Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!!  I hope that you have a lovely day, celebrating with family and friends.


Let’s not forget the true reason we celebrate this season and the love that God showed by sending His son.


E. Marie

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Cards I Sent

Just a few more days before Christmas!!  The gifts have been bought but I am still working on the wrapping, along with cleaning and baking.  I finally finished my Christmas cards and they are in the mail.  Between the problem I had with my tooth and then coming down with a virus that laid me up for a week, I still have a lot to do before the family celebrates together.

I thought I would show you some of the cards I made this year to send to friends and family.  Because I have to make so many cards for Christmas, they are usually a little more simple than most of my cards. 

This first card is probably the simplest card I made all year.  It took all I had to keep it this way, though I love the look.  I used ine of Sparkle NSprinkle’s new digital images, designed by Beccy Muir, called Candy Canes.  I colored it with markers and added a simple sentiment, Season Greetings, stamped in red.  A little layering and it is finished!!

I used the Candy Canes digital image for this card, too.  It is colored with markers, die cut with a Spellbinders’ Classic Ovals die, and layered on a red Lacey Oval die.  I embossed the background with an embossing folder that coordinated with the candy cane theme.  I added the story of the candy cane inside the card.

This last card uses another new digital image, Joy, also designed by Beccy Muir.  I increased the size so it fit the length of the card.  After coloring it with markers, I layered it on green and added it to the bottom of a red layer on a white card base.  I used a glue pen to add gold velvet glitter to the ribbon and the centers of the flowers.  Along the top of the card I added a die cut holly border with just a touch of red velvet glitter added to the center of the leaves.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and experience true joy as we celebrate the birth of Christ.

E. Marie

These cards are entered in the following challenges:

Season Greetings
Anything Goes Challenge 82 - Traditional Colours
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge R#103 – Anything Goes 
Totally Stampalicious Challenge – CASTotally Gorjuss Challenge 163 – Easy Does It
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #134: Focus on the Sentiment
CI Paints Inspired By: Merry Christmas
Delightful Challenges – Anything goes
DYSU #103 - Anything Goes

Candy Canes
Penny Black And More at Allsorts December Challenge – It's Your Choice
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #92 – Anything Christmas Goes 
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge - Seeing Double (Two Candy Canes, Two Dies)
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge PPMC70 - Create a Christmas Creation
Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge – Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge #210 – A Christmas Carol

Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Merry Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge – Y is for Your Favorite Punch/Die
Bugaboo Recipe Challenge – Use A Border
Crafts And Me Challenge 115 – Winter Wonderland Christmas Bumper Challenge
Stamp and Create December Challenge - Sparkly Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – Christmas Mistletoe or Holly

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Little Smile

It has been very busy around here.  This week was my Stamp Club party, my Sunday School party, and my husband’s Car Club party.  One of my daughters also came home to visit, though we spent most of our time together in my craft room where she worked hard to complete projects for her college finals.  I finished up a sweet Christmas card, using one of my favorite products - vellum.

The background was created by using a poinsettia embossing folder on heavy.  The image is Snow Goddess, embossed in gold on vellum and colored with markers.  I cut her out with a die cut and layered her on white cardstock cut out with one of the new Nesting Doily Square Dies that Sparkle N Sprinkle is now carrying.  I can never have too many dies.  Make sure you check here to see more new dies.


The sentiment is A Little Smile, die cut with Spellbinders’ Heirloom Ornament die, and some lovely die cut poinsettias added.


To create the sparkly ribbon, I came up with a fun technique.    I simply covered both sides of ¼” Tear-ific” Tape with Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter
and actually tied it in a bow.  Head on over to my post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog to get all the details.


Have a wonderful week,

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge Week 137 - Red & Green
Penny Black And More at Allsorts December Challenge – It's Your Choice
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #91 – Christmas (Tip: Made ribbon from double sided tape and glitter)
Charisma Cardz Challenge #48 – Christmas  
Crafts 4 Eternity R#101 – Christmas Wishes Color Recipe
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #246 – Red and Green
The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge – Seasons Greetings
Everybody Art Challenge #216 – Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle December Challenge

Wow!! December has arrived way too soon.  I missed out on the last week of November due to a tooth problem.  I feel like I have been in a fog due to all the pain meds.  Feeling a bit better today but I sure will be happy when I can eat solids again without being very careful how I chew.  Grrrr!!

Enough about me.  With the beginning of a new month we also have a new challenge at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges Blog.  But first let’s reveal the winner of the November Sketch Challenge.  The winner is ……Verna Angerhofer.  Congratulations!!  Head back to the Challenge Blog for details how to collect your prize. 

This month we have another sketch challenge.  This means half the work is already done since you already have your layout!! 

This sketch is simple but has so many possibilities.  Let’s see what you can create!!  Post a link to your card at the SNS Creative Challenges Blog before December 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET  and you might be the December winner.

Here is a card to get you inspired.  I used Frosted Carmine and Black Suede Velvet Glitter on sticker paper to create this lovely background. 

This is enhanced with dry embossing
 and masking. 
Go to our Tips and Techniques here to see the Masking on Velvet Glitter Technique and here to see the new Dry Embossing on Velvet Glitter Technique.  The image is Bamboo Floral Vase, combined with the Feel Better Soon sentiment, and layered on this sparkling background.  Find the details of this card in the SNS gallery here.

Now check out what my other fellow designers have created with this sketch at the challenge blog.

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew Challenge #24 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes (MS Monarch Butterfly Edge Punch)
Corrosive Challenge #163 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad Challenge #198 – Add Some Glitter
Delightful Sketches Challenge – Festively Floral/Add Flowers (Used Dry Embossed Flowers)
MAWTT Challenge 169 – Use 3 Elements Beginning With The Same Letter (Black, Butterflies, and Bling)