December 14, 2018

Shop 'Til You Drop - SALSA Swap

Woo Hoo! It's the last SALSA get-together for the year! For this month's swap at SALSA, the theme is "Shop 'Til You Drop." The inspiration for my design comes from Lynne's House of Cards - she has a nice clean style. When I found the image I wanted to use, I wanted that clean look so Stella could stand out. First, when I'm coloring, all the way through I'm thinking I need to scrap this and start over. Lines or No Lines? And my signature mark is shadows going every which way! What I like about Bugaboo images is the hefty outline....makes cutting much easier. Stella was cut on my Eclips.

December 13, 2018

Houndstooth We Are 3 Card

The December's New Releases at We Are 3 include three different Houndstooth collections.  I immediately thought of some of my favorite skirts and slacks when I was a bait younger.  Love the classic design on these papers.  This card is made with the Houndstooth Neutral collection and the Santa is from the Glitter Tag collection.

December 11, 2018

Sending Good Cheer

I've been working furiously on Christmas gifts, and it's proving to be quite the challenge! Just seem so disorganized this year. Had two Secret Sister gifts to make - wanted to send cards, but major creative block set in!!!! I spent one night online trying to be inspired - but was not inspired and needed something simple fast! Been there, right? I finally settled on simple and quick. First I made a set of Christmas cards cream on cream with holly - you can see those here. Not happy that my two cream cardstocks did not match! For the next set, I remembered Dreamy Creamy - much happier with the results. The image is Hollyberries from Power Poppy. I had a few extra, so cut some smaller leaves and did a bit of popping. I think these cards are pretty elegant, don't ya think? I'm pleased with how quickly these cards went together. Gotta love it when a plan works!

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December 10, 2018

Monday Greetings Challenge - We Are 3 Houndstooth

The challenge this Monday over at The Outlawz is Anything Goes.  I don't like to create cards for Anything Goes (I like a challenge) - but it works out perfectly when I happen to make a fave card on the same day!  I used Houndstooth Neutral  - scaled at different sizes - for the patterns on my card.  I like the coordinated look - then I bordered it with a contrasting floral border and added a flower and sparkly leaves.

December 9, 2018

Splitcoast Stampers - Featured Stamper Challenge

Happy Sunday!  This week I chose the Featured Stamper's Hawaiian Santa Gift Card/Money Holder Card to CASE...also the theme for The Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes is Here Comes Santa Claus.   I went with paper from Storybook Christmas (We Are 3) for cardstock - kind of like finding Santa in the snow. I'm not sure where Santa came from. The gift card holder is from Simply Craft SVGs. The holly is from Holly Leaf and Berry (We Are 3). Be sure to stop by the Featured Stamper gallery to see all the fabulous contributions by others - please come play along.

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I Love You

How fun! We Are 3's December Release includes a collection of houndstooth patterns - Houndstooth Neutral. I really enjoyed greatly enlarging the pattern to make a bold background for Power Poppy's Irresistible Peonies. Then I took advantage of of the large white space and added a sentiment. Ahhhh - sweet success!

December 8, 2018

"Festive Friday" Outlawz Challenge

This treat box is for the Festive Friday challenge at The Outlawz. The svg file is from SVG Cuts - Mini Favor Box. The paper was gifted me from a former neighbor years ago - I just love it! If you haven't already, you should check out the challenges at The Outlawz. They're fun!.

The Paper Ala Mode Challenge

The Paper Ala Mode Challenges at The Outlawz are so much fun.  This week's theme is to use Wintry-Patterned Paper and an Animal.  Odd Ball Stamps were kind enough to sponsor - Thanks, Odd Ball!  I decided to make a tag using Wednesday's Sketch.  My wintry-patterned paper, unfortuantely, is well hidden behind my elephant.  The elephant is Christmas Elephant with Antlers from Odd Ball.  The snowflakes are a Sizzix die cut.  Click here to see all the wonderful creations submitted for the Paper Ala Mode Challenge.

December 7, 2018

Christmas Card

This is a design for the new release at We Are 3.  I used Swing Card 2 from Simply Crafty.  I used Houdstooth Holiday for the patterned paper.  I placed a sentiment from the Joy collection for the front sentiment - and one from the Sending You collection for the inside sentiment.  I embellished the card with some holly from the Holly Leaf collection.

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December 6, 2018

We Are 3 December Release

This month's Release at We Are 3 includes a Houndstooth pattern in a variety of colors.  What fun!  I made this window card using my Eclips.  The sentiment is from the new Joy collection - and I framed it with a mandela from Love SVG.  I added some glitter on my sentiment and a jewel berry to glitz it up a bit.

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December 5, 2018

Santa Nutcracker Christmas

Check out We Are 3's December Releases here! For today's card, I used Santa Nutcracker. The background paper I used for the flourish background is Vintage Carnival.

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December 4, 2018

Power Poppy "Gift" Challenge

Tuesday is definitely my favorite creating day because I get to join Power Poppy's Creative Confetti Challenge and see what everyone else came up with. Such anticipation! Click here to see the original challenge. The challenge is to create a gift - Julie chose to make a bookmark she made for her daughter.

I made a set of cards using Hollyberries from Power Poppy. I ran the background layers through the Big Kick. Some black contrast mats where also used on these cards. The snowflake background is from Darice. Guess I need to work on my lighting, because after finishing and going to take photos, I realized the cardstock colors for the image is not the same as my card balance. I made a set of four cards to send as a gift for my Secret Sister.

Christmas Card for December Release - and single-layer technique.

Don't you just hate it when you have a great idea for a card with individual digital elements - but no time to cut out each element? Well, my dear friends, just put all those elements together to make an unbelievably GORGEOUS single-layer image! For my image, I used Winter Serenity for the background - complete with deer. I added Hipster Snowman - and his newest friend, Bunny (from the December Release). Simply add a sentiment - this sentiment from the Sending You collection. Click below to add any of these elements to your Etsy cart! Then I just added some matting. Simple, quick, and pretty cute, I think. I did all my work using my word processing program (Word) - and this allows you to print more than one a page with some simple Copy and Paste.

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December 3, 2018

New Progressive Freebie Challenge

This month's Progressive Freebie at The Outlawz is a little different for me. This fun image is from Star Stampz. They have a sweet collection of stamps. I LOVE THEM!

December 2, 2018

Happy Birthday, Gene!

My personal challenge this week was to make a birthday card for my hubby that says, "I hope you like this card, because your birthday gift is not too exciting." You see, he's getting - or should I say WE'RE getting - new pillows for his birthday. Ours are older than the hills - and repeated attempts to find the perfect pillows over the past give years have left us always returning to our pillows we received free with our mattress 12 years ago. I finally got smart, though - and ripped off the tag (Ignoring "penalty of law" - lol), and made trips to stores until I found one with the exact same tag! Yes, admittedly, it took me six years to figure that one out! I think my fun card will soften the blow, though. Our look-alikes are snuggled in bedding made from a Touch of Teal from We Are 3. The fun svg file is Get Well Bear Card in a Box from My Casual Whimsys.

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December 1, 2018

Paper Ala Mode Challenge

This week's Paper Ala Mode challenge is Snow OR to use a tag, so I chose the tag made with Cute Kawaii Big Eye Owl On Tree Image from our sponsor OddBall Art. Yes, Thanksgiving is over, but our tag challenge for Salsa wa Gratitude, so I stuck to a more autumn feel. My sentiment is printed on an an Autumn Leaf Layer from My Scrap Chick.

November 29, 2018

Kit and Clowder Butterfly Technique Class

Here's some practice with a butterfly from the Butterfly Technique Class.  This is my attempt using some lighter colors for the butterfly.  The sentiment and flowers are stickers from my stash.