Saturday, December 10, 2016

Candy Cane Lane

Good Morning Everyone ~ Do you like the Candy Cane Lane suite in the Holiday catalog?

I did not do any crafting yesterday.  I had 2 workshops in the afternoon and then we had dinner for my sister since it was her birthday.  After that I was not in the mood to do any crafting.  I did spend about 3 hours on the phone yesterday morning with Amanda.  We have our classes for the next 5  months figured out.  We have the stamp sets we are using along with any paper or embellishments we are using planned also.  For my preorder I ordered the items for the first 2 months.  Now when the Occasions catalog goes live, I can order the items for the other 3 months.  It feels good to have that many plans made!

Today's challenge at the Card A Day Challenge blog is

Saturday Surprises Challenge:
Photo Inspiration 


When I saw the houses, I immediately thought of our paper that has gingerbread houses all over it.  The card base is Whisper White that was cut 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored on the long side at 4 ¼”.  I pulled out the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and chose the Gingerbread House paper as well as 2 matching patterns.  I cut the Gingerbread House paper  at 2 ¼” x 3 7/16” – this allowed me to have 2 of the Gingerbread Houses on my panel.  I mounted this onto a piece of Real Red card stock that measured 2 ½” x 3 5/8”.  Next I cut the dot paper 1 ¼” x 5 ¼”.  I wanted this paper to pop so I cut a piece of Early Espresso card stock at 1 ½” x 5 ½”.  The dot paper was added to the Early Espresso card stock using Snail.  Then using Snail I added this strip to the left hand edge getting it very close to the edge of the card front.  Next I cut a strip of the Candy Cane paper 1” x 4 ½”.  This was mounted onto a Real Red card stock piece that was cut 1 ¼” x 4 ¾”.  I added this to the card front using Snail and overlapping the dot paper.  The Gingerbread House layer was attached to the card front using dimensionals.  Now I needed a sentiment.  I chose one from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  This was stamped using Early Espresso ink onto Whisper White card stock that was ¾” x 2 1/8”.  I mounted the sentiment on a piece of Early Espresso card stock that was 1” x 2 ¼”.  Dimensionals were used to add it to the card front.  My card was complete and ready to be mailed.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

I hope you will head on over to Card a Day Challenge blog to check out the other projects from this past week.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a workshop today and then I think we may try and get our trees straight.  They are up but not decorated.  We have been waiting for Zoie to be able to do them during the day.  Have a Super Saturday and pull out your Candy Cane Lane dsp and play!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Rose Thanks

Hello Stampers ~ I have a Rose Thanks for you today.

Well yesterday was a very successful day in more ways than 1.  I got my 2 projects completed at the yarn shop.  Look for you hat in the mail next week Barb!  I then came home and clean my bathrooms and vacuumed my house.  Then I had rope lights above my cabinets I needed to replace so I did that.  I also have a bunch of Longaberger baskets up there so I took them down and cleaned the protectors and washed the liners.  Then I put my 2 trees together so they are ready to be decorated this weekend.  I did all that in a matter of 4 1/2 hours.  I was on a roll.  Today I have 2 workshops so I knew I would not have time to do much today so I got it done last night.

Today at the Card a Day Challenge blog our challenge is    

C.A.S.E. A Card Challenge:

This is a clean and simple card so I needed to make sure my card was clean and simple.  I do not have a large bird in my stamps so I thought I would use a butterfly.  Well my butterfly was not big enough so I went looking for another idea.  I ran across my Rose Wonder stamp set and knew I could use it.  I wanted to give this card to someone who loves red so I decided to use Real Red for my card.  I cut my card base at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored it on the long side at 4 ¼”.  Another panel was cut from the Real Red that measures 4’ x 5 ¼”.  Since I was going to be embossing this panel, I used my Embossing Buddy to avoid stray flecks.  Using this panel I stamped my rose using Versamark ink.  Gold embossing powder was sprinkled on it and then heated with a heat gun.  Next I used the same procedure for my sentiment.  Now that my sentiment and image were embossed, I was ready to add my ribbon.  I chose some of the 1/8” gold ribbon.  I wrapped a piece around the front and attached it to the back using Tear & Tape.  My panel was complete so I added it to the card base using dimensionals.  To finish off the card I added a gold bow using the same 1/8” gold ribbon.  My card is now ready to mail!

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card
Thanks for visiting me today.  Head on over to the Card a Day Challenge blog and check out all the other challenges from this week.  Have a Fabulous Friday and let me know what you think of my Rose Thanks.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday's Focus

Hello Everyone ~ Would you like to see a Thursday's Focus as a new item on my blog?

Well the dentist went well.  I did not have any cavities which makes me happy.  They have 1 tooth they are watching but I won't know about it until next June when they take more x-rays.  I am glad I am good for 6 months!

Today we are starting a new adventure.  Each week we are going to take a product and highlight it.  All those on the hop will use the same product and share with you our way of using it.  Since we all have different styles, you hopefully should see a variety of ways to use the same product.

This week we have chosen to spotlight Twinkle Trees and Tin of Tag stamp sets.  I stamped the tree using Old Olive.  The swirls were added using Real Red ink.  I used the retired Itty Bitty punch pack to punch out a star from gold glimmer paper.  Not I needed to make my card base.  I chose to use Real Red.  I have some of the Fancy Frost Specialty designer series paper.  This paper is made to be sponged to highlight the pattern.  I had tried that but did not have any success so I decided to use the paper as it is.  I attached this to my card base using Tear & Tape.  I cut a strip of Real Red card stock and a strip of Gold Glimmer paper.  I attached the red to my card base at an angle.  I then added my gold glimmer paper on top centering it.  I chose my sentiment and stamped it in red.  It was too large for my card to make it look right so I took the sentiment and cut it in half.  I mounted both pieces onto a piece of Real Red card stock.  The first part of the sentiment was added to the top of the card and the last part was added to the bottom of the card.  I added the tree image to the card front using dimensionals.  Here is my completed creation.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Want to see another creation using this stamp set?  Head on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to check out what she did with the stamp set.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am headed to the yarn shop today.  I have 2 projects almost finished that I will finish up.  If I am lucky I may even get to start on one of my other incomplete projects.  Have a Great Day and let me know what you think of the Thursday's Focus feature.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Wishes

Good Morning Stampers ~ Today I have a Holiday Wishes card for you!

I had e successful workshops yesterday.  Everyone loved the cards.  We had a snow/snowman theme.  Needless to say there was a lot of bling involved with these cards!  Today I have an appointment and a dentist appointment.  Then I am planning on spending some time in my craft room.

We have a new theme this month for our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.

The only stipulation was we had to use silver and gold on our card.

I went looking at my challenge blogs to see if there was one I had not participated in yet.  I found the perfect sketch at Fab Friday    

I thought the gold and silver foil doilies would be perfect for the circle element.  That took care of my
gold/silver requirement so I was ready to see what other colors I would use.  Since we could use any other colors, I opted to use some more of my This Christmas designer series paper.  I took my other colors from the patterned paper.  I cut my dsp and mounted it onto a Cherry Cobbler card base.  I then used Garden Green for the horizontal strip in the sketch.  I stamped it with the snowflakes in the Greetings From Santa stamp set.  It was attached just below the dsp.  Now that I had my card base complete I was ready to address the circle element.  I used the sentiment from Holly Jolly Greetings and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler onto Very Vanilla.  I used the 1" circle punch to punch it out.  I punched a 1 1/4" circle from Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment was layered onto the Cherry Cobbler.  I used the small gold doily and attached the sentiment layer to it.  My card was complete.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Now it is time to head on over to the next blog on the hop.  Amanda at Our Crafty Playdate is next in the line up.  Hop on over to her blog to see her creation.   

Thanks for visiting me today.  It will be raining here today.  If it is raining where you are, it would be a perfect day to spend in your craft room.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday and share you Holiday Wishes with me!