Thursday, August 22, 2013

Take Joy in Today!

Wow - did I get a lot done today in my craft room!  I had several challenges laid out on my work table that I wanted to get done - and here they are!

First up is my card for this week's Cas(e) This Sketch
I had this wonderful picture taken by my niece - of her husband Nate and their son, 2 year old James.  They took a boat out to one of the islands in Boston Harbor last month and one of the things they did there was fly a kite!  I thought the sketch would work perfect with this photo.  I die cut the sentiment balloon from Jillian Vance, stamped the sentiment from PTI on it and popped it up on the photo with foam tape.  Then I just layered the photo to a black and then green panel.   The finished size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
I actually made this as just a card front and attached a die cut easel from Tim Holtz to the back so it can stand up and be displayed on a shelf.  

My next 2 cards are for Christmas challenges.

I used the Merry Monday sketch for this one

 and here is my card
and I used a star which is the July Christmas Card Challenge in the Waltzingmouse Forum.  I stamped the star and sentiment with Archival Jet Black ink on brushed silver card stock.  I punched the circles out of the same silver.  The star is popped up over the circles and I added some clear rhinestones.  The blue panel is embossed with Square Lattice.

And my final creation was made for the Addicted to CAS - Code Word Holiday challenge
and the August Christmas Card Challenge in the Waltzingmouse Forum - to use the non-traditional colors of lime green, raspberry and tangerine! 
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with these funky colors but once I decided what stamps I would use, it all worked out nicely! Who would have thought these colors would make a pretty Christmas Card?!!  That's why we have challenges - right?!  The wreath and berries are from Around Christmas Time and the Noel is from Compliments of the Season - Two all from Waltzingmouse.

I'm entering both of these Christmas cards into the Moxie Fab World Holiday Card Challenge
Phew!  that's it from me today!

Take Joy in Today
Stamps:  Beautiful Blessings - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black, Kraft - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  message balloon die - Jillian Vance Designs, foam dots, small easel die - Tim Holtz Alterations, photo

Follow Yonder Star
Stamps:  Yonder Star - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Enchanted Evening, True Black - PTI, Brushed Silver - SU
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet black
Accessories:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder - SU, rhinestones - Creative Charms, 3/4" and 5/8" circle punches - EK Success

Stamps:  wreath and berries - Around Christmas Time, Noel from Compliments of the Season TWO - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  white - PTI, certainly celery - SU
Ink:  Memento Pear Tart, Tangelo, Ranger Distress Picked Strawberry, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Accessories: circle nestabilities, foam tape


Mona Pendleton said...

What a beautiful photo Julia! Love how you featured it in your project! Your cards are beautiful too! Have a great weekend!

Claire said...

What a brilliant idea Julia - I would never have thought to use a photo as the backdrop to a card! And I love the other cards too...I said at the beginning of the year I would enter the WMS Christmas challenge..oh dear, not sure what happened there?!

*Vicki* said...

Wow! You go girl! :) These are all fabulous designs and such clever ideas too!! Have a great weekend my friend! HUGS

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wonderful cards -- love that photo one and of course, the ATCAS card -- Thanks for joining in at ATCAS


A beautiful Christmas card Julia - CAS at it's best!
Thank you so much for joining us at ATCAS - I hope we will see you again.
Sylvia x

Bonnie said...

The first card belongs on an easel! What a wonderful photo! I love the quilt star on the Merry Monday card! And the last card is unexpected and wonderful in those colors! I need to remember them. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Each and every creation are beautiful! Incorporating the fab photo taken by your niece into your design is pure genius, Julia!

donna mikasa said...

What a creative take on the sketch using a photo! Love this!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Oh my this is really stunning! I love that gorgeous star and agree with Bonnie - it deserves to be showcased! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

Jen W. said...

Don't you love those days when the creative juices are really flowing? These are all fabulous! I'll definitely be CASEing the second Christmas card and your take on the CTS sketch is brilliant! Thanks for playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

lostinpaper said...

It's amazing! Love how you have used the photo, it's just so clever!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

Loll said...

Hi Julia. Congrats on being the CAS Perfectionist at ATCAS! Make sure to contact Kylie to claim your prize. Loll xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Congrats on your ATCAS WIN!! You go girl!!

Darnell said...

Congratulations, Julia, for the well-deserved with from ATCAS. Your cards are brilliant!!

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Julia! Thanks for linking this up to the Holiday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Lindsey said...

Congrats to you on your Moxie Fab win for such a fabulous card! I'm so glad I popped over to see your other wonderful cards as well.

Kelly S. said...

Oooo congrats on your Noel card, Julia! It's so lovely with the embossing just like Cath said...gorgeous!!!!

Julie said...

Congrats- what a lovely card.