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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hello friends!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We sure had a great time and I think the cookies were a great hit with everyone! LOL!  Got some gift cards and money to spend, so of course I'm looking forward to doing that too!

I'm swinging by today to share with you a new challenge over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week it's an easy ANYTHING GOES!  Just show us what you're working on!
(We can't wait to see your creations!)

Here's what I decided to make for the challenge:
I thought this would be a good time to pull out some My Favorite Things products for a fun New Year's shaker card.

I've used the Stitched Numbers Die-namics to cut the 2017 on the MFT Grout Gray card stock.  I used some acetate behind it and added some gold sequins and silver star sequins for inside as well as a few of them on the outside panel.  I've also die cut the MFT hello die with silver foil card stock and attached it above the numbers.  I used my white gel pen to make some stitch lines.

For the banner, I used the Jumbo Fishtail Banner die-namics and cut one out from MFT Peach Bellini card stock and attached that behind my shaker panel.

For the background, I've heat embossed the Transparent Triangles background stamp with clear EP over a piece of white card stock.  I then used the MFT Summer Splash and MFT Tropical Teal inks and used my ink blending tool to sponge in the colors over the heat embossed background.  All of this was layered onto an A2 sized white top folding card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
I think the colors worked out really well for this design, so I'm glad that I decided to stick with it!
I've never used both silver and gold on a card before, but I think it works especially for an occasion like this one! :)  I've dotted the sequins with some Nuvo Crystal drops in silver and gold.

Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to check out what the rest of the design team has come up with and enter your project! :)

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If you follow along with me on Facebook, then you've probably already seen my exciting news, but if you haven't, I'm VERY excited to be joining the CAS STAMPlorations challenges as a guest designer in January 2017 for three months!!  I do hope that you will stop by and check them out if you aren't familiar with their products!  So please be sure to check back for my creations in January!

That's it for 2016 on this blog!!
I thank you so much for your wonderful time that you've spent with me here and I really look forward to much fun & creativity in the New Year!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and productive 
New Year!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday - Blue Christmas

Hey friends!
I know you're all busy making preparations for your holidays, but I wanted to pop in here real quick to share a new challenge up over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
This week's challenge is an easy peasy Anything Goes!
(We can't wait to see your creations!)

Although we could make anything, I decided on making another Christmas card since I was already in the Christmas mood!  This will get me a head start for next year!

Here's what I came up with:
Yes, it's a penguin and it's also a LF card too! :)
The reason I made this particular card is because I saw that the Lawnscaping Challenge blog is now closing down.  This is their last challenge.  I was very sad to hear that because I usually looked forward to playing along in their challenges and I will really miss that.

Anyway, the the theme of the challenge is "Christmas/Holidays" and since I was sad about the news, I thought I would make it a BLUE Christmas theme.  LOL!

For my card, I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and then took the snowflake images from the LF Critters in the Snow stamp set and heat embossed them with clear EP all over the paper.  I then brushed some blue Gansi Tambi watercolor over the top of them.  Since they were embossed, the watercolor resisted the snowflakes.  I then took my brush loaded with a darker blue watercolor and made some splatters with it.  I then cut the piece out with he LF Stitched Rectangle die.

To make the snow hills, I took some silver glitter paper and white card stock to cut out a piece with the same stitched rectangle die that I used to cut out the background piece.  I then took the LF Stitched Hillside Border die to cut out both pieces where I wanted my snow banks.  I took the LF Winter Scripty Sayings and stamped it along the bottom of the white snow bank.

I stamped and colored the images from the stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies and attached them onto the snow banks.  I arranged the penguin between the white and silver hills.  The images were both colored with Copic markers.  I added some silver and snowflake sequins to the background and dotted each of them with some silver Nuvo Crystal drops.

Finished the card by layering the panel onto some craft foam and attaching that to an A2 sized white side folding card base.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
You can now see all of the sparkle on this card.
I have covered the igloo with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  You can also see the silver glitter in the centers of the sequins.

Hope you'll stop by and see what the rest of the DT has come up with for this challenge and that you'll link up your project too!

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P.S.  For those of you who are interested in my Christmas baking adventures, I have FINALLY made my very last batch of cookies! Yay!  They're all sorted out and have already started to begin their deliveries to people now.  (To have a look at all of my other baked items, check out the post below this one...there is lots of it!)

The last batch of cookies was the Monster Cookies requested by my dad.  These are not for the "faint of heart" nibblers for sure!  LOL!  Like I mentioned in my last post, it takes 12 eggs, 1 lb. of butter, 3 lbs of peanut butter, 2 lbs of brown sugar,etc.  In order to mix the batter, I must use a large roasting pan to fit it all in.  Also, you need to use an ice cream scoop to put the cookies on the cookie sheets.  Obviously, they are Monster Cookies, so they're large and you can only get 4 cookies per sheet.  It takes quite a while to bake and the recipe makes SO many cookies...here's the results:
I have them spread out on an eight foot table in my dining room.  I think it made something like over 100 of them!  I think dad will have to freeze a big bag of them for later munching! LOL!
Here's a closer look at the cookies:
It's basically like an oatmeal type of cookie with peanut butter, M&Ms and chocolate chips.
I think one cookie could probably satisfy for a small meal! LOL!

I have a little project that I need to make for Christmas, so I may share that later if I have time before Christmas.

Thanks so much for dropping in today!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Lawnscaping Challenge - Christmas
(last challenge :(  Sorry to see you go!)

2.  Crafty Friends - Sparkle

3.  Crafty Creations - Any Holiday

4.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Sparkle

5.  Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Cards and Christmas Baking!

It's that time of year my friends!
It's the last full week before we get to Christmas day!  Are you ready?!
I have done the shopping with Mr Claus despite this cold weather, sent out my Christmas cards and have done lots and lots of baking!  I still have one more huge batch of special cookies to make, but hopefully I'll be getting that done in the next day so I can start relaxing and enjoy time with my family and the spirit of the season.  :)

*warning - photo heavy post!*

First, I'd like to share with you a special post with a HUGE lot of the majority of the Christmas cards that I sent out this year.

I would like to tell you first how this huge batch of cards came about.
I have never "really" worked completely and fully with a card kit.  I have many upon many card kits that I have purchased and have made a couple of cards from, but I have never truly sat down to make as many cards as I could possibly think of with just ONE kit.  (Do you buy any card kits?  Do you like to use them and if so, have you ever made as many as you possibly could from one card kit?  Would love to know your opinions!)

After I got out the Simon Says Stamp Merry & Bright December 2016 Card Kit, I started to get to work and decided that the bulk of everything that I was going to create was going to be strictly from this card kit.  Here's my results:
I have made a total of 12 Christmas cards plus a thank you card used with items mainly from this card kit.  One of them you have already seen in THIS POST. (Merry & Bright Rudolph card)

I still have a few things left over from the kit that I could probably squeeze out a few more cards with too.  I have pulled a few embellishments and some white card stock from my stash, but that's about it.

Here's a closer look at them.  Please forgive the blurry photos as I was taking photos assembly style before I mailed them out in a hurry! LOL!
I loved that mailbox sticker from the kit.  All papers and images and sentiments are from the card kit.

I loved the stamp set from the kit with these adorable images!  These are probably my two favorite cards created from the kit.

I used the set of strips decorative papers from the kit and then used the Bargello Technique (click on link for the tutorial) to put the background together.  I think it made for a nice quilt look.

Sorry this one got a bit blurry on me, but all papers and images are from the kit.  I just cut out some of the papers to make them the focal point on my cards.

I thought it would be fun to take some of the left over decorative papers and try to make a mailbox shape with them buried in the glittery snow.  I cut out a bird from some of the decorative papers to perch on top of the mail box.

I took several of the left over strips that I had and added some sparkly washi tape and snowflakes.  The main image is part of the decorative papers from the kit.

And since there were some "thank you" type sentiments in the decorative papers, I thought it would be a good idea to make a thank you card.

Like I said, I still have some more pieces left over that I could probably make another couple of cards with it which I will probably do when I have some extra time to finish it off.  I really enjoyed this challenge.  You could certainly make your Christmas cards from one kit depending upon how many you send out, but I think it's well worth the investment.  For Christmas most definitely!
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I'd like to share enter this post for the
Happy National Christmas Card Day Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp

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And now here are some photos of the baking that I've been doing in my kitchen.  (All of these photos were taken from my phone as I was doing them...so they're not quite sorted yet.)

First, I had to get my chocolate covered cherries going because they need to sit for 7 days or so in order for the cherry filling candy to liquefy inside:
I made this especially for hubby...hope he will enjoy them!

Next set of candy was the old-fashioned buckeyes:
I do love peanut butter and chocolate!

I skipped the peanut brittle this year and decided to make some caramel corn:
This is during the cooling process.  I broke it apart to store in containers.  I've added some freshly hand roasted peanuts to this and it turned out delicious!

Next was some Peppermint Pretzel Candy for a peppermint lover on my Christmas list:
Once the white chocolate cooled, I drizzled some dark chocolate over them.

Next up for candy was the chocolate covered pretzels:
I've already got the white chocolate pretzels bagged, but I have the peppermint chocolate ones are cooling with a red chocolate drizzle over top of them.  Once cooled, they were bagged.

And now for the cookies, I started out with a new to me recipe for Turtle Cookies:
These are very yummy!  I love the caramel centers with some extra chocolate drizzled on top!  This was just part of the batch as I had started to sort out the cookies in containers for gifts at this point.

Next up I made a common cookie request for Chocolate Crinkles:

The next batch of cookies was requested by my son which is Molasses Cookies:


And today, I plan on starting a cookie that was requested by my dad.  They are called "Monster Cookies"...and when I say "Monster"....they certainly are!  Let's just say you need a huge roasting pan to make the batter and very large amounts of ingredients like 3 lbs. of peanut butter, 2 lbs of brown sugar, a dozen eggs and like 18 cups of oatmeal!  LOL!  You also need an ice cream scoop to dip the batter onto cookie sheets...and because they are monstrous, you can only bake a few at a time!  So that will be my final cookie process and then I will be done.  :)

It's funny how everyone has their "favorite" and I sure enjoy making them for the loved ones on my Christmas list.


Hope you've enjoyed my Christmas making post today!
This is why I've been so busy and haven't had much time to sit at the computer.  :)
I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season and spending time with loved ones.

Thanks so much for dropping by today, I love hearing from you!
Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas friends!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Be Merry Feminine Tag

Happy weekend friends!
Yes, I'm still fighting and trying to push through my baking.  I will need to take a small break though because I need to do a bit of shopping with Mr. Claus! :)

I needed to get this tag posted because I'm stopping in again at the last possible hours of the challenge to get it in. Story of this Season for me!  I am hoping to get some RELAX time tomorrow afternoon and heat up the kitchen with more baking.  It's supposed to be VERY cold tomorrow in our area.  It's supposed to be a high of 1 degree with a low of -10 degrees that night. Brrr!  Sounds like a good night for cookies and hot cocoa!! :)  Someone had asked me what candy and/or cookies I was making and I have a list...some trying for the first time and other are family favorites.  I will hopefully have a photo of things next week to share what I've got!

So for now, here is a feminine Christmas tag I made:
I think Lawn Fawn images are perfect to use for Christmas because you can't help but smile when you see something and I can always spot a creation with them! :)

Besides the doxie images they have, my next favorite of theirs is the penguin images.  This one comes from their latest Snow Cool set.  I actually made this tag for the annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist by Ellen Hutson (see below) and I had to follow a challenge theme day to make my tag for.  I chose Day 6 where you were to use purple and grey colors.

So I started off by getting out the LF Tag, You're It die set and cut a piece of the plaid papers from the LF Perfectly Plaid Winter Paper Pack.  I cut another piece with gray colored card stock and then again with a white piece of card stock.  I cut the purple tag reinforcer with some LF Sugarplum card stock.

For the plaid tag, I stamped some grey snowflakes in the background.  For the grey tag I cut out, I took the LF Stitched Mountain Borders to cut it off where I wanted it and attached it over the plaid tag background.  The snow caps were cut out with white card stock and glued to the top of the grey mountains.  I also used the white tag I cut out and cut out a small snow bank for the penguin with the LF Stitched Hillside Borders.  I used the portion without the stitching on it to match the tag design.  I then took some LF Sugarplum Ink and stamped the sentiment on the bottom using the LF Scripty Winter Sayings and attached it over the grey mountain tag border.

Lastly, I stamped, colored with Copics the penguin using the grey and purple colors in mind.  I also took the bow tie from the Snow Cool stamp set and colored that in purple and added some white dots with my gel pen and fussy cut it out and glued it on the penguin's head to make a bow.  I've also used my Copic liner pen to draw some eyelashes on her.  I would normally color the beak and feet with yellow/orange color, but I wanted to keep with the grey colors.  I used the coordinating dies for this set to cut out the penguin and popped her up over the sentiment snow bank.

Lastly, I added some LF Silver Sparkle Cord to the top of the tag and then glued some silver sequins on the plaid tag background.  I used some silver Nuvo Crystal drops for the centers of each one.  I also brushed the snow caps with some Wink of Stella clear glitter.

I'm sure that I will have someone special to tie this on a gift for! :)

Thanks so much for dropping in and I love reading your comments too! :)
Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm unless you're sunbathing somewhere warm...then I'm jealous!! LOL!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist - Day 6 colors

2.  Shopping Our Stash (SOS282) - Tag, You're It!

3.  Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

4.  A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

5.  The ABC Challenge - 'V' is for Varied (anything goes)

Friday, December 16, 2016

It's a COFFEE Kind of Christmas...

Hello friends...I'm back again!
As I had mentioned in my post earlier today, I had more to share with you!
Please check out my post below if you've missed it.

I couldn't let the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop end without joining and there is only a couple of hours left, so there's no better time than at the last minute, right?!  :)  Here are a couple of cards that I made:
I have lots of red and green going on here which really put me in the festive mood!
I just love the fun coffee themed products from STAMPlorations...they have many to choose from, so check them out (in the link above) if you haven't already!  I've used some of those and combined them with some other products they have to make it Christmas themed.

For the first card on the left,:
I was inspired by the current STAMPlorations sketch challenge (see below) for this card and I thought it would be fun to combine it with the awesome FREEBIE that Shery created just for this hop!  Thank you!  I've already seen many people using it in such creative ways!

For the bottom portion of my card, I've used the Holly Background ARTplorations stencil and sponged over it with red and green ink.  I've also taken a green marker to outline the holly leaves. I then took a sponge dauber filled with green ink and went over the holly leaves for a glow around them and to give some more color.  I wanted to add a bit more detail, so I took the holly leaf image from the STAMPlorations Christmas Bell Medley set and stamped it with gold ink in various open spaces at the bottom.  (This is was all done on an A2 sized top folding white card base.)

I took another piece of white card stock and cut a curvy border so that the bottom of the stenciled area showed and attached it over top of the card base.  I added some dotted lines with a marker and stamped a Christmas sentiment at the top right corner from the STAMPloratons Caffeinated Christmas stamp set. (perfect for this blog hop!)  I took a Copic marker to add some shadow around the "coffee" word.

Lastly, I took this awesome FREEBIE image, printed it out and colored it in with my Copics.  I decided to fussy cut it out and pop it up over the curved area on the card to make it look like it's going through a snow hill.  Here's a closer look at the image details:
So although most of it is colored with red and green, I did make the "travel mug" black in color with some silver metal parts using a silver gel pen.  I also took a gold gel pen to color in the ribbon on the present as well as adding some dots to the "to go" cup.

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For my second card:
This one was super fun to put together!
I kept envisioning a coffee cup Christmas tree topper, so here's how it turned out.

I took the Christmas Trees ARTplorations stencil and used distress inks in various green colors to give the tree a gradient colored look.  I then took the coffee cup from the STAMPlorations Sketchy Coffee Cups stamp set , inked it up and colored it in with Copic markers and fussy cut it out to pop up over the tree.

I then took the STAMPlorations Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year stamp set and embossed the greetings over the tree with gold EP.  Lastly, I cut out the "coffee" sentiment in gold card stock with the STAMPlorations Coffee Word die and glued it in the center of the tree.  I added some red sequins and took some red Stickles to add to the centers of each one.

I attached this panel onto a red piece of card stock and then added it to a top folding white A2 sized card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here, you can see where I've taken my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to added some shimmer to the inside of the coffee cup on top.  You can also see the gold embossing of the sentiment and shine from the gold die cut "coffee".

I think there may be someone that I can send one of these cards out to and still reach them in time...so I may just pop one of them in the mail!! :)

Thanks so much for dropping by today and checking out my posts! 
I do hope you're enjoying them and getting inspired!

I will have yet another post to share with you tomorrow before another challenge ends on me!
Have a great night...I'm back to baking! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

One Layer Outlined Christmas

Hello friends!
Ok...I was busier than I thought I would be this week! LOL!  You sort of have to *stand* over the stove when making Christmas candy...so there wasn't much *sitting* for me this week which means I haven't gotten on the computer except to type up and schedule a few postings!  I have looked over FB on my phone a couple of times to "like" a few things though! :)  I'm hopefully finishing up my candies this evening and then start on the baking of cookies which will give me a few minutes of sitting while I smell the wonderful smells of cookies baking! :)  - Perhaps then I can share a photo of what's going on!  Yum!

I'm pleased to hear that some people have received my Christmas cards...so I'm going to post them and I do have many of them which I'll share more about later, but I made this one using some "new to me" Altenew Stamps.  I was introduced or enabled by a blog friend with them and so I had to give them a try and have REALLY liked what I've been playing with so far! :)

Here's a Christmas card that I made for a special Veterinary Specialist who helps me with my fur friend Mocca and all of her special needs as she gets older:
I don't know why I'm so intimidated with one-layer cards, but they seem hard for me and other times they just seem to go together really well! :)  I think this is one of those times.

The image I've used is called Winter Cottage.  There was not much coloring to be done, but I did get out my Copics and color in bit of the trees, cabin and shading for the snow.  I've also took a T-ruler and outlined the edges of the card with a Copic liner pen.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
So as you can see, I've added some sparkle to the snow with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and then I thought it would be fun to add a faint smoke coming from the chimney on top of the cabin.

For the sentiment, I've used the Halftone Holidays and stamped the large word with blue ink and the other portion of the sentiment in black.  I also love the coordinating dies that go with this.
For the inside of most of my Christmas cards this year, I found a new favorite that I really have fallen in love with.  Sometimes it's really hard to find nice sentiments to go on the inside of your cards, but this company, in my opinion, has done a great job with this set called Holiday Wishes.  (I don't normally share the inside of my cards and I didn't think to take a photo to share with you, but if you click on the link you can see the great versatility for the insides of your Christmas cards.)  I know that I will be pulling this many times in the future as well!

Hope you've enjoyed my CAS Christmas card today!
Thanks so much for dropping by and I'll have another post coming shortly...stayed tuned!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Less is More - Outlines

2.  Fantasy Stampers - CAS Christmas

3.  Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS

4.  12 Days of Christmas Cards Challenge with Kylie & Friends

5.  Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas with a non-traditional twist

Thursday, December 15, 2016

It's Snowflakes at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
A bit late sharing my post with you today...so much going on right now!  :)
I have been super busy with the Christmas things going on right now, but hopefully I will be able to take a break to sit down and check out what my friends are up to soon!  - I have appreciated all of your kind comments!

I'm just swinging in to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The theme for this week is "Snowflakes"!
As always please feel free to interpret this theme as you see it.  Can't wait to see your makes!

And here is what I've made for this challenge:
I thought that since I had been playing with my card kits, that I would get out my MFT Snowflake Sparkle card kit to create a couple more Christmas cards and have it fit with this challenge too!  I absolutely LOVE the sparkly papers that were included in this kit!  (It has long been sold out, but I think you can purchase some of the items separately.)  I also love that you can use this not just for Christmas, but other times for a nice winter theme.

If you remember that diagonal fold card design I made, I pretty much took the same idea, but made it the focal point for my card design instead.  I even used the same colors.  You'll notice that I've also stamped a snowflake image on the envelope flaps too.

Here's a closer look at each one:
For my first card on the left, I've used the green sparkle paper from the kit and cut it at a slant to fit perfectly inside the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames dies on each end of the frame.  I had just enough opening in the center to stamp my greeting.

I stamped the snowflakes and cut them out with the coordinating dies from the kit and attached them on the design.  I took a circle punch to punch out a couple of circles for the centers with some more of that green glitter paper.  The snowflakes were popped up with foam dots and then I took some silver Nuvo Crystal Drops and placed a dot in the center of each one.  This was all placed on top of a top folding A2 sized white card base.

For second card on the right:
This one looks almost exactly like the front of the diagonal fold card, but I placed the plaid papers from the kit over the green sparkle paper and then added this panel over top of an A2 sized side folding card base that was stamped with another snowfall image from the set in white ink.

I added a strip of white ribbon around the front of the card base before adding the plaid snowflake panel that was popped up with some craft foam.  I've also die cut the sentiment greeting from some more of that green sparkle paper and glued it at the bottom of my card base.

I loved the rhinestones over the snowflakes in the last card, so I had to do the same for this one too! :)

I have SO MUCH left over from this card kit and I know that I can still make a ton of cards with it, so there may not be a need for me to purchase any kits next year since I haven't had a chance to really play with the ones I got this year!! LOL!!  (Saving money already, right?!)  LOL

So please do stop by the CCT challenge blog to check out all of the gorgeous inspiration from the DT and we hope to see your lovely creations in the gallery this week!!

Thanks for dropping in and I'll have more to share with you VERY soon!! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES: 

1.  Creative Corner - Christmas Time

2.  Crafting When We Can - It's Christmas!

3.  Crafty Boots - Christmas

4.  Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

5.  Fab 'n' Funky - Glitter and Sparkle

6.  Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - Anything Goes/Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snow Better Time of Year!

Hello friends!
So now that my Christmas cards have been mailed out, it's time for the cookie baking to begin!  I've been busy in my kitchen making candy and cookies.  Maybe I'll have a photo to share with you later on how it's coming along.  Do you make cookies for the Holidays?  What is your favorite?  I enjoy pretty much anything with chocolate!  LOL!

As promised, I'm back today to share some of the Christmas cards that I've been so busy making and mailed out.  These particular cards were sent overseas, so I'm hoping that they'll reach their destination in time, but this is the reason that I like to make them "snow" type cards too! :)  It's the feeling and thought that goes into making for all us card makers, right?

I am also making sure that I don't miss out on a challenge before it ends:
I had actually made these two cards, but this is the only photo I took because I had an entire huge pile of cards that I quickly set up in "batches" to photograph...so hopefully they still turn out view-able for posting.

Of course it's just not Christmas without those cute Lawn Fawn stamps! :)  I have pulled out my new sets from this year which are the Simon Says Stamp "STAMPtember exclusive" Happy Howlidays and the Snow Cool with the coordinating dies to go with it.

For the card on the right side with the little Dachshund image, which I colored to look like my sweet little Mocca doxie (red hair), I used my Copics to color her, the lights wrapped around her as well as the Santa hat and then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  For the background, I stamped a couple of snowflakes from the set along with the sentiment and then used my ink blending tool to lightly sponge some Tumbled Glass distress ink over top.  I then just used some foam squares to pop up the doxie with all of the accessories glued on her.  I added some glitter to the hat too.  Lastly, I used my corner chomper to round the edges of all four corners.

For the penguin card, I have stamped the large background falling snow image from the Snow Cool stamp set at the top portion of my card with VersaMark ink and then I used some clear EP to heat set it.  I then took some distress inks with ink foam blending tool and blended the colors for a blue sky background.  I also added a few more snowflakes to the background in a darker ink as well as white heat embossed the "snow" sentiment with white EP.  I stamped, colored with Copics and cut out with coordinating dies the two penguins and snow cone.  I added some dot detail to the penguins with a white gel pen and then glittered up the snow cone.  For the snow, I just cut a piece of white with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders and attached it to the bottom of my blended sky card base. I used a Copic marker to add some shadow effect under the penguins which were popped up over the snow with some foam squares.  Lastly, I glued some snowflake sequins to the background.

So that's it for me today.  Thanks so much for dropping in and I hope you were inspired too.
I will be back again soon to share more Christmas cards along with a new challenge!
So stay tuned in! :)

Have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Lawnscaping Challenge - Let it Snow

2.  12 Days of Christmas Cards with Kylie & Friends

3.  Creative Knockouts - SNOW Much Fun!

4.  Sweet Stampin' - Animals

5.  Use Your Stuff - Let it Snow

6.  The Cutie Pie Challenge - A Day in the Snow

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winter Birthday Card with Hidden Surprise!

Hello friends!
Hope you are all finishing up your Holiday "to do" list as we are getting closer and closer to the BIG DAY!  :)  I have FINALLY gotten all of my Holiday cards finished and mailed out.  I will be sharing all of those with you later, but for now, I wanted to share something else I made.

My dad had his birthday last week and so I decided to make him this winter style birthday card, but with a little hidden element in it...can you see where the hint is?
I absolutely fell in LOVE with this new Newton's Nook Serene Silhouettes stamp set!  They had a blog hop during the new release and I was one of the lucky winners to get this!  (It also has coordinating dies that go with it, so I *had* to place an order to get those and it's on it's way!  LOL!)

If you look at the samples on the store link, you will notice a sample that is displayed on a wood slice with bears on it.  This is basically where I got my inspiration for my card design here.  I love the loose look of the pines and how they already look like they're in the snow.

For my sentiment, I've used the Newton's Nook Simply Sentimental to stamp the banner at the left bottom of the scene because I needed it for a birthday.  I have also based the colors on the current challenge Newton's Nook has on their blog right now...there is only 3 days left if you want to play along! (see below!)

Here's a closer look at the details:
As you can see in this photo, I have embossed the Birch trees with white embossing powder and then I embossed the deer silhouette with clear embossing powder after stamping it with brown ink.  (The ink that I used was Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip and it stays wet long enough to emboss.)  After adding the Stickles glitter under the deer, I saw that some of the ink bled a bit, but let's just call those "deer tracks"...OK?!! :)  The background sky was ink blended with distress inks.

In case you didn't see where my hidden element is on the card.....
I tied together a couple of gift cards and left a piece of the twine on top so the recipient pulls on the tied knot twine and the gift cards pull out from behind the winter scene.

I did have to point that out to my dad, but he's a guy that doesn't stamp, you know! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge (IPC38) - color combo

2.  Crafty Creations - masculine

3.  Mod Squad - Trees and Snow

4.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

5.  Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
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