Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments #277

I love LOVE this sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  
I busted out my paper snips for this sketch challenge to do a bunch of fussy cutting.  I don't mind detail cutting with scissors, but what's a huge bummer is I have reached the point in life where it's not going to happen without a pair of magnifying glasses.
After I cut a bunch of trees and critters from the Pick a Pattern DSP I arranged them as a "wild" pack of animals sitting out in nature.  I grabbed some retired Emerald Envy ribbon to fit the challenge and then stamped my sentiment from the Pieces of Patterns set in Basic Black.
 I stamped the greeting with Basic Black Archival Ink and let it fully dry before I watercolored it.  I used Flirty Flamingo and Crushed Curry Inks to add some color to the "wild."  I tiny hit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter is one of those details I just can't help myself from adding.  It's subtle but so SO me.
This group of wild life to me looks like they are waiting for something special.  Cute aren't they?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I'm Getting' Christmassy for Monday Montage

Making cards and tags, planning parties and outings, making and buying presents, decorating and baking, and listening to hours & hours of Christmas music -- It's the most wonderful time of the year!  

My most favorite part of the holiday season is the music.  Hands down it's the best.  What I really like are all the Christmas images that Stampin' Up! has created over the years that quote classic lyrics.  For these two card I mixed traditional sayings with unconventional colors.  Teal made a big statement this Halloween and fall; now I see it accenting Christmas decor too.
In Stampin' Up! color terms I love mixing Bermuda Bay, an awesome teal hue, with Sweet Sugarplum.  Add in some dark teal with Tranquil Tide and the richness of Fresh Fig and you get a fresh and crisp look for your hand made cards.
Both cards feature the Carols of Christmas Bundle which you can purchase in clear or wood mount and the Layering Squares Framelits as main ingredient tools.
Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount BundleLayering Squares Framelits Dies
The embellishments are also the same for both cards: Merry Music Specialty DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and Basic Rhinestones.
Thank you for spending a few minutes visiting my blog, it's been great to have you stop by :0)

Friday, November 10, 2017

#TGIF133 Pinecones and Prettiness

Happy Friday everybody!

It's time for a sketch challenge and this is one that is sure to ignite your creative juices.  From my blog click on over to #TGIF133 to check out all of the team's designs for this week.
For this challenge I had an idea to mix pre-inking an embossing folder with water coloring.  I gave my idea a whirl and I think my hand-painted embossed paper turned out pretty cool.
Sometimes I give myself some wiggle room on challenges and ever so slightly tweak them to fit my creative process, but for this one I stayed true to the sketch minus the rounded corners.
In my world there are Berry Burst pinecones.  I love these and the touch of snow I added.  All I did to get the frosted look was to put the pinecones face down in my Whisper White Ink Pad and then I gently tapped one side.
 Here is a closer look at the background paper.  I pre-inked the Holly TIEF with Lemon Lime Twist Ink, set a piece of Watercolor Paper in the folder, and then ran it through the Big Shot.  After I spritzed the paper with water to move the ink and give it a watercolored appearance.  I patted the excess water dry because I didn't want the ink to get on the raised portions.  With an Aquapainter I colored the berries with Berry Burst Ink and the holly leaves and swoop curls with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  Through the entire painting process I blotted areas dry so the ink wouldn't bleed and hints of white paper would stay uncolored.
Don't miss out on the fun.  Hop over to TGIF, download the sketch, and play along.
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Boxwood Beauty

Want to make a clean and simple card with a bit of texture?  I have suggestion.  How about using a Boxwood Wreath and the Holly TIEF to whip up a holiday card or tag?  I love the look of this card.  I think it's the crisp white card stock to back the rich green heart shaped wreath.  

