Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team November - Warmest Wishes

It's Tuesday again - and my final post for Eileen Hull's November collaboration with DCWV Paper Stacks.  Today I'm using Eileen's Mug and Spoon Die along with these beautiful papers from Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack.
I tried my best to line up the die so the sentiment printings on the paper would be close to the top of the mug.  I also cut the mug out of cream card stock and layered the paper to it to give it a little more sturdiness.  I curved the mug a bit with my fingers and placed thick foam dots in the center of the mug and thinner dots along the edges so the mug would be a bit curved off the card.  I stamped a sentiment (warmest wishes) and punched it with a word window punch, layering it over the mug with foam dots.
I love the snowy/wintery feel of these papers, I feel like I should be sitting in front of a cracking fire!
Please check out Eileen's Blog for lots more inspiration using her dies and the DCWV papers!

I'm also linking my card to:
Christmas Card Challenge
 Merry Monday Christmas
Masculine Card

Stamps:  A year of Sweet Sentiments - Taylored Expressions
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, DCWV Cranberry Christmas
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Mug and Spoon Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, word window punch - SU, thick and thin foam dots.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Die Cutting Magic - a new E- book of projects using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies

Hi everyone -  I'm so excited to announce that I have four projects in this new Die Cutting Magic e-book put out by Bella Crafts - projects I made using some of Eileen Hull's Sizzix dies.  Many of Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team and other crafters have contributed wonderful inspiring projects.

 Just click here or on the photo of the book on my side bar to check it out and place an order - they are having a special deal this weekend (Black Friday through Cyber Monday) cost is just $2.97 instead of the regular price of $12.97!   
Full disclosure  -  I will receive 25% of purchase price for any orders that come in from my blog link.

If you are not familiar with ebooks, here’s how they work. Purchase by clicking on  the link on my  sidebar. Once payment is received, you will get a link. Download the book to your device- enjoy it on the go or at your leisure in a comfy chair with your feet up- take some timelooking through the book- there are 154 pages to enjoy!
If you see a project you would like to create, click on the links to the dies you will need to make it. What makes this even better is- Sizzix is having a big sale this weekend too. Check out these prices!

There is so much great inspiration in Die Cutting Magic– especially perfect for this time of year when you are getting ready to make your holiday cards, presents and food gifts. There are instructions for over forty projects plus an Inspiration Gallery with even more ideas for you!


Do you love to DIE CUT or want to learn how?
Then you’re going to LOVE this…
Over 100 project ideas at your fingertips! Black Friday Weekend Special…Get 77% off.
Buy now for only $2.97!!

Regular price $12.97

What’s inside…

   Delicious projects by Sizzix Designer, Eileen Hull.
   Stunning projects by top industry designers.
   Striking photography.
   Detailed, easy to understand instructions.
   Inspirational Gallery
   100% digital…view on any device! 

Thanks for checking it out!

Sizzix is also running an awesome sale this weekend up to 90% off selected dies - check it out here:

November Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Well, you can't get much more festive than the wonderful inspiration photo for the November PTI Blog hop!
I was inspired by the green bottle brush trees with all their ornaments, the pink in the bench and the green polka dotted box.  I used the trees and sentiment and dies from Joyful Christmas and the Cake Plates dies (first time I've cracked these cake plate dies out of their packaging even though I've had them for more than a year!)
I added Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter to the trees to give the look of snowfall on the trees.  The glitter makes the trees look blurry in the photos - it must be refracting the light all over the place! IRL they are clear and very glittery!
I used an oval Nestability for the opening - and the paper is from Green Boutique.  I layered the oval die cut panel over the card base with foam dots.  The Hibiscus Burst top of the cake plate and the tree are popped up as well.
There are 3 graduated size trees in the stamp set - and I originally was going to use all three on one card -  but I decided that was going to get really busy looking! - so I made 3 cards - each one with just one tree! 
Here's the baby tree - I made the oval cut smaller .

and here's the papa tree - I just used the top of the cake plate and cut it in white card.
Three more Christmas cards for my box -  it's almost time to start sending them out now!
I'm off to check out all of the other inspired cards - you'll find the blog hop on Nicole's blog here.

Stamps:  Joyful Christmas - PTI
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst, DP Green Boutique - PTI
Ink:  True Black, Ocean Tides - PTI
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, Joyful Christmas and Cake Platter Dies - PTI, foam dots, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone celebrating today a most Blessed Thanksgiving Day!  We're traveling just a few towns over to Arlington to share a turkey dinner with niece Katie's in-laws, Mike and Maryanne who graciously invited us this year.
Here are a few cards I've made over the years to celebrate this holiday.
This was our Thanksgiving table celebrating in 2011
My son Josh, now 39, made these little Pilgrims when he was in kindergarten and I've displayed them each year since!
And a picture that my parents and grandparents always displayed in the home during November- "Pilgrims Going to Church" by George Henry Boughton.  They gave my sister and I each a copy so we could continue the tradition.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Today I'm playing along with the JUGS challenge
I pulled out my long neglected Petite Places Nativity Stamps and Scene It Bethlehem dies and using teal, purple and gold - made another Christmas card for my stash!
I adhered a piece of shiny gold card stock behind the purple piece so the gold would show through the star cut outs.  Here's a close up showing the sentiment - it's hard to get the gold to show - you can see it better above!
Have you got your holiday cards all made??  I think I'm done - my Christmas card list is shrinking each year so that always helps!
Here's the link to the JUGS challenge.  There's just a couple of days left to link up!

Also linking my card to:
The Paper Players

Stamps:  Petite Places - Nativity Stamps - PTI
Paper:  white, Royal Velvet, Tropical Teal, DP Text Style Funky Town -PTI, gold card - Marks Finest Papers.
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Scene It - Bethlehem dies - PTI, foam

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team November - You and Me Mailable Frame

It's Tuesday - and I have another project to share for Eileen Hull's collaboration with DCWV paper stacks.  Today I used Eileen's Mailable Frame along with DCWV papers from Modern Metallic and Cranberry Christmas Paper Stacks.
I die cut the Mailable Frame out of black mat board than layered the you and me paper on the inside - and cut the heart paper using the frame die trimming the outside edges to show a little black.  The leaf is die cut using Spring Leaves and popped up with foam dots The together was die cut out of another piece from Cranberry Christmas and layered over the opening on foam dots.
I added more paper on the back with another die cut leaf, a heart rhinestone and a stamped sentiment.  I just LOVE this frame die - it folds flat to mail but then can be opened set up for display by the recipient!

Please check out Eileen's blog this month for lots of inspiration using her dies and DCWV papers!
Stamps:  It's Today Right? - Lil Inker Designs
Paper:  White - PTI, Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - Sizzix, DP - Modern Metallics and Cranberry Christmas - DCWV
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Frame Mailable Die and Spring Leaves Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Together Die - Wonderful Words - PTI, heart rhinestones - Michaels, foam dots.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wishing You in Watercolor

Today I have a Christmas watercolored tag to share that I made for two challenges.
Here are a few photos of how I made my tag.  I stamped a text stamp onto Arches Watercolor paper using Archival Jet Black Ink (it's waterproof once it dries)
 When the ink was dry, I brushed over the panel with water and then water colored the panel with an burnt orange color and let it dry.
I die cut a tag from the panel and a deer from a patterned paper as well as a piece of matboard.  I glued the two deer together to make it more sturdy
I watercolord over the deer with the same color to tone down the white dots a bit and added Small Talk/Occasions stickers. I added 3 tiny wood veneer stars (can you see them?!) and looped a piece of gold tinsel string through the top.  
I often send a tag as a Christmas card so the receiver can hang it on their tree!
I'm linking my tag to:
 (you have until 11/24 to link up your card)
 (you have until 11/25 to link up your tag!)

Stamps:  Ledger Script - Tim Holtz/Stampers AnonymousPaper:  Arches Watercolor Cold Pressed 140 lb paper, DP - Black and White Basics - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  dies - Tag Sale #4 - Papertrey Ink, Mini Reindeer - Tim Holtz/Alterations Movers and Shapers, Idea-ology - Small Talk/Occasions, water, brush, watercolor paints, wood veneer stars - American Crafts/Studio Calico, gold tinsel string - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November CAS Mix Up Challenge - Mid Month Reminder!

I'm back to remind everyone there's still time to join in with a card for the November CAS Mix Up Challenge!  You'll find links to videos showing different kinds of masking over at the challenge blog.
For this card I used Eclipse Tape to mask the edges of my card stock panel.
Then I stamped an Ornate Circles Background stamp using Cactus Flower Ink - so the image just showed on the exposed center of the panel and was automatically framed in white when the tape was removed!
I added a little piece of a die cut Wild Flower in black and a sentiment stamped on a white rectangle that I layered over the stamping with foam dots.  I added 3 white sequins to draw the eye around the card.
So, please join us over at CAS Mix Up Challenge and show us how you create a masked design!
Stamps:  Ornate Dots Background Stamp - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490, Everyday Blessings - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  White, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Cactus Flower, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Wild Flowers Thinlits Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Eclipse Tape.

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team November - Merry and Bright Gift Box

It's Tuesday - and I'm back again to share another project using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Products and DCWV Paper Stacks.  All month the Inspiration Team will be posting on their own blogs and over at Eileen's blog.
Today I made a 3"x3" gift box using Eileen's Block/Cube 3D die, her Flower Heart and Soul Die and 3 different metallic sheets from DCWV. 
The gold pattern and big dots papers are from Modern Metallic Paper Stack - and the gray with gold lettering used on the flower is from Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack.  I die cut the box out of  white Little Sizzles Matboard, then I cut out 6 pieces of the gold design paper 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" (1/4" smaller than the sides of the box) and adhered them to all 6 sides.  
I assembled the box leaving the top panel open (a very important thing to remember so you can get into the box!!).  I cut 4 pieces of the gold foil with white dots 1 1/2" x 2 3/4" and adhered them to the 4 sides.
I die cut the flower and layered it onto the cover with foam dots.  I gold embossed a sentiment on a strip of white card stock and layered it over the petal, again using foam dots.  
Here's the box on it's side so you can see the cover face on!
And now I have a sweet little gift box to put a gift card or small gift for someone on my list!
Every Tuesday in November Eileen Hull will have the Inspiration Teams posts all gathered in one place on her blog  - so please check it out!
I'll be back next Tuesday with a fun mailable frame card!
Stamps:  Splits - Merry and Bright - PTI
Paper:  Little Sizzles White Mat Board - Sizzix, DP CEWV Modern Metallic and Cranberry Christmas Paper Stacks, white card stock - PTI
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Block/Cube/Bank 3D die and Flower, Heart and Soul Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, gold embossing powder, heat tool, foam dots.