Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Tree Waterfall Card

 I made this card from a pin/tutorial I found on Pinterest- My Crafts. The card base on mine is 4 in x 5.5 in whereas the card base used in the tutorial is 4.25 in x 5.5 in so my measurements are off a little. I used Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Collection paper for the background paper, the green triangles to make the Christmas tree are from Recollections Christmas Noel Chalk Holiday 8.5 in x 11 in paper, the cream/tan paper is from Recollections Strawberry Cream 8.5 in x 11 in paper, and the bling is from my stash.
 The tree turns upside down when the pull/bottom piece is pulled to reveal the waterfall effect. The Jingle all the way sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts Christmas Clear Stamp set and stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment ink.
I used a circle die to punch out a circle on my card base with my Cricut since I don't have the old fashion ornament die like was used in the tutorial. The circle shows the back side of the patterned paper on the front of the card and I decided to stamp Merry Christmas in the middle with VersaFine ink again. This stamp is also from the Hero Arts Christmas set. I plan on mailing this out to one of my friends soon. I may add some ribbon or twine to the pull piece before I mail it. I still have to make about 5 cards before I'm done with all my cards! I still have a few gifts to buy and then wrap them all as well. Have a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

If you're looking for The North Pole Blog hop, CLICK HERE.

Welcome to the Growing In Unity Blog Hop! You should have arrived from MariLynn's blog- https://mississippi-mcgyver.blogspot.com/?m=1, but if not please start with Denise- https://thecraftyledger.blog/.
 Now for my card. I used Reason for the Season stamp set. The card base is Recollections Value Pack 4 in x 5.5 in. The paper is from Craft Smith Olde Time Christmas 6 in x 6 in paper pad. I colored in each nativity character and gifts from the wise men with various colored pencils. I'll add a note to the inside and mail it soon. I still have a few more Christmas cards to make. I'm trying to make them different this year so it's taking me longer. Have a Merry Christmas! Maria will chose 2 winners and post them on Growing in Unity Facebook page. If you're not a member of the group, I'll let you know if you won. TFL!

Here's the line-up if you get lost:

Friday, December 8, 2017

North Pole Blog Hop

Welcome to

The North Pole
Blog Hop
To the North Pole I'd like to go,
Over fields of ice and snow;
To see Santa dear,
Mrs. Claus and the elves would be
Waiting there for you and me;
Where they make the toys so busily!
Connie Can Crop (http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com) is the beginning of this hop! You should have arrived from SANDY-  https://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/. If you need to start at the beginning head over to (CONNIE http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com)
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented elves.
We have an awesome sponsor for this month!

One lucky winner will win a gift certificate
Be sure to check out the shop online HERE
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 12/13/17 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!
In his wonderful reindeer sleigh,
Santa would whisk us all away;
Flying merrily,
Non stop to the NORTH POLE!!
I made a double easel card. I used a YouTube tutorial from Double Easel Cards. All of my card except for the ink is from the Recollections Christmas Noel line. I used VersaColor Ultimate Pigment Ink 301 Noel- red, gold, and green- on the sweater of the Daddy of the Gingerbread family and the sentiment. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Christmas Clear Stamp set. The gingerbread family is cut from Recollections Kraft cardstock and the die came with the set. I cut the gingerbread family and the dress on the Mom using my Cuttlebug. I also used Stampin' Up Classic Stampin' Pad Old Olive water based die ink on the jumpsuit on the top left Boy gingerbread. I added the stickers- also Recollections Christmas Noel- to hold the bottom easel card open. I drew the faces and bends in the arms/legs on the gingerbread family with GellyRoll Metallic Silver pen. It closes up to fit inside an A2 envelope. I'll write my note on the green paper that can be seen when lifting the top easel card up. I wanted to use another stamp set on a double easel card, but this set that I used was more fitting for this hop. Please come back Sunday to hop along with me in a Growing In Unity hop. It will be me and a few other GIU girls from October and November.

Next head on over to Santa's workshop to visit with (SUE- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/) I'm sure she has something awesome to share!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.
Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Ashley- http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com/
Holli- http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandy- https://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/
Amanda- https://salnclts76.blogspot.com/
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com
Marji- http://fstampaholic.blogspot.com/
Don't forget to join our current challenge
Connie Can Crop Challenge #65
I'm So Fancy (OUR LAST Challenge)
due 11:59 P.M. Saturday, December 30th, 2017
Pacific Time

Thursday, November 30, 2017

You're The Bees Knees

I made this layout for a challenge- SSQ35- with Soul Scrappers, it's a private online chat community. Most of the embellishments were mailed in an envelope from one of the design team members- the stamped jar image, the chipboard flower, the 5 blue enamel dots, the colored swirly paper pieces, the tissue paper, the washi tape, the floral image was black and white, the paint swatch, the foil paper, and the arrow paper clip. We were told to use all of the items and alter the chipboard flower, the black and white floral image, the tissue paper, and the jar. The background paper is Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream Abstract and the title piece is from Pink Paislee Wild Child 12 x 12 Cut Aparts Paper 1- both from Paper Issues. I added the bug stickers in the jar from a RAK from a Facebook group. I colored the jar with Gelly Roll Metallic pen. For the tissue paper I used a Spellbinders cactus die that I cut on my Cuttlebug and then colored it with 2 shades of green Sharpies. I colored the chipboard flower with Sharpies and then glued the enamel dots and swirly paper pieces on each petal. They remind me of quilling. I colored the black and white floral image with Sharpies and used the Gelly Roll Metallic pen on the bee's wings. The picture is of my friend, Laura, sitting on the side of a man made tunnel at Grand Canyon. I decided to make this layout for her since she has challenged me to overcome my fears and has taught me a lot. I'm slowly overcoming my fears. I decided to put the foil paper and the paint swatch behind the picture as a photo mat. We were to alter to the paint swatch, too, so I cut it in half. I used a black Sharpie to write the title- You're The Bees Knees.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Merry Christmas

I used the sketch above from Paper Craft Crew to make the following card.
The card base is Recollections Value Pack 4" x 5.5". The washi tape down the spine is American Crafts Christmas. I used a circle die from a Chinese circle die set and Recollections Bright and Jolly  Paper Pad that I cut using my Cricut Cuttlebug. The green strip is from my stash. The sentiment- Merry Christmas stamp I borrowed from a friend and stamped it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink on typing paper. The candy cane sticker is from Recollections Christmas Noel sticker set. I decided to add the poinsettia instead of trying the swirl design.  I fussy cut the poinsettia out of Pebbles Home For Christmas Paper Pad. This is probably one of the most CAS (Clean And Simple) cards I have made! You have until Tuesday, November 21 to play along with the sketch! I must say I messed up on my first card, but as you can see I didn't give up! :) TFL!

A Year of Card Techniques November Masking Magic Blog Hop

Welcome to

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
Our amazing sponsor this month is Jodie Park of Close to My Heart

Please take a moment to check out her store here.
And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until December 14, 2017, to claim their prize.
You should have arrived here from Wilma-- https://stampintotheoldies.blogspot.ca/2017/11/masking.html  .  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
Before I tell you the details of my card, I must share the tutorial I followed- Splitcoaststampers.

My card base is Recollections Value Pack 4"x 5.5". I used Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Twisted Citron, I was given the round dauber from the Expo I attended in Mesa shown in the pic, and here's the kicker as to what I used as my sponge- 1 Equate Cotton Round that's supposed to be used for first aid and beauty. I won the ink at the Expo and learned that we could use make-up sponges on the daubers, because the dauber has Velcro at the bottom. The only sponges I could find had Vitamin E in them and I wasn't sure if that would mess up my ink. I did order some daubers this week from Heartfelt Creations and was hoping I would get them in the mail on time for the hop, but as I type this they are on the way and are due to arrive Friday, today, the day of the hop. :( I'm glad my back-up plan worked! The only difference I did with my card than the tutorial is I didn't put the negative paper that I used to cut the die with back on the paper. I used the third largest (the third to largest) of the Chinese circle die set to make the circle that I cut using my Cricut Cuttlebug. The Christmas tree stamp is from Hampton Art Happy Holidays Stamp and Die Set. I stamped it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and colored it in with Staedtler Colored Pencils. The tag and bling are from a Christmas in July pocket letter swap. I was looking for ribbon, but found this pocket letter. It's a good thing, because I also made some Christmas tags with some ornament dies from the same pocket letter. The twine is Trendy Twine Candy Cane. I cut a slit just beyond the spine of the card and inserted it twice around the card and tied it on the inside. Oh, I almost forgot my sentiment- Merry Christmas. It is from Hero Arts Christmas Clear Stamp set and I used Ranger ink to stamp it.  I will be mailing this card out to someone this Christmas. I'm trying to make a few at a time and then will mail them. I need to start making a list so I know when to stop! :)
Now you’re off to visit with Jodie-- https://stampin-jodie.blogspot.ca/2017/11/a-year-of-card-techniques-november-2017.html . Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of the hop!
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Growing In Unity Winners

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog last week! The winners that I chose that will each receive 25 random stamps from Unity are:

Lisa Marie
Carol Mclendon

Please e-mail your home mailing information to me at nclights7 at gmail dot com and I will then send your information on to Unity. Congrats ladies and thanks again!