Thursday, November 23, 2017

I'm Thankful for Christmas CraZy


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours are having a great day of feasting, gathering, chatting, and more! Oh, and did I mention feasting? Make the most of this day when we focus on giving thanks!

And before you go, let me also say... Merry! Merry Christmas, that is.

I have hosted the Christmas CraZy swap on SCS this year. Every other month we I randomly select pairs of swappers to share an image/papers with each other. This is the last round, as I've decided not to do this again in 2018. But it has been a GREAT year.

This round Lynn was my partner and what an amazing partner she is. She sent me the most incredible deer (and a die cut Merry Christmas plus gorgeous papers). THANK YOU, Lynn!

 Just look at the deer! It is inked in layers to give it that realistic look. Let me tell you, Lynn must have better eyesight than I do because I don't think I'd ever be able to get the layers lined up like that.




Here's a close-up of the deer:




Here's the inside:



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The items Lynn sent:

Gina Marie Designs Deer stamped with PaperTrey Ink Fine Linen, Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate, SU Creamy Caramel, and Versafine Onyx Black Inks

Basic Grey Designer Paper

Sizzix Home for the Holidays die (SU Cherry Cobbler and Tempting Turquoise)


I also used the following from my stash to make the card:

Recollections Ivory and SU Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso CS

Buttons and Twine from unknown vendors

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Chickie Christmas Tree



The Creative Card group members received a fun kit of Christmas-themed goodies this month from Maggie. THANK YOU, Maggie!

This is Maggie's description of the contents:

The Christmas tree is from Stamplistic. It is a layered card so I sent you 4 pieces stamped on green. The idea is to cut out the images graduated so you can layer each one on one of the white cards so the tree stands out. I've included some embellishments that you can use to decorate your tree. It's up to you.

The other images are from SU Santa Paws set with sentiments. I also included a sentiment from SU Watercolor Christmas and a chipboard JOY from Melissa Francis.

The tree brads are from my stash. The Metallic thread and green and burgundy ribbons are from my stash. The cardstock is SU Real Red and Garden Green. The designer paper is from SU also, but I neglected to write down which paper collection they were from. Have fun!

The only thing of my own that I used to make this card was some CS - Recollections Green, Ivory, and Red - and some Stickles Glitter Glue. I colored the image with Copic markers.




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Try Something New with Stamps and Wood


Sometimes we just need to branch out and try something other than paper, right? So I purchased so disks of birch wood and decided to try to make a snowman ornament with two of them.




Pretty simple to make and didn't turn out too bad either.

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Supplies Used

Birch Disks: from Michael's

Paint: Master's Touch White Acrylic

Stamp Set: Peachy Keen Snow Bitty Faces stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Faber Casteel Big Brush Markers

Embellishments: Dress It Up Top Hat Button, Foof-a-La Black Buttons and Ribbon from my scrap bin

Monday, November 20, 2017

Frantic Stamper Musical Instruments


I think there is something majestic about a grand piano so you can be sure I love this die from the November release at Frantic Stamper. You can see the entire release HERE.






Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:


Here's the inside:



I also made this card...



Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:

Frantic Stamper Background Stamp Used:


Here's a closeup of the instruments:



Here's the inside:




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Supplies Used on the First Card

Frantic Stamper Precision DiesBaby Grand Piano  #FRA-DIE-10292

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Metallic Silver and Rose Red CS and DCWV Black & White Music Notes DP

Embellishments: Craft Smart Ribbon and Heart-Shaped Brad from an unknown vendor

Supplies Used on the Second Card

Frantic Stamper Precision DiesHeart Clef #FRA-DIE-10350Nested Diamonds #FRA-DIE-10328, and Quartet Musical Instruments #FRA-DIE-10296 


Frantic Stamper Background Stamp: Hearts All over #FRA-CLG-B036

Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Rose Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Note-Shaped Brads from an unknown vendor

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mysterious Christmas



I can hardly believe it - this is the 42nd round of the Mystery Image swap group on SCS. I started the group - years ago. We've dwindled down to 10 members, but we still enjoy creating with the same image as the others every round. It's such a delight to see what the others create.

This round I am the hostess, and I chose the CC Designs "Henry Claus" image. Of course my mailbox has been the recipient of some pretty amazing cards... this is a talented group of ladies. My card looks kind of simple by comparison. But I did enjoy making it... and especially enjoyed coloring "Henry".




