Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A December Workshop card

Can you believe this is the last day of November?  The year seems to have flown by.  It is hard to believe that in 31 days we will have a new year.  I am hoping to get my outside decorations up today but the weather will determine if that happens.

I needed another card for my workshop this week so I decided to use some sketch challenges to create the last ones I needed.  This card uses the sketch challenge from Just Add Ink.    


I wanted to do a snowman card and the snowman image from Jolly Old St. Nick was perfect.  I stamped him then colored him in using the watercoloring technique.  I added some glitter pen to give it some sparkle.  I think he is so cute!  What do you think?  Here is my creation.

inside of card

You can't tell but the inside has third generation stamping using snowflakes.  Very subtle and simple.  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, November 29, 2010

A non traditional Christmas color card

Happy Monday!

Can you believe that in a few day we will be in the last month of the year?  Where did the year go?  Now the countdown for Christmas begins.  Have you finished your shopping?

Late Night Stampers has a great challenge this week.  You are to create a Christmas card but you cannot use red or green.  When I was beginning to work on my card I had no intention of making this card.  I had another idea in mind and I will save that idea for later this week.  I saw the Dasher set in my Christmas bin and an idea it me and I had to run with it.

I inked up the stamp with Early Espresso then wiped off the antlers with a baby wipe.  I then used my Crumb Cake marker to color the antlers and the Marina Mist marker to color the snowflakes.  I stamped it on vanilla and then layered it on Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, and Early Espresso.  I stamped the sentiment at an angle.  The card was still missing something so I added some silver tinsel trim.  When it was all finished I spritzed it with Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  You can see some of the sparkle in the photo.  Here is what I created.


inside of card

Hope you enjoyed today's card and will find some inspiration to create your own non traditional color Christmas card.  Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Another photo card

Did you take advantage of any of the Black Friday sales?  If you did I hope you got some good deals.

Our challenge at Late Night Stampers this week was to create a card using a photo.  Last winter we had several back to back snowstorms.  I took advantage and took lots of pictures.  I had a few I thought would make great cards.  I shared one on Monday and I am sharing another one today.

The picture on Monday was taken from my front porch.  My picture today is taken from my back deck.  Both pictures were so calm and serene.  Again I kept the design simple by just adding a few snowflakes from the Northern Frost strip.  Here is what I created.

inside of card

I do not have a card for tomorrow.  I will be traveling home with all the other people so I imagine the roads will be very busy.  Hopefully my 2 hours drive won't be too much longer.  Hope you enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday

So did everyone have a good Turkey Day?  Are you all stuffed with dressing and pumpkin pie?  Now begins the week long array of leftovers.  I don't know about you but I love turkey sandwiches.

Today is Sketch Frenzy Friday and we have another great sketch for you.  Today's sketch was created by Tammy Baldwin.  It was a fun sketch to work with.  Sorry I can't copy it to post in here but it is on the blog and you can click the link above to see it.

Since I also used lots of designer paper, it fits the Patterned Paper challenge at Stampin' Royalty.  Here is what I created using the sketch.

inside of card

The next stop on the hop is Ros Davidson.  Hop on over there to check out her fabulous creation.  
Hope you enjoyed my card today.  Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Thanksgiving Share

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Do you have your turkey in the oven?  I am not sure what time we will have dinner but it will be fun to fix it with my daughter.  The sad part is the youngest daughter is not here.  :(  She is in San Francisco.  We will call her later and see what she is doing.

My card today started with 2 sketches to choose from at Hand Stamped Sentiments.   

I chose to use the sketch at the bottom.  I changed the shape to an oval for my card.  I inked the tree up with Old Olive then used the Cherry marker to color in the snowflakes.  I mounted it on a scalloped oval and added pearls in the center of the snowflakes.  These ovals were mounted using dimensionals.  I added some patterned paper at the bottom and used a folded technique for the ribbon.  Simple but very pretty.  Here is what I created.

inside of card

Enjoy the rest of your day!  Eat lots of turkey and watch the game.  Make sure you carve out some time to create something!  Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Are any of you traveling today?  I am headed to my daughter's again.  We are going to make our pumpkin pies, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce tonight.

Today's card was made using the sketch challenge at The Paper Players.


I started out by thinking I could use the Northern Frost strip to cut the snowflakes out of Baja Breeze paper and put white behind it.  When I cut them out I realized if I used the strip it would not have the detail but just the outline.  So I went back to square one.  I cut the snowflakes out of white and then embossed with white snowflakes on the Baja Breeze paper.  Using dimensionals I added the white snowflakes on top.  I then used the Baja snowflakes to add to the white.  It seemed to need something so I add some silver tinsel trim.  I then pulled out the sentiment from a retired set and using the Baja Breeze marker inked up just the word snow.  When it was all finished I spritzed it with the Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  I love how it turned out and how sparkly it is.  Here is the finished creation.

inside of card

Hope you liked my card.  Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shimmery Snow

Good Morning!

