Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pinecone Sketch

I know that I shouldn't, but I'm starting to get in the holiday spirit what with the debut of some Christmas stamps, catalogs, papers, and embellishments everywhere!  I used this week's versatile sketch by Karren Johnson at Freshly Made Sketches to add to my Christmas card stash...

Here is my card...

Stamped the sentiment from A Muse Studio's "It's a Wonderful Life" set on black cardstock in white ink for a chalkboard look. The background is stamped with the most realistic woodgrain image I've ever seen....Stampin Up's "Hardwood" background!

The festive pine bough is from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Festive Foliage" set.  Added some linen red gingham washi tape and red jingle bells to amp up the rustic cheer :)  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


A card for Papertrey Ink's blog hop based on this lovely inspiration photo...

The County Fair medallion panels are stamped with the the flowers that Betsy included in the set, and also the sweater pattern on the little mini polaroid image in the Framed Out #12 mini stamp set.  The sentiment is from Vintage Picnic Sentiments.

The embossed background is made with the Vineyard Impression Plate on Rustic Cream cardstock.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tinsel Tree

Had time to play along with "The Challenge #15" on Lesley Croghan's blog "Always Playing with Paper."
Here it is... to use the sketch on the left, the colors on the right, or both!

I chose to make a Christmas card with both the colors and the sketch, tilted sideways...

I was inspired by my new "O' Tannenbaum" set from Papertrey Ink and this paper that's light grey with pink stars.

The tree is actually stamped in Delicata Silver ink, but it looks embossed (and kind of tinsel-y if that is a word!) Now, if you want to see a really spectacular Christmas tree with another from the set...and some PINK...head over to Renee's blog!  This card HERE is droolworthy!

Thanks to Lesley and her DT for such a fun challenge!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cozy Snowflake Sketch

A lovely sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches by Cindy Lovell!  The star instantly made me think of my quilt patch from the "County Fair" Make it Market Kit by Betsy Veldman.

I turned it into a snowflake...

The paper is from DCWV's "Merry Little Christmas."  I thought the lettering matched Lawn Fawn's "Milo's Alphabet" stamps so I spelled out "Cozy," then added "Wishes" from PTI's new "O' Tannenbaum" set.

Added some shimmer ribbon for the vertical panels, but the little swirls on the flannel paper made me think of twine so added a twisting flurry of my own!  The little wooden heart is from Studio Calico and I added some red dye inks to color it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Watercolor Balloon Sketch

Yay!  Got to play along with my favorite sketch challenge... Freshly Made Sketches!  This week's sketch is by Jennifer Brum. I ended up taking some creative liberties with the sketch.  You know how you start off with one idea, and then as you get crafting, the end result is very different from the original creation that you had developed in your mind?  That's what happened there!

Here is Jennifer's sketch...

Here is my card:

I started off with a watercolor "bokeh" background by Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 Blog seen here.  So inspiring!  Love the whole feel that this background gives a card...very dreamy, like you are floating :) Thus my choice to add some confetti and balloons...

I added some background stamping and a sentiment with my "Confetti" set from Mama Elephant. The balloons are from Papertrey Ink's "Birthday Style."  I die cut them from vellum paper then stamped the coordinating image using A Muse Studio and Fresh pigment inks in similar "sky" colors.  The "bow" image is from "Confetti" and I added it to the top of the sentiment.  I poked a whole for the balloon strings to go through to the back, then added a rhinestone.  This will be a fun card for one of my daughters to give at a party!

As always, thanks so much to Freshly Made Sketches for the inspiration...and to you for stopping by today!