Friday, July 3, 2015

ATC Swaps - Theme: Body Parts

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, July 03, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi all!  I thought I'd share a few photos from my latest crafting adventure.

I'm participating in an ATC Swap this month and the theme is "Body Parts"... hmm...

So, I have been wanting this particular Legs stamp set from Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley for a while now and this was the perfect excuse to go ahead and buy it!  I got it in the mail today and couldn't wait to ink it up!  With the help of my MISTI, I got great dark black images.

The idea in my head was a polaroid photo featuring the body parts.  A pack of flowers jumped into my cart at the craft store today, so I already had the colors in mind, that made picking the paper pretty easy.  I did start by stamping the legs on plain white cardstock, but thought it looked too bland, so I tried again using patterned paper.

Then, I decided that it needed a sentiment down in that blank white corner.  So, I stamped up a simple "Wow!" and cut it out to see what it looked like.  I liked it, so I actually stamped it directly onto the polaroid frame on each card.

Then, I decided since I had 8 great leg stamps to choose from that I would use a few of them on the set and mix up the colors a bit.  I ended up using 5 different legs.

Once all the legs were colored and the layers glued down, I thought they looked great.. but they might be missing a little something.  So I added a strip of bling to the top.

And DONE!  I'm really thrilled with this set of cards, and I hate to part with them for the swap!  But, I'm also excited to see what everyone else came up with for "Body Parts"!

Hope you enjoyed a short trip through my crafting process!
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rainbow Thank Yous

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, July 02, 2015 0 stamps of approval

Here are a pair of simply cute cards that I made.

I don't think that I've mentioned yet, but I bought the MISTI a few months ago and have been having a great time playing with it!  It's about the only way I stamp now!  Check it out!

For these cards, I used the Work of Art stamp set and created a rainbow chevron design.  When you see how the MISTI works, you'll see how easy it is to line designs up like this one!  It's perfect every time!

I did one in purple...

...and another one in red.

Fun, quick, easy and cute!  I love these cards!

Hope you like them too!

Southern Girls Challenge - Sticky Stuff (Self-Stick Rhinestones) 
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes

You Brighten My Day

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, July 02, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hello Friends!

Just wanted to share a quick card that I made with some new stamps and washi tape.

Instead of coloring the lightbulb, I used a color swish from the Work of Art stamp set which added a nice glow.  Then I added another, longer color swish from the same set.  A few fun stars and a touch of washi and viola!  I really like how this turned out!

Southern Girls Challenge - Sticky Stuff (Washi) - 
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!


Fun Stampers Journey Kit of the Month - June 2015

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, July 02, 2015 0 stamps of approval

So, my apologies that this post is late, there was a little confusion with the new catalog and new website and Kit of the Month subscriptions, so my kit was a bit late getting to me... but here it is for you to enjoy!

This month's kit has an extra special fun touch - using your own photos!!

How much fun!!

Here are all 4 cards that I've made so far:

The first card I did uses a photo that I took on my recent trip to Maui.  I absolutely adore the cute sunglass element that was included in the kit!

The second card I did uses a photo that I love of my little guy from a month or so ago.  He was blowing me kisses over a hot dog at Costco!  LOL!  Even though the elements that came with the kit were pink, I think they still look great with the photo of my boy!  Pink for Love, right?

This third card doesn't use a photo, but the sentiment is so much fun!  The circle piercing was pre-done for me, making this card so easy to put together!  This one uses 2 of the new colors of Silk from the new catalog - Pink Bubble Gum and Cool Pool Silk (although, I couldn't order the Cool Pool Silk because it sold out so fast, but I had something close that I used until I get my next order placed.)

Here's the last card, so glittery and sparkley and fun!  Lots of Journey Glaze on this one and I love the great new embossing folder!  The embossing and piercing were both pre-done for me!

Another month of FUN cards using the Fun Stampers Journey Kit of the Month!

If you haven't signed up for your Kits yet, go visit to get started!  You can also join us at Kristy's Bloomin' Journey on Facebook for great ideas and inspiration!

Thanks so much!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cheer Up Buttercup!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, June 20, 2015 0 stamps of approval

Today's new challenge at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends has 3 amazing sponsors with great prizes for you!

** Sponsor 1 **

** Sponsor 2 **

** Sponsor 3 **

Our theme is Anything Goes - so get crafting!

For my card, I've use an image from Enchanted Design Studio (via etsy) called "Hooty Love"

I had a bit of luck on my side with this one!  I had printed it out and taken it with me to a stamping class.  I usually have a bit of free time at class, so I thought I could get it colored while there.  I colored it all up and brought it home, but I had no idea what papers or sentiment or embellishments that I wanted to use!!  The luck comes in when I came across this patterned paper that matched my coloring perfectly!  Then, I found the sentiment among my stamps and thought it was perfect!  It's a simple layout, but I love how the added black makes the image and sentiment pop and the twine adds a touch of whimsy.  I hope you like this card as much as I do!

Come join in on our challenge, I'd love to see your creations and I hope you win a great prize from on of our generous sponsors!


Entering in a few fun challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - favorite technique (die cutting)

Addicted to Stamps - clean & simple

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun Stampers Journey - May Kit of the Month

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, May 28, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi!  It's Kit-of-the-Month Time! Yay!!

This month's Fun Stampers Journey kit from Kristy's Bloomin' Journey features a beautiful flower stamp set that is just a dream to color!

Here are the 4 cards that I made using the supplies provided in the kit and my favorite adhesive.

For the first card, I used Bronze Silk from Fun Stampers Journey instead of gold, because well... I don't have gold - yet.  :)  I love the simplicity of this card!

This second card, I only partially colored the flowers, because I was looking for a more watercolored effect.  Well, I didn't quite get that effect, but I like how it turned out!  I added a mat of black cardstock from my stash to this one, just to give a bit of a frame around the white focal image.

This one turned out beautifully, I think!  Again, bronze silk instead of gold.  I might have gotten a little too happy with the Confetti Sparkle on the flowers, but I love the way they shimmer in the light!

For the fourth card, I was a little more careful with the Confetti Sparkle!  Again, I just colored bits of the flowers, I thought it might be a bit overpowering if I colored them completely.  For this one, I added a gold shimmer spray that I had in my stash.. I need to get some Gold Silk from Fun Stampers Journey soon, though!

As I was driving home from my daughters softball practice tonight, I had an idea for another card I want to make with this stamp set... now I just need to find the time to do it and hope that the idea in my head translates to the real thing!

Thanks for visiting this month!  If you haven't signed up for your Kit-of-the-Month yet, I encourage you to visit Kristy's Bloomin' Journey and get signed up - you won't regret it!

Have fun stamping, friends!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #10

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, May 23, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi All!  I just realized that I forgot to add my post for our new challenge!!  Ooopsie! 

So here it is!
Click below to visit our blog and join in our challenge:

This is the card that I made for our challenge, using a lovely image from Faery Ink - Bella Love Spells

Image: Faery Ink (Bella Love Spells), Crayola colored pencils, Hammermill white cardstock, DCWV patterned papers.

I was playing around with my colored pencils for a change and trust me, her dress matches the paper much better in real life.. I'm not sure what my camera did to the colors!  LOL!

Here are our wonderfully generous sponsors for this challenge:

~ Sponsor #1 ~
Prize ~ 2 but 3 Images if use TSB

~ Sponsor #2 ~

Prize ~ 3 Images

~ Sponsor #3 ~
Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate

I look forward to seeing you in our challenge!  Have Fun!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fun Stampers Journey April Kit of the Month

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi all!!

Here are the cards that I've created using this months Kit from Fun Stampers Journey.  I am really enjoying these kits and I look forward to receiving the new one every month!

This month's kit features a couple of super cute kiddos ready to go splashing in some puddles!  There are also stamps for a fluffy cloud and a bundle of raindrops which are perfect for those us living in rainy Washington State!  The sentiments are wonderful as well!  "Hello Sunshine" adding a sunny lining to the rainy clouds and the "You are my sunshine when skies are gray" fits the stamps just right!

Here are the 4 cards that I made using the detailed instructions that came with all of the precut papers and embellishments.

This is the first card that I made from the kit.  I love the backgrounds that are created with the included stamps.  The sentiment is fun and colorful.

 The second card uses such bright, happy colors!  I also love the sequin "raindrops" dancing around the sweet girls umbrella.

The third card has such a fun design, it just makes me smile!  All of those falling umbrellas and the sweet sentiment are sure to cheer anyone up!

This last card features the sweet boy stamp, ready to float his boat in a big puddle.  This one has a great layout that adds a fun and sassy feel to the funky colors.

I love how each of these cards turned out.  Even though they are following the directions included in the kit, they still feel like cards made by me.

I can't wait to see the May KOTM.. it should be here soon!

Go visit Kristy's Bloomin' Journey to sign up for your own KOTM - if you love this April Kit, you only have a few more days to have it delivered to your door!

Have Fun!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #8

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, April 19, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hello crafty friends!

I'm so excited that my first challenge day with Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has finally arrived!  And, I've got a super cute card to share with you!

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

I've used an image from Bugaboo Stamps that I think is just adorable and I'm sure I will use it again!  This is Latte Ava:

Isn't she the cutest?

I've colored her with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities markers, added dots to her mug with my white gel pen.  I stamped the coffee ring background with a rubber stamp that's in my stash using Distress Ink.  

Our theme for this challenge is Anything Goes and with these 3 great sponsors, why not come join the fun?

Thanks for visiting me today!  I hope to see you in our challenge!

Entering into challenges:
Loves Rubber Stamps #147 Pearls & Swirls
One Stitch At A Time #235 Anything Goes (Daughters/Girls)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #89 Use a Die Cut
Simon Says Stamp Make Your Own Background (coffee ring stamp)
Crafty Creations #287 Seeing Spots

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Having a Ruff Day?

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, April 02, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi there!

Here's a cute little card that I made using the new MFT stamps that I ordered last month.  I really, really love stamps that have coordinating dies!!

I love the cute Birdie Brown - You Make My Tail Wag stamp set!  There are so many cute doggies to choose from and all of their adorable accessories, too!  I chose to use the hydrant of course, because it goes so well with the sentiment.  I added glaze to the hydrant, and to my cute puppies nose, as well.  I used the Stitched Speech Bubble die set to create my sentiment.  The papers all came from my stash of paper and I used my Blendabilities to color my doggie.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon - Call The Vet √
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Sassy Goblin Queen

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, March 30, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi Crafty Friends!

Here's a card that I made between crafts at a crafty retreat that I went to this weekend.  

This is Goblin Queen from Simply B Stamps.  She was so much fun to color!

I loved this sentiment and thought it would be great to go with my sassy queen!

Challenges for this card:

The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes √
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes √
Southern Girls Challenge - Punches (corner punch on image)

Image: Simply B Stamps -- sentiment stamp: Dylusions -- Markers: Stampin' Up Blendabilities 

My Favorite Things Birthday

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, March 30, 2015 0 stamps of approval

I've never entered a My Favorite Things color challenge before, but since I just ordered a bunch of new stamps and dies and stencils... I thought I should play along!  Not to mention, I've got an ever-growing wish list, so a prize from them would be amazing!  ;)

Here's a card that I made for their current color challenge:

I love the Ride The Wave stamp and dies that I ordered!  I'm hoping to come up with some great ideas on using them!

I always need birthday cards and I think this one will for a boy or a girl and even grown ups as well!

I'd also like to enter this card into the challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs √- because I love her designs as well!!  The theme is The Sky's The Limit and I've used a balloon.  

Thanks for checking in!  Wish me luck on the challenges!


Fun Stampers Journey - Kit of the Month

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, March 30, 2015 0 stamps of approval
Hi there!!

It's been a busy month, but I did find time to finish up my Kit of the Month from Fun Stampers Journey!

I really enjoyed this kit and I know that I'll be able to use these stamps in more cards in the future.  The sentiments are great for many occasions and the bottles could even be dressed up as potion bottles for Halloween!  Or filled with hearts for Valentine's Day!  Such versatility in this set!

Here are my cards, each of them made following the directions and using the supplies that came with the kit.  After each photo, I'll write what supplies I added.

This is all of the cards in the kit.  I just love the fun color combos!

For this card, I colored the sand, shell and bottle stopper with Primacolor markers and added a product similar to Journey Glaze (I can't remember what mine is called) to the whole bottle.

This one is also colored with Prismacolor markers.  I used the same glaze for the "missing you" tag.  I also used some gold spritz to splatter the card.  The spritzing wasn't quite dramatic enough for me, so I pulled the spritzer out and used the end of the tube to dab the gold splats.

This bottle isn't completely covered with glaze, but there is an outline to add some dimension.  Again, Prismacolor markers for the color and there is a touch of gold splatter here, as well.  Love the little metal clip that came in the kit!

This last card has a glazed bottle with Prismacolor markers for coloring.  The kit included the little sequins that look like bubbles.

Please take a moment to go check out Kristy's website:

I'm sure you'll find lots of wonderful products and great ideas from this fun company!



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