Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dressed Up Snowflake ~ FMS66 & FM90

Well, I hope everyone has had a wonderful christmas!  I've had a nice little break from stamping and am ready to get back into creating again!  I have to say that by the time christmas arrived last year I was so sick of making christmas cards.  This year I could have gone on for a long time....I had so many ideas and not enough time.  Thank goodness for Merry Monday challenges so I can make christmas cards all year long! 
This card was a happy accident.  I needed to clean off my desk after all that christmas stamping and there were a few things laying there that just happened to coordinate.  These were all leftovers from many other projects. 
This is what I found.  When I pulled them together, I thought it would make a striking card, so off to work I went.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketchs 66 and the snowflake theme from The Friday Mashup 90.  I opted to not use the colors from FM90, obviously.
I actually went down to my desk to make a completely different project, but I got so excited about this one, I had to do it first.  After I finished I worked on my original card, but it turned out to be a dud, in my opinion.  I'm glad this one turned out though!
Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: none
Paper: Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Mocha Morning DP
Ink: Crumb Cake (sponging)
Accessories: Designer Frames EF, Antique Brad, Oval Cutter, Extra Large Oval Punch, Northern Frost Decorative Strip die, Northern Flurry EF, Black Satin Ribbon
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Black & Gold Dynamic Duos

Good Saturday morning everyone!  This weeks colors over at Dynamic Duos are Black and Gold with a dessert option of adding music. 
2012 Create Thursday-010
I'm also entering this one in CCMC230, which happens to feature the colors of my card!  I'm loving this Champagne Glimmer paper.  I was so happy to see when SU added a gold color to their glimmers.  I'm a fan of anything that sparkles!  Although I've made plenty of cards that don't have any sparkle to them, it seems like I'm not happy with it until some glitter has been added.  As I look at the sample from the other design team members at Dynamic Duos, I find the ones I'm truely attracted to have sparkle!  Also, this card qualifies for Just Add Ink 148: Just add christmas! 
The main inspiration for my card comes from a card that I spotted last year made by Lorri.  I couldn't wait to try one for myself, and when this challenge came up, I thought it might be the perfect time to put it together.  I'm so pleased with the way this turned out!  I loved pulling together all the fun little elements for each package on the sleigh! 
For the sleigh, I started by running a piece of Champagne Shimmer through the Big Shot using my Top Note die.  I cut the top part off  to make the sleigh.  I used a couple of little swirls from the Swirly Decorative Strip die to make the legs of the sleigh.  Next, I cut out different sized boxes in different colors and decorated them up.  I had to include the music note paper to encompass the music theme from the DD33 challenge.  The whole thing went together pretty fast, actually and is far easier to make than it looks.  I can't tell you how in love with this card I am!  It's been sitting out as part of my christmas decor since it was created, so I can admire it everytime I walk by!
Make sure to stop by Dynamic Duos and check out what the other designers have created....there is much inspiration there!

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Come to Bethlehem
Paper: Champagne Glimmer, Vanilla, Black, Newsprint DP (retired)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Black Grosgrain ribbon, Perfect Polkadots EF, Snowflurry EF, Petals a Plenty EF, Glitter brads, 1/4" black ribbon, Teeny Tiny Punch Pack, Pearls, Crochet Trim, Gold String

Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Raspberry Gray Joy ~ SSSC173 & CR84FN68

Just a really quick post today to show this card that I made for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 173 and CR84FN 68.
I used The Sounding Joy as my centerpiece and added some texture in the form of Fancy Fans and Square Lattice EFs.  I sponged gray over the vanilla panel to add softness. Some gray satin ribbon and a vintage faceted button with silver cord complete this pretty christmas card. 
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: The Sounding Joy
Paper: Going Gray, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla
Ink: Going Gray and Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Labels Framelits, Gray satin ribbon, Antique Faceted Button, Silver cord, Fancy Fans & Square Lattice EF
Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pretty Pink Poinsietta ~ DD#32 & Merry Monday

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Dynamic Duos color challenge!  It's a monochromatic theme of Pretty in Pink and Rose Red.
I also chose to use a sketch from Merry Monday's Year in Review Challenge, where you can pick any past sketch.  I chose #23.
From the moment I saw this Watercolor Winter set in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I HAD to have it!  I've had so much fun playing with the different images.  I have yet to stamp these flowers in red though!  I seem to gravitate towards non-traditional colors when it comes to these flowers....weird.  That will be my next task.  Stamp these poinsiettas in red.  But for now, I like them in pink!  I fussy cut three and layered them on a bed of Crumb Cake evergreen sprigs, included with the set.  I added some glitter glue to the center of each flower to add some sparkle. 
I added some detail to the button in the form of a tiny tag stamped with the words from The Sounding Joy, and a little pinecone from the Watercolor Winter set.  I added some glitter glue to the pinecone too. :)
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Watercolor Winter, The Sounding Joy
Paper: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, White
Ink: Same as paper
Accessories: Pink Gingham ribbon, Petals a plenty EF, Tiny Tag punch, Glitter Glue
Be sure to check out what the other designers over at Dynamic Duos have done!
 Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Joy in Pink Suede ~ SSSC173

