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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Two CAS Christmas Cards

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Happy Halloween!  No Halloween cards today, just a couple of CAS Christmas cards!  The first one is for CAS on Sunday, which is looking for CAS Christmas; here's my notecard-sized card:

These little birdies from a Pinkfresh set called December Days (enabled by my friend Michele) were stamped on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink and watercolored simply with Balmy Blue and Calypso Coral.  I added a couple of little sprigs stamped on my Balmy Blue card and a couple of blue rhinestones for fun!


My second card is for CASE This Sketch:


The background paper is from the Oh What Fun by My Mind's Eye; the diecut sentiment is from Papertrey, and this is the first time I've used it!  It's pretty large, so I had to turn the sketch to allow it to fit!


The candy canes and bow are from the same Pinkfresh set; I stamped one candy cane in reverse, filling it in with a Poppy Parade marker and mounting them on a Tasteful Labels die, trimmed down to make it smaller!  So cute!



And I promised a picture of the final outcome of the jack-o-lanterns, so here you go!




Happy Halloween!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!



Friday, October 30, 2020

FMS459 Christmas Gnome

 Happy Friday peeps!  Boy, is it raining where you are?  RAIN RAIN RAIN, all day long!  I feel like a mushroom!  Well, I did hunker down in my stamp room yesterday and created a couple cards; the one I'm sharing today is for the FMS sketch:

I had used a sketch very similar to this at my last club but I loved how Linda used the Stitched Triangle Dies for her card, so I thought I would give that a go, using my new Classic Christmas papers in Sahara Sand and one of those darling gnomes from Gnome for the Holidays!  So here we go:


I thought I'd try my hand at stamping my gnome in Sahara Sand, then coloring him with Blends, and it worked pretty well!  You can't see it, but his bell and hat are liberally adorned with Wink of Stella!  He looked a little lost just perched upon the DSP, so I punched out a little oval of glimmer paper so he had something to stand on!  I added a mat of Real Red and stamped the sentiment from the same set:

He was a little time-consuming to cut out but the rest of the card was so easy, it went together in a jiffy!

Here are a few more jack-o-lantern pix!

Drawing the face:


Yikes!  She is scaring me with that knife!


Wayne brings in the artillery....a power drill!  Stay tuned tomorrow to see the final results!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Gnome for the Holidays
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Classic Christmas DSP, Sparkle Glimmer Paper
 Ink Sahara Sand, Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Triangle Dies, Blends, Wink of Stella

Thursday, October 29, 2020

TTTC88 Hello Fall

 Hi peeps!  It's Team X's turn to share their Tic Tac Toe challenge cards today!  Here's our fun grid:


I've got almost all the squares covered, except for the wreath!  Here we go:


I started out with this beautiful paper from Photoplay and I wanted to use as much of it as I could in order to get all those pretty images and sentiments in, so my card is larger than normal; it measures 
6 1/4" x 4 1/2".  Isn't it sweet? But guess what...no stamping!!


My focal piece is an acorn using a die from Spellbinders Small Die of the Month club from 2018.  I experimented with several different color combinations before I finally decided on Soft Suede for the cap, Cajun Craze for the acorn front and some polka-dotted papers for the background:


I did a little sponging on the cap and added some Linen braid, and it was done!  Simple and easy!  And since I was experimenting with different colors for my acorn, I took one of the "unused" ones and made another card with it:


Bright and cheerful in Pumpkin Pie and Bumblebee!!

What will you make with our tic-tac-toe grid this week?  Can't wait to see what you create!  Check out all the samples at the Tic-Tac-Toe blog and share yours with us too!

How about some Jameson and Sawyer pix?  They're getting so big! And not ornery at all!


So happy you popped in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

IB148 Count Your Blessings

Howdy, peeps!  Hope your week is going by nicely!  It's time for a lovely new Inspired By challenge!  I am constantly amazed at how Laurel and Danni keep coming up with these fabulous inspirations for us!  Check out this week's: 


And here's the optional sketch...you can use one or the other, or combine them!  


I sort of did use the sketch this week:


I really had a good time putting this card together!  So many fun elements, and I had a chance to pull out some old goodies as well as current!  I used some woodgrain paper to diecut a window and backed it with some retired printed vellum:


Then I stamped some pumpkins from my favorite Pick a Pumpkin set, and gave them a little garland of leaves from Beautiful Autumn upon which to rest:


And I finally used the Mug Mat die from the Greetery (that I just had to have) and a pretty little sentiment from an old My Creative Time set:



I think this is one of my favorite cards this season!  Be sure to stop by the IB blog to see the fabulous creations the rest of the DT made....and be sure to share yours with us too!  

Time to make the jack-o-lanterns...you'll have to come back to see the final results!




