Christmas Card Club - Holly & Ivy

Hello again. It's time once more for our Christmas Card Club to share our cards, and this week our theme was Holly & Ivy.

First, help me welcome a lovely new follower, Niki of Pawsitively Creative.  Haven't had any new friends for a while, and then suddenly, it's exciting to get some new followers! Just love finding new blogs and getting to know about the creator. So do please give a lookin at Niki's blog and tell her I sent you along! Thanks Niki for becoming a new follower.

Now, here's MY take on the Holly & Ivy Christmas Card Challenge:

- Very old wooden stamp, inked with Versamark - stamped on a burgundy cardstock, embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold. Colored the Holly with Copics, berries got some WoS for shine.

- Sue Wilson Greek Islands Collection - ivy die cut from a velvet/suede like paper (Marcos Paper but I can't find it to add a link). It's very pretty, and cut very nicely. Split the die cut to place as desired.

Border strip on the left was a snippet from an old recycled purchased Christmas card; thought it was pretty, so into the crapalanche pile (this one on the cutting table, NOT the desk LOL). Cardfront done with a music score from a 6x6 package. No added sentiment since it's on the medallion. That's it!

Do please take time to visit my fellow Club Members, whose blogs are listed on the right side bar!

Again, thanks for joining me this afternoon. May be MIA again for a bit, as we are trying to get some kind of cleanup done in the stamp area. Mr. has come down to help move some tables around, decide where the Alex cabinets will work best, and right now there is SO much chaos in that just wouldn't believe it. Blessings and Hugs.

Rudolph Day - November 2015 - LAST ONE for 2015!

Good afternoon, and welcome to the very last Rudolph Day for 2015! There's lot of flurry to get Christmas cards made - and this is a great challenge to join in to add some incentive to the effort. Plus a couple nice die prizes as well. So get a drink, pull up a chair, this is going to be a chatty post.

Last night, I had a first play with the Minc machine (a foil laminator) that is all over Youtube. After seeing in some videos, that the machine gets very hot, Mr. found a piece of wood for Minc to set upon, and we placed one of the hot oven mats over the wood. When I saw the machine heating up, a bit of smoke appeared (probably burning off the newness), so I was glad we had taken some safety precautions. The smoke did dissipate in a few seconds, but I also stayed right there with it. We have it set up so that once I'm finished with using it, it's unplugged, and I also made very sure nothing touched it after it had been used, and checked a bit later to be sure it no longer felt hot.

(Psst. nearly forgot to add in this pic!)'s the card created, using a background made here. The one used for this effort happened to have been done with glossy cardstock, 3rd small picture if you're checking the link, the sample on the left. As you can see, it's BLUE! Was made with the Tsukineko frost paint, that dried, resisted the blue product puddles when the Smooshing technique was followed. The earlier post describes how this background was created. This card is nothing like what I planned at the start!

A Jennifer McGuire Youtube showed using the Heidi Swap Minc toner ink pen, outlining the edges of a card with an edge of the Toner Pen, then place in the transfer sheet with the foil over it. (hope the video link works...Jennifer made a darling set of cards). Selected the previously created background, used the Toner Pen to draw an edge around the card. Let the Minc heat up (it took longer than I thought it would, but eventually the green light did come on). Gold foil over, into the transfer sheet, and Voila, there it goes. Let it cool, as it is quite warm when it comes out of the machine. Then removed the transfer sheet. Was expecting nice gold edging as Jennifer's card...but THIS is what happened. It looks like a pack of the Mercury Glass paper that I just bought! Very crackled. I'm wondering if it was the combination of the glossy cardstock, with the 'inks' I'd used to smoosh the piece??? It's called lesson learned, but I was pleased with the results, even though it looked nothing like what I had planned. If you look closely, the edges do show the effort!!! This is really a snippet card all the way!

- Peace Dove started the creative process. Had some tissue paper waste (?snippet?yeah) from spraying, and as the table was being (LOL) cleaned, thought the paper was too pretty to waste. Hunted up the MS dove punch, and found some spaces that had colors I liked. Punched 2, made a layer, and the wing lifts from the bottom layer. Decided Dove needed a twig, so more snippets from the crapalanche pile, with an MS twig punch. This stayed on the crapalanche pile for a while.

- a white oval in the same pile, embossed with a Taylored Expressions Lattice Folder, Mr. Dove gets adhered. (remember I said this tissue waste is what started this project!). The white did not look 'right' against the new foiled background, so what to do? A snippet of vellum from a failure - does that look? S/B Floral oval die cut the vellum, but still needed something. Just didn't look very good against that background. Another snippet of white, another Floral oval behind the vellum layer, I LIKED it! Nearly done.

- A WPlus9 Hand Lettered Holiday die set arrived yesterday, and have been loving this joy die as I've seen it around the blogs. Cut 3 layers from white snippets, Wink of Luna gold colored the top layer, and once it was adhered to the card, used glossy accents for some shine. Also the twig, and design in the Dove has G.Accents too.

Gosh I think I told you all the adventures in making this card. I love the process, but usually the results are not always something I'm happy with. This time it was.

Now for another card, that DIDN'T turn out so happily.

- first mistake: stamping, embossing on Coordinations cardstock. For me, it doesn't work. Second mistake, if you're gonna do it, make sure to use detail embossing powder. This was a WOW gold EP, and did not pick up the pretty lettering of the sentiment (from HLS Mixed Christmas set). This one nearly got the front removed, with an idea of using the back side for something. Mr. spotted the card when he was helping move some furniture around in the room, and commented on it, as in "Why don't you fix it?". So added the dimensional holly trim, and then remembered a Memory Box stitched holly die set. Snippets of white, colored with copics. That's the fix, and not sure if this still won't get in the trash, BUT if I get in a pinch...Mr's comment? "Send it".
So I hope all these links work, in case you want to see the products, the videos. Now: I'm off to link up to Rudy Day (again,... last one for 2015!) and also see if Parsnip** (at the Snippets Playground)  wants to hear the tale of Two Cards. If he's interested enough, maybe he'll let me come in and play for Week 204..I've been MIA at the Playground for a while. Gotta see what those Elves are up to..

**Edit: an Ooopsie...I didn't check that the Playground has Closed! Boo Hoo. I won't get to tell Parsnip about this card! Sorry folks! But Rudy Day is still open until the end of the month!

***Edit #2: My sweet little Parsnip sent me an email to let me know the Playground has opened again, so since I really been missin' him, I'm gonna go over & give  him a BIG HUG! Won't you come along? Parsnip likes Hugs. He is a good hugger himself too! Oh yeah, it's now Week 205!

Hope I didn't put you to sleep, and that perhaps you got a chuckle! It's a fun process, and it keeps me off the streets, outta the bars, as they say. LOL!

Thanks for joining me, and Happy Saturday. Hugs

PS...our local PBS channel is airing Seven Grumpy Seasons & Series 7, Ep 1 -  of Doc Martin tonight. Bet you know where I'll the DVR set up to record too! Also I think it's Mr. Clunes' birthday today, according to a Facebook group I browse. Bye!


Happy Thanksgiving

The day is pretty much over by the time I write this post, but I hope you had a great day, spent with your loved ones and all the things that make you happy. For my non-USA friends who don't celebrate the day as we here Stateside do, it's still good to reflect on the blessings in your life for which you are thankful! Any of us can & should do that. I'm thankful for my family, and all the many blessings that have been/still are in my life. I'm also VERY thankful for the wonderful friends I've made during the Blog Community - many in places I shall never see. It's fun to learn about these lands though.
Here's one more card that didn't get finished in time for Thanksgiving, but with no sentiment - it could be used for any fall occasion. The stamp is a very old wooden stamp that I've always loved.
Image stamped on black card stock with versamark, Queen's Gold EP heat embossing. Colored the images with an old pearlescent/metallic watercolor set, being very careful with the water, since it was just plain ol' cardstock. Tried to do a little shading. It looks nicer IRL. Cut out with scissors so that it could be placed on a created background.
- the background started with Tsukineko frost paint dabbed with cling wrap squeezed into a ball, dipped into the paint..and just smooshed around the surface. It dries and acts as a resist..(where you see the white). Then using shades of blue reinkers and sprays puddled on the craft mat, dragged the paper through the puddles... until something appeared that I liked. Let this dry.
When making this card  I was trying to find a frame die that would work. It's not always easy to see that a die is not going to cut the center portion so that it falls out - especially if you're in a bit of a hurry. Anyway, this one seemed too labor intensive with the kraft knife to remove the center for the Northwoods fall card, so saved it for another project. (yep, it's on the messy desk). The pumpkins happened to fall upon the blue surface and I rather liked the punkins and the blue, so there you go.
The die is S/B Tranquil Moments . Adhered the die piece to a dull gold, patterned snippet, and glued _that_ onto a kraft side fold card base. That's it.
Don't forget: the last Rudolph Day for 2015 is open, and there's already lots of entries.
There's also an extra prize available this month, and I'll bet you still need to make at least one more Christmas Card. So why not join in the fun, and maybe win a super die or two!
Thanks for popping by. Big hugs. 


Northwoods Fall Vase

Good evening. Hope that your day went well and was either relaxing or productive - just as you needed it to be. Help me shout out a big warm welcome to Ksenija of Sweet Kobylkin. Ksenija was a most enthusiastic participant in the HLS November Christmas Tag Challenge, which is how I got to enjoy her wonderful work. She had so many unique & lovely tags...I was amazed at the diversity of styles, each one more lovely than the previous ones! So give yourself a big inspiration treat and pop over to say Hello to Ksenija.
Here's another card using one of the pretty Northwoods stamps...

- Image was colored, and then got mixed up under some other things, and got a bit crumpled. After putting under layers of something to try to straighten it out a bit, just die cut with the S/B Labels 8 and made a shaped card. Used some DI Weathered Wood around the edges, and Voila, it's done. Think this might be Mr's Thanksgiving card this year. Have another one that is in the works, but it might not get finished. Don't you love sunflowers? They are always so cheery on fall days I think.

Posted another pretty card to enjoy on the Cards by Friends section, which I hope you'll have time to enjoy with us. It's such a blessing to have talented friends who are thoughtful enough to send a pretty card to cheer you up. I am feeling better each day, but low energy levels. Trying to keep up with the commenting & it's a joy to enjoy all the lovely cards on everyone's blogs. Brightens the day immensely.

Thanks for visiting & big hugs.

Don't forget the fantastic sale over at DeeDee's Digis.


More Northwoods Fall Scenes

Hi, and back with another scheduled post. I hope you're not getting tired of seeing Fall motifs and Northwoods images. I just love these stamps, and usually they are such fun to color. Enjoyed coloring this one, but as I see the photo, doesn't look as though there is enough contrast in it, to show it off as well as might be. My eyes just don't seem to like strong contrast.
But first, a warm welcome to Olga of Creating with Olga and I'm so pleased to have a new friend. Olga is another lovely new blogger, so I'd appreciate it if you take time to pop over and welcome her to our wonderful Blogging community. There's a delightful Snowman with smooshed background to enjoy at the moment. Olga, thanks for becoming a new follower here.
Back to the card:
Of course the image was colored with copics, WoS, some white gel pen to highlight.

The frame was done with S/B Diamond Effects from a created background. The aperture was not quite as wide as I wanted. Actually this die does NOT cut out the center - I  had to do it with an exacto knife (not one of my best skills). It required teeth holding tongue tightly so that I didn't slip with the blade!. This is just such a pretty fall motif, it was hard to resist the stamp. Northwoods was a vendor at the August Stampaway Show we were fortunate to attend, and got a lot of my business. Their stamps are all wood mount, so storage considerations can be a factor. However they stamp out so crisply, and are such nice images, it's hard to resist them, even though the images are a bit large.

Card base is just orange, sidefold. A few rhinestones add in the corners. The tiny top & bottom swirls are cut-outs from a die used here. (on the trim embellies).

Hope you like this one. Thanks for visiting, and Blessings to you along with big hugs.

Don't forget the sale over at DeeDee's Digis.


DeeDee's Digis - Autumn Harvest Basket

Hello, Happy Sunday. Hope the weekend has been nice for you so far. Today's scheduled post is another DeeDee's Digi very easy to do cards with these cute images. This one has some mixed media 'schtuff' on it;  just shows that these well designed digis can work in so many versatile ways.

In case you've not had time to check this out, there's a super sale over at DeeDee's....if you like these designs, NOW is a good time to build your collection.
Autumn Harvest digi set (now just 69cents!) fussy cut the precolored digi, just a tiny bit of copic shading, some stylus shaping. Ready to pop on a card.
- Used a THoltz Harlequin stencil with Viva D├ęcor paste that has some gritty bits in it, (and not really easy to spread either, but not so thick as that glitter paste I used recently). Let that dry overnight.
- Blue background piece from a created background - think this was done with smooshing reinkers, Tsukineko paint, and had been cut with a S/B frame die. Didn't work for the project intended, so cut in half to use here.
- corrugated cardboard had been on the table, got oversprays, hmmm...looked ok when combined here (at least _I_ thought it did!). Just tried placing elements to see how things looked. Decided to cut some stitched small leaves, colored with copics, tucked under the digi basket...and done! A rather neutral card, but I think the blue background & the bright leaves perked it up a bit. Before the cold & snuffles arrived, had been trying to use up some bits of stuff.
The sentiment is from the same package chipboard used on yesterday's card. Colored with copics.
Thanks for stopping in this afternoon, and Big Hugs back to you. (I've been trying to be very careful to stay away from Mr. so he doesn't get contaminated. At first I wasn't sure if this stuff was some of my allergy problems, or just a cold. So far, it's just been a cold, and stayed in my head. So I'm very thankful for that).


DeeDee's Digis - Stitchy Fall

Good evening! First - help me give a big welcome to Amanda of Flutterbies and Heffalumps. Amanda has a new blog (which I found via another blog friend), so please pop over to welcome Amanda to this wonderful community of friends that we enjoy. You're in for a nice treat.

Also, check out the Cards by Friends tab, to enjoy 2 lovely card received this week. Did they ever brighten our day. I've been fighting a cold all last week, so not feeling like being on the computer much. Doing better this evening, but will probably get behind in commenting again, so will say Sorry up front! These cards were a happy spot on days that I felt miserable! So thanks to both sweet & talented ladies.

This evening the card has a DeeDee's Digi image, called Stitchy Fall. (pssst....there is a TERRIFIC sale going on at DeeDee's just now. If you want some fantastically cute images at a super price, do go check it out!). Not only are the designs cute as can be, there's pre-colored, line art - so you can choose your own colors, sentiments, and many sets include digi papers. This set had it all, but I chose to just use some of the precolored images, resized to fit what I wanted, and easy-peasy card. What is so nice about these cute sets, is you can combine images from sets, picking & choosing just what YOU want to use, how you want to use the elements.

OK..printed the pumpkin twice, cut out one, did a little shading and shaping with a stylus after fussy cutting. Bottom layer was cut with a S/B classic circle, edge sponging done while in the die. Leaf & acorn sized accordingly, with a little additional shading added with copics, fussy cut, some glossy accents added to the buttons on all the images, which makes each button look very 3D I think. Glued the fussy pumpkin over the circle punkin,... done.

- Background created with brusho-s (a brown - would you b'lieve brown can look like this?). Wet the paper, sprinkled the brusho crystals, let it spread around. The sprinkled some very scant amounts of the crystals & used a pipette filled with water to move around. This was something I'd seen done in a youtube - works great to fill in spaces where more color or pattern is desired.

The blue swirly piece at the top is another created background - forget how I did this one - but decided to use the leftover shapes - fit together to add a little pop of color behind the leaf & acorn. (snippet!). Still have some swirly pieces that will show up on other cards.

- sentiment was cut from a thin piece of chipboard that came from a package - used a ?Taylored Expression? set of dies. Wasn't sure how well this would cut since the media was thick-ish, so added the Sizzix Precision Plate to the sandwich. Did a few passes, checked. Cut ok for the most part, but helped just a tiny bit with Cutterbee scissors that have a fine point to get into tiny places. Used copic markers to try to get to the same shade of the blue snippety piece. Not exact match, but worked ok.

Easy card, and much fun to make. Ooops, forgot to say that after the background piece had dried overnight, used a Sheena Douglas Chevron EF to emboss.

My next posts will be scheduled posts. Thanks for coming by to visit, and big hugs & blessings to you.