Sunday, December 28, 2014

DCWV December Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SeePjALDm2w/VHvmYrrt8PI/AAAAAAAAKLM/GPFkzeXFwR4/s1600/valTSsketch1.jpg     After all the busyness of the holidays, scraptherapy was just what I needed.  And I made it in under the deadline for the DCWV Scrap-a-holic Scrapbook Sketch Challenge!
     I used DCWV Brights Cardstock for the background.  All other paper is DCWV Holiday Collection Christmas stack.  That stack has kraft as its neutral color.  Love it!  The tags are from Jillibean.  (Thank you, Nance!)  The stickers are from an ancient sheet by Joy Marie. 
The journaling will be added later.  :o)     Thanks for looking.   

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My First ODBD Challenge, ODBDSLC220 Sketch

     I'm so tickled to get to play along with Our Daily Bread Designs!  With the help of a prize gift certificate, I recently got the "Flourished Verses" stamp set, and it is beautiful.  I've only used one stamp so far, but made 5 different cards.  So versatile! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sxtcjkEUVew/VGF5rPB8ptI/AAAAAAAALGg/kpOQjdOmtgg/s1600/ODBDSLC220.png     Sketch challenges may just be my favorite.  Besides the lovely stamps, I used some paper that came with an issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine, published in the UK.  So I pretty much won the stamps, and the paper was free, kinda.  :o) 
     I love to try new techniques and this one was new for me.  I'm not a "colorer," but I heat embossed the verse and a tree from Sizzix on vellum and colored it with Marvy LePlume II pens and clear Wink of Stella.  Love the sparkle, but that part didn't photograph well. 
I added a "Happy Birthday" tag to some, "Thank you" tags to others.  I think "Thinking of you" or "Missing you" would work well, too.  And this is just the first stamp!  I will get so much use from this great set!  Thank you, ODBD!  And thanks for the fun of playing along!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PCC Magazine Monday AND DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenges!

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     Combining challenges may save time and energy for some, but not for me!  It's a stretching exercise.  I think I could save time if I just did one challenge, then the other!  But, in the end, I am happy with my results and hope I did justice to both challenges. 
     I used the card sketch from DCWV and chose my colors and black font and the Christmas sock from PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday.  In line with the rules for DCWV's Stack-a-holic challenge, I used cardstock from their Glitzy Glitter and Foiled Cardstock Stacks and the Burlap Paper Stack, along with scraps of felt for the stocking.  This was not a 20 minute project!  :o)  More like several hours!  But fun hours spent with DGD and her mommy crafting beside me. 
Thanks for joining me.  Papercrafting is such therapeutic fun!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday #80

http://pccorner.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/MM-Week-80-Inspiration-Piece-230x300.jpg     Busy as usual.  This time trying, unsuccessfully, to finish up Christmas gifts, but with Hubby singing in multiple Christmas performances this weekend, I ended up with a little extra time, just enough to do a card for PaperCrafter's Corner.  :o)  Besides, I recently read about a technique that I hoped would give me a look similar to the inspiration piece. And I think it did!
     I sprayed a used dryer sheet with adhesive and adhered it over a graphic from my PCCrafter's clipart collection.  Then I poured fine glitter dust over that and rubbed it in.  The dryer sheet was porous enough that the adhesive was on both sides.  It stuck to the cardstock and held the glitter.  Voila!  A snowy scene!  So pretty!  It was so much fun I did a second one!

Because I'm not sure I will use these as Christmas cards, I put a sweet die cut from Poppy Stamps inside that can be used for any occasion.  It's super thin, so I ran my paper through the Xyron before I die cut it to make an instant sticker.
Thanks for checking this out today!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner, Magazine Monday 79


http://pccorner.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/MM-Week-79-Inspiration-Piece-234x300.jpg     I've been busy making cards for money and gift cards for the older grandkids.  I thought the colors of this weeks Magazine Monday would make a good masculine card, but that's where I got stuck!  It seemed too dark for a Christmas card, but I've been wanting to make a box card, so I used the black and neutrals along with the whole seasonal theme to make my card.  I used my envelope maker to make the small envelope that contains a folded up bill.  It seemed like a lot of work, but it was my first.  Maybe it will get easier!  :o)  Thanks for looking!