Anything Goes! - DT Christmas Card Challenge #44

This week at Christmas Card Challenges we have "Anything Goes"! Since I'm pretty busy these days, I thought I would make a card that I could use for the Christmas Club classes I teach. This one would be one of the cards for the November class. So you will see it again with a couple of other cards when I post it for the class. In the meantime, here is the card and some details.

I'm using two new dies (new to me) on this card, from Elizabeth Craft Designs - Pinecone and Sprig with Berries. Just love the look. And, since it's for Christmas I added Star Dust Stickles to the pincones, the heat embossed sentiment, and the two different Martha Stewart snowflakes.

The red & white gingham ribbon I used was very white, and I wanted it to go better with the Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 6 x 6 paper. So, I took Tim Holtz's Scattered Straw ink pad and using the lid to press the ribbon into the pad, I slowly pulled the ribbon from under it. This gave it the yellowed aged look I wanted to match the paper better.

To make the bow for this card I used the Mini-Bowdabra (great tool!) leaving long tails to twist and manipulate on the card.

Here are some more photos form different views to have a better look at the layering.

Well that's it for this card. Why not have a peek at the other DT creations for Challenge #44 and join in on the "Anything Goes" fun.

Alanna -  DT coordinator 
Sabrina - That's me!
Sparkle-- Owner
 Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Birthday Gift Card Set

September 21st was my Mom's 77th birthday. She so loved the lantern paper from Graphic 45's Bird Song collection last year that I kept aside a 12 x 12 sheet in order to make her some cards with it. I finally got to it. I decided to make her little note cards (3 1/2" x 5 1/5"). So I 'fussy cut' all the lanterns I could from a 12 x 12. I had a few other leftover pieces that I used as well to make a total of eighteen cards.
As you can see, for some of the cards I used a piece of velum to tone down, just a little, the beautiful patterns on the paper so that the lanterns would stand out a bit better.

Here they are in smaller groups for a better look.

Because there are so many cards I didn't take any side view shots to show all the popped up lanterns, etc. It was a joy to make these for my Mom, and I'm pleased that she is happy with them.

I will add that making 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" cards is so fun. Because they are smaller, they are a little easier to create for. I only wish I had had the time to make a lovely box to hold them all.

Thank you for checking in to have a peek today.

Autumn & Thanksgiving - Spectrum Noir Fun Club October

I love the beautiful Autumn colours, and with now being able to use markers it makes it so much more fun to create Autumn and Thanksgiving cards!

So for October's Spectrum Noir Fun Club class we are doing just that. These are the two images we'll be colouring and making cards from.

For this class we will practise blending with different colours (yellow with greens, oranges and browns), colouring sentiment labels, and giving an ink distressed look using our markers rather than the favorite TH Ink Distress blending.

We use My Favorite Things Inspired by Autumn stamps for both of these cards, as well as JustRite Antique Autumn Tags One.

I also used Hot Chocolate Liquid Pearls on this card. Here is the card again from a couple of different angles.

The Spectrum Noir markers used for this card are : CT2, CT4, GB5, OR1, TN7, DG2, CG2, EB2, EB1, CG1& TN8, and of course a palette.
This next card has pumpkins - another favorite Fall image.

For this card I dry embossed the Capers green cardstock with Spellbinder's M-Bossabilities Flora.

The pumpkin stamp is a single one, so I masked to get three pumpkins. And I have to say that I like my first colouring of the pumpkins on my class practise sheet than I do the one ones on the card. Since that happens often, maybe I should colour my card image first and then the practise one.

You can see the edges of the pumpkin paper has been distress with the markers using EB2 and the Blender pen.

Here is the card again from a couple of different angles.

The markers used for this card are: CT2, CT4, GB5, OR1, TN7, CG2, DG2, DG4, CG10 EB2, EB1, CG1, TN8, CT1,  and the Blender pen and a palette.

Here is the practise sheet for my class.

It was great of you to stop in for a peek.

Happy colouring!

Sparkly Star - DT Christmas Card Challenge #43 Sketch

Earlier today I saw a Christmas Countdown on someone's blog and I couldn't believe it! Only 93 days left till Christmas! That's a very good reason to participate all year round in the fun challenges at the Christmas Card Challenges blog, becuse the time just flies. Between being on the DT for CCC and teaching an all year round Christmas Club card class, I have more Christmas cards than I need.

This is my DT inspirational card for this week's sketch challenge.

All in cream and gold. It is one of my favorite colour combos. Oh, and this is the sketch for the challenge that I designed my card around. I made a few changes to the sketch by turning it on it's side and by having the sentiment strip come out from the star.

The shape of the card was die-cut using Grand Labels Eleven.

I die-cut the star using Star STAX Die-Namics from gold metallic cardstock and also from a Scor Tape sheet. I attached the star adhesive to the gold star and then rubbed gold glitter to it.

The paper used for this card comes from lats year's Carta Bella Christmas Day collection.

Here is the card from different angles.

