Thursday, November 30, 2017

Portion Control

Hello again, lovely peeps.  I am on a roll today!  I think this will be my last post for today. 

Stamps:  Power Poppy digital stamps:
                Winter Pick-Me-Up Digital stamp set
                Acorn Ornaments Digital (verse)
I created the background strip by running an acrylic brayer through a Kaleidacolor Riviera stamp pad, and rolling it onto a piece of matte-coated card stock.  I repeated the rolling several times to achieve the intensity I wanted.  I dropped some gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water onto it, and rolled again to achieve the gold highlights.  I stamped a script stamp (unmounted from my stash - unknown) over it when it was dry.  
Close-up of detail on background strip
For the flowers, I chose cool colors for a winter palette.  I colored with Polychromos colored pencils.  For the soft haze around the bouquet, I used Faber Castel pastels with a cotton swab.  

I used my light box to trace one of the flowers under the verse, and colored that.  Cut both circles with the double stitched circles from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I added a bow I made with my Bow-Easy.  I added some sparkling crystals from Studio Katia to finish off the card.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Power Poppy Challenge - Portion control (use a portion of the stamp, having it go off the edge)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

The Paper Players - Sketch challenge
I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit today.  I am always happy to see you here.  I love your comments, as well.


The Gift Of Peace This Season

Greetings of the season to you, my friends!  

Today is my first post on the Technique Junkies blog as a new Technique Junkies Design Team member.  Please check it out here Technique Junkies Blog, Lynda's post. 
All of my techniques and stamp details for this card are on that post.'s a nice little 10% discount for you for any of the TJ stamps!  Just use this code to get your discount - TJ10Lynda.
Here's my card....
Please stop over at the TJ blog and leave some love HERE.

Enjoy your day, and be sure to take time for yourself to do those things that bring you joy.

Blessings and joy,



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

His Love Is A Gift Christmas Card

I love the combination of gray, red, and white for Christmas.  It is a little variance from the typical green and red.
I have had this stamp set for a while, and had been stumped as to what I would do with it.  So I took a different approach.  Instead of planning the card out in my head first, I decided to choose a color scheme, thinking that might prompt some ideas.  With the red and gray, I immediately thought of white embossing, so went ahead and embossed the largest star onto a piece of the dark gray card stock.  Then I embossed the other two onto a lighter gray panel, slightly smaller than an A2 card.  So far, I liked it.

I chose the verse, and then it hit me.  I would make the card look like a wrapped package with ribbon wrapped around it!  Hence, the red ribbon.  I sponged the edges with distress ink, and mounted it onto a red A2 card.  A little craft foam to elevate the largest star, and some punched silver foil stars finish off the card.  

The stamps are a cling set from Our Daily Bread Designs, His Birth G600 , and the die is Sparkling Stars CSBD79, also from ODBD.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Star light, star bright

Make My Monday Challenge - Happy holidays

Splitcoaster Stampers - Inspiration challenge

I'm just getting over a severe sinus infection, so just starting to get back into my studio to play.  I've missed it.  

Tomorrow morning is my first post as a new design team member of Technique Junkies.  I would love for you to hop on over to check out the TJ blog.  Lots of fun stuff going on there.  Please leave me a comment there if you stop so I know you were there. 

AND...if you like some of the Technique Junkies stamps, you can use my code on my blog post to get 10% off your order! to bed I go now.  Gotta get my rest, so I can get better.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings and joy,


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sweet Thankful Snowman

I just adore this precious little snowman from Penny Black!  He makes me smile!
I used Penny Black stamps:
Sweet snowman 40-006 (main image)
Salutations 30-014 (Thank you)
Winter whites & greens 30-057 (tree and embossed snowflakes)
Inside of card:  Jolly friends 30-058 (hat and snowflake)

I stamped the snowman onto an A2 card and used watercolor and Tombow markers to paint him.  I masked him and stamped the tree behind him, and added some Faber Castell pastel with a cotton ball.  I made some 'hills' by cutting a paper scrap into curved shapes, then rubbed the pastels over the paper onto the card.

The snowflakes are embossed with Judi-Kins agean silver embossing powder.  In real life these snowflakes twinkle with lots of sparkly, colors.

Inside I stamped the thank you, and fussy-cut the hat from the snowman in the jolly friends set, along with some snowflakes.  
 I am adding my card to these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Thank you

Make My Monday - Snow fun

Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge - Anything goes

Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper challenge - case featured stamper card

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Thank you for visiting.  Check out the challenges above if you have a moment.  Lots of fun and great cards there.  

Tomorrow I will be making my pies for Thanksgiving, and getting the house ready for the 'kids.'  I love family gatherings, especially at the holidays.  We are blessed, indeed, to have our family, and I cherish every moment with them. 

Blessings, and happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Believe Poinsettia Card

I am finally getting around to posting my card for the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge this month.  
The theme is Flower Power, so I went with this beautiful stamp from one of my PB oldies but goodies (Winter Glow 2808L).  

I inked the stamp with Tim Holtz distress inks, placed a piece of Strathmore vellum bristol in my Misti, and stamped the flower.  I started with a light shade, and gradually added darker shades to build up the color.  The Misti is great for this technique. 

When the image was dry ( I hurried it along with a heat tool), I used a VersaMark embossing pen to add some gold embossing to areas of the image, then embossed it.  I also embossed the 'believe' (from a Fiskars small Christmas set).  

I am also adding my card to:  Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge and Addicted To Stamps Challenge (Make your mark).

I added some extra shading and details to the poinsettia petals and leaves with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  With my Clarity brush, I added a light purple haze around the flower, then stamped some Penny Black background stamps (Letter Background, swirl, and swirl border) for interest.  Some spatters, a few crystals, and some gold cording finish it off.

My design team duties have been keeping me busy, so I haven't been as active here on my blog.  I was honored to be asked by SCS moderator, Lydia, to join the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers last month.  Can't believe I'm in my second month as a 'Dirty Girl!'  I love the community there, and have been enjoying getting to know everyone.  If you haven't been to the SCS site, do pop in and say hello.  Check out the amazing galleries, and the fun forums.  There are also lots of challenges available to join.  If you are not a SCS member, it only takes a minute to join.  It's a wonderful resource for inspiration and ideas.  And there are tons of free tutorials on the site!  Here is a link to my gallery.  The cards I've been making for the Dirty Dozen Design Team are in the Fan Club section.  You can find information about the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club HERE.  The rest of my cards are in my gallery.  My SCS identification is JustCallMeNana.  The 'my gallery' link above will take you there.

I also received an invitation to join the Technique Junkies design team a couple of weeks ago.  I have been busy, busy, busy getting my cards ready for my first post on that site in late November.  I hope you will stop by to check out the TJ blog and say hello!  You will love the stamp designs.  You can see a card I made a while ago, using TJ's stamps on my blog HERE.  And another one HERE.

Now that I have worked out all the techie stuff (I hope), I will be around here more often.  I miss my little Cafe!  I will be back to my normal posting schedule very soon. 

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  If you feel inclined, let me know in the comments if you prefer traditional Christmas colors or tend to go for the non-traditional, as in this poinsettia.  I love both, just depends on my mood!