Jan 082015

This card was made for a friend’s son who has (along with his wife of course *grin*) added a new baby boy to their family.  I love this sweet patterned paper, and it has done most of the work here.

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The sentiment is from a new-to-me set from SU.  It’s dolled up with some oval punched cardstock.  The entire sentiment is popped up for some fun dimension.

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Playing along in several challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  “Make new friends, but keep the old.”

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  “Something New”

Papertake Weekly Challenge:  “Anything Goes”

The Male Room Challenge #01/15:  “New Beginnings”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge:  “January 2015 – Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Sweetest Gift”

Papers: PTI Pure Poppy and Vintage Cream; Crate Paper “Little Boy Blue” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Basic Black

Accessories: PTI Satin Ribbon; SU Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches

There’s a great sketch for this week’s challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I played along.

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The embossing, sponging and piercing was done using an embossing folder and piercing template.  Using the piercing template as a stencil, ink was sponged on the embossed areas.

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This card is also entered into a couple of other challenges:

 Papertake Weekly Challenge: “Pick a Fave”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Birthday Basics”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Fancy Pants “Happy-Go-Lucky” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral

Accessories: Cuttlebug Plus Embossing Folder and Piercing Template “Blooming Bouquet”; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; SU Button “Designer Naturals”; Corner Rounder Punch

Dec 252014

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May your Christmas be blessed…

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with all things…

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bright and beautiful.

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Merry Christmas!!
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Stamps: SU “Beautiful Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Only Orange, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Kaisercraft Pearls; Doily; EK Success 1″ Corner Rounder Punch; Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles Die; 3/4″ (Inside), 1-3/8″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches; SU Old Olive Twill Ribbon and Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Dec 202014

Time is short, so I’m wrapping it up with the last few Christmas card designs for the year.

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Added some glitter to the snowflake centers for a little pop on this pretty designer paper.

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And here’s another card using the Tri Square die.  So easy and fun to add some lovely patterns.  It’s a great way to use up some scraps, too, if you’ve got some.

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The holly was colored with Copics and then fussy cut.

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A stamped sentiment inside gives a nice finishing touch.

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Entering five challenges this week!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: “Candy Canes”

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: “Winter Inspiration”

Stamp and Create December Challenge: ” Anything Christmas”

Die Cut Diva’s December Challenge: “Snow and Christmas/Holidays”

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: PTI “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy; SU “Trim the Tree” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Basic Black

AccessoriesSimon Says “Tri Square” Die; Stickles “Christmas Red”; Grosgrain Ribbon

Card 2:

Stamps: SU “White Christmas” and “Christmas Bauble”

Papers: PTI Select White and Terracotta Tile; SU “Trim the Tree” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip; Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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AccessoriesSimon Says “Tri Square” Die

Here’s another quick and fun set of Christmas cards.

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A little embossing adds some interest to the white space, and each ball is accented with a white gel pen.

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With the image and sentiment mounted together on the acrylic block, it was easy to get them stamped straight on every time.

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Glitter tape adds some sparkle and texture while keeping the cards nice and flat for mailing.

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The cards are entering a few challenges this week:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Cards in Envy: “Christmas CAROLS Challenge” – As the sentiment suggests, the Christmas carol “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was the inspiration.

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges: “Challenge #2 – CAS Design”

Work it Wednesday November 2014: “Holidays – Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Holiday Sparkle” and “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White, New Leaf and Raspberry Fizz; SU Ruby Red; Echo Park “Very Merry Christmas” Designer Paper; Simple Stores “Snap Color Vibe” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: American Crafts White Glitter Tape; Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Snow anyone?
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The Friday Mashup Challenge #187 this week is “All About the Weather.”  “.. let the weather you are currently experiencing or would like to be having inspire you to create your project.   If you’re up for mashing up the challenge you can add in a metal embellishment.”

Love these metal stickers!

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Added some pretty rhinestones to the snowflake centers, too.

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Another challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog is all about the “Music of Christmas.”   “..or even just make a card inspired by a Christmas carol..”  Well… “Let it Snow!”

This card set is also playing along in both of the Simon Says Challenges this week!! First is the Simon Monday Challenge: “Holiday Cards.”  Second is the Simon Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes.”

