Sunday, December 10, 2017

Just a quick post

  

We just found out about the free shipping day tomorrow Dec 11th.  I wanted to let you all know right away.  Happy shopping!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Stampin Up, Sneak Peek at new SAB Stamp set, FMS#316


My Christmas cards are ready to go out, so I decided I could play with a couple of the new sets coming out in Jan.  This one is called Heartfelt Blooms.  That is one stamp and it's gorgeous. It's an SAB (Sale a Bration) stamp set. 
To get this one or any of the many sets in the SAB brochure, you just spend $50, for each $50 you can choose something from that brochure. We have a new catagory this year that you can choose for spending a higher amount. It's up to you, but it's the very best time to buy and end up with lots of freee goodies.
If you spend the base amount to get host credit,$150, you choose up to 3 sets from the SAB brochure and you also get to choose anything out of the Annual Catalog worth up to $15.  

I used Soft Sky, Whisper White and Rich Razzelberry for my flowers.  I have some other ideas in mind to try out as well, but for my first card with it, all one color worked well.

I simply stamped the image, did a quick watercolor on the Watercolor paper I used and layered it over. There is a Rich Razzleberry layer under the watercolor paper that I made just just 1/4" larger.

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration:




And check out the team's cards here.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Where's Santa, Merry Monday #268



Time to get all these cards I've been doing out to the Post Office!  It scary how close Christmas is. So, my next thing to do is work on printing off the labels for my cards, then I have to go get a job so I can afford stamps. :) 

I was pulling from this set and that set. So, I just have to say I'm sorry. When I saw the challenge from Merry  Monday for today I thought, if ever it's time to have fun with a card, this is it! I had one disappointment tho.  I wanted to use embossing paste on the hat, but I opened my paste and it was dried up.  That is life in AZ.  Use it or it's dried out.  I moved here with ink pads I'd had for years and ever bought refills for, never needed them, within a few months they were all dried out.

Here is the challenge and a link to the site so you can see the awesome cards the team and everyone else is doing.


Right away I knew I wanted to hang that hat on Santa's Sleigh and it went from there.  Trees from Lovely as a Tree, stamps and dies from Santa's sleigh bundle, and the hat and mittens from Santa's Suit bundle.

I hope you enjoy and get a smile from this one.  Have a Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Stampin Up Hearts Come Home, JAI#388


It's looking a lot like Christmas!  Before I became a demo I would gather what products I needed to use and make all my Christmas cards alike. Back then I don't think we had all the challenges thought. And even if I leave SU, I will still do at least some of my cards for challenges, it just makes things more fun.

Today I'm playing along with Just Add Ink.


How can one resist that?!  I choose to use Glimmer paper and glitter ribbon.  For colors I used Very Vanilla and Dapper Denim, one of our Incolors.
I cut my piece from the smaller of the Hometown Greeting dies then trimmed it where it stuck out beyond the frame.   The top die cut piece is from the Card front builder dies that match the Carols of Christmas stamps.
I stamped and embossed using white for my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, December 1, 2017

TGIF#136, A Gold Christmas card


I'm so excited. I found a new challenge to play with!  Love choices. One of the demo's in my group just started as a team member and post that.    And when I looked and the challenge was a project in Gold, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla, well, I was hooked!
I went crazy and gold embossed the tree from Ready for Christmas, and also Cherry Cobbler embossed the sentiment on vellum.  I'm sorry to say the CC embossing powder is long ago retired. I had this bottle and had never used it. In place, if you have a nice juicy pad you can stamp and very quickly put clear embossing powder and get the look of any color you want.   That is my tip for today.

To check out the TGIF challenge, go here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mistletoe Friends Christmas, GDP#115



Global Design Project has a fun theme this week.  Christmas Joy. See it here.
So, what could be more fun then these guys.   The set is called Mistletoe Friends and is just so cute. 3 Different  images to paly with, color or not as you please.  I choose to mostly just do one color, except for the horns and inside of ears.  Quick and simple

I embossed in black, SU has retired the black, but I had some left and it just seemed to be called for here.  The Merry Music DSP was also perfect. In fact I am finding it really useful this year. It comes in both black on white and white on black.

Besides the black and white, I used Bermuda Bay, a bit of Crumb cake and Powder pink on their cute little ears.   I also used the new Blends for my coloring. The Mistletoe is from Pretty Pines dies. The ribbon is the Mini Chevron ribbon, so soft and fun to use.

Thanks for coming by, I'm off to find another challenge for this week, I'm way behind in my Christmas cards this year, how about you?  Do you make a lot of different cards, or just find a design for the current year and make them all alike? 
Merry Christmas


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Good Tidings, Just Add Ink 387, Christmas card


The embossing folder set the tone for this card.   I know it's hard to see, but I sponged Garden Green over the branches that are embossed on the top card.  For some reason I never can see to get light sponging or watercoloring to show up well, but it's showing very well on the original card.  I think what I might be missing is lights from the sides.  I'm going to have to play with that idea.


JAI is having a color challenge this week.  Have a look at the challenge Here.
Pretty Pines Thinlits along with the matching stamp set is a holdover from last year, so is in the Annual catalog now.  If you find you love it, you might want to purchase it, I doubt it will be here again and it's just so useable.
My ribbon is from last years Holiday catalog too.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Everything Merry, Freshly Made Sketches 314


I. Love. This. Dog!  Yup, I bought this set because I loved this dog.  I am really loving the whole set, but the dog put me over the top for it.   Isn't he cute!?

I started this card last wed when the challenge started, but it's just been so busy with all the cooking, eating, visiting, eating.  ect.  You know how that is, so just got it done and here is the challenge.

It was actually a very quick easy card and I really thought I would have it done wed.   Sigh....
We spend Thanksgiving and the days surrounding it, with friends.  They have a big dinner for all their family and friends each year. Some come in their Motorhomes and start coming in on tue and some are still there on sat, so almost a week long thing.  Our hosts make up the main meal parts and everyone else brings a dish, so we have a lot of different and yummy things to eat.

This year our weather here in No AZ has been quite warm during T day week. Up around 85% but of course cooling a lot in the evening.   We ate at 4 each day then around 6 the fire was started in the yard and we sat around it and chatted.    Doesn't get much better then that.

I think this card is going to my friends brother and his wife, they bring 4 little doxies every year.  I have a feeling they will love it.

So, I used my new Stampin Blends Alcohol markers for this.  I'm finding them so easy to use and a lot of fun. My colors are:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Smoky slate.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pointsettia Christmas, Freshly Made Sketches 313


This one made up so quickly and was really fun to do.  I had picked up these dies some time ago on a whim while out and about with some friends, and this seemed like the perfect use for them. 
I'm playing along with FMS again this week. 
My colors are easy, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  I did use a piece of silver behind the sentiment for accent.  I simply punched it out, cut it up the center and glued each end so it showed a 
bit.  And then I used some Rhinestones for accent as well.   The stitched border is done with a white gel pen and ruler.  And the white dots are just an old wood stamp I've had forever and I keep in a drawer handy.   But lots of our sets out now, have something that can be used like this. The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments.  144820

And that is it! A simple 2 layer card, quickly made.   I hope you enjoyed.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

No place like happy, Holiday card. FMS312




So, today you get to see my fat fingers.  Seems to be the only good way to show off the embossed sentiment. It's so pretty in person, but the washi tape isn't showing well on the upper part of the card now.   Take it from me, it's really pretty in person. 

I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I really enjoy their challenges so tend to do them fairly often.   The team cards are a great inspiration.    Here is the challenge for this week and link to it.

It's hard to tell, but I used Very Vanilla here.  I don't usually, I love just white, but the VV goes so well with the gold DSP that I used.   The sentiment is from 2015. Sorry about that, but I didn't have anything current that matched what was in my head.  It's quite a mess up in there, trust me. LOL.

I used 2 different sets for the greenery, but either one would work just fine alone.   I decided I didn't want a dark green and the Lemon Lime Twist turned out to be perfect, along with Real Red.  It's embossed in gold and I used my new Blends SU Alcohol markers to fill in just a bit of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoy and I can give you a bit of inspiration along with the team.