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Tea Too!

I made two cards for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

The second one is a tea card.



Hope you all have plans to spend Christmas with family and friends. Merry Christmas!
Until Next Time~
Shari

Coffee Card

I made two cards for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

First one was a latte fun! :)


Don't forget to check out the next post to see my tea card too!

Until Next Time~
Shari

Mixed Media Christmas Card Challenge

Trying again over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, with challenge #43 "Believe".


These are some of my favorite colors for Christmas! Silver is the best!
I made this card with a die cut poinsettia with vellum, holly berry embossing folder, and silver Colorbox ink, with a little glue and bling. Here is my entry-

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Until Next Time-
~Shari

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Art Therapy

Just popping in quickly to say that I will still be using this blog to try an occasional project, or challenge, but I have been having a lot of pain lately. Trying to keep up with regular blog posts just for fundraising for my elevator is a lot of work, and hasn't really amounted to many donations. Sorry to disappoint anyone! Since no one was playing along anyways, I decided to stop the Monday art challenges, but I will still share some crafty projects occasionally.

Heading into the holidays, I am grateful for the friends who ordered cards, donated to our YouCaring page, and supported me with cards, calls, and much needed prayers! <3

The fundraising page will remain open until Dec 31st. We had another meeting this morning with the elevator company. We should have a signed contract in the next couple of weeks, and may even have the architect begin plans before the end of the year!


Until Next Time-
~Shari

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"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #5

Hello again! Welcome to our Monday "stART With A Photo" challenge #5. I am still plugging along, even though no one else has played along yet! I will not be deterred! haha

So, if you are still reading, why not consider stARTing your week with an art challenge?

This week's inspiration comes from a greeting card a friend sent me. I thought the little girl pictured on the front was pretty, and I have a thing for wells. Is that weird? Anyways-


I was inspired by the colors this week, but also since I haven't felt well lately, I used my Sizzix Framelits Flip-Its die, to create a couple get well cards.



I have been making a lot of cards lately, but remember you can do any project!

Enjoy yourself. Be creative. Share your link in the comments. Please visit some of the other participant's blogs and leave them some love too!

Thanks for playing along!

If you have some crafty people to buy Christmas gifts for, please consider using my links to shop. This will help me earn fun…

Messy Christmas To You!

Hello! I am just completing the last few cards out of the 80 I made for Christmas this year. I decided to try something new. I have been waiting to buy and use some gilding flakes for the past couple of years, so I went ahead and ordered two colors of flakes and some glue. Also, I am entering another challenge, so if you want to see that entry, it is the last card at the bottom of this post!

First, let me say, that gilding flakes make very pretty backgrounds, accents, etc. BUT they are so MESSY! I mean really messy, like in a tarred and feathered kind of way! This process might just be worse than the dreaded craft herpes....GLITTER! LOL

Seriously though, I advise following all the advice on YouTube and Pinterest from more seasoned professionals than myself, but here are a few tips I learned:

1st- Be sure your work space is large and clear.
2nd- Make sure there is no breeze, fan or movement of air. In fact, it might be a good idea to hold your breath once you open the jar of gilding fl…

"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #4

Hello! If you are like me, you probably aren't a huge fan of Mondays! However, if you play along with us every Monday, you can stART your week with a challenge. Art makes everything better, even Mondays!
stART with a Photo Challenge #4
This picture was taken by me while our family was serving at a camp for families with disabilities. We were all praying and holding hands. It reminds me of the love of friends. So, I have this special birthday card as my project for this week's challenge.




Enjoy yourself. Be creative. Share your link in the comments. Please visit some of the other participant's blogs and leave them some love too!

Thanks for playing along!
Until Next Time- ~Shari

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Same Paper - Different Cards

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am still hard at work making Christmas cards, so I thought I would show you a few more. I had lots of scraps and a few larger pieces of an old CTMH Christmas paper pack left, and decided to use the rest of it.

Here are the cards I made using the remnants-



This last one is my favorite, but had to toss in a few other colors to cover the whole card.


Don't forget to check out our weekly art challenge. There is still time to share your projects! 
Thank you to everyone who has donated or placed orders for cards and artwork. Please contact me if you would like to contribute to our fund by placing an order. I am also wondering if anyone would be interested in a small happy mail package for a $15+ donation? I can't decide whether I should make some packages as a thank you. Let me know if you would be interested, and help me decide if it is a good idea!

Until Next Time- ~Shari

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Impatient Alcohol Background

Alright, I admit it. I am impatient. So, when I saw the new Mix-Ability Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, I wanted to try the alcohol background technique right away. The trouble is, I don't own any alcohol inks, so I made up a different way to do it.

I poured a little rubbing alcohol in a shallow styrofoam tray.

Then dripped in some Distress Inks. They sank straight to the bottom of the tray. Hmmmm


Doing this technique the right way, keep the alcohol ink on top of the water in the dish. You lay the paper on top and pick up the ink. Since that wasn't going to work, I dipped the paper in and pressed down to get it to the ink on the bottom. I smooshed it a few seconds and brought it up. I used one sheet of water color paper (the larger piece). I used a few scraps of white cardstock too, before the alcohol go "muddy" from the ink.


Here are the two cards I made once the paper dried-





Supplies used:

Strathmore Watercolor paperNeenah White CardstockDistress Ink Reinkers: Must…

The Challenges Continue!

I have been having fun playing along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge Blog. Some times it is helpful to get a little inspiration from a creative prompt!

I decided to try some clear embossing powder with a water color background, using the colors from challenge #265, but didn't like the way it looked. I tossed the background in the recycling bin, and started over.


This time I tried silver embossing powder and colored pencils instead. Here is my card for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #265-

When I finished that card for the challenge, I realized that the now dried first background didn't look horrible, so I made that into a second card!


I also made a card for Color Dare #266, since I was working with similar colors already.



Here is what I came up with for this challenge-


Don't forget to check out our weekly challenge! You don't want to miss it! :)

Supplies used: 
Penny Black "Gladsome" StampTim Holtz Distress Marker SetPrismacolor Colored Pencils

"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #3

Hello! Welcome to our weekly art challenge. Hope you had a restful weekend and are ready to get back in your craft room and make something!

Every Monday, you can stop by the blog for a little creative prompt, so you can stART your week with a challenge.

So, without further ado, here is this week's- stART with a Photo Challenge #3 This week's challenge is inspired by the remaining blooms in my garden. You may have guessed by now, that purple is my favorite color, so these caught my eye. I hope this inspires you to create!

This week I was inspired to try something new. I have never made a collage before, and I had some Citra-Solv papers that I made a while ago.

To make these, you just need an old Nat Geo magazine, gloves, a brush, and Citra-Solv.  Apply it liberally, close the magazine and leave it for a while to soak. Then lay the pages out and let them finish drying. More details are available on their website. This was the first time I tried it and got some great results, but …

When Life Hands You Ugly paper...

My usual style would be to use neutral and/or dark colors. I like distressed and torn edges. I usually avoid pastels, busy patterns, and bright colors. However, last January, I found a few 6 x 6" Christmas patterned paper pads in the bargain bins at Target, so I bought a couple. Since I am neck deep in making Christmas cards right now, I have a desk full of Christmas paper trying to come up with card ideas. Now that I am actually looking through the paper in those pads, I realize I am not a huge fan of the bright patterned ones! What a dilemma. What's a girl to do with a stack of paper she doesn't like?? Well, for some reason ugly Christmas sweaters came to mind. Of course, I headed straight to my ol' buddy Google and searched for "ugly sweater Christmas card ideas."

I found a few I liked, and combined a couple of those sketches to make these cards.



To be honest, these are some of my favorite cards so far! That paper I didn't care for too much actually m…

Pastel Christmas

My use of non-traditional Christmas card colors continues! Not sure how I got going in this direction, but kind of like stepping out of my comfort zone! I found a challenge with some bright colors, and decided to use those for my background.


I started by cutting the birch tree die, using a black pen to add small dots, while pushing it out of the die.


 Then I edged it with Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain.


 I grabbed some background colors (Dried Marigold, Crushed Olive, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender) to represent land and sky behind the trees, and used them on watercolor paper with a brush and water.


I typed up a sentiment that seemed to go with the "bright" colors, and assembled the cards. 

So for the Mixed Media Challenge #41, here is the finished project! Not exactly all the colors, but the closest that I had available. Definitely not my normal style :)



Supplies used: 
Sizzix BigshotSizzix Tim Holtz Birch TreesInk dauber (applicator)Distress Ink Pads:…