Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Project Bin - Luke 2

I love Christmas! I love the giving, the twinkling lights, the spirit of joy. Most of all, I love the true meaning of Christmas!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 
which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

I want to thank Denise of The Project Bin stamps for creating/marketing a beautiful stamp set that reflects the words of the Christmas story from the Bible - Luke 2. Denise this truly is a fantastic stamp set. THANK YOU!

I chose to use rich/dark papers plus some Kraft CS 
to give my card a more natural look.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: The Project Bin Luke 2 stamped with Gina K Black Onyx Ink

Papers: Recollections Green, Kraft, and 110# Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: SU Ribbon and a Button from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Magic and Wonder of Winter

I have a ton of embossing folders... and they seldom get used. So it is really kind of silly that I had to buy another one. But I did.

I was in the store and I saw one of the 3-D embossing folders by Sizzix... I'd heard about them, but hadn't seen one before. I just had to get it and try it out. I am so glad I did.

Look at the depth/detail of the 3-D effect:

I also used embossing (wet) for the sentiment.

And it's perfect for the theme of the new Craftahoics R Us Challenge...

December 13 - 19
Theme: Embossing

I hope you'll participate!

Here's the inside of my card:

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Darcie's sentiment stamped with Versafine Ink and embossed with SU Black Embossing Powder

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Metallic Gold CS

Embossing Folder: Sizzix 3-D Winter Snowflakes Textured Impressions

Embellishments: Recollections Glitter Paint (I spread it all over the embossed piece and around the edges on the white CS inside the card) and Brads and Washi Tape from unknown vendors

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Trying Something New with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

As soon as I saw the St Basil Cathedral die in the new release at Frantic Stamper, I knew it needed to have some metallic elements. After all, it's a Russian cathedral, rich, elegant. True, the real St. Basil Cathedral is colorful with lots of bright elements, but I still think of richness that only metallics can bring. So that's what I went with.

I'd never done this technique before, but it was easy and fun to do.

I first cut the cathedral out with black cardstock. Then, using my finger, I randomly smeared three different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mouse on it (Indian Gold, Mother of Pearl, and Pure Platinum), completely covering it when I'd finished.

Frantic Stamper Products Used:

Here's a close up of the cathedral:

Here's the inside of my card:

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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision DieSt Basil Cathedral #FRA-DIE-10375

Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp SetHellos Around the World #FRA-CL-083 stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and SU Gold CS and DP from the DCWV Travel Paper Pad and scraps from my scrap file

Embellishments: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Nuvo Glimmer Paste, and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Monday, December 11, 2017

The London Eye

There's a 2-die set in the December Frantic Stamper release called London Landmarks #FRA-DIE-10365. It includes Big Ben and the London Eye.

Big Ben is a 16-story high clock tower.

The London Eye (which is featured on my card) is a huge observation wheel that gives passengers a bird's eye view of the city's landmarks. When it opened (in 2000, I believe) it was the world's tallest ferris wheel, standing 443 feet tall.

While I've never been to London, both Big Ben and the London Eye sound like they would be amazing sights to see.

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies

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Supplies Used

Frantic Stamper Precision Dies: Base Paper Doll Body #FRA-DIE-10361 and London Landmarks #FRA-DIE-10365

Papers: Recollections Black and Ivory CS and all other papers from my scrap file

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Puppy Kisses

There's a new challenge at International Art & Soul... and it's going to be an  extra-SPECIAL and extra-LONG one. It's going to last a month, which will give you plenty of time to play along. And it's going to be all sparkly because the theme is... SPARKLE!

I am always disappointed when I try to photograph a card that sparkles because my poor photography skills just do not capture the sparkle. This time is no exception. So let me tell you about the sparkle.

1. The edges of the green ribbon in the corner are sparkly silver.

2. The snowflake brad is a sparkly glittery one.

3. The designer paper has touches of sparkle to it (some of the stars).

4. I used a Zig Wink of Stella Marker to color Santa's belt buckle.

5. I added touches of Stickles Glitter Glue to the image.

So, yes, my card sparkles!

I hope you'll get your sparkle stuff out and play along, too!

December 10 - January 6
Theme: Lots of Sparkle

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Supplies Used

Stamp: Gerda Steiner Puppy Kisses for Santa stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Colored with Copic Markers and a Zig Wink of Stella Marker

Papers: Recollections Black, Red, and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Blue and Ribbon and a Snowflake-Shaped Brad from unknown vendors

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hey Foxy

The Three Musketeers have a super fun image to work with this month - Kelly picked it out and sent it to Barb and me. It's called Fox Friend and is manufactured by Stampendous Such a cute cute winter scene.

And look... the stocking is hung, waiting for Santa's arrival. Hmmm.... wonder what Santa will leave the snowman and fox for Christmas? I wonder what he will leave me??? (My husband would probably say I'll be getting coal this year.)

Kelly asked Barb and I to say what we'd love to find in our stocking this year. That's a tough question for me... but I did mention to my personal "Santa" just last week that I'd love to have some honey in my stocking. Do you think he'll bring me any?

Time will tell.

Kelly, thank you for making this a fun month of musketeering! (Is that even a word?!?!?)

Now I'm going to head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what they did with the Fox Friend image... and to see what they are hoping for in their stockings, too. I hope you'll head to their blogs, too.

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Supplies Used

Image (provided by Kelly): Stampendous Fox Friend - I colored it with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, Red and White CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue and Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cherish What's Important

So, is everyone ready for Christmas? I've worked all week, it seems. Gathering the many packages that have arrived (gifts I ordered) and wrapping them. Finishing the decorations. Preparing for a Christmas Party we're hosting for about 40 people tomorrow. Etc.

And... I've loved it all! Not surprising, because I love Christmas.

That being said, I haven't made very many cards this week. Only 10. But that's okay. It's been a GREAT week!

Today's card was inspired by Chapter 49 of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.

On Your To-Do List,
It's a Good Idea
to Put People First

Laura, a mother of two young children, often found herself too busy. The To Do list included many things - scouting meetings, chaperoning field trips, shuttling children from one school activity to another, assisting with homework, and on and on. It was often difficult to juggle everything that needed to get accomplished... and adding just one more item to an already bulging To Do List could be "fatal".

Such is what happened one day when the delicate balance of life careened into disaster. At 4:30 she was frantically trying to get to the next thing on the list - rushing her daughter into her coat without really listening to a word her daughter was saying. Then... THEN... she remembered that the items on the list were not nearly important as the daughter she was in essence ignoring. So she stopped. Stopped and looked deeply into her daughter's eyes, apologizing for not listening. She asked her daughter to tell her again and this time she listened.

Then she turned to her son and asked him to tell her about his day and she listened to him, too.

Granted, they were 5 minutes late arriving at the next destination. But Laura also realized that she was happier in that moment than she'd been all day. Why? Because she'd connected to the most precious people in her life.

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Supplies Used

Stamp Sets: CTMH Cherish the Moment and Taylored Expressions Tick Tock stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and Cream CS, Teresa Collins Freestyle Clocks DP and scraps from my scrap file

Embellishment: SU Ribbon