Thursday, December 7, 2023

Happy Christmas Deer

Happy Thursday, peeps! The week is screeching along to the weekend and I feel behind!  LOL, I am sure I will get it all done, right?!  I made a card a couple of days ago and just had the time to post, and it happened to be for a couple of challenges!  First, the sketch at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown:

And both Little Red Wagon and Double D challenges want Christmas animals on their cards:

I hadn't used this sweet little deer diecut from Papertrey for a while, so I decided he needed to make an appearance:

I guarantee you that John won't see a deer out in the woods decked out like this one, LOL!  He's created from some retired Naturals White cardstock, mounted on various Christmas papers, and decorated with some sequins and twine on his little wreath around his neck:

The layers are mounted on a 4 1/4" square Mossy Meadow card, and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's Christmas Blessings!  Off to make some more cookies!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Blessings (Simon Says Stamp)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Mossy Meadow, Naturals White (ret), Real Red Glimmer (ret), Winter Flowers (Unity), Christmas Salutations (Echo Park)
 Ink Mossy Meadow, Real Red
Accessories Sequins (from my stash), Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker's Twine (ret), Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stylish Shapes Dies, Deer to Me Dies (Papertrey), Large Banner Dies (Pink & Main)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

AHSC554 A Really Big Baby Card

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I guess by the name of my post, you might think this is a baby card for a really big baby, or a really big card for a normal-sized baby!  Thankfully, it's the latter! My niece finally had her baby Sunday night, and I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts for their card:

So here's my really big card:

I wanted to be able to use a business-sized envelope, so the card is 3 3/4" x 8 1/2".  I apologize for the poor quality photo....I guess it's just too big!  I used some plaid papers from the retired Country Gingham DSP, and some scrapbook paper from my stash.  The teddy bear was stamped and colored with Blends; it's from the retired Every Little Bit, and he was mounted on an embossed square of Basic White:

The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs and the enamel dots are retired SU.  And on the inside, some sentiments from Charming Sentiments, stamped in Azure Afternoon, and for the Global Design Project challenge this week, which is "ABC--using letters", 

I diecut Papertrey letters for his name:

And here is baby Coby, with Mommy and Daddy and big brother Cole....and he weighed in at 9 lb, so I guess you could say he was a big baby!

Thanks for visiting today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Charming Sentiments, Every Little Bit (ret), Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Balmy Blue, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green,Azure Afternoon, Baby Boy (Jolee's Boutique)
 Ink Balmy Blue, Azure Afternoon, Memento Black
Accessories Dimensionals, Enamel Dots (ret)
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Charming Sentiments Dies, Banner Dies (Pink & Main), Layering Squares Dies (ret), Small Alphabet Dies (Papertrey), Stitched Border Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug/Provocraft), Polka Dot Border Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug/Provocraft)

Monday, December 4, 2023

Three Vintage Christmas Cards

 Happy Monday, peeps!  Phew, I'm beat.  It was a crazy hectic day yesterday between church and our covered dish supper, then Christmas Carol hymn sing....but it really put me in the Christmas spirit!  Today is grocery shopping and this will be quick!  The challenge from In(k)spire Me is Retro Christmas, and Inspire.Create also wants Christmas this week!  I have had this wood mounted stamp from Inkadinkado for a long time and have never inked it up!  I actually took it off the wood block so I could use it in my Stamparatus and while I was at it, I made three!  

So here we go:

I am not quite sure why the colors in my photo are really off; my images are stamped on Crumb Cake and the card bases are Cherry Cobbler, Misty Moonlight and Shaded Spruce, but it certainly doesn't look like those colors in real life, LOL!  Anyway, you get the gist.  I began by stamping them all in my Stamparatus:

Then I diecut them with a Deckled Edge Rectangle die and used a Blending Brush and Crumb Cake ink to give them a vintage look.  On the corners of each card, I stamped a holly image from the retired Bells & Boughs set, then mounted the image on top:

A vintage sentiment from Crafty Secrets was stamped and diecut, then added to the inside.  Simple & easy!

Thanks for popping in today..if you need any info on any of the products used, just shoot me an email!
Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, December 3, 2023

PP669 Gingerbread Christmas

Hi there, everyone!  It's Sunday and time for another Paper Players challenge, with Jaydee as our hostess! And she has a timely theme for us:

So many ideas from our mood board!  I combined the top left and center pictures for my card today:

This little card is just chock-full of holiday treats--candy, hot cocoa, and gingerbread men!  The background paper from Echo Park's Santa Claus Lane was my starting point, and I pulled out different sets and dies to create the little focal point. My sketch comes from Hand Stamped Sentiments:

And my elements are all from Close to My Heart, except for the gingerbread diecut, which is from Lisa Jones/Sissix.  My sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs:

Everything went on a Lovely Lipstick card base.  My inside sentiment is from a Fiskars set which I don't think I've ever used!

