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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pink Christmas

This is my second card for the pink challenge 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!

I reached for very colorful background paper for this card. It's actually from a collection called Nana's Kids. I have been creating many baby albums lately and remembered this collection had cardstock with pink on it. I cut the cardstock into three pieces, punched snowflakes in the narrow strips and added a pair of skates that I created with my Fiskars Shape Boss. I fussy cut around them, used black and silver markers to add color and embroidery string for laces.  Inside the sentiment reads: Enjoy the Season

Think Pink

It's October and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  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!

My first card needs little explanation. I reached for a pad of Christmas paper (from Oriental Trading) and found this lovely pink striped paper. I punched a few snow flakes, trimmed one edge to create an interesting shape and added a tag. Now, I'm off to think about more pink creations!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Sketch

It's time for a new sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy has inspired us with a fun sketch that has an off-set circular hole, with a smaller circle inside which creates an excellent focal point. The shape can actually be any shape, so I chose to use a leaf shape. I guess I was also inspired by the fall colors surrounding us here in Wyoming. They aren't the same glorious colors I grew up with in the north eastern part of the USA, but they are still quite beautiful.
I added a bit of texture to the mats with two different embossing folders and used a small leaf punch to carry the leaf theme throughout the card. I also kept the color scheme similar to that of the leaf.
You might be wondering why I am sharing two similar sketches.  Kathy usually designs the sketches using both a square and rectangular shape to offer even more inspiration. We hope you will play along with us and link up a project or two over at The Sketch File . If nothing else, you should hop on over just to take a peak at Kathy's card. It will knock your socks off!



Monday, September 22, 2014

Blueberry Patch

For many years now, my sister has generously provided us with lodging each time we travel across the country to visit with our extended families.  During our visit this August, we enjoyed freshly picked blueberries from her blueberry patch. She had such an abundant blueberry crop that she ended up selling some of them to people who were eager to pick their own. To thank her for her hospitality, I decided to surprise her and create a hand painted sign. Next year she can use it to replace the temporary signage that she used this year. It's been awhile since I painted anything like this, but it was great to pull out the paints and brushes and paint again. The sign turned out a bit rustic and each side is slightly different from the other,  but I don't think she'll mind. I shipped it off this morning and it should arrive at her home next week. I hope she will get a lot of use out of it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Circle Sketch

It's mid-September (already) and The Sketch File DT is still playing with the September "Just a Simple Circle"sketch that Kathy created for us. We hope you will be inspired and play along with us.

For my card, I kept the same layout and same orientation but created a stamped flower to represent the circle. I fussy cut around it and adhered it over layers of pink cardstock, separated by  a white ribbon. I dry embossed the pink layer on the right with a floral pattern. I also punched holes around the flower centerh and backed the flower with black cardstock so they would pop. To finish I added a white gel pen border on the left side of the card as well as the sentiment.

If you'd like to use the sketch to create a project, remember you can twist or turn it to change the orientation. We're looking forward to seeing what you create with this wonderful sketch. See you at The Sketch File!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Braided Gold Ribbon Wreath

I created one last card for the GOLD challenge at Jingle Belles. This one has a braided GOLD wreath. I have included braiding steps below in case you are interested. It's a fun technique and rather addicting. 









I didn't cut the second end of my ribbon because I will probably make this ribbon wreath a little bigger. I just wanted to show the last step.

I've just found a youtube video that shares this technique. Check it out:
Ribbon Weaving

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dangling Circle

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This week at The Sketch File, Kathy released a new sketch. Our DT hopes you'll use the sketch to put together a card, a scrapbook page or any project you can. I have to admit that when I saw the card that Kathy created based on the sketch, I couldn't resist trying a similar style card. Take a peek at Kathy's card and you'll see how she inspired my card. If you check out her personal blog (HERE), she describes how she made her card. I modified her idea and cut my circle completely out of the the card base and adhered a smaller circle inside the circle frame. I adhered a piece of embroidery thread between the two circles and attached it to the card base. To keep the thread in place I layered a second piece of cardstock over the thread and circle opening on the folded section of the card. 

Hope you are inspired and will post your creation with us!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Sketch File

We've got our September sketch up at The Sketch File and we hope it will inspire you. It's "Just a Simple Circle" sketch and has endless possibilities. We hope you'll join us. It doesn't matter what you create with it. It could be a card, a scrapbook page...anything! We'd love to see it! Just hop on over to The Sketch File and link up your project. While you are there, take a look at the incredibly fabulous card created by Kathy. It's brilliant and so inspiring!

Kathy's sketch inspired me to create this music themed card. Recently I purchased some new dies and the violin/viola die was among the purchases. My son plays the viola, so, I created this card with his music in mind. I simply layered my die cut viola images onto a circle and framed it with another circle with a decorative edge. I adhered the circles to a green and white embossed background separated by washi tape.

Have fun with the new sketch! It will be up all month and you can create and link up as many projects as you'd like. See you at The Sketch File.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Going for the Gold

I'm back again with another card for the GOLD challenge at Jingle Belles. Thanks to Lisa Hausmann of Reckinghausen Musings who suggested this challenge. This time I am using the same ribbon that I used in one of my previous cards. I simply adhered gold ribbon (in the shape of a tree) to snowflake embossed cardstock, then added a gold outer border. I used a handwritten gold sentiment and attached it with two gold brads.

Thanks for the great challenge


More Gold!

This is yet another card created for the GOLD theme at Jingle BellesLisa Hausmann of Reckinghausen Musings is a special guest at Jingle Belles and has suggested GOLD as a theme. I created this card with three different gold products. First, I used some gold bling on a roll. It came in a single strand so I cut various lengths and adhered them in the shape of a tree. Then I wrapped a piece of white cardstock with gold embroidery thread, attached the tree and layered this onto green cardstock, then gold paper.  To finish I added a gold border around the outer edge of the card.

Gold Tree with Braditude


Jingle Belles has a special guest this week. It's Lisa Hausmann of Recklinghausen Musings and her challenge is fabulous! She's challenging us to use GOLD! Who doesn't have a stash of embellishments and products that are gold?  I found all kinds of lovely gold products hiding in my stash! For this card I started with gold brads and created a tree with them. My son recently mentioned that he hadn't seen me use any in my projects lately. So it was high time to use some of them!  After attaching the brads in a tree shape, I cut the tree from the green mat and wrapped gold trim around the tree. I adhered gold ribbon to the top and bottom of the card and then added a gold dotted border with a marker. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gold Challenge

Jingle Belles has another wonderful challenge for us this week. It was actually suggested by Lisa Hausmann of Recklinghausen Musings. Lisa suggested that we use GOLD on our card. I just happen to have a few gold embellishments in my stash. For my card, I adhered gold clips to gold circles. I added a gold top and a gold string to create ornaments.  I also added gold gem ribbon and a gold border. I have a number of different ideas buzzing around my head so I'm sure to be back with another card!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let it Snow

Just a quick post to share my second card for the Jingle Belles non-Christmas card challenge. For the current challenge we are encouraged to create a card for our friends who do not celebrate Christmas. We can create a New Year's, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice, or a general winter themed card. I decided to use the general winter theme because I am more likely to actually send it to a friend.

I used blue and white for the card because it makes me think of winter. However, photographing the dark blue was a challenge. After several attempts, I decided that this was the best it was going to get. The dark blue still looks black, but it's really a deep, dark blue.

Warm Wishes

I'm  playing along with the current challenge over at  Jingle Belles. The challenge is to create a non-Christmas card for our friends who do not celebrate Christmas. I decided to create a winter themed card by using a snowman as the focal point. Since the individual I have in mind for this card, loves bright colors, I used a rather bright colored scarf and top hat.  I think she'll like it!

2 More for the August Sketch

















It's hard to believe that the end of August is just around the corner. However, there is still time to use Kathy's "Bouncing Circles" sketch. We hope you will play along with us and post your creation over at The Sketch File. The sketch will be available until the end of the month. I found the sketch quite inspiring so I am posting two cards. Kathy has also posted an additional version of the sketch, just in case you don't find inspiration with this one. So what are you waiting for?  Hop on over and post your creation.  I am looking forward to seeing what you create.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gearing Up For....







This is my second card for our August sketch challenge at The Sketch File. I am just getting around to posting it because I returned from vacation yesterday.  The card is based on this sketch from Kathy:

I kept my card very simple. I began by embossing gears on black cardstock, inked over the top with white ink, then fussy cut them. I adhered some of the gears with dimensional adhesive and layered them on printed cardstock.  I printed the sentiment with my computer and added brads to each side of the sentiment strip. 

The sketch will be up for the entire month of August, so we hope you'll show us what you do with it. If this version doesn't inspire you, Kathy also posted a second version at The Sketch File. Hope you'll play along with us.