Showing posts with label Festive Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Festive Friday. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Wreath with Christmas Wishes

Here's another card for my Christmas card stash -  that I made for the latest Festive Friday challenge.
I made my own barnboard background by scoring a white card stock panel with my ScorPal and then rubbing two ink colors over the panel -  Ranger Distress Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone.  I die cut the wreath out of both white card stock and a piece of patterned paper that looks like a photo of pine branches from Die Cuts With a View Christmas Stack (that I've had for years!)  I layered the two cuts together for strength since the DP is thin. I used Tim Holtz Holiday Wreath die that has little cut outs in it in the shape of holly - you can see them lifted up in the photo.
 I covered the wreath with Glitter Glaze Sheer Sparkle from MFT -  you can see the sparkle in this close up.  I made the sentiment panel by clear embossing the sentiment from Tis The Season from Waltzingmouse on white card stock - and then sponging over it with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  I layered the wreath onto the barnboard panel with foam dots - and layered the sentiment piece over the wreath with more foam dots.
Here's the Festive Friday Image that inspired my card:
and here's my card again.
Love this blue and green color mix for Christmas!  Are you working on your holiday cards yet?

I'm also linking this to Virginia's View Challenge #7 - Pattern Paper
  Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps:  Tis the Season - Waltzingmouse
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Distress Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone
Paper:  White - PTI, DP - Die Cuts with a View/Christmas Stack
Accessories:  Scor Pal,  Glitter Glaze Sheer Sparkle - MFT, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Holiday wreath die - Alterations/Tim Holtz.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Snow in the Mountains

Today I have a Christmas card to share - using the rather unlikely colors of black, tan and white!
I used one of my favorite Waltzingmouse dies -  the Alpine Christmas die set along with the coordinating Alpine Christmas stamp set.  I white embossed both the beautiful mountain range and snowflakes.
My card was inspired by this wonderful image for the Festive Friday Challenge
 Can't you just smell those yummy frosted gingerbread snowflakes???!!! Hmmm - I love the smells of baking in the kitchen at Christmastime....

It's just a few months till Christmas (gasp!) so it's really time to get going on our Christmas cards so we can relax and enjoy the season don't you think?!  I'm glad I'm getting mine done early!  You have until the 27th to link up to Festive Friday.

Stamps:  Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black, Fine Linen - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories:  Alpine Christmas Die Set - Waltzingmouse, foam dots, white embossing powder, foam dots.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Guest Designing for Festive Friday!!

I was thrilled beyond words when I got an e-mail from Ardyth asking if I'd like to be Guest DT for this week's Festive Friday Challenge -  I quickly replied a resounding "YES  - I'd LOVE to!"   So here I am -- with my card for this week's Festive Friday Inspiration photo - isn't this a wonderful Christmas scene??!  
This is how Christmas looks in New England where I live. (accept for the once in a while years when we don't have snow - which is SO depressing!!)
I knew right away - that I'd pull out my Papertrey Ink stamp set and die - Enjoy the Ride to create my card..  
And then I went searching for my old SU set Loads of Love Accessories (that goes with the cute pick up truck from Loads of Love)  I've sold most of my SU sets on Ebay -  but I knew I had kept this one - and the presents and dogs stamps (that go in the bed of the truck) were the perfect scale for the VW!   And don't worry  - the dogs are not driving -  this is the back window of the car!! 
I stamped the dogs right in the car window - using a sticky note along the bottom to be sure it didn't stamp outside the car. I colored 2 of them with a tan Copic and colored their noses with a Spica black pen so they have a little sparkle (like a dogs wet nose!) I stamped the presents on white card stock, cut them out and colored them with a red Copic.  The wreath, berries and tiny snowflakes (see one just above my name on the pic above?!) are stamps from Twas the Night Before Christmas by Waltzingmouse.  I stamped the wreath and berries, cut around the outside edges and punched a hole out of the middle.  I stamped the snowflakes in Distress Antique Linen randomly on the snowy field and in the sky - very subtle!  I also sponged the edges of each piece and the background panel with the Antique Linen. 

The trees and rocks are a red rubber stamp called Lakeside Reflections from StampScapes - I stamped it 3 times to fill the background panel (and I only inked the top half as the bottom half shows a reflection in the lake!).  Then I layered the car onto the panel, the presents on the roof and the wreath on the back of the car with foam dots.   I added red enamel dots over the lights on the car and finally stamped the Merry Christmas from Nutcracker Sweet by Waltzingmouse along the top.

I hope the challenge photo inspires you to make a Christmas Card in August and get ahead of the holiday rush when December rolls around!!  I already have a box full of cards ready to send out because I participate in the Festive Friday challenges!
Please check out all of the lovely Design Team's inspiration over at Festive Friday - and I hope to see your card linked up there.
 You have until Midnight EST on Wed 8/13 to link up!

And thank you to Ardyth and all the DT ladies from Festive Friday for allowing me to join you as Guest DT for this week's challenge!

Stamps:  Twas the Night Before Christmas and Nutcracker Sweet - Waltzingmouse; Enjoy the Ride - Papertrey Ink; Loads of Love Accessories - Stampin' Up; Lakeside Reflections - StampScapes.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Memento London Fog, Archival Red Geranium, Tree Bark and Fern Green.
Accessories:  Copics E31, R05, foam dots, Circle Punch - EK Success, Spica Black Pen, enamel dots - home made from Perler beads, car die - Enjoy the Ride/PTI.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Winter Bunny

I've missed a couple of the Festive Friday Challenges - and I was determined not to miss it again!  This is the beautiful inspiration photo:
So many pretty things to focus on -  first I thought pinecones,  then snowflakes, then white frame and wreath,  I toyed with the idea of branches with silver balls, or a roaring fire..... but then
The little bunny won out! I love the stitched bunny and bow from Lil' Inker Designs - I guess she's not just for Easter anymore!! I cut her out of a brushed gold card stock.  I also used (for the very first time!) my long ago purchased and stored away Impression Plate from the Luxe Letter Press Market Kit from PTI.  
I stamped the NOEL from the Nutcracker Sweet set by Waltzingmouse in Brilliance Gold Ink next to my bunny.  The bunny and bow are both popped up on foam tape. 

On the inside I stamped this verse from an old wood mounted rubber stamp I have:  
In the stillness of snow falling
In the glow of candlelight
In the beauty of frosty windows
May peace be yours tonight.

Perfect for my little bunny, I think.....

Stamps:  Noel from Nutcracker Sweet - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Letter Press 110# Stock - PTI,  brushed gold from stash
Ink:  Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Accessories:  Bunnies and Bows Die set - Lil' Inker Designs, Luxe Letter Press Impression Plate - PTI

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pastel Christmas in the Round

I have two round Christmas cards to share today -  
I used the same technique for the background on both cards.  I took Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean Distress Stains and ran them over my NonStick Craft Mat in two lines.  I spritzed the mat with water over the stains and then swiped a panel of glossy card stock straight through the colors.  I flipped over the panel and let the colors drip a bit - then dried it with my heat tool and blotted any big pools of color with a paper towel. The card above was made using the first panel I swiped through the stains - so the colors are stronger.

The card below was made with a glossy card stock panel swiped through what was left on the mat after the first swipe, so the colors are a little weaker, especially the Worn Lipstick on the right..  I die cut the panels with a circle Nestability as well as the card bases - having the die a little over the fold in the card so it didn't cut through all the way around, leaving a fold at the top.  The PEACE cut out was made with a Movers and Shapers die from Alterations/Tim Holtz.   This panel is popped up on foam dots to accent the cut out.  I adhered Lemonade Blend sequins from Avery Elle on the card above and sequins from Neat and Tangled on the card below (the sequins were included free in an order I just got from them!)
I'm linking my cards to two Christmas Challenges:
Festive Friday - which was this photo for inspiration
and Merry Monday - which was to use sparkle -  I used sequins for sparkle and glossy paper that shines!

Joy Card:
Stamps:  Joy to the World - Verve
Paper:  White - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders, Ranger Distress Stains Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean, Non Stick Craft Mat - Ranger, Water Mister - Ranger, Lemonade Blend sequins - Avery Elle.

Peace Card:
Paper:  Sweet Blush - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders, Peace Movers and Shapers die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, foam dots, sequins - Neat and Tangled, Non Stick Craft Mat - Ranger, Water Mister - Ranger,

Thursday, June 12, 2014

From Our Home to Yours

Yes folks,  I am daring to post yet another Christmas card when the wonderful warm summer has finally come upon us here in Massachusetts!

I actually have two cards to share -  because I thought I was going to use both images on one card - but when I die cut them - it looked too crowded having both together.