My cards lately seem to have a snow theme.  I love snow at Christmas.  It makes the holiday more special to me.  With our weather lately though we could expect a picnic.  Yesterday it was almost 70 degrees.  What is the weather like where you are?

My card today uses the sketch challenge from Stamping 411.  I thought this clean simple design would be fun to use.

I also ran into a "use snowflakes" challenge at Stampin' B's Design Team.  I immediately thought of the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  I thought it would look nice with the main snowflakes in the upper right hand corner.  The rest is pretty easy to understand.  Here is my creation.


inside of card

So, isn't this a cute card?  It is also shimmery as I used shimmer paper.  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Running behind!

Hi Ladies!

Sorry for the late post.  I had a great weekend with my daughter.  We stuffed our ham for Thanksgiving, shopped for the food, and started looking for the bedding for the baby's room.  Still don't have a name yet, but when they give me one I will let you know.

The challenge at Late Night Stampers this week is to use a photo on your card.  I took some pictures last winter when we had so much snow and I loved this one and thought it would be appropriate for a Christmas card.  I kept it simple so the beauty of the photo showed through.  Here is what I created.


inside of card - I thought this saying was appropriate

I am off to work on my card for tomorrow.  Thanks for looking and have a Great Evening!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

No share today but some news

Good Morning!

Sorry I don't have a card to share today.  I didn't get a chance to make one before I left.  I do however have some news to share.

My daughter and I went to her sonogram appointment yesterday.  Guess what?  She is having a girl!  Now I will get to make her a prissy little girl - my daughter was not a prissy little girl so it is time for paybacks!  She is going with a butterfly theme so I will be busy making lots of baby blankets for her.

Have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday with a card to share!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday

Happy Friday!

As you read this I am with my daughter in Virginia.  She had a sonogram appointment and her husband is in Sergent's school and could not get out so she asked me to go with her.  We are hoping that we will be able to tell the sex of the baby.  It will be so exciting!  I will keep you informed as to what we find out.

So, do you know what today is?  Yes it's Sketch Frenzy Friday!


We have another sketch today that was designed by Melinda Coudin.  

11/19/10 Melinda Couden

I used a great color challenge from the Diva Coffee Break Design Team.

When I saw the 3 panels I thought about using a stamp set and cutting it into 3 pieces.  I then saw Just Believe in my mind and knew I wanted to play with it.  I stamped the large image in the center and then added the smaller image on each side.  When I had finished coloring it with markers, I cut it into 3 equal pieces and added the underneath layers.  I then did the sentiment box the same way and cut it out.  I added the Concord Crush layer and cut around the shape.  When I laid my pieces on my card it was missing something so I added some ribbon and some rhinestones.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

Your next stop on the hop is Ros Davidson.  Make sure you check out what all the other team members created.   Hope I was able to inspired you today.  Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Calming Snow

Well I travel to my daughter's today.  I have posts scheduled so make sure you check back to see what I created.

My card today was created for the color challenge at Cards and Things


 I also used Mary Jo's sketch challenge at Techno Stamper  


 I wanted to play with a new technique that I read about in my Paper & Pixels magazine.  Kittie at Kittie Kraft is known for her beautiful scenes - this girl is amazing!  In the online magazine she talked about how she does her trees and I decided to give it a try.  I like how it turned out and will be using this technique more.  The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory but if you have any questions, please let me know and I will be glad to answer them for you.  I did stamp the snowflakes on the card with white craft and embossed with Iridescent Ice for a very sparkly card.  Here is my creation.


inside of card

Hope you enjoyed today's card.  Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blue Snow!

Did that title get you?  At least it didn't say yellow snow!  hahaha

I saw the sketch challenge at Cards and Things and knew what I wanted to do with it.


I thought if I flipped the sketch it would be perfect for the Big on Christmas set which I have not used in a long time.  I wanted to use Bashful Blue as that was a color I haven't used in a while.  I combined it with Night of Navy.  Now all I needed to do was create my card.  I added some glitter pen to the sentiment and snowman.  I stamped the snowflakes on the Navy with White Craft and embossed with Iridescent Ice.  The Snowflakes are from the snowflake die in the mini.  I used the Shimmery White for the small one.  I also added a rhinestone in the center Here is what I created.

inside of card 

Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vintage Bells and Boughs

I love playing along with the Stamp-a-holics challenges each week.  My good friend Carole'Anne is on this team and I love seeing her creations.  This week they had a sketch challenge that I thought I would give a try.

The Paper Players is another challenge I try to participate in.  I met one of the design team members online and we have chatted back and forth a few times.  This week they had a color challenge.


So with my colors and the sketch I was ready to create.

 I had not used my new set Bells & Boughs yet so I decided to give it a try.  I have seen some gorgeous cards using the bells and coloring with the blender pen and I wanted to give it a try.  I chose to use River Rock as my neutral.  I colored the bells with the River Rock and the rest was easy to decide.  I used the holly stamp in Artichoke and did a second generation stamping on the background to add some interest.  I also used my glitter pen to add some sparkle.  I realized after I had finished my card I was supposed to do it in 15 minutes.  I can tell you that it took a lot longer than 15 minutes just to do the water coloring so I failed miserably!  Here is my creation.


 inside of card

 Hope you enjoyed my card today.  I really like how it turned out.  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, November 15, 2010

I received an award!

Second post, scroll down for my card!

I had a wonderful surprise in my e-mail.  I received this award from June.  She saw my projects in the Royal Blog Tour and liked them so she wanted to share this award with me.  Thank you so much June.  I consider it an honor to have been chosen for the award.   

Now I need to follow the directions with this award and pass it on to some I think are very deserving of it.

The rules are simple:

1. Thank the person who sent it to you.

2. Copy and paste the award to your blog.

3. Share 3 things about yourself that you enjoy!

          I love to participate in challenges.
          I love to watch Nascar and/or football when I stamp.
          I love peanut butter cookies! 
4. Pass the award to five others.
          I will pass them on to 5 blogs I visit daily.

There are many bloggers that deserve this award.  I would love to give it to everyone.  Make sure you tell the ladies you visit how much you enjoy their work as that is often the only time we hear what you think!


Sweet Challenge

Our challenge this week at Late Night Stampers is to use something sweet on your card.  I do not have current sets that have cupcakes on them but I do have the Fun & Fast Notes that has a birthday cake.  Since I will need a birthday card in a few weeks I decided to go with that.

I saw the color challenge at Color Throwdown

and since the person this card is for loves red it was a perfect fit.

I then wanted a simple sketch and found it at Stamping 411


I used some of my Regals ds paper in Cherry Cobbler for the bottom.  Then I just needed to layer everything and I was done.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

Hope you enjoyed my card today.  Check back tomorrow for another special card.  Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Vintage Friend

Did you miss me yesterday?  I was so busy on Friday getting ready for my Christmas stamp-a-stack that I did not get a chance to make a card to post yesterday.  I did however get into my craft room yesterday afternoon and played some.

My card today was made with a special friend in mind.  I have lots of special friends but this one has been a friend for over 30 years and because we live a distance apart we don't get to see each other very often.  She will love this card!

I saw Mary Jo's  sketch challenge earlier this week and wanted to play along.  There was something about this sketch that just grabbed me.


I loved the color challenge at The Color Dare.

Soft Suede
Night of Navy
Pear Pizzazz

I actually wanted to use these colors for a Christmas card but couldn't get it to work so that is when I decided to use the Vintage Vogue set.  I used some of Stampin' Up's pearls on this.  I was thinking of the rhinestones but liked the look of the pearls.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

Hope you enjoyed my card today.  I plan on spending some time in my craft room today.  What are your plan?  Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!


Friday, November 12, 2010

A New Venture for Me

Did you notice something new on my sidebar?  Last week I was so excited when I got an e-mail asking me if I wanted to join the Sketch Frenzy Design Team.  I have been participating in their challenges for a while so I was honored to be asked to join this talented group of ladies.  This is my first official card with them.

Each week the team designs cards based on a sketch from one of the members and then we all do a mini blog hop.  If you are coming here from Melissa's blog welcome.  We were all given a great sketch from Ros Davidson


For some reason when I saw this sketch I saw a Christmas tree as the center image.  So with that idea I ran with it.  I used some of the Deck the Halls ds paper as the background.  I stamped the pine tree with Always Artichoke.  I also layered the Cherry Cobbler seam binding with the Chantilly crochet trim.  When it was finished I spritzed it with the Vanilla smooch.  I love how this card turned out.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

So did you like my card?  I am thinking I might use this one in my December workshop.  What do you think? 

Now it is time for you to hop on your way to Ros Davidson's blog.  Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

A twist on the Versamark Resist background

Well the week is almost over.  Is it me or does time seem to fly by the older you get?  It just seems like it was Monday.

My card today was for the sketch challenge at Stamping 411.


 I also combined it with the inspiration challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

When I looked at this picture I saw the purple and thought of Perfect Plum.  I pulled out my handy Color Coach and it suggested More Mustard and Riding Hood Red.  I then saw those colors in the picture also so there were my colors.  I needed a few more Thanksgiving cards so I pulled out a stamp I have never used.  I have had this set for several years but I have never used the leaf in the set.  I inked the stamp with More Mustard and then used markers to added the other colors in random spots. 

I used the Versamark Resist technique for the background.  I used glossy white cardstock and using sponges added the 3 colors.  When I was finished I didn't like the way it looked so I decided to try something.  I spritzed the cardstock with water and then using a paper towel I spread the color around.  When I was finished I loved how it looked.  Here is my creation.

 inside of card

 I think I am going to use the background idea with snowflakes in January.  Don't you think it would be very pretty.  Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!