Thursday, November 30, 2023

N is for Nativity

 Sadly we've come to the end of November and the end of Beccy's Month of Holiday cards challenge. Since I haven't participated in the challenge much for the past couple years, this has been so much fun for me and got my creative juices flowing once again! Thank you, Beccy! I have one last set of cards that I made for the letter N. 

Beccy's Place digital stamp: The Nativity digital stamp set
2 different colors of card stock for the bases
Scraps of patterned paper
Dies: The images are die cut with Gina Marie Designs Wonky Stitched Circles and background piece of patterned paper was die cut with MFT Stitched Circles
Sentiments and the stars are stickers. I noticed in my haste to get these finished I've forgotten 2 stars. LOL!
Penny's challenge: #560 anything goes

Thanks for stopping in today! I sure hope to find some time to craft during December but I know that we are flying to visit my sons for a week and celebrate Christmas with them (since they aren't coming home for Christmas) and once the twins will be out of school for 3 weeks break and we'll have to help watch them so their parents can work. So stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Non Traditional Colors

 Day 16 at Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards wasn't a letter of the alphabet but a challenge to use non-traditional colors for your holiday card. 

Last year Beccy kindly made me a blue poinsettia digital image after I explained that my first grandson Alexander, passed away bout 2 hours after he was born and we bought a blue poinsettia each year so he was present with us every Christmas. So the blue poinsettia has become a symbol of Alex. So this card will go to my daughter and son-in-law for Christmas.

Beccy's Place Blue Poinsettia digital stamp
Sentiment (difficult to see in the picture but says "God bless") is a sticker
Dies: MFT Stitched Ovals and Quickcutz Tags 
Snowflake punch
Scraps from my scrap box
Diamond Stickles on snowflakes and center of poinsettias


Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 16 Non-traditional colors

Sketch Saturday: #739 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a blessed day!


Saturday, November 25, 2023

R is for Reindeer

 I think this is my favorite card that I've made so far this month. It started out as something totally different and I love the way it turned out.

So at first I thought I would add a snowdrift under the deer and even cut the drift into the circle but then decided that it looked more like a snow globe so that's the direction I took.


Beccy's Place Dasher and Dancer Digital Stamps: image and sentiment

Darice Embossing Folder Snowflakes

MFT Stitched Circles

MFT Christmas Red ink

MFT Mini Cloud Edge Stencil

Small snowflake punch

Diamond Stickles on snowflakes


Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 20 the Letter R is for reindeer

Penny's Paper Challenge: #560 anything goes

Simon Says Wednesday challenge: anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed day!


H is for Ho Ho Ho!

 Another card that's been in my head for a while and it's finally down on paper. LOL! I had the big guy colored for a couple weeks but he had a hard time making it onto a card. 


Beccy's Place The Big Guy digital stamp set colored with alcohol markers and Diamond Stickles

Sentiment is a sticker

Designer paper

Dies Clear Dollar Stamps Designer Label Dies


Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards: Day 9 H is for Ho Ho Ho

Simon Says Wednesday challenge: make it sparkle

Creative Knockouts: lots of layers

12 Months of Christmas Link Up: anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today. It's turned chilly here but I am going to suit up and go feed the birds. Take care. Have a blessed day!


V is for Valentine

 Hi again! It seems like it's been a long time since I had a chance to sit down and create anything. Between the auto accident that my SIL and grandkids were involved it and the Thanksgiving holiday that school was closed for, I haven't had much time. But this morning I did get a bit if time to make this very simple card.

Black card stock base
Designer paper

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 25 V is for Valentine

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow we have the twins all day and looking ahead to another busy week. Yikes! Have  blessed day!


Friday, November 17, 2023

Day 18: P is for Penguin

 I've been waiting for this challenge all week! I had this idea earlier this week and knew these penguins would be perfect for the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge. The penguin's name is Finn and he's one of Beccy's creations. So cute!

Stamps: Beccy's Place: Finn in the Snow, Finn's Hot Chocolate, and Finn's Scarf. The sentiment is from Finn's Scarf digital set.
Designer paper scrap and black card stock scraps
Dies: MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares and Quickcutz Tags

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge: sketch 

I really enjoyed making this card! Hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day!


Day 12: J is for Jesus

 Welcome back! I am continuing to work on Beccy's Month of Holiday Card challenge. Someone gave me a bunch of holiday stickers. The ones I am using today are 3-D stickers. I apologize for all the shadows on the card from the sun.

Stickers: main images and sentiment
Stickles: for stars and the glow around the Jesus sticker
Paper scraps for frame

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed day.


Friday, November 10, 2023

Day 6: The Letter E

 I left Christmas for a different holiday today: Easter! This one is for my granddaughter. She's my "pink" girl.

Image was a freebie on Beccy's blog
Patterned Paper
Sentiment from Desert Diva
Dies: Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles (retired) and Gina Marie Designs Wonky Stitched Ovals


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed day!


Day 8: Grumpy Goose

 Yes! I do know I've skipped a few days. But lately my crafty time has been limited. Just a quick update on the car accident. Everyone is home and doing well. The twins are a bit traumatized but they are working through it. Today I used Beccy's Grumpy Goose for my G prompt. My sentiment is from the same stamp set. It reminds me so much of my husband. He's no stranger to naps!

Die Cuts: MFT Stitched Ovals, MFT Blueprints 32
Dimond Stickles, Alcohol Markers

Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 8 the letter G
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge: sketch 

That's it for now! Hope to get more time to craft soon. Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Day 5: Same but Different

 When I started Beccy's challenge, I knew it would be a major problem for me to keep up with the timing of the challenge. My schedule doesn't allow me to craft every day. Sunday we have our grandchildren all day and after we took them home, the twins and their Dad were going to pickup our daughter from work and someone rear ended them at a pretty high speed. Sent all 3 of them to the hospital. So we spend most of Sunday evening in the emergency room with them. God is good! They were not seriously hurt and while our SIL had more injuries, we were able to take the twins home about 9 p.m. Never a dull moment around here. Their car was totaled, so I've been chauffeuring a lot. But today I had some time to create again. On to Day 5, the challenge is same but different. Make the same card but change something on it. I took the easy way out: I just used different patterned paper.

The patterned paper was all die cut so that their would be stitching around the edges,

Christmas paper scraps
MFT Fishtail Flags Stax (retired) I used this for the patterned paper and the sentiment banner. I cut the patterned paper twice so the fishtail was cut off.
Scenic Winter Border: Practical Publishing International, Ltd. I used 2 of the borders and cut them up.

I am entering these challenges:

I apologize for the poor photography and it looks like my background pieces aren't glued down very well. Next time I won't use glue stick. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day!


Saturday, November 4, 2023

Day 4: The Letter D

 Welcome back to my blog! Today I made a card for Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards using the letter D. For this card, D stands for drinks. 

The sentiment is another stamp that I acquired before Covid and never had a chance to use. It's from Riley and Company called Let's Put the Rum. So I partnered the sentiment with a pre-colored image from Beccy's Girls' Night Out. I couldn't find it in her shop, so it must be retired. I liked that it wasn't traditional colors for Christmas but I found some designer paper that went well with it.

Materials Used:
Beccy's Girls' Night Out digital stamp

I am entering these challenges:
Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards: Day 4: The letter D is for Drink
Penny's Challenge #558: anything goes

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day!


Back to Day 1

 When going through my stamps this week, I found a number of stamps that I bought before we started building the house that I have never used, so this Christmas Wreath stamp by Riley and Company called to me this week. So I am going back to Day 1, the letter A, for my arctic animal: a moose!

I am entering these challenges:
Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards; Day 1 the letter A
Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day!


Sweet Holiday

I made another "C" card for Beccy's  Month of Holiday Cards because I love her set called Celebration Panels. So, using the Peppermint "Christmas candy" image from this set I made a "clean" and simple card. I used the pre-colored image and then added different color Stickles glitter to the shaded areas to give it some pop. 

Materials Used:
  • Beccy's Place Celebration Panels
  • Sentiment: Holiday Sentiments by Creative Vision
  • Die Cut: Spellbinders Large Octagons
  • Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral nd Mowed Lawn
  • Stickles
Entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 3, 2023

Day 3 C is for Cookies

 My card today reminds me so much of my Mom. She was a baker, especially at Christmas time. And she baked cookies for weeks before Christmas and packed tins for friends and family. And she was an excellent baker. So my card today is a tribute to her, may she rest in peace.

I used Beccy's Cookie Bundle (I thought this was in her free images but I wasn't able to find it, so it may be retired) as my main image colored with alcohol markers. Mom made lots of sugar cookies and she always tinted them red and green. I haven't remembered how to add a sentiment to the tag in my photo editor yet so I hand wrote the sentiment. I used scraps for patterned paper and added some gold gem stones.
Entering these challenges:
Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by! 


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Day 2 The Letter B

 An idea popped into my head last night for the Letter B for Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards, so I ran with it this morning. 

Yesterday I went through my dies and stencils and stumbled across this snowflake stencil. And I thought that I could do a blue card with the stencil (B is for blue!). I started with light blue cardstock, sprayed my stencil with glue, and then layered several colors of blue distress ink. I love how peaceful falling snow makes me feel. But I hope it waits until January to dump us with snow. I am entering Day 2 of Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards challenge.

  • Simon Says Maryanne Snowflake Stencil
  • Sentiment from Close to my Heart Everlasting Life
  • Distress Ink: different shades of blue
Simple card to make and I think it turned out great! I may have to make more of these. Have a super day!


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