Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jewelry Gifts for Christmas

Hi Everyone!!  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas - and I hope your day was filled with friends and family, love and laughter, all your favorite traditions and few new ones too!  Blessings to you all for a fulfilling 2013!!

I have several posts today, including some fun jewelry that I made and a couple late Christmas Cards.

This first post is Jewelry I made using SU!'s retired Simply Adorned kits.  I'd been planning to make bracelets, a necklace and a couple of ornaments using the supplies I had purchased, but took it a step further by asking each person to select the beads and locket style that they wanted for their piece of jewelry.  This way it's personalized for them, so less guessing on my part!

This first one might be my favorite of the Bracelets and was made for the newest addition to our family - Chirstina.  (My Nephew proposed to her on Christmas!!!).


Christina's Bracelet 1

The photos show both sides of the locket - the Butterfly and Love (above) and the Heart and Flourish are from three different SU! stampsets - see below for those details.  These are all SU! Simply Adorned items and each has it's own clasp.


Christina's Bracelet 2

Below are more images of the Bracelets given to my Niece and two of my local Sister in Laws.  This next one shows the bracelet clasp, and includes an SU! heart charm.


Susie's Bracelet 1

Susie's Bracelet 2

Each of the lockets contain fun little stamped treasures - and they all have glitter and liquid pearls added as well.  They're so cute up close and in real life because each is like a tiny mini card inside a locket!!   I love how the all turned out!


Emily's Bracelet 1

Emily's Bracelet 2

This last one is also a favorite of mine - the little butterfly and flower are so sweet and sparkly in real life - not sure how well they show up in these photos - hopefully you can see all the details.

Mimi's Bracelet 1

Mimi's Bracelet 2

The next group of photos shows the long necklace made for my Mom.  She is 79 and still loves dressing up every chance she gets - which ALWAYS includes the most fashionable jewelry (and high heels whenever possible LOL!)!!  She is such a special lady, one of those people who truly gets better with age.  I hope I can follow in her footsteps.


Full Necklace View

I'm definitely not a jewelry photographer and realize I could have done better on these.  Still they do show the stamped images inside the lockets as well as all the beads and charms.  Hope you like them!


Both Lockets View 1
Both Lockets - View 2



















These were super fun to make, and in the process I realized that making jewelry is easier than I thought!!  And these are especially fun because I was able to add a personalized stamped design to each - for me that's what really makes them special.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!


These projects have been entered as a group to the following Challenges:

Here's what I used to make the Jewelry:
  • SU! Simply Adorned Bracelets, Necklace, Gems and Charms
  • SU! Stampsets: Charming, Elementary Elegance, Baby Blossoms and Tiny Tags
  • Raspberry Ripple, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Baja Breeze.
  • Also used glitter, Liquid Pearls and Crystal Effects

Hope you like what you see here.

Blessings and Hugs Everyone,
Audrey

Merry Christmas - It's Snowtime!!

Hi Everyone - here's another last-minute Christmas Card!!  Hope you all enjoyed your Holidays!!

This card is a last minute addition being sent out in the mail a bit late, but I needed one more and had wanted to use this snowman set, so decided to pull it out.  It's such a fun (and retired) stampset because there are so many cute images that can be added, like the Cardinal!  And like most of my cards this year this one has lots of Sparkle and Bling.

Below are a couple of photos that show all the details:


Merry Christmas - It's Snowtime!



Merry Christmas - It's Snowtime - Front


This card is being submitted for the following Challenges:
  • SCS Queen for the Day:  QFTD 145 - This week we were asked to find the Queen who was honored on the Friday closest to our Birthday.  Ironically enough I was Queen the day AFTER my Birthday - so, yes, I CASED my own card!!  This is my second card for this challenge.  Here's a link to my original card:  It's Snowtime
  • Craftymess Challenge:  24th Challenge - Show some Sparkle and Bling - this is my second submission
  • Drunken Stampers: Challenge #112 - All that Glitters - also my second submission

Here's what was used for this card:
  • SU! It's Snowtime Stampset
  • Sweet n' Sassy You Light up My Life - Sentiment
  • Spellbinders Scallop Ovals
  • Black Ink and Prismacolor Pencils, Cool Carribean and Baja Breeze for Sponging
  • White Cardstock
  • SU! Snow Festival and Festival of Prints DSP
  • Crystal Effects (Snowman Buttons), Glitter, Bakers Twine, Tim Holtz Button, Michaels Treelight Charms and lots of dimensionals

Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Hugs,
Audrey

You Light Up My Life Christmas

Hello - I'm back with two more Christmas cards - I was a bit late in sending my Christmas Cards this year, and after reviewing my Christmas card list and comparing it to the cards I received, it turned out I was a couple of cards short.  I'll do better next year!!


