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Monday, March 19, 2018

Merry Monday #282 - Inspiration Photo!

Merry Monday everyone! Linda offers a beautiful inspiration photo for Challenge #282. I just love all the rich reds with the pines, candles and pine cones!

Supplies: Paper - Poptone Black Licorice; Paper Studio Red
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Stamps - Deep Red Holiday Candles; Tim Holtz Stamptember 2017
Hero Arts CL241 Three Tree Christmas (retired - sentiment)
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 (retired)
Other - Versamark ink; clear & gold embossing powder, foam tape; Copic markers

I was drawn to the diamond pattern in the rich red ribbon in the photo. I found a cling stamp with rows of diamonds in last year's Tim Holtz Stamptember cling set. It has an added star to it but I figured it would work. Stamped and gold embossed it on a red card, then diecut into a pierced rectangle. Added it to a top fold A2 black card. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and considered gold embossing but loved the watermark look. Clear embossed it to make it pop even more. I stamped and colored the candles, fussy cut and adhered with foam tape. Keeping it simple, I added nothing else.

See Merry Monday for the challenge details and the beautiful Design Team cards. I hope you get a chance to play along this week! Thanks for stopping!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Merry Monday #281 - Inspiration Photo!

Hi all - time for another inspiration photo at Merry Monday - challenge #281 hosted by Kim. Talk about making me thirsty - this photo does it!

Time to get out my Cottage Cutz Hot Cocoa Cafe die set and make a cup of cocoa for this week's card:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio red, brown & 
Christmas Classics 6x6 (candy cane patterned); 
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; My Favorite Things watercolor 6x6
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired) & Oval Shadows
Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Oval Infinity Dies;
Cottage Cutz Hot Cocoa Cafe; Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes
Stamp - Hero Arts CL909 Merry Cactus (retired - sentiment)
Other - foam tape, Copic markers, Hero Arts Red Royal ink; DCWV gem

I bought the cup die back in 2016 when I was vacationing in Arizona and made this card with it. Sorta weird patterned papers, now that I look back, but hey - that's what I had to work with in AZ. This time I went with solid papers for the cup and like it much better! I considered stamping a pattern on my cup but decided to add a little snowflake with a gem. I created the layered saucer using MFT oval shadow dies - who knew, when I got these free with an order, that they would be so handy?! I shaded all the cup pieces with Copic markers, even drizzling some brown for cocoa like the inspiration photo :)

I formed the nearly A2-sized card by cutting two MFT scalloped rectangles. I scored the back one at 1/2" and adhered to the front panel. I diecut the patterned paper with a stitched rectangle & added a red mat before adhering it to my scalloped card. The inspiration photo has a lot of white so I stuck to a white sentiment "table" to hold my cup. Because the background paper was so busy, I put a pale green oval behind the cup which I adhered with foam tape. Done!

Can't wait to see what you create this week! Be sure to check the challenge details & the fabulous Design Team cards at Merry Monday. Thanks for stopping!!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Merry Monday #280 - Inspiration Photo!

Welcome to another Merry Monday post! This week Kelly hosts challenge #280 with an amazing photo to inspire us. Such an elegant dinner setting!!

I took away the silver stars dangling from the chandelier and gold stars sprinkled around the centerpiece. A rich black night filters through the windows so I included black in my color scheme. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Poptone Black Licorice; Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft; white by ?
Stamp - Hero Arts CG619 Chalkboard Messages (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts - DI331 Star Confetti Fancy Die
Other - foam tape; Tarnished Brass Distress Stain; Distress Embossing Ink; 
Ranger Superfine Black Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella; puffy sticker

Thanks to my dear friend Betty, I had some Hero Arts star panels in my stash. Betty cut them in white and all the bitty stars stayed stuck in the panel I picked - what a feat! I decided to pop some out in a few cascades and left the rest in. Then I painted the panel using brass stain. Once dry, I trimmed it to 4x5.25" and adhered to a silver mat. I didn't inlay the remaining stars, just let the silver show through. I adhered the layers to a black top-fold A2 card and added a black strip. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of silver, embossed in black, fussy cut it, and added to the black strip. The sentiment has an outline star but I put a glittery gel sticker right over it - perfect size - from the December 2017 My Monthly Hero kit!! Also added some clear Wink of Stella to the largest brass stars in the diecut panel. The photo doesn't do justice to all the shimmer.

How are you doing with your Christmas cards? It may be early March but time flies! Be sure to check out this week's Merry Monday for loads of inspiration from the Design Team and a spot to link your creation.

Thanks for stopping!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Merry Monday #279 - Poinsettias!

Merry Monday everyone - time for challenge #279! JoAnn asks for a poinsettia on your Christmas card this week. Just love her inspiration photo with the white candle flanked by the beautiful bouquet of poinsettias and mistletoe!!


Decided to die cut a poinsettia using a set I bought last year. I added it to a candle along with some mistletoe. Here's my creation:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, red and green; 
Basic Grey Juniper Berry; 
Heidi Swapp Christmas; Paper Studio cranberry
Dies - Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia
My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 (retired);
Sizzix Tim Holtz 662425 Festive Greens
Other - foam tape, Copic Markers, 
Hero Arts PW121 White Puff Embossing Powder
Silhouette Design ID? - Candle

I die cut the poinsettia layers from a salmon red card, then embossed them using the die and a rubber mat. I cut the largest poinsettia layer again in green since the leaf from the die set seemed too big, as did the berries for the center. I cut the berries I used from a soft orange card using the smallest infinity circle die. I inked them all for some dimension. Stamped, die cut and colored the mistletoe, then put a couple pine sprig behind.

