Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pearly Stencil Thanks



Look at the background - isn't that fun? I laid the Cathedral Windows, Large brass stencil down on some black cardstock and then spread some Pearlescent Embossing Paste over the stencil with the Palette Knife. Once all the holes were filled in with the paste, I used the Palette Knife to carefully drag off the excess paste and returned it to the jar.

I carefully peeled the black cardstock away from the brass stencil, laid the black cardstock down on my table, and immediately washed the stencil and the Palette Knife. I let the stenciled piece dry overnight.

The next day, I pulled out the Sweet Williams Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut out the flower petals several times. I glued together three layers of petals three times to make three complete flowers and set them aside. Then I cut out the leaves from the Flourish Leaf Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) from different colors of green cardstocks. I then cut some of the pieces apart and glued them behind the flowers in a fun mix 'n match fashion.

I arranged the flowers at the bottom of my stenciled piece and glued them down. Then I fluffed up the petals with my fingers, and then I affixed some Snowflake Pearls to the centers. The sentiment, from the Picking Wildflowers stamp set (Flourishes), was stamped on white cardstock and then I trimmed the edges with scissors. I affixed the sentiment to the stenciled piece with some Joy Foam Pads, and then I glued the entire black piece to a white card base.

I love the gorgeous pearl shine and the texture from the embossing paste. It adds an extra depth to this card that you just can't get from patterned paper or background stamps. :-) You can purchase stencils, paste, and the palette knife as well as stamps and dies from Classy Cards 'n Such. Just click on the links above to see each item. To save 10% off your order, use 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 #113 - Thank You
Hiding in my Craft Room #130 - Anything but a Holiday card
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Pile it On #48 - P is for ---- Paste, Pearls, Pearlescent Paste, Palette Knife
Dreamweaver Stencils - CAS, Lose some Weight


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Peace Star Village


Merry Christmas!  I hope you have had a wonderful and relaxing day.

I'm sharing one last Christmas card with you today.  This card would be great for those times when you need to make 25 Christmas cards in a hurry. I started with a white card base and I added a layer of dark blue cardstock. I cut out the Winter Neighborhood Border (Cheery Lynn Designs) with white cardstock and then I stamped the sentiment from Christmas Sentiments (Impression Obsession) right onto the snowy mound under the houses.

I pulled out the Squeezed Lemonade distress ink, swiped some white cardstock pieces directly across the ink pad and let them dry. After cutting my yellow pieces down to fit, I adhered them behind the houses so they look like they all have their lights on.

I applied some Joy foam pads behind the winter border and adhered it to my dark blue cardstock. Then I cut out the smaller star from the Star of Wonder die set and adhered it above my winter wonderland border.  I love making clean and simple cards like these.  This card is perfect for mailing with just one first class stamp.

As always, you can use this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There are tons of dies, stamps, papers, glitters, and other accessories for all your stamping and scrapbooking needs.  Merry Christmas!!!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Shabby Chic Season


Twas the night before Christmas....... and I'm sharing this shabby chic card with you.  :-)  I started with a layer of red paper from the gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 pad and I cut it to the same size as a folded vanilla card base. I adhered it so that it covered the entire card base.

Next, I cut a layer of vanilla cardstock and I inked the edges with the gorgeous Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. You can see the Tarnished Brass color between the patterned red paper and the solid red paper. While I had the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain out, I colored a length of Chalk White Seam Binding with it. I simply dabbed the stain all over the ribbon, spritzed it with water, crumpled it up in my hands, and let it dry.

While the ribbon was drying, I cut the small strip of red patterned paper from the 12 Days of Christmas pad and adhered it to the paper with the Tarnished Brass on the edges. I then cut a piece of vanilla cardstock, ran it through the Holiday Magic embossing folder, sponged the raised areas with some Antique Linen distress ink, and adhered it below the red patterned paper.

I then pulled out the Christmas Inner Thoughts stamp set (JustRite), stamped the sentiment with black ink onto the solid red paper from the 12 Days of Christmas pad, and then cut it out with one of the ornament dies from the 2011 Heirloom Ornaments set. I applied some Joy foam pads to the back of the ornament and adhered it near the top of my embossed paper.

When the ribbon was completely dry, I wrapped it around the card layers and fashioned a bow. I affixed the bow to the top of the ornament and fluffed up the ribbon. Lastly, I glued down these card layers to my card base.

Using the Distress Stain on the seam binding is a wonderful way to make custom colored ribbons for your projects. Check out all the different colors of Distress Stain in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  Be sure to use this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such so you can save 10% off your entire order.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Inspiration 72 - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafting from the Heart #3 - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes

Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Blue Tree Christmas


Another day closer to Christmas!  :-)  I hope you've enjoyed the cards I've been sharing with y'all.  Even if you've already mailed out your cards, you can still make cards like these to get a jump start on next year's batch!

I pulled out the gorgeous Tradition 6x6 paper pad (Authentique) and played around with the papers until I found the three that looked best together. I adhered the solid red paper to a vanilla card base and then I cut the blue/red/cream paper so it would be long and skinny. I layered that with some vanilla cardstock and adhered it to the left side of my card. Next, I cut the red plaid paper and layered it with vanilla cardstock and adhered it to my card. The largest of the Fir Trees die (Impression Obsession) was cut with the blue paper (another paper in the Tradition paper pad) and I adhered it to the red plaid paper.

The sentiment, from the Christmas Sentiments set (Impression Obsession), was stamped with black ink onto some vanilla cardstock. I then used scissors to cut the notches out on both sides and then I adhered it to my card, sliding the top edge just under the bottom branches of the blue tree.

The last thing I did was pull out the Decorative Corners die (Joy Crafts) and cut it out with vanilla cardstock. When you cut with this die, you get two "shapes." One is the mostly solid corner piece and then there is a decorative little cutout from that corner piece. I used two of those sweet little decorative cutouts and glued them down in the corners of the red paper.

This card would be easy to make if you needed to make 20 or more cards for your Christmas stash. I love the fact that it is flat so it is easily mailed, and this card can be used for anyone, male or female. :-) Have fun shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such!  Use this code, Holly-10, when you check out so you can save 10% off your entire order.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The Squirrel and the Fox #59 - Christmas or Hannukah
Pile it On #48 - P is for.... PLAID PAPER
Dream Valley #72 - Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges #4 - Make it Masculine



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays Wreath


Are y'all ready for Christmas???  I can't believe it will be here in just three more days!  I've still got quite a few more Christmas cards to share with you, so you'll see a blitz of Christmas cards on my blog today and tomorrow.  :-)

This card was really fun to make. I started with a red card base and added a layer of white paper. I then cut the green patterned paper layer from the French Country 6x6 paper pad and adhered it to the white layer on the card. Yes, you can use non-Christmas papers for a Christmas card! :-) This green was the perfect color so why not?

I then cut the Mesh Border (Cheery Lynn Designs) from red cardstock and added it to my card. Then I got busy cutting out a bunch of greenery from the Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) as well as the Happy Holidays sentiment die (Cheery Lynn Designs) from red cardstock.

I first tested the Happy Holidays sentiment to see if it would fit on my card. It cuts out with some leaves on the side of the "H" and that made my sentiment just a tad bit too long. So I used some scissors to cut the leaves off and tried it again. The sentiment fit perfectly on my white paper, so I glued it down at the bottom.

Next, I separated the greenery from the Wreath Strip die. There are two different sizes, so after I sorted them, I glued down the larger Wreath Strip pieces down in a circle shape above my sentiment. I then went back in and glued the smaller Wreath Strip pieces onto the wreath, tucking them in underneath the pieces that were already glued down.

Once I got all my pieces glued down, I adhered the white piece to my card. Then I pulled out the gorgeous Cranberry pearls and stuck them onto my wreath. These are the perfect accent to the wreath! :-)

You can order any of the linked items at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your entire order.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cherry Lynn Designs #112 - Anything Goes
Card Crafters Circle #106 - Deck the Halls
Brown Sugar #73 - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bunnies at Christmastime


Hi friends!  I'm playing hooky from my DT obligations and I took some time this afternoon to stamp with a dear friend online.  Ahhhhhhhh, what fun!  It's been a while since I just "played!"

I recently bought this adorable bunny set called A Winter's Tale from Rogue Redhead Designs.  I really wanted to ink it up before Christmas, so today was the perfect opportunity to do so.  I colored the bunnies with Copic markers and I used a fun sketch (SC467) from Splitcoaststampers.  I'm entering this into Rogue's Rebel Challenge #30 - Winter Holiday.  This is such a fun set!  I loved playing with these bunnies!

Poinsettia Window


Hi friends!!  Are you ready for Christmas?  Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away??  I better get busy baking cookies and treats for my friends and family!  :-)

For my card today, I started by embossing some white cardstock with the Bricks and Bark embossing folder. Next, I cut out the Grand Gothic Window as well as the Grand Gothic Stained Glass Window from white cardstock. I glued the Stained Glass Window die cut to the inside of the Grand Gothic Window. Then I took the inside piece that was cut out from the Grand Gothic Window - the piece you would probably throw away - and I glued that to the back of the entire window. That way you won't see the embossed brickwork through the window when you glue it down on the card.

So I glued my 3-piece window to the brick background and then I worked on the pops of color. I cut out the Small Blooming Poinsettia from red cardstock and then I cut it out again from olive cardstock so I could have some green leaves in the very back of the poinsettia. First, I covered the tiny little stamen piece with some Champagne Stickles and set that aside to dry. Then I glued the layers of the red petals together and then glued those on top of the green petals. Then I set my poinsettia aside to dry completely while I cut out the greenery.

I pulled out the Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut out four of the sprigs from olive cardstock. I glued these down at the bottom of the white window, two on each side. Then I adhered my poinsettia in the center of the foliage. After making sure the Stickles was completely dry, I glued the glittery stamens to the center of the poinsettia. Lastly, I used my fingers to fluff up the poinsettia leaves for that little dimensional pizzazz. :-)

This Small Blooming Poinsettia is the perfect size for projects like this. It works great with all the fantastic window dies in the Classy Cards 'n Such store and it is equally wonderful by itself.  You can save 10% off your orders at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Merry Christmas!!  Have fun shopping!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Victorine Originals #74 - Red and Green with embossing
Creative Card Crew #51 - Holly or Poinsettia
Papertake Weekly - Last Christmas Card of the Year
Cards Galore - Christmas

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CAS Christmas Poinsettia



Hello, friends!  I have a CAS (clean and simple) Christmas card to share with you. I loved creating this card - it is so fun and easy to make!

I started by cutting out the poinsettia with the Small Blooming Poinsettia die from PoppyStamps using white cardstock. I actually cut the whole thing twice, and then I cut out three more leaves from the little bits and pieces of leftover white cardstock.

With my white pieces sorted out, I sponged the poinsettias with Festive Berries distress ink (from the Winter 2011 ink collection). The leaves were sponged with the Evergreen Bough distress ink (also from the Winter 2011 ink collection) and then the little stamen pieces were sponged with Squeezed Lemonade distress ink (from the Spring 2012 ink collection). I wanted some glitter on the tiny little yellow stamen pieces, so I pulled out my Champagne Stickles and dabbed it all over the two pieces and let it dry completely.

While the Stickles was drying, I cut my white cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5" and then folded it in half. I inked up the A Merry Little Christmas stamp with black ink and stamped it onto my white card. This stamp actually has a tiny little tree on the right side of the sentiment. When I was inking up this stamp, I used a piece of paper to cover the tree so it wouldn't get any ink on it. That way ONLY the sentiment was stamped on my card.

After making sure the Stickles were dry, I glued all the poinsettias together, glued the leaves to the back of the flower, and then glued the glittery stamens in the center of my poinsettia. I then adhered the festive poinsettia to the right of my sentiment.

I love how this simple white card really enhances the colorful poinsettia. Sometimes all you need is a gorgeous accent piece to make a card come alive. :-)  Remember, you can always use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your orders at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Happy shopping!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Get Inky #19 - Christmas
Love to Create #96 - Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps #70 - Anything Christmas
Make My Monday - CAS Christmas
CAS on Sunday #23 - Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sparkly Winter Wishes



Hi again!  I'm back with a sparkly winter wonderland card that I created for Cheery Lynn Designs' Sparkle and Shine challenge this week.  I had originally thought to keep this all monochromatic (in white), but I needed a few little pops of color to help define the different die cuts.

I started with a white square and sponged some blue ink around the edges.  I then sprayed the entire piece with adhesive and covered it with Ranger's Clear Rock Candy dry glitter.  Love that subtle sparkle and shine in the background!  It reminds me of a snowy/icy winter sky.

I then cut out the Birch Tree with Cute Critters (Cheery Lynn Designs) and lightly sponged the edges of the tree branches with brown ink.  I also sponged some ink on the owl and the squirrel and set them aside.  I glued the tree down onto my glittered background.

Next, I used the Simple Whitewash technique from the 8/09 issue of Technique Junkies on a piece of Kraft cardstock, and after it dried, I used it to cut out the Victorian Picket Fence (Cheery Lynn Designs).  I then glued down the fence to my glittered background.

Next, I pulled out the Christmas Lights Swag die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut out the "strings" from brown cardstock and the lightbulbs from white cardstock.  I covered the white lightbulbs with Star Dust Stickles (my fave!) and set them aside to dry.  Meanwhile, I glued down the "strings" on the whitewashed fence.  I also adhered the owl to a tree branch and the squirrel on the top of the fence.

Once the lightbulbs were dry, I adhered them below each of the "sockets."  There was just enough room at the bottom to affix the bunny  as well as a small sentiment.  I glued this glittery scene to brown cardstock and then glued that to a blue card base.

You can purchase these dies at Classy Cards 'n Such along with lots of other great papercrafting supplies.  To save even more money, please use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% when you order at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #111 - Sparkle and Shine
Craftitute #55 - Anything Goes/Christmas Sparkle
Great Impressions - Glitter and/or Sequins
All That Stickles - Winter/Holiday project with Stickles
Moving along with the Times - Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Burnt Text and Poinsettias


Hi friends!  I was checking out the challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and they are looking for cards with red and green on them.  I've had this idea in my head for a couple days, and I sat down to see how it would turn out.  I love this vintage-y, rustic, distressed look on my Christmas card.

I started by stamping this pretty background from Inkadinkadoo with brown ink.  I then used the Burnt Edges technique from the February 2007 issue of Technique Junkies to distress my background piece.  I adhered that to a brown layer and then distressed the edges with a distress tool.  I sponged the edges of a white card base and then glued my background onto the card base.

Next, I pulled out my Poinsettia Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and die cut some flowers from red cardstock.  I adhered the layers together and then affixed buttons to the centers.  I cut out the Holly Lace Flourish die (Cheery Lynn Designs) twice with green cardstock and then glued these down on my card.  Then I played around with the placement of the poinsettias and glued them down over the Holly Lace Flourish.

You can order the Cheery Lynn Designs dies that I used here from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your entire order while you are shopping there.  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #110 - Red and Green
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Merry Christmas
Pile it On #48 - P is for..... - I used poinsettias
Creative Card Crew #51 - Holly or Poinsettia
Crafty Boots - Christmas




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Warm Glittery Trees




Hi friends!  I've got another Christmas card to share with you today.  As you can probably tell by the cards I've made over the past year, I like making country-ish cards. Today, I'm sharing a warm country Christmas card with y'all.

I started with a sand card base (A2) and then I pulled out some dies. I used the Blueprints 6 die set by cutting my brown layer from the large rounded rectangle die and I cut the sand cardstock piece with the smaller rounded rectangle die. The brown layer was embossed with the Bricks and Bark embossing folder for a wonderful background texture.

I wrapped some linen thread around my bark embossed brown piece and adhered it to my card base. The sentiment from the Country Time Christmas set (Flourishes) was stamped at the top of the smaller rectangle die cut and then adhered to my card with Joy Foam pads.

I die cut the Fir Trees from green cardstock but they needed a little "oomph" to turn this into a warm country Christmas card. I pulled out the Mercury Glass Stickles and smeared it all over the trees with my finger and let them dry completely before adhering them to the card. Ooooooohhhhhhh! I am in love with this Mercury Glass Stickles! That is a wonderful old-timey shine on those trees!

You can order any of these linked items from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Be sure to use this code, Holly-10, when you check out so you can save some money.  You'll also find tons of dies and stamps and other supplies for all your cardmaking needs.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Amusing Challenges - Trees
Joanna Sheen - Make it Sparkle
All that Stickles - Any winter/holiday project with Stickles
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
Get Inky #19 - Christmas

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Wonder


Howdy!  I'm sharing a clean and simple (CAS) Christmas card with you today. This card came together in less than 15 minutes, and that includes the gold embossing on the ornament. :-)

I started my card by pulling out a solid red paper from the new Traditions 6x6 paper pad (Authentique) and the Vintage (gold) embossing powder. I inked up the medium round ornament stamp from the Vintage Christmas Ornaments set (JustRite) with Versamark ink and stamped it onto the red paper. I covered the image with Vintage embossing powder and used my heat gun to melt the powder.

Next, I pulled out the 2013 Heirloom Ornament dies (Spellbinders) and found the size that matched my stamped ornament. I die cut the ornament and then I did a little trick. I wanted the little hanging loop at the top of ornament, but the die cuts just slightly larger than the stamped image. I didn't want a red border around my gold ornament, so I used my scissors to cut away that tiny border, but I left the hanging loop at the top.

I assembled my card by making an A2-sized card base from deep green cardstock. I cut a piece of the floral patterned paper from the Traditions paper pad (Authentique) as well as the solid off-white paper from the same pad. I stamped the gorgeous new sentiment from the Christmas Inner Thoughts set (JustRite) on the lower end of the off-white paper and then adhered my papers to my deep green card base.

I cut a tiny strip from the deep green cardstock, but I didn't adhere that yet. First, I threaded some gold cord through the loop in my gold ornament and taped it to the back of the ornament. I affixed the ornament to the green strip with some Joy foam pads, and then I wrapped the gold cord around the top of the green strip and taped it to the back. Then I glued the green strip down to my card base next to the sentiment. Lastly, I fashioned a bow from gold cord and affixed it to my ornament.

I love everything about this card. The country-ish colors, the gorgeous sentiment, the gold ornament, and the beautiful patterned paper all work together to make a vintage country Christmas card.  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such. I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #109 - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
Creative Knockouts #14 - Christmas Splendor
Bearly Mine #115 - Christmas Sentiments
Created with Love #69 - Christmas
C is for Challenge #11 - Ornaments


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Suede Snow Christmas



Hi friends!  I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your families.  We had a great time!  Now it's time to get serious about Christmas, and I've got a warm snowy card to share with you today.

I started with a brown card base and I cut a layer from vanilla cardstock. I sponged the edges of the vanilla paper first with some brown ink and then I adhered this to my card base. Next was a smaller layer of brown cardstock and I cut some Kraft cardstock slightly smaller. The Kraft cardstock was sponged with brown ink and then adhered to the brown cardstock layer.

Next, I cut my snowflakes. I used the Snowflake Edger die (Cheery Lynn Designs) for the tiny little snowflakes. Look at the edger die and see where the tiny little snowflakes are cut out from the border? I saved those little snowflakes and set the Edger die cut aside for another use. I also used the Snowflowers Set 1 and Snowflowers Set 2 (Cheery Lynn Designs) for the three larger snowflakes. The Quickie Glue Pen is perfect for adhering these tiny and intricate snowflakes.

With the snowflakes in place, I cut a small strip of vanilla cardstock and sponged the edges. Then I used the Merry Christmas die (Cheery Lynn Designs) to cut out my sentiment. I used the smaller set and the Quickie Glue Pen to carefully adhere this to my vanilla strip. Then this sentiment strip was adhered to my card with Joy Foam Pads.

I know you want to add these dies to your collection, so please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #109 - Tis the Season
Crafting by Designs - Christmas/Winter
Stampin Royalty #204 - Winter
Jellypark Friends - Christmas
QKR Stampede #66 - It's Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cranberry Acorn Swirls


Happy Thanksgiving!  Today's card is all about the Autumn Swirls Background stamp. I love this gorgeous stamp. Sometimes I just want to show off the background stamp on my card and not cover it up with a bunch of other stuff. Do you ever feel that way? I am showcasing the glory of this beautiful stamp by accenting this with Glimmer Mist, some ribbon, and a sweet little sentiment.

I started with a dark brown card base. Next, I inked up the Autumn Swirls Background stamp (JustRite) with Versamark and pressed it onto some white cardstock. I then covered the white cardstock with clear detail embossing powder, tapped off the excess powder, and melted the powder with a heat gun. After that cooled, I sprayed Cranberry Zing Glimmer Mist all over the embossed cardstock. I let that soak in a little bit and then I wiped the Glimmer Mist off the embossed areas with a paper towel.  This is like the Stain Resist technique from the April 2013 issue of Technique Junkies except I used Glimmer Mist instead of the medium used in that technique.

I set this piece aside to dry for several minutes and I stamped the "Dear Friend" sentiment from the Hugs & Kisses Sentiments set (JustRite) with dark brown ink onto a tiny strip of white cardstock. When the Glimmer Mist piece was dry, I wrapped some ribbon around it and tied it into a bow. I added some Joy Foam Pads to the bottom of my sentiment and added it just below the ribbon. I then glued the entire piece to my brown card base.

I love the gorgeous shimmer from the Glimmer Mist. You can see it better in this picture below:


When you tilt this card back and forth in your hands, that shimmer really puts on a show.  When you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, feel free to use this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  You'll save 10% off your order.  :-)  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The Crafters Cafe #39 - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Feathers or Leaves (I used leaves)
Sparkle n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder, or Flocking (I used clear embossing powder)
365 Cards #327 - Beautiful Backgrounds
Addicted to Stamps #70 - Embossing - heat or dry

Have a wonderful day relaxing with your families on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day.  I hope you find a little quiet time to do some crafting or reading or even a little napping today!  :-)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Season of Cheer



Hi friends!  I created this card for Verses Rubber Stamps a few weeks ago.  I used a fun technique called Pearly Pastels (April/May 2005 issue) from Technique Junkies, except I used Perfect Pearls in place of the mediums used in that technique.  I stamped this image with Versamark and then brushed three different colors of Perfect Pearls from my stash over the various parts of the stamped image.  There is the most gorgeous shimmer that you can see when you tilt this card back and forth.

You will find this gorgeous Christmas stamp called A Season of Gladness in the Christmas section over at Verses Rubber Stamps.  Check out all the beautiful verse/sentiment stamps they have.  I'm in love with these stamps - so pretty!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas
Lexi's Creations #104 - Christmas
Paperminutes #297 - Christmas, Clean and Simple
Shopping Our Stash #129 - Holiday or Winter


Monday, November 25, 2013

Dies on Sale at Classy Cards 'n Such

Hi friends!  I'm just popping in to let y'all know that Classy Cards 'n Such is having a fabulous sale on lots of Cheery Lynn Designs dies.  You know I love these dies - I use them ALLLLL the time!  Check em out in the Clearance section over at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can save even more money by using my code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Yes, you can use this code even if you order clearance items!!

Here's a few cards that I've used Cheery Lynn Designs dies on:

This Homeward Bound die is on sale - perfect for masculine cards!


 This Mexican Tile Pattern die is on sale - love this gorgeous frame!!


These Pumpkins dies are also on sale, and this is a set of two sizes.  This includes the leaves and vines. 


This is just a few of the dies that are on sale.  There's many more, so go check them out in the Clearance section at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Don't forget - use this code, Holly-10, to save an additional 10% off your entire order.  :-)


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Razzleberry Poinsettias


Sometimes I like to change things up and do the unexpected. Today I've created a Christmas card, but I've used non-traditional Christmas colors on this card.

Instead of the red and green combo, or a blue and white combo, I've gone way outside the box. I've gone with a purple-ish color called Razzleberry and I paired it with some grays and a pale pink and white. I love how this combo turned out. It's fun to come up with an idea in your head and then have the end result look better than you expected. :-)

I started with a Razzleberry card base and I added a sheet of the embossed gray paper from The Lake House paper pad. I die cut the Tiny Bubbles (Cheery Lynn Designs) from pale pink cardstock and then I backed it with a strip of the Razzleberry cardstock. I glued this down on the left side of my card.

I then stamped the sentiment from Christmas Inner Thoughts (JustRite) on white cardstock, layered that on a dark gray cardstock, and adhered it to the card. I die cut the poinsettias from the Poinsettia Strip (Cheery Lynn Designs) and picked out the ones I wanted to use. I ended up using the smallest flower and the medium flower and I die cut extras so I could layer them.

I wanted a little extra "magic" to go with the sentiment on my card, so I squeezed some Mercury Glass Stickles onto each poinsettia and smeared it around with my finger. I let these dry completely before I glued the layers together. The final touch was to add a Mother of Pearl Rhinestone to each of the poinsettias.

I have to tell you - I am in LOVE with this Mercury Glass Stickles. That shine is just awesome! This can go with any color and it will look fabulous. I love the old-fashioned charm this gives to my non-traditional poinsettias.

You can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You'll have a blast shopping for dies, papers, stamps, Stickles, and embellishments in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  :-)  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #108 - Non Traditional Christmas Colors
Holly Jolly Christmas - Warm Christmas
The Paper Shelter #138 - Christmas is Coming
Word Art Wednesday #107 - Anything Goes
Scrapbooker PhD #3 - Christmas without Green or Red



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bronze Autumn Hi


Hi folks!  We are currently experiencing a blast of winter, but since it is still November, I would like to share this rich, shimmery, autumn-inspired card with you. I bought some of the Echo - Bronze Stardream Metallic paper from Classy Cards 'n Such, and this gorgeous paper is just perfect for fall-inspired cards. I cut a layer of this gorgeous Bronze paper and adhered it to a mustard card base. You can see the shimmer in the first picture, but here is a picture of how it really shimmers and changes when you tilt it back and forth in your hands.


Isn't that awesome? I love this Metallic paper! I kept my card simple by cutting out the rectangles using the dies from the Blueprints 4 set. I cut three mustard cardstock pieces and then three pieces from one of the papers in the Autumn Song 6x6 paper pad. I kept them in the same order so you can see the graduation of colors in the papers.

Before I adhered my rectangles down on my card, I die cut some flourishes from a deep rust colored cardstock. I cut one Mini Fanciful Flourish and one Mini Fanciful Flourish - Reverse (Cheery Lynn Designs), and then I cut the flourishes apart and arranged them behind and around the rectangles. Once everything was arranged, I glued it all down.

I wanted a little sentiment at the bottom, so I die cut the "hi" from the Parker Lower Alphabet and arranged it on the bottom rectangle. It needed a little shimmer to go with the gorgeous Bronze paper, so I covered the "hi" with Champagne Stickles and let it dry. Once it was completely dry, I glued the letters down.

I love how this card turned out. You can see the gorgeous Bronze paper and the flourishes really enhance the swirls you see in the patterned paper. This is going to be a fun card to send to someone just to put a smile on their face. :-)

You can save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  You'll find lots of gorgeous papers, stamps, dies, and embellishments to fill up your shopping cart.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Card Mania #34 - Autumn Colors
Victorine Originals #72 - CAS with a Fall Theme
Brown Sugar Challenge #69 - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity #151 - Glitter and Sparkle
Crafty Hands #3 - Sparkle and Bling
Stampin with the Dragon - Autumn Colors


Friday, November 22, 2013

Pink Poinsettia Christmas


Good morning!  Winter has arrived in Texas with a chilly blast, bringing freezing rain and plummeting temperatures to us.  BRRRR!  Bring on the hot chocolate!!  :-)

I created this card by die cutting the poinsettia petals, smearing them with Star Dust Stickles, and setting them aside to dry.  I stamped that gorgeous sentiment from Verses Rubber Stamps with pink ink at the bottom, making sure to leave enough room at the top of the card for the glittery poinsettia.  Once my poinsettia petals were dry, I glued the layers together and then added the button in the center.

This Merry Christmas Curved stamp is found in the Christmas section at Verses Rubber Stamps along with many other wonderful Christmas sentiments.  Check them out - I know you'll find some that you need for your Christmas cards.  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Happy Campers #24 - Glitter It
Aud Sentiments #94 - Any Sentiment
Scrap-Creations - Make it Sparkle
Creative Creations Challenges #23 - Sparkle and Shine
Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, EP, Flocking
Through the Purple Haze - Use Pink, Purple, or Red
Paper Playtime #23 - Sparkle


Monday, November 18, 2013

Kraft Leaping Deer



Howdy!  How are you coming along with your Christmas card stash?  I've got another Christmas card to share with you, and this one has a rustic, country-ish feel to it.

I started off with a Kraft card base (A2 size) and then I added a strip of the red paper from the Tradition 6x6 paper pad (Authentique) at the bottom of the card. Next, I cut a piece of green cardstock and added it to the top of the card. I cut a smaller layer of the Christmas floral paper from the same Tradition 6x6 paper pad and adhered it to the green cardstock.

I then cut the French Pastry Doily (Cheery Lynn Designs) from green cardstock and trimmed the doily in half. I glued one half of the doily on the floral paper. The other half of the doily has been set aside for another project. I then cut a strip of the off-white paper from the Traditions 6x6 paper pad and stamped the sentiment (Christmas Sentiments set by Impression Obsession) with green ink in the center. I glued this off-white strip right below the half-doily and then I added a Cranberry pearl to dot the "i" in the sentiment.

The last thing I did was die cut the Leaping Deer from Kraft cardstock. I affixed the deer to my card using Joy foam pads. I love how this deer mimics the red paper below - look closely and you'll see the white leaping deer on that paper. Neat, huh? LOL

Remember, you can save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  I know you'll have fun filling up your cart with all the lovely papers, dies, stamps, pearls, and other embellishments.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #69 - Punches and Dies
2 Sisters Challenge #170 - Uncommon Christmas
Crafty Calendar - All Things Christmas
Little Claire #39 - Christmas Theme
Cards Galore- Animals
Crafty Creations #248 - Dies and Punches




Simple Acorn Thanks


Hi friends!  I had the urge to create a colorful autumn card the other day.  I wanted some rich golden yellows and oranges and deep maroon and brown colors mixed in with a touch of deep green, and this is what I came up with.

The papers in the newest 6x6 paper pad, Autumn Song (Bo Bunny), are full of those gorgeous fall colors, so I pulled out one that was deep yellow with large orange polka dots all over it. I used the largest die from the new Blueprints #6 die set to cut this paper to the perfect size to go on an A2 card. I love how this die softly rounds the edges of all four corners.

Next, I stamped the Autumn Swirls Background stamp (JustRite) with brown ink over this polka dotted paper. It's so neat to see how the paper changes when you stamp a background stamp over it. You don't really notice the polka dots very much anymore - the focus is now on the oak leaves and acorns that are stamped over it. I glued this down onto a card base.

To contrast with the golden orange and brown background, I pulled out a deep maroon/purple paper from the Autumn Song 6x6 paper pad and cut it with the arch shaped die from the Blueprints #3 die set. This was glued down to the right side of my stamped background.

The deep green paper (Autumn Song paper) was the perfect shade to balance against the orange/brown and maroon/purples, so I cut that out with the scallop edge die from the Blueprints #3 die set and glued it down near the bottom of the card. I stamped the sentiment from Autumn Blessings (Flourishes) onto white paper and glued that just above the green strip on the left side of my card.

Finally, the grapevine wreath from the Seasonal Wreaths stamp set (Flourishes)was stamped directly onto the solid yellow/orange paper from the Autumn Song paper pad and then I cut it out with the pierced circle from the Blueprints #3 die set. I colored the tiny berries and leaves with Copic markers and then glued this down onto the maroon/purple arch die cut.

I love these gorgeous colors, and this card will be perfect to mail to someone because it's flat with no bulky embellishments. I hope you are having a gorgeous and colorful fall season! :-)  You can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Pile it On #46 - With Thanks
Sentimental Sundays #181 - Giving Thanks
Hiding in my Craft Room #124 - Die Cuts
Ladybug Crafts - Autumn Colors
Pattie's Creations #80 - Giving Thanks or Thank You
Simply Create Too #50 - Give Thanks
Stampin for the Weekend - Autumn/Fall Colors




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Blue Snowman



Hi folks! I am in shock as I just realized it is NOVEMBER already! LOL I am still working on my Christmas card stash and I've got a cute Christmas card to share with you today. I hope y'all like it! :-)

Isn't that a cute snowman?? I stamped this Twinkles snowman (Impression Obsession) onto white cardstock and colored him with Copic markers. I cut him out with the 2" x 3" rectangle die from the new Blueprints #6 die set and then I set him aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

My card base is an A2 sized card using medium blue cardstock. I used the largest rectangle die from the Blueprints #6 die set to cut a white background layer as well as a blue snowflake background layer. The blue snowflake paper is from the new Graphic 45 6x6 paper pad called The 12 Days of Christmas. It's GORGEOUS! I love the colors and the patterns in this new paper pad.

I cut about an inch and a half off the bottom of the blue snowflake background layer that I just cut with the die and glued it directly to the white one. I stamped the sentiment, Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession), with black ink onto the white background layer and let it dry.

There is a solid dark blue paper in The 12 Days of Christmas paper pad, and I pulled that out and cut the pretty dotted scallop border (Blueprints #6 die set) from the dark blue paper. I glued that to my background papers directly above the stamped sentiment.

The colored snowman piece was glued to my background right above the dotted scallops and then I wrapped some blue seam binding around my background and tied it in a knot. I used the dark blue paper and cut it with the fun little rounded tag from the Blueprints #6 die set and glued it onto the side of my snowman piece. The button was die cut from white cardstock using the coordinating button die in the Blueprints #6 die set. I glued this die cut button down on the rounded tab piece. With all my pieces in place, this background piece was glued down to my card base.

I love this card. The snowman, the blue papers, the fun die cuts, and the sentiment all work perfectly together. I love how all these different die shapes from the new Blueprints #6 work so well together. I'm having a lot of fun playing with them! :-)

You can save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin - Christmas is Coming
Crafty Calendar Challenge - All Things Christmas
A Creative Romance - Winter Blues
Stampavie and More #198 - Die Cut Embellishments (die cut button, scallops)
Inky Impressions #133 - Dies and Punches

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Watercolored Pumpkins



Hello friends.  Fall is finally here in TX and I have really enjoyed these cooler temperatures!  I even had to put my sweatpants and sweatshirt on this morning!  :-)  A couple weeks ago, I pulled out my Distress markers and relaxed by watercoloring these pumpkins.  I didn't have any plan in mind. I just pulled colors out and just colored for the fun of it. After I was done coloring, I let it dry overnight and then I put the card together. Here's what I used to create my card:

I started by stamping the pumpkins from the Autumn Blessings set (Flourishes) with black Stazon ink onto watercolor paper. After I let it dry a few minutes, I colored the image with the Tim Holtz water brush and the following Distress Markers:

Tumbled Glass (sky)
Crushed Olive (grass)
Peeled Paint (grass)
Forest Moss (grass) - sold out
Vintage Photo (wheelbarrow)
Walnut Stain (wheelbarrow)
Mustard Seed (pumpkins, squash)
Spiced Marmalade (pumpkins, squash)
Dried Marigold (pumpkins, squash)
Wild Honey (pumpkins, squash)
Rusty Hinge (pumpkins)
Barn Door (berries)

Once the image was completely dry, I cut it out with the Vintage Labels Two die (JustRite) and sponged a little bit of Tea Dye distress ink around the edges. I cut a card base (A2 size) from suede cardstock and folded it in half. I then cut the gorgeous fall-themed paper from the Autumn Song 6x6 paper pad to 3.25" x 4.5" and matted it with a soft yellow cardstock. Some sheer brown ribbon was tied around the bottom of this autumn paper layer and tied into a bow on the left side. Finally, I affixed the pumpkin image with some Joy foam pads over the ribbon and the patterned paper and glued the whole thing down onto my suede card base.

I love how this turned out. It just screams "fall" to me, and it's actually feeling like fall now. I love this respite from the summer heat, and these rich fall colors always put me in a happy mood!  As always, you can save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Have fun shopping!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting for All Seasons #64 - Autumn Colours
Hiding in my Craft Room #122 - Fall Colors
Ladybug Crafts - Autumn Colors
Rogue Redhead Designs #28 - Die Cut Divas


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My HOPE Challenge card


Good morning, folks!!  Today's the big day!!!!!  My challenge is up in the Hope You Can Cling To forum over at Splitcoaststampers.  It's a fun and easy challenge:

1 - make a holiday card (any holiday)
2 - add glitter (regular glitter, chunky glitter, glitter paper, glitter brads, glitter flowers, Stickles, Glimmer Mist, anything!)
3 - Bonus points for adding some pink on your card

I was inspired by one of my most favorite Christmas posessions - a tiny pink glittery glass tree that my hubby bought for me during one of our shopping trips in Salado.  I fell in love with that tree the moment I saw it.  So I die cut a pink tree and covered it with glitter for my challenge card today.  :-)

I would love to see you play along with my challenge!  Remember, you only have until November 7 to upload your card(s) to the SCS gallery using keyword HYCCT1330.  You can win prizes just for playing along, so what are you waiting for?  Get stamping!!  :-)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christmastime Treasure



Hi friends!  I've been working on Christmas cards and this is one of the cards I created using a new stamp from Verses Rubber Stamp.  This one is called Christmastime Treasure and I've stamped this directly onto some patterned paper and added a poinsettia to the side.  The inside is stamped with the Merry Christmas Curved stamp which you can see below - isn't that curvy font awesome??  Check out all the fabulous Christmas stamps at Verses Rubber Stamps - I want them all!  :-)


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - Getting Ready for Christmas
Created with Love #64 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments #92 - Christmas Sentiments



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Distress Glittered Ornaments



Hi friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  We've been on the road for most of the day and I'm just now sitting down at my computer at 8pm!  LOL

For my card today, I pulled out the new Distress Glitters that were recently stocked in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  Let me take a moment to tell you - I really LOVE these new glitters!!! They are so cool! They have a "distressed" aspect to them in that they are a chunky glitter and they are more like colored glass with a little bit of sparkle to them. They are not super shiny as in blinding, but more of a glassy prism of color. Very cool!

I started by taking one 6x6 double-sided adhesive sheet and I pulled the backing off one side of the sheet and stuck it down on some white cardstock. I left the wax paper on the top side of the adhesive while I die cut the round ornament from the 2013 Heirloom Ornaments die set (Spellbinders) three times. With my three ornaments cut out, I carefully used scissors to cut the wax paper off at the top where the ornament meets the holder. While the adhesive ONLY at the top was exposed, I covered it with a silver glitter and pressed it into the adhesive with my fingers before tapping off the excess.

Then I peeled off the wax paper from the bottom round ornament area and covered each ornament with Distress Glitter. I used Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters, and Tumbled Glass distress glitters. Aren't those colors gorgeous?

With my ornaments all glittered up, I worked on my background. I totally stole this idea from my fellow DT gal, Joy Hadden, after I saw this gorgeous card of hers that she posted on 9-7-13. I loved how she created her background, and it stuck in my head when I was making this card. I changed it up just a tad by stamping the Vines background three times with three different green inks. I did not add the berries like Joy did because they would have clashed with my ornaments.

I pulled out the new Christmas Inner Thoughts stamp set (JustRite) and stamped the "Tis the Season" with green ink onto a small piece of white cardstock. I adhered this sentiment to an olive layer and then glued it to the green vines background. I glued the green vines background piece to a white cardstock layer, and then arranged my glittered ornaments on it. Each ornament was affixed using some Joy foam pads so they would look like they were dangling down on the card. As a final touch, I threaded some silver cording through the tops of each ornament and taped the cording to the back of the white cardstock layer. I then glued my piece down onto an olive card base.

I loved playing with these new glitters!! These colors are perfect for the upcoming festive holiday season and I know I'll be using them again and again and again.  There are lots of new Distress Glitter colors in the Classy Cards 'n Such store as well as dies, stamps, and accessories so you can fill up your shopping cart.  Please use this code, Holly-10, when you check out to save 10% off your entire order.  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, EP, or Flocking
Fab 'n Funky #190 - Distress (I used 3 distress glitters)
Paper Minutes #292 - Big Ornaments
Scrapping 4 Fun #5 - Holiday or Christmas card
Sister Act #30 - Anything Goes