Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fred She Said Christmas Party Giveaway-Come join the fun!

Fred She Said is having a Christmas Party
From Wednesday Dec. 18 until Monday Dec. 23
Midnight EST.

Come see the Fred She Said DT's fabulous projects :)
Please leave a comment at the Fred She Said Blog
<> for a chance to
win one of 3 $10 Fred She Said gift certificates
or post a link to a recent Christmas or Winter 
project  using Fred She Said products for a chance
to win a $20 gift certificate :)

Also at the Fred She Said Facebook Page<>there
will be an extra $10 gift certificate to giveaway. 
All you have to do there is post a recipe 
or link to a recipe) of your favorite holiday
recipe or treat :)  All details are at the Fred 
She Said Blog.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

More Christmas Cards to share with you~

 I was determined on my Christmas card Marathon journey to take pictures to share with you.  The cards that I was working on seemed to have a mind of their own and all the papers and embellishments and sentiments seemed to call out to be a part of the card...either that, or I'm going looney doing all of these and am hearing voices!

This precious lovely I matted with an evergreen paper and put that on some luscious Deep Brown cardstock from The Paper Cut called Echo-has a gold shimmer to it also. Then used an ornament embellishment sticker from HL for the accent-very clean and simple. Inside I used an Old World paper in antiquey green. A triple matted sentiment was used inside from my dear friend Linda.

I went in a different direction with my favorite winter subject-a Snowman!  This one felt very "country-like" so I kept him rustic.   Using red/green plaid as a mat and the green starry paper I thought fit the bill.  There was a perfect cardstock sticker for my sentiment and I'm glad I snagged on to a set of rusty snowflakes a while back!  Didn't know where I would use them but worth waiting for on this card. I love the addition of my fav embellie- the BUTTON. On the inside I just kept it simple with a snowflake paper and cute Christmas lights and stamped sentiment.
I hope you like these and will get inspired to try some of my ideas.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas/Winter Image from Squigglefly graces my card

Using an Ice Gold cardstock from The Paper Cut that shimmers with ice crystals & gold as the card base, I used an adorable colored image, found on Squigglefly, as the focus.  It's from the SET called Winter Wonderland, which has papers as well as a whole sheet of images and is created my SF artist, Inger Harding.  The top accents are the Memory Box die cut called Frostyville over an embossed snowflake card front out of Vista Metallic cardstock from The Paper Cut, a sheer ribbon wrapped around the double mat (see you can see the green shimmery mat of Botanic cardstock-TPC), with a antique gold colored tree charm dangling from the bow. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I can hear sleigh bells in the air! Santa's Coming Soon!!!

 I have been pouring over my craft table every night this week trying to get my cards done for all our family and friends and I'm just exhausted!  I told my daughter that here I have this large table for my crafts and find that the "work space" where I assemble my cards is getting smaller and smaller as I pull supplies out from every nook and cranny.
This has GOT to be one of my favorite all time Santa cards!  Such a cute, brightly colored image!  Matted it with some gorgeous metallic cardstock from The Paper Cut called Ice Gold-makes the whole card Glow~Used as accents a vintage cardstock sticker sentiment and some Memory Box Frostyville die cuts give it such dimension. The inside features Holly paper, stamped sentiment and I added some Shaved Ice from Stampendous.  Ho~Ho~Ho

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas is coming to Squigglefly-show us your Christmas spirit!

 The theme this week at Squigglefly is use Christmas paper, ribbon or image on your creation that show the Spirit of Christmas.  Well, for around here, lately, it would be snow and frigid weather.  Go figure, right?  Thank goodness that Cheryl Alger, one of SF's top designer's, loves Snowmen and I am using her image called "Admiring the Star", sooo cute!  I'm loving these reversible papers by BoBunny in their Woodland Winter series.  I added a few extras: Ice Stickles on the Star, a snowflake die cut from one of my Memory Box dies, and, my fav, blue buttons cause they're fun.
I'd like to add that if you use a Squigglefly image on our challenges, you will be eligible for a prize for the week!  Also, the first Saturday of each month, new artists and images are previewed for your pleasure.  It's always an exciting time for all of us and we hope you will stop by also and Catch the Magical Spirit of Christmas.

Seems a Little Sketchy is using Delicious Doodles this week!

 My entry for this two-week challenge is using the Winter Woman by Delicious Doodles and this great sketch.  It makes it so handy to just grab a sketch and get your layout already set out for you!  Seems A Little Sketchy even has a library of several older ones to choose from also.  I combined this stunning winter image with some great glitter embossed snowflake paper from The Paper Studio.  I picked up this paper from my local HL and just love it!  Another embossed in silver paper is the white snowflake/swirl paper was used for the bottom section.  I had a paper lace section I used across the middle, sprayed with pearl glimmer mist and sprinkled with sugar glitter.  They have great chances to win free images every two weeks with our challenges-please come and visit the site!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I'm on a Roll with Christmas Cards!

 Ya know, sometimes you just get on a roll and you can't stop?  Well that's the way it was with these Scallop Circle Swinging Z-fold cards from The Paper Cut!  I love the ease that these cards went together!  The Wild Cherry makes a great background for Santa!  Something to remember this time of year is that it's a great opportunity to pick up some fabulous embellies--these circle figures are actually mini ornaments at Wal-mart in the Christmas aisles-at 4 @ $1.00 they make a great present/card for a friend!
 The next one I started on was this Reindeer and snowflake card~Kind of has this country feel to it?  This card base was Hot Fudge and I used a great golden snowflake paper that reversed to the golden stripe.  On the swinging part of the card I cut a red plaid flower circle as a background for the ornament and then added some wooden snowflakes plus some cardstock stickers.

Using an unusual color for Christmas, Sour Apple, I found some great papers and accents to bring out the Penguins' green scarf.  Then I used The Paper Cuts' cardstock called Botanic to cut out some evergreen border/sprigs with my Memory Box die.  The ornament has a Jingle Bell brad at the top!

And now my favorite image in the wintertime!  A Snowman~such a fun snowy scene complete with snowballs.  And using another reversible paper it makes the accents just the right color.  I used a white blank from The Paper Cut but it's called Cryogen White and is SO smooth and great weight! I used the Frostyville die from Memory Box to create the snowfall flurries

Monday, December 2, 2013

Metallic Christmas Card inspired by The Paper Cut

I'm going in a different direction with this Contemporary card style but I so love it!  From The Paper Cut, I'm using the Outer Stair Step Card blank in the YUMMY color of Hot Fudge.  I also used that color in cardstock for the matting of the trees. It was the Metallic cardstock called Zeus that I ran through a crimper to get the accordion looking trees.  I just randomly cut the sizes of the trees and edged the trees with Martha Stewart Brownstone fine glitter.  The Paper Studio makes a beautiful series of heavy handmade paper and I used one called Vines Glitter-Gold for the background papers on this card.  I got this series from HL.  On the little Hot Fudge sentiment mat, I stamped a great verse that I love to use at Christmas time-May God Bless Your Christmas.  And such is the wish I have for you all as we start the Magical Season!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Texture is the Featured Style at Southern Girls Challenge~

 This new Folder for me is by Darcie and has so many different shaped snowflakes!  It's a perfect design for the 2-week contest at Southern Girls Challenge.  Nice deep embossing and it picks up the shimmer from the stunning cardstock by The Paper Cut called Vista "Stardream" Metallic.  The white branches were punchies given to me by a friend --I've been waiting for winter cards to use the white ones!

Happy Anniversary Hubs!

 You may or may not know that among my husbands' many talents is that he has played a guitar since he was 14!  He even has his first guitar~His love of music (and the fact that he's never met a guitar he didn't like) led him to have a guitar/music shop on our property.  It's filled to the brim!  Better than some other vices out there I suppose.

So, when I saw this image I thought it was a perfect way to express my feelings on our anniversary!  We've been going together since high school and while life, kids, and jobs have given us a roller coaster life, he has always been there as my Rock.  Here's to the journey ahead Van~am so glad to have you by my side for the ride

Monday, November 25, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge this week is Banners~

Sometimes a simple card for Christmas leaves more of an impact than something you've fussed over for hours.  Squigglefly has a great challenge this week-to use a banner.  I had this neat image from SF's artist, Dawn Collins, called Word Christmas Tree-it can be found at Squigglefly the first week in December.  We like to promote new images the first weekend of each month.  She's getting the season started out great!  Comes pre-colored but I also added the brown around the base and filled in the star. I added the red mat, stamped banner and green vintage rayon seam binding that I like to make.  I saturate the binding with walnut crystals here and there, scrunch it up and leave it rumpled to set the crinkle.  Hang to dry.  With the lighting that I had, it's hard to see the wonderful cardstock that I used as a base-it's called Ice Gold from The Paper Cut.  A glorious crystal shimmer with hints of gold in it-So luxurious!  I'm so in love with all the metallics they make!  They are not only a company that specializes in pre-scored card blanks of Many different styles But have a great line of cardstocks in many colors and treatments.  Check them out!

Whoopsi Daisy Snowgirls breeze into Seems a Little Sketchy!

In the Midwest, we are getting such cold and windy weather.  Guess winter is truly coming~NOT my favorite type of weather.  Especially while I'm lugging around a boot cast on my foot.
This week at Seems a Little Sketchy, we have a great layout to use! And I'm sure you've noticed that I've taken a few liberties with it.. It was kind-of the TriFecta of crafts all coming together.  First, Whoopsi Daisy provided so adorable winter digis of these cute Snowgirls.  Second, the interesting layout was provided.  THEN, I had access to some great pre-scored cards from The Paper Cut that followed, in general, the layout guidelines-this card blank is called the Triple Circle Swinging Z-Fold Card and comes in several colors and is easy to bend and shape into a great card.  You could put any accents on the circles!  I fancy cut the image-with digitals you can make them any size to fit any space!  Added my snowflake stickers and then a perfect stamp.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gingerbread House w/ Ribbon at Squigglefly! Christmas is coming~

The challenge at Squigglefly this week is Ribbon or Lace.  So create a card or any other object but be sure to add some ribbon or lace too!  Also, if your image has ribbon or lace as part of its picture, that counts too!  We'd love for you to use a Squigglefly image, to be prize eligible it's required, but everyone is welcome to play along.

I'm using something different! This Christmas treat box comes from artist Pammie Lehto.  It's called Gingerbread House and is printed out on 1 full sheet of 8.5" x 10 paper as a template.  There are fold lines indicated and lots of opportunities to add so many different colors-just think of icing colors!  The tiles on the house remind me of those Neco (?) disks  from back in the old days!   I added sugar coating glitter for the shimmer.  Think I've got it all over the place now!  There was a hole/circle at the top of the roof  so I simply turned it into a threaded bow, all ready to give to some lucky child with some tasty treats to eat.  In the end, I added the sugar coating glitter to all the snow locations so it just sparkles.  Then some shaved Ice snow on the rooftop.  I topped it off with some pearl glimmer mist sprayed all over and I'm good to go!  And glitter is everywhere <<smiles>>  Hope you like and that you join us at Squigglefly for a new challenge every week, posted every Monday!  We'd love to see what you're working on !