Friday, December 8, 2017

Skatin' By

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge.  
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps:

And here is the card I created using this adorable skating penguin:
I went looking through my bits and pieces stash and pulled out whatever I thought might work and I actually found quite a few things.  And then didn't use a single one of them. : )  But part of the patterned paper was a scrap (I pieced it together under the green strip) and so is the green strip.  And I've had the die cut snowflake border for a couple years now.  The best thing is that I have had a really hard time using this specific paper and, yet, it worked perfectly on this card.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date and the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until Feb. 10th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of Feb. 13th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Digi "Little Penguin Winter Skate" digi
Dies: the snowflake strip was cut for me by a friend; it's from Memory Box

Challenges:
Mod Squad--What a flake (use a snowflake)
Crafty Creations #336--anything goes
Crafty Gals #152--anything goes
Sugar Pea Designs #38--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--Let it snow
Come And Get It--Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges #414--color something
Hiding In My Craft Room #329--Christmas colors
Stinkin' Inkers--celebrating the holidays
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Card Mania #99--Christmas
Die Cut Divas--wintertime
Dare 2B Artzy--spirit of the season
Crafty Calendar--it's Christmas


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Unto you

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built!  We have a new designer joining us this week, so make sure you stop by the blog and give her a warm welcome!  This week's challenge is a Designer's Choice and Laurie has chosen "Glitter".  Who doesn't love glitter, right?  Here is my card for your inspiration:
I was digging through my bits and pieces stash (which I am trying to use up--it will take forever!), and pulling out whatever I thought might work.  I pulled out the snowflake die cut and the blue oval.  And the blue ribbon is one I've had in my stash FOREVER!  I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and lined the edge of the oval with a silver sharpie to give it separation from the background.  I laid down some adhesive on the background and sprinkled silver glitter all over it, making sure to burnish it really well.  After I adhered everything together, it still needed "something" so I looked through my embellishments and discovered some rhinestone strips which were perfect for going underneath the oval.  This card is so sparkly and shiny and gorgeous!
 I hope you will play along with us this week (remember that you have all month to play with each challenge); I can't wait to see all the glittery creations!

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "For Unto You"
Dies: Memory Box snowflake die; Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"

Challenges:
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Aud Sentiment #194--Christmas
Crafty Catz #393--Let it snow
Cas-ual Fridays #188--winter blues
Cardz TV #24--anything goes
Craft-Dee Bow Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Card Mania #99--Christmas
Divas That Cut--wintertime
Crafty Calendar--It's Christmas
Sheep Ski Designs #9--sparkle and/or shine
Hiding in my Craft Room #329--Christmas colors
Come And Get It--Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Monday--icy inspiration
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #241--sketch (I was a little free and I haven't played along before, so I hope this is ok)

 Cuttlebug Mania--Let it snow



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Baby's First

Happy Saturday!  And Happy December!  Today starts a new challenge on the Di's Digi Designs blog.  This time it is: Winter Holiday.
I was feeling lazy and didn't want to print out another image, so I went through the ones that I already had printed out and came across these little cuties sitting on a shelf.  It is not a Christmas image but I had the brilliant idea (at least I think it is) to use it to create a Baby's First Christmas card for my sweet little Nephew that was born in April.  
I colored the banners green and red to make them Christmas-y and added some stamped pine boughs around the edge of the image panel to make it look as if perhaps you are looking through or past a Christmas tree.  Maybe these three cuties are waiting for Christmas morning, or maybe they are newly received Christmas gifts.    Either way, they work perfectly for a first Christmas card.  I hope you will play along with us this challenge, I can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Di's Digi Stamps "Jungle Shelf" digi; Verve "Ornamental Christmas" sentiment; Repeat Impressions "Pine Needles Sil."
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 12" square

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Through The Purple Haze #139--at least three layers
Card Mania #99--Christmas
Crafts Galore--anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--anything goes
Cardz TV #24--anything goes
Aud Sentiments #194--Christmas
Southern Girls--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #177--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes

Friday, December 1, 2017

Peace

Happy December!!  I can't believe it's here already!  I'm so not ready!  But this month's challenge from the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog will help.  This month we are challenging you to show us Winter Wonderland.  Our sponsors are:

Digital Stamps & Printables by Pickled Potpourri Designs

DRS Designs

I got to choose this absolutely gorgeous berry wreath image and sentiment from DRS Designs.  I'm so happy with how the wreath turned out; just how I saw it in my head.  It was a lot of tedious coloring of all those little berries, but the end result was well worth it.  I colored them with a red Spectrum Noir marker and highlighted each and every one with a white gel pen.  Then I used a brown Sharpie Marker to trace over all the branches.  It doesn't seem like much, but it really brought everything to life.
 I had printed out the sentiment on vellum and layered it over the image.  I just love the softness of sentiments on vellum!  I matted the panel on some gold paper, deep red mulberry paper and some DCSV Christmas paper I have had for probably 8-10 years.  I finished the card off with some gold texture gems (kind of like liquid pearls) in each of the four corners.
I do love how this turned out.  Simple and elegant at the same time.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this month.  You can enter up to 5 times so you can really build up that Christmas card stash.

Supplies:
Stamps: DRS Designs "845 Berry Wreath" and "355 Deco Peace and Joy Christmas Greeting"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 12" square

Challenges:
Aurora  Wings #61--metallics
Word Art Wednesday #310--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Fab N' Funky #373--Christmas
Penny's Challenge #357--anything goes
Crafty Gals #151--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #409--Christmas
Mod Squad--wreath as focal
The Merry Christmas Challenge #45--anything goes
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #83--inspiration photo (inspired by the colors and the shape of the cookies)

Aud Sentiments #194--Christmas

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jesus

Happy December!!  Can you believe it's here already!?  I have sad news today  This will be the last challenge from Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  :(   Our fearless leader, Hazel, has decided to close the challenge.  : (   But, let's not think about that right now.  Instead, let's think about the current challenge.  As always, it's anything Christmas-related goes.  And now that the Christmas season is truly upon us, I'm sure there are plenty of us that still need some Christmas cards!  I know I do!!  I checked a little bit ago and realized I was quite a few short.  So, here is my card for your inspiration:
I started off with a fun technique I just discovered.  It's sort of a letterpress technique, created by inking the raised side (back side) of an embossing folder and using it to deboss the image with the ink.  It's quite fun and very easy!  Then I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it down to a little bit smaller than the card base.     
I hope you will play along with us this month, let's make this the best challenge ever!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "AKV: Mary and Child", which I think must be retired; Verve "Richly Blessed" sentiment; Repeat Impressions "Star Cluster"
Dies; Papertrey Ink "Inspired: Jesus" and "Mat Stack 3"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle and pinked edge border die
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing powder

Challenges:
The Merry Christmas Challenge #45--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #409--Christmas
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #139--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals #151--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #357--anything goes
Fab n' Funky Challenge #373--Christmas
Make it Monday #305--love of layers
The Holly and Ivy #305--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday--star light, star bright
Crazy 4 Challenge #413--Christmas/winter
YNS #78--sketch (I turned it on its side)

Word Art Wednesday #310--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Warm and Wonderful

Happy Wednesday!!  Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of November?!  I checked my Christmas card stash and realized I need quite a few more, so now every card I make needs to be a Christmas card!  Luckily, The House That Stamps Built has a great sketch challenge starting today and it was perfect for a Christmas card!!
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Isn't that fun!?  I love sketches; they are great starting points for cards.  Here is the card I created:
Besides needing to make Christmas cards, I also have a "bits and pieces" stash that is growing and I need to work on making it smaller instead.  So, I searched through the stash and pulled out anything I thought would work.  I ended up using the large snowflake, the speech bubble and one of the pieces of fencing.  Yeay, three pieces used.  I wasn't sure about the speech bubble, but then I decided to use the snowman and it worked perfectly AND adds a fun touch.  This snowman is just super cute!  He's part of a swing set but I only used the one image as well as two parts of the sentiment that are included in the set.  I paper pieced his scarf and used the same paper for the little banner at the top.  I finished it all off with a recycled button and some nuvo crystal drops for snow on the image.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowman 2-sided Swing Stamp Set" I used the entire side 2 of the set as well as the second part of the sentiment from side 1 and "Snowflake Solid, small"
Dies: PTI "Fancy Flakes"; Sweet n' Sassy Stamps fence; MFT "Smartphone" speech bubble

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Scrapper's Delights--anything goes
Creative Fingers #141--anything goes
Crimbo #146--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--traditional red and green
Crafty Catz #314--anything goes with winter colors
Just Add Ink #287--red, green, winter
Alphabet Challenge--S is for snow people
Cardz TV #23--anything goes
Sweet Stampin'--favorite Christmas colors (the traditional ones are my favorite though I do love non-traditional, too)
Crazy 4 Challenges #413--Christmas/winter
Shopping Our Stash #331--snow much fun
Cuttlebug Mania--let it snow
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20--anything goes




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas tags

I don't necessarily procrastinate, but I always seem to be finishing things up just in the nick of time.  I think it's because I have a lot of things to do (like all of us) and start with what needs to be done NOW and then work on the next things.  Case in point, I usually end up wrapping Christmas presents on Christmas Eve.  Well, this year I already have several gifts wrapped.  It's because my brother and his family live 14+ hours away and my sister was going out to visit him over Thanksgiving.  So, rather than have to pay the shipping to send gifts out to them, I sent them with my sister which meant I had to have them AND have them wrapped!  Good thing my sister does things way ahead  of time and got me into it this year.  Anyway, I made these tags to go on their gifts.
 I used the same dies for the tag shape then varied the stamps I used on them.  The first ones are my favorite snowmen for my favorite niece (and I can say that since she's the only one!)
I used my mini MISTI to make all of these and it was so much easier and faster!  I stamped the tag itself with red and then added the snowman in the circle; just the perfect size!  I paper pieced their hats and scarves with some scraps.  It just really adds to their cuteness.  The next tags are for my first nephew and I used these super cute little reindeer.
 I stamped his tags in green and then added the reindeer inside the circles.  Next up it the tag for the littlest guy (he's not quite one yet).
 I stamped his tag in green; keeping the boys' tags color coordinated.  I stamped the present in the circle and colored it up, adding white dots to the bow with a gel pen.  And last, but not least, the Mama's tag.
I wanted her's to be a little bit more elegant, so I used a damask stamp on the tag base and added a glittery, green, die cut snowflake on top instead of adding a stamped image.  All of the tags match the colors in the wrapping paper and bows I used, so I look like I've got it all together!  No one will ever know that I didn't get the tags made and on the packages until only a couple hours before my sister came to pick the gifts up.  : )

Supplies:
Dies: Papertrey Ink "Mat Stack 3"; Memory Box "Lindeman Snowflake"
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Mat Stack 3" tag backgrounds; YNS "Holiday Snow Globe" images

Challenges:
Stamplorations Theme and Sketch--stamps and tags
Crafting By Designs--Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. #443--not a card
Winter Wonderland--traditional red and green
Alphabet Challenge--S is for snowpeople
CAGI--animals
CASology #277--round
Try Stampin' on Tuesday--tag challenge