Thursday, October 29, 2015

Silent Sleigh Ride

It's Thursday so that means I have another Christmas card for you.  How are you all doing on your Christmas card stash?  I'm not doing as well as I should be since I'm only making one card each time I post instead of four!  I need to get busy or my Christmas list is going to shrink drastically this year! 

Anywhoo...today's card is inspired by 'Tis the Season's color challenge of vanilla, coral, blue and razzleberry.  Wow was this a hard combo for me!  I'm not a big fan of orange and blue together at all (sorry Tigers' Fans!).  I paired up a couple of different blues and oranges and picked Calypso Coral and Marina Mist.  As you can tell I did NOT mix them, but used just a touch of the coral to outline my blue and razzleberry sky that I brayered.  I used vanilla cardstock to finish out my fourth color and am very pleased with the result. :)  Oh, I can't forget to add that I used liquid frisket to get the starry/snowy look in the sky.  I love using this stuff for that effect, but wow does it stink! lol  


Head over to 'Tis the Season HERE to be inspired by our design teams' Christmas cards.  So many different ideas using these colors.  Love seeing what everyone comes up with each time.  We'd love to see how you use these colors too so play along and build that Christmas card stash! :)



I have to admit I think the card looks prettier in person.  In the picture the sky almost looks dark blue or purple.  I guess the top is purple, but here it looks more like eggplant when it's really a razzleberry.  Does that make any sense? lol



Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BOO!

Oops!!  So I totally forgot to post my card before I left on vacation to the Smoky Mountains!  Here I thought I was all set to go and I totally was NOT!  Today's card is inspired by the sketch at Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday challenge #242.  It also has the theme of "Boo or Eek!".  I decided to do both since I don't mind making one or two Halloween cards each year. 


Boy did I have fun making this card.  I decided to make a huge moon on my card and use the banner for the sentiment, and of course put "Boo" in the bottom corner.  I used my brayer to get the colors on, then added the trees and extended the trunks so they weren't all the same size.  Next I did a little sponging on the moon so it wasn't quite so bright.  I stamped on the bats with black ink, but embossed the ghosts with white so they stood out. Make sure you check out the challenge from Try Stampin' or Not on Tuesday HERE to see all the other great cards!  Not everyone did the theme since that is optional. :)  Show us how this week's sketch inspires you...we'd love to see it!







Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Supplies used on this card:

Retired Stampin' Up! set Holiday Home, Retired Thinlits Little Letters


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Train Traveler

Today's card, which was inspired by Michelle Zindorf, is for my dad's birthday.  He's an avid sailor and I usually make him a card with the stamp set The Open Sea. I figured it was time for a change though and went with a "hobby" of his...trains.  I'm not sure how much he works on them in the basement anymore, but I know he's spent a lot of time with all of his grandsons throughout the years working on them.  So here's to you dad...Happy Birthday!


Have you ever had your card almost done, only to ruin it at the last minute?  That's what happened to me...two times!  The first time I attempted to darken the train and apparently my stamp-a-ma-jig moved and I didn't know it...hello double, not to mention very blurry train.  It wasn't even close! lol  The second attempt did not have the additional scenery at first. I turned the stamped piece over to put 2-way tape on it. No big deal until I turn it back over and there was a big blob of black in my beautiful blue sky.  A piece of my sponge had broken off and decided to stick to my sky....aarrgh! It was late and I was NOT happy! lol  That's where the trees, hills and extra sponging came in. I'm happy with how
 it turned out, just not happy with how long it took! That's my stamping drama for the day.  I'm sure no one else ever has these problems, right? ;)


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara 

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Retired birthday sentiment

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

JOY

I never thought I'd use the ink color Sahara Sand for a Christmas card, but his week over at 'Tis the Season Christmas card challenge we have an inspiration challenge.  Of course I don't have a barn, fence or ice skates stamp so I was inspired more by the hazy, snowy look and came up with my card idea based on that.  I guess I used the color from the the barn and skates for my snow instead of the hazy, snowy color...does that even make sense? lol  I like how it turned out though since it's so different than the normal Christmas card. :)


Head over to 'Tis the Season HERE to see what this picture inspired the rest of the team to create.  Show us how you're inspired too.  We'd love to see what you create!




Have you had a chance to pull out this new set Happy Scenes from Stampin' Up's! Holiday Catalog.  This is the first time for me!  It's good for most seasons and a couple of holidays. :)  It also goes with the Hearth & Home framelit.  Plus it's a set for fall, Halloween, Christmas, winter and spring...you can't beat that! :)  


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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"joy" retired from Snowflake Card Thinlits Die

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I'd Fall for You All Over Again...

Today I have another fall card for you.  I'm sure I've said this before, but I'll say it again...I love making fall cards!  I love the colors, the season and I don't get to make them very often which I think makes me love it when I feel like I can. :)   Plus that's what it's all about over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  A fun sketch and an autumn theme.


This is the sketch that we're playing with for this challenge and if you click HERE you can see what all of the other designers created too.  If you get a chance, play along with us.  We'd love to see what you create!



I have to be honest that I was not too sure about this card since I had just created another card using this set right before this card and I loved it!  When I get two thumbs up from family though that helps. :)  So I went with it instead of going back to the drawing board.


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Supplies used on this card:

Retired Stamp Set:  Express Yourself
Retired Punch:  Postage Stamp

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Water Colored Vintage Leaves

Today's card is inspired by the colors over at the Color Throwdown challenge #362.  As soon as I saw the rich earthy colors I new I need to make some sort of card using them.  Since my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's anniversary is coming up I though I'd make an anniversary card using them...and I just had to pull out the 2014-2016 In Colors from Stampin' Up!  I love this group of colors!




I created the leaves by stamping the images on watercolor paper using VersaMark and embossing them in gold.  Then I used my Leaflets Framelits to to cut them out.  Once I had them cut out I worked on one leaf at a time.  I wet the whole leaf using an aquapainter, then started adding color from my ink pad lits onto the leaf.  I used Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow on the smallest leaf, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey on the oak leaf, and Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey on the maple leaf.  I know some of the colors on the leaves are not nearly as dark as the ink pads.  That's because I played around with them a little bit by adding water if I thought the color was too dark and also by mixing the colors together.  I never would have thought I'd get the red I did on the maple leaf, but taking the time to play around with the colors and mixing them can really be worth the effort! :)  The background of the card is watercolor paper also and I did a basic watercolor wash on it using Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow again.  I also used a stamp from the set Gorgeous Grunge on the background piece.  I stamped it with Mossy Meadow, but made sure I stamped off the watercolor paper onto scrap paper two times, then spritzed it with some water before I stamped it onto the watercolor paper.  I added a touch of lined thread here and there and the Happy Anniversary to finish it off. 


I also stamped leaves on the inside that were light enough to write over.  Yup I totally forgot to take a picture before I wrote all over it. lol  That's ok since I usually put that off until the last thing.  I just do NOT have a way with words, especially in cards so if I have something on my mind I write it before I forget it! lol


Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Friday, October 2, 2015

September Paper Pumpkin ~ Wickedly Sweet Treat

What do you think of the glimpse of projects made using the September Paper Pumpkin kit?  Do you like what you see?  I hope so!   Each month I'll be posting a collage of different ideas that can be created with the Paper Pumpkin kit other than what is already provided.  Each of the projects have been created by me and some of my fellow Red Hot Stampers along with our Upline.  I will be offering a free PDF of each of the projects we've created with pictures and instructions to each of my subscribers.  If you like to create cards and projects but don't always have the time to figure out what you want to make then the paper pumpkin is perfect for you!  You get full instructions from Stampin' Up! for each month's kit and now you can get other creative ideas from me!  If you'd like start receiving Paper Pumpkin click HERE to order!


Here is one of the great projects made using this kit!  Isn't this lion card super cute!  


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Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Christmas Wonderland

It's a Christmas Wonderland today on my blog.  Well it kind of looks like a starry night too and that's what it is...starry and/or snowy.  Whatever you'd like it to be. :)  This week we have a great sketch to work with at 'Tis the Season Christmas card challenge blog.  I had an idea and ran with it, but I wasn't quite as happy with it as I had hoped to be so I took something simple and (of course) had to make it a bit more complicated! lol


This is our sketch for the week.  It's pretty basic and simple.  Trust me it really is!  I just like to complicate things for some reason when I make cards! I NEED to learn to make CAS cards every now and then.
   

Make sure you head over to 'Tis the Season HERE to check out all the great Christmas cards made using this sketch.  It's so fun to see such a variety of cards made from the same sketch.  We'd love to have you play along too!  You know you'll be making your cards sooner or later...and sooner is much better than later! ;)

Sorry  I have so many pics on here.  I just know I love to check out different pictures, 
so I'm hoping you do to. :)  






So which color is  your favorite?  We all agree at my house on one color in particular.  Wow, we all agree on the same thing?  That doesn't happen very often!  Anyway I'd love to hear from you letting me know which color you like the best.  






Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Sara

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Supplies used on cards:

Used on ALL cards...

Beautiful Season (retired set) & Scallop Edge Border Punch (retired)

Liquid Frisket


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