Yep, those seeds feel yucky!  LOL!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." 
Micah 7:7

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Autumn, Pick a Pumpkin (ret), Just for You (My Creative Time)
Card stock & Papers     Naturals White (ret), Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Woodgrain DSP (ret), Graceful Glass Vellum (ret), Autumn Day DSP (Photoplay), Thankful Heart DSP (Recollections)
 Ink Pumpkin Pie, Craft White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Only Orange (ret)
Accessories Candy Dots (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Autumn Punch Pack, Patterned Pumpkin Dies (ret), Mug Mat Die (The Greetery), Small Madison Arched Window Die (Poppystamps)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

One Sketch, Two Cards

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  WOW---the sun came out in Pennsylvania yesterday---I didn't quite know how to act! It's been MIA for several days, and it was so nice to see it!  Anyhoo, I did get a little time in my craft room yesterday...I loved the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches:

loved it so much, I made two cards!  The first one uses the colors from Hand Stamped Sentiments:


I am always scrambling for male birthday cards, and I thought these colors were pretty good for a guy..the Blackberry is just dark enough to not be too feminine!  I pulled out Sailing Home and some various DSPs and went to work:


Everything is pretty straightforward; I stamped the lighthouse in Night of Navy and diecut it, then added some seagulls and a sun on the Stitched Nested Label panel:


I added some diecuts from the Set Sail die set as well; the wheel and the rope were diecut and added strategically!  The sentiment from Rustic Retreat was diecut with the Stitched Rectangle die:



My second card uses the same layout, but I chose to make a Christmas card to fulfill the Christmas Kickstart challenge of Festive Florals:


I've been making several cards using the Poinsettia Petals set, so I made another, this time using some Winter Wonderland papers from Simple Stories:


I stamped two layers of the smallest poinsettia on some Naturals White cardstock, which is now retired, in Baja Breeze ink and diecut them out.  I wanted to "shabby" them up a bit since the background papers are a bit muted in color, so I sponged them with some Soft Sky ink and added some "lines" from Gorgeous Grunge in Sahara Sand to imitate the background paper.  I added some Champagne foil berries:


and a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas, stamped in Calypso Cora and diecut with a Tasteful Labels die:


And since I stamped the inside sentiment crooked, I stamped another poinsettia over it to draw the recipient's eye away from my error, LOL!



And just in case you're wondering what size the panels are;  the top left panel is 3 1/8" x 2 3/8"; the panel below it is 7/8" x 2 3/8"; the right panel is 1 1/2" x 4"; and the bottom panel is 1 1/4" x 4".  

Cassidy had a busy Saturday last week; before going to the Harvest Party, she helped clean out flower beds!



I'm pretty sure she slept very well that night!  Thanks so much for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!




 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

AFC#186 Halloween Bingo

 Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I have a real quick card I actually made last week and is in the mail, but I never shared it!  The Always Fun Challenge this week is Halloween Fun, so here we go:


This card was so fun to make....it uses the retired Spooky Bingo Bits, which has lots of cute Halloween images!  I stamped them all in various colors, punched them out with a 1" punch, then placed them inside this cool stitched Multi Circle Window die from CTMH. 





I added some sequins from my stash and mounted it all on a Granny Apple Green card base; here's the inside, with a sentiment from A Wish for Everything:


Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!


"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."  Proverbs 18:10

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps A Wish for Everything, Spooky Bingo Bits (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black,
 Ink Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Granny Apple Green
Accessories Misc Sequins
Tools     Big Shot, 1" Circle Punch, Multi Circle Window Die (Close to My Heart)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Fall Foliage

 Hi peeps!  I have a clean-and-simple card today, and it fulfills four challenges!  First, let's look at the card:



I used just the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge, and the theme at Less Is More is to use more than one foliage:

I started out with a Very Vanilla card base,  some Bronze Brushed Metallic cardstock as well as some Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze to create the elements of the sketch.  The metallic was embossed with the Quilt Top (ret) embossing folder, and the colors were embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  I stamped and diecut (or fussy-cut) foliage from Beautiful Autumn, Poinsettia Petals and Forever Fern. I did add a little extra coloring to the Crumb Cake petals with some Blends to give them a little more depth:


I fussy-cut the "smile" from Lovely You and mounted it on a piece of Cajun Craze diecut with a stitched banner from Tasteful Labels; the final touch was some sequins from my stash!  I used the colors from Color Throwdown, and the embossing fulfills the new Let's Squash It challenge!




The harvest party at church was a hit....it felt almost like "normal"!!!  The weather was gray and windy but it didn't rain!  Wayne and Josh manned the apple press to make fresh cider (which is delicious!):




Hot dogs and s'mores roasted over the fire was the menu:


Then a hay ride with a tractor breakdown (uh-oh!):


And everyone was having so much fun, they forgot to decorate their pumpkins!  Cellphone flashlights to the rescue:

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