December 21, 2014

Christmas Candies and Stars

Greetings, everyone, and happy Sunday Funday!

Thank you for stopping by today. I know you've got a million other things you need to be doing, so I'll get right toit.

I've got a couple of Christmas card designs to share which were inspired, as usual, by fun challenges. First up, let's have a snack of candy cane stripes and peppermints!
I received these lovely glossy candy-cane-striped stickers from Cindy, my local SU demonstrator:
http://www.1stclasscreativity.com/2013/07/happy-christmas-in-july-real-red-goodie-gear-simply-created-kit.html
Using the waste from between the large stripes, I laid my diagonal stripes on my card. In between those stripes I drew lines using a red pen to make them look more like candy canes. Then I ran the card through my BS using a snowflake e/f from Sissix. The attached peppermint candies are embellies I bought years ago, made by GKW. EZPZ QACAS card!

Challenges

The main inspiration for my cards came from the current Curtain Call challenge, where the theme is "Candy Canes." And there are two new-to-me challenges for this post! For this card, I am playing in Showcase Your Style, where there is a sketch (see below). 
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Next, I have a couple of cards using a design which was inspired by the current Fusion Card Challenge {Merry Christmas}, where you have your choice of using the photo or using the sketch or fusing them both. I did a true fuse for one of my cards and only used the sketch for the other. Here is the photo/sketch:
Here is my fusion using both:
And here is the same design using just the sketch in blues and greens:

Isn't that a great card sketch for any occasion?! The plaid patterned papers are from my stash, as are the pieces of vellum which I cut using a fish-tail banner die from MFT. I stamped the NBUS sediment from the MFT "Stitched Stockings" set and sponged distressed ink onto the stars which were cut using a PTI die. Once the ink was applied, it was much happier, not so distressed.

For this card, I'm playing in the second new-to-me challenge called Crazy for CAS, where the theme is our favorite "Anything Goes!"

I'm also taking my cards over to Pixie's Snippets Playground for show-and-tell and Christmas hugs from all my fun and rowdy pals there. I've made my famous rum cake, but don't tell Miss.
 Pixies Crafty Workshop
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Personal:

Even during these festive times, people experience tragedies and sad times. With permission, I wanted to let you know that a dear bloggie friend of ours, Carol M. of Just me: c could use your prayers and positive thoughts. Her father is in intensive care suffering from a massive heart attack. Her mother and the entire family could use your support. Thank you.

In happier news, today was the TENTH birthday of our beloved twin grandsons, Adam and Henry, so I'll leave you with this handsome photo:
They are growing up so fast, they will soon be my age, which hovers around 14 and 1/2. They had an exciting day with breakfast out, go-cart rides, miniature golf, and a visit to an arcade! What a fabulous birthday celebration!

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December 18, 2014

Patty, The Big Pink Snowflake

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This week's Less Is More challenge is to make a one-layer card with a focus on snow. Well, hey, hey, hey, how's this for a focus on snow??
This card is no masterpiece, but it's fun. It's the result of a doodle, or rather, a tracing. I was on the phone and doodling, as one does. I was also tracing around a pretty snowflake ornament that came as part of a package last year. After I hung up, I tossed the pieces of scratch paper in the recycle basket, not seeing that Hammy had gotten in there to lick traces of chocolate off everything I touched. 

"Hey, lady!" he squeaked, doing his Jerry Lewis impression. "Watch it!"

He scrambled out from under, knocking one of the sheets to the floor in the process. He teetered on the rim of the basket, staring down at the discarded doodle. I looked to see what enwraptured him and a lightbulb moment flickered between us.
I traced the snowflake onto a card base and then watercolored it using a red SU watercolor pencil and water brush. The red color is on the pink side of red, as far as reds go, but, honestly, it is not a bright fuchsia color IRL. 

I made the snowflake an ornament hanger, using Brilliance gold ink and one of those little "extra" stamps you get with a clear set. I'd tell you the name of the stamp I used, but I can't find it at the mo in this mess. The surrounding snowflakes are Stamps by Judith and the sediment is from SU. 

To give my snowflake more oomph, coz the mere size of it wasn't oomphy enough (cough), I covered it in Dimensional Magic:
Speaking of running out of cards, Monday I thought I was all finished so I started cleaning up my desk disaster. I didn't get very far when I uncovered an entire sheet of 30 address labels with no cards to go with them. Panic? Nah, I just sat on my settee and set to setting up a production line.

The irony? They were one-layer cards using the Tim Holtz snowman embossing folder and a simple sediment. That's right, a design that was perfect for this challenge, but did I remember this challenge during the manufacturing process? No, I did not. Did I take any pictures? No, I did not. What can I say, sometimes the hamster is fast asleep when I need him!

There is still time for you to join in the Less Is More challenge with your pretty one-layer snow/snowflake/snowman/snowcake/snowshoe/snowball card! You can always just doodle snowthing!

And when you do, you can also play in these challenges, which I'm joining:

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Offense Alert (avert your eyes):

I have had the immense pleasure of receiving many beautiful Christmas cards from a lot of you and I thank you very much! In due time, they will all be posted under my Happy Mail tab above. In the meantime, I wanted to show you a sparkly and lovely card that I received from my friend Brenda B., she of Butlers Abroad:
I'm sure you agree that it's a lovely CAS design. Let's look a little closer, shall we?
I've been called a lot of things in my day, but I've never been called a warm, wis(e), and merry HO before and it's about darn time I was, doncha think?! Thank you for the snortle, Brenda, and thank you for making this card especially for me!

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December 16, 2014

Guest Designing for City Crafter Challenge!

Hello, Hello this fine Tuesday!

If you stopped for a second and pictured the color pink in your mind and then imagined that you were tickling it on the sofa until you both rolled off onto the floor, you would understand how thrilled I am to be a Guest Designer for this week's color challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog!

Here is my tri-colored card: 
Ingredients:
NBUS "Pure Innocence Holiday Hugs Snowman" by MFT. 
Colored burlap paper by DCWV, cut with NBUS PTI rectangle scallop die. 
Snow embossing folder by Sissix. SU real red and Bermuda bay inks.
D. Lapi dated hat paper-pieced by snippets 
and covered in pearls of snow.
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Winner will get to choose 4 digital images from Sweet Pea Stamps

I hope you will have the chance to play with these very fun holiday colors! If you haven't previously played at City Crafter Challenge Blog, click on over and check it out! You are most welcome there!

Thank you, Kirsty, for the honor of guest designing this week!

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I'm also playing in these fun Blogland challenges:

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Howsoever: With Holiday Preparation Alligators snapping at my toes, I've not been able to visit and comment as much as I'd like. I apologize and thank you for understanding! SOP will return ASAP!
  
 
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December 14, 2014

Merry, Merry, Merry

Sunday Greetings!

Frazzled enough for ya? Or are you sitting smug because you are done with your cards, decorating, baking, house-cleaning, shopping, wrapping, lunches, parties, and visiting? I belong in the former group, but I think if you're done, then you have every right to be smug! We'll resist being haters considering we're supposed to be filled with the spirit of Christmas. Cough.

Today's card features white embossing for the current Take It, Make It: December challenge at Craft Stamper.
The large background stamp is Hero Arts (S1523) "Flower Lace Pattern," which I heat embossed in Hero Arts Detail White embossing powder. Because to me the little flowers look like poinsettias and holly leaves, I colored them Christmas red and green using my SU markers. The centers were colored with a gold At You Spica pen. 

The banner was created using a NBUS scalloped die by Papertrey Ink. I cut it down to shorten it and scalloped it across the top using a very old pair of decorative scissors. (Remember those?!) The sediment itself is a sticker. The kraft paper is by Papertrey Ink and the red is real red is by SU.

