December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays



This is a CASE of a card I saw in March/April 2013 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine by Mignon Jessica Bear.  I thought it was so pretty that I tore out the page and kept it with my Christmas supplies.  I loved the idea of making the whole card a banner.  And I loved the red snowflakes, so I decided to use red snowflakes too.  I adapted my card to fit the standard A2 card size.  I decided that this would be the last Christmas card I would make this year.

I hope that you have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White
Stamps: MFT Snowflake Splendor
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, Versafine Onyx Black
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

December 22, 2013

I Love You

Hello everyone!  I am in my happy place right now and loving it!  I am so lucky that my work shuts down starting Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.  With several extra days of vacation I get two full weeks off.  Yay!

This year we are not traveling anywhere for the holidays, it will be just our little family.  I am all ready for Christmas - presents are bought and wrapped/under the tree or packed/hipped.  So now I can start working on my long TO DO list.  I have some not so fun things on the list like clean out the linen closet, clean patio and trim shrubs, organize financial papers, etc., and some fun things like get my new SU catalog order ready to place, get my Silhouette out and really learn how to use it, and going for lots of walks with Marley.  I made a good start already yesterday with cleaning the linen closet and craft room.

For fun yesterday I got my December Papertrey Ink release order and had to stop and play a little.  I just love the new Cover Plate: Hearts die and the coordinating Happy Hearts stamp set!  I used it to make this card:


I ran the cover plate die through my Vagabond and punched out lots of little hearts in white card stock. I then used the Happy Hearts stamp set to stamp each heart in a pretty pattern and color.  I love that the stamp is a little bigger than the punched out heart so that you ink up the whole heart and have no border.  I then laid the cover plate punch out over my card base and used the heart punch outs to place my stamped hearts.  When I removed the cover plate punch out, I was left with a scattering of hearts on my card.  I added an appropriate sentiment and voila!  Fun!  It's actually a pretty quick and easy card.  Most of the time was spent in stamping all the little hearts, but so easy.

That's it for now.  I hope you are having a wonderful and crafty weekend!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White
Stamps: PTI Happy Hearts and Tremendous Treats: Valentine
Ink: PTI Spring Moss, Lavender Moon, Aqua Mist, Smokey Shadow, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: PTI Cover Plate: Hearts die
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

December 18, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #117 - Farewell!

Hello!  Yes, it's already time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  The fabulous Amy O'Neill is our host this week and she has a very creative sketch for you.  I love it!

Here is the card I made:


And here is Amy's fabulous sketch:

Now for my sad news:  This is my farewell post as a Clean Team Designer for Freshly Made Sketches.  Sad Face!  It was a difficult decision for me but one whose time has come.  These past 19 months have been amazing.  I am so very grateful to Lesley Croghan and the Clean Team for taking a chance on me back then and for allowing me to stay on so long.  They truly are the best!

Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the wonderful creations from the Clean Team!  And please come and play.  I'd love to see your take on Amy's sketch!   

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Stamper's White, DCWV Christmas Glitter Matstack
Stamps: MFT Ornament Banner Builder
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Other: MFT Fishtail Flag dies, PTI Stitched Lines die, white floss, Sizzix Flourishes #3 embossing folder
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

December 11, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #116

Hello!  Can you believe how we're just flying through December!  I am so totally not ready for Christmas!  The tree is up, a few presents have been bought and wrapped, and Christmas cards are ready to be mailed.  But I feel like there is still so much to do!  How I love to take a break and sit at my craft table.  Probably do that a little too much.  And this is the time of year I can play Hallmark Christmas movies in the background while I craft.  I like that.

Today, the lovely and so creative Narelle brings us a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  And what a fun one it is!  Here's the card I made using it:


Check out Narelle's great sketch:
Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the wonderful creations from the Clean Team!  And please come and play.  I'd love to see your take on Narelle's sketch!   

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Bundled Up
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps Holiday Sentiments
Ink: PTI Berry Sorbet and Aqua Mist, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: PTI Doubled-Ended Banner dies, Spellbinders Labels Fourteen die, Kaiser red pearls
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

December 4, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #115

Hello there!  I'm sorry that I haven't been keeping up with my blog posts lately.  Things are a bit crazy right now - long hours at work - and my mojo keeps trying to slip away.  Over the long Thanksgiving weekend I managed to pull off another big purge in the craft room, mostly paper this time.  And we managed to get out and get a Christmas tree and it's all decorated - woohoo!  We still have the outside lights to put up, but so far we're ahead of last year.

So, what's new?  A new sketch, that's what!  Jennifer Timko is our lovely hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week and she has a super versatile sketch for us!  I decided to use the sketch to showcase some really pretty patterned paper.  And, of course, it has snowflakes on it!  What?!


I have to admit I struggled with this card!  I wanted so badly to add some bling.  I finally appeased that need by adding the little snowflake with a tiny rhinestone.

Here is Jennifer's great sketch:
Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches and check out the wonderful creations from the Clean Team!  And please come and play.  I'd love to see your take on Jennifer's sketch!   

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Details:
Cardstock: PTI Rustic White and Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: PTI Holiday Flourishes & Swirls
Stamps: WMS Alpine Christmas
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Fine Linen
Other: A Muse Studio twinkle sticker
Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

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