Sunday, December 6, 2020

Just Popping in with a Couple of Cards...

 Hello everyone!! 

It has been a long time since I have posted on here, with exception of some DT assignments. There has been A LOT going on but that will be a different post for another day this week!!!

Today I have a couple cards for some challenges. I was able to get in my craft room yesterday and play with some images that I had colored in/die cut /paper pieced when I had the time and made these into actual projects yesterday. I like when I can do this because I can get more done at one sitting!!!

My first card was I created using a few challenges as inspiration. 

I used the Inspired By Challenge #153 as inspiration for my snowflakes and snowman, and Freshly Made Sketches #464 as the layout for my card. I actually flipped the sketch a little and changed where the sentiment was on the sketch but I used it for the overall orientation of my elements. I never know if this is okay or not!!

I used Spellbinders D-Lites Snowman die that I had paper pieced together as my main element.

I layered the snowman over a shaker that I made with the negative of a snowflake paper scrap I had in my stash. 

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant and the paper is from an old 6" by 6" paper pad-Wish Season-from Fancy Pants. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red for the berries on the hat and some Clear Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents on his nose. 

My second card was inspired by a sketch from Try Stamping on Tuesday #486, this weeks The Color Throwdown #622, and The Library Challenge #73 book cover image.

I used the Kraft color in my card base and my tiny banner peeking out from the Spellbinders D-Lite's Santa that I had paper pieced together. I used the Santa in place of the large white circle on the sketch.

On the Santa's hat I used some Nuvo Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accent, as well as some Clear Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents on his nose.

I layered the Santa over some pattern paper from the Lawn Fawn "Perfectly Plaid Christmas" collection. The cream cardstock was embossed using a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder.

Instead of using circles like the sketch, I substituted snowflakes that I had die cut last summer. I am OBSESSED with snowflake dies and have TOO MANY for me to even tell you what companies these are from!

The Simon Says Stamp sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts Red Royal dye ink. I am assuming that you all know that the Santa on the book cover was my inspiration for this Santa.

On another note, one reason I have not been blogging or creating anything lately because of my lack of any kind of mojo. I have been so depressed. I suffer from depression on a regular basis but Covid has just about killed me. I needed something to channel my energy into. My solution?

Meet Lucy and Snoopy!!! We adopted them on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Lucy is Snoopy's mother. They are Jack Russell Terriers and have been a blessing to our family.

They ADORE my daughter Charlotte. (Sorry for the horrible photo. They were both looking at me UNTIL I TOOK OUT MY PHONE TO SHOOT THE PHOTO!!!)

I have been doing a ton of wash since Snoopy is not quite housebroken. We are trying but it is a long process. Even though we have more than one bed, and a large bed, both sleep together on top of each other in this teeny bed 

I have to tell you that I have had more energy being around these two dogs then I have felt in a LONG time. I am not sure if it is because we rescued them, or if it is the oxytocin released from petting them, or because I have something to concentrate on besides my stress, but they have been a life line to me and my family. 

Well, that is all for tonight. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope you all have a FABULOUS night!!


Lisa Elton said...

Both of your cards are delightful Nora! So happy you could join us at IB with your cute snowman. Lucy and Snoopy are adorable! Congrats on your new family members!

Nancy Penir said...

Hi Nora! 2 adorable cards! Love to paper piece, and you created two darling Christmas cards! Love the Nuvo Drops and GA too!

LeAnne said...

The cards are ADORABLE...and then I got to the pups' pictures! Good for you for rescuing them, they are as sweet as can be!

Heather said...

So fun, Nora - what a handsome Santa! Love that plaid background! Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

I Card Everyone said...

Nora, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you, and your darling shiny-nosed Snow dude in our IB gallery! Of course you know I love the woodgrain - but what a fun way to add a shaker element, too!
What wonderful news - how can we beat the feel of a new puppy/parent duo? Merry Christmas, my friend - and thanks for playing cards with us this week!

Betty Wright said...

Love your cards! Great design and adorable pups, too!

Marina said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards, so fun and beautifully designed. Thanks for joining The Library.

Donna Scholz said...

Love your Santa card, Nora!!! They way you created him as a 3D element is REALLY effective. All those little additions like the glitter accent, shimmer pen, Nuvo liquid and Glossy Accents really make your Santa pop! Thank you for sharing with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!!! -Donna

Danni Reid said...

Two CUTE cards, love all your paper piecing and fun designs. Your snowflake shaker is a brilliant idea to use up the negative, so fun and creative! Thank you for inspiring us this week @ IB!

Ivana Camdzic said...

Oh Nora, so sorry Covid has been so hard. I am so glad you have these two new fur babies to bring you joy and distraction (even if it is in the form of loads of laundry! lol As long as it comes with snuggles, right?) Your creations are always so beautiful and I am so happy to see them when you do pop in. Take care, sweet friend, and hope 2021 is a MUCH better year! xoxo

Witchcrafted Life said...

Aww!!! Massive congratulations on the newest four-legged members of your family, dear Nora.

With all my heart (and our own dog, Annie's, as well) I am sending my happiest wishes for a serene, safe, joy-filled holiday season your way!

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Simply Sara Stampin' said...

Super cute Christmas cards, Nora! I especially like the Santa card that goes along with the TSOT sketch. Love your two cute doggies too. They can be so much fun and are perfect when you just need to cuddle. They just seem to understand what we need at times when others don't understand. Thanks for sharing with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!

Donna Scholz said...

Nora - congratulations for your card being chosen as one of our top 3 at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!!! -Donna