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