Monday, September 26, 2022

Recycled Christmas Card . . .


 Happy Monday Friends!

My husband is a very generous man and makes a lot of contributions to several organizations and of course they always (don't ask me why) send something back in appreciation for his generosity.  This time of year it's calendars and Christmas cards.  

Of course since I make my own holiday cards, I try to recycle some of these cards (make them my own) as well as give them to my grandkids to send out to family & friends.  In fact the little old lady that I have befriended at Bob Evans on Sunday mornings was just saying that she needed to be on the look out for holiday cards and I told her I could 'fix her up' so to save her $$.  I have about 30 in a bag to take to her this Sunday lol.

Anyways . . . yesterday I spotted the latest Wednesday challenge over on Simon Says Stamps where the theme is 'Card + Matching Envelope' and thought I would play along.  Since there's only a short time left to join in, I opted to recycle one of these contribution holiday cards ... hope you like it.

First, I cut the image from the contribution card (was a large card ... little bigger than 5x7) and decided to create a tri-fold card design.  I've used gold metallic paper on the front folded panels to showcase this beautiful image.

I thought the inside sentiment they provided was so pretty, I wanted to reuse it on my card.  So I die cut it using a Tutti Designs Scallop Stitched square die and also die cut with the next larger sized die for the gold metallic matting panel.

Lastly was the coordinating envelope.
As I stated, this was a large card and obviously even larger envelope to go with it, but I was able to cut down the size on the image they had on the lower left corner of their envelope, using the next to smallest die from the same TD set.  The flap was a little tricky too since I use square flap envelopes in A6 size.  But I was able to adhere it in such a manner that it can still be sealed securely and I didn't loose the star.

Other challenges to share in:

Krafty Chicks Challenge #630 - All Occasions
Aud Sentiments Challenge #297 - Christmas + A sentiment
Path of Positivity Challenge #104 - ATG (not using the Option)

 I quite happy with the outcome and hope you like it too!

As always ...

Sunday, September 25, 2022

A Blue Christmas . . .


 Happy Sunday Friends!

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! 
We gathered with family yesterday and had a wonderful day! 
Quite chilly but the bonfire helped lol.

 Before heading to my sister's yesterday, I decided to check out the challenges over on Paper Playful and see what I could create quickly.  I came up with a couple fun challenges to combine for this creation.

 I've had this Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folder for quite some time and I actually think this is the first time I've used it.  I thought it would be perfect for the 'embossed circles' challenge.  I used a finger dauber which has TH blue ink on it to color in the one snowflake circle then die cut my Frantic Stamper (#09619) sentiment die
Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Merry Christmas
from the same card stock I used for my card base.  A couple little White Nuvo drops and this card was done!  I've really become very fond of the CAS design.  I hope you find inspiration in today's creation.

Here's wishing you a WONDERFUL day ahead!
As always . . .

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Can You Handle The Pressure - LEAVES

Hello Friends, thanks for stopping by today!

We have a new challenge starting today over on our new Can You Handle The Pressure Challenge Blog and the TWIST theme is 'LEAVES'.  Remember, the twist is optional but you MUST use an embossing folder on our projects to qualify for the prize.  Heat embossing is also permitted but only in conjunction with an embossing folder.

 Here's what I've created to inspire you today.  
 I had a lot of fun creating today's card.  I began with a panel from the Craft Consortium 'Patina' 6x6 paper pad.  I pulled out my drawer of oxide ink sponge daubers and added some fall colors (what ink was left on daubers) to the corners & here/there on that panel before embossing with an 8 1/2" x 12" Leaves Embossing Folder which I have no idea where I purchased it from and there are no markings on the folder (sorry).

 After embossing I used a piece of sand paper across the upraised leaves to give me the white edges and more dimension.  My sentiment comes from  the Creative Expressions Wordies 'Inspirational' Sentiment Sheets.  
Creative Expressions - Wordies Sentiment Sheets - Inspirational 
After adding it to a scrap of card stock, I once again used my oxide ink daubers to add fall color.  My accent leaves are from the Tattered Lace 'Lavish Winter Foliage' die set.

I do hope you'll come check out our new blog and play along.
AND yep ... we will be offering prizes at our challenges ... that's always a fun surprise!

Here's today's prize offering . . .

Other challenges to share in:

Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Changing Seasons

 My Time to Craft Challenge #492 - Autumn Colors

Art Impressions Challenge - It's Fall Y'all
Moving Along with the Times #146 - Trees and/or Leaves
NBUS Challenge #42 - Never Before Used Stuff
Just Us Girls Challenge #651 - Photo Inspiration

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,
I appreciate it more than you'll ever know!!

As always . . .