You Light Up My Life Christmas


Here are a few more views to show the dimension and sparkle.  I decided to switch gears and use Prismacolor Pencils on this, especially since I hadn't used them lately.  It was nice to pull them out for a change.


Alt View 1


Alt View 2


This card is being submitted for the following Challenges:

Here's what was used for this card:
  • Sweet n' Sassy You Light up My Life - snowman and sentiment
  • Spellbinders Scallop Ovals
  • Black Ink and Prismacolor Pencils, Pool Party and Baja Breeze for Sponging
  • White and Garden Green Paper
  • SU! Snow Festival DSP
  • Crystal Effects (lights and snoman eyes), Glitter, Ribbon, Silver Cord, Michaels Treelight Charms and lots of dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a safe and fun New Year celebration!

Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey


Monday, December 24, 2012

Fun Christmas Blessings

Hello - I'm back with another CAS/OLC card for the Season.  Merry Christmas Eve!!

I made a few different Christmas Card versions using the stampset, but needed one more card and knew this fun little Snowman would work perfectly.  This CAS/OLC card is for 4 challenges - all the details and links are noted below.  I do want to mention one of the challenges here though - it's a weekly Sunday challenge over at SCS called Featured Stamper.  This week's featured stamper is so talented - and so diverse in her style.  I've recently 'discovered' her gallery and blog, but yesterday I took a closer look, and I'm so glad I did - her name is Sylvia Blum, aka ~Fee~ over on SCS, and she is amazing!!!!!!  

Thank you Sylvia for your inspiration!!  This card was made based on inspiration from one of her beauties - see below for challenge/card links and more details.


Christmas Blessings Everyone!


Similar to Sylvia's, this card is tall and narrow.  I started by masking a border, then stamped the snowman image and sponged around the masked edges.  Then I colored the snowman using Copic Markers, added Flowersoft and Glitter for a snowy look at the bottom and on the Snowman's hat.  I also added little dabs of Orange Stickles and Crystal Effects to Mr. Snowman's buttons, and tiny dabs of Crystal Effects to his eyes :).

Some of those details can be seen better in the photos below:

Close-up of Mr. Snowman
Closer Look at Mr. Snowman


After that I die cut and stamped the sentiment tag, outlined it using Copics and made the bow.  I assembled the bow, sentiment tag, little tree light charm and silver cord, die cut the Snowflake Corner, then glittered and glued everything together.

Here's a close-up of the ribbon detail:

Close-up of Ribbon/Bow/Tag Charm and Cord

I love making Holiday cards.  Maybe this year I'll start them a bit earlier - it's never too soon to start as I've learned :)!!!


This card has been submitted to the following challenges:

Here are more details about what I used to make this card:
  • SU Snow Much Fun - Snowman Image
  • Sweet N' Sassy Sentiment from Christmas Joy Set
  • Momento Black Ink
  • Copic Markers
    • YG11, YG13, YG17 (Hat and Scarf)
    • Y38, E08 (Nose, Dots on Scarf, Buttons)
    • B000, B00, B01, B02 & B04 (Snowman & Birdies)
    • C00, C02 & C04 (Shading, Boots, Hat)
  • Memory Box Snowflake Border Die
  • SU Retired Ribbon
  • SU Die - Lots of Tags
  • Flowersoft Glacier White
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Silver Cord
  • Tree Light Charm from Michaels

That's everything - this one came together pretty quickly and is yet another OLC card from me!!  Yipppeee!!!

Hugs and Blessings to everyone!!
Audrey



It's the most Wonderful time of the Year

Hi Everyone - Happy Christmas Eve!!  We're celebrating with family at our house tonight, but thanks to DH's help with the shopping and cooking I was able to get a couple of cards uploaded this morning!!  He's the best, truly.

This card is for two challenges, noted further down in this post.  This particular design started out as a sort of experiment.  I wanted to make a CAS card with a wow factor, so tried using my Snowflake die as a mask, which worked well.  I sponged around the die-cut snowflakes using SU's Pool Party and Island Indigo, then lightly stamped Itty Bitty Backgrounds little snowy dots.


It's the most Wonderful time of the Year!

The corners were punched and the tag was made, and then I decided to dress everything up a bit with my  favorite go-to embellishment of the Season - GLITTER!  But not just ordinary glitter - this is actually Glass glitter:  Barbara Trombleys Vintage Glass Art Glitter.  Anyway, it's little tiny teensy weensy shards of glittery glass, and it's very glittery for sure.  Here's a close-up that really shows the dimension, texture and sparkle:


Snowflake and Glass Glitter Close-up View


I love this look!  I also added SU regular Blue/Green glitter around the edge - just to make the layer pop.  Here are a couple more photos showing all the textures at different angles.



Alternate View 1


The top layer is popped on dimensionals, the tag was creased using the Scor Buddy and then mounted with dimensionals.  The last step was the inside sentiment panels.



Alternate View 2


This card was submitted for the following challenges:
  • Pause Dream Enjoy - Challenge #51: December Celebrations - to create any type of Celebration Project
  • Stamping for the Weekend - Challenge #23: Anything Goes

To make this card I used hte following supplies:
  • Papertrey Sentiment from the Vintage Ornaments Set
  • Memory Box Large Snowflake Die
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Small Snowflake Dies
  • SU Pool Party and Island Indigo Ink for Sponging
  • SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds - used the little snowy dots stamp
  • Barbara Trombley's Art Glass Glitter - Vintage Glass
  • SU Blue/Green Glitter
  • Dew Drops
  • Martha Stewart Corner Punch
  • Scor Buddy
  • Dimensionals

Thanks everyone for the great challenges!!  And a huge thank you to everyone for stopping by for a visit.  Hope you all enjoy the blessings of this Season!

Hugs,
Audrey


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Peace on Earth

Hi Everyone - Blessings!!

This card is for a couple of challenges noted below.  I'm working on my clean and simple (CAS) skills and I think this wonderful scene works perfectly for that style.  This year I'm all about glitter and sparkle, and while I realize it doesn't photograph well I think some of it definitely shows through in the photos below.


Peace on Earth - Front


My plan here was to make another CAS/OLC card, but I had a little Die malfunction that forced me to come up with a Plan B.  I wanted a decorative border on this card so decided to use a Grand Labels One SB die - on only ONE edge.  But in the process of cutting the border I ended up with a crease on the front of my card!!  Soooo, plan B was to turn that crease into the card's fold line and then add a layer behind the front panel so it looked like it was meant to be that way LOL.  It's hard to tell in the photo but the white panel is actually the back of the card.

This card, like most of my Christmas cards this year, is full of tons of glitter!  Below are a couple of close-up shots that show at least some of the glitter and dimension.


Snowy Scene - Close-up

After the base was ready I stamped the image and sentiment in Soft Suede.  I used Ranger distress inks to sponge the sky and ground, and Copic markers to add a bit of color and dimension to the scene.  Then came all the wonderful glitter - two different types were used to bring out the snow and dimension in this scene.

Here's another close-up showing the sentiment too.


Snowy Scene - Close-up with Sentiment


This card was submitted to the following challenges:

Here's what was used:
  • SU Silent Night & Greetings of the Season Stamps
  • Soft Suede Ink for image and sentiment
  • Copic Markers to bring dimension to trees and church
  • Distress ink for Sponging - Stormy Sky & Weathered Wood for sky/Old Paper and Antique Linen for snow and ground
  • Dazzling Diamond & Clear Chunky Glitters
  • Basic Gray paper from my scraps
  • Spellbinder Grand Labels One die (for border)

Even though I was going for an OLC and didn't quite make it, I'm happy that it is CAS!!!  

Thanks everyone for stopping by - I love having company :) and hope you enjoyed what you found here today.

Blessings to you and yours,
Audrey

Seasons Greetings CAS/One Layer Card

Hi Everyone - Blessings to you all.  I have a few projects I'll be uploading - here is the first.  It's for a few challenges noted further down in this post.


Seasons Greetings - One Layer Card


I love CAS and OLC cards although they don't always like me LOL.   So as we come to the end of 2012 I've made it a goal to make more CAS and OLC cards going forward.  I hope that I'll get better at them!!  This card is both CAS and OLC and I love how it came out.

Here's a closeup that shows off the chunky glittery goodness that covers the Trees and Star of Wonder die.  I used two different types of glitter on the trees and they have such sparkle in dimension in real life.  Some of that can be seen in the close-up photos below.


Close-up with Star of Wonder

To make this card I first had to determine the size, and how much space I would need for the tree stamp and sentiment (they're together on the same stamp).  I wanted a square card, so to fit this stamp I omitted some of larger trees and used only three of the smaller ones.  I cut the card base and added a score line/box, then used sticky notes to mask around the box before stamping the tree and sentiment image.



Close-up with Sentiment


I sponged the sky, die-cut the Star of Wonder, added glitter to the trees and star, popped the star and the card was done!!  I also added an inside panel for the sentiment and a hand-stamped/signature tag to the back.  So quick and easy!!



This card is for the following challenges:

Here's what I used to make this card:
  • SU Scenic Season Stamp (w/omitted trees)
  • Always Artechoke Ink (Trees & Sentiment)
  • Ranger Distress Ink for sponging - Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass
  • Memory Box Star of Wonder Die
  • Scor Pal
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Clear Chunky Glitter

Thanks everyone for stopping by.  I wish you all a Wonderful Holiday!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Hello and Blessings,

This card is a new submission for a two challenges - First, it's my second card for Sunday's FS Challenge over at SCS - created based on inspiration from Gail (GailNM).  Challenge link is here:  FS306 and her card:  Gail's bright and fun Bugs and Kisses.  I changed the theme from Halloween to Christmas, changed the card shape and added a ribbon and charm.


Merry Christmas !


This is also my second submission for the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges Blog, Challenge #50 - Snow:  To create any type of project featuring Snow.  Here's a link to that fun challenge:  Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.  Below is a close-up view - here you can see the bright sparkly details and the tree ornaments :).



Close-up View


The tree image is colored using Copics - YG11, YG13, YG17, B01, B04, Y38, E08, and E41 and C02 for shading.  The ornaments are glittered using Stickles then covered with Crystal Effects for a fun ornament look.  The background is sponged using Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China pads.

Here are a couple of other views to show even more of the fun details.  Thanks for looking!!




To make this card I used SU's Snow Much Fun tree image and Papertrey's sentiment from Vintage Ornaments set, along with Spellbinders Grand, Standard and Decorative Labels 1 dies.  Also used Memory Box Snowflake Corner and Frosty Border dies, tons of Glitter, organza ribbon, silver cord and a couple of Christmas Charms.




Hope you all are enjoying this wonderful Season!!  Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments.

Hugs and Blessings to all,
Audrey


Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Joy

Blessings Everyone!!

This card is for a Featured Stamper challenge over on SCS.  Sunday's FS is an amazing and talented stamper, who also has a big heart and lots of love to give.  The card below is mostly her design - I have CASE'd it in honor of her today.  Here's a link to this challenge:  FS306 and here's her card on SCS:  Gail's Beautiful Gingham Poinsettia Creation 


Christmas Joy for Gail - Alt View 1


To make this card I started with Papertrey's Rustic Snowflakes paper and Tim Holtz Poinsettia die cut.  Once everything was cut I worked with the leaves and center using embossing styluses to bring them to live, sponged a bit of Ranger Frayed Burlap onto the leaves, then assembled!  

Front View



After the poinsettia was assembled I added Ranger Gold Liquid Pearls to the center.  Then I punched the black card stock using a Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch, and assembled the card base.  


Closeup of Poinsettia and Ribbon/Bow

To make the ribbon/bow I used Gold Organza Ribbon around the entire base, added the Sweet n' Sassy Christmas Blessings sentiment and the Gold Cord bow.  Once that was done I assembled everything together and it was finished!!
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Thanks everyone for stopping by - hope you enjoy what you see here.  I appreciate having you visit my new Blog.  

Hugs and Blessings!
Audrey


Friday, December 14, 2012

Sending You Christmas Joy

Hello and Blessings Everyone!  

This card is for a few challenges.  The first is for the Queen for the Day challenge over at SCS - this week's Queen is Sue aka Sue28.  She is such a sweet person and an amazing and talented stamper.  Here is the card I chose to CASE in her honor:  Sue's Amazing Silver & Blue Baubles Card.  I kept her basic layout and changed the stars to Snowflakes, added a ribbon, button and bow and moved the sentiment.



The second challenge is the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges Blog, Challenge #50 - Snow:  To create any type of project featuring Snow.  I've never played in one of these challenges and knew I wanted to make a Christmas Card, so to play in this Challenge I decided to use a Snowflake on my card.  Here's a link to that challenge:  Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges


Close-up View

I found a third snow-related challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend Blog - Challenge #23 Let is Snow!!  That challenges asked us to use a Snowy Image or create a Snowy effect - and use at least one stamped image or sentiment.  This is my first time playing in the Stampin' for the Weekend challenges also!!  Here's a link to that challenge:  Challenge #23 - Let it Snow


Alternate View #1

To make this card I cut four squares from SUs new Festival of Prints Christmas DSP, then 18K Gold Leafed the borders and adhered to Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I die cut SU/Sizzix Bigz Snow Flurry die in Very Vanilla and glittered them completely using Ranger Stickles and SU retired clear chunky glitter.  I love how the chunky glitter adds texture for a VERY SNOWY effect!!


Alternate View #2 with Snowflake on inside

While the Snowflakes were drying I mounted the Cherry Cobbler panel with dimensionals to a Vanilla base, then added gold organza ribbon.  Once everything was dry I layered two Snowflakes using dimensionals, added the button, bow and sentiment.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Ornaments set, and it's stamped on SU's Itty Bitty Banners Die.  The Snowflake on the inside is from Cherry Lynn Designs and it is also covered in Stickles and Clear Chunky glitter.

Thank you everyone for stopping by - I appreciate all your support and inspiration!

Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A New Little Someone

Hello Everyone!!  Here's a card I made for a very special SCS friend (Pat Smethers) who recently had a new Grandbaby named Audrey Mavis.  It's also for an SCS Challenge from Friday - F4A146 - in celebration of Springtime in December!!!


Front View


Close-up View

To make this card I die cut the card base 3 times (once in the Blushing Bride Paper, then again in Card stock to keep it sturdy, then a third time for the card back).   I then adhered the front and back panels using score-tape.

Alternate View #1


The bunny was stamped in Crumb Cake, then colored using Copic Markers (Y000/Y11/Y13/Y35/R000/R11/R22 and N0/N1 for shading.  Also used Verve's One Person sentiment, SU's Itty Bitty Banners stamp and die cut, Romantic Rectangles by Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs
Alternate Veiw #2

Fanciful Flourish, MFT Rolled Gardenia Dienamics, White Felt, Bakers Twine, Glitter, SU White Button, and lots of Love.

Thanks for stopping by!!




Hugs and Blessings!
Audrey

Sunday, December 9, 2012

To One Person You may be the World

Hi Everyone!!  I took a break from Christmas Cards yesterday and made this card for a special SCS friend who recently had a precious little Baby Girl named Audrey Mavis.  It's also for a couple of SCS challenges noted below.  I've displayed a couple of different views, including a closeup of the main image.  Hope you enjoy your visit today.


The first Challenge is SCS's QFTD142.  Our new queen is Pam MacKay, and she has an amazing Gallery filled with wonderful works of art!  Here's the card I chose: Pam’s precious Away in the Manger Card

The second is SCS's Inspiration Challenge IC366 - to create a card using an image from Restoration Hardware's Baby and Child website.  Here's my inspiration photo:  Restoration Hardware – White Christmas Kids


Below are a few more views in case you'd like to see the details up close :).  Thank you for looking.

Closeup of Focal Image and Sentiment
To make this I used one of my favorite sentiments from Verve - One Person, along with a retired SU set called Baby Talk.  Also used SU's Itty Bitty Banner stampset and die cuts for the Sweet Baby tag on the lfet.  I colored the Baby using Copics (R000/R02/R11/R12 and E00).   His little 'blanket' is an SB Die in SU retired paper.




Alternate view showing Booties

This image shows the card inside - with the cute little booties, cut out and colored with Copics.  The papers are retired Blushing Bride paperstack, and the other dies used are Floral Ovals by Spellbinders and MFT Rolled Royal Rose in White felt, Cherry Lynn Designs mini Fanciful Flourish, a little star punch.  Other embellies are Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, SU Embossing Folder, lots of Stickles Glitter, Dimensionals and a Heart full of Love.





Alternate view #1




Here's one more quick view from a different angle.  Each view shows a little more detail so including them for those who want to see it all :)!!  Hugs everyone!!




Thank you again for visiting - hope you enjoyed your time here, and hope you have a blessed Sunday!!

Audrey