Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TMS #433

Hello and welcome to another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge. This week we're working on #433 and we're being sponsored by All Dressed Up. This week our DT member Janice designed this fun and easy sketch for us...

I used the Christmas Reindeer digital image which was provided to me by All Dressed Up. I printed it and then colored it with Copics and die-cut it with a GMD stitched oval, along with an Island Indigo mat die-cut with a SB scalloped petite oval. The dsp is by SU! and the gemstones are from my stash. The Pool Party cardstock snowflakes were die-cut with Lawn Fawn stitched snowflakes and dotted with some Stickles. I also added some dotted white gel pen accents to the reindeer's back as well as a few random Nuvo glitter drops to the image panel.

Be sure to check out the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge Blog for inspiration from my DT members and then if you have time, play along with us. We always love to see what you create!

I'm also entering this into the CHNC challenge #363 which is always Christmas, and this week there's an option of adding a touch of sparkle.

I'm also sharing it with the final CHNC challenge extra for December 2017 which is always anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Little Boy's First Christmas

There's a new young man in my neighborhood that will be celebrating his first Christmas this year, so I made a card for him to note the big occasion. I used a cute digital image I had in my files but it had no name attached, so if anyone knows who created this, please leave a comment and I'll give credit to the artist. I colored the image with Copics, adding some gold paint pen accents to the ribbon on the gift, then added some liquid applique to the fur on his cute santa hat. The sentiment was computer generated and die-cut with MFT fishtail flag frames. I embossed the background with a retired SU! snowburst ef, and punched a bitty banner and added a die-cut letter "P" to represent his first name initial. I coated the initial with some glossy accents and called this one done.

I'm sharing this with the Snippets Playground weeks #311 and 312 because everything was created with snippets from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Sunday!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Quilted Thank-You Cards

Recently my blogging friend Brenda CASED one of my cards with a quilt pattern, so I decided to pull the MFT quilt die out and have another play with it. 

{For those still longing for this die, it's available and on sale right HERE. Click on the homepage for the sale code which ends today December 8th.}

I needed a thank-you card, so that's what I made with this. I used a leftover pack of SU! retired dsp to put this together along with a sturdy piece of vanilla cardstock to cut the die-frame. The button in the center was done with 2 IO die-cut buttons from kraft cardstock, glued together for a stronger version. There are 2 shreds of red cardstock woven through the button for a home-spun look. The "thanks" sentiment is by Taylored Expressions and was cut twice from the vanilla cardstock and glued together for a look that pleased my eye. I had all those vanilla pieces and a dsp die-cut quilt frame leftover, so I made a 2nd card to use them up...

This one is done on a kraft card base and I will keep this one for future use. The above card has already been mailed.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're enjoying a wonderful week and getting your Christmas preparations in order. Time's flying isn't it?


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Another 3D Tag

I just cannot stop making these 3D tags for some reason. I'm loving how I can use an assortment of colors and sentiments. For this one I used the largest tree in the SU! perfect pines framelit die set, and cut 6 trees from white cardstock. I die-cut the tree stand from a snippet of dark brown, using a framelit from the same die set. For the red tag, I used a SU! scalloped top tag punch, along with a corner rounder on the bottom. I stamped a snowy background with 2 stick stamps by Judith along with some Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink. The green "merry" sentiment panel was heat-embossed with gold and dotted with the same red stickles used to "decorate" the tree. The triple twine bow was done with red & white twine from the twinery. If you want to see other versions of 3D tags I've made, click HERE and HERE. You will also find Jennifer McGuire's great tutorial for making them HERE.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Double D Challenges - Red & White Christmas with optional pop of green

Little Red Wagon #422 - Holiday Tags and Gift Card Holders

Designer's Choice Challenge DCC126 - Glitter

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have yourself a fabulous Wednesday!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

TMS #432

Hello Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge fans - we're back with another fun sketch #432 designed by Melissa and we're being sponsored by We Are 3. The prize this week is a $15 voucher from the We Are 3 Etsy shop (excluding hand-made cards) so let's get right to the sketch.

I'm using 2 different digital papers from the We Are 3 "Spring Letters" pack, which include "Milk and Cookies" and "Sweet Scents." I also have used the pre-colored digi image of "Birdies of a Feather" along with a sentiment called "Little Things." All images were generously provided by We Are 3 to make my card.

I strayed a bit from the sketch to make all the elements fit between the layers of torn paper, but I was happy with the way it turned out. I printed 3 images of the birdies in 3 different sizes but they just didn't fit, so I put the 3rd one on the inside...

The card base is from Gina K designs and perfectly matched these pretty digital papers.

And now it's your turn to have some fun with this sketch and play along. Before you do, check out the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge blog to see all of the great creations from the DT as well as some beautiful cards from the ladies at We Are 3 - you will be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Tuesday!


Monday, December 4, 2017

More 3D Tags

I had time to create a couple more 3D tags like the one I shared in the post below this one. For this tag I used the largest tree die in the Perfect Pines SU! framelit set and cut it with white. I also cut the tree stand from the same framelit die set with a snippet of dark brown. The tag itself was done with 2 SU! punches; the scalloped top tag and rounded corner. I dotted the tree with gold stickles and added a triple twine bow.

I know the SU! ornament punch is retired, but I'll never part with mine. I used it to make this 3D tag, stamping each ornament with white pigment ink before assembling. I used a very vanilla tag with some gray & silver twisted divine twine from Pizzazz Aplenty that I've had for ages. I also hand-cut a topper for the ornament with silver mirror card, and added silver stickles to the outside edges. Both tags have a sentiment from the SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Have you tried making any of these 3D tags yet? They're fun and will really dress up those boxes or bags you're giving for Christmas gifts! Check the blog post below this one for a link to the video tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great Monday!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tree Tag

I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire showing us how to make 3D tags, and I couldn't wait to try making one of my own so here it is!
I used some SU! perfect pines framelits, cutting 6 of them and attaching them together according to the video. The tag is a piece of sturdy PTI kraft cardstock which was cut with a scalloped top punch by SU!, and dotted with "snow" by using a stick stamp by Judith and some white pigment ink from Simon Says Stamp. I dotted the tree with gold stickles instead of using gemstones and added some neutral twine by the Twinery to finish this tag. I was enthused about crafting again and plan to make several tags like this in assorted colors. I think they're really fun and will surely dress up any gifts for giving!

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - a/g

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a great weekend! Sorry I haven't been posting as often lately - life has become hectic!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

TMS #431

Hello and welcome to another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge. This week we're using sketch #431 designed by our very own Debbie and our sponsor is Pink and Main.

It's a clean and simple design and I definitely took liberties with it this week by adding a sentiment panel across the top. The image  was stamped at my friend's house and I'm not sure who makes it; likewise for the sentiment. I had one remaining piece of dsp that has wheatfields, so I used that along with a piece of burlap that was cut with a SNSS large scalloped die. I placed a dark brown mat underneath the border, and added a narrow strip of matching gold cardstock to the center. I had a piece of burlap left over, so I stuck it beneath the sentiment rather than waste it. It kind of looks like a heart, eh?

Please be sure to check the Tuesday Morning Blog challenge for the creations my DT members have created for your inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mosaic Angel

I began making the mosaic background for this card by randomly cutting snippets of retired SU! dsp into odd shapes and sizes. I took a piece of plain white cardstock and ran it through my Zyron to cover it all with adhesive. I placed the snippets down all over, leaving gaps between pieces. After the snippets were placed, I covered the entire piece with gold embossing powder and heat-set it giving the mosaic effect. Once I trimmed the piece down, I embossed it with a We R Memory Keepers next generation "gemstones" ef to add more texture. The Gina Marie Designs die-cut angel and word "Blessings" were both done with the inside of a paper pad cover and the word "Christmas" (by SU!) was gold embossed on a piece of white card and hand-cut to fit the card. I placed this all on a kraft card base.

I'm sharing with the following challenges:

The November Rudolph Days challenge - make any Christmas creation

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a great day!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holly Wreath

I've avoided posting this card for the obvious, but after all the work that went into making it, I'm sharing it so you can see my silly mistake and have a few chuckles with me. I started by stamping the kraft card base with a SNSS wooden plank stamp in several colors of tan and brown inks. Next I placed a SU! doily on the card base with a red die-cut circle on top that was heat-embossed with white ep and a Christmas sentiment. Whenever I have little bits of leftover green cardstock, I die cut them into holly leaves and stash them into a little baggie, so I had quite a few for this card. I meticulously adhered them into a wreath using glossy accents and bits of foam to pop some up for dimension. Afterward, I dotted the leaves with red liquid pearls and lastly added a heat-embossed sentiment in white to the bottom of the card. I love the color combination, but after I stood back and looked at it from a distance, it hit me! The holly leaves should be placed sideways to form the wreath, not the way I placed them! OOPS!!! Oh well, I wasn't going to re-do this card so here is it - a big beautiful blunder to share and give you some good laughs along with me :) I probably should have saved it for Darnell's upcoming annual April Fools post! LOL

I will bite the bullet and share this with Craftyhazelnut's CHNC 361 Christmas challenge, where the option is to use a doily. 

Have fun and make it a great weekend too!