Monday, December 11, 2017

CAS250 and JAI389 Krafty Noel

Happy Monday, peeps!  What a great weekend!  It snowed a lovely snow, I got my Christmas tree up (not decorated though), I made cookies, Army won the Army-Navy game by one point (although I felt sad for the Navy kicker who missed), so my West Point nephew and his mom, my sister, were happy......and the Eagles won as well!  I am not a football fan really, but I like it when the teams that my family likes win!  I even squeaked in a tiny bit of crafting time for two challenges:  Just Add Ink and CAS(E) this Sketch:

I started with a thick white cardstock base, some kraft cardstock from last year's catalog, and Tranquil Tide cardstock for my greenery!  So here we go:

I diecut my kraft cardstock with a Lil'Inker stitched rectangle die, and although it's hard to see, I stamped a vintage Christmasy background on it with Crumb Cake ink, then added my greenery, diecut with a Tim Holtz die.  I sponged the Tranquil Tide greenery with white craft ink, then added some chunky cut glitter for "snow":


A Pretty Pink Posh diecut tag was stamped with a sentiment from Joyful Noel by Concord & 9th, then tied up with some Very Vanilla thick baker's twine.  I popped up the kraft piece with dimensionals to make up for the thickness of the twine.  I love this look!

And speaking of pines, the family went out and cut their tree yesterday:

Cassidy found just the right tree (check out the boots) with Mommy and Ganae:

And helped Wayne carry it back to the car:

Eden approved!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsChristmas Background (Stampendous), Joyful Noel (Concord & 9th)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Tranquil Tide, Kraft (ret)
 Ink Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Craft White
Accessories Chunky Glitter (ret), Very Vanilla Baker's Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil'Inker), Holiday Greens Die (Tim Holtz), Stitched Tags Die (Pretty Pink Posh), 1/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PP374 Retro Christmas Colors

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Hope you're having a great weekend!  It's the last Paper Players challenge of the year--wow, how did that happen?!  Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Deanne...her cards were always fun and funky, and brought a breath of fresh air to the Players!  We'll be taking a little break until January, but Claire is taking us out of 2017 with a bang!  Check out these colors:


If you've ever met Claire, you know that she is cheerful and bright, just like these colors, so it's no surprise she chose them!  I pulled out some oldies from my stash to go with some new colors to create a retro Christmas  card:

My trees from the retired set, Festival of Trees, were stamped in three of the challenge colors and mounted behind a diecut of Garden Green.  I added a little embossed Melon Mambo strip and star sequins that matched (mostly) each tree:

But my favorite part might be the little sprigs of holly I created with the Quilt Builder framelits and some pink sequins; I put these down in the corner for just another little kick of color:

The design team has outdone themselves with these fabulous sure to check them out:

·          Claire
·        Jaydee
·        Joanne
·        Laurie
·        Nance
·        Sandy
·        Deanne
·        Annie
·        Jan

We hope you'll play along too!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Some cuddle time!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Festival of Trees (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist
 Ink  Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink
Accessories Sequins (ret SU)
Tools     Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits, Holiday Frames Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Borders (Lawn Fawn)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Warm Winter Fox

Hi everyone!  We're getting snow this Saturday morning, it's quite exciting!  So I thought I would share a little card I made yesterday; I was really just experimenting with some new goodies I got on Black Friday!  This little Lawn Fawn set seemed appropriate for today's weather:

I stamped the fox in Memento ink and colored her with Copics, then fussy-cut her out and popped her up on a stitched circle.  The background paper is from Authentique's Alpine collection!  My blues don't really match in the photo but in real life, thye look a little closer:

I added a little Wink of Stella to the steam, and some glitter snow as well!  Cute!

Are you tired of Eden pictures yet?  I just had to share this one with you!  Dana said she was snoring, too!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Winter Fox (Lawn Fawn)
Card stock & Papers     Confetti White, Dapper Denim, Alpine (Authentique)
 Ink Memento Black, Pacific Point
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Copics, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CTD472 and FMS316 Warm Wooly Mittens

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I am in warp-speed mode today, running late and lots of things to do, so this will be short and sweet!  It took me three tries before I came up with a card that I liked with these two challenges, Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches:

So here we go, I used a retired Cornish Heritage Farms stamp set called Winter Signage with some Carta Bella papers called Christmas Delivery.  The mittens are from Memory Box, twine is retired SU:

I stamped the images in Basic Gray ink, and my card base is also Basic Gray!  Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Just goofing around with Grammy!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RRCB77 and MM268 Loads of Love

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I spent some time this morning in my craft room creating a "retro" card, because when I saw this inspiration photo at the Retro Rubber Challenge, I knew just what I wanted to create:


