Friday, December 30, 2016

December 30, 2016 Happy New Years

I needed some time in my craft room - nothing on television except reruns and we watched the movies we rented and NO we are unable to get Netflex due to limited data.  So I made a New Years card.  

I have several stencils and seldom think about getting them out but had watched a video earlier in the day so did some stenciling, some stamping, some coloring and this is to wish everyone a Happy New Years for 2017 - may your year be filled with blessings and joy.  Stamps from Repeat Impressions.  

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016 Sledding

Another fun winter card using only die cuts - yes I love die cuts but couldn'tget along without my stamps as well.  I created the background using distress inks, masking off a full moon.  The hill sides are from AMuse, the trees are from Memory Box and the boy on the sled is from IO.  Lots of glitter used on this one therefore all over my desk top as well.  This card just says FUN FUN.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016 Wishing you Well

One day last week my hubby asked me if I could make a "going away" type card for one of the employees at the bowling alley where he bowls on two leagues. So I asked him - when do you need it, he said oh tomorrow!!!  I really thought he knew how much planning time went into a card - but I was super pleased he asked me to make him a card.  He told me it was a payment on his investment in my hobby!!!

Well he too has a hobby, one of many but to go with the card he made this stepping stone to go with the card - and Connie the gal that was leaving loved both the card and the stepping stone.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

December 25, 2016 Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas - isn't this script elegant and the snowflakes beautiful cut from gold glittered paper.  Used an embossing folder for my background and the deep red cs just set this card off.  
May we all remember the reason for the season and to keep Christ in Christmas.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016 Jesus is the Reason

This was one of my favorite Christmas cards I made this season - and I totally cased it from my friend Diane S.  Love the white on white with the focal image in black as well as the sentiment.  This set is from SU - new this year as well as the bg embossing folder is from SU.  Makes such a beautiful simple card depicting the reason for Christmas.  Jesus is the Reason for Christmas - without his birth there would be no Christmas.  May all of you have a Merry Christmas and the best wishes for 2017.  

Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016 Ho Ho Ho

Yes this is my second post this morning - just had so many cards I wanted to share this week, should have started sharing last week.  

Every month Gerda Steiner offers a FREE digi image - if you participate in her monthly progressive challenge then you will receive next months free.  

I saw this fun fold on Pinterest today - and although I had my image colored and cut out I didn't have a clue what I was going to do until I watched the video.  Looks complicated but it really isn't.  Fun to make and will be tucking this card in the great grand kiddies Christmas package when we see them on Christmas eve.
       Gerda Steiner progressive challenge - use Santa digi from GSD   

December 23, 2016 More Elegant Reindeer

This  first card was "cased" from Pinterest and I love how it turned out, again all dies, no stamping on this one.  The greenery are dies from Tim Holtz collections, the die from Memory Box and the poinsettia flowers are from AMuse Studio.
The second card again no stamping but all dies or punches (snowflakes) - thanks Patti for letting this beautiful reindeer visit my house.      

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016 Snowman

Another fun card using only dies/punches.  This snowman is so veratile I think I will get some mileage out of him. Made by Memory Box.  Last week I met one of my dear besties Donna and her beautiful/amazing and loving mother.  We have "adopted" each other - and she calls me her adopted daughter.  She loves to shop, lunch and stamp with us.  We met in Kimmswick MO. and shopped at The Stamp Pad - (where I bought a few new dies) and then lunched at The Dough Depot, exchanged Christmas gifties and had a very nice day.

Is this pillow absolutely ME??? Donna's Mom got this for me for Christmas.   For those who know me you know we have a herd of three fur babies - and love them all, they are well behaved (most of the time - ok some of the time), love to have company, love treats, and best of all love to be petted.  They get lots of pets and treats when we have our girls crafting weekend.

I used a SU embossing folder as the background for this card and die cut my words from two different companies but it works.  Loved decorating the snowman for this card.    

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016 Elegant Reindeer

These two cards are totally using die cuts and embellishments.  How elegant is this beautiful reindeer?  My friend Patti J. let this die play at my house for a few days.  Although the picture does not show well the beautiful mirror cs I used- and it was just too rainy, foggy, and no good lighting to photograph outside - this card is very pretty IRL.  I used ebossing folders for my background for both of these cards and the poinsettia I purchased at HL.  I have the TimHoltz holiday set of phrases and words and I have used it a lot this season.  Enjoy 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18, 2016 Snowman Nativity

I had "saved" some older Christmas cards I had received over the years and this was one among my favorites and I am not 100% sure who did the original - either Christine P. or Julie R. (I think).  This set was one of my Christmas sets from TAC which is no longer in business but I have saved it and used it many times in the past few years.  If you love the Nativity story and snowpeople  you will understand why this is one of my favorite seasonal sets.  Colored with Copic markers and Stardust pen, some glitter on the snowbanks. The inside of the card continues the story of the birth Jesus.

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016 Peace, Love, Joy

Another fun fold card we made when my friend Donna was here for an overnight crafting session.  This card stands when the bow is untied but lays flat for mailing.  I embossed this beautiful stamp with red tinsel embossing powder, added a pretty poinsettia from Hobby Lobby and some blue and red bakers twine to hold the card flat.    

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016 Christmas Ornaments

I often work ahead for my Repeat Impressions DT  projects so I had 2 ornaments already made using this photo inspiration.  

Talk about easy - I used chipboard snowflakes that I got at Hobby Lobby (I only live about a mile from this addicting store).  I made a couple of rosettes and glued them on the snowflake.  I then used Snowflakes 8805-K  from REPEAT IMPRESSIONS.  The stamp comes with 5 snowflakes but with my Kai scissors I cut them apart so I could use them individually.  Embossed a small snowflake, punched with circle punch  and glued it on the rosette then put a tiny gem inthe middle.  
I am sending my chemo buddy a little box of goodies weekly for the month of December and one of the ornaments was included in her box of goodies.  

Monday, December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 Let Heaven and Nature Sing Carolers

Another fun card to put together - I used all dies except my sentiment.  Dies are so "IN" now - my favorite brick and mortar stamp store is mostly dies, but rubberstamps, clear stamps are still my favorite although I have alot of nice digi images.  I created a fun winter scene using three different dies then popping the carolers and the snow covered trees up with pop dots.    

Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 10 , 2016 JOY Christmas Tree

This picture really does not do the card justice - IRL it is a beautiful shimmer with the mirror background and embelishments.
Last week my friend Donna came down for an overnight visit to craft.  Well between crafting and sipping a little wine we came up with several beautiful cards.  My hubby cooks and we craft (yes I have him trained).
This image by Memory Box is embossed with a silver pearl embossing powder and I thought the silver mirror background would show it off beautifully.  Enjoy

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

December 7, 2016 Spotlight Series

The House That Stamps Built is taking a break from the usual projects and challenges this month to bring back their Rock Star Spotlight series. This is a fun way to get to know all the Design Team members a little better. So each Monday and Wednesday throughout December they will be featuring a different Rock Star and showing off some of their latest creations too.
Please be sure to visit The House That Stamps that Stamps Built often and leave a little love in the comments of each Rock Star Spotlight. Wendy will be awarding a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate to one random commenter. Every comment earns you another chance to win. So visit and comment often. The winner will be announced on The House That Stamps Built blog the first Monday of next month.
Today is my day and the spotlight is shining on me! Here is what I created to celebrate my featured post. Now please hop on over to The House That Stamps Built to read my responses to the fun questionnaire Wendy had me fill out. Then be sure to leave a comment there for your chance to win the gift certificate.

Repeat Impressions Stamps
I stamped andfussy cut the flowers and leaves -mounted/popdot flowers on white, then mounted on a beautiful frame from Spellbinders.  For the sentiment embossed in gold and just the edges cut with the same Spellbinders die

 Repeat Impression Stamp
8805-K Snowflakes

Made a Christmas ornament - did a rosette - glued it on a chipboard glittered snowflake and then stamped and embossed the snowflake on red, a bit of bling in the center and gold string for handing.  

Repeat Impression Stamps

My final spot light card is for my senior buddy in Canada -I just thought he would enjoy.  I embossed the entire bg with a snow embossing folder, after stamping my sentiment in the right corner.  Then I glued on a cut background greenery scene from Tim Holtz, fussy cut my deer silhouette and then lightly brushed with Wink of Stella pen to give it that magic twinkle.  

Hope you have enjoyed my spotlight series and will now go over to The House that Stamp Built to learn a bit more about me.  

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 1, 2016 - House of Cards December Blog Hop

Put on some Christmas songs, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or even a glass of wine and sit back and enjoy our Holiday Blog Hop at House of CardIs.

We have several sponsors for this months hop and I choose to use a digital image called  SNOW BABIES from our talented owner and designer Mynn.

Our inspiration is from the picture posted at the beginning of this post - I choose to use a Memory Box circle die with snowflakes as my wreath, then cut a circle from some gold vellum.  I printed my digi images on white cardstock - colored with copics and then fussy cut them.  I used pop dots to pop them up in the center of my wreath.  I used a scrap of gold shimmer cardstock and edged it with a holly punch then trimmed it with some beautiful gold trim I got at Hobby Lobby and tied three gold bows with tiny gems in the center and hung them on my "mantel".

Join us this month for our Holiday blog hop and please leave a comment on everyone along the way.  We have hidden prizes along the way.  And here are our sponsors that are offering prizes.

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If you came here from Shawana's  blog  leave a comment and continue on to
Steph's blog.  Have fun and enjoy our Holiday blog hop.

          MHK Designs - anything goes using MHK design images   

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016 - Anything Goes at The House that Stamps Built

Talk about fun - this week over at The House that Stamps Built  it is the 5th Wednesday and that means "anything goes" for our challenge. I  used two stamps from Repeat Impressions and a die for this one.  I used Joy to the World 2108-H and Sleigh Side 2112-D.  I embossed the Joy to the World in some bright gold and the globe die is from 
Spellbinders and I thought it worked perfect for this card.  Added some white snow flakes with my uniball pen and a bit of red/white bakers twine and the card was complete.
 Hoping you will join us this week at The House that Stamps Built  using Anything Goes for your inspiration -  You don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps  but if you do your entry will get not 1 but 2 chances to win a $25.00 gift certificate for Repeat Impressions stamps.  If you look over on my right side bar I have a 10% discount coupon to use in the store for stamps - (Christmas is coming and they have some really cute Christmas stamps).  We are looking forward to seeing your creation.  

Now take a look at what our  Design Team has created to get you started.  

       Cheri     Deonna      Joy      Kathy    Heather  Laurie   and   Patti

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016 One sheet wonder Christmas set

What a fun, easy, (yes even the box), and pretty quick!!!  I have seen the one sheet wonder tutorials for years but have never done one.  So a couple of weeks ago a crafty BFF came over for lunch and we "created. (other cards to follow later in the week).

Any one with TAC (The Angel Company) will remember this paper - yes I am a paper hoarder but this worked perfect.  The stamp I used on the Christmas cards is from AMuse Studio (now closed and out of business).  These are certainly non traditional Christmas colors but love them together.  All of this from 1 12 x 12 sheet of DP and 2 sheets of colored cardstock.  

I will be sending several little gifties to my chemo buddy in December and this is one of them.  Might give her the inspiration to send out a few Christmas cards.
          The Crafters Cafe - Christmas comes early
          613 Avenue Create -anything goes
          Use your Stuff - Christmas Card
          Crafty Cardmakers - anything but a card - (tags and box)
          Brown Sugar Challenge -anything goes

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016 - Autumn Cards

This is the "last" of my autumn/Thanksgiving cards before I truly get in the groove to make Christmas cards.  The first two cards were made at a recent class that I helped one of my BFF's.  We had 10 women, 1 child (who was so well behaved and talented) and 1 man.  We made 4 cards and we were hopping the entire class as only a couple of the students had ever made cards before.  But it was fun, and I truly enjoyed the ladies.  Food helps as well and they had two trays with fruit/dip and cookies.  

The last card is one I made at another class - minimal stamping, just the sentiment which is from AMuse studio (which is closing in 2 days).  The sunflower and DP came from Hobby Lobby and I love the way this turned out. This was given to another BFF along with a small token of our friendship. 

This Thanksgiving, my husband and I helped at a transitional house shelter as none of the adult kids came home this year.  We helped prepare, serve, deliver, and the all important "clean up".  1500 meals were served just on Thursday.  We are so blessed and give thanks for what we take for granted in our life.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 Merry Christmas

Oh what a fun sketch this was to work with this week at The House that Stamps Built.   I love Teddy Bears and Repeat Impressions has several to choose from - (I think I may have them all now).  I used  Merry Christmas 1141-F and Christmas Teddy 2007-I.  I colored Teddy with copic markersand then added some texture with a washcloth and blender fluid to give him a fur look.  On his hat I added some white fluff and a grey pearl for the bell.  I used some fun DP to put my focal image on and this card is already earmarked for my chemo buddy in Canada.  
 Hoping you will join us this week at The House that Stamps Built  using our Sketch Inspiration challenge -  You don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps  but if you do your entry will get not 1 but 2 chances to win a $25.00 gift certificate for Repeat Impressions stamps.  If you look over on my right side bar I have a 10% discount coupon to use in the store for stamps - (Christmas is coming and they have some really cute Christmas stamps).  We are looking forward to seeing your creation.  

Now take a look at what our  Design Team has created to get you started.  

       Cheri     Deonna      Joy      Kathy    Heather  Laurie   and   Patti 

     Brown Sugar Challenge - anything goes
     The Crazy Challenge Challenge - getting ready for Christmas
     Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - cute Christmas
     Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
     Craftyhazelnuts patterned Paper - use pattern paper 

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016 - Z-fold Box card - POTW The House that Stamps Built

This week it is my turn to do the project of the week over at The House that Stamps Built  and I chose a very popular fold for my project.  When I saw these   images over at Repeat Impressions  the cute penguins Penguin Trio 8806 - N,  I thought they looked like they were singing - so I used the sentiment Let Heaven 413-H.


Repeat Impression Stamps Let Heaven 413-H  and Penguin Trio 8806-N
Memento Black Ink, copic markers, White card stock,  Christmas designer paper, punch/note - scissors, glue, and a photo copied song Joy to the World.  

This card is really about the scoring and folding of the cardstock - start with an 8 1/2 by 11 card stock  and cut length wise on the 4 1/4 mark.  Score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2,

Then cut another piece of your base card stock 1 1/2 in. by 11. Score at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4.

Designer paper is cut - for the band 3 strips  5 1/4 x 1 1/4  and (2) 2 1/2 x 1/4
Designer paper is cut - for the base card (2) 2 1/2 x 4 and (1) 5 1/4 x 4

 Fold your score line with mountain fold then valley fold.

Color your focal image - which I colored with copic markers and then fussy cut these cuties.  I stamped and used an oval spellbinder for my sentiment.  

Apply adhesive or glue of your choice on the 1 1/2 inch band on the backside on the left for 2 3/4 inc. and on the right again 2 3/4 inch. Turn band over and apply about 1 inch above bottom of card - apply to the left front - and then to the far right front - the piece in the middle is not glued.   

I added some embellishments and took the photo a little from the top looking down so you can see the box shape in the middle.  This fold is all the in  right now and REPEAT IMPRESSIONS has so many stamps  that will work for this style -lets see what you come up with using this fold.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016 Happy 50th Birthday.

We had a 50th birthday party to go to - One of my husbands best buddies, wellI had gone through my store bought cards and found one - and dear hubby said "can't you make one"?  How special right???  So since I have ALL 3 sets of Tim Holtz crazy animals, birds, cats, and dogs, these are my go to stamps for a fun quick card.  I love to watercolor  these images and that is what I did with this dog, cut out a hat from the accessories collection popped it up with a pop dot, used my Amuse taller numbers to cut out 50 and this card was ready to go with us for the surprise birthday party.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 19, 2016 - Happy Birthday

I go to church/Bible study with a beautiful young girl that is beautiful not only outside but inside.  She really holds a special place in my heart.  Yesterday was her 18th birthday so I made her a card using Unity and Amuse stamps - her grandma told me green is her favorite color so I went with that as my focal color.  Stamped on regular cs, watercolored with distress markers.  I did add some tiny green sequins after I took this picture but then mailed it before I remembered to take another picture.  I hope she enjoys and had a great birthday.    

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 - Photo Inspiration - The House that Stamps Built

I enjoyed really enjoyed not only the photo inspiration for this weeks challenge at The House that Cards Built but I also enjoyed making a pocket card.  I had not made a pocket cardfor a really long time and I ran across one that my friend Donna had sent me several years ago.  I used some fun double sided design paper - rust card stock - copic markers to color and a fun burlap flower from Hobby Lobby that I have been anxious to use.  For my stamps I used:
     3309-K Scarecrow and Friend from Repeat Impressions 
     3106-D Count your Blessings from Repeat Impressions 
Since I was going to use this for a Thanksgiving card I choose to use the count your blessings for the inside card.  

Hoping you will join us this week at The House that Stamps Built  using our Photo Inspiration challenge -  You don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps  but if you do your entry will get not 1 but 2 chances to win a $25.00 gift certificate for Repeat Impressions stamps.  If you look over on my right side bar I have a 10% discount coupon to use in the store for stamps - (Christmas is coming and they have some really cute Christmas stamps).  We are looking forward to seeing your creation.  

Now take a look at what our  Design Team has created to get you started.  

       Cheri     Deonna      Joy      Kathy    Heather  Laurie   and   Patti 

Challenges:  Simon Says - Thanksgiving 
                   The Paper Shelter - more than one of anything - DP