Friday, December 9, 2016

winter coffee lovers blog hop


It's the most wonderful time of the year... give me a warm drink and Christmas carols and I'm a happy camper. Now if I could just get my cookies baked.

I saw this pin. And I made this card. A clear case for the CASE, eh? 


I couldn't resist. The STAMPlorations Christmas Trees stencil just had to be used to make a cloud of steam! I used embossing paste through the stencil. Heat embossed and fussy cut my tea cup from glossy red CS. Added some washi and a punny sentiment and voila! BTW, can you spot my faux pas?

Those super sweet little coffee beans scattered at the bottom of my panel. Do they belong on a "Merry ChrisTEAmas" card? Not so much.

Happy hopping! And happy holidays! May Santa bring you lots of your favorite tea. Or coffee.

I'm joining the fun at:
Winter Coffee Lovers Hop - thanks for your hard work Amy T. and Chaitali N.
City Crafter - The Tree is Up (hope my tree/steam fits the bill)
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media



Thursday, December 8, 2016

CAS Christmas

Having more fun with the newest addition to my stamp stash. Meet Klartext's Peer. Or is it Lasse?


Whatever his name, he's "dropping in" with some generic holiday wishes today. Hope your Christmas preparations are moving along nicely. I thought I was doing fine, especially since we Mainz 05 didn't play in Hamburg this December which meant we gained a weekend, but there are still way too many things on my to do list!

Anyhoo, stamped him in my new MFT hybrid black ink. Must say I still like my Versafine better. Did a tiny bit of Copic coloring on the star ornaments and added a strip of polka dot washi along the bottom of the cardbase. Ta daaa.

I'm sending Peer to:
The Card Concept #63 (the deer on the mantel and the letters hanging from it were my inspiration)

CASology - Space (as in, lots of white)

Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday

AAA Cards - Christmas

and Basteltraum #47 - Christmas

Have a wonderful day! I appreciate your stopping by at this busy time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

totally fun shaker card for 3-year-old

I'm so excited - I made the "funnest" card! Saw this minialbum. Needing a card for a little one DD babysits, I immediately set about to recycle my own packaging and pom poms to make a totally fun shaker card for the little guy. (Can't stop shaking it myself ;)


I was inspired by the current CUTplorations challenge photo. Have you played yet?

image source: Print and Pattern

Well Lasse and Peer recently came to live at my house so the scarf-wearing polar bear dilemma was easily solved. I personalized the message with STAMPlorations Sketchy Alphabet. I went with stars rather than snowflakes but kept the blue sky by adding some light ink on the white cardbase. Added a die cut Tree line (recycled wallpaper) and some punched snowflakes and stars inside the shaker (recycled sequin packaging). See?


I'm hooking up at:
Craft Stamper Take it Make it - Snow and Ice


Danipeuss Kartenchallenge - Warm oder Kalt

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #109

More inspiration for you today on the blog and over at STAMPlorations. I love making cards. How about you? I tell myself I enjoy being able to make a card that is a little more special. But today's card(s) prove that it may be more about cardmaker's magic ;)

Yes, magic... like the magic of heat embossing. Of dry embossing. Of blending Distress Inks. And then there's the magic of glitter and shimmer. Ah yes, the magic!



Hard to capture magic in a photo though, isn't it. These closeups show a bit more of the wonderful 3D detail of the embossing folders. And the shimmer of the Perfect Pearl/water spray. Be still my heart.



I've done the shimmery metallic look on this card before. Then I saw Kristina W.'s card with the 3D effect and had to try it. On both cards I used the Geometric embossing folders from We R Memory Keepers.

On the red card I used Victorian Velvet, Barn Door and Fired Brick inks and STAMPlorations Be Jolly Phrase die. I cut it from gold glitter CS and backed it with dark red as a drop shadow.

On the blue card I used Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire and STAMPlorations Peace on Earth Phrase die cut from silver and dark blue CS.

I'm joining these challenges:
Basteltraum - Weihnachten
Time Out - Christmas with the option of Glitter/Shimmer (check. check. check.)
Simon Says Stamp November Work it Wednesday - Use Dies
Danipeuss Kartenchallenge - Warm oder Kalt (ich habe beide Farbwelten)
Stempelkueche - Alles was Glitzert





Monday, December 5, 2016

CUTplorations December


image source: Print and Pattern
There's a new bear in town! Meet our inspiration photo for the December CUTplorations challenge. I did make a card with a bear which you'll see shortly, but today I'm sharing another use-up-some-of-that-PP-stash kinda card.


Easy peasy. Found some old October Afternoon PP with these ice skaters on it and thought Warm Winter Wishes phrase die in glossy red CS would look good smack dab in the midst of them. Added a few snowflakes for more interest and a strip of contrasting PP along the bottom!

Sure hope you'll find time to take a break at this busy time of year and join us for some die cutting fun! Any chance this winter will find you in ice skates?!?!?

I'm joining the Warm oder Kalt challenge over at Danipeuss. Got both on my card ;)


And at Dies R Us #62 where it's all about Christmas. This is going out as one of my Christmas cards this year. And at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday for November - Use Dies.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

congratulations with altenew

Did you see that Addicted to CAS is celebrating their 4th birthday? Well, congratulations are in order.


I pulled out Altenew's Dodecagram cuz I love that "congratulations" sentiment in it. And proceeded to make this card.


Some purple and pink inks. With Delicata gold touches for the outlines and center and a gem in the middle. I attached my stamped panel to a pink cardbase. I was inspired by the geometric nature of the March photo - top row, middle - (just switched out the green for gold for my colors). You can choose any of the 2016 Altenew challenges this month.


And I'm taking this CAS card with sparkle to Inkspirational and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge's Anything Goes too.


Happy Sunday!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

MMCC #30

Here we are - December already! And time for a new theme at the Mixed Media Card Challenge. This month it's about another favorite - GOLD - with the optional element of "star".


I've got some funky gold goodness for you today.


This was basically an experiment. What do you get when you mix white glue with embossing powder? My card!

Dribbled the glue all over a panel of black CS. Sprinkled gold embossing powder over it. Poured the excess off. Let it set up for ten minutes and then heat embossed, being careful not to overheat it.

So what to do with it? I adhered a strip of washi down the edge of a cardbase. Did the same down a strip of vellum and then heat embossed a sentiment from Papertrey Shapes by Design onto it. Wrapped it around the back of the black panel, trimmed a curvy edge on the panel and then adhered it to the cardbase.

How's that for mixed media? Stamping and ink, plus texture, dimension and technique! I think it might make a nice anniversary card for a young-at-heart couple on their 50th! Why not create a mixed media card with GOLD and join us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge this month? Be sure to check out what the DT has created here.
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