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Tis the season for Christmas Card making! My card today is using a fantastic pre-colored digi from Fred She Said called Christmas Rose. I used a set of Spellbinder dies to cut image and mat. The rose was fussy cut twice. Once with leaves and one just the rose. These were layered with foam tape to add some dimension. Red glitter was added to all the tiny red berried and then to the holly berries in the upper corners. Orange and yellow glitter was used on the candle flames. Clear Wink of Stella was used on the rose for a little extra shimmer. The sentiment and papers are from some of my retired stash from Close to my Heart. Sentiment was heat embossed for a raised affect. Challenges for this card: Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Use some Red Scrapbook Blessings - Use Red, Green and White Great Impressions - Bling on the Holidays The Glory of Christmas - Glitter and/or Shine Lacy Sunshine - Tic Tac Toe - I actually used all options but one Digi's Designs - Bow, Die Cuts, Flowers
I can't believe it's November 1st already. I'm still working on Fall cards for my classes. However, I just purchased some Christmas Images from Craftsuprint.com and had to use one today. It's officially the start of my Christmas Card Extravaganza. This first one will probably go to one of my small Grandsons. I love the way it turned out. I usually turn to sketch challenges for my starting inspiration. When I saw the sketch on Taylored Expressions Share the Joy Challenge, I knew it was the right one for this image.
I cut a piece of CTMH Ruby Cardstock and then dry embossed it with the new CTMH Confetti Embossing Folder. I then sanded it so it looked like snow.
I used some scraps of red and white striped paper and border punched one of them.
I used a Spellbinders die to mat the image. and tied it all up with a dark green satin bow.
My daughter needed two baby cards yesterday. Why is it that daughters wait until the day before an event to ask me for a card. So, I really needed a really fast card to put together. I purchased a few stamp sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps last year and this one, called Little Darlings Images, is a sweet set of vintage images. I pulled out my CTMH Hollyhock and Pixie cardstock and a Spellbinders Die. I stamped a word background on the hollyhock. Then I stamped the image in Hollyhock ink, sponged around the edges with Pixie and stuck it all togehter. Wala!!! A quick an easy yet elegant card. Tied it all up with a pink gingham bow. I'm entering this card into the Waltzing Mouse Pajama Party Challenge #3, Old Pajamas. I'm not quite sure how old this set is, but I love it anyway. Other Challenges for this card: Glitter and Sparkle - Include a Die Cut Stamping Sensations - Dies/Punches Challenge Up Your Life - Monochromatic Just Us Girls - Stacked Die Cuts
I simply LOVE this Old Truck Image from Fred She Said. And since it comes as a digi and also in four pre-colored images, I thought I'd use the Blue Truck today. The starting inspirations for this card started with a sketch fromSketchy Colors. Once I had the sketch and the image I thought I was set for an easy peasy card. WRONG! So many indecisions followed. For some reason, I just did not like just the plain blue dot "Wanderful" background paper. So after about an hour of walking back and forth and looking at the design, I dug out an old retired CTMH stamp set with pine trees. Wala!!! Just what it needed. But then I didn't like the horizontal strip of designer paper I chose for right behind the truck, which was the flip side of the blue dot paper. So, I switched from the dark print to green cardstock and dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder The Happy Father's Day is from the CTMH Holiday Tags Stamp Set. It's amazing how what started out as being a 10 minute card turned out to take several hours. I sure wish I wasn't such a perfectionist.
It's been a while since I last posted a card. But, it's time to make Father's Day Cards. So, let's get started. My card today is made using The Old Truck pre-colored image from Fred She Said. This image makes a great masculine card to use for any occasion. This image comes as a Digi to color yourself and four different pre-colored trucks. The beginning inspiration came from a sketch Challenge from Inspired By Stamping.
When ever I want to make a fast, yet beautiful card, I turn to my Fred She Said pre-colored images. As much as I love coloring with my Copic Alcohol Markers, These pre-colored images are just spectacular and save so much time. This card uses the Purple Pansies set I marched them up with some great Spellbinder dies and wala, a great card.
The weather has finally started to warm up and Easter is right around the corner. I have this really cute digi image I was dying to use and found a perfect sketch over at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Blog that worked perfectly. The challenge was to use any of there previous sketches. I used sketch 254. I just love the Pink, Yellow, and Green together. The perfect Spring Colors.
My card today started out to be a Valentine but then as I put it together, it looked perfect for a Wedding card also. Or, An Anniversary card. For this reason, I decided not to put a sentiment on the front. The Digi Paper is from Bearly Mine. I positioned the paper so that the word LOVE was not covered up. The banner stips & Scalloped Heart are Cardstock from Close to my Heart, as is the Heart Embossing Folder I used on them. The Heart image with the Doves and the rose in the bottom corner are from The Grafic Fairy. The actuall inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Freshly Made.
Here is another "Love" card. Yes, I made this as a Valentine. But the more I looked at it, I thought this would be a wonderful card any time of the year for the Love of your Life.Or, an Anniversary card. Especially if made in a different color. I actually printed the image twice. Then I fussy the hair and the dress and layered it with foam tape for lots of added dimension. The image is "I Love You This Much" from Fred She Said. This is the pre-colored image and it comes in 6 different colors and the sentiment. I used some New Spellbinder Dies I just received. I just love these new intricate frilly dies. I also used an old MS Corner punch. The beginning inspiration started with a sketch from Sketch Saturday.
My card today is a Valentine Card that I made using a fabulous pre-colored images from Fred She Said called Hearts and Roses. This set comes as a Digi for you to color yourself or a set with 7 different colors and includes a few sentiments for the heart.
I found this cute digi image on my computer and knew I had to make a card out of it. I think this may be the card I send out to all of those last minute Christmas Cards that I never got made. There is always someone you receive a Christmas card from a day or two before Christmas that you forgot. Here is the solution. Send a New Years Card!!! Truth be knowm. My Christmas Cards are usually snowmen. If I get them done before Christmas, I stamp Merry Christmas. If Not, I stamp Happy New Year. *Ü* The Inspiration for this card started with a sketch challenge from Digi Sketch Challenge Blog.
I purchased this SU stamp set some time ago mainly for the train. I Finally got around to making a card with it. I find it difficult to make masculine cards due to lack of really nice masculine images. I stamped the train and sentiment with Black Memento Ink, used clear detail embossing powder and heat embossed. I used a Close to my Heart Paper Pack called Wanderful. The Happy Birthday is from an upcoming April Stamp of the Month and the yellow stars are actually white stars that I colored to match the Honey Cardstock, with color Y222 ShinHan Alcohol marker. The round embellishment on the front of the circle was something I had lying around and thought it would look nice there. Why not.....one less thing lying around my craft room! *Ü* The design of this card was inspired by a sketch from Technostampers Challenge Blog.
I'm trying to wean myself away from Christmas cards. It's really hard for me since I really do love Christmas. While flipping through some files on my computer, I came across this picture. I have no clue where it came from but thought it would make a very nice Winter Birthday Card. I have two friends who have birthdays in January and thought it would be perfect. Once I had the picture printed out, I scouted around for the perfect sketch to inspire me. And I found it at Repeat Impressions. I used a wood grain Embossing Folder by Close to my Heart, for the background and pulled the blue from the picture to use for the background paper, which is Sky blue. A retired paper from CTMH. I couldn't get the look I wanted with the banner cut, so I punched both sides of the white CS and stamped Birthday Wishes on it and heat embossed it. I added three red enamel hearts to the upper right corner.
Here is another Christmas card using another stamp set from Sweet n' Sassy. This is called Christmas Light. I stamped the image and Sentiment and heat embossed with clear detail EP, and colored with Copic markers Colors on this are Green, Purple, and off white. I added some orange and yellow glitter to the flame. The inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Kraftin Kimmie.