Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - Snowy Swirls

BRRRRRRR! Is it as cold where you live as it is where I live? It's been so cold, under 30 degrees for the past week or so, and the wind is blowing tonight and we're expecting snow and sleet, and freezing rain. But ... in a few days, it's going to be 60 degrees. What gives?

Our challenge today is to create another snow card, using an embossing folder other than gently falling, that looks like snow. So I broke out an older embossing folder I have - polka dots. Now, I have to say, this card is not one of my finest, and I struggled with it so many times. My original idea didn't work out, and I made about 3 cards before I settled on this one. And .. I'm not really excited about it, but it fits the bill. I just don't like when I don't have my mojo ... but it happens to the best of us.

Anyway, here's the card I came up with for you today.

The stamp sets I used on this card were Santa's Sleigh, with the framelit, and Star of Light. As I mentioned, I used the polka dots embossing folder for the snow, and highlighted the dots with dazzling diamonds for a little glitter. The snow at the bottom is dazzling diamonds glimmer paper, and the background colors for the sky (not too visible on this photograph) are pool party, lost lagoon, marina mist, paper denim. The tree is stamped on lost lagoon paper, and I topped the card off with some lost lagoon glimmer ribbon. And there you have it.

Amanda's blog was just ahead of me, and hopping forward takes you to Joni's blog. I hope you have fun hopping along until you come full circle.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me each week. It means the world to me!

Stay warm.  Love you lots!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - Snow Theme With Shades of Blue

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter, and a lot of fun. As we start into the New Year, may you find peace, happiness, good healthy, and love wherever you go.

We're off to a wonderful start with our Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop. This month, we are focused on Snow Themes, and today's challenge is Snow theme with shades of blue and a touch of sparkle. You know, when I sat down to create my card, it was harder than I thought. Can you believe it? I thought, I have this in the bag, and it took me over an hour to come up with an idea.  Well, I managed to create something, but it was trial and error until I got it where I liked it. Then, of course, I looked forward to see what the weeks ahead were, and guess what? I think I made the card for next week vs. this week. How in the world did I do that? Well, I'll chalk it up to being sick all during the holiday, and my brain just wasn't functioning.  Anyway, it doesn't matter, because I met all the criteria for this week.

Let's take a look at the inspirational photo, and then on to the goods.

I have to say, I love snow scenes. Let's hope I can come up with some great ones for the remainder of the month .... LOL

The stamp sets I used were Sparkly Seasons (retired), Jar of Cheer, and Thoughtful Branches.  For the sparse trees, they are stamped in Night of Navy, while the pine trees are stamped using Lost Lagoon. For the sky, I used the following: Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Daper Denim. Yep, Daper Denim! I also used the seaside textured embossing folder for the snow drifts at the bottom. I topped off the sky using the snow flakes from Jar of Cheer and used versa mark, and sprinkled with dazzling diamonds glitter. I took a few pictures from different angles so you could see the dazzling snowflakes.

Well, I hope you like it. Now, if you've arrived here from Amanda's blog, you'll be taking a hop on to Joni's blog to see what she's made for you this week. Hope you have fun looking at everyone's entry. I love it!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday Focus - Cheerful Tags

Hi Everyone! Yes, we have a new blog that I'm in called Thursday Focus, where a stamp set, or framelit is featured and we all make something using the product. I'm excited because this is my first entry, as this blog has been born about 2 weeks ago.

As the title states, the product focus this week is Cheerful Tags. I had a great time playing with the framelits, and coming up with something to share with you today. So without further delay, here is the card (s) I made for you:

The first card, I chose to do a New Years theme. It was easy, and then being on a roll, I made the second card just because. I show a close up of the second card above so you can see the details. I used a silver foil doily, and a wooden snowflake which I colored with bermuda bay marker and then covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter.

I hope you like my designs and that you will try the framelits for yourself. There's a lot you can do with them ... let your imagination go wild.

If you've arrived here from Joni's blog, I'm the end of the line. You can always hop on back to Robbie's blog if you feel like taking another spin around the blogs. Go ahead, have fun.

Thanks for stoping by.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Silver & Gold Scribbles

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. It's hard to believe it's over already. It seems like we prepare and you never seem to truly get finished, then poof, the day is here and gone.

