Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas to you

I know that I will not "see" many of you again this week - or maybe this year - Thanks to all the DT members and others who visit my blog.  I am not very good at getting back to you, but you are so appreciated.  May you have a most blessed holiday season, whatever it is you celebrate.  I am especially thankful for the assurance that the Christ child came to sacrifice Himself for us.
This is one more card for me - I heard the other day that someone being visited by a member of our church visitation team needed to have his mail picked up.  When that was done, all he received in a week's worth of mail was a couple of pieces of junk.  I am sending something so he does get mail.  He does not see well, so I printed a greeting inside in super large font.
Snowflakes - CB folder plus glitter;  Stamp - no name;  Chevron washi tape;  Cheery Lynn Blessings die; shimmery aubergine cs for bg.
Sketch:  http://yournextstamp.com/blog/
 Snow/Christmas:   http://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2014/12/decembers-challenge-is-snow-and.html
Special occasions:  http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/
Shimmer/glitter/sparkle:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
                   http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Uplifting:  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Any:   http://livelaughstamp.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge%20at%20MCM
           http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2014/11/december-2014-challenge-links.html

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One more sparkly Christmas card

Today I will take this to Bible Class so others can sign - it will be sent to former members.  Phyllis recently stopped chemo treatment - she is feeling better now but we know that she is in need of support.  (It is 4,75 x 6.5).  Stamp: Santa Rosa; computer sentiment; NestabilitiesMajestic Element circle; Recollections snowflake punches; ribbon, CB snowflake EF; lots of glitter (that is probably not visible).
Sketch (enlarged to make room for signatures):  http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
Glitter:  http://sparklensprinklecreativechallenges.blogspot.com/
Inspiration (white cupcakes=embossed snow):  http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/
Christmas:  http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
                   http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com/
Christmas Carol:  http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
White:   http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://www.ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another easel card - closed view

I will have 9 easel cards for family members this year.  I hope to make it a tradition.  This year there is some variety - now the trick is to remember which card goes where.  I am wondering ijust do nof I should follow the same color scheme for each person next year - or make sure it is different?  Or not worry about it...?  For this one I used the aubergine shimmery cs as a base - it is white backed to that works well.  I have a whole drawer full of colored ink and do not use it often, but this time I stamped in SU Eggplant Envy.  The DP is Paper Studio (Faith collection).  When I sponged with Eggplant chalk it did not look right, so I added some soft gold - IRL it looks good against the DP.  One more experiment for me...  The edges of the Stampabilites verse are distressed.  The image is Stampendous.  Not visitble - some punched shiny gold stars to support the easel, and above that a Cuttlebug border die cut.  
Sketch (turned):  http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/
Vintage (10CH) :  http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/
Christmas:  http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com/p/our-challenge-roolz.html
                   http://cagichallenge.blogspot.ca/
                  http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/
Song - We Three Kings of Orient are...:  http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/
Chalk:  http://chalknstock.blogspot.com/
Unusual Christmas colors:  http://alohafridaychallenges.blogspot.ca/

Green and white with a bit of red - Easel card

Another easel card.  Top view is the outside; lower view the inside.  The image by stampendous and sentiment by StaLmpabilities.  The embossed bg is Vines by Lifestyle; branch is a Cheery Lynn die, the inside scroll is DieNamics.  I added a few half pearls for a stop when the card is open.  A bit of glittery ribbon completes the card.

Sketch (top view):  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Special occasion - that would be Christmas: http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/
Uplifting:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Christmas:  http://cuttinandstampinchallenges.blogspot.com/
More than one fold:  http://scor-pal.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/
            http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas 2014 - nearly done

Am I the only one still working on Christmas cards?  Some of you who comment on a lot o-  is the year of the wise men!  I like the stamp - great with no coloring as a time saver - but it is long and narrow so harder to fit some sketches.  I elongated this sketch but otherwise stayed true... I used a scalloped rectangle (Nestabilites) but cut three edges, then repositioned in the die to cut the 4th edge - to result in a more narrow rectangle to fit the image.
BG - shiny augergine cs; stamp - Stampendous; Sentiment - Stampouri; ric rac - very old metallic gold; gold stars; unknown EF.  The use of chalk is sort of hidden but I like the result.  I have a bag of metallic chipboard (adhesive backed) stars that are just a bit too shiny.  I rubbed in a bit of glue and then some powdered chalk.  Voila - a subdued shine much more to my liking.
Sketch:  http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
Chalk:  http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/ 
Bingo - center: punch/die cut, stap, bling; sentiment:  http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ 
Christmas:  http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
             http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/
Bling:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Any, w/ non-traditional Christmas colors:  http://scrappers-delights-challenge-blog.blogspot.co.uk/:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Easel #6 - open view

One of these days I will learn how to do photos!  Please use your imagination... The easel part rests on the stems of the branches (at the top) - this one, to me, looks much better IRL, in the easel position.  Glitter added to the snowflakes.  The image is by Santa Rosa, and the Rejoice by Stampabilities.  The branches are Cheery Lynn dies.  The silvery tabs are a metallic loopy ribbon, and the glittery silver star is from a packet of embellishments.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Glitter:  http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
 More than one fold:  http://scor-pal.blogspot.com/
Frosty:   http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.ca/2014/12/challenge-149-feeling-frosty-challenge.html
 Any:  http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/
Bling:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Song:   (Vintage)    http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/
Uplifting:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Easel #5