I had so much fun making this!  If you have some Christmas cards still needing to be done, I hope you'll find some inspiration from our theme board!  Whip up something and share it with us over at the Paper Players!  Check out what the other designers did as well!  Thanks for visiting today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs), Just Treats (Close to My Heart), Season's Greetings (Fiskars)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pecan Pie, Santa Claus Lane (Echo Park)
 Ink Real Red, Mellow Moss (ret), Garden Green, Versafine Black
Accessories Red Rhinestone, Linen Thread, Brown Glitter (Recollections)
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Give it a Whirl Dies, Layering Circles Dies (ret), Winter Elements Dies (Lisa Jones/Sissix), Ornate Frames Dies (ret), White Gel Pen (Posca)

Saturday, December 2, 2023

FMS614 & AYSI313 Super Speedy Stars

Happy Saturday, peeps! I don't normally post on a Saturday afternoon, but I wanted to get this CAS card posted before the challenges ended!  The FMS sketch is a fun one, and the Speed Stamping challenge at As You See It is "stars"!

Usually speed stamping gives me the willies, so I avoid it, but my friend Martha just gave me a lovely starry stencil and after some practice, I felt sure I could create a CAS card with it!  I pulled out the retired Shine Bright stamp set as well, my Crushed Curry ink, a few starry sequins and went to town:

And here's my time:

Not too bad!  I used a die from Pink & Main to create my sentiment:

And my time even included stamping on the inside! Woohoo!

I think I am ready to get all my card signed, addressed and in the mail!  Thanks for visiting today!

For any of you who enjoy hearing about Longwood Gardens, their recent blog post was really fun, especially if you're a fan of the  "red trucks hauling Christmas trees" themed stuff! My brother had told us that Longwood had purchased an old farm truck and spent months restoring it.  You can see all about it HERE on their blog! We will be visiting Longwood in a week or so, so I am anxious to see it myself!  I'll be sure to get some pictures!  Meanwhile, here's a sneak peek, courtesy of Longwood Gardens:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Shine Bright (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White
 Ink Crushed Curry
Accessories Star Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
Tools     Blending Brush, Star Stencil (unknown)

Friday, December 1, 2023

Bundle Up

Happy Friday, everyone! I have a busy weekend decorating, shopping, Advent covered dish and hymn sing....phew!  But fun stuff! I had time to play yesterday between cookie-baking to make a fun little card with a set I don't think I've used but maybe one time.  When I had my W+9 candle set out, I noticed I had this little W+9 set in my box as well:

I used the color theme from Inspired By as well as the sketch from Global Design Project:

Each of my little warm elements were stamped and diecut, then mounted on some woodgrain paper, and mounted on a 4 1/4" square card of Tranquil Tide that was stamped with the retired Knit Together stamp:

A really "vintage" Whippersnapper set provided the sentiment and I used some sentiment from a past Close to My Heart set for the inside:

Another for the stash!  How is your card-making progressing? I think I'd better sit down and count how many I have...I may need to gear up, LOL!

Over the summer, Cassidy was a junior counselor at a local Christian retreat called Black Rock.  Dana was looking up information to sign her up again, and here's what came up on the retreat's website:

Looks like she was having fun!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Knit Together (ret), Holiday Cheer (W+9), Winter Schminter (Whippersnapper), Love With All the Trimmings (Close to My Heart)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pecan Pie, Tranquil Tide (ret), One Horse Sleigh DSP
 Ink Versafine Black, Pecan Pie, Tranquil Tide (ret), Crumb Cake, Soft Succulent (ret), Smoky Slate
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stylish Shapes Dies, Banner Dies (Pink & Main), Stitched Square Dies (Lil'Inker), Holiday Cheer Dies (W+9), White Gel Pen

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Candle Christmas

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I have a card that was definitely a labor of love....but I love the end result, so it was worth it! I don't always have the time to do these types of cards, but it was a "chill" kind of day, so I went with it!  I am using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch for this week, as well as the FarmQuest Theme challenge of country light:

So here we go:

This card is pretty large, about 4" x 6 5/8", but it will fit in a business envelope or a larger one from my stash!  I diecut and stamped many elements for this card, using an older W+9 stamp called Merry and Bright.  Of course, over the years, I have lost two of the stamps....the flame and the berries, so I had to hand-create them with some markers, and I almost lost another one, but I found it stuck to the bottom of my Stamparatus!  Phew!  Anyway, I used every single of the elements, just sticking them around the candle here and there:

I debated on adding a ribbon and in the end, just opted for some simple twine.  The background DSP is SU's Tiding of Christmas and it's on top of a Real Red mat.  

And speaking of lots of greenery and embellishments, Dana and some of her coworkers attended a wreath-making class at the same winery where her birthday party was held:

A girl after my own heart--she chose a buffalo plaid ribbon and vintage bells for her wreath!  Here they all are....just gorgeous!

And here they are again....can you see their faces peeking out from the openings in the wreath?  CUTE!

They even had a "door" on which to display them:

Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Merry & Bright (W+9)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red, Tidings of Christmas DSP (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Chip (ret), Blackberry Bliss, Soft Succulent (ret), Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Red Twine (ret)
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Layering Ovals Dies (ret), Merry & Bright Dies (W+9), Real Red Marker, Daffodil Delight Marker