Sunday, October 19, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge - Photo Inspiration

Hi friends!  The Christmas Card Challenge has a great photo inspiration for you this week!  Just take a look at this great snowman snow globe!  I love them!  I also just love the background of this inspiration!

I just watched a video from Kristina Werner where she created a background similar to this (hers was a bit better than mine!).  I used three different blue distress inks and a black one to create this night sky.  The stars/falling snow was created with a white pen.  This is actually a shaker card and that snowman is from a set my friend Diane Zechman designed for Sweet and Sassy stamps.  So cute!  I colored him with copic markers.  

You can see more from the design team on the Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Snowy Hello (Sweet and Sassy Stamps), Sentimental Christmas (Flourishes)
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Recollections white
Ink:  Tumbled glass, broken china, chipped sapphire, black soot (Distress Inks),Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Circle nesties, dimensionals, white gel pen, transparency, white embossing powder, sequins (PTI)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Just Us Girls #263 - Color Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess this week over at Just Us Girls and I've got an interesting color combo for our Color Week.  I hope you like it!
I've been enamored with Kristina Werner's colorful backgrounds lately.  (You'll see another one tomorrow!)  I used distress inks and a blender tool to achieve the background.  I then die cut the ghosts.  The large one is on a wobble, and they are covered with Wink of Stella shimmer.  I die cut the word from black and white card stock and stacked them.  The black alone got lost on the dark background, so I add the white behind it and it solved the problem.  I then added some Wink of Stella shimmer on it and topped it off with Glossy Accents.  A white gel pen created the stars (too many I think!).  Since the ghosts had stitched edges, I added the white stitching around the perimeter of the scene. 

You can see more on these blogs from our DT and our October guest designer.
Stamps:  Boo and Faces (Lil' Inkers)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Pealed paint, dusty concord, chipped sapphire distress inks, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched ghosts die and Spooky die (Lil' Inkers), wobbler, signo white gel pen, glossy accents, Wink of Stella shimmer


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #46 - Color Challenge

Hi everyone!  It's time for another Christmas Card Challenge.  This week, we have a color challenge.  Look at these lovely rich colors!
I went a little more burgundy than I was supposed to.  The colors looked different on my iPad, but I did get the green and gold in there.  I have been wanting to find the right time to use this new bell die I got and this was it.  I die cut it from the gold paper, the burgundy dp and the green dp then put it all together.  The sentiment was embossed with gold paper.
You can see more on the Christmas Card Challenge blog.  The DT has some great inspiration for you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Merry Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Bravo burgundy, gold paper, Found Christmas (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Hollysprig Bells (Memory Box), gold embossing powder


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Just Us Girls #262 - Trend Week

Happy Columbus Day weekend!  I have Monday off and I'm planning on going to a craft show at Letchworth State Park here in NY state.  They have a really great one all weekend, and I like going on Monday because it's not as crowded.  I'm going to take my niece, Maria, with me too so it will be a nice day.
So this week is Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Sue T. chose the ombre technique.  Love this one!  On a sad note, Sue T. is stepping down as a designer at JUGs.  We will certainly miss her, but understand life comes first!  Best wishes to you my friend!
I used Gelatos on a piece of watercolor paper in blue, green, and lime green.  Then I added water.  The blue and the green look splotchy.  I don't know why because I used the smooth side of the paper.  Oh well, I think it looks cool.  Then I die cut it with the plate.  To keep the same texture of the paper, I die cue just the rectangle once again from the watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment.  I colored it with lime green and blue copic markers and added enamel dots.  The die cut was adhered to a piece of pattern paper. 
You can see more from the design team and our Guest Designer on these blogs.
Thanks for visiting today!
Stamps:  Big Bold Birthday, Taylored Expressions
Paper:  Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Recollections white, Lime Rickey (Basic Grey)
Ink: Versafine onyx black, Gelatos:  blueberry, green tea, margarita
Accessories:  Party Banner cutting plate (TE), enamel dots


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #45 - Layer It Up!

 Happy Sunday!  I have another Christmas card to share for the Christmas Card Challenge.  This week we are layering it up!  We want you to make a card with lots of dimension/layers. 
Here's mine.  I started with this great new stamp set from PTI.  The tree is actually three different layers.  The base, the pines, and then the stars.  Then I layered two different pattern papers together and the Christmas die cut on top of that.  Banners were added and a button on top of that.  Is that enough layers/dimension for ya?
I used the sketch from Retro Sketches.
You can see more from the designers on the Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  O'Tannebaum, Wet Paint Holiday (pti0
Paper:  Kraft, vintage cream, riding hood red, Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Riding hood red, always artichoke, Memento rich cocoa, Delicata gold
Accessories:  Wet Paint die (PTI), banner trio die (WP9), scallop border punch, button, twine


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Just Us Girls #261 - Word Week

Hello!  This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls, and the word is Celebrate.  It's an appropriate word also because we have something to celebrate over at JUGs.  We have two new designers joining us!  Please welcome Chris Dring and Ina Grehan to the team!
Now on to the card!  I just purchased this cover plate die from Taylored Expressions and thought it would be a good one to use for the celebrate word.  It's a really cool die because the frame, balloons and strings are all attached.  You get two single balloons also, which is what I used for the mustard, blue and green balloons.  The background is something new I learned from the current Online Card Classes.  It's done with copic markers and was super easy to create.  I felt the sentiment could be used for a birthday or any special day.
I chose my colors from the Fusion Challenge.
Please stop by these blogs to see more inspiration.  We also have a new Guest Designer this month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday (TE)
Paper:  Vintage cream, chocolate chip, brocade blue, more mustard, garden green
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa, copics (B00, B0000)
Accessories:  Up, Up & Away cutting plate (TE), enamel dots, signo white gel pen


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #44 - Anything Goes

Happy Sunday friends! What a lovely weekend it's been here in Western NY.  And on such a beautiful Sunday, I'm posting a Christmas card.  We can't get too comfy with the beautiful weather because we know that snow and cold air are coming quick!
This week over at the Christmas Card Challenge blog, there is an anything goes challenge.  I loved the red and brown colors in last week's photo.  I was going to use this paper last week, but changed my mind.  So I decided to use it this week.  Love how fast and easily this card came together.  The most difficult thing was trying to find the best ribbon for the tag!  The ribbon wasn't working, so I used brown twine.  That poinsettia flower is from a container of Prima flowers that I've had forever.  My stash is dwindling and I just love these flowers.  I can't find them anywhere and that makes me sad! Anyway, there are three flowers layered on top of one another and a glitter dot in the middle.  The leaf came in the container of flowers.  The red tag was run through the canvas impression plate to give it some texture.  That's it!  Very simple and fast!
I followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I just realized that they are a CAS challenge.  I hope they don't through my card out!
You can see more Christmas inspiration on the Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Season's Greetings (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, ruby red, chocolate chip, Holiday Treasures (SU)
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa
Accessories:  Tag Sale #8 die (PTI),canvas impression plate (PTI), Prima flowers, glue dots, twine, dimensionals



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