Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MCV 72

Hi There!  I have two more days to get lots of cards made; but I also want to play a couple of challenges.

Muse Christmas Visions 72 has Cornelia Wonekor as our muse and she gave us a two layer tag with vellum, some gorgeous blues and silver accents. The photo is at the end of my post.

Since I need cards, I made a card version using her color combo, some vellum and silver embossing powder. 

Hero Arts: F5625 Ornament with matching Die, Silver Embossing Powder; Simon Says Stamp - Falling snow stencil, Big Scripty Greetings Holiday.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Happy

Last night hubs and I grabbed a Christmas music cd, and drove to take in a light display near Annapolis. I don't know what it is, but the lights just make me giddy and happy like a kid. That reminded me of this sentiment stamp after I saw the challenge over at Inspired by All the Little Things #34.   

I added a bit of color to the white embossed sentiment using Prismacolor pencils in white for a base and then green and red. A frame was cut to put everything to a better proportion.  The stamp is from Stampin Up.
The graphic is below.  The framed blackboard caught my eye along with the red and green bits.

Here are a few pictures from our drive last night.

These designs are many many many feet tall and wide.  Some of the designs were animated.  I enjoyed it tremendously.  Tonight hubs and I are doing a bit of decorating, not a whole lot since the holidays include travels for both of us.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Giving Thanks

In the rush of preparations and other unexpected happenings, I forgot to post the last of my Thanksgiving cards. Since it is still November and giving thanks is something we should do frequently, here it is!

I fell in love with those little CTMH squirrels the moment I saw them. The die cut panel is from SSS, the leaf die is Lawn Fawn. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Cuties

Hi there,  a few days ago I was reading blogs, and I fell in love with a few of the designs from Therese at Lost in Paper.  She made six cards from one stamp set with several designs.  What really caught my attention was the partial cut of the image against a patterned paper backdrop.

This isn't the first time I have seen this technique. Her images were so adorable.  The card design was fabulous and stayed with me for days, so that this time I was inspired to try out the technique for myself.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Muse CV 71

Muse Christmas Visions is joining up with Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags this week, and we are to make a tag with vellum.

One of the tags on the MuseCV post, had two layers of tags, one of vellum and both mounted on a small flat bag with some stripes on it.  I was inspired by the multiple layers.

I love this sweet flirty little deer from Hero Arts (H5457), I know it has antlers and so should be a he...but look at those eyelashes...  My middle layer is a piece of some scrumptious printed vellum from Stampin up.
My deer is stamped on Fog cardstock from Simon Says, and I've colored it with some pencils.  I had to add a gem for the nose...because..well Rudolph...and the tag needed a pop of color. The sentiment comes from CTMH- Short and Sweet Sentiments. The tag die is from Pretty Pink Posh, and I hand cut the slit for the ribbon.

I admit this will likely end up on the front of a card base before the season is over. We were not a family that ever tagged packages for the holidays. Too much shaking and squeezing...I am an only child so of course there were just the three of us. My Mother used two wrapping papers and one was for my Dad, and one for me.  My Dad used two different ribbon colors.  I used small stacks...sometimes the cat would create a surprise for us all, by moving one of my stacked gifts...but that made for funny moments.

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ATSM Photo Inspiration

Hi there!  I've been getting quite a few cards made for Christmas.  I need about 90 of them and I hope to have them finished by the end of November.  At last count I had about 45...so half way done.

Today's card is inspired by the photo inspiration over at Addicted To Stamps and More.  The photo is displayed below.

I was inspired by the curlicues and the colors. I found a stamp with curlicues in my stash from Stampin Up. For color I added some copic colored poinsettia's from Ellen Hutson, and a few drops of gold color shine from Heidi Swapp.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Muse 192

Tracey McNeely is our muse this week.  I loved the off set embossing over a watercolor look on her card.

Instead of an outline stamp, I decided to go with a texty stamp over a tree shaped brusho colored area. I love that the brushos gave me both a yellow and green shade in the same container.  The stamp comes from Penny Black, Season's Wishes.

I die cut one side with SSS's scallop stitches die and added a strip of gold foil tape from CTMH to the opening side.  This is a smaller card 3.25 by 5. I love Tracey's technique and design, and I can see using it more often.

