Sunday, September 25, 2016

Anything Goes at CCC

Anything goes this week at Christmas Card Challenges and
they are ALWAYS fun! 




I kept my card really CAS - looking at this card would you believe me if I
said that CAS cards and all that white space used to stress me out - a lot!
But now it's what I gravitate to - funny how our styles change.

Has your style changed over the years?

A tip for making the Chunky White Deep Impressions Embossing
Enamel stick is to use a glue pen. Apply glue over the area you want the
enamel. Pour on the enamel and press in with your fingers. Then heat set.
The first time I used this stuff I used versamark - big mistake - the enamel
just flew all over the place when I put the heat gun close to it. 


 



Be sure to check out the Design Team's cards. I hope you'll be
inspired to play along!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white
dsp: retired
stamp set: Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
Big shot: christmas tree (Impression Obsession). stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn),
               stitched circles (Simon Says Stamp)
chunky white deep impressions embossing enamel (Stampendous)
fun foam: (Michaels)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Mom

My Mom is a special lady so I knew I had to make a special card
for her birthday. I used the sketch from the current challenge at 
Freshly Made Sketches for my starting point. I also knew I was
going to do the technique where you color on the back of an image 
that was embossed on vellum. I'm sure there's a name for this
technique but I can't remember it.


I love the way the flowers look on vellum when colored this way - so
soft and pretty. And it's so easy to do too - which is another reason
it's a favorite technique. 
Here are the steps for you:
- use an embossing buddy on the vellum
- stamp image with versamark 
- apply and heat set embossing powder
- flip over and color with markers on the back
(warning - the back does not look pretty but the front sure does!)


I used a brick wall embossing folder for the background, a tiny strip 
of glimmer cardstock and a few sequins to add some sparkle. The 'happy' is
from a Christmas die by Neat & Tangled and the 'birthday' was designed 
a fantastic stamp set - check it out!



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black, vellum, silver glimmer paper 
stamp set: Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Young at Heart (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA)
markers: melon mambo, wild wasabi
ink: versamark, memento tuxedo black
white embossing powder
big shot: brick wall EF,  Happy Holidays (Neat & Tangled), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
sequins (Lucy's Cards)





Thursday, September 22, 2016

Warm Wishes

The challenge this week at Merry Monday is to make a card using something 
warm. I have this adorable new stamp and punch combo from Stampin' up! that I've
been having so much fun playing with - you'll definitely be seeing more from that set 
over the next few weeks! I also used some great DSP from the current catalogue.
So lots of new things on this card!


This is my favorite color combo to do for Christmas cards - kraft, red and white,
or kraft green and white with a pop of red. Do you have a favorite color combo?



I'm going to head over to the Merry Monday challenge now and
check out what the DT has created and all the cards in the gallery too. 
I'm sure I'll have a few new ideas for cards once I do. Good thing I have 
the day off today! 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!




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supplies
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, crumb cake, vellum
dsp: serene scenery, this Christmas
stamp set: Jolly Friends, Winter Wishes
ink: cherry cobbler, crumb cake,  memento tuxedo black
punch: Jolly Hat builder punch
big shot: decorative dots EF, stitched stackable rectangles (Lawn Fawn)
fun foam: (Michaels)


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge #41

It's hard to believe that we're already at challenge #41 over at 
I've thoroughly been enjoying every minute of it!

This week we have a color challenge for you. I'll be honest with you - 
I love color challenges - they can take me out of my comfort zone and 
that can be fun - but this one had me stumped! Don't get me wrong - I 
loved the challenge - I was just struggling with this one.  
I was trying to make my colors match the ones in the photo prompt below
but I wasn't feeling it. So I decided to stop trying to make them match and
to use shades of them and then the card just came together (sort of - I did
struggle along the way).



I was recently given thousands and I mean thousands of the paint sample
cards that you get in the stores. I had no idea it was going to be that much
when I said I would take them - it looked like an invasion in my craft room.
I plan on sharing them with a teacher at one of the elementary schools who
is so creative that she'll have no trouble using them in her class.

