Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shaker-Like Window

I've got one more card for the JOY to the EARTH challenge at Jingle Belles. Our challenge is to recycle, re-use, re-purpose or up-cycle when creating a card. For this card, I used a cellophane bag printed with holly leaves. I bought the bags several years ago but found out that not all the bags were actually bags. A few were not sealed along the sides. I set them aside to use for craft projects like this card. I folded a piece of the cellophane in half, glued two of the edges together and added torn tissue paper that had once lined a gift basket. I sealed the last edge and framed my newly created window with a piece of green cardstock. It reminds me of those cards you see with the shaker style window, but my bits of tissue don't move around. I punched out a few holly leaves and berries and added detail with chalk and a gel pen and attached them to the lower corner of the frame. I printed the sentiment on a piece of cardstock, cut it into the banner shape and matted it with green cardstock.  Now I'm wondering what other projects I can create with the remaining printed cellophane.....hmmm...I'll have to give it some more thought.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill, DCWV, Cellophane bag: ??, Sakura gel pen, Scotch ATG, Spellbinders Die, Emagination Holly Punch, Ek Success circle punch, chalk, Microsoft Word.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cork Tree

This is my second card for the recycling, up-cycling challenge at Jingle Belles. For this card, I carefully sliced a wine cork and adhered the slices to a piece of red cardstock in the shape a tree.  I used Styrofoam for the snowflake/hail. It was from the packaging in a box. You know those tiny balls of Styrofoam that always cling to everything when you unpack a box. I had those tiny bits clinging to me earlier today and decided to put them to use. For additional snow, I recycled a wet one or clean wipe. I had used it to clean some chalk off my desk top. Once it had dried, there was still a fair amount of clean white space left on it, so I tore it to use as the snow at the base of the tree.

Thanks for the fun challenge, Lauren & Steph!

Supplies: wine cork, used clean wipe, Styrofoam packaging, Queen & Co Gems, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG, Bazzill & Recollections cardstock, Cardbase: Recollections.

"Joy to the Earth" Challenge

Have you seen the Earth Day challenge at Jingle Belles?  It's all about recycling or up-cycling, which I always find fascinating because it's a makes me look at things in a whole new way. I began by going on a search around the house and gathering up a few supplies: cardboard, netted fruit bag, foil candy wrapper.  First, I carefully peeled off the outer red layer of the cardboard to reveal the corrugated surface. I lightly inked the corrugated surface and outer edges before attaching a piece of a netted red fruit bag. Next I cut an ornament shape from the red paper that I peeled off from the cardboard.  To decorate it, I used the foil from a candy bar wrapper. One side of the foil was gold with a bit of writing on it and the other side was silver. Since I didn't want the writing on the gold side to show,  I folded, then twisted the foil before adding it to the ornament.  I also added bits of the silver foil to the ornament along with some glitter. I hung the ornament from another piece of the twisted gold foil and finished with a partial border of green punched boughs.

Supplies: Recycled items: cardboard, candy wrapper, netted fruit bag, Cardstock: Recollections, Bazzill, Martha Stewart Bough Punch, Memento Ink, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG,  Studio G Glitter Glue, Gel Pen.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April's Oblong Layers Sketch

It's time for an update over at The Sketch File. Kathy has posted the card I created based on her April Sketch. The sketch is all about oblong or rectangular layers. It was an easy sketch to use and my card came together very quickly once I decided on the color and the orientation (I rotated the sketch). I simply used various pieces of pattern paper scraps that I've been saving and layered them based on the sketch. I stamped the flowers on orange cardstock, trimmed around them, then fringed each petal.  Here's the sketch:

I look forward to seeing what you create with the sketch. Please post it here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rectangles Everywhere

Happy April Fool's Day...no jokes here. I'm just incredibly pleased to share the latest sketch from the The Sketch File. We have a brand new sketch that Kathy has created and it is full of rectangles. I found it so easy to work with and so inspiring. I was eager to try it with a layout instead of a card. I kept my layout pretty simple. After layering all the papers, I didn't feel the need for many embellishments. I think the layers draw attention to the photo and I didn't want to cause distraction with too many embellishments. Of course, I had to add a bit of detail, so I dry embossed some of the layers as well as the title. I think the embossing helps the title pop. The sketch really lends itself to lots of creativity. For example, if you rotate it, it has an entirely different feel. I hope you will be inspired as well. Please take a moment to stop by The Sketch File to see the beautiful card Kathy has posted. You will be mesmerized by her choice of colors.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lighthouse Photo Album

Last month I was visiting Anne's Paper Creations and discovered her fabulous lighthouse made with Graphic 45 papers. You can visit her blog here for a picture of her lighthouse and to watch a video of her creative process. Although she hasn't posted instructions or a how to video, if enough people are interested she might do it. Her videos are always fabulous and she shares the most incredible projects on her blog!  Anyway, my creative mind just wouldn't let go of this clever idea and I just couldn't wait for a how to video.  I used foam core for the lighthouse shape and made the album pages from cardstock and patterned papers. I don't know the source of the patterned papers as I have a collection of open stock scrapbooking paper that I purchased at a garage sale. The album pages fold up into the center of the lighthouse and can be tucked away. They swing down because they are threaded onto a wooden rod that is attached to the back and front of the lighthouse. (Go to Anne's blog, she shows this step really clearly.)  As I was trying to come up with a way to add an electric light to the top, my son came to the rescue. He discovered a battery operated light that fit perfectly in my "glass" enclosure. The top of the lighthouse lifts up so the light is accessible.  For the rocks, I borrowed a few pumice like stones from the landscaping around my house and hot glued them to a wooded base that I painted black.  This was a super fun project and I am so glad I gave it a try. Now my mind can focus on other creative projects. Since one of my sister's has a birthday next week and she is obsessed with lighthouses, I finished it then sent it off to her for her birthday. She should be pretty surprised, as we normally don't send each other birthday gifts. (I bet you're thinking that I have ruined the surprise by posting about it here....nope, she doesn't read blogs, so I am safe.)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! I hope you'll also visit Anne's Paper Creations and enjoy her projects as much as I do. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Sketch

Kathy's Sketch
As the month is drawing to a close, Kathy has posted two more cards to inspire you to use the March sketch at the The Sketch File. She posted my card (above) and one of her own. Her card is such a gorgeous take on the sketch. I hope you'll take a peek at it and will be inspired enough by our cards to create one of your own. We'd love to see what you come up. Please post it here.

It's a bit of a challenge to see the sketch in my card, but if you look hard enough, I think you'll see how the sketch inspired me. I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blue Splatter

It's time for the March sketch challenge at The Sketch File.  Kathy has created a multi-layered sketch and to be honest, I found it challenging. I have been under a lot of stress this past week or so and the ability to be creative was somewhat hindered by all the stress. I finally came up with this card, using shades of blue. I didn't add a sentiment. I think I'll do that when the time comes to mail the card to someone.

So what do you think? Are you inspired enough to share your creation with us?  I hope you'll link something up over at The Sketch File.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dreaming in RED

Here I was sleeping peacefully last night, when WHAM I awoke around 2:00 a.m. with the image of a woven heart pouch dancing around my head. I knew immediately why this image was there. I had gone to bed just after posting my card for the Going Red challenge at Jingle Belles. Lauren & Steph had posted this clever challenge yesterday, which was Valentine's Day. I guess the creative side of my brain was still thinking about other ideas for the challenge and of course a way to connect, RED, Christmas and Valentine's Day! So first thing this morning, I began to put this card together. I started by weaving the heart with patterned paper and attached embroidery thread to create an ornament.  I embossed a piece of red cardstock with a snowflake pattern, highlighted the snowflakes with ink and used this as a mat for the heart ornament. I punched boughs to create a Christmas tree branch and layered them at the top of the card. To tie the heart in with the background, I added tiny white snowflakes to the heart pouch.  The finishing touch was the addition of the sentiment banner,which is a bit blurry in the photo. It reads "All Hearts Come Home for Christmas".

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Darice Embossing Folder, My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas Paper, Martha Stewart Bough Punch, Tonic Studios Snowflake Punch, DMC Embroidery Thread, EK Success Dimensional Adhesive, Scotch ATG, Studio G Ink

Friday, February 14, 2014

Going RED

The talented ladies at Jingle Belles are GOING RED with the newest challenge. Lauren and Steph want us to use predominately red our our creations.  Don't you just love it!  It's kind of crazy just how many shades of red I found in my scrap piece collection. I started with the red and white tag which was a left over from a previous project. I wrapped the tag with red embroidery thread, then handcut the letters for HO, HO, HO. After I cut out the letters and matted them on white they looked a bit flat so I added some red and white dots. I think this perked the letters up a bit, but they were still missing something, so I added the red embroidery thread bows. I layered the tag on a brick embossed background, highlighted the bricks with dark red ink and used white cardstock to mat all the layers.  Thanks for the challenge Lauren & Steph!

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill and lots of scrap pieces, Darice Embossing Folder, DMC Embroidery Thread, Studio G Ink, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG

Last Minute Gift

This was a last minute Valentine's Day gift created for one of my son's friends. My son and I worked together to put this together.  I had seen a video earlier this month over at Stamp & Scrap with Frenchie. Frenchie always inspires me with her videos and craft projects. She called this clever project a Card in a Box. I encourage you to go have a look. I bet you can't resist making at least one of these boxes. 

Supplies: Cardstock: Recollections, Patterned Paper:  ??, Punches: Ek Success, McGill, Stamps: Penny Black, Ink: Studio G, Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry, # 6 Plastic from recycling bin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February @ the Sketch File

We've got a great sketch for you over at The Sketch File. It was the inspiration for this card. It's one of those sketches that opens the door to many creative possibilities. I hope you will hop on over and take a peak at what Kathy and Jackie have created with the sketch and will link up a project or two with us. We'd love to see how you use the sketch.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Heart Formation

It seems that inspiration is everywhere! This morning I saw two blog challenges that inspired this card. The first challenge is over at Shopping Our Stash where the theme is Love or Valentine's Day. The second challenge is a Twisted Tuesday Challenge. The challenge is to use the sky and the twist is to use something that flies in the sky. When I read about these challenges I knew I had to combine them and include geese on my project. This past weekend I had seen flock after flock of geese flying in "V" formation.  I love to see them in flight and used them as inspiration for my card.

For the card,  I began by creating the tiny handmade geese. I drew one tiny Canada goose and used colored pencils to add detail. I cut it out and then used it as a template for the remaining geese. It took a while to cut and color all of them but it was all very relaxing. Next I used a piece of white cardstock, blue ink and a sponge to create the sky background. I glued the geese onto the sky background in HEART formation and added the sentiment. I had briefly thought about putting the geese in a "V" formation, as I had seen them over the weekend, and using the "V" for the word Valentine but instead I ended up with the heart formation. I think I like it better this way. Hmmmm, if only I could inspire those real geese to fly in a heart formation....now that would really be something!

Supplies:  Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Recollections, Crayola Colored Pencils, Studio G Ink, MS Word,Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

February Sketch

A new month means a new sketch at The Sketch File and Kathy has a lovely layered design to get our creative juices flowing.  I've decided to use the sketch for this Valentine's Day card. I didn't exactly stick to the sketch, since I moved the layers over to the right and my large circle isn't complete. However, Kathy encourages us to flip, rotate and play around with the sketch so that's what I did. So, what do you think? Does the sketch get your creative juices flowing? I hope so. We'd love to see your creation, so be sure to link up with us at The Sketch File!
Supplies:  Cardbase: David Tutera, Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, EK Success, heart & circle punches, McGill bracket punch, Handcut arrows, Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Inspired by Coredinations

core sept sketch-001This card was inspired by a sketch I saw at Coredinations.com. I used scrap pieces of some of my favorite Core'dinations cardstock to create patchwork strips then layered punched leaves on top. I finished by writing the sentiment on a banner and centering it above the punched leaves.

