Cozy Christmas Owl

Christmas Owl This cute little owl image is a digi from Meljens Designs. I just love how he’s all bundled up with his scarf and Santa hat :)  After coloring him in with my Spectrum Noirs, I put him on a piece of red cardstock that I had cut out and pierced the edges of, then wrapped the bottom with twine and tied it in a bow.  The polka dotted background paper coordinates well with the green in the pine sprigs.  I punched out a bunch of snowflakes and branches and attached them with silicone adhesive to give them a bit of dimension, so they showed up against the white background of the image.  I played around with a variety of sentiments, before settling on a simple “Joy” that I punched out of the background with alphabet punches.  This card is being entered into the Creative Card Crew, Christmas Joy challenge, Open Minded Crafting Fun’s - Fowl of All Kinds, Anything Goes at Christmas Stampin All Year Long, and Lets Talk Christmas at QKR Stampede.

Simply Snowflakes

Neutral Snowflakes Well, it has finally snowed here, and it looks like its here to stay. Yeehaw! ICK!!!! I love the look of snow, but I hate walking and driving in it, and shoveling, and the temperatures that invariably go with it! I really over- cropped this picture, I may have to take another one …,. Anyways, this card is as clean and simple as I get. I used the cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on some tan card stock, leaving a void where the snowflake would go. I swiped some white ink over the snowflakes to make them ‘pop’ a gift more. This panel was placed on a white piece of card stock that I had edged with distress inks, stamped a simple sentiment on, and perforated along the edge. The snowflake was cut on my cricut, then slightly distressed with inks and accented with adhesive pearls. A strip of lace and pearls, and some yummy velvet ribbon separate the 2 panels. :)  This card is being entered into the clean and simple challenge, over at Crimbo Crackers; and the ribbon and lace challenges at Crafts 4 Eternity and Crafty Catz.

Sweet Christmas Angel

Sweet Little Angel I had a ton of fun doing this card! The adorable angel image is from Digital Delights, and I couldn’t resist her (or a bunch of their other ADORABLE digis!)  Although she wasn’t really a Christmas image, she looks very festive in her red and green :)  I had her about halfway colored with my Spectrum Noirs, and had started working on her face, when all the inks started smudging! Its never happened before with my printer ink and the SNs, and didn’t happen on the above image, which is obviously a second attempt! I did some fussy cutting, and wiggling around, until I had her positioned so it looks like she’s sitting on the edge of the green frame. This was originally going to be a square card, but I wasn’t happy with the look, so I took on the shape of the doily backdrop and made it round. I messed around with a whole whack of different papers, before I found this plaid piece, hiding in a stack of 6×6″ pieces. Perfect! Some red poinsettias, highlighted with red glitter, and red ribbon were the finishing touches.  OK, almost finishing..,..I decided that her wings needed a bit of sparkle as well, so I added some iridescent glitter to them too! I’m entering this card into Craft Your Passion – ‘Bright and Sparkly’; Dream Valley – ‘Getting Ready for Christmas’; Tuesday Throwdown – ‘Shaped Cards’; Digital Delights – ‘Patterns’ use patterned paper; Mod Squad – ‘Grandmas Attic’ (use a doily) ; and A Random Fan‘s Red, White and Green color challenges.

It’s Magical!

Magical Day

Yay! I finally got to use this image that I picked up from Mo’s Digital Pencil a few months ago! The Corrosive Challenge Blog’s theme is ‘magic’ and I was  all over it! I colored the wizard with my Spectrum Noir markers and mounted it on a bright yellow backing. The star patterned paper was in my scraps, and was the perfect size. A cluster of red stars, cut with my Cricut, and a sentiment backed in the same red finished this card off just right.

A Rustic Christmas

Rustic Christmas

Hi there! Been sorta under their weather lately, and haven’t even had the gumption to make any posts. I’ve made a few cards, and missed out on some of the challenges they were intended for because of my laziness. Getting back on track now. A newer better track!!! Christmas is rolling up pretty fast, so I think its going to be all about the Christmas cards for awhile. Merry Monday always has such fantastic challenges, and this week is no different!  We are challenged to make a rustic Christmas card, using shades of brown, cream and tan. When I think of rustic, I think of wood, deer, trees, and texture. Then I came across the inspiration picture at Time Out Challenges….homesweethome5

Ooooooo, woodgrain, and acorns and…… my mind started spinning!!!!  Sooooo, I went to work. I searched through my stamps, but couldn’t find anything that got me going (remember, no gumption), so I started going through paper. I was almost at the “give up and go back to sleep” point, when I found this badge with the acorn and the woodgrain deer in one of my drawers. I think it came from a non Christmas outdoor themed paper stack that I split with a friend a while back.  I cut it out and added some shadow to the deer with a black marker. I used olive Stayz-On to stamp the Christmas sentiment. The background was begging me to use the TH woodgrain embossing folder with a chocolate brown card stock. I highlighted the raised parts with a touch of black ink, to give some added definition. A burlap strip and bow ALMOST finished this off…..there was a heart shaped tag on the same paper that I got the main image, that went nicely, dangling from the bow. A few twigs tucked in, and I was done! I’m also entering this in the City Crafter Challenge – “Oh Deer”.  Now,  I need a nap!!! Lol!

