Friday, October 31, 2014

Technostamper Sketch Challenge

Good Friday everyone! I found a new (to me) challenge with a wonderful sketch this week: Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge! Didn't I warn you earlier in the week you'd be seeing a stream of Christmas creations? :-)  This is a rather masculine version and it highlights a tree I created using 3 different images from SU's Work of Art set.  It also is a sneak peek of a sentiment and a star die that Our Daily Bread Designs will be releasing tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM EST, so check out that blog site HERE to see all the new goodies that will be available!

I used patterned paper from SU's Trim the Tree stack as my starting point. Let me just inject here how much I LOVE that they are making papers in smaller patterns (4 1/2" x 6 1/2") for us cardmakers.  The scale is so much better than many of the 12 x 12 patterns. matches Sahara Sand so I stamped the tree in Garden Green on SS cardstock.  I had these light gold sticker gems from Recollections that were a good match.  Of course, every Christmas tree needs some sparkle, so the star is from SU's silver glitter CS.  I tweaked the ribbon placement (Soft Suede taffeta) slightly since my panels were sized differently from the sketch photo.  There you have it...a monochromatic, masculine Christmas card! Thanks for stopping by...I always love to hear from you!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aqua Stars

I was burning the midnight oil after getting off work last night and created this card for two challenges.  First off, I have to give Amy Kolling the credit for inspiring me after seeing her gorgeous card on Pinterest!  I used a solid CS instead of DP and stamped stars instead of snowflakes, but the layout is the same.  This is a sneak peek of a new set being released by Our Daily Bread Designs on Nov. 1. There are 4 different sized stars and I've used all but the largest size to create the background.  Today's Ways to Use It challenge on SCS is to use our favorites and for me, it's the color and the use of embossing - both dry embossing for texture and heat embossing for the shimmer and shine!  It's also for Susie's HYCCT challenge to create your own background.

STAMPS: His Birth (ODBD)
PAPER: Coastal Cabana, White
INK: Coastal Cabana, Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Tag die by WPlus9, ODBD Sparkling Stars dies, Snowflake EF by SU, Silver cording.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek for the Nov. 1st release at ODBD!  Let's just say I've been seeing lots of stars in preparation for the new release - lol!  I used the layout for the Sketch Challenge on SCS to feature this new stamp set - His Birth. The Sparkling Stars dies will be a must have...not just for Christmas but for many other occasions as well.   The yummy designer paper is also part of the new goodies you will be able to purchase on Nov. 1.  I stamped the star in Rose Red ink then embossed with clear EP then popped with foam tape and layered it over some looped string.  Very quick and easy CAS design!

Color Throwdown

Happy Wednesday everyone! Monika has a gorgeous fall color palette for us on the Color Throwdown Challenge blog and it's open to TONS of possibilities! I decided to go with a non-fall creation and stamped a bold plaid background then added a sunflower image (stamped in Crushed Curry and sponged with Pumpkin Pie) with a freebie 'thanks' die cut sentiment that came with my last MFT order.

I should have warned will need some shades for this one!  In hind sight, I wish I had broken up the busy plaid with a white textured border or some kind of horizontal panel.  Since I was really generous with my glue application, there was no changing my mind later! ( can serve cheese with my whine :-)

Congrats to Sue Rose, our guest star stamper this week!  Be sure to stop by her blog, Sue's Stamping Station, and check out her lovely card!

For more inspiration, be sure and check out the rest of the design team's creations with the links below:

Tara Godfrey - October Guest Designer
Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Splendid Sunflower (MFT), Plaid Background Builder (MFT).
PAPER: White (PTI).
INK: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Old Olive.
ACCESSORIES: Thanks Die-Namics (MFT), Splendid Sunflower Die-Namics (MFT), Black enamel dots by Recollections, Corner chomper.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Color Challenge

Vicki has some great colors for the Color Challenge on SCS: Gumball Green, Marina Mist, and Midnight Muse with the dessert option to use either a die sentiment or a large word stamp. I'm whittling away on my Christmas card list, so brace yourself for an upcoming onslaught of Christmas cards!  It was near 80 degrees today and is to be that warm again tomorrow.  Really hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit when it's that warm!

I stamped the grunge BG first then added the pine branch die (Impression Obsession).  I "hung" a couple of ornaments (Ornament Keepsakes by SU) and added the merry die cut sentiment (PTI) and stamped "Christmas" from WPlus9's Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set.  I'm trying to make two of every card I make at the suggestion of Jennifer McGuire.  While you have your supplies out, might as well double up on each element and you'll get your stash doubled in no time (or that's my hope).

Thanks for stopping's the wee hours of the morning, so this gal needs to get to bed.  'Nite all!

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

I am seriously very behind on getting Christmas cards done for this year, so I'm going to zero in on that goal!  Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge was a perfect way to git 'r done!

Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Woodland Wreaths, Merry and Bright, Hand Lettered Holiday - all by WPlus9; Burlap BG by MFT.
PAPER: Christmas Eve Chowder 6x6 pad by Jillibean Soup, Crushed Curry, White.
INK: Crushed Curry (SU), Wild Mango, Coconut Husk, Mojito, Appletini - by WPlus9.
ACCESSORIES: Woodland Wreaths and Merry and Bright dies by WPlus9, Gold basic metal button by SU; Gold sequins by Avery Elle, Clear Wink of Stella shimmer brush.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CAS Spirelli

Are you scared yet? :-)  I made this quick CAS creation for the CAS Halloween challenge on SCS and the Technique Lover's Challenge to use the spirelli technique.  They might kick me out of the gallery, but I used what I call a minimalist spirelli version!  Not sure of the name of this corner punch, but it allows you to wind thread or twine around the edges to form a frame.  The criss-crossing on the back of the panel probably looks more like the spirelli technique should look - lol!  Using one of my fave go to layouts, I layered a couple of MFT's primitive pumpkins and some SU Sizzlets little leaves.  The horizontal grunge lines were embossed in gold which doesn't show up well in the photo.

STAMPS: Tape It (SU), Gorgeous Grunge (SU), Primitive Pumpkins (MFT).
INK: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark