Thursday, November 21, 2013

Give Thanks

I hope everyone will be having a Happy Thanksgiving next week.  I don't have plans to hit too many stores for shopping next week, but I'm taking some days off and going in full craft mode to get some handmade gifts completed.  I'm pretty sure I'll be putting together some card sets, tags and gifts galore!  I learned to knit this year, so we'll see if anything I make will actually be gift worthy...

Enjoy your holiday and the time spent with friends and family.
Happy crafting- and gobble gobble gobble!

A few card details to satisfy your curiosity:  I used Kraft, Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, The Alley Way Stamps, Give Thanks stamp set used for the turkey body and sentiment, paper pieced feathers using the feather shapes from Unity Stamp Set Happy Thanksgiving Itty Bitty, and Nestabilitlies circle dies.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Was I the only one that got a flu shot?

Okay... just a little vent this week...
All around the office I hear it...coughing, sneezing... tell tale signs of illness.
EEK!  I'm staying safely away from the germs, or so I hope.  Just in case, I'm keeping myself busy making a few of these cards to have on hand.  

I used Lawn Fawn's stamp set On the Mend for both my cards.  I love the cute little images.  They make me feel better already, and I'm not even the person who is sick!  Knock on wood.
Stay healthy!

BE Inspired #41 - Toy Time!

I'm playing with an inspiration challenge over at The Alley Way Stamps.
I had one of those insomnia crazy, crafty nights so I woke up VERY early with crafting on my brain.  UGH!  The mugs in the image made me long for something warm to drink (or eat), but it was way too early to make too much noise in the kitchen... So the colorful polka dots on the white background were my inspiration for my Christmas card I quietly decided to make using my stamps from Toy Land...

I didn't have any white background polka dot paper, but I was truly inspired to create my own!  I took a strip of white cardstock and used my Crop-a-dile to create a swiss cheese pattern of holes as randomly placed as possible.  I adhered bits of colored scraps behind the holes to create my colored polka dots.  Then I ran the entire strip through my Cuttlebug to emboss it which helped secure the colored paper to the hole ridden paper.  The embossing gave it a comforting quilting effect, too.

I paper pieced the little gloved hand to help my elf friend hold a really cute little teddy bear (also from the stamp set).  A little jingle bell was tied to the top of the tag.  I was cursing the folks that made the itty bitty hole I had to use to tie that jingle bell on - at 4am or so, it's really hard!  But I love the bell.  It looks like the classic jingle bell hat topper that my favorite elves wear (ya know, the ones from the stop-motion Rudolph tv special!).

Inspiration strikes me at odd times, but I'm really happy with how this turned out, so I'm glad I woke up to make it!  Enjoy & have a great day!

More card details:  Toy Land stamp set from the Alley Way Stamps, Copic markers used to color the image, Stampin' Up green DSP, ribbon, jingle bell, and cardstocks used, (Early Espresso and Ridinghood Red) and some Papertrey Ink white cardstock for my elf tag.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

GEEK OUT! Seize the Birthday

The Seize the Birthday challenge is right up my alley - Anything Goes!

I've been meaning to make this birthday card for some time.  The "toppings" for the birthday card was to add texture, so I heat embossed my robot, hoping the texture would show, but my photo is still a bit lacking...   I spritzed the robot with some shimmer spray, and added lots of layers with die-cuts galore... Here's a closer view...

I used lots of fun toys from my supplies for this card.  For the deets read on, otherwise, enjoy your day and have fun playing with this or any other challenge this week!  Happy crafting, everyone.

Card recipe info:  Boy Crazy stamp set from My Minds Eye for the robot image, Iconic stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps for the " Robot" phrase, happy birthday sentiment from Papertrey Ink, stitched tag die and side tiny star border dies from Mama Elephant, metallic star die cut from My Favorite Things star die-namics, patterned paper from Etc. Fancy Pants Designs, Pool Party twine, Coastal Cabana cardstock, and confetti white card stock from Stampin' Up!, Versamark ink, Stampendous black detail embossing powder, Coastal Cabana ink from SU! & Memento Tuxedo Black ink for sentiment.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Colour Q #214... Eat Ham!

Playing with the very chic Colour Q challenge this week... there is always a ton of talent displayed with the amazing color collections on this challenge blog.  I am a huge fan of fall color palettes, so I just had to participate!  Here's my silly Thanksgiving card...

I used The Alley Way Stamps set, Give Thanks,  for my card with just a little bit of alteration for my turkey. The turkey feathers were stamped, with the body paper pieced and layered on top.  I masked one of the wings from the stamp then paper pieced his wings with some cajun craze paper.  The wings were altered so the little turkey could hold my hand written bashful blue sign (glued to a flat toothpick).

  I love this turkey as it reminds me of my favorite animators, Nick Park and the Aardman Studios artists who created Wallace & Gromit and the Chicken Run characters (had to mention Chicken Run as that's what this turkey reminds me of most of all!).

I left my holiday sentiment for the inside (the sentiment is also from the Give Thanks stamp set)...

Now I'll have to share that we will be serving turkey at our house this year, so I'm afraid I'll be disappointing my little friend....Shhh!! Don't tell him!  :)
Have a great week!  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dynamic Duos #77 ...Time to start making that list...

OH how I think I'm gonna love these challenges I found at Dynamic Duos.  I totally stalk Tenia Nelson's blog for inspiration and was excited to see her on the design team.

This week the colors are bright & cheery- just like the challenge says!
I pulled out a new stamp set I got from The Alley Way Stamps, Toy Land to make my shaker card.  It is already that time of year everyone... time to start getting your letters out to Santa. 

Does anyone else find that they become like the X-Men villain, Magneto, when they make the shaker window cards?  I have real issues with static electricity ... I'd have loved to add more sequins and mica flakes inside my North Pole window, but all my sparkling embellishments just kept sticking to me, and not inside my frame!!! 

Here is a close up of my electrically charged window...

Enjoy the challenge and have a terrific week!

More card recipe info:  Spectrum Noir & Copic markers were used to color my North Pole sign.  My Favorite Things snowflakes die-namics added to corner, die cut from white and glimmer paper.

Monday, November 4, 2013

So thankful for fall color!

OH how I love fall... The colors most of all.
I made a very simple color blocking card to celebrate this beautiful season.

This year we are so fortunate to see so many beautiful shades of yellow, red and orange.  Last year it seemed like everything just turned brown, after a horrible summer of drought conditions.  What a difference some rain can make.... Before the wind blows our beautiful scenery away, I took some photos around our yard.  Here is one of my favorite views of a gorgeous tree...

Have a wonderful, colorful day!

Card details:  Stampin' Up Hello Doily was stamped four times on different colors.  Cut and assembled square on the base with a glitter brad in the center.  Curly label punch shape peeks behind my layered banner greeting from a retired Holiday Greetings stamp set, also from SU!.

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!