Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Nature of Christmas

Happy Thursday bloggers!  Have you heard that there are less than 100 days until Christmas?  How has this happened?  Wasn't it just January 1, 2016??  I hope all of you crafters are in the midst of preparing...on that note, here is another Christmas card for my 2016 stash:

 
I have been "working" on this card for some time now.  I've had the Fred, She Said Pine Trees file imported into my Silhouette program for FOREVER, waffling back and forth about what to do with it.  I finally settled on making a pyramid with it, but I didn't want just a square or rectangle, so I went with ovals!  I did all the shapes in the Silhouette program, painstakingly making sure they were layered over the images just right.  I'm sure it should have been easy...LOL!  I also created the silver oval layer and the navy scalloped oval layer to perfectly match my image.  I dry embossed the upper part of the square card base with the Darice Snowflake Trim folder to add some more texture, and stamped The Paper Company Christmas Glamour sentiment on the flat lower area.  To better distinguish between the 2 areas, I added a strip of the sliver glitter paper, and this was done!  Well, with the exception of some Wink of Stella on selected parts of the image, of course!
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #21:  Nature of Christmas
CHNC #299:  Cute or ATG for Christmas
Holly Jolly #81:  Technique-Embossing, wet or dry (mine is dry)
Winter Wonderland:  Use at least 2 dies OR add some Sparkle
Snowflakes Promise #29:  ATG or optional seasons theme
Christmas Card Challenges #41:  ATG or optional color challenge
Outlawz Paper ala Mode:  Fall/Winter Holidays
613 Avenue Create #189:  ATG or optional colors of fall
Broken Fairy Designs #11:  ATG or optional girlie twist
 
 
Well, that's all I could find...thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend, and God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CCAYR Christmas Belles time!

Happy middle of the month everybody!  I'm here today to share my CCAYR Christmas Belles DT card:
 
 
I decided to go monochromatic for my card, building it based on the musical "Joy To The World" piece.  I used an old Papertake sketch, #84, for my design.  Kraft card base, layered with cream card and papers from Pink Paislee's Snow Village 12x12 pad, which is also where the topper came from.  Musical stamp used on the horizontal kraft strip is from Recollections.  I had the bottom layers all glued together, but it seemed to be lacking something...enter the gold glitter strips to save the day!  Then I added a gold glitter layer under the already kraft-backed topper to tie it all together.  And what card these days is complete without sequins?  ;)
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #21:  The Nature of Christmas
CMC #84:  Earth Tones
CRAFT challenge #381:  Christmas
 
 
Thanks for stopping by this evening, and God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What month is it again???

SEPTEMBER, you say?  I can hardly believe it!  My older DD will be 18 (!!!) on the 11th, and we are *that much closer* to Christmas!  On that note, I'm here to share my DT inspiration piece for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra for September:
 
 
I have been wanting to make a toilet paper roll ornament for a good while now, and I thought now was the perfect time.  Next time I do one though, I will make my pieces thicker.  I sprayed them last night with pearl white shimmer mist, and then today, dipped one side in glue and glass glitter.  In keeping with the silver look, I used silver glitter card stock for my scalloped oval layers (there is one in the back too).  This adorable mouse lives at the Bugaboo store, here
 
Please go and check out the other makes from the rest of the DT for this month...you won't be disappointed!  Don't forget that YOU could win $21 worth of Bugaboo goodness, just for joining us!  I can't wait to see what you will create.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #21:  ATG or optional Nature of Christmas theme
CHNC #297:  ATG or Vintage
Winter Wonderland:  Cute Christmas characters or an easel card
Christmas Card Challenges #39:  ATG or photo inspiration
Animal Friends #42:  Animals with Fur
Digi Choosday #35:  ATG
ABC Challenge:  "O" is for OPEN (anything goes)
 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and God bless!
 
~Marie~
 
 
 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chilly winter fun

Happy Monday bloggers!  Stopping by really quickly to share another Christmas card:
 
 
I printed this Snowman Skates image off a couple of weeks ago to color.  I spent a few days trying to find an appropriate sentiment, and finally happened upon a set from Studio G that has a bunch of seasonal words for endless combos.  These 3 words are what I thought worked best for the image.  All designer paper is from the MME Merry 6x6 paper pad.
 
Challenges:
 
CHNC #296:  Use a sentiment
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  ATG or optional Christmas Confectionery theme
ABC Christmas:  "Q" for quick layout
Cutie Pie #102:  Work, rest or play
 
Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a blessed week!
 
~Marie~
 
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rudolph the red-nosed...Rabbit???

Hey folks!  I'm back again tonight with another Christmas card:

 
This adorable Christmas Bunny topper from the Holly Time set by Sylvia Zet makes for a cute card!  Stef and Lauren at Jingle Belles are asking for cards that are predominantly red...I hope this is enough to qualify!  I used papers from 2 American Crafts 6x6 pads:  Jack Frost and Wish List.  I thought they complimented the pre-colored image quite well.  Distressed all my paper edges with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  Added some Wink of Stella to the white parts of his Santa hat...honest!  Picked out a light blue card stock to mat the image and papers, and this was done.  Oh, and I used the previous Sketch Saturday sketch.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  ATG or optional "Christmas Confectionery" theme
Jingle Belles:  Rudolph the RED-nosed reindeer (use mostly red)
CHNC #294:  Color brown (Frayed Burlap distress ink)
Christmas Card Challenges #36:  ATG or optional "Angels" theme
The Cutie Pie Challenge #102:  Work, Rest or Play
CRAFT Challenge #377:  Christmas
Broken Fairy #8:  ATG or optional "Use your stash" theme
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and may God Bless you!  :)
 
~Marie~
 
ETA:  This card was a winner at Glitter and Sparkle!  Thanks a lot!  :)
 
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Double duty...

Greetings blogger friends!  As I have been shorter on time lately with the second shift job I was working, I have asked the permission of my wonderful DT bosses, Hazel and Deanne, if I could use one card for my commitments, just for this month.  They agreed, so here is the card:
 
 
Over at Christmas Cards All Year Round, we are using bright colors to inspire you this month.  I had this Reindeer - Christmas goodies image on my desk, begging for color, so I figured he would go great with some brighter colors.  My collection of Christmas dp isn't necessarily very bright, but I thought these 2 papers from MME's Merry Little Christmas 6x6 pad were pretty close.  A nice bright blue card stock from my stash compliments it well, I think.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  ATG or optional Christmas confectionery theme
CHNC #294:  Color brown (a little or a lot)
Crimbo Crackers #113:  Blue Christmas theme
Christmas Card Challenges #36:  Optional "Angels" theme or ATG
Simon Wednesday:  Let's Go Wild (reindeer are pretty wild, right?)
 
Thanks for joining me today!  Make sure you check out the Christmas Cards all Year Round blog and Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra blog for the mid-month posts...I know that both Design Teams have fabulous samples to inspire you!  I gotta run...we have a new movie to watch! 
 
God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lovin' the Bugaboo!!

Greetings bloggers, and happy Tuesday!  I'm back again today to share another Christmas card for the ole stash-eroonie:

 
Isn't this Candy Cane Mouse image from Bugaboo just the cutest?  I decided to use the current Verve sketch to showcase this little guy,
after I had seen some cute Christmas cards in the Jingle Belles gallery, and did an investigation!  :)
The dp comes from the Recollections Sugar Plum 12x12 paper pad.  When I was deciding what strip to put behind the circle element, I was going to use vellum at first, but didn't think it looked right.  I also didn't want to just use a plain strip of the dark red card stock, and I didn't want to emboss it either.  What to do, what to do?  I spied my Wink of Stella brush pen, and I slathered it all over each end of the strip.  There.  Perfect!  I love this card...I may just keep it out for awhile...LOL!
 
Challenges:
 
Verve:  Viva La Verve August Sketch 1
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20:  Optional Christmas Confectionery theme
Jingle Belles:  We Three Kings  (multiples of 3)
CHNC #293:  Vintage or ATG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges #35:  ATG or optional photo inspiration
Broken Fairy #8:  ATG or optional twist, Use your stash
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today, and God bless you!
 
~Marie~