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Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #3

Working on some Christmas cards and decided to play along with the Anything Christmas challenge #3 with the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge blog. The inspiration board intrigued me with the black and white plaids and the hints of red.

Using my The Crafters Workshop buffalo plaid stencil, I inked and die cut a section of the panel, stamped my GKD Christmas Joy tree in red and using the Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval nestabilities it was ready for assembly. However, my card just looked a little unfinished so there was a piece of glossy photo cardstock on my desk and decided to emboss it with the SSS Kaleidoscope embossing folder for more texture. The stamped sentiment is also from the same GKD Christmas Joy stamp set.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day.

tic tac bell

The Paper Players PP565

My card is playing in the Tic Tac Toe Challenge: PP565 hosted by Ann for the Paper Players tonight. I opted for the center row down elements which includes Circles, Patterned Paper and Embossing. My sentiment from GKD’s Very Merry Christmas illustrated by Theresa Momber was stamped and then die cut with a Gina K Designs single stitched circle and layered in kraft cardstock onto a Spellbinders nestabilities circle die. My next element is patterned paper and I decided to create my own patterned paper by using The Crafters Workshop Buffalo Plaid Stencil and Distress Oxide inks in antique linen and walnut stain to give me a color pretty close to kraft . I then stamped the bell from SU’s Christmas Classics stamp set in walnut stain and then versamark and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder and fussy cut. My top layer is a piece of glitter paper and a strip of kraft cardstock to try to hide my seam between layers.

I wanted to yell BINGO but realized that was the wrong game so Tic-Tac-Toe it is.

When I first began stamping and cardmaking it, seemed reasonable if I was making one card I may as well make the second. So I am hoping to continue in that manner and create at least two cards of the same design. Even making two cards of the same design they each seem a little different and unique in their own way.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Hope everyone had a Boo-tiful Halloween.

Snowflake Joy

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #2

I’m kind of drawn to buffalo plaids this year for my Christmas cards. I used the inspiration of the black and white stockings in the anything goes Christmas challenge Inspiration Board to make my card.

Using my buffalo plaid square stencil from The Crafters Workshop and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink I layered by buffalo plaid on some red cardstock. Memory Box’s Snowflake Joy was used for my focal image. This came together quickly. .

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. TGIF in another hour. Enjoy your day and the upcoming weekend.

Chase’s 11th Birthday

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Happy Birthday

The Sisterhood of Crafters Happy Birthday theme is right in time for our oldest grandson’s birthday next week. OMG…how can hw be 11 years old! I made my birthday card for Chase using Taylored Expressions Balloon Party layering stencils, SimonSaysStamp large Happy Birthday die and Gina K Designs Applemint, Turquoise Sea and Wild Lilac ink.

After die cutting the sentiment in a turquoise card stock, I decided to die cut it from my stenciled panel. I die cut the sentiment one more time, stacked the three die cuts into the panel. I carefully added some of the surrounding letter pieces to the sentiment panel.

I’m a little undecided if I want to add a sentiment strip to the front of this card. Maybe something in block printing. After making this card my hubby and I laughed wondering if Chase could read the sentiment since they do no teach cursive writing in their school district. I just don’t understand that!!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek.

Crafty hugs

I created a card to send to a person receiving treatment for Breast Cancer. She is in process and ready to begin radiation soon. This was a request at Splitcoast Stampers. I hope this card brightens her day and takes her mind off of things for a short time.

Crafty Hugs

This card has a lot of pink. This person loves pink and this occasion fits pink. This pink is Polished Pink, which is a current In-Color from Stampin Up. Most of the marker colors are this year’s In-Colors with the neutral colors of tan and gray mixed in. I used a kit from Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System from August 2020. I tried the club sets for a while, but was not learning quickly so stopped receiving them. This person is a hair dresser, so the request also mentioned adding scissors. I knew scissors were on this plate, so I thought it would be a good option for the card. She is also crafty and makes cards when she is well.

I have been learning the Hot Foil System and having success. The paper is the key. I am using Hammermill paper most of the time. It works wonderfully and I have had success more time than not with this paper. Gina K Designs paper also works well when using colored paper as it has a smooth finish. I have had a few hiccups with that paper and a solid plate to foil, but most of the time, those cardstocks give good results. Taking photos of the foiled cards are tricky. I received help getting a successful photo where the sentiment was readable.

Thanks for sharing in my card that I feel is a foiling success.

Turquoise Flowers

It’s Color Week at  Just Us Girls using yellow, green and turquoise. I used the layered sunflower from the Hero Arts September 2020 kit sponged with the following inks by Gina K Designs: Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea and Tranquil Teal. The leaves are Grass Green and Lucky Clover. The die is also from the kit. The shadow layer is Lemon Drop and the sentiment is Turquoise Sea on a Lemon Drop card base. Thanks for stopping by to take a peak.

Blue Sympathy

Sympathy cards are always hard to make when they’re needed. This has become my quick and CAS sympathy card that I try to keep on hand. I’ve done this in the past in shades of gray, but wanted to change it up a bit. I stamped the sentiment from Extra Grand Sentiments by JustRite in Ocean Mist.  The butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Kit from Simon Says Stamp was stamped in Sea Glass. The card base is Ocean Mist. I’m entering this in the Perfectly CAS challenge to make a sympathy card. Thank you for stopping by to view my card.

Pumpkin Boo!

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

My second card for the October Anything Halloween Goes challenge with The Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge is inspired by the pumpkins on the inspiration board. My pumpkins were stamped in black ink using a Recollections Halloween stamp set and the Gina K Designs Wicked for my sentiment. The trees were die cut using a SimonSaysStamp Ghouls & Tree dies, a few bats and ghosts were also added to my color burst background.

Not too spooky for this card.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Fall weather will be coming our way on Sunday in Pennsylvania after a very warm Saturday. We were able to attend our granddaughter’s soccer game and she scored 3 goals but the softball game was rained out! Bummer!!!