Sunday, December 29, 2013

Make a Wish

I have a bunch of Dazzles stickers and have not used any in a while so when I saw
sketch #95 over at retrosketches I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pull
them out and create a cute birthday card!  I'm also going to link up with
Seize the Birthday as they have an Anything Goes challenge.

Here's what I did...

with this sketch.

These are from the Mix 'Em Dazzles Cupcakes, 3 color pack. I also used jewel dazzles
on the scalloped circle and on the border behind the circle. I used the Cuttlebug swirls
embossing folder on the light pink panel. The brown dotted paper is from a Recollections
pack and the pink is from a Hot off the Press pack called Serendipity. The sentiment was
done with some Recollections glittered stickers.  Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, December 27, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch!

Hello! Decided I would give the challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch! try.  This is my
first time to play with them.  As you may have seen me post before, I don't usually do CAS
cards, but find the more I do the more I like it.  I never thought I would be a stamper
either, but again, the more I do the more I like it. 

Here's what I came up with…

using this sketch.

I used stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions for the floral spray and the sentiment is
from a Hot off the Press set called Birthday Greetings.  Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Birthday Wishes

I've spent so much time the last couple of months making Christmas cards it's time I get my
birthday card stash back up to par.  When I saw the latest challenge at Freshly Made 
Sketches I decided to give it a try using some of my new stamps and dies.  I'm entering
this card in the Seize the Birthday challenge as well, where anything goes!

This is what I came up with…

using this sketch.

I started with the Sizzix "Corners, Ornate #2" embossing folder for the white panel. I die
cut the banners using the Sizzix "Banners 2" set and the Taylored Expressions "Label It"
set. Then I stamped the flower border using a stamp set called "Bugabee" from
Taylored Expressions and cut it out free hand. I die cut the yellow flowers on the border
with a coordinating die set and added some pearls.  The sentiment was stamped from a
Hot off the Press set called Birthday Greetings.  I think it turned out pretty well.
Thanks for taking a look!

DD #84 & Mojo 325

I've not spent quite a few days in the craft room with the busy hustle and bustle
of Christmas this week, but with that behind us, I'm now finding time to play with some
new supplies I received as gifts.  I decided to combine two challenges to get a
birthday card made.  I used the color combo from Dynamic Duos and the sketch from
Mojo Monday.

I used stamp and die-cut set from Sizzix for the flower, an embossing folder from the
Paper Studio and a Martha Stewart border punch.  I added some tiny dark red gems to the
border punch, which are a little hard to see in the picture, and used some shimmery black
border stickers from Hambly on the edges of the embossed panel to add the option of
sparkle for the DD challenge.  Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

DS 130

Managed to get another card done today. This time using the Deconstructed Sketch #130.

The tree image is a Hero Arts stamp and I used some papers from a couple of
different DCWV Christmas stacks.  I embossed the tree with rainbow sparkle
embossing powder and added the tiny red gems for a little bling.  Thanks for
taking a look!

Christmas Cabin

I attempted to create this post yesterday but when it came to adding the photo of my card
what is supposed to be blue came out looking green so I kind of had to start again.  I'm
sure I'm not the first person this has happened to.  Anyway,  I wanted make a card using
the color combo at Dynamic Duos and thought the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches
would work well for the stamped image I used.  I think I will also  add this to the
 CAS-ual Fridays challenge where the theme is "Let it Snow".  Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Celebrate the Season

Well it sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Colorado.  We've had
sub-zero temps early in the morning since last Wednesday and we've barely made it
out of the single digits for highs since the 50 degree morning we had last Tuesday.
And it's snowing, for the moment! Perfect day for card making right?  So, I was able to
get one card done so far today that should work for 3 challenges.  That would be
52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, where any past 2013 challenge goes, the sketch
challenge at Mojo Monday and the color challenge at Dynamic Duos.  This is what
I ended up with.


I did some stamping, heat embossing and dry embossing.  Added a little patterned paper,
some ribbon and, of course, a little bit of bling.  Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Warmest Wishes

One last card and post for the weekend.  I was able to get a card done using the
Dynamic Duos colors for this week as inspiration.  It's a "you choose the other color"
challenge.  I'm also entering this card in the House of Cards challenge, which has a
photo for inspiration.

I chose silver as my other color for the Dynamic Duos challenge and I think the colors I 
used and the wintery scene work well for the House of Cards photo inspiration. 

I found this Inkadinkado stamp at Michaels the other day and my husband encouraged me
to get it, if you can believe that!  I was not so sure about it but think it came out pretty well
stamped with the starlite silver ink I used.  I die cut the lacy frame, applied it over the 
stamped image and then cut around the white card stock and then added silver card stock
behind it and cut again.  I pulled out an old Fiskars corner punch I've not used in ages for
the white panel, stamped the greeting and added some silver jewel dazzles for a little 
sparkle.  Thanks for taking a look!


I was able  to get another card done this morning.  I used the sketch from retrosketches
and since my card has a reindeer I think I'll also enter this one in the" Pick a Previous
Theme" challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.

Here's my card...

using this sketch...

and Theme Challenge #15.

I used the Tim Holtz "Holiday Joy" stamp and die set from Sizzix.  The papers are from
MME's "Santa Claus" paper pad.  Thanks for taking a look!

Happy Holidays Santa

Well, this is my last day of vacation and time to get back to the real world.  We were able
 to get the house decorated for Christmas, inside and out and so I've not spent the last
couple of days in my craft room :(  But I'm back at it today.

 The challenge this week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is to pick a previous theme.
 I chose to  go with #16.

I'm just lovin this Tim Holtz "Retro Christmas" stamp and die set from Sizzix.  This is the
second card I've made with it since I bought it a week ago and I see many more in the
 future. Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Santa Christmas

Got my turkey in the oven this morning and decided to sit down and get another
card done.  I really like the current sketch at The Deconstructed Sketch and thought 
it would work well for a new stamp and die set I have.

This is the sketch...

and what I came up with.

So, I think it came out okay.  The stamp and die set is the Tim Holtz Alterations
collection called "Retro Christmas".  The papers I used are from My Mind's Eye
called "Lost & Found Christmas.  Thanks for taking a look and have a great

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

FMS 114

I've been so busy making Christmas cards recently that I decided I needed a change of pace
and would do a birthday card when I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this
week. I will also enter this card in the Dynamic Duos "Triple Threat Challenge" and the
Seize the Birthday challenge as well.

I went shopping at Joann's the other day and found a couple of Sizzix stamp & die cut
sets I've been wanting, so I used one of them on this card.  I stamped the floral image
twice, first with the green ink and then with the pink.  I fussy cut the pink flowers and
layered them on top of the green, which was die cut.  I did some embossing on the white
panel and the dark red strip, punched out the butterfly and added some sparkle to it and
the flowers.  Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Snow Family

I wanted to get one more card done today that I think will work for a couple of
challenges.  I used the sketch from retrosketches and the color combo from
Dynamic Duos, which is actually using 3 colors this week instead of the normal 2.
I think this will work for the Just Us Girls challenge as well.

Here's what I came up with...

using this sketch...

 this color combo...

and this photo as inspiration.

I used a Cricut cartridge called Snow Friends to cut the little snow family.  The
printed paper is from the Merry Little Christmas paper pad from My Mind's Eye.
I used some tiny pearls for the eyes and clothes embellishments.  I stamped, heat
embossed and cut the snowflake with the Tim Holtz Holiday Joy set from Sizzix.
Thanks for taking a look! 

Snowflake Christmas

Oh the ladies at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown are really challenging me.  I am
learning so many new techniques playing along with them.  The technique challenge
for November is acrylic block background.  So, once again this is my first attempt at

Here's my card.

How appropriate that when I took my card outside to photograph it was starting to snow! I
didn't even know it was supposed to do that today.  Anyway, I inked my acrylic block with
pearlescent sky blue ink, spritzed it with water and stamped on a heavyweight card stock.
I used the Lacy Labels Cricut Lite cartridge for the die cutting and added the large snowflake
brad to the center of the label.  I stamped the greeting with the same ink I used for the
background, cut it into a banner and adhered to another piece of the background paper and
added a little more bling to the 4 small snowflakes.  Thanks for taking a look! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Angel

I was able to get to get yet another Christmas card made with inspiration from 2
challenges.  I used the sketch from Mojo Monday and the theme from CAS-ual Fridays
which is to create with 8.

I really like these foiled papers from DCWV and this little angel stamp I got from Hot off
the Press.  The angel was heat embossed with red embossing tinsel and colored with
smooch inks to match the ribbon.  I added 8 dazzles stars and finished with the greeting.
Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, November 22, 2013

FMS 113

I made a card using the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to share.

This is the card I made...

using this sketch.

I used the border piece I had left from the Warm and Cozy 3-D papier tole die cuts
from Hot off the Press.  The printed papers are from the same collection.  After
layering the die cut pieces with foam tape and adhering to the horizonal strip all I
had to do was stamp the greeting.  Thanks for taking a look!

'Tis the Season

Yay! I'm so happy to be on vacation now until December 2nd.  That means I get
to spend extra time crafting.  I can't ever seem to get enough.  Although, I'm sure
my husband would beg to differ!  Anyway, we've got snow on the ground here 
in Colorado and it's about 20 degrees so when I saw the current sketch at retrosketches
I thought a cute little snowman would be a good choice for this project.

Here's the sketch...

and my card.

I pulled out my Cricut Snow Friends cartridge to create the snowman or should I say
snow person?  Embossed the white panel with a Paper Studio embossing folder and
border punched the pink vellum with a Fiskars punch.  Stamped and heat embossed the
 greeting, although I'm not really happy with the way it turned out.  And there you
have it. 'Tis the Season!  Thanks for taking a look.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gingerbread Greetings

I had some cute little gingerbread papier tole pieces that were just screaming out
to be put on a card, so when I saw the color challenge at Just Us Girls I knew they
would be perfect.  And I thought the sketch at Mojo Monday would work as well.

This is the color scheme...

the sketch...

and what I ended up with.

I think it turned out rather cute!  I didn't have to do that much.  Adding some foam
dots to layer the pieces, little die cutting and adding some printed cardstock which is 
from a Teresa Collins designer pad called Christmas Cottage.  The stamped greeting is
from a Hero Arts set.  The papier tole is from Hot off the Press.  Thanks for taking a look!

Black & Silver Christmas

Managed to get one more card done today.  This one is for 3 challenges.  I used the
sketch from Seize the Sketch, the colors from the Dynamic Duos challenge and
the cue from CASology. I'll also enter this one in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

Here is the card I came up with...

using this sketch...

this color combo...

and this cue.

I used a Paper Studio embossing folder for the main panel.  I cut the tree  with a Cricut
Christmas solutions cartridge.  The DP is from the DCWV Twinkle Glints paper pad. I
added a little bit of bling.  Thanks for taking a look!