Thursday, December 3, 2020

10 of 30

Hello Friends and Happy Thursday!

I'm working on holiday cards for a FB group that my granddaughter got me involved in today.  It's a group where you invite folks/friends to join with the understanding that you will send a Christmas card to all those who sign up.  People you don't even know but what fun, and how awesome will it be to receive additional holiday cards this year.  Some people may not receive but a hand full normally and this year will be showered with holiday greetings!  I was more that happy to join in the fun.

Anyways ... here are the first 10 of about 30 or so on the list (need to jump over and make sure there aren't even more since I last looked).

 





 There are all very quick & easy cards and very mailable also.

My daughter, granddaughter & I had planned on making cards for this even after while our bellies settled down after our Thanksgiving dinner but daughter contracted Covid (relatively mild case and she's doing ok) so we ended up cancelling our get together.  

I had cut lots of card bases, designer paper, die cut this & that as well as many other little do dads to use on cards so I'm just using some of those things to do my portion for the event.

Well 20+ more to go so I'd better get crackin'

Thanks for stopping by ... hope you're having a good day!
As always

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Double D Challenge - Santa Hats

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at the Double D Challenge Blog and, it's another fun theme chosen by Diane ... also check out the amazing mood board she has designed to inspire you!

 Our theme is:  SANTA HATS

Here's the mood board Diane has created . . .


Isn't that just adorable!?! 

Here's what I came up with . . .



I love vintage Santa images and I spotted this one out on the internet.  He reminds me of all the Christmas cards and images I remember as a child so I decided he (with his awesome hat) would be the focus of today's card. 

I simply printed it onto glossy photo paper and then die cut it using a Sue Wilson - Frosty Frame die.
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection -  Frosty Frame

Then double matted it with red & green card stock onto a white card base.
VIOLA!

Diane has this fabulous prize offered to one lucky winner.
But, you have to play to win!!

  
Challenges to share in:
Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas

 Be sure to pop over to our Double D Challenge Blog and check out what the design team ladies have created ... they are amazingly talented and I'm sure you'll find more wonderful inspiration!

Hope to see you there!

As always . . .


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Mix It Up Challenge - Clean and Simple

Hello my friends!
A new month means a new challenge over on the Mix It Up Challenge Blog.
Remember, this is a monthly Anything Goes challenge but with a fun twist that you can choose to join in on ... or not!  This month's theme is:
 
 Anything Goes + Clean & Simple
 
 Today I've created a card using some dies that I've had for over a year and had never used on a creation and I love how it quickly came together.  Why oh why had I not used this die yet?  LOL


The dies used are:
 Dee's Distinctively Dies - White Pine Branch
 Dee's Distinctively Dies - White Pine Needles
 
 and the pine cones are from the Sue Wilson 'Woodland Collection'.
 
 
 
I do hope you'll pop over to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and join in the fun!
You have until 6 PM EST the last day of the month to enter!
I'm so inspired by the rest of our amazing DT 
and I can't wait to be inspired by YOUR project!
 
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

            

Dies R Us Challenge - Christmas

Hello again my friends.

It's time for a new challenge over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
Today's theme is:

Christmas 

 

Dies used on today's card are:

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Christmas Cottage Scene
 
Paper Rose - Dies - Merry Christmas


As you can see, there are two dies in this Sue Wilson die set.  I chose the one with the pine trees and have colored the trees while my card stock is still in the die ... hence the 'outline' appearance.  And, I've used Nuvo drops for the windows & doors.  A white gelly roll pen was used to create the 'snowy' background sky.

 
Don't forget to check out sister store in Canada . . .
Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in USA & Canada called Didi Crafts 


It will ship to both the US and Canada. Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different. Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

  
 I hope you will come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  

 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:

  Hope to see you there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
  
As always . . .

Merry Little Christmas - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Hello Everyone!
It's a new month and that means the start of a new monthly challenge
 
 
Christmas will be here before you know it and I'm still in need of many cards so my card to share today is a quick & easy design using one of the images from a 12x12 holiday paper pad.  Doesn't get much faster than that!  LOL


The only modifications I made were to use Nuvo Crystal Drops
on the red berries on the tree in the bed of the truck as well
as white to the snow on the truck that added a little extra dimension.

Like I said ... Quick & Easy! 
LOL!


 I hope you've enjoyed today's Christmas card and I can't wait to see what you create and share over at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog.
 
Challenges to share in:
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #250 - Traditional Christmas
 Everybody Art Challenge #480 - Black / Red (+ another color)
  
Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you a fabulous week ahead!
As always ...


Monday, November 30, 2020

Tutti Designs - Slimline Circles

Welcome Back my friend!

Today I'm sharing a card which was showcased October 27th on the UK Hochanda TV show.  In fact, I'll be sharing more creations through the remainder of November.  It's truly amazing what you can create with one basic shape die set.

My main focus die today is 
 

Slimline cards have been all the rage this year so I thought I use that style and my circle dies to create an 'ornament hanging' holiday card.  What do you think?


I've used my circle dies to create the 'inside' panel and 'outside' ring on my ornaments.  Some bakers twine was used for my hanging strings and I'm pretty happy with the outcome.  Once completed there were a couple little things I would change if I do it again but all and all ... I think it's pretty cute!

The 3D snow embossing folder is from my stash as is the die cut sentiment.  I've also used Stickles Waterfall glitter glue for the inside of my snowflakes for that little add touch of sparkle.
 
 
Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies available. Need more inspiration?  The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  EVERY DAY MONDAY THRUGH FRIDAY!  

Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead! 
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!



Friday, November 27, 2020

MORE Slimline Fun . . .

Hello Dear Friends ...
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Was very quiet here as we canceled our family gathering for this year but still had the traditional food  & love.  Knowing my kids are safe in their own homes meant more this year then getting together and running the risk of someone getting sick.  Crazy times but if all goes well, we will be back on track for a big family get together next year!!

So anyways ... now onto what I do on a daily basis ... CRAFT!

Needless to say I have had more then ample time to get creative this year and with some new goodies to play with I'm having a DANDY time crafting!  Let me show you what I'm talking about ...

Recently I've shared some of the SLIMLINE styled cards I've created and today I have a few more for you.  The first two are VERY simplistic using up old designer papers, etc ...



and then on the third one, I got a little more creative ... what fun!


Here I've used snow falling designer paper for the background and then tore some scraps of white card stock to create the foreground snow mounds.  My Dee's Distinctively 'Pine Tree Large' tree die was cut twice ... once in dark green and once in white ... then offset to create a shadow.  Various colors of Stickles was used to 'decorate' my tree. 

You might recognize the Santa I used ... he's the Art Impressions Twister Santa which I stamped, die cut then fussy cut to use him on his own vs as a twister (he was just too cute not to use!).   Santa says the tree needs a star so he has one all ready to get positioned atop this beautiful tree!  Here's a close up for ya ...

SO MUCH FUN!!!

Today's the day we are going to put up our Christmas tree.  Not as much inside decorating this year since we will not be having our annual neighborhood party or family gatherings but still have plenty of pretty lights & decorating to give hubby & I that warm holiday feeling.   Outside decorations will be done over the weekend then we will be all set to snuggle down & watch Hallmark!  LOL

Please stay safe & healthy my friends!
Wishing you all a FABULOUS weekend ahead!

As always . . .

P.S.   OH YEA ... Hubby & I will celebrate our 26th Anniversary tomorrow too.  What a blessing he is to me!!  LOL ... only took me 3 times to get it right! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sisterhood of Crafters - Any shape OTHER THAN Rectangle

Hello my friends!
Today I have a card for the new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Our theme, chosen by Jennifer this time around, is:

ANY SHAPE OTHER THAN RECTANGLE



So many different shapes I could have gone with today but when I spotted this die (which I've had for a very long time but had never die cut), I just had to go with a circle.

The die I'm referring to is the
Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - FLORA 
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection - Flora

I've also used an OLDIE but GOODIE set ...
Spellbinder Class Circles (I think that's the very first die set I purchased way back in the day!) as well as the Memory Box 'Wrapped Stitched Circle Frames' die set and Tutti Designs 'Hello'
 Tutti Designs - Word Set - Hello

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!


As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Christmas in the Wild

Happy Tuesday All!

I recently purchased a few of the fabulous & fun Simon Says 3D Embossing folders and wanted to share with you today a card I made in probably 10 minutes time!  Hope you like it ...

 

This embossing folder is called Forest Border (#SF209).
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Folder FOREST BORDER sf209 Holly Jolly

 Now just by looking at the image from the store you can see how magnificent this 3D embossing folder is and can be used in SO MANY ways.  But today, my plan was to just run it through to see what it looked like so I grabbed a scrap of light blue card stock and did just that!  

WOW!  This looked so cool I just had to 'keep going'!

Next I sponged over the entire card with white craft ink and a small sponge dauber.  That looked good but not exactly what I was looking for so next I opened my drawer of daubers ... grabbed the one that had TH green ink on it and lightly sponged over top the trees in the foreground ... next I grabbed a sponge that had one of the TH brown/gold or yellow colored inks on it and lightly sponged over the trees in the background.  Okay ... I like that so far but needed to darken around the top and sides so grabbed a sponge with a little darker shad of blue and sponged around the upper/side edges.  

Next I needed some snow on the ground so grabbed a scrap strip of white card stock, cut it to length then tore the top edge.  A couple little die cut cardinal birds & a sentiment ... VIOLA this card is ready to go!!!

 


Quick ... Easy ... Beautiful and best of all ... 1 stamp mailable!!

 I have a few more of these 3D embossing folders that I'll be playing with in the week to come so 'Just Warning You' ... there is more to come!  LOL

 Thanks for taking the time to stop by and please ... be safe out there!

As always . . .

***  UPDATE ***

So after writing up this post and seeing the image on the packaging again, I just had to give it a try onto foil paper.  Though difficult to photograph, it came out gorgeous and took all of 5 minutes!  It took me longer trying to get a decent photo to share with you all ...  what do you think?


Okay, I'm done now!  Have a great day!!!  LOL

Monday, November 23, 2020

Tutti Designs - Squares

Welcome Back my friend!

Today I'm sharing a card which was showcased October 27th on the UK Hochanda TV show.  In fact, I'll be sharing more creations through the remainder of November.  It's truly amazing what you can create with one basic shape die set.

My main focus die today is 


By simply die cutting various sizes of my square dies from a variety of fall colors, I was able to create this beautiful & sleek Fall card.  I've seen fellow team mates doing cards similar to this and was so intrigued I just had to give it a go!!

I knew I wanted to use an Alphabet die set  I had in my stash to create the word FALL in the smaller squares but then I remember Tutti Designs has some awesome word sets and one just happens to be the word FABULOUS so I die cut it from two of the colors and offset them for a shadowing effect.  The die cut maple leaf is one I had in my stash so I did a little sponging/shaping and it became the perfect focus point for today's card.

TUTTI-246  Word Set - Fabulous

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies available. Need more inspiration?  The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  EVERY DAY MONDAY THRUGH FRIDAY!  


Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:


OH ... AND JUST A REMINDER

We now have a Tutti Designs UK Store ...
AND

CHECK 'EM OUT!!

Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead! 
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!