Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just One More Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!
Oh, I know I said I was all done with my Christmas cards. But, I wanted to try out this Owl digi image from the Cardmad Fairy. Who, by the way, is the sponsor for The Stamping Vacation Challenge Blog for December. I will also share some of the other cards I made for Christmas. You have seen several of them all ready in previous posts. Bird and owl fans check out this cute Owl.

I used a sketch from the Stars and Stamps blog for the layout. I thought this would be a cute layout for the Owl image. The DP is from K & Company and My Mind's Eye. CS- Marina Mist from Stampin' Up and green from AC Cardstock. The Owl Sentiment is from Victorine Originals, and the Holiday sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers. Here are some detail shots

I filled in the hat trim with Stickles Diamond. You should be able to see that in this photo.

And, I thought that you might like to see the inside too.

Fun and Creative Challenges for Christmas Owl:

Stars and Stamps: Sketch
T0p Tip Tuesday: Anything goes
A Spoon full of Sugar: Recipe- 3 pattern papers, 3 flowers, 3 Gems
Flourishes: Use a Doily
Little Paper Shop: Use a funky edge
The Pink Elephant: Color challenge- Blue, Red, Green
TSG Clear Stamps (There She goes): Cards for Kids
Artful Inkables: Punches or Die Cuts
Design Dollies: 5 Layers
Scrap-Creations: anything goes
ABC Christmas: X for Xmas plus optional flowers
Okay, that is all for me today. I need some R and R.

Clean and Simple at Stamping Vacation

Hi Everyone,
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. We had a very nice time at my parents house... turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Yum! And we had a nice visit with my parents, my brother, my two nephews, and my nephew's girlfriend. So, back to business today.
I have a Design Team card for you today. This card is for the Clean and Simple Challenge at Stamping Vacation Challenge Blog.

This month you are challenged to create a Clean and Simple card using kraft and red cardstock with just a touch of lace somewhere on your creation!

Our Monthly sponsor is Mark's Finest Papers. And the prize is 4 sets of their December new releases and a $25 gift certificate!!!!
Here is the card I made.

I used Real Red CS from Stampin' Up, white and kraft. the stamp is from Mark's Finest Papers' Thankful Mums and Pumpkins Set.

Ink: Jet Black Stazon. I could not find a lace in my stash that worked. So, I crocheted this piece with a small hook and white crochet thread size 10. Here are some detail shots.

There is so much detail in this stamp. The set also has a large Mum stamp in it.

Challenges for CAS Mum:

Cute Card Thursday:blast from the past. I used challenge #114 No designer paper.

Paper Pretties: Clean and Simple

4 Crafty Chicks: Photo inspiration: I was inspired by the colors in the photo for my card. Red, white, kraft.

If the shoes fits scrap it: White with a splash of color

Have a great Friday everyone.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Baby Bud Christmas Card

Oh Hi, here I am back again.
I saw this cute Baby Bud freebie digi and wanted to give it a try. So, not use shimmer mist spray with digis. The ink bleeds. OPPS.
News: I finished all my Christmas cards today!!! This was the last one. I am all done! I have to get them sent out of course, but I have plenty of time for that. I made 45 cards. Okay, so lets take a look at this Baby Bud card.
The Sentiments are from Mark's Finest Papers. CS: Red from AC Cardstock, Close to Cocoa from Stampin' Up. DP is from Basic Grey Boxer collection. I did lots of dry embossing and used textured CS. I painted the image with watercolor crayons from SU. This is a fun and funky Holiday card. Here are some detail pics so you can see all the challenge elements.

I put another sentiment on the inside which is from My Sentiments Exactly.

Super Cool Challenges for Baby Bud Christmas:

Baby Bud Designs:Use a Baby bud image and Christmas

Embellish Magazine: Color Combo-Red, Light Green, Pink, Brown

Craft Your Days Away: Texture

Mark's Finest: Use a bow

Basic Grey Challenges: Use BG paper,4 different embellishments (metallic staples,ribbon, fabric covered brads, paper flower), 3 different DP's, 1-2 images

Sew Many Challenges: Red and Green

Alphabet Challenge: E for Embossing

Crafty Sentiments: Christmas

Crafty Catz Weekly: Christmas

Fab n Funky: going with the flow

Whoopsi Daisy: Lets get all girly

Well, I guess that is all for me today. Tomorrow I have to work- accounting stuff. And, I really need to get some housework done (Yuk). Hope you are enjoying a sun shiny day!


DeNami Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Having a relaxing Sunday here. My Husband starts Radiation treatments tomorrow and Chemo on Wednesday so we are just taking it easy today. Keep him in your prayers please. I am so thankful for all the kind words everyone has sent. Crafters are the best!

Well, here is little cute card today using a DeNami stamp and Mark's Finest sentiments. (There are few days left of Mark's Finest sponsorship for the month of November at the Stamping Vacation Challenge blog. Get over there and link up a card.) I used the Sketch from DeNami Challenge #5. I followed it pretty closely and made a small 4" card.

CS: Green from AC Cardstock, Blush Blossom from Stampin' Up. DP: K & Company.This could be used as Christmas card or just a Holiday season anytime card. See the inside.

Cute sentiments! Here is a detail pic.

Challenge for Coffee Warm Thoughts:

DeNami: Sketch

Stamping Vacation: No No challenge-no traditional fall colors

Stamping Vacation: Very Vintage-Rose, Moss, and cream

Crafty Calendar Challenge: Winter plus snowflakes

The Crafty Pad: snowflakes

Scrappy Frogs: Christmas

One Stop Craft: Christmas cutie

Critter Challenge: Food

City Crafter: My Cuppa

Stampin' B: Holiday card

Fresh Brewed: Winter/Christmas Theme

Have a great day! Love ya!


State Your State Challenge at Stamping Vacation

Hi Friends,

Hope you are having a great weekend. Today I have a Design Team card for the State your State Challenge at Stamping Vacation Challenge blog.

Our Monthly sponsor is Mark's Finest Papers. And the prize is 4 sets of their December new releases and a $25 gift certificate!!!!

This month you will take your inspiration from the great state of California. I was inspired by the state flower (poppy) and the state insect (butterfly).

I used "poppy" colored paper and ink. I also added some poppy flowers and a butterfly.

Stamps: Sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers, Poppy from Stampin' Up, butterfly from Serendipity Stamps.
CS: Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand, black, Blush Blossom, from SU.
Inks: Poppy Parade from SU, black
I stamped the poppies on Blush Blossom and Poppy Parade cs and colored with watercolor crayons.

Other fun challenges for Thankful Poppy:
Corrosive challenges: Things that move- A Butterfly
I did It Creations: Surprise Me
Stamp something: Something with Thanks
Charisma Cutz: One for the Girls
Southern Girls Challenge: Your Favorite Color - Poppy
Get busy and lets see what you come up with. Link your project up at the Stamping Vacation Challenge blog.
Have a great day.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Carolers Vintage Card

Hello again,
I have been able to put some time in making cards and I made another batch of Christmas cards. I used a stamp from Peddler's Pack and a sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly. I varied the cards slightly by using different ink colors and DP. I made 12 of these to go in my send out box. And, this will also be the card we will make at Card Ministry next week. Here is the brown card.

The DP is from My Mind's Eye. Ink is Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up and Bamboo Leaves from Memento. Distress ink: Vintage Photo from Ranger.

And, here is the blue/grey version:

This DP is also from My Mind's Eye. I stamped the main image with black ink and the sentiment with Basic Gray from SU. Here area a few close ups.

Challenges for Vintage Carolers:

Fussy and Fancy: Christmas card w/o Red or Green

A Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything goes

Totally Papercrafts: Untraditional Christmas

Tanda Stamps: Ladies only

Crafty Creations: Christmas is coming

Creative Cottage: Untraditional Christmas colors

Stampin for the weekend: Winter

Inktegrity design team: anything goes

Christmas Stampin: Anything goes

Bah Humbug: Feeling the blues-my second card.

Tip Top Tuesday: Layer upon Layer

Cheerful Stamp Pad: Use Holly,wreaths, candles but, no trees

Have a fun Friday. See you later!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rockin' Lucy Christmas

Hi Friends,
I know I have been away from the old blog for a while and I know you will understand. My Husband was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer of the tongue that has spread to the neck. However, he does not have any cancer anywhere else in his body. So, things have been crazy here. (Not to mention I have felt pretty down and went thru a week or so of stunned numbness.) We have been running here and there almost daily to different appointments and tests to get him ready for his treatments. He will start the treatments on Monday. Please keep us in your prayers.

I been able to get a few things made over the last few days as my husband did not have any appointments this week. I have been working on some Christmas cards that I will send out. I wanted to make some Christmas cards using Stampsmith Stamps and here is what I came up with.

Isn't this a cute image??!! I think they look like they are singing "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree". This image is from Stampsmith's Lucy Full Sheet.

I made the same card in several different colors. All cards used: CS- AC Cardstock Christmas, DP-My Mind's Eye and K & Company. The Sentiment stamp is from My Sentiments Exactly!

I like pink and green for Christmas cards. What do you think?

And then here is the last one:

Fun Challenges for Rockin' Lucy:

Simon Says Stamp: Let it Snow

Sir Stampalot: Christmas Traditions -singing carols (only 5)

Crafts and Me: Snowflakes

ABC Challenges: Ice and Snow (only 4)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Goodie Bag and Card

Hi Everyone,
I have more Thanksgiving projects today. This one is a goodie bag and card. I will fill the bag with baked goods and deliver it to my neighbor, Del. I just used a purchased gift bag and decorated it.

Here is the card by itself.

