Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Deer

It's time for another challenge from the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog.  This week we're feeling frosty and the challenge is: Winter Wonderland.  We have three awesome sponsors:

I was given this gorgeous image from The Paper Shelter!  Well, I have to say that EVERY image I've seen from The Paper Shelter is gorgeous; but I do really love this one.
 I was inspired by a card I saw earlier this week that was in shades of lilac and teal; and thus my non-traditional Christmas color combo.  I printed the image out a bit large and was running short on time, so I decided to make a CAS card and I really love how it turned out.  The left hand strip and the doily "snowflake" were cut out of an irridescent glitter paper and the shimmer is absolutely stunning.  You can see it better in the photo below.
A bit of mulberry paper and some DMC floss finish it off.  I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us.  I can't wait to see what's in your winter wonderland.

Stamps: The Paper Shelter "Holy Night" digi; Verve "Peace on Earth" sentiment
Dies: MFT "Small Doilies"

Crafter's Cafe #162--Christmas and/or birthday
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #306--anything goes
Crafty Gals #100--anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #152--anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Dragon's Lair--Christmas Wishes
Card Mania Challenge #87--anything goes
Crimbo Crackers #121--non-traditional Christmas (non-traditional colors)
Fussy & Fancy #178--Christmas in tones or pastels
Cut It Up Challenge #110--bingo (I used the "twine/ribbon, glitter, and texture" diagonal row)
Sweet Stampin'--Let it snow

Designer Spotlight

The House That Stamps Built is taking a break from the usual projects and challenges this month to bring back their Rock Star Spotlight series. This is a fun way to get to know all the Design Team members a little better. So each Monday and Wednesday throughout December they will be featuring a different Rock Star and showing off some of their latest creations too.
Please be sure to visit The House That Stamps Built often and leave a little love in the comments of each Rock Star Spotlight. Wendy will be awarding a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate to one random commenter. Every comment earns you another chance to win. So visit and comment often. The winner will be announced on The House That Stamps Built blog the first Monday of next month.
Today is my day and the spotlight is shining on me! Here is what I created to celebrate my featured post. Now please hop on over to The House That Stamps Built to read my responses to the fun questionnaire Wendy had me fill out. Then be sure to leave a comment there for your chance to win the gift certificate.
I used my favorite snowflake for this one, using both the large and small versions to create a fun patterned paper.  I also used them on the red card stock, stamping with red ink to give a watermark look.  I always think red, black and white is a super elegant color combo, and I added in a bit of gray for variety.  To give it a bit of sparkle, I added a dot of silver stickles to the centers of the snowflakes.  It's so pretty in real life.  Thanks for stopping by to check out my spotlight today and I hope you will keep checking out The House blog throughout the rest of the month to see spotlights on our current designers and some new members that will be joining the team.  

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowflake solid (lg)", "Snowflake solid (sm)" and "Christmas"
Dies: Spellbinders banner die

YNS #53--sketch
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #162--Christmas and/or birthday
Mod Squad--Holiday Dimension (my sentiment banner is popped up with foam tape)
Penny's Challenge #306--anything goes
Crafty Gals #100--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #310--vintage or anything Christmas goes
Sweet Stampin'--Let it snow
Come And Get It--Christmas

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Happy Friday!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  This week we have a fun one for you:
Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish
I was given this cute little reindeer to work with.  
My three colors are: red, green and gold, my two embellishments are: flowers and brads, and my technique is dry embossing (it's hard to see it in the picture, but the red layer is embossed with a damask embossing folder and then sponged with some gold ink.  It's so pretty in real life.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us (maybe even work on some last minute Christmas cards!) this week.  Hop on over to Jo's blog for the full details and to see what the rest of the team has created.

Stamps: Robyn's Fetish "Rudolph Came To Town" digi
Dies:  Spellbinders "Layered Poinsettia" and "Floral Doily Motif"; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"
Fiskars flower punch; Darice embossing folder

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #114--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Crafty Gals #100--anything goes
Penny's Challenge #306--anything goes
Addicted To Stamps #202--make your mark
The Paper Shelter #275--Christmas
Mod Squad--Holiday dimension (lots of layers and dimensional flowers)
Fab 'N Funky #329--Christmas
Creative Inspiration #263--Christmas; I also used one of their old sketches

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sweet Baby

Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy!  December has arrived!!  I'm so not ready!  My Christmas cards are not even close to being done!  But thanks to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra, I do have a very good start on them.  All that as a shameless promotion of CHNCC2's newest challenge that start today!  As always, it is Anything (Christmas-related) Goes!  And our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps is offering 7 images: winner's choice.  Here is my card for your inspiration:
 I was inspired by the Shopping Our Stash challenge to create a background using the Bargello Technique.  I've never given this a try before and as I knew I had a bunch of thin paper strips that needed using up, I decided to go for it.  It's hard to see it in the picture of the finished card, so I took a picture before I added the focal panel and embellishments.
Kind of a fun look, huh?  I think it might have worked a little bit better if my papers hadn't had white backgrounds.  Maybe next time.  But for now, hop on over to the CHNCC2 blog to see what the rest of the DT has created.  Then get inky and play along with us; it's time to finish up those Christmas cards!

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "AKV Nativity-Mary and Child" digi
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; PTI "Fancy Flakes" large snowflake; Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps "Small Snowflakes"

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch (I turned it on its side)

Time Out Challenge #71--Christmas with glitter/sparkle
Hanna & Friends #262--bingo (I used the dies, ribbon, glitter row)
Brown Sugar #226--anything goes
Alphabet Challenge--T is for Trees (I have trees on some of the strips of patterned paper)
Hiding In My Craft Room #277--any holiday
Christmas Card Challenge #50--anything goes
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #257--anything goes with snippets (ALL the patterned papers were snippets as were the pieces of white card stock that the snowflakes were cut from)
Shopping Our Stash #280--Paper Strip Art
Die Cuttin' Divas #287--make it sparkle
Holly Jolly--a card OR anything but a card
Simon Says Stamp Monday--O, Christmas tree (trees on my strips of patterned paper)
Craft Your Passion #346--anything goes
Creative Inspirations #263--Christmas
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Fab n Funky Challenge #329--Christmas

Warm and Cozy Snowman

Wow!!  Here it is, the last day of November!  Where has this year gone!?!?  I'm so not ready for December!  Since it is the 5th Wednesday of November, we have a special challenge this week from The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes!!  I decided to create a fun, interactive card because I had this fun Swing Stamp Set that I hadn't gotten to use yet.  So, here is the outside:
 The sentiment reads "It's time to put on some Christmas cheer.  May your holidays . . ."
Then, instead of opening like a regular card, you pull up the tab to reveal . . .
 "be warm and wonderful" and the snowman has put on his hat and scarf!  Isn't this so cute??  I added clear wink of stella to the "snow" around each snowman.  So sparkly!!
I used this tutorial, if you want to check it out and see how it works.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season that is now upon us.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowman, 2-sided Swing Stamp Set"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large" and "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangles

Aurora Wings #40--Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #259--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Time Out Challenge #71--Christmas with glitter/sparkle
Aud Sentiments #169--anything goes
Hanna & Friends #262--bingo--I used the dies, ribbon, glitter row
Brown Sugar Challenge #226--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #309--use a sentiment
Hiding In My Craft Room #277--any holiday
Christmas Card #50--anything goes
Come And Get It--Baby it's cold outside
Die Cuttin' Divas #244--make it sparkle
Holly Jolly--card OR anything but a card
A Gem of A Challenge #183--snowman/woman

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas tag

I had this rectangle left over from this card I made and when I saw it just lying on my desk, I thought it looked like a tag.  I rounded the corners, added the banner sentiment and set an eyelet to tie it on, and now it IS a tag!  Super quick and easy and I think it will look great on a package.

Dies: Spellbinders banner die
Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth"

Crafting By Designs--Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge--Christmas to die for
Crafty Creations #329--Christmas
Creative Knockouts #169--'Tis the Season
Crafty Catz #248--Christmas tags
Hiding In My Craft Room #277--any holiday
Tuesday Throwdown #321--make a tag
Holly Jolly --card OR Anything but a card

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Elegant Christmas

Happy day before Thanksgiving!!  It's Wednesday so that means it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you:
So many fun options with that one!  Here is the card I created:
 I inked up my embossing folder with a gold shimmery ink before embossing my red cardstock.  It gave a subtle but shimmery finish on the debossed parts.  You can kind of see it in the photo below.
I love this color combo; it's always so elegant and it's perfect for Christmas!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  And remember, if you "need" any of the stamps I used, there is a 10% off your entire order coupon in my left sidebar.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Sheet Music" and "Poinsettia"
Dies: Repeat Impressions "Flip Fancy Die Set"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Picot Circles"; Darice "Damask" embossing folder

Craft Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
A Gem of A Challenge #182--ribbon & bling (6 little tiny pearls on to of the squares)
Cuttlebug Mania--music
Creative Inspirations #262--frosty florals
Crafter's Cafe #161--Christmas comes early
Crimbo Crackers #120--anything goes
Winter Wonderland--poinsettias or snow is falling
Brown Sugar Challenge #225--anything goes
Crafty Catz #347--use red
A Bit More Time To Craft #32--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #308--cute or anything goes
Craft Your Passion #339--anything goes
Merry Christmas Challenge #8--Add ribbon or lace
Creative Craft Cottage #176--anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas #293--anything goes