Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SugarPea Designs December Challenge Theme - Anything Goes!

Gotta love an anything goes challenge and SugarPea has one for you this month!   

I decided to keep my card simple and get ready for some of the thank you cards I will be writing after Christmas.  I dug out some watercolor paper and just played around with dropping splots of color on the wet paper.  After the paper was dry,  I stamped the three trees from the Merry Christmoose stamp set and then doodled in some more color.  At this point, I almost trashed the idea and thought about starting again with my Copics - but I hung in there!  I cut out the window using the Gift Tag Sugar Cuts Die.  The sentiment and doodles are done by hand and my ScorePal was used for the horizontal lines inside the doodle.

Using the tag die to cut the window was fairly simple.

Here are the steps I used:

 STEP 1:
•Mark how big you want the square to be on the edges of the die.
•Tape the die where you want the window on the paper.

•Move the die so the marks you made are lined up with the end of the plate. Your die and paper will hang off of the platform - which is what you want so it doesn't cut the paper.

After you make the first cut, your window will look like this!
One more cut left . . .

•To cut the fourth side, turn your die around and place the rounded corner side on the uncut edge of the square.
•Line up the side edges in the grooves of the die.
    •Tape it down.

•Only run this last side through the machine and then back it out.  I just do mine to the point where I hear it cut and not any farther.  That way I don't have to worry about how exact I lined up the sides of the die with the already cut square.

This is a great way to get  more options out of one die!  To be honest, I am more in love with the idea of the card than this actual card.  I think I will be playing around a little more with using a simple window and a few of the "extra" stamps to create some quick thank you cards.  Hmmmm - how about a window with heat embossed snowflakes and a watercolor wash over them?!?  So many ideas and so little time (right now!!).

Play along with the December anything goes challenge.  The prize is a $10 gift certificate to the SugarPea store; if the winner uses a SugarPea stamp, the prize is increased to $15!

Challenges Entered:
Love to Create #146 - Create a Scene
Sentimental Sundays #237 - AG
Sister Act #87 - AG

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #340

Happy Saturday, Sketchers!  So glad you're back for #340!  

I manipulated Deb's sketch to accommodate the Memory Box ornament die I used as my card's focal point.  I used the back side of a poinsettia embossing folder for the olive paper and used the back side and put glitter in the recesses of the flowers.  I'm happy with the CAS look of the card.  The other DT gals have great things to share with you on the Sketch Saturday blog.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This week's challenge will be a two-week challenge so the DT can take some time off to celebrate the Christmas holidays.  We'll see you back on December 27th.                                                                                                                                                  

Friday, December 12, 2014

SugarPea Designs - December Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop

It's time again for our Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! Our Pod Squad of designers are geared up to inspire you with even MORE creative possibilities featuring the newest SugarPea Designs stamps and dies from the Holiday 2014 release.

Somewhere along the way, I had an idea about trying to turn the moose from the Merry Christmoose stamp set into Rudolph!  I masked the nostrils and thought I would use a button, but my messy desk had some pompon garland that made a fluffy Rudolph nose!  His plea to Santa was generated with my computer.

I used some of the stamps from the set to create the red on the Christmas tree patterned paper.  The snowflakes on the kraft are stamped in white ink and the sentiment is partially from Have An Ice Day and the Christmoose set.

I used CAS(E) This Sketch #103 to design my card.

Our Blog Hop is a fantastic opportunity for you to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own!
Please visit each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win!  Good luck and enjoy the inspiration! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sugar Pea Designs - Sugar Sketch #17

Enabler ALERT!!

Welcome back for another SugarPea Sketch!  For this one I incorporated the gingerbread man from the Sweet Treats- Christmas stamp set, a sentiment from Lost without You and the two November release Sugar Cut dies, Gift Tag and Layered Treat Labels and it's coordinating stamp set.

I gave the sketch a horizontal orientation for my card.  It was fairly simple to make.  I planned where to stamp my little gingerbread boys and then used a wreath-shaped Sizzix embossing folder as my circle.  I cut the tag out, used an eyelet cover from my stash, and inlaid the Layered Treat Label in the center of the tag.

The idea I am most excited to share with you is using the gingerbread men as part of a wreath.  So many of the stamps from the Sweet Treats - Christmas set could be used in the same way!

I hope you will play along with the Sketch Challenge - use any stamp, digi or die.  The prize is $10 to use at the Sugar Pea store!  Don't forget to check out what the other DT gals have created by following the links on the SugarPea Challenge blog!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #239

Welcome back Sketchers!  Vannessa is our sketch designer and the Etsy shop, Art by Miran is  sponsoring this week's challenge.

I used Poinsettia and Girl for my card and decided to color mainly white poinsettias so I could keep her dress red.  I pulled a scrap of burlap out of the piles on my desk and loved the rustic look it gave the card and the way the burlap played off of the red.  What's a Christmas card without sparkle?  Stickles on the hat, the buttons, and the center of the flowers were the perfect touch!

Stop by the blog, here to see the inspiration from the rest of the girls.  Hope to see your card in the gallery!

Challenges Entered:
Shopping Our Stash #179 - Free is good (burlap)
Party Time Tuesday #192 - AG
Divas By Design - Anything Festive
Crafting by Designs - AG - Christmas
Creative Moments #57 - AG - winter
Creative Knockouts #66 - Festive Flourishes
Creative Fingers #59 - AG
ABC Christmas - X for Xmas music
Art by Miran #19 - AG

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Snow-one Like You!

Today's card features the Frosty Friends stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs.  I used the sketch from the Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog to create my card.

I masked and stamped a cluster of snow folks and then colored them to look more faded than the main snowman.  He's colored with brighter Copic colors, fussy cut, popped out, and jazzed up with some Stickles.

I had a hard time deciding whether to use the Do you want to build a snowman? sentiment or There's snow-one like you.  I decided to give the card to my sweet husband who makes me coffee every morning.  I'll save the other sentiment for one of my granddaughters, who sings the songs from the movie, Frozen.

Challenges Entered:
Sketch N Stash  - #152
The Pink Elephant #279 - photo inspiration
Pile It On #48 - Sprinkle it
Through the Craft Room Door - AG
Sentimental Sundays #235 - Lots of Layers
613 Avenue Create - AG

SNS Challenge Blog

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #238

It's the fifth Saturday of the month, which means you have the chance to go back through the Sketch Saturday archives and choose one for your inspiration this week!  I used Sketch #295.  It went well with the stamp I used from Santoro called, If Only.  Santoro is a UK stamp company; I found the stamp eBay and knew I had to own it!

We have a new sponsor this week, Drawn with Character.  Take a look at the Sketch Saturday blog to see what the other gals have in store for you this week.

Card Challenges:
Creative Knockouts #65 - All that Glitters
The Pink Elephant #278 - AG
Sister Act #85 - AG
SOS#179 - Something free ("thanks" die)