Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Embossed Mittens for Jingle Belles Challenge

I'm going to make this a short post. I haven't been feeling well and wanted to post this card before heading off to get some rest. This card was inspired by the current "Mission EMBOSS-ible"challenge at Jingle Belles. Who can resist a challenge to emboss? Unfortunately, I have many ideas rolling around in my head, including some with heat embossing, but I just don't have the energy to create. Instead, I hand cut a pair of mittens, dry embossed them and layered them on an embossed background. I used the plaid background because it reminds me of flannel clothing and warmth. Thanks for the inspiration Steph C @ One Crafty Chica!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Week 3 of The Little Details Sketch at The Sketch File

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

I've got a new "baby" card for you today. It's inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy created this sketch for us and it's just wonderful. If you like to create cards with lots of detail, it will be the perfect sketch to inspire you.  Please link up your card with us, we can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sailboat Birthday Card

I needed another masculine birthday card so I put this card together with a few bits of scrap cardstock and patterned paper that I grabbed from my scrap stash. I seem to have an abundance of scraps that I am accumulating. Someday I am going to find a project that will use up a bunch of these scraps! Anyway, I handcut the sailboat from the scrap pieces and tore blue cardstock to represent the water. The card came together quickly and is already in the mail!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Little Details Week 2

It's week 2 for our current sketch challenge over at The Sketch File. The March sketch is fabulous and allows for the inclusion of many creative details. We will be using this sketch all month long, so we hope you will find the time to use it as inspiration for a creative project.  My card is yet another winter themed card. I am determined to have a large pile of Christmas cards to use when December 2015 rolls around so each month I'll use our sketch to create at least one Christmas or winter themed card.  We hope to see you at The Sketch File!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

City Crafter Washi Challenge Card 2

I've created this card for a newly discoverd blog called City Crafter. This week City Crafter's challenge is to use WASHI TAPE.  I'm  having a blast with this challenge because of all the endless possibilities. This card was created using multiple shades of yellow washi tape. I layered strips both vertically and horizontally over a black mat and added an embossed panel with yellow and black punched flowers.  I matted the embossed panel with yellow cardstock trimmed with scallop decorative scissors and also added a strip of the yellow cardstock below the white panel.

City Crafter WASHI Challenge

Thanks to Lauren at All the Good Names Were Taken and Jingle Belles, I've discovered yet another fabulous blog. This one is City Crafter and this week's challenge is to use WASHI TAPE. I've been playing with washi for a few weeks now but this morning I couldn't resist making one more card with it. This time I created the patterned border to the right and left of the fish image on my card. I placed two different strips of patterned washi on my cutting mat and cut it into equal lengths, then adhered it to the white mat alternating each color. I can't remember the brand name of the washi. I have a drawer full of washi and no longer have the company labels.  In the center of my card I used a piece of patterned paper from Graphic 45. I layered it on a black mat and attached a piece of black netting (recycled from produce packaging). I am glad to have another masculine card to add to my collection as my family has several male birthdays to celebrate this month.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas: Challenge #10

I'm playing along with the current challenge at CASE-ing Christmas. I was determined to play along this week. I had every intention of playing last week, but got so busy that I didn't get around to creating anything for the challenge. This week DT member Mynn has created a gorgeous card to inspire us (at right). I loved her CAS card and how she used three different patterns of washi tape and centered the ornament in the middle of them.  I also used washi tape with three different patterns and layered them in the center of the card. Instead of an ornament, I used a tag with a snowman image and surrounded it with green snowflakes. Mynn used white on white and I did this as well, however, I decided to add a bit of texture and embossed the mat. This made it impossible to write the sentiment directly onto the mat, so I wrote the sentiment on a strip of cardstock and matted it before adhering it to the white mat.

Jingle Belles: A Very Vibrant Christmas Card 2

Jingle Belles "A Very Vibrant Christmas" photo
Here's another card for the Jingle Belles: A Very Vibrant Christmas challenge. The colors in the challenge photo are just so appealing. I hope you can see that the colors in my card are bright pink, teal and lime green and that the glittery deer is white. (At my end, the pink looks red and the glittery areas look gray! Of course, that could just be my vision or my computer settings.) Anyway,  I've been inspired by the colors, the glittery, green deer in the center of the challenge photo, the polka dotted ornaments and the swirling design on the placemat. So I used glitter on the deer, and a glittered swirl like design behind the striped mat and green polka dotted washi tape.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

52 CCT Marker Challenge

I'm playing along with the current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This challenge had me pulling out MARKERS! I haven't used them in a long while so it was the perfect challenge for me. I ended up creating the red and green background paper with the markers. I drew squiggly lines all over a piece of white cardstock using a red and green marker. I felt like I was back in kindergarten!!! Next I colored in the white area with a green colored pencil, then punched random holes in it.  I handcut a tree, crumpled it and uncrumpled it (to give it texture) then mounted it on a piece of white cardstock. The white cardstock was a bit blah, so I punched holes in it and scalloped the edges with decorative scissors.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little Details at The Sketch File

It's already March! I can't believe it. I don't know what happened to February. It just flew by. The good news is that there is a new sketch up and ready at The Sketch File. We're having fun with it. There are lots of opportunities to add lots of little details. I can't wait to see what you do with the sketch. Please post your card, layout or other project here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Masculine Birthday

I put this card together using a few pieces of scrap cardstock that I have in my stash. It actually came together very quickly and will be used to celebrate a birthday in the next few weeks.   I simply pulled out my stash of red cardstock scrap pieces and selected a few pieces that I thought worked well together. I cut them into banners and then added a few pieces of tan and brown, musical patterned paper. The sentiment was computer generated.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jingle Belles: A Very Vibrant Challenge

I'm  just bouncing back after feeling unhealthy for the past two weeks. When I'm ill, I sleep. I've slept so much that I was beginning to wonder if  I could stay awake for more than 10 minutes! The good news is that I CAN! I was able to complete this card this morning (followed by yet another nap).  Fortunately, the card came together quickly. It's inspired by the current "A Very Vibrant Christmas" challenge at Jingle Belles and Steph and Lauren's inspirational photo at right. 

First, I was inspired by the colors. I loved the contrast of the bright pink, green and blue colors against the white "snow" and table cloth. Since I didn't have metallic papers of a similar color, I reached for cardstock.  I noticed the lovely scalloped edge on the charger plate, so I used decorative scissors to scallop the edge of the pink embossed cardstock. I embossed the cardstock with a floral pattern that had a dandelion image. If you look just behind the deer on the left, you can see that dandelion like image embossed in the cardstock. This reminded me of the green ornament hanging from the candle stick in the photo.  Of course, the deer in the center of the photo inspired me to use deer on my card. I gave my deer a bit of dimension by adhering them with dimensional adhesives. I also included a tree, inspired by the pink tree in the photo. I used white cardstock instead of pink so it would pop and work better with the white deer. Lastly, the snow on my card was inspired by the polka dots on the ornaments.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Sketch @ The Sketch File

I am a day late with this post. I have been fighting a fever and cough and have had little energy. This card was inspired by our current sketch at The Sketch File. It's one of those cards that looked totally different from what I had initially intended. In the end it came out okay, but I still feel it needs a bit of something. I will probably re-work it later. However, if you are looking for inspiration that totally ROCKS, take a peek at Kathy's clever take on the sketch. It's one of those designs that I will have to "borrow".   Below are two versions of the current sketch for our February sketch challenge....please join us at THE SKETCH FILE!:


Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHI-ing with Polka Dots & Stripes

This morning I decided to create yet another card for the Here We Come a WASHI-ing Challenge @ Jingle Belles. I love this challenge! I only wish I had other colors and patterns of washi to create with...a drawer full just isn't enough! I decided to use the washi to create a background for a snowflake. I attached the washi to black cardstock at an angle, alternating the two colors & patterns to create stripes and to add more visual interest. I also repeated the polka dot pattern by dry embossing dots on the white background cardstock. Because the top of the card needed just a little something, I added three small red gems.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two for Tuesday @ the Sketch File

I'm sharing two cards today! I hope you will find inspiration in them and head on over to the The Sketch File and link up a card or two. These two cards were both inspired by our current sketch challenge. We'll keep the sketch up until the end of February, so you have plenty of time to play along with us.

Monday, February 16, 2015

One More for WASHI-ing Challenge

The current "Here We Come a-WASHI-ing" challenge at Jingle Belles (a theme suggested by Lela Meinke) has my creative wheels spinning at high speed. I've already created three other cards with washi and here's one more!  This one was pretty simple to create. I  punched snowflakes from squares of  washi covered cardstock and layered the squares over black cardstock. I added a white gel pen border and that was it!  Pretty simple and ever so quick to create!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

WASHI'ing for Jingle Belles

In my previous post, I mentioned that  I punched a snowflake from green and white washi covered cardstock, but didn't use it on that card. I just couldn't leave my craft room until I did something with that snowflake. So I created card 3 for the Jingle Belles "Here We Come a WASHI-ing" challenge, suggested by Lela Meinke. For this card, I used a cream colored cardbase and added the green and white polka dot border. Next I covered cardstock with red and white polka dot washi and used a snowflake punch to create snowflakes. I adhered them randomly over the cardbase and also included the green snowflake that I punched from washi covered cardstock for the previous card. I love that I could put that green snowflake to use right away and didn't have to put it away for a later date.

Washi-ing Again

This is card 2 for the Jingle Belles "Here We Come a WASHI-ing" challenge. The challenge was suggested by Lela Meinke. In case you can't tell where I've used washi on this card I'll point it out. The polka dot multi-colored horizontal strips are washi strips and so is the green and white polka dot background behind the snowflakes. I punched a snowflake from the green washi covered cardstock (I'll use that on another project). In the snowflake shaped hole I layered three punched snowflakes on top of one another. I also folded the points of the snowflake towards the center of the snowflake (just a bit) to add dimension. I printed the sentiment with my computer and added narrow strips of the green polka dot washi above and below the sentiment.

Washi Fun @ Jingle Belles

This morning I learned that Steph & Lauren from Jingle Belles are having a super fun challenge suggested by Lela Meinke. "Here we come a -WASHI-ing" is the theme for the challenge. Since I have a drawer full of washi and I love creating Christmas cards, I'm all in for this challenge.  This first card was pretty simple to put together. I already had the image of the trees stamped because I had intended to use the image for another project but didn't. So, I simply added a washi border and ta-dah...I had a focal point for the card. I layered the tree image over a brown and white polka dot patterned cardstock and created a washi frame behind it.   Fun challenge! A big thanks to Lela Meinke for suggesting it.

Thinking of You

I put this card together this morning. It will be sent off to a relative. I kept it pretty simple using punched flowers and hand cut leaves and stems. I used a computer generated sentiment and attached it to the card with brads.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

52CCT Feb Sketch Challenge: Snowflakes on Red

It's time for the February sketch challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The sketch inspired many ideas, but I finally settled on this snowflake card. I used layered snowflakes as the focal point and also used an embossed snowflake background. I loved how the sketch had a center focal point with the holly just off to the bottom left. I position my snowflakes in a similar style.  To break up all that red, I added vertical white strips.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Sketch

It has been a terribly busy Tuesday, so I am going to make this a quick post. This card was created based on our current sketch at The Sketch File. As always Kathy is sharing a few versions of the sketch to provide even more inspiration. We are using the sketch(es) all month long. This time around I also used Valentine's Day for inspiration because it is at the end of the week. I hope you will find some time to come play along with us. I'm looking forward to it, so please post your creation at The Sketch File.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Still Shaping Up

I've been tearing things up here to create a card that is not rectangle or square. This card is for the "Shaping Up" challenge at Jingle Belles.  I cut the penguins from white cardstock, added black detail and then cut out scarves and hats to fit. I layered the penguins on a torn paper snow field, added some glitter snow and then tore the edges of the card to create the current shape.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

52 CCT: Pick a Previous Sketch

I am so glad I had time to create a second card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown "Pick a Previous Sketch" challenge. This time I have chosen to use the May 2012 sketch for inspiration. I decide to use red, white and green cardstock and layered them on the striped patterned paper.  I also used one of my favorite dies to create the bells. I'm not sure you can tell from the photo, but I added a little glitter over the top of each bell. I think it helped to make the bells pop.  The May 2012 52 Christmas Card Throwdown sketch is below:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's a blustery day here with lots of snowfall! I've just finished shoveling the drive and sidewalks and it looks like I'll be doing it again later, as the snow is still falling quite heavily. In the meantime, I thought I would share this card and hopefully inspired you to play along with us over at The Sketch File. I'm determined to share at least one Christmas card each month using Kathy's sketch so that I'll have plenty of cards to mail to friends and family and still have some to donate next Christmas.  However, you don't have to create a card for the holidays. You can create whatever project you'd like based on the sketch, but if you are looking for inspiration for Valentine's Day, hop on over to The Sketch File and take a peek at Kathy's Valentine's Day card. It's simply fabulous!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

52CCT Previous Sketch Chellenge

This card was inspired by a sketch at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The current challenge is to "pick a previous sketch" and create a Christmas card. I choose a sketch from August 20, 2013.

I wanted to keep the card simple so I dry embossed red cardstock with a snowflake pattern, cut it into rectangles and adhered it to the cardbase, then added punched snowflakes and a sentiment.

Shaping Up

After a busy and tiring week, things are shaping up, in more ways than one! I've had a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep and to accomplish a few things on my "To Do" list, including creating this card for the "Shape-up for the New Year" challenge at Jingle Belles. I started by hand cutting two pine trees from a piece of green cardstock. I inked them with dark green ink to add a bit of dimension/texture and then layered them on a card base. I added snow beneath them by tearing some white cardstock and adding glitter glue over the top. I carefully fussy cut around the trees to "shape-up" the card. I also played around with adding small snowflakes and couldn't decide whether they should stay or go. I let my husband decide...so they stayed.
Here's the version without the snowflakes:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Luscious Little Layers 1

It's time for a new sketch at The Sketch File. We've back after taking an extended winter break and it's time for us to share the new sketch. It's actually the sketch that we'll be using for the entire month of February but Kathy has posted it a week early to give you plenty of time to create with it. You can create any type of project based on the sketch. Remember to share your creativity with us by posting it over at The Sketch File. Kathy's calling this sketch "Luscious Little Layers" and you can see why. We can't wait to see what you come up with for this sketch!I decided to use a star theme for my card and kept the color scheme simple by only using two colors.  I dry embossed my stars and added a bit of glitter to the "tails".

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!