The card sits in a vellum pocket on the front of the bag. I used a Stampsmith stamp for the main image. It is a Paris scenic image form the Paris Full Sheet which I stamped with a Kaleidacolor pad and covered with UTEE. I sliced the image into 3 equal pieces and layered. I used a Stampin' Up leaf stamp to make the background. The leaves were stamped in Always Artichoke, Really Rust, More Mustard, and Ruby Re (SU). Card stock is Always Artichoke, Really Rust, Barely Banana (SU) and glossy white. The DP on the bag is Green flocked from Me and My Big Ideas. Here are some close ups.

On the inside I added Thanksgiving Sentiments from Stampin' Up.

Challenges for this project:

Crazy Challenges: Thank you or Thanksgiving

Critter Challenge blog: Texture

Shabby Tea Room: Photo and Thankful

Paper take Weekly: Autumn Skies

Anything challenge: Emboss It-I heat embossed with UTEE

A Spoonfull of Sugar: Distressing or Vintage Style

Have a great day!


Monday, November 15, 2010

New Game at Stamping Vacation

Hi Kids,
How about a new game? Stamping Vacation has come up with a new card making game called Inspiration Tag.
Here is how it works:
Check out my card below and pick 2 or 3 elements that you would like to duplicate on a card you will make. Make your card and post it to your own blog along with these instructions. Then go to Stamping Vacation and post a link to your card on the post. Then from your blog your readers will pick 2 or 3 elements from YOUR card and make their own and post it to their blog and then go to Stamping Vacation and post a link there as well. And so on and so on..... On December 5th a name will be randomly drawn from all the links for Inspiration Tag at Stamping Vacation and the winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to the store of their choice! Sounds like fun, doesn't it??!!

I am continuing to make Thanksgiving cards. I have another one today.

I used Artist Outpost stamps for this card. The turkey time stamp is from Studio G. I stamped the images with a Kaliedacolor ink pad. CS is Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up, and kraft. The DP is from K & Company. I added an orange ribbon. For the Inspiration Tag game you could use any of the following elements: Color Scheme, rustic style, scenic stamp, Thanksgiving, Speciality inks, time theme, masking (I used this on the pocket watch stamp), or using ribbon.

I added a Thanksgiving sentiment on the inside (SU). The Happy Thanksgiving stamp is from My Sentiments Exactly.

Play along and create your own card using a couple elements from this card. Don't forget to link it up over at Stamping Vacation. Have fun!!


Stampsmith Challenge 4

Hi Everyone,
I'm back with the Stampsmith Challenge blog Challenge #4. I got to pick the theme for Challenge #4. And, in honor of Thanksgiving, the theme for this challenge is:
Thank you, Thanks, or Thankful.
So, you must use a Thank you, thanks, or thankful sentiment on your project. You must also use at least one Stampsmith Stamp for this challenge.
You can make any type of project from 3-D to cards. You will have until November 30th to complete your project and link it up here. And, of course, there is a fabulous prize. One person will be selected at random for a gift certificate to the Stampsmith Shop. I will also be selecting the three Highlights from this challenge. The winner and Highlights will be announced on December 1st. This will be the last challenge before we take our Christmas break. After Christmas we will be back on January 1st with a new challenge.
Click over to the Challenge site and see the Highlights of Challenge #3 and the winner of the gift certificate. And, take a look at the Design Team's Challenge #4 projects to get your creative juices flowing.
Here is my Thankful card

I used Coffee Gal stamp from The Stampsmith Shop. The Sentiment and the background stamp are from Stampin' Up.

CS: Sage Shadow, Barely Banana, Marina Mist (SU); Glossy White

DP: Basic Grey and Provo Craft

Ink:Marina Blue, Barely Banana (SU)

Pigment Ink: Not Quite Navy (SU).

I started out by stamping the tiny flower on the Marina Mist CS. I die cut a scallop circle from Sage Shadow and dry embossed. I used two Spellbinders to make the frame. And the leaves are die cut. I stamped the sentiment in pigment ink and embossed. Here are some detail shots.

And, on the inside, I added a Thanksgiving sentiment.

This card will go out in the mail for someone on Thanksgiving. Hope everyone is having a great day.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thanksgiving Card

Hi Everyone,
I have a cute little Thanksgiving card today. I used a DeNami stamp. so not really a traditional Thanksgiving image, but with fall colors, I think it works.

The Sentiment stamp is from My Sentiments Exactly! Card Stock is from Bazzill. Ink is Really Rust from Stampin' Up. I cut the stamped image out by hand and colored it in with markers. I die cut the big circle and dry embossed it. Then I added a brown polka dot ribbon. So, nice and quick. Here is a detail shot.

This card is entered in the following Challenges:

DeNami: color - Cream, Pumpkin, Brown, Green, Kraft.

Lili of the Valley: anything goes

Aud Sentiments: Thanksgiving

Cute Card Thursday: Anything goes

ABC challenge: H is for holidays

Dutch Dare: CAS
Have a great day!