Sunday, December 26, 2010

Papertrey Ink December 2010 Blog Hop: Holiday Leftovers

Papertrey Ink's December Blog Hop challenge is to recycle holiday leftovers -- the wrapping paper, ribbon, tags, etc. -- into a new creation. For this challenge I used gorgeous pine cone wrapping paper in coppery brown, cream and gold to die cut one large pine cone, framing it with metallic gold foil cut from the largest Spellbinders' Lacey Square. I then cut my PTI Vintage Cream CS into a 5 1/4" square card, cutting off the lower tip of the "diamond" so it will stand. I stamped my Happy Winter sentiment from PTI's Wreath for All Seasons in Dark Chocolate ink on a Spellbinders' tag. I altered the end of the tag by snipping off the right ribbon slot with my curved scissors and slipped it onto cream raffia that had been tied to the handles of a wine/cheese gift bag we received this year. I ran the raffia through the lacey slots on the left and right at the top of my frame, tied a bow, and it's all ready to be given away to brighten someone's day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day in the Country: QuicKutz Style


It feels sooo good to make anything other than a Christmas card -- LOL! I'm assuming I'm not the only one who feels that way right about now?!!!
So I decided to do a completely different card, using this QuicKutz  barn and silo die and a sentiment that I think fits the "scene" perfectly! I think this would make a great masculine card for just about any occasion. Remember that Creating Everlasting Memories eBay store has many QuicKutz dies available at great prices all the time, so check it out! ;~)


Die: QuicKutz Barn
Paper: Making Memories 6"x6" 'Travel' pad
Stamps: JustRite's "A Day in the Country" and Pine Trees (source unknown)
Ink: Memento's Rich Cocoa
Other: Bronze Craft Foil (Spellbinders)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snowmen Fall from Heaven Unassembled: JustRite Style

I recently saw this sentiment and adorable card on Becca Feeken's blog here, but knew I'd not get the stamp in time for creating/mailing my DDs card, so I improvised. Using JustRite's 15 pt. and 25 pt. Times New Roman and 50 pt. Myriad Pro lower case fonts, I created the outside and inside sentiments. Have I said lately how much I LOVE JustRite's fonts?!

Amongst my HUGE stash of Christmas papers, I could find only ONE that had snowmen on it, so that is what I used.

I won't go into details of my search for the bag holding my unassembled snowman, but suffice it to say I hope my new friend, Teresa, will let me repay her sweet kindness one day soon! Who knew just asking the "right person" in a store for something they didn't even carry would have such sweet results,  because she happens to be a card maker too?! ;~)

Hope DD loves her card after much effort spent trying to emulate Becca's darling creation!


Paper: DeNami Designs 2005 DP; DCWV CS
Stamps: JustRite Times New Roman 15pt., 25 pt. fonts and 50 pt. Myriad Pro Lower Case font
Ink: VersaMark and VersaFine Onyx Black
Embellishments: Divine Twine's red/white twine; MS White EP
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard; RicRac Scalloped Piercerabilities border die
 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Marge's Monday Card Corner for CMIT (December, 2010)

Welcome back to my Monday Card Corner for our Creating Memories in Time blog! My card this month features QuicKutz dies ("House", "Trees", "Mini Van" -- used just the hub cap for my wreath!), combined with My Mind's Eye's "Where the Heart Is" designer papers. Not only did I have a lot of fun playing with the dies and fun papers, but I also used FlowerSoft for the first time -- SOOO fun!!!
I used a "plethora" of products that are available at Creating Everlasting Memories, so I invite you to visit our blog for a list of all materials used and detailed directions. Then please check out Teresa's store for all the unbelievable sale prices currently going on.
If you'd like to follow my little hand-drawn sketch, I'd love to see your creation, so leave me a comment with your link. Any questions, leave a comment & I'll gladly reply. Thanks for visiting here today!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Creating Memories in Time: ATC Tuesday

Bloggers, it's time once again for Creating Memories in Time: ATC Tuesday! With all the hustle and bustle to prepare for the holidays, I really hope you'll all take a break for yourself -- to not only visit our blog to see all the sweet ATCs our team has prepared this month, but also to make and post an ATC. YOU may be the lucky winner of a nice little prize this month -- a lovely surprise to look forward to! Entries will be accepted through midnight Friday, December 17th -- Good Luck!!!
This month I've chosen to leap right into a Valentine's Day theme. These sweet glittered  papers are My Mind's Eye 'Love Nest' -- aren't they fun?! You'll be seeing many more projects here soon using these. Full directions for my ATC are on our team blog.
Products used and all available at Creating Everlasting Memories (with many fabulous sale prices right now) are:
My Mind's Eye 'Love Nest' 12" x 12" Paper Pad
QuicKutz "Trees" 4x4 die
ZVA Creative Self-Adhesive Pearls
Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Last Christmas Cards for 2010 (Maybe?)

Here's what I believe will be the last Christmas cards of 2010, but often I miss someone and end up needing to quickly make 1 or 2 more, so we'll see?!! I've tried to make the bulk of them flatter/easier to mail this year, but still prefer most of them to be classy/elegant. A sweet friend gave me these stickers, so I just had to use them -- they're sooo beautiful!!! I'm really pleased with them, and happy I could achieve classy/elegant and not have to bling them up so they're bulky/difficult/expensive to mail.
Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream, Gold and White Shimmer CS; Chili Pepper CS
Stamp: PTI's Vintage Ornaments set
Ink: Gold Encore Metallic
Embellishments: The Paper Studio (ornaments); Stampendous Class A Peel (snowflake & Star Chains) stickers; Krylon Silver Leafing Pen
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Fancy Tags Die

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Snowy Little Card: Cuttlebug Style




I had embossed this white CS a looong time ago and decided I'd just pair it with some bright red CS and simple snowflake and chain stickers. Sometimes the simplest CAS Christmas card just "strikes my fancy" and this one fits the bill!  ;-)

Not much explanation needed here, so I'll just give you the short and sweet details:

Papers: Chili Pepper Linen CS (XPedX); white from stash
Embellishments: Stampendous Stickers: Snowflakes (Holographic Silver) & Star Chain Brite
Tools: Cuttlebug's Winter Wonderland EF (set of 6)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Have Yourself a "Moose-y" Little Christmas!!!


Had sooo much fun creating this "moose-y" Christmas card for a special guy in our lives. If I told you how old the DP is, you'd likely have heart problems, or a really good belly laugh, but hey -- they don't call me a paper hoarder for nothin' -- LOL!
Anyway I really love how this manly greeting card turned out and now WISH I had more than half a sheet of this 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper left -- sigh!
I actually made one similar card last year & forgot to photograph it before mailing, so had to make another. I have no idea how I finished it off, just know I used this same DP, stamp and die. Hate when I forget to photograph my cards!
Inside of Card
Paper: PTI's Kraft CS; Core'dination's CS; "Old" DP
Stamps: Rubber Monger (Moose); All Night Media's Large Towering Tree; PTI's 2009 Holiday Tag Collection and Holiday Spirit Sentiments
Ink: Memento's Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart; Ranger's Walnut Stain Distress
Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon, metal studs (stash)
Tools: Spellbinders' Large Labels

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Tree Card: QuicKutz Style

QuicKutz Nesting Trees




Just a quick little Christmas card created using QuicKutz Nesting Trees (available at Creating Everlasting Memories #DC0016). I cut my tree's 5 suede paper layers, cutting die  #1 (smallest) through #5, securing each layer with foam dots for dimension, topping with a red star, adding a simple sentiment and red/green ribbon from my stash to finish it off -- quick, easy, merry and bright, just what I need right now!  ;-)
Paper: Papertrey Ink DP; White CS & Green Suede
Ink: Memento's Lady Bug
Stamps: PTI's 2009 Holiday Tag Collection
Embellishments: Star & ribbon from stash
Tools: QuicKutz Nesting Trees die; SU's Word Window punch

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge #25 and My Sheri Crafts Challenge #33 (Hello): WMS Style!

