Thursday, December 14, 2017

Clearly Besotted Stamped Cards

I purchased the Clearly Besotted Stamptember My Best Friend stamp set a while ago.  I have been meaning to play around with the stamp set and Nicole Spohr's inspiration.  I'm claiming full scraplifting of this card design, though I didn't have the exact same rectangle dies and/or gilding flakes.  The technique I used was exactly matching otherwise.

These cards went together as a breeze with my MISTI stamping tool.  So I went ahead and made multiples using Bristol cardstock.  Hooray!

I so enjoyed these cards, I ended up making many similar cards with different inks in the layering.  I have a ton of photos to edit and publish to share the results of this gift making fun.  I will hopefully be back with more this weekend to share all my flowery lovelies.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Poinsettia Focal Points - Some Christmas Cards

Whoa!  There went the first full week of December.  Here I am tonight slamming together a post because it has literally been a week since I posted.  I've been busy crafting up some Christmas present goodness, but haven't stopped to make a post.  These cards were created as a gift for my grandma - to match the picture cards we created.  I used my Spellbinders classic Poinsettia die with a matching JustRite (I think?! It has been so long!) stamp set.

The sentiment is heat embossed with gold and silver embossing powder with the same around the edges of the card.  A simple design with a slightly larger size so that my grandma can quickly put them together and send them out.  She was pleased, I was pleased and we're both very happy girls this week.

I hope all your Christmas card making/gift making is moving along productively and that you are finding joy in the creating!

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Blog - Christmas Card Day
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge - Christmas  These are Christmas cards after all
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge - Gift It  These are a gift for my grandma after all
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge - 312 & 313 Anything Goes

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Poinsettia Cards

I am well on my way to making some Christmas cards.  I purchased some products from which is located in Mesa, AZ, just down the road.  Turns out, if you pick up your purchase they offer a free gift.  In this case, these lovely patterned papers which I turned into Christmas cards.  A simple design, but very effective.

I used Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink to stamp the pattern onto these poinsettia die cuts and spritzed with a water bottle to make the color turn chalky.  It is a subtle pattern and works very well on these cards.  The gold foil was a clearance pack of artist trading cards - simple to stamp in Archival Ink and tie with twine.  A pile for the stash which will be used in the coming days to write letters to family and friends.  Yay!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit - A Card Set

Here we are in December already.  Time is flying by and there are only 20 days left before the holiday, Christmas is almost here.  I have a few ideas for gifts for Christmas and have been churning those out.  I wanted to share this lovely collection of cards made with my Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit.  I'm not quite sure why this set peeked my interest, but these cards are proof that it wasn't just the stamp set (which I haven't actually used yet), but the patterned papers and stickers that were inclluded as well.  Just this set of cards makes me happy I bought the set and I'm looking forward to using the rest of the supplies soon.  Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy the view - there is quite a collection of notecards here.

I've actually used a couple of these cards for different "pick me up" occassions and will keep some of them together to use as hostess gifts over the coming weeks.   Here's hoping that you are finding the season stress free and enjoying the Spirit of Christmas.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Spreading Peace on Earth

I had bits and pieces leftover from the cards I made for my mom and decided to add this particular design to the mix.  More blue colored houses to create that "cold" feeling which we will decidedly not be enjoying for Christmas here in the desert.  I considered making these shaker cards, but left it more clean and simple. I really like the dimension created with some craft foam.

I do like these light teal colored cards the best.  The ink creates a chill in the air that is not otherwise there.  On the inside - matching sentiments in the matching ink color. 

Piles and piles of cards with more to make.  I'm feeling the mojo and feel inspired to make some more gifts.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Gift Set of Cards

I so liked the light blue cards that I made for my mom, I decided to make some bolder blue versions.  These create a bit different feel, but I like them as well.

I used my Papertrey Ink Winter Village stamp and die set again.  The inks are a combination of Close to My Heart and Archival Ink.  Strong colors for a stamp set that is less layering than geometrically matching.  These cards are A2 size - a little smaller than I'm used to but it works greate with these stamps.

I'll give these to my mom as well - keeping the set together.  I need to switch gears and get some crafty gifts made.  I'm hoping to be able to pull a post together soon.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog - I believe in Santa Claus  This challenge is to pick a theme from an old Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton Christmas album.  I think my card matches their White Christmas song.

Make It Monday #305 - Love of Layers I used Fun Foam to raise up the ovals and the front of the card does have lots of layers with all those die cuts.

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 310/311 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Shadow Boxes - All Lit Up

I get the pleasure of sharing these beautiful creations from Brandy today.  Brandy, along with her sister and niece, decided they wanted to use the shadow box frames at Michaels along with some of the coordinating supplies to make lighted shadow boxes to decorate for Christmas and the New Year celebrations.  The collection and painting is all Brandy and the girls.

Don't you love how rich and inviting they turned out to be?  Such a great way to celebrate.

All three lined up and lit for celebrating.  They will be separated into two different households, but they sure make a pretty scene.

Of course, Brandy's niece needed to paint her own nutcracker figurine.  He's colored in a "Dory" scheme that is less Christmas and all "young lady" style.  Tis the season for creating crafting and these creations fit the bill perfectly.

Today also marks the first year that my daughter isn't home to celebrate her birthday. We celebrated early last weekend when she was home from college for the holiday.  Still, I'm sending well wishes a long distance north hoping she feels special.  Happy Birthday, Katie.

Andie for 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

All is Calm, All is Bright

Whew!  It has been a whirlwind of family celebrations for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We also squeezed into the long weekend a birthday celebration for my daughter Katie.  Here I find myself at the end of the long weekend - content, tired and having enjoyed myself. 

I had shared that I made my mother some cards for her birthday.  I've finally edited the photos and am sharing here.

I made these cards using my Papertrey Ink Winter Village stamp and die set.  We live in sunny, warm Arizona.  It was record highs in the high 80s all week.  We don't have a white Christmas unless you count the blinding white light of the noonday sun.  So, I thought it might be fun to create these cards which imply a cold winter day.  My mom's favorite color is blue, so I used several shades her.  I super love how the houses turned out and am sure that I will make more cards with this stamp and die set for the season since the stamps and dies are out on the workbench. 

I've seen some of the Christmas creations you are all up to out there.  Keep the inspiration coming. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Using Stuff from the Stash - A Birthday Card

My mom's birthday is right in the middle of birthday season.  Her favorite color is pink and so I used this frame from the stash and some Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms die cut flowers to make this card.  Behind the frame is some vellum paper that I crumpled into a ball to create the crinkled look behind the frame.  It made a nice off set to the vintage look of the card front.  There's some gold paint on the butterflies that was hard to capture in the photo, but looked ever so sparkly in person.  Tiny prills fill the center of my die cut flowers.

On the inside, a scripty sentiment for the day.  I actually made her gift and will be posting as soon as I get the pictures edited.