Sunday, November 27, 2016

White Christmas

 This is the inspiration photo for the final 2016 challenge at Jingle Belles.  I am personally grateful to Lauren and Stef for these motivating challenges.  They have enabled me to create dozens of Christmas cards and I hardly purchased any new supplies to do so...except for this ring wreath die from Simon Says Stamp:
I was enamored with the (mostly) white Christmas decorations in the inspiration photo.  The sentiment and base layer were cut from a sheet of glitter paper (both also new stash), but all of the buttons, brads, sequins, gems, and flowers are from my stash (most of it seriously old!)

 Nearly a year ago my friend Leslie Hanna and I promised each other that we would participate in all of the Jingle Belles challenges for 2016.  Though I completely forgot to post my card from the last challenge, I did make at least one card for every challenge at Jingle Belles this year.  Cheers, Leslie!
This card uses retired BasicGrey paper, clearance alphabet stamps purchased at Michael's, and the Hero Arts poinsettia layered stamps from the December 2015 Hero Arts card kit.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Not A Creature Was Stirring challenge

I recently purchased this stamp and die set "Toboggan Together" by Lawn Fawn.  My snowflake paper is a Doodlebug "Santa Express" 6x6 scrap that I toned down with a scrap of vellum.  The white snowflakes are Simon Says Stamp dies.  I am entering my card in the current challenge at Jingle Belles to include a critter (of any kind...monster, alien, penguin, etc.)

This was fun to make.  I enjoyed playing with my neglected Copic markers!  My inks are by Hero Arts:  poinsettia and strawberry.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pink Christmas for Breast Cancer Awareness

  The current challenge at Jingle Belles is to make a PINK Christmas card.  Leslie Hanna (aka The Crooked Stamper) did not like pink, yet still participated in pink challenges.  Leslie always included "gah" before she typed the word pink on her blog.
Leslie passed away on Christmas Day last year, but I know she is celebrating this *gah* pink challenge in spirit with her fellow Belles and Shopping Our Stash design team.

 Last weekend I was reorganizing my old Stampin' Up decorative papers; I separated my collections and sorted all by color.  That was when I came across these scraps and I knew I needed to use them for this challenge.  Leslie used to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator, so I'm pretty sure she would have had these papers in her stash.  I even colored the tree trunks with a Stampin' Up marker "Pretty in Pink."  I love it when I start purging/re-organizing crafty supplies and it sparks a little creativity!  The trees stamp is by Paper Smooches ("Warm Hearts") and the wonky stitched die is My Favorite Things Die-namics.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Bells for the Belles

Bells for the Belles...the gals at Jingle Belles, to be exact!  The current challenge is to use at least one bell on your card (jingle bell, sleigh bell, etc.)  When I was at my LSS (local stamp store) a couple of weeks ago I spied beautiful cupboard elements by Maggie Holmes.  This checkered and gold glittered dear jumped out at me!  My sentiment is by Hero Arts, the trees are die cut from BasicGrey Phoebe 12x12, the ribbon is by Stamping Up, and the jingle bell is from my stash.  It did not photograph well, but I did use fine art gold glitter on the center of the flowers in the trees behind my deer.

I have had a computer virus or something wonky and I have been unable to edit pictures and post to my blog.  This card was created 100% from My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland; I used two 6x6 patterned papers and a chipboard sentiment.  Quick and easy.

This card was for the previous Jingle Belles challenge, "I'll be home for Christmas" (include at least one house on your card.)

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Christmas Waltz challenge


I was hoping to make this card ten days ago or so when I saw the "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" challenge at Jingle Belles.  Since school started for my children, I can't seem to find time to craft and when I do, I have lovely interruptions :)  

At any rate, I did get to make use of this gorgeous 3D Nutcracker sticker by Little B (from Simon Says Stamp).  I paired it with Pebbles "Home for Christmas" 6x6 papers.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

(Mostly) Red Christmas Card challenge

This fortnight the challenge at Jingle Belles is "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer" or in other words, create a Christmas card that is predominantly red.  

A few days ago I purchased this Memory Box "Folding Tree" die at my LSS (local stamp store.)  I thought it would be perfect with double-sided paper, so I chose a 6x6 piece of Doodlebug "Santa Express" for my card.  My sentiment is from the My Favorite Things stamp set "Home For The Holidays."  I added a gold star brad from my stash and I had the card completed relatively quickly.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

We Three Kings (3 Items challenge)

"Christmas brings us together"

I'm joining in at the eleventh hour for the current challenge at Jingle Belles:  We Three Kings (create with three of something.)  I used this Hero Arts scene stamp with three trees and I also wrapped my twine around the card there times (not sure if that counts.)

This is a super short post; we've had another fun family vacation last week and two weeks ago I started a part-time job, which I already love...though this leaves me even less time to craft.

Happy Wednesday!