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Dec 30, 2023

Christmas Cards - Day 5

 Today I'm wrapping up the last of the cards I made for Christmas 2023.

This first card featured items that I had in my scrap bin waiting to be used.  Card Base, Very Vanilla.  Then I die cut (Unity die) a piece of pink card stock.  To that I layered the holly embossed piece I found in the scrap box with a piece of mint card stock.  I also had the poinsettia in the scrap box so I added that along with the heart brad, a piece of ribbon in my stash, some pink pearls and the sentiment.

One of the CAS designs I did.  This featured the pretty holly designer paper, a stamped holly & berries, some gems and Washi tape.
Colors, Real Red, Basic Black, Garden Green.

This card was featured earlier on the blog (click to enlarge) - But I used the pieces of it to create another card:

Colors, Garden Green, Real Red, White.  Designer paper, red gems, sentiment (which I can't find now) and black ink.

Stamp set: Peace to You (SU). Embossed pine bow that I brushed over white ink. Shiny dotted paper (SU), Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce Card Stock. - I also embossed the church image with sparkle embossing powder.

These last 2 cards featured an old SU wood block set, Holy Triptych.
Gold card used the Brushed Gold card stock (retired SU), Gold embossing powder, gold striped designer paper (SU), Gold pearls, sparkly punched heart.
Blue card used, Silver embossing powder, Blueberry Bushel card stock and ink.  Glitter, a piece of the striped designe paper, and a piece of the star designer paper that I still had left over. Also a tiny gem in the star center.
That's a wrap for Christmas of 2023.  -  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all my cards.  I had a wonderful time making them and sending them out.  
Here's to starting off 2024 by starting way earlier on the Christmas cards!

Dec 29, 2023

Christmas Cards - Day 4

 Just about to finish posting all the cards I made for 2023.

This card features 2 images from the the Unity (November 2023 KOM - Festive Flair).  I embossed the deer with black embossing powder and added a small red dot covered in glitter for the nose.  Colors used: Real Red, Mossy Meadow.  Some DP from Memory Box (Dashing Holiday) Circle Dies, Holly embossing folder, red sequins, Real Red ink, foam tape.

This card features a background stamp from Unity Stamps - (Frosted Fauna) and the deer is from Unity as well (Winter Cheer and Deer).
Colors used: Real Red, Mossy Meadow.  Designer paper was a scrap of plaid I found in my Christmas paper drawer. Added some red sequins and a tiny red gem for the nose.  Sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and fussy cut.

This card features an old SU stand alone stamp (Dasher) that I embossed with Versa Mark ink and Woven Tapestry embossing powder (PSX). Circle Die, Scallop circle die.  Sentiment stamp from an old Studio G stamp set.  The DP is also a piece of scrap paper that was one of my favorites.  It has a nice bit of shimmer to it.  Colors: Chocolate Chip (retired SU which I really miss), Real Red and Very Vanilla.  Small red gems, foam tape.

This one uses the same deer image (Winter Cheer and Deer).  This time stamped on Crumb Cake cs with Early Espresso ink and die cut out with an Oval die.  Card base was Very Vanilla,  Real Red cs embossed with Swiss dot embossing folder, a piece of Plaid DP, Some snowflake dies (Memento), red brad and Gold EP for the embossed Merry Sentiment.

Will wrap up all the cards tomorrow with the last 6 designs that I did this year.

Thanks for stopping by & leaving such nice comments.  Have a great day.

Dec 28, 2023

Christmas Cards - Day 3

 Welcome back. - We are rapidly winding down the year 2023.  I am posting more Christmas cards today as last year I made cards and never posted them.  So I thought I'd best get this years cards posted.

This one features a large white embossed snowflake layered on a dark green circle of cs. - The DP was an old pattern that I still had a few scraps of.  It has glitter sparkles on it.  I also used an old SU punch, a banner punch (SU) and the sentiment was from a little set of stamps from Inkadinkado that I've had forever.  I also added a small brad to the center of the snowflake.

 This card was done using bits and pieces of stuff I had in my scrap pile.  I had punch out the flowers (old SU punch) and added glitter to them.  The center is a star brad.  - The embossed piece was also in my scrap pile and the designer paper is another pattern that I still had a few scraps of.  Other dies were used for the circles, berries and the cut out of the patterned paper. Sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set.

Another card made from bits and pieces of stuff. - Old pattern of designer paper, snowflake dies, tree brad, gold pearls, snowflake punch, ribbon, dies from Unity and SU - Sentiment from Tim Holtz.

Yet again card made from stuff in the scrap pile.  Someone had sent me the die cut trees.  I distressed them with dark green ink and added snow splatter.  The deer was already punched out and the embossed panel was in the pile as well.  I added a strip of designer paper, and the sentiment (from Annabelle Stamps - no longer in business).  Red sequins completed the card.
A few more to show in the next few days. - Thanks for stopping by.


Dec 25, 2023

A Christmas Blessing

 To all my readers and followers:

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Dec 23, 2023

Christmas Cards - Day 2

 Welcome back. - Today I'm featuring a few more Christmas cards.

This first card features a darling beaver from an older stamp set, (Holiday Treats & Tails - Artful Inkables)  I colored the beaver with Prisma colored pencils.  Added Glitter to the bulbs and some white gel pen to the teeth and white ball on the hat.

Paper is a retired SU pattern. - Enamel Dots (Echo Park), Dies (Nestabilitie).


These next 3 cards feature Dimensional stickers on them.


Dimensional stickers were purchased years ago so I don't know who made them.  Paper on the first card (Artic Frog - 2006) see how long I've had some of this paper!  Paper on 2nd card - Stampin' Up!

Embossing Folder & Dies also used.


This last card I quickly put together when I thought I had forgot to send a friend a card.  It features a felt cardinal sticker, holly embossing folder, gold embossing powder and a pretty piece of foiled designer paper.  -  Funny thing is that later when I checked my card list I discovered that I had sent her another card but hadn't crossed it off my list.  - So she got lucky with 2 cards from me this year.  Hubby said to tell her not to open the 2nd one that way I'd be ahead with her card for next year!


 Take card & enjoy the holiday weekend. - More cards to come.

Dec 22, 2023

Christmas Cards

 Welcome! - Well all the cards are done and mailed out!  So today I'm sharing a few of them with you all.  Normally I don't do duplicate cards (I'm not a mass producer) - I like to make each card different.

These 4 cards all feature the same stamp for the focal point.  I did vary the colors, paper patterns and sentiments though so each one is just a tad different.

The focal image is from an old SU set (Heavenly Peace - 2006) - It belonged to my mom who loved to send out a religious card each year.  So in her memory I created these cards.  Again each card has a different paper, color, embossing folder, etc...the very bottom one I used a sparkly embossing powder over the image so it really shimmers.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing these cards. - I'll be back tomorrow with a few more to share with you.

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.
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

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.

Be sure to stop by and check out the DT cards.  - Have a great day.


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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.

Don't forget to check out the Paper Players Blog.  Have a great weekend.

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.