Sunday, July 31, 2011

Christmas Card #5 - Penguin Santa

Good morning! Happy Sunday to you! This week's Christmas Card Challenge is a sketch challenge. My fellow design team member, Peggy, provided this great sketch.


I've had the sweet Penguin Pals set from There She Goes for awhile and hadn't yet inked up this little cutie, so I decided to use him for my card today. I colored him up with Copic markers and cut him out with Classic Circle Nestabilities. I added Liquid Applique to the Santa hat and along the bottom for snow, and before I heated it, I dusted it with Crystal Fine glitter. You can't really tell it in the photo, though. I added the Twinkles to represent snowflakes.

I used my favorite Christmas paper - Everybody Loves Christmas by Echo Park, and I embossed the background with the Snowflakes folder. I added some red Papretrey Ink ribbon and tied a twine bow on my white button. I finished it off with the white brads. 

Be sure to hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the inspiration from the design team!  

I hope y'all have a wonderful Sunday! It's my last Sunday of freedom. I go back to work Tuesday, but I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going to enjoy church this morning and then later today hit up some of the good sales at Walgreen's today. :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Everybody Loves Christmas
Stamps: Penguin Pals by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), twine (Papertrey Ink), button, white brads, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Liquid Applique, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter 
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Snowflakes embossing folder

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mejlen's Designs - Knitting Mouse

Hi everyone! Good morning to you! Today there is a new release and challenge over at Meljen's Designs. Let me show you these super-duper cute new digis. Love!! I love anything that has to do with sewing stuff even though I don't sew, except on my cards. My grandmother, on the other hand, is a very talented seamstress. I think that gene missed me. This week's challenge is "Frame It." That means use a Nestabilitie shape or something similar to "frame" your image. Now don't you go and do like I did. I made my card, photographed it and everything, and then realized I didn't include the "frame" part, so I had to fix it by adding the circle background. I hope that counts!


I used Knitting Mouse on my card. That little cutie was just calling out to me! I colored him with Copic markers and cut him out with Circle Nestabilities. All of the papers are from the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Mabel collection - a paper pad I've had for who knows how long and just opened last night! The scallops were cut with the MFT Jumbo Scallop border die. I stamped the sentiment from Crafty Expressions by Taylored Expressions and accented it with a few pearls. I stitched around all of the edges and added a ribbon, crocheted flower, button, and twine to finish it off.


That's it for me today. Be sure to hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the Design Team! As for me, I'm off to my classroom today to do some more work to get ready for the new school year. Have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Mabel
Stamps: Knitting Mouse by Meljen's Designs, Crafty Expressions by Taylored Expressions 
Ink: Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon and twine (Papertrey Ink), pearls (iwant2scrap), crocheted flower, button, foam tape
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, MFT Jumbo Scallop border die

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

{Ippity} Trust in the Lord

Hello there! It's Wednesday, so that means it's I Heart {Ippity} day here on my blog and time to share my latest Ippity creation with you.

I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for the layout...super simple!  


The patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hattie collection. I just love the blue and yellow combo! I embossed my Kraft background with the Polka Dots embossing folder. I stamped my sentiment from the Devoted set with Memento Rich Cocoa. The white borders were punched out with the Scalloped Eyelet Border die by Taylored Expressions. I finished my card off with lots of shabby ribbon, a button and twine, and five little pearls.

Be sure to hop over to the I Heart Ippity blog to see the rest of the design team creations, and don't forget that you can purchase these wonderful Ippity stamps directly from Heather!

Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hattie
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: shabby ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique), pearls (want2scrap), twine, button, foam tape
Tools: Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Scalloped Eyelet Border (Taylored Expressions)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Christmas Card #4 - Christmas Cupcake

Hellooo! Happy Sunday! It's time for this week's Christmas Card Challenge, and the challenge this week is to use plaid on your card. I used a strip of plaid patterned paper from the BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses line. I just love that line and it's non-traditional colors. I guess you don't see too many Christmas cards that are pink and green instead of red and green, but I like to be different every now and then!

I think we all know by now that I just *love* cupcakes, so I especially loved using this adorable Christmas Cupcake digi by Meljen's Designs for my card! I colored it up to match my plaid paper and made it extra sparkly with Twinkles and Stickles.

I embossed my pink background with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I added a Papertrey Ink ribbon with some twine, a clear snowflake, and a button to finish off my card. 

I wasn't crazy about this card at first. In fact, I thought it was rather ugly! I guess I'm just a red/green girl, but it's growing on me! Love that cupcake! :)

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team inspiration on the Christmas Card Challenges blog.

