Monday, November 13, 2017

Purrfect Christmas


I'm back! This card is one I created at a recent Scrapbooking Crop, using some Purrfect Christmas stamps I purchased at Gina K Designs. This is a fun set for me since I have a 6-month old kitty cat who gets into everything. I don't dare put up a Christmas tree this year because it certainly wouldn't last very long with Snuggles around!

I stamped the tree and then added the mouse and cat. The gift boxes were stamped and fussy cut on another piece of cardstock (all inks and cardstock are by Gina K). I colored everything with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color watercolor markers. Before mailing this, I think I'll add some Stickles to the Christmas tree decorations just to bling it up a bit.

Several cards have been created using this stamp set, and I'm sure I've seen some similar cards like this one. I think I created a card with a mix of everything I've seen in the blog hops! Kudos to you who have given such inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by again today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~


Warmer With You



Hello again! I am back with another Christmas card, this time using Gina K's Warmer With You set, bought from Simon Says Stamps. I love this set because there are so many cute snowmen included.

For my card, I used two of the larger snowmen and one smaller female. This is because I have two grown sons in my family, and I wanted to exhibit them as snowmen in my card. They're not as big and round as these, but they are taller than me. Of course, I'm not as small as the female shown here, either! For the inside, I used a stamp from Lawn Fawn that was in my stash.

I think I'll go back and add some white details, such as dots or stripes, on the hats and scarves for the males, just to show some difference. After all, my boys are NOT twins, although they're only 19 months apart. (How in the world did I do that?)

Since I'm chatting here about my boys, I'm including a picture of the three of us, taken in June, 2017.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Patterned Ornaments




Hello everybody! I'm here with several Christmas cards I made using patterned paper. I have an old Stampin Up! die set I bought without the stamp set that goes with it. So I decided to pull out some of the patterned paper I've bought over the years and use it just with the dies.

I put the sentiment on the inside of the cards with the plain front. Otherwise, it's on the outside, as shown in the first picture.

Here, I got a little crazy with the patterns!



The bows were a little tricky to tie and glue on with the kitten sitting there, watching me. She really wanted that ribbon! I added snowflakes and gems to the centers of the ornaments. They were found in my stash.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Card & Tag


Hello again! I'm back with another holiday card. This time I included the tag that goes with it. Both were created using the Merry & Bright Stamp TV Kit by Gina K Designs. I am entering them into the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV.

I was able to heat emboss the image on both the card and tag, plus the sentiment on the card. Of course, I had to hold my breath the whole time because Snuggle was very close to me, watching every move. I was SURE she was going to jump into the embossing powder, but she didn't, thank goodness! The sentiment on the tag was stamped with Gina K's Blue Denim ink. I also layered the card with her Blue Denim cardstock. LOVE that color!

Without the cat, this would be an easy card to reproduce for mass mailing. With the cat, however, I'd have to give it a second thought.

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Pine


Hi everybody! I hope you had a Happy Halloween and are now ready to start celebrating the future holidays. I changed my banner to reflect Thanksgiving. Kevin helped with all my banners, so I owe him a big THANK YOU for that.

Today's Christmas card showcases some stamps from Gina K Designs' latest Stamp TV Kit called Merry & Bright. I stamped the image and one word of the sentiment in Gina K inks and used her "Christmas" die for rest. I also created a tag to go with this but it was after I'd already photographed the card.

This was an easy card to create. I'd say it's very "Clean and Simple" but getting the word die to lay perfectly inside the shadow wasn't very easy. It's a very long, thin die cut and kind of difficult to use without stretching it out. I always use Sizzix adhesive sheets when cutting out words, and once you take that off it's always a challenge not to get it stuck everywhere. If it weren't for that, I'd create this card in bulk and send them out. I will still probably make more of them, just the same.

It would also look nice to layer the word die multiple times without the shadow so it would be thicker and stand out more. I'm just not up for that...no patience at this time of when I have so many cards to make!

For those of you asking, yes, Snuggles helped with this card, too. She supervised. Sometimes I can catch her in a quiet mood where she stretches out across the table where I'm working and I have just enough room to create my cards. If she's not in a quiet mood, I cut a strip of paper for her to play with and she stays occupied with that most of the time. She's always a partner in my creations, whichever mood she's in!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

JOY


Hi everybody! It's that time of year for card makers to get busy with their cards to mail out for the holidays, and I'm no exception. In just another day or two, it will also be time to change my banner again so it will be appropriate for Thanksgiving. Wow! Fall is passing by quickly!

This card was created with an old stamp set from Stampin Up called Peaceful Wreath. I love it because it goes with another stamp set called Wondrous Wreath that's the same except the wreath doesn't have holly and berries on it.

The "joy" comes from a die cut I purchased from Reverse Confetti. It has several holiday words in the set and also goes with a stamp set to complete a sentiment. On the inside of this card, for instance, I used "to the world," stamped in red to go with the front.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

OCC Merry Making Day 3


Hi everybody! I'm slowly but surely coming back with more homework. Today's card is for Day 3, and I followed a video by Gina from Gina K Designs.

The idea for today's homework is to use stamps that aren't particularly made for the holidays. I used a few from a Gina K Design's Stamp TV Kit called The Simple Things, including the dot, the bud and the flower. All were heat embossed in gold, as well as the sentiment from Gina's Holly Jolly set. All were layered on black. I added a ribbon, also from Gina, for the final touch (with help from Snuggles).

Like I said, I created this while following Gina's video, so it's really a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) and not an original by me. Of course, I'd LOVE to take the credit but that's not fair.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~ as soon as I get Day 4 done!


Friday, October 13, 2017

OCC Merry Making Day 2


Hi everybody! I'm back with homework from Day 2 of Online Card Classes Merry Making. I followed a video by Jennifer McGuire to create this card. It's fairly simple yet appealing to the eye. That's my kind of card!

Lines were drawn every 1/4th inch across the bottom using my scoreboard by Martha Stewart.The stamp set I used is called Poinsettias by Inspired By Stamping. I've had it forever and got it when I won a gift certificate for their products. It was hard to choose which products I wanted, and I remember adding a good bit to this order. I've used this stamp set every Christmas since, so I'm very glad I got it.

The ink is from Gina K Designs, the cardstock from Stampin Up! I also used my Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter on the poinsettia center and also for the veins in the leaves. That's not visible in this photograph, unfortunately.

The ribbon had to be tied a few times -- Snuggles got a hold of it and kept untying the bow faster than I could re-tie it. I finally took the original off and started over again. Frustration! (I know it sounds like Snuggles is always a frustration, but I do really, truly love her...especially when she's sleeping!)

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