Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 Crafty Review

Can you believe 2021 is at an end??? Honestly, it seems like we just finished 2020 quarantine and it's already 2022. The older we get, the faster it does, am I right?! Did you ever think in 1977, for example, what life would be like in the 2000's much less the 2020's? I sure did not. But here we are. I hope 2022 brings you lots of joy and happiness, and good health. 

Here are a few of my favorite projects from the past year, in no particular order. The first being this tag book I made for my hubsy for Valentine's Day. This was seriously such a fun project I didn't want it to be over. I'm pretty sure I loved it way more than he does, but that's ok by me. ;) Click here to see the blog post with the full project. 

Now, this one was a color challenge that I just wasn't able to fulfill. The fourth color was a purple/pinkish shade that I just could not get my eyes to incorporate with the other colors. I do love the finished card though. Here's the blog post with the whole story. 
You know how I love making box cards! This one was for the My Favorite Things, Boxcard Challenge, Outdoor Scenes. I thought the bees were the cutest with the pandas even though Pandas love bamboo. I have no idea if they would even eat honey. LOL Details and more pics in this blog post. 
This is the card that was noticed by Gerda Steiner Designs and won the GSD design challenge for that month. I love her adorable images so much. Her drawings are so super cute and these little ghosts and gourds are no exception. 
Another box card challenge, this time for My Favorite Things. This mummy (by My Creative Time) is one of my all time favorite Halloween stamps I own. He is the cutest little guy and I love using him on my Halloween cards. He fits perfectly with the My Favorite Things gravestone dies. 

I know I said I don't care for purple, but it does go so well in this color combo, don't you think? This one was Color Throwdown challenge and I really like the way it turned out. The red makes the other colors pop right out at you. Also, my ingenious idea for colored dots when you have only clear was pretty cool I thought. I used copics to color a dot on the paper then placed the clear dot over the top for exact matches to the color scheme. Oh yeah! 
This card features Honey Bee Stamps, for the "use your favorite honey bee stamps challenge". I don't have a lot of products from Honey Bee but what I have I love. These pieces are from an add-on set to the Big Pickup set. 
This card was another color throwdown challenge, and it was the perfect color combo for the sympathy card I had to make. These are the hardest cards, IMO, and the quiet colors felt perfectly appropriate
Here we have another ADORABLE Gerda Steiner design. This sweet panda is so cute. He's the perfect choice for Valentines. He gives great hugs! Scroll down a bit for details in this blog post
These Gerda Steiner Valentine Penguins are so cute, I made a set of cards instead of just one, so I could use all the images in this stamp set. Cute, cute, cute! 
Wreaths. I love wreaths. This one was a throw together card for a challenge using pieces I had cut for other projects and didn't use. As you can see, it became one of my favorites for the whole year. Here's the scoop
Really, you say? Another Gerda Steiner panda? Well, yes. :) I love him. I also added a peeking panda to the envelope. Go look how cute in this post right here
My newest obsession began with the Pinkfresh Create and Connect Event in November. I almost missed it, but thanks to my bestie, Nikki Foraker, aka ScrappinNavyWife, for the reminder, I didn't miss out after all. This is just one of the many cards I've made using gorgeous floral images, stencils, and dies by Pinkfresh Studio. I had no idea how much fun stenciling could be!! I will never not love my copic markers, but the layering stencils can be really fun too. 

That wraps up 2021. I'm in absolute awe how fast this past year has gone. But I suppose the year of Covid 2020 feeling like it would never end, is partly why this year flew by. I do hope you've enjoyed my year in review and hopefully have been inspired to create something new yourself. Feel free to browse my blog for ideas, join the facebook group, Scrapendipity Studio Crafts, and follow me on Instagram too. 

Happy New Year, crafty friends. May you be abundantly blessed in 2022.

Thank you card

Another thank you card, this one not as simple as the previous, but not difficult to replicate. 

The sunburst is a stencil by My Favorite Things, leaves and flowers are by Pinkfresh Studio, and the sentiment is by Avery Elle. More info in product list below. 

I like using cut outs and they are a simple way to make an impact, I think. 
Product List:
Pinkfresh Studio, Curvy Vines stamps and die
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Sunrise Radiating Rays stencil
My Favorite Things, Skinny Strips dies (sentiment tag)
My Favorite Things, Dye Ink cubes (lemon chiffon, lemon drop, prickly pear, jellybean green)
Distress Ink cube, dried marigold
Avery Elle, Frenchie stamp set (sentiment)
Nesting circle dies, foam tape, twine, pearl dots

Thursday, December 30, 2021

My Favorite Things, Sketch #574

This week's sketch for MFT. Clean and simple design. I love adding flags and tags. 

Colorful thank you note. 
Product List:
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Very Merry 6x6 paper pad
My Favorite Things, Do it all Gift Tag die set (flags)
My Favorite Things, Main Squeeze stamp set *retired
Doodlebug Design, Made With Love 6x6 paper pad (blue plaid strips)
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers (tags) R29, YG23, YG25, B00

Monday, December 27, 2021

My Favorite Things, Slimline Challenge

This slimline challenge theme is "raining cats and dogs". Fortunately, I have ONE stamp set with a dog on it in my limited craft supply that I brought with me to California. Unfortunately, it is not a My Favorite Things set. Fortunately, I had a few cuts in with them from a card I was working on some time ago that ARE by My Favorite Things, so I can still participate in the challenge. YAY! 

