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Monday, December 5, 2016


Verse - Studio G; image - Recollections; Paper Studio DP; Burgundy and shimmery champagne cs; Nestabilities Majestic Element dies; Cheery Lynn branch die. I added touches of color using shiny metallic ink. The pine branches are cut from shiny gold metallic paper.

EDIT:  This was originally posted about a week ago (Nov. 26?), but I have no idea how to restore the original post.  My apologies if you are coming from a challenge link.
Sketch:   Our Daily Bread
Shiny:   Cheery Lynn
Christmas with a die:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any Christmas:   Penny Black at Allsorts
                               Christmas at sweet Stampin  
Any, with sentiment:   Aud Sentiments
Any:     Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Traditional Christmas 2016


Image and sentiment - QKR Stampede; image colored with aqua brush and water; plaid DP - remember when; green DP - Faith by Paper Studio; star, gold strip stickers; loose glitter on and around 3 stars.
Glitter:   Sparkle n Sprinkle
Christmas:    Crafty Calendar
                       Crafters Cafe 
Any:   Angies Digital Stamps
           Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday
           Word Art Wednesday
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2

3-D tree

The tree is made with quite a few Cheery Lynn die cut pine branches, decorated with star stickers.  The background uses an  embossing folder - as I recall, Nellie Snellen's (no label!).  Bits of glitter create some falling snow.
O Christmas tree:  Simon Says Monday
Dimension (tree, embossing):    Mod Squad
Any:   Creative Craft Cottage

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Shepherd - traditional colors

Image - QKR Stampede, colored using aqua pen and water; Freckled Fawn acrylic star; DP - Faith pack by Paper Studio.  I like the torn edge to expose a bit of white, for an impression of texture.
Sketch:Tuesday Morning Sketches
Traditional colors:   Double D   
Many layers (7):    Whoopsi Daisy  
Two patterns:   Pile it on Challenge
Any Christmas:    Christmas at Sweet Stampin
Any:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sparkly Christmas 2016

Cuttlebug Mania
Image - QKR; branch dies - Cheery Lynn; Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, Spellbinder Labels Four die; blue, white cs; glitter; punched star.  I colored by "pulling" ink (printer ink) with an aqua pen - the last one I did looked a bit blue, not sure why this has more of a beige look.  I expected grey! I added a bit of sparkle on the blue border and on the embossing.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Christmas:   Allsorts
Holiday:    Hiding in my Craft room 
Light in the darkness - star:    Cuttlebug Mania
Blue and white:    Glitter n Sparkle
Sparkle:    Cheery Lynn
Any, with glitter:  Sparkle n Sprinkle

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Salted background Christmas tag - QKR Stampede challenge #220

This week the challenge at QKR Stampede is to create a tag for Christmas.  Since we are now Arizonans, I thought a Christmas cactus would be appropriate.  You may enter your Christmas tags (up to 3) by Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. EDT.
In order to showcase the Christmas cactus I used the salted background   You might find the tutorial here.  Briefly:  spritz glossy cardstock with water; add reinker as desired (I used an aqua brush); sprinkle with salt.  When dry, brush off the excess salt. The remaining salt adds texture.  I am hoping my colors remind you of the desert sand and sky.   I used a stencil for the stars, and glittery pens to add color.  The edging is done with stickles.  The shape is a Nestabilities die cut.
Christmas:   Allsorts
                       Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge2
                       Fab n Funky  
Holiday:        Hiding in my craftroom
Non-traditional:   Stamping Boutique
Different coloring technique:   Julia Spiri
Die or punch:    Jo's Scrapshack
Tag:       Morgans Art World
Any:      Inspiration Destination
               Love to Scrap       

Sunday, November 27, 2016

White on white sympathy

Once again, I am in need of a sympathy card, and I have none in my stash.  We heard at church this morning that the son of friends had passed away - as of now, I do not know the circumstances.
Sorry, the white on white does not show very well but I like it IRL for sympathy cards.
I tried a different way to use the Spellbinder Majestic Element circle dies - used them to emboss only, with a plain circle die for the base.  I have had a hard time figuring out how to use these dies, but I like this result.  I used a small die to create a "branch" for the eagle (Our Daily Bread stamp).  The sympathy embossing folder is by Darice.
Edited- I forgot to mention that I fussy cut the eagle- had to do a bit of reconstruction after I accidentally declawed him!
Sketch:  Our Daily Bread

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mistletoe Kitty

Image - a Christmas freebie, including the pre-colored image, from Imagine That Digistamp; Paper Studio DP; Washi tape - mounted on white cs; button dies cut in gold glitter cs.  I use the dies to keep the card flat enough to mail.
Sketch:    Life-in-Snapshot
Bingo - diagonal - sentiment, digi image, button:   The Paper Shelter
Any using Imagine That Digistamp:  Facebook Imagine That Digistamp
Traditional Christmas colors:   Double D
Christmas:  Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2
                     Hiding in my Craftroom 
Pattern Paper:   Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper
Any:   Crafty Catz  
            Show us Your Pussies

Friday, November 25, 2016

QKR Stampede DT card for challenge #219 - Angels

This angel is fairly non-traditional for Christmas, but I felt the stars gave her a holiday feel.  You are invited to join us at the weekly QKR Stampede challenge.  This week has a timely theme - angels. Check out examples by my fellow Design Team members here.  You may enter up to 3 times before 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, and you will have a chance to win cute images!
This image is called Praying Angel, but I opted to place a small heart in her hands.  She is colored with Prisma crayons.  The sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.  I used pieces from a large gift bag (lots of gold paper for $1 at Dollar Tree!) for mats.  I fussy cut her feet so I could use a smaller die.  The dark red dp has some music and lyrics.  The starry strip is sticker paper layered on white cs, and I added a gold ribbon.
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Getting ready for Christmas:    Crafting by Designs 
Tis the season:    Creative Knockouts
Cute Christmas:   Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
Trio-tastic (halo-3 stars):   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Non-traditional image for Christmas:   Incy Wincy
Any:    Angies
             Classic Design Team
             Lil Patch of Crafty Friends    
             Lemon Shortbread
             Love to Scrap  
            Paper Nest Dolls

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tri fold Christmas 2016

I hope you can see the opening at the middle - not sure if this is called a trifold, double gate fold, or???
Image - QKR stampede; sentiment - Hampton Art; glittery star; gold striped sticky paper, blue and shimmery champagne cs.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
More than one ( stamp):    Paper Shelter
More than one fold:   Star Stampz
Special fold:    Fussy and Fancy 
Little animals:    Crafting by Designs 
Christmas Critter:    Simon Says Stamp 
Christmas:    Christmas at Sweet Stampin 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Operation Quiet comfort

This is a card I made to add to a group I am sending to Operation Quiet Comfort.  They are requesting patriotic type blank thank you cards (with no glitter).  It is a great cause and I would encourage you to check it out and participate.
This is also my Design Team card for this week's challenge at QKR Stampede.  The theme is Thanksgiving /Thank you.  You may enter up to 3 times by 6pm EST Nov. 24.  Prizes are digi stamps from their shop.
The image and sentiment are both QKR stampede.  The brads and papers are all from my stash.  I used the gold foil seal from a can of International Coffee to back the images.
Sketch:  catch the bug Stella Say Sketch
Thanks/Thanksgiving:   Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
                                          Pile it on Challenge
Thankful Heart:     Dragonfly Journeys      
Military:        Ikes World                              
Stars:    Country View Challenges
Layers:    Whoopsi Daisy 
Any:     Crafty-girls-Creations
              Lemon Shortbread 
               Paper Nest Dolls