I hope you still need a Christmas card, or two ... Donna Mikasa has gifted us with a gorgeous Sketch for #251 ...
I sent Tom to the post office with a full box of cards last week ... there were a few new friends to add to my Christmas card list this year. I was so happy to use Donna's Sketch as my model for the last one of the season!
My very first try with this Altenew Bells and Bows set!! sigh... I'm in love.
Of course one has to put a few pretty little things in that darling little bag! Here's a tiny peek...
We had our first snow! It's truly beginning to LOOK a bit more like Christmas!
Can't wait to see what you have wrapped up for CTS ... they are each a gift in our eyes!
I was so happy to stop by Starbucks yesterday to see their 2017 pastry bags ... why? Because it makes the cutest card! and the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop is just the place for it!
Cue the Whitney...
A good schmear of glue stick on a lightweight cardstock, stick the front of the bag on, and run it through your machine in an embossing folder ... trim after it dries. Adhere to a 5x7" kraft card base and, Bob's your Uncle!
I added a die-cut 'you' and one of the many darling cups from Altenew's Coffee Love, a little steamy heart from E.H. Home & Hearth, just to complete the 'song.' I even chose to leave the little pinked edge... it's all matchy-matchy with the glassine envelope I created.
Thanks, amy T., for a little after-Christmas-card play time!
To Cat: sorry [not sorry] about the ear worm xo
Want to see my first bag card? You can see it here!
Time Out has a fabulous photo for their "Home Sweet Home" challenge #98 ...
I couldn't resist it ... twice!
You'll have to forgive me for my seriously silly sense of humor this time. I'm not usually political, nor am I against hunting to put food on the table, but this guy? He just wanted to be heard...
" . . . and your rifles empty! Merry Moose-mas!"
Now, just to let you know that I was truly inspired by the photo and not having a rant ...
As I've already posted my Christmas cards, these are just going into cold storage for next year - score!
Supplies: card 1: The Cat's Pajamas deer; Avery Elle sentiment, and stockings, Copic colored; a gorgeous wood-grain paper from a friend. card 2: Ellen Hutson stag die; and various snowflakes... and real wood paper from the same fantastic friend xoxo
Can you believe we are at Week 250? Another fabulous Sketch comes to us from Leigh Penner this week ... I think you are going to love it as much as we do.
CTS #250 screams for a little water coloring, right? And florals? yes, please. I've decided to use Leigh's Sketch to do a little experimental painting with Distress Oxide inks. However, in place of florals, my 'subject' is a simple, gorgeous pine bough stamp set ... here it is three ways:
Attempt A: stamped in Versafine gray/clear embossed, using a less-watered-down version of Distress Oxides, and an attempt at a loose water colored background, stamping into the very wet ghost-stamping, onto a wet paper, using a smaller pine bough from the set:
my in-house critic thought the top ghost stamping looked like a creepy hand -
decided he was right...
Attempt B: black/clear embossed stamping, with a more spattered background:
Finally, the card you came by for: more CAS, clear embossed stamping... which gives more of a Princess Pine style needle. Because it's Christmas, a little gold wash on the cones, and a very subtle background wash:
Which do you prefer? I'm pretty sure we'll love any subject, or floral you choose for your card!
Now, let's go see Leigh's card, shall we? I'm sure my entire team will have treats in store... at CAS[E] this Sketch!
Here is my second attempt ... it was no trouble at all =]
Have I mentioned that Tom bought me a Minc foiling machine for my birthday? Here is another little somethin' I foiled - in a GOOD way!
I'll be sending this one over to The Classroom for Ellen Hutson's 12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist! For Day 2, Julia and Keeway both made beautiful tags using Silver and Gold, each adding a bit of pastel color - I've chosen to stay clean, and white! It continues to be difficult to photograph ... but the lettering is foiled in gold, and the stars, and one wee heart, are silver die cuts. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend - it's been nice crafting on Sunday! =] Michele
You may know that I've been enjoying Instagram posting lately... I'm enjoying meeting new 'friends' around the world even more!
As often happens, I find someone using products that aren't available in the States - hate when that happens - so if I love a card, I'll try to use what I have in my own stash to create it.... that's how this card happened.
I know I say this every month... but can you believe how quickly November came, and went!!??
That's okay ... it's 12 Kits of Occasions time again - always something wonderful to celebrate at the end of each month!
Jessica Davis, of The Paper Parade, is playing Santa this time - a Christmas Kit! oh, did I need it - I have SO many to make, and very little time to get them done! All of the supplies are listed at the 12 Kits home page, if you'd like to know what Jessica used to assemble her kit. Here is a little peek, compliments of Lindsey:
Grab a cuppa something wonderful, turn up those Christmas tunes, and let's get this party started, Christmas-style:
and a little sentiment of my own on the inside:
Because these guys are SO adorable, they deserve a close-up!
One more! a little Winter birthday card - hope
I get to hand-deliver this one!
Is there anything more adorable than that
little corduroy button?
Okay, maybe the felt snowflakes?
That's it for me ... oh my friends at 12 Kits have LOTS of Christmas-y goodness for us... let's go, don the sleigh bells!
Thanks, Jess, for the sweetest little Christmas-gift-of-a-Kit!
I have had a new little bottle of Altenew's Rose Gold embossing powder sitting atop my craft table... what better with to initiate it than with the Altenew November Inspiration Challenge? and their gorgeous photo:
A little birthday card was on the docket today ... isn't it so hard to make a non-Christmas-y December birthday card? Not one thing about this says Christmas...
How about a little close-up of that 'little thing?'
I really the combination of Peach Perfect, Mango Smoothie, Caramel Toffee, and Paper Bag inks for these gorgeous Floral Fantasy roses!
I had just enough time on Sunday to finish a card that has been yearning to be made since I received the most incredibly generous gift from a friend on my birthday ... thanks, Barb, the best thing was opening your wonderful gift while we chatted on the phone!
I've had this gorgeous wood-grain-embossed, and real wood veneer paper on my wish-list for a very long time! add a little left-over Gnome from the other day ... couldn't let him sit in the snippets bowl for another moment!
I think there might have been a little subliminal creating done here... looks suspiciously like this FMS314!! and if you look closely at the acetate from the shaker, you'll see my reflection!
[think they'll notice the missing sentiment? let's give it a try... all my thanks are on the inside!]
other players: Lawn Fawn stitched leave dies; MFT Gnomes; some SU polka dot paper, and bamboo sequins from another friend!
Today's fabulous sponsor is Pretty Pink Posh! and, boy do I wish I had the chance to win this prize!
I have loved them from afar since Paulina's first offering of those dazzling little sequins! Secret time: the only PPP products I own are gifts from a lovely, generous friend ... who also sent me the paper, and darling little snowflake die for my birthday ... thank you, Lisa!!
Just look at that gorgeous grey linen... not to mention the fabulous edible napkin ornament! *swooning* I'll take two dozen, thank you very much!
I had those lovely Stamplorations Bees Knees Layered Holly stamps on my craft table still... AND the wonderful Joyeux Noel Phrase CUTplorations die! Here is how I was inspired to play along with the November Challenge:
Hope your Christmas is just 'the berries!'
Okay... so my purple isn't exactly right - a girl can only have SO many inks, but I do like the texture that is a little like that of the linen napkin! My darling Gull from Shirley's Small Birds set rather liked it!
Here's the first card I made... mind you I did forget the CUT part of the challenge - this guy's heading over to the NEVER ENDING challenge:
... let's forget the Holly berries and go straight for the grapes - oh you know just the ones I mean!
Happy to have you stop by again today ... you'll come back tomorrow - I know I've been posting so much, I hope you aren't tired of me! xx
Can you believe we are at Day 22?! Oh I'll be sad to say goodbye! But not before we have a little Stamplorations fun!
Yes, Stamplorations is our sponsor today [SORRY ABOUT THE MIXUP] and I had just the perfect order arrive from their designer: Shirley B - Bee's Knees!
Here is Shirley's cute little Layered Holly set, atop a little plaid action from another sponsor, Concord & 9th. Bobby and I had so much fun on our EXTRA crafty day... she borrowed my Holly, and I borrowed her Plaid Builder set - and you know I couldn't stop at one!
Such a darling set Shirley B!!! and I cannot wait to see all the other fabulous Stamplorations Designers tags, and products... let's go, shall we?
Ellen Hutson, LLC is celebrating 11 years! Hooray!! I'm honored to have received an invitation!
We were asked to use our FAVORITE Essentials by Ellen set - now you know I have MANY, right? It was actually pretty simple for me, as I've used my favorite SO many times, in SO many fun ways... take a look back with me:
Ladies Dancing, Lords leaping:
French Hens SO MANY times!!
This one, inspired by a Crate & Barrel kitchen towel is my absolute FAVORITE!
... along with Turtle doves, and that pear-bearing Partridge, too: