Monday, October 24, 2016

Merry Monday #219 - Use A Bird on Your Christmas Card

Hello friends.  Sue is our hostess this week at Merry Monday and she would like to see a bird(s) on your Christmas card.

I have quite a few bird stamps because I really do love birds (we feed and watch the birds all year long at our house!!), but for this challenge I had to use a new Northwoods stamp I had just gotten featuring a small Winter birdhouse image.  There is a bird in this just have to look really close!!  :0)

Can you see my little sparrow perched on the edge of his snowy house?  Such a simple image, but I just fell in love with it!  I colored it with a few Copics, added some glitter, and then die cut it with a Lil Inkers circle die.  I pop dotted it on to a couple more circle die cuts, and then added to a card base with some Cherry Cobbler gingham and a "merry" die cut from PTI's Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection.  Also added a thin strip of red glitter paper and a tiny red bird also from the glitter paper perched on the "r" of my sentiment.  A pretty simple card, but I really like how it turned out!

So how about getting those bird stamps out and playing along with us this week?!  Only 9 more weeks till Christmas my friends...time to get moving!!  And we have all the inspiration you need to get going right HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Make It Monday #264 - Die-Cut Stencil Shapes

Hello friends.  Melissa Phillips is up this week for the Make It Monday challenge, and she shows us how to get more mileage out of our dies by using them as stencils.  I made a stencil with the tree die from the Tiny Town: Spookville Manor and then used some gray ink to create the background of my Halloween card.

After sponging in the tree shapes, I sponged in some Amethyst Allure ink for my nighttime sky, and then added the decorated house (also Tiny Town: Spookville Manor), moon & bats.  My sentiment is from the Spooky Smiles set.  This was a fun new way to look at my dies, and I will definitely be using this technique again!

Make sure you check out Melissa's fabulous cards (she NEVER disappoints, does she?!!) and her video, and then play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do! 


Monday, October 17, 2016

Merry Monday #218 - Use Plaid on Your Christmas Card

Hello friends.  Nina is our hostess this week at Merry Monday and she would like us to use plaid on our Christmas cards.

I had a scrap of plaid DSP from Hobby Lobby that I've had for years (I think...maybe longer??) and thought it would make a perfect backdrop for one of my new favorite sets from PTI called Holiday Greens

I love the black with the red, green and white in this plaid pattern, and thought it worked perfectly for my card!  I used a tag die cut from Casual Fridays and my sentiment from Catherine Pooler's latest SOA box set, and then added the die cut and stamped greenery from the PTI Holiday Greens set.  I did a little bit of blending with the berries, holly leaves, and the "Joyful" with my inks and really like the added definition it gives those elements.  A few iridescent sequins finished off my card.

Only 10 more weeks till Christmas my friends, so keep checking back with us at Merry Monday's each week and we'll help you get those cards done in time with lots of great inspiration!  You can check out all our inspiration using PLAID this week right HERE and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

Hello friends.  Playing along with the challenges over at CAS Mix Up and their new sister challenge CAS Watercolour today.  I think I actually managed to combine both challenges on one card...the CAS Mix Up challenge is asking us to use the "ghosting" technique, and the CAS Watercolour challenge is looking for a water colored card with the focus on Autumn.  Here's what I came up with:

I started by water coloring my background using the "smooshing" technique and Fired brick and Spiced Marmalade distress inks.  Once it was dry I used the ghosting technique with a Winnie & Walter stencil (Pattern of the Rings).  I used one of my new favorite leaf dies from Gina Marie Designs and kept it simple by leaving it white.  A small tag (PTI's Tiny Tags) with a stamped sentiment was tied to the die cut leaf with twine, and then this layer was layered onto a white and black layer, and then to a white base. 

Lots of beautiful inspiration in both galleries and plenty of time to play along too...check it all out right HERE and HERE. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Merry Monday #218 - Vintage/Retro Theme

Hello friends.  This week's challenge at Merry Monday is being hosted by Lori and she would like you to use a Vintage/Retro theme on your Christmas cards.

When I think of Vintage/Retro, I think of the cards that were popular when I was growing up, and my favorite ones were always packed with LOTS of glitter and lovely Winter scenes.  Here's what I came up with:

A lot more die cutting than stamping, but I like how this came out!  I blended my background first with Tumbled Glass distress ink, and then built my scene with TH Woodlands tree dies in Old Olive and white glitter cardstocks, and the church from PTI's Tiny Town: Church die.  My sentiment is from PTI's Christmas Blessings set.  I stamped a little on the garlands over the windows using PTI's Bird's & Blooms set.

Excited to see what you all come up with for this week's Vintage/Retro theme!  If you need more inspiration, check out all the fabulous cards from my team mates, and then play along with us and get those Christmas cards done BEFORE Christmas!  You can find all the info you need to play along right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Make It Monday #263 - Background Building With Frames

Hello friends.  The challenge this week at Make It Monday has Amy Sheffer showing how to use smaller frame die cuts as a part of your background...LOVED it!  And of course Amy's card was fabulous and I wanted nothing more than to completely copy it, but I refrained kind of, and went with the same layout and stamp set, but used Fall colors and different frames.

I started by blending Melon Berry and Canyon Clay inks on my cardstock, then did a bit of splattering with water and Canyon Clay ink.  Next I added frames from the Stained Glass set in white...perfect size and shapes for this challenge.  Then I simply stamped and die cut the images from Holiday Greens using Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, & Ocean Tides inks from PTI and Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Suede inks from SU!.  My sentiment is from the Inspired: Prayer set, and I die cut and stacked several of the "Prayer" and heat embossed in white the rest of the sentiment on a Soft Suede banner strip.  A couple of PPP iridescent sequins finished off my card.

Make sure you check out Amy's beautiful card and all the rest of the lovely cards in the gallery for inspiration, and then play along HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I LOVE YOU This Much

Hello friends.  Just a quick post to share a card with you that I made for my hubby for our 29th anniversary yesterday. 

Even though my hedgie is awful cute (MFT's Happy Hedgehogs), it's the tree's that I just love in this card!  I used Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade & Peeled Paint distress inks and blended them all over a piece of white cardstock, splattered with water, and then used MFT's Tree-mendous dies to cut them out.  I'm bummed my camera didn't catch my background better, but I made a cloudy sky using a scalloped border I made and my ink blending tool with Salty Ocean distress'll just have to trust me that in real life it looks pretty cool.  :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!!