Sunday, December 9, 2018

If Hugs Were Snowflakes I'd Send You a Blizzard


Hello Sunday Friends!

My love for non-traditional colors does not end with Christmas. Nope. I just love these green snowflakes! This stamp and die set is part of the Fruit of the Season StampTV kit from Gina K. Designs. Take a look:


There is so much goodness packed into this kit
and I just can't stop using it!

I'll be back again tomorrow and I'll see you then!

Susie

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Beep Beep - Happy Birthday


Happy Saturday!

As promised I am using the same set I shared yesterday, but this time to make a birthday card.  I have a friend with a December birthday, so wanted to make her a winter birthday card.  This friend was born in Germany and has wonderful memories of family and friends there.  I thought this little reindeer VW bug would make her smile since it's from her homeland.

I used the Flora and Fauna Driving to the Holidays stamp set again and used the same masking technique for my blue circle.  I added an additional sentiment under the "beep beep".  It is from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words set.

Make today wonderful and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Friday, December 7, 2018

Reindeer Wishes


Hello Friday Friends!

I read about a little five year old boy who has brain cancer and lives at a Ronald McDonald House.  His mom said he checks the mail every day.  Quite a few of my friends have already sent him Christmas cards, but I wanted to send him some cheer too.

I used the Flora and Fauna Driving to the Holidays stamp set for my VW bus and antlers.  I searched some other sets for the perfect stripes, snow, stars and snowflakes to complete the scene.  I used a mask to highlight the striped circle and then masked off the circle to stamp the red and green snowflakes.

I actually made five different cards using this set.  Tomorrow I will show you how I made a winter birthday card using a similar design.

Until then....

Susie

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Wishing You a Joyous Christmas


Happy Thursday!

As we get closer to Christmas I really start to enjoy the reds and greens of the season.  Once again I reached for the Fruit of the Season StampTV kit from Gina K. Designs.  Here is a look:


Stamps with coordinating dies are my favorite.  It was so easy to create this card using both!

Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Color Throwdown Challenge #522 - Joy to the World


Happy Wednesday!

Here is my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge.  Look at this super fun color combo!  I had to give it a shot!


I used the Seed Snowflake Joy die from Poppy Stamps for the main focus of the card.  I've been waiting for this die to arrive and I think it came just in time!  I used Copic markers to color over silver glitter paper to make my color combo.  I absolutely love these colors together!  And this card came together in a snap.  SUPER easy to mass produce too!

You can join in the fun at Color Throwdown too if you would like!  You will love what the designers created for us this week. You will also find the rules and the link to add your creation at the Color Throwdown website.

See you again tomorrow!

Susie

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Joy to the World


Happy Tuesday!

As promised here is another card using the set from Mama Elephant called Joy Ornaments.  Before Christmas I'll share two more cards from the set.  YIKES!

I absolutely love black and white cards.  And because I can't even resist this stamp set, why not make a very simple one in black and white?

I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Monday, December 3, 2018

Happy Holidays


Happy Monday!

Do you like Christmas cards with non traditional colors?  They are actually my favorite.

This set from Mama Elephant is called Joy Ornaments.  I've used it so many times now I had to hide it from myself.  I'll show you more of what I've done later this week.

I'll be back tomorrow with one more card from this set...but it won't be the last one you see!

Make it a great day!

Susie

Sunday, December 2, 2018

We Wish You a Merry Christmas


Happy Sunday!

Need a simple and quick card?  Then the Gina K. Designs A Very Merry Christmas stamp set by Emily is for you.  Here is a look:


The best part of these images is how fancy they look on your cards.  Only you know that they were clean and simple designs!

Have a terrific day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gina K. Designs Monthly Mix Challenge - Merry Christmas


Happy Saturday!

I am hosting the Gina K. Designs December Monthly Mix Challenge.  You can read all about it right here. I am challenging everyone to make black and white holiday cards.  Here is the tag for your cards: MMC122018.


I used one of my favorite sets called Nordic Winter to make my very clean and simple card.  This is one of my go to sets as I love the Scandinavian look.

You could win a $75 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs online store just by linking up your creation.  That's a big prize!!  You have until the end of December to play along, so give it a try!

See you tomorrow.

Susie

Friday, November 30, 2018

Hope Your Christmas Shines Bright


Happy Friday!

As promised, here is a stepped up version of yesterday's card using a stamp from Technique Tuesday.  I stamped quite a few strands of lights and colored them with Copic markers.  I added just a bit of sparkle to each light.  I also added a light grey shadow to each light to give more depth to the card.

I hope you like this one.  I had fun creating it for sure!

See you again tomorrow!

Susie

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Have a Tangle-Free Holiday


Happy Thursday!

I think I have gone a bit overboard with Christmas stamps this year.  But in my defense...I am trying to use them multiple times instead of just once.  I have a stepped up version of this one to share with you tomorrow!

The light strand stamp is from Technique Tuesday.  I paired it with a background I stamped with a turnabout stamp from Concord and 9th.  I thought it was a fun combination!

I'll be back again tomorrow to share some more lights with you!  See you then.

Susie

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Color Throwdown Challenge #521 - Joy to You and Me


Happy Wednesday!

Here is my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge.  This color combo was a little bit challenging, but I gave it a try.



I used the Joy Ornaments stamps and dies from Mama Elephant for the main focus of the card.  The letters and ornament are a really pretty shade of grey, but the camera just didn't capture it well.  I added silver embossing powder to the ornament topper as well as the inside design of the ornament.  I also added some silver sequins to finish the design.

You can join in the fun at Color Throwdown too if you would like!  Wait until you see all of the inspiration on the blog.  You will be blown away!  You will also find the rules and the link to add your creation at the Color Throwdown website.

See you again tomorrow!

Susie

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gina K. Designs November Monthly Mix Challenge - Merry Christmas


Hello Tuesday Friends!

Today's card is brought to you by the November Gina K. Designs Monthly Mix Challenge.  You can read all about it right here. Rema is our hostess this month, and she would like us to use a monochromatic color palette.  Here is the tag for your cards: MMC112018.


I used an older set called Nordic Winter to make my very clean and simple card.  This is one of my go to sets as I love the Scandinavian look.

You could win a $75 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs online store just by linking up your creation.  That's a big prize!!  You have until the end of the month to play along, so give it a try!

See you tomorrow.

Susie

Monday, November 26, 2018

Love is a Fruit in Season


Happy Cyber Monday!

At the very end of September, we had a Gina K. Designs release that included this 
StampTV Kit called Fruit of the Season


Also, Gina Released four new background stamps including this one called Elegant Script.  


I used both sets to make my card today and I have to say I love the vintage look of it.  And the really good news for you is that the 25% off sale is good through today (November 26).  So you can pick up these sets plus plenty more.  Here are the details:


Enjoy your cyber shopping and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Monthly Challenge - Thank You So Much


Happy Sunday!

It's time again for the monthly challenge at Pinkfresh Studio.



I used the Pinkfresh Studio Folk Mandala stamp and die set to make my card.  There are many ways to use this set and I'll show you a few more soon. 

Have a creative day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Merry Christmas


Hello Saturday Friends!

Confession time:  I had some extra card fronts from last year with the embossed branch and different languages already done.  But I hadn't added anything hanging from the tree.  Last year I used a silver and gold embossed world ornament. 

I had the new Pretty Pink Posh Decorative Ornaments stamp and die set in my pile of unused stamps and dies, so I grabbed this one and spent just a little bit of time coloring it with Copic markers. I have to say I absolutely love it.  I plan to use some of these card fronts with all the ornaments from that set.  I can't believe how simple it is and yet so pretty!

OK - off to stamp some more!  See you tomorrow!

Susie


Friday, November 23, 2018

Color Throwdown Challenge #520 - Miss You Snow Much


Happy Friday!

Here is my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge.  I love to decorate in neutrals, yet I rarely make cards with this type of palette.  But I thought I would give it a try!


I used the Neat and Tangled Bunny Slopes stamp set for my little snow scene.  I was looking through some older winter stamps and noticed this one needed some ink!

You can join in the fun at Color Throwdown too if you would like!  The designers have really outdone themselves this week, so be sure to take a look.  You will also find the rules and the link to add your creation at the Color Throwdown website.

Catch you again tomorrow!

Susie

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Life is Better with You and Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my blog readers and friends!

See you on the other side of the turkey!

Susie

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Forever is Composed of Nows


Hello Wednesday Friends!

This quote is by Emily Dickinson and is just so lovely and true!  Pinkfresh Studio made this beautiful die to showcase this wonderful sentiment!

I colored everything except the words with Copic markers in soft shades and then used my shimmer pen to give a subtle sparkle to the entire die cut.

I hope you like today's card.  I'll be back tomorrow with more to share.

Susie

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thinking of You


Hello Tuesday Friends!

Did you ever look at a stamp set and wonder if it could be used differently?  That's what happened with this set called Skeleton Leaves.


I don't know why I thought this would work as an abstract design, but I am glad I tried it.  I also added some vines from this set called Whimsical Wildflowers.


All of the products I used today are from Gina K. Designs.  You will find so many wonderful stamps, dies, papers and more at her site!

See you tomorrow!

Susie

Monday, November 19, 2018

Eat Drink and be Thankful


Happy Monday!

With Thanksgiving in just a few days, I want to share this very simple (but important) message!

See you tomorrow!

Susie

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sending Love and Blessings


Happy Sunday!

Today's card is my day 5 homework for the Online Card Classes Clean and Simple Holiday class that is going on right now.  Well, the class is actually over except for the wrap up day.  It has been a truly wonderful experience.  I have never taken a class with OCC that I haven't enjoyed!