There's not much going on here today - just church, relaxing, and getting ready for school to start back soon! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses 
Stamps: Christmas Cupcake by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, twine (Papertrey Ink), snowflake (Heidi Swapp), button, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Diamond Stickles, Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Square Nestabilities, Snowflakes embossing folder

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

{ippity} My True Joy

Hi everyone! It's time to share my {ippity} creation for this week! I used the My True Joy stamp set, and I used Cardabilities Sketch #35 for the layout. 

I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilties. However, I felt like the starkness of the white stood out too much, so I did some sponging around the edges with Memento Cantaloupe and Memento Tangelo. I think that helped it blend in with the card much better.

This fabulous patterned paper is from the Echo Park Walk in the Park collection. Did y'all see the new sneak peek of the Echo Park releases yesterday? I fall in love everytime they release something new! They have some fun Christmas lines. I digress...sorry!

Anyway, the pink background was embossed with the Perfectly Paisley Cuttlebug embossing folder. It's a cute one, but not one I use very often. I get stuck on my polka dots! The green border was punched with the MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic. I did some zig-zag stitching around the edges and finished it off with my bow, twine, and button. Oh, and I added a couple pearls, too!

That's it for me today, but I hope you'll hop over to the I Heart {ippity} blog to see the creations from the other design team members. Have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Walk in the Park
Stamps:  My True Joy by Ippity
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe, Memento Tangelo
Embellishments: pearls, ribbon, twine, button
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Perfectly Paisley embossing folder, MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Christmas Card #3 - Spirit of Christmas

Hi there! It's time for this week's Christmas Card Challenge! This week's challenge is "faith," and we are being sponsored by Paper Makeup Stamps! They are donating a prize to a winner. Thank you, Paper Makeup Stamps!

I used one of their images on my card today, and I followed an older CardPatterns sketch. This card was pretty simple to assemble since it didn't require any stamping. I just cut out my sentiment with Classic Circle Nestabilities and then layered it on a Kraft circle that was cut out with Scallop Circle Nestabilities. I accented that with a few red pearls.

All of my papers and cardstock are from Stampin' Up...sorry, I don't know the name of the paper line. I embossed the green background with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder. I added a bow, some twine, and a brad to finish it off.

Be sure to pop over to the Christmas Card Challenges to see the lovely creations the rest of the design team has to share with you today!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up
Stamps: May the Spirit of Christmas...by Paper Makeup Stamps
Embellishments: ribbon (Stampin' Up), brad (Stampin' Up), twine (Papertrey Ink), red Kaisercraft pearls
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Snowflakes embossing folder

Thursday, July 14, 2011

There She Goes Fabric Challenge

Hi there! I have a card to share today for this week's There She Goes Challenge #115 - use fabric on your card.

I decided to keep my card super simple and let the focus be on the fabric. I used some pink satin fabric and cut out three different sized circles with my Scalloped Circle Nestabilities. I cut two of each circle. Then, I used a lighter to slightly burn the edges to make them curl up. I stacked the circles together and glued them with hot glue. I added a pearl, some black tulle, and a few feathers to embellish my flower. If you attempt this flower technique, here's a few tips - use a long lighter to keep your fingers away from the flame, hold your fabric with tweezers (for the same reason), and have a glass of water nearby (just in case!). Oh, and I've made these before with the regular circles, and they work just fine. I just wanted to try it with the scallops.

I've seen lots of these flowers on Etsy lately, mostly in hair accessories. I have some black satin, and I'm thinking I might make me one and stick it on a clip to wear in my hair. :)

Anyway, back to my card. I embossed the white background with the Polka Dots embossing folder, and cut the black strip with the MFT Jumbo Scallop Die. I embossed it with the Perefectly Paisley folder, even though it doesn't show in the photo, and I rounded the corners. I stamped "happy birthday" from the Make a Wish set by There She Goes, and that's it! It took me longer to make the flower than it did to assemble the card. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink 
Stamps: Make a Wish by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: pink satin fabric, black tulle, feathers, black pearl
Tools: Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Perfectly Paisley embossing folder, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper, My Favorite Things Jumbo Scallop Die, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} Sympathies

Hi there! It's Thursday, so that means it's time for a new release and a new challenge at Meljen's Designs! Here's a peek at today's new release.


Sweet digis, huh? This week's challenge is to use buttons and bows on your card, and that was definitely no problem for me since I tend to always do that. :)

I chose to use Sympathy Flowers for my card today because like birthday cards, it's always good to have a few sympathy cards on hand. They're certainly not fun to make, but what better way to send our heartfelt condolences than with a handmade card? This simple little digi from Melissa is perfect for that. It was a breeze to color, and I just added some pearls to the image to give a little elegance to it.

