Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SIP Challenge #129 - Red, Green and Gold!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  It's getting dangerously close to Christmas... are you ready??  I'm feverishly trying to finish my tags and cards!  I should have already had them mailed out but I'm close to it... I promise! 

This week's Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge gave me a chance to get another card made.   This week is all about Red, Green and Gold and how Christmasy is that??!! 

 This week's card is so simple that I honestly feel a little bit guilty.  I love when I can use up some of my stash of patterned paper!

I used the Stampin' Up! Good Tiding Stamp Set for the sentiment... I absolutely adore this sentiment and the size of it!  I stamped it on thick Whisper White Cardstock and used a Stitched Shapes Die to cut out the Circle.  I used the Layering Circle Framelit Scallop Circle in Gold Cardstock to matt the stitched circle.  The holly on the edge of the circle is from the Gina K Designs Merry & Bright Card Kit.  The patterned paper in the background is from Fun Stampers Journey. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SIP #128 - Let it Snow! Lawn Fawn Exclusive Christmas Like No Otter

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  This week over at Stamp, Ink, Paper we have a fun Let It Snow Challenge!  There are sooo many possibilities with this one!!

My original thought was to make a snow scene using the Lawn Fawn Birch Tree Dies and the design just expanded from there.  What do you think??

First of all I cut my birch trees out in 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  Next I made my card base out of the same cardstock for a top folding card.  For my ink blended background I used a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.. I love the way distress ink blends on it!  I started out by blending Broken China Distress Oxide Ink on the top of my Bristol panel.  I blended it into Wilted Violet and then blended that into Worn Lipstick at the bottom of the panel.  I decided that the top needed to be a bit darker so I blended in some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.   I used my  Tim Holtz Distress Spritzer to spritz water and then dabbed a paper towel on it and heated it with my Heat Tool.  Once I was happy with that panel I used my Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a panel out.  I also used the top of the same stitched rectangle to make stitched details on the top of the birch trees.  I adhered them with Ranger Multi Medium Matt.  I then used more of the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White in 110# to cut out 3 layers of Lawn Fawn stitched hills.  I adhered two layers of stitched hills on the bottom of the card with more of the Ranger Multi Medium Matt.   For the top layer of stitched hill I used the same Lil' Inker Designs stitched rectangle die to make the stitching up the side and on the bottom so it would match the rest of the card and used foam tape on it to give it dimension.  The snow was made by adding small drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White.  Once those were dry I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Confetti.  I used my Misti to add the sentiment from a Hero Arts Stamp set called Winter Animals.  It was an add on set for the November My Monthly Hero Kit.  My original idea was just to make a scene but then I realized it needed something extra.  I thought about the animal silhouettes from the Winter Animal stamp set but since they were silhouettes and I had so much white, I thought the all black silhouettes might be too much.  I decided to stamp one of the otters, the present and the santa hat from the Exclusive Lawn Fawn Simon Says Stamp Set called "Christmas Like No Otter".  I used Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends to color them in and I fussy cut them out.  I used a black marker to color in the edges so as to hide my not so great fussy cutting.  I first adhered the otter on the back slopes with foam tape.... then I realized that the back slopes should be water... Duh!!  lol  So I added some Peacock Feathers Distress ink to a small acrylic block, added a little water and used my aqua painter to pain the back slopes like it was a stream.  I wasn't completely happy with how the water looked so once dry I used a stampin' blend marker to color over it.  Leave it to me to change my plan.. lol  I used a white gel pen to add a some small dots of snow to the water.  I added more sparking Confetti to the front snow slope around the sentiment.  Finally... I decided it looked pretty good.  I added the panel to the Neenah Classic Solar White 110# Cardbase.  I toyed with matting it but decided it looked better directly on the White.  Whew!!!  What a process this one was.  

Here's how I finished up the inside....


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you'll take the opportunity to make a "snow" themed card and link it up for the challenge!  Blessings, Tina

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Back in Plaid

Hello and Happy Thursday!  I hope you've been having a wonderful week!  It's time for some awesome Paper Pumpkin Alternative Design inspiration... I hope you're ready!  Both the October and November 2017 Kits were awesome!!!  I think they have been two of my all time favorites!  If you've already been hopping today, you should have landed here from the fabulous blog of Kimberley Morris and I thank you for continuing!

