Friday, November 17, 2017

Holiday Thanks

I had lots of snippets left over that were too small for card panels, so I cut them into 1" squares and cut some in half lengthwise and some in half diagonally. I pieced them together to make a little patchwork quilt and turned it into a Christmas thank-you card. The sentiment is by SU! and I added a die-cut IO button to the center, threaded with narrow strips of matching green cardstock.

I'm sharing this with the Jingle Belles "thankful for the holidays" challenge.

I had plenty of leftover Christmas paper snippets so I made this card too...

This was one of my most favorite DSP's from SU! from years gone by, but none was wasted since I made these quilted thank-you cards. The sentiment is also by SU!

Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a fantastic Friday and a good weekend as well!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rowdy Reindeer Calendar

I'm making calendars for friends this year and had to include this Lil Inker Rowdy Reindeer for a deer-hunting friend of ours. I stamped and die-cut Rowdy and colored him with Copics, then placed him on a Gina Marie Designs die-cut stitched circle. The base is kraft and the dsp is CTMH. I die-cut the "2018" with my Quickutz and added the printed calendar. To add to the fun, here's the back..

Oops! Looks like this one got away! I added some "dust" with a stick stamp by Judith and dotted with a brown marker pen.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TMS #429

Hello stampers - it's Tuesday and time for another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge. Today we're using sketch #429 designed by our very own Melissa.

Here is this week's prize up for grabs...

I used a combination of smoky slate, real red, white and a snippet of dsp from an unmarked paper pad that reminded me of the designs in a butterfly wings. The butterfly was made with MB Darla and Vivienne dies and the Sweet'n Sassy sentiment was heat-embossed with white ep on the red panel. The tiny stitched cloud was done with a Lawn Fawn Die, and the little bird is a Gina Marie Designs die cut. The scalloped border was done with a Sweet'n Sassy scalloped border die.

Be sure to visit the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge blog to be inspired by all of the wonderful creations from the DT and then come play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday!


Sunday, November 12, 2017


In making this card, I first sponged a piece of water-color paper with wilted violet distress ink and then spritzed it with some water. After it dried, I embossed it with a Tim Holtz Sizzix bubble wrapping ef; spritzed with water again, and watched as a touch of blue emerged here and there. I die-cut it with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle and placed it on a black card base. The postage stamp frame and flower were die-cut with unbranded dies and I added some purple stickles to the center of the flowers. The sentiment is from Sweet'n Sassy stamps.

I'm sharing this with the Cuttlebug Mania "Thanks" challenge. You need to use your manual die-cutting machine along with your dies.

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


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shaker Birthday Card

I was hesitant to post this shaker card, because after it was finished, I realized I should have used a white panel inside the shaker so you could see the contents  and the colors. Oh well, that's how I learn - through mistakes. I used PTI Berry Sorbet cardstock along with my Spellbinders Postage Stamp dies, placing a smaller die inside of the larger one to create the shaker frame. I used clear tulle for the shaker and added pink, white, gold, and black sequins inside. I added a couple of small Cheery Lynn flourish dies cut with white, and added matching flowers done with SU! mini punches (r). The centers were filled with tiny black gemstones and the sentiment is by Sweet'n Sassy stamps.

I'm sharing this with the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #368 which is to make a shaker card.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great weekend!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Peace on Earth

I have a simple Christmas card today using snippets of light and dark green cardstock along with white. The background was embossed with a SU! softly fallen embossing folder, and the trees were done with a Tim Holtz die in 2 different colors of green. The stitched hillside was done with a Lawn Fawn die and the sentiment was done with a Die Versions die. Those trees on a snowy hill do remind me of a peaceful scene somehow.

I'm entering this into the following challenges :

Happy Little Stampers November Christmas challenge - a/g optional tag

Happy Little Stampers November Anything Goes with dies challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Snow White/ use snow or white

CHNC 358 - a/g as long as it's Christmas optional food or drink

CHNC Christmas challenge extra for November - anything goes

Wishing you a peaceful day and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketch #428

Hello Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge fans! We're back with sketch #428 designed by our very own Melissa Craig. This week we're being sponsored by We Are 3 and they're offering a prize of $15 (excludes hand-made cards).

This sketch gave me pause for some time, but eventually I came up with a card I was happy with. I'm using the We Are 3 Glitter tags Santa image along with the Storybook Christmas papers (green panel and background). Click the photo to enlarge it and you can see the soft, pretty design in the paper. The green panel is streaky because my printer is low on ink (sorry) but it's a beautiful collection of papers. I added a red embossed panel done with a SU! snowburst embossing folder along with some retired SU! ribbon. The green panel was die-cut with a Spellbinders Labels 18 and I used some mirror gold cardstock and a Spellbinders scalloped circle die to make the mat for the image. The piercing on the edge was done with a SU! piercing template and I finished it off with some tiny dots of red liquid pearls.

Here is the We Are 3 sentiment called Christmas Greetings that I printed on top of another piece of the Storybook paper (like the front of the card) and placed it inside. You can see the pattern and script a little bit better in this photo (in between the rays of sunlight).

Here's wishing you a wonderful Tuesday and don't forget to check the Tuesday Morning Sketch blog to see what my other teammates have created to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this week's sketch!


Monday, November 6, 2017

2018 Calendar

Splitcoast stampers has a great tutorial for making easel calendars that will fit in an A2 envelope, so I gave it a go and made one from snippets in my stash.
The card base is Melon Mambo and I used a snippet of oyster cardstock to mat the SU! retired dsp. The dragonfly is a recycle from a card that was sent to me. It had been silver embossed, but I added some Copic fluorescent colors to give it some life and added a big gemstone to the body for some sparkle. The "2018" was done with my Quickutz and Olivia numbers. The tutorial includes the file to print the calendars too, so I've already made several of these and hope to make more. They will be a nice addition to a gift basket or a nice surprise in the mail.

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


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Christmas Tags for the Guys

I usually make lots of tags during the year to use up those small snippets of cardstock, and tags will definitely make good use of those small bits of cardstock. I used some Poppy Tiny Fawns dies to make the deer, and hand-drew in the faces. Next time I'll leave the faces blank or just add a dab of red glitter for the noses. I used bits of green and black cardstock, and cut them with a SU! scalloped top tag punch, adding some older deer ribbon I've had for eons. The white birch trees were done with an unmarked stamp generously gifted to me by a friend, and I heat embossed it with white ep. For the black tag, I die cut a silver mirror card circle for the punched hole before adding ribbon, then tied the ribbon with some black & white twisted twine. I just toss these tags into a box and have plenty to share with my friends at the end of the year.

I'm sharing these with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is to make Christmas gift tags.

I'm also sharing them with CHNC Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for November - which is anything goes as long as it's Christmas.

Thanks for checking in today and have a great weekend whatever you do!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Rowdy Reindeer

When I saw this recent release from Lil Inker called "Rowdy Reindeer" I jumped right on it and ordered the set. I make cards for a local store and there are a few customers who snag the snarky cards right off the shelf, so I thought this would be a big hit. I would imagine there are folks all over the place who would get a good chuckle out of a card like this! LOL As if the outside isn't funny already, check out the inside sentiment...

I could not stop laughing when I saw this :) I also got the matching die for Rowdy and the stamp set includes lots of cute faces you can stamp, but I chose the one with him sticking out his tongue :)

I had so much fun making this that I made another card using the same retired DSP from SU!....

The colors are pool party and island indigo with some basic grey on the first one, and those little ornaments on the bottom were done with a retired SU! punch and covered with Nuvo glitter. I used a silver paint pen to cover the tops of them.

I'm sharing with the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge #8 which is to use any critter on your creation.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Friday includes a few good chuckles and smiles :)