Next I cut a candle on the Silhouette in white card, plus a black offset mat - sorry I can't find the design #. I took the interior pieces out, stamped & embossed the candle piece, and colored the flame and outline with Copics. Put all the pieces back together, adhering to the black mat. Added Stickles to parts of the flame. Once dry, I tried the candle on different papers and colors of cardstock. Finally found a fun woodgrain piece from Heidi Swapp with some hanging light strings at the top. I die cut it with a pierce rectangle and added a strip at bottom as a "table" for my candle. Arranged the candle, poinsettia and mistletoe. Stamped the sentiment and adhered the panel to a cranberry colored card. Done!

Thought I'd show a side view so you can see the dimension:

This was definitely not a card for mass production - too many steps - but I had fun with it! Be sure to check out the fabulous creations of the Design Team, challenge details & the link-up for your creation - find it all HERE. Hope you have fun with the poinsettia theme and thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Columbine Frame Birthday

Happy Tuesday everyone! I always enjoy hearing how we are enabled by our blogging friends to acquire new crafting goodies. Hope you do too but I'll try to keep it brief....

It all started with Bonnie's card using Stick Frames by Poppystamps - thanks Bonnie! Off I went to their website and ordered the die plus, of course, other goodies. Also got on the Memory Box/Poppystamps mailing list. Last weekend I received an email about an exclusive die set from Memory Box for a store in Colorado Springs CO called Simple Pleasures. The die set celebrates the store's 23rd anniversary & includes their state flower, the Colombine. To order, you simply email or call the store. They also offered an exclusive stamp set from Pink & Main with some darling animals. I couldn't resist the stamps, plus a previous year's Memory Box exclusive called Wishing You with lots of word dies. Great customer service from owner, Cathy - I had my order by Friday! Busy weekend but I finally had time yesterday to finish my card:

Supplies: Paper - Lawn Fawn Watercolor 6x6 pad; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Michael's purple; Paper Studio glitter; DCWV A2 card
Dies - My Favorite Things Cloud Stax (retired); 
Memory Box Columbine Frame & Wishing You (both exclusive for Simple Pleasures)
Other - Copic markers; Stickles; Papermania purple gem

I diecut the frame from green watercolor paper and backed it with blue watercolor paper and added to an A2 card. Then I cut just the flower parts of the frame from purple paper. Next I cut the second flower layer from white and added accents with Copics and yellow Stickles to evoke photos of Columbines I found on the web. I cut the sentiment from glitter cardstock - you can sorta see the shimmer in the photo. Decided the sentiment looked skimpy in all the blue space so I put some clouds underneath (edged with Copics for dimension). I'll try the hummingbird on another card - looks like a cutie!

Anyway, I had a fun play with these exclusive products. Really brought back memories of trips to visit family friends who lived in Colorado Springs. It's a ways from Minnesota but I'd love to get back there and maybe fit in a trip to Simple Pleasures!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Merry Monday #278 - Photo Inspiration

Debbie offers a gorgeous photo to inspire us for Challenge #278 at Merry Monday this week.

Don't know about you but the sweet dog with his red collar really caught my eye! He seems to be looking up the stairs - wonder what he spies? I'm guessing the family cat :) Another thing I spotted is the brick wall out the right windowpane. So I included both of those on my card.... along with a wreath.

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio red; Poptone Black Licorce; 
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Basic Grey Juniper Berry 6x6 pad
Stamps - Hero Arts CM204 Santa's Door Accessories and 
SB120 Wreath Stamp & Die Combo
Inky Antics Punny Christmas Pups
Embossing Folder - Taylored Expressions Subway Tiles
Silhouette Design ID #28561 Speech Bubbles by Sarah Hurley
Other - Foam Tape; 3M washi tape; Copic Markers, Wink of Stella (clear)
Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Pine Needles Distress Ink; 
Hero Arts Red Royal & Black; Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa

Well, I thought I had a brick embossing folder or stencil around here somewhere but couldn't find it. So I used the Taylored Expressions Subway Tiles which worked beautifully. I ran some black ink over top to emphasize the texture. Then I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the little dog. Used the Silhouette to cut a speech bubble and mat for the sentiment. Die cut the wreath then stamped the layers using my MISTI. Stamped and fussy cut the bow, then colored with Copics. It's hard to see but I added Wink of Stella to the dog's hat.

Can't wait to see what inspires you about Debbie's photo! See Merry Monday for all the challenge details, inspiration from the Design Team and the link-up to add your card. Thanks for stopping!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Twofer Challenge #2 - Hearts!!

This month's Twofer Card Challenge includes my favorite icon - the heart!! For the challenge you create two cards, each for a different occasion using the same stamp or die. The cards should also differ in design.

Busy week for me but I finally had a chance to play along this morning. I need a bunch of thank you cards for birthday gifts so I started there some using Valentine papers & heart dies. Then I used one of the heart dies to create a flower for a friendship card.

Supplies: Paper - Poptone, Stampin' Up, BoBunny, Paper Studio, Pebbles
Dies - Hero Arts DI334 Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies, Spring Branch (retired),  
My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired); Poppystamps Spectacular Thank You
Stamps - Hero Arts January 2018 My Monthly Hero (sentiment on left)
Other - Nuvo drops

Just loved this challenge - I had such fun creating with hearts!! Thanks to Darnell for offering the Twofer Card Challenge and thanks to you for stopping by!