Saturday, November 28, 2015

Stampin Up, Peaceful Pines Christmas card

Taking a photo of a number 10 card is quite the challenge. The envelop here really does fit even tho it looks smaller here.

I start with the envelop, measure and decide how much room my card needs.  For this one my card is 9" long by 7 1/2" wide.  You'll score at 3 3/4" down the middle.  I am not wonderful at math so you may what to check that.

I do love how this card turned out, it started out to  be a sketch challenge entry, but when I got done it just was not looking like the sketch.   Hello Honey is the perfect color here, it sure looks like gold.

So, what do you think of my little unconventional card?  Love to know.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stampin Up, Pals Paper Arts Challenge #277

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we did. Since we moved here to AZ after retiring, we have had Thanksgiving with friends. He invites not only his family but many, many friends.  We just never know who will be there.    Everyone pitches in with side dishes so we have some awesome food and lots of fun catching up.

It's been a few days since I've posted.  The story is that I did start a card for another challenge, but when I finished it, it looked nothing like the sketch. So, it will appear at some point as I really do love how it turned out, but our Thanksgiving is a 3 day event so I ran out of time.

This is a simple card, the sketch is simple as well. Those are the easiest to do I think.  Come play along with us, it's fun, a bit addicting and it grows your skills.

I do think it could use a ribbon at the top of the ornament, what do you think?

Find the PPA site HERE. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Stampin Up, Global Design Project #012

This week we are to CASE a card done by Brian King.  Actually they just want you to take away some inspiration from Brian's card and create one of your own from something on his card.

So, here is mine. I loved the snow scene, especially the snowflake background, faintly showing.
I added my snow piles, I cheated, I used the Sleigh Ride thinlit set to create the shape, and just trimmed off the part of the design sticking up.

I think it's a very peaceful scene, something I seem to be aiming for a lot this year. I think we can all use some peaceful times with everything going on in our world and especially our country.

The silver tree is silver embossed with a silver foil star and the snow flakes are made using a versamark pad.    If you haven't tried it, you get a very tone on tone look, no matter what color your cardstock is.

Thanks for checking in. I hope both Brian and my cards are giving you some inspiration of your own.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stampin Up, Paper Players sketch challenge 272

I LOVE this silver snowflake vellum!!!  And when I love something, I don't use it. Yup, bet more of you are like that. I decided it needed to be used.  Someone on my Christmas card list will be getting this.

Silver is really hard to take photos of, it comes off dark, but it's not.  The tree is silver embossed and just gorgeous.

I used Soft Sky for my base card,  and I wanted to keep as much of the vellum showing as I could and still be true to the sketch, so the sentiment needed to be a die. I love all the dies for words and sayings!  So much of what we have today was not even dreamed of way back when we started stamping.  Yup, I was there when it all started. 

We had a stamp board on the old Prodigy Service, no internet yet, and we would all meet and either go to stamp stores or hit up the Printer supply house for great cardstock and stuff.   Raise your hand if you were there too! It was an exciting and fun time.

 Here is the sketch:

I hope you enjoyed my card and it gives you some inspiration.  Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

stampin Up, showing off a customer creation.

One of my ladies came to class with a little gifty, this gorgeous fall card, one for each of us in class. It's it stunning?  What doesn't show well is the glimmer paper, the brown leaf as well as the top of the acorn, and it's hard to see those adorable little metallic leaves on the bottom piece.

It stands up on it's own.   I'm sorry to say that the stamp set matching the framelit is retired. But the framelit set, Floral frames collection is still available.

I think Sandy did a fabulous job on these and had to ask if I could show it off. I'd love it if you would leave a comment I could pass on to her.

It came all nicely tucked into a clear envelope, with a pretty ribbon.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stampin Up, Playing with the Poinsettia punch

This was one of my cards for class this week.  I wanted to show them the ins and outs of the Festive Flower punch.  It's called that because it doesn't just make a poinsettia, if you turn the pieces around they become more rounded and can be used for any flower idea.

You start with a circle, I used a 1 1/4" circle punch for this one,  a larger circle will allow for a larger flower as you can bring them out more and add layers, you can also add dimentionals in between to bring it up higher.  The leaves can be put down first on top of the circle, or you can lay down petals until you are happy with it, then put the leaves under the circle.

The leaves can also be petals, making for a larger flower.  I have seen so many beautiful flowers made. I think my favorite was one that was vellum, the vanes were stamped and embossed and color was added to the back side of the petals and leaves.

I rarely make a single sheet card.  But I think this one works well and I kept it small for mailing.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I've given you some inspiration.