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Dec 9, 2023

FMS615 and CTD772

 Hello and Welcome.

Today's card is the card I made for:



Here is what I created for these challenges:


 Details:  Card Base: Blueberry Bushel cs (SU)
Aqua layer from Hobby Lobby - I embossed it with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and cut it out with a Unity nesting die.  I stamped the sentiment (from a mini set of stamps I bought years ago at WalMart) - I stamped it with Memento tuxedo black ink - then embossed the swiss dots.

The designer paper was also purchased at Hobby Lobby and cut with a large Fishtail die.  

I embossed a piece of white card stock with Versamark ink and dumped Cobalt embossing powder (PSE) and heat set it.  Then I cut out the snowflake with a Momenta snowflake Die.  I added Gold Pearl accents (Paper Studio). 

The embossing powder is a cobalt blue with flecks of gold in it.
I mounted the snowflake with a couple of foam dots to raise it up off the card.

Dec 7, 2023

PP669 - Christmas Theme

 Welcome! - It's been a few days since I've posted.  This time of year is always so busy getting ready for the holidays.  I'm back today though with a card (and a bonus card) for the Paper Players #669 Theme challenge.  Jaydee picked the theme:  Christmas.  

Since I've been frantically working on Christmas cards this one just worked out perfectly.  
Here is what I created for this challenge:

 For this card I started with a card base of Blueberry Bushel cs. (SU)
Next I embossed a layer of Brushed Silver (retired SU) card stock with the D'Vine Swirl (Cuttlebug) embossing folder and cut it out using Unity Stamps (Scallops & Rectangles - Nesting Dies)

Then I stamped the Nativity (Peace to You stamp set - retired) with Blueberry Bushel ink and cut it out with another of the nesting dies.
I stamped the sentiment on a small fishtail die and added 2 small blue gems and one clear one on the star.  A very CAS card but it really looked so shimmery and pretty.

As promised a "bonus" card:  I made cards last year but never got around to posting them.  So without further ado here is one of those cards done using the same stamp set:

This one was done in traditional Christmas colors.  Card Base:
Shaded Spruce - Embossed with a layer of Swiss Dot on basic white cs.  A piece of striped designer paper (can't tell you where that came from).  Image stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and mounted on Oval Dies.  Old Olive cs was used for the back oval.  Sentiment stamped with the Shaded spruce ink and mounted with Shaded spruce card stock.  One large white gem for the star and a couple of smaller ones in the sky completed this CAS card.

And before I go...Thank you LeAnne for picking my card last week for one of the Cut Above choices.
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Nov 29, 2023

PP668 - and NBUS

 Welcome.  Thanks for joining me today.

First off thank you so much to Amy for the shout out on Freshly Made Sketches and The Color Throwdown for this card posted earlier this week.
I had so much fun with that stamp that I decided to use it again for this weeks Paper Players Sketch challenge:

Here is the card I created for the PP668 challenge.


 This will also go in for NBUS#56 - Yes I know the stamp was used yesterday but it's still pretty brand new.  Plus I used the background paper, ribbon, enamel dots and sentiment stamp for the very first time.

Card Base:  Pretty Peacock, Designer Paper: Dashing Holiday (Memory Box).  Tree Stamp - Unity-November 2023 KOM (Festive Flair.  Sentiment stamp - Unity - September 2013 KOM (Happiness has no limit). 

So for this card I embossed a partial image of the trees on a piece of Basic White cs with Verdigris embossing powder (PSX - I don't think they are in business any longer).  Then I edged it with Gold Pigment ink (Encore) I stamped the sentiment with Pretty Peacock ink and punched it out with an old SU circle punch and layered with a larger circle of the Pretty Peacock cs.  I dry embossed the Brushed Gold (retired SU - How I miss that card stock) with the Swiss dot embossing folder.  This was layered over the designer paper.  I had some ribbons in my stash so I added a couple of those and some new enamel dots (Echo Park).  The tag was glued down and I raised the sentiment up with foam dots.

 The hard part of this card for me was trying to figure out how to measure and cut the angled piece in the sketch.

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Nov 27, 2023

FMS#613 and CTD#770

 Welcome - Well it's been a bit since I've posted. - Trying to keep up with getting Christmas cards made (I'm way behind) and of course with the holiday season starting things have been a bit hectic.  Plus on top of that I've been dealing with a cold and bad cough for a couple of weeks.  Anyway today I'm finally back to share a card.

This card is for FMS#613  and CTD#770
Here is the sketch:
and below is the Color combo from the throwdown.

                                                                                                                                                                       This is what I created for these 2 challenges.  - I wanted to try and do a Christmas card with this color combo - It seems strange for Christmas but it actually works.

 This is a pretty simple CAS card but I like how it turned out.  
Basic Black card base.
Trees from Unity November 2023 KOM (Festive Flair) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Basic White card Stock.
Colored with Prisma colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.
Strips of Washi Tape, Small Iridescent Sequins were added.
I also used some glue and Iridescent Glitter (Art Institute) to highlight the Joy sentiment.  I was cut out on an SU stylish die.
Focal Image and Banner mounted with foam tape.
The hardest part of this card was trying to line up the Washi tape evenly.  I succeeded for the most part.

Nov 13, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches#611 and NBUS#56

Today I'm sharing another card using the FMS#611 
This time I've actually made a Square card ( 5x5).
I slightly changed the sketch though as I wasn't happy slanting my main focal element. - See card below:

 Since this die deer/tree die is being used for the first time along with the patterned paper I'm going to also enter for NBUS#56
I bought the die last year and then just couldn't seem to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I think it went well with this sketch.
Details:  Card Base: Basic White, Middle Layer, Real Red
Patterned paper: The Paper Studio (Christmas Basics pack) - Which I've had for several years.
Dies: Penny Black - Deer in Tree and the Snowflakes are from Memento.
Silver Pearls - Annabelle Stamps (no longer in business).
Sentiment Stamp: Tim Holtz Mixed Media - Stampers Anonymous.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Foam Tape.
So do you think I should have slanted the tree? 

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Nov 10, 2023

Paper Players #665 - Let's Give Thanks.

 Hello and Welcome!

I'm just getting in under the wire for this weeks Paper Players Challenge #665

This card is based off the same sketch as yesterdays card was.  

You can see that card HERE 
I wanted to use the sketch again so I came up with this card:

 So same sketch but different colors.  I wanted to use some of the new patterned paper that I purchased for Fall so this one features that paper.

Card Base: Retired SU (Chocolate Chip) cs.
Designer Paper: Simple Stories - Acorn Lane
Tag: Retired SU (More Mustard)
Strip: Retired SU (Really Rust)
Circles and Sentiment: Crumb Cake (SU)
Stamps: Unity - September & October KOM 2023
Dies: SU Stylish, Old SU circle punch, corner rounder and tag punch.
Ribbon: Retired SU Chocolate Chip.
Foam Mounting Tape.

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Nov 9, 2023

FMS#611 and CTD#768

 Welcome! - At long last I finally had a chance to spend some time in my craft room.

Here is what I came up with for the challenges.

 Since I (rarely) make square card I opted to do the sketch on an A2 sized card.  Trying to find patterned paper that matched all 4 colors of the CTD was difficult so I decided to create my own.

Details:  Card Base:  Early Espresso,  then a layer of Crushed Curry that I embossed with a leaf embossing folder and distressed with some Gold metallic ink.  I stamped a piece of Crumb Cake card stock with a ledger stamp and leaves from Unity Stamps. (sets listed below) 
The leaf image was stamped with Crushed Curry and Real Red ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cs.  I fussy cute it out.  It was mounted on a circle of Cherry Cobble cs and Early Espresso.

Inks for the small leaves were: Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso

The edges of the Crumb Cake panel and strip were distressed with Crumb Cake ink.

Stamps: Large leaf and outline, small leaves - Unity Stamps October KOM (Golden Glow)
Ledger and Thankful Sentiment - Unity Stamps September KOM (Harvest Hues)

Embossing Folder - Paper Studio
Dies: SU Stylish & Nestability Circle
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Oct 30, 2023

Freshly Made Sketches #609


Welcome.  I hope you are having a great start to your week.

Today I'm sharing a card for FMS609 

 My card follows the sketch for the most part.  I had an idea in mind and those banners were just hanging me up as I didn't want them to cover my image panel.  So hopefully this still meets the challenge.

I'm going to use the holly leaves as my banners and yes I know there are 3 instead of 2 but it just looked better with three leaves.

Details:  Card Base, Very Vanilla.  Covered with a piece of SU Designer Paper (retired).  The strip is the reverse side of the paper.

