Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pretty Little Studio - Chief

I'm posting at the Pretty Little Studio Blog today - with this sweet little Indian Chief!

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The Twinery - Thanksgiving Wishes!

I'm posting on The Twinery blog today with my Thanksgiving wishes!  Here's a peek at my project. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Tags!

Is everyone getting ready for the big feast on Thursday?  I got all my grocery shopping done today and the cooking begins tomorrow!  When sweet potatoes are on sale I make lots of casseroles topped with brown sugar and pecans to stock up in the freezer.  It makes it so easy later to just pop one in the oven as a side dish to just about any meal.  I make some for my parents too so lets just say there are quite a few sweet potatoes on my kitchen table tonight!  

I had some fun making tags today!  I was inspired by this double tag by Maureen Merritt at Tag You're It Challenge!  I love the double tag with the pretty patterned paper peeking out the bottom. On my first tag I picked up on the green in Maureen's design, and instead of chevrons I stamped on striped paper    

 I also thought these might be perfect for the  Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  They have a sketch this week, and when I saw it my first thought was tags!  I mimicked the flagged top square and sentiment banner by making tags with a zig zag edge.  I double cut the Paper Smooches zig zag tag.  The bottom layer is the full size tag, and the top layer I ran through twice.  I repositioned it just below where the die cuts the hole and ran it through again so it would make the tag slightly shorter.  

 I wanted to match the Peace on Earth Theme with the map paper on the second layer.  I background stamped a few layers of beads to add some color. 
They're both so cute!!  I hope you have some time in your busy week to craft.  For me it's a nice break and so relaxing!

Stamps:  Paper Smooches Snowman Tag: Swanky Snowdudes  Dove:  A Blessed Christmas, Holly Jolly 
Dies:  Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes, Zig Zag Tag, Toppers
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park  Reflections Christmas
Card Stock:  PTI Kraft, New Leaf
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh
Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black, Impress Fresh Ink
Fibers:  May Arts 3/8" Metallic Band Parrot Green Gold, Sea foam Silver Twisted Burlap

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fusion Challenge - Silver Stars

Ready for a new Fusion Challenge? This one is just bling-a-licous! Is that a real word? I don't know but it sure seems to describe this photo pretty well!  Check it out.. glitter dipped jingle bells, silvery tinsel trim, and silver stars!!  Told you!  

Not feeling so blingy?  That's ok you don't have to use the photo inspiration, you can make a card in any color or theme using the sketch!!  

I wanted to mimic lots of elements of the design like 1.) Stars, 2.) glitter dipped jingle bells, 3.) Eyelet lace, 4.) Sheet music Paper, 5. Big red satin bow!

Something about all that silver glitter told me to make this one a Christmas Card.  My favorite little embellishment lately is slipping a button under raised die cuts.  If you look close you can see a cream colored button just under the bottom of the star.  Buttons just make me happy.  Simple pleasures right?
Here's a list of all the dt members with projects today!

I hope you'll join us at Fusion Card Challenge!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 5.5 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Seasons of Love Tags, Santa's Coming To Town
Dies:  Spellbinder Stars 5, Nested Pennants, Cheery Lynn Dutch Scallop Square Frame
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Twinery Platinum Twine
5/8" Red Satin
Card Stock:  PTI Ivory, True Black, Recollections Silver Glitter
Mini Lanyard
Sequins, Buttons, Bells, Chunky Glitter

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog #37 - Thankful!

We're at the half way point for this month's challenge at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.  We start the challenge on the first Wednesday of every month, and then post a second time at the half way point.  So there is still plenty of time to play.  This time the challenge is "Thankful".  This could be a Thanksgiving card, Thank You card, or a card for or about something you are thankful for.  Autumn is my favorite time of year.  It always makes me sentimental about all the things I am thankful for.  My birthday, anniversary, the birth of my children, all took place in November.   Serendipity was my first design team appointment - also in November.   I'm grateful for all my blessings and the wonderful things I've been able to experience.  Life is good!

 Mary (the owner of Serendipity) likes to give the design team an extra challenge when we're making our samples for the challenges.  This time we were asked to "repurpose" something.  I won't even begin to tell you all the trouble that gave me. Where to begin?  It just seemed so "open ended" to me.  SO many different household items to choose from.  I thought about coffee filters, cupcake liners, aluminum foil, bubble wrap, canning jar lids. ...  
You know I'm addicted to color, so while at the hardware store this weekend trying to find some varnish I wound up in the paint department and all these pretty paint samples jumped at me. Special thanks to Dutch Boy!   They have lots of pretty colors to choose from!! 

Do I have you curious now about what the rest of the ladies used?   You're going to have to pay them a visit to figure it out.   

Our special guest this month is - my very sweet friend Lisa Minckler from You Made Me Ink! Lisa is the QUEEN of repurposing things in the most wonderful and unexpected ways!  She always amazes me!!  I hope you'll stop by and tell her hi!

Jenny Gropp

I hope you'll join us at Serendipity Stamps Challenge!  Oh yes... the sale this time is Free Shipping on any US order $15 or more.   Good through Nov 26th.

Supplies:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Serendipity Delicious Autumn
Dies:  Serendipity Owl, Owl Background, Memory Box Branch, Cheery Lynn Circles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves
Paint Samples Dutch Boy
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Autumn Leaves
Stamps:  Serendipity Autumn, Leaf Pops
Dies:  Serendipity Leaf Pops, Paper Smooches Flag Tags
Paint Samples Dutch Boy
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Fresh Impress Ink
Sequins Pretty Pink Posh
Enamel Dots