Monday, August 1, 2016

*Tap Tap Tap* Is this thing still on?! and a Giveaway

Hello crafty friends! Remember me, Crafty Al? I wouldn't be surprised if you don't. :)

After an interstate move, 2+ year crafting hiatus and an move away from (and back to) this blog, I am back and ready to share crafty goodness! It may be different than what I have shared before, but hopefully it is still inspiring.

I have "discovered" pocket letters and making videos for YouTube, so right now my plan is to share my videos on this blog, and maybe in the future, I will do more detailed blog posts.

If you are reading this, and would like to be entered for a chance to win one of my pocket letters (and some extra crafty goodness), please do the following:

1) Visit my YouTube Channel here: Call Me Crafty Al

2) Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

3) Watch and comment on at least one (1) of my videos.

4) Leave a comment on this post with your YouTube username.

The 4 steps above must be completed by Monday, August 1, 2016. Open to US and International subscribers. Must be 18+ to enter. A random winner will be chosen using and will be announced on this blog, by Friday, August 5, 2016. Winner must contact me by Friday, August 12th, or a new winner will be selected.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Whimsie Doodles' October Challenge - Think Pink

The new October challenge is posted {HERE} on the Whimsie Doodles blog. This month we are asking you to think pink when creating your project. You can either create a card that is specifically for Breast Cancer Awareness, or a project that uses pink as its main color.

If you are looking for an image to use, and don't have any in your stash, may I suggest these Whimsie Doodles images? They are each only $2 and all proceeds are donated to breast cancer research.

Hope Fights & Hope Fights Skirt (last year's BCA images - scroll to bottom of store page)

A little magic... Woodware USA Challenge #47

Pin ItIt is time to share my final Woodware USA Challenge (WWUSAC47 - Anything Goes) card with you. I have enjoyed working with Woodware USA stamps and the team over the past 8 months.

I decided to keep today's card very clean & simple (CAS). I used a few of the accessory stamps from Woodware USA's Spooky Tots set (pictured at left) to create the tag focal point for the card. Next I used some scraps of Echo Park's Happy Halloween papers for the circles across the front. Before adhering the tag to the card, I added some twine to the top an colored in the moon.

Make sure to check out all of the cards by the design team, and find out how to play along with the current challenge, HERE.
Just the details… (1) Used some scraps for the patterned paper circles, (2) Knotted a few pieces of twine at the top of the tag, (3) Adhered tag with foam dots for dimension.

Challenges used for this card:
Woodware USA - #47 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!

Stamps: Woodware USA (Spooky Tots); Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Happy Halloween); Cardstock: Neenah (Natural Ice); Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Markers: COPIC; Twine: The Twinery (Mandarin); Die Cut: Quickutz / Lifestyle Crafts (Nesting Tags); Paper Punch: Marvy Uchida (1" Circle)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Have A Magical Day - Woodware USA Challenge 46

Pin ItTime for another fun challenge on the Woodware USA blog! This week the theme is Anything Goes (WWUSAC46), so I inked up their Wizardry set for my card. This stamp set has lots of cute wizard-related images and reminds me a lot of Harry Potter.

I was inspired by a challenge on the 365 Cards (Day 213) blog to create this card-on-a-card. The base was just covered with a patterned paper, then a small card was created to go on top of that.

To check out what the design team made for this challenge, and to find out how you can play along, click HERE.
Just the details… (1) Stamped and cut out the Spells book on green CS and adhered with foam tape, (2) A look at how the card opens, (3) Used the little star stamps from the set and stamped them in light yellow around the top of the magic wand, (4) Adhered some of the background PP onto the back of a clear button.

Challenges used for this card:
Woodware USA - #46 Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC22 Feeling Loopy

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!

Stamps: Woodware USA (Wizardry); Patterned Paper: Target; Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Stampin' Up! (green); Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), VersaMagic (Thatched Straw); Twine: The Twinery (Honeydew); Ribbon: BasicGrey; Buttons: Foo Fa La (clear); Corner Rounder: The Paper Studio

Friday, September 30, 2011

Keep Calm and Save On - 30% off at Whimsie Doodles Today!

Are you getting ready for World Card Making Day tomorrow?! Do you need some fantastic new images to add to your cards? Make sure to check out the Whimsie Doodles online store because today (Friday, September 30th) Melyssa is offering 30% off everything in the store!! Use the code SEPTSALE30 at checkout to receive the discount.

If you were thinking of making cards or tags for Halloween, make sure to check out the What's NEW page for lots of cute images, including these Halloween Hootenannies...
 or Frankie and his Girl...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2012 Calendar Printable FREEBIE

ETA: I have had a few people contact me/ask about the font used for the titles. It is MA Sexy and I downloaded it for free HERE.

For the past couple years I have shared a free* calendar printable, and this year is no exception. Download my 2012 Calendar Printable FREEBIE by clicking HERE. (Password: calendar)

This file will print as a single 11" x 8.5" with each calendar being 3.5" x 2" (standard business card size) when cut.
Cutting Instructions: Make sure the file prints at 100%. Trim 0.25" off all edges, then cut to 3.5" wide by 2" tall.
*This file is FREE for PERSONAL use, if  you will be selling items using these calendars, please contact me about Commercial Use at If you create any projects using the calendars, please link up this post if possible.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Fall - Woodware USA Challenge 45

Pin ItFor the new challenge on the Woodware USA Blog (WWUSAC45), we are challenging you to create a Fall card/project. While I didn't have a WWUSA stamp set that screamed 'Fall', I knew the cute little trees in their Patch A House stamp set would be great for a fall card.

The decorative strip on my card was inspired by {THIS CARD} at Splitcoast Stampers. I was drawn to the wide ribbon and how some of the elements on the circle were adhered with foam dots. For the sentiment, I used the 'happy' stamp from Woodware USA's Daffodils stamp set, then spelled out 'Fall' with homemade glitter stickers.

Click {HERE} to see what the rest of the design team created for the challenge, and to find out how you can play along and be entered in the monthly prize drawing!
Just the details… (1) Paper-pieced the tree and adhered the branches/leaves with foam dots, (2) Made my own glitter alpha stickers using die cut letters, glitter and a Xyron, (3) Used lots of foam dots for extra dimension and layers.

Challenges used for this card:
Woodware USA - #45 Fall Card
Splitcoast Stampers - CAS137 Paper-Piecing

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, comments are greatly appreciated!

Stamps: Woodware USA (Daffodils, Patch A House);  Patterned Paper: Die Cuts With A View (Amber Autumn); Cardstock: Neenah (Natural Ice); Inks: Ranger (Sepia), Memento (Tuxedo Black); Markers: COPIC; Glitter: Martha Stewart (Peridot); Die Cuts: Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts (Chocolat font), Spellbinders (Labels 18, Circles, Scalloped Circles); Other: Xyron