The super cool thing was that both the October and November Kits coordinated and both were seriously fabulous kits!  Since I didn't hop in October (I was on a cruise), I'll show you my alternate cards with the October kit first.

Both of the alternate cards with the October kit were super easy.  Sometimes easy is good!

The design of the November kit is to make Stockings.. all super adorable just as designed!  With the tag, stamp set, and Cherry Cobbler twine,  I made a card and an alternate stocking layout. 

I love that the plaid DSP from the Merry Little Christmas DSP coordinates with the kit as well!  Since the tree on the tag was embossed in gold, I thought the addition of the gold foil snowflakes worked perfectly.  I also loved the idea of adding a pop or two of Cherry Cobbler.  

Next up is none other than the Crafty Yogi, Audra Monk!  Just click the next button and you'll be there for some more awesome inspiration!

Below is a list of all of our Hoppers in case you've lost your way:

  1. Sara Levin
  2. Rachel Tessman
  3. Kimberley Morris
  4. Tina Rackley Riddle - You are here!
  5. Audra Monk
  6. Rick Adkins
  7. Jennifer Hill
  8. Kelly Acheson
  9. Megan Thompson
  10. Lori Mueller
  11. Monika Davis
  12. Dena Rekow
  13. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

PCC270 Sketch Challenge, Monochromatic with Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornaments

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I think after only working 2 days last week that this week will never seem to end!  Oh well, work during the day and craft at night... that's the way I roll!   It's Wednesday so that means another Paper Craft Crew Challenge!  What do you think of this sketch??

I took one look at this and immediately saw Christmas Ornaments!  Of course you know I still have Christmas Cards to make so you knew it would be something to do with Christmas! 

I love this Black and White Christmas Pine Patterned Paper from FSJ so that's where I got my inspiration!  I decided that I wanted to make my ornaments black, white and shades of gray or silver.  These Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornaments Dies were perfect to make use of all of my colors.   I absolutely love how it turned out!  It looks even more beautiful in person!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SIP Challenge #127 - Wrap It Up! Tags My Monthly Hero November 2017 Hero Arts

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a wonderful and hopefully long Thanksgiving Weekend!  I had a wonderful and super long holiday and I am so thankful we were able to spend it with most of our children and grandchildren.  We are truly blessed! 

This week's challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper is All Wrapped Up and is all about packaging or tags.  For me this was a really cool challenge because I had recently received my November My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts that had lots of tag stamps and dies along with a ton of sentiments!

Here are my super cute tags....

I adore these little tags.  They are so cute, they could be ornaments!  I made most of them into shakers as the dies in the kit had shapes that were perfect to cut out the inside.  For the tree, I used some Lucy's Things "Little Things Rainbow Jewels"  that I thought worked perfectly for the ornaments.  The kit was wrapped up with some twine that I used for some of the tags.. for the others I used some Red and White twine from my stash.  

Here's a look at the back of the tags.... 

I kept the back simple in that I stamped the exact image as the front but added the To and From Shape to the back so that I can write the names on it.  I have lots more of these to make but I love how these first few turned out!  I hope you love them too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PCC 269, Very Vintage Stampendous Snowy Postcard Stamp

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving Eve. Tomorrow is the day.. I hope you have the Turkey bought!  We aren't having Turkey this year.  Honestly I didn't really intend to cook.  The last couple of years we have gone to Cracker Barrel with the kids that were in town on Wednesday night to have our Thanksgiving.  Everyone just has so many places to go that it seemed silly to spend so much time cooking a huge meal for the kids to spend 1 or 2 hours and leave to eat someplace else.  Well this year I decided I wanted to try cooking again but this time I will cook on Wednesday instead of Thursday and I'm not making a thousand dishes this time.  So I've bought a ham, and will be making homemade macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole and green bean casserole.  Those are usually the most requested dishes by the kids!  Hopefully keeping the menu a little more simple and having it on Wednesday will be a great combination and will work out well!

Well since it is  Wednesday, that means another Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This one was super easy and a lot of fun.  It's a Very Vintage Theme and that's one of my favorite styles!

