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Friday, December 15, 2017

 I will be making several gate fold cards, including an inside pocket to hold checks and/or certificates.  We have made special donations to international relief efforts of Samaritan's Purse - to honor our children and grandkids, so we include that certificate for them.  I used "nameless" dies for the sentiment and the nativity.
More than one fold:  Scor-Pal
Christmas:  Cuttlebug Mania

Silent Night - Christmas 2017 - DT card for QKR Stampede

The QKR Stampede Challenge #274 is Anything Goes, with the option of non-traditional Christmas colors.  I chose black, teal and silver as non-traditional. To me, the silver and teal complemented the snowy, night time look of this church.  Both the Snowy Church image and the sentiment are available at the Eureka division through QKR Stampede.  I added two strips of glittery metallic silver ribbon (WalMart), and punched stars and a snowflake.  The circles are die cuts.  This color combo is one I will definitely use again.
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Sketch:   Verve sketches
Winter:    Die-cut-divas 
 Inspiration (snowy trees image; teal color):   Victorine stamps
 Any, with Snowflakes:   Jo's Scrapshack
Any:    Crafting by Designs.
            Inspiration Destination
            Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
  

Snow Fun - DT card for Crafter's Cafe challenge #187

This image from Scribbles, Snow Fun, is great for this challenge - any Christmas or using white, red and green.  The challenge is open through Jan 12.   Find details and the entry link here.  The image is available here.  I used a variety of markers for coloring the image - including shiny metallics - and added a computer generated sentiment.  The red snowflakes are punches. The star is enhanced with gold glitter.
Challenges entered:
Sketch:    Sketch Saturday
Winter:       Glitter n Sparkle
Snowflakes:    Allsorts
Red, white; touch of green:   Dar and Diane
Christmas:    Crafty Calendar:  
              A Perfect Time to Craft 
              Cards Galore 
              Corrosive Challenges
              Inspiration Destination
              Through the Craft Room Door

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Blessings 2017

Another design for this no name nativity die.  The bg is the Cuttlebug Star folder, and I used the Cheery Lynn Blessings die.  The oval is Kraft cs, and the bg is a rusty burgundy.
Sketch:    Tuesday Morning
Christmas:   Christmas Cards All Year Round
                      Cuttlebug Mania
                      Gem Challenge
                      Simon Says Stamp Monday  
                      Winter Wonderland
Non-traditional colors:    Mod Squad
                                           Dragonfly Dreams
                                           Pile it On 
 Any:       Word Art Wednesday

Silent Night

This is a great piece of DP, but hard to use on a card and terrible for the photo - it is the words to Silent Night.  The sparkly ribbon and stars don't help the photo.
Sketch:    Sketch Saturday
Christmas:   Gem Challenge
                      Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge2 
                      Simon Says Stamp Monday
Christmas with sparkle:   Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
 
 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas 2017 12-12

I have settled on using this image for several more cards - getting down to the wire.  It is an image I saw on Pinterest, and an old freebie from the blog Beyond the Fringe.  I have not had much time to check - I did see a long list of freebies, but I don't think she is doing many currently.  I used this dp with dots, and a strip of ribbon.  The background uses a cuttlebug snowflake folder.
Sketch:   Sketch-Tanten
Dots:  CCC Digi Creations
Christmas:     Aloha Friday 
                        Cards Galore
 
 
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas - 12-11-17

When I bought this die I thought I had a great item for this year's Christmas cards, but I find it difficult to find a design that works well.  But I do keep trying!  It does not seem to show in the photo but there is shiny gold paper behind the star at the top of the stable.  I used a snow flake embossing folder, and the distressed stripes as well.  There is a bit of DP, some burlap looking ribbon, a glittery star, and an unnamed sentiment stamp.
Sketch:   VLV Sketches
Christmas:   Pink Gem Challenge 
                      Christmas Blog
                      Simon Says Stamp Monday  
                      Christmas cards all Year Round
Snowflakes:    Allsorts
                        Mod Squad
Christmas Carol (O Holy Night)    Cut it Up
Red and white with a pop of green:   Dar and Diane



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Guest DT card for Scribbles Designs



Find the sentiment here: 
Freebie ~  http://buyscribblesdesigns.blogspot.ca/search/label/Postage%20Stamp

I will be needing some anniversary cards this month, and this cute birdhouse with the cute couple will work well.  I chose a freebie, the postage stamp heart, to go with it.  This image also gave me a chance to use the Paper Studio embossing folder featuring a number of different birds. The mats are a dark olive green.
Check out the Scribbles Designs blog for current challenge and Design team opportunities.
Challenge #59, A tree-mendous Time of Year, runs until Dec. 14 at 9 p.m PST. Scribbles images are offered as prizes.
A design team call is open until midnight PST on Dec. 15.
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Sketch:   Cheerful Sketches
Colored image:   My Creative Scoop
 Use a critter:   2craftycrittercrazies 
Any:    Crafting by Designs
             Through the Craft Room Door
             Classic Design Team
             A Bit More Time to Craft
             Morgans Art World
             Digi choosday
              Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
             Word Art Wednesday 
              A Perfect Time to Craft         
     

