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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Poinsettia Burst - Merry Christmas

Here is the first of my August Class cards. We did Christmas In August with some great new stamp sets and Dies.


I stamped the Poinsettias in Cranberry Bliss Fusion Ink and the leaves in Fresh Forest Fusion ink and heat embossed all with clear detail embossing powder. I them fussy cut them all out and popped with phone tape. On this card, I used Journey Whip Cream Thread, but in my class cards, we used Journey Candy Apple Red Twine. I just thought the red made it pop more. 
Gold Silk was used to splatter gold on the card front.
The centers of the Poinsettias were adorned with the Red berries from Berries and Holly accessories. 
I LOVE the trending Black and White used in the Christmas Cheer Prints Paper. 

All Products used are from Fun Stampers Journey.
If you see something you want, please visit my website or click on items below.

Christmas Cheer Prints 
Holiday Wishes 
Berries & Holly 
Gold Silk 
Journey Whip Cream Thread 
Journey Candy Apple Twine 
Journey Candy Apple Fusion Ink Pad 
Journey Fresh Forest Fusion Ink Pad 

Challenge Blogs I entered this card in:
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Merry Monday - Christmas Card
Sparkle Creations - Christmas
Fashionable Stamping - Use Your Inks
Christmas Card Throwdown - Embossing
Crafty Hazelnut's - Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Poinsettia
Rubber Dance Stamps - Embossing
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - A Festive Sentiment
12 Months of Christmas - Traditional Christmas colors
Winter Wonderland - Embossing
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Christmas
Star Stampz - Twine
Creative Knockouts - Stamp, Sentiment, Twine

Friday, August 11, 2017

Poinsettia Burst Black & Gold Easel Card



I love to make Easel Cards. I just think they are so much fun and great for the recipient to display easily.
I have to say though that I actually struggled with this one. I just planned on Black, Gold and White. Didn't like it. So, I added some green leaves, still didn't like it. Then added just a touch of red. Still didn't like it, but I gave up and am posting it anyway. I am my own worst critic.

I started with a Black Licorice card base. On the separate Black panel, I dry embossed it with the NEW Love Letter Embossing Folder which is actually a FREE Bloom Benefit with a $100 order. 
I wanted the design to stand out just a little. So, I took my finger and added just a small amount of the Journey Brush Gold Panpastel

I used the Ornamental Label Die and cut two with Whip Cream Cardstock and the Ornamental Medallion Die with Black Licorice CS. They match perfectly. After adhering the black to the white, I splattered it with Gold Silk. I adhered the other white panel to the bottom section of the card base.

The large and small Poinsettias and the Pine Sprigs from the Poinsettia Burst Stamp Set were stamped onto whip cream cs with the Journey Clear Pigment Ink Pad and sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set. The leaves and the Holly, from the same set, were stamped with Lemongrass true color fusion ink. All were then fussy cut and layered. 

The Merry Christmas is from the Holiday Wishes Stamp Set & was stamped onto the  Mirror Gold Cardstock with the Clear Pigment ink and Black Embossing Powder used on top and heat set. The small Holly is also from this same stamp set.

After constructing the card, I added three red berries from the Berries and Holly accessories and scattered the self adhesive Fashion Gold accents around the top. 

I made a triple bow using the Journey Gold Thread and added a small holly on top. 

The Berries on the large Holly was colored with Cranberry Bliss reinker, then I made matching glitter using just a little of the Journey Sparkle Dust in a small container and adding just a drop or two of the Cranberry Bliss Silk and mixed it all up. After letting this dry, I added it to the berries with the Journey Craft Glue

This card will be entered in the following challenges.
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too Challenge - Flowers
Winter Wonderland - Ribbon, Twine or Lace
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Embossing
Southern Girls - Stamping
Sweet Stampin - Christmas

Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo,  Bow, FREE, Sentiment
Sunny Day Crafting - F is for Flowers
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas
Ike's World - Anything Goes With Embossing
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmasngo-Bow
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything with a hand made bow.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You Are Tutley Awesome


Here is my 3rd and final card for my July class. 

The background was water colored on fabulous Color Splash Sheets with Journey Turbo Teal Splash and Cool Pool Splash.


The stamp set is FSJ Turtley Awesome. This set also comes with matching Dies. The images were stamped with the clear pigment pad and heat set with white embossing powder.


They were then all colored in using fusion reinkers and blending solution and a fine detail blender brush. It's amazing how you can color and shade just with the amount of blending solution that you use. 

Turbo Teal Silk was splattered over the paper before adding turtle, sentiment and Journey Lemongrass Thread.

The turtle was then covered with a clear glaze, and popped up for dimension. A few Blue Skies sequins were used to finish off the card. 



I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafting Circle - anything-must color
Crea Chicky - Hand colored image
Eclectic Ellapu - Seaside or summer colors
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor - Blue
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Paper Players - Summer Fun in the Water

Hope Thistle Cheer You Up!


Here is the 2nd of 3 cards for my July class. 

Easy and fast card to make. The background was dry embossed with the Yummy Dots embossing folder on Lavender Fusion Cardstock and the Border Details Die Set was used to die cut the Lace border.

The flowers are from the Thistle Stamp Set and were easily stamped and colored in with matching Lemon Grass and Lavender Fusion reinkers,  and blending solution

All tied up with Lemon Grass Thread.



I've entered this card into the following Challenges:
Daisy Chain - Floral
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
My Creative Scoop - Hand Colored
All Sorts - Lavender and Lace


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rainbow Bubbles It's Your Day Card

I haven't had time be creative lately, BUT, I was so inspired by some of the Beautiful stamps in the Fun Stampers Journey Spring into Summer Catalog, that I just had to play. 

The background was stamped with Clear Pigment Ink and then a Blue Pan Pastel wiped over it. 

The Fish is Water Colored with Silks on Water Color Paper. Then a Glaze over it with Sparkle cuts added to the scale portion.



Here is a close up of the glazed fish with Sparkle cuts on the scales. 

I'm entering this card is the following Challenges.

Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon and Bow
Hanna & Friends - Birthday 
Southern Girls - Tic, Tac, Toe - Glitter, Dies & Ribbon
Crafty Sentiments - Sea, Sun or Sand
Cuttlebug Mania - Sea You

Friday, December 30, 2016

Priceless Friendship



Here it is, just two days before the New Year. I've been so lax with my blog posts over the past few months. So, with New Years Day so close, ONE of my resolutions is to post more often on this blog. Yes, I know......resolutions are usually broken, but I really need to get my life back on track. 

So, here is a fun and easy card I made. My first time at using "silk" for the splatters. What fun!!!

Challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door- Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Monday, July 25, 2016

Christmas Candles

I finally am getting a head start on my Christmas cards. Christmas is my favorite time for card making. So, I dug through my stash of Christmas stamps and this is one of the cards I came up with.


Dies are from Spellbinders. Stamps are from Fun Stampers Journey and Papers are from Close to my Heart. Stamps and papers are retired. 

Image colored in with Copic markers.


Card Challenges:
Sparkle Creations - Christmas
Merry Monday  - Christmas Card Challenge
Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas
Crafty Calendar - Punches or Dies
Hiding in my Craft Room - Christmas
My Time to Craft - Christmas
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas
Just for Fun - Christmas

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blue Pansies Mother's Day Card



I was playing around again with some Fred She Said digi images. This one is Blue Pansies in a Tea Cup. I also used the butterflies from "Butterflies Doodle Dallions"

I used some of my retired CTMH cardstock, Sky and Star Spangled Blue.

My friend Crystal got me hooked on We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folders. The one I used, I think, Is the Basket Weave. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Christmas Rose and Candles



Tis the season for Christmas Card making! 

My card today is using a fantastic pre-colored digi from Fred She Said called Christmas Rose.
I used a set of Spellbinder dies to cut image and mat.
The rose was fussy cut twice. Once with leaves and one just the rose. These were layered with foam tape to add some dimension. 

Red glitter was added to all the tiny red berried and then to the holly berries in the upper corners. Orange and yellow glitter was used on the candle flames. Clear Wink of Stella was used on the rose for a little extra shimmer.

The sentiment and papers are from some of my retired stash from Close to my Heart. Sentiment was heat embossed for a raised affect.

Challenges for this card:
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Use some Red
Scrapbook Blessings  - Use Red, Green and White
Great Impressions - Bling on the Holidays
The Glory of Christmas - Glitter and/or Shine
Lacy Sunshine - Tic Tac Toe - I actually used all options but one
Digi's Designs - Bow, Die Cuts, Flowers




Sunday, November 1, 2015

Santa with Lantern



I can't believe it's November 1st already. I'm still working on Fall cards for my classes. 
However, I just purchased some Christmas Images from Craftsuprint.com and had to use one today. It's officially the start of my Christmas Card Extravaganza. This first one will probably go to one of my small Grandsons. I love the way it turned out.

I usually turn to sketch challenges for my starting inspiration. When I saw the sketch on Taylored Expressions Share the Joy Challenge, I knew it was the right one for this image. 
I cut a piece of CTMH Ruby Cardstock and then dry embossed it with the new CTMH Confetti Embossing Folder. I then sanded it so it looked like snow.

I used some scraps of red and white striped paper and border punched one of them.
I used a Spellbinders die to mat the image. and tied it all up with a dark green satin bow.

The Merry Christmas is from the stamp set included in with the CTMH exclusive Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge bundle.

Other Challenges for this card:
Southern Girls Challenge - Rocking the Stripes
ABC Christmas Challenge - "V" is for Very Cute
Addicted to Stamps - Holiday
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
Scrapy Land - Embossing and a Die
Allsorts - Christmas

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Little Darlings Baby Girl Card



My daughter needed two baby cards yesterday. Why is it that daughters wait until the day before an event to ask me for a card. 
So, I really needed a really fast card to put together. 

I purchased a few stamp sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps last year and this one, called Little Darlings Images, is a sweet set of vintage images. 

I pulled out my CTMH  Hollyhock and Pixie cardstock and a Spellbinders Die. I stamped a word background on the hollyhock. Then I stamped the image in Hollyhock ink, sponged around the edges with Pixie and stuck it all togehter. Wala!!! A quick an easy yet elegant card. Tied it all up with a pink gingham bow.

I'm entering this card into the Waltzing Mouse Pajama Party Challenge #3, Old Pajamas. I'm not quite sure how old this set is, but I love it anyway.

Other Challenges for this card:
Glitter and Sparkle - Include a Die Cut
Stamping Sensations - Dies/Punches
Challenge Up Your Life - Monochromatic
Just Us Girls - Stacked Die Cuts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Another Old Truck Father's Day Card



I simply LOVE this Old Truck Image from Fred She Said. And since it comes as a digi and also in four pre-colored images, I thought I'd use the Blue Truck today.

The starting inspirations for this card started with a sketch from Sketchy Colors

Once I had the sketch and the image I thought I was set for an easy peasy card. WRONG! So many indecisions followed. For some reason, I just did not like just the plain blue dot "Wanderful" background paper. So after about an hour of walking back and forth and looking at the design, I dug out an old retired CTMH stamp set with pine trees. Wala!!! Just what it needed. 

But then I didn't like the horizontal strip of designer paper I chose for right behind the truck, which was the flip side of the blue dot paper.  So, I switched from the dark print to green cardstock and dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder

The Happy Father's Day is from the CTMH Holiday Tags Stamp Set.

It's amazing how what started out as being a 10 minute card turned out to take several hours. I sure wish I wasn't such a perfectionist. 


Here is the sketch I used.



Other Challenges for this card.
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything
Wags 'n Whiskers - Seeing Spots
Southern Girls - Spots and Dots
Double Click - Father's Day
Mod Squad - Masculine
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - Anything but a square card.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Add Texture
Scrap Creations - Celebrations
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Old Truck - Father's Day Card



It's been a while since I last posted a card. But, it's time to make Father's Day Cards. So, let's get started.

My card today is made using The Old Truck pre-colored image from Fred She Said. This image makes a great masculine card to use for any occasion. This image comes as a Digi to color yourself and four different pre-colored trucks. 
The beginning inspiration came from a sketch Challenge from Inspired By Stamping.

Other Challenges for this card.
Cards in Envy - Masculine
Incy Wincy - Lots of Layers
Mema's Crafts - Anything
AAA Cards - For the Guys
Claire's - Outdoors


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Purple Pansies Mother's Day Card



When ever I want to make a fast, yet beautiful card, I turn to my Fred She Said pre-colored images. As much as I love coloring with my Copic Alcohol Markers, These pre-colored images are just spectacular and save so much time.

This  card uses the Purple Pansies set
I marched them up with some great Spellbinder dies and wala, a great card.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Daffodils And Hummingbirds Birthday Card




After the snow storm two days ago, it's finally starting to look a little like Spring. It feels so good to be making Spring cards again. 

I started with the Pre colored images of the Spring Flowers and Hummingbirds from Fred She Said.

Challenges for this card:
Polka Doodles - Birthdays
QKR Stampede - Think Spring
That's Crafty - Wings and Things
Aud Sentiments - Use a two word Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Fever
Scrap and Craft Inspirations - Flowers