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We have purchased our season passes to a local ski area.  Love to see the white stuff coming down… in the mountains!! Hope to be in some soon!!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Tree Trimming Trio”

Papers: PTI Select White; BoBunny “Powder Mountain” DP

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Simon Says Stamp “Merry Christmas” Die; Metal Stickers; Martha Stewart Snowflake Around the Corner Punch; American Crafts White Glitter Tape; Rhinestones

Nov 212014

It may be Christmas card making time, but birthdays happen now too.  Here are a couple of birthday cards I made using some really awesome designer paper that has been stashed away for a long time.  It was just simply time to use it!

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All of the images and graphics are part of the paper’s design.  The only stamping are the sentiments.

The pins and rose and beautiful brad are also some stashed away embellishments that finally found their way onto a card.  Yeah!

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Check out some of the other papers in this pack.  More fun designs just waiting to be added to a card base!

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While the rosy pink and yellow card is playing in a challenge all by itself:

Crazy for CAS:  Challenge #57 Photo Inspiration

Both cards are playing together in three challenges:

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Pin Cushion

Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Sooooooo Girlie :)

CAS on Sunday:  Challenge #46 Ribbon and/or Twine

I love designer paper!
Happy Crafting!
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Rosy Pink and Yellow Card:
Stamps: Rubber Soul “Happy Birthday”
Papers: PTI Select White and Hibiscus Burst; K & Company “Bloomscape”
Inks: SU Garden Green
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon; Pearl Pin; SU Adornments Vintage Flower

Bird with Beaded Brad Card:
Stamps: www.savvystamps.com “Happy Birthday”
Papers: PTI Select White and Ripe Avacado; SU Yoyo Yellow; K & Company “Bloomscape”
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon; Pearl Pin; K & Company “Hannah Stitched” Beaded Brad

Thank goodness for some very creative and talented people out there in blogland who share their beautiful creations.  I was so inspired by a couple of cards that I CASEd (Copy and Share with Everyone) them.  And here they are all ready for Christmas mailing.

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The falling snow was created by flicking masking fluid on the card base and then sponging with various blue inks over the top of it.  Once done sponging, the masking fluid was easily rubbed off to show the white card base beneath.  A 1″ circle punched from masking paper was used for the moon and torn masking paper was used for the hills.

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So fun I had to do several!

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CASed from Heather Telford.

This card is being entered into a couple of challenges this week:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  “TO THE MOON”

Less is More: Week 198 Theme “MORE THAN ONE TREE”

Absolutely adored the sketch on this second card.

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And you can’t go wrong stamping random blobs.

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It was a blast… obviously!

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CASed from Wilma.

Thanks to Heather and Wilma for the inspiration!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: Flourishes “Forest of Trees”; PTI “Silent Night”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: SU Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Night of Navy and Lavender Lace; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Masking Fluid; Masking Paper; 1″ Circle Punch

 Card 2:

Stamps: SU “Gorgeous Grunge” and “More Merry Messages”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf

Inks: SU Real Red, Garden Green and Basic Black

Accessories: Silver Star Brad

Nov 162014

Having a great time creating my Christmas cards.  Here’s another new stamp I recently purchased from Stampin’ Up.

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Isn’t this the sweetest image and such a cute sentiment all on one stamp. Which is great ‘cuz the sentiment is always straight on with the image! Smiley.Yes1Ani

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I’ve entered this quick and fun CAS card into a few challenges:

CAS-ology – Week 121 Festive

Papertake Weekly Challenge – 2 or 4 Legs

Sister Act Card Challenge – Challenge #83

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – CHNC Challenge 202: Keep It Flat

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Bearing Gifts”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Crystal Stickles

Oct 252014

Finally ordered some fun and beautiful Christmas sets from Stampin’ Up.  I couldn’t decide which set to use first until I checked out this week’s Inspiration Challenge over at SplitcoaststampersThis was one of the first pictures that I saw, and the decision was made… “Partridge & Pears”, of course!!

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Are partridges blue?  Well, this one is! Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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This card is also playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Anything Goes”.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Partridge and Pears”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf; Echo Park “Very Merry Christmas” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Gel Pen; Copics:
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Accessories: Washi Tapes; Spellbinders “Lacy Circles” Die

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