Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Rose Red Christmas

This week''s challenge is rose red, wisteria wonder, garden green or rose red, marina mist, soft suede, with a Christmas twist.  Although I don't associate Christmas with these colors, so I put on my thinking cap and came up with a design that I saw on Pinterest and made my own twist.

So, if you just hopped over here from Carol's blog, weren't you impressed?  She does such nice work and always has great ideas.  I just love her stuff.

Here's what I created.  I didn't focus on the rose red, but used it more for a touch of color.  Hope you like it.

Paper:  whisper white, marina mist
Ink:  soft suede, marina mist, rose red
Stamp Sets:  Warmth & Wonder, Snow Day

Now let's check out Joni's blog and see what she colors she decided to work with this week.  Isn't it fun seeing what you can do with all sorts of color combinations?  Let's check it out ...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Perfect Plum with a Twist

Hi Everyone!  I'm so glad to be back blogging again.  I've had the worst experience last week - I got a computer virus that took over my entire computer, including my operating system, and I was knocked out of commission for over a week.  You can only imagine my dismay when I couldn't post anything, and had to install a new operating system, re-install MS Office (upgraded to 2013), and needless to say, prior to all of that, was on the phone for 11 solid hours with support over 2 days.  BUT ... I'm back, so this is my first post since that awful experience.

This week's challenge is not my fav.  The colors are:  perfect plum, marina mist, rose red, or perfect plum, early espresso, whisper white.  Did you say, WHAT?  Yep, what on earth would or could you do with those colors?????  That's exactly what I said to myself as I sat down to figure it out.  But the added bonus is:  add a new technique - something new that we've never done before.  Ok, I'm up for that.

So, I went to work trying to come up with something, and I came up with a technique, but the colors were still a puzzle to me.  Well, I thought I'd try the safe choice:  perfect plum, early espresso, and whisper white.  Still, that wasn't something I would have chosen normally, but, oh well, I'll give it a whirl.  It didn't seem like Carol had much trouble with the colors, now, did she?  She usually never does.  I don't know how she does it.  But never-the-less, here's what I came up with, along with my newly, tried technique:  wax-resist embossing:

So what I did is took the window frames framelit and used it as a border.  Then I took wax paper, along with the petals a plenty embossing folder and ran it through the big shot, then ironed it onto a piece of glossy white paper and ran over the image with a dauber dipped in perfect plum ink, wiping off any excess ink.  The image wasn't as crisp as I had hoped, but for my first try, it wasn't bad.  I don't think you can see the strip of whisper white with JOY on it is also embossed with the stylish stripes embossing folder.  So what do you think?  I used a couple new techniques I've never done before:  the framelit border and the wax-resist embossing.   I think I might try it again and see what I come up with.  Hope you like it.

Now let's check out what fun idea Joni came up with for her technique.  I'm sure she's way ahead of the game, as I know she finished her card before the weekend was over.  Let's go check it out ..... I can't wait to see it.

Until tomorrow, thanks for stopping by, and I'm so glad to be back!!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

How About Some Christmas Blend?

I saw this cute Christmas coffee cup gift tag on Pinterest and thought I would try and make a gift card holder just like it.  Well, I managed to do just that, and it came out so cute.  As soon as I made them and took them into work for a co-worker to see, I sold 5 of them.  How about that?  I know they will sell like hotcakes.

I put my business card inside so you can see how the gift card will fin right inside.  I made the cardboard crinkled hot sleeve too to make it look authentic and decorated it for the holiday.  I must say, I was tickled pink with the way it turned out.  My son actually helped me with getting the lid exactly right.  He thought it looked like a flower pot with the original lid, so we perfected it until we got it just right and I'm really happy with it.  Hope you like it.

Stay tuned for more of my creations from the craft event.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wine Tag Mania

This past weekend, I participated as a vendor at a fund raising event for The Whole Child Learning Center in Elverson.  It was a nice event, and I made a whole lot of things for it, and I thought I would share them throughout the week with you.  Wait until you see some of them .... you'll just flip.

I thought I would start with the wine tags I made.  I made some for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and some you could use for New Years as well.  My husband made a wine tag holder out of an old stair post (since he is a stair contractor, what a perfect way to display my wine tags).  Take a peek ...

They were a lot of fun making, and they are quick.  People though they were a great holiday gift idea for dressing up those wine bottles, and one person even thought of putting them on a door knob.  Cute!

Hope you like them .... and maybe these will inspire you to try some of your own.  Let me know.  I'd love to see them.  Cheers!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Snowman File Folder Card

I finally tried the new envelope punch board to make a file folder card, and it was easier than I thought.  It really was fun, and I used it on my snowman card.  Take a peek ...

Paper:  whisper white, winter frost dsp, pool party, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  smoky slate, pool party, tangerine tango, early espresso
Stamp Set:  snow day
Accessories:  envelope punch board, heart punch

We made this at our Fall Event last weekend.  Isn't the card so cute?  I'll have to make more of these, and of course, with matching envelopes.  Hope you like him.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Ruffled Christmas Tree

This is another card we made at our Fall Get Away In October, and it was a Founders Circle swap.  It is really cute, and I don't know who actually made it, so I can't give credit where credit is due, unfortunately.  Take a peek .. it's darling.

Paper:  whisper white, pistachio pudding, early espresso, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  early espresso
Stamp Set:  petite pairs
Accessories:  pistachio pudding ruffled ribbon, pretty print EF

And there you have it.  Who would have thought to use pistachio pudding for a Christmas card?  But oh so cute, isn't it?  Hope you like it..

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Island Indigo with a Twist

Fall is here in full color and it's so beautiful to see in all its splendor.  So, how fitting that our challenge this week is to add a "leaf" to our creation - no matter what the color combination is.  Hummmm, you're wondering.  How are you going to manage that, especially since the color combination for this week's challenge is:  island indigo, rose red and garden green, or island indigo, pool party and calypso coral.  Well the garden green, sure, that could fit, but what about those other colors?  Yep, you're right. I didn't select those, so I decided to go with something simple this week.

Did you check out Carol's Cards first before landing here?  Well what did you think about hers?  Not a surprise that she could come up with something spectacular, right?  I hope mine can inspire you just as much as hers, so check it out and see what you think.

Paper:  island indigo, very vanilla
Ink:  island indigo, rose red, garden green
Stamp Sets:  gorgeous grunge, hand-penned holidays (retired), best of autumn
Accessories:  island indigo candy dots, island indigo 3/4" chevron ribbon

That's it!  I thought simple is better.  It covered all the bases with the color combination and included the leaf in my card and whola ... there you have it.  I hope you like it, and please don't forget to leave me a comment, if you so choose.

Now, let's check out Joni's card and see what inspired her with the challenge.  I'm sure she had hers figured out well before I did, so let's go .... Ciao for now!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Very Little Christmas

Here's another card I made at the Great Fall Event in October.

Paper:  smoky slate, whisper white, coastal cabana, winter frost dsp
Ink:  smoky slate, coastal cabana
Stamp Set:   merry little christmas
Accessories:  1/8" silver taffeta ribbon, large basic rhinestones

Lots of possibilities with the stamp set ... if you don't have it, try it and see what you think.  You just might have to own it.  Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pretty Collectibles at Christmas Time

Do you collect holiday ornaments each year at Christmas, Hanukkah, or your particular holiday season?  There's always something enticing about that little sparkle, sentiment, or an item that reminds us of a special memory, or one that will represent something to us for years to come.  Or maybe you just want to change up your decorations from year to year (yes, I like to do that too, but a little change here and there is just enough to make the difference).  Christmas tree ornaments are always something I long to change up, but can never find what I want, so this card is inspiration enough for me.  

Paper:  whisper white, basic black, bermuda bay, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  bermuda bay, black stazon
Stamp Set:s:  christmas collectibles, joyful christmas
Accessories:  christmas ornament punch, stylish stripes EF, 1/8" silver taffeta ribbon, basic rhinestnes

Who would have thought of using basic black in a Christmas card?  Well guess what?  It looks great.  What do you think?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Winter Frost Flip Card

Nothing represents winter more than snowflakes, and so I made this caaperrd using the winter frost designer paper, and the festive flurry stamp set and framelits.  It's simple, but wintery.

Paper:  smoky slate, pool party, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  pacific point
Stamp Set:  festive flurry
Accessories:  frosted finishes embellishments

Hope you like it!  Thanks again for stopping by, and your comments are always welcome.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Making a List and Checking it Twice

Santa is making his list and checking it twice.  He has to make sure he has everything he needs to fill those big, tall orders this year for all the good little girls and boys.  This card captures his sweet, happy smile as he ponders the list and seems very pleased with what he has.  Don't you think by the looks of his face???

Paper:  whisper white, cherry cobbler, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  cherry cobbler
Stamp Set:  Santa's List
Accessories:  oval accent bigz die, paper doilies, large rhinestones, cherry cobbler seam binding

The card is is a tent card with the Santa set on the oval accent.  The card is different, and looks cute in person.  Hope you like it, and try some ideas too.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mrs. Claus Dons a New Party Dress

Even Mrs. Claus likes to dress up now and then to go out with her hubby, so she went out shopping and found the perfect dress for an evening out with her husband to celebrate the holiday season.  Check out her new party dress .

Paper:  whisper white, real red, basic black, silver glimmer paper
Ink:  black stazon
Stamp Set:  tags for you
Accessories:  label bracket punch, dress framelit, perfect polka dot EF

I bet Mrs. Claus is going to have a great time on her night out, don't you think?  On thing for sure ... she'll look great!