Wednesday, November 14, 2018

L is for Lights

Day 14 of A Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place is the letter L. One of my favorite images of Beccy's is this Christmas goose with his string of lights.

I colored the goose image with Bic markers. He is die cut with MFT Stitched Ovals and inked with Mowed Lawn distress ink. The border is Magnolia Berry Lace and I colored in the leaves and berries with Bic markers. The designer paper is from American Craft and the sentiment is from Create with TLC. Lights are my favorite decoration of the Christmas season. I would be happy to have a tree just with lights on it. I am entering these challenges.

This is the third time since November began that we have a winter storm bearing down on us. It's still fall here and it's very unusual to have this much bad weather in November. I hope that isn't an omen for the winter ahead. Freezing rain and snow tonight so the morning drive should be lots of fun tomorrow. Hope you are all warm and safe. Thanks for visiting!


Christmas Candy

Happy Wednesday! I am normally not home this morning but wasn't feeling 100% so decided I shouldn;t go visit Head Start. I didn't want to infect the kids or teachers, just in case.So I have extra time to get crafty. Here's a quick and easy card.

The wrapped peppermint is from Beccy's Place called Christmas Candy. I fussy cut the image and thought it would look good with this candy cane stripped paper from American Crafts. I glued the paper to the inside of the card and then cut a 1/4 inch off the front of the card so you could see the paper inside. The sentiment from Creative Vision Holiday Sentiments stamp set, is stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink. I added a faux stitched border around the edge. A vert CAS card! I am entering these challenges.
Since I am home today, I hope to find some more time to craft. I have a few other things I'd like to get done so we'll see. Have a super hump day!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Give Thanks

One more quick post this evening. I don't send a lot of Thanksgiving cards but I do need a few. So here's a Thanksgiving card that I finished tonight.

The image of the pumpkins and frame is from Eureka Stamps called Fall Frame.  I added a sentiment to the frame from Create with TLC. I colored with Copic markers and die cut the image with Spellbinder's Large Rectangles. The leaf paper in the background is a napkin that's been glued to card stock and the middle designer paper is a scrap from my scrap box. It's backed with black card stock and a green card base. I used a wooden leaf as an embellishment. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. I took a day off of Christmas cards but I'll need to get back to those tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful hump day!


K is for Kid

Growing up, my Mom used to say that Christmas was for kids. I'm not sure that I totally agree with that, but since our twin grandchildren were born, Christmas has been more kid-centered. Day 13 at Beccy's Place A Month of Holiday Cards is the letter K. I chose K for kid,

This little Bugaboo stamp reminds me of little Valerie. Her hair is not quite that long but I could see her one day looking very much like this. The stamp is called Ava Mistletoe Fairy. I colored her with American Craft markers. And the designer paper is also from American Craft. I die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K stamp set called Holiday greeting, heat embossed with white EP and punched with a 1 3/4 inch circle punch. Almost everything is backed with black card stock. I am entering these challenges:
I had a busy day today and another one tomorrow. Tomorrow is my favorite time of the week. I get tp go play with the kids at Head Start! Yeah! Have a super day!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Ninetieth Birthday Card

We used to live in Columbus, OH more than 30 years ago. Recently we went back for a ninetieth birthday party for a gentleman who Tom used to ride to work with every day. So I'm sharing the card I made for Ron's 90th birthday party.

I found this fun panel paper in my stash that I thought was perfect for this card. I love to play Scrabble so I was happy to find these free tiles to download. I found them on Pinterest. There are lots of free tiles to download. The rest of the sentiment I computer-generated, die cut it with MFT Essential Sentiments Strips and then inked it with distress ink. I popped up the tiles and the sentiment strip since I didn't have to mail this card. A pretty easy card to make but I thought it was fun! I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your week is off to a great start. We have snow coming in tonight so we'll see what tomorrow brings. Maybe I'll have the day to craft! 


Joy to the World

Day 12 of the A Month of Holiday Cards is the letter J. So I chose to make a Joy Fold card and use the word Joy.

The image that I used to anchor the Joy fold is Beccy's Place Poinsettia Wreath. This is a freebie from Beccy. I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and then used a Metallic Silver marker for the ribbon but it kind of covered up the black lines so I retraced all the lines using a Zig Pen. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. All the designer paper is from American Craft scraps from my scrap box. I love to play Scrabble so when I found these Scrabble letters to download I used them to spell out the word Joy. Then I masked the word Joy in the sentiment that I used from the Technique Tuesday stamp set called Christ is Born. I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment on black cardstock and then die cut it with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags die cutting it twice so it would have the fishtail on both ends. Here is the inside of the card.
I am entering these challenges:

Off to see if I can get something else done this afternoon. Happy Veterans Day to all the veterans out there. I salute you!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wreath Card

Happy Sunday! Almost time for a new week to begin. The time is flying by. Today I have a card for Day 11 of A Month of Holiday Cards challenge. The theme for Day 11 is bingo.

My card follows the left column vertically (buttons, red & green, use a sketch).

The image that I used was Beccy's Place Aussie Wreath. I die cut the wreath with Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangles and inked it with Peeled Paint distress ink. All the patterned paper is from American Craft, all of them scraps from my scrap box. All the layers are backed with black card stock. The circular die cut is Spellbinder's Lattice Pendant. I added 3 buttons from my stash. The sketch that I used is from Sketch Saturday.
I am entering these challenges:
The twins are on their way here for the rest of the afternoon. Maybe some crafty time this evening after they go home. I have lasagna ready for dinner and an apple crisp too. Have a wonderful day! Take care!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

I is for Ice Skating

Happy weekend! We actually had a free weekend this time and thought we would take our new camper out since we've only been out once this fall. But the temperatures were supposed to be in the 20s so we decided to just stick around the house. Good thing. We woke up to snow this morning. Not a lot of accumulation but enough to make the streets slick. The temperature was 20 degrees. We are now up to 32 but baby, it's cold outside! This morning I finished my Day 10 card for Beccy's Place A Month of Holiday Cards. The theme was the letter I.

I used an image from my stash from Spyder's Corner. I tried to find the site but it reverts to something different right after it connects so I wasn't successful at getting a link for the cute ice skating bear. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers and fussy cut. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Holidays and the word Christmas is die cut with the coordinating dies and popped up off the card with foam tape. The other parts of the sentiment is heat embossed with white EP on black card stock and die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. The background die is Gina Marie Designs Wine Bottle Labels die. The designer paper is from American Craft.  I used washi tape for the 2 borders at the bottom of the card. I am entering these challenges:

We are having dinner with friends tonight and playing some games. As long as we are warm I'll be a happy camper (in my own bed at home. LOL!) Hope you have a super weekend. Tomorrow 
the twins and their parents are coming for dinner. Looking forward to playing with them.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

H is for Holly

At Beccy's Place A Month of Holiday Cards challenge, Day 9 is the letter H. I also was intrigued by another challenge I saw at the Mod Squad challenge blog. They are asking for a floral card with a modern grid. I hadn't seen a card like this so I decided to combine these two challenges and see what I could come up with.

So I printed the image of the holly blossoms on my card  stock. The image is a free one from Beccy's Place. I colored it with Prismacolor Pencils and used Mineral spirits for shading. So the tutorial on the Mod Squad blog said to draw lines to form a grid around the image. And then fill in the squares as you wish. So again I used Prismacolor Pencils and a black pen to add some accents. The sentiment is from AlteNew Halftone Christmas and I used the coordinating die to die cut the word Christmas. I used black card stock to back the card front and then mounted everything on green card stock. This was fun. I like trying new ideas. I'm entering these challenges:
Hope you are enjoying your week. Thanks for stopping by. 


Sweet Holidays

Happy Thursday! This morning I got some errands done and then this easy card for Day 8 at A Month of Holiday Cards challenge at Beccy's Place. The letter prompt was G. I used gingerbread.

The gingerbread man is a free image from Beccy's Place called Jolly Gingerbread. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut him. The sentiment is from Paper Crafting World and was a freebie also. I punched out the sentiment with a tag punch and the inked the paper with Barn Door distress ink. I used two patterned papers from American Crafts. The gingerbread man and sentiment are popped up with foam tape. So until the next challenge is posted I am caught up. It only took me 4 days. LOL! I am entering these challenges.

I am off to be a volunteer cashier at Opportunity House this afternoon. It will be fun as I'm working with my best friend. Looking forward to more crafty time this evening, I hope. Have a super day!


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Furry and Bright

This is my second post for today. I'm trying to catch up with the 30 Days of Christmas challenge at Beccy's Place. So this post is for Day 7 and the prompt for the day was the letter F. My choice may be a bit strange for Christmas but you'll understand better after you see my card and explanation.

This card is for my youngest son and his wife. They have two cats and just got a dog too. So I thought this card would be appropriate for them. I used two stamp sets from My Favorite Things; one was a Christmas set and the other wasn't. The dog is from Happy Pawlidays and the cats are from Furever Friends. To make the cats look more Christmasy I tried extending some lines as Beccy did for Day 6 in her inspiration card. It's not perfect so don't look too close. So I added the lights and star to the cats from the Happy Pawlidays set. I also used the coordinating dies for those sets. The cuties are colored with Spectrum Noir markers and I used a white gel pen for some accents. The dog's hat and jingle bell are covered with Crystal Stickles. The candy cane paper is from American Craft. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. If you are making Christmas cards this month you should check out Beccy's Place for a fun challenge. See you again soon.


Jolly Elf

The challenge for 30 Days of Christmas Cards at Beccy's Place was the letter E for Day 6. I had a tough time at first but then I found a lot of E's I could use.

At first I thought I'd just do an easel card. But then I found this cute elf from Bugaboo Stamps. Then I decided to use embellishments. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. Then added Crystal Stickles to the jingle bells and Glitz Stickles to the ornament tops. I die cut the image with MFT Stitched Inside and Out Rounded Squares. The snowflakes are from MFT Layered Snowflakes dies. On the front of the card I added some gems to the middle of the snowflakes. The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes stamp set called Christmas Music. The sentiment is heat embossed with black embossing powder. So that's 4 Es. I was on a roll! I am entering these challenges:
I still have time tonight. I'm going to try to get another card done to get caught up. I'll only be one behind then. Haha. Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your hump day was awesome!


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tis the Season

Happy evening! I got a few things ticked off my list today but I wish I had gotten more done. Took some time to craft this afternoon and got one more card done. A card for day 5 of the Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place. Day 5 was a color challenge.
If you've been a follower, you might know that color challenges aren't exactly my thing, so I kind of planned this one out. I went looking for an image that I thought might work with these colors. Then I went to my marker record to see which ones that I had might be appropriate. I had to use both Spectrum Noir and Copic markers to make this work. But I think it came out okay or as close as I could get it.

The image is from Bugaboo stamps called Christmas Kidz 01. I thought this would be a cute image for my grandson Arthur. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Inside and Out Rounded Squares. The sentiment is from a Peachy Keen stamp set called Chill Baby Chill Snowman set (retired) and die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I inked the strip with Fossilized Amber distress ink. The snowflake is three layers from the MFT Layered Snowflakes dies. The banners in the corner were die cut from MFT Fishtail Flags and then popped up over 2 die cuts from MFT Stitched Circles. The background designer paper is from American Craft. I added some Crystal Stickles to Santa's outfit. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow is my day to volunteer at Head Start with the twins. I haven't seen them since last Friday so I'm happy to go and play with the kids. Always great fun! I'll be back with more cards soon. Take care!


Oh Deer, Christmas is Here

Happy Tuesday! Today is catch up day. I have no delusions that I will actually catch up with everything on my list but I'm going to give it a try. This morning is voting, errands and exercise. I've got my mountain of laundry going. Before I head out I wanted to post this quick card.

This is Beccy's Place Dasher and Dancer stamp set. Dancer is pre-colored since I am behind. I paired him up with the Sketch Saturday sketch.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. The dotted paper is a scrap from American Craft Christmas Stack. Just a very CAS card!
I am entering these challenges:
Well, I ma off to do my errands. Hoping to get more play time this afternoon if I can get everything done and the mountain of laundry back into the drawers. LOL! Have a super creative day!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies

We had a wonderful weekend. Saturday we volunteered all day at the Cadette-Senior-Ambassador Roundup for Girl Scouts. It was fairly nice weather. We judged the bake off in the morning and then we facilitated candle making in the afternoon. After we finished their we drove to Cincinnati and stayed overnight with Tom's Dad. One Sunday we went to church with him and then drove to Columbus, OH for a friend's 90th birthday party. We hadn't seen him in quite some time and they hadn't gotten our email with the RSVP so they were really surprised to see us. The party was great fun! The four-hour drive home was not as fun but we did make it home late last night. I was busy today, hoping to find time to play catch up with the Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Card challenge. I managed to get my "c" card done.

The image I used is from Beccy's Place, a freebie called Cookie Bundle. I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and then used a dar brown markers to make them chocolate chip cookies. The tag was blank so I added a sentiment from Create with TLC that says "Cookies for Santa". I also found another sentiment from Create with TLC that said, "This calls for chocolate. So deleted the "this" from the sentiment and printed the rest out. I die cut the sentiment with Spellbinder's Labels 13 and inked the die cut with MFT Cherry Cobbler ink.  I stamped the "Christmas" from AlteNew's Halftone Christmas with the Cherry Cobbler ink and die cut it with the coordinating die. I popped up the cookie bundle and "Christmas". I do believe Christmas calls for chocolate. And chocolate chip cookies are one of our go to treats. I am entering these challenges.

I have a busy morning tomorrow but hope to get back to getting caught up tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card today. Have a super week!

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