Thursday, October 30, 2014

Merry Monday: Christmas Peace

I have a great new snowflake background die so definitely wanted to play along with the current challenge at Merry Monday: snowflakes, dry embossing and neutrals.

I don't buy many cover plates or background dies.  I like them, but every time that I put them in a cart, I realize how much they cost and how much else that I could buy instead!  However, I am such a big fan of snowflakes, I figured that I could not go wrong with this Reverse Snowflake Panel by Frantic Stamper.

Snowflake Peace

I kept this one quite simple, but one day I am going to go crazy and do a giant shaker box with snowflake sequins and snow glitter!!  The "Peace" die is by Impression Obsession - they also carry it at Frantic Stamper if you are over there looking for the snowflake die.    Frantic Stamper has their own "peace" die but it's just enough smaller that on my particular card, I was afraid it would get lost.

I have another card that's been quite lonely on my desk as I have not been getting it added to my blog!  I did it for a Merry Monday challenge a number of weeks ago, but have you ever had a card take on a life of its own?  Wouldn't this stamp set be better?  A different color would be nice.  What about this sentiment? By the time that I got done, I took a look at the challenge graphic and realized that my card had ended up far away from the theme, so I never posted it.

Christmas Blessings

I am in love with the look of just a hint of embossing paste.  This is a wonderful stencil for Christmas cards - it's Jenni Bowlin's Mini North Star.  I had ordered it and then realized that my local Hobby Lobby had it.  I only added embossing paste in the corner, then immediately sprinkled with a fine glitter.

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Snowflake Peace
  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: Simon Says Fog and Smoke
  • Ink: none
  • Accessories: Frantic Stamper Reverse Snowflake Panel, Impression Obsession Peace die, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, Papertrey Ink button, Iridescent Crochet thread, Pretty Pink Posh 8mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins
Christmas Blessings
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Peace Be Still, Wet Paint Holiday
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Plum Pudding
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, Spring Moss
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday dies, Peace Be Still dies, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Jenni Bowlin Mini North Start Embossing folder

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Joy!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

Banners and circles and all kinds of fun!!  As I was paging through my binder of dies the other day, I found a banner die that I had forgotten about.  So it was fun to see this sketch as I knew I had the perfect banner die!  I love that spray of stars.  I know I used it last year for a Halloween card, but it's also quite perfect for this nativity scene.


I did a huge post last week on the high school marching band headed off to state championships.  I have two sons marching in the band and they are both quite fanatical.  I am thrilled to say that the band placed higher than it has in their history - a 7th place overall!!  That was two positions back from where they were ranked after regionals, but they really weren't disappointed as they knew that they had their best performance of all time in regionals. As I stated last week, 5th would have been nice since it felt like 1st place because the bands in front of them are dynasties - double the size of our band and one is almost triple the size!  Their rival band did jump ahead of them, but my kids' knew that that band was very good also.  Of course, I have pictures!  (And, yes, I did plan a blue and red card today because of their band uniforms!!)


Even on the scoreboard!


My senior had a bit of a group feature.  He's the very tall mellophone player, standing, right at the tip of the waving flag.


I did an extreme close-up on my youngest to see the incredible intensity on his face.

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Here they are walking into the stadium after semifinals.


And here's the final awards.  My kids hobbled into the house around midnight and said standing at attention for that long totally wore them out!  You can see what I mean about big bands.  The leading bands are the big ones in the center, tapering off to the outside. Our band is third from the left as you look at the picture.


Thanks for humoring a proud mama!!

Here's the card recipe:
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Star of Wonder, Beautiful Blooms ("joy")
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel, Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy, sparkly gold
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner die, Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folders

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Papertrey Blog Hop: Non-Traditional Holiday

Papertrey Ink is having a fun blog hop today - holiday cards with non-traditional colors!  They have given us six non-traditional color swatches to work with.  I picked these rich colors.

I had an idea that I don't think translated well to paper.  I thought about looking into a frosty window at a party scene.  I don't think this gives the impression - I probably should have had a smaller window.  But after covering myself, my desk, my carpet, my cats(!) with glitter - I was posting this card!!

Be Jolly

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Birthday Style, Snowflake Flurries, 'Tis the Season
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Scarlet Jewel, Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse, Tropical Teal
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Birthday Style Dies, Martha Stewart Fine Crystal Glitter, Stampin' Up Heat 'n Stick Powder, small circle punch

Friday, October 24, 2014

Catered Crop: End Zone (focus on the Marching Band!)

It's time for a new challenge at the Catered Crop:  End Zone.  Check out this fun inspirational graphic:

You definitely do not have to do a football card - simply be inspired.

I initially assumed that I would somehow focus on the Denver Broncos as we've been supporting them for 30 years and this is shaping up to be a big year!  But the Broncos played, and won, last night so they are not our weekend focus - instead, in my family it's going to be all about the marching band.

My two sons are both in the Chaparral High School (Chap) Marching Band and it's state championship weekend. They are currently ranked higher than ever in their history.  They are generally a middle of the pack band; however, in regionals two weeks ago, they surpassed all of their expectations.  For the announcement of the winners, the drum majors come out in a line in the order of their performance which is set by the record of their past performances, so they were in 8th position.  Judges are clearly not supposed to be biased, but in virtually every contest, the order they march in is quite close to the order they place.  The announcement starts at the bottom and when they finally got to 8th, it wasn't Chap.  Nor was 7th or 6th.  In fairness, they expected to move up that much, so by 5th place they knew they would hear their name soon, but 5th wasn't them, nor was 4th.  My kids said at this point, they were starting to think the judges had forgotten to call their name because they had never beaten those two bands.  When 3rd place was announced and it wasn't them - in fact, it was my kid's biggest rival - the reality set as to how well they had done.  Our drum majors were still standing back in the 8th position - and then they were announced as 2nd - ah-mazing!!!

To continue to bore you with this whole saga - based on their score and the scores from other regional competitions, they are going into state in 5th place in the 5A category. To be honest, 5th place feels like a win for them.  The bands ahead of them are virtually unbeatable.  Those bands are exceedingly good and have been for years, and they are double and one is almost triple our band's size - so the wall of sound from them is truly amazing.  But my guys want to stay in 5th - they want so much to stay ahead of the rivals that they jumped over in regionals.  If those rivals jump back ahead, our band won't even make finals since only 8 go to finals.  It's been a stressful week in our house as the reality of tomorrow is setting in.  Fingers crossed for semifinals tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.

Now that you have waded through all of that - my cards for this challenge are for my kids in the marching band.  I am going into this with the assumption that they will be thrilled with the outcome so I need cards that say "amazing" and "way to go".  I thought the bold colors of the inspiration graphic would be perfect, but there is nothing fancy because they are, after all, teenage boys. This uses my favorite set for my teenagers - Exclamations by CAS-ual Fridays stamps. The big fonts can easily stand alone.


My second card uses another favorite set to use for my guys - Bravo by Stampin' Up.  

Way to Go

This card also uses the sketch from Fab Friday:

I hope you are inspired by the rich colors and the bold black and white of the challenge graphic.  I look forward to seeing what you create!

  • Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Exclamations
  • Paper: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Edition
  • Ink: Black
  • Accessories: Doodlebug Red and Lawn Fawn Neon Enamel Dots
Way to Go::
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Bravo
  • Paper: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Edition, SU Poppy Parade CS, Astrobrights Glow Cardstock
  • Ink: Black
  • Accessories: My Favorite Things Washi Tape die, Doodlebug Graduation Enamel Stars

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Pumpkins

For those of you that already have or have been stalking the Stampin' Up Curvy Keepsake Thinlit - there's nothing new in this post. I am just doing some jack-o-lanterns and I've included a few links.  I am most definitely not a 3-D crafter.  I do just fine on a flat card-sized canvas - but the cute fancy folds or boxes are out of my comfort zone.  However, the Curvy Keepsake Thinlit just kept calling my name.  I saw these two-toned pumpkins, an apple for school,  a caramel applea pumpkin and gourd and then the Christmas projects started to show up like this lovely Cherry and Gold box.  If you have younger people to craft for, a quick Pinterest search on "Curvy Keepsake Thinlit" will show you owls, turkeys, bats, pigs, Santa, a Santa robin, reindeer, snowmen, babies, witches, black cats, cows, footballs, birdhouses and even Angry Birds. It's really quite amazing.

Stampin' Up has a short video on making the box - here it is on YouTube.  It's really quite self-explanatory but I love the tip on using a bone folder to get the curve.  I wish I would have seen it before I made my little pumpkins - I might not have gotten the crease in the cardstock that you can see on the face!

I wanted to make tiny little treat boxes for my nieces for Halloween - nothing scary - just cute, so for my first Curvy Keepsake attempt, I did simple little pumpkins.  This is officially the cutest thing that I have ever done!!!

Little Pumpkins

I got the gummy candy at Fuzziwig's Candy Factory.  I had seen them in Breckenridge, Colorado, but while I was wandering the Castle Rock Outlet mall yesterday, they are there too. I looked them up and they are nationwide.  I thought this gummy candy corn is a nice change (and quite attractive) for Halloween treats.  I hadn't made any of these gift boxes before and I got quite a large bag of the candy - turns out that only six fit in the box.  Oh well, more for me!

This is my first post in awhile that hasn't been required for a design team.  I am always busy a few weeks in the fall.  Guess what I do multiple hours each a day?  Knit slippers...

Finished Slippers

I have created slipper monsters in my family.  My husband needs a new pair every single year (his are upper left).  He wears them every day, all day, and he does tend to scuff his feet so he wears them out.  My oldest didn't need a new pair this year, but my youngest absolutely had to have them because he's in a new school with new school colors (he picked the funky stripes)!  I finally did a new pair for myself this year.  They are actually still wet in this picture - when they dry they will be a nice heathered lavender.

They are fairly bizarre to make.  They are huge when they are knitted.

Unfelted Slipper

You have to use plain wool (I think other natural fibers also work), then you wash them in very hot water. They felt and shrink to your preferred size! (This is the pattern that I have used for years.)

So I'm done for this year...yay!!  Now I can head back to my preferred hobby of cardmaking!
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Woodgrain Background, Wonderfall (leaves), Fall Fest (face)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Pumpkin, Olive and Curry
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Pumpkin, Olive and Curry, Black
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Curvy Keepsake Thinlit die and the die for Wonderfall, misc ribbon and thick twine

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Keep on Flying

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

I have a couple of new hanging wreath sets and they seemed like a great choice for this sketch.  A lovely hanging wreath, a beautiful Christmas sentiment, a sprinkle of sequins - my type of card!  Have you ever had one of those days where the simplest of things don't work?  There shouldn't have been anything hard about this card but I just wasn't happy with anything that I did.  And then when I was happy with something, I would invariably smudge it.  I finally swept it all off my desk and decided to go as far away from Christmas and Christmas colors as I could get.  I checked out my never-been-used stash and came up with this charming airplane, found some bold paper - and it all came together in less than 10 minutes!

Fear of Falling

I hope to see you playing along.  Maybe some of you can make the wreath idea work!!
  • Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas Flying By
  • Paper: Simon Says Soft Navy, Fancy Pants As You Wish 6x6
  • Ink: Simon Says Soft Navy, Goldenlocks, Memento Black and Copics
  • Accessories: Misc clear sequins

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Curtain Call Reminder: Burlap Banner

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Burlap Banner.

The sponsor for this challenge is The Twinery and they have donated a prize package for one randomly selected participant.  Plus, if you are selected as the LEAD for your Burlap Banner inspired card, you will be invited to be a guest for an upcoming challenge.  You do not have to use twine on your card - just be inspired by the Burlap Banner!

When this post first went live, I made this card using striped twine which I think is a very fun look.  For this card, I wanted to highlight the solid twine - in particular the gorgeous Marigold and Caribbean with a little Cappuccino thrown in.

Thankful in Burlap

I used the Blanket Stitch button die from Papertrey Ink.  I didn't actually do the blanket stitch around them, because I would have had to slow down and learn how to do it - but just wrapping this beautiful twine through the holes is a marvelous look.  (FYI - if you try this at home - I did split the twine in half and used only two-ply.)  

I look forward to seeing what you create!
  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: Simon Says Dark Chocolate, Audrey Blue, Sunshine, Papertrey Ink Kraft
  • Ink: None
  • Accessories: The Twinery Solid Twine in Marigold, Caribbean and Cappuccino, Penny Black Words of Gratitude Die, Papertrey Ink Blanket Stitch Button die and Woodgrain embossing, My Favorite Things Fishtail die, Doodlebug Brown Enamel Dots, The Paper Studio Burlap Blossoms (Hobby Lobby)