The patterned paper is from the Crate Paper Restoration line, and I used Split Coast Stampers Card Sketch Challenge #340 once again. I did some stitching around the edges. I added two bows - one made with shabby seam binding and one with regular ribbon and then a button that was tied with a twine bow.

You could make up quite a few of these simple cards to have on hand for those tough times. In fact, I should do that. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure you pop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the challenge details and the inspiration from the design team. 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Restoration
Stamps: Meljen's Designs Sympathy Flowers
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: seam binding (Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy), ribbon, button, twine (Papertrey Ink), pearls
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Oval Nestabilities

{ippity} Begin to Live

Hi there! It's time for today's I Heart {ippity} card!  Today I'm sharing a card today using an encouraging sentiment from the Delightful Little Things stamp set.

I used the Split Coast Stampers Sketch Challenge #340 for the layout. This was a fun and simple sketch to use. One of my favorites! The patterned paper is from the Crate Paper Brook collection, and I did some stitching all around the edges. I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Rectangle Nestabilities. Then, I tried a technique that the fabulous Danielle Lounds does a lot...using Liquid Pearls around the edges. I've tried this technique before, and it never really turns out right. It's hard for me to get the dots the same size, but I guess practice makes perfect! I think it came out kinda okay this time. I love the look. It just adds a little "something" to the card. :)

I finished my card off with a bow and a butterfly embellishment.

If you'd like to purchase the set I used on my card today, you can click here to visit Heather Flaherty's {ippity} page and see all of the wonderful sets!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Brook collection
Stamps: Ippity - Delightful Little Things
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon, butterfly, Bisque Liquid Pearls
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Make a Splash!

Hi there, y'all! I hope you had a good weekend! I know I sure did. I've been living in my pajamas and bummy clothes all summer, but the reality is that school starts in just a few weeks! You know what that means right? New clothes! Andrew and I went and did some shopping, and I lucked up because a few of my favorite stores were having major sales, and everything I got was 50 percent off or more! I got lots of great deals! Then, we went to Michael's, and can you believe that I didn't buy a single thing?
Well, I didn't. I had two coupons, too. I must have been ill.  :)

Anyway, after church today I did some stamping and made this sweet little card. I just love this Make a Splash set from There She Goes! These are my first-ever mermaid stamps. I used my June Taylored Expressions kit for the papers and ribbon. I'm still lovin' the BasicGrey Hello Luscious papers!

I colored this cutie up with Copic markers and cut her out with Rectangle Nestabilities. I added LOTS of sparkle with Twinkles, Stickles, and my clear Spica glitter pen. She's super sparkly up close! I embossed the background with the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder because I thought the swirls looked kinda sorta like waves. Okay, maybe not really, but it was the closest thing I had! :) I finished it off with a bow.

I'm entering this card in three challenges:
Sweet Stop Sketch #115 - I used the sketch but flipped it upside down to work with my image.
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #97 - what works for you - I almost always do embossing on my cards. It works for me!
There She Goes Challenge #114 - Glitter, Glitz, and Bling - I'm getting it in just in time with 58 minutes to spare! ;)

That's it! See ya next time! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Sweet Threads
Stamps: Make a Splash by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Lime Green Stickles
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, D'Vine Swirls embossing folder

Christmas Card #2 - Armful of Wishes

Hi there! It's time for Christmas Card Challenge #32! This week's challenge is to do paper-piecing on your card.

Since I went more traditional last week, I decided to go with these FUN not-so-traditional papers from the Everybody Loves Christmas collection by Echo Park. Have I mentioned lately how much I just *love* Echo Park?  ;)

This cute little girl is from the Wrapped in Joy set by There She Goes. This is such a fun set to use because it can be customized for either Christmas or birthdays...gotta love that versatility! I paper-pieced her dress and then colored the rest of her with Copic markers. I cut her out with Rectangle Nestabilities.

The green border is actually a sticker strip that came with the patterned paper kit. I love how it looks like a punched border! I stamped the sentiment - "A great big armful of Christmas wishes is being sent your way" in Memento Tuxedo Black and accented it with some red twinkles. I finished my card off with a ribbon and a Heidi Swapp clear snowflake. Love those, too. :)

Now, be sure to hop over to the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see all the design team inspiration! We hope you play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink), white (Georgia Pacific)
Patterned Paper: Everybody Loves Christmas by Echo Park
Stamps: Wrapped in Joy by There She Goes clear stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Heidi Swapp snowflake, red ribbon (Papertrey Ink), red Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

Friday, July 8, 2011

Eat Cake!

