Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy Little Stampers January CASE

This month starts the new new year and a new challenge from Happy Little Stampers called the CASE Challenge.

Here is Kylie's beautiful card to kick off the new challenge and the new year.

Beautiful, right?

Now here's my CASE of her card:

I started by using Ken Oliver Color Burst Powder in Ultramarine that my dear friend Marcia sent me for Christmas. It was so fun to watch the magic happen when I sprayed my powdered panel of cardstock with water. Too cool!! Then I used all kind of dots in different sizes and stamped them using Momento's Wedding Dress ink, giving it a Bokeh effect. Then I cut my dried panel using MFT's "Love" Die-namics and added the rest of the sentiment using silver embossing powder.

Be sure to stop by the Happy Little Stampers blog to check out this challenge
and join in on the fun!

Winter Snowflakes

Just popping in with one more card that meets the sketch requirements for Freshly Made Sketches.

I used PTI's Phrase Play #9 and some punched snowflakes using a Martha Stewart punch.

It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but I sprayed some glimmer mist onto the punched snowflakes to give them some shine and added gems to the centers.

The insides of my cards are quite often neglected so this year I'm trying to make the insides pretty too.

I'll also be entering this card into the Simon Says Monday Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

PTI's Make-It Monday

Hello and happy new year! I'm playing along with this week's Make-it Monday with Laurie where the challenge is to add color to your stamping.

I used the Turning A New Leaf dies and coordinating stamps from Embroidered Elegance for the leaves. The sentiment is from Ruby Rose. I stamped the flowers from Happiness in Bloom and added color with Prisma colored pencils and topped the centers off with one of the Button Stacks die cuts. Here's a closer look.

Be sure to stop by Nicole's blog to watch Laurie's video and join in on the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CAS(e) This Sketch #153

Happy snow day! Winter has finally arrived here in Maine, as we got our first snow yesterday. YIPEE! I'm not a big fan of winter the cold weather but I do enjoy the peace and beauty that comes along with the first snowfall of the season.
As beautiful as it is, I'm not here to talk about the weather. I'm here with a card for CAS(e) this Sketch.

I'm on to the next big day, Valentine's Day!

I used some really old Technique Tuesday stamps for my word art and added two strips of striped design papers to the edge. Some randomly stamped hearts and sequins finish this card off. This card is colorful, bright and fun!!

I'll also be adding this to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a safe and happy new year! Blessings~ Birgit

Word Art Wednesday ~ December Guest Designer

Hello friends and visitors from Word Art Wednesday. This is my last post as Guest Designer for the Word Art Wednesday challenge blog. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed working with their amazing design team and scripture word art each week. I have been blessed beyond measure by all the kind comments you all left for me this month.

Today's scripture art:

Today's verse reminds me that I have been bought with a very large price, the death of Jesus. For that reason, we should be attentive to glorify God by taking care of our physical and spiritual health. Exercise and eating right shouldn't just be a New Year's resolution, it should be a daily way of life along with spending time in God's Word, growing and enriching our minds in Him.

I used PTI's Still Life Summer to create this colorful and sparkly reminder to glorify God. I added coordinating stickles to each piece of fruit for added shine!

Thanks so much to Karen and her super talented design team for letting me play along with them this month! It's been a huge inspiration and a special blessing to me to spend time using their free scripture art! You can find all the details about their weekly challenges and free downloadable scripture art on the Word Art Wednesday blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Warmest Thanks

Hello again. Three posts in one day. Really? I just happened to see the ColourQ challenge and realized that this card fits perfectly into their challenge this week.

Here's my card for this challenge:

I used MFT's Hug In A Mug and a strip of patterned paper that just happens to have all these colors in it! Oh happy day! I'm also adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Creating Along With PTI

Good morning PTI friends! I'm playing along with PTI's Create Along With Us this week and I chose Kay Miller's card found HERE. I fell head over heals over this card. I liked everything about it so I pretty much CASEd her card except for making adjustments according to the stamp sets I had.

Here's a list of the sets I used:
Fancy Folkart
Boutique Borders ~ Christmas
BB ~ Sympathy
Rosie Posie
Twig Wreath
and Phrases & Praises

I'm also adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Word Art Wednesday ~ December Guest Designer

Hello paper crafting friends! I'm here today as a guest designer for Word Art Wednesday challenge #214.

Here's this week's scripture word art:

For today's card I used design paper from Lost & Found and the sweet little bird and music banner image from PTI's Songbirds. A little bit of pink bling gives my card it's finishing touch!

This verse has special meaning to me. When I am feeling low in spirit or dwelling on things that trouble me, I ask God to put a new song in my heart. Once I start singing songs of praises, my whole outlook changes from being down to being joyful.
Oh happy day!

I do hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog and join in on the fun! The theme is always "Anything Goes" so there's no reason not to join!
I'd like to express my most humble gratitude to Karen and all her wonderful designers for giving me the chance to play along with them as their Guest Designer this month. It's been a blast and a blessing!!

