Sunday, December 18, 2011

The true gift of Christmas

During this busy time of year, it is very easy to forget that celebrating Christ's birth is really what it is all about. This week's Stampin' Sister in Christ challenge is to use an image or sentiment that reflects the true meaning of Christmas. Stamps: Verve's "Richly Blessed"
Papers: DCWV
Spellbinders: labels 4, floral doily motifs
Punches: Fiskars border punch and 4-corner punch/embosser

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Halfway Done

I think I am about halfway finished making Christmas cards; the remainder are in various stages of completion. I better hurry, 'cause Christmas is only a week away! This card combines the Skipping Stones Designs #106 sketch challenge with the Our Daily Bread Designs #89 "Noel" word play challenge. The requirements are to use elements that start with the letters of "NOEL". My elements are N-nestabilities, O-ovals, E-embossing, and L-layers. Papers are from DCWV, the pointsettia is from PTI's "Year of Flowers" set and the sentiment inside is from Verve's "Richly Blessed"

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Flowers

This week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge #148 from Flourishes is Opposites Attract. The challenge was to use an image/stamp in two completely different ways on two different projects. The stamp I chose was this beautiful pointsettia from PTI's "Year of Flowers". On the first card, I use the stamp to create a background on the striped paper. No coloring involved and it is quite subtle.

The second card showcases the stamp as the focal image. I colored it with colored pencils and it really jumps out as the main attraction. All papers in both cards are from DCWV. The sentiment is from Verve's Richly blessed.

Warm Winter Wishes

I got this set, "Home is where the Hearth is", from Clear Dollar Stamps a while ago and have really only used it once or maybe twice. But as soon as I saw Flourishes Day & Night challenge this week during their release week festivities, I thought it would be the perfect to create a nice fireside scene. I sponged yellow around the fire for a nice warm glow and sponged the rest gray to give a nighttime vibe. I added two snowflakes from a Martha Stewart punch to finish it off. I didn't take a picture, but inside it says "Warm Winter Wishes."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sparkle and Shine

The gold on this one is a little outside my comfort zone, but this week's Stamping Sisterhood #3 challenge (rubbernecker stamps anyone?) is inspired by Christmas lights, which to me meant red/green/yellow and sparkle and shine. And something else I don't usually do: gold embossing, but ya know, I kind of like it. Might try it out more often.

Papers: DCWV

Stamps: sentiment from Verve's "Richly Blessed", birds from PTI's "Through the Trees"

Border punch: Fiskars "Upper Crest"

Glory to God

So loving this sentiment from Verve's "Richly Blessed". It's just perfect for Christmas. And just perfect for this week's Our Daily Bread Designs #88 challenge, Pixie Cottage's "Anything Goes" challenge, and Delightful Challenge's "Anything Goes" challenge. Papers: DCWV
Stamps: sentiment from Verve's "Richly Blessed", birds from PTI's "Through the Trees"
Spellbinders: Classic ovals, large and Classic Scalloped ovals

Last minute Christmas

Oohhh . . . I tried to make Christmas cards early this year, but yet, here I am, still not even close to having them finished. But here's a start. Using the Sweet Stop #138 sketch, the Clearly Inspired Challenge #41 challenge to create a Christmas card (perfect!), and Paper Variety challenge this week of "Anything Goes", I created this fun card. Papers: DCWV
Stamps: sentiment from Verve's "Richly Blessed" and birds from PTI's "Through the Trees"
Border punch: Fiskars