Monday, August 28, 2023

Christmas Throwdown - embossing folder

This week I have done many Christmas challenges, which makes me thrilled to have gotten some of these done ahead of schedule. This challenge for the 52 Christmas Throwdown challenge was to make use of embossing. I used a 3_D embossing folder from Sizzix that I inked inside of the folder with navy ink, and I embossed my gray card front.  I also used this 3-D snowflake combination embossing and die cut. The sentiment is from Spellbinder. I used a little beaded jewel as the center of these snowflakes. 
You can find the details of this challenge here:


Use Your Stash - Vintage

Vintage is so fun and I love these old photos that Tim Holtz sells as add ons for vintage cards. The background pieces were from my scrap pile and I mounted it on kraft paper. It doesn't show in the photo too well but I distressed the edges with antique pages distress oxide ink to look like an old photo. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz idea-o-logy strip. The dies are from Sizzix. 
\You can find the details for this challenge here:


Jingle Bell challenge - Spirit of Christmas Past

It is always fun to pull out an old favorite Christmas stamp for a challenge and I thought this one was perfect for the theme of "The Spirit of Christmas Past" for the Jingle Bell Challenge that is going on. These sweet little vintage girls in their winter finery all decked out for the season. I pulled out some vintage types of papers to use for the background. I die cut some holiday greenery and used red gemstones as holiday berries. The image is colored with copic markers. I have had this stamp for many years and it has gotten seperated from its set and I am unsure of the maker of this stamp.  You can find the details of this challenge here:


Addicted to CAS 245 - Holidays

It is always fun to get an early start on some Christmas cards, so I used this Addicted to CAS challenge to get this one done. I used a Sizzix 3-D embossing folder and an old Christmas sentiment (I am not even sure of the source). With my finger inked with distress oxide inks I rubbed over the embossed portion of the poinsettia with red ink, and then over the leaves with green. The details of this challenge can be found here:

Saturday, August 26, 2023

My Time to Craft - Using die cuts


I am trying to get an early start on my Christmas cards this year, so I made this one for the My Time to Craft challenge and the challenge being making use of die cuts. I used this Santa with his reindeer die from Sizzix and this tree die from Momenta. The stars are silver puff stickers. The background was done with versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder on red carrdstock.  It is an old Stampin' Up text background stamp I had in my collection. The card base is a green cardstock, and the mat is made with a Paper Studio green plaid design paper. You can find the details for this challenge here:

TGIF 435 and Daring Cardmakers Challenges

I am entering this into two challenges this week. One theme was Glitter in my veins over at TGIF challenges, and the other is to use butterflies for the Daring Cardmakers challenge.  You can find the details for these challenges here:

The stamp is from Hero Arts, the butterfly is a sticker from my stash that has a lacy look. The papers are from the many design papers I have in my stash, and I used a lavender card base. A quick and easy card and I always love finding some treasured stashed away to fit these wonderful themes on challenge cards. I find my challenges of the week over on the Challenges  for Days blogsite because challenges can always motivate me and helps get my mojo going!! 


Friday, August 25, 2023

Color Throw Down - 757

I loved this color combo this week on the Color Throw Down challenge and used this Power Poppy digital as my image. I used Copic Markers and colored pencils to color the image. I loved this 3-D embossing folder by Sizzix as it picked up the pattern of  the leaves on this flower. You can find the details of the Color Thrown Down challenge here:


Inspired by Neutrals

I made this for the "Inspired by ..." challenge. I used kraft paper and white embossing powder which are two of my favorites togethher. This stamp is from Unity Stamps. I used some subtle stenciling in the background, so versamark splatters stamped from an old SU itty bitty background stamp and embossed with white embossing powder.  I mounted this on a darker brown. I colored some clear rhinestones with a brown copic marker. 

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Monday, August 14, 2023

A Place to Start - Leaves or trees

I used this piece of core'dinations paper that had a green base under the black wash. I embossed it with my Sizzix 3-D leaves embossing folder, and then sanded off the black. The green that appeared was not as bright as I would have wanted it, so I used mowed lawn distressed oxide ink, and rubbed the pad over the embossed paper. I added a simple green strip for the sentiment (from Stampendous).  I discovered this challenge over at the challenges for Days blog, and you can  find the details of the challenge here:


Sunday, August 13, 2023

52 Christmas Challenge - black and white

I love getting a few Christmas cards made during the year so I try to take part in at least one or two Christmas card challenges a month. This week I found this 52 Christmas challenge to be an interesting theme - to make a black and white card. So I found some black and white design papers that might go well with this stamp from Sweet and Sassy stamps. I used the gold chrome paper band just as little contrast on the card. I put dimensional strips behind the image panel. You can find the details of this challenge here:


Crazy is our Fame, stenciling is our game

I have enjoyed collecting stencil over the last few years and have been doing a lot of combining them on backgrounds. I did this monochromatic card using a stencil from Impression Obsessions and some medallions that I am not sure who the source is. Not sure of the source of the butterfly either, and the sentiment is from Stampendous, I thought this would make a great card for the Crazy is our fame and stenciling is our game challenge this month using butterflies and stencils. I used various purple distressed oxide inks for my background, versafine clair black fforr my stamping and copic markers for the coloring, I added a few sequins for a little sparkle and also a little sparkle gel pen to the wings of the butterflies. 
You can find the details of the challenge here:


Thursday, August 10, 2023

As You Like It Challenge - 2 favorite color combo

I made this card for the As You Like It Challenge. My favorite color is orange and my favorite color to combine with it is hot pink. This is a Power Poppy digital that I colored with Copic Alcohol markers. The sentiment is a die cut. The card base was stenciled using pink and orange distress oxide inks. 
The details of the challenge can be found here:


Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Little Red Wagon Challenge 717

I love using kraft paper and when I saw that the Little Red Wagon Challenge this week was to use kraft paper, I jumped right to it. I  added these two design paper strips first then I stamped this Stampendous bird image onto the card with versamark ink. I sprinkled it with white embossing powder. I used colored pencils to color the image. The little butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. 

You can find the details of the challenge here on the Little Red Wagon blog:


Monday, August 7, 2023

Peace on Earth Christmas challenge #45

I made this card for the Peace on Earth challenge this week. I cut and pieced two stamped image together to come up with this crab. The crab is a Tim Holtz image and the shell is from Stampin' Up. I stenciled this circle surrounded with dots from a negative side of a die from Impression Obsessions. I used blue distressed oxide ink to blend in the circles. I free-handed the Santa hat and the sentiment for this card. I thought this would add a little humor for the Christmas season. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Color Throwdown Challenge #754

My card for the Color Throwdown challenge this week. I used green distressed oxide ink with a background stamp from Impression Obsessions. I used white cardstock for the embossed panel. My focal point was the die cut plant. A few little punched flowers (Martha Stewart punch)with small green rhinestones as centers added the other embellishments to the card. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz strip sentiment that says "Hello, Friend."
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