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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Oh Holy Night



Last week, I had some of my club members ask for a card for next month's class using the Oh Holy Night stamp. So, last night I had this idea in my heard. Now, lots of ideas in my head don't come out as I envision it. But this one actually did.

I started off by deciding to use the Yuletide Carol paper pack. This paper is so versatile it can be used for any occasion. 

On my clear block, I put together the baby, Mary, star and Shepherd from "Reason for the Season" stamp set. Then stamped them with Champagne ink on Colonial White paper.

I decided to put tan, green and purple together for this card. So I over stamped "Oh Holy Night" on New England Ivy and then heat embossed with clear detail EP. The purple I used is Smokey Plum. 

I colored the crystal swirl with the GY235 Sap Green ShinHan Alcohol Marker

Once I knew what I wanted, I searched for a sketch challenge that would enhance my idea. I found it at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.


Other Challenges for this card:
Pinspirational - Inspirational picture (Nativity scene)
Party Time Tuesday - Anything


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snow Granny




I am so into making Christmas Cards.....Can you tell!

Here is another card with snow people. I think this is an old Penny Black stamp that was re-made without a colored label so I'm not 100% sure. 
I just love this image so much. I've had this stamp sitting on my shelf for a few years and this is the first time I've used it. Actually, I have quite a few stamps sitting there that I may just break in this year.

The image was colored in with Copic Markers. I added Liquid Applique then Prisma Glitter for the snow for some added sparkle.

The paper is from an old retired paper pack from Close to My Heart called "Frosted". I used a MS punch and added bitty pearls to it. 

The inspiration for this card started with a sketch challenge from the Digi Sketch Challenge Blog.



More Challenge Blogs for this Card:
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas is Coming
Crafty Calendar - All About Christmas
Treasured Times - Anything
We Do Doobadoo - Christmas





Friday, November 21, 2014

Snowmen with Birdhouse



Ready for another Christmas Card?  The image for this card is from an OLD wood stamp I had sitting around on a shelf to use one day. I think it is a Penny Black stamp and one day finally came after several years. * Ü*
I stamped the image twice and cut out a set of snowmen and layered with foam tape for some added dimension.
I used Liquid Applique for the snow and then sprinkled with Prisma Glitter for the sparkle.

The Paper used are from a retired paper pack from Close to my Heart called Frosted. I love this paper for snowmen since my favorite colors for them are blues. 
Instead of making it monochromatic like I originally planned, I added a splash of red. That just seemed to really finish off the card. 

Since the little boy snowman is hugging his mama, I thought it only appropriate to add some Red Enamel Hearts from CTMH. 

The inspiration for this card started with a sketch challenge from Techno Stamper.

Challenges for this card:
Bunny Zoe's - Snow
Love to Create - Christmas
Make Me Monday - Glitter
Sparkle n Sparkle - Glitter
Timbro Scrap Mania - Christmas
Penny Black - Anything
Stamping Sensations - Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yuletide Greetings - Christmas Candle



Time for another Christmas Card.  And yet another card using the fabulous, can't live without, Yuletide Greetings Stamp set.  I combined it with the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack. The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included in with the All NEW CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartridge "Artfully Sent".

I wanted a little sparkle so I added two different colors of MS Glitter to the flame.

I love sketch challenges and today I am playing along with Mojo Monday.  What a great sketch again this week. 

Other Challenge Blogs for this card:
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark (used Copics)
Crafting by Design - Christmas
Creative Moments - Make it Sparkle
Little Red Wagon - Layer it up.
Scrappers Delight - Traditional Christmas
Stampin Royalty - Colors used.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Post - Snowman




Just another Christmas Card. I used the snowman from the CTMH Christmas Post stamp set along with the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack
The sentiment is from SU. 

Challenges with this card:
DL.ART - Christmas
Crafty Ribbon - Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Delightful - Holidays


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yuletide Greetings - French Horn



OK, here if the last of my Yuletide Greetings cards. This one used the French Horn in the set. I colored it in with my Copic Markers and the Horn with the CTMH Gold Metallic Marker.

The gorgeous paper is from the Yuletide Carol Paper pack. Great Traditional Christmas Colors in the paper pack.

