Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Winter Church

Today's card is for the Crafting By Designs challenge which is "Getting Ready for Christmas." Deedee's digis is sponsoring this challenge, so I've used her great digital stamp set called "Winter Church." I've printed out the image and colored it with Copics, adding glitter to the snow. I also printed the sentiment in one corner so I could use the 2 different designer paper designs that come with the stamp set. I printed each one, and then die cut them with MFT Horizontal stitched panel dies, and added a piece of green satin ribbon to finish this card.

I'm also sharing this card over at the November Rudolph Days challenge - which is always a Christmas theme.

There are just a few more days left to play along with our Digi of the Month challenge over at Deedee's digis blog. In order to receive the December free digi, you must play along with November's challenge, so you still have a little time left to join us.

There's also a year-end sale going on over at Deedee's digis store. Every digital image in the store is 75% off, so if there's anything you must have, go grab some great digital images now!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Monday, November 23, 2015

a Christmas Scene

I recently won this Tim Holtz "Holiday Joy" set of stamps and dies by playing over at the Snippets Playground, and after receiving it last week, I could hardly wait to play with it. I've loved this majestic looking deer and those tall pines for a while and I was thrilled to have won such a fabulous prize!

I started with a vanilla cardstock base, embossing it with a SU! fallen snow ef and adding some stitched hills with Lawn Fawn dies. I used snippets of kraft for the trees and reindeer and clear embossed them after stamping and before die-cutting them. I added gold ep to the antlers for a little interest, as well as embossing the red "JOY" sentiment with gold on red cardstock. I added some gold gems, and for the final touch, some diamonds stickles were added to the hills and snowflakes.

I'm sharing this one over at the Snippets Playground #204 and I hope you'll come over and find some inspiration with all the wonderful entries each week too!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great week ahead!


Friday, November 20, 2015

A Feminine Birthday Card

I used Jennifer McGuire's stamping with water technique to make this card. I started by covering a piece of cardstock with some Fired Brick distress ink, and then used the SU! doily stamp spritzed with water to stamp the subtle image. I finished the lower panel with a SNSS birthday sentiment, heat embossed with white ep, then added a piece of neutral May Arts lace ribbon. To finish, I added a few assorted blush-colored pearls and placed this on a blush-colored card base, rounding the corners for a softer look.

I'll be sharing this over at the Little Red Wagon 316 which is to make a "technique" card.

Happy Friday everyone - and thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Golden Quilt

I love this MFT stitched quilt die, and today I've used it a little differently. I started by placing all the negative pieces on a sheet of plain cardstock that was covered all over with adhesive. I followed the pattern of the quilt die, but left spaces between the snippets and once it was all finished, I sprinkled gold embossing powder all over and heat set it. I see a few spots that need touching up, but it was a great way to use up all these negative pieces left over from a previous cutting where I used just the outline of the die. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched snowflake die - one in embossed gold and the other in vanilla and adhered them with a gold brad. The sentiment is a die from Kaisercraft and it was done on a gold heat-embossed scrap of white card.

I'm sharing this over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "Christmas" and they're showcasing MFT products.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Layer It On

Today I have a thank you card that makes use of some random snippets of blue and green cardstock. I used a CB pinking embossing folder along with some SB squares, and Nestabilities Square Swatches to layer the panels, adding a Punch-a-Bunch bow and SU! heart punch. A tiny black mini brad added just enough contrast for the SU! sentiment.

I'm sharing this with Cards in Envy where the challenge is to "put some extra layers on."

It's also being shared at Pixie's Snippets Playground #203 where the challenge is always to use snippets.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Penny Black Cards for Kids

Today I have a couple cards I made for hospitalized kids for Christmas. This precious Penny Black image is perfect to bring a smile, and I made them in several colors for a little variety. I used Lil Inkers stitched rectangles dies to cut the Pool Party cardstock and matching SU! dsp. I colored the image with Copics and added some frosted lace stickles to the snow for a little sparkle. The sentiment will be hand-written inside.

And here's a version in traditional red and green colors. The dsp and cardstock were snippets from my overflowing stash. I made 6 cards like this in different colors and I'll share them at a later date.

I'm taking them over to the November Penny Black Saturday Challenge which is to use dies and/or punches. 

I'm also sharing them over at the Snippets Playground #203 - which is always to use snippets.

Wishing you a great Sunday, and thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, November 13, 2015

Medallion Thanks

I have a card today using another one of Jessi Fogan's beautiful hand-crocheted medallions. I caved and used my last remaining piece of SU! Close to Cocoa cardstock that I've hoarded for quite some time. I matched it with some Blushing Bride cardstock, along with one remaining snippet of a coordinating blushing bride polka dot dsp for the tiny flowers. The sentiment is from the first stamp set I ever bought - SU's "sketch it" and I stamped it with Close to Cocoa ink. I added a Cheery Lynn die-cut flourish along with punched flowers and chocolate pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty. The circle dies were done with SB circle dies while the background was embossed with a TH damask ef. The card base and sentiment panel are both Soft Stone from PTI. I just love this soft color combination.

I'll be entering this into the following challenges:

Cuttlebug Mania "Many Thanks" challenge - make a thank-you card using a die- cutting machine. (I used a Big Shot)

Tuesday Throwdown #270 - "Thank You"

Pixies Snippets Playground #202 - must use snippets

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Friday - even if it is the 13th (gulp)


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thinking of You

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to make a "thinking of you" card, and they're featuring Hero Arts products, so I've used a Hero arts sentiment stamp on this card. The hand-crocheted medallion was a blog candy gift from Jessi Fogan, and I added a snippet of mauve cardstock, die cut with a SB circle. On top of that I used a SB Medallion Five die in white, but cutting it a 2nd time in black, and snipping the center piece and placing it on top for a little contrast. A metallic brad to the center and a random piece of soft pink houndstooth dsp, and this was done!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day


Today is a special day set aside to honor those who served our country with military service. My dad and uncle both served in the Navy, so I honor them today - along with all the other uniformed men and women who helped (and continue to make) to make our country what it is today.

It's also a special day for me as it's my mother's birthday. She would have been 92 today.

Remember to thank your veterans today, because without them we wouldn't be able to enjoy life as we know it.

Thank you for your service.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I'm No Quitter!

In yesterday's post, I played along with MFP Speedy Fox & Friends challenge #287 which included a tutorial for water coloring with a stencil. My card turned out well enough, but the background strayed from the posted tutorial. I decided to give it another try, so this time I used a different stencil, and it turned out spite of my covering it up with an image and sentiment! lol

I sponged the cardstock with Fired Brick, Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar distress inks, and spritzed water through a mini flames stencil by TCW. The stamped image and sentiment are both by MFP and those mini hexagon accents were negatives from a border die cut. The image was colored with Copics.

This will be heading over to the Speedy Fox & Friends challenge#287 for a 2nd entry. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!