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Dec 30, 2020

Rounding out Christmas Cards for 2020

Today's post is going to be filled with all the Christmas cards I never got around to posting before Christmas so I can finish up 2020's cards.
First up a couple of Poinsettia cards made with the same die I used on this card   

Card #1
For this card I left in the pieces of the die - Well actually I had to glue most of them back in (pain in the butt).  The patterned paper is the reverse side of the paper from the card above.
I also used circle Nestabilitie dies and the bow die from the Pines and Holly die set (Newton's Nook.) Card stock was Real Red, Very Vanilla and an unknown piece of textured green card stock.  I also added some sequins and bakers twine.
Card #2

 This card is actually the very first card I made using that Poinsettia die.  Pretty simple design.  Card Stock, Whisper White & Real Red.  Added some pearls to the center of the flowers, embossed a panel with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and embossed the Noel sentiment with white embossing powder on a shaped rectangle nestabilitie die.

Card #3

This one was a quick and easy card.  I wanted to use that cute little Gingerbread paper.  I also had a little Gingerbread stamp from a small Inkadinkado set that I used, The sentiment was from the Christmas Characters stamp set (Inkadinkado).  I added some stripped Washi Tape and Gems to complete the look.
Card Stock: Shaded Spruce, Real Red & Whisper White.

Card #4

Card Stock: Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White.
This one used a combination of dies from 2 different sets.  The Poinsettia, Holly leaves & Berries are from Momenta and the Joy sentiment is from a Sizzix set.  I used a piece of designer paper that I bought at Hobby Lobby and some poinsettia washi tape and sequins to complete the card.

Card #5 - Which I thought I had posted but apparently hadn't.

Card Base - Basic Black (yes you read that right).  I added a piece of designer paper that was black with red/green holly and berries. Other colors used: Real Red, Old Olive & Very Vanilla.  The other is a piece of DP from SU.  Dies are from the Holly/Pines set. Also used some Oval Dies.  I added glitter to the berries on the dp as well as the die cut ones.  

So now I'm all caught up with all the cards I made for Christmas of 2020.

My plan is to start making cards for 2021 in January and make a few each month so I don't have to rush getting cards made for next Christmas.

Hope you've enjoyed these & Happy New Year as this will be my last post for this year.

Dec 16, 2020

Snowflake Christmas

 Hello & Welcome.

Anyone who knows me well knows that Snow and Winter aren't my favorite things.  However when they are on a card that's a different story.

Today's card isn't for any challenge (shocking).  It's one that I made after seeing this Tag .
I thought it was so pretty and thought it would be fun to create a card with a Snowflake die as the focal point.
Here is what I came up with.

 I wish I hadn't photographed it on the red paper as the back came out rather dark looking.  Oh well.

The card is Whisper White (I'm so sad that it is no longer available) and Brushed Silver.

 I cut the Snowflake die (Momenta) out and saved the negative piece.
Then I embossed that with the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  Next I stamped the Merry Christmas (an old SU set) with Versamark ink and Silver EP.  I mounted that on a piece of the Brushed Silver card stock.  I rotated the snowflake die slightly from the negative one and mounted it with foam tape and added a silver sprinkle to the center of the snowflake.  That panel was then mounted with foam tape on the white base.  It's simple but elegant looking (at least I thought it was).

Dec 14, 2020

A Thrill of Hope


Today I'm sharing a trio of cards that I made using a new stamp set,
So this will be entered in on NBUS#21 as well. 

Card #1 - Card Base: Early Espresso layered on Old Olive that was stamped with SU Wood Grain (retired). Then I used a new Die Cut, Nested Wood Frames (Hero Arts) on Crumb Cake and brushed it with Crumb cake ink lightly.  I added a piece of Designer paper purchased at JoAnn's.  The Noel sentiment was stamped with Old Olive ink on Whisper White cs & mounted on a circle of Early Espresso. I added 3 light green self-adhesive gems.  The deer image was stamped with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake and fussy cut. I mounted it with foam tape.


Card #2 - I used the same 3 colors of card stock on this card (Early Espresson, Old Olive & Crumb Cake.
The Designer Paper is a piece I've had in my stash for some time and I've since cut off the end that showed where it came from (got to stop doing that or write it down somewhere.)
I stamped the tag with the woodgrain background stamp and then embossed the trees with Winter White ep and stamped the Joy sentiment with Early Espresso and the Snowflakes with Crumb Cake in.  The small deer were stamped with Early Espresso on Crumb cake, cut out and mounted with foam tape.  I added a small piece of olive green/white ribbon (source unknown) also added the same green gems as card 1. 