Here is my entry for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 173.
  I'm always attracted to the sketches over there, and the challenges last for two weeks.  Somehow, time always seems to get away from me, so it's hit and miss when I get to participate. There are already alot of fun cards in the gallery, so there's tons of inspiration....check it out!
 I'm in the process of creating a variety of christmas cards for a lady who placed an order and this is one that she is getting.  I love the color scheme of this, which was unplanned at first.  I started with the Soft Suede base card and knew I wanted to combine it with the houndstooth printed paper.  I had a scrap of Pink Pirouette laying on my desk, so I decided to see how that would work.  I'm in love with the color combo with the gold/champagne mixed in.  The ornament is from the Stocking Accents die, and I stamped the words from The Sounding Joy star onto it.  I outlined the ornament with some two-way glue and added the gold glitter.  I topped it off with a  neutral button and accented the corner of the main panel with a layered snowflake, which is my favorite thing about this card! 
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: The Sounding Joy
Paper: Soft Suede, Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Champagne Gimmer, Festival of Prints DP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Stocking Accents die, Neutrals button, Linen Thread, Tiny Tag Punch, Northern Frost Decorative Strip die, Open Scallop Border punch (EK Success), Lacy Brocade EF, Pearl, Designer Frame EF
Thanks for taking a peek and have a beautiful day!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Musical Peace ~ CTD221 & Merry Monday

Today's card is for Color Throwdown #221 & Merry Monday Year In Review Challenge. For the MM challenge, I chose past sketch #13. 
My red and green are a smidge different from the challenge colors, as I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  I love the addition of Black and Crumb Cake with red and green!  It's so rich looking!  My Crumb Cake was added by inking the Lacy Brocade EF and running the paper through the Big Shot.  I love the elevated distressed look this gives!  I also sponged Crumb Cake right onto the fussy cut tree.
Here's a list of all my supplies.....
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Watercolor Winter
Paper: Black, Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla, Newsprint DP
Ink: Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Cherry Seambinding ribbon, Lacy Brcade EF, Glimmer brads, Join In The Cheer decorative strip, Northern Frost decorative strip
Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Triple Challenge Snowman ~ CCMC228, NAC23, & PP124

I havn't had time to blog much this week, but I have a few projects coming up in the next few days.  This card is for Create With Connie and Mary Challenge 228, Nacho Average Challenge 23, and The Paper Players Challenge 124. 
2012 Create Thursday-008Nac23
The color challenge for CCMC has always been a favorite of mine for winter cards.  I love lavender and light blue for snowflakes and snow.  My chistmas cards a few years ago featured these two colors.  I used the sketch from Nacho Average Challenge and the snowman theme from The Paper Players.  This is the first ink this stamp set has seen.  I just got it during the big sale SU had!  I love a good deal, and this set WAS a good deal!  If you havn't played along at Nacho Average Challenge, you should.  The sketch this week would be the perfect time to try it out!

I used alot of glitter glue on this project...almost as a third color!  I added it to the top hat, the buttons, accents on the snowman himself, the bird wings, and below his feet as snow.  I love all the sparkle this card has to offer, especially with the glimmer paper.  It's an eyecatcher for sure!  The last thing I did was add the sentiment as a little hanging tag and a layered snowflake accessory using all three colors from the challenge. 
Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Snow Much Fun
Paper: Baja Breeze, Wisteria Wonder, Silver Glimmer, White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Northern Frost die, Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, Snowflake EF, Glitter Glue, In-color brad
Thanks for taking a peek and have a terrific day!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Country Christmas ~ DD31

Today marks the 4th week I have been a designer over at Dynamic Duos.   Wow, time really flies!  It seems like I was just chosen the other day.  This weeks challenge is to use Real Red and Certainly Celery.  My sketch inspiration this week comes from Freshly Made Sketches #63.
 Certainly Celery used to be my very favorite green to play with in my cards, but since Pear Pizzaz arrived on the scene, it has taken over first place.  It was fun to dig out the older color and use it again!  I wanted to play around with the bleaching technique, so I embossed the holly in white on Crumb Cake CS, bleached out the image and used my blender pen to put the Certainly Celery and Real Red onto the leaves and holly berries.  What a fun technique.  The addition of Crumb Cake, along with the corduroy button, gingham DP, and the linen thread, gives the whole thing a country chistmas kind of feel. 
Check out the other Dynamic Duos Designers!
 Here's a list of supplies.....
Stamps: Watercolor Winter, Peace On Earth (CTMH)
Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake, White, Certainly Celery, Polka Dot Parade & Pawsitively Prints II DP
Ink: Craft White, Certainly Celery, Real Red
Accessories: Spellbinders labels 3 die, Corduroy button, White EP, Big Dots EF, Linen Thread, Wide Celery Stipped Grosgrain ribbon
Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Looks Like Christmas ~ FM86

