Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Card Concept Challenge #24 AND 25 Days of Christmas Tags








Here are the details for my 25 Days of Christmas Tags posts.
Ask if you have any questions.  Remember we are using the Snowman challenge for this,  :)

Thank you Miss Lesley for creating the most awesome graphic for the event...

November is fast approaching. Thank you for all of the tags that I have already received.  They are truly amazing. So that I can get my posts ready please get your tag photos to me two days prior to when you are posting.  Please label them as your name and if you are part of a group post the name of your group after your own name.  

Please send them to jtmcneely@rogers.com

Your post:  November 26th, please have your tag photos to me by the 24th 

1. Posts go live at 6 am EST on your designated day
2. Please include the 25 Days of Christmas Tags graphic
3. Link your post to my blog http://inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.ca
4. You can let your readers know that there are prizes to be won (you can name them or direct them to my post for details) from:
• Reverse Confetti
• Clearly Besotted
• CAS-ual Fridays
• Neat and Tangled
• Paper Smooches
• Lawn Fawn
5. I am asking that each of you offer a chance to win from commenters on your blog post. If you send me your winners on November 27th I will put their names into the prize draw that I will be doing on the 28th

Thank you all very much for participating this year. I am so excited and humbled that I have so many talented crafters playing along with me.

This week's challenge is double the fun as our dear, sweet and super talented friend Tracey McNeely has invited the CCC design team to join in some Christmas tag fun! 

If you are in need of some inspiration & ideas, then search no further than "25 Days of Christmas Tags". Your Christmas Tag Idea Folder will be overflowing!

You're invited to create a snowman themed tag OR a snowman themed card with a tag on it.

And yes, there are prizes!!! I will randomly select one name from comments left here that will earn you an additional entry on the goodies over at Tracey's blog. Check out all the details & goodies up for grams by clicking on Tracey's link above!

I've created a sweet little snowman tag that was quick to whip up using a Silhouette cut file. This tag could easily be reproduced using circle & oval punches (the oval for the hat brim).

I must admit that I struggled with the 'clean & graphic' part of this challenge and have concluded that snowman just don't do CAG all that well!  I think they need snowflakes, twine & bits of bling to create the "holly and jolly".  

I'm also thinking that I may have stretched CAG a bit with this wee dude! 

Wishing you happy crafty days full of holiday card & tag making!

 Happy crafting :)








Monday, November 24, 2014

Time Out Challenge #19




It's feels great to be back in my craft room....especially when the daytime temps are plummeting to a balmy -26 to -28C! Ca-razy cold for this time of year! 

I'm so excited to finally find time to play along with another 'new to me challenge'...Time Out ChallengesThis week's challenge is a theme with a twist:  Embossing with the optional twist of sparkle. The TOC design team have treated us to a visual feast of inspiration! 

My card features dry embossing (the stitched lines in the snow banks - thanks Bev) and is sporting a fair bit of bling as well! The die/stamp set is from Hampton Arts. 

The images were stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Kim introduced me to this amazing ink at our recent BABES crafting holiday (and generously gave me the new ink pad that she brought with her). I don't know how I ever stamped without it! I've also used some of the lovely linen paper courtesy of Anita.

Happy crafting!






Friday, November 21, 2014

TAG YOU'RE IT! CHALLENGE #11










Hey there crafty friends! I'm popping in with a quick post to share two fun Christmas gift tags for the current and new-to-me Tag You're It! Challenge 11 that features a stunning tag created by Maureen Merritt for our inspiration:



The snowman is a Silhouette file cut from decadent textured white card stock (thanks Babe Anita) and spruced up with a bit of twine and some pretty red and green dots (thanks Babe Darnell). The close-up photo shows his cool "bewinkled" hat and scarf.

Thanks for stopping by :)








TAG YOU'RE IT! Challenge #11




My second tag that I am posting will also be entered in the the current and new-to-me Tag You're It! Challenge 11 that features this stunning tag created by Maureen Merritt:



My tag features a Penny Black stamp that I'm sure we're all familiar with. I created the mat and cutout area using the Silhouette trace feature. It is so cool - you can create a mat for any image! This wee fellow is colored with Copics and "bewinkled" with Wink of Stella. 

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WE TURNED A DREAM INTO REALITY

It took over a year to plan.  

In total, we traveled 20,350 miles (32,558km) to make it happen! 


On October 18, 2014, six card hobby blogging BABES met in real life! BABES stands for Benevolent Association of Beloved Esteemed Stampers....and here we are:



Meeting for the first time!

From left to right (seated) is Anita from France, me (Geri) from Manitoba, Canada, & Ardyth from Ontario, Canada. Standing left to right are Kim and Darnell, both from California, USA, and Bev from Wisconsin, USA.  We're not sure where the muscle man in the background is from!

Here are just a few pics of our fun adventure! There will be more once my camera makes its way home! I forgot the dang thing on the counter at the lake house! THANKFULLY Bev and Anita noticed it and rescued it for me. 


Bev Buenker's photo.             Ardyth Bolam Percy-Robb's photo.
      Crafting in pj's - great!                Snowflake" - the resident Albino squirrel with pink eyes!


