Monday, 15 December 2014

The Big Day


The big day is almost here and Santa is all ready to go.  
Today, I am playing along with the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoast - Holiday Sparkle.

I began by printing off the Santa digital from Birdie Brown.  (He is not available as a digi anymore but is offered in a stamp set from MFT.)   I cut Santa out and coloured him using Copic markers.  I added some sparkle with the cute little pom-pom.  The die-cut was left in the die and sponged with Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters Distress inks then splattered with water to represent snow.  
For my card front I partially embossed my background and added scoring lines to define the embossed area.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:


Little Red Wagon- SNOWFLAKES

Simon Says- BLING IT ON
(sparkle pom-pom)

The Male Room- CHRISTMAS

Brown Sugar- RED, WHITE AND GREEN

Sentimental Sundays- ANYTHING GOES


Hope you are feeling ready for the big day.  
I so appreciate that you took time from your busy day to come over and take a look.

Supplies:  stamps- PTI, Digi/ Distress inks/ die-Spellbinders/ eb folder/ ScorPal/ sparkle pom-pom/ Copic Markers/ pop dots


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Shining Lights


Shining lights everywhere, it must be Christmas Time.
Here is a fun card I made doing some random embossing on my card front with a rubber mallet.  
  I decided to use two different folders this time to get a variation of textures and design onto the cardstock and I was very pleased at how it turned out.
Here is what I did:
First, I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black in the bottom corner of my white cardstock.  By doing that, I would know where I wanted to place the random embossing.  I placed that into a Cuttlebug Embossing folder (Swiss Dots) then hit it with a rubber mallet.  I took it out then placed it into a different folder and hit it some more to give a pattern within a pattern.  
Next, came the lights.  It is a fun, new die-cut from Penny Black called Sparkle String.
I die-cut the string in black then die-cut the lights in different colours.  I glued it all together then added Glossy Accents over the lights to give them some sparkle and shine.   

 Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ die- Penny Black/ Embossing folders-Cuttlebug/ bl. Memento ink/ Glossy Accents/ rubber mallet


I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- BLING IT ON

 Shopping Our Stash- FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE
(random embossing)

The Male Room- CHRISTMAS


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Holly and Berries


Happy Saturday.  I am being inspired this am by the challenge at Splitcoast and the Pendleton Site.  I saw a houndstooth jacket and so my card was born.  
I began by stamping the houndstooth with Grey Memento ink  and added it to my card front.  The wreath is a digital image from Delicious Doodles.  I printed it off, coloured it with Copic markers then added Glossy Accents to the red berries....they just shine IRL and have such a great texture.  
I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts onto a piece of vellum so the houndstooth could still be seen behind.  That's it.  Pretty quick and easy.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Male Room- CHRISTMAS

Addicted to Stamps- INSPIRATION PHOTO

Brown Sugar- RED, WHITE AND GREEN

Use Your Stuff- RED AND WHITE

Sister Act- ANYTHING GOES


Many thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Hero Arts, digi- Delicious Doodles/ Memento Bl./ Barn Red Distress ink/ Copic Markers/ pop dots/ Glossy Accents

Friday, 12 December 2014

Jump for Joy!


Bringing you a little smile today.  I still can't seem to stop making Christmas cards.  At this rate, I will have some cards ready for next year! LOL
I saw this sweet little digi snowman from Digi Stamp Boutique and just had to have him.  I love his joyous smile.  Then, I saw this challenge at Splitcoast- Get to Work, use something from an office.  I decided I would place this little guy onto a postage stamp background.  Do they even use postage stamps in an office anymore?  Oh well, went with that anyways.

So, I began by printing off the snowman, coloured him with Copics markers, added some sparkle with my Stella Winks pen to the white areas and cut him out.  The postage stamp die-cut is from Spellbinders.  I sponged it with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress ink while still in the die.  By doing that, it leaves such a nice white border.  I splattered on some plain water then some water mixed with Perfect Pearls for some shimmer.
Got out my rubber mallet again and did some random embossing on my card front (sorry it is hard to see from the photo)  I really like the look.  For those of you that have not read about that before, I place my cardstock into an embossing folder and hit it with a rubber mallet.  You can add the embossing to just the areas you want instead of having an all over embossed look.

