Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 1-2-3 Sketch

Today I'm sharing my inspirational card for our November 1-2-3 Sketch challenge at The Sketch File.  You still have time to play along with us. The sketch has 1 base layer, 2 panels and 3 shapes.

Monday, November 23, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #31

Inspiration for this card comes from Donna at CASE-ing Christmas. The bright red bow on her card and that curved line through the center inspired me to create my card.  I used red patterned paper and added a curved lined down the center of my card. I used punches to create the snowflakes and added glitter glue to the largest ones. The sentiment and snowflakes were attached to one side of the front panels to allow it to open.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Purple & Green @ 52 CCT

When I first saw the Purple and Green Challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I was skeptical. I wasn't convinced that I would be able to get these colors to work together, but I went ahead and began creating a card anyway. In the end, I like the color combination. They really do work well together.

To create the tree ornament, I gathered a few pieces of different shades of green cardstock then cut and layered them into the shape of a tree. I crocheted the silver chain-like decoration from thin silver thread and used a dark purple stamp to add a bit of texture to the purple background. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the purple ended up looking a bit like leather....love that!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Candy Canes

Yesterday I was looking through my pile of completed Christmas cards and realized that I had very few cards with candy cane images.... so I decided to create this one and play along with the holiday food challenge at Jingle Belles. I began by cutting candy cane shapes from red cardstock and added white gel pen stripes. I didn't like the gel pen stripes...they were too faint. So I covered the stripes with paint instead.  I cut red cardstock into three pieces and matted each with white cardstock. Next I attached the tips of the candy canes to the two lower pieces of red cardstock. I dry embossed green cardstock and layered the red and white pieces over it and added the holly, bows and the sentiment. I wasn't sure that I liked the addition of the green, but without it there was just too much white. Also, now that I look at it, I wish I would have used my sewing machine instead of the gel pen to add the stitching around the outer edges(including the green), but I guess it's too late now.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

1-2-3 November Sketch

Hello and thanks for stopping by. Today I'm sharing another card I created based on our current sketch at The Sketch File.  This is Kathy's '1-2-3' Sketch.  It has 1 base layer, 2 panels, and 3 decorative squares (or any shape you prefer). We hope it will encourage you to be creative today and to share your creation with us!  We look forward to seeing you at The Sketch File.

Monday, November 16, 2015

3 Snowmen

Yesterday I had seen the current challenge at CASE-ing Christmas and knew that I wanted to play along, but I ran out of time. So, early this morning before anyone else was awake, I began creating my card.  I was inspired by Donna's card (see card at right) in several ways. Her white on blue layout with the snowfield caught my eye right away. I  also loved how she separated the lower snowfield from the skyline with the bit of space. I did something similar with my snowfield.  Next, she used three trees in the foreground. Instead of trees I used snowmen.  I knew that I wanted my snowment to look up at the dry embossed snowflakes on the upper part of my card so, I handcut three snowman, cut and adhered three tiny carrot noses and used chalk to add highlight. I added facial features and then  three handcut scarves, again using chalk to add some hightlight as well as a few gel pen snowflakes.  Like Donna, I added the sentiment to the bottom portion of my card using my computer to print the "Let it Snow" sentiment. I'm glad I found the time to create another Christmas card and appreciate the inspiration from Donna's beautiful card.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 1-2-3 Sketch, Week 2

Here's my second card based on our current November 1-2-3 sketch at The Sketch File. This sketch has has 1 base layer, 2 panels and 3 decorative "squares" (which can be any shape). You can see I have lots of layer's on my card. I added a bit of texture by crinkling the stocking patterned paper before adhering it to the card base. I haven't used that technique in ages! It was kind of fun revisiting it.   I also dry embossed the bricks onto the cream colored layer, then handcut and decorated the stockings. Can you tell that I tried to replicate the smaller stockings that are pictured on the patterned paper?  It's a fun sketch and I hope you are feeling creative and will create a card or project to link up with us. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

1-2-3 Sketch Launch Time

Here we are at the beginning of November. It's time to launch our newest sketch at The Sketch File. This sketch was created by Kathy. She's calling it the  "1-2-3 Sketch"; it has 1 base layer, 2 panels and 3 decorative squares (can be any shape). Why are there two sketches? It's simply because Kathy usually offers two similar sketches to offer even more inspiration. So are you inspired yet?  If not, we will be back throughout the month, generally on Tuesdays, to share a few new cards to provide even further inspiration. For now, you really should go take a peak at Kathy's stunning card and link up you creation at The Sketch File.  See you there!