CCC: Things With Wings

Hi everybody! I’m running a bit behind in posting my card for this week’s Christmas Card Challenge…our theme this week is “things with wings.” Here’s my take:

Supplies: patterned paper (“Nordic Holiday ” mini pad – Basic Grey), image stamps (“Nordic Noel” – aMuse Studio), sentiment stamp (“Christmas Sampler “- Paper Smooches), watermark ink, white embossing powder, kraft cardstock.
I find it much easier to do a Clean & Simple card when it’s not the designated theme. It must be all that pressure to make one that makes it much harder! 

Don’t forget, all of our challenges are optional…the only “real” rule is that you must create a new Christmas, Holiday or Hannukah card, then link it up on our blog so we can stop by and say hi!

It’s not necessary that you use a Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp on your card, but we sure love it when you do! And it’s a prize week, so one randomly selected entry will receive a Sparkle Creations rubber stamp!

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the CCC team to take a peek at the fun and festive cards they’ve created this week: AlannaCorinneJennifer, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorieMargoMichelePat…and our guest designer for April, Kylie!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to link your entry on the Christmas Card Challenges blog! See you there!

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CCC #7 – Silhouettes

Happy Sunday, crafty friends! It’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge! This week, we’re inspired by the elegance of silhouettes!

Here’s my card:

Supplies: image stamp (“Nordic Spring” – Waltzingmouse Stamps),  sentiment stamp & holly stamp (“Nordic Noel” – aMuse Studio), embossing folder (Sizzix/Tim Holtz), watermark ink (VersaMark), brayer, brown ink, card stock (Stampin’ Up!), white embossing powder.

All of our challenges are optional…the only “real” rule is that you must create a new Christmas, Holiday or Hannukah card, then link it up on our blog so we can stop by and say hi!

It’s not necessary that you use a Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp on your card, but we sure love it when you do!

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the CCC team to take a peek at the fun and festive cards they’ve created this week: AlannaCorinneJennifer, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorie,MargoMichelePatStephanie…and our guest designer Rachel!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to link your entry on the Christmas Card Challenges blog! See you there!

Christmas Card Challenges #27

Happy Sunday! Today’s my first day as a new member of the Christmas Card Challenges Design Team!

I applied for the Design Team Call for the term that started in January, but didn’t make that round. I was, however, offered a Guest Designer spot for May, reapplied for the new term, and was accepted this time! WOOHOO!

This week, we’re challenging you to use a sentiment only! All of our challenges are optional. The only real rule is that you must create a new Christmas, Holiday, Winter or Hanukkah card. We just want you to have fun and play along with us!

Here’s my card:

Supplies: cardstock (Stampin’ UP!), sentiment stamp (Nordic Noel – aMuse Studio), watermark ink (VersaMark), opaque white embossing powder, chipboard accent (Echo Park), patterned paper (Blitzen – Bo Bunny), adhesive rhinestones.
We’ve got a prize to give away this week, so check the Christmas Card Challenges blog for all the details! 
And while you’re there, check out all the fun cards the team created: AlannaBrigitteCandaceCorinneDeeKatieMargoMichelePatSparkle, and Stephanie! And, please give a warm welcome to our guest designer for this month, Leesa!
Thanks for stopping by! 
Hugs,

colourQ #132

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by to check out the card I created with this week’s colourQ!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We took a short trip to Leavenworth, WA — it’s set up as a Bavarian village. Scott was in German food heaven! We had beautiful weather for the weekend…I think Spring has finally arrived here in Washington (don’t let the snow on the mountains fool you)!

We loved seeing all of your creations with last week’s soft pastel palette…this week we’re switching gears and going BOLD! Here’s my card:
Supplies: card base, cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), ink (Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Only Orange – Stampin’ Up!; Graphite Black – Tsukineko Brilliance), stamps (Clever Girls set – aMuse Studio; A Word For You – Stampin’ Up!), adhesive pearls (KaiserCraft), embossing folder (Sizzix/Stampin’ Up).
It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to work the colors in for each flower. Because our colors for this week are all (what I consider to be) strong, I wanted to have a balance between them and the black and white. The layout of my card was inspired by one of the September 2011 card sketches at Page|Maps.

I print sketches that I like or want to try and keep them in page protectors bound with loose leaf rings to take with me when I craft. It helps a lot when I’m stumped on how to place elements on a card, or get stuck making the same design over and over! The same booklet contains two pages of Stampin’ Up color swatches to match with patterned paper, my Copic color chart, and a list of my upcoming DT assignments. 

So if you’re ready to play along with us, here’s our latest colourQ:
To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, April 15 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)
The other members of the colourQ Royal Court have created some fantastic projects with this week’s colors (as they always do)! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ! 

Crafty Contagion: Funny Cards

Happy Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my card for the latest Crafty Contagion challenge! This week, we’re challenging and inspiring you to make a funny card!
Here’s mine:
Supplies: stamps (skunk & sentiment stamps – aMuse Studio), flower stamp (Stampin’ UP!),  patterned paper (Fancy Pants – It’s the Little Things, My Mind’s Eye), black grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers, opaque white marker, ink (Tsukineko Brilliance – Graphite Black), adhesive gems (aMuse Studio).
Thanks again for stopping by! Stop by our blog to see what the other Divas created for this challenge…and join us! Upload your funny card at the Crafty Contagion! See you there!

colourQ #116

Happy Tuesday and welcome back for another colourQ challenge! Today, I’m going to knock out my Christmas baking (or at least try to get most of it done)! I’m making peanut butter fudge, chocolate crinkles and peppermint bark…and sugar cookies if I’m feeling really ambitious!

This year, I’ve really enjoyed baking and cooking from scratch. It’s rare that I use a box mix these days, but I will if I don’t have a lot of time to make something for an event. I do, however, try to make sugar cookies for my monthly craft group meeting…since they may not let me come over if I don’t! (Just kidding…I think!)

Here’s my card for this week (no coloring…eek!):

Supplies: card base, kraft cardstock (PaperTrey Ink), image and sentiment stamps (aMuse Studio –  Nordic Noel), white embossing powder, white opaque marker, adhesive pearl, twine, embossing folder (Sizzix), green cardstock (Stampin’ Up!), ink (VersaMark).

And here are our colors for this week! I hope you’ll find some time to play along with us!

To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, December 25 at noon Central Time! Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.

As always, The rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some fantastic and fun projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the left under the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ!