Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Card Concept - I Miss Your Face

Hi and thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a great day! I'm debating braving the cold windy weather outside. Miss Moriko keeps giving me the puppy eyes and crying. I wish she and I could have a chat so I could explain that I don't have a fur coat like she does.
Today I'm playing along with The Card Concept Challenge. They're calling this one Parisian Postale. I'll tell you the truth.. I thought this one was a bit challenging. I'm a "brights" person and the kraft and black weren't really talking to me. I thought I'd challenge myself and make a masculine card - I never have enough of those!
I won't tell you how many times I switched out the Reverse Confetti Big Chevies Cover Panel Die - should it be kraft, white or black? I decided to stay as true to the photo as possible.. meaning having as much black and kraft as possible, with just a hint of the red and white.
This Arrow die cut is so Reverse Confetti to me. It's the first die I bought from them years ago.
I added a white frame die cut to represent the shape of a letter and added stars for stamps / cancellations and the sentiment stamped on a tag and tied with the twine like a package.
Want to give this one a try? You can find all the details at The Card Concept Blog. I'm glad I gave it a try. It took me outside my comfort zone and I'm happy with the finished card! 

Have a great day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Reverse Confetti A Friend Like You
Dies | Reverse Confetti Circle Wishes, Big Chevies Cover Panel, Arrow, All Framed Up, Tall Tag Trio

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Paper Players - Season's Greetings!

Winter has arrived in the Midwest. There's no snow accumulation yet, but it's really cold. I'm not feeling brave enough to venture out today so I'm staying in and doing a little crafting. Today I'm playing along at the Paper Players. This time they have a fun color challenge. I'm all about non traditional colors so this one was easy for me!
This would be a beautiful color combination for some florals too! But here's what I made!
I started out with background papers in Melon and Pink. This is the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection.
I inked up the boy and girl from the Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Friends stamp set in green and pink. They're feeding the little bird. I used Gold Shimmer Seed Beads to look like bird food. The Holiday Shimmer Sequin Mix is the perfect color combo for this challenge.  There's even a few sparkly snowflakes in the mix!

The sentiment is stamped on a Stitched Labels One die cut, and a Scallop Oval makes a frame to center the scene. I added distress ink inside the oval frame to add more color and keep it the center of attention.
Ready to play along? You can get all the details here at The Paper Players blog! Have a great day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Friends
Dies | Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Friends, Scallop Ovals, Stitched Labels One
Embellishments | Pretty Pink Posh Gold Shimmer Seed Beads, Holiday Shimmer Sequin Mix
Pattern Paper | Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa 12"

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - Rainbow Stretched Holiday Sentiments

Happy Monday! I've been running around all morning - that's my usual Monday thing. Time to plan out the meals for the week and buy everything I need to get me to next Monday! After getting the car unpacked and loading up the washer and dryer it's time for a little break! Today I'm playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!
I love the rainbow of colors on these pretty ornaments! Here's what I made!
I'm playing with the Ink Blot Shop Stretched Holiday Sentiments stamps set from Tifany DeGough. The set has several sentiments like "peace" "noel" "joy" "jingle" and "merry" that will fit your A2 size card horizontally. This is a new company for me - you can check them out here! I think you'll be glad you did!
I stamped the word "merry" in several different colors of ink and then created a color block background from the same colors of card stock. Some shiny enamel dots are the finishing touch for a little Christmas shine!

Ready to play along? You can get all the details here at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Ink Blot Shop LLC - Stretched Holiday Sentiments

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pretty Little Studio - Home For Christmas

It's true, there's no place like home for the holidays! You get that sentimental feeling at Christmas like no other time of year! The Home For Christmas Collection from Pretty Little Studio gives me that warm fuzzy feeling I'm craving for this time of year. The soft watercolor and hand script font feel personal and comfortable.

I started with a background of December Snow paper topped with a 3x4" journaling card from the "Magic" pack. The card had a blue sky with a little fence along the bottom. 
I covered up the fence printed on the journaling card with a die cut house nested in a forest of evergreens. The house and trees are from the Home For Christmas die cut pack.
I added a few more snowflakes with adhesive foam tape to add some dimension. I like that they repeat the snowflake pattern on the background paper. The finishing touch is some bling.. a sprinkle of Raindrop Blue transparent sequins.
All tucked in safe inside is sort of making me wish for a little snow about now! LOL! I hope you have a great day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Pretty Little Studio Products
Paper | Home for Christmas Collection | December Snow
3x4 Journaling Card | Magic
Die Cuts | Home For Christmas
Sequins | Raindrop Blue

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - Christmas Penguins

Poppystamps is sponsoring Cupcake Inspirations Challenge this week! If you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps. Here's what I made for the challenge...
For a second chance to win just leave a comment on the Poppystamps blog. Click here to jump to Poppystamps and enter for your chance to win $20 for Poppystamps.

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Poppystamps Be Mine Penguins, Love Note
Dies | Folk Merry Christmas, Be Mine Penguins, Love Note, Stitched Hills, Evergreen Trees

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tupelo Designs LLC - Sea-son's Greetings!

Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun planned for the weekend! It's getting cold here so we're moving the festivities inside! LOL! I'm hoping I'll have some time to address and write some personal notes in some Christmas Cards.

Fridays are my day to post for Tupelo Designs LLC Store. They're my favorite place to shop. In the past I would purchase most of my stamps directly from the manufacturer (like My Favorite Things, Waffle Flower, Concord & 9th etc.). Sometimes I had a hard time getting my cart up to the required amount for free shipping. At Tupelo Designs LLC that's never a problem. Shipping is ALWAYS FREE - no coupon required (USA Only - discounted international shipping), and I dont have to worry about minimums. I can mix and match whatever brands I like.
Today I'm playing with the Waffle Flower "The Season". I love alternative designs for Christmas! This merman is just too fun!   I made this one for a special friend who lives in Florida!   Look close and see some of the fun elements of each character.
The treasure chest is filled with presents! Check out that fish with the candy cane!
The salty Merman is wearing a hat and his tattoo says "HO HO HO"
Even the fish are getting into the spirit of the season decorating the coral!
Do you love that cool background? It was made with alcohol inks. You can see them all in the store here. I've been building my collection! There are several brands to choose from, but I'm sticking with my man Tim Holtz. He's never steered me wrong before! I started a swatch sheet - all the inks are painted on a bit of YUPO paper. Can you believe I don't have all the colors yet?
Want to go shopping? Click here to jump to the Tupelo Designs LLC Store!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | Waffle Flower The Season
Dies | Waffle Flower The Season