Monday, January 15, 2018

Christmas CRAFTS All Year Round Mid-Month Inspiration

You read that correctly, the CCAYR blog has been retitled to Christmas CRAFTS All Year Round, so now you can feel free to share with us ANY Christmas-related craft you make for the season!  I know I am looking forward to seeing all of your creations over the coming months!  :)  For my own uses, I need a lot of Christmas cards, so that is probably what you will mostly see from me.

Now this month, Deanne wanted to see "Thank You" cards with a Christmas theme, of course.  This is a type of card I really don't use, but for now, here it is:

There is lots of sparkle on this card.  I covered the base with a piece of ink-jet printable glitter card stock, which is really nice because it doesn't seem to rub off much.  And if that weren't enough, I used Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen on the word "thanks"(Honey Bee Stamps), which I stamped using Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles Distress ink.  I also used Pine Needles to ink the edges of the designer paper.  The designer paper comes from the "Mistletoe and Holly" 12x12 pad from Love, Nicole.   For the die cutting, I used Spellbinders Labels One and Scalloped Labels One.  The green scalloped layer is simply the other side of the designer paper.  I love pads like this, so I know I will always have colored card stock to match the patterned paper!


The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #37:  ATG or optional "touch of frost" theme
The Merry Christmas Challenge #2:  ATG, or optional "wisemen" theme
CHNC #368:  ATG or optional "feature a creature" theme
Happy Little Stampers:  ATG with Dies
Happy Little Stampers Christmas:  ATG or optional "CAS" theme
LTSCB #105:  ATG
MIUCB #9:  ATG or optional "masking" theme
Simon Says Wednesday:  Use patterned paper
Fussy and Fancy #203:  Distress it

Thanks for stopping by today, and if you haven't already, please check out all the gorgeousness at the CCAYR blog, made by both the DT and all the participants!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A new DT post for today!

Howdy bloggers!  I'm here with a DT post for a new (to me!) design team... I am now a member of the Sasayaki Glitter Inspiration team!  Here is a card to "inspire" you, using Valentine Elly.

This card marks my first attempt at water coloring with my newly acquired Zig markers.  I pictured it turning out better in my head...I only water colored Elly, the heart on the pot, and the tall pink flower.  After that, I just colored with the markers.  I think the inferior quality of the paper is the issue.  I promise I will do better next time!


The Outlawz Festive Friday:  Winter Holiday
LTCCB #18:  January ATG
Happy Little Stampers:  January ATG with dies
LTSCB #105:  ATG
Tuesday Throwdown #374:  Layer it up
Simon Wednesday:  Something New (Darice die is new)
A Gem of a Challenge:  Happy Anything (Valentine's Day here!)

Well, I think that's it!  Thanks for stopping by today, and stay crafty!  

God Bless,


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Just a regular post...

Hi guys!  Just stopping in today to share another Christmas card for the stash this year:

I love this image!  It is part of the Snowman Set 02 from Bugaboo.  This is the same set that the card from my previous post comes from.  I said there that when Jodie released this set, I knew I had to have it, and this image is why!  Such a sweet image, I think it would even work for a Valentine's card in a few months!  This is colored with alcohol markers in traditional Christmas colors.  The designer paper comes from the Season's Greetings 6x6 paper pad from Love, Nicole.  The red cardstock scalloped circles come from a Recollections red paper collection.  The edges of my white card base were distressed with Candied Apple Oxide Ink.


12 Months of Christmas Link Up #36:  ATG or optional "Christmas cupcakes" theme
Sparkles Christmas #83:  Snowman/men
Animal Friends #57:  ATG with an animal
Happy Little Stampers:  ATG with dies (I used Spellbinders)
Love to Scrap #104:  Winter Wonderland
Tuesday Throwdown #371:  Christmas Scene
A Gem of a Challenge #209:  ATG Christmas
Christmas Card Throwdown:  Pick a previous challenge from 2012 or 2013 (I picked the June 2012 theme challenge of snowmen)
Di's Digi Design challenge:  Winter Holidays
Jingle Belles:  2017 Holiday Wrap Up
Outlawz Paper A La Mode:  Christmas card
Muse Christmas Visions #90:  ATG Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas:  ATG or optional "stencils" theme

*Whew*, I'd better get to linking up to all these challenges!  Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!


Friday, December 1, 2017

CHNC Extra December DT Post

Howdy everybody!  I am here to share my card for the CHNC Extra DT post for December:

 As usual, our images are provided by Bugaboo, and this one is part of the Snowman Set 02SO CUTE!  When Jodie released this set, I KNEW I had to have it.  I cannot resist adorable snowmen!  It looks like Snowy and his little bird buddy are discussing something important, doesn't it?

Well, I've tried to avoid it, but I have some bad news for you.  This will be the last challenge at CHNC Extra.  Hazel has decided to close up shop for personal reasons, which she explains in the CHNC Extra blog post.  Don't worry though, she isn't disappearing altogether; she will still be doing her weekly challenge that is also anything goes Christmas.  You can find that here.  She is also on a few design teams out there in blogland, so she will still be around.  I have enjoyed my time being on her team, and I will surely be participating in her weekly challenge when I can!


12 Months of Christmas Link Up #36:  ATG or optional "Christmas cupcakes" theme
Sparkles Christmas #83:  Snowman/men
Love to Scrap #104:  Winter Wonderland
Di's Digi Challenge:  Winter Holidays
Jingle Belles:  Holiday Wrap-Up

Thanks for stopping by, and take care. 

God Bless!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Cuties Style!

That's right, bloggers, the guy in the red suit with the long white beard is on his way in less than a month!!!  It hardly seems possible to me that 2017 is almost over.  It will soon be time to start on next year's Christmas card stash!  LOL!
But before we get too far into the future, let's stop a minute and check out what I made for the current challenge over at the Christmas With The Cuties blog:
Let me tell you, this card did not turn out how I wanted it to!  My original plan was to have the stamped HO HO HO! all the way across the background, but I got so far with it, and then mis-stamped it.  Even using my MISTI.  Bummer.  So I decided to cover up the majority of the bottom (I had a couple of smears to cover up too), with a piece of Swiss Dots embossed red card stock.  On top of that, I added a piece of plain green cs to the border between the red and the HO HO HO!'s, which made a perfect place for my sentiment.  The HO HO HO! sentiment and the Santa come from a Hampton Art stamp and die set from Michael's.  I picked up a bunch of different sets like this last year, and this is the first I have used one of them.  Bad, huh?  My main sentiment, by Memento, was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black, and I attempted to clear heat emboss it, as I had done with Santa, but for some reason it didn't take.  Another boo-boo, but this one I didn't fix or cover up.  I gave Santa some sparkle for his hat with Diamond Stickles.
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #35:  ATG or optional "Star Struck" theme
Sweet Stampers #14:  Christmas
Mix It Up #7:  ATG or optional "stenciling" twist
Winter Wonderland:  Traditional Christmas colors-- red and green
CHNC #361:  ATG or optional "use doilies" theme
Christmas Card Challenges #26 (their final challenge):  ATG or optional "candy cane" theme
Sweet Stampin':  Use your favorite Christmas color (green)
Well, I guess that will be all for tonight.  Time for this chickie to go to bed...after I do all this linking up, of course!  Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Christmas card for a special boy...

Hello bloggers!  I'm back again tonight to quickly share a card I made for Jacob Thompson.  In case you haven't already heard about him, he is a nine-year-old boy who is dying of cancer.  The article I read says that he may not live until Christmas, so he wanted Christmas cards to be sent to him from all over.  My MIL said that she heard he loves penguins, so that is the direction I took with this card:
I used the penguins and the larger Santa hat from Toboggan Together, and the smaller hat from Cheery Christmas, all from Lawn Fawn of course.  The igloo is a cut file I purchased from the Silhouette store.  I inked the outer edge of the main body of the igloo, and also each ice brick with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  I inlaid all the bricks back into their places either with Tombow glue or clear dimensional Scotch adhesive squares.  The penguins are also popped up with Scotch foam tape.  I glued all of this to a blue "outline" of the igloo shape that is glued to an identical piece to make a card.  I stamped "Merry Christmas" from Toboggan Together using the same ink on the inside, as well as some snowflakes from the set.  I hope this card will help to brighten his day when he receives it!
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #35:  ATG or optional "Star Struck" theme
Merry Monday #265:  Outdoor Activities
CHNC #359:  ATG or optional "reindeer" theme
Cute Card Thursday #504:  Birds/animals
That's all for tonight.  Thanks for stopping by, and if you can, please send Jacob a Christmas card!  You can find his address on the web if you just type his name in.  Night all!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CCAYR mid-November 2017 DT post

Hey everybody!  How's it going?  Things are mostly OK here.  I am a little bit unsettled, as my current job will be ending December 22.  Depending on the workflow, it could be sooner than that.  I have interviewed for another job in the same field, but have yet to hear anything one way or the other.  I am supposed to hear this's been a nerve-wracking week!  On a good note, tomorrow we are having a company-sponsored Thanksgiving dinner at work, so that is something to look forward to!  I haven't worked at this place for very long (3 years), but I will miss the friends I have made when the time comes to leave. 
Anyway, on to happier is your Christmas card stash coming along?  I think mine is looking pretty good, but I gotta keep adding on...Christmas will roll around again next year!  LOL!  So, here is the latest card for my stash, which I made for the Christmas Cards All Year Round mid-month inspiration post:
The theme for this month was Candies, Cookies or Gingerbread, and I had a plethora of images I could have chosen from my collection of digis, stamps, and cut files.  I decided on a print and cut Silhouette file, which printed out with lines on it?!  I tried to print it again, but it was worse, so I used this one.  For the rest of the card, I used a piece of green glitter card stock to cover the card front, a smaller piece of designer paper from the DCWV Mrs. Claus's Kitchen stack, and the 2 fishtail banners are also from that stack.  Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink was used to ink the edges of the image panel while still in the Spellbinder's die, to get that nice white border.  I will save a sentiment for the inside on this one.
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG with patterned paper
Sweet Stampers #14:  Christmas
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #35:  ATG or optional "Star Struck" theme
CHNC #359:  ATG or optional "reindeer" theme
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you all have a blessed day!
Take care,