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Monday, January 15, 2018

Merry Monday #273 - Red & Turquoise!

Welcome to another Merry Monday post! This week Marcia hosts Challenge #273, asking for the colors red and turquoise on your Christmas card. What a gorgeous color combo and one I've used a time or two. Marcia's inspiration photo includes several shades of each color so that made it even easier.

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I considered going with a turquoise colored poinsettia. Nowadays they come in so many wild colors and I saw plenty of turquoise ones this past Christmas (even though I bought red ones...). In the end, I went with the traditional red poinsettia since I had recently colored one while watching TV. I thought some red berries would pull from the inspiration photo too. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio Turquoise A2 card; DCWV Ms Sparkle light turquoise A2 card (cut in half & die cut); Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Hero Arts PS620 Blush Layering Paper (darkest shade = grenadine)
Stamps - Hero Arts CM204 Santa's Door Accessories (sentiment) & CL796 Peace Poinsettias retired 
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 retired (pierced rectangle); 
Sizzix 661597 Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Greens, Mini; Poppystamps Tulisa Collage 1747
Other - Copic Markers, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, foam tape

I die cut the Tulisa Collage from half a light turquoise A2 card, then again with the pierced rectangle, and layered onto the darker turquoise card. Stamped the sentiment & added the poinsettia with a bit of foam tape, then tucked the red berries behind. I considered adding some turquoise sequins but decided to leave it simple. Done - a very easy card to create and I'm in love with the color combo!!

Be sure to visit Merry Monday this week for all the challenge details, gorgeous Design Team cards, and to upload your own creation. Thanks for stopping and have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Gingerbread couple for an anniversary

Happy Sunday! Here in Minnesota we're eagerly awaiting the big play-off game: Vikings vs the Saints. Since we're hosting the Super Bowl in a few weeks, we're hoping the Vikings get to play!! Meanwhile, I'm popping in to share an anniversary card I made for my aunt & uncle who're celebrating 35 years together. My aunt called to say they received the card in yesterday's mail so I'm free to post it.

Supplies: Paper - Paper Studio brown & turquoise; BoBunny Woodland Winter; Lawn Fawn Knit Picky
Stamp - Hero Arts CL272 All Occasion Messages (retired)
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 13; Hero Arts DI334 Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies
QuicKutz gingerbread people (retired)
Other - ribbon from a My Monthly Hero kit, Ground Espresso Distress Ink

Last fall I die cut a bunch of gingerbread people from some scraps of brown. Used a couple on this card, but the rest were looking for a home. I decided a couple would be cute on an anniversary card. I edged them with a bit of Distress Ink for some pop. Given a winter anniversary, I chose paper from wintery collections. Some die cutting, a stamped sentiment, small bow, & done!

Thanks for stopping & be sure to check back tomorrow to see my card for the next Merry Monday challenge. GO VIKINGS!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Merry Monday #272 - Glasses

Merry Monday everyone - time for Leanne's challenge #272 to uses glasses on your Christmas card - how fun!! And doesn't her inspiration photo look festive? My holiday table definitely doesn't look like that!

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I have a bunch of glass themed crafty stuff around the house, but I found the perfect holiday wine glasses in the Silhouette store! Don't they just make you smile?

Supplies: Paper - Poptone Black Licorice, DCWV Ms Sparkle green A2 card, 
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Lawn Fawn Bokeh in the Snow & Peace Joy Love 6x6 pads
Stamp - Hero Arts CL797 Under the Mistletoe (retired at Hero Arts but I spotted at Frantic Stamper)
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 13; Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Ovals Infinity Dies
Silhouette Design ID# 234007 Christmas Wine Glasses - Rudolph & Frosty by Sarah Bailey
Other - Copic Markers, 3M glitter washi, craft googly eyes, foam tape, Hero Arts black pearls

I cut all the pieces using white cardstock, then colored with Copics - saves moving pieces to different pages in the Silhouette and cutting on colored cardstock. Instead of the eyes that cut with the file, I used googly eyes on the reindeer and pearls on the snowman. I used the file's smile on both but added small pearls to the snowman's.

Made three cards this week - I was on a roll.... and I see that JoAnn, one of the other Design Team members, used the Santa & Elf file too. Great minds think alike, right? Just love her card!! I had paired the Elf and Santa, just like she did, but it's fun to see how different the cards look with a few changes!

Supplies: Paper - Poptone Black Licorice, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Authentique Joyous 6x6 pad
Stamps - Hero Arts CL368 Create Your Own Snowman retired (holly), CL890 Holiday Greetings (sentiment)
Die - My Favorite Things Blueprints 13
Silhouette Design ID#234142 Christmas Wine Glasses - Santa & Elf  by Sarah Bailey
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, enamel dots, Hero Arts black pearls

Can't wait to see what you create with Leanne's fun theme! Be sure to check out all the wonderful Design Team creations and link your card to Merry Monday this week. Thanks for stopping!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Masculine birthday

Hi all - popping in to share a birthday card for a guy I call my "bro-in-law". Married to my dearest friend who's more like a sister, Doug celebrated on January 3rd so I thought I'd show what I made him.

Supplies: Paper - Ivory A2 card; Tim Holtz Wallflower; Paper Studio brown & kraft; 
My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday (numbers)
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hats Background and Hats Off; Hero Arts CM136 Birthday Messages (sentiment)
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 and 20 (stitched rectangles) and # unk for the pinked circle
Ink - Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso Distress Inks
Other - enamel dot by Doodlebug

I went to a stamp expo a couple years ago and bought stamps from several companies I'd never tried before. I appreciated this division of Our Daily Bread, Artistic Outpost, for its vintage images - perfect for Doug who sports a handle-bar mustache! Very old-world gentleman...

Well, I'd better head off to finish "un-decorating" from Christmas. Usually I do it on New Year's Day but I didn't get it done - guess I couldn't give up on playing my musical ornaments that soon! Next I need to get going on cards for the rest of January birthdays - niece and two friends - luckily not til week after next.

Hope you're having a great weekend and staying warm! After starting well below zero, we're up to 9F and looking forward to a 20 degree warm-up tomorrow. Yay!! Thanks for stopping!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Merry Monday #271 - Embossing!

Happy New Year and Merry Monday everyone!! I hope 2018 finds you full of crafting ambition to get this year's holiday cards started! Everyone else is watching football, am I right? Anyway, Linda S. hosts this week for Challenge #271 - embossing, either dry or heat. I just love her inspiration card by My Card Attic.

I went with dry embossing since I had a TON of embossing folders littering my couch (trying to organize - New Year's Resolution #1). Here's my card:

Supplies - Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 cards (2 shades of green); Tim Holtz kraft metallic
Embossing folder - Sizzix 657981 Joy with Frame (retired)
Die - Penny Black 51-278 Peaceful Wishes
Other - Pine Needles Distress Marker & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink

I originally embossed an entire card front but used a bit too much pressure and the paper got all shredded - oops. So I sliced off the back and used that piece to emboss, then cut it down & layered onto a softer green card. I thought the joy embossed piece would look good with a dove die cut and nothing else - very easy to mass produce. I enhanced the embossing with a bit of Distress Marker and rubbed some Distress Oxide Ink over it for some shimmer.

Thanks for stopping! I'm off to take down my Christmas decorations, provided I'm not too tired after helping my parents "undecorate" their tree yesterday. Hope you have a crafty New Year and please visit Merry Monday to check out the rest of the Design Team cards - they are fabulous!! If you have any crafty resolutions, I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Thank You Cards

Hey everyone - hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you were celebrating it! I had a great time with my Mom & Dad at their house, along with my brother & his wife. My two sisters wisely stayed in Arizona, rather than brave the below zero temps in Minnesota - can't blame them! I made a lovely ham dinner - did the ham in a crockpot using a Betty Crocker online recipe. Marinade was 1/2 cup each of Dijon Mustard, maple syrup, & brown sugar - yum!

Came home yesterday and got busy making thank you cards for holiday gifts from friends and family. Even though we don't really exchange gifts among our family anymore, I still got a couple of ornaments. I got a lot of snacks from friends which I really appreciate, even if my waistline doesn't!! I made 16 thank you cards, mostly variations of those in the top photo.

Supplies: Paper - Michael's Christmas red cards (3.5x5"); Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon; Hero Arts Daffodil, Pop-tone Black Licorice and Sour Apple, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, BoBunny Tis the Season & Altitude Collections 6x6
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 (retired) & Thank You Circle Frame; Impression Obsessions DIE024-X Snowflakes Die Set & DIE241-Z Snowflakes Cutout; Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes; Poppystamps Spectacular Thank You
Stamps - Hero Arts CL368 Create Your Own Snowman - retired (holly)
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape, Icy Stickles, DCWV gems, Doodlebug enamel dots, Stick-It

I applied Stick-It to a full sheet of green card and die cut the circle frames. I used 3x3 chunks of card and after die cutting, decided the negative looked good enough to use. That way I didn't waste the Stick-It! I was, however, too lazy to find the teeny bits of the letters that had fallen all over the floor....

Today I finished them up, wrote notes inside and mailed them - whew! That was a marathon! Now, if we had a challenge blog like Merry Monday for Christmas thank you cards, maybe I'd have been in better shape - LOL. Thanks for stopping and, speaking of Merry Monday, be sure to stop back on New Year's Day to kick off a new year of  challenges!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating! No cards to share today and Merry Monday is off this week but we'll be back on January 1st with a new challenge.

People ask me to post my Christmas trees so that's what I'll do today. This year I was busy with a chorus show, playing in a church orchestra, helping my parents, etc. so I only had two this year. First - a 7.5' slim tree in my family room and second - a mini wood frame tree I got at Hallmark this year.

Oops - cut the topper off my slim tree when I took the photo but it's a paper maiche angel a friend gave me years ago. Since I was in a bit of a hurry with my decorating, I put the first topper that came out of the storage closet. Of course I had to put my musical ornaments on the tree - hippo that plays "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" , a jolly Santa in a sombrero playing "Feliz Navidad", Snoopy's dog house that plays a Charlie Brown Christmas song, bell that plays "Carol of the Bells", among others. I think I've mentioned in the past that I go around the tree often during the day, hitting all the play buttons! I'm easy to entertain!!

The wood frame tree (about 14" tall) has mostly 2017 minis but I added a few from earlier years. I have an 18" mini tree that I usually put up but it's a lot of work and I didn't get it done this year. Same with my wreath with several sets of Christmas mice ornaments that I collected from Hallmark years ago. Oh well, we do what we can.... I think the wood tree would look nice with a backing so I'll work on that for next year.

Hope you have a wonderful day like I'll enjoy with family and friends! Thanks for stopping!!