Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch #14

Are you ready for the next Cardabilities sketch? I had an absolute blast creating my card with this sketch - just wait til you see it! First, here is Sketch #14:

I had just purchased the Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather 6x6 paper pad as well as the coordinating chipboard pieces. They were just begging to be used, and this came together SO quickly. Wanna see??

Isn't that a cute and fun card? The only stamping that I did was the sentiment. I pulled out my beloved retired Cold Play set (Stampin Up), stamped the sentiment, and cut it apart. After rooting around a bit, I found a piece of purple fiber and I just couldn't resist giving this snowman a fuzzy little scarf. LOL

Check out what the other DT gals have created over on the Cardabilities blog. You will love all the fabulous eye candy, trust me. Maybe you will see something to inspire you to create your own card using this sketch. Add the link to your creation on the Cardabilities blog so we can all check it out. :-)

Stamps: Cold Play (retired SU)
Ink: Plum
CS: Vanilla, Plum, Mitten Weather (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Mitten Weather chipboard (Cosmo Cricket), snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), buttons (PTI), oval dies (Spellbinders), purple fiber

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Belli Challenge #103 - Flocking or Flower Soft

Today's Belli Challenge is all about flocking and/or Flower Soft. You've probably got a jar of flocking hiding somewhere that you've forgotten about, or maybe you have a new and unopened jar of Flower Soft that you bought and never got around to using. Pull them out, join our Belli Challenge, and have fun creating with them. :-)

For my card, I stamped a tree from Flourishes that was just bare branches, and then I applied glue and Autumn Flower Soft to all the branches. I added a little extra Flower Soft along the "ground" by the tree to show all the leaves that have fallen off in the crisp fall air. I picked some papers to match the Flower Soft colors, and I used the Torn Frames technique (from Technique Junkies) on the two ovals.

Check out what the other Belli Girls have created today over on the Belli Challenge blog and leave them some love. They have been working hard to inspire you with their creations. Play along with us and leave a link with the Mr. Linky widget - we love to see your creations!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Creative Cuts and More Autumn Blog Hop

Hi blog hoppers! Weren't Melisa's projects beautiful? If you didn't arrive here from Melisa's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Autumn Blog Hop starts at If for some reason one of the links is broken along the hop, just go back to the Die Cut Diva Blog where the complete list will be.

For my projects, I decided to focus on some quick and easy, mass-produced, mail-able cards. When you are making 50 to 100 Christmas cards, you need something fast, and you want to keep your mailing costs down by using only one 44 cent stamp for each card. These two cards are nice and flat and they only take a few minutes to create.

For my first card, I used the Oval Window A2 Frame with Mat & Card Set. The card and the frame are cut from Typhoon Bazzill Canvas cardstock, and the mat is cut from White cardstock. Ordering the mat in white cardstock is important as this is the piece I stamped the Thomas Kinkade image onto. After the ink was dry, I adhered the white mat to the card, and then centered and adhered the frame over the mat.

The owner of Creative Cuts and More, Terry, has decided to add an option to order 5.25"x4" mats so that people like me can have all the cardstock pieces ready to go. All I had to do was stamp this sentiment on the inside and my card is done. (As an added bonus, if you mess up on stamping your main image on the front of the card, you can order extra mats.)

Since the first card is classic and elegant, I decided to go with a fun red and green theme for my second card. I ordered some Christmas Stocking #02 - Small dies cut from white and red felt.

As you can see in the picture below, I cut the cuffs off each stocking.

Then I adhered the white cuff to my card, and positioned the red stocking directly below the white cuff.

How is that for a fun and quick Christmas card? You can mix it up with all sorts of different colors - Terry has 26 different colors of felt in the store. Another fun option would be to order the stockings in Velvet paper! How cool would that be??

I hope I was able to inspire you with my quick and easy and mail-able cards today. Order your supplies today and get a jump start on your Christmas cards before December rolls around. Can you believe we only have two months til Christmas??

Now it is time to hop on over to Debbie's blog. Debbie is such a sweet gal, and she does some awesome work! You will love what she has in store for you today.

