Saturday, December 31, 2016

Believe In The Magic

Happy New Year!  I'm getting ready to watch New Year's Rockin' Eve with the hubs, and thought I'd get in one last card for the blog for 2016.  

I'm far out of my comfort level here, as I am a color-lover.  Brown isn't generally in my palette, unless I'm creating an outdoor scene, or coloring an animal that is brown.   But, when I saw that the Penny Black Saturday Challenge was winter or Christmas, I decided to use this beautiful PB tree stamp.  I thought it would be fun to stamp it onto kraft colored card stock.  Brown inks naturally seemed to follow.

The stamps are Penny Black.  The tree is one from my stash that I had removed from the block, so I do not know it's name or number.  The snowflakes on the background are from the PB Season's Gifts 30-316 clear set, and the verse is from the PB Believe 30-310 clear set.

I adhered the tree to some brown mulberry paper, and used craft foam to give it dimension before adding it to the stamped panel.

Although it does not show in the picture, I used the Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to add lots of shimmer to the tree and snow flakes.  In real life, it just shimmers and shines. 

In addition to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, I am adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. 

Thank you so much for stopping in tonight.  Now, I'm off to pop some corn, pour some wine, and watch the new year come in through the magic of tv.  Warm, cozy, safe, and with my hubby.  We sure know how to party, don't we?  




Friday, December 30, 2016

So Sorry Sympathy Card

Like many others, I'm battling a nasty cold, and getting cranky and itching to be out and about.  But, indoors I stay, keeping warm, drinking tea, water, taking my vitamins and sleeping...a lot!  Most importantly, I'm not sharing my germs.  Just in case there is someone out there who is not sick!

So, of course, my craft room is where I long to be when I'm stuck indoors.  I need to catch up on some thank you cards, and, sadly, a couple of sympathy cards.  I just finished this sympathy card, which I will send out today.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Delicate Pretty Poppies clear
Die:  Our Daily Bread Double Stitched Circles
Tombow markers
Tim Holtz distress ink

For the floral panel, I stamped two of the poppies from the clear set, masking and inking with antique linen distress ink, so the lines would disappear when I colored them.  I watercolored the poppies and leaves with Tombow markers and a watercolor brush, laying color down with the marker, then spreading it with the wet brush.  I spattered the background with Tombow ink and a wet brush.

I cut the circle using partial die cutting, as seen in Jennifer McGuire's video HERE .  Then I fussy-cut around the flowers, then taped some specialty mulberry paper behind the opening, and adhered it to a green A2 card, using craft foam for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment onto a green scrap, and adhered it.  That's it.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge - Anything but Christmas

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Thank you for visiting. 

Be blessed,



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Live Each Season Winter Card

I took a couple of weeks off to enjoy my family and friends for the holidays, and I have missed my craft room.  It had served as a 'catch all' for things this past three weeks....excess wrapping paper, ribbons, gifts, tags, a quick place to stash stuff when unexpected guests arrive, etc.  So, last night before I went to bed, I cleaned it.  It was ready and waiting for me this morning, and all I had to do was sit down and play.  And play I did!  
 I adore this little snowman.  He's so happy in his element.  And he just expresses the sentiment so well!  For this card I used:
Stamps:  Serendipity snowman 954C, Serendipity phrase 1003#
Stencil:  Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow
Dies:  Double stitched rectangles (Our Daily Bread Designs), Curved borders two (Spellbinders)
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean, shaded lilac, wilted violet; ColorBox white pigment ink
Other:  Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush; Winter Wonderland embossing powder, Stardust embossing powder.
I die cut watercolor paper with the double stitched border die, then created the snow hill by cutting with the curved borders die.  I created the background using the distress inks and water, with the smoosh technique.  Then I distressed the edge with the shaded lilac ink. 

The phrase is embossed with dark blue pigment ink, then embossed with stardust sparkly embossing powder.  I created the snow with the falling snow stencil, white pigment ink, and winter wonderland embossing powder. 

I stamped the snowman, then watercolored him with distress inks, fussy cut him out, and added him to the card front, using dimensional tape.  

For extra sparkle, I used the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the snowman and the snow, as well as along the second stitched border.  It really sparkles like crazy in real life.  Couldn't capture it in the photo very well.   

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Serendipity Stamps Challenge - # 62 Sparkle
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Blue Bingo (distress edges, blue and purple, no pattern paper)
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Snowflakes
Cards In Envy - Celebrate the season

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and peaceful new year!



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Warm Wishes Wobbly Snowman Card

I don't mind saying, I've fallen in love with Action Wobble springs and the snowmen from the Art Impressions stamp and die snowman set.  They just scream to be used together.  So....

I had to make a card from them!  I am going to send this to my little great-niece...she will enjoy the wobbling snowman.

I stamped the snowman onto white Copic-friendly card stock, and colored it with Copic markers.  I used an Action Wobble spring to adhere it to a die-cut oval, which I had stenciled snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, using white ColorBox pigment ink.  I also stenciled the snow onto a red panel (they turned pink when they dried, but I kind of like the look), and layered all the pieces onto an A2 card, which I had embossed with the Darice snowflake embossing plate.  The verse on the tag is from the same snowman set, and I embossed it with white embossing powder.

A little glittery shimmer from my Crystal clear sparkle pen from Spectrum Noir on the punched snowflakes and the snowman finish off the card.

I am adding my card today to these challenges:

Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Shake a little

Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Use die cuts/punches with stamps

Mojo Monday Challenge - Sketch   

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - Make your mark

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Holiday dimension

Lil Red Wagon challenge - Chilly friends

My Favorite Things Color Challenge - Red, green, aqua, pink

I'm so glad you stopped in today.  Thanks for visiting, and leaving your comments.  I wish you could see this little snowman jiggle when you touch it!  Too cute!  I hope my great-niece likes her card as much as I had fun creating it.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Berries Card

I am loving this berries branch from Penny Black Stamps!  I have used it for fall cards, and also used it for some of my Christmas cards this year.  I went with non-traditional colors of wine and copper.....
The stamp is Penny Black's slapstick cling berry merry christmas 40-346.  The verse is also Penny Black, from their clear set believe 30-310.

I used my Misti and Tombow markers to watercolor the berry branch onto watercolor paper, then embossed the verse with copper embossing powder.  I die cut the image panel with My Favorite Things stitched rectangle die.

Around the edges of the panel, I used an ink applicator tool to rub on some copper Colorbox metallic ink, lightly.  Some white acrylic paint spattered on finished the panel.  I layered it with craft foam onto a copper paper panel, then onto a plum A2 card.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything Christmas

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Garden bliss 

simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark 

Time Out Challenges  Christmas with optional twist of shimmer/glitter - I used shimmer paper behind the panel.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  Be sure to take time to enjoy the holiday preparations, and relax.