Challenge Blogs for this card:
Creative Card Crew - Christmas Joy
Party Time Tuesday - Anything
Tuesday Throwdown - Pearls and Swirls

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Yuletide Greetings - Candle



Happy Veterans Day to all of those who have sacrificed their lives for my freedom!
God Bless You All!

I am so loving making Christmas Cards this year with all the fabulous stamps from Close to my Heart. 

My card today uses the Yulestide Greetings Stamp set and paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack
The image was colored with Copic Markers. 

I dry embossed the background using an Anna Griffin Embosing Folder.

I made another card using the French Horn from this fabulous stamp set, but you need to come back tomorrow to see that card. 

Other Challenges for this card.
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything with a hand made bow
Dream Valley - Christmas
Love to Create - Anything
Make My Monday - Berries and foliage
Melonheadz Friends - Add a Sentiment

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Joyful Stars November Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars November Blog Hop. This hop features Current Close to my Heart Products by 11 fabulous and talented Consultants.

If you've come here from Stephanie's Blog you're on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, that's fine, just continue from here and when you get back to me, you know you've seen them all.

Please leave us a little lovin' in our comments. We Love hearing from you! *Ü*



I fell in love with this stamp set years ago. It's called Always Grateful. I saw a similar card in Card Maker magazine and new I had to use this set to do my own thing with it. 
The sentiment is from Best Christmas.
I haven't used anything other then clear EP for a long time. I found out why. This is a very touch technique with black cardstock. I won't mention how many I ruined before I got one right. I used Gold, Silver and White EP.

Now hop on over to Krista's Blog and see what fabulous goodies she has to share with you.

Yuletide Greetings - Noel



Since I broke out my Copic Markers the other day, I thought I may as well do more coloring. The stamp set is called "Yuletide Greetings" from Close to my Heart. I used a retired paper pack that I love and hoard, *Ü*, called Pear and Partridge. I should have bought more before it retired!

I got my starting inspirations from the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.
Other Challenge Blogs for my card:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Color Challenge
Crafty Calendar - All About Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut - Keep it Flat
Hiding in my Craft Room - Use Scraps
Kit and Clowder - Christmas
Paper Creators Crafts - Anything
My perfect Life - Anything Christmas

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Merriest Christmas


I love using Blues for Christmas, so I was playing around today and came up with a card I really love. This just may have to be my Christmas Card this year. It is really much prettier in person. 

I used the pine tree from the CTMH  "Always Grateful" Stamp Set.  The Sentiment is from the Merriest Christmas Stamp Set. The only color I used was Pacifica paper and ink

I used a snowflake embossing folder for the background and Crystal Glitter on the trees for just a little sparkle. After all, what is Christmas with out sparkle and shine!!!


The inspiration for this card started with a sketch from Freshly Made.

Other Challenges for this card:
Stampavie - Monochrome
C.R.A.F.T. - Winter
Crafty Ribbon - Christmas with Ribbon
Moving Along With The Times - Sparkle and Shine
Crafting By Design - Anything
Inspiration Destination - Anything
Kraftin' Kimmie - Anything

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Father Christmas


I am a hoarder when it comes to anything Christmas. 
I was going through my Christmas stamps the other day and found a set that I always loved and haven't used in years. 
I then dug out my old Pear and Partridge paper and combined it with this stamp. 
I even pulled out my old Cranberry Ribbon Rounds out to make a bow.
I've had the 2 CTMH Metallic markers, gold and silver, for over a year and never used them. So, I used them to color the two Christmas balls.  

I wasn't going to color Santa in. I was just going to make it an old fashion card with just ink distressing. But my Copic markers were screaming at me that I was neglecting them. So, I colored.
I even used the dark red to color my pearls for my embellishments.

The inspiration for the card actually started with a sketch challenge from Sketch and Stash.

Other challenge blogs for my card:
Crafting by Design - Anything
Addicted to Stamps - Color challenge. Red, Green & gold
Dazzling Diva's - Traditional Christmas Colors.
A Random Fan - Red, White and Green
Craft Room - Vintage Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Christmas Joy
Sweet Stamps - Stripes