              
Is she (or perhaps he) not the sweetest thing ever? 
                   

We brought enough supplies to open a craft store!                  More supplies!

'Some' of our supplies....nice & tidy on Day 1....Day 7 did NOT look like this!


Bev Buenker's photo.
Yes...2 pairs of reading glasses!

  
Ardyth, Kim & Anita enjoying a sunny, crafty afternoon.



Anita, Darnell, Ardyth & Kim




Anita, Bev, Kim and Ardyth checking out some on-line craft stores.



Darnell & Anita, relaxing and snapping some beautiful scenery pictures!



Early morning crafting!


I've edited my post to copy & paste this MAGNIFICENT picture from Kim's blog! Not only is she an incredibly talented card artist, but the girl takes a mean photo! Thanks Kim!


Another fabulous picture 'borrrowed' from Kim's blog!

The week flew by so fast!  We talked, we laughed, we sang, we drank copious amounts of coffee, we went out for dinner every night (hey....it`s a holiday), we snacked, we toured, and we crafted. My return trip totaled 2771 kilometers/1731 miles which translates to approximately 28 hours of highway driving...but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Six women - complete strangers in real life, best friends in blog land....and now friends forever!

We turned a dream into reality! 

The Card Concept Challenge #22





This week we have a theme for you to try! You must use the theme and create your card in one of the styles of the designers. 


Welcome back to another fun challenge! This inspiration photo is all about fall!  The colors, the barn board wagon, the bittersweet berries, dried leaves and twigs. I found inspiration in the fabulous stained glass window tucked behind the lovely pumpkin display.

This delightful pumpkin is a silhouette cut file that seems to mimic the pieces of glass in the stained glass window.   If you look closely you can see the 'shadow' that I created by cutting & off-set layering a darker colored pumpkin behind the top layer. A very nice effect in real life. 

My apologies for the quality of the photo! I am currently camera-less until such time as my 'forgotten but found' camera arrives back in Manitoba from my recent crafting adventure in Prior Lake, Minnesota with five amazing ladies. You can read all about our adventure in this post.

We have been enjoying fabulous responses to our challenges at CCC! Thanks so much for sharing your creations with us! We truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support :)

Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY!


Our very kind, very sweet, and very, VERY talented friend Shirley is celebrating her birthday today! I'm thrilled to be a part of what will likely be one of the biggest b-day celebrations blog land has seen!  

Shirley is known far & wide for her amazing cards which often feature her paint splatting/splooching/smooshing techniques as well as 'hand doodled' images & lines that would leave Picasso drooling with envy!

But wait - it doesn't stop there! Shirley is also designing stamps! You can find her stamp sets here.

A "Shirley card" wouldn't be a "Shirley card" without a doodle or two! I've gotta say that I was stepping waaaaaay outside of my 'straight line' kind of world with the 'doodling'.....and found it fun and rather liberating! Thanks Shirley!

Our sweet, talented friend Maria is hosting the party, so head on over to join the birthday festivities!

Celebrating Shirley's birthday card making event with a few pals was double fun!


Do you think a few of us may have had a taste or two of the wine in honor of the birthday girl?  Maaaaaaybe......

A big thank you to Darnell for providing me with a picture of my card and to Anita & Bev who rescued my camera from the kitchen counter, whilst I drove home oblivious to the fact that I had forgotten said camera!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge - October 9th



HOME  
... where your story begins. 

How appropriate for a young couple starting a life together in their new home!

Danny's niece/Godchild Samantha ("Sammy Jo Jean Jumping Bean" as she is affectionately called) is an amazing young woman.  She is kind, caring, considerate, smart, pretty as ever and an absolute delight to be around. Sammy has had one incredible year....graduated with a teaching degree, got engaged to an amazing young man, had a wedding social and a shower, bought a house and have a December 27th wedding planned!

This card was another quick & easy project thanks to my Silhouette using....are you ready for this....patterned paper! For those that don't know me - I really struggle with patterned paper, so seldom use it! The letters are cut from side one, the heart  from side two (3 layers popped up with dimensional tape).

I haven't played in a challenge for what seems like forever, so I did a quick tour of my favorite sights and found this awesome FUSION sketch. 

I've chosen to use just the sketch, however, I suspect that my card might be one of those "almost/sort of fits card" so....Fusion ladies...If I have strayed too far from the sketch, please disregard my entry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

THE CARD CONCEPT CHALLENGE #20





Don't you just LOVE the colors and all the fun stuff in this latest CCC challenge? Honestly, my poor old brain was spinning so fast I darn near toppled off my chair!  

Needless to say, it took me a fair bit of time to decide which direction to go with my card. I finally chose to focus on a 'less busy' version of the black & white checkered table cloth (hence the simple hand drawn lines) as well as the vibrant orange from the color palette.

The bold sentiment and the sweet wee pumpkin are Silhouette files, each sporting three layers to create some nice depth & dimension.

That's it! Easy peasy and relatively quick to assemble, especially if you have striped paper on hand (which I did not!).

We would love to have you join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing what part of the photo will inspire you!

Happy crafting!