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!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jingle Belles Sketch challenge- by Stef!

 Another Christmas card for my 2016 stash :)  

I actually made the Santa tag for a Jingle Belles challenge back in January, but I couldn't get the card to come together.  I placed the tag in a small ziploc bag with other odds and ends of Christmas card cast-offs, like the shiny gold strip on this card was cut off from a commercial Christmas card and the ornament with bell and snowflake.  Apparently all I needed was to rotate this fabulous Stef sketch to use up these bits and bobs:
Won't you join me in the Jingle Belles fun?  Click over to their gallery for some fab uses of Stef's sketch.

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ombre Colors of Christmas

A last minute card for the current challenge at Jingle Belles:  Ombre Colors of Christmas.  It seems like this is my year for the upcycle; I cut down this store-bought card to 5.25"x5.25", added sequins from my Simon Says Stamp May card kit, and mounted on a piece of watercolor florals paper by Kim Oliver Crafts (color burst splash collection.)

Here is the photo inspiration from Jingle Belles.  I tend to interpret challenges literally.

Want some more photo inspiration?  Pop over to Jingle Belles blog!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Stroll Down Memory Lane- Anything Goes challenge

Cut it Up was started by Stacey Hillesheim and Kimberly Jensen. The first challenge was on September 7, 2012 and the theme was Anything Goes. Since that time, they've had 35 designers.

To celebrate Cut It Up's 100th challenge, all present and past designers were invited to celebrate.  I am happy to say I was on the DT for two years and I am happy to celebrate along with the current DT for this momentous occasion.
The theme is Anything Goes, just be sure to include a die cut on your project!  The challenge runs from July 8th - July 20th.
"Within your heart keep one, still, secret spot where dreams may go..."

I used 5 dies on my card...see if you can spot them all:
Simon Says Stamp large rectangle stitched die, My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag, W Plus 9 rainbow and cloud dies (Sunshine Layers set), and Waffle Flower horse die with coordinating stamp.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge- Day 1

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge is back!  Create a card, or just color for 10 minutes each day for thirty days...see if you can find your zen.

I created this card from my Simon Says Stamp June 2016 card kit.  Coloring relaxes me, yet I don't do it often enough.  It was so much fun playing with my copic markers and trying to achieve a watercolor or tie dye look for summer.

Won't you join in the fun?  Link your blog at The Daily Marker.

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It Came Upon a Midnight CLEAR


Yes, another Christmas card!  School let out two weeks ago and we have already had a fun family vacation and soon off to another :)

Crafting has taken a back seat, but I am determined to keep up with the gals at Jingle Belles for 2016.  This fortnight is to use something CLEAR on your card.  

I have two gallon-size Ziplock bags full of commercial card fronts from Christmas cards I have received over the past few years.  I took one out that had the acetate snow/snowflake panel.  The card was originally quite large; approximately 6x8.  I removed the acetate panel and the metallic "Season's Greetings" from the base of the card.  I cut the base card into pieces (those background shiny snowflakes and the dry embossed suede paper.)  The background was originally one layer, but I rearranged my cut pieces into layers and created a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5").

The dry-embossed suede part is quite stunning in real life, but my photography skills are lacking and I am not doing it justice.

I hope to see you over at Jingle Belles with your CLEAR-ly awesome creation.

Happy Tuesday!