Card #3 This card uses Shaded Spruce, Real Red & Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the row of tree & the sentiment with Shaded Spruce ink, the deer and the world were stamped with Early Espresso ink.  I added a strip of Washi Tape (that's the pine branches and berries) ath the bottom of the card & some sequins to complete the card.
I hope you have enjoyed these 3 cards.  It's a great set to work with.

Dec 10, 2020

Paper Players and NBUS

 Hello & Welcome.

Here today with a couple of cards that I'm sharing for the following challenges:

Paper Players #520 - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Here are the cards that I created for these challenges. The designer paper and stamp/die set are the new items I used.
I started with a piece of unusual (for Christmas) designer paper that I purchased this week at Hobby Lobby.  I love the colors and the shimmer of the paper and thought it would be fun to try some Christmas cards using it.

So do you think these colors work for Christmas cards?

 So for the first card I used: Pacific Point, then Pink Passion and Lavender Lace (the Pink Passion and Lavender Lace are retired colors). I die cute the bells from Brushed Silver card stock. Almost forgot I used Mint Macaron for the bow.

I layered the designer paper along with a punched strip of the lavender paper onto the pink passion piece. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Baker's Twine and foam tape to mount the bells.  I also mounted that panel onto the Pacific Point card base with foam tape.

Stamp & Die set is from Sizzix - Silver Bells and was purchased at Hobby Lobby. - The bow on the first card is from another die set, Pines and Holly by Newton's Nook.

Second card I used the same colors (except no Pacific Point) and I added Whisper White for the banner.
Also used a Musical Note Embossing folder (Sizzix) and some old retired silver cord from SU.

Dec 7, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #400

 Hello and Welcome.

Today's card is for the CAS(E) this sketch #400 Challenge.
Here is what I created for this challenge. 

 Card Details:
Card Stock: Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso & Whisper White. (SU)
Patterned Paper - SU Designer Heart Warming Hugs
Stamp Set: SU For Unto Us set.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Dies: Momenta (Bought this set at Hobby Lobby).
Other: Sprinkles (that's the birds eye) these were sold by Annabelle Stamps and are no longer available.
Versamark Pad
Iridescent Ice EP (SU)
White Gel Pen

Dec 6, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches #464

Here is my card for this weeks Freshly Made Sketch #464 


 This card started with a small piece of Designer Paper that I found in my stash.  I have no clue where it came from though.

I started with the Card Base of Cherry Cobble layered next with Pool Party (SU) and finally the DP.  I embossed a small square of Cherry Cobbler with a snowflake embossing folder that mimics the pattern in the DP perfectly.  Next I die cut a large snowflake (Momenta) in Pool Party then used a Versamark pad and some Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU) and heat set it.  I stamped the sentiment from the Peaceful Wishes stamp set (Artful Inkables) with memento tuxedo black ink and added a red sequin to the center of the snowflake.  

Pretty easy card to create.

Dec 5, 2020

Fushion Challenge - Merry, Joy, Cheer and NBUS

Hello friends & Welcome.
Today I'll be joining the current Fushion Challenge: Merry, Joy, Cheer. 
Here is my card for this challenge.

 I was inspired by the sketch and the inspiration photo.
It was really hard to photograph this so you don't get to see the shimmer from the EP but it really sparkles in real life.  This shows a little more of the sparkle.

I started with the basic sketch and then decided to add the ornaments and sentiment to mimic the pompoms in the inspiration photo.
Plus the (Merry) from the sentiment and of course the festive colors.
Because I used Never Before Used Schtuff I'm also entering it on the NBUS Blog. 
The sentiment and the 2 ornaments on the left side of the card are from Unity Stamp Company (October 2013 Kit of the month). Yep it's taken me a few years to use them!
I embossed the snowflake ornament with White Satin and Diamonds embossing powder (Embossing Arts) and a Versamark Pad.  The smaller gold ornament was stamped with Egyptian Gold embossing powder (Judikins) - Both were then cut out and mounted with foam tape on the card.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Bold Black embossing powder (SU) and cut out with circle dies.
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White (SU)
Designer Paper: Heartwarming Hugs (SU)
Other: Bakers Twine and Washi Tape. 
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Nov 30, 2020

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas - 2 Challenge Cards

 Welcome!  Well the Thanksgiving Holiday is behind us here in the US and now we are gearing up for Christmas.

So for today I am joining 2 different challenges with 2 different cards.