On my first card I used the lovely skis, pine bough and sentiment from the Two Feet Deep set from PTI.  I used the coordinating dies for the skis and bough. 
 I embossed the stitched mat die cut panel with the Snowflakes embossing folder from Provo Craft.  The sentiment is on a die cut sentiment strip from MFT.
 And here's the 2nd card - with the exact same layout but using the sled instead of the skiis.
My cards were inspired by two challenges:
Darnell's new NBUS challenge: to use never before used 'schtuff' with a friendship theme -  I bought the PTI stamp and die sets months ago and this is their virgin debut - and my card is being sent from our home to yours (friend!)
And the Festive Friday Challenge - you can see what inspired me here!
Stamps:  Two Feet Deep - PTI
Paper:  White, Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Red Geranium, Fern Green Tree Branch; Memento London Fog
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil' Inker Designs, Two Feet Deep Die Collection - PTI, Dienamics Sentiment Strips - MFT, foam dots.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Peace on Earth

Here I am with another Christmas Card to share -  I only need about 40 Christmas cards in December and I'm pretty close to having that many made already!   I punched several different sized circles out of  red and lime green glitter card stock from Michaels.  I die cut the deer from Starry Christmas by MFT out of Brushed Silver Cardstock from SU and then white embossed it using the coordinating deer stamp from the Starry Christmas stamp set by MFT. The Peace on Earth is from the same stamp set.  I layered them all onto a panel I die cut with my Stitched Mat Rectangle from Lil' Inker Designs.
Here's a close up of the deer showing the silver with white embossing a little better.
I'm linking my Christmas card to 3 challenges:
Festive Friday -  I was inspired by the red ball ornaments on the tray, the green tree and the prancing silver reindeer on the tree.
Jingle Belles -  Theme Peace -  the deer flying through the galaxy evokes a feeling of Peace for me on this card!

Stamps:  Starry Christmas - My Favorite Things
Paper:  White - PTI, Glitter Card Stock -Michaels, Brushed Silver - Stampin'Up
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Versamark
Accessories:  foam tape, white embossing powder, heat tool, circle punches - EK Success, reindeer die - Starry Christmas set - My Favorite Things, Stitched Mat Rectangle die - Lil' Inker Designs.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Candy Cane Cookies

We're finally getting some great sunny warm weather here in MA so what do I do?? Make another Christmas card! 
I stamped the candy canes and bow stamps from Candy Jar Christmas Fillers set from Waltzingmouse - the Merry Christmas is from the Nordic Winter set.  I die cut the canes and bow with the Jar Fillers die set from WMS.  I die cut the circle using my Stitched Mat Circle die from Lil' Inker Designs and added some home made enamel dots that I made from Perler beads.  The background paper is from a DCWV Christmas Stack that I've had for years I die cut it with a Stitched Mat Rectangle die and layered it to a piece of white card stock for sturdiness.  The dotted paper for the candy canes is from PTI.

So here's the inspiration photo for The Festive Friday Challenge - itsn't it YUMMY!?!
I'm also entering this into Virginia's View Challenge - to use stitching  the bow stamp has a stitched edge to it - and the circle and rectangle have die cut stitched edges!

Stamps:  Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Nordic Winter - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, text DP - DCWV The Christmas Stack, dotted red DP - Textstyle 2009 Bitty Dot Basics - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy - PTI, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Jar Fillers Die Set - Waltzingmouse,  Stitched Mat Circles and Rectangle dies - Lil' Inker Designs, Glue N Seal - Ranger, foam tape, enamel dots home made from Perler Beads.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Joy to the World - Sweet Pea

I have several DT posts coming up this week so I wanted to sneak these two challenge cards in before I ran out of posting time!
When I saw this Festive Friday Challenge 

 I knew that I'd pull out my sweet little star die  and this wonderful digital wood grain DP from  the Etsy Shop - All About Scrapping, that I won for a card I entered into a Stamplorations Challenge.  The sentiment from Verve seemed perfect for it - stamped directly on the paper in Archival Jet Black Ink.
I'm also linking this to Jingle Belles - to use at least 3 layers -  I know this card looks pretty CAS but there ARE 3 layers on it!

For my second card -  I needed a baby card for the baby shop that buys cards from me.  I've made cards with this peapod stamp and buttons before and the owner said they are quite popular and so she wanted more.  
I used my Stitched Mat Rectangle and Circle dies for the panels - the pea pod stamp is from Baby Button Bits by PTI.  I used the large green circle panel to suggest a pea in keeping with the theme! (I tried a half circle first but it just didn't look right to me!)
My design was inspired by the CAS-ual Friday's challenge - Three Things (to use three of something on just one third of the card front)
I used three buttons, 3 colors (2 shades of green and yellow (buttons)), and 3 layers - and the pea pod itself is on approximately just 1/3rd of the card!

