Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Treats

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! I wish you all a blessed day filled with love, laughter, family and warmth! I'm sure thankful for all of you and I appreciate you stopping by! I had so much fun working on these little treats to pass out at my sons' school to the teachers, librarian, etc. I made THESE last year and I had such a positive response to them, I decided to make them again. When I made THIS card, I mentioned that I wasn't done with the Indian Summer because I knew that I would be using it for this project! I'm using this week's Color Throwdown Colors again because they are just too perfect for this project!

To begin, I got to work wrapping the Hershey's Toffee and Almond nuggets with pattern paper. They are packaged in a pretzel bag with a cardstock backer. These are one of my go-to gifts and you can see another example HERE. They are an inexpensive, festive way to celebrate any holiday! The top portion is a piece of cardstock folded in half with the sentiment embossed in copper powder! I just love the warmth it gives! I also stamped and Die Cut the little turkey image and colored him using Copic Markers. He is popped up on the pretzel bag using a foam square.

The tags for the apples and caramel dip bags use another one of the cute images included in the set. I did very simple coloring on these since I had so many to make and they will most likely be thrown away. The sentiment is also embossed in copper powder.

Here is a picture of the little 3 by 3 card I made to go with the gifts using yet another image. I liked that he is holding an arrow and the sentiment has an arrow through it! So cute! I like to have a place to write a little note to the recipient. Oftentimes I deliver all of my little treats and the recipient isn't there so I have to leave it. While, I don't need any credit, I think the person who gets it would like to know who it's from...especially if it's food and you're wary of such things! LOL! In this case, it was mostly because I wanted to leave a Happy Thanksgiving greeting and to say thank you as well.

Like I mentioned before, I had a lot of fun putting these together and it is always fun on delivery day to see the smiles when people receive their gifts. I am truly grateful for all of the people who work with my children at school. They truly are gifted and special people and I am so grateful!!!!! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #470 (Warm Winter Wishes)

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? I keep asking myself where the year has gone! I'm not complaining though, because I am super excited for the Holidays!  For this week's Color Throwdown Challenge I chose to stray from the traditonal Fall theme that these colors seem to invoke, but instead, create a warm Christmas design!

I just love these colors together and these cupcakes are absolutely adorable, too! I'll be sharing something Thanksgiving-y with these same colors later this week, so stay tuned.

To begin, I chose three images from the Tremendous Treats: Christmas that would work nicely in these colors. I die cut them using the coordinating dies and then stamped and colored them using Copic Markers. The snowman got a treatment of Liquid Applique on his hat and body for a snowy look. The Reindeer's nose and star have a touch of Nuvo Glaze for some added shine.

Tis the Season for me to use the "Knitted" embossing folder on EVERYTHING! LOL! It really helped invoke that "warm" feeling that I was hoping for. After I embossed it, I die cut some circles using my circle Nestabilities die cut. I sponged a Orange-y/Yellow panel to place behind the circles using Distress Ink. I popped the red piece up over the top and then added it all to a Kraft card base.

I placed each of the 3 die cuts onto the circle cut outs using foam squares for some dimension. I don't use ribbon very much anymore, but I thought this stitched "Merry Christmas" ribbon was the perfect touch. I also added a red jingle bell threaded with Chocolate Baker's Twine around the bow.

The sentiment is from Stocking Prints, but it appears to have been retired. You can still get the coordinating die, though. I embossed it in Copper powder for additional warmth. I hope you get a chance to play along this week! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Monday #266 {Ho Ho Ho}

Welcome to this week's Merry Monday Challenge! Sue is challenging us to create a card with a Santa image! Confession: I kinda have a little thing for Santa! LOL! It's true, though! Definitely not in a creepy way, but in a way that I loved him as a child. If there was wrapping paper with Santa images on it, I WANTED THAT present, because obviously the BEST presents would be wrapped in Santa paper! Ha Ha! I especially love the vintage variety like the inspiration photo shows. If I have time this week, I'll try and share another card for the challenge, with a vintage Santa! I picked him up at Hobby Lobby last weekend and he's just too cute! Make sure to head over to the Merry Monday Blog to read all about the challenge and to see what everyone else has come up with!
For my card, I decided to use an alphabet that I got for my birthday back in August and haven't used yet. You know, I just HAD to have it and look at me, just barely getting around to it! (Hangs head in shame) It did work out nicely for the image I had in my head for the card I wanted to make, so I was glad I had it. It is the Simon Says Stitched Alphabet and I can't wait to use it again soon!

To begin, I sponged a 4 1/8 inch by 5 3/8 inch Bristol paper with Peacock Feathers Distress ink starting at the edges and working my way lightly to the center. After that was done, I mixed a little bit of the same ink with water and flecked it over the top for some added detail and interest. I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray and set it aside to dry. 
I die cut all of the Tremendous Treats: Christmas Santa shapes, stamped them in Palette Noir ink with the Coordinating Images. I colored them with Copic and Prismacolor markers. After they were done, I came back to the base panel and got to work stamping the "H" and "O" letters in Black ink. I think I stamped them to soon because one of them smeared (boo hoo), but I wasn't going to start over because I was loving the background. So...word of advice, make sure your ink and shimmer spray is properly dry!

I added the Santa images in the spaces left by each word using foam squares. I also felt like the background needed a little bit more attention, so I used a tiny little snowflake image from Eskimo Kisses here and there with Peacock Feathers distress ink stamped off once. I really like the extra detail it gave the card.

The letters are colored using Copic and Prismacolor markers. I was worried that they might turn purple with the red mixed with blue, but Copic Markers are Rockstars and proved it on this card! After they were colored, I added some Nuvo Glaze over the top as well as a sprinkling of gradiated chunky red glitter over the top. I have used the same technique HEREHERE and HERE. I just love how it looks with the red on red! It will definitely be used again this Holiday Season! I also stamped a sentiment from Christmas Critter Sentiments onto a strip of Pure Poppy cardstock and then embossed it in white. I really like how it added just a little something extra! I had so much fun on this card! I hope you all get a chance to play along! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags {Days 1-17}

 I've been a little out of the loop for the last few (or more) years so I was thrilled to discover Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags that she puts on every year! Of course, I couldn't resist playing along, but as the month has worn on, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to participate! I guess that's what Sundays are for...catching up on crafts! LOL! One of my little guys is sick, so we both stayed home from church so he could rest and it gave me the perfect excuse to get some tags made. Not gonna lie...I really don't NEED to make any tags, because, let's face Keeping Christmas series has gotten me way ahead in this department, but like I said, I just couldn't resist! The photos are not grouped by days or in any particular order, but by the ones that looked nice together. I will link up which tag inspired me, etc. for each photo. Day 12,13, 14 - JOY to the world tag was inspired by Melissa Bickford for Concord and 9th, so I chose to use Concord and 9th as well. I just loved her color combination, so that is what inspired me the most. The Peace Love and Joy tag was inspired by Latisha Yoast and I just loved how she clustered the evergreen foliage around the sentiment. the Reindeer tag was inspired by Elena Rousskas  . I really liked the winter scene she created, so I used some Distress Oxide inks to create my own.
It will take me FOREVER to link up all products, manufacturers, etc. AND all of the links to the inspiration designers pages, so...I will give a general link up of the companies that I used, etc. You can see those under the next photo.
All of my die cut tag bases are from the Tag Sale Collection from PTI. These tags are from Days 11,2,7. The Eskimo Kisses tag is inspired by Natalia Subkova , she created some fantastic shaker cards that I was itching to try. The Tis the Season tag is inspired by Tatiana and the fabulous blue stockings she used. I couldn't wait to see how these stocking images looked in the same shade.  the last one is inspired by Laurie Schmidlin. I really liked the way she used pink and red together, especially the flowers, so that is where I took the inspiration.

Day 6-This tag is inspired by Laura Pryor. I really liked the ornament cut out that she used and the vintage colors.

Day 15, 16, 9
The Dashing Through the Snow tag is inspired by Cornelia Wenekor and the fabulous white on white snowflakes she used. I decided to add in a touch of silver for some sparkle. The JOY tag is inspired by Michele Ferguson, I really liked her black, white and red combination. I liked the way she used the Zero as the wreath, so I added some holly and berries around each of the letters. The mittens tag is inspired by Lori Turner. I liked the grey and red color combo as well as the cute mitten. 

Days 10, 17, 3 The poinsettia tag is inpspired by Kate Capper
I liked her poinsettia and I had one left over from another card, so it worked out perfectly. The Christmas tree tag is inspired by Rebecca Keppel . I really liked her combination of gold, red and traditional green. I chose to use a large Christmas tree as the base. I just love shaped tags.  The Believe tag is inspired by Kelly Griglione. I always like a sideways sentiment and I knew I could re-create the same feel with this stamp set.
Day 5,4 and 1
The Happy Holidays tag is inspired by Svitlana, ...this tag actually reminded me of one I made for my Keeping Christmas series a few months ago. I was excited to use the pinecone and foliage. The penguin tag is inspired by Jen DelMuro . The hat inspired me to make a tag using this penguin wearing a similar hat. The Christ is born tag is inspired by Jo Nevill
I really like the large stars she used and the stars from this set reminded me of it.
I made another one but I wasn't happy with it so I am not sharing it here! LOL! So...I have days 1-17 done! Yay!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sugar Pea Designs Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in my FIRST Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop as a SugarPea Designs Design Team Member! We will be showing you lots more fun ideas of things you can do with the release from last month! I have been having so much fun with all of the sets!

Stop by each of the designers blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate! You can see all of the links below!

For my card, I chose to use 2 of my new favorite sets as well as one that has been underutilized by me. As you can see, I am carrying on with my colors and theme from yesterday's post! I just love them! To begin, I die cut the tag from Snowflake Tag Sugar Cuts out of a piece of bright pink cardstock. I flecked some pearl watercolor paint onto that and set it aside to dry. In the meantime, I stamped and colored this little penguin and melting ice block image from Tinsel in a Tangle with Copic Markers. I also added some Nuvo Glaze and Wink of Stella over the top. While THOSE were drying, I got to work embossing the tiny snowflakes on the tag. They are from the Tinsel in a Tangle set and then I embossed the snowflakes from Flurry of Warm Wishes onto a piece of pink cardstock.

The sentiment is heat embossed as well and that is from Eskimo Kisses. I told you I was using a lot from my favorites! LOL! Once everything was dry, I adhered it all to a Grinchy green A2 card base. The pink ribbon is threaded through the tag hole and then the gingham ribbon is "squished" onto that with a bow of silver cord. This card was so fun to put together! I hope you've gotten some fun, new inspiration for your stamp sets! Thanks for fluttering by! Don't forget to stop by the rest of the designers blogs for a chance to win! Links above

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I made this for you!

Welcome friends! Today I'm over on the SugarPea Designs BLOG sharing a fun project that I hope you'll enjoy! I wanted to share a bit here, too, but for most of the details, head over to read more!

Sometimes the simple gifts can be the most useful, like these magnetic decorative clothespins. With 5 kids, I ALWAYS need a clip for the fridge! LOL! Something decorative and cute is always a plus!

These boxes are all decked out in SugarPea Designs signature colors, which was completely unintentional, but they look fabulous for the Holidays!

Here is a closeup of the tiny Shrinky Dink tag. I love using an oversized stamp or die cut in a petite way using Shrinky Dinks!

Flecks of Pearl Watercolor paint and some glittery snowflakes really make these boxes sparkle! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Color Throwdown Challenge #469 {The Coolest Person}

It has been so much fun being the Guest Designer for the Color Throwdown Challenge this month!  I just love the icy colors for this week's challenge! I was trying to think "outside the box" for this one, but in the end, the colors were just too perfect for a card like this!

My starting point was actually the Sugar and Spice Paper Pad and all of the fabulous pattern papers that fit in the color scheme. I just love this particular mix. Once I had my papers picked out, the rest was easy peasy! I chose to use this sweet little penguin from the Eskimo Kisses stamp set! He is just so adorable and such fun to color! I added some blue Martha Stewart Crafts Flocking that I have had for years to the pom pom and brim of his hat for some fun texture. He is colored using Copic Markers and then I added some Wink of Stella over the top and gave the feathers a coating of Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I chose the sentiment because it paired nicely with the "Happy" pattern paper that I used on the bottom portion and it is perfect for these cool, icy colors.

The zig zag edge on the bottom of the blue polka dot paper is cut using the Stitched Borders I Sugar Cut for some added interest. 

The snowflakes are die cut out of silver glitter paper using the Christmas Tag Greetings die set. I just how they look paired with the silver embossed sentiment.

The iceberg is stamped and heat embossed in silver onto vellum for a fun, icy look. You can see that I did the same thing on THIS card (you'll need to scroll down on that post to see it). Once it was embossed and die cut using the coordinating Sugar Cuts, I added some Nuvo Glaze and Wink of Stella for some realistic sparkle and shine. I had so much fun this week! Thanks for fluttering by!