Sunday, December 21, 2014

Curtain Call: Warm Wishes with Avery Elle

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Candy Cane.

The sponsor for this challenge is Avery Elle.  One random winner will receive Avery Elle gifts - so it's definitely worth your time to play along!  I've used a number of Avery Elle products on my card.  As the sponsor, they were kind enough to send each member of the design team at stamp set and I got Noel (one stamp is the snowflake).  The rest of the products on the card are in my personal stash, so you can tell I have a "relationship" with Avery Elle!!

Warm Wishes

I still don't have my good camera and my ancient compact camera just doesn't do well with details.  If I had the better camera I would do close-ups on the detail on the hat - I used a chunky layer of Picket Fence Distress Stickles.  And I'd point out that the snowflake is embossed in sparkly white powder.  I hope my camera is back from the repair shop soon!

I hope you are feeling ready and are all settled in for the holidays!  It may be too late for you to make Christmas cards, but you don't have to use "Christmas" from the inspiration - how about pulling out your red and white stripes and focus on Valentines?!  The deadline for this challenge is December 25th at 8 a.m. CST.

I used Picket Fence Distress Stickles on the puffy part of the hat but when I went looking for a link for them, it turns out they are retiring.  I also cannot find the embossing powder. The jar that I have is labelled "Sparkle White Detail Embossing Powder" but there's no company name.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reverse Confetti: Happy Birthday Flowers

Just a couple of days ago, I posted a birthday card in cheerful spring-like colors.  I decided that I liked breaking away from the Christmas theme so much - that I'm doing it again today.  I saw the sketch at Reverse Confetti and, although I briefly considered their fun snowflakes, I just had to pull out bright colors again which I used with their fun flower set!

RC Birthday

I pulled the colors from the paper although it took quite a few brands (even one long-retired color!) to get the look that I wanted - see the supply list below.  I have to type things like this every so often so I can keep justifying buying more colors from different companies!

The green ink is Stampin' Up's long retired Sage Shadow. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Monday: Twinkle Snowflake

I actually sent all of my Christmas cards yesterday - hooray!!!  But for reasons I cannot totally explain, I sat down and made Christmas cards this morning??!  And I enjoyed it.  It's so much more fun when the pressure is off.  If truth be told, I'm a little embarrassed by my Christmas NBUS stash and thought I should use a few of the items that I was most excited about when I purchased them.  This incredibly detailed snowflake from Memory Box and this Tim Holtz Sizzix die set including 17 Christmas words were at the top of the list.

Twinkle Snowflake

I have totally given up getting decent pictures with glitter.  It totally whacks out my camera.  At one point, I figured my camera's auto-focus was the culprit, but this photo was shot with manual focus and it's still off. The glitter isn't in focus and it seems to make everything else slightly off focus. I did shoot this close-up so you can actually see the glitter.

Twinkle Snowflake Close

I am playing along with Merry Monday's Winter Themed Challenge

I had started out with different glitter paper - but it was coming up too gold. I thought it would like nice with warmer colors so I came up with this card using the same dies.

Believe Snowflake

The stars dotting the i's on the sentiment are not in the word die set - they are cut from the snowflake die. 
The glitter paper are scraps so I do not know what they are to link.
The twine on the second card is from Hemptique and is a true kraft color, but I cannot find it anywhere, so I've linked the natural color.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch: A Special Day

I love crooked panels, but I never seem to think of it on my own unless I see it in a sketch challenge.  The current challenge with a crooked panel is at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Special Day

In the sketch, I liked the look of the sentiment strip going off the panel, but when it came time to make the card, I totally forgot.  So I added an arrow simply to try to create the same look.  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Saw That!!

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

I have all of my Christmas cards done that need to be mailed, but that leaves my husband and kids.  I purchased one of the new Ellen Hutson sets specifically for my kids.  I'm thinking this fits a teenage boy...

Saw That

I'm going to use the same set for teenage son #2 because it has a variety of sentiments - I'm sure you will see another snarky card from me soon!!

I do hope to see you play along.  I know it's a very busy time for all who celebrate Christmas, but sometimes we just need to sneak away to our "happy place" and do a little crafting!!

The paper was just a scrap.  The sequins were a cheap multi-pack from a craft store.