Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #387 ~ A Theme Challenge

Hello friends~ it's time for a new challenge over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog.

This week's challenge is a theme challenge: 

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights
They're kindly giving away a $5.00 gift certificate to the winner.

My printer has been out of commission now for several weeks and Digital Delights kindly gave us images to use for this challenge, but since mine isn't working I had to go in a different direction.  With that said, here's my card:
I started by stamping the sweet deer image from Avery Elle's Kitch Christmas and colored him using copics.  The two trees are cut using Impression Obsession Fir Trees.  I made my own snow globe using a Spellbinders circle and hand cutting a base out of brown card stock.  I added a strip of festive red gingham to the bottom of the card front and added a stitched scalloped border.  The sentiment from this set is stamped on an MFT banner.

Be sure to visit each of the designers to see what they've whipped up for you using this week's inspiration photo.

Birgit ~ That's me!

I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:
AAA Cards ~ Christmas
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Dies R Us ~ Winter Woods Shaker Card

Hello friends~  It's my turn to post over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and today I've got a snowy shaker card for you.

I started by creating a night sky background by blending some distress inks, splattered with water and then splattered with white paint.
Next I cut some Impression Obsession Mountain Landscape Layers and laid them out and added the distressed panel behind the mountains.
Then I cut the panel using a Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Die and attached that to the front of a white A2 card base.

I cut all the parts for my card, including the Frantic Stamper Vertical Birch Trees, which I cut twice out of white card stock.  I layered the two birch tree dies to add a little thickness.
Next I created the window panel for the shaker card by adding a piece of clear acetate to the largest rectangle frame from Impression Obsession All In One Rectangle Frames.  I adhered the birch trees to the back of the acetate and then added 1/4" foam tape around the frame to give it dimension.  (oops!  Confession time... I quite often use recycled card stock.)
Some icy cold snowflakes were sprinkled onto the card front and then I adhered the window panel over the top.  There's the shaker part of this card all compete!

I added the largest fir tree from Impression Obsession Fir Trees and a Dee's Distinctively Dies Deer.  I rubbed a little bit of distress ink around the deer and his antlers.

And two smaller fir trees on the right side.  I couldn't decide if I liked the card better with just one tree or all three.  
Which one do you like better??
One tree                or three?

Either way, here's the list of products you can find at Dies R Us:
          Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 
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    I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards ~ Christmas

    Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    PTI's Make-It Monday ~ Double Layer Tags

    Good morning ~ I'm finally able to post these tags I made for PTI's Make-It Monday challenge with Dawn McVey.  It's so wonderful to have Dawn back and watching her sweet video.

    Here are my tags:
    I used both the Window Cut Tag Die and Basic Cut Tag Die to create my tags.  I used paper from the Vintage Linen Patterned Paper Collection and Sweet Holiday Wishes stamps and dies.

    You can find all the details for this challenge HERE.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Blessings~ Birgit

    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    The Polar Express

    Good morning my friends~  I've got a couple of cards here and a bit of a story to share with you if you have a moment to spare.

    Here in Maine we have the wonderful opportunity to share in the Polar Express experience by visiting the Maine Narrow Guage Railroad.  Each year they put on the Polar Express for young and old to come and enjoy a magical train ride.
    You can find an intro video that you really must watch HERE

    My dad has been a volunteer at the railroad for the past 13 years and each year takes on different roles with the Polar Express.  This year, my daughter, her husband and I went on the Polar Express when my dad was Mr. Conductor.

    My son-in-law, my dad and my daughter

    Me, my dad and my daughter.

    Sorry for the poor quality photo's.  It was dark and rainy that night and these were taken with my cell phone so not great quality but great memories.
    As we were riding to the North Pole, I wan enchanted by all the happy children, dressed in their pajama's, just waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.  When we weren't being entertained by the chef's serving hot chocolate and cookies or by Hobo Joe, we enjoyed Christmas music being played over the speakers in each car.  All the people in the car would break out in song, singing Christmas Carols.  What joy!  What fun!

    It made me realize that despite the struggles we all face each day in our lives, we awake every day with a choice to make.  We can choose each day to let this day be our best day ever.  We can overlook our circumstances and like a child, find joy, laughter and a reason to smile and in return bring a smile to someone else's day.  

    My niece and her sweet little family were on the train that night too, although they were in a different car.

    I went to sleep that night with such warmth in my heart for the magic and hope that Christmas brings.
    A time for giving because of the greatest gift that was ever given, the gift of Jesus, a babe, God's own son, God in the flesh sent to bring the hope of eternity with Him in heaven someday.  

    I made these two Christmas cards, one for my dad and one for my niece and her family as a reminder of the wonderful gift of hope given to all humanity.
    This one goes to my dad, in hopes that we always hear the bell and believe in the Hope of Christmas.

    And this one goes to my niece and her family.  I thought the North Pole would be a fun touch to their card.
    I made gold tickets by heat embossing the sentiment in gold on shiny gold card stock.  The train is from Frantic Stamper.

    I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
    Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
    Dies R Us Challenge ~ Christmas

    Thanks so much for joining me today and sticking with me through this thought filled post.
    Blessings ~ Birgit

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Marcia's, Patti's and My Monthly Challenge

    Hello friends~  It's the end of the month so that means it's time for our challenge between friends with Marcia, Patti and myself.  Patti is taking this month off since she's had such a busy and trying time and is hopefully healing well. I hope you'll pray along with Marcia and I for full recovery. So it's just me and my dear friend Marcia from Marcia's Stampin' Pad with you today to reveal our cards.  This month our challenge was to use PTI's Holiday Greens on our creations.
    Here's my cards:
    Card #1
    I stamped a verse from A Thrill of Hope onto a piece of white card stock and drew an outline around the edge and added some greens and flowers.  A funny thing about these flowers, they're not supposed to be flowers.  They're pine cones!  I didn't realize they were pine cones until I finished making all my cards for this challenge.  Honestly, sometimes I think my brain has gone on permanent vacation!
    Card #2
    This card uses the pretty church from Winter Village to creat a little scene inside a stitched oval window.  Embellished again, with the "flower" pine cone, holly leaves and pine sprigs.  
    Card #3
    This card is pretty straight forward using the Holiday Greens.  I simply added a layered button using  Button Stacks

    Card #4
    Another card using Winter Village with snow stickles on the rooftop.  I heat embossed the sentiment from A Thrill of Hope in gold.  

    Be sure to visit Marcia's Blog to see her fabulous cards.  She always blows me away with her talent!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #386 ~ A Color Challenge

    Hello friends~ it's time for a new challenge over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog and this week is a color challenge using mint, steel and mousse.

    Our sponsor this week is Kitty Bee Designs
    and they are giving the winner one free digital design of the winner's choice!

    They were so kind to give each of us designers use of one of their images and I used the "Jazz Cats" image.

    Be sure to visit each of the design team members blogs to see what they've done with this amazing inspiration and be sure to give them some love while you're there.  Everyone loves to get encouraging comments!
    Birgit ~ That's me!


    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings ~ Birgit

    Saturday, November 26, 2016

    Let's Eat Cake! ~ Dies R Us

    Did you know that today, November 26th is National Cake Day? I tell ya, here in the United States we will celebrate anything!
    In honor of this momentous occasion, I am posting this card I made using Impression Obsession Cake Die.

    I started by stamping the paper streamers from PTI's Hooray! on the card front. I cut all the pieces of the Impression Obsession Cake out and colored them with Copics. I cut the Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame three times using silver and Kraft card stock and layered it up to give it dimension and added the cupcake to the center of the Kraft oval.

    I added some printed paper strips to the left edge of the card and stamped the sentiment from MFT's LLD Delicious Birthday set on the outside strip. Adding the frame to the center of the card was the finishing step!

    So whether you choose to buy a cake, bake a cake, eat a piece of cake or make a paper cake, enjoy National Cake Day!

    Here's a list of supplies I used:

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings~ Birgit