Friday, November 30, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for November - Freestyle Friday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another Card a Day Challenge! Today is Freestyle Friday, where designer gets to choose! Here is my card for today:

This card is organic looking, using a patterned paper background that looks like distressed wood (from Moda Scrap) and a die cut from Altenew that also looks like old wood. I stained the die in a denim blue shade so that the background would pop through.  I Copic colored a flower from CP Designer stamp called Grateful Heart, which is a favorite of mine. I popped the flower onto foam squares, adhered it to my base, and added the sentiment "hey you" beneath the flower.  I love the font on this sentiment! The inside reads "You are a warrior. Look how far you've come!". For me, this card is filled with gratitude and thankfulness.

Tomorrow is the last day for the challenge, don't miss it!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for November - 3D Thursday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another day of Card a Day Challenge for November! Today is 3D Thursday, where we make a creation that is 3 dimensional. Here is my creation:

With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to demonstrate something that is easy to create and makes a GREAT gift for anyone! My creation is a magnetic paper pad. The paper pad is 3x5 in size. I trimmed some fallish-looking designer paper to fit over the lip of the paper pad and then decorated with embellishments (for my larger paper pads, I used Prima flowers). Finally, I adhered magnetic circles on the back of the pad with my glue gun. I tested it on my fridge for a few days, and it was really sturdy! You can make these pads in any size and get creative in decorating them (but use more magnets for bigger paper pads).

See you tomorrow for another day of challenges!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for November - WOW Wednesday

Hi everyone

Welcome back to Card a Day Challenge for November! Today is WOW Wednesday, where we turn up the volume on a previous card. On Sunday of this week, I made a Sweet & Simple card for the challenge (see my blog for details), and today's card is a WOW'd version of that one. Here is my card:

For this card I am using the same adorable stamp set called Happy Hugs from Pinkfresh Studios. I colored my cuddly bears with my Copics in the same way I had done with Sunday's card (again, see my blog for a comparison), only this time I added a background sky behind the bears in a GORGEOUS blue ink from Catherine Pooler called Suede Shoes. Wow wow WOW is this color beautiful! I die cut my bears, popped them up on foam squares, and fit them back into the background sky. Popping the bears up on foam tape makes them look like they're in front of that night sky. I added a beautiful sentiment to finish my card.

See you tomorrow for more challenges! Are you playing along???


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for November- Technique Tuesday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 3 of Card a Day Challenge for November. The theme is Thankfulness, colors are muted and fall combinations, and today is Technique Tuesday. This month's technique is to create Dimensional Sentiments.

Here is my card:


There is a great video by Jennifer McGuire on this technique, so be sure to check it out! For my card, I have been DYING to use Altenew's Rose Build-a-Flower. So I decided to use that stamp as my background on this card (insert happy dance). I used subtle shades of pink from my stash of Altenew inks, using the magazine photo below as inspiration for my color selection:

I chose a sentiment from Honey Bee called Bless Your Heart. This sentiment sends a beautiful message on thankfulness along with the rose in the background. What a combination! Once I stamped the sentiment over the rose (yes, it's a little scary but thank goodness for my Misti), I die cut the rose and then popped it back onto the card using foam squares. That gave the card some dimension. I guess you could say this is similar to an Eclipse card? Anyhoo, I finished off with Lucy's sequins, placed my piece over pink card stock, and adhered it to a brown card base. I loved this card so much that I made 5 of them!

See you tomorrow for another day of challenges.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for November - Mistletoe Monday

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to day 2 of Card a Day Challenge for November! The theme is Thankfulness, colors are muted fall shades, and today is Mistletoe Monday.

Here is my card:

My inspiration for this card came from a video by Gina K Designs on a Faux Vellum technique using her Joy of the Season stamp set (SSS Stamptember release). I LOVE this stamp set and know it will be a holiday favorite of mine. Going back to Gina's Faux Vellum technique (watch her video for details), she used shades of green and brown for her trees and background. I decided to go with colors inspired from a clothing magazine photo.  Here it is below:

I fell in love with these muted, autumn color combinations! So I grabbed my Gina K inks in similar shades and made my trees using the Faux Vellum technique. I placed my pretty trees over a brown shade of card stock that was similar to the vest in the photo (which I may have to purchase now). Then I added white Liquid Pearls all over the card to make it look like snow was falling. I stamped the sentiment in blue to match the blue shirt in the magazine photo. And that was it! I'm happy with how this card turned out and made several of them for my Christmas cards!

See you tomorrow,


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Card a Day Challenge for November - Sweet & Simple Sunday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to November's Card a Day Challenge! This month's theme is Thankfulness and the colors are muted shades and fall colors. Basically, everything that's lovely to me about Thanksgiving! Today is Sweet and Simple Sunday.

Here is my card:

The stamp set is called Happy Hugs from Pinkfresh Studios. This is such a sweet set! It reminds me of that warm and fuzzy feeling I get during Thanksgiving. I stamped the snuggly bears in the corner and colored them with my Copics, using softer shades. Then I added the sentiment "My favorite place is inside your" with the word "hugs" being inside the card. Then I die cut the bears with CP Designs frames die, popped it up with a foam square, and adhered it to my card base. I finished with Glossy Accents in a few places to add dimension. That's it!

I will see you back here tomorrow for another day of challenges!


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Scene It Saturday 47-2018

It's Scene It Saturday!  Our colors are muted Fall and our theme is "Thankfulness".  This is the last Thanksgiving card I made this year.

Here is my card:

I started my card with a digital image printed from my computer and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I attached the image to a salmon colored card stock panel and used peach card stock to make my card base.  The sentiment is part of the stamp set.  I added yellow enamel dots for embellishment.  I really enjoy coloring - it is such a stress reliever!  I hope y'all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I'll be back next month with Christmas cards! ~ Gracie

Friday, November 23, 2018

Freestyle Friday 47-2018

Happy Black Friday!  I'm not going to be out shopping - I'm going to be playing in my craft room!  Today is Freestyle Friday!  I just had fun making my card for today.  The colors are muted Fall and the theme this month is Thankfulness.

Here is my card:

Today I am thankful for sweater weather!  The stamp I used today is from Art Impressions.  I stamped the image on Neenah Solar White card stock and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  The paper is from my scrap box - I colored the jingle bells with the same gold I used on her jingle bells.  I attached a brown ribbon from Dollar Tree on apple green card stock and attached my image with pop dots.  i used brown craft paper to make an easel card base.  The sentiment is attached with foam tape.  It's time to dig out your ugly sweaters! ~ Gracie

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thursday in 3D 47-2018

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors. Today is Thursday in 3D.

Here is my card:

Today I chose to make a gate fold card.  I started with a digital image (source unknown) printed from the computer on Neenah solar white card stock.  I also added the sentiment to the image and printed the "Happy Thanksgiving" for the inside of the card.  I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils.  I trimmed the image down and used a corner punch; I placed it on a tan panel followed with a black panel to give the top part of the gate fold weight. I made the gate fold base with white card stock.  I added black enamel dots.  

I wish y'all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  ~  Gracie

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wow wednesday 47-2018

Happy Wednesday!  Time to crank up the volume and add a little pizzazz to a previous  card!  The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors. I decided to work on my Tuesday card.

Here is the card before the Wow:

And here is the card after:

The card was made using a digital image (source unknown) and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I know it is difficult to see but I started with clear Wink of Stella on the image.  I then had to dig through my stash (which took quite awhile - it's a big stash!) to find black rhinestones which were heat set. I really like the black and white contrast.  It's just small touches but it does dress up a card! ~ Gracie

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Technique Tuesday 47-2018

Hello again!  The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.  For Technique Tuesday the challenge is to use this month’s technique which is dimensional sentiments.

Here is my card:

Did I mention I really like digital stamps?  I have so many I don't remember the source of this stamp.  After printing from the computer with the sentiment I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.  I trimmed the image into thirds and placed the 1st and 3rd panels on 6 layers of black card stock for my dimensional sentiment. I attached all three panels to white card stock and used black card stock for a card base.  It's really a fun technique! ~ Gracie

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 47-2018

Wow.  Christmas is fast approaching and I am not ready!  Still have lots of shopping to do but I am NOT doing Black Friday!  But I need to get my Christmas cards in the mail!  FYI - last day to mail a First Class letter/card in time for Christmas delivery is December 20!

Here is my Christmas card:

I tried really hard to use muted Fall colors - I used tan, brown, green and black.  The staircase, sentiment and tree die cuts are from a friend.  It's hard to tell in the picture but I actually made a window with an oval set and acetate.  I used foam tape to attach the front to the panel so it's almost like a shaker card.  I die cut the snow and snowflake with white glitter card stock.   The tree is decorated with "tinsel" and red rhinestones with a gold star.  I used a corner rounder on the panel and on the card base.  It's ready for an envelope an and address! ~ Gracie

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 47-2018

Hello!  It's Gracie here this week!  So happy you have joined us!  Today is Sweet and Simple Sunday.  Our theme this month is Thanks and our colors are muted Fall colors.

 Here is my card for today:

I started with a digital stamp and printed it on craft paper.  I really enjoy digital stamps because they can be resized.  I also printed the sentiment from my computer.  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.  After trimming the image I used my very old Creative Memories corner punch.  I placed brown ribbon from the Dollar Tree on gold card stock to create a panel.  I made an easel card base from pumpkin card stock.  The sentiment is attached with foam tape to help create the easel. ~ Gracie

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Scene it Saturday 46-2018

Well, it's Saturday, which means that it's my last day as designer here at Card A Day Challenge. Hope I've been able to inspire you this week.

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.   For Scene it Saturday, the theme is to create a scene card. 

Here's my card

I started by stamping the trees using Stampin’ Up’s Lovely As A Tree and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I punched a ¾” circle from a post-it note and used it as a mask for a moon. I added distress inks (old paper, spun sugar, shaded lilac, tumbled glass) applied with ink blending tools.  When I removed the mask, I added some squeezed lemonade distress ink for the moon. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Group Hugs stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next month.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Freestyle Friday 46-2018

Hi! I'm Sue and I'm the designer this week here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.  For Freestyle Friday, the challenge is to create whatever I want using either the technique or the color scheme for the month or both. I chose to focus on muted colors. 

Here's my card

I used Hero Arts Color Layering Grateful Leaves and distress inks (dried marigold, spun sugar, old paper, cracked pistachio) and Hero Arts soft vanilla inks. I like the somewhat splotchy look that the distress inks give. I think that it's more authentic as leaves seldom are one colour and one shade. The sentiment was stamped on a beige strip using Paper Smooches’ Chit Chat stamp set. 

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday in 3D 46-2018

Happy Thursday to you. Thanks for stopping by. It's Sue and I'm the designer this week at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.  For Thursday in 3D, the challenge is to make cards that are 3D and use this month’s color scheme.  I searched through Pinterest for 3D card ideas and found the “impossible card”. It’s pretty easy and looks difficult – I like when that happens! With some scoring and cutting, there you have it, an impossible card. 

Here's the finished card.

For the main panel, I stamped the sentiment using Your Next Stamps’ Whatnot Sentiments Four using Stampin’ Up’s Baja Breeze ink. I used Paper Smooches’ Seasonal Tree stamp set for the leaves and used Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Fresh Peach and Butter Bar inks. I found the Hero Arts inks too “bold” so I stamped off once, to create “muted” colors. I used Paper Smooches Gently Seasoned dies for the leaf diecuts. I added a few pearls for a bit of shine to complete the card.

Won't you drop by tomorrow, when I'll have a new card for you to see.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wow Wednesday 46-2018

Well, made it to "hump" day - all down hill from here! It's Sue and I'm the designer this week here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.  For WOW Wednesday, the challenge is to turn up the volume on a card.

I struggle the most with Wednesday cards. I'm just not a bling-y, sparkly type of crafter. I personally prefer the clean and simple look. However, for today's card, I started with Sunday’s card.  To turn up the volume, I added rhinestones to the centers of the flowers and using a Sakura silver glitter gelly roll pen, I added glitter stitching around the card.

Here's my finished card

Here's a close-up

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Technique Tuesday 46-2018

Hi! Happy Tuesday! It's Sue and I'm this week's designer here at Card A Day Challenge.

Here's my card for today

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.  For Technique Tuesday, the challenge is to use this month’s technique which is dimensional sentiments. I started by stamping flower blooms and leaves using Altenew’s Adore You stamp set with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I added muted colors with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and fussy cut the images out. The sentiment uses stamps from both Altenew’s Adore You and Hello Sunshine stamp sets. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiments onto a white card base. I added the leaves, overlapping slightly one of the leaves over the sentiment and re-stamped the card. Then I added the flower blooms and re-stamped the sentiment. It’s so easy to do with a MISTI. I popped the blooms up with dimensions – hence the “dimensional sentiments”. Here's a close-up.

Thanks for stopping by. Please pop by again tomorrow and I'll have a new card for you.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 46-2018

Hi! Welcome back. It's day 2 of my week as the designer here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors. For Mistletoe Monday, the challenge is to make a Christmas/Holiday card. 

