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!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Doubly challenged

This morning I sat down at my craft table with the goal of creating birthday cards from my UFO pile.  UFO (Unfinished Object) is an acronym that was often used by my friend Leslie Hanna.  In one of my conversations with her back in December we set a goal of participating in every challenge at Jingle Belles for 2016 and setting aside January 2016 to minimize our UFO piles.  At the time I had two piles that resembled towers :)

In January I did start working on my UFO towers, trying to make multiples of cards whenever possible.  I have made lots of cards and teacher gifts, though I did rarely stop to photograph and blog.  I traded that time for more crafty fun.  I can proudly say that my two towers are definitely just piles at this point.  My next goal is to make it into just one pile.  My ultimate goal is to have no pile, but baby steps are needed here!

Back to this morning...I checked to see what blog challenges were on today and I came across two to get my mojo going:
Shopping Our Stash (SOS) and Die Cuttin Divas.  

The SOS challenge blog is honoring Leslie with a UFO/pink challenge (Leslie always referred to pink as "gah-pink."  She did not like pink!)  I can hear her laughing now :)

The Die Cuttin Divas have this wonderful sketch:
In my UFO piles I have the remnants from my monthly Simon Says Stamp kits.  The heart striped die cut journaling card, floral scrap (behind the heart die), text paper, and gold hearts on dark gah-pink are by My Mind's Eye and are from the Simon Says Stamp October 2015 kit.  The background gold stripe is from my personal stash, as well as the black gumdrops by Your Next Embellie.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Washi Ornament card

I created this card for the "Here We Come A-Washi-ing" challenge at Jingle Belles.
I was trying to come up with a different way to use my washi tapes, and I decided to try and see if I ran strips of wash on white card stock, would my Stampin' Up ornament punch easily?  The answer is yes!  That does not mean that I am inclined to try to reproduce this particular card; making the bows, adhering the elastic metallic strips, and mounting each on foam tape was time consuming.  It's funny how a card that appears relatively CAS (clean and simple) can be quite the opposite.  I am pleased with the outcome overall and I figured out a new way to make use of my washi tape...and I have another Christmas card for my 2016 stash.

Thanks for the challenge, Jingle Belles!
Happy Monday everyone.

Update:  I did not realize that Lauren had already done the washi ornament for her original post for this particular challenge at Jingle Belles...kudos to you, Lauren for thinking of it first!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Flowers die cut challenge at Cut It Up

Have you seen the Spring Flowers challenge at Cut It Up?

And I used some really old stash!  I found this fun 12x12 diagonally striped paper and thought it would make a great background.  My stitched rectangle dies were used on the striped paper (I got six out of the one sheet) and a smaller stitched rectangle die for the center.  I colored my rubber stamp with markers to stamp the flower image.  Lastly I die cut the banner and stamped the sentiment.  Six cards in less than an hour and using really old stamps, paper, markers, ink, and my MISTI.  Only my stitched dies are relatively new.

paper:  Stampin' Up designer paper and Barely Banana (banner); Recollections 110lb. card stock
markers:  Stampin' Up Barely Banana, Yoyo yellow, Certainly Celery
ink pad:  Memories sand
stamps:  "thinking of you" by Savvy stamps; flower by Hero Arts

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

You stamped with what?!! challenge at Shopping Our Stash

This card is for the "You Stamped with What?!!" challenge at Shopping Our Stash; I had fun playing around and creating this card.

My flower was created from this flower die by Concord and 9th:
I die cut the flower, then used the negative pieces as a stencil.  Then I took a sponge, inked it up, and smudged color inside the open spaces of my card stock stencil.  The "you are" is stamped normally; that stamp is by Neat and Tangled.  "beautiful" is also a die by Concord and 9th.

Happy Thursday!