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Monday, December 9, 2019

Happy Holidays

Hi peeps,

I have another Christmas card today. This one uses this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!, where my friend LeAnne is this week's Guest Designer. Of course I had to play along!

Here is my whimsical card using older Avery Elle sets. The set I used on the outside of the card is called Polar Peak-a-Boo Pals. I think this moose with the lights in his antlers is SO cute! He is colored with Copics and cut out with the corresponding die. I added lots of Wink of Stella glitter on the lights, but it's hard to see in the photo. The background paper is from a new 6 x 6 Christmas pad from Pebbles called Merry Little Christmas. The card base is SU Real Red.







I wanted to keep the same moose theme going on the inside too. This stamp is from the Avery Elle set called Snow Much Fun. The sentiment is heat embossed with white EP.



Thanks for stopping by,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Polar Peak-a-boo Pals and Snow Much Fun sets by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Real Red, Whisper White card stock and Merry Little Christmas 6 x6 pad by Pebbles
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, Copics, SU Real Red and Pool Party
Other: Polar Pals corresponding dies, white EP, heat tool, Gemini Jr, Wink of Stella pen, dimensionals

Saturday, December 7, 2019

HO! HO! HO!

Happy Weekend peeps,

It's very rainy here in our part of California this weekend. I've been staying in today and stamping Christmas cards. I think I'm finally finished now, although I have a few that will show up in future blog posts.

The Freshly Made Sketches! sketch this week has an interesting vertical element. Like many others, I've used it for the sentiment panel on my card. The stocking and sentiment stamps are Concord & 9th from this year's Christmas release, called Stocking Stuffers.






I made the striped paper using the C&9th Happy Plaids set, stamping with various green shades. The Christmas stocking is stamped with Garden Green ink on the striped paper and cut out with the set die. The rest of the stocking images are stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copics, and cut out with their corresponding dies. The rest of the foliage, tiny tag and bow are also part of the set dies. The sentiment strip is stamped with Hero Unicorn craft ink and heat embossed with white EP. 

I used more of the striped paper on the inside and more images from the stocking set.





Unfortunately, vacation is over, for now. Tomorrow we drive back to San Diego. It's about a 6 hour drive, depending on traffic and weather, so the plan is to leave fairly early in the morning.

Have a great Sunday and thanks for looking,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Stocking Stuffers and Happy Plaids sets from Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red and Garden Green
Ink: SU various greens, Memento tuxedo black, Real Red, Copics, Hero Unicorn craft
Other: C & 9th Stocking Stuffers dies, SU white EP, heat tool, Misti, Gemini Jr, red pearls, rhinestones, dimensionals

Friday, December 6, 2019

Cozy Christmas

Hi again,

For my second post this morning I have another Christmas card. This one I made following the theme challenge for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. This week's challenge is to use red, green and white, those wonderful, traditional Christmas colors. I love the cookies in their inspiration picture too. Yum!




The stamp set is from Concord & 9th and it's at least one year old, maybe two. Old enough to comply with the challenge rules, regardless. I love the stitched look of this set. The background is stamped using Hero Unicorn craft ink and heat embossed with white EP on some Taylored Expressions deep red card stock. The sentiment panel is stamped with SU  Real Red and Call Me Clover ink and cut out using a SU die. The holly leaves are Concord & 9th dies. I didn't bring any Call Me Clover card stock so I blended the ink onto Whisper White using a blending brush and cut out the holly leaves and used the rest to layer with. The bow and enamel dots are also SU.

Here is the inside of the card. This is another Concord & 9th set from last year called Merry and Bright.


Have a great day and thanks,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Cozy Christmas and Merry and Bright sets by Concord & 9th
Paper: Taylored Expressions and SU card stock
Ink: SU Real Red, Call Me clover, Hero Unicorn craft white
Other: Concord & 9th Holly leaves dies, SU Stitched Label die, SU red ribbon, SU red enamel dots, SU white EP, heat tool, Misti, Gemini Jr, dimensionas, liquid glue, TE blending brush

Warm Winter Wishes

Hello peeps,

It's the last day of my vacation, boo-hoo. Not to worry because I only have to work two weeks then I have two more weeks off at the end of the year. I've had a very nice time hanging out and working on finishing up Christmas cards. Now I need to begin my December birthday cards, of which I have several to make.

Today's post is a Christmas card using Laurie's theme challenge for The Paper Players Challenge. I've used an older Avery Elle set called Frosty Friends.






For the background snow, the stamp set is the Concord & 9th Snow Turnabout. First I stamped it using white craft ink on Pool Party card stock and heat embossed it using white EP. The snow hills are the same set stamped with Pool Party ink onto white card stock. The hills are cut using MFT Stitched Hills dies. The snow people and sign are cut using the set corresponding dies.


Here's the inside of the card using another sentiment and snowflakes from the Avery Elle set.



We are headed out to a couple of wineries this afternoon then over to Cambria on the coast this evening to attend the annual Christmas Market. They do an amazing job with the light displays.  Have a great weekend and thanks for looking in.

Colleen


Supplies
Stamps: Frosty Friends set by Avery Elle and Snowflake Turnabout set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White and Pool Party card stock
Ink: Hero Arts Unicorn craft, SU Pool Party, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: SU white embossing powder, heat tool, Misti, Avery Elle dies, Die-namics Stitched Hill dies, Nuvo Crystal Drops in white and pink, Gemini Jr, dimensional

Friday, November 29, 2019

Let Your Heart Be Light

Happy Black Friday,

I am NOT a shopper and certainly not on Black Friday usually, but I am in Pacific Grove/Carmel-by-the-Sea (Monterey, CA area) for the Thanksgiving weekend with my bestie and my mom, so we are going into the village later today for lunch and a little shopping. It shouldn't be like hitting the large department stores or malls.

We've had great weather so far, but tomorrow the rain is supposed to start. I brought some coloring projects and we have Five Crowns to play and other games if it gets too windy and wet. Maybe we will do the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We've all been, but it's a place you can go again and again.

I made this card last Sunday for Joanne's sketch challenge at the Paper Players. I like the simplicity of the sketch and it certainly has tons of room for interpretation, but I kept to the sketch pretty closely.







The stamp set is by Altenew from a few years ago. It's one of their layering sets and super fun to play with. I went with traditional Christmas colors of green, red and gold.

Here's the inside of the card. Stamps here are from Concord & 9th.


Here's a little picture from the famous 17 Mile Drive I took yesterday. I believe these are Black Cormorant seabirds.





I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Wishing you a nice and relaxing weekend. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Candlelight Set by Altenew and Christmas Florals by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White card stock, SU Christmas Time Is Here DSP, Concord & 9th Gold paper
Ink: VersaMark, SU Old Olive and Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Merry Merlot, Copics
Other: gold EP, heat tool, Misti, Altenew dies, gold sequins

Monday, November 25, 2019

Holiday Greetings

Happy Monday,

Happy Thanksgiving week to all. I only have to work two days this week, then I'm off beginning Wednesday and don't go back to work until December 9. Whoo-hoo!

I am working in my office today "crunching" verification data but decided to take a break to write up this post before the deadline expires in about an hour. This is another Christmas card, and I've used this week's Freshly Made Sketch for the layout.





All stamps and dies are Concord & 9th. The card base and the top panel are both stamped with the Christmas Cheer Turnabout set. For the card base stamping, I used Shaded Spruce to stamp the four turns. The top panel is stamped using four different inks. The deer head is from another C&9th set as is the sentiment dies.

Here is the inside of the card, which uses a fourth C&9th set.


Have a good afternoon all and thanks,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps and corresponding dies all Concord & 9th: Christmas Cheer Turnabout, Floral Print Silhouette set dies, Season of Cheer dies, Merry & Bright set
Paper: SU Shaded Spruce, Blueberry Bushel, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White card stock
Ink: SU Shaded Spruce, Blueberry Bushel, Riding Hood Red,  More Mustard and various others
Other: Misti, Gemini Jr, gold sequins, foam tape

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Let There Be Peace

Hello.

I hope all had a nice weekend. We went to our neighbor's for dinner and a little birthday celebration last night. After dinner, we had a rousing game of Five Crowns. If you've not played it and like card games, give it a try.

I spent the afternoon doing some stamping to make the birthday card and I stamped up a desk calendar as a present. It's the 2020 Concord & 9th calendar set and I made it a coffee theme using the C&9th Coffee Turnabout set. Turned out pretty cute. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures.

I did take pictures for this card. Jaydee is this week's hostess for the Paper Players Challenge. It's theme week combined with CAS. I got the theme part pretty well, and while my card was super fast and easy, it actually does fail some of the traditional elements that make up Clean and Simple. But, I'm sticking with it. Jaydee's theme is North Pole. I have several cute Avery Elle sets that work and I've combined four of them to make my card. When I saw the theme this morning my mind went immediately to the Aurora Borealis depicted in the photo. I gave it a try using my blending brushes and Distress Oxide inks.





I started with the Citron shade blending streaks from the top to the bottom of the card. Then I used several blue and and purple shades, and finally black soot to make the night sky in-between the light streaks. For the ocean that the iceberg is floating on, I kept the blues lighter. The bear and iceberg are stamped, colored with Copics and cutout with the set dies. The sentiment is also Avery Elle. It's stamped in black ink first, then all of the words except Peace were masked so I could stamp VersaMark over Peace to emboss with gold EP. The little star is from the same sentiment set, also heat embossed with gold.

The card base is SSS fog card stock. I used some fun foam to raise the scene panel up.

Her is the inside of the card, keeping with the North Pole theme.



Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: All sets are Avery Elle; Polar Pals, Corner Sentiments Holiday, Winter Woodland Wonders, Bring on the Joy
Paper: Simon Says Stamp Fog and SU Whisper White card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, VersaMark, Midnight Muse, various Distress Oxide
Other: Misti, Blender Brushes, Gemini Jr, Avery Elle set dies, fun foam, liquid glue, heat tool, gold EP

Sunday, November 10, 2019

You and a Unicorn for Christmas

Hi again Peeps,

Another post with another Holiday card that I made this weekend. This card uses this week's Case this Sketch! sketch. I was looking through some of my older Lawn Fawn sets and came across the little unicorn set and decided it would work well with the sketch layout. Since the theme of my card is Unicorns, I decided to go with a pastel color palette. I'm also posting to this week's Retro Rubber Challenge. It's Anything Goes week.





To start my card I needed to make the small rectangle/square element for my little Unicorn. I made the background using the Concord & 9th Star Turnabout set and four SU pastel shades of ink. The card base is SU Purple Posy card stock. Using Purple Posy ink, a blender brush and a cloud stencil, I made the background. The circle of stars, cut from Pretty In Pink paper, is from Avery Elle. The Unicorn is colored with Copics and cut out using the corresponding die. The first two lines of the sentiment are stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white EP. The "You" is stamped with Purple Posy ink first, then over stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear EP. All were then trimmed and popped up with small dimensionals. The last part of the sentiment is stamped with black ink in the lower corner.

Here is the inside. This sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Winter Skies set. It fit perfectly with the rest of my card. The little snowflakes are from this set as well.



Thanks again for stopping in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Winter Unicorn and Winter Skies sets both by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Whisper White, Purple Posy and Pretty In Pink card stock
Ink: SU Purple Posy, Pretty In Pink, Pineapple Crush, and Pool Party, Gina K amalgam black ink and VersaMark, Copics
Other: Winter Unicorn die, Avery Elle circle of stars die, cloud stencil, TE blender brush, Misti, Gemini Jr, white and clear EP, heat tool, Nuvo clear glitter brush, Gemini Jr, dimensionals


Celebrate the Season

Well hello to all,

It's been a fun weekend in my craft room. I've been trying to concentrate on making Holiday cards and I've gotten another four made. I still have a long way to go!

I have two cards using Linda's great sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I made one of these, the 2nd one in this post, yesterday. I usually look through the gallery before writing up my blog posts to see what other's have made and when I did that yesterday, I saw several other cards using the same SU Snowman stamps and papers, so I decided I'd make another card to post to the gallery, which is the first card in this post.

In addition to using the FMS, I'm using Claire's colors for this week's Paper Players Challenge. She has chosen Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape. I had to do some thinking before I came up with a Christmas card design using these non-traditional holiday colors. I'm very happy with how pretty these bright colors worked out. I've used gold embossing as an accent for them.




I started with a Whisper White card base. It's the thick weight card stock. I used a new Gina K stencil and the three ink colors with blending brushes to make the background. Using the same blending brushes, I blended the three colors in a horizontal pattern on another piece of WW card stock. After letting it dry, I stamped the ornament from the SU Beautiful Baubles set using VersaMark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. This was cut out using SU square and scalloped square dies. For the smaller square in Linda's sketch, I used a Die-namics square frame die cut from Granny Apple Green. The sentiment is stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink onto vellum and heat embossed with  clear embossing powder, then trimmed down for the bottom element. I've used gold Stickles for the top of the ornament.

For the inside, I've used one of the set dies, cut three times from the three colored card stocks. I saved the small pieces from the die and glued them back into the ornaments so that each has two of the colors. The hangers and bows are gold heat embossed and I've brushed some Nuvo clear liquid glitter over all of the inserts. The sentiment is from the same SU set, stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink.



Here is the card that I made yesterday afternoon using the same sketch. Mostly, the DSP does all of the work. I did use the coordinating SU stamp set for the sentiment and for one of the snowmen's hats. I really liked how this card turn out and it was so quick and easy using this fun DSP. I did use the Gina K stencil with Pool Party ink for the background. The card stock is also Pool Party, so a tone on tone look. The sentiment is heat embossed with white EP. The holly berries are red Kaiser rhinestones.



Thanks for looking, and have a good Sunday evening, and a good start to the week,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: all SU, Beautiful Baubles, Itty Bitty Christmas and Snowman Season sets. 
Paper: SU Whisper White thick and regular, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape and Pool Party card stock, Let It Snow DSP, vellum
Ink: VersaMark, SU Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Pool Party
Other: Misti, white, gold and clear embossing powders, heat tool, Gina K Snowflake Mandala stencil, Taylored Expressions blending brushes, SU square and scalloped square dies, Die-namics square border die, Kaiser rhinestones, liquid glue, dimensionals, Gemini Jr