Monday, November 30, 2015

A Little Merry Christmas Wish

This week's Paper A La Mode Challenge at the Outlawz is Anything Goes.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  Bugaboo has some of the cutest images around. I couldn't resist this Merry Christmas to Ewe image.   Right now the store is having a 50% off sale and I think it runs until the end of the year. 

Hope you had a great holiday or weekend!  I ate way too much and now I am on a serious diet until Christmas! 

Many hugz!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Let the Holidays Begin!

Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it.  Thanksgiving seems like a U.S. holiday but really we all need a day (or 365 of them) to really dwell on all our blessings. 

It is Thanksgiving, but I have a Christmas Card to share.  It is for the DRS Designs "Let the Holidays Begin" challenge which involves any type of Fall or Winter Holiday.  I chose Christmas because I really wanted to use these new Christmas Village stamps (all are new to me but a few are new to the DRS Designs store).

I used these stamps:

Christmas Village Toy Shop (new)
Christmas Village Town Sign (new)
Christmas Village Four in One
Christmas Village Clock (new)
Christmas Especially to You Greeting (new)

I did the sky with TH Distress Ink and my snow is a combination of dried up Snow Tex and White Acrylic Paint flicked on with a paint brush.

My kitchen counter has mail and some Injectable Jalapeno Butter for my husband's concoction he makes to inject his fried turkeys (he will do two today - yummo), but later it will have a crock pot full of macaroni and cheese and one full of broccoli casserole.  I can't wait to get back

Hope you have a wonderful day!  Many hugz!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Catching Up

Another crazy busy week last week.  My favorite part (other than spending time with my family, especially the grandbabies) was a Bible Journaling class my daughter bought me for an early Christmas present.  I can see it will be a great way for me to combine my love of creating with my love of God.  I combined the two for the IC challenge on SCS on Saturday when Audrie had us look over one of her Pinterest Boards and select an inspiration.  Here is what I came up with (don't focus on my lack of drawing or writing skills - just focus on the fact that I have started Bible Journaling and I am so excited!!!  Here is the Pin that inspired me if you want to check it out.

I picked another inspirational pin and did this card:

My image is the DRS Designs Triple Holly and the sentiment is Lovely Gifts Christmas GreetingHere is the Pin that inspired me.

Also did one last Thanksgiving card at the end of last week that I never got to post:

It is for the current challenge at DRS Designs which is still open through tomorrow.  It is all about color and the colors are gorgeous!!!  I used several DRS Designs stamps on this one:

Open Leaf
Bountiful Basket
Give Thanks Bible Verse

Hope your week is going really well - I am so looking forward to some stuffing and pumpkin pie!!!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Roses and Pears

Beccy's Place is the sponsor of the Paper A La Mode Thanksgiving Challenge at the Outlawz, and I was lucky enough to be provided this gorgeous Roses and Pears image.  I colored it brown since I love brown pears and they seem to fit Thanksgiving better.

I loved playing with this image - it is soooooo pretty!  I printed it if off a few times so I could add in some layers.  I also added in some little sprigs I made with the Martha Stewart Branch punch and I pulled apart a pretty little sparkly thin flower out of my stash and tucked the pieces in the back for some glitter. I colored  thus up with some Copics, some SU! Alcohol Markers, some colored pencils, and some Tim Holtz Distress inks and sponges.  My sentiment is from DRS Designs and is called Thanksgiving Blessings.  My bg is a free vintage image from Knick of Time (love that place - wow!), but I found the link to it on this unbelievably cool Pinterest Board put together by Becca Feeken (it has thousands of links to great vintage printables). 

Many hugz!!!

A Thankful Snow Scene

This week at DRS Designs, the challenge is thanks for thankful.  I went with thankful.  This week I am thankful I made it!  I had a horrible sinus infection/cold late last week and into this one and Sunday and Monday were awful.  Then, I had an event after work every night except Friday.  I even had a Christmas Party!  Can you believe it?   So I am thankful, I am on the back-end of this sinus thing and that this past week is coming to an end and maybe I can relax a bit. 

I should have posted this card Thursday! If you want to play in the challenge, you still have until Wednesday to play.

I started by stamping DRS Designs Winter Trees on the bottom of my top panel, then stamping the new Happy Thankful People Greeting, then I stamped the New Hot Air Balloon a few times to pop it up. 

Then I sponged on a bunch of Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink (I am almost typed Salty Dog - I went to a play on a river boat last night called Pirates of the Salty Dog - it was so fun).  Then I flicked some water all over and pressed it hard between some paper towels.  Then I sprinkled on some white frontage (from Stampendous) and heated from the underside.  Did the same thing with my balloon minus the water drops and sponged some Walnut Stain to give it a bit of a glow and to make sure it didn't blend in the sky.  I had a little left over "be blessed" sentiment piece from the DRS Grateful Heart Thanksgiving greeting so I made it into a balloon banner. 

I love how this came out and it as super fun to make. 

I am thankful this week is coming to an end, but I am really thankful for so much more.  Even in all the busyness and not feeling well, I was able to spend a lot of quality time with my family, friends, grandbabies, and God.  I was also able to witness several leaps of faith and was able to help a few people out in small ways. Hope you had a good week and that you have another this coming week!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving and Christmas Wishes

I have been making some holiday tags and a few Christmas cards (I need to make a lot more Christmas cards!!!). 

I made this card for the Outlawz Paper A La Mode Challenge. This week's challenge is sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs and I used their Sweet as Holiday Pie image.  That pie was an adventure!!!  I messed up the coloring and then sponged it and messed that up so I covered it all in Stickles and it seemed to work!  You still have all week long to play in the Christmas Themed Paper A La Mode Challenge if you want to join us and have the chance to win one of the awesome Sassy Studio Designs images (I love them).

Have you checked out Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas Event?  I have totally loved all the great mixed media tags everyone has been making!  I decided to play a bit too.  I made these two simple tags:

I took some corrugated cardboard and peeled off a layer.  I then painted it with some white acrylic paint (which I also dabbed on the SU! Wooden snowflakes too).  Then I stamped the DRS Designs Small Merry Christmas Greeting and made it into a small banner.  I added a little Stickles to the buttons on the left tage and some to the actual tag on the right.  Fun!

The tags were so fun, that I made a Thanksgiving Tag as well and then put it on a card:

I used the new DRS Designs Cattail Milk Pail image and fussy cut it after coloring it up.  I took some different corrugated cardboard (I collect all kinds of boxes- lol) and I painted it lightly with the brush leftover from my Christmas tags.  After the paint dried, I sponged on some TH Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges.  I then added some Bronze Gilding Wax to a bit of the edges and to the cattails along with some brown glitter pen.  Then I added a bit of white gel pen to highlight the leaves and the pail and added a piece of the DRS Designs Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Greeting as the sentiment.  Nestled the whole thing in some glitter straw and matted it.  I love tags!!!

Hope your weekend was wonderful and your week is going well.  I have had that horrible cold/sinus infection going around and it has really slowed me down.  I am on the back side of it and I am certainly glad of that! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

A Thanksgiving Night Scene

Layers!  I love layers.  I restrain from adding more layers to my project because Hubby gets angry when he has to stand in line at the Post Office (which he hates) and try and convince the post office people that (1) there is only a card in that envelope, (2) it does not require special handling, and (3) that they should not charge him $2.98 to mail it.  He looses a lot when I get carried away with my layers so I try to stay under the Post Office radar - it is tough but I do it.  I have 5 layers on this card but I didn't pop up any of them so it may stay under $2 for postage - lol!
This week's DRS Designs Challenge is all about layers.
I started with white paper and stamped on the DRS Designs Hayrides Harvest Greeting (such a fun Thanksgiving Greeting) and the Winter Trees stamp.  I did two layers of paper and I sponged them using a mask for my scene (the inks are all TH Distress inks).  Then I stamped some Open Leaf images and sponged them with the same inks (minus blue).  In my head this was going to be a late Fall day but the blues were a bit dark so it is a Thanksgiving night scene.  I ended up with a river in the scene because I got a blue finger print in the middle of my ground scene.  I think this would be pretty done as a snowy scene too - maybe using a Christmas sentiment and snowflakes. 
Hope will have some time to join us in the challenge.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall and Winter Cards

This past weekend was my birthday.  I had a wonderful time!  I got a nap and a chance to make some cards.

This card is made with the Star Pixie image from Rick St. Dennis.  Rick St. Dennis is the Paper A La Mode Challenge sponsor at the Outlawz.  I love this cute image!  I colored it up with some colored pencils and mineral spirits.  I made my bg with some black paper and a gel pen.  Fun Christmas card - I think I will make some more. 

I made this card for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I couldn't resist casing sweet Lisa (Shoe Girl).  THIS is her card I cased.   I loved the way she did the sentiment and the colors she used. I kept her same sketch, but I moved the sentiment and main focal images plus I made all my dp using DRS Designs Stamps and a stencil.

Started everything out as blank white paper (except the brown mat on the banner and circle). Used DRS Designs Vicki's Versatile background on the base panel, sponged it with TH distress inks and then drug the Walnut stain pad along to make my plank borders. Then I ran that panel through the SU! Woodgrain embossing folder. For the plaid bg, I sponged some distress ink all over and then took the remaining colors and some SU! Real Red and rubbed them over a stencil (made with a lattice die). Next, I used the DRS script font background stamp on a panel and then cut out a circle with an SB Die. Sponged on some distress inks and then used a SU! flourish image and some gold glitter ep to make some gold flourishes which you can't really see too good in yhe picture (they are gorgeous IRL). Cut out a leaf with a SB leaf die and used the colors already used on the card and laying around my counter.

I want to send this to a nephew who was baptized this weekend - his whole family was baptized - how wonderful is that! So I used a sentiment from ODBD - I cut it down so I could just focus on the Glory to God words.

This is also for the MIX144 challenge which is to use Fall Colors (I have ink and ep as my mediums) and the F$A297 which is also to use Fall colors.