Blue Card details:
Oval Window A2 Frame with Mat & Card Set- Typhoon Bazzill Canvas cardstock for card and frame, White cardstock for the mat
Stamps: Stonehearth Hutch & A Merry Little Christmas (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Denim Adirondack
Other: brayer, stampamajig

Red & Green Card details:
Christmas Stocking #02 - Small dies cut from white and red felt
Stamps: Stocking Prints (PaperTrey Ink)
CS: Kraft, Really Red, Cottage Christmas dp (Imaginisce)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Monday, October 18, 2010

Accordian Card - TJ CD

Have you seen the news about the new Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts CD that is being offered by Technique Junkies?? I had the honor of working on several projects for this cd, and what you see above is what I created for a special accordian card tutorial. There are 60 awesome tutorials on this cd for for all things folded and motion-related.

Not only do you get the full-page, step-by-step color tutorials, but you also get some gorgeous artwork. This new CD will ship in November. This will be a great resource for your own paper crafting, and if you are a demo or instructor, these tutorials will be a big hit in your classes.

The CD is $17.95 for US and Canadian Residents (Overseas, $19.95US).  Do you see the little button over on the right side of my blog directly under the header? That will take you directly to the page to purchase this cd. Not comfortable with online ordering? You can email Pat Huntoon (owner of Technique Junkies) for an invoice or send a check to her at::

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkie Newsletter
PO Box 16547
Stamford CT 06905

My picture is just a small sneak peek of the wonderful artwork that you will see when you purchase this cd. This would also make a great Christmas gift for your crafty friends and family! (Hint, hint!!)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Apples in Autumn - CC&M

I am just loving this fall weather here in TX these days. It was a long time coming, but now we have those wonderful cool mornings and cool evenings to offset the warm afternoons each day. Now's the time for hay rides, apple-picking, pumpkin carving, and watching the leaves change color.

For my creation today, I wanted to use the apple die cut card from Creative Cuts and More and have it shout "autumn." I used the Mono Dies technique from Technique Junkies on the front of this card. The smaller apples are from a Martha Stewart punch, and they coordinate perfectly with all the apple die cuts from Creative Cuts and More.

For the sentiment, I used a small square of kraft cardstock, stamped the sentiment with brown ink, and then stamped Holly's Tattered Background with Versamark ink over the sentiment. That background gives the kraft cardstock a sort of cracked bark, woodsy feel.

Happy Autumn! Enjoy your weekend!

Die Cuts: Apple Window Square Scallop Card cut from Parakeet Bazzill Canvas cardstock
Stamps: Autumn Blessings (retired SNSS), Holly's Tattered Background (I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Bamboo Leaves Memento, Versamark, Rich Cocoa Memento
Other: Martha Stewart apple punch, sponge

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch #13

I have some exciting news for y'all today. I am one of the new Design Team members for the Cardabilities sketch team! Today is my first post as a DT member, and I can't wait to show you what I created. First, here is sketch #13:

Don't you just love those swirls on the side? This gave me a chance to pull out some swirly rhinestone bling that I've been hoarding and put it to use on my first Cardabilities card.

I used a silver glitter pen to accent the rails on the sleigh. I also used a deep red glitter pen to color in the tiny berries in the holly border. Hopefully you can see the wonderful shimmer in this close-up picture:

Play along with us and create a card using this sketch. Post the link to your card over on the Cardabilities blog so we can all see your creation. For some more wonderful eye candy using this sketch, check out what the rest of the DT has done on the Cardabilities blog. I'm looking forward to showing you my next Cardabilities creation, so tune in on October 30 for the next sketch and samples. (Cardabilities has new sketches out on the 15th and 30th of every month.)

Stamps: Old Fashioned Christmas (Just Rite)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Old Paper distress, Pumice Stone distress
CS: Cherry Cobbler, White, Mitten Weather (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Copic markers, sponges, rhinestone - single gem in center of poinsettia (Kaiser), rhinestone swirl (Prima), circle dies (Spellbinders), poinsettia (Prima), silver glitter pen (Sakura), garnet glitter pen (Spica Atyou), ribbon (Creative Inspirations)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Winter Deer

Aren't these just the most adorable deer? This stamp is made by Stampavie, and as soon as I saw this in the Stampers Dream store, I snatched it up. As luck would have it, the current challenge on the Stampavie blog is to use die cuts.

I started with a die cut card from Creative Cuts and More. This is the Filigree Square Window Square Card cut from Wildberry Pie Bazzill Smoothies cardstock. I stamped the entire front with a snowflake background stamp and set this aside to dry. The deer are colored with Copic markers and I used a glitter pen on the "jingle bells" as well as the snow drifts.

I needed a sentiment so I kept this simple by just stamping the sentiment, cutting it out with an oval die, and then using the Wisped Frames technique (from Technique Junkies) around the sentiment. Sweet and simple!