Over at The Friday Mashup this week the challenge was to make a christmas project using non-christmas stamps and add a messy technique.
 I thought this challenge sounded like so much fun, so I began browsing my stamps to figure out what to use.  I came across my Reason To Smile set and figured the flower head could pass for a wreath.  I stamped it in Wild Wasabi, punched it out with my 1 3/4" circle punch and layered it on an oval cut Designer Frame.  I fussy cut three little flowers from that same set, after I stamped them in Real Red, then topped them off with rhinestone centers. 
For the messy technique part, I ran a piece of white through the Big Shot using my Holiday Frame EF and then cut it out in a big oval with my Creative Memories oval cutting system.  I dropped a bit of sparkle gel to a scrap paper, ran my brayer through it and rolled it right onto the embossed image.  I like the way it turned out!  I finished everything off with some Wild Wasabi photo corners with added bling and a sweet gingham ribbon.
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Reason To Smile
Paper: Real Red, White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Holiday Frame EF, Designer Frame EF, Circle & Oval punch, Oval Cutting System from Creative Memories, Rhinestones, Gingham ribbon, Photo Corner punch, Sparkle gel, Shimmer spray
Thanks for taking a peek and have a spectacular day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dynamic Duos #30

This is my design team card for this weeks Dynamic Duos Challenge #30 using Midnight Muse and Silver.  I have to say thay Midnight Muse is one of new favorite colors!  All the new In-Colors this year are super fun!
Make sure you check out the blogs of the other design team members!
I tried to stay true to the challenge this week using only white as an extra color. 
My jumping off point was this fabulous snowflake punch strip, which was made with a tool called the Fiskars Advantage Punch System.  The tool belongs to a friend of mine and she was gracious enough to let me take it home and play with it for a few days.  I figured it would be perfect to use the snowflakes in this challenge. 
Once I had my snowflake theme in place, I added the other elements from there. 
Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: none
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Ink: none
Accessories: Fiskars Advantage Punch System, Lacy Brocade EF, Snow Flurry die, Lots of Tags die, Extra Large Oval punch, Silver Hodgepodge Hardward, Silver cord, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border
Thanks for taking a peek and have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Silver & Gold Snow ~ PP122 & CSC118

Today's card comes by way of The Paper Players Challenge 122 & Case Study Challenge 118.  PP122 says to use gold or silver.  I chose to use both!  After browsing the inspiration cards from the design team, I noticed I was drawn to the ones that used both of these rich colors.  I used the CSC118 as my layout inspiration.
I embossed the large snowflake from Snowflake Soiree in gold on a piece of whisper white cardstock.  Next I stamped and embossed the small snowflake in silver on a piece of vellum.  I added the word Joy from the set The Sounding Joy to the middle of the vellum and embossed that again in gold. 
I added the sentiment banner, some silver braided trim, and a gold library clip to finish it all off.
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: The Sounding Joy, Snowflake Soiree
Paper: White, Vellum
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Silver and Gold EP, Library Clip, Gold brads, Silver Braided Cord (Offray)
Thanks for taking a peek and have a sparkly day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pink Poinsiettas ~ CCMC227

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are surrounded by friends and family celebrating this thankful day!  I sure do have much to be thankful for!
This card is for Create with Connie and Mary 227.  The challenge was to make a special shaped card using framelits or dies. 
2012 Create Thursday-007
I pretty much stayed true to the sketch.  I used the Bells and Boughs set and colored these pretty poinseittas pink.  This makes me think of my mom who loves poinsiettas.  She had a very pretty pink plant that she was able to keep around for a long time.  Me, I've never been a plant house plant person and can't seem to keep them alive, so I admire anyone who can! 
I watercolored the image after stamping it in Stazon ink on watercolor paper.  I layered it on a piece of Champagne Glimmer paper and then on the main card base of Primrose Petals.  I ran the base top through my Big Shot using the Lacy Brocade EF, placed a couple of strips of Primrose Petal DP, then finished everything off with an always artichoke seam binding bow and some pearls. 
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Bells and Boughs
Paper: Primrose Petal Cardstock and DP, Champagne Glimmer, Watercolor
Ink: Primrose Petal, Raspberry Ripple, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzaz
Accessories: Gold glitter, Labels Framelits die, Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon, pearls, Lacy Brocade EF
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!