Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas Craft Day

Since I made an unexpected trip to Arizona and have another coming soon, I have not had an opportunity to make a great project for Christmas as I have done over the past years.  So I decided that Sunday, November 30th from 1:00- 4:00 pm will be "Christmas Craft Day".  It will not be a Stampin' Up class as we will be creating a variety of things and using a variety of products.  I know that I said  I would post a Crumb Cake card similar to yesterday's card, but I changed my mind.  In trying to figure out what to make on Christmas Craft Day, I saw this card on the Cricut Explore Design Studio and I had to try it out.  I just thought everything about the card is just adorable.  By November 30th, it will be spruced up a bit, but isn't it too cute?  We will make gift card holders, gift tags, cards and who knows what else!  The cost will be $20 with no option of placing a SU order. It should be a fun way to spend an afternoon.  Mark your calendars and look for more information during the next few weeks.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crushed Purple

Wanted to make a card with a Fall tone using Elegant Eggplant.  Decided I haven't crushed, uncrushed and sponged cardstock for awhile.  So I used Perfect Plum cardstock, crumbled it up, uncrumbled it and then sponged using Elegant Eggplant for the background layer.  I think it looks very pretty.  The images are from the For All Things stamp set (Holiday Mini) and I used Olive Green brads to add a little more interest to the dark purple.  Tomorrow's card will be similar but using Crumb Cake with Chocolate Chip ink.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Give Thanks

238 unnamedA few days ago I saw a card sketch on Operation Write Home that caught my eye and that was the start of today's card.  I still have some of the retired Sweater Weather DSP (which I still like)  so I used that together with the Truly Grateful stamp set (annual catalog).  Not sure if you have used card sketches, but there are a number of them out there for your use.  Just type "card sketches" in the search bar and you will have plenty of choices.  Pick one or two and get to work.  I find myself using card sketches more often lately.  From now on when I use a card sketch, I will post the sketch and the card I created.  As I type this morning it truly is sweater weather around here!  Actually, it is more like coat weather!!  Have a great day and keep warm.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Coastal Cabana Vases

Today's card is one I created a while back using one of the smaller Top Note shapes I made with my Explore and SU's My Digital Studio.  The Vivid Vases were colored using a Coastal Cabana Marvelous Marker.  (Lately I say Marvelous Markers so that you know the new Blendabilities were not used.)  The little banners match the colors of the flower and the two smaller banners were punched with the Banner punch, two of them after being stamped using the Banner Banter stamp set.  Have a great day and weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joy in Lost Lagoon

Another Christmas card that we will be creating this weekend.  Once again I am using All Is Calm DSP. I also used the Joy framelit included in the Wondrous Wreath Framelit set.  Yesterday was the first time I used the framelit and I was having trouble getting the word out without sections tearing and/or sticking in the framelit.  Then I remember reading on our demonstrator message board that someone else had the same problem.  So, I used the suggestion I found there:  Layer the framelit first using wax paper and then the cardstock.   So I did that a couple of times and it still stuck in a couple of spots.  Finally, I added a shim to the Big Shot sandwich and out popped the word "Joy" after I rolled it thru with the shim on the acrylic plate.  The snowflakes are from Endless Wishes, the smaller ones embossed with silver embossing powder.  And the finishing touch is the pretty Lost Lagoon silky taffeta ribbon which is in the Holiday Mini.   Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.  Have a great day!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Having A Little Fun

I am in the middle of getting things ready for card classes but I set Christmas cards aside for a little while as I played with the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks.  Actually, they are stencils and for today's card I used the Dots and Blackberry Bliss ink.  Sponging the Blackberry Bliss ink created a much lighter shade of the ink.  As a matter of fact when I first received the Blackberry Bliss reinker I used it with rubbing alcohol to dye the White Satin Ribbon.  That too produced a much lighter shade.  I am sure if I added more reinker, it would be darker.  At any rate, that  ribbon has been hanging on my board since then and I am finally using it.  The image is from Really Good Greetings and I added a little "celebrate" tab.  Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Making Spirits Bright Christmas

Today's card is one that we will be making during classes over the weekend.  I wanted to use the Smokey Slate DSP from the All Is Calm Specialty paper.While coloring in the "drink" I knew that I would match the DSP with Real Red cardstock.  After using a Labels Framelits to cut around the image, the image was layered on to a larger framelit.  I used my Marvelous Markers to color the image and then added Dazzling Details to both the glass and the little holly berries.  The Making Spirits Bright is a fun little stamp set that has a variety of sentiments in addition to the "drink".  It can be found in the Holiday Mini on page 48.  Have a great day!