Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SOS Challenge 78 ~LEAVES~

If you are looking for the Daydream Designs Blog Hop, please scroll down to the next post!
At Shopping Our Stash this week we have a really fun challenge using leaves!
Challenge 78 :  "I'm Leafing it up to You" - use a leaf or many leaves on your project! Images of leaves are fine too...plants, trees, etc. and/or dimensional leaves- punches, die cuts, prima-esque, etc.
Lots of possibilities there!

The card I came up with uses the same oak leaf stamp (SU) that I used on another card recently...yes, it is an old favorite (a garage-sale find!). I once again made a background paper with the stamp, then spritzed it with Smooch Spritz.
The cardstock is all from my stash; the dies used are some fairly new ones from Spellbinder called "Fleur de Lis Squares"; the real leaves I used are some tiny ones I found last year in our woods and pinned them on my bulletin board in my craftroom (they've been hanging there over a year and are a bit brittle!); the sentiment is the Bible text that is offered as a digital image this week at Word Art Wednesday. I am entering this card in their challenge.
Since I just love trees and leaves this was an easy assignment this week. I hope you like leaves too and will join in our challenge this week. For more inspiration visit our main blog and/or the DT members' blogs. Lots of really talented ladies!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Daydream Designs Blog Hop

I'm not sure how long it has been exactly, but I have been on the Daydream Designs "Dreamteam" for a few months now. I haven't posted very many cards for them yet...there is no weekly challenge but we do have Blog Hops "frequently"! Today I want to show you a Christmas card made with polka dots because...
We are thrilled to be hosting our second blog hop at Daydream Designs!  Our theme is polka dots...and other than that, anything goes!  So you will see lots of variety and the tremendous talents of our design team!
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To win:  Just leave a comment on each Dream Team members blogs listed below.
We will randomly select one winner to receive the grand give away of a $15 gift certificate. 
PLUS we will also give one $10 gift certificate, and one FREE set of choice to a third winner.
And everyone is a winner…FREE DIGIS on Diane’s blog!
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Happy Hopping!
But before you hop away, here is a card that I made using several different digital images/papers from Daydream Designs (listed below).

Well, I'm not 100% satisfied with my card...it seems to "need" something! But I just love the green background paper and didn't want to cover up the design much. It is called "KBsnowflakes8-VL-Green" from the Elegant Snowflakes set, from Daydream Designs (of course!). The light green polka dot paper is also from DDD; its called "Green with Green" from the Dotty Pastels set. The red on the 2 corners is from them too! It is called "Red-Leaves" from the Fall Papers set.
The 2 dies I used are Spellbinders: Labels 4 and Fleur de Lis Squares.
The sentiment (Cheer) is ALSO from a DDD set: Christmas Blessings!
Rhinestones and ribbon are from my stash.
So glad you could stop by today! Please join in the Blog Hop and leave comments at each of the DT members' blogs...you just might win a wonderful prize!
And....Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Friday, November 16, 2012

November Anniversary Card

This anniversary card is for my daughter Emily and son-in-law David. They celebrated their anniversary and Emily's birthday by going out for dinner to one of the fanciest restaurants in the city! Dave likes to do things up right...and pamper his wife whenever he can.

I am entering this one in 2 challenges. The 1st one is http://dutchcardlovers.blogspot.com - a sketch.
 DCL #163

The 2nd one is http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.com - the challenge is
"Make your own background"

I have done that several times before so this sounded fun and they gave suggestions for new things to try...so I did! I used watercolor paints; I painted the stamp (oak leaves) with a brush after mixing just the shades I wanted. I repeated the stamp several times...the first one was kinda "blobby" but looked alright when it dried. I then spritzed the papers with Smooch Spritz in an amber color, so it is shimmery.

My list of ingredients used:
Oak tree and leaves stamps are Stampin' Up
TH Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Metalic gold cardstock is a fiber paper from Paper Studio
Other cs, bias tape, gold string, tag and brads are all from my stash.
Thanks for stopping bu today!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shopping Our Stash- #77 "Thank You"

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, this week at SOS the challenge is simply to make a Thanksgiving card OR a Thank You card. I have several Thanksgiving cards made already so I decided to go with the 2nd option. YOU can make either one (or both!) for this challenge (#77) at Shopping Our Stash.

The flower on my card was sort of an experiment...I saw one like it on a blog I often visit because I absolutely love her creations! Her name is Julie and she is uber-talented; she's from London, England, and I just love her style! The flower is made from Nestie circle die cuts and the button in the center is really old: its been in an old button tin that moved with me from our first house at least 16 years ago. The aqua paper is from one of the packages of scraps you can buy at Hobby Lobby (like I needed more scraps!). The embossing folder is called "Flourish Dots" from Sizzix; the Thank You stamp is from Stampcraft; the die cut leaves are Spellbinders "Foliage"& the square is "Labels 15"; ribbon and gems are from my stash.
I hope you feel inspired to join in this challenge this week!
THANK YOU for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Think Pink" Christmas Card

This evening while we are anxiously waiting for the election results to come in I spent a little time in my craftroom. I knew there was a challenge ending tonight for a Christmas card with pink on it and I thought that sounded just lovely! So here is what I made:

 It is PSC54: "Think Pink for Christmas"

The lovely wreath is a colorized digi image, one of the "Deck the Halls" set, from Daydream Designs. Their new Christmas digis and digital paper packs just came out and they are GORGEOUS!!

The embossing folder I used is a Cuttlebug called "Madison"...a new favorite of mine!

The grey and pink cardstocks are from my stash as is the silver string. I used Stickles "Stardust" on the poinsettia centers and Pop Dots to adhere the wreath. The sentiment is computer generated.

Shopping Our Stash #76 "Oh what a deal!"

This week at Shopping Our Stash the challenge is:
Best Deal Ever - create something using one of your best bargain/had to have it- it was on sale! purchases (be sure to tell us what it is).
I am a real "bargain hunter", "deal finder", "hollander", "clearance sale queen", etc. etc. so it was kind of hard to chose just one. I seldom buy anything unless it is on sale and a real deal! I remember starting to collect supplies for cardmaking when I first started and found a good-sized bag of the Flora Doodle glitter flowers on a half-price sale. They have lasted over 2 years, but I don't use them much any more...only for "little girl" cards. So here is my girly card for my granddaughter Pearl, who just turned 14. The photo is of her when she was just a sweet 5-year old.

I was running short on time so didn't do much on the inside of the card.

The dies used were Spellbinders "Scalloped Edge Frame" (inside) & "Labels 20"
The corner punch is a Martha Stewart - "Double Loops"
Ink: Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Stamps: HB is Imaginations
Bible verse is Verve Stamps
DP is K&Company, the "Julianne" collection
Glitter flowers - Flora Doodle

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will join the challenge this week at SOS and show us what item(s) you got a bargain on and just HAD to have!

One more picture...as you can see I changed things a bit...just wasn't happy with "the look" of my card. So do you think this is an improvement or not?