Thursday, November 27, 2014

Old Fashioned Christmas

I really try to avoid using red and green on Christmas cards. It's really, er, "traditional." I like vintage cards, blue cards, and I can even go with Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla. But red and green are so "normal." But sometimes the normal, traditional route is the way to go!

This week the Fab Friday challenge is a sketch. It's clean and simple and I had an idea right away...but this time the plan didn't come together. But I worked with the elements and rotated the star and offset it and, voila! I like it. Clean and simple and normal and traditional...and just a tiny bit funky!

(Stamp Sets: Bright & Beautiful, And Many More; Inks: Real Red, Garden Green; Card Stock: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White; Accessories: Stars Framelits Collection, Elegant Stripes Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, Circle Card Framelits (for Banner), Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Cheery Octopus

The challenge this week at the Addicted to Clean and Simple blog is a sketch. I decided to use a set that I haven't picked up in quite a while: Sea Street. I've been making Christmas and fall cards for a while, so I wanted a little change of place. This sketch challenge was just the ticket for a change of pace!

I really love the colors in the Maritime Designer Series Paper--"classic" Real Red and Night of Navy and an "In Color" Coastal Cabana. I can never quite figure out how to "display" the cute octopus in this set. Fussy cut? Circle Framelit? Square? Ah! I tried the Window Frames Framelit Collection and I like it!!

(Stamp Sets: Sea Street, And Many More; Inks: Coastal Cabana, Real Red; Card Stock: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White; DSP: Maritime; Accessories: Window Frame and Banners Framelits Collection, Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Pool Party Candy Dots)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Yummy Color Challenge

The colors over at the Create With Connie & Mary Challenge blog are so yummy! Look!


I was inspired to use the Blackberry Bliss honeycomb sheet from the Moonlight Designer Series Pack. I love this DSP!! I embossed a Hello Honey card base with the Honeycomb embossing folder to carry that theme through the card. I mounted the Blackberry Bliss DSP on a Blackberry Bliss card stock mat to give it some heft so that I could wrap some Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon around it. 

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and cut it using a Chalk Talk framelit. This card came together very quickly--thanks to the yummy color challenge.

(Stamp Set: Perfect Pennants; Ink: Tangelo Twist; Card Stock: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White; DSP: Moonlight Designer Series Pack; Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits Collection, Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tap Tap Tap

So, my day started out kinda meh and turned way into ARGH!! Life with teenagers. Um, long (long, long) story short: My son "lost" his backpack. We drove all over town revisiting everywhere he'd been all afternoon, trudged through the woods twice--after dark--and it eventually dawned on him that he really hadn't lost his backpack, but he'd left it at his friend's house--half a block away. ARGH!! That's an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back.

Oh, and then when I got home around 8:30, my darling daughter was waiting for me to help her with her homework. Really? You have TWO parents. ARGH!!!

So, my crafting time didn't start until like 10:00. Fortunately, this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge blog has an awesome sketch to spur on my creativity.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 119 #cardsketch #stampinup #papercraftcrew

Next, I grabbed a piece of Confetti Celebration DSP which set my color scheme: Basic Gray, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush. With all the elements on this sketch, I decided it needed a simple, but edgy image and the "Tap Tap Tap" set filled that bill nicely. I think this card turned out pretty well for a "rush job"!!

(Stamp Sets: Tap Tap Tap, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Basic Gray, Strawberry Slush; Card Stock: Basic Gray, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White; DSP: Confetti Celebration; Accessories: 2" Circle Punch, Basic Gray Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stampin' Up's Online Extravaganza Starts Monday November 24!

Wowza! Stampin' Up! is pulling out all the stops for this year's Thanksgiving week deals! There are items for 50% off--including ribbons, punches, and washi tape. The Monday November 24 DOOR BUSTER items are amazing! Most (but not all) embossing folders are only $5. Yes! FIVE DOLLARS. The Gift Box Punch Board is 30% off. And the bundle of the Everyday Occasions AND Hip Hip Hooray Cardmaking kits is only $34.93--that's a 30% savings!!

Shop early--because these items are only available while supplies last. Just click on the "shop here" button over there on the right side of my blog to get started. Or email me by 8:00 Monday evening to take advantage of the Monday only deals!!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Oh, Happy Day! Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin

The November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit is so wonderful!! Everyone should subscribe. These kits are a quick and easy project with beautiful results.

"Simply Snowflake" comes with a 6-piece photopolymer stamp set that is totes adorbs. It comes with a Lost Lagoon Stampin' Spot. And comes with enough supplies to make 8 cards and 24 (TWENTY-FOUR!!) tags...with stuff left over for other projects.

Here is the card and the tag I made with the kit.

(November 2014 Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin Kit)

Here's the Stampin' Up video that shows you everything in the kit. I know you're going to want to subscribe so that you don't miss out on any more kits! Just click on the badge on the left-side of my blog to get started today!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Little Birdie Christmas

Stampin' Up demo extraordinaire, Ronda Wade, created this cute little card using the "For The Birds" stamp set. This is a versatile set that can be used all year round. I love that it's not a "Christmas set" but it contains a Christmas stamp--and it's soooo cute!!

I used the "On Point" Embossing Folder to add a little dimension in the background--but other than that, this is Ronda's sweet design.

We'll be making this card on Saturday at the last Christmas card-making class! I'm a little late getting this posted because I've been in the "factory" cutting card parts all evening!!

(Stamp Set: For the Birds; Ink: Early Espresso; Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla; DSP: 2013-15 In Color Designer Series Paper Pack; Accessories: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Hello Honey Stampin' Right Markers, Circles Framelits Collection, Hexagon Punch (for flagging banner), Linen Thread)

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