Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CASology #122: FLAG

Hello, friends!  Wow, what a fun, festive week we had at CASology last week!  Now it's time for our next cue card!

I took a break from making holiday cards in order to make a CAS "Any Hero" thank you card to send in with my donation of cards to Operation Write Home.  With Thanksgiving quickly approaching here in the U.S., I thought it would be fitting.

The heart flag and sentiment are from a retired Sweet Stamp Shop set.  I fussy cut the heart flag and popped it up for some dimension, adding ultra fine glitter to the stars and stripes.  After doing so, I remembered that glitter is a NO-NO at OWH...oops!  I'll likely make another one with no glitter and save this card for a family friend who is currently serving overseas but will be home in a few months.

I'm sure you will all take this cue in many different directions...I can't wait to see where it takes you!  Be sure to link up your FLAG card by noon on Monday (Central time).  Check out the inspiring cards at our Design Team and Guest Designer blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Anita

As always, thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #6

Hello, friends!

I'm stopping by today with a card I made while playing with my "early-Christmas-present-to-myself" stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp called Reason for the Season.  I am so thrilled to have a nice stamp set that depicts the true meaning of Christmas.  Just beautiful!

I'm also thrilled to be able to play along in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #6 in which the theme is die cutting.  So glad that my stamp and die set arrived when it did!  I have been meaning to play along with this challenge for some time now...and Barb does such a wonderful job moderating them each week!  Be sure to check it out HERE for all the rules.

I stamped a heavy piece of kraft-colored cardboard with a Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp, then die cut the manger.  I popped up the outline section so it would add some depth to the scene, although it is hard to tell in my photos.  I also added some raffia as hay/straw.  Even with all that, the card is still relatively flat for mailing purposes.

I adore this stamp and die set.  It reminds me of the Willow Tree figurines like this one:

Thanks for stopping by today, I do appreciate your visits!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Word Art Wednesday #158 & Catered Crop Gratitude Attitude

Hello, friends!  This is my second post for the day.  I'm happy to be able to play along once again with both the Catered Crop "Gratitude Attitude" Recipe Swap and the new Word Art Wednesday #158 "Anything Goes." 

I used the current word art file provided by Word Art Wednesday because it is such a beautiful verse and expresses a beautiful attitude of gratitude.  

That's it for me tonight...have to post before the Link-Up closes!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

The Card Concept: Two Krafty Santas

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by today with two cards I made for the current The Card Concept Challenge #23: A Krafty Christmas.  Who could resist after seeing THIS?

I made a decision this year regarding my Christmas crafty wish list.  Usually I made a long wish list and order items for my husband to give me for Christmas.  Then, it happens every year...I am overwhelmed with the new haul of goodies I receive on Christmas and I can't do anything with them!  Ugh!  I definitely do better in small increments.  SO...I ordered a few Christmas stamp sets that I want for Christmas, but I already got them and have used them.  (I will give them back to my DH to wrap up for me if he must, but honestly this worked out so much better for me!)

Some people might like to be surprised, but not this Capricorn.  I have control issues, I admit it.  Surprises are not for me. :)

One of the sets I HAD to have before Christmas was this cute set (by Torico/Birdie Brown) at My Favorite Things called Jingle All the Way.  Those Santas are so FUN!  I made two "Clean and Layered" cards using the kraft theme and my fun new stamps:

I love using ultra fine glitter on Santa's furry hat:

I also used a glitter gel pen but it isn't as sparkly:

I hope to make many cards with this fun stamp set.
I appreciate your visit...thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Two Tags...into Two Cards!

Hello, friends!  In my last post I shared two tags I made for the current CASology challenge where the cue card is "FESTIVE."  Well, I mentioned that I don't have any tag-shaped dies, mainly because I don't really use tags that often. So, I decided to take my two tags and make them into cards!

I must admit, I adore this Santa image from Jane's Doodles.

Here they are together...they went from this:

to this:

Just figured I'd share...I'll likely be sending these off in my package of cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  Cards are due soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CASology #121: FESTIVE

Hello, friends!  Welcome back to another cue card at CASology!  This week we are sponsored by STAMPlorations, so be sure to check out the details at the CASology blog.

But, wait!  There's more!  This week we are also participating in Tracey's "25 Days of Christmas Tags!"  You can find all the details -- including details about the prizes to be won -- at Tracey's blog HERE.  Get this: you have an additional chance at winning one of her prizes by leaving me a comment on this post!

The CASology Design Team members were all invited to make a tag for this week's challenge.  I have to admit I don't own a single tag die, so I got creative with the dies I do have and made two tags for the occasion.  Both tags use a digital image I bought a few years ago from Jane's Doodles ("Santa Peace") and I made it a little smaller so it would fit on my tags.  Note that, in case you don't like digital stamps, there is now a clear stamp set at Jane's Doodles featuring this image along with other adorable images (called "Mr. & Mrs. Claus").  I also used ultra fine glitter on Santa's fur and Glossy Accents on the glasses and the mug for some extra shine.

Here is my first tag using Lil' Inker's stitched rectangle dies:

Here is my second tag, using an ornament die by Spellbinders:

Here they are together:

I also plan to enter my tags into the current Addicted to CAS Challenge #51: Tag.

Note that you don't have to make a tag for our CASology challenge, but maybe you want to give it a try?  Maybe make a CAS tag and put it on a card?  There are so many possibilities!

Now it's your turn to get FESTIVE!  Be sure to enter by noon on Monday (Central time).  Come see what the Design Team and Guest Designer shared this week, too!

Guest Designer: Laura
Thanks for visiting,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Catered Crop & Virginia's View: Thank You

Hello, friends!  Just sharing a quick card I made today using some new stamps and a plain store-bought thank you note from Michael's...I love buying these 8-packs for $1.50 and then stamping on them!  The gold metallic embossed sentiment is so pretty!

I'm entering my card into two challenges:


I used a new (to me) stamp set from Precious Remembrance Shop ("Fall Colors" found HERE) and spritzed various distress inks to get a watercolored effect.

 See the metallic gold sentiment? Shiny and pretty!

Here are the supplies I used:

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!