Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Icicle Thank you!

Hello and Happy New Year's Eve!  I have a number of thank yous to get out to family and friends and I think this simple one will do nicely! 

My card base is kraft, then a layer of cherry cobbler.  The turquoise is PTIs Hawaiin Shores.  I tore my snowy hills from white card stock and stamped the snowflakes with white ink.
The bear is Icicle from Purple Onion designs-a new (ish) love of mine!  He is stamped on Xpress it blending card and colored with copics then fussy cut.
I stamped the sentiment in Not Quite Navy.
Edges of card base are sponged with Soft Suede. Turquoise layer sponged with not quite navy.  It adds so much depth IMHO.
finally, lots of stickles added to the snow!  We are expecting more of the white stuff today!  Not sure if DH and I will make it out tonight or not!  We are at the age when we realize being home and safe is worth a lot!

Hope your New Year is bright and happy and continues throughout the whole year~!

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Hi!  As much as I love these colors for Christmas and Winter cards I also love them for Valentine's Day cards!  And, it's time to get those started!  Today's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast offered the perfect information for me this morning.  The link to my splitcoast gallery is on the left bar if you'd like to check it out.

To build my card, I started with a cream colored card base, then a layer of cherry cobbler.  After that is a layer of Coastal Cabana (I love it as much as Pool Party!). Then a layer of kraft put through a Sizzix embossing folder and then sponged with soft suede.  The top layer of coastal Cabana is sponged with coastal cabana and soft suede on the edges.  Finally, I cut a bunch of hearts from my new VERVE heart die and then played it bit with how to layer them before gluing. 
That's it-a pretty easy card with mega layers!
Enjoy the rest of your day!!

(Remember the Just Us Girls challenge is a photo inspiration from Lisa-YOu can check it out below and join us!)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Just Us Girls #221 Photo Inspiration!

Hi there!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday!  Just Us Girls also hopes you have a little craft time tucked away and can open it and play along with our challenge.  It's a photo inspiration and you can see it HERE!

 Here is my little card.  For the base I used My Favorite Things Rounded Banner Stax.  I just love all the banners on cards I have favorited or pinned on Pinterest, so I got busy with my own combination. I used MFTS fishtail stax for the three on the front. My dotted dp is from PTI (canyon clay) and my cute bunny is from Purple Onion Designs-Stacey Yacula studio.  This is Birch (the bunny!) He is stamped on Xpress it blending card and cut out then glued to a water color paper circle.
 Here is the straight on view of Birch.  I don't think it's very obvious how I used the photo as my inspiration, but I really did!  I don't have any clock stamps of any kind so I used representational circles on my card.  The banners are inspired (in part) by the hands on a clock AND do you see any connection with TIME and the RABBIT?  I did! Think about it!
Finally, the inside of my card.  It will probably get a birthday sentiment stamped on it for a friend with a January birthday!  for the plaid, I used Impression Obsession's gingham cover-a-card and versimark watermark ink.  then sponged the edges with Cajun Craze.
Guess that's it!  Please check out the Just Us Girls blog for the inspiration photo AND to enter your creation this week! You have until Thursday,  9:00 pm ET Jan. 2 to do so.  We would love to see what you come up with!
Thanks for visiting!! Have a great day!  Cheryl

Saturday, December 21, 2013

JUGS color challenge meets Purple Onion!!

Hello!  I've been a bit absent lately due to extreme holiday craziness!  I'm sure you all know what I mean! Anyway, school is finished for 2013 and I'll have some time for fun!!  For starters I've made this smaller card as a thank you.  The finished card is 3.5" x 5"~ a cute size, but still room for your note. :)
It's Saturday, which means a new JUGS challenge!  Please check out the inspiration HERE!

I've gone a bit crazy over Purple Onion design stamps lately, since seeing a board on Pinterest!
Here's the link to the Purple Onion Designs board.  I've mostly bought designs from Stacey Yacula at this point, but there are many, many other stamps that are really great!
I stamped my kraft card base with white snowflakes (retired SU stamp).  I measured white card stock to fit my card base and rounded all corners.  Then I covered each of my torn pieces (3) with glue and prima fine glitter. While that dried I stamped my polar bear and then colored him with copics. The edges of the card are shaded with soft suede and then a bit of twine (crochet yarn, actually) and DONE!

Please join us for this color challenge (reds, neutrals and browns) at JUGS this week!!
And do check the blog for all that inspiration!
Thanks for coming!! On to what I hope will be a productive day!! (And, for YOU, too!)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

FS357 and High Ho Ho Hopes!!

I'm so happy to finish a card before another crazy week starts!  Seems there's little time to color and craft during the week!  
 I used Santa Portrait from High Hopes!  I just love this Santa face!  And, it was a pleasure to work with traditional green and red-Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green, to be exact.  I made this card for the FS357 stamper over at Splitcoast
And, am also entering in the High Hopes challenge for the week-High Hopes Santa!
Thanks for coming by!! See you soon!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Just Us Girls #218 Sketch Challenge!

Hello and happy Saturday!!  I'm telling you I'm delighted that it is Saturday!  Work at home today!! There is so much to do!  Hope you are making progress on your list and you have time to join us in this week's sketch challenge!  Please visit here to see it:  JUGS CHALLENGE.
 The newest Magnolia collection is in at MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS . It has some real cuties!  This is the first one (of many!) that caught my eye.  She is #289 North Pole Tilda. I stamped her on watercolor paper and colored her with distress markers and a waterbrush.  I used Spellbinders' rectangle dies to cut her out and used a 1" stencil brush to add baja breeze to the space around her while she was still in the die.  Gives a nice border.

My snowflake die is from Papertrey Ink.  I sponged the snowflake with pool party and then covered it with GLITTER!  My papers are from Basic Grey..Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad.  My card base is a burgundy card stock.
I'm not crazy about my photographs so I apologize for the poor lighting (or whatever it was that caused the problem!)  The colors are less red and more toward maroon IRL!
Anyway, won't you join us in the challenge this week for this sketch!  There are so many possibilities!  We are also working on our next guest DT member!
Thanks for visiting!! Have a great day and weekend!


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