Friday, December 14, 2018

Fun Friday Challenge with the Cutting Cafe






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!

Thanks so much for taking time to visit,

Christine


Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 294






Happy Wednesday!  Today is the day the the AHSC design team members share their interpretations of Michelle's sketches.  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is set up in such a fun way:  a new sketch is posted each Monday, and design team inspiration is show on Wednesday.  That way, participants can choose to play either before or after being influenced by the DT's interpretations of the sketch.  Such fun!  Hope you will visit the AHSC Blog and play along!

For today's card, I used a sentiment and watercolored flower from Verve's Kindness Matters (retired).  The cute little wreath die is from Reverse Confetti.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Celebrate Your Day


In the midst of wrapping Christmas gifts, I make sure to have something special for a family member whose birthday is right after Christmas.  That includes being certain NOT to wrap it in red and green paper.  The merchant was kind enough to drop the gift in a little kraft bag with some vibrant purple tissue.  I dressed it up with a delicate floral tag featuring Reverse Confetti's Build a Bunch and a sweet Verve sentiment.

Hoping you find fun in preparations and celebrate the true joy of Christmas,
Christine

Linking to
SSS Wednesday
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

Monday, December 3, 2018

Happy Holidays


What a blessing the weekend was!  I enjoyed shopping, baking, and decorating and feel so sure that God truly multiplied my time.  Everything was such a pleasure, and there was even a while to make a few cards.  This layout is a CASE of a card made some time ago.  It works nicely with the small images and script-y sentiments from Lawn Fawn.






Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Coffee Lovers Hop: Warm Wishes



My Christmas cards are in the mail, but we still need a few for hand-delivered gifts and for gift cards.  For this one, I used a Lawn Fawn set and CASED one of my own cards and changed the patterned papers.  I think I like it just as well in red as in green.




Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop




It is so exciting to find a bit of time to participate in the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I always find it so inspiring to see the cards and such fun to play along.

My card features PTI dies and a retired Verve set that will always remain a favorite.  The bold Christmas print from Paper Studio did most of the design work for this one.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine


Linking to:
Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fun Friday with Morgan's Art World





Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week the design team is showcasing some beautiful  images from Morgan's Art World.

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into
3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 292



The technique for this card came from a recent WOW! embossing powder blog hop.  I stamped the image in pale yellow ink using my Misti.  The card stock was removed from the Misti for coloring with Arteza Clean Color Real Brush Markers while the stamp was left in place.  The colored card stock was returned to the Misti for stamping with Versa Mark ink. Then the image was heat embossed in gold embossing powder.

Most of the time, I emboss first and color afterward, but doing it in the way described above helped in coloring the really tiny spaces.  The Floral Bliss set is from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you find time to play along at AHSC this week.

Christine

Linking to
SSS Wednesday Challenge A/G
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Open on December 25


 Love the clean refreshing feel of the Inspired By sketch, and, of course, it inspired me to make a tag!   I was inspired by the kraft and touches of green.  The sentiments are from a retired RC set called Tinsel and Trim, and the tag is cut from the RC Gift Card Holder Tag which I seem to use a lot, both as a tag and a card layering element.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to
Inspired By
RC Stock Your Stash
Word Art Wednesday

Winter Friend


Here's another card to share from this year's collection.  I love the simple silhouette and was glad to find a scrap of printed paper that "just fit" the opening in the background.  Seeing a cardinal (or red jay as my son used to call them) brings back such wonderful memories!


Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Cold outside)
Word Art Wednesday

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room



I just finished addressing our Christmas cards.  For the first time ever, ALL of our  Christmas cards are handmade.  This was one of my favorites.  The sentiment is a Verve Plain Jane (retired) and the little bird is from MFT's Birds of a Feather.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, November 24, 2018

MOJO Monday: Let it Snow!



I turned to an older Christmas stack and the MOJO Monday Sketch for a little help making a couple more Christmas cards.  I almost flipped past this page with a large scenic border, but found it to almost the right scale for the cute little snowman from Jingle all the Way.  The paper was wide enough for two background circles, and it was nice  to make two cards of similar design.

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
Mojo Monday
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Baby, It's Cold Outside)
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Inky Paws Challenge: Mistle Toad


I love to decorate with mistletoe during the holidays....did you know that it's the state flower of Oklahoma and is actually a parasite?  The new Newton's Nook Mistle Toad stamp set combines the fun greenery and a "punny" sentiment for holiday giggles.  I've enjoyed making tags and cards with this adorable amphibian.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws Challenge

Be Still and Know That I Am God


Excited to fit one card into the Simon Says Stamp All that Glitters Challenge.  Adding gold to cards is such an exciting and easy design element, but it's been busy wrapping things up for the Thanksgiving holiday...so here's my only entry.  The "messy wreath" was stamped with W Plus 9 Hand-Sketched florals, die cut with a wonky stitched die from Stamplorations, and mounted with a tilt. The gold sentiment and thin scalloped border are retired Verve products I'll always love!

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge
PIP Challenge
Crop Stop

Monday, November 19, 2018

Stamplorations Giving Thanks Hop---Always Something to Be Thankful For


I am so thankful I discovered Shery Russ and Stamplorations this summer!  The products are of high quality and the Stamp Girls provide lots of wonderful inspiration.

At present, Shery is celebrating the season of gratitude with a blog hop and a wishlist linky party that you can read about here.  I needed a little thank you card and found this Stamplorations sentiment to be perfect.

Shery is also offering the opportunity to link up  a wishlist of Stamplorations products.  Mine can be found here.  

Thanks, Shery, for great products and very generous offers to expand our stashes!

Linking to
Stamplorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Wishlist Linky Party

Christmas with Newton


Combining a couple of fun challenges:

First, I decided to play along with Tracy McNeely's Twenty-Five Tags of Christmas.  I chose Amanda Bodine's tag from Day Five featuring Newton.  I don't have Newton sets specific to Christmas, so I decided to to use a birthday image that would work with Christmas colors.  Thanks, Amanda, for the inspiration.

The Inky Paws inspiration photo features fun Christmas prints in red, green, and black, so Newton fits there, too.

Thanks for stopping by,
Christine

Linking to:
Twenty Five Tags of Christmas
Inky Paws Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

MFT Sketch Challenge: Birthday Queen



It's always fun to choose a sketch and let a plan for a card brew in the mind.  MFTs Queen for the Day stamps and coordinating die offers such great sentiments and fit well with the sketch.

Wishing you happy family times during this season of thankfulness,
Christine

Linking to:
MFT Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge
Crop Stop

Saturday, November 17, 2018

MFT Birthday Project

The current MFT Birthday Challenge theme is:  "Have a Wild Birthday".  I love Adorable Elephants and had fun creating this card.  It's actually a CASE of a card I made for a MFT Summer School lesson. 

Thanks for taking a look,
Christine

Linking to:
MFT Birthday Project
Word Art Wednesday
PIP Challenge

Friday, November 16, 2018

Fun Friday with The Paper Shelter





Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.  The design team has been provided some wonderful images from The Paper Shelter.

 Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to:
PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch 290: Love You More Than Donuts


Isn't Michelle's sketch just fabulous?  Flowers are my favorite crafting element, but I just received a new stamp set from Jane's Doodles, so donuts it will be for this project!   I purchased the stamp set because it reminds me of my husband's Sunday morning ritual. On our way to church, we make a carefully-timed donut stop.  He plans our arrival to coincide with the availability of freshly-cooked donuts.  He has one hot donut a week, so it's not a terrible habit.  Anyway, I am putting this back for Valentine's Day and hope he will enjoy it!


Also hope you will find time to play along at AHSC.

Thanks for dropping by,
Christine

Linking to PIP Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, November 11, 2018

SSS Challenge: Thanks


I was so amazed by Lin's beautiful Simon Says Stamp inspiration piece that I CASED her design using the best fit from my stash.  You can see her glorious floral card here

The largest floral image in my collection is Technique Tuesday's Happy Hydrangea.  I stamped it in Versa Mark on watercolor paper and tinted it with Arteza Real Brush Markers after embossing in gold.  So much fun!

Linking to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge (Thanks/Thanksgiving)
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

Happy Birthday with Pressed Flowers


MFT Pressed Flowers is such a versatile set!  The layers are gorgeous, but the die can also be used to cut a softly watercolored panel  with only the center stamped in a contrasting color.  They are used here with a scattering of leaves from Birds of a Feather.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
MFT Sketch Challenge
Crop Stop
Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Add Burlap or Twine: Mistle Toad

I positively adore the Mistle Toad by Newton's Nook.  Such a cute image and witty sentiment...even if she is all decked out for Christmas and tucked into the pumpkins on the dining room table.

The current Inky Paws challenge calls for burlap or twine, so I used some natural cording to top off this fun tag.

Thanks so much for visiting,
Christine

Linking to:
Inky Paws Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mojo Monday: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room



How wonderful it is to have Mojo Monday back on alternating weeks!  I love the elegant feel to this week's sketch, and the added measurements.  Noticed those after I started cutting, though.  What do I teach?  Reading......

My papers are from several different Christmas stacks and feature subtle stars, snowflakes and text (the word joy).  I hope to work out a card with some more traditional Christmas colors and plaids using the same sketch.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine

Linking to
Mojo Monday 502
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, November 4, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Inspiration




The leaves were embossed and cut from paint samples....so vivid and pretty, but they cracked a bit here an there.  The corrugated leaf was cut from a coffee sleeve and inked on the edges.  The sweet sentiment is retired from Verve.

Thanks to the folks at CAS-ual Fridays for a pretty inspiration photo and for the designers' beautiful samples.

Thanks for visiting,
Christine





Linking to:
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fun Friday Challenge with Morgan's Art World






Happy Friday!  It's time for another Fun Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack where the theme is always Anything Goes.   This week the design team is showcasing some adorable images from Morgan's Art World.  Morgan's Art World is a new sponsor at Jo's Scrap Shack, and this was my first time to work with one of her images. Must say I loved it!

Please take time to see the design team's samples and to link up your own creations.  It's always fun to see what you have to share!

Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool below. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements

WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.


Thanks so much for taking time to visit,
Christine

Linking to
SSS Wednesday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 288


Donuts by Jane's Doodles is such a cute stamp set!  I found a scrap of donut patterned paper in my stash, and this card came together quickly.  Hope you will take time to play along at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!

Thanks for visiting,
Christine





Linking to:  Word Art Wednesday
SSS Wednesday Challenge

Monday, October 29, 2018

MFT Sketch: "Mistle-Toad"


Love, love this week's MFT sketch which is inspiring for CAS and would look great with some extra layers, too.

I couldn't resist ordering the "Mistle-Toad" stamp set.  What could make that darling little toad a tiny bit cuter except a punny sentiment?!

Hope this brings a giggle. Thanks for visiting,
Christine




Linking to:
MFT Sketch Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Crop Stop