I started making a card today for Lily Pad's Virginia's View challenge. I wasn't pleased with my original card - had a lot of messy glue with tissue paper issues - so I scrapped that idea and went with a new one. Still inspired by the pink hearts from the photo:
The vase with flowers is from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is Hero Arts. I punched out the heart, stamped the flower vase on it and then stamped some LF hearts around it. Used Tim Holtz distress ink around the heart and Copics to colour the flowers and vase.
So of course I wanted to use my LF Making Frosty Friends stamp set. Don't you just love this adorable snowman? I had trouble deciding how I should outfit this cute guy, so I made a card that allowed the recipient to choose their own hats, scarf, and mittens. They can add the top hat and mittens, or the ear muffs and scarf - whatever they want, because they are just stuck down with removable adhesive. The snowman is also paper-pieced, but glued down.
I included a pocket to slip in a gift card - a Tim Horton's card. Now they can enjoy the cold, snowy weather with a hot tea (or coffee) to keep them warm.
We finally have some winter weather - snowy and cold...brrrr. Hopefully it is packing snow!
Next week is the birthday of a friend of mine whom I have known since grade 1 (that's a looonnnggg time ago). I knew I wanted to use the cute Lawn Fawn stamps, but I had trouble coming up with an idea until I read about the CAS-ual Friday challenge - CFC35: Create a Clean And Simple project with scallops. I used scallops for the water, but I used the 'waste' portion of the scallops. I spent a lot of time cutting out the sea critters, but it was well worth it. I love the look of the paper pieced critters.
My friend has actually spent some time working with dolphins, so I thought this cute dolphin might make her smile. I also made and decorated the envelope. Now I just have to mail it and hope it gets across the country in time!
As Christmas got closer, and the rush was on to finish my cards, I found I didn't have time to post my cards. I managed to take pictures of most of the last few cards I made. Unfortunately the lighting conditions weren't always the best.
This is my first Christmas stamp set from PB. I embossed the background and die cut the scalloped circle, adding the patterened paper underneath. I meant to raise the background, but decided to keep it flat.
These stamps are from my newest PB Christmas stamp set - Winter Wonderland. I coloured it with my Copics. The sentiment is from my very first stamp set ever (don't remember the name, though.)
I embossed the ornament shape with my Spellbinders ornament die. The first time I did this, I had the die and paper facing my A plate. Oops...it cut through the card base and left an imprint in my A plate. I was more careful the next time. :) The stamp on the card is from Inkadinkado, "naughty or nice".
I finally found this stamp from Hero Arts at Michaels this year! I love the winking reindeer. The banner is a stamp from Lawn Fawn.
Sorry about this picture - my lighting was really bad that day. Same winking reindeer as the one above. The banner is another stamp from Lawn Fawn.
The next two are gift card holders. I used the cup sleeve from Starbucks (had to buy my daughter some hot chocolates to get these) and used my Sizzix Snowflake die. The paper is from Bo Bunny.
I've learned that I need to start earlier in the year so I can make all my Christmas cards without being rushed. If I want to make individualized cards, I need way more time for each card.
There are several new challenges at Moxie Fab World. As part of their Cool Tools week, one of the challenges is the Die Cutting Challenge. I love using my dies. And I recently bought some new ones. I thought I would try them out and enter the challenge.
Dies: My Favorite Things Die0namice Mix & Match Banner; Sizzix Hero Arts Antique Flowers And Butterflies
Paper used: MME six by six Happiness
Card base: 4" x 51/2"
I read about this challenge when it came out last week and have been trying to come up with a card to submit since then. With the deadline only half a day away, I asked my oldest daughter for some help. She took a look at the Plus One stamp set and sketched out a card idea. Several hours later, and after a few alterations to her original sketch, I had a card to submit! Since the first one was made for a boy, I decided to make a second one for a girl. I think my pink ribbon should have been a little darker, though. Oh, I just noticed that the top corner of my boy card looks like it is sticking up! I'll have to fix that, but unfortunately there is not enough time to re-take the picture. -sigh-
So go check out the challenge! And even if you don't get a chance to enter, you can still click on all the amazing entries. There are quite a few that I just love.