Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Christmas Cards All Year Round September Challenge

Here are the cards I am submitting for the September 2009 Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. These cards are from previous posts which you may or may not have seen.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
"Hugs" Granny


Whiff of Joy Challenge #49 & Spoon Full of Sugar

I loved doing this challenge, and for once, I really like the way it turned out.  Willow with Lantern was one of the first WOJ stamps I purchased and I have always loved her.  Really got out of my comfort zone on this one by creating two of the pattern papers myself.  The solid red was embossed using one of Spellbinder's dies and then I added Xmas Red Stickles on the embossing.  The black was stamped with glue using one of my scroll stamps and I have NO idea where I got the stamp (sorry!) then red glitter was added so the scrolls would stand out.  On the 5 brads I again used Xmas Red Stickles.  The poinsettias and leaves are from my stash.

Willow was colored using the following copics: 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
"Hugs" Granny

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 70

Trying to get this all put together when your mojo is not working makes for some strange endings.......LOL It was fun putting all these layers together and trying to make them work together........challenging to say!

The card size is 5.5" x 5.5".  Paper used was from the Holiday Cheer paper pack from 2007. The image is Snickerdoodle Gift Elf from Peachy Keen Stamps and the sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink.  The snowflakes were made using MS Snowflake punch with Stardust Stickles added. Buttons and ribbons were from stash. Gold Stickles were used for the ribbon and bow on the packages.  I cut out paper from the background to use for the packages and glued to the elf after copying.

Copics were used to color Snickerdoodle and below is a picture of what I used.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
"Hugs" Granny

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Creative Inspirations Challenge #17

This post Edited: To correct link to website

It's been a year since I've used my Peachy Keen stamps but they are still some of my favorites.  Pulled out Frozen Stiff Jr. for this challenge and think he so cute.  Can't wait to see what they have coming out this year for the holidays.

Paper is from the Hobby House, which  you've seen me use before and I just adore this pattern in the silver and the red and green.  Copics R35, 37, 39 and BV11, 13 & 17 were the colors I used on Frozen along with E57 for the branches for his arms then added Polar White Flower Soft to them for the snow.  The poinsettias, ribbon, and brads are from my stash.  The sentiment is heat embossed in silver with pop dots added to make it stand out.

This challenge was a really fun one to do as it made me dig out my older stamps and put them to use again.

Have a wonderful weekend.  I appreciate you stopping by and hope to see you again soon.
"Hugs" Granny

MoJo Monday Week 105 Challenge

Don't you just love Dexter unwrapping this package from Motivet?  I think he is so cute!  Copics were used for the coloring and guess what, I forgot to write them down or take a picture of which ones I used...Sorry!
Paper is from stash from last year and I have NO idea where it came from.  Stickles were used for the fur on his hat.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
"Hugs" Granny

Friday, September 25, 2009

SophistiCat Challenge #3

What a great challenge this was! The hardest part was having to find paper that didn't need to be stamped. Thanks to Karen for challenging my mind.

The paper on the card are from DCWV Photo Stack, Bazilla, and K&C DP.  Flowers are by Prima and brads are from my stash, as is the ribbon. The sentiment was done on the computer. I think this is probably the first birthday card I have done.........LOL  I know it's the first card I have completed with NO stamping........

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
"Hugs" Granny

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sketch and Challenge #19 Card

I'm excited!  Think this time I got the card done before the challenge ends....LOL

This is one of the cutest Motivet stamps I received not too long ago.  The background paper is from K&C Winter Wonderland pack and I just love ALL the papers in it.  First time I've used these and I think they go together really well.  Original intent was to do a Christmas card but I got side tracked thinking she looked so lonely and was missing her sweetie.........couldn't find a sentiment that said "Missing You!"  Guess I forgot about using the trusty ole pc.  Coloring was done with those fantastic Copics. Oh, think I would die for a certification class close by and to be able to learn all the techniques of how to use them.  Spellbinders Large Labels dies were used to cut and emboss the image. All the matting is Bazilla Tea Green just purchased yesterday.

Here is another angle of the card and I hope you can see it clearly.  Guess my camera has started doing it's own thing again and I apologize for the fuzziness.

That's all from me for now.  Have a wonderful evening where ever you are and please stop by again soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sweet Shop Saturday Challenge SSS22

For some reason, I'm really into Christmas cards right now. Maybe it's because the holidays are my favorite time of the year. Maybe it's because my husband has terminal cancer and was just diagnosed this week with Alzheimers, but whatever the reason, it gives me something beautiful and positive to focus on. I flipped it below hoping you could see the beautiful background paper and the foil scrolls embedded in the paper.  I love the black and red combo but I'm not sure about the tan yet.......LOL

This card is for the challenge this week over at The Sweet Shop .  I love the sketch and it didn't take too much time at all to complete.  Here are a list of the items I used to create the card.  I hope you enjoy!

Paper: K&C Winter Wonderland Pack, tan & black are from my stash, the ornaments were stamped on Cryogen paper from the Papertempress; Spellbinders Large octagon Scalloped, Large Octagon, and Classic Scalloped Rectangle small; sentiment is from House Mouse; Offray red ribbon; Swarovski red crystals were used on the ornaments with glass red gems used on the rest of the card; Copic Lipstick (this is a deeper red than the "red") and Pitch Black Spica Pens were from Merriartist; poinsettias were from my stash.

TIP:  I'm sure most of you are probably aware of this but I always have to find things out the hard way. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment then ran it through the Cuttlebug.  Guess what, the embossing came off and I had to redo it, so I cut the die first, stamped the sentiment, and then heat embossed.

Please leave me a comment and any tips you would like to share.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see  you again soon.

"Hugs" Granny

Sunday, September 20, 2009

WOJ Challenge #48 & A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

Oh wow! This was really hard for me even as much as I like layering. I'm sure they are NOT to scale of the challenge but it's as close as I could get.  In all honesty, I really did enjoy this challenge.  But then, I love anything WOJ!  Thanks Heather for this great challenge.

Oops, I put the copics away too late last night and forgot to take a picture for you.  The flowers are prima flowers with bronze brads.  These were the biggest brads I had on hand and too small for the larger flower but I really wanted to get this submitted before I forgot.......lol  The aging process is soooooooo kind!

A shopping on line I went last night to find prima flower centers and ending up finding up way too much other stuff I "just had" to have.  This is really an addictive hobby but I love it and the fact you can shop without leaving the house.

Enough gab from me today plus I need to get working on another challenge, especially since the Chief's lost and football is over for me till next Sunday.
Have a wonderful week and I'll be back soon.
"Hugs" Granny

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oops! A missed Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

Missed getting this card posted in time to make the challenge deadline but wanted to share with you all since I really like the way this sketch turned out.

Below are the copics I used to color the WOJ image from the fall kit. The paper is from my stash and I have no idea where I got it but I really liked those colors. The sentiment is also from Whiff of Joy fall kit.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you stop back by again soon. All comments are greatly appreciated.

"Hugs" Granny

Monday, September 14, 2009

WOJ Challenge #47 Update

Sorry I didn't get the post completed earlier, but as I said, it was a ZOO around here today. Would have been an ideal day to be working with my WOJ Animal stamps that have not been inked yet.........LOL

I tried something new by taking a piece of 12 x 12 paper (I just loved the colors in this paper and the glitz), scoring and folding it to make the 6 x 6 card. This kept it from becoming soooooo heavy by the time it was ready to mail and cut down on the time it took to do the inside of the card. Messed up my copic coloring on the inside image and decided to salvage it by just cutting it out with a round Spellbinders die, embossed and matted. The right inside note area was diecut, again using Spellbinders. One thing I just noticed is that I forgot to put leaves around the flowers.........DUH

Stopped in Hobby Lobby today with my 40% off coupon and got another couple of Nesties I just couldn't pass up. While there I noticed that they had their dwarf flower bushes on sale half price so I picked up a bunch of roses of each available color. Tonight I popped the roses off (various sizes on one bush) and cut the leaves off to start using on my cards. I'm so excited because you can add Shimmerz, stickles, dew drops or anything to them without discoloring them.

I've got to try and get a couple more cards done for some challenges I really want to try and get in before the deadline.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come again soon.
"Hugs" Granny

WOJ Challenge #47

Just a quick post today as it's a zoo around here with people coming and going. Wanted to get this posted so that I could beat the deadline for the Whiff of Joy Challenge. I'll be back later with more details and another post.
"Hugs" Granny

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wedding Invitations

The last few weeks have been pretty busy with finishing up wedding invitations for my grandson and future granddaughter. Of course, Murphy's Law applied in every way possible.....LOL Also included at the end of this post are a picture of the invitation party last Sunday and of the bride and groom.

Brianne chose the colors that will be used for the wedding and reception. If I had a picture of the flower arrangements I would include them, because to me the color scheme is unusual but I love the way everything has turned out and goes so well together. Hope you enjoy!

Text was computer generated; we created our own embossing folder for the scroll used on the band along with the scroll for the invite and inserts using Design Studio software and the Home Accents cartridge. The sparkling merlot mat and bands were made with paper from The PaperTemptress and I'm hoping the copper mat that matches the "G" background on the band shows clearly. Of course, now we can't get the Merlot paper anymore, due to the manufacturer, which I desperately wanted to use for the program folders......... Murphy's Law again!!!! The G on the front band was cut using the Cricut and the centerpiece is cut and embossed using Spellbinders (Sorry, I forgot which nestie). I hope you can see the beautiful color of the folder and the embossing.