Monday, September 1, 2014

Baby Jesus

Happy Labor Day!  And happy September 1st!  My how the time is flying by.  Since it is the start of a new month, it is also the start of a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra and as always it is anything goes all month long.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 images of their choice.  Here is my card:
Isn't this image cute?  Now it's your turn; show us what you've got.  It's time to get busy with those Christmas cards.

Viva La Verve August week 4--sketch

Creative Inspirations #278--flower power
Crafter's Cafe #74--use your punches & dies
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesdays--anything goes
Delightful Challenges--layer it
Little Miss Muffet #93--blues & greens (I have used other accent colors, but my main colors are blue and green--hope it's good enough)
Brown Sugar Challenge--anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #72--anything goes
Completely Christmas #26--anything goes

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps "Christmas words--Jesus"
Dies/punches: Spellbinders "Fleur Di Lis Squares"; Verve "Scalloped Trim Trio" star border die; Martha Stewart scalloped border punch
Papers: American Crafts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Christmas Carols

Wow!  It's that time again: Friday!!!  Time for another challenge from Christmas Stampin' All Year Long: To DIE for.  We want to see your dies this week.  Easy, huh?  We don't have a sponsor this week, instead the winner will get to be a guest designer during the month of October.
On my card I used 3 different snowflake dies (the two smaller ones are layered together) and a rectangle die (modified a bit to fit my image better).  So, let's see those dies; I know you all have them. : )

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #43--snowflakes
Flat Friends--Say it with a Quote (my sentiment is a quote from the Bible)
Viva La Verve August week 3--sketch

Twisted Tuesday #83--chevrons and ribbons
Sugar Pea Designs #08--anything goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #42--anything goes
Treasured Times #23--anything goes
Through the Purple Haze #54--anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps #118--two or more patterned papers
Tuesday Throwdown #210--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #147--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

Stamps: Emma Canning "Christmas Carols"; Verve "Richly Blessed"
Dies: Sweet n' Sassy "Small Snowflake" dies; spellbinders A2 Matting Basics rectangles
Papers: American Crafts

Monday, August 25, 2014

The 1920's

I LOVE the technique shared by Heather Nicols for creating your own rhinestone embellishments.  They really do look like vintage jewelry.
PTI products used: "The Sweet Life" sentiment

Regency Era

I'm not usually a gold person, but after trying Melissa Phillips' technique for "aging" gold embossed frames, I might become a convert.  I didn't have a stamp to match this frame, so I just covered it with embossing powder and gold powder.  Then I aged it with some dark brown ink.  I really love how this turned out.
PTI products used: "The Sweet Life" stamp set and dies; "Through the Trees" sentiment; lemon zest, sweet blush, berry sorbet and new leaf inks.

Faux wax seal

This is my attempt at the "faux" wax seal technique shown by Nicole.  It actually came out really neat, except one part of my letter "H" didn't get impressed very well.  I used it to make a monogrammed note card using my favorite PTI stamp set "Damask Designs" as the background.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ancient Rome

Our second project for Stamp-a-Faire was the faux mosaics technique with Lizzie Jones.  Here are the 5 cards we made:
 This is my card:
 Papertrey products used: "Turning a New Leaf" and "Mat Stack 2" sentiment
This one is my middle girl's (she's 5):
 This is my youngest girl's (she's also 5)
This is my oldest daughter's (she's 8):

 This is my mother-in-law's:

Timer Challenge

For Stamp-a-Faire (Papertrey Ink) this year, I got my mother-in-law to come over and stamp with me and my three little girls (all under age 9).  We started off with the Timer Challenge, which, let me tell you was definitely a challenge for me since I had to help all three girls, specially the little two while also trying to make my own card.  We may have slightly gone over the time limit, but I think it was close. : )  Here are the projects we made:
 And here are some better pictures of each. You can see the color combo used and the sketch chosen after each picture.  This one is mine:
This is my youngest's: (she's 5) 

My middle daughter's: (she's 5)

My mother-in-law's:
My oldest's: (she's 8)