Here's my card

I found the Sweet ‘n Sassy Joy to the World stamp set at last year’s Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup. I stamped the sweet image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with muted color Copic markers. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set. I matted the panel with black cardstock to give the panel a border.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 46-2018

Greetings! Thanks for stopping by Card A Day Challenge. It's Sue and I'll be the designer this week. 

Here's my first card

The theme for November is “thankfulness” and the color scheme is muted shades and fall colors.  For Sweet and Simple Sunday, the challenge is to create a clean and simple card using this month’s theme and/or color scheme.  I started with Stampin’ Up’s Flower Shop and used the outline flower to stamp various scraps of patterned paper.  I was going to fussy cut the flowers when I recalled that I own Stampin’ Up’s Flower Shop Pansy punch. I arranged the flowers around the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP’s Flower Friend stamp set. I tried a white card base but it felt too stark, so I instead used a natural card base.

I have so much patterned paper that it's fun sometimes to use it with outline stamps. Do you ever use your patterned paper this way?

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Scene it Saturday 45-2018

I did an autumn scene for today.

This is a cut from Cricut's Campin' Critters cartridge.  I first meant to do this as an inlaid card so that all of the cuts would go together as one layer.  I sliced the background and all of the trees just fine, but after the main tree background started to cut, I realized that I hadn't sliced that cut.  So this ended up being two layers, but it still worked out pretty well. The tree papers came from a 6 x 12 pad by Cricut called Animal Kingdom.  I have had that pad forever and was glad to finally use some of the paper. I decided that it did not need a sentiment on the front. Thanks for looking this week and be sure to stop by to see what Sue does next week. - Denise

Friday, November 9, 2018

Freestyle Friday 45-2018

Friday means we can do anything within the theme and colors.

I have a few stamps from Unity Stamp Company that they call Cuttlebugs.  This is the squirrel one and I think they are adorable.  I stamped it on what I thought was watercolor paper, but after I started painting, I realized it wasn't.  I went with it anyway, but it did not take the colors or blend as nicely as I would have liked.  I fussy cut it after it was dry.  The background and paper for the sentiment came from Peebles Woodland Forest. The sentiment stamp was from a Close to My Heart set called Perfect Fit.  The cut that is mounted on is on a woodgrain cardstock from Altenew  I actually cut this for the box card from yesterday, but decided patterned paper would look better, so I didn't use this on that card, but didn't want to waste it.  I think it worked out pretty well anyway. - Denise

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday in 3D 45-2018

3-D are my favorite cards and especially box cards.  I made this one to use as a table decoration for Thanksgiving. 

side view

side view


This wonderful card is from  It is part of aa group of cards called Autumn Box Cards.  I used various solid cardstock and patterned paper from a 6 x 6 pad by Peebles called Woodland Forest. I distressed the edges of most of the cuts using Distress Ink and added glitter glue to the berries on the front.  I also let my Cricut Explore write the sentiment on the back using a gold Cricut marker as part of the back panel cut. - Denise

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wow Wednesday 45-2018

For WOW Wednesday, I took my card from Monday and added to that.

I took took two puffy butterfuly stickers that came with the Prima Amber Moon kit and added those along with Say It With Crystals also by Prima.  They have a wonderful faceted surface and are somewhat muted in color which was perfect with the paper. - Denise

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Technique Tuesday 45-2018

We have a new technique for November.  It is called Dimensional Sentiments and a video showing you how can be found here.

My card following the Thankfulness and color scheme.

A closeup of the sentiment.

This technique involves stamping your sentiment on each layer of a die cut each time you add the layers.  A stamping platform such as a Misti is almost a must for doing this.  I started by cutting all my layers on my Cricut Explore using a cartridge called Disney Pooh & Friends.  On a side note, there are some unexpected cuts on some of the cartridges. Who would have thought this came from a Disney cartridge.  I distressed the edges and added a little extra green on the leaves too.  The patterned paper was from my scrap pile.  The sentiment from Unity's September 2018 Kit of the month and I stamped it on a kraft card base using Versafine black ink.  Lifting the lid without moving the stamp or base, I adhered the first layer then stamped again.  I continued doing that with all of the layers making sure to stamp after each layer.  This allows the sentiment to flow without any breaks that would be there if you waited to stamp it after the layers were all on.  I loved the effect and will be doing it again. - Denise

Monday, November 5, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 45-2018

I worked in the Thankfulness theme for Mistletoe Monday and used a kraft paper background for the color theme.

The image and sentiment are from the Unity Stamp Company September 2018 Kit of the Month called Blessed Fall. I used versamark and embossed in whithe embossing powder the colored the heart red.  I used an oval die to cut out around the image and offset it on the background paper (from Doodlebug Design) and trimmed the edge even with the paper.  I stamped the sentiment in red ink to match the paper and cut the words apart to fit down the sid. I like the sentiment and image since it could be used anytime during the Winter season. - Denise 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 45-2018

Hi Denise here to start out the November challenges.  This month our theme is thankfulness and we will be using muted fall colors  

My clean and simple card was super quick.

I have a 6 x 6 paper pad from the Amber Moon collection by Pima.  I cut one of the papers slightly smaller than a kraft card base making sure the border was placed on the bottom.  One of the ephemera from the same collection was this pretty sentiment on a heavy velum.  I glued it to the panel and it was done.  Easy, peasy. - Denise

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Scene It Saturday 44-2018

It's Scene It Saturday!  My scene is kind of simple today!

Here is my card:

Today I chose a digital stamp from my digital files and I am not sure of the source.  I printed it from my computer and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.  I then fussy cut it.  I found the brown gingham paper in my scrap box ( I only save pieces 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 inches or larger or I would be overrun with paper lol).  I had some old Creative Memories paper ribbon in my Scraprack and added to the gingham.  I attached my image with pop dots.  The sentiment was also printed from my computer.  I added some more of the brown ribbon to the sentiment and added twine.  I added a yellow bow to the flowers.  Then I went back and added bling - brown rhinestones to the front panel and sentiment.  I used ayellow card stock to make an easel card base and attached the sentiment inside with foam tape so the front of the card would stand up.  See you next month!  ~  Gracie

Friday, November 2, 2018

Friday Designer Challenge! 44-2018

Today is the last day of our Designer Challenges!  They sure have been fun this year! 

Today we have a pick from Theresa's choices:

First up is Sue's choice.  She had a darker glitter card base:

I chose dark sparkly card. It reminded me of looking up at a night sky on a clear night. I stamped the rocket ship using Your Next Stamp’s Blast Off stamp set, added color with Copic markers and fussy cut the image out. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped onto a royal blue banner placed near the bottom of the card. The rocket ship is popped up using dimensionals for a bit of depth.  ~  Sue

I chose the dark flocked card base:

I know - it looks busy but sometimes you just love to play!  I started with a scrap of sepia toned printed card stock and tore the top and bottom edges.  I inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The sentiment was in my scrap box, too!  It was part of a page and I simply trimmed it out and attached it with pop dots.  Then I got a little crazy.  I made a small rosette using pink card stock hot gluing it to the front of the panel.  I also hot glued the lace, the lace heart, the paper roses, the pink rhinestones and the pink ribbon.  I felt like it needed something else so I added the vintage couple from Tim Holtz (also sepia toned) using pop dots.  I think it made a sweet shabby chic card.  ~  Gracie

We hope you have enjoyed our cards this week.  Thanks for joining us!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday Designer Challenge! 44-2018

Happy November!  We continue our challenge today using Theresa's choices.  She gave us three to pick from to make two cards (one for today and one for tomorrow).

Here are Theresa's choices:

One is glittered, one is flocked with black polka dots and one with white polka dots.

Here is Sue's choice for today:

I chose the shimmery black card with white raised dots. I was introduced to the partial diecutting technique this month and am kind of addicted. Of course, I don’t have most matching dies for my stamp sets, so I fussy-cut. It’s the same effect. I stamped the snowman with the hat and then stamped the same image on a post-it note, which I then fussy cut and used as a mask. I then stamped the snowman with ear muffs, standing him a bit behind. I added some color with Copic markers. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s Snow Much Fun stamp set. With a bit of fussy cutting and trimming, I created the horizontal strip for this card.  ~  Sue

I chose the same card base!

I have had the vellum pocket for quite awhile and just did not know what to do with it.  But today a light bulb went off and I got it out of my Scraprack.  The paper has donuts.  The coffee cup is a die cut.  The sentiment was printed on my computer.  It's a pretty clean and simple card that I think wold brighten someone's day.  ~  Gracie

Join us tomorrow for the last day of our Designer Challenge!