Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Glittery Snowflake Ornament Card

What a glittery fun mess I made creating this card !      

The front layered snowflake  piece is actually a removable ornament.

I'm not so sure I like having a craft room
upstairs by my bedroom now after the mess I made ;)
It was nice keeping glitter and such more or less contained
to the old basement craft room before ! 

Card details:
Lightly textured red card stock, unknown,
was run through a polka dots Texturz plate (SU!).
I ran Diamond Stickles along the edges, 
but it didn't look right so I sprinkled on silver glitter.
Unfortunately the thin line of Stickles was drying quickly
so the silver glitter didn't adhere very well. 

Snowflake die, glitter paper, sentiment stamp and Real Red ink,
Stampin' Up!

Circle Spellbinders dies.

Cuttlebug paper medallion die.

White card stock, light weight red paper.

Banner was hand cut and edged with Diamond Stickles.

Thin silver elastic cord scrap from my stash, unknown. 
I die cut another snowflake from very thin cardboard
and glued it the the back of the glittery die cut snowflake,
sandwiching the ends of the silver cord between. 

The cardinal in snow covered trees image is 
actually a photograph that I took.

The finished card size is 5"x 5".

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

My card was an honorable mention at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thinking of You Fall Card

This lovely rubber stamp image was a gift 
from a long time "pen pal". 
It is #80251 When Autumn Comes
from Stamps Happen, Inc.

I stamped it twice,
once on the card front and 
the second time on a scrap of card stock.

The base image on the card was colored
to resemble summer with green trees.
The trimmed second image was colored with
fall colors and mounted to the base
on a piece of cardboard cut to fit. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, November 25, 2016

My Memories Suite 8 Is Here !

I'm excited to announce the release of My Memories Suite Version 8 Software today !
I can't wait to get my copy downloaded, installed then play with it so I can tell you more about it !

My Memories is a versatile digital scrapbooking program available for Windows and Mac computers. You can do more with it than make scrapbook pages. Click on the My Memories Suite label on the left side bar of my blog to see projects I've made with it. I've done various printables, card fronts, facebook timeline covers , stationery, bookmarks, assorted size scrapbook pages and more. It is a fun and easy to use program. 

What's New you ask ? Check it out !
Note: There will be a pdf file of what's new available here. The information below was copied from the MMS web site.

New commercial and personal use Content for My Memories Suite 8:
     150 New Backgrounds
     400 New Embellishments
     3 Calendar Templates
     6 Greeting Card Templates
     3 Photobook Templates
     6 Postcard Templates
     3 Swatchbook Templates

Changeable User Interface: Light, Medium, Dark
Fade Edges Option for Embellishments and Imprints
Convert Text to Shape
AutoBuild Album from Folder of Images
2X Page Thumbnails, Galleries and Content Dialogs
Auto Caption Images with File Names
Group and Select Multiple Items from Layers Panel
Add PDF Files as Images to Albums
32bit Windows Support
Free 6” x 6” Softcover 26 Page Photobook
*You Only Pay Shipping & Handling*

System Requirements:
Windows 7, 8, or 10
Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
Install size: 2.5GB

The versatile digital scrapbooking program My Memories Suite is just $19.99 for a digital download through November 28th ! 
US residents can have a disc shipped for $23.99 (through November 28th) plus shipping and handling.
There is also a free trial option!  You are unable to export and print in the trial version though.
CLICK MY AFFILIATE LINK IN THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE BAR of my blog to buy the software now (or get a free trial). Be sure to type in STMMMS23251 in the Promo Code section. NOTE: The $10 discount offer is not valid on the sale prices this weekend. You will still receive the 6x6 photo book offer and code for your first month free to the Design Club. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Cards

Using up some decorative papers and tags I made for another project several years ago to make a couple of Thanksgiving cards.

The top card has faux stitching.

The bottom card has real stitching and rumpled organdy ribbon created by lightly heating with a heat gun.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cards

A couple of cards I made with two really old 
pieces I made that were originally on a 
tissue box I recovered. 
I had made a seasonal themed tissue box
for a contest many years ago. 
It was dismantled after a year or so.
I kept the bits and pieces knowing that 
one day I would put them to a new use ;) 

The pumpkins are free hand cut
and details are with chalks.
The plaid background was stamped with a 
kaleidacolor ink pad on the tag
and Versamark on the card base. 

This is the old tissue box cover

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Old Fashioned Christmas Card

I've not played with the 52 Christmas Card Challenge for a while and was in need of a few more Christmas cards, so I used the current theme for this card: Old Fashioned Christmas.

The name of the old stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I used happens to be the same as the challenge!

The image was stamped on water color paper and water colored with ink from my ink pads using an aqua painter / water brush pen. The edges of the paper were washed with two shades of light brown ink.

Decorative background paper from an old Die Cuts With A View stack.

Actual sewing around the edges of the decorative paper and distressed edges on the Espresso card stock mats.

Paper doily from my stash, bought at a discount store many years ago.

Paper punch button and bakers twine.

Thanks for looking =)

Gifted Glove Fall Card

Another fun old rubber stamp image
from Stampin' Up!
that I colored in with inks
and a water brush pen. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bountiful Basket Card

Another Thanksgiving card I made this year
using an old stamp image from Stampin' Up!
I've always liked coloring in my old detailed stamp images.
My form of coloring books for adults that are so popular now !

Closeup to show the faux stitching,
created by piercing the card stock
then connecting the dots with a marker.

(the color is really off in this photo.......)
Closeup to show the "gingham"
embossed background I made by using 
a stripes embossing folder. 
Emboss it one way, flip it around a quarter turn 
and emboss a second time to create the plaid look. 

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fall Images Border Card

Stamp images, inks and paper from Stampin'  Up! (retired).

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fall Bounty Border Card

 I was busy working on Thanksgiving cards recently. Here is the fist of them, made with a little help from a "ladybug" ha, ha !

Image, inks and papers from Stampin'  Up! (retired).

I'm entering this card in the Cards In Envy Pumpkins challenge.

Thanks for looking =)

EDITED TO ADD 11/23/2016
My card was chosen as a personal favorite / In The Mailbox award !

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Embossed Copper Pumpkin Card

I finally used this piece of copper 
that I stamped and embossed years ago !

Stamp with Stazon ink,
run a stylus along the lines
then color with permanent markers.

Mulberry paper from eons ago was layered
behind the copper piece.

I ran a stylus on a scoring board to make the
Ć«mbossed lines near the edge of the card front.

Image from Stampin'  Up! (retired).

I've not played in the challenge at Cards in Envy for a while,
I'm entering this card in the current Cards In Envy Pumpkins challenge.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Be Happy Digi Kit

What a cheery, bright new kit released today by JMC Designs !
I created the above printable and facebook timeline cover
with it, adding my own text boxes for the words.

50% off until November 23rd, 2016
at Scraps-N-Pieces.com

This kit includes:

Full Alphabet
7 Cardstock 12X12 300dpi
5 Painted Papers 12X12 300dpi
15 Patterned Papers 12X12 300dpi

56 Unique Elements - 
Arrow, 3 Butterflies, 3 Buttons, Clip, 13 Flair, 7 Flowers, 3 Frames, 
3 Happy Girls, 2 Grunge, 3 Leaves, 5 Ribbons,
 RicRac, Staple, 3 Stars, Stitching, 3 Strings, 3 Tags

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank You, Veterans

Thank you, today and everyday, 
for the sacrifices you make 
to keep our country safe.

The Best on Earth:
A Veteran's Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,
They earn the title "veteran," and more;
They earn our deep respect and admiration;
That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;
The list is long of all the things they gave.
Our veterans are extraordinary people;
They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,
They showed us they could handle any storm.
We owe our freedoms and our very lives
To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;
They’re exceptional; no other group compares.
We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;
They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;
Let no one ever question what they’re worth.
These men and women served us and our country,
Our veterans--the very best on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Gown and Tux Shaped Wedding Card

Normally when I've been invited to a wedding, I made a special card to reflect the colors or theme of the wedding. I didn't know what either would be for a wedding I recently attended, but suspected it may be a sort of country theme. The invites were a simple cream card in a kraft envelope. I was going to use that as a starting point for my card and had several ideas. In the end I decided to make this gown and tux card since I have always wanted to make one after seeing the idea several years ago.

The pattern I used was found here, but there are many other versions to be found online.

Since the invite was cream and kraft, I made the gate fold card base kraft with a cream insert to write on. I made my card slightly taller than a regular A2 size to hide a check I was giving the happy couple.

The insert is a very old die cut item that was in my stash.
It came in a grab bag of items long ago. I think it was meant
to be folded in half as a gift card or place card for a table ? 
I liked the elegant corners so used it as a base
to stamp a sentiment on (oldie from Stampin' Up!).

After I cut the dress pieces out, 
I ran them through an embossing folder.

The trim on the waist of the dress is
some really, really old plastic
crafty stuff I came across at a yard sale
many years ago. It was on a roll like ribbon.
I should have made the waist on the dress a bit
wider than what was on the pattern to fit the plastic trim.

I added teeny, tiny paper punch buttons
and a hand cut collar to the original tux pattern.
A little bit of doodling with a marker, too,
for extra detail. 

This was a fun card to make.

Thanks for looking =) 

Although the idea is not original, I'm entering my card in the following challenges "just because":
Through The Craft Room Door Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs November Anything Goes