Sunday, December 4, 2011

Last Bah!Humbug! challenge - Cute Critters

We are finally at the end of the Bah!Humbug! challenges, and I'm going through withdrawal already! I have enjoyed this past year's weekly posts from the ladies at Humbug Hall (really look forward to Friday mornings to see what the ladies have been up to, and to see all the beautiful designs). I did manage to post an entry for each challenge, though some of the cards weren't the best. I have learned much from all of my fellow Humbuggers and can't wait to see what's in store for next year! If I don't get to post again before Christmas, I hope you and your families have the best of holidays.
Now, on to the last card:
For this challenge, we are asked to use a cute critter. I have used a house mouse stamp (it was actually a fall stamp that I altered a bit to make it more Christmassy) colored with copics. I mounted it on some patterned paper (cut out holly leaves and berries from the same paper to cover the fall leaves on the stamped image) and added snowflake brads. Some rhinestones were added to the corners of the red card base and a sentiment tied with bakers twine finished off the card. I hope you like the card and, as always, thank you for stopping by to take a look. I really appreciate all your comments and helpful suggestions!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge 46 - Fabric

This card is for the Bah!Humbug! fabric Christmas card challenge. I had some scrap lightweight muslin that I used for this one. I stamped it using a clear snowflake stamp with antique linen distress ink and also a light blue chalk ink. I tried to ink the edges, but the fabric was so thin it doesn't show up much. The fabric was mounted onto white cardstock using spray glue. I added sparkle snowflake gros grain ribbon and then mounted it onto tan cardstock before putting it on the darker blue card base. I may add a sentiment or other embellishment later (it's looking a bit empty to me, but I'm not sure if I want to cover up the stamped snowflakes).
As always, thanks for taking a look.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas box and music card

This is my Christmas box for Bah!Humbug! this week. It is made with a sizzix die and acetate for the window. I just added some peel-offs, pearls, and satin ribbon to keep it tied shut. (I fed the ribbon through eyelets in the sides and tied off the inside ends.) A fairly simple project, once I decided what to use for decorations.

This card is for CHNC's music card challenge. I wanted to use up some scraps, so everything is from the scrap box except the french horn glitter sticker. The sentiment is a piece of ribbon with glittered Merry Christmas already on it, and the rest are from nestie cut-outs. I like the way it turned out - I hope you do, too.
Thanks for taking a look at this week's projects. Christmas is nearly here and I now have an ample supply of cards to send out. (I'm also looking forward to next year's challenge at Bah!Humbug! and CHNC! It's been lots of fun and I've learned quite a few new tips and techniques along the way. If you haven't already, go check them out!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Baby's Christmas Card

Bah!Humbug! is having us make Baby's First Christmas Card. CHNC wants us to make "whatever lights our candle". I'm going to take that to mean "anything goes", and use this card for both challenges. Since we don't have any babies in our family at the moment, this card will be given to my son's girlfriend to give to her new little niece this Christmas.
I have used a free clipart image from I cut it out using a Nestie and added stickles to the holly berries. I also added Martha Stewart loose flocking to the hat. The organza ribbon and rub-on sentiment are from my stash. We've been very busy at work these days, so I've not had much time to spend on card making. Thus, another quick card this week.
Thanks for popping by to take a look.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bah!Humbug! snowmen, CHNC brights

We are using snowmen at Bah! Humbug! and bright colors and/or sparkle at CHNC this week. I have used a Unity snowman stamp (love the Unity brand, so far) colored with LePlume markers before stamping. (I also colored in the hats after stamping to make them darker.) After cutting out, I added Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter then stuck them to a bright card base. I added a row of buttons from my button box and used a clear stamp sentiment from Making Memories' FaLaLa kit. Very simple, but fun! I hope you like it, and thanks for popping by for a look.
I would also like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp challenge which, this week, is buttons!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Challenge #43

Another week has gone by, and our challenge over at Bah!Humbug! is to use die cuts on our card. I used a nestie to cut out the mat for my image, and used a sizzix die for the corner pieces. The image is from a rubber stamp my husband recently picked out at Michaels when I dragged him there during our regular grocery, etc, "outing". Since he picked it out, I'll probably give him this card at Christmas. This makes it for "someone special", which is the challenge at CHNC. The image was heat embossed using black embossing powder after stamping with Martha Stewart's black ink , and took several tries to get it looking OK. If anyone has tips on how to keep stray embossing powder from staying where it isn't wanted, I would be very interested in hearing them. I finally used a very small paintbrush to try and sweep the excess off the paper. It mostly worked.
Thanks for taking a look; I hope you like it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Challenge #42

The above card is for the challenge over at Bah!Humbug!, which is asking for a card suitable for a man. CHNC is asking for a scene. This one will fill the bill for both challenges. I was thinking of my dad when choosing colors and patterns, so this will probably be going to him. All papers (including card base and matting) and ribbon slide are from sei's Alpine Frost collection. The stamp is an Inkadinkado rubber stamp, and the ribbon is from my stash. Walnut distress ink was used to stamp the image.
Another fun set of challenges! Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Challenge #41

For this week's challenge at Bah!Humbug!, we are focusing on food. CHNC has us using baubles, or something that hangs. So, again I have combined these two challenges and came up with a very simple card. (I'm quite pressed for time this week, since my daughter had surgery yesterday. I am posting this from her hospital room, while she sleeps - we hope to be going home tomorrow.)
The base card is an aperture card from an old kit that was in my stash - from 2008 (I've covered up the date with the Happy Holidays sentiment).
Gingerbread house, gingerbread man, and trees are from a Michaels 3-d sticker set.
Hanging "baubles" are glittered star brads with the brad part cut off, and hanging from the opening by white heavy thread. When the card is open a little, the stars hang in the cut out area, giving it some movement.
Very simple, but should meet the requirements. I haven't missed any of the Bah! Humbug! entries and I didn't want to miss this one, either, so this card is a quick one. Hope you like it, and thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Challenge #40

At Bah!Humbug! this week, we are glittering our card and CHNC has asked for a house.
I have used an Inkakinkado rubber stamp for the image. I stamped onto pure white card stock then cut out using a Nestie. I added stickles for snow on the ground and Martha Stewart snow glitter on the roof and big pine tree. It was then placed on black glitter paper and rhinestones were added in the corners for some extra bling. The sentiment is a rub-on that was added to another Nestie cut-out. ( The glitter doesn't show up very well in the pic, but it really is there.)
Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Challenge #39

This week's card challenge at Bah!Humbug! is to incorporate the nativity into the design. I don't have any nativity-related stamps or paper, but I did find some stickers at Hobby Lobby. The one I used is from the Rejoice Nativity Foil sticker set by the Paper Studio. The sentiment was cut from a printed vellum sheet and inked with gold. I just added gold foil corner pieces to finish it off. Very simple and easy! I would also like to enter this into CHNC's challenge which for this week is to make a card suitable for a man or boy.
Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Challenge #38

This is my weekly entry for Bah!Humbug!'s Christmas challenge. We were asked to include reindeer (or Rudolph) in our project.
I have made a pocket card that can be used with the enclosed tag, or it could hold a gift card. The reindeer and red card stock were attached to the blue patterned paper only on the bottom and sides, so that it forms a pocket.
Materials used were: patterned papers from Deja Views' Fair Isle Christmas pack, natural twine, pre-made striped tag, a sentiment stamp "Share the spirit of Christmas", swirly red rub-ons, black and natural satin ribbon, and green bells. Snowflakes were punched out of the same red glittered snowflake paper that is above the reindeer, and added to the tag.
This was a fun card to make, and not too difficult. I hope you like it, and thanks for looking,

Monday, September 19, 2011

Challenge #37

This week on Bah!Humbug! we are to use swirls and flourishes on our card. CHNC has asked for glitter. So, again I have combined both challenges and have come up with this card.
I used My Mind's Eye glittered paper for the background and matted it on gold glitter cardstock. The same gold was used as a mat under the sentiment (rub-on), which was cut out using a Nestie. I added die cut swirls and two colors of satin ribbon to finish it off. I love the glittered papers because the glitter doesn't come off.
I hope you also like the card. Thank you for looking.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Challenge #36

This week's challenge at Bah!Humbug! ( is to do some paper weaving. At CHNC, , we are asked to include swirls. The card I have made includes both.
Materials used are:
Black card base
Red mirror card
Patterned cardstock from Hobby Lobby's Christmas 2010 Magic of the Season
Making Memories red glitter foam alpha stickers
I am pleased with the results - I hope you also like it. Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Challenge #35

For Bah!Humbug! this week, we are to make a card that focuses on the sentiment. (Sorry about the missing link. Blogger was being tempermental again.) I have chosen a white gate fold card covered with My Mind's Eye Wonderful Winter patterned paper, and Nesties for the solid center layers. I stamped the Joy sentiment using a clear stamp from the Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes collection and added Martha Stewart gold embossing powder. Green organza ribbon finished off the front.
The same papers as used on the card front were added to the inside, and another Joy sentiment was stamped using brown ink.
I hope you like it, and thank you for taking a look.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Challenge #34

Here come the girls! is our theme for the week at Bah!Humbug! So, I tried to be as girlie as I could by using softer colors to make a huge poinsettia flower. The flower and leaf petals are just torn from card stock. I then scored down the middle to make the vein, and inked the edges with chalk inks to match the petals. I added white brads to the center, and white grosgrain ribbon stamped with a sentiment underneath the flower. I then put it on a mat of white and green before sticking it to the card base. The inside is finished, also, with the same colors.

I would also like to enter it into CHNC's "build it up" challenge for this week. I have used multiple layers, so I think it will qualify.

Thanks for taking a look...I hope you like it!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Challenge #33

I was out of town the past week, helping my oldest move, so had to make a quick Christmas card this week.
This is for the Bah!Humbug! challenge of the week, which is to do or use something new.
For my card, I used a new stamp and also fussy cut the edge after putting on a border sticker (I've never done that before - took lots more time than anticipated). I added some stickles and gems to the tree, and put some gifts underneath (stickers that had gifts on them, that I cut out). A piece of red grosgrain ribbon was added down the side and a peel off sentiment at the top.
The card base is white, but looks darker in the pic. (It was very late when I finished- will need to retake the pic when it is light out)
Hope you like it, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Challenge # 32

We are making a "kiss-mas" card for Bah!Humbug! this week, and a one layer or simple card for CHNC. For this one, I have used a downloaded clipart mistletoe bell (don't remember where it came from, though - I'll try to find out and add it later) and printed it directly onto cream cardstock. I cut it into a 5"x 7" card and scored 1/2" in around the front edges. I then matted a sentiment on green cardstock and stuck it to the card. Some stickles for bling (white to the berries, gold to the bell, and green to dot the "i's") and it was finished. I do hope you like it, and thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Friday, August 12, 2011

White, black and a touch of color

This card is for the CHNC white, black and one other color challenge. I used mostly scraps for this one. The top panel is made using the outer frame from a nestie that was cut out, placed over a vellum piece with an added vellum snowflake border (cut out using a sizzix die). I added some red satin ribbon and gems to the border, stuck on some vellum snowflakes (Martha Stewart punch) with gems in the centers, and added a rub-on glitter sentiment. The panel was then placed on blank white cardstock and attached to a black card. It has a little more dimension than shows up on the pic. I hope you like it, and thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Acetate box updated pics

Here are the updated pics of Erin's earlier post. She had wanted to add something else to the box, and received very helpful suggestions. Here's what she did . (I really like the way it turned out.) Her earlier post shows the inside, with stamped acetate.

Challenge #31

This week at Bah!Humbug! we are doing a white on white card. I have used a white shimmer cardstock embossed with Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder set - Plaid and Snowflakes. I added a few vellum snowflakes on top of some embossed ones (punched using Martha Steward snowflake punch) and added pearls. The embossed card was matted with a soft dove gray shimmer card and tied with organza ribbon. The pic shows a pinkish color to it, but it is really a shimmer white. I hope you like it, and thanks for taking a look.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Challenge #30 & Daughter's Birthday Card

This week's challenge at Bah!Humbug! is to use lace, and at CHNC we are asked to include some holiday food (and candy is the best kind of food). I did a card that I'm not really fond of, but Erin's birthday is this week (actually, today) so I am short on time. I'll probably take it apart and alter it somehow later.

For the image I used a Stampability stamp, Sweet Music, colored with watercolor pencils. The lace is crocheted and from my stash, along with the wine colored satin ribbon and gem. I cut the image out with a Nestie and stuck it all to a cream and white patterned paper before putting it on a white card base. Thanks for looking. (I've also posted the birthday card I made for Erin - I like that one better - my first gate fold card)

Erin's birthday card:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pieced and Beaded Christmas Card

This is my entry for Bah!Humbug! Challenge #29.  The challenge was to use beading of some kind, so I beaded the star hanging off a branch with Martha Stewart Crafts crystal micro beads.  (I hope it shows in the picture.)
I'll add more details about the card later.  I hope you like it, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Challenge #29

We are adding beads to our card for Bah!Humbug! this week, and a reindeer for CHNC. I used a clear stamp (not sure where from) that was part of a Christmas collection for the reindeer and snow. I inked only the reindeer and stamped it directly onto the white card base. I then used Martha Stewart glue to ink the snowflakes only of the same stamp and stamped that on top of the reindeer. I quickly added Martha Stewart's clear micro beads to the glue stamped card. (My daughter suggested, after I had made a big mess and had beads all over me, the table, and the floor, that I put the card in a box top before pouring beads on it. I could have used the suggestion before I made the mess - oh well, live and learn). I stamped the sentiment from the same collection and added a punched side using a Martha Stewart punch. Black satin ribbon was woven through the punched side as a finishing touch. Very simple, but I like the subtle shimmer from the beads. I hope you like it, as well. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Challenge #28

We are making a card that is anything but a square or rectangle for Bah!Humbug!, and it must have at least one star for CHNC. (I try to combine both of these wonderful challenges when I can, since I am still quite slow at making cards). Anyways, I was looking for ideas on how to do a differently shaped card, and happened to go to the Miscanthus Crafts blog. There, I found some very helpful tutorials. I used the pop-up tag tutorial for this card - it worked quite well! (Super easy to follow)
Supplies used were: patterned papers from the Hobby Lobby Christmas 2010 Magic of the Season pad, red and gold foil papers, and a tree cut from the Slice Falala design card (popped up off the card), peel off sentiment, trim from Making Memories deck the halls ribbon pack, and gold and red gems.

I do hope you like it, and thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Challenge #27

Bah! Humbug! is having us make a card with mice on it, and CHNC is asking for spots. I made this card using a free digi stamp from that I colored with Anna Griffin watercolor pencils. I used nesties for the circle and scalloped circle and a patterned sticker strip for the spots. Striped picture corners from the same kit as the sticker finished off the card. The inside is stamped with Hampton Art's 'Twas the Night Background rubber stamp. (It's the first paragraph from "The Night Before Christmas").

This was a fun challenge. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I'm Back! Again!

Before I start with my project, I want to say a big THANK YOU to my mom!  I truly appreciate all that you've been doing for me!  And to all of my wonderful new friends, another thank you for all of your support!

Now my mom, Ruth, is still in her very 1st year of paper crafting, and not only has she been SO great at taking care of our blog (and me, of course), she hasn't missed a single Bah! Humbug! Challenge entry!  Nor has she missed many of CHNC's Challenges (since she started with that one)!  So, Mom, I am so proud and blessed to have you as my mama and my best friend!

Now, onto the fun stuff! This is my entry for the Bah! Humbug! Challenge 26: Acetate and I'd also like to enter this in the CHNC Challenge 27: Pink and/or Purple. I decided to go super simple and clean with this challenge (my 1st in months). I love this little box because it is so versatile! You can put some holiday candies inside, or a jewelry gift, or any small gift that you want. I hope you like it, and that it inspires you to think "outside of the box"! He he

I started by die-cutting a little box using my Big Shot (Sizzix Shaker Box Bigz XL) out of green cardstock.  Then, I cut two panels of glitter patterned paper for the top and underside of the flap (My Mind's Eye Sweet Dreams Holiday Avenue Glitter Book), which has pink and purple in it for Hazel's Challenge. For Bah!Humbug!'s challenge, I cut acetate to fit the "window" of the box and stamped a snowflake design onto it (using SEI's Glitzmas Clear Stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink).
To add a little something extra, I used some glitter star stickers (Martha Stewart Glittered Snowflake Sticker sheet) that went with the aqua color in the patterned paper. As much as I like how it turned out, I do still think it needs something to dress it up a bit, and I know you ladies can give me some great ideas! So please don't hesitate to offer them!

Thank you for looking!

Challenge #26

This week's challenge at Bah!Humbug! is acetate, and at CHNC we are to use pink and/or purple on our card. So, my card for the week has both. I used up some scraps for this one - a blank aperture card I had cut out, left over acetate, some plain pink and patterned papers, and chipboard circle and tree (on the inside). I just added peel off stars and a peel off sentiment to the front, and called it finished. (The acetate is covering the aperture on the front, and there is another chipboard circle on the inside that borders the aperture to make it cleaner looking)
I hope you like it, and thank you for taking a look.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Challenge #25

We are to make a penguin card over at Bah!Humbug! this week, so I decided to check out some downloadable images. I found this one on I printed it twice, using the second to cut out two trees and the hat. I popped them up with foam squares, after inking the edges. On the hat, I glued some scrap felt over the pom pom and hat band for extra texture. I also added stickles to the snowflakes for some sparkle. The printed image was edged with decorative scissors and mounted on red cardstock before adhering it to a 5"x5" square card base.

I hope you like it -it was fun doing the paper piecing and using a computerized image. I am also entering this into CHNC's anything goes challenge.

Below is last week's card with the added bling, and a sentiment wrapped around the outer scalloped edge. I do think it looks more finished now. (Not the best pic, though.) Thanks for the great suggestions!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mittens and Scarves

This week's challenge at Bah!Humbug! is mittens and scarves. If you haven't been over to their blog, I highly recommend it. The DT examples are super, and the stories are very entertaining! (I look forward to reading them each week.)

For my entry, I've used only mittens, so I'm not really sure if I have satisfied the challenge.

The card is a simple white textured base with a scalloped circular journal page adhered. I used 3 layers of textured paper flowers and tied a pair of glittered mittens (cut out of a chipboard embellishment) to the clear gem brad in the center with some baker's string. I had a peel-off sentiment on the upper right area of the white card base, but it didn't look right to me, so I took it off (very carefully, so as not to ruin the card base). I may go back later and try to add a sentiment that follows the outline of the scalloped journal page. (It looks like it needs something.)

As always, thank you for taking a look, and for your comments. They are appreciated.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Challenge #23

Over at Bah!Humbug! we are to make a card suitable for a teen, and CHNC is asking us to use buttons. I combined both in one card. This was one of the harder challenges for me, as I'm not really sure what teens like these days. So, I decided to go with something I think a younger teen would enjoy - cute penguins. The penguins are dimensional, glittered embellishments from Michaels and the buttons are from the local fabric shop. The rest is from my stash.
I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for taking a look.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Challenge #22

Our challenge at Bah!Humbug! this week is to surprise them. I decided to do a blue and white card to also satisfy CHNC's challenge of using blue. The "surprise" is a small snowman glitter sticker placed in the upper right corner of the inside. So, when you open the card you are greeted by a little smiley snowman hiding in the corner. (A little corney, but it's all I could think of at the moment)
Supplies used were a blank white card, crochet trim with navy grosgrain ribbon woven through (wraps all around the card), glitter snowman and star/snowflake stickers (Hobby Lobby) and a peel-off sentiment.
Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Challenge #21

Bells is the theme for the week on Bah!Humbug!, and using ribbons for CHNC. I have combined both challenges into one card. I used papers from Hobby Lobby's Christmas 2010 Magic of the Season paper pack and ribbons/bell from the stash. Silver peel-off stars were also added. The reindeer was cut from one of the patterned papers in the Christmas pad and popped up with foam squares. Hope you like it. (I even finished off the inside. I've been getting a little lazy as far as the insides go, lately. I fear I may regret it later.)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Challenge #20

Our challenge for this week at Bah!Humbug! is to make a kinetic card. Thankfully, there were some links attached for us to see how this can be done, as well as beautiful DT cards to inspire us. I would also like to enter this into the CHNC's scallops challenge, if it qualifies (not sure if you would consider the inside pop-up as being scalloped around the edges).

My card has just one pop up item, but I think it works and I hope it fits the bill. I started with a black card base and added patterned paper and sentiment tag from Brenda Walton's Evergreen collection. Cream cardstock was added to the bottom and the outside was wrapped with colored cardstock from the stash.

A ribbon was added to the front with felt flower and gem placed in the center. Gold foil peel-offs from Hobby Lobby were added to both the outside and inside bottom sections.

Enjoy, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Challenge #19

Here is the card I made for this week's challenge at Bah!Humbug!, which is to use snowflakes. I'm also entering it into CHNC's challenge to use distressing. It is a white card base with silver cardstock on top that has been embossed with snowflakes, sanded and edges torn. On top of that, I placed a snowflake tag with edges inked in white and added a peel off sentiment and grey organza ribbon.

Thanks for looking.