Christmas Blessings


Today's card was inspired by a Christmas tree I saw recently in a catalog.  The entire tree was decorated in cream and gold.  It was truly stunning.  I took that idea to my stamp room and started creating.   Where do you find inspiration for your cards?

Stamps:  More Merry Messages (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds & button (SU!)  Seasonal Sentiment Die (Wp9), Gold Embossing Powder, Twine (PTI)

CASE Study Challenge #119

Today is my last challenge as Guest Designer at CASE Study :(  It was such an honor to design with such wonderfully talented stampers.  A BIG thank you to Chupa and the rest of the design team for asking me to join them!!!

Here is our inspiration by the November Muse Angeline:


And my take on her card...


I really loved Angeline's twine lollipop.  Isn't is so adorable?!  I loved the rainbow effect and used that as inspiration for my card.  I couldn't resist adding some bakers twine too!

Thanks for coming by :)

Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Guiding Light Sentiments (Wplus9 Design)
Ink:  Bashful Blue (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Read, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi (SU)
Accessories:  Rainbow Die (lil Inker) Corner Rounder

Simplifying a Sketch

This weeks sketch challenge at StampNation was a tough one for me!  You all know I am a Clean & Simple stamper through and through, right?!  Well, look at the sketch and you'll know why I struggled.



The sketch above is based on a card Catherine made a few months ago.  Her card was amazing, but I just couldn't figure out how to incorporate so many layers!!  After throwing away about three attempts, I took a step back and re-evaluated the sketch.  I decided to replace the background layers with stamped images, which allowed me to create a somewhat CAS card.  That made me happy :)


If you want more tips on how to create CAS cards, join StampNation!!!  We have a forum dedicated to Clean and Simple Stamping.  You'll learn about White Space, Balance, One Layer Cards and SO much more!!!

I hope to see you there :)

Stamps:  Snowflake Soiree (SU), Winter Penguin & Christmas Poinsettia (PTI)
Ink:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red (SU!)
Accessories:  Label Layers 4 die (Wp9), Winter Penguin (PTI), Bakers Twine (SU!)

Snow Flurries


There's a new CAS challenge blog in town, Addicted to CAS!!  How exciting is that?!!!
The first challenge...

To make my card I stamped some of the snowflake images from Folk Art Flurries in white ink.  Then I added some sponging to the edges of my card.  I added a die cut sentiment, a rhinestone and some bakers twine to finish off this CAS card.

Stamps:  Folk Art Flurries (Wplus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Fresh Snow (PTI)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories:  Seasonal Sentiment dies (Wp9), Bakers Twine (SU!), Rhinestone
 

CASE Study Challenge #118 & Happy Thanksgiving

**Before we get into this weeks CASE Study Challenge, I'd like to take a moment to wish all of my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving!  May you be blessed today and always with good friends, and the love of family.  Have a wonderful holiday!!! xo

I'm back for another week as GD at CASE Study.  Here's this weeks inspiration from the November muse, Angeline...



And here's my take on her card...






I was taken with the background Angeline created.  I pulled from that the leaves and monochromatic color scheme.  I also stuck with the thank you theme, I thought it was fitting for Thanksgiving!

I hope you'll play along.  I'd love to see your interpretation of this weeks challenge.

Stamps:  Thankful Leaves (MFT)
Ink:  Soft Suede (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!) Authenique pp
Accessories:  Fall Leaves Die-namics (MFT), Mat Pack & Linen Thread (SU!) Paper Piercer

Sweet of You!


Hello there!

I'm busy working on getting a group of thank you cards together to give to my in laws on Thanksgiving.  If you haven't visited my blog before, their home was damaged by Superstorm Sandy a few weeks ago.  They have gotten help from SO many people.   We sent them a package a few weeks ago and I included a set of thank you cards, but they are going to need more.  People have really been so giving!  It has truly been a blessing.

My layout was inspired by Retro Sketches...


I used Wplus9 Fresh Picked for my focal point.  And hand stamped the plaid paper using Country Charm.  I love being able to customize my own paper to coordinate with my cards :) 

Stamps:  Fresh Picked, Country Charm (Wplus9 Design)
Ink:  Regal Rose, Wisteria Wonder (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder (SU!)
Accessories:  Banner Trio & Label Layers 5 dies (Wplus9), Bakers Twine, mat pack (SU!), button (PTI) 
Paper piercer, Black Journaling Pen

Winter Blues


Thank goodness I don't have the Winter blues just yet.  Talk to me again around mid-February, I should be going crazy by then ;)  I'm just playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week:


I love using navy and white together on Christmas cards.  It's such an elegant and classy combination!

Stamps:  Stocking Prints (PTI)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Accessories: Breezy Wreath die (Memory Box), Rhinestones

Holiday Cheer


I'm not usually much of a fancy fold kind of girl, but one of the latest StampNation challenges was to make a holiday card using a fancy fold.   I decided on a gate fold and was very proud of myself for figuring it out without a tutorial.  I know it's not THAT difficult, but my brain just doesn't work that way :)

I've been having a blast with this patterned paper by My Minds Eye.  I love the colors and cute patterns.  I paired it with Pretty Patches: Tree by Wplus9.  Don't they look so sweet together?!

Are you a fancy fold kind of girl or are you more like me a stick to the regular A2 size?

CASE Study Challenge #117

Hello there!

I'm back again this week as Guest Designer at CASE Study :)  We have another stunning card by Angeline Yong to inspire us...


I love this CAS beauty!  Especially how Angeline framed her sentiment and topped it with die cuts.  I used her layout and made a Christmas card.


Head over to CASE Study to see how the design team CASE'd Angeline's card.  Then, head to your stamp room and see what you come up with!

Stamps:  Christmas Poinsettia (PTI), Spring Tags (Wplus9 Design), More Merry Messages (SU!)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Christmas Poinsettia die (PTI), Pearl

Heart of Christmas


Just a little eye candy for you on this Wednesday afternoon.  I hope you are having a lovely day :)

Stamps:  Spring Tags (Wplus9 Design Studio), Christmas Poinsettia (PTI)
Ink:  Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!), Handmade Holidays (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers & Heart dies (Wplus9), Tasteful Trim & Linen Thread (SU!), Rhinestone

I'm so Grateful


There is so much to be grateful for...family, food on our plates & a roof over our heads to start.   We are reminded of this especially when so many people are still suffering from the devastation "Superstorm Sandy" caused two weeks ago today.  The town my husband works in only had power return on Saturday night!!  I'm hoping that trend continues in surrounding towns and states.

Of all of the people we know that were impacted by Sandy, my in laws were hit the worst.  We will be visiting them this coming Saturday to lend a hand and give some hugs, they sure need them!  I have already sent my mother-in-law a package of thank you cards, but I'll be bringing even more with me this weekend.  I think she's going to need them.  It is inspiring to hear how many people have volunteered their time to help at the Jersey shore...food, laundry, cleaning, fixing, demolition, churches going door to door making donations...it makes my heart feel good that their are so many caring and good people out there!

We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  I hope you do too!

**My card was inspired by CAS-ual Friday's and the MFT Sketch below...



Stamps:  Thankful Leaves (MFT)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Comfort Cafe dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Fall Leaves Die-namics (MFT), Banner Trio (Wplus9), Vintage Trinkets (brad) & Linen Thread (SU!)

Cloud9 Blog Hop



I am SO in love with the inspiration photo for this months Cloud9 Blog Hop.  Check it out...


I guess what jumped out at me most was the quilt, pops of red and all of that fabulous white space!!

Are you going to play along?  I hope so.  I love seeing so much Wplus9 inspiration in one place each month.

Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Tree (Wplus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze (SU!) Be Merry (My Minds Eye)
Accessories:  Simple Snowflake, Quilt Cuts 1 & Seasonal Sentiments Dies (Wplus9), Bakers Twine (SU!), Rhinestone

CASE Study Challenge 116


  

 It's my second week as the Guest Designer at CASE Study :)  Above is my interpretation of this weeks inspirational photo by the November Muse Angeline...


 I immediately started manipulating the layout of this card and saw ornaments hanging :)  I also drew my mostly neutral colors with pops of blue from the background sponging.

I hope you'll play along too!

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes (SU!), Stocking Prints (PTI)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla & Festival of Prints dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Ornament Keepsake dies, 1in Circle Punch, Rhinestone, Mat Pack, Piercing tool (SU)

Chevron Joy


Last month we started bimonthly sketch challenges at StampNation.   Here's is the first sketch for November...


I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with this sketch.  I tried a few different things before I stumbled upon my Background Basics:  Chevrons set (PTI).  In place of a large image, I decided to use the "Joy" die from Seasonal Sentiments (Wplus9).  I love those little dies, they make holiday card making a breeze! 

Only 12 more Christmas cards to go!!!  I don't think I'm ready to finish yet though.  Maybe I'll start stock piling for next year or give them away as gifts :)

For the Boys

I don't make masculine cards often.  I should, considering I live in a house full of boys!  Maybe I escape the masculinity by making more feminine cards? 

This weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge inspired me to do something for the boys...

This card was a lot of fun to make.  I love that I was able to customize my own pattern using the Country Charm stamp set.  To do that, I masked off the top and bottom of my cardstock.  Then I stamped the solid stripes vertically and the thin double lines both vertically and horizontally.  I used a sentiment from Super Star and stamped it repeatedly above and below my design.  I was going to call the card finished at that point, but decided to add a star for a little bit of pop!

I am going to be giving this card to my super star Conner who is having two teeth pulled tomorrow morning!!!


Stamps:  Super Star, Country Charm, So 80's (WPlus9 Design Studio), Happy Trails (PTI)
Ink:  Pool Party, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Not Quite Navy (SU!)

Hurricane Sandy Update

Our power has finally been restored after a very long, very cold 5 days!!  I just about reached my breaking point yesterday when it started to sleet and hail.  We didn't have any substantial property damage, so we were blessed in that way!  This morning I am happy to be sitting in my warm house drinking a hot cup of coffee.  I know others are not as lucky.

I have yet to see the footage from the damage from the storm.  I am holding out knowing that so many of the places I love are gone.  The beaches I grew up going to every summer and the boardwalk we take our children to have been washed away.  It is heartbreaking to imagine the amount of damage that this storm caused, seeing it may just be overwhelming.  I will do that today though...

My in laws live at the Jersey shore and they are safe, THAT is the most important thing!  I hope you and all of your loved ones are safe too!

Hugs!
Maureen

CASE Study Challenge #115

I have some super exciting news to share...I am this month's guest designer at CASE Study!!!!  What an honor!!

This month we are inspired by the very talented Angeline Yong.  Angeline's style is right up my alley.  

Here is the card we are to be inspired by...


And my interpretation...

I was struck by the use of color blocking and die cutting on Angeline's card and used that as my jumping off point for my design.  I started by die cutting the Simple Snowflake die on a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of White cardstock.  Then using three shades of blue, I cut the paper into 1/4 inch strips.  I covered the back of the white cardstock with adhesive, then adhered the blue strips on a diagonal. 

A pretty quick technique that looks like it takes a whole lot of work :)

I hope you will play along at CASE Study, I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

Stamps:  More Merry Messages (SU!)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Paper:  White (WPlus9 Design Studio), Pool Party, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Accessories:  Simple Snowflake & Seasonal Sentiments dies (Wplus9 Design Studio), Rhinestone 
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