Merry Everything - PPA230

Welcome to another Pals Paper Arts Challenge! This week we have a fun color challenge for you:

This color combination said "Christmas" to me so that's the direction I went. One more Christmas card done...check!

I had a fun and busy weekend, celebrating the holiday and cyber-shopping and decorating the house. Fun! It's that busy time of year so I hope you are able to make some time to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Merry & Bright

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

As we celebrate our blessings today, we can't help but think of what comes next...Christmas! And all the busyness that entails. I've been busily creating Christmas cards and using challenges as my inspiration. Today's card was inspired by this sketch over at The Paper Players:

I kept my card fairly simple and definitely monochromatic. All the red just makes me happy:)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of joy and memories.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Happy Wonderful Christmas - CAS(E) this Sketch! #98

Happy Wonderful Christmas - CAS(E) this Sketch! #98

Greetings! Last Sunday I promised you more Christmas cards so here's another one! I had a lot of fun with this one, inspired by this clever sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch:

I love it! They do such a great job with their sketches!

I knew my object had to be a tree, so I pulled out the Festival of Trees stamp set. It's so fun to be able to stamp the tree and then stamp all the bulbs on in a different color and so easy because the stamps are photopolymer (clear)!

I wanted a larger sentiment and love the look and feel of this sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set. The script in the middle is wondrous! lol

Happy Wonderful Christmas - CAS(E) this Sketch! #98

I needed some light random embellishments to place on my card. I thought and thought, and then thought some more. Then I thought of something I hadn't thought of before! (Sorry, couldn't help myself) Snowflakes! Yes! That's it! So I went through the catalog comparing the stamp set I own to the current sets, looking for snowflakes and I found them in the Mingle All the Way stamp set. They are the perfect size!

The snowflakes are mingled in with the sentiment so I pulled out my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and my Stampin' Markers in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green and went to work picking out just the snowflakes to ink up. I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to see exactly where they should go.  I think they turned out soooo pretty! I added just a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter to them and the little bit of shimmer catches the light just right!

I added a bit of Linen Thread to add a bit of substance to my tree and pulled out a pretty plaid pattern from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack. It has such a great variety in it!

That's it! Another clean and perhaps not-so-simple Christmas card! Thanks to the folks over at CAS(E) this Sketch for providing so much inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

Happy Sunday and welcome to another challenge from the Can You Case It Design Team! Congratulations to our winner and to all who many pretty cards!! Today we have a sketch for you...

Isn't it fun?!? I love all of the design team's interpretations of the sketch, here's mine!

Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

Now that Halloween is over, we jump right into Christmas, right???? Lol, I can hear the grumbling out there! Nope, we still have a wonderful holiday coming this month to celebrate our gratitude, but I must admit that I am currently preparing for Christmas! You will probably see more Christmas cards from me in upcoming posts!

I fell in love with this pattern paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack! It's just soooo pretty! It's a very bold pattern though, so I paired it with a lot of white space and clean design. We want it to be the focal point of the card!

Here's a little closer look at it...

Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

This card also features the new Note Tag Punch...what a great size tag! I chose to stamp directly on it with the Christmas stamp from the Embellished Events stamp set and followed it up with a Christmas greeting from the same set stamped directly onto the top layer. Isn't the "HO HO HO" cute with the Santa hat? But I've been humming "Ho, Ho, Ho...Green Giant!" all night!

I L-O-V-E this ribbon! It is also featured in the holiday catalog...Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon, and it is a dream to work with! I'm definitely going to use it to wrap up gifts! Also, I needed a button for my tag but couldn't find one that worked well in Cherry Cobbler. So...I made one! The button I used on this card is actually the white button from the Nordic Designer Buttons (also in the holiday catalog)! How did I do it?!? Well, I just pulled out my cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and started coloring! I used the darkest marker and laid on a few layers of color...(cough)...okay, quite a FEW layers of color! But I love the result!! Word of warning, if you try this, make sure you give the button time to sit and dry completely. Don't ask me how I know this!!

So that's it! Crisp, clean and simple! And easy to mass produce if you are so inclined! Isn't the matching envelope just dreamy?? It really finishes the card off and makes the whole package soooo classy!

Thanks for stopping by and please enjoy the rest of your weekend! We're pretty excited here in Southern California because it rained  A LOT last night (luckily after the Trick-or-Treaters were done) as well as this morning, and now we have clean air and cool temperatures...feels like Fall! Woo Hoo!


Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

Please hop on over to the Can You Case It Weekly Challenge Blog to see the lovely cards the other members of the design team have created for you and I sure hope to see you play along with us this week!