Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sparkling Snowflakes

There's another great inspiration photo on Inspired By All the Little Things!  I'm also entering this into another challenge that I just discovered at Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #128 Let It Snow.

What inspired me to make this card is the background, which looks embossed and the icy, cool blue of the skates.  Since I live in an area that rarely gets truly cold, I can just imagine a frozen pond with snow around the edges and people skating on it.  But that is what I thought of when I saw this and what led me to make this card.

Here's a close up showing the sparkle of the paper and the beautiful embossed background:

Thank you so very much for taking a look!!  I really appreciate it!

Dies:  Concord & 9th Merry; Impression Obsession snowflakes; My Favorite Things snowflake
Ink: Distress Ink Tumbled Glass (for shading)
Embossing folder:  Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Winter Snowflakes
Cricut Explore:  skates from Winter Gazebo set

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Golden Merry Christmas!

I love making Christmas cards!  Not sure exactly why, but I can say that I have several extras--head start for next year?  Maybe the inspiration I keep seeing from these photos on Inspired By All the Little Things is doing it!  Their Challenge #74 give us this inspirational photo:
A link to the challenge is HERE.
I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Star Light, Star Bright.

I don't have a larger star die cut, so I turned to my Cricut Explore and found this star to use.  I've listed all the supplies below.

Here's a close up of the beautiful die I cut in gold mirror card stock.

This card was really easy to make (once I got it all how I wanted!)  Thank you so very much for taking a look!

Stamps:  Sunny Studios Holiday Style; Concord & 9th Petals and Pallets
Die:  Impression Obsession Merry Christmas
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Winter Snowflakes
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Granite; Memento New Sprout; Hero Arts 2 different greens (no name--was in a kit)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Beary Merry Christmas!

I've had these bears and accessories colored up for a while.  When I saw this challenge on Ellen Hutson's The Classroom I figured I needed to get the pieces and parts onto cards.

The challenge is to use our favorite Essentials By Ellen set.  Well, All Inside and Bear Ware 2 most definitely are in my top favorites of her sets!

This card uses the cute bear set on a background using an Impression Obsession die called Three Trees.  I ink blended the bottom layer using Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch.   The snowfall is from a little Altenew stamp called Snowing.

This next card uses more goodies from Bare Ware 2.  The border background is a stamp called Merry Christmas frame by Rubbernecker Stamps.  I stamped the snow using a stamp from Concord and 9th's Joy Stamp set and added Nuvo drops in white.

I'm also entering these into the Flickr group LOVE--Handmade Cards Challenge #23, Anything Goes.  Info is HERE.

Thank you very much for taking a look!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Greetings!

I just had time this evening to finish this up for the Inspired by All The Little Things Challenge #73.  The photo for the inspiration is this beauty!  I'm not usually a non-traditional when it comes to Christmas colors, but something about this I just loved!

Details for the challenge are HERE.
I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #85 Christmas/Holiday Theme.  Link to the Flickr challenge HERE.

I decided to use some dies from Hero Arts and make a matching ornament.  Did some ink blending for both backgrounds and added some sparkly glitter for the festiveness!  All supplies are listed below.

Short post here as tomorrow will be all about getting the Christmas decorations out!  Love how the house looks after we get done, but the doing, not so much!  :)   I always so appreciate anyone who takes the time to look at my posts, and I thank you!!

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Village, Stitched Slopes and Hills; Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit October 2015 (NBUS!!!!) and Snowy Drifts Fancy Dies
Stamps:  Hero Arts MMH October 2015;  Simon Says Stamp Poinsettia for the sentiment
Inks:  Distress Ink:  Cracked Pistachio, Spun Sugar, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass; Hero Arts Mint Julep
Stencil: My Favorite Things Snowfall
Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss white

Monday, November 13, 2017

O Christmas Tree

It feels so good to finally feel up to being in my craft room!  Four weeks of recuperating from surgery is not my cup of tea!

I was so glad I saw the inspiration at Inspired by All the Little Things and will enter this card.  Their challenge #72 is this inspiration photo:
Click HERE for the challenge info.
I think this photo is so pretty with the gray and white color palette and clean lines, which is what the inspiration for this card is.   I used a die that I bought a LONG time ago and then couldn't think of what to do with it when I got it!  Was so glad to use it for the clean lines.

I edged each layer of the tree, and the hill, with white Nuvo drops then sprinkled on some sparkly glitter.  The background is a piece of gray card stock from my stash that I inked with some gray and black inks and added white pigment ink around the edges of the tree.  Splashed on some white acrylic paint spatters for a snow effect.

This was a huge challenge to photograph and get remotely close to how it looks in real life!  Makes me wish I knew how to use a real camera!!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Dies:  Dee's Distinctively Christmas Stacker Tree; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills
Stamps:  Concord & 9th O Christmas Tree
Inks: Hero Arts Soft Granite; Distress Oxide Black Soot
Miscellaneous:  Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss-white; Art Glitter Crystal ultra fine transparent; Ranger Glacier White acrylic paint

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Card w/NBUS

I've got another card to enter into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12.  The link for the info is HERE.

I'm also starting a stash of Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  This is so awesome as it is to collect cards for the elderly in nursing homes.  Get all the info HERE.  I love this as it gives me a specific reason to make more Christmas cards. I just may also come up with a design for my card for friends and family next year.  I only mass produce about 20 cards, so I like to come up with one design to start next summer.

Here is my card that I made using Sunny Studio's Holiday Style stamps, Merry Sentiments, and Merry Word die.  There's lot of sparkle and glossy accents that don't totally show up in the photos, but it's really quite sparkly!!

I certainly do appreciate you taking a look!  Thank you!

Monday, October 2, 2017

You Are the Best!

I really enjoy challenges as they give me a direction and inspiration in my card making!  Darnell's NBUS challenge is so great as it gets you to go through your "never before used stuff"...and USE it!!

Get the info HERE
I really enjoyed coloring all these little die cuts into autumn leaves.  This die set is my NBUS!

Love the dimension of the leaves and acorns!
I really appreciate those of you that take a look at my blog!  Thank you for that!

Spellbinders Die of the Month September 2017 (NBUS)
Hero Arts For Your Kindness (sentiment/banner)
Distress Inks: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs
Sizzix 3-D embossing folder:  Leaves