Saturday, December 16, 2017

A couple cards for CASE This Sketch #252, Time Out Challenges and Merry Monday #269

Hello everyone!! Today I am just posting quick.

I created two Christmas cards for some challenges.



First, the layout of the card was inspired by the sketch below from CASE this Sketch:


Instead of the circle, I used the poinsettia as the focal point on both cards, along with some pine boughs and mistletoe.

The colors that I was inspired by came from two sources. One is the image from TIME OUT Challenge #98and the second is three colors from the Merry Monday image #269. I think you can see what inspired me from both.

 

Here is a close up of both. I used the same poinsettia that I used on yesterdays card. I die cut a few to get rid of some scraps.


I also used two different sentiments on each card but both were heat embossed with gold embossing powder.


That is all from me today!! I thank you for stopping by. Have a FABULOUS day!!


Supplies: 
(Affiliate links are used when possible at no extra cost to you.)

Paper-PaperTrey Ink-Rustic White, Parakeet, Pure Poppy, and Linen card stock, Paper Studios Kraft, Crate Paper "Bundled Up" patterned paper, Bazzill Sugar Cookie
Dies-Sizzix Thinlits Die (Pillow Box and Poinsettia), Stampin Up! Pretty Pine Dies
Ink-Vintage Photo Ink and Versamark
Stamps-Mama Elephant Merry Greetings and Uniko Most Wonderful
Other-Darice Sequins, Gold Stickles, Pink Fresh December Days Stickers, Foam AdhesiveRanger Multi Matte AdhesiveScotch Dot AdhesiveSizzix Big Shot, Wagner Heat GunRanger Gold Embossing Powder

Friday, December 15, 2017

Just Add Ink Challenge #390

Happy Friday!! It feels like winter today-the temp being 9 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. We are also getting some snow tonight as well and it is the perfect time to be holed up getting Christmas cards ready to mail. (I am a little behind this year! 😓)

Today I am sharing a card I created last night for the Just Add Ink Challenge #390. I have been doing everything to avoid getting my Christmas cards written out!!


The sketch below is what inspired my card.
My whole card was designed around the poinsettia that I had die cut a couple nights before. I had NEVER used this die and decided it was about time that I did!


The paper I used was something I have had for over a year too. I have SO MANY 6" by 6" pads of Christmas paper and have been hoarding for no reason. It was about time that I cut into it.


The sentiment is a sticker that I actually bought this year and fit perfect with the colors in the paper. That NEVER happens and was so happy that I didn't have to stamp or emboss anything!!

Well that is all from me today. Stay warm!! Thanks for stopping by!!


Supplies: 
(Affiliate links are used at no extra cost to you.)

Paper-PaperTrey Ink-Rustic White and Pure Poppy card stock, "Festive" 6" by 6" paper by Authentique 
Dies-Sizzix Thinlits Die (Pillow Box and Poinsettia)
Other-Pretty Pink Posh, Big Shot, Nuvo Crystal Drops English Mustard, Pink Fresh December Days Stickers, Foam Adhesive, Ranger Multi Matte Adhesive, Scotch Dot Adhesive, Sizzix Big Shot

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Happy Chanukah with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Hello everyone!! Today it is my turn on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog.

Since Chanukah started this week, I created a card to celebrate this holiday by using two sets of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps-"Star of David" and "Chanukah."


The first step for my card was to heat emboss the sentiment from "Chanukah" with platinum embossing powder.


Next I created my pattern paper using the stars from the "Star of David" set. I layered my stars in no specific order onto my white card stock and used a MISTI tool for the stamping. I always have a lot of fun making patterned paper and this stamp set is perfect for it. The stars are in four different sizes and can cover quite a bit of background.


I chose to use a soft blue ink for the patterned paper because I was using a soft blue embossing powder to make some solid blue areas when I put the card together.


I trimmed my stamped background into a 3" by 5 1/2" piece. I then cut a 1 1/2" piece off, taped the top off so 1/4" of it was showing and smeared clear ink along the top.


I then heat embossed it with powder that matched the dye ink I used. I adhered this piece to my A2 card base so the the solid line was under the sentiment.


I repeated the trimming the paper and heat embossing a section of patterned paper two more times and adhered the pieces to the card.


