Winter Cardinal #3 - Modern Christmas

It's probably pretty obvious by now that I'm flipping over this Winter Cardinal stamp set by Altenew!  If you are just stopping by for the first time you can see my other posts here and here.  This time I took more of a modern approach.  I wouldn't normally stamp a cardinal in shades of pink but I saw a bunch of the Altenew designers doing it and I thought, "What the heck!"  It also gave me a chance to try out the Altenew Crisp Inks.  Yeah, I'm pretty much in love :)

Do you think if I stamped this set in shades of blue it would look like a Blue Jay or will it just look like a blue cardinal?  Hmmm, we'll see...

Ellen Hutson has had sales all weekend long and she has one more for Cyber Monday.  Enjoy savings of 20% on any remaining in stock items on today, November 30th beginning at 12:00am running through 9:00am PST.  At checkout please enter the following one time use coupon code to redeem your discount:  cyber2015  Happy Shopping!

Accessories:  Stitched Mats:  Side-Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Winter Cardinal #2 - Rustic Christmas & Black Friday Sales

Hello, I'm not sure how many visitors I'll get here today, being that it's Black Friday and all!  For those of you that decided to avoid the crowds and long lines, I'm sharing another Christmas card that I made with the new Winter Cardinal stamp set by Altenew.  This time I have paired it with images from the WP9 Winter Woodland set and made a card with a more rustic feel.  Like my last card, I used the MISTI to do my stamping.  This allowed me to stamp each color more than once to get a darker impression.  I felt this was necessary because I was stamping over the tree images and I didn't want to be able to see them through the cardinal (makes perfect sense right?!)

Before you go, I do need to do some enabling.  Lil' Inker Designs is having a HUGE Black Friday sale that you need to check out!

Also, Ellen Hutson has a great sale going on today...

For nine (9) hours beginning at 12:00am Friday, November 27th Pacific Standard Time (3:00am Eastern Standard Time), running through 9:00am PST, save 20% on every item currently in stock.
(At checkout enter the following one time use coupon code to redeem your discount:

If you are not an early bird, you can enjoy savings of 15% on all in stock items any time over the weekend - Friday, November 27th through Monday December 1st at midnight PST. (At checkout please enter the following coupon code to redeem your discount:  anniv2015 )

Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you here on Monday with another card using Winter Cardinal!

Stamps: Peace on Earth (SSS)
Ink: Real Red, Cherry Cobble, Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched Mats:  Rounded Rectangles (Lil' Inkers) Linen Thread (SU)

Happy Thankgiving!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving today in the USA, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you!

Thank YOU for taking the time out of your day to leave comments here on my blog.  Every-single-one brings me so much joy.  I love stamping and sharing my passion and I'm thankful to have many others to share that with.  Your encouragement and kind words mean the world to me!

Happy Thanksgiving! xo

SN Challenge - The Outsiders

We have a fun challenge over at StampNation this week!  If you are done making holidays cards or you want to switch up a theme for a bit, this is the perfect challenge for you!  We are making cards based on out favorite children's book.  I decided to base my card on "The Outsiders".  It's one of my favorite books and my son was just reading it, so I went with that!

The quote that inspired my card, "Stay Gold Pony Boy".

 I'd love to see you play along with us, but you have to be a member to play!

I hope to see you there!

Winter Cardinal #1 - Classic Christmas

I have been on a long time search for the "perfect" cardinal stamp set.  I've found some that I like, some that I thought were good enough but FINALLY, I have found it...Winter Cardinal by Altenew.  I sat at my computer the day it released and ordered it as soon as the release went live.  I didn't wait to see samples, I wasn't risking it selling out, I knew this set was the one!  My thoughts after stamping with it?   Winter Cardinal absolutely blows my mind and has far exceeded my expectations!  Once I started stamping with it the other day, I just couldn't stop.  I've made quite a few Christmas cards with it, in varying styles and I will spend the next few days sharing them with you!

For my first go with Winter Cardinal, I kept with a classic Christmas feel.  It took a few tries to get this one just right.  Initially I stamped the cardinal on the branch and then sponged but I was getting some ink smearing.  So I started over and sponged the edges first and then did my stamping, worked like a charm.  I used my MISTI to do the stamp layering, but it would have been easy to do without it!  When the card was finished I added some Glossy Accents to the berries for just a little extra interest for this CAS design.

I'll be back on Friday with another card featuring my new favorite stamp set!

Paper:  Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories:  Rounded Rectangles Stitched Mats (Lil' Inker Designs)

WPlus9 TBT Challenge #9 - Iconic Christmas

The months are just flying by, I can't believe that it is already the third week of November and time for another WPlus9 Throwback Challenge!

This month we are featuring Iconic Christmas as our throwback set.

Iconic Christmas is one of my favorite stamp sets ever!

Head on over to the WPlus9 Design Blog to see my 3 projects and to play along in the challenge!

I hope to see you there!

Love, Joy & Peace

Hi All!
I'm up today over at the Penny Black Simplicity blog.  
Here's a peek at my project...

Click here to view my full card, product list and instructions.  I hope to see you there!

CASEing CASEing Christmas

No, I didn't make a mistake in my I am CASEing CASEing Christmas!  I told you that this class inspired me.  It inspired me so much that I CASEed our class logo.

I think it's pretty easy to see where I drew inspiration!  When I use blue on holiday cards I usually pair it with silver, so the gold and blue combo on the logo really inspired me to try something new.

I had so much fun with this card that I made another card using a traditional Christmas color combination.

Though I've been trying new colors for my Christmas cards this year, I think deep down I'm more of a traditional kind of girl!  What about you?  Which do you prefer?

If you haven't checked it out yet, CASEing Christmas is a FREE class for StampNation members.

Ink:  Nautical Navy, Last Leaf, Bo Peep (WPlus9) Real Red (SU)
Paper:  Oatmeal (WPlus9) Real Red (SU)

Lil' Inker Designs November Meetup Challenge

Hello!  We are back with another MMC for Lil' Inker Designs.  This month we have an inspiration and a little surprise sale for you :)

Click the links below and use NOVMMC at the check out for your discount!

Stitched Stars
Seasonal Stars
Starry Sky Die
Star Fold Out Die

Now, on to my project for today.

I couldn't pass up the chance to use the new Ornamental Christmas stamp set!  These images are the perfect addition to any holiday card or tag!  I stamped and die cut the star then added it to a layer that I die cut using the Rounded Rectangles from a piece of  Ombre Chevron paper.  Next I die cut another Rounded Rectangle from red card stock.   I went back and forth about adding a sentiment since there are words on the star but I thought, "why not?!".   The sentiment is from the All the Christmas You'll Ever Need stamp set.  I love the variety of stamps in this set.  A definite must-have for any stampers collection!  I added a few shimmery Stitched Stars and sequins to finish off my card!

Now it's your turn!  Play along this month to win....

I sure hope that you will play along!