Recycled Christmas card 2017 - 12/9

All the cream colored pieces are cut or punched from an old card.  The sentiment stamp is Studio G.  The gold strips are both metallic ribbon.  The embossed images are shiny IRL.  The circles are cut from dies.
Note:  it is so sad to see a few more challenges closing at the end of the year.  All the best - but the challenges will be missed.
Sketch (reversed):  Verve sketches
Christmas:   Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
                      Aloha Friday Challenges
Christmas Scene:  Tuesday Throwdown
Carol - O Holy Night:   Dies R Us
Any:    Come and Get It

Friday, December 8, 2017

Starry Bethlehem - QKR Stampede challenge #272 ~ option: Non-traditional Christmas colors

The weekly challenge at QKR Stampede is always anything goes.  This week, the optional twist is to use non-traditional Christmas colors.  I used black, white and gold rather than the traditional red and green.  The image from Eureka/QKR Stampede is called Bethlehem, and the sentiment is also Eureka.  I added the starry embossed background (folder by Cuttlebug), some glittery gold cs, gold metallic ribbon, and gold gems.  The stars are colored with a metallic gold marker.
CHALLENGES ENTERED:
Sketch:   Catch the Bug
It's Christmas:    Crafty Calendar
Non-traditional Christmas colors:   Pile it on
                                                             Delicious Doodles Challenge 2
Spirit of the Season:   Dare 2b Artzy
 Any:   Cards Galore
            Crafting Circle  
            A Bit More Time to Craft
            Crafty Gals Corner
            Through the Craft Room Door
            Classic Design Team
            Morgans Artworld
            Crafting by Designs
            Word Art Wednesday
            Perfect Time to Craft
           












 

Monday, December 4, 2017

For Terry

I am sending this to our son-in-law who faces a long recuperation/rehab to recover from a major stroke.  He has a great sense of humor and I think he will appreciate this image by QKR Stampede.
Sketch:   The House that Stamps Built
Monochrome:   Addicted-to- Stamps
Any:    Crafty Gals Corner

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Scribbles Designs ` Guest DT card for Christmas Carol Celebration Dec. 1-5




This uses the lovely image The Tolling of the Bells, available here.

                                                                
The Scribbles Design team is holding a special 5 day challenge.  Note the specifics:
Christmas is on its way and this time of year, everywhere you go or every radio you turn on, you can hear the dulcet tones of beautiful Christmas carols emanating from the speakers around you. As such, this year we want to celebrate the coming of Christmas with the theme of Christmas Carols.

Each day for the next five days at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, you'll be given a task to do related to a Christmas Carol. Complete the task of the day and have a chance to win a special prize.This event is an extra event in addition to our challenges which will still be taking place during their regular time slots.


Day 2: The Tolling of the Bells

The word 'bell' or 'bells' is part of several Christmas carols. Many people are familiar with the song Jingle Bells, A definite classic during the holidays. However, there are some other carols both popular and more obscure where bells are featured. For your chance to win today's image, email us a list of FIVE Christmas Carols other than Jingle Bells, with the word 'bell' or 'bells' as part of the title.

Please email Lisa (DT Coordinator) at decossesdynamitedoodles@yahoo.com 


All entries that contain a list of five carols with the word bell or bells will be entered into a random draw. One winner will win the image pictured above.



Back to my card.  I colored with Twinkling H2o's.  Since I started printing digis I have avoided using water based coloring due to the smearing of the ink.  I decided to try this, and - no smearing!  Has the ink formula changed?  At any rate, I like the shiny look for the bell.  The bg paper looks brown on my screen, but is actually more of a deep burgundy.   I added shiny gold ribbon and a computer generated image.  
Sketch challenge:   Incy Wincy
Christmas:   Aud Sentiments
Any:   Classic Design Team
             World Wide Open Design Team

Friday, December 1, 2017

QKR Stampede challenge #272 ~ Anything Goes / Option - Christmas Tag

This week, the Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede has the option of creating a Christmas tag. You may enter up to 3 times before 3 p.m,. EST on Thursday for a chance to win some QKR images.  There is also a winner for some one using QKR/Eureka images.
I must admit that hubby and I need more gift card holders than tags, but this was fun to make.  I used the Spellbinder Labels 1 die. The DP is double sided - great for a tag.  I used the Holly image (from the QKR Stampede store) which I colored and fussy cut.  Now cutting is not really my thing, but I am pleased with the result - including leaving a bit of white to provide contrast.  The sentiment is also from the QKR - Stamp On It store.  I added metallic cord for the tie.
Challenges:  
Tag:     Tag You're It
Tag for a present:    C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Spots/stripes:    Creative Craft Cottage
Red & Green - Christmas:   Christmas blog Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Any:    House That Stamps Built



Crafters Cafe DT card for Challenge #186 - Embossing

The theme for the current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is Embossing - wet or dry.  Easy Peasy for me - I could use an embossing folder for almost any card I make!  This time I selected the swirls (Cuttlebug) to echo one of the designs on the teacups.  The best wishes is from a Spellbinders die - and is kind of generic, when I do not know how the card will be used.  I added a crinkly embossed ribbon.  I kind of decided on red and white as the main colors thinking it could be used around Valentine's Day.  You may find details of the Crafter's Cafe challenge here, and the image is available here.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Colors:   Your Next Stamp
Any:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Monday, November 27, 2017