I am adding my card to these challenges:


Little Red Wagon- SNOWFLAKES

Simon Says- BLING (added Stella Winks)

Shopping Our Stash- FAVOURITE TECHNIQUE
 (playing with Distress inks)

The Crafter's Cafe- CHRISTMAS


Hope my card gives you a little bit of joy at this busy time of year.
Thanks so much for coming by to take a look.

Supplies:  stamps- digi, Mama Elephant/ Distress ink/ Stella Wink pen/ Spellbinders/ pop dots/ sponging tool/ Perfect Pearls/ eb folder/ rubber mallet

Sunday, 7 December 2014

In the Woods


Morning.  Today I wanted to make a nature card to send to a friend who lives out in a rural area surrounded by beautiful woods.  This is what I came up with.
The main panel (blue bkg.) is a piece of leftover inked paper that I made by rubbing Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress inks onto my acrylic block, sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.  
(I always keep my leftover mistakes or pieces I am not sure what to do with...no wonder my kids call me a hoarder although I usually find a use for them sometime in the future! LOL)
Next, I stamped the Memory Box trees and die-cut them.  The deer is also a Memory Box die that was added over the white panel and then on top of the blue. 
The base of my card was embossed part way down in an embossing folder.  By leaving the bottom unembossed (is that a word??) it is easy to add a sentiment and this one is from Hero Arts.  To give a crisp edge the area where the embossing ends, I scored 2 lines.  It gives it a more finished look.

Simon Says- CHRISTMAS


Brown Sugar- WINTER

Use Your Stuff- CHEVRONS


Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Memory Box, Hero Arts/ die- Memory Box/ Distress ink/ acrylic block/ eb folder/ Memento bl ink

Saturday, 6 December 2014

It's Snow Fun


Happy Saturday.  I just have not used my vintage image stamps enough this year so decided to get one out and finally use it today.  I was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast and the Papyrus card site.  Such wonderfully inspiring cards there.

So, a few years ago, I won a Stampin Up Jumbo Wheel and have never used it.  It is one of those large wheels that you snap into a handle and roll onto your paper.  I inked it up with Versamark and rolled it across the top and the bottom of my paper.  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I sponged the whole card front with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress inks and splattered some water over the ink to add to the snowy feel.
Next, I masked the bottom and top then stamped the image of the children with black Memento ink.  I added scoring lines on either side of the image to define the center area.  The silver twine and the pearl were the finishing touches.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- CHRISTMAS


CASology- OLD

Shopping Our Stash- FREE IS GOOD

STAMPlorations- CHOICE 
(October Stamp and Emboss Challenge)


I hope you Christmas preparations are coming along nicely.  I so appreciate that you took time out out of your busy schedule to come by and take a peek.

Supplies:  stamps- SU (wheel), Stampendous/ Distress ink/ wh. embossing powder/ bl Memento ink/ silver twine/ pearl

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Joy to the World


I don't do well with sketches.  I don't know why but I hit a mental block when I try to make a card based on a sketch.  So today I surprised myself.  At Splitcoast the challenge on Wednesdays is a sketch.  I did it...I made this card based on the sketch.

This is a simple one to create.  First, I inked up the evergreen stamp from Rubbernecker with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress inks, sprayed with water and stamped. I stamped the sentiment touching the image to it tie it all together.  I then cut away the piece behind the image to create a panel.   After embossing a piece of dark green paper in a Cuttlebug EB folder, I added it to show under the cut away panel.  The addition of the little red pearls was the finishing touch.

I am also adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAYS

CASology- OLD
(that eb folder is one of the first ones I bought yrs ago)

Crafts Galore Encore- CHRISTMAS 

The Craft Garden- CHRISTMAS

Kylie is Addicted to Stamps- CHRISTMAS


Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Supplies:  stamps- Mama Elephant, Rubbernecker/ Distress ink/ Memento bl ink/ red pearls/ pop dots/ utility knife/ eb folder