Monday, December 31, 2012

Doily Friends

Hi friends!  I've got a sweet and feminine card to share with you today. I fell in love with the pretty Whimsy Hearts mini assortment over at Classy Cards 'n Such, and I created this card as soon as I got these mini hearts in my mailbox.

You can get these resin hearts in the assortment package or you can get individual colors. Look under the "Embellish" tab on the last page - you'll see all the Whimsy Hearts there. (I confess, I also got the Whimsy Perfect Petals and I can't wait to put those on some cards!)

For my card today, I used the following products from Classy Cards 'n Such:

French Pastry Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Cuties 3 die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Whimsy Hearts mini assortment
Dream stamp set (Stampavie)
Medallion Five D-Lites dies (Spellbinders)
Love Letters 6x6 paper pad
Joy Foam Pads small




I started out with a regular A2 card base in a pale pink cardstock and set that aside. I cut a smaller layer of burgundy cardstock and adhered two strips of paper from the Love Letters 6x6 paper pad. I die cut the French Pastry Doily Die from white cardstock, cut that in half, and adhered that to the striped paper. Next, I die cut the Cuties 3 from pale pink paper and added that below the white doily. (FYI - you don't have to make flowers from the Cuties dies - they make awesome borders as well!)

I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the rose paper and I wrapped some pale green ribbon around the card layer between the doily and the Cuties 3 border. Once my bow was secure, I glued this card layer to my pale pink card base.

I used the two dies from the Medallion Five set to cut some burgundy cardstock and some pale pink cardstock. I glued the pale pink medallion piece to the burgundy piece, and then I affixed the green resin Whimsy Heart to the center. The medallion was adhered to my card with some Joy foam pads. Isn't that little green heart a sweet addition to this dainty card?

When shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, you can save 10% off your order by entering in this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Have fun checking out all the great embellishments and dies and 6x6 paper pads!


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Robyn's Fetish - Use a Doily
Pile it on #49 - Pile on the Embellishments
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Happy New Year!!  


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lacy Heart Smile


Hi folks!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We had a wonderful time with our family.  Ahhhhhh.  It's hard to believe this year is almost over - it sort of feels like it just got started!  LOL

I was checking out the challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog, and this week is all about Lace (real or faux).  I was in the mood to make a fun and cute card today, and I just pulled out some things and played around. This is what I came up with.



I started with a kraft card base, 11" x 4.25", and folded the 11" in half to make a regular A2 sized card, 5.5" x 4.25". I stamped the fun sentiment from Anytime Sentiments (Impression Obsession) near the top of the card with some black ink. Next, I cut out a white doily from the French Pastry Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and then cut it in half. I adhered one half of the doily to the middle of my card.

I pulled out the Doodlebug Sweet Cakes 6x6 paper pad and found a sweet pink gridded paper, cut out a lacy border from the Anastasia border die (Cheery Lynn Designs), and adhered that to the top of the white doily. I like this combination of the two lacy-looking die cuts together.  

With the Sweet Cakes papers already out on my table, I picked five different patterns and die cut Classic Scallop Hearts (Spellbinders) from each of them and then glued them down on the card in a random fashion. The last thing I did was wrap some Doodle Twine Sweet Cakes Valentine Assortment bakers twine around the card between the sentiment and the pink border.

This card can be a Valentine's card, an anniversary card, a general "I Love You" card, or a "Just Because" type of card. The whimsical font of the sentiment is what inspired me to make this fun and colorful card. I hope you are inspired to create something fun this week! :-)  If you are in the mood to go shopping, you can save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.








Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Poinsettias



How about another Christmas card to share with you? I love making Christmas cards. The two types of cards I make the most are Christmas cards and birthday cards.

This time I've used the gorgeous Poinsettias stamp (Stampavie) and I colored it with Copic markers. I went back over the centers of the flowers with a glittery Stardust Pen to give them a glittery gold color. You can see the wonderful gold shimmer in the close up picture below. The sentiment, from the Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession), was stamped directly below the poinsettias.



I really wanted the wonderful poinsettias to be the focus of my card, so I kept my card base and background very simple. I covered my black card base (A2 size) with a sheet of paper from the Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad. I cut out a border from the Anastasia border die (Cheery Lynn Designs) from black cardstock and added that to the right side of my card. A strip of red plaid paper from the same Handmade Holiday papers was added next to the border die cut, and then I adhered my poinsettia image.

