Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Club Scrap Holiday Blog Hop

Howdy Club Scrap Blog Hoppers.  Welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop.  If you came here from the Club Scrap blog then you are in the right place.  If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop the go HERE to get to the Club Scrap Blog.

Today I used both the Gnome for the Holidays and the I'll be Gnome for Christmas to make this fun banner for my fireplace.
Club Scrap, Crafty Colonel, Gnome for the Holidays, I'll be Gnome for Christmas, Banner
Here's a close-up of Mr. Gnome.
Club Scrap, Crafty Colonel, Gnome for the Holidays, Banner

And Mrs. Gnome's close-up!
Club Scrap, Crafty Colonel, I'll Be Gnome for Christmas, Banner
Mrs. Gnome is all blinged out in her Christmas best.  
It's hard to see but I red Stickled all the berries on the holly.  
Ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Next up on the Holiday Blog Hop is Julie the "Cape Cod Scrapper."  
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Today over at the Inspired by Stamping blog we are showcasing cards with a theme of friendship.  I used the Friends Forever Stamp Set to create my friendship card.  I stamped with Archival Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to get the crisp black lines. I added a little bit of yellow Stickle to the stamens after I colored the flower.

Inspried by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Friends Forever, Friendship card

This is just a very simple card, very flat so it is easy to mail.  I know the flag in the left corner looks blue but it really is more purple than that. That color does not photograph well for some reason. Hope your Christmas plans are going well!  

Happy Crafting!

Inspired by Stamping Friends Forever Stamp Set
Friends Forever

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Graduation Card

One of my former Girl Scouts is graduating from college this month.  She is also one of my daughter's best friends.  It does my heart good to see how all the Girl Scouts in our troop have grown up into fine young ladies.  Here's my card for the graduate!

Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Butterfly Wings, Background Basics III, Graduation Card

Here's the inside - I really love this sentiment for graduates!

Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Butterfly Wings, Teeny Tiny Greetings, Graduation Card

Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!
Happy Stamping!

Inspired by Stamping, Butterfly Wings
Butterfly Wings

Inspired by Stamping Background Basics III Stamp Set
Background Basics III

Inspired by Stamping Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp set
Teeny Tiny Greetings

Monday, December 1, 2014

HOC End of Term Blog Hop

Hi friends!  Can you believe we've come to the end of our third term here at House of Cards?!  We are saying a fond farewell to some of our DT members and feel so grateful to those staying on.  To say goodbye and thank you, we're celebrating with a blog hop!  
This hop will run FROM DECEMBER 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment! 

Here's our photo inspiration~

You should have arrived here from TONI's blog.  
If you haven't, and you'd like to hop with us, please make sure you start at the
 HOUSE OF CARDS BLOG and continue through 
the whole thing for the most chances to win!  
Speaking of winning, we have some amazing sponsors!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Daydream Designs
Prize: $20 to their digital store

Deedee's Digis
Prize: Gift Card to the online store.
Eclectic Anthology
Prize: $50 gift voucher to the shop.

Great Impressions
Prize: Prize Package with 5 Stamps

Paper Sweeties
Prize: $20 gift voucher to the shop.
Stitchy Bear
Prize: $10 gift voucher to the shop.

 My First card uses the darling HOMESPUN HOLIDAYS Stamp Set from Paper Sweeties.

My second card uses gorgeous Aged Aqua Paper from Eclectic Anthology.

I also used one of the Free Christmas Tags from Eclectic Anthology to make this tag.

I glammed it up with red and gold Stickles and Wink of Stella on the M, C & Bow.

Now keep on hoppin'!  Your next stop is ANITA'S blog!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

OWH Red Friday and ATCAS Dots

Over at Operation Write Home they are celebrating "Red Friday" instead of "Black Friday." Right now, from November through February or so, are the slowest months for OWH while everyone takes a break for family times and celebrations! OWH has over 100 units on our list, even with the drawdown – and we need to keep on shipping beautiful cards overseas.
If you would like to help OWH you can read more about it on the blogpost HERE.  
Here's my red card for OWH and also for the Addicted to CAS "Dots" challenge #53.  Which is sponsored by Inspired by Stamping. 

Happy Crafting!


I'm here with an extra card for Inspired by Stamping today.  This is the last Winter Bird stamp that wasn't used in my set.  The Goldfinch was a little challenging to color.  I finally resorted to Distress Ink to stamp him and colored him with Distressed Markers using a watercolor brush.

Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Winter Birds, Thank You Card

Only 25 days until Christmas.  Enjoy the Advent Season and try not to stress out. 

Happy Crafting!

Inspired by Stamping Winter Birds stamp set
Winter Birds

Inspired by Stamping Autumn Blessing Stamp Set

Friday, November 28, 2014

Gift Card Holder Idea

I usually give gift cards to my teenage nieces since they are hard to buy for.  I was searching around Pinterest and came up with this pin for a gift card holder idea.  Here is my version.

Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, December 25th Labels, Gift Card Holder, Christmas

I used one of the Inspired by Stamping December 25th Labels stamped on to silver glimmer paper.  (Hard to see the shine in the photo)  When you open it up, the cover pulls up the gift card for the receiver to see.  
Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Background Basics III, All Year Wishes, Gift Card Holder, Christmas

I stamped the inside in silver ink with Inspired by Stamping Background Basics III and a sentiment from All Year Wishes.  I didn't have any gift cards handy so I made my own for the photo (LOL).  
With less than a month before Christmas, there's a lot to do!

Happy Crafting!

Inspired by Stamping December 25th Labels Stamp Set
December 25th Labels
Inspired by Stamping Background Basics III Stamp Set
Background Basics III

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Club Scrap Lakes Bloghop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Lakes Blog Hop.  If you got here from Annette's Page you are in the right place.  If you got here some other way and would like to go back to the beginning of the blog hop go to the Club Scrap Blog here. I subscribe to the Club Scrap Digital Kit, the Art Nouveau StampClub Stamp Kit,  Unmounted Borders and Backgrounds Stamp, and the Embellishment Pack.  

The digital kits come at the first of the month so I played with my digital kit first.   I finally got around to scrapping our trip to Indiana in 2012.  We went out there to meet my daughter's future in-laws.  While we were there they rented a boat and we spent the day at a lake close to their home.  This was the perfect kit for this day!  Nice to get another scrapbook page done!

The colors in this kit are gorgeous!  When my Club Stamp Kit arrived I had fun making a card with it.

Even though Kay had made a shaker card on Monday on the Club Scrap blog, I decided I was still going to make one since mine is different.  This is another Pinterest Inspired CASE.  I used a porthole design and stamped my fish with Ranger Cobalt Archival Ink on top of the transparent paper with the sequins behind and a colored ink background.  I used copper pearl pen for my rivets and copper embossing powder for the anchor.  Thank You sentiment is from the Cape Cod kit.  

Thanks for joining us on the hop!  Next up is Wendy Bellino.   If you want to go back to the beginning of the blog hop go to the Club Scrap Blog here.  

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Feeling Blessed

The challenge at the Cards in Envy Challenge blog this week is Thankful.  The rules for the Cards in Envy are you must make an A2 card and it can't be more than 1/4 inch thick so it fits in a mailing envelope.

 I'm thankful for all the good things the Lord has given me.  A wonderful husband, beautiful (and smart) daughter, my health,  a room full of crafting goodies, living in beautiful Colorado...the list could go on and on.  Here's a thank you card to express my feelings.

Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Autumn Blessing, Thank You Card

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up here in the States take time to think about all the good in your life.  What are you thankful for?  

Happy Crafting!

Products Used:
Inspired by Stamping Autumn Blessing Stamp Set
Autumn Blessings

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Non-Christmas Stamps on A Christmas Card

Sometimes it's fun to challenge yourself by using stamps for Christmas Cards that have nothing to do with Christmas.  The banners in the Whimsical Banners Set from Inspired by Stamping offered some inspiration for me.  Using the triangle shaped pennants as Christmas trees and bending the banner hanging line I came up with this card.

Inspired by Stamping, Crafty Colonel, Whimsical Banners, Elegant Christmas Sentiments, Christmas Card

I stamped and embossed (with clear EP) the pennants on shiny silver cardstock and cut them out.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder also. I shaped the banner holder line on my acrylic bloc and stamped it onto the white cardstock.  The ribbon is Inspired by Stamping Christmas Ribbon. 

Do you use non-Christmas stamps on any of your Christmas cards?

Happy Stamping!
Products Used:
Whimsical Banners
Whimsical Banners
Inspired by Stamping Christmas Ribbon Collection
Christmas Ribbon