Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bless us everyone!!

Feeling "blessed" today... time to stamp... DH spent a day doing his thing {he rarely takes time for himself}...

... a new Keurig {loving this thing, for a coffee lover there is nothing worse than waking up getting ready for work and expecting the coffee to be there- had to stop by Starbucks on the way to work Friday, long line- Saturday morning in PJs is not exactly the right attire!} I can have my java boost and DH can make a milder version {so he doesn't shake!}

Anywho... here's one of the cards I made...

Played in the Viva la Verve sketch week 1 and the Diva Dare to use vellum. That sweet bird from Verve's Christmas Joy was stamped in Early Espresso onto XPressIt Blending cardstock and colored with copics. Die cut with Verve Sweet Scallop die... die cut another scallop tag in blue and offset. Sentiment is from the same Verve set... Christmas Joy. Added some snowflakes diecut with Verve's Snowflake Tidings dies, stamped onto vellum with versamark and heat embossed with white using the snowflake images from Verve's Glad Tidings.

Getting in the Christmas Spirit!!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CTD #319- comfort & joy!!

Good Morning! Welcome to this week's Color Throwdown challenge! This week Wanda picked the colors and inspiration pic-

Isn't that the sweetest hat!! LOVE IT!! I'm thinking Grandma has been searching the web and thinking of the little one!!

 I played with some new Reverse Confetti and made a Christmas card with non-traditional colors. Went a little scrappy too!! Love these new RC dies-Confetti Cuts- Branch Out, Circle Garland, and Class Act. The sentiment is from Seasonal Sentiments by RC.

For the layout I used this month's SFYTT.

Our Guest Designer this month is...Petra Stewart and you can find her blog here. So glad you are playing with us this month!!

And Welcome to Chet Wszelaki our Guest Star Stamper this week!! You can find Chet's blog here.

Don't forget to visit the other CTD DT blogs for more inspiration.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Jodi Collins- Stampin a Latte

Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...this is all about having fun!  AND... remember "neutrals" are free! If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD318  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.

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Serendipity Stamps Challenge!!

Yikes it is November and I have to say we are shivering in the south- I know, I know- there are many that are dealing with snow but, dang I moved to the south to get out of the cold!!! Thanksgiving (US) will be here before you know it- I have my Thanksgiving food "wish list" from the family and working on my grocery list-it's a long one!!!

Here's my card....

Once a month (on the first Wednesday) a new challenge is posted at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog using a central theme. The design team provides samples for inspiration at the beginning, and then again at the half way point of the challenge (on the third Wednesday), but you have the whole month to join us!!

This month the challenge theme is Thankful/Grateful. Mary also gives the DT an extra challenge- this round we were asked to reuse/repurpose something.

I wanted to play with Serendipity's leaves and dies some more so I die cut the leaves with the Leaf Pops dies and then sponged with distress inks in various colors. Next, I stamped the outlines using the Leaf Pops images. For the sentiment, from the Every Days Words Small Vertical cling set, I cut out a piece of cardboard from a box and stamped the sentiment on the non-corrugated side.

Need a little inspiration to get you started?  

We have a special guest joining us this month - Lisa Minckler  From You Made Me Ink!  

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and the theme of Thankful/Grateful. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For more inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

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I used the Retrosketch for the layout.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Happy Birthday!! CAS(e) this Sketch!

Happy Sunday!! Went away this WE for a highschool cheerleading competition.... my sweet Maddie's team placed 6th out of 22 and it was only the second time they have ever competed!!

So, I'm back and had a chance to make this card for the CAS(e) this sketch challenge

Thinking this could work for a guy card...?!? Played with some new Reverse Confetti Chevron dies-- all three widths cut at the same time. Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps. I soooo flounder when it comes to CAS sketches...

Pleased I even came up with something ;)

The sketch....

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!!!

Yeah!! It's time for another Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!! Today the DT are featuring some of the recently released Christmas stamps and dies. Can you say Whoo Hoo!!!!!

You should have arrived here from the fantastic Miriam Napier, if not I will have the link list below so you can start at the beginning!!

I made several cards today and I hope you enjoy them!! Just wanted to play with all the new goodies!!

My first card.....
I used the Ornaments Negative Cling Set and the Joy Die. The gold ornament was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with gold. The fabulous Joy die was die cut three times with gold paper and layered for a little dimension.... isn't it fabulous- love the font/curly ques (that's a professional word, right!?)

For my next card I used both the Ornaments Cling set and Ornaments Negative cling set in color but, on the soft/subtle side.... the sentiment is Serendipity's Happy Christmas.     

For this card, I stamped the Ornament Background Cling Set (actual size is 5.75 square) with versamark and heat embossed with white. Next I sponged the panel with two shades of blue. After that I didn't want to cover it up- so, I added the Happy Holidays sentiment on a blue panel, added a panel of silver shiny paper, silver twine, and sequins. Honestly, I tried to get a better picture- this doesn't do it justice- IRL those ornaments stand out with the blue and the silver adds a little sumthin' sumthin'

Here's my last card....

I started by stamping the Poinsettia Background (actual size 5.75") in black, but, I only used a portion of the image for the background. Stamped it again and fussy cut some of the poinsettias to "pop up" for a little dimension. The Serendipity Peace die was cut three times from gold paper and layered. Added some black seam binding and gold curly ribbon.

There are prizes as always.... leave comments on all the posts along the hop and you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate which will be chosen randomly from one of the blogs. 

For another chance to win you can LIKE Serendipity Stamps and SHARE on Facebook.   A $20 gift certificate will be awarded.  Here's a link to our Facebook Page-

You have until Monday 11-17 to leave a comment.  The winner will be posted on Mary's blog on 11-18.  

Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Jeanne Jachna.

Here's the blog hop list if you need to start from the beginning. 

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