Thursday, November 26, 2015

Simple Country Snowflake ~ CCMC383

Hello stampers and Happy Thanksgiving!  I have so much to be thankful for as I'm sure most do!  One thing on my list is I'm thankful to be part of the Create With Connie and Mary team.  I've loved this challenge site since I first started  blogging a few years back.  I was so excited to be chosen to be on such a spectacular team! 
Let's get on with this week's challenge......a versatile sketch!

I went the country route using the dotted paper from Merry Moments DSP stack and burlap ribbon.  I embossed the medium sized snowflake from {Flurry of Wishes} with white embossing powder after it was stamped on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I fussy cut it out as well.  I stamped the biggest snowflake from that same set right onto the DSP with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamped the sentiment the same way.  I topped it all off with a Very Vintage designer button tied with linen thread.  Iwas  really wishing I had one of those cute wooden snowflakes to embellish with, but mine have been on backorder forever!!!!  Oh well, you make due with what you've got, I guess!

I hope everyone enjoys this holiday with family and friends and here's to a full tummy!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jingle Bells Caroler ~ CCMC382

Hello!  Another Thursday has rolled around and that means another great Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  This week's challenge is a fabulous color trio.  I was stumped when I first looked at this trio and have been on a roll with Christmas cards....and these don't seem like Christmas colors...

We Wish You a Merry Christmas:

And then I saw this little dude on Pinterest.  Hmmmm.  I thought he could look cute done up in the challenge trio.  Once I got going my little caroler came together fairly quickly!  I decided to use gold instead of Delightful Dijon on my card, too.

I made a little guide to show the punches and dies I used.  I'm sorry it's so crude, but I'm by no means computer savvy at all.  :)

You get the idea though!  His top hat was just a plain rectangle that I angled in slightly with my scissors.  His nose is the tiniest circle punch from the Owl Builder punch and his cheeks are a regular standard hole paper punch.  
The notes on his music sheet came from {Jingle All The Way}, as well as the sentiment.
For not loving this color combo to start out with, I think my creation turned out pretty well!  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Jingle All the Way
Ink: Black, Island Indigo, White craft
Paper: Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Gold Glimmer, Chocolate Chip, Black, White, Blushing Bride 
Accessories: Woodlands EF, Deco Labels Framelits, Snow Friends Framelits, 3/4", 1', 1/8" hole punches, Owl Builder punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Joyful and Funky ~ HHS225

Happy Tuesday stampers!  Hand Stamped Sentiments has a brand new sketch ready for you to play along with!  These challenges go for two weeks so you have plenty of time to play....even enter multiple times if you'd like!
My card started by using this funky, cute poinsettia that was laying on my desk, discarded from another project!  I love being able to use these kinds of items!  This made this card come together REALLY fast!  To make the flower I stamped the flower with black ink on Real Red cardstock.  Next, I stamped the inside of the flower in Versamark ink and embossed it with Melon Mambo EP.  I fussy cut the red flower out, stamped a second flower on Cucumber Crush and mounted the red/pink flower on top of the second, with only the leaves showing.  Didn't it turn out bold and beautiful!  
I also love combining these bright colors with black.  I think it makes such a nice contrast.  The silver sparkle circle is also a discard from another project!

I used Cucumber Crush lace ribbon and Strawberry Slush ruffle trim for the vertical element of the sketch. 
The greeting is from {Holly Jolly Greetings} and the die cut "joy" is from last years snowflake card die set.  

Make sure you hop over to HHS #225 and check out the other designers amazing samples of this fun sketch!
Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Reason for the Season, Holly Jolly Greetings
Ink: black, Versamark, Cucumber Crush
Paper: Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Strawberry Slush, Winter Wonderland DSP, Silver glimmer, white
Accessories: Snowflake Card die, rhinestones, Cucumber Crush lace ribbon, Strawberry Slush trim

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pretty Pink Poinsettia ~ CCMC381 & Merry Monday179

Happy Thursday stampers!  It's time for another Create with  Connie and Mary sketch Challenge!  I flipped the sketch on it's side.
Oh my, my, my how I love the soft colors with the white sparkle!!!!  I was totally inspired by the photo over at Merry Monday 179

I stamped and embossed two poinsettias from {Reason for the Season} with white EP.  I fussy cut them out, colored on the back of the top flower and mounted them together with dimensionals.  I love the super subtle color on the flower along with the delicate lace trim and the girly white glitter ribbon.  The little dots of Iridescent Ice glimmer paper add just a bit more pizzazz to the whole project.

Make sure you take a gander at all the other amazing projects over at the Create with Connie and Mary blog!  We've got a super batch of talented designers on this team!

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Reason for the Season
Ink: Blushing Bride, Mint Macron, Versamark
Paper: Mint Macron, Blushing Bride, Naturals DSP stack, Iridescent Ice glimmer, Vellum, White
Accessories: 1 3/8"circle punch, White EP, Mint Macron Lace ribbon, White glitter ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Triangle Trees ~ CCMC380

Hey everybody!  Welcome to Thursday, which means another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week we've got another super color combination for you.  

I on a complete Christmas card kick and can't seem to break away from it!  I'm building up a great stash, thanks to all these great challenges!
I was inspired by this photo I found on Pinterest....
DIY Christmas Trees:

I liked the different textures and sizes of the triangle shaped Christmas trees.  
For the background of the card I swiped my Smokey Slate marker across a larger size acrylic block, spritzed it with water and applied it directly onto white cardstock.  I like the wintery sky look it gave me!   I added lots and lots of punch confetti stars. 

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: White Christmas, Happy Scene
Paper: White, Brushed Silver, Neutral DSP pack, Real Red, Smokey Slate, Black Glimmer, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Smokey Slate
Accessories: Elegant Dots and Decorative Dots EF

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Christmas Coffee with a Birdie ~ SSC113

Good Wednesday everyone!  Today's card is for Sunday Stamps challenge 113.
I was completely inspired by the picture of the mugs and tea (or coffee....I prefer coffee!) 

I was also inspired by this cool, vintage feeling picture I found on Pinterest.  The artist is named Steve Mack.  
Comfort and Joy! by mrmack, via Flickr:

He's got some other styles similar to this one and I'll be featuring at least a couple other cards inspired by his work in the future, so stay tuned!  
I love the simplicity of his drawings, which translates easily into punch art! 

Basically this card uses a variety of circle and oval punches.  I hand cut the triangle elements, as well as the steam.

The sentiment on the inside of from an older set from Close To My Heart.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Rustic Sunflower ~ HSS224

Hello everyone!  It's Hand Stamped Sentiments time again!  This time we've got a rich trio of autumnal colors.  Aren't they beautiful together!  
I decided to go the sunflower-ish route.
I used a much neglected and now retired stamp set called {Build a Blossom}.  It coordinates with the Blossom Builder punch.  I stamped out each blossom in Delightful Dijon ink on the same color cardstock and punched each one out.  I added a Mossy Meadow circle to the center of the flower and then accessorized with a gold button and linen thread.

The Burlap ribbon and Early Espresso embossed woodgrain background add a rustic feel to this card.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!