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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Autumn Owl

Have you seen all the new Cheery Lynn Designs dies that were just released? I fell in love with this new Birch Tree with Cute Critters die and bought it as soon as I saw it. This tree will work beautifully with any season, and since it is fall, I created a fall card today.

I started with a dark brown card base (A2 size) and added a layer of the gorgeous autumn paper from the Autumn Song 6x6 paper pad. I die cut the Birch Tree from white cardstock and then sponged some brown distress ink onto the edges. The little critters cut out at the same time the tree is die cut, so I pulled the owl out and sponged him very heavily with brown ink.

I adhered the tree to the left side of my card and cut off the excess tree limbs that were hanging over the edge. The owl was affixed to a tree branch with a Joy foam pad to give it some dimension. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Anytime Sentiments (Impression Obsession) with dark brown ink right below the owl.

This card is quick and easy and the gorgeous colors in that autumn paper really give it a WOW factor. There are no bulky embellishments on this card, so I can write a little note inside and pop it in the mail with a regular First Class postage stamp. 

If you'd like to purchase any of these items from Classy Cards 'n Such, please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  You'll save 10% off your entire order, so stock up on papers, dies, stamps, and bling while you're there.  :-)  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Crafting with Dragonflies #13 - Card with Nature/Leaves/Trees
Divas by Design - Autumn Colors
Inky Impressions #130 - Fall/Autumn
Word Art Wednesday #102 - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Animals and Autumn

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sunflower Blessings

Howdy, friends!  Are you enjoying your fall weather?  Today is starting out rather warm and humid, but hopefully there is some rain on the way to cool things down for us.  I think by the end of the week, we should have some real fall temperatures!  I'm excited!  :-)

Today's card focuses on the sunflower and some warm fall colors. I started with a mustard card base and I added a dark brown layer. The vanilla background layer is a sheet of paper from the French Country 6x6 paper pad, and I stamped a rooster background (Impression Obsession) on it with Antique Linen distress ink. I wanted a very pale and distressed stamping so I lightly tapped the inkpad over the rooster background and gently pressed it onto the vanilla paper. I love how it turned out! Then I stamped the sentiment from Autumn Blessings in dark brown ink onto the bottom left corner of the paper.

Next, I cut two strips of paper from the same French Country 6x6 paper pad (solid red and dark brown text), and then cut notches in the bottom with scissors. I layered them on the right side of the paper, overlapping them slightly. A strip of mustard cardstock was cut with the Anastasia border die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and adhered at the top of the card.

Some leaves were cut from olive cardstock using the Rose Leaf strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and glued down onto the card. The Sunflower die was cut twice from a soft yellow paper from the French Country 6x6 paper pad. I sponged the tips with mustard ink and adhered the two sunflowers together. The center of the sunflower was cut from brown cardstock and then I added some sparkle to it by embossing it with Brown Fizz embossing powder. Isn't that a gorgeous shimmery brown??

I love the warm colors on this card and that touch of glittery goodness on the flower. You can still see the piercing through the embossing powder - so cool! If I would have covered this with glitter, it would have covered up all the intricate piercing that happens when you die cut this sunflower center.

Thanks for stopping by to visit! I hope you have a wonderful day. :-)

Stop by and visit Classy Cards 'n Such to see all the wonderful products they carry.  There are tons of dies in the store, and I probably own 95% of them by now!  LOL  Feel free to 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:

Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with EP, Glitter, or Flocking  (I used Brown Fizz ep.)
Word Art Wednesday #101 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #63 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards #50 - Autumn
Sister Act #28 - Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes

Monday, October 7, 2013

Paper Perfection CD Blog Hop

Good morning, everyone!  We at Technique Junkies are having a fun blog hop today to celebrate the launch of the newest CD called Paper Perfection.  If you have come here from Jane Bosi's blog, you are on the right track.  If not, please start at the beginning by going to the Technique Junkies blog - you don't want to miss any of the fabulous artwork today!

This Paper Perfection CD has 45 pdf tutorials to show you all the fun things you can do with your stash of designer papers.  You can click on this link here to see a pictorial Table of Contents of all the great techniques on this CD.  If you are anything like me, you have a TON of patterned papers.  The techniques on this Paper Perfection CD will help you whittle down your stash, so check out the details on how to order your CD here.

I've created two projects to share with you today.  The first one uses the Faux Silk Designer Paper technique, and I've used a wonderful vintage stamp called Girl Reading from About Art Accents (one of our TJ vendors) on this card.  There is a subtle shimmer in my background because of the secret ingredient used in the Faux Silk Designer Paper technique.  I love using this Faux Silk Designer Paper technique with vintage stamps like these - they are just made for each other!  :-)

For my second card, I've used the Dimensional Rounded Petals technique.  This technique produces a cool, retro, ultra-hip flower with lots of dimension and texture.  I added a couple of buttons tied with twine to the center.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you've enjoyed my artwork.  To go to your next stop, please visit Hetty's blog and have fun!

If you get lost on today's hop, here is the complete list of stops:

Judy Jackson
Nancy Dawson
Shelly Schmidt
Beth Norman
Jane Bosi
Holly Brown
Hetty Sanders
Tricia OBin
Pat Huntoon

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Autumn Rose Dies Squared - Hope challenge card

Hi again, friends!  I'm catching up on my blog posting today, and I'm sharing another card I created for one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  I created this one for CAKath's Punch Out Breast Cancer challenge that was posted on October 4.  There is a new challenge over there every day for the entire month of October.  

When thinking about what to create for this challenge, I happened to see Michelle Woerner's GORGEOUS card on the Spellbinders blog here.  I absolutely LOVE Michelle's work, and this card absolutely floored me.  I contacted her and asked her if I could case her beautiful card, and she graciously said yes.  I changed the colors and some of the dies since I don't have all the ones she used.  I also changed up one of the squares by stamping the pink ribbon on there.  Thank you so much, Michelle!  :-)

I hope you check out the challenges over in the Hope You Can Cling To challenge forum.  Play along with us and share your artwork.  I am mailing all the cards I create for these Hope challenges to the Anderson Medical Center for the patients to use.

This card also fits a few other challenges, so I am entering my card into the following:

Wags 'n Whiskers #114 - Pink/Breast Cancer Awareness
Crafty Catz #201 - Anything Goes
Paper Creator's Crafts #15 - Dies or Punches
Shopping Our Stash #121 - Pink or Cancer Awareness

Pink Ombre Scallops

Hi stampy friends!  Have you been playing in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoaststampers?  There is a new challenge every day for the month of October, and this is the card I created for Bridget's "PINKterest" challenge that was posted on October 3.  She had several gorgeous Pinterest pictures to inspire us, and this is what I came up with.

Isn't that pink??? LOL I created this card using dies from the new Blueprints #3 and #4 die sets and various shades of pink cardstock. I started by stamping the sentiment from You Are Beautiful (Impression Obsession) with black ink at the top of the white layer. Then I cut eight layers of the scallop border from the Blueprints #4 die set - two each of four different colors.

I started by layering the darkest pink scallop borders at the bottom, then the next shade of pink, then the lightest shade of pink and I ended with two layers of white scallops. I then cut the darkest shade of pink cardstock with the pierced straight border die from Blueprints #3 and adhered that above the white scallops. I trimmed the excess borders from the sides of the white layer and then adhered this layer to a dark pink card base (A2 size).

Next, I cut the three shades of pink cardstock with the small flower die from the Blueprints #3 die set. I pinched the petals with my fingers to give them a little dimension before adhering some white buttons to the centers and then I affixed the flowers to the card.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought the pink colors and that wonderful sentiment would be perfect for someone who might be going through chemotherapy or radiation. Hopefully this card will put a smile on her face and brighten her day.  All the cards I create for the Hope challenges will be mailed to the Anderson Medical Center for the patients to use.

The products that I've provided links for were purchased at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Feel free to use this code, Holly-10, when you place an order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There's tons of dies, stamps, papers, and accessories to fill up your shopping cart, so have fun!

This card also fits a few other challenges, so I'm entering this into the following:

Wags 'n Whiskers #114 - Pink/Breast Cancer Awareness
Cut It Up #29 - Think Pink
Crafty Catz #201 - Anything Goes
Craftitude #50 - Anything Goes/Things Beginning with "S" (stamp, scallops)
Word Art Wednesday #100 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beauty Blooms

Hi stampy friends!  I have a pretty one layer card to share with you today. Yup, just one layer - the card base - is all I have on my card today! :-)

I began with a white card base, cut to 8.5" x 5.5", and then folded it in half to make a regular A2 sized card. I started by laying down the Aqua Antique Floral Washi Tape on the right side of the card and and then cut it at an angle. Then I added a longer strip of the Black with Pink Floral Washi Tape right below the Aqua tape. Aren't those floral washi tapes gorgeous?? I'm in love with these!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Old Tea Rose set (Flourishes) above the Aqua tape and set my card aside while I worked on my die cuts. I cut the Gardenia Strip flowers (Cheery Lynn Designs) from a rose cardstock and glued the layers together. I curled the edges of the flowers down with some hemostats, and then I sprayed the flower with Cranberry Zing Glimmer Mist. This adds a gorgeous color to my flower as well as a wonderful shimmer.

While my Gardenia flower was drying, I cut out some pale pink flowers from the Sweet William Strip (Cheery Lynn Designs) and glued the two smallest flowers together. After pinching the petals with my fingers, I added White Pearls to the centers. I also added a large White Pearl to the center of the Gardenia flower after it was completely dry.

I then set about cutting some leaves from green cardstock, the Ivy Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs), and the Wreath Strip die(Cheery Lynn Designs). The Gardenia flower was glued down on my card first, and then I added the Ivy Strip leaves underneath my flower. I glued the Sweet William flowers down on each side of my Gardenia flower and added more Ivy Strip leaves. Finally, some Wreath Strip greenery was added around the Gardenia flower.

These flowers are so much fun to work with, and they pair nicely with these new floral washi tapes. I hope you try these new washi tapes and create some classy cards to share with us! :-)  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:

Cards Galore - Flowers
Live and Love Crafts #16 - Use Pink
By Lori Designs #56 - Use Washi Tape
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #100 - Praise the Lord