Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Papertrey Playhouse Challenge #5

I am back with my second post of the day as I finally got around to getting my card put together for the fifth Papertrey Playhouse Challenge. This challenge was to CASE a card by the fabuous Niki Estes. I love the card, but it's not my usual style...so this was a real challenge for me. However, it gave me an excuse to break out of the holiday card making groove and pull out one of my year in flowers sets, specifically the Gladiolas set. It was fun to make a non-holiday themed card, since it seems that's all I've been making lately!! Here's what I came up with...

I will be back tomorrow with more holiday cards, but for now, I hope you enjoyed the break as much as I did!! Thanks for stopping by!!


It's Tuesday, so that means I am back with Day 21 of my follow along with the Holiday Card Series over at Kristina Werner's blog. Love the design of the card today (well really yesterday). I used regular cardstock (Ruby Red by Stampin Up) instead of a patterned card design, and did some embossing with some snowflake stamps from inkadinkado. Then I used some Fancy Pants Tradition pattern papers for the bottom portion, and the Noel stamp is also from inkadinkado. I went ahead and made a flower too...mine has three layers.

Don't forget that today is the last day for free shipping on orders over $25 at twopeasinabucket.com (no I don't get anything for saying that...just LOVE that place)!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Let It Snow

If there's one thing I miss most about living in upstate New York (Syracuse area) it's the snow during the holidays. I will never get used to above freezing temperatures on Christmas no matter how long I live in Florida!! So, having said that, I absolutely loved Kristina's card for Day 20 of her Holiday Card series...mainly because of the senitment. Of course, I had to use that senitment, but I made my card a bit different. First, I made a square card, only because I already had the card cut and scored. I had plans to use it on another project but changed my mind, so there it sat blank on my desk. I figured, why not...saved me some time!! I used letter stickers from my stash, an old set by Making Memories and a different wooly snowman (I should note that I probably would have used my White Bliss Thickers too, but I only have one 't' so that wouldn't work).  I also kept my lines straight, instead of the curve and I used a scalloped border punch instead of punching circles. Love how it turned out. Let me know what you think!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Warming Up The Season

Happy Black Friday to you all!! I hope your Thanksgiving was grand and plentiful. I hope you were able to spend lots of time with your loved ones, enjoy their company, and reflect on all that you are thankful for!!

I am back today with another card inspired by Day 19 of Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series. Next week is the last week of this series, then it's on to Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas. I know I will not be able to keep up with that daily!! However, I will take the time to snap a few photos each day and record my thoughts on the day at the end of the day, so when I come back to completing all the crafty goodness related with this holiday season, I will be well prepared. Besides it will give me practice in recording thoughts daily for my 2011 Daily Gratitude Album. Anyway, on to the card...

I used my silhouette to die cut the snowman card, attached some pattern paper behind the cut-out, stamped the sentiment, then free-hand drew a line around the card. Easy peasy!! And it's thin so there won't be any bulk when sending it to that lucky recipient in a few weeks!! Love that!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge

This is my second post for the day. Again, I want to take the time to wish everyone in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you are celebrating today with loved ones and taking time to reflect on all that you are thankful for!!

The Challenge:  Recently the design team and I put together a variety of holiday tags that are perfect to keep on hand for quick wrap options. Now it's your turn to inspire us and the rest of the Papertrey community! Design a holiday tag or two using all of your favorite goodies and share it with all of us! We will all have plenty of inspiration to create a large stash and try to get ahead of the hustle and bustle of the season!

I have never made homemade tags for the holiday's before. I use the store bought, already stickey backed, tags that I get for half off the day after Christmas. I have tons of these tags on hand!! I mean tons! I probably don't need to get tags for at least 10 years!! LOL!! They're so cheap after Christmas that I can't resist getting lots!! But this year, mainly because of the push this challenge gave me, I decided to make some of my own tags. Now, the question remains whether or not I will be able to separate myself from them and actually use them instead of the store bought tags.

I started with the Fillable Frames #9 and Tiny Treats: Christmas. I made 8 tags and I thought I was done, but they were so cute, with the Baker's Twine and DMC floss, that I knew I would be making more. Here are those first tags that I made, using some stickle's and liquid pearls...

I made two of each: Red, Green, Blue, and Brown. I like variety, what can I say. Here's a close up of one of each of the colors. You can kind of see the glitter from the stickle's. Love it up close. I can't wait to use these this holiday!!

After I got done making these little cuties, I decided I would make a few tags and try out "The Lazy Stamper Accordion Medallion" technique with the Limitless Layers Die Collection that Nichole featured on her blog during the October release countdown. You can find it here if you want specific directions from her (just scroll down a bit, you'll find it I promise). I used my new favorite color combo for my second set of tags...Blueberry Sky and Fine Linen. These colors are so wonderful together!! I can not get enough of this color combo!! And the medallions were super easy to put together if you were wondering.

Yes, I did throw in some red. I wanted to use that patterned paper from the Sugar Plum pack, so I figured the red would work!! Here is a closer shot of two of my favorites from this tag set:

And then, because two sets weren't enough...and because I loved the Sweet Blush - Scarlet Jewel color combo that Nichole used during the November release...I couldn't help but make one more tag set. So here we are with other favorite color combo...and one that I will be using more in the future.

On this set I did a bit of embossing. All of the tags with the Scarlet Jewel base are embossed. I think it brings an extra touch. On those four, I also die cut some pink pattern paper from the Pretty Pastels collection with the Fillable Frames #10 die. Here are a few of my favorites from this set:

I hope the rest of your Thanksgiving is wonderful and filled with memories and laughter!! Thanks for taking the time today to stop by!!

Tag Set #1:
Cardstock: Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa (Stampin Up!)
Stamps: Fillable Frames #9, Tiny Treats: Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Die: Fillable Frames #9 (Papertrey Ink)
Fibers: Red, Green, Brown Baker's Twine (Martha Stewart); Blue (DMC)
Other: Diamond Stickle's, Fired Brick Distress Stickle's, Red Pepper Liquid Pearls (Ranger)

Tag Set #2:
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink)
Pattern Paper: Distressed Dots, Sugar Plum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: 2010 Holiday Tags (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Tag Sale #1 and #1, Limitless Layers Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Fibers: Fine Linen Swiss Dot Ribbon, Pure Poppy Swiss Dot Ribbon, Vintage Cream Twine (Papertrey Ink)
Buttons: Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Pearls, Gemstones

Tag Set #3:
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink)
Pattern Paper: Pretty Pastels (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Victorian Velvet Distress Ink (Ranger)
Stamps: 2010 Holiday Tag Set; Fillable Frames #9 (Papertrey Ink)
Embossing Powder: White, Pink Glitter (American Crafts); Silver Filagree (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Tag Sale #1 and #2, Limitless Layers Collection, Fillable Frames #10 (Papertrey Ink)
Fibers: Sweet Blush Grosgrain, Scarlet Jewel Grosgrain, Vintage Cream Twine, Scarlet Jewel Felt (Papertrey Ink)
Buttons: Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Pearls, Gemstones

Enjoy the Holiday

This is my first of two posts today. However, before I get into the project, I wanted to take the time to wish everyone in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are enjoying the holiday and having fun in the company of loved ones. I hope you have found time to reflect upon everything in your life that you are grateful for!! For me it's my family and my husband!! I am thankful that I have a wonderful, loving, family and husband! I could not go through this life without them!!

For today's card, I found inspiration from Kristina's Day 18 card, though I went with the traditional card size versus the long card. I am so enjoying the card series this year. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. You can find them all here. She's super fabulous and if you haven't started your holidy cards yet, you will find TONS of inspiration!!!  On to my card...
I broke out my Bliss Thickers by American Crafts for the sentiment. I don't usually use Thickers on my cards, but I just love this font...so I went for it and I really like how it turned out!!

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you in a bit with my Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge projects!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Ok, how cute was Kristina's card yesterday (Day 17)? I thought it was ADORABLE!!! So much so that I pretty much CASEd it!! Well...I didn't use the baker's twine, and my pattern paper choices were slightly different (though they were also from the BG Jovial collection), as was the color of Basics letters (I used the Manilla where she used the White)...but the design and sentiment were, well, CASEd!! Here's what I put together...
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wishing You Joy

I have loved Basic Grey since they first came onto the scene. They have always been one of my most favorite manufactures. There isn't a line that I don't get some of or all of when it become available. They are consistent in offereing fabulous products that really match my style!! Having said that, I was super excited to see that they are the sponsor of this week of Kristina's 2010 Holiday Card Series!! And since it's Day 16 of the series, I figured I would finally get on here and share the card that I mde, completely inspired by Kristina!!
I am thankful to have a few days off leading up to and including Thanksgiving, before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season really begins. I am heading to a new LSS today to check them out. They aren't really new...but they are new to me...so i am excited. I am also going to be working on putting my "Journal Your Christmas" album together. I want to try to have pages cut and in some kind of order before we get started with it. I am likely to fall behind with work getting very hectic!! Life working in retail around the holidays isn't the greatest...working 60 hours a week and getting 5 days off between Thanksgiving and Christmas...doesn't leave much free time since I want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the season and the company of friends and family. Please, everyone, when you are out shopping this season, from one working in the retail industry, be kind and patient!! I don't know why, but this time of year seems to bring out the worst in people when it should inspire the best!!

Have a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Merry Christmas

Happy Saturday!! I am so grateful to have the weekend off!! When you work in retail, weekends off this time of year are few and far between, so I am thankful that I get to spend some time with my hubby before the season really gets into high gear. I am also grateful for some time off leading up to Thanksgiving...can you believe it's coming up on Thursday??

Anyway, I want to share the card I made for Day 15 of the 2010 Holiday Card Series. I can't believe that three weeks are over of this series already...and I have kept up!! Didn't think I would have that's for sure!! But here's the card I made which was inspired by Day 15...
I used my Stitchery Stamp Set by Sassafrass and did some embossing. Combined that with a sticker and tag from the collection pack, and viola...a super simple, but cute Christmas card!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Holidays

Can you believe it is Day 14 of Kristina Werner's 2010 Holiday Card Series?? I can't believe I have kept up for as long as I have!! I thought that, for sure, by now, I would ave falled way behind and given up. But I keep trucking away at this!! I loved the design of the card today!! Square cards are my new favorite!! I used my Mitten Weather Mini Deck, and a sheet of Girls' Paperie paper (it's the one in the bottom left corner...those red dots). But, more importantly, this card got me to use a stamp set I haven't used in a long time...my Turning A New Leaf set, by Papertrey Ink. It hasn't seen ink in quite some time!! I have also discovered that my Pure Poppy ink pad (also by Papertrey Ink) is about done. Stamped the sentiment with this the first time and it came out so light I had to re-stamp it with my Stampin Up Ruby Red ink. Anyway, here's my take on day 14...
I am so happy it's almost the weekend!! Who's going to see the new Harry Potter?? Looks like my hubby will be taking me on Sunday and I can not wait!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holly Jolly Christmas

It's Day13 of the 2010 Holiday Card Series over at Kristina Werner's blog. Loving the series so far...and it'a half way over!! Love the card she made yesterday (I am a day behind) with the non-traditional colors!! Here's my take on the card...
I used some Martha Stewart snowflakes. Love them so!! I decided to do an embossed stamp for the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wishing You

Quick post today. I want to get my Day 12 card posted and life is getting very busy so I must make this one quick. Here's my card...
I have been wanting to use the Snowflake cling stamp by Hero Arts for a LONG time so I seized the opportunity on this card.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Merry Christmas To You

I can't believe it's Day 11 of the 2010 Holiday Card Series over at Kristina Werner's blog (seriously...go check it out...so inspirational). Loving that this week's sponsor is Cosmo Cricket...more specifically the Mitten Weather collection. LOVE!! I already broke out my 6x6 pad last week, which you can see here if you'd like. For this card, I used more of the traditional colors of the pad, with some Fine Linen cardstock (Papertrey Ink). Worked so well together.
I used a stamp (also from Papertrey Ink) from the 2010 Holiday Tag collection for the focal image, also stamped on Fine Linen cardstock. That is my newest favorite neutral...reminds me of the perfect color of a cup of coffee!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Layered Snowflake

Happy Saturday! Quick post today. I just wanted to share my Day 10 card!! I used the third card for inspiration on this one. Oh, and I can not believe I have managed to keep up with this!! I decided to layer another pair of felt snowflakes and I used some scripty Dear Lizzy Christmas paper, which meant no stamping! Super easy and super cute!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, November 12, 2010


On to Day 9 of the Holiday Card Series over at Kristina Werner's blog. Love playing along with this, even though it's not a challenge to do so. Broke our my distressed dots and sugar plum pattern papers from Papertrey Ink for this one, and used one of the vintage ornaments dies (also from Papertrey Ink) along with some red thickers. Super simple. Might just have to make another one of these!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Merry Christmas

Back with another card today, Day #8, in Kristina Werner's Card series. This one was pretty quick to come together...took only about 30 minutes including time to pick out my supplies. I think the liquid pearls took longer to dry than anything else about this card.
Life has made lots of plans for me today so it's going to be a quick post.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Merry and Bright

Welcome back!! So glad you came by for a visit today. I have the next card I made to go along with Kristina Werner's 2010 Holiday Card Series (Day #7). I broke out my Mitten Weather 6x6 pad for this one!! Had so much fun finally using those papers!! Love that they are not traditional holiday colors. Anyway, on to the card...
Broke our some Vintage Cream felt and the Peace Be Still snowflake dies, both from Papertrey Ink, for the layered embellishment. I don't have the stamp set that goes with those dies, but oh how I love them so!! I love that snowflake so much!! I know you will be seeing it again before the season is over. Added on a Plum Pudding button (also by Papertrey Ink) and some purple DMC floss. I rounded the top corner because there was just too much space up there that it needed something.
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Hello everyone, back with my version of Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series #6. I love that this week, Kristin's sponsor is American Crafts, specifically the Dear Lizzy Christmas Collection!! I have had many of the papers (but not all of the embellishments) since they released over at 2peas!! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this line when I saw the line over at the American Crafts blog back in July during CHA.

Anyway, on to the card...
Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Papertrey Playhouse Challenge #4

Meredith is hosting the challenge this time around over at the Papertrey Playhouse, and it's all about making a card with No Layers!! I love the challenge of making single layer cards!! Besides being super easy to make in most cases, they are also flat which makes mailing them quiet easy as well. Can't beat that if you ask me. Anyway, on to the card...
 I broke out my brand-spankin new Snowflake Serenade stamp set (Papertrey Ink) for this one. I know the stamp set has been around for a while, I have only just added it to my arsinal of stamps within the last month and it had been begging me to be used. Now that I am in the deep end when it comes to making my holiday cards, I figured this would be a great time to break this set out!! Here is a closer shot of the stamping...
I did lightly draw the box with a pencil (after carefully measuring) then I masked it off using some post-it's. Then I stamped away using Soft Pool ink by Memories. I added some glitter touches too with my Spica glitter pen, but that doesn't show up very well (sorry!!). Then I just took my trusty black American Crafts pen and my sturdy ruler to outline the box, erase my pencil marks, and viola...a super simple, one layer, ready to be mailed off to some lucky recipient card. (Can you tell I've been taking Shimelle's True Stories class since I have been writing more and more when I post my creations?? Love the class and I can't wait for Journal Your Christmas to start!! I digress...)

Coming up this week, I will continue to play along with Kristina Werner as she enters her second week of her 2010 Holiday Card series (I will be a day behind in posting). I know this isn't a challenge from her, but I am really loving that I am knocking out a lot of my holiday cards. And I don't like mass producing one card...I want variety so I can pick that special one for each of my friends and family members. I am trying to change them up a little...using my own supplies and using it as more of a design sketch. I am also planning to share my die storage (ala Dawn McVey) and some button storage too (totally inspired by Mish Wooderson). My hubby and I are going to the antique shops today and hopefully we will return with some great finds. Last time we went out with my parents at the beginning of October I picked up some Blue Ball jars, some loaf pans (hint hint) and two floral frogs...all for under $40!! Now that I think of it, I don't think I ever posted those great finds...so on that note...here they are...
Not the greatest picture I know. Anyway...off to get Monday started!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holiday Thinking Inking - Week 5

Alcohol Inks and Watercolor Paper?? I was a bit skeptical to be honest. But since Jennifer McGuire's technique classes had never led me astray before, I gave it a try. You can too by following that link over to the class at 2peas. Anyway, I wondered what would be the worst that would happen if I didn't like the results...another paper would end up in the recycable bag...no loss there. So I cut my watercolor paper to size, chose my ink colors, and loaded up the felt applicator. The result I got was AMAYZING!! I actually think I preferr alcohol inks on watercolor paper to glossy paper...hands down!! Oh wait, I forgot a step...I did do some heat embossing with white embossing powder before using those alcohol inks...just like Jennifer did. Anyway, I figure I should get around to showing you my results!!
I chose make a Thanksgiving card instead of a Christmas card for this project...I sure hope that's OK, and somehow I am sure it is!! I chose alcohol inks in fall colors to go along with the theme of the card. I miss fall so much so this was very fun to make!! Since I am originally from Central New York, I was very used to four distinct seasons. Now that I live in Central Florida, that's the one thing I miss most. I don't miss the snow too much except in the days leading up to and following Christmas (I don't think I will ever get used to above freezing temperatures on Christmas no matter how long I live here). I do, however, miss the fall and spring. I miss the changing leaves and the vibrant colors of fall, and the new buds and colorful flowers awakening from a long slumber in the spring. And you just can't beat the 70's and low 80's in the summer (as compared to high 90's with 100% humidity in Florida). I am not trying to bash Florida...I just really miss having four distinct seasons...did I say that already. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the card!!

I will be back tomorrow with my latest creation for the Papertrey Playhouse Challenge!! Single Layer Cards...LOVE them!! Until then, thanks for stopping by!!

Cardstock: Simply Chartreuce (Papertrey Ink); Solar White (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Michaels)
Ink: Tuxedo Black , Versamark (Tsukineko); Lettuce, Cranberry, Caramel, Ginger (Alcohol Inks by Ranger); Copper (Alcohol Ink Mixative by Ranger); Ink Blending Soltuion (Ranger); Antique Linen, Walnut Stain (Distress Ink by Ranger)
Embossing Powder: White (American Crafts)
Stamps: Harvest Season (Lawn Fawn); Friend Definition (Hero Arts); Fall Elegance (Papertrey Ink)
Die: Mat Stack #3 (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Various Copics

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Holidays

Ok, so Card #5 features a banner senitment and three different snowflakes...at least that's how Kristina Werner made the card. I attempted the banner with some Lawn Fawn stamps, but had a major issue spelling Holidays (yep...totally spelled it hoidaies...how does that happen??)!!! So I took some scrap cardstock and cut it to size...and very very quickly made that DISAPPEAR!! That's my funny for the day that's for sure!! But I love how mistakes can be quickly covered up and made as if it never happened. In fact, if I hadn't mentioned it, you likely would never know I made a mistake!! Love that about papercrafting!!

For the snowflakes, I used the 2010 Holiday Tag Set from Papertrey Ink. Love that I could just easily punch these out with my 1 3/4 inch circle punch!! Totally made this very easy. I used the Sugar Plum Pattern paper and a strip of Ripe Avocado from Papertrey Ink as well. Finally broke out my Tim Holtz Scalloped Edge Sizzix die too. Can I just say that I am in LOVE with this die!! I will be using it again VERY soon!! I love the uneven scallop!! I chose inks that matched the pattern paper (Plum Pudding, Ripe Avocado, and Pure Poppy...all by Papertrey Ink) for the snowflakes and then whipped out my Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink too) set for the sentiment. Love this card design, even without the banner sentiment!

That's it for Kristina's Holiday Card series for this week. Please be sure to check out her blog for tons of inspiration!!

I will be back tomorrow with a Thanksgiving card that I made for the Holiday Thinking Class over at 2peas. Until then, thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oh, Deer...

So one of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the music, and one of my favorites if Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Growing up, we used to add in those funny sayings every time it was on the radio...you know the ones (like a light bulb, like monopoly, etc.)!! Still to this day I add those in every time I hear that song!!

So, much to my delight, Kristina featured a reindeer stamp on her Day #4 card of her holiday series!! I was so happy when I saw this, especially because she gave her reindeer a red nose!! I used the same card layout design, but once again, used items from my stash. Here's what I came up with...
My card is 3 1/2 inches wide by 8 1/2 inches tall, which means it will fit into a business sized envelope. I also did some embossing on the red cover of the card, just like Kristina did, but I used my music stamp by Prima (love that stamp)!! And this gives it such a great look. Here's a better shot of the embossing and the sentiment (which, I think, is my new favorite...Big & Bold Holiday Wishes by Papertrey Ink). 
You can kind of see the embossing on the red here, but trust me it looks fabulous in person. Please, if you haven't done so already, go check out the Holiday Card Series over at Kristina's blog. She's such a fantastic papercrafter!!

I'll be back tomorrow with my interpretation of Day #5. Until then, thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

I am a day behind Kristina Werner on her 2010 Holiday Card Series, but I am really having fun playing along...even though there isn't a challenge to do so. I am really happy to be getting a jump start on my holiday cards this year, unlike last year where I was pretty late in getting them done and out, and cutting it very close to getting the cards to their recipients before Christmas Day itself. If you haven't see this series or her 2009 series, go now...really...I will wait!!

I am on Day three of the series, which you can see here from Kristina. I love, love, love the vellum window...so much so that not only did I make a Christmas card, I also made a Hanukkah card!! Here they are...

The sentiment stamps are from Lawn Fawn as is the dreidel, but the cardinal is from My Mind's Eye. Love that little cardinal!! So cute!! Added some sparkle with Diamond Stickles on the cardinal and with a Spica copic on the dreidel.

For the Christmas card I used pattern papers from Teresa Collins and The Girls' Paperie. For the Hanukkah card I used pattern papers from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas collection and a digital Color Couture set from Papertrey ink.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Merry Christmas

First, I want to take a moment to wish my sister, Melanie, a very Happy Birthday!!

Now, on to Card #2 from Kristina Werner's 2010 Holiday Card Series. Love how this card is a circle and seems to be much more formal than the first card! I must say, I love coming home from a long day at work to the videos. I love this time of year!! The weather is finally starting to cool down (if you think the 70's are cool...which we should be getting here in Florida come Friday). It's starting to feel like the holiday season.

But now on to the card. Again, I used papers and stamps from my stash, changing it a bit, but keeping true to the design. I had fun digging through the stash for just the right papers and just the right stamp. Pulled out some Teresa Collins Noel paper and some Girls' Paperie Tinsel & Twig paper, along with some American Crafts Cardstock, my silhouette, and a Teresa Collins stamp...and I came up with this...
Hoping to find some time to get crafty and play along tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bring on the Holidays

Ok, so I have been a fan of Kristina Werner's work as a Garden Girl over at twopeasinabucket.com for quite some time, and I think I must have been living under a rock, because I only discovered her personal blog last fall...just in time for her 2009 Holiday Card Series. If you didn't catch the card series last year, I highly recommend checking it out!! Such fun, easy to make cards!! Not to mention that she has a Virtial Card Club kit of all the cards and sketches (a downloadable PDF file) for only $5!! And best of all...she's doing a 2010 Holiday Card Series!!! I was so excited for this series to start!!

I would love to say that I am going to participate in trying to recreate every card that she makes in the series, but I am just not sure that's possible!! I am not sure I could keep up with the pace...but, I am stubborn enough to try!! This is what I made for Day 1...inspired by Kristina's Day 1 card, though I didn't use any of the same supplies that she used...that was my challenge for myself with this year's Holiday Card Series...
That snowman is so cute, don't you think!! I love the design of this card and I couldn't wait to get it made!! Hoping to be back with another card tomorrow...but that will depend on whether or not life gets in the way!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Ruby Red (Stampin Up!)
Stamps: Snowflakes (Maya Road); Fillable Frames #4, Holiday Spirit Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Ruby Red (Stampin Up!); Chestnut Roan (Colobox Chalk Ink); Versamark
Pattern Paper and Die Cut: Colorful Christmas Collection Pack (My Mind's Eye)
Die: Fillable Frames #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Ribbon: Michaels

Monday, November 1, 2010

Papertrey Playhouse Challenge #3

So excited to finally be able to play along with the third challenge over at the Papertrey Playhouse!! Krista was our host for this challenge and she challenged up to use tags on our creations. But not only that...she challenged us to find inspiration from the Papertrey Design Team!! This part was easy for me as I am inspired on a daily basis by the DT and the projects they feature on their personal blogs!! I found the tag part of the challenge to be the most challenging to me. I love tags don't get me wrong, but I often use them more in my scrapbooking than in my cardmaking...so I loved this one...it was a real challenge for me.

Then, I participated in the most recent Papertrey Blog Hop...and holy moly did I love that card that Nichole featured on her blog the day of the Hop. Since I needed a few more Hanukkah cards, I figured this would be a perfect fit. 

Here's what I came up with...
I changed it up a little bit using yet another Clear Card as the base, and I used the new Blueberry Sky with Vintage Cream. I did my stamping with Versamark and Smokey Shadow. My menorah is a little off center (and it only slightly bothers me), but with the tag also being off center, I am trying not to let it bother me too much...not entirely succeeding (and I am thinking I will need to chalk this one up to great effort and recreate it before sending it).

You're likely to see a bunch of Christmas Cards here very soon as I am going to be playing along with one of my favorite papercrafters, Kristina Werner, as she starts up the 2010 Holiday Card Series over on her blog today.

Happy November and thanks for stopping by!!