Thank you so much for stopping by to have a peek. Please be sure to check out the other DT Christmas Card Challenge 43 creations for this sketch challenge.

Alanna -  DT coordinator 
Sabrina - That's me!
Sparkle-- Owner
Happy Christmas card making!

Spectrum Noir Christmas 2 - Bird & Dec 25th

Hi Everyone! Posting the two cards for the 2nd Spectrum Noir Christmas Card Class in October.

For the first time we'll be heat embossing an image and then colouring it. The stamp is Woodware's Christmas Date, and we'll be using gold embossing powder.

After colouring and cutting out the image, it is popped up over the My Favorite Things Sentimental Flourish Die-Namics, which also is popped up. So the image has two layers of foam dimensionals in order for it to be raised higher than the die cut flourishes.

The Spectrum Noir markers used for this card are : DG4, DG3, CG2, EB2, EB5, DR7, DR3, and the blender pen and palette.

This next card may look a little familiar to you. That's because I just designed a DT card for a challenge very much like it, here. I just used stamps available through the store were I work and some different papers.

This stamp is Penny Black's Nature's Best. The papers are from Graphic 45's 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 pad with the exception of the music paper. That is from an older Teresa Collins Christmas line. When fussy cutting the image after colouring, I cut parts off to better group the holly as you can see bellow.

I attached a section of Inkssentials metal foil adhesive tape sheet behind the image before cutting it out so that I could bend and shape the holly leaves better and give it a little more strength.

The Spectrum Noir markers used for this image are: EB2, EB1, EB5, EB7, EB8, TN7, TN8, DR7, DG3, DG2, CG2, DR3 and the palette.

Here is my practise sheet for the class.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look. Have fun making your Christmas cards!

Music - DT Christmas Card Challenge #42

This Sunday, the theme of the challenge at Christmas Card Challenges is "Music". I love paper that has music notes on it, and I guess it shows on my DT submission for this week's challenge since I've used two different designer papers with music scores on them; one from Websters and the other from Teresa Collins.

The cute little chickadee is a downloaded digital image that I printed in gray rather than black, and colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. I added a very thin layer of Stardust Stickles to the holly, and some Frosted Lace on the bottom of the circle frame (which is still wet in the photo) to look like snow.

Here are a few more different views of the card.

To see the DT inspirational submissions hope on over to the challenge blog, or use the links to their blogs, below.

Alanna -  DT coordinator 
Sabrina - That's me!
Sparkle-- Owner
Thank you so much for having a peek today, and I hope that you join in on the challenge this week. You do not have to use the challenge theme of 'music' as long as you enter a Christmas card.
Have a great week, and happy papercrafting!

G45 Club - "Joie de Vivre" French Country Dbl Page Layout

Starting in September, Scrapbook Parade is starting a Graphic 45 Club as so many love their paper collections. I'm among those G45 lovers, so that means I can now, on a more regular basis, create cards, to layouts, to projects, using their lovely papers! Happy me, lol.

This is the third class for the club, a double page layout, using the blacks, greens, vintage creams, a touch of the earthy red, and from one entire sheet, all those lovely fussy cut yellow sunflowers! All from the French Country collection.

Here is the layout.

OK, so some of the details are - every paper piece, fussy cut flower, chipboard piece banner and tag punch outs, and even every photo, as been edged with a dark brown marker to hide the white or light core.  The exception is the punch pattern created with a Martha Stewart deep edge punch on the green at the bottom of the layout.

Here are some close up detail shots.

There are five hidden pull out tags on this layout. Can you figure out where they are?

I just love those Graphic 45 Key Hole and brad Staples!

Well I hope that you've been inspired to try a G45 double page layout! I loved putting some of my grandchildren in this layout :).

So do you want to know where those five pull out tags are?

Thank you for stopping by today for a visit. Happy papercrafting!

Snowman - DT Christmas Card Challenge #41

Challenge #41 for this week at Christmas Card Challenges, is challenging us to create a card using a snowman! After a lot of searching I found an old woodblock stamp! Believe it or not, that is the only stamp or item I had for this snowman challenge.

I decided after I colored him with my Spectrum Noir Markers, that I actually liked the little snowman! I had never used it after it was given to me a couple of years ago. I put a very light layer of Star Dust Stickles on the snowman's carrot nose and a little on the right side of the the snowman.

I used two die cuts of the MFT Die-Namics Snowflake Doily to back the Spellbinder's oval used to die cut the snowman with, and lightly cover them in Star Dust Stickles.

So here are a few more angles to look at him from.

Thank you for stopping in to have a peek.

With Christmas being only a short 3 1/2 months away, you may want to consider getting an early start on the making of your Christmas cards. There is a lot of inspiration over at Christmas Card Challenges not only form the DT, but from those that enter the challenges, too. Have a look at the DT blogs below.

Alanna -  DT coordinator 
Sabrina - That's me!
Sparkle-- Owner
Remember, you don't have to use the suggested challenge to enter your card, as long as it is a Christmas card, you can enter it.
Happy Christmas Card making!