My last step was to adhere platinum and blue gems randomly around the sentiment.

I hope this card inspires you to make some stamped paper yourself. If you feel like getting yourself an early Christmas present, use my code nora2017 to get 15% your total order at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store.


I thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a GREAT day!!

Stamp Sets Used:




Friday, December 8, 2017

Accountability and Hoarding Supplies

Hello everyone!! Happy Friday!

I have been doing a lot of soul searching in my crafting endeavors and trying to come up with ways to use my STUFF. Right now my room is a mess. I am going to post some photos below that I took last night to show you what a hoarder I have become.

This is the floor around my desk:



This is part of my desk where I have started working:


This is my "coloring station" where I use my different markers.


Can you see what a MESS my space is currently? And I am not even showing you the whole room!!

Anyway, I am posting these to make myself accountable. I need to clean up my supplies so I can USE them. (And when I talk about using the stuff on my desk-this is why I have so many choices!!) You would think that my room being like this would make me NOT want to craft, right? WRONG!! I just push it aside and carry on. I cannot do it anymore, though.

So here is to being accountable and not being such a hoarder!!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at "my mess." Have a FABULOUS Friday!!




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Charlotte!!

Just popping in today to wish my daughter, Charlotte, a Happy 17th Birthday. 

Charlotte always complains that I never make her a home made card designed JUST FOR HER so I created a quick card last night in honor of her birthday. Yup, I am the shoemaker whose kids have no shoes!!!

I used My Favorite Things "Happy Hippos" to create my card.


The design was extremely simple so I could make this in a jiffy. I stamped the hippo and bird from the set and used Copics to color them in.


I added a die cut orange hat on the hippo that I did some doodling on.


The speech bubble is from Simon Says Stamp "Talk Bubbles," which is now retired.

Here are a few photos from Charlotte's senior photo shoot in October:





I cannot believe she is graduating!! Where has the time gone?

I want to thank you for stopping by!! Have a great day!!



Supplies:
Stamps-MFT Happy Hippos
Dies-MFT Happy Hippos, Blueprints 27 and Simon Says Stamp! Talk Bubbles
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Archival Black
Other-Copic Markers, Sizzix Big Shot, White Gel Pen, Neenah Solar White, Foam tape

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tag You're It Challenge #78

Happy Friday!! Just popping in to post my tag that I created for the Tag You're It Challenge #78.


I kind of stuck the the simple elements of the inspiration tag-using pink, adding a die cut gold deer-but added a bit of texture paste for snow and the pink die cut that was on my desk.


I kind of screwed up the "snow" that I made falling in the background. I used translucent texture paste rather then the white by mistake. A case of NOT reading the label properly!

Here was the inspiration tag:


I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Supplies:
Dies-PaperTrey Ink
Paper-Neenah Solar White, Tonic (gold)
Other-Sizzix Big Shot, Gold Stickles, TCW Texture Paste, Simon Says Stamp! stencil

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Snowflakes with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

It is hard to believe that it is the last day of November today. Where has the time gone?

Today it is my turn on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog. I created a holiday card and matching tag using two snowflake sets-"Snowy Sayings" and "Bring on the Snowflakes."


The colors were inspired by the image below.


It was also LOOSELY based on last weeks "Freshly Made Sketches #314.

I started off by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps "Snowy Sayings" in silver.

 

I then stamped the small aqua snowflake from the same set and the large snowflake from "Bring on the Snowflakes."


Next I stamped and heat embossed the large silver snowflake. I die cut the white panel and wrapped some silver thread around the front. I used a lighter piece of a patterned paper scrap behind the panel and mounted the whole thing on an A2 sized, top folding, aqua card.


My last step was to adhere some matching sequins and light colored jewels on the snowflakes and randomly around the sentiment.


For the tag, I actually used the practice piece I made for my card. I did the exact same process as my card but then used the middle sized Fri-die from "Tag Buddies" to cut out the tag.


I added some silver thread and thin ribbon to the top to finish as the finishing touch.


I love using different colors for my Christmas cards and I hope that this inspires you to create some fun snow themed cards too. Use my code-nora2017 at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to get 15% off your next purchase-including sale items!!


I thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!


CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Supplies:
Tag Buddies Fri-dies
"Snowy Sayings" stamp set