Monday, December 5, 2016

December Challenge with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone,
Time for a new Challenge on the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity!
The challenge theme for this month is:

 Party Critters!

That would include animals in hats and celebrating.  You may use any stamps for the theme.

My celebrating animal is on a birthday card made for my nephew.  This little puppy has his party hat on is ready to go!

Ink: Black; Chocolate Chip and Close To Cocoa (Stampin' Up)
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen
CS:white; Kraft
Paper: Mixed Media pad
DP: Brown swirl from My & My Big Ideas; Brown Print from K & Company
Gold glitter glue

 Make It:

  • Make a card from from Kraft CS
  • Add a layer of brown print DP
  • On a piece of mixed media paper distress with the Distress inks and add to card base
  • Cut the swirls from DP and add to card
  • Add a strip of the brown print DP over the brown swirl

  • On White CS stamp the Large Film Strip with Chocolate Chip ink and cut out
  • Stamp the word Happy with Close to Cocoa ink within each Filmstrip frame
  • Add filmstrip to card
  • Stamp Party Dog on white CS with black ink; distress with Antique Linen ink, cut out and add to card with dimensional adhesive
  • Apply gold glitter glue to tassel on dog's hat
  • Stamp Birthday with Close to Cocoa ink on white CS;cut out and add to card with dimensional adhesive

Ain't he sweet??!!  My nephew loved his card, by the way.  I hope you will join in the challenge and show us your party spirit!!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you next time with Christmas cards!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Reindeer Themed Christmas Cards

Hello Dreamers!
I have another collection of Christmas Cards to share today.  Again, I used beautiful Decorative Papers with minimal stamping.  I wanted to use all those lovely papers I have had in my stash for several years.  Sometimes I think they are too pretty to cut.  But, I decided to jump right in and cut away!  LOL  This paper was heavy enough that I was able to used it as the card base.  I added die cuts and ribbons to complete each project.

Stamps are from Stampin' Up.

I put up some of my decorations yesterday.  I put together this cute owl wreath and hung it in my entry foyer.  Here are a few picts.

I only put a very tiny tree.  And, a few quilts and pillows.  Here is the fireplace area.

Challenges for my Reindeer Cards:
Simon Wednesday: anything goes
Mod Squad: Holiday Dimension
Holly Jolly Christmas challenge: a Christmas card or anything but a card
Merry Monday: masculine Christmas card

Well, I guess that's it for me today.  Hope you are having a lovely day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Card with Die Cuts

Hello Dreamers!
Popping in today to share a few Christmas cards I made for my card giving list.  I wanted to use all those pretty decorative glitter papers in my stash this year.  So, I did minimal stamping, but added lots of elements.  This designs has die cut circles (one from velum), holly 3-D stickers, and ribbon. Dots of glitter glue were also added for a bit of sparkle.

Close up pic

 2nd Version

Challenges for my Christmas cards:
Mod Squad: sparkle it up
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas: use a sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Pattern Paper: anything with Decorative paper (November)
Simon Wednesday: Christmas to die for

I have to run.  Having lunch today with my nephew and have to make a run to the post office, etc.....   Hope you are having a great day!!  See you next time for more Christmas card ideas.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day 13 - Thirty Days of Christmas Event with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back for day 13 of 

The Thirty Days of Christmas 

event with the Technique Junkies!!  

When: November 15 - December 15

The Design Team will be sharing Christmas/Holiday projects using Technique Junkie Stamps.  All Christmas stamps will be on sale during the event--
25% off!!

On my day 13 projects, I used one of the new Christmas Sentiment stamps (which is 25% off) and a non-holiday stamp.  See all The Christmas Sale stamps here.  

It looks like I used two different branch stamps, but I just angled the stamp in the opposite direction for the second card.  Doesn't this Whimsy Branch make a great Holiday card!!??---and just by stamping in red and green.

Materials List:
Stamps: Joyous Noel and Whimsy Branch both from Technique Junkies
Ink: Garden Green Stampin' Up
Red Marker
CS: white, green, and red
DP: MME Found Christmas Pack
Red Narrow ribbon

Make It:

  • Make two card bases from green CS
  • Add a layer of DP to each card
  • On white CS, stamp the Whimsy Branch with Garden Green ink 

  • Add a layer of red CS
  • Add to card base
  • Stamp the sentiment with Garden Green ink
  • Layer with green CS and add to card with dimensional adhesive
  • Tie bows in the ribbon and glue to the branch

Such a fun stamp and it really makes a great Holiday image.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Check out all the projects from the Design Junkies!!
See you again soon!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day 10- Thirty Days of Christmas with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone!
Time for  a bit more Christmas inspiration!!  Are you making any holiday cards this year??  I have made all my cards --finally I got a bit ahead.  LOL
The Design Junkies have lots of ideas for holiday cards and to get you in the mood for the season,
The Technique Junkies will be celebrating the Holidays with ............

The Thirty Days of Christmas

When: November 15 - December 15

The Design Team will be sharing Christmas/Holiday projects using Technique Junkie Stamps.  All Christmas stamps will be on sale during the event--
25% off!!
On my day 10 project, I used two TJ stamps (which are both 25% off).  See all The Christmas Sale stamps here

Materials List:
Stamps: Whimsical Winter and All is Calm (sentiment)  both from Technique Junkies
Ink: Black dye
CS: cream, turquoise, dark green
DP: Authentique Tradition Stack
Green ribbon

Make It:
  • Make a card base from dark green CS
  • Add a layer of DP
  • Tie the ribbon around card
  • Ink the stamp with Markers and stamped on cream CS
  • Add a layer of turquoise CS and add to card
  • Stamp sentiment with black ink

More ways to use the Whimsical Winter stamp:

Hope you got your inspiration fix!!  Check out all the Holiday projects on the Design Junkie blog.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grateful Thanksgiving Cards

Hello Everyone,
I am keeping busy getting ready for hosting Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Today I have to clean my house and hopefully I will have some energy left to rake up a few leaves outside.
I wanted to share another set of Thanksgiving cards that I made to send to family and friends.
The stamps are from Stampin' Up.  I used a kaleidacolor ink pad to stamp the tree.  Then strips were cut from Fall colored papers.

Entered in the:
Paper Girls Challenge: Grateful
Cards in envy: thank you
Love to Scrap: anything goes

Hope you are having a great day. Well, I better get to that cleaning.  Oh, but I must have coffee first.  See you next time with a Christmas card.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Cards

Hello Everyone,
Getting ready for Thanksgiving here.  We are hosting dinner this year.  But, everyone brings something and that makes things easier.  I will be heading out to the store this morning to pick up all my ingredients.
So, thought I would take a few minutes to post a couple more Thanksgiving cards.  I used dry embossing folders to create the backgrounds.

Challenges for my Thanksgiving Cards:
Mod Squad: ribbons
Fashionable Stamping: winter or Fall

See you soon for one more Fall card and then Christmas Cards!!  Hope you have a super day!