Monday, December 31, 2012

Celebrate the New Year

2012 is on the way out and 2013 is on the way in.  I always enjoy seeing the fireworks  that welcome in the New Year around the world and I made this card  to show a celebration of  the New Year arriving.
I created the fireworks on the night sky by hand drawing with Glitter pen and stickles.

Speedy Fox Simple Salutations: Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Friends of Speedy TV: Make New Year's Card (challenge not posted but saw on DT's blogs)
Whoopsi Daisy: Challenge is Celebrate
Paper Pretties Wednesday: New Year
Just Us Girls: New Year Creation with Sparkle

Stamps: MFP's Big City, Flourishes Sentiment.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark
EP: Ranger Black Detail
Copics:  B07,91,93,BV25, C3,N4, Y11
Fireworks : Jelli-Ink Pen Gold Glitter, Stickles in Gold Glitter,and Copper Glitter, and Purple Iridescent
Papers: White, Navy, Gold Metallic CS
Cuttlebug EF Divine Swirls and Polka Dots

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! We are spending a quiet night at home. It has snowed all day and streets are covered again so will be safe and cozy at home. Have a safe New Year's Eve!
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, December 30, 2012

From the Heart

Second post today.....trying to catch up with some challenges.
The challenge at Cheery Lynn- to use lace- inspired me to create a Valentine's Card.  I knew I wanted to use Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish of my most favorite dies. I cut the die twice from some white iridescent card stock. I found some red lace in my lace box that I have had forever from a challenge prize.  Trying to use up some of my stash. I cut 3 scalloped hearts using Nesties and GKD red card stock and layered with pop up dots. I used a white card base , then a layer of the red card stock, topped with an embossed textured white card stock using Cuttlebug EF a romantic feel.  I edged this layer with the lovely red lace and arranged the flourishes and the stack of hearts. I finished with a banner stamped with Flourishes " From the Heart" that I free  cut. I may add some pearls to the heart but leaving card as is for this post.
Challenge link:
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge: Lace (real or faux)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Anything goes. No sketch this week which is unusual for this blog. I used more layers than I usually do, and liked stacking the hearts and letting the flourish float on the card rather than gluing it down.
Crafty Friends Challenge:  Add a splash of color to white

It is always fun to find forgotten items in your stash which are the perfect item for a card.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Winter Wonderland

One of my favorite winter stamps is this "Christmas Village" by PSX which I have used for many cards. This time I am using it as a simple black and white card using Versamark and Ranger black embossing powder on GKD white card stock with no coloring or embellishing.  I used a GKD white card base, a mat of digital Snowflake Pattern Paper from Dreamees, and a solid black mat directly under the image.  Looks like we are having more snow today.

Allsorts Challenge: It's as plain as black and white.
CRAFTS AND ME: Winter Wonderland
Charisma Cardz: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge:  Anything Goes

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thinking Warmer Thoughts

 We have had more snow here in Ohio but my thoughts have shifted to the beach and warmer temps in this card.  I am trying to use some unused stamps and decided to use this sandcastle stamp which inspired me to create a summer card. I used the Sketch Challenge from What If? Wednesday. To add interest to the strips on the design, I used 3 different EF's instead of 3 colors or DP's. I also added a strip of flock to represent sand and a starfish charm.

The House That Stamps Built: What If ? Wednesday Sketch #D2612
The House That Stamps Built: Challenge DCC1219 2 shades of blue

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Sand Castle and Sentiment.
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
Markers from Memento and Copics
Papers: Bazzill Textured Blue CS, GKD PP from Pool Side Pack.
Nesties Circle Die
Flock: Doodlebug Crushed Velvet in brown
Scor -Tape
Cuttlebug Assorted EF's
Starfish Charm-recycled from old sandals

Maybe this will warm me up.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow Everywhere!

Snow is on my mind since that is what I see when looking out the window. There are so many cute snowmen stamps and some of my fave ones are from Sassy Cheryl.  I just knew I had to play in her latest challenge to use a snowman and I used a great sketch from Sweet Sunday. 
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge: We Love Snowmen
The Sweetest Thing: Sweet Sunday Sketch  174
BasicGrey Challenges: Anything Goes-used Figgy Pudding and Jovial
CRAFTS AND ME: Winter Wonderland  

Stamp: Sassy Cheryl Digi -  Fun in the Snow
Markers: Memento Assorted Markers and Gray Copics
Ink: Memento Summer Sky
Papers: White and Ivory CS from stash, BasicGrey DP from Figgy Pudding and Jovial
Adhesive Alphabet Letters: BasicGrey Figgy Pudding
Assorted Stickles and Liquid Pearls
Cuttlebug EF Snowflakes
Are you enjoying winter weather where you are?? I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Snowflakes for CAS Card

 I did not know how hard it would be to photograph an all white card and using a blue background probably was not a good thing as it made the white look blue. This is not the best photo but it will have to do. I made this card to enter in a few challenges.  Used 3 types of white cs...glossy, iridescent, and a textured one for the base card but none of that shows. I embossed glossy CS with Cuttlebug EF Snowflakes. Cut 3 snowflakes with Cheery Lynn #3 snowflake die but trimmed edges to appear as different shapes. Popped these up with foam dots. Added white grosgrain ribbons strips for additional texture. I embossed one with Cuttlebug EF Border "With Love".  Added liquid pearls to embossed design for sparkle and texture.
Challenges to enter:
Paper Players: CAS- Feature snowflakes. See graphic. No coloring or stamping made this a CAS card for me.
Alphabet Challenge: W is for Winter White. Do not use any color.
Stamptacular Sunday: Emboss me.
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Add ribbon and/or lace.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Colour Challenge---Return to Card Making

Hello all! I hope you had a great holiday with family and friends. Things are getting back to a normal pace and I am trying to get back into a routine of making cards and blogging. I have missed these activities for the last few weeks and mostly have missed visiting with my friends in blogland.  To get back into the swing I have made a card to enter into Annabelle Stamps Challenge- to use colours of Chili, Lime, and Waterfall. I think  I matched up the colors well enough and used 2 free digis from Annabelle- the flower image and the sentiment.  I printed both on the Blue CS from stash and colored with Copics R24 and YG03. I added a red ribbon to this layer. I used a mat of Lime CS from stash that I embossed with Cuttlebug EF Stylized Flowers under the image. Attached this to a layer of Annabelle Digi Paper Chili Check and then to a White CS Base. Finished with a green rhinestone. I never printed a digi directly on colored cs and then colored directly on the color cs but I like the result of how the colors on the blue cs stayed a true color.
Challenge Link:
Annabelle Stamps: Colour ac152
It was fun to make a card other than a Christmas theme. With the snow we have had, I am inspired to take on some winter and snow card challenges. I hope to be back soon with some more posts.
Enjoy the after holiday time after all the hurry and scurry.
I enjoy all your comments. See you in blogland.
Thank you. Theresa

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
Wishing you all a very blessed
and wonderful holiday with
your family and friends.
May the New Year bring you
much love, hope,  and peace.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa Is Coming

I have been trying to use some of the items I had leftover when making cards and  did not use. Here I used a piece of red cardstock that I had trimmed and embossed with Snowflakes and sponged with green ink. I pulled this out, added a green ribbon amd green base card. Attached a Die Cut from Susan Winget and have a finished card.

I finished the inside with another Susan Winget die cut and printed message.
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Use Santa on cards.

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Reindeer

This was a quick card that I made using some of the items that I had in my stash. The background is a digi paper from GKD that I had printed, trimmed, edged with gold and embossed, but never used. I attached to a base of White CS and then attached the Reindeer cutout with pop ups. The deer was from a pack of Susan Winget Christmas Die cuts that  I had forgot about.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Use a reindeer.
Cute Card Thursday: Red and Green
CRAFT Challenge   Christmas
Color Throwdown: See graphic below. There is some black on the deer.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Note: I redid photo since it showed 6 legs. The cutout is a 3D and 2 of the legs were not lined up in first photo so it looked like a 6 legged deer. I made sure the legs were attached in the redo.

Gifts from Altoid Tins

 I have some Christmas ideas to make with Altoid tins. I have saved several of these tins over the year. I decorated the top and covered the bottom of the tins and attached ribbons around tin with scor-tape. Th trick to making these quickly is to use adhesive card stock for the top and bottom. I used a textured adhesive CS from DCWV which has an assortment of colors. I will use the tins as gifts with candy, money and/or gift cards enclosed inside with a note.

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday:  Altered Christmas-All you need to do is create anything that isn’t a card for Christmas.
Mark's Finest Paper's: Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge: Use Red and Green- Used MFP Stamps
Stamptacular Sunday: Anything But a Card
The Ribbon Girl: Ho Ho Ho-Show your Christmas Projects.Used ribbon on tins.
Lollipop Crafts: Happy Holiday Projects
Whoopsi Daisy: Use Up your Stash.I used items from my stash of tins, brads, ribbons, and more.
FOSTV: Christmas Project-used MFP Stamps on bottom 2 projects

Altoid Tins

Stamps: Mark's Finest paper Greeting of the Season, Poinsettia Blooms, Santa is an Unknown Stamp, Flourishes Snow Flakes Warm Winter Wishes
Ink: Versamark, Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Embossing Powder: Ranger Gold and Red
Copics: Green, Red, Gold
Papers: DCWV Adhesive Mat Stack, White CS
Ribbons: All from stash
Brads: Gold Trees from stash

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Cards and Card Box for Mother

Box Made for Cards
Box Opened with Cards Inside

Today, I am showing a Christmas project that I made as a gift for my Mother... a box of Christmas cards using a box that I recycled that contained a gift of nuts. The inside of the box folds out revealing the space I used  for the cards, stamps, and address labels. Since my Mother is a quilter, I designed the top like a quilt square piecing squares of paper that were embossed for texture. Used die cuts and brad in center. Added DP to sides.

Papertake Weekly: Anything goes with option to make a gift for Christmas
Scrap Creations: Anything but a Card
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Theme is Christmas
PaperPlay Challenges: Christmas is Coming.
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday:  Create  An Altered Christmas- All you need to do is create anything that isn’t a card for Christmas. Did a box of Cards.

Supplies for box:
Recycled Box
Papers: Green, Yellow, and White CS, Authentique DP, Red Foil Paper
Cuttlebug Assorted Embossing Folders
Cheery Lynn Build a Flower Die

Cards Inside: Made with a photo of a Quilted Wall Hanging that my Mother made. I printed cards on GKD white CS using Photoshop and embellished  the front with gemstones, tiny ribbon bows and dry embossing with Cuttlebug Wicker Weave EF's.  Took a while to tie 35 bows.

Close up of Card
Inside of Card

Thanks for coming by. Theresa

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Second post today. This card is for Meljen's Sketch challenge shown on the left. I love this group of Caroling Snowmen and it is so fun to color...this time I did it in red and green to go with the papers I  had laying on my work table.  Added some snowflakes with embossing and liquid pearls. Cut out the Meljen's sentiment to finish.
Meljen's Designs: Challenge 138
Crazy 4 Challenges: Create a Card That features a snowman
Cute Card Thursday: Theme is snowflakes-used embossed snowflakes and added liquid pearl snowflakes.
Paper Players: Theme is Snowmen
Stamps: Meljen's Designs
Copics: R00,24, G19, B000, G19, YG09, C00
Aytou Spica Gold, Black Glaze Pen, Clearstar Pen
Paper: Green CS and Red CS from stash,  Annabelle Digi Papers Stripes and Dots
Red Brads
Liquid Pearls
Nesties Circle and Scallop Circle Dies
Cuttlebug EF Snowflakes

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sending Love and Hugs

 Welcome.  Today I am posting a card made for a sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built. This is a simple card using holly pattern paper to give a holiday look.
What If?  Wednesday: Repeat Impressions Sketch #N2812
Crafty Catz Challenge: Recycle/Upcycle- Wide satin ribbon was saved last Christmas from a gift of Holiday Bread.
One Stop Craft Challenge: Create something for Christmas for the Men/Boys. What guy does not like some love and hugs?
Sweet Stamps Blog: Theme is Winter Greenery...holly is one of my fave winter greenery

Stamps: Repeat Impressions

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Inks Barn
Door and Peeled Paint
Memento Lady Bug Marker and Black Glaze Pen
Copics E00, 34,35,37
Papers: Green Texture and Ivory CS, Authentique Paper Pack Wonder
Nesties Square, Scallop Square , Rectangle Dies
Ribbon Recylced from Christmas gift

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Alex

Welcome! I forgot to share this card that I made for my great-nephew's 5th  birthday last week.  I always try to personalize childrens' cards and I thought using a picture of Alex would surprise him. I simply scanned a picture of him and placed his head on a digi image "Balloon Trevor" from C.C. Designs. I colored with Copics.I used a card base of white, red layers, and a layer of a digi plaid paper from Summer Driggs. Added some stripe ribbon and a 3D cut out balloon with string attached with pop up dots. The plaid layer was embossed with Cuttlebug Wicker Weave for texture. Love how cute his image turned out. I used Photoshop for editing the photo and combining the photo and image and also for the sentiment and printing the inside of his card.

Challenges to enter:
Sweet 'n' Sassy: Interior Decorating Challenge-do inside of card. Used digi image and digi paper.
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Color Challenge at Annabelle

This week, the challenge at Annabelle Stamps is to use colors of mint, emerald, and rose. I just purchased digi papers from there that are perfect to use. I used a sketch from The Sweet Shop to create my card.  I cut the ornament from the top layer so the polka dot layer shows. I trimmed the "Ornament"with gems and ribbons.
Stamp: Annabelle Stamped for Christmas
Die: Annabelle Christmas Decorated Ornament Die
Papers: GD White CS, Annabelle Digi Paper Emerald Solid, Rose Polka Dots, Mint Stripe
Ink: Memento Rose Bud
Ribbon: Narrow Rose Satin and Wide Green Satin
Pink Rhinestones
EF: Cuttlebug Polka Dots

Challenge links:
Annabelle Stamps: ac150
The Sweet Stop: SSS187 Sketch
Fussy and Fancy Challenge: I Love Christmas
The ABC Challenge: C is for Clear it out. Using some rhinestones and ribbons that I have had for years in my stash.
The Ribbon Girl Blog: December challenge is HO HO HO -Christmas projects

How many holiday cards do you mail?  Are they ready to send?
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Non-Traditional colors for Christmas

My friend Linda is hosting the Friday Free All Challenge at Stamp TV this week and I made this card for her challenge to create a Christmas project with no Reds or Greens using non-traditional holiday colors.  I guess I broke the rules because I do have a tiny bit of green.  I was just thinking that Pink and Browns were not traditional Christmas colors and lost sight of no greens. OOPS!
Stamps: GKD Festive Frame sentiment, A Year of Borders by Melanie
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Bamboo leaves Marker
Copics: E30,34,R81,83
Papers: GKD White CS, Pink CS from Stash, Annabelle Digi Paper Polka Dots
Spica Gold Pen, Clearstar Pen and Yellow Glaze pen
Redo  without green
I did a redo using gold Spica pen to color the pine so would not have green on card for STV Challenge.
Other challenges to enter original card:
Scrap Creations: Merry Christmas
Fab 'n'Funky : Use 3 of something....used 3 poinsettias
Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas Challenge: Make it Girlie-used pink and polka dots with glitter to be girlie

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa