Friday, October 28, 2016

Christmas Vest

Another card along the sweater and stocking theme is this one which is using a template using a vest. I really am enjoying the Freebie templates at Stamp TV and making great  use of them along with the wonderful Stamp TV set called Nordic Winter illustrated by Claire Brennan.

I chose to use mainly Ivory, Christmas Pine and Kraft card stock from Gina K. Designs. I also used the Christmas Pine, Black and Red Velvet inks from Gina K. Designs.

I computer printed the vest template onto Ivory card stock and then proceeded to stamp my design on the vest. Once that was done I fussy cut it out and pieced it over the bottom template. I finished the vest by adding some light brown lines around the bottom, neck and sleeves. I then laid this aside while I made my background design.

The background was done with black ink and I stamped the design onto the kraft paper. The card base is of Christmas Pine card stock and onto that base I added the kraft panel. But before I layered it I took some ribbon from the Christmas Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon and placed that on the left hand side.

I also added a kraft panel inside the card to which I stamped the same border design along the bottom. Kraft is light enough so that the black ink shows well and I love using Kraft on card designs all year long.

Well, this will be entered in the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV. In that challenge we were to use just a pop of red. So my red reindeer design on the vest should make it a qualifying entry.

Well, our sun they said we were to see today so far has not appeared. And, that is bad news for anyone wanting to combine corn. We are in a crunch time frame here too as there are only a few days before hubby has to have his cataract surgery and that means he can't get into a dusty situation and combining is certainly that type of situation. Hopefully, he will be able to finish it before as I know that would be a big relief to both of us.

Well, have a great weekend. It is hard to believe another week has just sped by again. Thanks for always leaving such wonderful comments too. I love them.

God bless,

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Treat Bag

My biggest problem with making Halloween Treat bags is that I have to sample the treats while doing so. But I sure enjoyed the treats along with the making of this easy and simple design.

I simply took a sandwich bag and cut off the top and added the treats. Then with Cheery Lynn Designs oval dies I made the topper base with orange card stock layered onto black. Using my Scor Pal I embossed down the middle and folded it over. I stamped the  sentiment on the orange layer with Gina K. Designs black ink. Next I stamped the cat in the moon image onto white card stock with the black ink and colored it in with my Bic Mark-It pens. After fussy cutting out the moon/cat image I added it to the topper. All that was left to do then was to staple it on the treat bag.

Couldn't be easier. And, with limited time these days I am glad it did not take so long.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
XM-7 Oval Classic
XM-9 Oval Inverted Scallop

Stamp set used:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Plate 00-335P4-HALLOWEEN-RIP

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Halloween Fun
Scrapy Land Blog Challenge #52-Halloween

I will spend part of Halloween Day getting a mammogram. I want to remind all of you that this is very important to do even it may not be the most pleasant thing. So check those girls out ladies!

Thanks for stopping in and hope your day is going well.

God bless,

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Christmas Stocking

I made another clean and simple card using the freebie templates from Claire Brennan which are available at the Stamp TV site. This time I chose to use the stocking template and I used the PDF form to make mine. Simply download the templates to your computer and print them out. I also used the Gina K. Designs Nordic Winter set which is illustrated by Claire. Also on the print out is a pattern for a vest which I might choose to use for another card some time.

The colors I used were Christmas Pine and Red Velvet ink from Gina K. Designs. I also used Christmas Pine and Ivory card stock from Gina K. Designs. The toe, heel and upper part of the stocking were colored with Bic Mark-It pens. Inside the card I added the Ivory panel on which I stamped the border design in the green. I used a brad to fasten the stocking to the sentiment panel.

I sure hope whoever gets this card will hang their stocking up so that Santa can fill it too. I think this is a really cute template and I thank Claire so much for being so gracious as to give the members of Stamp TV this little freebie. I know I am enjoying it very much.

Well, I hope your Sunday went well. I started my day out at church and then this afternoon I was busy writing cards to people and tracking down addresses. But I finally got that task done and that was when I decided to make this card. I really had fun too so my Sunday was a great one.

Thanks for looking and for the wonderful comments.

God bless,

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Reindeer Sweater

Today I again worked with the free sweater template that Claire Brennan so nicely added to the Freebies section on Stamp TV in SVG and PDF forms. I am a PDF user so it involved some fussy cutting on my part but I just love the wonderful sweater designs one can make using the Gina K. Designs Nordic Winter set illustrated by Claire Brennan. For my card I also used a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Warm Woolen Mittens set by Rebecca Oehlers. The Warm Woolen Mittens set is no longer available as it is retired.

The sweater design was stamped with Gina K. Designs Red Velvet ink. I think that is the prettiest red ink I have seen in a long time. I had to find a similar color to do the bands on the sweater at the collar and the cuff so I went this time to my Zig water color markers. And over the top of the water color inks I made a ribbed look with an extra fine point Bic Mark-It red pen. I thought about leaving the cuffs and collar white but had no idea how to make the ribs in them so I stuck with the red.

This time I chose to use some plaid pattern paper which reminded me of flannel. I figured it would fit in with the warm wishes design. This  paper is from the Stampin' Up! Warmth & Cheer Designer papers. This pattern paper was added to the Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card stock card base and then over that I added the sweater and the sentiment by popping them up with Zots.

I finished the card by adding a white panel inside on which I had stamped the stitched heart design all along the bottom.

I am entering this in the Double D's Blog Challenge in which they ask people to use plaid in their projects. I think this will qualify.

Well that was a fun project again and it really doesn't take so long once you figure out how to do the design. I remember seeing deer on a lot of Nordic styled sweaters in the past so I figured I would make one on this sweater too. Sure wish I could crochet or knit ones like this for real, but for now this is the way I will make mine.

Well, I hope your Saturday is going well. Thanks for stopping in and for all your wonderful comments.

God bless,

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sweater Christmas Card

Claire Brennan who is a designer for Gina K. Designs made this wonderful Nordic Winter set and also on Stamp TV gave a freebie template for making a sweater. She made it in Pdf and also in an SVG cut file so no matter who you are if you have a printer you can do it. I am in the Pdf category and so therefore I had to fussy cut the sweater myself. Just check out the Freebies section and it should be there and if not, will be soon. This will be about as close I will ever get to making a sweater as I don't knit and what little crocheting I did know I have already forgotten.

I used a Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card base and also stamped the saying in the Red Velvet ink before I embossed the white panel with a Stampin' Up! embossing folder which is made by Sizzix. It is called Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions. I am telling you that is one thick folder and I had to crank my Crossover way to No. 18 in order to run it through but as you can see it sure makes for a lovely embossed design. The sentiment is one from the Gina K. Designs Holly Jolly stamp set which is a freebie incentive with a qualifying order.

The sweater design was stamped with Turquoise Sea ink and then it was pieced onto the base sweater image. I found a Bic Mark-It pen which was a close match to that color of ink and I hand drew the collar and cuffs for the sweater. I am not too proficient in drawing but this seemed to be a pretty simple task even for me. LOL Once I had it cut out I popped it up with Zots over the embossed background.

I added a white panel inside the card too, but  before I did that I stamped a row of that pretty pattern along the bottom of it.

This was an all afternoon project and I was not totally sure how to do it but my first attempt seems to not look too bad. At least it is one template I will use again I am sure.

The sun was supposed to shine but it pretty much eluded us all day. Of course, last night as I looked out the window I could see stars. Then a little while into about the 9 o'clock hour this morning it clouded up again.  And, that wind sure does make it feel cold. Brrrr! I hate to think of winter. I already ache with the changing of the seasons. So I hope once we get into one weather pattern instead of this up and down one I will not have so many aches and pains.

Well, thanks for looking at my sweater card and for the lovely comments you always leave.

God bless,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

More Frosty The Snowman

I stamped out several of the images from the Heartfelt Creations Frolicking Frosty stamp set and this afternoon I made another card. This time I used the whole image with this particular Frosty. And, I love how this one looks too.

Now you have to admit that is one cute snowman. I can see him greeting all the people as they pass by. And, he is ready to decorate the tree too it seems.

I stamped him first on white card stock and then colored him in with my Bic Mark-It pens. It seems lately I am always grabbing those markers as I love how they color. I also sponged on some blue for the sky and a little bit of shadow below Frosty in the snow line.

This focal panel was then ready to add to a couple layers of card stock which were die cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border dies. For those layers I chose colors that sort of complimented the colors of some the ornaments. Once all was layered I added it to the white card base.

I also stamped some of the Heartfelt Creations snowflakes from the Snow Kissed Spruce set inside the card. And, on the outside of the card I added snowflakes from the Fri-Dies Funky Flakes set to which I painted on Wink of Stella. I also added a iridescent rhinestone gem to each. Those gems reflect back in the colors on the card.

The final step was to add some Wink of Stella to Frosty and also to the snow and ornaments. I know it is hard to see in the other photos but I am hoping this last photo will show a bit of the sparkle.

Well, I could not find a challenge that this would work for today so this is just another one I am doing for the fun of it.

Oh, and on a side note today is me and my hubby's 47th wedding anniversary. I don't think we will celebrate today unless it should rain. It is corn harvest season. I learned as a new bride early on that farming would always come before any celebration. In fact, we cut our honeymoon to the Black Hills short by two days so he could get back home to do the corn harvest. But we will eventually get it in and have a meal out. But my sweetie did remember me with a card and we shared a few kisses too before he went outside to do his farming thing!

Well, it has been dreary all day but so far not rained. We had thought the forecast said for sunshine but it eluded us all day long. Now it is almost 6 o'clock in the evening and the temps are falling once again. I guess it is time for me to see what I can burn for supper. LOL Have a good night everyone and thanks for the lovely comments you leave me always.

God bless,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Frosty the Snowman

I indulged in some fun today and worked with my Heartfelt Creations sets I had purchased shortly before I had surgery and never got to work with them until now. I really like the cute snowman stamps, trees and dies that go with them. For this card I chose to just die cut the snowman out and not use the whole stamp image. That is what is nice about this set. It is very versatile.

I first took a white card base and sponged on the blue for my sky and used a mask to create a snowline. Then I stamped the trees on using my MISTI so that I got great impressions.

I stamped the snowman image but since I only wanted the snowman himself, I die cut him out from the design. Then I colored him in. He was then popped up on the card so as to give him a bit more dimension.

I also added some snowflakes on the outside of the card and inside. And, the sentiment is taken from the Heartfelt Creations Holly Berry set as it was the only Heartfelt Creations sentiment I had for a Christmas card. And, I think it works wonderfully.

I colored the snowman in with my Bic Mark-It pens. And, the blue sky that I sponged on the base card was Gina K. Designs dye ink.

Heartfelt Creations stamp sets used:
Holly Berry Set
Frolicking Frosty
Snow Kissed Spruce

Heartfelt Creations Die Set:
Frolicking Frosty and Spruce

This was a "just for fun" card and I am not entering it in any challenge. I got three different cards done with the set so far and will no doubt be making more too! I don't get much accomplished though with us working on the corn harvest too. So any chance I get I try to get a card or two done.

Thanks for looking and hope you are having a wonderful evening.

God bless,