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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

W2CB #48: Christmas in My Heart

Hi, everyone! Happy Holidays!

Today's card was inspired by our December/January Words 2 Craft By Challenge. Our words come to us from Charles Dickens.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

The card below was made for a good friend who is celebrating the holidays in a brand new home.  :)

SU crumb cake, cherry cobbler, very vanilla; Distress Ink barn door red
SU At Home with You stamp set and coordinating dies; Paper Smooches bow die
images stamped in Versamark black onyx and colored with Prismacolor pencils; Uniball gold accents
SU decorative mask, applied using Wendy Vecchi embossing paste
inking with Distress fired brick Oxide and Distress hickory smoke Ink
door embossed with Versamark ink and Recollections clear powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Xyron 

The pic shows my second attempt at this card.
  • I decided the house needed to be grounded. So, I added the cement step.
  • I also wanted a better look for the doorbell and handle. To achieve this look, I: stamped the image in black, colored in the doorbell and handle, re-stamped in black, stamped over the black in Versamark embossing ink, and heat embossed using clear powder.
When I saw this set in the SU catalog, I immediately thought of creating old-fashioned new home and/or holiday cards. Turns out it made for a perfect First Christmas in Your New Home card.  :)

Hope you'll join us at W2CB. Marty's hosting. And, of course, there's a prize up for grabs.

See you at W2CB!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Furry, Bright... and Merry

Hi, everyone! Hope the week is off to a great start.

I have two holiday cards to share.  :)

Card 1: Furry and Bright

This first card was inspired by the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.... and some Black Friday MFT goodies that arrived in the mail.

Just love these sweet little pawliday pups. Too cute!!!

Fancy Pants Design dp; Stampin' Up! mossy meadows
MFT Happy Pawlidays images, stamped in MFT chocolate brown hybrid ink
images colored with Prismacolor pencils
Happy Pawlidays sentiment heat embossed with Versamark ink and SU white powder
Simon Says A2 curve die; Wink of Stella enhancements
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Recollections foam squares

I actually rotated the curved element, but kept the same orientation for the sentiment strip. Oh, and that dp. It's actually a summery, beachy paper collection. I colored the bulbs to coordinate with the fun colors in this paper.

Card 2: Merry

This second card was inspired by the current Jingle Belles Baby It's Gold Outside.

Recollections Gifts of Gold; Recollections Santa; (gold glitter); SU tranquil tide; stash white
Sue Wilson wreath die; various SU punches (for tiny circles)
SU good greetings sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and gold embossing powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; foam backing

Hubby even liked this one! LOL

Parting Thoughts

There are still two more days left to join us at Words 2 Craft By. I know it's a crazy busy time of year but, if you have a chance, we'd love for you to join us.

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

SAS4Kids: Winter Fun 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge... actually the last SAS4Kids challenge of the year.

For this challenge, we have two great sponsors, offering prizes for two randomly selected participants. Bugaboo will be awarding 4 digis to one lucky winner, and Kitchen Sink Stamps will be giving a $25 gift certificate to a second lucky winner.

During the month of December, we're focusing on Winter Fun cards for our kids. For my card, I just couldn't resist this adorable Bugaboo little snow couple. Too cute!

Bugaboo Snowman Couple digi
Doodlebug Design polar pals  dp; Neenah Soler white and SU black cardstock
image colored with Distress Oxide inks and Prismacolor pencils
MFT rectangular STAX dies
SU snowday sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG and foam backing

Hope you'll join us for this SAS4Kids Challenge. It's a perfect time to break in and ink up Black Friday goodies. And, who knows, maybe you'll pick up a few more new goodies from Bugaboo or Kitchen Sink.  :)

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Sparkles Christmas: Snowman, Snowmen....

Hello, everyone! It's the first of the month, which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas challenge. The first of December already.... really?!.WOW!

Appropriately enough for December, Sandra H selected a snowman theme for us.

Hmmm.... snowwoman, snowpeople, snowkid... Whatever you call them, we can't wait to see them on a Sparkles-inspired card/project.  :)

Doodlebug Designs polar pals dp; Simon Says Stamp cardstock
Stampin' Up! image: stamped in CTMH black and Versamark, heat embossed in SSS clear powder
Paper Smooches sentiment: stamped in Hero Arts white and Versamark, heat embossed in SSS clear powder
MFT and Spellbinders circle dies
SU white baker's twine; Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes, embellished with Wink of Stella
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way pen; SU mini dimensionals; Ranger multi medium matte
design inspired by Sketch Saturday sketch #487

This is the first time I've used this little cutie. It was one of four stamps that I purchased from a crafter selling a little of her stash. This retired SU stash also has a sweet little reindeer. And, I thought both would make for some cute kiddie cards.

