Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Glass of Christmas Cheer! MOJO373 & CTD320

This card is for Mojo Monday 373 Sketch Challenge and Color Throwdown 320.

I've been wanting to make the christmas-y drink from Happy Hour for some time now.  I like the way it turned out.  My son was bouncing a ball in the house and of course it bounced right on my card and bent it up right before I took the photo of it.  Shoot!  LOL!

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Happy Hour
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Real Red, Fresh Prints DSP, White, Red Glimmer
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Real Red
Accessories: Natural Trim ribbon, Snowflake card thinlit die, Deco Labels die

Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Merry Monday Fusion

Today's card is for Fusion Challenge and Merry Monday 136.

I used the sketch (kinda loosely) and sparkle from Fusion and did the red, green, and white from Merry Monday.  I added in a little Early Espresso to tie in my sentiment.....I consider Early Espresso a neutral, I guess!
The wreath is from last years holiday catalog...the one that doesn't have a matching die!  I didn't purchase this years wreath.    

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Wonderful Wreath
Ink: Garden Green, Early Espresso
Paper: Real Red, White, Trim the Tree DSP, Red Glimmer
Accessories: Expressions Thinlits die, Owl Builder punch, Woven Satin ribbon

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Northern Lights Copy Cat ~ The Friday Mashup 187

You know that saying imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?  Well, when I saw this card by Heidi Baks I fell in love with it and just had to give the technique a try for myself.  She wonderfully  executed the technique and her inspiration picture.  Here is a link to the Northern Lights tutorial, so you can give it a try for's so fun! 
Anyway, I'm gonna be a copy cat and submit my card to the Friday Mashup 187 weather challenge.  

I like it when I can be original, but sometimes when something is just so good, you  gotta follow the trend!  
Here's a list of my supplies.....

Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Strawberry Slush, Night of Navy, Black
Paper: Night of Navy, White, Black
Accessories: sponges, daubers, white gel pen

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Joy for Just Add Ink 241

This card was made for Just Add Ink 241, which was a really fun, versatile sketch.

I started off with the color combo.  I wanted to do something other that the ordinary christmas colors.  The colors are kinda beachy, I think, which totally contradicts the snowflakes.  Lol! I do like the way it turned out though!

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: none
Paper: White, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay, Fresh Prints & Season of Style DSP, Champagne Shimmer
Accessories: Snowflake card Thinlits die, Gold metal button, Linen thread, Crumb Cake striped grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Merry Letterpress Winter ~ CAS(E) this Sketch 101

Today's card is for CAS(E) This Sketch 101.  I can't recall that I've ever played along at CAS(E) before, simply because I don't consider myself a clean and simple style card maker.  More is better is my motto, in fact often times I'll look at my finished card and think, "what else can I add?" LOL!  I know there are those of you out there that can relate to me!!!

This card all started with the piece of All Is Calm DSP that was laying on my desk.  I cut the snowflake out of the center and used it on another project.  
I'm always a sucker for a black and silver Christmas comes off so elegant! That's the direction I took here.  I stamped and silver embossed the coordinating snowflake from Letterpress Winter into the center of my DSP. 
For the MERRY, after I cut it out with the Expressions Thinlits die in white cardstock, I inked it with versamark, spinkled it with Heat and Stick powder and then sprinkled it again with silver glitter.  After all that I realized I probably could have just cut the MERRY out of Silver Glimmer paper.  Oh well!   

A little silver ribbon and a rhinestone finish off this CAS project. 
Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Letterpress Winter
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Black, White, All is Calm DSP
Accessories: Heat and Stick powder, Silver EP, Silver 1/4" ribbon, Expressions Thinlits die, Rhinestones

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Believe ~ PP221 & JAI240

This card is for The Paper Players Challenge #221, a color challenge consisting of Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, and Mossy Meadow.  Also, Just Add Ink #240 calls for adding texture. 

My colors are fudged a slight bit.  I had this Snowflake Thinlits card already cut in Old Olive.....another one of those situations where something is laying on the desk just waiting to be used.  I saw that the santa and sleigh stamp from Holiday Home fit nicely within the snowflake, so that's the direction I went.  I decided I wanted to create a nice little snowy scene.
I used patterned paper from the Trim the Tree paper stack and a DSP pack from a couple seasons ago called Season Of Style.  They both had a white background, so instead of Very Vanilla, I've got Whisper White. 

I added sparkle (because frankly what is a holiday card without some sparkle, right?) in the form of Dazzling Diamonds and Silver glimmer paper.  I punched some stars with the new Confetti Stars punch out of Silver glimmer and glued them onto the sky.  For the snow, I cut an extra snowflake out of the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and trimmed it up to look like snowbanks. 
This is where the texture comes in for the Just Add Ink challenge.  

For the back of the snowflake, I added a couple of circles and stamped "Believe" from Good Greeting, and the little tree from Holiday Home, then added another punched star.  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Holiday Home, Good Greetings
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Paper: Old Olive, Season of Style & Trim the Tree DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Silver & Dazzling Diamonds glimmer, White
Accessories: Snowflake Thinlits card die, Star Confetti punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Silver Ornament ~ Merry Monday 134 & NAC115

This card is for Merry Monday 134, which challenges us to use an ornament and silver and blue colors.  I also used the sketch from Nacho Average Challenge 115.

I flipped the sketch around on it's side.  
For the blue colors, I went with Island Indigo and Pool Party DSP from the last years Winter Frost pack. Island Indigo and Pool Party sound more summery than winter, LOL!
I looked around to see what I had for ornament stamps and the only thing I could come up with was the little one that comes in the Ornamental Pine set.  I embossed it with silver embossing powder and hung it from some Smokey Slate ribbon with a Frosted Finish embellishment at the top.  I used a sentiment from More Merry Messages that I thought went perfect with an ornament card. 

Here's a list of all my supplies....
Stamps: Ornamental Pine, More Merry Messages
Ink: Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper: Island Indigo, Winter Frost DSP, White, Silver Glimmer
Accessories: Silver EP, Frosted Finishes, Smokey Slate 1/4" ribbon, Scallop Border punch

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Paper Crafters Sampler ~ November

The November edition of the Paper Crafters Sampler has arrived!  The ladies have outdone themselves this time with their projects! 
It's all about the holidays with this months theme.  We have snowflakes and star ornaments, a polar bear and deer, and snowmen and hot cocoa.  
Here's a sneak peek at my project.....

You'll get full instructions on how to re-create my card as well as the other projects my fellow designers made.  

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Penguin Greetings ~ CCMC328 & RS139

Penguins are my very favorite animal in the world and I've been wanting to paper piece this little guy for a long time.  For this card I used the color combo from Create With Connie and Mary 328 and the sketch from Retro Sketches 139.  I just love this sketch! Most people must have because there are a lot of entries there this week!  I had hoped to play along and I'm making my submission just under the wire!  

I thought the combo at CCM this week was perfect for my penguin.  I used some fun paper from the Trim The Tree paper stack.  I also incorporated some of the All Is Calm DSP.  

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Zoo Review, Letterpress Winter
Ink: Memento black, Smokey Slate, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilites
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Smokey Slate, Lost Lagoon, White, All Is Calm & Trim The Tree DSP
Accessories: Adorning Accents die & EF, Northern Flurry EF, Silver 1/4" ribbon, rhinestones

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rustic Holiday Home ~ MMC133, The Challenge 18, FMS161

I'm combining three challenges with today's card.  They are:

I actually forgot that The Challenge comes with a built in sketch and I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Merry Monday's challenge was to make a rustic card using browns and creams.  I threw a little red in there for good measure and that incorporated The Challenge #18!  

For this card, I actually embossed the little snowflakes that go with White Christmas, but you can't see them in the photograph.  I used to have the perfect light in my kitchen for taking pictures of my card, but we are remodeling and my light went away.  I'm trying to experiment with different lights in different spaces.  Nothing is working as good as my old one, which I'm bummed about.  I will figure something out eventually, I guess!
I also used my Signo gel pen to add some snow to the trees and house.  I love this cute little scene!  Holiday Home and White Christmas compliment each other nicely and are fun to use together.  

The little snowflake in the corner is a Momenta cut & emboss die that is from Hobby Lobby.

Here's a list of supplies I used.....
Stamps: White Christmas, Holiday Home, Hardwood
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight & Crumb Cake Blendabilities.
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Accessories: Homemade Holiday Framelits, Woven satin ribbon, naturals buttons, gel pen, linen thread, dimensionals, Momenta cut & emboss die.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jan Tink Step Card Case ~ Holiday Home

This wonderful little gem is a CASE of Jan Tink's amazing card.
I've never made a step card, nor was I ever very interested until I saw hers.  The Holiday Home set was simply made to do one of these cards....especially because it has all the coordinating dies! :)  It was one of the sets that I just had to have the moment I laid eyes on it!

I've always been a fan of pink and blue together for Christmas, and thought that this might look kinda cute in a more Victorian type of theme, so I chose to work with softer colors.  Jan's card is bright and cheerful and has a lot of  razz-a-ma-tazz.  Make sure you check her's out!  Also, although the card looks complicated, it came together super fast.  Fussy cutting the trees probably took the most time.

If you haven't ever tried a step card, here's a link to a great step-by-step tutorial.  It's way easier to put together than it looks.  I had such fun making this card and thanks to Jan for the inspiration!

Here's a list of my supplies.....
Stamps: Holiday Home
Paper: Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, White, All Is Calm DSP
Ink: White Craft, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Homemade Holiday Framelits, Blushing Bride cotton ribbon, 1/4" circle punch, 1/8" circle punch.

Thanks for taking a peek!