Supplies: Sketch by Mary Pat Siehl, Coredinations Cardstock, Cardbase: Recollections, Recollections cardstock, Leaf Punch, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesives, Scotch ATG

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Last Merry LITTLE Christmas

Steph and Lauren at  Jingle Belles always have such inspiring challenges! This is my third card for their "Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas" challenge. What do they mean by LITTLE? Well that's easy. We are encouraged to use inchies or twinchies. This time my square inchies have trees punched in the center of them. I adhered them to a white cardstock strip with Happy Holidays repeatedly printed repeatedly at the top and bottom. I also added brads between the inchies and layered the strip over patterned paper.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Scrap pieces from my stash, Brads, All Night Media Tree Punch, Echo Park Happy Days Patterned Paper, Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Another Merry LITTLE Christmas

Here's my second card for the "Merry LITTLE Christmas" challenge at Jingle Belles. Steph and Lauren are asking us to create with LITTLE inchies or twinchies. This time I used a square punch to create three inchies then added punched snowflakes and a pin hole border.  I layered the inchies onto a snowflake embossed background and added a ribbon with more punched snowflakes.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill, Snowflake Punch: Emagination & Tonic Studio, Darice Embossing Folder, Offray Ribbon, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG, EK Success Square Punch

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Merry LITTLE Christmas

My family thinks I've gone BONKERS because I continue to make Christmas cards and not just because Christmas has come and gone, but also because of the large number of Christmas cards I still have on hand.  You see, even though I sent out 65 cards in December, I participated in so many challenges last year that with the addition of today's card, I already have enough cards for next year. What can I say? It seems I just can't resist a great challenge, especially a Jingle Belles challenge. The current challenge is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Steph and Lauren are encouraging us to use inchies or twinchies and they don't have to be square!  Who could resist this?  NOT ME! So I pulled out a Stampin' Up curly label punch and punched four inchies from cream colored cardstock. I used a dark green cardstock to handcut the letters for NOEL and adhered them to the inchies along with a few bows. I also added a color pencil border to each inchie, then adhered them to the patterned paper.  Ta-dah....card #65 is complete!

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio "Old World Winter", Stampin' Up Curly Label Punch, Offray Ribbon, Bazzill Cardstock, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG, Crayola Colored Pencil

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mug of Flowers

This card was so fun to make! I began by folding a piece of black cardstock and then hand cut a mug shape from it, leaving the top edge of the mug in tack.  I pulled out a few flower stamps and punches and had a blast creating the flowers. For the stamped flowers, I had two different sizes that I stamped, colored and layered but the punched flowers were the same size, I just rotated the bottom petals were between the top petals.  I punched the leaves and added color to them with colored pencils. Before layering all the flowers onto the mug,  I added a bit of decorative tape to the mug and some glitter glue to break up the black.   

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollecions Cardstock, Darice Decorative Tape, Penny Black Stamps, Crayola Colored Pencils, Memento Ink, Studio G Glitter Glue, McGill Flower Punch, EK Success circle punch, Stampin' Up Happy Birthday Stamp, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Bazzill cardstock, scrap pieces of cardstock

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Something Old...Something New, Round 2

After I finish creating my origami tree (previous post), I designed a second card for the Something Old...Something New challenge at Jingle Belles. This time I used an old deer die, old DMC embroidery thread, new-ish paper (given to me a few months ago...but I loved it so much I hadn't used it yet). I also used a new ink pad to add some additional color to the deer. My previous walnut ink (from Fiber Scraps) has only a wee bit left. The new ink was a replacement but I have to be honest, I wish I could still get the Fiber Scraps Walnut Ink. I'm going to miss it. I used it for so many projects and it was the perfect color. The newer version isn't quite as nice. Oh yeah...back to the card...the last new bit on my card are the holes along the edge of the designer paper. I created the holes with my new Crop-A-Dile II.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Die: Tim Holtz, Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye: Signature Christmas, DMC Embroidery Thread, Ranger: Distress Ink, Memory Makers: Crop-A-Dile II, Scotch ATG adhesive

Something Old...Something New

Do you need a wonderful challenge to start the New Year? If so, how about hopping over to the Jingle Belles blog. The current challenge is Something Old...Something New. I love it!  I started by hauling out a new Christmas gift from my husband. He gave me a copy of a book called Uber Origami by Duy Nguyen. He thought I might be able to use some of the origami designs on my cards. So I used the new book to create the tree for this card...BUT let me just tell you that the tree was NOT the first design I tried. I had envisioned folding a lovely origami cardinal, which I attempted to fold over and over again and finally after about an hour tossed it aside. I ended up creating the tree as it looked like an easier design. The truth is, I am going to need a lot more practice if I intend to master the art of origami.  The "old" on my card is the designer paper. When I first started scrapbooking and paper crafting many years ago, I purchased a package of Christmas paper from Oriental Trading. Since I still have it, I thought it would be fitting to use on this card.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Designer Paper: Oriental Trading, Uber Origami by Duy Nguyen, Metallic Thread, Darice Embossing folder, Bazzill Cardstock, Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On the Line, December Sketch

These cards are based on Kathy's current "On the Line" sketch  at The Sketch File. Since I got so busy last week with other life events, I didn't get around to posting so I'm posting both of my cards this week. I hope you'll be inspired to join us. I always enjoy seeing how other's interpret Kathy's sketches.

I hesitated about using the black background on a birthday card, but in the end I liked the results. You'll have to look closely at the background to see the embossed detail. I always find it challenging to take a photo of  embossing. I hand cut the series of banners and used a punch to create black circles of various sizes. For the second card, I used a new bell and sentiment die from Lil'Inker Designs. I absolutely love these dies! I learned that the metallic paper is easier to work with if I adhere it to cardstock before running it through the die cut machine.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Recollection: Scraps of patterned paper, DMC Embroidery Thread,  Happy Birthday Sentiment Stampin' Up, Gold Thread, Lil'Inker Designs Dies, Highgloss Metallic Paper, Scotch ATG, Darice Embossing Folder

Monday, December 2, 2013

Patterned Paper Snowflakes

Are you getting tired of seeing my Christmas Thank You cards?  I hope not. As you can see the thank you challenge at  Jingle Belles has me on a card making roll.  I woke up this morning with many ideas rolling around in my head and got right to work putting the cards together. This card was made using a few snowflake punches and patterned paper. I used dimensional adhesive between each of the layered snowflakes, adhered them to a red mat and added the stitch line with a gel pen. I printed the sentiment on cardstock and positioned it diagonally on the mat.  I have a few more thank you card ideas that I'm still considering, but I've got to take a break and get some errands out of the way first!
I haven't even showered yet and it's almost 10:00 am!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy Monday!

TREEmendous Thank You

I love that I am going to have a bunch of Christmas thank yous all ready for my son to use after the holidays. I owe a big thank you to Steph and Lauren at Jingle Belles because they have inspired me with the current Thank You theme.  For this card, I typed the words thank you into a shape of a tree using MS WORD and inserted a star at the top of the tree. I printed it, wrapped twine around the top and bottom and matted it on green cardstock and then adhered this to the cardbase. 

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill, MS WORD, Twine: The Twinery, Scotch ATG Adhesive

Many Thanks

Lauren & Steph at Jingle Belles really inspired me with the current Thank You challenge. This thank you card is another quick and easy idea. I used a die cut machine to cut the snowflake, added a punched tag with a stamped sentiment and adhered it to the cardbase.

Cardbase: DCWV, Cardstock: Recollections, Stamp: Stampin' Up, Gold thread, Scotch ATG Adhesive, Studio G Ink

Another EASY PEASY Thank You

For those of you who follow the Jingle Belles blog, you know that the current theme is Christmas Thank Yous.  As I mentioned in my last post, using photos is one way I create simply thank yous. This card is another example. This time I used a photo of a handmade ornament.  I simply crop the photo, add a sentiment with Photoshop Elements, print it and adhere it to a card base. So simple!

Christmas Thank Yous

The current THANK YOU theme at  Jingle Belles has me thinking about one of the fastest ways I know to create a thank you card. I suggest beginning with an old Christmas photo and adding a bit of detail. For example, I took a photo of my family standing in front of our Christmas tree and played around a bit with the color using Photo Shop Elements.  I simply matted the photos and added a thank you sentiment directly onto the first photo (yellowish one) and added a printed banner to the second one.  Easy peasy!

Lots of Balloons

This is another card based on the November sketch at The Sketch File. It's a very loose interpretation of the sketch but I tend to do that with Kathy's Sketches. Since it's December, there will be a new sketch up in a few days. I hope you will hop over and see what you think of it and create a project to link up with us.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill, Balloon Stamp: Stampin' Up, Balloon Border Stamp: Provo Craft, Sentiment: Stampin' Up, DMC Embroidery thread, Studio G Ink, Scotch ATG Adhesive, EK Success Markers

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inspired by a Sketch

After an emergency trip across the country last week,
Sketch_231I returned home to find the bits and pieces of this card still sitting on my craft table. I had started to put the card together but was called away because of medical issues with one of my brothers. The card is based on sketch #231 at Unscripted Sketches.

Stressful Week

This past week was very stressful. I ended up flying across the country to spend some time with my brother who was in ICU for a few days. He's home now, but has some critical care issues that need to be addressed 24 hours a day (indefinitely). It was a stressful trip and I worry that he won't get the care he so needs. When I returned home, I had to get my mind off him so I played with paper and created a few cards. This card came together very quickly.  I used ink to create the sky background, using a punched circle to mask the area where the moon sits in the sky. Then I added the stamped trees in the foreground. The tree stamp is from Inkadinkado. It's one of my favorite stamps. I printed the sentiment directly onto the cardbase using my computer, matted the scene on black cardstock and adhered it to the cardbase.  I love the calm, peaceful feeling created by the snowy scene but more importantly, I appreciate the distraction a bit of card making provides during this stressful time.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Ink: Studio G, Stamp: Inkadinkado, Cardstock: Recollections, Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Bits & Pieces" November Sketch

It always surprises me at how many different ways a sketch can be interpreted and I often wonder if you can still see the sketch in my creations. This birthday card is a typical example. I  used Kathy's "Bits and Pieces" November sketch from the The Sketch File. Lately Kathy has been challenging our design team with multi-layered sketches, which I often find challenging. How about you? Do you love the multi-layered sketches or are you like me and have to work at being creative with them? Either way,  I hope you will be inspired and will link up a card or two with us over at the The Sketch File.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Full of Joy

This is my second card for the current sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I used a chevron embossed background and added tiny holes with a needle. Next I punched snowflakes and die cut the word joy three times from patterned paper and red cardstock. I layered the snowflakes on a wavy strip of red and white cardstock. 

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill, (red/green), white (scrap), Joy die cut: Lil' Inker Designs, Snowflake punch: Emagination, Darice Chevron Embossing Folder, Needle, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Love these DIES!

I finally found time to put together another card. This one is for the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I haven't played along with a challenge there for a while, but I just couldn't resist creating with the incredible sketch. I knew that the layout would work perfectly with my new Lil' Inker Designs jingle bell dies. They are fabulous!!!! I simply adhered metallic paper to a piece of cardstock than ran the paper and die through my Fiskar's Fuse. The jingle bells came out perfect every time!  I adhered them to an embossed mat  with dimensional adhesive, then added the horizontal strip of ribbon and cardstock that I wrapped with metallic threads.

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzil, Dies: Lil' Inker Designs, Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Metallic threads, Ribbon: Offray, Embossing Folder: Spellbinders, Die cut machine: Fiskars Fuse, Dimensional Adhesive: EK Success

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Sketch File Challenge

In the little corner of the USA where I live, it is suppose to be AUTUMN. You'd never know that from the weather we've had since the beginning of October. We've had one snow storm after another and we are currently buried under several inches of snow. In a typical fall, it would melt off before another snow storm hit, but this snow doesn't look like it is going anywhere. With all these snow storms surrounding me, I decided to make a card that looked a bit more like summer. I used our current sketch from The Sketch File and lots of lady bug images. If you hop on over to The Sketch File, you'll see that Kathy has also posted her card. I hope you'll be inspired enough to play along with us at the The Sketch File.