Who wouldn't want to eat cake? :) Today I am sharing with y'all a cute little gift card holder I made this week. I used this template, and it's my go-to gift card holder template because it is just SO easy to make!

I have had this cutie of a robot, CakeyWatt by Stamping Bella, for quite awhile and he's never seen ink. Isn't that sad? So, I inked him right on up for my card. I colored him with Copic markers and used my clear Spica gliter pen to add a touch of glitter to the cake. Then, he was cut out with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities.


These fun, bright papers are from the My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite line. I just love those bright colors! I added some baker's twine and a button and then a SRM sticker to finish it off.

Here's the inside. Yes, that's a "Congratulations" gift card and not a birthday one. LOL. You go with what you've got for the photo prop, right? :)


This one is for sale in my Etsy shop if you'd like to have it! :)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite
Stamps: CakeyWatt by Stamping Bella, "Eat Cake" sentiment from SRM Stickers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: baker's twine, button, foam tape, clear Spica glitter pen
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, EK Success, Deco Scallop border punch

Thursday, July 7, 2011

When I said "I do"...

Hi there! I have a fun and simple card to share with you today! This card just cracks me up. I used the Loads of Fun set from There She Goes.


I colored my image with Copic markers and cut it out with Classic Square Nestabilities. I also used the Nesties to cut out the other two square panels. This layout follows a Sweet Sunday Sketch from a few weeks ago. I stamped the sentiment on the white cardstock and embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder. The patterned papers are from the October Afternoon Report Card line. I wanted to use lots of color. I finished my card off with three red pearls at the top. Then, I showed this one to my husband. LOL! :)

Because this is a rather simple card compared to the lots-of-layers that I usually do, I am going to enter this into this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ - to make a clean and simple card. I hope it qualifies as CAS...it is for me! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great day!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Report Card
Stamps: Loads of Fun by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: red pearls (Kaisercraft)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folderClassic Square Nestabilities

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

{ippity} My True Joy

Hi there! I have another exciting announcement today! I have been asked to be on the I Heart {ippity} Design Team! In case you don't know what {ippity} is, it's a line of stamps put out by Unity Stamp Company that you can only get from an authorized {ippity} seller. Heather Flaherty is one of those sellers, and the rest of the design team and I will be showing you samples each week of what you can do with these fabulous stamps that you can buy from Heather. You can visit the I Heart {ippity} page to see all of the stamp sets and get information on ordering.

For my first {ippity} card, I decided to use the "My True Joy" set. I stepped outside my box/comfort zone/whateva you wanna call it and went really clean and simple. In fact, I followed an older sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping. I wanted the focus of my card to be on the flower. I typically don't buy flower images because I'm scared to color them. I'm always afraid they won't look right because I have no earthly clue how to use a Copic marker properly. So....I decided to conquer my fear, and I really like how my card turned out! I actually colored two flowers, cut one out and popped it up with some foam top on top of the other one. I added a few black Twinkles to the center.


I stamped the sentiment on the white cardstock and then embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I added a strip of patterned paper by Making Memories and rounded the edges with the We R Memory Keepers corner chomper. I layered the flower on some circles cut out with Classic Circle Nestabilties and called it done! Easy peasy! I think I'm getting better at my clean and simple cards. Y'all know I usually struggle with those!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: My True Joy by {ippity}
Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Tiny Twinkles
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

God is my Refuge

Hi there! I hope y'all had a very Happy 4th of July! Let me tell you what I did. I made cards all day. Now I just need to get motivated to get them all on my blog. At least I have a good week's worth of blog material now!

It's been too long since I made a card featuring God's word, and I really want to start making more scripture cards. I used the Our Refuge set by Sweet n Sassy Stamps - my favorite place to go to for scripture stamps. I also used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch, SSS115, except I made an A2-sized card instead of a square card. I made a square card with the sketch the other day, so I wanted to do something a little different. I also swapped the image panel to the other side of the card.

I stamped the scripture in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities. These beautiful papers are from the Lush collection by My Mind's Eye. I embosed the cream background with the Textile Texture embossing folder, and the border was punched with the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch. I added a ribbon and accented the bow with a brad from the Lush collection, and I adhered a few punched butterflies to finish my card off.

This one is up in my Etsy shop if you'd like to have it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lush collection
Stamps: Our Refuge by Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Memento Rich cocoa
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye Lush decorative brads, ribbon
Tools: Cuttlebug, Textile and Textile Texture embossing folder, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Monday, July 4, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} Birthday Cupcake

Hi there! I've been trying to make up some birthday cards here lately because my stash is always in need of those.

I just *love* all of the cupcakes that Melissa Jenkins designs. They are all SO CUTE! I love that she puts lots of extra frosting on them. :) This card features Birthday Cupcake.

I colored this sweet cupcake up with my Copic markers and added lots of sparkle and bling to it with my clear Spica glitter pen, Diamond Stickles, and some pink, clear, and blue Twinkles! The image panel is layered on cardstock that was cut out with Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities.

This fabulous patterned paper is from the new BasicGrey line - Sweet Threads. Isn't it just yummy?! I embossed the background with the Seeing Spots embossing folder. I rounded all the corners and added a tag that I stamped with a sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink. A ribbon and three little twinkles on the bottom finished it off!

Oh, and the paper, cardstock, and ribbon came from my June Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients! I think this one is my most favorite Key Ingredients!

Thank you SO much for stopping by my blog today!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, white (Georgia Pacific)
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Sweet Threads
Stamps: Birthday Cupcake by Meljen's Designs, Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Diamond Stickles, clear Spica glitter pen
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Seeing Spots embossing folder, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper, Tag Trio Nestabilities

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Christmas Card #1 - Reindeer Joy

Hi there! I am so excited to be able to share with you now that I am on the Christmas Card Challenges design team!!

I'm excited about this for several reasons - first, I just love Christmas. The whole spirit of Christmas makes it my favorite time of year. Second, I am one of those people that waits to the last minute to do everything, and now I can make one Christmas card a week and have them all ready at Christmas-time! You can do that too by playing along in the challenges each week.

This week's theme is: Twas the Night Before Christmas. However, you do not need to use the theme to play along. You can make any Christmas card. I chose to use the pretty reindeer from the Sparkle and Cheer stamp set by Taylored Expressions, because it makes me think of this part of the poem -

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

I paired my stamped image with papers from the Tinsel and Twig collection by The Girl's Paperie. I love the classic colors. :)


I stamped the reindeer in Memento Bamboo Leaves and the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut it out with Classic Circles Nestabilities. The scallops were cut out with the Jumbo Scallop Die by My Favorite Things. I finished my card off by adding a bow with a Christmas tree stick pin and accenting the sentiment with some red pearls.

Be sure and check out the design team inspiration at the Christmas Card Challenges blog! Thanks for stopping by !! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girl's Paperie
Stamps: Sparkle and Cheer by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: stick pin, ribbon, pearls (Kaisercraft)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, MFT Jumbo Scallop Die

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Best Thing Since Sprinkles

Hey y'all!! I had a quiet Saturday morning to myself, so I decided to make a card. I've been wanting to play in this week's There She Goes challenge - to use three dies or punches on your card, and I finally got a chance.

I paired this adorable little girl from the Freeze the Moment set from There She Goes with this equally adorable paper from the My Mind's Eye Happy Go Lucky collection.


I colored the little girl with Copic markers and paper-pieced her dress with some of the patterned papers. I even cut out the tiny little pieces for her collar and the bow. Wow, that took patience! I added some Cotton Candy Stickles to her ice cream cone...my version of sprinkles. :) I cut out my image with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, and accented it with some Twinkles.

After adhering all the papers, I added a ribbon and some twine. I also used the button dienamics from My Favorite Things - one I've had for awhile and never used! What a shame. Then, I stamped the sentiment directly on the patterned paper.

My three dies that I used to qualify this card for the TSG challenge are: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scalloped Eyelet Border die by Taylored Expressions, and the Dienamics Button Quartet by My Favorite Things.

Oh, and my card layout is this week's Sweet Stop Sketch, SSS115. I'm also entering this card in this week's Cupcake Crafts Challenge - to make a card that is cooking related.


On a side note, this card didn't start out like this. In fact , it was a complete domino-effect disaster. Everything I did to it just went wrong! I kept cutting things crooked, smudging ink all over the paper, adhering everything crooked, running out of ribbon, sticking my finger in the Stickles and getting it all over the image panel, etc...Do you ever have one of those days? I had to redo a lot of stuff and wound up wasting some of that super-cute paper! I'm really happy with the way it turned out, but it got to a point where I just had to walk away for awhile! I'm sure every crafter goes through that, but wow, it can be frustrating!

Anyway, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend. Happy 4th of July! May God bless you, and may God bless our military!

As always, thanks for stopping by!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: white (Georgia Pacific), Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky
Stamps: Freeze the Moment by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, twine, (Papertrey Ink), Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Cotton Candy Stickles
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scalloped Eyelet Border die (Taylored Expressions) Dienamics Button Quartet (My Favorite Things)