Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thinking of You for Monkey 88

Merry Christmas! This card is for the latest challenge over at A La Card Monkey. This week's challenge is Thinking of You plus sketch. The card I made uses Tempting Turquoise card stock as the base, then I think it's Daffodil Delight cardstock, but I'm not sure. The DSP is from the Playdates pattern. The ribbon is Old Olive. The image is from the Pines and Poinsettias stamp set in the Holiday mini catalog. I colored in the stamp with Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight markers. The sentiment is from a set that I found at Michaels. I used Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise markers to color it.

Here's the sketch:

Isn't the monkey cute? And how appropriate for a Monkey challenge. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gift Tags from scraps

I haven't been able to find the box that contains gift tags and various other gift-wrapping supplies. I had to move it from the closet where it "lived" when we had a furnace installed in that closet earlier this year. The whole thing reminds me of my mother - she used to put things away and could never find them again. lol.

Anyway, the time had come to wrap presents and I needed gift tags. So I went to my stamping room, opened the drawer where I keep scraps of card stock and paper, got out my oval punch, scalloped oval punch, decorative label punch, scalloped round punch, and stocking die and got to work. Here's the results:

The "To/From" stamp is from the A Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set. You can see that I also used one of the stamps from the Four Frames set. After I took the photo, I added a little Christmas tree to the white stocking.

I took this picture because I didn't think that the dark green showed up very well against the brown in the first picture.

This was a variation that I did today. In all, it only took me about 45 minutes to make about 2 dozen gift tags.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pop-up for Winter Wednesday

It's the last week for Shirley's Winter Wednesday blog hop.

I chose to do something different this week - a pop-up gift card holder. It was HARD! But I got to play with my new Big Shot :).  I found the directions on the splitcoaststampers site. Here's the front of the card:

I embossed the front with the dotted folder. The Christmas tree, star and ornaments are a die cut. The Christmas banner and holly are from the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set. Santa is from the A Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set. He is stamped in Real Red and Basic Black. Real Red is also used for the holly berries and sponged around the sides. A band of frostwood lodge DSP holds the card closed. Here's the back view:

The little Santa hats are brads that I found at Joann's. A length of Cherry Cobbler baker's twine completes the closure. And when you open up the card, here's what you'll find:

The two papers are again from the Frostwood Lodge DSP. The sentiment is from the Christmas Lodge DSP and the holly is another die cut. I used the decorative label punch to cut out the red background for the sentiment. Since I didn't have an envelope for the gift card itself, I made one out of regular paper.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Monkey 87 Guest Designer

I'm a Guest Designer this week over at A La Card Monkey. The Challenge this week is to create a birthday card using their sketch:

Cute pig isn't it?

Anyway, getting back to the card. Since I, myself, have a birthday in December, I wanted my card to look as different from any holiday card as I could get it. AND my husband gave me a Big Shot for my birthday, so I wanted to use it right away! The basic card is made from Certainly Celery card stock. I embossed some Tempting Turquoise card stock with a floral embossing folder. I then sponged Marina Mist on the embossing to bring it out a bit and add some shadows. The image is one half of the flower stamp from Pines and Poinsettias stamp set. (I noticed that the flower looked like the embossed flower) I colored in the partial stamp using my Marina Mist and Certainly Celery markers and sponged MM around the edges. Then I layered it with Tempting Turquoise and CC. The sentiment is a stampabilities stamp, again in Marina Mist. The white satin ribbon is from Michaels and the rhinestone brads were another birthday present.

Now go make your own card and join the challenge!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Winter Wednesday Co-winner

My Snoopy on a wreath card was a co-winner for this week's Winter Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm really honored to be picked. Even though Shirley says I didn't play fair by including Snoopy LOL. I know that she loves Snoopy, but so do I! In fact, some might say I'm obsessed! This is the last week for Shirley's Winter Wednesday Blog Hop  so go over there and join the fun! I may have a card to add later in the week.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snoopy on wreath

I created this card for Challenge 86 over at A La Card Monkey. They have blog candy this week! The basic card is white cardstock, then I layered Frostwood Lodge DSP over Real Red cardstock. The 2 DSPs are actually the same paper front and back. I stamped Snoopy & the wreath on white cardstock using Stazon black. I cut it out after I colored it in with markers. The wreath itself is colored with Old Olive, the ribbon is Real Red. The lights on the wreath are various other markers. I distressed the edge of the Real Red circle before attaching the wreath with dimensionals. I don't know if you can tell or not, but glitter has been added to Snoopy and the ribbon. I stamped the greeting on the DSP and attached it and the RR glimmer brads to the scalloped oval (also in RR). Here's the sketch for this week's challenge:

I'm also adding this card to Shirley's Winter Wednesday Christmas Blog Hop. Only one more blog hop after this, just Dec. 14th. AND there's blog candy this week too!

 Just a few simple rules:
1. Anything goes, card, 3D project, it just has to be Christmas.
2. Add badge to post with link back to Shirley's blog.
3. Has to be a new post.
4. Add the hop to your post.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thank-you Update

My card was picked as one of the honorable mentions over at A La Card Monkey this week. As a result, I'll be a guest designer again for one of the upcoming challenges. Is that Cool or what?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thank-you for Monkey 85

Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season has begun. Over at A La Card Monkey, the challenge this week is to create a Thank-you card. Definitely something that we're going to need in a few weeks. I took time out from decorating my house to create this card:

It's another monochromatic card, but I seem to like them LOL. The basic cardstock is Certainly Celery. You can't really tell from the photo, but the darker olive green paper is glitter paper. Since this is the winter season, I used some leftover snowflake paper from one of my Christmas cards for the background. The sentiment is from the Engraved Greetings set and is stamped in Old Olive (likewise Snoopy). The glimmer brads are from the brights set and the white satin ribbon finishes it off.  Here's the challenge sketch:

Now it's back to the decorations!