Stitched Tree

The Old School challenge at Make the Cards is to use any or all of the items shown in the graphic below. I die cut the white panel with a stitched die, the used the Christmas Tree from Spellbinders Merry Stitching die set. I used DMC floss color 700 for the tree and gold cord from my stash for the base. The sentiment is from Sentimental Holiday, stamped in Red Velvet. I matted the white panel with Red Velvet then Lucky Clover on a white card base. I lost the little star cutout, so cut another from holographic CS. As I was moving things on my desk, I found the original star, so layered that under the holographic one for a bit of dimension. I added a bit of bling from my stash, and another Christmas card done.

Black and White

Black and White are classic colors whether in fashion, décor or card making. Black and White is the trend at Just Us Girls this week. All products are by Gina K Designs. The pattern paper is from Petite Patterns – something I’ve been hoarding forever, cut with Master Layouts 1 and matted with Black Onyx card stock.  The sentiment is from Hippo Bird Day. I wanted a little squiggle under the sentiment, but couldn’t find just the right one, so I settled for a tiny flower from It’s All You, a recent incentive. I wanted to use a little fishtail piece of black gingham ribbon but my ribbon wasn’t cooperating. Then I thought I’d found a piece of black gingham PP, but after cutting it and putting it with the rest of the card decided it looked more dark green than black – scratch the ribbon.

Bringing In The Sheaves

The theme at Just Us Girls is “Harvest”. What says Harvest more than a sheaf of wheat? I cut 15 stalks of wheat from the Autumn Bouquet Fancy Die set by Hero Arts from Honey Mustard cardstock, then swiped the Honey Mustard ink cube across the tops. I glued several to the Dark Chocolate panel, then used foam strips to the remainder for dimension. The bow is from the same die set, cut twice from a scrap of red.  The sentiment is from Beyond Baskets embossed in gold I used a Faded Brick mat on a Honey Mustard card base. Wow! One Thanksgiving card done!

Yellow and Pink Flowers

I struggled to come up with a card using the current combination at Color Hues.  Yellow and Pink are not colors I normally use together. I tried several ideas and finally broke out the Sketched Flowers set from the Time to Coast Stamp TV kit. I stamped the sentiment in Passionate Pink. The flowers were stamped with Wild Dandelion and Bubblegum Pink, using the opposite color for the center. I was surprised and delighted with how this turned out.

Baby Boy Gingham

I love the series of Basket stamps sets from 2011 by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs. All images were stamped and fussy cut. The Holiday Basket was stamped in Dark Chocolate on Kraft. The toys and ruffle are from Basket Blessings (2011). The ruffle was stamped on pattern paper from my stash and attached to the edge of the basket with foam squares for dimension. The toys were colored with Copics and trimmed to allow the toys to be tucked into the basket. The sentiment was stamped and cut with a tiny tag die. The gingham pattern paper is from my stash. The card base is Powder Blue.  I made this for a special couple to celebrate the birth of their sweet baby boy. I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Retro Rubber Challenge #164 Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin’ – Gingham, Tartan & Plaid

RRCB 164

Butterfly Sympathy

Sadly I’m often in need of sympathy cards and struggle with making them right when they’re needed. The sentiment is from Extra Grand Sentiments by JustRite, stamped in Stormy Sky ink. The butterfly is from the Beautiful Butterflies Kit by Simon Says Stamp and is stamped in Soft Stone ink. I like using a butterfly on a sympathy card because it is a symbol of immortality.  The card base is Stormy Sky with a white sentiment panel attached on the inside. Quick and easy to duplicate. I’m entering this in the Mod Squad With Sympathy Challenge.

More Silver Tapestry

Since I already had the strip from Holiday Tapestry on my MISTI and the sentiment on my mini MISTI, I decided to make some more Christmas cards – this time in landscape mode. I used a Blue Denim card base with silver EP. The sentiment is also embossed in silver on Blue Denim and matted with Metallic Silver CS. It is nice to have several of these made up for my stash. I thought the blue would make a nice masculine card so I’m entering it in The Male Room Christmas in July Challenge. I’ve also been inspired to enter this July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Silver Tapestry

Little by little I’m adding to my Christmas stash so maybe I won’t be so rushed come December. The strip from Holiday Tapestry was stamped in VersaMark on Plum Punch CS and embossed in silver. The sentiment from the same set was also embossed in silver on Plum Punch with a Silver Metallic mat. I’m entering this in Perfectly CAS and The Sisterhood of Crafters. Both challenges require embossing – either heat or dry. I enjoy heat embossing and need to do it more.

Mad about Plaid

I’ve been tossing around some ideas for the latest Color Hues Challenge to use Lime Green and Aqua. Most of my ideas were involving flowers, which would have involved lots of coloring. While I like coloring flowers, aqua just wasn’t doing it for me for flowers. Then in the middle of the night it came to me – plaid. Don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before because I love plaids. I got out my Plaid Layering stencil from Taylored Expressions. I sponged the first layer in Ocean Mist, then turned the stencil and sponged Key Lime. Then used the second layer and sponged the thin lines in Ocean Mist going both directions. When I went to die cut the sentiment from Ocean Mist CS, I decided it was too light – I’d sponged the color on pretty heavy when I used the stencil. So, I took a scrap of white and sponged heavily with Ocean Mist, then cut the sentiment out three times so I could layer for dimension. I trimmed the plaid piece down using Master Layouts 1. My plan was to make a landscape card, but the holes cut in the sentiment kind of made it blend in with the background. Then I turned it the other way and voila! The sentiment landed over more of the Key Lime and that worked. Since the outer edges of the plaid were Key Lime, I decided on an Ocean Mist card base, but the color still seemed too light. So I sponged around the edges to deepen the color. I like how it turned out and I have another birthday card for my stash.