Stamps used: Tim Holtz Mixed Media purchased at JoAnn's a couple of years ago.  I embossed the sentiment with Bold Black embossing powder.  

Mounted the sentiment on a rectangle die of Very Vanilla and layered with the Scalloped die of Cherry Cobbler.

Cut out some Holly Leaves and Berries in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Garden Green.  Sentiment and Berries were mounted with foam tape.

Used a punch (EK Success?) and then a strip of Cherry Cobbler to mimic the pierced border at the bottom of the sketch.

That's is.  Pretty CAS and one more card in my very small stash of Christmas cards.  So many more to go!

Oct 27, 2023

Color Throwdown#766 and NBUS #55 (Embrace Autumns Magic)

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Today's card  was created for the Color Throwdown #766 


I went a little bit out of the box for me on this card.




I wanted to use some of my new stamps from Unity Stamps ( a favorite company of mine) so I chose to use the 3 Circles and the sentiment from the October KOM (Golden glow) and the Wheat image from the September KOM (Harvest Hues) along with the October Background of the Month (Woodgrain Whisper)

Click to enlarge image.  For some reason the screen is giving off a more turquoise look to the blue but it's really not turquoise.



 Details: Card Base - Only Orange (retired SU) then a layer of Balmy Blue card stock stamped with the background stamp in Balmy Blue.

The Wheat was stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with Crumb Cake Ink.  Then I stamped the circles over it with Only Orange & Balmy Blue inks.  I distressed the edges with the Only Orange ink and a distressing tool.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I added 3 light blue gems and mounted the panel on an angle with foam mounting tape to complete the card.

I'm not sure what style of card you'd call this, Grunge, Distressed, Eclectic?  - What would you say the style is?

Anyway I really like how it turned out and hope you do as well.

Since several of the stamps were brand new I'll be posting this on NBUS#55 as well.


Oct 25, 2023

Paper Players - PP663 (Creep it Real)

 Today I'm joining in for this weeks Paper Players Sketch Challenge,

Below is the card I created for this challenge.


 I actually had parts of this card in my project box hoping to figure out what to do with them.   After seeing the sketch I decided to use up what I already had put together and create some more to go along with it.

I had the card base done and the Spider Tag.  The rest I added to complete my card.

Lots of parts/pieces went into this one.

Card Stock: Cajun Craze.  Layered with a piece of Designer paper from,  Echo Park (Something Wicked - 2021)

That tags were cut with an Amuse Studio Die

One was cut from the Cajun Craze card stock and has a piece of patterned plaid paper (Carta Bella - Welcome Autumn 2021).  A punched spider and a piece of a spider web border.  I added the ribbon (American Crafts) and stapled it down.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps (Creepin' it Real) stamp set.

The second tag was cut with a piece of the Something Wicked Designer paper.  I added a Vellum Ghost that I stamped on heavy vellum with Bold Black embossing powder and cut out.  The Ghost is part of a stamp set from Echo Park (Halloween Party). I added some eyeball washi tape and frayed pumpkin pie ribbon. The tags were mounted with foam tape.  I even used very tiny pieces of the tape to mount the ghost.

That's my take on the sketch.  I hope you enjoy what I've created.

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Oct 22, 2023

Inspired by Ghosts

 Joining in on the Inspired By challenge this week.  The theme was,Inspired by Ghosts.  You can use the sketch or the inspiration photo as well for your project. 

Here is the card that I created:


 I chose to use the sketch and Ghosts on my card.  I varied off the color scheme of the photo.

Details:  Card Base: Gorgeous Grape, Embossed Layer, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps used: Ghost Cat (Inkadinka Do) - Boo sentiment (Unity Sept KOM Harvest Hues)
Patterned Paper: DCWV Pets & Pumpkins
Embossing Folder - D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug
Stylish Dies SU
Sequins - Picket Fence Studios

I also added some glitter to the eyes of the Ghost cat & used my Wink of Stella pen on the ghost to add shimmer.

 That's my take on the challenge.  I hope you enjoyed it.
Have a great week.  Be sure to check out the DT members cards & also challenge participants.

Oct 9, 2023

Trick or Treat Fun - PP661 and NBUS55

It's the start of a new week and today I'm joining the Paper Players for,
PP661 - a color challenge from LeAnne and also NBUS#55 since this is my first time using this adorable stamp set.
Before I post my card a special thanks to Claire for choosing my card