Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas/Winter Themed Event with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to the:
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

The December/January Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda winter event.
The Design Team is making Projects with a Christmas or Winter theme.  See all the event details on the Portal to Creativity blog.
I used four stamps to create this vintage/folk art Chrirstmas card.  Check it out.


Materials List:
Stamps: Plaid Pants Santa and Christmas Tree from Carmen's Veranda; Party Words and Yourba Adire from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Sepia Archival
Distress Inks: Barn Red, Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot,
Markers
CS: white, green
Stickles Glitter Glue


Make It:

  • Make a card from green CS
  • On white CS stamp the Yourba Adire background stamp by inking the stamp with two colors of Distress ink
  • Distress background with Barn Red and Frayed Burlap inks


  •  Stamp Christmas tree and Plaid Pants Santa with Sepia ink
  • Color with markers
  • Add stamped piece to card base


  •  Add glitter glue to cuffs, and ornaments on tree
  • Stamp sentiment with Black Soot ink

Thanks for stopping by! Head over to the Portal to Creativity to link up your own holiday/winter project.  And, check out the other DT projects too!!
Hope your Holiday preparations are going well!!
Karen

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 24 - Thirty Days of Christmas Event with Technique Junkies

Hello Dreamers!
Welcome to Day 24 of the Thirty Days of Christmas Event with Technique Junkies!
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 24 projects, I used  TJ stamps (which are  25% off) and a non- Christmas stamp.  See all The Christmas Sale stamps here


Materials List:
Stamps: Ornaments Trio Set  (25% off) from Technique Junkies
Ink: Archival Cobalt and Black
CS: white and navy
Metallic Marker
Twinkling H2O's watercolor paints
Paint brush
Silver and navy ribbon


 Make It:

  • Make a card from navy CS
  • Stamp three of the hanging ornaments with Cobalt Archival ink on white CS
  • Dip a wet brush into the watercolor paints and add splotches of color to the background-- the ornaments will not smear because they were stamped with Archival ink.
  • Add dots with a metallic marker and run the maker along the edges
  • Add stamped piece to card
  • Stamp Merry Christmas (also included in the Ornament Trio stamp set)with black ink in lower corner
  • Tie ribbon into three bows and add one to top of each ornament

 Inside of the Card:

Change up!!
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Chicken !!??  Now, I know you have a bird or chicken lover on you card giving list.  They will love this little Christmas Chicken card.  And, this card also shows how you can use non-Holiday stamps to make holiday cards.


Materials List:
Stamps: Chicken and Red or White Christmas (sentiment) both from Technique Junkies
Ink: Red
CS: white, red, green
DP: MME Found Christmas pad
Snowflake ribbon

Stamp this sweet little chicken with red ink and pair with red and green papers. Stamp the sentiment from the Red or White Christmas stamp; cut out and layer with green CS.  Tie ribbon in bow.


I hope you are enjoying all the Technique Junkies' Holiday projects!  Don't forget to grab you favorite stamps while the 25% sale is on.  See you again soon!!
Karen

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!


Materials:
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!
Karen

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.


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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!
Karen

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.
Karen

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!
Karen

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
Markers
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