Here is Tracey's lovely card:

Merry Monday 222

A quick post today, lots on the to do and lets finish lists!

Merry Monday's challenge is to create a Christmas card using gray, white and red.

 Stamp and Die - Newton's Nook Ornamental Newton. Border die - SSS Scallop Stitches

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Merry Monday 222

A quick post today, lots on the to do and lets finish lists!

Merry Monday's challenge is to create a Christmas card using gray, white and red.

 Stamp and Die - Newton's Nook Ornamental Newton. Border die - SSS Scallop Stitches

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Monday, November 14, 2016

A couple of quick Christmas Cards

I am really loving the simplicity of this Stampin Up stamp ( Star of Light) embossed with a sentiment.

It makes for a perfectly CAS card, with that in mind - I am entering them at ATSM's - Clean and Simple challenge.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Scramble 144

Hi There!  Today I woke up with a bit of a snuffly nose and a few coughs.  I am hoping it is just morning stuff.  I was looking through blogs and found that Linda is hosting a 24 hour scramble today November 12, 2016 from 8 am pacific time to 8 am pacific time on Sunday November 13,  2016.  Here is a link to the challenge if you'd like to play along.   Scramble 144

I set the timer on my phone  90 minutes to create, photograph and upload the card to the Hero Arts Flickr group. The theme is a holiday card which must have a tree on it.  I grabbed my go to Hero Arts Happy Holiday Trees stamp and a second stamp set Greetings for the Holiday also from Hero Arts.  I thought the trees might look stunning in Simon's blue violet ink and mounted on the same shade of cardstock. The image was die cut with Simon's postage edge dies.

A bit of white satin ribbon and this card is done in less than an hour.

I am also entering this to Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge which closes 11-15-16.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Birthday for Muse 191

Hi there, it feels so good to be back in my grove making cards after a summer of waning mojo.

This card is for Muse 191.  I was inspired by Anita's use of the sprinkles paper backdrop for her sweet cupcake and birthday greeting.

I used some multi-hued dotted SU paper and the Happy Birthday circle die from SSS. It made for a very quick card.

Here is Anita's card:


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Merry Monday 221

It has been a while since I was able to organize myself to get a card ready for Merry Monday. The week seems to fly by and I miss my posting deadline before I even begin the card.

This week the theme is winter activity.

I combined two stamp sets, SU's Christmas Cuties, and CTMH's Hello Winter Holiday. The images  and foreground were copic colored, and the sky is inked with distress ink in weathered wood.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

More Birthday Cards

I am counting down...4 more to go and then on to the Christmas cards.

I love this scripty font set from Mama Elephant called Make a Wish.  I've adorned it with some flowers for bunch of girly birthday cards.

 I am entering this last on to the CAS on Sunday Challenge: Flowers. This is a new to me challenge that I was introduced to by my blogging friend Greta.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Birthdays

Two recent birthday cards mailed out.  I have 5 November birthdays, and 5 December birthdays to make cards for...and the Christmas cards aren't done...now that is crafting (job) security!

No matter who it is you are choosing, please remember to vote today!
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Star of Light

Finally all my fall commitments are done, and I have several weeks at home. I can dig in and craft my Christmas cards.  The fall / Thanksgiving cards are done...I send only a few of those out. Thanksgiving cards to the family and fall cards for blogging friends.

 This card is for two challenges.  The design comes from Case this Sketch, and the theme comes from Addicted to Stamps and More: Holiday.

My supplies were simple, clear  and silver embossing powders, Hero Arts Silver ink, Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire, Versamark, the stamp set from Stampin Up called Star of Light, and a bit of masking paper and the misti to stamp versamark over the colored inks so the embossing powder would stick well.

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Winter Cards with Betty

During September Betty sent me a packet of wonderful fall themes goodies and a challenge to make two cards. You can see those cards in this post and this one.

I then sent her a package of winter themed goodies and gave her a challenge to make two cards.  I also made two cards from mostly the same items.  I might have added another die cut or two, but the color scheme is the same.  I asked Betty to feel free to supplement from her own stash.

Here is an overview of the items sent to Betty:

Here are the two cards I made:

It was a lot of fun exchanging card kits.  If you haven't come from Betty's blog, be sure to hop over there with this link.

Thanks so much for stopping by.