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Sunday, October 31, 2010

FSS Ornament


Happy Halloween to all you Ghosts and Gobblins!

Here is todays post with another Christmas Card. I jusy LOVE making Christmas cards and this year I have so many gorgeous images to use. This is a new Digi Image from Fred She Said called Christm,as Ornament

I just got this new Cuttlebug embossing folder hat is actuallu a frame. I then printed the ornament twice the size to fit the Spellbinder oval scallop and colored them with Copic Markers. I cut out one of the ornaments and the holly and layered it with foam tape for added dimension.

I then printed Season's Greetings to fit another spellbinder die. The sentiment came from the Christmas Rose Digi Set, which actually has many different sentiments. And, this set can be purchased as a Digi or pre-colored images. They are absolutely Gorgeous.

I sometimes have a hard time just stopping. So I cropped out all of the image except for some of the Holly, then printed four sets of holly, colored them with copics, cut them out and mounted them on all four colors.

The Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.
I've had several people ask me how I do the stitching. I plan it out on paper the size I need and just play with a design then pierce the holes before stitching. This was a new pattern I worked out and it seemed to take forever to get everything even. BUT, I love doing it so it's well worth my time.

The cardstock and the background paper is from the Mistletoe paper pack from Close to my Heart.


Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge - Holiday Card
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Use a Christmas Digi
Wee Memories - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It Out

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Merry Pursuits - SSS80


Happy Halloween Weekend!

Today we have another fantastic sketch challenge over at The Sweet Stop. Come on over and play along with us this week.

This sketch stumped me. I have no idea why because I have thousands of stamps so how hard could it be. Maybe that was the problem. Too many to remember what I have and was overwhelmed. Then I remembered these cuties. Now, I'm not usually into cutsie. It's just not my style. However, this is one exception. I just think they are so cute. These three little elves are from a Clear stamp set from Close to my Heart called Merry Pursuits.

The papers used are from the Mistletoe collection from Close to my Heart. If you've been following my blog, I guess you've come to realize that I LOVE this paper. I think the last few cards were all made with the pack.

The red grosgrain ribbon is also from CTMH.
The snow is a combination of Liquid Applique and Glitter.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Friday, October 29, 2010

FSS Christmas Peony - Stamp with Fun Sketch Challenge


So, you say you've never heard of a Christmas Peony!!! Well, I had these GOEGEOUS Red Peonies from Fred She Said, printed out and thought how great they would look with this sketch from Stamp with Fun Sketech Challenge. I had to tweek it slightly.
I was almost tempted to put Happy Birthday on it, but I have this very pretty Merry Christmas Digi, also from Fred She Said, and I thought it looked very elegant. The card is very similar to the Christmas Rose card I posted yesterday, but has it's own beauty.


The background of the card is DP from the Mistletoe PAper Pack from Close to my Heart, but I used a NEW Cuttlebug embossing folder on it. I think you're going to see many cards of mine with this embossed background.


I finished it off with some red Grosgrain Ribbon and white pearls that I colored red with my Copic Markers and  Hand Stitching with Red Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs for this card:
C.R.A.F.T. - Monotone
Shelly's Images - Flowers, Ribbon, Embossing

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FSS Christmas Roses - Midnight Madness #77

I have a fabulous sketch and image to share with you today.
I started with one of the Pre Colored images in this set from "Fred She Said", called Christmas Rose. This is ONE of my favorite sets and there are many. There is also a candle with the rose which you may see tomorrow.

The sketch is from #77 from Midnight Madness. Priscilla gives us two sketchs to work with. A plain and a fancy. Well, mine is in between the two.

The papers are from the Mistletoe paper pack from Close to my Heart. I then Hand Stitched it with red Embroidery Floss.

I just started building my card from there. The rose portion was actually printed twice and one set cut out and layered for more dimension.

I used a pine sprig punch for two of the corners and colored some white pearls with a copic marker to match the card for the other two corners. I then added tiny white pearls on either side of the Merry Christmas.
Red Stickles was dotted on the red berries in the image.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It!
Tuesday Throwdown - Sentiment as the main focus
Flourishes - No Buttons or Bows
Christmas Card Challenge - Use Flowers
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Theme

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Christmas Candle - Critter Sketch Challenge

This is my second post for today but I'm trying to play catch up this week with my DT obligations..
Here is another Christmas Card for you.


The inspiration for this card came from a sketch at Critter Sketch Challenge and this beautiful digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Christmas Candle.
The image was colored with Copic Markers. I added six red sparkles to it.
The papers are from the Mistletoe collection from Close to my Heart.


The sketch challenge also required Buttons.
I hand stitched with Red Embroidery Floss to bring out the red in other parts of the card.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Distressed
Christmas Card Challenge - Flowers

Smiley Snowman SC304

Happy Hump Day!

Well, it's Wednesday and Korin is hosting the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

As you can see by my card, it is a really easy sketch to follow. So why not grab your favorite Sweet 'n Sassy image and surprise Korin by playing along with us this week.

My card uses the Clear Stamp Set called Welcome Jesus, which includes the words, but the snowman by itself comes as a Digi called Smiley Snowman. I love how you have the best of both worlds with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

I started my card with Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP and matched it up with Close to my Hearty Cardstock.
I embossed the blue panel with a cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

I printed the image three times, colored it with Copic Markers, cut them out and layered for a 3D affect.
I coated him with Liquid Glass from CTMH and then chunky Diamond Dust for added sparkle.

The Hand stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Punches or Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
Craft Your Passion - Add Glitter and Sparkle
There's Magic in the Air - Die Cuts
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Let It Snow - SSS79

This week, over at The Sweet Stop Challenge Blog, we have another fabulous sketch for you to play with. If you love sketch challenges as much as I do, you'll want to check these out every Saturday because they are some of the best.

My card today used a great Digi Stamp called "Let it Snow", from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
The papers are from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery floss. I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to use red or green, so I used a combination of them both. I thought it turned out pretty cool.

Other Challenge Blogs for this card:
All Sorts - Spots and Stripes
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkin Bouquet - CDAC Color Challenge with Fred She Said

Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Yes, I know it's been Fall for a few weeks, but I haven't been creating in a while. Too much on my plate. So, this card is the beginning of a creation frenzy. *Ü*

If you're looking for a fantastic FREE Digi stamp, then head on over to Crafter's Digital Art Center (CDAC). There are so many challenges going on right now and all with a FREE Digi to play with. The one I used in my card is from Fred She Said. What a beauty!!! The FSS Challenge is a color challenge of Orange, Green & Purple. You have until November 3rd to grab your freebie and play along.

The inspiration for this card came from Critter Sketch Challenge. With a theme of "It's Hip To Be Square".

The image was printed three times, colored with Copic Markers and then sections cut out and mounted with foam tape for a 3D affect.

The papers are "Olivia", from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenges for this card:
Stampin For The Weedend - Fall

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tee Time - Flourishes Sketch Challenge

So much to do and so little time. That has been my life this week. I had four Birthday cards to make this week and since they were all for family, they took longet to make. I posted my Daughter-in-law's yesterday  and my two grandson's on my CTMG Blog. So this is the last one. It's for my Son-in-law. It's really hard making a card for him. Actually, making masculine cards is something I don't enjoy doing. By he and my husband wend out golfing today so I relied on an old CTNG stamp set called Tee Time4 to make his card.
The inspiration for this card came from a sketch at Flourishes. I love the sketch and wanted to play along with flourishes stamps, but had to make this card so I used the sketch for it. Maybe I'll get a chance next week to make another.

I stamped the golf bag twice and cut out the secong one to layer with foam tape for more dimension. I used an image of a golf ball on place of the bow in the sketch. There was also an image of a small golf ball so I used two of them next to the Happy Birthday. I used Liquid Glass on all three Gold Balls.

The papers are form the Cherry-O Creative Basics pack from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for.
Crazy 4 Challenges - Birthday
Cards For Men - Birthday

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Merry Monsters - Saturday Sketch

Today I have a card to share that makes me smile. My daughter-in-law turns 40 on Saturday so I made this card for her.
The inspiration for the card came from a sketch at Sketch Saturday.

The stamp set is from Close to my Heart and is called Merry Monsters.  I stamped it twice, colored with Copic Markers and cut the second one out. I rounded it slightly and layered it with foam tape to give it dimension.
The papers are also from CTMH and new. It's called Hooligans. Even though these are in the Halloween section of the catalog, I thought they would be ideal for  her Birthday Card!!!

I added lots of BLING. I had some clear bling laying around for ages and never used it. One was in the shape of a rectangle. So, I cut it apart and added individual stones to the 40 and what was left I put in the upper right corner. I then added CTMH's NEW Colored Sparkles in two of the corners.I used the dark purple from the pack.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Scrap, Stamp & Doodle - Anything Goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle & Shine
Incy Wincy - Sparkly Glittery
Ooh La La Creations - Nothing Floral
Paper Sundaes - Something from your stash
The Crafty Pad - Spooky
Belli Challenge - Numbers
The Creative Cottage - Bling it On!
Creative Inspirations - Birthday Theme
For Fun Challenges - Use something never used before

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Poinsettias - SC301

I haven't posted lately because I have four Birthday Cards to make this week. I finished 2 1/2 of them but since I hand stitch them all, it take some time.
But, I had to play along at Split Coast Stampers today with a newly released Digi Stamp, Poinsettia, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Here is the SCS Sketch.

I printed the Poinsettias twice, colored them with Copic Markers and cut out the second set. I slightly rounded them and layered with foam tape. I added some yellow glitter to the flowers.

The Mistletoe papers and pearls are from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss


Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
 Anything Goes Challenge Blog - theme is Christmas.
Fab 'n Funky - Use  digi
Paper, Scissors & Rocks - Stitching
Wild Orchid - Stitch it Up
Spectacular Sunday Challenge - Layer It On: I have 8 layers here

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Holly Wreath - SSS76


Well, It's Saturday already and that means another great sketch challenge over at The Sweet Stop. Korin comes uhp with the greatest sketches every Saturday, so why not try one out this week. You can use any stamps you like and we DT members love visiting your blogs to see your artwork.

My card today swas made with one of the new Sweet 'n Sassy Digi stamps released just yesterday. It's a fantastic Holly Wreath. The Season's Greetings does not come with it but I printed the wreath a little bigger then I should have and couldn't fit the sentiment where it belonged on the sketch.

The papers are all from the Mistletoe collection from Close to my Heart. The Red Bling is also from CTMH.

I dotted the holly berries with glue and added red glittter. I was going to add red stickles, but misplaced my bottle. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I finished the card, I found my stitckles. You see, I have a 14 month old grandson who walks around all day swiping things from my craft table. We call him Swiper. I think he watches too much Dora the Explorer!!!
I also used the green spica glitter pens on the green of the wreath for a little extra sparkle.

The hand stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Share The Magic - Mojo Monday

Happy October 1st,

Can you believe it's October already. We're having some crazy weather here on the East Coast. It's been a long time since I've seen so much rain in one day. I guess we should be glad the temperature was 80° and not the middle of winter or we'd really be snowed in.


My card today was inspired by a sketch at Mojo Monday. I made this card for the Close to my Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and I normally only post CTMH cards on my CTMH blog. However, since I used Mojo Monday sketch challenge, I put it here too.

My card today is made with the snowman and tree, two of the 12 stamps in this set.  I glued B&T from the Mistletoe Collection onto cardstock. Then I stamped the Tree in New England Ivy Ink and cut out. Then I applied Red Sparkles where the ornaments are stamped. Then I added white liquid appliqué to the bands on the tree. Since it's an outside scene, I wanted it to look l,ike snow. If you use the tree as an indoor scene, you can treat those bands as garland.

After coloring the snowman, I coated the white part with liquid glass then sprinkled on Diamond Dust. I attached three black pearls for his buttons.

For the snow under the snowman, I also coated with Liquid Glass then sprinkled on Faux Flower Soft that I made by rubbing two pieces of Styrofoam together and using the dust that was left behind. This makes wonderful snow.

The three snowflakes at the bottom were coated with Bonding Memories glue then Prisma Glitter. I attached a white pearl to the center of each.

I used white Embroidery Floss for the Hand stitching around the card. I wanted it to look like snow flakes!