It's Christmas Eve and I have one more Christmas card to share with you. I'm getting ready to head over to my number two son's and spend Christmas with his family. I'm so looking forward to it. Now that my number three son has moved out of state and my number one son is out of country, it will be a different kind of Christmas for me, less noise. :-) I love being surrounded by family and those that won't be with us today are very much missed.
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!
Stamp Sets: Feeling Sentimental (retired), Reason for the Season; Inks: Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy; Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer
Christmas is almost here and, even with all the Christmas cards I make all year long, I found I still need a couple of more. I kept this one very simple with but I love the way it turned out. I think it's a perfect match for the Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge.
Stamp Sets: Flurry of Wishes - inside sentiment, Holiday Home - outside sentiment; Ink: Mossy Meadow; Cardstock: Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools: Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Heidi's challenge for us this week is an "Anything Goes With Snow." With time at a premium, I decided to keep this one very simple. I added a layer of Whisper White to the Real Red and stamped on the Sahara Sand layer. A few enamel dots for a pop of color and it's all done.
This is our last challenge of 2015 but we'll be back come the New Year for another year of great challenges.
Stamp Sets: Happy Scenes - sentiment, Perpetual Birthday Calendar - snowflakes, White Christmas; Inks: Early Espresso, Whisper White Craft; Cardstock: Real Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools: Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer
Christmas Card Challenges is on a holiday hiatus, I decided to share one of the cute gifts I received at our annual Christmas dinner. Several local demonstrators get together every year to have a gift swap and share a meal together. It's a fun time. This little snowman tealight ornament was made by Kelli. I think he is so cute! He even has his own little box to sleep in once it's time to put Christmas away for the year. Next week I'll share another of the gifts I received.
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Today found me busy working on an order of wedding invitations but I wanted to take time out to make a card, using a new Taylored Expressions stamp set and dies, to share with you. This is a case of a card I made when I attended an event at the Taylored Expressions Studio. Being someone who loves to do counted cross stitch, the Stitch by Stitch stamp set immediately caught my interest. And, the Embroidery Hoop Dies was a perfect pairing with the stamp set. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing more of the images as I gear up to make some Valentine's Day cards.
Stamp Set: Stitch by Stitch (Taylored Expressions), Inks: Basic Gray, Real Red; Cardstock: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack (retired), Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools: Embroidery Hop Dies (Taylored Expressions), Arrows Embossing Folder, Sweetheart Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Red Wink of Stella Brush, Silver Cording Trim, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
The sketch I used is from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. As you can see I changed it up just a wee bit so I hope they still consider it a valid project for their great sketch. Instead of making a smaller layer for the center, I stretched it to the edges of the card and made the images, die cuts and sentiment the focal layer. What do you think?
And even though I'm a huge fan of Christmas, I played along with the Inkspirational Challenge. It's a new challenge for me. The challenge is to make a project without a Christmas theme. Since I make a Christmas card a week throughout the year as a member of the Christmas Card Challenges Design Team, I had no problem following along with the no Christmas theme challenge. It gave me a chance to play with my new Taylored Expressions stamp set and dies.
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There is just time for a quick post today. I'm busy making Christmas gifts and getting those late cards out to friends and family. I combines two challenges today, Sunday Stamps Challenge and the RetroSketches Challenge. I think they came together rather well. What do you think?
It's time for a new Watercolor Wednesday challenge and this one is all about blue. I love blue and I love the color inspiration from Design Seeds, so it being my turn to offer up the challenge, I picked this great Dew Blue color combination from Design Seeds. Don't you think the Design Team created some beautiful projects?
Now we'd love to see how you were inspired. Show us your project and share it over at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.
Ever have one of those ideas in your head that you just can't get transferred to paper? Well, that's what happened to me with this design. No matter what I did, it just didn't. Sigh...but, it's blue, so I can live with it. :-)
Stamp Set: Best Thoughts; Inks: Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Smoky slate, StazOn Jet Black; Cardstock: Night of Navy, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools: Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer
Today is a rainy, gloomy day here in Iowa. So, what better way to brighten the day than to make some pretty flowers with the new Petal Pop-Ups 2 Dies I recently purchased from Taylored Expressions. The flower is actually a layered flower. You can just see a hint of the color under the top flower. Daffodil Delight under the Pacific Point flower and Pacific Point under the Daffodil Delight flower.
It's a short post for you today. I have so much going on that I'm meeting myself coming and going. I have to get cardstock cut for 100 wedding invitations I was asked to design and make. Now that approval has been given, it's time to get busy. Plus, I'm still working on family and friends Christmas gifts. Busy, busy, busy!
For my Christmas Card Challenges card this week, I opted not to do any stamping. I love that little joy die. It's just the right size for the front of the card and adds just the right pop of color.
Stamp Set: None used; Ink: None used; Cardstock: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Chocolate Chip, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools: Joy Die (Taylored Expressions), Punch (unknown), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. All Stampin' Up! product unless otherwise noted.
Come join us for our last challenge of 2015. We are taking a brief hiatus over Christmas but will be back with more challenges in the New Year. You can find all the details at Christmas Card Challenges.
Today I thought I'd share a sneak peek of one of the 2016 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets called Honeycomb Happiness. I feel for this little chick the minute I saw him. He's so cute! The set also includes an ice cream cone and a balloon. And, from the 2016 Occasions Catalog, the Honeycomb Embellishments. They come in Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride. I used a Whisper White to which I added touches of Daffodil Delight. The Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Catalog are set to launch January 5th. If you'd like catalogs of your own, let me know and I'll be sure to get one right to you.
Our Watercooler Wednesday challenge came from Jean this week and it's a CAS (Clean And Simple) one. When I saw the inspiration she provided, I knew I had to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it for my youngest son's birthday coming up in December. The retired Mustache Framelits Die is a favorite of mine that will continue to have a happy home with me for a good long while. It was so perfect for this project. I know my son is going to love it!
Stamp Set: Crazy about You (sentiment); Ink: Basic Black; Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools: Petite Pennants Builder Punch (retired), Mustache Framelits Die, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies, Word Window Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
One of my favorite challenges is closing down after their current challenge. It's with a sad heart that I enter my last card in the Colour Me...! Card Challenge and say good-bye. I have enjoyed their challenges. Thank you Tara and Hayley.
Combining challenges is something I enjoy doing and this time I was able to use three different ones. That doesn't happen often but the card I made fit all three so well. Colour Me...! had Soft Sky as their color this week and I combined it with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the "Let it Snow" theme from The Paper Players.
You know, I love this time of year! I'm getting cards ready to send to family and friends. All I have to do is address the envelopes and stick a stamp on them. Now how sweet is that! Since becoming a Design Team Member for Sunday Christmas Card Challenges, I've not had to stress out about getting things done on schedule. Making a card a week has been a blessing. So, join us this week and start making your cards early. And, be sure to say hello to our new Design Team Members!
Stamp Sets: Reason for the Season, Wondrous Wreath (sentiment); Inks: Basic Black Archival, Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker, Wink Stella Brush Clear, Wink of Stella Brush Red; Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer
Join us as we start a new year of Christmas cards. You can find all the details and link up your project at Christmas Card Challenges.
This week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges, Susan shared a great sketch to spark our creative process. I don't often make baby cards but I've not used the Something for Baby stamp set and Baby's First Framelits Dies in such a long time that it was time. My nephew and his wife are expecting their second child and they know it's a boy so blue was an easy color choice for this card. If you know me well, you know that blue is not a problem for me, it's my favorite color. Hmm, I wonder if that is why I have three sons? :-)
Stamp Sets: Crazy about You (sentiment), Something for Baby; Inks: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky; Cardstock: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools: Baby's First Framelits Dies, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine