Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 242 offered an opportunity to use one of my favorite techniques for Clean-and-Simple cards---the addition of score lines.  Just a few raised lines can call attention to a focal image or sentiment in such a simple way.  On this sunny afternoon, I had trouble getting the lines to make a clear appearance int he photo, but they look great "in person".

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Monday, December 11, 2017

Warm Wishes


An early dinner left some time for crafting fun, and I whipped up two similar cards from these papers and stamps.  Lawn Fawn's Love You a Latte offered lots of choices of sentiments and cups of coffee or tea, and Reverse Confetti's Circles 'n Scallops set provides the focal panel. The card base is cut from a Papertrey Die.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wishing You a Merry Christmas



Thanks to a sweet crafter who kindly shared after organizing her creative space, I have a set of Spellbinders Distressed Edge Rectangles to enjoy.  I used the largest two rectangles as layers to create an over-sized gift tag.  The layout is from this month's Viva La Verve Sketch, and the images are from Verve, too: Coffee and Cup of Kindness.
Other dies are: Reverse Confetti's Tall Tag Trio and a Simon Says Stamp snowflake die.

Today, I followed the "eat dessert first" philosophy....crafting before lesson plans and party snacks that are needed tomorrow.  After rewarding myself with some paper play time, I need to get busy.

Have a blessed day,
Christine


Linking to
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Warm Wishes




Tag Recipe
Papertrey Ink Bookmark Die
Reverse Confetti Tall Tags Trio
Verve Heart Quartet
LID Holly Jolly
Reverse Confetti Lacy Scalloped Rectangle Die
Verve Coffee/Matching Die

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to
Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: First Coffee, Then Presents



Another tag prepared for gift wrapping time! This one features a recently re-released digital set by Verve and the coffee cup/matching die from Verve's Coffee set.

Stay warm and enjoy some coffee and your holiday preparations!

Christine

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Coffee Lovers Hop: Warm Wishes



I am adding to my collection of Christmas tags using a sweet image from Waffle Flower which was a prize in a previous Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

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Coffee Lovers: Santa, I can explain....




Lately, I've decided to dedicate my crafting time to creating Christmas tags.  This one will adorn the gift of a loved one who adores coffee and usually has a little explaining to do to Santa.  The sentiment is one of my favorites from Verve and has just re-released here.  The coffee cup is a Bugaboo image and was paper pieced with downloads from the Pixel Scrapper.

Merry Christmas and happy stamping!
Christine







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Fun Friday Challenge: You Melt my Heart






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!

This card has such a simple but fun fold.  Late-night photos left a big shadow when the card was standing open, but, hopefully, the idea comes across.  For a tutorial on the fold, visit this site.  The darling image is from Bugaboo can be found here.



Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to: Word Art Wednesday
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Stocking Were Hung by the Chimney with Care




This TH embossing folder features lots and lots of Christmas-y words.  I was so excited to discover it on sale last summer, and I am thankful to have rediscovered it in time for Christmas cards!   This month's Verve sketch is going in the keeper file for sure.  I love all the fun details, but left a few off after using multiple colors, prints, and a busy embossing folder.  Can't wait to try again to see if another selection of DP will allow for some scallops and a few more dies!

I love combining sketches with inspiration photos, and the Paper Sweeties pic led me right to the stockings from Jolly Jingles.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
VLV December Sketch Challenge
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 240: You were made for amazing things!



I took a few liberties with the sketch, but am happy with how the card turned out.  In real life, the colors of Verve's Kindness Matters florals are a much closer match to the background paper.  The printed papers are from a Bo Bunny collection called Juliet.  I was blessed to find
them at Tuesday Morning.  The flowers are backed with a cut from Reverse Confetti's Tall Tag Trio, and the stitched oval is by Littler Inker Designs.

Thanks so much for taking a look,
Christine


Linking to:
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

He will be our peace


Verve's Scripture Medley 5 arrived in my mailbox this afternoon, and I couldn't wait to get it inked up!  The papers are from a collection called Cedar Lane. The Tattered Florals die cuts and leaves were in the bowl of bits and pieces that stays on my desk, so the card came together quickly.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
VLV Sketch Challenge
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Autumn Blessings: Photo Folio Cover

This is a little incidental project---a decorative page to slip into a plastic folio of photos I am mailing to someone unable to attend our Thanksgiving festivities.  I love "real" photos and had some printed for snail mailing instead of just sending digital files.  There's something nice about holding a photo.  But...if you give a crafter a stack of photos, she has to do a little decorating.....

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine















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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Just sharing another tag---they are so much fun to create using Reverse Confetti's Gift Card Holder Tag   This one features a sentiment from Verve and some hearts cut using the Heart Quartet die, also from Verve.

Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend,
Christine

Linking to
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Friday, November 24, 2017

Fun Friday Challenge: The Paper Shelter


Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is showcasing images by  The Paper Shelter.  Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!


Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thankful Tag


After whipping up a few Thanksgiving treats, I decided the packaging needed to be spruced up with tags.  The base for this tag is a Reverse Confetti die, and the images and sentiments come from these Verve sets:  Falling Leaves and On Occasion.  All the papers are scraps.  :)




Thanks for visiting,
Christine

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Merry Christmas Trees



The inspiration photo shared at Inspired by All the Little Things is truly gorgeous!  I could never create this in the kitchen, but it was lots of fun to make a card with a sweet plaid and coordinating pastel solids from the Pixel Scrapper.  The stitched tree die is from L'il Inker Designs, and I can't seem to keep it off my crafting desk lately.

To make "the tiny forest" fit the card it was cut at 4.5 x 6 inches, but I do have envelopes that will fit, so all is well.  I am sure this clean sketch from Sunday Stamps will be used again.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 238






Atlantic Hearts Sketch #238 was the perfect place to try a masked wreath, and my first choice of stamps was my brand new Verve collection, Autumn Leaves.  This set allows for some fun double stamping of leaves in three different sizes, and there are plenty of sweet sentiments for fall.  I need a birthday card, so I selected a sentiment from Cake and Candles.  As far as techniques go, the card was created using mask made by die cutting an oval from plain printer paper.  The mask and card stock were held in place in the MISTI using a few magnets.  (Masking paper is on my wish list, but this worked just fine.)  A little twine, a torn edge and three copper sequins finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Inspired by all the Little Things---Tag




I couldn't resist incorporating the inspiration photo found at "Inspired by All the Little Things"  into my current crafting goal of creating Christmas tags.  This tag features Reverse Confetti's Gift Card Holder Tag and Wreath Dies.  The sweet little Christmas tree is from Little Inker Designs.  The silver card is pretty, but was a challenge to photograph....I think I lost that challenge, by the way.

Thanks for taking a peek,
Christine



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Autumn Blessings



It's such fun to combine a great sketch with a wonderful color inspiration palette, and that's what is available right now if you choose to play along with the Verve November Sketch and this week's Sunday Stamps Inspiration Photo Challenge.

After the design decisions were made by the challenge blogs, I selected two Verve sets:  Autumn Blessings and Falling Leaves for the images and sentiment.  The papers are called Harvest Pie, available from Pixel Scrapper, and the layers are cut with Little Inker Stitched Rectangles and Reverse Confetti Lacy Scalloped Rectangles.

         

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy the beauty of fall.
Christine

Linking to:
VLV November Sketch Challenge
Sunday Stamps
Word Art Wednesday
4 Crafty Chicks (Give Thanks)

Friday, November 10, 2017





Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team is designs by The Cutting Cafe, and I received the Dimensional Christmas Ornament cutting file for my project.  To share a crafting tip, I keep a package of inexpensive white card stock available.  It comes in handy for learning materials for my classroom and is great for "practice" projects.  The white ornament is shown below with a simple tulle bow.  It looks pretty on  a kraft bag which I often use to package baked goods for Christmas.  As I made my "practice" ornament, the idea of making a pumpkin entered my mind, and this two-inch pumpkin is just adorable.  I finished it off with a strip of paper curled with my snips and a die cut leaf.  What a versatile file, and the photo tutorial included was a big help!



Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Simon Says Stamp: Snow White


I absolutely fell in love with Teresa Kline's Design Team Project for this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  She added pastel holly leaves and berries to a beautiful shimmering card base, and the effect is gorgeous.  I CASED her project, creating a tag with layers of die cut vellum, and a panel embossed with a double wedding ring pattern (thinking warm winter quilt).  The wreath is cut from  Reverse Confetti die, and the teeny, tiny absolutely adorable  holly die is a Little Inker's product.

Crafting tip:  paint sample chips are perfect for tiny dies....the pink holly berries are cut from one

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

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Most Fabulous Birthday Ever


This card stock collection called Birthday Wishes features lots of texture, gloss, and glitter.  It was fun to select layers for this month's Verve sketch.  I wanted some of the graphics on the yellow panel to show, so I changed the focal shape to a circle, which fit the sentiment  (from Better Together) well.  Since a lot of  the pretty plaid was covered, I layered a couple of arrows cut with a Verve die to fill the blank space and to give the plaid a chance to come forward.

A little time to create a bright, happy card was just what I needed this evening!  So thankful for that time.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine





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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Newton's Nook Color Challenge


The Inky Paws Challenge has such a great inspiration photo and color combination.  I found these pretty papers at the Pixel Scrapper and colored Newton's Happy Mail to match for a fun Christmas Card.  I'll add a sentiment later after deciding just how I want to use the card.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

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