Thursday, November 26, 2015

Celebrating leftovers

I made this card with snippets left over from a 6x6 Echo Park Christmas stack. (I didn't actually save anything this small, I cut them to fit). I arranged the snippets on a snippet of adhesive paper, leaving space between for "grout," or in this case, gold EP.  On edges where I didn't leave enough room to add embossing powder, I just edged in gold ink.

The poinsettia is from The Ribbon Girl, and the sentiment was a clearance special, embossed in glittery gold.

I am entering these challenges:
Rudolph Days -- November
Bunny Zoe  -- sparkle
Inky Impressions #278 -- traditional Christmas colors
Holly Jolly Christmas -- embossing
Pixie's Snippet Playground #204  -- use snippets
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Kraftin Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -- anything goes

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Joyous angels

This ended up being a kind of girly looking Christmas card, but I like it.  The angels are silver-embossed on a snippet of navy cardstock that has specks of white in it (so not that is not random EP). The blue strip in the middle is a wax resist where you make by embossing the wax paper, then ironing it on the card stock, and then applying ink. The card has a ton of sparkle with the gems and the silver shimmer paper layer. The shimmer paper is also a snippet -- it was too small, so I cut it and used part above and part below the blue strip.
The layout for this is the Catch the Bug Stella Says Sketch #318.  The awesome lace along the bottom is from The Ribbon Girl.  
I'm entering these challenges:
Catch the Bug: Stella Says Sketch #318
Catch the Bug: Bingo (lace, bling, sentiment)
The Ribbon Girl: any image
The Paper Shelter: blue/white/silver
Pixie's Snippet Playground #  : use Snipets

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cardinal tag

I have another tag inspired by Tracy McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event on her blog, In my Creative Opinion.  This one was inspired by a tag created by Jess Gertsner of the Lawn Fawn DT. 
On my card, the birch trees (Mark's Finest Paper) are stamped in black Memento ink. I watercolored in the blue sky and added a three-dimensional sticker of a cardinal, I used both red twine and black-and-white twine, and finished it off with a sentiment in red.


I am entering these challenges: 
By Jess Gerstner, Lawn Fawn DT

Friday, November 20, 2015

Carolers tag

Tracey McNeely has been doing 25 Days of Christmas Tags on her blog In My Creative Opinion), and she has me all excited about making tags.  I was inspired by a tag by Jane Taylor of Uniko's DT. (Mostly I was inspired by the colors, but these little carolers look elfish, don't they?)

I started with white tags and pounced brown ink on them. The carolers are from The Artful Stamper, colored in pencils. The to/from is from Purple Onion. The tags are edged in gold ink and embellished with baker's twine and gold cording.

I'm entering the tag in these challenges:
25 Days of Christmas Tags
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holly holly

I came across these holly and berry stickers that have been living in my Christmas file for a few years and decided to make a CAS Christmas card from them. The panel is popped up on pretty thick dimensional tape.

I'm entering these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #255: Red and Green must be seen
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge: Anything Christmas.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Christmas
Share the Joy #12 -- CAS
Word Art Wednesday #210 -- Anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything Goes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving wreath

The Technique Challenge at Splitcoast this week was to make a wreath from die-cut shapes.  I grabbed by Poppy maple leaf die and a bunch of snippets and this is what I came up with.
I added a raffia bow and a sentiment, and I have a Thanksgiving card to send my in-laws.

I am entering this card in these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- thanks/Thanksgiving
Catch the Bug -- Give Thanks
Cuttlebug Mania -- Thanks
Pixie's Snippet Playground #203 -- use snippets
Word Art Wednesday #210 -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Caroling in the snow

I am down to nothing but snippets from this collection of Christmas papers from Echo Park.  This layout from the Catch the Bug challenge turned out to be a great way to use snippets, and I may repeat it to use up the rest of the bits of papers from this set.

The cute carolers are from The Artful Stamper. They are singing in the snow (signified by glitter).

I'm entering these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- Stella Says Sketch #317
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge  #253 -- it's time to sing
Creative Inspirations #334 -- Sparkle
Pixie's Snippet Playground # 201 -- use snippets
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #208 -- Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly -- Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Flowers

I made this card using the current Mojo Monday sketch. The image is from Impression-Obsession, colored with pencils. There are a couple of layers of Glossy Accents on the vase, so it actually looks like a glass vase in person. The image is wrapped with coordinating baker's twine.  The sentiment is from Purple Onion Designs.

I'm entering these challenges:

Mojo Monday #422
Simon Says Stamp Monday-- make it glossy
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- thanks
The Ribbon Girl -- anything goes
Papertake Weekly -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kmmie's wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge - use patterned paper

Monday, November 2, 2015

Plaid roses

As cards go, this one is about as self-explanatory as it gets. The roses were an RAK so I don't know who makes the die (possibly Stampin' Up).  Sentiment is from A Muse.

I'm entering this chard in these challenges:
Catch the Bug October Recipe -- Black, White and a pop of Color
Curtain Call -- Plaid
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper Challenge -- patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #207 -- Anything Goes

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Blue jay way

I have this thing about coloring realistic images of animals -- I call up a photo on Google images and try to copy the colors. (I'm fine making fantasy-looking animals any color.) I am really happy with how this blue jay came out.

The card was inspired by the photo inspiration challenge at Creative Inspirations. I cut the image to give it a tile look, matted it on a matching snippet of blue card stock, put it on a neutral cardstock, and added a die-cut sentiment.

I'm entering these challenges:
Creative Inspirations #333: Photo Inspiration
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #304: Nature
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #207: Anything Goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground # 201:  Snippets