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Supplies Used

Stamps: CC Designs Henry Claus and Funny Christmas (sentiment) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White CS

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Washi Tape from an unknown vendor

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sweet Stampin' Birthday Celebration



This is a special week... it's birthday week for Sweet Stampin' Challenges. That means everyone is included in the celebration - so both groups of the design team created birthday cards to share.

AND... we're really REALLY hoping YOU will participate by making a birthday card, too, and linking it to the challenge... HERE.



Be sure to play along at...


November 18 - 24


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Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: My Favorite Thinks Sweet Birthday Wishes stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Pretty in Pink CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Recollections Enamel Dots

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joy Report and 50 Truths


I've had a busy BUSY week... filled with meetings, appointments, trips to the auto mechanic, and more. But it has also had its share of fun. (I made 18 cards this week.) And at the time this post goes live, I'll actually be out-of-state visiting my parents and my sister. Fun times!

The card on my blog today was inspired by chapter 46 of the little book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.

Sometimes the Cynics 
Are Just Plain Wrong


Nelson had an amazing day... but he said, "This wasn't how it was supposed to end. No it was supposed to be different."

See, Nelson had wanted to take his wife/children to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was his dream. But everyone - EVERYONE - he shared that with told him not to do it. They even asked him if he was nuts. They warned him of the traffic - it would be horrendous. They warned him of the hotels - they'd be overpriced and dingy. Parking would be impossible. Crowds would be overbearing. And... yes, even the weather would be unbearable. It would be FREEZING.

Nelson, what are you thinking???

Nelson actually considering cancelling his plans for his family, but when he found out the hotel had a no-cancellations policy, he forged ahead.

And all the nay-sayers were wrong.

Driving into the city, they encountered a lot of traffic - going the other direction. The reasonably priced hotel was comfortable and friendly. They walked a few blocks to the parade route and found the perfect spot to watch the parade.

Nelson says, 'I'm not a guy who especially likes parades, but this one blew me away. My kids got to pet the passing horses and high-five the clowns. During a lull, my daughters even held one of the guide wires of the legendary big balloons. The bids boomed. The temperatures were in the mid-60s."

Yep, it was pretty much an amazing DREAM-filled trip!




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Supplies Used

Stamps: My Favorite Thinks My Favorite Sentiments (inside) and Tim Holtz Phrases 2 (front) stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Black, Ivory, and Kraft CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Free Stuff Is Good


NOTE: This is my second blog post of the day. If you're here to see my Ready Set Go "Inside/Out" card, either keep scrolling or go HERE.


This card is one that makes my heart happy. Not something many people would think of when they think of lemons... but I've drooled over this stamp set for quite some time now... and now I own it. WOW! I absolutely love The Project Bin stamps!!! This one is called "Yello!" How fun is that???!?!?!

I think the sentiment is hilarious... and oh so true! Because who doesn't love free stuff, right?






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Be sure to head over to The Project Bin's online store and take a peek.


Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: The Project Bin Yello! stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Daffodil Delight CS and Bo Bunny Spone Yellow and Recollections Black and White Paper Pad DP

Embellishments: Your Next Stamp Gum Drops

RSG Goes Inside Out


It's time! IT's TIME! The Ready Set Go girls (Kelly, Barb, and I) were challenged this month - by Kelly - to stretch ourselves and make an "Inside Out" card. Now truthfully, the idea behind the Ready Set Go team is that we "stretch ourselves" every month. These challenges are not meant to be for the faint of heart. And that is a good thing.

Here were Kelly's specific directions...

Your challenge this month is to make an Inside/Out card! What's that? Glad you asked 😊 

It is where the inside of your card is now the front and the front is now inside! However you want to interpret that is up to you.  Be creative, use lots of color/ing and try to avoid leaving it 'blank' on the front.  Remember, we're thinking outside the box!  I hope you have fun with the challenge - now get ready, get set ... Go! 




I had to think on this a while and then finally came up with the  idea to leave an opening on the front of my card through which the inside would show up. My card is pretty plain... and trust me, it was a challenge and a half to get a photograph of it. But it was a lot of fun to make.






Then after I made my card, I went to my friend (you know her... Google) and I snooped around. Oh my! Not a good idea... not at all. I found some masterpieces. But then again, ignorance can be bliss. I'm just sayin'. ;) Just look HERE... you know you want to. WOW!!!

But, I digress.

Be sure to hop on over to Barb's blog and Kelly's blog to see their Inside/Out Masterpieces.

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and a Zig Wink of Stella Marker

Die: Frantic Stamper Elegant Merry Christmas #FRA-DIE-10339

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Dapper Denim CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

You're Incredi-BOWL


Please Note: I have two blog posts today, this one and the Dueling Darling one that immediately follows this one. If you want to go directly there, you can do so by clicking HERE.


Craftaholics R Us has a challenge for us, beginning today - and it is a challenging one for me. I hardly ever do this kind of card...

Masculine

EEK! I hope I did okay.







I hope you'll participate in the 
Craftaholics R Us Masculine Challenge!


November 15 - 21


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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Unity Balls to You stamped with Memento Paris Dusk and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Stampin' UP!  Brilliant Blue and Island Indigo CS and American Crafts The Color of Memories and Pebbles  Yours Truly Together Ensemble DP

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

The Darlings Hop to It


It's time to get our DUEL on... and it's going to  be an interesting one.

Suzy (Divas) and her sister Deb (Dazzlers) are the hostesses this month. That means they put their heads together and came up with a theme... and then they each put together kits to send to their respective team members based on that theme.

Deb told the Dazzlers that she and Suzy realized everyone is so busy these days - we hop from one event to another - so they thought of FROGS. Yes, frogs. And that became their theme. Isn't that fun?

I'm not sure what happened, but the majority of my kit didn't arrive, so I asked around and found out what was in the kit... and I just happened to own the stamp set Deb used, so we were good with images. BUT when you check out the other Dazzler blogs/galleries, you might find my card is made with a wee bit different items. That's okay... because I hopped to it... and made a frog card.




Be sure to check out the Diva and Dazzler blogs (links are in my left side bar) to see what froggie things you'll find there.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: SU Frogs and Flies stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Recollections White 110# CS and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Green Gable CS and a piece of DP (from Deb)

Embellishments: CC Designs Enamel Dots

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Try Something New - Amazing


I have been admiring the "eclipse" cards I've been seeing on blogs, in galleries, and on Facebook... so I decided to give it a try.




Here's a closeup:


I learned a few things. First, the word/item you die cut really needs to be big enough to put the foam pieces behind. Mine wasn't, so you can see bits of the white foam showing. Ugh! It's also probably wise not to use white foam behind a dark paper. I'm jus' sayin'. I also learned it's pretty challenging to get a photo that shows off this technique well.

But... it was fun to do and I'll definitely be trying the "eclipse" technique again.

If you'd like to see the video tutorial I watched to learn how to do this, go HERE.


Here's the inside of my card:



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Supplies Used

Stamp/Die Set: My Favorite Things Amazing

Papers: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Sahara Sand CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Gina Marie Enamel Dots

Monday, November 13, 2017

Frantic Stamper Young Love



I have two more cards to show you today that I made using Frantic Stamper Precision Dies from the November release. You can see the entire release HERE.

My first card is all about love - doesn't that could look sweet, making a heart with their joined hands?





Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:


Here is the inside:







This second card was  a lot of fun to make. I used several dies from the release on it.





Frantic Stamper Precision Dies Used:


Here is the inside:




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Supplies Used on the First Card

Frantic Stamper Precision DieLoving Couple #FRA-DIE-10183 

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Real Red CS and Stampin' UP! Sending Love DP

Embellishments: Love Brad and other Brads from unknown vendors

Supplies Used on the Second Card

Frantic Stamper Precision DiesCoved Musical Labels #FRA-DIE-10349 and Flower Girl and Ring Bearer #FRA-DIE-10184

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Metallic Gold CS and DP from the Recollections Black and White Paper Pad (I colored the DP with colored pencils and gel pens)

Embellishments: Craftsman Ribbon and a Brad from an unknown vendor

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Autumn Colors Internationally


Several months ago, Sugar Pea Designs gave me an adorable autumn stamp set (they have fabulous customer service!) and I had yet to ink it up. So when I learned International Art & Soul was having an "Autumn Colors" Challenge, I knew it was time to do so. The little fox is just way too much fun. And who doesn't love Pumpkin Spice, right?






I hope you'll participate in the 



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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Fall Fox stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Mug-Shaped Brad