CCC #15: Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday, everybody! Hope you’re having a great weekend! We’ve had some gorgeous weather this weekend…it’s a nice change from the chilly kind we’ve had lately!

Scott & I are meeting some friends of mine for brunch today…I’m so excited! I haven’t seen them in about 10 years, so it is way past time for us to catch up! 


For this week’s Christmas Card Challenge, I chose “Autumn Rin” by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!

With just a little washi tape, I was able to mask out the leaves in the background and the ones at the bottom of her kimono. The present is from the stack that “Birthday Josh” is holding. I just had to connect the line at the bottom of her kimono, color and cut out the present, and adhere it to the image.

I think the hardest part of masking an image is remembering to take the masking tape off before you stamp the image…I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost forgotten!

Other supplies: Copic markers, card stock (Stampin’ UP), snowflake accent (Imaginisce), sentiment stamp (Poppy Stamps), patterned paper (Echo Park), VersaMark watermark ink, white embossing powder, foam tape, sewing machine, opaque white marker, gold gel ink pen.

Here’s our challenge sketch!


Remember, 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, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorieMargoMichelePatStephanie…and our guest designer for March, Hazel!


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!


CCC #14 – Anything Goes!

Happy Sunday, everybody! It’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge, and it’s easy to join in on the fun because this week, “anything goes”!

And, because it’s the first challenge of the month, we’re offering a Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp prize to one lucky entrant!

Here’s my card! I used an image stamp from The Greeting Farm’s “I Heart Sweaters” set, and papers from Basic Grey’s Eskimo Kisses line. The foil snowflake scrap is from SEI’s Berry Melody mini pad. I think the olive and aqua papers are from My Mind’s Eye.


Remember, 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, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorieMargoMichelePatStephanie…and our guest designer for March, Hazel!


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!


Hugs, 

Christmas Card Challenges: Santa Baby!

Happy Sunday! It’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge, and this week we’re inspired by that jolly old elf, Santa Claus!

I combined some cute stamps from Your Next Stamp (from the “Holiday Snow Globe Set“) with a sentiment stamp from aMuse Studio (“Mini Holiday Messages” set) and some papers from Basic Grey’s “Eskimo Kisses” collection to create my card: 


Remember, 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, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorieMargoMichelePatStephanie…and our guest designer Juliane!


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!

CCC Week #11: Scallops

Happy Sunday! It’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge, and this week, we’re inspired by scallops!

I chose to feature Your Next Stamp’s “Winter Smiles Robin” image on my card this week:

Other supplies: paper pad (“Christmas Wish” – My Mind’s Eye), sentiment stamp (“Signature Christmas” – PaperTrey Ink), twine (“Holly” – Trendy Twine), button, foam tape, Spellbinders dies (circle and scalloped circle), Copic markers, opaque white marker, glitter brads (Imaginisce)
Remember, 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, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorieMargoMichelePatStephanie…and our guest designer Juliane!


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!

CCC Week 10 – Gingerbread

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! 
My favorite team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, but my husband’s did, so we’ll be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers today. I would have preferred to see the New Orleans Saints play, but they weren’t as good this year as they’ve been over the last few years. I’m more excited for the commercials and the “Puppy Bowl” at halftime rather than the actual game!
Anyway, it’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge, and this week, we’re inspired by:
I am getting inspired by the “blackboard” look lately, and I thought this tag from American Crafts would be pretty cool to use for my card, along with a gingerbread die from Your Next Stamp.

Remember, 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, JovitaKarenKatieLeesaLorieMargoMichelePatStephanie…and our guest designer Juliane!


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!

CCC Week 9 – Red, White and Brown

It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge! This week, we’re inspiring you with a color combo!

We’re creating cards with red, white and brown…and here’s mine:

Supplies: patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye), image stamp (“Anya Celebrates” – The Greeting Farm), sentiment stamp (My Mind’s Eye), twine (Trendy Twine), wood button, brads, metal die (“Insta Love Die Set” – Your Next Stamp)

Remember, 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!

CCC Week 5 – Paint

Happy Sunday, crafty friends! It’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge, and this week, we’re passionate about paint!
Week #5
I tried something different for my card this week. I used some acrylic paint as ink when stamping my images. 
I thought the images stamped clearer when I stamped on thick card stock instead of solid designer paper. I spread a layer of ink on some scrap card stock, then stamped the images. I made sure to quickly wash off the stamps with some mild soap and water so the paint wouldn’t dry on them.
I heat embossed the sentiment, and once the snowflakes were dry, I cut them out and added some Liquid Pearls to accent them.
Other supplies: designer paper (Carta Bella), twine (Trendy Twine), snowflake stamps (Martha Stewart Crafts), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), decorative frame element (SEI), sentiment stamp (Your Next Stamp).

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 Mel. B.!


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

Christmas Card Challenges Week 4- Jingle Bells

Happy Sunday! It’s the day before Christmas Eve, and it’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge!
This week, we’re doing the “Jingle Bell Rock” for our inspiration:
I have to tell you, it was such a relief when I mailed our last batch of Christmas cards this week. As soon as I put them in the mailbox, it felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders! I am very good at making cards, but I am horrible at sending them…I’m hoping you can relate!
My card for this week features some festive paper by October Afternoon, paired with the ever-lovely “Holiday Emily” from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!

I die-cut the snowflake accent and added a button. I’m sure you’ll notice more felty accents on my cards this year…I’ve grown to love the stuff!
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 Mel. B.!


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

CCC Week #3 – Doilies

Hello crafty friends! It’s time for a new Christmas Card Challenge, and this week, we’re digging DOILIES!

The only doilies I have on hand are heart-shaped ones, but I do have a doily stamp set, so I used it to accentuate the focal image on my card:
Other supplies: twine (Trendy Twine), watermark ink (VersaMark), clear and white embossing powder, glitter tape (American Crafts), doily stamp (My Mind’s Eye), paper (October Afternoon – blue; My Mind’s Eye – red dot), kraft card stock, snowflake accent – Imaginisce, Copic markers.
Except for the doily stamp, the other stamps I used are from Your Next Stamp (snowflake and snowman stamps – Holiday Snow Globe set; sentiment – Winter Smiles Robin set). The little hat topper was created with Liquid Applique.
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 Mel. B.!


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

I’m planning a year in review post for this week…thank you so much for visiting my blog throughout the year…I really do enjoy hearing from you…and I have lots of fun stuff on the horizon for 2013, so stay tuned!

Hugs,

YNS December New Release Blog Hop!

Hi, crafty friends! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp December New Release Blog Hop! You probably arrived here from Peggy‘s blog! In case you get distracted by all of the DT’s fun and fabulous creations, you’ll find the list of all of the blogs in the hop at the bottom of my post!

I’m Suzanne, your hostess for one of the many inspiring projects in today’s hop! I’m so happy you stopped by!

We’re celebrating our December mini release, which features a new stamp collection called “Smiley Happy Critters” by Cory Designs…and a new die collection called YNS Whatnots! ***Warning***…both of these collections are highly addictive, so be sure to start your collection now as we have lots more coming in 2013!

Here’s a peek at both:

 



“Smiley Happy Critters” features four fun characters (Dot the Ladybug, Lizzie the Lizard, Spike the Frog and Pokey the Turtle), along with three accompanying sentiments to bring extra smiles to your creations!

YNS Whatnots Seasons Set One is jam-packed full of small seasonal dies that are awesome for dressing up your cards and tags! Both sets are available NOW in the Your Next Stamp Store

Our hop runs from today until Saturday, December 15th at midnight EST. We have 3 prize packs hidden among the DT’s blogs, and you must comment on all of the blogs to win! The winners will be posted on the Your Next Stamp Blog on Sunday, December 16th.

Today, I’m sharing a card that I made with the YNS Whatnots dies. I used the gingerbread, heart, large flag and snowflake dies on my card. To make the girl’s dress, I used the outline of a punched gingerbread to draw one on some matching paper! The sentiment is from YNS’s “Winter Smiles Robin” cling set.


And it gets even better! We have a Hop Special going on at the YNS Store! Just enter code YNSDEC2012 to receive 15% off your entire order!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Kerri’s amazing blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment here before you go! Thank you so much for stopping by and happy hopping!

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