Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CASology #279: GRAY

Hello, friends!  I'm back today with my card for the new cue at CASology.


I guess with the recent snow we had here in New Jersey, I had gray skies on my mind.  I decided to make a scene by masking a hill and moon and then inking the gray sky with distress inks.  I then removed the masks, inked the moon with Antique Linen distress ink, and stamped the trees in the same distress ink as the sky.  Finally, I splattered some snow with watered down ivory acrylic paint.  The lamp post die cut was adhered, and the sentiment from Hero Arts was stamped in red for a pop of color.  The card base is also gray to compliment the scene.


I'm also linking this card up to two challenges:

(1) The current Muse: Christmas Visions #90, where any holiday card can be linked up!

(2) The Happy Little Stampers December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge -- I used two dies on my card (the lamp post and the wonky stitched rectangle).


I can't wait to see how you interpret the GRAY cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Mary B.

Thanks for visiting,
Judy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017 - Sending Hugs

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by today with my second card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! 

I made this card using a sweet digi image from Kitty Bee Designs called Coffee or Tea Please Panda.  This card is on its way to Hetty Sanders as my way of saying thank you for all her hard work in organizing a monthly coffee-lovers card exchange through our Facebook group!  I'm raising my cup to you, Hetty!

I printed this cute panda, die cut, and colored.  The card base uses the Tim Holtz coffee cup embossing folder and a sentiment from Hero Arts. Easy peasy!


I'm also entering this card into the current challenge at Kitty Bee Designs #109: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Christmas.  I didn't use the optional twist this time around.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Judy

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017

Hello, friends!  Today is the first day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I had to play along!  I haven't missed a Coffee Lovers Blog Hop yet, and my streak continues. Thank you to Amy Tsuruta and all the lovely ladies who help to keep these hops running...I do appreciate all your hard work.


I made this card using a favorite image from Neat and Tangled called "Warm Wishes."  I stamped it in black on white card stock, then dry embossed a snowflake frame around it. I paper-pieced the mug using a holiday patterned paper.  After matting it on black card stock, I adhered it to a patterned card base.


I am also entering this card into these challenges:

(1) Little Tangles Challenge #87: Gift Giving -- this card is going to a coffee-loving family member with a Dunkin Donuts gift card inside!

(2) Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #271: Anything Goes!


(3) CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: December Challenge -- I used stamping, dry embossing, and paper-piecing.


OK, that does it for me today!
Thanks for stopping by!
Judy

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CASology #277: ROUND

Hello, friends!  Tuesday has arrived, and so has a new cue at CASology.


This week our sponsor, Kitty Bee Designs, shared some digi images with the Design Team and I decided to play with the round snowball in the Snow Penguin image!  I accentuated the "round" theme by dry embossing a stitched circle and inking inside it around the penguin.  I also filled in the snowball with Stickles for some shimmer!



I can't wait to see how you interpret the ROUND cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Darnell

Our Sponsor This Week: 
Kitty Bee Designs

Thanks for visiting,
Judy

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fusion: Red Christmas

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping in to share my card for the current Fusion "Red Christmas" challenge using the photo as my inspiration. (I liked the red poinsettia and the border around the plate as well as the gold accents in the background.)


I knew I wanted to play along when I saw the beautiful CAS card by design team member Michelle Lupton.  For my card, I dry embossed the wonky stitched rectangles in the center of my card panel, then masked the center off after stamping the sentiment.  I repeatedly stamped the poinsettias around the border of the card base, then spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist and added gold Stickles to the floral centers.  Finally, I removed the mask and die cut the card panel and mounted on a white card base.   

Supplies:
Stamps: Jane's Doodles (Vintage Christmas),  Hero Arts (Joy to All)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Adirondack (Red Pepper), distress inks (Shabby Shutters)
Other: Perfect Pearls mist (Heirloom Gold), gold Stickles


Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Take good care,
Judy

Just Add Ink #387

Helo, everyone!  Just stopping by to share a card I'm entering into the current Just Add Ink #387: Colour challenge using these colors:


I made a one-layer card by stamping a border of poinsettias in red (and re-stamping without inking for the lighter ones), adding the sentiment in the center, then splattering green ink all over the card.  The gold Stickles were a final accent for some sparkle.

Supplies:
Stamps: Jane's Doodles (Vintage Christmas),  Hero Arts (Joy to All)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Adirondack (Red Pepper), distress inks (Shabby Shutters)
Other: Gold Stickles


I hope everyone here is the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving...I am thankful for your visits and all of your support all year long!

Have a great day,
Judy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CASology #276: CHEER

Hello, friends!  It's time to spread some CHEER this week at CASology!


I have been working on a bunch of holiday cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive (info HERE) in order to share some holiday cheer with nursing home residents.  The new line of "Typographia" stamps by our sponsor, STAMPlorations, are all amazing and I used one called "Blessed Christmas."   I kept it clean and simple by letting the multi-color sentiment take center stage, while the embossed snowflake border and subtle inking add some fun, seasonal interest.


After inking the sentiment several times with different colors, I inked the entire thing with Versamark ink and clear embossed it for some shine.  Can you see it?


I'm going to enter this card into the current STAMPlorations November CAS Card Challenge as well as the STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge.  (Part of my sentiment is dark brown, so I guess I did the optional color twist a little bit!)

I can't wait to see how you interpret the CHEER cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team and Guest Designer interpreted the cue this week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!

Guest Designer: Nicole

Our Sponsor This Week: 
STAMPlorations

Thanks for visiting,
Judy

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sale at Precious Remembrance Shop!!!

Hello, friends!  I'm stopping by today to give you a heads up...there is a Thanksgiving sale at Precious Remembrance Shop that you will not want to miss!

No coupons required -- and the sale applies to clear stamps, stickers, embellishments and bits & pieces, too!  Head on over to the shop and check it out!


Be sure to stop by and grab your favorite stamps and products at great prices.  The sale runs from November 23rd through November 27th.

Just for the fun of it, I'll show you some of my all-time favorite sets below.  There are some amazing holiday stamp sets as well...be sure to check them out!






Thanks for stopping by today...have a great day!
Judy

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Just Add Ink #386: Just Add "R"

Hello, friends!  I'm sneaking in a quick post today to share a card I made for a new-to-me challenge called Just Add Ink.  This week the challenge is a letter challenge...we are asked to make a card that uses an "R" element as the main focus of the project.

 

I've been working on holiday cards to send on for the Caring Hearts Card Drive, and this is one of them.  There are several "R's" involved here: a round die cut, a round wreath, red gems and glitter tape, and two red robins.


I received the stamp and embossing folder as part of an older Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.  I was happy to get a chance to play with them...they were perfect for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Take good care,
Judy

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CASology #275: SHARP

Hello, friends!  Tuesday has arrived, and so has a new cue at CASology.


Lots of things came to mind when I saw this cue...a sharp mind, a sharp tongue, sharp wit, a sharp dressed man (yes, that's a nod to ZZ Top), a sharp knife, sharp pine needles from a Christmas tree (they seem to remain in our hardwood floors all year long!).

I finally decided on a card using a fun get well image and sentiment from Art Impressions. That needle sure looks sharp to me!


I added interest to all that white space by dry embossing a wonky rectangle stitched frame and then using stitched dies to cut out the sentiment and the main panel.  I thought the "stitch" pattern went well with the theme of the card!

I can't wait to see how you interpret the SHARP cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team interpreted the cue this week...be sure to visit their blogs, too!


Thanks for visiting,
Judy

Monday, November 13, 2017

AAA Cards #103 / ATSAM #267

Hello, friends!  Just stopping in on a rainy Monday afternoon to share a card I made for my sweet niece, Adrienne.  I am entering this card into to challenges:







I tried to keep my design clean and simple by using one main image and sentiment with minimal layers and lots of open space.  The image is a digital freebie, and I computer-generated the sentiment so I could personalize it with my niece's name.  I "made my mark" by coloring the image with Copic markers and subtly inking the background with distress inks.


I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Judy

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CASology #274: TINY

Hello, friends!  It's that time again...Tuesday is here, and so is a new cue at CASology.


This cue made me think of how tiny we are in the grand scheme of the universe.  Last spring my family and I took a trip to Iceland, and we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights and more stars than I have ever seen here in the USA.  The tour guide who was with us had an amazing camera and took pictures of what we were seeing...check out the Northern Light and the Milky Way!

If that sight doesn't make you feel like a tiny part of the universe, I don't know what will.

Yet, tiny though we may be, we can make an enormous difference in our world.

One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss is, "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

These themes inspired my card.

Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Pretty Phrases, Smarty Pants)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), distress inks (Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron)
Dies: MFT (Wonky Stitched Rectangles)
Other: Perfect Pearls Mists (Perfect Pearl)


To make my planet Earth, I used the globe from the "Smarty Pants" set and fussy cut it out of the stand.  I watercolored with distress inks, then spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mist for some shimmer.

With this card, I'm going to throw my hat in the ring for the December Guest Designer search at Paper Smooches.  



I can't wait to see how you interpret the TINY cue card this week!  Be sure to link up your card by noon on Monday (Central time). You will also be inspired by the many ways our Design Team interpreted the cue this week...be sure to check out their blogs, too!


Thanks for visiting,
Judy