Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wish Tag

Another of my Christmas gift
tags added to the pile. This one is quite simple in blue and white.

I mostly used white scraps
of cardstock that I layered atop one of the blue tags I received from sweet June. You can purchase some at her shop here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Celebrate Tag

I've finally gotten started
on making our Christmas gift tags.

I'm using the 6 x 6 Authentique
Wonder Paper Bundle I received in a challenge... beautiful papers! I inked the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I've toyed around with the idea
of buying Tim Holtz's two tag dies, but can't bring myself to spending money on something that I can trace and cut out just as easy. Which is what I did here. Besides, I really want his Mini Jalopy and Arrow Die so I can use them on my copper sheeting.

I added a bit of Rock Candy and
Shabby Shutters Stickles along with some Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint for some sparkle. I Glimmer Misted the Recollection rose with Marshallow and put on a few TPC Studios Christmas Cheer Jewels.
More to come.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

So Thankful

Since our big family day
on Thanksgiving, the Penmaker and I have been out enjoying the beauty that God's given us.

I've always said I like the trees 
the best when they've shed their leaves because then I can see so much more. I hope you're enjoying this fabulous time of the year!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tim's Turkeys

You've probably all seen
Tim Holtz's blog yesterday, but in case you missed it, you can catch it here.

I thought his turkey idea was a
winner, and if you are still in need of some table decorations for tomorrow, you just may have enough time to put a few a these cuties together.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Kraft Journal Challenge #46

Challenge at The Kraft Journal this week and the Guest Designer for all of November is the talented Debbie Marcinkiewicz. Be sure to check out her outstanding work.
I was inspired by this video to make my project...

I started with the coffee sleeve 
from my morning's Skinny Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. I gave it a spray with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist and then glued on a couple snowflake jewels.

I cut this tag from a sheet of
Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium "Special Delivery"... added a wide red eyelet and red crinkled seam binding. I topped that with an Alteration's Mini Ticket cut from Lunch Bag Kraft. I stamped it with Black Archival Ink using the TPC Studio Coffee Cafe Set. I wrapped some Red Baker's Twine around it and glued on a Marshmallow Glimmer Misted mini rose from Recollections. The edges were sponged with Festive Berries Distress Ink.

Inside I tucked a package of hot
cocoa mix and a Starbucks gift card which came with a sample of their Via Ready Brew... a perfect, quick gift!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #70

The last challenge for the 
year at Truly Scrumptious is - "Christmas Project with Pearls or Vintage".
Here is mine with pearls...

I used only white and blue
cardstock and did some embossing with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot Folder and die cutting with Spellbinder's Fleur De Lis Squares.

At the end of the season last
year, I bought four packages of these Darice Christmas Finishing Accents Chipboard Stickers at Pat Catan's for fifty cents each. What a deal that was!

Used my Martha Stewart Doily
Lace Punch and added lots of Recollections Pearls and TPC Studio "Reel Me In" Jewels. Sponged on Faded Jeans Distress Ink... a perfect match to the Tim Holtz Core'dinations blue cardstock.

Inside the frame is a small piece
of the backside of my favorite copper sheeting... kind of looks like a mirror. The snowflake was another of last year's bargains that I drenched in Glossy Accents and Twinklets Diamond Dust.
Now I must get to the kitchen and start baking!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Silver Glittery Christmas

When the Penmaker and I visited
the Archiver's store in Columbus a couple of weeks ago, I purchased a sheet of Bo Bunny's Father Christmas "Stripe". (Why do I only buy one sheet at a time???) I built this card around that paper...

The card base is Bazzill's Aspen cardstock 
and the mate base is American Crafts Evergreen. I sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink on the edges.

I cut the backside of my copper 
sheeting, which is silver, with my Alteration's Mini Pine Tree and Holly Set and added a glittered rose. (None of my glitter seems to be showing up in these photos). I applied Rock Candy Stickles to the holly on the paper for more shine.

The branch is cut with
Alteration's Mini Branch and Leaf Set.

I used Spellbinder's Labels
Seventeen to cut these three layers and embossed the Aspen layer with Cuttlebug's Textile Texture. I sponged these with Gathered Twigs DI.

I'm entering my card in these challenges:
Heart Song Inspirations - Gold or Glitter
Little Scrap Pieces - Holiday
The Pink Elephant - Embossing

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #29

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays
for the next two weeks is to use this delightful sketch from Karen Baker.

