Sunday, December 7, 2014

Joyful Christmas Wreath

You know how I can't resist a good sketch challenge...well I wanted to share Viva la Verve's sketch challenge for the month of December.  This was different from the other challenges I have followed in that they have included cutting directions to create 4 cards.  So of course I HAD to play along!!

If you go to Viva la Verve's blog, you can print out the above cutting diagram and 4 cards.  They recommend using 2 sided paper, but I did not want to use patterned paper with this stamp.  SO I cut one out of Real Red CS and one out of Pear Pizzazz.  Technically, I will be able to make 8 cards out of two 6x6 pieces of CS.  So far, I have only made the 4.  

I LOVE this stamp set and Framelit combo!!  Check out my Facebook Page for step by step instructions on how to use this stamp set along with the coordinating Framelit.

The stamp set I used is called Wondrous Wreath along with the coordinating Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies.

I kept these simple, only using cardstock with a sparkle...just because I can't resist using sparkles!!  

The word Joy was cut out of Brushed Silver CS, which gives it just the right amount of sheen!  Keeping this post short and sweet today!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  

Hope this inspires you to play along with this SUPER FUN sketch challenge over at Viva la Verve!!  

Happy Stamping!!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bringing Dots Back!

I know what you are thinking...another owl card??  When is this girl going to post a card using something different??  Well, I DID use different papers!!  I honestly had NO intention of creating another card using the Owl Builder Punch.  I even had something else stamped in its place.  BUT it just didn't look right to me.  The sentiment looked too flat.  SO I punched out yet another owl, used the flower punch as its background and knew this was the look that I was going for!!

Do you have a favorite paper crafter??  One that you check back daily to see if they have created some fabulous new creation that you are going to want to lift??  I think we all do!!  There have been quite a few over the years that inspire me to want to step out of the box and push my creativity to new levels.  One in particular was Faith Hofrichter aka Markie's Mom.  I LOVED everything she did, but in particular, I loved how she outlined the layers of her cards using either white or black dots.  

Faith no longer blogs, which breaks my heart as she was SO creative.  But I wanted to share one of her beautiful creations that inspired me to add those little white dots all around the layers on my card.  

I just LOVED the way she added not just the white dots around each layer, but on the red matting, she used black dots. I feel like it just makes everything else POP that it frames!!  I really miss her creativity...

Of course, my card is in no way, shape or form as GORGEOUS as Faith's card...I thought it turned out pretty sweet.  I was following a sketch from Viva la Verve Sketches Blog.  I really liked how the Blackberry Bliss CS popped against the Crumb Cake CS.  The patterned paper is from the Moonlight paper stack in the annual catalog.  I REALLY LIKE the size of the paper stacks as they are PERFECT for creating 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 sized cards!

Thanks SO SO much for stopping by!!  

I based my card off someone who has continued to inspire me, even after they stopped blogging.  Who inspires you??  Do you go back and revisit their creations?  The paper crafting world is ever changing and occasionally brings back trends from the past.  What are some of your favorite past trends?  Try making a card using an older trend!!  You never might be the one who brings it back!!  LOL

Happy Stamping!!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Trio of Owls

I just can't get enough of these little guys!!  Oh the possibilities using just this one punch with ALL of my different papers and stamp sentiments!!  This card started out as kind of a "love" card by random stamping little hearts from the set Something to Say.  But as I started playing with this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, I found myself using the sweet owl from the Owl Builder punch and my thought process changed.

I dug into my new box of SU! goodies yesterday and grabbed the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to emboss both the Real Red and Whisper White CS.  It's hard to tell from the pic, but it's there I promise!  lol 

The owl in the middle sports paper from the Santa & Co. Designer Papers.  The other 2 are sporting paper from the Back to Black Designer Papers, as well as the background that I used for my photo.  I am LOVING this 1/8 inch Real Red Taffeta Ribbon!!!  Gonna be ordering MORE of this ribbon in the different colors!  For sure in the Basic Black as it would have worked as a GREAT accent color at the top.  Of course, no card is complete without a little sparkle!!  Well, maybe not, but I sure like adding them to most of my projects!

Thanks SO SO much for stopping by today!!

I hope that this just inspired you to create soon as you have some free time!  If you don't have any free time, MAKE some free time for YOU!!  You deserve it!!

Happy Stampin' Up!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Sweet Thank You Card

OH MY GOSH!!!  This little owl from the Owl Builder Punch is the CUTEST THING EVER!!!  Where has he been all my life??  LOL  I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to the SU! Catalog!!  My wish list is seriously like the WHOLE catalog.  I can hardly control myself with all of the cute stamp sets, punches, dies, ribbons and embellies!!

I placed another order last week and it just came in an hour ago.  Looks like I'll be playing with my new goodies ALL DAY today, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday!!  Need to get my play time in while I am on break from school as it starts back up again next Monday.

Once again, I followed along with the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and once again, they did not disappoint!  This week they featured one of my favorite sized cards, the 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.  They call it "tall and skinny", I call it SUPER FUN size!  lol

I made a few cards earlier this year using a similar color combo.  I really LOVED the way the colors looked together, so when I received my Kraft CS from SU! yesterday, I knew I wanted to use it with the All Is Calm papers.  The CS is Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz.  I kept the embellishments simple, I guess as I always do, and only used Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon and one lonely little sparkle for the center of the heart.  

I stamped the trees from the White Christmas stamp set as a background for my cute little owl to sit on.  The embossing folder is not SU!, it was one that I purchased years ago.  I really like the touch of embossing on the front of the owl.  Just gives him even more dimension.  The Thank You sentiment is from the Gifts Of Kindness stamp set.  GREAT set for all occasions!

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!  

I hope this inspires you to either pull out your Owl Builder punch that you purchased, OR purchase one TODAY so you can start playing with it by next week!!!  I am already envisioning all the different cards this little guy is going on!!

Happy Stampin' Up!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Merry Little Wish

I have to say, it feel GREAT to be creating again!!  I know that I am truly in a happy place when my creative mojo is back!!  Plus, I think I have found my niche'.  I like making cards.  Whooda thunk when I started scrapbooking years ago, that I would end up as a card maker??  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I will NEVER scrapbook again.  After all, I have a TON of pics that really need to be printed and put into SOMETHING.  Just not quite sure what that something is at the moment.

 Have you checked out the sketch for Mojo Monday this week?  Well if not, here it is!!  I have been searching for some new sketch blogs and have found a couple that I am going to start participating in.  It was sad to me however, that a few of the sketch blogs that I used to visit no longer exist.  I think I will cry if the Mojo Monday blog ever stops their challenges!!  

 The card I created uses some GORGEOUS papers from the SU! Holiday Catalog called All is Calm.  They are SO wintery and soft when you put them all together.  I love the soft look of the Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky papers and inks.  I inked both trees in Soft Sky, going over it twice to darken it, then inked over it with Pear Pizzazz.  There is also a tree punch that coordinates with the stamp set Festival of Trees, but I don't have it quite yet!

LOVING this Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon that is featured in the SU! Holiday Catalog!!  The color is gorgeous and the feel of it really is silky!  I tied some Linen Thread in a knot around the trunk of each tree just to give them a bit more dimension.

I normally don't embellish or stamp the inside of my cards.  BUT this stamp set has a sentiment that is meant for the front of the card and the inside.  SO I figured, as long as I was stamping on the inside, might as well put some accent paper in there as well!!  Sorry the pic is blurry...using my iPhone to take the pics right now.

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!  

I hope this inspires you to head on over to the Mojo Monday Blog and give this weeks sketch a try!!  You will have fun playing with it, I promise!!

Happy Stampin' Up!