These tiny, trendy, 1" boxwood wreaths come 12 in a package.  They are wound up in a circular shape, but since they are wired they easily bend into whatever shape you want.  
To the heart wreath I added some Jute Twine, Real Red Bright Enamel Shapes, and a strip of Copper Foil.  I chose Crumb Cake ink for the greeting to match with the jute.
The image comes from the Merry Seasons stamp set.
Enjoy all your holiday crafting'.  Thank you for visiting!  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Creation Station's Perfect Packaging Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome!
It's the first Sunday of the month and it's time for our Creation Station Blog Hop.  With today's hop theme we hope to inspire you with "perfect packaging" concepts to get you whipping up fabulous boxes, bags, tags, or anything to present a present.
The Acetate Card Boxes are just right for packaging a set of gorgeous hand stamped cards,
but they also are the perfect little something to create cool stuff. 
Cool stuff item #1 doubles as a mega sized gift tag and an ornament.  This dimensional clear box style tag is sized for a large wrapped box or bag.  When giving a gift dressed up with a tag like this it's like giving two gifts in one; the tag becomes a collectible ornament which can hang on any tree.
For the tag I stamped the Merry Little Labels "let is snow" image on Basic Black Card Stock with Whisper White Ink.  My favorite touch is the glittered edge.  I use a Two Way Glue Pen (retired) to adhere the Silver Glitter.  I made a red and a copper version of the tag/ornament.  The Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack and the black and white 7/8" Striped Ribbon make up the bulk of the bow on top.
On Thick Whisper White card stock I built up lots of layers to create a diorama scene to fit inside an Acetate Card Box complete with faux bits of snow.  I found the Foam Strips worked best for this project to give lots of depth and some added sturdiness.
Cool stuff item #2 is totally awesome and a spin off on a six-pack carrier.
For this gift carrier I cut an Acetate Card Box in half which I sandwiched together with some Merry Music Specialty DSP.  The measurement for the DSP is 4 3/8" x 12".  I folded it in half and tucked a piece of 4 3/8" x 6" piece of Basic Black Card Stock inside to make the handle bulkier/stronger.  Next I cut the night sky with the Card Front Builders Thinlits and then the opening with the Oval Layering Framelits.  To finish the construction I used Tear and Tape to adhere everything.
The Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon and Mini Tinsel Trim bow is accented with Green Sprigs and Stitched Felt Embellishments.
It has been my pleasure to have you here at my blog--thanks for visiting.
Your next stop is with the adorable Kathy Kartak, she will blow you away.
to Holly
to Kathy

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bright Autumn Recipe

For the Hand Stamped Sentiments #276 challenge it's all about autumnal colors that to me seem like the main ingredients in a fall dessert recipe.  Think about a pumpkin custard layer followed by a fig compote with zest of lime...
But no, I don't have a delicious edible dessert to share, instead it's a one of a kind, textural, eclectic floral card which sparkles with pops of shimmering champagne foil.
On a panel of Shimmer White card stock I watercolored the three challenge colors.  Then I added a bit of ink to Embossing paste to create custom colored texture.  My stamps and framelits are from the Naturally Eclectic Bundle and the Happiest of Days set.
The Champagne Foil is a soft stunning shade that lends a gorgeous shimmer to anything you make.  You need to grab some while it's still available in the Holiday Catalog.

Friday, October 27, 2017


Today is Friday and you know what is so great about that?  Tomorrow is the weekend, yes!!
But, it also means it's time for another challenge.  All of us over at TGIF have made "eclipse" cards because that is the challenge for this week.  Join us for #TGIF131
I will have to be honest here and let you know that the "eclipse" trend in card making has never been my "oh I have to go give that a try" kind of thing.  So, this is my first attempt and let me tell you this was NOT a quick  bang it out kind of card.  This took me a long time, which is okay.  Sometimes it is therapeutic to revel in the process of card making rather than speed through the creative process.  Will I try this technique again?  Maybe, probably, we'll see ;0)

I pulled out a bunch of stamp sets for this challenge.  I grabbed In the City, Glamper Greetings, and Christmas Pines.  Take a super close look and you will see a wreath on the church and a snowman.  Both of those images are from the Glamper Greetings.  All the other images are from In the City except the greeting on the banner.
I started by taping a piece of Shimmer White card stock down to a heavy sheet of chip board.  Then I stamped the city scape and filled in the buildings with their corresponding pieces.  After that I watercolored the night sky with Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, and Berry Burst.  Along the ground I pounced Whisper White ink with a sponge dauber and then added Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I gave the powder a whirl with the heat tool and then had an awesome snowy look.

I used the Large Letter Framelits to cut the word PEACE.  Each of the letters is backed with a second layer of card stock to give it a bit more body and sturdiness.  Using Mini Dimensionals I added the letters back into the scene.  Finishing details include Basic Rhinestones and 1/8" Silver Ribbon.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Monday Montage and a Little Painted Harvest

It's time for Monday Montage and you know what?  I am thankful for the awesome opportunity I have to stamp and share with my Stampin' Up! friends as part of this group.  There's a good chance you arrived here from Dani's Thoughtful Corner where she shared some of her talent's with us all.  For my share I went with a fall feel.

I've grabbed the Painted Harvest stamp set to whip up a little something with an autumn style.  The first image for the sunflower in this two-step set was stamped with Dapper Denim and the second with Island Indigo.  The flower centers are Early Espresso and the leaves are Old Olive.  
My next step is my favorite part of the card.  I pre-inked the Wood Plank TIEF with Crumb Cake ink and then ran my stamped sunflowers through the Big Shot.  Seriously, for me, that was the step that just makes this card way more interesting.
Here is another look at the embossing with a pre-inked folder.  Pretty cool don't you think?
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy all nine stops on the hop.
Next up is the very fabulous Julie Warnick!