Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017 CHNC Extra DT post

Oh my, how the time does fly!  It's a new month already, so that means it's time for me to share my February DT make for the CHNC Extra blog:
 
 
These little guys come offered together as one set, BUGSTB01 Snowman trio blocks, and they are so, so cute!  I used my Cameo to size and cut them with a white border, and also to make the colored mats for each image.  They were colored up with a combination of alcohol markers to match the adorable mitten patterned paper by Recollections.  I added some iridescent sequins, and the snow on all three images was covered with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen (I swear!). 
 
Challenges:
 
Christmas Card Challenge #5:  ATG or word prompt "Snow"
CHNC #318:  ATG or optional "No Sentiment" theme
Crimbo Crackers #125:  Something Cute
Come and Get It:  3 or more layers
 
That's it for now...be sure to stop by all the DT members' blogs and check out what they have created for this month's challenge and leave them some love!  Also, don't forget about what you could win for participating...4 Bugaboo images!  :)
 
Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Paper Play

Paper Play Sketches #32, that is.  Even though this sketch intimidated me at first, once I got going, I really got into it.  Here's the sketch:
 
 
And here's what I did with it:
 
 
To create this card, I finally decided to cut into my 6x6 Perfectly Plaid Winter paper pad from Lawn Fawn (GASP!)  I've been hoarding that and the Perfectly Plaid Christmas pad since I bought them last fall.  I guess they won't do me any good at all if I don't use them, right??  So I chose which patterns I wanted to use, and (luckily) found a matching gray card stock in my stash.  That cute polar bear is from Bugaboo; find him here.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento London Fog ink.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #25:  ATG, or optional "Out with the Old, In with the New" theme (new, used my recently acquired MISTI to stamp the sentiment; old just about everything else)
ABC Christmas:  "A" for ATG, or "B" for something beginning with "b" (blue, bear)
Christmas Card Challenges #5:  ATG or optional "Snow" theme
CHNC #318:  ATG or optional "No Sentiment" theme
Crimbo Crackers #125:  Something Cute
January Rudolph Days:  ATG Christmas
Cutie Pie #107:  Winter Warmers
HIMCR #286:  Any Holiday
Crafty Sentiments:  Use Dies (Spellbinders used to cut out sentiment layers)
Come and Get It:  3 or more layers
 
Thanks for joining me today!  I'll be back soon with my DT post for CHNC Extra! God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WHAT is the date today?!?!

The 24th, you say?  No way!  I saw a meme on Facebook today that states it's 11 months until Christmas Eve...I best get crackin' on those Christmas cards!  To that end, here is one now...
 
 
I colored up this CUTIE from Bugaboo, Eggbert Winter to be precise, with Spectrum Noir, Copic, and Prismacolor markers.  I thought at the time that my colors matched the papers I had chosen, but in hindsight, maybe not so much.  AND my camera isn't very good at taking nice photos anymore, but trust me, this looks better IRL!  Hiding on the snow in the image is some clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.
 
Challenges:
 
Christmas Card challenges #4:  ATG or optional photo inspiration
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #25:  ATG or optional "Out with the old, in with the New" theme (the square gems are old, the sparkle pen and Lawn Fawn sentiment are new)
ABC Christmas:  "A" for ATG, and/or "B" for something beginning with "B"
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  ATG Christmas
Crafty  Calendar:  Something New (sparkle pen and Lawn Fawn sentiment)
Cutie Pie #107:  Winter Warmers
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper:  ATG w/patterned paper
Sweet Stampin':  Dies and Punches (Spellbinder's dies)
Catch the Bug: BINGO  (bottom row across; something blue, embossing, dots and stripes [scarf] )
C.R.A.F.T #399:  Christmas
Sweet Stampers #3:  Winter/Snow
CHNC #317:  ATG or use a sentiment
 
Thanks for stopping by today, and God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 
 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CCAYR Mid-January DT inspiration post

Hello, and happy Saturday evening folks!  I hope all is well wherever you may be; and if not, may God put His blessing upon you.  I'm here to share with you my DT inspiration for the Christmas Cards All Year Round design team for the January mid-month reminder post:
 
 
Deanne has asked us for snowflakes this month, and I went with a pink one!  I have had this digi in my collection for a loooong time!  I CASE'd myself for this one, referring back to this card for inspiration....just switched a few things up.  The shades of pink match much better IRL than in this photo.  You *can* slightly see the sparkle in the white glitter cardstock; but MIA, as usual, is the Star Dust Stickles on the snowflake layers!  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark, and heat embossed with silver tinsel ep from Recollections.  Another card done for 2017!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and make sure you check out my teamies' creations for this challenge...they are wonderful!  Don't forget to add your own creations to the linky!  I love to see what you have made!
 
~Marie~
 

More Christmas cards for the 2017 stash!

Hello, and happy Saturday night!  I hope you all are enjoying your weekend...we stayed home today, due to snow and nasty stuff in the forecast.  We didn't get a whole lot of snow, but the hubby was telling me earlier that the roads were bad??  If you live where there is nasty weather going on, I hope you are staying safe!
 
I'm here to share with you all 2 cards for the Christmas stash:
 
 

 
 
I decided that I was going to make 2 similar cards this time, since the sketch part was already done for me by Stella at Bugaboo:
I didn't use Bugaboo images; I chose instead to use 2 wood stamps from Recollections that I have sitting out, but had never used before. In searching thru my Christmas-patterned papers, I found these that I thought would match the images nicely.  I did some simple coloring of the images, added some bling in the top left corners, and these cards were done.
 
Challenges:
 
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #25:  ATG, or optional out with the old, in with the new theme
ABC Christmas:  "A" for ATG, and "B" for something beginning with "B" (blue)
Cutie Pie Challenge #107:  Winter Warmers
CHNC #316:  ATG or optional "Feature a creature" theme
Crafty Calendar:  Something New (penguin patterned paper)
Cards in Envy:  Snow Birds
613 Avenue Create #193:  ATG or "your favorite technique" theme
Sweet Stampers #3:  Winter/Snow
 
Whew, that took a little while!  Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!
 
~Marie~
 
 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Starting the year off with some recycling

Hello all!  I have kinda made a silent resolution to do more Christmas card recycling this year.  I have 3 people at work giving me their cards, plus all the ones we have received over the last few years...I better get busy!  Here is the first of many ( I hope!):
 
 
I swiped this card off a bulletin board at work before someone could throw it away...I couldn't pass up that pretty country church!  I used the current Sketch Saturday sketch to get this card going.  I found a designer paper that I thought matched the colors in the picture well (mainly the dark blue).  Matted the picture on dark blue cardstock, and adhered all of that to my 5.5" square card base that was embossed with a Sizzix large dot embossing folder.  Here is a pic of the sketch:
 
Well, that's all for me tonight.  Tomorrow evening, I will look for more challenges to enter this into. 
 
Take care, and God Bless!
 
~Marie~