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!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Snow Drifts Snowman Christmas card

It's near the end of the current Jingle Belles challenge this fortnight:  Frosty the Snowman (or pre-snowman...snowflakes or snowfall.)

I included both snowflakes paper, snowflake die cuts, and a chipboard snowman.  The snow drifts die is by My Favorite Things (MFT) and the papers are all by My Mind's Eye (MME) 6x6 "Winter Wonderland."  The chipboard snowman is also from that same MME collection.  

Using your scraps tip:  I only had enough blue snowflake paper to cut the top two panels, and not enough of the house paper to go the entire 4" across.  I cut the tiny house papers from two separate scraps but at the same time; one left-justified and one right justified.  I used the chipboard snow man to hide where the two papers meet up (and therefore the patterns don't match up.)  Make sense?

My sentiment came from the cute Christmas penguins set from The Cat's Pajamas 2009 release.  There was a little too much white space, so I looked through my Christmas bits and bobs baggie and found these three snowflakes I die cut and were leftover from a previous Jingle Belles challenge (Simon Says Stamp Stitched Flakes die).

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

No Christmas Blues

I am getting in under the wire for the current Jingle Belles challenge: "Banish the Holiday Blues."  (No blue on your holiday creation.)

This was quick and easy:  two 6x6 papers by Pebbles, a yellow star brad from my stash, Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die, MFT Die-namics Pinking Edge die, and a Cricut cut tree (Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2; cut @ 2 3/4".)

Six months left to play along at Jingle Belles and I have quite a nice pile of cards ready :)

Happy June!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shaking it up for Christmas

Jingle Belles have a "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" challenge this fortnight...please check out the shaker cards, cards with movement, game cards, etc., over at Jingle Belles.  The guest designer this week is Sybrina K. and she is fabulously creative!

I'm a scrap-happy card maker, and this card is no exception; this card was completely made from scraps from my Carta Bella "Winter Fun" 6x6 pad.  I used Flower Soft for my snow and the dies to cut the house and trees are from Simon Says Stamp.

Happy Tuesday!