I used the Stampendous Snowy Postcard Stamp on this one.. it is perfect for a Vintage Look!

I started off by Stamping the Snowy Postcard Stamp onto Crumb Cake Cardstock with Early Espresso Ink.  Once I stamped it, I used an Aqua Painter and some Old Olive Ink to color in the Houses and Holly Leaves as well as the oval ring around the scene.  I sprayed the edges with water and used my finger nails to distress the edges.  I used a heat tool to dry it and then used the aqua painter to color the edges with more of the Old Olive Ink.  I then sponged some Crumb Cake Ink onto the front to age it.  I stamped the retired French Script Stamp in Mossy Meadow Ink (also retired) onto Old Olive Cardstock.  I distressed the edges of this layer the same way I distressed the edges of the top layer.  I used craft glue to adhere slightly skewed the Snowy Scene onto the Old Olive layer.  I tied a piece of Tan Lace around the two layers and then adhered them both to an Early Espresso A2 Card Base.  After deciding that the left upper corner needed some love, I cut some Pine Boughs out of Wild Wasabi Cardstock using the Take A Bough Die set from Concord and 9th.  I sponged the edges with Old Olive Ink and then adhered them with Ranger Multi Medium Matt.  I used a Gina Marie Pine Cone Die set to cut out the small pine cone.  The bottom layer was Chocolate Chip Cardstock and the upper layer was Soft Suede.  I sponged some Soft Suede Ink over the top of the Pine Cone and adhered it over the Pine Boughs with Glue Dots.  I know that had a lot going on.. thanks for hanging in with me on it!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SIP Challenge #126 - Thankful with My Monthly Hero from Hero Arts

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you're ready for Thanksgiving because it's just 2 days away!  This week's Challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper is all about Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed.  I decided since I was finished with my Thanksgiving Cards that I would make a Thank You.  After all when you are Thankful for someone or something, you often say Thank you, right??  


Finally I used the My Monthly Hero Kit from July 2017.  I had previously only used one image and wasn't exactly sure how much I liked it.  Well ..... I LOVE it!  Some of the cutest images!  I just adore this little pitcher and the bouquet of flowers is just perfect in it.  I honestly had part of this card already made.  I have a drawer that I keep half made cards in.  Am I the only one that starts a card and then gets on a completely different track and ends up with partially made cards?  Well I do it a lot.  For this one I had the Early Espresso Base done with a layer of Old Olive embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  I also had the strip of the Early Espresso Chevron DSP matted in Early Espresso Cardstock on the partially done card.  So what I did was add some of the light pink DSP matted on a scrap of Early Espresso.  I used my bone folder to pry open a section of the already adhered strip so I had room to tuck the new strip under the old one.  Once through, I adhered the right side down first.  I then added some Natural thread on the left side three times around and then tied it into a bow.  I used some Multi Medium Matt to adhere the bow down and then used some craft glue to adhere the left side of the new strip down.  I heat embossed my Thank You sentiment in White on the top of the Chevron Strip.  Both the flowers and the pot were first inked with Versamark and then with Soft Suede Ink onto Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock.  I then clear embossed them.  I used my Stampin' Blends to color both the flowers, leaves and the planter and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I adhered them all with 3M Foam Tape.  Finally I decided that the planter needed grounding so I cut a small section of a White Doily and adhered it with Multi Medium Matt.  I finished it off with 3 Espresso Pretty Pink Posh Sequins!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PCC268 Sketch Challenge with Gina K Designs Festive Foliag!

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I'm super excited to be back at Paper Craft Crew this week with my take on a super fun sketch!  There are soooo many possibilities with this one.. take a look!

How fun is that??!!  I decided since I did the spotlighting technique on mine and had stamped pine branches and cones that mine didn't really need the banner.  

The stamp set I used was one I bought last year from Gina K Designs.. it's called Festive Foliage by Claire Brennan!  I used it for so many of my cards last year and I do believe it will be used for quite a few this year as well!  It has some awesome Christmas foliage images as well as sentiments!  I used my Misti to stamp the images with SU Sahara Sand Ink onto Neenah 110# Classic Crest Solar White Card Base.  Once I had it stamped on the card base, I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock again in Sahara Sand.  I then used a sponge dauber to add SU Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow (retired) inks to the stamp as well.  I used the SU Layering Circle Framelits to the section that I wanted to spotlight and added an Old Olive small scallop border (also from the same die set).  The sentiment was added at the top on the right in Old Olive Ink and then Versamark and clear embossed.  I used a 3/4" x 5 1/2" piece of  Merry Little Christmas DSP in an Old Olive pattern.  I ran some Natural Thread around the strip of DSP and tied it in a small bow and then added the circle layer with the spotlighted design over it.  I used my scissors to snip the overhanged portion off from the back of the card.  Lastly.. as usual, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins in Espresso with Multi Medium Matt adhesive.   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SIP #125 Color Challenge with Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are having a fabulous Fall weather week.  Today is of course another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and is my very last Fall Card of the year!  Take a look at the Challenge Graphic.. it really does scream fall to me!

I decided considering the colors in the challenge that it would be a perfect time for one last card to mail out for Thanksgiving.  I used the incredible Vintage Leaves stamp set from Stampin' Up! but the
sentiment is from the retired Lighthearted Leaves stamp set.  I love this sentiment and can't seem to part with this set!  All of my stamping was done on one layer of Watercolor Paper.  I used the smooshing technique to smoosh some Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight Ink onto the watercolor paper and dried in between layers with my heat tool.  Once completely dry I ran my embossing buddy over the front of the card.  I used my Misti to stamp the leaves and Sentiment first in Versamark and then in Early Espresso.  I then heat embossed all of the stamping with clear embossing powder.  There ending up being just alittle more white on the stamped panel than I wanted so I took a sponge and a little bit of Daffodil Delight Ink to fill in the other areas.  I used my Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out the stamped panel and layered on a skinny layer of Early Espresso Cardstock.  All of that was mounted to a A2 card base of 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  Lastly I added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pallet Birthday Card with Concord and 9th Petals and Pallets Bundle

Hello and Happy Tuesday evening!  I wanted to share my Pallet Card made with the Concord and 9th Petals and Pallet Bundle and the Happy Balloons Bundle!

I loved the idea of a Pallet Sign Card!  Pallets are so popular now. After I cut two pallets out of Kraft Cardstock, I used the coordinating wooden plank stamps in SU Crumb Cake Ink to add the woodgrain.  I heat embossed the Forever  Young sentiment in Black to make it stand out.  The Celebrate Balloon and Birthday Wishes banner were stamped in Black on Soft Sky Cardstock.  Those were both from the Happy Balloons Bundle.  I cut out the banner prior to stamping the sentiment... I found that made it easier.  To finish it off I added some Doodle Bug Sequins and some Natural Thread for the Balloon String.    I love how it turned out.   Hope you do too!  Have a wonderful day!

Blessings, Tina

SIP #124 Girls Night Out with Stampin' Up! Half Full

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to an awesome start!  Since it is Tuesday that means another Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge and this time it's all about Girls Night Out!  

I finally got the opportunity to use my Stampin' Up! Half Full Stamp Set.  I have a few friends that are all about wine so I why not start on Christmas Cards for our card swap!  

This one was pretty simple with just a little bit of coloring.  I stamped the glasses onto Kraft Cardstock with using my Misti and the Creative Corners to align the wine glasses.  I used two light colored pencils to color in the white wine.  The larger wine glass was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock.  I used the Stampin' Blends Markers in Cherry Cobbler to color in the wine and the berries and in Old Olive for the holly leaves.  Both the large wine glass and the berries were fussy cut.  I used my Stampin' Write Basic Black marker along the edge of the fussy cutting so that the white would not show.  The DSP used is from the Stampin' Up! Quilted Christmas 6x6" paper stack.... I love these prints!  The larger splats are of course from Gorgeous Grunge (Retired).  The smaller splats are from my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.  I remove the top and pull the brush edge against the edge of the top to make the splatters.  

Here's how I finished up the inside.....

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Thursday, November 2, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Winter Holiday

Hello and Happy Thursday!  I hope you are having a fabulous day!  I'm super excited to be joining my friends for the November One Stamp At A Time Winter Holiday Blog Hop!

If you've already been hopping you should have landed here from Jenny Hall's fabulous blog and thank you for continuing on!  If you are starting with me you'll want to be sure you stop by every blog for some awesome Winter Holiday Inspiration.  As for me.. Christmas is where it's at!  It's that time of year where most of us celebrate the birth of Jesus.  For me Jesus is the reason for the season!

Here's my card and project...

I love the Good Tidings Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! and thought it looked amazing with the Plaid Paper from the Christmas Around the World DSP.   The "Merry Christmas" banner was from the Santa's Sleigh Stamp Set.  I used Washi Tape to omit inking with Versamark the "wishes" from "Merry Christmas Wishes".   Then heat embossed the sentiment in White.  I also added a few Pretty Pink Posh Onyx Sequins because of course you have to have a little bling!

Here is the inside of my card...

I couldn't help but use the Merry Musical Specialty Paper on the inside.  I loved the sheet with "Deck the Halls" and thought it went perfectly since I had a Bough of Holly on the card.   

For my project I used a mini pizza box as a treat box and used more of the Merry Musical Specialty DSP matted in black on the top and all of the sides.  I used the same size oval framelits to make my tag and the same Good Tidings stamp set to make the tag.  I love using circle framelits or oval framelits to make tags by punching a hole on one of the sides.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  The next stop on the hop is amazing Rick Adkins!  Just click the next button and you'll be there!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SIP Challenge #123 Sketch Challenge with Smitten Mittens

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hopefully your week is off to a good start.  As usual on Tuesday I'm over at Stamp, Ink, Paper with my Challenge Card.  This week is an awesome sketch by the talented Dena Rekow!  I really love it and I'm sure you will too!

Of course I'm back on my mission to get more Christmas cards done so once again I took this chance to turn a sketch into one of my Christmas Cards.  I know that many of you make multiple of card designs.  I hardly ever do that.  I rarely duplicate any of my cards.  Weird.. well yep, I guess so!  It certainly takes me much longer to get my Christmas Cards done!  So this time I used the Smitten Mittens Bundle along with some of the Quilted Christmas DSP.

My color scheme was Real Red, Basic Black, Garden Green, and White which worked perfectly from  Quilted Christmas DSP.  The plaid banner behind the mitten was from the Christmas Around the World DSP.. I'm really loving plaids this year!

Here is a list of all of the products used:

Stampin' Up! Smitten Mittens Bundle
SU Real Red Cardstock
SU Basic Black Cardstock
SU Garden Green Cardstock
SU Whisper White Cardstock
SU Real Red Ink
SU Quilted Christmas DSP
SU Christmas Around the World DSP
SU Softly Falling Embossing Folder
SU Layering Circle Framelits Dies
Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle Dies
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PCC265 Sketch Challenge with Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a fabulous week so far!  I'm getting packed and ready for an 8 day cruise so believe me... I'm super ready for the work week to be over!  Things are finally settling down at work and it's a great time to get away from the office for a while!  I'll be working on blog hop and design team cards all week so that I'll have everything posted before I leave.  Today I'm over with my friends at the Paper Craft Crew with a card for a new sketch challenge!  Hope you'll head over and check it out!

I decided to finally use my Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Stamp Set and coordinating Daisy Punch.  I really like it and can't believe that I haven't already been using it!  I needed to make a quick birthday card for a friend so this worked out to be an awesome sketch for that!

Here is a list of all of the Products used:

SU Daisy Delight Stamp Set
SU Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set
SU Daisy Punch
SU Leaf Punch
SU Tempting Turquoise Cardstock
FSJ Banana Cream Cardstock
FSJ Lemon Grass Cardstock
SU Tempting Turquoise Ink
SU Daffodil Delight Ink
SU Misc Retired DSP
Misc. Enamel Dots

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SIP Challenge #122 Product Feature - Washi Tape!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week has gotten off to a good start!  Jeff and I spent Saturday in Knoxville watching our sweet little granddaughter, Laken, play softball.  It was her only tournament this year and since I've seen her older sister play in several tournaments, I had to make this trip!  Oh and the good news was that they won their age bracket!  Here's a few shots that I couldn't help but share.. lol  it was a Halloween Tournament so they played in costumes.  Laken's team played as the Pink Ladies softball team from Grease!

It started off cool that morning and believe me by the end of the day it was time to peel that little jacket off!  lol  Laken is absolutely adorable and just as sweet as she is cute!

Well back to Tuesday and the matter at hand.  You know what Tuesday means, right?
It's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge!  This week is all about Washi Tape

Since I had some Washi Tape with trains on it I decided to pull out the Classic Traveler Stamp Set along with Lovely as a Tree!  

Luckily I had been able to get the coordinating dies from Dies by Dave for the Traveler Stamp Set before he stopped selling them.  I will guard those with my life.. lol

Tip:  When using Washi  Tape over DSP or dark Cardstock, mount the Washi Tape on White Cardstock and then cut out around it.  It makes for a cleaner look and makes the Washi more stable.  I use snail to adhere the mounted Washi Tape to the DSP or Cardstock.   

Products used:

SU Traveler Stamp Set (retired)
SU Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set
Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set (sentiment)
110# Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock
SU Whisper White Cardstock
SU Basic Black Cardstock
SU Mossy Meadow Cardstock (retired)
SU Mossy Meadow Ink (retired)
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versamark Embossing Ink
SU White Embossing Powder
SU Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
SU Layering Circle Framelits Dies
Dies by Dave dies for the Travler Stamp Set
Misc Train and Diagonal Stripe Washi Tape
FSJ Natural Twine
Misc Black Enamel Dots
SU Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PCC #264 Color Challenge with Stampin' Up! Brightly Lit Christmas!

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I always feel like when I've made it to Wednesday I can get through the rest of the work week.  This weekend will be another trip to Knoxville to see three of our granddaughters.  That's something to look forward to for sure!

Well of course since it is Wednesday that means another Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This week's card is for a color challenge.  

I have to tell you that at first I wasn't feeling it.  I've made so many Halloween and Fall cards and I really didn't want to go in that direction.    The great thing about this color challenge is that we can pick a mystery color to add to the mix.. well I wanted to make a Christmas card so I went with Red!

During World Card Making Day, I bought the Stampin' Up! Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set as one of their specials so of course I had to use it!   The light post and sign holder were stamped in Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed on a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White Cardstock.   I used a sponge with a small amount of Pumpkin Pie Ink on it to sponge the light in the light post.  The sign was stamped in Lemon Lime Twist directly under the sign holder.  MFT Die-namic Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Dies were used to cut a curved edge on the panel.  I mounted the panel on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of plaid DSP from the Christmas Around the World DSP pack.  I then mounted that onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist that measured 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and attached that to a Real Red top folding Card Base.  I decided the lamp post needed the bow from the stamp set so I stamped it in Real Red on a scrap of white cardstock.  The bow was fussy cut and a Real Red marker's brush tip was used to color the edges so no white was showing.  I added a strip of White Glimmer paper hand cut like a snow bank to the bottom of the white panel to ground my light post.  To finish this off I used some Journey Glaze to cover the bow as well as the glass on the lantern.  I really love how this one turned out.  I've been struggling with Lemon Lime Twist so I was glad to be able to use it on a Christmas Card and feel good about it.  That color was just a bit of a stretch for me. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SIP Challenge #121 with Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Hello and Happy Tuesday again!  I had a wonderful weekend and have survived Monday again so all is good, right??  lol  As usual Tuesday means another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this time is another Tic-Tac-Toe with lots of options!

My Card qualifies to go in many directions with this Tic-Tac-Toe.  It could go down the first column, Leaf, Orange, and Twine, or straight across the middle with Orange, Wood and Embossing, or Diagonal with Die Cut, Wood and Twine.  How's that for coloring within the lines this time?  lol
I decided to pull out my favorite fall stamp set by Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves and the Leaflet Framelits.  I also revisited a fun technique called Joseph Coat.   

I started out by sponging Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Wild Wasabi onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock.   I stamped the leaves onto the ink blended cardstock with Versamark and then clear embossed them.  Once embossed I used a brayer to bray Early Espresso Ink over the embossed leaves.  Once the ink dried, I used the coordinating Leaflet Framelits Dies to cut the leaves out.  I did the same type of ink blending onto another Bristol Smooth Cardstock for the background on this card.   The ink blended layer was cut into a panel with Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Dies.  I double matted it with Early Espresso Cardstock and then Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and then attached it to an Early Espresso A2 Card Base.  I used the smaller rectangle from the Avery Elle Wonky set to cut out a piece of the Wood Textures DSP.  I matted it with Early Espresso and then added it to the center of the card.  I stamped the sentiment (from the September Paper Pumpkin kit) using my Misti in Versamark first and then Early Espresso Ink and then clear embossed it.  The leaves were arranged in a bundle of sorts and then used Natural Twine to tie a bow in it.  The leaves were attached with dimensionals.  The smaller ones were adhered to the front with Tombow liquid adhesive. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!  Tina

Thursday, October 12, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Fall/Halloween!

Hello and Happy Thursday... and yes, almost Friday!  Woo Hoo!  I'm hopping with a bunch of super creative friends today for One Stamp At A Time's Fall Halloween Blog Hop!  If you're ready for some awesome Fall and Halloween inspiration you'll want to be sure to hop all the way through!   If you've already been hopping, you should have landed here from the fabulous Kelly Acheson's Blog and thank you for continuing on!  

I decided to finally use a Stampin' Up! stamp set that has been in my collection since last year but not inked up yet.. Foxy Friends!  It has an awesome coordinating Fox Builder Punch.  Here's what I came up with for my card......

I love all of the creatures that can be made with the Foxy Friends stamp set... so many options!  I thought the sign was a great way to showcase the sentiment and it gave me a chance to add a little cardinal!  My husband and I love birds and cardinals are out favorite!  The adorable Keep Calm and Give Thanks Sentiment was from the September Paper Pumpkin Kit and I know I'll be using it a lot!  

And here is what I came up with for a coordinating project....

I picked up this adorable little 5" x 7" shadow box that can used with seasonal projects.  I loved the sentiment "gather together & give thanks" from the Painted Harvest stamp set!  It's one of my favorites!  You'll notice I snuck a couple of cardinals in this one as well! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you'll click the next button you'll land at Dena Rekow's Creativity Cave!  Dena is one of my all time favorite stampers and I LOVE her videos on You Tube!  If you don't subscribe, you should!  She is unbelievably creative!!

In case you lose your way.. here is a list of all of our bloggers...

  1. Elizabeth Jeanne
  2. Jenny Hall
  3. Kelly Acheson -
  4. Tina Riddle ... You are Here!
  5. Dena Rekow
  6. Maria Willis
  7. Lori Mueller
  8. Melissa Davies
  9. Megan Thompson
  10. Jennifer Hill
  11. Sue Plote
  12. Pam Staples
  13. Jessie Holton
  14. Rick Adkins
  15. Marisa Gunn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PCC263 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge with Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornaments

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I am always relieved to know that I've made it half way through the work week and that much closer to the weekend!   It's been a busy couple of days for me and I'm really looking forward to this coming weekend.  I'm going to be going to Chattanooga, TN to see my sweet 8 year old granddaughter, Taylor, play softball.  She's been playing ball for about 3 years now and it's been so much fun to see how much her skills have progressed!  You know I'll have to share a picture.... this is my daughter Christine with Taylor last weekend during yet another tournament!  She hit three home run in that tournament so I'm hoping this weekend to see a few myself! 

And the picture below was after a long day of playing ball.  Her team came in 2nd place.  Taylor got a game ball for defense and her friend Sadee got a game ball for offense. 

So back to the matter at hand.. It is Wednesday which means I'm designing for Paper Craft Crew with a card for a new sketch challenge.  

I decided to get back to work on Christmas cards so that's where I went with the sketch by using my fun new Stitched Ornaments Die Set from Lawn Fawn!

These ornament dies have so many possibilies but I went super simple since I was adding a banner on the red ornament.  The banner die is from Avery Elle Wonky Stiches Die Set.  I added a Taylored Expressions Peace word die cut in Silver Mirror Paper over the White banner so it would stand out.  I love how it turned out... simple but pretty.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina