Monday, November 23, 2015

Addicted to CAS - Be Thankful

I know it's going to be a very busy week.  I've got lots of preparations going on for the big feast, so CAS is the way to go today!   It feels strange celebrating Thanksgiving when there is snow on the ground, but that's ok.  In my crafty room it can be anything I falling leaves it is!   I'm playing along at Addicted to CAS.  They're right in the middle of their 3rd Birthday Celebration.. PLUS a Design Team call out!!   AND .. lots of fabulous prizes.  This time you are asked to make a project... keep pit clean and simple.. but ADD DIMENSION.  I did that a couple of ways on my thankful card today.  

This one was hard to photograph because of all the white, but if you look close you can see I scored some lines above and below the sentiment to add more dimension and texture. 

The second way I added some dimension was to add my die cuts to the cover panel using adhesive foam tape.   The images were colored using Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!  I hope you have a great day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Poppystamps Falling For You Stamps and Coordinating Dies

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas Morning

We just got our first snow of the season in the Chicago area. It seemed really unexpected because we've had such an unseasonably warm Fall. It picked the perfect day to land - Saturday! Something about waking up first thing in the morning - particularly on a day when you have no where you "have to be" to find a blanket of snow on the ground. I wish you could have seen the dog investigating like it was some strange substance from another world. Too funny!
I always associate snow with Christmas - spending time with my kids during Christmas break from school - keeping them busy making snowmen, helping me cook or having a pajama day. This die cut image of Amelia made me think of times when I'd let the kids "sneak" a present from under the tree a little early - something to keep them occupied while I was "taking care of business" doing laundry or other chore. My daughter always wanted a doll that looked "just like her" like the little lady in the image.
I love to mix pattern papers and while you might not think to put sheet music next to stripes of colored chevrons, just about anything will work if you add a little border of solid colored card stock. The paper I used today is from the Holiday Cheer Collection.
I always start with a flat base for my cards, and add embellishments with adhesive foam tape. By popping up the die cut image I can run twine under them (between the adhesive foam) or tuck a button, pin, or wood embellishments here and there without making them too hefty to fit in an envelope. 

I think this image would make a great birthday card for a "Little Miss" too. Pretty Little Studio has lots of die cut images that are perfect for capturing your favorite memories and documenting them in layouts. You can see them all here. 

Enjoy your snow days! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5”
Pretty Little Studio Products
Die Cut: Amelia
Pattern Paper: Holiday Cheer Collection
Stamp Set:  Waltzingmouse 2011 Holiday Ornaments
Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders, Paper Smooches Flag Tags
The Twinery Maraschino Twine
Wood Veneer Snowflake Stampin Up!
Star Pin Maya Road

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holly Jolly Christmas!

How are you doing?  I'm guessing lots of you are just as busy as me.   Lots of running around and planning the big meal next week.  If I get most of my shopping done this week, then I'll just have to pick up produce next week.  The cold weather here in the midwest makes us all want to stock up anyway.. no one wants to risk an extra trip to the store for the one thing that we forgot.  The first snow could be any time now and I think most of us would prefer to stay home in the bad weather ahead.
Thanksgiving also gets me thinking about Christmas cards.  A few years back I would have them all addressed and mailed the day after Thanksgiving.  That didn't last long.  I'm hoping I do better this year.   Maybe a New Year's resolution in my future?  I know I want to do better remembering birthdays!
I'm posting at Poppystamps with this CAS holiday card featuring the Stitched Holly Border and Free Hand Merry Christmas Sentiment. I cut the holly border in a dark and light green and just wasn't happy with how they looked on top of each other. So I broke them up with just a hint of gold. (An extra layer of die cut border with just the edges peeking out.)

This one is great because it's nice and flat! No extra postage!! Until I tuck a little something inside right? Another thing I can't help doing! What can I say? I like surprises!

TYIC#35 Merry Ornament

I'm still loving my tags, and you just can't beat the inspiration twice a month at Tag You're It Challenge.  The inspiration design this time is from the Queen of Clean Tracey McNeely!  This one actually doesn't look so "Tracey" now does it?  She's got lots going on.. .lots of pattern paper, die cuts, pretty bow and even a jingle bell thrown into the mix!    Somebody better check on Miss Tracey!  LOL!!   What ever she's up to I'm lovin it!    All the things I like to play with on this tag today so here's what I came up with.

First.. what do I love about this?  Well lets just say EVERYTHING so I really didn't switch things up too much.  I have a different shape ornament and color scheme but so many things are just the same.  The ornament, holly leaves, pattern paper, word die, jingle bell, metallic twine bow - all the same.  

I don't see a string on Tracey's but I added a jumbo eyelet and solid Blossom Twinery Twine to mine. 

I hope you play along too - this one was so fun!!!   You can get more inspiration from the Design Team and link up your designs here at the Tag You're It Challenge!

Dies:  Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags, Vesha Ornament, Retro Ornaments, Holly Leaves Nd Berries, Free Hand Merry Christmas
Pattern Paper:  October Afternoon "Under The Tree" 12"
Jumbo Eyelet We R Memory Keepers
Twinery Solid Blossom Twine
Misc:  Metallic Gold Cord, Gold Star Sequins

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Card Concept #44 Festive Glory

Another stunning challenge inspiration photo from The Card Concept!  This one is called "Festive Glory" and there are so many elements to choose from the inspiration photo.  Look around...  what do you see?  gingham, stripes, warm colors... did you see the sleigh in the photo over the mantle?   I see snowflakes, poinsettias, candles, and so much more. 

I started with papers in warm colors like those in the photo.  I wanted to create a cabin Christmas feel.  I'm going ot classify this one as Freestyle collage mostly because I added elements that seem unrelated like the button, twine and wood veneer sequins. 

To achieve the two tone look on the tree I inked it with Memento Bamboo ink, and then rolled the edges in Cottage Ivy.  I think it adds a bit of dimension and depth to the stamped image.   The image is from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Rustic Christmas".

I stamped the tree on some ledger print paper.  This keeps the empty spaces at either corner of the top from looking "blank".  A sprinkle of wood veneer sequins also adds a little interest and rustic feel to the design.
I love adding twine to my projects - it seems to "anchor" elements so they don't look like they're floating.   I used Twinery Platinum Twine - it has a bit of sparkle to it - perfect for the holidays. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day~! 

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamp:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Rustic Christmas
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey Jovial 12"
Die:  Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders, Stitched Labels
Twinery Twine Platinum Shimmer Twine
Wood Sequins Cloud 9, Button 
1/4" Corner Chomper We R Memory Keepers