Friday, December 2, 2016

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Happy Friday!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  This week we have a fun one for you:
Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish
I was given this cute little reindeer to work with.  
My three colors are: red, green and gold, my two embellishments are: flowers and brads, and my technique is dry embossing (it's hard to see it in the picture, but the red layer is embossed with a damask embossing folder and then sponged with some gold ink.  It's so pretty in real life.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us (maybe even work on some last minute Christmas cards!) this week.  Hop on over to Jo's blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the team has created.

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Rudolph Came To Town" digi
Dies:  Spellbinders "Layered Poinsettia" and "Floral Doily Motif"; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"
Fiskars flower punch; Darice embossing folder

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #114--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals #100--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #306--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #202--make your mark
The Paper Shelter #275--Christmas
Mod Squad--Holiday dimension (lots of layers and dimensional flowers)
Fab 'N Funky #329--Christmas
Creative Inspiration #263--Christmas; I also used one of their old sketches

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sweet Baby

Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy!  December has arrived!!  I'm so not ready!  My Christmas cards are not even close to being done!  But thanks to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra, I do have a very good start on them.  All that as a shameless promotion of CHNCC2's newest challenge that start today!  As always, it is Anything (Christmas-related) Goes!  And our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps is offering 7 images: winner's choice.  Here is my card for your inspiration:
 I was inspired by the Shopping Our Stash challenge to create a background using the Bargello Technique.  I've never given this a try before and as I knew I had a bunch of thin paper strips that needed using up, I decided to go for it.  It's hard to see it in the picture of the finished card, so I took a picture before I added the focal panel and embellishments.
Kind of a fun look, huh?  I think it might have worked a little bit better if my papers hadn't had white backgrounds.  Maybe next time.  But for now, hop on over to the CHNCC2 blog to see what the rest of the DT has created.  Then get inky and play along with us; it's time to finish up those Christmas cards!

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "AKV Nativity-Mary and Child" digi
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; PTI "Fancy Flakes" large snowflake; Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps "Small Snowflakes"

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch (I turned it on its side)

Time Out Challenge #71--Christmas with glitter/sparkle
Hanna & Friends #262--bingo (I used the dies, ribbon, glitter row)
Brown Sugar #226--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--T is for Trees (I have trees on some of the strips of patterned paper)
Hiding In My Craft Room #277--any holiday
Christmas Card Challenge #50--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #257--anything goes with snippets (ALL the patterned papers were snippets as were the pieces of white card stock that the snowflakes were cut from)
Shopping Our Stash #280--Paper Strip Art
Die Cuttin' Divas #287--make it sparkle
Holly Jolly--a card OR anything but a card
Simon Says Stamp Monday--O, Christmas tree (trees on my strips of patterned paper)
Craft Your Passion #346--anything goes
Creative Inspirations #263--Christmas
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Fab n Funky Challenge #329--Christmas

Warm and Cozy Snowman

Wow!!  Here it is, the last day of November!  Where has this year gone!?!?  I'm so not ready for December!  Since it is the 5th Wednesday of November, we have a special challenge this week from The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes!!  I decided to create a fun, interactive card because I had this fun Swing Stamp Set that I hadn't gotten to use yet.  So, here is the outside:
 The sentiment reads "It's time to put on some Christmas cheer.  May your holidays . . ."
Then, instead of opening like a regular card, you pull up the tab to reveal . . .
 "be warm and wonderful" and the snowman has put on his hat and scarf!  Isn't this so cute??  I added clear wink of stella to the "snow" around each snowman.  So sparkly!!
I used this tutorial, if you want to check it out and see how it works.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season that is now upon us.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowman, 2-sided Swing Stamp Set"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large" and "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles

Aurora Wings #40--Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #259--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Time Out Challenge #71--Christmas with glitter/sparkle
Aud Sentiments #169--anything goes
Hanna & Friends #262--bingo--I used the dies, ribbon, glitter row
Brown Sugar Challenge #226--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #309--use a sentiment
Hiding In My Craft Room #277--any holiday
Christmas Card #50--anything goes
Come And Get It--Baby it's cold outside
Die Cuttin' Divas #244--make it sparkle
Holly Jolly--card OR anything but a card
A Gem of A Challenge #183--snowman/woman

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas tag

I had this rectangle left over from this card I made and when I saw it just lying on my desk, I thought it looked like a tag.  I rounded the corners, added the banner sentiment and set an eyelet to tie it on, and now it IS a tag!  Super quick and easy and I think it will look great on a package.

