Saturday, January 24, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge 4

Are you ready for some fun? If so,
head on over to CASE-ing Christmas. DT member, Rocky has posted a fabulous card for us to CASE (at right). I couldn't resist using her layout as inspiration for my card. I loved the way she layered her snowflakes on the darker purple and matted them with white and then used the dark purple at the base of the card to hold the sentiment and a few brads. I used the same layout but used dark green for my trees and a dark green strip at the base. I love the way my card turned out and am especially happy because my husband and son liked this one as well. My husband said it reminded him of a Christmas blanket (it must be that plaid) and my son liked the geometric style and simplicity of the card. Gotta love that!

Seeing True Colors

The TRUE COLOR of my
post-holidayTulle purchase.
It's time to play along with the "Bring in New" challenge at Jingle Belles. We've been challenged to use all those new supplies that Santa brought us for Christmas or use supplies we gathered from post-holiday sales. For this card I am using an item that I purchased at a post-holiday sale. I purchased two rolls of tulle, one green and one red. When I saw them at the store, I immediately thought that I might be able to incorporate them into a card or two, but I hesitated to purchase them, knowing that I would need multiple layers to see the true colors. (I am trying to create fewer cards that require extra postage because of weight or dimensional elements.) Anyway, I ended up purchasing the tulle and stored it on the shelf for future use. When I saw the current challenge at Jingle Belles, I knew it was time to see what the tulle would look like on a card. Just as I suspected, multiple layers were required in order to see the "true" color of the tulle. I only used two layers for the background of this card and it still looks pink rather than the bright red. I probably should have added one more layer to see that true red color especially since it doesn't weight much and really doesn't add too much bulkiness, but I didn't. So to break up that pinkish background, I layered dark green punched trees over it and added the gingerbread tag for a focal point.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gingerbread Man

I'm playing along with the current challenge at CASE-ing Christmas. DT Judy created a fabulous card to offer inspiration. My card has several similar elements. First, I've used a very similar layout and used traditional Christmas colors as well. Like Judy, I placed my focal point on the right hand side of my card and layered it on an oval that is matted with a larger oval. Instead of using a tree, I used a gingerbread man that I drew and cut from cork. I decorated my gingerbread man with red brads and white paint. I thought the gingerbread man would provide a bit of dimension just as Judy's tree adds dimension. In the upper left hand corner, I used brads with snowflakes behind them. I also wrote my sentiment on red cardstock and positioned it to the left of the oval. Thanks for the inspiration, Judy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bells for 52CCT

This is the second card I've created for the current bells
themed challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I drew bells onto golden rod cardstock, then added highlights with colored pencils and fussy cut around them. I matted the bells on a piece of cardstock that started out as cream color, but I inked it with tan ink so that it would look similar to the background in the bell patterned paper. (Don't you just love that patterned paper?) I finished by adding some punched holly leaves and berries and used red to mat each layer.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

JOLLY Christmas

It's time for another fabulous challenge at
 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This
time the challenge is BELLS. I chose to use a jingle bell as my focal point. I used a Lit' Inker Design die cut and cut it from silver paper, then wrote the letters jlly on white cardstock with a green marker. I fussy cut the letters from the cardstock and adhered them to a white embossed background using the jingle bell for the O in jolly. I added green punched boughs (Martha Stewart punch) at each corner and attached this to the cardbase.
(Sorry about the shadowy photo, I struggle to take quality photos when the card is mostly white.)



Monday, January 12, 2015

Always and Forever


 Lately my creativity has resulted in a number of Christmas cards, so just to prove to myself that I can still create for other occasions, I've decided to participate in the 100th challenge at MUSE. The card at right was created by Michele Ferguson, the current MUSE. Her fabulous, casual and very elegant card inspired me to create a Valentine's Day card. I really love the clean and simple style that Michele used and I tried to keep my card clean and simple. I also liked that she kept the color scheme simple and used a white heart over a white background. Instead of using white, I used cream on cream for my punched hearts. Michele placed a colored heart in the center of her heart, l adhered a series of colored hearts in the center of my punched hearts. Lastly, Michele's sentiment was inspired by a song. I also used a song title for my sentiment (Always and Forever by Luther Vandross).  Thanks for the inspiration Michele!





Saturday, January 10, 2015

Snowman Card

I am really enjoying participating in the current Christmas challenges out there in blogland. My husband, on the other hand, thinks I'm a bit premature, (after all Christmas is eleven months away!) I know he will appreciate my on-going card making once Christmas rolls around.
My snowman card is actually inspired by two challenges. I've based the layout and use of a monochromatic scheme on the phenomenal card created by design team member, Pat at CASE-ing Christmas.  My inspiration for the color came from the January color challenge at 52 Christmas Card ThrowdownI bet you already guessed that it's SHADES of BLUE.
I began by selecting the snowman background paper. Once I knew that I wanted to use it for the background, I decided to continue with the snowman theme and use it for the focal point on the banner. I punched and decorated a snowman, then dressed him in a blue hat and scarf, stamped some trees in the background, added snowflakes and a snowfield.

Mynn from Great Impressions (and CASE-ing Christmas) recently stopped by my blog and suggested I also link this card up with the SNOW FRIENDS challenge there. If you haven't checked out this blog, head on over. The DT has incredible talent and this month challenge inspiration creations are phenomenal!!!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas

For all the bloggers out there that love to create Christmas cards all year long, you are in for a treat. Earlier this week Mynn from On a Stampage and CASE-ing Christmas topped by my blog and let me in on some exciting news.  CASE-ing Christmas is a new blog devoted to holiday weekly challenges. I was thrilled to learn about this! The idea behind the challenges is to create a Christmas card based on some element of a card created by one of the design team members. Inspiration can be from the color, image, layout, technique, etc. This means there are endless opportunities to be creative.

For my card, I decided to use the layout as my inspiration. I used multiple layers as well.  However, I ended up rotating the image so that  the bell would look like it was hanging.


I am looking forward to the weekly challenges at CASE-ing Christmas and hope to find time to play along. During the month of January, they are also have BLOG CANDY to give away!

Star Tree

January 2015 Sketch for
52 Christmas Card Throwdown
This is my third card for the current sketch challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I  handcut a tree from green cardstock, added a tree trunk, then punched stars in the tree. Although it is hard to tell from the photo, I used gold embossing thread to represent garland. I continued the star theme on one triangle and added just a touch of green ink around the outer edge of the cardbase.  This has been one of those challenges that keeps my brain working on overtime. I keep coming up with more and more ideas!


Snowman Gift Wrap Re-Visited



52 Christmas Card Throwdown Sketch

The first challenge of  2015 over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is a fabulous sketch challenge. This is the second card that I have created based on the sketch. It's one of those sketches that offers endless possibilities. For this card, I began by cutting the snowman image from a piece of gift wrap. I inked around the outer edges of a piece of white cardstock using blue ink, then attached the snowman image to this with blue brads. It's been awhile since I've used brads to attach anything to one of my cards. I really need to start using them more often. I cut a white snowflake embossed piece of cardstock into two triangles and layered these over a blue mat. I used only blue and white to maintain that winter feel. It's a great combination for a Christmas card.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Snowman Gift Wrap


Here is another card for the "No Time Like the Presents" Jingle Belles challenge. Lauren and Steph have challenged us to re-purpose tags or gift wrap from Christmas 2014. I am so fortunate because in January 2014 I hit the local stores to purchase wrapping paper on clearance. I was able to pick up several rolls of gift wrap and spent next to nothing for them. When Christmas 2014 rolled around, I had plenty of beautiful new paper to use for wrapping gifts. Since I am one of those gift recipients who carefully unwraps the gift so I can save the paper,  I was able to recycle this image of the snowman.  I love that the image already had a silver border. I trimmed around it and layered it on white cardstock, then on a piece of blue cardstock that I had designed for another project (I think I stamped the blue with acrylic paint, but it was so long ago that I can't even remember what technique I used to create the blue pattern).  I finished by punching snowflakes from white cardstock and using them as a second border.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Folded Star Tree

I am determined to participate in many creative challenges throughout the coming year. During previous years, I participated in the creative challenges at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog.  This blog not only offers a great place to get inspiration, but it encourages me to create Christmas cards throughout the year so that I am fully prepared by the time Christmas rolls around. The first challenge for 2015 at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is a sketch challenge. It's a fabulous sketch with endless possibilities.

For my card, I began by creating a tree image from a 1/2 circle cut from the green polka dotted paper. Since this paper only had a pattern on one side, I used green ink on the reverse side to add a bit more color. I folded this paper into a tree shape, punched stars into the various layers and adhered white cardstock behind each layer so the stars would pop. To make them "shine" I added a bit of glitter glue over each. I centered the tree on a fringed circle and used green ink on the edges of the fringe. I layered the tree and fringed circle over two triangular pieces of cardstock and added the sentiment at the bottom.

"Presenting" Silver Jingle Wrap




Happy New Year! 
If your New Year's resolution involves participating in more creative challenges or being more prepared for the 2015 Christmas season, I've got the perfect blog for you to visit. Not only will you be able to express your creativity throughout the year, but if you participate regularly you will have a collection of Christmas cards already prepared for Christmas 2015.  I am referring to the amazing Jingle Belles blog. Co-creators Lauren and Steph offer wonderful, inspiring challenges throughout the year. I've been following this blog for several years now and it is wonderful to be challenged and so fully prepared for Christmas each year.The first challenge for this year involves using wrapping paper or gift tags from Christmas 2014.  I knew immediately that I had to use the jingle paper that I had used to wrapped several packages. This beautiful, shiny paper made the packages just so very pretty, especially with the lights reflecting on it as lay under the lit Christmas tree. All I had to do was add a bit of ribbon and a bow and the packages looked fabulous.

For my card, I simply cut a piece to the shiny, jingle gift wrap and matted it on black cardstock. I fussy cut around several of the letters, a tree, a package and holly leaves and mounted them on white cardstock, then used dimensional adhesive to attach them on top of the matching shape. I made an attempt to add red ribbon, but it was a bit too much so, I left it as you see it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Wishing my 
friends, family and fellow crafters 
a very 
MERRY CHRISTMAS
 and a very 
HEALTHY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Welcome Little One

Just a quick post to share this card and Kathy's latest sketch. I hope you will use the sketch and join us at Kathy's Sketch File. I'm off to work!
 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seeing Red

It's time for our December sketch at The Sketch File.
Kathy's got a fun sketch to inspire you. She's calling her sketch "Nice and Easy Does It" and you'll see why. It's one of those sketches that is inspiring and easy to imagine lots of create ideas. I've created this card with lots of red snowflakes and red stripes. It came together very quickly. I can't wait to see what you come up with for this incredible sketch. Please link up a project or two over at The Sketch File.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Candy Cane Candle Holder

Can you believe it? I've created yet another Christmas card. Last night my family and I selected the cards that we will be mailing to friends and family in the next few weeks and set them aside. We had around 130 to choose from this year! Since I have a huge pile remaining, we've decided that the remaining cards will be donated.  Of course, this means that I can start creating more cards for next year! Yippee!

Today's card was inspired by the clever challenge at Jingle Belles.  Steph and Lauren from Jingle Belles are challenging us to use a Christmas food item in our creations. I decided to keep this card simple and reached for some red and white paper clips. I cut them apart to create two candy canes and then used the canes to create a holder for a candle. I hand-cut the candle from red cardstock and adhered it with dimensional tape and added layers of cardstock beneath it. My husband has already decided that this card is one we will keep. He likes that it is clean and simple.



Wishing 
everyone a very 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Ornament

It's time to share another card for the November sketch at The Sketch File. I really love the sketch and found myself dreaming up all kinds of creative ways to use it. This time I am sharing another Christmas card. I have to admit that I really don't need any more Christmas cards for this year. I already have about 130...but, I do love to create them, so what's one more. I used the ornaments for a focal point. I created them with a newly purchased die. I stopped in at the local scrapbook store and saw it on display and just had to have it. I hope to get a lot of use out of it. The one thing that I should point out is that the card base is really a light cream color and not white. For some reason I couldn't get a photo that showed the correct colors and I couldn't seem to adjust it in photo shop.  I hope you find time to use Kathy's sketch and then link up your project with us over at The Sketch File. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Sketch

It's time to share another card for our November Sketch at The Sketch File. With Christmas just around the corner, I decided to use Kathy's sketch to create yet another Christmas card. I hope you'll use the sketch and link up your project with us. Here's the sketch:





Thursday, November 13, 2014

Santa Card

I've created yet another Christmas card. If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I create a lot of Christmas cards. I love to make them! Each year my family sends out around sixty cards. Of course, I have way more then 60 created, but there's always next year and the year after that...so I just keep on creating them.

This card is my version of a Santa suit. I embossed white cardstock and then cut it into the shape of a beard. I layered it over red cardstock and used more white cardstock to represent the fir that lines Santa's suit.  I added a black belt and a gold buckle to finish the suit. I tried to make the belt look more realistic by punching holes in it. When I began creating it, I had intended on using black eyelets, but I didn't have enough. Instead I used black embossing powder and heat embossed them. I am sharing a close-up of the belt so you can see the detail. It's hard to see it in the larger photo.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Great Outdoors

This week we had several inches of snow fall here. Although I am not ready to face winter yet, I do have to admit it was beautiful. That freshly fallen snow and the current  Great Outdoors challenge at Jingle Belles had me in my craft studio, trying to create a peaceful, snowy scene.

For this card, I began by layering torn white cardstock onto a dark blue cardstock base.  I added glittery stars with Ranger's Star Dust Stickles and adhered a white circle to represent the moon. I used brown ink to add a bit of dimension and texture to the die cut deer before adhering them to the snowfield.  The final touch was the computer generated sentiment.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

In a Flap

Our fearless leader, Kathy, at The Sketch File has done it again! She has created a phenomenal sketch to inspire us all. There are just soooooo many possibilities for this sketch. I've created this birthday card. It was the first idea to pop into my head when Kathy shared the sketch with our DT. I hope you will be inspired and share your creation with us. Please post your creation at The Sketch File.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Penguin Fun

Doesn't this penguin look like it is having fun?  The penguin is actually a sticker,  (which I rarely use). It was given to me by the woman who owns the local scrapbooking store. She always adds a sticker to the shopping bag when a purchase is made. I usually just add the sticker to a collection that I've accumulated and forget about them, but this weekend I was reorganizing a few things in my studio and it fluttered to the ground as I was moving the sticker container. I knew immediately that I would have to use it for the current challenge at Jingle Belles . Steph and Lauren want us to include creatures in our holiday cards. I figured a penguin ought to do the trick. So I punched a circle, then punched snowflakes in it and added a bit of polyfil snow for the penguin to play in. I tried to adhere the penguin so it would look like it was jumping into the snow. To add a bit more visual interest, I added a strip of cardstock that I cut with decorative scissors and used a snowflake embossed mat.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Hole in One Sketch


 I was sooooo busy last week that I failed to post my card for The Sketch File (my apologies to the other designers!) The good news is that now you will have two cards to view on this post instead of one. If you want to really be inspired, I suggest you visit The Sketch File and see what Kathy created. She's so very clever and I find her cards so inspiring. Both my cards are created based on Kathy's sketch. Since fall is in the air,  my cards include fall colors.  We'd love to see what clever ideas you come up with for this sketch. Just head on over to The Sketch File to post them.





Monday, October 20, 2014

PINK Snowflakes

This is my fourth card for the latest challenge over at Jingle Belles. Stephanie and Lauren from Jingle Belles are asking us to create with pink! They will EACH generously donate $2.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every card we link up that has a bit of pink on it!

For this card, I used three pink striped snowflakes, layered on top of a snowflake embossed cardbase.  The pink and yellow polka dotted ribbon on the left edge looks like it "glows" but it really doesn't. Fortunately, it's much more subtle in real life.

Since it's a gorgeous fall day here, I'm setting aside the crafting for a few hours. I am going to head outside for a long walk. The leaves on the deciduous trees are beautiful and I just have to get out there and enjoy the fresh air and spectacular views.


Pink Christmas Revisited

We still have time to play along with the latest challenge over at Jingle Belles.    Stephanie and Lauren from Jingle Belles are asking us to create with pink and they will EACH generously donate $2.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every card we link up that has a bit of pink on it!  This is my third card. I used a pink mat, added patterned snowflake paper (it even has pink snowflakes) and a computer generated sentiment.