Friday, October 20, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #425~Oriental

I made this card for the challenge at: 
I decided to take  my card on an oriental trip.   I think black and red work so lovely with this idea.  The color of gold would have been fabulous too, but I didn't have anything like that on hand.  I do have gold embossing powder, but I'm not very good with that technique. So I stuck with stamping.  I carried the bamboo through on 4 of the tiny squares, I like how it ties it together.  I then stamped the sentiments making sure I placed them right side up according to the stampin  up box.   Because I have no idea what they say, but wanted to make sure it was at least the right way.    I'm sure it's a lovely word/phrase.  I'm pretending it's Peace and Hope (my favorite word)  The vase I stamped and colored then cut it out to cover up my mistake I made.  Always have to make a mistake or smudge with my cards.  *sigh.

I'm happy to say that my daughter went with me to Yonkers and we were able to find a plus size cardigan type sweater that  I can wear to the wedding.   Just a few more things to get and I will finally (Praise the LORD) have an outfit to wear. 
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Sketch #234

 Well, I'm not sure I can submit another card to the challenge at: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
But it's such an interesting sketch.   I love to see what everyone is coming up with.   All the cards are so amazing, so after viewing the gallery, I thought my first one perhaps was not so grand, so I went back to the desk and tried again. And folks I came up with this fall/thanksgiving card.  The embossing folder that I used actually says "Give Thanks and Celebrate Your Blessings"  but as you can see I layered my card over the "and celebrate your" part of it.. hence the reason  it's small with the layers.  I think it turned out cute.  I especially like the little pine cone embellishment below the leaves.  It would have been grand if I had had an acorn embellishment..but ya know ya just can't have everything.😉 So I improvised.  
I included the second picture because it had a nice "fall" look to it.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sketch #234 & Merry Monday #261 {Ornaments!}~ Merry Mice & Holly Berry Happiness

 I had a surprise visitor today.  My sister came over, it's a rare and nice occasion when this happens  She also has a blog she's trying to get a going.  I'd love if you could stop over and give her some blog love at: From Soils to Oils  

Today's card is one that I made using the Merry Mice and Holly Berry Happiness from Stampin up.  I think they are two of my favorites.  I really love the little bow in the Holly Berry set.  I went with the blue/silver/white theme for this Christmas card because it's seems like such a classic match.  I embossed the bottom layer with snowflakes, and started building my layers upward and in the center.  I sure have a hard time taking a picture with that silver foil paper.  So I shared two pictures so you could see the differences.   I'm going to submit this card to the following challenges: 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week 271: SORRY

I'm trying to learn how to keep cards CAS.  (Clean and Simple)  It is so challenging and yet rewarding to get it done nice.
So I am going to play along with Casology  and this is their cue card this week↓
I got this idea from a dear blog friend  Nancy at: Nanny's Pansy Patch Her card is spectacular. Please check it out.  I really love how the pink and gray compliment each other so nicely.  So I decided to try my hand at it.  I just switched things up a bit with the sentiments and no embossing folder to keep it clean and simple.  I think there is still enough white space on the card to qualify, even though the sentiment is quite large.  I like how the flower/branch just softens it a bit from the bold statement.  And I could use this card right now.. I was a bit crabby yesterday with my sweet hubby.  Guess that happens when ya have been together for 27 years. 
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Challenge #350 - OLC Stars~Moon Baby

The challenge is stars at: Less Is More
and I must say I had a fabulous idea in my head.  However when I tried to stamp it out, it didn't look as nice as I thought it would.  My plan was to take the single star and just do the letters.. U.S.A.  and then of course color in each star with red, white and blue for each letters.  Well it just looked a bit too congested on the card.. so to the recycle bin with that thought.  My next idea was a scripture card, and can you believe I have no scripture verses on hand that matched my stars.  So I pulled out the Moon Baby from stampin up.. and there ya have it folks.. my one layer super simple very plain card.  My gosh after all the time by my desk you'd think I would have come up with a masterpiece, but NOPE.
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FMS309 & Use Your Stuff #284

Today's card features the lovely Daisy Delight stamp set from stampin up.  I colored in the big daisy and punched it twice to give it some layers, and the little daisy I used my aqua brush to just pull in some of the ink from the petals but not too much.  The sentiment is a die cut from Hobby Lobby.  I think it came together nicely and I really like the little golden embellishment in the center of the big daisy.  I will submit this card to the following challenges:

Use Your Stuff

Challenge #284 - Tis The Season For Pumpkin Spice

                       Use orange - a little or a lot - on your project - OR - add a pumpkin to your project.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CAS Game #101 - Inspired by a Film

Oh boy, the folks at: AAA Cards have come up with a super "FUN-tastic" challenge. 
Let me begin by saying I love I mean LOVE Christmas movies.  I'm crazy over classic movies, but Christmas movies that are classics are the BEST.. I could no way choose between my top favorites, like Bishop's Wife, Holiday Inn, White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, It happened on 5th Ave.  So  I chose something a bit more recent.  I will give you three hints to see if you can come up with it.  
HINT #1~ The holly berry leaves are to represent mistletoe.
(didn't have a mistletoe stamp)
HINT #2~ The skyline in the snow globe. 
HINT #3~The word Magic in the Sentiment.
Any ideas?  Gosh this is fun.  Reminds me stuff I use to do when the kids were little.  aww. the good ole days.  

OK...🥁Drum roll Please🥁

Did you guess it correctly?    I thought the Mistletoe over the snow globe would for sure give it away.😉

And now for the credits. ↓
Starring in today's Movie card are the 
Fabulous Stampin UP Holly Berry Happiness
along side the Mama Elephant, Believe in Magic.
Thank you for viewing today's showing.. stayed tuned for more magical cards in the future.  

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