Thought I would share a photo of some of the cards coming up in classes for the January/February schedule – we’ll be playing with foiling, stickers, glitter, polychromos pencils, washi tape, 3D florals and so much more!
This is the last challenge of the year at Shopping Our Stash – Tis the Season! A Holiday card! Yes! I’m solidly in the holiday creativity mode, so I was excited for this one. The Sabres are playing tonight – another nail biting game – so, to ease the tension a bit I decided to make a card while the game played in the background. Well, my desk was strewn with the left overs of holiday tag and present decoration making (more Holiday hacks) and I decided to use one of the tags on my card:
I’ve been heavily into reds and greens lately so this time I decided to go a different direction. I used the Stampers Anonymous Festive Overlay set – CMS357 and Ornate Trims – CMS326. A cringled bit of seam binding, an alcohol inked and glittered pinecone and some greenery…Happy New Year a few weeks early!
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Ladies your cards are ready to be picked up! I have to applaud each and every one of you, what gorgeous cards!!! Sharing three cards that really caught my eye (it was a very tough decision!)
Linda S. created this clean and simple card with a background die from Taylored Expressions and a sentiment die from Impression Obsession – classic and striking!
Gail P. used a Concord and 9th turnabout stamp and the triple step stamping technique. The mirricard die cut sentiment is the perfect touch!
Shelly D. created a beautiful scene combining Taylored Expressions stamps, a Penny Black Lamppost die and an Impression Obsession carolers die. An inky background and sparkly snow sets the scene perfectly!
…and yes, I just HAD to create the Tim Holtz Holiday Hack with the ombre bottle brush trees on the vintage ruler – such a cute decoration and really quick and easy to make!
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Over and over again I hear how hard it is to create a guy card – very challenging,people say, not much stuff out there for masculine cards, they say… So when I saw this weeks challenge at Shopping Our Stash – “Happy Birthday Dude” I really thought about what would make a card personal for my husband. We live in a lake house with wood virtually everywhere – wood paneling, wood floors, wood burning stove, 7 cords of wood stacked outside, you get the idea. So, I knew wood had to be featured, and anyways, I really wanted to try the new Tim Holtz wood planks die and 3D embossing folder. Now, my husband has this old flannel shirt that he wears ALL THE TIME, I mean he really loves this shirt (and I love plaid and green) so I decided to recreate the look for a background panel. First I stamped the Altenew Buffalo check background stamp on moss green paper with Bluebird Archival ink, then I used one of the lines from the MFT Plaid Builder stamp set and alternated Prickly Pear and Peat Moss archival inks in between the Buffalo check..a touch of vintage photo distress ink to soften the edges and viola – an old plaid shirt. The letters are die cut from Tim Holtz’ metallic kraft stock with the Sizzix Alphanumeric dies – 3/4″, then sanded roughly and inked with more vintage photo. This was one of those rare times when the card ended up looking exactly like I saw it in my mind!
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Every year we do a Christmas card swap at Paper Anthology and I’m always in awe at the beautiful designs everyone comes up with. For those of you that haven’t submitted your cards yet for this year, please get them to the store as soon as possible so I can get all the cards out to everyone. Once they’re all in, I’ll choose 3 to spotlight here on the blog. I haven’t joined the fun for several years as November is a very busy time of the year at the store, but this year I vowed to carve out some time! I may have mentioned once or twice how much I loved Taylored Expressions’ Holiday release this year- honestly every single thing was fantastic – so I decided to feature a few things from them on my swap card:
I die cut the Taylored Expressions moose from Altenew’s wood paper ( this is super cool ultra thin real wood that die cuts like a dream) The background is stamped with Taylored Expressions Buffalo check background stamp. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous “Christmastime” set (adore these sentiments!) The blanket stitch die cut is from Waffle Flower and the smaller die cut is from Sizzix, stitched rectangles. The tiny twine bow just added the perfect touch!
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This week’s challenge at Shopping our stash is “Washi, Washi, Washi! While I don’t have a stash quite like Lauren’s, I was able to pull together a nice collection for this nature inspired, fall hued card. While Washi tape is the focal point here, I couldn’t resist a bit of stamping. I used The Concord and 9th set-Just Because and added a tree ring stamp from the Honey Bee stamp set – Hello Gorgeous! Inks used are Archival ink (potting soil, of course) and Wendy Vecchi blendable dye inks -stamped and watercolored. (orange blossom, sunflower, acorn and fern green). Be proud of me – I’ve kept that cactus alive for almost a month now!
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With all the Christmas cards I design throughout the year, you’d think I would have done a Jingle Belles challenge before this! Well, I finally did one, just in time for their Holiday break! The girls at Jingle Belles asked us to “bring them some Figgy pudding” and design a card inspired by festive food! Since Lauren says her favorite holiday treat is Xmas cookies, I decided to make her a plate full!
I used a bunch of Sizzix dies on this one: Stitched circles, Doily and Fresh Baked # 1 and # 2. Sentiment and Frame is from one of my favorite sets from Stampers Anonymous, Simple Saying – CMS155. (If you don’t have this one in your collection, get it – you will reach for it over and over again!) The patterned paper is from the Authentique “Jingle” collection. Oh, and glossy accents – lots of glossy accents.
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This weeks challenge at Shopping our stash, SOS381, is to create a card inspired by a food or beverage label. So I went in my pantry and this box jumped out at me:
Probably because I really wanted some biscuits, or more precisely, biscuits and gravy, but I digress..
The layout and the color scheme caught my eye and I was ready to roll! Here’s what I came up with:
The stamps are from a Honey Bee stamp set that I’ve been itching to get inky. The image is colored in with Polychromos pencils with just a touch of sponged squeezed lemonade distress ink to soften things up a bit.
Now I’m off to work on the Christmas Card swap!
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I used to LOVE doing online card challenges, absolutely loved being, well, challenged to create out of my comfort zone. Color challenges, sketch challenges – you name it, I did it! Well it’s been years since I’ve done one (at least 7 years!) and I decided it was time to carve out some time and get challenged! This week I decided to join the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Shopping Our Stash. (SOS380)
Choose a line, horizontal, perpendicular or diagonal and use all the elements in your card. I chose straight down the middle – stamps (of course), stash more than 5 years old and Happy Birthday. Here’s my card:
For the stamps, I used a lovely set from Concord and 9th called “Just Because” and a sentiment from Cats Life Press.
As to the “stash older than 5 years” part, I used a piece of patterned paper from Rouge De’ Garance from 2006. I stamped the flowers and background block with some original distress inks that I have had for at least a dozen years – antique linen, tattered rose and worn lipstick. (although they’ve been re-inked many, many times since then…)
The birthday wishes sentiment, leaves and branches were stamped with Archival ink.
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It’s coming down fast and heavy up here in Vernon. As the snow is supposed to change to sleet and ice, I have decided not to risk the treacherous roads. Paper Anthology will be closed tonight. Stay home and safe everyone!