The current Take It, Make It: December challenge at Craft Stamper will run until December 27, 2014.
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I'm also entering the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, where the challenge is a photo inspiration. I was inspired by the Christmas colors.
And the current Fusion Card Challenge, where the sketch was inspirational.
Please click on the links for more information on sponsors, prizes, and rules. I hope you can join in the fun!

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New Friends Corner

I'm so happy to have new friends at the Playhouse to introduce to you! Please help me welcome:

Donna Hitz of Frozen Stamper. Donna has been blogging since February 2010, so there is a ton of inspiration on her beautiful blog for you. Her banner name comes from the fact that she and her husband live in Alaska. She is an award-winner, instructor, and designer whose designs have been printed on coffee mugs and pajamas!

Vanessa B. of Vanessa's Paper Creations. Vanessa has been blogging since January 2012, so she's coming up on her third blogaversary! Vanessa is an award-winner and current and past member of design teams. Her cards are clean and crisp and happy and I know you'll be glad you visited her!

Tina of Tina's Handmade Creations. Tina has been blogging since 2009! Another wonderful card artist with years of inspiration for you, Tina is also an award winner and a designer. Her cards are impeccably made and totally fun!

AJ Bodine of Rutabaga Pie Designs. A resident of North Carolina, AJ has only been blogging since October of this year! Please take a few minutes of your very busy day to stop in and give AJ a warm welcome to our crafting community! She is uplifting and enthusiastic and I know you'll enjoy your visit!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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NBUS Challenge #3!

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)Speaking of followers, a few of you have asked if there will be another NBUS Challenge in January. Even though I may not reach my next follower milestone by the first of the year, I'm pretty close, so I will go ahead and host another challenge!

If you've been good little crafters, I'm sure Santa will bring you NBUS goodies that you'll want to show off! Or, if you're like me, you'll still have NBUS from prior Christmases that you'll want to show off! I look forward to seeing your creations!

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December 12, 2014

Blue Christmas Pines

Hello, Happy Friday!

I've really whooshed in here today, carried by gale force winds and washed down by buckets of rain. You know we desperately need it, but now, sadly, lots of folks are dealing with flooding, power outrages, and downed trees. When it rains, it pours. Both US coasts are being dumped on and I'm hoping you are all weathering okay where you are.

I've made a couple of clean and very, very simple turkoise cards for your visual pleasure. First up:
I adore these tree dies from Memory Box. For this card, I cut out the trees using the Pine Border Background die, planning to use the sparkly blue die cut on a white card base. Then, out of the corner of my eye (which, yippie, I can now out of see!), I saw a black scrap of card on my desk so I handed them both to Hammy to play with. He, being a small-brained hamster, after all, simply off-set the die cut on top of the scrap to create a shadow. I liked it so much I replaced the scrap with a black card base and wallah! EZPZ. QACAS.

I was pleased with it, pure as it was with all that sparkly blue white space, but then Hammy handed me a silver glimmery star to see what that would look like hanging from the northwest corner of the pine forest:
They're both pwetty. Pweference?

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Next, I made this:
Remember the other day I showed you a card I made with a flourish die cut over a rainbow of Gelato watercolors? For this similar card (also using some of that lush paper from Anita), I used the Memory Box Pine Border Outline die and inlaid a blue wash of colors using the color inspiration from this week's Less Is More challenge.
They look like ballerinas on their tippy toes, wearing white gloves and holding hands.

I don't care what the hamster says, I really love this card just as it is without any additional stars, bling, or sediment. Don't you wish you could run your finger over that picture? Or am I the only one who actually reaches for the monitor when something touchable appears? You know, like Ryan on my last post. Settle down.

Challenges
  • AAA Cards, where the theme is "Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas Challenge." 
  • Less Is More Color Week. (I'd like to thank Chrissie and the lovely ladies of the Design Team for the honor of being Showcased last week!)
  • Pals Paper Arts (PPA231), which is also a color challenge this week.
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Please click on the challenge links for details on rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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