I used a very old, much loved set from MFT, called London Mouse, to help me pull my card together. I've added this book to my reading list - I'm totally intrigued to know what those 'three life-changing sentences' are!
My 'love note' is a tiny little thing which made hand-drawing those little figures into the vehicles even more challenging - but oh so fun! The word note is stamped with a very old set called Sketchy Letters, from Mama Elephant - I still love them! Thanks for stopping by today... hope your Christmas was everything you hoped for! =] Michele
I started playing at The Library Challenge at the mid-point of the year … I couldn't let the year end without playing again! As my luck would have it, there were TWO challenges still available. I broke out both Copics, and paint brushes today!
Friends, I know that you are heading toward the finish line of your holiday prep, and card sending but, I have made a card - lol! I think it turned out pretty enough for entry to a new-to-me challenge, and a much loved one, too!
First off, I must say my card was totally inspired by a very talented card-maker in our midst: Cornelia W. of Stempel Pass … you HAVE TO see it HERE! I am flabbergasted, and dumb-struck by her brilliance!
Cornelia colored her Poinsettia with a product I STILL don't own - yes, I am a little behind the times! But these Distress inks worked pretty well for water coloring in a loose-water-color way. Here's a little close-up:
Here's how I was inspired - with a few pine boughs
in the bowl, in place of those cones:
Altenew came to my rescue again. Their Holiday Bow set will never go out of style! The blues I've used came from their Secret Garden set of inks. My old-faithful SU texture ef, and the Hemstitched Circles from Spellbinder made a
nice vessel to contain my boughs.
The countdown is now ON, my friends!
I do hope your list of wishes are filled, and wrapped!
Thanks for stopping by today … I would totally
understand if you didn't have time to play cards this week - but it would be an extra big treat if you did!
The first 12 days of December have been filled with everything I love about this Season … decorations hung, Christmas music on Alexa, and even a new paper house created with my husband's helping hands! [see below]
My teamies, and a few special guests have given me heart-eyes with their 2019 12 Tags of Christmas - today I'm sharing a few songs tags of my own! I'm having my own challenge: can you guess the songs they represent? I'll have a little gift for the FIRST to guess them all! Ready? set... go!
We have a winner!!! Denise Bryant, come on down - and send me your address!!
tag 1 Deck the Halls
tag 2 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
tag 3 Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer
tag 4 Let it Snow
tag 5 Rockin' around the Christmas Tree
tag 6 Sleigh Ride
Thanks so much to all who had time to play! and to Cat Craig who tried so hard - and made my morning yesterday! xx =] Michele
I've longed for an old ladder to decorate for years … wishing this one lived in my home, in fact! If I'm wishing, I may as well include the lanterns and bells! Until that wish comes true, I'll just have to settle for my interpretation of our
Hello my friends! We have another fabulous Sketch from Donna... another with endless possibilities, too! Here's where CTS#350 took me...
LOOK I even remembered the sentiment this week!! LOL! It features this lovely Season's Greetings set from Pinkfresh Studios - the coordinating die set not only precision cuts the wreath, it has this loveliest of bows! I did a bit of fussy cutting around the sentiment - this set does not include a die for the sentiment, but they often do. All elements were very simply water colored.
My card base was another embossed piece I created at Lisa's... just that wee bit of texture can add so much to a CAS card... thank you Lisa - is it another Lifestyle Crafts? I also used the largest of the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle to trim it to this size.
I'm happy to be close to the finish-line with my Christmas creations. However, I've done a bit of shopping lately - who can resist? - so be prepared for more sharing!
Speaking of sharing... let's go see that DT gallery - my teamies always share their best creations there!
I really don't think you'll have any doubt that I have been Inspired By everything about IB#101!! Ready? set. GO!
My EBE Holiday Characters, and dies were the perfect choice for decorating my hoops, I think. I heat embossed them using puffy embossing powder! I made my own embroidery hoops with two circle dies, in varied sizes -
I used my SU Subtle Texture EF again - this time I did the entire card, - a little extra something for a Christmas card! You may, or may not see the subtle stamping of snowflakes on my card base. If you look closely at the IB photo you'll see the snow there, too! My 'ribbon' is washi tape - which I just don't use enough to use it up in my lifetime!
Poor Rudolph … those jingle bells may have made
him a bit cockeyed!
Okay... we're ready for you to jump through the Christmas Hoops! We can't wait to see you
Before you grab a glass of milk for these adorable cookies, may I share a little card - maybe two? These colors for ctd570 are quite possible my favorite for Christmas cards!
First up, this little sweetie from Penny Black's Cozy Cuteness, and this fun sentiment from MFT and its coordinating die - stamped in Catherine Pooler's Polished [red] and Hot Tub [pale aqua]. My little bundled-up girl was stamped in CP Black Jack, and Copic colored.
I managed to find several little snowflake stamps in my stash, to add a dash of Winter to my vellum overlay, heat embossed in white.
Next, is the out-of-the-vault Toasty Greetings and dies … tell me this, does he not look like he's dancing? the twist? maybe the FLOSS? [If you are an IG-er you can see him in action @mfergu01 =] Sure wish I had one of those little musical chips that play music when the tab is pulled!
All the credit for this dance action goes to Channin Pelletier who had her way with dancing hamsters - do go watch her video! and while there, watch them all - you won't be sorry!
You'll see I've added a bit of action to my card base with my Lil' Inkers Quilted Spirals cover plate.
Okay... off I go to get one of these in the Color Throwdown gallery! Can you guess which I'll choose?
Wow! what an entrance, right?? From all the ornaments here, one stands out to me... I'll bet your eye might have been drawn to it, too!
My GinaMarie Design die [thanks, Bobby] provided all the pieces, parts and sentiment needed for this bauble … all but one, that is... the little hanger was fashioned from the grater die from EBE Cooking Lady set of dies - HA!
You'll have to trust that my EBE Painted Stripes are as shiny as those in the photo as they were clear heat embossed. The green frame, cut with a Reverse Confetti Cuts Stitched Note & Frames die, is my stand-in for the hedges. It's amazing what a person will spot if she studies a photo long enough!
Hope you'll play along with IB#99!! We love it when you do... maybe your eye is drawn to that reindeer? hmmm...