WMS Stamp Set: Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy
Sadly, I only own this one Waltzing Mouse stamp set (so far), but I've been a big fan of Claire's since before she began her fabulous stamp company.
Claire's weekly challenge is here. Being that Christmas is nigh, I just had to paper piece this cute little Gingerbread Girl from one of Clarie's first two sets, Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy -- isn't she just adorable?! I got a bit carried away with the pinks and flip-flopped the sketch, but I still love how this turned out! Nice when that happens along the creative route, isn't it?
I've had fun playing at My Sheri Crafts challenges fairly often and when I saw her theme this week was "Hello", I thought this would be a fun fit with my Ginger Girl. Go check out her fun weekly challenges!
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today and I hope you enjoy what you see!


Paper: Papertrey Ink's Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, White CS and Dotty Biscotti DP; Fancy Pants DP
Stamps: WMS Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy and JustRite's Times New Roman 15-pt. Font
Ink: VersaColor's Opera Pink; Memento's Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Embellishments: Rick-Racks and baby buttons from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Inverted Squares and Heart dies

Snowflake Tag Christmas Card: QuicKutz Style




I just love this shiny red snowflake cut with QuicKutz Sparkles die and the light blue ZVA Creative pearl center that echoes the colors in the QuicKutz Nesting Tag. Wanting to keep the rest of the card simple, I merely embossed the white BG paper with Provo Craft's Swiss Dots embossing folder. My tag slips in/out of the QuicKutz photo corner so that upon receipt it can be personalized on the back before attaching to a box or gift bag.
You can find the QuicKutz dies used here (Sparkles, Nesting Tag, Photo Corners) and lots of gorgeous colors of ZVA Creative Pearls at Creating Everlasting Memories.
Be sure to check out CEM's bargains from Black Friday running through 11:59 PM on December 3rd!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Birthday Greetings: JustRite Style

Paper: K & Company's "Margo" DP; PTI's Vintage Cream CS
Stamp: JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions
Ink: Memento's Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Embellishments: Lace (Hobby Lobby); PTI's Silk Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard; Nested Heart Dies

  
Among my many family/friend Dec./Jan. birthdays are a few ladies, so I've managed to get another card done using some of my favorite K & Company papers (again). These Nested Hearts are another fav of mine and I doubt I'll tire of them soon!
I've used JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions' Happy Birthday stamp on my heart in Memento's Rich Cocoa ink. I took my cream lace and "antiqued" it with Copic YG03 & 0 Colorless Blender, another fav thing to do with my Copic markers, topping the lace edging off with a narrow silk ribbon & bow. Hope my recipient likes her card!








Friday, November 26, 2010

JustRite Friday Challenge 045: Celebrate Good Times

This week's JustRite Friday Challenge is sponsored by Flower Soft, and we're celebrating good times. Because I have several upcoming birthdays, I chose Just a Note's 1 5/8" Happy Birthday sentiment and DCWV's La Creme flocked CS in black and creme. It's one of my favorites for creating classy and elegant cards.
I cut my bottom border scallop using a retired Pierceabilities die from Spellbinders. My three sentiment layers are die cut using Spellbinders' Standard Circle and Oval and Ribbon Tags Trio Two. After accenting the letters 'H' and 'B' and the raised dots on my ribbon tag with flocking, I laced my sheer/velvet elastic ribbon through my tag!
One upcoming celebration card done, several to go!   ;'~)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink November 2010 Blog Hop: Holiday Tags


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA and greetings to everyone in other lands!
For Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop, I chose red, gold and cream to create my 2010 Christmas Tags. I love gold this time of year and have included it here in the forms of some favorite gold paper from years ago, with the Peace, Love, Joy stamp from 2009 Holiday Tag Collection stamped in VersaMark and embossed with gold EP.
It is pop dotted over my Mat Stack 1 die cut from Vintage Cream CS and gold embossed with the swirly BG stamp from Round & Round. This is finally pop dotted to a Pure Poppy CS tag die cut with the Tag Sale #1 die for my simple tag.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fun Gatefold Christmas Card; QuicKutz Style

Created this fun gate fold Christmas card and tag from papers in my stash, ZVA Creative Pearls and QuicKutz dies (Nesting Diamonds and Nesting Stocking dies and pearls available at Creating Everlasting Memories).
Slip the ribbon off the front and inside is a stocking tag that can be removed and tied to a package or hung on a Christmas tree. I die cut a stocking in white CS and added to the back of the tag, so the recipient can add a  message.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sympathy Card: PTI CAS Style

I needed a quick, simple/easy-to-mail sympathy card today and turned to Papertrey Ink's "With Sympathy" set because it's so classy and has such perfect sentiments. Not being in a frame of mind to create an original work of art, I did what I often do: I took the easy way out and chose to "CASE" Debbie Olson's gorgeous card here. Why mess with perfection?
I changed the sentiment and positioned my pearls to better fit with it. I used cream wrinkled seam binding for my ribbon and "antiqued" just the edges with PTI's Chamomile ink, to tie in with my sentiment frame. I LOVE this ribbon and know that even after mailing, it will still look lovely!
Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream and black CS from stash
Stamps: PTI's With Sympathy
Ink: PTI's True Black and Chamomile; VersaMark
Embellishments: Queen & Co. Black Pearls; wrinkled seam binding from stash
Tools: Embossing Gun; Spellbinders' Wizard & Classic Ovals (S4-112) #4 die; WeRMemoryKeepers Corner Rounder

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Stocking Cards: QuicKutz Style


The largest die from this 4-piece QuicKutz Nesting Stocking available at Creating Memories in Time is sooo fun to play with! You can create stocking cards for boys/girls, teens and adults in any style that opens at the top and will fit into a #A9 envelope or #A10 envelope. You could add a child's name across the top in stickers, alpha stamps or use your own handwriting -- my head is just reeling with possibilities! What young girl/teen wouldn't love a furry-topped stocking card or how about some added tulle in her favorite color for your little ballerina? For boys/men a stocking in camouflage paper? Just from my stash of "winter" papers, I quickly came up with one for a skier and a classy/elegant/sparkly stocking with scalloped felt (cut with QK's "Journaling Block" set), gold Stickles and gold braid trim.

This stocking die actually measures nearly 8" from top to bottom and I happen to have some long, narrow CS over 16" -- however, you can still create one with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper, as illustrated in my photos. I simply cut my paper to 4 1/2" x 9 1/2", folded it at 1 1/2" and placed the fold just below the top of the die, beneath the cut line to create my stocking card front. (Note: If your die-cut machine and mat aren't quite long enough, simply run your die through a 2nd time to cut the toe.) Then cut a single layer stocking from CS and glue the folded edge from your 1st piece to the back of this piece.

To create my toes/heels, I merely punched a circle from a 1 3/4" inch punch and then die cut the circle where desired to finish my stockings. For the skiers' stocking, I stitched the top/heel/toe first on my sewing machine before gluing in place.Hope this inspires you to try some stocking cards for those on your Christmas list! If you do, I'd love to see a photo, so leave me a comment and link so I can see your creations and HAVE FUN!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Marge's Monday Card Corner (November, 2010)

I'm so thrilled to have you stop by for my first individual post for Creating Memories in Time. I'll be hosting my Monday Card Corner the 3rd Monday of each month, my little "corner" of the CMIT Blog where I'll share a sketch and card. Each Design Team member will have a separate and unique spot monthly here on our blog, so don't miss any of these exciting upcoming posts! A sketch to me is just a "jumping-off point" for inspiration and can be followed exactly or you can simply be inspired to go off in any direction with the sketch, flipping it/turning it/making it "your own" -- just having fun and being creative!
Sketch
All supplies used are available at Creating Everlasting Memories EBay Store, except solid CS and stamp. Finished card size is 5"x7". For my snowy BG, I used My Mind's Eye "Signature Christmas", distressing the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink and creating my main focal image using 6 of the 8 dies from QuicKutz Nesting Trees (#DC0016). These dies cut/emboss beautifully and are so fun to play with! I chose 3 complimentary blue-green CS colors, cutting/embossing dies 1-6 (1 being smallest) as follows, beginning with the darkest color: 6 and 3; medium: 5 and 2; light: 4 and 1, as shown below.
My Die Cuts
 ZVA Creative Self-Adhesive Pearls (#PE-02CB-110) in soft blue were adhered to my tree layers, gently curving them as I pressed them down and adding a large pearl to the tree top. Next, I assembled the layers by lining up the tree tops, using small foam dots near the bottom of layers for dimension. I ran a long basting stitch through the center of May Arts (C-1-04) "Sheer" 1" Teal Ribbon and ruffled it, adding it to the left side of my card, along with my sentiment and a gorgeous Tim Holtz (TH92873) Idea-ology "Fanciful Button" with small pearl added to it's center. Hope you find some inspiration and create a card after seeing mine today. If you do, leave me a comment/link so I can see yours and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Sheri Crafts Challenge 30: Veterans/Troops



