December 24, 2013

December 17, 2013

Guest Designing at CAS-ology

So, this week I was asked to guest design over at CAS-ology.  :-). They have such fun challenges and an amazing design team.  This weeks cue word is "KNIT".

So many possibilities with this word.  I had a few ideas and was playing around but wasn't coming up with anything that I loved.  Then while sitting and watching TV inspiration struck!  Unfortunately, it took some effort to get my idea to work.  It just didn't look right.  I had to step back, take a break and come back to it.  Then it just seemed to fall into place.  :-). Anyway, enough talking about it, let me show you!

My first thought when I was told the cue word was what kinds of things are knitted?  Socks, mittens, sweaters......  Then it came to me, eurecka! Scarves!  I could make a small scarf!  Then it was, how the heck am I going to do that??!  I thought about all the Christmas crafts I had been making for my craft fairs and figured I could do something similar.  I took an argyle sock (my Mom sent them to me for my crafts.  Don't worry, they've never been worn.  LOL) and cut a strip out of it cutting the ends to make a fringe.  I tied it like a scarf would be and glued it to my white panel.  It's looks kind of black in the photo but the main colour of the scarf is a dark purple.  I stamped my sentiment (Technique Tuesday, Flurries set) in timber brown StazOn.  Then popped my panel up with foam dots on my white card base which I think helps create visual interest without being overwhelming.

I think I'll link this up to Keep it Simple where their theme is "warm".  Scarves keep you warm, right?  :-)

Well, thanks for stopping by for a visit and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 15, 2013

Foxy Snowflakes

Here's my second post for today.  Just another quick card to link up with the same four challenges.  This card was born because I wanted to use one of my $1.50 Michael's stamps I found.  I actually got it for $0.66 since they had a sale at the time.  :-).

Isn't that fox cute?  Love his little scarf and the present sitting beside him.  After stamping in dove gray StazOn I just had to glitter both up, of course!  I used a circle punch to cut my hole in the corner of my whirlpool cardstock after I embossed it with my snowflake folder (Darice).  It's was simple and quick but I like how it turned out.  :-)

Once again entering it into the following challenges.
CAS-ual Fridays - Let it Snow
Addicted to CAS - code word: snowflakes
Curtain Call - inspiration photo.

CASE Study - inspiration photo.

Well, I'll only be posting one more time before Christmas.   You'll see on Tuesday.  ;-).  Have a wonderful day!

Snowflake Season's Greetings

Just a quick post to share a card I made for a few challenges.  It's the first of two.  :-).   Everyone seems to be thinking about snowflakes so some of my favourite challenges are all coming together nicely.  :-).   Here's my card...

I used some snowflake stamps by Hero Arts (F5793 and LP209) and Technique Tuesday (Flurries set).  The sentiment is by Fiskars.  I love the colour combo here.  :-). I've used timber brown and dove gray StazOn, pale blue chalk ink by Studio G and celadon by Color Box.  White and Kraft paper by Recollections and the whirlpool paper  by Bazill Basics.

Here's the challenges I'm linking up to...
CAS-ual Fridays - Let it Snow
Addicted to CAS - code word: snowflakes
Curtain Call - inspiration photo.

CASE Study - inspiration photo

That's all she wrote for now. Another post coming soon!  :-)

December 14, 2013

Merry Mittens

I know, I know.  It's been a while since I posted last. I have less than a week before holidays and it's a busy time.  :-). Anyway, I have a card to share that I made for the current Merry Monday challenge.  You're supposed to use mittens somehow.

I actually don't have a mitten stamp or die cut so I made my own.  I just drew and cut them out.  Here take a look....

