Saturday, December 10, 2016

Just Us Girls #373

It's trend week at Just Us Girls and Nancy has chosen 'Jars'.
There are pint jars and quart jars.  Jars of jam or jars to hold a spring bouquet.  Whatever you imagine a jar being or doing, make it into a card. You could be Chic of the Week and possibly guest design for a month.  I used my jars to hold Christmas candy.
The jars and candy are from PTI, stamped on Bristol board and colored with Zigs.  Yes I see that smudge on the side of the candy canes.  I tried to add some shading to the jar and the red ran.  I think it looks like a shadow on the glass.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)  In fact I smudged a little green to make it look like I did it on purpose.

Time to check out what the rest of the Design Team and guest Designer Theresa Gregory have made to inspire you.  I hope we see you in the gallery.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Card Concept #63

I recently got this PB stamp that I thought was perfect for the challenge at The Card Concept.

Jill Foster has some terrific videos over at Penny Black and I tried to emulate her in stamping the cones and berries.  It's easy to do with the MISTI but I did find I may need to invest in some different markers.  I tried it first with some old Marvy Markers and the image was okay but I lacked enough colors to do much shading.  For this card I used my Zigs, coloring on the stamp and spritzing the first time, then coloring and stamping again and again until I had what I wanted.  I cut some squares of woodgrain pp and mounted the Memory Box letters after inking around the edges. At the last minute I decided to add some spatters.  Here's their photo.  I think you can see what inspired me.
I have a few other new stamps that I'm anxious to try out.  If the weather forecast holds true, I may be hibernating and crafting my little heart out.


ETA:  I keep forgetting about Kylie's 12 Days of Christmas.  I'm going to send my card over there too.

Tag You're It! #62

Laurie Willison has a darling little tag to inspire you this week on Tag You're It!
I kept the scalloped edge, die cut sentiment and line of images and then made a few changes.
The 'tag' is a scalloped rectangle from Neat and Tangled.  I've wanted the square scalloped tag from PTI for quite a while and it has been out of stock. I just got the notice it's back but do I really need it now?  I'll have to think about it. ;) The ornaments are from Essentials by Ellen colored with Zigs and the word die is from Elizabeth Crafts cut from an old paper pad.

The Design Team has some terrific tags to inspire you so I hope you'll go take a look.  We'd love to see your tag in the gallery.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #35

I'd say I'm doing much better at being 'inspired' rather than taking photo challenges too literally.  Case in point - my card for Inspired by All the Little Things.
The photo:
My card:
See?  Not a snowman to be found.  But you can see (barely) clear embossed snowflakes on the white, red polka dots and holly.

Thanks for taking time to drop by today.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch #

I have all my Christmas cards made, addressed and ready to mail.  I got it done because of all the cards I made after last year's went out.  Now I'm starting on next year's with one for CAS(E) This Sketch.
I did some Altenew ordering on Black Friday and got this Poinsettia and Pine set.  I stamped and watercolored with Distress Inks and added a NBUS PB sentiment in Platinum embossing.

Do you see what I see?  This is CAS(E) This Sketch's 200th challenge.  They're having a celebration and a prize offering.  You might want to check it out.  I love playing in this challenge.

The Heart Desires - December

Guess who's a guest designer at The Heart Desires?  I won challenge #4 with this card and Katie asked if I'd like to be their guest for December.  Of course I say yes.  This is the inspiration photo for the December challenge. Beautiful, no?  
There are so many things here to spark your imagination - the season, the images, the colors.  This is not the original photo I had to inspire my card but it still works.
The trees dies are from SSS cut with three colors of glitter paper.  They're on a vellum panel gifted to me by Michele which has been stamped with a sentiment from PB.  The photo isn't the best because it's a much softer color IRL.

The Heart Desires design team has some wonderful cards for you to see. Why not check them out. You may be inspired to make a card for the gallery.