Stamps: Dearest Deer from Stampavie, Stocking Prints (PTI), Snowflakes (Impression Obsession), Inside & Out - Holiday (PTI - for sentiment inside the card)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Brocade Blue, Rich Cocoa Memento
Other: Copics, sponge, oval nestability die, Sakura glitter pen
Die Cut card: Filigree Square Window Square Card cut from Wildberry Pie cardstock

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Apple of my Eye

It finally feels like fall here in Texas, and I was inspired to create a warm, homespun apple card using this fabulous Apple Window Square Scallop Card from Creative Cuts and More. This card is cut from the gorgeous dark green Ivy Bazzill Canvas cardstock.

To contrast with the dark green cardstock, I chose to stamp a houndstooth background with red ink onto some smooth white cardstock. The background just looked a bit too clean and "white", so I distressed it by sponging some Antique Linen distress ink all over.

How do you like the little pieces of wood on this card? Yes, that is real wood! LOL I found a small bag of wood slices at Walmart in the floral section, and this provides the perfect country feel for my apple card. :-)

By the way, don't forget to use this special coupon code - CC&M10Holly - when you order from Creative Cuts and More. You will receive 10% off your order. Gotta love that!

Die Cut from Creative Cuts and More:
Apple Window Square Scallop Card cut from Ivy Bazzill Canvas cardstock

Stamps: Fine Houndstooth scrapblock (Cornish Heritage Farms), Apple of my Eye (Flourishes)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Antique Linen, Tuxedo Black Memento
Other: linen thread, wood slices, sponge

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chin Up

I am sharing another Cornish Heritage Farms creation with you today. There are a lot of CHF cards that I haven't shared on my blog yet, so you'll be seeing some from time to time.

This card would be nice to give to a man who is going through a rough time. I like this turtle - the distressed/grungy yet realistic look is wonderful. The patterned paper from Basic Grey is just too perfect with this turtle, don't you think?

Emerging Turtle (Sara England) from CHF

Oregano Adirondack dye (Ranger)

Simply Smooth White from CHF
Bazzill Smoothies
My Mind's Eye
Origins (Basic Grey)

fiber (May Arts)
oval die (Spellbinders)
Labels 9 dies (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mug of Apple Cider

I had to ink up the newest set from Flourishes (Apple of my Eye) and make a fall card today. The temps here in TX have been WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh............ The sketch over on the Technostamper blog looked like fun, so I stretched the small square to fit this mug of apple cider.

I won this apple set from one of the Flourishes DT ladies (Danielle Kennedy) and I am in love! I can't wait to ink up the rest of the stamps in this set. Many thanks to you, sweet Danielle, for picking my name and sending this to me! HUGS!!!

Stamps: Apple of my Eye (Flourishes), Woodgrain backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento, Antique Linen distress
CS: Mustard, Olive, White, Apple Cider dp (Imaginisce)
Other: Copic markers, sponge, brown twill ribbon (May Arts)
Challenge: TSSC142

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pom Pom Trees

Here is another Christmas card I created several months ago. I love paper piecing Kim Hughes' stamps (from Cornish Heritage Farms), and it is easy when you can pull out several different patterned papers and have fun stamping and cutting trees. For a touch of whimsy, I added the little pom poms. Can you tell I was having fun putting this card together? :-)

Winter Trees (Kim Hughes) from CHF
Heart Warmers (Kim Hughes) from CHF

Tuxedo Black Memento

Simply Kraft from CHF
Simply Smooth White from CHF
Pinecone (Bazzill Canvas)
Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)

Scallop Dot Edge Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
ribbon (Bazzill)
pom poms (Tree House Studio)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Silent Night Tiles

This is a Christmas card that I created several months ago before Cornish Heritage Farms closed down. This gorgeous pink snowflake paper was stamped with the Aged Sheet Music scrapblock and then cut into squares to form a little tiled background. I added some tiny chocolate pearls to the centers of the snowflakes.

I'm enjoying this gorgeous cool fall weather this weekend! It seemed like it was never going to get here, didn't it?? Ahhhhhhhh loving these cool mornings....... ahhhhhhh....... Christmas won't be too far behind now! :-)

Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock from CHF
Christmas Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) from CHF

Vintage Sepia Versafine

Simply Smooth Vanilla from CHF
Truffle (Bazzill Grasscloth)
Very Merry (October Afternoon)

chocolate pearls (Kaiser)
ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
oval dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)