Friday, December 31, 2010

Garden Gnome Santa Set

I know it's early, but I am starting on Christmas cards for next year. Not because I am super-organized, but because I have tons of Christmas papers, I didn't have time to make as many cards this year, and because I found a new challenge site. :)
I am entering this set in the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round challenge for December. For this challenge, you need to make 5 Christmas cards using a Santa image or the word Santa. I chose this adorable little gnome Santa from Imaginisce.
Each of these cards will also be entered in other challenges, as well:

"Happy Holidays": The Cat's Pajamas TCP#139

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Doily Thank You

(This card is out for PUBLICATION!)

This morning's card is classy and elegant-a huge detour from the cutesy cards that I usually make! I have had this doily stamp from Hero Arts for a few weeks now and thought it was time to ink it up. :)
I stamped the doily on black cardstock using Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I trimmed around the doily, then adhered it to my card base. The card base is made from papers from my stash (yay!) The black polka dotted paper is from Club SEI and the Fruit Punch is from Bo Bunny. Next, I used my new Snowflake Frame die from Spellbinders. I wondered how much I would use this frame when I bought in on sale before Christmas, but I can see that this little frame is going to pay for itself quickly. :)
The sentiment is also a Hero Arts stamp, from the Clear Design: Dolls set. Gotta love the recycled ribbon bow, too-it came on a pair of this year's Christmas jammies.
I will be entering this card in several challenges: The Cat's Pajamas TCP #139, CASE Study challenge #20, Cupcake Craft Thank You card challenge, Hero Arts' Giving Thanks challenge, Cute Card Thursday Challenge #145, and finally City Crafter's CCCB #37. Whew!
Thanks for stopping by this morning. Hope to have a few more cards to share with you later today. :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Love Beyond Measure

One more quick share this morning before I head upstairs to clean the scraproom. (Ugh!)

This is my entry for this week's CPS challenge. Lots of choices this week, as the challenge was to pick any sketch from 2010 and create a new card. I chose Sketch #180. I used a mix of Unity and {ippity} stamps for this card, and did some coloring and masking (I masked the sentiment before stamping the heart.)

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully the scraproom will look much better in a few hours. :)

Vintage Birdcage

This week I have found lots of new challenge blogs online-and I actually have time to play along with them! This card was made using this week's sketch at Cute Card Thursday. As promised, I broke out some of my older papers to make this card. These papers are from Basic Grey's Lilykate collection. I paired them with a cute little birdcage stamp from {ippity} which you can get right HERE.

This is another card that's going right into my stash to have a sentiment added later. This would make a really cute thinking of you or thank you card.

Love Birds

Just a quick share this morning: a Valentine's Day card. I don't even have my Christmas decorations put away yet, but I am already thinking about Valentine's Day. Yesterday, I even saw Cadbury Creme Eggs at the grocery store. As much as I love those eggs, that's jumping the gun a little bit. :)
Today's card uses stamps from the Fall for You set by {ippity} which you can get HERE. The papers actually came from Target's Dollar Spot a couple of years ago! I have so much paper in my scraproom right now-hopefully you will see lots of new projects in the new year using some of my stash. I need to downsize, lol!

I am entering this card in the "Stamp It Out" challenge over on the City Crafter Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bohemian Flower Card

Today's share is a quick card made from the sketch I found on the Repeat Impressions blog. I am also entering it in the "Stamp It Out" challenge on the City Crafter Challenge blog. The stamp is from Ippity (you can get it HERE) and the papers and ink are from Stampin' Up! I stamped the flower image once on white cardstock with Crushed Curry ink, then I stamped it again with black ink on two different patterned papers and Crushed Curry cardstock. Then I paper-pieced the flower and added some Glossy Accents to the center. Yellow and purple pearls and a bit of purple ribbon finish this super-easy card. I think that I will keep this card in my stash and add a sentiment inside when I need a quick birthday or thinking of you card. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snowbody Like You

Although I tried, I didn't finish all of my handmade Christmas cards before Christmas. I am sending out some handmade winter cards to those people who I didn't send cards to before Christmas. This is a great way to use some of my snowman stamps, such as this one from {ippity}. I paired the snowman with Imaginisce papers and felt snowflakes that I die-cut using Spellbinders dies.

This card is my entry for two challenges: Unity's Friends with Flair 57 and Critter Sketch Challenge #45.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sew Sweet Thank You Card

We are all recovering from the busy holiday, and in Maine we are gearing up for our first big snow of the season. I love snow, so this makes me very happy. :)

Our family is also taking today to play with our "toys". With 2 teenagers, this means lots of electonics, lol. My husband is enjoying the fact that he is in control of the TV today, and I am playing with lots of stamps, ink, and other crafty things. I am also happy that this is a vacation week for me, so I will get to play along with some of the online challenges that I have missed so much this past semester!

Today's card is based on two challenges: the Skipping Stones Design Sketch #56 and the Curtain Call Color Challenge: Act 62. Check out the links to these challenges and play along! For this card, I used stamps from Lawn Fawn and Unity Stamp Co., and papers from Cosmo Cricket and Momenta.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quick & Easy Ornament Cards

Yes, it's December 21st and I am still working on christmas cards. :)

These ornament cards came together in a flash this morning-just what Santa ordered! I made them in an assembly line by cutting 2.75" x 3.75" panels of white cardstock. Then, I applied glittery ornament rub-ons from Momenta. Using my paper piercer, I pierced a tiny hole thru the "hanger" of each ornament, then knotted white twine around the panel so it looks like the ornaments are hanging from the top of the panel. I added a "Happy Holidays" rub-on sentiment from Imaginisce and mounted the panels to red cards from DeNami Design. Super easy to create and relatively flat to mail!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Paper Poinsettia

When I saw the tutorial for this poinsettia in the December issue of Cards magazine, I couldn't wait to try it. After a couple of attempts using different papers, I finally came up with this one, which I love! First, I "cheated" again by using a premade card base from Making Memories. To make my poinsettia, I stamped a text background stamp from Hero Arts onto rosy-red patterned paper from Momenta's Family Ties collection. I then cut and folded the petals, added some hand-cut leaves, and topped the poinsettia with a chunky brown button. Finishing touches included some American Crafts ribbon and a stamped sentiment (stamps from Unity and Ippity.) Hope to finish up my Christmas cards tonight-at least the ones that I need to mail! :)

More Winterberry Christmas Cards

I am in love with the Winterberry Line from Momenta! I am having so much fun using these chipboard stickers-and honestly, I am not a sticker girl. I do love chipboard, however, and these chipboard stickers are so cute you can whip up a cute card in minutes! These are a few more that I have made just this morning-I told you they were quick and easy!

Another Unity Christmas Card

Here is another Christmas card design that I am sending out this year. This one features the the little tree from "25 Days"-this is a fabulous set! I stamped the tree onto an embossed die cut shape (love this Spellbinders die!) I also love that I was able to cut a perfect mat by using my Spellbinders die with felt.

I "cheated" a bit on this card by using a premade card base from Making Memoris. This pad came with 20 cards in 4 designs. Each card had background print and die-cut border, so it saved me a few steps. I also added some Making Memories felt poinsettias and leaves. So easy, yet just my style with all of the layers.

Thanks for stopping by-be sure to check back all this week for lots of new Christmas projects!

CAS Christmas Cards

I got an early Christmas present from my friend Rachael, who also happens to be the DT Coordinator for Momenta. I love the Winterberry line-gorgeous paper and embellishments! For these super easy cards, I just layered embossed cardstock onto my card front using foam tape, tied silver ribbon around the embossed panel, then adhered a chipboard sticker and string. How easy is that? Quick + cute = two more Christmas cards ready to mail. :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Unity Christmas Cards

Finally-a new post! :)

First, exciting news to share-I am now a college graduate! YAY! Now for the job hunt...but in the meantime it means that I will have lots of time to create and share. :)

I am finally getting a chance to work on my Christmas cards. Today's share is a card that I made using some stamps from one of my favorite stamp companies: Unity Stamp Co. I combined a couple of different stamp sets for this one, but I think they look great together. The tag and ornaments are popped up with foam squares, and I added a little touch of Crystal Stickles to add some sparkle.

I have a few other designs that I will be sharing over the next few days-be sure to check back!