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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christmas Window

Hello, yet again this week!!
I bet you are getting tired of seeing Christmas cards when it is 90 F outside and the humidity is at 99.9% these days. Well, I hate to say it but, I have one more Christmas card to share with you before this week is over. I will try to give you a bit of a break after this one.....maybe, lol. This card turned out very well, in my opinion. I was inspired by a photo that I saw today and I even managed to use some stash I have had for a while but had never opened or inked.
Here is tonight's card:
Full front view

Close-up of flowers & holly
Do you see the glitter?

Inside right

Inside left

View of both sides together

Close-up of embossed tree with rhinestones & brad

Products I used:
Cardstock - Recollections
Patterned Paper - HOTP
Ink - CTMH 'Olive', 'Holiday Red' & Versamark ink pad
Embossing Powder - CTMH 'Topiary"
Rhinestones - Dollarama
Brads - stash
Large Rose - Dollarama
Poinsettias & Holly Leaves - Prima
Ribbon - Offray
Lace - Gaiety
Stamps - CTMH 'Holiday Warmth'

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
365 Cards - Day 147 The Odds Have It (1 image, 3 different papers, 3 brads, 7 flowers, 13 rhinestones, 5 punched ovals and 3 spool trims) 
Rudolph Day/Stamping For Pleasure - make a festive card
Addicted To Stamps - #35 Christmas in July
ABC Challenge - T for Two (2 pieces of lace)
Shopping Our Stash - #61 Use Something New (my new item is the lace on my card)
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Christmas Flowers/Holly -Include Holly or Poinsettias somewhere on your card. This could be in the image, on the paper or embellishment etc.
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - July Embellishment - Brads (use at least 3)
Christmas Card Challenges - Week #34 'Window Cards'
Card Makin' Mamas - Challenge #50 - 1, 2, 3: 1 image, 2 designer papers, 3 embellishments.
Pink By Design/Ink it Pink Challenge -  Merry Christmas … In July!! Ink it Pink PbD08
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - #21 Inspirational Photo This photo inspired me in many ways. First, I saw the tree. Then, I noticed the colours in the picture; various shades of green, followed by yellow & white. I know there isn't any red in the pic but I thought my card needed it to make the poinsettias work.

Always Playing With Paper/Merry Monday - Merry Monday Sketch With a Twist

Thanks so much for checking out ANOTHER Christmas card this week. I hope you all are having a great weekend. See you again soon. Goodnight all.
Hugs xo

Friday, July 27, 2012

Analogous Holiday

Hi again! I am back with yet another Christmas card; I am having a lot of fun with all of the Christmas challenges this month. Did my title stump you? When I first saw the word 'Analogous' it sure stumped me! According to my friend Mynnette, "Analogous colors are colors that sit in a group of three right next to each other on the color wheel. We usually use these combinations when doing monochromatic artwork." Mynnette challenged us to do just that, in blues, for this week's Make My Monday challenge. I was able to do that and combine a few more challenges besides for today's card.

Here is my newest card:
Front View

Close up of Glamour Dust on wings & around ovals

Close up of tag with sentiment

Inside of card

 Challenges I am entering with this card:
Pile It On - #30 Tag, You're It
365 Cards - Day 146 Geometry (I used a square, oval & rectangle)
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Use Non-traditional Colours
Lollipop Crafts - #84 Christmas in July
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - #12 Tags
Addicted to Stamps - #35 Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas - #50 1, 2, 3 Recipe (1 - image, 2 - designer papers, 3 - embellishments)
Stamping For Pleasure - Rudolph Day - Make a festive card
Cardz TV - Challenge #12 Anything Goes
Always Playing With Paper/Merry Monday - Merry Monday Sketch With a Twist

 Make My Monday - Analogous Colours in Blues
Thanks so much for stopping by again today.
Hugs xo

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Noel Wreath

Good Evening:
I am back to share another card with you and yes, it is another Christmas card, lol. Almost everyone is doing Christmas in July so it has been an awesome month for getting a head start on my cards :) I even used 2 Cricut cartridges to make this one card.....amazing for me. The colours are unorthodox as far as Christmas cards go but I think I like it anyway. This card is pretty Clean and Simple, I think anyway.
Here is my card:
Front View

Close up of irridescent poinsettia & pink pearl

Close up of wreath

Inside of card

Supplies I used:
Card base and solid cardstock - Recollections
Patterned Paper - DCWV
Wreath - I made the wreath using "Joys of the Season" and "Tis the Season" Cricut cartridges
Tag - made with "Joys of the Season" Cricut Cartridge
Ink - CTMH "Ponderosa Pine"
Gold Cord - Elastic Christmas cord from my stash
Poinsettia Bloom - my stash
Pearl - my stash

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - #12 Tags
Stamping For Pleasure - Rudolph Day Challenge - Make a festive card
Cardz TV - Christmas in July challenge
Addicted To Stamps - # 35 Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Pink, Purple, Aqua, Green
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Christmas Wreaths
Pile It On - #30 Tag, You're It
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge - PPMC #49 CAS
365 Cards - Day #145 Overlapped
Lollipop Crafts -  #84 Christmas in July
Cardz TV - Cricut Cardz Challenge #112 Tag, You're It
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Challenge #20 "Sketch"
make a holiday project using sketch that you like or from one of the sketch web sites. I chose a sketch from Merry Monday at Always Playing With Paper.

Always Playing With Paper - Merry Monday Sketch With a Twist (I used sketch #24 pictured above)
The Shabby Tea Room - Week #124 'Oh So Pretty in Pink'  create a card or project inspired by the colours in the photo and include a flower.  
Don't you just love it when a bunch of challenges come together to make one card? I know I do. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Please come back again soon.
Hugs xo

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cascading Flowers Card

I have another new card to share with you again today. Photographing this card was difficult because it kept turning out too bright. All the yellow I guess :( Playing with the brightness setting did not help at all so I finally gave up.
When choosing the colours for this card, I used the Colour Wheel Challenge over at Make My Monday. This week, the colours are yellow, purple and white or cream. I went with a bit of white. The style of this card is "Cascading" and you can find Mynnette's awesome tutorial at Technique Tuesday.
Well folks, grab your sunglasses because here come the VERY bright pics of my card:
Full Front View

Close up of skeleton leaf at top of card

Close up of 2 butterflies and some bling

Close up of handmade tag and more bling

Well, now that I have blinded you all, here is the list of challenges I am entering my card into:
Addicted To Stamps - Challenge #34 Card For Someone Special
Technique Tuesday - Cascading Flowers Card
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC #215 Bling It On
Paper Shelter - #73 Anything Goes
Pile It On - #30 Tag You're It
The ABC Challenge - T for Two (I used 2 butterflies)
Make My Monday - Colour Wheel Challenge Complimentary Colours Purple & Yellow

I have to dash off for now but I will be back later with the list of supplies I used. Thanks for stopping by again today.
Hugs xo

Friday, July 20, 2012

Embossed Christmas

Good Afternoon!
Where is the time going?? This summer is just breezing by with one day blurring into the next. I thought summer was suppose to be relaxing.....apparently not. Hubby and I were away with our daughter and grand-children for a family reunion and I just can't seem to catch up again. We all had an awesome time, seeing family we haven't seen in quite awhile. Our son had to work, :( He wasn't able to get the time off as he used it all up when he got married last month in Michigan, U.S.A. A lot of my dear hubby's family hadn't seen our grand-children and Kasey totally loved meeting all of her cousins and having so many new children to play with. The final day of the Dampier Reunion was spent at the Waterfront and "Dampier's Landing" in Nipigon, Ontario. We had a gorgeous day for it and the kids really tired themselves out being in the fresh air and sunshine all day.
Tuesday was TOPS so that day was totally gone. Our veggie garden took off while we weren't looking, or rather the weeds did. I spent 2 hours in there on Wednesday and you wouldn't even know it. I have neglected the poor area so badly and I don't know if I will get ahead of the weeds again this summer. YIKES!!
Yesterday I had to watch my grand-daughter and grand-son while their mom worked, did her driving road test and got groceries. Today, I finally got to make a card and get back on my blog.

I have a new Christmas card to share with you today. It has a few different techniques on it this time and combines several challenges. There are actually 3 types of embossing on my card (hence the title, lol). Can you figure them out? I have also used ink to distress the edges, added ribbon and glittery scrolls at the bottom. I must admit, when I first saw the colour challenge for this week at 52 CCT, I was very skeptical. I had NO idea how I was going to pull this challenge off, but I think it turned out pretty decent.
Here is my card:
Front of card

Close up of Emboss Resist Technique

Close up of Glittered Scrolls

Front View Again

To make my card, I used the following supplies:
Card base & white cardstock - My Stash
Black cardstock -
Ribbon - Dollarama
Ink - Versa Mark and CTMH "Black", "Sky" & "Moonstruck"
Embossing Powder - CTMH "Clear Detail"
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up "Petals A Plenty"
Have you figured out the 3 embossing techniques yet? The white cardstock is dry embossed with an embossing folder, the sentiment is heat embossed onto white cardstock using clear embossing powder. The reason you can see the sentiment is because of the 3rd technique; emboss resist. To do this, you heat emboss your image/stamp with clear embossing powder, then sponge darker colours onto the paper and your image. You wipe the ink off the embossed image to make it show up. The clear embossing powder resists the ink colours. You can find a tutorial on how to do this HERE on the Split Coast Stampers blog.
 I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - #34 Card For Someone Special
Robyn's Fetish/IDIC - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenge - Week #33 Emboss Resist
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge - PPMC #48 Embossing
Simon Says Stamp & Show - No Rules
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Heat Embossing
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #84 Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Christmas Flowers/Holly
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - July Colour Challenge
Always Playing With Paper / Merry Monday - Sketch With a Twist. This means you are free to make cards using any of their past sketches. Here is the sketch I chose for this card:

Well friends, I am off to try and get another card done today. Take care and thanks so much for stopping by.
Hugs xo

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Butterflies & Teacups

Good Afternoon! I hope you all have been enjoying the weekend. I have had a lot of fun this weekend with my Grand-daughter who was super happy to hear that her Gammy has recovered enough from her neck surgery to have sleep-overs again.....finally (as Kasey said, lol). She has really missed our slumber parties since my surgery in February. We have had a busy time these past 2 days, especially since she is only 4; and what 4 year old ISN'T busy??
Anyway, on to today's card :) This card is my first attempt at a gate-fold card. Its just your standard gate-fold but I have found another style I will enjoy making again and again. I got the inspiration for the layout from a sketch I found on The Crazy Challenge. With having Kasey here yesterday and today, I didn't get the pictures uploaded in time to enter it in their challenge but, if you want to see the sketch, I have linked it with their name. It really was an awesome sketch, and I'm sure I will use it again.

Here is the card I made to share with you today:
Front View

Front Right Side Panel

Inside Left Panel

Inside Center Panel

Inside Right Panel

Close Up of Detail on Front Left Side Panel

Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny "Ambrosia"
Teacups - Bo Bunny "Little Miss" cut outs
White Cardstock - Copic
Coloured Cardstock - Bo Bunny Double Dot
Doilies - Wilton
Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels "Turquoise Blue"
Ribbon - Offray
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP "Deco Fan" and CTMH 2" Scallop Circle
Flowers - Lg White is from my stash and all the rest are Prima
Pearls - Forever In Time
Stamps:  Butterfly - Bo Bunny "Ambrosia"
               Outside Sentiment - CTMH "Say It In Style"
               Inside Sentiment - CTMH "Curly Sentiments"
Inks:  Black - Momento
          Cotton Candy - CTMH
          Juniper - CTMH
Copics - B00, B02, B05
Leaves - CTMH cardstock cut with Cricut (I forget which cartridge right now)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - #34 Card For Someone Special
Fashionista - Challenge #4 - Winged Things
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #71 - Flower Power
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Spritz, Spray or Stencil
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC #213 - Celebrate Any Occasion Card
The Ribbon Reel - Challenge #31 - Lets Have Tea Photo Inspiration
Create a card / project using the COLOURS in the photo USING a 'TEA ELEMENT', FLOWERS plus LACE or RIBBON!

I think there are a couple more challenges that I want to enter my card into but I can't remember what they are right now, lol.

I am going to log off for now BUT keep an eye on my blog; I have some very exciting news to share AND I may be having my first every Blog Candy to celebrate something special very soon.
Thanks for popping in to visit, see you again soon.
Hugs xo

Friday, July 6, 2012

Penguin Christmas Card

Wow, I can't believe I just completed another Christmas card for a few challenges. It is so hot and humid here these days that working on a Christmas card almost seems wrong. For this card, I have used one of my favourite Christmas colours, blue. I do own 1 or 2 penguin stamps but decided to use this digi so I could enter my card into a digi challenge. As I don't own any digis ........... yet, I had to search the internet first.
Here is my card:

Card Front

Just about everything on here that could be distressed with ink, has been. I even distressed the edges of my paper roses before rolling them up. Talk about a very inky mess!

Yup, the inside of my card is distressed too!

Patterned Paper - DCWV
Cardstock - Recollections and Copic
Image - "Yikes" digi from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
Sentiment - My Stamp Box
Ink - "Moonstruck" from CTMH
Ribbon - Stash
Flowers - Handmade by me using matching patterned paper, ink and "Foliage" punches from Paper Shapers for the flat flowers. The roses were made by cutting circles from my paper which I then cut in a spiral pattern using "Cloud" scissors from Fiskar. The paper 'spring' was then distressed with ink and rolled by me. The paper roll was attached to a with CTMH Liquid Glass.
Leaves - "Snowflake" punch from Paper Shapers that I then cut into pieces
Glitter around outside of image - DecoArt Glamour Dust
Copics - B00, B24, C1, C3, C5, C7, R01, R29, YR00 and 0 Colourless Blender
The edge of my card was scalloped with the Large Scallop Edgelets from Stampin' Up and my Cuttlebug

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

 52 Christmas Card Throwdown today - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - challenge #120 - Use a Digi
Christmas Card Challenges - #31 Monochromatic
IDIC/Robyn's Fetish - #114 Distressing
Crafty Cardmakers - #71 Create Your Own Flowers
Dream Valley - #35 Things With Wings
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC 213 Celebrate Any Occasion Card
The Squirrel and The Fox - #21 Christmas in July
The Poodles Parlour - Cute and/or Cuddly
Fashionista Challenge - #4 Winged Things
Lollipop Crafts - #84 Christmas in July
Cardz Tv - Christmas in July Challenge #1
Addicted to Stamps - challenge #33 - Follow the Sketch

Well folks, I think thats it for me today. I hope all of you have a great weekend and stay safe. I really enjoyed our visit today. Come back soon.
Hugs xo

Monday, July 2, 2012

Celebrate Hiking & Canoeing

Today I want to share a card for a guy that is both sporty and in the United States patriotic colours. I don't seem to get enough opportunity to make cards for guys so I am often in a brain freeze when planning them. I guess, maybe its because I just naturally prefer to create with flowers, ribbons and all things lacey. I don't know, lol. Once I had a bit of an idea of what I wanted to do, it all just sort of fell into place.

Here is my card:
Card Front

Inside of Card

Patterned Paper - CTMH "Fanfare"
Inks - CTMH Archival Black, Outdoor Denim & New England Ivy
Stamps - CTMH "Happy Camper", "Say It In Style" & "Curly Sentiments" stamp sets
Brads - CTMH
Water Colour Pencils & Blending Pen - CTMH
Card Base & White Cardstock - My Stash

For the image on my card, I again tried the masking technique with the "Happy Camper" stamp sets. It turned out much better this time and I had a lot of fun doing it. I coloured it all in with my water colour pencils then blended with my blending pen. I thought I would take a break from the Copics, for this card anyway, lol. I love using the blending pen because it blends the colours so the shading blends in and you don't see all of the pencil lines. Like the Copics, if you aren't happy with the result the first time, just keep blending and adding or removing colour.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Sporty and/or Patriotic
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC212 - Red, White & Blue
Pile It On #27 - For a Guy with a Sports Theme
Card Makin' Mamas - Challenge #48 - Color Challenge Red, White & Blue
Make My Monday - Colour Wheel Challenge Week 1 - Primary Colours

For this card, I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #41.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I am signing off as it is my fur-babies 6th birthday today. I have 2 Shih Tzus who are brother and sister from the same litter. Their names are Angel and Zeus and my hubby and I spoil them terribly. Every year I buy them a birthday cake from K-9 Delights Bakery. They specialize in all natural gourmet baking and treats for dogs; Angel and Zeus thoroughly enjoy the treats I buy for them from this fabulous bakery.
Thank you so much for popping by today.
Got to run, I have puppies to brush before hubby gets home and we have their birthday party.
Hugs xo