Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Season Of Love

Christmas is the season of love......God's love.  He sent His precious Son, Jesus Christ, to become a symbol of His love for mankind.  So when I hear the term, Season of Love, that's exactly where my mind goes.  I created a couple of sweet Christmas cards to celebrate this lovely season.  I'm so excited about this time of year leading up to Christmas.  It's just SO exciting!
I made my first card using some pattern paper and cream card stock.  I stamped onto the cream card stock using red and green inks, and using both Papertrey Ink stamps (holly berries and holly vines) and others.  I also tied on red and green seam binding and added some little sugared berries that I picked up at Michael's this weekend.

My second card uses some more stamps (little postal marks and snowman), as well as some cream card stock I pressure embossed using a Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, an Echo Park journalling card (with red glittered edge), a small October Afternoon sentiment sticker, and I also used 3-D adhesive tape to raise up my snowman.

I'm going to link up my cards in these challenges I've found:

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #209 - Family Friendly/Anything Goes

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #10 - Anything Goes - I used lots of great Tim Holtz Ink (as found at CropStop).

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #40 - Bling It On - I used glitter, some glittered berries, and lots of shiny touches.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Christmas"

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Grateul For You

There are a lot of great Thanks and Thanksgiving Challenges out there right now, and I really wanted to be able to play along.  That's one of the best parts of my weekends.....being able to get in my craft room and create some cards.  This card was created using Emma from Paper Sweeties.
I started with some really old Melissa Frances patterned paper which I inked along the edges.  When I went to stitch it, I quickly realized I had no thread in my dear old sewing machine.  So....I just went ahead and made the stitch holes anyway.  I added a seam binding bow, a button with twine, some wooden stars, a BINGO card, sweet Emma, and a stamped sentiment and outfit from a stamp set that I'm guessing is retired because I can't find it on their site.  The dress originally had no sleeves, so I had to draw them on to give poor Emma an appripriate Autumn outfit.  When I look at the close-up picture of Emma's face, I can really see that I need to take more time when I color the faces.  I'm not happy with how it looks, but she's still a cutie pie!
I always enjoy getting to spend time in my craft room, and I hope to get some more creating done this weekend.  I look forward to stopping by some of your blogs to see what you're up to this weekend.  Hopefully wherever you live, it's warmer than it is here.  It's a brisk 44 here today (which isn't terrible), but I know that snowflakes will be flying soon!

Paper Sweeties Challenge #37 - November Color/Photo Inspiration - I had to add some sleeves to Emma's dress...LOL

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Thanks/Thanksgiving.  I used Autumn colors and a "thankful" sentiment.

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #9 - Anything Goes - I used some great Tim Holtz Distress Inks that are carried at CropStop.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Link It Up and Show It Off Challenge

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #208 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #40 - Bling It On

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Happy crafting!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fabric Strips Tree

How cute is this idea over on the Papertrey Ink Blog?  Melissa Phillips has shared a tutorial taking torn strips of fabric, along with ribbons and lace, to create a sweet shabby chic Christmas tree.  I used a wooden spool that I covered in lace and then added my paper straw and tied on lots of torn fabric strip, lace and ribbons to create my tree.
I also added a glittered star at the top of my tree.  The sentiment was created using Papertrey Ink's Tny Tags Die Set and Tiny Tags Stamp Set.  I attached the PTI sentiment tag using a tiny wooden clothespin and some Natural Burlap String.
I am super excited to play along in this challenge, and sure wish I could do it more often.  This idea was just TOO CUTE to pass up, and I had to squeeze in some late last night to get this done.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  I'm thinking of making more of them for Christmas gifts.

Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Make It Monday - Fabric Strip Christmas Tree - I used Papertrey Ink's Tiny Tags Stamp Set and Tiny Tags Die-Cut Set as well as their lovely Natural Burlap String.

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #208 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly - Thank you to Karen for inviting me to play along.

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