Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Monday #269 - A Color Challenge

Hello friends.  This weeks challenge at Merry Monday is brought to us by Debbie, and she has a FUN color challenge for you!

Easy peasy, right?  Just pick 3 of your favorite holiday colors and create away!  As much as I love using non traditional colors, at heart, I'm still a big fan of red & green!

I had to have SU!'s Painted Harvest when it first came out a few months back because of a card similar to this I had seen on Pinterest, and I finally took it out of the package to play today!  I used Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks for my 2 greens on the wreath, and then Cherry Cobbler ink for the berries and Cherry Cobbler cs for the letters to spell out JOY.  (SSS Big Joy)  A few sequins and some Cherry Cobbler thick bakers twine finished off my CAS card.

Two weeks till Christmas friends, so pick 3 favorite colors and play along with us this week!  You can find all the details and beautiful inspiration from the rest of the DT right HERE

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Color Throw Down #472

Hello friends.  Playing along with the Color Throw Down challenge where it's all about red, black, & gray this week.

And here's what I came up with using those colors:

I used the polar bear from MFT's Polar Bear Pals set and some DSP from SU!'s Merry Little Christmas to create this gift card holder.  (Card base is 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 2, 7 1/4, & 7 3/8, and then the insert is 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 and scored at 1 3/4 & 6)  Here's the inside:

And how cool was it that I had a gift card with the colors of this challenge on it to use for my photo?!!  The sentiment on the inside insert is from PTI's Think Big Favorites #20.  This is a fun little gift card holder that's fun to watch the insert slide up and down as you open and close the card...somewhat interactive!!  :0)  And if I would have paid attention to the directions and used a ribbon around the bottom fold instead of gluing it shut with tear n tape, you could actually close the top flap of the card with the tabs made by using the envelope punch board!  Oh well, live and learn!!  If you want to watch the video of how to make this gift card holder, you can check it out right HERE.

There's still a few days left to play along with this challenge, so check out the inspiration from the DT and then play along right HERE.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

CAS Mix Up December 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with this month's CAS Mix Up challenge where we can add 2 items of our choice plus stamping.

I chose die cutting and embossing to go with my stamping and came up with this:

Isn't the die cut circle with the stars so cool looking?!  A sweet friend gifted it to me and I loved finally being able to use it...thank you!!  I cut it from a shimmery gold cardstock.  The trees (Aliexpress) were die cut in white and then I blended them with Mossy Meadow ink (SU!) and then used some Frantage Shabby White Embossing Enamel on them.  Here's a closer up:

I love the bits of gold and glitter that are in that embossing enamel too...really gives your image dimension and sparkle too!  My sentiment was stamped and embossed in gold using PTI's Beautiful Berries: Winter stamp set.

Lots of time to play along with this challenge yet (it's open till the 24th of this month), so check out what the DT came up with for inspiration, and then play along right HERE.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Make It Monday #306 - Easy Fan Brush Trees

Hello friends.  Playing along with Betsy and this week's Make It Monday challenge, where it's all about creating easy fan brush tree's.  Well, Betsy makes it look easy, but I can tell I'm going to need some more practice!  It was still great fun and I loved learning something new!  Here's what I came up with:

I blended my background with Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores inks, and then started the water coloring with Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado inks.  I added the white acrylic paint like Betsy did and also did some splattering to add a little more "snow".  I trimmed my cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and then added some fun foam to the back to raise it a bit off my card base.  My sentiment is from Snowfall Style and I think it perfectly fits this wintery scene.

You can check out Betsy's BEAUTIFUL card, video, and all the other cards in the gallery right HERE and then play along.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Rainbow Winter

Hello friends.  Just a quick post today.  Finally got a chance to play with my new Catherine Pooler Spa Collection inks and the Winter Woodland stamp set.  I have been so inspired lately by all the rainbow cards Kristie has been making, like right HERE .  Here's what I came up with:

Not realistic but FUN, right?!!  I embossed in clear the trees from the Winter Woodland set, and then started at the left and began blending Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea, Juniper Mist, & Royal Treatment inks and oh do I LOVE how they blend!!  Did a little water splattering and then added my snow banks (from the Winterhaven Die collection) and deer.  The sentiment is also from the Winter Woodland set.  Maybe I could pretend this is a Northern Lights card??!!  Fun set to play with and I really like how my card turned out!  Thank you Kristie for ALL your Rainbow inspiration lately...I've been loving it!!

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #75

Hello friends.  Playing along with Inspired By All The Little Things challenge and this fabulous inspiration photo:

I was inspired by the wood paneling in the background, the skates, the star, and of course the beautiful soft blue color.  This is what I came up with:

I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink for my hardwood background (SU!) and although my photo looks more gray than blue, in real life it really is a soft blue!  I also used the same ink around the edges of the 2 stars.  The skate die cut is a Gina Marie Designs (the stars and the scalloped circle too) and I added a bit of soft blue sparkle paper for the blades of the skate.  Not too realistic, but hey, artistic license and all that, right?!  My sentiment is from PB's Yuletide Wishes stamp set.  A very CAS card and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

You can check out GD Bobby Hagen's card and all the rest of the DT cards right HERE and then play along...there's still a few days left!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Monday #268 - Santa Hat

Hello friends.  This weeks Merry Monday challenge is brought to us by Deanne and she would like to see a SANTA HAT on your Christmas cards.

Isn't that little guy so cute all dressed up in his Santa suit and hat?!!  Wish my dogs would sit still long enough to put something like that on!  Oh well, I got my hat fix by using an older Penny Black set called Winter Wonderland.

Aren't these little birdies in their Santa hats just too cute?!  I just stamped them in black and then only colored their hats red so that the hats would stand out on the card.  After fussy cutting them out I attached then to a new Memory Box die cut called Snowflake Spectacle and then added a black sentiment banner with Christmas Wishes (PTI's Cutaway Tags: Winter) embossed in white.  A piece of heavy white bakers twine and a little pink chalk for the birdies cheeks finished off my card.

We're really getting down to the wire here friends, so if your Christmas card stash is not complete yet, find those stamps with a SANTA HAT on them and make a card or two to share with us at Merry Monday!  You can find all the info you need right HERE.

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