Friday, October 9, 2015

Merry Monday: Java Time

The current challenge at the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is Java Time. There was no doubt that I was going to play along with this one given how often I find time to have coffee with girlfriends - it's a happy part of my life!

I love creating little scenes with dies and I knew I had a series of small dies with which I could make this scene with a warm cup of Christmas coffee (and a splash of gingerbread creamer, of course!) 

MM Coffee

I'm actually a huge fan of cold weather and snow. Colorado is wonderful in that it actually rarely blizzards - it snows, then the sun comes out and everything sparkles! I love being out in it - love to cross-country ski and snowshoe - but I equally love coming home to a hot beverage! Coffee is a daily part of my life. I decided long ago that it was less about the taste but more about the comfort of holding a warm mug. To me, that comfort and warmth and happiness while looking out a wintery scene is the epitome of Christmas.


I used sparkly Stickles on the lightbulbs, Glossy Accents on the holly berries, and a shimmer mist on the swirly steam.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: So Very Thankful

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

I came up with today's sketch!  I can't say it's the most exciting sketch that you'll ever see, but I did it for one reason - I absolutely have to start using my patterned paper. I have such a tough time layering papers. I watch others do multiple layers of wildly different papers and I love their card. I try the same thing and it looks awful. So I decided to lay out a sketch with a color block motif so that I could use patterned paper. Selfish of me, huh?! When the paper is separated by a white band in a color blocked layout - I like it!

FMS Thankful

I so love fall colors and I loved this pad of paper when I bought it. Then it just sat there and taunted me.  I love the plaid; that's a nice basic pattern that I can easily use. But it's beyond me to use a paper with a design - like the floral border or the little animals. This color-blocked type layout works for that and these cute little animals made their debut.

I hope to see you playing along. You don't have to use patterned papers like I did - be sure to check out what the other designers did because they are all amazing and creative uses of this sketch. And I love looking at the gallery over the course of the week - I get so much inspiration from seeing how the entire FMS community handles each sketch!

Have fun!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thinking of You with Potty People!

Just a few weeks ago, on this post, I used a border called "Potty People" on an elegant thinking of you card. Here it is again...

TE Prayers from All Of Us

I was so tickled with the idea of "Potty People" on a thinking of you card, and I was thrilled with how quick and easy this was, I made the comment that I wanted to do a variety of these in other colors and themes for use at my church.  So here's a couple more looks!


Sweet Potty People

And masculine...

Masculine Potty People

Such a fun way to do quick and easy cards!

SUPPLY LIST (for the second two - click on the link for the first one)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Cardmaking Day: Sketch

I'm going back to the third challenge at Winnie & Walter and doing the sketch that Gayatri created.

I'm not sure I could have gone much different from the bats and cobwebs in the sketch!

WCMD Prayers

A Winnie & Walter set that I hadn't used yet was Big Bang Confetti.  I liked the idea of soft color wash with a one of the confetti stamps. Since I went soft, I went with this prayer set that I just got from Simon Says Stamp.  Nothing fancy, just soft and sweet.

Simon Says Stamp Prayers
Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti
Stampin' Up Crumb Cake
Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana
Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors - the aqua and turquoise
Simon Says Lake Shore Ink
Doodlebug Glitter White

World Cardmaking Day: Masculine

The fifth challenge from Winnie & Walter is to make a masculine card.  Easy-peasy!  I have two teenage sons who routinely need encouragement. My 19-year old is living on his own for the first time and dealing with all of those life things that so often get in the way - "Mom, Dad, my car won't start", "Mom, my employer only gave me two shirts but I work six days in a row and the laundromat is expensive", "Mom, how do I fix my hamburger after I used an entire handful of dried oregano"!! LOVE his phone calls!  And I love surprising him with cards in his mailbox. My 15-year old is just a busy guy and there's always a need to encourage or applaud.  So I am well stocked for masculine cards.  Here's an arrow die that I had purchased just to point at a big sentiment.

WCMD You Are Amazing

I don't know which son is going to get this - because they are both pretty awesome!!!  (Also remember that I am home alone all weekend so I am feeling quite loving toward everybody since nobody is here to annoy me!)  But I'll put it away for when it is needed.

Simon Says Stamp Mod Arrow Border
My Creative Time Speech Bubble Sentiments
MFT Lush Lagoon CS
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Salty Ocean

World Cardmaking Day: Gold

The fourth challenge from Winnie & Walter is "gold".  (I missed the third challenge - but I'll go back and pick it up later!) I generally struggle with gold, but there's one time that I think gold is absolutely perfect - Christmas, particularly nativity scenes.

WCMD Golden Blessings

The other thing that I struggle with is photographing gold.  This photo looks so dull when, in real life, that embossing powder is full of iridescent flecks and looks gorgeous!  You can see it a little better in the close-up.

The set that I used by Winnie & Walter is Happy Christmas. It's full of sweet sentiments and a great variety of Christmas images. 

Winnie & Walter Happy Christmas
MFT Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm sequins

World Card Making Day: Color Challenge

The next challenge from Winnie & Walter is a color challenge: mint, aqua, yellow and kraft.  It said baby to me so I went for this quick and easy card using strips of patterned paper.

WCMD Blessings

I have to admit that this idea isn't original to me - I saw it just this week when I was crafting at a friend's house.  She did the weaving with Washi, her card was vertical and it framed a Christmas image - I fell in love with the look.  She doesn't maintain a blog - she does pin cards here but I don't see the card that I based this on.

Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Blessings
Papertrey Ink Hanging Out dies
Lil' Inkers Of the Heart dies
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Taylored Expression Toffee CS
MFT Homespun Gingham Paper Pack
MFT Berrylicious CS
SU So Saffron CS and patterns
SU Mint Macaron CS
Ellen Hutson Iridescent Daffodil Sequins
White Hemptique