Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Crafting by Designs Challenge

Good evening and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Tomorrow is the feast, Friday the tree goes up and the front porch gets it's annual decorations.  The "Friendly Village" dinnerware goes on the table and we open a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau in honor of the season of harvest.  I start playing my "peaceful holiday" station on Pandora while I make cards and other projects including some new delectables from the kitchen that I have found on Pinterest this year!  I will NOT be shopping on black Friday!!!

I actually have two cards to post tonight but the first one is for a challenge going on at Crafting By Designs.  This one is called Tie it Up! requiring the use of ribbon, twine, etc. so here's my submission:


In the midst of all the new inks and stamp sets that I have acquired lately, I had an urge to bring out a set of peg stamps I haven't used in quite a while and combine them with this wreath.  It was fun to use the random stamping technique after so much attention to detail and precision on most of my cards.  The little bird perched in the center of the wreath is just an omen of what I will see as decorations go up outside my house!

Card Stocks:  PTI Rustic Cream, SU! Soft Suede
Stamp sets:  In the Meadow-bird, Wreath for all Seasons, First Fruits-"Thankful" all PTI
                    Indian Summer pegs by Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Inks:  Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey  
          (all Distress Ink by Ranger)
Other:  Woodgrain Impression Plate and Chocolate Baker's Twine by PTI
             Scalloped Dot More Mustard ribbon by SU!  

I apologize in advance for the photography on the next card.  It has a lot of glitter and it is nearly impossible for me to do a good job of photography with the equipment and lighting I currently have.  (I have a table top light box on my Christmas List!)  I was so excited to get this stamp because I saw Jennifer McGuire use it in one of her YouTube Videos and I fell in love with the watercoloring on the trees and bird.  As I said, I added a lot of glitter on the edges of the tree trunks, the small branch and the bird as well as along the center line of the sentiment below.  I also added some small snowflakes in white pigment ink, embossed them in white, and topped them with glitter, too. So use your imagination and maybe you can glimpse the happy sparkles that REALLY are there!


One of these days I will learn how to put in my photos so that you can click on them to
 enlarge for details!

Card Stocks:  PTI-White, Pure Poppy
Stamps:  Hero Arts-Merriest Christmas Wishes, PTI-In the Meadow (snowflake and sentiment)
Inks:  Hero Arts-Soft Pool, Distress Inks-Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Barn Door, 
          Colorbox-Frost White Pigment
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Fine crystal glitter, ZIG glue pen

In this season of gratitude, I am truly thankful to have met all of you and to share this 
passion for paper crafting with you.  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts 
and comments!

Thanks for stopping by, 

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