Friday, January 21, 2022

May Peace Fill Your Soul


 It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list. Your project does not have to go with the challenge theme. You can just use 3 or more items from the inspo list for your creation.


Today's festivities are inspired by World Wetland Day, which takes place on February 2nd. The challenge runs from January 21st to January 31st.

I like to create a card for our challenge that goes with the theme. I must say that in terms of what's in my stash, this one had me stumped at first. I found one stamp set that could work, but I wasn't thrilled with it. So I Googled, of course. First I looked at wetlands images. I noticed lots of herons standing in marshes. Then I saw blue herons. Then I Googled "blue heron digital stamps". And I found this: Digital Stamp Design : Heron Bird Standing In Lake. Not only was it absolutely perfect, but it was a FREE download! (It's the little things). What luck! I downloaded it, printed it, and colored it with Copics. I then die cut it with Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle dies and popped it up with foam on white linen cardstock. I added a sentiment that I love from a PTI set called Peaceful Garden, mounted the white panel on a black card base and my card was complete. I used birds, grasses, green. water, blue from the inspo list.

Come play with us! Remember that your project does not have to go with the challenge theme. You can just use 3 or more items from the inspo list for your creation!

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans

Joanne James

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

On Your Special Day


I am thrilled to be here as Guest Designer for the new Color Hues Challenge where the challenge colors are Silver and White. I was in need of a wedding card for a couple who is very dear to me. Silver and white were a perfect starting point for that, so I went with a wedding theme.


 I recently spent a few hours learning to "Glimmer" (I love this new verb). To create my card, I started with the Spellbinders  December 2021 Large Die of the Month which has a very elegant lattice design. I die cut the base piece in white, then the middle piece in SU brushed silver. I did not use the top piece. I used the Foliage Border Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set from Foiled Basics by Yana Smakula for the circle and flowers, and a  sentiment from Yana's Special Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set. I felt that the card base needed a little texture, so I used Altenew's Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover die and that did the trick.

Head over to Color Hues and check out what the fabulous Design Team has come up with to inspire you and join us in the gallery. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Everything is new except for the debossing die and the pearls.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Love You, Gnomie

 


Time Out #205 begins today, We are challenged to be in love. So much room for interpretation there.

The challenge runs from Thursday, January 13th to Wednesday, January 26th. We are generously sponsored by Alex Syberia Design.


Challenge winner as chosen by our Design Team will receive a $15.00 coupon to use in the Alex Syberia Design ETSY Store. In addition, our winner will be eligible for a guest designer spot in a future challenge.

Joining us for this challenge, we have the incredibly talented Milla of Mustesormi and winner of Time Out Challenge #202. Milla has mad coloring skills and her work is awesome! Treat yourself to a stroll through Milla's blog and you will be sure to get your creative juices flowing! 

I used Alex Syberia's Be My Valentine Digital Stamp to create my card. I colored it with Copics and fussy cut it. I popped it up with foam tape and adhered it to a die cut linen panel cut from The Greetery Nordic Frames die, which seemed to go so well with the gnomes. There is a little stenciling in the background done with SSS Falling Hearts Stencil. The sentiment is from SSS Gnome School Sentiment Strips. The panels were adhered to a SU Real Red card base.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Alex Syberia digi and SSS Sentiment Strips are new

Friday, January 7, 2022

Celebrate


 It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list. Your project does not have to go with the challenge theme. You can just use 3 or more items from the inspo list for your creation.


Today's festivities are inspired by the celebration of our 100th challenge. Woot!!! Let's get this party started!. The challenge starts today and runs through January 17th.

I like to create a card for our challenge that goes with the celebration theme. This one was easy - a birthday celebration. I dug though my stash and pulled out some festive supplies and went to work on creating my card. The card base and cake stand are made with SU's brushed gold card stock that I have had forever. I embossed the cake stand with the first (gold) embossing powder that I bought about a gazillion years ago. I remember seeing a demo of heat embossing in a paper craft store and being in awe of the magic when the stamped image was heated. The background is Team Tie Die Patterned Paper from Honey Bee. The cake stand and cake images are from Reverse Confetti, and the streamers are from The Greetery. I finished it up with a few sequins and a Waffle Flower sentiment cut from black mirror card stock.

I used celebration, cake, gold, sequins and patterned papers from the inspo list.

Come play with us! Remember that your project does not have to go with the challenge theme. You can just use 3 or more items from the inspo list for your creation!

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans

Joanne James

Friday, December 31, 2021

Snowflake Thank You



Using more new "schtuff", I created this card using holographic card stock from SSS. At first glance, it looks like silver foil, but when you move it around n the light, it turns many different colors - so cool! I used this wonderful Penny Black snowflake tag with the holographic card stock for the base of the snowflake, and white glitter card stock for the detail. I used my new SSS Snowflake Visions Embossing Folder for my background, foiled a SSS Sentiment Strip for my sentiment, added a little twine, and my card was complete.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Poinsettia Thank You

 


Time Out #204 begins today, We are challenged to create a project with the theme of "New". So much room for interpretation there. Since it is New Year's Eve that is certainly an option, but there are so many other places to take it.

The challenge runs from Thursday, December 30th to Wednesday, January 12th. We are generously sponsored by Uniko.


Challenge winner as chosen by our Design Team will receive an in-stock stamp set of their choice from the Uniko store. In addition, our winner will be eligible for a guest designer spot in a future challenge.

With this last challenge of 2021 and "new" as the inspiration, we introduce and welcome our two new design team members. We are so happy to have Nancy and Aarthi join our team.

Also joining us for this challenge, we have the incredibly talented Chrissie Stokes of Simply one of a Kind. Chrissie was our Winner of Challenge #201. She is the co-founder of Less Is More Clean and simple challenge, and the Queen of Clean and Simple card making. Treat yourself to a stroll through Chrissie's blog and you will be sure to get your creative juices flowing!

My card is all about new crafting goodies from 4 different sources. Altenew's Perfect Poinsettias 3D embossing folder, Waffle Flower's Layered Poinsettia Die, Nordic Frames Die from The Greetery and sentiment from SSS CZ Designs All The Thanks stamps and dies.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Dreams Come True



Time Out #203 begins today, We are challenged to create a project with the theme of "Inspiration" and an optional twist of layers. So much room for interpretation there.

 The challenge runs from Thursday, December 16th to Wednesday, December 29th.

We are generously sponsored by Newton's Nook


Challenge winner will receive a $25 gift voucher to the Newton's Nook store. In addition to the prize from Newton's Nook, our Challenge winner as chosen by the design team will be eligible for a guest designer spot in a future challenge.

 Joining us for this challenge we have the very talented Cindy Beach of Stamps, Paper and Ink. Cindy was our Honors Winner of Challenge #200. Treat yourself to a stroll through Cindy's blog and you will be sure to get your creative juices flowing!

My card was inspired by one of my twin sons who is graduating from College in January. His aspiration is to be a High School Social Studies teacher and a Lacrosse Coach. I had the pure joy of reading a journal and a personal note and a letter of recommendation that his mentor teacher and his students put together for him as a parting gift from student teaching. I was in awe as I peered through a window into his life that I never would have experienced, had they not done this for him. It was beautiful, and wonderful and I had to grab a mop to soak up my tears of pride and wonderment. Inspiring?? You bet. The inside of my card reads "You have never been more ready to succeed". The kid is on fire, and I could not be more joyful, pleased and proud. Congratulations, Jon. Go light the world on fire. It certainly needs your gifts. 

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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