Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015 New Years Mice

I decided to send out some New Years cards (for those I didn't get mailed soon enough for Christmas).  This was a cute digi image from Gerda Steiner, and if you haven't figured it out I really enjoy working with her images.  They are "my style" as far as whimsy and I seem to know what I am going to make as soon as I see the image.  I colored the mice with copics in cool gray and warm gray then paper pieced the numbers to match my DP.  And look up in the left you will see the "must have" paper clip dies from AMuse.  I cut these out of silver cs and then stamped my small greeting.  This was mailed a week ago so hope it gets to its destination on New Years Eve.  Challenges:
     Crafty Creations - anything goes
     Crafty Gals - anything goes
     Gerda Steiner - share your design challenge

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 29, 2016 Happy New Year Mice 2016

This is a digi from Gerda Steiner - I have another post ready to post on New Years Eve as well.  I so enjoy working with her images whether it be digi, clear rubber or red rubber.  They all work well and are so much fun to color.  I made 4 cards to send to my chemo/senior buddies and this was one of them.  I also followed the sketch on Sketch Saturday for which I am entering the challenge.  Love the bright glitter tone to the cardstock I used.  I had some new embellishments from AMuse Studio and I used the star from the assorted package.  Sending Happy New Years wishes to all of my blog followers and friends.  Challenges:
     Sketch Saturday - follow sketch
     Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
     Inkspirational  - anything but Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2015

December 25, 2015 Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my blogging friends - and may your day be filled with blessings.  I cased this card from a swap I did last year done by Susan Drees.  Well I LOVED the stamp, the design (although I didn't have the Spellbinders die she used), and the coloring.  Despite not having everything I designed it with what I had (the joy of stamping).  This card looks so peaceful, serene and reminds me a lot of our backyard.  Despite the fact that we don't have snow this year the deer still love to hang out in our 5 acres of beautiful woods.  May you remember the reason for this day and keep Jesus in your heart as you open presents, enjoy family and friends and build memories.

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21, 2015 Jingle Bell Rock Santa

Can you tell by now how much I adore Gerda Steiner stamps, well she has stamps and she also has digis and this was a "freebie" from her last week.  Again when I saw him I knew what I wanted to do with him.  I had some Jingle Bell Rock sheet music (I played piano years ago), so I decreased it to fit the layout, colored the Santa with Copics, some sparkle fur on his outfit and some notes from a music note punch I had.  Hmm...needed something else - so I went through my dies and found my jingle bell die and this made the card - don't you just want to sing along???

Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 Gingerbread Tag

Cute Cute - this is a shaker tag I made one day when my stamping buddy Patti J. was over the a couple of hours to play.  This is another Gerda Steiner stamp set - and it comes with this darling gingerbread man and 3 different faces.  Used my SU tag punch to make the tag - filled the shaker with some holiday sequins and a bow and this tag is going on a Christmas package.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015 Christmas Peace

Love Gerda Steiner monthly digi challenges and this Santa is no exception.  When I saw him I had my idea but just needed to find the time to sit down and color him (copic) and design the card.  The world stamp is a retired stamp from AMuse studio and it works perfect for this image.  Wouldn't the world be a better place if indeed we did have peace on earth.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12, 2015 Holiday Bows

Another Holiday Bows using the set from The Ton which I am loving.  They have a very nice selection of floral 2-step stamps which I may get after the holidays.  This card I did a full card with bows again going with the blue, lime and purple color theme.  Added some sequins for a bit of bling.  The sentiment is off stamped using the two shades of blue I used on my ribbon.  I think this set will stay out on my desk for a while.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 10, 2015 Winter Birds

Another new set - from Lawn Fawn - this was featured in Card Maker Magazine winter edition and I fell in love with the simplicity of the image.  This one was fun to color with my copics, add a bit of glitter and then sponge in the sky and put some snowflakes in the scene.  Again I used my purple/blue paper pad from Doodle Bug and the die from Tim Holtz winter collection of word dies.  Again this can be sent out all winter or at least I think I will use it even beyond the holidays.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

December 8, 2015 Christmas Ornament

Isn't this little snow buddy just the cutest - this is from a set Gerda Steiner Snowman Friends and he fits just perfectly in this ornament.  One fall day my BFF Donna and I were able to find a day to stamp together.  She had received one of these ornaments last Christmas  and we decided then that we would make a few this season.  Ornaments are available at Hobby Lobby or Michaels - they are the 1/2 plastic ornaments. Stamped cut with circle die then colored up with copics.  A few sequins and then some glittery fun snow, fun fur on his hat.  Cut a scallop circle die, put it all together then used glossy accents to hold it together.  Here is another little snowman
 I also made a few bigger ornaments so check back in a day or two to see those.  PS these were a real stinker to photograph, the glare just wouldn't go away!!!  Challenges:

     Crafting for all Seasons - anything but a card
     Double click - use a snowman

Sunday, December 06, 2015

December 6, 2015 Christening

Going today for sweet baby Carter's christening.  When I decided to make this card I had a totally different vision in my head with a little lambie which I had already colored up and then decided to switch course in midstream.  This card is so "out of the ordinary" for me - NO STAMPING - my brain kept going through my stamps and I said NO.  I used Spellbinders cross dies and cut/embossed the large one out of a light baby blue and the top one out of some white shimmer paper.  Cut his name out with my AMuse Studio alphabet carefully glued it on the card added some pretty little pastel blue cards and done.  the lamb came from our Christian book store The Oasis - you press his tummy and the lamb says Now I lay me down to sleep prayer.  And here is Carter with great grandma.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

December 3, 2015 Winter Wishes

Isn't this darling bird a beauty - it came free with a magazine I get - Papercrafts from the UK and there are always stamps, stencils, embossing folders papers so it is a wonder magazine to subscribe to.  This month it included the bird, sentiments, embossing folders and papers.  I colored him up with copic markers, cut him out the circle stitched die, then scallop dye and mounted him on some of my NBUS papers I had in my Christmas stash.  Winter Wishes I die cut from a very nice package of like 20 dies from Tim Holtz with lots and lots of winter/Christmas die words.  this one is out the door this am.   

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

December 1, 2015 Christmas Bows

I received a beautiful card a couple of weeks ago from a dear stamping friend Diane  using this awesome stamp set Holiday Bows from The Ton.  The stamps are two step stamps in clear polymer and after watching a video and calling my friend Diane I figured out how to make the bows look "perfect",  I think these bows could be used year around for Birthdays too.  I also got the die set to go with but have not used them.  There seems to be fewer hours in my days the last couple of weeks.  I have a pad of christmas papers from Doodlebug in purples, greens and blues so that is the color theme I went with for this card.  Inks are from AMuse and I found the pigment inks worked best for me vs,. the dye inks.  I made up 3 x 2 samples to keep with the stamp set so I knew what colors went well together,  Some I tried just didn't do the stamps justice.  Challenge:
     Sketch Saturday - follow sketch
     Craft your passion - anything goes