Thursday, January 16, 2020

Scrapbooking Global January 2020 Blog Hop







So I decided to take this month's Scrapbooking Global challenge of New Beginnings!    I took a picture new year's eve.   I wanted a photo to remind me of the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.   A new year and a new decade.   I want to see how much I will change in the year and decade ahead.    I am starting out on a positive outlook filled with possibilities.     So many things have happened in the past decade.   So many lessons learned,  laughter filled with heartache and also lots of joy.    I know I have learned to appreciate everything that is my life.   Trying to live in gratitude and with a positive outlook.

I decided to use the Wrapped in Plaid designer series paper for color inspiration.   The title was die cut with the Hand Lettered framelits.    The sentiment comes from the Everything Festive stamp set.   I masked part of the sentiment for the page and die cut it in a Stitched Nested Labels.  

Trees were stamped from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.   If you don't have this beauty, I highly suggest adding it to your stamp collection.    Lastly strips of card stock, Wrapped in Plaid designer paper, Tags & Feather elements, Festive Farmhouse elements and True Gentlemen buttons were added as finishing touches.   



I am the last stop in the hop, so to start over, you will be heading to Sara Levin.      

If for some reason you get lost or the hop one of the links is broken here is the complete list of hoppers.










Saturday, December 28, 2019

Happy Birthday Denise!!!

So today is a very special day.   Today is Denise's birthday.   You ask who is Denise and why do I dedicate a blog post to her every year at this time.    Why are we hopping from blog to blog?    Well Denise created a wonderful line of stamps called The Project Bin.    You have seen her stamps on my blog continuously.    They are just fabulous.    So many great sentiments.    You can find them at www.theprojectbin.com  

Recently she was asked to sell her stamps on Hochanda, she needed some actual card samples.  I was busy creating for her and got them in the mail, but never got a chance to blog about them.   So perfect opportunity is to share them on her special day.

So you are either starting here or you can from another stop in the hop.    The next stop in the hop is  Tamie! 

The full list of bloggers is 












So the first card is made with the Keepsake stamp set.    To give the heart a little pop, I punched it out with Cherry Cobbler card stock with my Heart to Heart punch.     The background is made with the Buffalo Check background stamp.     A scallop border, heart punch, button and twine complete the card.

Next card is made withe the Wise Women stamp set.     I stamped it on a Stitched Shape die cut.    The paper is an old one from my paper stash from Making Memories called BrunAntique Leopard.    Enamel dots, card stock, twine and a strip of The Paper Studio designer series paper complete the card.


Seriously how cute is this little doggie from the Kinda Awesome stamp set.    I made a snapshot frame with a square punch.     The background designer paper is from the Stitched with Love paper pack.    The cute little heart comes from the Color Play A Day at the Park.   Enamel dots, cute doggie washi tape and baker's twine complete this card.


Here is the Keepsake stamp set paired up with the Christmastime is Here designer series paper and Gold Faceted Gems.     The banner punch helped make the banner punch.  Stitched Rectangles die helped die cut the background.



The next one was a play on words.   I saw the I dig you in the Pawsome stamp set and decided to make some Groovy sixties cards.      I love the Ella & Viv Paper Companies Groovy designer series paper pack for the project.    I paired it up with an old stamp set I had from Recollections called Feelin' Groovy.   Love the way this card came out.   Can you dig the 60's vibe?    Enamel dots and fussy cutting of circles and flowers complete the project.


The next is this great frame using the Queen & Co. Multiple Squares.    I stamped some sentiments and doggies from the Pawsome set.    I then fussy cut some doggie images from old TPC Studio designers series paper.     The paw print came from Inkadinkadoo.    Enamel dots complete the card. 


Lastly, I pulled out some paper and images from the Ella & Viv Paper Company Groovy designer series paper pack.     I heat embossed the I Dig You from the Pawsome stamp set.     Enamel dots complete the project. 

Happy Birthday Denise!   I hope you enjoyed the projects today and have fun on the next blog stop! 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Behind the Scenes


So a little fun picture to show you behind the scenes of what it took to come up with my Christmas card design.   First came a whole lot of mess.     The creative mojo was strong this day.   I think I ended up with 7 different card designs by the end of the day.   

I then narrowed it down to three designs.    I have to make about 80 cards so here is the what 80+ cards looks like.      The last picture is the cards I ended up doing a bulk and mass creating.   



Card Making with Kids



I am telling you I have been a busy bee.  My niece and best friend needed to make cards for Brownies.   I was like what I have no time for this.   I haven't even finished my cards.    So I came up with a quick design for them to make on their own and in there own designs.    The sentiment is from Joann's bargain bin and the trees were punched with my Fiskars punch.   I finally found a use for the glitter card stock I have been holding on.    Fabulous trees in lots of different color schemes!!  

Holiday Gift Tags


So presents and cookie trays are not complete without holiday gift tags.     I am in love with the snowmen from the Let it Snow designer series paper pack.   I fussy cut all the little snowman.    The tag came from an old Sizzex die I have in my craft stash.    I love the old dies.   You can put 3-4 sheets of paper at a time and tags in seconds easy breezy.    Next came the circle punch and trees punched with my Fiskars punch.    The sentiment is from The Project Bin's North Pole set.     Strips of designer series paper and enamel dots complete the tags. 

Holiday Gift Cards


These are just too cute for words.   I am sorry I didn't get a better picture, but I was in a rush to make them and then get them to my sisters.    She needed 4 to give to teachers.     This was so easy to make with the Tim Holtz Gift Card Package.     The designer series paper was from last year.   Michael's had it.   It was called Holiday Bash from the Recollections line.    A button and twine complete the gift card holder.   When I say they were easy to make I am not kidding.   If you haven't gotten this die it is a must have.    It is a perfect way to use up designer series paper that we all have stacks and stacks of!!!   How sweet and cute are these!! 

Holiday Gift Bags


I have done a lot of the snowman in the Snowman Season stamp set in blue and red, but how about plaid.    How great are all the colors in the Wrapped in Plaid designer series paper pack.     Fabulous!!!      The sentiment comes from the Everything Festive set.    Some enamel dots and squares of Wrapped in Plaid designer series paper complete the bag. 

Smiles & Love



So this guy almost made it the top of the list for my Christmas card, but way too many steps involved.    First we have the paper strips from the Let it Snow designer series paper pack.    Next came the sentiment from the Greatest Part of Christmas.     The holly was punched with my Martha Stewart punch and red rhinestones for holly.   The snowman was stamped from the Snowman Season stamp set and colored in with my Stampin' Blends. 

More Merry & Bright

  
Here is another version of the Merry & Bright card using the Let it Snow designer series paper and the Snowman Season stamp set.    I decided to forgo the watercolor background and went with a circle.     The only other change was no enamel dots.    Almost the same card, a little simpler but still a beautiful card.     Dress it up or dress it down,   this product suite does not disappoint. 

Merry & Bright


So I am in love with the Let It Snow designer series paper and the coordinating Snowman Season stamp set.     I absolutely love the color scheme.    To make this card I used my Pool Party ink refill and my Aqua Painter.    The sentiment comes from the Everything Festive stamp set and it was stamped on Pool Party card stock.     Strips of designer series paper, card stock, enamel dots and a punched heart with twine complete the card. 

Christmas Greetings


So if someone can find an easy way to heat emboss or at least get me white lettering on colored card stock, this really would have been the easiest card to do.    The designer series paper I found in the bargain bin from The Paper Studio.    I knew the paper was the main focal point.    I just heat embossed the sentiment from the Greatest Part of Christmas stamp set.    Added some black twine and bow and the card was complete.

Seriously anyone interested in finding a way to give me the white on black effect with out the messy embossing powder I am listening and buying of course.   

Reindeer

  

This has to be my all time favorite this year that I made.    You would have thought it was the hardest card to make.   It really wasn't.    The Stamparatus made it a breeze to stamp.     The background came first with my Tim Holtz Iced Spruced Distress Oxide.    I sponged on the My Favorite Things Snowfall stencil.     The reindeer are from Mama Elephant.    The sentiment is from the Greatest Part of Christmas stamp set.     Copics, Stampin' Blends helped me color in the reindeer.    The coloring was the thing that took the longest but it really was therapeutic.    No thinking just coloring.   

Ho Ho Ho

  
How cute is this this whole project.     The mug is my absolute favorite found it in the treasures at TJ Maxx.    Don't you love that store.    I had to make a tag that coordinated with the mug.    Santa comes from a stamp set in my craft stash from Inkadinkado.    Is that company even around anymore.     The set is called Christmas Characters.     The sentiment was heat embossed.    It comes from the Joann's dollar bin stamp set.     The striped paper is from Let it Snow.    The tag was made with my tag builder punch. 

Baby It's Cold Outside


So here is a gift bag I made for a friend.    The present was a beautiful scarf so what better than to make a gift bag with the sentiment Baby it's cold outside.    First I used the large snowflake stencil from Dylusions.    I sponged on some snowflakes to the background.     The sentiment comes from a stamp set I got in the dollar bin in Joann's.    Always check those bins you never know what kind of treasures are there to find.     The Big Mitten comes from Unity.    The snowladies and the designer series paper is called Let it Snow.   The twine keeping the mittens in place is the finishing touch. 

Greatest Part of Christmas

 

Here is another set of roses from the Christmastime is Here designer series paper.    I paired it up with another fabulous sentiment from the Greatest Part of Christmas.    So many great sentiments in that set.    Strips of card stock, some gold cord and sequins complete the is card.