Monday, December 22, 2014

Mojo Monday

Good Monday everyone! Are you ready for another awesome sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge?  I went with a distressed style of card this week and wondered if it was a subliminal sign of what I was feeling with so little time left and still much to do before Christmas day is here - lol! I'm guessing Freud would have a theory on it!  I started with  the distressed patterned papers from The Paper Studio's Pine St. Square stack.  It naturally led to distressing all the edges and then burlap and rusty bells seemed like the next logical embellishments.  The snowflake is a SU punch and natural ribbon is also by SU.  The sentiment (Holiday Treats) and holly leaves (Holly Jolly Christmas - ? retired - unable to find in Verve store) are images by Verve.  I picked up some red paint on a brush and flicked it onto the white sentiment panel.  The holly/berries were colored with Copics (G43, G46, R29), fussy cut then Diamond Stickles added to make the berries appear frosted.  I really enjoy making Christmas cards and hate to think the season for creating them is nearly over!

Check out the other mojo makers' creative entries on the Mojo Monday can click on their individual blogs below:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Looking Back at ODBD December Release

Today, we're taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs December release! 

I wanted to use this beautiful sentiment with its great combination of fonts from the Let It Snow stamp set as the focal point.  I paired it up with the papers in ODBD Christmas Collection 2014.  I gold embossed after stamping with Versamark ink, then die cut using the ODBD Antique Labels and Borders die.  It's popped with foam dots over the ornament die.  I embellished with ODBD Peaceful Poinsettias with coarse glitter added to the edges.  I struggled with getting a good photograph of this card.  When I angled it to see the embossing, then the gold looked brown. :-( 

You'll definitely want to head on over to Our Daily Bread Designs blog to check out the gorgeous creations and be inspired by the rest of the designers! 

Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Let It Snow (ODBD)
PAPER: Christmas Collection 2014 (ODBD), Forest Foliage, Cherry Cobbler, White, Gold
INK: Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Antique Labels and Borders die (ODBD), Peaceful Poinsettias die (ODBD), 2010 Heirloom Ornament die (Spellbinders), Fine gold embossing powder, Gold cording, Gold jingle bells, Glitter by Martha Stewart, Gold brad.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Color Throwdown

Hey, hey! It's hump day and that means a new Color Throwdown Challenge! Lori has a fabulous combo for us: pale pink, rose, kraft and green.

I started to go with a Christmas card, but these new stitched panel dies from Lil Inker Designs were calling my name and these florals - also from LID - have been neglected for too long!  I went with a very clean and simple design that's self-explanatory. 

Be sure and check out the beautiful card from our talented December guest designer - Sue Lelli from the Card Therapy blog!

Our guest star stamper this week is Rosemary Dennis of Hey There... rosigrl!.  Congrats, Rosemary!

For details on how to play along and for more inspiration, be sure and check out the rest of the design team's creations on the
CTD blog or you can go to the links below:

  Sue Lelli - December Guest Designer

STAMPS: Sketched Floral Stamps (Lil Inker Designs).
PAPER: Kraft, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, White, Black.
INK: Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Versafine Onyx Black.
ACCESSORIES: Stitched panels, floral and sentiment dies - all by Lil Inker Designs. Sequins by Avery Elle.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa-tizer Gift Ideas

Need a fun, inexpensive little gift for someone? Try making these little Santa-tizer gifts! I made 4 of these this afternoon after seeing the inspiration on Pinterest.  I first cut a 4 1/4" x 10 1/2" length of white CS then used Stampin' Up's scallop edge punch for the bottom edge.  I then adhered a strip of red CS over the white using my Scotch ATG "gun".  Then I die cut the buckles by placing the 2 smallest square Nestabilities together over silver glitter CS.  I cut a black strip the width of the buckle opening then added two buttons using medium glue dots.  I computer-generated the labels using 36 font size and die cut with a Fishtail Flag Die-Namics.  I used silver cording to tie it to the bottle.  I plan to pair the sanitizer with some Burt's Bees hand cream and lip moisturizer with what I hope will be a practical yet well-loved gift for under $20!

Christmas Tags

I was in Christmas gift wrapping mode this morning and needed some tags! I checked out the Color Challenge on SCS - Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive - and went with that color palette. I used 3 different WPlus9 stamp sets: Merry and Bright, Just Geometrics: Triangles, and Ink Splats.  I just love the depth of the two and three step stamping on the flowers and pine boughs!  The tag dies and floral matching dies are also from WPlus9 (just love their trendy designs!).  Quick post here...gotta run to the post office and also need another gift card...or more. :-)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Candy Winner!

I have a winner for my blog candy on the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post! picked commenter #37 - Kerry Urbatch!
Congrats, Kerry!  If you will send me your mailing address at, I'll have it sent your way!

My work schedule plus the busy weekend did not let me get more than a fourth of way through all the blogs to comment, so I'm definitely not a power hopper - lol!  I appeciated the 71 comments that did come my way and will wait to hear from Kerry!

Mojo Monday

Another great sketch is on board for the newest Mojo Monday Challenge! I keep thinking I'm
finished with Christmas cards, but then someone else's name pops up in my mind and I keep on cranking them out! I wanted to use this sweet new manger scene by Verve and this time I gold embossed on a wood grain patterned paper.  All of the papers are from Simple Stories' Cozy Christmas pad.

STAMPS: Weary World (Verve) - manger and sentiment;  Joyous Noel (Verve) - poinsettias.

Be sure to check out the other mojo makers' creative entries on the Mojo Monday can click on their individual blogs below: