Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Oh What Fun - Penny Black Card

Oh, what fun I had creating this card today.  I have been making my Christmas cards, and needed a break from the ones I am making for friends and family.  So, I decided to make one for some challenges.   Here is my card....
Stamps used:  
Penny Black santa hedgehog from Best Day Ever clear set 30-059
Penny Black oh what fun from believe clear set 30-310
Penny Black snowflake from season's gifts 30-316
Spellbinders die S5-201
Copic markers
white acrylic paint
white Prismacolor pencil
clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen
white Colorbox pigment ink
Snowflake brad
assorted cardstocks
Copic multi liner .01
Tim Holtz distress ink
Clarity stencil brush

I stamped the hedgehog onto a light gray card stock panel, and colored him with Copic markers.  I used the Copic multi liner fine pen to redraw the lines, as they got a little faded from the coloring.  
Next, I die cut the snowy hill, using the partial die cutting technique shown by Jennifer McGuire HERE

I used hickory smoke distress ink and a Clarity stencil brush to add shading, then stamped the snowflakes with white pigment ink.   I flicked some white acrylic paint mixed with a wee bit of water onto the card for more snow, and some touches of sparkle from the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. 

I layered it with some gray card stock, then a strip of red to help balance the composition, and a white brad for whimsy. 

I think my granddaughter Kennedy will like this card.  Now I have to make one for her older sister.  I will do that next time I need a break from my regular Christmas card making again.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Daily Marker 30 day color challenge 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge  - Christmas critters
My Favorite Things color challenge  -
The Paper Players - Clean and simple Christmas
Penny Black at Allsorts - Anything Christmas
Make My Monday Challenge - Clean and simple Christmas

So, now it's back to my Christmas cards.  I am trying to finish them this week, so after Thanksgiving I can get down to the business of decorating our home for Christmas, and baking, and shopping, and wrapping.  Most of all, for taking time to sit back and relax and simply enjoy the wonder of the holiday season, and reflect on it's meaning.

Thanks for stopping in today.  



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Time To Give Thanks - Autumn Card

The siding contractors are just about finished with the house!  I'm so over the noise and interruptions, but thankful for the lovely new exterior on the home we have occupied for 36 years!

I am wrapping up my fall/Thanksgiving cardmaking.  I adore this time of year, and making cards in the deep fall hues and colors.  But, alas, Christmas is creeping ever closer, and I need to get cracking on those projects soon.  

For this card, I used chalk pastels, and Impression-Obsession stamps.  I started with an A2 kraft colored card, and decided I wanted to keep it one layer.  I stamped the berries with VersaMark, then used a cotton applicator to apply the color to them.  The verse was stamped with TH distress inks in walnut stain.  A white spattering of acrylic paint, some white colored pencil on the berries, and a hand-written border of thankful words complete my card today.

My card today is for these challenges:

Impression-Obsession Challenge - Thanksgiving Wishes

Cas-ual Fridays challenge - Orange, brown, and kraft colors

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving

Sunday Stamps challenge  - Autumn splendor

The Daily Marker  - 30 day color challenge

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope you are getting the lovely warm days that we are.  It could get up to 70 degrees tomorrow here in upstate New York!  Mid November!  We'll take it!  




Friday, November 11, 2016

Embossed Falling Leaves Card

I'm just popping in for another quick post tonight.  I wanted to get this card posted before celebrating our soon to be six year old granddaughter's birthday this weekend.
 I used an oldie but goodie leaf stamp, by Personal Stamp Exchange (remember them?) from wayyyy back.  I love this stamp, and will never let it go.  

I embossed the leaves and the Giving Thanks sentiment with gold.  The sentiment is from a Technique Tuesday clear set.
Keeping it really CAS, I layered a piece of gold paper from my stash onto some grape card stock, cutting around the T in Thanks with my craft knife so the gold panel would fit under it.  Then, I scattered the leaves and some sequins over the card front, using foam tape behind a couple of the leaves for dimension.  

That's it for today.  Happy weekend to you all! Thank you for stopping in today.

I am adding my card to:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Thanks/Thanksgiving

Stamp, Ink, Paper  - Grateful

AAA Cards Challenge - Thanks

The Daily Marker - 30 Day color challenge



Giving Thanks Fall Card With Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps

It's the time of year when we think of family and friends, and the upcoming holidays.  I always feel especially thankful this time of year.  How blessed I am!  

Today's card focuses on thankfulness, and the One who provides us with so much to be thankful for.  The stamps I used are from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I love the simple wreath and the verses that were in this set (Pumpkin Wreath cling set ##386).  I also used an ODBD die.
I stamped the wreath onto a panel of card stock slightly smaller than an A2 card. I colored the image with Copics, then added distressing with Tim Holtz distress inks and blender tool.  

Using the ODBD die, I die cut across the card.  I used a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire's partial die cutting video to cut just up to the wreath, then resume cutting on the other side of the wreath.  Then I fussy cut the part of the wreath that was below the die cut line.  If you would like to see how Jennifer does partial die cutting, click HERE .  

I used craft foam under the panel to give it dimension, and added it to an A2 patterned card base.  I tucked some feathers under the panel using glue dots to secure them, and some pearls for a little more texture.  I used my Copics to color the pearls to match my card.

I am adding my card to the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge .  I am also adding it to:

The Daily Marker  - 30 day color challenge

The Paper Players - Count your blessings - thankful

Mod Squad Challenge Blog  - Thankful

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving

Sunday Stamps - Color challenge

As a crew of guys are busily and noisily pounding on our house, installing much-needed siding this morning, I'm indoors where it's warm and cozy.  I'm thankful for my humble, simple home.  It is not huge, and doesn't boast the latest designer trends, but that's ok....it keeps me warm, secure, and it's a place to call ours.  And I love it, with its' eclectic decor (another word for 'I liked it...or it was free or a great bargain') and it's cozy charm.  My sunporch is my favorite room in the house.  It's sunny and bright, and my books and music are there, and my favorite comfy chair.  My family and I enjoy peace and comfort in our home.  There is no place I would rather be.

What are you thankful for this season?  Please leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you. 



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thanksgiving Pumpkin

I am spending the evening in my craft room to avoid the tv coverage of the elections.  It's a voluntary and necessary diversion, as I don't think I can take the stress of watching.  I'm just happily stamping and coloring, and playing in my room, and now posting on my blog.  My blood pressure thanks me!

Tonight I made a card featuring embossing and die cutting.....
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs pumpkin 
               Our Daily Bread Designs Thinking of you at                         Thanksgiving from the Pumpkin Wreath set 
               Sugarloaf Products fall background stamp
Dies:  Our Daily Bread Designs pumpkin die
          Our Daily Bread Designs Layered Lace Squares die
White embossing powder
Antique Linen Tim Holtz distress ink

I stamped and embossed the pumpkin onto a scrap piece of white card stock, twice, and used the matching die to cut it out.  I then stamped and embossed the background on an A2 sized white card.  

Using antique linen ink and a Clarity brush, I distressed the outer edges of the card, and the inside square a little more intensely.  I also stamped the Thanksgiving verse, and distressed it, and cut it out into a tag shape.  

I watercolored the leaves with distress ink in greens, fussy-cut them out from the second pumpkin, and glued them onto the first pumpkin.

I cut the frame die twice and layered them together, and added them to the card base over the embossed background, using thin strips of foam tape, then added the pumpkin, using foam tape.  Then I glued the thanksgiving verse, added a crystal which I dyed orange with a permanent pen, and that was it.

Challenges to which I am adding my card:

Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge - Sketch challenge   

Cards in Envy challenge  - Just pumpkins

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thinking of you

The Daily Marker 30 day color challenge 

So, that's it for tonight.   I have successfully avoided tv, made a card, and had some fun.  Now, it's off to read for a bit, then early to bed for me.  Thanks so much for visiting!