So, for my card I used elements from the My Favorite Things, You Make My Tail Wag stamp set. The sweet little Frenchie, however, is by Avery Elle. More info in the product list below. For the background, I cut a cloud stencil from a scrap of cardstock and used a blending brush to ink in the clouds and grass. 

Sentiment strip is from the skinny sentiment strip dies by MFT, sentiment by Avery Elle. 
Product List:
My Favorite Things, You Make My Tail Wag stamps and dies (bed, house, bone, dish, stick)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Skinny Strips dies
My Favorite Things, Blue Breeze dye ink cube *discontinued color
My Favorite Things, Lazy Day dye ink cube
My Favorite Things, Limelight dye ink cube
Avery Elle, Frenchie stamps and dies (dog, balloon, flower bushes, sentiments)
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch markers
C3, C4, C6, C7
E31, E53
R01, R17, R37, R39, R46, R56, R59
RV13, RV21
Y32, Y38
Foam tape, Signo uniball white gel pen, 

My Favorite Things, Boxcard challenge

Today I have a card that fits two of the current challenges by MFT. The box card 'animal kingdom' theme, and the color challenge #179. I used the MFT Mini Slimline Box Card dies for this version. 

Having a limited crafty supply being away from home, I wasn't sure how many animals I brought with me, but YAY I packed the Mice Day to Celebrate set so I have these adorable mice. It's the only stamp MFT set I have with me that includes any animals. And the sweet pattern papers are Doodlebug 6x6 paper pad, Made With Love. 

The colors in the papers match perfectly with the color challenge! 

And the boxcard folds flat to fit into an A7 envelope. 
The only pieces that are not by My Favorite Things, are the present and the cupcake, which are by Gerda Steiner from the Turtley Awesome stamp set. 
Yummy colors! 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Mini Slimline Outside the Box, Level Up die set
My Favorite Things, Mice Day to Celebrate stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Doodlebug Designs, Made With Love 6x6 paper pad
Gerda Steiner Designs, Turtley Awesome stamp set
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers
BG01, BG11, BG23 
E29, E33, E34
R17, R11, R20, R46, R59
RV04, RV06, RV09, RV11, RV13
W00, W03
YG01, YG03, YG05
Y21, Y23, Y35
Foam tape, flag die 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas from San Diego

Merry Christmas from sunny San Diego. It's been great being here since we got here December 1. Don't let anyone fool you though, it's been raining a LOT since we got here. Doesn't hurt my feelings however, because it isn't SNOW! We've had an enjoyable time being in the warmer, albeit wetter, climate. 

Check out this humongous pinecone hubsy found for me!! He picked up another pile of them for me to take home. I've never seen one so ginormous in my life. It's gorgeous. :) 

Sadly today, Ali isn't feeling all that great, so we've decided to push Christmas to tomorrow in hopes she'll be 100% and we can all enjoy the day together. We are fine staying home in our pajamas and blankets feeling all cozy with Netflix. If worse comes to worse, I have plenty of mimosa mixings and Christmas fudge. LOL

Have a lovely day. I'll be back to posting craftyness again as soon as B and I schedule craft day. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Gerda Steiner Share Your Designs Challenge, box card

My Favorite Things, Outside The Box Level Up die set is the base for this card. No measuring required, all required pieces included in the set. All you have to do is decide what theme you want and start adding elements! 

For my card, I used the Gerda Steiner Up On The Housetop stamp set. This was super fun to make. I love that these elements are all from the same stamp set and worked beautifully together to create this Christmas scene. I love how it turned out. 

The coolest thing about these box cards is that they fold flat for mailing in an A2 regular invitation sized envelope. No extra postage required, unless you add tons of stuff that makes it heavy. Otherwise, one postage stamp, regular envelope! 
Product List:
Gerda Steiner Designs, Up on the Housetop stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box, Level Up box card die set
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers
Signo uniball white gel pen (snowflakes)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Christmas tag

The My Favorite Things Do It All Gift Tag die set is pretty fun. There are many pieces to it, so you have a gazillion options for creating unique tags, even a pocket for a gift card or money. For this one, I had nothing special in mind, but I had just got these Heidi Swapp stamps and wanted to use them, so I made this tag. 

The tie-on tags are part of the MFT Gift Tag set, as well as the topper and the pattern paper I used for it. I love the tall numbers by Heidi Swapp!
This little penguin is by Hello Bluebird, from the Snow Play stamp set. The ornament is actually from another penguin image by My Favorite Things. That guy was too big for the space so I cut him off and put this smaller guy there instead. The string of lights is also from the Snow Play set.
The sentiments and Christmas words are from the Heidi Swapp Christmas Grid stamp set. The deer and ornament stamps are from the My Favorite Things Iconic Christmas stamps. 
I used a clear "drop" (by Studio Katia) over the ornament and colored it with a copic marker.
I hope you enjoyed my quick little tag and maybe got some ideas for any last-minute tags you might need to throw together. This tag die is a great size and would be great for a tag book (note to self) for any occasion. But for now, I hope you're ready for Christmas! It's sneaking right up on us!!!

Monday, December 20, 2021

Gerda Steiner Designs, December challenge

These little mice are from the Fall Mice stamp set, but I used them to create this Christmas card for my husband. I love that they can be adorned in different ways to fit different themes, not just Thanksgiving, for which they were originally created.

Meet me under the mistletoe!
I used fishing line to hold the mistletoe above the little mouse. The mistletoe, lights and Santa hat are from the Snow Play stamp set by Hello Bluebird. I put the sentiment together using a few different sentiment stamps and creating my own.
Inside message: