Sunday, December 29, 2013

Challenge #76-"Anything Goes"

I know that there is not much opportunity to post between Christmas and New Years.  You are still trying to recover from the holidays and putting away all the decorations.  That is why we have a special challenge-"Anything Goes"  You may post anything that has not been previously posted.   Don't forget the shortcut to the challenge is at the top of my sidebar.  Thanks to Bugaboo Digitals for sponsoring this challenge.
Baby it is cold outside!  That means I want hot chocolate.  Therefore, I decided on this great image from Bugaboo Digitals for my card.     Copic markers were used to color and I put it on a plaid background as plaid symbolizes  warmth to me

I'm sharing a card I made for Kwanzaa for our anything goes challenge this week.  The stamp is from the Rubbernecker Stamp Co and the background paper is from Twisted Papers.  Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African American culture.  I enhanced the stamp with colored pencils and added a few simple embellishments since i think the image on the stamp is lovely on its own.  I'm wishing everyone happy holidays this week and a very merry Christmas.
For the second week of the challenge I used one of my favourite stamps, a snowman line up, which is what the set is called. I made a gate-fold card with a twist. The image opens left and the sentiment opens right. The sentiment was a $1 stamp from Michaels (that's how old it is) I find gate-fold cards super easy to do and I love the look of them. I found the tutorial on Stamp TV. I hope you will join us for the second week of the ATG challenge.
Isn't he cute .... Deacon on his candy canesaying a little Hello. The image is coloured with Copics and layered on lots of patterend papers. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

A quick and simple card made with some Hunkydory card and a Lili of the Valley art pad picture edged with a red copic. The sentiment circle is from Craftwork cards and says 'From our house to yours'. I hope you all had a good Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year.

A simple little card with a lovely image form Vintage Image Craft to wish you a Happy 2014!
Many thanks to Bugaboo Digi Stamps for their sponsoring this challenge.  Please go and visit  their site.  You will find some very cute images to start with the New Year.  Also, they are having a 50 % off sale which has been extended to January 1

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Last Challenge for 2013

Challenge #76- "Anything Goes"  is starting today.Therefore you may post anything you like.  It is sponsored by Bugaboo Digital Stamps. 
I created a tag recently which I didn't post before Christmas.  However,  I am posting it today since it is Christmas Day.   It uses a image from Lunagirl of the Virgin Mary.  Three metal stars shine in the background.  I like the subtle colors of  the image blending into the background.  I didn't have time to use my sponsor's image this time.  I will be using some Bugaboo images later this week.
This vintage Santa from Lunagirl is the featured image for my "anything goes" piece this week.  It also celebrates the blue Christmas challenge at Lunagirl.  This is a great challenge to make whatever you like; have fun with it!
Still time to make some little presents especially when they are as small as these little match books, not filled with matches but with paper. They are so easy to make and as they are so small they will fit in any bag. I used patterend paper and kept the embellishments very simple.
Tri-fold card made with Hunkydory supplies.  The panel on the right is the first verse from the carol:
'We three kings of Orient are ...
I had this cute snow boarder image that was a Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Digis, I had printed it a while back but didn't get around to making a card. I found a sketch from Catch the bug challenge blog, Stella says Sketch #148 and it's the last of 2013. I fussy cut the image out and popped him up on the circle. The "snow" ripped from the leftover white cardstock and edged in blue. I added paper glaze to his mask and liquid pearls white opal to his had. I hope you will find some time to join us in our last challenge of 2013. The sponsor is Bugaboo digi stamps, they are a Canadian company and I'm pleased to be able to showcase them. Merry Christmas to all.
I am so thankful for Bugaboo's agreeing to be a sponsor for this and a couple of upcoming challenges.
Please visit Bugaboo Digital Stamps' site and see what they have to offer.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas!

The next challenge has been delayed by two days so the Design Team can send you holiday  greetings. It will be posted sometime Wednesday.

Merry Christmas from The Cheerful Stamp Pad Design Team.  May you be blessed this coming year.   And may your new year be full of health, happiness, creativity and peace!

LaCretia Ogle

Michele Storms
 Petra Berendsen  

Hazel Harris

Barbara Golden

Rene van Wyk

Vicki Romaine


Saturday, December 21, 2013

More Christmas Cards

Here is another card I made for Lunagirl's "Blue Christmas".  It has embossed cardstock behind the image and a sheer, silver ribbon for embellishment.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blue Christmas

I recently got out my Gelli plate and made loads of prints.  This one is perfect as the background for my Blue Christmas card.  Since the Gelli  print is so busy, I only used an image from Lunagirl Images and a sentiment.   However, I did use some Stickles in random spots on the background to make the card sparkle.  My card is a 6 x 6 one.  I really enjoy making this size even though it costs more to mail.

By the way, Lunagirl Moonbeams is having a challenge called "Blue Christmas".

Sunday, December 15, 2013

More Signs of Christmas

I know Christmas is almost here, but the Design Team would love to see something you create pertaining to the holiday.  Here is what the Design Team has created.
A couple of  us on the Design Team chose the same image from Vintage Image Crafts.  I placed mine on a piece of designer paper that I sprayed with ink.  A small flourish was added and a sentiment were added.  I felt that the business of the background was sufficient for this card. 
For the second week of the challenge I chose another fabulous Santa from Vintage Image Craft on Facebook. Again I used the image full size, with all the blue tones in the image I layered it on Night Of Navy and added the silver Dazzles thin line border stickers. I think they add a great frame for the image. Using these great images from the Facebook page of Vintage Image Craft makes it a quick and easy card for the season.
For this card I've used the Vintage Image Craft 'Here we come a-carolling' mounting this on to gold mirror card. Papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas, gold spotted washi tape was from Paperchase and the flowers are prima.

Children waiting for Santa Claus, overcome by sleep.  The surprise of gifts under a tree when waking. All this reminds me of Christmas
This week I chose these singing angels digital image.  I used Lumiere Pearlescent white and Sunset Gold paint to accent the image.  Then attaching it to a flames candle, then adding two pieces of trim, one to the top and one to the bottom.  Wa-la! a very pretty candle, that was quick and easy.
One clear sign of Christmas is angels signing. I grabbed this darling Vintage Image Craft angel image from their Facebook page.  I've decorated this card with 2 coordinating designer papers, lace and golden embellishments.  I feel inspired to sing along!
Wonderful Christmas images from our sponsor Vintage Image Craft. I chose one for one of my Christmas cards combining the image with layers of patterned paper and card . Lace, a little bow and some buttons are the embellishments

I would like to express my appreciation to Vintage Image Craft for sponsoring this challenge and  letting us spotlight some of their images.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Snow Angels

If  you hurry, you can still enter in Lunagirl Moonbeams' "Snow Angels" challenge.  There have been some great entries for this challenge.  Go take a look.  While on the blog, link into Lunagirl's store and check out all the vintage images Karen carries.  Her images are gorgeous.  Here is one last sample for "Snow Angels".  It is an ornament with one of the Snow Angels on each side.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lunagirl Moonbeams Make "Snow Angel" Projects

Lunagirl Moonbeams are working with the Lunagirl Vintage Images to make "Snow Angell" projects.  Lunagirl has some beautiful digitals of angels which are perfect for Christmas cards or to put on ornaments.  Here is a card I made recently.  This beautiful image was placed on a Cheery Lynn diecut and the holes in the diecut remind me of snow falling.  Some additional flourishes were added to accent the card.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Challenge #75-"Signs of Christmas"

Where has the time gone?  It is almost Christmas, I haven't finished shopping, made all my cards, cleaned house, nor made any cookies!  It is time to look around and see the signs of Christmas.  Below are some creations by the Design Team.
My image and sentiment from Vintage Image Craft is actually one image which I cut apart.  I made a piece of designer cardstock look like a ribbon and placed the sentiment on it.

I chose this wonderful Santa and his pack of toys to make this tag.  The tag is out of designer paper of snow flakes, and had been dry embossed with a snow flake folder.  I added some blue ribbon buntings at the bottom and scattered blue, light blue and silver snowflakes around the tag.
What a gorgeous vintage Santa image which was made available on the Vintage Image Craft Facebook page.  I used 2 coordinating designer papers, some decorative ribbon trim and a vibrant winter flower to create this card.  I love a challenge which also helps me to get things done on my "to do" list -- making Christmas cards! I hope it will help you too!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas except no snow yet. This gorgeous image I got from Vintage Image Craft on Facebook, who can resist a really great Santa. I printed it full size and layered it with Old Olive I then added a piece of patterned paper and ribbon. I didn't want to clutter it up I wanted the image as the focus.
My card depict the snow that is often a sign of Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere.  I kept the colours simple to go with the pretty vintage image from our sponsor.  A touch of gold thread & pastel crayon makes it more festive.
A Christmas ornament with a wonderful Santa image from our sponsor Vintage Image Craft. I die-cut a big snowflake, glittered it with Stickles and then used patterned paper to layer the Santa image. A little stamped sentiment, some little blings and bow is all I added to the ornament.
For this card I've used the lovely Vintage Image Craft ' 'mistletoe ensemble' image. For the background I secured some vellum on to gold mirror card with brads and added an Anna Griffin sentiment panel, all mounted on to a red card blank to use traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold. This was based on the sketch given for Moving along with the times: time to get sketchy.
Vintage Image Craft has graciously consented to sponsor this challenge.  Please drop by their site for a visit.  Click on the banner above.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Drunken Stampers' Challenge

Drunken Stampers is having a "Person: Santa Clause" challenge.  So dig through your stamps and images and let the jolly guy be entered.    Here is my take on the challenge.  It is just a very simple card where Santa has the spotlight.

The image is from Vintage Image Craft

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Note to Challenge Winners

This post is to explain more fully my challenges.  I am probably one of a very few who notifies that winner of the random-generated drawing for my challenges.  I feel that if  you can take time to enter, I can take time to notify you that you won.   This is usually done by e-mail if your e-mail is listed on your blog.  If I can't find your e-mail on  your blog, I will let you know in the "comments" section that you have won.

In return (this is the only thing I ask of you), I ask that you send me an e-mail with your full name so I can put it under your entry on my sidebar and so I can notify the sponsor.  A first name or nickname will not do.  I can't tell my sponsor that a "Ann" or "Shu-la" won.  I need the whole name.  I try to notify the winner on Tuesday following the end of the challenge.  I expect a reply within 4 or 5 days.  I realize that people get sick, go out of town or just don't look at their blog everyday. 

I hope the above is not expecting too much.  I do appreciate all the entries I have been receiving this past year and hope more of you will enter my challenges.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Just a Box

I had a box that a card kit came in and I was using it to carry my cardstock in when I met with my card group.  I really didn't like the box with the advertisement on the front so I decided to decorate.  This is what I came up with.  It is definitely not a boring box now.


Monday, December 2, 2013

"Decorating" Continues

Our challenge "Let's Decorate" is continuing this week.  It is a very easy challenge.  You may enter something that you use to decorate for the holiday or you may use a number of embellishments to decorate your card.  Here  is how the Design Team is using the theme this week. 

Can't find the link to my challenges?  Well look at the top of my sidebar and click on the direct link to the current challenge each week.
The image on my card is from Lunagirl.   This time I decided to use a number of embellishments to decorate my card.  In the background is sequin waste, while in the foreground are fabric ribbon, snowflake stickers and silk flowers.
For week two I'm sharing another ornament I've made.  This one is on a chipboard pennant base and is embellished with designer paper, vintage images, flowers, pearls, die cuts, stickers and ribbon.
I used Floppy Latte 'angel' digital image, printed on to a sheet of heat resistant acetate and then quickly heat embossed with clear powder. I then used alcohol inks to colour - butterscotch, terra cotta and currant. This 'stained glass' angel now decorates the window of my craft room.
This week I used a Sassy Studio image hanging the wreath to show decorating I also decorated the card with corners and some rhinestones. The sponsor this week is Floppy Latte I hope you will join us for the challenge Let's Decorate. The image was cut with Floral Ovals and I used part of a Nellie Snellen corner die for the corners.

A special thank you to Floppy Latte Designs for sponsoring my challenge.  they have some wonderful images available.  Please visit my sponsors as they graciously give prizes to the winners of my challenges.