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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

May Your Days Be BEARY and BRIGHT


Hello,

I was up early this morning instead of sleeping in. Maybe because I had two really early conference calls this past week, so I was used to waking up. Whatever the reason, I went grocery shopping by 7:30 am, came home and washed sheets, then made some homemade black bean soup. It's not even 11:00 here yet. I'll have an early lunch then head to the craft table.

I made this super cute card last night while Mr. Personal Chef was making dinner. Another holiday card and fits both the Color Throwdown and the Merry Monday challenges for this week.




All of the stamps are from the Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays set, and all of the dies are Lawn Fawn too except the top snow hill, which is from MFT. I started with a white panel that I stamped with a few of the snowflake stamps from the set using an old SU ink color called Cool Caribbean. All of the rest of the images are cut from the same white card stock. Using a sponge dauber, I sponged along the area behind the trees and the snow hill to add depth and shadow with the Cool Caribbean ink. The tree layer and the snow hill are raised up with foam tape. The bears and ice rinks are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics, and cut out with the set dies. I used the challenge colors of dark blue, light blue and silver to color the images. The skates are colored in with a silver Sharpie pen.


Here's the inside of the card.



The card base is Cool Caribbean and the layered panel is Pacific Point. I used generous amounts of Wink of Stella on the ice rinks, fishing hole and on the tree border. IRL, it really looks great.

Have a fun Saturday. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Beary Happy Holiday set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Pacific Point and Cool Caribbean card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Pacific Point
Other: Lawn Fawn dies, Die-namics die, the Big Shot, foam tape, Wink of Stella



Friday, November 17, 2017

Bountiful Blessings

Happy Friday all,

I'm "working" from home today. Gotta love those Friday office days. I do have to attend a two hour training class via the internet in about 30 minutes, but after that, I'm calling it a week. It's rainy here in SoCal and perfect for making more holiday cards.

Today, I have a Thanksgiving/Fall themed card made to fit a few challenges. This week's Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge is a color challenge using Dark Brown, Yellow and Rust. The current Curtain Call Challenge theme is Acorns. Using some older Taylored Expressions sets, I made my card.



I started by stamping the the images using Memento tuxedo black, for the open stamps, and SU inks in Crushed Curry, Early Expresso, and Cajun Craze, for the solid stamps. The open images are colored with Copics.  After the stamping and coloring was finished, I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 by 5.0 inches and layered it onto an Early Expresso panel dry embossed with the TE Fall Leaves EF. The card base is Crushed Curry card stock. I cut the TE label and stamped the sentiment and squirrel, layered it over some copper twine and popped it up on the front of the card with dimensionals. A few enamel shapes in rust finish it off.

I used the TE Fall Wreath set for the inside.



Thanks for looking in today. Enjoy your Friday afternoon.

Supplies
Stamps: Falling For You and Fall Wreath sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU card stocks: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Early Expresso
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Crushed Curry, Early Expresso, Cajun Craze, Copics
Other: TE Label die, TE Fall Leaves EF, twine, enamel shapes, The Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, November 13, 2017

Season's Greetings

Hello,

I hope your work week is off to a good start. Mine certainly is! The technical organization of my company, which is the organization that I work for, had our Annual Awards meeting this morning (virtual this year) and I learned for the 2nd year in a row, I was a winner for my job category. Whoo-hoo! It's nice to know that your hard work and willingness to help others is recognized.

Enough of that, on to my card for today. I made this card for Nance's color challenge on The Paper Players blog. This week is white on white. Classy and elegant is what I think of for this color theme. Viewing the cards already in the gallery, the PP ladies are going to have a tough time choosing winners because they are all gorgeous!

Here is the card that I made.





I used some MFT, Mama Elephant and TE dies for the card front. No stamping! ( I just realized that part). The Die-namics tree die was cut from X-Press It Blending white card stock and from SU silver Glimmer paper. The Falling Snow die is Taylored Expressions and the Stitched Scalloped panel underneath is a Mama Elephant die. The sentiment is also Die-namics. I cut out the words twice and glued them together. I then heat embossed them with white EP 3 times for a thick coating to make them stand out. I wanted a little variation in the white shades, so the card base is made with Neenah Solar White 100 lb card stock.

I'm also entering this card in this week's Inspired By All the Little Things challenge. The white, sparkly tree fits their inspiration photo this week.

The inside is stamped and heat embossed with silver EP and I've added a Paper Source snowflake sticker.



I don't know where that air bubble came from, but I'll fix it before sending. The sentiment is from SU Hearts Come Home set.

That's it from me today. Thanks, as always, for stopping by,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Hearts Come Home by Stampin' Up (inside sentiment)
Paper: X-Press It Blending  and Neenah Solar White card stock, SU silver Glimmer paper
Ink: VersaMark
Other: Die-namics Tree and Season's Greetings dies, Mama Elephant All Prettied Up die, Taylored Expressions Falling Snow EF, Silver and white EP, heat tool, the Big Shot, SU silver twine, foam tape, Paper Source snowflake sticker

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Merry Christmas

Hello,

It's a gloomy-foggy day at my house today. A little chilly too, although I know some of you will laugh at me for saying that. But really, it's damp, breezy and cold. A perfect day to stay in and work on more holiday cards. Later this afternoon, we have our weekly Little League Fall Ball game to attend. I plan on wearing my Uggs.

I just received my latest Concord and 9th order and I love everything. I couldn't wait to play with the Christmas CheerTurnabout set. So, so fun! I've made several panels experimenting with colors, embossing, and filling in the images with the stamps specifically designed for the purpose. I've used one of those panels to make this card for the Freshly Made Sketch this week.






The images are stamped using black ink and the Misti Stamping Tool. After the four turns, I filled in the images with Distress Oxide inks in greens and pinks using an acrylic block, not the Misti. I trimmed the panel down to size and trimmed off the lower left corner following the sketch. For the corner piece, I dry embossed some X-Press It card stock wth a Taylored Expressions Snowflake EF. Before gluing it to the larger panel, I cut the TE Scalloped Border to use as a divider piece.

The card base and scroll die are SU Regal Rose. I stamped the greeting with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Hero white EP, then popped it up with dimensionals. Finally, since I HAVE to embellish, I used tiny rhinestones, red for the deer's nose, yellow for the tops of the trees and clear in the center of the mittens.

I used the same layout on the inside with my new favorite Christmas sentiment from the SU Hearts Come Home set. The border here is TE Snowflake border die.



Have a great Sunday evening and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Cheer Turnabout set by Concord & 9th, SU Hearts Come Home set (inside)
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Regal Rose card stock
Ink: MFT Hybrid Black, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, and VersaMark inks
Other: Misti Stamping Tool, Taylored Expressions Snowflake Embossing Folder, TE Small Scalloped Border die, TE Snowflake Border die, Christmas Cheer Turnabout die, Hero White EP, the Big Shot, Heat Tool, dimensionals

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Joy To the World

Hi and Happy Thursday,

I bought a package of tree stickers last year at Paper Source after Christmas and put them in my embellishments drawer and I've ignored them all year. I was rummaging through a few nights ago for something else and found them, and decided to use them. Coincidently, I had just been looking at challenge blogs and saw that "Tiny" is the current theme at CASology this week. Tiny works for the small tree stickers.

Here's what I did with the tiny trees to make my card. In addition to CASology, I'm linking up to LeAnne's Holiday Pines theme for The Paper Players.






The card base and panel are both SU Heavy Whisper White card stock. I stamped the jar using SU Pool Party and the lid with SU Melon Mambo, then shaded the inside of the jar with Copic markers. I cut out a circle using a Die-namics Stitched Inside and Out circle die and raised it with foam tape. I placed three of the tiny tree stickers "inside" the jar. The sentiment is stamped with SU Melon Mambo then I added just a few pink rhinestones. Very quick and easy.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside! I used another stamp from the same SU set as the front sentiment that says "Wishing you a beautiful season and a new year of peace and happiness."

Thanks for looking in today,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: SU Jar of Love & Hearts Come Home sets
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White card stock
Ink: SU Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Copics
Other: Paper Source Bottle Brush Tree Stickers, Die-namics Stitched Inside and Out circle die, foam tape, rhinestones, the Big Shot

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kraft and Red for Merry Monday #264

Hi all,

Once in awhile, I'm lucky that I have a rather slow day at work. Today was that day and I finished up all of my to do list and tasks fairly early this afternoon. Of course, I took the opportunity to work on more Holiday cards.

Over this past weekend, I watched this Jennifer McGuire video and made a couple of backgrounds using Kraft and white card stock. I didn't do anything with them after finishing the embossing figuring I'd decide what to do with them later. Lo and behold, this week's Merry Monday Challenge gave me the perfect vehicle.

I used both pieces as Jennifer did and made these two cards.





The kraft background was created by using the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Sweater background stamp with white craft ink and embossing it with white EP. I cut a piece white card stock the same size and layered them together then cut them with the second largest Die-namics Stitched Rectangle die. The rest of the stamps, papers and ribbon embellishments are from Stampin' Up.

Here are the insides:



The technique is quite fun and you should give it a try. Lot's of possibilities!

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: SSS Christmas Sweater Background stamp, SU sets Merry Cafe, Smitten Mittens, Every Good Wish, Snow Place, Hearts Come Home
Paper: SU Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green card stocks, SU Quilted Christmas and Be Merry DSP, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Garden Green, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Hero Arts White Craft
Other: Misti Stamping Tool, Heat Tool, SU white EP, Die-namics Stitched Rectangle die, Smitten Mittens dies, SU Mini Tinsel Trim-Red, SU Quilted Christmas Ribbon, foam tape, red Stickles, the Big Shot

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tis the Season

Happy Sunday peeps,

I've missed playing in the Paper Players Challenge the last couple of weeks due to work travel, so I made it my first challenge card today. LeAnne has a fun theme for the challenge this week, appropriate for adding to our Christmas card stashes.

I love this Avery Elle Retro Ornament set from last year and it just happens to have some pine branches that works for LeAnne's challenge. I inked up the branches with Distress Oxide inks because they are so bright. The rest of the images are stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics and accented with Spica glitter pens and Wink of Stella. Trust me, the ornaments have tons of shine IRL.




After the ink dried, the white panel was cut with the largest Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and glued to a Real Red card base. The sentiment is stamped in the corner with Real Red ink. After coloring the ornaments, they were cut out with the corresponding set dies and popped up using dimensionals. I added some white Nuvo drops randomly through the  branches. (Unfortunately, the white absorbed the color from the Distress ink and it looks green, but it still gives the dimension that I was going for.)

I used images from the same set for the inside too.



I cut the largest Die-namics Stitched Scalloped Frame die from white card stock and stamped it with the same branches as on the front to bring the theme to the inside of the card as well.

I hope you are having a relaxing and fun Sunday. I am joining two of my friends to do a 10K walk this afternoon. It's the annual Surfing Madonna 5K and 10K Run/Walk today. It starts at 2:00 pm local time because that is low tide and the route is always on the beach.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Retro Ornaments set by Avery Elle
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Real Red card stock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, SU Real Red, Memento tuxedo black, Copics and Spica Glitter pens, Wink of Stella
Other: Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Scalloped Frame dies, Nuvo drops in white and silver, the Big Shot, Dimensionals