Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 2017 CHNC Extra DT Post

Howdy fellow bloggers!  Can you BELIEVE that it's October already?  CRAZY!!  Just plain crazy!  I'm ready for the change in the weather, but not sure I'm ready for sending out my Christmas cards just yet.  To add to the collection though, here is my card for the CHNC Extra challenge:

 
I had fun making this card!  I've been on an embossing folder kick lately, as well as a kraft card stock kick.  I picked out a bunch of folders from my collection, cut down some kraft to fit, and went to town!  Since this folder has that lovely snowman on it, I thought adding some white ink would be perfect to enhance the embossing.  I pounced and pounced my white ink pad all over the paper while it was still in the folder (to keep the dimension), and let it dry overnight.  I didn't want to cover too much of this cute folder up, so I searched through my Bugaboo stash until I found the perfect image:  BUGSMBLOCKS.  If you click on the link to take you to the image, you will see that I cut it apart to use just the peeking fellow in the top right corner.  My Silhouette Cameo came in quite handy for this.  The snowman was colored with alcohol markers, and I added him to the upper right corner of my panel.  The panel was added to a piece of bright blue card stock to match the colors used on the snowman image, and the whole shebang was added to a kraft cardstock base.
 
Challenges:
 
CHNC #353:  ATG or optional black, white and one other color
Christmas Card Challenges #22:  ATG or optional inspiration pic
 
Outlawz Festive Friday:  Christmas
 
 
That's it for today!  Please join our CHNC Extra challenge, because you could win some fabulous Bugaboo, and don't forget to check out what my teamies have created as well!
 
~Marie~


Monday, September 18, 2017

CCAYR September Mid-Month DT Inspiration

Apologies to Deanne and my teamies at CCAYR for my blog post being so late.  You know how life can be sometimes!  Anyway, no time for chatter, here is my card for the mid-month challenge of "Leaves."
 
 
And what better leaves to use for a Christmas card than holly leaves?  I have 2 holly embossing folders, and this one is from the Paper Studio.  I decided to make this an easy card, and just colored over the embossed leaves and berries with Prismacolor pencils.  I left my panel in the folder while I colored, so as not to flatten the design.  I distressed the edges with my favorite Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, and popped it up on fun foam.  The sentiment comes from the Lawn Fawn "Deck the Halls" stamp set.
 
Challenges:
 
12 months of Christmas Link Up #33:  ATG or optional picture inspiration
 
Jingle Belles:  Tic Tac Toe
 
I chose red, cardstock, bling.  HONESTLY, there is Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen on those red berries.  You DO believe me, don't you?
 
CHNC #351:  ATG or option to use 3 different patterned papers
Christmas Card Challenges #21:    ATG or optional photo inspiration
 
Simon Says Wednesday:  Clean and Simple
Cute Card Thursday #495:  Add a banner/flags
Mix it Up #5:  ATG or optional inlaid die cut technique
The Paper Shelter #309:  Embossing of any kind
 
Whew, that was a lot!  I really need to organize my favorites!  Thanks for joining me today, and don't forget to join in the CCAYR challenge to use leaves!  There's a cool prize to be had!  :)
 
~Marie~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 1, 2017

CHNC Extra DT Post: Septmeber 2017

That's right.  You read the title of my post correctly...IT'S SEPTEMBER 2017!!!  How has this happened?  Wasn't it just February or something?  Wow.  At any rate, I know you aren't here to hear me complaining about how quickly this year is flying by, so how about a card for the CHNC Extra challenge blog?


 
 
Speaking of February, this cute snowman would feel right at home in typical PA February weather!  I have used the Bugaboo "Make It Snappy Snowman" image, which is either retired or not yet available on the new Bugaboo site.  I love all things snowman, so of course I couldn't resist this guy!  I chose to use paper from my favorite Recollections paper collection, "Winter Frost," to enhance the frosty feel of this card.  My snowman is colored simply, and then I added some clear Wink of Stella to his body.  I *think* you can actually see it in this picture...at least I can!
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #33:  ATG or optional photo inspiration 
CCC#20:  ATG or optional photo inspiration
Create and Inspire #65:  ATG or optional summer days theme
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to add your own creations to the CHNC Extra gallery for your chance to win 4 Bugaboo images! 
 
Take care and God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CCAYR August Mid-Month DT Post

Hi folks!  Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up, but my desktop decided it didn't want to work anymore, and also our internet service is crap.  Just plain CRAP!  It is SUPPOSED to be "unlimited," but after the first 10 gigs, it goes down to 2G speeds, which makes it difficult to get things done!  I HATE IT! Rant over.  Now on to prettier things:
 
 
Here is my card for the August CCAYR challenge to use yellow.  Now I know Deanne has these prepared months ahead of time, but I'm more apt to just do what is immediately in front of me.  THIS challenge threw me for a bit...YELLOW on a CHRISTMAS card?!?  That made me think that it had to be the predominant color at first.  Then I saw my fellow DT makes and I realized that yellow could be more of an accent color.  That's where I went with this card.  I found this yummy Christmas paper in the Mistletoe and Holly 12x12 pad from Love, Nicole.  The flip side of this design is the dark green that I used to cover my card front.  The red doily-punched strip between the designer paper and the cream piece was left from another similar card I made earlier.  It also comes from the same paper pad.  The sentiment is from Cloud9 Design, and is stamped in gold ink.  Gold ribbon wrapped around the red piece and a bow on top complete this card.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #32:  ATG or optional "use Christmas colors" theme
CHNC #346:  ATG or optional "Nativity" theme
ABC Christmas:  P Q R, for People, Quick or Red
Christmas Card Challenges #19:  ATG or optional inspiration photo
Simon Says Wednesday:  Use a Sentiment
 
 
Make sure you check out the main post here, and the mid-month reminder post here to see what the Gingerbread gals and the other Christmas Belles have created for your viewing pleasure.  Don't forget to join in too!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and again, sorry this is so late!
 