This is another in a series of easel cards I am making for family - similar, but not identical.  Hard to see but I used the shimmery aubergine cs for the base and mat glittered the snowflake embossing and punches that are the "stops" for the open easel.  There are bits of white lace for the tabs at the left of the image - looks like they are not visible here (See sketch).   Stamp by Stampendous.
Sketch: http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Holiday:  http://doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com/
                http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/
Celebration:  http://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/
Bling:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Sing it to me:   (We Three Kings):  http://www.drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://whimsyinspires.blogspot.com/
         http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/
Non traditional colors:  http://milkcoffeechallenge.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Recycled Christmas

Each year I plan to use cards received in previous years as a recycling project - probably to give to a nursing home, etc.  And each year I put it off.  I did try one today - maybe I will be inspired to start in January!  The "spotlight".
Recipe:  Nestie with embossed edge sponged in Platinum ink; sheer silver ribbon (used for strips on sketch); snowflake brad with added glitter; computer sentiment.
Sketch; Diagonal Bingo - brad, emboss, glitter :  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Christmas:  http://cuttinandstampinchallenges.blogspot.com/
Inspired by the Wise Men:  http://giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.ca/Sparkle:  http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/challenges
Non traditional colors:  http://scrappers-delights-challenge-blog.blogspot.co.uk/
transport - camels:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Festive Christmas:  http://wedodoobadoo.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another easel - closed view

I am making several easel cards - they are similar but usually follow different sketches.  This is a closed view - the row of punched branches (Cheery Lynn) serves as a "stop" for the open card. I added a strip of Washi tape at the bottom of the inside layer. The inside is stamped with a Rejoice stamp - it can be seen in previous posts.   The top layer is bordered in black, and has a layer of Distressed Stripes embossing.  The main image is called a Far Voyage by Stampendous; the sentiment is by SU - not sure what set.
Sketch:  http://joannamunster.com/2014/11/15/ibsic-88/
Free Sketch (any - see line above):   http://feeling-sketchy.blogspot.com.au/
Festive:  http://wedodoobadoo.blogspot.co.uk/
Transport (they are riding camels):  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Die cut with no red or green:  http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
Merry Christmas :  http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/
          http://thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.com/



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easel #4 - Open

I will be making at least 6 easel cards - similar but not quite the same.  They are for our grandchildren.  (you can see others in previous posts).  The chevron Washi tape marks the top of the inside, and the row of glittery snowflakes provides the "stop" for propping the card open.  Top - Stampabilities;  Kraft cs (mat):  Snowflake EF;  Circle, scallop and flower dies, white lace.
Sketch:  http://yournextstamp.com/blog/
Wings:  http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
              http://justinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
Modern Christmas colors (no red/green):  http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
               http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
Snow:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
Loose glitter:  http://sparklensprinklecreativechallenges.blogspot.com/
White on white, with Kraft:   http://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/
Chevrons:  http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/
Any:   http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
More than one fold (easel):  http://scor-pal.blogspot.com/
 Christmas song:  http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/
Make embellishments (glitter snowflakes):   http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Easel #3

This is an easel card - at the very bottom inside are punched, glittery snowflakes - a double row that provides a bit of a "shelf" to hold the open card.  I am pretty new at easel cards so I keep experimenting.  Each grandchild will get one - I am hoping they will keep them to use as decorations.  A side note - our 24 year  old grandson just told me that he has a stack of previous cards from us - he knows how to make Grandma feel good!
Stamp - Stampabilites; Scroll - DieNamics; Metallic gold mesh; Snowflake embossing and punches; glitter, Paper Studio DP
About my favorite color - it seems to be whatever I am using.  Black and cream has become a favorite card making combination.
Sketch:  http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.com/
Song (the words - a shining star):  http://asonginyourart.blogspot.com/
Fav color:  http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/
Snow:  http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.com/
Let it snow:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
"Chunky" snow (embossed and punched):  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/
Non traditional colors:   http://milkcoffeechallenge.blogspot.com/
Christmas:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
                   http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/



Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas with sparkle




















Products used:  Kolette Hall stamp;  Paper Studio DP; snowflake punch, red cs; gift bag for gold to bak image and red dp (it does not look gold here!);  very old gold rick-rack; snowflake punch - clear glitter added; gold gel pen for star; gold glitter on star and sentiment layer; Nestabilities ovals (CB to cut)
Sketch:  http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/
Glitter/sparkle:  http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.com/
                http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/%E2%97%8B%20Challenges
              http://sassystudiodesigns.blogspot.com/
             http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/
 Dazzle:  http://www.addalittledazzle.com/dazzling-diva-challenge-54/
Bingo (middle row):   http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Snow and a die cut:   http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Bright colors:  http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/
Traditional colors:  http://a-crafty-mess.blogspot.co.uk/
                                  http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/