I used a couple of the samples to die cut some snowflakes and the word joy. They have a great weight to them - you'll be seeing them used a lot over here.
I sponged the background strip using different blue distress inks from
 Tim Holtz. For the sentiment I first stamped in versamark ink, heat 
embossed with white and then cut each word into separate pieces. 

This is where I had a bit more trouble. Trying to figure out the layout.
I originally had more snowflakes in different colors but it was looking way
too bus for me so I changed up the snowflakes to be one color and got rid
of some. Having everything focused around the blue piece, leaving a 
chunk of white on the right and keeping the snowflakes neutral helps to 
balance everything - keeps your eye from wondering what to focus on.


Even though there were a few struggles with this challenge, I had a ton
of fun doing it and am thrilled with how it turned out. 

I hope you're inspired to check out the rest of the DT's cards and to
play along with us.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: Jolly & Joyful (Lil' Inker)
big shot: joy (Lil' inker), Bring on the Snowflakes dies (CAS-ual Fridays),
             stitched stackable rectangles (Lawn Fawn)
ink: versamark
embossing powder: white
Tim Holtz Distress inks: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire
paint samples (local hardware store)
fun foam (Michaels)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cozy, Warm & Bright

 This week at Christmas Card Challenges we're making cards
with Christmas lights. Who doesn't like to look at Christmas lights?
Some people really go all out and do their whole house and yard
and rooftops and driveways.... they do it all. I'm a fan of
the simple white lights. Some people say 'boring!' but I like
it. My husband prefers the colored lights but lets me have my way
every Christmas. The tree and the house are both done with white.
So this card is for him.
But I just had an idea for another card.....




I used the Sparkle String die from Penny black and painted the lights in
with some really cheap dollar store paints. I was curious how it would
turn out. While there are definitely some better paints out there these
were fun to play with. And with some more practice I think it could look
much better. I think I just challenged myself :) Any excuse to play!


Now it's your turn. Pop on over and check out what the rest of the ladies
on the DT have created to inspire you. I hope to see you in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: cl722 (Hero Arts)
big shot: Sparkle String die (Penny Black)
ink: memento tuxedo black
paints (dollar store)
fun foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Toyshop Helper

If you like coloring as much as I do then you need to check out the most
adorable images created by Mo Manning.  I've been having so much fun 
coloring them recently. They literally put a smile on my face. 



As well as discovering the adorable Mo Manning images I also discovered the
challenge blog and thought I'd play along.
If you haven't seen this blog yet you HAVE to check it out! There are some
incredibly talented ladies creating over there!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white, black glimmer paper 
dsp: retired
image: Toyshop Helper (Mo Manning)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (Lawn Fawn),
           Happy Holidays die (Neat & Tangles)
stamp set: Jolly & Joyful (Lil' Inker)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
fun foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Merry Monday's Are Back!

The first challenge I ever participated in I believe was one of the

 They took the summer off and are back raring to go with a new 
challenge. They're starting us off with a classic color combo  
of gold, black and white - love it!


This card came about from scraps on my desk. I was cleaning up - 
looking for a missing stamp set from yesterday - when I
saw the poinsettias and the cut out circle piece laying together. 
I decided to color just one of the poinsettias using a gold pencil
crayon from Prismacolor and then use black sparkle embossing
powder from Ranger for the centers. I used a Spectrum Noir
Crystal Clear sparkle pen to add some shine to the gold - you can
see it better in the picture below.  I used the Softly Falling embossing
folder to create the scene in the 'window'.



I made this card before I saw what the design team has posted to 
inspire us but now I'm heading over there to check them all out. Why
don't you join me.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.

supplies:
from Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp sets: Watercolor Wonder (retired),  CL722 (Hero Arts)
ink: memento tuxedo black
Softly Falling EF
Big Shot: stitched circles (SSS), stitched rectangle stackables (Lawn Fawn)
black sparkle embossing powder (Ranger)
crystal clear sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir)