Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pointsettia Christmas, Freshly Made Sketches 313

This one made up so quickly and was really fun to do.  I had picked up these dies some time ago on a whim while out and about with some friends, and this seemed like the perfect use for them. 
I'm playing along with FMS again this week. 
My colors are easy, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  I did use a piece of silver behind the sentiment for accent.  I simply punched it out, cut it up the center and glued each end so it showed a 
bit.  And then I used some Rhinestones for accent as well.   The stitched border is done with a white gel pen and ruler.  And the white dots are just an old wood stamp I've had forever and I keep in a drawer handy.   But lots of our sets out now, have something that can be used like this. The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments.  144820

And that is it! A simple 2 layer card, quickly made.   I hope you enjoyed.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

No place like happy, Holiday card. FMS312

So, today you get to see my fat fingers.  Seems to be the only good way to show off the embossed sentiment. It's so pretty in person, but the washi tape isn't showing well on the upper part of the card now.   Take it from me, it's really pretty in person. 

I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I really enjoy their challenges so tend to do them fairly often.   The team cards are a great inspiration.    Here is the challenge for this week and link to it.

It's hard to tell, but I used Very Vanilla here.  I don't usually, I love just white, but the VV goes so well with the gold DSP that I used.   The sentiment is from 2015. Sorry about that, but I didn't have anything current that matched what was in my head.  It's quite a mess up in there, trust me. LOL.

I used 2 different sets for the greenery, but either one would work just fine alone.   I decided I didn't want a dark green and the Lemon Lime Twist turned out to be perfect, along with Real Red.  It's embossed in gold and I used my new Blends SU Alcohol markers to fill in just a bit of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoy and I can give you a bit of inspiration along with the team.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A snowflake Christmas card, Merry Monday 264

It's Merry Monday week again.  I love working on my Christmas cards by doing challenges. It just makes it more fun. 

I have to apologize right up front. Most of what is on the card is retired.  I just couldn't help myself, the card pretty much made itself in my head before I sat down, so I just went with it.  I love all the new layering framelits we have now, they work so beautifully, especially love the stitched framelits.

The red snowflake in the center was from an embellishment package a few years ago, I colored it with my new Blends markers.  I'm really impressed with them, and I think they are so much better then the last try.  The Merry is put on using the new double sided adhisive SU has.  Simply cut the size you need, apply to one side of the cardstock, put your die on the front side of the cardstock and cut normally.   The dies tend to come out much easier.  Pull off the back and it sticks down like magic.

So, this weeks challenge is red and kraft.  I have plenty of red, but only a retired package of 12x12 craft left, so cut a piece off that. Here is the challenge:

The new Alcohol blends are available as of Nov 1, so you can order now.  The price is excellent, you get 2 shades of each color. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sharing the Joy, A Christmas card. FMS311

Ok, officially I love this set every bit as much as I thought I would.  Not sure why I waited so long, oh yeah, I'm not rich, can't have it all especially all at one time.

The sketch is for Freshly Made Sketches for this week. Go here to check out the challenge.
I had so many ideas and really wanted to use more of the goodies in this set, but there just wasn't room.   I'll be making lots more of my Christmas card with it though.  And yes, every Christmas card you see on my blog gets sent.   It's how I get my cards done. Makes it much more fun.

I used: Old Olive, Espresso, Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler.  My dog is filled in using the brand new Blendies (alcohol markers).  I didn't get all the colors in the short period we had to pre order, but they are available again, now. Starting the 1st of Nov.  I'll be getting the rest. Anyway, I filled in using my watercolor pencils.

I used up the very last 3 of my red candy dots. I miss those. I used them all the time. The DSP is Merry Little Christmas.

Trying out a new technique, Christmas card

Trying out a new technique.  This is my 4th try, the other 3 are in the trash, but I think I finally got it. I used 2 purples, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant. 
Also used 2 retired sets, Snowflake Soiree and Christmas Keepsakes.  

The idea is to use Water color paper, put a small anount of ink from an ink pad onto a non stick work sheet, then spritz with water.  Press paper into that, then dry using heat gun, and do again until you get the look you want.

Hope you enjoy.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Paper Players challenge 368, Christmas card

I ended up loving this card, but it fought me every step of the way.  Have you ever had a card like that?  The deer is from Santa's Sleigh, but I used a wreath from the At Home bundle as I liked it better. My only problem was that this one didn't fit around his neck like the one in his own set.

I resolved that using one of the tiny dimensionals SU has now.  I am really liking those. I had to cut the wreath, but glued it together and stuck it down at the same time with that dimensional.

I stamped my raindeer using Soft Suede on Crumb Cake, then used my watercolor pencils to add some darker areas.   No need for water, they work just fine without.

My colors are: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and a bit of Smoky slate for the snowflakes.

So, go here for the challenge, you will want to see what the team has done this week. Gorgeous cards!

And here is the challenge. 

I have done the middle across. Christmas, die cut wreath.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Birthday cake, Just Add Ink 383

Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but this isn't all SU stuff. I've had some items for a long time just because I got a bee in my bonnet about having something I didn't have with SU. I must say, I'm not impressed with the dies. They are gorgeous, but they are often not coming out very well if one doesn't use the machine put out by the die cut mfg.     There is an impression as well as the cut area here and they are not showing well and didn't go deep enough.  So, I just am staying with my SU. My Big Shot is one of the best machines on the market, lasts for years and years with no problems.

But I wanted to do something different, so here it is.   The background is an Incolor stack, really pretty designs in 5 colors.   Very usable.

So, we are playing along with Just Add Ink this week.  Be sure to stop by the challenge to see the gorgeous cards from the team! 
My colors today are Whisper White, Fresh Fig (new incolor) and a touch of Powder Pink.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Snowflake Christmas, FMS310

Playing along with Freshly Made Sketches again this week.  I just have to say, I had a great day stamping today. I haven't sat and made that many cards in a very long time.

We have such gorgeous DSP this year, and so much metallic DSP, I love metallic!  This gold and white check is gorgeous, isn't it?
So, before I go any further, here is the challenge for this week. Click HERE to check out the challenge.

I choose an older stamp set, it's in the Annual catalog having been held over for a couple years. I embossed in white and added rhinestones for some bling.  I used Bermuda Bay and Fresh Fig along with the Year of Cheer DSP with it's beautiful gold plaid.  And the new Fresh Fig ribbon, I've been dying to use that ribbon.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Merry and Bright Christmas, Merry monday 262

I'm still working on photos with metallics.  If I take this one standing, the gold and silver ribbon doesn't show, but it's just not as good as I'd like. So much nicer in person.

The challenge this week at Merry Monday is to show presents on your card.  I got a set called Your Presents out of my retired stash.  Yeah, you could just cut the boxes our of paper, but these had such cute bows in the set.   
I then used Metallic washi tape for my ribbon, that was what caused all the problems for photo taking.

My colors today are: Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.

The sentiment comes from the Hearts Come Home set and the ornaments from Carols of Christmas bundle.  and I used the Marble background.    The strings for the ornaments are stamped on, but don't cut out with the dies, so I was looking around for something with a really thin tip, and pulled out a Gold paint marker.   I thought, this isn't going to work, I've had this for years, and years, but by golly it did and beautifully.

Hop on over here and see the rest of the cards. Maybe even give it a try yourself.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

All hearts come home, FMS 309 Christmas card

I used my brand new SU blends, alcohol markers for the image, they work great!   It's hard to see, but the center line is 3 of the metallic washi tapes.

I absolutely LOVE the Quilted Christmas bundle!  I know it's going to get use all year long, even the 6x6 DSP stack has plenty of  pieces that are not just for Christmas.

Just a simple, easy card.   I used: Real Red, Garden green, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Soft sky for that little bit of light sky.
Also used. Quilted Christmas DSP 144617
Layering Circles 141705,  Stitched Shape Thinlits 145372  Year of Cheer washi tape 144644
And the sentiment is from Hearts Come Home 145416

Here is the challenge, stop by and see all the wonderful cards.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Decorate with Joy, FMS 308, Christmas card

How cute is this image.   I had a ball coloring with the brand new Stampin Up alcohol markers! Yup, you read that right!    We, as demos had 10 days to purchase  and play with them, they will be out for everyone soon.  And wow are they slick.  They color beautifully and are plenty juicy, I think we have a hit.  

So, today I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is the sketch. Go here to see the teams cards.

So, my colors today are Read Red, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink and Basic black.
My marker colors are: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.

Also, just in case you hadn't noticed, SU has a DSP sale going on for the month of Oct. Buy 3 of the listed DSP and get one free.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quilted Christmas, Christmas card GDP108

I hadn't checked into the GDP challenge for this week yet, it starts on monday.  It's a Case the designer this week and when I found it was caseing Brian King, one of my favorite guys, I had to give it a try.

Here is Brian's card.

I used Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz, so couldn't use the DSP for this set which is mostly red and green.  So, I used the embossing folder for some texture.  What a joy this set is to work with! So much to work with!  I hope you like!  What do you think of the colors? Should I have stuck with Real Red and Garden Green?   I do love purple for Christmas, heck I just love purple.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stampin Up, Just Add Ink 380 #2

So, this was my second try at the JAI 380 challenge. If you want to see both cards in the same post, it's here. 
I had set this one aside because I wasn't liking what I was doing. The ideas just were not coming. But after finishing the other card, this popped in my head and I picked up what I had stopped working on and did it up.
Here is the JAI 380 challenge:

My colors are Whisper white, basic gray, along with the Merry music DSP and gold ribbon, and gold foil for behind the sentiment and for the star.