Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Cards and Tags: Reverse Confetti Sketch #30, Bring on the Christmas

I was feeling sketchy today (ha, ha), so I decided to play along with Reverse Confetti's November Sketch For You to Try.  I only recently discovered Reverse Confetti, but it was easy to become an instant fan.

Here's the card I came up with using their supplies:

I used two Reverse Confetti garland dies on this: the Double Scallop Garland and the Circle Garland.  I flipped the Circle Garland vertically and cut it into small sections from which I hung my stockings.  I also cut some circles free and used them in the upper left corner as embellishments.

I did a Distress Ink-smudge/water droplet technique for the background and added the sentiment that I made with words from Reverse Confetti's Winter Word Coordinates stamp set.  The stockings are from Reverse Confetti's Jolly Holiday set. The rest of it is rounded out with my two current favorite Washi tapes from Doodlebug: Christmas Candy Stripe and Deck the Halls.

This was a fun sketch to play along with and I appreciated the "creative nudge" it provided!

Monday, November 16, 2015

My Cards and Tags:Giving Thanks Cards Using Stamps from Concord & 9th and Reverse Confetti
Happy Thanksgiving season to you and yours!  The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is celebrating with the theme of Giving Thanks.  A friend of mine has a great Thanksgiving tradition in which she writes thank you notes to her friends expressing her gratitude for them in her life.  I thought this was a brilliant idea, so I made three gratitude cards of my own:

I made the background by smudging Distress Ink on with sponges, then dripping water onto the ink.  I let the water sit and spread for a few minutes, then I soaked the water back up with a paper towel, leaving only the "puddle edges" and white spots behind.

For this card, I used a sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Forever Fall set.  The teal scribbly circles are made with Concord & 9th's Love You Mean It stamp set and the leaves are all cut with Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die.  I used various patterned papers for the leaves and this one is from Prima's Garden Fable line.

This card was made with the sentiment portion of the previously-mentioned stamp set from Concord & 9th titled, Love You Mean It.  The patterned paper on the leaf is from Simple Stories' Pumpkin Spice collection and I added a stamped heart.

It was back to Reverse Confetti's Forever Fall set for the sentiment on this last card.  The patterned paper on this leaf is from Prima's Bella Rouge collection.

These were so fun to make and quite easy once I had a vision and then the system down.  To make all of my cards, I used these products that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

There is a lot to be grateful for and I can't wait to see what you come up with for this week's theme.  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp Store.

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Cards and Tags: Cards Using Neat and Tangled's Hoop Die
Another week and another great challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  This week's theme made me think harder than usual: it's to create something beginning with the letter N.  Visions of nerds and nests and numbers came to mind, but in the end I landed on a couple of needlepoint-themed cards using Neat and Tangled's hoop die.

I have to admit that I don't know a crochet needle from a knitting needle, though I could rock a latch-hook project back in junior high (remember latch-hook stuff)?  But my mom is the most skilled needle-wielder I've ever met.  She does needlepoint and cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery, crocheting, sewing (the real kind, not my version) and recently took up hardanger (which I had to look up online when she requested hardanger supplies for her birthday).  She's amazing and has kept me in stylin' sweaters and cool Halloween costumes for years and years and has stocked my house with great artwork, pillows, bedding, dish towels and pot holders.  So these cards with their embroidery hoop frames are a tribute to her awesomeness.

This one is made from paper with some flowers from Avery Elle's Fabulous Florals.  The sentiment is from a new set I really like by Concord & 9th called, "Love You Mean It."  I smudged on Distress Ink and added a scribble die and some pennant flags.

This one is made from fabric scraps and the bird images are from Technique Tuesday's Chickadees stamp set.

I enjoyed making these projects and used the following products from Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what your clever minds come up with for things that begin with the letter N.  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store!