Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and The Cutting Edge Challenge #15

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the United States!  I hope you have a great day with family and friends!
Today I'm playing in the final Cutting Edge challenge.  I've played in maybe one or two of these challenges before and I'm sorry to see them shut down.  I fell in love with this card.
I used a stitched diagonal die to die cut the pattern paper and the red and green papers.  I cut the red and green in half (allowing me to do another card below!).   I stamped the sentiment and the holly and berries in the corner and added some star dust stickles on them.

Since I had the halves of the green and red papers, I made another card.  I thought this design would make nice thank you cards.  I like to have some on hand to give to my students that are sweet enough to give me gifts around the holidays.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Merry Greetings (Mama Elephant), Thanks All Ways (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, riding hood red, wild wasabi, Christmas Cheer (Lilybee Designs)
Ink:  Wild wasabi, riding hood red
Accessories:  On the Diagonal die (Lil' Inkers), star dust stickles


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #101 and Color Throwdown #320

Hi friends.  Isn't this a fun sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch?  I had the perfect die for this sketch, so I had to play!
I had to make a sympathy card for the father of a co-worker, so I thought this would be a nice design.  I bought this Spellbinder's anchor at a craft show this summer.  I have a thing for anchors...maybe because my dad was in the navy.  Anyway I die cut it and the oval from decorative paper.  The background was stamped with a light blue stripe.  I stamped the sentiment in the same blue ink on a banner die and added the hearts.  The hearts have Wink of Stella shimmer on them too.

On the inside I stamped this sentiment that I always use on sympathy cards.  I just love this saying.  I also added the seagulls in keeping with the theme.
I was also happy to see that my colors fit the current Color Throwdown challenge!
That's it from me!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sending You and With Sympathy (PTI), Dockside (WP9), Pinstripe (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, riding hood red, Pen Pals (Pink Paislee)
Ink:  Blue brocade
Accessories:  Anchor and oval dies (Spellbinders), Hearts & Stars die (Memory Box), Banner Trio (WP9)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

The Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge this month is focused on snow.  I've experienced an entire season of snow last week here in Buffalo, NY!  But we love it and believe it or not, it's almost gone!  This is the photo I chose as my inspiration.  It looked so much like Buffalo last week!  Snow can be so pretty!
I've been organizing my stamps and dies recently and I've come across some things I didn't realize I had or forgot about!  One of them was this snow drifts die.  I saw a this card done by Kay Miller and I just fell in love with it and it inspired me to create this one.  I die cut it from white cardstock and the little trees from green cardstock.  I pulled out those snow drift pieces and sponged the rest of the piece with distress inks.  Then I put it all together, added the sentiment, the gold star, white snowflakes and star dust stickles.   I wish I would have embossed those snowflakes so they showed up better. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Holiday (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, garden green
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks, delicate gold, fresh snow
Accessories:  Snow drifts plate die, star dust stickles


Get Sketchy with MFT #203

Hey there!  I saw this sketch over at My Favorite Things and I really liked it.  I don't remember the last time I played in their challenges (if ever!).
I did flip the sketch so my Santa and deer fit better in the design.  I started by using a diagonal stencil and texture paste for the background.  Then I stamped, colored, and die cut the Santa and the deer.  The banner was stamped with a stamp set I just found when I was organizing my stamps.  It fit perfectly on the banner stamping it three times.  I mounted that on red cardstock and then cut the snowflakes from red and white cardstock.  These were layered together.  I added star dust stickles to the white snowflake and also on the Santa and a bit on the deer.   I really like this cute!
I'm also entering this into the Less is More challenge.  They want to see Santa, reindeer, or anything Christmassy!  I guess this qualifies!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way and Sentimental Christmas (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, riding hood red
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, riding hood red, copic markers
Accessories:  Jingle All the Way dies (MFT), Let It Snowflakes (MFT), diagonal stripe stencil (SSS), texture paste, star dust stickles, dimensionals


Monday, November 24, 2014


Hi everyone!  Since I had so much time on my hands from being off last week due to our blizzard here in Buffalo, NY, I got my craft on!  One of our newscasters dubbed this storm "Snowvember" and I thought I'd make a card to commemorate the occasion!  You can see pictures of my house and all the snow on this post.
I wasn't intending to title this card, but as I got to working on it, it seemed fitting!  I colored this adorable snowman with copics.  He is from a set designed by my stamping friend Diane Zechman.  The background was sponged with distress inks and covered with texture paste snowflakes through a stencil.  I stamped the "Snowvember" before I added the paste then that spot below it looked bare.  So I took out the alpha stamp set again and added the date.  I should have made the snow drifts MUCH higher because they were higher in real life!  It was a fun card to make!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Snowman Soup (Sweet 'n Sassy), Fresh Alphabet (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched snow drifts (MFT), star dust stickles, signo white gel pen, dimensionals


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Featured Stamper on SCS - My Friend Cheryl!

Hi everyone!  I have another post today for my Christmas Card Challenge that you can see here
I hate to post twice in one day, but I found out this morning that my friend Cheryl is the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers and I of course had to play and show it off here!
The challenge is to find a card from her gallery and case it.  I chose this card because I had it in my hot little hands!  She gave it to me a while ago and I have it displayed in my craft room.  It's so cute!  Another reason I chose this card is because Cheryl gave me this window die and I've never used it!  She does so many amazing things with it and I'm glad I have the chance to use it today!

So here's what I came up with.  I just love the way this came out!  I took elements from Cheryl's card and made it a Christmas card.  

Here's a straight on shot of the card.  I just love that little Santa.  It looks like he's leaving the gift by the tree!
Congrats my friend!  It was a long time coming and I'm so happy for you!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, Ski Slope (SU)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Jingle All the Way die (MFT), Layered Postmark: Holiday (PTI), Grand Madison Window (MB), MS punches, sequins, bling, star dust stickles, dimensionals


Christmas Card Challenge #52 - Photo Inspiration

We have a lovely photo inspiration challenge for you this week over at the Christmas Card Challenge blog.  It's a close-up of a decorated Christmas tree.

Here's a close up of the photo.  Lots of inspiration to take from it!

I chose to use a tree and add lots of gold and green.  I stayed away from the red this time.  I just loved the green and gold together.  I had this gold chevron washi tape on my table that I just picked up last week and decided to add that to the card.  I needed a sentiment that was vertical and found this one from a new Tim Holtz set. I embossed it in gold.  The flags were cut from paper I embossed with the same gold powder so it would match the sentiment.  I added some (well lots really!) of gold and green sequins.  I never know when to stop when using them!  I tried several green inks on this stamp before I settled on this one.  Some looked too dark, almost black.
I used the Sweet Sunday sketch from last Sunday as my starting point. 
You can see more from the Christmas Card Challenge DT on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Forest of Trees (Flourishes), Deco Christmas (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Vintage cream, garden green
Ink:  Versamark, garden green
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, washi tape, sequins, trio banner dies (WP9), dimensionals



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