Sunday, October 22, 2017

Merry Little Christmas - CCC #24


Happy Sunday to you!!  It's time for Christmas Card Challenges



My DP is Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol Patterns and Solids.  It's cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics and CottageCutz Stitched Rectangles.  The sentiment die is CottageCutz Holiday Greetings Tree.  My little embellishment is made using MS Branch Punch and Poppystamps Stitched Buttons die. 


Here is this week's optional photo inspiration...




Challenges...
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas #356 - anything goes Christmas
Hiding in My Craft Room #323 - lots of layers
C.R.A.F.T. #438 - Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge #39 - anything goes Christmas



I liked this card so much that I made a few more...  I know I sound like a broken record, but any card that is pretty AND easy to mail is wonderful IMHO!!



Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall floral hello - TMS #425


Happy Tuesday to you!  It's time for Tuesday Morning Sketches!! 

This fall started out looking pretty dull around where I live, but the colors have really popped the last couple of weeks, and it is so beautiful!!  Pics just never show how it really looks.  I love fall colors and though the flowers in my image aren't technically mums, I "made" them mums by coloring them the colors of those I'm seeing everywhere... (including my yard!)



Supplies...
~Crate Paper Farmhouse DP
~Bugaboo Ornamental Flowers 2
~Spectrum Noir markers
~JustRite Greetings From London "hello"
~Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A and B
~Spellbinders Labels 15

Here's a pic of the mums in my window boxes...


And a leaf from my backyard...



Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!  Play along for your chance to win 4 images of your choice!



Here's our great sketch for this week... as you can see, I turned it on its side...



Challenges...
DLART Thankful Thursday 214 - fall colors
Addicted to Stamps #155 - anything goes with flowers



Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations from the TMS DT...
Carol
Janice
Jenée
Melissa
Patti

We'd love to have you play along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It is well with my soul - TMS #424


Happy Tuesday to you!  It's time for Tuesday Morning Sketches!!  Here's my card for this week. 



I have to say that this is much prettier IRL!  For some reason, the papers just don't photograph well at all.  I also heat embossed the sentiment so there is some shine to it. 
This beautiful -but not looking it- paper is Prima Nature Garden.   My sentiment is Sweet n Sassy Hymn Blocks.  I cut it out with CottageCutz Stitched Rectangles.  The corner is Spellbinders Antique Corner die that I trimmed down to fit my corner.


Here's our great sketch for this week...


 

Challenges...
Word Art Wednesday #302-303 - anything goes w/ uplifting sentiment
Aud Sentiments #190 - use die cut + sentiment


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations from the TMS DT...
Carol
Janice
Jenée
Melissa
Patti

We'd love to have you play along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Shiny ornament - CCC #23


Happy Sunday to you!  It's time for Christmas Card Challenges!!

This card is very unusual for me... it's purple.  This is my least favorite color, so I don't use it often and have basically none in my stash, so this was a real challenge for me.  The ornament is a dark purple, though it looks almost black in the pic.  


Supplies...
Slice papers
Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons EF
Die-namics Small Ornaments die (ornament hanger)
Momenta Moroccan die
Spellbinders Standard Circles
Sentiment die - freebie that came with a Dies R Us order


This week's optional photo inspiration is purple & silver ornaments...



Challenges...
12 Months of Christmas Oct - anything goes Christmas
jingle belles JB:17:20 - Embossing (I dry embossed)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #354 - anything goes and/or purple
The Ribbon Girls October card challenge - must be a card
ABC Christmas - U for Unlimited or V for Vibrant (I did unlimited/anything goes)


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Snowman greetings


A quick post with a Christmas card.  I actually made 3 similar but this was my favorite of the three. 


The paper was from my scrap box.  My image/sentiment are From the Heart Stamps.  It's colored with my Spectrum Noir markers and cut out with Spellbinders Labels Lg and Sm.  Ribbon from my stash and a snowflake from a MS punch finish it off.


Challenges...
Aud Sentiments #190 - use die cut + sentiment
Cute Card Thursday #498 - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed - Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge #37 -anything goes Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More #262 - make your mark (I used Spectrum Noir)
Creative Knockouts #214 - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' Christmas  Sept - anything goes Christmas (2nd entry)


Here are the other 2 cards I made...




Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy birthday to ewe - TMS #423


Happy Tuesday to "ewe"!  :)  That will make sense when you check out my card for this week's challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!  


My image is Bugaboo's "Happy Birthday to Ewe"!  He's colored with Spectrum Noir markers and cut out with Spellbinders Standard Circles and Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles.  My paper is We R Memory Keepers Cakes and Candles.  I added some WeRMK chevron washi tape, a twine bow, and enamel dots.  


Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!  Play along for you opportunity to win 4 images of your choice. 



Here's our awesome sketch by Janice...



Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations from the TMS DT...

Carol
Janice
Jenée
Melissa
Patti

We'd love to have you play along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Shiny Christmas - TMS #422


Happy Tuesday to you!  It's time for Tuesday Morning Sketches!!  Here's my card for this week...

  
It's sad... this paper is Recollections Winter Frost and my 6x6 pad is almost gone.  I love this paper!!  So shiny!  The snowflakes are a MS punch.  The sentiment is Raisin Boat Merry Nature stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white EP then cut with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants. 

Here's our sketch...  My angles are a little off, but it's still recognizable.



Challenges...
ABC Christmas - S for Sketch, T for Trio (I used a sketch)
Hiding In My Craft Room #319 - any holiday


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go check out the creations from the TMS DT...

Carol
Janice
Jenée
Melissa
Patti

We'd love to have you play along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

O Holy Night - CCC #22


Happy Sunday to you!  It's time for Christmas Card Challenges!


I found this polka dot paper in my scraps and thought it made the perfect night sky!!  The brown cardstock was cut with a Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes die.  My nativity scene is Die-Versions Nativity Border.  I had to trim one animal off of the right side.  My Momenta clear sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx and heat embossed.   Pretty simple, but really beautiful IRL!  {{I just  can't take pics that make my cards look like good! :/ }}

I found some blue paper with teeny tiny stars instead of the dots and made several more just like this.  Beautiful and post-office-friendly!

I didn't pay close enough attention to my brown pieces, so some of the "dirt" is higher on some cards. :/


This week's challenge's optional inspiration is Nativity...

 


Challenges...
Incy Wincy Designs 9/18-10/2 - unconventional Christmas (obviously my image is totally Christmas, but my brown/blue color combo is very nontraditional)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra Sept - anything goes Christmas
Sparkles Christmas #80 - Christmas animals
My Time to Craft #355 - die cuts only 


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

White poinsettia


Another Christmas card tonight.  This one is all white!  (Except for the sentiment.)



I embossed the BG panel with Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons.  The poinsettia is Darice Layering Poinsettia.  My sentiment is Sweet n Sassy Christmas Tags.  It's stamped with Versafine Onyx and cut with Spellbinders Ribbon Banners.  It's not visible in this pic, but I used my Wink of Stella pen on the flower leaves, so they sparkle, too.


Challenges...
Glitter n Sparkle #257 - embossing
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Sept - anything Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round Sept - leaves
Aud Sentiments #189 - use 2 word sentiment
Scrapy Land #74 - anything goes *must use brand SL sells (Darice and Spellbinders)
Pile It On #134 - feather/scales and/or no patterned paper (I did no patterned paper)


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Joy to the World the Lord is Come!


Hi!  I have a card to show you, but first, let me tell you that I have discovered the greatest thing EVER!!!   I love dies.  I love fancy dies.  I don't often use my fancy dies (and have hesitated to buy more delicate dies) because it is so frustrating to have the die not cut cleanly and/or rip coming out of the die.  This thing makes all the difference in the world!!  It's a simple metal shim for my die cutting machine.  That's it!  Look at it... nothing fancy, but it has amazing power! :D  


This Find It Trading Holly Jolly Music die is probably my favorite, but it was so hard to get a nice clean perfect cut.



Not anymore!  I don't even know where I first saw/heard about shims for a Cuttlebug, but after doing some looking, I ordered one from eBay and am loving it!!!  (I'm not getting any compensation for this or trying to sell you anything.  I just know how frustrated I would get and would love to be able to save other from that!)  It used to take me forever to get one nice die cut like this.



There are several brands of shims, but I got this CottageCutz one...


Finally, here is the card I made with this die cut...


 In fact, it came together so easily and nicely, that I made 5 more! :)



My paper is Dovecraft Winter Blooms.  I cut the panels with CottageCutz Stitched Rectangles.   This wonderful die is Find It Trading Holly Jolly Music.  My sentiment is My Craft Spot Jot to the World.  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx ink then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The ribbon is Offray organdy ribbon from my stash. 


Challenges...
Word Art Wednesday #300-301 - anything goes w/ uplifting sentiment
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas #351 - anything goes Christmas
Craft-Dee BowZ Sept - anything goes w/ handmade bow
The Merry Christmas Challenge #35 - anything goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas #15 - anything Christmas goes
A snowflake promise #44 - anything goes
Inkspirational #143 - photo (I was inspired by the musical background paper)


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!!

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