Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #470 (Warm Winter Wishes)

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? I keep asking myself where the year has gone! I'm not complaining though, because I am super excited for the Holidays!  For this week's Color Throwdown Challenge I chose to stray from the traditonal Fall theme that these colors seem to invoke, but instead, create a warm Christmas design!

I just love these colors together and these cupcakes are absolutely adorable, too! I'll be sharing something Thanksgiving-y with these same colors later this week, so stay tuned.

To begin, I chose three images from the Tremendous Treats: Christmas that would work nicely in these colors. I die cut them using the coordinating dies and then stamped and colored them using Copic Markers. The snowman got a treatment of Liquid Applique on his hat and body for a snowy look. The Reindeer's nose and star have a touch of Nuvo Glaze for some added shine.

Tis the Season for me to use the "Knitted" embossing folder on EVERYTHING! LOL! It really helped invoke that "warm" feeling that I was hoping for. After I embossed it, I die cut some circles using my circle Nestabilities die cut. I sponged a Orange-y/Yellow panel to place behind the circles using Distress Ink. I popped the red piece up over the top and then added it all to a Kraft card base.

I placed each of the 3 die cuts onto the circle cut outs using foam squares for some dimension. I don't use ribbon very much anymore, but I thought this stitched "Merry Christmas" ribbon was the perfect touch. I also added a red jingle bell threaded with Chocolate Baker's Twine around the bow.

The sentiment is from Stocking Prints, but it appears to have been retired. You can still get the coordinating die, though. I embossed it in Copper powder for additional warmth. I hope you get a chance to play along this week! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Monday #266 {Ho Ho Ho}

Welcome to this week's Merry Monday Challenge! Sue is challenging us to create a card with a Santa image! Confession: I kinda have a little thing for Santa! LOL! It's true, though! Definitely not in a creepy way, but in a way that I loved him as a child. If there was wrapping paper with Santa images on it, I WANTED THAT present, because obviously the BEST presents would be wrapped in Santa paper! Ha Ha! I especially love the vintage variety like the inspiration photo shows. If I have time this week, I'll try and share another card for the challenge, with a vintage Santa! I picked him up at Hobby Lobby last weekend and he's just too cute! Make sure to head over to the Merry Monday Blog to read all about the challenge and to see what everyone else has come up with!
For my card, I decided to use an alphabet that I got for my birthday back in August and haven't used yet. You know, I just HAD to have it and look at me, just barely getting around to it! (Hangs head in shame) It did work out nicely for the image I had in my head for the card I wanted to make, so I was glad I had it. It is the Simon Says Stitched Alphabet and I can't wait to use it again soon!

To begin, I sponged a 4 1/8 inch by 5 3/8 inch Bristol paper with Peacock Feathers Distress ink starting at the edges and working my way lightly to the center. After that was done, I mixed a little bit of the same ink with water and flecked it over the top for some added detail and interest. I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray and set it aside to dry. 
I die cut all of the Tremendous Treats: Christmas Santa shapes, stamped them in Palette Noir ink with the Coordinating Images. I colored them with Copic and Prismacolor markers. After they were done, I came back to the base panel and got to work stamping the "H" and "O" letters in Black ink. I think I stamped them to soon because one of them smeared (boo hoo), but I wasn't going to start over because I was loving the background. So...word of advice, make sure your ink and shimmer spray is properly dry!

I added the Santa images in the spaces left by each word using foam squares. I also felt like the background needed a little bit more attention, so I used a tiny little snowflake image from Eskimo Kisses here and there with Peacock Feathers distress ink stamped off once. I really like the extra detail it gave the card.

The letters are colored using Copic and Prismacolor markers. I was worried that they might turn purple with the red mixed with blue, but Copic Markers are Rockstars and proved it on this card! After they were colored, I added some Nuvo Glaze over the top as well as a sprinkling of gradiated chunky red glitter over the top. I have used the same technique HEREHERE and HERE. I just love how it looks with the red on red! It will definitely be used again this Holiday Season! I also stamped a sentiment from Christmas Critter Sentiments onto a strip of Pure Poppy cardstock and then embossed it in white. I really like how it added just a little something extra! I had so much fun on this card! I hope you all get a chance to play along! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags {Days 1-17}

 I've been a little out of the loop for the last few (or more) years so I was thrilled to discover Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags that she puts on every year! Of course, I couldn't resist playing along, but as the month has worn on, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to participate! I guess that's what Sundays are for...catching up on crafts! LOL! One of my little guys is sick, so we both stayed home from church so he could rest and it gave me the perfect excuse to get some tags made. Not gonna lie...I really don't NEED to make any tags, because, let's face it...my Keeping Christmas series has gotten me way ahead in this department, but like I said, I just couldn't resist! The photos are not grouped by days or in any particular order, but by the ones that looked nice together. I will link up which tag inspired me, etc. for each photo. Day 12,13, 14 - JOY to the world tag was inspired by Melissa Bickford for Concord and 9th, so I chose to use Concord and 9th as well. I just loved her color combination, so that is what inspired me the most. The Peace Love and Joy tag was inspired by Latisha Yoast and I just loved how she clustered the evergreen foliage around the sentiment. the Reindeer tag was inspired by Elena Rousskas  . I really liked the winter scene she created, so I used some Distress Oxide inks to create my own.
It will take me FOREVER to link up all products, manufacturers, etc. AND all of the links to the inspiration designers pages, so...I will give a general link up of the companies that I used, etc. You can see those under the next photo.
All of my die cut tag bases are from the Tag Sale Collection from PTI. These tags are from Days 11,2,7. The Eskimo Kisses tag is inspired by Natalia Subkova , she created some fantastic shaker cards that I was itching to try. The Tis the Season tag is inspired by Tatiana and the fabulous blue stockings she used. I couldn't wait to see how these stocking images looked in the same shade.  the last one is inspired by Laurie Schmidlin. I really liked the way she used pink and red together, especially the flowers, so that is where I took the inspiration.

Day 6-This tag is inspired by Laura Pryor. I really liked the ornament cut out that she used and the vintage colors.

Day 15, 16, 9
The Dashing Through the Snow tag is inspired by Cornelia Wenekor and the fabulous white on white snowflakes she used. I decided to add in a touch of silver for some sparkle. The JOY tag is inspired by Michele Ferguson, I really liked her black, white and red combination. I liked the way she used the Zero as the wreath, so I added some holly and berries around each of the letters. The mittens tag is inspired by Lori Turner. I liked the grey and red color combo as well as the cute mitten. 

Days 10, 17, 3 The poinsettia tag is inpspired by Kate Capper
I liked her poinsettia and I had one left over from another card, so it worked out perfectly. The Christmas tree tag is inspired by Rebecca Keppel . I really liked her combination of gold, red and traditional green. I chose to use a large Christmas tree as the base. I just love shaped tags.  The Believe tag is inspired by Kelly Griglione. I always like a sideways sentiment and I knew I could re-create the same feel with this stamp set.
Day 5,4 and 1
The Happy Holidays tag is inspired by Svitlana, ...this tag actually reminded me of one I made for my Keeping Christmas series a few months ago. I was excited to use the pinecone and foliage. The penguin tag is inspired by Jen DelMuro . The hat inspired me to make a tag using this penguin wearing a similar hat. The Christ is born tag is inspired by Jo Nevill
I really like the large stars she used and the stars from this set reminded me of it.
I made another one but I wasn't happy with it so I am not sharing it here! LOL! So...I have days 1-17 done! Yay!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sugar Pea Designs Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in my FIRST Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop as a SugarPea Designs Design Team Member! We will be showing you lots more fun ideas of things you can do with the release from last month! I have been having so much fun with all of the sets!

Stop by each of the designers blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate! You can see all of the links below!

For my card, I chose to use 2 of my new favorite sets as well as one that has been underutilized by me. As you can see, I am carrying on with my colors and theme from yesterday's post! I just love them! To begin, I die cut the tag from Snowflake Tag Sugar Cuts out of a piece of bright pink cardstock. I flecked some pearl watercolor paint onto that and set it aside to dry. In the meantime, I stamped and colored this little penguin and melting ice block image from Tinsel in a Tangle with Copic Markers. I also added some Nuvo Glaze and Wink of Stella over the top. While THOSE were drying, I got to work embossing the tiny snowflakes on the tag. They are from the Tinsel in a Tangle set and then I embossed the snowflakes from Flurry of Warm Wishes onto a piece of pink cardstock.

The sentiment is heat embossed as well and that is from Eskimo Kisses. I told you I was using a lot from my favorites! LOL! Once everything was dry, I adhered it all to a Grinchy green A2 card base. The pink ribbon is threaded through the tag hole and then the gingham ribbon is "squished" onto that with a bow of silver cord. This card was so fun to put together! I hope you've gotten some fun, new inspiration for your stamp sets! Thanks for fluttering by! Don't forget to stop by the rest of the designers blogs for a chance to win! Links above

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I made this for you!

Welcome friends! Today I'm over on the SugarPea Designs BLOG sharing a fun project that I hope you'll enjoy! I wanted to share a bit here, too, but for most of the details, head over to read more!