Hope to see you in the Sparkles Christmas gallery. And, have a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Hi everyone! Hope all is good. Don't know what you're weather's like, but it sure has been unusually warm around here. But, never fear... Our meteorologists assure us a big change is on the way.

I have two holiday cards. Both are perfect for those who believe in the magic of the holidays. The first for a child, the second for an adult.

  • The first I will be sharing over at the Cards in Envy It's Only Paper Challenge
    • Truth in advertising: This card is a CASE of a card featuring Kim's adorably cute Santa dies over at Paper Smooches.)
    • These cards will be going to Nationwide Children's. I'm putting together a box of SAS4Kids cards now to send to the hospital. So, if you have a few kid cards that you'd like to send to the kids there, please visit the SAS4Kids site. I'd appreciate it.... and the kids would LOVE it. 
  • The second I will be sharing at the Shopping Our Stash Snow Much Fun Challenge
    • I wish this pic captured this card's beauty. The watercolored ink turned out really well, and the Wink of Stella effect on the embossed snowflake is really pretty. 
    • It actually took about four or five attempts to get the look I wanted. But, now that I have, it should make for some quick Christmas cards.
Recollections white and black, Distress Ink antique linen, Stampin' Up! cherry cobbler cardstock
DCWV glitter Christmas matstack (hat trim, hat greenery, mustache)
Paper Smooches santa card and Simon Says Stamp A2 curve dies
Martha Stewart branch punch
cheeks and nose inking in DI fired brick, applied with Ranger blending tool
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way pen; Xyron

Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
SU winter wonderland embossing folder
SU good greetings sentiment in MFT hybrid black licorice; stash crystal gem
inking: broken china, peacock feathers, and seedless preserves Oxides
adhesive: Scotch ARG

Parting Thoughts

There's still a week to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By. Penny's hosting... and offering up a nice prize to our winner. 

That's it for now. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Christmas Non-Christmas-y Thank You

Hi, everyone!

I'm here with a quick post to share a Christmas thank you card I made for the current Jingle Belles Thankful for the Holidays challenge.

Since most of my Christmas thank yous are sent in January, I went more with winter colors -- aren't those Oxide inks just the yummiest?! -- and added a shimmery bow for good measure.

And, call me crazy, I decided to stamp the words in one color and the doo-dads in another. While I do love the look, I don't think I'll be doing that again... at least not for a while. LOL

Stampin' Up! fresh fig and stash white cardstock
SU world of thanks background stamp in Distress Oxides peacock feathers and seedless preserves
stash ribbon; adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zots glue dots

That's it for the next couple of days.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Sketch-Inspired Twofer

Hi, everybody! Hope it's been a great weekend.

As Darnell would say, I have a twofer for you tonight. Both were inspired by the current My Favorite Things sketch.

My first card was also inspired by the current Shopping Our Stash Transportation Challenge. And, since this card has a CAS design and a thank you sentiment, I'm going to share it over at the current CAS-ual Fridays Gratitude with Attitude Challenge.

So, without further ado, here's card #1.

Stampin' Up! crumb cake and  chocolate chip cardstock; SU vellum
MFT up in the air images, coordinating dies, and sentiment
SU banner punch; Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies
MFT images stamped in Distress Ink walnut stain and colored with Prismacolor pencils
vellum and banner inked with DI Oxides (broken china and peacock feathers)
embossing with Versamark and SU copper powder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Zig 2-way glue pen
This little card is probably going to Nationwide Children's... to be given to (or from) an older patient. So, I tried to go with a palette that is gender neutral, maybe even skewing to a masculine aesthetic.

I loved this sketch so much that I also decided to use it for an upcoming relative's birthday card. Since I haven't used MFT products here, I won't be sharing it over at MFT.

But, since a Paper Smooches die was used to create the focal point, I'll share it over at the PS Monthly Challenge.

Crate Paper farmhouse dp; SU tranquil tide and cherry cobbler cardstock
Paper Smooches botanicals 2 stamp and dies
Simon Says you matter sentiment, embossed with Versamark and Recollections gold powder
SU linen thread; SU banner punch; SU stitched square dies
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

So, this card will be going to a relative who has an early December birthday... but doesn't want Christmas-y birthday gifts or cards. So, I went with an autumn palette and am hoping she likes this one.

Parting Thoughts

Penny is our hostest with the mostest this month over at Words 2 Craft By. There's still time to play along... and Penny's offering up a prize for this challenge's winner. Hope you'll find a little time to play along.
Have a great week! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!   :)