Saturday, November 22, 2014

Just Us Girls #268- Photo Inspiration Challenge

It's a Photo Week, and isn't this photo perfect for the holidays, as it has so many inspirational elements.  My eyes when straight to the sled.  I have not added a sled to any of my cards as yet, so that is what I decided to do. We had a sled just like this one, and all four of us kids shared it.  I wonder what ever happened to it. 

Take a look at what the girls at, Just Us Girls did with this photo. 
You will be inspired just like I was.  This is a busy time of year, but just one more card, you can do.

Here is my card

Base, Bazzill Tawny Medium CS
Red foil paper
Water color paper from Simon Says
Distressed inks, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy
GKD Warm Cocoa and White ink
The sled was cut with my cameo and colored with Copic Markers
Parts of the sled were colors with red and then Glossy accents applied
Stamps and sentiment from GKD Peace and Joy set
Raffia bow, gold embossing powder, red foil punch snowflake
Gold color shine, snow stencil and Texture paste

This card did not take me 5 minutes to make.  More like all afternoon.  But it really sparkles!
Thanks for stopping by to look today.  Hope you have time to be creative too. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just Us Girls Color Week #267

Just Us Girls Color Week #267

My friend Sharyn Polesel is hosting the challenge this week. She has chosen some unusual colors this challenge, Red, Turquoise and Gold or Yellow, along with neutrals. 

I am going to share two cards here today.  The first one that I made really didn't have enough red in it for my taste, so I made another.

Because I am too lazy to do two posts, I will only do one and show you both of them.  At the bottom of this post, I will tell you which one that I entered.  :)

Here is a close up of the bow.


Here, I started with a base of gold CS from Stampin Up. The next layer is Turquoise Sea from GKD.  I heat embossed that with gold, using the Hero Arts, Highline Ironworks BG stamp.  A border on the top was made with my Spellbinder border die.  The beautiful bow is from Flourishes and colored with copic makers. R 24, R 37, R89. There is red Wink of Stella all over that bow too. The tag is from the same set, It's a Wrap.   Sorry, no longer available.

The next card is the first one and I felt that the little bit of red, was not enough.  See what you think.

 For this card, I started with Turquoise Sea for base and added white that was embossed with Anna Griffin Cherry Blossom folder.  I inked the folder with Turquoise sea ink before embossing.  Winston the bear is rolling on a snowball and he is from Winter Tails by newton's Nook stamps. I made the panel with the sentiment from teal foil and Stazon ink. There is lots of Frozen glitter from GKD. 
Here is another view in the morning light. You can
see all of the sparkle.


Here is another view of Winton and his snowball.
Well, now it is time to pick one and enter it in the contest.  Wow, this is harder than I thought.
I pick the card with the red bow to enter in the Just Us Girls Challenge #267. 
Thanks for stopping by and I do welcome any comments. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stockings were hung on the mantel

 challenge 51

I was looking at the inspiration picture for the Dazzling Diva Challenge, and got the idea to use the stocking hung on the mantel for my inspiration.  If I made it into a tag, I could enter the Mod Squad Challenge hosted by my friend Karen Hightower.   If I added some stars, it qualifies for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge too.

Easy as one, two, three! 

I started with some gold dotted paper from last year's, Simon Says Christmas kit.  Then made a mantel using only part of the Grand Flower Box die from Poppystamps.  The sentiment is embossed with white, and is from GKD Seasonal Labels.  The stockings were stamped with black Stazon ink onto Gold foil paper and then I added some gold and red stickles to them.  I made a die cut border on the bottom and then added the red stars. 
You can see how this turned out here.
I am entering this tag in these challenges:
Mod Squad challenge Tag Time
Dazzling Diva Challenge #51
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge WE’RE SEEING STARS
I see that my mantel is a little out of line!!!! I will fix that, after all it is handmade, not Hall Mark.
Thanks for dropping in to see what I have done.  Have a great weekend.  I am headed off to visit my son and daughter in law this weekend.  I will be bearing gifts and cookies.  What more could they want? 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Just us Girls and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

It is Trend Week and as you can see the challenge is Chalkboard.  I wanted to use this cute bear that I am pretty sure I got from Whipper Snapper Designs and I thought the chalkboard effect would be interesting.  I really like how it turn out.

I made it a Christmas scene, by  stamping a gift,  from  GKD, Just a Little Something.  Die cut a cardinal on top.  He is stamped in White GKD ink on to Christmas Pine CS.  I used a design from Warm Woolen Mittens to stamp the design on the white card base. 

Here is my card

On the vellum strip, I printed the word Beary with a Versamark pen and heat embossed with platinum powder.  A wooden snowflake with a silver bead was add to secure the strip.  I found that I could use a double sticky tape to secure the other end of the vellum without it showing. 
I think that I will make him into another card and he will be a pull out ornament. Or maybe a tag.... oh the possibilities!
I am entering this card in the Just Us Girls  #266 Trend Week and
Simon Says Wednesday, Thinking of you.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Holiday Card Workshop 2014

Holiday Card Workshop 2014 Day 5
I am having a lot of fun this week.  Going to class every day, just me and a cup of coffee.  Boy I do love that.  I have learned so much, my brain is full of new stuff.  I don't think that there is enough time in the day.  Good thing I get up early.  Lol
Today, the class was focused on tags and tags is what I worked on.   
I used the spellbinder die and the PTI bookmark die to cut these tags. 
Each tag has a die cut in it.  A piece of Design paper was placed behind.  Holly for the two outside ones and snowflakes on the middle one.  I used holly cuts to decorate the middle one, after sponging to make them look older.   Added some more embellishments to complete the look. 
Once planned out, I could make many more.  But why, when I can make new more original ones. 
I guess I just don't like to make duplicates. 
Thanks as always for popping in, and any comments are really, really appreciated.  

Mod Squad Challenge and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

I made this little 4 inch square card using a doily and background paper that I recently got in a grab bag. I sponged the doily with distressed inks and cut out some of the flowers and leaves that were in the background paper.  On the top and bottom of the doily, is part of a die called Bookmark Tag from PTI.  I sponged that with copper 3D paint.  Added some twine colored to match and small blue pearls for the berries.  The greeting is from a Flourishes Stamp set.  Unfortunately retired. 
I am entering this card in the Mod Squad Challenge.  Donna Phelan is the hostess this week and she has decided that we go to Grandma's Attic and use a doily.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You, a dedication to the service men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holiday Card Workshop 2014

I have three cards that I will put on this one post.  All of them are from the
 Holiday Card Workshop 2014 class that am taking. 
I made another ornament card that I didn't get a chance to post from Day 2. 
Here it is
Day 2
Interactive cards

I will be making more of these, one for each grandchild to hang a special ornament on the tree. 
Day 3
Watercolor card freehand
This is my attempt at watercolor.  Since it is freehand, it is not my favorite.
It doesn't get any better IRL either.
Day 4
One layer cards
This one has possibilities.  I actually stamped the trees instead of using a stencil. 
It is still a one layer card.  
I much appreciate your comments and taking time to peek at my blog.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Holiday Card Workshop Day 2

This will be a quick post as it is my second one today.  I know, I played all day today, but tomorrow, I will not have time.  So I am taking advantage of the opportunity now.
This is a card inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  The card in interactive in that it has a pull out keepsake ornament in it. 
I used the stamp set form Gina K Designs called Mistletoe Memories.  I stamped a linen backgroung and embossed with clear.  That is what gives the texture to the stamp.  It is a simple card, but the best part is the pull out ornament. You can put a family picture on the back or just write your name and the year.  Maybe I will give this to my Grand kids to give to their teacher.  Hmmmm?

I had a picture of the card with the ornament pulled out, but I can't get it upright.  It just wants to lay on it's side.  You will need to use your imagination. 

Thanks for stopping by again. 

Holiday Card Workshop 2014 Day 2

Holiday Card Workshop Day 2
Interactive cards
There were several examples of interactive cards.  I picked the one by Kelly Alvarez.  Her card was really cute and there was a lot of planning that she put into it.  The hardest part of this card was to find a stamp set that would work and not be too difficult.  I used my Melanie Muenchinger stamps, she is  a designer for Gina K. Designs.  Her sets are Beyond Baskets 2 and Basket Additions.  They are made to work perfectly together.
Here is my card

Here is a view of the card when you pull up the tab.  The greeting Merry Christmas now shows.
After coloring the images, I used some Wink of Stella in gold and red and clear.  Then punch out some red foil snowflakes to add to the front, being careful to place them out of the way of the pull tab. 
Thanks for visiting my blog and I sure do appreciate any comments that you leave.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Holiday Card Workshop 2014

I am taking the online card class today and although it has been a busy day, I was able to make this card.  Since it has a lot of die cuts, I think it would be easy to make q few at a time.  Then it is just putting it all together. 
I really like what Debbie Hughes did in class and here is my take on her card.
The dies that I used are: tag from Spellbinders, Joy from PTI, small Snowflake from SSS Christmas Kit last year, and the large snowflake is done on my Cameo.  I embossed the base with Swiss Dots and after cutting the other dies, I heat embossed the bottom of the tag and the large snowflake with Silver Embossing Tinsel by Ranger.  The small snowflakes and the JOY are cut from foil CS. 

Here is another view

As always thanks for dropping in and I really enjoy hearing what you think. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Just us Girls Challenge and Simon Says Wednesday

Since I am making Christmas cards, this challenge is a must to enter.  A wreath is so appropriate for a Christmas card.  So I started looking through my stash for a wreath.  I bet you guessed it, no Christmas wreath.  I have flower ones but no evergreen ones.  Well, I had this cute as a button snowman, that would look perfect peeking out from a Christmas wreath.  What do to!!! Yep, make one.  Oh, sure, how many times have you said that?  "I can make it!"  Will on my second try,  I got it.
                                                                     Here it is!

 I used a Stampin Up, leaf set with GKD inks.  Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus and Dark Sage. 
I stamped around in a circle and put the snowman in the center.  I really don't know where he came from, but he is old.  The green DP is from GKD as well as the Ivory base.  The greeting in embossed with silver on to the banner.  Did you notice the snow on the wreath and his hat?  That is White Flower Soft.  There is red Wink of Stella on his scarf.
I am entering this card in the :
JUGS #265 Word Week Wreath and Simon Says Wednesday, Anthing Goes

I do appreciate your dropping in and any comments that you leave.