Christmas Card Club - Festive Sentiments

Hello, and welcome to another Sunday's Christmas Card Club post. Today's challenge was chosen by our Carol of CMDesign.  Before I share the card, I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who emailed and asked after us during the past excitement with Storm Matthew. We are about 5 hours inland and west of the coast, closer to the mountains actually, than to the sea. We only had a couple days of overcast skies, few drizzles. Some of our friends along the Eastern Seaboard were not so fortunate as our area. It did my heart good to realize so many kind people were thinking of me, when I had not been posting.

As for why I've been MIA, first Mr. was ill. He'd improve, then get a relapse. Then I developed 'something' - either one of my respiratory problems, or a bug I caught from DH. Our days have been spent either on medical appointments, or just resting, sleeping or trying to feel better! Hopefully we're both on the mend, although next week he has medical appointments 4 days of the week. Ugh!

I'd also like to let friends of Creative Crafts by Lynn (jimlynn) know that Lynn is quite under the weather. She'd been having some back issues, which worsened, and she ended up in the hospital. She is currently at home, after a few days stay, and that's the last update I've heard from her. I think some of my followers also visit Lynn. I'm sure she'd appreciate a prayer, or some positive thoughts, if you know Lynn.

Now on to the Christmas Club Card:

- SU image that met the challenge criteria, stamped with versamark, then heat embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold. Colored with Copics, WoS, and metallic pens.

- die cut with a sizzix die, mat cut with the larger die in the set. Edged the mat with versamark, then added some Queen's Gold.

- Dark green Bazzill textured c/s embossed with C/Bug Snow Dots EF. Sponged Delicata Gold ink around the edge...mounted on a white top fold card base.

- Memory Box Bells cut from a snippet of gold, Impression Obsession holly leaves cut from white snippet, colored with copics and WoS.

That's it!!! My fellow team members' blogs are listed in the sidebar, so I hope you'll have time to pay a visit and enjoy some lovely Christmas inspiration. Not too long now -- so best work on getting some cards ready.

One last note: I see that some more followers have disappeared from the number count at the top...anyone else seeing this happen? Of course, since I've been MIA and no new posts, that could be an answer as well! I'll try to do better about this....Just sometimes Life gets in the way.

Thanks for your visit, and enjoy your day. We've had some absolutely gorgeous Fall days, sunshine but cooler air. Love it!!! Big hugs, and again, thanks for your emails.


Christmas Card Club - Festive Birds

Happy Sunday and welcome to another Christmas Card Club. This club is a group of card makers who come together every 2 weeks to share a Christmas card, with a challenge theme selected by one of our members. This week, Valery Anne chose a theme of Festive Birds. ( Valery has an awesome new blog look too!

We'd had visitors, been away for a couple days; right after we got back home, Mr. had a relapse of the same symptoms he had immediately after getting the Super-Duper Flu Shot being given to seniors. I had the shot at the same time, no symptoms. Therefore, I've had my TLC hat on for the past few days.  Friday was basically devoted to being in a doctor's office, going to a hospital clinic to get a chest xray; doctor wanted him to go there, so she'd get the results back by afternoon. She suspected pneumonia in both lungs. Sure sounded like he had it too! However we got a call late evening, that the lungs were pneumonia. It's some kind of respiratory viral infection, and I'm hoping no one else catches it from him. He's been quite miserable. Not much being done here except tend the sick. I don't know if your men folk are like mine, but he is a _terrible_ patient. (for me - for the nurses, he couldn't be sweeter!) Is it like that around your house???

Anyway, finally got a card finished, and thanks once again to Sylvie of Gibmiss, because her recent gift of some wonderful LOTV toppers came to the rescue!!!

Selected this LOTV topper because of the group of birds. Did absolutely NO shading - only used an oval zigzag stitched die to change the rectangle shape of the LOTV image. Added another scant oval red mat behind the die.
- Sue Wilson background die cut from some patterned paper. This die is from one of SW Festive Collections, and with the magic metal shim - a couple of passes through the Big Shot, it cut like a dream.
- white c/s sponged with DI Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Abandoned Coral and Pumpkin in spots, then added in Stormy Sky and Broken China. Sprayed this with some Tattered Angels Gold and Lindy's Starburst sprays for some glitz. I was trying to get a background that would look nice behind the SW die, and still compliment the colors in the LOTV topper. IRL the shimmer from the sprays shows quite nicely.
- Elizabeth Craft pine branch die cut from white c/s, colored with copics. Because the holly berries that are part of this set, were fiddly to try to color such tiny bits, used Nuvo Crystals to make some berries.
- Cheery Lynn sentiment die, 3 layers, cut from the same snippet as the frame was. That's it folks.
Please take time to visit my fellow club members (links to their blogs is in the sidebar).
Thanks for joining me today, and my apologies for taking so long to return visits. I eventually get there, but - it's been busy here. Both our visitors got back to their homes safely, and we're so happy they got to come.
Have a great day, and Blessings & Hugs.


Santa Sleigh with Deer & Trees for Rudolph Day

Good afternoon. Tried very hard this month to get something ready in time for September's Rudy Day, since I missed last month. What is Rudy Day, you ask? Well, it's a challenge more properly called Rudolph Day, that is open from the 25th to the end of each month, and hosted by our sweet Scrappymoi, (Maureen). I happen to like the name "Rudy Day", and it's faster to type!

Did ya'll notice the Seasonal change-over to Fall on the Blog look? Isn't that a fabulous Fall banner with that gorgeous Cardinal? Thanks Loll!  Loll and Bonnie are starting a new challenge ( CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.) You might want to check this link out.

Even though today's card was started earlier this month (with bits & pieces) - still was finishing it up last night. Just too many things going on lately. DH had his 2 navy friends visiting, and then we were gone for a few days. Went to Charleston, SC, so we could tour the USS Yorktown. I'm very happy that these 3 Vets got to be together one more time. Next day, we toured the city of Charleston, very nice to see the old houses. (Hot & humid though, so we were all tuckered at the end of the day. Even though part of the tour was on an a/conditioned bus, we still did a lot of walking). Next day, 5 hour drive to Atlanta to see the Georgia Aquarium (2 hours south of where WE live, and we'd never been!) Worthwhile visit, saw an amazing dolphin show. Back home, and then some local running around. One fella left yesterday to fly home, the other drives back to Massachusetts tomorrow. (Usually he's here at least annually).

OK - on to the card:

- Leaping deer & trees were cut from a piece of corrugated paper (torn from a packing box - so big time snippet!). This paper had caught a lot of overspray and has been on the airbrush/spray table, for a long time! I didn't add any more colors to the crinkles - just found dies and cut the shapes. The glitter trees in the background - also from a snippet piece, think this was a Memory Box border die. Don't remember what companies for the trees and the deer.

- base was started for This card - with sponging on the background, and I got it way too dark for the first card. Thought it could work ok for this one. Added a bit of 'snow' to the horizon line where the glitter trees are placed. Then added the smaller corrugated tree shapes, the leaping deer, then the largest tree. There is shadowing with the tall tree and the deer, but not showing in the photo.

- Decided to add a circle punch glitter moon (snippet), behind an Impression Obsession die of Santa & 8 reindeer. (cut off some of the front deer to fit this card). This black piece was another salvaged snippet.  During the recent closet cleaning efforts, found 3 pretty velvet type boxes, which had held Christmas ornaments. Have no idea why I kept these, but planned to pitch the boxes. The inside had partitions, black velvet textured material (like you find in a box that has held jewelry). Hmmm...could I take this out and use it? So I did. The die was cut to use the velvet side showing on this card. When it went through the Big Shot (and I used the nifty special metal shim so it cut pretty well), the die left 'impressions' on the velvet stuff, so I used the backside of the material...which is a bit glossy.

- Sentiment is from VOS sheet of sticker sentiments, and sponged a bit of DI Broken China on the edges. Pretty easy card to do, should not have taken as long as it did! Lotsa interruptions!!!

I'm skating in at the last minute to enter this card at Rudy Day, so I hope Maureen will still let me sneak in! Please take a look at all the fab cards that have been entered, and you still have til tomorrow night to get something linked up!

Hopefully next week all things will be back to normal. My cleaning efforts are still going on, been working in the stamp area a little bit. Slowly, slowly. Thanks for joining me this afternoon...and big hugs!



Good evening, and welcome. Navy buddies have both arrived safely (although the luggage didn't arrive on the same plane with the fella who flew). We finally collected his carryon - which ended up in the cargo area, as there was no room in the overhead bins - tonight about 11pm. Exciting day and we had a nice dinner at the local Olive Garden (where I always get the Zuppa de Tosca and salad). Everyone but Moi has gone beddy-by.

Recently did a couple cards that needed to be mailed this week. Thought I'd snapped some pics, but when I unloaded the camera card, hmmm....only one was there. Guess I was dreamin'.

This is another image colored some time ago, and no clue as to stamp company. All I did to charge up the previously done coloring, was to add some gold WoS at the base of the sunflower petals, and some clear WoS on other parts. The leaves could probably have used a bit more dark shading now that I see the photo.

- Die cut with a xstitch rectangle die, (maybe Mbox die - largest in that set). Used a stitched die - a bit larger - to cut some paper that looks handmade (but wasn't) for a mat.

- Gold lightweight c/stock was embossed with an EF that had been inked with Memento Toffee Crunch, which toned down the bright gold quite nicely. Since the c/s used for this card base was of a lighter weight, used another c/s that was a bit heavier for the insert. No sentiment was added to this one.

Last bit was to add a trio of gold sequins. Thass' It Folks!

This evening was absolutely lovely. Sat out on the porch swing, with the evening sun filtering through the neighborhood trees, a cooling breeze making it feel so pleasant to be outside, and hummingbirds keeping me company. The neighborhood was very quiet, and our visitors came out to enjoy the peace. (neither of them are porch people, but I think they enjoyed it ...for a few minutes anyway.) I told them, This is what you do in the South!

Have a great Thursday, and thanks for stopping in! Hugs & Blessings.


Christmas Card Club - Hats & Mittens

Good afternoon, Happy Sunday. Today it's time for another Christmas Club card, and our challenge theme of Woolie Hats & Gloves was chosen by our Kate. Hunted through my supplies, and while I could find a die for mittens, not a stamp or die with winter type hats! Remembered a delightful gift received recently...LOTV precolored images sent by a very sweet Sylvie. Sylvie is another CCC member who makes the most gorgeous cards with LOTV products. So off I go to work on this challenge. Sylvie, thanks so much for sending the wonderful LOTV package, which saved the day for me on  _this_ challenge. Hope you will approve of how I used your kind gift.

- LOTV image, enhanced with some WoS silver on the skates, Spectrum Noir sparkle blue on the mittens, hair ribbons, glossy accents on the ice puddles, and some rhinestones on the falling snow.
- die cut the image with a pierced rectangle die, used the next size rectangle for the snippet blue mat and just cut the silver mat to be a skinny one behind the other two pieces. The silver was backing from an old Christmas card that I've saved just the front of it. (part of my cleaning effort to get rid of a lot of house clutter! Saw that the back was shiny and enough space to use for 'something'. So...another snippet).
- Could not find an appropriate blue for the card front, so took a precut white c/s, sponged DI blues over it, until it looked like a suitable snowy background for the skaters, then embossed it with the C/Bug Dots folder.
- MBox mittens die from a snippet of red, to add some more mittens for embellishment. This looked too plain and flat, so used an EF that was in the pile, then a piece of strip Washi tape, cut to fit the cuffs to add a little zing.(used red to bring out the scarf colors- looking at the finished card, thinking perhaps should have used blue). The corner bow is part of this die, but the 'string' on one mitten tore removing from the die. Decided to remove the strings, just use the bow, added a rhinestone, Voila.
- Sentiment is from a very old page of stickers. That's it!!! Thanks to Kate for a fun challenge, and many thanks to Sylvie for her generosity, which meant I was able to meet the challenge this week!!! Hugs to both of you.
Please be sure to check what the other club members have shared - you'll find the links to their blogs on the side bar.
Also check the Cards by Friends page, where some new cards have been added. As always, thanks for stopping in. And have a wonderful afternoon. Blessings & Hugs.


Just Buzzin' In Get Well

Good afternoon, and welcome. No, I've not fallen off the face of the earth. Just still in the chillin' mode, and doing some small tidy up house chores. I've been released by the surgeon, so can drive again, and do the normal routine once again. Thanks to all who sent emails & cards and lots of good thoughts! Much appreciated.

Haven't really been in the creative mood, but the fella who takes care of our computers had surgery yesterday. Been going through boxes of UFO's, and found this card (VOS) idea how long ago this was made. Thought it might bring a grin to his face when he sees it. He was here Friday to replace one of desktop monitors. It was less expensive to buy a larger thin tv screen than to buy a monitor, can you believe it? It's wall mounted, so I have to get used to looking straight ahead, rather than down at a desk monitor. (should be good for my neck, anyway, and much nicer when watching videos too).

Here's the card:

- added the M/Box bee hive, bees. The hive was cut from a piece of rather glossy cardboard packaging, and shaded with the copic warm grays. Bees cut from white snippet, colored with copics, added WoS.

-MFT fishtail cut the computer generated sentiment, which was an outline font, colored in with WoS.
Some glitter glue had been added to the bees on the paper background. Looks ok IRL, not so great in the photo.

Easy peasy to finish up a UFO. For this guy, thought simple was best.

We've had a couple of days that were pleasant to enjoy the porch swing; mid-day - it's still quite warm. We're having DH's navy buddies next week, so hope it will be pleasant for the guys to enjoy doing some guy things. That's another reason the tidy-up mode is upon me!!! (Don't worry, it doesn't last long!!!).

Thanks for coming by, and I'll do my best to get back into card making and blogging - it's been lovely to have a little break though! Big Hugs & there's room in the swing!!


Birthday Star Lily

Hi, and welcome. This is another scheduled post. Had a few minutes to write up a few posts from cards that had been done using things from the snippets bins. This is another one, but a little touch up was done on the copic shading, then hunted up a good S/Binder die to cut the image nicely.

-Stampendous wood block stamp (VOS)- The block says Star Lily. Used pink, pale oranges, and light yellow greens to color the petals, added some green spica coloring on the stamens and petal striations, also WoS.

- Cheery Lynn butterfly die cut from craft copper that had been heated (see Loll's heated copper video). The butterfly had lots of dimensional embossing until I ran it back through the Big Shot to ensure there were no sharp edges to present any danger. I encourage you to watch Loll's video, as it's a very pretty look (mine never turn out so well as Loll's, but I keep trying!!! )

- S/B Label die.

- background paper from a huge 12x12 pack (again, VOS). narrow strip of gold texture (a snippet) on the side trim, and then used Allison's Ribbons Die Plate to cut the hem stitched border on the right side (from another piece of paper in the same old 12x12 pack).

- PB sentiment cut from 3 layers, colored with copics.

That's all! Did 2 cards like this, but in different colors. Will share the 2nd one at a later time.

We're doing some porch sitting since the evenings are becoming more pleasant. The humidity is not so high, so even if the temps are not all that cool, it's refreshing to sit outside, watch the hummingbirds at the front feeders. They surely are feisty. Soon they'll be winging their way to South America, where I'm told they spend the winters.

I'm trying to get back into card making and posting. We're expecting some old navy buddies of DH to come in later this month, so trying to get things ready for that. Still in the Lazy Mode, sad to say. But it's been lovely to just chill. Big hugs, come again when you can. Ya'll have a grand afternoon.


Thank You Poppies

Good afternoon. I hope that all my USA friends had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, with pleasant weather, relaxation and all good things to help celebrate a holiday.

Found some bits & pieces of a pre-started card (VOS) when I needed to make a Thank You card for the wonderfully caring folks who took care of me on my recent surgery. Basically to get this ready, all I did was add a die cut Poppy Flower from black glitter paper, a bold sentiment die, and a couple of butterflies. Nothing fancy.

- MBox flower die (or was it Penny Black? I can check if anyone wants to know fer sure).

- MStewart punched butterflies - snippets.. Put the silver one on, decided it needed some color, so a snippet of red glitter paper, Voila, another butterfly. Then I thought "hmm, maybe should have left off the red one". Too late, it's stuck down! This MS punch is one that the piece doesn't just pop's a bit fiddly. Think it might be meant to stamp partially and lift wings out of the background to create dimension.

- Avery Elle Thank you die (I think!) from a snippet of white water color paper that was handy.

some black & white Pretty Posh sequins.

- the design papers are VOS, and the card front had already been made...probably years ago. The black paper has a lot of texture.

Like I said, nothing fancy.....I expect the nursing staff doesn't get a lot of appreciation from patients, but I bet they get plenty of complaints. So I thought a thank you card was in order.

Ya'll have a great day. Big hugs & Thanks for stopping in.