Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dreaming of a White Christmas

I love this new stamp and die set by Catherine Pooler. I have never had a white Christmas. Growing up in FL for 25 years, I never even came close. I've been in NC for 32 years, we've never had snow on Christmas Day. We had snow falling on Christmas Eve one year but it didn't stick to the ground.

For this card, I used a stencil by Hero Arts and I partial stenciled the cardstock then added my snowman image. Made for an easy card!

Christmas Card Throwdown - Partial Stenciling
Jingle Belles - Dashing Through the Snow

Stamp and die cut by Catherine Pooler
Stencil by Hero Arts

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Happy Fall

I love these stencils by The Greetery. They are 3 different stencils and you place them on top of each other with a different color to make these beautiful Fall trees. I am ready for our leaves to change in NC - it usually isn't until early November though. Our days and nights are getting much cooler now. I love Fall!!

Inspired by Challenge - Colors of Fall (I'm inspired by sketch and colors of Fall)
TGIF - Blending (LOTS of blending here!)
Allsorts - Colors of Autumn
Sweet Stampin' - Autumn
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Challenge #349

Tree stencils by The Greetery
Sentiment by Newton's Nook

Monday, September 28, 2020

You Make Everything S'More Fun

Ink Blending is one of my favorite techniques now that I have discovered Tim Holtz Oxide inks. They are a game changer!! I did not care for the Tim Holtz Distress inks but the oxide inks, I cannot live without them!! Also, the blending brushes - oh my word, they blend out your inks perfectly!!! I got mine at The Stamp Market and I even tried some cheaper ones from Amazon but I really like the ones from The Stamp Market better than the generic brushes I bought on Amazon. I CAN tell a difference! But some people say they cannot.

TGIF - Ink Blending
Daring Cardmakers - S is for September (s'mores, stencil, stickles)
Always Fun - Die Cutting 

Stamps and die cuts by Avery Elle
Pumpkins are actually images printed off internet
because I did not have any mini pumpkins at the
time (I have since remedied that and have my own
mini pumpkin stamps)
For the oval stencil, I used Taylored Expressions oval stencil which I also love!!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Here's another Christmas diecut I watercolored and I think the man looks a little like Abe Lincoln (LOL). Anyway, I love these Christmas carolers :).

52 weeks to Christmas - Use a candle or a lantern (I used a outside light)

I love you more than bananas

Alphabet Challenge - Something that starts with a "M" (monkey)
Creative Friday - Forest Friends

Stamps by Hero Arts

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Happy Howl-A-Ween

I have to wonder what Halloween will look like this year, with Covid! We don't get very many trick or treaters anyway but I am still going to mail out a few cards to my stamping friends, like I do every year. I love this image by Technique Junkies. I got it last year at the stamp convention in TN (sure would love to go again this year, not sure if they are having it or not!)

Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #454

Friday, September 25, 2020

Watercolored diecut

Another Christmas card today using this great die by Spellbinders. This is my 2nd card like this that I have watercolored the image and I love how it came out.  I may do all my cards like this, this year. But who am I fooling? If I do that, I can't buy any new Christmas stamps and what fun would that be? (Besides I just bought a new Catherine Pooler stamp set that I am dying to ink up) For the snow on the black background, I used a stamp from Concord 9th. Large dots stamped in Hero Arts white ink - perfect for snow falling! On the inside I dug out my Stamp Market Christmas set from last year and added this car and tree.

Fezziwigs Festive Frolics - Inside/Out
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
Holly & Ivy Christmas - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Brights or Pastels (I prefer bright colors because they make me happy but this card appears to have both LOL)
Daring Cardmakers - S is for September (snow, stamp, spots)

Tree and car by The Stamp Market
Sentiment by Stampers Anonymous

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The window to my heart is a beautiful view of friendship that I treasure


When I first saw this one challenge, I had to find a stamp
with a fence on it. I looked through ALL my stamps
and I literally had one stamp - THIS STAMP -
that had a fence on it. An oldie by Art Impressions.
For the background, I used stripes from Concord & 9th
and stamped them in navy and turquoise.

Double D Challenge - Don't Fence Me In
Color Hues - Navy blue & Turquoise

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Merry & Joyful White on White

I have another Christmas card for you today that's white on white for this challenge. I knew I wanted something for the background and I knew snowflakes would be perfect. But since they had to be white, I first tried stamping them in Hero Arts white Unicorn ink but you could barely see them. So then I thought why not try embossing them and that worked better :). 

Christmas Kickstart - White on white
Winter Wonderland - Snow/Snowman
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Inspired by a Song (Winter Wonderland)
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas

Die cut by Spellbinders (Building snowman)
Sentiment by Stampers Anonymous
Snowflakes embossed with WOW - stamps are Unity Stamps

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Thankful for You

Here's another card using this great set by Newton's Nook.

Inky Paws - Sketch #132

All stamps and die cuts by Newton's Nook

Monday, September 21, 2020

So thankful for sweet friends like you

 Just-Add-Ink - Add "A" (for apples)

Apple tree and apples from Sunny Studio
Grass die from Taylored Expressions
Geese from Stampscapes
Sun from Stamping Bella
Sentiment by Unity Stamp Co

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Winter Wishes

I love this trio set of snowmen by Bugaboo Digital Images. You can find it here. I added gold glitter paper to this card and some Stickles glitter to the snow for even more sparkle.

Jingle Belles - Baby It's "Gold" Outside
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round - Use at least 2 things that start with "S" (Snow & Sparkle)
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Inspired by a Song (Frosty the Snowman)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Thank You floral card

I made this slimline card for my aunt's sister and her daughter to say thank you for taking care of my aunt while she was sick.  

Little Red Wagon - Nature - Flora or Fauna
Allsorts - My lovely garden

Stamps by Concord & 9th

Friday, September 18, 2020

Snowman of circles

 I made another snowman card using my circle dies. I cut out the hat freehand and added a carrot nose and some washi tape to his hat. 

Winter Wonderland - Snow/Snowmen
Jingle Belles - Baby, its GOLD outside

Cut It Up Challenge #209 Happy Fall Y'All

 At Cut It Up this week, our challenge is Happy Fall, Y'All - Please add at least 3 layers to your project (e.g. mats or embellishments). I had fun with this gnome by Gina Marie Designs. He is so much fun to color and he coordinates with whatever holiday you "need" him for. I've used lots of dies on this card (see below). I can't wait to see what you make at our challenge and don't forget your die cuts! Our sponsor for this challenge is Creative Embellishments and they are giving a $50 prize to the winner so be sure and enter!!

I will also enter this in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Autumn
Just-Add-Ink - Just Add "A" (A is for "Autumn card)

Gnome die cut by Gina Marie Designs
Fish Tail banner die cut by Gina Marie Designs
Mosaic Triangle Edge Circle die cut by Gina Marie Designs
Pumpkin die cuts by Memory Box
Sentiment by Unity Stamp Co.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Merry + Bright

 I CASED this card from Gina Marie Designs and you can see it here if you click on the gnome "details". I got the lights and gnome diecuts from her and had to make one similar. Sentiment by Stampers Anonymous

Color Throwdown - CTD #611
The Holly & Ivy Christmas - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Christmas in September

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Singing Christmas carols

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Color Challenge
Christmas Craft Creations - Shaped card
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Goes

Christmas die cut (unknown) 
Base card is XStitched Oval by Gina Marie Designs


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge 251 Seasons

At The Crafter's Cafe, our challenge this fortnight is Season - it can be Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring OR a food seasoning - as in salt, pepper or mustard... etc. I have this great image by Eureka Stamps. I colored him with Copic markers. I also made it into a fun fold card and this is so easy to make. You can see the link here

Monday, September 14, 2020

Watercolor die cut


Christmas die by Spellbinders "Tree Picking"
Colored with Jane Davenport watercolor paints
Sentiment by Flora & Fauna

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas tree
Make My Monday - Christmas in September

So this card was really fun. I cut out this awesome diecut and watercolored it with my Jane Davenport watercolors and water. I have never done this before and I will definitely be doing this more often. I watched this video here and it's really quite relaxing :).  I've already made a few of these using different backgrounds but kept this one white for this CAS challenge. 

Happy Turkey Day

Another Thanksgiving card done :). These sketches sure are helping me stay on track :).  

Just Add Ink - Sketch #522

Stamps by Sunny Studio and Catherine Pooler
Sentiment by Taylored Expressions

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

My first Thanksgiving card. I send to mostly family and a few close friends so I'll just make a few.

TGIF - Sketch #281
Allsorts - "I LOVE" (Thanksgiving!!)
Just Us Girls - Cut into thirds

Stamps by Sunny Studio

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cruisin' by to say Happy Birthday

The Greetery is becoming one of my new favorite "to me" stamp companies. They have so many awesome stamps and stencils. I am not big on stencils but when I saw this tree and the road I knew I had to have it with my car!!  The tree stencil is so easy - its 3 stencils and you just stamp each one a different color to get your Fall tree. I love it! On the pumpkins, I wanted them glossy so I used some Nuvo Ripened Pumpkin drops. They are perfect for that! I am sending this purple card to my sister for her birthday next week. She loves everything and anything purple!

Stamping Sensations - Outdoor Scene
The Sisterhood of  Crafters - Autumn Inspiration
Time Out - Adventurous (going on a trip is adventurous) 
As You Like It - Favorite Stencil  (I love this tree stencil because it comes with 3 separate stencils to make each one a different color so it makes your tree look like it has Fall leaves)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Wish you the Most Beautiful Day

It's Friday Sept 11th. It was 19 years ago when the terrorist attacks changed the USA forever. How can that be 19 years ago?  

For this challenge, it's yellow and green which I love these 2 colors together. This pineapple makes me smile :). This is a brand new color challenge that started September 1st. I colored this with copics. 

Color Hues The Color Challenge - Color Hues #1

Stamps by Unity Stamps
Die cut by Gina Marie Designs

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Beach Hello


All stamps by Hero Arts
Clouds stencil by Hero Arts

This card is so easy to create using a Misty or the Tim Holtz
platform which is what I used here. They are all stamps 
by Hero Arts and came out a few years ago but I just now
purchased them from Joann's when they were on sale. The set is 
layering set - the waves are 3 separate stamps and you stamp
each layer in a different color. I colored the sand in by
using a Copic marker then stamped the word Hello
in the sand, along with the tiny footprints next to it.

Stamping Sensations - The Great Outdoors
We love Chocolate Baroque - Wings
Sweet Stampers - Wings
Cute Card Thursday - No Patterned Paper

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Autumn Blessings

Angie Blom came out with some brand new fall digis and I had to get them. You can see them here.

Festive Friday - Challenge #0067 (leaves/acorns/plaid)
Daring Cardmakers - September
Sunday Stamps - Challenge #239