Friday, November 9, 2012

For the Queen

You know I always have to crown a new Queen from Splitcoaststampers every Friday. This week's queen is Angella Crockett. If you know her, you know she makes the most awesome cards. I cased this card.
I stamped, cut out, and popped on the cage so that it would hang and then I stamped some of the images on the designer paper.

Stamps-Studio 112, Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/Fabulous Dogs (sentiment)
Paper-PTI vintage cream, Stampin'Up! chocolate chip, and rose red, unknown dp
Ink-Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories-K & CO die cut tags, Cheery Lynn Designs Victorian Romance Flourish, Cuttlebug textile embossing folder, Mark Richards gold metal brads, Flower Soft peel off stickers for chain, Martha Stewart bird punch

I think this is it for me this week. Hope you all have a great weekend. I love when you visit my blog.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I bought a poinsettia die last year and never used it so I'm trying to get some cards made using it this year. I love red poinsettias and just seeing them really puts me in a Christmas mood.

When I uploaded my card, I thought it looked dark and I was very unhappy because I didn't think I had uploaded a card that way. I knew it had a bit of shadowing from photographing but that was o.k. It hit me that I needed to brighten my computer screen. What a difference something so simple makes.  If you don't know how or have forgotten and need to brighten your screen, here is how it works on my computer: Press the Fn key on the keyboard and simultaneously press the F11 key. Press the F11 key as many times as needed for the amount of brightness you need. If you need to darken the screen, press the Fn key and F10 at the same time. O.K., that's my computer lesson for today. LOL

This week, Vicky, at CCEE Stampers  gave us a challenge (#1245) to use only a portion of an embossing folder on our cards. I guess I used two portions but they are separated by a blank space. I just turned my embossing folder sideways at the top and ran it through the Cuttlebug and then did the same at the bottom, just a smaller section. This left a nice, clean space for my sentiment.

I colored the poinsettia with Copics after die cutting them using white cardstock. The poinsettia was layered and I punched out other leaves. A gemstone and sentiment finished it. We hope you'll come play with us this week. Add your card to our inlinkz tool so we can see what you did.

Stamps-Hot off the Press/Christmas Words
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Old Olive cardstock, green scraps
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Cuttlebug embossing folder/snowflakes, clear rhinestone, Martha Stewart fir punch, Spellbinders Shapeabilities layered poinsettia, Punch Bunch/lily mega punch, Copics

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes

I spent a Saturday doing something I've never done this early. I put up my Christmas tree. I know, it is really, really early but I have so much going on I thought I may never get it up by the time I want it finished if I didn't go ahead and do it. I know a lot of people don't decorate until after Thanksgiving but I  do, just never this early. Believe me, I have good reason for it. Anyway, my house is not the one where we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving Day so no one will know unless I tell them or someone comes for a visit. :-)

I'm still making a few Thanksgiving cards. I wanted to do the Dirty Dozen Fan Club challenge on Splitcoaststampers so I got busy and came up with this card. I'm doing the central theme which is Fall to Pieces....things pertaining to Fall.  I first had ribbon in a yellow/gold matching the leaves but when I made the picture, it was too, too much. So, I changed it and it may look faded out. It is what it is.

I have been meaning to show my pretty Sasanqua Camellia but have waited too long. They bloom in October and November. Mine has been loaded with beautiful white blooms but I discovered when I went to get a photo, they had begun to brown. So, I snapped one bloom with a  bee enjoying himself.
Seeing white blooms is quite a change from the Fall colors all around me. But, I have really enjoyed it.

Recipe for my card:
Stamp-Stampabilities Happy Thanksgiving 05-CR1138 (sentiment)
Paper-PTI vintage cream, dp is Damask on Kraft (dbl sided) The Paper Studio
Ink-Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, Potter's Clay, and Rich Cocoa
Accessories-Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage die, Cheery Lynn Designs Frame 114, Spare Part-The Paper Studio chocolate colored flower, Prima Flowers/Parchment Petals Scroll, Lush rhinestones, The Paper Studio/natural burlap/jute, hand cut banner