Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Plaid is Rad: Happy Holiday Poinsettia

 One last card for the Plaid is Rad Challenge, over at the Poppystamps blog.

Lezlye's beautiful card with the white glitter Christmas trees, uses a fabulous paper from Basic Grey released a few years ago.  It's one of my all time favorites, so I chose to feature that print, and dress it up.

I've been itching to use the Holiday Poinsettia die that I won! When Poppystamps has a release, they give you an opportunity to win one of their amazing dies with each blog post.

This poinsettia die has just the punch needed to make the focal point sing The perfect accompaniment  is the  Fancy Happy Holiday die, cut from black glitter paper. (I really need to do something about my poor photographic space. Shine just isn't an element of my photos, and what's Christmas without shine?!) The plaid from Authentic had the cute musical border which I die cut.

I included a pic of this card on it's side, because when folks pick it up, they always put it down that way. I prefer the sentiment in the vertical orientation. Which way do you like it?


Now to post these, and see what the rest of you have been up to. If you like what you see, please leave me a comment; it will make my day. Happy Thanksgiving and may your holidays be filled with creativity and cheer.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Plaid is Rad: Happy Holiday Trees

Here is a second entry for Poppystamps' November Challenge: Plaid is Rad.  I'm mad about plaid, so I whipped up three cards for this challenge. This is my second card.



Using my Stitched Evergreen Cutouts die (it's still on sale over at the store), I moved the die several times to vary where the trees fell in each row. After the trees were cut, I embossed the dots with a folder, and backed each tree with coordinating papers from a Christmas pad with small patterns. Poppystamp's' "stitched cutout" dies are a blast because there are so many different ways to lay them out, You also have all those cute little cut out trees to use on another card.

 The  Happy Holidays die is a Poppystamps beauty, and I cut it out of turquoise glitter paper and made it three layers deep for some dimension. (The close-up to the left is so you can tell there really is plaid  in the trees.)

If you enter a card, you could win the "Home for the Holidays Wreath" die. Happy crafting!

Plaid is Rad: Snowy Christmas


Hi all. If you are here, chances are you have come from Poppystamp's November Challenge"Plaid is Rad". (If you're a follower, bless your fuzzy heart. You're also may be wondering who I am, since two years have passed since my last post. Time to get back on the horse.)

Poppystamps has become one of my go-to sources for great dies and an inspiring design team. I just love plaids at Christmas time, so this month's challenge was for me.
Stitched Snowflake Cutouts is a recent acquisition (and it's still on sale for a steal). 




I cut the cream panel twice with this die, and inlaid the snowflakes with gold and green foil paper. The photo to the right is an attempt to show how beautiful the foiled papers are when die cut. It's a knock-out in person. To shake it up a bit, I let the plaid from the background show through in a few spots.


The plaid is a Debbie Mumm paper from JoAnn, and the lovely script "Christmas" is a die from Papertrey.

Thanks for visiting, and I'll be visiting you soon.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CHACB - Challenge #17 - Happy Fall, Y'all



Whoopee!!! I get to play along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous' challenge this week.

Since I usually buy my supplies on sale after the holidays, my items get used the following year. This is true of the three cards I made for this challenge, except for the IO Squirrel Dies (just released), and I could NOT wait to use them!
Don't you just LOVE the dies they have these days. More and more I'm creating cards just made with die-cuts. The adorable squirrels are sized just right to pair with  IO's pumpkin die. That fabulous swirl tree die can be a bit difficult  to remove from the paper from which it's cut. I used a trick from my favorite paper store, Absolutely Everything, and used wax paper between the die and the paper being cut. The waxy lubricant on the cut edges makes a HUGE difference. 

 Here's another pairing of those two great die sets. At first I thought the yellow, white, and daisies were more like a "spring" card, but it's growing on me. (The copic shading on the pumpkins hardly shows in person, but I just couldn't get this picture to look right. Have you been having a lot of grey days lately?)

This last card is made with IO's Halloween Hill Die. At first I thought this die might be limited in its use, but there are so many things you can do with it. This is just one of several cards I made with it, and I was pleased with the way the Indian glittered paper worked as a starry sky. To see this die, cut into pieces, and used on a different kind of card, click here and scroll down to the "Scared Girl with Cat".

Thanks for visiting and looking at all three cards. (They are so simple, I figured they should be shown in one post.) I can hardly wait to comment on your creations. It seems this challenge really floated everyone's boats.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Halloween Bingo Cards to Download - Part 3

Welcome to day three of posting some Halloween Bingo cards I've made recently. I'll start off with a sample using one of these cards, and further down this post, you'll find four of the cards that I debuted yesterday, in their single card formats.

Cat in Pumpkin

Above card's inside, finished a la Gloria Stengle

Here are the large size images of some of the HALLOWEEN BINGO cards that I used in projects on day one. (For bingo cards ranked up four and six to a page (easy printing if you want variety), see that post here.

Right click on the images below to save. All images are JPEG files. The credit for the images and fonts used are listed below each. 
The following four cards were built on a card found on CollageCandy.blogspot where you can find unaltered BINGO cards.

* Old Design Shop*
Spiderweb
* Cruickshank Font *
Numbers
* The Gingerbread House Font *
Word "Scary"

* Cruikshank Font *
Numbers
* Cats Alphabet Medium *
Word "Kitty"

Bat
Numbers
Word "Treat" (bolded)
Bat (altered)

Cat on Pumpkin
Jack-o-lantern
 Arched Cat
Bat
Word "Witch"
Numbers

If you would like to try your own hand at creating BINGO cards, here is the blank version I created and used for the four cards above.

For three more Bingo cards, see the previous post here.

Hope you enjoy using these as much as I enjoyed making them. Please leave a comment if you find these useful, and would like some more for Christmas or other holidays. As always, thanks for taking the time to visit.

Free Halloween Bingo Cards to Download - Part 2



Here are three of Halloween Bingo cards I designed, in their larger formats. These can be easily sized for printing, and you can print only the cards that appeal to you. (If you want these cards in ready-to-print format, click here.)


The card above was designed with the first Bingo card below, and the fabulous fiddle-playing cat is from Dover's Full-Color Holiday Vignettes CD-ROM and Book. (I am a serious Dover book fanatic. My book is old enough that it didn't come with a CD.) If you would like a free source for this image, you can find one at Magic Moonlight Studio - Free Images.

Truth be told, the inspiration for all my Halloween cards using Bingo cards, comes from the drop dead fabulous Ginny, at Polly's Paper Studio blog. If you love vintage images and richly layered compositions, Ginny is at the top of the list. Once you start looking, you won't be able to stop.


(Just a personal note here: Usually, copying cards seems like a cheat to me, BUT boy do I learn a lot when I use a great card as the basis for mine. Visual creativity is not my strongest suit, and by patterning my card off another, I discover all kinds of things that make the cards work, such as how the balance of the composition is achieved.)


On to the first batch of Halloween Bingo cards. Each of these have a different base, and are a bit less Bingo-ish than the four cards found here. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Original Pressman BINGO card
Owl
"TRICK"
Numbers

Grave Yard Header
Skull
Cross written letter - Background
Numbers

BINGO Card Base
Bat Motif Around Letters
Thorny Branch Frame
Ghost Lady (Center Block)
* Cruikshank Font *
Numbers
*Bolton Titling Outline Font*
"GHOST"

To see more Bingo cards, see my lat post here.

 I hope you can make use of these BINGO cards and have a blast stirring up a little Halloween magic yourself. Your comments and suggestions are gratefully received.
Full-Color Holiday Vignettes CD-ROM and Book
Full-Color Holiday Vignettes CD-ROM and Book
Full-Color Holiday Vignettes CD-ROM and Book
Full-Color Holiday Vignettes CD-ROM and Book

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Free Halloween Bingo Cards to Download - Part 1

Well, fall is here, and I've finally gotten around to designing some Halloween Bingo cards to use in my card making. Ginny (Polly's Paper Studio) and Gloria (Scraps of Life) are two of my favorite artists. Their vintagy looking holiday cards are the ones I could gaze at forever. Their style is fantastic and richly layered (and really hard for me to emulate), but I took courage in hand, and tried making some of my own cards based on their style.
 

At the end of this post are two sheets of my Bingo cards ready to print on 81/2"X11" cardstock. Because this post would be too long if I shared everything today, I will have two additional posts featuring more cards, and each of the Bingo cards as separate images for resizing and printing. The links below each card are the links for the focal images. The sources used in designing the Bingo cards, are revealed in the two following posts.
 
*The Graphics Fairy*
Darling Cat Face

There just aren't enough places to incorporate this super adorable cat image. I used some black flocking on it, but it does make him look a bit mangy, since I don't quite have my flocking technique purrfected. (See another card using this cutie here.)

The wide linen ribbon with stripes is from May Arts, and Ginny uses it gloriously. The felt behind the button is from Papertrey's "Button Stacks Die" and Poppy Stamps "Small Blooming Poinsettia Die".
 
(This Ghost Lady was saved many years ago, but they have the best images!)

The black swirls are a cut apart Die-namics "Large Fancy Flourish" die cut. (This is such a versatile die.) The ribbon is Hug Snug seam binding topped with black heavy button thread.

Scared Girl with Cat

The details include a glittered ghost by Recollections (Michaels brand) and dies from Impression Obsession and Memory Box.

I've been experimenting around with the inside of my cards, and if you would like a load of inspiration, Gloria would be your muse. The dies used were Papertrey's Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection and One Liners: Happy Die. The cute little bat (over the "i") is from the Impression Obsession die above.

Bat Lady

This batty lady is colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and further adored with black glitter and rhinestones. The top edge is punched with Martha Stewart (discontinued) and the lacy die behind the buttons, is Papertrey.

Now for the Bingo Card Downloads. Right click and choose "Save As". If printed at 100%, each will fit on an 81/2" X 11" surface. I like to use 60# cover stock to print these.


 To use a single or self-sized card, see the following two posts.


If these appeal to you, and you would like to have more for other holidays, be sure to leave me a comment, and I will do my best to create some more. Thanks so very much for visiting.

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