Friday, September 9, 2016

Back with Kitties, a Bear and Christmas!

Hi there!  I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last posted.  I needed to take some time to sort out family and work stuff and ended up taking a total crafting and social media break.  It was a bit weird at first but I'm glad I did it and am now ready to get back to crafting and catching up with what everyone's been up to. 

Despite a slow start and feeling pretty rusty after being away for so long I've got cards for 4 challenges to share.  First up is for the Newton's Nook Burlap &/or Lace challenge.  I used some DCWV burlap and an MFT oval die to create a rug for these two sweet kitties to snuggle up on.  The paw prints in the background were stamped with VersaMark ink to add a bit of interest.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Textured White) Bazzill, (White) Papertrey Ink, (Bermuda Bay) Stampin' Up, (Burlap) DCWV
Stamps:  (All from Newton's Antics) Newton's Nook
Ink:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Stitched Arch, Oval Shadows) My Favourite Things
Markers:  (RV21, Y38, YR16, C1, C3) Copic

Next up is a card using the colours from Cupcake Inspirations and a frame for Seize the Birthday.  How cute are these MFT birthday bears?  I added some Glossy Accents to the balloon for shine and used my first Pretty Pink Posh sequins - I love those little tiny ones!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Textured White) Bazzill, (White) Papertrey Ink, (Poppy Parade, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (All from Beary Special Birthday) My Favourite Things
Ink:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies:  (Scalloped Frame) Winnie & Walter, (Stitched rectangle) Mama Elephant
Markers:  (R17, G00, E31, E43, 100) Copic
Sequins:  (Sparkling Clear) Pretty Pink Posh
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger

Finally is a simple card using the design at RetroSketches.  I was so excited to actually use some baker's twine.  Yay for digging into neglected stash!  The sentiment is Winnie & Walter and the ornaments are Essentials by Ellen.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Ornaments from Christmas Scribbles) Essentials by Ellen, (Christmas from The Big, the Bold &  the Merry) Winnie & Walter
Ink:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Dashed rectangle) Avery Elle, (Merry) Winnie & Walter
Twine:  (Charcoal) The Twinery
Sequins:  (Onyx) Pretty Pink Posh
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger


Crafty Math Chick said...

Love these simply & sweet cards!

Colleen said...

Well, couldn't tell you have been away from crafting! all your cards are fantastic!! I love your little bear with the shiny balloon and love how you have him grounded! I want to thank you for sharing him over at Seize the Birthday!

Lisa Elton said...

Welcome back Jen, it's always good to unplug for a bit! Your cards are all delightful. The little cats are so sweet and I like the birthday bear! Great job with the sketch for your Christmas card!

Bobby said...

I'd like to be able to say I missed you, Jen, but I've been away too except for my Design Team responsibilities. I'm so far behind in commenting that I'm having to start fresh and who pops up in my inbox tonight but you. You're off to a great start after your break. Those kittens are darling and I love the paws and ornaments subtle backgrounds. The bear is a cutie also and beautifully colored.

Lisa Petrella said...

Hooray!! Glad you're back to crafting, Jen!!! All three of these cards are great! I especially LOVE the Christmas one! Such a super take on the sketch and that dashed rectangle die is awesome!!!

Karen B. said...

What a way to come back with a bang!

Michelle said...

Wow! I love all of them! I wish my mojo would work that well after a month break! :-)

Tracey McNeely said...

All of these are fantastic Jen! You would never think you were rusty at all. In top form my friend. Welcome back. Breaks are good for the soul!

Happy Dance said...

Missed you, and your wonderful creations. So glad to see you back in blogland, and am hoping all is good and well with you. Darling cards. Love those little kitties all snuggled up, and the background you've created is purrfect. Your sweet Teddy Bear is a real standout in the CI gallery; great use of those colors! And a cute design too. Your Christmas card is smashing! LOVE your take on the RS sketch and the GA'd 'merry.' Awesome cards, Jen! Have a great weekend. Bev

Indy's Designs said...

Oh I just love your little teddy bear! Your simple, yet very effective, layout is wonderful! I'm so glad you shared this little gem at Cupcake Inspirations!
Debbie, DT Sweetie

A splash of color said...

Three great cards.. love them all.. I hate to think about Christmas cards but it is time :) Beautiful job.

Lisa Lara said...

What a parade of fun Jen. I just love the piece of burlap for the rug for these cutie kitties!

Lynn said...

So happy to see you back! Some times those breaks are SO needed! Love all of your fabulous creations!

Unknown said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations. - Eva, Sweetie DT -

Jennifer Jackson said...

This is so adorable! I love the little burlap rug you gave the kitty couple! The two holiday cards are super pretty too! Thanks for linking up to our Inky Paws Challenge at Newton's Nook Designs.


Lindsey said...

Good for you for being able to take the time you needed. Judging by your cards, you're not rusty at all! :)

Anita in France said...

Great to see you back, Jen ... sounds as though it was the perfect chill out break! What a fabulous trio ... the two with sweet critters are adorable ... and that bold, dramatic red and black one with the delicious shine ... fantastic ... so striking! Hugs, Anita :)