and do a shaker idea with it.

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I used a variety of colors on this background and then did the edges with the darkest blue. It made the card darker overall, but I still like it. What do you think?

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Color Bursting Fun Florals – December Club Sursee – Catherine Pooler Designs

It’s the most wonderful time of the month. Club Sursee time!

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You might have thought I was talking about the holidays instead. Well, I feel that it is like a mini holiday to myself each month when I get to play with Club Sursee stamps from Catherine Pooler Designs. When I saw this flower set, I was so excited. I knew I wanted to play with the color bursts and see how it would turn out.

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This one got pretty messy, but I loved it. I have some extra splatters of embossing powder, but for some reason, I was okay with it… maybe because of the purple and light blue and wonderful speckles that happened on their own at the bottom of this card.

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I also wanted to highlight the floral and make it stand out… so this other card is completely different!

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I used one of the border stamps to create a soft background with Twilight ink and then I popped the floral onto a z-fold card so that it could stand out.

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I also colored the flowers and fussy cut them out, raised them up on top of the bottom stamped version of the larger bouquet. I love the sentiment of ‘Just a note’ because I’ll use that all the time!

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I have more to share from this month of sursee… but I’ll share it for another post. If you already belong to the Club Sursee, you’ll have so much fun with these! If you don’t, when you sign up, you can always buy elements from past kits. This floral is one you’ll want to have!

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Warm Wishes for Cool Friends – My Favorite Things

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I think this brick wall looks warm and cozy, for my frozen friends. What do you think? I was playing with stencils this week and I love how this one turned out. I ink blended Orange Peel (CP Designs) all around the edges and then blended the same ink color through edges of the brick wall stencil (My Favorite Things).

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After that step, I added Nuvo drops (spread them out) and glitter stickles, through the brick stencil. Just here and there. And I LOVE the result! It really gave some great texture and shimmer, with a nice opening in the middle for my critters.

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I figured this would work well for the ‘warm wishes’ sentiment.

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Winter is here for good, I think. I’ll just keep warm and keep crafting!

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A Snowflake Birthday – Catherine Pooler Designs

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I don’t know about you, but when I saw these snowflakes, I fell in love. I mean, are you in love now, too? What an awesome die-cut, if you ask me (from CP Designs). I couldn’t wait to play with it.

In this case, I used water color paper, made an ombre of blues… and pressed it down with saran wrap to dry. Once you lift off the saran wrap, it gives a really cool textured look.

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I cut out two of the snowflake panels and put their edges together in the center. I just love how intricate and delicate they are.

The card didn’t need much, but I thought the butterflies were cute. Do they fly in the winter? LOL. Probably not. I added a white panel behind and just added simple score markings.

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The sentiment and butterflies are from the November Club Sursee kit by Catherine Pooler Designs. I’ve used the butterflies a lot lately, and the Happy Birthday sentiment is the perfect size for a lot of my cards. What I love even more about Club Sursee is just getting a beautiful, crafty surprise each month. It keeps me crafting and keeps me excited!

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Now, off to shovel the driveway! Well, maybe…

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We’ll Always Be Pals – MFT Sketch Challenge

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Snow and pals. What a great mix! I started playing around with some of my stencils this week, inspired by a weekend video from Catherine Pooler. It really led me to start playing around to see what kind of look I could get.

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In this case, I used one of my favorite My Favorite Things circle stencils. I inked up the stencil with Pink Champagne ink (from CPDesigns) and sprayed it with water before ‘stamping’ it onto my paper. I didn’t use water color paper, so I didn’t over water it.

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Once the first part dried… I went in and moved the stencil a bit, to add more texture. I used Nuvo drops, actually, and spread that out through the stencil to see what I would get. And, I used stickles glitter glue for some of the other dots.

This card came together quickly due to the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge of this week (love these, if you didn’t notice from my other posts!).

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At first, I was worried that I should have kept the stencil in the same place and added the dimensional elements on the actual polka dots. But… after I pulled it all together, I felt like it was kind of fun and whimsical. Maybe perfect for these cutie penguins.

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Let’s talk about these penguins. I colored them in with copics and tried to match/complement the colors I was already using for the background. You might wonder why I included 4 penguins. Besides the fact that they are oh so cute, they each stand for someone in my friend group. These ladies make me laugh, cry, and feel blessed to have found such amazing and real friends.

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I think we’ll always be pals. 🙂 I hope you have a group you feel this way about, too!

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