Yes, I have been posting more than usual. I'm on a mission, determined to have 365 cards to donate next Christmas! So Christmas will continue for a bit, and then I'll leave you in peace for the Holidays!
Friday, December 18, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Oh what fun... Chrissy, you've done it again!
Now, let me ask you this... do you see washi tape? patterned paper? fun stenciling? Well I have the answer - you can use whatever your little hearts desire! We're gonna love it!
Me? I have had a wonderful stamp set [a gift from a very generous friend] just itching to be inked up ... so guess what I did? Grabbed a few seasonally compatible inks:
So. By now you've had some time to think it over... which will you choose from the endless possibilities of Chrissy's Sketch #402? Hey! Let's go see where the Sketch took Chrissy!
But before you go... may I say that this sentiment is from me, to all of you! Merry Christmas, my dear friends! CTS will be taking a break until after the New Year on January 7th... so happy New Year, too! Be happy, be healthy, be blessed...
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
I really don't think I need to say much ... I'll let this do all the talking ...
How could I resist? my sweet little buddy from Hey Winter was so happy to play again today - he GNOMES me SO well! My card for Sugar Pea Mix Up #74:
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
HEY! I guess since it involves an embossed [The Paper Studio - woodgrain] die-cut, I can send this one over to Let's Squash it! #3 too! Here's a little closeup of those glossified berries ... I've also used my SU corrugated folder for my card front.
Monday, December 14, 2020
I received a sweet little die from my friend Bobby Hagen [Bits & Pieces] for my birthday in November. Since she also treated herself to one, I thought it would be a great way to start playing cards again!
- Memory Box Mistletoe Bundle
- with Speckled Egg & Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide inks... easy peasy!
- First I cut all the dies from Bristol paper, and a card-base that is 4x7 inches
- For the greenery, I smooshed some Rustic Wilderness ink onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water, and applied it to the die-cut
- Created a piece of Bristol blended with Speckled Egg DOX from which I cut the berries, the sweet little bow, and also a tiny tag.
- I created a mop-up background using the leftover ink, and a stencil. [my friend Bonnie calls this a Stencil Monoprint] Makes me think of marble. Added that to my card base.
- Silver embossed a few hugs, and kisses on my tiny tag, and hung it with care with silver thread.
- After mounting them on my card base with foam squares, all that was left to do is to give it a bit of twinkle with Stickles!
Thanks, Bobby, for always being fun and ready to do just about anything! I can't wait to see your card ... thanks again for this wonderful gift!
Hey, let's go see it together, okay? But! Don't be surprised if one day soon I invite YOU to play cards with me! It might be just what I need to get through Winter! Are you up for it?
Saturday, December 12, 2020
The best part of having all my assignments done ahead is being able to 'play cards' with a few of my favorite Challenges ... enter FMS465...
I have just the old tag die, and new dies to make this work!
Friday, December 11, 2020
I'm thrilled to receive this darling Skiing By set - it was a Christmas present, and the giver was not one bit mad at me for opening it early - thanks, Danni! xo
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I know I've already met my limit of 2 cards today, but [since all my cards have been mailed] I've had a bit of play time with a new Distress Oxide ink: Speckled Egg - yes, it is new to me, you've probably had it for an age! Another new thing, too: Altenew's Dotted Starburst Debossing cover die! Okay... ready for my card for Christmas Kickstart #44?
I know one of you would have magically turned this into a shaker ... but I didn't want to cover up any of that cover plate! The little star was floating around in my snippets bin. All I did was add 'peace' in the perfect size from an old [no longer available] W&W set.
Those of you who know me well know that blue isn't my favorite color - this gorgeous shade has my heart!
Welcome back - hope you are well stuffed from Thanksgiving - it wasn't a hardship to eat every. last. piece. of our pie!
Retro week is so much fun - don't you think so, too? Especially when the Sketch is from my very first year as a member of this fabulous CTS family! It is such a honor.
Are you ready to search for your entry? It's from October of 2015!! I'll show you mine:
I do love a few brown paper packages under my tree! Hope you'll help us wrap up another Retro Sketch #401!
Do you have favorites - maybe really old sets - that come out to play every Christmas? I do! and I think you might just recognize it! But first: our IB154 inspiration:
Isn't it pretty?? I couldn't help but pull out my variety pack of cardstocks from The Stamp Market - they were perfect, and they have the most lovely, almost felt-like, 'texture.'
Here's my card... and a closeup:
I'm so grateful to my friend Therese for introducing me to this Altenew Apothecary Labels set ... even trimmed, it makes a statement.
Thanks for dropping by today! I hope you find a little something here that might inspire you to play along with IB154 ... maybe our Sketch will get the juices flowing? For sure my teamies will! OR how about the chance to win a prize?? Here's a darling set of sentiments YOU might just win, just for playing along:
Monday, December 7, 2020
When making gifts, I struggle with something that my grandkids might like ... well, like them or not - they were on my list today - the nice list, that is! Altenew's Home Decor Contest gave me the opportunity to share them here!
I found just the perfect Altenew supply to let two of them know I think they are the stars of the show - the Altenew 3D Star die! I cut them from a paper with a white core - then sanded the edges to make them a bit less-than-perfect - like their Grammy!
Up next, the same star, but for my star-gazing granddaughter who recently amended her goals to include astrophysics, or any career that would involve space, after watching the launch of the Space X Falcon 9 in Florida over the weekend. She will have to continue to be a star student, right?
Tom has been sharing his love of star watching with Lola [and her sister and parents] over the Summer tracking the satellite launches and 'star-trails' those satellites make. Many trips to our observatory, too - especially for the Perseid's meteor showers in August.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Oh! There's no place like home - haven't we learned that best this year? Yes, just like all of you do, I miss my family, and our gatherings, baking special treats, cooking all our favorites - even cleaning never sounded so good! Decorating our home might be the most fun we have this Christmas!
Welcome to Day 6 of the 2020 EH 12 Tags of Christmas Today, I've chosen the song Home for the Holidays as my tag theme... hey, if we can string lights? why not tags?
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