Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Clean Christmas Card.....

In my quest for small postage charges, this year I have scaled back on all the floral and thickness of fancy bows because I cannot afford $2 per card to mail.  It is just way too much for this old girl to handle.  Postage costs have gone the way of everything else and climbed off the charts.

This is very lightweight and will be easy to mail and meets the thickness requirements as well so one stamp should handle this!  White on white with a pop of gold.  Simple and elegant...I hope! I used the swiss dots embossing folder and when I cut out my ornament die, I smushed it into an embossing pad and then dusted gold embossing powder on it and hit it with the heat gun...I think it makes a lovely addition to an otherwise plain Jane card.  Honestly I'm having trouble adapting to these card.  I just want to add a big fluffy bow or a beautiful flower....these are just needing "more"!

Well that's it for me this morning.  Hope you have a good day ahead and that you are ready for the weekend ... it will be here before you know it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOYWW #285

Good morning everyone and welcome!  It is a frosty 14 degrees outside my window this morning!  I'm here to share my workdesk with you; showing my little mess to you and the world.  Each Wednesday we take a picture of our work space and blog about it and then link to Julia's blog to become a little bit of a huge blog hop.  Then we can visit each other's blogs and see what is going on in everyone's little corner of the world.

I own a light tent and lights for photographing my creations, but sometimes I just like to throw up a couple pieces of cardstock on my desk and use my Ott lights and take the photos that way.  I'm by no means a photographer so I'm a firm believer in whatever works!  I've been working on Christmas cards day after day and this is the latest one!  I do love working with's my favorite time of year!  Here is a good look at the card.  Hope you like it!

Now I'm off to link to Julia's blog and then to visit as many people as I can today!  I love being able to see what everyone else is doing, especially this time of  year!  So heat up the coffee, I'm on the way.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge # 20 - Box It Up

Welcome to Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #20 - Box It Up!  This challenge is to create some sort of altered box.  You can create a box from scratch, or you can alter a pre-made box.  Your box can be made of paper, wood, chipboard, plastic or metal.  As long as you dig into your hoard to decorate a box, you have met the challenge requirements!  The box does not have to be used as a can be used as home decor or for any purpose you can image.  Let's box it up!

Eileen Hull is the design team sponsor for this challenge and I used one of her boxes and decorated it for Christmas.  I will put a glittered ornament inside as a gift for one of my neighbors.  I think it turned out so elegant looking and I'm very pleased with it.  I thank Eileen for giving us boxes to play with.  They are a great quality product and very easy to work with!

Eileen is a Designer member of the Craft and Hobby Association and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Designer Council.  Eileen is from the Washington D.C. area where she and her husband live in their empty nest.  The newest member of her family is a vintage camper, which she is driving cross-country, teaching and crafting all the way.

Eileen has designed a signature line of ScoreBoards  (Sizzix) dies, which includes the ever popular Artist Trading Blocks dies.  Her tenth Sizzix collection was released in February, 2014!

Product Collections:
Papertrail Tour: 

The lucky winner of this challenge will win a $25 choice of Vintage, Victorian and Shabby Chic inspired Digital Collage Sheets!  How cool is that! So get busy and do a box to share with us.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!  

Heather lives in Michigan with her two teenage sons, hubby, and kitties. She works full time as a RN with Ventilated young adults, and enjoys volunteering with her two son's Boy Scout Troop and Tennis Team.  She loves to create digital collage sheets in the Vintage, Victorian, and Shabby Chic Style.  She will show you blogging tips, paper crafting tutorials, and how to use her digital collage sheets on her Youtube channel.  Heather hosts her own challenge on her blog and designs for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gecko Galz, and the Creative Cutting Challenge.  

Design Team

Supply List:
Eileen Hull Artist Trading Block
Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas CD
Seam Binding
Stampin-Up Mint Melody Ink (retired)
White Cardstock
Pink Polka Dot Paper
Pine Bough Punch
Gold Shimmer Spray
Spellbinders Layered 
Poinsettia Die
Flower Stamen
Green Alcohol Marker
Anna Griffin Embossing Folder (Foundry)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas in Cream and Mint.......

Good morning everyone and welcome to a frigid East Tennessee. We are sitting at 26 degrees and I had to drag out the heavy socks this morning!  Yesterday we had a mixed bag of weather, rain, wind, snow, sleet and dropping temperatures! That's what I love about where I never gets boring!

I'm here this morning to share another Christmas card with you.  I hope you are not getting bored with these because I have several to make yet.  I know it seems like that is all I'm doing but today I'm taking a break from Christmas and working on a card for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop that will be coming your way the 25th of this month. (Just a little tickler for you) Be sure and be around for that!  Now here is my card:

This is called The Belleek Inspired Technique.  You use whatever embossing folder you have and either use a brayer to ink the front part of the folder or you can just rub the ink pad directly onto the folder.  For my card I inked the front part (the part that has the name printed on it) and it gives this look.  You can do the other side and come up with a totally different look, but I'm partial to this look.  This is another one from the beautiful Holiday Folder set from Anna Griffin and Cuttlebug...wonder if they appreciate all the advertisement I've been giving these folders this  year?  This folder is called Festive Stripe and I simply love the elegant look of it!  I don't know if you can see it but the seam binding has just a tiny hint of mint and it's tied into a double bow. Love that seam binding!  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin-Up set and I'm getting a lot of mileage out of that too!

Well that is about it for me this morning.  Hope you have a wonderful Friday and if it is cold where you are....keeps those toes toasty!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WOYWW #284

Good morning and welcome to a rainy morning in East Tennessee!  The weather is changing and a very "cold" front is moving in!  So bundle up and keep your toes warm!

Today is Wednesday and I'm showing you a picture of  my desk this morning to be a part of a world wide blog hop hosted by Julia Dunnit.  You can get all the details about this hop by visiting Julia's blog and reading the rules and regulations.  Just take a picture of your space, blog about it and what you have going on in your life and link to Julia's blog!  Such fun and so addictive!

There isn't a lot going on here this morning as I have made a tiny attempt to clean up a bit.  It was getting to the point I couldn't find anything.  To the left are some sheets of Crafty Secrets Christmas printables, my trusty notebook and a snow marker (I purchased this two years ago)  You just mark and then use a heat gun and it puffs up making snow.  My "Handmade" stamp and way back to the right is my Martha Stewart punch for a pine bough.  Oh I almost forgot the leaping deer propped up on a flower center.  I used clear glitter on his antlers and some of the flower center mix to sprinkle around on his body.  I love the look and it gives him some character.

Well that's all from me this morning. I'm off to check out some of the other bloggers along the way.  Heat up the coffee pot, I'm on my way!

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