Rose Red With A Christmas Theme

rose red 001Come see what my blog friends and I have made with Rose Red and either Soft Suede/Marina Mist or Wisteria Wonder/Garden Green.  To enhance the challenge we need to use a Christmas Theme.  If you popped over from Joni’s blog I’m sure you saw something fantastic.   Before I go any farther with this post I have to say a special “thank you” to all my stamping friends who encouraged me over the past year  . . . YES, I passed, and am now a National Board Certified Teacher!  Back to my card,   I used Dasher (MDS/or Best of Christmas), Lovely As A Tree & Greetings of the Season with some stippling & sponging.  Thanks for stopping in.  Hope your Thanksgiving Holidays are filled with love and family, and some good food to boot.  Now go see what Sandy has created this week.

Perfect Plum & A New Technique

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Come join our blog hop where today we have been challenged to use Perfect Plum and a technique new to us.  Combos to choose from were Marina Mist/Rose Red or Early Espresso/Whisper White.  I went with the first one.   If you came here from Laura’s blog I’m sure you are glad she is back in the hop!  The new-to-me technique I used is stippling on vellum.  I sponge frequently, but am not a fan of the lack of control regarding where the ink goes – with stippling you have much greater control, especially if you use a small brush – stencil brushes work well – but I still have my stipple brushes SU used to offer.  I also tried a “spotlighting” technique by punching out the 2 background layers behind the Bethlehem Star – and put a tea light inside the card.  I used silver embossing powder on the star to make it stand out slightly.  The falling snow is done in clear embossing powder to make it look more translucent.  The trees & ground have dazzling diamonds glitter on them.  I’m looking forward to seeing what all my friends tried.  Now hop on over to Sandy’s blog and see if we did similar things – we have a habit of doing so.   For this card I pulled out the oldest stamp set available – Lovely As A Tree and used the snowflakes from retired set Frosty.  The sentiment is from the carry over set Greetings of the Season & the star is from Come to Bethlehem (retired).  I cased this card from Natasha Schwecke, but added the star and the cutout behind it.

Night of Navy w/a Fancy Fold

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Challenges are a way to stretch your creative thinking . . . join our blog hop to see  Night of Navy w/the added twist of using a “fancy fold” technique.  I used a modified gate fold w/fussy cutting. We had to choose between cherry cobbler/pumpkin pie or old olive/daffodil delight as the additional colors.  I went with the first.  I have to admit – I pondered and scratched my head all week – & finally came up with something I thought was worthy –  I’m actually pleased w/the finished product.  If you came by way of Joni’s blog  I’m sure she came up with an interesting fancy fold to use.  Now it’s time to hop again – over to Sandy’s blog to see what she created this week – I’m sure it’s something fun!  The snowman image is from November’s Best of Snow set (which was originally in the Frosty stamp set) along with a couple of other retired winter sets (Flaky Friends, It’s Snow Time).  I love some of my older sets that SU has offered over the years and am happy I have held onto them.  They are like old friends when the holidays come around – sort of like the ornaments that I treasure and get out each year.  I  used a vintage faceted designer button with a rhinestone to keep the card shut, and two night of navy candy dots atop the candy dot brads for the snowman’s buttons.  Snow is retired chunky glitter.

Island Indigo With A Twist

island 001Join my friends and me on a blog hop of challenges we made using Stampin Up products.  For this challenge we had to use the color Island Indigo as the main color with choice of Rose Red/Garden Green or Pool Party/Calypso Coral and for an added twist, use a leaf!  I hope you popped in at Joni’s blog – but if not just follow on over to my friend Sandy’s blog and keep going and you will get to her.  Stamps used:  Background Builders, Gently Falling, A Dozen Thoughts, & Tape It.  Embossing folders: Stripes, Woodgrain & Square Lattice.  Accessories:  Early Espresso Baker’s Twine & Antique Brade.  Thanks for looking.