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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

W2CB #59: Counting My Blessings

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge. Our November/December words come to us from an old Irish proverb.

When I count my blessings, I count you twice. 

My thoughts immediately went to sharing a holiday meal with family and friends... which inspired me to ink up a few forest friends counting their blessings over a Thankgiving meal.

Strathmore watercolor paper, Pebbles(?) dp; SU cardstock
Lawn Fawn forest feast images, in MFT hybrid ink and colored with SU watercolor pencils
Hope you'll stop by W2CB to check out our team's wonderful creations... and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your very own.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #11: WREATHS

A New Twofer Challenge!!!

Hi, everyone! Today's the 10th of the month... which means it's time for a new Twofer Challenge!!!



The Twofer Card Challenge has quickly become one of my favorite challenge blogs, and it's an honor to be joining fellow-GTer Carol (who blogs at Our Little Inspirations) and the amazingly awesome Twofer Team for this month's challenge. Huge thanks to Darnell and the Twofer DT for their Guest Designer invitation.  :)

As you can tell by this post's title, the prompt for November is WREATHS! And, did you notice stencils have now been added to the twofer stamps and dies arsenal!!!



My Twofer Wreath Stamp Cards

I used a Paper Smooches grapevine wreath stamp from it's Holly Jolly stamp on both cards.




The JOY card was inspired by a card made by uber-talented MFT DTer Barbara Anders.  Thanks, Barbara, for your wonderful inspiration!
  • I kept Barbara's basic fab CAS design. Barbara's card has a gorgeous clean, modern feel with a crisp white and red palette. I opted to go farmhouse rustic with my card, pairing a gingham-checked-dp with some SU crumb cake.
  • The gingham dp was actually white and red. So, I aged it a little bit with some brown ink to complement the rustic look of the crumb cake.
  • SUPPLIES: PS Holly Jolly wreathSU cardstock and dp; MFT filled with joy dies; MFT Christmas background stamp in Versamark embossing ink; MFT brown ink; various PS holly dies; MFT and Spellbinders circle dies; Simon Says A2 curve die; SU linen thread

The sympathy card took off a life of it's own.

  • The first step was to create a pretty yellow, orange, and red Oxide background.
  • I initally planned to make a 3-by-3 array of wreaths, with each wreath containing a different letter. Reading from left to right, Row One was to be B L E; Row 2, S S I; Row 3, N G S. 
  • However, when I tried to stamp three circles across the paper, they wouldn't fit. I went ahead and stamped three overlapping wreaths... not quite yet abandoning the nine-letter idea. 
  • The overlapped look turned out pretty well... and I decided to continue with a row above, and a row above that, and then two rows below the first-stamped row. 
  • I really liked the resulting pattern. It was apparent the nine-letter idea wasn't going to work. However, there appeared to be an interesting cross-shaped image. 
  • So, I decided to ink up the inside of each circle with broken china and peacock feather Oxides and stamp a sympathy sentiment on a double-ply vellum strip.
  • SUPPLIES: PS Holly Jolly wreathStrathmore watercolor paper; SU cardstock and vellum; various Distress Oxides; corner elements: PS die; PS sentiment from graceful beauties stamp set in MFT brown ink


Your Turn

Now it's your turn. Like all Twofer Challenges, you have until the 24th of the month to join in the fun. Yep, that's a full two weeks to make wreath-inspired cards.

  • Interpretations can be conventional or unconventional. 
  • Both cards need to have different designs for two different occasions.
  • Both cards must be made using the same stamp and/or die.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! See you in the November Twofer Gallery!  :)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

SAS4Kids: Holiday Holidays 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!  :)

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge! As always, we welcome Anything Goes cards, but our focus these next few weeks is holiday cards.

So, I'm featuring a holiday card that was mailed a couple of weeks ago for a little patient at Nationwide Children's. As I mentioned a while ago, I am just crazy about this season's Stampin' Up! Santa's Workshop Collection. Soooooo cute!!!  :)


Stampin' Up! cardstock and Santa's Workshop dp
Paper Smooches Holly, Jolly sentiment, in Versamark black onyx
SU stitched oval die and cookie builder punch (for tiny circles)
EK snowflake border punch (for tiny snowflake)
Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see our DT's fun cards, and then stop back by to link up a kiddie card of your very own. Again, we're looking for anything goes with a focus on holiday cards. And, although I went young with my card, our shippers are happy to receive cards for older patients. Of course, guy cards are always welcome, too.

See you in the SAS4Kids Gallery!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas: Embossing

Hi, everyone! It's the first of the month... which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas Challenge!

This month, DTer Debs is looking for cards featuring embossing... any kind... "wet" or "dry".  LOL

My card, which was made for a local children's hospital, features embossing-folder texture and a heat-embossed sentiment... and another one of those Stampin' Up! Santa's Workshop cuties. Today, Mrs. Claus is full of holiday goodness.

SU cardstock and retired dp, Santa's Workshop dp (and coordinating die)
SU Snow Day sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and SU white embossing powder
Spellbinders scallop, MFT, and SU circle dies; Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder

Hope you'll stop by Sparkles Christmas to check out our DT's amazing work, and then stop back by to link up an embossed creation of your very own.

See you in the Sparkles Christmas Gallery.  :)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

'Tis the Season

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday! Hope the weekend's going well. I'm just sitting here computer-ing away while watching some college football. Who could ask for anything more?!

Tonight, I'm sharing a card inspired by the CAS-ual Fridays Pinks and Grays and Jingle Belles While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Challenges.



For my card, I went with the non-traditional holiday palette of pink and gray for a little pup... who just couldn't resist a bite of some tempting wrapping paper. Think this little guy will be going to a fellow dog-loving friend. 

Strathmore watercolor paper; Recollections black cardstock and paddywhack dp
Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Crazy Things, inked in Versamark black onyx, colored with SU watercolor pencils
MFT happy pawlidays (masked) sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
SU stencil and Heidi Swapp metallic white paste colored with a bit of Distress hickory smoke
MFT speech bubble die; Uniball gold pen

That's it for tonight. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


SAS4Kids: Holiday Wishes/AG

Hi, everyone! It's the third Saturday of the month.... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

As with all our challenges this year, anything goes. Since we're in the midst of fall and the holiday season is right around the corner, our SAS4Kids DT focused on fall and holiday cards.


As for my card, I've been chomping at the bit to play with this season's Stampin' Up! Santa Workshop products. My intention was to have Santa checking his list inside the house while the elves worked their magic outside. However, it sort of looks like Santa's trapped in a telephone booth. Oh well... Gotta make a few tweaks to this idea on the next cards.... but think it will bring a smile to a little face as is.

SU cardstock and Santa's Workshop dp (and coordinating dies)
EK snowflake border punch (for tiny snowflakes)
Sizzix or Cuttlebug embossing folder; Paper Smooches stitched die; ??? window die

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids and check out all the DT's amazing cards and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own.  :)

In the meantime, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Pretty Pink Poinsettia

Hi, everyone! Happy Tuesday!!!

I took a break from kiddie holiday cards to make a card inspired by the current Jingle Belles and CAS-ual Fridays Challenges. It's been a while since I've had a chance to play along at either, so I'm excited to be sharing a card at both.  :)



Stampin' Up! cardstock
Paper Smooches poinsettia dies; MFT stitched rectangle die; SU cookie builder punch (for flower center)
SU sentiment, heat embossed in Versamark and white SU powder
SU embossing folder; Pretty Pink Posh sequins
That's it for now. Making this one short and sweet. 

Have a great week. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!