Color Challenge Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations} – Hugs Enclosed

Hello friends! I hope that you’ve had a great weekend! The weather has really started to cool down over the weekend and I can feel the Autumn breeze in the air right now!

I’m swinging in today to remind you about our current color combo challenge over at {Cupcake Inspirations} and the second card I’ve made using the colors GREEN, PINK and LIME:

If you remember my card from last week, I had so much fun blending the green ink colors on the grass, I thought I’d continue with another panel of the ink blending on this backround too!  I also spritzed it with water and then once it was dry, I stamped the images from a Simon Says Stamp Crafty Friend stamp set with black ink.  I’ve used the stamp set throughout the card with the cut out scissors and envelope accents and the strip across the pink piece too.

I did white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set over the black strip on the heart.  I used just a set of Hero Arts Inifinity Heart dies to cut out the pink heart and another will vellum behind the heart and pink strip.  The pink heart was popped up with craft foam and so was that little envelope over top of it.  I did run the pink die cut heart through a Tim Holtz embossing folder and rubbed some white ink over it.

The blended ink and stamped background was cut out with a stitched rectangle die and layered over a black and then a green panel, which was then layered over top of an A2 sized top folding white card base.  I finished the card with some pink die cut hearts and some Studio Katia Cupid’s Kiss Crystals. (So happy to have again pulled out an older card kit!)

Here’s a closer look at the images on my card.  I just fussy cut the envelope and scissors WITH my scissors.😂  For the open areas in the handle of the scissors, I just took a small hand held circle punch to create the circle openings.

I have taken one of the pink hearts that I die cut for my background and used one over the tiny envelope on the heart.  The crystals add a nice bit of sparkle to the design too.

I think this will be a nice card to send out to one of my crafty friends!  I think maybe we could all use a crafty hug right now so maybe this will help!

Hope you will join us over on the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog to check out more inspiration from the team and join with us in this lovely color challenge too!  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – #124 Anything Goes
  2. QKR Stampede – #404 Anything Goes
  3. Creatalicious – #195 Anything Goes optional: use a punch
  4. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + Sentiment
  5. Creative Knockouts – #368 Anything Goes
  6. Creative Fingers – #193 Anything Goes

Spooky Ombre & Welcome Gnomes for Dare to Get Dirty

Hello friends!  I’m back again today to share a couple more cards that I’ve made for the Splitcoaststampers “Dare to Get Dirty” event!  They’ve released another batch of challenge over there today!  There is certainly lots of crafty fun going on lately, isn’t there?!😀

My first card was made for a challenge from the lovely Lee:

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This card was so much fun to create!  I’ve used only purple shades to make this entire design!  I started out with a white piece of cardstock using the MFT Rolling Clouds stencil and ink blended them in with several Stampin’ Up! inks that I’ve had in my stash for quite a while now! LOL!  After I was done, I spritzed it with a water bottle.

I took the awesomely spooky Trick or Treat stamp set from Brutus Monroe and used some SU! Elegant Eggplant ink to stamp the witch image, bat and the sentiment at the bottom.  I used my MISTI to stamp several times to darken the ink up on them.

I cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle and then cut out an additional piece of Brutus Monroe Potion Cardstock with a stitched scallop rectangle die from MFT. I layered it over an A2 sized top folding Elegant Eggplant card base.

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I then took a glitter brush pen to “color in” the inside of the moon around the witch that gave a really cool shimmer look to it. I then started noticing that it was taking away some of the purple ink while doing this, which was really awesome as it made the moon glow even more!  (I just had to be careful around the witch because she was stamped with regular dye purple ink and I didn’t want to blur it.)

I finished the design with some Brutus Monroe Lilac Matte Sequins that I filled with some Violet Galaxy Crystal Nuvo Drops.  It’s much more sparkly in person!


My next card was made for a challenge from the lovely Kelly:

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This scene was really fun to put together!  I fell in the love with the little house and gnomes from the Simon Says Stamp Gnome School.  I thought it would make a nice “new home” type of card.  I colored them up and cut them out with the coordinating dies to arrange over my scene.

The scene started with a piece of kraft that was ran over with the SSS Petal Plate die for the texture in the background.  I cut out some clouds and a border of grass with dies and inked them up with some inks for shadows.  I then took this panel and cut it all out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted it over a top folding A2 sized black card base.  I also took a sentiment strip from the SSS Gnome School Sentiment Strips to place over the design while arranging the images over the scene.

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For the sign on top of the “home”, I used one of the sentiments made for that spot and white heat embossed it over my coloring.  Hard to tell in the photo, but I’ve also covered the heart on the gnome’s hat as well as the glasses on the gnome with a glitter brush pen.  I also did the same for the windows on the home.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations for today and I sure appreciate you stopping in to check out all of the happenings that are going on!  Hope you’re able to join in some of what’s going on too!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Oh So cute (bottom card only)
  2. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – #372 Lavendar or Purple (top card)
  3. Always Fun – #177 In the Sky Scene (top card)
  4. Crafting Happiness – #63 Anything Goes

{Cupcake Inspirations} New DT!🧁

Hello friends!  I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been asked to join the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge design team!!

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What could be better than crafting AND cupcakes, right?!  So be sure to join me here every Monday for new challenge and reminder inspiration!  I do hope you’ll check out the challenges and join us over there to play along!  (And maybe enjoy yourself a cupcake treat while you’re at it!😁)…if you’ve followed along with me for a while, you may have remembered about 5 years back that I used to be on this team before!  So I’m excited to be joining with them once again!

So here we go with the brand new challenge and a really fun theme to play with:

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The theme for this challenge is “Flowers with Pearls/Sequins

**The challenges will last for 2 weeks, so you will have that long to play for each challenge!  There is a theme challenge and then a color challenge for every other one.  There will be a reminder week in between each one as well…so be sure to subscribe and follow the blog so you can see the inspiration and play along with us!**

**We are also partnering with the Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge Blog with their challenge of a tic-tac-toe board!  So be sure to check out all of the up-coming details and play along with them too!**thing-1-and-thing-2-logo-clipart-12 pair and share

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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I was really inspired with the flowers and pearl theme and I’ve been wanting to play around with a past card kit I had to color with pencils, which I hardly ever do!

The flower images come from the Simon Says Stamp Stronger Together stamp set and kit.  The kit had some colored pencils with it that I used to color the image and then I just used some dies from my stash to add the layers.  I took an additional floral image from the set and white ink to stamp the background and swiped the ink pad around the edges.

To fit with the challenge theme, I thought it would be fun to add several sizes of pearls along the edges of the oval panel.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the flowers.  I’ve also taken a sentiment from the stamp set and inked it up with some eggplant ink using my MISTI tool.  I inked it up again with some embossing ink and then added some clear sparkle EP over top of it to heat set.  The sparkle shows up so much better in person, of course!  I cut it out with my scissors and popped it up over the image with foam tape.

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Really hope that you’ve been inspired with my creation today and that you’ll hop on over to the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge and play along with us!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with using this theme!

I will be back next week with more inspiration for this challenge!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Other Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Creations – #411 Anything Goes
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #119 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #77 Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – #401 Anything Goes
  5. Love to Craft – LTCCB48 Anything Goes
  6. Love to Scrap – LTSCB135 Anything Goes
  7. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC278 Anything Goes FeminineWWC278 - Michelle's Challenge Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Birthday Card For a Painter!

Hello friends!  Hoping amid this strange time you’re finding peace and sanity among your crafty time and online community of friendly crafters as well to help uplift your spirits and keep you thinking happy thoughts!  🙂  If you’re looking for smiles, please know that this is the main purpose of why I do what I do here!  Helping to spread smiles is something that is near to my heart along with crafting.  If you’re enjoying a smile with me, that’s all I care about!  Thanks for hanging out!

Today, I have a special birthday card that I’ve made for my mom who’s a crafty tole painter and I wanted it to be a bright and cheerful design since I couldn’t celebrate with her face to face due to the current circumstances:

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So I’ve been having fun pulling out my past card kits as they’ve not been used as often as I would like to use them.  For my card here, I’ve used the Simon Says Stamp painter’s palette die that came from a past SSS card kit along with the stamp set called Sweet Birthday.  I have been hoarding some special paper made from real wood to die cut the main palette die from and then I’ve cut it out several times using some different colored specialty mirror colored cardstock from the kit for the different colors of paint.

I popped up the entire paint palette with some foam tape over a piece of watercolor paper that I took a brush and some watercolor to make the strokes for a fun and colorful background.  I then cut it out using my Lawn Fawn Cross-Stitch rectangle die which I mounted over a piece of black cardstock and mounted over a white A2 sized top folding card base.

Also for the background, I decided I wanted to include some sort of paint brush, so I dug out an old stamp I had and paper pieced some of that red mirror cardstock for the paint on the end of the brush.  (Red is my mom’s favorite color.)  I used Copics to finish coloring the brush and a glitter gel pen for an accent on the brush.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink over the background and added some red sequins from the kit.

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Here’s a closer view of the palette and the real wood texture of the paper I had die cut it with.  You can see the shimmery colors of the cardstock I’ve used from the kit.  The only color that wasn’t included in the kit was the yellow, so I dug through my stash and found a piece of gold that I used for the yellow color…you can see it has a bit of texture on it, but I was fine with it.

I thought that the background was so fun and simple to create.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful birthday card today!  Do you know someone that would love to receive a happy and colorful card?  I encourage you to get out some pretty colors and make a background and send it out to someone!  Not only will they enjoy receiving a handmade smile from you, but you will be smiling while having fun too!

I was able to talk to my mom on the phone and she told me how much she enjoyed this card and how she was planning to display it somewhere which was very nice to hear!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and maybe we’ll be seeing some rainbows in our future very soon friends! 🙂   I’ll be seeing you soon!

**Please be sure to join here this Thursday for a very special blog hop and prizes!**

Challenges:

  1.  Shopping Our Stash – Happy Birthday
  2. Creative Knockouts – #342 Bingo (second line across, I’ve used paper piecing, image and die-cuts/punches)
  3. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – #467 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Fingers – #182 Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #390 Anything Goes
  6. Creative Moments – #187 Anything Goes

 

Hot Dog! It’s Birthday Time!

Hello friends!  As you know, I’ve been TRYING to get my MOJO flowing and I REALLY appreciate the feedback that I’ve gotten from you and others about things I can try including non-craft related things!  (Honestly, right now in this world with what is going on, it is hard to concentrate along with worrying about my own family in different ways…so that doesn’t help either!)  But I’ve been trying to find things to keep my mind focused and try new things that are interesting to me…so I will just keep going along and see what happens!!  I would like to continue with as many “stamped smiles” as I possibly can right now….we all need that at this time!  🙂

Today’s card was made for my son’s birthday that was this past Saturday.  I wanted to make sure he recieved it before I posted it:

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I pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp card kit and used the So Pun Friends and the I Chews You stamp sets along with the coordinating dies.  I’ve used the cardstock and cute Doodlebug So Much Pun Papers that came with the card kit as well.  The tag was cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Tag dies.  I created the hole at the top of the tag with circle punches and the twine is from left over packaging.

I cut the tag shape out again with more of the papers from the kit and then popped up the image tag with foam tape and added some white enamel dots.

On the inside I stamped a birthday greeting and made a pocket to hold a gift card for him.  We usually take him out to dinner for his birthday, but since he’s moved away I had to send him a gift card instead.  Bummer…

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Here’s a closer look at the cute smile face images that I colored up with my Copic markers.  I cut out the food images with the So Pun Friends coordinating dies.  For the sentiment, I stamped the speech bubble from the I Chews You stamp set over a piece of the Doodlebug papers and then added the sentiment from the So Pun Friends stamp set in the center of the speech bubble.  I then die cut it out with the I Chews You coordinating dies.  

I used some blue distress ink to blend some color over the center of the white area on the tag and then popped up the speech bubble with some foam tape over that area.  The hotdog at the bottom was also popped up with foam tape as well.

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I actually had some fun pulling out this older card kit to play with and who could resist a hotdog smiling at you?!  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping in and for your continued support!  It’s very much appreciated and I hope that I helped bring a smile or inspiration to you today! 

I actually have a couple more birthdays coming up that I need to make cards for, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of those in the near future too!

Challenges:

  1.  Not Just Cards – March Anything Goes
  2. Little Red Wagon – Etc, etc, etc (3 enamel dots and 3 food images with smiles)
  3. Cute Card Thursday – Celebrate!
  4. TIME OUT – Birthday with optional twist:  die cutting or fussy cuttingTime Out Challenge 157 Badge
  5. Seize the Birthday – #185 Touch of Green or Anything Goes2020-03-12-TouchOfGreen

 

 

A Vintage Love

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week!  I must be really wishing for flowers as this seems to be my theme this week!…along with watercolor and heat embossing! LOL!

Today I wanted to share a card I’ve made for my parent’s anniversary:

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As you can see from the card itself, my parents have been married for 55 years.  So when I saw this Simon Says Stamp LE Valentine 2020 card kit, I knew that this would be a great way to start using the kit immediately!  (This card kit is still available as of this posting, but I think it’s going soon!)

I actually really didn’t know what direction I was going to go with this anniversary card and I just started pulling things out and swatching different items to see what I wanted to do.  I sampled the stencil with the metallic paste from the kit and really liked it, but when I pulled out my copper metallic mirror cardstock, I decided to heat emboss over the stencil with the same copper EP that I used on the sentiment for this card.

I’ve also cut out the numbers with the copper metallic mirror cardstock along with the layer behind some of the papers from the card kit.  I’ve added another heart strip of the papers from the kit at the top and used one of the butterflies from the kit to go over the piece of lace I’ve added from my stash.  The layers were all attached over an A2 sized top folding card base.  Lastly, I added some white hearts that were actually from a different card kit.  LOL!

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I wanted to share a closer look at the flower.  The stamp set in that card kit is so stunning!  I’ve white heat embossed the flower and leaves over some watercolor paper and then used my Clean Color Real Brush markers to color it with.  I’ve used some foam tape to pop up the flower over the stenciled heat embossed piece that was cut out with a circle die and attached to the card front.

You can see the shimmer over the butterfly wings that I’ve covered with a glitter brush pen.  I only glued the center of the butterfly so that I could pop out the wings a bit.

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Although this card looks a bit simple, there were a few steps to the stenciling and heat embossing some of the elements.

My parents commented how pretty it was, so I’m glad they liked it!

I hope you like it too!  Please be sure to come back to visit my blog this Saturday as there will be a new challenge to share as well as a special blog hop!  Hope to see you there!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednsday – Anything Goes   (Instagram:  #ssswchallenge)
  2. QKR Stampede – #382 Anything Goes
  3. Allsorts – Take Flight
  4. Creative Fingers – #178 Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC256 All About OccasionsWWC256 - Kath's Challenge All About Occasions
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #124 Anything Goes

It’s a HAPPY Birthday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

After starting this year, I tend to “look back” on my stash items and take a good “inventory” of what I have and the things that hardly EVER get used, if have gotten used at all!  And of course I try to tell myself…”no more!”  LOL!  I honestly just let all of my card kits just sit and don’t dive into them and use them!  I get so excited about them when they come out, oooh and aaahhh over every single item in the kit and then it just sits…then before you know it, another kit comes out!  It’s an endless cycle that I’d like to stop!  Does anybody else have this problem?!

**This year, I hope to not only just open the boxes with content, but also make some creations with them!  If I’m already suscribed and getting boxes, then why am I not using them?!  You saw in a previous post the Snowflake set of creations, so I plan on doing more of that this year…so stay tuned! 🙂

I actually have made a card from a fun special edition “Sweet Birthday” card kit from Simon Says Stamp last year that I was super excited about, but only dug in enough of it to make this one card:  (Hanging head…..)

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At least I made ONE with it, right?! LOL!  I just thought this was such a happy, colorful and fun card kit that it was just perfect to send a birthday smile for someone that really needed some “happy” sent their way.  My schedule was crazy and then I forgot to get it posted!  LOL!

The stamp set used in creating this one from the SSS card kit was called Sweet Birthday and I was excited to be able to get the coordinating dies to go with it too.  It’s very simple with the cardstock and pattern papers from the kit for the layout design.  I used an additional piece of black cardstock to white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set, cut it out with my scissors and pop it up along with the party hat cloud and balloons with the black “strings” underneath them.

I used a white gel pen to add “dots” to the blue balloon and then added some sequins from the card kit over the design.

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Here’s a closer look at the images and how I’ve colored them up with my Copic markers.

At this point I don’t remember if I’ve added a glitter brush pen over anything, but more than likely I probably did because I like using it! LOL!

I’ve also used a sanding block around the edges of the pattern paper as I like to distress my papers sometimes too.

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I didn’t know who this person was that received this card, but a request came from a crafty friend who asked to send smiles to someone for a loved one’s birthday and of course I was happy to get creating and hope that this helped in some way to lift spirits.

And I hope that this has helped put a smile on your face too!

Thanks so much for popping over here today and I truly enjoy seeing your comments!  Please let me know what you think of YOUR stash?  Is it “out of control” like mine?  LOL!  Would you like to see me making posts using more of my card kits?  Share your thoughts below! 🙂

I’ll see you again soon my friends!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Craft – LTCCB42 Jan. Anything Goes
  2. Love to Scrap – LTSCB129 Jan. Anything Goes
  3. Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes + Toppings:  Layer It!2020-01-02-LayerIt
  4. Use Your Stuff– Anything Goes
  5. Try it On Tuesday – What a Cutie/Make Someone Smile

Merry Christmas Friends!

Merry Christmas to all of my friends here and I’m honored to be a little part of your life with you in some way…I hope you know that!

**This is a pre-scheduled post to wish you all a special happy day.  I’m away spending time with my family right now, so sit back with your favorite beverage for a time out and I hope you enjoy today’s long post.**

Just wanted to share BATCHES of the cards and creations that I’ve made for the Holidays this year.  I know that I make lots of creations, but for the purposes of mailing cards, I try to keep these particular cards as “mail friendly” as possible, so these are more simple in style for me, but really enjoyed making them and just had fun:

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I tend to do bulk cards in a set of 4-6 so that I don’t get “bored” with it or run out of a certain supply or something! LOL!  So this first set of 6 cards is using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Winter Woods”.  I stamped up the scene background and then covered the entire panel with double stick adhesive and then covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter.  (The deer I added is from a favorite Newton’s Nook stamp set called Serene Silhouettes.)  The white heat embossed greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Itty Bitty Christmas”.  (I think this set was probably my favorite to do!)

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I just *had* to get these penguins in there somewhere! LOL!  These set of cards are actaully all just a bit different, but I colored up the penguins from the “Pablo the Penguin” free stamp set included with the Making Cards Magazine for December and cut them out in different ways and then mounted them onto cards.  Some of them use some of the free papers that were also included with the issue.  So this is another set of 6 cards that were mailed out.  Love those cute penguins with the different hats! LOL!

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Here’s another set of cards that I’ve made to send out, but because these were even more simple than the ones above with very little stamping involved, I made 8 of these.  (So if you’re counting, I’ve made 20 total so far…not including some other special cards I’ve mailed out to people along the way.)  – I absolutely fell in love with this die set from STAMPlorations called “Two Reindeer” and was so excited to see that I had won a gift certificate from their blog and this was something that I knew I would be getting right away!  This was cut from gold cardstock and mounted over a piece of various different Stampin’ Up! pattern paper from my stash…it’s always nice to be able to use up more of my hoarded paper stash!  The sentiment is again from the Stampin’ Up! “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set.

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Now I didn’t want to leave out a couple of cards that I made especially for my boys.  They know their mom likes to stamp, but they know I have to add in a bit of my goofy humor with them as well! 🙂  So of course I had to pull out this fun Simon Says Stamp “Gnome for the Holidays” card kit (sold out) to make them!  I think I ended up using ALL of the wobblers in the kit too!  I told my son that this is me wobbling with the presents about to drop everything and my hubby is trying to save everything! LOL!

Here’s a little wobbler action for you too…

And of course I had to make another card for my other son too…

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I absolutely feel in love with all of those cute gnomes that came out everywhere this year for crafting…so I still have more that I didn’t get a chance to use, but thought this would be perfect for my son with this trendy style design…of course using a wobbler too!  And I do love him GNOME matter what! 🙂

For some reason, I thought the wobbler action on this one was more fun! LOL!  Not sure if it’s because of the weight/size or what…but cool to see the difference.

And whilst in the middle of making up all of these cards to mail out, I also had fun playing with the Christmas Advent Calendar that I had purchased from Brutus Monroe a while back.  Because it’s an “Advent Calendar” you start with December 1st and open each day.  So each day to open was pretty cool because there was a new surprise stamp inside!  So I took each day’s stamp and made a tag for each one clear up until today’s last window to open: (obviously previously opened and made to finish! LOL!)

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I will show by the week.  So this is week 1 with the first 5 days opened.  The stamp that I received for each day is noticably featured in each tag.

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And these are the tags made for week 2.  The angel tag was made with Deco Foil in the background.

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These are week 3 tags made.  The purple colored tag on the left bottom is actually a shaker.  The window sheet was glaring in the camera.

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This is week 4 of the tags.  Hubby picked out the candy canes as his favorite of all of them.  Mine was the stockings tag.

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And here is the final last week of the tags from the Advent Calendar.  Really cool to have all of these tags on hand for gifts!  I needed them! 🙂

And of course I wasn’t done with the Advent Calendar box itself because I thought I could “recycle” the little window flaps on the box because they had some cute images on them for each day…so I cut them off with my scissors after I opened that day and kept them:

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So I thought it would be fun to use them to create a card!  They had numbers on them, but I have covered them up in certain ways so that they’re not showing.  The cover die on the card base comes from Brutus Monroe as well.

Whew!  Now to get finished up with my wrapping and “merry making” before the big day!  I hope you are or have enjoyed yourself a wonderfully HAPPY Christmas day no matter how you’re celebrating it!  Thank you for spending some of your time here on my blog today!

Leaving you with this video of a wonderful song and light show that is just not Christmas for me without this music. Enjoy!

I’ll be seeing you soon my friends!

It’s Christmas at Cute Card Thursday!

Well here we are friends!  Happy Halloween!!!   I hope whatever your plans are that you have a safe and wonderful evening!  I also hope the little trick-or-treaters don’t get too cold this year with the snow over my way!

Well, although it’s Halloween today, we are having a “Christmas” theme going on this week at the Cute Card Thursday Challenges!  So if you’re all packed up from making Halloween, then this would be a great time to start working on your Christmas makes for the year!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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Isn’t this image just beautiful?!  I was so happy to pull out this stamp… finally and color it up for a Christmas card!  This was my purchase during STAMPtember from Paper Rose.  I had never heard of this company before that time, so this was the stamp set/die combo I picked to get as I fell in love with it.

I stamped the large image over a piece of Copic Blending Card and then stamped the sentiment from the set right underneath it.  Colored with Copics and then trimmed it down to fit over my card front.  I layered this panel onto a pice of brushed gold cardstock and then a piece of red.

For the card base, I took the two pine sprigs from the stamp set and randomly stamped them over a kraft colored A2 sized top folding card base.  I used the same ink color to stamp them with and then used that color to sponge around my image panel before attaching all the layers together.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done over the image.  Although the brushed gold cardstock is a bit muted, you can see the slight shimmer in it.

I’ve taken a Copic marker and done some random “dots” all around the flowers.  I’ve also used a gold gel pen to color the center of the flowers as well as add some more “dots” around the poinsettias.

For the “berries” within the branches, I’ve added some Nuvo Morning Dew Drops which dries clear over them.  This would be the only dimension on my card which makes it nice and flat for mailing.

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I’m actually really happy to add another Christmas card onto my pile for this year and I have many places to send cards to, so I know I will be making more!

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at what the rest of the team has come up for this challenge and enter your project there too!  Hope you can join in the festive fun with us this week!

Thanks so much for joining me here today and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Make Your Own Background Paper (stamped on card base)
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP1943
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Christmas

 

Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  The month of October is flying right through and I know once Halloween gets here, it will be the end of the year before we know it!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  We are looking for “Spots and Dots” on your creations this time!  We look forward to seeing your take on this one!

For my card, I decided to keep it rather simple as I needed a card for my brother’s birthday this past weekend, so I didn’t want to add too much to it:

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This card is using items from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday Limited Edition card kit which has since been sold out, but I know that you can still purchase a few of the items that were included in the kit.

I started out by taking the SSS Celebrate stencil from the kit and spread on some Deco Foil Transfer Gel over a white piece of cardstock from the kit and let it completely dry before moving on.  After it was dry, I took the Rainbow Shattered Glass transfer foil sheet and put it through my laminator.  It looks so pretty and shinny with a wow factor to it!  I cut this piece down and layered it over a black scallop square die cut panel.  I then layered these pieces over the green colored Tim Holtz Metallic paper from the kit.

For the square card, I used a black top folding 4.25″ black card base and then layered another piece of that green metallic paper over it.  I took a ‘dotted’ piece of paper from the Honey Bee Over the Rainbow papers (included in the kit) and layered it over top of the metallic green.  Then I added my foiled balloons panel over this.

Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday stamp set and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I trimmed down to a banner and popped up over the card with some foam tape.

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I really didn’t want to add too much more to it as it was for a male and I think with all of that foil and shine, it really didn’t need much else!  I think it’s fun, simple and really cheery looking especially with that foiling done.

I was able to pop this in his door before we left for the weekend and he let me know that it brightened up his day, so that was great to hear!

I know that I’m getting this fun kit out again very soon as I am in need of another birthday card to send to someone that needs a good birthday cheer and I’m happy to do it!  Besides, this kit looks to be so much to play with for sure!  🙂

Be sure to join us over the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

**Please scroll down if you care to see some personal photos of our recent trips!**

Challenges:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1941 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Sparkle
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC243 Masculine Anything GoesWWC243 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

**Below are some photos and details of our recent trips if you’re interested!**

Now I wanted to be sure to share some photos with you as promised from hubby and my last two weekends out and about with our shenanigans!  LOL

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The first weekend in October we visited Hannibal, MO and visited the Mark Twain museum and even went for a tour in the Mark Twain Cave!  It was very interesting!  You couldn’t be claustraphobic as there were a few tight areas in there!  I didn’t get any photos of the cave, but it’s so amazing in person!

This photo above shows us after we came back down from seeing the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  As you can see there are several steps to get up there, but what you don’t see is how many steps we took just to get to the point of where we are in the photo too! Whew!

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My husband finally decided to take me on that cruise…along the Mississippi River that is! LOL!  They had a Mark Twain Riverboat tour that we took and it was a fun boat to check out along the river while listening to the stories from the captain.

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So while listening to the stories from the Captain on the riverboat cruise, we heard about the story of “Lover’s Leap” and so we decided to investigate it before we left.  In the background you can see a view of the Mississippi River.  It was pretty up there and a long way down!


So we came back home for some “downtime” and to unwind before going out this last weekend for another trip near the Starved Rock Park area:

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We decided to get going in the morning but it had really cooled down over night and we knew starting out we would need our heavy coats.

And all I can say is that the photos do not do justice to what it was actually like over here.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  The photo above is our “lowest level starting point” during our ‘hike’ and that is the Illinois River behind us.

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We came through the Visitor’s Center and briefly went through the small museum and started going through some of the trails.  They seemed to wind all over the place with many different areas to go to!

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The main trail going straight was a slow incline and then several stairs to go upwards to where the top of Starved Rock was.  Here we are at the top along with tons of other people.  That is the Illinois River behind us again.  This was later in the day as you see the sun shining on us and getting warmer.

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And here we are with this gorgeous feature behind us among the trees where shelves of rock walls lay and water running down.  It had warmed up enough for me to take my heavy coat off while walking around.  I think we look more serious as we were trying to capture the pretty view behind us.  LOL!  Nothing like seeing it in person of course!  (I just wish I was able to do more than what we did, but was still excited about what we did accomplish!)

We wanted to get up the next day and try to walk around a small town festival going on along with catching a tour to the Reddick Mansion later that day before we left, but we weren’t able to get there and had to get back home. (I will try again another day.)

This was fun to just get out and enjoy nature especially this time of the year.  I look forward to many more fun little trips in the future…especially with the love of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing a bit of myself with you!  Wishing you a beautiful day friends!