Here is my take...

My card base is Bazzill's Aspen
cardstock and the mat base is from the Ooh La La 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad from My Mind's Eye. I sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Now about my image...
I started with a scrap of light green cardstock and streaked on Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce Distress Inks from Tim Holtz's Christmas Limited Edition Collection. I next de-bossed it using Cuttlebug's Textile Texture, then brushed on Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Then taking a scrap of chipboard, I scraped away the top layer of the crackle paint trying the leave only what was in the de-bossed areas. See tutorial here. What I discovered, however, is that Cuttlebug's Folders apparently do not emboss/de-boss as deeply as Tim's Sizzix Texture Fades (another group of items for my want list). I didn't get that nice deep crackle that Tammy shows on her project, but I was quite happy with the results I did get. When it was dry, I stamped on the music score from Skipping Stones Design's Timeless Textures set with Faded Jeans Distress Ink. When it was completely dry I sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs DI then ran my paper distresser over the inked edges, really digging into the paper to get a nice, rough finish.

I cut a small tag from a scrap
of green cardstock and added a wide eyelet and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs. Looped on a piece of green twine. I cut the smaller ticket from the TH Alteration's Mini Tickets Set with a piece of the PD, inked it and topped it with a tree cut from the backside (silver) of a scrap of copper sheeting using TH Mini Pine Tree and Holly Set. I stamped on my sentiment with Black Archival Ink and added a line of blue and green rhinestones. 
I'm thinking... this was worth
 the effort and I'm hoping to try it again with one of Tim's Texture Fades.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Sending You Love And Prayers

This is my second post today.
I've combined two challenges to make today's card... sketch #215 from Mojo Monday...

and this color scheme from 
The Play Date Cafe Challenge #108...

This is my take on the two...

The card base is ivory cardstock and
the mate base is Imaginisce's Happy Harvest "Carmel Apples" backside. My DP is from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two Sunshine Collection - "Lovely" and "Memories". You'll also see a piece of the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core #6 that I embossed with Cuttlebug's Script Texture Folder and sanded. I sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink from Tim's Fall Limited Edition DI Collection.

A Bo Bunny Timepiece Trinket,
I Am Roses Cherry Blossoms and a pine die cut of copper from Tim Holtz Alteration's Tattered Pincone Die Set form my corner floral grouping.

I took the color copper from
the PDCC108 color scheme literally and used my favorite copper sheeting, cutting it with Tim's Alteration's Mini Tickets Set. I topped it with my sentiment, again an old set, that I stamped with Black Archival Ink onto a piece of vellum. I think you can tell I'm loving... 1. Copper and 2. Alterations Dies... so much fun! Come on now and join me in entering these two great challenges!
Hey, hey... it's Friday!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend... stay safe!

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Jingle Belles Challenge Win

I can't tell you how glad
I am that I was able to get this card entered at Jingle Belles before the deadline... because it won a $25 Gift Card from E.A.D. Designs. You've got to check them out... Soooo much to see!
Thanks so much to Stephanie and Lauren!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Love And Prayers In Black And White

When it comes to clothing,
black is always my first choice... she writes as she sits at her desk in a black sweater, black socks, black shoes and a splash of color with dark blue jeans. I sometimes wonder if it is carry over from my Amish ancestors or that I think it makes me look thinner... oh, impossible? Well, what ever the reason, I love the pairing of black and white, and went to town looking through all my lovely papers choosing what I thought was the perfect combination of said pair. Here it is...

The card base is Core'dinations
Jet Black and the mat base is a piece of white cardstock from my scrap pile. The Meadow Lark 6 x 6 Designer Pad from My Mind's Eye is my DP.

The tag is from DMD. I used the 
File Tab Die-namics Die from My Favorite Things. I stamped it with Black Archival Ink and Skipping Stones Design's Timeless Textures and a sentiment from an old set. With the Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Tickets Set I cut the two tickets, one from copper, and with his Branch & Leaf Set, the black branch, two leaves and one copper leaf that I embossed with the Cuttlebug Folder Swiss Dots. The copper ticket and leaf were rubbed with Tim's Fall Limited Edition Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink to give them a hint of orange color. Antique Linen DI was used on the edges of the papers. Black crinkled seam binding is looped through the tag which was edged with TH's On the Edge Brackets Die.

I'm entering my card in the
following challenges...
CAS-ual Fridays - Tag You're It
Little Scrap Pieces - Anything Goes

Well, I've done it again... I was 
planning on entering this at The Plat Date Cafe, but just noticed it was closed... shoot! BUT then my eyes glanced down to the next paragraph, and I low and behold... hurray!!! I'm in THE FAB FOUR for this
Hope you have a happy day... mine's getting better!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jingle Belles... Stick-y And Sweet

This is my second post today.
Please scroll down for my first from this morning.

This is rather late... only two
hours until the challenge closes, but I was determined to get this one in after I had seen Amy's card a few days ago. The challenge at Jingle Belles is to use a sticker or several on your card. Here is mine...

When I saw Kirsty's post this morning
I remembered about the challenge. Between laundry and picking my granddaughter up at school and a dozen other things I was able to make this card using my fabulous "Snow Shoe" Kit from Pixie Dust Paperie.

If you're quick, you still have
time to enter.

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City Crafter Challenge #83

hosted by Ros, is "Four Legged Friends". Here is my take...

Is that laughter I hear?
Now, wait a minute for my explanation. My granddaughter Dixie's second birthday is this week and I thought I would incorporate her love of cows into her card and enter a challenge at the same time. 

The card base is Bazzill's Pinkini
and all other papers were scraps... don't you love when that works out? I sponged Spun Sugar Distress Ink on all the edges.

These dies are Spellbinder's
Floral Doily Motifs, Large Classic Scalloped Circles and Classic Hearts. I sponged the Spun Sugar DI on the cow die cut before removing the die. 

The flowers are from I Am 
Roses and were sprayed with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist. My triple loop bow is crinkled seam binding and the sentiment was stamped with Black Archival Ink and an old Scrappy Cats stamp set. The double sided border strip was punched with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace.

Here is my cow lover at our
apple picking party wearing her bunny shoes. Ahhhh, how I love these grandkids!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #81 & Top Three

is "Thanksgiving/Thank You". You really need to see what the talented Design Team has come up with for this one.
Here is mine...

I did a lot of playing around 
with this card. I've been spending an excessive amount of time watching Lisa's videos at Blue Moon Scrapbooking and picking up new ideas I wanted to try. The cardstock for my base is Core'dinations Canvas Texture in Bright White and Kraft Outlet's Brown Kraft cardstock for the mat base. I again used the Breeze 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two which is going fast. My Crop-A-Dile was used to round the corners. I sponged Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges.

I used the Tim Holtz Alterations 
Mini Ticket Set to cut these three pieces of Kraft, a scrap of green cardstock and the DP and adhered them together. I stamped it with an old Scrapping Cats Set and Black Archival Ink. Since I haven't purchased the tag die yet, I traced the pattern of a plain one onto my DP and cut it out. Then embossed it with Cuttlebug's Birds & Swirls Embossing Folder, ran the new Evergreen Bough Distress Ink over top, and when it was dry, I brushed on a coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. When that was dry, I rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Ink into the cracks and on the edges. I put on a wide eyelet from We R Memory Keepers with my Crop-A-Dile setter. Added the ticket with foam adhesive tape.

I next cut two birds with my new
Sizzix Basic Grey Bird #5 Die from a scrap of Ice Cream cardstock. I put that extra wing atop the bird with a piece of foam adhesive and added a teeny rhinestone for it's eye. I popped it up with 3-D foam adhesive. 

A Prima flower, Recollections
mini roses and I Am Roses tiny roses along with a few Martha Stewart punched Oak Leaves finished my project.
I'm happy to tell you that my
wedding card from last week's SS Challenge #80 was chosen in the Top Three.
I'm also THRILLED to tell you
that I am once more going to be Grandma to another precious grandbaby due next June... can hardly wait! God is so good!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Tim Holtz Civil War Birthday Card

Now I'm sure you're wondering
about my title. Well, I needed a masculine birthday card for a friend who collects pin fire guns and bullets, some of which were used during the Civil War.

The papers are Civil War themed,
but I felt it needed a bit more. So I added a couple of Tim's Sprocket Gears and a Timepiece.

Now I like it, but I hope he does, too!

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