Thursday, November 24, 2011

Winter Colors with Friday Mashup

Happy Friday! Did everyone in the States have a nice Thanksgiving? I hope so! It snowed all day at my place, giving us about another 3" on top of the 20" or so that we already have, so between new snow and the great food and family time I had a great day!

We have a great challenge again this week at The Friday Mashup, this time from Lesley. It's all about Christmas(only 29 days away!) and some excellent winter colors....Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.

-Make a project featuring "A Christmas Theme".

-Make a project using the colors "Aqua, Chocolate and White".
-Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Christmas themed project using the colors Aqua, Chocolate and White"

I mashed it up and did a Christmas card with those colors. I used the Stitched Stockings set from the Holiday Mini. I saw this set and just had to have it, but this is the first time its seen ink since I got it in October. I hate it when I do that! LOL When I finished I thought it needed a little more so I added some paper piercing and then used a white gel pen to create some faux stitching.

Head on over to The Friday Mashup blog and check out all the great inspiration from the rest of the design team, and then play along with us. I love seeing what people come up with every week!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Stitched Stockings
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Stretch Silver Cord, white gel pen, sponge, dimensionals


Happy Thanksgiving

To all my friends here in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are surrounded by lots of family and friends and that your day is filled with love, and of course, good food!

I am so thankful for many things, here are just a few:

I am thankful for.....
my wonderful husband,
my 3 great kids,
the fact that I live in the beautiful state of Alaska,
the snow that covers the ground around me,
having a job I love,
my husband having a job he loves,
the good health of my family,
the moose that wander into my yard,
the birds that entertain me with their song,
the glorious mountains that surround the Valley I live in,
the wonderful father I had,
the wonderful stepmother I have,
all the friends and family that make my life so much better,
the internet, for it allows me to reach and see places I never would otherwise,
and for all the wonderful people I've met thanks to my stamping habit!


Monday, November 21, 2011

CAS with Paper Players

I love this weeks challenge on The Paper Players blog. Its a CAS challenge with a color are to only use the colors Night of Navy, Whisper White and Silver. If you've been to my blog recently you'll see this is a color combo I have used before, I love it!

I also used a stamp set that I used recently, Wandering Words. I love this image of Santa and his reindeer, I think its one of the best that SU has ever put out. And speaking of Santa, did you know that on Christmas Eve you can track him thanks to the USAF and NORAD? It's true, they even have a Facebook page! I spent my teen yrs in the town that NORAD is in and loved tracking Santa as a kid(you know, the old fashioned way, calling NORAD by phone since there was no Net then!) and now I do the same thing with my kids. So anyway, just thought I'd share!

Back to the card...for my silver I used Silver Metallic ink for both the Santa images and the snowflakes on the larger Night of Navy layer. It sparkles and looks so pretty in the light! The white makes up the card base and the layer underneath the Santa image and of course, you can see how I used Night of Navy. I also used the Swiss Dots embossing folder to give the look of Santa's sleigh flying through snow.

Hmmm, after making this card I think I need to go play some "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Michael Buble :)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Wandering Words, Snow Burst
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Ink: Metallic Silver
Accessories: Swiss Dots embossing folder, dimensionals

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paper Rosettes and a Sketch

Are you ready for another Friday Mashup challenge? Its brought to us by Holly this week and I have to say, I had a few choice words as I was working on 1/2 of this challenge :0) So whats the challenge? Here ya go:

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :

Make a project using "Paper Rosettes".
Or Make a project using "the Sketch Above".
Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Project with the Sketch using Rosettes".

Now I know that paper rosettes are all the rage right now but they just arent my thing. I did get mine made, because I always like to mash up the challenge, but I cant say that I'll be doing another one anytime soon, LOL.

Be sure to head over to the Friday Mashup blog to check out all the great cards from the Design Team and play along with us...we want to see what YOU come up with!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Pines and Poinsettias
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Accessories: Dazzling Details, Xmas Red Stickles, Simply Scored, 1 1/4" circle punch, glue gun, sponge, dimensionals

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Today's card combines 2 challenges....the new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the Ways To Use It challenge over at Splitcoast, which has the theme "Baby Its Cold Outside". I had to laugh at that because that's the EXACT name of the post I made on my Alaska blog the other day, when I woke to a temperature of -16. 300 miles north of me Fairbanks has been seeing temps of -45..yes 45 BELOW zero. Bet that makes your temps seem pretty warm by comparison :)

I used by Fireside Christmas stamp for this because when its that cold out our wood stove gets a good workout. So even though the stamp is a fireplace it portrays the same idea!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Fireside Christmas, Punch Pals, Merry Winter
Paper: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Naturals White, Frostwood Lodge DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Basic Gray
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, blender pen, dimensionals


Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Carol with Paper Players

For todays card I played along with this weeks challenge over at The Paper Players. It's a color challenge and we are to use the colors Riding Hood Red, River Rock and Always Artichoke.

I love the stamp set A Christmas Carol and decided to use that image for my card. I stamped it on Naturals White with Early Espresso to get a bit of an old-fashioned look, and I sponged the edges with Always Artichoke. Its a bit hard to see but I used River Rock as the layer underneath the Deck The Halls DSP. The sketch is from Splitcoast, SC353.

I didnt want to over-do the card so I just added some paper piercing for a little extra visual.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: A Christmas Carol
Paper: Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Naturals White, Deck The Halls DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Sponge, Dimensionals


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Santas Sleigh with Freshly Made

I finally dragged myself in from the snow to play along with the Freshly Made Sketch challenge for this week.....well, that and my football team lost to my husbands fav team today. Its amazing how much stamping I can get done when I am ticked off, LOL.

I saw this sketch and knew I wanted to use Wandering Words. I sat down at my desk, grabbed the stamp and turned on the Hallmark Channel and guess what was on...The Santa Clause...a definite sign that I picked the right stamp to work with :0)

I really love the way the card came out but I hate the way it photographed. I sponged the edges of the Whisper White in Metallic Silver so the transition between the Brushed Silver and Whisper White isnt as severe as it appears in the photo. I also added some rhinestones...they are the sparkly stars that guide Santa and the reindeer along their route :)

I also eliminated one of the layers on the sketch...with this long image across the middle a layer underneath it just didnt look right. I hope thats ok!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Wandering Words
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Ink: Night of Navy, Metallic Silver
Accessories: Rhinestones, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, sponge

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Getting Girly with Friday Mashup

This weeks challenge at The Friday Mashup is brought to us by Kasey and here is what she has to say:

Last time I bought you a masculine sketch mashup so this time I thought I'd go all girly, it seems like I'm seeing a lot of Chirstmas cards starting to appear on blogs and challenges so here is your chance to get back to creating with lovely ribbons, lace, bling and pretty girly colours before you go all out on the red and green.

The mash up is to use your favourite technique, so if you like embossing, or using alcohol inks or shaving cream or rock n roll stamping, die cuts - Whatever it is, use it on your girly project and enter the challenge.

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :

Make a project featuring "A Girly Theme".
Or Make a project using "Your Favorite Technique".
Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Girly project using your Favorite Technique

Well, Kasey did mention Christmas cards and thats what I went with, but although there is some red I think I went pretty girly with the addition of pink, pearls and scallops!I used some retired DSP and for my favorite technique I did spotlighting(and some watercoloring too).

 I'm glad I got it done earlier in the week, in between snow storms, because right now I'm surrounded by a winter wonderland and I admit it, I would much rather be out in the snow than in the house stamping! LOL

Now dont be like me, ROFL...head over to the Friday Mashup blog and play along with us! We love seeing everyones creations every week!

My backyard right now :)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Close To Cocoa, Watercolor Paper, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Garden Green, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: 1" square punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Pearls, sponge, dimensionals, aquapainter


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Tree with Stamping 411

I saw this weeks sketch over at Stamping 411 and was intrigued but I have to admit, when I sat down to actually work with it I had some trouble! I think it was the circle in the bottom left that kept throwing me off, I couldnt find anything I liked to go there. I finally went with some Old Olive embossed with the Snow Burst folder and I think going simple was the right balance against the tree!

I love this tree from the Christmas Lodge set. It makes me want to put up my Christmas tree right this second but we get a real Christmas tree, so it will be a while yet before I can get mine up. I'll just enjoy this stamp until then :)

I used Dazzling Details on the tree for a snow in the sun look, and the 2nd photo of the card I tried to get a good shot of the sparkle. This time of year though in my neck of the woods I dont get a whole lot of bright sunlight but I think I got enough of an angle and sun to show the pretty sparkle of the card!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Naturals White, Letters to Santa DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Paper Piercer, Dazzling Details, Snowburst Embossing Folder, sponge, dimensionals


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gratitude for Friday Mashup

Greetings! My turn to bring everyone the Frday Mashup challenge again, where has the time gone? I cant believe its November already!
The last year has been a difficult one for me and during this time I have really learned the meaning of gratitude. Life passes us by so YOU take the time to show gratitude to those that mean the most to you, to the people that take time out of their day to give you a simple smile or maybe a much needed hug? Do you look at your family and let them know you are grateful for their presence in your life?

This week I want you to create a card or project that you can give to someone to express your gratitude. It can be for a neighbor, a loved one, a complete stranger....just make something that says you are thankful for them or something they have done. While you are at it add in some heat embossing to give the project a little something extra!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :

1. Make a project featuring "Heat Embossing".
2. Or Make a "Thank You (Grateful)" project.
3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Thank You Project using Heat Embossing".
I mashed it up of course and made a card that I'll be sending out to someone special for Thanksgiving. Once again I'm using my new favorite, the Spice Cake DSP. I just cant get enough of this paper, which is odd for me! For the embossing part I heat embossed my sentiment with some copper colored embossing powder I've had for yrs. It looks really pretty in the light and goes great with the colors of this card.

Supplies Used(all supplies are SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Very Vanilla,Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake DSP
Ink: More Mustard, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler brad, Very Vanilla ribbon, More Mustard ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder, Decorative Label Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, sponge, dimensionals

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

From Santa

I've been wanting to use my new From Santa stamp and when I saw this weeks sketch over at Stamping 411 I knew the Santa image was perfect for it.

I used Early Espresso for my base and added a layer of Frostwood Lodge DSP. I love this paper so much, going to have to seriously stock up on it! I embossed some Whisper White with the SnowBurst embossing folder and then I layered that onto some Marina Mist. I stamped the image first in all Cherry Cobbler, then I stamped it a second time using Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Marina Mist and I punched out the inner circle, layering it on the first image I stamped. Added some Marina Mist ribbon and thats it, nice and easy Christmas card! (After I took the photo I remembered I had wanted to use Dazzling Diamonds, so some of that was added to Santas hat. I was too lazy to take photos again after I added it though, LOL).

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: From Santa
Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Frostwood Lodge DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Accessories: SnowBurst Embossing Folder, Marina Mist ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch, sponge, dimensionals