Sometimes life can get in the way of the things we love to do. With Thanksgiving tomorrow and Christmas only a month away, things have gotten very busy around my house. I'm a little late at getting the cards posted, but here we go. I have lived in Texas since 2001, and I don't miss the cold and snow of Minnesota, but I do love snowmen. And I always like a mug of cocoa on a cool Texas morning. With no Card Buffet in December, I also wanted to get a jump on Valentine's Day, so there are two cards to get your love flowing. There are only 4 cards this month, but I know you will find something to get your creativity going.
It might not be "looking" like Christmas here in Texas, but it will be here before we know it. And it's time to get creative and make some handmade cards for those special people in our lives. You will be making 18 cards - three (3) each of six (6) designs.
It's great to get tons of card ideas from the internet or magazines, but getting a card or 3D project that you can hold in your hand and take home with you, is extra special. And I belong to two Demo groups where we swap cards/projects every month. Here are the ones I got this past Friday from the larger group headed up by Sharon Cheng. And later this month I get to swap with Judy Hogan's downline group. Thanks everyone for such great cards and ideas!
Where has the time gone this month? I thought I had another week to get prepared and guess what...I don't. I must be enjoying the cooler weather too much to check my calendar. It's a good thing I had been preparing, thinking I was getting a jump on things this month. I really love this time of year, and I still have many memories of living in Wisconsin and Minnesota where the leaves are changing and the mornings are crisp. The cards are fall and holiday themed, and I really hope to see many of you next Monday or Thursday.
Especially for you
A big thanks goes out to Cindy Peterson for this design.
From the new Perfectly Preserved and Cannery Framelit sets.
I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do this challenge since I don't have any Texas stamps. Then a song came to my mind - "The Yellow Rose of Texas". The name Texas is based on a Caddo Indian word meaning "friends". I'm originally from Wisconsin, and I don't have any cow or cheese stamps either, so I think this is the way to go. Yellow roses are also my favorite rose too.
This challenge is hosted by Sybrina at Scrapping with Purpose, and it's a two card challenge. One card will go to a hero and the other card will be for a hero to send home to their child.
This is the Hero card for a special person who will not be able to spend Christmas with their family. I used the Lovely as a Tree set and stamped the two outside trees in Soft Suede and the middle tree with Versamark and then embossed with SU gold embossing powder. Card body, ribbon and sentiment are stamped in Cherry Cobbler.
Here is the Kid's card using the new Scentsational Season set along with the Holiday Collection Framelits. The buttons on the gingerbread man are SU pearls and then colored with a permanent red marker (Sharpie). The sentiment is from the SU Hostess set Wacky Wishes and stamped in Gumball Green. I hope all the kids will get wonderful cards from their hero parent this year.
Each Sunday a Sketch Challenge is sent out with a specific layout to be used.
The possibilities are truly endless. Today's sketch coincides with the VCMP. Thanks to
Linda at Creepin Along for hosting this challenge.
The butterflys are punched with the new Stampin' Up Butterfly punch and the Beautiful Wings sizzlet in So Saffron, Pool Party and Soft Suede. The birthday sentiment is in Soft Suede from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, also from SU.
Here's #5 for today. I better get this posted before it's tomorrow. I'm not into cowboys, but I do love horses and have hung on to this retired Stampin' Up set - Bareback. The sentiment again comes from the Trust God set from Stampin' Up. Cardstock used is Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. The horse and sentiment are stamped in Early Espresso. It's not real clear, but some galloping horses are stamped lightly along the bottom in Crumb Cake. And to give it a more western look, I glued jute twine around the the image. If the horse looks wrinkled, that's because it is. I love the technique of stamping and then wadding up the cardstock to give it an aged look. Sponging the edges also adds to the aged look. Well...it's been a very productive and fun day. So it's off to bed I go to get ready for church and then 5 more challenges tomorrow.
Here is a technique I recently learned about and have been wanting to try. Today
was my chance, and I really, really like how easy it is.
Fall is my favorite time of the year. It's not quite as nice here in Texas as it was in Wisconsin and Minnesota, but I enjoy it anyway. The days are cooler, and the leaves eventually do change. Here is one of my favorite Stampin' Up sets - French Foliage. It is so easy to make your own designer paper with this set. More Mustard and Very Vanilla are the cardstocks used. Inks used are More Mustard, Garden Green, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Elegant Eggplant. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the VCMP as much as I am.
What a great challenge to do on a 98 degree day in
Fort Worth, Texas - Snowflakes but not Christmas!
So fun to use the new Stampin' Up Scentsational Season stamp set and the Holiday Collection Framelits for the cocoa mug. Dark background paper and ink is Stampin' Up Midnight Muse. Designer paper is from a stash that a friend gifted me with. When the weather finally decides to cool off here in Texas, I always look forward to a mug of cocoa. After living in Wisconsin and Minnesota most of my life, I don't miss the snow anymore.
Patterned papers are from a pile of scrapbooking paper I was given. Flower is from the Stampin' Up Mixed Bunch set and punched with the Blossom punch. Elegant Eggplant was used for the flower, the border and the border around the Designer Label punch. God Bless You is from the Stampin' Up Trust God set. Now on to the next challenge. Thanks for viewing.
This is going to be a fun weekend. I am taking part in a Virtual Card Making Party with Operation Write Home. This first challenge was from Our Daily Bread Designs. It is also part of Our Daily Bread's monthly challenge. We are to create an inspirational card with a scripture verse or some other type of encouragement. I chose a stamp from Stampin' Up's Trust God set. It says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." And since I was making a card, why not make two to send in my next box to OWH. Thanks for stopping by! May your day and weekend be blessed and filled with much creativity!
The temps have gone down (a little), we've finally had some rain, and school has started in some places. That must mean Fall is on the way. Though the leaves won't change for a few months, I always look forward to this time of year. I hope many of you will be able to join in on the creativity this month.
I recently joined the wonderful organization Operation Write Home. I am part of a super group of crafters that makes cards for our deployed Heroes so they can stay in touch with their loved ones at home. This is my first card challenge so I was super excited to give it a try. All the products are from Stampin' Up. The cardstock is Whisper White and Lucky Limeade and Floral District Designer Series paper. Ink used is Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight. Stamps sets used are Betsy's Blossom (a new favorite of mine) as well as Trust God. The new Fancy Fan embossing folder was used on the green strip on the left side of the card.
Can you believe July is almost over? I love it because that means we are another month closer to Fall and cooler weather. We are also near the release of the new Stampin' Up Holiday Mini catalog. It's larger in content and layout, and you will love everything, and you will probably want everything too. I'm anxious to use some of the new things for my classes, but that will have to wait until August 1st. Thanks for viewing the cards below. Hope to see many of you this month!
Just for You - Love the new Betsy's Blossom set
Thinking of You... - The July special Reason to Smile set. Put in a $50 order
and order this set for only $5.00. What a deal!
Get Well Soon - Another card from the Reason to Smile set
Happy Birthday - Punch art is fun and I just love the
Floral District designer series paper
It's Your Day! - More Betsy's Blossom and the new International Bazaar paper
I hope everyone is enjoying the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalog. It's a little smaller, but the layout is excellent. This month we will be working on cards that feature some of the new stamps and papers in the new catalog.
Card #1 - God Bless You
Uses the new Floral District designer paper and stamp from the Trust God stamp set.
Card #2 - Flower Flourish
Uses the flourish stamp from Everything Eleanor stamp set.
Card #3 - Kindness Matters
Uses the new Papillon Potpourri stampset along with the Floral District paper.
Card #4 - Blossom Flower
More Floral District paper with the Blossom punch flower.
Card #5 - Live Simply
One of my new favorite stamps sets, Betsy's Blossoms, is used here along
Here it is, the middle of May. Card Buffet has moved up one week due to Memorial Day. May we all remember the many who have fought to protect our freedoms. Freedom is never free and it is so precious to all of us. This is also the month when we say Good-bye to stamp sets, punches, papers, ribbons, etc. It's always sad to see some things go, but we always look forward to the new things coming in June. Change can be a very good thing.