I had a very busy holiday. Christmas Eve, we had my mother-in-law for dinner, then Christmas Day I hosted for my family, and there were about 14 people in attendance. The following day was my mother-in-law's birthday, and so we celebrated again at her house. I needed a day just to wind down after all the festivities.

I was happy to get back into my stamp room and complete our last "silver and gold" card. I was on a roll, and had a good time creating. Now, I have to take the time and clean my craft room in time for the New Year. It looks like a herd of buffalo rumbled through it and everything is every where. I'll have to chip away at it each night this week, although I do have to work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Well, enough of that. Let's get to the real reason you're here - to see what we've all created. Let's start, of course, with the inspirational photo. Here it is:

I think the photograph is so soft and serene. There's just something about silver and gold that is very elegant. So let's check out what I've created for you - I hope you like it.

I took the scribbles framelits and used silver, gold, and gold glimmer paper, and topped it off with the pine branches framelits with bow. The bow is of red glimmer paper, and the background frame is red foil, with the center is dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. It looks stunning in person. And of course, the metal rimmed pearl added just the last bit the card needed.

Now that you've seen my card, hop on over to Joni's blog to check out hers. If you've missed Amanda's, blog, click here to go back one. Hop on through to the end ... you will be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you gathered more inspiration than you could have imagined.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Santa's Sleigh in Silver and Gold

It's getting close to the big day, and everywhere you look, there's silver and gold. Add some green and red, even blue, and you have Christmas!

I created a card for you today using Stampin' Up's Santa's Sleigh framelit, and I just love it. I made a couple cards using it, and I could go on and on with more and more ideas, and maybe I will just made some cards for next year - and get a jump start now.

Let's start with our inspirational photograph. This is what we used, and the ideas flowed from there.

The photograph reminds me of snow covered hills with trees dotted on the hillside.  Hmm... now I have another idea for a card, but not for today.

Here's my card that I created, and I loved it so much, I made it for all my co-workers. I hope they know how much love I put into this card, especially since I made 30 of them.

Bring out the bling, Santa!

Did you arrive here from Amanda's blog, Our Crafty Playdate? What did you think about her entry this week? WOW, right? Don't forget to hop on over to Joni in the Spotlight Stamping next ... you'll get wowed everywhere you hop.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone. Thank you for stopping by and viewing my cards and viewing our blog every week. We love and appreciate you.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Bling Out With Silver and Gold

Welcome back to our blog hop for this week. I can't believe time is flying by and Christmas will be here before you know it. You may have arrived here from Our Crafty Playdate. I hope you were pleasantly surprised.

This is week two of our silver and gold creations. This is so easy .. I really didn't think it would be.

Here's the inspirational photo for this week, and yes, my card right below.

I didn't know if you could tell that there is silver glimmer paper under the gold star, so I took a side-view shot of the card. It looks awesome in person.

Having fun with Christmas .. I hope you are too. Now hop on over to Joni in the Spotlight Stamping for some more bling.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Silver & Gold

Nothing says Silver and Gold like the Christmas holiday. I can just hear Burl Ives singing Silver & Gold, Silver & Gold, Everyone Wishes For Silver & Gold ... just love it.

This month, we will be focusing on Silver and Gold. There are a whole lot of possibilities using Silver and Gold, and I had fun making my first card of the season with it.

Here is the pretty inspirational photo we used this week ...

I knew exactly what I wanted to create, so as soon as I sat down at my crafting station, I pulled out everything and whipped up my card in no time. Check it out!

Cardstock:  very vanilla, gold and silver foil, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  gold embossing powder
Stamp Set:  Christmas pines
Accessories:   softly falling textured impressions EF, merry tags framelit dies, pretty pines thinlit dies, silver glitter ribbon

I wanted to have a nice background, but the lighting in my dining room is rather soft and yellow, so the color of the card looks like I used copper, but I didn't. You can see the colors more vividly in the first picture.

I hope you like my card. If you started here, take a hop forward to Amanda's blog from Our Crafty Playdate, then continue the hop, then on to Joni in the Spotlight Stamping, until you get to Robbie's blog, Inked X 2, where it all begins.

Thanks for stopping by this week. And there's a real treat coming up for you too ... we're starting another blog hop on Thursdays, each day, featuring a selected stamp set. Don't forget to check that out, as you will certainly be treated to some more great and lovely designs.