Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

The Design Team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and they have done so with their favorite Christmas Card for 2014.

I couldn't have had all the challenges this year if it hadn't been for the present and past members of my Design Team.  The currents ladies are
Michele Storms
Karla Bardanza
Hazel Harris
Barbara Golden
A special thanks goes to those who have sponsored challenges this year.

My card is solid white.  The face is embossed with an embossing folder.  The image on the front is from Our Daily Bread Design and was colored with Copics.  Silver cardstock surrounds the sentiment on the front and silver stones are at the bottom of the sentiment inside.
I wish everyone a very blessed holiday and may you find peace and happiness.  Please keep me in your prayers as I face the ordeal of breast cancer which I found out last week.  I plan to keep my blog going as much as possible.
Michele at Art From the Well
Wishing you a very happy and blessed Christmas!
The left side of my scan is the front of the card and the right is the inside.  I used a variety of papers from my stash, a torn bit of french music from the Graphics Fairy and a lovely Madonna and child image, source unknown.  On the inside i stamped "joy to the world" on some of the same paper i used for the front of the card.  My stamp is from creatiate stamps.  The angel is a sticker.

Poetic Postcards
 I'd like to leave you a traditional Gaelic prayer as a small gift:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Love and Light!

I'd like to wish Vicki, my teamies on here and all crafters who visit and take part in our challenges a very Happy Christmas and may God bless you as you enter another New Year.

The background paper was free with a magazine - I've mounted this on to a stardream black card that has a lovely sparkly look to it. I've used one of my favourite Christmas stamps, Rubber Stampede 'Santa collage', inked with versafine black onyx and heat embossed with black detail powder, as was the Crafter's Companion Sentimentals sentiment stamp.The glittered swirls were from Poundland.

This is the card I made for my great-grandson who is 5. It is a digital image from Sassy Studio Designs. At this time I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2015 and hope you will be back joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad after the break.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lunagirl is Having Santa

Lunagirl Moonbeams  is having "St Nick" as their challenge again this week.  This is the second week.

I made a distressed card with my choice of designer paper and inking the edges of this lovely Santa.  The background actually has three papers.  Down the right side are three token squares and at the bottom I used a Spellbinders diecut  on which to place the date

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Signs of Christmas

This is the second week for the challenge "Signs of Christmas".  I picked this as my heme as I knew everyone would really be busy preparing for Christmas.  This is a broad theme so let's see what you can create.  No backlinks please and make sure you follow the theme.  From time to time I get entries that just do not satisfy the theme.
I just love this door image found on the Gingerloft Collection, Stitchy Bear Outlet website.  I distressed the edges of the image and made a little (and I do mean little) bow for the wreath on the door.  The antique red print designer paper was placed on a brown base and a brown ribbon was added on top.  It is threaded through a buckle diecut.  On top I place a small decorated tree sticker.
For week two of the "Signs of Christmas" challenge I've made a card using a digital image by designer Kaz Krafts at our sponsor Stitchy Bear.  I started with red cardstock and added some pretty green designer paper from my stash.  I used the digital stamp of a candle and colored it digitally, print it out, fussy cut it and did some outlining with a black pro marker.  I added a sentiment from my stash,  This challenge is a good way to help you get stocked up on home-made Christmas cards.  I hope you will play along with our challenge.
For the second week of Signs of Christmas, I have made a card using an image from Kaz Kraftz and it is found on the Stitchy Bear outlet. I colored my sock digitally and layered it on a red scrapbook paper and then  I added it to two different Christmas papers I found on Pinterest. I adorned my card with some buttons, some ribbons, a reindeer and a small sock.Keep playing along with us and have a magical week!
I still needed to make some last minute Christmas cards, so I've made two cards using the lovely versatile Gingerloft's Christmas door image kindly supplied by Stitchy Bear Stamps, sponsors of the challenge. I changed the colour to green and simply printed. The shaped cards and other bits and pieces have been in my Christmas box for far too long - it was good to bring a couple of cards together using the lovely image.
For week 2 of the challenge I chose a sprig of holly and fussy cut it out. the image is from Kaz Katz at Stitchy Bear Outlet. The back ground is embossed with poinsettias and I added gold trim to the layer that the image is popped up on. The Season's Greetings is embossed in gold.  There is glossy accents on the berries to make them shine.
Thanks to Stitchy Bear Outlet for their sponsorship.  Click on the banner above to go to their site.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Here is a card I made using a Gecko Galz image.  The scan doesn't show how pretty this card is.  Beside using lace, I put Stickles up and down the limbs of my tree to make is glitter.  The die is a Memory Box die.  This blue and white card is going to someone special. 

This is my 12th and final entry in Unruly Paperarts/ 12 Days of Christmas Linkup.

Christmas Tag

Here is another Christmas tag using a Santa image from Gecho Galz and other images in a cross-promo with Robyn Gough.  The tag reflects various aspects of Christmas.

This is also being added to the challenge entries at UnrulyPaperarts' 12 Days of Christmas which is ending soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another Christmas Card

I love this image which can be found on the Stitchy Bear Outlet website.  I decided that it really didn't need any coloring.  I placed it on vintage red printed cardstock and then on a dull green cardstock,  All of this was placed on a white card base.  Just to give the card a little bling, I added a glittery little tree.

I am entering this in the Unruly Paperarts' 12 Days of Christmas Linkup.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Reason for the Season

Here is one of my newest Christmas stamps.  It is by Inkadinkadoo and it portrays the reason we celebrate Christmas.  It seems to get lost nowadays with the buying of presents, cooking, and the rush of the daily chores.  The image is on top of a piece of green handmade paper and designer cardstock that I have had stashed away for a while.  The image was colored with Copic markers.
I am also entering this in the  Unruly Paperarts' 12 Days of Christmas Linkup.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Old Saint Nick

"Old Saint Nick" is the challenge for the Lunagirl Moonbeams which started today.  There are loads of Santa images on the Lunagirl so go and pick one out.  You don't have to use one of Karen's images for the challenge, but it would be nice if you did and you would be entered into the challenge TWICE.

My card uses a "Freebie" that Lunagirl had posted in the last couple of weeks.  I love the Santa and girl in this digital.  The image is posted on a vintage print and I use to scraps from previous cards and on the one at the side I mounted three shinny little reindeer.

I am also entering this card in Unruly Paperarts "12 Days of Christmas Linkup".

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Challenge #101 - "Signs of Christmas"

This should really be an easy challenge.  The theme is "Signs of Christmas".   There are so many ways you can enter this challenge.  You can enter anything you wish-a card, a tag, home d├ęcor, ornament and the list goes on.  Just make sure it has one aspect of Christmas in the entry.  Here are some ideas from the Design Team.

The images that the Design Team are using are from Gingerloft and Kaz Kraftz which are found on the Stitchy Bear Outlet.
My card is deeply embossed with an pattern of snowflakes, swirls, flowers and other Christmasy pattern.  The focal point of the card is two layers of a Spellbinders die and a Cheery Lynn Design die between them.  On top is an image of holly leaves found on the Stitchey Bear Outlet website.  In the corner is a cute little snowman and snowflake.
I love this digital image called "head first" by our sponsor Stitchy Bear's designer Ginger Loft.  I started with red cardstock and added a bit of designer paper from my stash that i thought looked a bit like a house.  I printed the digital stamp, colored it with pro markers, fussy cut it and added it to the card. The little round Santa and the "ho ho ho" are sentiments from my stash.
The image is a super one kindly provided by Stitchy Bear Stamps by Gingerloft called 'head first'. I digitally put this on a deep blue background and added the lyrics of the song in white. I then printed this out and coloured the image with spectrum noirs, adding some Art Institute glitter as snow. The snowflakes were punched out using some white pearlescent card and I put some quickie glue here and there to sprinkle some more of the Art Institute glitter. This was then mounted on to a dark blue stardream card blank.
Week one of the Signs of Christmas challenge I chose a door digital stamp from Stitchy Bear/Gingerloft. When I printed it I thought oh it's too dark to colour it but as you can see it turned out beautiful. I added the cardinal and a scrap of gold ribbon. Layered on gold and on cranberry cardstock then attached it to Recollections Kraft cardstock. The snow is white opal liquid pearl. The cardinal is not part of the digi from Gingerloft.

Thanks to Stitchy Bear for  sponsoring this challenge.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Santas Everywhere!

Yes, there are Santas everywhere on my blog just like at the mall.  However, I really don't know that this year as I haven't been to the mall.  My family has all decided that there will be "no gifts" this year as almost everyone is too old.  For my teen grandkids, they will get something of mine that I cherish and for the baby grandchild he will get a toy or something special from me.

Bach to Santa.  Here is another card with a jolly ol' Santa on it.  The image is from Gecko Galz's Santa Jewel It sheet.  The sentiment is from a stamp I received last Christmas.  I put it on a Spellbinders diecut and attached two shinny bows.  For extra bling I added Stickles on the package bow Santa is holding.

This card will also be entered in Unruly Paperarts' 12 Days of Christmas Linkup.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Tag Galz is having a 24 Days of Christmas Tags and today is my day to show a tag.   This is a very festive tag as the tag itself is made from an old card I had received a while back and had saved..  It is full of flowers and various shapes and is full of glitter;  I cut out part of a Gecko Galz image from the Christmas Carols 1 sheet and glued to the front .  A ribbon in a coordinating color was added.

Make a visit to Gecko Galz each day and see a different tag made by a Design Team member.

Vintage Christmas Card

Here is a vintage card using a lovely image from Lunagirl.   This card called for my favorite lace.  The little pearls below the image spell "Wish".  Lunagirl Moonbeams is still having the challenge "Holiday Children" and I am entering this in the 12 Days of Christmas Link Up at Unruly Paperarts.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let's Join the Party!

Unruly Paperarts in having a 12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party and this Santa card is one of my entries.  It is vintage-looking Santa from Gecko Galz  which I put on some striped designer cardstock I had stashed away.  I did not make the card completely vintage as I added some modern red flowers, some chipboard letters and a glittery tree.  Drop over to Unruly Paperarts and see all the entries.  You may want to enter also as it is loads of fun.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Pins

Here are two pins I made for my crafting group. Half of the group will get the poinsettia and half will get a snowman. I used six of the Gecko Galz snowman images for the snowman pins and the poinsettias are red, pink and white. I think my crafting group will feel a little more festive wearing a cute Christmas pin.
I am entering these into the Unruly Paperarts challenge. 12 Days of Christmas. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Christmas Scene

Here is a Christmas Joy snow scene using a digital from Gecko Galz and a couple of dimensional stickers.  The snow was just some scrapbooking paper.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Second Week for a Digital Card

The challenge which is in its second week it to make a completely digital card.  Both the background and the image must be digital.  Here are a couple of ideas from the Design Team. 
The beautiful digital Christmas plaid background is from Coosty Creations found on the Stitchey Bear Outlet. The children in the snow is a digital from Lunagirl.  It just happens she is having a challenge on Holiday Children.  As added trim I put a row of red flowers ribbon down the left side.  They resemble poinsettias.  .

This was produced digitally using the lovely poinsettia background paper kindly given by Stitchy Bear Coosty Creations, together with the sweet image and verse that I found for free download from Vintage Fangirl here.
For this tag I used digital background paper by Stitchy Bear designer Coosty Creations and in the corner is a digital stamp of poinsettias also by Coosty Creations.  The poinsettias were colored with colored pencils.  The Santa is a rubber stamp by 100 proof press. I outlined the poinsettia digital stamp and the rubber stamp with black pen.  To finish I added the "no peeking" sentiment, some green stars and ribbon (all from my stash).  I will add a "to" and "from" on the backside and attach this to a gift this Christmas!
For the second week of "Use a Digital Background and Images", I created another card that is 100% digital. The background papers are called Poinsettia and are by designer Coosty Creations of Stitchy Bear. The lovely image you see is an vintage postcard I found on Pinterest. All the others elements I used to adorn my card are from the internet. Have a magical week and keep playing along with us!
For the second week of the challenge I used the same poinsettia image but made it larger and since I like pink poinsettias I coloured them pink, and fussy cut the image out. I also chose the green background digi and layered it on a scrap of shiny pink paper. I needed to add something to the right side so used some gold ribbon and then embossed the sentiment with versamark watermark and detail gold embossing powder

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Click on the banner above to go to the site of my sponsor of  this challenge.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Joy

Here is a card made for Gecko Galz challenge Christmas Joy.  Have you ever visited the Gecko Galz  Papercrafting Facebook page?    If you haven't, you must as there are loads of posts and challenges on it.  Here is a card I just posted.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Another Card for Thanksgiving

Here is a card using almost the same items as one previously posted,  but I made the card an easel card.  The image is from Lunagirl.  This is a nice card to set on the table.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Tag

I have made a number of Christmas Tag.  This  tag uses a cover on a throw-away food tray as the base of the tag.  The silver piece was perfect for a shiny background.  The blue is a piece of a Gelli print that I had made previously   The images are from Gecko Galz.  Two rows of silver ric-rack finished off the tag.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Greetings

Here is wishing everyone a very pleasant Thanksgiving with family and friends.  This card was made for Lunagirl's "Children's Holidays".  My card is a gate card with the Lunagirl image attached to the left side of the "gate".  I think this image is so cute.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Challenge #100- "All Digital-Backgrounds and Images"

I can't believe that this is my 100th challenge.  Time has gone by so fast.  Since the trend is going toward more and more digital work, I decided to have an "All Digital" theme.  This means that all backgrounds and images/sentiments should be digital.  The Design Team would like to see your digital work.  Here is ours.
My background is a from Coosty Creations on Stitchey Bear Outlet.  It was placed on a solid red mat on a white card.  The sentiment is also a digital from Stitchey Bear.  it was placed on a recycled top that came on a  food serving pan which was given to us this week when my husband came home from the hospital.  I made the poinsettia  from diecut pieces.  I send out a lot of sick cards to my church family so this is really an easy one to create quickly.
The beautiful background digital poinsettia paper is by designer Coosty Creations of Stitchy Bear. The lovely vintage images -- the girl and the birds are by Lunagirl.  The rest is simple, a border, hole reinforcement, ribbon and some distressing. I hope you will grab some digital backgrounds or images and play along with our challenge!
For the first week of "Use a Digital Background and Images", I created a card that is 100% digital.I used Gimp to make it. The beautiful background paper is called Poinsettia and it is by designer Coosty Creations of Stitchy Bear. All the others elements you see are from the internet. Have a magical week and keep playing along with us!
This was produced digitally using the lovely poinsettia background paper kindly given by Stitchy Bear Coosty Creations, together with other digital images that were cropped and adjusted to mount on to the backing which was then faded at the edges.
For week one I chose the poinsettia background paper and sized the image fairly small, although it was a challenge to colour. I didn't want to clutter the background up with ribbon, I thought simple showed the beautiful background paper.

Thanks again to Stitchey Bear Outlet for sponsoring this challenge.  Please click on the banner below and check out the site which has many digitals which I am sure you could use.