Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A touch of Easter for Christmas

The challenge of the week at CHNC is to use yellow and/or an oval on our card. My daughter and I combined efforts for this card and decided to use both yellow (star punch with stickles on it - daughter's idea) and an oval ("snow" at base of tree is supposed to be in the shape of an oval - I did that part). We used the Dreamweaver Tree stencil I won over at Bah! Humbug! in March. My daughter suggested I use green flocking. I was worried that my glue dabbing technique would cause the swirls to run together, but it turned out quite nicely, I think, even though the glue towards the top was put on a little too heavy. (I'm excited that I was able to use this stencil - I plan on making quite a few cards with it this year.) We added a silver peel off sentiment (sent with the stencil, for my daughter - what a great treat!) and used a curved corner punch to finish it off.
Thanks for taking a look!

Challenge #16

Bah! Humbug! is having us include the Big Man (Santa) on our card this week. So, here's my entry. This was a combined effort between my daughter and me; she has a better eye for color and pattern and is a good teacher. (I had not used flocking before, and am still learning about which adhesives to use for different things.)
I had a sketch in mind, and wanted to use our new Classic Santa stamp from Stampabilities. I'm also getting quite fond of using nesties. Santa was colored using Martha Stewart water color pencils and the fur trim of his suit is flocked. Sentiment paper from Hobby Lobby's Magic of the Season paper pack was put onto black cardstock and the black satin ribbon is from our stash.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Less is More - off center

This card is for the Less is More Off Center challenge. I needed a Mother's Day card (actually, I'll need 2; 1 for my mother-in-law, also) and wanted something simple. My mom's favorite color is purple, so I stamped a lavender paper square with a violet (rubber stamp from Michael's colored with purple and yellow LePlume markers) and matted it with dark purple. Put it on top of some sheer, shimmery ribon and did a similar treatment for the sentiment inside. I didn't have a "Mom" stamp, so I free-handed it on the front (not sure it was really needed, though). Hope you like it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Less is More - acetate

The challenge this week at Less is More is to use acetate somewhere in the card. This card started out as a religious Easter card, but ended up looking so somber I changed it to a sympathy card. This was the first time I used acetate, so I was a little nervous about how the stamping would turn out. It worked well - I'm pleased with the results.

Supplies used were: acetate, Staz-on black ink, nesties (used on both sides of the acetate window), Sizzlet Architectural Accent corner set, and a rubber cross stamp from Michaels.

Thanks for looking, hope you like it!

Challenge #15

Our challenge for this week over at Bah! Humbug! is to use stockings in our card. I've put together one using Brenda Walton specialty papers. The red snowflake is shimmer paper. I added some ric rac from the stash and popped up the stocking. All is put on a white 4" by 8" card base. "Tis the Season" and Santa's sleigh are flocked, but it doesn't really show up in my pic.
Thanks for looking!
(And, I'm very happy to see Max is back!)
I'd like to also enter this into CHNC's sing challenge. It's a stretch, but "Tis the Season" on the stocking is from the "Tis the Season to be Jolly" Christmas song. I was hoping to make another card for CHNC, but time got away from me this week.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Anyone for a Giveaway?!?

My friend  on Crop Chocolate has a fun contest going. Click here. Nothing complicated, just simple fun guessing! Good Luck!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Challenge #14, second card

Here's a second card for the Bah! Humbug! candycane challenge and CHNC circle challenge. This was actually a joint venure between my daughter, Erin, and me. The first pic shows the glitter and dimension quite nicely (at least on close-up). I chose the sketch, candycanes and ribbons, and Erin selected the papers. (She also helped with the nesties, but I did the actual assembly and placement of candycanes.) All in all, I think we make a great team! We are both pleased with the way this card turned out. I hope you like it, too. Thanks for looking.


white card base and cardstock

red, glittered swirl paper from sei's Kris Kringle paper pack

solid aqua paper and glittered snowflake dot paper from sei's Winter song paper pack

glitter candycane rub-ons from Hobby Lobby

red ric-rac and velvet ribbon

large scalloped oval nesties

scalloped paper trimmer (for top and bottom edges of patterned paper mat)

foam dots

Challenge #14

This card is for 3 challenges. Bah! Humbug! is having us play with candycanes this week (I'd much rather be eating them!). CHNC wants circles, and Less is More is asking for a one layer card that focuses on the sentiment. So, this is what I came up with. The candycane "j" is a glitter rub-on from Hobby Lobby - Paper House Productions' Deck the Halls sheet (glitter doesn't show up much in the pic,though). The rest of the letters and holly are stamped and colored with water color pencils. Stickles were added to the holly berries and the ribbon is satin. If time allows, I'll do another candycane card - I'd like to try and make one that's a little more detailed, I think. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Challenge #13

Over at Bah! Humbug!, the challenge was to make a card that generates a smile. This challenge was quite hard for me, since I don't have any Christmas sentiments or stamps that are particularly funny. So, I ended up using a gem peel-off from Michaels that I thought was cute - it does make me smile. I used a green card base and added some patterned paper, ric-rack, and a peel-off sentiment. Nesties were used for the rectangles under the Scottie. I hope this makes you smile, also. Enjoy, and thanks for taking a look!

I would also like to enter this into the Less is More - use red, and if possible, CHNC - Christmas foliage or flowers challenges. (There is a very small amount of greenery on the sentiment sticker - looks like leaves to me - don't know if this qualifies, though).

Card #2: Revision of Aperture Card

Here's an updated look at the aperture card. I had mentioned I didn't like the shiny look of the sentiment sticker and Max kindly offered the suggestion of adding red glitter glue around the border so as not to risk ruining the card by trying to remove it. I did, and I like it so much more this way. I wouldn't want it matted with red though, because it's a clear sticker so you wouldn't be able to read it easily. Thanks, Max, for a great suggestion!