Friday, December 26, 2014

PTI December Blog Hop: gold and silver

I loved the golden dotted wedding cake photo with the pretty pale pink flowers on top.  So pretty.  I used that as inspiration for this card.  I actually took a very elegant looking card that Dawn McVey shared back when she had just released the art deco background set.  Love that set.  Anyway, I changed up the colors to incorporate the pinks, golds and silvers for this blog hop challenge.  I think it turned out very pretty.  It looks so much better than the lighting on my photos shows.

Hope everyone had a truly blessed Christmas day and are enjoying the vacation from work the holidays brings.  Have fun blog hopping.  There have been some truly gorgeous cards posted this month.

Supplies used are:
stamps: art deco background basics, rosie posse, and mixed messages
inks and papers: soft stone, white, pink pirouette, hibiscus burst, fine linen
other: silver ribbon, silver pearls, gold and silver embossing powders

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MIM#194 stamped borders and December Blog Hop

I am doing double duty with this card I just made for this week's Make It Monday challenge and the December Blog Hop.  Super excited that it turned out kind of like I was envisioning in my head.  Lots of metallic shine on this card even if the photos don't show it.  Pretty, sparkly, and full of new year celebration vibes.  I will probably use it for an early January birthday card.  Or maybe for my mom's birthday in January.  She is a pretty sparkly person.

Used Circles cover plate stamp set for the stamped embossed circles as well as gold and silver embossing powders.  I used tag sale die for the focal point tag, sequins, black rhinestones, ribbons, and a Stampin' UP! set for the tag glass and sentiment.  Fun card.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

MIM #194 Sympathy cards and stamped borders

Here is my entry into this week's MIM challenge.  I can't believe I actually got a card done on the first day of the challenge.  Might be a first for me.  I went with a color scheme from the Stamp A Faire 2014 color combo inspiration cards Nicole posted for the event.  Never ever would I have dreamed this color scheme up.  I just knew I wanted to use Melon Berry, so this seemed to fit.  I think it looks pretty, uplifting and serene all at the same time.  

Supplies used:
We have melon berry, canyon clay, ocean tides, enchanted evening, and ripe avocado.  I also used linen vellum as my focal point tag.  I used the Happiness In Bloom stamp set along with Signature Greetings 2.  I think I may have needed to use a slightly smaller flower as I kind of filled up the card even though I stamped on the edges.  I guess that is an excuse to try this challenge again and enter one more time. 

Thanks, Melissa, for giving us this technique and a reminder to keep some of these sympathy cards in our stash.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Make It Monday challenge: December 21st

Here is my quick attempt at this very cool technique to sort of blend in your die cuts into a monochromatic ombre look.  I am sure all of you are just as busy with last minute Christmas preparations, so squeezing in some crafty time is hard to do.

I used Stampin' Up! Night of Navy blendabilities markers for my gradient colors.  I used PTI Birthday word dies and Wonderful Words: Birthday for my sentiment.  I popped up my sentiment using the Papertrey coaster board as a quick and easy alternative to stacking lots of die cuts.  I used sequins and Martha Stewart Snowflake punches to turn this cool blue color palette into a wintery birthday card.

I pray that all of you have a blessed Christmas, that you are once again in awe of the amazing gift God gave us in and through his son, Jesus, who is God in flesh with us and our savior.  It was an amazing humbling act of Jesus to be born as a man to live the perfect life and fulfill God's holy standard, which we could never do,  and die and take the punishment for our sins, which we so justly deserve, so that we could be made clean, justified, and forgiven and have the hope of an eternal relationship with God again.  Oh how great and wonderful are the riches we have received in Christ!   Come Lord Jesus, Come!!!