Saturday, November 22, 2014

Just Us Girls #268 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  My friend Cheryl is hostess at Just Us Girls and she chose a fabulous picture for our photo week challenge!  I just love this photo.
Here's a close up so you can see more details.
Christmas entryway with copper boiler tree stand, vintage sled, and framed vintage Christmas sheet music.
I of course had to pull out my sled stamp and die from PTI for this card!  Then I went looking for a tree (I found out there are many in my stash) and came across this tree that I just adore from PTI as well.  When I looked closely at the photo, I saw that the tree was planted in a copper container.  So I embossed the container with copper embossing powder.  I had space for a sentiment, so I pulled out a word die, cut it out of red cardstock, and added glossy accents on it.  I debated on which way to adhere the word and settled on this way.  The tree and the bough on the sled were covered in star dust stickles.  This card really sparkles...something I love!
I used the Freshly Made Sketches for my layout, but it seems I forgot a layer.  I hope I am forgiven!
You can see more inspiration from the team and our guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Two Feet Deep and O'Tannebaum (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Versamark, real red, garden green, kraft (MFT)
Accessories:  Two Feet Deep and Wet Paint Holiday dies (PTI), black and copper embossing powders, glossy accents, wink of stella, star dust stickles, dimensionals


Friday, November 21, 2014

Sequined Christmas Tree

Hi friends!  Well, if you saw my post from Thursday about the snow storm we experienced last week, you know I had lots of time on my hands.  So I decided to get ahead about two weeks for my DT duties, but I also did some fun crafting just for me.  I saw a card Shari Carroll did the other day and I thought I could easily recreate it with this die.  She used a similar die from Simon Says Stamp.  The focus of her video was using sequins.  She added sequins to her tree similar to what I did here.  She had better sequins than I have, but I still think it looks ok.  This is an MFT die and I cut it from white paper and backed it with aqua.  The star was cut from kraft and some Wink of Stella was added to it.  I also added some twin to the base of the tree.  Simple but cute!  It could easily be mass produced quickly.

Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, aqua mist, kraft
Accessories:  Christmas tree cutout die (MFT), sequins, twine, dimensionals


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Give Thanks

I've been holed up in my house since Tuesday...I'm from Buffalo and I'm sure you've heard about the winter storm we've been under for the last 3 days.  It's still snowing at my house and we've probably gotten about 5-6 FEET of snow...yes FEET!  Here are some pictures of my house.
This was taken from my kitchen window.  That is a drift in front of my garage and that is a six foot fence.

This is my patio off my garage.  That is just a mound of snow!  Nothing under there!
This is my husband's van.  Can you see the back light?

My husband shoveling the front walk and front steps.

My dog Lizzie is loving this snow and having so much fun in it!  But see my garbage tote behind my hubby?  That thing is huge and it's almost covered!

So I am giving thanks today for all the emergency responders that are working around the clock to get everyone plowed out, getting people to the hospital (our aunt had to be taken by some kind of snow vehicle from her house to the hospital for dialysis), getting food to people (my mom gets Meals on Wheels and they have called her several times to make sure she has enough of her own food to eat), etc.  We've unfortunately lost 10 people to this storm due to cardiac arrest and other issues.  It's really getting serious folks.  We have people coming here from all over New York and Pennsylvania to help.  They have employed an enormous amount of payloaders to remove snow...the plows can't get through and some have gotten stuck.  We haven't seen anything down our street yet, but I know they will get here soon.
I made this card for my mom and my in-laws, but at this time of thanksgiving I am sending it out to all of those men and women who are helping us out. 
This image is from Northwoods and I just love it!  I colored it with copics and added some star dust stickles.  I then die cut it and while it was still in the die, I sponged some tumbled glass ink around the image.  I added some pattern paper and a twine bow to finish it of.  I made this into an easel card because my MIL always complains that my cards are too heavy and fall over!  The easel card prevents this from happening.  I added a glittered leaf button to keep the card standing open.
These are the copics I used to color the image. 
Thanks for stopping by friends!  I'm staying home safe and warm for the duration!
Pumpkin image (Northwoods), sentiment (Mark's Finest Papers)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It Blending Card, Autumn Vine (SU)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, tumbled glass distress ink, copic markers
Accessories:  Twine, star dust stickles, labels 16 die, button, dimensionals


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #51 - Color Challenge

This week over at Christmas Card Challenges we have a beautiful color challenge.  These happen to be my favorite Christmas colors to work with!
I decided to do a snowman today and use a die set from PTI that I've never used.  I die cut the snowman and his hat from white cardstock.  His hat has three die cuts:  the main hat, the brim, and the tassel on top.  I stamped the hat in blue, the brim in red and the tassel was covered in Liquid Applique.  While it was wet, I sprinkled some glitter on it then heat it. It becomes fluffy and looks like the top of a ski hat.  I finished him off with his face and buttons then stamped some snow flakes on the bottom of him.  To make him shimmery, I spritzed him with some perfect pearls mist.  I added some twine for his scarf and a small button die cut.  I used some texture paste and a falling snow stencil on the background.  The buttons are also die cuts.

I used the Freshly Made Sketch for my layout.
You can see more on the Christmas Card Challenge blog for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Shape Up Snowman Accessories (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, sahara sand, aqua mist, Ski Slope (SU)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, real red, soft pool
Accessories:  Shape Up Snowman Holiday die (PTI), button stack and button stack II dies (PTI), falling snow stencil, texture paste, perfect pearls mist, twine, liquid applique


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Just Us Girls #267 - Color Week

Happy Saturday!  Another Saturday means another challenge from Just Us Girls.  This week is our color week, and Sharyn chose red, turquoise, and gold or yellow.  I love red and turquoise together and add gold to that...what a fab combo!
I love making tags, don't you?  I made several last year and they looked so pretty on my gifts.  So I made more for this year.
When I thought of gold, I immediately pulled out this jingle bell stamp and embossed it in gold.  Adding the actual jingle bells to the top of the tag and some twine was the perfect touch!  All the pieces are inlaid, so with the exception of the bells, it's a flat tag.

The next tag uses Tag Sale #4 and a really old stamp set from 2008!  I cut the tag from white and red.  Then on the red one, I die cut a circle in the middle and inlaid the embossed piece.  I embossed the image in gold embossing powder.  Since the turquoise ribbon had polka dots on it, I decided to add polka dots around the tag.

The backs of the tags are where I added the to/from message.  I like the "Santa was here" sentiment.
The sentiments fit nicely on the back side of this one as well.

You can see more from the DT and our November guest designer on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Secret Santa (My Time Made Easy), 2008 Holiday Tag Collection (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, tempting turquoise
Ink:  Versamark, real red
Accessories:  Tag Sale #4 & #10 (PTI), circle die, gold embossing powder, ribbon, twine, white signo gel pen, gold bells


Monday, November 10, 2014

Merry Everything

I recently took the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop 2014.  One of the days featured one layer cards and Jennifer McGuire did a fabulous one that I was itching to try.   I had some time on Saturday to try it.
The technique was partial die cutting using a scallop die and this Santa die from My Favorite Things.  After I die cut everything, I stamped the Santa and colored it with copic markers.    Then on the inside, I made a stencil of a larger scallop and used distress inks with a blender to lay some color down.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside.  The sentiment was stamped and I added some snow with a white signo gel pen.
Another Christmas card down!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (MFT
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers, broken china and salty ocean distress inks
Accessories:  Jingle all the Way dienamics (MFT), Spellbinders scallop dies, signo white gel pen, glossy accents


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #250 - Faith Based

The Christmas Card Challenge this week is to create a faith based card.  I don't have many, but I did find an old stamp SU stamp set that I thought would fit this challenge.
This set is called Holy Triptych and there are three images you can use.  I chose this angel because it was the easiest one to color!  I stamped the image with Archival ink on water color paper and water colored it with distress inks.   Then I stamped the frame (which includes the flourishes) in Versamark and embossed it with gold powder.  I added the gold ribbons to the tag.  The gold panel was run through an embossing folder and adhered to the pattern paper.  The sentiment was also stamped in Versamark and embossed in gold.  I added some Wink of Stella to the wings, which can't be seen in the photo.
You can see more inspiration from the design team in the Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Holy Triptych (SU)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Brioche (Memory Box), water color paper
Ink:  Archival jet black, Versamark, tattered rose, spun sugar, scattered straw, and tumbled glass distress inks
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, gold ribbons, embossing folder, dimensionals



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