Sunday, January 26, 2014

Inspired by Coredinations

core sept sketch-001This card was inspired by a sketch I saw at 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.