Sometimes the simple gifts can be the most useful, like these magnetic decorative clothespins. With 5 kids, I ALWAYS need a clip for the fridge! LOL! Something decorative and cute is always a plus!

These boxes are all decked out in SugarPea Designs signature colors, which was completely unintentional, but they look fabulous for the Holidays!

Here is a closeup of the tiny Shrinky Dink tag. I love using an oversized stamp or die cut in a petite way using Shrinky Dinks!

Flecks of Pearl Watercolor paint and some glittery snowflakes really make these boxes sparkle! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #469 {The Coolest Person}

It has been so much fun being the Guest Designer for the Color Throwdown Challenge this month!  I just love the icy colors for this week's challenge! I was trying to think "outside the box" for this one, but in the end, the colors were just too perfect for a card like this!

My starting point was actually the Sugar and Spice Paper Pad and all of the fabulous pattern papers that fit in the color scheme. I just love this particular mix. Once I had my papers picked out, the rest was easy peasy! I chose to use this sweet little penguin from the Eskimo Kisses stamp set! He is just so adorable and such fun to color! I added some blue Martha Stewart Crafts Flocking that I have had for years to the pom pom and brim of his hat for some fun texture. He is colored using Copic Markers and then I added some Wink of Stella over the top and gave the feathers a coating of Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I chose the sentiment because it paired nicely with the "Happy" pattern paper that I used on the bottom portion and it is perfect for these cool, icy colors.

The zig zag edge on the bottom of the blue polka dot paper is cut using the Stitched Borders I Sugar Cut for some added interest. 

The snowflakes are die cut out of silver glitter paper using the Christmas Tag Greetings die set. I just how they look paired with the silver embossed sentiment.

The iceberg is stamped and heat embossed in silver onto vellum for a fun, icy look. You can see that I did the same thing on THIS card (you'll need to scroll down on that post to see it). Once it was embossed and die cut using the coordinating Sugar Cuts, I added some Nuvo Glaze and Wink of Stella for some realistic sparkle and shine. I had so much fun this week! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Merry Monday #265 {Winter Wonderland}

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I'm here today with this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! I absolutely love the theme this week; Nina has asked us to create a card with an outdoor Winter activity! I knew immediately what I wanted to do! Before I rush into the details of my card this week, I want to let you know that the details, rules and other designers cards can be found HERE. You'll definitely want to head over there to see some fabulous inspiration!

As I mentioned earlier, I knew exactly which set I wanted to use for this challenge, and it really is the PERFECT set: Two Feet Deep from Papertrey Ink. It is one of my favorites of all time! It makes an appearance every Christmas and this year it has gotten a workout already! LOL! So...I knew what set I wanted to use, but after that, I hadn't really settled on anything as far as layout, colors, etc. My husband took me to see Thor Ragnarok last weekend and the lady in front of us had on some cute boots that immediately inspired me. I was a TOTAL creeper and got out of line while my husband was buying popcorn to take a picture of her boots! LOL! I was worried that if I didn't snap a picture, after the excitement of the movie, I might forget. So...the inspiration for the rest of the card comes directly from the poor, unsuspecting boot wearer in front of me!

The boots had a Fair Isle knitted top and a dreamy Winter White suede toe. The boots also boasted two large creamy buttons which were only decorative, I believe. I pulled out another favorite, Fair Isle Motifs and stamped it in Soft Snow and then heat embossed the images in white onto a piece of SU!'s Sahara Sand cardstock. I loved the look of the spooky hill I created on THIS card, and thought it would be fun to try it again for today's design. I know that it looks nothing like a hill for this card, but I wanted the same design element.
I knew that it would be difficult to recreate the suede look of the boots, but I knew that this amazing "knitted" embossing folder would look perfect paired with the Fair Isle pattern. I chose to dry emboss it using a piece of speckled cardstock from SU! that I am sure has since been retired. It turned out exactly like I was hoping for.

The skis are die cut using the coordinating Two Feet Deep die cuts out of Kraft Cardstock and then stamped using "Walnut Stain" distress ink for a vintage, wooden ski look. I heat embossed the metal portions using silver detail embossing powder. I love how they turned out! The sentiment is heat embossed in gold onto a strip of Linen Vellum cardstock. I just love the mix of gold and silver, especially this time of year.
The two Buttons are threaded with Rustic Jute Button Twine and then adhered to the card using glue dots. I was happy with the results of my card in translating the boots into a greeting card. I hope you all get a chance to play along this week! It is so much fun! Thanks for fluttering by!