Monday, September 30, 2013

Merry Monday Christmas Card Club #77 {A Colour Challenge}

Here it is again, another Merry Monday!  I am so bummed that I missed out on last week's challenge, because it was my all-time favorite winter thing:  SNOWMEN!!  But alas, time and a cold were against me.  This week, however, I AM ON IT!!!  LOL  Here is this week's inspiration pic:

What an excellent color challenge!  I have TONS of patterned paper with these colors in them, but I used my newest acquistion from Michael's, MME's Merry Little Christmas 6x6 pad.  SO CUTE!  Here is my card:




This little beauty is Emma the Caroler, by Fred She Said.  I bought the pre-colored set, so I could just print, diecut and create!  I loosely based my card on Wendy Aungst's DT card, at least the part where the dp is!  I just HAD to use my PTI Wonderful Words:  Holiday Die collection again!  The "Christmas" part of the sentiment is from Studio G.  I will be posting another Emma card soon!

Thanks for checking out my blog, and as always,

Take Care,

~Marie~

Saturday, September 21, 2013

On Your Wedding Day!

One of my coworkers is getting married today!  The newlyweds are supposed to be having a reception/get together at their home later today, but the weather looks to be foreboding!  We shall see what happens!  Anyway, I made them a card based on one of my "pins":

I think that this is the shade of blue that Rachel has chosen, based on a pic she posted of Jeff on FB trying on his suit.  (Crossing my fingers here!)  The flowers are those "wedding flowers" that Michael's carries in the bridal section, and the gems are "cell phone" bling that I've had for ages, colored with a Sharpie.  The embossing was done with the Divine Swirls folder.  I hope they like it!

Take care!

~Marie~

Friday, September 20, 2013

Vintage Views out the Jingle Belles' window this week...

This week, Stef and Lauren, the fabulous leaders of the Jingle Belles, are asking us to "put on your vintage-style thinking cap, make a holiday card, and link up below between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Keyword for galleries and our flickr group is JB:13:19. We can't wait to see what you will do! ♥"  Well, as much as I LOVE looking at other's vintage creations and marveling at them, I am not so good at "doing" vintage myself.  That being said, here is my "attempt" at vintage:


To my credit, the sentiment came from a set CALLED Vintage Christmas from The Paper Company!  :)  Again, I used my Spellbinder's poinsettia die, cut from "ivory" colored cardstock, and sponged the pieces with Frayed Burlap DI.  I curled the leaves and petals some with my tools, adhered them with Glossy Accents, and also added some gold beads in the center.  The base is the same ivory cardstock, the punched layer is dark brown to match the dp that is from Le Romantique collection from Graphic 45.  That is the "most vintagey" paper I have!  I gold embossed the sentiment with some Recollections Sparkle embosssing powder.

Well ladies, THIS is about as vintage as I get!  I hope it passes muster!  Thanks for having a look today, and as always,

Take care,

~Marie~

ETA:  I'm also entering this into Craftyhazelnut's September extra.http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com/

A new challenge to me...Festive Friday! FFC17, color challenge.

I have decided to join the Festive Friday challenge this week, which is a color challenge of navy blue, white, and silver.  Here is my card for the challenge:

My image is a single from Inkadinkado that I've had in my stash for a good while now, but have just now inked up!  I added some navy glitter to parts of the image using a 2 way glue pen, which in this pic appear to be darker instead of sparkly...of course!  The wired ribbon is from my stash, the embossing folder is Baby's Breath from Cuttlebug, and just barely visible in the centers of the design is some silver Sakura pen on the dots.  I think the sentiment may be from Inkadinkado also, but since it has been on an acrylic block since last Christmas, I'm *not quite* sure!  I decided to dress up the sentiment by using a MS corner punch on the ends. 

Thanks for having a look at my l'il ole blog today, and please...

Take care,

~Marie~

ETA:  I would also like enter this in Craftyhazelnut's September extra, and into The Glory of Christmas challenge for monochrome.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Just a card, not for a challenge...

I'm entering this card into Hazel's Christmas challenge extra for September:


This card was inspired by one I have pinned on Pinterest.  The original card is made with a green base and trees punched out of the white layer, but I chose blue and snowflakes for my version.  I will probably add some bling to the snowflake centers before delivery for more OOMPH factor!  :)  The Spellbinders snowflake embossing folder and some shimmery silver ribbon finish this off nicely, I think.

Well, I'm off to check out some Christmas challenges!  :)

Take care,

~Marie~

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Merry Monday #74

This week at Merry Monday, Lesley has given us another gorgeous inspiration photo to go on:

Here is my card:

I went with a much darker green than in the inspiration pic, but I still like it.  I used my Spellbinders Poinsettia die, but I wanted a fuller look this time, so I cut a few more layers.  Kept it all white, except for a bit of sponging on the leaves, and the gold Stickles in the middle.  Used my Fiskars texture plate (for the first time!) for the woodgrain part of the challenge, and inked it first to enhance the embossing.  A bit of raffia ribbon ties it up nicely!  White embossed sentiment...I really must remember not to use this sentiment when using embossing powder...it is so hard to read!

Well, I wanna get this linked up, so have a good night everybody!

~Marie~

ETA:  I would also like to add this to the current Holly Jolly challenge:  Au Natural, and to Crafty Hazelnut Anything Goes Christmas challenge for September.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We're Sketching it up at Jingle Belles! :)

That's right, this week's Jingle Belles inspiration piece is a sketch, designed by Allison Fillo:

Great sketch, huh?  I thought so immediately last week, when the prompt went up at midnight Friday, but I just got around to making my card last evening:

I followed the sketch very closely.  I even used the same embellishments!  And I just can't get enough of my *NEW* PTI die set!  :)  LOVE IT!!!  The dp is from the Bright and Jolly 12x12 Recollections pad.  YUMMY!

One thing I always seem to have a problem with is getting my layers lined up correctly...anyone have any tips on that?  I'd really appreciate it! 

Well, it's late and I'd best get this linked up and head to bed...tomorrow is truck day again at work, AND alot of big wigs are gonna be there, so we are to be on our best behavior...sigh.  At least it is my last day until Saturday!

Take care,







~Marie~

ETA:  adding this to Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge extra for Sept

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Introducing the brand-spankin' new Merry Monday Card Club (aka Merry Monday #73)!!

This week's Merry Monday #73 asks us to use this pic as inspiration:

What a great inspiration piece!  I wish all my gifts were that coordinated!  :)  Anyway, here is my contribution:

Very CAS, using just my *NEW* PTI "merry" die, a MS snowflake, a stash button, and a smidge of Twinery Peapod twine to thread the button...ohh and some TPC ink around the edges of the card!  ACTUALLY, I had forgotten about the part of the challenge that asked us to use ribbon, twine or burlap until I went to comment on another blog, and read it in her description...insert blushing face here.  The button and twine were an easy fix for that blunder!  :)

Well, I gotta get going and comment on some blogs!

Take Care,

~Marie~

ETA:  adding this to Craftyhazelnut's Christmas extra for Sept