Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #252

Hi there, everybody!  It's been a little while since my last post!  Did you all have a nice Christmas holiday?  Spend lots of time with family and friends and eat lots of good food?  Oh, I hope you did!  :)  Well, as you can tell it is time for another Timeless Tuesday Challenge.  This week, our Guest Hostess is the wonderfully talented Jessi Fogan!  She has challenged us to make a shaker card....how FUN!  You can read all of the details here

As as extra little bonus, here is a fabulous tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  For my card, I decided to use the new Lots of Thoughts set.  I love that little champagne glass and strawberry!  I also decided to make this card a little on the shabby side...a technique that I admire in cards but struggle with in execution.  The patterned papers are from an Authentique 6x6 pad and I also used Flourishes Classic White card stock and papers from the Color Made Easy Poppy Collection.  

My image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  I used the Spellbinders' Card Creator Fancy Postage Edge and A2 Card Creator A sets for my window and panels.  Then, I did a little stitching around my card.  For my shaker element, I used a variety glass beads to serve as my champagne bubbles. A little lace, ribbon, and the sentiment oval finish this card off.  I originally planned on this being a New Year's card but with the use of these pink papers, I think it could be used for other special occasions too.  

Well, that is all for my little card, but you should really check out what my team mates have created....I am sure there is a whole lotta shakin' goin' on.....lol!  I hope you can play along with us this week for this super fun challenge....be sure you link up your creation for a chance to win a prize too!  I can't wait to see what you create!  I hope you have a  wonderful New Year's and I'll be seeing you next week with another fun challenge! Take care...

Stamps:  Lots of Thoughts
Paper:  Flourishes Classic White card stock, Color Made Easy Poppy, Authentique Essentials 6x6 pad
Dies:  Spellbinders' Card Creator Fancy Postage Edge, A2 Card Creator A, and Fancy Framed Tags 2 sets
Other:  ribbon, crochet lace, glass beads, foam tape, Flourishes' Crystal Clear cardstock
Copics:  R20, R22, R24, R29, G82, G85, YR30, YR31, Y26, W00, W1, W2, W3

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #251

Hi there and welcome back for another Timeless Tuesday Challenge!  I hope you have had a great week....are you ready for Christmas?  Have all of your shopping done?  Me either...lol!  Every year I say I am going to start earlier and I actually did do some of my shopping this summer but I still find myself with plenty to do and not much time left to get it done!  Well, rather than think about that right now, why don't we find out about the challenge this week?  It's a goodie.....use Vellum on your project!  You can thank our wonderfully talented Guest Hostess Greta Hess for this great theme and read all of the details here.

For my card this week, I decided to show off one of the beautiful sentiments from the Holiday Topiaries set.  I love the mix of fonts on these sentiments!  I stamped my sentiment on Vellum with Versamark ink and then added silver embossing powder and heat embossed it.  I made a little wood grain frame by using a wood grain embossing plate then die cutting it out.  

Speaking of die cuts, the card frame and base is Spellbinders' Labels  Twenty Five and Flourishes Classic White card stock.  My blue print paper is from a My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad.  I contemplated what to add to my card to finish it off and decided to break in a new Spellbinders' die set....the Layered Poinsettia!  I cut it out with more Flourishes Classic White card stock and edged the petals in my Krylon Silver Leafing pen.  I added a pretty gem brad for the center and a couple of leaves cut out of brushed silver paper.  As a last touch, I sponged a bit of white ink on the vellum.  This is a little different from my "normal" colors for a Christmas card but I really like the way this turned out.....that sentiment stamped like a dream and has such beautiful detail...

Well, that is all for my little card this week, but I hope you will go see what the rest of my team mates have created for your inspiration.....I know you will love what they have done for you!  Make sure you leave them a little blog love and then play along with us by creating your own Vellum project!  Don't forget to link up to the challenge for a chance to win a prize! So come on and play with us!  I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year full of time with loved ones AND plenty of crafty time too!  :)  Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon!  

Paper:  Flourishes Classic White card stock, silver paper, My Mind's Eye "Moments" 6x6 pad, Vellum
Ink:  Versamark, Palette White, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five, Layered Poinsettia
Other:  Antique Gemstone brad from The Paper Studio, Krylon Silver Leafing pen, Silver embossing powder, Wood Grain embossing plate

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #250

Hello there and Happy Tuesday!  Did you have a nice weekend?  It has been cold and rainy here!  Perfect stamping weather if you ask me!  Well, it's time for another Timeless Tuesday Challenge and we have a great challenge for you from this week's Guest Hostess....the oh-so-talented Tricia Traxler!  Her theme will really get you thinking.....you can read all about it here!

I thought about this one for a while!  One of my goals for the upcoming year is to simplify things....declutter, reorganize, and make things clean and simple.....I think we all have had this goal at some point.  For me, it is an annual resolution that I try to keep, but somehow get sidetracked and all of my good intentions go undone.  Sooo, like clock work, it's December so it's time for that oh so familiar "clean and organize" resolution again.....lol!  Yeah, it's usually followed by another repeat resolution to get more exercise and eat healthier....sound familiar?  Enough said about that...lol!  So, for my card, I decided to have my card style reflect my goal.  I know, not exactly what it says, but I think I embraced the spirit of the challenge, don't you?  And to be quite honest...this "clean and simple" card took me just as long if not longer than my other cards usually do!  I struggle with CAS style....just like I struggle with those resolutions I mentioned above...but I stuck with it.  

The little tea cup is from the retired Christmas Tea set and the sentiment is from Snow Wonderful .  I used a couple of die cut layers using Spellbinder's Mat Basics A and B sets, Flourishes Classic White card stock and the darkest red paper from the  Color Made Easy Poppy collection.  I edged my image panel with a Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen....no, I have not found mine yet.  I borrowed this one from my mom.  I only used a few Copics to color the tea cup and that finished up my card.  Whew!  I did it...a CAS card!  Now, let's see what you come up with to illustrate one of your New Year's Resolutions!  Please check out what my team mates have created and make sure you leave them a little blog love then come on back and play along with us....remember, you could win a prize!  I can't wait to see the gallery this week with everyone's resolutions!  I am so glad you were able to stop by...I hope you have a great week!  :)

Stamps:  Snow Wonderful, Christmas Tea
Other:  Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing Pen, Spellbinders Mat Basics A and B sets
And these Copic Markers:
YG13, YG17, R24, R29, E40, WO, Y23, Y26

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #249

Hi there again, and here we are all gathered together for another Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge!  I hope all of my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Did you eat plenty of turkey and get some nice rest and relaxation in?  I hope so!  Are you ready to find out about the challenge this week?  Our hostess is our Guest Designer for the week, Kerin Sylvester!  Kerin has challenged us to use stitching on our project.  You can read all of the details here:


A challenge made just for me!  I LOVE to sew on my cards!   Well, let me rephrase that...I love to sew on my card when my sewing machine is behaving like it should.  Unfortunately, that was not the case for this card.  The tension was off (I think) and the stitching is not quite right.  I decided to just go with it and add some random stitching passes to make it look a little more purposeful.  You won't tell anyone, right?  I am not the most knowledgeable person about sewing machines ( I would honestly be embarrassed to tell you how little I know about them) but I did not want to waste a perfectly good assembled card! Sooo...

 My card template came straight from Silhouette's library.....they have some of the most adorable shapes. It came together really quickly and I used minimal supplies...mostly buttons!  A bit of felt and ribbon add a little extra on my tag.  I thought that the Christmas Cookie template would make an adorable shaped card and I knew just the sentiment to go with it...from Sweets of the Season.  Another way to get some use out of your sentiment stamps...gotta love that too!  Flourishes has such pretty sentiments, don't you think?

Now don't look too close at that stitching....remember, we are once again pretending that I meant it to be that way!  ;)  Have you noticed there is a lot of make believe in my recent cards....lol?!  I think the little frosting swirls are so cute and isn't that sentiment perfect?   Can you smell  the Christmas cookies baking?  I'll take two, please...and some milk!  :)  Well that is all for my card today.  I am so glad you were able to drop by!  Please make sure you check out what my team mates have created for you....it will be amazing, for sure!  I would like to welcome our guest designer this week, Kerin Sylvester!  You will be in for a real treat, I just know it!  Leave these amazing ladies a little blog love and then come on and make a stitched creation and play along with us!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!  And like my card, I am wishing you all of the best this wonderful holiday season!  I'll see you next time and I hope you have a great week!


Paper: Flourishes Classic White card stock, Kraft, Green Polka Dot
Dies/Punches:  Spellbinders Holly Motifs and Labels Four die sets;  SU!  Decorative Label punch
Other:  Buttons, twine, ribbon, felt