I kept my entry for My Sheri Crafts Challenge this week fairly simple, because I think this Soldier sentiment is such a fitting tribute to all our service men and women, that it needs little else to clutter up the poignant message it conveys to those that serve!!! A bit of red/white/blue, stars and stripes and it's  done. Happy Veterans Day and Thank You ALL for your service to the United States of America!!! God Bless America and keep us forever free!!!
Paper: Red & Navy "speckle" and White CS from my stash
Stamp: Paper Inspirations "Soldier Calligraphy"
Ink: Memento's Lady Bug & Danube Blue
Embellishments: American Crafts Ribbon; Stars from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Labels Four dies

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JustRite Friday Challenge 043: Show Your Support

I chose to use "Thinking of You" for the JustRite challenge to "show support" this week and designer papers in my favorite color. I really love the versatility of JustRite stamps, this sentiment in particular, and that it fits perfectly in the middle-sized Spellbinders' Nested Hearts die. I embossed that same die on DP, hand cut along the outside edge and placed it behind my stamped heart for added color/accent. A bit of lace, some leaf ribbon and a paper rose finishes off my card -- hope you like it as much as I do!!!
Paper: K & Company's "Margo" DP; Cosmo Cricket's "Material Girl"; PTI's Vintage Cream CS
Stamp: JustRite's Just a Note Borders & Centers
Ink: Memento's Pear Tart
Embellishments: Lace (Hobby Lobby); Leaf Ribbon (enhanced with Copic YG 03) and  Paper Rose
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard; Nested Heart Dies

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Creating Memories in Time: ATC Tuesday

It's time for our monthly Creating Memories in Time ATC card swap. If you would like to participate, we'd LOVE to have you join us! Please stop by our blog and play along! We will accept entries until Friday, November 12th at midnight. We look forward to seeing what you create -- don't forget there is a prize for the winning ATC card. The design team will vote on a winner and the winning submission will be announced on Tuesday, October 19th on our Blog. 

Materials:
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas Short Stack
QuicKutz - Sign die
Tim Holtz: Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Fired Brick Distress Ink; Idea-ology game spinner & fasteners
JustRite 15-pt. Times New Roman Alpha stamps
Instructions:
1) Cut glittered snowflake CS to 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
2) Round corners with corner rounder
3) Cut/Emboss die shapes from CS -- I cut sign post & North Pole sign twice/glued together for strength
4) Stamp signs (leaving space for spinner piece) & distress edges with Vintage Photo ink
5) Attach game spinner with brad & add brad to sign post
6) Attach workshop sign to larger backing piece with foam tape & glue to sigh post
7) Attach sign post & North Pole sign with with foam tape
8) Add glue dot to workshop sign for stability

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Birthday, Erin

Happy 24th Birthday to you, Erin!!! Wish we could be there to celebrate, but this little card will have to suffice. The first time I saw this VW bug at Papertrey Ink, I thought of you and your car! Still haven't purchased this stamp set or the coordinating die for the VW myself, but luckily I could borrow the stamp set from a friend to make your card. Hope you enjoy it and that your birthday is totally fabulous!!!
Paper: PTI's Ripe Avocado & Spring Moss CS; Bazzill CS
Stamps: PTI's Enjoy the Ride; JustRite's 15 & 25-pt. TNR Alphabets
Ink: PTI's Spring Moss & True Black: VersaMark Dazzle (to give car a "metallic" finish!)
Embellishments: Clear Gems; 3M overhead transparency (for windshield); white embossing powder; Spellbinders' craft foil
Tools: Wizard Die Cut Machine; QuicKutz Sign 4x4 die; Copic Markers C-3 and Y-15 Versamark Pen

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #29: Get Well Soon



For My Sheri Crafts Challenge this week we were to create a Get Well card. Here's another of those cards, like sympathy cards, that we really need to have on hand for those occasions when we need one quickly! This Get Well Soon sentiment from JustRite's Just a Note set was perfect for Sheri's challenge and now I'll have a card on hand when the need arises.
EDITED TO ADD: Ooo-La-La -- this card won My Sheri Crafts Challenge!!! It's a really fun weekly challenge, so go check  out this week's challenge by clicking on the link above!!!
Paper: Bazzill CS; PTI Vintage Cream CS; Foofala DP
Stamp: JustRite's Just a Note
Ink: PTI's Melon Berry
Embellishments: Pearl from Stash; Copic R02
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard, Flower and Pierceabilities Border Dies

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

JustRite Friday Challenge 042: Sketch, Sponsored by Inchie Arts


I've never tried Inchies, but think it would be a FUN experience! I simply cut my CS to the size of a "twinchie" (2 inches) to stamp my ice-skating penguin from JustRite's Whimsical Christmas set. For added pop, I embossed my twinchie with my Spellbinders' classic square die, colored him with Copic markers and airbrushed the ice and sky BG. A dot of Stickles on the snowflakes & he was ready to mount on my Lacey Squares cut from silver craft foil. I then added a foil snowflake and ice blue gem brad to finish off my penguin card. He sure does seem to be having a great time out there on the ice, doesn't he?
Paper: Papertrey Ink's Ocean Tides CS; DCWV plaid; Making Memories snowflake paper
Stamp: JustRite's 2" Whimsical Christmas Borders & Centers
Ink: Memento's Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Crystal Stickles; gem brad from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Lacey Squares & Snowflake dies; Copic Markers

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Merry Christmas Snowflake Card with QuicKutz Dies



This card was sooo much fun to make! After embossing my BG with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I used the Sparkles die by QuicKutz for my snowflake and their Nameplate die. I cut the Nameplate die first in wool felt for added texture and again in red CS so I could use just the narrow red border this die also cuts.
I added a red button to both my snowflake and 3 small ones along the felt curve. Baker's twine is tied through the large button and holds the vellum sentiment strip in place atop my nameplate, making me think of a yummy Christmas candy cane. This is one of my favorite Christmas cards so far.
For all your QuicKutz die needs, see Creating Memories in Time for an unbelievable selection!

Oh, Holy Night Christmas Card with QuicKutz Dies



To create this Christmas Nativity scene I simply cut the center only using the QuicKutz 12" Nativity die. This beautiful die has the 3 Wise Men and a camel to the left of the manger and shepherds, a sheep and Mary's donkey to the right -- perfect for both scrapbooking and card making. I'm going to be featuring a card with just the Wise men here on my blog in the near future! I love to take different dies and "make them my own" by just using a part of the die or combining several to create a scene different from the obvious intended application.
My card uses Bazzill CS, lightweight metallic paper and Stickles for stars. I stamped
my sentiment on lightweight paper, backed it with CS for strength, rounded the corners and punched notches to thread my Offray ribbon through. I used foam tape behind the star and along the top of the manger for added depth. A simple, but pretty Christmas card that's inexpensive, easy to mass produce and mail, always a bonus during this busy time of year!
Check out this QuicKutz Nativity die (and many others) at Creating Memories in Time for all your paper crafting needs!



Happy Halloween




















Hope everyone has a ghoulishly-good time tonight for Halloween. My cards took their sweet time arriving this year (6 days after I mailed them???), but finally made it to my kids/their friends/roommates yesterday, just in the nick of time -- sigh -- just glad they arrived. I had fun playing with these images downloaded from The Graphics Fairy here. I'd have liked to link these sooner, but didn't want to spoil the surprise for my intended recipients. Karen has tons of great downloads, so be sure to stop by soon & peruse her site!!! Thanks, Karen, for making my Halloween card making ghoulishly fun this year!!! I embellished the downloaded images with Spellbinders Classic Frame, suede, Bazzill and Making Memories papers and stickers and gems from my stash.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Let It Snow Card with QuicKutz Dies



My quest to get more Christmas cards made continues with my die-cut snowflake featured here atop another of my favorite
QuicKutz dies, Nameplate. The snowflake consists of two of three dies on the QK Sparkles die, covered with Stickles for "ice" and topped off with a ZVA Creative pearl. These QK dies and ZVA Creative pearls are available for purchase at Creating Memories in Time.
Navy Offray polyester ribbon is laced through the Nameplate tag and tied in a double knot. My right edge is highlighted with navy suede paper punched with Fiskars Apron Lace border punch and DP is by Bella Press. Okay, on to my next Christmas card featuring more QuicKutz dies, so stop back soon!

Don't forget to visit our CMIT Blog here for more crafting inspiration!





Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Holidays Card with QuicKutz Dies


The time has come for us procrastinators to get busy making our Christmas cards! I created this simple Happy Holidays card using several fabulous QuicKutz dies, including Window, Cookies (tree, cut in suede paper), Sign and the plate from the Cookies & Milk die set to cut the plaid rug under my tree. These dies and many more can be found at Creating Memories in Time. Also visit our CMIT Blog here for more crafting inspiration!
My Inkadinkado sentiment is stamped in Memento Inks, Lady Bug and Cottage Ivy, and the sign and window are aged with Ranger's Antique Linen. Red gems and star on my tree are from my stash.
I'm hoping to post a Christmas card almost daily, so please stop by again soon!

JustRite Friday Challenge 041: Hoiday Recipe Swap



JustRite's always fun weekly challenge is a Holiday Recipe Swap this week. I made this same card a couple months ago & my DD so loved it that I HAD to make another just for her. I decided I'd also make her a matching recipe holder/kitchen decoration. We both hope it will be in her new kitchen IF things work out as planned in the next few months when her current lease expires (fingers crossed)!
For the card and holder I
paper pieced and Copic colored my apron digi image from DZ Doodles, and popped it up on foam tape. For the apron, ric-rac trims and BG I used various Cosmo Cricket papers from Garden Variety, Material Girl and Early Bird 6 x 6 pads. The sentiment bubble was cut from Early Bird's label sheet for the card, but hand cut for the holder, as I didn't have another label and needed a smaller size, so she can fit a recipe card on the stand. I cut the recipe holder sheet from Spellbinders' Labels Eight and then embossed my cream CS with Labels Eight & hand cut to get a 1/8" edge behind my DP. I covered a wooden clothes pin for a clip with DP.
Both sentiments are stamped using JustRite's 25-pt. Times New Roman font with Memento Lady Bug ink (now also sold by JustRite). I then added veggies cut from Garden Variety. My CS is Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream and the ric-rac trims cut with Papertrey Ink's ric-rac die. Buttons are Making Memories, tied with embroidery flos
s.
My holiday recipe to share:

Holiday Apple Cobbler

6 Lg. Apples – Peeled & Sliced

½ C Sugar

1 T Cinnamon (or more!)

1 ½ T Corn Starch

2 T Orange Juice

Toss above ingredients together.

1 C Butter (or margarine)

¾ C Packed Brown Sugar

½ C Sugar

3 C Flour

2 T Cinnamon (or more!)

Cut above ingredients together until crumbly.

Put apple mixture in casserole dish & place topping over.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop Challenge


Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop challenge today is dedicated to those that celebrate winter holidays other than Christmas. I've created a very simple, masculine card for a Jewish friend -- hope he likes it!!! My card was made by cutting the Spellbinders' star die twice and then using scissors to modify my stars to create a six-pointed Star of David.
My card was made using Papertrey Ink's Silver CS and the star and label using Papertrey Ink's Enchanted Evening CS. My sentiment is made with the word "Happy" from PTI's Wreath for All Seasons and a JustRite alphabet to spell
"Chanukah", since I don't have a stamp for that. Couldn't be simpler! Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with today!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

JustRite Friday Challenge 040: Colors of Fall















My original idea for this week's JustRite Friday Challenge changed many times, but in the end I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I wanted to use the Spellbinders' pumpkin die for my center cut-out. See the original card I based mine on here, along with Vicki Hook's tutorial. My first card made with her technique can be found here.
The pumpkin shape was a wee bit more challenging! After Copic coloring my pumpkins from Autumn Blessings, I added another die cut with my sentiment from Nature Nested Sentiments and Verse in Memento Rich Cocoa inside. Next, I created tendrils using thin wire stems from paper flowers, Copic colored the paper wraps brown. I added leaf ribbon and tendrils inside and out.
Thanks for your visit today & please come by again SOON!

JustRite Products Used: Stamps (see orange highlighted links); Memento Ink; Copic Markers
Paper: Bazzill

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #26: In Stitches


Just received my Wreath for All Seasons stamp set and tag won during the September release from Papertrey Ink and wanted to play with a fall version for My Sheri Crafts Challenge. I used Summer Sunrise and Burnt Sienna inks on my Dark Chocolate vine. Adding my sentiment, reinforcement and edging in Dark Chocolate also, I then stitched 2 rows along the bottom edge and again along the edge of this gorgeous Venise Lace I got today from Hobby Lobby! My original intent was to add some fibers to the tag, but I liked this lace so well, I just stayed with it for my simple, bright fall card!
Papers, Stamps, Inks, Tag Die: All PTI
Embellishments: Venise Lace: Hobby Lobby; thread: my stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard, Singer Sewing Machine; WeRMemoryKeepers: Corner Rounder

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Creative Memories in Time: ATC Tuesday

Creating Memories in Time is hosting our first ATC card swap. Here is my first ATC. Stop by our blog and play along! Hope you enjoy our first ATC Tuesday and come back again the 2nd Tuesday of every month!!!

Materials:
Spellbinders - Graveyard Scene and Shapes dies; Witches Brew die; Standard Circle Die; Gold Premium Craft Foil
Tim Holtz: Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint
Copic Markers

Instructions:
1) Cut cardstock to 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
2) Cut/Emboss die shapes from foil & CS; cut grave piece to 2 1/2" to fit card
3) Use rubbing alcohol to remove paint from foil for silver grave marker highlights
4) Color crow and plants with Copic markers
5) Cover bottom "dirt" area with crackle Paint & set aside to dry
6) Attach shapes to black CS

CMIT Blog Hop Winner!

I want to sincerely thank everyone who participated in our very first CMIT Blog Hop and send warm congratulations to our winner, Pam! I'm sure she'll derive many hours of fun creating with that huge bag of Prima flowers. You can see the full winner's post here.

Creative News Flash No 2 . . .

ATC Tuesday – Second Tuesday of Each Month

WHAT IS “ATC” TUESDAY???

Here’s the buzz…..The CMIT/CEM Design Team (Creating Memories In Time/Creating Everlasting Memories) will create ATC Trading Cards and publish them on the CMIT Blog
(http://cmitonlineblog.blogspot.com/) for everyone to see, we will provide instructions, and material list to duplicate the created ATC’s. We encourage you, our viewers, to play along. All you need to do is send us your very own ATC creation. Our design team will choose a winner, and a NICE prize will be sent to the “creative” person for each month's competition. The first ATC Tuesday will be October 12th, email all submissions to stampnterre@cox.net. Please provide your name, blog information (if you have one), and email address.

WHAT IS AN “ATC”???


ATC stands for Artistic Trading Cards….they are the size of a baseball card (2.5” x 3.5"}, come in many themes and people trade them as though they are trading cards. For our first ATC Tuesday you can choose any theme you like; from time to time I will publish a theme to be used so you can join in the ATC fun.

I've personally never made an ATC, so this is an exciting new venture for me, so be sure to check back on Tuesday to see what I come up with! AND I hope many of you will join us -- I can't wait to see what all you talented crafters create too!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

JustRite Friday Challenge 039: Give Thanks

This week's theme for the JustRite Friday Challenge is Give Thanks. I definitely need to get some thank-you cards in the mail, so this was a great opportunity to check some things off my ever-growing To-Do List while entering a challenge along the way -- LOVE it when it works out like that! This week I've used my new JustRite Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions Set, along with Basic Grey's Sultry DP. For embellishment, I've added wool felt cut with Spellbinders' Jumbo Scallop Border Petites -- one of the Honorable Mention prizes this week -- above my sentiment and along the bottom of my card, plus velvet brads. Thanks so much for your visit here today & come again soon!
Paper: Basic Grey's Sultry 6x6 Paper Pad; White CS from stash
Stamps: JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions (sentiment & frame)
Ink: Memento's Rose Red & Bamboo Leaves
Embellishments: Creative Imaginations: Velvet Brads; Papertrey Ink: Wool Felt; ribbon from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard, Jumbo Scallop Border Petites & Rectangle Dies

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