Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Fun Christmas Card Design


Sorry for being MIA for a few days - but my hubs and I celebrated our birthdays on Sunday (yep, we share the same birthday) and it's been a busy, fun-filled time, ending with friends taking us to dinner last night and then a visit to Cabela's for the first time. We aren't into the outdoors life so much anymore, but the displays at Cabela's are amazing and so worth going to see! Heartfelt thanks to all of our friends for their wonderful gifts and beautiful cards which made us both feel so special and loved!

Onto the cards which is why you're here :)



I found a card similar to this on Pinterest which I wanted to recreate. I bought this SU! tree punch last year and have barely used it, so it was time to pull it off the shelf and give it a work-out. This card was done with both a SU! retired sentiment and dsp, and a gold mirror-card punched mini star. I loved how quick and easy this design was to put together, so I made more......


The gold papers are SU! with a SNSS sentiment embossed with gold ep. The mini stars are negatives from a border die and covered with gold stickles.


Here is the last of my long-hoarded (most favorite ever) SU! holiday thyme dsp.



I tried a three-tree look here................



and here's the entire set. I enjoy making multiples of easy cards, so I just kept going and used up snippets of dsp to create these.

I'm entering the September Rudolph days challenge which is to make a Christmas card and it's always "anything goes." The challenge runs until the end of September, so you still have time to make a Christmas card and play along!

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

Carol


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Patient Pup


I just love this Stampendous Patient Pup and have made several cards with this adorable image. For this one I colored the puppy with Copics, and used a MS doily border punch on bottom. I added my stamped sentiment with a piece of very old piece of adhesive ribbon to create the border. I used 3 tiny green mini brads and called this one done.

I'm sharing this with Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #300 which is to "use a sentiment."

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful weekend!

Carol

Friday, September 23, 2016

Boo!


Halloween is just around the corner, so I've made a few cards for the season. I used the SU! fox builder punch & stamp set again to make the black cat, adding a witch's hat done with a Tim Holtz crazy bird accessory stamp set and black and orange glitter pens. The "boo!" was done with a Darice die, and the small oval and starburst background were done with Gina Marie Designs dies. For the finishing touch, I added 2 matching orange eyes to the cat's face.

Happy Haunting..............Halloween will be here before you know it! Thanks for stopping by!

Carol

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Welcome Autumn


This is the last day of summer for us, so it's time to work on all those autumn-themed cards for a while. This card began with a sponged distress ink panel, where I spritzed a leaf stamp with water, and pressed it into the inks to get that ghost look. The SB die-cut leaf was sponged with color and I added some shimmer with twinkling H2o's. I added a panel of matching pink card stock for the SNSS sentiment panel, and covered the gap with some trim I've had for years. Again, I used my trusty Lil Inker stitched rectangles to cut all the panels, including the small sentiment panel.


Here's a close-up of the leaf that was popped up on dimensionals.

I'm sharing this with the Tuesday Morning Sketch #370.


Have a great Wednesday and thanks for stopping by.

Carol


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Autumn Birthday


Here's a little birthday card made with a sponged background and a House Mouse having fun with all the colorful leaves of autumn. I used an EK border punch to get all the tiny leaves that have fallen to the ground and added a strip of rust-colored ribbon diagonally. The panels were cut with stitched rectangle dies and I added one golden leaf brad for the final accent. The sentiment is from SNSS.

I'm sharing this with the HMFMC#226 which has a theme of "Autumn."

Thanks for stopping by, and make it a great day.

Carol

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Fall Y'All


There's a lot of work that went into this simple card, but I covered most of it up! LOL The background panel is composed of 1" squares of some long-retired Basic Grey Indian Summer dsp that I pieced together and die-cut with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. The panel on top of that was sponged with distress inks in fall colors, then I spritzed a leaf stamp with water and pressed it into the inks, leaving a shadow image of the leaves. I used a SNSS Cocoa Mouse image and sentiment, coloring the leaf with Copics to match the inked panel beneath it. I used an EK success leaf border punch to get the tiny leaves and acorns for the lower border. All layers were cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies.

I'm sharing this with the Snippets Playground #247 since I used lots of  snippets.


Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday whatever you're doing.

Carol

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Not-So-Scaredy Cat


I have another Halloween card today with a little cat made with the SU! Fox builder punch and stamp set borrowed from my friend Mary Anne (thanks M.A.).
I stamped a witch's hat from the Tim Holtz crazy bird accessories and placed it on top of the cat's head to get him ready for Halloween. The white panel was die-cut with a Gina Marie stitched oval die. I added a snippet of Halloween dsp and a die-cut background and some jelly dots that came in a blog candy I won last year. The Halloween sentiment is from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day today.

Carol

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Halloween


I've been in Halloween mode as that season is quickly approaching. I pulled out a very old SU! retired set, and stamped this image, adding some extra candy corn with a Lawn Fawn stamp. I colored it with Copics and die-cut it with a Gina Marie stitched square die, then matted it with black. The dsp is by Bo Bunny, and the orange panel was embossed with a SU! retired spiderweb ef, and they were both matted with black as well. The sentiment is by Tim Holtz, and the little bats were done with a stick stamp from Judith Stamps. The jelly dots were part of some fun Halloween blog candy I received last year.

I'm entering this into the Tuesday Throwdown #311 which is a sketch challenge this week.


Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful weekend.

Carol



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Water-colored Thank-You


This card began with a piece of white cardstock that I sponged with Distress inks. After the main panel was dry, I spritzed the Memory Box stamp with water and stamped it into the ink, giving it a white shadow. Once that was dry, I stamped the image in black, slightly moving it to the left of the shadow image. I die cut that panel along with the water-colored panel beneath it with a Gina Marie Designs stitched square die set, then added 2 white mini brads to the flower centers. The card base was a color-variegated cardstock and seemed to be a good color match to the distress inks. I added a snippet of die-cut white that was cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched hills die, then stamped a MFP sentiment. The card base was die cut with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle.

I just became aware of a brand new challenge called the PCC1 - Perfectly Created Chaos - which is to "Stamp it."

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is a good one!

Carol

Monday, September 12, 2016

Wedding Champagne



A couple in the neighborhood has a daughter who's getting married this coming Saturday. I wanted to give her a little something, so I took one of her wedding invitations and cut it apart to make a tag for a bottle of champagne. She's having an outdoor wedding and her invitation was composed of sunflowers, gold colors and woodgrain. I took a piece of the wood-grain panel and cut it to size, punching hearts on the bottom with a MS heart border punch and used vanilla cardstock to in-lay the hearts. The sunflowers were hand-cut from the invitation and placed on top of the wood-grain panel, adding some neutral lace trim to the top with tiny pearls. I used a MS doily punch for the lower borders and gold-embossed a SU! "congratulations" at the top. The medallion with their names was taken from the invitation and attached with the gold twisted twine (also from the invitation), and I made a mat with a Gina Marie Designs stitched circle die. The stringed clear beads were a find from a store close-out that I bought probably 7-8 years ago - knowing I'd find a use for them one day. The decorative bow was recycled from wired gold ribbon on a gift we received a long time ago, and it all seemed just perfectly festive to wrap up this bottle of champagne!

There is nothing prettier than an autumn wedding, and I wish this couple much happiness!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday!

Carol