God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CHNC Extra DT Post for August 2017

Howdy folks!  It's that time of the month again...the beginning of a new month means some new Bugaboo Christmas inspiration from the Craftyhazelnut's Extra Design Team gals.  Here is mine:

 
For this card, I used Winter circle sentiments--let-it-snow (retired).  I colored it up in shades of blue, and then searched thru my hoard, supply of Christmas paper and cardstock for something to match.  I found this snowflake paper from a 12x12 Love, Nicole pad that seemed to fit the bill nicely.  I decided the layout should just be simple cardstock layers with the circle in the middle to let the image and snowflake paper shine.  I added some Star Dust Stickles to the snowballs and the snowman, and also to the centers of some snowflakes on the dp.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #32:  ATG or optional "traditional Christmas colors" option
Christmas Card Challenges #18:  ATG or optional inspiration photo
 
 
CHNC #344 ATG or optional "gingerbread" theme
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG with patterned paper
LTCCB #13:  ATG
MIUCB #4:  ATG with optional "paper piecing" option
HIMCR #311:  Freestyle with a twist...Christmas in July
A Gem of a Challenge #199:  Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland:  Use a digi image
Make My Monday #51:  Monochromatic
 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to join in for your chance to win 4 Bugaboo images!  God Bless!
 
~Marie~

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CCAYR mid-July Christmas Belles DT post

Sorry this is a day late, but we were away this weekend, and I didn't have a chance to schedule a post before-hand or do one while away.  So, without any further ado, here is my card for mid-July:

 
The ice skate is a Silhouette cut file that I thought would be cute paired with this retired Bugaboo image. I used the offset tool to make the outline around the skate itself to make it into a card.  My favorite brown distress ink, Frayed Burlap, was what I used to ink around the edges of the skate, the laces, and the die cut image.  Kraft card stock was used for the card base and the scalloped mat for the image.  Since I had used brown distress ink, I decided to go for a monochromatic look and colored the scarf brown too.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #31:  ATG or optional "oh deer" theme
CCC#17:  ATG or optional inspiration photo
 
CHNC #342:  ATG or optional "use a die cut" theme
Mix It Up #3:  ATG or optional "distressing" theme
Fab 'n' Funky #359:  Shaped cards
The Paper Shelter #302:  Punches or dies
HIMCR #309:  Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin':  Christmas in July
ABC Christmas:  "N" for "new", and "O" for "old" (old cut file)
Di's Digi Design challenge:  Christmas in July
 
OK, that's it for the challenges. I think...Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please stop by the CCAYR blog to see what the Christmas Belles team has done here, and the Gingerbread Gals team here.  Also don't forget to join in!  Until next time, God bless you!
 
~Marie~
 
 
ETA:  This card made the Top 3 at Fab 'n' Funky!  Thanks so much!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

CHNC Extra DT post, July 2017

Hey bloggers!  How ya doin?  Stopping by very quickly to schedule this post for my DT commitment for CHNC Extra...and here is my card for July:

 
 This adorable Bugaboo image is BUGRBLOCKS.  So super cute!  As you can see, the one in the lower left corner is Rudolph...he's just hangin' out with his buddies, Donner and Blitzen!  Looks like they might be playing hide-and-seek...or maybe Rudolph and Donner are shy?  Either way, Jodie has made them really cute, and easy to color.  They were colored with alcohol markers, and Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen was added to Rudy's nose and the "M" in the sentiment.  Glossy Accents also adorns Rudy's nose, but you really have to see it in person to tell.  Speaking of that sentiment, I really like that it is included in the image.  It sure saves me some extra steps in trying to find "the right one" from my extensive stash.  That yummy paper is from the Perfectly Plaid Christmas Lawn Fawn 6x6 pad.  It was so hard to choose which paper to cut into first!!
 
I found this sketch on the Outlawz blog:
 
 
and thought that this image would fit just right.  I just now noticed the "with love" sentiment suggestion in the lower left corner...I hope they will be OK with mine!
 
Challenges:
 
Christmas With The Cuties:  Clean And Simple
The Merry Christmas Challenge:  ATG optional "snowmen" theme
Crafting by Designs:  Get Ready for Christmas
Fab'n'Funky #357:  Christmas Crackers (anything Christmas)
Crimbo Crackers #135:  Sentiment
 
 
Well, I need to get going...the hubby and I are headed out to supper at our favorite local restaurant!  Make sure you stop by the CHNC Extra blog this month to see all the DT creations, as well as those of your fellow crafters!  Don't forget to add your own too...you could be the random winner of 4 Bugaboo images of your choice!  I look forward to seeing what is in store...
 
Take care and God Bless!
 
~Marie ~