I hope you have a wonderful and happy day celebrating Christmas with your families.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Christmas at Sweet Stamping - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons #42 - Red, Green, and Glitter/Sparkle
Copic Marker Europe - A Christmas Card
Stampavie and More #183 - Christmas
Divas by Design #66 - Anything Goes





Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Candy Cane Train



Howdy y'all!  I just got back from seeing my niece sing in her Christmas concert, and she was awesome!  :-)  Tonight I'm sharing this adorable Candy Cane Train with you. I used the following items from Classy Cards 'n Such on this card:

Candy Cane Train stamp (Stampavie)
Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories)
Chalk White seam binding
Gunmetal Pearls
Holly Leaves die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Lace Corner Deco J die (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I started by stamping the Candy Cane Train on white cardstock and I colored it with Copic markers. I sponged a little bit of Antique Linen distress ink on the bottom to "ground" the train. Look at the wheels - see the Gunmetal Pearls in the centers? Isn't that cute?

My card base is black cardstock and I added a layer of red plaid paper from the Handmade Holiday paper pad. A smaller strip of multicolored plaid paper from the same paper pad was added to the left side and then I tied some seam binding around the lower part of the card. The black lattice corner was die cut from the Lace Corner Deco J set and added to the top right corner.

The Candy Cane Train was matted with a black cardstock layer and then glued down onto the card. The last thing I did was die cut a couple of holly leaves and glued them to the top right corner with a bright red button in the center.

I colored this train to coordinate with the colors in the papers I was using. Think about all the fun possibilities that you could do with this adorable stamp. What about a pink train? Or perhaps a white/blue/silver combo? You could go with traditional bright red and green or go crazy with pink and purple!

You still have time to go shopping and buy this stamp at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Or better yet, stock up on several of the holiday Stampavie stamps and start working on your cards for next year.  :-)  As always, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #59 - Lots of Layers
Die Cuttin' Divas #95 - More Holiday Spirit
Loves Rubberstamps #31 - Merry Christmas
Ribbon Carousel #75 - Holiday Spirit
Pretty Little Ribbon #17 - It's Christmas
Cutie Pie Challenge #33 - Cute Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cardinal Greetings


Hi friends! I've been working on more Christmas cards, and you'll probably see several more of them this week as I share the ones I just finished. :-)

My Cardinal Greetings card starts with a black card base (A2 size) and I added a layer of paper from the Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad. I die cut one of the corners from the Lace Corner Deco J die set (Cheery Lynn Designs) from black cardstock and adhered this to the upper left corner of my card. The Cardinal on Pine Branch stamp (Stampavie) was stamped with black ink, colored with Copic markers, matted with a red layer, and then adhered to the card.

I used the Sentiment Frame #2 die set (Cheery Lynn Designs) to cut the black label and the coordinating white oval for the sentiment at the bottom right of my card. The sentiment, from the Noel Christmas Ornaments stamp set (JustRite), was stamped with black ink onto the white die cut oval and then I adhered it to the black label and affixed it to my card.

This card is going to be perfect to send in the mail with just one stamp. It's flat with no bulky embellishments and it will be easy to make 5 or 6 of these in one sitting. Have you been working on your Christmas cards?

The supplies listed above are all from Classy Cards 'n Such. You can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out. You can use this code on anything - stamps, papers, dies, Distress Ink markers, pearls, seam binding - anything! :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

So Artful - Birdlife and Holiday Colors
Oozak #9 - Anything Goes + Red
Stamping with the Dragon - Heard a Bird Sing



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Holly Flourish

Hi friends! How are you coming along with your Christmas cards? I haven't mailed mine out yet, but it's getting down to the wire where I should start addressing my envelopes. Here's another card to share with you before I send it out to a dear friend.



For this card, I have used the following items from Classy Cards 'n Such:

Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories)
French Pastry Doily die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Lace Corner Deco F die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Holly Lace Flourish die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Chalk White seam binding
White Pearl - these are on sale!! :-)
Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession) - stamped on the inside of my card

I built this card from the bottom up, so let me take you through the process. I started with a vanilla card base (8.5" x 5.5", folded in half), and then I added a sheet of paper from the Handmade Holiday paper pad. I die cut the French Doily from burgundy cardstock and added that to the left side of my card. Then I die cut the Lace Corner from the same burgundy cardstock and added that to the bottom right of my card.

