Thursday, August 17, 2017

CCAYR August Mid-Month DT Post

Hi folks!  Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up, but my desktop decided it didn't want to work anymore, and also our internet service is crap.  Just plain CRAP!  It is SUPPOSED to be "unlimited," but after the first 10 gigs, it goes down to 2G speeds, which makes it difficult to get things done!  I HATE IT! Rant over.  Now on to prettier things:
 
 
Here is my card for the August CCAYR challenge to use yellow.  Now I know Deanne has these prepared months ahead of time, but I'm more apt to just do what is immediately in front of me.  THIS challenge threw me for a bit...YELLOW on a CHRISTMAS card?!?  That made me think that it had to be the predominant color at first.  Then I saw my fellow DT makes and I realized that yellow could be more of an accent color.  That's where I went with this card.  I found this yummy Christmas paper in the Mistletoe and Holly 12x12 pad from Love, Nicole.  The flip side of this design is the dark green that I used to cover my card front.  The red doily-punched strip between the designer paper and the cream piece was left from another similar card I made earlier.  It also comes from the same paper pad.  The sentiment is from Cloud9 Design, and is stamped in gold ink.  Gold ribbon wrapped around the red piece and a bow on top complete this card.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #32:  ATG or optional "use Christmas colors" theme
CHNC #346:  ATG or optional "Nativity" theme
ABC Christmas:  P Q R, for People, Quick or Red
Christmas Card Challenges #19:  ATG or optional inspiration photo
Simon Says Wednesday:  Use a Sentiment
 
 
Make sure you check out the main post here, and the mid-month reminder post here to see what the Gingerbread gals and the other Christmas Belles have created for your viewing pleasure.  Don't forget to join in too!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and again, sorry this is so late!
 
God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CHNC Extra DT Post for August 2017

Howdy folks!  It's that time of the month again...the beginning of a new month means some new Bugaboo Christmas inspiration from the Craftyhazelnut's Extra Design Team gals.  Here is mine:

 
For this card, I used Winter circle sentiments--let-it-snow (retired).  I colored it up in shades of blue, and then searched thru my hoard, supply of Christmas paper and cardstock for something to match.  I found this snowflake paper from a 12x12 Love, Nicole pad that seemed to fit the bill nicely.  I decided the layout should just be simple cardstock layers with the circle in the middle to let the image and snowflake paper shine.  I added some Star Dust Stickles to the snowballs and the snowman, and also to the centers of some snowflakes on the dp.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #32:  ATG or optional "traditional Christmas colors" option
Christmas Card Challenges #18:  ATG or optional inspiration photo
 
 
CHNC #344 ATG or optional "gingerbread" theme
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG with patterned paper
LTCCB #13:  ATG
MIUCB #4:  ATG with optional "paper piecing" option
HIMCR #311:  Freestyle with a twist...Christmas in July
A Gem of a Challenge #199:  Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland:  Use a digi image
Make My Monday #51:  Monochromatic
 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to join in for your chance to win 4 Bugaboo images!  God Bless!
 
~Marie~

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CCAYR mid-July Christmas Belles DT post

Sorry this is a day late, but we were away this weekend, and I didn't have a chance to schedule a post before-hand or do one while away.  So, without any further ado, here is my card for mid-July:

 
The ice skate is a Silhouette cut file that I thought would be cute paired with this retired Bugaboo image. I used the offset tool to make the outline around the skate itself to make it into a card.  My favorite brown distress ink, Frayed Burlap, was what I used to ink around the edges of the skate, the laces, and the die cut image.  Kraft card stock was used for the card base and the scalloped mat for the image.  Since I had used brown distress ink, I decided to go for a monochromatic look and colored the scarf brown too.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #31:  ATG or optional "oh deer" theme
CCC#17:  ATG or optional inspiration photo
 
CHNC #342:  ATG or optional "use a die cut" theme
Mix It Up #3:  ATG or optional "distressing" theme
Fab 'n' Funky #359:  Shaped cards
The Paper Shelter #302:  Punches or dies
HIMCR #309:  Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin':  Christmas in July
ABC Christmas:  "N" for "new", and "O" for "old" (old cut file)
Di's Digi Design challenge:  Christmas in July
 
OK, that's it for the challenges. I think...Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please stop by the CCAYR blog to see what the Christmas Belles team has done here, and the Gingerbread Gals team here.  Also don't forget to join in!  Until next time, God bless you!
 
~Marie~
 
 
ETA:  This card made the Top 3 at Fab 'n' Funky!  Thanks so much!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

CHNC Extra DT post, July 2017

Hey bloggers!  How ya doin?  Stopping by very quickly to schedule this post for my DT commitment for CHNC Extra...and here is my card for July:

 
 This adorable Bugaboo image is BUGRBLOCKS.  So super cute!  As you can see, the one in the lower left corner is Rudolph...he's just hangin' out with his buddies, Donner and Blitzen!  Looks like they might be playing hide-and-seek...or maybe Rudolph and Donner are shy?  Either way, Jodie has made them really cute, and easy to color.  They were colored with alcohol markers, and Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen was added to Rudy's nose and the "M" in the sentiment.  Glossy Accents also adorns Rudy's nose, but you really have to see it in person to tell.  Speaking of that sentiment, I really like that it is included in the image.  It sure saves me some extra steps in trying to find "the right one" from my extensive stash.  That yummy paper is from the Perfectly Plaid Christmas Lawn Fawn 6x6 pad.  It was so hard to choose which paper to cut into first!!
 
I found this sketch on the Outlawz blog:
 
 
and thought that this image would fit just right.  I just now noticed the "with love" sentiment suggestion in the lower left corner...I hope they will be OK with mine!
 
Challenges:
 
Christmas With The Cuties:  Clean And Simple
The Merry Christmas Challenge:  ATG optional "snowmen" theme
Crafting by Designs:  Get Ready for Christmas
Fab'n'Funky #357:  Christmas Crackers (anything Christmas)
Crimbo Crackers #135:  Sentiment
 
 
Well, I need to get going...the hubby and I are headed out to supper at our favorite local restaurant!  Make sure you stop by the CHNC Extra blog this month to see all the DT creations, as well as those of your fellow crafters!  Don't forget to add your own too...you could be the random winner of 4 Bugaboo images of your choice!  I look forward to seeing what is in store...
 
Take care and God Bless!
 
~Marie ~
 


Friday, June 16, 2017

CCAYR Mid-Month Inspiration Time Again!

Howdy friends!  It's the middle of the month again (JUNE!!!), and that means it's time for the CCAYR Christmas Belles to give you some inspiration for this month's House/Cottage theme.  Here is mine:


I decided I wanted to make this birdhouse card again, just like the one posted here.  No cardinal this time...I am having an issue with my Silhouette software not recognizing my machine on the new desktop, so I had to dig out this Studio G bird stamp.  Stamped it in Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink, and punched out a small heart.  Leandra (my DD), said that I should stamp the word "home" in the bird house opening and place the heart underneath it to convey the message that "home is where the heart is."  Pretty clever of her, I think!  Used the Martha Stewart branch punch to make something for the bird to rest on outside the house.  The woodgrain embossing folder is from Darice.  Added Snow-Tex to the roof of the birdhouse, and some holly leaves and berries for some holiday d├ęcor above the opening. 
 
Challenges: 
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #30:  ATG or optional Fur, Fluff, Feathers or Fins theme
The Merry Christmas Challenge:    Anything Christmas or optional snowman theme
Outlawz Festive Friday:  Christmas
Crafting by Designs:  Things with Wings
Simon Says Wednesday:  Emboss it
Crimbo Crackers #134:  Shaped Card
Mix It Up #2:  ATG with optional "Sgtamping" twist
Happy Little Stampers:  ATG with optioanl "tree" twist
 
That's all for tonight!  Thanks for stopping by...make sure you visit the CCAYR blog to check out all of the DT creations, and to join in!
 
God Bless,
 
~Marie~
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 2017 CHNC Extra DT time!!

Howdy blogger friends!  I'm here this evening to share with you some CHNC Extra DT inspiration!
 
 
As per our challenge guidelines, we are to use a Bugaboo image, and this cutie-pie is called Ava Christmas - mistletoe fairy.    As well as using a Bugaboo image, I also used the current Bugaboo sketch #510:
 
 
I realize now that I neglected the ribbon-looking element at the top of the sketch, but hopefully it'll still be acceptable!  The image and designer paper were just sitting on my desk , so I pulled the other elements together to complete the sketch.  I used a combination of alcohol markers to color my image, and afterwards, I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to all the green parts.  The sentiment comes from the Lawn Fawn "Deck The Halls" set, and was stamped with my new Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink pad!  Unfortunately, that is the only time I have had to even use one of these pads, but hopefully that will soon change!
 
As this post will be scheduled, you may be reading this as my older daughter, Laurena, is graduating from high school!  I can NOT believe that the time has come for this to happen already.  I always knew this day would come, but I never imagined it would happen so fast!  Next year around this time, my younger daughter will also graduate high school...then what will I do??!!  I'll be fine...I think.
 
Anyhow, I will add this to some challenges once the post is live and as time allows.  For now, it's time to hit the hay!  4am comes early around these parts!  Don't forget to join us with your creations, for you could be the randomly picked winner!  Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:

Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  ATG-Christmas
Penny's Paper-Crafty #331:  ATG
Crafting By Designs:  ATG
Fab 'n' Funky #353:  Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner #125:  ATG
Simon Says Wednesday:  ATG
The Paper Shelter:  Make it Digital
Crafty Creations #342:  ATG
Creative Fingers #131:  ATG
Crimbo Crackers #133:  ATG-Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #284-285:  ATG


 
 
God Bless,
 
~Marie~
 
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CCAYR Mid Month Inspiration

Howdy folks!  I'm glad you could join me this evening for another Christmas card for 2017.  This is the card I created for the May Christmas Cards All Year Round "Precipitation" theme:
 
 
Of course, I went with some snow, and this adorable Bugaboo Eggbert image.  I chose this gorgeous piece of designer paper from my stash that I have been hoarding...unfortunately, the name of this paper is behind the piece I used on the card, and I didn't write it down, so I can't tell you what it is! :(  I wanted to make this a shaker, but I also didn't want to cover up any of that yummy paper, so I made it a see-thru shaker pocket, using my Fuse tool for the first time.  The card base, the layer beneath the dp, and the shaker circle frame come from Craft Smith 12x12 paper pads in Turquoise and Ocean Blues.  The sentiment comes from the Snow Cool Lawn Fawn set, and is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.  I made a custom mix of sequins from some blues and greens in my stash that I thought matched the papers I used.  Crystal Stickles was added to the snowballs and snowflakes on the image, and Eggbert was colored with a combination of Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers. 
 
Challenges: 
 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas #333:  ATG or "include a tree or trees"
Mix It Up #1:  ATG or optional "embossing" twist
Happy Little Stampers May:  ATG with Dies
Simon Says Wednesday:   A Bit of Sparkle
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #29:  ATG or optional "cute" theme
The Merry Christmas Challenge May:  ATG or optional "gingerbread" theme
Sparkles Christmas:  Snowflakes
 
 
 
Please stop by the CCAYR blog to check out the Gingerbread Gals' and Christmas Belles' creations, and also to see what others have added to the challenge.  Don't forget to join us with your "precipitation" entries as well! 
 
Take Care and God Bless,
 
~Marie~