Here is the card that I created for that challenge.  I choose,
Patterned Paper, Die Cut and Embossing for my tic-tac-toe choices.  Followed by my card for TGIFC Challenge #292

Details: Card stock: Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White (SU) and a piece of textured Green card stock purchased at JoAnn's.
Patterned Holly/Berry Paper purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Holly Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Pines and Holly Die Set - Newton's Nook
Nestabilitie Circle Dies
Sentiment - Hero Arts
Blender Pen & Real Red, Shaded Spruce ink pads
Washi Tape
White Gel Pen - Marvy
 TGIFC#292 - Magical Christmas

For this card I kept the same tic-tac-toe format as the previous card because it was just fun to do.
Details: Card stock: Pacific Point, Real Red,  Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla and Whisper White  (SU)
Snowflake Embossing Folder - Which I used the "debossed" side
Designer Paper, Retired SU
Snowflake Stamp and Sentiment: Inkadinkado (Christmas Characters).
Circle Dies, Tag Die
Memento Tuxedo Black ink & Pacific Point
Colored Pencils, Glitter, Baker's Twine.
Now back to stamping more Christmas cards.  Hope you enjoyed these.

Nov 23, 2020

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Non Traditional Colors and more NBUS stuff

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 Hello and thanks for stopping by.

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards that I made.  Both of them feature a brand new (to me) Snowflake Die set that I recently bought.

 They are both going into the challenges above. Well NBUS you can only submit one card per link and since I've already posted the first card for that I'll just go with the 2nd one as a bonus card.

The NBUS #20 Challenge. 

and the CAS Christmas - Non-traditional Colors challenge. 


Up first:

 Details: Card Stock: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White.
Designer Paper - Paper Studio and a piece of Shiny Gold card (source unknown).
Stamp: Peaceful Wishes from (Artful Inkables)
Ink: Versamark
Snowflake Die: Momenta
Other: Gold Gem brad (retired SU)
Foam Mounting tape. - This card came together so smoothly and I love it. 
Next up is a card that I (CASE'd - Copy and Steal Everything) from THIS CARD by Amy K.

Thanks Amy for the inspiration

Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise (retired SU) Pool Party (almost type poop party), Blushing Bride and Whisper White.
Snowflake designer paper Imagination Project - I've had this in my stash for years and have never used it.
Stamp Sentiment - Hero Arts
Snowflake Dies - Momenta
Circle Dies - Nestabilities.








Nov 22, 2020

NBUS#20 and a Non-Traditional Christmas Card


Today's card is showcasing a brand new set,

 Joy Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts).

So I'm entering this for NBUS #20

I've been wanting a set with a Word Die and this one is so neat.

Here is my card.  I also based this off a previous

Mojo Monday Sketch #549

I wanted to do some non-traditional colors so here is what I came up with.


 Details: Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride (SU) Textured Turquoise (Retired SU) Textured Garden Green (Retired SU) and Designer Paper (source unknown) I've had it in my stash forever.

Stamp Set & Die (Hero Arts)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 

Punch: Scallop Trim Border Punch (Retired SU)

Nestabilite Circle Dies

Other: Glitter & Quickie Glue Pen & a Red Gem for the dot on the J.

Nov 18, 2020

Paper Players #517 - Hooray for the Holidays


Joining in on the fun today for the Paper Players Challenge 517 - Hooray for the Holidays.
Here is what I have created for this challenge.
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla and Real Red (SU)
Stamp: Noel from (Many Merry Messages - retired SU)
Ink - Real Red - SU
Designer Paper, Source Unknown
Poinsettia Stencil - Paper Roses
Border Punch - retired SU
Other: Red Sequins.

Nov 17, 2020

Fusion - Thankful Challenge

Today's card is for the current Fusion - Thankful challenge

This week I decided to only go with the sketch since I am trying to get Christmas cards made.
Here is what I created:

 I used an old Verve stamp set, Weary World (sadly Verve is no longer in business).  This set was last used HERE and HERE if you want to take a look at those cards.

Details on this card:
Stamp Set - Weary World - Verve Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Card Stock: Shaded Spruce & Whisper White (SU)
Other: Glitter (Art Institute)
Prisma Color Pencils,
Red Sprinkle Dots (Annabelle Stamps - retired)
Embossing Folder: (SU - Not sure of the name but I think this one is also retired).
Foam Mounting Tape
Designer Paper - Tis The Season (SU)

Nov 12, 2020

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Today I'm posting a Christmas Card!
I'm using the current Freshly Made Sketch #461 
And the colors from the current Paper Players challenge #516
Here is my card:

 Also submitting to NBUS #20  because I've used some brand new stuff.

