Thursday, December 24, 2015

Season's Greetings

It's Christmas Eve!  I'm just putting the finishing touches on some packages, plating my cookies, and getting everything ready for our big Christmas celebration which is over at my Great Aunt's house this year.  I am so excited to watch all my nieces and nephews (and even some of the aduts) open their gifts, eat cookies, drink some egg nog, and have fun.  My Grandpa always reads the Christmas story, and that is one of the highlights of Christmas celebration for me because he's been doing it since he was a child.  He started doing it for his own children, he did it when I was little, and now the next generation is hearing him read this wonderful story from the Word of God.  What a gift God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ, our eternal hope,  I want to wish everyone a very blessed day, and hope that you each remember to celebrate in your heart the true meaning of Christmas.
I made my card using the same papers I've been using on the last few cards I've made because I'm trying to keep with this color theme, and use non-traditional Christmas colors.  My family members will be receiving a lot of blue and purple Christmas cards. But I've also made lots of greena and red ones as well.  I added some doilies, machine stitching, lots of great seam binding to blend in all the colors, and a sentiment.  My "sparkle" is the sequins I added.

I will be playing along in these fun challenges:

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #41 - Non-Traditional Colors

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Sparkle - I added some sequins for my "sparkle"

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #214/215 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #11 - I used Tim Holtz Ink on the edges of my card.  CropStop carries so many colors of Tim Holtz Inks, I never knew there were so many!

Merry Christmas to everyone!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All Ready For Christmas

Can you believe it?  I'm all ready for Christmas.  I have all my shopping finished, all my gifts wrapped, all  my cards are mailed, all my cookies are baked and delivered to friends, and I can't think of anything that I've forgotten.  I'm SO ready!  Now, if I could just win a challenge this week, I'd be SO excited!
I made this card with some patterned paper from my super stash (it's old).  I also added a small glassine bag, Tim Holtz inks, some sequins, two chipboard pieces from Crate Paper, some purple cardstock, and I also used a die-cut from Memory Box called Big Ticket

Outside The Box/Memory Box Challenges - Challenge #7 - Season's Greetings - I used a fabulous die-cut from Memory Box called Blank Ticket.   It's so cute, and made a great background for my glassine bag.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Die Crazy" - I used a die-cut from Memory Box called Blank Ticket.

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Challenge #86 - Brrrrr! It's Winter - I used a Memory Box die-cut called Blank Ticket

DRS Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #205 - Inspired By Color - I love this color combo, and this is my second card using it.  SO sweet.

The Shabby Tea Room - Winter Wonderland - I was inspired by the sweet photo

 V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #41 - Non-Traditional Colors

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - Simon Says "Winter Wonderland"

Inspiration Journal - Tis The Season

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #32 - Holidays

Little Scrap Pieces - Sunday Show It Off Linky Party

I would like to thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I'm so excited to have so many great challenges to enter this week.  I hope you are enjoying your Christmas vacation as much as I'm enjoying mine.  I wish it would never end.  I love sleeping in late.

God bless your Christmas,

Friday, December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas To You

This is a very simply just says "Merry Christmas".  That really says it all.  I made this card to accommodate several differnent challenges where I wanted to play along, so I had my work cut out for me.  It's very simple, but I like how it turned out.
I started with a piece of snowflake pattern paper from my super stash (many years old, I'm sure).  I machine stitched the edge to give it some personality.  Next, I die cut two trees from vellum that I outlined in blak ink.  Then, I added lots of sequins to pull in all the colors from the color challenge at one of the challenges I'm entering.  I also stamped the sentiment onto vellum just to keep it simple.

These are all the challenges I'm entering with this card, and I've explained what elements I've included to accommodate each challenge.

DRS Challenge Blog -- Challenge #205 - This is such a beautiful color combination to use, and so unusual for Christmas, which I ahsolutely LOVE!  I used sequins and pattern paper to make it work.

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #11 - Anything Goes

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #41 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Die Crazy" and I chose to use some sweet Blue Spruce Trees die-cuts from Frantic Stamper on my card.

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #32 - Holidays Celebration - I used a fantastic Blue Spruce die-cut from Frantic Stamper.which is al sold at Scrapy Land Dies.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #214 - Anything Goes

Inspiration Journal for the Inspiration Emporium - Tis' The Season - Anything Goes

You may have noticed that I don't yet have very many blog followers, and I'd really like to change that!  I would be SO happy if you would become my new blog follower, and I would be more than willing to do the same fot you.  It would mean so much to me and; after all, that's how we make new blog friends.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Embellishing With Felt

Working on all those Christmas cards is exhausting, so it was fun to take a quick break and create something other than a Christmas card.  I love working with felt and die-cuts, and the two together are simply amazing.  I followed the tutorial on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog this week showing us how to embellish cards with felt.  You can use lots of felt, or just a small touch.  The results are sweet, and Papertrey Ink has so many super cute dies.  I've found several on EBay (just saying).

So, I used up some scraps of patterned papers, some laces, some different colors of felt, and I also created a matching tag to go with this card.  I like to place a matching tag inside the cards I send so that the person can use it as a bookmark or remembrance of me, and the occasion on which I sent the card to them.  You will love this "Embellishing With Felt Tutorial", so why not check it out and play along in this fun challenge.
Here are the links to the challenges where I am linking this card and matching tag:

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Capture The Moment: Make It Monday #234 - Embellishing With Felt.  I used several of Papertrey Ink's lovely flower dies, and their heart die.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Tag It - I made a matching tag with my card.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #213 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #11 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink to stamp my sentiment.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I would LOVE to have you become my new blog follower, and I will be sure to stop by your blog as well to do the same.  Have a great week, and ENJOY YOUR WEEKED (as I know I sure will).


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Splattering of Christmas Joy

I'm so behind in making my Christmas cards.  I prefer to give each member of my family a hand-made card, and would really enjoy sending one to every person and/or family on my list.  That won't likely happen, but I'm trying to get as many created as I possibly can in the small amount of free time that I have.  I made these two cards using a neat technique I saw this week over on Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog.
I used some older patterned papers and goodies that I had in my stash.  I did lots of inking, machine stitching, and then I die-cut the sentiments using Buff Ivory Card Stock, and I splattered them with paint using the technique shown here.
Here's a close up photo of the splattering technique (above).  It's fun, but you have to be careful because it makes a bit of a mess.  I got some paint in places I didn't intend to get paint (if you know what I mean).
I thank you for visiting my blog.  My last post received absolutely no comments (go figure).  I can't be upset about that because I almost never get the time to visit anyone's blog; and when I do, it's only for a quick moment in passing.  I'm really looking forward to Christmas break when I will have some time to create a few things and "surf" the internet more.

I'm going to share my cards in these challenges where they fit the themes.

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Challenge Blog - Make It Monday #233 - Splattering.  I used several great PTI products including their sweet Rustic Cream Button Twine, their Wonderful Words Die-Cut Set, and their Holly Jolly Die Collection.

The Kraft Journal - Challenge #252 - Color Challenge.  This was a strange color combination, but I had the right patterned papers to pull it off.  I used The Kraft Outlet's Buff Ivory Card Stock.

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #211 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "Anything Goes" this week.

Have an awesome week.  I really do appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.  I hope you're creating lots of lovely things for the Christmas season.