Our church has an angel tree for the residents of the local nursing homes and after wrapping up our recipient’s gift, I decided to add a shaker tag/ornament. I die cut 10 outline stars and glued them together instead of using foam tape. I also layered some red cardstock in between the cream so you can see the alternating pattern from the side. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart and all the sequins were a gift from a sweet friend. And it’s hard to tell from my pics but the patterns on my paper are actually a shiny gold. I’m entering this into the Paper Crafts November Gallery Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, and Ribbon Carousel Challenge 87.
Since it’s less than 48 hours till we will be feasting and celebrating, I’m going to share my last Thanksgiving Day card. This time I inked up a couple of Avery Elle stamp sets, Modern Leaves and Air Mail. Yep, you read that correctly. I created my turkey using stamps from just those 2 sets. I stamped 8 leaves to create the feathers for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 121: Create with 8. As for the body, I stamped the cross-hatch leaf 3 times and then used a circle punch. For the head, I stamped the backside of the clasp stamp from Air Mail and then trimmed around it. The feet were created using the leaf with a vein; I stamped it onto cream cardstock, trimmed around the vein and then colored it with an ink pad. I actually created the beak with a leaf too; I just trimmed the end off of it but I’m not including that in my count since it’s not complete. And the reason I created this card with just Avery Elle stamps? I wanted to play along with their November Challenge: Anything Goes.
I am grateful for so many blessings this year, including this hobby and the friends I have made because of it. For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, hope you have a wonderful time with your family & friends!
Just when you thought I was done with the Amber Waves set, I inked it up again, this time for a Christmas card. I masked off the very tips of the wheat stalks to make it look less like wheat but my hubby says it’s still very obvious. And then to add insult to injury, my daughter said it looked like green turkey feathers. :*( But they’re pretty she added. Oh well, I thought it was creative. The sentiments are from SSS Holiday Hello and I used gold EP on them. I’m linking this up to the CFC 120 and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.
My daughter wanted me to share the card she recently created. She loves watching Jennifer McGuire videos and she was inspired to make this after watching one. She used the direct to paper technique to create her beautiful background and then used some PTI stamps. We’ll be adding this to our collection for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
I came up with one more idea for the sheaf of wheat from the CAS-ual Fridays Amber Waves set. And I gotta say, I love how this turned out! Instead of inking the entire stamp, I only inked up to just below the shortest stalks. And to keep the circular shape as I stamped, I put the smallest Spellbinder’s circle die in the middle. I debated adding a twine bow or some embellies but I finally decided less is more for this one.
I’m entering this into Simon Says Monday Challenge: Got Ink? and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving.
I left a comment on the CAS-ual Fridays blog during the WCMD festivities and my name was randomly picked by Michele. I had been eyeing the beautiful Amber Waves set so it was a no-brainer as to which set to choose. And since Thanksgiving is just 3 weeks away (can you believe it?!), it was time to put it to use. The first card is for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 119: embossing and CASology Week 69: brown. I wanted to do something different with the sheaf of wheat so I played around with the stamping until I came up with this arrangement.
And my second card is for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: keep it simple. Don’t know if you can tell from the photo but I placed tiny little gems on the horizontal leaves of the border stamp. Thanks to Heather for the gems & Michele for the beautiful stamp set!
I wanted to share a card that I thought would be a fitting tribute to the moxie fab Cath Evaldson. She made us better card makers, always challenging us with her Tuesday Triggers and trendy challenges. She expanded our worlds by introducing us to other Moxie Fabbers and taking us out and about. I loved her way with words and her daily posts really did add color to my world. The Moxie Fab World will never be as moxie fab without Cath and I will miss her. Thank you, Cath, for all of the inspiration, encouragement and friendship you have shared with us!
Just poppin’ in to share a card I made for the Handmade Cards Week: The Stickers & Tape Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I tried to randomly adhere washi tape down the side to create a fun border. And the cute stamps are from Avery Elle. I won the Modern Leaves set by answering a question on Donna’s blog a while back and she sent me the Party Animals set as a bonus. Thanks, Donna!
I wanted to share with you how I am storing most of my washi tapes. This is a long wooden box that once held cigars; I couldn’t throw it away cuz I just knew I could use it for something (is this called hoarding?). I found it in one of our kitchen drawers the other day and bingo! It’s about 14 or 15 inches long and it does have a cover but some of the tapes are just a tad too big. Makes me happy to see the row of colorful washi!
I have a last-minute entry for the MFW All That Glitters is Gold challenge. I pulled out a bookmark that I made at a Stampin’ Up! party years ago and it reminded me of a fun technique called Faux Metal. Here’s a tutuorial on SCS. In a nutshell, you add layer after layer of heat embossing until you build up a nice thick layer and then you take a rubber stamp inked with Versamark and you stamp it into the molten embossing powder. Leave the stamp in place until it cools and then it will release without any problems. The tutuorial says you need at least 4-5 layers of embossing but I needed more like 10-15 layers. I also had to reink the panel with Versamark each time to get the next layer of powder to stick; just wait maybe 15-20 seconds for it to cool before repeating. The nice thing with this technique is that if you mess up, just heat emboss again and the image disappears. Took me 3 tries to get the image evenly impressed but the results made the extra effort worth it. As for the other supplies, the stamp is from Hero Arts My Favorite set, the dies from PTI and the vellum is from my stash. I have had that gold-splattered vellum for years and it’s nice to finally use it on a project.
with my stamps, that is. But you knew that already, right? Hubby’s birthday is on Friday so I made him a fall-inspired card. The patterned papers & tree stamp are from the SSS October kit; I love everything in this month’s kit and that is not something that I say very often. I inked the tree up with Hero Arts Soft Sand and kissed it with their Woodgrain stamp which had been inked up with Cup O’Joe. For the leaves, I inked them up with Distress Wild Honey and then rocked on some Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door inks. The sentiment is from PTI’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday.
I made two cards using an upcycled booklet from a local spa. A patient gave my hubby a gift certificate and being the wonderful guy that he is, he brought it home to me. Along with the gift certificate was a little book of the offered services. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make something with it. Well I made sure I took a photo of it before cutting it up but I somehow managed to delete the photos while cleaning up my files one night. Yes, I’m good like that.
The 1st card uses the embossed panel that was the front cover. Underneath the 3 banners was a cream rectangle that had the name of the spa on it. I stamped Hero Arts Dot Flower Pattern and Classic Fabric Design with Brilliance gold ink before die cutting them. I used some gold elastic cording that I saved from something years ago to finish off the banners. It was a little tricky to make the bow and I ended up using Glossy Accents to keep everything in place. And the pretty little gold flower sequins were a gift from Heather. Thanks, my friend!
Unfortunately I needed yet another sympathy card; this time for a friend who lost her mother. I used the back cover of the booklet to create this card. I stamped Hero Arts Leafy Vines with gold ink and matted the linen panel with matte gold cardstock. Where you see the cream rectangle was an embossed rectangle continuing from the front cover. I flipped it over and used the debossed area for my sentiment.
And in case you missed it, I used gold on both cards so I am going to enter them into the All That Glitters is Gold challenge in the Moxie Fab World.