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your visits and your comments. ~ Birgit

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sharing A Cup Of Cheer

Hello paper crafting friends! I've been playing around with PTI's fun vintage set Cup Of Cheer using some very bright colors. Here's a few cards I've made:

I used a candy cane from PTI's Candy Cane Christmas to create a festive tray for the teapot and cups to set on.

On this one I also added a sweet little gingerbread man from Quickutz.

I used the embroiders frame and added the little peppermints into the circles to create a frame and added another sweet little gingerbread girl from Quickutz.

I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Merry Monday Candy Cane Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Simon Says Monday Challenge
Use Your Stuff

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer ~ Week 2

Hello and welcome to my second week as Guest Designer for Word Art Wednesday.
Today's verse comes to you from the book of Luke chapter 1, verse 14.

And REJOICE we shall!!

For this card, I made it into a shaker card. I used PTI's Petite Places Nativity to create the background scene that goes perfectly with this scripture. Once the shaker part was done I added this lacy holly die that my sweet friend Marcia sent me and added a few red stickles berries to the vine.

Here's a better picture of the scene without all the shakery stuff getting in the way.

I actually made two cards using this scripture because the first one didn't come out as good as I had hoped.

I like this card much better. I used WPlus9's Merry & Bright and some pine sprigs cut from a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks so much to Karen and her highly talented group of designers for allowing me the honor of joining them. I am both humbled and thrilled to be part of this amazing team this month!
Be sure to stop my the Word Art Wednesday challenge blog to join in on the fun!

I'm also adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, December 4, 2015

PTI MIM ~ Ink Splattering

Hello PTI fans. I'm popping in with the card I made for the PTI Make-it Monday challenge with Danielle Flanders where she focuses on creating ink splatters.
Here's my card:

I started by splattering Hawaiian Shores ink mixed with water onto a white linen card base. I don't have a re-inker in this color so I smooshed the ink pad onto a piece of acetate and sprayed it with water then flicked the color on using a water brush. It looked darker on the card base until I added all the other elements, now it looks like you can hardly see it. I also added a couple of coffee mug stains using dark chocolate ink mixed with water, and dipped my bottle of Glossy Accents into it and stamped it a couple of times on the card base. I cut an Embroidered Dots frame and stamped it using the peppermint candy stamp from Candy Cane Christmas and then added the mug cut from the same set. I heat embossed a snowflake onto the mug and added some Peacock Feather distress ink to the edges of the mug and popped in some candy canes and a few leaf sprigs.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Good morning friends! I've been enjoying seeing so many cards floating around the internet using layered snowflakes and I'm completely smitten with them! However, I don't have any of the sets in my craft arsenal so I decided to make my own. I turned to lots of different snowflake sets as well as general sets that can be used to make snowflakes. I'll list all the sets I used to create my snowflakes at the bottom of this post.

Here's a couple of cards I made using my own "make-do" snowflakes:

Stamp sets used:
PTI ~ Snowflake Medley, Peace Be Still, Lovely Layers & Six Feet Deep
MFT ~ Cozy Mittens & Christmas Ornaments

I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
The Card Concept "Free Style Collage"
Simon Says Wednesday challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
Use Your Stuff

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay warm!! Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sending Joy

Good morning friends~ I'm here with a card that fits perfectly into the challenge going on right now at The Challenge where this week the focus is on making a non-traditional Christmas card.
Look at the pretty inspiration photo!

Here's my card:

I started by cutting a frame out of some really old printed paper, using MFT's Stitched Square Frames. I used their most adorable mouse from Harvest Mouse and colored her up using copics. The flower is stamped and cut using MFT's Buildable Blooms. The sentiment is cut from newsprint and black cardstock using PTI's Holiday Double Cuts. A trio of pink gems finish this card off.

I'll also be adding this to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge
Use Your Stuff.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me some love along the way! Blessings~ Birgit

Word Art Wednesday December Guest Desinger

Yep~ You read that right! I'm super excited to be here as a Guest Designer for one of my all time favorite challenge blogs, Word Art Wednesday! I've been playing along with WAW for a couple of years now. They're one of the first challenge blogs that I discovered and it quickly became my favorite because of their love for sharing the Lord's Word!
Here's my card using this week's Scripture Word Art.

This week's scripture is the promise of Christmas. The Christ child to be born of a virgin, whom we will celebrate this wondrous occasion we call Christmas!
For today's card I used PTI's Painted Poinsettia's to stamp around the outside edge of my printed scripture. I stamped the bells from PTI's Bells & Boughs and heat embossed them in gold. I added a strip of dimensional tape down the center of each bell and rounded the bell and adhered the edges to give it shape.

Thanks so much for visiting me today and thanks so much to Karen and her fabulous Design Team for allowing me to be part of their team this month. Please be sure to check out the Word Art Wednesday Challenge and join in on the fun, where the theme is always "Anything Goes"!

Blessings~ Birgit