A tan colored strip of paper from the same Handmade Holiday pad was added over the doily at a slight diagonal. The Holly Flourish was die cut from vanilla cardstock and I snipped the various branches and flourishes so I could rearrange them to fit around my sentiment. The sentiment is a piece that I cut from one of the papers in the Handmade Holiday pad. A white pearl was affixed to the lace corner die cut and some seam binding was tied around the card on the left side. The inside of my card is stamped with one of the Christmas Sentiments stamps in a burgundy ink.




It was a lot of fun to build this card from the ground up by layering and adding various papers and die cuts. This is a great way to use non-holiday dies on a holiday card like I did here with the doily and the lace corner piece. If you'd like to go shopping and pick up these dies, stamps, seam binding, and other accessories, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs #58 - Tis the Season
Die Cuttin' Divas #94 - Holiday Spirit
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges #2 - Die Cuts



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Glittery Stained Glass Noel



Hi, friends!  I've got another Christmas card to share with y'all today. All of the dies and the pearls on this card are from Classy Cards 'n Such:

Baby Pearls - White (Want2Scrap) - psssst! These are on sale!!
Grand Gothic Window die (Poppystamps)
Grand Gothic Intersecting Arch die (Poppystamps)
Parker Lower Alphabet dies (Memory Box)
French Lily Corner die

My card is larger than the normal A2-sized cards I've been making. This is a 5x7 inch card and it works beautifully to give me the extra room I need for the corner dies at the top and the sentiment at the bottom. I started by adhering some paper to the upper part of the card base, some celery cardstock to the lower part and then adding a strip of white cardstock where the two background papers meet. I die cut the French Lily Corner from white cardstock two times and adhered the die cuts to the two upper corners of my card.

The Grand Gothic Window and the Intersecting Arch dies were cut with white cardstock and adhered together. I used the gorgeous Stained Glass Stickles technique from Technique Junkies to add some glittery white and blue window panes to my Gothic Window. Once it was dry, I adhered the window to my card and added some White Baby Pearls to the window and to the French Lily Corners. The last thing I did was cut some letters from the Parker Lower Alphabet die to spell out "noel" and affixed them below the window.

I confess, it's going to be hard to give this card away. I love the way this one turned out. The glitter, the pearls, the die cuts, the colors...... ahhhhhhhhhh. Maybe this one should stay on my mantel for a little while??? :-)

You can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you place your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can also purchase gift certificates to put in a crafty gal's stocking.  I love shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such!! 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Jingle Belles - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare Card Challenges #194 - Nontraditional Christmas Colors
Forever Friends - Christmas Cards


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Great Gifts Blog Hop with SCSS, eP, and TJ


Hello readers!  Welcome to the Great Gifts Blog Hop!  Today we are sharing great gift ideas from the Great Gifts CD from Technique Junkies using stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and papers and embellishments from eclectic Paperie.  This is going to be a fun blog hop full of wonderful ideas, so settle in with your favorite beverage and get ready for some wonderful eye candy!

For my project today, I created a Pocket Post It Pad.  This tutorial can be found on the Great Gifts CD along with 39 other tutorials (40 total).  Wanna see all the great things you can make from this CD?  Here is a link to the Table of Contents for the Great Gifts CD - you can see samples of each of the tutorials here.  


I used the beautiful Snowflake Silhouettes stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I love the different sizes of snowflakes and that wonderful sentiment.  The gorgeous striped paper in the background is from Echo Park's Winter Wishes paper pad (from eclectic Paperie) and the buttons from the Ice collection at eclectic Paperie are a perfect match with this paper.  I tied some baker's twine around the little section in the middle that houses the pen, and I stuck one of the beautiful Crystal Trinket Pins behind the sentiment.  eclectic Paperie has a wonderful variety of embellishments to use on all of your crafting projects.


In the picture below, you can see the inside of my Pocket Post It Pad.  I stamped some more of those beautiful snowflakes with some Versamark ink all over the inside of the cover.  I am going to slip this inside a pretty little bag and give this to my grandmother for Christmas.  She's always writing down notes, whether it's a grocery list, appointments, what time she put a roast in the oven and what time she needs to take it out, and reminders to send out birthday cards to all her friends and family.  :-)



Each of the companies will be giving away a prize randomly drawn from their designers' blogs:

eclectic Paperie - 25% discount on a future order
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - $15 store credit
Technique Junkies - Great Gifts CD or any TJN CD of winner's choice

To be included in the drawings, leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop by midnight, Friday, December 7, 2012.  The winners will be posted on each company's blog by Sunday, December 9.  Good luck!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Have fun hopping along to the other blogs in today's Great Gifts Blog Hop!



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Peace Ornament



I love making Christmas ornaments, and this one is so easy with these great products from Classy Cards 'n Such. For easy reference, here are the items I used:

Heirloom Ornament 2011 die (Spellbinders) - out of stock but you can email the owner and ask her to order it for you
Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories)
Festive Berries distress ink pad (part of the Winter 2011 ink collection) - these are on sale!!
Holly Leaves die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Parker Upper alphabet die
Anastasia border die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Red Pearls
Chalk White seam binding

I started by cutting a piece of the Handmade Holiday paper with the largest ornament die, and I cut another piece from cardstock. I glued the paper die to the cardstock die just to give it a little strength. Using a handheld hole punch, I punched a hole at the top and threaded some seam binding through and tied it in a knot.

Next, I die cut the letters and the Anastasia border two times from white cardstock. I adhered the letters to a strip of green cardstock and set it aside. I cut a strip of white cardstock to layer behind my green strip, but since I wanted it to be red, I smooshed my Festive Berries ink pad all over the white cardstock. Once this was dry, I adhered the green strip to my now-red strip, and then I adhered the white Anastasia borders to the top and bottom edges behind the entire strip. I placed this strip onto my ornament and cut away the excess on each side and glued it down onto my ornament.

The last thing I did was die cut the holly leaves, adhered them near the top of the ornament, and placed a single red pearl in the center of the leaves. This ornament turned out just like I envisioned it! Love it when that happens!  You can order any of the items listed above from Classy Cards 'n Such right now, and by using this code when checking out, Holly-10, you can save 10% off your order.

It just occurred to me that you could make this same ornament but personalize it for the person you're giving it to. Put that person's name in place of "PEACE" or even the last name of the family you're gifting it to - wouldn't that be a wonderful gift? Happy Holidays!!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
SJ Crafts - Christmas
Sketchy Colors #142 - White, Red, Green colors
That Craft Place - No Squares Allowed
GingerLoft #53 - Leaves
Totally Papercrafts #145 - Anything Christmassy but a card





Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peaceful Deer Trio



Hi friends!  I'm on a roll with Christmas cards again.  This time I've gone very clean and simple with this Peaceful Deer card.

I cut out the Deer Trio and the Star of Wonder from white cardstock  and adhered them to a 3.75" x 5"layer of navy cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession) below the deer with navy ink.  This navy layer was adhered to a white layer, 4" x 5.25", and then these were adhered to an A2 navy card base (4.25" x 5.5").

This card is perfect for when you need a lot of cards.  Have an assembly line going with the die cutting, the stamping, and the gluing and you'll have a pile of these cards in no time.  I kept mine free from bulky embellishments so this will go in the mail with just one PO stamp.  You could add some glitter or some rhinestones or some pearls to jazz this up.

I know you want to go shopping, so head on over to Classy Cards 'n Such to order the dies and the stamp set that I used for this card.  You can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps #93 - Cold and Snowy
Through the Craft Room Door #46 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Winter
Dutch Magnolia Lovers #45 - Let it Snow
Victorine Stamps #48 - Blue and White




Monday, November 26, 2012

Herringbone Ho Ho Ho




Howdy, friends!  Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving?  We had a wonderful time and all the food was wonderful.  Now we have less than a month to Christmas - yikes!  I better get busy with shopping and card making!!