Let It Snow!

Let it Snow

I really don’t mean the ‘let it snow’ part! I’m soooo not ready for winter! Oh well, it is what it is. Its been awhile since I’ve made a shaker card, and this sketch

75 (2)from Seems a Little Sketchy seemed like the perfect sketch for one! The colors I used were inspired by the challenge over at Winter Wonderland, which asked us to use red and blue as the main colors of our card. I cut the snowflakes and shaker components with my Cricut, then ‘stuffed’ the shaker with snow, sequins, and some punched snowflakes. I attached it to the center of the card, then glued the snowflakes down. I added a little stamped snowman head that I colored in with red and blue to finish the project off. I’m also entering this in the ‘use lots of snowflakes’ challenge at  Christmas Stamping All Year and Crafts 4 Eternity’s ‘use 3 of the same letter’ (shaker, snowflake, snowman, sequin).

 

Autumn Mouse

Autumn Mouse

I found this image at Dearie Dolls, and thought he was just too cute NOT to use on a card! I colored him in, and matted him on a chocolate brown. I found the leaf paper piece that I used for the background in my ‘pieces to use!’ stash, and felt it was more than perfect for a fall theme card (duuuhhhh). With the background being pretty ‘busy’, I decided to keep everything else quite simple and clean. The golden yellow and rust pieces compliment both the leaves and the image, while the burlap flower is simple, but still adds a bit of a rustic finishing touch.  This card was put together using the current sketch over at Sketch SaturdaySS330_CarlaDTI’m also entering it into the following challenges:

House that Stamps Built – Fall

Brown Sugar Challenges - Fall/Autumn

All sorts Challenge Blog – Autumn

Quirky Crafts - Falling Leaves

Open Minded Crafting – Fall/Autumn

Robyn’s Fetishes – Fall Colors

Wags N’ Whiskers – Fall Colors

Use Your Stuff – Fall

 

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Hello, its been a busy week, and I haven’t had much time for cards. Now that my ‘to do’ list is somewhat manageable, I’ve been able to have a bit of fun! All the Halloween challenges out there have given me a nudge, and I made this card. I started by coloring and fussy cutting this adorable witch image by Anne Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties. I made a vow to use up some of my pieces of paper, instead of constantly cutting up 12×12 sheets……so I found the background piece in my stash and decided it was an interesting pattern that would work well on this card. I took a black marker and colored in a silhouette of the witch, to make a shadow, before attaching her with foam dots. In keeping with my “use the pieces” goal, I found the pumpkin print piece that was just big enough for a border – I fussy cut around the tops of the pumpkins to give it more interest, then attached them with slightly thicker foam pads. The sentiment was spelled out with alphabet stickers that I colored to coordinate with miss witch. The card still needed ‘something’, and I rummaged around until I came across some spiders that…years ago….. I knew would work on a card.  I’m entering this in the Halloween challenges at Fab N Funky, 2 Cute Ink, and Come and Get It; Halloween Sentiments at Aud Sentiments; Cute and Spooky at Red Rubber Inspiratioals; Halloween Colors at Hiding in my Craft Room; and Too Cute to Spook over at Crafting for All Seasons.

Guest Designer at My Sheri Crafts

 

50th BirthdayI was thrilled to be selected as guest designer over at My Sheri Crafts this week!!! This weeks challenge is “Buntings or Banners”, so I decided to use both :)  A friend of mine at work is celebrating her 50th this week so I had her in mind when making this card. All the paper came from a stack by My Minds Eye.  I spritzed the background paper with some Tattered Angels mist and added some more gold touched between the bunting parts, a gold Happy Birthday sentiment, and some gold leaves mixed in with the punched ferny things.  I rolled the roses and gave them a quick spritz of Pale Ale spray to age them up a bit.  It was a lot of fun to create this card for a special lady, for a special challenge.  Hope to see you over at My Sheri Crafts with your Buntings and Banners creations!!

1st Christmas

First ChristmasI thought I’d play along with the shaped card challenge at Little Red Wagon this week, so I created this card. I cut out the base in a number 1 shape, then layered an embossed panel on top. The 1st was cut on my cricut then glittered up, and the Christmas is a sticker I had kicking around in my stash. The image is a favorite from Mo’s Digital Pencil, that was colored with my spectrum noir markers, then fussy cut out and attached with foam dots. I wrapped the number with some jute twine and red and green floss, and attached some green rhinestones to finish with a bit of being. I’m also entering this in Fab n Funky’s “show us a number” challenge and Love to Create - Fussy Cut challenge.

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