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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

And now for something completely different!

 Can you read this title and NOT think of the Monty Python series?!  Lots to love in that era of comedy.
As you can see, this is a sunglasses may be required post.  Neon not me.  Tags, not too often.  No inks, but I had some flash cards left behind from the childrens' school supplies.  Here is my try using neon colours.
I die cut the Holiday Frames snowflake window exclusive to the SSS Stamptember release out of three of the neon colours.  They were placed on a micro grid panel paper sheet that I cut to size and layered over a tag I made with kraft card stock.  I inlaid the main piece of the surround from the snowflake in another neon colour and did the same with the center star.  The merry christmas sentiment is from the SSS Deco Trees, from the SSS Stamptember release also, was die cut also and gently glued down.  I had a small merry and bright stamp in my stash (PTI) that was just the right size and I cut off the merry and inked up the "& bright".  A linen twine bow and extra linen twine are threaded 'thru the hole attaching to a bag or other gift.  I am linking this tag up to the SSS Flicker challenge here.
This next neon card was made for the Merry Monday card challenge and, you guessed it, the challenge is to use neon colours for a Christmas card.  Here it is, a merry die cut from PTI, a Deco trees die from SSS and I added some neon orange circles to the tree and side of the panels.  The last finishing touch was a neon yellow star that I cut out with a punch...

Pretty shocking...right!

Thanks for taking time for a visit.
It is safe for you to remove sunglasses now.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Silver Snowflake Holiday

Hi there!
It seems like a while since I have been able to create and post...but it's only three days...
When I saw the Muse card created by Vicki this week, I knew that I wanted to try my hand.  I was inspired with the use of the black card stock and gold, but used an almost navy colour and Starlite Silver ink from Tsukineko.  The snowflakes are a combination of SU and PTI.  I also used silver foil for the PTI Holiday die cut.  I cut another Holiday from a coaster mat to give a nice sturdy layer for the silver foil to sit atop.  The white layer that the sentiment is sitting on is a sparkly CS from SU that I think is no longer available, but I have some sheets in my stash that have been released from hoarding :)
I had to take this photo outside to day.  The interior shots were showing up a strange colour.  Thanks for taking a peek today...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall celebration time

Happy Friday! 
I am taking time out today during my daughter's visit (she had a friend's wedding rehearsal and lunch to go to)
to create a card for the current challenges over at Time Out  SSS "finishing touch" and One Layer Simplicity Challenge.
I knew that I wanted to include the optional apple "twist" for the Time Out challenge and I wanted to also keep my card to one layer.  Oh, I do miss apple picking...
                                    I started by stamping the SU
bucket and water coloured with a TH Distressed Wood DI and then stamped my apples and water coloured them also with TH Picked Raspberry and Firebrick red.  The grass is from PTI's Garden Variety set.  All of the stamps that I had for Autumn birthdays were too large in scale for the card, so I decided to use this older SU sentiment as I like the
font for this card.  Sticking to my one layer only idea, I used a Memory Box die to cut a cloud and set that aside after outlining the edge with a SU marker.  I then decided that I wanted some rays of sunlight and happy blue sky to be shining down on the bucket scene.  My attempt at rays is not a good one...but it is a hand made card...right ;)  I sponged the yellow and blue inks using Washi Tape for my borders.  After the spongeing, I inlaid my cloud.  Thinking it might need one more little finishing touch, and I will submit to the SSS Monday challenge "finishing touch", I added another water coloured apple on the grass beside the bucket that I fussy cut from several other clusters of apples that I stamped and WC for future use.  This may not qualify any more for the OLS challenge...oh dear, should have left well alone :)
Have a great Friday!  hugs, chriss

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Work it Wednesday with SSS

I am back with this yummy colour inspiration from SSS for the Work it Wednesday September challenge.  Such warm and rich this fall palette!
I used the Mosaic heart stencil again from SSS, so many uses and the colour combos are infinite!
 I added a little sparkling copper birch leaf sticker and the Thank You sentiment finishes it off and I will be submitting for the Monday challenge Finishing Touch over at SSS.  I have made several of these to keep on hand for the stash :)

Card Concept Colour Inspiration and a finishing sentiment

This little black kitty got frightened when a crow landed on the pumpkin and then was amazed!  I stenciled the cat from a Gourmet Rubber Stamps stencil, purchased from SSS a few weeks ago.  I also outlined her with a thin black marker and added a sparkling eye with an Atyou Spica pen.  The pumpkin is MS punched and the black crow sticker is one I had in my stash.  The panel that the pumpkin is perched on is a My Favorite Things Loopy Flower die.  I found this cool and easy way to use it for something else than the intended use!  It is so cute when you slip in a few ghosts ;)
I finished off the card with the tiny "you amaze me" stamp
I am submitting this card for the Card Concept Colour Challenge #20.
My card is a Clean and Layered.  I am also submitting to SSS Monday challenge
"Finishing Touch", the little sentiment.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee inspired Success

Happy International Coffee Day!
I am a coffee lover, I admit it :)  I start my day with an Italian Lavazza around 6:00am and then a couple more during the day...
I wanted to join in on the fun that Chaitali is hosting over at Cuts, Crops & Creativity here, in honour of this day.  I used a PTI coffee cup that I stamped randomly in chocolate brown and then over-stamped in a polka dot pattern using SU Blue Lagoon ink.  The awesome sentiment is from Verve's older and fabulous coffee set Delightful and Delicious.  I added a little punched red textured heart to the fussy cut coffee cup.  Hope you have had your cuppa today!
Thanks for "perking" on by...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Triple Merry Monday Case + Case Study

Happy Tuesday folks!  I made a few cards yesterday after seeing Darnell's card for the Festive Friday challenge, but mine has a brad at the top of the wreath, so I am entering into the current Merry Monday Bingo challenge as well as the Case Study #309.   I chose the line with Emboss, Kraft and Brad or Button.  I white embossed the SU Northern Hearts wreath onto vellum and mounted onto the back of my die cut card front on which I used the "Lil Inkers rectangle and circle stitched dies on my kraft panel.  This was secured to a larger white stitched rectangle and topped with a square glazed brad.  I didn't stop at that one card...I made two other samples with different colour palettes, a kraft and green and Darnell's pink version that you can see here.  Darnell inspired me to make this pink stacked version..pretty spiffy :)
The merry christmas inlay die is a Simon Says Stamp one from the Deco tree die.  I love the playful font.  These came together pretty quickly and I have a lot of ideas for more cards using these stamps and dies...
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is off to a great start!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Lovely Colours

Another Friday!

I have been running around like a crazy woman prepping for a community garage sale.  Oh yes, time to clear out some stuff :)
I saw the new Colour Throw Down #310 and thought, now that's a pretty amazing trio of colours.  I would have never thought to put these together.
I started with a Heidi Swapp chevron stencil and sponged my 3 colours, a light and a dark version on the rows.  I then stamped this leafy branch from SU and added some petite stamps images from PTI (various sets that I have the teensy images set aside, apart from the mother stamp set).  This did not turn out like I thought it might, but I still love the colours together!
Happy Friday all!