Details - I'm using my new SU set, For Unto Us, new designer paper, SU Tis The Season & the Holly Die ( which I can't remember where I got it but I've never used it before.)
  Edited to add:  The die are from a set by Newton's Nook called, Pines and Holly Die Set.
Card Stock: Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White (SU) and a piece of Brushed Silver (retired SU) 

Other: Nestabilitie Circle Dies, Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Sterling Silver Embossing Powder, Red Glitter (Art Institute) and Foam mounting tape.

Nov 2, 2020

Fusion Autumn Challenge

 Hello and Welcome.
It's time for another Fusion Challenge but before I get to the challenge I am excited to announce that my card for the Fusion Purple Night challenge was chosen as:

You can see that card HERE
So this time the current challenge is: Autumn and the inspiration board/sketch is below:
So again I decided to do both the sketch and take inspiration from the photo.  Here is what I came up with.

 I liked the sketch a lot and took inspiration from the colors in the photo.  I started with a card base of Pumpkin Pie and added 2 different Designer Paper patterns.  Both of which were from DCWV.

I added the middle strip on a piece of Basic Black card stock.  The Cornucopia is from Cornish Heritage Farms (sadly they went out of business a few years ago).  I colored the image with Prisma Pencils and fussy cut it.  I used Very Vanilla Card Stock and Memento London Fog ink to stamp the image.  The Sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  - To tie in the inspiration theme I added some Baker's Twine (inspired by the sweater in the photo).  I mounted the image on Die Cut ovals and added some black pearls to complete the card.

I may not be posting for awhile since I am scheduled to have Cataract surgery tomorrow on both eyes and will need some healing time but I hope to be able to visit blogs and possibly comment in a few days.  


Oct 28, 2020

One Last Halloween Card

 Hello and thanks for stopping in.
Well it was a sad day this week when my trusty Cuttlebug embossing machine finally bit the big one.  After 20+ years of using it the poor thing had finally had enough.  -  Have no fear a new machine is on the way.
Unfortunately I probably won't be using it for a few days since I'm scheduled to have Cataract surgery (both eyes) next week.  So if I'm absent from the blog you'll know why. - In the mean time....

So today I'm sharing the last of the Halloween cards that I made this year.  This one wasn't for any particular challenge (sometimes those are the most fun).  I will however enter this for the NBUS challenge #19 since the dog stamp and paper I used had never been used until this card.

The stamp set is:Cat and Friends (Inkadinkado) - I have used the sentiment and one of the other images before - You can see that card HERE.  
That card was 10 years ago!  
The paper is from the Midnight Spell Mat Stack (DCWV).  First time using that pattern.
Card Stock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White (SU)
Colored with Prisma Colored Pencils and blended with Gamsol.  
Other:  Corner notch punch (SU) - Bakers Twine (source unknown), Foam mounting tape. 

Enjoy & Happy Halloween everyone who celebrates the holiday & even to those who don't.  Have a great week.

Oct 21, 2020

Fusion Card Challenge - Purple Night

 Today I'm joining the Fusion Card Challenge for Purple Night.
Here was the inspiration board:
I  chose to work with the sketch and the photo.
Here is my card:

 I started with a white card base and then used designer paper from the Spooky Time stack (DCWV).  I added a small strip of black card stock between the white portion and the patterned paper.

The lamp image & sentiment are from Creepy Lane (Inkadinkado).
The small spider is from Studio G

I colored the lamp image with chalks and also edge the white card stock with chalk. 

The small spider was stamped with Perfect Plum ink. The Sentiment and Lamppost images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I fussy cut the image and mounted it with foam tape.  To finish off the card I added some gold gems.

Be sure to check out the other entries for this fun challenge.

Oct 18, 2020

Festive Fall and 2 challenges.

 Hi! - Today's card is being featured for the Color Throwdown challenge and the Freshly Made Sketch challenge.


Here is the card that I created for these challenges.
For this card I used a Kraft card base paired with designer paper from the Pumpkin Patch Stack (DCWV).
The Scarecrow image is from Unity Stamps and the Sentiment stamp is from Stampa Rosa.
I stamped the Scarecrow image with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Whisper White Card stock and colored it with various Prisma Colored Pencils and blended with Gamsol. Then I mounted it to a piece of Basic Black card stock and layered it onto the designer paper.  

The sentiment was stamped on the reverse side of the dp with black ink and mounted to black card stock.  I mounted the sentiment with foam mounting tape and added some sequins to finish the card off.