I'll be back tomorrow with a Mixed Media Post for the eclectic Paperie Blog - I hope you'll stop by to check it out!

Joy to the World
Stamps:  Joy to the World/Plain Jane - Verve
Paper:  red Bazzill, white - PTI, woodgrain Digital DP from the Brown Grunge Texture Set - All About Scrapping Etsy Shop.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Star die - Savvy Stamps/Ellen Hutson, thick foam dots.

Little Sweet Pea
Stamps:  Baby Button Bits - PTI
Paper:  White, Limeaide Ice - PTI
Ink:  Archival Leaf Green and Jet Black
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle and Circle dies - Lil' Inker Designs, vintage buttons - PTI, foam dots, Glossy Accents (as adhesive for the buttons)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Candle in a Bottle

I am so excited to share my card today  -   I just love how it came out.  I used a brand new Alterations die - Apothecary Jars - cutting it out of Clearly for Art Modeling Film and then covering it with Glossy Accents to make it look more like a glass bottle. 
The candle, holly, berries and flame are from Bright Season, the sentiment is from Seasonal Remedies and the pine cones are from Festive Foliage all from Waltzingmouse.  I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the clear jar to the card without any adhesive showing.  I decided to adhere the candle to the card base with foam dots so it's popped up - then I put some Crystal Ice Stickles on the inside bottom of the jar - I put runner adhesive on the front of the candle and holly and ScorTape on the back of the cork stopper - then pressed the jar onto the candle and the adhesive stuck to the jar - and the cork stuck to the card.
I just LOVE how these apothecary jars have stoppers for each of the 3 styles of jars on the die and I cut mine out of thin cork from Staples.  However, my dear husband kindly pointed out to me that you would not have the stopper in the jar when you were burning the candle!  So consider this a little poetic license!!  I used a border embossing folder to make the lines at the top to look like the shutters on the inspiration photo below.

I was inspired to create this card by this weeks Festive Friday Challenge
Beautiful isn't it?!
 And one last look at my card!
Stamps:  Bright Season, Seasonal Remedies and Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Pine Needles and Antique Linen.  Archival Watering Can
Accessories:  Apothecary Bottles Die - Tim Holtz Alterations, Glossy Accents- Ranger, Enamel dot - My Minds Eye, Crystal Ice Sticklers, Twine - Waltzingmosue, thin cork - Staples, foam dots, Scor Tape.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


I'm so excited about my card today -  it's another one for Christmas (I'm really getting my stash built up for December!)  
I stamped the pine branch from Festive Foliage by Waltzingmouse on a white panel - then layered a piece of vellum over it.  I silver embossed snowflakes from Two Feet Deep by PTI on a white piece die cut with the stitched mat rectangle and stamped the sentiment along the bottom.  I used the gem brads to attach the panel to the vellum and the pinebranch panel.  I adhered it all to the card base with foam dots.
My design was inspired by the Festive Friday challenge.  I wanted to re-create the soft out-of-focus look of the branch in this photo - and I think I achieved it layering the vellum over the pine stampings on my card.
I'm going to be attending two workshops run by Wendy Vecchi on Friday and Saturday at Eclectic Paperie in Exeter, NH (the brick and mortar shop of the Eclectic Paperie Web site store!)
We're going to be learning how to use all kinds of Ranger Products at both workshops.
 and on Saturday it's Mixed Media Tag Art Journal
Wow -  I'm excited just looking at these samples!  I can't wait to get all inky.  I'll share some pictures soon!

Stamps:  Pine branches - Festive Foliage/Waltzingmouse, snowflakes & Greetings - Two Feet Deep/Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  White - PTI, Vellum - SU
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Ranger Distress Evergreen Bough
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangld Die - Lil' Inker Designs, gem brads - American Crafts, silver embossing powder, heat gun.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Festive Ornaments

I have a Christmas Card to share today that I made using some new things and some old things! 
The old things are the stamps - Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, and the Grand Flower Box die from Poppy stamps - which I've had for a few years (just had to have!) but this is the first time I've used it!  The new thing is the chevron embossing folder from Provo Craft.

My design was inspired by the latest Festive Friday challenge
Here's a close up of the 'ornaments'.  I used Galaxy Gold ink on the little round balls and the bow that sparkle IRL!

Stamps:  Candy Jar Christmas Fillers - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Festive Berries, Galaxy Gold - Brilliance
Accessories:  Grand Flower Box die - Poppy Stamps, foam dots, Charles (chevron) Embossing Folder - Provo Craft, gold half pearls - Michaels