Saturday, November 28, 2015

Embossing Two Ways

I never seem to have the right color embossing powder to go with my projects, so I tried different combinations of ink color and powder to give me a different color.  Nailed it!!! 
Core'dinations Pearls paper embossed with Darice and Cuttlebug folders, Sweet Stamps sentiment stamped in Megan Elizabeth Limelight ink and heat embossed with Stampendous Pearlized Amethyst.  I didn't have a snowflake punch large enough the mat the sentiment, so I improvised and used a Moroccan Motifs die cut.  I am linking this up with Fusion {Blue Christmas} Simply Create - Snow/Mostly White and Cuttlebug Mania's Embossing challenge.  Check back on December 1 for the Words to Scrap By December challenge!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Floral Card

If you read many of my posts, you already know that I am a paper hoarder.  Special papers require special projects!
I took more that 25 photos of this card, and none did it justice.  This one will have to do...  Stacy Stamps silver foil poinsettia paper.  The flower was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in silver 3 times, colored on the back side with red and green alcohol inks, then layered and attached with tiny silver brads.  Red velveteen and silver ribbon.  The Mod Squad Christmas Floral challenge. 

Thanksgiving Pilgrim

I made this card specially for one of my brothers, a John Wayne fan.  I know it was a lame reference, but he loved it!!!!
The collar and buckle were made with Spellbinders dies.  The belt and tie are Offray ribbons.  Button brads are from my stash.  I am sharing this with The Male Room Thanksgiving or Thanks challenge.  One more day to play along with the Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge!

No Stamping

What a great opportunity to use some of my (many) Doodlebug stickers. 
Cheery Lynn butterfly die and Doodlebug sentiment sticker colored with Sharpie Gold Metallic marker.  The black paper has a mirror-like shiny finish.  I am sharing this with Shopping Our Stash No Stamping challenge.  One more day to play along with teh Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card with Numbers

The theme at Less is More is Numbers.   That screams birthday card to me!! 
I hope this is CAS enough for the challenge.  The number layer is Hero Arts, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in clear.  Inked with Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China. Fiskars sentiment heat embossed in white.  Love this navy and white combo!  There are a few more days to join us at the Words 2 Scrap By Movember Challenge!!

Dasher - The Best Reindeer EVER!!!

I am a lucky owner of a Stampin' Up Dasher stamp.  I love using him as a focal point on cards.  Here is my latest:

I am sharing this one with the Merry Monday Use a Reindeer challenge.   Dasher and sentiment heat embossed in black.  Silk ribbon layered over ivory satin ribbon.  You can still play along withe the Words 2 Scrap By Movemeber challenge for men's health - come join us!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I know that hand written thank you notes are a bit out of fashion, but I still make and send them.  How can decent manners be out of fashion?  :)

Love this.  One of my hoarded papers.  What's not to love about shades of purple, gray, and blue snowflakes and berries?!?  The darkest berries are highlighted with glossy accents.  "Thanks" is cut with a Taylored Expressions die that was in my goodie bag at Simon Says Create, and nested in a circle cut with a Spellbinders die. 

I am linking this up with the following:  Shopping Our Stash Thanks and Cuttlebug Mania Thank You.  Lots of time to play along with us at the Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge for men's health!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Red, White, Kraft, and SILVER?!?!

NOTE:  Grrr.  A few hours too late to link up, again.....

The Always Playing With Paper Challenge uses this image for inspiration:
I get the colors, but SILVER?!?  OK, challenge accepted!

Kaisercraft Home for Christmas paper, images, and sentiment (Kaisercraft gave these to attendees at Simon Says Create!!).  Be sure to play along with our Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge!!!

Funky Christmas Colors

I have some hoarded MAMBI Christmas paper is some of the BEST colors ever, and it fit right in this week's Color Throwdown challenge.  Here is the color inspiration:
Here is my card:

Neat & Tangled Winter Wishes sentiment (a giveaway from Simon Says Create)! on MAMBI patterned paper, highlighted with lots of Glossy Accents and snowflakes stamped in Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink and clear embossing powder.  Simple, but I am happy with it!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Shopping Our Stash - Western Theme

Wow!  After being absent for the past few weeks, I had a really productive day!!  The Shopping Our Stash challenge is to create a project using an American Western theme.  I admit, this was a tough one for me.  Not really my style, but I am happy with my card.
DCWV papers, sentiment is stamped with an old CD shaped stamp, and die cut.  Hmm.  Maybe I should have embossed the patterned papers with a star folder...  Next time!  Come play along with us at Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge. 

Pearl & Silver

The Mod Squad Challenge this month is to create a project using silver and/or pearl as the main colors.  I didn't know that November is lung cancer awareness month and these are the colors.  Lung cancer can strike anyone, and affects smokers and non-smokers alike.  Many times, it is not diagnosed until the latter stages.  If you have a nagging cough, hoarseness, shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, or anything that just doesn't seem right, see your doctor!!!  (Rant over.)
The embossed layer is an amazing holographic silver metallic card stock.  The butterflies are fussy cut from white pearl paper.  Sentiment heat embossed in black.  Bling is from my stash.  In hindsight, I wish I had used either pearl or black bling, but it is fine the way it is.  I am also linking this up with CAS-ual Fridays Precious Metals challenge, hopefully it is CAS enough!  Be sure to stop by Words 2 Scrap By for our Movember challenge, open through November 28!

The Male Room Theme - Sympathy

I prefer sympathy cards to be CAS, and this card fits in with The Male Room Sympathy challenge perfectly. 
Sizzix Cattails embossing folder, silver matte paper layered on a dark grey card base, Unity sentiment stamped in VersaFine black ink and clear embossing powder, corners rounded with We R Memory Keepers Crop a Dile.  Come play along with the Word 2 Scrap By Movember challenge in honor of men's health!!

The Crooked Stamper #10

This month's sketch looks like this:
 Here is my version:
 Hot Off The Press image, sentiment from Hero Arts Acts of Kindness set I received courtesy of Simon Says Stamp at their Create event.  Both colored with Intense watercolor pencils.  DCWV Winter papers embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder and highlighted with Glossy Accents.  Not exactly what I envisioned, but it worked out OK.  Come play along with the Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Color Throwdown #367

This time around, the Color Throwdown inspiration photo looks like this: 

Here is my interpretation:
 Unity sentiment, Spellbinder flower die, stash sticker, Fresh Vintage papers.  The gold background is very shiny, thus hard to photograph.  Come play along with us at the Words 2 Scrap By Movemeber challenge!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Stamped and Cut Window Thank You Card

I have to admit that, when I first saw the House of Cards challenge and read through the tutorial, I was going to pass.  It just didn't look like me.  And my first attempt REALLY wasn't me!
Nope, not me.  So I tried again. 
MUCH better!!!  Spellbinder die, SU Sincere Salutations sentiment, leaves stamped in various Distress inks, and the layer popped up with dimensional dots. I'm also linking this up with the Mod Squad Challenge Give Thanks, and the Cards in Envy Gratitude Challenge.  Come play along with us at the Words 2 Scrap By Movember challenge!

Friday, November 6, 2015

SOS #226 - Light My Fire

This week's theme over at Shopping Our Stash is Light My Fire, use something related to light. 

 Lamp from Technique Tuesday, sentiment old SU!, DCWV Fall and Halloween Basics.  Sometimes, no matter how much work I put into a card - it still doesn't come out the way I wanted :(.    Plenty of time to play along with our Movember challenge at Words 2 Scrap By!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Merry Monday #178 - Red & Gold

Life has been busy for weeks, and I finally has a little time to craft!  The Merry Monday challenge this week is to create a card using red & gold. 
Spellbinders Dove of Peace die, sentiment heat embossed in gold.  I used a gold Sharpie metallic marker.  It is pretty, but not as shiny as my Krylon leafing pen.  Good lesson!  Pop on by Words 2 Scrap By for our Movember challenge!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Words 2 Scrap By Challenge #23 - Movember

Welcome to the Words 2 Scrap By Challenge #23 - Movember!  As my mother used to say (may she rest in peace), what's good for the goose is good for the gander. 

Here is my offering:
Papers from The Paper Studio Glasses, 'Staches, & Ties.  Unity sentiment.  Favorite Findings mustache tied with black twine.  Topped off with a large brad and SU! ribbon scrap.  Come join us in promoting men's preventative health care!!