I used some fun paper from Recollections Holly Jolly paper pad.  It's hard to see but the red parts are glittery.  I added some dimensional snow to the cuff part.  Then I used some yarn to make my string and bows and "hung" my mittens using some mini clothespins.  I secured the mittens with some foam dots.  I'm also going to link up at Keep it Simple where the theme is "warm".  I figure mittens keep your hands warm in the freezing temperatures that we are experiencing here right now now soooo.... :-)

I'm going to take a quick moment to welcome a new follower.  Sheila Cmachado!  Welcome and I hope you enjoy your visits here.  :-)

Well, that's all for now.  I'll be back in a few days with probably my last post before our holidays.  :-). Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

December 04, 2013

Festive Friday and CAS-ology Challenges

I'll try and make this second post quick this time.  :-)  I've got another card I made for Festive Friday's final challenge.  This time I used this previous challenge to inspire this card.

I love these traditional Christmas colours.  Anyway, I came up with the idea for this card as I was falling asleep one night.  (Yes, I even dream about card making. LOL)  This colour scheme was just perfect for it.

I used my branch stamps (Inkadinkado) and stamped in Forest Moss distress ink.  Then I added the red pearls, bow, and gold jingle bell.  The sentiment (Michaels $1.50 bin) is stamped in Jet Black StazOn.  I raised the white panel with foam dots on a white card base.

I'm also linking this up to CAS-ology's current challenge.  Their cue word is "ribbon".  I think I'll link this up to The Paper Players current challenge too where the theme is "evergreen".

Well, thanks for visiting and hope you have a super day!

Festive Friday Final Challenge

So, it's that time of year now that Festive Friday is soon to be closing up shop for the year.  It's their final challenge and boy, is it a great one.  They want you to take a look at the past years challenges and pick your favourite (or two or and create a card.  Oh.  My.  That's going to hard to choose.  There were so many fabulous ones.  They've got a couple of great prizes up for grabs too.  One is for those who have been playing throughout the year and have participated in at least 15 challenges.  I would have liked to played along with all of them but sometimes life just gets in the way.  I did manage to play along with 18 of them though.  That's 18 out of 21.  Wow.  I only missed three.  Next year I'd like to try and play along with all of them.  I made a compilation of all the cards I made.  Check it out....

(There are 19 cards because I made two for one challenge)

That's a lot of Christmas cards!  They are not in chronological order or anything.  I think my favourites are the jingle bell card, the snowflake tag tin, the gingerbread man in the pocket card, and the rustic star card.  :-)  What is also cool is I received Shout Outs from FF for 6 of my cards.  I really am so honoured.  :-).  I'll miss the challenge next month but look forward to the new challenges in the new year.  The DT is such a wonderful group of talented designers, they make you want to make a Christmas card in the middle of June!  Wouldn't you love to be a part of that DT?  I know I would! :-)

Anyway, on to my card.....

Here's a closer look at the cardinal.  It's too bad the glitter on the snow isn't coming through in the picture very well because it is very sparkly and pretty.  I'm going to link this card up to Less is More where their challenge is "sparkle".  It's too bad the birch tree embossing isn't showing up well either.  It's really helps make the card.

I decided to use one of the new stamps I got from Michaels.  I just love this little cardinal stamp.  I coloured it up, added some glitter to the snow, cut it and layered it on some dark brown paper.  I took a panel of white and embossed it with my birch tree embossing folder.  Layered that on some red and attached to a kraft card base.  I attached my bird panel with some foam dots.  I was inspired (once again) by FF's " use a bird challenge.

Now, I need to take a moment and welcome a couple of new followers for last month.  I'm a bit behind in my posts due to all the craft fairs I've been participating in.  This past weekend I was at the Kredl's Market in Hampton, NB and despite the yucky weather on Sunday I did very well.  Next weekend I have one craft fair on Sunday at the Boyce Farmers Market in Fredericton, NB.  It's my last one.  Whew!  I'm going to try and put up my tree today too.  So busy!  Anyway, I'd like to welcome two new followers.  First is Cat Craig of Cat Luvs Paper.  She's a fellow Hero Arts fan and a wonderful card designer.  The second is Katherine Pratt of Katherine Pratt Designs.  She doesn't have a blog but if you'd like to check out her lovely cards check out her Facebook page HERE.

