Thursday, December 29, 2016

Snowman Sparkle ~ CCMC438

Hello fellow stampers!  It's time for a color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!


Our fun colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Silver or Smokey Slate.  I went with Silver.
This is pretty much my last post for Christmas cards.  I'm sorry to see the Christmas card making season come to an end....although, I guess you can make Christmas cards all year long if you prefer, but it's much more fun when you're in the holiday spirit!  
Anyway, I die cut the snowman from Snow Friends framelits in Silver Glimmer paper and placed him on a snow embossed oval.  I gave him a pool party die cut tie to dress him up a little.  I continue to LOVE the Cable Knit embossing folder, so I had to incorporate that in there too!

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week!  
Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bright Butterfly ~ HSS254, JAI342

Hello stampers! It's time once again for another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge.  This time it's a sketch!
I'm also adding Just Add Ink's #342 inspiration of Just add N.  My N is for Night of Navy.
 I trust everyone has recovered from Christmas.  I have.  Ours was nice and relaxing this year.  I felt like I wasn't ready for it as it approached, but I was able to pull everything together at the last minute.  I seem to be a really good procrastinator.  To top it off, my youngest son's birthday is the 23rd (he turned 12 this year), so that gets thrown in there as well.  
The only thing I didn't get done, ironically, was my Christmas cards!  
I SO enjoy creating Christmas cards, too.  In fact I'm usually not ready to be done with the Christmas card making season after it's over.  It was a little tough for me to get out of the Christmas card mode and create something else, but I did it....thanks to some Christmas DSP!  Yep, that green polka dot piece is from a retired Christmas stack called Merry Moments.  I love the big bold polka dot and bright green color.  I paired it with a Night of Navy butterfly thinlit topped over a silver glimmer butterfly.  These two butterflies have been laying around my desk since last spring!  I'm glad to finally give them their moment in the spotlight!  I wanted to incorporate a nice bright pink as well, so the sentiment from {Sunburst Sayings} is stamped in Melon Mambo and I added a Melon Mambo banner.  The Night of Navy background piece is stamped with the Brushstrokes background stamp in Night of Navy ink.  Lastly, I added a little silver thread to tie into the silver butterfly.  I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt of a "regular" card after Christmas card season! 

I hope you'll be able to play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  Remember, our challenges last for two week, so you have plenty of time to create!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pink Flurry Penguin ~ CCMC437

Hello stampers!  It's time for another Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge!  This one is sweet and simple and can go many different directions!

I used some discarded items laying around my desk.  The snowflake oval and Cable Knit embossed portion were cast offs from other projects, so my card came together fairly fast!  Penguins are my very favorite animal ever and have been since I was a little kid.  I'm not sure why I became so infatuated by them but I have quite a collection of penguin stuff.  I thought this little guy would look cute in his black and white suit against the pink snowflake background.  His gold bowtie with rhinestone center dresses him up nicely!  The strip of gold sequins and scattering of sequins add a bit of holiday sparkle!  

I hope to see you join us for this fun challenge this week!  We sure love browsing thru your creations.  As usual our design team has created some real showstoppers so hop over and leave them some comments!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Brightly Colored Snowflakes ~ HSS253

Hi stampers!  It's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  This time we have a cheerful color challenge for you. 
These aren't colors you normally think about when you think Christmas, but that's what I've done with them.  The purple and blue are nice cool colors and lend themselves nicely to a snowflake theme.  The green....not so much, but I threw it in there anyway!  I actually like the way it turned out!  I'm such a fan of making Christmas cards and can't seem to stop myself this time of year.  I'm usually sad to see Christmas card season go.  

I started by stamping the snowflakes from {Snow Friends} in white craft ink on watercolor paper and then embossing with white EP.  I then covered the entire piece with water and added the Eggplant, Bermuda, and Pear inks with my Aquapainter.  After it dried, I added some extra snowflakes in the challenge colors.  I spritzed it with water to make the snowflake ink run some more.  Finally, I spritzed the entire piece with glimmer spray for extra shimmer and shine.  I layered the main panel on a piece of Elegant Eggplant and then a base of Bermuda Bay.

I finished the card off with a die cut circle snowflake and sentiment from {Flurry of Wishes} and a sliver of silver glimmer paper and silver ribbon.  
A trio of rhinestones scattered around add a touch more bling.  

I hope you'll find time to play along with us in our two week challenge!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sugarplum Snowflake ~ CCMC436, RS241, PP324

Hello fellow stampers and happy Thursday!  It's time for Create with Connie and Mary again!  This week we have a sweet color trio for you to play with!  I used Retro Sketches 241 and The Paper Player snowflake challenge to help me along with my card this week.  

To start my card I stamped the snowflake background in versamark, embossed it with clear embossing powder, and then sponged Soft Sky ink over the entire thing.
The middle panel is last year's silver snowflake vellum layered over white cardstock and then flanked on the top and bottom with a sliver of silver glimmer paper.  The whole thing is anchored with some sweet sugarplum ribbon. 
Instead of a tag I used my layering circle framelits to create a nice base for the focal snowflake.  I added a nice little PEACE banner  and sprinkled around a few silver sequins.  

Thanks for taking a peek!  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chalkboard Warmth and Cheer ~ CCMC435

Hey everyone!  It's Thursday again and time for a Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge!  
This sketch, to me, was deceptively simple.  I really had to put on my thinking cap.  I had a totally different idea that incorporated the chalkboard background, only using the Hardwood stamp.  The design I had in my head just didn't work, so I set to work using the {Wrapped in Warmth} set.    I really like the sentiments that this set has but have not yet used any of them.  I like the cozy feel of it all.  The calkboard inspiration came from Inspired by the Little Things #34.
I also used inspiration from the Card Concept 63.  I consider this style Clean and Layered.

I didn't stamp anything on the inside, but Warm Christmas Wishes would probably be appropriate, don't you think? 

Here's a list of my supplies...
Stamps: Wrapped in Warmth
Ink: White 
Paper: Real Red, Black, Warmth and Cheer DSP
Accessories: Star and Heart confetti punches, circle thinlits\

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!