WT190 – Grateful for You

  • Stamps: Dotted Autumn, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

    WT190 Grateful for You

    WT190 Grateful for You

  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: brads

Here is my submission for yesterday’s Ways To Use It Challenge: Get Cracking (WT190).  I didn’t start this card until 9 pm, and I try to be in bed as close to 10 as possible (in order to function the next day) so I made this a simple card.  I don’t like doing simple cards unless I like they way they turn out (and they don’t look “too simple”).  I think this one turned out pretty good.  I’ll likely include this in the batch of cards I send to Splitcoast’s Stamp Your Heart Out Campaign, which gives cards to the troops for their use.  I sure welcome a cause like that which can make use of my odds ‘n’ ends cards, as it seems we usually really only use Christmas, Birthday, and Sympathy cards ourselves, and I don’t always want to just make one of those types!

For a little extra dimension, both the pumpkin stem and the leaf on the pumpkin were stamped in old olive, cut out, and glued into position.  To balance the antique cracking background on the old olive panel, I rubbed a chocolate chip ink pad over the chocolate chip panel.

Thanks for looking!

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It’s a Winter Wonderland outside…

Out my bedroom window

Out my bedroom window

Horses at the barn

Horses at the barn

Out on the deck

Out on the deck

Dreamer & Hank close-up

Dreamer & Hank close-up

… and I’m thinking I’ll just stay inside and spend the rest of the day making cards.  :0)

They say it’ll be 65 again by Thursday… oh well – winter will eventually come and stay.  Even *I* have to admit that it would be a little early if it came today and STAYED.

Season of Friendship Joyful Tree

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Small Script, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: Cream, Always Artichoke, Baroque Burgandy, Mellow Moss

    Season of Friendship Joyful Deer

    Season of Friendship Joyful Deer

  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Baroque Burgandy
  • Extras: Holographic & Clear embossing powders, twill ribbon

I created this card for my mom to use as a Christmas card for fellow members of her genealogical society.  She writes fantastic poems, and wrote a lovely one for this year’s Christmas card to them involving the “family tree” that discussed the bark on the tree.  So, I used antique cracking on the background and used my new Season of Friendship tree in the foreground.  It’s a pretty simple card but that’s what she wanted it to be as she’s got to make a good stack of these and there’s no sense creating a card that takes a long time to duplicate!

Special notes: the little birdie was stamped & embossed and then I cut him out, and the snowflakes were also stamped & embossed with “holographic” glitter powder for a little extra sumthin’ :0)

Changing Seasons Thank-You

  • Stamps: Changing Seasons, Lovely As A Tree, Fantastic Foliage, Noteworthy, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard

    Changing Seasons Thank-You

    Changing Seasons Thank-You

  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, SU Markers (Not Quite Navy & Bordering Blue – used in sky)
  • Accessories: Clear embossing powder, ribbon, Coluzzle, exacto knife, aquapainter
  • Technique: watercoloring, emobssing, sponging

I made this as a thank-you card to thank the local SU demo that helped me locate someone who wanted to sell their “Changing Seasons” stamp set.  She found one I could afford and I am SO excited to have this set now!  I can picture many more lovely creations that I can make in the future with it.

Fore this card, I inked the stamp first with Versamark and then with Chocolate Chip, stamped it, poured clear embossing powder over it, and embossed the image.  I like to do that when watercoloring to reduce any yucky image “bleeding.”

Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Small Script
  • Paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, White

    Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

    Season of Christmas Joy (WT189)

  • Ink: Close to Cocoa (tree), Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, generic pigment White
  • Accessories: ribbon, brad, coluzzle, edge distresser, slot punch, glitter, large & small corner rounder punches
  • Technique: sponging

Woohoo!  Our Stampin’ Up order arrived this week and I was eager to start using some of it (it was a rather large order! haha!).  I wanted to combine the color, sketch, and ways to use it challenge into one card but I also really wanted to use the new “Season of Friendship” stamp set so I put the idea I had for the triple-challenge in the back of my mind and got to work on a Christmas-like card using this stamp set for Thursdays Ways to Use It Challenge: “One Word” (WT189).  (I’ll make that other card either tonight or sometime this weekend as I’m also eager to try combining those three challenges all into one!)  I was also REALLY eager to use my new Coluzzle!  What a timesaver this will be! :0)

This card measures 5″x5″ so I’ll have to custom make an envelope to fit it.  I also rounded a few of the corners for added interest and put some glitter “snow” in the tree and at the base of the trunk to add some winter-y feel.  I’m not 100% in love with how it turned out… I think it still needs “something” – maybe more glitter?  Maybe not…  The good news is, however, that we’ve now got over 50 Christmas cards made and that’s a pretty darn good chunk of the 100+ we send out, so in all honesty we don’t “have” to make any more Christmas cards if we don’t want to because we have enough now to easily cover anybody who would really treasure receiving a handmade card (the rest can get boughten ones!).  Although I can’t imagine being done with making Christmas cards yet – I’ll for sure be making more, I just probably won’t be making fifteen of one design again like I did earlier this week.  :0)

Have a GREAT Friday!

Bethlehem Window Christmas

Stamps: Bethehem Window (Stampendous), Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Paper: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, non-SU burgandy, cream, and sand

Ink: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Folk Star punch, Hemp twine

Technique: tearing

We borrowed this stamp from a good friend of my mom’s after taking a look at the adorable Christmas card she made for us last year with it.  I thought it would be a perfect one to use to make simple yet elegant Christmas cards that we could easily make a LOT of.  We’ve got about 38 or 39 Christmas cards made so far and since we send out over a hundred total, we’ve got a ways to go yet! (We usually just buy cards for the amount we don’t have made and send those to whomever we think wouldn’t really appreciate one of our handmade cards anyway.

I’ve got the pieces together and ready to assemble for 15 of these cards, so that will up our card count considerably!  I got so many done in the very limited amount of time I had last night that once I finish them all tonight I may just make another 15… we’ll see!  This card is a loose “CASE” of the card she made us in that I “stole” the idea using the punch-out star and placing the torn cardstock where I did.

Thanks Jean for loaning us this stamp! :0)

SU Shopping Spree and “Peaceful Christmas Cardinal” card

Yesterday was a really fun day. About a month ago my mom saw an add in the paper for “scrapbooking supplies”

Our purchases.

and on a whim decided she’d call to see if there was anything for sale that would benefit our card making. And boy, did she ever hit the motherload. Turns out, the add was placed by a lady that had been an SU demonstrator for a few years to support h

Stamp purchases! :0)

t to sell, as she had originally told us that she hadn’t had much of a response to her classified ad at all. She told mom on the phone that yup, she still had “quite a few left.” We got there yesterday and it looked like as much

as when we had first gone. And mom had even told her good friend about it who herself had gone and purchased twelve sets. She puts them out on the island in her kitchen for you to look at, stacks of about six or eight sets high all over the place. Most of the sets are unmounted, and those that have been mounted were done so with the utmost care and used very lightly. Between mom and I, we bought eight more sets and three wheels yesterday there. I took this picture here

Our purchases.

to show you how many stamps we’ve purchased from this lady to help you understand just how fantastic it is because we STILL hardly made a dent in what was there! The stack on the left is the stamps that we bought yesterday. The stack on the right are the stamps we bought in our two previous visits in September.

I can’t remember the names of all the sets, and since I saved the above picture in .GIF format for some odd reason I don’t think you’ll be able to read the names on the ends of the boxes, either.  Off the top of my head, we purchased Christmas Cardinal, Festive Friends, Christmas Carolers, Tres Chic, Smitten, and Fun Phrases yesterday, plus two other sets and three wheels.

Ok, so eight sets purchased yesterday, twelve sets purchased last month from same lady, four sets on order and arriving this week, and four sets purchased from eBay in the last month… where in the heck are we gonna put all of this? I think our dining room hutch will literally be bursting at the seams…

Our dining room hutch that now houses our stamping supplies

Our dining room hutch that now houses our stamping supplies

So of course, in honor of our purchases, took one of my favorite sets from our haul today and the wheel I bought and came up with this:

-Stamps: Christmas Cardinal, Woodcut Holly jumbo Stampin’ Around

-Paper: Always Artichoke, Read Red, Basic Black, White

-Ink: Versamark, Real Red, Always Artichoke

-Accessories: black embossing powder, red glitter

-Technique: embossing, watercoloring, tearing, edge inking, photo corners

Here’s another one of those cards that makes me ask the question “do the people who I send these cards to have any idea exactly how much time I spend on them?” No, they probably don’t, but I’ll keep making them and sending them anyway! :0)

I eagerly used my brand-new “Christmas Cardinal” set and “Woodcut Holly” jumbo wheel from our stamp purchases today. I can’t wait to work with the other sets as well! FUN!

Peaceful Cardinal Christmas

Peaceful Cardinal Christmas