Well, this was a doozy of a post but I'm done for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

November 28, 2013

CAS-ology, "Shop" Challenge

This week at CAS-ology they have an interesting cue word.  Shop.  Hmmmm, you could do many things with this I think.  However, staying true to the season and my love of Christmas cards, I made a holiday card featuring a gift.  Now I recently won a draw for a prize on Jingle Belles and I got a nice little paper pad of Christmas papers and a stamp set (Hampton Art).  I decided that the stamp set had the perfect stamps for the idea I had in mind.

This card makes me giggle.  Now the sentiment was doctored a bit as it had an exclamation point instead of a question mark.  I just inked up the letters only and then hand drew the question mark.  I really need to get a question mark stamp.  Anyway, the present was stamped in red then coloured with my alcohol markers.  I made a card base using the red snowflake paper and layered my white panel on top.

I'm also linking this up to Addicted to Stamps and More's challenge which is "Holidays".

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit and have a lovely day!

November 27, 2013

Avery Elle "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hey there!  I'm popping in to share a card I made for Avery Elle's challenge this month.  It's an anything goes challenge this time.  I made a card using one of their free digi images (see HERE).  When I saw this digi image I have to say I saw something other than the obvious lantern image.  I saw it flipped upside down and it became some funky trees!  :-)

What do you think?  I've been wanting to make a card with my "trees" for a while and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity.  I used my spectrum noir markers to colour in my trees and cut them out so I could pop them out with some foam dots.  I also used some clear glitter to make them sparkle.  Wish it showed better in the picture.  The sentiment is part of the same free digi...mostly.  I separated the "celebrate" from the main image and added in the "the season".   The background was done by stamping my small circle (Technique Tuesday, Flurries set) with white StazOn and sponging blue brocade (SU!) in a ombré type look.  I added some snowy hills cut out by hand.  I am quite pleased with the results of this card.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day!  For those celebrating US Thanksgiving, enjoy your turkey!

November 24, 2013

Create With 8

Well, CAS-ual Fridays has a very interesting challenge going right now.  You must create a card featuring 8 of something.  Maybe 8 embellishments or tags or you stamped something 8 times.  Fun, right?!

So, this was a card I made for my Dad for his birthday.  There is a time honored tradition in my family to give each other a hard time whenever possible.  LOL!  This was just another one of those times.  :-). Anyway, there are 8 "marbles" on my card.  I made these by using some glossy accents on wax paper.  Once they were dry I peeled them off and on the back side I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to add the swirls of colour like a real marble would have.  They were a lot of fun to make.  I stamped my jar (Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection by American Crafts) and fussy cut it out.  I computer generated my words and cut them out.  I strategically placed my chevron washi tape first then my sentiments.  Added the jar on its side and then the marbles.  It's a funny card that I love.  I think I need to make more of these marbles.  They are so much fun to do.  :-)

Thanks for popping by for a visit and I hope you have a wonderful day!

November 19, 2013

Winter Anniversary

So, every year some people choose to get married around Christmas time.  I have to say that while I would never have chosen that time of year for my wedding there is something magical about having your wedding then.  I've been to a wedding at Christmas time and it was beautiful.  Big lighted and decorated tree in the church.  Lovely decorations everywhere.  In any case, what makes it fun for a card maker that loves to make Christmas cards is that you can make an anniversary card with a winter or Christmas theme.  Hooray!  :-).  Well, this card is in honor of Addicted to CAS's first anniversary.  Isn't the first years gift supposed to be paper?  Well, that's rather appropriate, isn't it?  :-). So, their challenge code word is, well, anniversary!  Happy anniversary, ATC!

This card didn't turn out exactly the way I originally intended but I'm quite pleased with the results all the same.  First I stamped my swirly pattern (Hero Arts K5347 Misty Swirl Long.  An oldie but a good one) in white StazOn.  Then I sponged perfect plum ink (SU!) overtop.  This is one of my very favourite techniques.  The white StazOn resists the dye base ink.    I added a part of an old scrapbooking border embellishment that I trimmed to fit.  I added some rhinestones and pearls.  Then I stamped the sentiment (an old All Night Media stamp) in dove gray (StazOn).  That border embellishment was just the perfect colour wasn't it?  I'm going to link up as well to the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge.  This would fall under the "a few of my favourite things" category as I used the fav technique with the white StazOn stamping.  :-). Not sure if this counts as it's not technically a HA "holiday" stamp but figure it can't hurt to include it.  :-)

Anyway, I got some happy mail today!  My sweet friend and fellow blogger, Darnell (of  djkardkreations ) sent me a lovely card and a couple of pretty skeleton leaves.  If you haven't been to her blog before, you should.  She's a talented card maker as well as super nice and just down right hilarious!  Thanks so much for the happy mail, Darnell!

Well, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

November 18, 2013

Happy Holiday Stocking

Just a quick post so I can link up to two challenges.  CAS-ual Fridays and Curtain Call have teamed up for this weeks challenge.  There's an inspiration photo that could inspire just about anyone, I think.

Isn't that a lovely scene?  I instantly latched onto the stockings and some of the colours for my card.  I got to use some new stamps too!  Michaels had a great deal on their $1.50 stamps.  9 for $5.94.  That's $0.66 each!  Couldn't pass it up.  Got some great Christmas images that I'm sure will be showing up here soon.  :-). Anyway, here's my card...

The stocking and sentiment are the Michaels stamps.  I stamped the stocking in Aqua (Color Box) on kraft paper (this muted the colour somewhat which I wanted) and embossed in clear (Stampendous).  I used a white gel pen to whiten the snowflake and lines.  I fussy cut it out and added some glitter snow (Aleene's).  On a kraft panel I stamped the sentiment and embossed in white (Stampendous).  I layered the panel on some medium aqua paper then on a white card base.  I added the stocking with foam dots and then added a wire candy cane and candy embellishment to look like it was coming out of the stocking.  I am quite pleased with the results.  :-)

**adding this to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra**

Hmmm, was that a quick post?  Not really.  Oh well.  LOL.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day (or evening, depending where you are)!

November 16, 2013

A Joyful Card

Well, it has been a while since I last posted.  I took a little trip with my son and husband this past week.  It was fun but glad to be home.  I have a card to share today that I'm going to link up to a few challenges.  First up is the Hero Arts Holiday challenge.  This cards falls under the category of " a few of my favourite things".  One of my fav techniques is featured in this card.  It's using embossing powders.  Next is Festive Friday and they're having a colour challenge this time and it's a great one.

Love that colour combo!  Addicted to Stamps and More's challenge is an "anything goes" one.  Also, going to link up to Christmas Cards All Year Round where the challenge is "winter wonderland" which you can have anything like snow or snowflakes etc.  So, here's my card...

So, I used a lovely snowflake stamp by Hero Arts here (F5793 Dotted Snowflake).  First I embossed the snowflake with my white and silver glitter embossing powder (winter wonderland by Stamp n Stuff) on an aqua panel (Bazill Basics, whirlpool).  I used the same powder on the chipboard letters.  I love doing this when the colour or pattern doesn't go with what I'm doing.  :-). I attached the letters to the aqua panel above and below the snowflake to form the word joy.  I matted this in red and attached to a white card base.  I then added a red bow.  Such a pretty colour combo, I may have to make more!

**adding this to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra. :-)**
Well, that's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

November 09, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks! Blog Hop!

Good Morning fellow paper crafters!  This blog post is dedicated to the wonderful and most moxie fab of them all!  Cath Edvalson!  A few (hundred!) of us crafty peeps have gotten together to let Cath know that even though the Moxie Fab World blog is going away and she is too that she will always be remembered and will continue to inspire us in the years to come.  So, thank you, Cath, for everything!  I've made a special card for you to show my appreciation.

If you have come from Barb Housner's blog you are in the right place.  Next up is...Stephanie Washburn's blog.

Hope everyone enjoys the hop, especially you, Cath!

If you'd like to see a full list of the blogs for the hop visit Moxie Fab World.

