Saturday, December 16, 2017

Jingle All the Way


Welcome!  Do you hear the Christmas bells ringing?  For this card I pulled out an old Bell stamp from Gina K's Very Merry Christmas set but used one of her newer sentiment stamps.  I simply used the stamps with Versamark and Gold EP on Red Velvet CS.  The sentiment was doubled embossed which gave it a raised look. I filled in the ribbons with a Gold Gel Pen.  I stamped and embossed the bells again on Gold Metallic CS which I fussy cut and popped up on the card.  I think this may be the first time to gold emboss on Gold Metallic paper.  The result was a very CAS card but a bit elegant.
I inked the edge of the red layer with Pilot Gold Marker....this is a great way to give a layered look to a card but with less weight for mailing.

Challenge:
Cards in Envy: Challenge Jingle All the Way
AAA Cards: CAS Game #105 Sparkle-lot of sparkle from the gold
CAS on Friday: Challenge #123 Christmas
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Winter Tag

Hello!  I made a tag with a snowflake theme that can be for Christmas or Hanukkah or any winter gift.  I used a Sizzix Snowflake die with a textured specialty paper from a Hero Arts kit.  Stamped a Gina K stamp with versamark and white EP on a tag cut from textured blue CS, added the snowflake and a gold ribbon.
Challenges:
Tag You're It! Challenge: Tag #79-inspired by the snowflake design and touch of gold on Leigh's tag.
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #333 Let's Play Tag.
Allsorts Challenge: Week 446 Cold and Frosty Colors




Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Red, White + Pop of Green


Hello!  I have been playing with the challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches and used it almost verbatim. I used Hero Arts stamps and dies  for the focus area and Gina K stamps and dies for the snowflakes. The red background layer was embossed with Crafter's Companion Nordic EF (design of snowflakes and reindeer). I inked the edge with white and layered on the ovals, die cuts, added white enamel dots and red nail heads.  Used Green card base to finish.
Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #433 shown below.
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Snowflake Challenge
Double D Challenge: Red and White with an optional 'pop' of green is the challenge theme.
Creative With Stamps: Challenge #21 Reindeer-used reindeer stamp and reindeer in embossed design.





Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ornaments for Christmas


Hello! Only 10 days until Christmas!  I was inspired to make this card with bright colors chosen from the Merry Monday Christmas challenge.  I used dies and stamps from Gina K Merry and Bright kit to create the ornaments that are heat embossed with Silver EP. Used Darice EF on the white layer and blue card base.  
Challenges:

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #269 Color Challenge -use  3 colors from the inspiration photo.
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Challenge-use non-traditional colors on your project. 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #363 Anything Christmas Goes with option Sparkle
AAA Cards: CAS Game #105 Sparkle
Use Your Stuff: USY#292 Christmas is Coming-used old paper scraps from stash.
Mod Squad Challenge: Use Non-traditional Colors Christmas Colors




Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Making Cookie Envelope



Hello!  Today I have something different...an envelope for a cookie.  I was inspired to make this after seeing Cindy's post and challenge for Day 8 challenge in Power Poppy's 12 Days of Challenge for Christmas.  I downloaded her templates and printed on Kraft CS.  I also created my pattern design with Power Poppy Hollyberries digital stamp using Photoshop Elements .  I colored in the berries using tools in Photoshop.  I was going to leave the leaves uncolored but decided to color with a Green Pencils after I cut out the envelope.  I used some String closures from my stash (purchased several of these at a closeout sale a few years ago) and colored the string red with a Copic marker.  For the tag, I used a Vanilla one from my stash and stamped with sentiment from Power Poppy Poinsettia set and inked the edges.  Added some fussy cut Holly and Berries from the printed design.  After viewing the picture, I think the tag is too large and I will downsize the next ones I make.
Now, just to make some  cookies and fill more envelopes.
Note: I first tried to stamp and emboss images directly on the Kraft paper but could not get it to look like I wanted.  That is when I resorted to printing the design and it will be really easy to make several wrappers.
Cindy's Envelope
String Unwrapped 
Challenges:
Power Poppy Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 Christmas cookie envelope
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge: #374 All Tied Up-anything with something you can tie...ribbon, twine, string etc.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Gift It-Make a gift, gift wrap, gift box, gift bag, gift tag.
Just Add Ink: #389 Inspiration  - Inspired by tied up gifts, colors Kraft and green 



Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, December 7, 2017

James Returns with More Gifts

Welcome!  I always enjoy playing with James the Bear Bearing Presents, a stamp from Lili of the Valley.  I have owned this stamp since at least 2010 or maybe longer.  Although in the past I have added a lot of paper and embellishments to James, I decided to keep him clean and simple for this card.  So, James is the star of this project.  He was stamped with Memento Black Ink on GKD Heavyweight White CS and colored with Copics.  I did add some White Crystal Nuvo drops to his hat. The image was matted with Grass Green CS and attached to foam before adhering to Red Velvet CS. Sentiment is Gina K from Joyful Holiday set.

Challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #268 Santa Hat.  My favorite bear is wearing a Santa hat.
AAA Cards: Challenge CAS Game #104 Christmas
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week 391 Where did you get that hat?
Retro Rubber: Challenge 77 Color Challenge-Used red, green, and brown from photo. James Stamp is at least 7 years old.
CAS on Friday:  CAS #122 Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #362 Anything Goes with Option Quick and Easy
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C 414 Color something on your card.
Double D Challenges:  Red and White with a Pop of Green




Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Snowflakes Falling


Hello! I have another card with snowflakes....prefer the paper ones to the wet, cold ones.  I used snowflake stamps and dies from Gina K Merry and Bright set with Versamark ink and White EP. The snowflakes were arranged on a White Glossy CS mat embossed with Darice Snowflake EF. Gina K sentiment from Joyful Holiday set was stamped with Memento Black ink on a strip matted with Powder Blue strip cut with border punch.  Assembled the card with Powder Blue base and mat of Black CS.  Inspired by the sketch below. Finished with pearls on the center of the flakes. 
Challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch: CTS #249 (104)
Cupcake Inspirations: CIC434 White, Pale Blue, Black
Mod Squad Challenge:  Use a Snowflake on your project.


Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Snowflakes Are On the Way


Hello!  Today I have created a Patterned Paper using Gina K snowflakes stamps from Merry and Bright Stamp TV kit stamped randomly on Gina K Powder Blue CS with Versamark ink and heat embossed with White EP.  After trimming the panel, I inked the edge with Gold Metallic Pen.    I wrapped this with a ribbon, added a sentiment from the same set, and popped up a Snowflake also heat embossed with White EP, die cut, layered on circles of White CS and gold Metallic Paper.  I adhered to Gina K White Card Base to finish.
Challenges:
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday Challenge-Create Your Own Patterned Paper.
Mod Squad Challenge: Use a snowflake on your project.
Stamp, Ink, Paper: Challenge 128 Let It Snow
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC188 Winter Blues




Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Winter Scene


Hello!  I had fun making this card inspired by the Sketch #432(below) challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I pulled out Hero Arts October kit to create the scene using stamps and dies. Used blue CS for the skies and White CS for the other layers - the mountains were inked with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce ink.  The trees were cut from Green CS and the stamped reindeer was fussy cut.  I added snow to the sky, mountains and trees with Marvy Snow Marker. Spritzed the sky with Gold Shimmer mist. The sentiment from Creative Clear Stamps was inked with DO Faded jeans and filled in with Stardust pen for some glitter and shine.  Attached to Glossy White CS base. 
Other challenges:
Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge:128 Let It Snow
Crafty Catz: Challenge 395  Anything Goes with Optional Twist Let It Snow
Creative with Stamps: CWS #21 Reindeer
Die Cut Divas: December Challenge Wintertime



Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sequins or Not

Welcome to my studio!  Today I am playing with the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV and we are to create our own patterned paper using stamped images.   I chose to use the pine bough stamps from Merry and Bright Stamp TV kit with Memento Bamboo Leaves and New Sprout inks on Ivory CS to create my pattern.   For my focus I stamped and die cut Pine Cones and Pine Bough that I adhered to the background.  I die cut Holiday from the Grass Green and Pumpkin Spice CS's and stamped the word Happy with Distress Oxide ink Wild Honey.  Finished with a card base of Ivory CS and a Mat of Grass Green.  Other supplies: Inks-DO Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Memento Rich Cocoa , Copic Brown, Clear EP.  After I made a photo of the card,  I decided to add copper sequins to give a more finished look. Compare the first photo to the second photo.  Which do you like?
Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers: December Christmas Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes










Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, December 4, 2017

Poinsettia Tags


 Welcome to my Monday morning!  I have been making tags using Power Poppy Digital stamps from Poinsettia and Pomegranates.  The sentiment is from Gingerbread Family set.  I did 2 versions-one with pinks and blues and the other in traditional reds and greens. Colored with Copics.  Used Clear Star pen and Gold gel pens for accents.  Finished with ribbons.

Challenges:
Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge with a  12 Days of Christmas Twist: First day theme is Tags.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry and Bright


Hello! I am back with  a very quick post to enter this card into challenges including Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 267 which is to create a card with the colors Green, Blue, White/Silver/Vellum.  I used them all just to have all bases covered.  I used stamps and die cuts from Gina K Merry and Bright Stamp TV kit.  The Blue and Green card stocks as well as Vellum and Silver Metallic paper were from my stash.  Used Versamark and Zing Silver EP.  I spritzed the blue card mat and the ornaments with Gold Shimmer mist for more shine but hard to see in the photo.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver EP on clear Vellum and fussy cut and attached with Vellum Tape. 
The hard part of this challenge was getting a good photo because  Metallic Papers are always hard for me to photograph. 
Other Challenges:
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Anything Goes

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Playing with Gingerbread

 Hello! Welcome to my latest paper projects!  I baked up some Gingerbread items including a card and some tags.  I used a recent purchase from Power Poppy - her Gingerbread Family digital stamps and a sentiment from Chickadee in Barberry set.   I created the above card by printing out the GB House with the GB Couple and Sentiment on white CS and coloring with Copics and adding accents with White and Red Berry Gloss Nuvo Crystal Dots.  Placed this on a Fresh Asparagus Green Mat and a card base of Red Velvet.  Aren't they the cutest Gingerbread Couple?
Above is the first tag that I made with the Gingerbread Man using pretty much the same supplies as the card. The I created another pair of tags shown below.  Love how the Crystal drops look like icing. Fun to make!  Tags finished with Eyelets and Baker Twine for tying and mats of Red CS.



Challenges:
Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge with a  12 Days of Christmas Twist: First day theme is Tags.
613 Avenue Create: Challenge #204 Anything Goes with Optional Twist Christmas/Winter
The Paper Players: PP373 Laurie's Theme Challenge - Baking.  Baked up Gingerbread for your challenge.
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #125 Code Word is Sweets
CAS On Friday: #122 Christmas





Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy Holiday

Hello!  There is so much to be inspired by in the Inspiration Photo for Mix It Up Monday challenge, that I had to make another card.  For this one, I used Snowflakes, Poinsettias, Silver, and Sparkle.  All the stamps and dies are from the Merry and Bright Stamp TV kit by Gina K.  Used Turquoise, Tan Leather, and Soft Sand GKD card stock and Silver Metallic paper. Other Supplies: Hero Arts Silver EP, Clear EP, Clear Star Pen, Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers ink,  Versamark ink. 
Challenges;
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday challenge-Christmas Inspiration
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: December challenge: Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: December Challenge Anything Christmas
Die Cut Diva: Challenge Winter Time Cards-used poinsettia and word dies


Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa