Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Family

This fortnight's code word at the Addicted to Clean and Simple challenge is "family." This challenge is hosted by my pal Shana Goff!! She has three sweet kiddos who I had the pleasure of meeting briefly in Salt Lake City a couple of summers ago. I know family is very important to her--and it's important to most of us.

I thought the Nordic Noel DSP with houses would be a good way to say "from our family to yours." I just love this DSP! I also like the way the dots in the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder look like the snowflakes on the DSP. Pretty coolio! I was happy to add a little Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon--I just love that stuff. It's so easy to work with!

(Stamp Set: Project Life Holiday Cheer; Ink: Real Red; Card Stock: Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White; DSP: Nordic Noel; Accessories: Oval Punch, Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones)

And with that, I'm going to say Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all. I've met my goal to post every week day this year and now I'm going to take a couple of weeks off to celebrate the holidays with my family. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year! See you in January 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Retro Wreath

Today's card is an entry in this week's Retro Sketch challenge. I decided to use the Wondrous Wreath set on this card. (Say that three times, fast: Retro Wondrous Wreath!)

I liked the Smoky Gray, Basic Gray, and Blackberry Bliss color combination I used on another wreath, so I decided to use it again here. I think it turned out really pretty. What do you think?

(Stamp Set: Wondrous Wreath; Inks: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss; Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss: Accessories: Wonderful Wreath and Apothecary Accents Framelits Collections, Elegant Stripes Embossing Folder)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another Retirement

I guess I must be at that time in life when my co-workers are starting to retire. I shouldn't be too suprised: I've worked the same job for almost 30 years myself!

My co-worker, Gwen, is going to retire at the end of the year. She's been a great inspiration to me and a wonderful friend. Someone said that she was full of grace and she is! I'm going to miss Gwen!

I made this card for her retirement. It's an exciting time and a new adventure. Someday I'll be able to join Gwen in the retiree ranks--but not quite yet!

(Stamp Set: Really Good Greetings; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Card Stock: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White; DSP: Back to Black; Accessories: 2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, and 1" Circle Punches, Hexagon Punch to flag banner, Basic Rhinestone)
My card is a CASE of this beautiful card by the fabulous Mary Fish. I changed up the colors because Gwen likes the Baltimore Ravens and their colors are black, white, and purple!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nordic Christmas

The sketch over at the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week is a bit deceptive. It looks straight-forward, but the main image isn't easy to cut or replicate. But when I put everything together, I was pleased with my card.


I started with a Nordic Noel panel--it's so beautiful, so I wanted it to be the focal point of the card. That meant that a smaller greeting would be needed. I used the "be joyful" sentiment from the Project Life Holiday Cheer set. I added a strip from another piece of Nordic Noel--the one that reminds me of candy canes. I was almost finished, but I thought the card needed a little sumthin'-sumthin' so I added a few pearls.

(Stamp Set: Project Life Holiday Cheer: Ink: Real Red; Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White; DSP: Nordic Noel; Accessories: Oval Punch, Basic Pearls)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fresh and Vintage Christmas Card

I'm posting a little bit early because I'm playing along in this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge and our creations are due by noon on Monday. Last week I made a card and I posted it early enough--but I forgot to link it up to the challenge. Doh! I'm taking care of that this week.

I went with a kind of vintage design (again) this time. I'm still making Christmas cards--even for the challenges. And, why not? It's still a few weeks until Christmas!

I started with a card base in Chocolate Chip--I haven't used Chocolate Chip in such a long time! I added a panel of Crumb Cake, embossed with the On Point Folder. I used a new-to-me tree, stamped in Cherry Cobbler, because I thought the card needed a pop of color.

(Stamp Set: Festival of Trees; Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip; Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Stylish Stripes, Embossing Folder, On Point Embossing Folder, Scallop Border Punch, Tree Punch)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cards by PLxSU

The cards in the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life by Stampin' Up set are so adorable. I especially liked the two that said "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." I thought they were totes adorbs and could be the basis of a quick and easy card.

I started with an Old Olive card base and added a Very Vanilla Mat that I embossed with the Filligree Frame Embossing Folder. I made a Real Red mat for the Project Life cards and rounded the corners for both. I mounted the PL card and mat with Stampin' Dimensionals for a beautiful, quick and easy card!! Project Life by Stampin' Up is versatile--not just for memory keeping!

(Accessories: Project Life by Stampin' Up Seasonal Snapshot Card Collection, Filligree Frame Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder Punch)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fab Letterpress Winter

This week's challenge on the Fab Friday challenge blog is a color challenge.

I usually shy away from color challenges that have more than 3 colors. I'm always afraid that my design will be too much of a good bad thing. But I thought the Letterpress Winter snowflakes in Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay would be kinda cool with Cherry Cobbler accents.

(Stamp Sets: Letterpress Winter, And Many More; Inks: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories: Modern Label and Word Window Punches, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine)

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