Friday, December 15, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17






Card #10

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Create Along With PTI - December 2017


Create Along With Us challenge at Papertrey Ink allows us to select a card one of the amazing Design Team Members has created during the December Release that inspired you.  We can then create our own version of their project...pretty awesome, eh!
It's a fabulous opportunity to CASE something made by one of these talented ladies and post it! 😊

There are so many lovely creations, it's hard to choose.   But  Laurie has inspired me with her lovely hearts and flowers set of cards which I chose to CASE.  

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Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17



Card #9

My goal for this Hop is to create and post at least one card for each hundred entries.  We shall see ... 


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I don't know why I am so far behind with mailing my Christmas cards, oh, wait, I know...I'm STILL making them!!  😳 
I did get to the post office today to mail a few packages up North.
Well, at least I didn't wait til the 19th, which is the busiest day of the Season for mailing. 


Creative With Stamps



The Design Team for
 "Creative With Stamps"
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our December Challenge~Reindeer
You can check out the cards from my fabulous team mates and all of the entries from everyone so far  HERE.
You have until the end of December to enter our Challenge #21.
Hope you will join in the challenge, you can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  

Just a Note:  Be sure to read through the few "Rules/Guidelines" we have at CWS, post your cards and have FUN!   

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My Card ~
Stamps:  Jaunty Reindeer and Forest Ridge are old wood block stamps that I bought at Hobby Lobby years before clear cling stamps came out! 😁  I still love the 'oldies but goodies' and pull them out to use for my Christmas cards along with the 1000 or so stamps I've bought since. 

Sentiment:  peace is a die cut from sizzix 'Seasons Greetings'

Cardstock:  Cream watercolor paper was used for my stamping and painting; Black panel frames the scene; Lavender is my base card

I used watercolor paints for the night sky, masking out the moon. stamped the trees several times with green  and brown inks above a ridge of snow which has Wink of Stella glistening all over it. The trees are speckled with 'Crystal' Stickles (both are difficult to see in my photo~but look really pretty IRL).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17






Card #8 ~ 
Gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate with marshmallows...
Yes please!

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Note:  I am going to keep my posts short and sweet because there are going to be a ton (literally) of entries to visit on this Bloghop, Peeps!  
But, if you have any questions about my cards, please ask away in the comment section and I will get back to you. 😘

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17







Happy National Cocoa Day to you!  

Card #7~

 
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Note:  I am going to keep my posts short and sweet because there are going to be a ton (literally) of entries to visit on this Bloghop, Peeps!  
But, if you have any questions about my cards, please ask away in the comment section and I will get back to you. 😘

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17






Card #6

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I have an amazing friend who starts baking Christmas cookies in October!  She must make 50-60 different kinds and puts together trays/tins/boxes of these yummy treats for family and friends.  
I love getting this Special gift from her and always make a thank you card I know she will get a kick out of 😋 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17




Card #5

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I forgot about using this spider webby glittery ribbon I picked up for Halloween cards this year, but think it works for Christmas now!   HaHaHa!  Or is that HoHoHo!😊




Note:  I am keeping my posts short and sweet because I know you have hundreds (number rising by the minute) of entries to visit on this Bloghop, Peeps!  
But, if you have any questions about my cards, please ask away in the comment section and I will get back to you. 😘

Monday, December 11, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17

Day 4 ~ Card 4



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This is one of my favorite 'old' Stampin' Up sets that I just have to include in my Christmas cards every year 😊
Have you ever made snow angels as a little kid?



Note:  I am going to keep my posts short and sweet because there are going to be a ton (literally) of entries to visit on this Bloghop, Peeps!  
But, if you have any questions about my cards, please ask away in the comment section and I will get back to you. 😘

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17

Day 3 ~ Card 3

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Note:  I am going to keep my posts short and sweet because there are going to be a ton (literally) of entries to visit on the Bloghop, Peeps!  
But, if you have any questions about my cards, please ask away in the comment section and I will get back to you. 😘

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17






I am going to keep my posts short and sweet because there are going to be a ton (literally) of entries to visit on the Bloghop Peeps!  But, if you have any questions about my cards, please ask away in the comment section and I will get back to you. 😘

Day 2~Card 2
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Winter '17



Hey there Coffee, Tea, Cocoa Lovers in Blogland!  I am 
very happy to join in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop~Winter 2017! 😊
HUGE thank yous going out to Amy Tsuruta and her team for taking on the organizing of this ginormous blog hop yet again!  
It is so much hard work behind and in front of the scenes...plus the daily card posts, commenting and updating for what must be the biggest hop worldwide! 💓

Day 1-Card #1: 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

MIM #306

MAKE IT MONDAY

Easy Fan Brush Trees

This week Betsy will be challenging us to get a little artsy and try our hand at creating some fan brush watercolor trees for pretty, wintry scenes. 
You can see her gorgeous card and watch the video HERE.
LOVE the pretty winter tree scenes and always bought those boxed Christmas cards displaying them before I started making my own cards. Now, I need a bit more practice, but had fun creating these beautiful wonderlands on my card today. Thank You, Betsy!😊


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Creative With Stamps


On the first of each month there's a new challenge at   
Creative With StampsFor the month of December we are looking for stamped REINDEER images on your card creations to be entered on our Challenge Blog HERE.  Stop by and check out the creations from my very talented Team Mates and leave them some blog-love ;-)

My Card ~ 
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You have until the end of December to enter CWS Challenge #21.
You can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  
Just be sure to read through our few "Guidelines" and just join in the FUN!   

Thursday, November 30, 2017

MIM #305

MAKE IT MONDAY
Love of Layers

 Laurie is up on MIM this week, showing us how to use layers in many different ways on your projects. Check out her wonderful card and video HERE.
I absolutely love layers on my cards, especially with die cuts for so many of these beautiful stamped images ~

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I don't use traditional red and green on my Christmas cards very often, but the Song Bird leaves and berry sprigs are in a sorta kinda red 'n green in between/behind my pink Rosie Posie flowers plus the sentiment is cut from green paint chips  😉

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MIM #304

MAKE IT MONDAY

Photo Ornaments


Lexi is showing us on the Make It Monday Challenge how to create some fun photo ornaments that will be perfect to add to your Christmas tree or give as a gift to someone special.

 
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I updated this "Ornament" with the banner from PTI's Song Birds and the With Love from Swoosh die sets cut from gold foil and glitter papers.  The snow flakes, silver twine are from my last year'
s Christmas stash  (or maybe from a few years ago) 😊

This photo of us was taken several years ago, it is one of my favorites...
~ Miss this man more and more with each passing day and truly    
   feeling blessed for the years we had together.💔

Saturday, November 25, 2017

PTI Blog Hop-November 2017

Hope you all had a Blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends this year and continue to be grateful every day to Him for all that you have!





Well, it's the 25th of the month and time for the  
Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge
~ go HERE to check it out!  

How can you not be inspired to create when you take a look at the beautiful photo Nicole found for us. 
November Inspiration




My Card~
I went with the colors, plaid and patterns from the photo as inspiration for my card because I am waaaaay behind making Christmas cards, even though the photo is showing an Autumn theme. 😉


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PTI's Song Birds and Wish Big (cut off the 'BIG' word)
Cardstock: PTI-Stampers Select White; 
                  Gold Shimmer,Kraft,Forest Green, Cranberry  
Sizzix: corner die cover plate
PP: My Mind's Eye
Plaid Ribbon: now that was bought for Halloween/Thanksgiving cards this year and I thought it matched pretty well to the cloth napkin in the inspiration pic 😁



"You are only limited by your own imagination"
~Benny Bellamacina

Friday, November 17, 2017

Create Along With PTI - November 2017


Create Along With Us challenge at Papertrey Ink allows us to select a card one of the amazing Design Team Members has created during the November Release that inspired you.  We can then create our own version of their project...pretty awesome, eh!
It's a fabulous opportunity to CASE something made by one of these talented ladies and post it! 😊

There are so many lovely creations, it was hard to choose.   But this pretty card by  Laurie Schmidlin inspired me today as the one I would CASE. 
   
Laurie's card
Here is my take on this beauty is:


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Creative With Stamps




The Design Team for
 "Creative With Stamps"
has created another card to share with you 
Mid Month for our November Challenge~Thankful
You can check out the cards from my fabulous team mates and all of the entries from everyone so far  HERE.
You have until the end of November to enter our Challenge #20.
Hope you will join in the challenge, you can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  


My Card ~

This thank you note is going out to a friend who hosted a 
girls-night-in for several peeps the other evening.  
The inside sentiment is  "For such a fun time"

The very sweet digital image "Cuddles in Red Wagon" is from our November Sponsor - Pattie's Creations  just click on the name to check out her fun digi's.

I used Distress Stains for the sky and the ground and colored Cuddles and the wagon with my Spectrum Noir markers.


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Be sure to read through the few "Rules/Guidelines" we have at CWS, post your cards and have FUN!   

Sunday, November 12, 2017

MIM #303

  MAKE IT MONDAY

Holiday Photo Card

 

Ashley is sharing about creating holiday photo cards and doing an update from the holiday card Make it Monday that she shared with us last year!  You can check out her beautiful family photos, sweet little Lauren and the video with three Holiday photo card ideas HERE.

The challenge (quoted from Nicole's Blog) is to:
~ Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and incorporating a photo.

Truth be told, I haven't sent photo Christmas cards in a number of years now, but I do like to add a photo of the recipient to cards for a birthday, anniversary or thinking of you note, so I hope this counts for the MIM Challenge this week ;-)


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The picture was taken here in FL close to Christmastime about 10 years ago.  YIKES, where did the time go!


My Card ~
I'm sending this note to my dear friend (on the right in photo) in Massachusetts who needs a little pick-me-up today.  
BTW, I need the new 'Little Lift Me Ups' stamp set.😊 

*The sentiment is from PTI's Spring Woods
*Butterflies are cut from the Butterfly Cover Plate
*The sweet flora PP is from DCWV "Pocket Blossom" 
*Square window die cut is from Nestabilities



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dawn's Blog Hop

Many of you are familiar with the personal health struggles Dawn McVey has had over the past few years, and might have seen the recent news that she is now a proud small intestine transplant survivor. 
The community thought there would be no better way to honor Dawn and support her during her journey to recovery than to make a colorful, vibrant presentation of get well soon greetings. Dawn has always brought color and joy into our lives, and now we are able to do the same for her.
So here's to Dawn. May she find the strength on the hardest days. May she have peace through the recovery process. May she feel the love shining down on her from around the world.
If you would like to mail your creation to Dawn, you may use the address below.
Dawn McVey
Medstar Georgetown
3800 Reservoir Rd NW 
Washington, DC 20007
 
You can go to Nicole Heady's Blog and see all of the amazing creations the card-making-community all over the world is making in honor of this sweet girl who has graced so many lives with her positive attitude, creativity, artwork and uplifting blog posts over the years. 
Now it is our turn to show this awesome lady how much we love her beautiful spirit and gorgeous creations.  I am going to make a few more cards over the next few days using one of Dawn's own designer stamp sets from"Raspberry Suite"  which is one of the prettiest floral sets in my collection called Peonies on Parade.   
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Along with my card, I am sending healing thoughts and many prayers for Dawn's recovery and speedy release from the hospital!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MIM #302

Make it Monday 

 Twine & Ribbon Wraps


Stephanie is up on MIM this week and shows us how to use twine and ribbon on our cards in a different way than just a regular knot and/or bow.  You can go HERE and see her video and beautiful card.

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My card ~
Stamps/Dies/Embossing Plate:  Nesting; Fall Elegance 

I love this sweet "Nesting" stamp/die set and using my Misti is a great tool for stamping the images on the small die cuts.    I don't have a wreath that would look good for this technique, but I wrapped some pink twine around the edge of my circle window and the edge of my card to add texture like Stephanie suggests.  😀

Creative With Stamps







On the first of each month there's a new challenge at   
Creative With Stamps.  For the month of November we are looking for stamped THANKFUL images on your card creations to be entered on our Challenge Blog HERE.  Stop by and check out the creations from my very talented Team Mates and leave them some blog-love ;-)

 
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You have until the end of November to enter our Challenge #20.
You can enter up to 3 cards and be eligible to win some great prizes from our Fabulous Sponsors.  
Just be sure to read through the few "Rules" and have FUN!   






Sunday, October 29, 2017

MIM #301

MAKE IT MONDAY

Matting With Glitter

 

Lizzie is up on MIM this week and shows us how to easily add glitter mats to our projects.  You can watch her video HERE.   This is the perfect challenge to begin creating holiday cards and projects if you are like me and haven't really started yet! 

 Well, I made a card, but I cannot tell you how many things are wrong with this one! Several of which I will re-do/fix before sending this out...cause you know I can't just trash my cards :-{

To begin with, my Photo Editing program is not working~which is the reason for the terrible photo. Then there is the 'shadow' stamping on the sentiment; the watercoloring waving up the card stock; cutting the panel too much on one side... And, don't get me started on the glitter EVERYWHERE in my craft-room and on me!

 
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI Blog Hop-October 2017


It's time for the October Blog Hop over at PTI 
~ go HERE to check it out!  

How can you not be inspired to create when you take a  look at these beautiful artworks Nicole found for us.  You can choose the colors from some of the layouts, try a new technique for creating backgrounds.

"You are only limited by 
your own imagination"
~Benny Bellamacina 




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I actually went on line to see this Artist's work because I was not  familiar with him.  I was more inspired by Nicole's photo to create a watercolor background for my Beautiful Butterflies and Swoosh Hello after checking him out. 😊




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MIM #300

 MAKE IT MONDAY

Build-a-Wreath

 

Wow!  This will be the 300th Make It Monday video and challenge!   You can watch Melissa Phillips share her tips for how to create your own paper crafted wreaths in this video HERE.  
Her beautiful style is demonstrated with three lovely cards.



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My Card ended up with a few too many embellishments~I think I got carried away watching Melissa who is really a genius at this technique  (I clearly need more practice ;-)

The wreath (Kraft CS) was made with two different size circle dies, embossed with woodgrain and a few Sizzix Scribbles die cuts (Red CS). 
The Banner die cut (Black CS) also by Sizzix is adhered to orange linen CS..  
Sentiment, Leaves and Pumpkins stamps are from PTI Fall Elegance which I fussy cut out are popped up with thick double sided tapes.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

MIM #299

MAKE IT MONDAY
Sentiment Windows

This week, Dawn McVey is up on MIM with a challenge to use a sentiment stamped on the inside of your card as part of the design on the card front, by utilizing a die cut window! 
Love everything Dawn does~she is such a creative and talented lady!   
You can go HERE to check out her AMAZING art work and video then link up your card.

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I turned my Spring Woods stamp/die set into a "winter woods" scene for this Christmas card. 😉
The panel on top is embossed with a folder of snowflakes from Sissix.  
Inside sentiment is Hero Arts
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