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Dec 23, 2016

Blue, Brown and some Stencilling

Happy Friday! I didn't plan on posting another card before the holidays are over, but yesterday I finally sorted a little bit through my craft desk and ended up with a nice and clean work area :-) I actually felt like making a card and decided to play along in this week's Allsorts "Blue Bingo" Challenge. (Who needs another batch of cookies anyway??)

I used the top line from the bingo grid.

I started out by stencilling the dots onto Neenah Solar White card stock using a blue distress ink. Then stamped the Penny Black stamp Gathering Together using vintage photo distress ink. The large butterfly was stamped again on xpress it blending card, and I colored it with copic markers and fussy cut. A glue dot and dimensionals were used to adhere the butterfly to the card. Edges were distressed and inked using vintage photo ink. The sentiment is from the set "Snippets" also from Penny Black and I used some jute twine to tie a bow. Wink of Stella was applied to the butterfly to give it a little sparkle.

The card front was matted onto kraft card stock then onto a soft sky card base. 

Below is a card I made with a card front that I worked on first but messed up. I used pan pastels in this case for the butterfly and the stencilling, but after applying wink of stella to the butterfly it turned it almost looked green, probably because the distress ink I used to stamp the butterly smeared a little bit. But I didn't want to throw it away so I created a slightly different version of the same card.
I left off the sentiment and used a piece of burlap with hemp  and jute twine instead. 

And that is all from me for now...I will be back January 1st!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 18, 2016

Berries in the Snow

Sharing another CAS card today made for this month's Penny Black and More challenge reminder. Did you play along yet? We have a really fun challenge - use black and white plus one extra color. Still time to join us if you haven't already or if you'd like to submit another entry. We have some nice prizes to give away and not that many entries yet, so your chance at winning are good!

For my card today I used the stamp "Berry Bevy" by Penny Black.
Image was stamped onto xpress it blending card using memento tuxedo black ink, the berries were colored using copic markers. I added some glassy glaze over the berries, really need go get a new bottle of that, as mine is really old and didn't want to come out nicely. 
I tore some paper to create a hill and added white stickles glitter. Sentiment is from the set Brush Pine. The card base is Cherry cobbler by Stampin up, which matches the berries really well in real life, it just looks too dark in the photo. (I need to buy another OTT lamp for better photos!)
Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the team and to take a peek at the prizes.

Hope you are almost ready for the holidays. I finally sent out some cards to my family overseas yesterday...not even sure  they'll arrive in time for Christmas, and sadly I have to admit this year they were store bought...(I really should challenge myself to make Christmas cards all year long!)
Also spent the day yesterday making Christmas cookies. Can't believe Christmas is in 7 days!!
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 11, 2016

Christmas Lights

Good Morning! I finally made some time yesterday to make a couple of cards.  I think my last post was a little bit confusing, as some of you thought I am taking a break from card making, it's actually just a break from my linky parties, still plan on making cards when I can. 

When I saw the  new challenge at Allsorts is "Christmas Lights" I knew I wanted to color up this cute image :-) 

I stamped it onto xpress it blending card and colored with copic markers. Stickles glitter was applied to the lights.
An old cuttlebug embossing folder was used for the white background. To finish off the card I tied some gold cord around the card front.

 A little close up below...
The cute cats stamp is from the Penny Black set "Deck the Halls", which I have available brand new in my Etsy shop if you're interested. Sentiment is from the set "Holiday Snippets". 

As mentioned above I am playing along in this week's Allsorts challenge where the theme is "Christmas Lights". Also playing along in this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is Christmas or Winter. 

And that is all I have for today, the second card I made is for the Penny Black and More challenge reminder and I will show you that at a later time, but in the meantime why don't you come play along with us over there (link on my side bar)...we some some really great prizes and not many entrants so far, so there are really good chances to win!! 

Hope you stay warm and enjoy your Sunday!

Dec 5, 2016

Critters and Creatures Linky Party - Taking a Break

Happy Monday everyone! 
You might have already read on the post for my Let's Color Linky party, that I will be taking a break from both linky parties. I just don't seem to be able to get much paper crafting done at the moment. So I have nothing new to share today, but wanted to share the top choices from the month of November. 

A big thank you to all of you for playing along last month!
Lots of wonderful entries and as always, it was really hard to pick favorites, but I did manage, and here are the top choices in no particular order:

Shell B.

Melanie R.

Congratulations ladies!
Your top choice badge is below.


A huge thank you to all of you that played along in my Linky parties over the last 9 months, it was always so much fun to visit your blogs and to see what you made! 
I hope to return with the linky party again in February. In the meantime I will still continue to share my handmade creations here on my blog whenever I get a chance.

Have a great week!!

Dec 4, 2016

Penny Black and More - December Challenge

Well here we are, December already, I wish time would slow down a bit! Can't believe Christmas is just around the corner. 
I made today's card for the new Penny Black and More challenge. We have a really fun theme this month,  we'd like to see you make a card using black and white plus one other color. 

I chose turquoise as my other color. The trees (Penny Black - Crystal Drops) were heat embossed using versamark ink and white embossing powder on Neenah Linen card stock. I inked up the white card stock using distress ink leaving the bottom portion white. Sentiment is from the set Season's Gifts also by Penny Black, I stamped it using Versafine Onyx ink. A piece of black and white striped designer paper was added to separate the image and sentiment. Bottom corners were rounded to finish off the card.

 A little close up below...
I know this month our theme is a little more challenging, but really fun and I hope you'll come join us. I think this color theme would make some really nice CAS cards, perfect if you're behind with your holiday creations! And don't forget we have some really great prizes to give away again, this time from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Crafty Ribbons, and a stamp from our DT member Sam. Lots of chances to win! Any stamp company is welcome, just no digis and be sure your focal point is stamped. 

And that would be all for today. Thank you so much for visiting!!

Dec 3, 2016

Let's Color Linky Party - taking a break

Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts, and sadly I don't even have a card to share today. Last couple weeks have been really busy and I still haven't had a chance to make a card...well I did make one for my dad's birthday but completely forgot to take a picture of it before it went into the mail. And he lives all the way in Germany, no way to take a picture afterwards :-( So nothing new to share...

Today is supposed to be the new post for the "Let's Color Linky party" but I had to come to the decision at this time to put the linky party on hold. This will also be the case with my Critters and Creatures Linky Party. I just don't seem to be able to get much paper crafting done! I am hoping to bring back the linky parties in the new year, but maybe not until February, because my husband is having a week of vacation this Christmas and so I don't want to spend the time card making. 
(This is just for the linky parties and I do still plan on posting creations when I make something, so not taking an actual blogging break.)

I do want to thank you all for your support of my linky  party over the last year, it was wonderful coming to visit your blogs and seeing your creations!

Time to announce the top choices from last month's linky party, my theme of "Christmas Foliage" did not seem very popular, but the entries following the theme were  gorgeous!

Patty Sue 2

 Jackie C.

Your top choice logo is below :-)

 And that is all for now. I will be back tomorrow and will finally have something new to share then!
Enjoy your Saturday!