For my card today, I tried something new.  I've never attempted the Herringbone technique before, and I love the way this turned out.  This Herringbone technique can be found in the 12/09 issue of Technique Junkies.  I thought it was going to be something really hard and complicated, but nope.  This is really easy and goes quickly as long as you follow the steps.  :-)

I started by cutting strips of paper from the Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad and then I followed the Herringbone Technique tutorial from Technique Junkies.  I layered this onto some vanilla cardstock and then onto a burgundy cardstock layer.  I wrapped some Chalk White seam binding around this herringbone layer and then I adhered this to my kraft card base.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession) with some burgundy ink onto kraft paper.  I cut that out with an oval die, and then I layered it with a vanilla oval die cut from the Classic Scallop Oval Small die set(Spellbinders).  I then layered the sentiment onto a burgundy oval die cut from the Lacey Ovals die set (Spellbinders).  This sentiment oval was adhered to the right side of the herringbone layer.

The last thing I did was cut out a Holly Corner (Cheery Lynn Designs) from some olive cardstock.  I cut off the little flourish that was on the side of the leaf and then glued the holly corner down next to the sentiment.  I needed some berries, but none of my pearls nor rhinestones were a deep burgundy color.  So I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch 3 circles from burgundy cardstock and affixed those to my holly corner.  

All of the supplies above (in the colored text) are from Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can click on them to go directly to that item in the store.  Don't forget, you can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you place your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #44 - Christmastime
Challenges 4 Everybody #8 - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room #73 - Christmas
Paper Creators Crafts #1 - All About Christmas



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ornamental Christmas




Howdy, friends!  It's been a wonderful weekend - nice cool weather and sunny gorgeous days.  It's finally starting to feel like the holidays are almost here - less than a week to Thanksgiving!  That means Christmas will be here before you know it!  I've got another Christmas card to share with you today.  I pulled out a bunch of my supplies and had a great time mixing and matching to put this card together. 
 
The supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such that I've used on this card are:
 
Lacey Ovals dies (Spellbinders)
Merry Christmas dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Joy Foam pads (small)
 
 
I started with a green card base and I cut a small strip of the ornament paper and adhered it to the right side of the card.  The Merry Christmas was die cut from vanilla cardstock and adhered to the bottom left of the card.  I stamped the ornament with green ink, cut it with the matching 2012 Heirloom Ornament die, and colored it with Copic markers.  I cut a Lacey Oval from vanilla cardstock and a smaller plain oval from red cardstock.  I embossed the red oval with the Holiday Magic embossing folder and then used a Cuttlebug Highlights technique from Technique Junkies to make the embossing pop out.  The embossed red oval was adhered to the lacey oval, and then I used some Joy foam pads to adhere the ornament to the embossed red oval.  The last thing I did was fashion a bow from the Chalk White seam binding and affixed it to the top of the ornament.

You've still got time to stock up on those supplies that you need for making your Christmas cards.  Go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such and save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Great Impressions - Holidays
Stamping Sensations - Traditional Christmas
Paper Creators Crafts #1 - All about Christmas




Monday, November 12, 2012

Stained Glass Christmas Window



Hello, dear readers!  I've created this glittery stained glass window card to share with you.  The products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I've used on this card are:

Grand Gothic Window die (Poppystamps)
Embellishment #2 die set (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I started by embossing the Brick pattern onto my white card base, and then I swiped a pale gray ink over the "grout."  I cut out the Gothic window and the Luminary window from white cardstock and adhered the Luminary window inside the Gothic window.  I hand-cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the window and carefully glued it to the back of the window die.  I then used the Stained Glass Stickles Technique from Technique Junkies to achieve the glittery red and clear areas in my window.

Once the glittery window was dry, I adhered it to my card base.  Then I die cut the Wreath Strips from olive cardstock and affixed them to the bottom of the window.  The three little white flowers are from the Embellishment #2 die set, and I added a little dab of Yellow Viva pearl  to the center of each flower.  Once the yellow pearls were dry, I glued them onto the greenery at the bottom of the window.

I love the pop of red and green color against this mostly white card.  This card is intended to be a Christmas card, but you could use it for anything.  Just change the colors to suit your theme, and you have a wide variety of cards you can make from these awesome window dies!

Don't forget, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can pick up all the supplies that I used on this card as well as tons of other fun crafting supplies.  There is new stuff in the store every week, so keep checking back for the latest and greatest!  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers #79 - More than 1 punch/die cut (I've used 4 dies)
The Pink Elephant #174 - Punches/dies
Card Mania #7 - Embossing



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Pumpkins





Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here??  Wasn't it just summertime last week??  Time just flew by, didn't it?  :-)  I have a quick and classy Thanksgiving card to share with you today.  

I started by stamping the Gingham Cover-a-Card stamp onto some mustard cardstock and I used the Curled Corner technique from Technique Junkies on the upper left corner.  I adhered this mustard layer onto a dark brown card base.  The same dark brown cardstock was used to die cut the Happy and Thanksgiving dies from Cheery Lynn Designs and then I adhered them onto the mustard layer.  I used some orange and green cardstock to cut the pumpkins and leaves from the Pumpkins die set (also from Cheery Lynn Designs).  To give the pumpkins some depth, I sponged a darker orange ink onto the edges and I used a marker to color the stems.  I then affixed the pumpkins to the mustard layer with some Joy foam pads (small) and adhered the leaves and tendrils in a random fashion around the pumpkins.  It's really fast and easy to adhere these die cuts with the Quickie Glue Pen - it's the perfect size for these fonts and the delicate tendrils.  

As always, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There is a wonderful variety of 6x6 paper pads, stamps, die cuts, and more to choose from.  New stuff arrives in the store every week!  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Broken Box Stock #13 - Thanksgiving
Card Makin' Mamas - Thanksgiving
Sentimental Sundays #128 - Thanks/Thanksgiving



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Snowflower Season


Hi friends!  Today, I'm sharing this clean and simple Snowflower Season card.  Sometimes you just want to make some quick and easy Christmas cards so you can get them addressed and in the mail before the season is over, and this card fits the bill.  Other than the drying time for the liquid Gold Viva pearls, this card can be made in less than 10 minutes.

These are the products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used on my card:

Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession)
Snowflowers Set 1 dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Snowflowers Set 2 dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I started with a card base made from kraft cardstock and then I added a layer of dark brown cardstock.  I cut a sheet of patterned paper from the Rejoice 6x6 paper pad and layered it onto the dark brown cardstock.  Next, a small strip of green cardstock was adhered near the bottom of the card.  The sentiment was stamped onto kraft cardstock and then cut out with an oval die.  I layered that onto a Classic Scalloped Oval Large die cut from dark brown cardstock, and then adhered this to the small green cardstock strip.

The fun part was cutting out the new Snowflowers from Cheery Lynn Designs and playing around with the layout to see which snowflowers I wanted to use on my card.  I ended up using only five of the six Snowflower die cuts and I affixed them to the card in a random fashion.  The snowflowers needed a little oomph so I squeezed some Gold pearls into the centers.  This Gold Viva pearl pen is a thick liquid that you can squeeze onto your projects.  You can make round pearls or you can make squiggles or lines, whatever you want.  You can see how the pearls are different sizes on my card - that's the versatility of these pearl pens.  Love that!  :-)

You can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There's a ton of new stuff in the store, and Bev (the owner) just added red and green Viva Decor pearl pens!  Can you guess what jumped into my shopping cart last night??  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

LEJ Designs #28 - Die Cuts or Punches
Ooh La La #117 - Christmas
Stamps and Fun #124 - Christmas




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Autumn Birthday Wishes


Hi y'all!  I'm sharing a birthday card that I made for a special someone.  I wanted this card to be classy and elegant and still reflect the gorgeous colors of this fall season.  Here are the supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used:
Floral Ovals dies - Spellbinders
Light Coral pearls - Want2Scrap
Francesca border die - Cheery Lynn Designs (not currently in stock, but can be ordered by contacting Beverly)
I started by adhering one of the gorgeous floral papers from the Romantique paper pad to a brown card base and I added a Francesca die cut border (in dark rust cardstock) to the top of the card.  The little flagtail strip on the side is handcut from another sheet of paper from the Romantique paper pad.  I tied the seam binding around the top and affixed two of the pearls to the bottom right corner.  I stamped the sentiment onto one of the cream-colored papers from the Romantique paper pad and cut it out with an oval die.  This was adhered to a larger oval die cut from a dark rust cardstock and then that was adhered to a brown Floral Oval die cut. 

I know you are itching to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, so here's a code for you to save some money: Holly-10.  Enter that code when you check out and you will save 10% off your entire order.  :-)
I've already sent this to the birthday girl so she would have it before I posted this.  Hopefully she will enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it for her.  :-)  Happy Birthday, sweetie!!


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Card Crafter's Circle #47 - patterned paper
Card Makin' Mamas - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy #44 - Orange and Brown

Wags 'n Whiskers #91 - Fall Colors



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gunmetal Berries Ornament




Howdy!  I bet you're wondering about the "gunmetal" in my title.  LOL  That comes from the name of the pearls that I used on this card - Gun Metal Pearls from Want2Scrap.  I decided to do something different and used these dark silver Gun Metal pearls for the berries on top of the ornament on my card.  I love how they contrast with all the burgundy and beige on this card.

Here are the supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used for my card:

Gun Metal Pearls (Want2Scrap)
Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories)
Twig Wreath die (Impression Obsession)
2011 Heirloom Ornament die (Spellbinders) - sold out
Noel Christmas Ornaments stamp set (JustRite)
Joy Foam pads (small)

Please note that the ornament die is sold out right now. But if you contact the owner of Classy Cards 'n Such (Beverly) and let her know that you want to order one (or more), she will set up a special pre-order page for you so you can still get this.  This applies to both the 2010 Heirloom Ornament die set as well as the 2011 Heirloom Ornament die set.  I have all three of these (2010, 2011, and 2012) and I have been using them on most of my Christmas cards so far.  :-)  Love em!!

I started with a vanilla card base and added a layer of black cardstock.  The burgundy with circles paper from the Handmade Holiday pad was layered on to the black cardstock.  I added a strip of black cardstock and then a smaller strip of the beige polka dot paper (also from the Handmade Holiday pad).  Next, I stamped the ornament with some burgundy ink and then colored in parts of it with Copic markers.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink directly in the middle of the ornament, and then I used the corresponding die from the 2011 Heirloom die set to cut the ornament out.

The pine branch at the top of my ornament was created by running the Twig Wreath die through my machine with some dark green cardstock.  I did this four times so I could have two sprigs of pine on either side of the ornament.  The pine branch is one of the smaller dies inside the wreath die.  I didn't use any of the other parts of the die - just the little pine branch.  I adhered the ornament with some Joy foam pads, affixed the pine branches at the top, and added three of the gun metal pearls to the center.

There are tons of wonderful dies, pearls/rhinestones, stamps, and 6x6 paper pads in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  Save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Time for me to get back to making some more Christmas cards to share with y'all!  Have a great day!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Technique Junkies! Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Birthday Blog Hop for Technique Junkies!  Technique Junkies is 10 years old this month - whoo hoo!  Ten years of Technique Junkies newsletters and CDs means hundreds and hundreds of fun techniques for us to incorporate into our paper crafting projects.

If you have arrived here from Ann Clack's blog, you are on the right track.  If not, please start at the first blog in the hop, the Technique Junkies blog, so you don't miss any of the awesome creations we are sharing with y'all today.  Didn't you just love what Ann created??  She always does beautiful work for the newsletters, the CDs, and the Yahoo group.

For my project today, I had a really hard time picking just one technique to play with.  There are so many that I consider my favorite technique, such as Wisped Frames, Torn Frames, Circle Collage Background, Faux Silk, Popped Blooms, Watercolor Distress, Telescoping Cards, Glitter Roll, Rubbed Gelatos, and the list goes on and on...  :-)  I decided I wanted to make a Christmas card, but with non-traditional colors, and after looking at this angel stamp, I picked the Antiqued Glimmers technique (12-09 issue) for my project today.



I love the gorgeous swirls of purple hues with the angel and the snowflakes.  You can see the subtle shimmer from this technique in this close-up picture below:


Isn't that awesome?  And with this technique, you can use any colors you want.  The possibilities are endless!  I accented some of the snowflakes with some rhinestones to intensify the shimmery aspect of my card.  The stamp credits and information are listed at the end of this post.

Now for the BIG NEWS!  Be sure to comment on each and every blog in this hop for a chance to be the new Guest Designer for an issue of Technique Junkies!!!!  It's an incredible honor and privilege to be a Guest Designer.  You'll see the newest techniques two months before the issue goes live and your artwork and your name will be in print!!  It's an awesome feeling to see your name and your creations immortalized in the Technique Junkies issues.

It's time for you to hop along to the next blog, so let's go see what Pat Huntoon (the owner of Technique Junkies) has created for you today.  Click HERE to go to Pat's blog.  Remember to leave comments on each blog to increase your chances of becoming our new Guest Designer!  Happy Birthday, Technique Junkies!!


