Saturday, February 21, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #11

Happy Weekend!  I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend and get to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family.  
I just thought before the weekend that I would share another card with you all.  
I entered another Christmas challenge this week.  I am really enjoying watching my stash of Christmas Cards growing and am happy to have some beautiful ones to pass out to friends and family this coming Christmas. 

This week over at Christmas Card Challenges the theme and inspiration photo was a snowman.  I haven't made a card with snowman in quite a while, so I jumped at the chance to play along with the challenge.  

Here's the Challenge/Inspiration Photo:

I had so many stamps that would have been totally appropriate for this weeks theme and I settled on a stamp that I haven't used before. 
This is the 2nd time that I have played along with the Christmas Card Challenges, and both times I was able to use product that I owned but never played with before. 
I cannot wait to see what I get to play with next week...but for this week here is the card.
I also thought I should mention that I made 2 of these cards that way my stash of Christmas cards grows more rapidly.

Here's a photo of  the image all coloured:
I decided to colour this card with mostly traditional colours and love the end result...

Here's a picture of the completed card:

Here's a picture of the side view of the card:

I once again used quite a bit of scrap product, and continue to surprise myself with how many cards I can make with pieces of paper left over, shapes cut out and laying around, different lengths of ribbon/string that has been cut and wasn't used.  Its amazing how great you end up feeling when you know you are using up materials you own already and the beautiful cards that are the result of that

Supplies Used

Acrylic Block - used to attach the cling stamp to and stamp image
Paper Trimmer - used to cut paper down
Black Ink - used to ink stamp with and stamp image and sentiment in
Mono Multi Glue - used to attach the different snowflakes to the card
Double Sided Tape - used to attach the papers together
Foam Adhesives - used to pop up elements of the card
Quickie Glue - used to attach the loose glitter with
Snowman - main image
Amy R Sentiment - "Happy Holiday" wording
Letraset Promarkers - used to colour the image in
Punch - used for the side of the paper to create a notebook look
Snowflakes - these were in my scrap drawer so I wanted to use them
Tag - used to showcase the sentiment on
Fine Glitter - used on the snow on the image
Gems - used on the centres of the snowflake elements
Wink of stella - used on the image to make it glittery
Bakers Twine - used to tie around the card and create a bow with (Green, White and Red)
110 lb Cardstock - used to for the image and Letraset colouring

The pattern paper is from a retired Recollection Paperpack so unfortunately I wasnt able to locate a source.  The red paper I used as well as the shimmer paper used for the snowflakes were scraps so I don't have a source for them either.  Sorry :(

Friday, February 20, 2015

Merry Monday #146 Challenge

Hey Everyone.  
It was nice to have a long weekend and spend time with family and friends, however it threw my schedule off very much with posting of this card.
I am getting this up now, better late than ever.  

I am so happy to be entering and playing along again this week with the Merry Monday Challenge.  

Here's the Challenge: 

This week's theme had me almost stumped.  I went through my stamp catalogue (yes I have all my stamps stamped out in a binder sorted by artist/company) and almost didn't have a stamp that would have been fitting for this challenge, until I came to this one.

I had a ton of colouring to do as this image is very detailed, but I love to colour so it was a ton of fun.  If one card was a lot of colouring, I made 2 almost identical cards to add to my growing stash of Christmas Cards.  I also did some online shopping and my order arrived before making this card, so I actually got to play with a couple of the new things I got. :)

I had coloured the image and then couldn't decide what paper to use, so I took this picture of the papers that were in the running.  

I finally settled on paper and couldn't have been more thrilled with the way it turned out.  I also found a few snowflakes in my scrap drawer, and just knew that I had to use them.

Here's a picture of the first card:

Here's a picture of the second card (my favourite):

Here's a side view of my card:

Supplies Used

Acrylic Block - tool used for stamping
Paper Trimmer - used to cut the paper
Black Ink - used to stamp the image
Santa's Coming Tonight - awesome image used for this card
Tag- used to cut the image out
Letraset Promarkers - used to colour the image
Double Sided Tape - used to attach everything together
Wink of Stella - used to add shimmer to the image
Iridescent Spray - used to add shimmer to the snowflakes

The ribbon, pattern paper, snowflakes (I will look to see if I can find the die cuts that were used for the snowflakes - and post tomorrow) and little gems on the card are all scraps so unfortunately there aren't links for them.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Honourable Mention

I am so trilled and honoured to share this with you.  

Last week for the Merry Monday #145 Challenge the card that I submitted won an honourable mention.

I am so humbled to have been chosen out of so many beautiful cards, and want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the design team that voted for my card and to all those who posted wonderful comments on my card!
I truly am honoured!

To see my card click here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Merry Monday #145 Challenge

This is my second post of the day!  
I don't think that has ever happened, but they do say that theres a first for everything.  I had hoped to post this card earlier, but life gets busy and other things pop up needing more immediate attention.  It's here though and isn't to late to play along with the Challenge so yay :)

The Challenge this week over at Merry Monday is to create a Christmas card with Candy Canes.

When I first saw the challenge I didn't think I owned any stamps that had candy canes in them, but then after I looked through my collection I found a couple images that did.  At first I didn't want to use this stamp (the one used for this card) however I though that if I paired him with one of his friends from this stamp set it would look so much better.  Now to find pattern paper that matched...well this was actually an easier task then I had at first thought it would be.  I actually found a couple really good options, but I went with my first find and my gut instinct.

This card is adorable.  I had wanted to use more non traditional Christmas colours however I always seem to go back to the reds and greens and white, because I love them.

Im going to start you off first with the image itself all coloured and ready to go!
I love these little guys.  
My markers are running out of ink so the colouring looks a little blotchy.

Here's a view of the card from the front!  

A side view of my card 

Supplies Used

Acrylic Block - tool used for stamping
Paper Trimmer - used to cut the paper
Black Ink - used to stamp images and sentiment
Letraset Promarkers - used to colour the image
Gingerbread Men - images used for the card (cannot find link for actual stamp
Double Sided Tape - used to attach everything together 
Wink of Stella - used for the candy cane stripes and the gumdrops
Foam Adhesive - used for popping up the sentiment
Doodlebug Sprinkles - used to embellish
Ribbon - Offray Kiwi green
Candy Cane Paper - The Paper Source - All Seasons II (cannot find a link for this)

Christmas Card Challenges #10

I hope all of you are well and that you aren't to buried under the snow.  If you find yourself in that situation I could provide a couple recommendations.  Pour yourself a glass of something warm (tea, hot chocolate, coffee, etc) and do something crafty (its what I do) and play along with a couple challenges if you are a card maker like me.

Today is my first time playing along with the Christmas Card Challenge and it really was a good Challenge because it sure Challenged me!

First of all I have never ever designed a card that was white on white and at first I struggled a bit with this concept however once I saw this die cut in my stash of things that I have never before played with but own, I just knew that it was going to be perfect! 
The card that I designed ended up being pretty simplistic, however it is (in my opinion) classy, simple and fits the white on white pretty good.
I also challenged myself to use Gold.  Its not a colour that I use very often, and I thought this was the perfect chance to use it!

Here is a picture of the front of the card.  
(I apologize for the quality of this photo...its a little dark, but ill take that over the other ones that kept turning out fuzzy.)

Heres a picture of the side view of the card!

I am going to list the supplies that I used for this card, but I do apologize that some of the supplies used are from my stash and are scraps so I will do my best to link to something similar.

Supplies Used

Joy - Wording used for the card
Gold Embossing - used on the wording
Heating Gun - used to melt the embossing powder for the wording
Acrylic Block - tool used for stamping
Snowflake Wreath - used as the focal point for the card
Glitter - used for the centre of the snowflakes
Iridescent Spray - used to cover the snowflakes 
Paper Trimmer - used to cut the paper
Vellum - used to stamp the wording onto of
Mono Multi Glue - used to attach the snowflake wreath
Double Sided Tape - used to attach paper together 
Gold Paper - (this is a similar product but not exact as the paper used on this card was scrap)
Ribbon - scraps in my stash so unable to find a good source for something similar...sorry!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bellarific Friday Card and MOJO383 Challenge

Well we are halfway through the week.  By this time everyone has undug themselves after the storm that we had here in the Niagara area.  The weather is still cold, and what better way to spend a day off then making some cards with a coffee in hand, a candle and fireplace going, and some incredible challenges to participate in.  

For this card I wanted to create something I could enter into a couple different challenges, so I am entering the Mojo Monday 383 Challenge by following along with their sketch this week as well as playing along with the Bellarific Friday Challenge of a Valentine's Card using a Stamping Bella image.

This seems like quite the challenge however once I sat there and decided on the image I was going to work with the rest was easy.  This card yet again is made out of all kinds of scraps that I have laying around.  I have been on a kick to use up my scraps, and this is in sticking with that kick.

The sketch that I designed my card with is:

And like I said earlier the theme from the Bellarific Challenge was Valentines...

So here's my card :)

Front view...

Side view...


Uptown Girl Lucille Sends Her Love - main image (Stamping Bella)
 MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink - used to stamp the image and the sentiment
Letraset Promarkers - used for colouring the image
Fishtail Flag Dies - used for the 2 flags
Circle Dies - used to cut out the sentiment
 Heart Sprinkles - used by the sentiment
Wink of Stella - used on the hearts that Lucille is holding
Mono Multi Glue - used for attaching all the pieces together
Foam Adhesive - used for popping up sentiment

I apologize but the paper and the ribbon are scraps so I do not have a source to link to them.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Merry Monday #144 Challenge

I hope that everyone is staying safe with all this winter weather we are having.  Yesterday in Niagara we had a snow day.  Most stores were closed, the city facilities were close, schools were closed, and so were the banks and such.  It was a PERFECT day for making some cards.  It was also the perfect day to make a card for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.

This week for the challenge the theme:

When I saw this challenge there was automatically an image that came to mind.  It had a bow incorporated into the image, and I generally put a bow on my card somewhere anyways, so I thought that I would do double duty with this challenge.  

The idea of these challenges is to get a head start on making Christmas cards for the next year.  I love this challenge because it is going to eliminate a lot of stress come Christmas time because my cards will already be something thats done.  When making cards for the Merry Monday challenges I've gotten myself into the habit of making 2 cards that way I twice as many cards.

Now without further delay here is the card...

I snapped this photo right after I had finished making the card, and I am glad I did because for some reason I cannot seem to take a picture of the front that doesn't turn out to blurry.  This week I decided not to do to much embellishing and use scraps of paper that I have left over from this years Christmas cards, so all of the paper used is scraps, and so are the ribbon pieces. 

Here's another shot of the front of the card (however its a tad blurry so I apologize)...

Here's a close up of the image itself.  I wish you could see the glitter on his hat and pompom and the shimmer that I have added to just the bow and ribbon on his gift.

Heres a side view of the card.  This card is pretty flat this time, and the bow is the only thing that adds the dimension.

I love how this card turned out and I love that it is all traditional Christmas colours.  

I will attempt to link to the supplies used, but some of the product are scraps and a source may not be able to be located.

Whimsy Stamps - cling stamp used for image
Letraset Promarkers - used for colouring the image
Fishtail Flag Dies - used 3 of the sizes
Pierced Circle Dies - used to cut out the image and the mat for the image
Clear Glitter - on the penguin's hat
Wink of Stella - used on the ribbon and the bow on the penguin's gift
Mono Multi Glue - used for attaching all the pieces together
Happy Holiday - sentiment from a Recollection Wood Mount Set
Ribbon - Offray Kiwi

Paper source is unknown I'm sorry :(

Cannot wait for Merry Monday #145 to see what I get to design next!