Loads of Love came out in 2004, and I probably haven't used it in ten years!  I had the Accessories set as well, but for the life of me, couldn't put my finger on it, so my little red truck will just have to be parked for lack of a driver:

The images were stamped with Stazon on watercolor paper and colored in with an aquapainter and reinkers.  I added mats of Real Red and Wild Wasabi, then a liberal sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds for "snow".  I struggled with a sentiment to put on the front, but in the end, I left it blank (but I might still change my mind) so the recipient could take in all the retro fun....old truck, glistening pine trees and a little Santa hat perched on top of her Christmas tree:

Yep....see that little hat?!  I swiped some Real Red ink on a scrap of watercolor paper and then drew the hat around it, adding a wee tiny little Dazzling Diamonds pompom on top:

And here's the inside:

And finally, since the Merry Monday challenge is to create a card with a Santa hat, I'm entering it there---I know my hat is very small, but it's still a hat!

And Eden is not wearing a hat, but she does look like she's settled in for a long winter's nap, doesn't she?

Be blessed and enjoy your day!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Loads of Love (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Watercolor Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Real Red, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green
Accessories Dazzling Diamonds, 
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Mini Dimensionals, Dimensionals,Black Marker, 1/8" Circle Punch, Aquapainter

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SIP128 Let It Snow

Hello, everyone!  Tuesday brings us another Stamp Ink Paper challenge, and this week, it's a fun one---Let it Snow!  We actually might get some flurries by the end of the week!  That would be fun!  

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I broke out a new die I got last year on sale and hadn't used yet (you never do that, do you?) of this cute little Scottie dog on a sled:

I added a plaid background and a sentiment and snowflake that were conveniently in November's Paper Pumpkin kit!  Isn't he adorable?  Check out his little red nose...maybe I should call him Rudolph!  He's snowing on a stitched hill from Lawn Fawn:

The inside features a sentiment from Hearts Come Home and another pretty little snowflake from the PP kit:

I hope you'll play along with us...even if you don't like snow, you can create a snowy card!  Be sure to share your creation with us at the SIP blog!

I don't have any pix of Cassidy, but I wanted to share with you a couple of things I've seen over the last few weeks.  John and I went to Mt Harmon Plantation  in Maryland over the weekend for their Yuletide festival; it was very small, but the house was decorated with lots of greenery, including this "dress" in the front foyer:

It was stunning!  The form is made of chicken wire on the bottom and all the greens and peacock feathers are stuck inside!  And a couple of weeks ago, when I went to Longwood Gardens, this beautiful dress caught my eye in the gift shop (and you can see Cassidy's hand in the foreground!). It actually had icicle lights on the skirt, but I couldn't get my video of it to load, so you'll just have to imagine those little lights twinkling down the skirt! 

Such clever ideas!  Thanks for visiting...I'll have more pictures from Longwood coming up!  Have a blessed day!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin Nov 2017, Hearts Come Home
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Christmas Delivery DSP (Carta Bella)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Riding Hood Red (ret), Basic Black
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Hillside Dies (Lawn Fawn) Scottie Dog on Sled Die (Cottage Kutz)

Monday, December 4, 2017

FMS315 and Inspired By #75 Snowy Gift Bag

Happy Monday, peeps!  Did you have a good weekend?!  Ours was a WHIRLWIND, it was all fun but I will be happy to chill a little bit today!  I have another gift bag I made for the hostess who invited us to dinner on Saturday night!  It uses the theme from Inspired by All the Little Things as well as the sketch from FMS:

I apologize for the poor photography, but it was a challenge to get a good picture!  

I used some retired holiday papers; the Swirly Scribble die in some pale green glimmer paper; a banner and some ice skates and a snowflake!  I added some sequins and some glimmery ribbon as well!

And here's what was inside the little bag:


My friend has a beautiful home and her favorite color is red!  I hoped she would like a little hand-knit Santa!  In hindsight, I wish I hadn't added the glitter, but she said she loved it!  If you'd like the pattern, you can find it at Garnstudio HERE.  I changed mine up a wee bit as I didn't have the right yarn for the beard, and I didn't felt mine, but I think he is still cute!  And speaking of Santa, he came a little early to Cassidy's house:

This is Eden!  Personally, I think she should be called Star...look at that little star on her chest!

Do you think Cassidy loves her?

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  And be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Stamp Ink Paper challenge!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Sage Glimmer Paper (Close to My Heart), SU Christmas DSP (ret, can't remember the name of it)
 Ink Pool Party
Accessories Lost Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, Snowflake and Star Sequins, (all ret), Petite Cafe Bag
Tools     Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlit, Ice Skate Die (Impression Obsession 335-A)