TJ Technique: Antiqued Glimmers
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (angel), Cornish Heritage Farms (Aged Sheet Music), JustRite (sentiment from Noel Christmas Ornaments, sold at Classy Cards 'n Such)
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Versamark
CS: Wisteria, White
Other: circle punch, rhinestones

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dotty Je t'aime



There is a fun challenge (#16) over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog to "Go Dotty."  I pulled out my Floriculture stamps (from Rogue Redhead Designs) and stamped on some dotty patterned paper.  I added a little twist by doing the Popped Blooms technique from Technique Junkies to give the flowers extra interest and dimension.  :-)

If you want to Go Dotty, play along in the challenge over at Rogue Redhead Designs.  There's still some time to enter and possibly win a great prize.  Have fun!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Woodland Ornament Card




Hi folks!  I've been working on my Christmas cards and I'm sharing my Woodland Ornament card today.  I love making rustic things, whether it is cards, wreaths, pies, or soups.  Here are the supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used on this card:

Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession)
Deer Trio die (Memory Box)
2012 Heirloom Ornament dies (Spellbinders)
Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories)
Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive
Crystal Ice Glitter
Bricks and Bark embossing folder (Spellbinders)
Joy Foam Pads (Small)


I die cut the Deer Trio from kraft cardstock and then cut the largest deer away from the trio.  The antlers were colored with a brown Copic marker and I sponged some brown ink on his body.  I die cut the ornament from one of the patterned papers in the Handmade Holiday pad, wrapped some linen thread around the top, and adhered the deer to the ornament.  I added some white cardstock to the bottom, trimmed the edges, covered the white "snow" with the Art Institute glue and then sprinkled the Crystal Ice glitter on top.  You can see the glitter in the close-up picture below.



While I waited for the glue/glitter to dry, I ran some kraft cardstock through the Bricks and Bark embossing folder.  I used the Cuttlebug Highlights technique from Technique Junkies on the embossed piece and then distressed the edges.  I adhered that to some distressed artichoke cardstock and then adhered that to some more patterned paper from the Handmade Holiday pad.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of a kraft card base, adhered the papers to the card base, and wrapped some linen thread around the bottom.  The ornament was adhered to the embossed cardstock with some Joy foam pads.

You can save 10% when shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10.  Stock up on die cuts, 6x6 paper pads, glitter, embossing folders, and stamps so you can make your holiday cards for this season.  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:


Crafty Bloggers Network #4 - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room #68 - Die Cuts
Stamp and Create - Winter Wonderland
Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge #201 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge #139 - Christmas



Sunday, October 21, 2012

3D Ornament Christmas Card



I've got a new Christmas card to share with you today.  Slowly but surely I'm building up my Christmas stash.  Hopefully I'll have enough cards made before December rolls around!

On this card today, I was going for a homespun country feel with a fun 3D element thrown in.  I started with a vanilla card base, added a burgundy layer, and a layer of patterned paper from the Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pack.  I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment with black ink toward the bottom of the patterned paper - it looks like it is part of the paper, doesn't it?  This sentiment is from the Noel Christmas Ornaments stamp set from Just Rite.  Also in that same stamp set, I pulled out the small oval ornament and stamped it on burgundy cardstock several times.  This ornament was cut out with the new 2012 Heirloom Ornaments die set (Spellbinders) - I just lined it up over each stamped ornament and die cut each one individually.

Once my ornaments were die cut, I used the Going 3D technique from Technique Junkies to transform the flat ornaments into a wonderful 3D version.  I wanted just a wee touch of sparkle on these ornaments, so I pulled out my Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen and went over some of the lines to give them a little oomph.  You can see the ornament and the sparkle in the close-up picture below.  I tied some linen thread around the top of the 3D ornament and set it aside while I die cut the fabulous Pine Branch.  It was just too green for me, so I used a brown Copic marker to draw in the brown branches and I sponged a little brown ink to tone down the green-ness before I adhered it to my card.  I affixed the 3D ornament to the Pine Branch and then fluffed up the pine needles for a little extra texture.

You can find the paper, the stamps, the die cuts, and the glitter pen at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Just click on the links that I've provided above.  You can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.



I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday #186 - No Rules