Monday, November 17, 2014

Jingle Bells for a White Christmas {MM135}

Wow, where did last week go?  My oh my, the weeks are zipping by aren't they?!  I'm pleased to bring you another Christmas card for Merry Monday.  Love working with these gals--they are so sweet and talented!  This week, Sue is our hostess for a challenge to use Christmas Bells.

I must say, this was quite a challenge for me!  I don't own a single bell stamp (gasp!) and while I could have downloaded something from the Silhouette store, I challenged myself to use Stampin' Up products.   What do you think?
 This White Christmas stamp set is so stinkin' cute!  Love the little polar bear, the treescape and the darling bitty banner!  On the focal piece, I stamped all the images with Memento black ink and used my Smoky Slate (light) Blendabilities marker to color the trees.  I stamped the treescape a second time on Whisper White cardstock and trimmed it down to the treeline to make my snowy forest.
The polar bear was fussy-cut and given some glitz with Dazzling Diamonds.  I gave the bitty banner some depth by coloring it with the lightest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker.  It's just slightly darker than the Pool Party cardstock in the background and helps the banner stand out. 
I used the only Christmas bells I had....mini jingle bells!  While these are retired SU, I am certain they can be found at any craft store.  I tied them onto my banner with some Cherry Cobbler ribbon and a glue dot.
This card is a different fold--opening just slightly off center.  I scored the 4.25" x 11" piece of SMoky Slate cardstock at 3" and 8.5" to get the unique gate opening.  One side is covered with a Smoky Slate pattern from the All is Calm DSP.
Of course, you know I couldn't stop there and did a little more stamping on the inside.  Love that more and more of SU's sets are coming with coordinating sentiments for the front and inside of our cards. 

I hope you'll join us over at Merry Monday!  Be sure to stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team and their amazing work!  Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Clean-and-Simple Feathers of Thanks {PP222}

Hiya friends! Welcome to another week with The Paper Players where the always-amazing-Ann is our hostess for a "Clean-and-Simple Thank You" challenge :

So close to Thanksgiving, I decided to interpret the challenge with an invitation of thanks:
I started out with a blank piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and had the idea to leave a scored section for the sentiment.  First, I stamped all the images from the Four Feathers stamp set in Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow.  These colors are so pretty together--love the pop of deep purple from the Blackberry Bliss. 
I scored a section for the sentiment but decided it needed a little more pizzazz....so I stamped the sentiment on a strip of vanilla and framed it with some Gold Foil paper.  Ah, much better.  Getting a little bit further and further away from "clean-and-simple", oh well!
I had already stamped the line and spot images from Gorgeous Grunge in Sahara Sand and I loved it but....  with the Gold Foil paper framing the sentiment, I needed to coordinate some gold somewhere so....   I highlighted the speckles by stamping some more in Versamark ink and embossing in gold.  Really like the way this looks!
I did say this was an invitation, right?  :-)  We were lucky enough to receive the Holiday Invitation stamp set at convention and this was the first time I inked it up!  I probably would not have purchased it for myself but now that I have it, I love it!   This was a pretty quick and easy card to make, in fact I made 5 of them in about an hour!  Perfect for a holiday celebration whether on Thanksgiving or during the Thanksgiving weekend.  

I hope you will pop over and check out the other designers at The Paper Players.  Such a great group we have!  If you would like to join in the fun, we would love to see your project in the gallery before the challenge closes on Friday, November 21st at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team
 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Annual Veterans Day Poker Run

Hi friends! Just a quick post today for two reasons... First to wish all of our veterans a Happy Veterans Day and thank them for their honorable service to our country and our freedom!  Second to share a card I made in honor of Veterans Day.
 
Every year my husband, an avid cyclist, sponsors a Veterans Day Poker Run.  On this poker run, participants ride a 70+ mile route through our county stopping at each of the Veterans Memorial sites in various towns.  At each stop, riders draw a card to make a poker hand and at the end of the ride, the best hands win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Riders pay to join the race and my husband donates all the money to a local charity serving veternas.  Pretty neat, huh?  Yeah, I'm proud of him for doing it!  My job each year is to make the winners cards to hold the prizes.  I was particularly happy with this year's easy but effective design:

I downloaded a bicycle image from the Silhouette store and cut it out of black cardstock.  The Work of Art stamp set in Real Red and Night of Navy made the perfect flag background.  Not a new technique but I love the look behind the bike.
The Blue Ribbon stamp is perfect for the inside of the card.  I typed the text on the computer and printed it on Whisper White cardstock stamping the blue ribbon image in Smoky Slate.  I didn't take a picture of it (silly me!) but I used the same stamp sets on the front of each envelope too.  

Just a quick and easy little card that was the perfect fit for this special occasion.   Thanks for taking a look today friends....enjoy the day!

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