Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Frantic Stamper Thanks Card Band


My nephew needed some thank you cards so I made this one with the Frantic Stamper Thanks card band.  I absolutely love this die; it's so versatile.  I've used it several times on my blog but I like it most when used with designer paper.  This paper is from Michaels as part of one of their Recollections stacks from 2016.   Since I used pattern paper, I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed challenge:  Use Pattern Paper.

To make the card, I simply placed the die in the center of my card base, opened the card and ran it through my die cut machine.  I then cut the designer paper to fit the top and bottom panels and backed them with some white cardstock to stand out more.  You can position this die anywhere on your card, even diagonally as I have on past blog posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Ann


Monday, January 8, 2018

Feeling Blue?


The current challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Something Blue.  I know I've been feeling really blue since right after this cold weather began after Christmas.

Today's card was made using the following products:

Frantic Stamper Stitched Petal Squares
Sizzix Holiday Words
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake set
Simon Says Stamp Alexis Snowflake
Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Red and Teal Merry & Bright


The fancy oval had been left on my desk after not making it on another card, so I decided to finally use it.  Easy card to make:  cut the oval into the teal paper, layer it on a piece of white paper then attach to another layer of red glitter paper.

Products Used:

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection - Background die
Sizzix Holiday Words
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake set
Simon Says Stamp Abby Snowflake

I'm entering this is Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge:  Something blue

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A is for Antlers



I used a new Darice embossing folder called Pine Corners and highlighted the embossing with black and pearl gilding wax.  I also added some snowflakes cut out of red glitter paper.

The deer bust is by Frantic Stamper and the bow tie is a mini EK Success punch.  The plaid paper is from a 12x12 Christmas pack by Recollections.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Say Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Something New (new to me embossing folder) and
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge

Products Used:  Darice Pine Corners embossing folder
Frantic Stamper Deer Bust
Poppy Stamps Simple Snowflakes
Creative Expressions Black Onyx and Pearl gilding wax
EK Success mini bow punch

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Puppy Love


I used to love making Valentine cards for my nieces and nephews when they were young, but they have all grown up except for one;  I'm finding that I'm not making many of this type of card anymore even though I'm sure they would still love getting them from me.  Upon second thought, maybe I will make one for each of them (14 total) and surprise them with a little love.

  Today's card is for my niece who is studying at Unity College in Maine.  She loves dogs and is part of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy raising program at the college.  She has a black lab living with her in her dorm room.

I used the following products on the card:

Darice embossing folder
Impression Obsession Puppy set
Sizzix Celebration Word dies
Various heart punches

I'm entering this is the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Something New (embossing folder)

and

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Something New (Sizzix dies)

and

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann


Friday, January 5, 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge


Now that it's 2018, there's a new beginning to the ABC Christmas Challenge:  A and B.  A is for Antlers and B is for Birds.  I decided to combine both on my card.

Products Used:

Die'Sire Knit One Pearl One embossing folder
Impression Obsession Birch Trees (cardinal on the deer)
Impression Obsession Deer Trio
Cheery Lynn Christmas Bells (berries)
Sizzix Holiday Greens
Poppy Stamps Simple Snowflakes
Simon Says Stamp Abby Snowflake
Darice Nesting Stars
Martha Stewart Branch punch
Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:





Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann




Something Shiny Challenge


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is Something Shiny.

For my card, I used a Darice embossing folder with some purple foil cardstock (embossing folders are allowed) for the background.  Then I cut some of the poinsettias from the Small Poinsettia set, the largest with silver foil cardstock and the smaller layers with white cardstock.  I added some Pine Sprigs and Small Snowflakes.  There are some of the small snowflakes cut in the purple foil cardstock too to fill in some blank areas on the background.

Dies used:

Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia set
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake set
Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster

I'm entering this in the IO Stamps Something Shiny Challenge and the following:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Something New (embossing folder)

Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Something New (embossing folder)

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge:  Embossing



Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, January 4, 2018

MFT Quilt Square Cover-Up with a Twist


I really wanted a large snowflake in the center of this Snowflake Trim embossing folder but didn't have a large enough die so I used something similar -- the MFT Stamps Quilt Square Cover-Up die.  This is what the die normally looks like when cut out:


I cut off all the corners and the frame around the die then twisted it so the star in the middle was at a different angle.  This way it looked more like a snowflake to me.

Products used on the first card:

MFT Stamps Quilt Square Cover-Up
Darice Snowflake Trim embossing folder
Sizzix Thinlits Thanks with Flowers by Jen Long
Poppy Stamps Simple Snowflakes
Recollections heart punch

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Warm Holiday Wishes


Two parts of this card are from recycled cards; the bottom panel with the words on it was cut off another card my sister gave me, and the holly and pine branch background paper is paper I scanned from the back of another card.

The snowflakes are new to me and are the Abby and Alexis from Simon Says Stamp.  The tiniest snowflakes are the Poppy Stamp Simple Snowflakes.


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, January 1, 2018

Striped Pinecone Ornaments


The background paper for this card was made using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Birch embossing folder.  After embossing the white paper, I went over the embossing with a Vintage Photo distress marker.  I tried swiping an ink pad over the paper but it left a lot of streaks that I didn't want.  Maybe I'm too heavy handed.

I tore the top edge of the paper to try to make it look more like birch from a tree.  The ornaments were cut first with the red and green foiled cardstock then backed with the gold.  I hand traced the gold background ornament and manually cut it out to fit the top layer.

Products Used:

Frantic Stamper Striped Pinecone Ornament
Sizzix Tim Holtz Birch embossing folder
Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Greens

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ Ann