Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Cards Are Challenging

Hello Fellow Card Makers!

Entering a card today for the Muse: ChristmasVisions #114  Am regretful about not joining much, as I do love seeing the cards and inspiration. When I saw the "free for all" challenge, I decided to post a card made a while back but not blogged about. Have only finished a few Christmas cards.

I've put the Merry Christmas greeting inside since I could not figure out where to put a sentiment on the front.

This card was made with many snippets so  I am also entering it into the Pixie's Crafty Workshop Playground Challenge # 340.

The snippets are the white cardstock for the sweater itself, including all the separate ribbing pieces at the cuffs, collar and hem. The silver snowflakes and the sentiment are snippets of paper too. It just occurred to me that I that I could add a red circle into the center of the snowflake on the sweater to match the greeting. Done; looks better, in real life.

Here are the details. The background is from Michael's Recollections Paper in a nice gray stripe. The sweater is by Elizabeth Craft Designs, a die called Winter Sweater. The snowflake is from there too. I've looked everywhere and cannot find the embossing folder that I used for texture. Senior moment(s) and a messy desk! Sigh. The silver and red shiny cardstock is from Stampin' Up! To adhere the small pieces as well as the greeting, I used Stick It. A wonderful invention! The sentiment dies are from a NBUS set also from Elizabeth Crafts called Words 5-Winter Wishes. Got it on a recent sale. I am really pleased with this card. Think I'll send it to a friend in a warm place. Teehee

Bye for now. Must really get some more Christmas cards done. Anyone else as late creating as me? Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Twofer, Finally!

Hello!!  A couple of nights ago I finally finished my Twofer for November. This one is for Twofer Card Challenge #11  Where has this year gone? I really struggled trying to do something different. Here we go; am smiling now.

Two Together:


I have used this wreath before to make a get well card, so this time I was thinking about encouraging someone. The wreath and sentiments are from the Gina K. Designs set called We Can Do This. I had this Darice little squires embossed piece of purple cardstock in my "to do" box. The wreath is stamped in Stampin' Up! Lemon Lime Twist, which is a great fairly new and cheerful green, IMHO. The white cardstock is all Linen Cardstock Fresh Snow from Papertrey Ink. I used a Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats die too. My style seems to lean to layers, so a snippet of black anchors the top layer. I am coming late to the sequins user party, but am getting to like them after all. Here I scattered a few coordinating purple ones from a Neat & Tangled  package. Placement of sequins is still hard for me, though.

For some reason I thought of a Venn Diagram when I started to make a second card. When did I learn about that? About a hundred years ago. Tee hee  Although I did use Christmas colors, (SU's Real Red and retired Handsome Hunter), my mind somehow saw a Valentine's Day card. A matching and bigger heart is also part of the above named set. The sentiment is from the old stand-by SU set, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I do get a lot of use of that set! I did think that I was all finished with the card, but it did seem to be missing something. Light bulb time! I used another Darice embossing folder. It's called Hearts Background. Now I am quite happy with the card.

Done for another month. Thanks to Darnell and her gang for encouraging me to create and use my stuff!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Few of My Latest Cards & A Challenge

Hello Again - Thanks for visiting!!  Lots of cards this time. Read on if you have time! 

Card #1: 

On the left is the front of the card I made for my grandson Gavin's 17th birthday. On the right is the inside. He loves puzzles and has since he was a toddler, so the puzzle die set from Stampin' Up! called Puzzle Pieces was a must to add to my collection. I first cut the pieces in scrap white adhering them together with tape on the back, thus creating my focal point. The sentiment is from an unknown may be a freebie received with an online order. The enamel dots are also SU. The inside is the piece de resitance. I stamped happy birthday, (sorry I don't recall which one) in white ink on some black cardstock and used the die again. I scrambled the pieces and put them in a small clear bag, then stapled that to the inside blank space. I cut some of the bigger puzzle pieces to add some color and glued them underneath. Done. Gavin said it was quite a fun card. Easy to assemble, but fun.

Card #2:

I mentioned before that I was experimenting with making shaker cards. Here I used the My Favorite Things Trio Shaker Pouches along with the matching dies. My card was made for a neighbor who turned 90 recently! She is a wonder, still working part time, volunteering, traveling and driving all over. The sequins are from Taylored Expressions and the die cut balloon is the small one from a SU punch. I added Glossy Accents to the balloon backed with paper from PaperTrey Ink called Bitty tar Basics. I love the purple stars. Inside I used the same paper to die cut congrats with a die from Queen & Co. Word Dies #1.  I really struggle with making shaker cards, but the plastic inserts to hold the sequins does help.

Card #3:

This card is a re-make of one I posted a while back, but because I wasn't happy with the words I tore it apart. Reuse and recycle. Right? Then I re-glued the leaves onto a new card front in SU Very Vanilla. Looks white here, but the Fall colors look better on the cream. I am much happier with the CAS look. Inside I stamped Happy Thanksgiving with the SU wooden Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp onto a small banner. That went atop another orange leaf like the middle one on the front, and I was done. This card has been mailed to family in Florida.


Last but not least is another shaker card that will go into my stash for an upcoming birthday. I am entering it in Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #339.

The snippets used are an left over piece of alcohol inked paper in pretty blues and greens which is the back holding the sequins. The frame I made from PTI Linen cardstock die cut with Poppy Stamps Small Madison Window. Remember that? I snipped off the interior cross pieces leaving this nice open space to showcase the pretty background. Used thick double sided tape to adhere a snippet of clear acrylic to hold in the sequins. Not sure who made the sequin mix, but it is all silver and has stars too. The happy birthday on a white snippet banner was stamped in Encore Silver with a stamp from Lawn Fawn that I received on my birthday! To finish, I embossed the front of the card base with the SU folder called Lucky Stars. The beautiful blue is SU and called Pacific Point.

So that is it for me this time. Whew! Thanks so much for visiting tonight. Prayers and good thoughts to all those affected* by the fires in CA. I feel so badly for those in my former beloved California. Lived there 30 years, don't you know.

*edited to correct my grammar.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Some Snippets!!

Hello and Happy November~

It is getting close to the closing of one of my favorite challenges, the one  from Pixie's Crafty Workshop. Today I am entering the latest challenge, Pixie's Playground Challenge #338.

I had this snippet of Stampin' Up! cardstock in Tempting Turquoise (I think) on my desk after again trying to make a shaker card. More about that later. Also had several circles cut out in various colors. Anyway, this card is the result. All of the dogs and his accessories are cut from snippets of basic white Papertrey Ink cardstock, stamped and colored with watercolor pencils. The dogs are celebrating my new dog  Jessie (see previous post) and of course, Di's new puppy.

I tried to color these cute dog pictures in colors matching my Jessie who is multicolored buff, white, with a little black. To me, he is the world's best friend and I am thrilled to have him. The base card is an A2 size. The cute dog cut outs are from My Favorite Things set called Puppy Pals. I am lucky to have both the stamps and dies. The sentiment is from a NBUS set to me, the Hero Arts October monthly kit. I do need to craft with more of it, as the kits has wonderful images and sentiments. I used both Karat Aquarell pencils from Staedtler and Art Grip Acuarelle from Faber-Castell. My trusty watercolor pen did the rest. I really do love water coloring this way. 

A short post today, but I've really been busy making cards, so more posts coming up.

Thanks for visiting.