Day 5 was about heat embossing.  I used the Delicate Snowflake background stamp for my embossed background along with silver embossing powder.  The rest of the card was made with the Rustic Autumn stamp set.  Both of these are from Gina K. Designs.

Have a wonderful Sunday and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hello - Merry Christmas


Hello Saturday Friends!

Today's card is my day 4 homework for the Online Card Classes Clean and Simple Holiday class that is going on right now.

Day 4 was about using foil and glitter.  I used this beautiful Pinkfresh Studio die called Hello with a Bouquet.  I added sparkle with my glitter pen, but for the real shine, I used glitter paper which I think just made this card extra special.  To finish my card I added just a few red sequins.

Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Friday, November 16, 2018

Merry Christmas


Happy Friday!

Today's card is my day 3 homework for the Online Card Classes Clean and Simple Holiday class that is going on right now.

Day 3 was about coloring.  I had to color this image quite a few times, but in the end, I think I learned a lot about coloring snow.  For one thing, it is not my forte, but I kept on coloring because practice is the only way to get better!  And the good news is there are plenty of YouTube videos to help us learn.

Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wishing You a Sparkling Holiday


Happy Thursday!

I hope you are ready for a bit (a lot) of sparkle!

Today's card is my day 2 homework for the Online Card Classes Clean and Simple Holiday class that is going on right now.

Day 2 was about die cutting. This card was so simple because I just die cut the reindeer from the black card stock and placed the buffalo check paper underneath it.  Quick and easy-peasy!

I went old school on the dots and pulled out some circle punches.  I added lots of the small, medium and large dots to resemble snow.  I finished my card with a sweet little sentiment.

Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Color Throwdown Challenge #519 - Meet Me Under the Mistletoe


Happy Wednesday!

Here is my card for this week's Color Throwdown challenge. I love the aqua and red combination for Christmas!!


I used new products from Gina K. Designs to make today's card.  You just can't go wrong with the style and quality of her stamps, papers and inks!

You can join in the fun at Color Throwdown too if you would like!  The designers always have great inspiration for us, so be sure to take a look.  You will also find the rules and the link to add your creation at the Color Throwdown website.

See you again tomorrow!

Susie

A Bird Sings Because It Has a Song


Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday I shared some sweet little cartoon-like birds, but today I have a much more realistic one for you!  This is a tufted tit mouse.  Icky name for a beautiful bird!

Here is the stamp set designed by Alicia Krupskaya called Winter Birds.  It is part of the newest release from Gina K. Designs.  There are matching dies available as well.


I am no expert when it comes to Copic coloring, but I was intent on trying to color this guy.  I searched Google images and found quite a few that helped me with the coloring and shading.  I tried coloring him a second time, but this one proved to be the better of the two.

Enjoy your day and come on back to visit again tomorrow!

Susie

Monday, November 12, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #40 - Season's Tweetings


Happy Monday!

I am sending this card over to the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge blog.  The challenge this time is a color challenge.  The design team wants us to use colors found in the Really Rainbow-Christmas paper line.  I don't have that particular paper, but I did have fun trying to duplicate the colors with a very sweet older Lawn Fawn set called Winter Sparrows.



In case you are curious, here is the paper pack used in the inspiration challenge:


If you love Lawn Fawn (like I sure do), you can play along with this challenge.  Be sure to look at all the beautiful projects from the design team.  You can't help but be inspired!

See you again tomorrow!

Susie

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thanks So Very Much


Happy Sunday!

As you know I am so enamored with the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder sets.  This card uses the Autumn Wreath Builder stamp set.

I fancied it up with just a little Copic coloring to add some dimension to the blue pumpkins and the green leaves and I love the look of it.  Sometimes just a tiny bit of extra effort can make a big difference!

Have a terrific Sunday and I'll be back again tomorrow with more to share.  See you then!

Susie

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Life Is Something Good Every Day


Happy Saturday!

Yesterday I was listening to a sermon by Levi Lusko and something REALLY stood out for me.  He said you can't have a positive life with negative thoughts.

WOW!  It is so true.  I have worked really hard on eliminating negativity from my life.  But lately it has crept back in.  A few days ago I recognized its reappearance and decided to take action.  So hearing Levi's sermon really brought it home for me.

So that's my message to you today.  What you look for, you will find.  Find positive things.  The more you set your mind on the positive, the more positive you will feel and experience!

Life IS something good every day!

Susie

Friday, November 9, 2018

Altenew November Inspiration Challenge - Season's Greetings


Hello Friday Friends!

It's time for the November Altenew Inspiration Challenge. These colors are just so beautiful together!  I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card, so I used the Bountiful Branch stamp set to fashion a loose wreath.  This is one of the easiest layering stamp sets I've ever used and I love the results.


Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow!

Susie