Sunday, November 29, 2015

Do What You Love - Day #30

What I love, when making cards, is finding a new fold.  Recently, I found a tutorial for a twisted card, which makes a great gift card holder for Christmas giving.  I also love fussy cutting and paper piecing.  And, I have totally loved making all 30 of the cards for Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards.

card front

inside showing pocket

This card is totally made with CTMH papers, stamps, and Artistry cricut cartridge for the Day # 30, Do What You Love, Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place.

From the moment I first saw this stamp....

....I knew exactly how I would use it on a card.  So when I won one of the many prizes Beccy is so generously giving away during the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place, I selected the  Poinsettia Set as my prize.  First chance I got, I opened the digi file, resized  and flipped the poinsettia swag image and printed it so it cascaded down the side of a card.  I fussy cut the edge, decorated the inside of the card and added a simple sentiment to the front.  Doesn't it make a beautiful one layer card?  Just as I pictured it.

 This is my entry for Day # 29, Something New at Beccy;s Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  
BTW, the red inside paper is also new, a freebie from a magazine.  The front sentiment stamp was also a magazine freebie.  And the inside stamp is from SNS.  

Addiitional challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge - Christmas Floral 
Come and Get It Challenge - Anything Goes with a Sentiment 
Scrapbook Blessings Club November Challenge - Anything Goes in Red, White and Green

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Waterfall Card for Day #28

When I went to my very first stamping show, about 7 years ago, I was fascinated by the flip stamps at Repeat Impressions designed specifically for waterfall cards.  Since my mother collects nativity scenes, I purchased the stamp I am using today to share with her.  Not only is it one of my oldest stamps, but I think this is the first time I've used it.  So why did I use it today?  Because the theme at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is to Use Something Old for Day #28.


Additional Challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #158- Inspired by a Christmas Song (The First Noel)
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #50 - Traditional Christmas
Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #227 - Any Holiday
Stars Stamps Challenge - Lots of Layers
Christmas at Sweet Stampin November Challenge - Stars
Fab n Funky Challenge #283 - Christmas
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #211 - Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge #264 - Religious Christmas
Cards in Envy Challenge - Extra Layershave so many other
Pile It On Challenge #96 - Fancy Folds

Oh my!  I have so many other things I should be doing!
See you tomorrow for Day #29 at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Just Because....

it's the day after Thanksgiving, doesn't mean I won't be entering a card in Day #27 (Non-traditional colours) of Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  Just because I carried all the stuff I usually have on my dining room table upstairs so there would be room for stuffing instead, doesn't mean I can't go up and bring a bit back down.  And just because I now have a table full of clean china and silver waiting to be put away, 

doesn't mean I couldn't find a little bit of time and space to make this card:

I found these 2 small pieces of DP in a bag of scraps from Christmas Past.  This is why I don't throw even the tiniest pieces away.  You never know when they will be just the ones you need.  I distressed all the edges and mounted them on scraps of deep purple CS.  The stamps on the front sentiment panel are CTMH, stamped in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation.   The snowflake swirls on the inside are also CTMH, but the sentiments are from SNS.  The ribbon, which ties this gate fold card shut, wraps around the back and right front of the card, covered with a piece of the CS to help secure it.  And, finally, I added a few purple gems.

Additional challenges:
Fairy Tale Challenge #131 - Christmas without Red or Green
Jingle Belles Challenge - Holiday Leftovers (use scraps)
Polkadoodles Challenge Week #47 - White + 1 color
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #137 - Frosty Christmas
DRS Designs Challenge #202 - Let the Holidays Begin
Star Stamps Challenge - Lots of Layers
Cards in Envy - Extra Layers
Pile It On Challenge #96 - Fancy Folds
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #211 - Anything Goes

Guess I'll get those unwelcome items on the table put away and return it to my craft space.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Deck the Halls!

card front

From the Heart November Challenge features the digi set Deck the Halls Birdbrain, generously given to all participants in the October Challenge.  This is also my Day #26 Christmas Carol card for Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.

Additional challenges: 

Thanksgiving with Imagine That!

card front


This beautiful basket digi is from the free set, Harvest Basket, generously given to all participants in last month's progressive challenge at Imagine That! to use in the November Challenge.    
I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  We are all so very blessed in so many ways.

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #47 - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #37 - Thankful (I used a stitched circle from La La Land)
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge #118 - Anything Goes (optional autumn twist) 
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge # 80 - Anything Goes (option Thanksgiving/Fall)
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (diagonally bottom left to upper right - pearls, free, use a die)
One Stitch at a Time Challenge #250 - Giving Thanks
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #291 - Autumn Colors 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AHSC + H2H + Day # 25

This Thank You Card is for the Heart 2 Heart Give Thanks Challenge, following the sketch for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 135.   The stamps, papers and puffy stickers are all CTMH.
Additional Challenges: 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #152 - Thankful 
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday Challenge #115 - Gratitude 
Kitty Bee's Aloha Friday Challenge #61 - Thanks 
Amusing Challenge - Thanks
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #33 - Thank You
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #32 - Inspiration Photo (I was inspired by the bright colors; a nice change from the colors of Fall and Christmas.)

Second -
Here is my card for Day #25 of Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards, where Using a Freebie is the theme.
 This is a recent freebie, Santa Rock, from Gerda Steiner Designs; the papers and stamps are CTMH; the black detail embossing powder is from SNS; the stitched circle die cut is by La La Land; the embossing folder is Cuttlebug by Provocraft.

Additional Challenges:
Gerda Steiner Share Your design Challenge #9 -  share a design using a GS stamp
Cards in Envy Challenge - Put some extra layers on
Sparkle N Sprinkle November Challenge - Anything Goes w/ embossing powder 
Third - 
My grandson, Matthew, spent the afternoon making more Minion projects....



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pop-up Present Card for Day #24

After seeing that Using a Tutorial was the theme for Day #24 at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge, I headed straight for Splitcoast Stampers, which has a great selection of tutorials.  The Pop-up Present Card tutorial caught my eye.  
Here's my version:

It's a good card for using up scraps.  And I think the inside CTMH sentiment stamp is perfect with all the presents.

Additional challenges:
Always Playing with Paper Challenge #52 - Christmas Cards
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #87 - Always Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion Challenge # 289 - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - Spots or Dots
Come and Get It Challenge - Snowmen
Pile It On Challenge #96 - Fancy Folds
Quirky Crafts Challenge #24 - It's Nearly Quirky Christmas

Our grandsons don't have school this week and spent yesterday and today here with my DH and me.  Matt is my crafter.  We usually make Minion projects and things he can cut on the Cricut.  I wonder what we'll make today.  Here are yesterday's projects:

A Minion Ornament
A Minion Christmas Box Card for Matt's teacher


A Soccer Page for Matt's Room - oops! Forgot to take a picture.

And Super Yummy Minion Cupcakes

Nick, on the other hand, is our ball player, which is why my DH has a sore arm today.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monochromatic Mojo Card

This card follows the sketch for Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge # 425and the Monochromatic Theme for Day #23 at Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge.  Papers and stamps are CTMH.

Additional Challenges: 
613 Avenue Create Challenge # 151- Anything Goes + Make your own challenge
                                                         (A2 card;Christmas;Black, White and Teal)
Christmas Card Challenge #51 - Anything Goes Christmas/Winter
Crafting When We Can Challenge # 108- Don't Forget the Animals

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day #22 and a gift card, too!

Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is really cooking for Day #22.  Mixes and Mediums is the theme. For my card I decided to use a double layer of green embossing powder to color the tree instead of just using markers.  The garland is liquid pearls carefully applied with a pin.  And the tree baubles are a combination of glitter gel, red ink, and Create a Shade Paint, also applied with a pin.  The tree stand is colored with gold Wink of Stella glitter.   I, also, added 5 drops of liquid glass, which dries clear, to some of the dots on the dp for accents.  And, the strips of Christmas trees are washi tape.


Additional challenges for this card include: 
A Gem of a Challenge #158 - Inspired by a Song (O Christmas Tree)
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #273 - Inspired by a Christmas Song (O Christmas Trlsee)
Cardz 4 Gals Challenge #8 - Favorite Christmas Color Combo (red,green)

The clock is ticking on the progressive challenges I enjoy playing.  Here is a gift card, using the Polar Fleece digi set for Deedee's Digi's November Challenge as tags.  

Inside pocket for gift card or cash.
Additional challenges for this card are: 
FairyTale Challenge #131 - Christmas without red or green 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #145 - Anything Goes + sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #338 - Christmas Present
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Wild Thing (There might be few trained seals, but primarily they are
The Paper Shelter Challenge #228 - Brrr It's Cold Outside

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Sweet" Cards

Today I have two cards to show you featuring sweet images.  The first card is for Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge where the theme for Day #21 is Candy.  And Beccy was kind enough to post a free digi candy cane on her blog.  I printed up the uncolored version, one of which I flipped; colored them with markers; fussy cut them and glued them to the card in the shape of a heart; then paired it with a CTMH sentiment and candy embossing folder to make this simple card. 

Additional challenges for this candy card include:
Brown Sugar Challenge #173 - Anything Goes 
Cardz 4 Gals Challenge #8 - Favorite Christmas Colors (red & green)
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Anything Goes 4 Kids

The second card is for the November Progressive Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.  It features an adorable bear, sipping on a mug of something warm and yummy.  How do I know it is yummy?  What warm drinks aren't yummy?  Hot apple cider, hot chocolate, hot tea, hot coffee, cappuccino, or latte, .....
 (The sentiment and border are CTMH stamps.)

Additional challenges for this cute bear are: 
Fantastic Tuesday Challenge #112 - Anything Goes w/ Twist: add some purple

Friday, November 20, 2015

Day #20 + CTMH Cards Class 11/17/15

After viewing this post, I suggest you hop over to Beccy's Place to see how beautiful her Negative Coloring is.  Mine is not the best, but okay for my first attempt.  Well, to be honest, this is actually my 5th attempt.  The first 3 were cardinals, now in the trash.  And then I switched to this pine bough stamp, and the first one also is in the trash.  I probably need a different type of white pencil and definitely a lot more practice.  This is my card for Day #20 of Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards using Negative Coloring:
(Stamps are from Sparkle n Sprinkle)

There was no sun at all here yesterday.  Today looks like we'll have plenty.   It's a much better day to photograph and show you the CTMH cards we made on Tuesday at Joyce's.  

This last card features the November SOTM set.  I already put in my order because the stamps will also be useful for graduation cards this spring and other congratulatory occasions.

Lots to do today.  
I sure hope the theme for Day #21 at Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards is a simple one!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day #19 - Snow Globe Inspiration

A couple years ago I bought a pack of clear cards.  Amazingly enough, I knew right where to find them to make this card for Day #19 of the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CAS not CASE for Day # 18 at Beccy's Place

Yesterday we were CASEing ourselves and today we are making Clean and Simple cards for The Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place.
I actually made 2 cards for this challenge, because I wasn't sure the first card was simple enough after I added a frame, bow and shimmer trim.
All CTMH products.
The second card is definitely CAS.  I used a Nordic Christmas die, which I received in my Quick Cards magazine.  The front of the card was backed with a piece of red CS to cover the aperture. Then I popped out the extraneous pieces from the die cut and repositioned it back into the card front.  The string is just drawn with a marker and the bow and sentiment are CTMH stamps.  
(I should have waited a bit longer to take the photo.  When the sentiment ink dries it will match the paper much better.)

Additional challenges for this card include:
One Layer Christmas Card Challenge # 33 - one layer w/ optional silhouette
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #4 - Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts
Clear It Out Color Challenge - White + 1 color (Stash item - cardstock)
Brown Sugar Challenge #172 - No Patterned Paper

Today was a really cloudy day, terrible for photographing cards.  In fact, it looked like it was going to snow!  Fortunately, our temperatures are too high for that, but we are expecting rain all day tomorrow.  When the sun returns, I will photograph and share with you the cards we made at Joyce's class yesterday.