November 06, 2013

Jingle Take 2

Hello all!  Today I thought I'd share a variation of my Jingle card that I made a little while ago.  (See HERE).  I had originally intended to do something similar for the first card but ended up going a different way.  So, this time I included some colour and sparkle but it's still quite CAS.

What do you think?  I like my first card best but I like this one too.  It's hard to see but the red stripes are glittered.  This paper is by Recollections from their Holly Jolly paper pad.  All other supplies are the same as the first card.

**adding this to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra**

Well, thanks for visiting and hope you have a great day!

November 01, 2013

Welcome Christmas

This is my second post today!  Such a rarity.  :-).  I'm going to share another Christmas card too.  Surprise, surprise.  I don't think you'll see any other kind for a while.  LOL.

Anyway, this card is for a few challenges.  Festive Friday (I <3 them), Christmas Card Challenges and Curtain Call.  FF has a element theme this time.  You need to include a wreath.  Here's their inspiration photo.  Curtain Call theme is "Welcome Home" and their inspiration photo is also down below.

The CCC's challenge is to include bow(s).  So, I did both! :-).  Look and see...

So, I've seen a few variations of this kind of card and really wanted to try my hand at one.  I made my door by cutting a white cardstock panel and sponging some soft suede (SU!) using some rectangle masks I made.  I then stamped my wreath using a portion of a branch stamp (Inkadinkado) in a light and dark green.  I added some red pearls and a red bow.  I matted this onto some brown wood grain paper (DCWV, Tradewinds paper pack) and then attached to white card base.  Using my Slice machine I cut my banner (Noel design card) and stamped the sentiment (portion of a welcome home stamp by American Crafts) in red.  Attached this with some foam dots.  Added a silver pearl for a door handle.  I am quite pleased with the results.

Well, that's it for me today.  Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

Joy To All

Happy November 1st, everyone!  Gosh, how time sure flies.  It is 7 weeks until we go visiting my family and my husbands for Christmas and New Years.  Crazy!  And only 8 weeks, roughly, until Christmas itself!  Yikes!  :-)

Anyway, I have a card to share today that I made for the current challenge going on over at the Hero Arts Club Blog.  This falls into the category of "A Few Of My Favourite Things".  There are a couple of favourite techniques here.  One would be the embossing and the other is just simple straight forward stamping.

I really love this silhouette skyline stamp (H5470 International Skyline) by Hero Arts.  I also love taking a none holiday stamp and creating a holiday card with it.  It's a pretty simple card.  First I stamped the skyline in black, stamped the sentiment (HA CL460 from Joy To All set) in celadon (Color Box) then dry embossed the whole panel using the snowflake folder (Darice).  I added some bling and attached the panel to the aqua card base with foam dots.  I love the aqua colour here.  :-)

I'm also going to link this up to CAS-ual Fridays "embossing" challenge and Christmas Cards All Year Round's "winter wonderland"

Hope you all had a great Halloween yesterday.  Thanks for visiting!  :-)

October 30, 2013

Welcome New Followers!

Well, tomorrow is the end of the month so it's that time again to welcome any new followers I may have gained.  Happily I have two new ones!  :-). The pleasure at seeing a new follower never gets old.  :-).

Without further adieu, let me welcome Lynne Platt and Choc312002.  I'm sorry I couldn't find out if you have blogs or not.  In any case, thanks for joining and I hope you enjoy what I have to share!

So, today I'm going to share a card I made for a submissions call that didn't get picked up.  I used a Hero Arts stamp I won recently for this card.  Not sure who I would ever give this to but I still like it.

I stamped the skyline (HA H5470 International Skyline) in black on red cardstock and cut in a strip.  I cut more strips out of orange, yellow, green, and blue cardstock.  I used my Slice die cutting machine to cut the words and used a whole punch to make the crescent moon.  Then I mounted everything on a black card base.

I'm going to link this up to two challenges.  First is CAS-ology where their cue card is black.  The second one is Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Clean and Simple.  You don't have to have white to be CAS.  :-)

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a terrific Halloween tomorrow!

October 25, 2013

Vellum Trees

So, today my son and I decorated the living room with Halloween decorations.  He's quite excited.  :-)  I have to admit I love Halloween.  This will be the first year my husband and I haven't dressed up with our son since he first really started going trick or treating.  I just didn't have to time to get the costumes together.  :-(  Oh well, it'll still be fun.

Anyway, I digress.  (what else is new? LOL)  I have a card to share today that I made with a few challenges in mind.  I think I'm getting in under the wire at two of them.  Oh, the life of a procrastinator.  Well, it's never boring.  :-)  So, I'm linking up to Addicted to CAS and their code word is Transparent.  Also, linking up to Less is More and their challenge is Trees.  I'm going to link this up at CAS-ology where their challenge is Country.  So, here's my card...

Now, I've used some vellum paper for my main focal point.  First, I printed off a free digi image from Beccy's Place.  I actually printed two.  I trimmed them down to be the same size after I flipped one over and placed it behind the other.  I splattered both with some white acrylic paint to mimic snow and adhered the two pieces together.  This gives the trees some dimension don't you think?  I sponged some Olive StazOn lightly around the edges.  I cut a white panel and adhered my vellum trees to it and then attached the ribbon and bow.  Then I attached the panel to my card base with foam dots.  I have to say I quite like the effect of this layered vellum.  I may have to experiment some more.  I will make a note here that if you are planning to print on vellum to use a laser printer.  An ink jet won't work and will bead and smudge.  :-)  So, obviously this is good for the Less is More challenge cause of the trees.  Now, my vellum isn't quite transparent (for Addicted to CAS) but it's close.  :-) Hopefully, it's okay.  And when I think of the word "country" (for CAS-ology) I always think of trees.  :-)  Now, I've got another Christmas card done.  I actually think I've got almost all I need completed for this year.  Wooohooo!

Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

October 23, 2013

Poinsettia Swag

Hey!  Amazingly enough I have another card to share today.  I'm on a roll here!  This card was made over the past two nights as I got distracted on my way to bed.  :-). I swear, my craft room to me is like a magpie finding something shiny.  LOL.  I saw the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch (**this link should now be working**) challenge this week and this idea popped into my head.  So, I just had to make it come to life.  :-). It took a couple of tries but I managed to make something I liked.  Here's the sketch....

Here's my card....

This card is all stamping aside from the sprinkling of red pearls.  I used three stamp sets.  The pine branch is from Inkadinkado Stamping Gear branches cling set.  Also, by Inkadinkado, is the poinsettia from the Peppermint Twist set.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts from the Joy To All set.  I created a mask for the poinsettia and stamp my pine branches in olive StazOn.  The using Blazing red StazOn, I stamped my poinsettia.  Then I inked up the poinsettia in ruby red (SU!) and stamped on a scrap of paper to lighten the colour.  Then I stamped the poinsettia upside down.  Makes it a nice pinky colour.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black StazOn.  I added the red pearls and then mounted the panel on the card base with foam dots.  I really like the look of this card.  It's clean and crisp and very merry!  :-)

Since it has some pink in it I'm going to link up to Jingle Belles think pink challenge.

So, this Saturday is my first craft fair for the season.  It's in Norton, NB at the Sacred Heart Church.  If you're in NB and want to stop by its from 9am-3pm. :-). Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

October 21, 2013

Jingle All the Way!

Hello everyone!  I'm just trying to link up some cards to all the challenges going on at Moxie Fab World.  Today's the last day!  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute.  LOL.  This card is for the Stickers And Tape challenge.  I'm also going to link up at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge too.  They've got a Christmas/Holiday theme this time.  I'm linking up as well at Merry Mondays Christmas Card Club challenge.  This week it's a use music or create a carol inspired card theme.  This is inspired by Jingle Bells and it even has a bit of music when you shake the card as the bell will ring.  :-)

So, this is a very CAS card but I just love it.  I used some glitter letter stickers (by Thickers), made a curly cue thing out of wire and added a red jingle bell and a red cord bow.  All of this is on a white cardstock panel which is mounted with foam dots to a white cardstock base.

I think this card might be one of my absolute favourites this year.  :-). Well, I hope you all are having a good day so far and thanks for stopping by!

October 19, 2013

Whimsical Card for the Cure

Hello everyone!  How's your Saturday going?  Mine is going fairly well.  Getting lots done for my crafts fairs and I even have a card to share today.  :-)  This card covers two challenges.  One is Festive Friday.  They've got a "whimsical" theme going on this time round.  The other is at Jingle Belles.  Their challenge is a really important one and I encourage you all to participate.  It's a Card for the Cure challenge to honor those who have fought and who are fighting breast cancer and they want pink on your card.  They've taken it one step further though.  With each card that links up they will donate $4 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Isn't that great?  So, can you make a pink Christmas card?  Sure you can!  Here's mine.

Isn't that little snowman adorable?  It's an old stamp and its by Anita's Stamps.  Its one of my husbands favourites.  :-)  The sentiment and snowflakes are by Technique Tuesday.

Well, I hope you join in either or both of the challenges.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

October 18, 2013

Vellum Poinsettia

Just sharing another Christmas card today and linking it up to a couple of challenges.  I'm going to enter it into Addicted to Stamps and More's challenge, Make Your Mark.  Need to colour something with markers, pencils or whatever.  Also, linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Christmas/Holidays.

**Update**. I'm linking this up to Moxie Fab World's Colour Media Challenge.

I love this poinsettia stamp.  This time I stamped it on vellum and embossed in white.  Then I coloured it in using my Spectrum Noir markers.  Next, I fussy cut it out and added some gold glitter to the center of the flower.  I made a card base from beige cardstock and cut and a panel of ivory wood grain paper and then layered that on white.  I cut some ribbon and attached to card layering it.  Then I attached the poinsettia with some strategically placed foam dots.  I think it turned out pretty good.  :-)

Well, that's all for now.  Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day!

Supplies used:   Cardstock - (beige, white) Recollections.  Patterned Paper - (wood grain from Tradewinds 12 x 12 pad) DCWV.  Specialty Paper - (vellum) Recollections.  Embossing powder - (white)  Hero Arts.  Fibers - (brown 5/8" satin ribbon) Offray, (gold sheer patterned ribbon) Michaels.  Color Medium - (alcohol markers) Spectrum Noir.  Accents - (gold glitter) Elmer's.

October 16, 2013


So, a quick post today so I can link up my card in time for a couple of challenges.  I haven't played for a while but I'm always checking out the challenges over at CAS-ual Fridays.  It just so happens I'm was able to play along this time.  The challenge was to use stitching, faux or real, on you card.  I don't sew on my cards often so I decided to fake it.  :-).

Here's how this card was made...

Make kraft card base.  Cut panel of white cardstock and adhere to base.  Cut panel, strap piece, and pocket shape of denim paper.  Colour and shade with blue markers.  Make stitch pattern with perforating rotary cutter.  Attach panel and strap to card.  Print and cut sentiment, fold to make it look like a clothing tag and adhere to pocket piece.  Attach pocket to card with foam dots.  Gather ribbon and adhere to card tucking it down into pocket piece.  Glue button onto strap piece.

I love this card.  It was fun to make and it just makes me smile.  :-)

I'm going to link up to Addicted to Stamps and More's current challenge as well which is "Make Your Mark" where you have to use markers or pencils or whatever to colour something.  Which I did.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a fantastic day!

Supplies used:  Cardstock - (white, kraft) Recollections.  Patterned Paper - (beige denim from Tradewinds 12 x 12 paper pad) DCWV.  Colour medium - (alcohol markers) Spectrum Noir.  Tools - (perforating rotary cutter) Fiskars.  Fibers - (red gingham ribbon) Michaels.  Accent - old vintage metal button.  Digital Element - (sentiment, Segoe Print Font) Microsoft Wordpad.  Computer Paper.

October 13, 2013

Trick or Treat Little Owl

Well, Halloween is creeping closer and closer so its no surprise to see lots of Halloween cards out there.  I've seen some really fantastic ones too.  I figured its my turn to share one now.  I made this for a recent submission call at Paper Crafts Magazine but it didn't get picked up.  Which is okay, now I can share it with all of you!  I really like how this turned out.

I think it's the first time I've ever used googly eyes on a card.  LOL.  So, to make this card I did the following steps....
...Make card base from white card stock.  Cut panel from navy cardstock.  Using a scrap piece of cardstock cut circle and create a mask.  Sponge white ink on navy panel using circle mask to create moon. Water down black paint and using a small paintbrush add to card in a vague tree form little bits at a time.  Use a straw to blow paint to create "branches".  Let it dry thoroughly.  Stamp and emboss  sentiment.  Adhere navy panel to card base.  Cut circle from black cardstock and using circle cutter or circle punch cut small crescent to make owl shape.  Glue on googly eyes and adhere owl with foam dots.

Isn't the owl cute? I love how my moon and tree turned out too.  I think I might send this to my niece for Halloween.  :-). 

I'm going to link up to the following challenges.
Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge # 66 Anything Goes
Crazy for CAS - challenge #29 make a card for a child.  What better card for a kid than a Halloween one?  I feel that this card is still CAS too.
Stampendous Blog - October 2013 challenge, Halloween.

Well, thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you are having wonderful fall weather like we are here!  And a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!  We are having our turkey dinner tonight.  Yum!  :-)

Supplies used: Cardstock - (white, navy, black) Recollections.  Clear Stamp (Trick or Treat sentiment from All Hallows' Eve set) Inkadinkado.  Pigment ink - (white) a la mode by Hampton Art, (clear watermark) Tsukineko.  Embossing Powder - (white) Hero Arts.  Acrylic paint - (black licorice) Folk Art by Plaid.  Accents - (googly eyes) Michaels.  Tools - (circle cutter) Fiskars.

October 07, 2013

Santa Brush

Just a quick post to share with you what I was working on last week.  Another fun tree ornament that I'm selling at the Christmas craft fairs this year.  It's my Santa brush.

Isn't he cute?  Just requires some painting, a red pearl, a couple of buttons and some white pipe cleaners.  These sold well for me last year and hopefully, they will again this year.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!  :-)

Merry & Bright, all in White

First of all let me say, Happy World Cardmaking day!!  Last year I didn't get a chance to make any cards for this occasion but I did this year.  :-). I've got a card that I'm linking up to a few challenges.  The first one is Less Is More.  Their challenge is to make a white on white Christmas card.  The second one is Christmas Card Challenges and their challenge is an anything goes one. The next one is for the current challenge at KIS (keep it simple) where the challenge #24 is All is White.  Lastly, I'm linking up to CAS(E) This Sketch.  They've got a great sketch this week.

As soon as I saw the sketch I immediately thought of snowflakes.  It also seemed like the perfect opportunity to make my first white on white Christmas card.  I'm pretty pleased with it actually.

I'm sure that most of you, like me, feel somewhat intimidated by a mostly white card.  For me it's like when I paint and the white canvas just screams at me to fill it up.  LOL.  But it wasn't so bad, making this white card.  First I stamped my snowflake (Hero Arts, Dotted Snowflake, F5793, this might be a Michaels exclusive since I can't find it online but it is from 2013) using my glue pad (Tsukineko) and then glittered it up with my dazzling diamonds glitter (SU!).  I left a spot to stamp my sentiment (Hero Arts, Joy to All set, CL460) in dove grey (StazOn).  Then I just attached my panel to a white card base with foam dots.  Easy peasy!  :-). It's too bad that glitter doesn't photograph well, because the dazzling diamonds glitter is just so pretty.  The close up picture gives you a bit better idea.

Anyway, I hope you all have at least a little bit of time in your crafty spaces today to create.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!