Dies: Spellbinders banner die
Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth"

Crafting By Designs--Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge--Christmas to die for
Crafty Creations #329--Christmas
Creative Knockouts #169--'Tis the Season
Crafty Catz #248--Christmas tags
Hiding In My Craft Room #277--any holiday
Tuesday Throwdown #321--make a tag
Holly Jolly --card OR Anything but a card

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Elegant Christmas

Happy day before Thanksgiving!!  It's Wednesday so that means it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you:
So many fun options with that one!  Here is the card I created:
 I inked up my embossing folder with a gold shimmery ink before embossing my red cardstock.  It gave a subtle but shimmery finish on the debossed parts.  You can kind of see it in the photo below.
I love this color combo; it's always so elegant and it's perfect for Christmas!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  And remember, if you "need" any of the stamps I used, there is a 10% off your entire order coupon in my left sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Sheet Music" and "Poinsettia"
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy Die Set"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Picot Circles"; Darice "Damask" embossing folder

Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
A Gem of A Challenge #182--ribbon & bling (6 little tiny pearls on to of the squares)
Cuttlebug Mania--music
Creative Inspirations #262--frosty florals
Crafter's Cafe #161--Christmas comes early
Crimbo Crackers #120--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--poinsettias or snow is falling
Brown Sugar Challenge #225--anything goes
Crafty Catz #347--use red
A Bit More Time To Craft #32--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #308--cute or anything goes
Craft Your Passion #339--anything goes
Merry Christmas Challenge #8--Add ribbon or lace
Creative Craft Cottage #176--anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas #293--anything goes

Monday, November 21, 2016

Two seasons

Hi, and welcome to another challenge from The Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This time it is Anything Goes.  Our three sponsors are :

I have two projects for you today.  The first one is using a Julia Spiri Digital Stamps image: April Elf
Isn't she a beauty?!  I think she is probably supposed to be a spring elf, but since this is autumn, I turned her into an autumn elf and I think it works perfectly!  I created my own background paper with mums, leaves, acorns, a script stamp and a small flower center stamp.  Then I inked up the edges and distressed them with my scissors.  Love how it turned out!  Here is a close up of the image:
I added some strands of clear wink of stella to her hair and onto the darker green trims on her dress.  You can see it a bit in the photo.
My second project uses an image from Bugaboo Stamps.  Their images are always so adorable!
I was able to use up some scraps on this one finally!  The striped paper is part of a paper pack that I have been trying to use up for quite a while.  It's been sitting on my desk for at least a year now and there are only a few small pieces left.  Unfortunately, there are still a few scraps of it left.  I even added a few more snowflakes on the inside but couldn't quite use it all up.
CARD #1:
Stamps: Julia Spiri "April Elf" digi; PTI "Mum's The Word"; Verve "Tall Oaks" and "Better Together; Hero Art French Script
Dies: MFT leaves

Cutie Pie Challenge--cute and no patterned paper
The Paper Nest Dolls #11--anything goes
Julia Spiri #26--anything goes with the optional twist of using a different coloring medium (I did not use the twist)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #102--sketch

Fab n Funky Challenge #327--digi girls or hats
The Paper Shelter #273--more than one of anything (leaves)
Inspiration Destination #112--anything goes
Brown Sugar #225--anything goes

CARD #2:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Little Penguin Winter Skate" digi; Verve "Merry & Bright"
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle die; Sweet n Sassy small snowflakes and an unknown snowflake die; Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder

Unicorn Challenge #15--snow/snowflakes
Christmas at Sweet Stamping--anything goes

Shopping Our Stash #278--front and center
Crafting By Designs--little animals
Crafter's Cafe #161--Christmas comes early
Crafty Gals #98--any holiday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--Christmas critters
Little Miss Muffet #131--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #390--Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #452--Christmas/holidays
Crimbo Crackers #120--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #256--anything goes with snippets

Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Glow

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  This week we have a color challenge for you.  You must use, yellow, green and brown on your project.

Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish. 
I was given this beautiful image to work with and at first the color combo had me completely at a loss since this is obviously a Christmas image and the colors are not Christmas-y.  But then I remembered that I had bought this beautiful window die about two months ago and hadn't used it yet.  And then an idea was hatched!  So I stamped my brown cardstock with a woodgrain stamp and used the die to cut out the window.  I traced the inside of the window on my card base and then masked off the lines and sponged it with yellow ink to look like the soft glow from a candle.  And my green comes in with the holy leaves.  I used my scor-pal to score every half inch across my card base and then sponged some antique linen distress ink along the grooves to make it look like siding.  
I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  These colors are perfect for a Fall or Thanksgiving card, though as you can see, they are not limited to those occasions.  Hop on over to Jo's blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the team has done with this challenge.

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Beautiful Bow"; Verve "Peace On Earth"
Dies: Impression Obsession window die

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #70--Holly & Ivy
Christmas At Sweet Stampin'--anything (Christmas)goes
Aud Sentiments #168--anything goes
Creative Fingers--anything goes
Craft Your Passion #338--anything goes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #378--sketch

Crafter's Cafe #161--Christmas comes early
Penny's Challenge #304--Christmas
Crafty Gals #98--any holiday
Inspiration Destination #112--anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #390--Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #452--Christmas/holidays
30 Day Coloring Challenge (the Daily Marker)--anything hand colored