Sunday, December 31, 2017

Floral Thank You card

As many of you know, I am on the design team for Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned paper challenge.  I really love this challenge because it helps me to use the patterned paper I already have.  There is nothing like the new year for getting yourself into good habits, so if you have any patterned paper waiting to be used up, maybe you should check out this challenge!

The main image for this card was sitting there in my half-done projects pile.  I am not sure if I, or my son, colored it YEARS AND YEARS ago. (My son doesn’t think he could have colored it so well, but he was a dandy little crafter back when he was willing to share this craft with me.) I can tell it was done with Derwent Watersoluble Metallic Pencils and I had already die cut it out!  I paired it with some very, VERY old paper in my stash that I had purchased when Michael’s had a sort of dollar spot.  

Supplies: Gina K Stately Flowers and Assorted Greetings stamp sets, Versafine Black ink, Treasures by Shabby Chic LLC papers, Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles dies, other cardstocks from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  In December, I had such little time for crating, posting on my blog and commenting.  I hope to be much more active in the new year!  

Friday, December 29, 2017

My Top 10 Cards (Part 2)

Hello!  I am back again to share the second half of my personal favorites of all the cards I made in 2017.  You know, sometimes you make a card that you know someone else is going to love, so I am sharing the ones that I really liked, too.  Even if you don’t write a blog post about this topic, I hope you have time to review your personal accomplishments for 2017.

Bunny Gardening - This kit from Hero Arts was my favorite purchase of the year.  I love the illustration style (and hope they come out with more) and the die for the little garden with cutouts for the veggies.  

Patriotic Happy Birthday - This is a card that I CASED from a similar card at Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  I don’t do a ton of die cutting, so I was so pleased with how it turned out.

Some Birdie Loves You - I really love birds, and I just loved the bright contrast between this bluebird and the hot pink background.

Sending Love - This card was of my first cards using Distress Oxides.  I really think it is pretty, but I was also just happy to have it around as I needed a card for a friend who lost her young daughter this year.  It would have been too hard to make a card for such a sad occasion.  

Cameo Engagement - I just loved how clean and simple this was!  I like these traditional cameos!

Thanks again for visiting!  I will be back soon with new card projects.  I still love stamping and enjoy making and sending cards, so I look forward to a whole new year of it!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Top 10 Cards (Part 1)

Most of the time, we are looking at what we need or want to do next, instead of looking back and what we have already done.  I thought it would be fun to look through all the cards I posted on my blog this year and choose 10 that I liked best.  It was fun to do and I would encourage all crafting bloggers to do it too! (I will link to the original post under each photo.)

Ballerina - I love this image and how fun she is to color.  

Snuggly Quilt - Very fun to use some of my favorite patterned paper scraps!

Happy Father’s Day - This is the card I made for Mojo Monday’s last sketch challenge.  It is a fantastic sketch, I should use it again!

Voice of the Sea - I really enjoyed doing this CAS, but artistic card.  

Sassy Witch - It was a big deal for me to make a video of a new technique. I LOVED how this card turned out. 

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me! I will be back soon with part 2.  I hope you will also take a moment to see how much you accomplished this past year.  Let me know if you have a favorite card you made?  Have a great day!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! (and my personal favorite Christmas card)

I just want to take a moment to wish all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!  

(I am just adding this photo of my personal favorite of all the Christmas cards I made this year.  The blog post with the details is here.)

I am going to do a couple little recap posts this week, and then I will be back New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with new card projects. 

Thank you for visiting! Enjoy the magic of the season!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Featured Stamper Challenge

I got some news late last night.  I am Featured Stamper this week at SplitCoastStampers!  This is not only a lovely honor for me, but there is also a challenge involved.  Stampers are asked to CASE one of my cards from the gallery.  

Here is a link to the challenge!  I know it is a busy week, but it would be fun if you could participate!  

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Last Minute - 5 Minute Handmade Christmas card

This card comes from a last-minute need to send a Christmas card.  Someone send me a card this year, and I hadn’t yet sent them one.  I LOVE receiving cards, so even though my stash is depleted, I want to make them a card, too.

This card literally took me less than 5 minutes.  I used the set of 4 snowflakes in the Snowflakes Mini Cube set and a really beautiful saying, Have a Wonderful Christmas.   I first stamped the saying in black.  Then I chose 3 colors of light blue inks and stamped the snowflakes from corner to corner.  I used a glitter pen to add some accents and added some gems. 

If I had more time, I would have use some Nuvo glitter drops, but they require dry time, so I went with gems.  You could also easily cut a mat for the card front if you don’t have a decorative frame die.  If you don’t have several colors of inkpads, try some water based markers, or use generation stamping to get different tones.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and Happy Holidays!  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Latte Coffee Lover’s Card

Hello!  I know you are so busy, so this is going to be a quick share!  I made this card with Valentine’s in mind - a warm latte to warm your heart in the cold weather!  Main image is colored with alcohol markers, the background stamped in brown ink.

I did use wink of stella glitter on the image, you can kindof see the subtle shimmer in this close-up.  I did keep the card very flat for mailing.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Latte Love,  Coffee Background, Memento Black Ink, Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, cardstocks from my stash, Spectrum Noir markers

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge Stitch It

Friday, December 8, 2017

Santa’s “Twinkle in a Tangle” card

Hello stamping friends!  Thanks for stopping by during this busy season.  I have been trying to catch up visits to everyone’s blogs and I finally also got in some crafting time today.  I really recommend crafting during the holiday season, it does help take away some of the stress for a little bit.

I colored this image with alcohol markers. It was the first time I colored it, so I did follow the colors on the Art Impressions packaging.  That helped speed it up quite a bit.  

From this angle you can see the sparkle from the wink of stella and stardust gelly roll pens that I added just to the ornaments. 

Supplies: Art Impressions Twinkle In Tangle stamp set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spellbinders Heart circles dies, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, American Crafts WishList 6x6 paper pad, Wink of Stella clear pen, Gelly Roll stardust glitter pen

I would love to play along with these challenges and thank you for the opportunity:
Art Impressions Funny and Punny
DiesRUs Challenge Christmas Carols (It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year)
Tuesday Throwdown Christmas Scene
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Anything Goes with snippets/scraps
Cute Card Thursday Anything Goes

Thanks for your visit! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Lightpost card - JFF Challenge

I made this card for Just for Fun’s Happy Everything Challenge.  You choose the holiday.  I am still in the mood for Christmas, so I pulled out this classic stamp and colored it with alcohol markers.

I used some patterned paper for my background, embossed my red cardstock,  and embellished.  The number is cut from the patterned paper too.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Christmas Lantern, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Theresa Collins Christmas Home 6x6 paper pad, American Crafts candy enamel dots

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I will see you at Just for Fun’s challenge!